Puerto Rican top model and MTV House of Style co-host Joan Smalls is on the cover of Vogue Brazil's first ever black issue. Smalls previously covered Vogue Italia earlier this year — becoming the first black model in four years to do so. [HuffPo]
- The Charlie Rose show had to pay a $250,000 settlement to a group of former interns who sued for unpaid wages. This could impact similar lawsuits in other areas of the media, such as that brought by former Harper's Bazaar unpaid intern Diana Wang against Hearst. [Fashionista]
- TJX, the parent company of T.J. Maxx, announced it acquired Sierra Trading Post in a deal worth around $200 million. The acquisition puts TJX in control of a profitable online retailer with revenues of $200 million annually. The company would like to continue adding e-commerce to its preexisting brands. [WWD]
- Victoria Beckham says she feels like nobody wanted to date her during the Spice Girls days because of her unapproachable public image:
"There was a stage where someone wrote once how every woman wanted to be one of us and every man wanted to date one of us," she said. "Not that anyone wanted to date me — I think everyone wanted to sort of like, just brush my hair."
- Lauren Moffatt started her eponymous fashion line in 2000 on a houseboat in the Hudson River. [Fashionista]
- The Musée Galleria in Paris is hosting an exhibition titled "Model: The Body of Fashion" that opens in February. It includes almost 120 fashion photographs from the last 100 years, including works by Horst P. Horst, Erwin Blumenfeld, Henry Clarke, Helmut Newton, Guy Bourdin, Nick Knight, Corinne Day and Juergen Teller. [WWD]
- Bernard Arnault's plan to seek Belgian citizenship in addition to his current French nationality may have hit a road block — he hasn't maintained residence in Belgium for the required three years. But he's a billionaire, so strings may be pulled:
Belgium "is in need of" Arnault, who would invest in the country and create jobs there, Belgian lawmaker Theo Francken said, according to Flemish language broadcaster VRT, adding "he is somebody with tremendous added value for our country."
- Wal-Mart's in-house magazine, BeautyScoop, is a 12-page glossy that is actually published by...Condé Nast. For, presumably, mad amounts of cash. And it's all a big secret:
The collaboration is secret. Except for its brands, the words Condé Nast do not appear anywhere in BeautyScoop. Wal-Mart, like many corporations, is reluctant to discuss its marketing tactics. Preferable is to take ownership for its own campaigns. It is also likely, given a well-earned image for frugality, Wal-Mart doesn't want to be too closely associated with a publisher whose image, however creative, is its opposite. The company had several days to comment on this story and did not. Though its executives would no doubt love to crow about their get, Condé declined comment as well.