Middle School Sucks, Even If You're Ireland Baldwin

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Ireland Baldwin posed for Patrick Demarchelier in the new issue of Vanity Fair. The 17-year-old daughter of Kim Basinger and Alec Baldwin — who recently came to our attention for a post she wrote about body image and snark on her Tumblr — is trying her hand at modeling. She tells the magazine, "I went through a lot in middle school, and you always try so many different looks and try to be so many different people."

"I finally realized I'm awkward, I'm lanky, and I'm going to embrace it—make fun of myself and just laugh."

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[Vanity Fair]


• The Met's Costume Institute exhibit for the year, "Punk: Chaos to Couture," opens to the public on Thursday. Early reviews are mixed: Women's Wear Daily offers neither praise nor condemnation, and instead describes with relative timidity the way the show attempts to explore thematic links between the punk movement and high fashion. The International Herald-Tribune's Suzy Menkes comes out swinging, calling the whole show "dull." Both publications note the show includes a full-scale recreation of the toilets at CBGB's, a touch which both describe as "gritty." [WWD, NYTimes]

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• Although Gucci's lawsuit against Guess Inc. for infringing several of its trademarks was resolved in New York last year in Gucci's favor, an Italian court has ruled against the luxury giant in a related suit filed in that country. The judge even threw out three trademarks Gucci had registered in Europe. Gucci says it will appeal. [WWD]

MAC sold out of the red lipstick from Rihanna's makeup collaboration in three hours flat. [MTV]

• A Chanel-sponsored exhibition dedicated to the No. 5 perfume has opened in Paris. What could possibly be so interesting about a perfume that anyone could get a museum's worth of material from it, you ask? Well, reports WWD, "Curator Jean-Louis Froment assembled 240 elements, including artworks, photographs, books and archives, to help explore the perfume as an olfactory representation of cubism, Dadaism and surrealism." [WWD]

• Four women in fashion who have curly hair talk proper care and keeping. [Fashionista]

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• The New York Times Magazine profiles Chicago boutique owner and fashion heavyweight Ikram Goldman. Goldman comes across as tough but fair-minded. [NYTimes]

• And now, a moment with Jerry Hall and Georgia May Jagger. Ladies, what are your respective approaches to cosmetics and skin care?

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Jerry:

"I like expensive beauty products: Crème de la Mer, La Prairie Concentre, and the Skin Caviar cream. I definitely believe in using the spoon that comes with the cream, because you don’t get your germs inside the pot! It’s all scientific."

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Georgia:

"They say less is more, but sometimes I’m a bit more-is-more. And that came from my mom."

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And oh, why not this exchange:

Jerry: She’s got safety pins in her ears!

Georgia: You won't let that go! But it’s gold! It’s a real earring. It’s not a real safety pin…although I did pierce my ear with a real safety pin when I was 14, but you didn’t see that at the time. It got horribly infected—my friend just sterilized the pin with a lighter.

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[Into The Gloss]

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So I get that everyone has their insecurities and all that, but I'm having a reeeeeeeeeeeally hard time reconciling those images with this...

"I also get compared to my Mom quite a bit and this is where I bridge into the point of this whole post. I AM NOT MY PARENTS. My mom is one of the most beautiful woman in the world. She is 5’9, I am 6’2. She is petite and fragile, and I am fit and…. more to love tehe. I have a booty, she has a thigh gap. As she emerged from her teen years, she developed an angular face and striking cheekbones. I am still a teen making my way out of my awkward phase. I am still trying to figure this whole thing out."

I know she's not only just one person working through her shit, and she's also 17 who grew up in a very superficial world, so this isn't speaking directly to her as much as it is to the phenomenon of traditionally beautiful women sharing their insecurities... Is this sort of thing helpful? Is it something we should get excited about when women who make money (in large part) off their looks talk about how they have x,y,z and all that? I feel like this isn't really anything all that empowering or encouraging: it's validating that we should be loathing ourselves at least a little. I'm personally of the opinion that all women could benefit from faking confidence. I can't tell you how well it works—even if you think horrible things about yourself, don't say them out loud, especially not to others. Eventually, you really do start to feel better about yourself and, in my experience, you just care less.

ETA: In what world is 5'9" petite?!