Say Hello to the Gorgeous New Face of Gucci Beauty.

Take a look at 18-year-old Ellie Goldstein – new face of Gucci Beauty who was scouted through social media.

While the fashion world has always been a place of expression, there has always been work to be done in the diversity department. 

With Alessandro Michele at the helm, Gucci Beauty is paving the way to a more diverse and inclusive future for fashion and beauty.

The luxury fashion and beauty house recently announced its newest face, Ellie Goldstein, for its latest beauty campaign. Goldstein was scouted through a social media program that followed Gucci’s annual #PhotoVogueFestival initiative.

The initiative has been running since 2016, in collaboration with Vogue Italia, and it invites  people from around the globe to share photos of themselves.

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In occasion of the #PhotoVogueFestival held in November 2019, @guccibeauty and @vogueitalia launched an Instagram scouting project. As a result, photographer @davidpdhyde captures Ellie @elliejg16_zebedeemodel and Kadri Vahersalu @kadri_vahersalu for a special editorial featuring the buildable Gucci Mascara L’Obscur. The portfolio is inspired by Creative Director @alessandro_michele’s words: “I designed L’Obscur mascara for an authentic person who uses makeup to tell their story of freedom, in their way.” #AlessandroMichele #GucciBeauty

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Goldstein has down syndrome, and she doesn’t let that stop her from doing what she’s most passionate about. The 18-year-old is signed with Zebedee Management. The agency describes itself as “a revolutionary model and talent agency working with and for people with disabilities and visible differences”.

Since announcing Goldstein as their new face, Goldstein’s photo has become Gucci Beauty’s most-liked post ever. Her place in Gucci Beauty exemplifies the progressive nature of the house, which has been seen recently with the creative direction of Alessandro Michele. 

The photo was shot by London-based photographer, David PD Hyde, who was also hired through social media scouting.

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For Gucci beauty and Vogue Italia now live on Thank you Alessia Glaviano for the opportunity, art direction and mentoring. 🙏💖 Photographer: David PD Hyde Stylist: Emily Evans Makeup Artist: Bryanna Angel Ryder Hair Stylist: Ryo Narushima Assistance: Laetitia Dumez Model: Ellie Goldstein @ Zebedee, Enam @ Anti London, Jahmal Baptiste @ First #photography #portrait #diversity #together #unity #happiness #dream #beauty #guccibeauty #gucci #fashionphotography #men #women #smile #voguehope

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“I love this. Thank you for this amazing opportunity and a fabulous day shooting,” said Goldstein in response to her feature photos posted on Hyde’s instagram.

Here’s hoping the model’s graceful debut into the luxury Italian fashion house will act as a catalyst for much-needed change within the beauty and fashion industries.

A Designer Handbag Could be the Best Investment You Make This Season

Invest in yourself by making an expensive handbag your arm-candy for that dinner party.

Handbags don’t just have to be your guilty pleasure – you can actually use them to diversify your investments and turn them into assets.

According to Art Market Research (AMR), the value of luxury handbags, prominently those designed by Hermes, Chanel and Louis Vuitton, have spiked over 83% over the last ten years. 

Collectors, dealers and resellers are now favouring handbags over art pieces, classic cars and expensive alcohols to utilise as an asset with increasing value.

These bags have been gradually increasing in popularity and value since they first arrived on the market – with some doubling their original worth within the last few years.

According to the (AMR) report, over 3,500 designer handbags were sold at auction in 2019, cashing in an astounding £26.4m ($50.4m NZD).

Of course the coveted Hermes Birkin bag takes the lead in the most expensive bags of the bunch, with its crocodile skin Himalayan Birkin being the most collectible in the world.

In 2016, the crocodile skin Birkin, with its white gold and diamond hardware was sold in a Hong Kong auction for a record-breaking 2.8m Hong Kong Dollars, which racks up to $569,000 NZD.

There has been a 93% increase in value from its original worth of $80,000-$100,000 USD. The Hermès Kelly’s has had the highest rate of value progression, increasing by 129% in the last ten years, selling for $125,000 USD at auction. 

Comparably, Chanel flap bags have risen by 132%, and the Monogram Dior saddle bag which was originally $2000 USD when it debuted in 1999, has quadrupled, now selling at the highest of $8000 USD.

The handbag industry has become an investing agency that takes advantage of the rise of social media and e-commerce corporations in which resellers and investors collaborate. 

“Luxury handbags are the tip of the iceberg of a secondary market for luxury which threatens to redefine the auction landscape,” says AMR, and this is something we can see in an array of facets in fashion. 

Whether its classic vintage monogram prints or hypebeast streetwear culture, the growing demand and rise of prices can be seen all over the world.