Must Read: Olivia Colman Covers 'Vogue,' Are Influencer Trips Still Worth It for Beauty Brands?

Plus, there's a lack of financial transparency in the modeling industry.
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Olivia Colman on the October cover of "Vogue." Photo: Annie Leibovitz 

Olivia Colman on the October cover of "Vogue." Photo: Annie Leibovitz 

These are the stories making headlines in fashion on Wednesday.

Olivia Colman covers Vogue
Olivia Colman, who takes the lead role of Queen Elizabeth II in Netflix's "The Crown" for its third season, fronts the October issue of Vogue. The actress looks a real-life royal in an ornate Dolce & Gabbana cape, which was styled by Tonne Goodman and photographed by Annie Leibovitz. "At 45, Colman is a cover woman for a new era: proof of the glamour of slowly and devotedly building one's life and craft; a reminder that, for a rising generation of powerful women, it is possible to reach success and mastery while remaining honest, patient, healthy, whole," writes Nathan Heller in the cover story. {Vogue

Are influencer trips still worth it for beauty brands? 
The impact of the influencer trip is being called into question across the beauty industry. According to Tribe Dynamics, influencer trips within the U.S. have had diminishing value over the last year. For instance, Benefit saw its trips' earned media value between 2018 and 2019 decrease from over $15 million last year to $4.2 million this year. {Glossy

There's a lack of financial transparency in the modeling industry 
Models — especially young ones — can find themselves drowning in debt, because it can be months before they're paid for a job, or they're paid only after complaining about nonpayment, are paid in "trade" (clothing exchanged for modeling) instead of money — or they're not paid at all. WWD caught up with a group of models to talk about slow payment, and many of them attribute the delays to a lack of financial transparency on the part of modeling agencies. {WWD

Fashion is still super white in 2019 
"In 2019, words like 'diversity' and 'inclusion' are everywhere in fashion. In 2009, they were nowhere," writes Marjon Carlos in The Cut's 2009 New York Fashion Week series. But even though these topics have become part of the conversation a decade later, they are still not implemented. "True leadership positions still elude black players," she writes. "Far too often am I sitting across from white gatekeepers in meetings who remain tone-deaf, complacent with aligning themselves with Black creatives but never investing fully in our futures." {The Cut

The Row proves the price of perfection is high 
"At a time when the culture is in a frantic dash for the newest technology, the brashest idea, the most subversive gamesmanship, the fastest solutions — aiming to do a simple thing utterly, deliberately, beautifully right is something of a marvel," writes Robin Givhan in her review of the The Row. The brand, she explains, is "hypothetical," in that most people cannot afford it, but it still appeals to a lot of women. This is because Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen are driven by perfection, and a perfect white T-shirt doesn't come cheap. {The Washington Post}

Pakistani workers are at risk of unsafe factory conditions
Seven years since a deadly fire, in which over 250 workers were killed, textile and garment factories in Pakistan remain as unsafe as they were then, according to a report by the Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research. The report highlights that Pakistan's government inspectorates remain understaffed, underfunded and unable to meaningfully cover a growing industry, leaving workers at risk of unsafe factory conditions.{Fashionista inbox} 

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