Must Read: 'Vogue' Opens Global Casting Call, Activists Reflect on Rana Plaza 10 Years Later

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Plus, Valentino reported a 10% increase in sales during 2022.

<p>Photo: Bryan Bedder for Stringer/Getty Images</p>

Photo: Bryan Bedder for Stringer/Getty Images

These are the stories making headlines in fashion on Monday.

Vogue debuts global, open casting for models
In its first-ever global open casting call, Vogue is turning to the internet to find the next generation of models. Monday through May 8, femme-identifying individuals over 18 years old can submit a headshot and personality video via a casting form on There is no entry fee, no location requirement and no need to be signed with an agency. "Some of Vogue's favorite models were discovered in the most surprising of ways: Kate Moss at JFK airport, Naomi Campbell window shopping in Covent Garden," Vogue's Anna Wintour said. "Open Casting is an initiative that will foster the next generation of Vogue talent, with particular attention to the need for more diverse and inclusive representation in fashion. We can't wait to meet them." The selection committee will include Wintour, British Vogue's Edward Enninful, Gabriella Karefa-Johnson and casting executives. {Fashionista inbox}

Academics and activists reflect Rana Plaza factory collapse 10 years later
When Rana Plaza collapsed in 2013, thousands died and thousands more were injured. The factory in Bangladesh became a potent symbol for what is wrong in the fashion industry. Beyond a lack of worker safety, it exposed a "matrix of systemic issues — from garment worker vulnerability to the colonial power dynamics between brands and suppliers," according to Vogue Business. But not enough has changed since. For example, "Worker wages are still at poverty levels, union-busting is still a huge issue, and brands still lack transparency and accountability," Labour Behind the Label’s Anna Bryher said. Transparency helps keep companies accountable, but most fashion companies aren't transparent. {Vogue Business}

Valentino reports a 10% jump in sales during 2022
Valentino reported an 18% jump in core profit and a 10% increase in sales during 2022, thanks to strong performance in its directly operated shops. This brought in a reported $1.56 billion in revenue last year. Former Gucci executive and CEO Jacopo Venturini said in a statement that Valentino has been "reducing the wholesale activity to focus only on a selected partnership distribution." Since mid-2020 when Venturini took the reigns at Valentino, the brand went fur-free and ended REDValentino, its line aimed at younger customers. {Reuters}

Alexandra Daddario is the new face of Dior
Dior's newest ambassador is actor Alexandra Daddario, who recently starred in "Anne Rice's Mayfair Witches" and "White Lotus." Daddario, who often wears the brand, is now the face of women's fashion and Dior's La Collection Privée fragrance collection. The French luxury maison's business is going strong, recently logging 17% growth in Q1 2023. "Alexandra will partner with the house, celebrating the designs and creations of women's creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri and supporting Dior Beauty in the fragrance category," a company statement said. {WWD/paywalled}

Halle Bailey covers British Vogue May 2023
Halle Bailey talked about the big year ahead of her with British Vogue for its May 2023 cover story. The singer is making her feature-film debut as Ariel in "The Little Mermaid" on May 26. "The version of Ariel in my head was the one we all know and love: pale skin and bright red hair. She didn’t look like me," Bailey told the magazine. Despite the racist backlash she faces as a Black woman playing the role, Bailey said, "All of that hate I got is nothing compared to what my ancestors lived in their lifetime." Wearing Miu Miu, Cartier jewelry and pumpkin locs on the Law Roach-styled cover, Bailey also talked love, adoring her siblings and singers who inspire her. {British Vogue}

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