Toni Garrn On Being a Model Citizen and Her New Denim Collection with Closed

Photo: Courtesy of Closed Denim

Victoria’s Secret model Toni Garrn doesn’t hold back. On a phone call in mid-October, the model quickly proves that she has no problem delving into her emotional trip to the poverty-stricken country of Burkina Faso. “There was this girl who told me she couldn’t go home because when she went home in April, she was shot in the head with a bow and arrow by her grandfather and father because she didn’t want to be forced into marriage,” says Garrn. “She wanted to go to boarding school, which the charity Plan International is supporting. Her mom visited her in the hospital, crying for her to never come back home because she was going to be killed. She was thirteen years old—and asking what can I do for her.”

Well, it turns out that Garrn is doing a lot for the girl she met in Burkina Faso—and a lot for nearly 600 girls in similar situations. Garrn, who was born in Hamburg, Germany, teamed up with the Hamburg-based denim company Closed and the charity Plan International to design a line of jeans. The profits from the line will directly go to Plan’s “Because I’m a Girl,” campaign, which provides scholarships for the impoverished women of Burkina Faso. “It is a personal project. In Hamburg, I go to visit both Plan and Closed,” says Garrn, and she also serves as an ambassador for the charity. “I had always sponsored children. At fifteen, I had sponsored two girls through Plan International. I continued talking with the charity because I just thought they did a great job everywhere. They really focus on child protection and education—they don’t just drop food or money. It is more like, ‘How can we make the whole community sustainable? When we leave, are they are better off?’”

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Photo: Courtesy of Closed Denim

Photo: Courtesy of Closed Denim

Garrn reiterates that the collaboration was “never about designing,” and that her focus was entirely on raising funds for the charity—but the jeans for Closed say otherwise: They’re nothing less than supermodel-cool (think boyfriend waist-fits and motocross embellishments in a range from light to dark). “I just combined a few things I haven’t seen before,” says Garrn of her design process. “They made it really easy for me, I felt like a kid in a candy store.” And when it comes down to it, Garrn’s just as happy if you’re more concerned about your #belfie than Burkina Faso. “Many people are involved in charities but in our world, there are people who just really care about fashion,” the model says. “If they can get a cool pair of jeans and the money happens to go somewhere incredible, that’s a great combination.”

See Garrn’s work in Burkina Faso along her denim design for Closed, which launches November 1, here.

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The Beauty Rules According to MØ: Her Signature High Braid and Love of Sporty Spice​

Photo: Thomas Skou

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Photo: Thomas Skou

Photo: Thomas Skou

Karen Marie Ørsted, aka , is a 26-year-old Danish singer-songwriter whose electro-pop sound has a pulsing synth that, when she performs, makes her signature high ponytail-braid come to life. As she shakes her shoulders or tips her head back and forth, her plait swings across her face, cutting through the air as she sprins before landing with a small pulse at the nape of her neck. As audience members who saw her tonight at the Pitchfork Music Festival in Paris can attest, it’s a mesmerizing hair performance—with a cool, clean-faced singer attached. “I can’t wear much on my face because I’m quite active onstage and it will run into my eyes,” Ørsted says, but she doesn’t need costume-y flair to captivate. Before going on stage, she mists volumizing spray into her long brown hair, flips her head over, and plaits it. “It’s funny to me when, on photo shoots, hairstylists tease it and use all kinds of product to arrange it because I’ve always done it quickly out of necessity,” she says of her low-maintenance approach.

Her makeup is mostly by necessity as well—MAC Brow Set for her strong eyebrows, MAC waterproof mascara that won’t slide down her face as she sweats, and a layer of MAC foundation—but she considers her simple makeup a beauty mantle that’s been passed down from fellow low-glam musicians. “I really admire Kim Gordon,” she says. “Her look had that tomboyishness but is still sexy.” Ørsted even wears a Gordon-inspired dark nineties mauve lip sometimes when she takes the stage. “It takes about two minutes for it all to rub off on the microphone, but I like to make a pretty entrance.”

Recently, Ørsted created a slow, smooth cover of the Spice Girls classic “Say You’ll Be There” that has more than 1.2 million plays on her SoundCloud, so it’s no surprise that Sporty Spice—who wore pop’s original high pony—is also a major style influence. But Ørsted’s main beauty staple is “just beautiful skin!” While on the road, she drinks tons of coconut water (“I heard it is the most hydrating.”), and in each city her tour manager finds her a yoga class. “You have to remember to do those tiny things for yourself,” she says, “it’s the most important part of any work in a way.”

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Vogue’s Guide to the Best Marathon Gear: The Sneakers, Leggings, and Energy Snacks to Take You to the Finish Line

Photographed by Nicolas Kern, Vogue, April 2014

Marathon Sunday is hands down my favorite day of the year in New York City. All five boroughs hum with the shared adrenaline, so I’ve always felt lucky that not only do I get to witness New York at its finest, but participate as well. Sunday will be my eighth NYC Marathon—I ran my first in 2002 and have run on and off since then. I always run as a guide for Achilles International, an organization that pairs volunteers with disabled athletes to accompany them during the race. This year I am running with my friend Tyler, an autistic young man, who is extremely athletic and in very good shape! Because of that I made sure to train harder this time around as I knew Tyler would give me a run for my money—pun intended. My training kicks into gear mid-summer and I typically stick to a schedule of running four to five times a week with one long run of increasing mileage up to 20 miles—I never go more than 20 before the actual race, since running 26.2 miles once a year seems like plenty!

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Jake Gyllenhaal Lost a Ton of Weight for His “Hungry” New Role In Nightcrawler

Jake Gyllenhaal dropped nearly 30 pounds to play a sleazy newbie photographer in Nightcrawler, in theaters today. Its Halloween release makes perfect sense—this flick is g-r-i-t-t-y. Gyllenhaal stars as crime-hunter photographer Lou, who roams L.A.’s streets in the wee hours of the night hunting for gory scenes to film and then sell to local news producer Nina Romina […]

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Alexa Chung Cozies Up in Color-Blocked Fur

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It’s officially cold enough to put away the light summer layers and embrace the coat. Spotted out earlier today on the street in New York, It Brit Alexa Chung opted for a cozy, color-blocked fur bomber paired with simple, skinny leggings, and a hooded sweatshirt. The brilliance of the coat is that it masterfully adds engaging elements to any ensemble with texture and color. As the leaves start to change hue, translate this onto your outerwear with some fashionable offerings in both real and faux fur that will stylishly carry you into much cooler climates.

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