Gigi and Bella Hadid's Cousin Signed a Modeling Contract [Elle]
Another Hadid family member just crawled out of the woodwork and into the world of modeling. Joann van den Herik — the cousin of Gigi, Bella and Anwar Hadid on the side of their mother, Yolanda Hadid — has signed as a plus-size model with International Model Management and Maxime Models. Van den Herik, who lives in Holland, uses her Instagram account to preach messages of body positivity and self-acceptance to her nearly 33,000 followers.
J. Crew Approached Amazon for a Sale [Recode]
Mickey Drexler, former CEO of J. Crew and current chairman of the brand, revealed that he once approached Amazon's Jeff Bezos regarding the sale of his company to the digital retail behemoth. "To me, it would have been an extraordinarily smart thing to do," said Drexler while speaking to Andrew Ross Sorkin at The New York Times' DealBook conference Thursday. “I thought Walmart should have done it, too,” he said. “I thought Target should have done it. The thing that these big companies need is creativity.” J. Crew has been suffering financially as of late; both Drexler and former creative director Jenna Lyons stepped down from their respective positions earlier this year.
Melissa Collaborates With Baja East [Pret-a-Reporter Inbox]
Brazilian shoe brand Melissa has joined forces with luxe brand Baja East on a collection of shoes and handbags, now available online. The five-piece collection (which was feted Thursday night with a party in L.A.) includes two slides, a mule, a bootie and a bucket bag — all available in three colorways: a soft pink, metallic gold and black, and a faux python finish. Prices range from $105-$170 for the bag.
Nordstrom Launches 24/7 Curbside-Pickup Service at Select Stores [USA Today]
Just in time for the holidays, Nordstrom is launching a 24/7 curbside-pickup service at 10 store locations. Beginning on Dec. 16 and available until Christmas Eve, the service will allow customers to pick up last-minute gifts no matter the hour. Another perk: Customers can respond to their order confirmation by texting the word "gift" to receive a free gift-wrapping kit. The service will be available at California's Costa Mesa, San Jose and San Diego locations, as well as at stores in Virginia, Washington, Texas, New York and Illinois — but, sadly, not in L.A.
New App Aims to Protect Models From Abuse [Pret-a-Reporter Inbox]
Agent Inc is a new app that puts models' safety first, mainly by providing them with a platform to communicate with one another about their experiences working with various companies and photographers. After completing a job, models can leave ratings and comments, similar to an Uber review. The app also conducts criminal-background and sex-offender checks on users looking to book the models.