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{list} Forbes has Ranked the 100 Most Powerful Women in the World

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has ranked the 100 most powerful women in the world and a handful of them are involved with the fashion industry. has compiled them here:

Vying for power rankings with Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel (No. 1), Yahoo’s new CEO Marissa Mayer (No. 20), and general world-dominator Oprah Winfrey (No. 11) are nine of fashion’s finest. See who made the cut after the jump.

Beyonce (No. 32): The House of Dereon founder has not only managed to get herself crowned People’s Most Beautiful Woman in the World, but she’s knocked out two albums and a baby this year. 

Diane von Furstenberg (No. 33): She is so influential and beloved that the CFDA actually allowed her to serve an unprecedented fourth term as President.

Jennifer Lopez (No. 38): Jennifer Lopez is still doing her line for Kohl’s.

Anna Wintour (51): We’re actually a little surprised to find Anna all the way down here at number 51, as she’s normally at the top of any power list around. 

Rosalia Mera (No. 54): You may not know her by name, but along with her former husband, the Spanish designer and entrepreneur the created fast-fashion chain Zara.

Miuccia Prada (No. 67): The only designer besides DVF to make the cut.

Gisele Bundchen (No. 83): The world’s richest super model.

Home Shopping Network chief executive officer Mindy Grossman (No. 96): Changing HSN’s reputation from a destination for bored housewives to an upscale shopping destination is no easy task, but Grossman is actually making the network cool, as lines with Jonathan Adler, Mary J. Blige, Iman, and Iris Apfel demonstrate.

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{news} Spanx Creator Sara Blakely Turns $5,000 Into A Billion

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Blakely owns 100% of the private company, has zero debt, has never taken outside investment and hasn’t spent a nickel on advertising. At 41 she’s the youngest woman to join this year’s World’s Billionaires list without help from a husband or an inheritance. She is part of a tiny, elite club of American women worth ten figures on their own, including Oprah Winfrey and Meg Whitman.
It nets an estimated 20% on revenue just south of $250 million. In recent months four Wall Street investment banks separately valued Spanx at an average $1 billion, a sum Forbes corroborated with the help of industry analysts. Read the story at

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{magazine cover} How Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Model Kathy Ireland Became a $350 Million Mogul

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With a net worth of $350 million dollars, Kathy Ireland makes an additional $2 billion dollars off her retail empire. Ireland, 48, started in modeling at age 17, setting herself on the fast path to become one of the ’80s most popular supermodels. Starting in 1984, she graced the pages of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue for a whopping 13 consecutive years.
This swimsuit model doesn’t sell swimsuits, and while many women may still associate her name with a clothing line at Kmart, she barely sells clothes anymore, either. The bulk of her success comes instead from the kind of stuff that has likely never seen a celebrity’s name adorning it: ceiling fans, flooring, mattresses. And above all there’s furniture: desks, end tables, media centers, beds, ottomans and bookcases. There are area rugs, carpets and headboards. And lots and lots of windows. One of the biggest pieces of the Kathy Ireland empire is her namesake vinyl and plastic replacement windows, which purportedly insulate heat inexpensively; a retail outfit called Window World moves $400 million of them a year. Read more
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{news} The World’s Top-Earning Models

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Forbes has released a list of the world’s top paid models. Heidi Klum, the German supermodel and host and executive producer of Project Runway, trails far behind Bündchen at No. 2 on our list with estimated earnings of $20 million. Since ending her 13-year run as a Victoria’s Secret Angel last year, Klum has become more of a businesswoman than a model.
Here’s the top 10 list:
Gisele Bündchen, $45 million
Heidi Klum, $20 million
Kate Moss, $13.5 million
Adriana Lima, $8 million
Alessandra Ambrosio, $5 million
Daria Werbowy, $4.5 million
Lara Stone, $4.5 million
Carolyn Murphy, $4.3 million
Natalia Vodianova, $4 million
Candice Swanepoel, $3 million
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Lane Crawford is Shoe Heaven

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Shoes are to women what porn is to men. If we were to go by this analogy, what then do we make of the recently opened The Shoe Library at Lane Crawford’s Canton Road store in Hong Kong? A massive 25,000 square foot space dedicated to all things shoes and bags to match, one of the biggest shoe boutiques in the world. Orgasmic heaven for the shoe lover? Or exquisite hell for the woman on a budget?
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