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Episode 4: The Masthead With Marie Claire Video

Behind the scenes at the very first-ever fashion spread at the United Nations

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Hello and welcome to the 4th episode of Marie Claire the Masthead. Today, we've got a great episode for you because we're going behind the scenes at the United Nations where we filmed the first ever fashion shoot there in celebration of International Women's Day. We'll be showing you not only great spring fashion but also how we achieve that amazing hair, that fantastic makeup, and you'll feel as if you're actually there yourself, so stay tuned.


[unknown] I'm O'Neil.

Nice to meet you.

Nice to meet you, too.

We have, we're waiting for us, the Chanel look.

We are shooting a fashion shoot for the March issue. It's a story about women at the United Nations. It's in celebration of international women's day which is March 9th and the story is 2 parts, one is a fashion photo shoot and the other are profiles of women on the rise at the United Nations. They've never done a fashion shoot here before and they are understandably incredibly nervous about the idea and so it's taken a lot of back and forth and working with various departments at the United Nations to get them to agree, let us come in and do a photo shoot. We're very aware of the cultural sensitivities and need to, you know, be as careful as possible while we're filming this today. It's spring fashion. March is our big fashion issue. There are a lot of neutral colors. It's a mix of high-end, low-end designers and it's really to show-- to show women what the look is gonna be this spring.

Like this.

Probably the [unknown]

You know that, her, it's all of them together and they're sitting there. She's like the one--

Oh, okay--

All the delegates.

The fashion is meant to look powerful, making women look empowered, make them look intelligent, so the idea of women on the rise, celebrating women, so it's not so much the frilly dresses, it's not the bathing suit issue, it's really about powerful looks for smart women. We try and make sure that they're steamed to perfection and then, you know, we have to return these clothes to the shoot afterwards so we like to return them in the same state that they came and we also like to make sure that the girls have deodorant on so they don't sweat and that it is a clear deodorant or a deodorant that doesn't leave any white marks because we do have to return it and that would be quite embarrassing.

What time did you last start shooting?

Well, I mean, I know we can't start shooting 'til after 9 o'clock, so...


From what I was told, 10 is when-- between 9:30 and 10 is when we can get into the driveway area.

Okay, then that's when we start shooting.

It's crazy, you know, people's tempers are short, people showed up at 6:30 this morning to get the ball rolling on this. You're in very, very tight spaces, like having 20 people on a, you know, small camping tent.

I'd like to have some space but I'm located here. This is what it is.

You messed that [unknown] 'cause I can't go with Julia out right now.

And you're trying to get them dressed, you're trying to get the hair and makeup done, so it's always amazing to me at the end of the day that people are still talking to each other.

We are hugely excited, it's an amazing coup for the magazine to say that we're the first one to do a photo shoot inside the UN like this. This is, you know, to raise the profile of the organization and of the women at the organization, and it's a very unique way to do it in a fashion magazine venue but it's just-- it's phenomenal the magazine is able to do this. It's the first and I hope it's the first of many.

Oh, God.

You know, the shoot today, let's say, it was fairly difficult. I would say in a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being most difficult, this was approximately an 8 and a half.

Everything fell apart.

But it's gonna be great--

I fell apart. Yeah, everything fell apart--

Yeah, but we got some great pictures.

We got some great pictures but--

But everything fell apart.

Everything fell apart. No, it's tomorrow, that's the problem.

Hey, Paula, how are you?

We've had some locations fall through for tomorrow which is always cute 'cause it's Friday at 6 or maybe 6:30 now so that's really fun. What we could do, I just-- and I just rest on what you said and let her--

Yeah, what jobs would you like? Yeah. Of course--

We could have the one girl on the mound, too, if you want, or we could do these 3 in the long dresses and her as the fabulous [unknown]

Yeah, it's a nice shot.

Okay, so that's how it's gonna be. At least we have clothes.

We have clothes, yet no location. That's okay.

And I'll have no weekend but this is the life of fashion and when you do what you love, it doesn't really matter now, does it?

Oh, yeah, show me one picture.

After we put--

All right, show me one picture--

Because it was so fun, I'll try some of the picture of the big Donna Karan dress with the big flag with the first shoot that we did, I was like, it's fun.

That was so nerve-wracking--

Oh, you'll love the opener--

This was all-- It was so new.

Oh, that's fantastic.


So I did look great--

You're so talented, aren't you--

Isn't he good? Isn't he good?

Yeah, right.

Neil Kirk and Tracy Taylor. Can you have Rupert come upstairs because we wanna--

I need a camera with--

With camera--

I'm trying to think of a TV show--

The 2 wide angle lenses--

With the 2 wide angle lenses.

I'm like--

Abbott and Costello.

Mini flash gun.

Lucy and Ricky.

Can you put the Rupert on?

But today was an example of how we can work together. We both are very-- we're perfectionists and we want the best and we basically torture anyone in our wake who does not have the same ethics, morals, and values. I think the shoot's gonna be great. I think it's gonna be a great portrayal of really strong women, you know, in power around the world, you know, we know women rule the world anyways but this is sort of like what if women really did rule the world, you know, an actual fact, what if there's only women diplomats and only women working at the UN and that's really what we're trying to convey.

Women go to great lengths waiting for their goopy gel to dry, only to be left with wipe marks. Degree Ultra Clear goes on dry and stays clear, so give your arms a rest. Degree Ultra Clear: Little Black Dress Approved.

One of the items that we loved which didn't make it into the United Nation fashion shoot is this fantastic Banana Republic cream jacket. We all just loved it and we wanted to show it to you so that you could think about it if you're looking for a spring jacket. It's $328 which is actually very reasonable for this quality leather. Fastens well and it's warm enough that you could really wear it from now through the rest of the spring and we just loved it. Not entirely a practical color, if like me you have children who smear chocolate over everything, but if you don't, then I can really recommend it. And we wanted you to know what's coming up in the next episode of Marie Claire the Masthead which includes our beauty director, Didi Gluck, talking about the spring fashion and beauty trends, what looks good, what looks have we taken from the runway and the other general inspirations for the spring beauty looks so stay with us and we'll be asking for your opinion on our March issue Hillary Swank cover and you can tell us your opinions on marieclaire.podshow.com so until the next episode, have a great couple of weeks, happy shopping, and see you then. Bye.

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