Must Read: Zendaya Covers 'Elle' September Issue, What Investors Look for in Beauty Start-Ups

<p>Photo: Steven Klein/Courtesy of Elle</p>

Photo: Steven Klein/Courtesy of Elle

These are the stories making headlines in fashion on Wednesday.

Zendaya covers Elle's September issue
Zendaya is Elle’s September 2023 cover star. Photographed by Steven Klein and profiled by Clover Hope, the 26-year-old actor discusses her upcoming role in "Challengers," existing in the public eye and more. "It's about protecting the peace and letting things be your own but also not being afraid to exist." {Elle}

Investors are switching what they look for in a beauty start-up
Private equity shops and venture capitalists are being more strict when deciding whether to invest in beauty start-ups, according to Business of Fashion’s Rachel Strugatz, who spoke with five of these investors about what they're looking for. (Long-term performance at retailers like Ulta or Sephora, audience generation and consistency are often at the top of the list.) {Business of Fashion/paywalled}

The hottest shop in America is... your local gas station?
"It" girls aren't swarming buzzy thrift stores in L.A. and N.Y. — instead, they're turning to local gas stations in their hometowns to supply their go-to accessories, from trucker hats to wrap-around shades, The Wall Street Journal's Jacob Gallagher reports. {The Wall Street Journal/paywalled}

Dr. Martens partners with students at Central Saint Martins
Dr. Martens is collaborating with master's students at Central Saint Martins in an effort to platform young designers, tasking them to reimagine the classic 1460 boot. A panel of industry experts will select four and bring them to life. {Fashionista inbox}

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