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Entertainment P.E Nation's Pip Edwards has had ENOUGH of Archibald Prize trolls

10:30  30 october  2020
10:30  30 october  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Pip Edwards ' camp has broken its silence after leaked emails revealed how the P . E Nation founder' s staff refused to sign off on an Archibald Prize entry portrait because it made her look 'old'. Edwards - who was spotted in Sydney on Thursday with a phone glued to her ear

Her high profile garnered her a portrait submitted in the Archibald Prize . Artist Lauren Ferrier painted this portrait of Ms Edwards for the prize , one of But Ms Ferrier claims she was told it made Edwards look 'old'. The signature was to confirm they had met, as per the Archibald ' s conditions of entry, with

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Pip Edwards has had enough of trolls - losing patience with taunts about how her staff tried to stop a young artist entering a prestigious art prize with a portrait of her.

The P.E Nation founder erupted on Instagram as her page unwittingly became a forum for heated debate over her PR chief's treatment of Lauren Ferrier - some with unkind remarks.

'Pathetic not allowing that young women to enter that portrait of you into the Archibald Prize?!' said one follower. 'Oh boo hoo poor Pip'.

The apparently frustrated high profile fashion designer fired back: 'The artwork WAS entered into the Archibald!'

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This week Daily Mail Australia exclusively revealed emails showing how Edwards' publicist Louise Gaffikin initially refused to sign off on Ms Ferrier's painting.

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She ' s the founder of athleisurewear label P . E . Nation who was romantically linked to cricketer Pip also added that she was 'really happy to be alone', which she had never expected to be able to Pip is believed to have split from Michael about two months ago. The pair are said to have dated briefly

Ms Gaffikin wrote that the painting made Edwards look 'much older beyond her years' and said the imagery didn't 'align' with the fashionista.

"'I don't think she could resonate with this painting and having it being put out to the public' "
P.E Nation global head of public relations, Louise Gaffikin, in an email to artist Lauren Ferrier

She suggested Ms Ferrier, who had worked on the painting for months, should produce a more 'youthful' alternative.

While the publicist insisted that Edwards hadn't seen the portrait yet, she simply couldn't supply her crucial signature on a form because of that.

Edwards eventually acquiesced and signed the form after Ms Ferrier warned her it wasn't a matter of consent, rather an acknowledgment they had met.

Ms Gaffikin issued a statement about the brouhaha noting Edwards 'appreciates' the artist's take and noting art is by its very nature often subjective.

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Fashion designer Pip Edwards boasts a social media following of more than 165,000 on Instagram. And on Wednesday, the P . E Nation founder used her star power to shed light and help raise money for a child with rare type of cancer. Michael has one daughter, Kelsey Lee, four, with ex-wife Kyly.

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But debate continues to rage about the portrait itself and their treatment of Ms Ferrier.

'Art is not "imagery" that you can control like an IG filter,' one Instagram user told Ms Edwards.

The finished product: Ms Ferrier sold the painting for $400 via her Instagram story following the competition © Provided by Daily Mail The finished product: Ms Ferrier sold the painting for $400 via her Instagram story following the competition

'The painting was fine!' another said, with a third offering to whip up an artwork: 'I won't make you look haggard'.

Sydney Morning Herald art critic John McDonald told Daily Mail Australia he only had a few criticisms of the painting.

Mr McDonald said he felt it looked 'stiff' - as it was partially based off a photo - and observed it was only painted in black and white.

But he also noted Edwards wasn't without blame.

'Every second portrait I think that's done, the subject of a portrait doesn't like it or thinks it makes them look too old or too ugly.

'If she didn't want a portrait out there she didn't approve of she should have carefully vetted the artist.'

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