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Last Saturday, Simone Mariposa, a 23-year-old plus-size model, blogger and body-positive activist started the hashtag #WeWearWhatWeWant to highlight the fact that revealing clothing isn’t reserved for conventionally skinny girls (duh).
Mariposa was spurred to action after reading of how a plus-size woman wearing a summery turquoise dress was openly sneered at by an onlooker who disapproved of her clothing choice. It’s a scenario with which Mariposa is all too familiar. “Every plus-size girl has had to bear the terrible brunt of being judged/policed for what we wear and how we wear it. I no longer allow people to dictate what I should and shouldn’t wear. It’s okay for a plus-size woman to let her body breathe in her clothing,” the blogger vented to her 10,000-strong Twitter following.
“My body image suffered greatly from it. I stopped wearing my legs and arms out, I stayed away from clothes that accentuated my belly fat, and I was extremely self conscious [in] public,” she elaborated in an interview with Buzzfeed. “However, after a while, I stopped letting society dictate my wardrobe, and starting wearing things that I always dreamed of wearing that made me feel beautiful.” (more…)
Those of you who haven’t watched her Dubsmashes might be surprised by Cara Delevingne’s masterful comedic timing in this week’s “Drop the Mic” segment — the rest of us saw it coming. Last night, the Suicide Squad actress and her co-star Dave Franco swung by The Late Late Show to engage in a contest of rhymes and wits with the man best known for his decidedly gentler Carpool Karaoke rides. In the heated rap battle that ensued, claws came out, feelings may have been hurt (we even winced a couple of times), but our beloved model-turned-actress emerged deservedly victorious. Some of the most clever jabs (all said in good humor, of course) included Franco’s observation that Cara is “famous right now, but the comedown will be hellish — you won’t be a household name, because no one can f*cking spell it” and James Cordon’s Delevigne-directed diss: “My favourite Delevingne? I’d pick your sister Poppy, because she’s a real model and you’re just a copy.”
However, we knew Delevingne had cinched the win when she schooled both her adversaries with the following line: “You’re both shorter than me and I think you’ll find, I’ve hooked up with hotter girls than both of you combined.” Mic drop, indeed.
Ever since we got wind of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West participating in a not-so-secret shoot with Karl Lagerfeld for Harper’s Bazaar, our forums have been eagerly awaiting the outcome. It’s finally here for us to deliberate over and Bazaar‘s newly-unveiled September cover is sure to garner plenty of buzz. Photographed at Lagerfeld’s Paris studio, the close-up portrait shows the couple as they are just about to lock lips. Styled by Carine Roitfeld, Kimye can also be found inside the issue taking selfies in bed (fitted with Lagerfeld’s very own antique sheets) as part of the title’s annual ‘Bazaar Icons’ portfolio
IMAGE: COURTESY OF HARPER’S BAZAAR
Naturally, the cover caused plenty of discussion. “Nothing about this works for me! Badly cropped, way too zoomed in, no clothes, no emotion, no drama! It’s almost like Karl and Carine wanted to recreate what [Emmanuelle] Alt did with the Beckham’s for the Vogue Paris cover, except it doesn’t work here!” slated Miss Dalloway at once.
And that it does. New York-based activist Amy Sall, founder of SUNU: Journal of African Affairs, Critical Thought + Aesthetics and transgender artist, poet and DJ Juliana Huxtable star in the first promos for Kenzo x H&M. Accompanying Amy and Juliana are Oko Ebombo, a musician and performance artist living in Paris, and Isamaya Ffrench, a makeup artist and member of the Theo Adams Company, a London-based performance collective. (more…)
Forty-seven has all the makings of a banner year for Jennifer Lopez (who we are convinced has a bewitched, aging portrait stashed in an attic somewhere). The singer-actress-producer-designer’s leisurewear of choice, the Juicy Couture tracksuit, is staging a comeback, she just rang in her birthday surrounded by a court of hip hop, athletic and fashion royalty, she voices Diego’s love interest in the latest Ice Age installment, and her fragrance empire, hit NBC drama and Vegas residency are all going strong. To top it off, today Lopez announced her latest project, a high-end footwear and accessories line in collaboration with Giuseppe Zanotti.
The capsule collection, called Giuseppe for Jennifer Lopez, will be shown at the Footwear Fashion Association of New York from August 2 to August 4, but won’t be available for purchase at major luxury retailers until January. Priced between $795 and $1,995, pieces include several Swarovski-encrusted open-toe booties (natch), embellished wedge sneakers, tall, strappy gladiators in pink snakeskin-print leather as well as two leather handbag styles. (more…)