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Steven Meisel and Julia Nobis Make a ‘Sleek and Chic’ Christian Dior Campaign for Fall 2016 (Forum Buzz)

If you’ve been hiding under a rock since October last year, Raf Simons is out as creative director at Christian Dior and the brand has yet to announce his replacement. But the show must go on and the Fall 2016 advertising campaign is here. Bringing out the big guns with photographer Steven Meisel behind the lens, Julia Nobis models the collection designed by Dior’s in-house studio directors Serge Ruffieux and Lucie Meier. Styled by Carine Roitfeld, the Aussie model strides across the studio while striking some dynamic poses — and it’s the strongest Dior campaign we’ve seen in years. 

Christian Dior F/W 2016.17 : Julia Nobis by Steven Meisel


“This is a smart move for Dior. Meisel has that magic touch that brings clothes to life. No other photographer can do that. The clothes look surprisingly good,” approved GivenchyHomme the moment the campaign dropped.

“Considering the clothes that Meisel had to work with, the result is beyond expectations,” dodencebt echoed. (more…)

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What Did Vogue Thailand Do to Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s Face? (Forum Buzz)

After many successful covers for the likes of British Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue Mexico and Lui Magazine, our forums have high expectations for the ever-gorgeous Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. Therefore, it comes as a surprise that Rosie’s newest cover appears to be unnecessarily over-airbrushed. Shot by Russell James on a sunny day in New York City, the British beauty took to the rooftops for the scenic shoot wearing a gorgeous Gucci dress.

Vogue Thailand July 2016 : Rosie Huntington-Whitley by Russell James


Our eagle-eyed forum members found something a little off about the image, however. “The face, OMG!” cried out a horrified versustito.

“Awful cover. I hate when they Photoshop beautiful women! It makes the pictures almost always look ugly and cheap,” slated an appalled DutchHomme. (more…)

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This Australian Makeup Artist Turns Lips Into Mesmerizing Works of Art


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We feel accomplished when we manage to apply our lipstick reasonably symmetrically. For Sydney-based makeup artist Jazmina Daniel, who goes by the Instagram handle Miss Jazmina D, a perfectly lined pout is but child’s play. Daniel’s skillful lipwork ranges from scenes from classic and contemporary movies to psychedelic art to visions of cityscapes and the cosmos.

Jazmina, who boats 29,655 YouTube subscribers, 870,000 Instagram followers and a significant Snapchat and Twitter base, discovered her love of makeup in the wake of an unexpected health crisis. “I found my love for makeup and lip art after I was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2006. I was forced to leave school and I’d spend my days at home painting and drawing as I have always loved art,” Jazmina said in an interview with Gay Star News. “It was during that time that I started experimenting with makeup and started using my lips as my canvas.” Developing her talents allowed her to achieve some much-needed release: “I guess doing the lip art was a way to escape through all that I was going through as some of my more elaborate lip art can take up to three hours.” (more…)

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Dove’s #MyBeautyMySay Campaign Wants Us to Embrace Our So-Called Flaws

Dove has encouraged us to love our hair — curly and otherwise — change the way we talk and tweet about our bodies and now, in its latest #MyBeautyMySay campaign, the beauty brand wants women to rise above the stereotypes and criticism we attract solely based on our appearance.

The campaign sticks to Dove Self-Esteem Project’s tried and true formula: gather a group of diverse women who’ve overcome the barrier in question and share their success stories. In this case, the antagonist is the focus on women’s looks. The case studies include Heather Hardy, who was dismissed as “too pretty to fight” and is now one of the top female professional boxers in New York, Jessica Torres, a curvy fashion blogger who was told she was “too fat to dress well” and genderqueer model Rain Dove, who was called “boyish and ugly.” (more…)

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Eva Green Is a Welcome Sight on W Magazine’s August Cover (Forum Buzz)

You’ll often hear us complain about seeing the same old faces at the newsstand each month, so you can imagine how pleased we were to see an unexpected cover star on the latest issue of W Magazine. For August 2016, photographers Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott captured actress Eva Green showing off her flawless complexion, a bright red lip and an off-the-shoulder Marc Jacobs dress.

W August 2016 : Eva Green by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott


Some of our forum members were rather startled at the outcome, however. “Unexpected, and fresh cover choice, but they could have done so much MORE with her! This looks like an Allure cover under the new EIC, uninspiring and insipid!” disapproved Miss Dalloway immediately.

“I agree. Great decision to put her on the cover, but they chose such a simple image. They couldn’t have done something to make it a bit more lively?” begged KINGofVERSAILLES. (more…)

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Caitlyn Jenner Slays on the Cover of Sports Illustrated Wearing Her Olympic Gold Medal

Forty years after Bruce Jenner’s stunning decathlon win at the 1976 Summer Olympic Games and follow-up feature in Sports Illustrated, Caitlyn Jenner has the honor of being the magazine’s first transgender cover star. (She’s not the first transgender athlete to be interviewed, though — that prize goes to hammer throw champ Keelin Godsey.) It’s a beautiful reminder of how far Caitlin — and we, as a society — have come in the last half century. As with her Vanity Fair spread, Caitlyn opted to pose in a glittery gold number — this time in a (relatively sporty?) jumpsuit as opposed to a backless gown.

SI’s July issue spotlights the post-limelight lives of former athletes. In Jenner’s case, to question “Where Are They Now?” seems a bit absurd. We got an inside look at her transition thanks to Vanity Fair, Diane Sawyer and Keeping Up With the Kardashians, we follow her every movement on I Am Cait, we can re-watch her ESPYs speech on YouTube whenever we please, we celebrated when she became Glamour’s Woman of the Year and the face of H&M Sport’s latest line. We applauded when that video of her using the women’s bathroom in Trump Tower in New York City surfaced (“By the way, Ted [Cruz], nobody got molested,” she chides in the clip).

That’s not to say the interview isn’t worth a read. For one, the 66-year-old reveals she keeps her medal tucked away in her nail drawer of all places: “It was great for the kids at show-and-tell.” (more…)

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