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Vogue Turkey and Andreea Diaconu Hit the Beach for June — But Is It Interesting Enough for Vogue? (Forum Buzz)

Vogue Turkey was slowly but surely getting back into our forums’ good graces, having served up a striking cover with Bella Hadid last month. The magazine now appears to have reverted back to its old ways, producing an “amateur” cover with model Andreea Diaconu. For June 2016, Turkish Vogue gets us ready for summer with Andreea wearing a black bikini from Tory Burch. The current face of H&M’s swimwear collection looks quite at home posing on a sandy beach in the company of photographer Dan Martensen. The outcome, unfortunately, seems to be lacking that special something.

Vogue Turkey June 2016 : Andreea Diaconu by Dan Martensen


Our forum members sure were in the mood for Turkish Vogue‘s new cover…at first. “I like how natural and simple this cover looks,” approved liaa straight away.

“Great for Andreea. She is so beautiful. It’s a pleasure to see her on Vogue covers,” warranted a more than content narcyza. (more…)

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The Cast of ‘Girls’ Released a PSA on Sexual Assault in the Wake of the Stanford Rape Case

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Trigger warning: This article discusses rape and sexual assault.

The cast of HBO comedy series Girls has released a public service announcement about sexual assault in the wake of the Stanford rape case verdict where 20-year-old Stanford University student Brock Turner was sentenced to 6 months in prison for sexually assaulting a woman outside a college party last year.

The PSA follows the publication of a letter written by the victim and read out in court, detailing her harrowing experience and the pain of reliving the trauma over and over again. Another letter to the judge was also made public this past week, one written by Turner’s father appealing for leniency in his son’s sentencing and claiming that the verdict is “a steep price to pay for 20 minutes of action.”

It is this culture of denial that the PSA addresses, the video dedicated to “the brave survivor in the Stanford rape case who gave so much to change the conversation.” Starting with some lighthearted jokes between the cast members about how they often disagree, the one thing they can all agree on is the incredibly high rate of sexual assaults against women.

Quoting the frightening statistics that one in five women will be sexually assaulted in her lifetime, 80 percent of those attacks will be perpetrated by someone she knows and one in four girls will be sexually abused before the age of 18, the cast then asks, “Why is there a default reaction in society to disbelieve, or to silence, or to shame?”


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The Ghostbusters Cast Thrills on the Cover of ELLE’s ‘Women in Comedy’ Issue (Forum Buzz)

ELLE‘s recent covers have been generating plenty of buzz, including last month’s issue featuring the lovely Bella Hadid. Now the glossy has dedicated its July 2016 edition to women in comedy — a first for the American title — starring the cast of Ghostbusters, Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon on four different covers photographed by Mark Seliger. Needless to say, our forums were pleased as punch.

US Elle July 2016 : The Women In Comedy Issue by Mark Seliger


“I actually really like this concept and the four covers. I wish Kristen’s pose was a little more natural, but other than that, I like all four,” approved honeycombchild the moment the covers came to light, setting the tone for comments to come.

“Kristen’s cover is the best of the lot. Yet again Melissa’s cover had so much potential, but of course they had to go with a close up. Regardless, I think hers will be the most popular,” assessed Benn98. (more…)

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How to Spot a Knockoff Kylie Jenner Lip Kit a Mile Away

Kylie Jenner’s coveted Lip Kit collections are among the great beauty phenomena of our time. When Jenner first launched her liquid lipstick line last November (has it only been that long?) her entire stock sold out in minutes. Although the products have been praised for their wearability and opaque, long-lasting formula, it’s clear Kylie’s star power has contributed to their popularity immeasurably.

As one beauty blogger pointed out, the Lip Kits’ ingredients are essentially identical to those in ColourPop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick, but there’s no shortage of those. What can we say, we’re suckers for packaging. (more…)

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Serena Williams Proves ‘Women Are Strong As Hell’ on Glamour’s July Cover (Forum Buzz)

After an awkward cover last month featuring Emilia Clarke, Glamour‘s latest features someone who just oozes confidence and charm. Following a solo Vogue cover appearance back in April of last year, Serena Williams is a knockout in a white Wolford swimsuit and bomber jacket worn around her arms on the cover of the magazine’s July 2016 edition. Photographed by Norman Jean Roy, the tennis ace also poses for a series of photos to accompany the cover, with Serena showing off her incredible physique.

US Glamour July 2016 : Serena Williams by Norman Jean Roy


“It reminds me of her last Vogue cover. It also feels a bit… Cosmopolitan?” asked an uncertain MON the second the cover surfaced.

“I like it, though it’s heavily Photoshopped isn’t it?” questioned kokobombon. (more…)

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New York City Takes a Bold Stand on Transgender Bathroom Rights

The New York City Commission on Human Rights has launched the first city-government-led initiative promoting transgender bathroom rights, the Be You campaign.

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Imagine Alicia Keys’ and Jay Z’s ode to the metropolis is playing as you read the following. The New York City Commission on Human Rights has launched the first city government-led initiative promoting transgender bathroom rights, the Be You campaign. Subway cars, phone booths and bus shelters now feature ads endorsing residents’ right to use the restroom that is “consistent with who you are.”

Last month, the Obama administration ordered all public schools to allow transgender students to use the restroom of their preference, regardless of what sex they were assigned at birth. The decision came in the wake of a suit against the school district of Palatine, Illinois by a transgender high school athlete who believed she should be able to use the girls’ locker room — that which aligned with her gender identity. The federal Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights agreed. “Student A” (she understandably kept her identity a secret in court documents) is truly the transgender Ruby Bridges of our time. (more…)

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