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Swimsuits For All’s Latest Body Positive Campaign Says #DontMindtheGap, Take a Belfie

Iskra Lawrence for Swimsuitsforall.

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Fourth of July weekend — the apex of bikini season — is upon us. Before we shed our office attire in favor of more water-resistant wear, Swimsuits For All is here to remind us to celebrate, not scrutinize, our beach bods. The self-professed “leading online retailer for curvy swimwear” just launched its latest campaign, entitled “Don’t Mind the Gap,” to remind us that the amount of space between our legs does not determine our sexual appeal.

Ashley Graham for Swimsuitsforall.

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In a series of borderline NSFW images reminiscent of Kim Kardashian’s photo shoot on that blessed Thai beach, 15 curvy models including Ashley Graham, Denise Bidot, Jordyn Woods (Kylie Jenner’s model bestie) and Iskra Lawrence show off their glistening rears and thighs. As they bask oceanside and emerge from pools, these diverse women remind onlookers that negative space isn’t the only thing that looks hot in a cheeky bottom. (Marquita Pring wins the award for best in show with her sassy, sand-imprinted derrière.) (more…)

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Top Models Past and Present Star in Jimmy Choo’s Fall 2016 Ad Campaign (Forum Buzz)

As we continue to take a first look at all the Fall 2016 advertising campaigns, Jimmy Choo has gone all-out in an attempt to catch our attention with a cast of top models from past and present. To commemorate its 20th anniversary, Jimmy Choo enlisted beauties Amber Valletta, Sasha Pivovarova, Milla Jovovich, Lexi Boling, Taylor Hill, Jasmine Tookes and Xiao Wen Ju for the occasion. Each woman poses in Craig McDean’s studio amongst minimal surroundings, proving less is always more.

Jimmy Choo F/W 2016.17 by Craig McDean

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Forum members couldn’t wait to debate which model stood out most. “Jasmine and Taylor seem so out of place, especially Taylor! Jasmine looks high and seems so commercial to me? They both look so lost among legends like Sasha, Milla and Amber. Lexi is super awkward too. Xiao slays as usual,” shared SpeakThatJDunn straight away.

Anlabe32 was quick to chime in: “Great cast except for Jasmine and Taylor, obviously. Amber looks spectacular. Classier than usual for Jimmy Choo.” (more…)

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Barbie Ferreira Claps Back at Designers Who Don’t Want to Dress Leslie Jones

 

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When Leslie Jones took to social media to berate designers for not wanting to dress her for her upcoming Ghostbusters premiere, the actress sparked a chain of events that highlight the extent to which even plus-size celebrities are excluded from the fashion world.

Stylist Jessica Paster went so far as to blame Jones for her own lack of foresight, implying the actress should be aware of — and cater to — the fashion industry’s discriminatory practices. “She should have known four to five months ago the date of premiere, and said, ‘I’m not a sample size, I need to go to designers early or buy myself a dress.’ Don’t be blaming designers and saying they don’t like you,” Paster told Pret-a-Reporter.

Jeanne Yang, another stylist, added, “It’s just pure economics. People have this belief that showrooms and designers have racks and racks of clothing in all sizes. They don’t.”

Regardless, it’s evident that any number of high fashion designers could have used their considerable resources to make Jones a dress. After all, one-time theFashionSpot guest editor Christian Siriano (shameless plug), a respected designer with many a plus-size collection under his belt, stepped forward and somehow managed the feat despite the time crunch. (more…)

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Margot Robbie Stuns in Calvin Klein’s Deep Euphoria Fragrance Campaign (Forum Buzz)

Margot Robbie’s name is on everyone’s lips right now. She was snapped up by Anna Wintour for the cover of Vogue, currently stars in this summer’s must-see movie The Legend of Tarzan and was announced as the new face of Calvin Klein fragrance back in May. The highly-anticipated campaign for the new Deep Euphoria scent has finally dropped and it has not let us down. Photographed by Craig McDean, the Aussie stunner reclines across a plush velvet couch wearing a gorgeous purple silk and sequin dress as a half-naked male model lounges in the background. 

Calvin Klein 'Deep Euphoria' Fragrance : Margot Robbie by Craig McDean

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Our forum members are head over heels. “Wow, this is it for me!! The best I’ve seen her yet. Love everything about it, especially the rich colors. A little bit of me feels it’s more a fashion than perfume campaign, but I’ll take it,” approved Benn98 the second the campaign came to light.

“Those rich, dark colors and that beguiling pose. It’s beyond seductively atmospheric!” praised a more than impressed Aedlacir. (more…)

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Watch: 49 Celebs Honor the 49 Victims of the Orlando Shootings in This Tear-Jerking Tribute

Of all the tributes to the casualties of the Orlando tragedy that we’ve seen — Carlos Santolalla’s, Broadway’s, Opening Ceremony’s — this one is by far the most moving. American Horror Story producer Ryan Murphy, who knows how to gather a stellar ensemble of humans and get under our skin, asked 49 of his friends to help create a video commemorating the victims for the Human Rights Campaign. Answering the call, Lady Gaga, Kerry Washington, Connie Britton, Sophia Vergara, Caitlyn Jenner and many more choke back tears as they give us fleeting glimpses of the lives of the 49 victims who fell at Pulse nightclub on June 12. It’ll be a tear-filled 18 minutes of your life, but you won’t regret it one bit.

“It’s on all of us to keep their memories alive and to ensure part of their legacy becomes meaningful action to end hate violence,” said HRC of the project. Let’s hope Congress is watching.

[ via Mashable ]

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Miss Teen USA Drops the Swimsuit Competition for Athletic Wear

Needless to say, The Miss Universe Organization wasn’t too thrilled with John Olivier when the above segment aired in 2014. (Skip to minute 13:00 for a brilliant analysis of the pageant’s true intent as demonstrated by the continued inclusion of the dated swimsuit portion.) However, it appears Olivier and likeminded individuals’ protestations didn’t fall on deaf ears. The pageant — well, its junior iteration — is finally getting a much-needed update.

Miss Teen USA, which features 15- to 19-year-olds, will no longer include a swimsuit competition, effective immediately. Beginning with this July’s Las Vegas-based spectacle, the 33-year-old beauty pageant will feature a more body-positive athletic wear competition in lieu of its swimwear segment.

“This decision reflects an important cultural shift we’re all celebrating that empowers women who lead active, purposeful lives and encourage those in their communities to do the same,” explained Paula Shugart, president of the Miss Universe Organization. “Our hope is that this decision will help all of Miss Teen USA’s fans recognize these young women for the strong, inspiring individuals they are.” (It also reflects a desire to silence critics who felt that the swimsuit competition objectified young women’s bodies.) (more…)

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