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A New Study Suggests Selfies Are the Key to Happiness

Past research has linked an affinity for selfies to narcissism and psychopathy. Now, a new study published in Psychology of Well-Being suggests that partaking in social media’s most ubiquitous means of personal representation actually enhances your emotional well-being. (Honestly, the two findings don’t seem totally mutually exclusive.)

The more recent, wholesome study on selfies took place over a period of four weeks. During this time, 41 participants — college students enrolled at a public university on the West Coast — were asked to download an app on their smartphone that would track their levels of happiness via five daily mood surveys: one in the morning, three during the course of the afternoon, one in the evening.

The coeds were divided into three groups. The first (“selfie”) group was asked to take a smiling selfie everyday, based on the theory that maintaining a positive facial expression — even a superficial one — can decrease stress. The second (“personal”) group was asked to photograph something that made them happy, since taking time to savor the “good things in life” is also a proven mood-booster. The third (“other”) group was asked to snap a picture of something they thought another person would appreciate and send the photo to that person, on the basis that providing emotional support is chicken soup for our own souls. For each group, one week of the observation period acted as a control, allowing the researchers to establish each participant’s baseline affect. (more…)

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Grace Hartzel Models Burberry’s Just-Shown Collection on Vogue Japan’s November Cover (Forum Buzz)

There’s no denying the fact that Vogue Japan has been following a certain formula over the past couple months, having recently served up the likes of Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner. Therefore, our forums were half expecting to see Gigi Hadid on the cover for November but were surprised to learn a “regular” model had made the cut. Breaking the pattern this month is Grace Hartzel, who is currently having her moment, splashed across the pages of American Vogue and starring on Vogue Korea. Photographed by Patrick Demarchelier, the American beauty wears a jacket from Burberry that was shown at London Fashion Week just a few days ago.

Vogue Japan November 2016 : Grace Hartzel by Patrick Demarchelier


Members of our forums were delighted. “This is fresh! She looks really great and so does the jacket. I was expecting Gigi so thank goodness they proved me wrong!” cried out an approving GivenchyHomme at once.

“Love this cover, Grace is a chameleon,” raved TeeVanity. (more…)

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Blake Lively, Amy Schumer and Katie Holmes Call Out Girls’ Life Magazine for Its Infuriating Cover

For the first time in history, a woman is about to be on the ballot of the United States presidential election. Elsewhere in today’s news, you’ll see that an A-list celebrity couple that shall remain nameless is very consciously uncoupling, and the general consensus is that the wife is neither pitiful nor jilted, but a strong, caring, independent, politically engaged mom who will be just as happy standing on her own as she was when she was one half of Hollywood’s most revered couple.

Suffice it to say that the whole “what does it mean to be a woman in today’s society?” or, put more simply, “what will I be when I grow up?” conversation sounds a whole lot different to today’s little girls and boys than it did just a few decades prior. Which is why Amy Schumer, Blake Lively, Katie Holmes, Shoshanna Keats-Jaskoll, a mother of five living in Israel and Facebook users worldwide are particularly peeved with the following image:

Amy Schumer voiced her disapproval at Girls' Life magazine's sexist cover via Instagram.

Image: @amyschumer

Girls’ Life magazine promises its tween audience tips on how to “wake up pretty!” and first kiss confessionals. Boys’ Life, meanwhile, encourages young men to explore their future: “Astronaut? Artist? Firefighter? Chef? Here’s how to be what you want to be.” Each glossy targets readers of a very impressionable age, each touts a drastically different message. (more…)

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Joan Smalls Is Simply Flawless on the Cover of Harper’s Bazaar Spain (Forum Buzz)

The last time our forums were this hung up on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar Spain was back in April when a sultry Alessandro Ambrosio stared back at us, and for October 2016, model Joan Smalls similarly captivates our forums. In the stunning cover shoot, Joan works the lens of photographer Txema Yeste wearing a black PVC trench coat worn over a monochrome swimsuit, while posing under the warm summer sunshine (as you do). Already on the cover of Glamour‘s October issue, our forum members can’t get enough of Joan’s latest.

Harper's Bazaar España October 2016 : Joan Smalls by Txema Yeste


Everyone was loving it. “They really love her in Spain it’s crazy the jobs she gets, that’s high-profile: lots of Vogue, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar and local magazines covers and spread too. This one is a good one actually,” Bertrando3 championed.

“I love it!! She looks sexy and strong. She should have been on the October cover of Vogue Spain instead, and Kendull [Jenner] should have been on HB,” pointed out RanThe. (more…)

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Courtney Love & Daughter Frances Bean Cobain Star In Burberry Fashion Film

Courtney Love has been spending some quality mother-daughter time with Frances Bean Cobain recently, with the two starring in a new fashion film for Burberry.

Love uploaded the short film to her Instagram account, and it shows her dancing with Frances in and among a throng of statues at Burberry’s Makers House in London.

It’s the latest in a number of fashion campaigns that Love has starred collaborated on recently, and she’s also set to star in Marc Jacobs’ forthcoming Fall campaign.

You can check out the new Burberry video, below.


@Burberry @space_witch666 mother and daughter working it #lfw #burberry

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79-Year-Old Actress Vanessa Redgrave Stars in Gucci’s Campaign for Cruise 2017 (Forum Buzz)

By now, we know exactly what to expect from Gucci’s advertising campaigns with Creative Director Alessandro Michele having implemented his bohemian aesthetic from day one. Per usual, British photographer Glen Luchford was selected to capture the newly unveiled Cruise 2017 campaign. But in a shocking move, the ads star 79-year-old actress Vanessa Redgrave, whose presence steals the spotlight from the rest of the cast, the picturesque scenery and even manages to overshadow the clothes.

Gucci Cruise 2017 by Glen Luchford


Gucci Cruise 2017 by Glen Luchford


The campaign seemed to leave our forum members divided in their opinions, however. “Tragedy continues,” stated Scotty the moment the images came to light, suggesting he wasn’t a fan of Michele’s take on Gucci.

“If you switched the thread title to Dolce & Gabbana I wouldn’t have been able to tell the difference. What was the justification for firing Frida [Giannini]?? She wasn’t selling enough clothes? How is the new designer selling clothes??” asked a dumbfounded jj36. (more…)

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