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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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Willow Smith’s First Chanel Campaign Is Here — and We Love It! (Forum Buzz)

As announced back in March, Willow Smith is Chanel’s latest ambassadress and her debut as the face of the iconic French fashion house is finally here. Following in the footsteps of the likes of Claudia Schiffer, Cara Delevingne and Lily-Rose Depp, Willow’s first role is starring in Chanel’s eyewear campaign for Fall 2016. Photographed by Karl Lagerfeld, the 15-year-old is a natural as she models the latest collection of sunglasses in a series of striking black and white images.

Chanel Eyewear F/W 2016.17 : Willow Smith by Karl Lagerfeld

IMAGE: RACKED.COM

The campaign seemed to leave the majority of our forum members very pleasantly surprised. “All nepotism aside, I actually find this very cool. The styling is fun. Reminds me of Karl’s extravagant era for Chanel in the 80s,” favored Wolkfolk straight away.

“I love this! It feels fresh. She looks like Rihanna in the first shot,” pointed out reesewu. (more…)

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Did This Non-Muslim Beauty Vlogger Cross the Line by Wearing a Hijab?

Etiquette dictates that we never talk about religion or politics in business or at the dinner table. That said, it’s 2016, and the public figures we admire most (Marc Jacobs, Amy Schumer) don’t skirt around even the most inflammatory issues.

Perhaps that’s why Chloe Morello, a successful beauty vlogger with over 700,000 Instagram followers and 1.7 million YouTube subscribers, felt comfortable donning a hijab during her Eid-dedicated tutorial.

After deftly applying her “Soft Glam Look With Cool Tones!” Morello decided to demonstrate how her makeup would look with her hair covered. Morello, an atheist, prefaced her wearing of the headscarf by clarifying, “[This is] just so you can see what the look will look like with a hijab on. I don’t want to offend anyone when I do this.” She continued, “Most people like it, I think, but it’s purely so the hijabis know what it will look like with one on.” (more…)

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A Young Kate Moss Models the Sneaker Poised to Be the Next Stan Smith

White sneaks have had their time but we’re ready to call it. Sure, we love a good tennis silhouette, but we also value our individuality. The moment Céline designer Phoebe Philo took a bow in her white Adidas Stan Smiths, we, along with the rest of the world it seems, fell in love. Five years and an ungodly number of Stan Smiths later (Adidas has reportedly sold 40 million pairs of the shoe since they first hit the market in 1963 but won’t reveal how many of those sales happened post-2014 Philo-inspired relaunch), our souls and soles are weary.

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Yet again, Adidas is here to rescue us from our sartorial slump, this time with the help of another fashion frontrunner — the one and only Kate Moss. Miraculously resurrected from her Absolutely Fabulous death, the British supermodel is the face of Adidas’ newly reissued Gazelles. When you’ve been in the game as long as Moss has, you don’t even need to sit and snap a photo to star in a campaign. All it takes is signing off on the use of an archive image of your trailblazing self lounging in said classic kicks, a little help from digital artist slash provocateur Doug Abraham (aka @bessnyc4) and you’re good to go. (more…)

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Bhumika Arora Is the Star of UK ELLE’s Multi-Model August Cover (Forum Buzz)

We’ve become so accustomed to seeing actresses and musicians on the covers of mainstream fashion titles every month that it was a breath of fresh air to see a handful of models on the latest issue of British ELLE. Because, let’s face it, UK ELLE had a lot to make up for after last month’s Bella Hadid reprint. After asking its social media followers to select their favorite shot (which was to ultimately end up as the August 2016 cover), the people have spoken and opted for the one below, featuring beauties Ysaunny Brito, Bhumika Arora, Sofie Hemmet and Maggi Jablonski. Captured by Kai Z Feng, the girls each hold their own while wearing Prada.

UK Elle August 2016 by Kai Z Feng

IMAGE: ELLEUK.COM

But the cover had our forum members divided in their opinions. “That wouldn’t win any awards for ‘best use of a brick wall on a fashion magazine cover’. Was there not some – any sort – of better background material than that?” asked an underwhelmed tigerrogue straight away.

“If anything it looks very generic. That brick wall background is beyond amateur hour. And the cast is quite bland. It could have worked if they booked better models,” added GivenchyHomme. (more…)

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Tyra Banks (Hopefully) Just Put an End to the Supermodel War

Yet again, Tyra Banks has reached a decision.

In this instance, the girls (metaphorically) standing before her, Kendall Jenner and Stephanie Seymour, represent two modeling factions: today’s leading ladies (Kendall) and those who dominated the 90s (Seymour). However, Tyra (symbolically) holds not just one picture in her hand, but two. The America’s Next Top Model creator is here to end the generational war once and for all, via blog post. (For those who haven’t heard, Stephanie Seymour, Rebecca Romijn and other 90s fashion mainstays have allegedly said the new set isn’t worthy of the “Supermodel” title.)

Last Wednesday, Tyra foreshadowed the unveiling of said peace treaty cum personal essay with the above tweet. Shortly thereafter, the reality television queen shared a link to the post, entitled “Model War,” claiming it was her “duty to speak up” on the matter. (more…)

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