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Ashley Graham Becomes First Plus-Size Model to Cover ‘Sports Illustrated’ Swim Issue

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Courtesy of Sports Illustrated

It’s official: Ashley Graham just made history as the first size 16 model to front the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. Graham appears on the cover in a skimpy navy blue and yellow bikini, smizing for the camera as waves crash against her curvy frame. The significance of this groundbreaking moment is not lost on Graham. “I thought Sports Illustrated was taking a risk by putting a girl my size in the pages,” she told People. “But putting me on the cover? They aren’t just breaking barriers; they are the standard now. This is beyond epic.”

She hopes the cover empowers young girls struggling with body acceptance. “Girls who are insecure about their bodies, girls who feel fat, girls who have cellulite, girls who have stretch marks on their body — those are all the things that I had as a kid and I never had a woman like me growing up to look at,” Graham said. “I had my mother and that’s one thing, but to have somebody who has cellulite, who has things that jiggle, who has back fat and talk about how you can be an overcomer and not let society take you down for all of that. That’s real.”

The body image activist even dedicated the cover to them, saying, “I want to dedicate it to all of the women out there who never felt that they were beautiful enough, who never felt like they were skinny enough, and who never felt like they were going to be able to be represented in society like this. Because now we’re being represented.”

UFC fighter Ronda Rousey and model Hailey Clauson also front this year’s swimsuit issue, in newsstands now. Kudos to Sports Illustrated for celebrating women of all sizes. Victoria’s Secret, time to follow their lead.

[via People]

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Watch: Rebel Wilson Divides the Internet with Controversial BAFTA Speech

Rebel Wilson is funny. We know that. We also know that some things which make us laugh can be cruel, cut-throat or confronting. And while her speech at the 2016 BAFTA Awards on Sunday Night seemed to have the crowd in stitches, it also caused some internet backlash, over its race and transgender references. 

Taking to the stage at London’s Royal Opera House to present the Best Supporting Actor award, Rebel took a swipe at the Oscars’ diversity issue and also made a comment about her “transgender face” before announcing the winner.

The Aussie comedian said, “It’s so great to be here at this really serious event. I have never been invited to the Oscars, because as you know they are racists, but the BAFTAs have diverse members and that’s what we all want to see in life… diverse members.”

In case you missed it, prominent actors like Jada Pinkett-Smith and Will Smith have boycotted this year’s 2016 Oscars on February 28, in protest of the lack of racial diversity among nominees. 

Rebel didn’t stop at the Oscars digs, though. “One day I hope to return here to collect a BAFTA myself. I have already been practicing my transgender face,” she continued, striking a sultry pose to the audience. Some were less than impressed with the call, bringing up the struggles that the transgender community face, such as suicidal thoughts.



On the flip side, others understood Rebel’s comment to be about Eddie Redmayne’s performance as transgender artist Lili Elbe in The Danish Girl.


To finish things off, Rebel did make one last gag. “Sorry, Idris Elba, you are making me a bit nervous,” she said. “But I am sociologically programmed to want chocolate on Valentine’s Day.”

Watch it all for yourself below and make your own judgement. Humorous or hurtful? 

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Adele’s Long-Awaited Second US Vogue Cover Has Landed! (Forum Buzz)

Our forums have been up in arms regarding Vogue‘s March 2016 edition, typically known to us as its annual power issue. Names like Lady Gaga and Adele were thrown around after numerous unconfirmed reports and it is indeed Adele who has made the cover of Vogue‘s latest. She’s certainly no stranger to the front cover of a magazine, having already got an American Vogue cover under her belt along with a British Vogue appearance. The British singer and songwriter looks sensational wearing a custom Burberry dress selected by Tonne Goodman in the stunning close-up image, photographed by Annie Leibovitz.

US Vogue March 2016 : Adele by Annie Leibovitz

IMAGE: VOGUE.COM

It didn’t take long for our forum members to weigh in. “As much as I was wishing for the Gaga rumour to be true, I love this. The colours are beautiful and Adele is such a star,” shared LastNight, hitting us off on a positive note.

“Gorgeous shot of Adele. Love the styling (beautiful colors) and the setting. My favorite thing is how this looks very different from anything I’ve seen of hers in the past,” justaguy admired.

But everyone else was left appalled. “Good Housekeeping is looking great this month!” mocked SanderGreen, suggesting the shot wasn’t worthy of Vogue. (more…)

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Bella Hadid Manages to Outshine Naomi Campbell on Allure’s 25th Anniversary Covers (Forum Buzz)

Her sister is on newsstands left, right and center, so it was inevitable that a magazine was going to jump on featuring Bella Hadid. Amid the staff changes, beauty bible Allure has been delivering terrific covers issue after issue (aside from last month’s cover). As the publication celebrates its 25th anniversary with the March 2016 edition, Allure serves up two covers for us to deliberate over. Joining Bella is modeling legend Naomi Campbell and the duo both look fantastic before the lens of legendary fashion photographer Patrick Demarchelier.

Allure March 2016 : Noami Campbell & Bella Hadid by Patrick Demarchelier

IMAGE: ALLURE.COM

But one cover, in particular, took the spotlight. “I think Bella looks really pretty here. Naomi looks good, too, except for her hair looks really fake,” explained justaguy.

Also pointing out Naomi’s hair was dodencebt: “I don’t know if I dislike Naomi’s bad wig or Bella’s greasy hair more.” (more…)

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Taylor Swift’s Squad Responds to Kanye West’s Offensive Lyrics and Twitter Rant

 

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There were plenty of noteworthy moments at Yeezy Season 3 but there’s one in particular that stood out in everyone’s minds. With The Life of Pablo blasting in the background of his fashion show, the world first heard Kanye’s new song referencing Taylor Swift.

On the song Famous, Kanye raps, “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex, I made that bitch famous.” WHAT. As if Kanye didn’t offend Taylor enough when he intercepted her award (an act he later apologized for profusely), he’s back at it again with a round of demeaning and misogynistic lyrics. (more…)

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Zoe Kravitz Is a Natural Beauty on the Cover of Teen Vogue (Forum Buzz)

She’s currently the face of Balenciaga alongside Anna Ewers and now we welcome Zoe Kravitz with open arms as Teen Vogue‘s latest cover girl. Lately, our forums have been giving major kudos to the magazine for giving us our monthly dose of diversity and for March 2016, we couldn’t be more accepting of the mag’s efforts. The American actress photographed beautifully wearing Alexander Wang before the lens of Josh Olins. Complete with minimal makeup and zero signs of Photoshop, what more could we ask for?

Teen Vogue March 2016 : Zoe Kravitz by Josh Olins

IMAGE: TEENVOGUE.COM

Members of our forums were in complete awe. “Love love love, Zoe looks great. Amy Astley has been killing it lately with her cover choices,” declared fer19dog the moment the cover came to light.

Teen Vogue has been on a roll! This is stunning! It takes me back to the 90s, in a good way. I like it! Teen Vogue stick with this direction, please,” begged a more than elated MON(more…)