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Selena Gomez Narrates Her Terry Richardson Shoot for Harper’s Bazaar

"This just how I stand when I feel flirty, fun and relaxed. So like, all the time. I find that putting my hands on my head and sticking my elbows out to the side really lets people know I'm feeling fresh."

 

 

"But also I'm a really sensual person. Especially about walls. There's just something about the way they hold up the roof that really gets me going."

"THIS WALLLLL."

"Pool cement can be slippery when wet but it's not wet right now. I wouldn't sit on it if it were wet. It's always really important to keep your shoulders covered up if you burn easily. I don't burn easily but I'm really concerned about aging."

"I am pretending to be scared or surprised or something. Terry Richardson told me to do this and he says this picture is totally [thumbs up] and he's one of the best photographers in the world so I'm sorry if you don't get it."

 

"Market research shows that young college educated women between the ages of 18-35 can't even tell when a picture's been airbrushed.

This is a really nice parisol, I wish it were real. It would have been nice to hold it."

"Yeah, I can be SUCH a mean girl sometimes, look."

 

Selena Gomez by Terry Richardson for Harper's Bazaar April 2013, images via the TFS Forums

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Ruby Rose Sings Blondie, Makes Out and Breathes New Life Into JAG Jeans

I’m not sure how much Ruby Rose’s claim that she loves JAGs because her mum wore them is helping JAG’s reputation as a leading supplier of mum jeans. But dancing around in the said denims while making out with a very attractive man and performing an only slightly cringey rendition of Blondie’s “One Way or Another” is, against all odds, making me want a pair.

The model/presenter/singer/ex-fiance of Catherine McNeil has been tasked with breathing new life into JAG as the face of JAG Bombshell after the brand went into receivership over a year ago. If JAG is trying to speak to a pre-childbirth audience with this move, then they couldn’t have chosen a better face than Ruby’s, which is immediately recognisable and attached to a perfect body that is at all times covered with either a) tattoos or b) designer clothes.

The video filmed to accompany the campaign makes excellent use of Ruby’s place in the upper echelons of youth culture, painting her as a rebellious wild child who makes out with hot guys and looks excellent in slow motion. Let’s all forget about the fact that Ruby is actually an open lesbian and enjoy the show. And then probably go buy some jeans. 

Image: Ruby Rose's Facebook

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Link Buzz: Beyonce is Platinum Blond Now; Your Pants Could Be Shorter

  • Beyonce's new thing is having platinum blond hair and touching it with her mouth open. [BellaSugar]
     
  • Kate Moss' new thing is wearing a super-short eel black wig. [BellaSugar]
     
  • Here's an actual new thing: the first-ever 3D-printed dress, modeled by Dita Von Teese and designed by Michael Schmidt. [PaperMag]
     
  • Taylor Swift almost got into a squabble with Amy Poehler and Tina Fey but everything's okay now. [Starcasm]
     
  • Some people at Paris Fashion Week successfully pulled off "quirky" short culottes. [FabSugar]
     
  • The origin of the Kate Middleton "daughter" rumor. [HaveUHeard]

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PETA Threatens to Sue the Company That Customized Beyonce’s Isabel Marant Sneakers

Last week, I posted an article about Beyonce's special-order Isabel Marant sneaker wedges, which the company PMK customized with stingray, ostrich, calf fur, crocodile and anaconda skins. The shoes (pictured) were ugly, unethical and coming under fire from PETA.

PMK responded to the flurry of news stories with a short statement asserting that "no animals were beaten, harmed, or killed in the development and crafting of the 'King Bey' sneaker." Right. The exotic animal skins apperated out of thin air because the universe could tell that Beyonce thought her Isabel Marants needed a little extra oomph

PETA just emailed us with their response to the custom order sneaker company. The animal rights advocacy group is threatening to sue PMK if the business doesn't acknowledge the fact that animals were harmed to make the Beyonce's new shoes — which she'll probably never wear in public now, ever (small blessings).

From the organization's President, Ingrid Newkirk:

"PMK must face up to the fact that a variety of species were slaughtered for these shoes or confront a consumer-fraud lawsuit. The company's attempt to cover up this cruelty is as ludicrous as a fast-food chain telling customers, 'No cows were harmed in the making of our burgers.'"

Haha. 

PETA also notes that PMK has a Better Business Bureau 'F' rating, with a lawsuit that was filed against the company in January, for violating consumer-protection laws. 

PreviouslyPETA's Not Okay With Beyonce's Customized Isabel Marant Wedge Sneakers

Image via PMK

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Natalia Vodianova’s Net-a-Porter Shoe Party: Everyone Was There But You

Last Friday, Natalia Vodianova celebrated her new line of shoes for Centro and Net-a-Porter and the party was seemingly more exclusive and better-attended than most runway shows. Here are ten of the fifty guests who were in attendance: Natalie Massenet, Karlie Kloss, Christopher Kane, Carine Roitfeld, Mario Testino, Roland Mouret, Grace Coddington, Christian Louboutin, Veronika Chow. I guess those are just your friends if you're a highly-ranked international editorial model in a relationship with Antoine Arnault (below, right), who's essentially fashion's future boss. 

The shoes are available now on Net-a-Porter*. All profits will benefit Natalia's charity, the Naked Heart Foundation.

Images courtesy of NET-A-PORTER

*Shoe collection currently available on NET-A-PORTER International site and will soon be available on The Americas site

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“The Latest Sexist Thing We’re Not Pleased About”

Ever since trailblazing Cosmpolitan editor Helen Gurley Brown's Sex and the Single Girl encouraged 1960s women to be financially independant and maintain uncommited but fulfilling and shame-free sexual relationships while being firmly commited to femininity and man-worship, the publication has had a complicated relationship to feminism

So it's not surprising to see a headline which reads, "The Latest Sexist Thing We're Not Pleased About," on the magazine's website home page, right beside a link for an article called "Sneaky Ways to Burn Calories," which urges women to shape up with squats while blow-drying their hair in the morning. "We live in a sexist culture, get mad about it!" / "Don't just stand there watching your hair dry, get your glutes in shape!" It's the perfect expression of a classic women's mag formula, which Cosmo itself helped perfect in the decades following the Women's Liberation Movement: make women feel bad about themselves under the guise of empowerment.

In this case, the dose of empowerment is set up as sheer entertainment. The headline trivializes itself and forestalls the possibility of the readers taking its contents seriously: "The Latest Sexist Thing We're Not Pleased About…" Things are terrible, LOL. The article details a new line of misogynist T-shirts that make light of violence against women. (Actually terrible. Depressingly not uncommon.) " Major fail," writes Cosmopolitan. LOL!

On the Internet, articles that get outraged about sexism or racism or whatever-ism attract readers. "The Latest Sexist Thing We're Not Pleased About…" is basically not even the title of one article, but a description of an entire section of the Internet. I'm picking on Cosmo, but this is an Internet-wide problem and one none of us are immune to: you clicked on this post; I wrote it. Outrage is a kind of web-based drug.

We should all care about how and why the game is rigged against certain people, but on the Internet, it all memefies into background noise. Internet feminism is a verbose, angry cat photo. Sexism, racism and other forms of structural oppression are real problems with deep consequences; they're not punchlines.

 

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