About six months ago, Kanye West publicly vowed during his Yeezus tour that he would not talk about his now-defunct deal with Nike or Louis Vuitton. This came as a relief to many, as all Kanye could talk about around the time was how Nike wouldn't give him enough millions to design his sneakers and how Louis Vuitton wouldn't take an impromptu meeting with him while he was in Paris. Kanye did a pretty good job of holding out from ranting too much, but now that the six-month period is over, he's back to his regularly scheduled petulance.
During a show at London's Wireless Festival, Yeezy took a few minutes in the middle of his set to remind the public how cruel brands like Louis Vuitton and Nike have been to him, you know, by carrying on their business with Kanye as they would any other celebrity designer. "I'm not particularly angry or anything like that, but what I'm saying is they're taking the idea of celebrity, and tried to make me seem like I was stupid or something."
ORLY Kanye? Please, tell us more.
"I'm not dissing Louis Vuitton, I'm not dissing the Gucci group and shit," he continued. "I'm just saying, don't discriminate against me because I'm a black man or because I'm a celebrity to tell me I can't create in that field. 'Cause you know damn well ain't no black guys or celebrities making no Louis Vuitton nothin'. They let Pharrell make those glasses, and we liked 'em, right? They let me make those shoes and we liked 'em right? And they say no, no, no n••••a, not no more, that's too much."
You see folks, the not "particularly angry" Kanye is just annoyed that these two particular labels stood in the way of his dreams, which he says is what this latest rant is really about. But if we know anything about his kicking and screaming, it's that it gets results. It is his outspokenness that got he and his wife on the cover of Vogue, a lucrative deal with Adidas (Kanye complained in the past that Nike didn't want to give him enough in royalties) and even a second collaboration with A.P.C. If anything, it seems that many of Kanye's dreams are coming true, because he's made a big enough stink about them.
We're not sure what his angle with Nike or Louis Vuitton is — maybe he's looking for a creative director title at one of the brands in exchange for past slights? Another design opportunity? More attention than he's already getting? Whatever it is, you can bet that Kanye won't stop yakking about it until he is appeased.
Watch Kanye air his grievances at the 4:30 minute mark below.
Image: Air New Zealand
Let's be real–no one ever listens to the flight safety video on airplanes. No one. We'll admit that we've napped, played candy crush and watched Beyoncé music videos through many a flight attendant's demonstrations on how to properly blow up a life vest. Air New Zealand, sick of passengers browsing SkyMall during their safety briefing, decided to spice up the video by enlisting the help of Sports Illustrated swimsuit models Chrissy Teigen, Hannah Davis, Ariel Meredith, Jessica Gomes and Christie Brinkley to show passengers "the beauty of safety" and celebrate the magazine's 50th anniversary.
The bikini-clad models walk passengers through the aircraft safety protocol–on a beach, reclining in lounge chairs, buckling seatbelts and putting on oxygen masks. Hot girls in swimsuits are enough to make anyone prick up and pay attention to an otherwise boring tutorial, but Air New Zealand's cheeky video had feminists crying foul, calling the informational video sexist and disrespectful to women. Natasha Young launched a Change.org petition urging Air New Zealand to remove the video. "A safety video is to alert passengers on what to do in an emergency; it should not be a celebration of the sexualised female body," the petition reads. "This video is culturally insensitive; it disregards those who are conservative by nature and are uncomfortable with its imagery and disregards passengers who have been exposed to sexual assault. This video creates an unnecessarily difficult and uncomfortable working environment for its female staff, which goes against the entire nature of safety."
The petition garnered over 11,000 signatures, and the video has since been pulled–but not because of any outrage. An Air New Zealand spokesperson told BuzzFeed that the airline had planned to take the video out of rotation all along and it was supposed to be a temporary thing to coincide with Sports Illustrated's 50th anniversary. Still, the petition organizer is counting this as a victory, "We did it! You guys are just the best! You did so much to take this petition from a little to a lot! This is massive," Young wrote. "I’m so glad to learn I wasn’t alone, and that thousands of people were with me on this. Hopefully, Air New Zealand will think twice before they objectify women and use sexism as a bad joke again."
Watch the video below and let us know: do you think it's sexist or just harmless fun?
Sydney-born model Renee Somerfield has joined forces with PETA in a new advertising campaign that claims animal agriculture is a leading cause of climate change and contributes to resource depletion, world hunger and pollution. The shoot took place in Sydney last week and saw Renee turn into a human globe, painted from neck-to-toe in the Earth's countries and oceans by artist Jade Little.
The nude model holds signs up for the shoot saying, "Save The Earth: Go Vegan," which is fitting for the international campaign dubbed #GoVegan. As a Maxim cover girl, Renee could seem like an unusual pick for the campaign, but this Australian beauty is an animal rights advocate and devoted vegan.
She's raised money for the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, fronted LUSH's Divine Whale campaign and utilises her social media presence to create awareness. On the day of the shoot, she posted a behind-the-scenes photo across her Instagram boasting more than 674,000 followers.
"Farming animals for human consumption contributes to over 50% of global greenhouse gas & is one of the biggest contributors to pollution & climate change today," she wrote. "Just by cutting out meat, you are responsible for 1.5 fewer tonnes of carbon dioxide every year… Pretty awesome. Going vegan is the single most effective thing you can do to save the planet."
We can always count on Seafolly to make a swimming decision when it comes to model choice, and the newest campaign is no exception. Victoria's Secret model Martha Hunt has been tapped to parade the latest designs for the Aussie swimwear brand, shot by Enrique Badulescu amongst the picturesque scenery of the Whitsundays.
Not only has Martha graced the catwalk with the world's most beautiful women for the renowned lingerie brand Victoria's Secret, the North Carolina-born, New York-based model has also fronted top glossies like Vogue, Harper's Bazaar and Elle.
In her move with Seafolly, she joins the long list of incredibly-engineered beauties chosen to front the brand. Kristy Hinze was the first face (and body) picked back in 2001, followed by the likes of Miranda Kerr, Jessica Hart, Catherine McNeil and Samantha Harris.
Members of our forums began to descend on the Cover Rumor Thread a while ago to speculate on Vogue Italia's upcoming cover. The wait is finally over, though, as the cover eventually surfaced right before the weekend, but with mixed reactions. The July 2014 foldout cover of Italian Vogue features 11 faces, all socializing and engaging with one another while being photographed by Steven Meisel in a cafe/restaurant setting. Styled by Karl Templer, the models wear a range of outfits from Louis Vuitton.
IMAGE CREDIT: VOGUE.IT VIA TFS FORUMS
"Easily the most stale cover they've had in ages, Lexi's face looks like a reject from two months ago and all the other girls look 'shopped to the max. The film is dripping with pretense; apathetic models hanging around in a bar, looking void and hollow while the voice is supposed to add a layer of depth but does not connect to the images. What a terrible disappointment," commented Vitamine W.
loladonna was on the same wavelength: "Nobody is 'killing it' on this cover. Everyone looks bored and the direction and composition is beyond lazy."
"Exactly, everyone looks awful. And if it were any other magazine but Vogue Italia, people would be bashing this to shreds, because it's terribly amateur looking and awkward," echoed HeatherAnne.
On the other hand, some forum members were delighted. "I love everything about this cover," enthused quangthinh.
Miss Dalloway also seemed very satisfied and wrote, "It's beautiful, especially once you see it in full. The male model in the foldout should have been in the main cover, he has far more presence than any of the other two guys! I always love seeing male models being included in the cover."
IMAGE CREDIT: VOGUE.IT VIA TFS FORUMS
Check out the thread for the accompanying video and don't forget to join the discussion here.
She's best known for her role in Tim Burton's version of Alice in Wonderland back in 2010, and now Mia Wasikowska is Interview's August cover subject. The Australian actress is photographed by Craig McDean, who also shot the 24-year-old for AnOther Magazine's Spring 2014 cover. Shot against an orange backdrop wearing a black sleeveless coat from Celine, a playful Mia stretches out an elastic band while gazing down the lens. Karl Templer styled Mia for both the cover and the cover story.
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Most members of our forums aren't so taken with the actress. "Why is Mia always getting covers? And why is she practically Craig McDean's muse? Have to admit she'll in 20 years time be mostly remembered for Alice in Wonderland and will kinda just be an over-hyped indie darling," wrote LylaScans.
"I agree. I´m all into the trendy semi-indie actresses of today (Rooney, Carey, Elizabeth Olsen, etc.) but Mia leaves me so cold and apart from Stoker I can´t say I´m a big fan. This is a great cover though," replied jmrmartinho.
A.D.C. shared their sentiments: "I'm so over Mia. She's like the big screen's Lena Dunham. Who wants to read about her?!?!?"
Nepenthes seemed to be undecided and wrote, "The cover is dull but still beautiful. Thankfully, the editorial is way more interesting. What is she promoting?"
On the other hand, forum member Berlin Rocks had a positive attitude toward the cover: "That's pretty cool. That's how you do an orange background cover. Take note Vogue Paris. Even though black+orange is still aggressive to my eyes in print, the white, the soft portrait, makes it look cool."
The cover story has been posted inside the thread, which can be viewed here. Don't forget to post your own opinion, too!