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Is this Gwen Stefani Image an InStyle Cover or Diet Coke Ad? (Forum Buzz)

We made it pretty clear last month that we loathed InStyle‘s new redesign and unfortunately for us, the magazine hasn’t ditched it for the newly released December 2015 cover. Following in the footsteps of Drew Barrymore, Gwen Stefani becomes InStyle‘s latest cover girl, shot by photographer Jan Welters. A rather startled-looking Gwen wears an embellished crop top and skirt by Carolina Herrera, leaving us cold rather than feeling festive and ready for the holidays.

US InStyle December 2015 Gwen Stefani by Jan Welters

IMAGE: INSTYLE.COM

Members of our forums went off on the cover. “I’m really not liking the new cover formatting for U.S. InStyle,” criticized Handbag Queen right away.

“No, I’m not liking it either. I can see they’re experimenting with a cleaner look, but by tinkering with the design, it’s like they’ve lost the substance of their brand. They haven’t refined their identity, they’ve subtracted from it,” tigerrouge inputted.

Feeling the same way was MON: “It really saddens me to see an established magazine suffering from identity crisis. They’ve done well with their old layout, so why fix something that’s not broken? The new layout is just sad. The goal is to make the magazine look fresh, but it ended up looking tired, even more dated, and pretentious. It’s like how Glamour used to look like!”

Forum member jal718 agreed, simply adding, “No, not good at all.”

“The colours just remind me of a Diet Coke can. But maybe that’s just me,” mocked honeycombchild.

“Kind of baffled they went with a mostly white background when her hair, skin, and outfit are so light already. The gradient effect looks a bit stupid as well. Love Gwen, so I might pick this up regardless,” shared KINGofVERSAILLES.

Will you be buying it? Drop us a comment here.

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Bloomingdale’s Apologizes for That ‘Inappropriate’ Date Rape Ad

Bloomingdales Date Rape Ad

Image: Tech Insider

What’s gotten into retailers lately? H&M South Africa made headlines for an offensive tweet defending its all-white ads and now Bloomingdale’s is under fire for an ad in its holiday catalog that encourages viewers to spike their friends’ drinks. The ad, a promotion for Rebecca Minkoff, reads, “Spike your best friend’s eggnog when they’re not looking.” Even more disturbing, it features a man staring intently at an unsuspecting woman seen laughing and looking in the other direction. 

Date rape, which so often starts with a spiked drink, is no laughing matter. It’s certainly an indecent premise for a holiday marketing campaign. The timing of the ad couldn’t be worse given the drugging and rape accusations that continue to surface against Bill Cosby. 

After the uproar, Bloomingdale’s apologized in a statement to Tech Insider: “In reflection of recent feedback, the copy we used in our recent catalog was inappropriate and in poor taste. Bloomingdale’s sincerely apologizes for this error in judgment.” 

Normalizing rape culture to sell clothes is deplorable to say the least. We can’t fathom how this ad even made it past marketing execs but let’s hope it never happens again. 

[via Tech Insider]

 

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Rebel Wilson Lied About Her Age Because of ‘Sexism’ In Hollywood

Rebel Wilson seen being interviewed by Mario Lopez at Universal Studios for Extra TV.

Photo: WENN

Rebel Wilson’s real age was revealed to be to be 35, not 29, through official ASIC documents earlier this year, and now the actress has explained that her decision to lie came down to “ageism” and “sexism” in her line of work.

Speaking to WHO Australia magazine in her cover girl role, Rebel said, “Being an actress it affects women more than men in terms of ageism and sexism so to be called out by the press on something most sensible business-minded people would have done in my position, it was a bit hurtful.” She continued, “When you’re an actor, you have what’s called a playing range; to me, it’s not really beneficial having your age written anyway.” (more…)

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WATCH: Girl Who’s Going Deaf Finds Out Her Dream of Meeting Taylor Swift Is Coming True

When Maitland girl Jorja Hope found out she was going to lose her hearing completely, she was devastated that she wouldn’t be able to hear Taylor Swift sing anymore.

After her twin sister, Chloe, kicked off the now-viral campaign #HelpJorjaMeetTaylorSwiftSydney to help Jorja meet the pop star during her Sydney concert later this month, radio station Nova, which is hosting Taylor’s intimate Hamilton Island gig, picked up the story and lent their helping hands to help make Jorja’s dreams become a reality.

Travelling to the studio for what she thought would be a studio tour, Jorja was lost for words when radio hosts “Fitzy and Wippa” told her they were granting her wish of one day meeting Taylor Swift.

Watch her adorbs reaction in the video above because it’s actually the sweetest thing you’ll see today. We dare you not to tear up.

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Sam Frost and Sasha Mielczarek Bare All In New WHO Photo Shoot

Sam Frost and Sasha Mielczarek have stripped down for WHO Australia‘s Most Intriguing People 2015 issue, making it The Bachelorette‘s most revealing shoot since that unforgettable MAXIM cover.

Hitting news stands today, November 12, the reality show’s winning couple bare close to all in an intimate shot, laying on the bed together, shirtless. Rebel Wilson and Chris Hemsworth front the issue, while Sam and Sasha feature alongside the likes of Malcolm Turnbull, Mick Fanning, Michelle Bridges and Lara Worthington.

Sam reveals her feelings about finding Sasha inside the mag, saying, “I pinch myself every day and think it’s a true blessing that I’ve got the love of my life and so many people supporting me. Today I feel strong and I honestly feel like I’m the luckiest person alive.”

Cheers to love.

[Via WHO Australia]