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Gorgeous Jourdan Dunn Used to Hate the Way She Looked

Jourdan Dunn Elle Style awards

Image: WENN

Long legs, razor-sharp cheekbones and a $4 million dollar paycheck – Jourdan Dunn has it all. But though she’s blossomed into a jet-setting in-demand high fashion model, Dunn says she didn’t always feel as confident in herself as she does now. The model sat down with the Sunday Times to talk about the struggles she faced coming to terms with her look as a teenager.

“I didn’t want to leave the house,” she said. “I didn’t want to look in the mirror. I would feel physically sick. I hated being me. I hated going to school. I already didn’t like the way I looked and now people were making me feel bad.” Even after Dunn nabbed herself a modeling contract around the age of 16, she still had esteem issues with her self image. “Once I did get scouted, and would get turned down for jobs because I was so too skinny, it was really damaging for me.”

But Dunn grew to embrace her career as a model after she became pregnant with her now five-year-old son Riley, who has sickle cell anemia. Having a young child with an illness made her realize that she was in a great position to provide for her kid, so she stuck with modeling and the rest? Well, that’s history. 

“I thought to myself: Jourdan, you have this great career in front of you. You can set your son up for life. Just go for it.”

[via Telegraph]

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Madonna Gets Five Different Covers for Cosmopolitan’s 50th Anniversary Issue (Forum Buzz)

Madonna failed to hide the fact she was about to star on an upcoming issue of Cosmopolitan, after she shared a behind-the-scenes photo from the shoot with her 3.5 million Instagram followers back in January. The info was immediately brought over to our forums for discussion and we’ve been waiting for the cover to drop ever since. Cosmo finally released its 50th anniversary issue and understandably, produced five covers for the celebratory occasion. Madonna was photographed by Ellen von Unwerth and insisted in participating in the same old and tiresome concept.

Cosmopolitan May 2015 Madonna Ellen von Unwerth


Make no mistake, the majority of our forum members are yearning for change. “Zzzzzz …. NEXT!” proclaimed DutchHomme right away.

“Sex and Madonna are two things I would never want to associate with one another,” noted a disgusted GivenchyHomme.

GlamorousBoy echoed similar uninterested thoughts, writing, “Awful and boring… everything.” Nail on the head, we say.

Additionally projecting the same idea was Nymphaea: “Can’t she do anything else? For years she hasn’t had any interesting pics. Move on!”

“The plain backgrounds are their signature so to go away with it, for me, loses the identity of the magazine. This is a step toward the wrong direction. It looks like a fan wanted a cover for her but couldn’t find the exact Cosmo fonts and a shot of her on a plain background, thus the result,” MON discredited.

But not everyone was left wanting something different. “It’s a well tested formula for Madonna to be presented like this, at this point in her career. It’s so very interesting that not even Cosmo could break away with that. Shows how much power she has. On the other hand, I do like that 25 years later, she is back on the cover, true Icon!” admired Miss Dalloway.

“All great shots, nothing too original, but still great,” enthused justaguy.

Are you a fan? Join the conversation inside the thread here.

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Kate Upton Didn’t Know Terry Richardson Was Going to Post That Cat Daddy Video

Image: WENN

Image: WENN

Not even a high-profile professional model like Kate Upton is safe from some of Terry Richardson’s creepiness

Back in 2012, fresh off that famous video of her doing the dougie at a basketball game, Terry Richardson tapped the model for a shoot, during which he recorded a behind-the-scenes video of Upton doing the Cat Daddy in nary but an extremely tiny bikini. The video itself got a lot of traction, but Upton was none too pleased at first about the video making the rounds. In fact, the model tells Vogue UK that she didn’t even think the clip would be released. 

In a move that seems so classically Richardson, the photographer posted the video without her knowing, which had Upton seeing red. The model reportedly confronted Richardson about it saying, “That was disrespectful, you could have told me!” But the clip garnered millions of views and actually wound up giving the model even more visibility. In the end, it worked out for her career.

At least Richardson’s questionable antics worked out for someone…

[via Vogue UK]

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Is DKNY Searching for a New Creative Director?

DKNY Fall 2015

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Some major changes could soon be coming to DKNY. Donna Karan’s more youthful DKNY line is rumored to be looking for new leadership, a young designer to bring a fresh perspective to the 26-year-old label. 

DKNY is said to be eyeing talent at some of the industry’s trendiest brands, including Public School, A.L.C.’s Andrea Lieberman and Prabal Gurung. Lieberman and Gurung would not comment on whether they were considering the position and Public School’s Maxwell Osborne has admitted that he already has a lot on his plate building his own brand. Jane Chung, who currently sits as the executive vice president of design for DKNY, has been at the label since its establishment in 1989, so a new direction with new talent seems like it could be a welcome change for the brand. 

Only time will tell what moves DKNY makes, but signs appear to be pointing to some shake-ups at the label.

[via WWD]

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Link Buzz: ABC Confirms Bruce Jenner/Diane Sawyer Interview, Lindsay Lohan Poses for Homme Style

Image: Getty

Image: Getty

  • Lane Bryant launches an underwear campaign for the rest of us gals who DON’T look like Victoria’s Secret Angels. [The Huffington Post]
  • Stacey Bendet is expecting a third child. [Page Six]
  • ABC has confirmed that Diane Sawyer will be sitting down with Bruce Jenner to discuss what many people believe to be his transition to becoming a woman. [ABC]
  • Lindsay Lohan takes pictures for Rankin and answers Mickey Boardman’s questions for Homme Style magazine. [Homme Style]
  • Apple employees are apparently entitled to a 50 percent discount on the Apple Watch. Must be nice. [Business Insider]
  • One analytical chemist offers a brilliant takedown of the “Food Babe,” and why much of what she says is hogwash. [Gawker]
  • Lord & Taylor lands in hot water over an Instagram campaign it did with a few influencers. [Marketing Land]

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Giuliana Rancic Blames Zendaya Debacle on Bad Editing

Giuliana Rancic at ASTRA Awards 2015

Photo: Getty

Giuliana Rancic is finally speaking out about her Fashion Police comments on Zendaya Coleman’s Oscars locs, which started a media firestorm after Rancic quipped that Zendaya’s hair looked like it smelled of “patchouli oil” and “weed.” Rancic offered a most perfect apology in the aftermath of the incident, but never really got a chance to explain herself, namely, why she made such a crappy joke in the first place.

Rancic finally got the opportunity to tell America what happened in her own words. The Fashion Police host paid a visit to the Today Show and told host Savannah Guthrie how this whole thing started in the first place. “I made a reference to the hippie culture. I talked about patchouli oil, which is a hippie perfume,” Rancic said. “In the editing process, some of the gestures I made were taken out for time. So I made peace signs, I said bohemian twice. Those were taken out for time, so when the joke aired, some people were offended by it.”

Though Rancic says she learned a lot from the experience, she says the thing that was most hurtful about the entire debacle is the fact that she was painted as a racist. “That someone could believe that I would have racial undertones in the things I do – absolutely not.”

Rancic says she understands why people were offended and blames it on the fact that she was “not edited in the proper way” as she was telling the joke.

In the interview, Rancic also addresses viewers’ hurtful comments about her weight. “It became distracting. I would do a two-hour red carpet show and I would be so proud of these interviews and fun moments, and I would go on the internet afterwards and see 99% of the comments were about my weight.” Rancic goes on to say that she does not have nor has she ever had an eating disorder, and her thinness is due to the side effects of the cancer medication she’s taking. “I was eating more than I’ve ever eaten and I was losing weight. I was scared. I didn’t think, ‘oh, this is great!’, I was thinking, ‘what the heck’s happening to my body?'”

[via Today]

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