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‘Marilyn of Today’ Kate Upton Stars in Inaugural CR Men’s Book

Carine Roitfeld is launching CR Men’s Book, the brother to her Fashion Book publication and we’re already excited for the big reveal. Buzzy male model Lucky Blue Smith was tapped to cover the inaugural issue, but a men’s magazine would be nothing without a little eye candy and Carine Roitfeld looked to none other than Kate Upton to fill that role.

 

A first look at @kateupton for our first CR Men’s Book! Find out why @carineroitfeld chose Kate on crfashionbook.com

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The voluptuous model appears in a spread where she poses with various men as “lovers, friends and partners.” Roitfeld says she chose Upton to “[represent] different types of beauty and the sexual fantasies of all men.” Sounds difficult to really showcase “different types” of beauty when you’re using the same person for each shot – especially when one can argue that person represents a specific type of beauty, one that is already pervasive in our society while others go overlooked. But we guess when you’re blonde, busty and working with Carine Roitfeld, anything is possible.

Roitfeld calls Upton the “Marilyn of today,” so it will be interesting to see how she will transform such a mainstream look into the “different types” of beauty she mentions. For now, we have a sneak peek of how Roitfeld will handle the model. CR Fashion Book posted a teaser image to Instagram in which we see a profile of Upton clad in a slip and a silky blouse with an olive green shirt tied around her waist. 

We can’t wait to see the spread in full.

[via CR Fashion Book]

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Addyi, the So-Called ‘Female Viagra’ Just Got Approved by the FDA

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The FDA just approved the use of the medication Addyi, which people are calling the “female Viagra.” The pill is supposed to help boost women’s sex drive and it is unique in that it addresses the issue of improving desire, as opposed to actual Viagra which just helps guys with their erections and not their libido in general. 

The launch of the drug has been fraught with controversy from the jump. Supporters of the pill chided the drug market for not providing options for women with libido issues, while others criticized drug companies for pushing the issue under the guise of women’s equality. But the drug has been approved and now there is an option for women who are finding they’ve been feeling less than randy lately. The drug works “by changing the balance of certain brain neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin,” according to the Times. Side-effects include “low blood pressure, fainting, nausea, dizziness and sleepiness.” Addyi’s label also warns that women who drink alcohol should not take it “since that can increase the risk of severely low blood pressure and fainting.” So if you’re willing to forgo booze (or risk a fainting spell) in the name of good sex, the option is yours.

Still,  you’ll have to wait another 18 months before you see any awkward Addyi commercials, complete with women staring out onto the ocean, wearing comfy cashmere sweaters and having romantic beach picnics with their lovers. Sprout Pharmaceuticals, which produces the drug, says it is holding off on radio and TV advertising. As of now, the drug is approved for premenopausal women, though it is looking into getting the green light from the FDA for postmenopausal women and possibly men.

The drug goes on sale October 17.

[via NYT]

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Melissa McCarthy Is Tired of the ‘Plus-Size’ Label

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Melissa McCarthy joins the growing chorus of people who think it’s time we do away with the term “plus-size.” The actress and designer chatted with Refinery 29 about her forthcoming Melissa McCarthy Seven7 line and opened up about the limitations of a term that describes the bulk of the American population. 

“Women come in all sizes. Seventy percent of women in the United States are a size 14 or above, and that’s technically ‘plus-size,’ so you’re taking your biggest category of people and telling them, ‘You’re not really worthy.’ I find that very strange,” McCarthy said. “I also find it very bad business. It doesn’t make a lot of sense numbers-wise. It’s like, if you open a restaurant and you say, ‘We’re primarily gonna serve people that don’t eat.’ It’s like, what? You would be nuts. Yet, people do it with clothing lines all the time, and no one seems to have a problem with it. I just don’t get why we always have to group everything into a good or bad, right or wrong category. I just think if you’re going to make women’s clothing, make women’s clothing.”

McCarthy also thinks that the way clothing for larger women is segregated in brick-and-mortar locations is alienating. It’s something she wishes to avoid with her own brand and there are several retailers who are just as eager to correct this issue. “I have a couple of very big retailers that I think are going to help me chip away at that in a very meaningful way, and I’m really excited about it. I’m not ready to announce them yet, but they agreed to just put me on the floor. I said, ‘Run the sizes as I make them and let friends go shopping with their friends. Stop segregating women.’ And they said, ‘Okay.’”

McCarthy’s collection is due to launch this month.

[vai Refinery 29

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Jessica Alba to Launch Honest Beauty Next Month

Jessica Alba can’t be stopped. Her eco-friendly venture The Honest Company was just valued at $1.7 billion and she’s looking absolutely flawless on the September issue of Allure. Now, the actress-cum-businesswoman is adding to her growing brand with a skincare and cosmetics range called Honest Beauty.

 

We can’t wait to show you what @JessicaAlba has up her sleeve! #HonestBeauty www.honestbeauty.com

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The range is coming quite soon – it’s due out September 9 and will live in its own space on a website separate from The Honest Company. The collection includes a 66-product makeup range and 17 options for skincare. You’ll find all the usual suspects. On the cosmetics side, WWD mentions lip pencils, concealer, blushes, eye shadow and more. Skincare will offer SPF-infused moisturizers (made with a different formula than the company’s faulty sunscreen), cleansers and eye cream. Of course, Honest clings to its core principles with this range, offering products made from natural ingredients.

[ See: 34 Reasons Jessica Alba Wins at Street Style ]

Honest will celebrate the launch of its new leg with a pop-up shop located at The Grove in Los Angeles. It will stand for 6 months and will open September 25, complete with virtual makeup try-on stations. Honest Beauty cosmetics run from $15 to $30 and the skincare options will set you back between $8 and $40.

Honest Beauty already has its own Instagram page with 49,500 followers. The account is full of preview images of products and pictures of Jessica Alba looking very beautiful testing everything out (oh yes, we peeped the expertly-placed highlighter in the pictures). We can’t wait to see what goodness Alba & Co have in store for this latest endeavor. 

[via WWD]

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Joe’s Jeans Introduces Pants That Will Charge Your Phone

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The pockets on women’s jeans usually aren’t even deep enough to hold the smallest of iPhones, yet the folks at Joe’s Jeans expect us to charge our phones with their jeans. That’s right – the denim brand has released a range of jeans called the #Hello line and each style has a secret compartment that fits a battery. Near the compartment is a special pocket for your iPhone, You hook your phone to the battery, slip it into the special charging pocket and voilà! You’ll never spontaneously run out of battery life again – so you’ll have to figure out another excuse for ignoring all those texts. 

The catch? The battery is not included when you buy the denim. The jeans will set you back $189 and you will have to shell out another $49 for the battery. Hey, no one ever said convenience would come cheap. 

Head over to Joe’s Jeans to get yourself a pair.

[via ELLE]

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We’re Giving Away a Gorgeous Sterling Silver and Diamond Maps by A.JAFFE Necklace!

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Nothing better than a good old fashioned opportunity to get free swag! TheFashionSpot and A.JAFFE have teamed up for a giveaway in which you, dear reader, have the chance to win a customized sterling silver with diamond Maps by A.JAFFE necklace. Perfect for remembering a special memory, event or place, each necklace can be engraved with a map of any location in the world — with a diamond marking the exact spot.

The necklace is valued at $220 and you can choose to engrave a message on the back. To get your hands on this gorgeous piece, head over to our Facebook page. You can enter from now until August 31. On September 1, we will announce the winner on Facebook.

So what are you waiting for? 

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