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Joan Smalls, Riley Montana, Ajak Deng and Maria Borges Heat Things Up for V Magazine

Joan Smalls V Magazine Fire With Fire

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The temperature is slowly rising, and things are also heating up over at V Magazine. For the glossy’s latest issue (no. 94), it tapped an all-black cast – something you don’t see every day – for a shoot with Steven Klein called “Fight Fire with Fire.” Models Joan Smalls, Riley Montana, Ajak Deng and Maria Borges pose like daredevils next to burning cars.

The ferocious femmes, styled by Arianne Phillips, are decked out in designer duds from Tom Ford, Givenchy, Moschino and more. It is a definite must-see from the magazine, not to mention refreshing to see a cast of exclusively black models booked for something other than a tired safari or “tribal” spread.

Check out the editorial in the slideshow below. (more…)

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Karen Elson Delivers Another Memorable Cover for Vogue Thailand (Forum Buzz)

Ever since its debut issue back in February 2013, Vogue Thailand has been on a mission to impress. Coco Rocha, Malgosia Bela and Naomi Campbell have previously showed face on the magazine’s cover and now, it’s Karen Elson‘s turn. Photographed for both the cover and an accompanying fashion story, the British redhead-turned-occasional songstress was captured by Marcin Tyszka for a series of timeless photos that serve up Karen’s beauty and allure perfectly for the April 2015 edition.

Vogue Thailand March 2015 Karen Elson Marcin Tyszka

IMAGE: PATRICIAMCMAHON.COM

But has Vogue Thailand done enough to excite our forum members? “Giving me the Australian Vogue vibes. Pass,” MON discredited immediately after the cover broke earlier this week.

“Not the best quality, but wish there was less text & awkward mouth, always great to see her on Vogue though!” added Miss Dalloway.

The mood soon started to shape up as KateTheGreatest enthused, “She looks flawless, I don’t think I’ve ever liked a Vogue Thailand cover so much.”

Handbag Queen shared the same sentiments: “Karen is so beautiful and photogenic and always does the best covers!”

“Karen always looks like a goddess. Love the contrast in this shot!” admired Nepenthes.

Also taking a liking to Vogue Thailand’s efforts this month was GlamorousBoy: “I love the colors, so vibrant.”

See inside our thread for Karen’s full cover story and share your own opinion here.

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American Eagle Outfitters and Aéropostale Get a Long Overdue Makeover

Image: American Eagle, Aéropostale

Image: American Eagle Outfitters, Aéropostale

You’ll be seeing a lot fewer people walking around with eagles embroidered on their sweatshirts. Teen retailers American Eagle Outfitters and Aéropostale have been stuck in the shadows of fast fashion meccas like H&M , but both seem to have found the light.

Seeing the success of other stores churning out trendy items without all the ham-fisted branding has made American Eagle Outfitters and Aéropostale rethink plastering their clothes with logos, and instead focus on creating a product more in tune with the tastes of their demographic. The retailers are hoping their new approach to design will help lure back customers — and give them a leg up over Abercrombie & Fitch, which is going through its own struggles as it tries to revamp its image. 

American Eagle Outfitters has fortunately seen some growth in the past few months. Things haven’t fared so well yet for Aéropostale, but it is turning over inventory faster than Abercrombie, which has been slower to embrace change. It’s about time these companies realize that logos aren’t the look on the streets anymore.

[via The Business of Fashion]

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Harvey Weinstein Has Some Words for Hollywood and Its Diversity Issues

Harvey Weinstein

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By now, it’s clear that Hollywood has a diversity problem. And while it may be enough for some to merely joke about it during the Oscars or simply sweep it under the rug, there are a few people standing up to acknowledge these issues — like Harvey Weinstein, who says that he’s felt the bias of the film industry…or at least his movies have. The Weinstein Company boss spoke about his struggles to get his films adequately recognized by the Academy at the First Time Fest at the Gansevoort Park Avenue Hotel.

“I did $130 million for [Lee Daniels’s] The Butler, $16 million for Fruitvale [Station], and $25 million on Mandela [Long Walk to Freedom]. Three movies, and I didn’t get an Oscars nomination for all three!” he said. “They said ‘Okay, well it’s 12 Years a Slave that’s going to be the movie that gets nominated.’ And I go, ‘Well, what happened? You can’t put three black actors in the Best Actor category? You can’t put two black screenwriters in? Oprah Winfrey, who killed it, or Forest Whitaker? Or David Oyelowo, who’s a great actor?'”

Granted, Weinstein may just be salty because his movies aren’t getting the recognition he thinks they deserve, as opposed to having any actual concern about the diversity problem he’s addressing, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have a point. Why not have three black actors in the Best Actor category? Especially when those actors are putting out great performances. Or, for that matter, why aren’t there more films with actors of all ethnicities? People all over the world have stories to tell, and it’s high time we heard them. 

[via Vulture]

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Oscar-Winner Julianne Moore Scores the April Cover of Harper’s Bazaar (Forum Buzz)

Harper’s Bazaar toned down its April cover shoot after making Rihanna swim with sharks for the March issue. This time around, Oscar-winning actress Julianne Moore is the glossy’s April cover star. Photographed by Camilla Akrans, the 54-year-old redhead wears a silver sequined top from Christian Dior, selected by  Although we cannot help but feel a little disappointed.

US Harper's Bazaar April 2015 Julianne Moore Camilla Akrans

IMAGE: HARPERSBAZAAR.COM

Our forum members flocked to the thread to kick off the discussion. “Ugh it sucks that Bazaar would be the cover she lands after her Oscar win. She deserves so much better!” ranted A.D.C. within minutes.

“I love Julianne and Camilla and that background color, but her face/expression is a bit off… the smile and her eyes,” miguelalmeida replied.

MON wasn’t feeling it at first glance, either and made some suggestions: “I was expecting something more tbh. Julianne and Camilla should’ve been perfect. This is underwhelming. She looks tired. Her head looks bigger and it looks like it was attached to the body. Is it just me who hates it when Bazaar strays away with their white background? I think it’s their identity and they’re at their strongest with the white background! But it’s undeniable that that pink is pretty, but I wanted to see something soft in a white background.”

Feeling the same way was Miss Dalloway, who added, “The face she is making here is SO unfortunate, that can not be the best shot of her they had! This magazine is hopeless!”

“Meh.. Julianne’s Oscar win was so epic. This cover fails to convey the moment. I bet Vogue would have done a better job,” Nepenthes sniggered.

Do you think Bazaar failed to capture Julianne in the best light? Let us know inside the thread here.

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Facebook Gets Rid of Its ‘Feeling Fat’ Emoticon

Facebook emoticons

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After protests from several users, Facebook has retired the “feeling fat” option from its drop-down status menu. Among options including “incomplete,” “angry,” “nostalgic” and “confident” was “fat,” which sparked ire and led to a Change.org petition claiming that “fat is not a feeling.”

“Fat is a natural part of our bodies, no matter their weight,” declared Catherine Weingarten of Endangered Bodies, an organization that fights against negative images of women’s bodies in the media and culture, “And all bodies deserve to be respected and cared for.”  Weingarten argues in the petition that the option was offensive due to the struggles many men and women have with their bodies, and the “fat” option is just another way for bigger people to be ashamed of who they are. “When Facebook users set their status to ‘feeling fat,’ they are making fun of people who consider themselves to be overweight, which can include many people with eating disorders,” she wrote. “That is not OK.”

After garnering over 16,000 signatures, Facebook deleted the option within two weeks. Activists from Endangered Bodies are obviously thrilled. “This success shows us that people together can challenge the cultural messages that are so damaging to our ability to love ourselves and live comfortably in our bodies.” Facebook explained its decision to get rid of the emoticon. “We’ve heard from our community that listing ‘feeling fat’ as an option for status updates could reinforce negative body image, particularly for people struggling with eating disorders,” the company said in a statement. “We’ll continue to listen to feedback as we think about ways to help people express themselves on Facebook.”

Add one point for team body confidence!

[h/t E!]

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