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Transgender Model Geena Rocero Wants to Be a Victoria’s Secret Angel

Geena Rocero

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It’s an interesting time to be transgender in America. Though trans people have gained more visibility in popular culture, the community still faces discrimination under the law. The city of Houston just repealed the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO), which banned discrimination against the LGBTQ community in the workplace, housing and public accommodations. Since coming out as transgender onstage at a Ted talk in March 2014, Rocero has used her platform to affect lasting change. She founded advocacy group and production company Genderproud and shared the cover of Candy Magazine with Laverne Cox, Janet Mock and Carmen Carrera. These days, the stunning supermodel is setting her sights on the cover of Sports Illustrated and hopes to one day model for Victoria’s Secret. She spoke with ELLE about diversity in the fashion industry and the change she wants to see in public policy. Check out a few excerpts from her interview below:

On how the fashion industry can improve:

“I think there are fashion allies, from Hood By Air to Givenchy, which has been a big advocate with Lea T. I wish the industry could really highlight more genderqueer identities in fashion. I think if we actually challenge that head-on, if I see Conchita Wurst or other genderqueer models getting hired in a beauty campaign, that would be groundbreaking and I would love to see that.” (more…)

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Elyse Knowles Is The New Face of Glue Store’s Summer Campaign

Elyse Knowles

Following in the footsteps of influencers Aisha Jade and Mimi Elashiry, Formula One ambassador Elyse Knowles is the new face of Glue Store’s latest campaign.

With over 447,000 Instagram followers and a beach-babe look to boot, Elyse is the perfect choice for the chain’s new Summer campaign. Shot by esteemed photographer Simon Upton at a private residence in Sydney’s Palm Beach, the shoot delivers all those laid-back summer feels with the help of relaxed threads by Adidas, Stussy, Superga and more.

Check out all the shots in the gallery below, because if this does’t get you keen for a chill summer’s day, then we don’t know what will. (more…)

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Complaints of ‘Sexualised’ David Jones Content Dismissed By Advertising Standards Board

Jessica Gomes

The Advertising Standards Board (ASB) has dismissed claims that David Jones’ latest #ItsInYou campaign sexualises ambassadors Jessica Gomes and Juliette Barton.

The ASB has received multiple complaints over the campaign video, which aired several months ago, with viewers claiming that the clips are “sexualised” and not appropriate to be advertised on a website which can be seen by a younger demographic.  (more…)

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Chris Hemsworth Gets Weird In New Short Film for Vanity Fair

Chris Hemsworth

It turns out Chris Hemsworth’s sandy-haired surfer boy character wasn’t just a facade for the sake of Summer Bay, with the actor recalling the Australian surf culture his family grew up around in a new, slightly weird, short film for Vanity Fair.

Acting as a behind the scenes film for his cover shoot with the glossy, both shot by Bruce Weber, the video shows Chris laying boyishly in an unmade bed with several kittens, as you do, revealing special childhood memories including surfing legends Mick Fanning and Kelly Slater.

Unearthing his not-so-Hollywood side, the Thor actor admitted that he once shed real tears when he heard hearing that his dad had actually been out surfing with Kelly Slater. “I just started crying,” he laughed, noting that he missed out on the fun because he had “theatre studies practice”. 

Apparently Kelly and Chris are now good friends, though, because dreams really do come true, however, the Aussie actor claimed he never told Kelly the story. Ah, we’re afraid it’s out in the open now, Chris. 

He also recalled a time surfing with ELLE cover star Aussie Mick Fanning, who is world-famous for battling off a shark during a surfing tournament, saying, “We were surfing with Mick Fanning at my place and he was saying how sharky the water felt and we said, ‘Oh no, it’s great. It keeps the crowds away.” Cue awkward pause, laugh and “Never again,” followed by Chris upping the kitten weirdness with a shark costume.

Watch it all for yourself in the video below, and, please hold your fan-girl applause until the very end. 

[Via Vanity Fair]

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WATCH: Dannii and Kylie Minogue Reunite for First TV Duet in 30 Years

Down under’s most famous pocket-sized sisters (no, not The Veronicas) have performed together for the first time in 30 years, with Dannii and Kylie Minogue taking to The X Factor stage for a holiday-inspired, all-camp duet of “100 Degrees” during last night’s finale. 

Kylie kicked things off, owning the staircase in a pink mirrored dress reminiscent of a 90s-girl’s beaded door curtain, before Dannii emerged in a matching ensemble (but blue) and magic truly happened for the first time since Young Talent Time.

Think Kylie’s “Kids” duet with Reece Mastin back in 2011, but like 10 times better. We’d like a encore for the 2015 Sydney Mardi Gras, please?

[The X Factor Australia]