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Watch Cara Delevingne & Jourdan Dunn Harlem Shake Backstage at Topshop

As much as I'd love to mock Topshop for sending around a statement this morning with a subject line that reads, "TOPSHOP SUPERMODELS CARA DELEVINGNE AND JOURDAN DUNN STORM YOUTUBE WITH THEIR HARLEM SHAKE," I guess I'm writing a post with the material they included so I'm not really in a position to say anything but, "Thanks!" 

The video shows models Cara Delevingne, Jourdan Dunn and Rosie Tapner doing the Harlem Shake backstage at Topshop. The Harlem Shake is a song, a dance and more recently, a meme which originated with this video of four people dancing in latex suits. In the past three or so weeks, the Harlem Shake has gone viral with 12,000 YouTube uploads, 175 million views and contributions by Azealia Banks, The Daily Show staff, Ryan Seacrest and Stephen Colbert. (Like any meme, it's totally obnoxious and you just have to ride it out and wait for people to forget abut it.) 

A couple of days ago, Forbes urged companies hoping to capitalize on the meme for marketing purposes to "Forget the Harlem Shake and Do Your Own Dance," and even though I largely agree with that advice, I'm glad Topshop didn't take it. You should watch the clip for yourself, but the models are charming and the video seems spontaneous, not like the product of a corporate brainstorm. Language like "STORM YOUTUBE" might be overkill, but Cara and Jourdan's performances are not. 

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Charlotte Free Responds to Questions About Terry Richardson on Tumblr

Over on her personal Tumblr, model Charlotte Free responded publicly to an anonymous question pertaining to photographer Terry Richardson's allegedly creepy and abusive working style. (The model has entertained a very cozy relationship with Richardson over the course of her career.) The post has since been deleted, but a screenshot of Free's response made its way onto the TFS Forums yesterday — you can see it below, and here's the unedited text in full:

q: "how do you feel about all of the negative accusations against terry richardson?"

a: "i love terry's raw sexuality, it's one of the things i really admire about him. Terry likes to do sexy stuff, that's his shit. If you don't wanna be part of it, make it clear in the beginning. Don't willingly blow the man and get all mad and ashamed later…I hate when girls say 'but he asked me to.' you should have said no then, stupid bitch! there's plenty of other girls waiting in line, so he's not forcing you to do shit. When you make a choice you have to live with it — unless someone got you fucked up against your will. Thats how I feel about it."

Free's probably referring to a widely-distributed account written by Jamie Peck, one of Richardson's one-time photo subjects, which describes the photographer "waggling" his penis in Peck's direction and asking for a handjob during their session. The article is often cited as evidence that the photographer's reputation for being a creep who takes advantage of his young subjects is earned and not a Pride and Prejudice-type misjudgment of character.

Free doesn't believe people should be held accountable for sexual harassment or assault if they don't forcibly hold someone down and have sex with them against their will, and well, I guess that's an opinion. But it's one that privileges Terry's comfort and happiness above anyone else's: There are "plenty of other girls waiting in line," and the young women given the chance to shoot with one of the fashion industry's most prominent photographers are going to do what it takes to make him happy. That shouldn't have to include interfacing with his penis. 

It's useful to remember that aspiring models are young, and that means something. When I was 18, 19, 20, I had no idea what was normal or expected of me, but I badly wanted people to accept me as an adult. I think that's the experience a lot of girls have at that age, and I can only imagine how distorting and confusing it must be if you're both growing up and trying to become a fancy fashion model at the same time. 

Also, it's definitely not cool to call someone a "stupid bitch" and taunt them for feeling ashamed just to make a point. 

Images via WENN, TFS Forums

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Link Buzz: The Berlin Film Festival is Really Happening; the Jolie-Pitts Have Launched Their Own Wine

  • Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt were not the only people who opted to attend the Berlin Film Festival as if there weren't a whole fashion week happening across the ocean. [FabSugar]
     
  • Kate Moss is the newest spokeswoman for Kerastase because she can spokeswoman anything. [BellaSugar]
     
  • Here's a bunch of people that showed up at NYFW wearing the same coat. For some reason it's considered lame to wear the same thing as someone else if you bought it at H&M, but it's totally okay if it's from Prada. We get it, you're rich. [Fashionologie]
     
  • Mila Kunis is on the cover of Allure, looking all perfect and Photoshop-y. [DailyStab]
     
  • More news concerning the Jolie-Pitts: The couple is now launching a wine because no one's better qualified to muck up an ancient craft than two Hollywood actors who spend their time collecting children. [HaveUHeard]

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Cara Delevingne and the Downside of Being Fashion Week’s Favorite Model

Cara Delevingne and the Downsides of Being Fashion Week’s Favorite ModelNow that New York Fashion Week is over, we can safely say that the biggest story to come out of the industry event has nothing do with inclement weather, delayed Marc Jacobs runway shows or John Galliano comeback tours. No, if there's one thing we'll remember for time immemorial it's that on the last day of NYFW, Cara Delevingne made a late night pit stop at McDonald's and Splash News' crack team of paparazzi was on hand to break the story in the creepiest way possible. 

Many people are intimately familiar with the slimy, invasive way strange men sometimes talk to young women on the street. Now imagine if you were a marginally famous figure and those overly-chatty strangers knew who you were and didn't really think you had any right to privacy. And you had to be nice to them because they were behaving in a vaguely threatening way and also had a camera, and you knew that everyone on the Internet would delight in calling you a "bitch" if they had a reason to. That's the nightmare which visited upon the 20-year-old British model (this season's 'It'-est girl) after she was recognized by paparazzi yesterday. 

We aren't going to link to the video or the story because we don't want to reward harassment with traffic or video views. Here's the transcript:

 

(The video opens with a shot of CARA ordering at the McDonald's counter. 
She doesn't know she's being filmed. The camera gets closer and closer to her.)

CAMERAMAN
We're gettin' our eat on with Cara.

(CARA turns around. She looks surprised but smiles for the camera.)

CARA
Hi guys. What's going on?

CAMERAMAN
We're hanging out with you Cara.

CARA
That's so funny. How did you get down here? That's hysterical.

(CARA does not appear to really think it's "hysterical.")

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CAMERAMAN
We saw you guys driving by. We were working on Miley. And then we wanted to say … I saw you and I was like, you know what? It's Valentine's Day, I got to say, 'Happy Valentine's Day to my homey, Cara.'

CARA
Thank you so much, happy Valentine's Day. 

(A cut. We see Cara from behind again. She's doing something at the drinks station.)

CAMERAMAN
You're gonna be working Valentine's Day?

CARA
(Without looking up.
Yeah.

CAMERAMAN
I heard you got a new line for Valentine's Day.

CARA
"In Bed with Cara."

CAMERAMAN
In Bed with Cara?

CARA 
Yeah

CAMERAMAN
(Creepy laughter)

(CARA murmurs something indistinguishable.)

CAMERAMAN 
Let's see what Cara likes to drink … Get that Coca-Cola on, girl. 

Ahhh well, I'm glad Splash News thought it would be a cool idea to harass a young women just to provide the world with video proof that a near-teenager is willing to ingest "calorific" fast food despite her modeling career. 

Image via WENN

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Don’t Have a Valentine? You Can Totally Get One On Chatroulette

So although we all know that 1) Valentine's Day is a big CORPORATE LIE and 2) though love comes in many forms, the only kind that's worth it isn't a one-day thing, you'd have to be an automaton to go through today without reflecting on your relationship status at least a little bit. Whether it's by wishing your partner a happy V-Day, sending a roses emoticon text to a good friend or painting your cat's toes red (def not animal abuse if he sits through it), few are strong enough to resist this wretched holiday.

I'm just saying: Valentine's Day exists. And the only way you can change that is by getting off the Internet or moving to Macedonia, and since those are clearly not real options you're just going to have to deal. 

Some people deal by finding a short-term intimacy fix: I hear that Grindr, the social networking app that helps gay men meet for hookups, sees unusually high levels of activity on Valentine's Day. Based on a quick survey of the Craigslist personals section … well, let's just say it's abuzz with singles looking to mingle IRL. Nothing says "love" like OMG EW.

For the sake of journalism writing this blog post, I paid a visit to Chatroulette to find out what the vibe was, whether it was more like "Dudes Not Wearing Pants" or "Dudes Strumming Sad Songs On Their Guitars." I hadn't been on Chatroulette since it first became a thing, so I was disappointed by how much has changed. Management's been trying to clean it up, which means you can't chat on webcam until you've verified your account/sanity by sustaining three 10-minute long conversations. Such high community standards for a website which traffics in streaming penises. 

I chose a photo of Raf Simons as my avatar because #dreamboy. Within a couple minutes, I was chatting with "Valon" from Macedonia. He claimed to be 25, like me. He was nice but the exchange was depressing: They do celebrate Valentine's Day in Macedonia. Talk about shattered illusions. 

Valon reallllly wanted me to be his Valentine, simply on the basis of my female gender, age and Raf Simons avatar. I'd say it was totally creepy but to be fair, if I met someone on Chatroulette that had a Raf Simons avatar, I'd probably ask them to be my Valentine too. 

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Beyonce Covers The Gentlewoman

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Following her recent Super Bowl halftime show performance, here's Beyoncé photographed by Alasdair McLellan for the cover of The Gentlewoman, a completely different kind of platform. The biannual style publication has a singular reputation in the world of magazines: it's known for its wit and impeccable sense of style — a magazine for women but not a women's magazine in the conventional way. 

Even though the mag ran a cover of Adele two years ago (the singer was also photographed by McLellan), the biannual doesn't typically feature such big-name mainstream stars. Beyoncé is a major "get" for a publication like The Gentlewoman, but it's also in a way a big "get" for Beyoncé: the superstar can entertain millions of people at a football championship but then somehow, she still has something new to reveal about herself to a thoughtful, small-circulation British fashion journal.  

Beyoncé for President 2016 and I'm only sort of kidding. 

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