- Net-a-Porter’s founder Natalie Massenet has left the company. [Observer]
- Joseph Khan, director of Taylor Swift’s Wildest Dreams music video, tries to explain away the video’s colonialist overtones by mentioning and retweeting his black friends. Nothing to see or critically think about here, folks! [Page Six]
- Charlotte Olympia is teaming up with Havaianas. [WWD]
- This model with a bionic arm is about to hit the runway at New York Fashion Week. [People]
- Lupita Nyong’o is rocking a mean set of Senegalese twists right now. [E!]
- Bella Hadid poses for Victoria’s Secret. [Vogue UK]
- *Squeal!* Rihanna is launching a beauty line… uh, someday. [Refinery 29]
- A Hello Kitty exhibit is set to his Seattle this fall. [WWD]
V Magazine has been teasing us with previews of its upcoming Fall 2015 issue for days. The mag got us talking after unveiling a series of images featuring a handful of models, including Kate Upton, Miranda Kerr and Joan Smalls, posing suggestively on a bed. All this was before the official front cover for the issue was released. The cover finally dropped earlier today, starring Lana Del Rey, photographed by Steven Klein for a series of dark, mysterious and haunting portraits.
Our forums began to hate on the cover immediately. “‘The Best of the Best Issue’ with the worst of the worst covers,” mocked an underwhelmed Kite.
“Oh no!! What a letdown. The preview looked so promising, and we got this eternal 60s big hair? It doesn’t even look like Klein’s work,” Benn98 added.
In a state of shock was MON: “Oh my goodness. What’s happening with the hair on magazine covers lately? My goodness. Nothing in this cover is worth buying.”
TREVOFASHIONISTO was also left unsatisfied, asking, “I mean how many times have we seen this image of her?”
Forum member khyrk even went so far as to announce: “Probably the worst September cover.”
“This is just awful… zero creativity, I’m surprised Klein did this,” admitted kokobombon.
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The Canadian edition of ELLE doesn’t usually command the attention of our forums, but with a cover subject like Cindy Crawford, the mag got us talking. The iconic supermodel turns up on its October 2015 installment and appears as fierce as ever before the lens of Max Abadian. Cindy works a sexy little black number by Fausto Puglisi as she sports slicked-back hair and lets her flawless face do the talking. What’s not to love?
Members of our forums were impressed by ELLE Canada’s new cover. “Very striking, and a killer pose. Love this. It’s very rare to see Cindy do fashion covers nowadays,” shared a satisfied Benn98, full of admiration the moment the cover dropped.
“Very hot looking Cindy, seen this pose before, but Cindy is working it. Great cover,” added Nymphaea.
In agreement was Zorka, raving, “It’s always a pleasure to see Cindy and ELLE Canada has definitely stepped forward with this.”
MON couldn’t contain his excitement, too. “Stunning! Now this is how you cover a fashion magazine!” he applauded.
Also showing some support for ELLE‘s latest offering was bluestar: “What a beautiful cover featuring the absolutely stunning Cindy C! ELLE Canada knows how to deliver a great cover. Can’t wait to purchase this!”
“Slayed!!! This is why she’s a supermodel, she does that pose that’s associated with modeling 101 but makes it flawless,” acknowledged a thrilled Urban Stylin.
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It’s official y’all: America loves Detective Olivia Benson. No, we’re not talking about Taylor Swift’s adorable cat, we’re talking about the woman who inspired the name in the first place, the butt-kicking, crime-solving, fearless now-head of the Special Victims department on Law and Order: SVU.
Entertainment marketing firm Trailer Park conducted a survey to find which female TV characters are most beloved by America, Benson came out as the overall winner, nabbing 21 percent of the vote. She’s followed by an equally badass (though much better dressed) dame, Empire‘s Cookie Lyon, who won 8 percent of the vote. Game of Thrones‘ Daenerys Targaryen came in at 7 percent. Jessica Lange’s several American Horror Story characters, Grey’s Anatomy‘s Dr. Meredith Grey and Scandal‘s Olivia Pope all tied at 6 percent.
Guess there’s no country for Hannah Horvath – just kidding, she’s insufferable.
The fascination with unretouched photos of celebrities is real, so it was no wonder an allegedly unretouched image of Cindy Crawford posted by ITV anchor Charlene White blew up the Internet. The image of Crawford in lingerie with wrinkles on her stomach was later found to be fake, but for a moment there, the Internet was thrilled to see a more realistic image of a woman who has for so long been propped up, primped, prodded and Photoshopped into an unattainable ideal of beauty.
But if you ask Crawford, the whole situation was not her cup of tea. In an interview with Elle Canada, the model explained that she went back and forth about the situation. “I felt that [the journalist] was inauthentic because she acted like this was great but she didn’t check if I wanted this out or if it was a real picture. Why would seeing a bad picture of me make other people feel good? I felt blindsided. I was very conflicted, to be honest. The story had run a year and a half before, and the picture of me in that outfit was from the bust up. I know my body, and I know it’s not perfect, but maybe I have a false body image; maybe I think I look better than I do.”
Crawford says that although she’s glad the picture made people feel good, it also made her feel uncomfortable to see an unflattering doctored photo of her circulating the Internet. “We spoke to the photographer, and he was very upset because he didn’t put it out there. He said: ‘Cindy, I’m going to send you the real one and it’s nothing like that. It’s clear that someone manipulated that image to make whatever was there worse.’ It was stolen and it was malicious, but there was so much positive reaction [to the image]. Sometimes, the images that women see in magazines make them feel inferior—even though the intention is never to make anyone feel less. So somehow seeing a picture of me was like seeing a chink in the armor. Whether it was real or not isn’t relevant, although it’s relevant to me. I don’t try to present myself as perfect. It put me in a tough spot: I couldn’t come out against it because I’m rejecting all these people who felt good about it, but I also didn’t embrace it because it wasn’t real—and even if it were real, I wouldn’t have wanted it out there. I felt really manipulated and conflicted, so I kept my mouth shut.”
It is definitely a tricky situation. On the one hand, you want to promote a positive and realistic body image, but if your body doesn’t match what society thinks of as “realistic,” what is one to do? Crawford shouldn’t feel guilty for having an amazing body nor should she feel bad about having her body misrepresented, no matter how good it makes everyone else feel.
We can all pretty much agree that the beauty ideal in mainstream society includes thinness and degrees of whiteness. While it is important to help change these standards, it is also important that we’re also not bashing women who might fit the ideal, narrow as it is. Sure, most of us don’t look like the women in Victoria’s Secret ads, but just because Behati Prinsloo and her ilk are tall, leggy and gorgeous doesn’t make them any less womanly or “real.”
Model Genevieve Barker is making this argument after getting harsh criticism on a photo of her posted to photographer Byrdie Mack’s Instagram page. In the black and white image shot for Souvenir magazine, we see Ms. Barker lying in the sand, her back to us, her body contorted so that her rows of ribs are on full display. The image proved to be quite jarring for some, who expressed their disapproval in the comments.
“Is perfection starving themselves?” one commenter wrote, while another said, “Why is this perfection? This woman is a rack of bones… what are you trying to say about women’s bodies here?!?” Some people believed the photograph was promoting an unhealthy, pro-ana body image and did not hesitate to offer their criticism: “I think it’s concerning to promote such a low percentage of body fat and more concerning that so many people strive for this. I’m so anti-body-shaming, big or small, but do believe we should all promote healthy weights.” Others commented with burger, pizza and other food emojis.
Barker did not appreciate the harsh words about her physique. “I see articles all the time condemning ‘fat shamers’ and how appalling it is that a woman should ever call another woman ‘too big,'” Barker told the Daily Mail Australia. “However it is seen as empowering, and speaking out for the ‘real women’ if people comment ‘too thin,’ ‘eat something,’ ‘gaunt,’ ‘disgusting’ about thin women. I am thin, I AM a real woman.”
Fair enough. There seems to be a bit of a double standard in the body acceptance arena. Pop Roulette did an excellent video parody commenting on women who are all about body positivity – unless they’re talking about a thin woman’s body. “All bodies are beautiful… unless you’re thin, then you are disgusting,” the lyrics say.
Sure, Barker might be shaped like the kind of woman who is championed as the height of beauty in our society, but that doesn’t make her any less human nor does it give anyone a free pass to harp on her body. As one commenter put it, “Guys, remember there’s a real human in this picture and your comments can be extremely hurtful.”