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Did Beyonce Photoshop a Thigh Gap Into One of Her Instagram Photos?

The THIGH GAP: It's when your knees touch but your thighs don't. This physical attribute was once an obscure weight loss and fitness goal associated with disordered eating and body image, but over the past couple years, the term has catapulted into the mainstream. Check it out:

If you could buy pop culture trends like stock options, I would buy, buy, buy the "thigh gap" today, because the trend has been linked to a new Beyonce Photoshop scandal, which is going to raise its visibility worldwide. Even your grandma is going to be talking about it. 

Here are the basics: Beyonce posted the photograph below onto her Instagram yesterday. Her comments thread promptly exploded with followers questioning whether she had Photoshopped in a thigh gap. The singer did appear to have a prominent and weirdly pixelated space in her upper leg area, but unlike previous Instagram x Photoshop scandals (namely, the one involving model Miranda Kerr), no one has spotted other instances of airbrushing on Queen Bey's social media accounts. Nor has anyone been able to trace down photo proof that the posted image was digitally manipulated. 

Beyonce golfs in this instagram photo where she has a large thigh gap

Image: Instagram/Beyonce

People are freaking out because 1) changing your body shape for social media using Photoshop is a gross display of vanity, 2) Beyonce is celebrated for her womanly curves, which are somewhat absent in the image above, 3) If Beyonce DID Photoshop her thighs to appear more aspirationally thigh gap-y, that means she is actively creating an image of herself that promotes an unhealthy and unattainable body image to the legions of young girls who look up to her.

But still! There's no proof here, just lots of fumes. 

[Beyoncé Thigh-Gap Mini-Controversy Brewing on Instagram — Racked]

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A Blaze of Color: Michelle Williams Styled by Carine Roitfeld for Louis Vuitton

Last summer, French luxury house Louis Vuitton released an accessories campaign featuring Michelle Williams, a new spokesmodel for the label. The ads, which broke in the September and October issues of fashion magazines worldwide, must have been a success, because the LVMH brand has just released a second campaign with the American actress. 

Photographed by Peter Lindbergh, who also shot last season's campaign, the ads were styled by former Paris Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld. The photos are a blaze of color, from the candy-hued bags to Williams' ultra-bright lips. 

See the ads for yourself below and on Louis Vuitton's Facebook page

[Read more: Michelle Williams reprises her role for Louis Vuitton as sales riseTelegraph

Images: LouisVuitton.com via Forums

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Link Buzz: John Galliano Isn’t Taking a Job with Oscar de la Renta; Joe Zee May Be Heading to Yahoo

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  • According to multiple unnamed sources, John Galliano and Oscar de la Renta were unable to reach an agreement about a permanent role for Galliano at the NYC fashion house. [PageSix]
     
  • Here's a preview of Proenza Schouler's soon-to-be-launched collaboration with MAC. [BellaSugar]
     
  • Gisele came to the attention of the IRS and was audited after she was listed as the world's highest-earning model by Forbes. [Fashionista]
     
  • Conscious consumerism brand Zady argues that sustainability and ethical fashion have become increasingly important to "millennials." [BusinessOfFashion]
     
  • "This all-white look with a Topshop American flag top kind of started a revolution." [FabSugar]
     
  • Rumor has it that ELLE creative director Joe Zee is moving to Yahoo to head up its fashion vertical. Earlier this week, makeup mogul Bobbi Brown was announced as EIC of the site's beauty content. [WWD]

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A ‘Photoshopped’ Doutzen Kroes Lands Fourth Cover of Vogue Neatherlands (Forum Buzz)

The May 2014 cover of Vogue Netherlands has surfaced on the forums. Dutch beauty Doutzen Kroes lands the cover for the fourth time, wearing a rather questionable hat. The Victoria's Secret regular was photographed by Duy Vo and styled by Martien Mellema.

Doutzen Kroes on cover of Vogue Netherland May 2014

IMAGE CREDIT: DESIGNSCENE.NET VIA TFS FORUMS

Members of theFashionSpot were quick to brand the cover a post-production mess with kokobombon writing, "They PSed her so much she looks like she had bad plastic surgery imo…the styling looks bad also, that hat!"

HeatherAnne wrote, "They Photoshopped her to the point that she almost looks like a robot. So bad, and the styling is even worse. I give up on them."

"It looks like they have done something to her jawline and eyes which makes her face look really tense and odd. Quite ridiculous that this is all they can do with someone as stunning as Doutzen," continued Nepenthes.

Bertrando3 was also not impressed and suggested we move on to the next issue already: "The styling is really awful and the photography is very amateur indeed. Next!"

"Gosh, this reminds me of 90s euro teen mags… not good. I get so frustrated when cover images are lacklustre. I don't care if most people don't judge a magazine's contents by the cover, or if most readers toss a magazine out right after reading it — I like to leave my magazines out on display for the full month so it would be nice to have covers worth keeping. I've seen worse covers of course, but this is still disappointing," wrote iriswills.

Srdjan seemed to be a little tired of seeing Doutzen Kroes cover Dutch Vogue: "They're doing the same thing that British Vogue does with Kate [Moss]."

Be sure to get yourself involved in the discussion and check out the behind-the-scenes video here.

 

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Stylists Go Head-to-Head in New Macy’s Competition Series ‘The Next Style Star’

Popular clothing retailer Macy's has joined forces with online video network Maker Studios to launch an original new fashion program, The Next Style Star. The series features 16 up-and-coming stylists competing for the chance to win $10,000 (final prize amount – competitions leading up to the finale result in a $5,000 prize for the winning stylist), to serve as a guest stylist on a Macy's photo shoot, and to see his or her winning outfit featured in the Impulse department at the retailer's Herald Square location. 

Hosted by fashion expert Jeannie Mai, The Next Style Star features an exciting roster of bold-faced names as guest judges throughout the series' ten episodes, a list that includes reality star/designer Whitney Port and MADE Fashion Week founder Jenne Lombardo.

For each challenge, stylists are asked to create on-trend looks using Macy's Impulse brands such as Lucky Brand, Maison Jules, Sanctuary, RACHEL Rachel Roy, Guess, Bar III, Joe's Jeans, Kensie and MADE Fashion Week for Impulse.

The series premiered on April 3. Visit The Platform or Macys.com/StyleStar to learn more about The Next Style Star.

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Watch: Li Xiaoxing and Zhao Lei Star in a Moody, Cinematic Fashion Film for Vs. Magazine

Li Xiaoxing Zhao Lei Unspoken Vs Magazine

Image: LASPATA DECARO for Vs. Magazine

Earlier today, the lovely people at Vs. Magazine released a new fashion film, Unspoken, starring models Li Xiaoxing and Zhao Lei and directed by Laspata Decaro.

Inspired by Asia's cinematic tradition, the short clip observes a moody, enigmatic couple. These two spend their time slinking around glamorous interiors — empty movie theaters, vacant bars, desolate restaurants, abandoned hallways, unoccupied hotel rooms. I think you get the gist: These beautiful people are either having an affair or they're the only two people left on earth. 

See for yourself in the clip below:

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