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Iggy Azalea Cancels Pittsburgh Pride Performance Following Concerns from the LGBTIQA Community

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Iggy Azalea will no longer be performing at this weekend’s Pittsburgh Pride, amidst protest from the city’s LGBTIQA community who have criticised some of her past tweets, labelling them homophobic and racist.

Azalea announced the cancellation via her Twitter account on Monday, June 8, saying that her involvement “would only serve to further distract from the true purpose of the event”.

“I am a firm believer in equality. Unfortunately in the past as a young person, I used words I should not have,” the 25-year-old said. “I meant no harm and deeply regret ever uttering those words.”

According to Billboard, some of the now-deleted posts read, “When guys whisper in each others ears I always think its kinda homo” and “wondered why my butt felt like it was about to grow legs, flip me off & walk away. then I remembered i played soccer yestrdy w 5 dyke bitches.”

Members of the community, including Pittsburgh City Council President, Bruce Kraus, boycotted the event because of Iggy’s planned performance, which was scheduled for 7pm on June 13. “I have serious concerns about the direction of the Delta Foundation and the exclusionary choices it is making,” Bruce said in a statement.

Some groups were reportedly also planning alternative protest events to be held during Azalea’s performance. 

The Delta Foundation responded to concerns over Iggy on its Facebook page. “If we believed that Iggy Azalea was racist or homophobic, we certainly would not have selected her to headline Pittsburgh Pride,” read the post. “We also don’t believe she would have agreed to come if she was racist or homophobic.”

The news follows the cancellation of Iggy’s Great Escape Tour, which was binned because Iggy felt she deserved “a break” and had a “creative change of heart”. Pittsburgh Pride was one of the limited special performances which was still kept on the books. Sorry, Azaleans. 

[Via Billboard]

 

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Jessica Hart Reveals Love for Diane Von Furstenberg’s Work Ethic and Attitude Towards Others

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Everyone’s favourite gap-toothed model, Jessica Hart, is GRITTYpretty‘s cover girl for Winter 2015, and the model has revealed her affection for esteemed designer Diane Von Furstenberg inside the beauty mag.

Jessica, who quickly shifted from grunge-chic to a lover of effortless sophistication, told the publication that she loves DVF designs and looks up to the designer herself.
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Link Buzz: Drake Helps Apple Introduce Apple Music, Did Cara Delevingne Just Leave Her Agency?

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  • Apple unveils its Apple Music streaming service with the help of one Aubrey Drake Graham. [Apple]
  • The use of polyester materials continues to rise. [Quartz]
  • Will Smith was spied rappelling off the side of a building filming a scene for Suicide Squad. [Uproxx]
  • Rolling Stone only puts women on covers if they wear a shirt with no bra, a bra with no shirt or just go topless. [Fusion]
  • Carey Mulligan is pregnant. [Glamour]
  • There’s a rumor going around that Cara Delevingne has left Storm Management to pursue her Hollywood dreams. [Racked]
  • Ex-Gucci designer Frida Giannini got married in Valentino. [Vogue UK]
  • Amber Rose’s cover for her new book is nothing short of epic. [Cosmopolitan]

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Yawn: Edie Campbell Fronts Hugo Boss’ Fall 2015 Campaign (Forum Buzz)

It’s official: our forums are becoming increasingly bored with Edie Campbell, if their comments on the latest Hugo Boss Fall 2015 campaign are any indication. Jason Wu cast the British model alongside Clement Chabernaud in the moody ads photographed by Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin. The images were shot amongst rooms constructed of dark grey felt — and you’ll either love it or loathe it.

Ad Campaign Boss Fall 2015 Edie Campbell by Inez & Vinoodh

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Forum members laced straight into the campaign with jescajade almost falling asleep with the word “yawn.”

“I never disliked Edie. In fact, I liked her a lot a year ago. However, she’s starting to bore me. She’s outdated. Trite. Stale. A dynamic model would have made the boring clothes and setting come to life. I’m sure there was enough budget to hire Raquel Zimmermann,” hoped anlabe32.

“Agreed, a more dynamic model would’ve made this better. Amanda Murphy would’ve looked great. Still, this isn’t terrible,” responded littlekiki.

Benn98 wasn’t impressed either. “Edie isn’t a terrible model, but she just needs to take the quirk down a bit. Jason Wu needs to get his sh*t together because I’ve not seen a good campaign since he took control,” he complained.

Sharing the same attitude was Nomar: “In the first two pics I think there is way too much negative space it just looks odd. Edie is quickly becoming lackluster in my eyes and this campaign is easily forgettable – YAWN.”

“I absolutely hate the set,” noted Royal-Galliano.

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French Couturier Madame Carven Passes Away at 105 Years Old

Madame Carven

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Madame Carven, the French couturier whose namesake house is now under the design direction of Alexis Martial and Adrien Caillaudaud, died at the age of 105. Née Carmen de Tommaso, Carven enjoyed a long life and illustrious career, starting her line in 1945 to design beautiful clothes for petite women. 

Carven’s work over the years was heavily inspired by her trips to locales all over the world, adopting design codes of various peoples in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America. She is credited as one of the first European designers to use African and Indian fabrics in her clothes and had a penchant for gingham and stripes. Carven also designed costumes for films, airline uniforms and several wedding dresses. Carven, who got the name of her house by combining the letters of her first name (Carmen) with the last letters of her aunt’s last name (Josy Boyriven), famously said, “If I had been a big beautiful girl, I would have never started my fashion house! “

Madame Carven retired from her house in 1993. She will certainly be missed and her mark on the fashion industry will not be forgotten.

[via WWD, Le Monde Vogue Fr]

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