Victoria’s Secret caught a lot of flack this week for “The Perfect Body” campaign on its website that featured images of tall, thin models. Naturally, as most women don’t look like Lily Aldridge or Jasmine Tookes, plenty of shoppers took offense, claiming the ad reinforced feelings of body negativity.
Image: Victoria’s Secret
As one does in these cases, Leeds, England resident Frances Black started a Change.org petition demanding that the retailer change the slogan. “Every day women are bombarded with advertisements aimed at making them feel insecure about their bodies, in the hope that they will spend money on products that will supposedly make them happier and more beautiful,” the petition reads. “All this does is perpetuate low self-esteem among women who are made to feel that their bodies are inadequate and unattractive because they do not fit into a narrow standard of beauty. It contributes to a culture that encourages serious health problems such as negative body image and eating disorders.” (more…)
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Fine jewelry designer Bao Bao Wan is set to release a limited-edition line of cosmetics with makeup giant MAC early next year. The unreleased collection, which will feature five eyeshadows, four lipsticks and three nail polishes, will hit 33 countries in March and only be available for four weeks. The Beijing-born Chinese Dior ambassador said, “It’s all about gemstones and the colors that I love,” when asked by WWD about the line. She mentioned that the colors will be “easy” and work on all skin tones. “I’m very conservative with makeup color, and I’m very much about gold shades. I used my logic and my senses: I didn’t want any crazy colors in the collection, and I wanted it to be practical and to suit every skin tone,” Wan said.
Images for the products have not been released, but the five eyeshadows will be shades of gold, including green and oxidized rose gold, which were inspired by the metals used in Wan’s jewelry designs. The lipsticks and nail polishes were directly inspired by gemstones and a beauty powder. Wan also designed the packaging herself and stars in the campaign, which was shot by Chen Man, a friend of Wan’s who has had a collection with MAC previously.
As long as there are red carpet events people will never not be curious as to what celebrities look like without makeup. Jennifer Aniston was photographed bare-faced on the set of Cake in April, sporting a mousy brown bob. It’s no glamour shot, but Aniston admits that she wasn’t at all embarrassed by getting caught without her “face” on. In fact, she celebrates it.
The actress said that the experience, wearing no makeup for the movie was “so fabulous—so dreamy and empowering and liberating.” Aniston’s character in Cake suffered injuries from a car crash, so her body is covered in scars, which was the only kind of makeup Aniston applied through the film.
As of late, a few members of the celeb set have really been embracing the natural look. Keira Knightley posed topless for Interview because she wanted the world to see her body, unaltered by Photoshop. Kerry Washington appears on the November cover of Allure sporting a beauty look that seemed so natural, people thought she was makeup-free.
[via Us Weekly]
British contemporary brand Whistles came under fire this week for allegedly selling sweatshop-made feminist T-shirts. Reports claimed that the tops, reading, “This is what a feminist looks like,” were made by underpaid workers in Mauritius at 99 cents (62p) an hour. The Fawcett Society, a UK women’s rights activism group jumped at the opportunity to investigate these accusations. After all, what kind of feminist company would pay its workers so little, knowing the struggles of women all over the world to close the gender pay gap?
The Daily Mail says Fawcett conducted an investigation and found that (thankfully) the T-shirts, which were made in conjunction with ELLE magazine, were indeed not produced under the alleged shoddy conditions. “We have been particularly pleased to receive evidence that 100% of workers are paid above the government-mandated minimum wage and all workers are paid according to their skills and years of service,” the organization said. “The standard working week is 45 hours, and workers are compensated (at a higher rate of pay) for any overtime worked, there is a high retention of staff and employees are offered training and development.”
Now, this assessment is based off the evidence Whistles offered in regards to the accusations, so Fawcett will do another probe to verify that the information they’ve been given is completely correct. But for now, it seems that the whole situation was much ado about nothing. We’ll be watching closely to see if Fawcett was correct in its initial findings. After all, besides feeling sick at the thought of garment workers being taken advantage of in such a way, we would hate to have to boycott one of our favorite brands.
So, feminists across the globe, feel free to shill out the $85!
[via Daily Mail]
Kate Moss is finishing up the year as Vogue U.K.’s contributing editor, so fellow contributor Kate Phelan took a trip to the model’s house to talk about the magazine’s latest issue. Moss graces the cover for the second time this year and put together a feature for the magazine titled “Kate’s World” showcasing a series of photographs and musings capturing her signature style.
The spread also gives a glimpse into Moss’ personal life, including portraits of friends and family taken by legendary shutterbug David Bailey. Moss also shares an image of the Playboy bunny ears she kept from the magazine’s 40th anniversary shoot. “It’s the same woman that’s been making them for 60 years,” Moss explains. “And they are incredibly made.”
Watch above as the pair thumb through the latest issue, and hear the stories behind the photos.
[via British Vogue YouTube]
Rose McGowan has ruffled some feathers among LGBTQ allies today after her harsh criticism of the gay male community hit airwaves. Rose aired her frustrations with gay men on Bret Easton Ellis’ podcast last month. The pair discussed this summer’s boycott of the Beverly Hills Hotel, which is owned by the Sultan of Brunei, who just enacted anti-gay policies in his state. While the actress maintains that she’s been “heavily entrenched” in the gay community, she takes issue with gay men’s lack of concern for women, seeing it as very hypocritical.
“You wanna talk about the fact that I have heard nobody in the gay community, no gay males, standing up for women on any level?” she said. “Gay men are as misogynistic as straight men, if not more so. I have an indictment of the gay community right now, I’m actually really upset with them.” Rose says that, in her eyes, gay men don’t take a stand against aspects of Sharia law that affect women.
“I think it’s what happens to you as a group when you are starting to get most of what you fought for. What do you do now? What I would hope they would do is extend a hand to women. Women, by-and-large, have very much helped the gay community get to where they are today.” (more…)