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Natasha Poly Scores Her 50th Vogue Cover for Vogue Paris’ September Issue (Forum Buzz)

She’s already scored the cover of Vogue Russia this month and now Natasha Poly steals the show on the front of Vogue Paris‘ September edition. We had been anticipating the outcome of this particular shoot for a while after Emmanuelle Alt and photographer Mert Alas documented their visit to Turkey with the Russian beauty back in June. The result is finally here and the current face of Isabel Marant looks as fierce as ever on her 50th Vogue cover, wearing a luxurious fur over her bare skin complete with tribal-inspired accessories as she scorches under the searing Turkish sun.

The cover, however, left some of our forum members cold. “I’m happy that Natasha is on the cover but the outcome is not the best. It looks like they tried to go for a Veruschka vibe but it went really bad,” Melancholybaby described straight away.

“OMGGGG, this is terrible!” an unimpressed Creative added.

Also not buying it was Benn98: “No thank you!! I’m sorry, but everything is a mess here. Without a doubt their worst cover for this year. The styling, blonde hair, and that awful layout. What is she even wearing?”

HeatherAnne wrote, “Looks like a C-list Vogue like Vogue Portugal, Vogue Spain, etc. Keep sinking that ship, Alt.”

Forum member Oxymore was left disappointed too. “I don’t really know what to think about this one. I’m happy that it’s shot outside because I was tired of the white or gray background. I really like the styling. The hair & makeup is nice too but it’s probably Natasha’s pose that bothers me the most. The angle is wrong imo. Maybe the layout bothers me too,” she wondered.

Let us know your opinion on French Vogue‘s September cover inside the thread here.

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Solange Knowles’ Puma Collaboration Is Predictably Dope

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Creative consultant Solange Knowles has teamed up with Puma once again for a third collection and this time, she’s coming in the name of women’s empowerment. Knowles has chosen 14 women to front the campaign (which she art directed) for her new effort with the athletic brand, dubbed “Word to the Woman.” The four-piece shoe range consists of mono color suede kicks in green, white, plum and yellow. 

The campaign itself is predictably gorgeous. If you follow Knowles on Instagram (@saintheron) you know she has a keen artistic eye, an aptitude for color and a dope perspective when it comes to photography. All this carries into the stunning pictures of women from all walks of life.

[ See: 16 Times Solange Knowles Gave Us Hair Envy ]

The shoes are priced at $90 a pop and are sold out on the Saint Heron store website, but you can pick them up at Puma.com 

[h/t BET]

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WATCH: Pop Roulette Skewers Body Acceptance Hypocrites in This Hilarious Music Video

We can all agree that body acceptance is a great thing. For a long time, women with physiques that don’t match the mainstream ideal (tall, thin, white) have been dissed and degraded, so it’s wonderful to see women celebrating their bodies as they naturally are. But sometimes, people miss the mark and get a little carried away with self-love, turning their expressions of confidence into an excuse to create a new hierarchy of “acceptable” bodies.

Pop Roulette created a music video touching on this trend in which they come to “tell you that all bodies are beautiful… unless you’re thin, then you are disgusting.” It’s a commentary on hypocritical body positivity supporters who label larger bodies as “real,” as if thin women are some kind of made-up phenomenon. 

Of course, it’s not easy for women who don’t fit the mainstream ideal of an “acceptable” body and thin women don’t necessarily need more validation. But shaming and excluding smaller women (who can’t help the way they’re built)  from the body acceptance campaign kind of defeats its purpose. After all, thinness, though it is the ideal for a certain segment of the population, isn’t considered beautiful in all parts of society.

Watch the hilarious parody in the video above.

[via Mashable]

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Whitney Port Is Heading to Australia This Month

Whitney Port

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Reality-star-turned-designer Whitney Port is returning to Sydney this month to launch Priceline’s Festival of Beauty.

The 30-year-old is an ambassador for the retailer, alongside Aussie model Samantha Harris, and worked with makeup artist Rae Morris on new-season trends which, according to Sydney Confidential, are set to be unveiled at Doltone House on August 26.

“When Rae and I got together we were really inspired by how there are so many classic looks that define moments in time — we decided to take the looks that everyone was already familiar with — and add a fresh twist, so that they felt modern and new,” Whitney said. (more…)

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Aussie Designers Headed for New York Fashion Week

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Zimmermann at NYFW Fall 2015/ Photo: IMAXTREE

More than 20 Aussie labels have been chosen to showcase at New York Fashion Week’s Spring 2016 shows in September, exposing their collections to an international audience.

NYFW regulars TOME NYC, Dion Lee and Zimmermann will be back on the runway, as well as Rebecca Vallance, which is garnering attention abroad for its luxurious fabrications and structured tailoring. The label also showed on-schedule at NYFW in February 2014.  (more…)

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Link Buzz: Nail Workers Having Trouble Getting Back Wages, Chrissy Teigen Is a Terrible Weather Girl

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  • Some nail salon workers are trying to collect back wages and are having a hard time actually getting them. [NYT]
  • The only person allowed to take pictures at Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux’s wedding is a person you probably wouldn’t want taking pictures of you in the first place. [Us Weekly]
  • Facebook data suggests that “LOL” is becoming obsolete. [Vanity Fair]
  • Plus-size model Denise Bidot talks accepting your body. [The Cut]
  • Alicia Keys says she used to dress like a tomboy to avoid getting catcalled on New York City streets. [Page Six]
  • Serena Williams looks absolutely heavenly on New York magazine’s fall fashion issue. [NYM]
  • Chrissy Teigen; great model, terrible meteorologist. [Page Six]
  • Macy’s is putting on a fashion show for NYFW. [WWD]

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