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Essence Magazine Does a Cover Blackout for February Issue

February’s Essence magazine cover star isn’t a starlet or a singer. Instead, it’s a message. A powerful and timely one: “Black Lives Matter.”

This is the first time Essence has not published an image on its cover and Editor-in-Chief Vanessa K. De Luca says she and her staff wanted to highlight what they call a modern-day civil rights movement with a “cover blackout.” It’s a pretty ballsy move, considering cover images are so much of what drives magazine sales. “Pictures are powerful, but so are words,” De Luca writes. 

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The issue is filled with essays from leading thinkers like New York City’s first lady Chirlane McCray, Angela Davis and Melissa Harris-Perry, who ponder what’s next for black Americans in the middle of this big hurdle. 

Last year, Essence paid tribute to Trayvon Martin, one of several slain unarmed black minors, with four covers for its September 2013 issue. The issue featured Martin’s family as well as black celebrities (Boris Kodjoe, Spike Lee and Dwyane Wade) with their sons, posing in hoodies. 

You can find the February 2015 issue of Essence on newsstands.

[via Essence]

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Hanky Panky Introduces Its First Fragrance

Hanky Panky, the brand behind The World’s Most Comfortable Thong, is entering the fragrance category with the launch of its Eau de Parfum. The perfume was created via collaboration with Symrise and has top notes of Italian bergamot, neroli, lily of the valley and cassis (skin musk, white cedar and soft vetiver make up the base notes). 

In a statement to WWD, Gale Epstein, who owns Hanky Panky Intimates with Lida Orzeck said, “We thought that fragrance was a natural extension of intimates, because to smell it you have to be close to a person and you use it daily. We wanted something comfortable, soft and pretty, something that would bring out your inner flirt.” (Note to our neighbors: Perfume shouldn’t be smelled 10 feet away.)

The clear bottle features lace detailing on the back and the 1.7-ounce spray will retail for $70 with the rollerball selling for $26. The scent will be sold in many of the 2,000 specialty retailers that sell Hanky Panky and is also available online. Yesterday, the brand shared a promotional video for the fragrance on Instagram.

 

Hanky Panky Eau de Parfum! Link in profile! #Indulgeyourinnerflirt

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[via WWD]

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Olivia Palermo and Husband Johannes Huebl Star in La Mer Short Film

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Super chic power-couple Olivia Palermo and Johannes Huebl are the new faces of prestige skincare brand La Mer. The 28-year-old American socialite, who’s popularly recognized for her stylish wardrobe and rubbing elbows with fashion’s elite, explained to the Telegraph that, like many women, she has a soft spot for beauty. Olivia and her model husband star in the luxury skincare line’s new Illuminating Moments short film, which is part of the brand’s digital campaign to promote its latest innovation, The Illuminating Eye Gel ($145). “The eyes are the most powerful force of attraction,” said Loretta Miraglia, senior vice president of La Mer. “A man or woman may not speak a word, but their eyes will tell you everything.”

La Mer will show a total of three vignettes, featuring glamorous couples from Paris, Seoul and the U.S., with Olivia and Johannes representing New York and debuting the initiative. The brand is also encouraging consumers to “light up” and share their own illuminating moments via images on social media using #eyeslightup, which will be posted on its website. This morning, Olivia shared a clip on her Instagram account with her 1.7 million followers.

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Miranda Kerr Goes Semi-Nude for Terry Richardson and Harper’s Bazaar — Again (Forum Buzz)

After seeing Jennifer Aniston on newsstands for two months running, Harper’s Bazaar gives us more of the same old as Miranda Kerr poses semi-nude on the February 2015 cover. Photographed by Terry Richardson (obviously), Miranda sports a rather obnoxious hat from J.W. Anderson teamed with a pair of black high-waisted pants with a gold necklace (also by the British designer) and nothing else.

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What do our forum members think? “I feel as if I’ve seen this before but that’s probably because Miranda’s half naked, red lips, white background… your typical Richardson,” posted KateTheGreatest within moments of the cover surfacing on our forums.

“Nothing exciting, unfortunately,” adds justaguy.

Miss Dalloway doesn’t show much enthusiasm towards the cover either and writes, “Back to Terry? Just NO! It’s sleazy, tacky, and nothing I want from my fashion magazine! Leave this stuff for her GQ shoots!”

“Cover death by text…” kokobombon says.

To accompany the feature, Miranda posed for some more pictures by Terry Richardson inside the issue. “Surprised they didn’t go with the shot of her in the red dress. Seems ready for a cover and a bit more fashion focused than the shot of her with the hat. Miranda is always very pretty, but this doesn’t feel fresh,” noted Luxx.

“I actually quite like the editorial, but UGH to Terry Richardson again. Nice to see Miranda though, she’s actually been pretty quiet these past few months and I miss her candid style,” enthuses SallyAlbright.

What do you think of Miranda’s new Harper’s Bazaar cover? See the full shoot inside the thread and join the discussion here.

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Beliebers Send Lara Stone Death Threats Over Calvin Klein Ads

Count on crazed teenyboppers to overreact on the Internet. Especially when it comes to their heartthrobs. Justin Bieber fans the world over freaked out this week when they found out that the object of their desire had been tapped as the new face of Calvin Klein. As they are possibly the only demographic that’s pleased to see this much of the singer with his shirt off, we just assumed they would be happy for the guy and let the campaign rock. But when you see your crush in an embrace with another woman, well, that can sometimes be too much to handle.

 

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And for a few Beliebers, it was. It seems that while many were down with the campaign, some were not too keen on seeing their collective imaginary boyfriend in a topless embrace with model Lara Stone. A few Beliebers took to social media to offer Stone some death threats.

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Victoria Beckham on Why She Never Smiles, Her Hidden Talent and More

Why doesn’t Victoria Beckham ever smile? It’s a question the designer says she’s sick of getting asked, but she answers it once and for all in Vogue‘s latest installation of 73 Questions. Set in her London flagship store, Vogue gets answers to all our burning questions about Victoria, like what made her fall in love with her husband at first sight (duh, she responds), her favorite dress in her store, her secret talent and more.

 Here are a few new things we learned from the video: 

  • She has a bulldog named Coco Chanel that lives in Los Angeles.
  • She used to be able to juggle.
  • Does she prefer heels or flats? Neither. She likes both.
  • When she runs the world, everyone will have to do something philanthropic.
  • She relaxes in Lanvin pajamas.
  • Why doesn’t she smile? “I’m smiling on the inside,” she says. “I feel that I have a responsibility to the fashion community.”
  • The one thing from the States that she would bring to England is a fanny pack.
  • Her spirit animal is a swan.
  • She lives next door to Mr. Valentino. 

Watch her answer all 73 questions in the video above. 

[via Vogue]

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