Lupita Nyong’o has had a whirlwind year. She went from being an unknown Yale acting school grad to an Academy Award-winning actress, People‘s most beautiful woman, a Lancôme spokesmodel and one of the fashion industry’s favorite clothes hangers. And fortunately for Lupita (and the rest of us), we’re going to be seeing a lot more of her in the future. She’s been cast in Star Wars: Episode VII, The Jungle Book and Americanah, based off the book by Nigerian feminist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
And why would anyone want Lupita to go away? The actress is the picture of grace, class, female empowerment and personal self-esteem. Each and every time she opens her mouth to speak, she drops pearls of wisdom beyond her 31 years. And it seems to be influencing us all.
Glamour asked her about the “Lupita Effect,” aka how she’s getting consumers to buy everything she wears and some fashion houses (though very few) to put more models of color on the runways. “I just heard it for the first time,” she said. “I’ve heard people talk about images in popular culture changing, and that makes me feel great, because it means that the little girl I was, once upon a time, has an image to instill in her that she is beautiful, that she is worthy—that she can… Until I saw people who looked like me, doing the things I wanted to, I wasn’t so sure it was a possibility. Seeing Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah in The Color Purple, it dawned on me: ‘Oh—I could be an actress!’ We plant the seed of possibility.”
And in Lupita’s world, it seems anything is possible.
As if her triumphant return to Instagram wasn’t enough, Rihanna has also nabbed the cover of ELLE‘s December issue. Yes folks, the badgal is back in full effect with loose curls, dark lips and an Atelier Versace gown. Editor-in-chief Robbie Myers released the accompanying editor’s letter (we’ve still got to wait a while to see the actual interview), in which she notes that RiRi is the celebrity that’s appeared on ELLE the most (four times) since she took the helm of the magazine. Sounds like the EIC’s got a lot of love for Ms. Fenty.
Our forum members, on the other hand…well, they seemed to have mixed feelings about this Paola Kudacki shot cover and the spread that goes with it.
Lola701 was pleased: “Such a good cover. It’s very Versace by Avedon. I really like it.” While most could agree that Rihanna’s face looked gorgeous (as it always does), many were really not feeling RiRi’s beauty look — several commenters expressed dismay over the singer’s hairstyle.
“She does look more feminine here, but a bit silly also (see hair),” said Srdjan. Nope, RiRi’s coif was not up to par for most, but there’s no denying the 26-year-old songstress looked gorgeous. “The hair is awful, but this is still a better cover than most of her recent ones,” wrote justaguy.
Others are simply sick of seeing Rihanna on the cover of anything at all. “Why do magazines just throw Rihanna on the cover for no apparent reason? Like are editors stupid?” A.D.C. wondered. “I don’t get it… let’s put the same popstar on our cover after our two main competitors just had her on theirs.”
|PerfectTonight| reminded A.D.C. that RiRi is probably so popular because she gets folks running to the newsstand. “Rihanna sells, no matter how lazy and uninspiring the images are.” Oh, the shade.
ELLE‘s December issue featuring Rihanna is due to hit shelves in select cities on November 11, and will be available everywhere come November 18.
We can’t imagine what we would do with one of Victoria’s Secret’s Fantasy Bras. But this year, the lingerie retailer is busting out two of the bejeweled brassieres for its annual fashion show. ABC News reports that Adriana Lima and Alessandra Ambrosio have been chosen to model this year’s Fantasy Bras, worth about $2 million each.
This year will be the first time Victoria’s Secret will stage its fashion show in London, and for the occasion the retailer has tapped jeweler Mouawad to double up and craft the sparkly lingerie. The bras include pieces for the arms, shoulders, wrists and hips, all dripping with sapphires, rubies and diamonds.
While two Fantasy Bras is an exciting development, it would have been even cooler if VS had decided to use at least one up-and-coming face to model the pricey underwear. Adriana Lima has worn the fantasy bra at least twice in the past six years and Alessandra Ambrosio got to wear it back in 2012. It would have been nice to see an old guard angel side-by-side with a newer face.
Tune in to watch Ale and Adri strut their stuff on the VS runway December 9.
We’re firmly in an age of 90s nostalgia, but not even fashion’s love for the decade of grunge and the Spice Girls could save Delia*s, which, according to BuzzFeed, is in serious danger of going kaput. The teen retailer traded at 11 cents a share on Friday, and is in grave danger of being removed from the NASDAQ listing altogether if they don’t come up with a way to save the company.
It seems that Delia*s main problem is that its customer base is heading to other stores for trendier, less expensive alternatives to what they’re selling. Brandy Melville, H&M, Forever 21 and other teen favorites are outpacing Delia*s, whose profits have been falling for the past four years.
It’s time to face facts: Delia*s could very well be delisted today and become just a glorious relic of your 90s tween/teen past. So, before the store vanishes from the face of the earth, we want to pay homage to the retailer that outfitted us through our formative years (and we’ll admit, a little bit in college too). Below, six things we’re going to miss about Delia*s.
1. AlTeRnAtInG CaPs LoCk TyPe
Delia*s just got us, you know? We’re sure every girl who was a teenager during the 90s and the early aughts who had an AIM account definitely typed like this every once in a while. It was just so k00L. In a world where just about everything is hashtagged, we’ve fostered a new appreciation for this style.
2. The cutest Christmas sweaters ever
If there is one advertising campaign we look forward to each season, it’s Prada. The Italian fashion house released its Resort 2015 fashion spots via its website over the weekend and forum members are loving them. Photographed by none other than Steven Meisel, a set of fresh new faces are giving the opportunity to flourish in front of his lens. Adrienne Jüliger, Ine Neefs and Moya Palk star in the campaign, captured in a haunting location and shot in black and white for a dramatic effect.
IMAGE CREDIT: DOWNMAGAZ.COM VIA TFS FORUMS
Members of theFashionSpot cannot contain their excitement. “Oh this is superb. Finally no ridiculous accessories endorsement. I hope they continue doing something like this in the future!” raves a more than satisfied Flashbang.
Anlabe32 shares the same feelings and posts, “What a gorgeous campaign for such an ugly collection. It’s calm, and serene and indeed very early 00’s.”
Also showing enthusiasm is alienobsever: “I love it only because the models are doing nothing for those ads, the concept isn’t really asking for this and their blandness (looking especially at you, Ine), in fact, doesn’t affect the product. Love the backgrounds and the B&W.”
“It’s really beautiful and the clothes photograph fabulously. I don’t mind the casting since the setting and clothes are doing all the talking,” compliments GivenchyHomme.
Marc10 agrees and enthuses, “Gorgeous! And I actually love the fact that it’s b&w, it highlights the details of the collection far better.”
Take a look inside the thread for even more images, watch the campaign video and join the discussion here.
Looks like you can cross off at least one thing from your Daylight Savings time-killer to-do list. This weekend, after several months of radio silence and a whole lot of begging, Rihanna has finally returned to Instagram! The singer was kicked off the social media website six months ago for posting images of her exposed nipples from her Lui magazine cover. Needless to say, RiRi was sorely missed from the social media scene.
To celebrate her return, the singer posted a slew of pictures to Instagram yesterday, starting with this upside down shot of her face captioned, “Hellurrr #badgalback.” Woo-hoo!
And in case you missed that IG, RiRi then posted a barrage of images — a few illustrations celebrating her return as well as several photos she took this Halloween of herself and her homegirls dressed up as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Seriously, we could not be happier that the badgal has returned to Instagram where she belongs. Never leave us hanging like that again, Rihanna!