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This Man Turns Himself Into Beyoncé, Kim Kardashian and More — and It’s Amazing

Those of us who wish we could recreate Beyoncé and Kim Kardashian’s Met Gala looks will be insanely jealous of this next fellow, a 20-year-old student who can transform household items and dollar store finds into gorgeous duplicates of some of our favorite celebrity gowns.

Mina Gerges’ Instagram @keepingupwithmina shows him posing as various celebs in homemade versions of their luxury garments. Gerges has posed as Katy Perry in Moschino’s Fall campaign, Rihanna on the cover of V magazine, Lady Gaga at the 2011 CFDA awards and more. Gerges completes the looks with hair and makeup, nailing each celebrity’s pose perfectly. But most impressive is Gerges’ ability to use regular materials to reimagine memorable celebrity looks. His remake of Beyoncé’s 2015 Met Gala dress was created with a garbage bag and rhinestones. And his effort isn’t going without due praise. Mashable mentions that some of the celebrities he’s posed as have reposted images of his work.

Of course, Gerges has received negative feedback from body shaming, homophobic trolls online, but that doesn’t discourage him: “I realized… that I was going to keep doing these pictures to push the agenda on gendered expectations that police us into acting or dressing a certain way in order to fit in,” he said. “You should celebrate and embrace your individuality.” (more…)

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Katy Perry Underwhelms for Harper’s Bazaar September 2015 Cover

Katy Perry Harper's Bazaar Fall 2015 Cover

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The September issue covers are rolling in and Harper’s Bazaar is kicking off the fall season with what our forum members consider a lackluster cover featuring singer Katy Perry. The magazine tapped legendary photographer Jean Paul Goude to capture the pop diva, whom Carine Roitfeld outfitted in a black dress with a sheer pleated stand-up collar from Saint Laurent’s Fall 2015 collection. The cover is giving us a bit of a 50s vibe, though our forum members, for the most part, remain unimpressed.

Steddycam91 was not pleased to see Ms. Perry on another Bazaar cover so soon. “A whopping eleven months since her last HB cover. I guess she’s willing to ride the wave of this whole ‘Bad Blood’ faux-drama…” 

Benn98 had quite harsh criticism: “Already sick and tired of Katy Perry’s Chucky-like mug.”  he wrote. Blueorchid failed to be seduced by the shot. “I guess it could be worse, so whatever…” What enthusiasm!

MON was a bit more passionate about his disdain for Perry’s effort. “What on earth is that dress? What on earth is this cover??” he wrote, before expressing his boredom with the entire package. “Nothing about the cover lines excite me either… Katy, Carine, Kendall, Kylie, Sharon…” 

Katy Perry Harper's Bazaar Fall 2015 Cover

Image: Harper’s Bazaar

“The cover has been seen so many times before and Katy Perry is just [past] her time,” jemina said, summing up many of the feelings towards Perry’s shot.

But even with all the negative comments, a few people found nice things to say about this latest Bazaar cover. “The close up is stunning! that lipstick looks awesome on her,” Urban Stylin gushed. At least someone liked it?

Are you hating Katy Perry for Haper’s Bazaar? Loving her? Join the discussion in our forums and let your voice be heard!

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Acne Studios Wants You to Support Gender Equality with Pricey Feminist Sweatshirts

Women’s equality is so hot right now – just ask Taylor Swift or any of the many other celebrities and brands (we’re looking at you, Chanel) throwing their support behind the social movement. These days, it seems that everyone wants to be a feminist and just as art imitates life, fashion also follows suit.

Acne Studios is the latest fashion label to show just how much they love us ladies with their Fall 2015 menswear collection. The label is selling sweatshirts, scarves and sweaters emblazoned with pro-woman, feminist slogans and patches. And in this case, solidarity don’t come cheap. The pieces are pricey – a knit sweater with patches reading “gender equality” and “radical feminist” will set you back $650. A “radical feminist” scarf (promoted as unisex) is $220. For a sweatshirt, you can prepare to shell out between $220 and $300. But since men make a dollar for every seventy-eight cents a woman makes (a disparity that grows if you’re a woman of color), saving up for one of these will be slightly easier if you’re a fella. 

[h/t Jezebel]

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The FDA Made Kim Kardashian Take Down a Post Promoting a Morning Sickness Pill

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Kim Kardashian is no stranger to endorsing products of questionable quality (remember those Kardashian kredit kards she and her sisters pushed a few years ago?) but this time, the FDA is getting involved. The reality TV star posted an image to Instagram promoting DICLEGIS, a drug that is supposed to help with morning sickness. 

The drug may have worked for Kim (if she ever really used it) but the FDA took issue with the fact that the expectant mother failed to list any risks or side-effects in her online shoutout. “The social media post is false or misleading in that it presents efficacy claims for DICLEGIS, but fails to communicate any risk information,” the FDA wrote in a letter to the DICLEGIS company. The drug is one that the FDA does not recommend for women with certain sensitivities – it also can affect mental alertness and hasn’t been studied in women with extreme morning sickness, big risk factors that should have been mentioned in the post, which was removed soon after.

We get it: no one wants to read an Instagram post with a mile-long list of possible side-effects to a drug that’s supposed to help them. But it is quite irresponsible to peddle something to pregnant women without mentioning the risks. Sure, Kim’s just trying to make an extra dollar, but with great endorsement power comes great responsibility.

[via Washington Post]

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Lisa Hyde’s The Bachelor S3, Ep 5 Low-Down: ‘I Think You’re the Keen One, Buddy!’

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TAKE. THEM. DOWN!

Another super-competitive night on The Bachelor, although it is expected because they are all dating the same man. I can’t remember the girls from my season being this contentious, though.

Smiley aka Nina gets the single date and I couldn’t be more happy for her as she hasn’t been on a date yet. She seems completely down to earth and super lovely, and it’s totally clear Nina is here for all the right reasons. 

Now, this is awesome. Nina agrees to attempt a new world record for the longest on-screen kiss. Sam has a big grin on his face, because, well, this is Sam Wood we’re talking about, and on the sly tells us, “She’s Keen.” Did he forget that he organised this date? I think you’re the keen one, buddy! (more…)

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The Olsen Twins Respond to Lawsuit Filed by 40 Unpaid Interns

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Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen find themselves in the middle of a legal mess now that a class action lawsuit has been brought against them alleging that they failed to pay at least 40 interns, one in particular saying she was on call day and night when she interned at The Row.

Shahista Lalani claims that as a former design intern, she worked 50 hour weeks for the company “inputting data into spreadsheets, making tech sheets, running personal errands for paid employees, organizing materials, photocopying, sewing, pattern cutting, among other related duties.” Lalani says that she and the other interns were working not only without pay but without getting any kind of academic credit. “You’re like an employee, except you’re not getting paid,” she describes the work environment.

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Though Lalani has only nice things to say about the Olsens themselves, she believes the head of technical design exploited her labor. “I was doing the work of three interns. I was talking to her all day, all night. E-mails at nighttime for the next day, like 10 p.m. at night.”

It’s a story not unfamiliar to people in the fashion industry, and though internships are an important way to get your foot in the door for a career, if you’re going to have interns working full-time hours, they need to be compensated appropriately. We’ll be watching closely as this case unfolds.

UPDATE: A representative for the Olsen twins’ company, Dualstar Entertainment Group, has released a statement maintaining their innocence and saying the plaintiffs don’t have legs to stand on. “The allegations in the complaint filed against Dualstar are groundless, and Dualstar will vigorously defend itself against plaintiff’s claims in court, not before the media. Dualstar is confident that once the true facts of this case are revealed, the lawsuit will be dismissed in its entirety.”

[via Page Six, USA Today]

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