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Forum Debate: Is Joan Smalls a ‘Terrible’ Model? (Vogue Japan December Cover)

It’s not even Halloween and the December covers have begun to roll out, and as usual, Vogue Japan’s is the first to surface on our forums. Joan Smalls looks party-ready as she sports slicked back hair, a pair of ostentatious earrings and a dress from Christian Dior (also worn by Kati Nescher on Vogue Spain’s November cover). Photographed by Giampaolo Sgura, the Puerto Rican beauty strikes her best pose for the cover shot…or did she?

Vogue Japan December 2014 Joan Smalls


Discussion inside the thread is very heated amongst forum members. “What a terrible model she is. She doesn’t have a single decent picture,” commented Creative, whose post sparked debate instantly.

“Joan Smalls, a terrible model? I’m not her number 1 fan but that’s totally harsh and inaccurate to say this. It could be a nice cover but I always hate this white background,” replied Valentine27.

Also coming to Joan’s defense was zoom, who wrote, “Joan Smalls ‘a terrible model’? Really? So terrible she’s the #1 model in the world. Say what you will but Joan will still come out on top. Congrats to Smalls on another Vogue cover!”

“Exactly. Let this ‘terrible’ model’s bookings over the past 5 years speak for itself,” agreed valliaddict.

“This cover makes me angry. Why and how on earth did they make one of the most stunning models look like a soulless, plastic doll? Not to mention the styling; they actually managed to make that Dior dress look cheap. Epic fail,” disapproved an underwhelmed Nepenthes.

“While I don’t think she is a terrible model, I do feel like she has many dud covers! This is just further proof, somehow it never engages, or they pick the absolute worst cover image of her,” noted Miss Dalloway.

Are you a fan? See inside the thread for more discussion and share your own opinion here.

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Kim Kardashian Doesn’t Seek Design Advice from Her Designer Pals for Kardashian Kollection Pieces

Image: FayesVision/

Image: FayesVision/

The Kardashian Kollection for Lipsy is launching its fifth season, proving that no matter how you feel about the exposure the reality family gets, they certainly know how to sell clothes to women. The range includes sexy bodycon frocks punctuated with lace and cheeky cut-outs, a fetching black and white plunging strapless jumpsuit (that Kim was photographed wearing), a few smart blazers rendered in black and white as well as the line’s very first coat option. The clothes are extremely sellable — they’ve got the sort of universally appealing silhouettes women love, but if you think the Kardashians turned to their designer friends for a few pointers on the line, think again.

Vogue U.K. sat down with Kim to discuss her latest for Lipsy, a collection which she says was in no way influenced by the work of her designer pals, Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci and Balmain’s Olivier Rousteing. Kim admits that unlike her husband, she’s never turned to any of her high-fashion buddies for design tips: “I’ve never asked them, not yet anyway.” Not yet? Does this mean there could be a Riccardo Tisci x Kardashian Kollection special edition range in the works? Who knows. But for now, Kim is very proud of the work she’s done for the line with her sisters.

“The three of us [sisters] have worked really hard on it and I think that the great thing about the differences between us is that our shapes come in useful for designing. Khloe is really tall, obviously, and Kourtney is petite, so I think that if we can make something that suits all three of us, it will look great on anyone.”

 [via Vogue UK]

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Watch: Alek Wek in the H&M Conscious Foundation’s Latest PSA

Alek Wek is the ambassador for the H&M Conscious Foundation and she’s using her platform as a way to build awareness about the retailer’s efforts to do some good in the world.

The model stars in the latest PSA, which explains how H&M came to support various charities. It was a two-part effort: A board of advisers, which included Archbishop Desmond Tutu, chose serious humanitarian issues and let the public vote on which ones the foundation should support. 

Thanks to customer votes, the H&M Conscious Foundation pledged to donate proceeds to charities that empower women, provide clean water and early childhood education in disadvantaged areas. H&M has partnered with UNICEF, WaterAid and the CARE foundation for its conscious project, which will help hundreds of thousands of women and children.

Learn more about H&M’s initiative in the video above.

[via H&M YouTube]

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Model Kate Peck Befriended a 2.5m Snake for CanTeen’s Dare to Be Brave Campaign

As if we didn’t love Kate Peck enough already. Now the can-do-no-wrong model has gone and upped our affections for her, by taking the time out of her jam-packed day to befriend a 2.5 metre long snake for a charitable cause.

It was all for CanTeen’s Dare to be Brave campaign, which challenges us to be as brave as young people affected by cancer by doing something we’ve always wanted to do. For Kate, that involved a mega reptile that, if it could stand, is taller than even the leggiest of models. (more…)

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Reebok Australia Owes You Money for Not Boosting Your Butt’s Muscle Tone

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Sorry, everyone. Reebok lied to you. But it’s literally going to pay for its fabricating ways, and you could benefit. The sportswear brand has been fined a whopping $350,000 in Australia for making false claims and statements about its EasyTone shoe range, which it said would boost muscle tone of thighs, calves and your butt more than normal sneakers.

Even though EasyTone shoes have been available in Australia since December 2009, the Federal Court has just now ruled that the representations made on shoe boxes, swing tags, information cards and in-store promotional material were misleading, breached three sections of Australian Consumer Law, and that Reebok had no reasonable grounds to make such claims.

As reported by The Sydney Morning Herald, Reebok claimed “balance pods built-in under the heel” and “balance ball-inspired technology with moving air” in EasyTone shoes would increase “muscle activation” of the butt area by 28 per cent and of thighs and calves by 11 per cent, but did so without any scientific evidence to back this promise. (more…)

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Watch: Tkay Maidza Fronts the New Mimco x Frends Collaboration, and it’s Amazing


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Mimco has teamed up with the trendy kids at Frends, for a killer collaboration which sees its headphones take the raddest turn yet.

Aside from the amazing five-piece collection, which you can buy here, we’ve fallen a little bit in love with the promotional video featuring Australia’s own electro rapper, Tkay Maidza, along with LA singer Mereki, London Hula Hooper Marawa, Tokyo model Junko and South African DJ Ms Cosmo.

The five girls groove along to Tkay’s amazing new track, Switch Lanes, while sporting Mimco x Frends headphones against their diverse hometown backdrops from across the world. Watch it for yourself below, it’ll make you feel like dancing.

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