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NZ Jewellery Company Under Fire for Objectifying Women’s Bodies

New Zealand jewellery company I Love Ugly has been receiving a lot of backlash online because of the way its latest campaign represents women.

The shots show clothed men covering nude female bodies with their hands while showing off the brand’s latest range of rings. The hands are positioned everywhere, from a woman’s bum to her breasts and lady garden, prompting viewers to call the shoot “sexist”, “beyond gross” and “creepy”.

“Jewellery is one of those things you either love or hate on a man,” I Love Ugly’s Facebook post, featuring one of the images, read. “We tried our best to rework something that makes a lot of males a little uneasy and turn it into something the dubious could potentially see themselves wearing.” (more…)

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Troye Sivan Feared His Sexuality Might Derail His Path to Success

Troye Sivan

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Troye Sivan has had a freakin’ spectacular year, releasing his first first album and bonding with Taylor Swift among many other achievements, but the Perth-born talent has been dreaming about these moments since, well, as long as he can remember, and was even worried that his sexuality may cause hiccups in his path to success.

“It might seem like it’s all happening so quickly, and it is, but this is what I’ve wanted since I was three,” Troye explained to Allison Langdon on 60 Minutes last night, rehashing on everything from his Telathon performance of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” in 2006 to posting YouTube videos at the ripe age of 12. “For me personally I just knew, and have always known, exactly what I wanted to do.”

While he’s dreamt of the success he has now for a long time, Troye admitted that he was worried his sexuality might derail his goals. “I didn’t know how it was going to go down,” Troye explained of his “coming out” YouTube video, explaining that a lot of his followers were girls and he thought his news might affect that. “I could potentially lose a lot if the world wasn’t ready for me to be an openly gay singer,” he continued.  (more…)

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Michael Turnbull Announces Relationship With Insta-Mum

If you were hoping that Michael Turnbull would be Australia’s fourth The Bachelor, well, we’re so sorry but the “professional soccer player” announced a new relationship today.

The Bachelorette runner-up revealed the news of his love life exclusively to Woman’s Day magazine today, opening up about online store owner, social influencer and beautician Katrina Vincent.

Michael discovered the 30-year-old single mother and her daughter, Ava, on Instagram, where Katrina has over 24,200 followers, before taking them both out for a coffee and a playdate at the park. The 24-year-old real estate agent was in for a little surprise when Ava vomited everywhere, with Michael saying, “I ended up cleaning up vomit on our first date, which I have never done before.” Lovely. 

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Jessica Hart Doesn’t Call Australia Home: ‘I Feel Terrible Saying It’

Jessica Hart at Glamour Awards

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Most of our home-grown expats live and make something of themselves overseas, but, at the end of the day, will always call Australia home. Not model Jessica Hart though, who, despite her ambassadorship at Aussie airline Qantas, has revealed that New York is where her heart is.

“Here is home,” Jessica explained of the Big Apple to Conflicts. “I used to always refer to Australia as home. And I feel terrible saying it, but now it really is home here. I mean ten years; it’s a pretty good effort,” the 29-year-old continued.

Feeling at home isn’t just about where you rest your head at night, though, with the Vogue cover girl also explaining that New York allows her to embrace her individuality more than Australia ever did. “New York’s got this thing where it allows you to be yourself,” the Sydney-born beauty revealed. “Unique people are the kind who get noticed here. At home you were always trying to conform, and here I kind of felt free to be myself. Or at least wear jeans and converse instead of heels and makeup to a casting.”

Way to break our hearts, Jess!

[Via Conflicts]

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New Research Says Hermes Handbags Are a Better Investment Than Diamonds

Image courtesy of Pan American Leathers

Image courtesy of Pan American Leathers

Diamonds are no longer a girl’s best friend. According to research conducted by Baghunter, Hermes will replace diamonds as the most desired luxury item among women. “In the last 30 years diamond prices have seen their ups and downs,” Baghunter CEO, Evelyn Fox, said. “As have gold, silver, stock markets, real estate and just about any investment with the exception of Hermes bags and, in particular, the Birkin and Kelly which have seen their values increase five-fold over the last 30 years!”

The value increase can be attributed to a myriad of factors. They continue to rise in popularity thanks to celebrities like Kim Kardashian. They’re a sound investment piece because they are repairable for life and come with a lifetime warranty. And demand far outweighs supply since just a limited number are handcrafted yearly. Baghunter reports that an “Hermes Birkin bag recently consigned by Baghunter was purchased in 1980 for $2,000 and is now worth more than $10,000. In 2025, it is projected that the same bag will exceed a value of $20,000.”

Watch: Photographer Tyler Shields Feeds a $100,000 Birkin to a Crocodile ] (more…)

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Gigi Hadid, Natasha Poly and Raquel Zimmermann Battle It Out in Versace’s Spring 2016 Campaign (Forum Buzz)

If there was one campaign for the upcoming Spring 2016 season that had us in suspense, it would be Versace. Donatella joined Instagram earlier this week and her first post was with Gigi Hadid, which appeared to have been taken while on set of a shoot. Our forums immediately put two and two together, conjuring up possible castings and outcomes. Now satisfying our immense curiosity, Versace unveils its brand new mainline campaign with Gigi posing alongside modeling heavyweights Natasha Poly and Raquel Zimmermann. Shot by Steven Klein on location, the trio of blondes battle it out for our approval.

Versace S/S 2016 : Gigi Hadid, Natasha Poly & Raquel Zimmerman by Steven Klein


“Raquel is a powerhouse. I mean, that shot of her in the bikini! She’s amazing. The other two girls just disappear for me with Raquel around. Gigi is harmless, and Natasha has never done much for me,” shared dior_couture1245.

“Raquel is perfect,” simply added Firefly216 in agreement. (more…)