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U.S. Vogue has reached a milestone in its history by profiling a transgender model within its pages for the first time. Andreja Pejic is the subject of a four-page piece highlighting her journey from being a young refugee of the Bosnian War, growing up in Melbourne trying to hide her feminine mannerisms, and eventually becoming the woman she is today. Like many trans kids, Andreja said that as a young boy, it was very difficult for her to reconcile her body with how she felt on the inside.
“I wanted to stop puberty in its early tracks,” she said. “I was worried about my feet being too big, my hands being too big, my jawline being too strong.” She struggled to pinpoint an identity and didn’t quite feel like a gay male, though she felt pressure to conform to societal expectations of how a boy should behave. “‘I thought about being gay, but it didn’t fit… I thought, Well, maybe this’—the fantasy of living life as a girl—’is just something you like to imagine sometimes. Try to be a boy and try to be normal.'”
As she grew older, Andreja began to take hormones to stop her body from experiencing the effects of puberty as a male. Last year, she finally came out as transgendered and went through gender-confirmation surgery. And it seems all the struggles she faced coming into her womanhood have paid off. Andreja has just landed a major beauty contract with Make Up For Ever, becoming one of the first trans models to front a top beauty campaign.
Though there are hurdles Pejic still faces as a transwoman, she seems positive about the future. “There are just more categories now,” she says. “It’s good. We’re finally figuring out that gender and sexuality are more complicated.”
As you’ll learn on our forums, Georgia May Jagger is a model we either love or loathe. She still manages to land Vogue covers left and right, however, including U.K. Vogue‘s April issue alongside peers Cara Delevingne and Suki Waterhouse. For May, Georgia goes it alone for the cover of Vogue Ukraine, captured by Marcin Tyszka. The British beauty sports a vibrant yellow Michael Kors jacket standing before a rather vulgar brown background.
The cover’s components simply aren’t enough to satisfy the majority of forum members. “Bland girl. She is like the Kendall from the UK,” DutchHomme lamented.
“Nope. Next. The colors are dead. Expression is dull. Pose is dead. Layout is too much. Everything just doesn’t work,” MON assessed soon after.
Sharing the same uncertainty was Benn98. “It’s interesting how many Vogue covers Georgia has booked. It’s not a bad shot, but it looks like something I’ve seen before. ELLE Poland perhaps?” he asked. Ouch.
Forum member narcyza failed to show enthusiasm as well, proclaiming, “What [an] awful background. I hate this color. Yellow font doesn’t help too. Georgia always looks…the same. I don’t get it why she has another Vogue cover. Really.”
“I really don’t get that brown background,” echoed GlamorousBoy in agreement.
Add your own two cents here about Georgia’s latest work. Did Vogue Ukraine miss an opportunity?
Image: Steven Klein courtesy V Magainze
Rihanna hasn’t put out an album since 2012, but she is back and bolder than ever. After releasing tracks like “FourFiveSeconds” and “Bitch Better Have my Money,” Riri is poised to make a much-anticipated return to the music scene, and as V magazine’s latest cover star, she’s talking about her new sound and what she’s been doing all these years – besides not releasing any solo albums.
“I didn’t actually take time off. The past two years are the hardest I’ve ever worked,” she said. “I’ve been working on two albums, an animated film, shooting for multiple magazines, designing for Puma and Stance [socks], a new line of fragrances, a summer tour, I launched my first annual Diamond Ball at the end of last year, and I’ve also been developing several projects to be revealed in the near future.”
Riri has been a busy bee, but she doesn’t look any worse for the wear on the Steven Klein-shot cover and the accompanying vibrant spread styled by Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele. V magazine 95 is set to hit newsstands May 7, but in the meantime, check out this sneak peek of the story in the gallery below. (more…)
Madonna will stop at nothing to remind everyone how controversial and boundary-pushing she still is after all these years. Between unnecessarily hiking her leg up on unsuspecting tables and forcibly making out with unsuspecting young rappers, Madonna is on something of a roll when it comes to pissing people off, or at the very least, making people wonder WTF she’s even doing these days.
This time around, the Material Grown Woman’s #RebelHeart social media campaign has upset fans again. Earlier this year, Madonna found herself in a pot of hot water after reposting fan images of Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King, Jr. with wire superimposed onto their likenesses in the tradition of her Rebel Heart artwork. Now, Madge is in trouble again for endorsing a controversial “rebel” on her Instagram page, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
Madonna has long been an LGBT icon, so queer fans and queer allies were a bit surprised to see the singer paying homage to a woman who was relatively unresponsive in the face of the AIDS crisis and passed a ban on the promotion of homosexuality, which created a whole new set of problems for gays in the U.K. As the Huffington Post explains, Section 28 “led to massive self-censorship and the axing of funding to LGBT helplines and community groups — even to the removal of gay-themed books from school libraries and the evicting of LGBT organisations from municipal-owned premises.”
Madonna removed the photo after a backlash from her fans but hasn’t offered a formal apology for the misstep.
Continuing its model streak after scoring Suki Waterhouse for the April cover , Joan Smalls graces the latest issue of Lucky. It should come as no surprise that the Estée Lauder ambassador delivers a beautiful shot as she strolls down a New York City street holding a bunch of flowers on a glorious spring afternoon. Photographed by Miguel Reveriego, Joan can also be found inside Lucky‘s newly-released beauty issue in a fabulous four-page spread.
Forum members were quick to voice their sentiments. “Beautiful cover and ed,” commented Urban Stylin, hitting us off on a positive note as we were treated to both the cover and accompanying spread.
“Wow, this is great. Joan looks beautiful on the cover and in the ed. Love that Lucky has models on their covers,” TeeVanity applauded.
Also feeling similar was orchidee, who shared, “Simply gorgeous! Love that it’s the beauty issue and you can actually see how beautiful the model is. Lucky is really doing a great job of balancing celebrity and model covers.”
“Definitely,” assured fashionlover2001 in agreement, who went on to credit both the hair and makeup artists on set: “The cover and editorial were well executed. Joan and the team involved did a phenomenal job. I am especially obsessed with Sir John and Jennifer Yepez. Flawless job. I can only see beauty and perfection!”
“I’m impressed with the cover and ed. Both are beyond beautiful!” elisejeffery raved.
“Excellent cover! Love Joan! I’d love to see Eva Chen replace Anna Wintour!” Handbag Queen declared.
Check out Joan’s cover story and share your own opinion here.
The Apple Watch craze has begun. The device sold out in just a few hours when it was up for pre-order, though the rollout hasn’t exactly been smooth. The tech giant is said to be experiencing trouble shipping the orders, but that isn’t making the product any less of a success for Apple. An analyst is estimating that Apple Watch could be the company’s most profitable product, predicting that Apple will earn around $2 billion during the first two weeks of sales.
The Apple Watch already has its fair share of celebrity fans. Rapper Drake was spied at Coachella last week sporting the device. Pharrell and Katy Perry have taken to social media to show off their watches and Karl Lagerfeld was seen rocking a custom gold link bracelet version of the watch, which is estimated to be worth $25,000. Beyoncé is the latest celebrity to show off the piece and since she’s the queen bee and all, of course she has a version of the watch that is not available to us regular folk.
The singer posted an image of herself wearing a questionable feathered headdress to her blog, with the pricey timepiece in plain view. We’re not surprised that people like Karl and Bey would have one of the priciest and most exclusive iterations of the watch. After all, both are legends in their own right – what better way to illustrate their importance than with a fancy-schmancy version of an already expensive but (for now) not totally necessary new-age device?
[via Business Insider]