Not everyone is satisfied with Lane Bryant’s #ImNoAngel initiative for its Cacique brand. The plus-size retailer recently launched an underwear campaign featuring models who don’t have the traditional Victoria’s Secret body, which so far has been pretty well-received. It is quite refreshing to see women over a size 4 posing in lingerie, but for one blogger, the campaign simply wasn’t enough.
Amanda Richards penned a post on her blog arguing that Lane Bryant‘s campaign is not the bastion of positivity it seems to be. She says that the #ImNoAngel hashtag pits women of different body types against each other. She also takes issue with the lack of body diversity in the campaign itself, noting that the models are mostly a size 16 (she previously guessed their average sizes was 14) and said that their more petite frames are not representative of the Lane Bryant market, whose women are usually above a size 20.
“I don’t understand why Lane Bryant can’t opt for more diversity in their advertising, given that it’s what plus-size women want and what they have been quite literally begging for on social media,” she wrote before noting that as a white, cisgendered able-bodied woman she definitely has some privileges, but that is no excuse for Lane Bryant’s oversight. She concluded the post by taking photos of her size 18 self in underwear.
HelloGiggles got wind of Richards’ post and wrote about it, resulting in an epic battle on Facebook between Richards and Elly Mayday, one of the campaign’s models. Mayday herself took issue with Richards’ characterization of the ads, first in assuming that the models were an average size 14 (she corrected Richards with their actual sizes) and also argued that she, an ovarian cancer survivor with a larger body and a scar down the center of her stomach, is far from the representation of a traditional model – plus-sized or otherwise. She said that Richards was nitpicking the campaign and that its positive message was being eclipsed by what she believes to be splitting hairs.
Her comment sparked an entire debate on the HelloGiggles Facebook page and late yesterday, Mayday decided to delete her comments. “People are coming onto my page and attacking me and sending me some terrible messages. Thanks, but I don’t deserve these horrible things being said to me,” she wrote. “I am sorry if I offended you by saying I didn’t like the blog. It is just really annoying when something so positive is still thoroughly scrutinized. Can’t please everyone I guess! I am the [epitome] of body positivity and will continue on my endeavours. Good luck to you Amanda on yours.”
While Richards made some good points on body diversity, it does feel a little problematic for her to assert that the models in the campaign simply weren’t big enough or were shaped too nicely to be included. In attempting to make a call for body diversity, some people might read her assertion as body shaming. But she does open up a conversation about modeling – models have their jobs because their bodies fit a certain ideal. Many women don’t have that hourglass shape that some of the models in the Lane Bryant campaign have, and yes, we could all use more body diversity. But to suggest that the women weren’t big enough or “real” enough to be “No Angels” seems a bit problematic.
Anna Kendrick will soon be adding the title “author” to her list of accolades now that the actress has announced that she is writing a book, due out next fall. The tome will be a collection of essays about her life, which we wager will be fascinating…and judging by her statement, cripplingly self-deprecating. “Because I get uncomfortable when people have high expectations, I’d like to use this opportunity to showcase my ineptitude, pettiness, and the frequency with which I embarrass myself.” What great qualities to highlight! “And while many of my female inspirations who have become authors are incredibly well-educated and accomplished comedy writers, I’m very, very funny on Twitter, according to BuzzFeed and my mom, so I feel like this is a great idea. Quick question: are run-on sentences still frowned upon? Wait, is ending a sentence with a preposition still frowned upon? I mean, upon frowned? Dammit!”
While Kendrick is figuring out how to put two sentences under 140 characters together, she took some time out to make an appearance on last night’s Lip Sync Battle, in which she went head to head with John Krasinski. Krasinski started the show with a rendition of NSYNC’s “Bye Bye Bye,” complete with the original marionette choreography and trademark head mic. It was rousing indeed, but Kendrick clapped back with her own version of One Direction’s “Steal My Girl,” in which she used images of Emily Blunt, Krasinski’s wife, to illustrate the girl every guy seems to want. She even wore a T-shirt featuring her and Blunt’s faces surrounded by a heart. Hilarious. Krasinski upped the stakes with Ike & Tina’s “Proud Mary,”for which he dressed like Tina Turner in her famed silver fringe-hemmed dress. But not even the sparkly frock was enough to beat out Kendrick, who performed J.Lo’s “Booty” track… with Ms. Lopez herself joined Kendrick during the big finish. Both parties put up a good fight, but in the end, Kendrick took home the coveted Lip Sync Battle belt, proving that a nice butt will always come out on top.
Watch Kendrick and Krasinski duke it out in the videos above.
The Jenner girls are set to dominate your local newsstand. On the cover of GQ this month is Kendall, who flaunts her toned physique in a skimpy bikini, and now Kylie Jenner has turned up on the cover of Teen Vogue. Back in March 2012, both sisters shared the cover of the mag, but now Kylie gets her moment in the spotlight by gracing the May 2015 edition. Photographed by Giampaolo Sgura, the team went for a Mad Max theme as Kylie is joined by a group of her peers mucking about in the desert for the cover shoot.
With a subject like Kylie, our forum members were quick to judge. “I’m seriously sick to death of every Kardashian, Jenner, West, etc. I wish they’d all go away and never return! To think, ten years ago no one knew who they were, and now we’re constantly inundated by all of them. I still struggle with what any of their talent really is,” Handbag Queen ranted.
“What the hell is wrong with her face?” asked IndigoHomme.
“Could Miss Kylie be jealous of her Jenner sister’s career? It’s like ‘I want to be on the cover of magazines too’, haha,” Oxymore pointed out.
Forum member gazebo wasn’t showing much enthusiasm, either: “Why is anyone remotely interested in her is beyond me.”
But not everyone was so unimpressed. “I’m actually not sick of seeing Kylie… yet. I think this is a great cover. Her eyes are very engaging. She photographs really well,” admired nataliaapple, shifting the mood.
“This is actually a nice cover! At least there’s a touch of expression there!! It’s miles better than Kendall’s cover tbh. I also like the color scheme of it. It’s a simple yet effective live cover,” added MON.
Will you be picking up a copy? Join the conversation here.
Okay, Laverne Cox, we get it. You are amazing and continue to put us all to shame. But for those of you who forgot these simple facts, here is the actress’ naked body in Allure‘s May 2015 issue, looking all glorious and delicious in black and white. Cox posed for the magazine’s annual nude shoot and says that at first, she declined to appear in the issue. But after a little soul-searching about the significance of someone like her doing a shoot like this, she agreed to disrobe for the camera – and the world is better for it.
“I’m a black transgender woman. I felt this could be really powerful for the communities that I represent,” she said. “Black women are not often told that we’re beautiful unless we align with certain standards. Trans women certainly are not told we’re beautiful. Seeing a black transgender woman embracing and loving everything about herself might be inspiring to some other folks.”
Well, if there’s any image that says eff your outdated and narrow beauty standards – this is it. Ms. Laverne simply nailed it here and it’s absolutely undeniable: she looks gorgeous.
It could be the nice weather drawing them in, but the fashion set has been really enamored with Los Angeles as of late. Tom Ford showed his Fall 2015 collection there. Hedi Slimane moved Saint Laurent’s studio there. And last night, Burberry ditched its foggy U.K. roots and made a hop across the pond for its “London in Los Angeles” runway show event at the famous Griffith Observatory.
Naturally, the affair had no shortage of celebrities, which included Victoria Beckham and her family, Anna Wintour, Chiara Ferragni, Cara Delevingne, Kiernan Shipka, Ashley Madekwe, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and more. Campaign stars Naomi Campbell and Jourdan Dunn took to the runway, but we also spied a catwalk newbie at the show. James Corden, the British host of the The Late Late Show, strutted his stuff alongside the modeling legends.
Campbell also made an appearance earlier this week on Corden’s show, where he took the opportunity to get a lesson from one of the best walkers in the biz on how to fiercely storm the runway, probably in preparation for his big debut. And…he wasn’t bad at all! That’s what happens when you learn from the best.
Watch Corden and Campbell slay the catwalk in the video above.
Glamour model Gabi Grecko, more fondly known as 71-year-old Geoffrey Edelsten‘s third wife-in-waiting, has finally gotten in trouble for taking a naked late-night stroll in Melbourne’s CBD late last year.
The Herald Sun reports that the 25-year-old “model” has been charged with “willful and obscene exposure” for strutting her naked stuff on Melbourne’s Swanston and Exhibition streets at around 3 am on December 18, 2014. She will face Melbourne Magistrates Court on May 5, 2015.
Sneaky magazine captured her entire nudie escapade on film, where you can see her birthday suit accessorised with an attention-seeking green wig and bunny ears, plus a gold-digging floor-length wedding veil. Oh, and heels. Because one must cover up their feet. (more…)