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Mariacarla Boscono Stars On Striking New Numéro Cover (Forum Buzz)

Mariacarla Boscono on Numéro France #148

image credit: Facebook Numéro via the tfs forums

Photogrpaher Stéphane Sednaoui shot Italian top model Mariacarla Boscono for a surreal and visually striking Numéro cover. The November issue of the French edition shows the high fashion icon surrounded by surrealistic elements and effects, wearing a gorgeous Lanvin gown from the Fall 2013 collection . 

The cover pleased non-fans and Mariacarla’s hardcore stans alike and received mostly positive responses on the tFS forums.

“She is one of those models I will never get tired of. Stunning, can't wait to see the editorial,” noted GarageGlamorous. 

“Beautiful, phenomenal, striking, stunning and cinematic. These are the adjectives I came up with just looking at the cover,” gushed Kanna 

TREVOFASHIONISTO called the cover “gorgeous” and justaguy loved it and said that it is a “beautiful shot of [Mariacarla]”.

Indeed, the cover is unique and powerful. Mariacarla looks mesmerizing and ravishing and to me this cover is on a whole other level. Other forum members also pointed out this was unlike most Numéro covers. 

“I adore this, it's a departure from the usual headshots that make the cover,” wrote atomicblue 

And LRlovesDaria encapsulated, “This is obviously the best Numéro cover of the year, the queen is coming to amaze.”

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Vogue Thailand Explains Its Controversial November Cover: We Did Not Enhance Naomi Campbell’s Looks In Any Way

Naomi Campbell Covers, Preliminary version (left), Final version (right) / Images: FACEBOOK.COM/MARCIN-TYSZKA

Naomi Campbell Covers, Preliminary version (left), Final version (right) / Images: FACEBOOK.COM/MARCIN-TYSZKA

When photographer Marcin Tyszka first posted the preliminary version of his Vogue Thailand November Issue cover, featuring Naomi Campbell, some commentators observed that the supermodel's skin had been heavily airbrushed and made to appear lighter. Outrage quickly reached fever pitch and within a day, Tyszka shared a statement saying his choices were stylistic and did not reflect any kind of racism.

(You can read the photographer's full statement here: Was Naomi Campbell’s Skin Whitened for Her Vogue Thailand Cover? Photographer Marcin Tyszka Responds.)

The publication has since released the final version of the cover (above, right), which shows the supermodel with unmistakably darker skin. 

We reached out to Vogue Thailand for comment, and their Editor in Chief, Kullawit Laosuksri, sent back a statement*. His remarks:

"The cover shot of Naomi Campbell was taken in Paris by Polish photographer Marcin Tyszka, whose signature style is pastel, with light (natural) soft colours created by using lighting techniques and make-up for his results.  In his own words he explains, “Naomi is always super sexy – our idea was to create the Prada ‘60s look – more natural– pastel – sweet – soft.”

It was an incredible opportunity for me to work with such an icon as Naomi Campbell and we were so pleased that she agreed to grace our November cover. We chose Naomi because she represents a strong, intelligent and beautiful woman and we did not enhance or need to enhance her looks in any way.

We at Vogue Thailand believe in the universal beauty of women and I have had a chance to work with so many gorgeous women such as Liu Wen, Carolyn Murphy, and Coco Rocha as our cover models, and to be able to add Naomi into our portfolio is something that I am very proud of."

It's true that accusations of racism are quick to go viral, and online publishers will sometimes manufacture outrage to boost the appeal of a story. Still, all over the world, skin tone factors into the beauty standard (not least of all in Asia, where the skin whitening industry is projected to reach nearly $20 billion within the next five years) in a way that propagates white, Eurocentric beauty ideals and excludes many women of color.

Vogue Thailand says it didn't enhance Campbell's looks in any way. We should take the publication at its word, but acknowledge that showing a famous black supermodel in a photo with lighter skin does send a message, unintended or otherwise. Fashion magazines have a lot of influence and produce powerful images that shape society's understanding of what's beautiful and desirable — and they should take responsibility for it. 


*This article has been modified. The original version included a statement by Vogue Thailand's digital editor, Tachol Kajornmasabus. She has since retracted her statement. 

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John Galliano Is Guest Fashion Editor of UK Vogue’s December Issue (Forum Buzz)

Kate Moss & John Galliano by Tim Walker for UK Vogue December 2013

image credit: metro.co.uk

Kate Moss covering an issue of British Vogue is hardly something to write home about. This is her 35th appearance on the cover of the UK edition. What makes it a hell of a lot more exciting is not just that the cover was shot by Tim Walker but most of all that the fashion content of the December issue was guest edited by none other than John Galliano.

The cover itself was not met with a lot of praise on the tFS forums. Most members found the cover shot to be weak but had high hopes for the content. 

Vogue28 analyzed, “Even though it's Kate Moss on the cover (which I'm thankful for), I'm underwhelmed with the cover as a whole. She's hidden under a mass of feathers (Vogue Paris October 2009's cover shot was way better), and at first I found it hard to make out her pose. The text placement is decent but still doesn't do the cover any justice. This is nothing compared to Kate's cover shot for the December 2008 issue — now that was December cover brilliance. The lack of character and depth is evident here.”

“Always love seeing Kate on the cover and lovely to see Galliano as the guest editor. He looks great in that preview shot. It's going to be a terrific issue,” wrote Jelavender

Kate Moss by Tim Walker on the cover of UK Vogue December 2013

image credit: metro.co.uk

And Marc10 noted, “I don't love the cover (she looks a bit cross-eyed), but isn't the preview something! Galliano guest editor? By Tim Walker? Major.”

“She does indeed look cross eyed, this is a very bad cover although the issue looks interesting. The editorial preview is nice, I'm not a fan of the hair,” co-signed GarageGlamorous 

And jeffandtheworld found that “that pic with Galliano would make a lovely cover,” which I completely agree with. It would have been a bold move and it would have embodied the British fashion focus of this issue perfectly. Like most tFSers, I can’t wait to see what Galliano came up with for this issue. 

 

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Get a Sneak Peak of the Prada Resort 2014 Campaign! (Forum Buzz)

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image credit: womenmanagement.tumblr.com via the tfs forums

German model Anna Luisa Ewers is one of the models starring in Prada’s Resort 2014 campaign, which was shot by Steven Meisel. The blonde beauty, who often gets compared to original German supermodel Claudia Schiffer, made her debut in the Fall 2013 runway season, walking for Balenciaga, Louis Vuitton, Stella McCartney, Giambattista Valli and Valentino. She continued in the same vein this season and snagged a runway semi-exclusive at Alexander Wang in New York and ended the season with a flawless showlist.  

As always in the case of Prada campaigns, the model cast was the essential point of discussion on the tFS forums. 

“Oh love this! Anna looks fantastic, she has this sensual allure that really works with the mood of the collection and the image captures that perfectly. Hope to see Malaika in this too,” expressed Marc10 his thoughts on the casting. 

But anlabe32 disagreed. She posted, “Why her? She's really boring. Hoping for Julia Bergshoeff and Amanda Murphy. Can't say much about the shot yet, but it looks really crowded.”

Melancholybaby made no fuss about the model and simply remarked, “It looks quite good…especially the set design. Reminds me of Daria [Werbowy]'s Fall 2003 campaign.” 

“For some reason I thought of [the Fall 2003 campaign] too. I'm really liking it. Hope to see more models in it, looks pretty promising so far,” stated mackos.  

I agree with the observation that this image is reminiscent of the Fall 2003 campaign (see the iconic campaign here) and find this image to be unusually strong for a Resort campaign. It’s not unreasonable to assume more models have been cast for this campaign, so stay tuned for more images from the campaign and follow the discussion on the tFS forums

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Blake Lively Celebrates Being Named the Newest Face of L’Oréal Paris in Balmain

Image: Getty

Image: Getty

Who: Blake Lively

Where: L’Oréal Paris Egérie New Face Announcement Paris, France

Why we like it: The former Gossip Girl star was unveiled as the newest face of L’Oréal Paris wearing a long sleeve Balmain Spring 2014 light blue off-the-shoulder houndstooth dress with pleated skirt and chain-accented wide belt. Blake capped off the look with nude Christian Louboutin pumps.
 

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Was Naomi Campbell’s Skin Whitened for Her Vogue Thailand Cover? Photographer Marcin Tyszka Responds

Naomi Campbell's Thailand VOGUE cover in which she rocks a short bob and tweed jacket

Image: Facebook.com/Marcin-Tyszka/

Vogue Thailand's November Issue cover featuring Naomi Campbell (above) was first posted to Facebook yesterday by photographer Marcin Tyszka, who shot the cover image and editorial spread. The response was immediate and in the tFS Forums, mostly unfavorable, with some members suggesting that the publication had whitewashed Campbell's skin: "Naomi was recently a guest on the Jonathan Ross show and her skin was beautifully dark," wrote Cosmic Voices. "It's such a shame that retouchers aren't only over-Photoshopping but in fact lightning skin tone."

The sentiment was echoed by a handful of outlets, most forcefully by The Gloss: "It’s hard not to see a racial side to this—they lightened her skin and eyes for god’s sake. This shows just how insidious beauty standards can be, and even a supermodel could be prettier. She could be less black."

Today, Vogue Thailand shared a screenshot (below) showing Tyszka's email response to a critic of the cover. The photographer didn't respond to charges of racism directly or discuss airbrushing, claiming the effect was "a question of [lighting] + make up" and that the "pastel tones" are his standard style.

Marcin Tyszka's email in response to Naomi Campbell photoshop allegations

Image: Facebook/VogueThailandOfficial

"[I]f you see the rest of the story — all the pictures are like this," he wrote, "everything is light including her skin…she has perfect skin condition — no wrinkles at all — thats [sic] why we wanted to go for close up — to show how perfect her skin in. Naomi is always super sexy – our idea was to create the Prada [2006] look — more light - pastel - sweet – soft."

Tyszka continued, saying that Campbell's agent "loved" the photos, as did "other supermodels." He did acknowledge that it may be "surprising to see her like this," but says the choices were intentional, that the look was created as a fashion statement: "This is what we wanted."

We've reached out to our friends at Vogue Thailand to confirm whether the photos were manipulated and will report back with their statement. [Update: The publication responded with a statement that you can read here.]

Update: While we were prepping this post, Tyszka shared the final version of Vogue Thailand's November cover, which will go live tomorrow. Campbell's skin is undeniably darker in the second image:

Naomi Campbells final VOGUE Thailand cover

Image: Facebook.com/Marcin-Tyszka/

Follow-up with Vogue Thailand statementVogue Thailand Explains Its Controversial November Cover: We Had No Intention of Making Naomi Campbell Look ‘Whiter’ or ‘Pale’

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