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US Military Relaxes Insensitive Regulations on Black Hairstyles

Image: Getty Images

Image: Getty Images

The U.S. Military came under fire earlier this year when a document outlining “unacceptable” hairstyles for female soldiers came to light. Many hairstyles — twists and thick cornrows included — made the cut on the list of “no-no” ‘dos for women. The problem? These are convenient hairstyles that black women with natural hair commonly wear. Not to make some sort of fashion statement, but because, uh, they’re easy ways to keep hair neat and out of your face. Indeed the original document classified twists as “faddish” and “exaggerated.” “Twists” were unauthorized, but expensive hair weaves, damaging relaxers and wigs were a-OK. The ridiculousness of these rules were highlighted in a hilarious segment by The Daily Show‘s Jessica Williams (a must-watch). 

After an uproar over these guidelines and pressure to revise the regulations, in April, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel promised to review the current rules, which now have been amended to allow hairstyles that black women in the military don’t have to spend a bunch of money on or countless hours in the salon to maintain. 

Thanks to the renewed regulations, women are allowed to wear their hair in two-strand twists as well as larger cornrow braids in the Army, Navy and Air Force. The terms “matted” and “unkempt” have also been removed from the document, used to describe hairstyles like locs and cornrows.

This is obviously a win for black women rocking “natural” hair in the military. We think the Army learned a valuable lesson here about diversity and how important it is to be inclusive of the basic needs of the people who are training to protect this nation. Quite frankly, looking at the original document, the language used for black hairstyles was extremely upsetting. Microbraids are called “fashionable” and, as previously mentioned, twists were deemed “faddish.” There’s nothing faddish about a low-maintenance style that’s been done for literally thousands of years. We’re just glad the Army has finally come to this realization. 

[via TIME]

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This Supermodel Editorial in W’s September Issue Will Make Your Jaw Drop (Forum Buzz)

Kate Moss, Daria Werbowy, Lara Stone and Raquel Zimmermann in the same shot? W went all out for its September issue and made sure every model fan’s heart beat a little faster when seeing the featured “Super Normal Super Models” editorial.

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Image Credit: Wmagazine.com via the tFS forums

The story was shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, styled by Edward Enninful and has a stellar cast that also includes Amanda Murphy, Suvi Koponen, Meghan Collison, Anna Ewers, Mariacarla Boscono, Saskia de Brauw, Mica Arganaraz, Daan van der Deen, Filip Hrivnak and Steve Milatos. Does this sound like perfection? 

You would think that with so much supermodel awesomeness our forum members would find little to complain about. But several members pointed out the similar aesthetic to past campaigns by Bruce Weber. “Super Normal Super Models definitely seems to be influenced by Weber. It looks like a grungier version of an old Abercrombie & Fitch catalog,” posted orchidee. While others wondered about the inclusion of some of the models. Personally, I can’t find any faults in the casting or the images. 

Positive sentiments were also shared by kokobombon. “I find it refreshing that [Mert & Marcus] produced something that is not overly saturated and Photoshopped, even if the style looks like someone else’s,” she wrote.

“Kate Moss on Suvi Koponen’s lap?! What happened? Anyway, I truly love it. That shot with Amanda, Daria and Mariacarla is fantastic,” admitted anlabe32

See the full editorial on the forums. Be sure to also check out the rest of the editorials in this issue, including a gorgeous Emma Summerton layout starring Mariacarla and more epic group shots featuring Rihanna, Iman and Naomi Campbell

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Phoebe Dahl Reveals New Engagement Ring from Ruby Rose

Ruby Rose and Phoebe Dahl‘s relationship is no secret. If you follow either of their Instagrams, you’ll know just how loved-up the pair are. But after popping the question back in March, it looks like Ruby has traded up the original ring given to Phoebe for a much shinier version.

Phoebe, granddaughter of Roald Dahl, posted the new ring to her Instagram with a caption reading, “Luckiest girl alive! You surprise me everyday my love. I’m so proud to wear this ring. @rubyrose86.” The ring is such a sparkly stunner, with a large central diamond in the middle and small diamonds around the band, that we didn’t even pay attention to Phoebe’s in-need-of-a-manicure hands. (more…)

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Saw This Coming: North West Poses for CR Fashion Book

It was only a matter of time before this happened. A year after her mother appeared on the cover of Carine Roitfeld‘s CR Fashion Book, North West, offspring of the #worldsmosttalkedaboutcouple, is making her solo fashion magazine debut in this season’s issue of the biannual. Shot by buzzy, well-bred photog, 23-year-old Michael AvedonCR Fashion Book unveiled a teaser image from the forthcoming issue of little Nori adorably staring off into the distance with her trademark slightly-furrowed brow. Looks like the one-year-old is already following in the footsteps of her mother and auntie Kendall Jenner.

North was shot for the mag’s “Icons” spread, which “celebrates the unconventional side of fashion icon status.” Since North can’t even put on her pants without help yet, we’re not sure the “fashion icon” label is really valid…but as Karl Lagerfeld says, “It’s never too early to care about fashion!” Nori is heralded as a “future fashion icon,” which could honestly happen sometime down the road.

But really, we just think they photographed her because she’s a beautiful baby. 

[CR Fashion Book]

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Bloggers Nadia Fairfax and Lindy Klim Team Up with Viktoria + Woods

Viktoria + Woods has gained the help and stylish know-how of two very fashionable Australian women, Nadia Fairfax and Lindy Klim, to showcase its Rapture Spring 2014 collection in a three-part series. “We admire how Lindy and Nadia interpret the collection in their own way and represent its versatility,” said the Melbourne-based label. (more…)

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Stephanie Gilmore Impresses in Matching White for the Stephanie in the Water New York Premiere

Stephanie Gilmore Stephanie in the Water premiere

Photo: Daniel Zuchnik/ Wireimage

Australian pro-surfer Stephanie Gilmore looked as pretty as a picture at the New York premiere for the new Stephanie in the Water documentary. The film is all about Stephanie’s impressive surfing career, so of course the blond bombshell upped the wardrobe ante for her big night.

The surfer-babe stepped out on the red carpet in a feminine, matchy-matchy white ensemble. The long-sleeve crop was teamed perfectly with the lace pencil midi skirt, making the look both pretty and sexy all in one hit.

Stephanie stuck with simple black accessories, including a small leather purse and sweet open-toe pumps, for a monochromatic and effortless look. With Stephanie easily the centre of attention for the premiere, it’s lucky she didn’t falter in the wardrobe department.

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