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Brittany Beattie Heads Back to Tradie Work to Escape the High Life

Brittany Beattie on ELLE Australia shoot

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Australia’s Next Top Model winner Brittany Beattie might be all the rage in the fashion industry right now, but the 21-year-old has decided to keep up life as a tradie to stay grounded. 

When we spoke with Brittany earlier this year she told us she’d given up bobcat driving, the job she had before entering the modelling competition, “because it sort of wrecks your body, your hands and stuff, and, yeah, not very good for being a model”, but now she’s revealed that she’s taken it back up.

“I still do bobcat work because it brings me down to Earth,” she told Sydney Confidential. “When I’m on the catwalk it feels like I’m in the air, and in la-la- land. But when I’m back in the bobcat it brings me back to normality.” (more…)

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Link Buzz: A Look at Honest Beauty, Madame Tussauds to Right Nicki Minaj Wax Figure Wrong

  • Surfer dudes and dudettes, pour one out — Quiksilver filed for bankruptcy. [BoF]
  • Beverly Johnson forgives Bill Cosby for being a Grade A creep. [Page Six]
  • Sofia Vergara and Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting are TV’s highest paid actresses. [Forbes]
  • Take a look at the products that will be available for The Honest Company’s new cosmetics and skincare line, Honest Beauty. [Allure]
  • Antonio Banderas explains what the heck he’s doing in fashion school. [Vogue UK]
  • Eloquii is releasing a shoe line. [FN]
  • Madame Tussauds is finally getting rid of that offensive Nicki Minaj wax figure. [Karen Civil]

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Target Commits to Body Diversity with Size 16 Mannequins

Photo courtesy of Target

Photo courtesy of Target

Target has made a promise destined to make body diversity advocates (which should be everyone, by the way) very happy campers. The retailer has announced it will introduce size 16 mannequins into stores across Australia, starting today.

Target’s managing director, Stuart Machin, thinks the move is needed to shift perceptions within the industry. “The average customer is a size 14, so it’s baffling that the Australian retail industry still uses a standard size 8 mannequin when we are merchandising product,” he explained. 

“We want to change the way Australian retailers represent women, and we hope that these mannequins will help to start a new conversation in the fashion industry, and trigger some change,” he continued. (more…)

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Sienna Miller Is All Smiles on UK Vogue’s October Cover (Forum Buzz)

Emma Watson‘s hair absolutely ruined the cover of U.K. Vogue‘s September issue, but the magazine makes up for it with hairstylist Sam McKnight doing wonders with Sienna Miller on the October cover. Photographed by Mario Testino, the British actress flashes a warm, friendly and inviting smile wearing Saint Laurent and exudes Old Hollywood sophistication with her hair styled into soft waves, complemented by a glamorous red lip applied by Lucia Pica.

UK Vogue October 2015 Sienna Miller by Mario Testino


British Vogue‘s October cover certainly got our attention. “Love it! The red, that infectious smile, and the effortless old-Hollywood glamour,” admired Benn98 immediately.

“Really fun cover, feels spontaneous and genuine, love the red,” added an appreciative Nymphaea.

“That smile is gonna light up the whole newsstand,” proclaimed peachescream.

Also full of enthusiastic was Miss Dalloway, stating, “Her BEST cover for them, and this is her sixth, which is a record in itself for a celeb. It’s a really gorgeous cover.”

Forum member dior_couture1245 was also pleasantly surprised. “HER AGAIN? I thought. But the actual image itself is so fabulous and genuine and positive and inviting. How could you pass that cover up? This is what a celebrity cover should look like,” he declared.

“I wanted to hate this because it’s Sienna Miller, but I can’t help it! I really love the warmth and happiness coming from the cover,” echoed rox_yr_sox.

Sharing the same sentiments was tigerrouge: “After September’s seemingly non-stop series of cover atrocities – and all those terrible hairstyles – sometimes it’s nice to see a big smile and some simple glamour.”

Check out a preview of Sienna’s cover story and drop us a comment here.

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Rihanna Really Really Wants You to Know That She Did Design Her Sock Collection

Rihanna’s sock collection for Stance is here and the singer wants to make sure you know she didn’t just let a team of industry creatives build the range and then slap her name on it. No, RiRi was very hands-on through the whole process, and if you don’t believe that, then maybe you will believe this behind-the-scenes video footage that shows Rihanna getting really involved with the collection. We see the singer on a shoot for the campaign, directing the models and shuffling through piles of socks. Because that’s what people who really design stuff do, OK?

Even John Wilson, president of Stance vouches for the singer. “It’s been really awesome to see how committed she is to the project. She has been involved from day one picking out yarn, construction, color, print, pattern… so hands on.”

Okay, we get it. Rihanna designed the socks. Shop the fruits of her labor now over at Stance.

[h/t Fader]

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The New Hermès Apple Watch and More Big News from Today’s Apple Event

Hermes Apple Watch

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Today, Apple held a presentation announcing new offerings and updates to some of its most noted products. First up, the Apple Watch. Though some critics have been calling the watch a flop, Apple is still looking to entice customers to get on board with the wearable tech item. Not only is it introducing watchOs2, it is also releasing a new collection of watch band colors in fluoroelastomer and leather materials, as well as two new metal face colors for the Apple Watch Sport in rose gold and gold-colored anodized aluminum. So now, you can get that gold hue without shelling out $10,000 for an Apple Watch Edition.

But perhaps the most exciting development is Apple Watch’s collaboration with Hermès. The collection will have different leather watch straps for the stainless steel model, including one that wraps around the wrist twice. According to Bloomberg, Apple will also introduce three watch faces inspired by classic Hermès watches. If your interest is piqued, start saving your money now because the Hermès watches are due to hit select stores in October. 

Apple also unveiled the new iPad Pro, which is the largest iPad yet. You can buy accessories for the new model, including a dedicated keyboard and the Apple Pencil, which you can use to draw graphics on the device. The tech giant also revealed the new Apple TV, which will include a new interface and a chargeable touchscreen remote with Siri capabilities so you can use voice commands. The fashion-conscious who love a deal also have something to look forward to, as Gilt Groupe announced its shoppable app made for Apple TV. 

Just about everyone was expecting Apple to show off the latest iteration of the iPhone, the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. The new versions include “3D Touch,” which Engadget mentions is a carry over from the Apple Watch’s Force Touch. Based on the kind of pressure you put on the screen, you can activate new options available with iOs9. Possibly one of the coolest things about the new iPhone is Live Photos, which are like mini gifs your iPhone takes automatically. The new camera system captures the moment just before and just after exposure, and if you use Force Touch on a photo, you can see it go from a regular picture to one that moves. This is something that could definitely change all our Instagram games.