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Gigi Hadid as You’ve Never Seen Her Before on Vogue Italia (Forum Buzz)

We’re far too used to seeing Gigi Hadid vamp it up for the likes W Magazine, sit pretty for Vogue Netherlands and go glamorous on the cover of Vogue Spain. However, leave it to Vogue Italia to give the Victoria’s Secret recruit a whole new look. Our forums have made no attempt to hide the fact the magazine let standards slip lately, but Steven Meisel is back behind the lens for November, albeit leaving us a little lost for words. Complete with styling from Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele, intriguing makeup applied by Pat McGrath and a funky wig tended to by hairstylist Guido Palau, the image was sure to set tongues wagging on our forums.

An unrecognizable Gigi did not go down lightly. “Why are they doing this to us? WHY? It’s sad enough that Meisel is doing only a few covers and the others are try-hard copies of his style but when his covers look like this,” slammed dcmaike.

“Hate it, she looks tacky and gaudy which was obviously intentional. Besides, wasn’t this done with Joan [Smalls] a few years ago? I don’t understand why she had to get cover billing when they don’t even give it to the greats,” Benn98 added.

Feeling the same way was Melancholybaby: “Awful attempt at imitating the 80s. The power of personality is enough to make a regular cover showstopping but alas Gigi possesses no such power.”

Aizanara wasn’t impressed either, ranting, “OMG this is so bad! The power of personality? This has no energy, no life and a black girl would have been 100x better. LMAO at the Photoshop, we all know Gigi doesn’t look like that in real life.”

“This is really bad, it’s such a shame,” echoed a disappointed KateTheGreatest.

“I really hope the skin tone is just the quality of that pic, because…” pointed out a dismayed Marc10.

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Is Justin Bieber Scorning Bette Midler For Being A ‘Meddler’ In His Personal Life?

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Justin Bieber has spewed some hocus pocus nonsense about not knowing that Bette Midler’s our hero and everything we wish we could be, saying he doesn’t even know who the First Wives Club actress is at all. 

She was brought up in a recent interview with Billboard magazine, where the 21-year-old claimed he doesn’t even know who this 69-year-old woman is after she tweeted about his personal life. “This Britt Meddler. I don’t even know who that is, honestly,” he said.  (more…)

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The Subject of Feminism Is Now Up For Discussion in School Curriculum Update

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We all know school can be a playground for sexism. Social pressures, objectification and misogynist language are strong both in and out of the classroom, but, in 2015 as we’re all moving forward and tackling the issue of gender inequality head-first, it’s the perfect time to educate students on these matters. And it’s happening, with Victorian high school students now able to add Feminism to their timetable alongside Maths and English thanks to a new-and-improved modern-day curriculum. 

It all began back in 2013, when Fitzroy High teacher Briony O’Keeffe and a group of her students formed their own feminist collective, dubbed Fightback. It originated as a chilled lunchtime get-together where they could discuss and vent about situations they had to deal with within the corridors.  (more…)

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Jessica Mauboy Reveals Why She Really Missed Her Melbourne Cup Performance

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Jessica Mauboy

When Jessica Mauboy didn’t take the stage for her National Anthem performance at the Melbourne Cup earlier this week, rumours naturally began circling as to why backup singer Nadia Aya took her place with under a minute’s notice.

While Jessica’s rep ambiguously said she faced issues with “clothing and preparation”, a widely believed explanation was that the singer refused to wear shoes by the race’s official sponsor, Myer, thanks to suggestions by 2GB radio’s Alan Jones.

After a public apology by Jessica on Facebook, which still neglected to address the wardrobe rumours, the Australian Idol alum has opened up to The Daily Telegraph about what really happened on the day. A panic attack.


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Socality Barbie Reveals True Identity and Quits Instagram

Our Instagram feeds will never be the same. The creator of @SocalityBarbie, Portland-based photographer Darby Cisneros, has revealed her true identity and announced that she’s shutting down the account.

A brilliant satire of today’s Instagram culture, Socality Barbie posted carefully curated photos alongside witty captions. The account became so popular that Cisneros was offered money for product placements and even free airfare to Iceland, which she politely turned down.

Just 22 weeks, 136 pictures and 1.3 million followers later, Socality Barbie’s time has come to an end. At first, we thought she was poking fun at Essena O’neill’s departure from social media (which we have to admit would be hilarious) but alas, Hipster Barbie is really saying goodbye. (more…)

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Christian Dior Adds Emilia Clarke to Its Ever-Growing List of Ambassadors (Forum Buzz)

There’s already a string of A-list personalities associated with Christian Dior, including Rihanna, Charlize Theron, Jennifer Lawrence and Marion Cotillard. Now in an attempt to boost sales even further, Dior taps actress Emilia Clarke to front its latest jewelry collection entitled Rose des Vents. Patrick Demarchelier shot the less-is-always-more images, where the Game of Thrones star poses before a clean white background wearing a crisp white shirt in one image, while she dons a black turtleneck in the second, allowing the understated diamond necklaces to shine through.

Christian Dior Joaillerie F/W 2015.16 : Emilia Clarke by Patrick Demarchelier


The minimalist approach wasn’t to our liking, however. “She looks good but the pictures are underwhelming. I’m just happy they didn’t over Photoshop her, she’s too beautiful for that,” said KateTheGreatest, hitting us off on a slightly positive note.

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“She’s a beautiful woman and a charismatic actress, but I usually find her underwhelming, when it comes to fashion imagery. It’s not for lack of natural good looks, but more that she’s not really giving anything to the camera. There’s no spark,” echoed a disappointed tigerrouge. (more…)