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Those Terry Richardson Facebook Sex Troll Allegations Are Probably a Hoax

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Recent allegations that Terry Richardson propositioned a young model for sex by offering her a photoshoot in Vogue are said to be false — surprise surprise.

Last week, a model tweeted a screengrab of a Facebook message from a user named Terry Richardson: "If i can fuck you i will book you in ny for a.shoot for Vogue," read the displayed text. Although we do personally believe the legions of models (Coco Rocha, Rie Rasmussen, Jamie Peck) who have spoken out against Richardson's allegedly exploitative on-set behavior, the method of delivery was, in this case, suspect. What kind of high profile sex predator sends typo-ridden sex solicitations to strange models on Facebook? I believe that Uncle Terry is creepy, but I don't think he's stupid

And while media outlets like Salon were calling the incident "the end of Terry Richardson," the photographer was busy categorically denying the allegations in the press (“This is obviously a fake," said a spokesperson) and hiring Internet forensics experts to prove his case. 

And lo and behold, New York Post reports that social media expert Theo Yedinsky (whose services were reportedly retained by Richardson) obtained information proving that the photographer was not associated with the Facebook account in question.

According to the Post, "Facebook found the account from which the message was sent in violation of standards of authenticity, and not from a verified Richardson account. Online forensic expert, Theo Yedinsky, said Facebook had removed the fake account, which he discovered was set up two weeks ago from 'some random Gmail account.'”

Previously: Did Terry Richardson Really Offer a Model a Vogue Photoshoot in Exchange for Sex?

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Isabel Lucas Finally Got a Red Carpet Makeover

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Back when boho was still cool outside of Coachella and Margot Robbie still worked at Subway, Isabel Lucas was Australian fashion’s flower child. She lived for a crossbody coin purse and believed there was no occasion not fit for a bejewelled headband. She lunched in vegan leather fringe and drank kombucha when everyone still thought it was a martial art. She dated Angus Stone.

Her look was often appropriated by the shopping pages of People magazine, but she never really made a splash in the fashion industry. She never landed a campaign or a beauty contract, which is unfortunate because, well… she's friggin' beautiful. Plus, she deserves props for staying true to personal style, instead of giving in to passing trends. Still, Isabel sort of flew under the global fashion industry’s radar, only occasionally making headlines when she showed up to events dressed like a Christmas ribbon.

But then something happened—probably a realisation that she was a movie star, not an extra in a made-for-TV series about Woodstock, or maybe she just turned 29 and stopped with the Sienna Miller Lite swag. We didn’t even recognise her at Giorgio Armani’s ‘One Night Only’ event in New York City back in October, wearing a sharp-shouldered Armani blazer and slicked back hair.

And then 2014 happened. First she wore a gorgeous iridescent lace dress to the MOCA's 35th anniversary. Two days later, she hit the New York screening for her short film Engram in bright blue Prabal Gurung. And this week, she again put some effort in at the Tribeca Film Festival, wearing the heck out of a tailored jumpsuit and velvet blazer. The common thread, and sign she has totally bowed to her stylists wiles, is the sleek braided hairstyle, which we are so here for. Keep it up, girl. Kendall Jenner is only too keen to step in as Coachella Queen.  

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Victoria Beckham on Her Fashion Career: ‘For a Long Time, I Was a Bit of a Laughingstock’

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In a new interview with Business of Fashion, slated to appear in the publication's second special print edition, Victoria Beckham describes the makings of her unlikely design career. Since launching her eponymous contemporary label in 2008, the former Spice Girl has won the admiration and respect of the fashion industry, in a climate where most celebrity attempts at design are treated with scorn (just ask Kanye).

But Beckham's initial forays into fashion were treated with skeptism: “For a long time there, I was a bit of a laughingstock,” she tells BoF. “And while everybody was busy laughing, what was I doing? I was laying the foundation to what I have in place now.”

Her first few attempts at design were through licensing agreements with mass market brands like Linda Farrow (eyewear), Rock & Republic (denim) and Coty (fragrance). “At the time, I wanted to design and the opportunities came up to work with these people. They had the setup so I went in as a designer and I loved it,” she says of these early experiences. “I learnt an enormous amount about how I like things to be done and maybe how I would do things differently, myself. It was an incredible experience.”


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Vogue Thailand’s May Cover with Kendra Spears ‘Doesn’t Look Very Good’ (Forum Buzz)

This particular cover might not be to everyone's taste, but I don't think it's as bad as our forum members are making it out to be. Kendra Spears is on the cover of Vogue Thailand's May 2014 issue wearing an (overused?) Prada dress from the Spring 2014 collection. The American model-turned-princess is photographed by Marcin Tyszka. I cannot see any noticeable editing post-production, and I kind of like the flash. Plus, I've always been one for a Cindy Crawford look-alike. Our forum members? Eh, not so much…

Vogue Thailand May 2014 Kendra Spears


"The whole thing doesn't look very good. And I cannot stand Prada anymore o_O," wrote Emmanuelle.

Bertrando3 also wasn't feeling the cover: "It looks like a bad picture from the 80's lol!"

"This does not work for me, the light and the styling aren't good. But I am happy for Kendra," commented KateTheGreatest.

"Looks very cheap..And that flash?" questioned Srdjan.

However, Tinsley V was optimistic: "I kind of love it? But I think my love for Kendra Spears (and turbans) is making me biased towards it …"

As was jeffandtheworld who wrote, "Improved cover layout. Glamorous pose. Styling is ok. The [background] is just unfortunate."

Feel free to join the discussion within the thread here.

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Michelle Phan Talks Success, Her New Book and Miley Cyrus at the Unleash YouTube Event

Michelle Phan at the YouTube Unleashed event

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If anything is a testament to the power of the Internet, it's the success of YouTube stars like beauty vlogger Michelle Phan, style and DIY guru Bethany Mota and nerdy-chic baker Rosanna Pansino. Between the three of them, they've got about 13.5 million YouTube followers and counting. The trio was on hand yesterday evening at the Unleash YouTube event, for a brief panel and meet-and-greet with press and fans. The shindig, sponsored by the video sharing website, was a physical manifestation of the success these three have enjoyed, with stations featuring some of Pansino's deliciously creative nerd-themed treats, an upstairs lounge modeled like Mota's "bedroom" and quite an impressive spread from Phan's Em Michelle Phan cosmetics line. 

The three shared stories on how they started their YouTube channels, the day-to-day that goes into maintaining fan engagement and, of course, future plans. Each is successful in her own right, but the fruits of Michelle Phan's labor are certainly a bit juicier than the rest. Check her credentials: she was the first woman to reach 1 billion views on YouTube, and today has six times that amount, along with an arsenal of over 6 million subscribers. She's got a lucrative contract with Lancôme, one with L’Oreal for Em Michelle Phan, a deal with Dr. Pepper, her own lifestyle network, FAWN (the For All Women Network) and an e-commerce site, Ipsy. On top of all that, she will be releasing her first book, Make Up Your Life, a memoir and life advice tome due out in October.

We caught up with the diminutive makeup pro to ask about her latest efforts, how she's dealt with her tremendous success and, of course, which celeb she currently has a beauty crush on.  

theFashionSpot: So, tell us a little bit about your book, Make Up You Life.

Michelle Phan: The past seven years of my life have been a rollercoaster, and I've learned a lot and experienced a lot. Seeing all of my followers ask all these questions for life advice, BFF drama, boyfriend advice, even stuff like, "What do I wear to work?" I decided, you know, it's really hard for me to create videos for all of this, and I'd rather create something that is tangible. What's more tangible than a book? What's more important than knowledge? Beauty fades, but knowledge lasts forever. We pass down knowledge to our kids and future generations, and I thought this is a great way for me to pass on something beautiful to the future generation. So, Make Up Your Life is everything I've learned in my entire life to help women create a beautiful life of their own. 

tFS: You've had tremendous success on YouTube. What has been the biggest challenge with dealing with all the exposure?

MP: Not having enough time. Which is funny, because time, in a sense, is made up. We made it up. I can actually have a lot of time but it's really just about managing my time. I've been really good at it this year, but I think for the longest time I was struggling with putting this video up, working on a makeup line, calling the network, and everything. My biggest problem was that I did too much at once and now, I understand the quality of taking time to do things. When people were telling me, "Michelle, you need to slow down," now I understand what that means. "Slow down" doesn't mean you should stop. It just means, slow down. And so, this year, I've been slowing down a lot and I've been noticing, wow, I'm becoming more successful because I'm slowing down. Maybe the secret to life is true!

Miachelle Phan on the panel at the YouTube Unleased event

Image: Getty Images for YouTube

tFS: When did you know you'd made it?

MP: I would say very recently. The college I went to, Ringling College of Art and Design, in two weeks I'm actually going there because they're honoring me with an honorary doctorate degree. I finished up to junior year, and it's funny because senior year of college at art school, you spend the entire year working on your final presentation. I decided to take a year off to pursue the Lancôme gig that I had back in 2010. I told myself after a year, I need to go back and finish college, because that was my mom's dream. For at least one female in my family to finish college. And never expecting that I would have time to go back, Ringling decided to honor me with this degree. The funny thing is, that my final project I was working on junior year was a makeup line. It's crazy… there is destiny, but I think you also have to make your own destiny. You have to truly believe in it and find all the signs that the universe gives you. So, that's what I did. I kept my eyes open, and looked for all these signs in life.

tFS: Lastly, which celebrity do you think has the best beauty game out there right now?

MP: Miley Cyrus. Her beauty game… I gotta give that girl props. I think her makeup looks really good, and it's on point. I mean, those brows are just… on point!

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Link Buzz: Michelle Obama to Open the New Anna Wintour Costume Center; Beyonce Asks #WhatIsPretty

  • Image: Vogue via WENN

    Image: Vogue via WENN

    Michelle Obama will cut the ribbon on the new Anna Wintour Costume Center on the morning of the annual Met Gala. It is yet to be confirmed whether she will also attend the ball later that evening. [LuckyMag]
  • If you're headed to a bunch of weddings this summer, here's how to make a single dress work for each one. [FabSugar]
  • Pharrell is curating a female-centric art exhibition featuring the work of legends like Marina Abramovic, Sophie Calle, Cindy Sherman and Tracey Emin. [WWD]
  • Cosabella has just introduced a new line of glow-in-the-dark lingerie. [Racked]
  • North Korea has literal fashion police. [The Guardian]
  • An artist imagines what grocery store goods would look like if they were made by high-end designer brands. [HighSnobiety]
  • On Twitter, Beyonce launches a new female empowerment hashtag campaign: #WhatIsPretty? [BellaSugar]

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