Beyoncé: Queen of flawless extensions and always on beat. Image: Alo Ceballos/GC Images
Ah, the week after the Memorial Day holiday. Only four days long, it has really breezed right on by, hasn’t it? That said, we are always ready for a new weekend and the chance to catch up on all the best tFS content from this past week. While we’re always churning out the good stuff, here are the five articles you simply cannot miss from this post-holiday week.
Think your Instagram game is on-point? You’ve already got killer selfies and wanderlust-inducing landscape shots, but are you following the right people? From Czech models to fashion dads to Barbie, here’s who you should be following, stat.
Is Beyoncé kind of your everything? You’re not alone — and you need to check out the latest meme featuring Queen Bey: #BeyonceAlwaysonBeat. It’s a series of glorious videos of Beyoncé dancing flawlessly to any song. Clear evidence that she rules all.
New York is taking baby steps toward turning the tide against the abhorrent working conditions, flagrant abuses and health risks manicurists in the state face each and every day. After that eye-opening exposé in The New York Times detailing the sweatshop-like conditions salon workers are forced to endure, both the city and state of New York have been looking for ways to correct the issue.
We are now beginning to see some reforms to the nail salon system. New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo has revealed a new poster outlining salon workers’ bill of rights, which is required to be on display in every nail salon in the state starting this week. The posters, which will be available in 10 languages, cover wage and tipping regulations that employers are obligated to honor, including rules against making new manicurists pay for training and keeping employees from wearing gloves and masks to protect them from the chemicals found in nail products.
The state will also hand out cards for customers in order to help them judge if the salon they are patronizing is treating its workers fairly. A checklist, which includes checking for the salon business license and posting of the new bill of rights in plain view, will be distributed to consumers. Gov. Cuomo is hoping to get the customers involved, encouraging people who notice violations to “walk out the door, go down the block, patronize another business.”
It seems like a small step, but it is an important one. By promoting awareness to both manicurists and patrons, hopefully the abuses that have occurred for so long in the industry will end once and for all. It is great to see that New York is being diligent in correcting these injustices.
The model appeared in front of an audience 450 strong in Valencia, Spain to speak for the TEDxBerkleeValencia series. In the talk, Graham discussed her early struggles as a young model with her body and how she came to accept her figure for what it is. She recalls a period in time when she hit rock bottom. “Between the parties, the men, the alcohol – I was looking for self-love, affirmation from somebody when in reality, I didn’t love who I was and I couldn’t seem to get a handle on regulating my own weight.” She says the change in her outlook of self-worth and validation came when she thought of her mother, who always told Graham she was beautiful. “In my lowest moment of insecurity, this is when I realized I had to reclaim my body and its image as my own.” Graham is not a fan of the term “plus size,” and encourages women to call “ourselves what we want to be called: Women with shapes that are our own.”
Graham said that once she began to fully accept and embrace her body shape, she realized that she must bring the message of self-love to inspire other women. She also encouraged men to help in the charge in pushing body positivity forward. “I felt free once I realized I was never going to fit the narrow mold that society wanted me to fit in,” she said. “I was never going to be perfect enough for an industry that defines perfection from the outside in.”
Graham notes that the plus size fashion is an $18 billion dollar industry, which is why it’s so important for us to turn the tide and to start thinking of what we call “plus” bodies as normal. After all, the average dress size for women in America is a size 14. It does not get more normal than that. “The fashion industry may persist to label me as plus size,” Graham says, “but I like to think of it as my size.”
You should look no further than our forums for exclusive previews and earlier this week, Porter‘s Summer Escape 2015 cover dropped thanks to a savvy member. Now that the official images have been unveiled, we can take a closer look. Porter tapped Joan Smalls as its newest cover girl, joining the likes of Christy Turlington Burns and Lara Stone. Captured by Ryan McGinley, the Puerto Rican beauty donned an Eres swimsuit worn underneath a Burberry coat and we’re unfortunately left a little underwhelmed by the outcome.
“It’s almost as if Porter has been reading all those lack of diversity comments on here and bam! A Joan cover,” hailed A.D.C. the moment the cover surfaced, hitting us off on a positive note.
“Right? Finally. Some diversity on their cover,” replied nataliaapple in agreement.
Yet the conversation soon targeted Joan’s modeling abilities. “This girl can’t model anymore…” KissMiss sniggered.
“She doesn’t look happy to be there,” acknowledged tigerrouge.
Forum member congacon wasn’t feeling it either and informed us, “My problem with Joan is that her facial expressions are dull most of the time. The girl just doesn’t get ‘it.'”
Miss Dalloway soon fired back. “I don’t understand these arguments about her not looking happy! How many high-fashion magazine covers have subjects grinning anyway? Her face expression is perfect for the setting/styling she is in IMO. She looks fantastic, and is selling me the right mood of the cover,” she enthused.
“I love it! The white and green work perfectly. I’m definitely going to buy this one,” Oxymore announced.
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Forum members feel the image is better suited to another publication. “Looks more like Allure,” Oxymore noted immediately.
“Too dark for July, and yes, it looks like an Allure cover,” responded fluxxx.
“Allure, is that you? Well this cover had the style for that magazine,” burbuja8910 agreed.
Discussion soon took a turn for the better. “Allure, especially the American edition, can only wish! This cover, and the January Jones one is actually proof that British MC can produce decent content. This is without a doubt Emilia’s [best] to date, much better than Vogue. Love the dramatic make up,” raved Benn98.
Nepenthes shared the same sentiments, enthusing, “This has to be her best cover so far!”
Also full of admiration was kokobombon: “One of her best covers IMO. Magazines rarely do her beauty justice.”
“She’s a beauty, yet with her natural hair color, I often find her nondescript. But this makes her look dramatic, and it’s certainly a lot better than her U.K. Vogue cover,” tigerrogue shared soon after.
Take a peek at Emilia’s accompanying cover story and drop us a comment here.