What do Madonna, Nelson Mandela, Bob Marley and Martin Luther King, Jr. have in common? According to Madonna, they’re all keen on promoting her new album. The singer’s Rebel Heart album is coming out and she’s revealed the cover art, a shot of the singer with wire wrapped around her face. Madge had previously regrammed fan art featuring Marilyn Monroe, Michael Jackson and Lady Gaga in similar wrapped-up shots. But, today was a little different, and left more than a few people wondering what the heck Madonna is thinking.
Today, she posted images of Martin Luther King, Jr., Nelson Mandela and Bob Marley with wire Photoshopped onto their faces, adding a quip on why each was a #RebelHeart. (These were not fan art, to be clear.) Because fighting for justice and equality of oppressed people is right on par with promoting your album.
The Instagram snaps were greeted with plenty of outraged comments by posters who found the images disrespectful to the memories of these great men.
“Madonna’s rebellion is that is [sic] a teenager: rebellion for rebellion’s sake. Mandela’s rebellion had a true and honorable purpose,” @noboundfeet commented via Instagram. “This is poorly judged by anyone’s estimation,” @vickynunes added. Others took to Twitter to express their outrage. (more…)
Lucky magazine is starting 2015 with a bang – and a bit of a risky move. The shopping magazine, which is about to launch an e-commerce venture, revealed its cover stars for the February issue and they’re definitely not who you’d expect. Instead of the typical young starlet, Lucky has tapped The Blonde Salad blogger Chiara Ferragni, Zanita Whittington of Zanita.com.au and Gary Pepper‘s Nicole Warne.
This is certainly a fresh take on the usual cover model and a sign of how influential bloggers have become, as well as Eva Chen’s faith that they will continue to be a driving force in the fashion industry. The social media following for the trio is about 4 million plus total, so it will be interesting to see if such a strong fan base will translate into sales.
It’s a bold and exciting move from Chen, who may be blazing some serious trails for mainstream fashion magazines. We wager that there will be a lot of eyes monitoring the performance of this issue. If it proves to be a success, it could mean the start of a new era.
Revlon finds itself mired in a bit of a scandal thanks to a lawsuit claiming the company’s CEO, Lorenzo Delpani, allegedly made racist remarks against black and Jewish people. Alan Meyers, a former scientist for the cosmetics brand, says that during his tenure there, he endured Delpani’s racist remarks, tirades and generally disrespectful treatment.
The New York Post reports that Meyers was fired last month from the beauty brand, and the scientist claims that ever since he brought up safety concerns with production, he’d become Delpani’s target. According to the suit, the Italian-born boss made offensive comments about Meyers’ Jewish heritage, allegedly remarking how surprised he was that the company did not have a larger Jewish workforce since Revlon’s largest shareholder is Ron Perelman and “Jews stick together,” before mentioning how happy he was that Perelman had abandoned the storied practice.
Delpani also allegedly made comments about black people, saying that he “could smell a black person when he entered a room” after attending a meeting in South Africa.
Revlon’s people are chalking up the issues to Meyers being a bitter ex-employee, saying that his performance at the company was unsatisfactory, so he was let go. “Mr. Meyers repeatedly demonstrated critical lapses in judgment and failed to perform at the high standard we demand of our employees,” a spokesperson for the brand said.
Meyers is seeking damages for his treatment at the company.
[via New York Post]
Our forum members are always full of optimism whenever Vogue Italia is due and with no hints whatsoever as to who is about to grace the cover, it’s nice to be surprised. The magazine has released its January 2015 cover, which features Hollie-May Saker. We couldn’t be happier to see the British newcomer, shot by Steven Meisel, for the much-coveted spot. Styled by Karl Templer showcasing a glitter tweed jacket worn with a silk white shirt and contrasting tie from Chanel, Hollie gazes down Meisel’s lens with a face full of makeup applied by Pat McGrath.
The majority of our forum members are full of praise. “Simply Stunning. Glad for Hollie for the debut Vogue cover,” shared kewkaw.
“She looks stunning, wow. I’d never expect such a cover from her. But she looks really beautiful and captivating,” added a pleasantly surprised KateTheGreatest.
“Beautiful cover. Was never really a fan of her but this image alone definitely made me one!” wrote an impressed Style Savvy.
Also full of appreciation was MON: “I love this!! Thank God it wasn’t some lazy studio shot with creative fonts! Beautiful.”
LastNight shared a positive attitude and raved, “This is beautiful. It’s simple but there is something about it that is really captivating, I like it a lot. I haven’t bought Vogue Italia in a while but if the inside story is just as lovely, I think I’ll have to get it.”
But not everyone was so overly enthusiastic. “Not impressed, forgettable,” described Nymphaea.
“Are you kidding me? This looks awful. I could have made something better on MS Paint,” slammed marsnoop2.
Check out the accompanying behind-the-scenes video and share your opinion with us here.
Marie Claire is starting off 2015 with Gwyneth Paltrow covering its February 2015 issue. Gwyneth really had quite an eventful 2014 and this seems to be the year for her to start anew. In the issue, the actress and lifestyle guru opens up about ending her relationship with husband of 10 years Chris Martin.
“There was nothing dramatic or anything,” she said of the split. “I had built my life on trying to be all things to all people, and I just couldn’t do it anymore, and I really had the sense that I wasn’t allowed to have needs, and I had to prove my specialness or self-worth by doing all this stuff and taking care of everybody else, and I just sort of hit a wall.” Gwyneth also commented on the now-famous phrase she used to classify her breakup, or rather “conscious uncoupling.” “You can make fun of the term or whatever,” she said. “I didn’t invent it.” But she certainly helped make it a thing!
But despite the split, Gwyneth says that things between her and her ex are just fine and it seems they’ve been able to maintain some sort of positive relationship in the midst of it all. “We’ve worked really fucking hard to get to [this] point. But we’re very, very close, and it’s so nice. I feel like it’s, in a way, the relationship we were meant to have.”
Catch Gwyneth in Marie Claire when the issue hits newsstands January 15.
[via Page Six, Marie Claire]
We’ve been wondering for a while why Jourdan Dunn, one of Britain’s top models (and also one of the highest paid in the world), had yet to be featured by herself on the cover of Vogue U.K. Today, the model revealed her very first solo act on the British fashion bible and, needless to say, it’s been a long time coming. Since her last appearance on the magazine’s November 2008 cover, Jourdan’s star has skyrocketed, so it’s a little suspect that she hadn’t been chosen for a cover sooner. Regardless, we’re thrilled that the model’s time to shine has finally arrived.
It has been 12 years since a black professional model has gotten a solo cover for the magazine (Naomi Campbell was the last in 2002), so this is a BIG win for Jourdan who back in August tweeted about her then lack of a Vogue U.K. solo cover. “So if British Vogue puts me on the cover now it would be because they were bullied into it not because I’m deserving of one…… lol ok,” she tweeted, referencing an article by The Guardian questioning Vogue U.K.’s choice not to use her. Obviously, the seasoned Burberry, DKNY, YSL Beauty and Balmain face has done more than enough to prove that she’s worthy of this honor.
This morning, her sentiments were clearly the opposite, as a gleeful Jourdan shared an image of her cover shot on social media, captioned with praise hands galore. “I’m so Happy to finally say I’M ON THE COVER OF BRITISH VOGUE!!! Thank you @britishvogue, Patrick Demarchelier and Kate Phelan for making this happen and also thank you all for the Love and Support it means everything to me #2015YearOfTheDunn.”
Looks like Vogue U.K. is off to a great start for 2015, which is more than we can say for last year’s issues. The magazine released a collage today revealing a collection of 2014 cover models that are exclusively white: (more…)