In Jay Electronica and Jay Z’s 2014 single “We Made It,” Bey’s bae says he’s “On [his] Lupita Nyong’o / Stuntin’ on stage, after 12 Years A Slave.” Cut to 2016 and Lupita Nyong’o is on her Jay Z, dropping a badass black-and-white rap video under her alter ego Troublemaker.
The Yale graduate, Oscar winner, one-time Tony nominee, former face of Miu Miu, second African woman to cover Vogue, Tiffany & Co. Fall 2016 campaign star and WildAid Global Elephant Ambassador has a very long list of talents and accomplishments, her most recent being hitting the 3 million follower mark on Instagram.
To celebrate, the actress slash director slash karaoke pro (we imagine) took to the social media channel to show that not only does she appreciate her loving fans (“shoutout to the villagers hit three million!”), she can also spit some serious bars. (more…)
On September 21, it had been four months (practically to the day) since Kocktails With Khloé went off the air. In Kardashian business venture years, that’s nearly an eternity. A new Khloé-helmed kollaboration was imminent. So, it came as no surprise when the youngest (fully) Kardashian sister, New York Times bestselling author and fitness aficionado took to Instagram (natch) to announce the launch of her new clothing brand.
Dubbed “Good American” (perhaps a jab at American fashion designers’ tendency to alienate plus-size consumers?), Khloé’s denim-centric line will cater to curvy women who typically have difficulty finding jeans that accommodate their natural gifts. The line will be available in sizes 0 to 24 and offer three silhouettes: Good Legs (skinny), Good Cuts (boyfriend) and Good Waist (high-rise). In addition to jeans, the inaugural collection will feature basics such as bodysuits, tees and sweatshirts — in other words, the kind of tops Khlo likes to pair with her derrière-defining denim. (more…)
Past research has linked an affinity for selfies to narcissism and psychopathy. Now, a new study published in Psychology of Well-Being suggests that partaking in social media’s most ubiquitous means of personal representation actually enhances your emotional well-being. (Honestly, the two findings don’t seem totally mutually exclusive.)
The more recent, wholesome study on selfies took place over a period of four weeks. During this time, 41 participants — college students enrolled at a public university on the West Coast — were asked to download an app on their smartphone that would track their levels of happiness via five daily mood surveys: one in the morning, three during the course of the afternoon, one in the evening.
The coeds were divided into three groups. The first (“selfie”) group was asked to take a smiling selfie everyday, based on the theory that maintaining a positive facial expression — even a superficial one — can decrease stress. The second (“personal”) group was asked to photograph something that made them happy, since taking time to savor the “good things in life” is also a proven mood-booster. The third (“other”) group was asked to snap a picture of something they thought another person would appreciate and send the photo to that person, on the basis that providing emotional support is chicken soup for our own souls. For each group, one week of the observation period acted as a control, allowing the researchers to establish each participant’s baseline affect. (more…)
There’s no denying the fact that Vogue Japan has been following a certain formula over the past couple months, having recently served up the likes of Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner. Therefore, our forums were half expecting to see Gigi Hadid on the cover for November but were surprised to learn a “regular” model had made the cut. Breaking the pattern this month is Grace Hartzel, who is currently having her moment, splashed across the pages of American Vogue and starring on Vogue Korea. Photographed by Patrick Demarchelier, the American beauty wears a jacket from Burberry that was shown at London Fashion Week just a few days ago.
Members of our forums were delighted. “This is fresh! She looks really great and so does the jacket. I was expecting Gigi so thank goodness they proved me wrong!” cried out an approving GivenchyHomme at once.
“Love this cover, Grace is a chameleon,” raved TeeVanity. (more…)
For the first time in history, a woman is about to be on the ballot of the United States presidential election. Elsewhere in today’s news, you’ll see that an A-list celebrity couple that shall remain nameless is very consciously uncoupling, and the general consensus is that the wife is neither pitiful nor jilted, but a strong, caring, independent, politically engaged mom who will be just as happy standing on her own as she was when she was one half of Hollywood’s most revered couple.
Suffice it to say that the whole “what does it mean to be a woman in today’s society?” or, put more simply, “what will I be when I grow up?” conversation sounds a whole lot different to today’s little girls and boys than it did just a few decades prior. Which is why Amy Schumer, Blake Lively, Katie Holmes, Shoshanna Keats-Jaskoll, a mother of five living in Israel and Facebook users worldwide are particularly peeved with the following image:
Girls’ Life magazine promises its tween audience tips on how to “wake up pretty!” and first kiss confessionals. Boys’ Life, meanwhile, encourages young men to explore their future: “Astronaut? Artist? Firefighter? Chef? Here’s how to be what you want to be.” Each glossy targets readers of a very impressionable age, each touts a drastically different message. (more…)
The last time our forums were this hung up on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar Spain was back in April when a sultry Alessandro Ambrosio stared back at us, and for October 2016, model Joan Smalls similarly captivates our forums. In the stunning cover shoot, Joan works the lens of photographer Txema Yeste wearing a black PVC trench coat worn over a monochrome swimsuit, while posing under the warm summer sunshine (as you do). Already on the cover of Glamour‘s October issue, our forum members can’t get enough of Joan’s latest.
Everyone was loving it. “They really love her in Spain it’s crazy the jobs she gets, that’s high-profile: lots of Vogue, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar and local magazines covers and spread too. This one is a good one actually,” Bertrando3 championed.
“I love it!! She looks sexy and strong. She should have been on the October cover of Vogue Spain instead, and Kendull [Jenner] should have been on HB,” pointed out RanThe. (more…)