Vogue Spain was doing so well at the start of the year, enthralling us with innovative covers one after the other, but it seems as though the mag is back on the road to mediocrity with the unveiling of its most recent offerings. Natasha Poly surprisingly disappointed last month and now the title’s August 2016 cover shoot has failed to resonate on our forums, too. Following in the footsteps of French Vogue, Vogue Spain tapped Lucky Blue Smith, who poses alongside models Crista Cober and Anja Rubik, captured on location in New York City with photographer Nico Bustos for the magazine’s new Talent and Fashion issue.
Forum members weren’t seeing any talent on the cover whatsoever. “Too much happening in this cover. They wasted Anja and Crista’s beauties by putting Lucky between them… Lucky doing a stop sign with his hand, do I need to say more? Yes stop, we don’t need to see you again… It’s a very bad cover,” disapproved Aizanara straight away.
“Without Lucky Blue it could have been so much better. This gesture is so unnecessary and annoying,” echoed Ivanovaju. (more…)
We’ve seen slow but steady progress when it comes to diversity in fashion. However, the industry still has a long way to go, and in the wake of the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, more and more models of color are speaking out about their personal struggles with racism and voicing the need for further, more immediate change. On July 12, Calvin Klein model Ebonee Davis penned a powerful letter calling out the “systematic” problems facing the industry. Four days later, during an interview with Teen Vogue, OG model of color Chanel Iman gave her opinion on the issue.
Image: Teen Vogue
Iman admits one of the highest points in her career thus far was her Teen Vogue cover with Jourdan Dunn back in 2009. The accompanying interview described the African-American and Korean beauty as “one of the only models of color to break into the major leagues in a long, long time.”
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Compared to her professional experiences back in the early noughties, these days the fashion industry seems far more accepting. “I think it was a struggle when I first started, just because it was always one black girl per show, or campaign, or whatever it was. I couldn’t stand it, because I just felt like I was being judged a lot, rather than accepted for who I was,” the now 25-year-old model recalled. “I feel like fashion’s opened up a lot with having rappers in campaigns, and more color on the runway, but of course there’s room for more of it, and more diversity. It’s nice to be part of a culture change.” (more…)
In a way, otherworldly beauties Adriana Lima and Alessandra Ambrosio have been cultural ambassadors for Brazil throughout the span of their careers, so it makes perfect sense that NBC would go and make the title official. With the 2016 Rio Olympics just around the corner (the games commence August 5) the network has tapped the veteran Victoria’s Secret Angels as its food and culture correspondents. Perhaps they’ll have a chance to take a Rio-backed selfie with their former colleague Gisele Bündchen, who is hosting the opening ceremony at the city’s famed Maracana Stadium.
The 35-year-old duo will star in a series of segments to be aired during NBC’s late-night Olympic coverage, which will be hosted by Ryan Seacrest. Expect more light-hearted, smirk-inducing interviews like the one seen below: (more…)
You have to hand it to Olivier Rousteing for propelling Balmain into the modern age. His relationships with the likes of Kim Kardashian West and Rihanna have been paramount in the iconic French label’s ongoing success and he’s certainly made use of his connections, regularly turning his high-profile BFFs into campaign stars. After Rousteing welcomed back three supermodels from the 90s for the campaign last season, the designer has asked Kanye West to star in the Fall 2016 campaign along with model Joan Smalls. Photographed in black and white, the duo appears to be battling it out in the dynamic shot which surfaced earlier today.
IMAGE: VIA US VOGUE’S AUGUST 2016 DIGITAL EDITION
Members of our forums are currently sharing mixed feelings toward the campaign. “Hideous. Awful. Disappointing. Trashy. Two awful people. Just some words in my mind right now. Can I say that I really, really hate this. Like intensely hate this brand right now. They’re doing everything I despise,” slandered a horrified anlabe32.
“I hate Olivier’s Balmain, but this isn’t so bad. Joan and Kanye is so random though. This should’ve been two models or him and Kim,” said Scotty. (more…)
Kim Kardashian’s vision of America is akin to that of Andrew Carnegie. Much like the late steel tycoon, she believes everyone is entitled to a chance at fame and fortune. And by everyone, we mean beauty bloggers with substantial followings, known for their makeup skills and tutorials.
According to a casting call announcement first spotted by PopSugar, Kim K has yet another reality show in works. Executive produced by KiKi herself (videographer of Kanye, foe of Taylor Swift) and the deep pockets behind Bravo’s The Real Housewives of New York, the show, a sort of America’s Next Top Model for beauty bloggers, has already been picked up by a major cable television network. (more…)
Nike has been through its share of ups and downs. Recently, the company received some good press for upping worker benefits and sustainability goals, only to be dubbed toxic by Greenpeace soon after for failure to eliminate 100 percent of PFCs and a lack of transparency about suppliers. However, we can now add another check in Nike’s “win” column thanks to the brand’s latest social media initiative, #Brahaus, which consciously, refreshingly, features non-straight-sized women without labeling them as “plus-size.” Nike is the first activewear giant to make the statement that being curvy doesn’t equate to being unhealthy.
Underlining the idea that women of all sizes care about fitness, among Nike’s five social media campaign stars are curvy model Paloma Elsesser and Trill Yoga creator Claire Fountain. The brand shares their stories whilst also showcasing its latest line of sports bras, the Nike Pro bra collection.
New York-based “culture creator,” ASOS Curve model, muse to Pat McGrath and all-around cool girl Paloma tells Nike she first discovered her love of fashion “rifling in my sister and mom’s closet. I would construct these costumes and leave for school the next day. Some days I was girly, some boyish, some punk. I remember being fascinated at how I could transcend my regular dress and be whoever I wanted to be, by simply using clothes.” (more…)