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‘Strut’ Is The Transgender ‘America’s Next Top Model’ We’ve Been Waiting For

America’s Next Top Model, step aside. A new Oxygen series executive produced by Whoopi Goldberg will follow transgender models “breaking down barriers” in the fashion industry. Strut will center on Slay Model Management (best name ever), the first agency to exclusively represent transgender talent. Their mantra? “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but building the new.”

Strut follows a group of inspiring and resilient trailblazers who are working to change the modeling industry, and the world around them, by simply being true to themselves. These individuals will empower viewers as they live their lives fully and unapologetically, despite facing many obstacles throughout their journey,” explains Oxygen’s EVP of original programming and development, Rod Aissa. A quick glance at Slay’s roster and you can see these individuals have the looks and skill to do it. That said, they certainly have their work cut out for them. Spring 2016 fashion ads only featured one trans model, Lana Wachowski — and she’s not even working in the industry. (more…)

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Forum Members Aren’t Here for Rihanna’s New Sunglasses Collab With Christian Dior (Forum Buzz)

By now we’re well aware of the fact that Rihanna is affiliated with Christian Dior. She covered DIOR magazine back in 2015 and starred in the fashion house’s Secret Garden campaign, which ultimately received rave reviews across the board. Now to solidify her relationship with Dior, Rihanna has exclusively collaborated on a range of eyewear for the brand. Working alongside Dior’s design team, she came up with a striking design that has been made in a variety of colors with the range including a snazzy deluxe 24-karat gold-plated pair, generating an eye-watering price tag of $1,950! The Star Trek-inspired sunglasses can be viewed on the woman herself below, pictured in the “in house editorial images” shot by Jean-Baptiste Mondino.

Christian Dior x Rihanna Eyewear 2016 : Rihanna by Jean-Baptiste Mondino


But Rihanna and Dior’s latest venture left our forums with mixed feelings. “No please!! How dare they get her to design a range for the brand? This isn’t River Island, it’s Dior. Their prestige just went down the drain. Beyond sick of Rihanna and her fashion following. She simply doesn’t know when enough is enough. People keep comparing her to Grace Jones, but Jones would simply never flog her image and creativity to every Tom, Dick and Harry,” slammed an unforgiving Benn98.

“I love Rihanna but this is kind of awful… just stick to singing my love… and Dior, seriously? Why are they playing so cheap?” asked a horrified KissMiss shortly after. (more…)

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Meet Fovo, the Online Marketplace Tailored to Your Shape

New e-commerce site lets you shop by shape, not size.

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If Aerie’s sky-high sales have taught us anything, it’s that we love a body-positive brand. Combine that with an awesome user experience and there’s no telling how far you’ll go.

Enter Fovo, a recently launched e-commerce marketplace that presents “a customized feed of products, content and expert advice for your unique shape and tastes.” The site’s founder, Kiana Anvaripour of luxury shapewear brand dMondaine, along with Zappos’ creator and Fovo investor Nick Swinmurn, may be seriously on to something.  (more…)

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Steven Meisel and Coach Are a Winning Combination for Pre-Fall 2016 (Forum Buzz)

Our forums have been avid supporters of designer Stuart Vevers at Coach, ever since he took the helm back in 2014. We have admired the majority of his campaigns, all photographed by Steven Meisel, and Pre-Fall 2016 continues the winning streak. Models Lexi Boling, Imaan Hammam and Rianne van Rompaey steal the show this time around, captured in the back of a vintage car with a luxurious leather interior, working Vevers’ latest collection.

Coach Pre-Fall 2016 : Imaan, Lexi & Rianne by Steven Meisel


Forum members voiced their praise at once. “Wow, I actually like these! Very laid-back, and Coach was clever to stick with this type of photography. It’s almost synonymous with the brand right now,” credited a more than content Benn98.

“I like that they moved inside of a car, a little something different. Rianne looks gorgeous,” noted kokobombon. (more…)

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MAC Is Feeding Our 90s Nostalgia With This Color-Changing Lip Balm

MAC's Tendertalk Lip Balm purportedly transforms color based on your skin’s chemistry while hydrating your smile.

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It’s a truth as old as time: fashion and beauty trends are cyclical. Although the thin, rainbow-shaped brows from the 90s haven’t yet made a comeback (and please let it remain so), shade-shifting products are regaining ground — and if our now-pink mood rings are any indication, this makes us happy.

On-trend as always, the beauty experts over at MAC Cosmetics have promised us the perfect personalized pout just in time for our seasonal makeup update. Tapping into our nostalgia (and our need to keep our lips moisturized in the face of the insane summer sun), MAC’s new Tendertalk Lip Balm line purportedly transforms color based on your skin’s chemistry while hydrating your smile. (more…)

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Mica Arganaraz Wears a ‘Hideous’ Gucci Dress on This ‘Train Wreck’ Cover of Vogue Japan (Forum Buzz)

We’ve built up a love/hate relationship with Vogue Japan lately. The magazine either tempts us with stunning covers or fails to excite with mediocre or horrifyingly bad alternatives. Last month’s cover featuring Binx Walton left our forum members with mixed feelings and this month’s offering leaves us with the exact same sentiments. Mica Arganaraz fronts the July issue (after having covered the likes of Vogue Paris and Vogue Germany), with Anna Dello Russo selecting a disaster of a Gucci dress for the Argentinean beauty to wear in the shot, photographed by Richard Burbridge.

Vogue Japan July 2016 : Mica Arganaraz by Richard Burbridge


The vast majority of our forum members weren’t buying it. “HIDEOUS! Can’t look at this for more than two seconds,” exclaimed a horrified anbale32 the moment the cover dropped.

“That awful Gucci dress!” added an equally horrified madzedre. (more…)

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