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A Star is Born: Imaan Hammam Rules the January Issue of US Vogue (Forum Buzz)

image credit: fashionscansremastered.net via the tfs forums

image credit: fashionscansremastered.net via the tfs forums

The cynic in all of us wondered whether the push for racial diversity in fashion last runway season would be just a fad in this fickle industry and would not bring any actual long-lasting changes. Although designers have yet to prove that they were serious about wanting more diversity in their runway shows, one thing is for sure: the Spring 2014 season has brought so many gorgeous ethnic newcomers on the scene who the industry just cannot possibly ignore. Malaika Firth has taken the industry by storm after scoring the Prada Fall 2013 campaign, Kai Newman was one of the standouts in prestigious shows such as Calvin Klein and Gucci, Cindy Bruna appeared on a Vogue Italia cover and was the only newcomer to get two looks in the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, and just last week we reported on Riley, the stunning new face who landed a spot in the new Givenchy campaign. But there is another girl who is ready to dominate editorial pages campaigns and runways: Imaan Hammam.

Predicted by forum members to be one of the hottest new faces of Spring 2014, the Dutch model of Egyptian and Moroccan descent did not disappoint. She followed a Givenchy runway exclusive with an appearance in Vogue Italia and is rumored to be in a blue chip campaign for Spring 2014. In the January issue of US Vogue, the beauty is the star of not one but two editorials. In “More Is More,” lensed by Craig McDean, she models looks from the Resort 2014 collections. And in “Flower Girls” (by Mikael Jansson), she stars alongside actor Oscar Isaac and model Liya Kebede. Forum members were impressed.

image credit: fashionscansremastered.net via the tfs forums

image credit: fashionscansremastered.net via the tfs forums

“Two editorials in US Vogue?! This girl's career is just beginning, a face and body like that can only destine her for stardom,” wrote teaars

And TheoG posted, “She looks absolutely captivating in Flower Girl with Liya. I don't think I have ever been as excited by a girl in the industry now as I am with Imaan.”

“What a star!!! Bleeding hell… I hope to see her in some major ad this season and possibly on a cover. Can't wait to see her career develop into a long and prosperous one,” shared Mr-Dale

And lebigt summarized, “So, recap: Break out opening slot exclusive for Givenchy. Vogue Italia by Meisel. 2 eds in American Vogue. #ASTARISBORN.”

The ‘risk’ that many agencies took by debuting more ethnic girls than usual this season and developing them for a high fashion rather than a commercial career certainly paid off. We are excited to see such a variety of beauty on the pages of Vogue these days. And if these absolutely stunning new faces aren't another perfect argument for more diversity in fashion, then I don’t know what is.

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  • Tamara Mellon has just released its first-ever brand video, starring Karlie Kloss. [TamaraMellon]

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Sorry We’re Not Sorry, Says Chanel Over Native American Headdress (Forum Buzz)

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Image: Getty

Following backlash over the Native American feathered headdress which appeared on the runway at Chanel's Dallas-inspired Pre-Fall show, the label has issued an apology in a comment to Elle:

"The Chanel-Dallas Metiers d'Art 2013/2014 collection is a celebration of the beauty of Texas. Native Americans are an integral part of Texas's rich history and culture and the feather headdress, a symbol of strength and bravery, is one of the most visually stunning examples of the creativity and craftsmanship they possessed. We deeply apologize if it has been misinterpreted or if it is seen as offensive as it was really meant as a tribute to the beauty of craftmanship."

In the forums, the apology didn't go over well:

PixieDust1603: "Well, Chanel have apologised in the most passive-aggressive way possible."

Masquerade: "That 'apology' is no better than the act itself. 'Sorry you were too dumb to get our wonderful point.' Sigh, it's them who don't get the point."

And koibito summed it up: "Sorry we're not sorry."

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Joan Smalls, Chanel Iman and Jourdan Dunn Star in Today’s Inevitable Beyoncé Post

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Image: screenshot

For me, the Gchats started coming early this morning: "The Internet is going to rip itself apart today over Beyonce," wrote my friend Andrew.  

Me: "I know, it's on every site."

Andrew: "Big news. Internet Excited Over PR Stunt."

Me: "Lol. I'm going to steal that from you."

Andrew: "Please. Oh: 'Beyoncé shit-talks over a trap-ish beat. Includes sampled excerpts of 'We Should All Be Feminists,' a speech by Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I’m not certain that Beyoncé would have self-identified as a feminist five years ago.'"

Me: "Another iconic feminist moment. I don't like what's happening to feminism."

Andrew: "It's being commoditized?"

Me: "Yes."

Andrew: "Honestly, and this may be controversial, but I don't like Beyonce. Not that some of her songs aren't good, but she's so manufactured. And how everyone worships her is a loss, I think, for music. The PR machine, the awards machine, the world tour machine. I don't know. She's too big to fail."

Me: "I mostly agree. #Rihanna."

Andrew: "Rihanna has actual character, I think. Does real people things. Makes mistakes, etc. Everyone is like GROUNDBREAKING BEYONCE MADE VIDEOS FOR HER MUSIC. Just, lol. Stfu, Internet. Leave me alone. I'm going back to bed."

Me: "Some band I follow on Facebook posted about it: 'If ya don't know, Beyoncé just released a new record with 17 videos accompanying it. Without any hype or press about the release. Nice move!' Lol, 'no hype!'"

Andrew: "I just can't with this. It must be nice to be so rich you can A) have a platinum selling album come out like, whenever B) have money for the best studios, producers, artists C) have unlimited budget to produce more music videos than you even have songs. 'Nice move.'"

[Later]

Andrew: "The 41 Most Unbelievably Flawless And Life-Changing Moments From Beyoncé’s New Album"

Me: "It's all trash. Let's throw out the Internet."

Andrew: "It smells."

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All that being said, it's my pleasure to reiterate that this morning, Beyoncé released a surprise album on iTunes (simply called, Beyoncé), with 14 new songs and 17 teaser videos. In one of them, titled Yoncé, the pop star unveils a new cigar-smoking alter ego — as The Daily Mail rather dramatically put it, "Sasha Fierce is dead." 

For our purposes, the more interesting bit is that the video features three of today's top black models: Joan Smalls, Chanel Iman and Jourdan Dunn wear grills and gyrate to the tune of Beyonce's newfound badassery.

The clip is below. 

Also! Here's the video for the song "Mine" (featuring Drake) which was directed by Terry Richardson. (I guess Beyoncé never heard about that petition, huh?)

And here's "Blue," which includes a cameo by Blue Ivy:

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