Though black people might get minimal representation in campaigns, on runways and in design studios, one thing is for sure: Fashion thinks black folks are cool. From “bold braids” to badonkadonks, mainstream fashion has been eagerly gathering scraps of black culture and style only to put them on Kendall Jenner or Miley Cyrus and call it revolutionary. It is a cycle that repeated itself and set Twitter ablaze this weekend.
Hair website Mane Addicts posted a hair tutorial to help their readers recreate the “twisted mini-buns” look from Marc by Marc Jacobs’ Spring 2015 show, marketed as one of the many “creative ways to get our hair up and off our faces while still looking cool & chic!” As with many of these hair tutorials inspired by typically black hairstyles, the folks at Mane Addicts sadly didn’t realize that their “twisted buns” were just Bantu knots – a style worn by women of color, looking to add definition their curl pattern. Of course, folks on Twitter had plenty to say about the post.
Mane Addicts’ editorial director Justine Marjan seemed pretty ruffled by the internet’s reaction to the story. After being mentioned once by Instagram user @johnthefame in a post on the matter, Marjan quickly took up the cross to defend herself. “Please stop harassing me,” she wrote. “I have nothing against African culture and love Bantu knots. I would love to do a post on then soon. Mane addicts pulls inspiration from runway and this post was inspired by a beautiful photograph from the Marc Jacobs show. I would love to do more posts featuring traditional African hairstyles.” Would be nice if she loved Bantu knots enough to, you know, call them Bantu knots in the first place. She assured @johnthefame and his cohorts that she was “so sorry for the oversight,’ a typical response for incidents that happen way too often.
Mane Addicts has already removed the post, but interestingly enough had a story dedicated to the ‘fro just a few days before, in which, along with Solange Knowles and Diana Ross, they also highlight white women who have worn ‘fros on the runway or in magazines. We wonder if the same consideration was paid for black women with “twisted mini-buns.”
While there is nothing wrong with women experimenting with their hairstyles or wearing Bantu knots, this instance is another perfect example of why cultural appropriation is so problematic. It’s not about claiming ownership over a culture or a hairstyle, it’s about being erased from the conversation when trends certain marginalized groups have been wearing for years suddenly become popular in the mainstream. Why are Bantu knots only cool on the white women on Marc Jacobs’ runway, but are unremarkable on the bevy of black natural hair bloggers who rock them all the time?
We think you already know the answer to that question.
We didn’t see this one coming… Vogue Brazil just dropped its brand new cover featuring none other than Kim Kardashian. We certainly shouldn’t be surprised to see Mrs. West on the cover of Vogue, having already graced the American edition back in April 2014 alongside husband Kanye (not to mention countless other magazine covers). This time around, Kim channels Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe, sporting a black turtleneck crop top paired with a matching skirt, complete with platinum blond locks. Ellen von Unwerth captured the occasion which is sure to cause quite the stir.
Due to Kim’s past cover history, our forum members aren’t so forgiving, with Kite simply saying “ewww” the moment the cover surfaced.
“Such an unappealing cover OMFG! It looks fake and ugly I’m sorry, the pose, the overly done makeup, the blank stare, the way too simple styling – it looks like a try-out and not a real cover. The editorial previews are just as bland,” Bertrando3 slammed.
Also not feeling it was tigerrogue. “I usually don’t mind Kim Kardashian, but here, she looks like a Real Housewife of Rio de Janeiro who’s never away from the plastic surgeon’s waiting room. Well, no – it looks more like a Real Housewife’s profile on an escort site after her husband’s divorced her,” she exclaimed in horror.
Oxymore was quick to show his disinterest: “It looks so fake! A bad fan-made cover! I’m also surprised she’s not naked on the cover. At least she is in the editorial.”
“100% tackiness,” agreed poison84.
Check out a preview of Kim’s cover story and get in on the action here.
L’Oreal Paris used Cannes to help promote what could possibly be the most meta app ever. Twicer, an app created by California-based company Kwarter, allows users to create video-in-video commentary, meaning if you took a video at a concert, you could record your own commentary or reaction and impose it onto the original video via a small selfie window at the top right-hand corner of the frame. L’Oreal was on hand at Cannes to help promote the venture, part of the cosmetics giant’s push to delve further into digital.
L’Oreal showed us what Twicer can do on the brand’s official Instagram page, tapping the talents of a few well-placed models to show off the app’s capabilities, of course. We see Natasha Poly count down a video showcasing her perfect diving form, Liya Kebede comments on her own red carpet look and Luma Groethe narrates a walk on the beach.
L’Oreal Paris is the number one beauty brand in digital according to global brand president Cyril Chapuy, and with its commitment to creating and promoting interactive content to customers, it’s easy to see why. L’Oreal also backs the Makeup Genius app and is launching another app in September, Shade Genius, which allows users to find their perfect foundation shade. With over 25 million social media followers, L’Oreal’s efforts to cultivate its digital audience include not only enticing them with the promise of digital makeovers, but also with new and innovative apps that change the way we share content.
She’s currently starring in Max Mad: Fury Road but Rosie Huntington-Whiteley‘s latest modelling gig involves gracing the cover of Vogue Japan. A refreshing choice for the magazine, it’s Rosie’s first appearance, which is why we’re a bit disappointed with the lackluster outcome. Lensed by Giampaolo Sgura, the Brit beauty sports a Bottega Veneta bodysuit for the title’s health and beauty issue and unfortunately ends up looking lifeless and over-airbrushed.
Forum members began to rant almost immediately. “Embarrassing. No other words,” expressed gazebo.
“The image is too bland for a cover and the layout too overpowering IMO. Rosie on the cover is surprising, is this her first VJ cover? I would never associate her with VJ,” kokobombon added.
In agreement was Oxymore: “That’s so bad. I don’t feel like Rosie fits Vogue Japan tbh.”
Moofins wasn’t showing the cover much enthusiasm either. “The pose is atrocious and her face looks plastic. Nah, no thanks. Nothing about this cover feels natural,” she complained.
“NO NO NO and looks incredibly Photoshopped,” declared Nomar.
Jabs soon came in for Sgura. “I think much of the blame here falls on Sgura’s shoulders. I have yet to see even one amazing, well composed, or fashion-forward cover image shot by him regardless of the model. How has he managed (and who does he know) to be a Vogue go-to cover photographer?” questioned zoom.
Starry announced, “The main problem they have to deal with is getting rid of Sgura from this magazine.”
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Gwyneth Paltrow is taking a page out of her friend Beyoncé’s book and with a new healthy meal service called 3 Green Hearts.
Paltrow is teaming with fitness expert Tracy Anderson and business partner Maria Baum for this project, which will offer meals for the health-conscious set. Of course, the food will be locally sourced, organic and very nutritious. On the menu, you’ll find things like fresh-made juices, gluten-free kale ravioli, quinoa salad, fish tacos and more. The meal plan also has a little something for folks with a sweet tooth. Anderson mentions “frosting shots,” which has already piqued our interest since eating frosting right out of the container – no cake or nothin’ – is kinda delicious.
But good luck getting your hands on the meals if you’re one of those poors who doesn’t frequent the Hamptons. Tracy Anderson will be selling the meals as take-out from her studios in Water Mill and East Hampton, though she hopes to expand the range so those of us who can’t take the jitney can also partake in her healthy delights.
[via Independent, Hamptons Magazine]
Are you sitting down? Steven Meisel and Vogue Italia are allegedly parting ways. While we anticipate the release of the June 2015 issue, no hints have been dropped as to who the next cover star will be, but discussions in our forums suggest that Steven Meisel wasn’t Franca Sozzani‘s photographer of choice for the shoot. The duo purportedly had creative differences when debating the theme of the shoot and have fiercely parted ways. The news (if indeed true) is sure to send shockwaves throughout the industry. Meisel has achieved a legacy at the magazine, photographing every single cover under Sozzani, starting in 1988 with model Robyn MacKintosh.
Our forum members are currently sharing their disbelief. “That wouldn’t shock me. If Meisel himself turned up on the cover, that would shock me,” laughed tigerrogue.
“NO!!!! Please don’t let Meisel go! Vogue Italia is the most artistic Vogue edition and without Meisel it will probably lose that image,” DutchHomme cried out.
“That is intriguing. I would be really shocked if Meisel stopped photographing for the cover,” shared a concerned Style Savvy.
Nepenthes is also in a state of shock, writing, “My first reaction to this would be sadness. I don’t know if it’d be for the best or not but I certainly hope he stays.”
“Ugh, Im gonna miss him for Vogue Italia. One of the few Vogue magazines that actually produced amazing, intriguingly beautiful editorials/covers,” VersaceVixen009 echoed.
But not everyone was saddened at the prospect. “Wowww thanks for all the good gossip, guys! It would be nice for VI to have rotating photographer covers. Steven Klein one month, Paolo Roversi the next, so on,” commented t-rex.
“Meisel’s work over the past year or so hasn’t warranted the hold he has on VI to be honest. I’d personally welcome a change,” added JesseDillon.
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