With all the controversy which surrounded Blake Garvey’s season of The Bachelor, it was easy to forget that there was a very heartbroken and humiliated girl in the mix.
Australia’s first The Bachelorette, Sam Frost, has opened up about the humiliation she felt after Blake broke off their engagement, breaking down into tears in the show’s newest trailer.
“When Blake broke up with me, it was so devastating and humiliating that I didn’t leave the house,” she revealed. “To have all the media scrutiny and everyone in Australia knowing about what happened… and he did absolutely break my heart,” she cried. (more…)
Net-a-Porter’s founder Natalie Massenet has left the company. [Observer]
Joseph Khan, director of Taylor Swift’s Wildest Dreams music video, tries to explain away the video’s colonialist overtones by mentioning and retweeting his black friends. Nothing to see or critically think about here, folks! [Page Six]
Charlotte Olympia is teaming up with Havaianas. [WWD]
This model with a bionic arm is about to hit the runway at New York Fashion Week. [People]
V Magazine has been teasing us with previews of its upcoming Fall 2015 issue for days. The mag got us talking after unveiling a series of images featuring a handful of models, including Kate Upton, Miranda Kerr and Joan Smalls, posing suggestively on a bed. All this was before the official front cover for the issue was released. The cover finally dropped earlier today, starring Lana Del Rey, photographed by Steven Klein for a series of dark, mysterious and haunting portraits.
Our forums began to hate on the cover immediately. “‘The Best of the Best Issue’ with the worst of the worst covers,” mocked an underwhelmed Kite.
“Oh no!! What a letdown. The preview looked so promising, and we got this eternal 60s big hair? It doesn’t even look like Klein’s work,” Benn98 added.
The Canadian edition of ELLE doesn’t usually command the attention of our forums, but with a cover subject like Cindy Crawford, the mag got us talking. The iconic supermodel turns up on its October 2015 installment and appears as fierce as ever before the lens of Max Abadian. Cindy works a sexy little black number by Fausto Puglisi as she sports slicked-back hair and lets her flawless face do the talking. What’s not to love?
Members of our forums were impressed by ELLE Canada’s new cover. “Very striking, and a killer pose. Love this. It’s very rare to see Cindy do fashion covers nowadays,” shared a satisfied Benn98, full of admiration the moment the cover dropped.
“Very hot looking Cindy, seen this pose before, but Cindy is working it. Great cover,” added Nymphaea.
In agreement was Zorka, raving, “It’s always a pleasure to see Cindy and ELLE Canada has definitely stepped forward with this.”
MON couldn’t contain his excitement, too. “Stunning! Now this is how you cover a fashion magazine!” he applauded.
Also showing some support for ELLE‘s latest offering was bluestar: “What a beautiful cover featuring the absolutely stunning Cindy C! ELLE Canada knows how to deliver a great cover. Can’t wait to purchase this!”
“Slayed!!! This is why she’s a supermodel, she does that pose that’s associated with modeling 101 but makes it flawless,” acknowledged a thrilled Urban Stylin.
Fancy giving ELLE a pat on the back? Show some love inside our thread here.
It’s official y’all: America loves Detective Olivia Benson. No, we’re not talking about Taylor Swift’s adorable cat, we’re talking about the woman who inspired the name in the first place, the butt-kicking, crime-solving, fearless now-head of the Special Victims department on Law and Order: SVU.
Entertainment marketing firm Trailer Park conducted a survey to find which female TV characters are most beloved by America, Benson came out as the overall winner, nabbing 21 percent of the vote. She’s followed by an equally badass (though much better dressed) dame, Empire‘s Cookie Lyon, who won 8 percent of the vote. Game of Thrones‘ Daenerys Targaryen came in at 7 percent. Jessica Lange’s several American Horror Story characters, Grey’s Anatomy‘s Dr. Meredith Grey and Scandal‘s Olivia Pope all tied at 6 percent.
Guess there’s no country for Hannah Horvath – just kidding, she’s insufferable.
The fascination with unretouched photos of celebrities is real, so it was no wonder an allegedly unretouched image of Cindy Crawford posted by ITV anchor Charlene White blew up the Internet. The image of Crawford in lingerie with wrinkles on her stomach was later found to be fake, but for a moment there, the Internet was thrilled to see a more realistic image of a woman who has for so long been propped up, primped, prodded and Photoshopped into an unattainable ideal of beauty.
But if you ask Crawford, the whole situation was not her cup of tea. In an interview with Elle Canada, the model explained that she went back and forth about the situation. “I felt that [the journalist] was inauthentic because she acted like this was great but she didn’t check if I wanted this out or if it was a real picture. Why would seeing a bad picture of me make other people feel good? I felt blindsided. I was very conflicted, to be honest. The story had run a year and a half before, and the picture of me in that outfit was from the bust up. I know my body, and I know it’s not perfect, but maybe I have a false body image; maybe I think I look better than I do.”
Crawford says that although she’s glad the picture made people feel good, it also made her feel uncomfortable to see an unflattering doctored photo of her circulating the Internet. “We spoke to the photographer, and he was very upset because he didn’t put it out there. He said: ‘Cindy, I’m going to send you the real one and it’s nothing like that. It’s clear that someone manipulated that image to make whatever was there worse.’ It was stolen and it was malicious, but there was so much positive reaction [to the image]. Sometimes, the images that women see in magazines make them feel inferior—even though the intention is never to make anyone feel less. So somehow seeing a picture of me was like seeing a chink in the armor. Whether it was real or not isn’t relevant, although it’s relevant to me. I don’t try to present myself as perfect. It put me in a tough spot: I couldn’t come out against it because I’m rejecting all these people who felt good about it, but I also didn’t embrace it because it wasn’t real—and even if it were real, I wouldn’t have wanted it out there. I felt really manipulated and conflicted, so I kept my mouth shut.”
It is definitely a tricky situation. On the one hand, you want to promote a positive and realistic body image, but if your body doesn’t match what society thinks of as “realistic,” what is one to do? Crawford shouldn’t feel guilty for having an amazing body nor should she feel bad about having her body misrepresented, no matter how good it makes everyone else feel.