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Liya Kebede Becomes First Woman of Color to Grace Vogue Paris in Five Years (Forum Buzz)

As magazines continue to set out and impress us with their unpredictable cover stars, Vogue Paris is the latest to blow our minds. French Vogue‘s editor-in-chief Emmanuelle Alt took to her Instagram page earlier today to unveil the May 2015 cover which features Liya Kebede — the first woman of color to grace the magazine since Rose Cordero back in 2010. We’ve become huge fans of the cover for obvious reasons, which shows the L’Oréal Paris ambassador sporting a head full of tight curls while modeling an eye-catching jumpsuit from Christian Dior‘s Haute Couture collection.

Vogue Paris May 2015 Liya Kebede Inez & Vinoodh


Forum members raced to the thread to see what Vogue Paris had in store for us. “I LOVE IT! First black model in Vogue Paris since 2010! Thank God! I love the colors, the pose is very original and there’s such a vibrant cool feeling about this shot! Great job!” raved migelalmedia.

“I love it! Liya looks great as always and there is kind of positive energy in it. I am also happy to see I&V doing the cover again!” dcmaike added.

Lemeray was quick to sing the magazine’s praises. “I love it! Great to see Liya on the cover. I swear the people who constantly bash Vogue Paris covers probably couldn’t even pull a decent cover themselves,” she commented.

Also in the mood for it was TREVOFASHIONISTO: “I love this! The colors and the styling feel very Soul Train so I have a bit of nostalgia looking at this.”

Sharing the same attitude was MON who posted, “Such a beautiful cover! I love the subtle energy, the vibrancy, the prints and the colors! I love it. I also like the blur effect that makes it seem like she’s moving! Liya looks gorgeous and I’m so happy for her and for VP to have a woman of color in VP since 2010! It’s also giving me that 90s vibe.”

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Mixed Reactions on Chelsea Clinton’s ELLE Cover Shot (Forum Buzz)

ELLE‘s May issue features the latest in a string of surprising magazine cover stars we’ve seen over the past few months. Released just as her mother Hillary Clinton announced she will be running for president in 2016, Chelsea Clinton poses for Paola Kudacki in a conservative little black dress by Gucci, but ultimately ends up looking rather uncomfortable.

US ELLE May 2015 Chelsea Clinton Paola Kudacki


The majority of our forum members are left cold. “Most of the time, people on fashion magazine covers are better-looking than me. I don’t know what to think when they aren’t,” commented tigerrogue. Ouch.

“UGH. Terrible cover shot, and I’m sure she’s lovely but she’s not exactly photogenic. I also don’t love when fashion magazines go overly political, but I’ll reserve judgment until I read the story,” SallyAlbright added.

Also not feeling it was Nomar: “So boring and everything looks awkward.”

Forum member jal718 informed us that the issue “will go from my mailbox to my garbage can in record speed.”

As always, the thread was separated in opinions. “Don’t think she’s traditionally beautiful by any stretch of the imagination, but why should she have to be? Most people aren’t. Men’s magazines like GQ or Esquire feature men on them who are chosen for reasons other than how they look. Why shouldn’t women’s magazines do the same?” asked KINGofVERSAILLES.

“I think it’s a great cover for someone who’s not an actress/singer/model. I like the styling and the desk touch, they give her a ‘powerful woman’ vibe and it’s nice to see on a women’s magazine – fashion or not,” kokobombon appreciated.

Fashionlover2001 failed to see anything wrong also, writing, “It’s a beautiful cover. She’s a beautiful girl. I don’t [see] why people are complaining.”

Don’t see what all the fuss is about either? Vent your opinion here.

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Is Kendall Jenner About to Front a Philippine Clothing Campaign?

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Kendall Jenner may be one step closer to saying that she’s big in Asia. According to reports, Jenner has inked a deal with Philippine brand Penshoppe, and will appear in forthcoming campaigns for the label. Since its start in 1986, Penshoppe has expanded to opening its doors in Saudi Arabia, the U.A.E., Bahrain, Indonesia and Cambodia, so a campaign with them is likely to give Jenner plenty of precious visibility. 

Jenner will follow in the footsteps of her model BFF Cara Delevingne, who posed for the brand’s Spring campaign. Sean O’pry also offered his talents for Penshoppe’s men’s campaign so the reality TV starlet will be in good company. 

The campaign has yet to be released, but if the rumor is true, we have no doubt that securing a high-profile name like Jenner will pay off for Penshoppe.

[via Page Six]

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Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel Are Proud Parents of a Baby Boy

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The world has been blessed with another good looking celebrity baby, who could possibly have the voice of an angel when he grows up – just like his daddy. We are, of course, talking about Justin Timberlake, whose wife Jessica Biel just gave birth to a baby boy, Silas Randall Timberlake.

Timberlake and Biel confirmed to People this weekend that the little Silas had finally arrived. The “Sexy Back” singer mentioned in a past Instagram post (you know, the adorable one of him kissing Jessica Biel’s belly,) that the couple was keeping the sex of the baby a surprise. The child is named after Timberlake’s father (Randall) and shares the same middle name as the pop singer’s grandfather. Guess Jessica Biel was OK with her husband hogging all the names.

Now, the wait to see the first glimpse of Timberbaby’s adorable face begins…

[via People]

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Watch: Drake Was so Not into Madonna’s Coachella Ambush Makeout Session

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Drake got a bit more than he bargained for during his Coachella performance this weekend. The rapper took the stage to perform “Madonna,” off his new album, If You’re Reading This It’s too Late. For a little help with the song, Drake got none other than pop legend Madonna to make an appearance during the performance. If we know anything about Madonna, it’s that she loves to make waves and stir the pot. 

After the singer joined Drake on stage, she pulled his head back and planted an impromptu fat kiss on his lips, a kiss we can only assume was open-mouthed, due to the intensity of it…and Drake’s expression, which looked like a mixture of surprise, confusion and displeasure. “I’m Madonna,” the Rebel Heart singer said before exiting the stage. “What the f•••k just happened?” Drake said after the incident.

Oh, Madonna. The 2003 VMA’s were almost 12 years ago. These old shenanigans are not the best way to show how hip and current you are. Also, we can’t help but feel slightly icky at the fact that the kiss caught him totally off guard. What if the roles were reversed and Drake kissed Madonna essentially without her permission? We don’t think the feminist popstar would be too thrilled about that.

[via Independent]

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IMG Announces New NYFW Locations

Erin Fetherston Fall 2015

Erin Fetherston Fall 2015, Image: WENN

New York Fashion Week is moving from its home in Lincoln Center and we finally have the details on where the fashion set will flock once September rolls around. IMG had confirmed two locations for New York Fashion Week, one in Midtown, the Skylight Moynihan Station at 33rd St. and the Skylight Clarkson Sq. at 550 Washington Street in SoHo.

It doesn’t come as much of a shock that these spaces would be announced as NYFW’s new home. New York Fashion Week: Men’s will be holding their shows this July in the Clarkson Sq. location, and designers have already used both spaces for shows in the past. IMG has signed a deal with the venues that span a few years, though we don’t know how long these new spots will serve as Fashion Week’s home. 

New York Fashion Week is eventually supposed to move to the Culture Shed, a new space being built in Manhattan’s Hudson Yards. Construction on the new site seems to be a bit delayed – it was expected to be finished by 2017, but some say it will take two more years than that to complete. 

[via WWD]

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