Cara Delevingne’s cover story for Vogue‘s July issue has rubbed a few members of the LGBT community the wrong way. In the interview with Rob Haskell, Delevingne talks about her sexuality and being in love with girlfriend Annie Clark (aka musician St. Vincent). Cara mentioned she was a little scared of her sexual identity at first, though she eventually embraced it once she was in her 20s. “It took me a long time to accept the idea, until I first fell in love with a girl at 20 and recognized that I had to accept it,” she said.
Haskell mentions that Delevingne’s parents see the model’s attraction to women as a phase, and Haskell himself implies that they may be right: “Her parents seem to think girls are just a phase for Cara, and they may be correct…When I suggest to Cara that to trust a man, she might have to revise an old and stubborn idea of hers—that women are perennially troubled and therefore only women will accept her—her smile says she concedes the point.”
This did not sit will with Julie Rodriguez, who launched a Care 2 petition against Vogue, saying that it is perpetuating stereotypes about bisexual women. “The idea that queer women only form relationships with other women as a result of childhood trauma is a harmful (and false) stereotype that lesbian and bisexual women have been combating for decades,” she writes. “How could Vogue’s editorial staff greenlight this article and publish it without anyone raising concerns about this dismissive and demeaning language?”
The petition has 11,804 signatures and is very close to its goal of 12,000. Of course, for Ms. Rodriguez, there is personal meaning behind the petition. “As a bisexual woman myself, I’ve experienced hurtful comments like this many times. People are quick to assume queer women’s identities are a ‘phase’ and to refuse to recognize the important relationships in their lives — an attitude which can cause depression, result in families rejecting their daughters (or forcing them into abusive conversion ‘therapy’), and even put young women at risk of suicide. Vogue should have taken this opportunity to combat negative stereotypes, not reinforce them.”
[via Care 2]
There’s a certain roster of magazines that aren’t entitled Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar or ELLE that regularly take our fancy. Glass magazine is certainly one of them and since the publication invited a favorite model of ours onto its latest issue, it naturally caught the attention of forum members. Carmen Kass graces one of Glass‘ Summer 2015 covers, while Hollie-May Saker features on the title’s second offering. Both are distinctively different: Carmen looks captivating in a show-stopping Christian Dior top as she dominates the shot, while Hollie-May lets her natural beauty do the talking on the other.
It was therefore only natural that one cover was going to stand out from the other. “Carmen’s cover is beautiful! Looking forward to the edits!” raved justaguy right away, about to be mimicked by the rest of the thread.
“Carmen’s cover without a doubt. It’s an almost iconic and memorable shot,” favored Benn98, showing great enthusiasm.
Also elated was khyrk, who enthused, “Carmen! Great to see her!” This sure sounds good for sales this month.
“Carmen!! Love seeing her get more work! Excited to see the editorial,” shared an optimistic happycanadian.
“Love Carmen’s cover so much. Looking forward to the contents,” mistress_f anticipated.
“I like both covers and they usually produce really good editorials, so I’m excited,” KateTheGreatest praised.
Poor Hollie-May doesn’t get a look when Carmen’s on the scene. Which do you prefer? Drop us a comment here.
In the most surprising twist since the Fall 2015 ads started to roll out, Michael Kors has a brand new face for his namesake brand. Natasha Poly is ushered in as the designer’s model of choice, replacing Karmen Pedaru who’s fronted countless campaigns for Kors. We shouldn’t be totally surprised since Natasha opened the show during NYFW and has been wearing various Kors pieces to numerous fashion events. Photographed by Mario Testino, the Russian beauty and current face of Isabel Marant reclines in the back of a vintage Rolls-Royce while wearing the all-American Fall 2015 collection.
Although change isn’t always for the better, according to our forum members. “Wait, so you’ve got Karmen…who’s been a Michael Kors girl for what? Ten seasons fronting everything! Now you’re gonna downgrade her to Fugly by Fugly Kors and let Natasha get mainline? SERIOUSLY?!?! Might as well just have gotten rid of Karmen entirely instead of reducing her to that ‘other’ label. Natasha’s shots are OK though,” ranted a frustrated GERGIN.
“The Photoshop in the mainline campaign is laughable. Natasha looks like a CGI character rather than a human being. That was shady to ‘downgrade’ Karmen (and Benjamin) to the lesser label. Couldn’t they have just put all three in the main campaign?” asked orchidee.
Forum member Nomar wasn’t impressed, either, expressing, “His campaigns are the same every season and just as boring as well I might add.”
“Natasha looks okay. It’s nothing special but at least we see someone new in the mix,” shared MON.
In agreement was VersaceVixen009: “Natasha looks stunning and I’m happy to see a somewhat change within the Kors brand.”
Are you a fan of the change? Share your sentiments with us here.
Image: Courtesy Coach
Lady Gaga’s dog Miss Asia Kinney is going to be raking in the bones (pun very much intended) now that she’s been featured in a new ad campaign for Coach. Just last month, the French bulldog’s mother announced a string of projects we could expect from the pooch, including a puppy accessories line and organic dog food range. Gaga also hinted that we would soon see the dog front a campaign for a major luxury brand. Now, we finally know which brand she was talking about – Miss Asia Kinney has been tapped for Coach’s new, very adorable #CoachPups campaign.
Ms. Kinney is pictured on the lap of a faceless person, giving us that inquisitive puppy-dog look that makes us melt. For the Steven Meisel-shot campaign, the accessorized canine (she can’t go anywhere without a tasteful necklace, it seems) poses with Coach’s Edie and Rucksack bags.
Of course, proud mama Lady Gaga is absolutely gushing over the images. “I am so proud of Miss Asia! She’s a natural in front of the camera, and we’re both so excited that the iconic Steven Meisel shot her for Coach’s pup campaign,” she said. “I really love getting to watch my best friend be a star.”
Might Miss Asia Kinney join ranks with famous pets like Choupette Lagerfeld and Cecil Delevingne? Time can only tell, but one thing’s for sure: she’s off to a darn good start.
Givenchy has unveiled the latest images from its Fall 2015 campaign featuring none other than Donatella Versace. Riccardo Tisci shared a black-and-white image of the Italian designer on his Instagram page this morning, citing her as one of his personal muses. In the picture, we see Ms. Versace, arms folded, with her signature smoky coal-black eye, looking as blonde and smoldering as ever in an all-black ensemble.
Tisci tapped Carine Roitfeld to work on the campaign with him, as well as photography duo Mert Alas and Marcus Piggot. While it is sweet to see designers pay homage to each other, we do remember there was talk earlier of Beyoncé soon appearing in a Givenchy campaign. The pop diva was spied being photographed by Tisci in pieces from the label’s fall collection, so while we are happy for Versace and all, the Beyoncé stan in us can’t help but wonder: when will Bey’s images drop?
Something tells us we’ll be seeing them sooner than we think…
Meryl Streep is taking the active approach when it comes to the fight for equal pay. The actress has reportedly sent letters to members of congress, urging them to support an Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution. The amendment has been a long time coming, too. Written in 1920, it wasn’t passed by Congress until 1972, to be ratified by the states. Thirty-five states ratified the amendment, but 38 states need to do so in order for it to be added to the Constitution. The Equal Rights Amendment “[affirms] the equal application of the Constitution to all persons regardless of their sex,” according to the amendment’s website. The amendment has been stalled since 1982.
Streep is urging congress to resurrect the ERA, especially in these times when equal pay and treatment under the law is such a hot topic. “A whole new generation of women and girls are talking about equality – equal pay, equal protection from sexual assault, equal rights,” Streep wrote in her letter. She included a copy of Equal Means Equal by ERA president Jessica Neuwirth in the packet.
The proposed amendment states that “equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.” Sounds pretty reasonable and like something that should already be in the Constitution in the first place. Hopefully, we will finally see it written into law.
[via US News]