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Here Come the Crazies: People Magazine Accused of Lightening Lupita Nyong’o’s Skin for ‘Most Beautiful’ Cover

Lupita Nyong'o covers People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful

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People magazine's 'Most Beautiful' cover for 2014 has been online for seven blissful, controversy-free hours. Unlike last year's issue — which featured Gwyneth Paltrow just days after the actress and lifestyle entrepreneur had been crowned "Most Hated" celebrity by tabloid magazine Star —  this year's edition, starring the universally beloved Lupita Nyong'o, has not angered anyone. The Internet saw Lupita's "Most Beautiful" cover and said, "cool! yes! perf!" And then everyone moved on to gawk at the insane menu at Guy Fieri's new Las Vegas restaurant, which features "won-tacos" drizzled in "wow-sabi."

But no, sorry — Radar Online is not having any of it. The gossip website wants outrage, and found a way to dredge some up. The outlet spoke with a photography "expect" (they mean "expert") who "believes the famed magazine used creative lighting to brighten the breakout actress’ skin tone and make her look lighter." Oy. "Epic Photoshop fail!" says Radar Online. "Leave me alone, I have a pounding headache!" says Nika. 

Previously: Lupita Nyong’o is People Magazine’s Most Beautiful Woman

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Finally Get Your Hands on the Sophia Webster Collection for J.Crew

The moment we have all been waiting for is around the corner and Sophia Webster’s collaboration with J.Crew is available to buy starting early May. Forget rent and food and all the unnecessary things in life and focus on the prints, the polka dots, the cut-outs, the gingham…oh the list is endless. Miss Webster really has brought every element of her design personality into this collection and it is still ridiculously wearable.

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Since going it alone in September 2012, after assisting Nicholas Kirkwood, Sophia Webster has well and truly cemented her name into the world of British fashion. With an aesthetic that is both challenging, yet classic, it was no surprise when she won Emerging Accessories Award at last years British Fashion Awards.

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We are not alone in our love, though, as J.Crew’s president and Creative Director Jenna Lyons is just as gushing about Ms Webster as we are: "Sophia Webster is one of the most exciting and talented British designers. Her shoes are like miniature sets — a beautiful world for your feet to spend the day in. Each shoe tells a unique story."

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There is no argument there and there seems to be something for everyone. Although if you’re looking for a total bargain, you may have to give yourself a bit of a shake, as the starting prices are around £240 up to £540, but we can guarantee that these special collaboration pieces will sell out quickly, so we need to decide which ones we want to get now.

Sophia Webster for J.Crew will be launching in J.Crew stores and online at the beginning of May 2014. 

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Kim Kardashian Only Just Getting Around to Picking Up a Copy of that Vogue Magazine Thing She Did



In today's big news shocker, reality TV star Kim Kardashian was photographed with her younger sister, up-and-coming model Kendall Jenner, at a newsstand in Studio City. They were buying magazines, if you can believe it. They picked up about a half dozen copies of Vogue's April edition — an issue which actually features Kardashian herself, together with husband Kanye West and baby North, on its cover (pictured above). The whole thing was filmed by at least two "news" crews, so you can watch it below, if you're so inclined.

The publication's April issue will only be on newsstands for a few more days, before it's swapped for Emma Stone's May cover, so I think it was pretty smart of Kim to stock on copies of her Vogue cover while she still has a chance. 

[h/t HuffPo]


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Primark is Opening a Store in America

Like the Pilgrims and debt prisoners who came before them, British retailer Primark is headed to the U.S.A., with plans to open their flagship store in…Boston. *record scratch*

You read that correctly. While most foregin brands open up shop in New York City to make their stateside debut, Primark's opted for a spot a little bit closer to Plymouth Rock, the very location where the UK's assorted outsiders of yore came for a new start. The retailer's signed a lease on a 70,000-square-foot space in the Burnham Building, located in the Downtown Crossing section of Boston. According to WWD, the new shop is set to open doors in late 2015, and will trickle its way through the northeast with more locations through mid-2016. 

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Shop Sky Ferreira’s ‘I Blame Myself’ Music Video Through SSENSE

Montreal-based e-tailer first brought the idea of shoppable music videos to the world through Iggy Azalea’s “I Think She’s Ready.” Now they’re doing it again with the premiere of Sky Ferreira’s catchy “I Blame Myself.”

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So, what exactly is a “shoppable music video”? Well, as you watch your favourite songbird belt out her ditties, you can shop the very items worn in the vid on SSENSE’s website. The original concept featured pop-up ads whenever a coordinating piece was available for purchase. Sky’s version has done away with the spam in favour of a catalogue layout. All the looks have been styled by SSENSE and the venture comes in partnership with London-based glossy System magazine.

“Today, more than ever before, fashion informs music, music informs fashion, and technology informs everything,” System's editor-in-chief said in a press release. “Our exciting partnership with SSENSE allows us to bring together these three worlds and share them quickly and nimbly with a global community. In doing so, we hope to reignite the music video as the cultural catalyst for our times.”

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Take your pick of pricey items like Sky Ferreira’s $830 Givenchy sharktooth necklace or her Saint Laurent zipped biker skirt, ringing in at $3325. This particular shop the look option might not be easy on the wallet, but at the very least, a girl can still dream about one day donning more than $20,000 worth of swag in the space of four minutes.

Images via SSENSE/Vevo

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Lupita Nyong’o is People Magazine’s Most Beautiful Woman

Lupita Nyong'o covers People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful

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Can't say we didn't see this coming… People magazine has announced its annual "50 Most Beautiful" issue and topping the list of gorgeous gals? None other than Mexican-born Kenyan Lupita Nyong'o. The 31-year-old Oscar-winning actress has been honored by the glossy for both her outer beauty and her general awesomeness, which she's been blessing us with again and again since she sprung on the scene. 

The actress has been fully embraced by the fashion set, landing campaigns with Prada and more recently, Lancôme. And, not to mention her consistent and continued slayage on the red carpet, twirling and pretty much shutting down the everything in designers like Chanel, Ralph Lauren, Giambattista Valli couture and oh so many more.

As Nyong'o told People, this is an honor she never dreamed she'd get: "It was exciting and just a major, major compliment," she said. "I was happy for all the girls who would see me on [it] and feel a little more seen."

I, for one, am so excited to see Ms. Lupita, a symbol of native African beauty, being honored in this way. Needless to say, women who look like Lupita are rarely recognized or considered beautiful even when they really are. There has been much talk about whether Nyong'o's star would continue to shine, particularly in Western society when fair-skinned, blonde women are the standard of beauty. At the very least, this cover proves that Lupita, America's sweetheart, is here to stay!


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