The fashion industry has a long way to go when it comes to inclusivity and has spent a large share of time up in the stocks for this offense. However, as there’s no technical size requirement to fit a lipstick or biannual shade showcase, the beauty industry often gets away with ignoring the diverse needs of its clientele. Makeup artists are criticized for not having the tools to prep non-white runway models, but mainstream makeup companies get away with predominately casting fair-skinned, thin models with patrician features. Enter actresses Michelle Meredith and Piaget Ventus, who moonlight as beauty bloggers, demonstrating how an assortment of lipstick shades will look on their different complexions.
Their joint Instagram account, snappily titled “willitlookgoodonmethough,” currently boasts upwards of 7,500 followers. In each post, the two women pose side by side wearing the same lipstick, captioning the image with the brand, name and price of the product. They include any comments they have, be it personal anecdotes (“Tryna channel our inner #HarleyQuinn right now…Thanks @notrosieperez for the recommendation we #LOVE” on a blue-lipped snap) or reviews (“I liked this at first… but it didn’t stay glossy. Looked kind of faded real quick,” Piaget said of Revlon’s Colorstay Lipstick in Always Sienna. Her colleague, not afraid to dissent or keep it real, held, “This is an oldie but a goodie for me.”). (more…)
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Just in time for Empire’s season three premiere, you can channel the chic yet smoldering beauty look of the sharpest Cookie there is. Taraji P. Henson has teamed up with M.A.C Cosmetics to create a “fierce” six-product line that’ll help us decidedly non-boo boo kitties master her “quintessential nude lip and perfectly defined noir eye.”
Introducing Strip Me Down, the key to achieving Henson’s “quintessential nude lip”; Image: M.A.C Cosmetics
The eponymous collection, which includes a black eyeliner, mascara, two shades of Mineralize Skinfinish (reddish brown and soft bronze coral) for highlighting and contouring, a face brush and a deep beige matte lipstick, will be available online September 6. Prices range from $17 for the lipstick to $42 for a makeup brush. Between M.A.C Taraji and Pat McGrath’s Lust 004 (due out August 30), our fall makeup allowance is totally spoken for so, please, everyone else, wait until Christmas for the next must-have drop.
Bella Hadid’s portfolio sure is growing at a rapid pace this September, putting a cover of Glamour firmly under her belt while also scoring the September cover of Vogue Japan. Now, Bella fronts the September edition of Vogue Paris. Following in the footsteps of sister Gigi Hadid, Bella takes to the front of the title’s latest but shares the spotlight with American model Taylor Hill. Photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, the cover girls give off some intense stares while battling it out wearing the exact same Christian Dior outfit. Who did it more justice, you ask?
Members of our forums weren’t afraid to let loose. “The Instagirls are everywhere!!! Taylor and Bella are very Vogue Paris but this is boring. Such a letdown after two stellar covers. AND ONCE AGAIN BY M&M? What can you say when you have something as boring as this?” asked a frustrated Lola701.
“Another Sept issue that is a HUGE letdown! Also pretty much maxed out on Bella, it’s shocking VP didn’t demand an exclusive with her. I mean she is on a few other…Sept covers!” chimed in Miss Dalloway. (more…)
Always on the lookout for ways to give their collection that extra oomph, designers have performed many a stunt in the name of fashion. Alexander McQueen’s Fall 1998 finale saw a fringe and lace-clad masked figure standing in a ring of fire. In 2012, during Berlin Fashion Week, models strutted the subways. There’s even been a gravity-defying vertical catwalk down the length of Boston’s Revere Hotel. But on none of these occasions was there a 40-foot Ferris wheel, hot dogs, cotton candy and French fries, as is promised at the upcoming Tommy Hilfiger show. And therefore, Tommy wins.
The “see-now-buy-now” show for Tommy Hilfiger’s recent collaboration with Gigi Hadid will take place on September 9 at New York’s South Street Seaport (Pier 16 to be exact). Festively dubbed “Tommy Pier,” the interactive fashion experience will feature those classic fair rides and games (and indulgent snacks) we know and love, and — somewhere in the mix, at 7 p.m. EST — a fashion show.
If the show’s locale wasn’t evidence enough that Tommy’s all about the new trend of fashion for the people, a shoppable live-stream on tommy.com will allow viewers instant access to the Gigi-cosigned goods. In addition, half of the show’s 2,000 guests will be lucky shoppers selected through analysis of the brand’s “Hilfiger Club” loyalty program, the site NYC Go (which will offer free tickets) and email outreach programs via a few of the brand’s media partners. Plus, even if you don’t snag a ticket to the grand unveiling, the Pier will reopen on September 10 from noon to 9 p.m., at which time revelers can hop on the Ferris wheel, peruse two Tommy x Gigi pop-up shops along with a vintage Tommy Hilfiger store (you ride that 90s nostalgia wave, boy) and get their nail and flash tattoo game on at booths along the pier. (more…)
A year nine student from Kambrya College in Victoria has spoken out against a ban on short skirts and ‘sexy selfies’ at her school.
Faith Sobotker uploaded a video slamming her school’s move, contesting that sexism and the objectification of young women should be what is targeted, and not the length of girls’ skirts. “I have self-respect, I look after myself,” Ms Sobotker says in the video. “You can’t tell me what self-respect is, you can’t tell me what ‘ladylike’ is.
“I’m looking for equality,” she continues. “I am 15 years old, you do not get to sexualise like me like that. Half the population is female, we are not sacred.” Ms. Sobotker goes on to speak about the battles she faces daily as a young woman, and the daily sexism that comes with seemingly trivial occurrences like boys constantly asking if she is on her period.
The video has gone viral and been shared by news outlets around the country, while Faith has faced significant backlash as well as significant support online. She has posted this status to her Facebook page in response.
In a statement posted to the Kambrya College website, the school’s Principal Michael Muscat says the school held an assembly with some female students, where the school’s uniform policy was discussed.
“The girls’ assembly was also used as an opportunity to remind students of the existing uniform policy, finalised late last year following an extensive consultation process involving all students, parents and staff,” he says. “I want to be clear here and say that in no way did we suggest that what girls wear makes harassment or abuse acceptable. This is never the case. The enforcement of our uniform policy and the abuse and the recent exploitation of girls online are separate issues and should be treated as such.”
The full statement can be read on the Kambrya College website.
John Michel Basquiat used crowns to signify his ambition, his own majestic power and that of the figures he admired. Now, some spurred on by body positive Australian mommy blogger Constance Hall, others by the pulse of popular lexicon, women on Instagram are borrowing from Basquiat and performing their own self-coronations — in the form of tattoos.
Constance Hall, who boasts over 100,000 Instagram followers, is one of those inspirational women who seeks to empower other females in their orbit by reminding them they are strong queens and deserve to be treated as such. (Side note: One of our favorite moments on television this past year was when Broad City’s Ilana, while tearfully telling her bestie Abbi of a breakup with her open relationship partner Lincoln, rather than jealously cutting down his new, monogamous partner, referred to her as “a queen, just like us.”) Constance constantly celebrates her followers’ magnificence, titling her blog Queens of Constance and her book Like a Queen. (more…)