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Chanel Iman Chimes in on the Issue of Racism in Fashion

 

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We’ve seen slow but steady progress when it comes to diversity in fashion. However, the industry still has a long way to go, and in the wake of the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, more and more models of color are speaking out about their personal struggles with racism and voicing the need for further, more immediate change. On July 12, Calvin Klein model Ebonee Davis penned a powerful letter calling out the “systematic” problems facing the industry. Four days later, during an interview with Teen Vogue, OG model of color Chanel Iman gave her opinion on the issue.

Jourdan Dunn and Chanel Iman's 2009 Teen Vogue cover issue.

Image: Teen Vogue

Iman admits one of the highest points in her career thus far was her Teen Vogue cover with Jourdan Dunn back in 2009. The accompanying interview described the African-American and Korean beauty as “one of the only models of color to break into the major leagues in a long, long time.”

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Compared to her professional experiences back in the early noughties, these days the fashion industry seems far more accepting. “I think it was a struggle when I first started, just because it was always one black girl per show, or campaign, or whatever it was. I couldn’t stand it, because I just felt like I was being judged a lot, rather than accepted for who I was,” the now 25-year-old model recalled. “I feel like fashion’s opened up a lot with having rappers in campaigns, and more color on the runway, but of course there’s room for more of it, and more diversity. It’s nice to be part of a culture change.” (more…)

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Adriana Lima and Alessandra Ambrosio Will Be Our Guardian Angels During NBC’s Olympics Coverage

In a way, otherworldly beauties Adriana Lima and Alessandra Ambrosio have been cultural ambassadors for Brazil throughout the span of their careers, so it makes perfect sense that NBC would go and make the title official. With the 2016 Rio Olympics just around the corner (the games commence August 5) the network has tapped the veteran Victoria’s Secret Angels as its food and culture correspondents. Perhaps they’ll have a chance to take a Rio-backed selfie with their former colleague Gisele Bündchen, who is hosting the opening ceremony at the city’s famed Maracana Stadium.

The 35-year-old duo will star in a series of segments to be aired during NBC’s late-night Olympic coverage, which will be hosted by Ryan Seacrest. Expect more light-hearted, smirk-inducing interviews like the one seen below: (more…)

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Kanye West and Joan Smalls Star in Balmain’s Dynamic Fall 2016 Campaign (Forum Buzz)

You have to hand it to Olivier Rousteing for propelling Balmain into the modern age. His relationships with the likes of Kim Kardashian West and Rihanna have been paramount in the iconic French label’s ongoing success and he’s certainly made use of his connections, regularly turning his high-profile BFFs into campaign stars. After Rousteing welcomed back three supermodels from the 90s for the campaign last season, the designer has asked Kanye West to star in the Fall 2016 campaign along with model Joan Smalls. Photographed in black and white, the duo appears to be battling it out in the dynamic shot which surfaced earlier today.

Balmain F/W 2016.17 : Joan Smalls & Kanye West

IMAGE: VIA US VOGUE’S AUGUST 2016 DIGITAL EDITION

Members of our forums are currently sharing mixed feelings toward the campaign. “Hideous. Awful. Disappointing. Trashy. Two awful people. Just some words in my mind right now. Can I say that I really, really hate this. Like intensely hate this brand right now. They’re doing everything I despise,” slandered a horrified anlabe32.

“I hate Olivier’s Balmain, but this isn’t so bad. Joan and Kanye is so random though. This should’ve been two models or him and Kim,” said Scotty. (more…)

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Calling All Beauty Bloggers: Kim Kardashian’s New Reality Show Wants You to Compete to Join Her Glam Squad

Kim Kardashian’s vision of America is akin to that of Andrew Carnegie. Much like the late steel tycoon, she believes everyone is entitled to a chance at fame and fortune. And by everyone, we mean beauty bloggers with substantial followings, known for their makeup skills and tutorials.

According to a casting call announcement first spotted by PopSugar, Kim K has yet another reality show in works. Executive produced by KiKi herself (videographer of Kanye, foe of Taylor Swift) and the deep pockets behind Bravo’s The Real Housewives of New York, the show, a sort of America’s Next Top Model for beauty bloggers, has already been picked up by a major cable television network. (more…)

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Paloma Elsesser and Claire Fountain Star in Nike’s New (Sort of) Body Positive Bra Ads

Curvy model Paloma Elsesser in Nike's latest sports bra offering.

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Nike has been through its share of ups and downs. Recently, the company received some good press for upping worker benefits and sustainability goals, only to be dubbed toxic by Greenpeace soon after for failure to eliminate 100 percent of PFCs and a lack of transparency about suppliers. However, we can now add another check in Nike’s “win” column thanks to the brand’s latest social media initiative, #Brahaus, which consciously, refreshingly, features non-straight-sized women without labeling them as “plus-size.” Nike is the first activewear giant to make the statement that being curvy doesn’t equate to being unhealthy.

Underlining the idea that women of all sizes care about fitness, among Nike’s five social media campaign stars are curvy model Paloma Elsesser and Trill Yoga creator Claire Fountain. The brand shares their stories whilst also showcasing its latest line of sports bras, the Nike Pro bra collection.

New York-based “culture creator,” ASOS Curve model, muse to Pat McGrath and all-around cool girl Paloma tells Nike she first discovered her love of fashion “rifling in my sister and mom’s closet. I would construct these costumes and leave for school the next day. Some days I was girly, some boyish, some punk. I remember being fascinated at how I could transcend my regular dress and be whoever I wanted to be, by simply using clothes.” (more…)

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Chanel’s ‘Sad Collage’ of a Campaign for Fall 2016 Is a Flop According to tFS Forums (Forum Buzz)

As reported on our forums back in March, Mariacarla Boscono and Sarah Brannon were handpicked by Karl Lagerfeld to star in Chanel’s upcoming Fall 2016 campaign, replacing Mica Arganaraz and Lineisy Montero who roamed the streets of Brooklyn for the brand last season. Photographed by Lagerfeld (per usual) and styled by Carine Roitfeld, the ads feature an artsy cut-and-paste collage design, which unfortunately failed to impress our forum members. 

Chanel F/W 2016.17 : Mariacarla Boscono & Sarah Brannon by Karl Lagerfeld

IMAGE: WWD.COM

Forum members were not feeling the concept. “No. This Looks cheap, like a fragrance campaign for 12-year-olds,” slammed dcmaike at once.

“First the Prada background and now this?” asked a horrified SpeakThatJDunn. (more…)

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