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Snapchat Is (Allegedly) Back at It Again With Plagiarized Filters

Selfies had a dubious rep before Snapchat hit the scene — studies have shown there is a modest link between narcissism and selfie-posting among men and women (though the vague correlation is even smaller among women). However, Snapchat, as big companies are wont to do, has managed to actually politicize the (innocuous until proven guilty) much-loved art of posting pictures and videos of oneself.

In recent months, users have called out the social media channel for its whitewashing and blackface filters (made available in honor of Coachella and Bob Marley, respectively). “Millions of Snapchatters have enjoyed Bob Marley’s music, and we respect his life and achievements,” Snapchat said of the inappropriate filter. “[The lens] gives people a new way to share their appreciation for Bob Marley and his music.” There was no official word on the whitewashing. Apparently, the company thinks we’re taking the whole skin-altering issue too seriously.

In May, Snapchat’s geometric mask filter resembling the work of Russian artist Alexander Khokhlov elicited a social media outcry. That got the company’s attention. The brand swiftly removed the filter and issued the following statement: “We agree that this lens is similar other artists’ creations and we have removed it. We are sorry for this embarrassing mistake and we are taking action to make sure it won’t happen again.”

Yet happen again it has. Two makeup artists are now accusing the channel of intellectual property theft. According to the Ringer, masters of disguise Argenis Pinal (who boasts 128,000 Instagram followers) and Mykie (when you’ve got an Insta following 1.1 million strong, last names are strictly optional) were both blatantly swindled by the app. (more…)

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Hear Unreleased Prince Music Played At the Versace Men’s Fashion Show

Images: Nandy McClean / IMAXtree

Images: Nandy McClean / IMAXtree

Over 10 minutes of previously unreleased music by the late Prince Rogers Nelson debuted during Versace‘s Men’s Spring 2017 runway show at Milan Fashion Week, with footage of the event (and its amazing soundtrack) now available online.

The 11 minutes of instrumental music heard in the show (below) are straight from Prince’s huge vault of unreleased material and it’s undeniably Prince, given its wailing guitar solos and super-smooth vibes.

The fashion show’s soundtrack comes courtesy of Prince himself, who frequently sent Donatella Versace music for her fashion shows prior to his death in April this year.

Speaking with Billboard, Ms. Versace says she wanted to honour Prince, one of her “closest friends”, by playing his music as the soundtrack to Versace’s latest collection.


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Marilyn Manson, Courtney Love, Missy Elliott and More Musos Feature in New Marc Jacobs Campaign

Image: Instagram

Image: Instagram

Marc Jacobs’ new campaign is dedicated to those who challenge the status quo through their words and actions, in the wake of the Orlando Pulse Nightclub shooting last week. As well as featuring the likes of Sissy Spacek and Genesis P-orridge, the campaign also featured a number of musicians including Marilyn Manson, Courtney Love, and Missy Elliott, as well as St. Vincent, aka Annie Clark, and more. 

In a series of Instagram posts each musician is featured in a photo that highlights what they mean to Jacobs. Courtney Love represents revolution, Marilyn Mason is brains and beauty, while Missy Elliott is “Supa Dupa Fly”. 


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Watch: Your Favorite Broadway Stars Recorded a Song to Benefit Orlando’s Victims

What the world needs now is gun control and this tear-jerking video. To honor the victims of the June 12 attacks at a gay nightclub in Orlando, some of Broadway’s biggest stars have come together to record a version of “What the World Needs Now is Love.”

Organized by SiriusXM Radio host Seth Rudetsky and his husband, producer James Wesley, the song features moving vocals by Sara Bareilles, Roger Bart, Kristen Bell, Wayne Brady, Matthew Broderick, Michael Cerveris, Fran Drescher, Gloria Estefan, Sutton Foster, Whoopi Goldberg, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Joel Grey, Sean Hayes, Heather Headley, Megan Hilty, Bill Irwin, Carole King, Jane Krakowski, Nathan Lane, Zachary Levi, Andrea Martin, Audra McDonald, Idina Menzel, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Jessie Mueller, Rosie O’Donnell, Kelli O’Hara, Sarah Jessica Parker, Rosie Perez, Bernadette Peters, Billy Porter, Chita Rivera, Lillias White, Marissa Jaret Winokur, BD Wong and more. The track is available for purchase at for $1.99. All proceeds will go to the GLBT Community Center of Central Florida. (more…)

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Zoe Saldana’s Smile Lights Up the Cover of Allure for July 2016 (Forum Buzz)

Allure is most definitely leading the pack when it comes to diverse cover subjects, having given us the likes of FKA twigs and Naomi Campbell this year. Now, in a successful attempt to retain our attention, Allure has produced yet another cover featuring a woman of color. This month, actress Zoe Saldana poses on the magazine’s July 2016 edition. Photographed by master portrait photographer Patrick Demarchelier, Zoe looks radiant, flashing a warm and friendly smile while wearing a show-stopping Dion Lee dress and a glossy red lip. 

Allure July 2016 : Zoe Salanda by Patrick Demarchelier


The cover seemed to leave our forum members with mixed feelings, however. “She looks awkward. I’ve seen her look much better on other covers,” pointed out a disappointed Handbag Queen the moment the cover dropped.

“Reminds me of those vintage Seventeen covers, she looks good here,” acknowledged Benn98 shortly after. (more…)

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Watch: JCPenney’s New #HereIAm Campaign Is Full of #CurvyGirlMagic

When it comes to plus-size fashion, many mainstream retailers drop the ball. Often, they’ll debut a plus-size line or designer collaboration with flourish only to later shrink it, eliminate it entirely or hide it away in some nook of their superstructure. JCPenney is known to be on the inclusive end of things — a recent search by the NDP Group revealed that about 16 percent of dresses on the retailer’s site are plus-size, as compared to Nordstrom’s 8.5 percent. However, by the look of JCPenney’s latest ad campaign, that percentage is about to take a much-needed leap.

On Friday, the retailer revealed its #HereIAm campaign to the crowd at theCurvyCon, the nation’s only convention dedicated to plus-size fashion. An accompanying video celebrates the brand’s new plus-size boutique and the incredible women to whom it caters. Jes Baker, author of Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls, Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter Mary Lambert, plus-size blogger and designer GabiFresh, Ashley Nell Tipton of Project Runway fame and Valerie Sagun, a proudly curvy yoga practitioner and blogger with over 136,000 followers on Instagram, all look into the camera and share their inspiring-as-hell stories. (more…)

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