For model Emily Ratajkowski, 2013 was a breakthrough year. And that's almost entirely because she appeared nude in Robin Thicke's sensational 'Blurred Lines' music video featuring T.I and Pharrell, which has racked up over 235 million views on YouTube. The sexed-up clip was the subject of a lot of controversy for its allegedly "rapey" lyrics — "I know you want it / I know you want it / I know you want it / You're a good girl." The fact that those lyrics were accompanied by the sight of naked models dancing around clothed, male performers didn't mollify the Thicke's critics.
Of the three women who appeared in the video, Ratajkowski is the only to successfully parlay the appearance into a full-blown career
. (Jessi M'Bengue
and Elle Evans
have not enjoyed the same stellar trajectories.) The British-born model was cast in a supporting role opposite Ben Affleck
in the forthcoming film Gone Girl
; she also starred in a series of Rag & Bone ads
(pictured, right) and posed for CR Fashion Book
Good for her. Those are all fantastic accomplishments and doubtless there are millions of girls who wish they were in her place. But is she "Woman of the Year?" According to Esquire's readers — yes, definitely, 100%. The model beat out Jennifer Lawrence in a bracket-style tournament for the distinction. So essentially, a woman whose major achievement this year was being a naked prop in a borderline-offensive music video is more deserving than a talented, charming Academy Award-winning movie star. Got it, no problem. Enjoy hell, boys!
The model was also named "Babe of the Year" by GQ. Totally: 'Babe' is practically in her job description. And how does GQ celebrate its babest babe? In one of the feature's opening shots, the model is shown photographed from behind by Terry Richardson. She's wearing sheer, frilly underwear. An arrow points to her mostly bare ass with a caption reading, "Starring Emily Ratajkowski, a.k.a. that girl from the 'Blurred Lines' video."
image credit: facebook.com/VOGUEkr via the tfs forums
Anja Rubik has snagged yet another Vogue cover. The Polish model stars on Vogue Korea’s first cover of 2014, for which she was shot by Alexi Lubomirski. The surprisingly bright and fresh cover for this edition of Vogue was a hit on the tFS forums.
“I like it! It's simple and the colours look fresh. Looks like a good start to the year,” shared ash92.
AL92 posted, “Gorgeous cover! Simple yet sultry. I must admit I am a fan of Lubomirski's work. The only complaint I have is Vogue Korea's recurring use of grey backgrounds for cover shots.”
image credit: facebook.com/VOGUEkr via the tfs forums
Yesitsdagny also gave positive feedback on the cover. She wrote, “I'm not usually a fan of Anja's but this cover is gorgeous and so are those previews. Her face is truly stunning and I love the simplicity of this cover.”
“Not a huge fan of Anja, but I do like this cover and especially the use of colors,” agreed justaguy.
Indeed, the cover and previews are wonderful. The simplicity works and Anja radiates joy and sexiness in the editorial previews. Definitely a great start into the New Year for Vogue Korea!
Abbey Lee Kershaw has her blonde hair back, some very long extensions, and an awkward new video interview for iD. “Australia’s number one supermodel crush” stars in the second installment of the magazine’s new "More Than a Model" series, letting a cameraman into the somewhat chaotic Hollywood home she shares with her Mad Max: Fury Road co-star, American actress Riley Keough.
The “interview” doesn’t teach us much other than that it’s probably not a good idea to move in with one of your best friends. We do glean that she’s into the color aqua because it’s “edible,” and that her secret talent is playing the piano with her knuckles. About five seconds into her debut as on on-film pianist, Keogh barrels in with a bag of groceries and a half-empty juice, then the piano playing stops and the arguing begins.
If you find it funny when girls hurl insults based on physical appearances, watch the video below and prepare yourself for a rollicking good time. Keough calls Abbey “pretentious,” “boring” and an “airhead,” shames her makeup application skills, and even commits the unholiest of sins – dissing her beloved forehead bindi. Abbey refers to the bindi as her “third eye,” which actually does sound pretty pretentious, and calls Riley “ugly.” LOL!
The two BFFs probably are just messing around for the camera, though. At least we’ll pretend they are anyway, since the other option is that Abbey Lee is kind of an a**hole. On the plus side, the interview gives credence to two of our beliefs about the model: Her hair has magical powers, and she’s well overdue for a high fashion comeback. Kershaw has been on hiatus while filming the Mad Max remake, but recently shot a spread for 25 magazine on top of her Gucci Fall 2013 ads. Though if none of this comes to fruition, she’s equally cut out for reality television.
Balmain has just released a preview of the label's Spring 2014 campaign, photographed by Inez & Vinoodh and starring Balmain superfan Rihanna. The ads are an effective showcase for both the pop star's smoldering gaze ("In front of the camera, she makes you feel like she is the only girl in the world,” is how designer Olivier Rousteing put it to WWD) and the collection's cool, shiny hardware.
The campaign takes a lot of risks which mostly pay off, but the final product still has an odd, disconnected feel. Why pay all that money to hire one of the world's biggest superstars for your ad campaign, and then choose photos where her hair's in front of her face? Same goes for the neoprenesque pink bathrobe thing Rihanna's wearing in one of the photos: Like, what? Is that a single outfit or are those two separate pieces? Either way, the look (mostly) works for the campaign, but it still doesn't seem necessary.
But the creative team's weirdest choice probably comes down to the set and concept: Shooting a high-glam fashion ad in a stark white, tiled steamroom is a fantastic idea, but it's been done. As shanhuq pointed out in the forums, Balmain's Spring 2014 campaign set looks a lot like the backdrop in Balenciaga's Fall 2011 ads, photographed by Steven Meisel.
Balenciaga Image via FashionGoneRogue
Diane Kruger for Harper's Bazaar Brazil's December issue. December. Just to remind you that even in winter, Rio is warm and filled with beautiful people. [Forums]
And then I realized, my definition of "easy-to-wear everyday shoes" might not be welcome here. [FabSugar]
"The Treatments You Need to Get Before You Go Home Next Week" … Or what? Will your family revoke their love? [BellaSugar]
"If pregnant Kristin Cavallari can pull off skintight leather pants, so can you." [SheFinds]
WWD has a fun year-end roundup of notable fashion quotes today. [WWD]
H&M's sales are up, thanks to the retailer's Isabel Marant collaboration. [Fashionista]
One girl takes the facelift outline makeup from Beyonce's video drop out on the town, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The results are amusing. [xoJane]
Image: Kleinstudio.us via Forums
For Candy #7, Steven Klein photographed Marilyn Manson and Lady Gaga (the latter image features a crotch shot and is not safe for work) for the publication's dual covers. Self-described as "the first transversal style magazine," the art and fashion publication has attracted plenty of high-profile cover stars in the past (such as Jared Leto, James Franco, Chloe Sevigny and Andrej Pejic) but Manson and Gaga are particularly well-suited celebrities for the magazine. Candy is primarily concerned with understanding how identity and performance interact, both from a trans perspective and more broadly; Manson and Gaga have built their careers by teasing out and elaborating on pop culture's relationship to performance and the avant-garde. Anyway, based on editorial shots from inside the magazine assembled in the corresponding forum thread, the issue is dense with stunning and original fashion photography. Skip Vogue, buy Candy.