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Catherine McNeil Just Delivered the Best Vogue Russia Cover in Ages (Forum Buzz)

Lately we’ve been ranting about just how mediocre, tiresome and uninspiring Vogue Russia‘s covers have become — and it appears that the once-loved title has been listening. For the newly-unveiled June 2015 edition, Alexi Lubomirski has turned up the heat with Aussie model Catherine McNeil, who poses poolside wearing a skimpy black swimsuit and hair coiffed into perfection, complete with a stunning makeup look for extra drama.

Vogue Russia June 2015 Catherine McNeil by Alexi Lubomirski


Make no mistake our forum members have shown interest. “Catherine looks ravishing! One of the strongest Vogue Russia covers I’ve seen in a long time,” AL92 proclaimed within seconds of the cover being posted.

“Best Russian Vogue cover in recent times,” agreed tigerrogue.

“Is this an original cover? Well done, Vogue Russia! The image is very sultry, I like it,” kokobombon admired.

Miss Dalloway used the word “gorgeous” to describe the cover and MON agreed, saying, “I was preparing myself to be disappointed but wow!! This is probably the visually and aesthetically strongest cover Vogue Russia has done in a while. It’s indeed fashion and very worthy for Vogue! Catherine is undeniably beautiful and that body is amazing!”

TeeVanity was quick to show enthusiasm and hailed, “This cover is everything.”

Also showing the cover some admiration was madzedre: “Amazing, the colors pop so much.”

“Lovely!! I am not her biggest fan but this is great,” gossiping noted.

Show the cover some love yourself and join the conversation here.

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Governor Cuomo Initiates Overhaul of New York Nail Salon Industry

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In response to the horrifying New York Times articles outlining the woeful conditions manicurists in New York are forced to endure – including wage theft, racism and health risks associated with the job – Governor Cuomo is taking emergency action against the salon industry in the state. 

Not only will the Governor dispatch a group to investigate salons to make sure they are not violating workers’ rights, but New York will implement a new set of rules to ensure that workers are at least minimally protected from the chemicals in nail products that many believe are having adverse effects on the health of manicurists. 

“New York State has a long history of confronting wage theft and unfair labor practices head on, and today, with the formation of this new Enforcement Task Force, we are aggressively following in that tradition,” Mr. Cuomo said. “We will not stand idly by as workers are deprived of their hard-earned wages and robbed of their most basic rights.”

Amongst the reforms, salons will be required to post a bill of rights for workers in several languages. Manicurists must wear gloves and masks to help protect them from nail product chemicals. Salons will have to sign contracts with bonding agencies to make sure underpaid workers are given their due. Salons will also be required to pay back wages for underpaid manicurists or be shut down if they fail to do so.

It might have taken a startling exposé for the government to finally sit up and pay attention to the regular abuses salon workers have to face, but hopefully by implementing these rules and attempting a mass overhaul of the industry in New York, manicurists will no longer have to endure unfair and illegal practices.

[via NYT]

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Megan Gale on Going from Pretty to Gritty for ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’

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Every time we’ve seen Australian model Megan Gale over the years, she’s looked completely polished and glamorous. She rarely has a hair our of place. Now, for her acting role in Mad Max: Fury Road, Megan is going from pretty to gritty to show how serious she is about her new career path.

“People see me with brands like David Jones and L’Oreal where I wear make-up and it’s all about glamour and a lot of styling is involved, so I really wanted to depart from that,” Megan explained to The Daily Telegraph.

 The 39-year-old model plays the role of Valkyrie, the youngest member of the Vuvalini tribe, who is a character that director George Miller wrote especially for the franchise so the model could be involved. (more…)

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Gigi Hadid Debuts Vogue Australia Cover After Confirming Split with Cody Simpson


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Gigi Hadid has scored prime position in the June 2015 issue of Vogue Australia, marking her first-ever cover for the Australian edition of the magazine. The news was unveiled on Gigi’s Instagram this morning, closely following the report of her split with 18-year-old Australian lover-boy Cody Simpson.

Us Weekly reported that Gigi’s rep confirmed the news, blaming the pair’s busy schedules for what appears to be a conscious uncoupling. “Cody and Gigi want each other to be in a place right now that allows him to only focus on his music, fans, and new message, while she can focus and continue building her career,” Gigi’s rep said in the statement.

“They love each other dearly and have split up in hopes that growing on their own paths will bring them together in the future. They remain friends with no hard feelings and each other’s biggest supporters.” (more…)

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Link Buzz: Jasmine Tookes and Tobias Sorensen Tapped for Calvin Klein Fragrance Ads, Tina Fey Shows Her Spanx on National TV

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  • Coco Rocha explains the meaning behind her daughter Ioni Conran’s name. [People]
  • Jasmine Tookes and her boo Tobias Sorensen will be giving us all major model couple envy in Calvin Klein’s new fragrance ads. []
  • This lingerie company shot a campaign using its employees as models. [Styleite]
  • They are offering Jamie Dornan quite a bit of money to go full frontal in the next Fifty Shades film. [ELLE UK]
  • Michael Kors is selling Grace Coddington’s Met Gala PJs. [The Cut]
  • Start your weekend off right with this teaser clip of David Gandy for Autograph Swimwear by Marks & Spencer. [David Gandy YouTube]
  • That time Tina Fey stripped down to her Spanx on national TV. [David Letterman YouTube]
  • Lululemon and Kit and Ace are bumping heads over cashmere. [WSJ]

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Celebrity Fragrances Are on the Decline

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It seems every other day a celebrity announces the launch of some fragrance, and with everybody and their mom shilling out sometimes multiple scents, one has to wonder who the heck is buying all these fragrances anyway? Well, according to Fortune, not that many people – at least not anymore. It seems celebrity fragrances are finally starting to fall out of fashion.

Big brands like Elizabeth Arden are suffering from losses and they blame celebrity fragrances for the downturn. As Coty’s Chairman Bart Becht told Wall Street analysts, “The mass fragrance part, in particular on the celebrity side in the U.S., is in decline.” Since 2000, sales in the mass fragrance market has decreased to $600 million – which is half of what it used to be worth. Part of the reason why sales in the celebrity fragrance market aren’t doing so well is that these fragrances aren’t usually particularly high-end. Beyoncé can release as many versions of her Heat scent as she likes, but if you’re able to shop for a fragrance at the drugstore, chances are you’re not going to associate it with luxury. On the other hand, you’d be hard-pressed to find a bottle of Stella by Stella McCartney at your local Rite Aid and it is that kind of positioning that reads high-end, and thus more credible to consumers. Fortune also notes that many celeb fragrances appeal to younger customers who, unfortunately, have short attention spans. 

But besides that, let’s be real: there are simply too many celebrity fragrances and it always seems like more of a money grab than an actual love and commitment to the craft when a celebrity announces they’re releasing a new scent. While high-end fragrances seem to fit into the overall feel of a luxury brand, chances are if you’re buying a bottle of Katy Perry‘s Killer Queen Eau de Parfum, you’re doing it because you’re a fan of Katy Perry and not because you’re looking for a high-quality scent to carry you from day to night.

As for us, we’ll stick to our Tom Ford Neroli Portofino and Narciso Rodriguez for Her.

[via Fortune]

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