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Does Taylor Swift Deserve the Cover of Vogue’s Met Gala Special Edition? (Forum Buzz)

If you haven’t already seen (or even recognized, for that matter) a platinum blond Taylor Swift on the cover of Vogue‘s May 2016 issue, you’re also about to see her on the front of the magazine’s Met Gala Special Edition 2016 issue. Wearing a custom cut-out Louis Vuitton dress (no doubt chosen by Anna Wintour) and following in the footsteps of Rihanna and Beyoncé, the Met Gala co-chair was captured at the event by photographer Theo Wenner for the cover, which has caused quite the stir on our forums. 

US Vogue Special Edition Met Gala 2016 : Taylor Swift by Theo Wenner


Members of our forums weren’t thrilled with the magazine’s choice. “Was she really the best dressed of that night!? And two covers for her? Same theme? Nah,” MON disapproved immediately.

See Every Look From the 2016 Met Gala Red Carpet ]

Forum member tigerrouge thought the two covers looked similar: “Even more of an eyesore than her current Vogue cover.” (more…)

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Celebrate The Fragrance Foundation 2016 Consumer Choice Awards With a Free Set of Perfume!

Give your favorite scent its day in the sun by casting your vote in the Fragrance Foundation ‘s Consumer Choice Awards before Friday, May 27th.

Image: Courtesy of The Fragrance Foundation

Finding a scent that not only smells good but also smells good on you is a real quest. It depletes your bank account. It requires many a misty trial period. When you do pin down an essence that captures yours, however, the feeling is so transcendental, all memories of fruitless expense and failed experimentation float out the window.

No one gets the struggle like the people at The Fragrance Foundation, who come together annually to evaluate and honor the best fragrances launched that year. Give your favorite scent its day in the sun by casting your vote in The Fragrance Foundation’s Consumer Choice Awards before Friday, May 27. As an added bonus, all voters will be automatically entered to win select contenders from each category.

We Rank the 10 Most Popular Women’s Fragrances of 2016 ]

To pad the deal, we’re offering you a second chance to spare your wallet and stock up on — or find — your perfect scent for free. One of the heavenly nominees in this year’s lineup of popular and prestigious fragrances for women is bound to be your olfactory soulmate.

With this in mind, theFashionSpot is giving away two sets of perfumes containing seven of the nine finalists. All you have to do to claim your awesome collection of Yves Saint Laurent’s Black Opium, Versace’s Eros Pour Femme, Marc Jacobs’ Decadence, Jimmy Choo’s Illicit, Victoria’s Secret’s Forever Sexy EDP, ARI by Ariana Grande and Ralph Lauren’s Polo Red Intense (makes a perfect Father’s Day present) is head over to our Facebook page to enter to win before May 27.

And don’t forget to vote! It’s the cornerstone of any good-smelling democracy.

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Magnolia Maymuru Makes History as First Aboriginal Woman to Represent the Northern Territory at Miss World Australia

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Making history, 19-year-old Yolangu woman Maminydjama ‘Magnolia’ Maymuru has been named as the first Aboriginal women to represent the Northern Territory at Miss World Australia.

Maymuru hails from the remote east Arnhem Land community of Yirrkala and grew up in the bilingual community surrounded by her family of traditional artists. Director of NT Fashion Week Mehali Tsangaris spotted her two years ago in Darwin. Maymuru, focussed on her studies, declined his offer, but when he approached her again after seeing her out shopping a year later, she took him up on it.

Speaking to Buzzfeed about what changed her mind she explained, “The main reason why I agreed to do it is that I don’t want to do it just for myself, I want to do it for young people all over Australia. That means black or white. I grew up both ways, the Yolngu way, and the balanda way, which is the white man’s way, the western way.”


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Anja Rubik Does Laid-Back Luxe for Vogue Portugal (Forum Buzz)

Vogue Portugal doesn’t normally get much recognition on our forums these days, even though it has a tendency to do reprints perfectly and we can vividly remember that vibrant Naomi Campbell cover for February. For June 2016, the magazine has proudly commissioned its very own cover shoot and enlisted the modeling expertise of Anja Rubik. Shot by photographic duo Hunter & Gatti, the Polish beauty does laid-back luxe with effortless ease, wearing a coat and trousers from The Row with a 3.1 Phillip Lim shirt worn underneath.

Vogue Portugal June 2016 : Anja Rubik by Hunter & Gatti


But members of our forums declared the outcome a missed opportunity. “You manage to get Anja Rubik and you’re coming up with this? Such a waste,” complained Bezimienna at once.

“I know the tagline says exclusive but this looks like a reprint IMO. There have been so many covers/editorials with Anja styled like this, posing like this… she has more range, what a wasted opportunity,” kokobombon chimed in.

Also disapproving of the magazine’s efforts was TaylorBinque: “I don’t mind it but it somehow looks weird. Maybe the cropping. I also get an ELLE vibe.”

Bertrando3 agreed, writing, “The styling is a mess, there’s way too much text, the cover looks like ELLE magazine and Anja does not bring any energy there. Next!”

“It does look very ELLE, and that’s mainly down to the styling. She looks great though, although it’s weird to see her still booking covers,” said Benn98.

Not everyone was left entirely unsatisfied, however. “Anja’s always a perfect choice. I really like it but the styling and palette of colors look like for fall,” pointed out narcyza.

“Great seeing Anja on the cover of Vogue again. I love the color palette, but this looks so fall to me,” echoed justaguy, feeling the same way.

Is Anja’s new Vogue cover doing it for you? Join the conversation here.

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Nike’s New Sustainability and Labor Practices Are One Foot Ahead of the Game


If it seems like anything is possible, that’s because it is. @nikeyoungathletes

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The fashion industry doesn’t get the greatest rap when it comes to worker’s rights or sustainability. As to the former, there was that notorious Condé Nast lawsuit regarding unpaid internships. Then there’s the reality of certain modeling agencies exploiting their charges. Add to those the rampant manufacturing violations and you have just a few examples of fashion’s Devil Wears Prada-esque attitude towards its employees. When it comes to sustainability, well, you’ve likely heard the stats: Consumers across the globe buy about 80 million pieces of clothing annually. The fashion sector, worth about $2.5 trillion, is the second most polluting industry on Earth, bested only by oil. Suffice it to say neither Karl Marx nor Mother Nature is very pleased with us fashionistas right now.

However, before you vow to stop shopping forever, let us point out that the industry is making strides on both fronts. For example, this week Nike, the world’s largest athletic gear company, not only granted full-time workers paid leave, it also announced it now uses recycled materials in 71 percent of its footwear and apparel products. (more…)

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This Comic Depicting Everyday Struggles of Curvy Women Is a Must-See

This Comic Depicting Curvy Women’s Everyday Struggles Is a Must-See

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In fashion shows as well as print ads, we’re starting to see a broader representations of women than in previous years and, thanks to forward-thinking illustrators and accessible creative platforms like Tumblr, the comic book scene is starting to follow suit.


#wonderwoman #fail

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Thus far, in American comic book culture, women have typically occupied a very limited space — and we refer to both their characteristic roles and their Barbie-esque figures here. Catwoman and Wonder Woman, while powerful and independent, spend a good chunk of time off-screen shimmying into their skin-tight, breast-accentuating latex onesies. Then you’ve got your damsels in distress and your Bettys and Veronicas who, though more comfortably clad, waste too much of their time pining away or quibbling over emotionally unavailable or otherwise undeserving male protagonists. (more…)

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