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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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Anti-Photoshop Legislation Could One Day Be a Thing, Thanks to ModCloth

Image: ModCloth

Image: ModCloth

The body acceptance movement has officially made it to Capitol Hill. In February, online retailer ModCloth reintroduced the Truth in Advertising Act to the Federal Trade Commission. The Act asks that the FTC regulate material image altering and call out businesses that are overzealous in their Photoshop use. Originally proposed in 2014, the bill’s been on the back burner for some time.

ModCloth, known for its body-inclusive designs and retro aesthetic, was the first and only label to sign the “Heroes Pledge for Advertisers” back in 2014, promising to not digitally alter the bodies of the models on its website and advertisements. In light of the plus-size industry’s many triumphs this past year and the growing momentum of the anti-digital alteration movement, the brand’s founder Susan Gregg Koger has revived her anti-photoshopping crusade. “It’s really timely, and it’s a bigger global conversation right now,” she told Refinery29.

From a business standpoint, doing away with ad alteration makes a lot of sense. The plus-size industry represents a $20.4 billion dollar market, according to the NPD Group. American Eagle’s loungewear and lingerie offshoot, Aerie, reported a soaring, double-digit increase in sales following the launch of its #AerieReal campaign, marked by its ban on airbrushed images. Apparently, honest marketing works. (Who’dve thunk it?) (more…)

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Selena Gomez Stars in Louis Vuitton’s Fall 2016 Campaign (Forum Buzz)

It’s clear that Nicolas Ghesquière is quite besotted with Selena Gomez, having just recently posed on the cover of Vogue Brazil with the singer, and now she’s starring in Louis Vuitton’s new advertising campaign for Fall 2016. As reported on our forums back in April, Selena and the rest of the Vuitton gang (including the likes of Rianne van Rompaey, Natalie Westling, Erika Linder and Sora Choi) went to Miami with photographer Bruce Weber and stylist Marie-Amélie Sauvé to shoot the Series 5 campaign. Shot against a clean white backdrop, Ghesquière’s loud designs are in full focus.


A preview of my #lvseries5 campaign starring the stunning @selenagomez pic by @bruce_weber #louisvuitton

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Yet our forum members simply weren’t buying it. “Eww, why?” asked a horrified SpeakThatJDunn, throwing some serious shade at the casting.

“LOL! I can’t. I just can’t,” proclaimed an amused EstefaniaAbaddon. (more…)

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Iggy Azalea and Nick Young Have Broken Up


Just a few short months after Iggy Azalea took to social media to quash rumours of an alleged breakup, the Aussie rapper has announced that she and fiancé Nick Young have officially broken up.

Azalea posted a statement on Instagram, outlining that her NBA star partner had broken her trust one too many times. “It’s become apparent in the last few weeks that i am unable to [trust him],” she wrote.

Despite that, she wished him the best, saying “I love Nick and have tried and tried to rebuild my trust in him… I genuinely wish Nick the best.”


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Prada Miscasts Actor Eddie Redmayne as the Face of Menswear for Fall 2016 (Forum Buzz)

Our forums are never afraid to declare their love for Prada campaigns with the Pre-Fall 2016 campaign having just been declared a huge success. But now as we eagerly await the release of the fashion house’s mainline Fall 2016 advertisements, Prada has unveiled the brand new menswear campaign, catching us a little off guard. Replacing the likes of Billy Howle, Logan Lerman and Matthew Beard is Brit actor Eddie Redmayne, who is unveiled as the Italian brand’s new face for the fall season. Photographed by Craig McDean, the Oscar-winning actor just doesn’t seem to be the right fit.

Members of our forums weren’t afraid to call Prada out on this casting mishap. “Looks good but Eddie’s face is so Burberry to me,” reflected testinofan the moment the campaign dropped, recalling the actor’s ad campaigns for Burberry.

“Yeah he doesn’t fit the brand IMO, I see Burberry too. I hate that they use celebs,” added a frustrated SpeakThatJDunn. (more…)

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