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Marie Claire Apologises for Publishing Culturally Offensive Pic of Gemma Ward

Image: Paul Kane/Getty

Image: Paul Kane/Getty

The fashion world has made another boo-boo. Marie Claire Australia has pissed off New Zealander academic Ngarino Ellis, because it published a photo of Gemma Ward with a Maori moko painted on her chin for its October issue.

The spread was intended to pay tribute to French designer Jean Paul Gaultier, but has caused offence to the senior art history lecturer at the University of Auckland.

“Moko is complex and serious and not to be taken lightly,” Dr Ellis told the NZ Herald. “It is disturbing that Marie Claire is so removed from current discussions globally about the importance of the fashion world to be ethical and culturally inclusive.”

In a statement issued to Daily Mail Australia, the glossy has apologised “unreservedly” for offending the Maori people’s cultural values. “The image was not created or commissioned by Marie Claire, but one chosen as part of a retrospective of the work of the fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier,” it read. “We would not knowingly support the appropriation of any aspect of another culture without the participation or support of the members of that culture.” (more…)

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Kim Kardashian Got Attacked Before Balmain Today

Image: GC Images/Getty Images

Image: GC Images/Getty Images

Fame: On the outside it’s all glitz, glamour and free clothes, but being a celebrity is not without its risks. Just ask Kim Kardashian, who was attacked today right before entering the Balmain show. The reality star was just casually minding her business, trying to exit her chauffeured car with husband Kanye West and mom Kris Jenner. Naturally, there was a mob around the vehicle, but things got out of hand when a crazed assailant came toward Kim, attempting to pull her down to the ground by her legs.

Kris was getting out of the car on the same side as Kim. When she saw her daughter being attacked, she immediately went ferocious mama bear all over the guy’s ass, screaming in a fit of passion, “STOP IT.” Plus, it looks like she even got in a few kicks after security wrestled him to the ground. 

Kim got away from the scene unscathed, but we think it’s safe to say that the real winner in this situation is Kris, who looked like she was about to take her earrings off and get to snuffin’. Seriously — she seemed to be ready to throw down in her expensive designer duds, and we don’t blame her. Call it maternal instinct.

The attacker is believed to be Vitalii Sediuk, the fellow who routinely pranks celebrities on the red carpet. He’s the guy who tried to kiss Will Smith on the red carpet, an act that got him smacked in the face by the actor. Vitalii’s pranked tons of celebs, but announced that he was retiring from his sophomoric antics earlier this year. Looks as if he simply couldn’t leave the game alone. 

Watch the whole scene unfold below. 

[via TMZ]

 

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Flashback: Vogue Paris October 2006 with Natalia Vodianova by Mario Testino

As Natasha Poly and her baby daughter Aleksandra hit the cover of Vogue Paris’ October 2014 issue, we thought it was only fitting that we take a look back at another mother and baby cover for this week’s Fashion Flashback series.

Carine Roitfeld welcomed back Natalia Vodianova on the cover of Vogue Paris in October 2006. Patrick Demarchelier had first shot a pregnant Natalia for the magazine in April 2006. This time around, the Russian beauty gazed down the lens of Mario Testino wearing an embellished dress from Dolce & Gabbana with newborn baby daughter Neva in tow.

Flashback Vogue Paris Oct 2006 Natalia Vodianova

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Testino also photographed two portfolios with a handful of fashion’s finest models, such as Natasha Poly, Tanya Dziahileva, Sasha Pivovarova, Vlada Roslyakova, Anna Mariya Urazhevskaya and Snejana Onopka. The theme of the entire issue is everything Russia, therefore most of the fashion content was heavily influenced by Russian culture. David Sims took a break from the Russian theme, though, and shot model Bette Franke for a fun, edgy and colorful story with Marie-Amélie Sauvé on styling duties. Also inside the issue are photographic duo Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, who captured Raquel Zimmermann in a dingy room wearing luxurious pieces of fur, styled by Emmanuelle Alt. There’s something for everyone!

Is this issue a favorite of yours? Check out the thread here to familiarize yourself with the content and don’t be afraid to reignite the discussion.

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Malgosia Bela Covers Up with Just a Skateboard on Lui’s October Cover (Forum Buzz)

Katja Rahlwes treated her Instagram followers to a preview of Lui’s October cover this week, and the image was quickly brought over to our forums for discussion. Malgosia Bela poses on the front cover wearing nothing but a black leather jacket and some pigtails, holding a skateboard to conceal her lady bits for the raunchy magazine’s latest installment. No doubt the 37-year-old model from Poland felt comfortable with Rahlwes, as the pair have previously shot for numerous other publications, including Vogue Paris, Flair and Self Service.

Lui Oct 14 Malgosia Bela

IMAGE: LUIMAGAZINE.FR VIA TFS FORUMS

Our forum members are left feeling uncertain about the cover. “I am a huge Malgosia fan but I think I might have to say no to this…” shared KissMiss.

“It’s not quite the Malgosia Lui cover I would have hoped for,” wrote tigerrouge, who later came back and posted, “Malgosia’s one of those models who are capable of producing really erotic shots, somehow capturing a mood that brings together beauty, sex and something strange, a touch of darkness. So I just don’t get why they’d dress her up like this. It’s insultingly simple. It’s a waste.”

Also left unsatisfied was KateTheGreatest, who commented, “Their worst cover yet,” and later added, “Without the pigtails and the skateboard (and another pose to hide her privates), this could’ve been really cool. But it’s still Malgosia, so I have hope the editorial will be better.”

The styling of Malgosia’s hair leaves a lot to be desired. “Those ponytails on 37-year-old Malgosia look like weird child’s play!” declared Alien Sex Friend.

“This cover looks like Terry Richardson‘s style,” wrote burbuja8910, clearly not an admirer of the French title’s cover.

“It sure does and that’s a shame! Don’t like the idea and Malgosia looks so cheap here,” replied justaguy.

Let’s hope Malgosia’s cover story gets better reviews from our forum members. Take a peek inside the thread and get in on the action here.

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Are Mary-Kate Olsen and Olivier Sarkozy Already Married?

Some folks document their weddings on national television, others do them in private. And it looks like Mary-Kate Olsen is part of the latter group, now that photos have surfaced of her and her beau, Olivier Sarkozy, sporting what looks like wedding rings. 

The pair were recently spied enjoying a bite outdoors in the Hamptons, Sarkozy tenderly feeding Ms. Olsen a sandwich (guy’s a keeper, if you ask us), with gold bands glinting on each of their left ring fingers.

If they got married in secret, we don’t blame them. The Olsen Twins have been famous since birth and the union of a child star-cum-award-winning fashion designer and the wealthy brother of the former President of France is a paparazzi nightmare just waiting to happen. It’s a great move for the couple, although we’ve got to admit, we would have loved to see what MK wore on her big day. 

Mary-Kate kept pretty mum about her engagement, so we wouldn’t be surprised if she and her likely now-husband kept the wedding hush-hush.

At any rate, it looks like congratulations are in order for the couple!

[h/t ELLE]

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Britney Spears Joins #ShortHairDontCare Nation

Britney Spears is hard at work promoting her new lingerie line, “The Intimate Collection,” around the world. But we all know that for a celebrity, the best way to promote your product is to promote yourself — or at least get people talking about you, so that they’ll talk more about whatever you’re working on.

Image: WireImage/Getty Images

Image: WireImage/Getty Images

And so here we are talking about Ms. Spears, who has seemingly chopped off her trademark long, blond locks for — gasp — a shorter bob.

Yes, y’all, Brit Brit was spied parading around Oberhausen, Germany with a brand new ‘do, serving up a piping hot plate of soccer mom realness. Could it be a wig? Judging from that part and those edges, it really doesn’t look like it. Folks, it seems Britney has indeed chopped off quite a bit of length.

What do you think of Brit’s new look?

[h/t Glamour]

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