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Meet Elena, Disney’s (Overdue) Latina Princess

Disney is determined to finally do right by its diverse, impressionable young audience. On July 22, the Disney Channel will introduce its first Latina princess, Elena (of Avalor, as the animated series’ name proclaims). “It’s not a secret that the Hispanic and Latino communities have been waiting and hoping and looking forward to our introduction of a princess that reflected their culture,” Nancy Kanter, who oversees the show, told The New York Times.

When caricaturists and animators get together to illustrate race and ethnicity, eggshells must be walked on, and the company is doing its darndest not to tick anyone off (as they most definitely did with The Princess and the Frog). Of course, you can’t please everyone. The fact that the orphaned Elena’s adventures will be documented via 22-minute episodes rather than full-length animated feature is already causing critics to grumble. However, unlike many of her predecessors, Elena isn’t dangerously petite or tediously boy crazy. “We wanted to make sure that she didn’t have a doll-like appearance, and we really wanted to steer clear of romance. She has male friends, as teenage girls obviously do, but we did not want it tinged with, ‘Ooh, they’re falling in love,’” said Kanter. (more…)

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Model Ebonee Davis Pens Raw Letter About Systemic Racism in the Fashion Industry: “The Time for Change Is Now”

 

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You probably recognize Ebonee Davis. She’s posed for many a high-profile client, including Urban Outfitters, Sports Illustrated, Teen Vogue and, most recently, Calvin Klein. Conscious of her “otherness” in an industry dominated by the Kendall Jenners and Gigi Hadids of the world, the natural-haired black model positions herself as a voice for the women of color watching from the sidelines.

Four months ago, Ebonee spoke out about her decision to revert to her natural fro and the encouragingly positive response her new ‘do received. “I’ve booked more stuff with my hair curly and natural. Well, maybe I won’t say ‘more’ but clients have opened the door to work with curly and natural hair, and some of my previous clients have allowed me to make the transition as well without complaint — and with encouragement, actually…” Now, in the wake of the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, the America’s Next Top Model alum is calling on her peers in the advertising, fashion and beauty industries to do more. (more…)

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Edie Campbell Lands Her Third Campaign of the Season as the New Face of John Galliano (Forum Buzz)

Already the face of Burberry and Isabel Marant this season, Edie Campbell has been unveiled as the face of John Galliano for Fall 2016, taking over for Christy Turlington Burns who fronted the campaign last season. Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin captured the Brit beauty in the studio wearing a feather-light silk dress while posing under some pink lighting for added effect. 

John Galliano F/W 2016.17: Edie Campbell by Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin

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“Beautiful dress and great photo but Edie looks very drained. I know it’s what she is known for but even if JG is not at Galliano, that’s not the image I have of the brand. Maybe it represents what the brand is in 2016: drained!” voiced a less than impressed Lola701 the moment the campaign dropped.

Feeling the same way was Elite13, writing, “She just looks like she has really bad hay fever. Dislike.” (more…)

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Prabal Gurung Reaches Out to Plus-Size Women With Lane Bryant Collaboration

 

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Following in the footsteps of Christian Siriano: Savior to Leslie Jones, Singapore-born designer Prabal Gurung is slated to release a limited-edition women’s collection in collaboration with Lane Bryant. The line, debuting in March, will span two seasons.

Its first installment will feature about 18 items, ranging from $48 tees to $398 leather jackets. Dresses will be priced between $128 and $138, while a skirt will run customers $108.

“Prabal really wanted to do this,” Linda Heasley, chief executive officer of Lane Bryant, told WWD. “He feels so strongly about the message we are advocating, that all women deserve good fashion. He can’t get buyers in department stores to buy his large sizes so he wants to work with us.” And he’s not the only one — according to Heasley, the brand has even more exciting strategic partnerships in the works (it’s already featured Isabel Toledo, Sophie Theallet, Lela Rose, Jessica Simpson and Melissa McCarthy).  (more…)

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For Only $2,730 You Can Own Khaleesi’s Iconic Dragon Neckpiece

The style icon of 2016 proclaimed that, at her best moments, she feels like Khaleesi, so it’s only natural the world outside of Westeros would want to channel Jon Snow’s aunt’s fierce wardrobe (if you haven’t watched the finale by now, it’s your own fault). In addition to being Mother of Dragons, Breaker of Chains and muse to Beyoncé, Daenerys Stormborn of House Targaryen has picked up another title: accessorizing authority.

 

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For those looking to authentically emulate Khaleesi’s bejeweled, braided (and summer-appropriate) swagger, Games of Thrones costume designer Michele Clapton has got you covered. The trend-savvy Clapton teamed up with jewelry designers Yunus Ascott and Eliza Higginbottom of Yunis & Eliza to launch MEY Designs, which offers “jewelry seen on and inspired by the hit HBO series.” Our choker obsession has officially reached otherworldly heights. (more…)

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A Windswept Amy Schumer Poses for Marie Claire’s August Cover (Forum Buzz)

Amy Schumer has certainly become a regular fixture at the newsstand this year, having made an appearance on Vanity Fair in May and on Vogue‘s current issue for July. Marie Claire is now the latest publication to jump on the bandwagon, securing the American funny girl as its August 2016 cover subject. Last month, the title served up a fairly simple shot of Blake Lively but pumped up the energy for this shoot, opting to use an unconventional image of Amy looking off to the side (a tFS forum member no-no) and appearing as though she’s having the time of her life before the lens of Mark Seliger.

US Marie Claire August 2016 : Amy Schumer by Mark Seliger

IMAGE: MARIECLAIRE.COM

The cover sent our forum members mixed signals. “Why on earth did they choose a photo where she’s not looking? Why?” asked a dumbfounded MON the second the cover came to light.

“Awful, why her again,” sniggered zzzyao76. (more…)

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