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Watch: Real Life Grace Coddington Is Even More Amazing Than We Imagined

Grace Coddington and her disciples.

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Maybe it’s because Harry Potter and the Cursed Child just came out, but after watching Teen Vogue’s ode to Condé mainstay Grace Coddington, the first thing that came to mind were the words of Sirius Black: “If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.” From the video — an homage to the grace of Grace as told by her former assistants — it’s clear that the fashion frontrunner is the ultimate counterpoint to the Miranda Priestly stereotype. In addition to possessing a fantastic, one-of-a-kind imagination that’s given rise to some of Vogue’s most iconic editorials, Coddington is apparently the world’s best boss. “You taught me how to fight, you taught me how to tell a story, you taught me the importance of a good laugh,” Samira Nasr insists to her mentor. Vanity Fair fashion and style director Jessica Diehl swears that Grace still impacts “lots and lots and lots of parts of [her] life.” Watch the full video below and prepare to feel even more longing to learn, firsthand, the divine secrets of the Grace Coddington sisterhood.

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Ashley Graham’s New H&M Campaign Isn’t as Much of a Win for Body Positivity as It Seems

Ashley Graham for H&M Studio's Fall 2016 lookbook.

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At first glance, Ashley Graham’s new campaign for H&M Studio’s Fall 2016 collection looks like a win for the plus-size community — and in many ways it is. After modeling the folklore-inspired, feminine pieces on the runway at March’s Paris Fashion Week, Graham once again suited up in H&M’s pricier, seasonal line alongside other straight-sized models.

Ashley Graham for H&M Studio's Fall 2016 lookbook.

Image: H&M

The brand didn’t toot its own diversity horn by touting the campaign as “body positive.” It’s simply a high-end lookbook starring a group of models, one of whom, like many women in America, just so happens to be a size 14. Mass retailers outside of the plus-size arena are finally courting the Sports Illustrated model and not just for the sake of modeling a plus-sized capsule collection.

While Graham has chosen not to be labeled as “plus-size,” she remains an outspoken advocate of body positivity and is happy to champion the new norm: “It’s exciting to be representing one of the most internationally known fashion retailers that is not only offering more options for curvy women, but pieces that have a high fashion aesthetic,” the America’s Next Top Model judge told Harper’s Bazaar. (more…)

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We Can’t With This Video of Two Men Debating Whether Female Olympians Should Wear Makeup

 

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Leave it to Fox News to serve up the most inappropriate, immaterial Olympics coverage known to mankind (and NBC correspondent Alessandra Ambrosio has festively attempted to teach Ryan Lochte the Portuguese word for Speedo on live TV, so that’s saying something). On August 3, Fox dedicated its Sports Court segment to dissecting the pressing issue of whether the (strong, talented, driven, superhuman) female athletes at the Rio Olympics should be wearing makeup and, if so, how much, and to what end? Congratulations Fox, you win the gold medal for irresponsible journalism.

The mediator of the six-minute conversation, host Tamara Holder, got things started with the line, “We all know the old adage ‘sex sells,’ well, now, female Olympians are sexing it up more than ever by wearing makeup during their competitions. Some say this is about empowerment, well, really? Do women who are elite athletes need to wear makeup to feel stronger, or is it simply a fashion statement?” Cringe.

Do women feel undue societal pressure to look good in front of mass audiences? In many cases, yes, and with good reason — studies have shown that men associate a whole raft of attributes to well-groomed women. Could Simone Biles take home the gold sans sparkly eyeliner? Duh At the end of the day, an Olympian’s decision to wear makeup is a personal one — she should do whatever makes her feel more herself, more confident. Which begs the question…why is this discussion relevant? (more…)

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OMG Ocean’s Eight Will Star Rihanna, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway and More

The Ocean’s 8 movie poster (slash the film itself) is. going. to. rule. 

Following in the footsteps of the Ghostbusters franchise, Ocean’s 11 is about to get an estrogen-filled (and, thusly, improved) spin-off. So far, the all-star lineup includes none other than Rihanna, Sandra Bullock (who will serve as the George Clooney of the group), Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway (who is having the best week ever), Helena Bonham Carter and Mindy Kaling — the ultimate #girlgang if there ever was one (sorry, Taylor). 

Although we’ll be able to catch RiRi in her Unfiltered documentary and Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets —which stars another fashion favorite, Cara Delevingne — sometime next year, we’re anxious to see the R&B singer further her foray into acting. Unlike her voice-over role in Home or her fleeting cameos in This Is The End and Annie, this time around we anticipate some cool live-action moments from the songstress-cum-fashion designer-cum-principal cast member. (more…)

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Vogue’s Drab Layout Does Kendall Jenner No Favors on Its September Cover (Forum Buzz)

It was bound to happen eventually. Five months after her Mario Testino-lensed Vogue Special Edition cover, Kendall Jenner has returned to the cover of Vogue for its all-seeing, all-knowing September issue. This morning, Jenner took to Instagram to announce her Mert and Marcus-shot cover (below), on which she wears a Napoleonic, bow-bedecked Gucci skirt suit — and not much else — against a slate background. “In a room with a bunch of people I love, looking at this cover made me cry. I FUCKING DID IT. SEPTEMBER VOGUE. This is the coolest thing ever! Can’t thank you enough Anna, for giving me the honor,” the model wrote on Instagram.

Kendall Jenner covers Vogue's September 2016 issue.

Image: Vogue

As our forum members pointed out, the pose and layout harken back to Beyoncé’s September 2015 cover. Meanwhile, the substance of the interview with “The Face That Launched a Billion Likes,” i.e. Kendall’s much-discussed, formidable social media presence, seems like a continuation of Wintour’s September 2014 Instagirl-themed issue. Kendall, however, shares the cover with no one. She is, in fact, the first lone model to grace the American glossy’s September chapter since Mario Testino-photographed Kate Moss back in 2011. The issue, which hits newsstands later this month, is now available through pre-order on Amazon.

As with all things Kendall-related, the sight of the Vogue cover prompted much discussion on our forums. Some were (for once) feeling Kendall, but not the cover’s styling or formatting. 

“They did her no favors with the layout, shadow font, and cheap background. The image of her is actually really nice…” remarked JesseDillon. (more…)

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The Trailer for Transgender Model Reality Series ‘Strut’ Is Here and It Slays

The trailer for Strut — the Whoopi Goldberg-produced, Oxygen-hosted reality series on transgender models we’ve been anticipating since May — is finally here. Trust us, this is one instance in which reality — scripted or no — exceeds expectations. Eleven seconds in to the two-minute clip cast member Dominique Jackson matter-of-factly tells the camera, “They want a girl that’s 6-[foot]-2, 35-25-35. They didn’t ask if you have a penis or not.” And just like that, we’re sold.

Including Jackson, the series stars five transgender models — her co-stars include Laith De La Cruz, former America’s Next Top Model finalist Isis King, Ren Spriggs and Arisce Wanzer — all of whom are signed to Slay Model Management, the first exclusively transgender modeling agency. (more…)

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