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Alicia Keys, Beyoncé, Rihanna and More Made a Powerful Video Condemning Police Brutality

Failing to signal a lane change, riding in your girlfriend’s car with a child in the back and walking home with a friend are just 3 of the 23 arbitrary reasons why you could be killed if you are black in America, as Alicia Keys, Beyoncé and Janelle Monáe point out in a powerful new video condemning police brutality.

The collaborative effort between Alicia Keys, Mic and the We Are Here Movement highlights just how easy it is for blacks to be killed for performing everyday actions — in other words, for nothing more than the color of their skin. Joining Alicia, Bey and Janelle are some of the biggest names in entertainment including Rihanna, A$AP Rocky, Chance the Rapper and Pharrell. In the grainy, resolutely colorless snippets, each celebrity speaks for a victim of police brutality, describing the act that was their death sentence (with the exception of Bono, who represents the nine men and women who died en route to Bible study). An incredulous Taraji P. Henson almost loses it as she memorializes Alton Sterling, who was shot to death for the crime of “selling CDs outside of a supermarket.” (more…)

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You May One Day Be Able to Literally Wear Alexander McQueen(‘s Skin)

The phrase “I’m wearing my favorite designer” may take on a whole new meaning, thanks to Tina Gorjanc, founder of the label Pure Human. Gorjanc got ahold of a sample of Alexander McQueen‘s DNA and, naturally, plans to use it to make leather backpacks, jackets and purses. Delightful.

It is worth noting that McQueen’s posthumous line started out as a student project at his own alma mater, Central Saint Martins, and remains in the proposal stage. However, according to Oyster magazine, Gorjanc has already successfully grown a small sample of her fabric of choice (the designer’s skin tissue).

Of the project, which aims to highlight the “shortcomings concerning the protection of biological information,” Gorjanc says, “If a student like me was able to patent a material extracted from Alexander McQueen’s biological information as there was no legislation to stop me, we can only imagine what big corporations with bigger funding are going to be capable of doing in the future.” Gorjanc’s work underlines the problematic fact that appropriating someone else’s DNA is still considered fair use. And yet, for the moment, this is the most macabre fate we can imagine for our remains.  (more…)

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Gigi Hadid Graces Vogue’s August Cover, Alongside Olympic Athlete Ashton Eaton (Forum Buzz)

As reported on our forums last week, Gigi Hadid was set to star on an upcoming cover of Vogue. The rumors are indeed true and Gigi’s well-deserved cover for the magazine’s August 2016 edition has been unveiled today. It’s a shame the model was robbed of a solo cover appearance but in the spirit of the forthcoming Olympic games, Gigi is joined by ‘the world’s greatest athlete’ Ashton Eaton. The Los Angeles native returned to her hometown to shoot the cover with famed photographer Mario Testino behind the lens. Styled by Tonne Goodman, the current face of Versace wears a scuba-inspired piece from Donatella’s Fall 2016 collection while Eaton gazes off into the distance.

US Vogue August 2016 : Gigi Hadid & Ashton Eaton by Mario Testino


The majority of our forum members were left pleasantly surprised. “I’m positively surprised. For U.S. Vogue and for Gigi, this is a decent cover. She steals the spotlight and the athlete (how American Vogue to call him “the greatest”) is a nice addition,” applauded anlabe32.

“Oooh I really like it! I actually really like Gigi and I think she looks good here. I like the composition of the cover, the set up is something a bit different and I enjoy that. I love that it’s just Gigi looking in to the lens of the camera, it keeps the focus on her and the fashion angle while still celebrating sport and Ashton,” commented LastNight. (more…)

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Kylie Jenner Appears (Almost) Makeup-Free on Allure’s August Cover (Forum Buzz)

We imagine Kylie Jenner isn’t exactly the easiest girl to track down for a cover shoot, so some major kudos go to Allure for tapping the younger Jenner sibling as its latest cover star. The magazine has been serving up some fantastic covers over recent months. Now, sure to generate a whole lot of buzz, the 18-year-old reality TV star-turned-makeup mogul follows in the footsteps of sisters Kim Kardashian West and Kendall Jenner, taking to Allure‘s cover for August 2016. Photographed by Scott Trindle, Kylie’s toned-down look is a far cry from her recent Paper Magazine cover — and dare we call it a success?

Allure August 2016 : Kylie Jenner by Scott Trindle


“This is actually stunning! I would’ve gone without the hand, but nonetheless stunning. I also am in love with the editorial. I love how carefree and happy she looks,” raved MON the moment the cover dropped.

“The cover story is stunning, Kylie is a miles better model than Kendall,” added burbuja8910. (more…)

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Model-Mania: Five Gorgeous Women Vie for Best Cover Girl on Vogue Germany’s August Issue (Forum Buzz)

Our forums got wind of Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Lily Aldridge participating in a shoot with Giampaolo Sgura a few days ago and we just knew from the previews that it was for Vogue Germany. Forum members half-expected the outcome to show up on the title’s September or October covers but were pleasantly surprised with the unveiling of the August issue. Rosie and Lily, along with Irina Shayk, Emily Ratajkowski and Stella Maxwell, appear solo on a series of five covers. Styled by Christiane Arp, the girls pose before the same textured background and battle it out for our forum members’ approval.

Vogue Germany August 2016 : Lily, Stella, Irina, Rosie & Emily by Giampaolo Sgura


Who had the best cover? You’ll be surprised. “I can’t believe it but my favorite is Irina’s,” cried out a stunned kokobombon.

“Irina looks nice and soft. I am surprised to see her looking soft because she always screams SEX,” added DutchHomme. (more…)

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Selena Gomez Is Officially #Queen of Instagram


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All hail Selena Gomez, reigning empress of Instagram. Not only does the Revival singer hold claim to the most followers on the social media platform (89.2 million and counting, at time of publication), she’s also responsible for the most-liked photo in history.

Posted two weeks ago, the (who would’ve guessed it?) selfie shows Selena in a red top, her nails painted to match, her newly auburn, side-swept waves framing her smoky-eyed face. In what could be called the greatest sponsored ad on the planet, Gomez sips on a bottle of Coca Cola featuring lyrics from her song Me & the Rhythm. Pat yourself on the back and demand a raise, whoever came up with the “Share a Coke and a Song” campaign. Cite the photo’s 4.1 million-plus likes as evidence of your indispensability. (more…)

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