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Size 22 Tess Holliday Makes Plus-Sized Modeling History

We can add this milestone to the list of the fashion industry’s strides to be more size-inclusive: Tess Holliday (aka Tess Munster), plus-sized model, blogger and body positive activist, has scored herself a contract with London-based modeling firm MiLK Management. You’re probably thinking, “Good for her, why is this a big deal?” It’s because Tess, who wears a size 22 and clocks in at 5 feet 5 inches, is the first woman of her stature to score this kind of deal.

Tess, who lives in Los Angeles, has already appeared in Vogue Italia and has been modeling for some time. She said she had been interested in modeling for a while, but was always told she was too large and too short to fit the bill. But one look at her portfolio will show you the girl’s got some skills and that talk about her not having what it takes? All hogwash. 

The tattooed beauty says she is the founder of #EffYourBeautyStandards, an Instagram page where men and women of all shapes and sizes preen and pose for the camera to show that indeed, it doesn’t matter if you adhere to society’s narrow expectations of what looks good, you can still be a stone cold fox.

We’re hoping that Tess’ success is only the beginning for other women like her — obviously, there is a lot of work still left to do, but maybe other modeling agencies will consider signing women (and men) with different body types in the future.

[via People]

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Olivia Palermo Designs Tech Tote for Aspinal of London

We’re excited to learn that one of our favourite handbag brands, Aspinal of London, has teamed up with style icon Olivia Palermo to create a limited-edition Marylebone Tech Tote, in association with the charity ADCAM.

 

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Aspinal says of the collaboration that its “polished and practical accessories collections complement Olivia Palermo’s personal style making her the perfect partner for this charity project.” We can’t wait to see how she’ll be incorporating the bag into her own wardrobe and we’ll definitely be keeping an eye out at Fashion Week.

Olivia’s tote, which goes on sale in March, not only fulfills your luxury needs with a nod to classic British heritage style, but also allows you to charge up your iPhone or iPad on the go. As you treat yourself, you can rest assured that 100% of the proceeds go to the charity which develops cooperation projects and social responsibility initiatives. It’s fashion with a conscience.

If you fancy adding a tech tote to your arm candy repertoire, then you better be quick as a limited number of only 30 bags have been created. You can beat the launch day frenzy by pre-ordering at Aspinal now, and that’s even before they release the official imagery of the bag!

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Get Ready for the Victoria’s Secret Swimsuit TV Special

We hope you weren’t all Victoria’s Secreted out after last month’s fashion show because the lingerie giant is airing another TV special, this time to promote its swim collection. Victoria’s Secret gathered up its troop of leggy models and flew them out to Puerto Rico to shoot the swim campaign. This special follows the models on their shoots throughout the island, letting you get up close and personal with the gorgeous gals.

Of course, no Victoria’s Secret special would be complete without some musical numbers, so the retailer has tapped Maroon 5 and Colombian singer Juanes to perform during the hour-long broadcast. What goes together better than Adam Levine and models? (Granted, his wife is an Angel.) Adriana Lima, Jasmine Tookes, Lily Aldridge, Alessandra Ambrosio, Joan Smalls and more will appear on the show. 

The models have already posted a few sneak peeks of their respective shoots. Joan frolicking on the beach with a pony, the Angels sultrily posing at a bonfire, Adriana taking in the sunrise — you could be taking all this in on the comfort of your couch come February 26.

Catch the broadcast that Thursday evening on CBS at 10:00 p.m. EST.

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We’re Happy to See Keira Knightley on ELLE UK’s March Cover, but… (Forum Buzz)

The British edition of ELLE often fails to impress our forum members, and the big spring issue seems to have missed the mark again. Keira Knightley wears Chanel exclusively on the March 2015 cover and in the accompanying cover story photographed by Mariano Vivanco. Keira is no stranger to wearing Chanel on magazine covers and in general; we’ll never forget her beautiful cover for U.K. Harper’s Bazaar back in February 2014.

UK Elle March 2015 Keira Knightley

IMAGE: ELLEUK.COM

So what went wrong here? “She looks beautiful, as always, but the image itself isn’t great for a March cover for me,” commented honeycombchild within moments of the cover surfacing on our forums. 

“Yeah, it’s not too springy for March. I wish it was a close up, from her right elbow up. She’s gorgeous, I want to see her face,” soon responded KateTheGreatest in agreement.

Feeling the exact same way was tigerrouge: “It’s not a super-impressive shot for the front of a big March fashion issue, but she does look lovely, and I’m happy to see that it’s her.”

“Keira looks tremendous but there’s zero ‘fashion’ here. My main problem with ELLE is their cover styling. It’s been much too cohesive lately, you actually cannot tell the one month apart from the next,” complained Benn98.

A.D.C. also felt the cover was anticlimactic and ranted, “British magazines are really anti glamour aren’t they? One of the reasons why I appreciate UK Bazaar. They at least try to produce glamorous covers but Vogue and ELLE are a pedestrian lost cause.”

Check out the five covers the magazine has produced for Comic Relief inside the thread. Be sure to join the discussion here

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Givenchy Will Do Couture Shows Again

Image: Imaxtree

Image: Imaxtree

For the past few seasons, Givenchy has opted out of presenting a couture collection, officially announcing a break from the calendar at the end of 2012. But now, there’s hope that the French fashion house will make a comeback to the trade, thanks to a bit of tea Riccardo Tisci spilled to The New York Times this week. 

Before heading to the after-party for Atelier Versace, the designer let it slip that Givenchy will be going back to presenting couture shows again — and then he “smiled and then walked away.”

Oh, Tisci, you sly dog. We’re glad that the designer will again be creating couture collections — after all, Kim Kardashian and Tisci’s flock of famous gal pals aren’t the only ones that should be able to rock threads from the Givenchy atelier. Non-famous, but still wildly wealthy women with a penchant for expensive clothes deserve a little love, too.

[via NYT]

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Watch: Kim Kardashian’s T-Mobile Commercial Is Hilarious

Whatever you have to say about Kim Kardashian, one thing’s for sure: She isn’t above poking fun at herself. The reality star was tapped to appear in T-Mobile’s latest Super Bowl commercial, a version of which aired during Conan last night. The spot has the feel of a very serious PSA (think Sarah McLachlan’s ASPCA commercial, minus the depressing puppy and kitten faces) with Mrs. Kardashian West relaying the sad reality that unused data minutes your phone company collects keeps you from looking at more of her vacation, tennis, makeup and OOTD selfies.

“Tragic,” the reality star deadpans, asking us to “help save the data.” You can expect another, longer version of the commercial during the Super Bowl. We wonder if it will include an appearance by Kanye, or better yet, North West.

Watch Kim in the hilarious clip above.

[via T-Mobile YouTube]

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