Jasmine Tookes wears the 2016 Victoria’s Secret Fantasy Bra; Image: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Victoria’s Secret
This Thursday, Victoria’s Secret released photos of model Jasmine Tookes wearing this year’s Bright Night Fantasy Bra. In some ways, the behind-the-scenes shots look a lot like the VS ads we know and…feel ambivalent towards. Yet again, a beautiful straight-sized model perches on a tufted couch in ornate underwear we can’t imagine tolerating for over five minutes, tousling her relaxed hair.
In other ways, the photo — and its significance — takes our breath away. For one, Tookes is the first black model to wear the Fantasy Bra (here, and on the upcoming Victoria’s Secret runway) in nine years. Then, there’s the Eddie Borgo-designed, jewel-encrusted contraption itself, which is worth $3 million and took nearly 700 hours to make. And do our eyes deceive us, or are those unretouched stretch marks on Tookes’ perfectly muscled derrière? (more…)
In 19-year-old Khoudia Diop’s home country of Senegal, between 52 and 67 percent of women use skin lightening products on a regular basis (this from a survey taken last year). Elidje Ekra, a dermatologist working in Abidjan (in the Ivory Coast, where skin-whitening products are banned) told The Guardian, “In our cultures, some people think women with light skin are the most beautiful. This beauty standard…pushes many girls to de-pigment their skin.” These creams not only perpetuate narrow, skewed standards of beauty, they often contain mercury and hydroquinine, chemicals with a slew of side effects, not the least of which is skin cancer.
Diop, whose skin is a beautiful deep shade of ebony rarely seen in the media, doesn’t feel the need to conform to the status quo. Despite the fact that she grew up being bullied about her skin tone, she took the ignorance of her peers in stride. “It wasn’t always easy, but I found things I liked about myself and celebrated them,” Diop told Mic. These days, the self-described @Melaniin.Goddess uses her social media to showcase unconventional, healthy standards of beauty. (more…)
Kendall Jenner continues to show the haters and critics just what she’s capable of with yet another Vogue cover to add to her growing portfolio. (Say what you will, but scoring four Vogue covers last month is quite the accomplishment for any working model.) Kendall’s latest is the cover of Vogue Turkey, photographed by Russell James. Following in the footsteps of Gisele Bündchen and Lara Stone, the current face of Fendi gives us some major 1980s supermodel vibes in the glamorous and stylized cover shot.
Is it possible our forum members actually like a Kendall Jenner cover? “Great photo, love her face here, the styling is not groundbreaking but great. A good cover. Usually, I am not fond of grey background but it works quite well. Bravo, Vogue Turkey!” applauded a more than impressed GivenchyAddict.
“A bit Vogue Paris, but I like it. Considering what Vogue Turkey has been giving us lately, this is a huge win for them. Kendall looks good. I dig the old school supermodel vibe going on here,” added MyNameIs. (more…)
On her path to cosmetics-world domination, 19-year-old Kylie Jenner has hit some (understandable) speed bumps. Her website has crashed on more than one occasion, the Better Business Bureau has come after her company’s (literal) inability to deliver, respected beauty bloggers have noted a decline in Lip Kit brush and formula quality, and so on. However, her stans’ thirst for Lip Kits remains unquenchable.
Which brings us to Kylie Cosmetics’ latest woe. Knowing that Lip Kit fanatics will wander into eBay — and even shadier — territory to get their hands on sold-out shades, counterfeiters are producing faux products and copycat websites to match. This has been going on for some time, with foolhardy buyers losing a few twenties here and there, nothing terribly serious.
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However, two days ago one Emma Morgan took to Twitter to reveal that some of these dupes are actually dangerous. Her lips physically but not metaphorically sealed (too soon?), Morgan tweeted, “@KylieJenner fake Koko k I got… Literally has glue in it! So gross!! So not cute…..” She attached the following video as evidence:
Jenner’s reaction? She was pretty bent out of shape.
Jasmine Tookes was one of three women of color to make Forbes’ highest-paid models list for 2016 (Joan Smalls and Liu Wen were the other two). Yesterday, Victoria’s Secret announced that Tookes would join another bittersweet trio. On December 5, 2016, the model will be the third black woman in Victoria’s Secret history to wear its iconic Fantasy Bra on the runway. She follows in the stiletto-clad footsteps of Tyra Banks (1997) and Selita Ebanks (2007).
Every ten years or so, a model of color is given this honor. While a 9:1 ratio may seem grim to some, Tookes prefers to look on the bright side: “I feel like it’s such a milestone for Victoria’s Secret to have a woman of color wearing the Fantasy Bra, because there’s only been two in the past, and the last one was almost 10 years ago,” she told Fashionista. “It’s major, and I think it’s awesome I get to represent that.” (more…)
Marking Marion Cotillard’s seventeenth appearance as Dior ambassador, the French actress and team shot the newest Lady Dior handbag campaign on location at Monsieur Dior’s childhood home in Granville, France. The idyllic shoot was photographed by Craig McDean and features Marion sitting ever so elegantly on a wicker chair amongst the tranquil floral gardens of the villa for a series of images.
Our forum members seemed to share a mix of emotions toward the campaign. “Everything looks so fake, a shoot in an actual garden would have been lovely,” pointed out an underwhelmed kokobombon, suggesting some major Photoshopping has occurred post-production (and unaware that the campaign was indeed photographed on location).
Also noticing some evident post-production was VogueDisciple93, commenting, “The overall effect is quite assaulting. The lighting is too garish.” (more…)