PETA wants your old fur coats. Not to burn them at a secret bonfire in the woods, but to actually give them to people to wear. No, it’s not opposite day. The usually-zealous animal rights activists are known for extreme tactics when it comes to protecting our furry and scaly friends, but this holiday season, PETA is using its resources to help actual human beings.
PETA’s taking the coats it has collected from new disciples who have given up fur and donating them to London department store Liberty for its annual coat drive. These furs will be donated to the homeless, whom PETA UK Director Mimi Bekhechi says are the only people who have “any excuse to wear fur” as they are “lacking basic necessities.” This isn’t PETA’s first time hawking off fur to the homeless. It held a similar coat drive in Detroit last year.
Say what you will about its tactics, but you can’t help but be a little heart warmed by these efforts to help other humans. PETA actually takes fur donations year-round. According to its website, it uses your discarded pelts for anti-fur fashion shows to help fuel its propaganda machine and demonstrations. PETA also uses the old furs as “bedding for needy animals.”
Want to know what Kim Kardashian looks like with no clothes on? Look no further than her latest for Paper magazine, which features full frontal nude images of the reality star. Tuesday evening, Kim’s racy, booty-focused cover was unveiled over the Internet, a shot which has already become its own Internet meme. Paper‘s Editorial Director Mickey Boardman promised that the controversial shot was only just a taste of what was to come, and he was right. The rest of the Jean-Paul Goude shot spread has hit the Internet today, and yes, Kim is fully naked.
The shots, which Boardman told Yahoo Style had “much less [retouching] than people think,” were apparently Kim’s idea. “We hadn’t planned for her to take her clothes off,” he told The Cut. “She wanted to and it kind of fit with the thing, and Jean-Paul was super excited about her attitude and Kim was super excited.”
When Ellen Page played quick-witted teen Juno MacGuff in the 2007 hit film Juno, her character surprised her friends and family when she announced her pregnancy. In February, when the actress gave a speech at the Human Rights Campaign’s Time to THRIVE Conference, she surprised the audience by coming out. Her courage is being feted this month with an Out100 cover and the title of Entertainer of the Year. The pint-sized Canadian star is featured on one of four covers shot for Out magazine’s special 20th anniversary issue; the other three are fronted by Orange Is the New Black‘s Samira Wiley, actor Zachary Quinto and British musician Sam Smith.
In the interview, Ellen discusses the pressures she felt from Hollywood to keep her sexuality hidden. “No one’s ever been so direct as to say, ‘You’re gay, so we’re gonna hide it,'” she says. “But there’s an unspoken thing going on. [People] believe it’s the right thing to do for your career. They don’t realize it’s eroding your soul.”
According to the 27-year-old actress’ Twitter page, she just wrapped filming on Freeheld, a feature-length movie of the acclaimed short that details the struggles of a real-life lesbian couple in New Jersey, who were denied spousal pension benefits when one of them was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Ellen co-produced as well as co-starred opposite Julianne Moore. “It’s very direct in showing how discrimination against the LGBT community affects people,” she says of the film.
A Change.org petition against Old Navy has forced the retailer to come clean about its pricing practices. Old Navy shopper Renee Posey noticed that the prices on the retailer’s jean offerings for plus-sized women were significantly higher than for straight sizes. “I was fine paying the extra money as a plus-sized woman, because, you know, more fabric equals higher cost of manufacture,” she wrote, noting the $12-$15 difference between the two pairs. But once she realized that the men’s options were not priced in this manner, she began to suspect something else was at play.
“Old Navy’s Rockstar Super Skinny Jeans cost $27 in a size 6. The same jeans in a size 26 cost $40. Alternatively, the men’s Slim-Fit Jean costs $25–no matter the size.” Posey also says that while men’s straight and plus sizes are lumped together on the Old Navy website, there is a separate category for plus-sized women’s clothing. “I don’t understand why myself and women like me are being singled out and forced to pay more by Old Navy, when our male counterparts are not,” Posey wrote. Luckily for her, and her 23,000 plus supporters, Old Navy’s finally come forward to explain why women’s plus-sized denim options are so much more expensive.
The retailer says that due to the types of fabric it uses to make jeans for plus-sized women, it has no choice but to put a premium on those wares. “Old Navy is proud to offer styles and apparel designed specifically for the plus size customer,” the Gap-owned brand said in a statement. “For women, styles are not just larger sizes of other women’s items, they are created by a team of designers who are experts in creating the most flattering and on-trend plus styles, which includes curve-enhancing and curve-flattering elements such as four-way stretch materials and contoured waistbands, which most men’s garments do not include. This higher price point reflects the selection of unique fabrics and design elements.”
This may be true, but TIME points out that it only seems to be the denim that’s more expensive, not any of the other plus-sized options. Surely, “curve-enhancing and curve-flattering elements” should be added to blouses, sweaters and the like? After all, curves extend to your whole body — not just your bottom half. Sounds like there may be more to this story than Old Navy is letting on. Plus, it is quite curious that larger men — who have a different body shape than straight-sized men — would not have their own plus section on the website. The whole thing smells a little of sexism and a lot of sizeism, and the ghettoization of plus-sized women.
We’ve been keeping a close eye on Harper’s Bazaar Australia, admiring each and every cover it has produced of late, and the December cover certainly doesn’t fail to impress. Kylie and Dannii Minogue were tapped by the magazine to pose together for the front cover along with some photos to accompany the fabulous issue. Simon Lekias shot the Aussie beauties surrounded by a mass of blooming flowers, while wearing custom creations by Australian brand Aje.
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Our forum members sure are impressed! “Quite charming! The shot is perfect for December. Of course if Dannii could face us it would be even better. It’s very rare to see the Minogue sisters together for a fashion shoot,” raved Benn98.