Jennifer Aniston has published a powerful essay on Huffington Post that addresses the dehumanising and objectifying effects celebrity journalism has on women.
She begins by confirming that she is not pregnant, but that she is “fed up”:
“We use celebrity ‘news’ to perpetuate this dehumanizing view of females, focused solely on one’s physical appearance, which tabloids turn into a sporting event of speculation. Is she pregnant? Is she eating too much? Has she let herself go? Is her marriage on the rocks because the camera detects some physical ‘imperfection’?”
She continues, explaining that the way the way in which the media values women is warped and debilitating to the female psyche.
Disney is determined to finally do right by its diverse, impressionable young audience. On July 22, the Disney Channel will introduce its first Latina princess, Elena (of Avalor, as the animated series’ name proclaims). “It’s not a secret that the Hispanic and Latino communities have been waiting and hoping and looking forward to our introduction of a princess that reflected their culture,” Nancy Kanter, who oversees the show, told The New York Times.
When caricaturists and animators get together to illustrate race and ethnicity, eggshells must be walked on, and the company is doing its darndest not to tick anyone off (as they most definitely did with The Princess and the Frog). Of course, you can’t please everyone. The fact that the orphaned Elena’s adventures will be documented via 22-minute episodes rather than full-length animated feature is already causing critics to grumble. However, unlike many of her predecessors, Elena isn’t dangerously petite or tediously boy crazy. “We wanted to make sure that she didn’t have a doll-like appearance, and we really wanted to steer clear of romance. She has male friends, as teenage girls obviously do, but we did not want it tinged with, ‘Ooh, they’re falling in love,’” said Kanter. (more…)
You probably recognize Ebonee Davis. She’s posed for many a high-profile client, including Urban Outfitters, Sports Illustrated, Teen Vogue and, most recently, Calvin Klein. Conscious of her “otherness” in an industry dominated by the Kendall Jenners and Gigi Hadids of the world, the natural-haired black model positions herself as a voice for the women of color watching from the sidelines.
Four months ago, Ebonee spoke out about her decision to revert to her natural fro and the encouragingly positive response her new ‘do received. “I’ve booked more stuff with my hair curly and natural. Well, maybe I won’t say ‘more’ but clients have opened the door to work with curly and natural hair, and some of my previous clients have allowed me to make the transition as well without complaint — and with encouragement, actually…” Now, in the wake of the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, the America’s Next Top Model alum is calling on her peers in the advertising, fashion and beauty industries to do more. (more…)
Already the face of Burberry and Isabel Marant this season, Edie Campbell has been unveiled as the face of John Galliano for Fall 2016, taking over for Christy Turlington Burns who fronted the campaign last season. Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin captured the Brit beauty in the studio wearing a feather-light silk dress while posing under some pink lighting for added effect.
“Beautiful dress and great photo but Edie looks very drained. I know it’s what she is known for but even if JG is not at Galliano, that’s not the image I have of the brand. Maybe it represents what the brand is in 2016: drained!” voiced a less than impressed Lola701 the moment the campaign dropped.
Feeling the same way was Elite13, writing, “She just looks like she has really bad hay fever. Dislike.” (more…)
Following in the footsteps of Christian Siriano: Savior to Leslie Jones, Singapore-born designer Prabal Gurung is slated to release a limited-edition women’s collection in collaboration with Lane Bryant. The line, debuting in March, will span two seasons.
Its first installment will feature about 18 items, ranging from $48 tees to $398 leather jackets. Dresses will be priced between $128 and $138, while a skirt will run customers $108.
“Prabal really wanted to do this,” Linda Heasley, chief executive officer of Lane Bryant, told WWD. “He feels so strongly about the message we are advocating, that all women deserve good fashion. He can’t get buyers in department stores to buy his large sizes so he wants to work with us.” And he’s not the only one — according to Heasley, the brand has even more exciting strategic partnerships in the works (it’s already featured Isabel Toledo, Sophie Theallet, Lela Rose, Jessica Simpson and Melissa McCarthy). (more…)
The style icon of 2016 proclaimed that, at her best moments, she feels like Khaleesi, so it’s only natural the world outside of Westeros would want to channel Jon Snow’s aunt’s fierce wardrobe (if you haven’t watched the finale by now, it’s your own fault). In addition to being Mother of Dragons, Breaker of Chains and muse to Beyoncé, Daenerys Stormborn of House Targaryen has picked up another title: accessorizing authority.
For those looking to authentically emulate Khaleesi’s bejeweled, braided (and summer-appropriate) swagger, Games of Thrones costume designer Michele Clapton has got you covered. The trend-savvy Clapton teamed up with jewelry designers Yunus Ascott and Eliza Higginbottom of Yunis & Eliza to launch MEY Designs, which offers “jewelry seen on and inspired by the hit HBO series.” Our choker obsession has officially reached otherworldly heights. (more…)