Laverne Cox aka Sasha Fierce; Image: Ruven Afanador/Cosmopolitan
What do Laverne Cox and Bill Clinton have in common? An undeniable fondness for Beyoncé. Whilst Bill celebrated #Beyday chatting up the icon herself at the fifth annual Budweiser Made in American Festival, Cox paid tribute to the Lemonade star in a manner totally befitting the Orange is the New Black actress. See above/below.
On the eve of her Rocky Horror Picture Show debut — in which Cox will attempt to best Tim Curry’s Dr. Frank-N-Furter — the transgender rights activist and Cosmo cover girl dressed up as several badass black women from who’ve inspired her, Queen B included. While you have to tune into Fox on October 20 for the most daring impersonation of all, in the meantime you can watch Cox transform into Beyoncé, Tina Turner, Tracey Africa, Janet Jackson, Josephine Baker and Leontyne Price in Cosmo’s October issue, on newsstands now. (more…)
Ever since Jennifer Lawrence’s debut advertising campaign for Christian Dior in 2013, our forums have had a love/hate relationship with each image, which begs the question: Is Jennifer a Dior girl? Last season’s campaign was deemed a total flop and the images for Fall 2016 don’t seem to show that much of an improvement. Photographed by Patrick Demarchelier once again, the actress is no doubt very comfortable in the iconic French fashion house’s designs by now, showcasing Dior’s newest handbag collection. Insisting on giving us more of the same, J.Law flashes a similar expression shot after shot while posing in the studio, letting the wonderful lighting take over.
Members of our forums weren’t feeling it. “So, she is back at being sophisticated again. Louis Vuitton and Dior should switch their spokeswomen. Jennifer Lawrence for Vuitton and Léa [Seydoux] for Dior. The bags…uninspired and tacky. The Dior logo worked in 2000-2004,” Lola701 said at once.
“The bags and the first coat are ugly,” added abstraccion. (more…)
Kanye West poses during the finale of Yeezy Season 2; Image: Randy Brooke/Getty Images
Kanye West’s Yeezy collections, with their all-encompassing flesh-colored palettes, have been praised for championing a more inclusive definition of the word “nude.” His Fall 2016 Yeezy Season 3 show, made up completely of models of color, was the most diverse of the season. In addition, his was one of the few runways to feature an aged model (in this case, veteran supermodel Veronica Webb).
That said, with a single tweet, Kanye has managed to disrupt his legacy of inclusion. On Saturday, the rapper, designer and provocateur issued a casting call for his upcoming Yeezy Season 4 show that requested only “multiracial women” show up. Needless to say, people of all ethnicities were up in arms. (more…)
Zac Posen Fall 2016; Image: Imaxtree
During fashion month, the industry’s problems with diversity, age and body acceptance parade down the runways for the world to see. These inequities span far beyond the catwalk — to ad campaigns, to magazine covers, to staffers at major fashion brands and glossies — and, of course, beyond even the industry itself. This makes it all the more important that the runways act as platforms for societal change. As model Ebonee Davis puts it, “Fashion makes people’s minds up about what is beautiful and acceptable.”
Fortunately, the U.S. fashion industry’s governing body is starting to recognize this fact. TheFashionSpot’s Fall 2016 runway diversity report revealed that models of color accounted for 31.9 percent of castings in New York, up from 28.4 percent for Spring 2016. (That number was even smaller in the two previous seasons.) Forward-thinking designers, evolving standards of beauty, media pressure and a more progressive political climate no doubt contributed to these improvements and this year, the CFDA and the Diversity Coalition are taking further steps to ensure this percentage continues to grow. (more…)
As if being crowned American Vogue‘s September cover girl by Anna Wintour wasn’t enough, Kendall Jenner now covers the October issue of Vogue Australia. While already doing her best Wednesday Addams impersonation on Vogue Japan, the “millennial dollar baby” adds the new Aussie Vogue cover to her ever-growing portfolio. Photographed by Patrick Demarchelier, the current face of Fendi stars in a vibrant, colorful and playful shoot while wearing an eye-catching outfit from Gucci on the cover shot (below).
Once the cover came to light, there was no holding back our opinionated and frustrated forum members. “God! Tragic cover!” cried out ChicSaks straight away.
“Oh wow… wow… this is not good. Not sure if it’s the quality of the image or did they paste her face into a different shot? Vogue Australia is free falling for me. Haven’t been completely wowed by a cover from them this year. That LAYOUT needs to go. It’s dated. It’s stiff. It’s not glamorous,” MON vented out. (more…)
Kanye West’s Yeezy Season 3 collection was all about re-examining the concept of “nude”; Image: Imaxtree
Christian Louboutin gets it. As does Kylie Jenner. While the fashion and beauty industries remain far from inclusive, more and more high-end designers and cosmetics creators are acknowledging the reality that nude does not equal peach.
Unsurprisingly, the new generation of designers has proven even more progressive and forward thinking than many of their high-end peers and predecessors — we’re looking at you, the Row and Valentino. The rise of this refreshing wave of inclusive brands has been thrown into sharp effect by the ever-growing popularity of the neutral trend. But beyond just catering to the market, these young stars are deliberately designing for a more diverse audience, one with whom they personally identify.
Kanye West paved the way with his head-to-toe skin-color ensembles at Yeezy Season 1, which were shown on a highly diverse cast of models. But he’s far from alone on the suspended stage of diversity. Scroll down for four inspiring, inclusive new brands to follow today. (more…)