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Cosmo Cover Girl Ashley Graham: I’m Giving Curvy Women a Seat at a Table That We’ve Never Been Invited to Before

Ashley Graham covers Cosmopolitan's August 2016 issue.

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Ashley Graham is not only an advocate for plus-size women, she’s also a voice for victims of domestic abuse. In the August issue of Cosmopolitan (which hits newsstands July 12), the conversation-changing cover girl discusses how her involvement with an alcoholic affected her feelings of self-worth.

Nearly 30 percent of American women and (10 percent of men) have been stalked, raped or physically assaulted by a partner. However, most cases of domestic violence go unreported out of fear — of retaliation, of public stigma, of giving up one’s privacy. Just look at what happened when Amber Heard spoke out against Johnny Depp (she was maligned by the Internet) or Rihanna against Chris Brown (he still has a successful music career). (more…)

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Rose McGowan Had the Perfect Response to Owen Gleiberman’s Attack on Renée Zellweger’s Appearance

 

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Hollywood has a problem with women who dare to age. We’ve seen it (in what world is Hello, My Name is Doris, a film about a woman who sacrificed her social life to care for an ailing mother, reclaims her life in the wake of her mother’s passing and gets her heart broken because she had the audacity to set her sights on a younger coworker a comedy?). We’ve read about it (in Amanda Peet’s essay for Lenny Letter, in Tina Fey’s Bossypants). We’ve even laughed about it (Amy Schumer’s skit Last F**kable Day sums up the issue perfectly). Now, actress and social activist Rose McGowan is taking Hollywood — or more specifically, Variety film critic Owen Gleiberman — to task for its ageism and sexism.

Gleiberman recently penned a piece centered around the upcoming film Bridget Jones’s Baby, entitled “Renée Zellweger: If She No Longer Looks Like Herself Has She Become a Different Actress?” In it, Gleiberman lamented “something indescribably sad about our culture” — the pressure movie stars feel to conform to certain “standards,” which compels them to get cosmetic surgery. He used Renée Zellweger — once “beautiful in the way an ordinary person is” — and several other actresses as examples of those who have fallen prey to the bug. Of course, he failed to mention any altered male actors.

“She doesn’t look like Renée Zellweger,” Gleiberman protested. “I thought: She doesn’t look like Bridget Jones! Oddly, that made it matter more. Celebrities, like anyone else, have the right to look however they want, but the characters they play become part of us. I suddenly felt like something had been taken away.”

He went on to express his hope that the third Bridget Jones installation “turns out to be a movie that stars Renée Zellweger rather than a victim of ‘Invasion of the Face Snatchers.’ I hope it turns out to be a movie about a gloriously ordinary person rather than someone who looks like she no longer wants to be who she is.” (more…)

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Margot Robbie Delights on Vanity Fair’s ‘Natural’ August Cover (Forum Buzz)

Margot Robbie is having her moment and we are loving each and every second, from starring in Calvin Klein’s captivating new fragrance campaign to walking the red carpet at the premiere of her new movie The Legend of Tarzan. Now, as reported on our forums last week, the Aussie stunner stars on Vanity Fair’s August 2016 cover. Photographed on the island of St. Barth’s and captured by Patrick Demarchelier, Margot’s natural beauty shines bright while wearing a white bikini — earning the seal of approval from our forum members.   

Vanity Fair August 2016 : Margot Robbie by Patrick Demarchelier

IMAGE: VANITYFAIR.COM

“She’s on fire! I love this, even though she’s in a bikini I don’t find this tacky. Can’t wait to see the ed,” said kokobombon straight away, about to set the tone for comments to come.

“Nice to see something simple, no contortionist pin-up poses or heavy styling,” admitted a pleasantly surprised tigerrouge shortly after. (more…)

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How a Body Shaming Incident at a Wedding Sparked the #KruegerKindness Feminist Movement

Everyone who’s attended a summer wedding has confronted the tricky task of balancing dress code constraints with comfort. Ideally, once we make it to the seats surrounding the altar, the communal outpouring of joy for the happy couple eclipses all concern for one another’s outfit choices. Unfortunately, for nutrition and fitness coach Liz Krueger, this was not the case.

Faced with the prospect of scorching temperatures, Krueger chose to wear a body-con mini-dress with a sweetheart neckline to her friend’s June wedding. Many of her fellow attendees took issue with that choice, turning what should have been a celebration of love into an occasion for bullying. In a now viral Instagram post, Krueger described certain guests’ attempts to body shame her: “If only I knew that choosing this dress for a wedding on a 90 degree day meant so many women would be outrightly rude to me, and even come up behind me slap my ass as I’m standing alone,” she wrote. “As quote, ‘It was a dare from her friends, because I was a target.’ And then proceed to spill a full beer spilt down my arm. Just one of maaaaany acts of kindness of the night!” (more…)

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Grace Coddington, Kate Moss, Bella Hadid and More Star in Calvin Klein’s New Campaign (Forum Buzz)

The majority of castings for the new fall campaigns have been less than spectacular but leave it to Calvin Klein to knock it out the park. After the likes of Kendall Jenner and Justin Bieber last season, Calvin Klein ups the ante and secures none other than Grace Coddington for fall, alongside Bella Hadid, Kate Moss, Anna Ewers, Young Thug, James Rodriguez and many more. Shot by Tyrone Lebon, each “model” goes solo in a variety of settings for their campaign shots.

Calvin Klein F/W 2016.17 by Tyrone Lebon

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It’s safe to say the campaign caught the attention of our forum members immediately. “Grace is the only one which interests me here! Lebon actually did something fresh with her two shots. The rest all looks like your typical ID fare. Fed up with Kate Moss and her bed head, and fed up with tattooed rappers fronting fashion brands,” voiced Benn98 straight away.

“Grace, Kate, Bella, Anna! Fabulous casting!” praised russianelf. (more…)

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Kylie Jenner’s Cosmetics Company Isn’t Impressing the Better Business Bureau

 

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Yesterday, the Cut reported that the Better Business Bureau assigned an F to Lip Kit magnate Kylie Jenner’s cosmetics brand. The sub-par grade, it said, came as the result of 133 separate complaints regarding, for the most part, delivery issues and general problems with the product and services rendered. Today, the Better Business Bureau’s website shows that the business, in fact, has no rating — though it does now have 134 complaints — as it has been in existence less than one year and therefore does not have a “sufficient track record for BBB to rate it.” Dodged a bullet there, Kyles.

Since Kylie Cosmetics’ November launch, its Lip Kits have come under fire for shipping delays, changes in formula and shoddy packaging, among other criticisms. When questioned by the Better Business Bureau regarding the M.I.A. and incomplete Lip Kit deliveries, the brand blamed its obvious packaging. To better conceal what’s inside those coveted Lip Kit parcels, the company is now “taking steps to change their packaging so that it is less recognizable.” As for the allegations of copycat formulas, Kylie Cosmetics’ parent company, Seed Beauty, has “informed BBB that Kylie Cosmetics uses an exclusive formula that is not shared by any other brand.” (more…)

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