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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

IMAGE: CALVINKLEIN.COM

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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Spice Girls Hit ‘Wannabe’ Just Got a Powerful Feminist Remake

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The massive ’90s hit Wannabe by the Spice Girls is all over the internet 20 years after its initial release, but this time it’s delivering an even more powerful message to women worldwide.

Charity Project Everyone is an independent United Nations supported coalition that strives to bring about positive change on a global level, including ending violence against women and fighting for equal rights. Through this remake and super high energy new video, the charity wants to let our world leaders know just what modern day women really, really want.

The video was launched along with Project Everyone’s The Global Goals website. In the video messages are spelt out on buses, in classrooms, and held up on on signs, stating what women really, really want, like to “end violence against girls” and “quality education for all girls”.

The video invites women from all over the globe to tweet an image of themselves holding a sign that states what they want to happen to improve the lives of women, using the hashtag #WhatIReallyReallyWant. These statements will be presented at the United Nations General Assembly in September this year.

Victoria Beckham AKA Posh Spice has shared the video, strongly supporting the song’s new found purpose.

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Mario Testino and Vogue Australia’s Attempt to Profile Royalty Is Lost With This ‘Cheesy’ Cover (Forum Buzz)

Magazines have been keen to feature royalty on their covers this year (just a shame it’s not modeling royalty). British Vogue celebrated 100 years with the Duchess of Cambridge, Vogue Thailand tapped HRH Princess Sirivannavari and now Vogue Australia welcomes back Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark alongside husband Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark. Photographer Mario Testino photographed the momentous occasion, opting to take the couple outside for the cover shoot — which unfortunately left us underwhelmed.

Vogue Australia August 2016 : The Crown Prince & Princess of Denmark by Mario Testino

IMAGE: VOGUE.COM.AU

Our forum members weren’t afraid to let loose. “I sort of appreciate what they were going for but it doesn’t quite work out for me, it’s very busy with the dappling and the background, he’s also in a very awkward pose and appears to be squinting at the sun a little too much,” pointed out honeycombchild.

“And Vogue Australia was doing so well! I don’t know nor care about this couple but speaking about the image: it’s quite bad IMO, especially his pose and expression. Is it me or is there something wrong with the proportions?” asked a disappointed kokobombon. (more…)

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LGBTQ Celebrities Amandla Stenberg and Hari Nef Cover the New and Improved Elle UK

 

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As we wait with baited breath to see if the Spring 2017 runways reflect fashion’s growing proclivity towards diversity, the world of fashion editorial is giving us hope. This year, Elle UK is making history by featuring Amandla Stenberg, a bisexual and nonbinary actress and activist, Hari Nef, a transgender actress and model, and Kristen Stewart, who considers sexuality to be “fluid” and has been romantically linked to both men and women, on three of its five September covers (Zayn Malik and the work of embroiderer Claire Barrett are also featured).

The issue heralds a new age for Elle UK. “As the world changes, the world’s biggest-selling fashion magazine changes with it…” proclaims the glossy’s online counterpart. The magazine is kicking off the fashion season with “a new design, to mark a new era in fashion,” while celebrating “the rise of the rebel,” though “the rise of the self-realized individual,” might be a more apt description.

Kristen Stewart is one of the five cover stars of Elle UK's revolutionary September 2016 issue.

Image: Elle UK

In a 2015 interview with Nylon, Stewart expressed her reluctance to label her sexuality. “If you feel like you really want to define yourself, and you have the ability to articulate those parameters and that in itself defines you, then do it,” she said. “But I am an actress, man. I live in the f—— ambiguity of this life and I love it.” Unlike Stenberg and Nef, Stewart has not politicized her preference: “I don’t feel like it would be true for me to be like, ‘I’m coming out!’ No, I do a job,” she told the glossy. “Until I decide that I’m starting a foundation or that I have some perspective or opinion that other people should be receiving …I don’t. I’m just a kid making movies.” However, she has said that she feels in a few years the terms “gay” and “straight” will be obsolete, which is a pretty politicized statement in and of itself.

Seventeen-year-old Amandla has become a voice for young women of color, using her fame to spotlight the issues of race and sexuality and offer words of encouragement to those who, like her, have struggled against society’s precepts: “As someone who identifies as a black, bisexual woman, I’ve been through it and it hurts and it’s awkward and it’s uncomfortable,” she shared via Teen Vogue’s Snapchat in January. In March, Amandla told Interview that her rebel status is part and parcel of her identity. “I mean, unfortunately or not unfortunately, take it as you will, when you are a marginalized person or a woman of color and/or someone who’s a part of the LGBTQ community, your acts become politicized, just by being yourself,” she explained. “Because we’re not completely accepting of all different kinds of human beings. So that’s been an interesting dynamic for me to navigate. By being myself, I’m doing something political.” (more…)

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