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Victoria’s Secret Is About to 86 Swimwear

Victoria's Secret to Eliminate Swimwear Line

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Fashion trends from the 90s – and Noughties — may be reliving their heyday, but not when it comes to swimwear. Somewhere along the road we all stopped caring about whether our swimsuits screamed sex appeal, focusing instead on how they aligned with our overall aesthetic. Brands like Mikoh and Beth Richards popped up on the scene. We embraced our varying tastes and body types, no longer aspiring to the Victoria’s Secret standard of ab definition. Apparently, our fallen angels felt the heat — numerous sources say that Victoria’s Secret is retiring from the swimsuit game.

Though the conjecture will not be officially confirmed until the brand’s May earnings call, VS Swim devotees may want to stock up on their favorite sexy bikinis while they can. In all probability, the category will soon join the fate of the company’s erstwhile regular apparel and cosmetics lines. In a recent press release, Chairman and CEO Leslie H. Wexner stated, “Coming off a record year, now is the best time to make improvements…going to from best to even better. We are making those changes to accelerate our growth and to strengthen the business for the long term by narrowing our focus and simplifying our operating model.” This entails restructuring the brand into three business sections: Victoria’s Secret Lingerie, PINK and Victoria’s Secret Beauty. (more…)

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Vanessa Hudgens Spent $190 on Her Pot Leaf-Accented Coachella Nails


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Ever since that fateful New York Times article hit the presses, we vowed never to skimp on a manicure, always thoroughly research our salons and compensate our nail technicians generously for their services. Vanessa Hudgens takes it one step further. In honor of her favorite festival, the lauded Coachella Queen splurged on a Swarovski-studded, pot leaf-accented nail design — to the tune of $190. (more…)

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This Harper’s Bazaar Spain Cover Is the Best We’ve Seen From Alessandra Ambrosio in Ages (Forum Buzz)

She’s already starring on two covers of Vogue Brazil and now Alessandra Ambrosio takes to the cover of Harper’s Bazaar Spain. The magazine is slowly starting to recapture our attention, having impressed us last month with Bella Hadid. For the May cover, Alessandra does what she does best, posing on a bed wearing a slinky silk dress from Burberry, shot by forum favorite Txema Yeste.

Harper's Bazaar España May 2016 : Alessandra Ambrosio by Txema Yeste


Members of our forums were pretty much hooked from the onset. “Love it! Simple and beautiful,” approved Oxymore the second the cover came to light, about to set the tone for comments to come.

“One of the best covers in a while! Love it and can’t wait to see more of it,” raved Aizanara. (more…)

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A ‘Lifeless’ Charlize Theron Stars on V Magazine’s Summer 2016 Cover (Forum Buzz)

We’re usually delighted to see Charlize Theron on the cover of any magazine. We fell head over heels for her recent appearance on WSJ. but V Magazine’s Summer 2016 issue featuring the actress has failed to generate any excitement in our forums. After celebrating its 100th issue this spring, the magazine has let standards slip as it serves up a tired-looking Charlize wearing Christian Dior (obviously) in a close-up lensed by Collier Schorr.

V Magazine #101 Summer 2016 : Charlize Theron by Collier Schorr


Forum members weren’t buying it, plain and simple. “I think she’s a great person but it’s always boring to see her fronting covers. She’s dull,” slammed an uninterested Creative the moment the cover dropped.

Wolkfolk wasn’t up for seeing Charlize, either, writing, “I love Charlize but I’m a bit tired to see her on all these covers, it’s bordering on overexposure at this point.” (more…)

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Even Science Says We Need More Body Diversity in Media

Ashley Graham cover of Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition

Image: Courtesy of Sports Illustrated

Image: Sports Illustrated

Researchers at Chapman University just confirmed what we already knew: overexposure to unhealthily thin models digs deep into our psyches. So much so that altering swimsuit ads to highlight their flawed undertones does nothing to mitigate their negative effect on women’s body image satisfaction. Now, how many more times does this need to be said before industry standards substantially change?

The team, headed by David Frederick, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology at Chapman, conducted two studies focusing on whether or not body image activists are wasting their energy adding disclaimers or “subvertisements” — witty changes meant to counter the photos’ injurious messages — to ads. (Spoiler alert: Extremely well-intentioned, big ol’ waste of time.) (more…)

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Victoria’s Secret Angels Come Together for Vogue Spain’s Beautiful May 2016 Cover (Forum Buzz)

The girls of Victoria’s Secret are without a doubt having a moment on the Spanish newsstands right now. Alessandra Ambrosio currently stars on Harper’s Bazaar Spain’s latest offering and now Vogue Spain has selected a handful of the Angels to pose on the front of its recently revealed May 2016 issue. Continuing its winning streak, the magazine welcomes beauties Martha Hunt, Sara Sampaio, Jasmine Tookes, Stella Maxwell, Taylor Hill, Romee Strijd and Elsa Hosk onto the cover, huddling together at the beach as photographer David Bellemere captures the serene moment.

Vogue España May 2016 : The Victoria's Secret Angels by David Bellemere


The cover just begged for debate on our forums and that’s just what it got. “So well done! When I read the title, and clicked on the thread I expected this to be a tacky mess, but it’s ethereal, and beautiful. Group covers are so hard to do, but they really hit it out of the park here. This is a great year for Vogue Spain, so many good covers and issues,” Miss Dalloway applauded, setting us off on a high note.

“Gorgeous! I love these kind of group covers,” favored MyNameIs instantly. (more…)