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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

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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…)

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Iggy Azalea Puts Breakup Rumours to Bed

Iggy Azalea attends the Billboard Music Awards

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Aussie rap superstar Iggy Azalea has quashed rumours that she and boyfriend Nick Young of the Los Angeles Lakers have broken up.

After a video of Young and teammate D’Angelo Russell discussing relationship misconduct emerged, rumours that the Mullumbimby-born star had ended things with Young inevitably surfaced.

Azalea took to Twitter yesterday to dispel the rumours, writing: “I havent broken up with nick. We are together and I would love to be given a little (a lot) of privacy on the matter.”


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MAC Announces a Questionable Treasure Troll-Inspired Makeup Line

MAC Good Luck Trolls Makeup Collection

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In a move that will puzzle anyone who knows anything about marketing, today MAC Cosmetics announced its newest collection, MAC Good Luck Trolls. We can only think of one setting in which one would actively embrace the beauty aesthetic of the “wild-haired dolls of your youth [and] their rainbow tufts, bejeweled bellies and lucky charms” — and, after next weekend, that occasion will have officially passed.

The “crazy-hued collection as silly as the characters themselves” won’t be available online until July 28 with an in-store release date of August 4. That’s just in time to miss every major music festival save New York’s Electric Zoo, including, most notably, this weekend’s Coachella, which is possibly the only space in which we’d forgive wearers of the line’s “frosted chartreuse green” pigment and “transparent sky blue with fine pink reflect” lip gloss. Considering the fondness for metallic lips and eyes, unconventional hair colors and hair glitter at this year’s California-based festivities, you’d think MAC would’ve timed the release of the collection to cater to its most promising base. (more…)

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Watch: Taylor Swift’s 73 Questions Interview Is Just as Awesome as Her Vogue Cover


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We’re sensing another Taylor Swift image-buoying crossover on the horizon, and we’re psyched. The multiple Grammy Award-winning artist’s recent Heidi Slimane-inspired Vogue cover shows Swift in a whole new light and it’s very much a magic hour, heavenly type of glow.

“We thought that we could take Taylor — who is a beautiful, beautiful girl but has been a little bit more conservative in her fashion choices — and turn her into a Hedi Slimane rock ‘n’ roll girl,” said Anna Wintour of the breathtaking May spread. “She was completely up for it and loved it, and is going to hopefully continue with this look.” We wholeheartedly agree, and based on Swift’s appropriation of the towering Vetements boots she wears in the editorial and her recent transition to platinum blonde, we’d say Wintour’s fashion forecasting skills are sharp as ever. (more…)