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Are People Reading Too Much Into These ‘Whitewashed’ Snapchat Filters?

Snapchat is under fire for filters that whitewash users.

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In today’s edition of news we can hardly believe is news: politically incorrect Snapchat filters. You would think that, following an April 20 debacle involving a face-altering algorithm designed to make users look more like Bob Marley (skin tone included, sigh) the social media platform would’ve learned its lesson. However, the app has once again come under fire for racially (and otherwise) insensitive feature-warping.

When Snapchat users select the app’s “beautifying” and “Coachella” filters, a disturbing sight meets their gaze. Pounds disappear from faces. Eyes shift into doe-like shapes. Cheekbones become more chiseled, noses more narrow. Bumps and blemishes are Photoshopped away — as is skin pigmentation. It’s implied that you are now a more stereotypically socially desirable version of your former self, despite the fact that your natural beauty has been whitewashed away. (more…)

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Anwar Hadid and Cameron Dallas Underwhelm on Teen Vogue’s New Cover (Forum Buzz)

We’ve definitely been dancing to the beat of Teen Vogue‘s drum lately with it’s recent run of diverse covers, though our forums couldn’t be more disappointed with the offering this month. Social media stars Cameron Dallas and Anwar Hadid (watch out Gigi and Bella) take to the cover of the title’s double summer issue, posing together with coiffed hairdos and vacant expressions, while completely lacking personality.

Members of our forums weren’t pleased. “Why are they angry? It had potential. But we ended up with a flat cover. Were they even photographed together or Photoshopped?” questioned MON at once, suggesting some post-production manipulation had went on.

“Are they even cute?” asked Mody, questioning Teen Vogue‘s declaration. (more…)

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We’re Sold on Miley Cyrus for Marc Jacobs for Planned Parenthood

Marc Jacobs is known for using his brand’s visibility to shine the spotlight on social issues beyond the scope of fashion. In the past he’s collaborated with Christy Turlington Burns’ Every Mother Counts to raise funds in support of maternal health programs worldwide. Profits from his Playboy partnership — remember those tees splashed with the iconic image of Kate Moss in her bunny ears and not much else? — benefited amFAR. Just recently, the fashion mogul’s Spring 2016 campaign centered on “the idea of equality” in America, particularly the Supreme Court ruling in favor of same-sex marriages. Now, Marc is putting his talents to altruistic use yet again, this time by endorsing women’s right to choose.


Thank you for the #MileyxMarilyn t-shirt shout out @JimmyFallon!

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Marc Jacobs, Miley Cyrus and Marilyn Minter used their combined design, entertainment and artistic prowess to create limited-edition Miley x Marilyn T-shirts, now available for $50 at Marc Jacobs boutiques and online. One hundred percent of net proceeds from sales will go to Planned Parenthood, an organization which, for those not familiar, advocates for women’s reproductive rights, offers low-cost gynecological care and helps educate women regarding their sexual health, among other community services. If Donald Trump wins the presidency (shudder), Planned Parenthood will likely lose its national funding and may even be forced to shutter its doors. (more…)

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Emily DiDonato Helps Vogue Ukraine Deliver Its Strongest Cover Yet (Forum Buzz)

There’s no denying Vogue Ukraine has been pulling out all the stops lately and has surely gained our attention with its newfound confidence. Since a new team took the helm back in October 2015, our forums have noticed evident changes in the magazine’s creative direction. Now with the unveiling of the June 2016 issue, photographer Bon Duke delivers a stunning profile shot of Emily DiDonato.

Vogue Ukraine June 2016 : Emily DiDonato by Bon Duke


Forum members were into it straight away. “That profile…*sighs*,” wrote Bobby153.

“Kinda love it! Hair & makeup is amazingly beautiful,” admired justaguy. (more…)

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Cotton On Group Sued for Knocking Off a US Artist’s Designs

Image: Etsy Official Site

Image: Etsy Official Site

Acclaimed U.S.-based artist Electra Printz Gorski is suing the Australian Cotton On Group for allegedly stealing her designs.

Gorski says that the clothing behemoth “flagrantly” knocked off a clothing design she created in 2011 depicting the slogan ‘LETTUCE TURNIP THE BEET’. She has since sold clothing, gift wrap, prints, stickers and tote bags bearing the slogan.

An Australian-based Etsy designer noticed a Cotton On store was selling tank tops in Melbourne bearing the same slogan and contacted Gorski to ask if she had sold her design to the Australian clothing brand, which has over 1400 stores in 18 countries worldwide. Gorski then sent a cease and desist letter to Cotton On Group accusing the company of willfully infringing her copyright and trademark, and alleging that a senior Cotton On designer ‘pinned’ one of her designs on Pinterest three years ago.


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Chanel Iman Slays in Harper’s Bazaar’s Touching Prince Homage (Forum Buzz)

Chanel Iman poses as Prince on the June 2016 cover of Harper's Bazaar Serbia.

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It hasn’t even been a month since news of Prince’s untimely passing rocked us to our cores. At the time, notable figures from all corners of the music, fashion and entertainment industries took to social media to eulogize one of the most iconic artists ever to have graced us with his powerful, gender-bending presence. Even without these testimonials, the rock god’s influence on the runways, stages and glossy spreads of the world would’ve been undeniable.

Prince was known for his funky, subversive, contradictory style choices. He oozed sexuality, yet referenced prim Victorian-era fashions. His sartorial arsenal included a seemingly endless pool of tight, high-waisted trousers, voluminous blouses and jauntily tailored suits in all manner of sequins, fringe, silk, velvet and lace that somehow accented his muscularity and masculinity. (more…)