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Movie News: Margot Robbie Will Be Living in a Barbie World

A live-action Barbie movie has been in the works for quite some time. At first, comedian Amy Schumer was pegged to star as an imperfect doll living in a Barbie world, but the actress dropped the project in 2017 due to scheduling conflicts. “I’m bummed, but look forward to seeing Barbie on the big screen,” she said at the time.

Margot Robbie

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Though we’re sad the movie won’t be starring Schumer, the film has the perfect new producer and leading lady: Margot Robbie, who is set to play the iconic doll. In an interview about the casting, she said, “Playing with Barbie promotes confidence, curiosity and communication throughout a child’s journey to self-discovery. Over the brand’s almost 60 years, Barbie has empowered kids to imagine themselves in aspirational roles from a princess to president. I’m so honored to take on this role and produce a film that I believe will have a tremendously positive impact on children and audiences worldwide.”

As Vogue pointed out, Barbie has been accused of promoting unrealistic beauty standards over the years, but based on Robbie’s statement, her focus seems to be on Barbie’s brains, not body. We look forward to learning more about the movie’s plot and release date. In the meantime, all we can do now is just sit back and keep watching Barbie vlogs on YouTube. 

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Luna Bijl Is the Victim of Bad Styling on the Cover of Vogue Brazil for January

Luna Bijl scored the most Vogue covers in 2018 — eight, to be exact — fronting the likes of Vogue Japan, Vogue Netherlands, Vogue Russia, and Vogue Korea. And 2019 ain’t looking too shabby for the Dutch beauty, either. Luna kick-starts the new year on Vogue Brazil, venturing to the city of Rio de Janeiro for the magazine’s flamboyant January 2019 cover shoot. Photographed by Martin Parr and styled by Pedro Sales, she was captured on the famous Copacabana Beach wearing head-to-toe Gucci, resulting in two OTT covers.

Vogue Brazil January 2019 : Luna Bijl by Martin Parr

IMAGE: VOGUE.GLOBO.COM

Another triumph for Luna? Not according to our forum members. “Terrible start at VB. This image is so fake and retouched that it hurts, and this styling is beyond ugly. I hope that is not a bad sign for 2019, this magazine slayed in 2018,” commented ghostwriter10549.

“This would have been a good cover if it wasn’t for those stupid gloves,” laughed SLFC.

“Her hands look like lobster claws!” exclaimed a horrified GivenchyHomme.

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Chrissy Teigen Struts Across the Cover of British ELLE’s January Cover

Magazines often pile on the cover lines but, much to our delight, British ELLE is keeping it minimal as it starts 2019, allowing the cover image to do most of the talking. Chrissy Teigen takes to the cover of the January issue, receiving the full Gilles Bensimon treatment as she struts down Malibu beach sporting a full look from Christian Dior’s Resort 2019 collection (not exactly your average beach attire though, right?) styled by Anne Christensen.

UK Elle January 2019 : Chrissy Teigen by Gilles Bensimon

IMAGE: ELLEUK.COM

Members of our forums weren’t buying ELLE‘s latest. “Chrissy is doing what magazines are making me do – walk away with a disgusted look on my face,” stated tigerrouge the moment the cover struck.

“Already can’t stand her, and now this awful cover! Styling is equally terrible as well. I had so much hope for this considering it was shot by Bensimon, but it fell flat, I’m afraid,” said Benn98.

“Chrissy is not model material and has never been right from the start of her career. She does not know how to pose. I don’t hate her, it’s just the facts. But these days on covers you either have `that´ or Instabrats…what a choice for magazine covers,” Bertrando3 added.

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Emily Ratajkowski Cools Off on Vogue Australia’s Sultry January Cover

After the stunning Adut Akech cover in December, Vogue Australia could’ve served up anything for January and we would have been OK with it. Lucky for us, the Aussie fashion bible has another hit with Emily Ratajkowski, making her debut on the cover for January 2019. EmRata looks effortless and undone (a far cry from her Vogue Mexico cover back in October) as she cools off in the tub wearing a look from Paco Rabanne’s Spring 2019 collection, captured by Nicole Bentley with Jillian Davison in charge of styling.

Vogue Australia January 2019 : Emily Ratajkowski by Nicole Bentley

IMAGE: VOGUE.COM.AU

Our forum members were on board with Emily’s laid-back new look. “Like her or not, this is a stunning cover. Aesthetically very pleasing and Emily has been looking great in Paco Rabanne lately,” credited dodencebt.

“I actually like it. It is a cool photo, I love that tub and the pose. Although I’m not a fan of hers, I think that she is pretty,” Perickles confessed.

“Yes Paco Rabanne! Come through with the paid cover of your ambassador! I like it. Well executed! Her brand is sexy and she is doing it effortlessly here,” said Lola701.

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Time’s Up x2 and Women’s Equality Make an Impact at the 2019 Golden Globes

Jeannie Mai at the 2019 Golden Globe Awards; Image: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank/Getty Images

The Golden Globes wasn’t just a celebration of excellence in the entertainment industry, but a moment for celebrities to show solidarity and take a stand. Last year, celebrities wore black to bring attention to sexual harassment in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal (and the numerous scandals that followed). The support continued this year in the form of “Time’s Up x2” ribbons, promoting the organization that insists on safe, fair and dignified work for women of all kinds. It challenges those in power and in the industry to make the workforce 50 percent men and 50 percent women. 

The black and white ribbons designed by Arianne Phillips were spotted on celebrities like Idris Elba, Rachel Brosnahan and Marti Noxon. Regina King accepted her award for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture for If Beale Street Could Talk and in her speech said, “I am going to use my platform to say right now that in the next two years, everything that I produce and I am making a vow and it’s going to be tough to make sure that everything that I produce, that it’s 50 percent women. I challenge anyone out there who is in a position of power, not just in our industry, in all industries, I challenge you to challenge yourselves and stand with us in solidarity and do the same.” 

The Golden Globes producers tried to cut her off with music, but she continued to talk about the need for systemic change and the Time’s Up movement. The audience clapped and some even gave a standing ovation. 

Despite it being 2019, women still face inequality and oppression. May this year bring more female empowerment and gender equality in all industries.

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Resolutions: The CFDA Wants Designers to Focus on Sustainability, Body Positivity, Diversity and Equality in 2019

Christian Siriano Spring 2019; Image: Imaxtree

The Council of Fashion Designers of America, Inc. (CFDA), which represents all of the major fashion and accessory designers in the U.S., has been creating yearly resolutions each January to address the most important issues facing the industry. Last year’s resolutions were “mindfulness,” “inclusivity,” “exposure,” “well-being” and “growth.” This year, the resolutions have become more specific, zeroing in on environmental, gender, racial and body issues.  

Here are CFDA’s proposed resolutions for 2019:

Diversity and Inclusivity

“American fashion and the global industry have been slow to embrace diversity but this is the time to create meaningful change. The CFDA is committed to diversity and inclusion and we will work on programs to implement more paths for all people – regardless of age, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, and more.”

According to our diversity reports, 2018 was the most inclusive year on record. For the most recent runway season (Spring 2019), New York Fashion Week featured a record 44.8 percent women of color. Compare this to the 36.1 percent average across New York, London, Milan and Paris and it’s clear that American designers are leading the charge towards racial inclusivity. The Fall 2018 ad campaigns were also the most racially diverse ever, though they lagged behind the runways, with 34.5 percent women of color.

It was also a good year for non-binary and transgender visibility. The Spring 2019 runways featured a record 53 transgender women (compared to 91 across all four fashion cities). However, transgender models still struggle to be accepted. A statement by Ed Razek, Chief Marketing Officer of Victoria’s Secret parent company L Brands, caused outrage when he told Vogue that the lingerie brand has no plans to cast transgender or plus-size models: “No, I don’t think we should. Well, why not? Because the show is a fantasy. It’s a 42-minute entertainment special.”

Despite the progress, there is still much more the industry can do and per CFDA’s resolution, “Here’s to more diversity and inclusion in 2019!”

Sustainability

“We have programs guided by sustainability, among them the CFDA + Lexus Fashion* Initiative and Elaine Gold Launch Pad. Now, we’re ready to add another facet towards a more sustainable fashion industry. This month, we’re launching a comprehensive guide to sustainability for people in fashion, which will include a materials index, sustainability directory and toolkit.”

The CFDA, which is “committed to making the future of fashion sustainable” joins other recent efforts, including a global commitment to reduce plastic pollution signed by Burberry, H&M and 290 organizations worldwide and the UN’s climate change initiative, which follows the Paris Agreement in 2015, that plans to cut 30 percent of greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. 

Body Positivity

“We are beginning to see signs of fashion moving in the right direction. Designers such as Michael Kors and Christian Siriano are casting models that defy tradition, from Paloma Elsesser and Ashley Graham to Candice Huffine (our Facebook Live red carpet host for the 2018 CFDA Fashion Awards). Body Positivity is important in fashion and we want to see more designers and companies embrace this in 2019.”

The fashion industry still struggles with size inclusivity. For the Spring 2019 season, 49 plus-size models (2.2 percent) walked in 12 shows in New York, a vast improvement over last season’s 27 in 8 shows (1.2 percent) and Spring 2018’s 34 in 12 shows (1.3 percent) but still a comparatively dismal number. The Fall 2018 ad campaigns fared even worse, in fact, they hit a record low. After three seasons of plus-size castings remaining mostly static — with 10 in Spring 2018, Fall 2017 and Spring 2017, respectively — Fall 2018’s campaigns featured only seven models in the category.

Let’s hope the CFDA can encourage more of its member designers to embrace size diversity in 2019.

Equality

“Fashion has a reputation of being an exclusive field to which many aspire but few succeed. As we look to more diversity and inclusion, we also wish for more equity and equality so that everyone who loves fashion has a chance in 2019.”

Resolutions are notoriously hard to stick to, here’s hoping the fashion industry follows the CFDA’s lead and makes significant progress throughout the year.

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