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Urban Outfitters Wins the Award for Most Racist Holiday Party Concept Ever

image via Gawker

image via Gawker

In SMH news today, Urban Outfitters leads the competition for this year’s most racist corporate holiday party. Gawker got hold of the retailer’s invite for the grand event and this year, the theme seems to be Orientalist minstrelsy, with the invitation encouraging guests to put on their best in offensive regalia. 

UO’s corporate powers-that-be invite employees to don their best “juttis, kurtas, turbans, saris, lehenga cholis and harem pants” for its holiday party, whose theme seems to stem around lampooning and exoticizing Desi culture because, why not? They wear colorful scarves and funny hats! Plus, minstrelsy is totally making a comeback in the U.S. so it’s a very on-trend theme.

Sigh. What’s it going to take for people to realize that ethnicity/culture is not a costume? Think pieces? A better education? A swift kick in the pants?

Urban Outfitters has been called out on numerous occasions for racially/ethnically insensitive wares. Lest we forget that time they labeled a completely random T-shirt colorway OBAMA/BLACK or when they sold all those fake Navajo products.

It seems like the folks at Urban Outfitters simply can’t help themselves but be as offensive as possible whenever the opportunity arises. You would think that after having to be consistently schooled in lessons of propriety and sensitivity, Urban Outfitters would know better than to pull something like this, but you know what they say about common sense. It just ain’t as common as you think.

[via Gawker]

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COVERGIRL and Cosmopolitan Co-Sponsoring New Year’s Eve Celebration in Times Square



This morning, COVERGIRL announced that in cooperation with Cosmopolitan, the Times Square Alliance and Countdown Entertainment, it will be co-sponsoring the New Year’s Eve celebration in New York City’s Times Square. 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of Cosmopolitan, the world’s largest women’s magazine, and the launch of COVERGIRL’s new Colorlicious Lipstick. The Times Square festivities draw one million attendees to the heart of the city, is broadcast to one billion viewers worldwide and, for the first time ever, the live webcast will be streaming on

“Easy breezy COVERGIRL is ready to kick off 2015 with a bang!” said Esi Eggleston Bracey, VP and General Manager of COVERGIRL Cosmetics. “And we couldn’t be more excited than to start the year with Cosmo and the millions of fun, feisty and fabulous women who love both of our brands. It’s not just about celebrating these women on New Year’s Eve; it’s about celebrating them each and every day, whether through something simple like the perfect new lipstick shade, or something bigger like inspiration from our amazing COVERGIRLs or involvement with our #GirlsCan program.”

There have been reports that the pair paid over $2 million for the sponsorship, which was previously held by Beiersdorf brand Nivea for the past four years. The brands will also use the hashtag, #ColorfulCountdown to encourage fans and followers on social media platforms.

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Watch: Kendall Jenner Shakes It for LOVE’s Advent Calendar

Like we said, Katie Grand loves her some Kendall Jenner and has included her in LOVE magazine’s 2014 advent calendar. Today, the magazine opens Kendall’s door to reveal the young reality starlet cum model’s very special video for the occasion. 

Kendall, clad in a lacy black bra, Santa hat and plaid skirt, strips down to reveal her Christmas skivvies — high-waisted knickers and thigh-high stockings — while shaking her little booty for St. Nick (to Katy Perry’s “California Gurls”). It is the most animated we’ve seen the model, who is smiling, prancing and actually flirting with the camera. 

Watch Kendall move her little tushie in the video above. 

[via LOVE Magazine YouTube]


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This May Be the Most Exciting Collab of the Year

Valentino Fall 2014; Image: IMaxTree

Valentino Fall 2014; Image: IMaxTree

If you want to get the fashion industry’s attention, start by mentioning Valentino and Fornasetti in the same sentence. The two power houses have joined forces this month on a limited-edition collaboration combining Fornasetti’s iconic surrealism with a splash of camo, designed by Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli, and a hearty dose of “Valentino red.” Fornasetti x Valentino includes one item for each of the five sensesa serving tray, plate, scarf, stool and eyeglasses caseand will debut during a private one-night haute couture exhibit at the Whitney Museum of Modern Art this week. Items will be available to the public beginning December 11 at Valentino’s Fifth Avenue store.

Want a sneak peak? Click on over to our friends at T Magazine.

[via T Magazine]


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Los Angeles Film Critics Association Honors ‘Boyhood’ and ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’


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The Los Angeles Film Critics Association just unveiled its award winners for this year, and the list features quite a few of the New York Film Critics Circle’s picks. Both awards are noted Oscar predictors, so the similarity of the honorees lends even more credence to possible Oscar nominations in several categories. Unlike other awards, however, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association also breaks down the runners-up in the main categories.

Boyhood once again nabbed best picture with director Richard Linklater scoring a best director nod. Patricia Arquette was also nominated, but in the best actress category as opposed to her previous win in the best supporting actress field for the same role. The runner-up for best actress was Julianne Moore for her turn in Still Alice. J.K. Simmons racked up another best supporting actor victory for Whiplash, but best actor went to Tom Hardy for Locke. Awards will be handed out on January 10 in Los Angeles.

Check out the full list of winners below. (more…)

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Taylor Swift Tops UK’s List of Most Influential in Media

Image: Wenn

Image: Wenn

Forget what you thought about Taylor Swift. The 24-year-old singer wields some serious power. Don’t believe us? Maybe you’ll take The Guardian‘s word for it: Swift landed the tenth spot on its list of most influential people in media. The “Blank Space” singer got a nod from the paper for pulling her entire music catalog from Spotify, a big move considering 25% of Spotify users have listened to her music. 

Swift recently performed at Victoria’s Secret’s first runway show in London, further proving the hold the singer has over the hearts of our neighbors across the pond. Swift is the only woman in the top 10 most influential, with Kim Kardashian, Benedict Cumberbatch, Shonda Rhimes, Katie Grand, Alexandra Shulman and Lena Dunham rounding out the list of 100. 

As for Britain’s top three most influential? They all work for American companies. Google CEO Larry Page, Facebook head Mark Zuckerberg and Apple CEO Tim Cook took the first, second and third spots.

Peep the full list at The Guardian.

[THR via The Guardian]