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Size 12 Model Barbie Ferreira Stars in Unretouched Aerie Swimwear Campaign

Barbie Ferreira For Aerie Swimwear
Barbie Ferreira For Aerie Swimwear

Barbie Ferreira For Aerie Swimwear

NEW YORK, NY January 27, 2016

The lingerie industry isn’t exactly a paragon of diversity. Everyone from plus-size icon Tess Holliday to androgynous model Rain Dove speaks out about the lack of inclusion from leading intimates brand Victoria’s Secret. But fortunately, not every innerwear company promotes limited standards of beauty. Aerie is one of the few loungewear brands committed to authentic and empowering portrayals of women in advertising, sharing unretouched photos in ads as part of its #AerieReal campaign since 2014. This year, the star of its unedited photos is none other than size 12 model Barbie Ferreira.

The social media maven, who calls herself the “Queen of In-Between,” is featured in Aerie’s swimwear campaign images and video. Ferreira loved the idea of unretouched images. “Not being retouched in the images is something that’s really important to me,” the Wilhelmina model said in a behind-the-scenes clip. “Knowing that that’s what I look like without anyone’s perception of what my body needs to look like. The world needs more women who are so strong.”

IMAGE: AERIE SWIM

Tess Holliday Addresses Size Critics

TESS HOLLIDAY
TESS HOLLIDAY

TESS HOLLIDAY

NEW YORK, NY January 27, 2016

Tess Holliday is the world’s first size 22 supermodel and the first woman of her size signed to a major modeling agency. She’s known as much for her groundbreaking achievements as she is for her willingness to speak her mind. She once slammed Victoria’s Secret for limited beauty standards. Now, she’s addressing criticism that her size makes her unhealthy in a new interview with Paper Magazine.

On health critics:

“I think that some of the biggest surprises I’ve had early on, actually to this day, are all the misconceptions about my body and my health. There are so many people who think that being a plus-size model, that there’s something wrong with it, or that I must be unhealthy or that I’m promoting an unhealthy lifestyle. And at first it was very hard, and I blamed it on myself, and then I thought … my health is none of their business, I’m modeling for this clothing company, so why are people dissecting my body and telling me that I can’t wear some things? That I can’t look a certain way because of my body? And I did combat that for awhile, and argue with people about that, but ultimately it’s kind of like banging your head into a brick wall. If people are committed to that theory, I’m not going to change their mind. But there people who look like me, and feel like me, who feel like they don’t have a voice, and that encouraged me to keep going.”

On the term plus-size:

“I do think it’s very important, especially for young women who are kind of coming into their bodies, and older women who are becoming more OK with their bodies, to have terms for being bigger. When they look online, or look in magazines, they see that label, or see that term, they feel like they’re not alone. They have something to identify with. I’m really a firm believer in calling it what it is. And I don’t really see anyone losing sleep over the fact that they’re called plus-size.”

On the downside of social media:

“Unfortunately, the Internet’s given people, a platform…I mean, I’ve obviously given myself a platform for myself and my career, and if it wasn’t for social media [I wouldn’t be where I am], but it’s also allowed people say the most terrible things that they would never say to anyone [in person], because of the anonymity. That’s the really dangerous part about the internet.”

Read Tess’s interview with Paper Magazine in full here.

[via Paper]

4 Wardrobe Resolutions For 2016

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Along with the New Year comes a bevy of resolutions aimed at creating a happier you. In addition to the standard fitness and financial goals most people make this time of year, you can also liven up your personal style by making a few essential wardrobe resolutions.

Be Realistic About Fitness Goals

Many women buy clothes based on the type of body they want and not the one they have. This inevitably ends in disappointment should you fail to shed those pesky 20 pounds that have been hanging around since last year’s holiday festivities.

Accordingly, don’t purchase a great looking dress in a smaller size with the goal of reaching your ideal weight at some point in the near future. Instead, look for clothing that flatters the figure you have now while also making sure to eat healthily, exercise, and get enough sleep.

Invest in a Good Pair of Jeans

While virtually every woman loves a great bargain, skimping on certain clothing can have its drawbacks. This is particularly true when shopping for jeans. Although you may be able to secure a few pairs at ultra-low prices, whether or not these will stand up to the test of time is debatable.

That’s why you should look at buying a good pair of jeans as an investment. The right jeans will complement your specific body type as well as be made from quality materials to ensure they stay in great shape for years to come. Jeans are also highly versatile, allowing you to make the most of your purchase no matter the occasion.

National_Museum_of_Natural_History_Gold_Colored_Diamonds_croppedPurchase Staple Jewelry Pieces

It’s no secret that jewelry can make or break an outfit. The right jewelry pieces can also help you seamlessly transition from day to night, illustrating the importance of selecting those staple items that will enhance your everyday wardrobe exponentially. Even something as simple as a t-shirt and jeans combo can be ideal for evening with the inclusion of a few classic pieces and a pair of heels.

A great statement necklace can accompany a variety of wardrobe items as can a tried-and-true pair of hoop earrings. Shop Milano has some great options. Fancy watches are another good yet practical staple piece that can turn a casual outfit into suitable evening attire. Finish your look with an opulent cocktail ring or elaborate brooch and you will easily go from work to play in no time at all.

Overhaul Your Intimate Apparel

When it comes to intimate apparel, many women prioritize comfort over style. While this is certainly understandable, discarding items that are clearly distressed beyond repair and replacing them with new selections can help liven up your wardrobe from the inside out.

Well-worn undergarments not only look ragged, they also offer a less-than-ideal fit due to stretched and warped fabric. New items will allow you to accommodate any changes to your body by offering a more precise fit. Brand-new intimate apparel is also great for a confidence boost, even if these pieces are meant for your eyes only.

Make This Year a Fashionable One

Although you may not get your budget in order or start that extensive exercise regimen like you planned, you can hold fast on your pledge to make this year a fashionable one by making the right choices when it comes to your wardrobe. That way you can rest assured you will always look your best even when the rest of your life leaves a little to be desired.

A Postcard from Brighton Gets a Fashionable Meaning

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brighton-jagged-flower-chiffon-jumperBefore there were spas, there was Brighton. A seaside health resort in East Sussex, England, its popularity has been based on it being a health resort for sea bathing as a purported cure for illnesses.

At the crossroads of the Roman and Anglo-Saxon occupation of the British Isles, Brighton was already considered an ancient town when it made the pages of Domesday Book, a manuscript record of the “Great Survey” of much of England and parts of Wales completed in 1086 by order of King William the Conqueror.

But, it was not until the Georgian era when Brighton was considered “fashionable” which was encouraged by the patronage of the Prince Regent (later King George IV), who spent much time in the town and constructed the Royal Pavilion during the early part of his Regency.

Two hundred years had passed since then and Brighton continues to be a favorite spot of the fashion set. A popular tourist destination, Brighton is renowned for its diverse communities, quirky shopping areas and its large cultural, music and art scenes. Hence, it is not surprising that many fashion designers find inspiration when they visit Brighton.

A Postcard from Brighton” clothing line is such. Inspired by Brighton’s ancient history and its “hip” reputation, the designers behind A Postcard from Brighton merged the old and the new, the ancient and the modern resulting into a very wearable and highly covetable collection.

Offering cool jerseys and knits that can be worn at anytime, by anyone and anywhere, A Postcard from Brighton is 100% British. Designed and manufactured totally in the United Kingdom, the brand uses a Unique Vintage Process that gives the collection a certain charm that is quite enthralling.

Affordable and highly covetable, A Postcard from Brighton is fast becoming a fashionista’s go-to brand for everyday dressing.

David Bowie’s Influence on Fashion

The geometrically striped black and white jersey jacket from Riccardo Tisci's Spring 2010 collection was a spot-on rendition of the one Bowie wore in 1973 during his Aladdin Sane phase.

Images: Getty

 

The geometrically striped black and white jersey jacket from Riccardo Tisci's Spring 2010 collection was a spot-on rendition of the one Bowie wore in 1973 during his Aladdin Sane phase. Images: Getty

The geometrically striped black and white jersey jacket from Riccardo Tisci’s Spring 2010 collection was a spot-on rendition of the one Bowie wore in 1973 during his Aladdin Sane phase.
Images: Getty

"I remember seeing Bowie for the first time on Dutch television when I was a young man," Dries Van Noten told Out magazine. "He performed 'Rebel Rebel,' and it’s an image and an emotion that I will never forget." The designer later took that inspiration and crafted two Bowified shows in the same year. His Fall 2011 men's collection harkened back to the cabaret-style suits of the Thin White Duke, while his Fall 2011 women's collection payed tribute to Ziggy Stardust.

“I remember seeing Bowie for the first time on Dutch television when I was a young man,” Dries Van Noten told Out magazine. “He performed ‘Rebel Rebel,’ and it’s an image and an emotion that I will never forget.” The designer later took that inspiration and crafted two Bowified shows in the same year. His Fall 2011 men’s collection harkened back to the cabaret-style suits of the Thin White Duke, while his Fall 2011 women’s collection payed tribute to Ziggy Stardust.

Tune in to Lady Gaga's "Applause" or "Just Dance" videos to see a modern take on Bowie's Aladdin Sane album cover.

Tune in to Lady Gaga’s “Applause” or “Just Dance” videos to see a modern take on Bowie’s Aladdin Sane album cover.

Jean Paul Gaultier's collections from Spring 2011, Spring 2013 and Fall 2013 Couture had one thing in common: Bowie. Proof positive that the alien emissary is alive and well. Images: Imaxtree

Jean Paul Gaultier’s collections from Spring 2011, Spring 2013 and Fall 2013 Couture had one thing in common: Bowie. Proof positive that the alien emissary is alive and well.
Images: Imaxtree

There's a sect of cult fans that believe Tilda Swinton and Bowie are the same person. If you have 503 hours to kill, get lost in Tilda Stardust. It's worth it. Images: Tilda Stardust The geometrically striped black and white jersey jacket from Riccardo Tisci's Spring 2010 collection was a spot-on rendition of the one Bowie wore in 1973 during his Aladdin Sane phase. Kate Moss won the award for best repeat performance when she dressed up in her pal's "Woodland Creatures" onesie in 2014 to accept his Best Male gong at the BRIT Awards. During the acceptance speech, penned by Bowie, the supermodel told the crowd, "In Japanese myths the rabbits on my old costume that Kate is wearing live on the moon. Kate is from Venus and I am from Mars." Images: Getty

Kate Moss won the award for best repeat performance when she dressed up in her pal’s “Woodland Creatures” onesie in 2014 to accept his Best Male gong at the BRIT Awards. During the acceptance speech, penned by Bowie, the supermodel told the crowd, “In Japanese myths the rabbits on my old costume that Kate is wearing live on the moon. Kate is from Venus and I am from Mars.”
Images: Getty

Miuccia Prada may be a closet superfan. Her Fall 2012 collection for Miu Miu is basically a remake of the 1971 music video "Life On Mars?" and we're not mad about it. Images: "Life On Mars?" Video Still, Imaxtree

Miuccia Prada may be a closet superfan. Her Fall 2012 collection for Miu Miu is basically a remake of the 1971 music video “Life On Mars?” and we’re not mad about it.
Images: “Life On Mars?” Video Still, Imaxtree

Rihanna did the same thing at the Pepsi Super Bowl Fan Jam in 2010. Images: Getty

Rihanna did the same thing at the Pepsi Super Bowl Fan Jam in 2010.
Images: Getty

Nobody can come close to Bowie's shaggy coif in Labyrinth, but Scarlett Johansson's mighty mullet in 2003 was a solid effort. Images: Getty, Labyrinth Movie Still

Nobody can come close to Bowie’s shaggy coif in Labyrinth, but Scarlett Johansson’s mighty mullet in 2003 was a solid effort.
Images: Getty, Labyrinth Movie Still

There's a sect of cult fans that believe Tilda Swinton and Bowie are the same person. If you have 503 hours to kill, get lost in Tilda Stardust. It's worth it. Images: Tilda Stardust

There’s a sect of cult fans that believe Tilda Swinton and Bowie are the same person. If you have 503 hours to kill, get lost in Tilda Stardust. It’s worth it.
Images: Tilda Stardust

It seems like every other year, one edition of Vogue or another shoots a Bowie-inspired spread. But Kate Moss' covers for Vogue U.K. in 2003 and Vogue Paris in 2011 both take the cake. Images: Vogue Paris, Vogue UK

It seems like every other year, one edition of Vogue or another shoots a Bowie-inspired spread. But Kate Moss’ covers for Vogue U.K. in 2003 and Vogue Paris in 2011 both take the cake.
Images: Vogue Paris, Vogue UK

In 2009, model Candice Swanepoel sashayed down the Victoria's Secret catwalk in an asymmetrical jumpsuit reminiscent of the infamous Ziggy suits designed by Kansai Yamamoto. Images: Getty

In 2009, model Candice Swanepoel sashayed down the Victoria’s Secret catwalk in an asymmetrical jumpsuit reminiscent of the infamous Ziggy suits designed by Kansai Yamamoto.
Images: Getty

NEW YORK, NY January 17, 2016

For over four decades, the cultural chameleon known as David Bowie crafted his immortality through a medley of fantastical avant-garde guises that defied gender stereotypes, kick-started glam rock and pushed the world of fashion into another orbit. He transformed himself into a flamboyant, planet-hopping martian messiah called Ziggy Stardust, a hedonistic cosmonaut named Major Tom and an emaciated, hollow zombie with a colossal cocaine habit known as the Thin White Duke. These indelible incarnations, among a dozen others, have influenced just about every walk of life in the fashion and music industry. Just take a look for yourself and you’ll find everyone from Gaultier to Gaga paying homage to the Great One.

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