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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]

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.

Rihanna Named America’s Most Marketable Celebrity

Rihanna For PUMA
Rihanna For PUMA

Rihanna For PUMA

NEW YORK, NY January 17, 2016

Bitch better have her endorsement money! Rihanna sells out every product she promotes from Puma sneakers to sheer furry socks. With her proven record of driving sales, we’re not surprised to learn a study by The NPD Group named her the most marketable celebrity in America. Bow down.

After assessing 1,000 celebrities and 2,500 brands using the Brandlink database, the study confirmed that Rihanna is the strongest celebrity endorser, with Beyoncé coming in second and Usher and Ne-Yo tying for third. Rihanna’s score of 367, based on the number of brands she could strongly endorse, is three times higher than the average A-list celebrity including Angelina Jolie.

And if you think Rihanna can only sell MAC Cosmetics makeup and River Island clothes, you’re sadly mistaken. According to the study, the singer would even be a good spokesperson for the automotive company Jeep. We vaguely recall Rihanna riding around in a Jeep with Oprah in Barbados so this obviously makes perfect sense.

[via Hype Beast]

Kendall Jenner Faces Backlash Over New ‘Tribal’ Campaign

Kendall Jenner For MANGO
Kendall Jenner For MANGO

Kendall Jenner For MANGO

NEW YORK, NY January 17, 2016

Controversy seems to follow the Kardashian-Jenner clan and the latest sister to find herself embroiled in scandal is none other than Kendall Jenner. Mango tapped the model to front its latest collection and the line is rightfully getting panned by critics for its offensive tribal theme.

The premise for the ‘Tribal Spirit’ collection is problematic in and of itself. It’s reportedly inspired by the African savanna but from what we’ve seen so far, it just features leather fringe and rope belts. The fashion interpretation of tribal is often reductive, portraying Africans as primitive and uncivilized with no intelligence or sophistication. Valentino just came under fire for its wildly offensive tribal-inspired Spring 2016 show that went so far as to send mostly white models down the runway in cornrows. It’s time the industry abandons the tribal motif altogether.

Furthermore, instead of an African model, the brand hired Kendall, whom Mango vice president Daniel López believes is “the best model to embody this trend.” Talk about adding insult to injury. This is the first of four trends featured in Kendall’s campaign. We can only hope the next three avoid such a blatant display of cultural erasure.
Photo: COURTESY OF MANGO
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