Clinton caused a stir when she stepped out with bangs last week, but there’s more than sexism at work when people judge a politician’s looks.
A year ago, President Obama had his inauguration thunder stolen by his wife Michelle, or rather her new ‘do. The First Lady’s bangs, which she later attributed to a midlife crisis, generated so much attention that the president joked they were the “most significant” occurrence of the inaugural weekend. Well this month history repeated itself. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio found his recent inauguration speech competing for attention with Hillary Clinton’s new bangs.
New York Magazine proclaimed, “Hillary Clinton Gets Bangs, Nation Rejoices” whileThe Huffington Post decried, “Hillary Clinton Gets New Bangs, Is So 2012.” Whether you love them or hate them, here is a question: Is writing and talking about Hillary Clinton’s hair, or appearance period, sexist?
New devices catching on primarily among teens in Asia claim to slim noses, give instant facelifts, and improve smiles. But are these products crazy fads or just plain dangerous?
Who's the prettiest of them all? It's more than a folkloric contest in Asia, where inflated and omnipresent beauty standards inspire millions to go under the knife each year. Countries like Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan put a social and workplace premium on appearance, causing citizens to turn to the operating table in order to achieve the slim jawline, double eyelids, and straight nose coveted by many. These three Asian nations all made it into the latest study of the top 10 most plastic-surgery dependent countries in the world. South Korea ranked first, with 16 procedures per 1,000 people, Taiwan took sixth, and Japan came in seventh. In the South Korean capital of Seoul alone, one in five women underwent cosmetic surgery in 2012. And two years earlier, it was estimated that more than 5.8 million procedures were performed across Asia.
Research showing improved economic opportunities for those deemed attractive has, in part, fueled this rise, especially within hyper-competitive markets like China. Even pre-teen children are undergoing these procedures. "I'm having her do it," the mother of a 12-year-old Korean girl who got double-fold eye surgery told CNN, "because I think it'll help her. This is a society where you have to be pretty to get ahead. She's my only daughter."
Men I met practically fetishized models, and sometimes they wouldn’t take no for an answer. After my friend was slipped GHB, I tried it to see how vulnerable I was.
I very briefly dated a guy who was more enthusiastic for my job than I was. Every time we went out—always to a bar or club a.k.a. somewhere to be seen—he would proudly mention to all and sundry that I was a model. I felt like a really nice car, or a soaking tub, or a fireplace, or something that would drive the price of an apartment way up. “You have got to see the roof garden!” I was his roof garden.
Every time he DJ, he made sure I was dancing next to him in the booth. Club owners, promoters and photographers would always make sure I had a drink in my hand. They would take pictures of us together. Unfailingly, he would be grinning from ear to ear; I would be looking away, trying to focus my blurry drunk vision.
And Hussein Chalayan to design for Vionnet.
Miley Cyrus Did Not Diss Beyoncé in LOVE Magazine: On Thursday, outrageous quotes reportedly from Miley Cyrus's interview in the upcoming issue of LOVE magazine surfaced of the pop star insulting Beyoncé — one of them reads, "Beyoncé has been such a big inspiration to me but she's been out for such a long time. She's so talented and I think she's at the top of the game now but people are always looking for new blood and that's what I bring to the game now, new blood. I got the total package you know, the curves, the rhythm, and the voice. I'm just the best." Cyrus quickly took to Twitter to explain that the quotes were fake, and, two hours later, LOVE magazine confirmed they were fabricated. The culprit is still at large, but Cyrus has pointed fingers at The Daily Mail. [Fashionista]
Former Louis Vuitton CEO Receives Legion D'Honneur: Louis Vuitton's former chairman and CEO Yves Carcelle, was awarded France's Legion D'Honneur, the country's highest civilian decoration. Although Carcelle resigned from his position at Vuitton in 2012, he remains on LVMH's executive committte and is the current vice president of the Fondation Louis Vuitton Pour la Creation. Thierry Wassler, perfumer for Guerlain, and Anthony Chalhoub, the CEO of the Chalhoulb group, were both awarded knighthoods. [WWD]
On Wednesday, Bill de Blasio's wife and daughter both donned ensembles by New York-based designer Nanette Lepore, a nod to the governor's support for saving the city's garment district.
The new First Ladies of New York City – Chirlane McCray and Chiara de Blasio – took subtle styling hints from Michelle Obama and Kate Middleton when they attended the inauguration of their husband/father, Bill de Blasio, as mayor of New York.
New York-based fashion designer Nanette Lepore dressed the two for the occasion, with McCray sporting the 'Skyscape' coat in a plum color and the 'Wonderland' dress, and de Blasio wearing a velveteen leopard-printed 'Destination' coat and a beige 'Tahmira' dress (both selected from five options proposed by the designer).
And Olivia Palermo is engaged.
Kate Middleton Named 2013's Top Beauty Icon: For the third year in a row, the Duchess of Cambridge has been named the UK's top beauty icon, beating out the likes of Victoria Beckham, Cara Delevingne, and Beyonce. Despite a few beauty debacles this past year—including some gray hairs and a bad ponytail situation—Middleton's lucious locks still seem to be a fan favorite. The study, which was conducted by Superdrug, found that Middleton's popularity stems from her relatability and natural look. Simon Comins of the company said, "Kate Middleton has secured her place in the nation's hearts, and has cemented her position as a beauty icon. The Duchess is always immaculately presented, but is styled in a way that the average person can relate to, and take inspiration from." [Daily Mail]
Marilyn Monroe's Seven Year Itch Dress is History's Most Iconic Film Costume: The white dress that has become synonymous with Marilyn Monroe from her film The Seven Year Itch, has been named the most iconic screen costume of all time in a survey by the British Heart Foundation. The dress, which was created by William Travilla, was famously worn by Monroe as she stood over a subway grate. Other pieces named on the list include Dorothy's blue-and-white gingham dress from The Wizard of Oz, Olivia Newton-John's black leather ensemble in Grease's final scene, and Audrey Hepburn's black Givenchy frock from Breaktfast at Tiffanys. [The Telegraph]
The singer who performed at the royal wedding opens up to British Marie Claire.
Ellie Goulding is Marie Claire’s February cover star, and the singer, who was handpicked by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to perform at their wedding reception in April 2011, has revealed what it was really like to attend the royal wedding.
"In the weeks before, everyone I know was talking about the wedding, and I was sat like [puts knuckles in her mouth], trying not to say anything," Goulding says in the new issue of British Marie Claire. "I kept it to myself for so long – but no one would have believed me anyway."
And Crocs receives a $200 million investment.
Phoebe Philo Honored by Queen Elizabeth II: Céline creative director Phoebe Philo received an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) from Queen Elizabeth II in the New Years Honors List for her services to the fashion industry. The British fashion designer was educated at the renowned Central Saint Martins college in London and worked alongside Stella McCartney. Legendary make-up artist Pat McGrath was also honored with an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) for her dedication to the fashion and beauty industries. McGrath is best known for her runway looks for the likes of Dolce & Gabanna, Dior, Louis Vuitton, and Gucci. [WWD]
Jay Z and Beyoncé End Veganism: The 22-day vegan challenge has come to a close! On Sunday, Beyoncé and Jay Z celebrated the end of their veganism at Miami restaurant Seasalt and Pepper. Instead of slowly introducing certain foods back into their diet, the couple went big, enjoying pappardelle, lobster risotto, and seafood casserole as their first non-vegan meal in less than a month. [Page Six]
And Lady Gaga's ex threatens a lawsuit.
Prada Casts Second Woman of Color: In June, Prada made a splash, casting its first African American model in a campaign in 19 years. Then-newcomer 19-year-old Malaika Firth fronted the brand's Fall/Winter 2013 campaign alongside major industry names including Christy Turlington and Freja Beha, making her the first African American face of Prada since Naomi Campbell in 1994. Now, for its Spring/Summer 2014 campaign, the brand has continued its path towards greater diversity, tapping young Wilhelmina model Cindy Bruna -- who most recently walked in the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. The ad, photographed by Steven Meisel, features the collection's art-inspired fur coats and Teva-style sandals. [Fashionista]
Miley Cyrus Covers LOVE Magazine in Pink Mohwawk: Could Miley's blonde 'do be a thing of the past? Following the singer's appearance in LOVE's Advent calendar -- penis underwear and all -- the magazine tapped Cyrus as the star of its Issue 11 cover, donning a pink mohawk and an up-close and personal view of her ear tattoo (which coincidentally reads "Love"). The debut of Cyrus's cover (on newstands in February), follows the singer's New York Times interview in which she addresses the Vogue magazine cover rumors. "I can't say too much," Cyrus tells Jon Caramanica. "But it was where I was kind of going to have to do this trade-off, and I wasn't willing to. Right now, me doing any kind of cover for anything that's like, a Seventeen or Teen Vogue or whatever, the way I talk isn't the way that people are 17 really understand." [Daily Mail]
A disturbing trend online encourages girls to be so thin they can see a gap between their thighs. Model Robyn Lawley reacts.
Models are shown at a dream-like dinner party in a new video from CR Fashion Book entitled 'Entropy.'