We love the gorgeous and talented plus size model Tara Lynn (who was also featured in H&M’s “Big Is Beautiful” swimwear campaign a few years ago). She’s just landed the cover of Elle Spain, looking amazing. What’s not so amazing is that the magazine decided to use the tired stereotype of branding a plus-sized woman a “real woman” as a misguided move towards celebrating body diversity. More
It turns out Taylor Swift has an affinity for Pink sweatshirts and yoga shorts. How do I know? Because the whole freaking internet thinks it’s news. More
Madonna has spent the past thirty years courting controversy and making headlines and occasionally even challenging people to rethink what they believe about human sexuality (on a good day). The last few years, though, have been pretty tame for the superstar–so tame, in fact, that she’s taken to flashing audiences, wearing sparkly grills, posting selfies to Instagram and getting banned from movie theater chains… for texting. More
In a spread for V magazine, VS Angel Miranda Kerr channelled Hungarian-born singer, adult film star and politician Cicciolina. The photos feature Kerr donning a wig in imitation of Cicciolina, as well as with one breast out — the manner in which the politician is famed for giving speeches. More
Megan Draper (a.k.a. Jessica Pare)’s distinctive-looking teeth have occasionally been an obstacle for her character on Mad Men, like when someone told her she’d never be an actress because of them. This turns out not to be true even in the world of the show, but I’ve often wished I could show Megan just one fashion editorial from the present day, because chances are, the model in it would have big, gap teeth. They’re in! More
When I first heard the names “Miley Cyrus” and “Terry Richardson” together in the same sentence, I automatically assumed Miley was going to appear in some blown out photos sucking on the famed creepster’s fingers in a transparent bid to further “grow up” (read: pornify) her image. But for their recent shoot for Harper’s Bazaar, Uncle Terry and young Miley went the other way entirely, with couture outfits, fashion-y poses, nice lighting, and no finger sucking at all. Is Miley trying to combat the idea that she is “just some ratchet white girl”—a popular misconception which exists primarily in her head—or did Harper‘s simply tell them “no funny business”? Look at the pictures and decide for yourself. More
As you may know, the ever-edgy Vice* Magazine put a “controversial” fashion spread in its newly released “Women In Fiction” issue, perhaps to balance out all the tasteful content from writers like Mary Gaitskill and Joyce Carol Oates. In said spread, well-dressed models portray various female writers who ended their lives by suicide, alongside helpful notes about the clothing and accessories they are wearing. (If you are looking for some stockings to hang yourself with, check out these super sturdy ones made by Prada!) More
Do you enjoy looking at rooms strewn with all kinds of cool old crap someone just couldn’t bear to part with? How about pretty androgynes in tasteful Goth attire? Because the latest issue of Interview Magazine contains a Hoarders-themed editorial that features both of those things prominently, and it is glorious. More
Have you heard the theory that Mad Men‘s Megan Draper is being set up to be murdered because wardrobe put her in a shirt similar to one worn by Sharon Tate in a 1967 Esquire spread? I’m not sure if I buy it, but the show is getting crazier, so who knows? Anyway, Esquire was pretty jazzed about this, so they dug up the vintage spread in which the shirt appears (slide 3). And, as it turns out, this particular spread was an attempt to use cheesecake photos of Sharon Tate to illustrate principles from Mao Zedong‘s teachings, because it was 1967 and people in America were at least vaguely interested in communism. Interested enough to look at pictures of Sharon Tate next to quotes from Mao, anyway, provided Mao’s quotes were introduced/discredited as “dull and unmemorable.” More
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After what felt like forever without it, Mad Men is currently on TV for what will probably feel like way too short a time. In addition to providing plans for all of our Sunday nights, this means its primary players (but mainly the women) get to wear lots of pretty clothes about talk about themselves in magazines. In the latest issue of Net-a-Porter‘s interactive online fashion mag The Edit, criminal undersharer January Jones dons some truly gorgeous outfits and looks, well, gorgeous in them. The accompanying article is fairly similar content-wise to The New York Times‘ sexist hack job, only it takes a strong stance in favor of Ms. Jones’ right to privacy. Imagine that! But even if you are still mad at her for refusing to tell us everything about her interior life, perhaps you can content yourself with the fact that she seems committed to using her exterior to create some really striking images. More
A little while ago, Abercrombie & Fitch CEO
Clayface Mike Jeffries made some really awful comments about why his fratty Americana mall clothes don’t come in larger sizes. A recent article (focusing on the brand’s desire for thin, popular customers) brought the comments back around and a new outcry surged on the internet, especially from the fat acceptance community. One blogger, Jes at The Militant Baker, decided to write an open letter to Jeffries.
…Even better, she did a photoshoot to accompany that letter, imagining ‘fat Abercrombie ads’ that reflect positive body image. More
Emma Watson is pretty much a best case scenario for someone transitioning from child to adult stardom. She seems incredibly nice and normal, she’s never gotten into trouble of any kind, and she’s been nabbing quality roles in smart but entertaining movies like The Perks of Being a Wallflower and The Bling Ring. And in the June issue of W Magazine, she continues her flawless transition to adulthood with the most gorgeous and womanly photos we’ve seen of her yet. More
She can’t be tamed, y’all!
In the summer 2013 issue of V Magazine, Miley Cyrus can be seen “pushing the boundaries” of former child star propriety in some rather statement-y get-ups. Her accoutrements include ’80s punk spikes, ’90s jazzercise clothes, a pink mohawk, underboob, and many, many abs. She also wears that great bugaboo of the nineties, pre-distressed jeans, and even tries out a bit of androgyny in some men’s underwear. If she’s trying to get a bicurious female following, it’s working…this is the hottest I have ever found her. (I’m easy like that.)
What with all the screaming loud fashions and efforts at gender-bending on display, I’m a little (but not too) surprised most of the coverage of this so far has focused on how much skin she is showing. What kind of crazy shit does she have to wear to become known for her bold fashion risk taking? Click through to see this stupid sexy clusterfuck in all its gaudy glory. More
Carey Mulligan is currently in the thick of promoting The Great Gatsby, which is good news for anyone who enjoys looking at pictures of Carey Mulligan. In the June issue of Harper’s Bazaar UK, Ms. Mulligan poses for a series of lovely, seasonally appropriate photos: there are flowers on the trees and on her clothes, and she even wears a pair of rain boots in one shot. Her beauty look is fittingly soft and natural, and the accompanying article is full of cute tidbits, like the music she listened to to get pumped up for scenes in The Great Gatsby (LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem”) and the fact that Leonardo DiCaprio wrote her notes and signed them as Gatsby. Aw. More