Nordstrom to expand extended size offerings

It’s one small step for the fashion industry, and one giant leap for shoppers of all kinds.

According to WWD, Nordstrom is seeking to increase its range of sizes sold (which includes plus and petite), with a goal of offering “extended sizing in 60 or more brands in ready-to-wear, outerwear, lingerie and swimwear” by spring 2018. Glamour reports that this change will begin to take root with the opening of Nordstrom’s Century City location in Los Angeles on Oct. 3, where its denim department will “feature all of its brand partners, from straight to extended sizes, merchandised together,” which means “no more having to go to a separate section to find your size.”

Additionally, the Century City location will also display mannequins of more diverse sizes, says Glamour, with this particular store displaying denim and lingerie on mannequins sized 0 to 12. Executive Vice President of Women’s at Nordstrom Tricia Smith shared with Glamour that the change won’t be wide sweeping yet, but it is certainly a move to incite change in the industry.

“There are a lot of brands that only sell between sizes 2 and 12, and we said, ‘That is not OK,’” Smith explains. “In the past, if you were a brand, you had to decide if you were going to be a plus-size brand or not, and that doesn’t have to be the case anymore.”

What also shouldn’t be the case, Smith told Glamour, is having petite and plus sizes considered “other” sizes.

“We don’t believe petite and plus should be categorized—they’re just sizes,” she said. “I think the fashion industry in general needs to commit itself to inclusivity and I strongly believe it’s about time, to be honest. And hopefully, all brands and retailers will learn to pay closer attention to their customers.”

 

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Beyoncé remixes ‘Mi Gente’ for disaster relief

Beyoncé seems to love two things: surprise music and helping those who need it most. And when it came to helping the victims of natural disasters, she decided to do just that.

According to HuffPost, Beyoncé “released a new remix Thursday to the global hit “Mi Gente” by Willy William and J Balvin,” where the singer opted to sing a few lines in Spanish. But along with the surprise drop of the track, HuffPost says she also announced that the proceeds from the song will directly benefit relief charities for Mexico (which suffered a massive 7.1 earthquake in September), as well as Puerto Rico and islands in the Caribbean, which were hit by hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Additionally, Beyoncé directed fans to her own website, says HuffPost, which outlines the myriad ways people can donate to natural disaster relief efforts.

You heard Queen Bey: let’s get in formation to help those who need it most. HuffPost reports that the “Mi Gente” remix can be found on both Spotify and Tidal.

 

Getty Images implements new ban on retouched photos

Getty images is taking steps to ensure that models are accurately portrayed in photos.

According to HuffPost, the stock photo service emailed its contributors last week to inform them that, as of Oct. 1, Getty will require that “you do not submit to us any creative content depicting models whose body shapes have been retouched to make them look thinner or larger.”

HuffPost reports that the move follows a recent French law mandating that any image that feature digitally-altered models be tagged with the phrase “photographie retouchée,” or “retouched photo.” In a statement, Getty said that a major impetus behind the move was the realization that images can break stereotypes and increase tolerance and empowerment.

“…At a time when imagery is the most widely spoken global language, it has never been more important to produce and promote a visual language that is progressive and inclusive,” Getty said.

While the move is certainly a step in the right direction, HuffPost notes that the photo agency still allows photos with other altered features, such as “hair color, nose shape, skin and blemishes.”

 

Sustainable cotton brand launches line for women

Everyone should have soft, comfortable clothes that make them feel cozy and confident.

Enter Kotn, a Toronto-based sustainable cotton brand who just added a new women’s line to their offerings, according to InStyle. The 16-piece women’s line offers “the core essentials every woman’s wardrobe needs,” says InStyle, with pieces ranging from V-neck  T-shirts and high-neck tank tops to cropped sweatshirts and culotte sweatpants.

Perhaps the best part about is Kotn’s sustainability background; the brand consistently partners with farmers in Egypt’s Nile River Delta in an effort to inject fair wages and revamp the local agriculture business, says InStyle. Talk about being a brand for good!

Pieces in the line range from $25 to $120 and come in sizes from XS to L. Click here to shop the line.

CoverGirl hires 69-year-old model for new campaign

Beauty knows no age, and Maye Musk is here to prove it.

According to Fashionista, Musk — a 69-year-old dietician/nutritionist and model — has just been recruited by CoverGirl as its latest ambassador, joining the brand’s other recent hires, Insecure‘s Issa Rae and author/chef Ayesha Curry.

But this isn’t Musk’s first time in the spotlight. Fashionista reports that Musk has been modeling since the age of 15 and was signed by IMG in 2016; appeared in campaigns for Target and Clinique; featured in magazines like New York magazine, Elle Canada, Vogue Italia, Vogue Korea and Vanity Fair; and appeared in the music video for Beyoncé’s “Haunted” in 2013. Oh, and she is also the mother of Tesla CEO Elon Musk.

With this newfound place at the fore of a major beauty campaign, Musk told The New York Times that she hopes her presence in CoverGirl’s latest initiative will inspire women everywhere.

“I just love that CoverGirl wants to do diversity,” she said. “They haven’t had a model this old in their campaigns. I’m turning 70 in April of next year. I think that women will be really inspired to see that even at 69 you can get a beauty campaign.”

Amen to that!

Vergara debuts EBY subscription underwear service

Sofía Vergara is one of the most recognizable faces in Hollywood, and now, her name is about to become a little more well-known, thanks to the new line of underwear and basics she’s designed.

According to W magazine, the Modern Family star just launched EBY, a “subscription-based brand of underwear and women basics” that are equal parts comfortable, stylish and practical, promising not to “roll up or stretch after you wash it.” In addition to providing foundational pieces that Vergara and co-founder Renata Black created to be as comfortable and unobtrusive as possible, The Hollywood Reporter says the overall idea for the brand was born out of considering ways to empower women.

“It wasn’t specifically about the underwear,” she told THR, “but I wanted to come up with something that was a business where I was going to make money but also do something for other people.”

And thus came EBY, which THR says has a partnership with Seven Bar Foundation, a non-profit that helps secure small loans for women-led businesses and initiatives around the world; once these loans are repaid, THR reports that “the money is returned to the organization, which in turn helps another woman get her business off the ground.” EBY will further help the organization provide female entrepreneurs with the money they need to succeed, with W magazine reporting that 10 percent of the net sales from EBY subscribers will be donated to the foundation.

As far as the subscription service itself, THR explains how it works this way: subscribers get to choose how many boxes they’d like to receive per year (monthly, twice per month or quarterly), and each box contains pieces that the subscriber chooses from six available styles. And while sizes range from XS to 4X, THR says all boxes cost the same $48, making it a fairly size-inclusive line as well as a charitable one.

Sharing with W magazine the goal of EBYVergara said it’s all about businesses helping other businesses — while having a bit of fun, too.

“I thought it was amazing because we were going to have a business and we’re going to help women with their businesses – it was perfect, I couldn’t say no,” she said. “You get this box every month or two month, whatever you decide, of several underwear or how many you want and it’s like a little gift for yourself. And you’re essentially giving a gift because we’re give ten percent of the net profit to the Seven Bar Foundation. It’s nice to be able to give back.”

Well said, Sofía. To check out EBYclick here.

 

NASA opens research center in honor of ‘Hidden Figures’ inspiration

A hero finally had her place in history cemented — literally.

According to Refinery29, NASA honored Katherine Johnson, a “mathematician whose contributions to NASA’s early space missions were instrumental to its success” and the inspiration behind 2016’s Hidden Figures film, by placing her name on their research center. Called the Katherine G. Johnson Computational Research Facility, Entertainment Weekly says the new building is part of NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, and was officially opened in a ceremony this past weekend.

In a pre-taped video, Refinery29 says Johnson shared how she felt about having a building named in her honor.

“You want my honest answer? I think they’re crazy,”  she said. “I was excited at something new, always liked something new, but give credit to everybody who helped. I didn’t do anything alone but try to go to the root of the question and succeeded there.”

Known as “the human computer” and a mathematician vital to launching John Glenn into space in 1962, Entertainment Weekly reports that Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe offered that while Johnson is not alone in her achievements, she is certainly a pioneer.

“You have been a trailblazer,” he said at the ceremony. “When I think of Virginia and the history of what we’ve gone through … you’re at the top of that list.”

Johnson’s work and those of her counterparts Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson were further immortalized in the film Hidden Figuresin which Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe portrayed the all-black, all-female mathematicians who shaped the trajectory of NASA’s space program.

 

 

Cardi B makes history with ‘Bodak Yellow’

Make way for the new queen of the charts.

According to HuffPost, rapper Cardi B just claimed the No. 1 spot on the Hot 100 chart with “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves),” and with it, she claimed a spot in history, becoming “the first female rapper to top the chart without an accompanying act since Lauryn Hill in 1998.”

But her accolades don’t stop there: HuffPost reports that her seat at the top of the charts “makes her the second female rapper to top the Hot 100 with a solo hit, and only the fifth female rapper to top the Hot 100 chart at all,” joining the likes of Lil Kim, Iggy Azalea and Shawnaa.

Cardi B also became the first solo female artist since Meaghan Trainor to have her debut track hit No. 1, says HuffPost.

You can’t ask for anything better than that! Congratulations to Cardi B.

 

Student film flips gender roles

Sometimes, it takes the youngest among us to see the world from a different perspective.

Just ask Ella Fields, a 14-year-old filmmaker who HuffPost says created a film on gender roles last year as a student of the Cinematic Arts Academy at Millikan Middle School in Los Angeles. Tasked with creating a film focused on something she was passionate about, Fields immediately landed on gender stereotypes, she told HuffPost.

“One of the first things that popped into my head was gender stereotypes, and how I truly believe that anyone can wear whatever they want, and how colors should not have any gender associated with them,” she said. “They are just colors.”

Fields channeled this sentiment into her film, “Stereo,” which HuffPost says reverses gender roles and imagines a world where “boys are the only ones who are supposed to wear dresses and girls are forbidden from participating in musical theater, both things the female protagonist yearns to do.”

In reflecting on her work, Fields told HuffPost that her main goal for the film was to “raise awareness of how stereotypes are meaningless.” And with her film being viewed over 1.6 million times, she did just that.

Watch Fields’ film here.

GabiFresh unveils new lingerie collection

Gabi Gregg is not slowing down any time soon.

Just on the heels of the launch of her clothing line Premme, the GabiFresh founder has just unveiled a brand new intimates collection with UK-based brand, Playful Promises, reports Fashionista. According to InStyle, the new line will feature “loungewear, bras, panties, and garters all priced from $20-$46,” while also being offered in a range of sizes — something that was important for Gregg.

“As someone who wears an HH cup, it’s hard to find sexy, supportive options,” she said. “I’m so sick of beige and boring, and I wanted to create statement pieces, which Playful Promises does so well. I’ve been so impressed with their cool options in a large range of sizes, and it felt like the right fit for my brand.”

With a full range of items that Fashionista says includes “ultra-sheer, lace pieces, cage-contouring details and seductive separates all washed in a sleek black,” Gregg says she wants nothing more than to have women feel “badass.”

“I hope it makes them feel sexy, confident and on top of the world.”

Amen to that! Fashionista reports that bras from the line come in 36-38B-I cup and40-44C-I cup, while briefs and PJs sizes range from size 12 to 24.

Click here to check out the line now.