Lush working on bath bomb inspired by Grande song

Looks like Lush is a fan of Ariana Grande’s latest music video.

According to Cosmopolitan, after the singer released the music video for her “God is a Woman” — which shows off the most ethereal scenes of Grande in the midst of pink, blue and purple-swirled water — a Twitter user reached out to Lush Cosmetics to “ask if the company could make a bath bomb with the same color scheme and name it ‘God is a Woman.'”

Screenshots of the company’s response showed that they wrote back offering to pass the idea along to their teams for consideration, and once Grande saw the images, Cosmo says she tweeted the words “i’ll do anything” to Lush to make her own plea.

The following day, Lush Product Inventor and Chief Digital Officer Jack Constantine responded, says Cosmo, and with more than expected: a full prototype of a “God is a Woman” bath bomb. Posting a video of the sample’s test run on Instagram, Constantine wrote in the caption, “I had a fun day working on a prototype for @arianagrande of a #godisawoman #bathbomb in the #lushlabstoday. Still needs work, version 2 tomorrow 🛀💣”

Stay tuned!

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Bra brand adds 24 new sizes

Bra shopping just got a little easier, thanks to ThirdLove.

According to Cosmopolitan, the intimates brand has announced that it they will not only begin offering half cup sizes, they are also adding a total of 24 new sizes to their collection. Additionally, the cup sizes will “range from AA through H and up to a 48-band size,” says Cosmo, giving ThirdLove a grand total of 70 sizes — more than double the offerings of competitor brands.

Chief Creative Officer for ThirdLove Ra’el Cohen told Cosmo that the more inclusive sizing aims to provide true-to-size styles that are supportive and stylish.

“We know you can’t just take a 34B and scale it up to a 40G — that’s a recipe for a bad fit,” she said. “We’ve worked tirelessly to design bras that don’t just scale up in size, but that have additional supportive elements that are nearly unperceivable to the naked eye.”

All of these inclusive sizes almost sounds too good to be true, and it kind of is — for now. Cosmo reports that while these sizes are currently available solely for the brand’s 24/7 Perfect Coverage Bra, ThirdLove does plan to extend the sizing to more designs in the near future.

 

Sephora begins offering free makeup classes for transgender customers

Sephora just became your favorite one-stop makeup shop all over again.

That’s because Cosmopolitan reports the beauty chain will start offering makeup classes that “cater specifically to those who identify as transgender or non-binary.” Beginning this month, Cosmo says the classes are part of their “Classes for Confidence” campaign that aims to educate shoppers and “already includes a beauty class called ‘Brave Beauty in the Face of Cancer.'”

This latest set of courses titled, “Bold Beauty for the Transgender Community,” are free of charge, according to Cosmo; they will be offered at all participating locations and consist of “90 minutes of personalized skincare advice, expert tips on color-correcting and color matching, and lessons on application techniques.”

To enroll in a class, shoppers can sign up on Sephora.com, and if you can’t make it into a store, Cosmo says customers can check out video tutorials on Youtube starting June 4 on the company’s Sephora Stands Youtube Channel.

 

Models team up to stop sexual harassment in fashion industry

A new program created by a group of 100 models demands respect — literally.

According to Cosmopolitanthe mass of models banded together at the recent Copenhagen Fashion Summit in Denmark to announce their new Respect program, which “aims to end sexual harassment in the fashion industry.”

Led by Model Alliance founder Sara ZiffCosmo reports that the program “asks brands, modeling agencies, and media outlets to sign a contract to protect models,” with the idea being that a legally-binding contract will allow models to file formal complaints, protect them from retaliation and secure an independent investigation into their complaints.

“The program establishes an orderly and fair process for addressing charges of abuse. It provides comprehensive training and education to models and all industry participants,” Ziff said in an interview with WWD, according to Cosmo. “This system benefits models, photographers and other service providers, and every company that wants to do the right thing. The only people who don’t benefit are the harassers themselves.”

Among the models who signed an open letter encouraging brands to join the program are Karen Elson, Doutzen Kroes and Milla Jovovich. While this new initiative aims at greater protections for models, it is not the first to take aim at such measures; Cosmo says the Model Alliance partnered last year with the Council of Fashion Designers of America to provide private changing areas for models.

This program, however, seeks to stand on the shoulders of previous work — and Cosmo says Ziff is heartened by what she’s seen so far.

“I think everyone is very aware of the problems in our industry and others and now we finally are able to move towards solutions.”

Fans call for Fenty to extend lingerie size range

Anything Rihanna touches with her Fenty empire usually turns to gold, but this time, her fans are demanding a bit more from the multi-hyphenate.

According to Cosmopolitan, the singer/designer’s latest launch — a sexy lingerie line called “Savage X Fenty” — debuted to high praise for its size-inclusive offerings, which include underwear sizes up to 3X and bra sizes up to 44DD. But some fans thought the size range wasn’t true to the brand’s “Savage comes in all shapes and sizes” motto.

Taking to social media to express their frustration over the lack of their specific bra size, Cosmo says fans called for additional sizes on both ends of the size spectrum.

“I was soooooo excited for but all the pieces I was excited about don’t come in my size. Story of my life,” wrote Twitter user Meghan. “‘Size inclusive’ is almost always a lie. It always means “here’s 25% of what straight sizes get, that’s good enough right?”

“Do not try and say you cater for ‘all body types’ by only selling a 32 band size as the smallest option and the most generic, easily available cup sizes 🤦🏻‍♀️ ,” tweeted Eleanor Wells.

While there is no word yet on whether or not the brand will eventually add even more sizes to their current range, Cosmo offers that there is a solid chance that Fenty may make good on their inclusive promise — look no further than their makeup line for proof that true inclusivity is possible.

Stay tuned!

 

Model campaigns to be first trans person of color on VS runway

There’s a first for everything, and one model is trying her best to break new ground in the fashion industry.

According to Cosmopolitan, model Leyna Bloom took to Twitter last week to tweet two stunning photos of herself in a bikini. But it was the caption that caught people’s attention — and spurred a movement: “Trying to be the 1st Trans model of color walk a Fashion show. 💕

With one single tweet, the model — who has already appeared on the runway for Chromat and The Blonds, says Cosmo — began a crusade to become the first transender model of color to walk the runway for the major lingerie brand. Cosmo reports that so far, the post garnered well over 100,000 retweets and 30,000 comments in support of Bloom’s campaign.

With people flocking to her support, Bloom knows that should she get the chance to appear in a Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, her presence on the runway has the potential to be game-changing.

“[That brand has] the power to set the tone, and that would be the biggest leap up to date,” she told Yahoo, according to Cosmo. “Can you imagine what that would do for our world? We all have unique stories; we are just different, and we have every right to be. We just want to be represented, and maybe they will want to represent us too.”

Lawrence poses body-positive social media message

With warmer weather quickly approaching, many may feel pressured to get ready to share bikini photos on social media. But one model is here to tell us that we don’t have to.

According to Cosmopolitanmodel and Aerie REAL model Iskra Lawrence recently posted a fresh patch of bikini photos to Instagram, and along with them, a caption that offered that not every bikinigram has to be accompanied by a body-positive message or a “philosophical caption.” Instead, she offered that we all should feel comfortable posting as much or as little as we want, showing as much or as little as we want — because all of us are deserving of respect.

“A bikini pic or anything else doesn’t have to have a philosophical caption or be about body posi because maybe it seems more purposeful now or demands more respect,” she wrote in her post’s caption, Cosmo reports. “You deserve the same respect regardless of what you choose to wear.”

Lawrence wanted to make one other thing clear: we all shouldn’t feel pressure to “post swim or underwear pics for likes, follows or because u see people like me doing it. Your comfort and confidence is wayyyy more important, so stay true to you.”

And with that, Lawrence wrapped up her comments with a cool “no airbrushin no problem” and sent us on our body-positive, feeling-confident way. And sometimes, that all we need is a quick reminder to do what works for us.

 

Aguilera goes natural for ‘Paper’

Christina Aguilera is looking a bit different these days, but just as beautiful as ever.

That’s because she debuted a fresh-faced look on the cover of Paper magazineCosmopolitan reports, going “virtually makeup-free” in an extreme closeup photo; that theme continues throughout the glossy, though other photos show off some “out-there eye makeup and more dramatic hairstyles.”

Being pulled toward drama and rawness, Cosmo says Aguilera told the magazine that she has reconciled her desire to be both a performer and her natural self.

“I’ve always been someone that obviously loves to experiment, loves theatrics, loves to create a storyline and play a character in a video or through stage,” she said. “I’m a performer, that’s who I am by nature. But I’m at the place, even musically, where it’s a liberating feeling to be able to strip it all back and appreciate who you are and your raw beauty.”

Though she is beautiful — no matter what they say, and with or without makeup —Aguilera wants to make one thing clear: her glamorous self isn’t going anywhere.

“I mean, I’m a girl that likes a beat face, let’s not get it twisted,” she said.

Us, too.

Read the full interview and skim more photos here.

Tarte unveils mermaid collection

Mermaids and makeup? Tarte has put the two together for the millennial collection of your dreams.

According to Cosmopolitan, Tarte has released a brand-new mermaid collection after teasing the sea-inspired products for a month. First releasing the “Be A Mermaid & Make Waves” eyeshadow palette on March 1, Cosmo says the brand finally released the rest of the line’s products, which include “a five-piece vegan brush set, mascara, holographic lip gloss, matte lip paint, glitter gel, “mer-mist” shimmer spray, and even mermaid false eyelashes and body jewels.”

With mermaid-tail brushes, clamshell eyeshadow palettes and multicolor lash extensions, the line is just as whimsical as it is colorful — and perfect for summer fun.

To shop the line, click here.

Mendes & Reinhart reveal photos were edited for magazine

Two Riverdale actors were not about to let their photoshopped magazine covers go unnoticed, so they called out the publication in the most public way possible — on social media.

According to Elite Daily, Camila Mendes and Lili Reinhart both were photographed for Cosmopolitan Philippines, though their cover photos looked a bit different than they remembered: instead of showing their real figures, the images were instead shaven down in Photoshop, showing the actors as impossibly narrower than they are. So to bring attention to the unwarranted editing, the duo decided to point out the adjustments on Instagram.

“@lilireinhart and I feel disrespected & disturbed by the sight of our photoshopped bodies,” Mendes wrote via her Instagram Story, according to Elite Daily. “We want [Cosmopolitan Philippines] readers to know that those bodies are not ours.”

Both Mendes and Reinhart proceeded to post a sequence of their original images followed by the edited photos in their Instagram stories, says Elite Daily, highlighting the area of their torsos that were trimmed with a photo editing tool. Beyond this, Mendes also offered a written response on her Instagram story, writing that she and her Riverdale counterpart feel disrespected by the changes made to their photos.

Calling their figures “distorted,” Elite Daily says Mendes wrote that she and Reinhart “prefer to see our bodies the way they actually are. I’m not interested in having a slimmer waist, I’m more than satisfied with the one that I already have.”

Tell ’em, Camila!

See the images in question here.