Teigen debuts clothing line with Revolve

As if we all already didn’t love Chrissy Teigen enough, she had to go and launch a new clothing line to make us adore her even more.

According to Cosmopolitan, the model and author unveiled a brand-new clothing line with the Los Angeles-based retailer, Revolve, that includes everything from black bodysuits to fringe coats to thigh-high boots. As for her inspiration while designing the collection, Teigen explained in a statement that she crafted pieces with the woman on the go in mind, Glamour reports.

“I wanted to create beautiful, classic pieces that are sexy yet comfortable,” she said. “I also wanted to make sure the pieces were very versatile to be able to mix and match. The color palette in the collection is all neutrals in order to create that timeless look. It’s all about being confident and feeling sexy!”

As for the price of the luxurious new line, Glamour says the collection ranges from $78 to $328, with each product “alluding to parts of Teigen’s life—from the Luna lace to the Como lace-ups.”

Shop the 36-piece collection here.

Brooks teams up with Universal Standard for new clothing line

Fall is about to become even more fashionable, thanks to a new collaboration between Danielle Brooks and Universal Standard.

According to HuffPost, the Orange is the New Black star is taking her talents off screen to try her hand at clothing design, teaming up with size 10-28 fashion company, Universal Standard, to craft the brand’s Tria collection. Announced by Brooks on Instagram last week, the actor shared a sneak peak of some styles from her line, says HuffPost, modeling a merlot-hued sweater dress over a crisp white button-down shirt, which she paired with patent leather oxfords.

“Beyond excited about this collaboration with this amazing brand!” she wrote in the photo’s caption. “You’ll soon be able to shop this look and a few others. Can’t wait to show you more.”

Brooks’ designs are part the second installment of Universal Standard’s ongoing Tria collection, says HuffPost, which “prompts women to design three pieces that they always wished they had in their closet but could never find.” According to the brand, Brooks’ three-piece collection, which debuts in November, will hold a mirror to Universal Standard’s “established downtown, yet classic, aesthetic, and Danielle’s strong personal style.”

Sounds like everything we could ever hope for! Keep an eye out for Brooks’ collection here.

Machado minimizes Instagram trolls

Leave it to former Miss Universe Alicia Machado to teach us all how to deflect negative comments from online trolls.

According to Glamour, after the TV personality posted a photo to Instagram of herself at the Premios Tu Mundo award show, some naysayers decided to interrupt a string of positive comments left on her photo with nasty remarks aimed at her weight. Writing things such as “the extra pounds are noticeable” and “you’re overweight in my opinion,” Glamour says Machado deftly deflected the negativity in a single sentence.

“Yes, and I still have another five pounds more to gain to appear even fatter for the next character that I will be playing,” she fired back.

This isn’t the first time that Machado was subject to body shaming comments, with Glamour reminding us of her role in the 2016 presidential election, when Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton defended her against then-candidate Donald Trump, who body-shamed her after she won his 1996 Miss Universe Pageant and continued to comment of her weight thereafter.

But clearly, Machado can hold her own — all while teaching us something about owning our own bodies in the process.

 

Dior revives chain letters for charity

Dior is getting creative in order to raise money for charity.

Using social media to revive the infamous chain letter, ELLE reports that Dior launched their all-new Dior Love Chain, a social media movement that asks the questions, “And you? What would you do for love?” all in the name of charity.

Dior kicked off the Instagram campaign on Aug. 24 with a short video by Natalie Portman, says ELLE, while Robert Pattinson, the face of Dior Homme, answered the question by saying he’d try to become a better person for love. Jennifer Lawrence also took part and gave a more humorous response, saying she’d “pretend wearing sexy underwear was comfortable.”

With a star-studded campaign underway, it’s only natural that it’s all for a good cause. According to ELLE, for every response social media users post with the hashtag #diorlovechain, Dior will donate $1 to WE Charity, which “leads global initiatives that aim to break the poverty cycle.”

 

Blogger highlights differences in body perception

We all tend to be our own worst critics, but sometimes, women tend to magnify their so-called flaws even more. However, it takes major reflection to be able to call out your own  self-deprecation.

Take Louise Aubery, for example. According to Refinery29, the student and blogger recently took to Instagram to post side-by-side photos of herself, one in which she points out all the things she thinks are “wrong” with her body and her looks, while in the duplicate image, she highlights what viewers of the image likely see.

” I always see what is wrong. ‘Too close.’ ‘My nose appears too big.’ ‘My legs look too white.’ ‘I look terrible,'” she wrote in the photo’s caption.  “This is usually what follows when someone show me a picture they took of me .”

However, Aubery continued by saying that she is never as harsh on other people as she is on herself.

“On the contrary, I tend to focus on their assets,” she said. “So why not do the same with yourself?”

Refinery29 reports that she later told Metro that the post was inspired by noticing that social media has, in her eyes, allowed us to compare ourselves to others instead of acting as an empowerment tool. Yet, while Aubery notes that she hoped her post would help inspire women to go easier on themselves, she told Metro it ultimately takes time for anyone to stop the self-criticism.

“It can’t happen in one day and it all comes down to practice: waking up telling you three things you are grateful for today, stating one thing you like about yourself every time you caught yourself despising something, and actually talking about it with like minded people.”

Instagrammer reveals reality behind photos

In the midst of an infinite scroll of perfected photos and flawless looks lies one image that perfectly sums up all the reasons why self-esteem should not be based on what you see on Instagram.

According to Glamour, body-positivity advocate Milly Smith shared her own side-by-side photo on Instagram in which she wears a bra and black, shape-accentuating tights in one photo while in the other, she wears only her bra and panties. Her motive? To “warn her followers against obsessing too much over the seemingly perfect lives being lived in their newsfeeds,” reports Glamour.

Noting that the photos were taken on the same day and at the same time of day, Glamour says Smith wrote in her caption that playing with things as simple as camera angle and her clothing can make her body seem to fit a more “acceptable” image of beauty.

“The media constantly wants us to be more filtered, more posed, more flexed,” she wrote, “making us ashamed, afraid and resentful of our bodies, our natural vessel.”

But according to Smith, the real damage occurs when we compare ourselves to others.

“We compare ourselves to these images of posed, strategically taken photos. Comparing yourself is a thief of your joy/self love and even more so when you’re comparing aesthetics to images that aren’t reality.”

Closing by sharing that both of her photos are beautiful, Glamour says Smith not only asserted that loving herself is most important, she also urged her followers to rid themselves of anything or anyone that makes them feel less than beautiful.

“Get rid of accounts that make you feel negative, get rid of people in your life that don’t make you feel happy, loved and beautiful,” she said. “Don’t let an all [sic] ruin your life.”

Amen to that. Be sure to follow Smith here.

 

 

Patrick posts body-positive Instagram message

Instagram is filled with before-and-after style photos, but a recent trend on the app has been to share how different lighting and poses can affect the way one’s body is perceived. While the trend has largely been fueled by photos of models or fitness bloggers, race car driver Danica Patrick couldn’t help but join in.

According to Today, Patrick took to Instagram to post her own side-by-side photo in which the only thing different was the way she was posing. While the photo illustrates that something as subtle as a pose can make a difference in the way our bodies look, Patrick’s caption shed more light on the issue.

“We all want to look our best at all times, no shame in that,” she wrote, according to Today. “But don’t let someone else’s body put yours down. Use it for motivation.”

Concluding her post with one last inspirational message, Today says the famed driver told her followers to always respect their bodies.

“We all know when we are treating our bodies with the respect it deserves. It’s the one and only thing we own for life.”

Veras verifies body positivity in swimsuit photos

Everybody has a bikini body, no matter what the haters say, and Diana Veras proved this to be true in a string of recent swimsuit photos posted on social media.

According to Cosmopolitanwhen the model’s Instagram photo of herself looking fierce in a pink off-the-shoulder bikini drew negative comments from online trolls, Veras decided not to hide but to instead fight fire with fire — by posting even more bikini photos on Twitter.

Directing the photos’ caption to those shaming her, Cosmo said Veras wrote, “Here’s more of my lil chubby ass in a bathing suit since it offends men so much.”

With over 75,000 likes and 16,000 retweets, Veras followed up her popular clap-back photos with a written statement, sharing that she hopes people understand there are variations of beauty that deserve equal admiration.

“…Don’t forget that I can’t speak for all plus sized women,” she wrote. “We all come in all different shapes, sizes, proportions, colors, and ALLLLLL of our beauty should be celebrated. Even though I’ve had my own struggles with my body, I don’t want 2 silence the voices of other beautiful women who also deserve recognition for their efforts.”

Perhaps Veras said it best when she concluded her message by saying, “There is so much room for all of us to shine.”

Dunham demonstrates body-positive point on Instagram

Lena Dunham recently bared it all on Instagram to make a statement on body image and self-love — literally.

According to InStyle, the Girls creator and star posted a nude photo of herself (save for a few strategically-placed emojis) along with a caption that not only discussed the impetus behind her decision to post the photo, but also the reason why she is choosing to love her body. Referencing the Instagram account @eatingboys, which InStyle reports frequently addresses body image, Dunham wrote:

“Just wanted to share that one of the reasons @eatingboys has inspired me so much is because of the way she mixes her humor and sexuality. I spent so many years loving my body but thinking it wasn’t lovable by others- its sole purpose was to be fodder for jokes.”

Dunham continued her caption says InStyle, sharing that she often made herself the punchline to jokes so no one else could, but now, she recognizes that her body is worth much more than a joke.

“…At age 31, having been through hell and back with my health and other people’s perceptions of my physicality, I feel deeply comfortable with the idea that this pear-shaped pot of honey is equally good for making people laugh and laying out like a Suicide Girl circa 2004. Love it all.”

Thanks, Lena Dunham, for reminding us to “love it all.”

Raisman raises body-positive point on Instagram

Women can wear whatever they want and still be respected — just ask Aly Raisman.

According to HuffPost, the gold-medal-winning Olympic gymnast took to Instagram to make a statement about body confidence. Posting a photo of herself in a swimsuit with a plunging neckline, HuffPost says Raisman captioned the photo this way:

“Wear whatever makes you feel happy and confident. Don’t EVER let anyone tell you how you should or shouldn’t dress. We are all entitled to wear what we want. Females do not have to dress modest to be respected. Be proud of your body.”

Raisman continued her inspiring message by offering that despite our insecurities or the number we see on the scale, we are “unique and beautiful in your own way.”

That’s a message we’ll be sure to keep in mind all summer long!