SNL highlights fashion ad pitfalls

Leave it to Saturday Night Live to satirize the fashion industry and its portrayal of non-super model women.

In their recent skit called, “Chonk,” the late-night sketch comedy show promoted a new store that sells clothing from sizes two to 28, reports The Cut. The ad begins with a seemingly inspirational message of promoting the faux store, calling women “beautiful,” “strong” and “gorgeous at any size.” But it quickly becomes “toxic,” says The Cut.

Interspersing empowering messages in between the rather offensive store name of “Chonk,” the skit points out the implicit negative messaging in clothing advertisements directed at women which make them feel “othered”or subpar.

Perhaps the best part of the video comes near the end, when Chonk introduces their male store, called “Normal Clothes,” emphasizing that men may be less likely to deal with the same negative messaging in fashion advertising.

While the video closes by mockingly saying, “Every woman’s a chonk,” we all know that in reality, every woman is everything the fake ad said in the beginning: beautiful, strong and gorgeous at any size.

To watch the full video, click here.

Show some love for Leslie J

Leslie Jones slays in the new Ghostbusters revamp and even slayed on the red carpet in a stunning Christian Siriano gown after several designers turned down the opportunity to work with her. But apparently, that’s not enough to keep the haters away.

According to the Huffington Post, Jones has been on the receiving end of incredibly harsh — and completely uncalled for — comments that are racially-charged and criticize her appearance. While the Ghostbusters star didn’t hesitate to call out the trolls by retweeting their comments on Twitter, some of which referred to her as an “ape” and as “extremely ugly,” Jones also shared how hurtful such caustic words were to her, says the Huffington Post, explaining that they made her feel “numb.”

“I don’t know how to feel,” she tweeted. “I’m numb. Actually numb. I see the words and pics and videos. Videos y’all. Meaning people took time to sprew hate.”

She continued expressing her disbelief this way, according to the Huffington Post: “As much as you want to thinks actors ain’t human I want to give you something to think about. I work off pure passion for this game … I’m more human and real than you fucking think.I work my ass off. I’m not different than any of you who has a dream to do what they love.”

Although Jones held her own against her haters, many friends and co-stars joined her to fight against the negativity, tweeting their love to the Saturday Night Live star with the hashtag, “#LoveForLeslieJ.”

The Huffington Post says that stars like Sophia Bush, Anna Kendrick and Olivia Munn all tweeted their support to the actress. Ghostbusters director Paul Feig also joined in with a tweet of his own, according to the Huffington Post:

“Leslie Jones is one of the greatest people I know. Any personal attacks against her are attacks against us all. @Lesdoggg

Fellow comedian Loni Love called on other comics to stand in solidarity with Jones, according to the Huffington Post, tweeting:

“My girl @Lesdoggg has paid her comedy dues & this is her moment ..Stand up comics we need 2 stand up for our girl now RT .”

While the Huffington Post shows that many jumped to Jones’ defense, perhaps Jones voiced her frustration and sadness most eloquently when she tweeted, “Stop letting the ignorant people be the loud ones. Y’all I got more love than hate but they louder. Fuck that be louder.”

Let’s let our love be louder for Leslie.

 

Jones rocks stunning Siriano number at ‘Ghostbusters’ premiere

All those designers who didn’t want to dress Leslie Jones for the big premiere of the Ghostbusters reboot got a glimpse of what they missed out on when Jones hit the red carpet over the weekend.

After calling out those designers who didn’t want to work with her, Project Runway alum Christian Siriano stepped up to the plate to dress the Saturday Night Live star — and the results were stunning. Jones showed up to the Saturday, July 9 premiere in Los Angeles in a red off-the-shoulder gown with a thigh-high slit, reports People, which she accessorized with a statement necklace, a frame clutch and metallic heels.

The inspiration for the fiery red gown? The movie Pretty Woman, Siriano may have implied on Instagram as he posted a photo of Jones with the caption, “Yep! #prettywoman.” People explained the potential nod to the classic film this way: “It definitely referred to the famous red-dress-and-diamonds combo Julia Roberts wears in the movie, but possibly also for the fact that the designers who blew her off made a ‘Big mistake. HUGE.‘”

All Pretty Woman speculation aside, People says Jones told reporters at the premiere that she wanted to “be ‘sexy,’ and show off my body a little bit.”

In addition to sharing her wish-list for her premiere gown with reporters, Jones also acknowledged the man who made it all possible — who also had a big day of his own.

“He’s getting married, right now, as we speak,” Jones told reporters of Siriano, who married his longtime boyfriend Brad Walsh the same day as the premiere, according to People. “As I walk up this aisle, he is walking up his aisle! Christian, Happy Wedding Day!”

While Siriano was enjoying his own special day, Jones killed it on the red carpet — all thanks to a simple tweet that led “making magic” happen.

To see Jones’ gorgeous gown, click here.

Jones calls out fashion designers

Saturday Night Live star Leslie Jones logged on to Twitter this week to share her frustration with fashion designers — and she’s prepared to shine a spotlight on those who’ve snubbed her.

According to The Cut, Jones, who is part of the cast of the forthcoming Ghostbusters film, took to Twitter on Tuesday, June 28 to reveal that many fashion designers are not stepping up to dress the star for a red carpet appearance for the film’s highly-anticipated release. She wrote:

“It’s so funny how there are no designers wanting to help me with a premiere dress for movie. Hmmm that will change and I remember everything.”

But shortly after Jones sent out the tweet, The Cut says Project Runway alum Christian Siriano responded, offering to design a premiere look for the star. The Cut reports that Siriano later told Time in an email, “I love Leslie and can’t wait to make her something fabulous to wear. I dress and support women of all ages and sizes.”

While Jones finally got the designer attention she deserves, it didn’t keep her from tweeting one last time about the issue. Several hours later, she wrote:

“Hmm what a difference a tweet makes. Should I name the designers that didn’t look out?Put y’all ass on blast. You will not get my love later.”

Whether or not Jones will actually reveal the designers who dissed her remains to be seen, but the important thing is, she found a designer that is excited about working with her — or we say, the designer found her.