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.

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Waithe makes ‘Vanity Fair’ debut

Vanity Fair’s latest cover star is making waves in more ways than one.

According to HuffPost, actor and writer Lena Waithe is starring on Vanity Fair‘s April cover, which some are saying marks “a major shift in the magazine’s largely mainstream focus by showcasing an up-and-coming black, openly lesbian woman.” The cover, photographed by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz, is the first for the glossy’s new editor in chief Radhika Jones, reports HuffPost, potentially indicative of how Jones may steer the magazine in the future.

“When I thought about the kind of person I’d like to see on the cover of Vanity Fair, I thought about Lena Waithe — a member of the new creative elite remaking entertainment for her generation,” Jones wrote in a note to readers of the new issue, according to HuffPost.

Waithe is best known for her role on the hit Netflix series Master of None, says HuffPost, previously working up through the ranks of the entertainment industry while serving in a more behind-the-scenes capacity as a writer and assistant under the likes of Ava DuVernay and Gina Prince-Bythewood.

Most recently, HuffPosts says Waithe has created her own series, — The Chi, which has already been renewed for a second season on Showtime — and has another series about a queer black woman in development, not to mention she appears in Steven Spielberg’s new movie, Ready Player One.

Whatever is coming next for Waithe, we know we’ll be watching!

 

 

Nyong’o responds to edited magazine cover

Lupita Nyong’o didn’t hold back her disappointment after her newly-released magazine cover revealed a heavily-edited photo of the actress.

According to Glamour, the actor took to Twitter to express her frustration at Grazia UK magazine, which edited her hair on its Novemeber 2017 cover and “completely erased the portion of her natural curls that was pulled back to give the impression of a close-cropped hairstyle.” To highlight the drastic editing, Glamour says that Nyong’o shared the original and edited images in her tweet, showing how the magazine gave her a buzzcut instead of showing her natural hair that was pulled into a low ponytail.

But her effort to shed light on the issue didn’t end there; Glamour reports that she also wrote an extensive Instagram post, writing that the images of beauty that filled her childhood were ones of “light skin” and “silky hair.” However, she wrote being on a magazine’s cover allows her to break those institutionalized standards of beauty for future generations, thus even more of a reason why the editing is disappointing:

“Being featured on the cover of a magazine fulfills me as it is an opportunity to show other dark, kinky-haired people, and particularly our children, that they are beautiful just the way they are. I am disappointed that @graziauk invited me to be on their cover and then edited out and smoothed my hair to fit their notion of what beautiful hair looks like.”

While the magazine has since apologized for the photo’s editing, Glamour points out that the issue highlights the “need more women of color involved in creating the images we see in media.”

Leive leaves ‘Glamour’ as EIC

Earlier this week, Robbie Myers vacated ELLE‘s editor-in-chief position, and Nina García stepped up to fill the role. Now, yet another glossy is left without a captain at the helm of the masthead.

According to Fashionista, Cindi Leive announced on Thursday, Sept. 14 that she is also stepping down from her post as EIC at Glamour, a position she held for 16 years. Leive announced the decision to depart the magazine in an exclusive interview with The New York Times, says Fashionista, though she did not offer any hints on what her next move might be.

While Myers and Leive their posts at their respective magazines this week, Fashionista reports that Leive was only one of four EICs to resign this week, following Graydon Carter of Vanity Fair and Nancy Gibbs of TIME.

Wishing Leive the best of luck in whatever she does next. To read her entire interview, click here.

García to be new EIC of ELLE

Time for a little upgrade for Marie Claire‘s Nina García.

According to WWD, García is set to become the glossy’s newest editor in chief following the sudden departure of Robbie Myers. Previously, García served as the fashion director at ELLE from 2000 to 2008, says The Cut, while she most recently acted as the creative director for Marie Claire.

Speaking on her new position, García shared in the announcement that she is excited to return to her roots at ELLE and help launch it into the future.

Elle is close to my heart, and this is a very special homecoming,” she said, according to WWD. “This is Elle’s moment to be out in front, inspiring and informing readers in every area. Fashion and beauty are at Elle’s core, as are culture, politics, health and new media. I’m excited to work with this incredibly talented team to set the pace for women who are moving as fast as the times we live in.”

Congrats, Nina! We are rooting for you!

Missy Elliott is fierce on ‘ELLE’ cover

The original queen of rap is taking the cover of ELLE magazine by storm, and with her cover comes a few life lessons from a career well-versed.

According to HuffPost, Missy Elliott used her place on the June cover of ELLE to share how her music and adjoining music videos helped her to express herself uninhibited. For  example, in her 1997 music video for “The Rain,” HuffPost says the rapper explained her “black plastic bag suit” was a way to make her feel powerful.

“To me, the outfit was a way to mask my shyness behind all the chaos of the look,” she said. “Although I am shy, I was never afraid to be a provocative woman. The outfit was a symbol of power. I loved the idea of feeling like a hip-hop Michelin woman. I knew I could have on a blow-up suit and still have people talking. It was bold and different. I’ve always seen myself as an innovator and a creative unlike any other.”

Even in a career marked with hits, the “Work It” rapper said that she’s never wanted to do anything to compromise who she is; in fact, HuffPost reports Missy Elliott offered that changing herself to fit in is something she’d “never do.”

“I’ve been through so many stumbling blocks to build a legacy, so I wouldn’t want to do something just to fit in. Because I never fit in.”

Read the full interview here.

‘Goop’ to go to print with Condé Nast

For a digital platform to take on a print form in our web-based era is almost unheard of, but Goop is set to go to print, thanks to a new partnership with Condé Nast.

According to Variety, Gwyneth Paltrow’s ” female-focused digital lifestyle brand” has “teamed up with Condé Nast in a partnership anchored around a print magazine that will encompass content on digital and social media.”

The magazine will be released quarterly starting in September, reports WWD, and will feature both print content from Goop as well as creative and design input from Condé Nast. Centering on themes of health and wellness, WWD says that the concept for a print-version of Goop came to life following a conversation between Paltrow (Goop’s founder and CEO) and Editor in Chief of Vogue and Condé Nast artistic director Anna Wintour.

Variety says the quarterly glossies will be branded as “premium, collectible editions.”

Welteroth officially ‘Teen Vogue’ EIC

It’s official: Elaine Welteroth is now the editor in chief of Teen Vogue. 

According to WWD, Welteroth will now be “charged with expanding Teen Vogue’s presence through new consumer experiences and products.” Previously, she served as the magazine’s beauty and health director and eventually held the title of editor, overseeing “digital director Phillip Picardi and creative director Marie Suter,” says WWD.

For Artistic Director of Condé Nast and Editor in Chief of Vogue Anna Wintour, Welteroth was a natural fit for the role of Teen Vogue editor in chief, according to WWD.

“Elaine is incredibly in tune with the Teen Vogue audience and has used that unique insight to engage and connect with her readers on a very personal level,” Wintour said. “Over the last year, she has demonstrated a fearless leadership in her pursuit to make Teen Vogue the voice of a new generation, and we look forward to all she will accomplish in her expanded role as Teen Vogue’s new editor in chief.”

Suter and Picardi also have new roles, WWD reports, with both extending their reach to Allure magazine; Suter will work on the creative brand of the glossy while Picardi will oversee its digital report.

Welteroth replaces previous editor in chief, Amy Astley, who WWD says shifted to the same position at Architectural Digest.