Rihanna makes history on ‘British Vogue’ cover

Rihanna just broke a 102-year-old record.

According to HuffPost, the singer-beauty modul-philanthropist is gracing the cover of British Vogue’s September issue, and in doing so, is becoming the first black woman in the publication’s entire 102-year history to occupy the spot.

Styled by the glossy’s editor-in-chief Edward Enninful and photographed by fashion photographer Nick Knight, HuffPost says Rihanna took her place on British Vogue‘s cover wearing a “a pink tulle Prada dress and neon-orange gloves from her Savage x Fenty collection,” while also wearing only makeup products from her Fenty Beauty brand.

With the 400-page September issue the barometer of the upcoming season’s impending fashion trends, HuffPost says Rihanna’s cover is hinting at what may be a major trend: pencil-thin eyebrows, which she shows off on her cover photo.

Enninful explained the decision to place Rihanna on the magazine’s cover as one he always saw coming.

“I always knew it had to be Rihanna,” he said. “A fearless music-industry icon and businesswoman, when it comes to that potent mix of fashion and celebrity, nobody does it quite like her.”

Amen to that.

 

Beyoncé takes over September issue of ‘Vogue’

Queen Bey has extended her reign to the cover of Vogue.

According to HuffPost, Beyoncé has been given ” unprecedented control over the cover of the upcoming September issue, sources say, and the music icon hired the first black photographer to shoot a cover in the publication’s 126-year history. ”

With Anna Wintour giving the multi-hyphenate full control over not only the cover, but also the photos on the inside of her and their captions — something HuffPost says the publication is “contractually obligated” to do — the move is unprecedented in terms of the breadth and depth of the control relinquished.

HuffPost says a source reports that typically, “cover subjects are usually given little to no say in their photos and are sent the cover in the week ahead of publication.” Beyoncé, however, has had control of much of the process, says HuffPost, right down to writing photo captions, which are in “long-form” — and of course, selecting her own photographer.

Tasked with snapping the perfect shot of the singer is 23-year-old Tyler Mitchell, who HuffPost says has already made a name for himself by photographing fashion campaigns for Marc Jacobs and Givenchy.

While sources speculate that Mitchell was chosen as a direct result of Beyoncé’s “power and influence,” HuffPosts says the quality of Mitchell’s work may speak for itself.

“I depict black people and people of color in a really real and pure way,” he told The New York Times in December. “There is an honest gaze to my photos.”

No matter the reason for his selection, we’re sure of one thing: this cover is going to be loved lights out.

 

 

 

Burberry brings on Vivienne Westwood for collaboration

Get ready for one of the biggest fashion collaborations of the year.

According to Vogue, Burberry and Vivienne Westwood will be teaming up for a highly-anticipated collaboration, largely thanks to Burberry Chief Creative Officer Riccardo Tisci, who cites Westwood as “one of the main reasons he pursued fashion design.”

“Vivienne Westwood was one of the first designers who made me dream to become a designer myself, and when I first started at Burberry, I knew it would be the perfect opportunity to approach her to do something,” said Tisci in a release, Vogue reports. “She is a rebel, a punk, and unrivaled in her unique representation of British style, which has inspired so many of us. I am so incredibly proud of what we will be creating together.”

As for what we can expect from the collaboration, Vogue is predicting the collection will be filled with “subversive corsetry, signature tartans—Westwood has her own plaid trademarked in the official Scottish registry, as does Burberry—and high-drama runway shows.”

But don’t go getting yourself all set for this fashion match made in heaven just yet — Vogue says the collection won’t make its debut until December 2018.

So let’s just say it will be one of the first gifts of Christmas 2018, and we can’t wait to unwrap it all!

Graham, Elesser bring ‘body revolution’ to ‘Vogue Arabia’

If being comfortable in your own skin is a revolution, these two models can bring their revolution to every corner of the globe — and that’s exactly what they’re doing.

According to Cosmopolitan, models Ashley Graham and Paloma Elesser are sharing the cover of Vogue Arabia‘s July/August issue, dubbed their “Body Revolution” issue as it boasts “The best summer looks to celebrate all shapes.” While both look just as stunning in silver in their shared cover as they do in their close-up solo covers, what they said inside the magazine is just as eye-catching.

Cosmo says Graham discussed how she believes making people feel good and comfortable in their own skin is something of a “calling” for her.

“My mother told me that when I walked into a room, I would greet every single person — even at three years old. It was more of an emotion that I would give people, and it would leave them feeling good about who they are,” she explained. “I think that’s what I’m doing today: letting women know that they are worthy, that they are beautiful, and that they can be happy with who they are in their skin.”

Elesser, however, took her turn to describe how she has come to accept herself, which has everything to do with how she manages her feelings about her body and nothing to do with changing who she is.

“The feelings that I have about my body today aren’t very different from the way I felt about it in first grade,” she said, according to Cosmo. “What has changed is the way I navigate those feelings.”

 

Williams launches self-titled fashion collection

She’s already at the top of the sports world, and now, she’s coming in hot into the world of fashion.

According to Vogue, tennis superstar and all-around badass Serena Williams has just launched her own “direct-to-consumer fashion collection of sportswear and eveningwear” in which “every piece is under $250.”

Simply called “Serena,” Vogue says the line contains 12 items that “spans underwear, denim, tees, jackets, and an olive green silk crepe slip dress,” though the collection will expand throughout the summer and fall with new releases.

As for Williams’ influence in the line, Vogue says the phenom hand-selected the material for the slip dress to ensure that it was different that others offered on the market.

“The slip dress is so classic, and I wanted to bring it in more of a silk crepe, something that has more texture. You know, usually silk slips are just smooth—which I love—but I wanted to do something different,” she told Vogue. “You know I love to be different.”

And being different is something she is hoping to achieve in another way — by making pieces from the line as affordable and quality as possible, without compromising either.

“We want people to be able to actually look good and not have to overpay for it,” she told Vogue. “That’s what I want to do. I want to make pieces that you look good in, that aren’t outrageously priced.”

Ready to shop the collection? Click here.

Lovato leaves makeup behind in video for ‘Vogue’

As part of Vogue‘s “American Woman” project to celebrate strong American women, singer Demi Lovato erased her makeup in powerful video that celebrates her inner fortitude and her natural beauty.

According to Today.com, the “Sorry Not Sorry” songstress slowly wipes off all of her stage-ready makeup, looking “defiant” while she “peels off her false lashes and rubs off her lipstick and eye shadow, as ironic audio from vintage makeup tutorials plays in the background.”

Revealing her fresh-faced self, Today.com says Lovato wanted to challenge the makeover myth — the idea that people need to alter their appearances to appear beautiful.

“I think society tells us we need makeovers, but why can’t we embrace the beauty that we naturally have?” she said in an interview with Vogue.

But make no mistake: Lovato likes getting dressed and made up, too, says Today.com, telling the fashion glossy that she enjoys both natural and glam looks. “I love makeup,” she said. “I love doing my hair; I have extensions, but there’s a time and a place for everything, and natural beauty needs to be celebrated.”

She concluded her video with a makeup-free and confident smile into the camera, seemingly saying that there’s nothing wrong with being confident — inside and out.

Watch the video here

Beyoncé unveils holiday merchandise

Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, it is officially time to start shopping for the holiday season. And whether you’re looking for a gift for a family member or a friend (or even yourself), Beyoncé has the answer to your holiday shopping woes.

According to Vogue, the multi-hyphenate has released her very-own line of holiday merchandise in a capsule collection called “Holidayoncé” that debuted just ahead of Black Friday. Filled with T-shirts and hoodies emblazoned with “cheeky Christmastime phrases,” Vogue says the line ranges in price from $35 to $55, making the offerings a fairly accessible option for a variety of price points.

Some of the styles included in the collection include a glittery “Shinin” sweater, reports Vogue, as well as Queen Bey’s take on an ugly holiday sweater, which is in the form of “a crew-neck T-shirt emblazoned with the words, ‘Beyoncé Holiday Sweater.'”

With a Beyoncé holiday line at the ready, what else could we need?

Click here to scan the selection.

Miss Peru contestants flip pageant conventions

Contestants of a recent Miss Peru pageant threw tradition to the wind and in the process, brought attention to a very worthy issue.

According to Vogue, during a specific portion of the pageant, contestants are typically asked to share their bust, waist and hip measurements, but instead, they “offered statistics about gender violence in their country.”

One woman, Camila Canicoba, shared that her measurements were that “2,202 cases of femicide reported in the last nine years in my country,” while another, Almendra Marroquín, offered that “more than 25 percent of girls and teenagers are abused in their schools,” reports Vogue.

As the contestants were sharing the statistics, Vogue says newspaper clippings were shown behind them, displaying headlines of different murder and assault instances against women. In the final round of the competition, the issue was brought up yet again, Vogue reports, this time asking contestants to share “how they would best help to end femicide in Peru,” an “initiative is part of a larger movement in Latin America, #NiUnaMenos, ‘not one less,’ started by Argentine feminists.”

Here’s to using these pageants for more than just judging the appearance of women.

Bumble creator takes on professional networking with Bumble Bizz

Networking and working your way up with corporate ladder is getting a little easier, thanks to a new venture by Bumble.

According to Vogue, Bumble creator Whitney Wolfe Herd launched Bumble Bizz, a “new sector of the app that borrows the perks of online dating—like geo-targeted matches and left and right swipes—and drops them into the career sphere,” something that came about after users of the original Bumble started utilizing the app to find jobs and network with others in their desired industries.

And in keeping with the true spirit of Bumble, Herd told Vogue that Bumble Bizz will allow women to hold the decision-making power.

“Networking is extremely masculine,” she said. “It’s a vulnerable thing to admit to, but even I experience feeling super insecure around certain masculine meetings. So, we put women in control. Women will make the first move on Bumble Bizz as well.”

Beyond allowing women to decide what networking opportunities they’d like to pursue or dismiss, Herd explained to Vogue that the interface removes common barriers to networking and finding (as well as securing) the perfect job. From time constraints faced by working women to personal details — like age — Bumble Bizz allows all women to have a fair shot at advancing their careers.

“Agism is a real thing. Only certain people in their early 20s are getting the job. We want everyone to have equal opportunity and feel empowered to get into the networking world,” she said. “I think it’s great for someone like my mom, who chose to stay at home with their children for 20 years, and now maybe they want to get back into whatever industry they were in before they had kids. We don’t think that it is necessary to let your qualifications be determined by how old you are.”

Even with all of these features, what Herd said it all boils down to is giving women the ease of access to achieving the careers of their dreams.

“We really wanted to build the opportunity to be at the right place at the right time all day, every day, no matter where you are,” she told Vogue. “This is your chance to get your foot in the door all day, every day.”

Chambers unloads on fashion industry

For 36 years, Lucinda Chambers worked for British Vogue, serving last as the publication’s fashion director. But after stepping down from the position in May, Fashionista reports that Chambers has a lot to say about her time at Vogue — and the way in which she left the glossy.

In a new interview with VestojFashionista says Chambers detailed her Vogue exit as not a conscious choice, but instead a decision made for her by the magazine’s new editor-in chief, Edward Enninful, who decided to fire her after taking the reigns.

“It took them three minutes to do it,” she said. “No one knew, except the man who did it — the new editor.”

But that’s not all Chambers divulged. According to Fashionista, the ex-fashion director revealed that working in fashion isn’t all beauty, glitz and glamour. In fact, it’s much more of a business that’s trying to sell the public a particular way of being, thinking and looking. Speaking on fashion magazines as a whole, Fashionista reports that Chambers thinks they have stopped being “useful or empowering.”

“Most leave you totally anxiety-ridden, for not having the right kind of dinner party, setting the table in the right kind of way or meeting the right kind of people,” she said.

Going on to detail even more of the fashion industry’s behind-the-scenes dealings, Fashionista says Chambers admitted to succumbing to the pressures of the industry, even dressing a cover model in Michael Kors top simple because the designer was a major advertiser with the magazine.

Tired of the “smoke and mirrors” of the fashion industry, Fashionista said Chambers had this to say on the industry overall: “Fashion can chew you up and spit you out.”

Everything that glitters is not gold, it seems. To read more about her interview, click here.