Ciara teases possibility of ‘thoughtful’ beauty line

Ciara has set her sights on launching her own beauty collection.The Goodies hitmaker made an appearance at the Beautycon event in Los Angeles over the weekend, and during a conversation with WWD reporters, noted it was “inevitable” that she would follo…

Ciara has set her sights on launching her own beauty collection.

The Goodies hitmaker made an appearance at the Beautycon event in Los Angeles over the weekend, and during a conversation with WWD reporters, noted it was “inevitable” that she would follow in the footsteps of fellow singer Rihanna, who debuted her hugely successful Fenty Beauty line back in 2017.

“It’s been a lifelong dream of mine to do something in the beauty space, and there are lots of cool things that I’ve been cooking up and working on, and I can’t wait until the time is here to share it with the world,” she shared.

The mother-of-two, a former Revlon brand ambassador, went on to explain that any future ventures would contain a mixture of make-up products and skincare formulas.

“More than anything, I just want it to be thoughtful,” the 33-year-old added.

Ciara also discussed inclusivity in the beauty industry and touched upon Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty foundation being offered in 40 shades, and Pat McGrath Labs’ Sublime Perfection Foundation, which is available in 36 hues.

“It’s been a long time coming,” she explained. “Inclusivity is always better. When people make those changes to their approach to the beauty landscape and business, it benefits the world. It’s the right way.”

If she were to launch her own beauty collection, the Level Up hitmaker will join the likes of Jessica Alba, who co-founded The Honest Company, Drew Barrymore, who owns cruelty-free make-up brand Flower Beauty; and Australian model Miranda Kerr, who created skincare line Kora Organics back in 2009.

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Ciara has lost 20 pounds since start of her career

Ciara has dropped 20 pounds (nine kilograms) since the start of her career after adopting strict eating habits over 15 years. The Level Up singer has worked with her personal trainer, Decker Davis, since the launch of her career back in 2004, and he …

Ciara has dropped 20 pounds (nine kilograms) since the start of her career after adopting strict eating habits over 15 years.

The Level Up singer has worked with her personal trainer, Decker Davis, since the launch of her career back in 2004, and he encouraged her to eat five small meals a day and exercise four days per week to secure her toned figure.

“When I first started in my career, I weighed 20 pounds more than I weigh now,” she told People. “That was the first time I got introduced to eating five small meals a day to impact my workout.

“When you’re eating small meals, your body starts to function like a well-oiled machine. You’re using the restroom regularly, so your body is really on clock.”

She also credits drinking plenty of water on a daily basis as one of the secrets to keeping her incredible figure in check.

“I literally drink a gallon and a half a day,” Ciara shared. “It’s amazing how you can work out hard all day, but if you don’t eat right you won’t see the results you want to see and if you don’t drink that water you won’t get the results as fast as you want to get them.”

The mother-of-two also put her strong physique down to “intense” and competitive joint workouts with her American football player husband, Russell Wilson.

“It’s… what I like to call ‘good love competition,'” the 33-year-old laughed. “We motivate each other and it’s really fun.”

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Lizzo turns heads in woodgrain-inspired outfit at 2019 BET Awards

Lizzo made a sartorial statement in a woodgrain-inspired number at the 2019 BET Awards on Sunday night.The Juice hitmaker posed up a storm as she made her entrance at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, with her quirky outfit from House of Holland tu…

Lizzo made a sartorial statement in a woodgrain-inspired number at the 2019 BET Awards on Sunday night.

The Juice hitmaker posed up a storm as she made her entrance at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, with her quirky outfit from House of Holland turning heads.

Lizzo, who also performed her hit song Truth Hurts during the ceremony, accessorised her look with matching hat and handpainted shoes, as well as a custom manicure by Eri Ishizu.

Taking to Instagram, the 31-year-old posted several snaps of her ensemble, and added the captions, “No I’m not a branch at all look baby I’m the whole damn tree! CUSTOM WOODGRAIN LEWK FOR THE @BETAWARDS,” and “Ooop! Did I give you a woody?”

A number of Lizzo’s celebrity pals were quick to praise her outfit, with actress Anna Faris writing, “Yeah!!” and Queer Eye star Jonathan Van Ness commenting, “Slay us to death queen dayum (sic),” alongside a string of heart eye emojis.

Other stars to pull out all of the stops for the 2019 BET Awards included Rihanna, who sported a full black leather outfit when presenting Mary J. Blige with the Lifetime Achievement Award, and Ciara, who wore a tangerine Jean Paul Gaultier dress with dramatic sleeves. The Goodies star completed her look with Stuart Weitzman shoes and jewellery from Anita Ko.

The Real Housewives of Atlanta personality Eva Marcille showed off her growing baby bump in a flowing pink gown from Michael Costello, Karrueche Tran wowed in a bright yellow suit as she walked the blue carpet with American football player Victor Cruz, and Black-ish star Yara Shahidi opted for a striking Prabal Gurung look complete with silver sequin skirt.

La La Anthony rocked a gold minidress, Migos trio Quavo, Takeoff, and Offset looked dapper in pastel suits with harnesses, and Blac Chyna went for a bombshell vibe in a red dress and platinum blonde wig, while host Regina Hall looked stunning in a black dress with voluminous sleeves.

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Ciara teases possible shoe collection after meeting with Gianvito Rossi

Ciara has teased a possible shoe collection after receiving advice from Gianvito Rossi.The Goodies hitmaker was recently bestowed with the Style Icon Award at the 2019 ACE Awards, and in a new chat, has hinted at a future collaboration with the women’s…

Ciara has teased a possible shoe collection after receiving advice from Gianvito Rossi.

The Goodies hitmaker was recently bestowed with the Style Icon Award at the 2019 ACE Awards, and in a new chat, has hinted at a future collaboration with the women’s shoe designer, who is the son of revered Italian footwear master, Sergio Rossi.

Ciara commented that she had met with Gianvito for breakfast, and the pair have been in touch over the past few months.

“It was a sweet morning,” she recalled to Footwear News. “We’ve both been getting to know each other more and I’m a huge fan of his work. It was really fun to talk, and he showed me his next collection.”

The mother-of-two officially graduated from Harvard University’s prestigious four-day intensive Business of Entertainment, Media and Sports course earlier this month, and is looking to evolve her style through her own line in the future.

“You have to know who you are when it comes to fashion and expressing yourself as an artist because that’s a huge part how people remember you,” the 33-year-old insisted. “You want there to be a visual when they think of you.”

And the singer has plans to conquer the fashion world, following in the footsteps of Rihanna and her hugely successful Fenty range.

“I have plans to do a lot in the fashion space. It’s all about timing, but I have been taking meetings, getting mood boards together. When the time is right things will roll out. I can’t wait to get my feet wet and start expressing myself through clothing and fashion,” she explained.

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Taylor Swift continues with pastel streak at 2019 Billboard Music Awards

Taylor Swift has continued with her pastel streak by wearing a lilac dress to the 2019 Billboard Music Awards.Almost a week after dropping her new single ME!, the singer made a splash on the red carpet at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Wedn…

Taylor Swift has continued with her pastel streak by wearing a lilac dress to the 2019 Billboard Music Awards.

Almost a week after dropping her new single ME!, the singer made a splash on the red carpet at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Wednesday night (01May19) when she stepped out in a light purple skater-style minidress from Raisa & Vanessa.

Taylor accessorised with matching high heels from Casadei, and a star-studded ear cuff, while her make-up artist Lorrie Turk completed the look by giving her a sweep of lavender-coloured eyeshadow on her lids and slick of rose-pink lipstick.

With her upcoming seventh studio album, Taylor has recently adopted a new pastel-shaded aesthetic, having been spotted out and about in New York City with pink dip-dyed hair and floral-printed dresses, while she also helped to design the peach and yellow-coloured J. Mendel gown that she wore to the recent Time 100 Gala.

In addition, the superstar has been curating her Instagram page to reflect her new theme, with the account now featuring close-up images of pink sequin fabric, a light blue bicycle, heart-shaped jewellery, pastel tiles, and pink and yellow handbags.

Other celebrities to make sartorial statements at the Billboard Music Awards included Cardi B, who rocked a canary yellow skirt and top from Moschino, and Diplo, who opted for a purple and gold cowboy-inspired suit.

Ciara wowed in a black dress with flowing train from Stephane Rolland, actress Olivia Wilde dazzled in a gold Ralph Lauren number, and Jennifer Hudson opted for a brown Area Suit with crystal detailing, which she matched with Stuart Weitzman shoes and The Residency earrings.

Sophie Turner, who wed fiance Joe Jonas following the ceremony, sported head-to-toe Louis Vuitton, while her sister-in-law Priyanka Chopra looked stunning in a white Zuhair Murad Couture ensemble.

Elsewhere, Halsey turned heads in a blue satin and black lace dress, which she matched with dramatic make-up and purple lipstick, and rapper Yung Miami rocked a neon green tulle dress from Oyemwen and bright yellow Christian Louboutin pumps.

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Ciara ‘so proud’ of her healthy natural hair

Ciara is “so proud” of how her hair has grown back following a disastrous chemical treatment.The Goodies singer is always one to watch on the red carpet, and since launching her career in 2003, has built up a reputation for her glamorous ensembles and …

Ciara is “so proud” of how her hair has grown back following a disastrous chemical treatment.

The Goodies singer is always one to watch on the red carpet, and since launching her career in 2003, has built up a reputation for her glamorous ensembles and eye-catching hairstyles.

Recently, Ciara has ditched her long extensions for her natural tresses, and on Sunday (28Apr19), she uploaded a video to Instagram showing how she can now tie her hair up into a ponytail.

“The first time I got a relaxer when I was young, it took out my hair. I was devastated. I never thought my hair would grow back. So proud,” she captioned the video.

A relaxer is a type of cream or lotion typically used by people with natural curls which makes hair easier to straighten by chemically “relaxing” the strands.

In the video, Ciara teased fans that she would divulge all of her hair “secrets” at a later date.

The clip has quickly racked up over 1.8 million views, with fans praising the star’s decision to embrace her own hair instead of experimenting with wigs or hairpieces.

“Long hair don’t care,” one user wrote in the comments, while a second stated, “Because we’re not meant to get relaxers Queen our hair texture is meant to stay in its natural hair state #teamnatural.”

Another follower suggested that Ciara’s new look is all down to her settled home life, with the 33-year-old having been blissfully happy since marrying Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson in 2016.

Together they have daughter Sienna, who turned two on Sunday, and she also is mum to four-year-old son Future from her on again, off again relationship with rapper Future.

“Her hair is long because she got rid of all the negative stuff,” they insisted.

As part of the promotion of her Beauty Marks album, which is set to be unveiled in May, Ciara also posted a make-up-free selfie to Instagram last week, and encouraged her followers to do the same for a project celebrating the new record – her seventh studio offering.

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Ciara goes all natural to embrace Beauty Marks record

Singer Ciara has ditched her hair extensions and makeup to promote an all-natural campaign for her new album Beauty Marks.The Goodies hitmaker took to Instagram on Tuesday (23Apr19) to share a photo of her bare face as she invited fans to post images o…

Singer Ciara has ditched her hair extensions and makeup to promote an all-natural campaign for her new album Beauty Marks.

The Goodies hitmaker took to Instagram on Tuesday (23Apr19) to share a photo of her bare face as she invited fans to post images of their raw beauty in celebration of her upcoming seventh studio album.

Looking directly into the camera while wearing a white tank top with her hair slicked back, gorgeous Ciara wrote the caption: “No makeup. No extensions. Vulnerable. My Beauty Marks and all. The real me… and I love it. Finally embracing myself fully! It feels good.”

She then moved on to invite fans to join her in feeling good without makeup or accessories by calling for followers to share solo shots of their bare faces to win a chance to become part of the special project for the 10 May release of her Beauty Marks album.

“Csquad! Join me in my #BeautyMarks journey and upload your rawest selfies at onlyciara.com/beautymarks. Don’t be afraid to let YOUR Beauty Marks show!,” she implored.

Ciara’s American footballer husband Russell Wilson was in full support of his wife’s campaign, replying with a sweet post beneath her call to action.

“So beautiful. #BeautyMarks,” he wrote.

Ciara, who first became a mum to her rapper ex Future’s child four years ago, welcomed daughter Sienna with Russell in April, 2017, and she recently opened up about the fact she loves the way her body has changed since giving birth.

“Even something as real as having stretch marks on my back on both sides, I look at these babies and it’s all worth it,” she gushed to Entertainment Tonight. “This is beautiful.”

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Ciara credits drinking water for helping shed her baby weight

Ciara has insisted that drinking “tons of water” was key in helping her regain her sleek figure.The star, who is renowned for her toned physique and works hard to keep it in shape, admitted to Entertainment Tonight that making small lifestyle changes h…

Ciara has insisted that drinking “tons of water” was key in helping her regain her sleek figure.

The star, who is renowned for her toned physique and works hard to keep it in shape, admitted to Entertainment Tonight that making small lifestyle changes helped her shed 50lb (23kg) in five months after welcoming her daughter, Sienna, on 28 April 2017.

“Tonnes of water – water is key – and honestly just listening to your body,” she cited as the most important thing she does for her wellbeing. “I had to work on mastering that because I love food so much, and food is so good. It’s so comforting and the problem is that, when it’s in your face, you want more.

The Love Sex Magic songstress went on to admit that she found restricting her diet the toughest part of getting back in shape, and insisted that “finding balance is key”.

“That’s what I’ve really been working on and I will tell you it’s been a long time, it’s hard work trying to do that…” the 33-year-old reflected. “I really talk to myself, (I say) ‘I’m not going to eat those fries right now…brownie ice cream, I hear you. Imma eat you tomorrow’.”

Sienna is the star’s first child with her husband, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. She also has a son, four-year-old Future, from her previous engagement to rapper Future.

The Level Up hitmaker also suggested that, while she takes the time to tone up, she’s also keen to embrace her flaws.

“Even something as real as having stretch marks on my back on both sides, I look at these babies and it’s all worth it,” she confessed. “This is beautiful.”

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Donatella Versace and Irina Shayk pay tribute to designer Luigi Massi

Donatella Versace and Irina Shayk have shared heartfelt tributes to late designer Luigi Massi.The style guru passed away last Tuesday night (02Apr19) in Milan, Italy after suffering a heart attack, according to editors at WWD. He was aged 56.Luigi had …

Donatella Versace and Irina Shayk have shared heartfelt tributes to late designer Luigi Massi.

The style guru passed away last Tuesday night (02Apr19) in Milan, Italy after suffering a heart attack, according to editors at WWD. He was aged 56.

Luigi had worked for the house of Versace for over 30 years, creating numerous red carpet gowns for celebrities, and over the weekend, Donatella broke her silence on the news.

“My heart is broken, I still cannot believe I won’t hear your voice. I still cannot believe I will never see you again,” she wrote on Instagram alongside a black and white picture of her posing with Luigi. “Rest in peace Luigi, you’ll never be forgotten.”

In addition, Russian supermodel Irina, who sported a beautiful gold dress made by Luigi to the Golden Globes earlier this year, uploaded a slideshow of the many other ensembles the designer had made for her over the years.

“The most shy, down to earth, nicest guy. The whole Versace family and I will miss you, Rest In Peace @massiluigi,” the 33-year-old commented.

Of late, Luigi had made showstopping gowns for the likes of actresses Sandra Oh, Constance Wu, and Amy Adams, as well as supermodel Naomi Campbell and singer Ciara.

Naomi was one of the celebrities to send her condolences to Donatella, writing on her Instagram post, “Another chosen family member, will always remember you smile Luigi… May you rest with the highest.”

While Amber Valletta commented, “Heartbreaking loss. I’m sending you all so much love. Rest in Peace sweet and amazing Luigi,” and Gigi Hadid added: “Love you dv (Donatella Versace). I’m so sorry for your loss. He loved you so much.”

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Broderick Hunter: ‘I didn’t get any guidance from Tyson Beckford’

Broderick Hunter has opened up about how he broke into the fashion industry on his own terms.The handsome star, a former face of Ralph Lauren, rose to prominence after an appearance in Ciara’s Sorry video, with the singer having first spotted him in a …

Broderick Hunter has opened up about how he broke into the fashion industry on his own terms.

The handsome star, a former face of Ralph Lauren, rose to prominence after an appearance in Ciara’s Sorry video, with the singer having first spotted him in a 2012 Dsquared2 fashion show.

And in an interview with Teen Vogue, the 28-year-old opened up on being one of the few black male models in the fashion industry, and shared that while he looked up to model Tyson Beckford – one of the first globally recognised black fashion stars – he didn’t receive any guidance from him on how to navigate the business.

“I tried looking at him as an ally because I was like, ‘If he can do it, I can do it.’ And I’m sure a lot of guys felt that way as well,” Broderick told the publication. “But unfortunately, I didn’t get a single lick of guidance from Tyson Beckford.

“Tyson being who he was at that time and really opening that door, it did give me confidence. But in terms of guidance, I didn’t get much from him or really anybody.”

The former college basketball athlete also spoke about the racism he has encountered as struggled to break into the fashion industry and the continuing lack of diversity.

“I went into several different agencies who told me that they already had a black guy,” the model shared. “I’ve had people say, ‘Oh, you’re too dark.’ I’ve had numerous agencies tell me that black boys weren’t in.”

But while he conceded that the fashion business is “making advancements”, the California native, who has been dubbed one of the “sexiest men on Instagram” by editors at Harper’s Bazaar, insisted that it really hasn’t changed.

“We have all-black runway shows and we have more designers of colour, thanks largely to social media. But I don’t necessarily feel like, for the major brands, there’s enough representation,” he sighed. “People are saying, ‘Fashion has changed,’ but no it hasn’t.”

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