Danielle Brooks develops maternity clothing collection

Danielle Brooks has collaborated with Universal Standard on a capsule collection of maternity clothing.The Orange Is the New Black star revealed she was five months pregnant with her first child in July and told her Instagram followers in August that s…

Danielle Brooks has collaborated with Universal Standard on a capsule collection of maternity clothing.

The Orange Is the New Black star revealed she was five months pregnant with her first child in July and told her Instagram followers in August that she was struggling to find suitable clothing.

Executives at inclusive fashion brand Universal Standard, who have worked with the actress before, then reached out to Brooks to develop a capsule line of maternity clothing and they have created the Fit Liberty (Mom) collection, which features maxi dresses, sweater dresses, jumpsuits and tunics ranging in price between $30 (£23) and $185 (£144).

The 30-year-old explained to The Hollywood Reporter that she was struggling to find flattering styles which would show off her new curves without “cutting off my circulation at my belly”.

“For some women, the only thing that is changing is their belly. It’s not their thighs and it’s not their arms,” she said. “I was finding that my clothes were just looking baggy and not looking fit for me.”

According to Brooks, the capsule is all about “taking away anxiety out of the equation when it comes to looking for clothes”.

Explaining how their partnership came about, Universal Standard’s co-founder and creative director Alex Waldman said, “She expressed frustration after struggling to find options during pregnancy that were stylish but comfortable, and so she’s been wearing her own Universal Standard pieces instead. Since many of our styles are made from super soft, stretchy material, they work for a woman’s body at any stage.

“With Danielle’s help, we curated this collection of pieces that offer women the freedom to go through this incredible phase of motherhood, or really any stage of life, without fear, anxiety, or an additional financial burden.”

The Fit Liberty (Mom) collection is available now.

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Danielle Brooks wants to use her platform to champion body positivity

Danielle Brooks has come to realise how important it is for her to use her platform to champion body positivity.  The Orange Is the New Black actress discovered during her time on the Netflix prison drama, which ended after seven seasons earlier this…

Danielle Brooks has come to realise how important it is for her to use her platform to champion body positivity.

  The Orange Is the New Black actress discovered during her time on the Netflix prison drama, which ended after seven seasons earlier this year, that people were paying attention to what she had to say, and she decided to use that influence to help others feel good about their bodies.  

 “I began to realise the impact of my voice when the first season of Orange Is the New Black dropped,” the curvy star told Shape magazine. “I started to see girls use my red carpet looks as inspiration for their prom dresses. I began to see my interview quotes on social media. I realised that I could be what I wished for as a young girl, for someone else.  

 “I wanted someone in the industry, who I felt was a reflection of me, to scream from the mountaintops: ‘I love my body! I can accomplish whatever I want in the exact body God created me to be in!’ As I met people along the way, I began to understand the importance of not shying away from being an advocate for body positivity, but running toward it full throttle.”  

 The 29-year-old, who is pregnant with her first child, went on to share that the world tells women what they’re supposed to look like, and she wants them to know they are perfect exactly as they are. 

 “I’ve always had this desire to prove people wrong – to say that this body that I’m in is enough. Now that I’m about to be a mother, it means even more – to make sure that this human being I’m going to bring into the world knows that they are enough,” she commented. 

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Danielle Brooks wants to use her platform to champion body positivity

Danielle Brooks has come to realise how important it is for her to use her platform to champion body positivity.  The Orange Is the New Black actress discovered during her time on the Netflix prison drama, which ended after seven seasons earlier this…

Danielle Brooks has come to realise how important it is for her to use her platform to champion body positivity.

  The Orange Is the New Black actress discovered during her time on the Netflix prison drama, which ended after seven seasons earlier this year, that people were paying attention to what she had to say, and she decided to use that influence to help others feel good about their bodies.  

 “I began to realise the impact of my voice when the first season of Orange Is the New Black dropped,” the curvy star told Shape magazine. “I started to see girls use my red carpet looks as inspiration for their prom dresses. I began to see my interview quotes on social media. I realised that I could be what I wished for as a young girl, for someone else.  

 “I wanted someone in the industry, who I felt was a reflection of me, to scream from the mountaintops: ‘I love my body! I can accomplish whatever I want in the exact body God created me to be in!’ As I met people along the way, I began to understand the importance of not shying away from being an advocate for body positivity, but running toward it full throttle.”  

 The 29-year-old, who is pregnant with her first child, went on to share that the world tells women what they’re supposed to look like, and she wants them to know they are perfect exactly as they are. 

 “I’ve always had this desire to prove people wrong – to say that this body that I’m in is enough. Now that I’m about to be a mother, it means even more – to make sure that this human being I’m going to bring into the world knows that they are enough,” she commented. 

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Tess Holliday ‘never felt confident’ before she started modelling

Tess Holliday never felt confident about her body before she started her career in modelling.The plus-size beauty had worked as a make-up artist and stylist before she moved to Los Angeles and signed her first modelling deal in 2011, at the age of 26.A…

Tess Holliday never felt confident about her body before she started her career in modelling.

The plus-size beauty had worked as a make-up artist and stylist before she moved to Los Angeles and signed her first modelling deal in 2011, at the age of 26.

And in a new essay Tess has penned for InStyle, she confessed that the career move had finally helped her to accept her figure and feel sexy.

“Modelling changed my life. That sounds really cheesy, but it’s true,” she gushed. “I never felt confident before I got on set; there was never any clothing I felt good or sexy in. Now I feel the most on top of my game when I’m at a photo shoot.”

Tess went on to write about her success and claimed that she wants to use her platform to create work that makes people of all shapes and sizes feel represented.

“I thrive in (the studio) space because I know I am the person I always dreamed of being,” the 33-year-old considered. “And I’m creating something that’s going to be around much longer than me, something that brings more visibility to the world so little kids and women feel represented.”

Despite embracing her newfound confidence, Tess revealed that she still faces criticism from online trolls on a daily basis and has started going to therapy to “try and make sense of it all”.

The star, who lauds actress Danielle Brooks and songstress Lizzo among her personal inspirations, insisted that she now tries to take the opportunity to educate her critics rather than simply firing back at them.

“I will tell someone to f**k off if they deserve it, but I’d rather come from a place of compassion,” she added.

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Christian Siriano juggled Grammys design with NYFW

Christian Siriano managed to find time to make Meghan Trainor’s Grammys outfit while finalising his New York Fashion Week show plans.The designer is a favourite among the A-list, and normally dresses multiple stars for red carpet events. However, two o…

Christian Siriano managed to find time to make Meghan Trainor’s Grammys outfit while finalising his New York Fashion Week show plans.

The designer is a favourite among the A-list, and normally dresses multiple stars for red carpet events. However, two of the biggest dates in the showbiz calendar, the Grammys and BAFTAs, both held on Sunday (10Feb19), clashed with his Fashion Week show, which took place on Saturday.

Siriano was undeterred though, and as well as presenting a glamorous and futuristic fall/ winter 19 line, he also created a daringly low-cut white jumpsuit for Meghan to wear to the music awards.

“The amazing #meghantrainor in a custom Siriano crystal jumpsuit tonight at the #Grammys! #chic Yes even during #fashionweek we made this!” Siriano captioned a snap of Meghan on Instagram.

Former model and activewear designer Tatiana Korsakova also opted for Siriano in London, donning a pink and white floor length gown, reminiscent of old Hollywood, to the BAFTAs.

The former Project Runway champion’s New York Fashion Week show was just as starry an affair, with Debra Messing, Christina Hendricks, Danielle Brooks, Christina Ricci and Tess Holliday all occupying seats on the front row.

As for the runway itself, Ashley Graham stole the show in a mesh gown covered in crystals with a matching silver cap, while Chanel Iman also wowed in a purple frothy design, typical of the fashion house.

And during the show, held at the Top of the Rock observation deck at Rockefeller Plaza, Siriano unveiled a new app which allowed the audience to vote on the looks they liked the most.

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Christian Siriano: ‘I want to use my voice to celebrate people’

Christian Siriano is keen to use his voice as a fashion designer to “celebrate people”.The 33-year-old designer has been working tirelessly over the past decade to spread the message of inclusivity through his stunning creations and accompanying campai…

Christian Siriano is keen to use his voice as a fashion designer to “celebrate people”.

The 33-year-old designer has been working tirelessly over the past decade to spread the message of inclusivity through his stunning creations and accompanying campaigns.

He’s now celebrating the release of his new perfume, People Are People – which shares its name with a slogan first featured in his fall 2017 runway show.

Explaining how he came up with the slogan, and the message behind it, Siriano told People.com: “With the name of this fragrance, I wanted to show that I don’t care who you are, you can still be a part of fashion. You shouldn’t feel alienated by fashion. You should feel like you can be celebrated.

“It’s scary times out there. Acceptance is such a huge topic. It is. It’s not enough to just make pretty clothes anymore. As designers, we have a responsibility to put (ideas) out there, to get people to understand them. We have this voice, and I want to use mine to celebrate people.”

Siriano gathered family members, including his mother Joye and sister Shannon, and some of his famous friends, such as Whoopi Goldberg, Nico Tortorella, and Patricia Clarkson, to pose in a powerful image as he celebrated the new scent – a mix of jasmine, sandalwood, and vanilla.

Other images feature solo shots of stars such as Alicia Silverstone and Danielle Brooks, but Siriano insisted the snaps aren’t a campaign or advertising shots.

“This is not for advertising. It’s not to make money off anything, we’re not doing billboards, we’re not doing ads in magazines,” he explained. “This is really just to bring a little awareness of what I think a fashion editorial should look like.

“It’s a call to action to show that this is what is beautiful in our fashion world, or just in our world in general. It’s about seeing all these beautiful people celebrating one another together, which I think is really a great thing.”

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Danielle Brooks teams with Fashion To Figure on holiday collection 

Danielle Brooks has partnered with plus-size brand Fashion To Figure on a holiday collection. The Orange Is the New Black actress is no stranger to the world of fashion, having previously created a line for Universal Standard and appeared in campaigns…

Danielle Brooks has partnered with plus-size brand Fashion To Figure on a holiday collection. 

The Orange Is the New Black actress is no stranger to the world of fashion, having previously created a line for Universal Standard and appeared in campaigns for Christian Siriano and Lane Bryant.

Now, Danielle has been tapped to front the marketing imagery for Fashion To Figure, the label owned by U.S. clothing retailer New York & Company, and stars in the photos alongside other curvy women.

“I am so proud to be associated with a brand that embraces diversity, celebrates inclusivity, offers great fashion at amazing value and supports causes that are important to us,” she said in a statement.

In the imagery, Danielle poses up a storm in items including a bronze sequin minidress, a teal velvet dress with gold buttons attached to the front, a rainbow stripe sequin shirt, and a black and white faux fur jacket.

The Danielle Brooks x FTF Holiday Collection also includes a mix of evening gowns, casual separates, and party dresses.

“The holidays are an important time for all of us to celebrate togetherness and the different families we develop over time. I love the spirit and confidence of Fashion To Figure’s holiday concept as it really reflects the idea that we are all a part of something magical this time of year,” the 29-year-old added.

Items are priced from $32.95 to $69.95 (£25 – £55). In addition to the campaign, bosses at Fashion To Figure have announced that they will be partnering with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as part of their Season of Giving initiative.

Danielle’s line comes shortly after Gabrielle Union unveiled her #AllTogetherNow campaign for New York & Company, in which she and her real-life pals including Raven Goodwin, Ajiona Alexus, Essence Atkins and Valarie Pettiford sport Christmas-inspired outfits such as playful red dresses, silver sequin numbers and white jumpsuits.

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Danielle Brooks rocks short curls after ‘first big chop’

Danielle Brooks has gone for the chop, swapping her long ringlets for short curls.Showing off her new look on Instagram, the 29-year-old actress admitted to her 2.4 million followers it was her first big cut, and her longtime hair stylist Tish Celestin…

Danielle Brooks has gone for the chop, swapping her long ringlets for short curls.

Showing off her new look on Instagram, the 29-year-old actress admitted to her 2.4 million followers it was her first big cut, and her longtime hair stylist Tish Celestine said Danielle was definitely scared sitting in her chair.

“(She was) absolutely nervous,” Tish told Refinery 29, adding that she was excited too.

“I believe that every woman should big chop at least once in life. Hair is attached to energy, and when you cut off old hair you make room for new energy. It makes you fearless.”

The dramatic style comes not long after Netflix announced it was ending prison drama Orange Is the New Black, which Danielle has starred in since its 2013 debut.

And it seems the actress is washing character Tash “Taystee” Jefferson out of her hair with her new do.

“She’s been wanting to big chop for some time now, but we’ve had some limitations due to work so we couldn’t do it,” Tish commented. “Last week she just contacted me like, ‘Hey I’m’ ready,’ and I was there in an hour to do it.

“She has some breakage in the middle of her head, but she also wanted to see how she’d look with a short style.”

Tish promises that Danielle can still have fun with her hair even though it’s so short, and she’s hoping other women will see that a cropped style is as beautiful as longer strands.

“Every time she steps out with this cut, we plan on showcasing something different,” she smiled. “We want to show people that just because you have short hair doesn’t mean you have limited options.”

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Christian Siriano dishes on ‘diva’ stars

Christian Siriano finds that young, new actresses to tend to exhibit the most “diva-like” behaviour.Since winning Project Runway in 2008, Siriano has become one of Hollywood’s busiest designers, with Amy Adams, Danielle Brooks and Zendaya among the 32-…

Christian Siriano finds that young, new actresses to tend to exhibit the most “diva-like” behaviour.

Since winning Project Runway in 2008, Siriano has become one of Hollywood’s busiest designers, with Amy Adams, Danielle Brooks and Zendaya among the 32-year-old’s loyal clients.

While he loves dressing famous women, the size-inclusive clothes maker has noticed a big difference between older, more experienced stars and the newbies in entertainment.

“I’m telling you, the young, new actresses are the most ‘diva,'” he told The Daily Beast. “No names! But Julianne Moore, one of the most amazing actresses in the world, sends flowers. I invited Kathy Bates to a show one season. She couldn’t come. She sent me flowers just for asking her. A young actress’ team needs to know everything. They’re demanding.”

And away from work, he’s constantly reminded of his nightmare clients.

“It’s even harder watching TV now, because I know that such-and-such an actress is annoying in real life. No names!” he grinned.

Another aspect of fashion he finds hard to swallow is people rejecting his dresses, and Siriano admits it’s a strange feeling when a customer, famous or not, doesn’t like something he’s spent time and money working on.

However, unlike other fashion houses, the designer caters for clients of every size.

“I always thought it was strange. I thought, ‘Why isn’t Dior doing this? Why isn’t Calvin Klein?’ Their budgets are triple mine, so they can do anything they want,” he said of being size inclusive.

He points out that the industry is slowly changing though, as labels can no longer afford to alienate shoppers.

“There are no rules anymore. Every brand is out for themselves,” he shrugged. “Everybody has finally realised that consumers are dictating your business. If you’re not giving the consumer what they want, you’re out of business.”

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Christian Siriano and husband Brad Walsh announce separation

Christian Siriano and husband Brad Walsh have decided to end their marriage.The couple announced their engagement in July 2013 and went on to marry at their summer home in Danbury, Connecticut, three years later. However, the pair have chosen to go the…

Christian Siriano and husband Brad Walsh have decided to end their marriage.

The couple announced their engagement in July 2013 and went on to marry at their summer home in Danbury, Connecticut, three years later.

However, the pair have chosen to go their separate ways, with Brad announcing the news via a post on his Instagram Stories.

“Bit more than a month ago my husband and I separated,” the singer-songwriter wrote on Monday (25Jun18). “I was contacted by a writer for a website who somehow found out, so rather than let them break it, I’m telling you myself. It’s nobody’s business and I don’t want to discuss, but that’s what’s up (shrugging emoji).”

A representative on behalf of the popular fashion designer also confirmed the news in a statement to Us Weekly.

“They were together for 11 years, love each other very much and request privacy at this time,” they told the publication.

Christian and Brad exchanged matching bracelets as opposed to rings when they decided to wed, but called off their engagement in 2015, and reconciled before their big day.

Guests at the wedding ceremony included make-up artist and America’s Next Top Model regular Jay Manuel, actress Alicia Silverstone, and Kelly Osbourne, while Orange Is the New Black star Danielle Brooks performed.

In spite of the split, it appears that Christian and Brad are on amicable terms judging by their social media profiles. Last week, the Project Runway winner reposted one of Brad’s tweets in which the music producer and artist had advertised some of his new paintings available to purchase.

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