Beyonce: ‘I feel more womanly and secure with my curves’

Beyonce pays no attention to comments about her fluctuating weight because she feels “more womanly and secure with her curves”.In a rare cover interview with Elle magazine, the music superstar answered questions submitted by fans via social media and e…

Beyonce pays no attention to comments about her fluctuating weight because she feels “more womanly and secure with her curves”.

In a rare cover interview with Elle magazine, the music superstar answered questions submitted by fans via social media and email, and when asked how she feels about people constantly commenting on her appearance, she explained that growing up and having three children has helped her value herself beyond her looks.

“If someone told me 15 years ago that my body would go through so many changes and fluctuations, and that I would feel more womanly and secure with my curves, I would not have believed them,” she replied. “But children and maturity have taught me to value myself beyond my physical appearance and really understand that I am more than enough no matter what stage I’m at in life. Giving zero (f**ks) is the most liberating place to be. Also knowing true beauty is something you cannot see. I wish more people focused on discovering the beauty within themselves rather than critiquing other folks’ grills.”

Beyonce, who is mother to Blue Ivy, seven, and two-year-old twins Sir and Rumi, admitted that she sometimes reacts to negative comments but during those vulnerable moments she tries to “remind myself I’m strong and I’m built for this”.

“Thank God most of the noise bounces off of me after all of these years,” the singer added.

When asked about self-care routine, the 38-year-old revealed she uses acupuncture, meditation, visualisation, and breathing exercises, researches homeopathic medicines and tries to maintain a healthy diet.

Beyonce gave the interview to help promote the relaunch of her athleisure brand Ivy Park, which is now a creative collaboration with Adidas. The collection will drop on 18 January.

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Halsey: ‘I’ve waited my entire life to feel good about my appearance in photos’

Halsey has waited her entire life to look at pictures of herself and feel good about her appearance in them. The Without Me singer, who is known for experimenting with bold make-up, hair colours, and wigs, has gone back to basics for her cover shoot fo…

Halsey has waited her entire life to look at pictures of herself and feel good about her appearance in them.

The Without Me singer, who is known for experimenting with bold make-up, hair colours, and wigs, has gone back to basics for her cover shoot for the December issue of Elle Australia magazine.

In the cover image, the 25-year-old wears a blue satin bralette and matching trousers from Louis Vuitton, minimal make-up, and shows off her natural dark, cropped hair.

In the accompanying interview, Halsey admitted it was rare for her to be happy with how she looks in images taken at photoshoots.

“I feel very lucky to be able to look at those photos and feel good about myself,” she said. “I’ve waited for that moment my entire life and there I am, with the hair that my mother and father gave me and with (minimal) make-up on, in a way I’m proud of. To be cool with the world seeing me that way… that says a lot to me about how I’ve grown as a person. I feel really happy and peaceful.”

In other images, the American singer gazes into the camera while wearing a sheer pink bodysuit, crouches down in heels while wearing a black bodysuit and a black jacket with white polka dots, and runs her hands through her hair as she sports a blue jacket covered in embroidery and sequins. In all of the snaps, her hair is kept simple and natural and her make-up is kept to a minimum so her freckles can be seen.

Sharing the pictures on her Instagram page, Halsey gushed over photographer Kai Z Feng by writing, “Thank you @elleaus shot beautifully by @kaizfeng.”

She received praise from Hailey Bieber in the comments, with the model posting, “This glam is gorgeous”, as well as from Fifth Harmony’s Lauren Jauregui, who simply wrote, “Wow.”

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Lady Gaga: ‘A Star Is Born character stayed with me for a long time’

Lady Gaga took a long time to shed her character from A Star Is Born.Last year, the popstar played rising singer Ally alongside Bradley Cooper in the musical drama, which earned her a Best Actress Oscar nomination. In an interview with Oprah Winfrey…

Lady Gaga took a long time to shed her character from A Star Is Born.

Last year, the popstar played rising singer Ally alongside Bradley Cooper in the musical drama, which earned her a Best Actress Oscar nomination.

In an interview with Oprah Winfrey for Elle magazine, Gaga admitted she couldn’t immediately let go of Ally because the character’s career trajectory reflected her own and brought up pain from her past.

“Well, actually, the character of Ally stayed with me for a long time. I had to relive a lot of my career doing that role,” she explained. “I don’t know how you feel when you’ve acted, but for me, I don’t view it as filming a movie. I film it as living the character, and it’s a moment in my life, so I relived it all again, and it took a long time for it to go away.”

Although she lost out to The Favourite’s Olivia Colman for the Best Actress prize, the 33-year-old didn’t go home empty-handed, as she won the Best Original Song for Shallow. However, looking at the prestigious statuette reminded her of that pain.

“When I won the Oscar for Shallow, I looked at it, and a reporter asked me, ‘When you look at that Oscar, what do you see?’ And I said, ‘I see a lot of pain.’ And I wasn’t lying in that moment,” Gaga continued. “I have been traumatised in a variety of ways by my career over the years from many different things, but I survived, and I’ve kept going. And when I looked at that Oscar, I saw pain.”

Gaga will follow up on her award-winning role with Ridley Scott’s drama about the assassination of Maurizio Gucci, the grandson of Guccio Gucci, who founded the Italian fashion house. She will play Maurizio’s ex-wife Patrizia Reggiani, who hired a hitman to shoot and kill him on the steps of his office in 1995.

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Selena Gomez felt ‘attacked’ by trolls after gaining weight during health battles

Selena Gomez felt “attacked” by online critics after gaining weight during her health battle.The superstar was diagnosed with autoimmune disease lupus several years ago, and in summer 2017, received a kidney transplant from her friend Francia Raisa. B…

Selena Gomez felt “attacked” by online critics after gaining weight during her health battle.

The superstar was diagnosed with autoimmune disease lupus several years ago, and in summer 2017, received a kidney transplant from her friend Francia Raisa.

But while Selena tries to be open with her 160 million followers on Instagram, in a new chat with her pal Raquelle Stevens for the Giving Back Generation podcast, she recalled how she had a hard time dealing with mean comments about her changing figure as she recovered.

“I have lupus and deal with kidney issues and high blood pressure, so I deal with a lot of health issues and for me, that’s when I really started noticing more of the body image stuff,” she said, according to a preview given to Elle.com. “No, (the lupus doesn’t affect my weight) – it’s the combination of all of it. It’s the medication I have to take for the rest of my life – it depends on even the month, to be honest. So, for me, I really noticed when people started attacking me for that. In reality, that’s just my truth. I fluctuate. It depends what’s happening in my life. Right (it’s totally out of my control), and that got to me big time. I think for me, that really messed me up for a bit.”

Selena went on to explain that she is now trying her best to be “present” in her own life by participating in social media and attending red carpet events, but avoiding unnecessary time dwelling on what she looked like in photos.

“I want people to have a good relationship with social media. It’s not going anywhere anytime soon,” the 27-year-old insisted. “But knowing that real world’s in front of you and trying to pay attention to that is healthy. When I make an effort to post on social media or do what I’m doing, it’s important for me to make sure it’s 100 per cent authentic and once I post it, I post it. That’s it.”

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Katie Holmes didn’t expect cashmere bra pictures to go viral

Katie Holmes didn’t expect paparazzi pictures of her wearing a cashmere cardigan and matching bra to attract so much attention. The Dawson’s Creek actress caused a stir when she was spotted out in New York in August wearing a dark oatmeal Khaite cardi…

Katie Holmes didn’t expect paparazzi pictures of her wearing a cashmere cardigan and matching bra to attract so much attention.

The Dawson’s Creek actress caused a stir when she was spotted out in New York in August wearing a dark oatmeal Khaite cardigan which she had barely buttoned up, showing that she wasn’t wearing a top underneath and simply a cashmere bra from the same brand.

Katie wore the cardigan while she was interviewed for the cover of Elle U.K. magazine, and she explained she didn’t expect her outfit, which also featured blue jeans, black mules, and a black cross-body bag, to garner so much attention.

“I just woke up and put it on. It’s so cosy. Feel it… I’m not wearing the bra with it today. I bought it (the bra) because I thought it was cool. The cardigan’s so big, it’s cute to just wear the bra underneath it,” she said, shaking her head. “I wasn’t expecting it to be something people would talk about… I just put it on and left the house.”

The 40-year-old only found out about the fuss online through a friend because she never looks herself up on the Internet.

“I was like… ‘OK’… I feel like my time is better spent watching an old film, reading a great book, spending time with friends and family. That is somebody else’s version of me, and I can’t do anything about that,” the star added.

The soft cup bralette retails for $520 (£403) and the cardigan $1,540 (£1,194). Khaite only offers it in one colour and it sold out soon after the snaps hit the Internet.

Speaking to Vogue in September, the actress praised the company by saying, “I think they do such a good job with creating beautiful luxury items. They are very accessible and classic so you can have it for a long time, and I like to shop that way. I’m not always buying new stuff and I can wear it again.”

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Elle Germany editor apologises for tone-deaf feature on black models

The editor of Elle Germany has apologised for publishing an insensitive feature about black models. Models including Naomi Campbell, Adut Akech and Bethann Hardison blasted the publication on social media after images from the November 2019 issue were…

The editor of Elle Germany has apologised for publishing an insensitive feature about black models.

Models including Naomi Campbell, Adut Akech and Bethann Hardison blasted the publication on social media after images from the November 2019 issue were shared by the fashion watchdogs behind Instagram account Diet Prada.

The magazine featured a white model on the cover along with the tagline “Back to Black,” and an article inside about black models titled “Black is Back”, in which Janaye Furman was misidentified as Naomi Chin Wing.

In response to the outrage, editor-in-chief Sabine Nedelchev and her team issued an apology on Instagram, admitting that they made “several mistakes” while trying to feature strong black women in the fashion industry.

“We have made several mistakes for which we apologise to anyone we might have hurt,” they wrote. “It was a mistake to use the cover line ‘Back to Black’ which could be understood as if black persons would be a kind of fashion trend. This obviously wasn’t our intention and it was our mistake not to be more sensitive about this.

“Misidentifying the model Naomi Chin Wing as Janaye Furman has also been a mistake which we regret and for which we apologise. We are aware of how problematic this is. This has definitely been a learning experience of us, and we apologise to anyone that we have hurt or offended.”

British supermodel Naomi had written a lengthy Instagram post in which she called the mistake “very disappointing” and “highly insulting in every way”.

“You go further to say that BACK TO BLACK, even if you ment (sic) the fashion it’s is misleading on your headline and Type !!!” she fired. “I’ve said countless of times we are not a TREND. We are here to STAY. It’s ok to celebrate models of colour but please do it in an ELEGANT and RESPECTFUL way.”

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Dua Lipa: ‘My mum never let me pluck my eyebrows’

Dua Lipa’s mother refused to let the singer pluck her eyebrows while growing up.The Grammy-winning singer is well-known for her flawless skin, sleek bob and stylish red carpet looks, but it’s her perfect eyebrows that are coveted by her fans and follow…

Dua Lipa’s mother refused to let the singer pluck her eyebrows while growing up.

The Grammy-winning singer is well-known for her flawless skin, sleek bob and stylish red carpet looks, but it’s her perfect eyebrows that are coveted by her fans and followers on social media.

In a new interview with Elle.com, the 24-year-old confessed that it was her mother who prevented her from going anywhere near her bushy brows.

“They come from my dad’s side of the family, plus my mum never let me pluck them – even when they were growing to my eyelids!” Dua laughed, as she revealed that when she looks in the mirror, she sees “good brows”.

The British singer, who is currently dating model Anwar Hadid, blames her hectic schedule on being an early riser, and starts the day with a shower, then applies a cream cleanser, vitamin-B serum, hydrating cream and SPF to her face.

“I never used to be into skincare but now I travel, I have to,” Dua shared.

The Be The One hitmaker isn’t a fan of make-up and tries to avoid wearing it if she can.

“I try not to wear make-up on days I don’t have to, but if I do, it takes 15 minutes max. I stick to foundation or concealer, mascara, eyeshadow and bronzer and then I’m out the door,” she said of her simple routine.

At the end of the day, Dua uses Pai Light Work Rosehip Cleansing Oil, $45 (£36), to remove her make-up, followed by a probiotic serum and face cream.

The singer also swears by natural beauty products from Credo and indulges in facials at London clinic Pfeffer Sal, with prices starting at $163 (£130).

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Natalie Portman urges actresses to ‘share salary details’ in campaign for equal pay

Natalie Portman is keen for her fellow actresses to share details about their salaries to help each other negotiate pay.The Oscar-winning actress is championing equal pay in Hollywood, and has called on her peers to be more open when it comes to the “t…

Natalie Portman is keen for her fellow actresses to share details about their salaries to help each other negotiate pay.

The Oscar-winning actress is championing equal pay in Hollywood, and has called on her peers to be more open when it comes to the “taboo” surrounding their pay cheques.

“If we don’t talk to each other, we can’t share, we can’t get information, we can’t get angry and organise together,” Natalie told Elle magazine. “It’s actually really important to talk.”

Explaining the reasoning behind the initiative, the Lucy in the Sky star continued: “It’s actually a real way that we can help each other, to be like: ‘Hey, this is what I get paid. This is how I negotiated this.'”

Her comments come after the 38-year-old recently opened up about the adversity women face in society, explaining to Build Series how they’re often scrutinised more than their male counterparts, adding: “The same qualities that might be celebrated in one might be put down in another gender.”

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Scarlett Johansson drew from parents’ divorce for Marriage Story

Scarlett Johansson drew from her parents’ divorce to prepare for the family drama Marriage Story.The actress appears opposite Adam Driver as a young mother coping with the breakup of her marriage in the film, and while the star has been divorced twice,…

Scarlett Johansson drew from her parents’ divorce to prepare for the family drama Marriage Story.

The actress appears opposite Adam Driver as a young mother coping with the breakup of her marriage in the film, and while the star has been divorced twice, she was directly influenced by what she had experienced growing up.

“It felt familiar somehow, but not because of what I’d been experiencing then,” Johansson, who was in the middle of her divorce from Romain Dauriac when preparing for the project, told Elle magazine. “But maybe because of how I grew up, and the dynamic between my parents – or maybe because I’ve known women who’ve dedicated themselves to their partner’s vision and then come out of this decade-long relationship feeling almost like a ghost.”

The Avengers: Endgame star was also previously married to Ryan Reynolds but is now setting out to find wedded bliss for a third time with Saturday Night Live star Colin Jost.

The 34-year-old also recalled how she set her own feelings of happiness aside in order to portray her character’s anguish.

“My ability to compartmentalise comes in handy when it’s time for things like that,” she added. “I’m certainly, obviously, very happy and fulfilled in my personal life, but I’m also a sum of many parts, and able to access different parts of my story and how I got here. It’s all valuable.”

Johansson was thrilled to play a mother on screen for the first time too.

“It’s funny, because I had never played a mother before, and now suddenly I have two films back to back where I have children who are, like, eight or nine years old,” Johansson, who shares five-year-old daughter Rose with Dauriac, added. “Actors get to wherever they need to go whether or not they’ve lived it, but (these roles) had a deeper resonance with me because of my own personal experience.”

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Nicki Minaj wants curvy women to ‘feel sexy’ in new Fendi line

Nicki Minaj is looking to inspire women to embrace their curves with her sexy new Fendi line.The rapper recently joined forces with bosses at the Italian label for the collection, and accordingly, made sure to include pieces that celebrate women of all…

Nicki Minaj is looking to inspire women to embrace their curves with her sexy new Fendi line.

The rapper recently joined forces with bosses at the Italian label for the collection, and accordingly, made sure to include pieces that celebrate women of all shapes and sizes.

“I want to make clothes that make girls with my body look sexy,” she told Elle magazine. “We’re in a new time, where you don’t have to feel bad if you’re not the tiniest you’ve ever been.”

The Anaconda hitmaker also wants women to be less harsh on themselves when it comes to weight gain.

“What I want (to tell) girls is not necessarily, ‘Go and gain weight and have a big booty,’ but ‘If you do have curves, be proud of it, flaunt it – love the skin you’re in.’ As cliched as that sounds, I’ve been really trying to teach myself that. ‘This is who I am; take me or leave me, bye!'” the 36-year-old insisted.

And Minaj hopes to take her fashion venture a step further by one day launching her own clothing line.

“Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, and yes!” she shared when asked if she’d like to have her own collection. “Yeses across the board, okay? I’ve been really strategic and picky on purpose, turning some things down and waiting for the right opportunities. Once people see that you have selling power and you are able to impact a brand in such a positive way, then I think it’s only a matter of time.

“The Fendi collection alone made me feel like I would love to continue doing this – getting to that boss status. That’s where I would like to take fashion, for sure.”

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