Tess Holliday frustrated by lack of choice in plus-size swimsuits

Tess Holliday is disappointed by the lack of swimsuit options available to plus-size women.The model and blogger, who is a U.S. size 22 (U.K. 24), is a vocal advocate of body positivity and often speaks about the importance of diversity and inclusivity…

Tess Holliday is disappointed by the lack of swimsuit options available to plus-size women.

The model and blogger, who is a U.S. size 22 (U.K. 24), is a vocal advocate of body positivity and often speaks about the importance of diversity and inclusivity.

In a new essay for U.S. InStyle magazine, Tess has opened up about her struggles to find suitable swimsuits and bikinis over the years and noted that few stores stock a range of sizes.

“All of my bathing suits since I started wearing them again have been purchased online. I’ve found the brands that I know I like and I’ll order them,” she wrote. “Some companies are nice enough to send me a couple of swimsuits and I see which ones work for my body. But there are maybe two physical stores that I can think of that I can try stuff on.”

Tess went on to emphasise that she knows she is fortunate to have access to swimsuits from fashion designers and options on photoshoots. Yet, she still has issues with fit when she orders pieces online.

“I’ll see stuff and, as a model, I’ll know it won’t look the same on me as the women on the website, but the suit will arrive, and it won’t remotely look or feel the same on my body,” the 34-year-old shared. “A high-waisted suit won’t have a ‘high waist.’ It will be too low. One-pieces for plus women tend to have awkwardly short torsos. A lot of brands aren’t taking into account our stomachs, our hips, our butts. And the tops that have that tiny strap in the back with, like, one hook? My back fat goes all over it and it just looks like my bikini top is floating on me.”

To conclude her candid article, Tess called on bosses at swimsuit brands to put in more “thought and accountability” into their garments.

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Drew Barrymore loved having red hair in early 2000s

Drew Barrymore adored the bright red shade she dyed her hair in the early 2000s.The Never Been Kissed actress is quite the style chameleon, and over the years, has experimented with all sorts of hair colours, ranging from platinum blonde to auburn and …

Drew Barrymore adored the bright red shade she dyed her hair in the early 2000s.

The Never Been Kissed actress is quite the style chameleon, and over the years, has experimented with all sorts of hair colours, ranging from platinum blonde to auburn and brunette.

Reflecting on her constantly changing locks in an interview for the September 2019 issue of U.S. InStyle magazine, Drew pinpointed the crimson hair colour she had for the cover of the September 2000 issue as one of her favourite hues.

“My hair had grown out. Hair is obviously a very big thing with me. That time it was red; I just love red-toned hair. It’s so flattering to the skin. If I ever see a redheaded girl, I’m like, ‘She’s so hot,'” she commented to the publication. “Matthew Rolston shot that cover. He was a good friend of mine, and I think it’s nice when a photographer makes you look like yourself. It’s always alarming when you see photos and think, ‘That doesn’t look like me.'”

Drew, who currently has honey-blonde locks, went on to recall another hair-related memory from her first InStyle cover shoot in 1999 when she was having the “worst hair day” and relied upon the hairstylists to get her ready for a date that evening.

“I actually had a date that night with an actor. I was so excited to go on a date with this guy with good hair, but it turned out that the hair was much better than the date,” the 44-year-old remembered.

Elsewhere in the chat, Drew spoke about how she felt the most beautiful following the birth of her daughters Olive, six, and Frankie, five, who she shares with ex-husband Will Kopelman.

While her figure has changed after having children, the star wouldn’t have it any other way.

“I was built to have these girls, and I have never fallen prey to the Hollywood stigma about how a woman is supposed to look. That’s the dumbest thing. I love girls and women. They rule my universe,” she added.

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Janelle Monae wears tuxedos as an ‘act of rebellion’

Janelle Monae wore tuxedos for years as means of “rebelling” against those who suggested she needed to dress more feminine to succeed. The Tightrope singer nearly always sported a suit when she first started out in the music business, and quickly beca…

Janelle Monae wore tuxedos for years as means of “rebelling” against those who suggested she needed to dress more feminine to succeed.

The Tightrope singer nearly always sported a suit when she first started out in the music business, and quickly became known for her androgynous style and penchant for a black-and-white colour palette.

However, in recent years, Janelle has been branching out from her signature aesthetic, and in a new interview for U.S. InStyle, she explained that she only wore tuxedos for so long to prove a point.

“When I began touring, stylists would tell me to dress more feminine. And that’s the reason I stayed in my tuxedo so long – out of rebellion,” she shared. “I wanted to prove that I could make it by being my authentic self. It was about proving that, as women, we can wear tuxedos, we can wear dresses, we can show skin, or not show skin. But we need to be in control of that.

“I look back to when I was wearing black-and-white tuxedos every day and people were saying that I dressed like a man and that I should look more feminine if I want to get ahead. But ultimately, I chose to express myself in what made me most comfortable.”

The Moonlight actress is also known for her love of hats, and she admitted that she didn’t know how many she possessed, but her favourite was a vintage black fedora which she usually wears tilted back on her head because it makes her “feel like Peter Pan”.

The 33-year-old took her hat game to a new level at the Met Gala earlier this year, when she wore a stack of fedoras on her head, and Janelle noted she wanted the “surreal” look to represent her multi-faceted career, adding, “I’m a woman who wears many hats.”

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Michelle Dockery was into grunge fashion growing up

Michelle Dockery was “obsessed” with Alanis Morissette’s signature grunge style as a teenager. The British star became famous for playing the polished and proper aristocrat Lady Mary in TV show Downton Abbey, but the 37-year-old has now revealed her r…

Michelle Dockery was “obsessed” with Alanis Morissette’s signature grunge style as a teenager.

The British star became famous for playing the polished and proper aristocrat Lady Mary in TV show Downton Abbey, but the 37-year-old has now revealed her real-life style was far removed from her character’s when she was growing up as she was into the grunge trend, which became popular in the ’90s thanks to artists like Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Morissette.

Dockery was such a big fan of the Ironic hitmaker that she even tried to copy all of her outfits and hairstyles when she was 13 and 14 years old.

“I was completely obsessed with Alanis Morissette,” she recalled to U.S. InStyle magazine. “So when I went to bed, I’d put two braids in and then take them out in the morning so my hair would wave just like hers. I’d wear white shirts and jeans and just want to be her.”

The Godless actress regularly wore skirts that her mother made for her as well as Dr. Martens boots, a staple in any grunge wardrobe, alongside plaid flannel shirts and stonewashed or ripped jeans.

“My mum used to make a lot of our clothes when we were growing up, and when I got to that grunge phase, she would make my skirts,” Dockery continued. “That was her way of going, ‘I’ll make it look pretty and not really horrendous as if you just bought it from Camden Market (in London) and it’s dragging on the floor.'”

And at one point, she decided to experiment with her hairstyle and chopped her locks down to a cropped look too.

“Then I went through a phase when I cut my hair really short. I had a crop,” the star stated. “And I feel like that was the beginning of me wanting to be an actress. I was sort of copying people and playing characters.”

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Michelle Dockery cried at first Downton Abbey movie fitting

Michelle Dockery was overcome with emotion when she first tried on dresses for her first Downton Abbey movie costume fitting. The British actress played Lady Mary Crawley in the hit period drama series, which originally aired from 2010 to 2015, and s…

Michelle Dockery was overcome with emotion when she first tried on dresses for her first Downton Abbey movie costume fitting. 

The British actress played Lady Mary Crawley in the hit period drama series, which originally aired from 2010 to 2015, and she has reprised the role for the upcoming big-screen version.  

In a new interview with U.S. InStyle magazine, Michelle opened up about how lovely it was to reunite with castmates such as Hugh Bonneville, Maggie Smith, and Joanne Froggatt, but also how odd it was to be back in her old costumes.  

“For my first Downton fitting, I felt quite emotional putting those dresses back on. Some were reused, but because it’s a film, we also dialled it up a notch. We could afford to go slightly grander,” she told the publication. “It felt like no time had passed at all. (I realised) I’d taken some things for granted. Like driving up to that house, it honestly took my breath away. But I think the three-year gap was perfect, because we’d all been off doing our own thing, and it was enough time to really, really miss it.” 

The movie focuses on the arrival of King George V and Queen Mary at the Crawley family’s English country estate, and London-born star assured fans that narrative follows on from the beloved TV programme.

“The film is very much a continuation of the show and everything that people loved about it. It really is for our brilliant, loyal fans,” the 37-year-old gushed.   

Elsewhere in the chat, Michelle sweetly credited Downton Abbey for helping to shape her career and personal life.   

“Downton played a huge part in shaping me as a person. We all went through our ups and our downs over the years, and in some ways the show supported us. Going back every year kept our feet on the ground,” she stated. 

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Karen Elson ‘nervous’ to wear Lupita Nyong’o’s dress for photoshoot

Karen Elson was “nervous” to model the dress Lupita Nyong’o wore when she won her Oscar for a new photoshoot. To mark the 25th anniversary of U.S. InStyle magazine, Elson, Joan Smalls, and Amber Valletta have posed in 25 of the most iconic red carpet …

Karen Elson was “nervous” to model the dress Lupita Nyong’o wore when she won her Oscar for a new photoshoot.

To mark the 25th anniversary of U.S. InStyle magazine, Elson, Joan Smalls, and Amber Valletta have posed in 25 of the most iconic red carpet dresses, with the British model wearing gowns made famous by Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, and Julianne Moore, among others.

The 40-year-old beauty also sported the plunging pale blue Prada dress the Black Panther star wore when she collected the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for 12 Years a Slave in 2014, and can be seen wearing the iconic gown while resting on a sink in a public bathroom.

Sharing the image on Instagram, Elson revealed she was so anxious about wearing the outfit that hairdresser Lacy Redway sent a picture to the actress herself.

“This picture gives me the chills. The amazing hairdresser @lacyredway sent this picture to the beautiful Lupita Nyong’o as we were shooting as she wore this gorgeous @prada dress for the 2014 Academy Awards,” she wrote. “I was nervous that maybe she’d be freaked out that another woman was wearing something that was so iconic and specific to a time in her life.

“The point of this shoot is to pay homage to both the brilliant and powerful women who brought life into these gorgeous dresses and to the designers who created such timeless pieces. It’s this alchemy and collaboration between the actor and designer that made this shoot so special.”

Nyong’o is yet to respond publicly to the shoot, but Paltrow heaped praise on Elson for wearing the pale pink Ralph Lauren dress she wore when she won the Best Actress Oscar in 1999.

“You wore it better,” the Avengers: Endgame actress responded, adding a heart emoji, before the catwalk star quickly replied: “Oh no, that dress is all you, I was just lucky to wear it!”

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Demi Moore grew her hair after G.I. Jane to ‘regain strength’

Demi Moore felt she needed to grow her hair again to “regain her strength” after shaving it all off for movie G.I. Jane.  The actress bravely shaved her head onscreen in order to portray Lieutenant Jordan O’Neil in the 1997 action film, and in a new …

Demi Moore felt she needed to grow her hair again to “regain her strength” after shaving it all off for movie G.I. Jane.

  The actress bravely shaved her head onscreen in order to portray Lieutenant Jordan O’Neil in the 1997 action film, and in a new interview with InStyle, the 56-year-old admitted that she was determined to grow it back because she felt like it was the source of her power, much like biblical figure Samson, who lost his strength when his long hair was cut. 

  Looking at her InStyle cover from September 1997, in which she sported a cropped hairstyle, Demi said, “That was also around the time I had shaved my head, so I felt a need to grow my hair, almost like Samson, to regain my strength. I had decided to stay home and be with my kids. I decided to let my hair grow and grow. Then I got really attached to it.” 

  The Ghost star proved her point by swishing her long hair, which almost reaches her bottom. 

  Although her hairstyle has changed, Demi believes her approach to fashion has essentially stayed the same.  

  “My style has stayed the same in terms of concept, I tend to go towards classic with a twist,” she shared. “I quite love vintage (clothes and accessories) and have a very extensive collection. I like a little bit of humour and cosiness. There are two different sides of me: the dressy side, which is still like playing dress-up, and then IRL (in real life), in one of my 20 pairs of overalls.” 

  To mark the publication’s 25th anniversary, Demi looked at her past covers, including her first one in 1994 and another in October 2000. However, she confessed to disliking the latter. 

  “This is a hideous cover of me. The way they cut my hair out (in Photoshop) looks like a helmet. So, so bad. Nobody can disagree with me on that,” she stated.

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Amber Valletta, Joan Smalls and Karen Elson model iconic Hollywood gowns

Amber Valletta, Joan Smalls, and Karen Elson have been selected to model iconic Hollywood gowns for the new issue of U.S. InStyle magazine.To mark the 25th anniversary of the publication, editor-in-chief Laura Brown decided to shoot a series of special…

Amber Valletta, Joan Smalls, and Karen Elson have been selected to model iconic Hollywood gowns for the new issue of U.S. InStyle magazine.

To mark the 25th anniversary of the publication, editor-in-chief Laura Brown decided to shoot a series of special subscriber covers depicting the top models wearing some of the industry’s most legendary red carpet dresses.

For one image, Valletta is seen standing on a city street while sporting the black Versace gown with gold safety pins that Elizabeth Hurley wore to a premiere in 1994, a second shows Elson posing in the pale pink Ralph Lauren ballgown Gwyneth Paltrow wore to collect her Oscar in 1999, and a third features Smalls in the huge pink Giambattista Valli dress that Rihanna chose for the 2015 Grammy Awards.

Reflecting on Hurley’s breakthrough fashion moment, Donatella Versace recalled to editors how she never once anticipated the daring design to garner so much controversy.

“I know, you’d expect something more interesting behind one of the most famous red-carpet dresses in history,” the Italian designer shared. “But as for many things, chance played a big role in making it all happen. No one could really fathom such an astonishing reaction, or that Liz would steal the spotlight from everyone else.”

The photoshoot was shot by Sebastian Faena and styled by Julia von Boehm, with the dresses secured by Rina Stone and Lizzy Oppenheimer.

Other pictures feature the sequinned Louis Vuitton dress worn by Alicia Vikander at the 2016 SAG Awards, the red Balenciaga dress donned by Nicole Kidman at the 2007 Academy Awards, the pale green one-shoulder Valentino number Jennifer Lopez chose for the 2003 Academy Awards, and the purple Rodarte dress worn by Natalie Portman to the 2011 Academy Awards, among many others.

“When we were planning our 25th anniversary issue, talk of course turned to legendary red carpet dresses. It’s easy to choose favourites and stick them in a story. What’s not, and what we’re so proud of, is securing 25 of the greatest dresses of the past 25 years and shooting them, out in the world, on the supermodels of today,” wrote Brown on Instagram. “The word ‘Iconic’ is overused in fashion, but it’s the only word for this.”

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Brandon Maxwell ‘thrilled’ to make InStyle’s iconic dresses list

Brandon Maxwell is “thrilled” to have one of his designs make it into InStyle magazine’s rundown of the most iconic red carpet dresses.  To mark its 25th anniversary, editors at the U.S. publication tapped models Joan Smalls, Karen Elson, and Amber V…

Brandon Maxwell is “thrilled” to have one of his designs make it into InStyle magazine’s rundown of the most iconic red carpet dresses.

  To mark its 25th anniversary, editors at the U.S. publication tapped models Joan Smalls, Karen Elson, and Amber Valletta to wear 25 of the most legendary red carpet gowns, and Maxwell was overjoyed to see his pink column cape dress, which was worn by Thandie Newton to the 2018 Emmys, included in the list.  

 “For @instylemagazine 25th anniversary they chose 25 of the most iconic red carpet dresses from the past 25 years to be shot on today’s supermodels, and we are so thrilled to be included!” he wrote on Instagram beside an image of Elson modelling the design as she walks down a street.  

 “In the September issue, @misskarenelson wears #brandonmaxwell pink crepe column cape gown from the Spring/Summer 2019 runway collection. This dress was first worn by @thandienewton on the night she won her Emmy, and styled by @erinwalshnyc.”  

 The designer and Lady Gaga’s fashion director, who launched his eponymous label in 2015 and boasts Gwyneth Paltrow, Blake Lively, and Michelle Obama as celebrity supporters, also thanked InStyle’s editor-in-chief Laura Brown and her team for “including us amongst so many dresses that I have loved over the years!”  

 The photoshoot was shot by Sebastian Faena and styled by Julia von Boehm. For the feature, the British model also wears the pale pink Ralph Lauren ballgown Paltrow wore to collect her Oscar in 1999, the ivory satin Marc Bouwer dress Angelina Jolie chose for the 2004 Academy Awards, the strapless emerald Tom Ford number Julianne Moore wore to the 2013 Oscars, and the plunging light blue Prada gown Lupita Nyong’o was wearing when she won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 2014. 

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Karen Elson praised by Gwyneth Paltrow after modelling her iconic pink Oscars gown

Karen Elson has won adoring praise from Gwyneth Paltrow after modelling the star’s iconic pink Oscars gown for a magazine photoshoot.To mark its 25th anniversary, editors at U.S. publication InStyle have tapped Elson, Joan Smalls, and Amber Valletta to…

Karen Elson has won adoring praise from Gwyneth Paltrow after modelling the star’s iconic pink Oscars gown for a magazine photoshoot.

To mark its 25th anniversary, editors at U.S. publication InStyle have tapped Elson, Joan Smalls, and Amber Valletta to wear 25 of the most legendary red carpet dresses ever made.

Elson is pictured in nine gowns, including Angelina Jolie’s Marc Bouwer dress from 2004 Academy Awards, the purple Rodarte creation worn by a pregnant Natalie Portman at the 2011 Oscars, and Elle Fanning’s chic Valentino Couture outfit from last year’s Berlin International Film Festival.

However, after sharing a snap of her in Paltrow’s bubblegum pink Ralph Lauren Collection dress from the Oscars in 1999 on Instagram, the British model soon caught the attention of the actress.

“Sometimes you do a shoot that is so special you have to pinch yourself. I had the pleasure to wear iconic dresses from the red carpet over the years worn by women I profoundly admire. Like this pretty in pink dress worn by the radiant @gwynethpaltrow made by @ralphlauren that she wore to the 1999 Academy Awards which she won the Oscar for Shakespeare In Love. The whole story is magical,” Elson wrote.

“You wore it better,” Paltrow responded, adding a heart emoji, before the 40-year-old model quickly replied: “Oh no, that dress is all you, I was just lucky to wear it!”

Paltrow, who was just 26 when she scooped the Best Actress gong for her role as Viola in Shakespeare in Love, recently explained to InStyle that she picked out the designer gown on her own.

“When you are with your girlfriends, and you try on this pretty pink dress, and you think it is so great, so pretty. I just wanted to look very sweet,” the 46-year-old recalled.

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