Lupita Nyong’o: ‘Hollywood can be oversensitive to sexism at times’

Lupita Nyong’o believes Hollywood can be at times “oversensitive” to sexism in the wake of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements. The Black Panther star told Vanity Fair magazine she’s glad sexism and abuse are now hot topics in Tinseltown but while she’…

Lupita Nyong’o believes Hollywood can be at times “oversensitive” to sexism in the wake of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements.

The Black Panther star told Vanity Fair magazine she’s glad sexism and abuse are now hot topics in Tinseltown but while she’s happy people in the movie industry are now more sensitive to accusations of sexism, chauvinism, and abuse, at times she suggested they take things too far.

“I think there’s also at times an oversensitivity, which I just think is the nature of the pendulum shifting, and it takes time to find the balance,” the 36-year-old actress explained as she praised the industry for hiring intimacy coaches. “I’m quite happy that there is that kind of extreme change, and hopefully we find equilibrium as we move forward.”

Intimacy coaches ensure actors are comfortable during sex scenes and Nyong’o explained that they were now more commonplace.

“In the past, when it came to physical combat, there were always consultants on set, but when it came to intimacy there was never, ever somebody present to help actors navigate that,” she added. “Now you have that, which I think is a great inclusion, and ensures that those kinds of abuses don’t happen.”

As for her own real-life romances, the star closely guards her privacy, despite fans speculating over potential relationships with both male and female stars, including Michael B. Jordan and Janelle Monae.

“I feel like there’s parts of myself that I care to share and then there are parts that I don’t,” Lupita explained of her desire to keep her personal life private.

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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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Janelle Monae to ‘reinvent’ Siamese cat song for Lady and the Tramp reboot

Janelle Monae is to “reinvent” the problematic Siamese cat song for the Lady and the Tramp reboot.Directed by Charlie Bean, the upcoming live-action adaptation of the 1955 animated classic will feature Tessa Thompson and Justin Theroux as the voices of…

Janelle Monae is to “reinvent” the problematic Siamese cat song for the Lady and the Tramp reboot.

Directed by Charlie Bean, the upcoming live-action adaptation of the 1955 animated classic will feature Tessa Thompson and Justin Theroux as the voices of the titular American Cocker Spaniel and Miniature Schnauzer, respectively, with the voice cast rounded out by Sam Elliott, Ashley Jensen, Benedict Wong and Monae.

However, editors at Variety are now reporting that the Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter is to also perform two new songs for the film, while her artist collective Wondaland is overhauling The Siamese Cat Song from the original, due to its offensive depiction of Asian culture.

In the 1955 version, recorded by Peggy Lee, two Siamese cats, Si and Am, sing the lyrics: “We are Siamese if you please / We are Siamese if you don’t please / Now we lookin’ over our new domicile / If we like we stay for maybe quite a while.”

Wondaland’s Nate “Rocket” Wonder and Roman GianArthur are said to be working on the updated version, which will not feature Siamese cats. No further details were given.

But at the recent MUSEXPO Creative Summit in California, Kaylin Frank, a vice president in Creative Music and Soundtracks at Disney, explained that she and her colleagues were partnering with Monae and her team, and emphasised how the new tracks were a collaborative effort.

“We’re dealing with Wondaland, (Monae’s) team of incredibly creative writers and producers that she works with. So, our director has engaged with her in terms of what the storytelling (of) the song needs to be,” she shared.

The live-action Lady and the Tramp, also starring Kiersey Clemons, Thomas Mann, and Yvette Nicole Brown, is scheduled for release on Disney’s new streaming service on 12 November 2019.

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Kiernan Shipka looks bow-tiful at the Kids’ Choice Awards

Kiernan Shipka was a fashion force to be reckoned with at the Kids’ Choice Awards in Los Angeles on Saturday (23Mar19), rocking up in a bow-tiful Miu Miu dress.The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina actress looked stunning in her cute but elegant dress fro…

Kiernan Shipka was a fashion force to be reckoned with at the Kids’ Choice Awards in Los Angeles on Saturday (23Mar19), rocking up in a bow-tiful Miu Miu dress.

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina actress looked stunning in her cute but elegant dress from the label’s Pre-Fall 2019 line, which featured an embellished top with a cutout on the torso, a black bow on the waist and an ivory pleated skirt.

Kiernan completed her look with black accessories and stud earrings, and wore her blonde hair in a high bun. Inside the awards ceremony, held at the Galen Center in Los Angeles, the 19-year-old star posed with fellow stars including To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before actress Lana Condor, who looked stylish in a ruched white crop top and high-waisted red trousers.

Kiernan also shared a snap on her Instagram page alongside Bebe Rexha, as well as a shot which showed that her gorgeous dress had narrowly avoided being slimed during the awards ceremony – with a tiny bit of the green goop landing on her arm.

Elsewhere, The Kissing Booth star Joey King looked picture perfect as she posed for photographers ahead of the awards, wearing a Jacquemus ensemble consisting of a knit shirt and leather harness teamed with wide-leg leather cargo pants and a mini handbag.

And Janelle Monae also dressed to impress, wowing in a checked tuxedo jacket from the Petar Petrov spring ’19 runway collection which she wore as a dress. Finishing off her look, the Hidden Figures actress added a pair of Christian Louboutin ankle boots and a black hat, with yellow earrings complimenting the yellow accents in her boots.

Jennifer Hudson and Ally Brooke were two of the other stars who pulled out all the stops with their ensembles at the ceremony.

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Chanel offers apres-ski chic for F/W 19

Chanel served up apres-ski chic for its fall/ winter 19 collection on the final day of Paris Fashion Week on Tuesday morning (05Mar19).The presentation saw Paris’ Grand Palais transformed into a snow-covered winter village, surrounded by mountains and …

Chanel served up apres-ski chic for its fall/ winter 19 collection on the final day of Paris Fashion Week on Tuesday morning (05Mar19).

The presentation saw Paris’ Grand Palais transformed into a snow-covered winter village, surrounded by mountains and complete with snow-coated fir trees and alpine chalets.

Following Lagerfeld’s shock death from pancreatic cancer last month (Feb19), stars flocked to the much-anticipated show, with Naomi Campbell, Kristen Stewart, Claudia Schiffer and Janelle Monae all taking front-row spots.

Each seat bore an illustration of the late designer alongside brand namesake Coco Chanel, with the poignant words “the beat goes on…”.

The show was preceded by a one-minute silence, after which the celebrated fashion star’s voice was heard over venue’s tannoy, beginning the presentation.

Cara Delevingne opened the show in a houndstooth coat, grid print jumpsuit and matching hat in Chanel’s signature tweed, styled with a silver belt and matching necklaces.

The style was a recurring theme throughout the presentation, which featured an array of monochrome designs, alongside neutral palettes and traditional Icelandic patterns.

In the latter portion of the show, Penelope Cruz made her catwalk debut, walking the runway in a bridal look that consisted of a frilled blouse and fur puffball skirt. The actress wore white platform boots, statement silver earrings, and carried a single white rose.

Kaia Gerber, who’d recently collaborated on a collection for Lagerfeld’s namesake label, modelled a similar look.

Soo Joo Park, Binx Walton, Grace Elizabeth and Adut Akech also walked in the landmark Chanel show, showing off a mix off Chanel’s famous boucle looks and signature ladylike glam.

For the finale, models walked arm-in-arm to a standing ovation as David Bowie’s hit Heroes played.

It was a bittersweet moment – the same music was played during Lagerfeld’s final Fendi show in at Milan Fashion Week – with a number of models reduced to tears as they walked one final lap.

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Stella McCartney serves up coats and crochet for fall 19

Stella McCartney has offered up a line of structured coats and colourful crochet for her fall/winter 2019 collection.The British fashion designer held her latest presentation at the Opera Garnier as part of Paris Fashion Week on Monday morning (04Mar19…

Stella McCartney has offered up a line of structured coats and colourful crochet for her fall/winter 2019 collection.

The British fashion designer held her latest presentation at the Opera Garnier as part of Paris Fashion Week on Monday morning (04Mar19), with the show drawing in a number of celebrities including Oprah Winfrey, Karlie Kloss, Janelle Monae, Doutzen Kroes, and Alexa Chung.

Inside the opulent venue, McCartney had a runway placed down the centre, with the stark white floor printed with the names of people who had contributed to the #ThereSheGrows campaign, which is seeking to raise funds for the Leuser Ecosystem in Sumatra, Indonesia.

To kick off the presentation, a model donned a brown belted kimono-inspired jacket which was paired with grey platform boots.

A parade of coats followed, with Russian star Natalia Vodianova sporting a black trench coat made of a faux leather fabric – in keeping with McCartney’s dedication to shunning animal products and instead experimenting with new innovative materials.

Another model sported a dark blue Neoprene sleeveless jacket over a long skirt and chunky boots, while the collection also included more conventional styles for the winter months, such as a grey trench coat with black button detailing, a red faux fur number, and a dark green duffel coat.

While McCartney stuck with a palette of tan, brown and green for the most part, she interspersed the line with some pops of colour, with highlights including a rainbow crochet dress, a canary yellow dress with wide shoulders, and a silky emerald green ensemble which was paired with matching accessories.

Other highlights included a uniform-style khaki green jumpsuit with cargo pockets on the trousers which was modelled by Kaia Gerber, a flowing grey dress, and the last outfit of the show, a kimono-like dress made from a floral print fabric.

Paris Fashion Week continues on Monday afternoon with presentations from Giambattista Valli and Alexander McQueen.

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Designer accuses Janelle Monae of plagiarising Grammys latex look

A fashion designer has accused Janelle Monae of plagiarising her design for her Grammy awards performance on Sunday night (10Feb19).Japanese-Italian designer Nange Magro, who is famous for working primarily with latex, posted images and a video on Inst…

A fashion designer has accused Janelle Monae of plagiarising her design for her Grammy awards performance on Sunday night (10Feb19).

Japanese-Italian designer Nange Magro, who is famous for working primarily with latex, posted images and a video on Instagram comparing her Kotodama Leotard design from 2015, which she created for her label Dead Lotus Couture, with those worn by Janelle and her dancers on stage at the Grammys.

The leotard design, which features a white belted harness and a white collar, are uncannily similar, prompting Nange to both praise and criticise the star, who is often lauded for her unique style.

“Amazing performance by Janelle at the Grammy’s. She and her dancers looked great,” Nange wrote on Instagram. “I’m deeply DISAPPOINTED, though, that their outfits looked so much like one of Dead Lotus Couture’s 2015 classic designs. I could’ve made it for them if they contacted me.

“Nobody likes to see unauthorised copies of their original creations – be it in music, art or fashion. I am flattered to be an inspiration for this amazing artist, but not flattered that my original design has been blatantly imitated.”

The Django Jane singer has previously been pictured wearing Dead Lotus Couture designs, with a picture of the Hidden Figures star featured on the label’s website.

Janelle works with stylist Alexandra Mandelkorn, who was responsible for her Grammys red carpet look, but it’s unclear whether she helped the star with her stage attire.

The singer has not yet responded to a request for comment.

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Busy Janelle Monae joining Harriet Tubman biopic and UglyDolls cast

Singer Janelle Monae is building her acting resume by landing roles in the Harriet Tubman biopic and animated movie UglyDolls. The Hidden Figures star will team up with Cynthia Erivo, who will play the revered abolitionist in Harriet, which follows th…

Singer Janelle Monae is building her acting resume by landing roles in the Harriet Tubman biopic and animated movie UglyDolls.

The Hidden Figures star will team up with Cynthia Erivo, who will play the revered abolitionist in Harriet, which follows the African-American icon’s escape from slavery in 1849 and her subsequent missions to rescue dozens of slaves.

Kasi Lemmons of Eve’s Bayou fame will direct from a screenplay she co-wrote with Gregory Allen Howard, alongside Oscar-winning cinematographer John Toll, who has worked on movie epics Legends of the Fall and Braveheart.

Leslie Odom Jr., Taylor Swift’s actor boyfriend Joe Alwyn, Jennifer Nettles, Clarke Peters, and Vanessa Bell Calloway will also appear in the movie, which will begin filming in Virginia later this month (Oct18).

A release date has yet to be confirmed.

Meanwhile, Monae will also be seen and heard in UglyDolls, which is based on the popular plush toys created by David Horvath and Sun-Min Kim.

The movie will centre on the residents of Uglyville, who have to confront body image issues as they learn to love themselves.

She joins an ensemble cast featuring Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson, Nick Jonas, rapper Pitbull, and comedians Wanda Sykes and Gabriel Iglesias, according to Variety.

Monae, Clarkson, Jonas, and Pitbull will also contribute new music for the movie’s soundtrack.

The children’s project, designed to launch a new film franchise, is set to hit theatres in May, 2019.

Janelle, who also appeared in Oscar-winning movie Moonlight, will next be seen on the big screen opposite Steve Carell in new movie Welcome to Marwen.

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Nicki Minaj rocks trio of sexy outfits at 2018 BET Awards

Nicki Minaj picked out three sexy outfits to wear during her 2018 BET Awards performance.The rapper took to the stage during the ceremony held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday (24Jun18) and drove the crowd wild by kicking off her spect…

Nicki Minaj picked out three sexy outfits to wear during her 2018 BET Awards performance.

The rapper took to the stage during the ceremony held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday (24Jun18) and drove the crowd wild by kicking off her spectacle by performing one of her two comeback singles, Chun-Li.

Her first outfit consisted of a red and black belted coat sparkling with sequins along the trim, which Nicki paired with thigh-high shiny latex boots.

After bringing the stage to life with the help of her dancers, who helped recreate the Japan-inspired music video, the Anaconda hitmaker ditched the jacket to reveal a raunchy PVC minidress.

The neckline plunged towards her midriff and accessories including nude fishnet tights and a diamante chain necklace reading Chun-Li.

Finally, the 35-year-old took the opportunity to make a final outfit change when YG took to the stage to perform Big Bank with fellow rappers 2 Chainz and Big Sean.

Nicki reemerged to join the trio and delivered her verse of the song by sitting on a plastic pink horse while wearing a baby pink belted basque adorned with sparkling silver panels, and accessorised with high-heeled metallic shoe boots.

Another musician to make a statement at the event was Janelle Monae, who rocked the red carpet wearing a statement rainbow coloured dress to pay tribute to Pride 2018.

The 32-year-old, who recently revealed she identifies as pansexual, looked stunning in an emerald green detailed bustier which was jazzed up by a frilled tulle skirt which symbolised Pride’s signature rainbow flag emblem.

The Pynk star gave the eye-catching outfit an androgynous twist by adding a red and black military style cap and had a pink, purple and blue diamante clutch bag draped over her wrist.

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Janelle Monae’s stylist praises singer’s fearless fashion sense

Janelle Monae’s stylist has praised the singer for taking risks when it comes to her clothes.Janelle’s latest music video for song Pynk has got everyone talking this week, thanks to “vagina trousers” worn by Janelle and her dancers. The pink pu…

Janelle Monae’s stylist has praised the singer for taking risks when it comes to her clothes.

Janelle’s latest music video for song Pynk has got everyone talking this week, thanks to “vagina trousers” worn by Janelle and her dancers. The pink puffy pants, by Dutch designer Duran Lantink, resemble a woman’s most intimate area.

Later in the video, 32-year-old Janelle wears a pair of white Y fronts with the words Sex Cells across the front, and pubic hair sprouting out the side.

Praising Janelle’s bold attitude to fashion, stylist Alexandra Mandelkorn, who worked on the Pynk video, told mic.com: “Instead of creating a character on screen, I now get to work with a person and really help them create their vision or the character that they want.

“Working with Janelle has been such a dream because she does have a clear idea of what she wants and she’s willing to take risks. I get to bring new things to the table, but also she has guidelines of what she likes to stay in. It’s nice to be given some parameters.”

Alexandra has been working with Janelle since November, and has helped to add colour to the Tightrope singer’s usual monochrome wardrobe.

Some of their top looks so far have been the scarlet Christian Siriano suit she wore to the Vanity Fair Oscars Party and the fuchsia Wolk Morais suit the singer and actress wore for the A Wrinkle in Time Los Angeles premiere.

“I think that she is definitely going through a transition of change and those inklings had already begun with this album (Dirty Computer),” Alexandra enthused. “Her people didn’t mention anything specific about her wanting a change, but I can imagine if they saw my work they saw that I am definitely adventurous and I’m not afraid to go big. Knowing her now, she is definitely one who wants to have really avant-garde pieces that other people, I have to say, wouldn’t have the balls to wear.”

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