Rihanna ‘too involved’ in Savage X Fenty design process

Rihanna personally signed off on every single detail in her latest Savage X Fenty collection. The singer and fashion designer showed off the latest collection for her lingerie brand during an epic extravaganza at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn as part…

Rihanna personally signed off on every single detail in her latest Savage X Fenty collection.

The singer and fashion designer showed off the latest collection for her lingerie brand during an epic extravaganza at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn as part of New York Fashion Week on Tuesday night.

But in an interview with Entertainment Tonight backstage, the 31-year-old revealed that she is “too involved” in all aspects of the design process and there is nothing in the line that hasn’t had her stamp of approval.

“Oh my God, I’m too involved. I want a break but I’m a control freak, so I do everything,” Rihanna shared. “I see everything. There’s not one step of the way, there’s not one lace trim, there’s not one bra strap… there is not one bow on a panty that I do not see and approve.

“It’s a lot of work, but it’s the only way you can preserve a brand, that you start from scratch… Here, I have a unique opportunity to change things. I’ve always been so sincere with my perspective on this brand but to see the way that we’re perceived in the lingerie world.”

The fashion and beauty mogul added that there’s pressure on her to continue producing size-inclusive garments, admitting, “It makes me feel like now we cannot neglect those consumers.”

This year’s Savage X Fenty presentation was bigger than ever thanks to a partnership with executives at Amazon Prime Video, who will exclusively broadcast the show on 20 September. To keep details under wraps, photography and cell phones were banned from the venue.

In addition to the new designs, the show will also feature performances from DJ Khaled, Halsey, Big Sean, and Migos, among others, as well as special appearances from Cara Delevingne, Gigi and Bella Hadid, Normani, Joan Smalls, and Laverne Cox.

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Valentina Sampaio becomes first transgender model to work for Victoria’s Secret

Valentina Sampaio has made history by becoming the first-ever transgender model to work for Victoria’s Secret.The Brazilian star posted a picture of herself on Instagram at a photoshoot for the lingerie firm on Thursday, which prompted pal Lais Ribiero…

Valentina Sampaio has made history by becoming the first-ever transgender model to work for Victoria’s Secret.

The Brazilian star posted a picture of herself on Instagram at a photoshoot for the lingerie firm on Thursday, which prompted pal Lais Ribiero to later gush about the feat.

“First transgender to shoot with Vs! This make me so happy!” she tweeted, adding a heart emoji.

Valentina responded by posting a video from the shoot, adding the caption: “Never stop dreaming…”

The posts quickly caught the attention of a number of Sampaio’s 190,000 followers, including Victoria’s Secret Angel Lily Aldridge who commented, “Stunning,” along with a string of pink heart emojis, while Orange Is the New Black actress and fellow transgender celebrity Laverne Cox wrote, “Wow finally!”

Previously, Sampaio has landed modelling gigs for the likes of L’Oreal Paris, Marc Jacobs Beauty, and Levi’s. While in March 2017, the 22-year-old became the first transgender model to pose for any edition of Vogue, when she appeared on the cover of Vogue Paris.

The news comes following a recent claim from Victoria’s Secret model Shanina Shaik that the 2019 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show has been cancelled, after initial reports that the spectacle would not be televised.

Additionally, the company’s chief marketing officer, Ed Razek, came under fire in the wake of the label’s annual show last year, after telling reporters at U.S. Vogue that he decided against casting transgender models in the 2018 presentation because the brand “did not market to the whole world”. He later apologised on social media for coming across as “insensitive”.

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Adut Akech surprised to learn of Duchess of Sussex’s involvement in Vogue issue

Adut Akech only found out Meghan, Duchess of Sussex had chosen her for British Vogue’s Forces for Change issue when she recently received a surprise call from the royal.The model, who was born in South Sudan and raised in Adelaide, Australia, appears o…

Adut Akech only found out Meghan, Duchess of Sussex had chosen her for British Vogue’s Forces for Change issue when she recently received a surprise call from the royal.

The model, who was born in South Sudan and raised in Adelaide, Australia, appears on the September 2019 issue of British Vogue alongside 14 other trailblazing women including Adwoa Aboah, Christy Turlington, and Jane Fonda.

The issue, entitled Forces for Change, was guest-edited by the actress-turned-royal, who began working with editor-in-chief Edward Enninful in January, but Akech had no idea she was involved in the cover until she received a phone call from the Duchess herself last week.

“Feeling so extremely honoured and proud to be on the September 2019 Issue cover of @britishvogue #forcesofchange along side the most inspirational women I know,” the 19-year-old wrote on Instagram. “A few nights ago I got one of the best surprise, a phone call from The Duchess of Sussex herself to tell me she was the guest-editor of this issue. She told me that she finds me and my story so inspiring and those words I will never forget for the rest of my life. The thought of being chosen by HRH The Duchess of Sussex @sussexroyal and @edward_enninful as one the fifteenth amazing women looked as the #Forcesofchange completely blows my mind!

“Thank you @edward_enninful… and your entire team at British Vogue for recognising me. What this moment means to me I can’t explain in words.”

The cover stars, also including actresses Yara Shadidi, Salma Hayek and Laverne Cox, were photographed by Peter Lindbergh in studios in London and New York, with the exception of Swedish activist Greta Thunberg and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

According to Lindbergh, the Duchess instructed him over the phone to show the women as their natural selves.

“My instructions from the Duchess were clear: ‘I want to see freckles!'” he said. “Well, that was like running through open doors for me. I love freckles.”

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Adwoa Aboah ‘honoured’ to be selected for British Vogue’s September issue cover

Adwoa Aboah feels “honoured” to have been named as a force for change by Meghan, Duchess of Sussex for the September 2019 issue of British Vogue. The British model appears alongside the likes of Adut Akech, Christy Turlington, Salma Hayek, and 16-year…

Adwoa Aboah feels “honoured” to have been named as a force for change by Meghan, Duchess of Sussex for the September 2019 issue of British Vogue.

The British model appears alongside the likes of Adut Akech, Christy Turlington, Salma Hayek, and 16-year-old activist Greta Thunberg on the cover of the publication’s Forces for Change issue, which was guest-edited by the royal.

Sharing the cover on Instagram, the 27-year-old told her followers being selected for her work with Gurls Talk, an online community she founded for young women to discuss issues like mental health and sex, is one of her biggest achievements so far.

“I can’t even begin to explain what an honour this is to have been featured alongside these inspirational womxn for @britishvogue’s September Issue (sic),” Aboah wrote. “To have been chosen by HRH The Duchess of Sussex @sussexroyal and @edward_enninful as one of 15 #forcesforchange because of all the work I do with @gurlstalk feels like one of the biggest achievements yet. Thank you to everyone who made it a possibility.”

Supermodel Turlington also shared the cover on Instagram and expressed her pride at being featured alongside the other trailblazing women.

“Grateful to have been selected to join these #forcesforchange for the September Issue of @britishvogue I am beyond proud to introduce the #ForcesForChange September 2019 issue of @BritishVogue, guest-edited by HRH The Duchess of Sussex,” she wrote in the caption.

The 15 women, which also include actresses Gemma Chan, Jameela Jamil, Laverne Cox, Jane Fonda, and Yara Shahidi, were photographed by Peter Lindbergh.

Editor-in-chief Edward Enninful unveiled the new cover on Sunday and revealed that Meghan declined to appear on it because she feared it would be a distraction.

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Edward Enninful: ‘Meghan, Duchess of Sussex declined to appear on new British Vogue cover’

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex declined to appear on the latest cover of British Vogue for fear of looking “boastful”.On Sunday, editor-in-chief Edward Enninful confirmed the British royal had been tapped to guest-edit the prestigious September 2019 issue o…

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex declined to appear on the latest cover of British Vogue for fear of looking “boastful”.

On Sunday, editor-in-chief Edward Enninful confirmed the British royal had been tapped to guest-edit the prestigious September 2019 issue of the fashion publication, entitled Forces for Change.

While the cover features the images of 15 trailblazing women, in an accompanying article, Enninful noted that Meghan decided not to take up the opportunity to front the cover, as she feared it would be a distraction.

“As you will see from her selections throughout this magazine, she is also willing to wade into more complex and nuanced areas, whether they concern female empowerment, mental health, race or privilege,” he wrote. “From the very beginning, we talked about the cover – whether she would be on it or not. In the end, she felt that it would be in some ways a ‘boastful’ thing to do for this particular project. She wanted, instead, to focus on the women she admires.”

Instead, the cover features a number of inspirational figures, including model and activist Adwoa Aboah, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, actresses Laverne Cox, Jane Fonda, and Salma Hayek, climate change campaigner Greta Thunberg, and model and activist Christy Turlington.

The 16th spot on the magazine’s cover is a mirror, which Meghan requested as she wanted the reader to be included alongside the incredible women.

Enninful and the former Suits star began working together in January, when the 37-year-old was pregnant with her and Prince Harry’s first child. Their son Archie was born in May.

The issue, which is released on 2 August, also features an exclusive interview between Meghan and former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama.

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Laverne Cox fronts H&M’s new pride campaign

Laverne Cox is H&M’s latest campaign star, featuring in the brand’s new pride adverts.The transgender actress has been cast alongside social media influencer Rickey Thompson, Yummertime bloggers Brock Williams and Chris Lin and YouTube star Shannon Bev…

Laverne Cox is H&M’s latest campaign star, featuring in the brand’s new pride adverts.

The transgender actress has been cast alongside social media influencer Rickey Thompson, Yummertime bloggers Brock Williams and Chris Lin and YouTube star Shannon Beveridge, with the group posing in clothes featuring nods to the LGBTQ+ rainbow flag.

“I am so honoured to be included in @hm’s pride campaign, “Stay True, Stay You” available in stores and online May 30 alongside @yummertime @rickeythompson and @nowthisisliving photographed by @lukegilford,” Laverne shared on Instagram.

She also told her 3.6 million followers that by purchasing the new collection, they’ll be helping raise funds for the LGBTQ+ community.

“For every item purchased, 10 per cent of sales from the collection will be donated to the @free_equalcampaign, which supports fair and equal rights for members of the LGBTQ+ community,” she said, adding the hashtags #TransIsBeautiful, #HMPride, #WeWontBeErased and #transrightsarehumanrights.

The capsule collection includes pieces for men, women and non-binary individuals.

In a statement announcing the new line, an H&M rep explained how The Stay True, Stay You campaign “spreads the message of individuality, diversity, self-confidence, and equality with varied silhouettes and motifs that sport the iconic LGBTQ+ rainbow.”

The Orange Is the New Black star added: “I’m really excited to be a part of this campaign, celebrating an incredible community that I am so thankful and proud to be a part of.”

Her campaign co-stars also happily shared the image on their social media platforms.

“Well, this is HUGE… words cannot even begin to describe how honoured we are to be 2 of the 5 faces of the 2019 H&M Pride campaign, alongside some of the most inspiring people we’ve ever met. From the bottoms of our hearts, thank you, @hm, for making our dreams come true,” the Yummertime duo wrote, while Rickey revealed he was “beyond excited”.

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Laverne Cox’s stylist promoting size inclusivity in fashion

The stylist behind some of Laverne Cox’s most memorable looks is using her work with the actress to inspire size inclusivity. Christina Pacelli has fought hard to ensure the transgender Orange is the New Black actress is always red carpet ready despit…

The stylist behind some of Laverne Cox’s most memorable looks is using her work with the actress to inspire size inclusivity.

Christina Pacelli has fought hard to ensure the transgender Orange is the New Black actress is always red carpet ready despite the struggles she has faced when it comes to finding designers to dress the 46 year old.

“In the beginning we heard a lot of ‘Nos’ and I remember feeling a bit defeated because there was always, ‘We love her, we understand how important she is and her status and what she’s doing in the world, but we don’t have her size,'” Pacelli tells The Hollywood Reporter.

The constant rejection pushed Pacelli to seek out collaborators willing to take the time to create custom made outfits.

“That launched the beginning of working with the right partners to collaborate with us on custom creations,” she adds. “When you see Laverne, 90 per cent of it (what she wears) is custom. In the last five years, I feel really good about the progress we’ve made; we’ve had some awesome moments together, but there’s still work to be done.”

Despite the issues that prevail in the industry, Pacelli has found her collaboration with Cox brings her hope the fashion industry is changing.

“My work with Laverne has been incredibly rewarding and career defining for me,” Pacelli says. “I think it’s been a very successful collaboration, with what I hope to get out of it, which has been an evolution of fashion.

“The industry has really started to include, I’m saying this humbly, a fashion icon in a way. When she steps out on the red carpet wearing these really amazing strong looks, she’s representing a woman of her size and shape. It says she can wear a gorgeous gown and it looks just as beautiful on her as it would on the fit model or the model who wore it on the runway who is a size zero.”

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Christie Brinkley walks with daughter Sailor at Elie Tahari fashion show

Christie Brinkley walked the runway with her daughter Sailor Cook at Elie Tahari’s 45th anniversary show on Thursday night (07Feb19).The veteran supermodel and her youngest child both strutted their stuff at designer Tahari’s fall/winter 2019 presentat…

Christie Brinkley walked the runway with her daughter Sailor Cook at Elie Tahari’s 45th anniversary show on Thursday night (07Feb19).

The veteran supermodel and her youngest child both strutted their stuff at designer Tahari’s fall/winter 2019 presentation held as part of New York Fashion Week, with the likes of Laverne Cox and Bella Thorne in attendance.

At one point, Christie and Sailor crossed paths on the catwalk and gave each other a quick high five, with the 65-year-old posting the moment on her Instagram page.

“Sailor and me on the same runway! We’re on a HIGH…Five. Thank you @elietahari for the honour of walking in your 45th-anniversary show!” she captioned the footage. “Congratulations on such an achievement. I never anticipated such a warm welcome and it really touched me! Sailor, may this be the start of an amazing adventure in this crazy wonderful industry for you it was a joy to share the runway with you!”

In the show, Sailor wore two looks, including a black ensemble pulled together with a wide belt and a dark blue velvet dress with beading on the shoulders, while her mother closed out the spectacle in an emerald green velvet suit with matching scarf.

Taking to Instagram to upload some photos, Sailor, 20, wrote along the shots, “Thank you @elietaharifor having me and my mama walk your runway today. Such an honour! And such a fun time!!”

In announcing his plans for the 45th anniversary show, Tehari explained that he was thrilled to cast the mother-daughter duo, as it would mark the first time they have walked the runway together.

“The Elie Tahari brand has always been for every woman, and that is why I’m so excited about having Christie and Sailor walk in our show because Christie is timeless, and Sailor represents the cool, on-the-go woman, who also wears our clothes,” he recently told Page Six. “It is important for me to make clothes for women of all types, inclusive of any age.”

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Awkwafina: ‘Diversity is not a trend’

Awkwafina asserted that diversity is not a trend after her film Crazy Rich Asians received a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award nod.Jon M. Chu’s summer smash has been nominated for the Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, and will go u…

Awkwafina asserted that diversity is not a trend after her film Crazy Rich Asians received a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award nod.

Jon M. Chu’s summer smash has been nominated for the Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, and will go up against the cast of A Star is Born, BlacKkKlansman, Black Panther and Bohemian Rhapsody at the 2019 awards in January.

The film also received two Golden Globe nominations, for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy and Best Actress – Musical or Comedy for Constance Wu, and while Awkwafina is enjoying the movie’s success, she hopes it’s not short-lived.

“Diversity is not a trend,” she stated, reports Variety. “It’s not something that’s hot this year and goes away. It has to be something that is here to stay and if we send the message out that these movies are being watched and there is a market for them and they’re appreciated then it should only continue.”

The 29-year-old had the honour of reading out the SAG nominations on Wednesday morning (12dec18) along with Laverne Cox.

And Laverne, who has previously bagged two SAG Awards for Orange Is the New Black, shared some advice with her co-host.

“I just told her to have fun,” she shared with ET. “You only get this awards season for the first time once, so have a blast. And I know you will. The SAG (Awards) are a really good place to start. We always have fun and there’s alcohol.”

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Lady Gaga rocks power suit to 2018 Elle Women in Hollywood event

Lady Gaga rocked a power suit to the 2018 Elle Women in Hollywood event on Monday night (15Oct18).The Star Is Born actress was one of the A-listers honoured by the magazine at a bash held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, and she certainly ma…

Lady Gaga rocked a power suit to the 2018 Elle Women in Hollywood event on Monday night (15Oct18).

The Star Is Born actress was one of the A-listers honoured by the magazine at a bash held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, and she certainly made a sartorial statement in an oversized grey suit from Marc Jacobs.

Gaga was styled by Sandra Amador and Tom Eerebout and had her make-up done by Sarah Nicole Tanno, while Frederic Aspiras was tasked with sweeping her platinum blonde hair back into a low bun with centre parting.

“SLEEK. CHIC. GAGA. BEAT,” wrote Frederic alongside a close-up photo of the Born This Way hitmaker on Instagram, adding: “The ELLE 25th annual Women in Hollywood Awards Event honours @ladygaga as one of 11 women in Hollywood who push the conversation forward 2018 and set a course for the year ahead. …. Congratulations!! So proud, luv u! Freddie (sic).”

Other women to be honoured at the celebration included American Horror Story actress Sarah Paulson, who wore a Calvin Klein ensemble featuring a green nylon skirt, white tank top and printed fringe panel with an Andy Warhol design.

Elsewhere, Black-ish star Yara Shahidi opted for a Calvin Klein By Appointment yellow silk satin cocktail dress, actress/activist Mia Farrow wore a black suit with white top from the same fashion house and Keira Knightley sported a strapless grey gown with tulle skirt.

Writer/producer Shonda Rhimes looked lovely in a monochromatic outfit too, while Jennifer Lopez turned heads in a satin dress from Maticevski which featured a large bow across the bodice. She accessorised with Jimmy Choo black satin platforms and rings from Hearts on Fire.

Ellen Pompeo donned a pink Calvin Klein shirt and skirt, event host Mindy Kaling chose a blue velvet dress from Fendi, and Kate Beckinsale dazzled in a black sequin Zuhair Murad jumpsuit.

“So much love for everyone involved in that incredibly moving night at the ELLE Women in Hollywood Gala. So glad to be in it with you all,” wrote Kate next to a picture of her at the party on her social media pages.

Other celebrities at the event included Laverne Cox, Malin Akerman, James Corden, Sara Sampaio, Molly Sims, Tika Sumpter and Caitriona Balfe.

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