Lupita Nyong’o’s red carpet looks relate to film characters

Lupita Nyong’o and her stylist like to come up with looks which reference the film she’s promoting when she hits the red carpet. The Oscar-winning actress and her stylist Micaela Erlanger, who have been working together since her movie debut in 2013, …

Lupita Nyong’o and her stylist like to come up with looks which reference the film she’s promoting when she hits the red carpet.

The Oscar-winning actress and her stylist Micaela Erlanger, who have been working together since her movie debut in 2013, consider the outfits she wears when promoting projects to be an extension of the visual storytelling within the movie.

Accordingly, they treat each event with thematic precision, and explored female warrior iconography when Lupita was promoting Black Panther and mined circus and carnival references while stepping out to support horror movie Us.

“It’s really important to have a narrative, because we’re telling a story visually, just like in an editorial,” Erlanger told British Vogue magazine. “She’s never in costume, but her look has to relate to the character she’s there to talk about.”

However, their narrative dressing is put to one side when it comes to award shows, as they like to go for all-out glamour.

“It’s an extraordinary honour to walk the red carpet at these events, so you have to have the confidence to command a presence there and represent the best possible version of yourself,” the style expert added. “Lupita is the star of her own life and she dresses for that role in those moments.”

Erlanger, who also works with actresses such as Olivia Munn, Meryl Streep, and Gal Gadot, also praised the 12 Years a Slave star for coming into their meetings having done her homework.

“She’s an expert in tailoring and silhouettes, and her knowledge of what suits her allows her to be more daring,” she gushed. “She pushes me, I push her and we bring each other back down to earth. This trust has allowed us to see how transformative style can truly be. She’s become the ultimate muse and people want to work with her.”

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Prabal Gurung names dressing Michelle Obama as his biggest fashion moment

Prabal Gurung has named dressing former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama as his biggest fashion moment.The designer celebrated the 10th anniversary of his eponymous brand and the release of his forthcoming self-titled book with a star-studded bash in Los…

Prabal Gurung has named dressing former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama as his biggest fashion moment.

The designer celebrated the 10th anniversary of his eponymous brand and the release of his forthcoming self-titled book with a star-studded bash in Los Angeles on Tuesday, and in a chat with The Hollywood Reporter, opened up about the highs and lows of his decade in the industry.

Gurung shared some of his most memorable moments dressing famous faces – including Demi Moore and Oprah Winfrey – but it was creating not one but two dresses in the space of a few months for Obama that was the pinnacle of the 40-year-old’s career.

“The biggest moment for me was when First Lady Michelle Obama wore (the brand) because it validated my mom’s desire. I told her, ‘I’m dressing all these celebrities.’ And she said, ‘Let’s talk,’ and told me why I should dress Michelle Obama. A year later, when I dressed her, I was in Paris and I called my mom,” Gurung recalled.

The former First Lady initially wore Prabal Gurung in March 2010, with the Nepalese-American designer then creating a custom gown for her to wear for the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in May later that same year.

Olivia Munn, Laverne Cox, Rachel Zoe, Joan Smalls, Jaime King, and Law Roach were among the guests at the intimate bash too, and Gurung went on to emphasise his desire to keep championing inclusivity and social issues during his shows.

“I came to America as an immigrant with a dream of becoming a fashion designer almost 20 years ago. Tonight is about celebrating people who are different. It’s a celebration of people who are misfits. Whether you’re in the film industry, whether you’re in fashion, any creative field. We all know how it feels to be different,” he shared.

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Olivia Munn claps back at troll’s cruel ‘cottage cheese thighs’ comment

Olivia Munn has shut down a troll who criticised her for having cellulite. The X-Men: Apocalypse actress recently took to Instagram to share a stunning snap of herself with her 2.4 million followers. In the picture, the 39-year-old was sat on a cha…

Olivia Munn has shut down a troll who criticised her for having cellulite.

The X-Men: Apocalypse actress recently took to Instagram to share a stunning snap of herself with her 2.4 million followers.

In the picture, the 39-year-old was sat on a chair looking relaxed while wearing a white miniskirt and nude vest.

However, underneath the snap, some trolls pointed out her cellulite, with one cruelly commenting: “cottage cheese”.

The star’s fans rushed to her defence, and Olivia soon hit back: “What woman doesn’t have cellulite?? It’s not gonna stop me from posting a pic.”

While many of her followers praised her for sharing the unfiltered shot.

“Who cares about cellulite? Jezus, it’s a natural thing! @oliviamunn Hell yeah (sic),” commented one, while another added: “MORE PEOPLE NEED TO HYPE HER UP LIKE DAMN.”

Olivia has previously been forced to respond to claims she’d undergone plastic surgery, and in a chat with Rook magazine, she was critical of the fact that women are always so heavily scrutinised because of their looks.

“That’s where it’s unfair – the judgement that is put on women for how we look. If you’re looking bad, you have to cover up,” she told the publication. “If you’re looking good, you’ve done something or made a deal with the devil.

“Being multi-ethnic – I’m half Chinese and half white – brings up a whole set of complications that people don’t even think about when it comes to being photographed.”

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Olivia Munn took years to master meditation

Olivia Munn took years to perfect her meditation technique.The X-Men: Apocalypse actress wanted to use meditation to help her shut out all the stress and noise from her everyday life and achieve a calm and clear state, but she struggled to quieten her …

Olivia Munn took years to perfect her meditation technique.

The X-Men: Apocalypse actress wanted to use meditation to help her shut out all the stress and noise from her everyday life and achieve a calm and clear state, but she struggled to quieten her mind enough to get to that zen place.

“I tried so hard (to meditate) for years,” she told Women’s Health magazine. “The tough thing for me about meditating is thinking, Am I doing it right? Did I do this for nothing? Do I have to start all over? My brain begins to spin.”

She finally came across a headband called Muse that uses an EEG (electroencephalogram) device to sense brain activity and translate it into meditation sounds, with Olivia explaining, “When you’re thinking of nothing at all, you get bird chirps… It’s like a little video game for me.”

The 38-year-old can now achieve that calm state within 10 seconds and it helps her focus on what’s important, and she usually hears her mother’s voice saying, “Stand up for yourself. Stand up for what’s right. You know what’s right-do it.”

Olivia first learned the power of caring for her mind and body when she grew up practicing taekwondo. She went back to the martial art while training for X-Men in 2015 and she is planning to start it back up again soon.

“As much as I care about looking and feeling my best, it’s not enough of a motivation for me,” Olivia explained. “I need a goal of accomplishing something.

“When you do martial arts, it makes you feel like you’re physically capable of anything… And the great side effect is that when you’re in your best shape, you actually will look your best too.”

The actress is also planning to return to the diet she abided by during her X-Men training. The 80 per cent raw diet featured fewer complex carbs, little meats and lots of fruits and vegetables.

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Olivia Munn slams fashion bloggers for dissing her style

Actress Olivia Munn has taken issue with “fashion-policing”, calling out bloggers for targeting women.The Predator star took on popular influencers Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan at style blog Go Fug Yourself in a lengthy essay post on Wednesday (25A…

Actress Olivia Munn has taken issue with “fashion-policing”, calling out bloggers for targeting women.

The Predator star took on popular influencers Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan at style blog Go Fug Yourself in a lengthy essay post on Wednesday (25Apr19), after they posted mean comments about the Peter Pilotto pantsuit outfit she wore last week.

“For years, fashion-policing celebrity has been an accepted mainstream media critique, even though it mainly focuses on females and not men, which ultimately contributes to the perpetual minimization of women and propagates the idea is predominantly (or singularly) tied to our looks,” she wrote in a picture-captioned post on Twitter.

“At the forefront of this right now are blogs like Go Fug Yourself, created and run by people who have anointed themselves as judge and jury of what’s fashionable… Their blatant hypocrisy is nauseating – they claim to employ some sort of subjective barometer for goodness and beauty even though what they do and write is neither good nor beautiful.”

Olivia was one of the actresses at the forefront of the #MeToo sexual assault survivors movement in 2017, when she accused director Brett Ratner of sexual misconduct, and now she wants to hold fashion bloggers accountable.

“(The writers) shouldn’t get away with spewing whatever vitriol they want just by betting on the antiquated notion that the people they target won’t say anything,” she insisted. “To the Fug Girls and all of your peers: Just because you’re a woman doesn’t mean you’re not part of the problem. The world woke up in 2017 but you stayed sleeping.

“Blogs like theirs have been around for a while, with their snarkiness and hypocrisy on full display, and we’ve accepted it because as women we’ve been conditioned to believe that being publicly chastised for our weight, our looks or our choice in clothing is an acceptable part of our existence.”

The Go Fug Yourself columnists have yet to respond to Olivia’s pointed essay.

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Olivia Munn celebrates Chanel’s anti-fur move

Actress Olivia Munn has applauded bosses at Chanel for becoming the latest fashion house to stop using real fur and exotic animal skins in their luxury designs. In recent months, officials at Versace, Michael Kors, Gucci, Burberry, and Coach have all …

Actress Olivia Munn has applauded bosses at Chanel for becoming the latest fashion house to stop using real fur and exotic animal skins in their luxury designs.

In recent months, officials at Versace, Michael Kors, Gucci, Burberry, and Coach have all announced plans for more animal-friendly measures, and now Chanel executives have followed suit for future fashion creations.

A representative for the brand explains the decision was made in part because it is becoming “increasingly difficult” to source materials that meet their ethical standards and requirements for sustainability, insisting the new ban will provide designers with “an opportunity to create a new generation of high-end products”.

The move has already been praised by activists at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), and now Olivia has shared her joy about the news on social media.

“This is AMAZING!!!! @chanel,” she tweeted alongside a PETA news article about the initiative.

She also posted a screen shot of the comment on Instagram, and captioned it, “I hope this inspires more designers to follow suit.”

Animal-lover Olivia has long been calling on fashion industry leaders to ditch the use of fur in their garments and previously stripped off to pose nude for PETA’s ‘I’d rather go naked than wear fur’ campaign in 2011.

“Who needs fur to feel beautiful?” she asked in the print ad.

The X-Men: Apocalypse star also went one step further by teaming up with PETA officials for an undercover video expose about the alleged abuse of animals on a fur farm in China, where fox, mink, and rabbit coats, as well as furs from dogs and cats, are frequently collected and shipped worldwide to be turned into clothing and accessories.

“There’s nothing good about pretending like you don’t know,” she said of the terrible treatment the animals are reportedly subjected to.

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Olivia Munn regrets splurging on very expensive boots

Olivia Munn regrets splurging her money on a pair of very expensive boots.The actress always sports glamorous outfits whenever she steps out at red carpet events and recently turned heads in floral print ALC suit, House of CB bralette, and Christian Lo…

Olivia Munn regrets splurging her money on a pair of very expensive boots.

The actress always sports glamorous outfits whenever she steps out at red carpet events and recently turned heads in floral print ALC suit, House of CB bralette, and Christian Louboutin shoes at a screening of her movie The Predator.

While Olivia often wears Louboutin designs, she has now shared that she wishes she never splashed her hard-earned cash on a particularly bold pair.

“I remember purchasing these hot-pink suede high-heeled booties that were Louboutin. They had these three bows up the front, and I thought, ‘These are ones I’m gonna wear with everything,'” she recalled to InStyle. “I wore them once and never again.”

Olivia went on to explain that the boots cost about $2,500 (£1,900). And even though she hasn’t worn them, she has a good reason for not giving them away or selling them to someone else.

“They’re a reminder to me that you don’t really need to spend like that; those aren’t the ones you wear every day, so just don’t spend that much,” the 38-year-old mused. “I did love them for the moment I wore them, though.”

During the chat, Olivia shared that she’s always tried to save her earnings, right from when she was given pocket money as a child for babysitting her siblings. These days she will spend money on fashion and accessories, but her biggest investment is in skincare and regular visits to celebrity facialist Shani Darden.

“There have definitely been times in my life where I have regretted purchasing that purse or those shoes, but I have never regretted the money I’ve spent on my skin. And then I spend on travel, my dogs, and my family,” she added.

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The Predator tops North American box office after sex offender scandal

The Predator has clawed its way to the top of the North American box office in its opening weekend (14-16Sep18). The film, which stars Olivia Munn, Boyd Holbrook, and Sterling K. Brown, hauled in $24 million (GBP18.4 million) to take the number one sp…

The Predator has clawed its way to the top of the North American box office in its opening weekend (14-16Sep18).

The film, which stars Olivia Munn, Boyd Holbrook, and Sterling K. Brown, hauled in $24 million (GBP18.4 million) to take the number one spot, while it has added $30.7 million (GBP23.5 million) overseas, bringing its international weekend total to $54.7 million (GBP41.9 million).

The film’s release was cloaked with controversy after Munn publicly revealed director Shane Black had cast his friend, Steven Wilder Striegel, in the movie. She discovered the actor had served time behind bars for trying to coax a 14-year-old relative into a sexual relationship back in 2010.

Olivia brought the information to Twentieth Century Fox studio bosses’ attention and they agreed to cut his small scene with the actress from the finished film. She also warned castmates about an expose which was about to be published by the Los Angeles Times.

Black has since apologised for the ill-advised casting, explaining he didn’t know how serious his friend’s past crime was.

“If I caused pain, it’s on me,” he told Entertainment Tonight. “It’s my fault. I made a decision, which was a very bad… I was as shocked to discover what’s going on at reading these horrible things in the paper… I felt like I had let people down and caused pain to the cast and that is not acceptable.”

Meanwhile, horror movie The Nun drops to two on the new box office list with $18 million (GBP13.7 million), and Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively’s quirky thriller A Simple Favor debuts at three with $16 million (GBP12.2 million).

White Boy Rick and Crazy Rich Asians round out the top five.

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Shane Black apologises to Olivia Munn over The Predator controversy

Director Shane Black became visibly emotional as he publicly apologised to Olivia Munn over The Predator controversy at the film’s premiere on Wednesday (12Sep18). The 56-year-old filmmaker caused outrage after he cast his friend, registered sex offen…

Director Shane Black became visibly emotional as he publicly apologised to Olivia Munn over The Predator controversy at the film’s premiere on Wednesday (12Sep18).

The 56-year-old filmmaker caused outrage after he cast his friend, registered sex offender Steven Wilder Striegel, who had served time behind bars for trying to coax a 14-year-old girl into a sexual relationship over the Internet in 2010, in the new movie.

Munn discovered Striegel’s criminal past last month (Aug18), and successfully lobbied Twentieth Century Fox bosses to cut the scene, and the news went public last week. Munn went on to accuse Black of keeping the news from the cast and crew, and complained that she had been shunned by her co-stars.

At The Predator premiere on Wednesday, Black reached out to Munn, and became visibly emotional as he discussed the controversy.

“I have reached out to Olivia,” he told Entertainment Tonight. “I felt that I owed her that call, that apology and I’m very sorry for any pain that she’s felt, but I reached out privately.”

The director expressed his remorse over the decision to cast Striegel, and took full responsibility for the fallout.

“If I caused pain, it’s on me. It’s my fault. I made a decision, which was a very bad – look, it’s not about the fact that I was as shocked to discover what’s going on at reading these horrible things in the paper. That’s still on me,” he continued.

“I’m not allowed to just treat this like we’re kids in college and putting friends in movies because this is big leagues, and I felt like I had let people down and caused pain to the cast and that is not acceptable.”

Munn told ET at the event that she had been encouraged by the response to her actions, and was happy that her co-stars – including Sterling K. Brown – had finally supported her.

“Just to have everyone on that same page… that’s honestly been the most amazing thing just to see that.”

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Sterling K. Brown speaking out in support of Olivia Munn

This Is Us star Sterling K. Brown has apologised to Olivia Munn after she made it clear she was not feeling supported by her The Predator castmates following a sex offender drama on the set. The actress shared a small scene with Steven Wilder Striegel…

This Is Us star Sterling K. Brown has apologised to Olivia Munn after she made it clear she was not feeling supported by her The Predator castmates following a sex offender drama on the set.

The actress shared a small scene with Steven Wilder Striegel before learning that he had served time behind bars for trying to coax a 14-year-old girl into a sexual relationship over the Internet back in 2010.

He served six months in jail after pleading guilty to felony charges of risk of injury to a child and enticing a minor by computer, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Upon discovering the awful truth about her co-star’s past, Munn brought the information to Twentieth Century Fox studio bosses’ attention, who agreed to cut his scene from the finished film, which also stars Brown and Boyd Holbrook.

The controversy went public last week (ends07Sep18), but Munn has been the only cast member who has spoken out, and now she has revealed she felt isolated at the Toronto International Film Festival after raising her voice.

Brown has since apologised, stating, “I’m sorry you’re feeling so isolated, my dear. And I’m sorry you’ve been the only one to speak up publicly. I was not at #TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) so I didn’t have an opportunity to be there with you.”

Sterling also insists the cast should have known about Striegel’s indiscretions before working with him and he has thanked studio bosses for taking action when they learned the truth.

“Our studio was not given that opportunity, and neither was our cast,” he adds. “Especially @oliviamunn who was the only member of the principal cast who had to work with him. I so appreciate that you ‘didn’t leave well enough alone’, & again, I’m sorry you feel isolated in taking action.”

“Thank you to @20thcenturyfox for taking quick action in deleting the scene,” he continues. “@oliviamunn I hope you don’t feel quite so alone. You did the right thing.”

Meanwhile, director Shane Black has apologised for not letting his colleagues know, claiming he had been misled by his friend over the seriousness of his 2010 arrest.

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