Danielle Brooks develops maternity clothing collection

Danielle Brooks has collaborated with Universal Standard on a capsule collection of maternity clothing.The Orange Is the New Black star revealed she was five months pregnant with her first child in July and told her Instagram followers in August that s…

Danielle Brooks has collaborated with Universal Standard on a capsule collection of maternity clothing.

The Orange Is the New Black star revealed she was five months pregnant with her first child in July and told her Instagram followers in August that she was struggling to find suitable clothing.

Executives at inclusive fashion brand Universal Standard, who have worked with the actress before, then reached out to Brooks to develop a capsule line of maternity clothing and they have created the Fit Liberty (Mom) collection, which features maxi dresses, sweater dresses, jumpsuits and tunics ranging in price between $30 (£23) and $185 (£144).

The 30-year-old explained to The Hollywood Reporter that she was struggling to find flattering styles which would show off her new curves without “cutting off my circulation at my belly”.

“For some women, the only thing that is changing is their belly. It’s not their thighs and it’s not their arms,” she said. “I was finding that my clothes were just looking baggy and not looking fit for me.”

According to Brooks, the capsule is all about “taking away anxiety out of the equation when it comes to looking for clothes”.

Explaining how their partnership came about, Universal Standard’s co-founder and creative director Alex Waldman said, “She expressed frustration after struggling to find options during pregnancy that were stylish but comfortable, and so she’s been wearing her own Universal Standard pieces instead. Since many of our styles are made from super soft, stretchy material, they work for a woman’s body at any stage.

“With Danielle’s help, we curated this collection of pieces that offer women the freedom to go through this incredible phase of motherhood, or really any stage of life, without fear, anxiety, or an additional financial burden.”

The Fit Liberty (Mom) collection is available now.

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Danielle Brooks wants to use her platform to champion body positivity

Danielle Brooks has come to realise how important it is for her to use her platform to champion body positivity.  The Orange Is the New Black actress discovered during her time on the Netflix prison drama, which ended after seven seasons earlier this…

Danielle Brooks has come to realise how important it is for her to use her platform to champion body positivity.

  The Orange Is the New Black actress discovered during her time on the Netflix prison drama, which ended after seven seasons earlier this year, that people were paying attention to what she had to say, and she decided to use that influence to help others feel good about their bodies.  

 “I began to realise the impact of my voice when the first season of Orange Is the New Black dropped,” the curvy star told Shape magazine. “I started to see girls use my red carpet looks as inspiration for their prom dresses. I began to see my interview quotes on social media. I realised that I could be what I wished for as a young girl, for someone else.  

 “I wanted someone in the industry, who I felt was a reflection of me, to scream from the mountaintops: ‘I love my body! I can accomplish whatever I want in the exact body God created me to be in!’ As I met people along the way, I began to understand the importance of not shying away from being an advocate for body positivity, but running toward it full throttle.”  

 The 29-year-old, who is pregnant with her first child, went on to share that the world tells women what they’re supposed to look like, and she wants them to know they are perfect exactly as they are. 

 “I’ve always had this desire to prove people wrong – to say that this body that I’m in is enough. Now that I’m about to be a mother, it means even more – to make sure that this human being I’m going to bring into the world knows that they are enough,” she commented. 

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Danielle Brooks wants to use her platform to champion body positivity

Danielle Brooks has come to realise how important it is for her to use her platform to champion body positivity.  The Orange Is the New Black actress discovered during her time on the Netflix prison drama, which ended after seven seasons earlier this…

Danielle Brooks has come to realise how important it is for her to use her platform to champion body positivity.

  The Orange Is the New Black actress discovered during her time on the Netflix prison drama, which ended after seven seasons earlier this year, that people were paying attention to what she had to say, and she decided to use that influence to help others feel good about their bodies.  

 “I began to realise the impact of my voice when the first season of Orange Is the New Black dropped,” the curvy star told Shape magazine. “I started to see girls use my red carpet looks as inspiration for their prom dresses. I began to see my interview quotes on social media. I realised that I could be what I wished for as a young girl, for someone else.  

 “I wanted someone in the industry, who I felt was a reflection of me, to scream from the mountaintops: ‘I love my body! I can accomplish whatever I want in the exact body God created me to be in!’ As I met people along the way, I began to understand the importance of not shying away from being an advocate for body positivity, but running toward it full throttle.”  

 The 29-year-old, who is pregnant with her first child, went on to share that the world tells women what they’re supposed to look like, and she wants them to know they are perfect exactly as they are. 

 “I’ve always had this desire to prove people wrong – to say that this body that I’m in is enough. Now that I’m about to be a mother, it means even more – to make sure that this human being I’m going to bring into the world knows that they are enough,” she commented. 

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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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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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Danielle Brooks teams with Fashion To Figure on holiday collection 

Danielle Brooks has partnered with plus-size brand Fashion To Figure on a holiday collection. The Orange Is the New Black actress is no stranger to the world of fashion, having previously created a line for Universal Standard and appeared in campaigns…

Danielle Brooks has partnered with plus-size brand Fashion To Figure on a holiday collection. 

The Orange Is the New Black actress is no stranger to the world of fashion, having previously created a line for Universal Standard and appeared in campaigns for Christian Siriano and Lane Bryant.

Now, Danielle has been tapped to front the marketing imagery for Fashion To Figure, the label owned by U.S. clothing retailer New York & Company, and stars in the photos alongside other curvy women.

“I am so proud to be associated with a brand that embraces diversity, celebrates inclusivity, offers great fashion at amazing value and supports causes that are important to us,” she said in a statement.

In the imagery, Danielle poses up a storm in items including a bronze sequin minidress, a teal velvet dress with gold buttons attached to the front, a rainbow stripe sequin shirt, and a black and white faux fur jacket.

The Danielle Brooks x FTF Holiday Collection also includes a mix of evening gowns, casual separates, and party dresses.

“The holidays are an important time for all of us to celebrate togetherness and the different families we develop over time. I love the spirit and confidence of Fashion To Figure’s holiday concept as it really reflects the idea that we are all a part of something magical this time of year,” the 29-year-old added.

Items are priced from $32.95 to $69.95 (£25 – £55). In addition to the campaign, bosses at Fashion To Figure have announced that they will be partnering with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as part of their Season of Giving initiative.

Danielle’s line comes shortly after Gabrielle Union unveiled her #AllTogetherNow campaign for New York & Company, in which she and her real-life pals including Raven Goodwin, Ajiona Alexus, Essence Atkins and Valarie Pettiford sport Christmas-inspired outfits such as playful red dresses, silver sequin numbers and white jumpsuits.

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Danielle Brooks rocks short curls after ‘first big chop’

Danielle Brooks has gone for the chop, swapping her long ringlets for short curls.Showing off her new look on Instagram, the 29-year-old actress admitted to her 2.4 million followers it was her first big cut, and her longtime hair stylist Tish Celestin…

Danielle Brooks has gone for the chop, swapping her long ringlets for short curls.

Showing off her new look on Instagram, the 29-year-old actress admitted to her 2.4 million followers it was her first big cut, and her longtime hair stylist Tish Celestine said Danielle was definitely scared sitting in her chair.

“(She was) absolutely nervous,” Tish told Refinery 29, adding that she was excited too.

“I believe that every woman should big chop at least once in life. Hair is attached to energy, and when you cut off old hair you make room for new energy. It makes you fearless.”

The dramatic style comes not long after Netflix announced it was ending prison drama Orange Is the New Black, which Danielle has starred in since its 2013 debut.

And it seems the actress is washing character Tash “Taystee” Jefferson out of her hair with her new do.

“She’s been wanting to big chop for some time now, but we’ve had some limitations due to work so we couldn’t do it,” Tish commented. “Last week she just contacted me like, ‘Hey I’m’ ready,’ and I was there in an hour to do it.

“She has some breakage in the middle of her head, but she also wanted to see how she’d look with a short style.”

Tish promises that Danielle can still have fun with her hair even though it’s so short, and she’s hoping other women will see that a cropped style is as beautiful as longer strands.

“Every time she steps out with this cut, we plan on showcasing something different,” she smiled. “We want to show people that just because you have short hair doesn’t mean you have limited options.”

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Jon Turteltaub: ‘Ruby Rose is a tattooed sweetheart’

The Meg director Jon Turteltaub was pleasantly surprised with actress/DJ Ruby Rose when she showed up to shoot, because the Australian was nothing like he’d imagined. The filmmaker feared the tattooed Orange is the New Black star would be trouble, but…

The Meg director Jon Turteltaub was pleasantly surprised with actress/DJ Ruby Rose when she showed up to shoot, because the Australian was nothing like he’d imagined.

The filmmaker feared the tattooed Orange is the New Black star would be trouble, but quickly learned you should never judge a book by its cover.

“Ruby is not what I thought she was like,” Jon tells WENN. “When your first impression is someone covered in tats in a female prison (Orange Is The New Black), you have a certain impression. Then I find out she’s gentle and patient and really kind and really sweet – but not at times, as we say of some famous people, all the time.”

And Rose had a blast working with the man behind the hits National Treasure and Phenomenon on the latest shark disaster movie.

“It was a blast,” she says, revealing the shoots really tested her swimming ability.

“I’m a fairly strongish swimmer but it does make a difference when you have clothes on and the wetsuit underneath it and shoes that filled with water… Every time I took my shoes off there was water in there and I realised that’s why it was so hard.

“For me, the diving training was the most tricky, because I have a mild fear of heights and when we got to the highest one (dive), that was terrifying… Also, the New Zealand weather was so unpredictable, we could go out in the boats and have terrible weather and not be able to shoot the scene.

“On one of the days that we insisted on going out on the ocean, there was this family of dolphins that just would not go away. They were doing this amazing display of jumping out of the water and being so beautiful. I’m like, ‘Isn’t this amazing?’, and Jon was like, ‘No! There aren’t supposed to be dolphins in the shot, because then we wouldn’t have the megalodon (shark)!’ Good point!”

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Samira Wiley lives in a bathing suit to beat Palm Springs heat

Actress Samira Wiley always ensures she is bikini body ready whenever she visits Palm Springs, because she is rarely in normal clothing during trips to the desert town.The Handmaid’s Tale star and her wife Lauren Morelli have become regular visitors to…

Actress Samira Wiley always ensures she is bikini body ready whenever she visits Palm Springs, because she is rarely in normal clothing during trips to the desert town.

The Handmaid’s Tale star and her wife Lauren Morelli have become regular visitors to the Southern California hotspot, staying at their home from home, the Sparrows Lodge, whenever they are in town.

“There are only about 20 rooms, so it feels very secluded,” she explains to Marie Claire magazine. “On vacation, the first thing I do is start with a cocktail: a jalapeno or habanero margarita with mezcal.

“It’s so hot in Palm Springs, people don’t really do much, and that’s why I like it. To be able to sit down all day and get lost in a book by the pool is a real luxury.”

“It’s not uncommon for it to be well above 100 degrees (Fahrenheit), so you just need something to put over your bathing suit,” she adds of her Palm Springs attire. “Wander into any store in town and that’s the kind of stuff they have.”

Samira tries to beat the heat when she exercises during her visits, revealing she rides bikes and goes running before the sun gets too hot.

“I like to run early in the morning, before the sun comes up, when it’s cool outside,” she details. “The surrounding mountain views are beautiful and make you stop and reflect on how small we are. I feel completely off the grid, like no one can find me.”

However, the 31-year-old Orange is the New Black star doesn’t like to stay too secluded and has a few favourite establishments she visits whenever she is in the area, which thousands of Coachella attendees flock to for the annual festival every year.

“Local Mexican joint Las Casuelas Terraza has become our go-to, not just for the food; it’s the atmosphere, the people-watching, the whole festive vibe,” Samira gushes.

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