Normani tapped as first-ever ambassador for Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty

Normani has been chosen as the first-ever brand ambassador for Rihanna’s lingerie brand Savage X Fenty.The former Fifth Harmony star, who took to the stage for a sultry performance during the lingerie label’s runway show in September, will front upcomi…

Normani has been chosen as the first-ever brand ambassador for Rihanna’s lingerie brand Savage X Fenty.

The former Fifth Harmony star, who took to the stage for a sultry performance during the lingerie label’s runway show in September, will front upcoming holiday campaigns featuring the newest looks from the Umbrella hitmaker’s company.

“Normani is the perfect choice for a Savage X ambassador,” Rihanna said in a press release on Thursday. “She exudes confidence and power. Everything she does is executed with passion and the belief she’s going to kill it. That’s why people gravitate towards her.”

Normani also expressed her excitement over the collaboration, noting she is thrilled to be a part of a brand that empowers women.

“Savage X celebrates and empowers women of all shapes, sizes, and colours,” she added. “I am so grateful for this opportunity and excited for what’s to come with my new Savage X family.”

In addition, the 23-year-old told Vogue.com that she was “excited and honoured” to be a brand ambassador and was blown away when she found out that Rihanna had asked for her personally.

“She is somebody I’ve looked up to for a very, very long time,” Normani explained, before adding that she was proud to be part of a brand that is inclusive. “I just love how it gives everybody the opportunity to feel sexy and beautiful and empowered – which is everything that I stand for as well. I thought it would be the perfect partnership.”

The Motivation hitmaker later took to Instagram to share a snap from the campaign, showing her in a co-ordinating red lace set with embellished stockings.

“I’m the first-ever brand ambassador for @savagexfenty!!! I love you @badgalriri,” she wrote. “I want all individuals to feel empowered and to embrace who they truly are. I don’t always wake up feeling the most confident and powerful, but trust and believe having my Savage X on always helps!!”

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Slick Woods battling cancer

Model Slick Woods is undergoing chemotherapy to treat melanoma cancer.The 23-year-old model, real name Simone Thompson, made reference to the medical treatment in a post on Instagram on Tuesday as she shared a photo of herself sticking out her tongue w…

Model Slick Woods is undergoing chemotherapy to treat melanoma cancer.

The 23-year-old model, real name Simone Thompson, made reference to the medical treatment in a post on Instagram on Tuesday as she shared a photo of herself sticking out her tongue while out with her boyfriend Micky Munday and some friends.

“How I feel about chemotherapy, shout out to everyone that gotta go through it #atleastimalreadybald,” she wrote in the caption.

As fans expressed their shock at the news and sent their well wishes, Slick shared a picture of a pouting child and urged her followers not to pity her, declaring, “Stop treating me like a victim.”

She stopped short of sharing further details about her condition in the post, but editors at The Shade Room claim she told them she had a type of skin cancer.

“She exclusively tells us that she is battling stage 3 melanoma cancer and that the cancer is spreading. She says she’s currently fighting for her life,” they wrote.

Slick has received a few supportive messages from famous friends like actress Taraji P. Henson.

“You are already on the other side of this heathy (sic) and strong like it never happened. I adore you,” the Empire star commented, while Power actress La La Anthony wrote, “Love u sis (sic)”.

Slick later added a picture of herself at the Savage x Fenty show in September, and wrote: “Modern day Gia without the drugs #justcrazy ‘where does everyone go when they have to go’ I thought I told y’all I’m not no victim.”

The post appears to be referring to supermodel Gia Carangi, who died of AIDS-related complications at the age of 26 in 1986.

Representatives for Slick, who famously went into labour moments after walking the runway at Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty fashion show in September, 2018, have yet to comment on the model’s health issue.

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Tess Holliday struggles to find sustainable fashion in her size

Tess Holliday struggles to wear sustainable fashion as many labels don’t make clothes for plus-size women.In a recent interview with Elle U.K. magazine, the body positivity champion explained her sadness at not being able to do her part for the environ…

Tess Holliday struggles to wear sustainable fashion as many labels don’t make clothes for plus-size women.

In a recent interview with Elle U.K. magazine, the body positivity champion explained her sadness at not being able to do her part for the environment as the designers who are making strides in becoming eco-friendly have limited sizing, forcing her to wear fast-fashion garments.

“I have to wear fast fashion and high street to major red carpet moments, and that’s great, but I want the option to wear high-end items of my choosing and it’s not available,” she told the publication.

And as an environmental activist, Tess said it raises problems because she simply cannot wear sustainable clothing yet.

“I can’t be as ethical. I don’t have a problem re-wearing outfits, but I want to be conscious of not contributing to fast fashion because of how wasteful it is, but it’s either that or I run around naked. Plus-size fashion is not there yet,” the curvy model lamented.

Elsewhere in the interview, the 34-year-old confessed she was due to star in Rihanna’s groundbreaking Savage X Fenty lingerie show during New York Fashion Week in September but had to pull out.

“Rihanna and Savage – I was going to be in that show, but my schedule didn’t work out and I will probably never forgive myself. Fingers crossed next season Rih calls me – she is a perfect example of actually giving a s**t about diversity,” Tess explained.

She went on to lavish praise on the singer-turned-designer, who featured the likes of Cara Delevingne, Alek Wek, Joan Smalls, Laverne Cox, and Normani in her presentation back in September.

“She makes size-inclusive garments, has true diversity in the models and campaigns she casts and her messaging. She’s stepping up in every way and that’s what you need, that’s how real change starts, with true diversity and representation on all levels,” she gushed.

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Ashley Graham shares baby’s sex and due date

Ashley Graham has excitedly announced she’s expecting a baby boy.The curvy model shared the surprise news during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Thursday while she was participating in a lightning round of questions with the host. Beginnin…

Ashley Graham has excitedly announced she’s expecting a baby boy.

The curvy model shared the surprise news during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Thursday while she was participating in a lightning round of questions with the host.

Beginning with questions like, “Besides your husband, who do you have a crush on?”, in the final seconds of the game, Ellen asked, “Are you having a boy or a girl?”

“I’m having a boy!” Ashley screamed, before waving her arms and exclaiming: “I’m gonna be a mommy to a boy!”

Her due date is in January. Elsewhere in the lightning round, the 32-year-old confessed that her most embarrassing wardrobe malfunction was at Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty fashion show in September.

“My pants split in the crotch at the Fenty show,” the star laughed.

Ashley sweetly announced her pregnancy news on Instagram back in August, revealing she and husband Justin Ervin were expecting their first child together.

“Nine years ago today, I married the love of my life,” she began the post. “It has been the best journey with my favourite person in the world! Today, we are feeling so blessed, grateful and excited to celebrate with our GROWING FAMILY! Happy anniversary, @mrjustinervin Life is about to get even better.”

The former America’s Next Top Model judge has been candidly sharing her pregnancy journey on social media, and recently posted a nude video on Instagram.

“Getting bigger and bigger and trying to embrace my new body every day. It’s a journey and I’m so thankful to have such a supportive community,” she told her followers.

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Slick Woods unveils unisex jewellery brand

Slick Woods has launched a unisex jewellery brand named C1V1L.The model, born Simone Thompson, is instantly recognisable for her buzz cut, tattoos, and signature gapped teeth, and has previously walked the runways for brands such as Fendi, Marc Jacobs,…

Slick Woods has launched a unisex jewellery brand named C1V1L.

The model, born Simone Thompson, is instantly recognisable for her buzz cut, tattoos, and signature gapped teeth, and has previously walked the runways for brands such as Fendi, Marc Jacobs, Miu Miu, and Savage X Fenty.

But for her latest venture, Woods has created her own jewellery company, with the line including gold signet rings, lariats, and bracelets.

Alongside a series of images from the debut C1V1L campaign on Instagram, a brand representative wrote, “C1V1L is a unisex jewellery brand pushing a clean, modern, architectural aesthetic using semi-precious metals,” and, “We’re going to be blunt… We want to steal market share and reinvest it elsewhere in people, in ideas, in the future.”

Woods, 23, has teamed with Blakely Thornton, the managing director of Jerry Media, on the company, while sisters Coco and Breezy Dotson, who launched Coco & Breezy Eyewear in 2009, are among the investors.

And while the group wants to offer fans beautiful jewellery pieces, they are also seeking to achieve a wider goal of investing some of the profits into minority and female-owned ventures.

“There is an issue of (our) culture being commoditised, but we are not the owners of that,” said Thornton of the company in an interview with Business of Fashion. “Having been behind the veil in advertising, we were seeing that the people actually making the money off of this culture are largely white, straight men. Even if you’re pushing it and it’s getting a positive media reception, it’s disheartening seeing that the actual financial capital is going back to the same place, back to the top of that pyramid.”

As part of the marketing strategy, Woods will be seeking to reach out to her celebrity friends and 900,000 followers on Instagram.

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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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Model Carissa Pinkston admits she pretended to be transgender

Carissa Pinkston has admitted she lied about being transgender to avoid backlash over transphobic comments.The 20-year-old, who has modelled for the likes of Tommy Hilfiger, Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty line, Marc Jacobs, and Schiaparelli, reportedly used …

Carissa Pinkston has admitted she lied about being transgender to avoid backlash over transphobic comments.

The 20-year-old, who has modelled for the likes of Tommy Hilfiger, Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty line, Marc Jacobs, and Schiaparelli, reportedly used the name Rissa Danielle to post some disparaging remarks on Facebook back in May, in which she said being “transgender does not make you a woman”.

She was identified on Twitter as the person behind the comments, and was subsequently dropped by bosses at her agency, Elite Model Management.

Earlier this month, Pinkston tried to defend her transphobic words by sharing a candid post on Instagram – which she has since deleted – and claimed she was, in fact, transgender.

“I wasn’t ready to come out about it yet but today I got fired and I’ve been receiving hate mail and death threats ever since so I’m being forced to tell the truth,” the aspiring model wrote. “I’m Transgender. I transitioned at a very young age and I’ve lived my life as a female ever since. It’s been very hard to keep this secret but what I said about trans-women is a direct reflection of my inner insecurities and I have since come to realise that I am a woman… WE ALL ARE!”

Shortly after Pinkston shared the post, she was branded as a liar by transgender models, including Aaron Philip, on social media. Following the backlash, she issued an apology on Instagram.

“I apologise for any transphobic remark I’ve ever made towards the trans community. I panicked and I thought if I came out as trans that I could somehow make things better for myself but it appears I’ve only made things worse,” she wrote in the now-deleted post. “I’m truly sorry. I’m only 20 and I’m human. I make mistakes but I refuse to let them define me.”

Pinkston concluded her message by adding that she hopes everyone can forgive her and “move on from this”.

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Duckie Thot swears cocoa butter is the secret to soft skin

Duckie Thot is a big fan of using cocoa butter and swears it is the key to “glowy” skin.The Australian model, who is of South Sudanese heritage, has quickly risen up the ranks of the fashion world since launching her career in 2013, having landed work …

Duckie Thot is a big fan of using cocoa butter and swears it is the key to “glowy” skin.

The Australian model, who is of South Sudanese heritage, has quickly risen up the ranks of the fashion world since launching her career in 2013, having landed work for the likes of Yeezy, Fenty Beauty, Oscar de la Renta, Moschino, and L’Oreal.

Now, Duckie has shared some of her favourite beauty products, and noted Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Body Lotion is at the top of her list.

“After every single shower, I’ll sit there for a good 10 minutes and lather my whole body with cocoa butter,” she said in an interview with New York Magazine’s The Strategist. “It just stays on all day, and your skin looks so glowy. It’s not too thick. Sometimes oil gets on clothes, which is really annoying, but I love the cocoa butter – it just goes on super-nice.”

Duckie went on to explain that she is a big fan of Simple’s Cleansing Facial Wipes for removing make-up, and usually washes her face with Clarins’ Gentle Foaming Cleanser.

“It’s just so thick and creamy, and just a small pump gives you so much product. It’s really gentle on my skin, though I’d say it’s good for all skin types, honestly. It just makes your skin feel really great after you use it. I take it with me everywhere; I use it morning and night,” the 23-year-old said of the brand’s formula.

Elsewhere in the chat, Duckie shared that she can’t get enough of Apple’s AirPods, the Savage x Fenty Padded Eye Mask for when she is travelling, and more unusually, champions fibre supplements from Metamucil.

“I drink the powder with water in the morning; it’s a cleanser, an inside cleanser. I feel like it’s great to have with breakfast, and it just gets you going for the day. It helps me feel more active,” she praised.

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Rihanna test-drives key pieces in Fenty fashion collection

Rihanna tested out key pieces in her new Fenty fashion line before putting them up for sale.The music superstar confirmed she was teaming with designers at French luxury conglomerate LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton on high-end clothing range earlier t…

Rihanna tested out key pieces in her new Fenty fashion line before putting them up for sale.

The music superstar confirmed she was teaming with designers at French luxury conglomerate LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton on high-end clothing range earlier this month and held the launch party at a pop-up store in Paris on Tuesday night.

Prior to the event, Rihanna gave editors at Vogue.com a preview of the line, and shared that she wore some of the garments, such as a raw denim dress, before the release as she wanted to ensure the quality and fit was up to her standard.

“Everybody knows my denim obsession is not going to stop. I had them make the dress in my size the moment the sample came in just so that I could see what it looked like on my body – my hips, my curves, my thighs,” she told the fashion publication. “Just like everything, it has to come from me; it has to look good on me – I have to love it with a passion. If that feeling isn’t there, it won’t work.”

Rihanna’s debut collection features boxy blazers, oversized suits, baggy jackets, shirt dresses, crisp white T-shirts, and denim miniskirts.

Many of the blazers are matched with on-trend belt bags, with the Barbadian beauty explaining that she had a very specific reason for styling them that way.

“I’ve always loved shopping in the men’s department. I like the swag, the fit of it,” the 31-year-old commented. “Plus this suit comes with a matching fanny-pack, so you’re instantly snatched in the waist.”

Rihanna, who has also found success with her Fenty Beauty cosmetics company and Savage X Fenty lingerie line, has also included sunglasses, accessories and footwear in her line.

The full collection will be available to buy from 29 May. Items will be priced from $335 (£265) to $890 (£705).

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Rihanna developing high-end fashion line – report

Rihanna is reportedly developing her own high-end fashion line.The Barbadian singer/actress has branched out into the fashion and beauty worlds in recent years, finding success with her inclusive lingerie line Savage x Fenty, as unveiled at New York Fa…

Rihanna is reportedly developing her own high-end fashion line.

The Barbadian singer/actress has branched out into the fashion and beauty worlds in recent years, finding success with her inclusive lingerie line Savage x Fenty, as unveiled at New York Fashion Week last September (18), and her Fenty Beauty cosmetics range, which has been praised for catering to a diverse range of skin colours.

Now, according to editors at WWD, Rihanna is in talks with executives at luxury conglomerate Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) to create a clothing collection.

“LVMH has already handpicked a clutch of employees from within, including some from Louis Vuitton and Celine, to work on the project in tandem with Rihanna and some of her key associates,” the fashion publication reported on Thursday (17Jan19).

It was also claimed that the 30-year-old has been involved in “secret discussions” about the potential partnership for many months, with one source commenting that the line will include ready-to-wear, leather goods and accessories, and is likely to be released around the same time of her ninth studio record, reportedly titled R9, later on in 2019.

Bosses at LVMH have declined to comment on WWD’s report. Though should the deal go-ahead, it will mark the first new brand under the luxury group’s umbrella since the Christian Lacroix house was founded in the late 1980s.

Rihanna is no stranger to working with LVMH’s labels, having previously acted as the face of Dior in 2015.

She has also collaborated with numerous other labels over the years, including luxury footwear company Manolo Blahnik, U.K. retailer River Island, and sportswear giant Puma, for which she created the highly popular Fenty x Puma line of apparel and shoes.

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