Iskra Lawrence shares painful details of at-home water birth

Iskra Lawrence has revealed she almost “tapped out” while giving birth to her son.The 29-year-old model discussed her experience of welcoming her first child with boyfriend Philip Payne in a video on her YouTube channel, and admitted that her at-home w…

Iskra Lawrence has revealed she almost “tapped out” while giving birth to her son.

The 29-year-old model discussed her experience of welcoming her first child with boyfriend Philip Payne in a video on her YouTube channel, and admitted that her at-home water birth wasn’t what she expected, and she was surprised to find that she hit her pain threshold while having contractions.

“I nearly tapped out… I just had no idea how bad the contractions were,” she shared. “The contractions were worse in a way because they felt never-ending. It was constant… It was 12 hours essentially of contractions where you’re just in searing pain for two minutes and might have a couple of seconds and then it goes again… I couldn’t speak, I couldn’t eat, I was throwing up, I had shivers and chills…”

She also shared some details about what happens after giving birth.

“They have to push on your stomach to get the excess blood out (after the birth),” she explained. “After you’ve just gone through all of that, then five times both the midwives are pressing down on my stomach and this blood was just gushing out… (But) it’s not the focus. Anything could have been happening and you don’t care, you’re just like, ‘Wow’.”

The model also posted candid images on Instagram of herself and Philip on the day of the birth, including a shot of her in an inflatable pool inside her home.

“I’m excited to finally share the best day of our lives and our greatest achievement,” she captioned the slideshow. “I wasn’t sure how much I’d want to share, and I actually wasn’t even aware how much footage and pics my family got as I was 1. Locked in trying to push 2. So excited to meet bubba and 3. In the most intense pain of my entire life.”

Iskra and Philip welcomed their child in April. She previously revealed her newborn had to be resuscitated after a difficult labour.

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Winnie Harlow credits cosmetologist mother for beauty product obessesion

Winnie Harlow grew up obsessed with beauty products and make-up thanks to her cosmetologist mother Lisa Brown.In a new interview with Allure, the model discussed her top skincare formulas and must-have cosmetics, and also revealed that she has an abund…

Winnie Harlow grew up obsessed with beauty products and make-up thanks to her cosmetologist mother Lisa Brown.

In a new interview with Allure, the model discussed her top skincare formulas and must-have cosmetics, and also revealed that she has an abundance of goods from a variety of brands because she’s always been a huge fan of beauty.

“I have so many products, because not only have I always loved products, but my mom’s a hairdresser,” Winnie explained. “She’s a certified cosmetologist, so I have always been around a lot of hair products, and she has always been obsessed with skin products. I used to buy a lot of products, and I’d test them out, see if I liked them.”

She also confessed she wanted to give beauty tutorials on YouTube a try when she was younger.

“I wanted to be a YouTuber when I was, like, 17, so I always (sit) in the bathroom by myself and talk to my ‘audience’ in the mirror. Be like, ‘OK, so now we’re going to go in with this BB cream.’ Yeah, I do all that,” the 25-year-old laughed.

Elsewhere in the chat, the Canadian beauty listed some of her favourite mascaras and revealed that she’s been a recent convert to Jessica Alba’s Honest Beauty brand.

“I love mascaras that have the spiky wand, because I feel like those give you the most length. You could use Benefit They’re Real (mascara), but They’re Real is for if you’re going to a wedding and you know you’re going to be crying, because that s**t does not come off,” Winnie quipped. “I’ve been trying to look for a mascara that has a similar wand, and I was looking online and saw Honest Beauty Extreme Length Mascara had a good brush. I got it, and it’s nice. It makes my lashes look like I have extensions, I think.”

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Kate Hudson’s Fabletics cuts ties with controversial YouTuber Myka Stauffer

Kate Hudson’s fitness brand Fabletics has terminated its partnership with YouTube star Myka Stauffer after she came under fire for re-homing her adoptive son.Stauffer – a popular vlogger with more than one million combined subscribers across both her Y…

Kate Hudson’s fitness brand Fabletics has terminated its partnership with YouTube star Myka Stauffer after she came under fire for re-homing her adoptive son.

Stauffer – a popular vlogger with more than one million combined subscribers across both her YouTube channels – and her husband James sparked fury last week by revealing they had given up Huxley, the Chinese-born four-year-old they adopted as a baby in 2017, claiming they could not meet the autistic child’s additional medical needs.

After fans of the athleisure brand declared they wouldn’t buy products if they continued to work with Stauffer, Fabletics officials and Hudson herself made it clear they had parted ways with The Stauffer Life star.

“Hello, I would like to know if you are still working with Myka Stauffer, or have plans to In the future,” one Instagram user commented on a post from the brand. “If so, I unfortunately I won’t be purchasing from your company any longer, as I don’t want to support child abandonment and neglect.”

The Fabletics team replied, “We appreciate you flagging this. We can confirm that Fabletics is no longer working with Myka,” a sentence they have been repeating across social media channels when asked about Stauffer.

Hudson, who co-founded the company in 2013, also directly wrote to a fan telling them the brand’s sponsorship deal with Stauffer had been “terminated”.

Stauffer has also lost deals with brands such as Playtex Baby, restaurant chain Chili’s and Mattel, following her controversial announcement.

In a tearful video announcing her family’s decision to give up Huxley, she said: “After multiple assessments, after multiple evaluations, numerous medical professionals have felt that he needed a different fit in his medical needs. He needed more.”

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Lily Aldridge writing daily ‘gratitude lists’ during coronavirus lockdown

Lily Aldridge has been writing “gratitude lists” each day during the coronavirus lockdown.In a new video for her YouTube channel, the model opened up about the different ways she has boosted her mood and kept her anxiety at bay while practicing social …

Lily Aldridge has been writing “gratitude lists” each day during the coronavirus lockdown.

In a new video for her YouTube channel, the model opened up about the different ways she has boosted her mood and kept her anxiety at bay while practicing social distancing and staying at her Nashville, Tennessee home amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Lily discussed the power of repeating positive thoughts in the morning, making to-do lists, as well as the ritual of penning down exactly what she is appreciative of over the course of the day.

“One of my favourite things to do every day is to do a gratitude list. I’ll usually do three to five things that I’m grateful for. It can be really simple things, it can be more serious things,” she shared. “When this was all starting and I was full of anxiety and worry, just writing down what I was grateful for instantly made me feel happier and also realise, ‘I’m O.K. right now, you don’t have to consume yourself with worry and stress.’ Practicing gratitude is something I’m really grateful for – you could keep a little gratitude journal next to your bed so it’s really easy. My sister also does gratitude lists but she does it with her friends. They do a gratitude text chain, which I really love, so it becomes more of a communal thing.”

Lily went on to explain that she also makes time to video chat with her friends and family members each week, takes part in online quizzes, participates in virtual exercise sessions, and meditates. And unlike many other parents, she is actually enjoying homeschooling her seven-year-old daughter Dixie, whom she shares with her rocker husband Caleb Followill.

“She has definitely reminded me more than once that I’m not an actual teacher. ‘Cause I get really into it. When it’s the weekend, I’m like, ‘We don’t get to go to school.’ I really love it,” the 34-year-old smiled.

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Kourtney Kardashian ‘proud’ of body following pregnancy speculation

Kourtney Kardashian is not letting recent pregnancy rumours stop her from feeling proud of her body. Earlier this month, the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star posted a snap of herself lying down and reading a book while wearing a bikini, and severa…

Kourtney Kardashian is not letting recent pregnancy rumours stop her from feeling proud of her body.

Earlier this month, the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star posted a snap of herself lying down and reading a book while wearing a bikini, and several social media users began speculating whether she was expecting her fourth child. However, she promptly responded by admitting she had put on a “few extra pounds”.

In a Wellness Wednesday video posted on her lifestyle website Poosh’s YouTube channel, Kourtney addressed the speculation again and insisted the comments haven’t affected how she views her body.

“I commented back and said, ‘This is the shape of my body. I gained a few pounds over this quarantine time and I love my body and I’m proud of my shape and I’m obviously posting it and this is the shape of my body.’ I don’t think I look pregnant at all,” she shared. “We’re all shaped differently and that’s my body and I’m proud of it so that’s how I respond to the negative comments. It’s not always easy.”

The 41-year-old explained to followers that she tries to treat critics with kindness.

“Sometimes I can be more sarcastic but I think kill them with kindness is my motto and try not to let those comments affect you and if they do and you know that, then don’t look at comments,” Kourtney told a fan who asked how she protects her mental health from cyberbullying. “I know it’s easier said than done but really try to keep the positivity for your mental health.

“There’s so much positivity as well and I think we tend to focus on the negative and I notice for myself that the negative questions stand out to me where I just want to respond to those people sometimes even more than the positive ones, which isn’t always fair.”

Kourtney shares sons Mason, 10, and Reign, five, and daughter Penelope, seven, with her ex-partner Scott Disick.

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Lily Aldridge regrets leaving 2010 Met Gala barefoot

Lily Aldridge can’t believe she had the confidence to leave the 2010 Met Gala barefoot.In a video uploaded to her YouTube channel on Monday, the model reflected on all of the Met Galas she has attended in the past due to the 2020 edition being indefini…

Lily Aldridge can’t believe she had the confidence to leave the 2010 Met Gala barefoot.

In a video uploaded to her YouTube channel on Monday, the model reflected on all of the Met Galas she has attended in the past due to the 2020 edition being indefinitely postponed in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.

Lily made her Met Gala debut in a “sexy” silver Roberto Cavalli gown at the American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity-themed event in May 2010, and while she had a great time that evening, her stilettos really hurt her feet and she made the decision to remove them at the end of the night.

“I took my shoes off. Never in my wildest dreams would I think of doing that ever again in my entire life. Nobody knew who I was and I was like a young kid. And I thought, ‘No one will notice if I have my shoes off.’ And my feet hurt!” she recalled. “So, I took my shoes off and walked out of the Met Gala. Shocking!”

And while Lily enjoys viewing the Costume Institute’s annual exhibition and catching up with her celebrity friends at the Met Gala dinner each year, she revealed that the bathroom is where the party really starts.

“Everybody meets up in the bathroom at the Met Gala. It’s where you find all of your friends and figure out which after-party you want to go to. It’s really fun because by the end of the night there’s no rules in the bathroom,” the 34-year-old smiled. “The bathroom at the Met Gala is always so funny. There’s been so many times when I’m like, ‘Hi, how are you?’ and I leave and I’m like, ‘Oh my God, you actually don’t know that person, you just follow them on Instagram.'”

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Vogue hosting virtual Met Gala event

Editors at U.S. Vogue magazine will be hosting a virtual Met Gala event on YouTube on Monday.The annual Costume Institute Gala was due to be held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City on 4 May, with the fashion bash set to celebrate the op…

Editors at U.S. Vogue magazine will be hosting a virtual Met Gala event on YouTube on Monday.

The annual Costume Institute Gala was due to be held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City on 4 May, with the fashion bash set to celebrate the opening of the spring exhibition titled About Time: Fashion and Duration.

But while regular co-chair and U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour confirmed that the 2020 Met Gala would be postponed indefinitely back in March due to the coronavirus crisis, she has now unveiled a line-up of online content for keen fashionistas.

“It would be impossible to recreate the gala on Monday evening, though I have loved hearing how so many are marking the occasion in their own ways,” she said. “So instead, I asked a few friends to join me for a simple moment – one that I hope will bring us all a bit of joy.”

The programming will kick off with a look at actress Liza Koshy’s best red carpet moments, followed by British supermodel Naomi Campbell reflecting on some of her most iconic looks.

The A Moment With the Met will begin at 6pm EST, with the livestream to include performances from Florence + The Machine and a DJ set by Louis Vuitton menswear designer Virgil Abloh. Another clip, entitled Everything You Need to Know About the Met Gala, is to start after.

And on Tuesday, fashion stars such as Cardi B, Jeremy Scott, Liv Tyler, and Stella McCartney will take part in further Met Gala-related discussions.

As part of the initiative, bosses at Vogue will be donating to the Costume Institute and A Common Thread, the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund for Covid-19 relief. They will be asking viewers to consider contributing if they can.

While guests for the 2020 Met Gala were not revealed prior to the postponement, the evening’s co-chairs were to include Louis Vuitton’s Nicolas Ghesquiere and Hollywood stars Lin-Manuel Miranda, Emma Stone, and Meryl Streep.

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Rihanna experiments with purple blusher in summer beauty tutorial

Rihanna has showed fans how she uses a purple blusher in a new beauty tutorial.In a video posted to her Fenty Beauty YouTube channel on Sunday, the superstar demonstrated exactly how she uses several of the latest products from her cosmetics line to cr…

Rihanna has showed fans how she uses a purple blusher in a new beauty tutorial.

In a video posted to her Fenty Beauty YouTube channel on Sunday, the superstar demonstrated exactly how she uses several of the latest products from her cosmetics line to create her favourite “no make-up, make-up look”.

As part of the clip, Rihanna played with the Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Blush in Petal Poppin, a soft pink, and Summertime Wine, a berry shade, before pulling out Drama Class – an eye-catching violet colour.

“Look how crazy this colour looks… what is purple going to look like on my cheeks?” she said, before proceeding to dab the pigment on her cheeks. “It’s not scary at all, it’s beautiful and has such a sheer, beautiful effect. It works on every skin tone.”

Rihanna went on to explain that she prefers to use a brush to apply her blusher and has a very specific technique.

“I just like to pat it on (the apples of the cheeks) and then I go in a circle to create that little rosy cheek and then I drag up a little bit into the jawline. If I want more, I do more,” the 32-year-old noted.

Elsewhere in the video, Rihanna gushed over the Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Bronzer and insisted that the product is super versatile.

“These products are really light and are meant to be applied anyway you want. But a brush is usually a lot more convenient for me because I’m always in a rush. It’s meant to have a marriage with your make-up, your foundation, your powder – whatever you have on your base. You can use this on your eyes, your cheeks, your forehead,” she smiled.

“When I get to my forehead, I really go in because I have a big forehead. I’m pouring this into my foundation that’s already there, and look, it becomes more like skin than anything else. You can’t tell I have any make-up on… that is something that is very special. When you’re on the beach or just want to wake-up next to your man looking like you don’t have on make-up!”

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Cameron Diaz used to buy red carpet dresses from department stores

Cameron Diaz used to buy her outfits for Hollywood film premieres from department stores.During a chat with friend and make-up artist Gucci Westman for a recent episode of her YouTube series Makeup & Friends, the Charlie’s Angels actress reminisced abo…

Cameron Diaz used to buy her outfits for Hollywood film premieres from department stores.

During a chat with friend and make-up artist Gucci Westman for a recent episode of her YouTube series Makeup & Friends, the Charlie’s Angels actress reminisced about her red carpet style over the years and insisted that she shunned stylists and designers for many years and instead opted to visit now-defunct luxury U.S. department store Barneys New York for her gowns.

“The red carpet is so different now. For my premieres, I would just go to Barneys and buy clothes and go to my premiere,” Cameron recalled, adding that women on the red carpet nowadays are more “objectified” than they were 10 years ago. “It wasn’t like a whole production where you got judged or, what’s the word, rated or scored for how you look.”

The duo, who met early on in their careers, also discussed the star’s look for the 2002 Academy Awards, when she stepped out in a stunning pink-and-red floral Emanuel Ungaro gown.

However, Cameron confessed that she didn’t even bother thinking about what she was going to wear until the last minute, prompting Gucci to pull in a favour from the designer.

“I was like ‘Oh, I’m going to the Oscars. I forgot,'” the 47-year-old laughed.

Elsewhere in the video, Cameron shared a rare glimpse into her marriage to Good Charlotte rocker Benji Madden, with whom she shares baby daughter Raddix.

“I love being married. I love that the best thing that ever happened to me was finding my husband, and our partnership and his friendship and all that,” she sweetly shared.

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Anna Wintour recalls pushing for Naomi Campbell’s 1989 Vogue cover

Anna Wintour has recalled how she pushed for Naomi Campbell to appear on the September 1989 issue of U.S. Vogue.During a chat for the British supermodel’s YouTube channel on Wednesday, the fashion magazine editor remembered how they first worked togeth…

Anna Wintour has recalled how she pushed for Naomi Campbell to appear on the September 1989 issue of U.S. Vogue.

During a chat for the British supermodel’s YouTube channel on Wednesday, the fashion magazine editor remembered how they first worked together in the late ’80s on a photoshoot helmed by Patrick Demarchelier in The Hamptons.

Wintour noted that she was dazzled by an image of Campbell sporting a “fire-orange Anne Klein sequin suit” and decided to use it for the September cover – traditionally the biggest issue of the year – even though some of her colleagues seemed a little surprised.

“In those days we didn’t have any technology. I used to have to present the issues by hand to the corporate board, who at that time included S.I. Newhouse, who of course was my boss and my great mentor,” she stated. “I remember holding up your beautiful cover and it wasn’t a criticism in any way, it was just a question, he said, ‘Anna you’re going to put an African-American model on the cover of American Vogue?’ Honestly Naomi, it never crossed my mind. I just thought, ‘This is a fantastic girl and a great image.’ And we made history together.”

Campbell, 49, went on to praise Wintour for selecting her to appear on the cover and also revealed that she had never heard the story before.

“I honoured that you put me on the September issue. I knew that you fought for me, but I never actually heard it in this way, so thank you,” the model smiled.

Elsewhere in the conversation, Campbell and Wintour also spoke about the future of the fashion industry once the coronavirus pandemic eases, and the 70-year-old predicted the format of events will change.

“We’ve talked for years about how the shows seem stuck in time and that we need to change but it’s almost like we needed this terrible event to really make us understand that it’s not about needing to change – we have to change, we are going to change,” she added.

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