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This Magazine Is Poised To Fill A Huge Void For Black Women

For black women, the magazine newsstand is yet another sad representation of the blatant lack of diversity that plagues the fashion and beauty industries. Countless images of white women and men stare back at us as we search for covers that reflect what we see in the mirror. And while publications are slowly but surely beginning to realize that black is indeed beautiful, the only magazines we can rely on to speak specifically to our existence are Essence and Ebony. There is still a void that is begging to be filled. 

 With that said, allow us to introduce you to Hannah.  

Hannah is a bi-annual magazine that is currently just an idea, yet has dreams of grandeur. Qimmah Saafir, the glossy’s creative director and editor-in-chief, intends to create a space where black women are celebrated, which also means giving these women the freedom to tell their own stories rather than them being told by others. 

“I just started to realize that the publications that I loved weren’t meant for me or weren’t necessarily concerned with representing me or my demographic or what I like,” Saafir told The HuffIngton Post.

Saafir, who has spent more than a decade writing and fact-checking at major magazines, isn’t trying to compete with Essence and Ebony — there is plenty of room in the market for everyone  – she simply believes it’s downright silly to limit black women to two options. 

“We all like different things, so why not have a plethora of magazines that speak to women of color just like they have a plethora of magazines that speak to white women or Asian women,” Saafir said. “I feel like we deserve to have diversity within our own community — representing the different types of us.”

While the magazine will have the look and feel of a fashion magazine, Hannah promises to also cover sociopolitical issues and even technology. The name of the magazine is a touching homage to Saafir’s late father, who used to call the sun Hannah. It also means “grace” in Hebrew. And for all those reasons Saafir says, “It feels timeless and boundless to me and fitting for a book that celebrates how black women shine.”

In order to get the project off the ground, Saafir has launched a campaign in hopes of raising $30,000 to produce the inaugural issue of Hannah. So far she has raised nearly $14,000. If the goal is reached the funds will go toward content creation, production, and distribution.

It’s no secret that producing a magazine isn’t cheap. Having the support of a big publishing company such as Hearst, Time, Inc., or Conde Nast would be tremendously helpful. However, Saafir isn’t looking to sell Hannah — even if one of those mega companies come knocking. 

“I’ve seen what happens to magazines when that happens. It complete shifts the voice and they have to answer to a slew of people that don’t really get it,” Saafir said.

Based on the buzz that Hannah has already inspired, Saafir is confident that she can secure financial support from angel or independent investors. In fact, she says that a few deep-pocketed folks (who she can’t go into detail about quite yet) have already given her a call.  

There’s less than week left for the Kickstarter campaign and we’ve got our fingers crossed that this oh-so-important and beautifully diverse publication will hit the press and eventually the newsstand very, very soon. 

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Heidi Klum Rocks A Sheer Gown That Only A Supermodel Can Pull Off

It’s no surprise that Heidi Klum looked absolutely stunning on the Emmys red carpet Sunday night — she’s a supermodel, for goodness sake. The model-turned-TV-star opted for a Versace gown. The asymmetrical silhouette, ruffles and sheer design are a bit overwhelming. But if anyone can pull it off, it’s Ms. Klum. 

And lest we forget that Klum has the talent to back up all those good looks. She is nominated for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program. But whether she wins an Emmy not, Klum is definitely on our Best-Dressed list. 

 

 

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Taraji P. Henson Wows In Alexander Wang At The Emmys. Natch.

Taraji P. Henson has been on fire lately. Not only is she the hottest leading lady on primetime TV thanks to her character on “Empire,” Cookie, but her personal style on the red carpet is on point. 

Henson proved that point again Sunday night when she stepped out for the 2015 Emmys in a sheer black, micro-pleated lace bustier gown by Alexander Wang. The chain-link straps added some serious edge to the glamorous design. And that sleek bob perfectly finishes the look. 

 What do you think of Henson’s ensemble?

 

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The Harlem Globetrotters Get A Stylish Uniform Update

New York Fashion Week is always filled with surprises, from shocking runway shows to catwalk debuts by awe-inspiring models. Now we can add a Harlem Globetrotters show to that list. 

That’s right, the world famous Harlem Globetrotters basketball team, known for its showstopping ball handling skills on the court, put on its first-ever fashion show Tuesday night to celebrate the organization’s 90th anniversary. 

Reality television star and fashion designer Angela Simmons was tapped to created three new uniforms and a full commemorative fashion line for the legendary basketball team. 

“Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve loved the Harlem Globetrotters – especially their winning track record,” Simmons said in a press release. “My goal for this collection was to reimagine the look of the legendary Globetrotters uniforms by infusing elements of the team’s rich 90-year history with New York City vibes and basketball-inspired swagger.” 

And she did just that. The red, white and blue uniforms, which were modeled by three current Globetrotters at the KIA STYLE360-sponsored show, are a nod to the team’s start circa 1926 — yet updated with a dose of modern swag. Fans of the b-ball team will eventually be able to purchase the winning jersey, which is currently being chosen in an online vote

And when it comes to the actual clothing line, Simmons created sparkly crop tops, skirts, jerseys, and body con items for all the fashion-forward Globetrotter fans. 

In celebration of the new clothing line and the Harlem Globetrotters’ 90th birthday, here’s a look back at some of the team’s most stylish moments. And don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments section below. 

This season, HuffPost Lifestyle will disrupt New York Fashion Week to ensure that it is an inclusive event for people of all skin tones, genders, sizes, shapes and personalities. Over the next week, we’ll be highlighting designers, models and runway shows that are working to democratize NYFW. Help us make fashion week an event for EVERYONE by spreading our hashtag #NYFW4ALL and be sure to check out all of our coverage.


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Here’s Who To Follow On Instagram For New York Fashion Week

With New York Fashion Week kicking off Sept. 10, make sure your Instagram feed is filled with every awesome moment. And this year we hope those images are a more truthful reflection of our world.

To that end, The Huffington Post has created the hashtag #NYFW4All, which will highlight moments in Fashion Week that include people of all skin tones, genders, sizes, shapes and personalities. To help get in the spirit, we’ve gathered a list of fashion and beauty professionals, models, social media stars, designers, and editors who aid our fight for more diversity, and who should definitely be on your Fashion Week radar. 

Here’s a look at all the fabulous folks. Make sure to check out #NYFW4All and spread the word. 

Eva Chen: The former editor-in-chief of Lucky is already making big moves as the newly appointed head of fashion partnerships at Instagram. We’re sure she’ll share lots of fun things this week. 

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Lea DeLaria: The “Orange Is The New Black” actress is new on the Fashion Week scene and we’re looking forward to following her stylish, and no doubt silly, adventures. 

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Ashley Graham: She’s arguably the most successful plus-size model in the world — but beyond her stunning good looks, we think Ashley is just downright dope.  

Bobbi Brown: This woman built a cosmetic empire and her products are fixtures at fashion shows. Tune in for all the makeup tips and tricks you’ll want and need to know. 

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Danielle Redman: This Iowa-born gal adds plenty of country charm to her Big Apple life as a model. You won’t want to miss her IG feed for beauty inspo and good times with her equally beautiful friends. 

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Julie Henderson: This gorgeous gal will be representing for curvy women at some major Fashion Week events. And it’s not only her fabulous figure that has us swooning — it’s also her amazingly curly hair. 

Miroslava Duma: If you love fashion, then you probably love Mira. The Russian fashionista is a blogging phenom and editor of Buro 24/7, which features photos of her world travels. 

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Tyra Banks: This supermodel-turned-entrepreneur hardly needs an introduction. Beyond smizing, Tyra is opening up to us about the challenges of being a black model in the fashion industry and what we can do about it. 

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NYTimes Fashion: Let’s be honest, it’s the New York Times fashion team — it’s a no-brainer.

ALDA Women: These ladies are big, bold and devastatingly beautiful. Enough said. 

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Andreja Pejic: We love that Andreja is the first transgender model to make it to supermodel status — and her beauty and body confidence are just two reasons to make sure she’s showing up on your IG feed. 

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Ted Gibson: We’re looking forward to getting glimpses of the mind-blowing hairstyles that come from the hands and imagination of Ted. 

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Christian Siriano: The “Project Runway” winner is always a crowd favorite. There’s no doubt we will want any and everything he sends down the runway. 

More Models of Color: If you’re rooting for more diversity on the runway, then you’re not alone. This IG account highlights models of color who should be filling the pages of fashion magazines and the Fashion Week runway. 

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Claudia Oshry (aka Girl With No Job): This lady has definitely got a job this week — and that’s reporting from the Fashion Week tents on all the amazing #NYFW4All diversity she spots. 

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Leomie Anderson: We can’t get enough of this stunning gal, who has worked the runways for everyone from Jeremy Scott to Oscar de La Renta.

Hari Nef: She’s the first trans woman to be signed to IMG Worldwide, and at the top of our models-to-watch list. Keep your eyes peeled for this beauty. 

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Marquita Pring: Although she’s not walking in any shows this season, we’ll be keeping an eye out for photos from Marquita’s fun times at Fashion Week events and parties. 

Chaz Smith: If you’re a Vine fan, chances are you’re well aware of Chaz Smith. This hilarious fella has over 340k followers and he’ll be creating some originial Vines for us this Fashion Week. Woot! 

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Fern Mallis: Well, there wouldn’t be a New York Fashion Week without this woman. Fern created the mega event back in 1991 and still attends countless shows to this day. 


Dana Oliver (aka HuffPostBeauty): Our executive fashion and beauty editor Dana Oliver means business when she’s backstage at the hottest shows. You won’t want to miss the awe-inspiring pics, videos and GIFs she’ll be capturing.

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Julee Wilson: Our senior fashion editor will be pounding the pavement, chatting with fashion insiders, and profiling some of the most talented black designers that should be on everyone’s radar … and in everyone’s closet. 

Michelle Persad: Keep up with her if you can! Our fashion editor Michelle Persad will be attending tons of shows and taking note of all the must-have trends you’ll be coveting come spring. 

Jamie Feldman: Our associate style editor Jamie Feldman is on the lookout for all the beautiful plus-size models and fashionable real women outside the tents.   

Chanel Parks: Our associate style editor Chanel Parks is going to be backstage getting the lowdown on all things beauty.

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Summer Sale Clothes That Will Seamlessly Transition Into Fall

Labor Day is considered the unofficial end of summer, but that doesn’t mean you can’t wear your favorite warm-weather clothes this fall. Thanks to the magic of layering, most of your spring and summer staples can make a seamless transition into the new season. 

In fact, thanks to all the end-of-season sales going on right now, it’s the perfect time to snag a few items and incorporate them into your wardrobe for the rest of the year — and beyond. 

We’ve selected a few fabulous summer clearance items from our favorite brands and styled them into ultra wearable fall looks. Check them out — and let us know how you transition your spring and summer clothes into fall attire in the comments section below.  

Raoul embellished stretch-cotton dress, $380, $133. 

Transitional Style 1

To buy: Zara biker jacket, $149 and Monsoon McGurk oxfords, $105. 

 

MOTO Matador culottes, $75, $40. 

Transitional Style 6

To buy: Boutique De La Femme turtleneck bodysuit, $85; Michael Kors “Palmer” boots, $495; The Cambridge Satchel Company bag, $150. 

 

Milly Striped Tie Midi Skirt, $295, $88.50. 

Transitional Style 4

To buy: Chicwish cable knit crop sweater, $45; Frye “Phillip” boot, $225; Forever 21 scarf, $6. 

J.Crew ruffle-hem cami, $138, $80. 

Transitional Style 2

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To buy: Witchery boyfriend blazer, $156; Romwe crochet skirt, $12; Coach clutch, $250; Gianvito Rossi “Biba” heels, $584. 

Accompany “Estella” jumper, $325, $130. 

Transitional Style 3

To buy: River Island cape, $70 and Sperry Top-Sider “Saltwater” boots, $100. 

 

 Boden “Sophia” jacket, $138, $69. 

Transitional Style 7

To buy: H&M V-neck top, $20; Helmut Lang leather pants, $295; Acne Studios “Jensen” boots, $610. 

Aldo “Forquer” heels, $120, $60. 

Transitional Style 5

To buy: Uniqlo white denim shirt, $15; Rebecca Minkoff “Mercer” jeans, $118; River Island sleeveless jacket, $60. 

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5 Fashion Icons Show You How To Rock A White Button-Down Shirt

The classic white button-down shirt is revered as a fashion staple, yet often avoided like the plague — and for several logical reasons.There is a real fear of staining the crisp white top with food, makeup or anything with which we come into contact. And then there are those buttons to contend with. Most women know the perils of a shirt that gaps at the chest, or buttons that won’t stay fastened. 

Nevertheless, a bright white blouse is one of the chicest and most versatile items in our wardrobes. Basically once we find the perfect one – and a great dry cleaner (or a blouse that doesn’t stain) — the outfit possibilities are endless and timeless

To prove that point, we’ve created shoppable looks inspired by a few of our favorite white button-down blouse moments via Hollywood starlets like Marilyn Monroe and supermodels such as Chanel Iman. 

Check them out below and let us know how you plan to rock your white button-down in the comments section below. 

Marilyn Monroe

White Button Down Shirt: MM

To buy: J. Crew”Boy” shirt, $69.50; L.K. Bennett “Luchia” pencil skirt, $195; Saba “Kayla” coat, $449; Giorgio Armani Rouge lipstick in “Ecstasy,” $36; Tamara Mellon “Tribal Suede And Elaphe” mule, $695. 

Grace Kelly

White Button Down Shirt: GK

To buy: Vilshenko ruffled bib blouse, $650; Abercrombie & Fitch “Checked Skimmer” pants, $40; Lucky Brand “Arrow” cuff, $39; United Nude ballet flats, $163. 

Gwyneth Paltrow

White Button Down Shirt: GP

To buy: Equipment “Rhodes” shirt, $186; Mother of Pearl “Kidd Border” shorts, $450; Charles & Keith handbag, $69; Circus by Sam Edelman “Bond” boots, $100. 

Charlize Theron

White Button Down Shirt: CT

To buy: Theory “Tanelis” shirt, $305; Topshop blazer, $125; Topshop wide leg pants, $58; Tommy Hilfiger watch, $65; Charlotte Russe sandals, $20; Lipstick Queen Silver Screen lipstick, $50. 


Chanel Iman

White Button Down Shirt: CI

To buy: French Connection “Maui” shirt, $61; DailyLook “Glamorous Vegan Leather Fringe” jacket, $100; Frame Denim jeans, $184; Rag & Bone floppy fedora, $125; Matisse “El Toro” bootie, $180. 

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One Big Thing You’re Doing Wrong When Applying Fake Eyelashes

Applying fake eyelashes is tricky, but the payoff is worth it. A set of thick, fluttery lashes can completely upgrade any look. If only there were an easy button for putting them on. 

Beyond springing the cash for semi-permanent lash extensions, which are put on by a professional and last about three to four weeks, there are a few pointers we can employ to help ease the frustration of applying the falsies (while also making sure they look as real as possible). 

Our friends over at The Zoe Report have created a short video tutorial to help us out. The biggest trick we learned from the clip is to ditch the strip lashes. Instead use lash clusters — they are easier to manipulate, and blend in more naturally with your real lashes. Done and done. 

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3 Beauty And Style Hacks That Will Totally Save Your Look

Achieving a flawless look is an uphill battle when we consider all the elements fighting against us — the weather, lack of time, or an unsteady hand, just to name a few. 

But thankfully the universe is filled with hacks. And the clever folks over at Buzz60 are offering up a few beauty and style tricks that will help us navigate mishaps like getting lipstick on your teeth or losing an earring back. 

Check out the video above for the full rundown, and let’s commit these fixes to memory so we can at least attempt perfection. 

Are there any beauty or style hacks that you live by? If so, tell us in the comments section below. 

 

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Incredibly Sexy Photos Of Trill Yoga Will Inspire You To Get It ‘Om’

The slang word “trill” is a combination of the words “true” and “real,” and those hip to trendy vernacular use it to validate someone’s awesomeness and authenticity. So, when we spotted the hashtag #TrillYoga, we knew we were in for a treat. 

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In fact, a quick search of the hashtag on Instagram will yield nearly 5,000 images of women (and a few men) twisting, bending and striking their best yoga poses while wearing little to no clothes. This sexy take on the ancient Hindu-based practice is a bit shocking a first, but there’s no denying the beauty and strength radiating from each photo — which is exactly what Claire Fountain had in mind when she coined Trill Yoga. 

“Trill Yoga doesn’t follow the rules, it makes them,” Fountain,who is a yoga teacher/trainer/writer, told The Huffington Post. “It’s OK to be any body shape, to wear what you like, to listen to what you like, and realize you don’t need a fancy studio — you don’t even really need a mat.”

That’s certainly true since Fountain’s Instagram account — which boasts approximately 221,000 followers — captures the 29-year-old, New York City-based yogi striking poses in unexpected places like the street corner, the airport, and even a subway station. 

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An all-inclusive and creative approach to yoga is easy to get behind. Fountain, who started practicing yoga at 15 years old to help deal with anxiety and depression, says the difference between more traditional yogic disciplines and Trill Yoga is that her philosophy is “rooted in the physical and practice, less esoteric and spiritual.” She feels that a combination of her yoga background, personal training experience, and overall breathing techniques aren’t as intimidating as some forms of yoga.

Some might find yoga intimidating due to the tall, slender body type that is so closely associated with the practice.

Fountain’s curvy, muscular body is testament to the fact that you don’t have to be thin to get your Downward Facing Dog on. And when it comes to her curves, Fountain has no problem showing them off. 

“If being comfortable in my own skin, and what my body is capable of is sexy, then so be it. But I don’t associate the word “sexy” with anything I do,” Fountain said. “If someone brings that to my image, that’s their choice as I don’t sexualize myself.”

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Even so, it’s impossible to separate the sex appeal from the Trill Yoga movement. At first, second, and even thrid glance, Fountain, along with the other yogis posting pictures with the #trillyoga hashtag look as though they might just want to flaunt their figures. But Fountain insists the movement is not about being eye candy — rather it’s about encouraging a healthy lifestyle, and more importantly, self acceptance. 

“It’s just a reminder to me that stereotypes exist, and that’s part of why Trill Yoga is so important to me. To break down the notion that yoga can’t be strong, modern, hip, and even sexy, in a real, raw way.”

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So, what’s next for Trill Yoga?

Fountain plans to go on tour teaching classes. At the moment she isn’t attached to a specific yoga studio — she takes on private clients (which have included Lebron James and some of his Cleveland Cavalier teammates), and is also available for events and workshops. Fountain would also like to develop an interactive website where followers can obtain information about the #TrillYoga movement, and purchase products like guide books and yoga mats for larger bodies.   

“Hopefully I can represent something that is real and genuine, and show that it’s OK to be shaped this way, it’s OK to read books and be healthy, and that it’s OK to carry on doing yoga despite judgement.”

Check out theses Instagram images of other yogis showing off their #TrillYoga skills…

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Allure Catches Hell For Teaching White Women How To Get An Afro

Once again, cultural appropriation is igniting a flurry of controversy — and for the umpteenth time, the case relates to black women’s hair.

Allure magazine finds itself in the middle of a stormy response to a hair tutorial published in its August 2015 issue titled, “You (Yes, You) Can Have An Afro.*” The asterisk reads: “even if you have straight hair.”

The tutorial features photos of a white actress, Marissa Neitling of “The Last Ship,” and supplements a beauty feature called “Back To Cool” by Danielle Pergament. For the story, hairstylist Chris McMillan transforms the tresses of five Hollywood actresses into hairdos popularized in the ’70s: the bowl cut, soft bends, long bangs and an Afro.

It’s no surprise that the article, presumably aimed toward white women, is causing quite the commotion. Considering the importance of the Afro to the African-American cultural identity and its politically charged history, there are several reasons this editorial has rubbed folks the wrong way. 

“The issue with the Allure feature goes beyond the routine criticism for not using an obviously black woman and the missed opportunity to reach beyond what clearly must be a predominately lily-white readership and offer tips to black women on how to style their afros rather than steal a style not meant for them,” reads the reaction of editors at Clutch.com, who along with the folks at BlackGirlLongHair.com were among the first to spot the editorial. “Black women didn’t start wearing Afros to be cute,” they note.

The Afro style in particular would have been an amazing opportunity to use a black actress, and yet there were no actresses of color used in the feature. We were reminded of the recent situation in which Teen Vogue was criticized for using a white model to showcase Senegalese twists. 

An Allure spokesperson told The Huffington Post the piece reflects the level of self-expression “happening in our country today”:


“The Afro has a rich cultural and aesthetic history. In this story we show women using different hairstyle as an individual expressions of style. Using beauty and hair as a form of self-expression is a mirror of what’s happening in our country today. The creativity is limitless — and pretty wonderful.” 

 

But notably, that appreciation of the Afro’s “rich cultural and aesthetic” history wasn’t mentioned in the piece, so paying homage to its beauty by offering steps for white women to emulate it without the appropriate historical context and respect is problematic. 

The tutorial also uses the derogatory term “rag curls” in reference to manipulating hair into an Afro. Again, we cringe. The line between cultural appreciation and cultural appropriation is not blurred — it has been crossed. At the very least, the poor choice of wording and use of a white model is due to bad editing or a likely lack of diversity at the decision-making level. 

Had Allure referenced its adoration for the Afro, perhaps this feature wouldn’t be coming under quite as much fire. 

McMillan, the hairstylist who worked on the feature, told The Huffington Post that the use of the Afro on a white woman was inspired by Barbara Streisand in the movie “A Star Is Born.” He also said that he’s surprised by the negative response and wanted to read more about the controversy surrounding the Allure feature.

“I learned how to do hair from the African American girls in beauty school and they taught me more about hair than anybody,” McMillan said. “And I do black hair.”  

We asked some top black hair bloggers, hairstylists and influencers in the black community for their reactions. Here’s what they had to say: 

“This latest gaffe by Allure further highlights the need for more black writers and editors to be on staff of mainstream magazines, so someone in the room can school them on why teaching white women to copy black hairstyles might not be a good idea. What we’ve seen time and time again is that people love black culture and creativity, but not black people. These publications need to do more than just using black folks as style inspiration.” –– Britni Danielle, Clutch

“I laughed pretty hard when I saw this, but then I felt annoyed. This isn’t an Afro. This isn’t the same as a black woman wearing a perm or a weave–do recall we were introduced to hair straightening at a time when we were made to feel that our hair was a problem to solve. This is just tone deaf appropriation and it’s particularly irksome considering all the public conversation we have around these things.” –– Jamilah Lemieux, Writer and editor at Ebony.com

“This is tone deafness in the guise of inclusivity. While there are plenty of white women who have naturally thick, curly hair and could easily have an Afro, the misstep here is with the model, and the idea that you can pull off cultural appropriation as a fun summer style. The natural hair movement is rooted in giving black women the confidence to accept their natural beauty in a way mainstream magazines generally fail to do; this article is cruel and taunting by comparison.” – Danielle Henderson, Writer 

“Honestly, I didn’t get offended at all when I read the Allure piece. I’m flattered actually. Considering the fact that white women have been doing things to look like us for decades now (i.e tanning, lip injections, butt injections, etc.), it’s actually pretty astounding to see that they now want to replicate our curl pattern. Imitation is the highest form of flattery. To me, it’s funny and not really cause for protest. Sometimes we take these beauty stories too seriously. We’ve got way more disturbing headlines (like Sandra Bland, for example) to be upset about.” – Christina Brown, Founder of LoveBrownSugar.com

“I am truly a bonafide hairstylist that loves all the innovations that come out of my  industry, and I  believe that women with kinky hair have the right to wear their hair straight and women with straight hair have the right to wear their hair in a kinky curly Afro. But I am also one of many new gatekeepers of the institution of beauty and a soldier for diversity. The problem with Allure and its critics is that Allure see itself as the beauty bible but comes up short on images and subjects that reflect the real world we live in. The magazine creates the problem of appropriated ethnicity and ruins it for everyone that wants and has the right to look how they choose — without the baggage of hair hate that is created by old gate keepers that still think ‘African American’ is a texture.” – Anthony Dickey, Hairstylist and owner of Hair Rules

 

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The ’90s Bands T-Shirts That We Can’t Stop Wearing

Let’s take a quick trip down memory lane and make a pit stop in the ’90s. Why? Because, beyond some questionable fashion trends, it was a decade of pretty awesome music.

With music acts like Nirvana, TLC, Green Day, The Spice Girls, and Dr. Dre filling the airwaves and our CD players (yup, no iPods yet) — it’s no surprise that we’re still huge fans of their tunes today. So much so that some of us have held onto concert T-shirts and memorabilia for over 20 years. And if by chance those beloved threads were mistakenly donated to Goodwill — there are plenty of vintage or reissued designs on the market. Phew!  

Paying homage to our favorite ’90s bands is not only in good taste — it’s in vogue. Check out the folks we spotted rocking throwback tees on Instagram. And make sure to tell us which music group you still love to wear in the comments section below. 

 

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And finally, this isn’t a T-shirt — but I will never, ever throw it away. 

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15 Style Editor-Approved Backpacks For Heading Back To School

It’s hard to believe that the first day of school is almost here, signaling the unofficial end of summer. While your child is most likely in denial, that doesn’t change the fact that it’s almost time to hit the books. 

And speaking of books, they’ll need something to carry them around in. Whether your kids are off to pre-school or high school, a brand spankin’ new backpack is always on the top of the back-to-school shopping list. 

Bags that boast both comfort and durability are always great. But let’s face it, your kid definitely wants something that’s super cool. Plus, you’ll want to make sure it’s a bag they can’t wait to carry. We’ve got you covered. 

Here are 15 back-to-school backpacks that are both fashion-forward and fun. Now, feel free to cross “backpack” off your to-do list. You’re welcome! 

To buy: Boden “Space” backpack, $48. 

To buy: Herschel Supply “Kingston” backpack, $40. 

To buy: Jansport “Big Student” backpack, $46. 

To buy: SM New York “Floral Cargo” backpack, $25. 

To buy: Hanna Andersson “Peanuts” backpack, $52. 

To buy: Children’s Place “Mixed Print” backpack, $12. 

To buy: LeSportsac “Rolling” backpack, $198. 

To buy: Target “Double Dutch” backpack, $19. 

To buy: Skip Hop “Mini” backpack, $16. 

To buy: Ralph Lauren “Camouflage” backpack, $55. 

 

To buy: Obersee Kids “Pre-School All-In-One” backpack, $30. 

To buy: Kipling “Alcatraz II” backpack, $160. 

To buy: Lillian Vernon “Pinwhell” backpack, $40. 

To buy: L.L. Bean “Firey Red Shark” backpack, $35. 

To buy: Quicksilver “Night Track” backpack, $25. 

 

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We Tracked Down 17 Of The Most Lust-Worthy Lipstick Shades

Lipstick is arguably the most beloved item in our beauty arsenal. Few things have the power to completely transform our look in two seconds flat. Plus, there’s no denying the importance of a product that was once supposedly worn by George Washington, and also used to indicate whether or not a woman was a prostitute

These days, the biggest problem we have with lipstick is figuring out which color to wear or how to stop buying so many tubes (answer to the latter: it’s impossible). Thankfully, there’s an endless feed of lipstick inspiration at our fingertips: Instagram. 

Whether you’re looking for the perfect rose-pink shade for your upcoming trip to Dubai or just feel like perking up your mood (and look) in a classic red, there is plenty to pore over on the social media platform. 

With that said, in celebration of National Lipstick Day on July 29, we’ve rounded up some of the prettiest pouts on Instagram, showing you where you can find each eye-catching color. Muah! 

 

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To buy: Anastasia Beverly Hills liquid lipstick in “Electric Coral,” $20

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To buy: M.A.C retro matte lipstick in “Ruby Woo,” $16. 

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To buy: Pink Holiday luxury cream lipstick in “Sunday Brunch,” $27. 

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To buy: NYX Cosmetics soft matte lip cream in “Copenhagen,” $6

To buy: Melt Cosmetics lipstick in “Blitzed,” $19. 

To buy: Klarity Kosmetics ultra matte liquid lipstick, $14. 

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To buy: Kat Von D liquid lipstick in “Noble” and “Bow-N-Arrow,” $20/each. 

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To buy: Lasplash liquid lipstick in “Phantom,” $14. 

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To buy: MAC matte lipstick in “Instigator,” $16. 

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To buy: Urban Decay matte revolution lipstick in “Bittersweet,” $22

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To buy: L’Oreal Paris color riche in “Pure Red,” $14. 

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To buy: Anastasia Beverly Hills liquid lipstick in “Sepia.” $20. 

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To buy: Dose of Colors liquid lipstick in “Stone,” $15. 

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To buy: Culture Girl lipstick in “Purple Rain,” $12. 

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To buy: L.A. Girl Cosmetics matte gloss in “Backstage,” $5. 

To buy: Stila liquid lipstick in “Bella,” $24. 

To buy: Queenie Skin Cosmetics lipstick in “Brooklyn Black,” $9. 

 

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Stunning Photos Of Redheads Show The ‘Most Beautiful Genetic Mutation’

Warning: The ravishing redheads in Maha Topcagic‘s photographs may induce major hair envy. 

Whether you’re lucky enough to have a headful of crimson-hued hair, or you don’t (but still believe that “Anne of Green Gables” is your spirit animal), it’s easy to be completely captivated by Topcagic’s stunning images. 

 The Bosnia-based, self-taught photographer calls the eye-catching series of portraits “Freckled.” And while there are certainly plenty of  beautifully spotted faces in her photographs, we still can’t get past all the swoon-worthy red hair.

We reached out to Topcagic to find out more about the photo series and capturing the gorgeous combination of fiery follicles and freckles. 

What was the inspiration behind “Freckled?”

The model in most of my photos is the beautiful Asima Sefic, a redhead with freckles and blue eyes, who became my greatest inspiration. The facts say that only two percent of the population on Earth has that combination. These images are a part of my personal project that I started almost two years ago. My redhead database is still growing month by month.

Why do you think redheads are so captivating?

They are very unique, and have a special connection with the audience. The recessive gene that causes red hair, MC1R, is actually a genetic mutation, and I love to capture what I believe to be the most beautiful genetic mutation in the world.

Obviously the series is also about freckles. What are your thoughts on why freckles are beautiful?

Redheads with freckles have a unique kind of beauty and I found inspiration in that. Freckles used to be considered undesirable and unsightly, but today they have reached full splendor in the world of photography.

 Where did you find your models?

I find my models mostly in my hometown of Bihac or in Sarajevo, where I live.

 

Any other projects you’re working on that we should know about? 

A few projects are coming very soon. But I must keep them a secret. I can only say that one involves publishing a “Freckled” book, and the other bigger project is finished, and it involves working with Canon. I can’t say much more! 

 

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