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Brazil Fashion Week Mandates Shows Cast Black Models

Complaints about under representation of African-American models in the fashion world isn’t just limited to the United States: Sao Paulo Fashion Week has been involved in a squabble regarding race after an investigation found that last year’s event showcased only eight black models among a total of 344. (FYI—Brazil has more people of African descent than anywhere outside of Africa, with almost half of the population either black or of mixed race.)

An agreement has been reached just in time for Brazil Fashion Week —which starts next month—mandating that fashion companies use 10 percent of models of African or indigenous descent. It’s a serious measure for designers, especially smaller companies, who would have to ante up as much as $120,000 if found not in compliance. [BBC] Keep reading »

Crave: “Bought” By Anna David (Win A Copy!)

Summer has (almost) arrived! You know what that means? It’s time to put down the Dostoyevsky and put that dogeared copy of “Siddhartha” back on the shelf — those books are for the damp, frigid winter — and pick up some trashy, sexy, and deeply enjoyable beach reading. Our first recommendation for your summer of pleasurable page turning? “Bought” by Anna David. The novel is a followup to “Party Girl,” and continues to follow the oh-so-exciting life of L.A. magazine writer, Emma Swanson. This time around, she’s writing a story about a high-class call girl and discovers some tricks of the trade in the process. But it’s not all fun and games, as Emma must contend with a moral quandry of her own. Hooked yet? [$14.99, Amazon]

We’re giving away five copies of “Bought” by Anna David, but you have to work if you want it in your beach bag. The five best commenters for this coming week—from today, Friday, May 22 through Thursday, May 28—will be awarded with one. So, be as clever, smart, and original as you can! Click HERE to read the official rules. Keep reading »

American Apparel To Offer Butt-Baring Tights

American Apparel’s Coming Soon section shows products that will be sold by the retailer in the near future. Along with an oversized hair bow, a shiny vinyl weekend bag, and a nylon spandex micro-mesh long sleeve button-up, the store is planning to offer “sheer luxe cut-out pantyhose.” The name is misleading. It’s not like these tights have a fancy cut-out pattern in them. No, there isn’t anything covering the wearer’s ass. I guess American Apparel knows what its clientele wants? [American Apparel via Refinery29] Keep reading »

14 Rules For Summer Dressing

We’re shedding our winter clothes (and showing some skin) now that the temperature is heating up. But since we live in an area that is chilly for more than half of the year, we have to relearn how to dress and groom for warm weather every year. Here are the rules to avoid fashion faux pas, embarrassment, and offending others after the jump. Keep reading »

Fashion Police: Model Arrested On Runway For Indecency

A saucy catwalk stunt by Bollywood-hearthbrob Akshay Kumar landed him and his wife in the slammer. During Lakme Fashion Week, Kumar, who is brand ambassador for Levi’s “Unbuttoned” collection, attempted to do just that when he paused on the catwalk and asked his wife to unbutton his jeans. It would have been cute, if it wasn’t illegal. According to section 294 of the Indian Penal code this sexy-time stunt violated India’s obscenity laws and is punishable to up to two years in prison.

After the stunt, someone filed a complaint and Kumar’s wife was arrested while Akshay followed by turning himself in to cops. The stunt-loving star apologized to the public and his wife was let out on bail. Sigh, how quickly feeling frisky can lead to being frisked! [Metro.co.uk] Keep reading »

Warning: Tight Jeans Can Make Your Legs Go Numb

Skinny jeans are dangerous! For some wearers of especially tight jeans, nerve compression can occur in the thighs, producing a tingling or numbing sensation. This happened to Parmeeta Ghoman, a 28-year-old San Francisco woman who reported a bizarre tingling sensation in her legs after wearing a pair of the too-tight pants. When she stood up, she couldn’t feel her legs at all and felt like she was floating. The condition, which can be brought on by pressure, say, from super-tight material wrapping around your thighs, is called meralgia paresthetica, or “tingling thigh syndrome.” Wearing high-heels apparently increases the risk of this phenomenon because of how they change your body position.

But don’t get your panties in a bundle just yet—the situation is reversible and not serious. All one has to do is (duh) take off the jeans, ditch the heels, and wear looser pants. This should either come as a relief or fashion death sentence, in which case feel free to sport the skinnies at your own risk. [MSNBC] Keep reading »

Brief Jerky, Anyone?

Looking for something to go with your bacon bra? Behold: bedazzled beef jerky underwear. This hand-crafted pair can be yours for the bargain price of just $139. Therapy for the jerky-induced wedgie not included. [Etsy] Keep reading »

Five Batty Things Karl Lagerfeld (Supposedly) Does

Meet Arnaud Maillard, Karl Lagerfeld’s former assistant. He wanted to quit to take a different job, Karl fired him first (!), and poor Arnaud said he’s been “jobless” ever since.

So like legions of disgruntled assistants before him who read The Devil Wears Prada, Arnaud wrote Merci Karl! (in French and German only) about life with his allegedly high-maintenance ex-boss. Karl tried to block portions of Merci Karl! from being published, but unforch for Karl, Arnaud’s publisher is the bigger dog.

We thought we were over the tell alls, but Karl Lagerfeld is such a weirdo that Merci Karl has got to be good. Here’s five kooky tidbits we gleaned already… Keep reading »

“Sexy Stretching”: Pornified Yoga!

If you do your morning stretches the ho hum way in sweats and a t-shirt, then you might want to take notes from this video. Please watch closely as “model” Rosa Acosta stretches, bends and spreads her legs with mind-boggling flexibility. Many of these poses look like yoga and ballet moves, so we are trying to figure out exactly what makes “sexy” stretching any different from normal stretching. Perhaps its the itsy-bitsy neon sports bra and biker short set? Maybe it’s the pervy way the camera lingers over her, umm, assets. Or more likely it’s the romantic jazz music playing in the background. Whatever the case, this looks more porn than physical fitnesss to us. But hey, we’re not really the intended audience are we? Keep reading »

Maybe It’s Not A Bad Thing Anna Wintour Suggested Oprah Lose Weight

Hear us out. We can see your fingers poised over the “comment” button already! Allow us to make a case for the argument that maybe it wasn’t such a thing for Anna Wintour to suggest Oprah lose weight before she ended up on the cover of Vogue: Keep reading »

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