It’s official. Victoria’s Secret has taken Shanina Shaik under its wing for the highly anticipated 2014 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in London, with the Australian model confirming the exciting news via none other than Instagram earlier today.
She teased us with a “shh” pose saying, “I have a secret to share #ssshhhhhh”. Around an hour later she spilled the beans. “SO EXCITED to be in the #VSFashionShow 2014!!! Thank you @ed_razek @10magazine Sophie @johndavidpfeiffer #MonicaMitro . Here we come London,” she said, alongside a pic of her killin’ it in last year’s show.
This will be Shanina’s fourth consecutive year in the fashion show every aspiring model wants to be in, quickly catching up to Miranda Kerr’s six-year stint with the brand. We’re still waiting to find out whether Hannah Saul will make her Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show debut this year, and if Jessica Hart will be invited back after those Taylor Swift comments. (more…)
Lupita Nyong’o has had a whirlwind year. She went from being an unknown Yale acting school grad to an Academy Award-winning actress, People‘s most beautiful woman, a Lancôme spokesmodel and one of the fashion industry’s favorite clothes hangers. And fortunately for Lupita (and the rest of us), we’re going to be seeing a lot more of her in the future. She’s been cast in Star Wars: Episode VII, The Jungle Book and Americanah, based off the book by Nigerian feminist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
And why would anyone want Lupita to go away? The actress is the picture of grace, class, female empowerment and personal self-esteem. Each and every time she opens her mouth to speak, she drops pearls of wisdom beyond her 31 years. And it seems to be influencing us all.
Glamour asked her about the “Lupita Effect,” aka how she’s getting consumers to buy everything she wears and some fashion houses (though very few) to put more models of color on the runways. “I just heard it for the first time,” she said. “I’ve heard people talk about images in popular culture changing, and that makes me feel great, because it means that the little girl I was, once upon a time, has an image to instill in her that she is beautiful, that she is worthy—that she can… Until I saw people who looked like me, doing the things I wanted to, I wasn’t so sure it was a possibility. Seeing Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah in The Color Purple, it dawned on me: ‘Oh—I could be an actress!’ We plant the seed of possibility.”
And in Lupita’s world, it seems anything is possible.
As if her triumphant return to Instagram wasn’t enough, Rihanna has also nabbed the cover of ELLE‘s December issue. Yes folks, the badgal is back in full effect with loose curls, dark lips and an Atelier Versace gown. Editor-in-chief Robbie Myers released the accompanying editor’s letter (we’ve still got to wait a while to see the actual interview), in which she notes that RiRi is the celebrity that’s appeared on ELLE the most (four times) since she took the helm of the magazine. Sounds like the EIC’s got a lot of love for Ms. Fenty.
Our forum members, on the other hand…well, they seemed to have mixed feelings about this Paola Kudacki shot cover and the spread that goes with it.
Lola701 was pleased: “Such a good cover. It’s very Versace by Avedon. I really like it.” While most could agree that Rihanna’s face looked gorgeous (as it always does), many were really not feeling RiRi’s beauty look — several commenters expressed dismay over the singer’s hairstyle.
“She does look more feminine here, but a bit silly also (see hair),” said Srdjan. Nope, RiRi’s coif was not up to par for most, but there’s no denying the 26-year-old songstress looked gorgeous. “The hair is awful, but this is still a better cover than most of her recent ones,” wrote justaguy.
Others are simply sick of seeing Rihanna on the cover of anything at all. “Why do magazines just throw Rihanna on the cover for no apparent reason? Like are editors stupid?” A.D.C. wondered. “I don’t get it… let’s put the same popstar on our cover after our two main competitors just had her on theirs.”
|PerfectTonight| reminded A.D.C. that RiRi is probably so popular because she gets folks running to the newsstand. “Rihanna sells, no matter how lazy and uninspiring the images are.” Oh, the shade.
ELLE‘s December issue featuring Rihanna is due to hit shelves in select cities on November 11, and will be available everywhere come November 18.
We can’t imagine what we would do with one of Victoria’s Secret’s Fantasy Bras. But this year, the lingerie retailer is busting out two of the bejeweled brassieres for its annual fashion show. ABC News reports that Adriana Lima and Alessandra Ambrosio have been chosen to model this year’s Fantasy Bras, worth about $2 million each.
This year will be the first time Victoria’s Secret will stage its fashion show in London, and for the occasion the retailer has tapped jeweler Mouawad to double up and craft the sparkly lingerie. The bras include pieces for the arms, shoulders, wrists and hips, all dripping with sapphires, rubies and diamonds.
While two Fantasy Bras is an exciting development, it would have been even cooler if VS had decided to use at least one up-and-coming face to model the pricey underwear. Adriana Lima has worn the fantasy bra at least twice in the past six years and Alessandra Ambrosio got to wear it back in 2012. It would have been nice to see an old guard angel side-by-side with a newer face.
Tune in to watch Ale and Adri strut their stuff on the VS runway December 9.