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Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

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Celebrities For Charity | Gotta Love #DVF

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Put your ebay skills to good use and bid on some celebrities instead of stuff for a change; a real chance at social change that is, because the money (80 percent) is going to non-profit organizations. BidKind is offering up a once-in-a-lifetime chance to meet and dine with actress, model and director Elisa Sednaoui (you might know her from the runways of Chanel, Armani and Roberto Cavalli and the film Eastern Drift) and fashion legend Diane von Furstenberg (former German princess and fashion designer).

The lucky winner will be treated to lunch in the Big Apple, along with a tour of Elisa and Diane’s favourite places to visit in NYC, plus a private visit to the DFV studio. Worth about $10,000, the experience will support the ongoing efforts of the Elisa Sednaoui Foundation to promote creative learning and develop after school initiatives for children. The Sednaoui Foundation is all about giving children the opportunity to explore and learn through music and the arts, to help foster personal development and a brighter future. The foundation is currently developing programming focused on foreign language and literacy in Luxor, Egypt and hopes to help approximately 150 children develop specialized training to empower them in their communities.

“Elisa and Diane didn’t want to just ask for donations,” explains BidKind CEO Herve Larren

And that’s what BidKind is all about, showing appreciation to a non-profit’s supporters in a personal one-on-one way; it’s the reason every celebrity who works with BidKind chooses to sign up.

Sednaoui and Furstenberg aren’t the first celebs to jump on board with BidKind, which was just officially launched this spring. Already BidKind has connected auction winners with the likes of Paris Hilton, Fleetwood Mac, Linkin Park, Ricki Lake, Hugh Jackman and Carrie Underwood. On the auction block right now, alongside the fashion duo, are No Doubt (anyone feeling some nostalgia?), Michelle Rodriguez (right in time for Furious 7), James Franco (uhm, yes please!), Maryna Linchuk and Olivia Palermo (another double whammy) and Nacho Figueras. And what do you win? Well everything from private yoga and polo lessons with your respective star, to private dinner parties and exotic car racing.

At first it sounds a little strange to think about winning a day with a celebrity. What would you do? What would you talk about? But really, it’s not that weird at all, the what you’ll do part is already taken care of.

“The experience is a philanthropic endeavor, where you are donating proceeds to a specific charity and gaining the opportunity to pick someone’s brain who usually isn’t accessible,” Larren explains. The charity connects donors with people who they would not normally get a chance to engage with: celebrities and influencers. “It’s a highly curated and relevant platform for millennials and baby boomers alike,” he adds.

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Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

Beauty, Fashion, Politics, POSHGLAM, POSHNOIR







America’s Dreamer Michelle Obama Stars in New Biography

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The first deeply detailed account of Michelle Obama’s life has been written, and as Elle Magazine reports, the “American Dreamer” text by political journalist and Northwestern University Professor Peter Slevin called Michelle Obama: A Life, is an engaging and authoritative window into life beyond the role of First Lady.

The text grounds itself in Michelle Obama’s Chicago roots, examining her life’s achievements and ascent to the White House through the lens of her working-class upbringing in Chicago’s segregated South Side. Slevin’s rich reporting winds a narrative across the span of decades, intertwining all the important elements of her life. Slevin shows a strong interest in her attendance at Ivy League universities during the racially charged 80s, her experience navigating through worlds separated by class and race, her first meeting with young Hawaiian law student Barack Obama and her community involvement work in Chicago’s South Side, to demonstrate how her history sets her up to take on the role of first black First Lady and then seeks to illuminate the true Michelle.

The book explores a world submerged in every-day human trials; faults, failures and successes in the scope of our broader cultural flaws and human perseverance. While recognizing her position as First Lady, Slevin constructs a relatable narrative. Most notably touched on are her choice to leave prestigious law firm Sidley Austin, her effort to stand as a pillar for her family during the long years of endless campaigning and her struggle to strike a balance in her life. Slevin looks pries at her marriage, remarks on her childhood, delves into her community engagement and casts aspirations on the legacy she’ll leave behind when the Obama term ends.

The literary biography has already garnered positive accolades from a swath of critics, and Elle Magazine is equally impressed with Slevin’s reporting. “Just as she’s [Michelle] consistently reiterated Barack’s humanness over the years, Slevin treats her and her accomplishments with the detail and nuance they deserve,” writes Elle.

Michelle Obama: A Life is the first chance readers will have to catch a glimpse into the inner world of Michelle Obama and possibly the closest they’ll ever get to really knowing her.

Happy Easter from these two!

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Monday, April 6th, 2015

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Stylicon: Norma Jeane, Marilyn Monroe

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Marilyn Monroe’s beauty, which encapsulates the idea of sultry Hollywood glamour, has been oft-described as timeless. It must be true—2015 is turning out to be a big year for Monroe. Quite a feat, considering she’s been haunting fashion, beauty and entertainment for going on 53 years. Yet here she is, gracing the inside pages of Cosmo’s April issue for Big Sexy Hair’s newest ad campaign, just months after she was appointed Max Factor’s new “global ambassador” . Sexy Hair and Max Factor aren’t the first brands to call on Monroe to primp their public image and they won’t be the last; MAC and Chanel have previously boosted their marketing campaigns with the help of her fame. Then there’s Star Magazine’s Special Investigation April cover emblazoned with Marilyn’s face and 200 of the FBI’s darkest and most mysterious photos and documents on the long-deceased Hollywood celeb. Of course Star itself might have missed the boat on this one, didn’t the FBI take the wraps off Monroe’s famous communist file way back in 2012? The feature speaks to our culture’s ongoing obsession with uncovering the nitty gritty damning details about those whom we elevate to stardom.

The irony of all this recent media frenzy over Monroe is not lost on us; still in 2015 society is striving to impose its beauty ideals on the long-admired woman and Max Factor’s hands are the grimiest of them all. Aside from Max Factor’s glaringly inaccurate statement that Max Factor Jr. was the guiding force behind Marilyn Monroe’s transformation from the young brunette Norma Jeane into the blonde bombshell Monroe we’ve come to know and love, the company has been busy trying to squeeze Monroe (quite literally) into our contemporary structures of beauty and fashion.

Max Factor has taken their own spin on the star’s classic look for their advertising campaign. If you haven’t yet spotted Max Factor’s Monroe lookalike she definitely has the blue eyes, blonde hair and bold lips down packed, but there’s more than a couple sizes between model Candice Swanepoel and authentic curvy Marilyn Monroe. Max Factor has appropriated Monroe’s image so smoothly most people haven’t even noticed the degree to which it’s been re-imagined (delete: curves) to suit our millennial ideologies and then re-distributed to the public as commercialized “reality”.

 

And sorry Max Factor, but I think I’m missing a beat in this #GlamJam advertisement. What exactly is so lacking in Marilyn Monroe’s younger Norma Jeane natural beauty? While the difference between Monroe’s early look and later look can be great shock-factor, let’s not make fodder of the unenhanced among us. There’s something pure and riveting in the beauty of Norma Jeane, which Monroe left behind in her efforts to garner more work at the behest of Emmeline Snively, head of the Blue Book Modeling Agency (not Max Factor Jr. as the company claims).

As biographer Sarah Churchwell puts it, “Norma Jeane was not changed by someone else into the glamorous movie star Marilyn Monroe… she was always an extremely beautiful girl.” The truth is quite simply that Marilyn “was not created by makeup, in any sense: cosmetics were not sufficient to create Marilyn Monroe, and neither were other people… no one except Marilyn Monroe created Marilyn Monroe, and in 2015 it’s past time for us to give credit to the woman who earned it.”

Makeup isn’t the be-all-end-all of sex appeal. Just as Churchwell and Monroe herself point out, makeup didn’t make Monroe Hollywood’s “It Girl”, her attitude and persona did. Attraction and charisma don’t start in the mirror, but in the way you carry and express yourself.

Perhaps Max Factor ought to reconsider imposing itself on history. We live in an era of constant and considerable awareness of our behaviors, our social constructions, our cultural values and our innumerable failures to validate women regardless of shape, size or hair color (thanks for that social media). Somehow all our self-reflection isn’t enough, we’re still allowing, and even supporting, global corporations to run amok all over realism and real beauty. At the very least it’s a shame that we still fail to recognize the injustice that was perpetrated on Marilyn Monroe by her contemporaries (and now ours). All that work, including weekly hair bleachings and a harrowing exercise routine, and how much more beautiful was she? Not any more beautiful at all—simply someone else’s idea of beauty.

The Max Factor campaign isn’t the first to pick at Monroe’s long-admired looks. The minor plastic surgery she had performed on her nose and chin (let’s emphasize minor! 1950s plastic surgery is not in the league of today’s skilled carvers), has caused plenty of excitement in the media in recent years. The only person who should care about Marilyn Monroe’s chin implant is Marilyn herself, who was subjected to the critical prying public eye. She was once quoted as saying, “I want to grow old without facelifts… I want to have the courage to be loyal to the face I’ve made.” The face she made and no one else. Every beautifying effort that Monroe took was about her one all-encompassing goal: to be somebody in the eyes of the world. “I live to succeed, not to please you or anyone else.”

Why are we even trying to disparage her iconic beauty or impose our 2015 standards on her 1950s lifestyle? As Monroe herself said, “Beneath the makeup and behind the smile I am just a girl who wishes for the world.”

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Sunday, April 5th, 2015

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‘Black Girls Rock’-ed On BET Tonight

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BET’s empowering awards gala Black Girls Rock! in celebration of the organization of the same name is airing this evening (Sun. April 5 if you’re reading this tomorrow morning) and the women in attendance hit it out of the park with their achievements. Oh, and their rockin’ fashions were something to behold too; well worth the week-long wait for the show to air, after its live filming on March 29 at the NJPAC Prudential Hall in New Jersey.

Highlights from the galas include T-Murda’s hastag pullover (#TMURDA) and glittery knee-length skirt, Janelle Monae’s RVN modern take on the circle skirt and her matching studded clutch, Erykah Badu’s amazing hat funky jacket, Willow Smith’s fun feminine dress suit and we cannot forget First Lady Michelle Obama who stunned in a classy, yet sexy, white off-the-shoulder dress.

Mrs. Obama is a huge supporter of education for girls and empowerment for black women. She was one of the most heralded participants at this year’s Black Girls Rock gala; Black Girls Rock is a foundation working to empower young girls of color to become leaders, innovators and strong pillars for their communities through leadership, education and positive identity development since 2006. Annually over the past four years the organization has hosted an awards gala in conjunction with BET to broadcast the amazing achievements of black women. Notable honorees you’ll recognize from this year’s show include Jada Pinkett Smith, Erykah Badu, Cicely Tyson, Ava DuVernay, Nadia Lopez and Helene Gayle.

The televised show was crafted by founder and executive director Beverly Bond with the intention of producing a groundbreaking exhibition of female talent in the African Diaspora.

“Tonight’s incredible celebrants represent the spectrum of brilliance that black women possess,” Bond says in her closing remarks. “Your elevation in our culture matters because far too often the breadth and depth of contributions made by black women are pushed outside the margins of mainstream culture and the result is young black girls do not always get to see diverse, layered and healthy representations of role models to emulate.”

Check out some of the wonderful women in attendance at Black Girls Rock!

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That #ErykahBadu speech gave us life!!! #BlackGirlsRock

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If you weren’t able to make it to Easter services, no worries: Fantasia took us to CHURCH!! #BlackGirlsRock A photo posted by BET Networks (@betnetworks) on

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Saturday, April 4th, 2015

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‘Hop N Roll’ Is Helping Charities Cash In On Our Kids’ Wear Obsession

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But retailers aren’t the ones benefiting. Check out national charity KaBOOM!, who is cashing in on our mainstay fascination with kids’ clothing by partnering up with Gymboree’s new collection Hop ‘N’ Roll. KaBOOM!’s mission is to support and encourage the importance of play through grant programming in urban and rural regions across the country. The charity will be receiving 15 percent of the new line’s proceeds from Gymboree, which has a reputation in the parenting community as a conservative clothing line, producing let-kids-be-kids modest and durable clothing — the antithesis of designer threads that dress kids like would-be mini adults.

We live in an era of child-centered parenting, which has its upsides and downsides like all parenting styles, but leads to one inevitable outcome: a consumerist love affair with children’s products. There’s no doubt that today’s average parent is invariably obsessed with adorable outfits and kid-friendly fashion accessories (shoes, beanies, floral headbands, tutus, sunglasses, etcetera). But can we blame them? Children’s fashion has come a long way since the reign of Gen X and the time of home-made rompers — contemporary kids’ wear is just plain stylish.

Young moms tend to find great reward in shopping for their kids’ clothing, from infancy through toddler-hood and well into the tweens. It’s completely normal to plan out your weekend around mom-to-mom sales and no one bats an eyelash if you spend an hour a day browsing your local Facebook Swap & Sell for hot deals on children’s clothing in EUC (excellent used condition). We don’t know if parents are the victims of well-organized marketing, if there is just something satisfactory about impressing your mommy group peers with your kids’ wear fashion sense or if parents are so enamored with their little ones that they feel compelled to give them the best of the best. It’s probably a combination of all three.

That child-centered focus on children can now earn one community a brand new play structure courtesy of KaBoom! Though the proceeds from the fundraising campaign will go to supporting KaBOOM!’s ongoing programming and replenish the charity’s grant funds, KabOOM! is also donating a new place to play to the community that raises the most through the Hop ‘N’ Roll event (running April 6 – May 31). If you need to satisfy your children’s wear obsession, just check out some of the items in the new line:

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