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Chloe Laws
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Tess Holliday, a Plus Size model and founder of 'EffYourBeautyStandards' is an avid advocate for reclaiming the word 'fat'. All this sounds positive, right? Body positivity and protesting about mainstream beauty standards is an important and worthy cause. However, at size 26, is this a damaging message to promote?


Size 0 and the connotations of promoting that as a body ideal has been widely regarded as harmful and not an accurate reflection of the average woman for many years, but is promoting obesity any better? Obviously there are less models of this size in the industry, so their inclusion is a step in the right direction towards more diversity, however it still isn't addressing the biggest problem- that the models we see are not an accurate reflection of the majority of the population. 

The average woman in America is a size 12-14, whereas most models in the US are a 0 or 00. Models, like Tess Holliday, are giving plus sized women someone to relate to which is great, yet this feeds into the industry's problem of promoting extremities. You can be healthy and be a size 0 or a size 26, for example, but the reality is that these sizes are often not healthy and come with a plethora of health issues. 

So what's the solution? Arguably models like Ashley Graham, Barbie Ferreria, Iskra Lawrence and Nadia Aboulhoson answer this dilemma. Their rise is a step in the right direction, because on average they are a size 14, making them more relatable to the majority of women. The biggest change that needs to happen in the industry is ditching the label of 'plus sized' when referring to women who, are in fact, average size. Plus size is a good term to use for models like Tess Holliday, and maybe a new term needs to develop for the models who are a size 0, so that these models like Graham can become the new 'norm' in the industry. 

Lena Dunham has weighed in on the debate, referring to Amy Schumer's criticism of US Glamour Magazine including her on the cover 'Chic at Any Size' without telling her first. Dunham stated "I think what Amy was really saying was just like let's remove labels and she was just saying like why do you have to categorise our bodies. Women-people should be able to recognise themselves in the media that they watch".

Amy had a point, she argued that "I think there's nothing wrong with being plus size. Beautiful healthy women. Plus size is considered size 16 in America. I go between a size 6 and an 8. @glamourmag put me in their plus size only issue without asking or letting me know and it doesn't feel right to me. Young girls seeing my body type thinking that is plus size? What are your thoughts? Mine are not cool glamour not glamorous". 

Amy may not have expressed this sentiment in the most coherent manner, but the point sticks. Models of all sizes are great because they reflect the women who are that size, but calling someone who is an average size 'plus' is harmful, particularly for young girls. It promotes the idea that being a healthy, normal weight is not the norm, and that it's by default abnormal. Looking at the runway - although there is slightly more diversity now-a-days - tall, slim women are still the majority. Just because a model doesn't fit 'runway norms' doesn't mean they should be automatically categorised as 'plus size'. The dictionary definition of 'plus size' is "of larger size than normal", yet a look at models who are deemed 'plus' or 'curve' in the industry shows that they are rarely larger than the average woman. 

One size doesn't fit all, size 0 doesn't fit all, plus size doesn't fit all- but having more models between the sizes 8-14 in mainstream media would be fitting a lot more women than the current extremities promoted. 

Lane Bryant's campaign #I'mNoAngel is the kind of imagery we need to be seeing in the media more frequently. What are your thoughts? Let us know...

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Chloe Laws
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Emily appears in the August 2016 issue of Harper's BAZAAR, where she speaks to feminist author Naomi Wolf and appears in a stunning editorial. Emily speaks frankly to Naomi, about feminism, *that* selfie with Kim K and more. 


The images see the Gone Girl actress posing nude on a white horse, they're ethereal and powerful- she is an advocate of reclaiming her sexuality and enforcing that 'a woman can be seeking attention and also make a statement. They don't need to be mutually exclusive'. 

You tell em' Emily! 

Scroll the gallery above to see the shoot 

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Chloe Laws
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The  #LeanInTogether viral campaign was founded by Sheryl Sandberg, the COO of google, to empower all women to achieve their ambitions. The non-profit organisation's aim is to try and promote women supporting and celebrating one another's accomplishments so that we can collectively be uplifted. The sentiment 'Together women can do more, go further, and change the world' embodies what this movement is about. 


So, why do we need this campaign? Well, in the UK the full time gender pay gap is at 10%, and the part-time pay gap is at 34.5%. On top of that statistic, 70% of people who are paid national minimal wage jobs are women, only 17% of the board directors of the top 100 FTSE companies are women and at least 75% of mothers have primary responsibility for childcare in the home. 

Gender inequalities in the workplace are still extremely apparent, which is why women need the #LeanInTogether Campaign. Women wanting to succeed are already facing far more obstacles than their male colleagues alongside trying to battle against the daily sexism that continually tries to limit their place in society. This is why the idea of women supporting one another is so important, because it's tough out there and it shouldn't be made tougher by other women. 

The #LeanInTogether Campaign has set up a mentoring scheme, whereby women at any stage of their career can volunteer to be a mentor- because having an honest input from someone you respect can seriously improve your chances of going further.

The campaign has also initiated circles of 'Positive Peers' (there are already 28, 000 circles around the world) which join together women in small groups to set up regular meetings so that they can boost one another's confidence and grow together! 

The further two support systems set up are the 'Work place ally' and the 'Role model for girls', which both teach women and girls to push back against gender bias with the help of other females. 

The organisation's new campaign is debunking the old saying 'behind every great man there is a great woman' with 'behind every successful woman is another successful woman'- a far more relevant saying for today's society. The video features inspirational and powerful women like Kerry Washington, Emma Watson, Lena Dunham, Megan Kelly, Eva Longoria, Serena Williams, Selena Gomez and Abby Wambach. Now that's a group of women I'd love to have drinks with. 

The celebrities all name the women who have impacted their careers the most, with Emma Watson naming Sophia Coppola and Lena Dunham thanking Jenny Konner. 

This campaign has inevitably received some backlash, like from those who claim that 'we don't need feminism anymore' (and other remarks that I care not to repeat), but the statistics mentioned above and the experiences that the majority of women have encountered in the work place show otherwise. 

Some critics note that the campaign is geared towards 'employable' educated women, or that the women featured in the video aren't representative of most. Which is true, but personally it's comforting to know that these women have faced barriers similar to our own and that despite them, and with the support of other women, they have risen to success. 

Look at Diane Kruger's recent interview with Town and Country magazine, where she revealed that she has frequently been labelled as 'difficult' for protesting about not being paid the same as her male co-stars. 'I have yet to be paid the same amount as a male co-star, and absolutely I've been labelled a bitch, or difficult to work with, when I've spoken up about something'. Kruger's experiences of inequality in the workplace shows how rampant of an issue it is; that even those perceived to be in the privileged top 5% still face sexism at work. 

Get on board with the hashtag #LeanInTogether Campaign or join one of the organisation's groups near you. If every woman decided to treat other women a little more kindly, or supported one another more, the positive consequences would be dramatic. Hopefully the work of this organisation and the many other groups fighting for women's rights will make the world the next generation will live in a more fair and safe place.

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Charlotte Bailly
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Les Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards (autrement dit, les Oscars de la mode), se sont déroulés au Hammerstein Ballroom de New York pour la première fois.


Cette remise de prix consiste à récompenser les professionnels qui ont contribué à la renommée de la mode américaine.

Autant dire que tous les fashionistas du moment étaient présents à la cérémonie, de Rosie Huntington-Whiteley à Alexa Chung en passant par les soeurs Olsen.

Et comme à chaque rassemblement fashion, tous les styles étaient représentés, des plus élégants aux plus atypiques.

Karlie Kloss portait une robe Rosie Assoulin incrustée de cristaux Swarovski, alors que Kristen Dunst avait opté pour du vintage Rodarte et des accessoires fleuris.

Mais celle qui aura le plus retenu notre attention, c’est l’actrice Lena Dunham et ses escarpins pantoufles en forme de lapin. Certainement pas les chaussures qu’on aurait choisi mais elles ont au moins le mérite de se démarquer…  

Les récompenses de la soirée:

Award de l’Icone Fashion: Beyoncé

Designer Mode Femme de l’année: Marc Jacobs

Designer Mode Homme de l’année: Thom Browne

Award International: Gucci - Alessandro Michele

Award Hommage: David Bowie

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Laura Roberts
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Our beloved Sex And The City turned legal this week, celebrating 18 years since its very first episode! First of all, where did the time go and secondly, can you imagine a world without Carrie & co. trailblazing their way through all of life's most embarrassing scenarios?

Girls may have lead the way in the tensies, but when it came to being single in your 30s in the nineties and early noughties, there was only one girl gang we cared about. 

Here's 18 life lessons we learned from the 'writer', the 'romantic', the 'realist' and the 'boss' over the years...

1. Make sure to vary your holiday diet. Eating pre-packaged chocolate pudding all week can have DIRE consequences!
2. Don't put a bird in your hair, just on the off chance you get dumped at the alter... and you have a bird stuck in your hair.
3. Do sleep with the man you intend to marry, or prepare to play a lot of golf to compensate.
4. Don't hook up with your ex in Abu Dhabi just because your hubby wants a day off from your marriage. Sounds good, is actually a terrible idea.
5. Never try the home dye option for down there. Remember 'Bozo, the bush'? exactly. 
6. If a man is a bad kisser, dump him immediately. Don't do a Charlotte and attempt to coach him, your face won't be able to handle it. 
7. Don't pee on a guy just because he asks you to. Standard, really.
8. Spouting abuse at your ex's friend post break-up makes you look like a crazy lady. Yes, even if he did  break up with you on a post-it.
9. Do eat raw vegan if it means you get to take the exceptionally hot waiter home with you.
10. Avoid adult braces at all costs- #spinachgate is all we will say. It still haunts us to this day.
11. Eating cake out of the bin is generally a sign of madness- and- that you need to get out more.
12. Always start a greeting with 'Hello, my name is fabulous' because why the hell not?
13. Don't use Lucy Liu to bag you a Birkin. She will find out and she will keep your Birkin as punishment.
14. If you get stood up, don't assume the guy is a total douche. You never know, he could have died. Awks.
15. Turns out you can fart in bed and get away with it... only after the appropriate period of mortification has ended and have changed your name.
16. The Virgin Mary is in no way a replacement for your rabbit. Sorry Magda, we're with Miranda on this one. 
17. It's perfectly fine to argue with your boyfriend over his five nearly empty deodorants taking up space in YOUR bathroom. 
18. "Long, pink, amazing" has more than one meaning. Thanks Samantha for clearing that up. 

Need more of a SATC fix? Watch some of the funniest moments in the video above!

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In Vanity Fair’s exclusive September cover story, Taylor Swift talks frankly about her incredible year topping the charts, her girl #squad and taking on the tech might of Apple! 


The statuesque pop beauty looks every inch the sexy superstar in the shoot wearing a racy thigh-slit dress and stockings complete with retro hair and make-up styling.

Sharing the importance of her gal pals- Gigi Hadid, Karlie Kloss, Selena Gomez and Lena Dunham- she says: “In this climate, when it’s hard for women to be understood and portrayed the right way in the media, now more than ever we need to be good and kind to each other and not judge each other’”. 

Although she has the backing of her squad, she's still a force to be reckoned with on her own too. She took on Apple and won, plus proved she was the bigger person, befriending Kanye after his very public stage diss a few years ago. 

Taylor seems to still maintain a sense of humour too, admitting she can can put on an nice outfit, but claims: “Any day you admit to being a style icon is a day you need to look in the mirror and really check yourself”!  Could we love her any more?!

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Just when you thought you couldn't love Taylor Swift any more, she goes and adds a couple of new members to her squad and brings the house down at Hyde Park this weekend!


The newbies are not exactly who you'd expect either; Emma Watson & Serena Williams posed on her 1989 tour recently, whilst the rest of the glam squad (Gigi, Kendall, Karlie, Martha & Cara all joined Tay on stage in front of a 65,000 strong crowd at the Summer Time Festival.

In a homage to all her friends, Taylor's entire set featured video cameos from Lena Dunham and Haim, as well as her BFFs Karlie & Cara all gushing about how much they love Taylor. We hear that!

It proved a busy night for Kendall and Cara as well- fresh from prancing on stage they headed to Glasto to support Kanye headlining on the final day. Oh to be young and loaded. 

Scroll through our album to see Taylor posing up a storm on stage...

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Michelle Sabado
i love it. #squadgoals indeed. Also, I truly adore the photo of Gigi & Joe, Calvin & Tay then we have a Karlie in the middle who's all smiles.
Laura Roberts
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After breaking all kinds of records following its release at the Billboard Awards a couple of weeks ago, we thought the Bad Blood gang had gone into hiding. 


Not so it seems, as we spied Karlie Kloss and Gigi Hadid heading to Taylor Swift's house at the weekend baring gifts- a housewarming perhaps? 

Lena Dunham was also spotted at her apartment, so maybe there's a Bad Blood 2 in the works. (OMG, how amazing would that be?!)

Good job Taylor has her girl gang around her, because word on the grapevine is that frenemie Katy Perry is set to respond to Tay's Bad Blood in kind with a song of her own.

We're not sure what to believe here considering it's never actually been confirmed Bad Blood is about Taylor and Katy's fallout, even if it is MASSIVELY hinted at.

Apparently Katy has even recruited on-off boyf John Mayer to help penn the song considering he too is an ex of Taylor's.

We doubt Taylor is too bothered about this having just been named among the most powerful women in the world, oh and totally loved up with Scottish hottie, Calvin Harris right now. 

Scroll through the images above to check out who played third wheel on the couple's most recent date!

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Lily Niu
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Ever wondered what it'd be like to star in your own Quentin Tarantino or Robert Rodriguez style film? Taylor clearly has - except she's actually made it happen with her latest music video, Bad Blood.

Teasing fans for almost a month now, Taylor finally unveiled the video at last night's Billboard Music Awards from which she took home a whopping 8 awards...

With Bad Blood's Kendrick Lamar (Welvin Da Great) contributing two never before heard verses to the remixed version of the song, this is no ordinary single from Taylor's 1989 album! 

Let's talk about the fact Taylor's hinted that this song is all about her feud with Katy Perry: isn't it a bit mean she's recruited all her girl gang muchachas as butt kicking fighter chicks to make a statement about their fall out? 

With Taylor starring as Catastrophe, Selena Gomez as Arsyn, models Cara Delevingne and Karlie Kloss as Mother Chucker and Knockout (respectively), there are plenty more celebs showing off their tough side - including Lena Dunham as Lucky Fiori!

Scroll through our gallery to see the stars in Bad Blood and shop below for how to steal Tay Tay's girl gang style!

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As with all awards ceremonies, along with the best dressed come the not-so-best-dressed. Although we love these beautiful and talented women - surely their frock for last night’s Golden Globes Awards could have been more flattering? This list will not only point of the fashion faux pas from last night’s awards but give you ideas on how to recreate these looks in an on-trend more relatable way! Whether you’re eager for prom or have a black tie event coming up, take a look at the items below! HBO’s Girls star and creator Lena Dunham sports a red Zac Posen dress but given her hot curves, we’d have loved to have seen something more accentuating! As for comedienne Tina Fey, her bell-shaped Antonio Berardi gown does nothing to show us her flattering waistline! Next up, insanely talented actress and director Lupita Nyong’o opted for a Giambattista Valli gown with 3D flower detail at the bust but with an element of poofiness from top to bottom, Lupita’s beautiful figure is hidden away by all the pomp! Lastly, British Beauty Rosamund Pike makes a brave foray into showing off her fabulous post-baby bod (only 1 month since giving birth - GO GIRL!) but her custom-made Vera Wang frock doesn’t cinch at her slender waist as much as we’d love to see! #goldenglobes #awardsseason #redcarpet #celebritystyle #tinafey #lenadunham #rosamundpike #lupitanyong’o #worstdressed

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