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The demasculinization of men rolls on: Male models wear pregnant bellies on the runway

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Celebrating the impossible: Male pregnancy/Getty Image

I won’t celebrate fakery.

From Yahoo: It’s men’s fashion week over in London right now, so there are lots of runway images hitting the wire, but the ones from designer Xander Zhou‘s show on Monday really have people talking. That’s because he had many of his male models walk the catwalk with fake pregnant bellies.

Some wore tight T-shirts lifted up so the prosthetic stomach was in full view, and others clutched their covered gut region with nurturing arms, which, as Fashionista pointed out, helped distinguish their fake preggo stomachs from, like, beer bellies. At least one model wore a shirt that said, “New World Baby.”

As far as the meaning behind the prosthetics, the brand had this to say post-show on Instagram: “At Supernatural, Extraterrestrial & Co., we’re prepared to welcome a future of male pregnancy.

See all the photos here.

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Art – Fashion – Religion – Vanity

First, this is NOT an anti-Catholic post. If anything, it is anti-celebrity, anti-vanity, anti-blasphemy. Some of the finest Christians I know express their faith in Jesus Christ in the Roman Catholic Church.

Blasphemy at the Met

Vogue: Met Gala 2018 Theme: “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination”

MAY 4, 2018 4:04 PM – by Laird Borrelli-Persson

Monday, May 7th, the Costume Institute will sanctify its love of fashion as it presents “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.” Designed to create a dialogue between fashion and the masterworks of religious art in the museum’s holdings, the show will be presented in a trinity of locations: the Anna Wintour Costume Center, the medieval galleries at the Met’s Fifth Avenue location, and further uptown at the Cloisters. Central to the conversation will be the papal garb on loan from the Sistine Chapel sacristy, many of which have never been seen outside the Vatican, even in the 1983 Met blockbuster, “The Vatican Collections: The Papacy and Art.”

Read the whole article at: https://www.vogue.com/article/met-gala-2018-theme-heavenly-bodies-fashion-and-the-catholic-imagination


Blasphemy – Mockery

At what point do we recognize the truth about this event? Indeed many showed up with creative and lovely outfits. But then we have the inevitable spawn of Madona.

The usual gaggle of pigs in the parlor.

Question:
Who Benefits

Answer:
“Officially, it’s the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute benefit, a black-tie extravaganza held the first Monday in May to raise money for the Costume Institute (a.k.a. the fashion department).” – New York Times

With all this fine art at the Met thing taking on a Catholic Church identity, complete with the presence of church officials and artwork on loan from the Vatican, I at first, thought it might somehow benefit some church related needs. But no, it raises money to support the training of more fashion designers.

Hey! Where’s the spirit cooking workshop?

Utah teen shamed for wearing “racist” dress to prom

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Some people go out of their way to find the butt hurt.

From Fox News: Keziah Daum is not apologizing for wearing what she calls a “beautiful” Chinese cheongsam dress to her high school prom, despite receiving backlash from thousands of people online, some of whom called her a “closet racist” and accused her of cultural appropriation.

Daum, 18, posted an album of four prom pictures on Twitter on April 22 with the simple caption, “PROM.” One of the photos in the album includes Daum crouching down in the traditional Chinese dress, posing with a group of her friends with their hands folded together — a gesture many deemed inappropriate.

It didn’t take long for the Internet to respond. As of Monday evening, Daum’s post has been retweeted nearly 4,400 times and now she’s fielding hundreds of angry comments.

“What’s the theme of your life? Ignorant?” one user asked.

“This isn’t ok. I wouldn’t wear traditional Korean, Japanese or any other traditional dress and I’m Asian. I wouldn’t wear traditional Irish or Swedish or Greek dress either. There’s a lot of history behind these clothes. Sad,” another added.

“Oh god! The pose is just the cherry on top of this casually racist post. It’s not just a dress, it’s something that means something historically and traditionally to the Chinese,” another added.

Another simply called her a “closet racist.”

But the teenager, who reportedly attends Woods Cross High School in Utah, defended her decision to wear the red-orange embroidered gown. And said she would wear it again to show her “respect” for the Chinese culture.

“To everyone causing so much negativity: I mean no disrespect to the Chinese culture. I’m simply showing my appreciation to their culture. I’m not deleting my post because I’ve done nothing but show my love for the culture. It’s a f—ing dress. And it’s beautiful,” she tweeted on Saturday.

She then added, “To everyone who says I’m ignorant, I fully understand everyone’s concerns and views on my dress. I mean no harm. I am in no way being discriminative or racist. I’m tired of all the backlash and hate when my only intent was to show my love.”

But some followers didn’t think Daum had the right to determine whether the gesture or dress was racist or not.

“If you’re not Chinese don’t decide whether it’s racist or not,” one Twitter user replied. “If you’re not Chinese then you have no right to speak up about this,” another echoed.

Some called on the teen to simply apologize and “move on.”

“I’m Chinese & think it’s fine if u wore a qipao cuz it’s pretty. But u need to apologize for the pose. It doesn’t matter that u didn’t mean any harm or that it wasn’t ur idea,” another agreed. “You did it cuz YOU were ignorant that it’s offensive. Apologize for unintentionally mocking and move on,” one Twitter user wrote.

“You’re trying to make yourself the victim when all you had to do was apologize and learn,” another added.

Daum told INSIDER she spotted the dress in a Salt Lake City thrift store weeks before prom, and knew instantly that it was the one.  “I bought the dress because I thought it was beautiful and admired the beauty of the culture,” she told the site.

She had no idea it would garner this type of response.

“I feel people have seen the photos and others’ opinions and [have] viewed them in the wrong way. Making assumptions is something that has definitely caused a lot of this controversy and backlash,” she told INSIDER. “I would like my critics to know that I have no ill intent against other cultures and that I was simply showing my appreciation.”

Daum didn’t battle her critics alone, however. Dozens of people reached out to support the young woman and blasted Twitter users for being “so sensitive.”

“Peace girl doing a hell of a job spreading peace and love,” one Twitter user replied. “Why can’t we grow up and not be so sensitive about what someone wears. It doesn’t matter,” another added.

As tensions continue to rise, so does Daum’s Twitter follower count. The 18-year-old has gained thousands of followers since she posted the photos. As of Monday evening, she has more than 9,400 followers.

“Thank you to EVERYONE who has been messaging me about the dress. I’m trying to respond to as many as I can. Thank you for your kindness!” Daum posted on Sunday.

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This is feminism: Singer wears vagina pants and shows off fake pubic hair in video that “celebrates self love and sexuality”

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I’ve never heard of this rapper/singer Janelle Monáe (pictured center in above photo), a 32-year-old American who has said she “only dates androids” which represent the new “Other.”

From Daily Mail: Janelle Monáe causes quite the stir with her new music video – not with the song itself, but rather the clip’s incredibly provocative content, that includes the singer dancing around in a pair of flamboyant vagina pants and flaunting fake pubic hair.

Indeed, the 32-year-old seems to have taken a great deal of inspiration from the female form when it came to creating the video for PYNK, placing vaginal imagery and innuendo front and center.

‘PYNK is a brash celebration of creation, self love, sexuality, and pussy power!’ Monáe explains on YouTube. ‘PYNK is the color that unites us all, for pink is the color found in the deepest and darkest nooks and crannies of humans everywhere… PYNK is where the future is born….’

Apparently, this translates to the singer and her backup dancers donning vagina-inspired outfits for a portion of the video, and invoking images associated with female genitalia courtesy of a raw oyster, a pink ring donut and a pink grapefruit sliced in half.

And the provocative feminine imagery certainly doesn’t end there. In another scene, Monáe can be seen dancing in a bedroom wearing a pair of panties featuring the words ‘Sex Cells’ embroidered on the front.

The camera also pans in on another woman wearing similar panties that feature the words, ‘I grab back’. 

Fans of her music have likened the video the work of American modernist artist Georgia O’Keefe, who rose to critical acclaim for her flower paintings that were likened to vaginas.

And even actress Elizabeth Banks took to Twitter to put forward her theory that the song was clearly about female genitalia. ‘Whoa, vagina pants,’ she tweeted to her 2.35 million followers.

Directed by Emma Westenberg, the video also features Thor: Ragnarok actress Tessa Thompson, who appeared in Monáe’s sexually charged Make Me Feel video in February.  In PYNK, Thompson can be seen emerging from Monáe’s thighs which are clad in the vagina pants.

And in Make Me Feel, Thompson plays Monáe’s female love interest as the singer flits between flirting with a man and a woman.

For months, there’s been growing speculation about whether Monáe and Hollywood star Tessa Thompson are in a romantic relationship.

However neither woman has issued an official statement to confirm or deny the gossip buzzing around the status of their relationship, and in 2013 when Monáe was asked is she was ‘into girls’ on the radio show Sway in the Morning, she refused to define her sexuality.

‘There’s nothing wrong with being bisexual. There’s nothing wrong with being a lesbian or gay. I am an advocate. I have friends who are in same-sex relationships. I think that love has no sexual orientation,’ she said.

Read the rest of the story and see the video here.

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Hey ladies! Macy’s now selling hijabs!

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Hard pass on that which women in Iran are fighting to have the right not to wear.

From InStyle: Macy’s is taking an inclusive step in the right direction with the launch of its latest line, Verona Collection.

Set to drop on Feb. 15, the modest brand is unique because it includes easy-to-wear items like tops, pants, cardigans, and dresses that are aimed at both Muslim and non-Muslim women. The collection comes from Lisa Vogl, a designer and 2017 graduate of The Workshop at Macy’s, which serves as an incubator for minority- and women-owned businesses.

The Verona Collection lookbook highlights multiple ways of wearing the pieces with accessories like sunglasses and various hand-dyed hijabs. Prices range from $13 to $85. In a statement, Vogl explained why finding space at Macy’s is so important to her. “Verona Collection is more than a clothing brand. It’s a platform for a community of women to express their personal identity and embrace fashion that makes them feel confident on the inside and outside,” she said.

While Macy’s and Vogl didn’t specifically tout the collection as targeted toward Muslim women, the line’s wraps can be worn as hijabs or similar headscarves. The term “hijab” itself loosely refers to the veil often worn by Muslim women, which comes in various in sizes, colors, and shapes. (There are many other forms of the veil, such as the burqa, which covers the entire face with a mesh layer over the eyes.)

“Through The Workshop at Macy’s, we want to nurture and support minority- and women-owned businesses to build their capabilities and become the next generation of retail partners,” Shawn Outler, Macy’s executive vice president of Licensed Businesses, Food Services, and Multicultural Initiatives, said in a statement.

The move is a major one for the major department store, especially considering modest options for Muslim women aren’t plentiful. Vogl’s online store currently ships to the U.S. and U.K., and includes beauty products like nail polish and hair mist, not to mention quick tutorials that show women how to style and accentuate their hijabs.

Read the rest of the story here.

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The “naked” bridal jumpsuit is a sure fire way to “stand out” on your wedding day

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But of course, this ensemble is perfect for your wedding slutwalk.

From Today: Love the sheer look? Then you might be into this new wedding trend. But let us warn you: Looks like these take some serious guts to pull off.

Spanish model and actress Christina Pedroche recently shared snapshots of her gutsy New Year’s Eve look: a see-through, lace jumpsuit embroidered with crystals. Photos of her outfit went viral and raised some eyebrows after she posted them on her Instagram page.

While Pedroche wore the jumpsuit to ring in 2018, it’s actually from the Spanish bridal wear company, Pronovias. (The same company that made Maria Menounos’ New Year’s Eve wedding gown!)

The jumpsuit is made with Chantilly lace and more than 200 embroidered crystals. It took more than 244 hours to make, the fashion house wrote on Instagram.

“Thank you for trusting us again for such a special occasion,” Pronovias wrote to Pedroche.

While it appears that the jumpsuit is a one-of-a-kind piece made for the model, we wouldn’t be surprised if looks like this became more popular in the wedding world. Jumpsuits are a trendy alternative to the traditional gown — remember Solange’s effortlessly cool and sleek look from her big day?

The trend has been popular on the red carpet for years. Jennifer Lopez, Beyonce, Kim Kardashian and others have all worn see-through gowns. Despite their sheerness, the dresses often pack on the glitz in other ways: with crystals and lace and embroidery that covers just enough so wearers feel at least somewhat decent. (Maybe?)

But is the world really ready for a see-through bridal jumpsuit? We’re not sure. But if you’re looking for something that people will remember when you say “I do,” we’re betting that this outfit will do the trick.

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This is Hollyweird: Actress Bella Thorne wears porn-covered jumpsuit on red carpet

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With all the sexual harassment scandals coming out of Hollywood, is it really good timing to wear an outfit with pictures of pornographic posters and your breasts so exposed? Bella Thorne must be missing a sensitivity chip.

From NY Post: By now, it’s clear that Bella Thorne​ isn’t afraid to embrace racy looks, from her Instagram posts to her latest GQ Mexico editorial.

More recently, the 20-year-old actress even managed to put a sexy spin on one of the season’s hottest trends: a pant suit.

The sultry starlet donned her graphic two-piece to the LA premiere of her new Netflix movie “The Babysitter” on Wednesday. From a distance, the braless ensemble’s print echoed vintage newspaper or comic book clippings.

On closer inspection, though, one sees that its black-and-white pattern was made from retro porno posters, emblazoned accordingly with such phrases as “Massive T - ts,” “Whores!” “Nasty & Horny Sluts” and “Free Sex.”

No one ever said Hollywood was known for having any sense of decency or standards.

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