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Would You Bare Your Breasts for Art or Fashion?

Every season there's always something, especially a trend that makes us cringe or simply startles us once we become aware that it's, um, a "thing."

To date, we've seen several shocking trends pop up, take off then fade away. For women, hot trends buoy from colored denim and color-blocking to boyfriend jeans and cobalt blue. More intimately, small breasts had their heyday, while curves were made famous by several stars. Now, it seems that no matter the size or shape or the outfit you're in, purposefully baring your breasts is once again becoming one of the boldest statements in fashion.

Remember the days of Madonna's wildly nude antics? She loved being the frontrunner of controversy, and being naked in some form or making some religious/political statement was the way to make headline news. However, Madonna was arguably expressing herself artistically and with the utmost taste. Never trashy, always trendsetting. Those to follow in her footsteps, however, might be spinning out of control.

Always one to amp the shock value, Rihanna let it all hang out back in March under a see-through crotchet top in NYC. The act sent waves around the 'net, but most people expected it from the rebellious bad girl who never utters an apology. She simply went to dinner and the news became a thing of RihRih's past.

Equally controversial is Lady Gaga. For her own Madonna-like expression, the Mother Monster has exposed her body on many artsy occasions. But unlike Rihanna, she has not been a poster child for full-frontal nudity. Gaga prefers to keep her nipples covered at all times, zany fashion faux pas or not.
The same can't be said for former Pussycat Dolls songbird Melody Thornton, though. Her daring act to attend ELLE magazine's Women in Music event naked (as the day she was born!) under a sheer gown was not only a purposeful act but a sad sight to see. There was nothing artful about it. Although a beautiful woman, the message it relayed to onlookers was ill-recieved or lost.

The same goes for Jennifer Lawrence--the star of the cult-producing film The Hunger Games--who played the peek-a-boo game with Rolling Stone readers. The young Hollywood actress posed for the glossy cover and her nipple made a special, sneak appearance. Some hooped and hollered for the peeping preview, while others were baffled by the mag's choice not to edit it out. The entire thing was a subtle, bold gesture, yet an exposing and semi-distasteful one, nonetheless.

Are women shunning simple cleavage and going gung-ho for nudity in the name of fashion and statement-making? Nowadays, is it not enough to wear a barely-there bra or a plunging neckline?

This rising trend could cause a trendy fire that we just aren't prepared for. A nipple here, a breasts there and woman will continue to be exploited for the sake of googly-eyed men. Yes, our bodies can be artistically beautiful, but there's a fine line between priceless art and classless fashion.

What do you think, Vixens?

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Kelly Rowland Says Her Highly-Anticipated Project Is "Definitely Coming"

Six years ago, Kelly Rowland released her fourth studio album titled Talk a Good Game. The project boasted hit singles like "Kisses Down Low" and the transparent "Dirty Laundry." Now, the Houston native is preparing to release a project that'll surely satisfy fans' patient earbuds.

In an interview with Billboard, Rowland shared her hopes for putting out a new body of work and the pressure that she's encountered since she's been in the studio. "This is by far the longest, most pressure-filled process ever, only because I know what it's supposed to be and I have been so hard on myself. I know it," she said. "And it's the first time I've said it out loud. I've been extremely hard on myself. But it's definitely coming, and I'm more so excited about this project than anything else."

The news follows the recent release of Rowland's "Kelly" track, which was met with critical acclaim in November 2018. In addition to preparing the release of new music, the "Motivation" singer discussed fans' wish for a Destiny's Child reunion. The rumors have been fueled by social media photographs of Rowland with either Beyonce or Michelle or all three, especially during Beyonce's past Coachella performance. But Rowland assures readers that it's not what they think.

"It's so funny. I guess every time people see us together, they just see music but I see sisterhood, and that's what we are and that's what me, her, Michelle [Williams] and Solange and I are. People see us all together, they immediately think music. I'm like, no. Just family." As Rowland previously mentioned Solange, she hopes to one day work with her again.

"I'm a huge fan," she said. "I love her writing and how detailed and particular she is. I always wanted to figure out how the heck she has so many different layers of harmonies when she is constructing these vocals, and it's so complex but simple. It's genius. It's the genius in her genius mind that she has in there." One of the last times the pair collaborated was on Rowland's "Simply Deep" track off her debut solo album of the same name. Solange also penned a few songs off the same project. Fast forward to 2016, and Rowland's vocals were featured on Solange's iconic A Seat at the Table.

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Teyana Taylor To Pay Homage To Ballroom Culture In "WTP" Video

Teyana Taylor aims to keep her hot streak of innovative videos coming thanks to this recent announcement. Taking to Instagram on Wednesday (Jan. 9), the "Gonna Love Me" singer will show adoration to ballroom culture in the visual for "WTP."

Directed by Gregory "Beef" Jones, The Aunties Inc., and Taylor herself, the Harlemite takes viewers on her journey to the expression-filled space where she hopes to rack up 10s across the board from a group of judges. The premise of the video also seems to follow a mockumentary format airing on a fictional network named FEMTV. Alongside Taylor, other men and women get ready to display their talents and confidence on the ballroom floor.

"WTP" is featured on the mother-of-one's sophomore album, K.T.S.E., which was released in June 2018. While the rollout's controversy didn't entirely muddle the excitement behind the project's debut, Taylor said she was sold on the idea that her album would be treated as the biggest out of G.O.O.D. Music's string of releases last year.

"I didn't know ahead of time that there wouldn't be any singles or visuals. But I knew that it was going to be the five-album thing," she said during a HOT 97 interview. "[Kanye] wanted [my album] to be last, he wanted mine to be the biggest. That's the way they sauced it up. I was sold."

The video will debut on Jan. 19. Check out the teaser below.

 

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👀 1.19.19 👀 #WTP Directed by @teyanataylor & @ogbeefjones @theauntiesinc 🙏🏾🙌🏾🙏🏾 The wait is ALMOST over. 😏 @museumofsex

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Trina Braxton’s Ex-Husband, Gabe Solis, Dies After Battle With Cancer

Gabe Solis, the ex-husband of Trina Braxton, lost his battle with cancer, Thursday (Dec. 20),  TMZ reports. He was 43.

Solis passed away at his home in Texas, surrounded by friends and family, according to the outlet. No official details have been released about his passing.

Solis had reportedly been keeping his cancer battle private. His death came as a shock to his loved ones. On Friday (Dec. 21), Braxton seemingly mourned the loss of her ex-husband with a cryptic Instagram meme reading, “I need a hug..E bottle of wine.”

The former couple tied the knot in 2003, and appeared together on previous seasons of WEtv’s Braxton Family Values. Despite finalizing their divorce in 2015, Braxton and Solis confronted lingering issues from their marriage during an episode of Iyanla: Fix My Life, earlier in the year.

Braxton has since moved on to a new relationship, but remained friends with Solis.

 

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