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Iman and Naomi Campbell Talk Lack of Diversity in Fashion

Iman and Naomi Campbell have been in the beauty game for more than 20 years. With countless magazine covers and runway shows between them, we consider their words to be fashion gold. Talk of the ever-changing modeling industry is especially flagrant during New York Fashion Week, as celebs flock to the annual week-long event. But one unchanging issue every year is the lack of diversity on the runway, something Iman and Campbell know a thing or two about.

According to Jezebel, of the 4,708 individual looks that were seen during New York Fashion Week 2012, only 20.6 percent were worn by women of color. In fact, "ethnic" models are still considered a novelty despite their decades-long presence in entertainment. When they're not the "token," they're often "whitewashed" for their light skin and/or Caucasian features--someone that will blend into and not upstage the fabric. And while many designers have advocated for multicultural shows, little has been done to make this happen.

During a phone interview with Styleite, Naomi spoke on the disappoint she feels every year. “I like to always stay optimistic and hope," the modeling ver says. "I pray each fashion week that I do see loads of young models of color out there. And when they do come and say to me, they didn’t want me because of this, it just hurts. I feel that I worked so long in this business....It’s just we’re in 2013, it shouldn’t be happening. We have President Obama and Michelle Obama as the First Lady, you know, this just shouldn’t be.”

Iman holds the same sentiments, writing an opinion piece for WWD where she talks about the challenges she faced in the makeup chair before creating her own line. "I would show up to a shoot fresh-faced, ready to be primped and teased into divineness, and the makeup artist of the moment would greet me with what was a commonplace opener at that time: 'Did you bring your own makeup?' And more ethnically diverse models knew what that meant. 'There are no foundations for your skin tone.'"

Most will agree with Iman when she says "women of all skin tones want to look good when they rule the world."  Thanks to brands like Iman Cosmetics and CoverGirl's Queen Collection, the gap for women of color in fashion is slowly closing in. Yes, we have girls like Chanel Iman, Selita Ebanks and Sessilee Lopez ripping the runway. However, we can't help but think: Are we truly progressing in 2013?

 Photo Credit: Annie Leibovitz/Vanity Fair

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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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