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Yaaaas! You Better Work: Kerry Washington Covers June Issue Of ELLE And Talks Finally Reaching The Success She’s Wanted
Looking like a million bucks, Kerry Washington covers the upcoming June issue of ELLE in a black cardigan and silver and black hot pants. Inside the issue, Washington talks about her current success, how she gets red-carpet ready, and more.
In excerpts from her interview, Washington was asked about her thoughts on all the success she’s been having over the last few years, and she made it clear that she’s blessed beyond measure.
“I’m the luckiest broad in Hollywood now. To be the lead actor on Scandal and to be in the highest-earning Tarantino movie- I don’t get to ask for more.”
But at the same time, to have her face on the cover of magazines and to even have ELLE say that Scandal has made her the “hottest woman on TV” is still hard for her to grasp, especially since she used to be something of a nerd back in the day.
“I was not that girl. I was a kooky theater kid, silly and goofy and academic.”
“I found out I enjoy the process. All these people show up at my house, they all have kits, someone has dresses. And it’s like, Let’s have fun. It’s not all about me. We’re able to create stories on the red carpet.”
Just because you haven’t heard another rendition of Alicia Keys’ latest single lately doesn’t mean the girl isn’t still on fire. A. Keys is one of three talented ladies covering Elle magazine’s May “Women in Music” issue.
According to the mag’s site:
For this year’s Women in Music Issue, the ELLE team traveled from L.A. to London to capture three of today’s brightest stars—Adele, Alicia Keys, and Rita Ora—for our rotating covers. How did we pull it off? Photographer Thomas Whiteside: “We photographed Adele at L.A.’s iconic EastWest Studios, where Frank Sinatra recorded his greatest hits….
Assistant Fashion Editor Sarah Schussheim: “Across the street, we shot Alicia on the rooftop of Siren Studios. She radiated cool New York glamour, relaxing and singing along to a Grace Jones album.” Photographer Doug Inglish: “Alicia brought her two-year-old son, Egypt, and played with him constantly.”
So far, Elle has only released Adele’s final cover, but Alicia Keys looks pretty gorgeous in this shot from inside the mag. MTV Style got a few additional insider details on her shoot, writing:
For Alicia’s shoot, she went ALL. OUT in a fiery red Jean Paul Gaultier turtleneck with a matching pout. According to the mag, she sang along to a Grace Jones album during the shoot to really channel that ’90s vibe, and we can tell!
So can we! These issues should hit newsstands any day now, but if you can’t wait, check out the shots of Adele and Rita Ora on the next couple pages.
What do you think?
Nicki Minaj Covers ELLE And Leaves The Clownish Clothes And Makeup Behind; Talks World Domination, Bullies And Being A Boss
Well look who went and grew up. And while you might say that “clownish” could be somewhat harsh, let’s not front, that was the look we were seeing from Nicki Minaj for a long time with the bright blue eyeshadow, big eyelashes, bright pink lipstick and wacky wigs. While it’s what helped her get her foot in the door, I guess it’s not something that Minaj felt allowed people to take her seriously. So it’s gone. For now. And honestly, the girl looks ten times better toned down with natural makeup and more chill attire as she covers the April issue of ELLE magazine–the real Nicki Minaj is in the building. And she’s keeping it real in her interview speaking on her goals and struggles she dealt with as a young lady coming from Trinidad on her way to the top:
When speaking on being bullied as a kid:
“I went through a lot of bullying early on. Girls made my life a living hell. We had come to America from a different country. My brother and I had accents. It was very tough. So I’ve always put up this wall— it was a self-defense mechanism growing up— because I was almost expecting people to attack me. And I still have it. It’s sad.”
Minaj discusses the importance of commanding respect no matter what your job title or position in life:
“My advice to women in general: Even if you’re doing a nine-to-five job, treat yourself like a boss. Not arrogant, but be sure of what you want— and don’t allow people to run anything for you without your knowledge. You want everyone to know, Okay, I can’t play games with her. I have to do right by this woman. That’s what it’s all about.”
On her plans to be a mogul by creating a massive empire based on her music success and side business hustles:
“My goal in the beginning was to buy my mother a house. Now I realize, Okay, if I really focus and become a key player in business, then I can build an empire. I’m thinking of a legacy that I can be proud of and wealth that my grandchildren can use to go to college. So world domination— in terms of providing for my family— is absolutely my goal.”
And if you’re wondering what her own thoughts were on stepping back on all the makeup, including her bright pink lipstick (which she still loves and wears) for the shoot, it was a drastic change for the star:
“When I saw myself with barely any makeup at, it was such a… like, I’m so, so attached to my pink lipstick, it’s hard. I feel that it’s become a part of me. To go in front of the camera, without pink lips or big ol’ crazy lashes— you know, nothing— I felt unclothed. It was scary! So this photo shoot was a real accomplishment in my eyes.”
Photos courtesy of ELLE by Thomas Whiteside
Naomi Campbell Gets Sickeningly Fab For ELLE, Talks Tyra Banks, Reality TV, And Phone-Slingin’ Regret
As much as we know about Naomi Campbell, from the diva status she has incurred over the years, to her penchant for violence in the past, if she were an everyday sista that lived around the corner from you, you would probably not have very many nice things to say about ‘ol girl. But there’s something so awesome about Naomi Campbell when she steps in front of a camera that makes you forget all about her past drama, at least for a second, and say, “Now THAT’S a bad chick!” And at 42? To look this fabulous, you have to give the woman props, whether you’re a fan of her or not.
The iconic model sat down with ELLE magazine’s Mickey Rapkin to talk about her new reality TV show, The Face, her admiration of Tyra Banks (any other opinions about her she’s learned to keep to herself), and her hope to move forward from the negative rep she has due to past anger issues.
The Face, which will premiere on Oxygen (the same channel which is working so hard for Shawty Lo and his 11 baby mothers), is set to jump in the fashion and modeling reality TV ring, bringing in some of fashion’s biggest names right now, including Campbell, model Coca Rocha, and Karolina Kurkova. While always looked at as a diva, Campbell wants people to know that the show is about mentoring up-and-coming models so that they can compete against one another for a modeling contract. Clearly these young women will be learning from the best. When asked why she wanted to take part in the program, Na Na had this to say:
“Because it was done for me! When I first got Yves Saint Laurent Couture, I didn’t know how to take off a cape. I would ask Katoucha and Dalma—the real divas of the runway—‘Can you show me?’ I’ve never been afraid to ask for help. I care for my girls. Every single one of them. I’m not here to put anyone down.”
Campbell also talked about the other modeling reality shows that are out, and when that conversation came up, she shut down any questions about Tyra Banks before they could be asked (the author pointed out that she never asked her anything about her formal rival). Coincidentally, she’s working with Nigel Barker on the show, who used to be a judge on America’s Next Top Model:
“I don’t watch the other reality model shows. I’ll never have anything to say. If you ask me about Tyra Banks. I’m proud of her as a woman of color. She’s given girls opportunity, and God bless her.”
And as for her cell-slinging past, Naomi acknowledges that she made a mistake and would like to move forward, however, she like most people, knows that it’s something that’s going to affect the way people look at her from now on, no matter what she tries to do to get past it.
“I’m never gonna get away from it. It’s part of my history. I was remorseful and regretful. I’ve served. I did that time. And I never want to be in that position again.”
You can actually check out the full interview where Campbell talks about the blood diamond scandal people tried to pull her in (she allegedly accepted diamonds from the former president of Liberia), as well as her bucket list, inspired by the likes of the late Alexander McQueen. Also, check out more fierce photos from her ELLE shoot on the next piz-age.
Who doesn’t know that controversy sells? Controversial videos get clicks (Ciara’s “Ride,” and Nicki Minaj’s “Stupid H*e” get banned from BET, but were big hits online), controversial movies sell tickets (Passion of the Christ anyone?), and controversial music can’t be turned away from. And yes, even magazines that do the most sell many copies, and if that’s not enough, they remain in people’s memories a lot longer than a tame cover (Who remembers a Rolling Stone cover with Usher versus the iconic cover with Janet Jackson’s husband holding her boobs??). Some controversial covers are made infamous because of overreactions by a few, but sometimes, they’re made infamous because they honestly weren’t the best idea in the first place. This slideshow is a mix of both. Check out these covers and tell us if these publications had the game all wrong, or if people were just tripping as usual. And of course, be prepared to click!
Ever wondered what the uber-fabulous and fashionable Solange’s house looks like? No? Well, then you can’t truly call yourself a nosy person. But as a fellow Brooklynite, I know I was excited to see what the eclectic “It Girl” has going on in her digs. For a shoot and spread in this month’s ELLE, writer Julie Vadnal got the scoop on Solo’s design choices (which included some actual chill basics, including crisp white bedding) for her top-floor brownstone that she shares with her son and boyfriend, Alan Ferguson (Ol’ boy who called her the love of his life on the BET Awards this year). “I had a moment when I looked at my closet and I was like, ‘Whoa, I really don’t have any basics.’ And with my house, I wanted to find a balance of having great colors and patterns but also a really livable, warm, serene space.” Warm is right! Vadnal even found herself in the middle of a dance party–with Solange as the DJ of course and a bevvy of her funky-fresh-dressed-to-impress friends. Check out her home and let us know if you’re feeling it. I’m loving the funky wallpaper, myself. Even if you’re not, you know you’re digging her style in these shots!
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Quick. Which of these looks is “high-fashion”? Which is “urban”?
The answer to the second question is none of them, according to Mychael Knight, the designer who created all of them.
“I will correct someone very quickly when they say I am an ‘urban designer’ or a ‘hip-hop designer,” he said. “There is nothing wrong with [designing hip-hop-inspired sportswear], but it’s just not what I do.”
As for the answer to the first question, Knight, who is black, cites an “invisible barrier” that reserves “high-fashion” anointing for a privileged circle of designers—very few of which are black. “Tracy Reese and Rachel Roy - they’ve penetrated that, but I don’t ever really see any placement of them in fashion magazines”—an indication that Reese and Roy are not readily on the mind of prominent editors and stylists.
Perhaps observant of this trend, some black designers early in their careers choose to use white models, particularly for lookbooks, which are prepared for press and buyers, and on their websites where customers seeking high-fashion looks (assumed to be white) can immediately imagine themselves in their pieces. Though Knight regularly casts models of color for both his runway shows and his lookbooks, he can guess why some African-American designers skip over black models altogether.
“When you open up a fashion magazine—a Vogue or an Elle,” Knight points out, “you never see black models. You think, as a black designer, ‘well, if I need my brand [or] my product to get noticed I need to use the white models.’” It’s like high school, Knight explains. “People feel like they to need fit in.”
Model booker Carole White gave New York Magazine the racial breakdown as it applies to models. “Asian girls do really well. You can’t have too many, but they do really well, and it’s quite easy to book them. For Black girls, it is more difficult.” White is further quoted as saying, “[Black models] have to be utterly amazing. There will be less work. It takes much longer to establish them… because clients don’t take the risk on black girls so much.” For this reason, White admits agencies are “very, very picky” when it comes to signing black models. “Maybe you’re not as picky with the white girls, because there’s more work for them.”
With African-American models facing a shrunken market, getting passed over by black designers only further threatens their livelihood. It also perpetuates old school notions of what, and who, represents luxury versus the aesthetic of the street.
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In true, pour-my-heart-out Drake style, the artist has admitted to being hurt by Rihanna’s unreciprocated love. In the latest issue of Elle Magazine he said the singer who he collaborated with on the hit “What’s My Name,” was “the first girl with any fame that paid me any mind.”
“You spend days reading about this person in magazines. All of a sudden you have this number-one song and you’re at some birthday party and there she is. And you’re just some naive kid from Toronto staying in some shitty-A$$ hotel who got invited to this party on a whim. That’s just how it happened.”
Something else that “just happened” was a hook up between the two at New York’s Lucky Strike bowling alley. A line in Drizzy’s track “Fireworks” explains it all.
“I could tell it wasn’t love/ I just thought you Fawked with me/ Who could have predicted/ Lucky Strike would have you stuck with me… Damn, I kept my wits about me, luckily/ What happened between us that night it always seems to trouble me/ Now all of a sudden, these gossip rags want to cover me/ And you making it seem like it happened that way because of me.”
It didn’t take long for Drake to become smitten with the good girl gone bad. Unfortunately, for him, the feeling wasn’t mutual.
“At the time it hurt, but she didn’t mean to,” he told Elle. “I’ll never put that on her. I was hurt because I slowly started to realize what it was. I guess I thought it was more.”
So is Nicki Minaj the new love soothing his heart? Speaking on his pretend Twitter marriage to the “Super Bass” star he said, “I’d marry Nicki. I think Nicki would be one of the only people that would understand me at the end of all this and be able to love me.”
Dang. That is deep. Drake clearly takes his love life seriously. But he might be oversharing. What do you think, ladies?
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