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Russell Simmons Responds To Andre Leon Talley : “I’ve Done More For Blacks In Fashion And Gay Rights’ Than You”
Once upon a time, you might have found Russell Simmons and André Leon Talley seated across from each other front row during New York Fashion Week. But this season, Andre proclaims that Russell shouldn’t sit front row. During an interview with The Grio, Andre had some interesting words to say about the Hip-Hop mogul.
“I don’t think Russell Simmons should be seated on anybody’s front row this week after having done that disgusting Harriet Tubman sex tape,” André said. “He is a man of great achievement. He is a great philanthropist — why would he think it would be an honorable thing to do? He said he thought it was funny. That is not funny, it is outrageously disrespectful to the legacy and history of Harriet Tubman and to the struggle.”
Andre want on to say that Russell should be banned from the shows this season. WOW! Banned. Maybe! Andre seems just as upset as we are over this Harriet Tubman sex tape foolery, but Russell did apologize, kinda. I’m still questioning that. I think he wanted us all to embrace in a hearty laugh and when it backfired… well you know the rest. I digress.
See Russell Simmons’ response at HelloBeautiful.com
André Leon Talley Says Russell Simmons Shouldn’t Have Been Front Row At NYFW After His Harriet Tubman Sex Tape
Around this time last month, Russell Simmons was catching hell for his new YouTube channel “All Def Digital” and the decision they made to put out the “Harriet Tubman Sex Tape.” The clip tried to imply as a joke that Harriet Tubman had sex with her master and taped it in order to blackmail him so that she could be able to start the Underground Railroad. That didn’t go over well whatsoever, and in the end, Russell Simmons apologized for the channel’s decision to post the video, though he claimed that he initially thought the video was funny…
As the man who once brought the world Phat Farm (and in turn, Baby Phat), Simmons can often be seen at New York Fashion Week shows rubbing elbows with other famous folks, and he was at a few shows this past week. But since he’s done that Harriet Tubman skit, some people weren’t too happy to see him at NYFW this time around, including André Leon Talley, the former editor-at-large for Vogue. In fact, he felt that Simmons should have been banned because of the poor taste of that Harriet Tubman clip. Here’s what he told TheGrio:
“I think anyone that is a person of achievement on the front row that has achieved a great deal be they black or white is a good thing.
I don’t think Russell Simmons should be seated on anybody’s front row this week after having done that disgusting Harriet Tubman sex tape. He is a man of great achievement. He is a great philanthropist….why would he think it would be an honorable thing to do? He said he thought it was funny. That is not funny it is outrageously disrespectful to the legacy and history of Harriet Tubman and to the struggle.”
I think we can all agree that it was in poor taste, but should he not be allowed to sit front row with all the other big things Simmons has done philanthropically? Let us know what you think.
Here and there we spot Eve, performing and walking the red carpet, but rarely do we see her simply glowing. The rapper attended Catherine Malandrino’s Spring 2014 show on Tuesday wearing a green dress from the designer that we loved.
The air of the collection matched the demeanor of Eve who is currently wearing a honey brown shoulder length do’. To complete the two-tone look, she accented with gold bangles and black peep-toe booties. While the look is very feminize, Eve adds a certain edginess to it that’s authentic to her personality. In a nutshell, we love.
See more of Eve at StyleBlazer.com
If you look deep into her eyes, I’m sure you can see that this blonde beauty with her pink pout and furry brows is…Tyra Banks.
Well, it’s Tyra Banks dressed and done up to look like supermodel Cara Delevingne to be specific. The legendary model showed love to New York Fashion Week with a photo project meant to pay homage and impersonate some of Tyra’s good friends and the icons in the business, as well as her “colleagues” and “competition.” In the photo above, the model furrowed her brows, put on a blonde wig and got edgy with her attire in order to impersonate the 21-year-old “it” model, Cara Delevigne. But Delevigne is not the only pretty gyal Banks changed her looks for. She also put on her best mole to show love to Cindy Crawford, and got as wide-eyed as possible to do her best Kate Moss. All in all, Banks did about 15 shots for the project, and according to NewsOne, she also dresses up as Linda Evangelista, Lauren Hutton, Jerry Hall, Iman, Kate Moss, Twiggy, Brooke Shields, Claudia Schiffer, Carmen Dell’Orefice, Kate Upton, and Karlie Kloss. So yeah, as far as the black models goes, she includes two, and Naomi Campbell is not on the list. But of course, those two bumped heads as young models and (as older ones) tried to hash out that drama on Banks’ old talk show so I’m not really surprised at that omission. Check out more images that Banks posted so far of herself as Cara, Kate, and Cindy, and let us know what you think.
We’re all going to need some energizing music for New York Fashion Week and what better than to listen to the stylistic verses of Nikki Rich aka Nicole Richie. Her new “Candidly Nicole” stunt takes her to the recording studio where she enlists the help of her brother-in-law, Benji Madden and Rapper, Ebone Hoodrich to learn what it takes to become a rap star.
The recording session was originally sparked by her tweet, “Any chance Drake will rap about Plantar Fasciitis soon? I need a summer jam I can relate to.” Thus leading to her sitting in a studio writing versus about making gluten-free pasta and getting highlights to her bob. Corny as it may sound, it actually doesn’t sound half bad. Check out the hilarious video!
See Nicole Richie drop bars at StyleBlazer.com
Legendary supermodel Iman says that it’s time to take a stand. According to a report on Jezebel, 82.7 percent of models in Fall/Winter Fashion Week were white, while Asian models were 9.1 percent, black models were six percent (falling from 8.2 percent in 2012), and Latina models were only two percent of the supermodels walking the runway. And while some of the top models in the world are of color, including Joan Smalls (who was ranked the number one model on models.com), the runways still manage to stay the same. Because of that, Iman says there needs to be a major change, and she’s saying that until it happens, folks need to start boycotting these fashion labels so they can feel the hit in their pockets. Here’s what she told Vogue:
“It feels to me like the times need a real hard line drawn like in the Sixties, by saying if you don’t use black models, then we boycott. If you engage the social media, trust me, it will hurt them in their pockets. If you take it out there, they will feel the uproar.
There is something terribly wrong. We have a President and a First Lady who are black. You would think things have changed, and then you realise[sic] that they have not. In fact, things have gone backwards.”
This story about the lack of diversity on runways is as old as time, and while I’d love to see more women of color killing it in major fashion shows, you can’t make people put folks in their shows if they don’t want to and if they aren’t keeping them out because of malicious intent. But then again, there are plenty of black designers out here to support if the actions of these major labels aren’t floating your boat…just saying!
What do you think of Iman’s comments?