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Simone Biles Dabs In Vogue’s 73 Questions And Reveals Her Perfect First Date

September 16th, 2016 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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To be an Olympic Gold medalist, one must spend hours training. And Simone Biles shows just how many in Vogue’s latest 73 Questions. As we previously reported before, instead of the standard interview, Vogue’s reporter follows the subject around and asks them random questions about their likes, dislikes, love life and career. Taking place in the gym her parents built for her, Simone reveals to Vogue what the perfect first date would be, what’s the most essential food in her diet and, of course, her favorite dance move (GIFed above).

Here are highlights from her segment:

The Craziest Experiences She Faces After The Olympics

“The paparazzi.”

The Most Famous Person Following Her On Twitter:


The Most Essential Food In Her Diet:


What Does Gold Taste Like:

“Not too good!”

Her Zodiac Sign:


Dream First Date:

“Breakfast on the beach.”

Same, girl. Same!

Find out Simone’s favorite Beyoncé song to dance to and the combination-nickname she created for herself and Zac Efron, below.

Lupita’s Vogue Spread, Shot In Kenya, Is Breathtaking

September 16th, 2016 - By Veronica Wells
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Yesterday, we reposted a video of Lupita opening the box containing her latest Vogue cover. In doing so, she got very emotional. Lupita has been on dozens of covers, so while I thought the video was sweet, I couldn’t exactly understand why this particular one made her so emotional. My only clue was that in the video you could hear her saying the word “home.”

I have a secret that I can finally share… Guess who came to see me back home in Kenya?!

A video posted by Lupita Nyong’o (@lupitanyongo) on

And that was the key.

In the October issue, Nyong’o took the fashion staple to her family’s village of Luo in Kenya. In addition to introducing the publication to all of her overachieving family members. Her father is a senator. Her mother is the director of the Africa Cancer Foundation, and her paternal grandmother built a home for orphaned school girls. In her village, there is a church named after her grandfather as he ministered to the poor and brought Christianity and education to the villagers.

Source: Vogue, Mario Testino

Source: Vogue, Mario Testino

It was important for Lupita to take Vogue back to her hometown because in everything, even down to the projects she chooses, she wants to give voice to people who have often gone unheard. Mira Nair, who knew Lupita and her family for years before directing her in the new Disney film Queen of Katwe, said, “Here roots are strong, which is why she flies. She knows where she comes from and uses that to see the world. She has seen ups and downs through the family’s journey; that gives her a clear-eyed approach to who she plays and what she stands for.” She continued, “She knows how to use the system and be true to herself.”

In the actual article for the Vogue piece, we watch as Lupita’s mother teaches her to make a traditionally Kenyan dish called ugali. When Lupita admitted that she didn’t know how to make this on Kenyan television, she was shamed.

After her mother teaches her to prepare the dish, she and her parents sit on their porch speaking about the ways the monkeys on her father’s farm have intimidated her in to giving up her mangoes.


Lupita, speaking of her increased visibility and even her contract with Lancome says it’s all done with a purpose in mind. “There is no point in getting your picture taken if it doesn’t move somebody.” Her eyes widen. “Right?”

Vogue, Mario Testino

Vogue, Mario Testino

And people have been moved. On the set of Queen of Katwe, a Ugandan-British woman who worked in production, told Lupita, “I’ve never had so many people call me beautiful until you showed up. I get called to auditions I never would have been called to before. And I know it’s because you exist.”

Source: Vogue, Mario Testino

Source: Vogue, Mario Testino

Lupita is aware of the power of her image and more importantly what it could do to change the global culture.

“There are certain cards that have been dealt me that I take on,” Lupita says. “I want to create opportunities for other people of color because I’m fortunate enough to have a platform to do that. That is why Eclipsed and even Queen of Katwe are so important, to change the narrative, offer a new lens on African identity.”

Source: Vogue, Mario Testino

Source: Vogue, Mario Testino

You can read the full piece and check out all of the stunning images over at Vogue.

Veronica Wells is the culture editor at She is also the author of “Bettah Days.”

Serena Williams Spills Tea On Drake, Beyoncé And Rihanna In Vogue’s Latest 73 Questions

July 28th, 2016 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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Serena Williams


I don’t know about you, but we here at MadameNoire live for Vogue’s epic video series, “73 Questions.” Instead of the standard interview style, “73 Questions” allows the interviewer to ask their subject a series of random questions as they walk around a specific setting, which usually leads to very interesting answers. In the magazine’s latest video, Serena Williams served up some tea-worthy responses about her love life, career and personal interests that left us gagging for more.

For example, in the highlights below, Williams talked about the one thing she’s not good at, whose closet she would raid, and how she defines love.

If She Had To Raid Someone’s Closet:

“Definitely Mariah Carey! She has some amazing shoes.”

If She Had To Give Anyone a Tennis Lesson:

“Emma Stone.”

Her Hidden Talent:

“An amazing cartwheel.”

What Is Love to Her:

“Love is magical and you may only experience it once in a lifetime.”

The Thing She’s Terrible At:


Find out what the most romantic thing a guy has done for Williams and what she had to say about Drake, Rihanna, and her homegirl Yoncé, in the video below.

15 Of Our Favorite Magazine Covers Featuring Black Women In 2015

October 20th, 2015 - By Desiree Bowie
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There used to be a time when the only magazines that featured Black women on their cover were Ebony, Essence, Jet, and Vibe. Well, times have changed, and Black women of all shades, ages, and sizes are showing up and showing out on a variety of mainstream magazines all over newsstands. We’re being represented just about everywhere. Let’s take a look at the top 15 covers of the year so far.

Serena Williams Covers Vogue Magazine

March 22nd, 2015 - By Courtney Whitaker
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For the second time, tennis star Serena Williams has graced the cover of Vogue Magazine. Williams rocked a gorgeous natural look for the annual SHAPE issue.

In the issue, Serena talks about being a good friend, her confidence and her future goals. Take a look at some of the highlights from her interview.

Her Personality

“On the court, I am fierce! I am mean and I am tough. I am completely opposite off the court. My confidence just isn’t the same. I wish I was more like I am on the court. Nobody would know that I am constantly crying or complaining.”

On maintaining her physique

“Nowadays everybody goes to the gym.  But when I won my first Grand Slam, I had never been.” Even then, however, she was ambivalent about her naturally muscular physique, refusing to lift weights lest her arms get bigger. “I hated my arms,” she remembers. “I wanted them to look soft.” To this day, she uses TheraBands instead of weights to avoid overdeveloping her muscles.

The top can get lonely 

“It’s hard and lonely at the top.  That’s why it’s so fun to have Caroline and my sister, too. You’re a target when you’re number one. Everyone wants to beat you. Everyone talks behind your back, and you get a lot more criticism. God forbid I lose. It’s like ‘Why?’ Well, I am human.”

Playing Against Her Sister 

“I don’t look at Venus on the court. I can’t,” she said. “If I am winning, I might feel sorry for her. If I’m losing, I will want to knock her out.”

Her Thoughts On Men 

“I am really shy. I don’t talk to guys.”

“You don’t talk to guys?” Caroline (her best friend) says in disbelief. “That is a lie.”

“Friends? Yes. But a potential? No. I get nervous that I will say the wrong thing, and then I just start laughing.”

Don’t you just love Serena? For the full article, click here.

9 Times White Folks Tried To Claim A Black Trend As Their Own

November 4th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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9 times white folks tried to claim a black trend feat

When you consider the fact this country was founded on the principle of taking from others who had already been there and done that, it’s really not surprising that this behavior is still going on today, in smaller, more passive ways. Oh, don’t get it twisted the government is still figuratively raping and pillaging but that’s another story for another day.

What I’m talking about are the micro ways in which fashion magazines. pop culture websites and mainstream culture adopts vernacular, dances, hair and fashion trends from the Black community and pretends they’ve stumbled upon a new trend. It happens quite often.

Check out a few examples on the following pages.

And for more on this topic, check out the trailer for “Bleaching Black Culture,” which is available on iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon now.

Future Fashionista: North West Poses In Chanel For Carine Roitfeld

August 14th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Both her parents, Kim and Kanye, want you to know that they’re fly. They pride themselves on being fashion forward. Don’t even get Kanye started on the leather jogging pant. So it’s no stretch of the imagination that they want their little girl, the adorable North West to follow in their footsteps. And since she’s already appeared in Vogue, she has to keep the momentum going. She must be a model darling.

And North West doesn’t model clothes from the Baby Gap or Children’s Place, she’s stunting in Chanel…and she’s not even two yet. Am I jealous that North’s wardrobe cost as much as my college tuition? No, not at all. Get it how you live little one.

North was seen with Carine Roitfeld, the former editor -in-chief of Vogue Paris a couple months back but no one know what that was about.

But yesterday, Kim revealed this adorably precious ad featuring her daughter.

There’s a barefooted North with a tiny Chanel bag, plush cashmere cardigan- complete with Coco Chanel’s signature flower, pearl earrings and a quote from Karl Lagerfeld that reads:

“It’s never too early to care about fashion.”

The ad will appear in Roitfeld’s CR Fashion book. Roitfeld posted this picture of herself and North a few months ago on her Instagram page, calling her a lovely girl. Awww!

I Can’t Stop Watching This Video Of Lupita Nyong’o Braiding Hair

July 1st, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Surely, by now you’ve seen this beautifully done, short documentary style video Vogue produced of Lupita Nyong’o braiding parting and styling her friends hair. It’s on all the black websites. And honestly, since it was everywhere I wasn’t going to post it here because it was a scene we’re all–or most of us are familiar with.

Many of us can remember a time we sat in between somebody’s legs or in the elevated salon chair and had someone work magic on our heads. It’s something we take for granted forgetting that this really is a beautiful ritual and, as Lupita’s narrative illustrates, one of our connections back to the motherland.

And I particularly like what Lupita said:

“Braiding just tells a story…Your hair is your frame if you jack someone’s hair up, the world sees it. For me, braiding hair is an intimate thing. It’s getting up close and personal and I like to do it for people that I know and love and trust.” 

So, if you’re like me you’ll watch this video again and again, noting the texture, colors and even elegant smoothness of Lupita’s voice as she maintains a time-honored, African and African diasporic tradition.


You Betta Work! Lupita Nyong’o Covers Vogue [Photos]

June 19th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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VOGUE/Mikael Jansson

VOGUE/Mikael Jansson

In case you weren’t certain, yes, Lupita Nyong’o runs the world and everything in it. Get it? Got it? Good.

After covering quite a few major publications during awards season before winning her Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for 12 Years of Slave, Nyong’o finally has been given the chance to cover the fashion bible that is Vogue.

In the July issue, Nyong’o speaks on fashion, her surreal rise to the top of the A-list, working on the new Star Wars movie, her contract with Lancome, and much, much more. There is also a part where her relationship status is acknowledged (yes, her boyfriend is rapper K’naan), and she speaks for the first time on her plans to adapt Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s book, Americanah, into a film (with the help of Brad Pitt’s production company, Plan B):

“The book blew me away,” she tells me. “This was a project I wanted to work on, and I pursued it with all my being. It’s an unabashedly romantic book, really inspiring and uplifting. I found myself in her pages.”

But on top of all the gems Nyong’o drops in the interview, it’s the striking images of the actress in Rodarte, Givenchy, Prada, J. Crew and more that stand out most. Check out the vivid photos from her spread on the next few pages, and read her full interview with Vogue‘s Hamish Bowles, here.

Sales Numbers For The Kimye Issue Of ‘Vogue’ Won’t Make The 500K Estimate

May 8th, 2014 - By Tonya Garcia
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KimyeWith all the chatter about the Vogue cover featuring Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, there was talk that they could generate as much as 500,000 in newsstand sales. That figure would’ve far outsold the March 2013 issue featuring Beyonce (355,000) and the April 2013 cover with Michelle Obama (269,000). Turns out that half-a-million number was way over-ambitious, with actual sales numbers now estimated to fall in the 250,000 range.

It’s worth noting, the sales number will exceed the Rihanna cover from the month prior, by about 20 percent, according to an expert from a company called Mag Net Data who spoke with the New York Post, which uses scanning info from magazine wholesalers to come up with its figures. And for the first half of 2013, sales for Vogue averaged 269,740. So the numbers for the cover aren’t bad. But that 400,000 to 500,000 are astronomical.

Vogue spokesperson said the company (Vogue is owned by Conde Nast) doesn’t comment on sales numbers. But then as Jezebel rightly says, you have to wonder where that 500,000 figure came from. RadarOnline is credited with pushing it out first. The cover was just controversial enough to make you think that a lot of people would buy it, but there’s enough Kimye saturation to make spending your money to bring home the magazine seem unnecessary.