Solange And Kanye West Model In Helmut Lang’s New Project

Solange and Kanye West are both basically fashion icons in their own right, but the two musicians just starred in a new project for Helmut Lang.

Teaming up with Exactitudes, an ongoing photo project since 1994, Helmut Lang tapped Solange, West and ten other multi-generational fans of the fashion label for a photo series to highlight the brand’s biggest collectors.  

Solange posed in a t-shirt from the Re-Edition Volume 1 collection with a pair of Helmut Lang seen by Shayne Oliver shorts while Kanye wore a hooded parka and sweater from the Re-Edition Volume 1 line and his own Helmut Lang jeans. The photos were shot by Ari Versluis and Ellie Uyttenbroek, the founders of Exactitudes, in a similar three-by-four grid style they’ve become famous for.

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Topless Woman Protest at Kanye West’s “Multiracial Women Only’ Model Call

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Over the weekend, Kanye West tweeted out a NYC casting call for “multiracial women only” to model his forthcoming Yeezy Season 4 collection. The request immediately drew protests both online and IRL, however, thanks to its wording.

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And while white people crying “reverse racism” were definitely a component of the backlash, the more relevant dialogue came from POC who called out the inherent colorism, or the implication that dark skin does not meet “traditional” beauty standards, that pervaded West’s phrasing:

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One such person was a woman who appears to go by the name “babyscumbag” on her social media, and who showed up to protest the casting this weekend with “They want black features not black girls” scrawled across her chest. She also held a poster that read, “‘multiracial only’ = lightskin only…you ain’t slick, Ye”, as well as a quote from West’s 2006 Essence interview, in which he says multiracial girls are referred to as “‘mutts’.”

Now, she’s resurfaced online with a detailed post explaining why exactly she did what she did.

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“This is an indictment of not just Yeezy but the entire fashion and beauty industry in which there is a racialized hierarchy of beauty which is a ubiquitous symptom of the legacy of colonialism,” she wrote. “Regardless of whether Yeezy does choose to include darkskinned women in the end, the coded language of the casting call was clear and a part of a broader problem of colorism in the fashion industry.” And a systematic problem she mentioned is evident from the chances of girls walking down the runway depending on the deepness of their skin color.
She also wrote that this specification for “multiracial only” implies that “Black can only be beautiful when ‘MIXED’ with another RACE.”

“There is a history of wanting to dilute the Blackness of one’s children because of the longstanding stigmatization of Blackness,” she said, adding later that, “The lighter you are the more beautiful you are considered.”

However, babyscumbag notes that at the same time, non-Black women have begun to desire Black features “in a brutal and corrupt form of irony.”

“It’s just facts that Black women are constantly told they are too dark, lips too big, hair to ghetto for all professions,” she pointed out. “Only to see these same features or styles on non-Black women receive praise-(braids, gap teeth)-obviously the problem isn’t the style but the color of the women wearing it.”

Which all leads back to why she did it in the first place: as a means of highlighting how pervasive the Eurocentric beauty standards stemming from white supremacy and colonialism still are.

“It’s not just about fashion it’s about understanding how racism, and white supremacy dictates our understanding of reality,” she finished. “T hese are toxic ideologies need to be unlearned and #ITsAPROCESS.”

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Best Year Ever? Teyana Taylor to star in VH1 series

Teyana Taylor might be having the best YEAR ever!

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First, she bodied her Lil Kim tribute performance at the HipHop Honors earlier this year. Now, Just days after stealing the show at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards with her starring performance in Kanye West’s “Fade” music video, Teyana has been tapped to star in VH1’s ‘The Breaks’ series.

via Deadline:

Inspired by The Big Payback, a narrative history of the hip-hop business written by journalist Dan Charnas, The Breaks is executive produced by Seith Mann (The Wire) and John J. Strauss (Mozart in the Jungle). The series, a follow to VH1’s original film which aired earlier this year, will continue to follow three young friends as they fulfill their hip hop dreams in New York City in 1990.

Taylor joins a cast that includes Afton Willamson, Wood Harris, Mack Wilds, Antoine Harris, David Call, Evan Handler, Melonie Diaz, Sinqua Walls and Ali Ahn.Inspired by The Big Payback, a narrative history of the hip-hop business written by journalist Dan Charnas, The Breaks is executive produced by Seith Mann (The Wire) and John J. Strauss (Mozart in the Jungle). The series, a follow to VH1’s original film which aired earlier this year, will continue to follow three young friends as they fulfill their hip hop dreams in New York City in 1990.
Taylor also will be doing a stint on VH1’s upcoming Hip Hop Squares.

Im so Proud of Teyana. She’s been grindin for years…. All the Hard Work is PAYING OFF👏👏 Go Girl!!!

2015 Grammys Recap

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Ashanti

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Ciara

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Common

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Chris Brown

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Rihanna

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And the WINNER IS…..JHENE! She effortlessly killed it!

This is where the shady industry goes to far? Why on Gods green earth was Beyonce asked to sing the Mahalia Jackson cover instead of Ledisi? Ledisi bodied the cover on the Selma soundtrack. Beyonce is cool but Ledisi voice is from another galaxy. The Grammys is clearly a popularity contest in a much all ready shady industry. If your looking for real talent trust me its not a on the radio or tv every 5 mintues. The Grammys will never recognize a QUEEN like Ledisi. Shes to real for em….No Shade just all facts!

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Im very joyus that Pharrell came to do his thang and used his platform for GOOD! RIP MIKE BROWN #handsup #dontshoot

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CAME THRU AND CLEANED UP. Love how they make each better. Relationships are HARD but having someone that matches your DRIVE and AMBITION is PRICELESS!

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Blue and Rih

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Pharrell and Common

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THANKS for taking the time to GLOW ,
Tesha Sherie

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