Celebrity Instagram Roundup October 10-16

Celebrity Instagram Roundup October 10-16

Take a look at what your favorite celebs have been up to this past week!

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Celebrity Instagram Roundup October 03-09

Celebrity Instagram Roundup October 03-09

Check out this weeks roundup of celebrity selfies and social media shenanigans!

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Claire Danes’ Met gown was ‘custom fiber optic organza with battery packs’

Claire Danes’ Met gown was ‘custom fiber optic organza with battery packs’

MET Costume Institute Gala 2016
My favorite gown at the Met Gala, and the one that I thought best captured the theme, was Claire Danes’ Cinderella style Zac Posen, an impressive gown in its own right which went to the next level by glowing and sparkleingwith the lights off. Many of you said that the theme Manus x Machina (hand and machine) was more than just technology meets design, that it was meant to incorporate both traditional hand design methods, like the intricate feathering on Zoe Saldana’s Dolce & Gabbana, and more modern technology, like the perfectly circular machine-cut grommets on Kate Mara’s dress. I think that’s accurate now that I’ve read through the whole theme description. Although I find that theme too all-encompassing I can now appreciate how more traditional dresses did fit the theme. Some of them still seemed phoned in to me, and I would have liked to see more designs with tech features built in, but I see your point.

Entertainment Weekly has an interview with Posen, who described the technology behind the dress that had everyone talking. It was made with a fibric optic material which transmitted light and had 30 battery packs built in to run it. Next year, I want to see recycled gowns (like Emma Watson’s) with solar-paneled lights. I kid but that would be fun. Plus imagine owning clothes that glow without batteries. As long as it didn’t attract bugs outside I would want that. Here’s more, from EW:

Posen set out to create a gown that highlighted “the place where technology and fantasy meet.” Made of custom fiber optic woven organza with 30 mini battery packs sewn into a thin organza lining, the result was a haute couture design that reflects his experimental approach to fashion. “We custom developed the fabrication, because I wanted to create something that had a transparency to it, but an illumination to it.” And though the major glam factor came from the light bright factor, even the smallest details — like its raw-edged hem — were considered ahead of the gown’s red carpet debut. “I think fashion has become something called fashiontainment,” reflects Posen. “And it’s our job as dreamers and creators to push that.”

That said, the pale blue, princess-style dress required 600 hours of work from Posen and his six-person team, and paid off when social media declared the dress a Cinderella moment. “It’s always great when something resonates and creates a visceral reaction,” says Posen, who has incorporated tech-inspired designs in previous collections and worked with Google’s Made with Code program.

[From Entertainment Weekly]

Here’s the video again:

Magic moments!! Zacposen #metgala #clairedanes

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Some of you didn’t like this gown and I know that Lainey called it “gimmicky.” I usually agree with her, but I thought this was a beautiful fantasy, like something you would see on film created with CGI only achieved in real life. Posen designed with light, and this gown was incredible.

EW also reports that Claire had to return the dress by midnight and that she changed for the after party. It’s not specified in the story, but if this gown goes on display at the MET I’m going to visit it. I’m getting goosebumps imagining seeing it lit up. Plus it’s been a while since I’ve been to New York.

Met Gala 2016 'Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology'

photos credit: WENN, FameFlynet and Getty

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Emma Watson needs a better explanation for her Lancome skin-whitening ads

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Several years back, Emma Watson got a lucrative beauty contract with Lancome. She became one of their “faces,” and she appeared in print ads for many different Lancome products. Her contract is done at this point, and I have no idea if Lancome simply didn’t renew it or if Emma just didn’t want to be in their advertising anymore. But this week, people started discussing a print ad from 2013. The print ad (seen above) features Emma as the “face” of a skin-whitening Lancome product being sold in Asia. As you can imagine, the reaction was really, really bad. People have been itching to write off Emma as just another non-intersectional white feminist, and this gave them a perfect opportunity.

Beauty companies have long sold “skin lightening” products in countries with large (or nearly exclusive) populations of non-white women. Lancome is not the first nor will they be the last. Colorism, racism and the white-dominated hierarchy of beauty standards all come into play when we talk about skin lightening. We’ve talked about it before too, with Freida Pinto talking openly about her disgust for Indian society’s obsession with getting lighter skin. Anyway, the conversation centered around Emma and how she’s basically Peak White Feminism because she has profited from selling this bulls—t. So Emma’s publicist came out and this was literally the only statement made.

“I cannot comment on my client’s previous contractual arrangements with Lancôme. However, my client no longer participates in advertising beauty products, which do not always reflect the diverse beauty of all women.”

[Via People]

If it sounds like Emma’s people are sort of throwing Lancome under the bus, that’s because I think they are. I also think there’s a very real possibility that Emma’s images were used by Lancome for skin-whitening products without her explicit or implicit endorsement. Oh, and a Lancome representative told People:

“Blanc Expert was created by Lancôme 20 years ago. It helps brighten, even skin tone, and provides a healthy looking complexion. This kind of product, proposed by every brand, is an essential part of Asian women’s beauty routines.”

[Via People]

That pisses me off more than Emma’s rep’s statement. Skin-lightening products are not now and never have been an “essential” part of Asian women’s beauty routines and f—k you very much for saying so, Lancome.

As for Emma and white feminism… I find Emma less harmful than someone like Lena Dunham, honestly. I think Emma is trying and she’s attempting to educate herself beyond the narrow feminist beliefs she held just a few years ago. Does she deserve some backlash? Sure. Does she owe her fans a better explanation of why her image ended up on skin-whitening ads? Yes. But Lancome is the villain here, make no mistake.



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“Lindsay Lohan tried to Instagram in Arabic & it went very wrong” links

“Lindsay Lohan tried to Instagram in Arabic & it went very wrong” links

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Lindsay Lohan tried to call her fans “beautiful” in Arabic but called them … something else. God, she needs to stay off Instagram. [Pajiba]
Judge rules that Sherri Shepherd is legal mom of the surrogate baby. [Dlisted]
Sienna Miller & Bradley Cooper took a walk together. [LaineyGossip]
A little girl born without feet got the best puppy. [Buzzfeed]
Alexis Bellino (RHOOC) shows off a fancy new ring. [Reality Tea]
Will the “She-Shed” do battle with the man-cave? [Starcasm]
James McAvoy turns 36, which is an excuse to celebrate. [A Socialite Life]
Rihanna is having a fantastic bikini time in Hawaii. [Celebslam]
Emma Watson‘s Dior is a variation on the skirt leg. [Go Fug Yourself]
Adriana Lima does an enthustiastic photo shoot. [Moe Jackson]
Miley Cyrus is growing out her armpit hair. [Wonderwall]
Megan Fox‘s patterned leggings give me a headache. [Popoholic]
A$AP Rocky threatened to “snuff” a guy over a bagel. [The Blemish]
Roseanne Barr is going blind & smoking the good stuff to cope. [Evil Beet]

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Emma Watson named the #1 Celebrity Feminist of 2014: good choice?


We’re in the midst of a lot of end-of-year listicles and Best-of-2014 summaries, some of which are really boring. But I found this one interesting: the Top Celebrity Feminists of 2014. The list was compiled by the Ms. Foundation and Cosmopolitan Magazine, and it was done by online poll. So… I’m actually shocked that Tom Hiddleston and Benedict Cumberbatch weren’t on the top of the list, considering the online presence of the dragonflies and Cumberbitches. But you know who else has a big online presence? Emma Watson’s fans. Thus, Emma was named the top celebrity feminist of 2014, mostly for her UN speech in support of the UN HeForShe campaign, which went viral several months ago. You can see the list of top celebrity feminists here.

Emma Watson was voted the top feminist of 2014 in a Ms. Foundation for Women online poll, conducted in partnership with Cosmopolitan.com, and it’s a well-deserved win. In 2014, the 24-year-old actress gave a rousing speech about gender equality to the United Nations, telling men, “Gender equality is your issue too.” In her role as a UN Goodwill Ambassador, she also helped launch the “He for She” campaign to work with men in ending violence against women. Watson’s speech also made Cosmopolitan.com’s list of the 2014 best moments for women.

“I want men to take up this mantle,” Watson said in her speech, “so their daughters, sisters, and mothers can be free from prejudice, but also so that their sons have permission to be vulnerable and human too — reclaim those parts of themselves they abandoned and in doing so be a more true and complete version of themselves.”

Here are the top 10 2014 feminists, according to Ms. Foundation voters:

Emma Watson
Laverne Cox
Rachel Maddow
Amy Poehler
Tina Fey
Meryl Streep
Mindy Kaling
Ann Curry

“We celebrate all feminists every day, but today we’re giving a hat tip to celebrities who are helping to promote women’s equality,” Ms. Foundation President and CEO Teresa Younger said in a statement. “Every celebrity on the list has either embraced the term ‘feminist,’ spoken out for women’s equal rights, or battled against sexist oppression.”

[From Cosmo]

You know what? I don’t have a problem with this list at all. And I kind of like that we’re now compiling lists of feminists, you know? Emma’s speech went viral and she really did change the pop culture conversation about feminism. Laverne Cox is amazing and a committed activist for LGBT causes. Rachel Maddow is my girl. Beyonce has to be included or The Hive will burn the place down. Amy Poehler and Tina Fey are incredible women. Mindy Kaling is awesome. I enjoyed this list!


Photos courtesy of WENN.


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