ASHLEY GRAHAM TALKS ABOUT HER BODY CONFIDENCE JOURNEY AND BARES IT ALL IN V MAGAZINE

‘The force is strong with this one.’ ~ Darth Vader

Is this what he would say about Ashley Graham too? I think so, especially on #MayTheForthBeWithYou day! Ashley slayed in the latest V Magazine issue while she talked about her own body confidence journey. Ashley said regarding cellulite: ‘It doesn’t define my worth. If women like you and me continue to preach that, then I feel like younger girls are going to grasp it and they’re going to be like: “Who cares!”‘

Here is a segment from her interview with Tracee Ellis Ross:

TRACEE ELLIS ROSS Hi Ashley! How are you doing?

ASHLEY GRAHAM I’m so good! I’m so happy to be doing this.

TER Me too! First of all, you’re slaying everybody’s life right now with your fashion. I was spit out of a fashion womb, thanks to momma [Diana Ross]. I’ve been stealing her clothes for a lifetime. My mom was always like, “What are you doing?” Because she always thought that the costumes were incredibly important and worthy of archiving, but I’ve been explaining to her for many, many years, “Mom! Listen, with just your fashion choices in general, you defined an era. These T-shirts are a curated collection!” But that’s not the point. We’re here to talk about you!

AG Who cares! I like being able to talk to you.

TER There’s so much I want to talk to you about! Let’s just dive in. When did you make a decision to love the skin you’re in? Was it something that you found your way to, or was there a particular moment?

AG It would be so much easier to be like, “This is the date, time, and experience I had,” but there really isn’t one. It was more about experiences in my life of devaluing the fact that I was an average, normal girl living in the city. But being told, “You’re fat,” “You’re ugly” or “You’re just not good enough,” and trying to live in these model standards, that was my normal. I think I hit bottom around 18. I was disgusted with myself and told my mom I was coming home. And she told me, “No, you’re not, because you told me that this was what you wanted and I know you’re supposed to do this. It doesn’t matter what you think about your body, because your body is supposed to change somebody’s life.” To this day that sticks with me because I’m here today and I feel that it’s okay to have cellulite.

TER In our culture it’s a big, ugly word, but it’s such a normal part of the human body. As women, we’re taught to see through the eyes of other people instead of our own.

AG I remember my first signs of cellulite, in middle school. I remember telling my mom, “Isn’t it disgusting? It’s so ugly.” She pulled her pants down and said, “Look, I have it, too.” And I was like, “Gasp!” She looked at me, then at it, and just rolled her eyes. She didn’t tell me that it’s beautiful or ugly. She just made it a nonissue. It doesn’t define my worth. If women like you and me continue to preach that, then I feel like younger girls are going to grasp it and they’re going to be like, “Who cares!”

TER In high school, I came up with the Jell-O and earthquake test. I’d stomp my foot on the floor while staring, naked, in the mirror so I could watch how long my ass jiggled. If it made me uncomfortable, it meant I had more work to do.

AG I think you have one of the best asses in the industry!

TER Thank you. I never moved into being full-blown anorexic, but that was the sort of tenacious relationship I had with my body growing up. Do you have a mantra you say to yourself when things get tough?

AG Absolutely, I have many. I grew up in a very Christian home, so words have power. I took that with me into every area of my life. If you say, “I’m fat,” that’s how you’re going to feel. If you say, “I’m stupid,” that’s how you’re going to start your day. I wake up sometimes and I feel like the fattest person alive, but I’m not going to let that affect the rest of my day. Say to yourself, “I like this day. I am bold, I am beautiful, and I am brilliant.” For me, that hits the interior, the exterior, and it makes me feel smart.

TER I do the exact same thing! I get clear on what the specific thing is that is frightening me and then I can turn it around into a positive mantra. I keep little white index cards or put it on the home screen of my phone. You want young girls to start with these good thoughts. But I’m 44 and every day is [still] different. How old are you by the way?

AG This year is the big three-oh.

TER I don’t know why people are afraid of getting older. But we should have a conversation about the areas you have to moisturize, and what to do with the armpits as we get older.

AG Should I be moisturizing my armpits?

TER Moisturize them. Talk to them and make sure they should be doing what they’re doing, but do not forget them. Let’s shift gears. How does what’s happening in our country right now connect to your sense of activism and responsibility?

AG I have never had so many political conversations with my girlfriends. If this year has done anything, it’s brought my friendships to a closer level. We’ve been able to get things off our chests and understand things better. We’ve become closer, even just my inner circle. I feel like a lot of American women have gotten closer and tighter and listened to each other more—and been more supportive of each other. It’s not just about the industry we’re in, but the world we’re in. Women have always had a stereotype of being catty or malicious; I think now we’re willing to bring our sisters up and fight for one another. At the end of the day, we just want equality and our rights.

TER It’s a strange time, but I think it’s awakened a lot people. What are your thoughts on social media? You use it as a wonderful tool.

AG I think there are negative attachments to it as far as the face tuning and flawless face and big round butt and tiny waist. It’s like, We get it. But I honestly think social media has been a really great platform for young adults that haven’t been accepted. If nobody in their small town looks like them or is doing the same things as them, they can find people on the Internet.

TER I agree. It’s a way to connect to a like-minded community, but it can obviously go either way. Who are your role models?

AG Growing up, I idolized Beyoncé, J-Lo, and the Spice Girls. I was a mix between Ginger and Scary Spice. I wore the Scary buns and Ginger’s slutty, leopard outfits. Today, I have two role models. One of them is my mom. Just seeing how happy she has been going through [life] and how she’s handled every curveball is like, That’s a women who has integrity and dignity and has been kind and generous to people around her. Business-wise, it’s Kathy Ireland. She’s OG. When she was younger and in Sports Illustrated she was like, I’m going to sell some socks and make a business. Now she has a billion-dollar company. Kathy Ireland, if you’re out there, I’m still trying to be your best friend. You’re on my vision board.

TER Anything you want to say that I didn’t ask about?

AG Buy my book! It’s called A New Model: What Confidence, Beauty, and Power Really Look Like and it comes out May 9th.

SEE THE INTERVIEW AND MORE IMAGES HERE:

http://vmagazine.com/article/ashley-graham-tracee-ellis-ross-interview/ 

 

The images made by MARIO SORRENTI show a nude, but very strong and confident Ashley.

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PHOTOGRAPHY: MARIO SORRENTI / STYLING: GEORGE CORTINA

Cellulite, stretch marks or tiger stripes and natural unedited skin never looked better in a magazine before.

Do you agree?

Kind regards

Lyz Lupo

Style & Curve Magazine

 

MET GALA 2017: THE NEW MAKE-UP TREND AND THE DRESS REVIEWS

This year’s Met Gala celebrated the designs of Rei Kawakubo‘s high fashion brand Comme des Garçons. An exhibition from May until September will continue to feature her, sometimes ‘distressed’ and ‘punk’ oriented, designs.

No wonder that some outfits seemed strange for us. To show you what I mean with that, I should present you the worst dressed list.

WORST DRESSED

The worst dressed has been Katie Perry wearing a custom Maison Margiela piece, which was designed by John Galliano. That dress is scary, it reminded me of the Red Wedding from Game of Thrones.  Madonna’s is from Moschino’s designer Jeremy Scott. Scott is famous for his crazy and colourful designs, but Madonna looked rather boring to me in this creation.

Helen Lasichanh, Pharrell Williams wife, and Caroline Kennedy both wore designs by Comme des Garcons. I added them to the worst dressed list, but I think they are less horrible then Katie’s and Madonna’s dresses.

BEST DRESSED

I’m not surprised that she made it to the best dressed list, but Ashley Graham achieved that also because of the great work H & M did on her dress by staying true to her figure.

Zendaya is the second Lady who made it to our best dressed list. She looked like a princess in her colourful dress, which had parrots printed on it. The dress was designed by Dolce & Gabbana.

CUTEST COUPLES

 

Serena Williams attended the gala with her fiancé Alexis Ohanian and Blake Lively with her husband Ryan Reynolds. They both wore Versace, but the reason I had to pick them for the cutest couple list is their happy faces. The only thing that is better than being happy at the beginning of your relationship, is when you are still happy years later.

THE MAKE-UP TREND – PINK HIGHLIGHTER ALL OVER

Even if you don’t believe me yet, you will see in the next days and weeks a lot of images and videos of artists re-creating this look. Rihanna rocked the pink highlighter look amazingly!

Plus, Rihanna is the only star who can make an over-the-top outfit look great. I don’t know how she does it, but I’ve got to tell you I love her for that. She also wore Comme des Garcons.

I know many of you will love the PINK HIGHLIGHTER look, therefore I searched for you for links where you can get them and what I found so far on Instagram to shop for you. I rather think she products she used is from her own Fenty Beauty brand, but those products aren’t available until September.

HERE ARE THE SHOPPING LINKS:

Etsy Fuschia Make-up Search

MAC Cosmetics

Makeup Revolution USA (my favourite selection)

Nars Cosmetics

BeYu Cosmetics Blush + Highlighting Powder

Urban Decay Blush +  Highlighter 

Have fun re-creating her look and don’t be shy. With this look you should go over-the-top like Rihanna.

That was it for our review. You might saw that we didn’t feature Kim Kardashian, Kylie Jenner or Kendall Jenner this time and the reason is that I didn’t like their outfits at all. None of the top social media models like Gigi Hadid, Bella Hadid or the other ones were chosen for this year’s list, because I am getting tired of the nude look in today’s fashion. I find images of women showing cellulite and stretch marks a lot more beautiful.

Kind regards,

Lyz Lupo

Style & Curve Magazine

Image Source: Daily Mail

 

25 UNAPOLOGETIC CURVY WOMEN WHO SHOWED THEIR CELLULITE BEFORE KIM KARDASHIAN

The images of Kim Kardashian showing her cellulite are storming social media like crazy. Every day I see these images of her.

Even if the press praises her for her unapologetic attitude about her look, she is not the first one to be brave to show her natural unedited skin to the world. Furthermore, Kim didn’t revolutionise the way we see cellulite, nor did she start a movement as the press tried to point out.

I applaud her for being brave and confident enough to present her natural skin to the world. I’m also happy to see that she joined the body positive movement, but we know it started long before her.

We from Style & Curve Magazine follow this movement for a long time now and we are used to images showing cellulite, stretch marks, thick thighs and belly’s.

Therefore, I picked the most known plus size models and bloggers who were unapologetic about their bodies before Kim Kardashian in the collection below:

 

JOBY BACH

 

ASHLEY GRAHAM

 

ISKRA LAWRENCE

 

TESS HOLLIDAY

 

LOEY LANE

 

LAURA LEE

 

GABIFRESH

 

DENISE BIDOT

 

MISS DIVA KURVES

 

FULLER FIGURE FULLER BUST

 

LAURA BRIOSCHI

 

CRAZY CURVY YOGA

 

CANDICE KELLY

 

GOOFY GINGER

 

ALLISON KIMMEY

 

NON AIRBRUSHED ME

 

DIANA SIROKAI

 

YOURS TRUELY MELLY

 

BODY POSI PANDA

 

JEWELZ JOURNEY

 

BABI MONTEIRO

 

LATEICIA THOMAS

 

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HUNTER MCGRADY

 

MARCIEL HOPKINS

 

All these women and Kim deserve our respect for showing their so-called flaws to the public. I also showed my own cellulite in shootings from the past as you can see in the post below:

Always be unapologetic about your look. I was so insecure as a teen about my #booty, my #thickthights, my #strechmarks and #belly. I tried to cover up as good as possible, but you can't cover up what's meant to #shine! Today I am much more #confident about myself and my #body. I don't mind to show my #naturalskin anymore. I love my body and my personality. I am special and precious in my own way. Now I only feel bad for following the rules of the society, the media, my friends and family for way too long. I am perfect the way I am and the man who loves me, does this cause I am like this! #loveyourself & #loveyourbody! You rule over your life, but trust me you can't do it if you hate yourself or if you try to please others. Please your own wishes for your life first and the people who love you will still follow. Trust me, I know this for sure! Kind regards, @lyzlupo from #styleandcurvemag. 😘 Photo Left – 2016: By @mfg_prophoto with graffiti style #bodypaint by @esoneart_ for @idaremagazine Photo Right – 2015: Done by myself for my blog on www.lyzlupo.com

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WE CURVY WOMEN ARE UNAPOLOGETIC ABOUT OUR BODIES, BECAUSE WE ARE FINALLY ENJOYING THE WAY WE LOOK AND WE ARE FINALLY CONFIDENT ABOUT OURSELFS!

At the end of the day, why should we hide the cellulite when it was meant to shine?

Silvana Denker, German body positive activist, photographer and model, thinks we shouldn’t hide our flaws as she shows in her post:

#wokeuplikethis when I was in Madrid after a short night. #nomakeup #nofilter #nophotoshop And please register the beautiful toilet in the background, it is very important for the message of the picture 😂😂😂😂 I have big thighs, a belly with rolls, I have bumps, stretch marks, dark under-eye circles and I have to wear glasses or contact lenses because I can't see very well and I have scars. That's me, without styling, without any beautiful fashion, not retouched, just me the way I am. My life wasn't always easy, I went through some very hard years but I never gave up and became the person who I am now. I'm proud to be me, proud I never gave up no matter what happened. And my body tells the story of my life, I learned to love my body with all the "flaws", I learned to love myself and now I'm happier than I ever was. Don't hate yourself, life is too short ❤ #bodylove #bodypositive #loveyourself #loveyourbody #spreadlove #nobodyshaming #nobullying #selflove #acceptance #love

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DO YOU ALSO THINK THAT YOU ARE UNAPOLOGETICALLY CONFIDENT EVEN WITH CELLULITE, STRETCH MARKS AND BELLY; THEN SEND US YOUR INSTA POST LINK TO styleandcurve@gmail.com AND WE SHARE IT HERE:

#UNAPOLOGICALLYCONFIDENT #ALLWOMENROCK #ALLSIZESROCK

Kind regards

Lyz Lupo

Style & Curve Magazine

 

 

GRAMMYS 2017 – 2 Queens & 1 King

This years Grammys were very interesting and surprising!
You would have expected that Beyonce would win again, but….WRONG!
You would have expected that Kanye and Kim would show up again, but….WRONG!
You would expect that every performance will work out well, but…WRONG AGAIN partially!

But first, let’s talk about the most important people of last nights show:

ADELE

Adele became the winner of Album of the Year, but she said that she cannot accept the award when Beyonces album was so much better. Adele turned out to be a huge fan of Beyonce and even ripped her award in two pieces to give Beyonce on part of it. I must say I never saw a female winner being so nice and kind as Adele was last night!

Beyonce’s reaction to Adele’s speech was also very touching.

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Which is why Adele became the first queen of the night! She wore a dresses from the fashion label Givenchy.

 

BEYONCE

Beyonce herself became the second queen of the night! Presenting her beautiful pregant body the way she did it was amazing. I loved her red dress, I loved her outfit for her acceptance speech and all her looks from her performance. She looked like an acient african or egyptian fertility goddess. All the outfits she wore were done by Peter Dundas and the headpiece was from House of Malakai.

 

JAMES CORDEN

James Corden really rocked the show in the beginning with his performance. It was really funny and his attitude to still rock the stage only while wearing a smoking, a shirt, shorts and socks was awesome. He slayed! I found his look so great and since the band Twenty One Pilots also wore this look for their acceptance speech, but in their case it was just a promsie they gave themselves to show up like that if they ever win a Grammy.

Nevertheless, I am having the feeling that this could become a trend. 😀
Which plus size male blogger wants to try out this looks too for fun???

 

CURVES ON THE RED CARPET LOOKS

These are the other looks of the stars which I liked a lot! Rihanna might not be plus size, but I still love her look a lot.

 

TRYING WAY TOOO HARD LOOKS

I decided to rename the the section of the bad or failed looks. I have learned by now that everything is fashion and art. Litterally everything! That is why I decided to rename this just in the ‘Trying way too hard’ looks. The stars who end up in this section just don’t look good or choosed the wrong message for their look, which ended up in social media ridiculing them. The reason for them to choose these outfits is to get some attention. I can respect that they want the attention and I don’t mind to give them that, but luckily I don’t need to agree with them on their decision. Besides that I still love the ideas they had.

 

Which star touched you the most last night? Who was your favourite?

This is it! What more can I say to pay a tribute to Michael Jackson. I loved that the stars made tributes to so many stars and even if Adele had to restart her tribute to George Michael it was still better afterwards!

Now I am excited to see what Beyonce will do next year. 😉

Kind regards,

Lyz Lupo

Style & Curve Magazine

 

Picture Source: www.dailymail.co.uk/

 

#CURVESONTHEREDCARPET – People’s Choice Awards 2017

Last night the 43rd People’s Choice Awards occurred at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. I always like to check out the outfits of the stars and select my favourite ones for you. Unlike with the Golden Globes 2017, I found a lot more beautiful curvy stars and outfits to talk about this time.

Here are our most favourite #CurvesOnTheRedCarpet looks from the People’s Choice Awards 2017:

Melissa McCarthy

WOW! Seeing Melissa McCarthy wearing this floras outfit made my heart melt. She looked amazing in it. This rather daring outfit combined with her smile and positive attitude made her my favourite star of the night. I love to see how she dares to wear more colourful clothes and how great she combines them!

Chrissy Metz

Chrissy Metz chose another wide dress for her look, but I think this works best for her. Finding an outfit in her size must be very hard. Therefore, I am happy that plus size brand Eloquii created this custom-made dress for her. She looks amazing and she inspires other women of her size to wear dresses too!

Sofia Vergara

‘Never in a million years did I thought with this ridiculous accent, I would be able to be a part of something so successful, so loved by all of you, like Modern Family.’ Sofia Vergara gave an emotional acceptance speech. She made me believe that her win is not only a success for her, but also for all Latin actors and actresses. Latin actors can achieve more nowadays than before and I am happy that Sofia won an award for her amazing work, even with the accent! I liked her outfit, because she chose a dress that shows her femininity in a beautiful way.

Fifth Harmony

Well, we have to change the band name into Four Harmony for now. It was the first event for the remaining four band members to appear and they did it with a statement. The combination of the colours white, cream and rose showed how they still want to be in harmony with each other. I liked their outfits a lot!

Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez is a garant for amazing style on the red carpet of any event! The Reem Acra dress she wore last night is also such an amazing piece, but there is something about her that I miss here. Where are her curves????? Her hips??? She looks more like having the hips of a man, then to have a female hip. She got famous for her curves and I am missing all that in this look. She had better outfits before!

See the full list of winners here:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-4129386/People-s-Choice-Awards-2017-red-carpet-live.html

I’m excited to see what the stars will wear at the next award show. Are you excited too?

Kind regards

Lyz Lupo

 

Beyoncé ‘s Jedi Mind Trick and other information you need to know

Beyoncé released a new explosive album called Lemonade and suddenly all the newspapers and online magazine started speculating about the story behind it. Most of all, because of the lyrics in this song:

I couldn’t find the video online anymore, but you can look at it on Tidal here. Below is a great sum up of an article I really liked:

‘The album tells the story of a woman grappling with her husband’s infidelity, moving through chapters with titles like “Intuition” and “Denial,” and ending with apparent reconciliation. Jay Z and the couple’s four-year-old child Blue Ivy appear on screen; it includes images from the couple’s quiet 2008 wedding, which they didn’t release photos of at the time. Lemonade practically begs to be read autobiographically, and as such, it is a master class in reputation management. Beyoncé planted enough seeds this weekend to keep the gossip industry drinking her lemonade for years. And somehow she did it without getting even a speck of dirt on her own hands.’ ~ Ruth Graham from slate.com 

I am going to answer all the important information you need to know from this media hype with the questions below:

  1. Is the marriage of Beyoncé and Jay Z on the rocks?
  2. Who is Becky with the good hair?
  3. Why did she write such a personal album?
  4. What is the truth behind all the hype?
  5. What is the good thing for her behind all the hype?

I know you all heard already so much of her and you saw so many pictures of her that I won’t repeat them. I want to do something else, because I am more of an investigative journalist. And I must say that most articles I read were just terrible. Even the articles of Vogue and Times sucked and these are the ones I admire the most. But now let me answer the questions I wrote above.

Is the marriage of Beyoncé and Jay Z on the rocks?

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This is Jay Z smoking a Cuban cigar one day after the release of the album. Does this look to you like a sad man who has been publicly shamed by his own wife? HELL NO! Sure, she sings about how he cheated on her in this album and how he is such a bad husband, but did she leave him? NO! I can only talk for myself here, but if I published such an album, then only after I left my husband and not while I am still together with him. Her words are so rude and personal, that it can’t be the words of a wife who is still living with her husband. Although, I don’t wish them to separate ever, but her words would only then become authentic if she will leave him anytime soon.

Who is Becky with the good hair?

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The first woman, who was suspected to be Becky, was Rachel Roy, because she shared an image on IG writing ‘Good hair, don’t care….’, but she already stated that she is not Becky. One day later singer Rita Ora was seen with the same red dress that Beyoncé was wearing in her Formation video and everyone was suspecting her to be Becky, because there are rumours of her being involved with Jay Z since she became a Roc Nation member. Rita also stated that she is not Becky to the media. I wonder why Rihanna wasn’t mentioned yet, because the rumour that she is Jay Z’s mistress is also out there since many years. But let’s see what will happen regarding Becky, because this story has the best potential to become bigger.

Why did she write such a personal album?

For some reason a lot of haters out there want to see the marriage of Beyoncé and Jay Z fall apart and that they divorce. This rumour is so strong and I remember someone saying that if they break up then Beyoncé will publish an album that will become her best work and that will show how Jay Z really is. Well, we have this album. It’s called Lemonade, but she is still together with him. So why did she write it?  There is another truth behind all of this.

What is the truth behind all the hype?

The truth behind all of it is called: JEDI MIND TRICK

No, I didn’t’ invent it. It was an invention of George Lucas for the Star Wars Movies and Mathew Knowles was the one who used this for the career of his daughter. But I let him do the talk in the video below:

I know the name Jedi Mind Trick sounds kind of funny so I have to add a few funny memes to this now. 😀

 

The Jedi Mind Trick is something that makes you believe things are different, then they really are. The new album wants to let us believe that Beyoncé broke up with her husband, after a long and saddening marriage where he cheated on her many times. That’s why the lyrics are so personal. It’s the perfect break up album every Jay Z hater was waiting for since many years.

But the truth is that this album is just a Jedi Mind Trick, like the elevator scene of Solange and Jay Z. Days after the incident in the elevator several media pages said that Rachel Roy was the reason for Solange’s anger and that Jay Z still didn’t help her with her career. But thanks to the Jedi Mind Trick the sales on Solange’s album went up. How great is that? You only need to fake a fight and you earn more money. Or the constant rumour that Beyoncé would leave Jay Z during their tour. How they had separate rooms, how they didn’t even talk with each other after the shows and an article about how Beyoncé was looking for a new house. We don’t hear personal stuff like this from these two stars, because they are very private. But in this article the real-estate agent was even quoted. Truth about the tour rumours is again, that it was just fabricated to get more people to watch their show. Because if they will break up soon, then this will be the last time you can watch them together. So you have to go. I just have to remind you that it was Mathew who used this for her band Destiny’s Child the first time. Remember the ongoing stories about how rough the break-ups was from the former two band members? And the stories how Beyoncé SURVIVED all of it? That was the JEDI MIND TRICK!

What is the good thing for her behind all the hype?

 

Don’t get me wrong on analysing Beyoncé and pointing out that a lot of her public life seems to be fabricated. I am not against Bey. She is still my QUEEN B!

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I just admire how she manages to make all of you believe her stories, because she became the most successful artist in the US with the Jedi Mind Trick. The trick always works, because there could still be some sort of truth in it. Beyoncé and everyone else involved in this, will never admit that they tricked the fans. Bey and Jay Z are actually friends with Rachel Roy and Rita Ora just wore the dress to get herself involved in the rumour to be talked about in the media. Jay Z had this fake story about him and Rihanna going on for years to get more albums sold. It is his record label, so he is the one who gains the most from the hate against him. Like he gained the most from the release of his wife’s album, because it was first only available on TIDAL:

‘Almost immediately, Tidal downloads surged. Lemonade went live at 10PM EST. According to App Annie (registration required), at 1AM EST, Tidal was ranked the 202nd most popular free iOS app in the United States. By 2AM EST, its ranking hit 24. It currently is the third most-downloaded free app in the US, behind only Snapchat and viral game Slither.io.’ ~ Thanks to Beyoncé’s Lemonade, Jay Z’s Tidal is back on the top of the app charts

You got to admit, there have been just a handful of singers that could manipulate you in such a good way. Michael Jackson was one of them and we still love him. However, I think you should also know the truth behind it, because she uses the rumours to get more successful. So, let’s all hail the Jedi Queen and her King!

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 20: Beyonce (L) and Jay-Z attend the New Jersey Nets vs New York Knicks game at Madison Square Garden on February 20, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/FilmMagic)

NEW YORK, NY – FEBRUARY 20: Beyonce (L) and Jay-Z attend the New Jersey Nets vs New York Knicks game at Madison Square Garden on February 20, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/FilmMagic)

Cheers,

Lyz Lupo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

R.I.P. TO THE LADY IN RED – NANCY REAGAN DIED TODAY AT THE AGE OF 94

I always liked Nancy Reagan for her smile which gave her a positive appearance. Unfortunatly, in the future we can only see this in pictures of her. Nancy Reagan has died today from a heart failure in Bel Air aged 94. I know many may think it was expected for someone her age to die and you are right. It was only a matter of time until her heart gives up. Nethertheless, her dead is still saddening. Let’s just praise her to stay alive for such a long time.

Nancy Reagan was known as the First Lady next to her husband Ronald Reagan and for her style. Mainly for mostly wearing red at any occasion. I also have to say this colour really fitted her so perfectly, that if I see a picture of her in another colour I always think it doesn’t fit to her. Nancy was known for always wearing ‘Reagan Red’ or at least including red to her outfit:

“I always liked red. It’s a picker-upper,” … “I didn’t give it the name of Reagan Red, but that became its name.” ~ W Magazine

See below my collection of her ‘REAGAN RED’ style:

I personally must say I LOVE RED – always will and always did. But I have every year a certain favorite colour. Last year it was black and this year I chosed in January that it will be red. Although Nancy is not alive anymore, I can still use her looks to re-create for myself in her signature ‘Reagan Red’ style. So girls, next time you make pics of yourself go red!

Rest in peace, Nancy!

Lyz Lupo

 

THE MANY FACES OF ADELE – CELEBRATING THE WIN OF ADELE’S FOUR BRIT AWARDS

Winning four awards at the Brit Awards must have been amazing for Adele. Her emotions went from surprise, to happyness, to crying of joy, to humble crying of winning so many awards to confidence of succeeding so well. I must say that I like Adele a lot. She is honest, she is friendly and she is real. She does not need to put up a show all the time, like many other ‘stars’.

Therefore we decided to show you the many faces of Adele from the Brit Awards last night in this album:

Adele wore first a red Giambattista Valli dress and for her performance and after show a Valentino dress. Both are costum-made.

Here are also some quotes from her award speeches last night:

‘I’m really sorry about swearing earlier and I’m really sorry for the ugly crying face. 

‘Thank you to the fans. I also want to give a massive thank you to my boyfriend, sorry I’m going to embarrass you. I’m so lucky to have you support me as you do.,, thank you for my lovely son, who is the love of my life. This is for you peanut!

‘I feel a bit worn out emotionally. It feels absolutely incredible. I was hoping to win one but to get that many was amazing. I’m very lucky.
‘Not bad for a girl from Tottenham who don’t like flying, Global Success!’ ~ Daily Mail

I agree, really not bad. Especially for a star who has over 1 Billion viewers for her video ‘HELLO‘ . Let’s wait and see how many Grammys she will get for her global success.

Enjoy below the video from her performance of her song “when we were young”:

Adele, we are honestly happy for your success and don’t ever think we might be too bored of you. You are so not boring. :*

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Cheers from your editor-in-chief

Lyz Lupo

 

Sources: Daily Mail 1, Daily Mail 2 and Daily Mail 3

GOLDEN GLOBE 2016 – Best and Worst Dressed Review

 

Oh, there it was again. The first preview of the Oscars. In this case it’s the Golden Globe Awards 2016 and I can’t even wait to show you my best and worst dressed choices. But first the most important announcement from the event: LEONARDO DICAPRIO WON AN AWARD FOR BEST ACTOR IN THE MOVIE THE REVENANT! This win is important, because it means he could have a good chance to finally win an Oscar after all those years of waiting since the Titanic.

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But now let’s go on to the Ladies.

WORST DRESSED LIST:

Jane Fonda

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I have almost no words for this one. This dress would have looked so much better if it had a simple cape. The ruffles on the dress make her the worst dressed from last night. But hey, at least she looks fabulous for a 78 years old woman. I wished I could achieve this, even in that dress. 😉

Cate Blanchett

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I saw a pic last night on Instagram naming this dress as grandmas drapes and yes that sums it all up. Not her best choice, since Cate Blanchett is so well dressed usually.

Rooney Mara

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Nevermind her makeup and the upper part of the dress. Rooney Mara looks amazing, but the messy lower part of the dress is really not good. I am saddened to say that this is a Alexander McQueen dress.

Olivia Palermo

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Now we know that Olvia Palermo is of Italian descent, which is why she choosed this dress. Unfortunatly, the dress doesn’t look good and if you ask me her lipstick has the wrong colour. Could it be that she had a different dress in mind before, but changed her decision in the last minute? It looks to me like that.

See also the worst dressed list by the Daily Mail here.

 

BEST DRESSED LIST:

Jennifer Lopez

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Oh, I can’t get enough of this dress. It is so beautiful. I don’t care if people make fun of the colour. I think it just looks amazing on Jennifer Lopez. I just had to make her my winner in this form-fitting caped dress by Giambattista Valli with the split on the side. Her makeup and her accessoires just fit perfectly together.

Melissa McCarthy

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Who can say they showed up at an awards show as an actress in their own design? Melissa McCarthy can! She presented a dress from her own collection. And I must say she looks amazing in it. Although the Daily Mail named her as one of the worst dressed Ladies, I don’t agree with them. It is her own decision if she wants to take a form fitting dress or a wider one. I can still see that she lost weight. And this dress is such better choice than the onces she had before – pictured below:

Doesn’t she look more happy and confident this year? This is going to be such a great year for her fashionwise. So bring it on Melissa – I want to see the other dresses from your collection!

Jennifer Lawrence

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What does it mean when the most successful actress of Hollywood today wears a red dress? Girl, get yourself a red dress too. Like right now! Every year I have a certain favorite colour to wear. Last year it was black, this year it is red. And honestly if Jennifer Lawrence is wearing a red DIOR dress at the Golden Globes, then I know I was sooo right with my intuition. Red is the fashion colour of 2016. Oh, and her accessoires are also nicely combinated. Especially the award looks great next to the dress. 😀

Amy Schumer

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Here we go, my last choice for the best dressed list. This is Amy Schumer wearing a black and white dress from Prabal Gurung. Unlike Olivia Palermo, her dress looks more relaxed I wan to say. Not to much colour blocking going on. And her makeup fits to the dress.

Let’s talk a little longer about J.LAW and A.SCHU:

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These two ladies didn’t show up in the same dress as announced before, but they still managed to provide the audience with a funny moment at the award show – here is the video of the two funny girls:

P.S. I also want J.LAW and A.SCHU to host the next Globes show!

More pictures from the event available here, or here – oh, and here too.

All picured found on the page of the Daily Mail.

Thanks for reading and alwas remember to love yourself and love your body!

Lyz Lupo

MUSICIAN AND STYLE ICON DAVID BOWIE DIED FROM CANCER AGED 69

“Nature Boy

There was a boy
A very strange enchanted boy
They say he wandered very far, very far
Over land and sea
A little shy
And sad of eye
But very wise
Was he
And then one day
A magic day he passed my way
And while we spoke of many things, fools and kings
This he said to me
“The greatest thing
You’ll ever learn
Is just to love
And be loved
In return”
  ~ David Bowie
Long before Lady Gaga there was a man who changed the music industry and the fashion industry. It was Ziggy Stardust. The crazy, colourful imagination transformed into life by David Bowie. David Bowie was one of the most successful stars of our time.  He was making music for 40 years. And he was the chameleon of the music industry by constantly changing his look. He did not only made music, but he also told the story of the characters he created in this albums. But he also had an effect on the fashion industry. He was even crowned Most Stylish Briton In History by BBC History magazine.
On January 10 2016 this news was announced on his fanpage: “David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle with cancer. While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief.”

‘He was a poet and a troubadour; we knew his words and messages by heart and took them to heart, even if we were never entirely sure what they meant. But that was the point. He was cleverer than us. He knew things we didn’t.’ ~ Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman in his TRIBUNE for Vogue Magazine including a style gallerie.

Here are some links that show his style re-created by the fashion industry:

We know now that he died of liver cancer and that he was diagnosed with it more than a year ago. David wanted to survive this, since he wanted to see his daughter grow up. But unfortunatly, he lost his fight against cancer. David knew that he was going to die and he wanted to leave this world with a last album as a parting gift for his fans. He was not fit enough for the whole work on the album, but he didn’t want to give up. His album ‘Blackstar‘ was released on his birthday on January 8, 2016 and two days later he died. David was an exceptional artist and now you can even listen to the thoughts of a man before he dies in his new album and his new song Lazarus.
I got to know his music through his song Thursday’s Child. And then I stared to also listen to his older songs and felt in love with the songs ‘This is not America’, ‘Let’s Dance’, ‘Under Pressure’ with Queen and ‘Starman’. I cant even imagine growing up without his songs. I guess I love ‘Thursday’s Child’ so much, because I am born on a Thursday or because I love this sadness in the song.
Here are the links of my favorite songs:

“I’m an instant star, just add water.” ~ David Bowie
Illustration by the talented Fernando Ferreiro:
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Sleep well Mr STARMAN and thank you for all your inspiration – you will never be forgotten!

American Music Awards 2015 – Style Review

I woke up this morning and the first thing I saw was a video of Jennifer Lopez from her performance at the American Music Awards. I realized that I forgot that the #AMA showcased tonight. But thanks to the news I can now review the style and performances from the American Music Awards.

I want to start with the WORST DRESSED list:

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Jack Sparrow would say: “Oh no, the sea monster is back!” Z Lala’s outfit looks like she was going to a Halloween party. For me it’s just crazy and my worst dressed outfit. But she is always dressed like this at every event – just look at this link.

Kendall & Kylie Jenner

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What were they thinking? I guess nothing! The outfits don’t look good at all. The cut outs and the combination of leather with other materials don’t look harmonious at all.

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I am #ProKardashian, but this is a #NoGo. This is also the first time that Kylie is better dressed than Kendall. Kendall Jenner is usually the only one in this family who is chic and elegant dressed. But here the heels don’t match with the dress and the fake fur doesn’t match with the dress either. This is a complete missmatch!

Selena Gomez

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The next one with a missmatched outfit is Selena Gomez. Her show outfit was great, but this is the wrong dress according to me. Nevermind the red sequin material on this dress, but why did Givenchy combine it with an inner tube? Again there is no harmony in this dress.

Gwen Stefanie?

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The dailymail named Gwen Stefanie as one of the worst dressed ladies from the #AMAs, because you can see her underwear in this dress. Oh really? Like that is a bad thing nowadays still? So you say it looks terrible on her, but when Kim Kardashian wear the same you praise her for her fashion style?

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I don’t agree with the dailymail and I think that if Kim, Beyonce or JLo can wear see through outfits, then Gwen can too!

Now let’s go to the BEST DRESSED list:

Rebel Wilson

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I can’t even express my joy of seeing Rebel Wilson wearing a silver dress. No black, no dark grey, but SILVER! She is such an shiny, confident and curvy star. She proves with this outfit that plus size women can wear everything they want. And the lollypop clutch fits perfect to the dress and her silver heels. This is a dress from Eloquii. Get it here. Everything on this outfit matches. 2 thumps up, Rebel!

Jennifer Lopez

WOW! Jennifer Lopez was the host of the show, made the best performance and wore the best dresses. The only reason why she didn’t made it to my number one, was Rebel’s courage to wear a silver dress. Anyone who is also plus size, knows that we mostly stick to black dresses for big events. Plus JLo dominated already the whole night. I think I would rather make her my 1,5 place on the best dressed list. Here are her outfits:

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poses in the press room during the 2015 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 22, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

Jennifer Lopez poses in the press room during the 2015 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 22, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

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Dear, Kendall and Selena. THIS IS HOW TO WEAR A CUT OUT DRESS. And no mix of materials together that don’t match.

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Not her best choices, but still not bad. I like the cape jumpsuit in the middle the most. More info about the designer follows below.

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This looks like a mermaid dress to me. It seem simple, but this is a handmade dress and it’s stunning.

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Audrey says “HELLO“!

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Princess style is always a good choice.

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This is my second favorite outfit of her. I just don’t like how the pants look when she walks. It would have been better if this was a dress.

And the best dress worn by Jennifer Lopez is:

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If you wonder why Jennifer has such a huge smile on her face, then let me tell you it is not because she is the host of the show. It is not because she knows all the tabloids will write about her. It is because she knows they will write about how amazing she looks in this dress. It is a dress from the designer Zuhair Murad.

‘Designer Zuhair Murad grew up in Baalbek, Lebanon. Since his childhood, he always dreamt of evading to a world of fantasy. He started sketching dresses at the age of ten, quoted as saying “I don’t recall a day in my life without a pen in my hand!”. ‘

Zuhair is known for making amazing see through designer dresses for women and he is one of my favorite designers also. If you ever want to buy a dress that is worth saving, then you need to get his gowns one day.

Watch here the latest fashion show of Zuhair Murad:

Gigi Hadid

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Unlike Kendall, Gigi Hadid knows how to look great for the #amas even if she is wearing just a white dress. You can see again some cut outs, but no mixing ov differents materials. Simple and elegant.

Meghan Trainor

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Meghan Trainor choosed a simple and elegant outfit for her arrival. And a beautiful tight-fitting dress for her performance later. Especially her kiss with Charlie Puth at the end of her song was making the audience cheer loudly. It was one of the special moment of the American Music Awards.

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Another special moment was the tribute for the victims of the terrorists attacks in Paris 10 days ago by Jared Leto and by Celine Dion singing an Edith Piaf song: http://perezhilton.com/tv/?from=navbar_perezhilton#.VlLu9OJ0dyk.

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I also liked the performance of Justin Bieber. Yes, of Justin Bieber. I never thought I might start to like him, but I do since his collaboration with Dilpo and Skrillex for “Where are Ü now?”. Watch the full performance here: http://perezhilton.com/tv/?from=navbar_perezhilton#.VlLu9OJ0dyk. I want to point out his song “Sorry” here, because the pictures above from this performance are just amazing. Made me also want to do a rain shooting.

But the best perfomance came from Jennifer Lopez at the beginning of the show:

My last words on the show is that it was a great show, that I am happy to see that you can be famous and still plus size like Rebel Wilson and most of all that we don’t give up like Jared Leto said.

Picture Sources: dailymail and getty images.

Cheers from Lyz Lupo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adele’s album ’25’ is out now – ORDER IT HERE!

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Adele released her much-anticipated new album ’25’ today. But her album will not get released for streaming on big pages like Spotify. Spotify also confirmed that they won’t offer the album. I was wondering about the reason.

Here are some reasons why video streaming is not really good for an music artist:

  • I know we all love spotify and all the music it offers, but for the artists it’s not that much of an profit that they can expect. Sure the streaming pages argument with the many million of users, but the pay an artist gets per view if very little.

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  • It also doesn’t help an artist to climb up the charts by offering their album for selling on their website only, because the numbers of sales can’t be counted in for the charts. So it is important for an artists to offer some song online to view for free or against a monthly fee, but it depends on which ones. Taylor Swift, for instance, decided to leave Spotify and got into an argument with Apple Music, because she didn’t agree that the artists can’t get paid during the three months free trial period and she won. Apple Music has to pay the artists even during that time.
  • The last reason for artists to not work with many streaming pages is that the sound is not having a good quality. Tidal might be more expensive than other streaming pages, but the quality of the sound is better there.

Adele herself choosed to keep the ‘Hello’ video online on youtube and VEVO and it is already the most viewed video in a month in a long time. Her album ’25’ is expected to become the best selling album of this year.

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SO AND GET HER ALBUM HERE ON AMAZON OR ON ITUNES!!!!

Or watch the #Hello video below:

Picture Source: Daily Mail or JustJared

Streaming Links 1, 2 and 3

Cheers from Lyz Lupo

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