The Rise Of CGI Models: The Start Of A New Wave Of Influencers

Is there a place for CGI models during the climate of the pandemic due to social distancing restrictions?

The British fashion house, Ralph & Russo made headlines when they chose to showcase their collections using a CGI avatar, instead of an actual model. This choice by the fashion house sparked controversy, especially when it came to diversity and BIPOC models.

Similarly, criticisms were hurled at the casting of Shudu Gram, the first CGI model created by UK photographer, Cameron-James Wilson. The “model’ starred in campaigns for Balmain, Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, and Vogue.

When it revealed that a white man created Shudu, a lot of her followers were unsettled by this revelation. One of the main criticism was that the model was created by“a white man’s hollow projection of black female beauty,” as Shudu was designed in mind, to align with conventional, Eurocentric beauty standards.

Lil Miquela, another CGI avatar, was designed by the startup Brud with over 2.5 million followers on Instagram. Lil Miquela works like a social media influencer avatar has made lucrative endorsement deals, music merch and has human friends.

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Black Mirror might be closer to reality as you think with the proliferation of CGI influencers in the midst. It begs the question of the harmful consequences to beauty and body image in general and what makes them so unique. Are they more lucrative?

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5 Easy Ways to Instantly Look More Fashionable

We all want to look chic and stylish all the time. Therefore, we are going to give you some of the best style tips that we have learned from celebrities and fashion influencers. These tips should help you to look effortlessly stylish.

Tailor Your Clothes

To look stylish and sassy, we don’t only need overpriced stylish clothes. The clothes we typically get from stores are of standard sizes, so don’t expect them to fit you perfectly. You might have a larger bust area, smaller waist, or slimmer arms so, it’s important to tailor your clothes according to your body. Celebrities themselves always tailor their suits before they wear them. It won’t cost you much, but it would surely make you look high-end. Measure your body size accurately and find a good tailor and you will definitely see a big difference.

Don’t Forget Accessories

Whether you have worn stylish clothes or not, if you aren’t wearing any accessories then you are seriously missing out. Try to wear a waist belt, your favorite hoop earrings, or your colorful bracelet to complete your look. Remember, don’t wear jewelry too much because you will probably end up looking like a disco ball. 2-4 jewelry pieces are enough because when it comes to wearing jewelry – less is more. Also, invest in some stylish sunglasses and colorful handbags because they can come in handy.

Don’t be Scared to Try New Color and Prints

Yes, you read this headline right! Don’t be afraid to try something new. If you are new to prints, then you can always try animal prints. Remember, only wear a single type of print. Never combine two prints together as it wouldn’t look good together. Basic colors should always be in your closet but it’s also not a bad idea to get bold or neon colors. Wear colors that you love and try to smile often, and you will surely stand out from the rest of the crowd.

Know your Body Type

There are different body types of body shapes and these include pear, apple, hourglass, etc. Women should always know their body type so they can embrace them. You should always shop according to your body shape. If you want to make your waist smaller then you can try wearing Victorian sleeves. Moreover, if you want to show off your hourglass body shape, then you can try wearing a dress with an A-line silhouette.

Combine Your Formal with Casual

Designers and stylists love to combine casual wear with formal wear. Whether you are a working woman or a high school teen girl, it’s always a fabulous idea to combine casual with formal. A sequined shirt with ripped jeans and glittery stilettos would surely put you in a spotlight. You can also try wearing a simple blazer with a shiny dress and that’s totally fab.

5 Surefire Makeup Tips Every Woman Should Know

Makeup is undoubtedly women’s first love and they spend a lot of time using it. Here’s the thing though, not everyone knows how to apply makeup like a pro. If you want to know some great tips and hacks when it comes to applying makeup, then you’re at the right place as we have rounded up 5 of the best makeup tips and hacks of 2020.

Apply Powder on Lashes

Bigger and fuller eyelashes are every woman’s dream, but it is almost impossible to have fuller eyelashes without wearing false eyelashes. Mascara can surely help to make the eyelashes look longer and fuller so here’s a good tip; After the first coat of your mascara, apply translucent powder or baby powder on your eyelashes with the help of makeup brush and then apply another coat of mascara. You’ll see that your eyelashes will look thicker and fuller by this hack.

White Eye Pencil

If you don’t own a white eye pencil, then you are seriously missing out. A white eye pencil is helpful in so many ways. If you want your eyes to pop out, then you need to apply a white eye pencil on your lower waterline and see the magic. Your eyes would look bigger than before. Another great tip is that if you want a certain color of eyeshadow to standout or pop then apply it all over your eyelids before applying eyeshadow. Your eyeshadow would surely look better than before. Always carry your white eyeliner pencil with you because you never know when you’ll need it!

Set Your Lipstick

All women want their lipstick to stay all day. Thanks to liquid lipsticks which stay all day – you don’t have to rush to the washroom after eating a meal or drinking a glass of wine. But If your favorite lip color doesn’t stay all day or you are not a fan of makeup retouching, then this hack is for you. After applying lipstick take a tissue paper, a big fluffy brush, and a translucent powder. Put the tissue paper on your lips and apply translucent powder on the tissue paper generously with the help of makeup brush. Your lipstick will become matte and it will actually stay all day.

Heat Eye Lash Curler

We know every girl loves longer eyelashes so here’s another eyelash hack for you. Heat your eyelash curler for 1 minute with a blow dryer before curling your lashes. Now curl your lashes with an eyelash curler for 20 seconds. Repeat the step for your other eyelash as well. Your eyelashes will definitely look longer and fuller. Remember, don’t overheat it and always touch it with the help of your fingers before curling your eyelashes to avoid burns.

Use Pink Lipstick as a Color Corrector

Don’t have a color corrector? No worries, because we can use pink lipstick as well. If you have dark under eyes or have dark spots on your face, then apply a little bit of pink lipstick before applying concealer. The pink lipstick will work as a color corrector and you will save a few dollars as well.

Don’t forget to follow the above 5 makeup tips and hacks if you want to make your life easier.

Boux Avenue Just Launched Its First Ever Unretouched Lingerie Campaign And… WOW

Boux Avenue has just released its first-ever unretouched lingerie campaign, as part of its ‘Your Shape, Your Style’ campaign and it’s fronted by well-known names such as Malin Andersson and Zara McDermott, Ama Peters and Kaz Kamwi. Each brand ambassador wears lingerie styles from Boux Avenue’s new season collection to match their bold personalities, with the unretouched imagery celebrating their individuality and staying true to themselves.

Size inclusivity means celebrating bodies of all different shapes and sizes. Hence as part of Boux Avenue’s new SS20 campaign, it launched its first unretouched lingerie campaign, continuing to celebrate its ‘Your Shape, Your Style’ campaign, encouraging every woman to embrace their own unique style and shape.

Malin comments: “I’ve always spoken openly about body image, and how in my teens all I saw were airbrushed images in magazines – and that I thought it was how I was supposed to be. I remember it consuming me so much I obsessed day after day with calorie counting and trying to look like a size 0 model – whilst also losing myself in the process… I’m so glad to be working with Boux Avenue – a brand that represents women of all shapes and sizes. I share with you my unedited shoot post lockdown, perhaps not eating the best or working out that much – but I present to you ME. I stand tall and bold with their colourful new collection and ask you all to LOVE the body you are in.”

Available in sizes 30-44, B-G cup, Boux Avenue’s new season lingerie is available to purchase now via this link: Boux Avenue

Boux Avenue’s ‘Your Shape, Your Style’ Campaign Is For All Women And Body Shapes

Boux Avenue’s ‘Your Shape, Your Style’ campaign is designed for women by women, with their female-led in-house design team, directed by Product & Brand Director Zoe Price-Smith; they aim to provide every woman with an expert fit in luxurious styles, at affordable prices. Their new lingerie campaign created has styles ranging from 3D embroidered bralettes to high neck, cut-out bodies – there is something for every woman, of every fit.

Boux Avenue wants their campaign to encourage all women to feel confident, empowered, supported, unique, and fearless! Check it out below, new season lingerie is available to purchase now via this link: Boux Avenue

Designer Spotlight: Find Out More About The Incredible Radmila Lolly

Radmila Lolly is an acclaimed classical singer as well as a high fashion designer. She presented her last album “Wonderland” at the famous Carnegie Hall. She decided to combine her talents as a singer and a designer and presented her couture collection during her concert while putting up an unforgettable show.

This inspirational woman is the sole designer of the couture fashion house Eltara Casata @eltaracasata. The largest influence on her designs is her musical exploits. For Lolly, her two artistic mediums inspire and feed off each other; the textures of her designs are innately linked to the textures of her music.

Her fashion collection has been featured at Barneys Madison Avenue Trunk Show, alongside designers such as Zac Posen, Naeem Khan, J. Mendel, as well as at the Daytime Emmy’s Ceremony, and many more. It has also been featured by Vogue Italia, and Harper’s Baazar, among others. Radmila Lolly has a huge number of requests from celebrities to wear her gowns for award ceremonies or red carpet events. In fact, we have seen several artists wearing Radmila Lolly’s dresses, such as Gayle King, Bebe Rexha, Mya, Miss Universe 2018, Miss USA 2018, Miss USA 2017, to name a few.

Sassy & Co Magazine recently caught up with Radmila to discuss her journey in the fashion industry and here’s what went down:

Tell us your full name and something about yourself.

My name is Radmila Lolly, and I am a storyteller through different art forms. My main artistic mediums are music and fashion; I am a vocalist and composer, and I am also the sole designer for the couture fashion house Eltara Casata by Radmila Lolly.

How did you get into the fashion industry?

I started by designing and creating my own gowns for my performances. People started coming up to me afterward to ask where I got my dress from. Eventually, the demand for my creations grew and I started making gowns for other people as well, which led to me starting my own couture line.

How were you actually ‘discovered’?

I don’t believe in people being “discovered”; I worked hard, stayed true to my vision, and surrounded myself with people who supported that. I wouldn’t be anywhere without the people who have supported me all along.

What do you like most about being a designer?

I love the process of it; having something in my imagination, and creating something tangible from it. It is about bringing art to life.

The downside to being a fashion designer?

There is no downside; even if I have a negative experience, it is still a positive experience overall because I learn from it, and I am still doing something that I love.

What has been the most memorable experience of being in the fashion industry so far?

Doing a fitting for Gayle King; she had no idea what I was bringing with me, and she is used to so many different designers giving her things to wear, but she was still so open-minded. While I was in her office, all the feedback I was getting from everyone present made me feel like they were genuinely liking the gown and the way that it complemented Gayle as a strong, elegant woman. A few months later, I received an email from her with photos of her wearing the gown at a gala and a note about how everyone loved her in it. As a new designer, seeing someone so incredible wearing my creation and enjoying it made me feel so honored.

Who have been the most interesting people you’ve met so far?

I believe every person is very interesting in different ways, I don’t have specific names I will mention, because I believe that everyone has something special about them. It’s all part of the journey; someone doesn’t need to be famous to say something meaningful that can change your life.

What has been the most valuable lesson you’ve learned while in the fashion industry.

I have learned to always stay creative; never stop imagining, never stop sketching, never stop creating. Don’t follow the trends; create your own.

Is your family supportive of you being a fashion designer?

I don’t have a big family, and who I do have are always supportive of someone who believes, works, and achieves.

What inspires you to be creative?

What drives me to be creative, is the idea that I can put something positive out into the world; even if I am creating art about something traumatic or unhappy, I hope that people can relate to that and feel a connection, both to me and each other.

Is there anything special that you do to get into a creative mindset?

To me, a “creative mindset” is a journey; it never stops, it never ends. I am always in that mindset. I believe it can be hard to start thinking like that, but once you start, you will never stop; it becomes a part of your nature.

What are your future plans? Inside your career or out of it.

My upcoming self-composed 19 movement programmatic album corresponds to a novel I am also writing. This project has been in the works since I first started the novel six years ago. When the book was started, I had always wanted an album to go along with it, but at the time I did not compose at all, I figured someone else would be composing it. Since then, my musical journey has brought me to composing, and now I can tell the story of my novel in another medium. There will also be a corresponding audiobook, and of course, a couture line to accompany the album and the novel.

Introducing The Stunning La Métamorphose Bridal Capsule Collection

This new bridal capsule collection explores the hidden and mysterious nature of women and is inspired by the « Balsamic moon »; this suspended moment in the moon cycle which corresponds to the « Dreamtime ». It is synonymous with the Origin of the World in the culture of the Australian aborigines.

The « Balsamic Moon » is the moon of the prophets and prophetesses, and has the power to stimulate the imagination. This moon reveals a particular vision of the cycle to come. This visionary phase requires the opening of the mind channels and its limits, to allow a new creation to emerge. This phase is asking us to surrender to the power of the universe whose dream springs from the dark, through sketches, and canvasses, defining the outlines of new possibilities. All of the fabrics are “Made in France”, and part of the collection has been produced in French ateliers.

Credits :

Photos Greg Alexander
Art director Sébastien Vienne
Hair & Make-up Carine Larchet for LaRoche Posay & Eugène Perma
Assisted de Charlotte Le Balch
Models Angeline & Kellia & Lucie @ Ava Models London
Production assistant Romane Sorin
Special thanks to Château Royal d’Amboise
www.mephistopheles.fr
© Méphistophélès Productions

Five Incredible Blind Women Who Are Breaking Barriers And Looking Good Doing It!

There are some people out there who are just gorgeous on the outside and others whose personalities accentuate their beauty. But how about those people who are just stunning both inside and out? As America celebrates thirty years having passed the Americans with Disabilities Act, we thought we’d highlight some of today’s most amazing blind women, who are not only trendsetting powerhouses but first-rate fashionistas at the same time.

1. Lachi

Lachi is an award-nominated recording artist, songwriter, and author who has collaborated with some of the biggest names in the music industry. On top of releasing consistently charting songs, Lachi is an outspoken advocate for disability representation in media and entertainment. She also models for new and established Adaptive-Clothing brands. Repping New York City, Lachi’s Instagram feed is dripping with confidence and class. You can follow Lachi on Instagram via this link: Lachi

2. Molly Burke

Hailing from Canada, Molly is a Youtube personality and motivational speaker with a channel boasting over two million subscribers. An advocate for the blind, Molly’s video content centers around fashion and makeup, focusing on her perspective as a visually impaired woman. The former Miss Teen Canada always knows how to keep it glam all the time. You can follow Molly on Instagram via this link: Molly Burke Official

3. Marilee Talkington

Marilee Talkington is a Hollywood actress, director, and writer, with her most recent role in the Apple TV series “See” alongside Jason Mamoa. She is one of the few visually impaired women authentically cast in a blind role. Marilee is prolific in her activism work founding, co-founding, and advising numerous programs helping blind and sight-impaired actors. Marilee is definitely here to change the game. You can follow Marilee on Instagram via this link An Artist Warrior

4. Haben Girma

Haben is a disability rights lawyer and speaker, being the first deaf-blind woman to graduate from Harvard Law. Having been recognized by the Obama Administration as a Champion of Change, Haben remains consistent in her advocacy efforts. From a commanding twitter feed to op-eds in the Washington Post, Girma is no strange to speaking her mind on all things disability rights. You can follow Haben on Instagram via this link Haben Girma

5. Anastasia Pagonis

Anastasia is a young Paralympic swimmer touting a few competitive metals under her belt. She continues to openly share her empowering story as she embarks on a journey of advocacy. With a national debut on NBC’s George To The Rescue, Anastasia has maintained a suave public image. She is definitely one to watch. You can follow Anastasia on Instagram via this link Anastasia

5 Simple Tips To Planning Your Winter Wardrobe Essentials

It is going to be a cold one this year girls so pack up those summer threads and bring out the winter outfits.

Firstly, let’s start with the basics. The must-haves for this season are leggings (long or short), stockings (patterned or plain) and tights (dark or light). These basics can be worn with sweater dresses, pinafores, long carries, and basically any winter dress. Dresses can be woolen or knit, long-sleeved or three quarters and even turtlenecks are great. winter colours include shades of gray, black, mustard, and purple. You can’t go wrong with these colours.

Coats are always great for winter going into winter. They keep you warm and you can look trendy as well. Make sure these coats are tailored to give you a flattering shape.

Boots, worn above the knee or to your ankles are perfect for these cold winter days. They keep you looking chic.

The seventies look is back, with tops and dresses sporting the puffy sleeves and short hemlines.

Accessories that are always popular include gloves, scarves, woolen beanies, and leg warmers. These are essential to lessen the cold this winter.

So get on the winter bandwagon and dress to kill to avoid the chill.

One of our readers has recently written to our magazine and asked a very good question. Emilie from Kings Park asks “I really like shopping but I never have enough money to buy the latest looks, what are my options?”

Well, Emilie, it is still possible to look stylish without breaking the budget. First of all, always look around and do not buy the first thing that you see. More than likely, you will find the same top in another store with a substantial price difference. Always buy something after you have shopped around. Also, you do not have to buy all the latest looks and trends. Just buy one or two pieces that are popular this season and dress it up. It is all about your own individual style and flair.

If you have any questions regarding fashion, please write to us and we will get back to you. Till next time!

Fashion Designer Vera Wang, 70, Stuns Fans With Her Youthful Looks Under Lockdown

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Vera showed off her insane body on Instagram and we’re definitely very VERY jealous.

When someone is 70-year-old, he/she is is considered a senior citizen so the image that usually pops on your head when someone tells you their 70 is that of a man or a woman in a wheelchair or holding a cane for support.

Well, Vera’s toned abs and fabulous look beg to differ. Vera is quite known for being the world’s most famous wedding gown designer. High-profile celebrities such as Alicia Keys, Mariah Carey, and Kim Kardashian have all worn her designs when they walked the aisle among others – and by the looks of things, it looks like she’s not stopping anytime soon.

Check out some of her age-defying photos below courtesy of Vera Wang’s Instagram: