Style Notes: Laverne Cox Makes Cosmo History; Designer Apologizes for Racial Slur
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Laverne Cox Makes History As First Openly Trans Woman on Cosmo Cover [Instagram]
Laverne Cox has made history as the first openly trans woman featured on the cover of Cosmo. The actress was photographed for the February issue of Cosmopolitan South Africa wearing a single-sleeve black bodysuit. On Instagram, Cox wrote: "42 years ago this month @iambeverlyjohnson became the first black woman to appear on the cover of Cosmopolitan magazine.... Thanks Ms. Johnson for paving the way for all of the black women who have followed you over the years on Cosmo covers." Cox also thanks Lea T, Andreja Pejic, Hari Nef and more trans models for "changing beauty standards and breaking barriers for trans folks on the covers of fashion magazine's all over the world."
I am so honored and proud to cover the February issue of @cosmopolitansa @Regranned from @cosmopolitansa - Say WHAT? #SayYesToLove And this month's issue is filled with it! In this South Africa exclusive @lavernecox stars as COSMO's first ever openly trans cover girl! Ain't I a woman? Yes you are and we you. ALSO, #LGBTQI+ allies and activists on Love in 2018 You don't want to miss this one! #COSMOxLaverne #COSMOFebruary #TransIsBeautiful click on the link in my bio to get your copy of this very special issue.
Ulyana Sergeenko Apologizes for Racial Slur [The Cut]
Russian couture designer Ulyana Sergeenko is taking heat after writing a racial slur (the N-word) in a note to fellow Russian fashion plate Miroslava Duma, founder of the popular digital platform Buro 24/7. Duma posted a photo to her Instagram story of a note that Sergeenko sent in a gift bag ahead of Paris Fashion Week, reading "to my ni**as in Paris." Neither woman is black. Both women posted apologies, saying that they were referencing Jay Z's and Kanye West's song, "Ni**as in Paris." “Kanye West is one of my favorite musicians and NP is one of my most favorite songs," wrote Sergeenko, adding that she in no way supports racism of any kind. "And yes, we call each other the N-word sometimes when we want to believe that we are just as cool as these guys who sing it.” Said Duma in her apology, "the word is utterly offensive, and I regret promoting it."
Kim Kardashian Is Launching 3 More Fragrances [Instagram]
Just in time for Valentine's Day (or Galentine's Day, pick your poison), Kim Kardashian is releasing three new fragrances from her KKW Fragrance collection. Though scent details have not yet been released, Kardashian posted images of the bottles, which will be shaped like the candy heart Kimojis. The scents, called Ride or Die, BFF and Bae, will be available online Feb. 1.
Parisian Fashion Brands Slap New York Times' Slogan, Logo, on Clothes [Fashionista]
This isn't fake news. Two Parisian fashion brands, Etudes and Sacai, are showing their support for traditional journalism by emblazoning their collections with the New York Times' logo (Etudes) and its slogan, "Truth: It's more important now than ever" (Sacai). Both brands previewed their pieces at Men's Fashion Week in Paris. Meanwhile, Topshop is selling "Fake News" jeans, and Alexander Wang has collaborated with Page Six — because, apparently, the news is 2018's hottest trend.
Tantris Gets New CEO, President After Resignation of Russell Simmons [Pret-a-Reporter Inbox]
Following the resignation of founder Russell Simmons, who stepped down from West Hollywood's Tantris Yoga following allegations of sexual misconduct last November, the company has appointed Khari Walker (formerly managing director) as president and CEO, and Britton Darby as executive director. The studio also converted to a non-profit following the Simmons departure. “Tantris is an amazing platform to bring health, well-being and happiness to Los Angeles and other communities," said Walker in a statement. "We are a diverse spiritual brand moving together to expand human connection and consciousness. In addition to our daily yoga and meditation practice, each week we curate conscious gatherings that offer practitioners ways to evolve off their mat.”