Allure Magazine Receives Backlash For Afro Hair Feature

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(PCM) Women’s fashion and beauty magazine Allure has received quite a bit of backlash via social media for a feature they published titled “You (Yes, You) Can Have An Afro” that featured a white model sporting the famed 70’s style Afro hairstyle. The article is further criticized because it made no mention at all about the hairstyles origins.

Many felt that the article overall was disrespectful and they feel that the editorial staff at Allure lack any type of cultural diversity. The history of the Afro hairstyle dates back to the 1970’s “Black Is Beautiful” movement which protested typically white beauty standards that mostly featured completely straight hair.

Allure is defending the article claiming that it is more about women using various hairstyles to express their individual style and creativity. They acknowledge the Afro’s cultural significance, but claim the article was more focused on an individuals personal self-expression.

It is also worth noting what was pointed out by HelloBeautiful.com editor Allison McGenva that the style featured on the model for the article is truly not even an Afro, it is actually a twist-out!

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First Photos From Bruce Jenner’s Vanity Fair Photo Shoot Have Surfaced

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(PCM) Don’t call her Bruce any longer! Vanity Fair magazine is proud to introduce Caitlyn Jenner to the world.  The first photos of Caitlyn (formerly known as Bruce) Jenner’s upcoming Vanity Fair photo shoot with famed photographer Annie Leibovitz have surfaced for the magazines upcoming July issue.

Leibovitz’s first official portraits of Caitlyn Jenner were taken in and around the Mailbu home of the reality TV star and former Olympic athlete.  When speaking with Vanity Fair contributing editor Buzz Bissinger, Jenner commented “If I was lying on my deathbed and I had kept this secret and never ever did anything about it, I would be lying there saying, ‘You just blew your entire life'”.

Jenner exclusively broke the news about his transition into becoming a woman with journalist Diane Sawyer in a special TV interview that aired about a month ago.

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Chris Hemsworth Is Voted People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive For 2014

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(PCM) Australian actor 31-year old Chris Hemsworth has just been named People Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” for 2014.

The actor who is best known for his role as “Thor” in the “Avengers” film franchise is featured on the magazines cover which will hit newsstands this Friday.

After learning about the honor, Hemsworth told People “I think you’ve bought me a couple of weeks of bragging rights around the house. I can just say to her [wife Elsa Pataky], ‘Now remember, this is what the people think, so I don’t need to do the dishes anymore, I don’t need to change nappies. I’m above that. I’ve made it now.”

In the feature story, Hemsworth shares details about this strict diet and exercise plan, but also reveals that he does allow himself to have cheat days during which he can consume everything he is not supposed to such as hamburgers, pizza, beer etc.

Hemsworth and his wife have been married since 2010 and reside in Australia with their three children.

 

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Ladies Home Journal Magazine Makes A Major Cut Back

Ladies-Home-Journal1(PCM) The magazine print industry has been in a steady decline over the past few years, with many magazines being forced to make tremendous cut-backs to avoid having to end up folding completely.

The latest magazine to be affected by cut-backs is the popular Ladies Home Journal, one of the nations oldest women’s magazines. The Meredith Corporation who owns the magazine has recently announced that they will be putting an end to all subscription services. Ladies Home Journal will also no longer be published monthly, but will instead by a quarterly publication and only available at newsstands.

The magazine launched back in 1883 and still currently boasts a circulation of 3.2 million, however that is not enough to keep it thriving. The average age demographic for readers is women in their 50′s and advertisers are looking to publish in a magazine that offers a bit broader age demographic. A magazine spokesperson is blaming advertising and not the brand itself for the recent changes.

The magazine’s upcoming July issue will be the last one sent out to current subscribers and the change has left 35 employees in the magazine’s New York City office without a job.

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Ladies Home Journal Magazine Makes A Major Cut Back

Ladies-Home-Journal1(PCM) The magazine print industry has been in a steady decline over the past few years, with many magazines being forced to make tremendous cut-backs to avoid having to end up folding completely.

The latest magazine to be affected by cut-backs is the popular Ladies Home Journal, one of the nations oldest women’s magazines. The Meredith Corporation who owns the magazine has recently announced that they will be putting an end to all subscription services. Ladies Home Journal will also no longer be published monthly, but will instead by a quarterly publication and only available at newsstands.

The magazine launched back in 1883 and still currently boasts a circulation of 3.2 million, however that is not enough to keep it thriving. The average age demographic for readers is women in their 50′s and advertisers are looking to publish in a magazine that offers a bit broader age demographic. A magazine spokesperson is blaming advertising and not the brand itself for the recent changes.

The magazine’s upcoming July issue will be the last one sent out to current subscribers and the change has left 35 employees in the magazine’s New York City office without a job.

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American Apparel Releases Controversial Top-Less Ad

American-Apparel1(PCM) Never a company to shy away from controversy, especially where advertising is concerned, American Apparel has released a new top-less ad featuring a former Muslim model from Bangladesh.

The ad shows a completely top-less 22-year old model named Maks, who works as a merchandiser for the company, with the words “Made in Bangladesh” printed across her chest.

Maks, who was born in Dhaka, has resided in California since the age of four. The ad gives a description of Maks who claims she was raised a strict Muslim but ultimately distanced herself from her Islamic faith as she grew up and searched for her own identity.

The ad also goes on to say that Maks “doesn’t feel the need to identify herself as an American or a Bengali and is not content to fit her life into anyone else’s conventional narrative.”

The ad is geared toward raising awareness about American Apparel’s fair labor practices. All of the brands clothing is manufactured here in the States in downtown Los Angeles. The company has been put on blast several times over the last few years for their over-the-top and overly sexual advertisements. Recently there was outrage over a store-front display in New York where there window mannequins featured fake pubic hair poking out from the panties displayed.

The new ad is featured in both the U.S. and Canadian editions of Vice magazine.

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