British superstar Adele, who picked up 6 Grammies this past weekend, covers the March 2-12 issue of US Voguemagazine. Adele stuns in all of the images in the spread (taken by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggot). She declares, “I’m a big personality,” and in her first American Vogue cover, she is larger than life and as gorgeous as any of the models also featured inside the issue. The cover is a little suggestive, but tastefully so, as Adele shows just a hint of cleavage, with her voluminous hair blown back. It’s sexy in the most subtle of ways. In the close ups of her face inside the mag, which hone in on our her peaches and cream complexion and her expressive eyes, traced in black winged eyeliner, she looks like a human Barbie doll.
The 23-year-old chanteuse, who was born Adele Laurie Blue Adkins, talks about how her life has changed since her multi-platinum 21was released, and how she has had to adjust since throat surgery threatened to end her career.
Here’s what the 23-year-old singer had to share: (more…)
Rihanna is featured on the cover of the April 2011 issue of Vogue. Shot by Annie Leibovitz, Rihanna looks unsurprisingly gorgeous. The only issue I have with her is the red hair. It just refuses to grow on me. I think it makes her look a bit cartoonish. I hated Angeline Jolie’s December cover but loved the shoot itself. In Rihanna’s case, I love the cover but feel Leibovitz could have done more with the shoot itself because, let’s face it, Rihanna is a very photogenic girl. They could have pushed the envelope a bit more.
In the issue, she talks about how fame has shaped her for better or worse. The surprising part is that she really tears into her dad:
“It really makes me question what I have become to my father. Like, what do I even mean to him?” “It’s really strange. That’s the only word I can think of to describe it, because you grow up with your father, you know him, you are part of him for goodness’ sakes! (more…)
Angelina Jolie is on the cover of Vogue US for December 2010. I love love love Angelina. In fact, I usually say if I were gay, Angelina would be it for me. I never understand men who don’t find her hot. Vogue has tried to do something different with this shoot though. I think they were trying to downplay her sexiness. So I don’t really know how I feel about these pics. I prefer her in-your-face, bold beauty. See more pics from the Mario Testino shoot after the break.
She’s also given a great interview where she opens up about her day to day family life:
On whether she’s still attracted to Brad Pitt: ‘I think he’s an extremely sexy—extremely handsome and the most sexy. . . When I think about him, I just think of the man who’s such a great friend and such an extraordinary father. And that’s when I fall, you know, when I have my moments of getting—whoarr!—caught up in how much I love him . . . it’s usually when I see him with the children.’ (more…)
We rarely ever see Halle giving interviews on her private life. She hasn’t given a proper interview in 3 years. Somehow, Vogue has managed to give us great insight into Halle, her thoughts on her split with her long time partner and baby’s father Gabriel, and how she views relationships now. Halle’s appearance on the cover of the fashion magazine is the first time a black woman is featured on the cover since Naomi Campbell’s 1989 cover. The only reason she is submitting now, she says, is that Vogue made her an offer she couldn’t refuse: the September cover. “What that means for a woman of color and what that means in the fashion world, what that means to pop culture, there was no way I could say, ‘No, I’m not going to be on the biggest issue of the year.'”
On her relationship with Gabriel: (more…)
Cameroonian photographer Mario Epanya went all out in his campaign to make Vogue Africa a reality. In order to get publisher Conde Nast to see the potential in the magazine–that would pay homage to African women–he created fictional covers, featuring gorgeous images, but it looks like it wasn’t enough. Conde Nast has turned down Epanya’s bid for the magazine.
I am furious! So Africa is not good enough to have its own Vogue edition according to Conde Nast. We need an African magazine with uniquely African stories. So if they won’t help us, I say we do it ourselves. Viva Africa!
See more of Epanya’s fictional covers and an excerpt from Mario’s Vogue Italia interview after the break. (more…)
Kudos to Film Director, Wanuri Kahiu, for making it into Vogue Italia! Making Kenyans proud! She won an award for Best Short Film in Cannes for Pumzi. From the interview, she sounds really down to earth in spite of all her achievements. 2010 is your year girl! And it’s just the beginning!
“Fashion for me is how you feel inside and what is reflected on the outside. So how you move is style and fashionable, it doesn’t have to be something that’s in season, it’s just what really makes you look the best and feel the best.” (more…)
Two new faces on the modeling scene. One is Ayan Elmi, a Somali-born Canadian resident. Ayan resides in Toronto and is signed with Next Modeling Agency, along with agencies in New York and South Africa. She has strutted her stuff on catwalks at haute couture shows for the likes of Jean Paul Gautier, Hermes, Gavin Rajah, Yahya and more. The other is Sedene Blake who hails from Kingston, Jamaica. She has already worked for Jason Wu, Costello Tagliapietra, Peter Som, Catherine Malendrino, Custo Barcelona, Carolina Herrera, Derek Lam, Philip Lim, and Tommy Hilfiger.
Ayan and Sedene are featured in the June 2010 issue of Vogue Italia’s beauty supplement. The pics were taken by Greg Lotus. More pics after the jump. (more…)