A Topless Beyoncé Chats on Women’s Empowerment …

Beyonce-Out-Magazine coverMonths after capping 2013 with the surprise release of her self-titled album, Beyoncé graces the cover of Out Magazine.

For the issue, Bey seemingly poses topless and touches on a variety of topics, including bringing women’s empowerment to the forefront with her younger fans.

“There is unbelievable power in ownership, and women should own their sexuality,” Jay Z’s better half said. “Being that I am a woman in a male-dominated society, the feminist mentality rang true to me and became a way to personalize that struggle.”

In addition to the power of women, Beyoncé acknowledged her status as an icon within the LGBT community.

“What I’m really referring to, and hoping for, is human rights and equality, not just that between a woman and a man,” she said. “So I’m very happy if my words can ever inspire or empower someone who considers themselves an oppressed minority … We are all the same and we all want the same things: the right to be happy, to be just who we want to be and to love who we want to love.”

Fans of Bey’s latest album may be interested to know that the singer was not at 100 percent physically when she recorded one of the album’s more popular tunes. According to Beyoncé, the song “XO” was recorded while she was under the weather.

“I was sick with a bad sinus infection,” she told Out. “I really loved the imperfections, so I kept the original demos.”

The May issue of Out featuring Beyoncé hits stands on April 22.

Kanye West’s Adidas Sneaker ‘Yeezi’ Due in June (Watch His Speech)

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Adidas has set a June date for the release of Kanye West’s signature sneaker – his first line since cutting ties with rival Nike.

Speaking at the company’s Global Brand Conference in Bamberg, Germany on Monday, the rapper revealed that his first shoe under the deal will be called the Yeezi. According to Freshness Magazine, Yeezi is spelled is with an “i” instead of the usual “y” in a bid to prevent any copyright claims from Nike.

Ye released the Air Yeezy Red Octobers earlier this year through Nike before leaving the company in a dispute over royalties. In his speech to Adidas execs, he promised to design ”the best product” he can for fans.

“Creativity is my oxygen, I have to create. And I don’t care how crazy I look to anyone; as long as I can make the best product for all of you. So in June, we’ll see the new Yeezis.”

Lupita Nyong’o is the New Face of Lancome

Lupita Nyong'o (Photo: Alexi Lubomirski for Lancôme.)

Best supporting actress winner Lupita Nyong’o joins the ranks of Kate Winslet and Julia Roberts as an ambassador for the French beauty house Lancome.

Ads featuring the “12 Years a Slave” star will begin poppingup in September.

“I am truly honored to join the Maison Lancôme, a brand with such a prestigious history that I have always loved. I am particularly proud to represent its unique vision for women and the idea that beauty should not be dictated, but should instead be an expression of a woman’s freedom to be herself,” Nyong’o said in a statement.

Throughout awards season, Nyong’o dazzled fashion watchers with her impeccable fashion sense, which ranged from Chanel to Gucci to that red Ralph Lauren cape dress.

“I had to give a speech about beauty right before the Oscars,” she said in WWD, “and for me, beauty is a compassion for yourself and those around you. And I think that in focusing on that, the light inside illuminates the beauty outside. The idea that Lancôme now has a few actor ambassadors is significant because actors are not just faces, they are spirits that people enjoy and relate to more than in an aesthetic way. We have the privilege of standing for something other than just looks.”

And she’ll make her first post-Oscars appearance back in Hollywood at the April 12 GLAAD Media Awards, reports E!

Lenny Kravitz Hired to Decorate Jennifer Aniston’s Bel Air Home

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Jennifer Aniston has enlisted the talents of her rocker friend Lenny Kravitz and his interior decorating firm Kravitz Design Studio to lay out her Bel Air mansion, reports RadarOnline.com.

Kravitz, who designed the set of Queen Latifah’s daytime talk show, met Aniston through her fiance Justin Theroux and was immediately impressed by his ’60s and ’70s influenced design style.

“Jen is blown away by Lenny’s unique taste and now he’s picked out a series of interesting pieces of furniture for the lavish home she shares with Justin,” a source told Radar. “Furniture is not Jen’s strong suit and she always needs help in this apartment to create her dream look.”

Two years ago, Aniston learned what an accomplished designer the singer is when she and Theroux visited Kravitz’s New York apartment.

“She loved its many one-of-a-kind furnishings,” the source said. “Jen has confided in friends that Justin’s taste can sometimes be a little too quirky for her.”

And when it came time to decorate her Bel Air home, “Lenny was the first person she called when it came to fixing up the interior.”

Kravitz Design Studio, which launched in 2003, reflects the artist’s personal style, including zebra prints, Togo quilted sofas, and gold Pedro Friedeberg chairs in the shape of a giant hand.

In addition to Latifah’s set, Kravitz also worked on the luxury penthouses of the SLS Hotel in Florida’s South Beach. He told Harper’s Bazaar he wants his interiors to be “sexy and warm–sophisticated, yet still approachable.”

Naomi Campbell Says ‘No Comment’ to Kimye Vogue Cover, Then Comments (Watch)

 

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Although she didn’t come out and say it, Naomi Campbell is clearly irked by Anna Wintour’s decision to put Kim Kardashian and Kanye West on the April cover.

The 43-year-old supermodel appeared on Australia’s “The Morning Show” Tuesday morning, where she was asked what she thought of the now infamous cover.

“I do not want to comment,” Campbell answered, followed by a laughing fit and several reminders that she is a “fashion model.”

The host, attempting to clarify, followed up by asking if she thought “Kim and Kanye haven’t earned the right to be on the cover of Vogue?” Naomi smiled and replied, “Those are your words, not mine. I’m being politically correct.”

Watch below.

Rihanna Earns CFDA’s Fashion Icon Award

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Rihanna will add another “icon” trophy to her collection.

The 26-year-old, who picked up an icon award at the American Music Awards last year, has been chosen to be given the Fashion Icon Award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America, Inc., the group announced Monday.

The award honors a recipient whose style has made a tremendous impact on pop culture around the world. Past recipients include Lady Gaga, Iman, Kate Moss and Nicole Kidman.

The 2014 CFDA Fashion Awards will be held on June 2 at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in New York City.

As previously reported, Rihanna will launch a three-date co-headlining tour with Eminem on Aug. 8 in Los Angeles. The artists have collaborated on the No. 1 hits “The Monster” and “Love the Way You Lie.”

Kim and Kanye Finally Get Their Vogue Cover (First Look)

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What in the name of Yeezus just happened?

The coveted cover of Vogue magazine was a goal of both Kim Kardashian and her fiancé Kanye West, and it has finally come to pass amid longstanding rumors that editor-in-chief Anna Wintour wanted no parts of reality show celebs on the cover of her baby.

Ye apparently wore her down.

The photo, shot by the legendary Annie Leibovitz, shows Kardashian wearing a white wedding-style dress with West’s arms around her.

She posted it on her official Twitter and Instagram accounts saying: “This is such a dream come true!!!” West wrote “Thank you @voguemagazine” on his Twitter account.

Wintour, meanwhile, had this to say about putting the couple on the cover:

“Part of the pleasure of editing Vogue, one that lies in a long tradition of this magazine, is being able to feature those who define the culture at any given moment, who stir things up, whose presence in the world shapes the way it looks and influences the way we see it. I think we can all agree on the fact that that role is currently being played by Kim and Kanye to a T. (Or perhaps that should be to a K?)

“As for the cover, my opinion is that it is both charming and touching, and it was, I should add, entirely our idea to do it; you may have read that Kanye begged me to put his fiancée on Vogue‘s cover,” Anna added. “He did nothing of the sort. The gossip might make better reading, but the simple fact of the matter is that it isn’t true.”

The April issue hits newsstands nationwide on March 31 and will be available on March 24 as a digital download for tablets.

Male Model Sues ‘ANTM’ Judge Rob Evans over Alleged Assault

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This week in model on model crime… Los Angeles-based male model Landry Macedo has sued “America’s Next Top Model” judge Rob Evans for allegedly handing him a beat down in 2012 that required hospitalization.

Macedo filed the lawsuit for assault and battery, claiming he and Evans were at a modeling event when Evans flipped out and began striking him repeatedly in the face and head.

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Landry Macedo

Landry claims their management agency Next Management is also responsible for the attack because it was aware of Evans’ violent tendencies, as well as his past as a professional boxer, and did nothing to stop him.

Evans was arrested for assault at the time of the original incident. The criminal case is ongoing.

Landry is seeking unspecified damages.

Oprah Winfrey, Lupita Nyong’o, Octavia Spencer in THR’s 2014 ‘Actress Roundtable’ (Watch)

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On Nov. 9 in Los Angeles, The Hollywood Reporter sat the hottest actresses of the 2014 award season at one table for “an amazingly candid conversation.” [Scroll down to watch the full interview.]

The magazine’s annual “Actress Roundtable” for 2014 included “12 Years a Slave’s” Lupita Nyong’o, 30; Emma Thompson (“Saving Mr. Banks”), 54; Amy Adams (“American Hustle,” “Her”), 39; Oprah Winfrey (“Lee Daniels’ The Butler”), 60; Julia Roberts (“August: Osage County”), 46, and Octavia Spencer (“Fruitvale Station”), 43.

Below, one question from the interview :

QUESTION: What’s the best or worst piece of advice you’ve been given in Hollywood?
JULIA ROBERTS: It’s going to be a long hour.
OCTAVIA SPENCER: Well, I’ll break that ice. When I first started acting, my acting teacher said, “Imagine if you’re doing a scene and someone is out in the hall. If it sounds like you’re doing a scene, you’re doing a scene. If it sounds like you’re actually having a conversation, you’re having a conversation.”

EMMA THOMPSON: I’ve got one, I’ve got one! My godfather was a sort of writer, philosopher, gay man, extraordinary, and he was a director of theater, and he gave my mum a piece of advice. I think it applies to everything. He said, “Onstage, imagine you’ve got a fire burning in your dressing room.” There’s something going on elsewhere; it takes your mind off acting.
OPRAH WINFREY: I was in The Color Purple, 1985. I didn’t know anything about acting. I’d never even been to Universal Studios. So I walked in — first scene, first day, Steven Spielberg — and I looked directly in the camera because that’s what you do on television. I walked in and went, “How you doing, Miss Celie?” And he went, “Cut! Cut! Cut! What is wrong with you?” And I’m standing there, trembling. “Where are you looking?” I go, “I’m looking at the camera.” He goes, “Miss Celie’s over there!” [I was] terrified. And then there was a scene where he asked me to cry. I loved being in that film so much, it just changed everything in my life, and I came to set even when I didn’t have to work, and I’d be in the background crying. So Steven goes, “I want you to do that this afternoon.” Well, I had no idea how to make that happen again. I had no technical skills, and when the scene was being filmed, I couldn’t cry. I could hear the film turning in the camera, and the entire room waiting for me to cry …
ROBERTS: You need to think about the fire.
WINFREY: I should have thought about the fire. I was like, “Oh my God!” So that night, I was in my motel room, crying. [Actor] Adolph Caesar heard me on the other side of the wall. He comes and knocks on the door, and says, “What is all of this goddamn noise?” He gave me the greatest acting lesson. He said: “You need to learn to give yourself over to the character. Let the character take control. And if she wants to cry, she’ll cry, and if she doesn’t, not even Steven Spielberg can make her.”
ROBERTS: Wow. I’m not hanging around the right people. I’m going to make some calls.
LUPITA NYONG’O: My teacher at Yale, Ron Van Lieu, once said, “It feels like it’s all about you, but it’s not about you at all. It’s about the person you’re playing.” And that always helps me get out there and do the thing I’ve been hired to do. I am fighting for what my character wants, and if I’m pursuing that, then I’m good.
WINFREY: Wow, are you good.
AMY ADAMS: You spoke of Steven — he gave me some amazing advice. I wasn’t able to cry for him — me, too — in Catch Me If You Can, and through tenderness he came up to me and said: “Can you close your eyes for me? Think about Brenda, think about how much she loves and how much she has to give.” I opened my eyes, and he goes, “Let go and lead with this.”
WINFREY: Oh, I could just cry right now.
ADAMS: And when Steven Spielberg tells you to do that, you can cry.
What’s the scariest moment you’ve had?
ROBERTS: Is this therapy? Like, are we talking about life? (Laughter.)
ADAMS: I was trapped in the Atlas Mountains on Charlie Wilson’s War. That was scary.
ROBERTS: [Amy and I] were filming in Morocco, and they had built this refugee camp at the top of the Atlas Mountains, and this storm came and blew the camp away and destroyed the roads, and I had two very small children to get back to in Marrakech. It was bananas.

Watch the full interview below:

 

RIHANNA POSES IN STUNNING SHOTS FOR VOGUE’S MARCH ISSUE

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Oh, Robyn, Robyn, Robyn!

If there’s one thing we know about Rihanna, it’s that this girl can work a camera! Always looking as if she’s fresh off the runway, the beautiful singer has done it again with her new Vogue cover spread! Marking her fourth time covering the magazine in the past four years, there’s nothing that anyone can say to negate her work ethic.

While the cover leaked a few weeks ago, the official shots from her spread and interview have now officially become available for fans to read. Featured in the March 2014 issue, the “Umbrella” singer is snapped wearing some pretty high-fashion ensembles and her infamous short cut. Opting to trade in her black hair for an interesting white cut in some shots, Rihanna still looks flawless. When asked how she feels about other singers being better than her, she responded:

“It’s not all down to my voice. There’s people with way more talent than I when it comes to singing. Bigger voices. But people want to know who you are. Fashion is a clear indication, a way to express your attitude, your mood.”

During the interview, she talks about her big move to New York, not wanting to be famous, her fashion sense and much more.

To read the full interview click here and check out the photos from the shoot after the jump!

 

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