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Joan Smalls Covers Elle’s January Issue, Will Supermodels Return To Magazines?


Photos: Elle

The worlds #1 ranked model, Joan Smalls, is already having a great 2014 and the year hasn’t even started yet. Smalls is the cover girl for Vogue GermanyElle France and the US version of Elle for their January issues. She is one of the few models the magazine has featured in the past couple of years. While this is another plus for her career, what could it mean for her fellow supes?



With the exception of Kate Upton, and occasionally someone like Heidi Klum, models have been mostly absent from the covers of American fashion magazines. The shift started in the early 2000s when actresses took over, and then singers and personalities and now even the First Lady. With Smalls on the cover of a major US magazine, perhaps that signals the return of the supermodel to the newsstands. If so, I welcome it, if only to break up the monotony of the same bunch of actresses, and Beyonce and Rihanna, that get rotated onto these things. Not only is this a big deal for Joan, this is also the first time that photographer Michael Thompson has shot for the mag. I hope this isn’t his last.

The 25 year-old has been raking in the dough, and snatching campaigns for H&MGucci and Estee Lauder. She’s also walked in some of the biggest fashion shows, including DiorChanelTom Ford and even the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. She’s a favorite of Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci, whom she wears on the cover and naturally, like every other model, she wants to move into acting to “entertain people on a different level.” Despite all of her successes, Smalls is still aware of the lack of diversity in fashion, especially on the runway. She says that one of the issues is that people hide behind the word “aesthetic” to explain why designers will have mostly, if not all, white models in their shows.

“They say, ‘Well, it’s just that designer’s aesthetic.’ But when you see 18 seasons in a row and not one single model outside a certain skin color…? There are people in the industry who are advocates, who support diversity. And there are people who do not. I don’t get it. Beauty is universal. These doors have to open.”

As those doors open wider, I hope we see more of Joan and her peers not just inside magazines but covering them. You can see the rest of her editorial and read the rest of the interview when the issue hits newsstands on December 17.



The 2012 London Olympics Closing Ceremonies – Brittani’s Thoughts


It’s going to be another 4 years before we have to be annoyed at the way NBC chooses to cover the games. The London Olympics went out with a bigger bang than the opening ceremony came in with, at least there wasn’t any of Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira‘s inane commentary. Oh wait, we got it from Bob Costas and Ryan Seacrest. Sigh, anyways.


While some thought it was a bit lackluster, I enjoyed most of it, but also felt like some things didn’t quite flow right. Maybe we can blame that on NBC too, they cut out Kate Bush‘s part of the show, but did show Emeli Sande who kicked things off with a cover of “Read All About It” with the stage covered in newspaper. We also didn’t get to see Muse over here in the states either. If they performed their new hot mess of a song, I don’t think it was much of a loss.

One Direction

The closing ceremony also featured British boy bands Take That and One Direction hitting the Union Jack shaped stage.

George Michael!
Annie Lennox is SO Fierce

George Michael performing his hit ‘Freedom ’90’ and Annie Lennox who had one of the more elaborate setups.

The Who — My G-g-generation

The Who‘s Pete Townsend and Roger Daltrey did a medley of their hits…

Kaiser Chiefs!

…with Kaiser Chiefs covering “Pinball Wizard” coming in on the back of scooters.

The Girls having fun backstage!

Then “Tell me whatcha want–whatcha really really want!!

The Spice Girls onstage…briefly, before hopping on top of their taxis…

Artists riding on the back of moving vehicles seemed to be the only theme of the event, with the Spice Girls riding around the stadium on cabs designed to fit their individual personalities. It was what everyone was waiting to see and they did not disappoint.

That. DRESS. VB does it again!

We were particularly fond of Victoria Beckham‘s black Giles Deacon dress.

Another highlight for me was the parade of models after the David Bowie tribute. We know David couldn’t be bothered to show up because he was somewhere being fabulous with Iman, but the graphics in the stadium were amazing to watch. Britain’s most famous supermodels arrived in trucks baring their images, shot by famed photographer Nick Knight.

The World Is a Catwalk, apparently!

Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, Jourdan Dunn and the only male among the group, David Gandy stomped to Bowie’sFashion” decked out in British designers like Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood’s Gold Label, Paul Smith, Burberry, Stella McCartney and of course, Victoria Beckham. (Was the “nod” part of her agreeing to participate in the reunion? Hmmmm.)  Mick and Jerry’s daughter, Georgia May Jagger stunned us in a short, gold VB dress.

It was a great night for us 90s kids, who didn’t sing along to “Wonderwall” performed not by Oasis but Liam Gallagher‘s new band, Beady Eye?? I did see  a couple of complaints  on Twitter about Jessie J dominating the last part of the show; she did at least three songs. I might get stoned for saying I actually enjoyed Jessie, Taio Cruz and Tinie Tempah doing the Bee Gees‘ “You Should Be Dancing.” It was her singing with Queen that really seemed to piss people off.


Jessie’s not Freddie, no one will ever be Freddie, and as much as I do like Jessie, the performance of “We Will Rock You” would have been more than fine with just a video of Mr. Mercury and Brian May and the rest of the band playing along.

As with every closing ceremony, the next host city for the Olympics gives us a taste of what’s to come. Rio de Janeiro put on a hell of a show featuring model Alessandra Ambrosio samba dancing with soccer star Pele and an interesting street cleaner.

Although, it would have been great to have the next Olympics in Chicago because you know Kanye would rock–we look forward to the 2016 Games in Rio and more sexy athletes!


Photos: GettyImages, KarwaiTangAlpha, HuffPo