Tag: Beauty and fashion

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Lifestyle

Minaj channels high-end faves for affordable line

Nicki Minaj launches her fashion line at KMART on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision/AP) by Nicole EvattAssociated Press Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nicki Minaj knows celebrities-turned-designers aren’t always taken seriously in the fashion world, but she doesn’t mind. At a launch event Tuesday for her Kmart collection, Minaj said skepticism of stars lacking formal design training is “understandable,” but she insists it’s “not about being a designer.” The “Starships” rapper says her intention is simply to make clothes that she would love to wear.

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National

Sagging pants banned in some Texas restaurants

No Sagging Sign by Cierra Duncan HOUSTON (NNPA)-– Should “sagging” be banned? Some establishments think so. Two Houston McDonald’s locations recently joined the list of Texas restaurants that have banned customers wearing sagging pants with their underwear showing. Signs placed on the doors read, “Pull your pants up or don’t come in. Try to have some decency and respect for others. No one wants to see your underwear.” Children under the age of three are exempt.

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International

Artists, educators laud Black heritage in DR

In this Sept. 27, 2013 photo, Dominican actresses Clara Morel, left, and Luz Bautista Matos, of the theater group “Arbol Maravilloso,” or “Wonderful Tree,” pose for a photo after their performance for school children in Moca, Dominican Republic. Their theater group has visited schools across the country to spread the word among Black children that their features and heritage should be a source of pride. (AP Photo/Manuel Diaz) by Ezequiel Abiu LopezAssociated Press Writer SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — In a school auditorium filled with laughing students, actresses Luz Bautista Matos and Clara Morel threw themselves into acting out a fairy tale complete with a princess, a hero and acts of derring-do. Morel had wrapped a white plastic sheet around her multi-colored blouse, while Bautista donned a brown paper bag over her blue tights. The two Black actresses wore their hair free and natural, decorated only with single pink flowers. “Yes, you’re a princess,” said Bautista to Morel, who fretted that she didn’t look like a traditional princess with her dark complexion and hair. Bautista then turned to a young girl sitting in the front row, who shared the same African-descended features as both actresses. “And you too,” Morel said as the child smiled back at her. The theater group Wonderful Tree has visited schools all over Santo Domingo and some in the countryside to spread the word among Black children that their features and heritage should be a source of pride. That message, though simple, has been nothing less than startling in this Caribbean country, where 80 percent of people are classified as mulattos, meaning they have mixed Black-White ancestry, but where many still consider being labeled Black an offense.

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Lifestyle

Schools criticized for bans on dreadlocks, Afros

This 2013 image released by the Parker Family shows Tiana Parker in Tulsa, Okla. Tiana was at the center of a debate over her hairstyle. (AP Photo/The Parker Family, Marq Lewis) SCHOOLS BAN AFROS AND OTHER NATURAL HAIRSTYLES FOR STUDENTS, WEIGHED DOWN BY HISTORY by Leanne ItalieAssociated Press Writer “Why are you so sad?” a TV reporter asked the little girl with a bright pink bow in her hair. “Because they didn’t like my dreads,” she sobbed, wiping her tears. “I think that they should let me have my dreads.”

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International

Guatemalan indigenous designs win new respect

In this Aug. 21, 2013 photo, Karim Corzo, a shoe designer using Guatemalan textiles, poses for a photo at a workspace in her factory in Guatemala City. Embroidered Mayan textiles known as huipiles are undergoing a revival in some of the country’s finest boutiques as they become a haute couture fixture. Corzo saw an economic benefit to the fashion trend. “They allow us to give work to the women who weave them and sell them,” Corzo said. (AP Photo/Luis Soto) by Sonia Perez D.Associated Press WriterGUATEMALA CITY (AP) – With their brightly colored fabrics filled with animals and landscapes, Guatemala’s indigenous had long used textiles to tell stories and share their visions of the universe. In modern times, however, those same fabrics made their wearers targets for discrimination, marking them as part of the country’s poor and indigenous.

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Lifestyle

Model campaign brings more diversity to runways

In this Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, file photo, Model Naomi Campbell walks the runway in the Diane von Furstenburg Spring 2014 collection show during Fashion Week, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow) by Samantha CritchellAP FAshion Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Supermodel Iman watched the runways like a hawk this Fashion Week — but she wasn’t looking at the clothes. Iman joined with Naomi Campbell and veteran modeling agent Bethann Hardison for an unusual effort they are calling Balance Diversity to bring more Black models to the runway, and they called out designers who whitewash their runways in the process.

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Lifestyle

A $38,000 handbag not unheard of in luxury market

In this May 30, 2013 file photo, Oprah Winfrey speaks during Harvard University’s commencement ceremonies in Cambridge, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File) by Jill Lawless LONDON (AP) — A $38,000 handbag? For most people, it’s unthinkable. But for the richest sliver of the global population, like Oprah Winfrey, it’s a realistic option — and buyers aren’t short of choices.

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Business

Asiana flight attendants make news with bravery

This July 7, 2013 file photo shows Asiana Airlines Flight 214 flight attendant and cabin manager, Lee Yoon Hye, speaking to the media during a news conference in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jack Chang, file)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Before Asiana Flight 214 crash-landed in San Francisco, the last time the Korean airlines’ flight attendants made news it was over an effort by their union earlier this year to get the dress code updated so female attendants could wear trousers.

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People

Miss Connecticut wins Miss USA contest in Vegas, Miss S.C. 5th runner up

Fifth runner-up Miss South Carolina Megan Pickney walks the runway during the introductions of the Miss USA 2013 pageant, June 16, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Jeff Bottari) by Hannah Dreier LAS VEGAS (AP) — A 25-year-old contestant from Connecticut won the title of Miss USA in Las Vegas on Sunday night. Erin Brady of South Glastonbury, Conn., won the beauty pageant at the Planet Hollywood hotel-casino after strutting in a white sparkly gown and answering a question about the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision upholding widespread DNA tests. Asked if she agreed with the decision, Brady said she did.