Which Miley Cover Shoot is Better, Elle UK or V Magazine?

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Miley Cyrus seems determined to wipe her Hannah Montana persona from our minds. In her V magazine, May 2013, and upcoming Elle UK, June 2013, magazine covers, she continues to show the world just how edgy she has become. We got it Miley, calm down. I have to say I am a Miley fan more for her persona than her music, but I do admit to liking Party in the U.S.A. She’s young, she’ll get bored easily so she will be switching it up often and fans get bored easily too. I think the rebel element is real so she is going to do what she wants to do. She is going to be provocative, and she is going to be unapologetic. She has adopted a punky androgynous look that suits her, and she has never been girly anyway. I’m looking for her to hook up with a girl next.

Both of her cover shoots were definitively editorial and showed off her killer body. The Elle UK shoot was…classier and more artistic than the V magazine shoot, in my opinion. The V magazine pictures were… provocative. I could have gone the rest of my life without seeing Miley give herself a wedgie, and I almost didn’t put the pictures of her in boy’s underwear in the post, that’s how unattractive I found them; not her, the underwear. There are several pieces in each shoot that I would wear in a heartbeat.

Currently, she is working on a new album and according to a recent Good Morning America segment,  it is taking precedence over everything. Judge for yourself. Which cover shoot do you think is better and why?

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Project Runway Teams Finale Too Close To Call

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This season of Project Runway was as much of a challenge for me as it was for the contestants with the team format, and after watching all season, I’m not a fan. Ok, maybe not as much of a challenge for me since I still tuned in every week. I just can’t quit Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn. We are finally down to the final three, and I have to say that except for Stanley Hudson, the other two finalists, Patricia Michaels and Michelle Lesniak Franklin were not on my finale list initially. Daniel Esquivel, who was eliminated in part 1 of season 11’s finale was actually an early favorite of mine, but Michelle’s second chance was his undoing.

I can’t stand Michelle’s funky attitude, but I LOVE her clothes, which is more important than winning a personality contest. I would wear her clothes all day, every day if someone else was designing them. I’m one of those people that if I don’t like you, I reject everything that comes with you. Donald Trump is a perfect example; He has been a monumental Ass for a couple of years quite some time, and as much as I love The Apprentice and Celebrity Apprentice, I had to let them go because I can’t support the notions of an idiot. The same goes for Kanye West and his Taylor Swift stunt. I have to make do with Late Registration (which I love), and not buy any more of his music because too much money, and adoration has blinded his ability to respect others and celebrate their success without it becoming all about him and what he thinks.

                 

Fun Fact: Michelle’s model is Lisa Jackson from America’s Next Top Model Cycle 9, one of my favorites and certainly one of the most beautiful models to grace either runway.


I was completely through with her when she was wallowing in self pity because the others got to jet off to European fashion capitals, and she had to stay in New York. Her field trip around the city rejuvenated her spirit, but that was replaced with animosity because the others had the audacity to come back from their trips happy and excited. No appreciation whatsoever for getting a second chance, just sour grapes. If that wasn’t a turn off, the constant cattiness and rejection of support from the others certainly was. Nevertheless, I loved the dress she made for that challenge and I would wear that with or without the quilted breast plate, with or without the smudged hem. I like a bit of edginess. What can I say?

Sorry, I digress… Where was I?

The Finalists

Patricia Michaels, 46, Taos, NM, representing Native Americans in a way that is not often seen. What she brings to the table is her unexpected and innovative textiles, not to mention her out-of-the-box creativity. After the third episode, I knew she was special and I looked forward to seeing what she produced every week. However, her three collection preview pieces has me worried. She is all over the place, and it shows. Zach Posen was so adorable with his critique of her collection and while Heidi and Nina Garcia were being “mean girls” and comparing her outfits to Dr. Suess (because of one of her headpieces) he cushioned the blows with appreciation for the head pieces as well as her creativity. Patricia has never won a challenge and usually, the judges take that into consideration when choosing the final three, but I believe her textiles and creativity had them hooked despite the fact that she teeters on the line of being crafty.

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Michelle Lesniak Franklin, 34, Portland, OR, is the youngest and moodiest of the contestants. We already know what I think of her so let’s get down to business. First look, hated it! Second look, I loved the olive green pop of color and how unusual that dress was. The last look that she showed was a hardware laden jacket that could accommodate several bags, and I liked it, the judges weren’t as excited. She got an earful for having too much hardware, but I am one of those women who would be carrying all of those bags so I can see the value. The judges were not happy with her styling either; the hair was messed up, bland makeup, but I got it – Lone wolf separated from her pack. I got it, the judges didn’t.

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Stanley Hudson, 44, West Hollywood CA, quiet, contained, bossy. I have always liked Stanley, he reminds me of my brother Mark but the judges thought his  collection was matronly. I liked the zipper in the back of his dress, I thought it was sexy, but Zach called it dated. Tim told him that his collection was not sexy or modern enough. I thought it represented classy, understated sexiness. I would wear Stanley’s clothes. As much as I like an edge, I also like sophistication. I live in Colorado, I want to be covered up. It’s cold here in the Rockies. The judges didn’t like anyone’s styling because the made fun of his as well.

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Michael Kors finally makes an appearance for the season 11 finale and it won’t be long before we find out who is going to get a 2013 Lexus GS 350, a spread in Marie Claire, a technology suite worth $50,000 from HP and Intel, and the opportunity to design an exclusive collection for Lord & Taylor. I won’t even make a prediction as to who the winner will be until I see the finale fashion show that was taped during the 2013 Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York.


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Beyoncé Hits the Ground Ruling: Mrs. Carter in H&M Amidst Bow Down Controversy

Is it me or does it look like Beyoncé is taking over? In what could be the trendy retailers biggest celebrity endorsement yet, H&M has managed to snap up Queen Bey as the new face of  H&M. A summer collection is set to roll out globally in May captioned, “Beyoncé as Mrs. Carter in H&M” and from the looks of the promotional photo, it will be a red hot campaign. Her ensemble is seasonably sexy as she lounges in a revealing white sleeveless blouse, teeny black and white printed shorts, multiple gold bangles, and stilettos. Beyoncé undoubtedly had a hand in designing the line so it’s sure to be inclusive of all sizes.

Just a few days earlier, she announced her upcoming tour, “The Mrs. Carter Show” so it looks like the collection will tie into the world tour. Her new song, Standing on the Sun, will feature in the television and online advertisements for H&M, and I Been On, the second part of Bow Down/I Been On, is the featured music for O2 Priority tickets for the UK leg of the tour, which starts in Serbia, Belgrade, April 15.

After taking some time off to enjoy life and Blue Ivy, Beyoncé has crammed a lot into the first few months of 2013;  the Super Bowl performance, her recent Shape, GQ (GQ named her “Miss Millennium”), and Vogue magazine covers, a world tour, her fifth album, and clothing line. All of this is coming on the heels of her HBO documentary Life Is But A Dream, and her $50 million endorsement deal with Pepsi. (Did I leave anything out?) Add to that the President and Michelle Obama’s obvious affection for her and Jay Z, and it spells world domination to me.

 All of that exposure and power can’t come without some controversy and this time it’s behind the lyrics for Bow Down, which some say comes off as disdain, not just to her haters, but to her fans as well. R&B songstress Keisha Cole and others have voiced their opinions and confusion over the lyrics because her songs are typically pro-woman and these lyrics are not. When you look at the numerous awards, album sales, and accolades, there has already been a fair amount of bowing down. After all, she is called “Queen Bey” for a reason.

There is nothing wrong with a healthy self image, and if she were a man, there would be no controversy. In any event, this isn’t going to affect clothing, album or ticket sales; in fact, it will probably increase them. Not that I know her, but anytime I have seen Beyoncé in interviews, she appears to be very approachable and grounded, despite her massive popularity and wealth. I am going to assume that there is a method to the Bow Down madness and Mrs Carter is another incarnation, like Sasha Fierce.

Forget the lyrics, I just want to know where she gets her energy from. I probably can’t afford it, but I want to know just the same so I can start saving up. Just writing about what she has accomplished and has planned for this year makes me want a nap.

Do you find the Bow Down lyrics offensive? Are you excited about the “Beyoncé as Mrs. Carter in H&M,” collection?