#Celebrity – Beyonce’s Pregnancy Shoot is the Most Beautiful Thing on Internet Right Now

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Queen Bae in Water.

Heavens have opened their gates.  

New mom in making.

Music Superstar, Singer & Songwriter Beyonce is breaking the Internet with her latest pregnancy photo shoot, and has also released private family photographs that include vacations, her mother, little Blue Ivy, among other things, over her website.

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In a heartfelt announcement posted over her site as well as Instagram, Beyonce announced her pregnancy and the news of her carrying twins, with husband Jay-Z. Her website read – 

“We would like to share our love and happiness. We have been blessed two times over. We are incredibly grateful that our family will be growing by two, and we thank you for your well wishes.” – The Carters

 

Incidentally, the photograph that captures the talented artist bare bodied (albeit her lingerie), showing off her bump, inside an exquisite floral setting, and has become the top post of Instagram within 24 hours of being uploaded. With over 9 million likes, the photo has taken over Instagram’s earlier most liked photo, of Selena Gomez with Coke (with 6.3 Million Likes).

The singer shared photos of a surreal underwater photo shoot that seems to have drawn inspiration from the Roman Goddess Venus, and features the Egyptian queen, Nefertiti and the African deity Oshun (Just in case you forgot, Beyonce’s yellow layered, frock like flowing dress resembling the apparel adorned by this river deity), in the photo backdrops.

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The photographs also feature Beyonce’s 5-year old daughter, Blue Ivy, in many of the photographs, for instance, passing on flowers to her mother in the below photo, seemingly inspired by 17th century Artist Guilo Reni’s work titled “Reclining Venus with Cupid.” (Cupid, often portrayed as Venus’ child in Greek Mythology). 

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It aren’t just the photographs that are breathtaking, but also, the poetry verses that accompany them. For instance, describing a special connection with Venus, she quoted a poem by Somali-British poet Warsan Shire that read –

“Venus has flooded me, second planet from the sun, I wake up on her foamy shore,” the poem read. “She wants to take me to meet my children. I’ve done this before i’m still nervous.”

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Warsan Shire is a London-based Somali writer, poet, editor & teacher / Pic Courtesy by Araweelo Abroad

While the photo shoot is truly majestic in its overall setting, there has so far been no mention of the photographer, or the star’s styled looks. More interestingly, the superstar’s decision to release the ornate gallery over her website, instead of some glamor filled web, or print publication is the subject of mass speculation.

Inside the array of photographs, Beyonce also threw out an old picture of her mother, Tina Knowles (while pregnant with her), drawing out her questions on whether her mother felt the same way as her during her own pregnancy.

She even described a verse about motherhood, which read – 

“Motherhood is a cocoon, where cells spark, limbs form, mother swells and stretches to protect her child, mother has one foot in this world and one foot in the next, mother, black venus

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Tina Knowles with Beyonce Knowles / Pic Courtesy by Rap-Up, Quote by beyonce.com
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#Video – Reverse Smokey Eyes: The Trend which is Ruling the Red Carpet

While the trend had already hit Instagram a couple of months ago, courtesy mega style icon Kim Kardashian, the reverse smokey eye trend slayed the red carpet more recently, courtesy Bollywood superstar Deepika Padukone, at the LA premiere of the actor’s latest release, xXx: The Xander Cage.

The reverse smokey eyes, simply put, leverages the area under the eyes, to smudge eyeshadow over a smooth coat of eyeliner. Deepika’s reverse smokey eyes (created by internationally acclaimed makeup artists Hung Vanngo), included a dash of red to compliment her outfit color.

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Even though the look involves similar principles as the standard smokey eye makeup, applied to the lower eyelid instead of the upper lid, there may be a few tricky aspects, especially as the heavy makeup may make the face appear darker (overall), unless smudged to perfection.

We have picked out a quick Nikkie Tutorial to take you through the process, that creates a perfectly blended smokey eye look, without complicating it too much.

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Ashley Graham has become our Favourite Body Positive Hero with her latest Instagram pic

Plus Size Supermodel, Ashley Graham has been breaking many of the furiously practiced standards of beauty, for a while now, tearing down notorious (unrealistic) body size perceptions along the way.

Sporting an animal bikini, and trinkets in her latest Instagram post, Graham posted a rather unflattering picture of herself (and her cellulite), in stark contradiction to social media standards of photo uploads. The picture was accompanied with an inspiring message from the model –

“I workout. I do my best to eat well. I love the skin I’m in. I am not ashamed of a few bumps or cellulite, and you shouldn’t be either.” 

 

The 29-year-old model, first sauntered into the fashion industry, in a bold (totally real) size 16, in the year 2001, when she executed a contract with Wilhelmina Models, post attending a model convention. Since then, she has been profiled across leading beauty magazines, and publications that include Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, Elle, and Glamour, in addition to leading campaigns for top apparel brands such as Levis and Lane Bryant.

More recently, Graham became the first plus-size model to be featured in the 2016’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, and was also featured in the British Vogue edition, as part of the magazine’s 100-year anniversary.  Her powerful work on breaking body images, and emerging as a positive fashion influencer for millions of women, the world over, also earned her a place among the 2016’s Forbes 30 under 30 List.

Apart from being a leading voice against the rigorous standards of an extremely body conscious beauty industry, Graham has been an active participant of humanitarian missions as part of the Themba Foundation, in South Africa (The organization is known for its work with children in the African region).

Interestingly, some of the model’s recent work had drawn flak from her fans (and social media followers), in an agitated (almost worried) response to the Graham’s thinning waistline, and pictures that went against her plus size status. One fan had commented, “This ain’t plus size to me”, on an Instagram post that showed off her toned figure. But clearly, fans’ worries are largely misplaced, as Graham continues to remain a powerful figure defying, thinner than real body imagery promoted by the global fashion industry.

In her recent post, Graham confidently spoke about her ongoing efforts to work out, towards a healthier body, which has apparently never encouraged any new forms of self-doubt over her body or its size, and consequent attempts to adhere to traditional body size aspirations. Thus, placing the importance of fitness over weight loss while exercising one’s body.

In one of her recent interviews, the supermodel recollects being told over and over on how she would never be able to move beyond a catalog model, for plus sizes. Today, Graham has owned cover pages of iconic fashion publications, as the most coveted cover girl – size 16 or 6, notwithstanding.

 

 

Bella Hadid Drops the Bomb with Nude Makeup & A Slinky Swarovski One Piece, at the Alexander Vauthier Paris Fashion Week

2017 Spring just got a whole lot more Glitter.

Supermodel Bella Hadid sparkled in silver over the French Runway and stunned audiences, as the show stopper for Alexander Vauthier Spring Summer collection 2017. Her sheer off-shoulder dress was created using Swavorski crystals, created to celebrate the anniversary of a successful partnership between the celebrated Fashion Designer and the iconic jewelry house. The look was accompanied with minimalist, nude makeup, and matte lip color, to highlight the sparkling dress. Unlike her sleekly pressed pulled back hair, observed at the Chanel Couture show earlier, the super model left her waves falling naturally, as she opened the Vauthier show.

 

The Supermodel sizzled in a halter gown, sporting red lip color, to compliment the flowing fabric of our outfit, at the Chanel Couture show earlier during the day.

 

While her first look remained sensuous (classic Bella Hadid fashion, case in point the Red Dress at Cannes), the second look was comparatively more conservative, in a metallic off shoulder bodysuit dress.

Bella Hadid was accompanied by supermodel (and Hadid’s best friend) Kendall Jenner, who donned a shimmery glitter body hugging one piece (not very unlike the iconic Wonder Woman outfit sans the head gear). Similar to Hadid, Jenner’s makeup remained minimal, and hair was styled simply in a classic central partition, falling naturally over the shoulder.

 

 

#Video – HUDA Beauty: How This Finance Major is taking over the Makeup World

In just about 3 hours of it being uploaded, the video discussing Clarke Beauty’s liquid matte lip color, uploaded over Huda Kattan’s Instagram handle, has amassed over 400,000 views, and nearly 400 comments. It is therefore, extremely surprising to learn that many years ago, celebrity makeup artist and mega beauty influencer, Huda Kattan had cried over dinner in front of her family, uncertain about what she wanted to do in life.

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In response to the demand from her followers to know her story, Kattan released a heartwarming video over her YouTube channel a few months ago, describing her journey from being a struggling part-time beauty blogger to one of the biggest beauty influencers of today.

Counted among the top 10 beauty bloggers in the world, with over 17 million followers over Instagram, Huda Kattan’s story of walking down the path of an unconventional choice of career with supreme passion is both inspiring and accolade worthy. Growing up in Tenessee (she eventually moved back to Dubai in her adult life) Kattan harbored a tremendous affinity for makeup since her teenage years but decided to study Finance at the University of Michigan. In spite of enjoying the mathematical subjects, she continued to curate makeup reviews and volunteered to do free makeup for college and university fashion shows. It was this passion for makeup, that prompted her sisters and family members to encourage her to attend makeup school, and consequently take up beauty blogging (at the time, of course, they weren’t aware of the explosive potential of Kattan’s work).

Struggling financially, a pregnant, Kattan followed a strict work schedule, of conducting makeup sessions from early morning till afternoon, followed by a few hours of posting and scheduling her blog posts before stepping out again to network at social events. In her video, she describes her euphoria, upon receiving a comment from a visitor from Japan (her first comment from any visitor), after about 12 months of blogging. She recalls working even harder, to fiercely defend her passion for blogging in front of her dad, who was worried that her work wasn’t leading anywhere.

Even after making significant headway into social media, and making her presence felt in a remarkable manner, she was still unable to monetize her blog to its best potential, and therefore, had to continue working as a makeup artists, to earn her living. It was only after an explosive response to the makeup she did for the women of the Royal family in Dubai, that her social media following grew to massive proportions.

Even then, her initial idea of selling eyelashes did not convince most of the distributors in Dubai and the Middle East. At the insistence of her family, and with the help of a $ 6,000 loan from her elder sister, Huda managed to create the complete product and convince a helpful distributor to help them in getting stocked at the Sephora outlet, at the Dubai Mall. Her company has since then, broken all records, becoming the most sold item at the coveted outlet, breaking out as a popular beauty brand, with a wide range of makeup and beauty products.

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Echoing sentiments of most small scale businesses (or even ideas), starting out on their own, Huda Kattan seems to have definitely “pushed through” (in her own words), tough situations, with patience and commitment to her passion, and fortunately, her profession.

Watch the video here –

Supermodel Hailey Baldwin Just Took Kim Kardashain’s Vampire Facial Trend To The Next Level

Style Icon and Instagram Socialite Kim Kardashian is known to experiment with a variety of beauty treatments, that vary between removal of ‘baby’ hairs to oil treatments before workouts to burn cellulite. A few years back, she posted a picture of her, rather unique facial treatment procedure, over Instagram, unleashing a flurry of bidders, who wanted to emulate her decision to rejuvenate their skin, by using their own blood – a treatment fancily called as the Vampire Facial.

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For those blessed enough to have been living in blissful oblivion to the ongoing blood-thirsty battle against aging, the Vampire Facial treatment involves extracting ones’ blood from the arm and use a centrifugal pump to separate red blood cells from the yellow platelet rich plasma (PRP). This is then pumped back into the skin to boost the growth of collagen, a substance known to enhance beauty naturally. Ultimately resulting in firmer, younger, looking skin.

Amidst warnings of surgeons, and molecular biologists, towards adverse side effects of the vampire facial treatment, American model Hailey Baldwin (her uncle is actor Alec Baldwin), has extended the principle, uncomfortably further to moisturize her own skin.

Incidentally, Baldwin happens to be the new face of the iconic fashion brand Guess. With pictures like those, one wouldn’t really understand her fierce need to moisturize her skin using her own … err.. blood.

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In a recent interview, Baldwin, admitted to using a range of products by Dr. Barbara Strum (her clinics are based in Dusseldorf and Munich), that extracts PRP from one’s own blood and infuses it into a lotion, to be used for moisturizing skin.

 

Did we just walk into Vampire Diaries, again?

#Video – Vidya Iyer, The Mashup Diva Who is Taking Over YouTube, and Catching Everyone’s Attention From Diplo to Shahrukh Khan

Jay Sean just became seriously old fashioned.

Because YouTube superstar Vidya Iyer, just gave a whole new dimension to East meets West music, beyond Bhangra Beats set to American Rap. The singer has been garnering global audiences with her YouTube Mashup channel, Vidya Vox, belting out exhilarating combinations of Indian, English track covers, punctuated with her own concocted spins.

Iyer launched her first Mashup in April 2015, covering the songs Big Girls Cry (originally composed and sung by SIA) and Kabhi Jo Badal Barse, and since then has then garnered over 90+ Million views over YouTube. With her videos covering works of Major Lazer, and Chainsmokers, she has managed to catch the attention of superstars Shahrukh Khan and Hritik Roshan, along with international artists such as Diplo. A psychologist major from George Washington University (she was born in Chennai and raised in Virginia), Iyer acquired Carnatic Music training from DK Nagarajan. Asides from performing at the White House, and Webster Hall, she featured in works by the Shankar Tucker Band as well.

Watch her slay this Tove Lo & Jiya Re combination, in her purple-green mermaid hair and silver chokers.

 

#Stories- The Woman Behind Priyanka Chopra’s Slaying of US Entertainment: Anjula Acharia Bath, Media Scion & Pop Culture Creator

At this year’s People’s Choice Awards, draped in soft pink, Priyanka Chopra, let out an irresistible, shy victory wave, on being announced as the winner of the Favourite Dramatic TV Actress category. Amidst the standing ovation, one couldn’t miss the unforgettable, melt-your-heart, expression of triumph that erupted on Anjula Acharia Bath’s face, as she did a euphoric spring, next to a gloating Chopra.

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Counted in the lists of Billboard International Power Player, Forbes Most Powerful Women, and ELLE’s #WomenInTech, 43-year old Anjula Acharia is not just the woman behind “the breakout star from India” – Priyanka Chopra, but among the most powerful, new age pop-culture creators of today. Rightly called as the “unstoppable force” in bridging the gap between technology, pop culture, and Hollywood.

An entrepreneur, investor, and now a full-time partner at Trinity Ventures, Acharia has always had her heart set on pulling South Asia into mainstream (Western) media and entertainment. And with PC claiming two People’s Choice Awards over the past 2 years, becoming a member of the Baywatch crew, slaying the red carpet at the Golden Globes, between singing alongside Pitbull, being featured in the National Football League, and becoming the brand ambassador for the iconic American fashion brand, GUESS – Acharya seems to have done more than just fine.

Growing up in the UK as the daughter of Punjabi immigrant parents, Acharia suffered during her school days, at the hands of gross misrepresentation of South Asian culture, in the West (and consequent bullying that accompanied such presumptions). The desire to break away from stereotypes, and reintroduce Desi culture, coupled with her husband’s serious love for mixing bhangra beats with Hip Hop, led the couple to start DesiHits! in the year 2006 (Los Angeles). Starting out as a side project, they developed DesiHits!, initially, as a podcast to create and mix, Bollywood and Indian fusion music (it later grew into a full-fledged content website about Indian, American celebrity news and music). The couple quit their jobs shortly when they were given the opportunity to raise their initial rounds of investment $ 6 Million, by Trident Capital, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, and American hedge fund, DE Shaw.

Acharia’s vision for creating a “dent” in the popular culture, was shared by Interscope Records head, Jimmy Iovine, who eventually came on board (along with Israeli venture capitalist, Aviv Nevo) as a mentor and investor, for the company, and Acharia personally. The company became a full blown media and entertainment outfit in the year 2010, in a Joint Venture with Universal Records, taking Acharia’s original vision of introducing western audiences, to South Asian artists, as part of mainstream media, to a dizzying level of execution (as proof, PC was signed the very same year by the company). Acharia by then had already organized a slew of successful Indian collaborations with international artists that included Britney Spears (with Sonu Nigam), Lady Gaga (with the Salim- Suleiman duo), and Rihanna (with Culture Shock). 

She started out Priyanka Chopra with collaborations across the prominent music circuit, first with an English song release (In My City), and consequently, the Pitbull featured collaboration, Exotic. While Acharia had to work extremely hard to maneuver around both the Indian and American markets, which had wide differences from the way business functioned and the schedule of a supremely busy artist, the larger challenges had not yet emerged.

During an interaction at one of your typical Los Angeles styled evening entertainment circuit settings, Acharia bonded with Keli Lee (TV & Casting, at Disney, ABC TV) about the shift of pop culture towards TV, and desire to move away from all white crews, and promote talent from other cultures. This resonated with an earlier conversation with her mentor Iovine, about the growing importance of TV, demonstrated by soaring popularity of series such as House of Cards,  Game of Thrones, Suits, among others. While Acharia emerged crystal clear with her vision on the next steps, it was altogether another challenge to convince a Bollywood big screen start to even consider TV. As discussed by Acharia in one her recent interviews with Mint, Lee apparently sent out over 25 scripts to Chopra, before the star decided to go with the character of Alex Parrish, falsely accused of committing a terrorist act on American soil.

Over the past decade, in addition to working on her own venture, Acharya has actively acquired the role of being a passionate mentor to budding startup founders, and has invested in companies herself, that include TheMuse.com (a career search site for well educated men and women in the age group 22-39), The Hunt (an online shopping portal), and more recently ClassPass (platform for booking gym memberships). She is most famous for her afternoon “Earl Grey Tea” sessions with entrepreneurs, tech co-founders, and media enthusiasts, where she animately discusses the latest in technology and entertainment.

Amidst her vibrant, affable, Instagram feed, Acharya, has posted a quote that reads – “What If I Fall? Oh, My Darling, What If You Fly?” She remains true to the words, not just by soaring the high skies with her stories of success, but also by giving flight to others, working as hard, under her mentorship. 

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Michelle Obama Nailed Her Thank You Notes on The Tonight Show

 

The creepy-as-hell piano man James playing Thank You Music, as Jimmy Fallon overacts out his Thank You notes, is something we are fairly used to even in the Indian geography (Thanks to Comedy Central and WiFi). But it was Michelle Obama that really slayed audiences, in her recent farewell episode, with her perfectly timed comic thank you notes over the creepy-but-the-same-thank-you-music, played out by the show’s band.

The first one came right out in gratitude for her husband where she thanked him “for not being a lame duck, but her very own silver fox”, followed by a round smart shots belted out at Trump’s inauguration day, replacing “inauguration day with Let’s Move Day (!)” and highlighting her higher education program amidst a “4 more years” pun. (For the uninitiated, the slogan Let’s Move refers to Obama’s ongoing efforts to reduce child obesity). Pouring dollops of love on her BoB, she comforted audiences that she has in fact, effectively thrown out those Mom Jeans from the former President’s wardrobe. The show stealer at the end is thrown by show host Fallon, extending her love for physical fitness, encouraging her to “Run (!)” for President in 2020.

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#Music – Bebe Rexha Hits the Desert in Her Jan Video, for the Song “I Got You”

The temperature just soared this winter, with the uber talented, singer & songwriter releasing her latest music video for the track “I Got You” from her upcoming album, “All Your Fault: Point I”, already crossing over 30+ million views in less than 2 weeks from launch.

Albanian born, American artist Blete “Bebe’ Rexha, is no stranger to pop music glamor, featuring and co-writing some of her best works for artists such as Rihanna (“Monster” featuring Eminem), David Guetta and Nicki Minaj (she sang backing vocals and co-wrote “Hey Mamma”). “I Got You” is from her debut solo album scheduled to be released this February (her single was released earlier in October 2016, followed by the video in January 2017).

Interestingly, her looks from the new album seemed to have found some serious amount of inspiration from Instagram style icon, Kylie Jenner’s beauty picks. Starting from Jenner’s nude makeup looks, paired with oversized jackets and minimalist body suits, to the crop top red cape suit, that the singer struts around in the parched, desert backdrop. Is that why we see Jenner’s return to dark hair tones?

The Kylie Jenner Classic Nude Body Suit paired with a coat of Ash Blonde Hair 

 

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Nude Suit, paired with Blonde Hair in Bebe Rexha’s latest music video – “I Got You”

 

 

In a radio interview, the singer admitted that she had made an alternate music video to her song earlier, but did not use the same, in view of it’s explicit content. “It was actually too sexual so I had to get rid of it. It was too much,” confessed the singer, as the primary reason behind her decision to re-shoot the video.

In her recent Twitter post, the singer clearly could not contain her excitement of crossing 30 million views on YouTube, and praises pouring in from all over the globe. Exciting times indeed – wondering which of the Kardashians she will pick out to acquire inspiration for her next video.

Catch the official music video for “I Got You” below