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.

 

 

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#Video – Jen Atkin’s OUAI “Magic Eraser” Hair Foam Just Took Over All Other Dry Shampoo Cans

Kim Kardashian’s celebrated hairstylist and good friend is back with a fresh addition to her OUAI Hair Care Range. And it seems that this time, she is set on improving the traditional dry shampoo, trading in powder ingredients with some super smooth foam.

 

The OUAI Dry Shampoo Foam, is supposedly the “Magic Eraser” for hair, that enables styling without shampoo, or use of traditional hair products. Initial users of the product claim that the foam is great smelling, and becomes more effective with increased massaging into the hairs, absorbing the natural oils present, and impurities as well. The big difference from your regular hair products is essentially the lack of powder residue, a huge win from earlier offerings.

The product is winning supreme accolades for maintaining volume in unwashed hair, for upto 3 days, and putting out some terrific fragrance.

Watch Atkin demonstrate the use of the OUAI Foam in the video below –

 

While the product remains a tad difficult to get a hold off in India (we even tried amazon.com for a delivery to India, without much success, but the product is available for online purchase over the Sephora website, priced at USD 28.00 + shipping + taxes). In case you are among the lucky ones to have been able to grab a bottle, drop in a line about your experience.

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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Pic Courtesy: Hudabeauty.com

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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#PhotoStory – Patriarchy Begins Suffocation of Women’s Rights in the Newly Installed Trump Regime

Did this really happen?

While the world witnessed an Inspiring March for Equal Rights over the weekend, one that not just drew out bright, pink hats, but voices from all professions, locations, religions, and sexual orientation, we went right back in time at the start of the work week with this photograph.

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Photo Courtesy: Guardian

 

What do we see in this Photo?

The world looked on in shock, disgust, and increasing fear as US President Donald Trump, executed documents that banned federal funds towards non-government organizations (and agencies), that discuss, promote abortion as a family planning measure (or even generally) outside the US borders. For the uninitiated, this piece of legislation was revoked under the Obama regime (it was reinstated during the Bush regime and under previous Republican leadership). Among the most affected with the decision, are several organizations working with developing nations, which stand frustrated without the ability to openly discuss the use of abortion as a measure to initiate family planning, or even as a population control measure (especially in locations where resources are restricted).

Twitterati trolled the specific picture, to highlight the irony of the all-male body taking a decision towards a specific procedure, most central, critical to women.

 

 

Nicknamed as the “Global Gag Law”, the Democrats and Republicans have historically been at loggerheads over the issue, right from its introduction by former President Ronald Reagan in the year 1984. (It is officially called as the Mexico City Policy, as the information ban was first implemented in Mexico City at a UN Conference). The President’s personal views have oscillated right from the ’90s (when he had famously promoted the right to choose), till his campaign messages that attributed murder charges for women, who got abortion(s) done (owing to public fury he later on changed his stance to calling people performing the procedure as murderers, and not the women).

 

 

How about getting winter boots every year, for free? Check this out!

Wouldn’t everyone just lap up a free subscription to avail a classic pair winter boots every year? Reality Check – no one really provides such an offer. Something you can do, however, is just take a few simple steps towards creating a somewhat similar offer on your own – by investing your OWN money. Before you roll your eyes and close the page, let’s clarify that investing is not always that risky or complicated. And lending an ear or two, may result in some genuine financial gain.

Ever heard of mutual funds? While their TV advertising sucks significantly, they aren’t as useless as effective saving instruments. There are many mutual funds available in the market, which provide a return much higher than a savings account, with a risk comparable to a savings account (where your money is currently stashed).

Dial back a bit. To start, a Mutual fund is a pool of money from multiple investors, which an experienced fund manager invests in stocks, bonds, and many other investment instruments to generate higher returns for these investors.

Debt mutual funds invest in a mix of debt or fixed income securities and have a lower risk compared to mutual funds investing in equities (stocks). What’s more, you can sell this whenever you want your money back.

Comparison:

Savings accounts in India provide an interest rate of 4%-6%, varying based on the bank. Long term debt funds on the other hand, provide a return in the range of 9.5%-14.7% per annum. And these numbers are the average return of this category, the best performing fund in this category has provided a return of 20.5% in FY 2016 and 11.8% per annum over the last two years.

Source: Moneycontrol

Amount invested Savings account (@5%) Debt Fund (@12%) Difference (after 1yr) Difference (after 2yrs)
              50,000                   52,500         56,000                 3,500                       7,595
            100,000                 105,000       112,000                 7,000                    15,190
            150,000                 157,500       168,000               10,500                    22,785

Bottom line: Your money invested in such a fund can earn you more shoes, bags, books et all, than sitting idle in a savings account.

Now:

What you are thinking What I have to say to that
I have never invested before There is always a first time. You can start with a small amount.
I don’t have Rs. 50,000 to invest right away One can start with a minimum of Rs. 5,000. A good idea is to set aside Rs. 5,000 every month and voila, after an year it would be Rs. 60,000 invested
So much hassle for a pair of boots! As the amount and time increases, this can go way beyond boots
I won’t be able to track this daily For a low risk investment like a debt mutual fund, daily tracking is not required due to low volatility.
May be later Check the table above to see the amount/boots that would be lost due to ‘later’
Quite persistent! How to go ahead Follow the simple steps below

Convinced? You need to take just these two steps:

  • Open a Demat account if you don’t have one. Trust me, it is not that difficult!

There are multiple ways to buy mutual funds. However, since this article is aimed at New Investors, the easiest way would be to open a Demat account with your savings bank.

Many Indian banks (ICICI, Axis, HDFC, Kotak etc.) offer a 3 in 1 account which enables hassle free investment with minimal paperwork. Just ask for a Demat account at your bank and one of the bank’s representative can visit you once and your account will be live soon! If they don’t provide it, please see the link below:

http://moneysaverindia.com/finance/comparison-of-demat-accounts-in-india/

  • Once your account is live, you need to buy a Debt Mutual Fund. You can start off by buying one of these mutual funds,

http://www.moneycontrol.com/mutual-funds/nav/icici-pru-long-term-gilt-dir/MPI1203

http://www.moneycontrol.com/mutual-funds/nav/hdfc-gilt-fund-long-term-plan/MHD013

How much should I invest and how to withdraw?

You should keep aside enough balance in your Savings account for daily needs and contingencies. The rest can be put into one or more debt mutual funds.

When you need the money back, you can just sell the mutual fund from the demat account, the money would be credited back to your savings account in a few days, depending on which firm you have opened your demat account with.

Some mutual funds have an ‘exit load’, which is a fee charged if the money is withdrawn before a specified time. With just a bit of research you can easily find funds with zero exit load as well, meaning you can pull out the money whenever you want.

Then, sit back, relax and just wait for that end of season sale to buy a lot more than what you had planned for.

 

#Video – How the JAMSU Makeup Trend Dunks Your Face in Water For A Natural Glow

Celebrated beauty bloggers and Youtube makeup artists these days are drawing in admirable gasps at 2016’s potentially most quirky makeup trend. And it involves achieving a dream-like glow on the face, in a rather unorthodox manner. The latest beauty trend to have caught the attention of the Internet, is the Korean technique of JAMSU, that is fetching somewhat explosive results. 

The Korean word JAMSU, essentially means submerge or dive, and the corresponding makeup trend involves just that. Started a few months ago, by a Japanese Beauty and Makeup artist on Youtube, the JAMSU trend has caught the attention of the beauty lovers over the whole of social media, for its innovative approach to create an even looking skin tone. 

Essentially, the trend involves applying face (or even talcum) powder over a layer of primer (and concealer, if required) and dipping the face for approximately 30 seconds in a bowl of cold water. Somewhat similar to the 2015 trend of “baking”, which involved allowing makeup to set over the face, via application of face powder, sans the cold water dipping (which by the way, clearly seems to be the magic trick in case of JAMSU).

The baking trend, despite its popularity had disgruntled complaints of becoming too cake like, or powdery over the face. JAMSU on the other hand, seems to be successful in solving the problem in an effectively easy manner. The cold water acts as an absorbent of the excess powder and leaves the face with a dewy, almost glittering finish.

Looks like Asia just “dipped” its way through some super smooth skin tones, this fall. Watch the video below for a better understanding of the technique –