Miss World Cancels Swimsuit Section

The 2014 Miss World winner – Rolene Strauss from South Africa

ORGANISERS of the annual Miss World pageant have announced plans to eliminate the swimsuit segment of the competition, citing lack of purpose as the reason.

“The organisation has decided to take itself out of the swimsuit world because it isn’t the path they’re trying to take,” said Chris Wilmer, the national director of Miss World America/Miss United States organisation. “It’s not just a beauty contest, it’s beauty with a purpose. There didn’t seem to be a purpose to have the swimsuit.”

The finale of the 2014 pageant
Picture credit: PA

Miss World – which is the oldest international beauty pageant – was originally called the Festival Bikini Contest and was established in England in 1951 by Eric Morley, who wanted to lift spirits following the end of Second World War. The bikini was replaced with a more modest swimsuit after the contest drew complaints, and the segment of the show has existed ever since. However, Wilmer is keen that, in the future, the pageant shouldn’t just be based on appearance.

“Miss World should be a spokesperson who can help a community. She’s more of an ambassador, not a beauty queen,” Wilmer continued, reports The Washington Post. “It’s more about the outreach and what a woman could do with a title like Miss World.”

The decision by Wilmer and his colleagues comes at a time when the traditional beauty pageant and the exposure of the female form are much-discussed topics. The recent Victoria’s Secret show in London resulted in ample column inches debating the feminist issues underlining the extravaganza, while many stars have made public their support for the Free The Nipple campaign, an equality initiative that stands against the illegality of topless women.


Rome Cancels Couture


Isa Arfen is one of the many brands that has taken part in the showcase

ALTAROMA has announced its decision to cancel its scheduled Couture showcase that was slated to run between January 31 and February 2 next year. The organisation, which usually holds two fashion weeks annually, stated that it cannot afford to put on both this year due to lack of public funding.

“I hope that through the members’ commitment we can break this deadlock,” Silvia Venturini Fendi, AltaRoma president, told WWD.  “I’m afraid that we might miss a useful occasion to reconfirm the trust in public involvement aimed at supporting development and giving hope to one of the most important productive sectors for the future re-launch of our country.”

See the shot that inspired Kim Kardashian’s Paper Magazine cover


Kim Kardashian Jean Paul Goude 1stdibs

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

For their winter issue, Paper magazine set out to “break the internet” with the help of Kim Kardashian. Given that they managed to rack up over five and a half million search results for “Kim Kardashian Paper Magazine” in less than 24 hours, it seems like they did alright.  Our angle on this? The maestro behind the much-maligned, much-appreciated shot is the French contemporary photographer and designer, Jean-Paul Goude.

For the Paper cover, Goude re-created what is arguably his most famous shot, “Carolina Beaumont, New York, 1976” (above left). Often referred to as “Champagne Incident,” Goude’s picture is characteristic of the artist’s playful, winking approach to sexuality. The French-born Goude began his career in magazines — he served as art director for Esquire during the ’70s — and later stepped behind the lens to create frank, colorful images that flirted with the boundary between fine art and advertising. In fact, “Carolina Beaumont” comes from an eight-page Esquire editorial entitled “The French Connection” that aimed — in the pre-Photoshop era — to explore the changing standards of beauty vis-a-vis physical proportions. Obviously, the conversation is still happening today.

We’re fans of both images, and appreciate any occasion to surface the name of a deserving talent. Luckily, Goude’s original image is available on 1stdibs from dealer Hasted Kraeutler. Shop it now. For Kim’s version, hit your local newsstand — or just visit the now-broken Internet.

Celebrity Transformations Angelina Jolie’s Changing Looks


Angelina Jolie transformationWith her full lips and bright blue eyes, the 11-year-old daughter of Jon Voight and Marcheline Bertrand was clearly destined to be a spectacular beauty.

Angelina Jolie - Transformation


As a student at Beverly Hills High School, Jolie was an unknown quantity. “I wore black boots with big silver bat [charms] that dragged when I walked,” Jolie has said. “I wasn’t aware of how I looked, but apparently I looked really

Angelina Jolie - Transformation


The pixie-cropped actress won her first Golden Globe for TV biopic George Wallace; the following year she would receive a second statuette for her role in Gia.

Angelina Jolie - Transformation


She went platinum for Girl, Interrupted, but limited her beauty routine to Carmex and lotion.

Angelina Jolie - Transformation


She won an Academy Award for Girl, Interrupted wearing Morticia Addams-like black extensions and winged eyeliner.

Angelina Jolie - Transformation


The Beyond Borders star, and new mother to adopted son Maddox, lightened up both her locks and makeup for a fresh look.

Angelina Jolie - Transformation


The Alexander actress went for Old Hollywood glam with long retro curls and arched brows.

Angelina Jolie - Transformation


The glamorous mom—who would expand her brood with daughter Zahara and become pregnant with Shiloh—sported a voluminous €˜’60s-inspired mane and liquid liner to the Mr. and Mrs. Smith premiere.

Angelina Jolie - Transformation


For the Golden Globes, the A Mighty Heart star (and mom to the newly-adopted Pax) rocked a sleek bouffant updo. “€œAngelina loves wearing her hair away from her face,”€ hairstylist Ted Gibson has said.

Angelina Jolie, transformation, celebrity hair, celebrity makeup


“Her mouth is so large and beautiful,” makeup artist Janeen Schreyer has said of the born beauty. “I usually don’t color it.” Hairstylist Ted Gibson shows similar restraint: “€œShe loves to keep a natural wave in her hair. It’s more

Angelina Jolie - Transformation


Pregnant with twins Knox and Vivienne, the actress glowed in a high-volume style at the Kung Fu Panda premiere.

Angelina Jolie - Transformation - Beauty - Celebrity Before and After


Jolie enhanced her baby blues with liquid liner at the Golden Globes.

Angelina Jolie - Transformation


Nominated for her role in The Changeling, she framed her famous face with an undone updo at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Angelina Jolie, transformation, star hair, star makeup


For the Cannes Film Festival premiere of Brad Pitt’s Inglourious Basterds, Jolie played up her famous mouth with bright red lipstick.

Angelina Jolie - Transformation


Classic Angelina: Loose, voluminous locks with soft cat-eye liner and glossy lips.

Angelina Jolie – Transformation - Beauty - Celebrity Before and After


Jolie looked characteristically stunning at the Golden Globes.

Angelina Jolie - Transformation - Hair - Celebrity Before and After


Wow! For the Golden Globes, Jolie played up her incredible lips with a bright crimson hue.

Angelina Jolie


The actress attended the world premiere of fiance Brad Pitt’s movie World War Z just weeks after she revealed she underwent a preventative double mastectomy. She wowed the crowd in a black, floor-length Saint

Angelina Jolie


Jolie brightens up her hair with an auburn hue.

Party Dresses For The Holidays


No matter what time of the year, one thing is always in style—party dresses. There’s no better time to update that party dress wardrobe than the holidays! Here at AMI Clubwear, we have every party dress needed for that amazing holiday party. Whether you’re partying with friends for a girl’s night out, or getting ready for a special night on the town with your significant others, we’ve got the best dress for you this holiday season! Make your look extra memorable with our wide variety of cocktail dresses, babydoll dresses, maxi dresses and even accessory ideas to help you rock your party look. We’ve broken down the top five best party dress styles for this 2014 holiday season:

Holiday Party Dresses 2014

Long Sleeves Party Dresses

There’s no better way to look sexy, in style and stay warm all at the same time this season than by rocking a great party dress with sleeves. Whether they’re tight, three-quarter or even our sexy sheer sleeves, you’ll be an instant trend setter with this exciting dress style at any holiday party.

Party Dresses for 2014 Holiday Season

Peplum Dresses

 You can always count on a great peplum cut skirt or dress to add that extra touch of femininity and class. Flattering for most figures, peplum can be that fun, flirty little wink at all your holiday festivities this season.

Peplum Dresses

Maxi Length Dresses 

No need to pack that trendy summer favorite away for the winter, maxi dresses are just as perfect for any party even when your cuddling close by the fire! Our floor length party dresses are made to make any party hopper feeling comfortable and glamorous throughout the holidays.

Maxi Dresses

Cocktail Dresses 

Come spring, summer, fall or winter, cocktail dresses are a must have and a fashion staple for every woman’s wardrobe. Look elegant, sexy and ready for anything in our exclusive new cocktail party dresses in endless styles, colors and even bold fabrics that are sure to turn anyone’s head that you walk by this season!

Cocktail Dresses

Rainbow Bright! Olivia Wilde Heats Up the Beach in a Fluorescent Bikini


Olivia Wilde in a Mara Hoffman Bikini

The gorgeous Olivia Wilde and her toned tummy are at it again! The star hit the waves of Hawaii a few days ago wearing a sizzling patterned Mara Hoffman bikini, and (per usual) she looked amazing. Wilde, along with fiancé Jason Sudeikis and 8-month-old son Otis, kicked off their family vacation on the island of Maui last week, where the actress tried her hand at paddleboarding in a black string bikini.

RELATED: Olivia Wilde Is the New Face of H&M’s Conscious Exclusive Collection

While there’s no question her body looks incredible, we can’t stop staring at that eye-catching suit! Want the stylish two-piece for yourself? Pick up Olivia’s supernova print v-neck bandeau bikini top ($121; marahoffman.com) and matching ruched low rise bottoms ($110; marahoffman.com) for your next warm weather vacation now.

This Week’s Wow: New York Fashion Week Gets the Boot


In this weekly feature, InStyle’s Fashion News Director Eric Wilson shares his favorite fashion moment of the week, and explains how it could shape styles to come. Look for it on What’s Right Now every Friday.

The Moment: Ending a long and bumpy residency at Lincoln Center, New York Fashion Week’s major hub for runway shows will vacate the premises following the Fall 2015 presentations in February. While the move, to an as yet undetermined location in September, has long been expected, a settlement in the New York City courts this week underscored just how unwelcome designers have been there, and how unhappy the rest of us have been about it.

RELATED: Taming Fashion Week, Or Trying To

The Friends of Damrosch Park, a neighborhood group that protested the pollution and greenery destruction that resulted from the twice-annual affair, had sued IMG, the company that produces Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, because the runway production blocked access to a public park for many weeks of the year. IMG, after complaints that many designers and guests were unhappy there, too, had already begun exploring new options.

Why It’s a Wow: For years, New York designers have sought to find a unified home for their runway shows, succeeding in the early 1990s by opening the original tented affair in Bryant Park. Those shows, which operated under many names (7th on Sixth, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, Olympus Fashion Week, General Motors Fashion Week), became so popular that the designers eventually outgrew the space and then moved to what were described at the time as classier digs at Lincoln Center.

PHOTOS: What InStyle Editors Wear to NYFW Shows

Along the way, as with most golden geese, the event began to lose its luster, partly the result of a glut of questionable marketing events that sought to capitalize on American fashion’s newfound popularity. Major designers decamped to offsite locations. These days, when we speak of New York Fashion Week, we rarely speak of Lincoln Center, so, to put it mildly, the eviction represents a big opportunity for IMG, for the Council of Fashion Designers of America, and for fashion in general.

Fabulous Photos of The Nigerian Nolly Wood Actress and Nigerian Actors Guild Of Nigeria Ibinabo Fiberesima’s Traditional Wedding


The president of Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), ex-beauty queen and actress, Ibinabo Fiberesima, had her traditional wedding yesterday and it was an awesome event!


The white wedding is scheduled to take place tomorrow while the traditional wedding took place yesterday in Benin. Here are official photos from the traditional wedding:


The couple with Ibinabo's Five children


We wish the adorable couple a happy married life!

READ MORE: http://www.naij.com/346257-photos-from-ibinabo-fiberesimas-traditional-wedding.html

Gareth Pugh’s LFW Return


GARETH PUGH is returning to London Fashion Week for the first time in seven years. The British designer – who showed in New York last season, and in Paris preceeding that – has made the move to celebrate the 10th anniversary of his label.

“London is where everything began for me,” Pugh said today. “My creative family is here, our story is here. So I’m thrilled to acknowledge such an important milestone on home ground. At heart this is a creative decision – it feels timely and true to the spirit of the work.”

The show will take place on February 21 during London Fashion Week’s autumn/winter 2015 showcase.

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