Twenty-one-year-old gender-fluid Lewis Freese has been recognized by Sports Illustrated Swim as the first-ever male finalist in the annual Swim Search for 2021, which is led by an open casting call. This is his second year applying to the contest, and he’s still a full-time student designing a major in business marketing, gender women sexuality studies, and retail merchandising. Lewis hails from Minnesota and takes his spot as one of the 15 finalists who could go on to be included in the issue among others from the LGBTQ+ community like trans woman of color Leyna Bloom and trans model Valentina Sampaio, both of whom made history on their own.

“Swimwear is one of the most binary forms of clothing, and I believe Sports Illustrated Swimsuit has redefined the true meaning of what a swimsuit embodies.”

Lewis took the time to thank his followers and support system in a video posted … Read the rest

Any trend that shows a little skin is one thing, but tacking on the fact that in order to make this trend really work one has to forfeit all undergarments? Yeah, it’s a lot to process, but after scrolling through the images and products below, I am confident you’ll be turned. This risqué detail we’re highlighting today looks like cascading keyholes that are held together by the skin of their teeth. Beneath them? Nothing, of course, hence the necessary removal of all undergarments beforehand. Be it a button closure or a dainty thread, the main objective is to give off the look that your garment is busting at the seams, and considering the fact that you’ll likely not be wearing a bra or underwear should this happen, the look is quite jarring (in a good way).

That’s half the fun of this trend though, isn’t it? These peephole-like cutouts create … Read the rest

For many of us, quarantine fashion translates to whatever is cozy 一 and sometimes cute. If you’ve been fortunate enough to spend most of your days lounging in sweatpants or leggings, just know that we’re right there with you. In uncertain times, it’s nice to feel a sense of camaraderie when it comes to getting dressed 一 which is precisely why I’m so thankful for Courtney Parchman, aka @averagefashionblogger, and her LOL-worthy TikToks that are all too relatable. Parchman (known as “Corny” to her friends) prides herself on making videos that celebrate bodies of all shapes and sizes, and simultaneously calls out the fashion industry for its complicity in propagating unrealistic beauty standards. Over a year into lockdown, it’s the wry humor and hilarity that I desperately need in my life.

Here, Parchman talks to POPSUGAR about the origin of the viral TikTok account, her favorite bloggers to follow, and … Read the rest

Revlon has been a makeup institution for decades. Since 1932 to be exact. Chances are you’ve probably used one or two (or more ) of the brand’s products, and you might even have some in your makeup bag right now. I’m pretty sure one of my first lipsticks was a classic Revlon tube. I distinctly remember feeling very grown-up using the black and gold tube. Or maybe you have one of the brand’s hair tools. If you haven’t heard of the cult-favorite hair dryer brush, you should look into it. According to some of our editors, it’s a life-changing styling tool.

Another thing that the brand does well is its nail polish selection. In fact, it was the first to introduce the idea of matching your nail color and lipstick, who knew?! The color range is extensive and the formulas are long-lasting. Not to mention they’re at a good price … Read the rest

It’s impossible to talk about Bollywood screen style without talking about designer Manish Malhotra. After all, he’s in charge of most of the iconic outfits we all still dream about today. I spoke with the designer to learn more about how he paved his way into films, designing, and, of course, some of his most talked-about creations seen on the silver screen.

While the designer has always been interested in movies, he realized what he wanted to do in life while he was modeling during his college years. “I got my first break in 1989 when Juhi Chawla was starring in the David Dhawan film Swarg where I created two costumes for Juhi for one song sequence. But the movie Rangeela was my turning point,” Manish told me. “That was in 1995. The director, Ram Gopal Verma, was clear with his brief, and actress Urmila Matondkar was also all set … Read the rest

Welcome to Who What Wear Spotlight, where we’ll be using our editorial platform, social following, and ad inventory to turn the spotlight on small businesses that need our support now more than ever. Each week, we’ll be highlighting a new fashion or beauty company. If you own a small brand and would like to be considered for the program, please apply here.

It’s no secret that sustainability is in. Wherever brands can tout eco-friendly practices, they’re sure to. The fashion-wide movement is really owed to the work of the smallest brands—the ones that reflect a 100% commitment to ethical production from top to bottom. Caes is the most recent slow, sustainable fashion label to catch our attention at Who What Wear, and we’re not the only ones. The Dutch fashion brand just launched on Net-a-Porter last Friday, and we’re eager to share the story behind the brand before its collection … Read the rest

It’s exciting when a movement as powerful as sustainable fashion bypasses the buzzword phase and proves its staying power. How the effort is executed, however, varies widely from consumer to brand, whether you’re thrifting at a consignment shop or choosing biodegradable packaging for all your shipping needs. When it comes to denim, in an effort to conserve clean drinking water and keep the planet free of pollution, companies implementing water conservation efforts are blazing the trail for the apparel industry writ large.

Eco-minded brands use water-saving wash techniques at various points in the denim-making process to reduce water usage. For the uninitiated, cotton irrigation makes up 92 percent of the water footprint of a pair of jeans. According to The 71 Percent, it takes a whopping 1,800 gallons of water to grow enough cotton for your blues – that’s a mind-blowing figure for just one garment. While seemingly minor details … Read the rest

When it comes to makeup products, I normally don’t give eye shadows that much thought. Sure, I use them, but I’m not too picky about which brands I use. My makeup priorities revolve around foundations, concealers, and mascaras. I can be pretty choosy when it comes to those types of products.

But of course, not all eye shadows are created equally. In addition to the shade choices, there are also other factors to think about, such as pigment, finish, and staying power. You want a formula that won’t crease or cake. And it also depends on the type of eye makeup look you’re going for. Some people might want something natural and subtle; others might want something highly saturated.

Whatever the case, I asked my colleagues and a few makeup artists to point me in the direction of their favorite eye shadow brands. I wanted to know what their tried-and-true … Read the rest

Lovecraft Country star Jamie Chung – who is nominated for a SAG Award tonight – made a powerful statement that transcended the fashion sphere during the 2021 SAG Awards. Jamie wore a firetruck-red, off-the-shoulder Oscar de la Renta gown with ruffled sleeves, which she paired with matching Stuart Weitzman heels and a custom Edie Parker clutch engraved with gold lettering that spelled out “Stop Asian Hate.” “In some Asian cultures, the color red symbolizes joy, luck and happiness,” Jamie captioned a post on Instagram on Sunday. “In Korean culture it symbolizes creation, passion and power. I’m so proud of my history and heritage.”

Following the fatal Atlanta spa shootings on March 16, Jamie sat down with POPSUGAR to deliver an inspiring message about the recent rise in anti-Asian hate crimes. “I think what’s most important, especially with our community, is speaking up about it,” she said. “We’re so conditioned to … Read the rest

Clothing really doesn’t get more personal than what you wear underneath. From the bust to hips, bodies are superbly unique in every way, which bares the question-why do so many lingerie brands use a one size fits all approach? Thankfully, more players within the intimates space have wised up to the body diversity and creativity women crave when it comes to their lingerie. With brands like Savage x Fenty and Playful Promises offering up a diverse range of sizes along with innovative, beautiful designs, it’s proof you don’t necessarily have to be an A cup to find beautiful pieces worth showing off. Since most of us are likely shopping online from our couch versus visiting a store nowadays, a personal recommendation is an invaluable tool. In the interest of finding out the best of the best, I turned to some of my favorite fashion it-girls to figure out which brands
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