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Blindie EXCLUSIVE: Catching Up With Anya of America’s Next Top Model

Blindie caught up with Anya Kop (who's real surname is Rozova) on Tuesday night at Metal magazine's launch party in SoHo, where the America's Next Top Model finalist talked life-after-ANTM and her new digs in New York. The Cycle 10 star, who in Blindie's opinion was shafted of her victory by Tyra's need to throw a plus-size model the title, moved from Hawaii--that's where her "bizarre" accent (which is the island's native pidgin) comes from--to New York five weeks ago. Having signed with Elite Model Management last month, Anya told Blindie, "I'm so excited. The show was a stepping stone and I can't wait to prove myself beyond TV." The Waipahu, Hawaii native also talked about her adventures in the Big Apple (she's got a cute condo in SoHo furnished by Elite), and how she's adapting. "I've been to Jones Beach, it's amazing!" Anya said. "I know it's not Hawaii, but you know what? I'm in New York now, so I love it. I can't wait to go to Fire Island." I guess you can take the Hawaii girl off the island, but not the island out of the girl. Good luck, Anya!
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NIKE & ?uestlove Cause Frenzy With New Air Force 1 Sneakers

Only days after fans lined up for a full weekend to get the exclusive NIKEs designed by Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson, drummer and musical director for the Roots, the shoes have caused pandemonium on the web. The $225 red, green and gold Air Force 1 sneakers--dubbed Air Questo--which are part of NIKE's 1World collection that will feature 18 designs over the next year and a half, have hit Ebay. Bids range from $500 to $4000! A few dozen "hidden" pairs will have a gold toe (instead of red), NIKE spokeswoman Demetria White said, causing more sneakerheads to freak. The shoes were officially released on Friday in New York.
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SPOTTED: Karen & Keino at Metal Magazine’s Launch Party

At the launch party for Metal magazine on Tuesday night at New York's Dactyl Foundation Gallery, Blindie spotted some fashion trendsetters for our new style feature, "Spotted." NAME: Karen HOMETOWN: Los Angeles NAME YOUR EMSEMBLE: "Thrift Store Delight" OUTFIT SOUNDTRACK: The Entire The Kids Soundtrack FASHION ICON: Nina Simone NAME: Keino Benjamin HOMETOWN: The Caribbean NAME YOUR EMSEMBLE: "Benjamin's $100 Bill" OUTFIT SOUNDTRACK: "Forever" by Chris Brown FASHION ICON: Self ("I'm taking over New York with my rich, prestigious and bold style") & Tom Ford ("He's the best in the world for clothes and glasses").
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Project Runway: All 3 Black Designers Survive Third Challenge

The third episode of Project Runway Season 5 had the remaining 14 contestants using elements of New York City as their inspiration, Tim Gunn learning the catchphrase "holla at 'cha boy," and all three black contestants advancing to the next round. Jerrell didn't earn much cred even though his dress was more polished than others; Korto landed in the safe zone with her well-made, but kinda boring jumpsuit; and Terri (pictured) received high marks from Heidi and celebrity guest judge Sandra Bernhard for her colorful and gauzy dress. With Terri, Korto and Jerrell doing so well on Project Runway and the success of the July "All-black" issue of Italian Vogue, this summer is turning out to be a magical time for blacks in fashion. PHOTO: Bravo
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Media Goes Purple to Appear Neutral in Campaign Season

In an effort to appear neutral on air in this very divisive campaign season, television pundits have opted for purple ties rather than Democratic blue or Republican red, according to the New York Times Style section. “Purple is the new neutral,” Jim Moore, the creative director of GQ, said of the latest tie trends of grape to periwinkle--exhibited on the always-yummy Anderson Cooper. “I’m surprised to see it on so many people throughout this whole political season,” said Tommy Fazio, the men’s fashion director at Bergdorf Goodman. “There are other ways of not being partisan.”
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Michelle Obama Makes Vanity Fair‘s Best-Dressed List

Vanity Fair's 69th annual International Best-Dressed list heralds Michelle Obama as a 'commander-in-sheath.' The First Lady hopeful joins the prestigious list of stylish celebrities, socialites and industry fahionistas to become one of the few black women to receive such wardrobe approval. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice graced the list in 2006.
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Fashion Photographer Nick Knight Tackles Racism With Naomi Campbell

Renowned fashion photographer Nick Knight has created an experimental video featuring a machine gun-toting Naomi Campbell, two Rodarte dresses, a pair of Christian Louboutin shoes and title cards that silently express his outrage at the fashion industry's systemized racism. Excerpts from the video read:

I am virtually never allowed to photograph black models for the magazines, fashion houses, cosmetic brands, perfume companies and advertising clients I work for. Whenever I ask to use a black model I am given excuses such as “Black models are not aspirational in some markets” or “they do not reflect the brands values,” normally, however, no reason is given. By my own inaction, I am guilty of allowing racism to be normalized and accepted in this business. This has made me deeply sad and increasingly angry. Fashion is often seen as frivolous but this is not a trivial issue. It is my belief that our society must be inclusive and by denying people the right to be seen as beautiful you cause deep cultural resentment, alienation and division.
PHOTO: Nick Knight/ Showtudio.com
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Blindie EXCLUSIVE: Catching Up With Anya of America’s Next Top Model

Blindie caught up with Anya Kop (who's real surname is Rozova) on Tuesday night at Metal magazine's launch party in SoHo, where the America's Next Top Model finalist talked life-after-ANTM and her new digs in New York. The Cycle 10 star, who in Blindie's opinion was shafted of her victory by Tyra's need to throw a plus-size model the title, moved from Hawaii--that's where her "bizarre" accent (which is the island's native pidgin) comes from--to New York five weeks ago. Having signed with Elite Model Management last month, Anya told Blindie, "I'm so excited. The show was a stepping stone and I can't wait to prove myself beyond TV." The Waipahu, Hawaii native also talked about her adventures in the Big Apple (she's got a cute condo in SoHo furnished by Elite), and how she's adapting. "I've been to Jones Beach, it's amazing!" Anya said. "I know it's not Hawaii, but you know what? I'm in New York now, so I love it. I can't wait to go to Fire Island." I guess you can take the Hawaii girl off the island, but not the island out of the girl. Good luck, Anya!
Read More

NIKE & ?uestlove Cause Frenzy With New Air Force 1 Sneakers

Only days after fans lined up for a full weekend to get the exclusive NIKEs designed by Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson, drummer and musical director for the Roots, the shoes have caused pandemonium on the web. The $225 red, green and gold Air Force 1 sneakers--dubbed Air Questo--which are part of NIKE's 1World collection that will feature 18 designs over the next year and a half, have hit Ebay. Bids range from $500 to $4000! A few dozen "hidden" pairs will have a gold toe (instead of red), NIKE spokeswoman Demetria White said, causing more sneakerheads to freak. The shoes were officially released on Friday in New York.
Read More

SPOTTED: Karen & Keino at Metal Magazine’s Launch Party

At the launch party for Metal magazine on Tuesday night at New York's Dactyl Foundation Gallery, Blindie spotted some fashion trendsetters for our new style feature, "Spotted." NAME: Karen HOMETOWN: Los Angeles NAME YOUR EMSEMBLE: "Thrift Store Delight" OUTFIT SOUNDTRACK: The Entire The Kids Soundtrack FASHION ICON: Nina Simone NAME: Keino Benjamin HOMETOWN: The Caribbean NAME YOUR EMSEMBLE: "Benjamin's $100 Bill" OUTFIT SOUNDTRACK: "Forever" by Chris Brown FASHION ICON: Self ("I'm taking over New York with my rich, prestigious and bold style") & Tom Ford ("He's the best in the world for clothes and glasses").
Read More

Project Runway: All 3 Black Designers Survive Third Challenge

The third episode of Project Runway Season 5 had the remaining 14 contestants using elements of New York City as their inspiration, Tim Gunn learning the catchphrase "holla at 'cha boy," and all three black contestants advancing to the next round. Jerrell didn't earn much cred even though his dress was more polished than others; Korto landed in the safe zone with her well-made, but kinda boring jumpsuit; and Terri (pictured) received high marks from Heidi and celebrity guest judge Sandra Bernhard for her colorful and gauzy dress. With Terri, Korto and Jerrell doing so well on Project Runway and the success of the July "All-black" issue of Italian Vogue, this summer is turning out to be a magical time for blacks in fashion. PHOTO: Bravo
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Media Goes Purple to Appear Neutral in Campaign Season

In an effort to appear neutral on air in this very divisive campaign season, television pundits have opted for purple ties rather than Democratic blue or Republican red, according to the New York Times Style section. “Purple is the new neutral,” Jim Moore, the creative director of GQ, said of the latest tie trends of grape to periwinkle--exhibited on the always-yummy Anderson Cooper. “I’m surprised to see it on so many people throughout this whole political season,” said Tommy Fazio, the men’s fashion director at Bergdorf Goodman. “There are other ways of not being partisan.”
Read More

Michelle Obama Makes Vanity Fair‘s Best-Dressed List

Vanity Fair's 69th annual International Best-Dressed list heralds Michelle Obama as a 'commander-in-sheath.' The First Lady hopeful joins the prestigious list of stylish celebrities, socialites and industry fahionistas to become one of the few black women to receive such wardrobe approval. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice graced the list in 2006.
Read More

Fashion Photographer Nick Knight Tackles Racism With Naomi Campbell

Renowned fashion photographer Nick Knight has created an experimental video featuring a machine gun-toting Naomi Campbell, two Rodarte dresses, a pair of Christian Louboutin shoes and title cards that silently express his outrage at the fashion industry's systemized racism. Excerpts from the video read:

I am virtually never allowed to photograph black models for the magazines, fashion houses, cosmetic brands, perfume companies and advertising clients I work for. Whenever I ask to use a black model I am given excuses such as “Black models are not aspirational in some markets” or “they do not reflect the brands values,” normally, however, no reason is given. By my own inaction, I am guilty of allowing racism to be normalized and accepted in this business. This has made me deeply sad and increasingly angry. Fashion is often seen as frivolous but this is not a trivial issue. It is my belief that our society must be inclusive and by denying people the right to be seen as beautiful you cause deep cultural resentment, alienation and division.
PHOTO: Nick Knight/ Showtudio.com
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