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400,000 More Copies of ‘All-Black’ Italian Vogue Printed To Meet Demand

In case you didn't get your hands on the July issue of the "all-black" Italian Vogue, Conde Nast is rushing out 400,000 more copies of the fashion mag to meet the overwhelming demand. With covers featuring Liya Kebede, Sessilee Lopez, Jourdan Dunn and Naomi Campbell, the extremely well-received black issue shoots down the assumption held within the publishing industry that black faces don't sell magazines. Blindie just hopes Italian Vogue's attempt at showcasing black talent in the fashion world isn't viewed as "a collectors' edition, a one-off, a novelty", as the editor of Let Them Eat Cake magazine Nijide Ugboma warns in an article for The Observer.
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Janelle Monae on James Brown: ‘There is No Other Performer Like Him Today’

With her current project, Metropolis, being released in four separate "suites," Janelle Monae took the time to talk to the S.F. Fashion Examiner about her musical tastes, clothing style and inspiration. Here's a snippet of her ode to the late James Brown--the Godfather of Soul. "I love James Brown," she said. "There is no other performer like him today. I don't think there will be another performer like him." "I really loved his humanitarian characteristics. He was a philanthropist. He cared about his community," the Kansas-native added. "For me, I have a core value that I strongly stick to--I have a responsibility to my community and other young girls...James Brown is someone I always looked up to because he never got too detached from his community and his upbringing. He made sure he always stayed connected to the people." Check out the complete interview.
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Funny Man: Romany Malco Dresses Up For GQ

From his sexual tension-filled chemistry with Mary Louise Parker in Weeds to his funny sidekick roles in The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Baby Mama and (Blindie's personal favorite) Blades of Glory, comedic actor Romany Malco lands in GQ's Comedy Issue. Dubbed "The New Funny," Malco appears--all dressed up, of course--in the men's style magazine, as one of the "8 serious reasons that the future of comedy has never looked better!" Here's some highlights from his QA with GQ:

  • The Funniest Movie Ever: 48 Hours
  • The Funniest TV Show Ever Made: Cops
  • The Funniest Person You Know: My dad! To this day, he resents his younger brother for punching his pet monkey.
PHOTO: Peggy Sirota for GQ
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Ga Ga: Blindie’s Fave ‘Look Book’ Besties

In its latest Look Book column, New York magazine profiles three pairs of BFFs--and their complementary style. Now, Blindie's going ga ga for the brownest pair: stylist Mengly Hernandez and her best friend, photographer Naila Ruechel. Recalling their first meeting five years ago, Ruechel says Hernandez "had this big hair and was so beautiful, and I said, 'Can I photograph you?'" Hernandez, the more reserved of the duo, says, "I don’t open myself up to people very often. You can’t, because most people are looking for an opportunity." But Ruechel went out on a limb, saving the opportunity for their now-five-year-friendship: "I was just like, 'Girl, relax. It’s gonna be all right.' She’s gotten much better, though." Blindie recently spotted Ms. Mengly on one of our favorite sites, LadyGunn.com, where she appeared on the cover of the online magazine's inaugural issue. PHOTO: Glenn Glasser for New York magazine
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Ga Ga: JCPenney Remakes The Breakfast Club

Because we love The Breakfast Club and we love Simple Minds' "Don't You (Forget About Me)," we are just ga ga for JCPenney's new back-to-school commercial--we know it's low-rent, but hey, we can't help that a department store's commercial puts a smile on our face! Saatchi & Saatchi recreated all of the best scenes from John Hughes classic '80s film: Emilio Estevez' sweatshirt tug; Ally Sheedy pouring a sugar straw on a sandwich; the post smoke-up dance-a-thon, including Molly Ringwald's Carltonesque dance on the library landing; everyone running and sliding down the halls. Totally awesome! And the best part--it's diverse! There were actual real live black people recreating The Breakfast Club--a black girl even takes over Ringwald's popular girl role. Granted, it's a rip-off of one of the all-time greatest teen angst films ever, and yeah, they could've at least sprung for the original recording of the song, but we're willing to overlook all that. Someone finally loaded the commercial on YouTube so we can watch it over and over again!
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Ga Ga: Wendell Lissimore Works Overtime

A Utah native and former boxer, Wendell Lissimore has the right balance of ruggedness and beauty to become the next male supermodel (Tyson who?)! The 23 year-old signed with New York's Red Models in 2006 and has been working overtime ever since. In 2007, he landed the Bloomingdale's fall catalog and an editorial in Vanity Fair, and by 2008 he was walking in shows for Hermes, Ungaro, and Thierry Mugler. The model newbie even got a chance to work with one of the original supermodels, Linda Evangelista for a V editorial. This month finds Wendell on the cover of Japan's LUSSW, bleu magazine, and the Italian D magazine with his little son, Phoenix. Blindie's just ga ga for Wendell--AND Phoenix!
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Project Runway Season 5 Delights Blindie With Diversity

Project Runway Season Five premiered Wednesday night, and we couldn’t be happier: there are three African-American designers this year, and two of them are women! Here's the lineup: Terri Stevens, 39, from Chicago; Korto Momolu, 33, from Little Rock via Liberia; and Jerell Scott, 28, originally from Houston. To top it off, the Bravo competition finally included an Asian male--Jerry, 32, from Montana (previous seasons featured Asian females). Blindie predicts...

  • Jerell will be a treasure trove of one-liners and sass ("All you other designers can go home one by one")
  • Terri will give us indie chic, as she has already described her style as "Aerosmith meets Lauryn Hill meets Michael Jackson"
  • Korto will be all business and full of design surprises, as she aspires to be the first African American winner (an honor stolen from Season One's Kara Saun!)
As the elimination process crept closer, we held our breath as Korto and Jerry landed in the elimination line-up. And just when we thought this season was going to be a couture melting pot, Jerry was sent packing after creating an American Psycho-esque ensemble from a shower curtain and a table cloth.
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400,000 More Copies of ‘All-Black’ Italian Vogue Printed To Meet Demand

In case you didn't get your hands on the July issue of the "all-black" Italian Vogue, Conde Nast is rushing out 400,000 more copies of the fashion mag to meet the overwhelming demand. With covers featuring Liya Kebede, Sessilee Lopez, Jourdan Dunn and Naomi Campbell, the extremely well-received black issue shoots down the assumption held within the publishing industry that black faces don't sell magazines. Blindie just hopes Italian Vogue's attempt at showcasing black talent in the fashion world isn't viewed as "a collectors' edition, a one-off, a novelty", as the editor of Let Them Eat Cake magazine Nijide Ugboma warns in an article for The Observer.
Read More

Janelle Monae on James Brown: ‘There is No Other Performer Like Him Today’

With her current project, Metropolis, being released in four separate "suites," Janelle Monae took the time to talk to the S.F. Fashion Examiner about her musical tastes, clothing style and inspiration. Here's a snippet of her ode to the late James Brown--the Godfather of Soul. "I love James Brown," she said. "There is no other performer like him today. I don't think there will be another performer like him." "I really loved his humanitarian characteristics. He was a philanthropist. He cared about his community," the Kansas-native added. "For me, I have a core value that I strongly stick to--I have a responsibility to my community and other young girls...James Brown is someone I always looked up to because he never got too detached from his community and his upbringing. He made sure he always stayed connected to the people." Check out the complete interview.
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Funny Man: Romany Malco Dresses Up For GQ

From his sexual tension-filled chemistry with Mary Louise Parker in Weeds to his funny sidekick roles in The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Baby Mama and (Blindie's personal favorite) Blades of Glory, comedic actor Romany Malco lands in GQ's Comedy Issue. Dubbed "The New Funny," Malco appears--all dressed up, of course--in the men's style magazine, as one of the "8 serious reasons that the future of comedy has never looked better!" Here's some highlights from his QA with GQ:

  • The Funniest Movie Ever: 48 Hours
  • The Funniest TV Show Ever Made: Cops
  • The Funniest Person You Know: My dad! To this day, he resents his younger brother for punching his pet monkey.
PHOTO: Peggy Sirota for GQ
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Ga Ga: Blindie’s Fave ‘Look Book’ Besties

In its latest Look Book column, New York magazine profiles three pairs of BFFs--and their complementary style. Now, Blindie's going ga ga for the brownest pair: stylist Mengly Hernandez and her best friend, photographer Naila Ruechel. Recalling their first meeting five years ago, Ruechel says Hernandez "had this big hair and was so beautiful, and I said, 'Can I photograph you?'" Hernandez, the more reserved of the duo, says, "I don’t open myself up to people very often. You can’t, because most people are looking for an opportunity." But Ruechel went out on a limb, saving the opportunity for their now-five-year-friendship: "I was just like, 'Girl, relax. It’s gonna be all right.' She’s gotten much better, though." Blindie recently spotted Ms. Mengly on one of our favorite sites, LadyGunn.com, where she appeared on the cover of the online magazine's inaugural issue. PHOTO: Glenn Glasser for New York magazine
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Ga Ga: JCPenney Remakes The Breakfast Club

Because we love The Breakfast Club and we love Simple Minds' "Don't You (Forget About Me)," we are just ga ga for JCPenney's new back-to-school commercial--we know it's low-rent, but hey, we can't help that a department store's commercial puts a smile on our face! Saatchi & Saatchi recreated all of the best scenes from John Hughes classic '80s film: Emilio Estevez' sweatshirt tug; Ally Sheedy pouring a sugar straw on a sandwich; the post smoke-up dance-a-thon, including Molly Ringwald's Carltonesque dance on the library landing; everyone running and sliding down the halls. Totally awesome! And the best part--it's diverse! There were actual real live black people recreating The Breakfast Club--a black girl even takes over Ringwald's popular girl role. Granted, it's a rip-off of one of the all-time greatest teen angst films ever, and yeah, they could've at least sprung for the original recording of the song, but we're willing to overlook all that. Someone finally loaded the commercial on YouTube so we can watch it over and over again!
Read More

Ga Ga: Wendell Lissimore Works Overtime

A Utah native and former boxer, Wendell Lissimore has the right balance of ruggedness and beauty to become the next male supermodel (Tyson who?)! The 23 year-old signed with New York's Red Models in 2006 and has been working overtime ever since. In 2007, he landed the Bloomingdale's fall catalog and an editorial in Vanity Fair, and by 2008 he was walking in shows for Hermes, Ungaro, and Thierry Mugler. The model newbie even got a chance to work with one of the original supermodels, Linda Evangelista for a V editorial. This month finds Wendell on the cover of Japan's LUSSW, bleu magazine, and the Italian D magazine with his little son, Phoenix. Blindie's just ga ga for Wendell--AND Phoenix!
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Project Runway Season 5 Delights Blindie With Diversity

Project Runway Season Five premiered Wednesday night, and we couldn’t be happier: there are three African-American designers this year, and two of them are women! Here's the lineup: Terri Stevens, 39, from Chicago; Korto Momolu, 33, from Little Rock via Liberia; and Jerell Scott, 28, originally from Houston. To top it off, the Bravo competition finally included an Asian male--Jerry, 32, from Montana (previous seasons featured Asian females). Blindie predicts...

  • Jerell will be a treasure trove of one-liners and sass ("All you other designers can go home one by one")
  • Terri will give us indie chic, as she has already described her style as "Aerosmith meets Lauryn Hill meets Michael Jackson"
  • Korto will be all business and full of design surprises, as she aspires to be the first African American winner (an honor stolen from Season One's Kara Saun!)
As the elimination process crept closer, we held our breath as Korto and Jerry landed in the elimination line-up. And just when we thought this season was going to be a couture melting pot, Jerry was sent packing after creating an American Psycho-esque ensemble from a shower curtain and a table cloth.
Read More