Solange is just so effortlessly cool, you know? I've been following the "Losing You" singer on Instagram for a while, waiting for updates on new music and trying to figure out how exactly she puts together those flawless outfits of hers. (Full disclosure: Mixing colors is not my strong suit—and don't get me started on prints—which is why Solange is a never-ending style inspiration.) Turns out, style runs in the family.
"When I look back at old pictures, my dad was always smartly dressed, my mom had the most elegant, beautiful style, and my sister was very into the ’90s Cross Colours look, and I…" says Solange, "just had all of these different things inside me… It’s interesting how the past comes back full circle and then it becomes more refined."
Before we go back to Solange, can we all just mentally take a moment to imagine Baby Bey in Cross Colours? R.I.P., me.
It looks like Iggy Azalea's reign is just getting started. Her song "Fancy" has been dominating the charts since its release (six weeks at #1 on the Billboard chart!) and now she's moving on to major magazines. The Australian rapper just landed a Cosmopolitan cover in her home country and it's a stunner. Her beauty look, a soft cat-eye with a pink pout and full brows, might be the best we've seen on Iggy yet. Just saying, if Cara Delevingne needs a partner for her potential tweezer line, she should hook up with Iggy.
Turia Pitt: Kween.
Photo: Australian Women's Weekly
In an industry that's been criticized for not featuring women of a certain size, color, or unedited photos (let's face it, we live in a world where actresses and models are constantly Photoshopped and #nomakeup selfies are seen as "very brave"), the July issue of Australian Women's Weekly is refreshing. The cover's been lauded as a game-changer. Why? The magazine prominently features former model and current mining engineer Turia Pitt whose appearance and extraordinary story defies conventions of beauty and challenges the current status quo in terms of whom you might expect to see on a cover.
Rihanna at her 'Harper's Bazaar' Arabia shoot.
Photo: Harper's Bazaar
It's been TWO whole days since Rihanna shared pics from her stunning Harper's Bazaar Arabia cover shoot, so naturally we are already craving more. Luckily for us impatient folks, Rih posted a behind-the-scenes video on Twitter late last night, and it completely rocks. If you thought she looked amazing in the photos, just wait till you see her posing IRL.
Rihanna at her 'Harper's Bazaar' Arabia shoot.
GIF: Harper's Bazaar/MTV Style
Not only does the video get up close and personal with the gorgeous pieces from the spread (I'll never fully get over that sequined Catwoman mask), but it also features Rihanna telling us about the shoot and the inspiration behind it. "I wanted to do something high fashion, but still something traditional to their culture," she tells the camera. "And that's what we're doing—we're having fun with it."
Rihanna on the cover of 'Harper's Bazaar' Arabia.
Photo: @Rihanna's Twitter
Look, I'm not trying to be dramatic, but you need to stop whatever it is you're doing and look at Rihanna's spread for Harper's Bazaar Arabia. The cover story–I'm not kidding–is "The New Modesty: How To Cover Up In Style" and it's starring "Rihanna of Arabia." This is a fashion spread that features Rihanna–queen of my heart and the woman who wore a dress made of crystals to the CFDA Awards–in modest, covered-up pieces. I know, you need to see it to believe it, so let's not waste any more time.
On the cover she is perhaps the most covered of all, with a heavily embellished dress and veil that results in a mesh bow at her neck. Her matte red lip and perfect eyeliner let us know it's the real Rihanna, even if she has more material on in one magazine picture than she has had on in recent memory combined.
Rihanna for 'Harper's Bazaar' Arabia.
Photo: @Rihanna's Twitter
Rihanna shared numerous (maybe all?) the shots from the spread on her Twitter ('cause, y'know, R.I.P @badgalriri Instagram), and simply captioned this one "Navy." Yeah, your fans are going to be into this bejeweled dress and hood look–how could they not be, TBH?
Kesha's 'Teen Vogue' cover.
Photo: Teen Vogue
If you saw the August 2014 cover of Teen Vogue and didn't recognize the cover star, don't worry—you're not alone. It may take a second to recognize Kesha minus neon face paint and plus bangs, but that's her, the artist formerly known as Ke$ha. If you couldn't tell from the cover, she's trying out a new look—explaining, "The insanity is not gone forever; it's still there. I've only decided to wipe off all the face paint and try to wear beautiful dresses instead of completely insane things." We were totally down with the "completely insane things," TBH, but we are also very excited to see what these new, beautiful dresses look like.
Demi Lovato in August 2014 issue of 'Seventeen.'
Photo: Seventeen magazine
When Demi Lovato speaks up about confidence and overcoming adversity, people listen. That's probably why Seventeen picked her as the cover star AND guest editor for their August 2014 issue. No matter how busy Demi is—be it serving as Grand Marshall of the L.A. Pride Parade or heading to tonight's Trailblazers Awards (airing June 26, 9 p.m. EST on Logo)—her position as an outspoken role model always remains her #1 priority. (Side note: Can we consider for a moment how she is only 21 years old? I can't even deal.)
Lupita Nyong'o on the cover of 'Vogue.'
Well, this is a pleasant thing to gaze at on a Thursday morning, isn't it? Lupita Nyong'o landed her first Vogue cover, you guys! The gorgeous and appropriately colorful shoot was done in Marrakesh, where it may be excruciatingly hot, but you'd never know because Lupita is as cool as ever. Seriously, so cool. On the cover she wears a magenta Prada dress and delicate silver jewelry and, TBH, looks totally comfortable with being on the cover of THE magazine for fashion.
The photos inside the spread, of course, are no different.
Could this look more like a Mariah Carey album cover?
Photo: Galore Magazine
Shay Mitchell is on the cover of Galore magazine's Bombshell Issue and with good reason. The Pretty Little Liars star is giving us major Lolita vibes in the Jacob Dekat shoot. The shoot features Mitchell in a mixture of pointedly girl-next-door looks (in particular a striped COURREGES vintage shirt from Ludwig Boutique and shorts from Mango), that contrast nicely with the more risqué, bright-red cutout bikini and stacked platform heels that she sports for the other half of the shoot.
Beyonce on the cover of 'T.'
Photo: T magazine
One thing 2014 has been lacking is Beyonce magazine covers. Save for her Out magazine cover, Bey has kept an especially low profile in the press since she released her self-titled opus last December. Lucky for us, that just changed: T, The New York Times style magazine, tapped the elusive Queen B for their new issue and, like the song goes, she’s looking flawless as ever.
Bey is killing it on the fashion front with her black Louis Vuitton dress and splashy jewel bib necklace. Though her hair is longer, it seems to be just as wet as it is in the "Drunk in Love" video—let's all agree to have wet hair all summer, K?