This flawless queen.
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Conchita Wurst, who came to international attention after winning the Eurovision Song Contest 2014, made news at Paris Fashion Week by walking in the Jean Paul Gaultier Couture show. Wurst closed out the show, a position usually given to the designer's favorite or the most famous model. Previous closers have included Dita Von Teese and Beth Ditto. Jean Paul has long been an advocate for so-called "unconventional" models. Early on in his career, he put out a listing in French paper Libération that read: “Nonconformist designer seeks unusual models–the conventionally pretty need not apply.”
Conchita is also the latest in a line of pioneers who are challenging mainstream conceptions of gender. This might be a reflection of fashion's fickle nature or it could mean that our perception of beauty has broadened; the fashion world is notoriously exclusive, and does not often veer from its rigid strictures of what is stylish, which is why we should not only applaud the casting decision, but also celebrate those who have come before. Below are a few other drag superstars who have made names for themselves.
You better werk.
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The '90s ushered in the rise of the supermodel, and in 1992, it got its soundtrack, thanks to RuPaul's "Supermodel (You Better Work)." Soon after, in 1994, MAC Cosmetics tapped Ru to be the first face of Viva Glam, the line's campaign to raise awareness and outreach for those in the HIV/AIDS community, making Ru the world's first drag queen supermodel.
Ain't it the truth.
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I'm sure you've heard the news by now. Ryan Gosling is rumored to be having a baby with Eva Mendes. Also rumored to be true: my inability to love ever again. For those of you who are coming to terms with the debilitating news, I'm here you for you. And in the spirit of solidarity, I've found a couple of items to ease the grieving process as you walk along your very own boulevard of broken dreams.
Depending on your level of acceptance, there are two ways of approaching this devastating devlopment. There's the mature path of calm acceptance. Sure, Ryan Gosling isn't with you and you're dealing with a wellspring of emotions, but you're sophisticated enough to know that this is your life now. However, that doesn't mean you've entirely recovered. You'd still like to be handled with kid gloves until you're fully healed. Thankfully, Nasty Gal is on it.
Wow. In case you hadn't heard, Usher is going to perform at the 2014 VMAs. We've been thinking about Usher a lot lately, anyway. First of all, there's the "Good Kisser" remix by Disclosure. There's also the collab between Usher, Pharrell, and Nicki Minaj ("She Came to Give It To You") that already seems to be a floor burner. (Seriously, it's so catchy). But the one thing we really can't get out of our minds? That hat Usher keeps wearing.
Usher performing at the 2014 BET Awards.
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He's been taking a page out of the Pharrell playbook by resurfacing vintage headgear. And while Ush may have had his raccoon cap since February, he’s been getting some serious mileage out of it. He’s been spotted in the cap while doing press to promote season six of The Voice, during a late night appearance with Jimmy Fallon, and, most recently, at the BET Awards. Where Usher goes, the hat goes. But does that mean it'll make the trip to Inglewood in August?
Sex Pistols and Nirvana, represent.
By now, you've probably heard the news. But if you're like "Huh? News? What?," allow me to make your day: 5 Seconds of Summer is performing at the 2014 Video Music Awards! It's a REALLY BIG DEAL (!!!) that warrants all caps and many exclamation points because it'll be the boy band's biggest-ever televised performance in the U.S., which means they're going to be an even more major deal than they already are. Which means this performance is very important. Which means what they wear onstage for said performance is, like, make-or-break important.
Fortunately, the four dudes from Australia have their performance style on lock. For the uninitiated, here's a style primer. If you're an expert in 5SOS, or just someone who stares at pictures of them periodically, you know that they're into repping other bands while performing. Big time. They've created something of a roll call of all their musical inspirations and we're here to pay homage to their T-shirt collection. Check out our faves below!
Cool tee, cooler face, coolest hair.
Snoop Dogg gettin' sock happy.
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Just when us fashion nerds thought nothing could top Snoop Dogg's "Saint-Tropez" music video featuring Karl Largerfeld (seriously, that happened), today the rapper announced he's partnering with Swedish brand Happy Socks to create the Art of Inspiration collection, which "aims to encourage and explore creativity and artistic expression" ...through socks. Basically, this means you can wear Snoop Dogg art on your feet 24/7, which is all we've ever wanted. (How did they know?)
Jared Leto at the Chanel Haute Couture Show and a look from Chanel's Paris-Dallas Métiers d'Art 2013/14 RTW show.
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We're already well aware that Jared Leto was trying to make leggings a thing (see: our boy wearing spandex on Instagram with the hashtag "realmenwearleggings"), but today he turned heads when he arrived at Chanel's Paris Haute Couture show in skintight gold tweed trousers paired with an inside-out graphic tee, chambray shirt, beaded necklace, and his signature ombré strands. There was something about his pants-tucked-into-cowboy-boots ensemble that made us want to investigate it a bit further, and as it turns out, he was actually pulling a look straight from Chanel's Paris-Dallas Métiers d'Art 2013/14 women's RTW show.
As the longtime face of the Adidas NEO label he designs, Justin Bieber is no stranger to modeling. Also—hello—his fragrance campaigns, anyone? Over the weekend, he posted a bunch of very Blue Steel snaps to Instagram, indicating that he might be ready to take the modeling thing a little more seriously. Or maybe he's merely indicating that he really, really likes his shiny blue jacket and just wanted the world to admire it, too. Regardless, let's take a closer look at them, shall we?
Wearing at least five more pieces of clothing than we've seen on him in a while, Justin gave his most soulful hat-tip in front of a very swanky woodgrain backdrop. He accessorized with a tasteful chain-link bracelet, and also an electric fireplace.
A$AP Mob in 'GQ.'
With its lively history and growing creative network, Harlem is hot right now. For the July issue, GQ decided to highlight the neighborhood using locals who may know a thing or two about it—enter A$AP Mob and Cam'ron.
The A$AP Mob, who were a natural fit for the feature not only because they've curated a book on the topic but also because they've added to Harlem's fashion-forward legacy, brought their A-game (heh) to the shoot. Posted up at the Apollo, Rocky, Ferg, and the rest of their crew make suits styled with T-shirts seem like an easy look to pull off. Rocky wears a suit by Balenciaga with a Billionaire Boys Club hoodie, and checkered Vans, meanwhile Ferg reps Boss and pairs his suit with a Bellerose T-shirt, Borsalino hat, and jewelry by David Yurman. Rocky also broke down his style for GQ, saying, "Harlem has always been known for its swagger and pizzazz. I get my high-end look downtown, but my street style comes from uptown." It's definitely working for you, dude—keep that combo going.
Pharrell at the 2014 BET Awards.
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If 2014 has taught us anything it's that where there's an awards show, there's Pharrell in an outfit destined to inspire a parody Twitter account. Say hello to @PharrellsUggs, the latest addition to growing group that includes @Pharrellshat and @PharrellsShorts. After winning Video of the Year for "Happy," Pharrell took to the stage in a pair of Fair Isle Uggs. This surprised a lot of people on Twitter but what else would you expect from the person who made shorts acceptable on the Oscars red carpet? Pharrell's just doing Pharrell and staying true to his Etsy-chic, cozy style.
Worth the fine, TBH.
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You got to hand it to Neymar. Aside from being Brazil's star player and all, he's a master of his appearance. Not only has he invented his own kind of mohawk, he also showed up at his team's first World Cup game with a new frosted-tip boy band 'do–a look that almost overshadowed his playing. Now he's getting people talking once again with another aesthetic choice: his underwear.
We thought that elaborate hairstyles were the best way for players to show off their personalities, but, um, we somehow totally forgot about what's on under their uniforms. FIFA, the organization that governs the World Cup, isn't pleased with Neymar after he exposed the waistband of his non-officially-sponsored underwear (yes, that's a real thing) at the end of last Monday's Brazil vs. Ghana match. The offense is even fineable.