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What You Didn’t Know About Chantelle Winnie Harlow …

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Although many have argued that the fashion industry has set unrealistic and attainable goals on what is presumed to be the set model look, Chantelle Brown-Young, also known as Winnie Harlow, has overstepped fashion norms and has achieved what few have, setting herself apart from others in the industry because of her unique differences.

Winnie Harlow, a rising top model and aspiring writer has a condition known as Vitiligo (most famous for being the disease that turned Michael Jackson’s skin white). Vitiligo is a condition which causes depigmentation of the skin in patches. It is caused by the death of melanocytes –the cells that give skin their pigment. This can occur in people of all races, particularly noticeable on people with darker skin.

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Winnie was diagnosed at the age of four, and as a child was bullied by peers who called her names such as, ‘zebra’ and ‘cow’.  She states, “I could take off all the brown skin and just be white. But I cannot take off all the white skin and just be brown.”  Although eliminated from America’s Next Top Model, Winnie was offered the chance to travel to Barcelona to be the face of Spanish brand, Desigual’s [dez-e-gual]  fall campaign. Desigual represents the unusual, the unique, and atypical. Naturally Winnie was the perfect fit.

Young Winnie

Young Winnie

The Torontonian is fulfilling her dreams of becoming a model, but she is proving that everyone is beautiful no matter their flaws. She states, “I loved myself. And with that, opportunities start to fall into my lap. And I thank God for them. Try loving yourself.” I had the lovely opportunity to interview Chantelle. My goal was to not focus on her appearances, her overcoming adversity, and other facts you may find on a google search. Below you will find my interview in Question and Answer format along with model exclusive items created by designers like Raf Simons and Sibling exclusively for SHOWstudio. Enjoy ;)

[Dreamd]: First thing you do when you get up in the morning. 

[CW]: Look for my phone :) it’s always tangled in the sheets and never on the charger. Then brush my teeth and rinse my face with water (no soap in the morning). After that I’ll probably have some eggs, Greek yogurt with berries and tea for breakfast.

Every woman should own a…

[CW]: 5inch heel that goes with any outfit (preferably nude), and a pair of cute comfy sneakers, as well as a signature lip color!

Velvet or fur?

[CW]: Is the fur faux? If it is then Velvet, if not, then fur! (Yea yeah, I know.. lol)

 Who is your #MCM (man crush monday)?

[CW]: Whoever I’m dating at the time ;)

 Your go-to denim of choice?

[CW]: “Canadian Tux” in any wash

 You’re in Toronto, where are you eating dinner tonight?

[CW]: At home lol! I like to order in from Via Allegro Ristorante

 Five things in your purse right now?

[CW]: A protein bar, a wide tooth comb, lip gloss, my credit card, gum

 If you could model for any designer, who would it be?

[CW]: Karl Lagerfeld for sure <3 or Riccardo Tisci :)

 If you could be on the cover of any magazine tomorrow, which one?

[CW]: Vouge.

 What is your New Years resolution?

[CW]: I don’t have any. I don’t believe in “New Years resolutions.” If you’re serious about doing something, start today!

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Sampha: Indecision .

 

A little something to assist you with your ‘HumpDay.’

Artist: Sampha Sisay, is a British electronic music singer-songwriter, and producer from Morden, South London, United Kingdom. Most of you will recognize his voice from collaborations with Drake in, “Too Much,” and “The Motion.”  He has also also done other collaborative works with SBTRKT, Solange Knowles, Katy B,and others. So far Sampha has released two solo Eps: Sundanza (2010) and Dual (2013). Sampha’s ‘DUAL’ debut EP was released 29 July 2013.

Enjoy.

  • DEMONS
  • BENEATH THE TREE
  • WITHOUT
  • HESITANT OATH
  • INDECISION
  • CAN’T GET CLOSE

SAMPHA 

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RE-ESTABLISHED 2014 LeBrons ‘Coming Home’

Since LeBron James made the decision to sign back with the Cleveland Cavaliers, his homecoming has been about one thing: Coming Home.

On Sunday, Beats by Dre released a new commercial starring James entitled, “RE-ESTABLISHED 2014,” for their PowerBeat2 Wireless headphones.

It begins with a first look at his hometown, Akron, Ohio,  followed by a powerful narration from his mother, Gloria James.

“Akron is home,” Gloria says. “This is the city that raised you. I’m so proud of you. Welcome home son.”

Rooming with two cleveland natives and living twenty minutes from the city of Akron, within the first couple of seconds, this Beats by Dre ad has become one of the most powerful commercials I have seen.

James stated that his decision to come back to the city had little to do with the team or its roster, but was more about the fans, the city, and the people here.
Even though I am a New York native, I am definitely anticipating this years NBA season as Cleveland rejoices over their King coming back to the land. There even may be a possibility that I might invest in some Cavaliers gear in celebration lol, who knows!

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We’re All In It Together: G-Star RAW Saves Oceans…

 

Pharrell Williams, Curative Director for G-Stars new sustainable fashion collection, partners with textile company in efforts to decrease ocean pollution.

With the accumulation of plastic waste in oceans and seas estimated to cost $13 billion in damage to marine life and habitats, G-Stars, RAW for the Oceans, turns plastics dumped in the ocean into bionic yarn.

For those who are not familiar with what Bionic Yarn is, it is a eco-thread of fibers derived from recycled ocean plastic which can be woven and dyed.

“It is a practical and accessible solution that has changed the idea of making a difference,” states industrial designer, Marc Newson.

This collaboration has produced merchandise for both men and women and features, smart, casual coats, hoodies, tees, jeans, and bomber jackets, in a strict pallet that reflects its cause: navy, black, and white.

This project has become the first ever to create denim woven from bionic yarn. Pharrell Williams adds, “It’s the next generation of denim.”

G-Star RAW has also teamed up with a nonprofit initiative founded last year by Parley for the Oceans, which focuses its efforts in ending the destruction of oceans.

Pharrell Williams explains, “If we’re doing what we’re suppose to do, then the world can be happy.”

Indeed, with all the fuss about eco-friendly lifestyles, it’s amazing to see the fashion industry taking advantage of the global pollution and its ability to create meaningful and impactful merchandise that tells a story.

Happy Life, Happy Human Beings, Happy Oceans.

To check out G-Star Raw For The Oceans line: CLICK HERE 

 



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Curate Your Fashion Mood Board With This Cool New App…

 

Good morning Loves,

It’s Wednesday, which means we are halfway through this work week. I woke up this morning in hopes of getting off to an early start and as always got stuck reading and clicking on links via my twitter feed. Following sites such as Alexander Wang, who has an exciting launch coming up soon with his collaboration with H&M, and others such as G-Star, with Pharrel’s collaboration in efforts to promote environmentally friendly merchandise; It can sometimes get exhausting, flipping back from Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to keep up with the variety.

Don’t we all prefer convenience? I can only imagine trying to keep up with social media feeds during fashion month, let alone be your own personal reporter between blogging and the runways.  What I dislike is the vast variety of different fashion apps that promote mornings like these: I get up, make breakfast, tell myself you have only an hour to indulge in your twitter feed, then I end up spending two hours. Why? Because theres no organization to my madness lol, well until this morning.

LOU is a fashion app that creates content across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pintrest on a single, comprehensive platform. It is a one-stop shop for users and the content originates from fashion designers, muses, bloggers, insiders, and photographers. Previously only available to the iPad, it has finally become available for all smartphones. I downloaded it this morning, and I do have to admit, it was tricky at first, but once you get the hang of it it is a simple, easy to consume app filed with all the fashion content one would find in various platforms.

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Its like you’re sifting through the noise, bringing whats best to your immediate attention. Skokna, app founder stated, ” Women are spending more time than ever browsing social-media content and shopping on cluttered platforms that require sifting through loads of unfiltered information.” As The Cut put it, “Even if you’re all apped out, think of it this way: Download it, and you’ll probably never have to look at a blurry runway photo ever again.”

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Twenty-Two…

Hey Loves!

I’ve been celebrating my twenty-second birthday for the past ten days; starting in Columbus, Ohio on the twenty-six of July, followed by a celebration in New York City on my actual day of birth, July twenty-ninth, ending with amazing mental memories of ‘no picture type situations’ in the ‘6’  Toronto, Ontario. All in all, the stress building up to the moment of me boarding that plane was instantly released when I realized how blessed I was. This vacation has become exactly what i needed to continue on to my other twenty-somethings lol…

 

It’s Thursday, so here are some of the things I loved from this past week:

successfully maneuvering between NYC taxis, Toronto metro and street cars to get from point A to B, reuniting with one of my greatest friends after eight months abroad and bringing in my birthday with her, mr.softy chocolate ice cream in the Bronx, long walks to the nail salon in the Bronx, coming back to the house i was raised in and spending time with my grandparents, Griffin on a Tuesday, Philly cheese crepes in Eaton Mall, Civic day Toronto, Tim Hortons replacing Starbucks in Ontario, Spiced alcohol at the Hazelton, Cleveland in Toronto, Intercontinental suites, Top Down with XO, Yes Julz and her energy, Maison, No picture situations, Caribana Festivities, Representing my Guyanese heritage, eating a Mc Chicken at an after party and enjoying it (side note: i haven’t had Mc Donalds since I was four). Intercontinental views of the CN tower, meeting beautiful Toronto women, lobster grilled cheese, Yorkville, Lebron James, Sacrificing a morning on vacation to Physics and ending my summer classes with a 3.6 gpa, Canadian currency, partying with some of my favorite artist, PARTYNEXTDOOR 2, hitting the schmoney dance in three different cities, UBER in toronto, New Ho King (Chinese open from 11pm-6am), Snap chats in Toronto… IMG_5170

Kanye West for GQ August 2014…

The ever so outspoken man of the century has made his mark yet again. I won’t go into criticism on his recent endeavors but I will make note that I have, since the influencing of Scott D. style change from colorful memes to street-rockish apparel of rocking jordans and leather joggers, that I have not noted Kanye West on his style of choice. Personally I like my men to have a more suited, well fitting look with a hint of differentiating color contrasts, but hey I like what i like, no? Lol. Kanye has made his presence of unique choice in style yet again most apparent in next months edition of GQ Magazine, and yes I approve. His head-to-toe ensembles that riff on a single color reminds me that fall fashion is upcoming– bring out the pea coats, boots, yellow and oranges :)

Why’d you decide to get married? 
Saying “Hey, I like Kim” isn’t as inspiring to people as us getting married. And anyone that’s in a relationship knows that in order to get to the point to get married and then to be married and to then carry on, it needs that work put into it. Right now, people look at it and it’s like, “Wow, that’s inspiring.” Meaning that love is infectious. You know, God is infectious—God flowing through us and us being little-baby creators and shit. But His energy and His love and what He wants us to have as people and the way He wants us to love each other, that is infectious. Like they said in Step Brothers: Never lose your dinosaur. This is the ultimate example of a person never losing his dinosaur. Meaning that even as I grew in cultural awareness and respect and was put higher in the class system in some way for being this musician, I never lost my dinosaur.

Kim is this girl who fucking turns me on. I love her. This is who I want to be next to and be around. And then people would try to say, “Well, you know, if you’re a musician, you should be with a musician, and if you want to design, you need to be with a girl from the design world.” I don’t give a fuck about people’s opinions. Because when a kid falls in love with an airplane or a bike or a dinosaur—especially if you’re an only child and it’s not because of the book that the sibling was reading—it’s like, fuck, you mean to tell me that the dinosaurs walked the earth and stuff like that?! That’s amazing! You mean to tell me that these giant multi-ton crafts can fly that fast and that loud, and they can flip, and there’s danger, the possibility of them exploding? That’s fucking cool! You mean to tell me that this girl with this fucking body and this face is also into style, and she’s a nice person, and she has her own money and is family-oriented? That’s just as cool as a fucking fighter jet or dinosaur! And just as rarely seen.

The Kanye West Guide to God-Level Fashion

“It’s not about having a lot of clothes,” West says. “It’s about a few favorites.” For more on Kanye’s current take on style…

Sweatshirt, $165 by Levi’s Vintage Clothing T-shirt, $340 by Off-White Pants, $1,399 by En Noir Sneakers, $120 by Adidas

Sweatshirt, $165 by Levi’s Vintage Clothing T-shirt, $340 by Off-White Pants, $1,399 by En Noir Sneakers, $120 by Adidas

Coat, $4,995 by Calvin Klein Collection T-shirt, $290 by Balmain pants $195 by Michael Kors Boots $190 by Timberland

Coat, $4,995 by Calvin Klein Collection
T-shirt, $290 by Balmain
pants $195 by Michael Kors
Boots $190 by Timberland

Kanye’s Take: “Skinny pants are rock ‘n’ roll. And big coats are really hip-hop. I’m looking for 50 percent rock ‘n’ roll, 50 percent hip-hop, 50 percent genius,” West says, laughing. “Because, you know—for genius, you have to be at a hundred and fifty percent.”

Coat, $3,100 by Bottega Veneta Sweater, $775 by Calvin Klein Collection Sweatshirt, $165 by Levi’s Vintage Clothing Pants, $1,399 by En Noir Boots, $770 by Bottega Veneta

Coat, $3,100 by Bottega Veneta
Sweater, $775 by Calvin Klein Collection
Sweatshirt, $165 by Levi’s Vintage Clothing
Pants, $1,399 by En Noir
Boots, $770 by Bottega Veneta

Sweater, $340 and jeans, $295 by A.P.C. Kanye T-shirt, $210 by Rochambaeu Sneakers, $75 by Adidas Originals

Sweater, $340 and jeans, $295 by A.P.C. Kanye
T-shirt, $210 by Rochambaeu
Sneakers, $75 by Adidas Originals

Sports jacket, $4,220 by Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci T-shirt, $210 by Rochambaeu Pants, $1,399 by En Noir

Sports jacket, $4,220 by Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci
T-shirt, $210 by Rochambaeu
Pants, $1,399 by En Noir

Military shirt, $1,055 by Balmain T-shirt, $55 by James Perse Pants, $575 by Michael Bastian Boots, $190 by Timberland Coat, vintage

Military shirt, $1,055 by Balmain
T-shirt, $55 by James Perse
Pants, $575 by Michael Bastian
Boots, $190 by Timberland
Coat, vintage

Kanye’s Take: “Military green is classic, masculine, not too trendy—all the stuff men’s clothes are supposed to be.”

Jacket, $1,095 by Fear of God Sweater, $395 by Michael Kors T-shirt, $210 by Rochambeau Pants, $1,350 by Acne Studios Boots, $770 by Bottega Veneta

Jacket, $1,095 by Fear of God
Sweater, $395 by Michael Kors
T-shirt, $210 by Rochambeau
Pants, $1,350 by Acne Studios
Boots, $770 by Bottega Veneta

For more on this interview CLICK HERE 

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July twenty-second…


As many of you may know, twenty-two is drawing nearer and nearer.

I take birthday celebrations very seriously lol. For myself, it’s like a new year– July twenty-ninth is my January first :) It’s a time to reflect, draw up plans, expectations and so on. This past year was beneficial but not as rewarding as i might’ve hoped, only because I am no where closer to my ‘big move,’ financially. ‘ I enjoyed it, and i will not focus my energy in pointing out ways in which I could’ve made it better but what I can say is, I needed this passing year, the lesson is learned and it is time to move on to the next half of what’s next. The point of this post is that you should always spend some time reflecting on what has been accomplished, what works for you and what are the things you need to improve on. This past year i did that whole, “don’t think about it too much, get it all out of your system and live in the moment,” and became a happier me, but a broker college student with a long term goal to move out west, but i needed that break. Don’t get it confused, I have a great paying job that has paid for all of my summer luxury expenses lol, but what is important is that , i haven’t saved much. Now with twenty-two nearing, my senior year beginning and my credit score building (lol) it’s time i retire those thoughts and re-focus my focus: budgeting/saving up, graduating, and so on. I no longer will dwell on the opportunities of the past that have kept me stagnant. Don’t allow your mind to stay in idle time, make a long term goal and stick to it. Mine is: saving up all I can and bring everything i have with me to California. For my fellow twenty-something year olds, this is what needs to be done, i mean who wants to look back at the age of thirty, stuck and wishing there was something else (I) could’ve done? Just something to think about :)

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