Extra Extra: Here’s What You Missed from the Week of August 27, 2017

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We get it. We can barely keep up with the onslaught of information ourselves. That being said, it’s our mission to keep readers in the know, which is why we’ve combed through it all, distilled it to its essence, and dispensed it into easily digestible tidbits. Want to be the most knowledgeable culture savant in your group of friends? Then check back every Sunday for what you’ve missed in the world of celebrities and fashion.

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#TaylorIsBack

The #TaylorIsBack hashtag surged on Twitter – and so did the clapbacks – after Taylor Swift teased her initial single “Look What You Made Me Do” with snake-themed clips. Social-media users pointed to the fact that stills from her impending music video looked eerily similar to Beyoncé’s “Formation” and criticized her for asking to be left out of the narrative after her falling out with Kanye West only to capitalize on it with thinly veiled references to their beef in the song. Her album cover art was also mocked, as was her attempt to co-opt her “snek” image with poorly digitized clips.

The backlash was brutal, and it certainly didn’t help that America’s alt-right publication, Breitbart, immediately started using Swift’s lyrics from “Look What You Made Me Do”  to tweet out unsavory and incendiary political stories. Other critics noted the fact that Swift’s attempt at reinvention seemed like a rehash of her constant “victim” status theme. Savage.

Taylor Swift Reputation music video
Photo: Courtesy of @MTV | Twitter
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Solange Knowles Supports Tigra Tigra

In more uplifting news, we noticed Solange Knowles sporting a particularly enticing pink suit when she appeared on stage with Dave Chappelle in New York City this week. The suit, created by a brand called Tigra Tigra, was made in partnership with a non-profit organization in India, which employs 500 women to make textiles. These gorgeous handmade, ethically sourced pieces are formed from a silk-like fabric called mashroo, which is made in accordance with the statutes of Islam and was preferred by Islamic royals during the reign of the Ottoman Empire.

Solange Knowles and Dave Chappelle
Photo: Courtesy of @TigraXTigra
3

John Legend Discusses Feminism

In an interview with Racked, where John Legend discussed his role in the new Axe branding initiative, the singer delved into the topic of feminism, declaring that all men should be feminists. “I’m always suspicious of people who become feminists only when they have a daughter,” he shared. “I thought of myself as a feminist before I had a daughter and before I was married. Having a daughter might reinforce that, but it shouldn’t be the only reason I care about women’s rights. And so I think it’s important that we speak out against sexual assault and it’s important that we look at the root causes for why men feel the need to be dominant in that way and to be that toxic. We need to attack the causes for that so that women can feel more safe.” Is he trying to make us fall more in love with him?

4

Victoria's Secret Diversifies

Following a report in Fashionista, it looks like 2017 will proffer Victoria’s Secret’s most diverse runway show to date. Naturally, the show will feature veteran Angels like Adriana Lima and Alessandra Ambrosio, as well as familiar faces like Bella Hadid, but it will also include newcomers like Aiden Curtiss, Amilna Estevao, and Grace Bol.

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Hollywood Celebrate the Solar Eclipse

A-listers celebrated the 2017 solar eclipse in style, sharing their #eclipseglasses selfies on Instagram in a variety of off-duty looks. While some, like Nicole Richie, set out to slay, other celebrities took a more casual approach to their looks for the memorable solar event. Browse our favorites below.

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Lady Gaga Teases Tour

There are very few artists who do sincerity the way Lady Gaga does: with her heart splayed open and her vulnerability on full display. Indeed, she has us shaken following the release of a new teaser clip for her forthcoming tour documentary, Gaga: Five Foot Two, in which she reveals that she goes from being touched and “talked at” all day long to being completely and utterly alone with herself after that evening’s show has wrapped. While mega stars often hide behind their self-created characters, Gaga has a tendency to explode carefully protected personal narratives by sharing them in intimate, raw ways with her fans.

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