Venus Williams carries quite a remarkable resume. She is often regarded as the best grass court player of her generation and she is widely considered as one of the all-time greats in women’s tennis history. She was also the first black woman to be ranked No. 1 in her sport ever. With such glorious athletic accolades Venus can now profess another claim to fame: nude model. Williams is featured posing in the upcoming issue of ESPN Magazine’s Body Issue.
(Photo: ESPN Magazine “The Body Issue”, July 2014)
The 34-year-old tennis star poses (tastefully) nude in a beach theme spread and surprisingly credits her sister, Serena Williams, for getting her to say yes to the photo shoot. Serena too posed nude for the same magazine a few years past.
Even as a superstar athlete, Venus divulged she still had to mentally and physically prepare for the photo shoot. Back in 2011, Venus was diagnosed with Sjogren’s syndrome, an autoimmune disorder that destroys the glands that produce tears and saliva and causes fatigue. The syndrome has reportedly plagued Williams as she’s fought to maintain a healthy lifestyle while compromising with her body’s new limitations.
To read and see much more of Williams, in all her goddess glory, grab a copy of ESPN Magazine’s Body Issue when it hits newsstands July 11.
Lupita Nyong’o is on a role. The stunning actress has had a breakout year, one for the history books and it seems things are not slowing down anytime soon for her. Beyond her captivating acting talent Nyong’o has been equally celebrated this year for her progressive, daring fashion choices. The Oscar winner and Vogue have delivered one stunning cover.
The historic cover shows the actress, 31, in a figure-hugging printed Prada dress from the designer’s Fall 2014 RTW collection. Inside, the actress talks about her remarkable year and details how it has altered her life. It’s important to note, Lupita becomes only the second black woman to ever grace the cover of the magazine. The other was Ethiopian model Liya Kebede. Still, this isn’t Nyong’o’s first time nabbing the cover of a major publication. In April, she took the title of “Most Beautiful Woman in the World” and the cover of People.
Here’s to hoping such a poised and talented artist continues to flourish both personally and professionally. Go Lupita, go!
We all love us some Mrs. Carter, and it’s always a beautiful thing when she graces a magazine cover and this time she has landed the cover of New Times Style Magazine T. Aside from the great pieces rocked by Beyoncé in the shoot, the magazine touches on the transformation Beyoncé has made within her career and how she’s literally one of the most popular artist who now sits on top of the world. In the magazine the recent Beyoncé skit that appeared on Saturday Night Live was mentioned, with the influence she has had and all of the bars she has set, she has been labeled a national figure.
Black women have always been dominant figures in American popular music, but no one, not even Aretha Franklin, has reached the plateau that Beyoncé occupies: pop star colossus, adored bombshell, “America’s sweetheart.” Inevitably, Beyoncé is also a flashpoint, provoking ire from naysayers and ideologues of all stripes.
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After 63 years of weekly publications, Johnson Publishing Company is pulling the plug on the print format of JET magazine. The company will switch to digital format at the end of June, and the weekly publication of JET will move online to a new format. The company shared this statement in the following press release:
Almost 63 years ago, my father, John Johnson, named the publication JET because, as he said in the first issue, ‘In the world today, everything is moving faster. There is more news and far less time to read it. He could not have spoken more relevant words today. We are not saying goodbye to JET, we are embracing the future as my father did in 1951 and taking it to the next level.
Wow…I always thought the magazine was named JET as in “jet black”. Although I spend most of my time reading blogs these days, I will miss my little time with JET at the beauty salon.
It’s that time of the year again where XXL Magazine reveals their annual freshman class. This is the seventh lineup of artist that have been thrown into the spotlight by the magazine and I must admit I’m really feeling this years class. Some of the freshman include; Troy Ave, Rich Homie Quan, Lil Durk, and for the first time ever two singers join the freshman class, Ty Dolla $ign and August Alsina. Most of the freshman hit up BET’s 106 & Park yesterday as the network helped reveal this year’s class.
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Recently Jhene Aiko was featured in the latest issue of GQ Magazine that displayed her petite and toned body. In the sexy photo’s the singer can be seen posing on the beach and also in some sexy lingerie. She talked to GQ about the kind of men she’s attracted to and she said:
I’m pretty open-minded and so I like to give different types of guys chances. My ideal date would be driving with no destination and just talk, get to know each other, get lost. And I’ve actually done that with someone and it was a pretty good driving date. If it was was just like, ‘Get ready’ and then we’re going mountain climbing, and I’m like, ‘Wha? I have on flip flops.’ I like to be spontaneous, but I don’t like it to be a surprise.
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