It looks as if the “colorism” backlash may have gotten to Pharrell more than he lead onto during a recent interview with Oprah. In an attempt to show that he is an all inclusive guy, he reveals the cover art for his new single, Marilyn Monroe. The cover features his dancer Khadija Shari as the new face of Marilyn. After seeing Lupita Nyong’o named as People’s Most Beautiful, it’s nice to see Pharrell thinking outside of the box for a new “Marilyn Monroe”.
Although some people are still mad, the good news is that the dialogue has changed, and we know those few people are really just being petty. Pharrell is thinking outside of the box and using his platform to expand the scope of beauty in music, and to challenge traditions. Kudos!
Check out the video below featuring Khadija Shari :
Lupita Nyong’o has been named People’s Most Beautiful Person. This is such an honor. I remember having the debate about Pharrell blaming people’s insecurities and projecting their delusions because of his choice in women for his album cover. Although personally I’m not bothered by the album cover or the women on it, I couldn’t help but think about Lupita Nyong’o, and her speech at the 7th Annual Essence Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon.
I put on the TV and only saw pale skin, I got teased and taunted about my night-shaded skin. And my one prayer to God, the miracle worker, was that I would wake up lighter-skinned…And then…Alek Wek. A celebrated model, she was dark as night, she was on all of the runways and in every magazine and everyone was talking about how beautiful she was. Even Oprah called her beautiful and that made it a fact. I couldn’t believe that people were embracing a woman who looked so much like me, as beautiful. My complexion had always been an obstacle to overcome and all of a sudden Oprah was telling me it wasn’t.
I remember Lupita Nyong’o talking about seeing model Alek Wek for the first time and how Alek’s face on runways and magazines changes Lupita’s concept of beauty. She no longer prays to God to turn her night-shade skin light. It’s in that moment that Lupita realizes that beauty isn’t just white. I take offense to the words “projecting delusions”
Torrei Hart has moved on from her marriage to Kevin Hart, but that’s not going to stop her from being honest about the situation. Kevin Hart has famously called his new woman, Eniko Parrish, his rib. He explains that she has stepped up to the plate to accept him and to accept his kids:
The way that she stepped up to the plate and just accepted me for who I am, accepted me as a man coming in with kids and not even blinking an eye. I think she’s shown that she’s a woman who has my back.
As Torrei Hart kindly puts it, well duh!, Kevin Hart is rich and famous; of course Eniko is going to be a rib *whispers* and the sidepiece, too:
It’s easy to be somebody’s rib when you’re a millionaire. That’s just me being as honest as I can. Me, for instance: You’re working at City Sports and I’m taking you to your shows, you’re driving my car, you’re crashing my car several times, and I’m still
Amber Rose is back! The bald beauty is on the cover of UNLEASH’D magazine, and she looks amazing. She is serving us with a platinum fade of fierceness in this orange, she almost looks like a mannequin, and that’s a good thing. This is just one of four looks for the beauty, but it is by far my favorite.
BTW, During the shoot Amber Rose breaks out into some spontaneous twerk action…because she can. Check out the rest of the covers from the UNLEASH’D photo shoot, and then watch Amber Rose put poor lil Miley Cyrus to shame.
Vanessa Simmons is a new mom, and like all new moms, she’s falling in love with her baby girl Ava Marie Jean Wayans. Thankfully, Vanessa is sharing some of those intimate moments on social media. Aunty Angela is also smitten over her niece and shares even more pics of the little angel via Instagram. Baby Ava gets her beautiful looks from her beautiful mother…and just look at those eyelashes.
Awwwwww! Check out more photos below:
Well well well. My ‘husband’ Maxwell has decided to get back on the road
and not release the SUMMERS’ album like he said he would. I’ll take whatever he gives us though. A summer tour before we get to hear your next album? Sign me up! Maxwell announced the tour on Facebook yesterday–I was very excited when I saw a Texas date on the list.
But then I checked today and it’s no longer there. SMH
Some of the dates announced include locations in Colorado, California, Tennessee and Pennslyvania. I’m surprised there aren’t any stops in major music spots like NYC, Philly, Austin or Atlanta on there. But maybe he’s adding dates and locations over time, so check back frequently here. Presale starts tomorrow!