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Extension Shaming: Why Stars Don’t Want People Knowing About Their Fake Locks

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Extensions: the majority of celebs wear them, but few admit to it. While some stars such as Selena Gomez and Sofia Vergara have no problem being open about their fake locks, many are feel a sense of embarrassment and secrecy.

Hollywood hairstylist Priscilla Valles, who works with clients including Kylie Jenner, Christina Augilera, and Chrissy Teigen, says that around 97 percent of all female stars use extensions. Not just on screen, but in every day life as well.

Hairstylist Amie Jorgeson of Beverley Hills agrees. She says, “I would say wearing extensions all the time is the new normal. Most actresses and models wear them off set as well.”

Although it’s become so common, most actresses still don’t like to admit to the fact that they wear extensions. This is largely due to internet trolls – you can find some pretty harsh comments on Facebook and Instagram. Jennifer Lopez was recently mocked for one of her Instragram posts. The comment read, “If only she sang as nice as her extensions look.”

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Celebrity stylist Jen Atkin is standing up against “extension shaming” and encouraging women to fight the stigma by talking openly about their fake hair.

Valles points out, “When I started doing extensions 16 years ago, I was signing confidentiality agreements daily because no one wanted anyone to know they had them in,” she says. “Now, because of social media, people started being more open about beauty — but still, about half of my clients don’t want to go public.”

Stylist Kim Ferry, who has worked on the set of Pretty Little Liars says, “I think it’s OK if we’re throwing in some extra extensions just to thicken up hair a little bit because no one will really know. It’s not like we’re trying to trick anybody.”

How do you feel about extensions? Would you ever give them a try?


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Brooklyn’s Fourth Annual Curlfest Celebrates Natural Beauty

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This past Saturday at Prospect Park in Brooklyn, New York, #BlackGirlMagic was abound!

Thousands of black women attended the fourth annual Curlfest, which is the country’s largest natural beauty festival.

And these women have some serious style. Check out some of our favorite looks below – from waist-length braids to crowns to ornamental butterflies.

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The annual festival is sponsored by the five women of Curly Girl Collective. Curly Group Collective is a marketing group specializing in multicultural beauty. Their goal is to celebrate women all around the world by appreciating their natural looks.

Tracey Coleman, the director of events at Curlfest, stated in a press conference, “Curlfest was founded on the idea of you all needing to be celebrated. If you look around, and you see images of beauty, they don’t necessarily look like us.”

When Coleman was asked about the natural hair movement, she said, “The great thing about the movement now is that barrier is being broken down; there’s no good hair and there’s no bad hair. Healthy hair is what’s good, so that’s what we’re here to promote.”


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Deshauna Barbe Is Challenging Society’s Beauty Standards

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Deshauna Barbe spent her childhood moving from army base to army base. Born into a military family, Deshauna joined the military at 17 years old.

At the time, Deshauna had no idea that she would be the first woman in the country to win the title of MissUSA while on active duty.

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Deshauna entered the pageant world at 19 years old. Over the next few years, she make a name for herself in the beauty queen scene while simultaneously serving in the U.S. Army. She also completed her MSc in Computer Information Systems at the University of Maryland. On top of all that, she was serving as an IT Analyst for the U.S. Department of Commerce.

She wants to let the world know that beauty is meant to be celebrated in all of its diverse forms. And although we’ve come a long way, we still have a ways to go. Deshauna is proving that women can fight for their country and look good in a swimsuit at the same time. She did a lot of work with soldiers who suffered from PTSD.

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In an interview, Deshauna said, “In the past I have been very hard on myself about certain parts of my body, but I try to always remind myself that I was given this body and to remain positive.”

And her views on beauty are awesome:

“Beauty to me means more than something physical, and it’s definitely represented internally. I think beauty is about the way you treat others, being a humble and kind person that respects everyone. I think that really represents beauty.”

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She says she enjoys the fact that she can show how multifaceted women are – there is both a tough side and a feminine side within us. Hopefully society will continue to challenge its beauty ideals by showing forms of beauty that aren’t necessarily considered ‘mainstream.’

Deshauna plans to continue serving as an inspiration to women all over the world.

“I hope to continue what I am doing to help impact people around the world — particularly young girls and women,” she says. “I plan to never stop working to positively impact their lives by motivating them to always follow their dreams.”


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You Can Now Buy Rihanna’s Newest Releases From Her Fenty PUMA 2017 Collection

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Not so long after Rihanna’s last shoe release, she’s back to with another drop from her Fenty PUMA 2017 spring/summer collection.

The collection, inspired by Marie Antoinette, ranges from headwear to sneakers to cozy apparel. At Paris Fashion Night back in March, Rihanna first presented her collection at the Bibliotheque National de France.

Before the show, Rihanna explained why the collection is her favorite yet. “There’s a lot of simple things and then a lot of complicated, more exaggerated pieces that combine really well together,” she said. “That’s my favorite thing to do. I’ve never been in love with a collection more than this one.”

As far as clothing goes, Rihanna has released three slim-fit Sleeveless Cropped Crew Necks which are sure to be a hit as the weather continues to warm up.

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“When I was in school, it was always my dream to be able to dress up in whatever I wanted,” she said in a statement. “But in Barbados it was mandatory to wear a school uniform, so I had so much fun this season creating these back-to-school inspired looks, and I’m honored to present the collection in such a majestic national monument.”

She’s also created a lineup of satin caps, front-lacing hoodies, hockey tees, ruffle backpacks, and even an embroidered lace durag.

Priced at around €44 to 68 EUR, Rihanna’s new gear is now available through select retailers.

Rihanna described the collection’s style by saying, “as if Marie Antoinette went to the gym!” Pastel streetwear with embellishments like bows make up the bulk of the collection.


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