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Tessa Thompson’s Latest Instagram Is A Tribute To A Girl Who Could Not Wait To Get Her Picture At The ‘MIB’ Premiere

When the original “Men In Black” premiered in 1997, there’s no denying it was a mega box office hit. In fact, we’re a bit more surprised that it took this long for there to be another installation to the franchise. Now, 22 years later, the new version, fittingly titled, “Men In Black: International” the film is more inclusive, which is certainly appreciated in this day and age.

It’s because of this diverse representation that Latinas can see themselves on the big screen.

Last week, during the “Men In Black” premiere Tessa Thompson spotted a little girl who was dressed just like her in the movie.

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Thompson recounted the moment on Instagram and discussed how much she’s been through with the filming of the movie and doing press all over the world. She said it was this moment that meant so much to her.

“These past couple weeks have been almost a blur— except, my favorite moment of all— meeting the one person I really made @meninblack for. Hers was the first face I saw when I arrived to the premiere— and it’s still on my mind. And what she said to me, I’ll never forget.”

This moment really signifies why representation matters so much.

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People seem to forget how many others are excluded when we see a movie or TV show, so when you see a person that looks like you starring in a massive project, it’s an encouraging thing that means to so many. Now we’re wondering what that little girl said to her. Please tell us, Tessa!

Thompson’s role in the new “Men In Black” also came with a couple of changes including something she didn’t want to say just because Will Smith said it in the original.

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Thompson said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter that she didn’t want the new movie to be too much like the old one, which makes sense especially because this is 2019! We don’t need to regress to 1997.

In the original movie, Smith says “I make this look good” after he first puts on his suit. Thompson said she would never say that line.

“I wouldn’t have said it. In fact, I think someone did ask me to — just as an option — and I said no. M [her character] is just different from that character [Agent J/Smith]. Yeah, I was really conscious of too much nostalgia. Also, inside of that, there were moments when I thought, ‘Let’s lean in.'”

Yes!! That is why we need more women of color in movies!

Lady Gaga’s Tapping Into Her Italian Roots For Her Next Role as The ‘Black Widow’ Who Killed Maurizio Gucci

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Lady Gaga’s Tapping Into Her Italian Roots For Her Next Role as The ‘Black Widow’ Who Killed Maurizio Gucci

Little monsters rejoice, for a star is being born, again! Lady Gaga’s making her return to the big screen next year. Following her Oscar-worthy performance, the pop-star turned actor, will be part of a new project chronicling the murder of fashion mogul, Maurizio Gucci —the founder of, you guessed it, Gucci. The story is every bit as glamorous as you can imagine, and we have the deets. 

Lady Gaga is starring in a new movie, and this one is a true glamorous murder mystery, if ever there was one.

It was reported over the weekend that Lady Gaga’s making another movie. Her next starring role, following her award-winning performance on A Star is Born, will be in a murder, intrigue and high fashion-filled thriller produced by Ridley Scott. 

Scott’s new project chronicles the murder of Maurizio Gucci, the business man who spearheaded the Italian fashion house in the 80s and early 90s. 

A year after we were piqued and obsessed with the fashion and murder mystery ‘The Assasination of Gianni Versace’, another glam intrigue is in the works. At the perfect intersection between true crime and haute couture, comes the retelling of the infamous murder of the head of Gucci back in 1995. 

Patricia was said to hate her ex so much that she plotted and planned his murder.

Maurizio Gucci famously left his wife Patricia Reggiani for another —younger— woman in the late eighties. And in this particular case, the saying ‘hell hath no fury like a woman scorned’ was proven to be true. Rejected and scorned, Patricia hired a hitman to assassinate her ex-husband —earning her the, kinda glamorous and sombre nickname, “the Black Widow.”

The film will be based on the true crime story written by Sara Gay Forden.

The ex-wife was caught and found guilty. Patricia Reggiani served 18 years in prison, before her release in 2016. Here’s where mother monster comes in; Lady Gaga will be playing the role of the Black Widow in the upcoming film. And while details are being kept tightly hidden, we know that the script was written by Roberto Bentivegna, and was based on Sara Gay Forden’s true crime book, ‘The House of Gucci: A Sensational Story of Murder, Madness, Glamour and Greed,’ which chronicled the events.

Did Patricia murder Gucci because he was marrying his mistress? Or was it because his spending was driving the family to ruin? Or perhaps she didn’t do it at all?

In Sara Gay Forden’s gripping book, she explores whether Patrizia Reggiani murdered her ex-husband, Maurizio Gucci, in 1995 because his spending was wildly out of control, “or was it because her glamorous ex was preparing to marry his mistress, Paola Franchi? Or is there a possibility she didn’t do it at all?”

Maurizio famously had two daughters with Patrizia Reggiani, but he left her for another woman. She’d had a brain tumor removed, and her children blamed it on her actions; the media took a darker view of her during a sensationalized affair, depicting her as a hot blooded woman scorned. She was originally drawn a sentence of 29 years.

If the film follows the re-telling of Sara Gay Forden’s story, we will get a look inside a glamorous family empire that ultimately came crumbling down.

The true crime story details the ascent, eventual collapse, and resurrection of the Gucci dynasty. In Sara Gay Forden’s pages we’re taken behind the scenes of the trial and exposed to the passions, the power, and the vulnerabilities of the greatest fashion family of the time. 

The Gucci movie will be produced by Ridley Scott and his wife Giannina.

Scott will produce the Gucci saga with his wife, the Puerto Rican actress, Giannina Scott. He most recently directed “All the Money in the World” about the Getty kidnaping. Scott has been nominated for a directing Academy Award for “Thelma & Louise,” “Gladiator” and “Black Hawk Down” and for a Best Picture Oscar for “The Martian.”

It is said that the film has been in developmental hell for the past decade, at one point even signing on Angelina Jolie for the role of Patricia Reggiani. But finally it looks like the project is coming together, and Scott will put our lord and saviour Stefani Germanotta’s Italian roots to good use in her role as the ‘Black Widow’, Patricia Regianni. 

Naomi Campbell And Other Fashion Authorities Slam ELLE Germany For Their Offensive ‘Black Is Back’ Cover Story

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Naomi Campbell And Other Fashion Authorities Slam ELLE Germany For Their Offensive ‘Black Is Back’ Cover Story

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Instagram account Diet Prada has become somewhat of an authority in fashion when it comes to holding brands, designers, magazines, and editors accountable for their work —they’ve turned into the industry’s ‘Fashion Police’ if you will. Whether they’re calling out retail giants for plagiarism or spilling the tea on celebs’ copy-cat lewks, Diet Prada has gained notoriety and sparked a lot of controversy in Fashion. Well this week, the famous Instagram page put Elle Germany on the spot for their failed, deeply offensive attempt to highlight ethnic diversity. And the attempt was truly baffling.

Diet Prada has become known for calling out fashion’s biggest mishaps —and this one is definitely making it to the top 5. 

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Whether it’s spilling the tea on trivial fashion matters or calling out Dolce & Gabbana for their distasteful chopsticks ad last year, Diet Prada never shies away from shining a light on the inner workings and missteps of the industry. This week, the infamous DP called out ELLE Germany for a problematic fashion feature that ran in the magazine’s November 2019 issue —and as the model Janaye Furman posted on her IG, the tea is boiling.

ELLE Germany’s November issue ran the coverline ‘Black is back’, as if being black is a trend that circles in and out of fashion. 

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DP posted a photo of ELLE Germany to its Instagram page, highlighting a feature titled “Black Is Back.” The phrase seems to be the running theme of the entire issue, mostly referring to the color in terms of clothing, but clearly the editors of Elle Germany decided they’d just fold some human beings into the trend. 

The magazine highlighted 6 models of color with the title ‘Black is Back’ -like the color of a human being’s skin could be a trend.

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The article spotlights six prominent models of color with the caption, “Super, Girls!” Diet Prada wrote, “Not a good look, @ellegermany. […] Ironic when they, along with much of the fashion industry, have been complicit in denying visibility to black models until relatively recently.” 

The magazine couldn’t even keep those human beings straight, the story misidentified one black woman for another.

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And it doesn’t end there, in addition to the article’s insensitive title. ELLE Germany also misidentified one of the models with another woman of color —SMDH. Diet Prada showed that a photo of Naomi Chin Wing was used in model Janaye Furman’s spot. As if “Black Is Back” wasn’t bad enough, the publication somehow confused one black woman for another.

Prominent fashion editors of color weighed in on the matter by sharing their thoughts on Instagram.

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Gabriella Karefa-Johnson, fashion director at Garage magazine, also took to Instagram to weigh in on the situation, saying, “So, this means that no fewer than four people read the name Janaye Furman, and saw a picture of Naomi Chin Wing and not one spotted the error…those editors responsible for this story do not care enough about it to give it the same attention they would give any other story in the magazine. Or, those editors responsible of this story cannot tell the difference between two black models.”

 “I am horrified, but I am not surprised,” Gabriella added.

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The fashion editor even went as far as to explain the editorial process from pitch to print, and the many opportunities the publication had to fix the mistake. Many Instagram users jumped into the comments section in shock, including some notable celebrities and fashion authorities. Model Maya Stepper commented, on Diet Prada’s post; “this is sad,” while the iconic fashion blogger BryanBoy added, “Good intention but poor execution”; creator Donte Colley wrote, “what the actual f*ck…”

The iconic Supermodel Naomi Campbell also joined in on the campaign against ELLE Germany.

In an Instagram post, supermodel Naomi Campbell shared her own thoughts on the issue at hand: “This makes me so sad to see this…your mistake[,] it is highly insulting in every way.” She continued, “I’ve said countless of times[,] we are not a TREND. We are here to STAY. It’s OK to celebrate models of color[,] but please do it in an ELEGANT and RESPECTFUL way.”

Naomi made a point to express her willingness to sit down and talk if people are not “clear on the guidelines of diversity” and that misidentifying a black model is “disappointing.” She finished off her post by saying, “It’s very important for a publication to be culturally sensitive and give credit where it’s due. We all need to unite on this matter.”

“The issue, titled ‘Back to Black,’ also features a white model on the cover. You can’t make this stuff up!” said Diet Prada.

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But hold on, there’s more! To make things even worse, the issue features a thin, white model on the cover —as is pretty much always the case with Elle Germany, a magazine that clearly has no interest in hiring black models and only features them in its pages when it fits a trend. 

Elle Germany Editor-In-Chief shared a weak apology statement on the matter.

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In response to Diet Prada’s post, ELLE Germany editor in chief Sabine Nedelchev shared a statement on Instagram saying: “In our current issue we approach the colour black from different angles. One of our focuses was to feature strong black women who work as fashion models. In doing so, we were guilty of several errors for which we sincerely apologize.”

“It was wrong to use the cover line ‘Back to black’ which could be misconstrued to mean that black individuals are some sort of fashion trend,” the statement continued. “This obviously was not our intention and we regret not being more sensitive to the possible misinterpretations. Misidentifying the model Naomi Chin Wing as Janaye Furman is a further error for which we apologize. We are aware of how problematic this is. This has definitely been a learning experience for us and, again, we deeply regret any harm or hurt we have unwittingly caused.”

The tone-deaf issue is another case of the how-did-multiple-people-see-this-and-think-it-was-ok mystery for the books. And another step backward for genuine inclusivity in the fashion industry. We can’t help but wonder if this would’ve happened had the publication actually put their money where their mouth is and employed people of color to begin with. How’s that for real inclusivity?