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Will Smith Launches A Fresh Prince-Themed Fashion Collection So You Can Sit On Your Throne As The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air

Welcome to the age of nostalgia. From live-action remakes of our favorite Disney films to movie nights streaming 90s shows on Netflix, to the revival of high waisted jeans, scrunchies and Steinfeld-era outfits, millennials just don’t want to grow up —and Will Smith knows it. Tapping into our wistful or excessively sentimental yearning for the past, Will Smith has us revisiting the 90s yet again. That’s right, the movie-star is going back to Bel-Air. 

Will Smith announced the launch of his ‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ collection on Instagram.

We’re not talking about a reboot of the show. On Tuesday, Will Smith posted a video on his instagram announcing that he’s rolling out “Bel-Air Academy Collection” a ‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’-themed clothing line. “I put my thang down, flipped it and reversed it. Then I put it on sale,” he captioned the post. In the video, the actor showcases some of the items from the sitcom inspired collection, including a graphic yellow T-shirt and a reversible zip-up jacket. “It’s just a sweatsuit, it’s just a sweatsuit. Until it’s not just a sweatsuit,” he teased, turning the navy jacket inside out to reveal a bold paisley-print, at the start of the video.

The actor first offered a sneak peek at his Bel-Air athletics line when he surprised a group of kids on Ellen, who went viral for giving a bullied kid some new clothes:

‘Bel-Air Athletics includes everything from socks, to a phone ring, to kids clothing, a shooter sleeve, and a basketball.

The collection is comprised by 26 items, all as fun and colorful as Will’s character in the hit TV show. Complete with the colors of the fictional prep school he attended in the series, the range includes a variety of both 90s-inspired and modern-day pieces like sportswear in the signature blue and red paisley, a tie dye throwback tee that changes color when it comes in contact with body heat. It also features a young Will Smith holding a basketball (the same Will that was shooting some b-ball outside the school, remember?). 

There are also a few different t-shirts featuring a Will Smith cartoon in different colors. The t-shirt comes in black, white, and gray, and the best part is that Will’s uniform changes from white to gold in the sun!

The collection offers some accessories too, like striped ankle-cut socks, a phone ring and a sold-out navy and paisley basketball to match the sweatsuit and other items in the range.

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But copping the collection isn’t gonna be cheap. The socks are $15 and shirts run $30 to $40. Hoodies track pants and custom Bel-Air basketball are $60 and up. And last but not least, no “Fresh Prince” collection would be complete without air freshener. The range includes a cartoon Will Smith air-freshener that will set you back $6. Oh and we almost forget to mention it; there are also some goodies for the ladies. The collection includes a cropped ‘Bel-Air Athletics’ hoodie and vintage inspired navy gym shorts.

Millennials are obsessed with the 90s and although this is not the first tribute to a vintage show, it’s definitely one of the best ones.

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With the resurgence of 90s fashion and pop culture references, this collection couldn’t come at a better time. Only a few weeks ago, Ralph Lauren launched a ‘Friends’ inspired collection in honor of the show’s 25th anniversary and Jennifer Lopez broke the internet yet again after revisiting the iconic leaf-print dress she wore to the Grammys in 2000, and wearing it again just last month during Milan Fashion Week. So those vintage vibes are alive and well in the fashion world.

Some of the items, a Limited Edition Gym Bag Kit ($200), and navy and red paisley basket ball, are already sold out, after being limited to just 100 pieces. ‘The Bel-Air Academy collection is only available until Monday October 14 at shop.willsmith.com. So if you want to chill out, max out, and relax all cool in Fresh Prince of Bel-Air merch, you better act fast because it’s selling quick!

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You Can Live Your ‘Fresh Prince’ Fantasy With An Airbnb Stay At The Actual Bel Air Mansion

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You Can Live Your ‘Fresh Prince’ Fantasy With An Airbnb Stay At The Actual Bel Air Mansion

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If you ever daydreamed about telling a cabbie, “Yo homes, to Bel-Air!” then your chance is finally here. Will Smith and Airbnb have teamed up to offer the actual Bel Air mansion from The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.

Once again, the vacation rental site has graced us with an Airbnb stay fit for the 90s kid in all of us. It wasn’t long ago that Airbnb offered up a stay at Barbie’s Malibu Dream House. There’s also a Hello Kitty apartment in Japan and the actual house from the series Twilight.

Of course, we should all still be doing our part to minimize the risk of Coronavirus and that’s why this Airbnb stay is only available to residents of Los Angeles county. But if you’re like me, all this time cooped up at home, under quarantine, following social distancing guidelines probably has you longing for some excuse – any excuse –  to leave the house. Well, now here’s the perfect excuse.

Will Smith and Airbnb team up to rent out the mansion from The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.

Yes, it’s true! Although it’s been 30 years since the show first hit the airwaves, the Bel Air mansion from The Fresh Prince of Bel Air is still a very real place – and it’s soon available to rent on Airbnb.

Starting on September 29, Airbnb will give you the chance to book a stay at the home in groups of up to two. The five available dates, which only cost $30 in honor of the show’s 30th anniversary, are October 2, 5, 8, 11, and 14.

And since they’ve partnered up with the ‘Fresh Prince’ himself, guests will have access to the wing of the house where Smith’s character called home, as well as to a poolside lounge area and dining room. Other perks include access to Will’s wardrobe and a virtual welcome by DJ Jazzy Jeff.

The only disclaimer: because of Covid-19, those lucky guests must prove residency in LA County and be able to prove they’re from the same household. Airbnb also states that the rental will be compliant with CDC rules and follow the enhanced cleaning protocol made by Airbnb as well.

These accommodations look hella fresh and are definitely Will Smith approved.

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Although Airbnb states that guests will have access to the wing of the property where Will Smith crashed, you obviously won’t be locked in the bedroom for the entire stay.

Here’s how Airbnb describes your once-in-a-lifetime stay: “It’s your crib for the night, so feel free to act like you own the place. My wing of the mansion includes my bedroom (great for naps), a full bathroom (great for spitting bars in the shower), pool area (great for dips), an outdoor lounge, and the dining room (great for eating obviously). And you gotta do it like my guy DJ Jazzy Jeff so don’t forget your sunglasses!”

Oh, and the best part: Will Smith is the host.

Your stay comes with all sorts of incredible perks!

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The mansion from every 90s kids dreams is still as fly as it ever was. Bold graffiti art, posh interiors, timeless family portraits, and Philly cheesesteaks served on silver platters will give visitors the full 90s glam experience. The listing adds that guests will be able to enjoy the following:

  • Lacing up a fresh pair of Air Jordans before shooting some b-ball in the bedroom. 
  • Spinning throwback classics all night on turntables just like DJ Jazzy Jeff’s. 
  • Donning a fly look from Will’s closet, from argyle prepster to all-star athlete and Bel-Air Athletics gear. 
  • Soaking up the sun poolside on luxe lounge chairs.
  • Being (virtually) welcomed to the mansion by none other than DJ Jazzy Jeff.

Those looking to book a night at the Banks home should note that the house rules follow local COVID-19 guidelines and rules. Airbnb also said visitors can also rest assured knowing that the king-size bed will be cleaned in protocol in accordance with CDC rules and consistent with the company’s enhanced cleaning measures.

This is not the first time Airbnb has offered the chance to stay in homes that take me back to my days as a kid. In 2019 you could stay at the Barbie Malibu Dreamhouse for just $60 a night, and later this month, residents in Deschutes County, Oregon, have the chance to spend the night at the last remaining Blockbuster video store.

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Vanessa Romo Marks The Cover Of Vogue México In A History-Making Feature

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Vanessa Romo Marks The Cover Of Vogue México In A History-Making Feature

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Vogue México knows a good trend when it comes to the fashion world. Their recent decision to feature model Vanessa Romo on the cover of their September issue proves that they also know a classic too. Speaking with Vogue México the model opened up about her career, challenges, and experiences that have allowed her to position herself as one of the modeling world’s most prominent figures.

The model with Mexican roots started out her career by modeling on small projects then moved up to uploading images to Instagram and eventually became discovered by Forever 21. Soon after, the North American fast-fashion brand offered Romo a collaboration and she was ultimately signed to an agent.

Now she’s Vogue México’s September model.

In her interview with Vogue, Romo says that the first time she saw plus-size models on a runway, her view of the fashion industry completely shifted.

Seeing women with bodies just like hers, made Romo feel represented in a way that was beautiful and confident. Speaking to Vogue México, Romo explains that she struggled her first two years as a model because she was still in college at University of California, Santa Bárbara. Because of her Latin roots, Romo studied Chicano Studies and Spanish. Her interest led her to continue to explore her identity and Romo decided to audition for Nuestra Belleza Latina on Univision in 2018.

Romo told Vogue that she decided to take part in the competition because she knew there was a need for this representation in the Latino community. When she finished the contest, she realized that she needed to continue breaking expectations for models.

“With this new inspiration, she decided to learn to love her body. Modeling and fashion were for her a way of exploring her own confidence and growing her,” Vogue México revealed. “The power of modeling captivated her so much that it was then that she realized that she herself wanted to be part of the change. Just as she needed empowerment, she knew that there were so many girls and women who needed it equally.”

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