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Just When You Thought The Fashion Industry Didn’t Need To Learn More Lessons About Tone Deafness, Chanel Did This

Like many major institutions, the Fashion Industry has been accused in the past of gatekeeping and breeding a lack of diversity in its designers, models, and photographers. This lack of variety in the stories told by the industry has resulted in more than a few controversies in the recent past for some of the biggest names in fashion.

Brands like Gucci, Prada, and H&M have all seen major backlash after featuring products that were more than a little racist. Back in December of 2018, it was Prada with their Golliwog-like figures displayed in the windows of their SoHo boutique. Then there was H&M and their online page featuring a young, black child wearing a shirt that had the word monkey on it. Less than a month later it was Gucci in February 2019, with their sweater that — when pulled up — had the dark features and red lips of a blackface character.

These controversies caused more than a little public outcry when they happened. Either because of these instances or because they realized it was way past time, all three of these company’s created some sort of position to encourage diversity and inclusion in their organizations.

Now, it seems that Chanel has done the same but their hire has a major difference than others in the industry.

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Earlier this month, Fiona Pargeter — who previously held the same position at Swiss bank UBS — joined Chanel as their Head of Diversity and Inclusion. Though Pargeter obviously comes with previous experience, she also lacks something that seems important in an inclusion director. Namely, she isn’t a member of one of the marginalized communities Chanel hopes to further incorporate.

According to a post on VOGUE, the role was created as “a sign of Chanel’s commitment and its importance to the house.” In an interview with THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, a Chanel representative elaborated on this new position. The statement read:

“Fiona Pargeter just joined the company in the position of head of Diversity and Inclusion to evolve our existing diversity and inclusion approach. Diversity and Inclusion has been led for a couple of years in our People and Organization function by our people communication and engagement leader. Fiona has been hired to continue to create momentum for our efforts. This recruitment is a sign of our commitment to these topics and its importance to the house.”

While the position doesn’t necessarily require the director of diversity and inclusion to be a minority, this appointment does raise some valid questions.

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Was Pargeter the best person for the job based on her experience and skill and is that why she got the job or was it another example of failed diversification? Was her hiring a purposeful attempt to avoid tokenism and diversity hiring? Only the decision-makers at Chanel can speak towards that.

Can a white person honestly do a good enough job at reaching out to marginalized communities? Do they understand enough about the racism that Black and brown people face? Can they make a difference in the systems that oppress these communities? We aren’t sure but history has shown us that the only ones who create this kind of systematic change are people who have experienced the atrocities of said system themselves.

In response to Gucci’s controversy, streetwear designer Dapper Dan was tapped to lead a predominately black “Changemakers Council.” Additionally, the brand hired a Black Vice President of Brand and Culture Engagement, Antoine Phillips. Prada recruited director Ava DuVernay and artist Theaster Gates to co-chair the Diversity and Inclusion Council after their own backlash. Likewise, H&M made their own hires after their accusations of racism. Annie Wu was instated as Global Leader of Diversity & Inclusiveness for the company and Nigerian-American Ezinne Kwubiri was made the North American lead.

Can these Black people and people of color do a better job than Pargeter just because they understand the pain of racism? Possibly but we can’t say for sure.

Of course, Twitter had a lot to say about the Chanel hiring as well.

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This Twitter user pointed out that Chanel’s response to too few Black people and POC in their company was to hire yet another white person. It almost reads like a bad joke when it’s put that way but it is exactly what the fashion company did in this situation.

There’s no telling how impactful this hire will prove for Chanel or other members of the industry but, in the meantime, we can vote with our dollars instead. Buy from Black and POC owned brands and know for sure that your money is going directly back into marginalized communities instead of systems that would further oppress them.

20 Stunning Latina Wedding Looks To Consider For Your Fall Wedding

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20 Stunning Latina Wedding Looks To Consider For Your Fall Wedding

When it comes to the big wedding day, every bride wants their look her best and Latina brides are no different. If anything we tend to go over the top with just about everything from the veil to hair and makeup, and of course, the dress. We have to stand out because, primero muerta que sencilla. 

For some novias, the wedding dress or suit is the most important choice a bride makes, and for others, it’s all about the accessories, especially those who want to use accents to highlight cultural traditions.

If you’re a Latina looking for a unique look for your wedding this Fall, here is some inspiration to make sure you look anything but sencilla on your big day. 

Embroidered Dresses

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These dresses are beautiful expressions of traditional hand-sewn styles from Mexico to Peru and are unique ways to add color to a seemingly boring white dress. This is a special way to remind your guests how proud you are of your roots.

Flower Crowns

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Not all queens wear tiaras. Channel your inner Frida Kahlo in a bright pop color and a beautiful flower crown to adorn your hair. These flowers can match your bouquet for a more cohesive look or you can go rogue and style a more earthy, boho look.

Elegant Vintage Goth

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Today’s brides have no reason to play by the rulebook. Break the rules, rock your tattoos and wear whatever type of crown you want to wear. This bride walked down the aisle with a dark glam, gray hair and a stunning headpiece to complete her look.

Botas Vaqueras

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Some of us are vaqueras and proud to show it. Many brides are incorporating a cowgirl theme into the wedding and the outcome is fun and picturesque. There are also many pros to having a cowgirl-themed wedding. For one, you get to opt for cowboy boots which means you’ll be square dancing to el Caballo Dorado all night in a great pair of comfy boots! Second, who doesn’t smile when they see a great pair of boots under a wedding dress?

Lacy, Sexy, Cool Jumpsuit

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Big puffy dresses can get heavy and are not very practical. Brides have the option of rocking bridal jumpsuits like the one above. Some novias like to jump out of their dresses after the religious ceremony and party in a more relaxed outfit like this. And if we’re honest this is just as eye-catching as a big puffy dress.

A Succulent Bouquet

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Bouquets composed of unexpected floral arrangements like wildflowers or succulents can make a statement. This is also another way to incorporate your culture into your wedding. You can use succulents, flowers from your country and even some nopalitos.

Crowns And Headpieces For The Reina That You Are

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If you’re a reina and you know it, rock your crown. Forgo the traditional veil in favor of a crown or tiara to lend a unique elegance to your look.

Jeweled Heels

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Looking to sparkle from head to toe? Wearing gems on your feet are the perfect accent to a cool winter wedding (and an excellent “something blue”). Closed-toe shoes are a better option during the chilly fall temperatures.

Cultural Dresses

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Mixing traditional elements with versatile styles, flower crowns can pull a whole bridal look together. For many brides, using a traditional dress reminds them and their families of how far they have come and how they plan to continue growing forward their culture embedded in their new family.

Goth Glam Bride

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White isn’t for everyone. If darker hues are more your style, black might just be the option for you. Black dresses are the default when it comes to glamorous events and a wedding does not have to be any different. With unique accents, you can bring out your glam or bruja style into play.

Cathedral Veil

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For those of you planning traditional religious weddings, the classic and elegant cathedral veil is always a gorgeous touch. These types of veils have been worn for centuries and they add an extra sentimental touch. In addition, if you don’t want your hair blowing in the wind, you can opt to have a light veil floating when you walk outside to make for a great photo opp.

Something Borrowed

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If you are looking to incorporate a special element into your bridal look, consider wearing “something borrowed” from a family member like a shawl or jewelry piece that is meaningful and will give you confidence on your special day. Not everyone has their mother or grandmother around on their wedding day. Adding a piece that belonged to them can sometimes make the bride feel like that person is present.

Volume Fit For A Queen

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For some brides, the bigger the dress, the better! A long veil and a wide skirt add the illusion of an hourglass figure. Plus, this is called a princess style for a reason.

Dashing Suit

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If a suit is more your vibe, stand out in your own style with a dapper, well-fitted suit. Suits can be accessorized with a bow, tie, cool color accents and, of course, a great hair day.

Greek Goddess

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If you choose comfort over style but also don’t want to look frumpy, a greek type of silhouette is the perfect option. Channel your inner goddess or fairy with flowy gowns and hairpieces that make you seem as though you stepped from a forest sanctuary and into your wedding.

Nails As Sparkly As Your Ring

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Everyone will be staring at your hands on your wedding day. Some brides opt for a nude polish but if you’re the ultimate glam girl, you have the option to add even more sparkle to your hand. Most nail salons have gel polishes with glitter but there are others that offer appliques like mini stones or pearls.

No Such Thing As Too Much Lace

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My mom has said that lace tends to look like you’re wearing a mantel. But traditional lace sheath dresses can be great for all body types and lend a romantic elegance to bridal looks. To avoid the tablecloth look, try a more delicate lace that isn’t bulky or heavy.

Flowy Beach Bride

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If you plan to leave the cool weather for a beach wedding, you can do no wrong with a loose flowy gown, perfect for barefoot strolls and a seaspray ceremony. The style is effortless and the pictures are perfect — as long as you check the weather before.

Evening Veil

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Bring a touch of vintage romanticism into your look with a vintage mesh veil that reveals your beautiful face. This is a lighter option that is much easier to manage than getting tangled in a six-foot veil.

Geometric Dress Design

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Show off your personal style with a dress that hugs the curves and has a pattern all it’s own. These cutouts are what can make a dress more memorable.


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Kelly Ripa’s Daughter Lola Consuelos Is All Latina Teens After Making A Risqué Alteration To Her Prom Dress

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Kelly Ripa’s Daughter Lola Consuelos Is All Latina Teens After Making A Risqué Alteration To Her Prom Dress

Remember back in high school when we walked out of our homes dressed as hijas modestas our mamis were proud to send off with a kiss only to ditch our sweaters for spaghetti strap tops or put on a little lip liner the moment we hit the bus stop? 

Well, turns out Latina teens are still up to our mischievous ways.

Turns out Kelly Ripa’s daughter knows the rules of the trade too.

On Monday’s episode of The Jerry O’ Show, guest Kelly Ripa disclosed that her daughter Lola Consuelos, 18, made some risqué alterations to her prom dress that she and husband Mark Consuelos did not approve. ¡Que sinvergüenza!

“That’s the prom dress we had made and she had altered behind our back,” Ripa, 48, told host-actor Jerry O’Connell about the stunning gown her daughter wore to the formal dance in a photo displayed on a big screen behind them. “So that’s why you know, uh, the girls are fully on display.”

She’s not exaggerating, either. 

Lola dazzled in a form-fitting, emerald-green satin dress with a deep V-cut that put her breasts front and center. 

With her long brown hair in Old Hollywood waves, the Italian-Mexican young beauty looked gorgeous, but seeing her tatas so present in the ensemble was a surprise to her mother and father, to say the least.

“Everybody came down the stairs together, and I just mean Lola,” Ripa added, referring to her daughter’s impossible-to-miss boobies, as the audience erupted in laughter.

According to Cosmopolitan, the hidden alterations could have been payback, whether intentional or not, for a shocking sight Ripa and Consuelos delivered days earlier that is similarly haunting Lola.

During the teen’s 18th birthday back in June, she walked in on her parents having sex. 

“She shuts the door and you hear, ‘You just ruined my birthday, and my life,’” Ripa said of her daughter’s dramatic but also understandable reaction to the x-rated scene. 

In defense of Lola’s adolescent disobedience, seeing your parents naked and grinding on one another is pretty horrifying and revolting. Surely, at this point, both parties are probably, right?

Despite Lola’s mischief, Ripa proudly posted a photo of her daughter in the sumptuous prom gown, which was designed by New York-based tailor Raza Wijdan and styled by her mother’s own stylist Audrey Slater, in June. But, according to Ripa, even getting a photo from her daughter took some work. “It took me 20 hours to get that photo. I was like, ‘Please just give Mommy one. Just one photo,” Ripa told O’Connell, sounding like all of our mamis who are desperate to receive photos we have not yet had the time to thoroughly look through, scrutinize and edit.

Ripa, however, was lucky enough to receive two daughter-approved prom pictures, one of Lola and her date and another of the mother and daughter smiling side-by-side. “Love you,” Ripa wrote in a caption.

During the segment of the new Fox TV daytime talk show, Ripa also talked about what high school was like for her baby girl, who graduated this year and will be attending New York University’s new Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music in the fall.

When O’Connell asks Ripa if HBO’s new hit series Euphoria adequately illustrates what teen life looks like these days, the fellow actress-talk show host says, “I’m pretty sure that’s exactly how high school is.” Her response frightened the host, a father of young daughters. Before O’Connell had a heart attack, Ripa quickly noted that she was kidding and added that she hopes the show isn’t a genuine portrayal. 

The Zendaya-fronted series that debuted on June 16 follows a group of high school students as they navigate drugs, sex, identity, trauma, social media, love, and friendships. Apparently, Lola and her girls are big fans of the show, much like the rest of the world right now, which prompted Ripa to ask her daughter if it is an accurate representation of modern-day adolescence. 

Lola’s response was less than comforting: “I don’t really think so, not that much,” Ripa recalled her girl saying.

At this point, Ripa, O’Connell and all parents in the audience are validly terrified.

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Despite teasing her daughter for making adjustments to her dress behind her back, mocking her generation’s obsession with perfect photos and trying to make sense of Gen Z youngsters in general, she and O’Connell agreed that Lola is an all-around great young woman.

“She’s a smart girl. She’s a nice girl,” Ripa said of her daughter.

Ripa married the Spanish-born Mexican-Italian actor Mark Consuelos on May 1, 1996. 

The pair met one year prior as co-stars on the beloved soap opera All My Children. Together, the couple shares three children: Michael Joseph, 22, Lola Grace, 18, and Joaquin Antonio, 16.

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