Ah, the hilarity of Goop & Gwyneth!

Ah, the hilarity of Goop & Gwyneth!

Posted by Manhattan Minds~ Independent Blog on the best of NYC Art, Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle from the Founder, Mona Maine de Biran...

When Gywneth Paltrow isn't turning in performances as Pepper Potts in Marvel's "Iron Man" franchise she can be found managing her rather controversial lifestyle brand, Goop.

What started as a newsletter and evolved into a brand is now a quarterly magazine published by Conde Nast. Aptly named Goop like the brand, the premier issue of the magazine was released mid-September and sports, not surprisingly and much to the pleasure of our eyes, goopologist-in-chief Gwyneth Paltrow herself on the cover.

Mostly naked and covered in some sort of purifying (no doubt) full-body mud mask the cover proclaims, “Earth to Gwyneth”.... seriously? Ah, yes indeed! And how true, in fact....

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Give Me More... Fashion Inclusivity!

Give Me More... Fashion Inclusivity!

Post from Manhattan Minds~ an inspired blog on New York City Art, Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle by the Founder, Mona Maine de Biran...

It’s no revelation that for ages the common perception of what qualifies as beautiful is a tall, white, skinny woman with long hair. Not so long ago when I was a model, this was the case. Nary did one see a plus sized woman at a show, except seated in the isles. Though beauties as undeniable as Naomi Campbell were as plentiful as the ethnic customers buying the high-priced couture she wore, diversity was painfully lacking.

Let’s not forget that nearly every designer that now spouts their devotion to the popular trend of diversity and inclusion in fashion was, not long ago, guilty of exclusion- racial and body bias.

Happily, in recent years, we’ve seen the fashion industry (if only by popular demand) move toward being more inclusive, if not make an about face. This year NYFW saw more plus models, more tattoos, more smiles with large gaps between the teeth, more birthmarks, more skin colors, more imperfections – more diversity than ever before .

Socially, if not stylistically, fashion is always behind the trend. Slow to adapt...

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