Newspaper Angers Bollywood’s Deepika Padukone With A Tweet About Her Cleavage

 

The beloved Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone was quite the topic of discussion this past weekend. Unfortunately, the attention was not because of her highly anticipated, English-language comedy Finding Fanny, which opened in the U.S. this past Friday. Instead it was about something completely unrelated: her cleavage.

It all began this past Sunday when the Times of India, a leading Indian newspaper, tweeted a photo taken of Padukone with the caption “OMG: Deepika Padukone’s cleavage show!” This was followed by a link to a slideshow of more pictures of the 28-year-old actress.

 

 

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Now if the Times of India thought Padukone was simply going to ignore the tweet, they were very, very mistaken. Padukone wasted no time calling out the newspaper by discussing it’s content and lack of respect for women.

 

 

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The Times of India responded to the actress by insisting that they only meant to compliment her. They tweeted at her saying, “You look so great that we want to make sure everyone knew! :)”

In return, this fueled the anger of her fans who pointed out that when men catcall and objectify women, it’s not a compliment. Fans were so riled up that the hashtag #IStandWithDeepikaPadukone was trending in India. A number of other stars stood with Padukone and applauded her for speaking up. Among them was Audrey cover girl, Priyanka Chopra.     

 

 

After much controversy, the Times of India has taken down the tweet as well as the tweets related to it.

 

 


“The Real” Host Jeannie Mai Talks Divorce, Plastic Surgery, Fashion and More

 

Last week, we brought you our Fall 2014 feature on the beautiful and successful Jeannie Mai who is currently a host on The Real. But clearly, that wasn’t enough. You asked for it, so here it is! Check out Jeannie Mai discussing everything from gay marriage to Asians going blond.


 

On divorce:
“I’m a faith-driven woman, so I love that the Bible encourages one not to get divorced. But I’m a very liberal woman, too, and for me the decision has to be the best choice for both parties, especially if children are involved. It’s not a black and white situation; it’s gray all the way. You have to decide what’s best for both parties and the children as well.”

 

On plastic surgery, especially in Asia:
“Do you. And if you are gonna ‘do you,’ do it in Thailand because it’s cheaper and they’re awesome!”

 

On gay marriage:
“I have three words that will save the economy. Gay Bridal Registry.”

 

On Asians going blond:
“I would say do it right and not to be white, number one. Number two, learn about the importance of toner. Period. Toner is your best friend if you’re gonna go blond.”

 

On going too far with makeup:
“Put it this way — when you’re not feeling like you can overcome the biggest challenge you face, you haven’t gone far enough.”

 

 

On marijuana:
“Personally, I’m not a user myself. But if any addiction, whether it’s coffee, shopping or drugs, keeps you from reaching your potential in life, I don’t see a good reason to continue it.”

 

On 3D printers that print makeup:
“My heels are clicking for joy. We women get stuck in ruts and forget that style and makeup are excuses to transform into any unique version of ourselves. The more advanced this industry becomes, the more opportunities for women to strut forward with themselves.”

 

On illegal immigration:
“If the U.S. Navy didn’t help bring my parents here from Vietnam, I probably wouldn’t be in this fortunate place of being interviewed. I am thankful for the immigration opportunities, but I understand that in order to preserve the value of the U.S. and respect the needs of residents, we have to abide by regulations. I’m trying to learn more about this to understand the options, and pray for a solution that can unite nations and provide positive growth for the United States.”

 

On whitening skincare:
“I get that different cultures appreciate different appearances. I don’t see Americans getting judged for tanning their skin, and I don’t judge people who prefer to stay fair-skinned. At the end of the day, it depends on the individual’s perspective of herself.”

 

On the worst fashion trend:
“Too much boob. It’s never been hot. It’s always trashy. Keep it sexy, ladies. That’s all.”

 

 

–Story by Jeline Abutin.
This was originally published in our Fall 2014 issue. Get your copy here

 

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Fashion Shenzhen Turns Heads At Their NYFW Debut

 

Debuting at any of the four major fashion capitals (Milan, Paris, New York and London) during the renowned industry fashion weeks is considered a substantial success for any designer that has been pouring their life into creating garments that will impress top-tier editors and buyers. More work than we expect goes into a rather quick ten minute show. Years of planning and learning the trend and color schematic forecasting is a daunting task in itself because no one wants to make too much of an unfavorable misstep. Then of course pushing that success into a second year with critics all around shows strength in branding and design, which is why Fashion Shenzhen has many of us talking as they continue to make waves throughout the industry.

For the Chinese labels Lizzy, Haiping Xie and Ellassay (all collectively chosen to be shown together under the name Fashion Shenzhen), hard work is beginning to pay off after years of trying to garner a larger presence within the industry and showing in London quite often before New York. While Ellassay enters its sophomore year, it still carries the excitement of a first debut. The Director of Shenzhen Garment Association, Shen Yongfang stated during her interview with CCTV News last year when Shenzhen’s designs first walked the runways of New York, “China has a unique and ancient culture, and this is a great asset. Our designers are the best, so I don’t see why we can’t make it to the world stage.” To a full house, Shenzhen delivered unforgettable designs that represented their blend of Eastern and Western influences, but each with their own artistic nature.

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Haiping Xie kept to the flora and beauty of China’s rich history and culture. There was nothing subtle about Xie’s collection. Boldly printed dragon graphics were a powerful display to the flowing sea of organza and silk layers in just as powerful hues of blue and orange. While Lizzy presented sophisticated bead work in a stunning display of gowns with oceanic themes and fittingly cut in mermaid A-lines. The crystal work glistened with models’ movement and felt reminiscent to the intricacies of underwater coral colonies. Taking a step away from couture evening wear, Ellassay delivered modern dresses and trench coats that are easily wearable and fitting for our daily wardrobe. Opting for another interesting grid lined pattern once again, Ellassay’s trench coat can be used to amp up the simple elegance of the dresses shown.

With such an impressive showing in New York, these three designers help pave the way for the rest of Shenzhen’s growing design field and continue to bring the recognition that Shen Yongfang speaks of with such hopeful words. Personally, I feel they’ve already made it on the world stage and only good things will continue to come with such determination and drive to be at their best. I look forward to seeing what designers the Fashion Shenzhen group will present next season.

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Trench By Ellassay. Image Courtesy Wwww2.pictures.zimbio.com

 

– STORY BY MIN A. LEE

 

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China Creates Separate Walking Lane For People Who Can’t Take Their Eyes Off Their Phone

 

Most of us are familiar with driving laws which prohibit drivers from talking on the phone while behind the wheel and texting while behind the wheel.  These laws are understandable of course– an overwhelming amount of car collisions occur due to drivers who are distracted with their phones. Now, apparently, the distractions of smart phones have gone beyond driving.

Last week, a city in China named Chongqing surprised their pedestrians by splitting the walkway in two. There appeared to be a designated cellphone lane for those who couldn’t keep their eyes off their phone and wanted to text, check social media or play games while walking. This lane read, “Cellphones, walk in this lane at your own risk.” The other lane specifically banned all cell phone use. Clearly, the lanes are meant to create a walking experience with less collisions.

So has it really gotten that bad? Are people so glued to their phone that they can’t walk without causing potential harm to others? Well, not quite.

As it turns out, this new cellphone lane is not the work of government officials. It’s actually painted by a Chinese property manager. Aside from showing off his sense of humor, the property owner did this to remind people of the dangers of walking while having their eyes glued to their phone.

Will people actually follow the rules of these lanes? Will these lanes be such eye-openers that more cities will think of integrating them into their walkways? Time can only tell. But for any of you who have accidentally run into a pole, trashcan, door or person while texting, this one’s for you.

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Photo courtesy of NBC News and Rocket News 24

 

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Fashion Blogger Chriselle Lim’s Maternity Fashion Tips

 

About a month ago, fashion blogger, wardrobe stylist and editor Chriselle Lim announced her almost-five-month pregnancy on her Instagram and her blog, The Chriselle Factor. By watching her touching video (below), you get an intimate look into the rough period Lim endured last year due to her miscarriage. But the strong woman was able to get back up and share her inspiring story which has been helping many women renew their souls.

Lim is now focusing more on her health and on the special gift inside her. In fact, she has become so much more positive about life and about her pregnancy that she has decided to combine her pregnancy with something else she is passionate about: fashion. Here are several of Lim’s outfit ideas that all women going through maternity can pull off without falling behind the trend.

 


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1. Oversized Button Down Shirt

The oversized cotton white button down (a.k.a. WBD) shirt is a classic staple item that every girl can wear around different occasions. Lim — halfway through her pregnancy — still looks chic in her oversized WBD that is paired with simple jewelry and maybe a nice pair of skinny jeans. Regardless of what she wore for her bottom, her classic WBD makes her look iconic.

 


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2. Drape Front Dress

There’s nothing more comfortable than a laid-back loose fitting dress. During pregnancy, it’s better to wear softer, stretchy and comfortable clothes, especially since the belly is not getting any smaller than it already is. On her Instagram, Lim mixed and matched the turquoise draped dress with a darker hue of embedded gladiator sandals that even makes running errands look glamorous!

 

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3. Crop Tops

Who says you can’t wear crop tops during pregnancy? Fashion is all about breaking norms and creating new looks. Lim shows off her black crop top paired with a stretchy high-waisted bow tie skirt that totally rocks her baby bump.

 



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4. Shirts-Tied-Around-the-Waist

This 90s trend has been poppin’ for the past couple years and it’s no exception for those going through maternity. Lim wrapped her denim jacket slightly around her waist, right below her adorable baby bump. Not only does it bring the fashionable aspect of the outfit, but also enhance the waist to look much slimmer.

 

 

– STORY BY MICHELLE KIM. 
All photos courtesy of Chriselle Lim’s Instagram and blog, The Chriselle Factor. 

 

 

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3 Ways To Upgrade Your Skin Care Regimen, Korean Style

 

Your skin feeling a little … meh? Are you bored with your basic skin care regimen of wash, moisturize, sunscreen? Or have you been fairly diligent about your skin care routine, but feel like the results have plateaued and need a little boost?

Well, look no further than to the skin care experts of the world — Korean women. They’ve nailed the 17-step skin care regimen, made BB cream a household name and mastered the no makeup-makeup look. In fact, they’re so far advanced in their skin care, they make us Americans look like Neanderthals.

Thankfully, we’ve got three easy ways for you to upgrade your skin care regimen. Make these switches and you’re bound to get some of that glow back into your complexion.

 

1. Bored with BB cream? Try the AIR CUSHION.

 

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When Korean cosmetic brand Dr. Jart+ debuted its BB cream to the U.S. market in 2011, it caused a sensation. Every cosmetic company rushed to put out its own version of BB cream and every alphabetic permutation thereof (CC and DD, anyone?). Now there are BB creams at every price point and in a much wider range of shades. But women in Korea are so beyond BB cream at this point; they’re obsessed with something even better (and no, it’s not EE or FF).

Enter the Air Cushion. The first one, Color Control Cushion Compact Broad Spectrum SPF 50+, was introduced by venerable Korean brand AmorePacific last year, but didn’t really take off. This summer, however, with all eyes on Iope (the Korean cosmetic line was featured prominently in the hit K-drama My Love From the Stars), their Air Cushion XP just exploded.

Inspired by a sponge-like “parking stamp,” the Air Cushion solved the problem of having to reapply sunscreen every two to three hours for effectiveness. Press on the sponge with a special ruby cell puff, which holds 1.6 times more water than a synthetic latex puff, and simply “stamp” (don’t smear or rub) on the liquid sunscreen onto your face, on top of your makeup. Since it’s tinted, the product blends in well even if you have foundation or powder. And a bonus: the Air Cushion imparts a perfectly mul gwang (“water sheen complexion” — that chok chok wet look Korean stars favor) look with one application.

Wanna try it out for yourself? Check out some of our favorites here.

 

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2. Toner too tight? Switch to a HYDRATING LOTION.

 

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A hydrating lotion — sometimes called “skin lotion” or just “lotion” — is different from the toner that we here in the States may have grown up with: that harsh, alcohol-based liquid we swept over skin with a cotton ball to wipe off any residual makeup that our cleanser may have missed. Rather, “lotion” is a post-cleansing hydrator, usually applied by sprinkling into hands and pressing the palms over the face to ensure proper penetration. Not only does it hydrate, it preps skin so that subsequent treatments can more effectively penetrate skin’s top layer, allowing all those expensive serums and creams to work more effectively with less.

Lucky for us in the States, we  don’t have to fly to Korea to get a hydrating lotion onto your bathroom shelf. Asian skincare companies available in the States already have a hydrating lotion in their line, and recognizing the brilliance of Asian skincare products, a number of non-Asian companies are coming out with their own versions. With a broad price range, these lotions are something everyone can get on board with. Check out some of our favorite hydrating lotions at all price ranges here.

 

 

3. Mask feeling meh? Go for a HYDROGEL MASK.

 

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When we think of old-school masks, we may think of thick, green-colored goo that we smear on our face while we wait for it to dry into a crusty mess. But that’s so 1980s. In Korea, sheet masks elevated the mask game, with cotton masks made to fit your face, complete with eye, nose and mouth cut-outs, infused with all manner of skin care ingredients. Apply for 20 minutes and your skin is left glowing, plumped and hydrated.

And while sheet masks are gaining popularity now in the States, a true skin care baller forgoes paper or cotton for the next evolution in sheet masks: a hydrogel mask.

A hydrogel mask or gel mask (Koreans pronounce “gel” with a hard “g”), “is made of polymers that are very absorbent and hold water against your skin,” says Jessica Wu, M.D., Los Angeles dermatologist and Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology at USC Keck School of Medicine. “The mask traps water more effectively than a sheet mask because water evaporates more slowly from a hydrogel mask.” It feels different, too — like a solidified gelatin that is “more flexible and conforms to your face better than many cloth or paper sheet masks,” says Wu.

A favorite of Dr. Wu’s is Dr. Jart+ Water-Full Hydrogel Mask ($9). We like Korean brand Missha’s Prime 24K gold Collagen Caviar Hydro-gel Mask, about $22 for 3, which has a nice golden hue, so you look a little less freaky as you soak in the benefits. For a real upgrade, try When Mask, $28 for 4, which is made of a more eco-friendly bio-cellulose material — the fit is unsurpassed.

 

New York Fashion Week Recap: Zang Toi

 

New York Fashion Week is well underway and contributor Mariana Leung’s got the inside scoop on the shows. Here, her recap of Zang Toi’s Spring 2015.

Fashion Week favorite Zang Toi celebrated 25 years in business with his Spring 2015 collection.

While the designer has often looked to exotic global locations as his inspiration, his silver anniversary collection used America as his muse; he wanted to pay tribute to the country that embraced him. He showed day looks in his favorite color combination of black and ivory. He then used bright emerald, red and purple as a throwback to the colors from his first season.

The highlights of the Zang Toi show were the evening looks of the show. My favorites were ballgowns featuring beautiful silk print that depicted giant blooms of orchids. There were even a few styles that featured heavily beaded/jewel encrusted patterns that showed classic glamour.

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––Story and photos by Mariana Leung, publisher of MsFabulous.com

3-D Printed Superhero Prosthetics For Children

 

A lot of kids dream about being a superhero right? Well, a non-profit organization called E-Nabling The Future, which designs and prints prosthetic fingers and hands for people in need, is utilizing 3-D printing to get some children one step closer to that dream. The idea behind the project is simple enough: Why have a plain prosthetic arm when you can have Wolverine claws attached to them? At least that was how Aaron Brown felt.

Brown, a 3-D printing enthusiast in Michigan, volunteers for E-Nabling The Future alongside others volunteers including engineers, physical therapists, designers, and people who are simply interested in the development and creation of low-cost prosthetic limbs for children. Brown introduced the modified prosthetic during the Grand Rapids Maker Faire and (as expected) it was an absolute hit. As Huffington Post very correctly points out, “Just because you’re missing a hand, doesn’t mean you can’t be a superhero.”

“People’s faces just lit up!” Brown said in an interview. “The kids went crazy over it. And don’t worry … the claws aren’t sharp! They are rounded plastic and just stick on and off with velcro.”

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Recently, 3-year-old Rayden “Bubba” Kahae got to experience becoming a superhero (the E-Nabling way). Kahae was born with Amniotic Band Syndrome, which caused his right hand to develop without fingers. Thanks to E-Nable, he now has an Iron Man prosthetic hand.

Best of all, the prosthetic was within the family’s budget. Other commercially-made prosthetic hands can cost upwards of $40,000, but Kahae’s 3-D printed Iron Man hand only cost $50 to build and was sent to him for free.

 

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New York Fashion Week Recap: Vivienne Tam

 

New York Fashion Week is well underway and contributor Mariana Leung’s got the inside scoop on the shows. Here, her recap of Vivienne Tam’s Spring 2015.

 

Vivienne Tam is a master at mixing traditional Chinese themes and interpreting them in contemporary techniques. For spring 2015, the designer took her inspiration from the Forbidden City in China. Specifically, she referenced motifs found in historical artwork and handicrafts and executed them onto her collection in high-tech fabrics.

Landscapes and nature patterns, like waves and clouds, were printed onto handbags and blouses. Birds, flowers and trees were embroidered onto athletic fabrics like power mesh. Printed neoprene was cut and appliqued onto other fabrics in a bright modern effect.


This season also saw Vivienne Tam trying her hand at wearable tech. There were handbags that charged your phone when you put it inside. Unlike many of the clunky pieces that many tech companies produced, the accessories on the runway were so stylish, fans would be happy to buy them on design alone, and the functionality would just be a big bonus.

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––Story and photos by Mariana Leung, publisher of MsFabulous.com

 

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“Big Bang Theory” Meets Bollywood: Kunal Nayyar Teaches Conan Bollywood Dance Moves

 

There are many reasons to love Big Bang Theory‘s Kunal Nayyar who plays Rajesh “Raj” Koothrappali. When we met Nayyar in the summer of 2013, we learned that he’s quite unlike his socially awkward character, Raj. In fact, he had us laughing the entire photo shoot.

Now in 2014, it appears he still has people on the floor laughing. Recently, the 33-year-old Indian British actor appeared on Conan to say that he would love the opportunity to be in a Bollywood film one day.

Of course, you can’t go on a show like Conan and expect not to show off some dance moves after a statement like that. Luckily, Nayyar was ready. He very enthusiastically instructed O’Brien and Andy Richter to get on their feet so he could teach them some popular Bollywood dance moves.

“It’s difficult to do by the way. It’s not easy to commit to singing and dancing. Commit to ‘Hey we’re having a conversation and now I’m singing to you. Now I’m in love with you and I’m swinging around a tree.’ It’s hard to do you know?” Nayyar jokes.

Check out the segment below.

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