Fashion News Alert: Racial Slurs at Paris Couture Fashion Week, Ashley Graham and Covergirl, and Kim Kardashian Launches Valentine Fragrances

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When is racially sensitive language, sometimes found in hip-hop lyrics, improper and politically incorrect when used outside of hip hop? Well, apparently that cross- pollination of language sparked outrage when Russian fashion designer Ulyana Sergeenko sent a bouquet of roses with an attached card that contained a racial slur during the current Paris Couture Fashion Week to her friend Miroslava Duma.According to, Duma posted an Instagram image of herseflf with the bouquet of roses and note quoting the title of a Kanye West and Jay-Z song, “Niggas in Paris”. “To my niggas in Paris,” the card read.

Supermodel Naomi Campbell denounced Sergeenko on social media proclaiming that, “this better not be real.” Sergeenko responded by saying the ‘N Word’ is used among her friends, “when we want to believe that we are just as cool as these guys who sing it.” Mira is a dear friend and even the fact that she so naively posted my private card on social media means that we meant nothing wrong.”

Duma later made a formal apology, saying, “The word is utterly offensive and I regret promoting it and am very sorry. “I detest racism or discrimination of any kind.”

Hmm, really, many will beg to differ. Hindsight is always 20/20.

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Legendary Ashley

Supermodel Ashley Graham continues her industry proliferation. Ashley has landed her first major Revlon beauty contract along with top models Adwoa Aboah, Imaan Hammam, and Raquel Zimmermann who front Revlon’s ‘Live Boldly’ campaign.

I am thrilled to be part of this timely and groundbreaking campaign with different types   of women across races, ages and sizes, and to leverage this platform to continue to create positive change,” said Graham in a statement. “To ‘Live Boldly’ is the mantra of my life. Every day in the mirror I say to myself, ‘I am bold, I am brilliant, I am beautiful,’ and together with Revlon, we can inspire all women to do the same.”

According to Revlon, the four models were selected based on their desire to live boldly evidenced in their political and cultural activism. Graham has long been an body image activist; Zimmerman and Hammam have embraced environmentalism and broken racial and diversity barriers, while Adwoa Aboah founded ‘Gurls Talk,’an online platform that offers young women a space to discuss topics such as female identity, mental illness, addiction, sexuality and racial diversity.

The past couple of years has been groundbreaking for Ashley Graham with her walking in Michael Kors show, landing her first Vogue cover and Sports Illustrated Swimwear cover and being the 10th highest paid model in 2017, according to Forbes.

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Kim continues to expand

Kim Kardashian continues to expand her empire. Kim is releasing a trio of fragrances in time for Valentine’s Day. She announced this on Instagram on the KKW fragrance account.

Kim K’s triptych of fragrances has the monikers ‘BFF’, ‘BAE,’ and ‘Ride Or Die’ and comes in candy-colored, heart-shaped vials. These new fragrances are collaborations between Kim K and her emoji brand Kimoji.

Last June, Kim K launched her KKW beauty line that contained ‘Crystal Gardenia,’ ‘Crystal Gardenia Oud’ and ‘Crystal Gardenia Citrus’ perfumes. The fragrances sold out in a couple days and it is expected a similar result for Kim K’s new trio of fragrances.

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