Fashion News Alert: Naomi Osaka’s and Megan Thee Stallion’s Sports Illustrated Swimwear Cover, Fashion Brands Distance from Kris Wu, and New York Men’s Day Is Back

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Naomi Osaka and Megan Thee Stallion grace multiple covers of the new Sports Illustrated Swimwear issue along with trans model Leyna Bloom. This three-cover issue is a precedent for Sports Illustrated Swimwear.

There are other precedents in this issue. Osaka is the first black athlete to grace the cover, Megan Thee Stallion is the first rapper to be on the cover, and Bloom is the first transgender model to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimwear.

This diversity and inclusion in this groundbreaking issue was intentional. “If there’s one thing that our cover models have in common, it’s that they don’t have one thing in common,” she said. “They look different, have different upbringings, have different passions and inspirations. But each is a reminder that beauty comes in many forms,” explained Sports Illustrated editor-in-chief MJ Day, as reported in

There are 25 other diverse models in the current issue of Sports Illustrated Swimwear. The issues hit newsstands on July 22.

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NYMD returns

New York Men’s Day (NYMD) returns to New York Fashion Week (NYFW). Instead of it being an entity attached to the now defunct New York Fashion Week: Mens (NYFWM), NYMD is now attached to NYFW, presenting its menswear designers on the first day, September 8, of NYFW.

NYMD also has a new venue, Canoe Studios. NYMD will present two new emerging designers in addition to the other eight menswear designers on the roster. Menswear designers presenting include A.Potts (genderless) Carter Young (menswear), Chelsea Grays (menswear), KoH T (menswear & womenswear), ONYRMRK (menswear), Stan (genderless), Teddy Vonranson (menswear),  and the STOLEN GARMENT (gender neutral). William Frederick (genderless) and FRIED RICE (genderless) are presenting for the first time.

John Legend will present his footwear collaboration with Sperry during NYMD. Sperry is also one of the sponsors of NYMD along with Watchfinder & Co, the resource for pre-owned luxury watches.

“We are thrilled to be bringing NYMD back to in-person events this September during New York Fashion Week,” Erin Hawker of Agentry PR says, as reported in  “It has been an interesting learning experience during the COVID-19 global pandemic, as we navigated digital showings for our designers. We are excited to incorporate what we have learned in the past and put forward an experience like no other in-person activation this season. Our mission remains the same, to provide a platform and voice for emerging new talent to be discovered. We could not have done this without the support of our existing and current sponsors, and partnerships that share our vision. Allowing us to showcase physical events locally and the ability to reach a global network digitally, NYMD continues to propel forward and evolve with time.” 

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Trouble for Kris Wu

More fashion brands have dropped Kris Wu or are suspending collaborations with the Chinese pop idol since allegations of sexual abuse have come out. Louis Vuitton, Bulgari, and Porsche have joined other fashion brands that are putting a distance between themselves and Wu. Lancome announced that their partnership with Wu expired in June.

On Sunday, Chinese news portal NetEase reported that 19-year old student Du Meizhu accused Wu of date-raping her. Du contends that Wu attempted to buy off her silence after the date rape by offering her 500,000 RMB ($77,100). Du Meizhu plans to go ahead with legal proceedings against Kris Wu. On social media Wu has denied the allegations.

Since Du Meizhu has come forward, other alleged victims have come forward. Wu, as well as his staff, have been accused of questionable actions, such as inviting young females to alcohol-induced karaoke parties with the Chinese pop star.

“I only met Miss Du once at a friend’s gathering, I didn’t ply her with alcohol … I have never ‘coerced women into sex’ or engaged in ‘date rape’,” the megastar also known as Wu Yifan, wrote on Monday.

—William S. Gooch

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