• A new day means a new report of retail racial profiling in New York City. ‘Treme’ actor (and fellow Prep for Prep alum!) Rob Brown has stepped forward to share his personal story of racial profiling, when he was in Macy’s purchasing a $1,350 gold Movado watch. He says he was “paraded” through the retailer’s Herald Square flagship in handcuffs, after police insisted that his credit card was fake. Insisted! “They just knew my card was fake,” he said at a press conference. “And ‘you’re going to jail,’ that’s what I kept hearing. ‘We do this all the time, you card is fake, and you’re going to jail.” Brown was compelled to tell his story after hearing about Trayon Christian, a 19-year-old student who was arrested after purchasing a $349 Salvatore Ferragamo belt from Barneys back in April. Nursing student Kayla Phillips was ambushed by undercover cops after she bought a $2500 Céline bag from the retailer in February. Al Sharpton has called for a boycott of Barneys New York. “We’ve gone from stop-and-frisk to shop-and-frisk,” he said this weekend. (Reuters, CBS News
• You average and homely looking girls out there might not feel great about your appearance when you gaze upon gorgeous models in fashion magazines, but rest assured: you don’t feel as bad about being ugly as Doutzen Kroes feels about making you feel ugly. “Sometimes it makes me feel guilty now that I am in this profession that makes certain girls insecure,” the Victoria’s Secret beauty, told Page Six. “I always say, I don’t look like the picture . . . If you put me in bad light with no hair and makeup, it’s not good . . . I wake up sometimes like, this is not what I see when I look at the magazine, who is this visitor in the bathroom?” Poor thing. But I’m sure she can wipe away her pretty girl tears with her next Victoria’s Secret paycheck. (Page Six)
• The blackface train didn’t stop with this weekend’s Disco Africa fête. Julianne Hough tried some on for size this weekend when she dressed up as Orange is The New Black‘s Crazy Eyes. After being called out by several media outlets for the insensitive attire, Hough took to Twitter to express how sorry she was for
not giving a damn in the first place offending anyone. “I am a huge fan of the show Orange is the New black, actress Uzo Aduba, and the character she has created. It certainly was never my intention to be disrespectful or demeaning to anyone in any way. I realize my costume hurt and offended people and I truly apologize.” Ah, the old “I didn’t mean to offend anyone be being offensive” apology. Sigh. When will people learn that it is inflammatory to paint yourself brown at all? #stopit (HuffPost)
• It seems we can’t go a month without another epic rant from Kanye West! The rapper’s latest took place on the Las Vegas stop of his ‘Yeezus’ tour, in which he vented some more about his unfair treatment in fashion and culture at large, ironically, providing more material with which to lampoon him. First, he gives a few words on that infamous Tommy Ton photo of West with
• In other Kanye news, if you’re in Los Angeles looking for some swag from the ‘Yeezus’ tour, head on over to Melrose Avenue, where you will find a pop up shop, created by West and friends, nestled right next to his boo Kim’s DASH boutique. (The YBF)
• A fabulously reclined Naomi Campbell chatted with Jonathan Ross about The Face, anger management (which she claims she made famous,) and her party girl past: “Whatever I’ve done in my life—drugs, sex, rock and roll—I’ve enjoyed my life. I’m happy where I am today. I don’t want to go back,” she said. “I came to a realization at 29 that I didn’t like myself the way I was. And that was it.” Watch the full interview above.