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• You wouldn’t know it if you watch (or don’t watch) the news, but Africa’s economy is growing at an astounding rate, and brands are starting to take notice. MAC Cosmetics has its eye on the continent’s fastest-growing economies, and has even begun to expand their already-extensive foundation shades to accommodate all the beautiful tones of black skin. And just as Africa is not a monolith, neither are the makeup trends amongst the women who live there: according to Karen Buglisi, global brand president of MAC, in Nigeria, “They want trend, they want fashion, they want luxury,” for example. Zambian and Botswanan women prefer a more conservative look. The African middle class, particularly in Nigeria, is on the rise and beauty brands are looking to tap into those burgeoning markets. Estée Lauder reports that Tom Ford fragrances, and MAC are their bestselling brands on the continent, despite their high price points. L’Oreal is also looking to African expansion, but they admit that it’s going to take some time. “It’s going to be a slow game. I don’t think it’s going to be an overnight success,” Geoff Skingsley, executive vice president at L’Oreal told WWD. “The majority of these markets are economically stable and have a lot of natural wealth and they also have a stronger middle class than they had a generation ago. The whole continent is interesting. Right now, it’s very uneven. But if you pick the right spots, they have a lot of potential.” How wonderful that these companies are beginning to realize that black women exist, have money, and are willing to spend it on looking good! (WWD)



• After being forced by the legal powers-that-be, the Kardashians have renamed their ‘Khroma Beauty’ line to ‘Kardashian Beauty.’ The sisters three found themselves in a cauldron of hot water when two small beauty brands (Kroma Makeup and Chroma Beauty Studio) claimed the ‘Khroma Beauty’ name was causing brand confusion. Lee Tillett, Inc.’s Kroma Makeup actually took the Kardashians to court, where a judge ruled that indeed, the almost-identical name would damage to the already-established mom-and-pop brand. After placing an injunction against the reality stars’s emerging label, the Kardashians have decided to go with the name they probably should have chosen in the first place.(WWD)



• Some good news in the wake of last month’s Bangladesh garment building collapse: a woman who was trapped for two weeks in the rubble has (rather miraculously) been rescued. Reshma was found in the basement of the complex, (possibly in a prayer room) for 17 days. She says she was able to find  food and water in the wreckage, which kept her alive these past two weeks. Her provisions ran out two days ago, but luckily, rescuers were able to locate her and pull her from the rubble. Glad to hear at least one uplifting story from this tragedy! (NYT)


Be sure to pick up your copy of Vanity Fair next month– the magazine’s July issue will publish the first in-depth interview with John Galliano since his infamous drunken ‘I love Hitler’ rant. There are no real details as to the content of the article yet, as the magazine is not at liberty to confirm or deny any upcoming stories. The contents of the interview are so shrouded in mystery, than even Galliano’s publicist Liz Rosenberg doesn’t know (or so she claims) what’s in it.  “I haven’t seen the article. I don’t know if there’s a slant,” she relayed to WWD. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see! (WWD)



• It seems the folks at Vogue are committing to the health initiative they launched last year by placing noted swimsuit model Kate Upton on their June 2013 cover. Upton, who the magazine describes as having bigger boobs than the models they usually feature “killer curves” dons a bathing suit to match the summer-themed issue. Thoughts? (Vogue)

• Speaking of Vogue, it seems the editors of their digital edition were none too pleased with the floral printed Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci frock Kim Kardashian wore to the Met Gala. In a roundup of the ‘best dressed’ of the night, Kanye West was included in his Givenchy tux, but Ms. Kardashian was noticeably cropped out of the picture. Shady boots! (


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