The Fashion Bomb News Breakdown: Beyoncé to Star in First Animated Feature Film, Iman Discusses Her Difficulties in the Beauty Biz, and The Devil Wears Prada Sequel on the Way

• Queen Creole is serious about getting back to business in 2012. The High Priestess of the Bayou is slated to star in the upcoming animated film, Epic. Ms. Knowles-Carter is cast (naturally) as Queen Tara, a role for which her flaw-free vocals are well suited. She will star alongside Colin Ferrell, Steven Tyler, Josh Hutcheson, Amanda Seyfried, Aziz Ansari, and more. I will definitely be in the theater for this one! (Deadline)

• Hipsters across the nation are up in arms, livid over the fact that Urban Outfitters is selling pro-Mitt Romney tees. Blog Brokelyn says this “too legit to Mitt” tee is “the only one you could get away with.”  Folks, I think we found something that is too ironic even for the mustachioed, tight jeaned, obscure music listening set. If you want to show your support for Mittens, you can get the tees here.  (Brokelyn via The Cut)

• At this year’s WWD Beauty Summit, supermodel Iman took the stage to discuss her struggles in trying to launch a cosmetics line catering to women of color. She says even after Iman Cosmetics became successful, major retailers were still hesitant to pick up the brand, because they didn’t think it would sell: “I approached the players — Wal-Mart, Target, Walgreens — and everybody knew about the brand and how successful it was, so everybody said yes to it. But then there was this, ‘Oh we’ll test it.’ Like I just started, like there was no customer base for it…It was a no-go. They wanted me to be placed at the back, which they considered, like it is, for the ethnic section, which I was totally against it for no other reason but ’cause also I never considered myself an ethnic brand.” (WWD)

Devil Wears Prada fans, rejoice! Lauren Weisberger is writing a sequel to the bestselling novel, aptly titled: Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns. Ooh. Look for it in April 2013. Right now, there are no plans for a Devil Wears Prada 2 movie, but I expect it couldn’t be too far off. (EW)


Sidney Toledano and John Galliano

Dior famously fired then creative director John Galliano last year, but according to president and chief executive of Dior, Sidney Toledano, profits for the brand went up about 30 percent. Does this mean Dior (as well as other luxury brands) might not even need a creative director? “I never considered that,” Toledano told the Financial Times. “I always thought we absolutely needed an artistic director. They, and their charisma, are what create breakthroughs. But you make choices about how you use that… The role of artistic director for a lifestyle brand – one that implies all the aspects of life such as vacation, sports, and so on – is different from the role of artistic director in a luxury brand. [They are] a shorthand to help consumers understand the brand, and to embody it.” (Vogue UK)

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