Posted in GQ, GQ British Magazine, GQ Magazine, Gracing Pages, magazine, newstands, photos, pictures, Rihanna

Gracing Pages: Unseen Photos of Rihanna in British GQ

Rihanna is the R&B sweetheart who bloomed into a multi-platinum pop bombshell. Check out GQ.com‘s exclusive photos from Simon Emmett‘s explosive shoot with the good girl gone bad after the jump.

To see more pictures and read the revelatory interview with the singer, buy the new issue of British GQ.

The January 2011 issue of British GQ is out now, priced £3.99.

Check out the sexy unseen photos of Rihanna below…

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Posted in 'Pink Friday', Gracing Pages, Jay Z, Kanye West, magazine, Nicki Minaj, YRB Magazine

Gracing Pages: Nicki Minaj Graces the Pages of YRB Magazine

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Nicki Minaj is being featured in the latest issue of YRB magazine. Inside she addresses the haters and opens up about her life. The photos look DOPE!!

Check out some excerpts from her interview after the jump….

On “Monster” Being The Pivotal Moment In Her Career
That has to be the breakout Nicki Minaj moment. That was my moment “People paid attention because of who was on it and because I held my own and I stayed true to my crazy animation, and it’s like I didn’t have to take my fun stuff out. I was able to incorporate Nicki Minaj on a record with Jay-Z and Kanye West. And I think people know that’s a difficult task in itself.”

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On Female Rappers Who Don’t Support Her
These girls aren’t mad at me. They’re mad at themselves,” she states, shooting down questions on why she never took Kim’s bait. “[It’s] jealousy, insecurity and being broke. When you haven’t capitalized and you see I’m about to capitalize on this sh*t like it’s never been done before, then you’re mad at yourself.

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On being afraid to release her album
I was so afraid to put out an album for fear of failure. I wanted to put my album out on Valentine’s Day of 2011. And my label was like, are you f*cking crazy?”

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On ‘Pink Friday’
I know that ‘Pink Friday’ is a classic album. I have never been this proud of anything in my life,” she says. “I just think that it’s such a dynamic body of work. I’m no longer afraid to drop it. Now, I know it’s time…..

Read the full interview over @ YRB Magazine.com.

Source: YRB

 

Posted in 'LaLa’s Full Court Wedding', 50 Cent, All On The Cover, Carmelo Anthony, Darius Baptist, Gracing Pages, JET Magazine, La La Vazquez, Mike Ruiz, NBA, Nikki Nelms, Sheika Daley, VH1, YRB Magazine

All On The Cover & Gracing Pages: La La Vasquez Covers JET and Graces the pages of YRB Magazine

La La Vazquez covers the new issue of JET magazine. She discusses her new reality series and says she is determined not to entertain the on-and-off-the-court drama that could potentially come with being an NBA wife to Carmelo Anthony. She dishes the inside scoop on life after marriage and the latest on her acting and producing projects, including her movie with rapper 50 Cent.

Make sure you check out the issue which will be out on stands Sept. 20 and the reality show, ‘LaLa’s Full Court Wedding’, starts Sunday on VH1. Will you be watching?

YRB spread after the jump….

OOH LA LA

La La is also gracing the pages of the Fall Fashion Issue of YRB magazine.

With a new show on VH1, production credits under her belt, a solid acting career and a bustling family life, Lala Vasquez has learned the art of mixing business with pleasure. And when it comes to her wardrobe, she’s right there on top with some of Fall’s hottest trends.

I love how the photos came out. She looks DOPE!!

Check out the photos from the spread below….

Laquan Smith puff sleeve jacket Thuy textured skirt Van Cleef& Arpel diamond earrings Roberto Coin tri-color diamond ring
Jovani cotton bustled shirt Jovani beaded vest American Apparel bodysuit Nicole Miller multi-strap boot AS Luxe silver bangles
Thuy printed dress DKNY textured stockings Sermoneta leather glovesCarolee diamond bracelets
Magalis Garcia ruffled top Magalis Garcia wool pant Cesare Paciotti suede/printed heels AS Luxe gold fringe bracelet Thuy gold ball braceletThuy gold beaded bracelet

Photography by Mike Ruiz
Styling by Darius Baptist
Hair by Nikki Nelms
Makeup by Sheika Daley

Source: YRB Magazine

Posted in 'Like a prayer', Currently Reading, Givenchy, Gracing Pages, Interview Magazine, Karl Templer, L’wren Scott, MADONNA, Marcus Piggott, Mert + Marcus, Mert Alas, newstands, photos, pictures, Versace

Gracing Pages: MADONNA Graces The Pages of Interview Magazine


MAGAZINE: Interview
NEWSTANDS: May 2010
MODELS: Madonna
PHOTOGRAPHER: Marcus Piggott, Mert Alas

WEBSITE: http://www.interviewmagazine.com/
NOTES: ‘Like a prayer’, Madonna shot by Mert + Marcus for Interview May 2010. Love her or hate her, the queen of pop nabs the cover of this month’s Interview photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. Taking on ensembles from the likes of Versace, L’wren Scott and Givenchy, the musician gets rebellious with the help of lace, leather and a few dangerous accessories styled by Karl Templer.

How has Madonna the singer, dancer, actress, writer, activist, shape-shifting re-inventor eternal controversialist, fashion icon, newly minted film director, and toned single mother of four, managed to become one of the most influential artists of multiple generations? By choosing “dare” every single time.

Here are some highlights from his interview.

GUS VAN SANT: Hey, Madonna.

MADONNA: Gus, is that you?

VAN SANT: Yes. I’m at my house in L.A., just reading the paper.

MADONNA: Are you living in L.A. now?

VAN SANT: I still live in Portland [Oregon], but I have a place in L.A., and I’m starting to work on this film down here.

MADONNA: You’re always working on a film.

VAN SANT: Usually.

MADONNA: But that’s what you do.

VAN SANT: It’s my habit. [laughs] I heard you’re going to Africa.

MADONNA: Yeah. I go to Malawi twice a year. It’s where two of my children were adopted from, and I have a lot of projects there that I go and check up on and children who I look after. It’s sort of a commitment that I’ve made to this country and the hundreds of thousands of children there who have been orphaned by AIDS. I made a documentary about it [I Am Because We Are, 2008], and it’s just become part of my life. I’m going to meet with Jeffrey Sachs [the economist]. I’m sure you’ve heard of him. He’s starting a global education initiative, and I’m going to be his Girl Friday, so to speak. We’re going to hold a press conference to talk about the school for girls that I’m building in Malawi. It’s kind of our way of making sure that every kid has a chance to have an education-more specifically girls, but boys as well. Girls, though, in a lot of developing countries don’t have the opportunity to go to school, nor are they encouraged to go to school, so what we’re doing is the beginning of a dream. But I’m going to Malawi for lots of reasons.

“I think it’s good to get into arguments with people and have them say, “That sucks” or “You’re crazy” or “That’s cheesy” or “What do you think of this?” If anything, it helps you understand what you believe. —Madonna

Seymour Stein is the person who signed me and gave me my first record deal, which was my only record deal… He was in the hospital, and he had me come in to visit him… He made me bring my boom box and play my music for him. He was laying there in bed in his boxer shorts and a wife-beater.—Madonna”

For more on MADONNA, check out the rest of her interview + watch the video at Interview Magazine.

Check out some more photos of Madonna below….














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Posted in "She Wolf", Currently Reading, Gracing Pages, Jackie Kennedy, Jessica Diehl, Michael Roberts, Music, newstands, October 2009, photography, photos, Photoshoot, Shakira, Vanity Fair, VF

Gracing Pages: Shakira Graces the Pages of Vanity Fair

[Shakira lounges in a dress by Gaultier Paris. Her ring is from Cartier.]

Magazine: Vanity Fair
Gracing: Shakira
Newstands: October 2009
Photographed by: Michael Roberts
Styled by: Jessica Diehl
Website: www.vanityfair.com
Notes:
Colombian-American singer Shakira adorn in fresh-off-the-runway couture for a sexy photo shoot for the Vanity Fair Magazine for the month of October 2009. She talks about her new music album “She Wolf” which is coming out in October. Jackie Kennedy is on the cover page of the magazine.

[Shakira sure knows how to wear that Armani Privé jacket.]

[Shakira in a stunning Valentino Haute Couture headpiece.]

[In the case of this Givenchy top, all that glitters is gold.]

[Shakira channels Bettie Page in Dior Haute Couture.]

[The She-Wolf gives us something to howl at in Chanel Haute Couture.]

Posted in Carter Smith, Celebrity News, Currently Reading, ELLE, Elle Magazine, ELLE US, fashion, Fashion News, Gracing Pages, Joe Zee, Justin Timberlake, newstands, photography, photos, September 2009, William Rast

Gracing Pages: Justin Timberlake Graces Elle US

Magazine: ELLE US
Newstands: September 2009
Gracing  Star: Justin Timberlake
Stylist: Joe Zee
Photographed by: Carter Smith
Website: www.elle.com
Notes: Justin Timberlake in a fashion spotlight for the September issue of American Elle Magazine, photographed by Carter Smith. Log on to elle.com for more info.

Posted in "Pony”, “Differences”, “In Those Jeans”, Currently Reading, Elgin Baylor, Ginuwine, Gracing Pages, Hip-Hop, J'Adore Magazine, King of Pop, Michael Jackson, newstands, photography, photos, Photoshoot, R&B

Gracing Pages: Ginuwine Graces J’Adore Magazine

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There are several stars in the music world who consistently radiate light. They become the envy of the men and rule the hearts of women. Multi-platinum R&B crooner Elgin Baylor aka Ginuwine is one such individual. The 33-year-old heartthrob is an absolute personification of his name and has returned to win over the hearts of fans once again. His sultry sex appeal is best remembered on Billboard hits such as “Pony,” “Differences,” and “In Those Jeans.”

Four years have passed since Ginuwine released his last full length project, 2005’s Back II Da Basics. His latest single “Last Chance” from his recently released new album, A Man’s Thoughts, marks the return to the familiar sound his fans have grown to love. As he confidently relays on the stellar new track, “If I only got one shot to win you, then call me Jordan, 4th quarter in ‘92,” he re-asserts that his persuasive vocals are indeed still on point. On a picturesque afternoon in Los Angeles, Ginuwine shares thoughts on his new album, the state of music today and why he needed to take a hiatus from the industry.

“Music is the key to everything,” Ginuwine says with a smile. “I saw Michael Jackson on the Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever Special in 1983 and the reaction he received inspired me to move people in the same way.” The Washington D.C. native would use that motivation to later become an impressionist of the King of Pop and perform in local talent shows with a group by the name Physical Wonder. After graduating from Forestville High School in 1993, he went on to earn a paralegal associate’s degree from Prince George’s Community College just in case his pursuits in music did not work out. However, Ginuwine was never worried; he knew he had a special gift. “I couldn’t live with myself if I didn’t try,” he explains.

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Source: J’Adore Magazine

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Posted in Celebrity Couples, Currently Reading, Eye Candy, GQ Magazine, Gracing Pages, Kim Kardashian, Reggie Bush, sexy

Gracing Pages: Kim Kardashian & Reggie Bush are Gracing the pages of GQ Magazine

Kim Kardashian and her “Eye Candy” boyfriend Reggie Bush are steaming up the pages in the new upcoming issue of GQ Magazine.

Check out the photos below….




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“They look sexy together. I think they make a great couple.”

Posted in Currently Reading, Gracing Pages, King Magazine, Melyssa Ford, models

Gracing Pages: Melyssa Ford Graces KING’s 50th!

Check out Melyssa Ford gracing the pages of KING Magazine’s 50th Issue in newstands now.

[Click on photo for a larger view.]

Source: KING Magazine

“She’s is looking super sexy!”

Posted in Alicia Keys, Althea Gibson, America Ferrera, Billie Holiday, Chanel Iman, Currently Reading, Dolores Huerta, First Lady, Glamour Magazine, Gracing Pages, LINDSAY LOHAN, MADONNA, Michelle Obama, Paula Patton

Gracing Pages: Glamour Magazine Honors American Icons

Paula Patton as Billie Holiday

Paula Patton as Billie Holiday

As an aspiring singer, Holiday suffered sexual abuse, struggled with a drug habit and encountered racism everywhere. But the late Lady Day—one of the first African American women to sing with an all-white orchestra—translated all of that pain into some of the most achingly personal songs ever recorded. (Download “Strange Fruit,” which she sang at her 1948 Carnegie Hall concert, and listen for yourself.)

“You can imagine that women at home hearing her songs on the radio felt her vocalizing their emotions and their struggles.”—Paula Patton, 33, of the upcoming drama Push, wearing Holiday’s trademark gardenia in her hair

Chanel Iman as Althea Gibson

Chanel Iman as Althea Gibson

After years of playing segregated tennis, the late Althea Gibson tore down the color barrier of competition in 1950, when, at age 23, she became the first African American to compete in major U.S. championships—and, in 1957, the first to win Wimbledon. In her crisp whites, “the Jackie Robinson of tennis,” as she was known, won 11 major titles.

“She showed women…you can be sweaty, be gorgeous and do a great job.”—Chanel Iman, 19, cohost of MTV’s House of Style.

America Ferrera as Dolores Huerta

America Ferrera as Dolores Huerta

A fierce advocate for migrant farmers, Huerta cofounded, with César Chávez, what became the United Farm Workers of America. In 1975 she played a critical role in enacting policies that allowed workers to bargain for better wages and conditions. Today, at age 79, Huerta continues to be active—last year she campaigned for Hillary Clinton’s presidential run.

“She saw her own opinion and voice as [something as] powerful as any man’s.”—America Ferrera, 25, of ABC’s Ugly Betty, holding a sign that reads “strike” in Spanish

Lindsay Lohan as Madonna

Lindsay Lohan as Madonna

In 1984 Madonna told American Bandstand host Dick Clark that her dream was to “rule the world.” Months later she was on her way—her album Like a Virgin skyrocketed to number one on the Billboard charts. She’s been a pop-culture powerhouse ever since, and last year, Sticky & Sweet was the highest-grossing tour by a solo artist ever.

“When I was little, every day after school I would come home and put in her The Immaculate Collection disc and karaoke to it around the whole house.”—Lindsay Lohan, 22, of the upcoming film Labor Pains, re-creating Madonna’s 1984 MTV Video Music Awards performance of “Like a Virgin”

Alicia Keys as First Lady Michelle Obama

Alicia Keys as First Lady Michelle Obama

Not only is Obama the first African American filling the position, but she’s already making best-dressed headlines for a style that ranges from couture to J.Crew. Raised in Chicago, Obama, 45, powered on to Princeton and Harvard Law School before beginning a career during which she met, mentored and married our current President. Hail to our newest smart, opinionated, chic First Lady!

“She has worked hard for everything she’s accomplished, and done so with grace and humility. So many women and girls can identify with her story.”—Alicia Keys, 28, whose most recent album is As I Am.

Source: Glamour Magazine

“These images are amazing!” I’m going outt o buy this issue. This is going to be one-of-a-kind.” For more on the magazine check out Glamour.com.