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Gender-Fluid Model Elliott Sailors Sees A Brighter Future For Fashion

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Elliott is wearing a Milly romper and top and a Versus Versace top and shoes. Photo by Daniel Rosenthal.

“It’s on each of us in the industry to take responsibility for how it goes”

It's 2018, and it’s not that shocking to see a gender-fluid model walk down the runway—Gucci, anyone? And yet, for anyone who's been following fashion for more than just a few seasons, the change in what's acceptable when it comes to dismantling fashion's embrace of the gender binary is actually pretty revolutionary and really quite recent. Just ask model Elliott Sailors, whose almost-two-decade-long modeling career has taken many interesting turns, including one that took them from women's runways to men's and back again. This might seem like a dramatic step, but, if you ask Sailors, it was the most natural thing in the world.

"After cutting my hair," Sailors says, referencing their very public buzzcut in 2012, "I just got a lot more men’s work than women’s, and didn’t put an emphasis on getting work in women’s wear at that time. [To me,] it was obviously more new and exciting to do men’s.”

At first, Sailors says, it wasn't a big deal—at least not within the industry. But once the media latched onto the story, Sailors found that it was becoming harder and harder to book jobs, because some brands wondered if Sailors was wielding her gender fluidity as a publicity stunt, while other brands simply wanted to shy away from the media narrative.

And it wasn't just brands that were wary of Sailors, who says they were also criticized by the LGBTQ community, and still questions whether or not gender fluidity is fully embraced within it. “I think the queer community still has a long way to go in validating bisexual, sexually fluid, nonbinary, and gender-fluid people," they say, adding, "However, I do think that the U.S., in general, is doing a much better job of understanding LGBTQ+ people as a whole, and that my haircut from six years ago would certainly never gain any media attention today—it's become more normalized.”

But in much the same way that some greeted Sailors with skepticism as they walked both women's and men's runways, now people are questioning whether or not this normalization of gender fluidity is also merely a trend. While it's difficult to deny that there's plenty to be cynical about when it comes to fashion, Sailors doesn’t think that inclusivity is a passing fad—and even if brands try to make it so, it's our responsibility to guarantee that doesn't happen. Sailors says, “It’s our job as consumers to speak up; inclusivity of the spectrum will continue with gender, size, ableism, and race as we as buyers continue to respond positively to the inclusivity, and ask for more.”

Sailors has encountered difficulties in other aspects of the fashion industry too, having experienced an alarming number of sexual advances throughout their career. But Sailors thinks that the industry is making positive steps forward in terms of combating misogyny, and says, “I think that with the work of The Model Alliance, things are improving in the fashion industry. The RESPECT Program is gaining more traction and makes a tremendous difference as fashion publications, agencies, and other members of the industry also accept responsibility for the rights and safety of models and of each other.”

Another way Sailors thinks fashion is changing for the better is through the rise of social media. They say, “I think social media has played a huge role in creating safer spaces—being honest about what isn’t working and asking for more of what we want." Sailors, though, cautions, "It’s so important that we continue to go out of our way to keep being authentic in how we represent ourselves. It can be hard, too, because there are those who don’t respond well to us when we’re vulnerable and put ourselves out there in this way, but I think it’s easier when we look at it as more of something we do for others than for ourselves—we continue to speak in order to create safer spaces.”

While the industry is certainly a much different place than it was when Sailors first walked onto the scene, they feel that there’s much more to be done: “The industry is getting safer, models are getting braver in speaking out, and there are a lot more opportunities for models to feel safe in speaking up, but we still have a long way to go. It’s on each of us in the industry to take responsibility for how it goes."

Photographer: Daniel Rosenthal
Model: Elliott Sailors
Stylist: Tiffani Williams
Makeup: James Vincent
Hair: Netty Jordan

Elliott is wearing an Adam Selman coat, dress, and belt, and own earrings. Rings by Ayaka Nishi, Nina Berenato Jewelry, Indira NYC, and Avocet Jewelry. Photo by Daniel Rosenthal.

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Premiering today via NYLON

Small Talks, aka Cayley Spivey, has come a long way since starting a band, then becoming the entire band herself and forging her own fan base from the ground up. On her recent album A Conversation Between Us, she began to unpack any lingering baggage with one particular song: "Teeth." Today, she premieres the accompanying music video exclusively via NYLON.

"'Teeth' is about my personal battle with letting go of the past," Spivey tells NYLON, admitting that it's easily her favorite song off of A Conversation Between Us.

Watch the video for "Teeth" below.

Small Talks - Teeth (Official Music Video) - YouTube www.youtube.com

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Must have been pretty awkward

Taylor Swift and Sophie Turner were guests on the U.K.'s The Graham Norton Show together, which must have been awkward for Turner's husband, Joe Jonas, seeing as he also happens to be Swift's ex. I wonder if his name came up?

The interview doesn't come out until Friday night, but promotional photos show the two sharing a couch. Swift is making an appearance to perform her new single, "ME!" while Turner is promoting her new film, X- Men: Dark Phoenix. But it seems necessary for the two to be asked about Jonas.

Swift was just on the Ellen DeGeneres Show earlier this month, where she brought up the fact that she felt bad for putting Jonas "on blast" on DeGeneres' show back in 2008 by telling the audience that he broke up with her in a record-setting short phone call. But, according to Swift, she and Jonas are chill now, since it happened pretty long ago, which means she's probably already hung out with Turner and maybe even gossiped about him with her.

We can only hope that they get the chance to spill some tea on television.

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"That's! His! Auntie!"

Leslie Jones has rewatched the Game of Thrones finale with a beer in hand, Seth Meyers at her side, and a full camera crew ready to take in all her glorious reactions. Spoilers ahead, but, if you haven't watched last week's episode already, that's kind of on you at this point.

When Jon Snow started to make out with Daenerys, also known as his aunt, only to stab her through the chest moments later, it was emotional whiplash for everyone watching. And, Jones' reactions—both from her first and second viewing—sum it all perfectly.

"That's! His! Auntie! [gagging noises]," Jones says before making an aside about calling the police if her uncle ever tried to do the same. But then the knife goes in, and Jones screams. "Did you see that?!" Jones asks, "Yeah bitch, that's a knife in you." Meyers points out the funniest part of all: "Why are you so upset about someone kissing their aunt but totally fine with someone killing their aunt?" Jones replies, "Because that bitch needed to go," and, well, same.

Other highlights from the comedians' rewatch include comparing Dany's victory speech to a bad improv gig, predicting that their dogs would have less of a reaction to their deaths than Drogon did to his mother's, and more.

Watch all of Jones' reactions from this Late Night clip below.

Game of Jones: Leslie Jones and Seth Watch Game of Thrones' Series Finale youtu.be

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These lyrics are a lot

Robbie Tripp, aka Curvy Wife Guy, is back with a music video, titled "Chubby Sexy," starring his wife and a trio of models. In it, Tripp raps about his bold choice to find women with an average body size attractive.

The video begins with a series of statements laid over some pool water: "Curves are the new high fashion," "Chubby is the new sexy," "We Out Here." Tripp posits that these queens deserve an anthem, which they do. What they do not deserve is this Cursed Song. As he lists all the names he knows to call them by (thick, thicc, and BBW), one model (who I really, really hope was paid well) squirts some lotion down her cleavage, and Tripp begins dancing.

"My girl chubby sexy/ Call her bonita gordita," Tripp states in his chorus, before going on to compare "big booty meat" to the peach emoji. Another thing he mentions is that his wife can't find a belt that fits her waist, and that's why he calls her James and the Giant Peach. He then tries to dab. Here are some of the other Cursed highlights from his, uh, verses:

Got those Khaleesi curves/ Knows how to dragon slay
She like a dude that's woke/ We like a girl that's weighty
Some say a chubby girl that's risky/ But they ain't met a curvy girl that's frisky
Imma dunk that donk like I'm Andrew Wiggins.
Thick like an Amazon/ Built like Big Ben.

Tripp says one thing in the video that I couldn't agree more with: "She don't need a man." No, she does not. Please run. If you must, watch the entire video, below. Or send it to your nemesis!

Robbie Tripp - Chubby Sexy (Official Music Video) www.youtube.com

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See the promo here

It was bound to happen. The Kadashians and Jenners have committed themselves to letting the cameras roll on their lives, for better or for worse. So if you thought that the Jordyn Woods and Tristan Thompson cheating scandal was off limits, you thought wrong. The trailer for Sunday's episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians was just released, and it involves the famous family working through the fallout of what happened when Woods went to a party at Thompson's house.

The teaser includes the infamous clip of Khloé Kardashian screaming "LIAAAARRRRRR." It's still not explicitly clear who prompted that strong response. She could be responding to Thompson, who clearly isn't always honest. Or she could be reacting to Woods account of the events on Red Table Talk. But the most revealing moment comes when we see Kylie Jenner—who was Woods' best friend before all of this happened—react for the first time.

In a heart-to-heart conversation, momager Kris Jenner says, "For you and Jordyn, it's like a divorce." Kylie only offers this in response: "She fucked up." Based on Woods' version of events—which I'm inclined to believeThompson is the one who fucked up. Still, I'm hoping for some kind of reconciliation between the two longtime friends. Perhaps we'll have to wait until next season for that.

Check out the promo video below.

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