Kate Upton has snagged yet another Vogue cover this time British Vogue's 2013 January edition. The blond has been ridiculed for not being the "typical" fashion model type, but is proving that she can make it with the best of them. Getting any Vogue cover is considered to be monumental for any models career.
The magazine's editor, Alexandra Shulman says that they wanted to choose a curvier model for the New Year. She added they wanted to kick off the year with a young woman who isn't your "stereotypical fashion model." Congrats to Kate for making strides for curvy models everywhere!
Rihanna is never one to shy away from her feminine sexuality and she continues to do just that. Outtakes from her very raw and nearly naked GQ photoshoot have been released and it shows the singer topless laying across a maroon recliner eluding lots of unrelenting sex appeal. Shot by photographer, Mario Sorrenti, Rihanna invokes femininity and raw sexuality as she told the magazine that she likes a man to "take the lead" in relationships. She recently spent Thanksgiving with on-again-off-again boytoy Chris Brown, who a few days ago deleted his Twitter after getting into a heated Twitter beef with comedian Jenny Johnson. There is never a dull moment ir RiRi and CB world. Check out Ri's GQ outtakes below!!!!
Rihanna has been never one to shy away from showing her off her curvaceous body and she leaves nothing to the imagination for her December 2012 GQ US cover. The singer shows off her toned physique with little more than a tiny black jacket that sits on her shoulders. She told the magazine that she likes a man to be in charge in relationships and she likes to feel like a woman. She added that she likes to be in control in every aspect of her life so in a relationship she likes to step back and let the man take the lead. Rihanna finished with her album "Unapologetic" and is set for a November 19th release!
Bar Rafaelilooks smokin in the 2012 December issue of GQ Germany. The beautiful supermodel showed off her curves and toned body in an array of daring, barely-there pieces. The editorial was shot by famed photographer, Simon Emmet. The shoot was seductive, high-fashion, and chic!
Cassie Ventura will be releasing her up-and-coming sophomore LP and hits up GQ magazine in a sizzling spread, which hits stands Friday. She tells the magazine, its been to long (since she released her first album) and she has got to start over. She released her first album six years ago. She added that she would like to stay popular, but if she was only an underground artist, she would be ok with that. She has always been rumored to be Diddy's girlfriend, but they have not publically came out to say it. This past weekend, however via twitter, both tweeted admiration for one another.
Denzel Washington covers the October 2012 edition of GQ Magazine. He is arguably one of Hollywood's most celebrated actors, known for his superior acting chops as well as his debonair looks. After decades in the game, he shows he's got the same ole sex appeal that has made women of all colors swoon over the legendary actor. The actor spoke with the magazine about everything that is acting from who has influenced him to discussing playing the role of Malcom X. Check out some excerpts from the interview:
What's your first memory of being onstage?
I was around 7, 8, whatever I was. We did a talent show at the Boys Club. Me and another guy, Wayne Bridges—God rest his soul—he's the father of Chris Bridges, Ludacris. We decided to be the Beatles. So we went to John's Bargain Store and bought fake guitars and wigs and did "I Want to Hold Your Hand."
Is there an actor who has influenced you?
There's a scene in The Godfather II. De Niro's in a theater. And he's looking back. It's just a look. I don't think I've ever imitated another actor, but there's nothing wrong with learning from them.
What is the first movie that you recall?
King Kong. The Wizard of Oz was a big one. I remember Caged, these women in prison. I liked that one. But I wasn't a movie buff. Never thought about the movies. When I was in my teens, it was movies like Shaft or Superfly. I wanted to be like those guys. But I never thought about being an actor, ever. I wanted to be Jim Brown or Gale Sayers, not Sidney Poitier. When I started acting, there weren't any big black movie stars. There was a little Billy Dee Williams and some Richard Pryor. That was it.
Are there any roles you've turned down that you regret?
Seven and Michael Clayton. With Clayton, it was the best material I had read in a long time, but I was nervous about a first-time director, and I was wrong. It happens.
And you wanted a part in Platoon?
That and Full Metal Jacket. They were like, "Well, [Kubrick] doesn't send out his scripts." I was like, "Well, then what do you want me to do?" Platoon, I wanted to play the part Willem Dafoe played.
Do you have any code you live by?
I read from the Bible every day, and I read my Daily Word. I read something great yesterday. It said, "Don't aspire to make a living. Aspire to make a difference."
In some ways, you're a cipher. There's not much you put out there.
But that's not my job to put stuff out there. Sidney Poitier told me this years ago: "If they see you for free all week, they won't pay to see you on the weekend, because they feel like they've seen you. If you walk by the magazine section in the supermarket and they've known you all their life, there's no mystery. They can't take the ride." My professional work is being a better actor. I don't know how to be a celebrity.
So if they want to see you that way—
I've got my own things that I will and won't do, but it's not because I "carry the weight of the African-American something" or whatever. I can't. I'm an actor. First of all, I don't take myself that seriously. I take what I do seriously, and I try to do a good job.
To read the full interview, you can check out GQ October 2012 edition. Having Denzel Washington on GQ was a good choice!
Kate Upton has to be the model face of 2012 being featured on Sports Illustrated, Muse and a host of other popular mags, so it was just a matter of time before she landed the mother of men's magazine covers GQ. The photo was released for the July cover and Kate is doing what she does best, posing in a sexy manner in a bikini top. In the magazine, Kate talks wearing bikinis and the best thing she had done since becoming famous.
“I grew up in Florida riding horses, so for the majority of my life I was either in boots and jeans or a bathing suit. I understand why my male followers like me.… It’s like any job. You find your strengths and play them up."
"For the GQ photo shoot, we were on that ride where the seat spins while the actual ride is spinning, and I'm wearing a one-piece. And all of a sudden the whole entire top falls off! I'm holding myself, laughing, turning bright red, but a lot of people are watching, so they kicked us out of the Santa Monica Pier—it was so embarrassing…You wouldn't think that would happen with a one-piece!"
The cover, of course, is racy to say the least, and is sure to cause some upheaval. The edition is celebrating the Fourth of July and probably sure to be a best-seller! The edition goes on sale June 26, 2012
Many people have been raving about the comeback of D'Angelo and the June GQ 2012 interview. GQ has released more outakes of the interview that didn't make the cut. With all the noise that this interview is making, we can't wait to see D back on the stage! Read some of the excerpts.
On how the "fame cycle" of the music business set D'Angelo back:
The guitarist Charlie Hunter, who played on the Voodoo album, says he blames not the "Untitled" video as much as what he calls the broader "fame cycle" of the music business. "There's so much money behind it now that there's very little room for humanity, for specialness," he says. "Who was more human than Aretha Franklin back in the day? You know, a real person who had a real message and whose weight went up and down and who was dealing with stuff." Today, he laments, too much music—and too many popular artists—"are just stamped at the same place in China that they make really cheap plastic toys. If you're someone like D'Angelo—just a music nerd, you know—who's a thinking individual and has some introspection and likes to have real interactions with human beings that aren't based on whether someone better has come into the room, then it's really the wrong place for you to be."
On Peter Edge, the former A & R man at J Records who is now the CEO of RCA Records, D'Angelo's label:
"He never gave up on me, man," D says. "And I love him for it."
Edge says it's a bet he had to make. "He can do his James Brown-influenced funk man thing. There are elements of Hendrix. And B.B. King. And obviously Prince. But he's never predictable. It's not like suddenly there's gonna be three other D'Angelos, and we're going to be like, 'Oh, well, we could have invested in these three guys.' He's worth investing in because there's nobody like him."
On what it was like for D to perform in Stockholm in January, his first concert in more than a decade:
"It was scary," D will tell me later, reflecting on playing the guitar in public for the first time. "I would feel comfortable when I was by myself, but actually getting onstage and playing was a different thing. My friend Raphael Saadiq was like, 'Yo, man, you've just got to jump in. Start swimming. Just jump in the pool, you know?' It was good advice. I was nervous up until the point where we started playing and singing, and then it just felt—it felt cool."
On Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson's role in D's career:
D asked Questlove to help him come up with the playlist for the European tour, just as D had asked for his help on his upcoming album. Like anything D-related, that took a lot of time (Questlove calls D'Angelo's painstaking process "beautifully frustrating"). Since the Roots drummer has a day job now (he's the bandleader on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon), most of the work on the album has had to be done between the hours of 2:30 a.m. and 6 a.m. After one seven-week stretch of pre-dawn sessions and little sleep, an exhausted Questlove contracted coxsackie virus. He wouldn't hesitate, he says, to do it again.
On D's upcoming third album:
Despite assurances that it's 97-percent done, D hasn't locked his third. Not yet. In Europe, he unveiled several songs he thinks will be on it. In addition to "Ain't That Easy" and the irresistible dance number, "Sugar Daddy," there is a song Questlove compares to Herbie Hancock called "The Charade." "Crawling through a systematic maze to demise," it begins, and D sings the line with a seething fury. When I catch a reference to "the deceiver," I can't help but think: this song—twisted, almost atonal, multi-layered—is about that forked-tongued devil, Fame.
D says I'm wrong. "It's about the disenfranchised," he says. "It's telling the powers that be, 'This is why we are justified in our stance.' There's another song on the album called 'A Thousand Deaths' that is the flip side of the coin. 'A Thousand Deaths' is just a fucking war cry. You know what I mean? The beheadings have commenced." It occurs to me that the Nat Turner Rebellion of 1831, in which slaves rose up and killed more than 50 white people, the only sustained slave rebellion in the South's history, took place in D's home state of Virginia. "Ain't no justice/It's just us/Ash to ashes/Dust to dust," D sang so insistently on Voodoo. I am beginning to get what he means.
I ask someone who has a closely-guarded copy to let me hear "1000 Deaths." It is dark, dense and mysterious and makes the most of D's newfound prowess on the guitar. The lead vocal is so distorted—like the moans and groans of a Negro spiritual—that D could almost be speaking in tongues. The song is compelling, maybe even profound, but it is the opposite of catchy. That's just fine with D. He tells me art, not commerce, is his fuel.