What’s Poppington: Myles Loftin’s “HOODED” Project


We all know that ideas without action stay ideas and Myles Loftin has come to show that he understands that concept as well.

Myles Loftin is a 19 year old photographer who’s taking action to change the stereotypical depiction of black males.Image result for myles loftin

His recent project, HOODED, tackles the importance of positive representation, while providing a perfect example of said positive representation.

Loftin focuses on the association of the hoodie worn on black males. In contemporary American society, the hoodie is a clothing garment that seems to automatically assume a threat if on the body of a black male (see: Trayvon Martin).  Loftin seeks to take back the meaning of the hoodie through a stark contrast of the “dark, scary thug” label and that contrast is bright colors and happy young black males

Thug where?

I noticed that beyond targeting the “thug” stereotype, HOODED also challenges the widespread belief that men who show any kind of femininity or emotion are gay and that being gay is terrible. I can think of about ten people off the top of my head who would automatically say these photos are “gay”. The smiles on the models’ faces are expressions of pure, unadulterated joy not held back by anyone’s definition. Those smiles show that you truly can be whatever the hell you want, that you are defined by your own self-expression.

HOODED seeks to reaffirm that black males should be able to make unsupervised fashion choices without being labeled as something negative.

Don’t sleep on our generation.

What’s Poppington: Solange Tastefully Covers Bust Magazine


Since we’re on the natural hair appreciation train, why not talk about Solange?

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Solange is another celebrity confidently helping keep natural hair appreciation in the spotlight. Rocking what looks like a good ol’ twist out, Solange flaunts her unabashed naturalness on the cover of feminist magazine Bust.

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Previews of the editorial shoot (pictured throughout) show Solange against neutral backgrounds in some interesting pieces.

The pieces are minimalist in color and and eclectic in design at the same time, giving the entire set of photos the same vibe. It’s the perfect balance between weird and polished that Solange is known for.

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Besides gracing us with her style, readers can also expect to be graced with her words in her article titled “I am a Proud Black Feminist”. Her album “A Seat at the Table” spoke (sang, I guess) a lot of truth, so I can imagine this account will be a refreshing reflection of that same honesty.

This issue of Bust will be available March 28th.

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What’s Poppington: South Africa’s street culture: Mzansi Style Guide Vol. 1 – Braamfontein Scene

“Following the trailer of “Mzansi Style Guide,” we bring you the first episode of our three-part series which looks at South Africa’s street culture and the personalities that make up its creative landscape ….” By


“In this segment, we visit concept store Area 3, sneaker boutique DIP ST. and local hangout Father Coffee, all of which have become bastions of light for the streetwear community in Jozi. Tucked away on the second floor of an inconspicuous mall, DIP ST. has become a mainstay for those looking for both local and foreign brands. While DIP’s operations continue to be hindered by crime (with founder Tusa Mamba putting a halt on sneaker campouts for the safety of his customers), the store and its surrounding retailers take pride in bridging the gap between rare, quality designs from Europe and the Far East with its loyal customer base. Check out “Braamfontein Scene” above and stay tuned for episode 2 ….” By


Whats Poppington: PrettynPoppington Wants Your Story


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Whats Poppington: Lupita Nyong’o For The March Issue of Essence Magazine


Beautiful dark chocolate skin. I’ll never get tired looking at this gorgeous lady.  Lupita Nyong’o photographed by Philippe Salomon and styled by Nick Nelson in Vera Wang, Katrin Schnabl and jewelry from Alexandra Mor for the March issue of Essence Magazine. Lupita’s makeup was done by artist Matin with vibrant jewel tones that accents her rich skin. Visit link for more photos

Whats Poppington: W Magazine “Selfie Absorbed”

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W Magazine gathered three gorgeous models, Malaika Firth, Cora Emmanue & Riley Montana for an all so familiar spread entitled “Selfie Absorbed” shot by photographer Emma Summerton and styled by Giovanna Battaglia. This shoot is one that we should all know really well. When we take selfies the first place there posted is on Instagram or Facebook so don’t act like your not “selfie absorbed”

Whats Poppington: Rolling Girls – Models Caitlin Lomax and Ismini Papavlasopoulou

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Rolling Girls – Models Caitlin Lomax and Ismini Papavlasopoulou throw on some skates for the August issue of Elle Ukraine. The colorful duo sports bold prints and sleek shapes from the likes of Prada, Just Cavalli, Preen and others styled by Elle Packham. With art direction by Robert Mishchenko, the girls pose for Tim Ashton in the studio snaps with curly hair and bright eyeshadow. Source and Post by: Fashion Gone Rogue



What’s Poppington: Maria Borges for Dujour Magazine’s Summer 2013 Issue


Warm weather might be hitting us hard right now, but Maria Borges is looking towards the autumn season with these heavy woolens. The Angolan model stays rugged up against the elements in this spread for Dujour’s summer edition. With art direction by Joao Moraes, photographer Thomas Whiteside snaps Maria for the fashion and culture glossy. She wears feminine blouses and blazers that admire her amazing long limbs like heaven on earth.


Whats Poppington: ANJA RUBIK the “New Model Icon”


Anja Rubik may have cheekbones that can cut glass and an incredible presence in front of the camera, but the game-changer from Rzeszów is an icon not just because of her countless covers and numerous campaigns: Anja is a perfect representative of the new breed of model. As anyone will tell you, the industry has changed, and where 20 years ago it would have sufficed to have a stunning face and incredible posing skills, today it takes more.


Beauties are a dime a dozen, and the women who ascend to the highest levels of success go beyond the call of duty. Blessed with an unforgettable look and a tireless work ethic, Anja has distinguished herself across a variety of platforms, pushing her namesake brand into the pop cultural sphere. When you have Kanye West name-dropping you alongside Anna Wintour, and Karl Lagerfeld listing you among his favorites of all time, you’re in a class by yourself. Just check out of some of quotes these amazing entertainers and designers had to say about Anja if you doubt this any bit.


“Anja Rubik, is the ultimate model. She is one of the few models who manages to straddle the commercial and avant-garde with ease. She is a supermodel in the true sense. She has a beauty which can transform any character or tell any story. Anja has found her way through the fashion industry in a way which very few models can achieve, she is always leading by example. She has beauty, a vision and a brain for business.” – Edward Enninful

“Anja is completely unique as a model and as a person. From the moment she walked into our studio ten years ago she has been an endless inspiration .” – Inez and Vinoodh

“I first met Anja in her very early modelling days when Inez and Vinoodh shot her for V. That story remains one of my favorite ever and I felt like she was a star from the first moment I met her! She is also a gifted artist and is very visual. All that, plus her personality has led to her becoming as big as she is today.” – Stephen Gan

“She’s amazing, she’s an incredible model, she’s super beautiful. She really enjoys what she does, so it’s an absolute pleasure working with her.”- Mario Sorrenti

“I’ve been working with Anja for many years now and she never ceases to impress me with her professional and determined attitude towards her job. She is always focused, positive and of course, absolutely stunning.”
Frida Giannini, Gucci Creative Director

Source: Models.com

Whats Poppington: Beyonce And H&M Summer 2013 Campaign

H&M Summer 2013 Campaign involves King Bey in a  Jonas Åkerlund shoot. Beyonce is now the face of H&M Summer, and what a good look that for Bey, H&M and all the fans and lovers of the fashion brand to be apart of.


On the Bahamas shoot: “I loved shooting the campaign in the Bahamas,” says Beyoncé of the photoshoot shot by Jonas Åkerlund, the same photog who shot the TV commercial for her upcoming Mrs. Carter Show World Tour. “We shot on a beach outside of Nassau and the weather was perfect. The shoot was filled with vibrant colors and was inspired by the glamour of the late ‘70s.”

On her summer style: “I love the summer. I’m always in shorts, dresses, light, flowing fabrics, great sandals,” says Beyoncé of her summer looks. She credits her stylists Ty Hunter and Raquel Smith as “an influential part of the process” each day.

On her mother’s style influence: “I think my style comes from watching my mother from the time I was a little girl. She was so stylish. She was the first person I saw mix high end pieces with more accessible styles and make it all work. I’m also inspired by my sister, I love her bold approach.”
 Source: Grazia Daily and LoveBrownSugar 


Whats Poppington: Julianne Moore On Cover of T Magazine’s

T Magazine’s  spring cover shoot features Julianne Moore. The natural redhead beauty poses for Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin in editorials styled by Joe McKenna. Julianne’s hair was styled by Christiaan and Makeup by Peter Philips. In the T Magazine article Julianne expresses her love for Charleston’s “Low Country” cooking, I was quite impressed to hear that because I am a native and still reside in good ole  Charleston SC. Visit the link to read more interesting unknowns about Ms. Julianne Moore .


Whats Poppington: Rihanna Struts Without Pants and Tom Ford Pumps

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What do you think of Ri Ri’s  Ottawa Senators Red, Black, and White Jersey and Tom Ford Spring 2013 Gold Ankle Cuff Pumps. I’m personally feeling the pumps. They have a strong sex appeal to them and you can wear them with just about anything. Now for the question that I asked myself when I first saw these pics, on The Fashion Bomb Daily, and that’s where the hell is her pants. I am not feeling this look. A pant-less jersey is to be worn at home with sexy hair when your trying to look effortlessly cute. I think she was thinking about Chris Brown and walked out of the house without any pants on. I’m easily distracted too, I leave my pants home when I get side tracked as well, so I totally get it….NOT!


Whats Poppington: Happy Belated Easter Tea for Two


What a fun yet creative way to celebrate the Easter Holiday. I wish I could have spent my Easter modeling with the “Easter Bunny” in  gorgeous pastel fashions with a beat to a “T” makeup application. Seriously the models makeup is flawless.  Although this spread was shot about three months before the well know fun loving Easter holiday it still serves the purpose of the festivities, and it makes you think of beautiful spring dresses, candy and a creepy life size bunny rabbit, and in this case the bunny has on a fab pair of heels where else would you see that besides in fashion.

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Plastik magazine latest Winter 2012“Pink Issue”called, “Tea for Two” is where you can find this adoring editorial. The editorial was photographed by Rabee Younes. Plastik is an independent, award-winning Visual, Fashion, Culture and Arts magazine, with a reputation for ground-breaking photography, fashion and editorial.

Whats Poppington: Vouge Portugal: Model Iris Egbers


Model Iris Egbers poses for the March edition of Vogue Portugal. Photographed by Kevin Sinclair. Iris wears Alexander McQueen, Donna Karan, Givenchy, Thesykens’ Theory,and others designers for her shoot. The glam squad responsible for Model Iris Egbers look are Wardrobe  Stylist – Andrew Holden, Makeup Artist – Fumi Akinakagawa and Hair – Yoichi Tomizawa.

I personally love the color contrast used between her hair and skin. The makeup is kept soft not to take attention away from her over all look, and I love the deep bronze smoky eye that plays off those fire red tresses. Well done by true professionals.

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