Celebrity red-carpet looks are making headlines more than ever.
This year, many of today’s buzziest celebrities have used their red-carpet appearances to showcase high fashion looks, creating viral moments that have stuck in the cultural lexicon.
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Vintage looks — ones by Thierry Mugler, to be specific — made a comeback on the likes of Cardi B and Kim Kardashian, while other celebrities such as Elizabeth Hurley and Jennifer Lopez celebrated their own iconic Versace dresses of the Nineties and early Aughts with reimagined versions.
From Timothée Chalamet’s glam satin silver suit to Katie Holmes’ cashmere cardigan with matching bra, here are the celebrity fashion looks that went viral in 2019, so far.
Cardi B in Thierry Mugler, February 2019
Cardi B wears vintage 1995 Thierry Mugler at the Grammys.
Possibly her most dramatic red-carpet dress to date, Cardi B surprised everyone at the 2019 Grammy Awards in a vintage Thierry Mugler Venus sheath dress from 1995.
The fashion look was months in the making, starting in September 2018 when Cardi B’s stylist, Kollin Carter, direct-messaged the Mugler brand on Instagram. Carter and Cardi B were soon after invited to Mugler creative director Casey Cadwallader’s debut runway
Who doesn’t appreciate a good afterparty following a hellavu a show? Joe Moses and company sure do because aside from the paper, well, it’s the best part of being a rapper.
For Moses’ visual to “Go Viral,” he, Future and Metro Boomin’ rock the crowd at Mustard’s Summer Fest before hitting the streets to cruise through LA and popping up at the telly for some gambling and female company.
Back in the east, Curren$ y gets mellowed out before taking the stage for a show of his own and flaunts some impressive ice while a thick young woman flaunts what her mama gave her for his clip to “Never Had.”
Check out the rest of today’s drops including work from Termanology and Dame Grease, RJmrLA featuring Young Thug, and more.
JOE MOSES FT. FUTURE & METRO BOOMIN – “GO VIRAL”
CURREN$ Y – “NEVER HAD”
TERMANOLOGY & DAME GREASE – “HEARTBEAT”
RJMRLA FT. YOUNG THUG – “TIME”
BISHOP NEHRU & BRADY WATT – “MADE FOR THIS”
MANI DRAPER – “MADE IT WORK”
JAMESDAVIS FT. CLYDE GUEVARA – “BLACK LEATHER BAG”
Teenaged sisters Emma (Sofia Black-D' Elia) and Stacey (Analeigh Tipton) live a normal life, until their small suburban neighborhood is stricken with a mysterious parasitic virus. As the disease rapidly spreads throughout the town, the two band together to barricade themselves from infection. But it may already be too late – when the virus enters their home, the sisters are faced with an impossible choice: protect each other, or survive the virus.
Having kept a relatively low profile since leaving “The Daily Show,” Jon Stewart made headlines again this week, delivering an impassioned plea for 9/11 first responders during an emotional congressional hearing.
‘American Idol’ is famous for its memorable auditions: whether they’re shockingly good (like Kelly Clarkson’s epic Madonna rendition) or shockingly bad (like William Hung’s performance of Ricky Martin’s “She Bangs”). Access looks back at the “Idol” auditions that went viral – for better or for worse!
The idea of this lesson is to create something really cool that you can give away to people for free, then approach other websites and influencers who have the ear of your potential fans to distribute it. The great thing about this process is that you don’t even need a website or any money to get started because we are going to be using some wicked free tools to set this up. The incentive for the sites you work with is to be able to offer their readers a really special and unique product for nothing. With a bit of luck (and some help from you) they will send it out to their mailing lists, post a link on their social media pages and do all manner of other things to spread your freebie around. At the end of this lesson you’ll be able to send a pitch email like this… “Hey I’d like to set up a special promotion to offer 200 of your readers a free copy of my latest album package (usually it goes for $ 25)… is that cool?” …pretty tempting right! But that’s not even the best bit… … because all those new hits will go over to Facebook where you will ask people to “Like” your page in return for the freebie. You can now keep on entertaining them long into the future and posting the odd link to something they can buy. Download now to get started…
Upon logging into Instagram and searching the “#LobbyChallenge” hashtag, you’ll find a plethora of clips of gangstas, hustlas, kids, video vixens, and grannies alike having fun, participating in the “Lobby Challenge” – a carefree dance with a grim undertone. The dance was created by the Against Da Grain Ent.’s trio properly known as 821 Boyz, the hottest prospects out of Queens, New York. With the original single already making waves, the 821 Boyz add Rae Sremmurd’s Slim Jxmmi to the mix and he’s no stranger to turning up the dial whenever he drops a verse.
Ex-NFL star Kordell Stewart is suing the male viral video star who claimed they had a sexual relationship — claiming he’s never EVER been gay … not one moment in his life. The man being sued is Andrew Caldwell — who became famous for screaming…
Lexy Panterra might have become the world’s most famous twerker this summer when her twerk freestyle to “Lean On” went viral with over 100 million collective views.
Before the video Lexy was in the news for her twerk exercise classes that attracted celebrities like; Mel B, Tameka “Tiny” Harris, Karrueche Tran, and Christina Milian. Lexy and Christina Milian also released an instructional twerking app called LexTwerkOut.
Apparently Lexy is also a singer. For the first time did a video of her twerking to her own music called “Lit”.
3. No person or group is offended (so it is easy to retweet without fear)
4. Self-driving cars are a hot topic and sexy enough that folks want to be associated with it. Robots are extra-topical these days too. When you combine two headline trends, you usually get something funny.
5. The comic portrays all humans as dumb. That theme always performs well.
6. It is brief and has no sound, so it easy to consume. People can forward it without feeling they are asking much of the recipient.
7. It looks good on mobile devices.
8. It has no sexual or other problematic content, so people can forward it without professional risk.
There are other ways to go viral, but if you hit all of those eight points, you will probably get people’s attention. True viral activity doesn’t often happen because even professionals can’t generate viral content on demand. This comic idea popped into my head while I was thinking of something else and I wrote it down. I doubt I could have started from scratch to build a viral tweet and succeeded. But I did consciously make it conform to the eight points to increase its chances.
At Top Tech Blog, a breakthrough in super capacitors could change the world in a big way by replacing traditional batteries. We might be getting close with this.
My book is getting a lot of attention lately. It has been out long enough that people are reporting improvements in fitness, weight, careers, and life in general.
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Earlier this week, we wrote about comedian Nicole Arbour's offensive "Dear Fat People" video. The video is now up to 3,588,585 views (and counting), and everyone from celebrities to fellow YouTubers have spoken out about…
That viral vid of LAPD officers brutally shutting down The Weeknd’s music video shoot Thursday night in downtown LA is nothing more than a wicked game … of promotion. The LAPD tells TMZ … the video going around on social…
Shoshana Roberts, the woman catcalled 100-plus times in an anti-street harassment vid that went viral, is now suing the director of that video. In case you missed it … Roberts was secretly recorded walking around NYC while men threw endless whistles…
You haven’t been able stand two minutes near a computer this year without being subjected to the “Watch Me Nae Nae” song. The viral dance hit (officially titled “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)” has been the subject of many YouTube and Vine renditions but only the creator, Silento has the magic ingredient behind the record. At seventeen-years-young, the ATL native already has a gold-selling single and a label deal with Capital Records with nothing but potential ahead.
Now history has shown us that these sort of break-out hits don’t exactly lead to substantial careers but Silento insists that he’s not an one-hit wonder when we grilled him about the notion at the 2015 Bet Awards.
“Before [“Watch Me Nae Nae”], I was making other music; rapping and singing. That’s just the attention track,” a confident Silento tells Hip-Hop Wired. As fate would have it, his claim to fame started by playing around on social media.
“At first…I was having fun at school; just singing out of my mouth. And I recorded for fifteen seconds and put it on my Instagram,” Silento recalled. After getting several hundred comments, his next move could be considered a no-brainer.
“Then from there, I capitalized and made it a song,” he admitted.
Watch our interview with Silento below and buy “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)” on iTunes. The recently released official video can be seen below.
NBA rookie Jahlil Okafor claims he’s been targeted by an Internet “troll” — who is spreading disgusting lies about a sexual encounter that NEVER happened … and now he’s taking action to shut her down. Social media exploded over the past 24 hours…
I recently engineered a Robots Read News comic for maximum viral potential, using what I have learned on that topic, and succeeded. It was my most popular tweet. Can I repeat that success with the same formula? That is not clear. But I will share what I learned about creating viral content for Twitter so you judge for yourself.
To achieve a viral outcome, each creator needs a different approach, because the messenger is part of the message. I could say something brilliant on the topic of automotive repair but because I do not match that message, it would go nowhere. So the message has to be compatible with the messenger. In my case that usually means sticking to comics and making observations about human nature.
On Twitter, the standard for success is the “retweet.” When people forward your content to their followers they are, in a sense, endorsing it. People will only endorse content that matches their brand ambitions.
I have learned through trial and error that folks will not retweet content that targets one person or group. The exceptions are activists, but generally their numbers are limited. For a strong viral effect you need content with nearly universal appeal. Hate tweets are divisive by nature.
Being “nice” is a challenge for a humorist because humor generally has a target. I can game the system by making the target “everyone” or “idiots” because none of that seems terribly personal, and everyone agrees that people can be dumb sometimes.
The content has to have a minimum level of quality, but it does not need to be amazing. In the case of humor, it has to make people laugh. But you need not be in the top 2% of hilarity to generate a viral response. You just need to be a safe, guaranteed, harmless laugh that people feel good about retweeting.
In the comic at the bottom of the post I combined three of the six dimensions of humor (mean, bizarre, and clever). A three-dimensional comic is generally a winner if executed with commercial-quality writing and timing.
Freshness matters. A lot of humorists and writers are covering the same topics. Finding a fresh topic is hard but necessary because people will not retweet content that feels stale. The trick is to come up with a topic that is on people’s minds but for whatever reason few people have discussed.
In the comic below I picked the topic of ancient construction mysteries. The History channel is running lots of shows about aliens and pyramids and whatnot. I figured the topic was likely to be on the minds of most channel-surfers, but because it is not headline news, it was a relatively fresh topic.
In order for content to go viral it needs to appeal to a big, general audience. But your Twitter following might be a narrow audience. To break out of the narrow audience to the full audience you want content that appeals to your narrow audience without offending your wider audience. Many of my readers have engineering mindsets, so a comic with a whimsical view of how the ancients did engineering was likely to click with my core followers without being too narrow for the general public.
In other news, soon you might be able to 3D print your own robot friend and give it a personality suited to your situation. That’s my interpretation ofthis technology anyway.
At the same time that humans are printing and programming robots, machines will be rewiring human minds (essentially programming humans) to solve all kinds of brain problems if this company is successful. The future is humans and robots programming EACH OTHER.
A powerful feminist poster series about judging women by their clothing has gone viral — but it looks strikingly similar to a project from 2013.
The series, produced by student Theresa Wlokka of Miami Ad School in Germany for nonprofit Terre des Femmes, was picked up by news outlets from Bustle to Design Taxi this week.
The set of three posters shows the words used to judge women as they relate to the length of her skirt, the depth of her neckline and the height of her heels. The concept behind the series is that women are judged no matter what they’re wearing, regardless of whether an outfit is considered “prudish” or “revealing.” The images highlight the type of everyday misogyny that holds gender equality back.
The series makes an important point about the way people make damaging assumptions about women based only on their physical appearances — specifically, their clothing choices. However, commenters and Twitter users have pointed out that these posters bear a clear resemblance to college student Pomona Lake’s 2013 piece, “Judgments.” (See a side-by-side of the two projects below.)
Left, Pomona Lake’s 2013 project, “Judgments.” Right, Theresa Wlokka’s poster for Femme des Terres.
Lake, who formerly went by the name Rosea, told The Huffington Post that she reached out to Miami Ad School after friends shared the new series with her, informing them that the idea had been plagiarized. Lake says the school never responded, but Wlokka reached out to her personally.
According to Lake, Wlokka told her that she had never seen Lake’s work before, claimed that this poster series was her original idea and apologized for the inconvenience.
“Sometimes you can absorb ideas without realizing where it’s from, but in this instance, word for word the projects are the same,” Lake told HuffPost. “If they had emailed me and reached out for permission and credited me with the idea, I would have said yes.”
A Twitter account appearing to belong to Frida Regeheim, who is credited as the ads’ copywriter, was deleted Friday. A tweet sent earlier in the day from the account claimed that the posters’ creators had been in touch with Lake and received permission to use her idea — something that Lake claims is untrue.
Regeheim and Terre des Femmes have not responded to HuffPost’s request for comment.
UPDATE: 11:10 p.m. — Wlokka gave her account of the situation in a statement to HuffPost later on Friday:
It started with that we got an assignment in one of our classes to do a print campaign for a charity organization last year. We instantly decided we wanted to do something for female rights. As women we’ve been harassed several times, in different ways, based on the way we look. From men, but also from women. We’re too harsh on each other and call each other names. And I don’t know how many times I’ve read about rape victims that were wearing a mini skirt. Who cares what she was wearing? She should be able to go naked and it shouldn’t matter.
We also talked about how we think when we dress and how a lot of women often dress to please someone else rather than themselves.
There’s such a big black cloud over such a simple, fun thing as clothing. It should be a way of expressing yourself and something to have fun with. Not a foundation to judgement.
After we made the ads and it spread over the Internet, to an extent we’re overwhelmed by, we heard about Rosea’s picture and other ideas that also are in the same direction. Of course we wanted to be unique, but we didn’t see it as something negative that others wanted the same change as us. And that’s something that Rosea agreed on when we emailed with her. We’re all fighting the same fight. When it comes to advertising there usually is something out there that’s similar to your idea. In this case we see it as something positive since it’s for a good cause. We’re really happy that the campaign has started a discussion and we hope that it makes people think. About how we treat each other, not about the way we dress.
We were in contact with Rosea yesterday and also tried to reach her today as we can understand her point of view. So far we did not get an answer.
A rep for McDonald’s has responded to an indie-rock band’s Facebook post claiming the fast-food giants asked them to play a South by Southwest showcase for free in exchange for exposure. Indie-pop duo Ex Cops wrote a scathing Facebook post Wednesday alleging that the McDonald’s invite said, “There isn’t a budget for… RollingStone.com: News
Born in 1979, I just barely qualify as old enough to have developed a world view according to which when something “goes viral” my first impulse is to wash my hands compulsively and avoid human contact. As it has with many things, the internet has rendered my world view obsolete. Going viral is now a good thing.
No one knows the value of going viral as well as advertisers and marketing firms, hence what’s come to be known as viral marketing. According to something I think I read on the internet, viral marketing involves the use of new media and social media in particular to increase brand awareness. Television and film marketers have proven particularly adept at using the internet, that ubiquitous yet entirely virtual entity, to break down the fourth wall. You can now follow characters from your favorite books on Twitter. You can visit web sites set up by fictitious characters from fictitious worlds that exist only in the movies.
This blurring of reality and fiction is all well and good and kind of fun as long as it remains on the other side of the screen. It’s when these tricks begin to play out in our own brick and mortar reality that I draw the line and say “hey, not cool.” Consider the “prankvertising” campaign for the movie Devil’s Due, where unsuspecting passersby, drawn to what appeared to be an abandoned stroller were rewarded for their concern with the scare of a lifetime, a lifelike demonic hellbaby jolting suddenly upright in the stroller, seething. Or how about those NYC commuters, already harried and late for work and wondering if it’s not time to just throw in the towel and move back to Iowa, suddenly besieged by zombies at Union Square because the creatives at AMC thought it would be a brilliant way to promote the next season of Walking Dead. For many this is all in good fun. But this is a high stress city and there are people with heart conditions.
My guess is these two examples are only the beginning, that this is all too much fun and too much novelty and that it will be a long time before marketers fall back on more traditional means of getting the message out. But how far can it go? If zombies and hellbabies are only the beginning what’s next? Here are some of my terrifying predictions.
“The investigation was formally opened last week and is being taken very seriously by the department. Will and Jada Pinkett Smith have been extremely cooperative with officials. Of course, they aren’t happy that their parenting skills are under scrutiny, but they understand,” a source told the website, adding that social workers will be speaking to Willow separately, as well as former Disney star Moises Arias, who was pictured with her in the photo.
The Huffington Post has reached out to both Smith and Pinkett Smith’s reps for comment, but has yet to hear back at this time.