20 Must See Photos + CFDA Awards Winners

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Kim Kardashian West wears custom Proenza Schouler with designers Jack McCullough and Lazaro Hernandez. Photo: David X Prutting/BFAnyc.com

From Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen to Pharrell Williams, the CFDA Awards winners and all the must see photos of the night.

The CFDA Awards — fashion’s Oscars for honoring the best designers and figures in the industry, and, of course, a chance for celebs to pull out all the sartorial stops. A pregnant Kim Kardashian wore sheer, presenter Amanda Seyfried wore a glorious sequined Rodarte number, Pharrell wore a normal-sized hat, Taraji P. Henson looked red hot in Vera Wang, designer Betsey Johnson performed her signature split on the red carpet, and The Fat Jew even showed up, rosé in hand.

Here’s who won:

Womenswear Designer of the Year: Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen for The Row

Menswear Designer of the Year: Tom Ford

Accessory Designer of the Year: Tabitha Simmons

Swarovski Award for Womenswear: Rosie Assoulin

Swarovski Award for Menswear: Shayne Oliver for Hood By Air

Swarovski Award for Accessory Design: Rachel Mansur and Floriana Gavriel for Mansur Gavriel

Fashion Icon Award: Pharrell Williams

Lifetime Achievement Award: Betsey Johnson

Media Award: Instagram

International Prize: Valentino’s Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli

See all the greatest looks and photos of the night here:

Betsey Johnson and Pharrell Williams after Williams accepted the Fashion Icon Award.2015 CFDA Fashion Awards - Award Presentation

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Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen with presenter Amanda Seyfried after accepting the award for Womenswear for The Row2015 CFDA Fashion Awards - Award Presentation
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Amanda Seyfried in a stunning, sparkling Rodarte creation.2015 CFDA Fashion Awards - ArrivalsPhoto: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com

Dang, Gigi! Gigi Hadid in a gold jumpsuit — perfection.2015 CFDA Fashion Awards - Winners Walk
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Model Imaan Hammam looking gorgeous in Creatures of the Wind.2015 CFDA Fashion Awards - Arrivals
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Proenza Schouler’s Jack McCullough and Lazaro Hernandez flank a newly pregnant Kim Kardashian West, wearing a custom dress by the designers.2015 CFDA Fashion Awards - Arrivals
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Pharrell Williams and Helen Lasichanh with Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West2015 CFDA Fashion Awards - Arrivals
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Empire‘s Taraji P. Henson gives a wave, wearing a custom Vera Wang gown.2015 CFDA Fashion Awards - Arrivals
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Taraji P. Henson giving Alexander Wang an enthusiastic hello.2015 CFDA Fashion Awards - Arrivals
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Menswear designer of the year Tom Ford.
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Posh Spice Victoria Beckham
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CFDA President Diane Von Furstenberg with Bill Cunningham at the 2015 CFDA Awards. 2015 CFDA Fashion Awards - Arrivals
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Betsey Johnson shows off her signature split — post cartwheel — on the red carpet.2015 CFDA Fashion Awards - Arrivals
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Stunning Coco Rocha glows in custom Banana Republic by Marissa Webb.2015 CFDA Fashion Awards - Arrivals
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Emmy Rossum in Dion Lee.2015 CFDA Fashion Awards - Arrivals
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The Fat Jew, at the CFDA Awards for some inexplicable reason (though surely to the delight of many).2015 CFDA Fashion Awards - Arrivals
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Juliette Lewis in a white, feathery ball skirt courtesy of Christian Siriano.2015 CFDA Fashion Awards - Arrivals
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Karlie Kloss looking gorgeous in DVF.2015 CFDA Fashion Awards - Arrivals
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Tinashe wearing  Public School very very well.2015 CFDA Fashion Awards - Arrivals
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Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic: Summer Style Inspiration from the Best Dressed

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Daria Strokous at the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic. Photos by David X Prutting/BFAnyc.com

Freida Pinto, Andreja Pejic, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Diane Kruger and more of film and fashion’s finest showed us how best dressed is done for summer.

It’s officially June, the month summer begins, and with the unofficial summer kick-off party weekend already behind us (see ya, Memorial Day) and the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in the rear view, there’s nowhere to go but forward in terms of summer style. Fortunately, the Polo Classic provided all kinds of summer sartorial inspiration by way of gorgeous models and Hollywood stars flaunting their polo field finest — view the summer finery from Maggie Gyllenhaal in super chic all-white, Andreja Pejic in boho-chic epitomized, and Diane Kruger (who manages to be sophisticated in a cut-out jumpsuit) and get a look at the best dressed at the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic.

Andreja Pejic working boho-chic:
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Orange Is the New Black star Dascha Polanco doing ’80s glam:
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Diane Kruger and Joshua Jackson looking utterly chic and cool (and lovey):
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Hannah Bronfman looking breezy:
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Maggie Gyllenhaal working an all white pantsuit better than we’ve seen in a while — so chic:maggiegyllenhaal_veuveclicquot

Mindy Kaling and Freida Pinto looking like summery perfection:
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Hello, Nacho:
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The Affair star Ruth Wilson looking comfortable and cool:ruthwilson_veuveclicquot veuveclicquot

 

Is the Industry Saturated with Too Many Independent Fashion Labels? Chris Gelinas Weighs In

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Chris Gelinas with models at the CG AW14 collection presentation, presented by MADE. Photo: Aria Isadora/BFAnyc.com

With Band of Outsiders and Kris Van Assche both shuttering this week, another independent fashion designer, Chris Gelinas of CG, weighs in on the struggles of the industry.

Good night and good luck? New York independent label Band of Outsiders and eponymous collection of Dior Homme designer Kris Van Assche both closed their doors this week. Van Assche announced the shuttering of his brand in a hand written letter to WWD, adding, “Times are tough for individual labels.”

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Kris Van Assche with photographer Bruce Weber. Photo: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com

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Scott Sternberg of Band of Outsiders with model Hanne Gaby Odiele at the 2014 CFDA Awards. Photo: David X Prutting/BFAnyc.com

With the punishing fashion schedule now demanded by the industry and consumers, designers are feeling the pressure. For those who can’t hack it (and how many really can?) it often means closing shop.

Business is tough when you’re small. You’d think a CFDA Award or an LVMH Prize nomination would help — but the prize money often hardly covers debt of doing business, not to mention the paying cost of production for work required to enter competitions in the first place. So the struggle is all too real, even for the designers who receive accolades and awards for their work.

Take, for instance, Chris Gelinas, designer of CG, who was once first assistant to Olivier Theyskens at Theory, and has also worked at Balenciaga, Marc Jacobs, and Proenza Schouler before creating CG. (Theyskens has been highly vocal about young designers not starting their own labels, telling Dezeen earlier this year that the industry is oversaturated.) Gelinas’s label has been recognized as the 2013 winner of the MADE for Peroni Awards (for his very first collection), a 2014 LVMH Prize Finalist, and now USA Nominee for the 2015/16 International Woolmark Prize. It’s impressive, and you’d expect business to be booming. But what do the awards really mean when building a viable brand? Gelinas told us exclusively,

“I think it is harder and harder to compete as an emerging, independent designer in New York. This isn’t to say the hurdles are a bad thing; I think it is good to struggle because for a time it helped eliminate the more superfluous noise and allow those collections made with a lot of passion and determination to gain some spotlight.  Money talks, that’s not new, but these days it screams, and passion, emotion, and creativity aren’t enough to survive. Midtown factories are being converted into hotels and tech companies with deep pockets are happy to pay huge rents creating bigger hurdles just to operate, and putting more pressure on sales.

I personally think the whole conventional wholesale model is designed to make it nearly impossible to get established if you are not incredibly well funded. Deep discounts, charge backs, boring assortments that strip away the message and essence of a collection, compounded with the pressure to deliver more and more; it all robs the design process of enough time to properly craft and create.

The industry has fostered a calendar that relegates our prized ideas to the sales rack in a matter of a couple months, sometimes less. We have trained consumers to want store merchandise refreshed as quickly as their Instagram feed and emerging brands are expected to enable this type of consumption by offering more and more. I have been building my collections slowly with focus on fit and quality, and while those aren’t the glossiest elements or the most buzz worthy, I feel like I am hedging my risk by dedicating my energy to my clients directly. Loyalty is more fleeting these days in an industry obsessed with change and newness, but I have noticed that if you can engage your customer and give her pieces that make her not just look amazing, but feel amazing, she will always be back, and usually with friends.”

Gelinas’s “slow fashion” and personal approach to creating both clothes and a customer is refreshing in a world of Zara, with as he says, “merchandise refreshed as quickly as [a consumer’s] Instagram feed.” We’re watching CG closely, hoping his approach catches fire.

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Chris Gelinas with BlackBook Style Editor Alyssa Shapiro. Photo: Aria Isadora/BFAnyc.com

21 Hottest Looks from the Cannes amfAR Gala Cinema Against AIDS

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David Gandy at the amfAR 22nd Cinema Against AIDS. Photo: Matteo Prandoni/BFAnyc.com

Each year, the amfAR gala rallies celebrities and wealthy do-gooders to support research for the global AIDS crisis. Celebrities are never ones to shy away from donating to charity, and they raised over $30 million (!) at Thursday evening’s art auction and gala in Cannes. Bonafide art aficionado Leonardo DiCaprio donated a Banksy to the auction that sold for 986,000 euros — nearly $1.1 million. Appropriately so, the stars were out in celebratory fashion. From David Gandy (above) looking handsome as always, to super models like Karlie Kloss, Isabeli Fontana, Joan Smalls, and more, all stunning as ever, check out 21 of the hottest looks from the Cannes amfAR Gala.

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Isabeli Fontana. Photo: Matteo Prandoni/BFAnyc.com

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Joan Smalls. Photo: Matteo Prandoni/BFAnyc.com

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Jourdan Dunn. Photo: Matteo Prandoni/BFAnyc.com

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Karlie Kloss. Photo: Matteo Prandoni/BFAnyc.com

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Karolina Kurkova. Photo: Matteo Prandoni/BFAnyc.com

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Mary J. Blige. Photo: Matteo Prandoni/BFAnyc.com

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Rita Ora. Photo: Matteo Prandoni/BFAnyc.com

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Sara 
Sampaio. Photo: Matteo Prandoni/BFAnyc.com

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Shanina Shaik. Photo: Matteo Prandoni/BFAnyc.com

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Sienna Miller. Photo: Matteo Prandoni/BFAnyc.com

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Tom Ford. Photo: BFAnyc.com

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Toni Garnn. Photo: Matteo Prandoni/BFAnyc.com

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Zoe Kravitz. Photo: Matteo Prandoni/BFAnyc.com

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Adriana Lima. Photo: Matteo Prandoni/BFAnyc.com

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Aishwarya Rai. Photo: Matteo Prandoni/BFAnyc.com

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Anja Rubik. Photo: Matteo Prandoni/BFAnyc.com

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Bella Hadid. Photo: Matteo Prandoni/BFAnyc.com

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Chanel Iman. Photo: Matteo Prandoni/BFAnyc.com

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Daphne Groenveld. Photo: Matteo Prandoni/BFAnyc.com

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Gigi Hadid: Photo: Matteo Prandoni/BFAyc.com

 

Happy Birthday Naomi Campbell! The Supermodel’s Fiercest Red Carpet Looks

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Happy Birthday Naomi Campbell! The supermodel photographed by David X Prutting at the Met Gala for BFAnyc.com

We can’t get enough of Naomi Campbell (and neither can Naomi) — and since we all have our favorite Naomi Campbell moments (whether it’s seeing the supermodel dressed up in gold as the World Cup trophy, sauntering down a runway, starring in a major ad campaign, or posing on the red carpet,) we thought we’d take a stroll down the red carpet. To celebrate the super on her 45th birthday, we’re taking a look back at her fiercest red carpet moments, from the Met Gala to the CFDA Awards with celeb friends like Bruno Mars, Tyson Beckford, and Brooke Candy in tow. Happy Birthday Naomi!

Bruno Mars showing due respect to Naomi Campbell at the 2011 Met Gala’s Unofficial After Party at the Top of the Standard
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Naomi in the receiving line at the 2015 Met Gala for China: Through the Looking Glass
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Naomi with Brooke Candy at Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles
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Naomi Campbell with Tyson Beckford at the 2014 CFDA Awards
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At the 2014 Met Gala celebrating Charles James: Beyond Fashion
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All the Stars Were Nearly Naked at the Billboard Music Awards

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Photo: John Salangsang/BFAnyc.com

If the dress-wearing celeb isn’t nearly-naked, did she even walk the red carpet? These days, the more skin we see, the bigger the star. Think Beyonce at the Met Gala, or look to Taylor Swift — she of previously demure and sweet attire — with her sexy Balmain cutout jumpsuit at Sunday night’s Billboard Music Awards. Tay Tay wasn’t alone: Rita Ora went hypersexy Marilyn; Jennifer Lopez went predictably bare; Mariah Carey showed off a few of her assets; Celine Dion chose a dress with a thigh-high slit and interesting circular reveal; Meghan Trainor went for a soaring slit; Iggy Azalea got in on it; Zendaya even dared to bare her midriff. Check out the hottest looks from the 2015 Billboard Music Awards — skin is definitely in.

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Natalie Portman Stars as Jackie Kennedy: 5 of the Actress’s Chicest Looks

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As Hollywood announces that Natalie Portman stars as Jackie Kennedy in a forthcoming biopic, we’re taking a look back at some of Portman’s best looks. Pairing one of Dior’s favorite fashion plates with an incredible style icon can only mean a stunner of a costume department.

Natalie Portman at the 2013 Guggenheim International Gala made possible by Dior

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Natalie Portman at the 84th Annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles in 2012

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Natalie Portman at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party 2013

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Natalie Portman at the 2013 Los Angeles Dance Project Benefit

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Natalie Portman at the Woodstock Film Festival & Cointreau Pre Awards Dinner 2014

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11 Chic Cannes Looks to Come out of the Film Festival’s Past, from Amber Heard to Lupita Nyong’o

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Photo: Joe Schildhorn/BFAnyc.com

As the Cannes Film Festival gets underway, beginning today and going on until May 24, we’re eager to see what film’s superstars bring to the red carpet. While we wait, here’s a look at some of the best looks to come out of Cannes in the past, with favorites like Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Lupita Nyong’o topping the list. 11 chic Cannes looks to get you ready, right this way…

1. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley attends Roberto and Eva Cavalli host a dinner for friends and celebrities aboard the “RC” yacht in honor of the 67th International Cannes Film Festival

Roberto and Eva Cavalli host a dinner for friends and celebrities aboard the RC yacht in honor of the 67th International Cannes Film Festival
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2. Coco Rocha dons a white suit, a bold lip, and a wild ear cuff on the RC yacht. 

Roberto and Eva Cavalli host a dinner for friends and celebrities aboard the RC yacht in honor of the 67th International Cannes Film Festival
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3. Irina Shayk is sexy in sheer black. 

Roberto and Eva Cavalli host a dinner for friends and celebrities aboard the RC yacht in honor of the 67th International Cannes Film Festival
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4. Alessandra Ambrosio looking every inch a supermodel

Roberto and Eva Cavalli host a dinner for friends and celebrities aboard the RC yacht in honor of the 67th International Cannes Film Festival
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5. Heidi Klum looking like an angel

Roberto and Eva Cavalli host a dinner for friends and celebrities aboard the RC yacht in honor of the 67th International Cannes Film Festival
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6. Cara Delevingne, in another angelic look, attends the DE GRISOGONO Hosts “Fatale in CANNES” Dinner Party

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7. Amber Heard, doing neutrals, but separates

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8. Rosario Dawson looks like there’s nowhere she’d rather be

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 9. Paris Hilton ignored the B&W memo everyone else got and went for metallic glam. Not surprised.

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10. Liya Kebede is ethereal in blue

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11. A power trio werkin’ it: Naomi Watts, Lupita Nyong’o, and Julianne Moore all in strapless dresses and minimal heels

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Perfect Casting: Selma Blair as Kris Jenner in New O.J. Simpson Drama

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Photos from left: Kris Jenner photographed by Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com; Selma Blair photographed by Joe Schildhorn/BFAnyc.com

In “well that’s pretty amazing” casting news, Ryan Murphy has brought in the incomparable Selma Blair to play Kris Kardashian Jenner in the forthcoming American Crime Story, which is of course about O.J. Simpson and is sure to include enough courtroom scenes to call for a home screening of Legally Blonde to freshen up on what Selma looks like giving her best side eye. I mean Selma Blair as Kris Jenner? Yes!

More casting news this way….

So in preparation, here’s a look at Selma Blair at her most Kardashian-esque (you didn’t think she was like that, but she is):

Selma Blair tries blonde, just as a Kardashian is wont to do — i.e. Kim’s platinum moment.

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Trying interesting  and intricate hairstyles, a la Kourtney Kardashian
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Pictured here with a child — possibly (just maybe!) exercising her inner Momager (“Smile for the camera, honey.” Right?!)
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