Fashion Icons Today

Today on Clic Album, a celebration of some of the iconic fashion figures in pop culture right now!

Beyonce Knowles

Of course, Queen Bey needs no introduction. She’s unquestionably the most iconic pop star in the world, and she has a voice that’s instantly recognizable. But we want to give a shout-out to her fashion sense, which has made a huge impact.

In addition to mixing class with sex appeal, she’s also had a huge sway on our image of the female body in pop culture. Now young women have a role model who has a relatively realistic body, even though she definitely works to emphasize her bust and hips.

Strong legs are a lot healthier of a goal than impossibly thin legs, in our opinion, and if you look below the surface, Beyonce is actually a really cool advocate for healthy lifestyle. Her dance moves are the result of hours of grueling rehearsal workouts, and she eats a completely vegan diet!

All in all, she’s made fashion about working with natural curves, rather than trying to cover them up or compensate for them. That’s a huge shift, and we’re pretty confident in handing the credit to the original Dreamgirl. Here’s to Queen Bey!
Cara Delavigne

Cara Delavigne burst into the fashion world a couple years ago when she appeared in Paper Towns, but she’s been even more fascinating to watch in the past year. After she came out publicly as bisexual, she received a fair amount of backlash, to which she responded scathingly and honestly, earning her some big points in our eyes!

She first grabbed our attention as a movie star who exhumed charisma onscreen, but showed no obligation to be equally charming offscreen. Of course, that only made her fans love her more! She’s got a no-bullshit approach to interviews which has resulted in some amazingly outspoken moments that some sexist media critics have called “surly” or “moody” but what we would call assertive and refreshingly honest.

Of course, her major achievement to fashion has to be her eyebrows. For years, we’ve all been encouraged to pluck, weave, or otherwise train our brows. Cara Delavigne allows hers to be the most distinctive part of her look–they’re big, bold, and full of personality.

She’s one to look out for, as a model and as a very promising actress. She’s totally redefined our image of bisexual young women, after seeing more androgynous examples like Miley Cyrus for years. And she’s sure to become one of the most popular star personalities on late night shows, after drawing very positive ratings over the past year.
Miley Cyrus

There’s so much to say about Miley Cyrus as a fashion icon that it’s hard to know where to start. For someone who started as a Disney child star and has been in and out of the tabloids for years, it’s hard to find someone who doesn’t have something to say about her.

Well, we absolutely love Miley, for all sorts of reasons. First off, she’s unabashedly herself no matter what the situation. From dabbling in psychedelic music with her Ded Petz album (released completely free) to performing some of the classiest country covers of any artist today, from wearing nipple stickers on late-night TV to bringing her best ball gown game at awards shows, the one word that comes to mind is” chameleon.

As a self-described pansexual, she’s broken all the rules about what a celebrity role model is supposed to be for young people, and we think it’s totally for the better. She’s also wreaked havoc with traditional stereotypes about sexuality in body image, going from ponytails to a shaved head, and pantsuits to stunning dresses.

She’s one of our top style icons because she can fit into literally any role, and yet be completely herself in all of them. It doesn’t get much cooler than that! And with her new role on The Voice and consistently great musical output, it’s nice to see her finally get some of the recognition she deserves.

Saying Goodbye To Carrie Fisher

We recently lost one of the all-time greatest celebrities of modern times with the death of Carrie Fisher. The actress, writer, and amazingly witty woman died after she had a heart attack while flying back to the US from a press tour in London for her book, The Princess Diaries.

Of course, as you all know, Carrie Fisher first became massively famous at 19 when she was cast as Princess Leia in the Star Wars trilogy. She skyrocketed to massive levels of fame in the time it takes most people to get their first minor role. It’s not like she came out of nowhere, though. Fisher was the daughter of Debbie Reynolds, one of the biggest movie stars of the mid 1900s golden era in Hollywood.

We at Clic Album wanted to celebrate this non-traditional celebrity wonder for all the complicated, wonderful things she was, right until the end.

When Leia hit the screens, she garnered all sorts of reactions. She was an instant sex symbol, something Fisher was always a bit uncomfortable with. Even so, she was also one of the first true female leads in a big Hollywood movie to have real lines, a developed character, and an assertive role that compared to the male leads.

The biggest achievement we think she had, though, was being human amid all that fame and acclaim. She wrote openly about her struggles with depression and substance abuse. She performed her own one-woman show about it, and in doing so, came up with a book or two at the same time.

In the decades that followed Star Wars, Carrie Fisher became a fearless advocate for honesty and awareness around mental health issues, including body image, depression, and especially bipolar disorder. A lot of the candor and acknowledgement around those issues today is definitely down to her influence, as are the distinctly more powerful female leads in action movies produced today.

She was also totally outspoken about the sexism she experienced even as she reshaped the role of the female lead in Star Wars, from that famous golden bikini to being Harrison Ford’s love interest on and off the screen.

We wonder what would she have made of fashion trends today. The words “waist trainer” would probably have elicited a cackle: the way she went on about having to lose weight for the rebooted Star Wars series on the Graham Norton Show is nothing short of hilarious. In fact, we’re assigning that whole interview as required watching for all our readers. Trust us. The sight of her casually feeding Gary (her bulldog) slices of sausage while other celebrities chat is completely amazing.

There are so many things to say about Carrie Fisher. But when so many of our celebrity icons die, it feels like losing a god. With Carrie Fisher, it felt so much more like a real blow because she was a human just like us. May she rest in peace.

Waist trainers: what you need to know about the latest shape wear craze!

If you haven’t already been in the know, waist trainers are a huge revelation in fashion today! They’re the secret trick that so many of us girls use to get the ideal hourglass look, with sexy hips and a prominent bust!

So, what’s the big deal with waist trainers? They’ll tuck your tummy in and tame your flabby midsection if you’re not quite as slim as you want to be. Everyone’s using them, from Kim Kardashian to Beyonce, to Mariah Carey! Waist cincher reviews and endorsements are all over every “inside scoop” fashion piece on top celebs. They’re literally everywhere, even if you don’t see them!

But they’re so much more than shape wear! After all, we’ve had slimming undergarments for decades. Waist trainers have the extra benefit of actually helping you maintain your ideal shape long term!

Those of us at Clic Album actually wear them to the gym more than when we’re out on the town. That’s because they’re such an awesome piece of encouragement to use your gut muscles when you’re exercising, and to keep good posture on the elliptical!

So, if you’re not already in on the waist trainer craze, here’s our verdict to you!

First, stop feeling bad about using a waist trainer. Literally everyone’s doing it, even if they’re not telling you. Even men are using waist trainers, for some perspective. If you’re not using one, you’re going to always feel a bit outclassed by other midsections, and nobody wants that. Just make sure you get the right one for your body type and your clothes, and you’ll be good as gold.

There are also a lot more options than you probably know about. Waist trainers can be anything from a simple, narrow tummy belt to a full corset. You can use different ones for different occasions, and they all work a bit differently. Don’t be afraid to explore, either! These things are super cheap, and you can get a few different options to try them out. Want help finding your ideal piece? We’ve had good luck using WaistTrainers.Reviews, which is a review site that has a lot of different options, which definitely makes it easier to find the ideal solution for you. They even have suggestions for the men in your life, if you know any guys who might appreciate a good tummy tucking! You’ll see those at http://waisttrainers.reviews/men

We also just want to say that like any piece of clothing that squeezes really tight, you can run into problems if you’re not careful. You’ve probably heard about what happens when you wear skinny jeans all day that are too tight? Or what used to happen when women wore corsets (which were basically an old-fashioned waist trainer)? You don’t want anything bad to happen, so be sure to follow our tips!

-be realistic. You’re not going to completely transform your figure overnight, so don’t try to! Start with something close to your current waist measurements, and then work your way in to where you want to be, rather than going all the way at once. Trust us: your body will thank you!

-break it in gradually. The other part of the first few weeks is going to be when your body takes its time to adjust to the trainer you’re wearing. It’s a lot to get used to. Some things that happen to a lot of people are sweating under the trainer, having a harder time breathing, and getting some minor bruising. They’re all normal side effects, and they’ll go away over time. Just ease into your training routine to make sure you don’t do any harm up front.

-take breaks! This one ought to be pretty self-explanatory, but if it’s not, taking breaks will help your body recover after each training session. Think of it like sleeping after a workout. No matter how badly you want to get moving with improving your figure, you have to take some breaks to help your body adjust. Taking breaks is also the only way to make sure you’re actually gonna hold that improved posture and slimness, since you have to rely on your own muscles and not the trainer.

-don’t use it as a substitute for working out! Think of your trainer as a tool, not as a solution to your body problems! It’s there to help you along your journey, but it’s not going to take you all the way by itself. Keep up with your cardio, squats, and other core exercises to make sure your results stick.

Good luck girls! You should be feeling bootylicious in no time!