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Taylor Swift New Album Pink Slip Country

The Taylor Swift New Album, “1989” Gives Country The Pink Slip (& We’re Lovin’ It)

Country darling Taylor Swift is steadily rebranding her image, transitioning from doe-eyed American sweetheart to take-charge pop star shakin’ off the haters. From her current outings in the media, she seems to be more in control and confident than ever. Using this time in her life as a springboard to evolve as a person and artist, Swift shows us how New York and the era of the 80’s, two powerful spaces, have impacted her musical and personal identity. Lucky for us fans, we get to follow her on this new journey!

From buoyant curls, porkpie hats, and Keds to red lips, a polished bob, and a more timeless (still swoon-worthy) style that even Amal Alamuddin fancies, Taylor is ready to leave her good-girl country image in a trail of dust, pursuing a mature yet still fun-to-dance-to sound. She’s growing with her twentysomething fanbase and we’re ready.

The Taylor Swift new album, “1989,” which will be number five for the international hit maker, will be released next week, October 27th and is currently available for pre-order on itunes. She’s already released three tracks, including the infectious dance song of the summer/fall “Shake It Off,” as well as “Out of the Woods,” a more rhythmic tune reminiscent of the band M83, and “Welcome to New York,” a soon-to-be anthem for movers and groovers of all kinds.

Thus far, my favorite track is “Out of the Woods” (I’ve probably contributed to 100+ listens on YouTube) as it does both a great job of storytelling, and melodically/methodically luring me into the emotions of Swift’s narrative. For those who don’t know, the song is about her previous relationship with Harry Styles.

Taylor Swift continues to wow us with her charm, down-to-earth charisma, and quirky (but not in a Manic Pixie Dream Girl kind of way) personality. Fans adore her because she engages with us, tells our stories, and is truthful in a way that makes us certain she is nothing but herself onstage, in front of the camera, or even when sporting a cat-adorned graphic robe on a flight. Whether she’s hosting listening parties for her biggest fans, or poking fun at a tumblr meme, Swift assures us she is one of us, just another twentysomething trying to find her way.

Has Taylor Swift given country music the PINK SLIP? It seems like it for now, but who’s to say that’s a bad thing.

(Photo Credit: Taylor Swift’s Official Facebook Fanpage)

Hair Today…Gone Tomorrow!

Pink Slip Lavender Hair

Pink Slip Lavender Hair

by Elan Carson & Ashley Salinas

Color me crazy, but is anyone else tired of seeing the lavender hair trend?

First spotted on Katy Perry in 2011, lavender hair was once heralded as rock-n-roll runway chic. From catwalk to street style, this look quickly became all of the rage, with teens recreating the lavender-blonde locks.

Now that we’ve reached the peak of pastel hair colors, with style divas like Kelly Osbourne sporting this fantastical hairdo, I think it’s time we start to color in the lines again and ditch this candy queen/fairy aesthetic.

It was chic before but now this trend needs to be given the pink slip. As with any dye job, maintaining vibrant locks is a high maintenance feat. Unless you are a celebrity with a team of stylists on call, regular hair upkeep kind of goes out the window and the once vibrant color starts to fade to a grayish hue. And who wants more gray then lavender! Plus, all of the chemicals are bound to be damaging to your mane.

Let’s lose the lacquered locks all together (unless you’re prepped for some serious hairdo upkeep) and opt for natural hues instead. If you insist on having a colored coiffure with a pop, look into more temporary options, like a wig, extensions, or even semi-permanent dye that’s easy to abandon or wash out when the look simply isn’t working anymore.

Lavender hair is getting the PINK SlIP!

Freeze! This Tribal Poncho is in Serious Trouble

Pink Slip Tribal Ponchos

With snowstorms perilously making their way across the country–stealthily avoiding sunny SoCal–it’s no shocker that fashionistas everywhere are bundling up in soft-to-the-touch cashmeres, cozy cable knits, and warm wool blends. Seemingly easy to toss on layers: styling print button-downs with embroidered cardigans or even opting for a tough-as-nails leather look, there’s one miss that a lot of people seem to fall victim to: the tribal poncho!

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PInk Slip Interviews Sam Sarpong: BET Host & Tommy Hilfiger Model

Sam Sarpong. In case you haven’t heard of him (even though I’m sure you have), he’s a jack of all trades AND master of all! As a successful model, actor, and recent host for BET, Sarpong is stealthily taking over the entertainment industry! 

Elan Carson: At what point in your life did you decide you wanted to establish yourself as an entertainer? And why was that important to you at that time?

Sam Sarpong: When I was a kid I liked to watch T.V. a lot. One of my favorites was Dukes of Hazard because they drove really fast cars. It was the fast cars on Dukes of Hazard that did it for me. I love what I do and the fact that I can affect so many people’s lives by my work as an entertainer.

EC: Where were you when you first heard the news that you landed a job as a BET host and how did that feel?

SS: It felt great knowing I was going to be hosting the BET Awards. BET had come to me after seeing my work at MTV. I looked forward to it because I had never hosted the BET Awards and it was my first time also attending them.

EC: Who are some of the people that have been crucial in helping you to succeed?

SS: There are several people that help me succeed daily. My father, sister, my publicist Terrance and Nyvia, my management Steve, my hosting agent Melissa, my agent JD, my road manager Brian and the entire Future Stars staff. You are nothing without your team.

EC: Looking back at how far you’ve come, how does it now feel to be heralded as Hollywood’s Renaissance Man?

SS: It feels great to be heralded as Hollywood’s Renaissance Man. It’s a true blessing. It shows that if you never give up, things can happen for you.

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EC: If you could look into the future, how do you see your career evolving over the next few years?

SS: In the next few years I see myself running Future Stars Entertainment Group as a management, production company, clothing brand, and just building an empire to create jobs for other people.

EC: How have you changed from your first role as a host to being the face of Tommy Hilfiger to appearing in 60 films?

SS: I haven’t really changed much since my first role as a host and Tommy Hilfiger. It is all the same to me. Entertainment cross references each other, so all the things I do whether it be acting, modeling, hosting or music, they all help build my brand.

EC: Knowing that you possess a variety of talents, what’s the one skill on which you pride yourself the most?

SS: Acting is the one skill I pride myself most on because it is the hardest. When you are acting you are playing someone else so people really judge your work. [With] music and hosting, ultimately you are being yourself. Even if people still judge you, you don’t take it as personal.

 EC: Has race ever been a defining factor in determining if you’re the “right” fit for a position and how have you leveraged being an African-American male in a pre-dominantly Caucasian industry to your advantage?

SS: Race plays a role every single day for me. I have always seen myself not as a color but as a person. There have been many times through my career where they didn’t want a black person for the job, but I walk in the room and with the presence of God they end up wanting me and they don’t even know why. If you strongly believe that you are right for something you will continuously break down barriers.

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Pink Slip Fashion recently had the chance to interview Hollywood’s Renaissance Man,

EC: What’s one trend for men that you think is going out of style and should get the PINK SLIP?

SS: The style for men that should definitely get the Pink Slip is when men wear real colorful shirts like some of the crazy Versace prints. Especially when they are wearing them just because it costs $2,000.00. Clothes don’t make a man, a man makes the clothes.

You can stay up to date with this leading Hollywood Renaissance Man via Twitter: @mrsamsarpong