Athletes

Athlete Aimee Mullins: Beauty in Sports Can Be 'Liberating'

Aug/28/2012 at 09:00 AM ET

Aimee Mullins
Courtesy L’Oréal Paris

Her accomplishments are quite impressive: softball star, record-setting runner, Alexander McQueen muse, L’Oréal Paris spokeswoman. Add the fact that she had her legs amputated below the knees at just 1 year old, and you can easily say Aimee Mullins is an inspiration.

The model/athlete, named one of PEOPLE’s Most Beautiful in 1999, is one of two retired athletes leading the United States into the Paralympic Games Opening Ceremonies in London on Wednesday, serving as a Chef de Mission for the country.

“I’m very nervous,” she tells PEOPLE. “It’s a huge honor, and I’m flattered, but it’s going to be strange to be on the other side of the experience.”

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What Venus Williams Will Wear at the U.S. Open

Aug/27/2012 at 05:00 PM ET

Venus Williams
EleVen by Venus Williams

After winning Olympic gold while wearing pieces from her own line — EleVen by Venus Williams — the tennis champ will see if her designs can bring her the same luck at the U.S. Open.

Williams is planning to sport creations from her second capsule collection at the event, which kicks off in New York City today. (She hits the courts for the first time at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug, 28.) And as expected, her ensembles will be quite eye-catching; she’ll be competing first in a pink-and-white rose-print tennis dress (left), then again in an equally funky printed tank.

If you’re like us and are totally fascinated by everything Williams wears, you’re in luck. Because in just a few weeks, the athlete will be showing her designs at New York Fashion Week … which may very well mark the first time a skort is shown at Fashion Week. Tell us: What do you think of Williams’s getups?

–Jennifer Cress

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Quick Change! Maria Sharapova Wears Four Looks in One Day

Aug/21/2012 at 04:30 PM ET

Maria Sharapova Splash News Online; Startraks; Getty; FilmMagic

Maria Sharapova is used to moving quickly on the tennis court, but moving fast with fashion? Now that’s a different story.

“I’ve never done press tours, but I feel like this is what it’d be like,” she told PEOPLE Monday while in the midst of a whirlwind press day for her new Sugarpova candy line in N.Y.C. “I’m changing in bathrooms in the back of studios! It’s been a real adventure, but it’s fun, like a play day.”

The tennis star started the day at Henri Bendel wearing a Vanessa Bruno top and bright Zimmermann skirt, finished with platform pumps (left). For a public appearance in the department store — where her line of sweet and sour gummies is now sold — she slipped into a custom David Koma dress and vintage blue Sergio Rossi heels (second from left).

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Chic Clicks: Heidi Klum Designs Kids' Line, Be a Real 'SkinnyGirl'

Aug/16/2012 at 02:00 PM ET

Heidi Klum Perfume
Andrea Renault/Polaris

–Is there anything this woman can’t do? Heidi Klum just launched a totally adorable children’s clothing line for Babies”R”Us [InStyle]

–Love Bethenny Frankel? Dream of walking down a runway? Well, here’s your chance to combine the two obsessions: you can model in the star’s SkinnyGirl Shapewear fashion show [Bethenny]

–After a lot of unnecessary commotion over Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas‘s hair, her tresses are now in the hands of celebrity stylist Ted Gibson [Fashionista]

–Don’t know how to wear your scarf? Well, here are 25 ways! [YouTube]

–Everyone loves a star without makeup — and Kelly Ripa is the latest celeb to go au naturale [Huffington Post]

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Michael Phelps Dives Into New Louis Vuitton Campaign

Aug/16/2012 at 12:30 PM ET

Michael Phelps for Louis Vuitton Courtesy Louis Vuitton

Michael Phelps is making a splash in the fashion world this week: he was just named the newest face of Louis Vuitton. The Olympic swimmer — who wrapped up his athletic career last week at the London games — joins former Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina in a striking new pictorial for the brand’s “Core Values” campaign.

According to a release, the two sports icons talked about their backgrounds, their training and “the importance of transmitting their passion to others” during their shoot. We wonder if they also talked about the fact that Phelps beat 77-year-old Latynina’s medal record when he won silver on July 31?

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Chic Clicks: Gisele Glows in Latest Ads, Michelle Obama to Be an Editor

Aug/13/2012 at 02:00 PM ET

–Check out Gisele Bündchen‘s latest David Yurman video campaign; she looks stunning, obviously [YouTube]

Michelle Obama can add “Guest Editor” to her résumé now [The Cut]

–Might Chanel’s Karl Lagerfeld be designing Keira Knightley‘s wedding gown? [Vogue UK]

–The lowdown on Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell‘s Olympic beauty looks [FashionETC.]

–Is the Kardashians’ latest Sears ad — for their eyewear line — majorly Photoshopped? [HuffingtonPost]

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Olympic Synchronized Swimmers Spill Waterproof Beauty Secrets

Aug/10/2012 at 09:00 AM ET

Olympic Synchronized Swimming Michael Sohn/AP

We thought we’d seen it all these Olympic gamescrazy country nail art, golden scrunchies — and then, synchronized swimming happened.

Watching these women compete earlier in the week, we suddenly had lots of questions. Why do they wear makeup? How does it stay on? And what on earth is in their hair?

Luckily, U.S. Olympic duet member Mariya Koroleva, who, with partner Mary Killman, competed earlier this week, was nice enough to talk us through the process.

“Wearing makeup allows the judges and the audience to see our faces better when we are swimming, because we are so far away,” she explains to PEOPLE. “It also adds to the overall presentation of the routine.”

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