Anitta Appears in This Year’s Edition of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 

It appears Anitta is doing swimmingly

The 28-year-old Brazilian singer/songwriter appears on the pages of this year’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue, which launched online on Monday, July 19.

Anitta, SI Swimsuit

Anitta is one of three musicians appearing in the issue. The other two? Megan Thee Stallion, who becomes only the second musician ever to star on the cover of the issue, and R&B singer Tinashe. This is the 58th edition of SI Swimsuit.

For Latin artists like Anitta, being featured in SI Swimsuit can not only make their reach more global, but it can also make their brand more relatable, says Isabel Paz, publicity and promotions associate director at Warner Music Latina. Paz works with artists including Anitta, Justin Quiles and Sofia Reyes.

Anitta, SI Swimsuit

Warner Records worked with the global Warner Music Latin team to sign the “Girl From Rio” singer last June ahead of her U.S. debut album due this year.

“I think Sports Illustrated is such a big brand that it definitely has a global reach. We don’t have Sports Illustrated in our market, like a Spanish version,” Paz tells Billboard, adding that print coverage exposes fans to a multidimensional view of their favorite singers. “It also shows another side of the artist that perhaps we wouldn’t see if they wouldn’t have been featured there. If you see them in a sports-related magazine, then you’re able to discover that this artist also has that interest. I think it just makes them more well-rounded and perhaps shows a side that is not just them on stage, but it also lets you know that the artist is capable of doing something else. It humanizes them a bit, because you can relate to them further.”

While SI Swimsuit works to “redefine the cultural conversation around beauty by celebrating a diverse group of women,” according to the publication’s statement during the annual Miami runway show earlier in July, Paz believes it has the power to celebrate “the whole variety” of Latina artists. The question remains if SI Swimsuit will continue to break grounds with whom the magazine wants to feature on the cover and in its pages in the coming years, and how many of those models will come from the music industry.

Megan Thee Stallion, Tinashe and Anitta will take the stage and perform at the official launch event for the 2021 issue on July 23 and 24 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla. SI Swimsuit partnered with Hard Rock International for the two-day series of festivities, including interactive daytime events and a red carpet before the blowout concert at Hard Rock Live.

SI Swimsuit also worked with Roc Nation, where all three artists have direct and indirect management ties, to book the talent featured in its pages. Anitta signed a worldwide management deal with Brandon Silverstein’s S10 Entertainment, which is a partner of Roc Nation, in August 2019.

Anitta’s “Girl From Rio” single has been getting steady rotation at top 40 and rhythmic radio, further helping to ensure the Brazilian superstar’s long overdue breakout in the United States, with special thanks to DaBaby for his guest verse on the remix.

The 2021 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue will be on newsstands on Thursday, July 22.

Selena Gomez Partners with La’Mariette for New Swimwear Collection

Selena Gomez is beach ready…

The 28-year-old Mexican American actress/singer has partnered with La’Mariette to launch a swimwear collaboration.

Selena Gomez x La'Mariette

Gomez launched the collection by sharing photos of herself wearing a bikini and a one-piece from the new collection’s campaign on social media.

“So grateful that I get the opportunity to celebrate my friends’ endeavors. My collaboration with @lamariette is out today!” Gomez announced in an Instagram post.

Selena Gomez x La'Mariette

“What I love about this brand is that it celebrates women who love their bodies unconditionally giving themselves the grace they deserve,” she wrote. “Hope you love it as much as I do.”

La’Mariette’s collaboration with Gomez features six styles, including a one-piece, two bikini tops, two bottoms and a sarong. The pieces are all in a purple tie-dye print called “Aura,” and they’re available in sizes XS-XXL.

“After going through swatches, my favorite color was purple; I wanted to stay away from colors I’m used to like red and white,” said Gomez in a statement published by People. “Purple felt different for me. And we added pops of color like green and neons here and there; it really becomes your own suit, however you wear it.”

Gomez’s photos from the swimsuit photo shoot can be found on the La’Mariette website, her Instagram post and on her Instagram Stories.

Becky G Releases Own Beauty Brand “TresLúce”

Becky G wants you to look good…

The 24-year-old Mexican American bilingual singer/rapper has released her very own beauty brand, TresLúce, along with her beauty partners Made by Collective.

Becky G

A year in the making, TresLúce – formed from the Spanish words “tres” and “lucir” – is an homage to her Mexican-American culture and Latinx stories, and celebrates the importance of self-expression.

The chart-topping artist celebrated the release of her beauty brand this week at a private event in Los Angeles where she thanked her team, family and fans for their continued support throughout her career.

“There’s a reason I didn’t call it Becky G cosmetics because TresLúce is more than me, it’s about us.”

TresLúce products are now on sale to all consumers online.

Maluma Teams Up with Quay for Full Collection of Sunglasses & Glasses

The future’s so bright for Maluma that he’s gotta wear shades…

The 27-year-old Colombian singer and songwriter is expanding his empire with a special collaboration with Quay.

Maluma x Quay

Maluma has teamed up with the eyewear brand for a full collection of sunglasses and optical lenses, designed to bring he good vibes and energy this summer.

The Maluma So Much Sol campaign features a variety of styles and colors for everyone.

Maluma x Quay

“I always liked Quay,” the singer, born Juan Luis Londoño Arias, tells Billboard of the new collaboration. “I saw a couple of years ago when Jennifer Lopez was part of a big campaign with Quay and when I saw it, I wanted to be there. I always wear Quay. So one day, some guy from the office called me and said he wanted to work with me, so I was like, ‘What?’ That was a big, big dream for me and now it’s happening so I’m excited to release this big campaign. There’s going to be, hopefully, around the world, fans who are excited too. They know that I love shades, I love sunglasses.”

The summery theme of the campaign, of course, was inspired partly by his 2020 album, Papi Juancho, which peaked at No. 34 on the Billboard 200 albums chart on November 20, 2020.

Maluma x Quay

“[The album] had those tropical colors, that Miami Vice vibe, so I wanted to match it with the campaign,” Maluma explains. “That’s how I was feeling at the time when we started working on it. It matched perfectly. We did the photoshoot in Miami and it looked very vintage and modern at the same time.”

While it’s “hard to choose” a favorite pair, the global superstar gushes over the multi-colored Yada Yada pair. “They look like a rainbow and they’re big and are a statement,” he says. “Those are the kind of shades I love, because I’m not afraid to wear different kinds of things. When I saw those shades, I knew they were my favorite.”

Maluma is also ready to rock his new Quay collaboration at his Papi Juancho 2021 World Tour, which kicks off in the U.S. on September 2 at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California.

“Finally, finally, finally, we’re going on tour,” the singer says, bursting at the seams with excitement. “I miss it so bad. The last time I was one stage was a year and a half ago, and it feels like an eternity.”

“We’re preparing new music, because the last year was one of the most important years of my career,” he continues. “I released Papi Juancho, ‘Hawái’ was the biggest song of my career, so now we’re preparing for the musicians and the band and the team. We’re going to make a show that’s another level. That’s the goal – we’re talking about fashion, dancers, lights, music. We’re very excited about it.”

Shop the full Quay x Maluma collection here.

The Arizona Diamondbacks Reveal New Gold Uniform Inspired by State’s Hispanic Culture

David Peralta is preparin’ for a golden moment…

The 33-year-old Venezuelan professional baseball outfielder will soon be donning the Arizona Diamondbacks’ recently unveiled gold uniform.

David Peralta

The uniform is a reference to the Sonoran Desert and the state’s Hispanic culture as the latest alternate jersey in the City Connect collection.

The jersey reads “Serpientes” across the front, intended to highlight Arizona’s Hispanic culture, while the uniform patch features the Arizona state flag and a reference to Phoenix’s nickname as the Valley of the Sun.

The Diamondbacks will debut the uniforms on June 18 against the Los Angeles Dodgers and plan to wear them six more times: July 16 against the Chicago Cubs, July 30 against the Dodgers, August 13 against the San Diego Padres and for a three-game series with the Dodgers on Hispanic Heritage Weekend from September 24 to 26, which includes Roberto Clemente Day.

“I was really excited about that because we are involving the Spanish community in a special way. Arizona has a really big Hispanic community, and for me to be part of that, I am really proud and excited about it,” said Peralta. “We have Venezuelan guys, Dominican guys on our team to represent the Spanish community in Arizona. It really is a big deal for us, especially the way they’re doing it with the team name.”

Arizona will join the Boston Red SoxMiami MarlinsChicago White Sox and Cubs with a City Connect jersey.

The Diamondbacks conducted Zoom calls during the 2020 season to survey players on their thoughts about potential City Connect uniform designs. Peralta said that while many of the uniforms featured a nod to Arizona’s Hispanic culture — according to the most recent U.S. census data, more than 42% of the state’s residents identify as Hispanic — the gold design jumped off the page.

“I was looking at the colors in the computer and I thought it looked good, but when I saw the jersey, the way the colors come out, the contrast levels, it was like whoa, this is unique,” Peralta said. “This is something different.”

Diamondbacks president and CEO Derrick Hall said the jersey will replace the current alternative that reads “Los D-backs” and could become a regular part of the rotation depending on the reaction from fans and whether the team wins while wearing the uniforms.

“If we have an overwhelmingly favorable reaction to it, then we are going to start working them in a little more,” Hall said. “If we see that the hoodies and the T-shirts and jerseys are flying off the shelf in the team shop, we’ll know that fans want to see it more, and we’ll get feedback from fans and players. Our players are extremely superstitious, and if we turn the season around, you’ll see Serpientes out there a lot more, especially if we can rattle off some wins with it.”

When approached by MLB and Nike regarding City Connect, the Diamondbacks immediately agreed to take part in the inaugural run of uniforms. When deciding on which colors to use, they decided to stick to their existing set.

“Our preference was to have more of a bright or loud color, but we thought that it was a reflection of the desert,” Hall said. “It was a color that we already had, so it’s not an escape from what we have already, but I think our fans would have been more shocked if we had completely abandoned our colors.”

The Diamondbacks historically have been one of the more experimental teams when it comes to uniform designs. Ahead of the 2016 season, the team unveiled a complete redesign featuring a polarizing gradient snakeskin pattern on the uniforms and pants, widely considered among fans to be among the worst in the sport. When Nike took over as the uniform provider for MLB, Arizona once again redesigned its jerseys.

“We’ve been bold at times, maybe too bold, had too many options in the past, and we simplified,” Hall said. “We were one of the first teams to completely abandon our original colors and we were purple and teal, and for years, we had MLB asking us to consider changing our colors. We already had the Rockies with the purple. The purple never really matched up, and on TV, it looked more blue. The purple and teal was somewhat outdated.

“There was no red in our division, and they put on an entire presentation for us where baseball was showing us that we should be the color red because of the Sedona Mountains and the sky and we said, no, thank you, but the more we thought about it, it made sense. We’re such a young franchise, and you can do that.”

Peralta said that while gold is not a typical color for a baseball uniform, he thinks the unique look will appeal to fans. During a photoshoot ahead of the jersey reveal, the outfielder noticed a similar shade of gold on a snake’s skin to the one found on the jerseys.

“It’s just all about doing something different,” Peralta said. “The fans, the young guys, they like it, all of the kids. With these new uniforms, it’s different, and I think that’s the best part of that. People are going to be like, ‘Wow, I’ve never seen something like that.'”

Mariah Carey Launches New Collection of LGBTQ Pride-Themed Merchandise

Mariah Carey is showing her pride

With Pride Month right around the corner, the half-Venezuelan American Grammy-winning singer is helping her fans celebrate in style.

Mariah Carey

Carey has debuted a brand-new line of merchandise on her website themed around LGBTQ Pride.

The new merchandise includes apparel — like shirts, sweatshirts, shorts, socks and hats with her name written in rainbow lettering — a rainbow fan bearing the word “shade,” and even a face mask.

The new line also includes items referencing her 1999 album Rainbow, her 2001 film Glitter, her 2001 single “Loverboy” and more.

“Dahlings!!! The latest additions to my Pride collection are available to order now!” Mariah captioned an Instagram post, showing off some of the new items in her Pride Month line. “I particularly enjoy the SHADE fan! Celebrate your fabulousity and be proud!! Love, Mimi.”

Shop for Carey’s new Pride Month merch here.

Cardi B Releasing New “Mommy & Me” Reebok Collection

Cardi B is preparing for a mother-daughter moment like no other…

The 28-year-old half-Dominican American rap superstar spent her third Mother’s Day with daughter Kulture over the weekend, and she’s continuing the celebration with a brand new Reebok collection.

Cardi B x Reebok, Mommy & Me Collection

The “Mommy & Me” footwear capsule, inspired by the love the star has for her daughter, features two monochrome Club C Cardi silhouettes in Rose Gold and Aqua Dust.

According to a press release, rose gold is known as the metal of love and represents Cardi B’s affection for Kulture. Meanwhile, the Aqua Dust colorway is inspired by the aquamarine stone, which represents clarity, calm and relaxation, which is how the “Up” rapper feels about being a mom.

In a one-minute video teasing the collection, Cardi is seen FaceTiming Kulture. She also shared her advice for new parents. “Don’t be reading books on how to become a parent,” the rapper explained. “Trust me, once the baby’s here, it’s almost like you know. It just comes naturally.”

She also added some sweet words for her daughter. “You’re beautiful, you’re smart,” Cardi B said. “You’ve got successful parents. The whole world loves you. Ain’t no way you can’t make your dreams come true.”

The Reebok x Cardi B “Mommy & Me” collection is the final Club C Cardi drop and will be available to purchase in adult, junior and infant sizing on Reebok.com starting on May 13 at 10 a.m. ET.

Check out the rest of the Club C Cardi collection here.

Bad Bunny Graces Cover of W Magazine’s Music Issue

It’s Bad Bunny for the W… W magazine cover, that is…

The 27-year-old Puerto Rican rapper, singer and songwriter graces the cover of W Magazine’s Music Issue.

Bad Bunny W Magazine Cover

 

@badbunnypr is no stranger to playing different characters, in fact it’s one of the (many) things that keeps the world watching him,” writes the magazine in its Instagram post about their cover subject. “Last year, the rapper made waves for performing drag in his music video for ‘Yo Perreo Sola,’ in which he dressed in head-to-toe red latex, complete with dripping jewelry and stiletto boots. But underneath it all, the artist, born Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio remains a country boy from Puerto Rico’s northern coast, a laid-back beach kid who will roll into an industry party in board shorts and flip-flops.”

Bad Bunny W Magazine Cover

The Grammy winner, who worked overtime during the coronavirus pandemic to release three new albums and become 2020’s most streamed artist on Spotify, spoke with Abby Aguirre about optimism, his creative process and his upcoming acting roles, including his role in the highly anticipated film, Bullet Train alongside Brad Pitt.

Bad Bunny W Magazine Cover

Read the full cover story here.

Jennifer Lopez Shares Sexy Pics of New DSW Collection

Jennifer Lopez is ready for a sexy summer…

The 51-year-old Puerto Rican superstar has taken to Twitter to share a sultry new shoot for her DSW collection, with the caption, “Sexy dresses & sandals … #SummerMood.”

Jennifer Lopez

In the photos, JLo is glowing in a see-through, chainlink mini dress and the Flina jelly pump. She also rocks a Greek goddess-inspired cutout maxi dress with the sparkling Prina slides.

Lopez has been killing it in the fashion and beauty sphere lately, having recently launched her skincare line JLo Beauty, which can be purchased at Sephora here.

Jennifer Lopez

Her popular Promise fragrance is also available at Ulta here.

Last year, she was the face of the Versace spring/summer 2020 campaign and the Guess & Marciano worldwide spring 2020 campaign.

Shop her new DSW styles here.

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Cardi B Launches Colorful Expansion to Her Reebok Club C Collaboration

Cardi B is in the Reebok club

The 28-year-old half-Dominican American rap superstar has reunited with the athletic brand to launch a colorful expansion to their Club C sneaker collaboration.

Cardi B

Cardi’s first-ever apparel collection also includes new lavender, camel, white and black-and-red colorways of the Club C Cardi and the Club C Double.

The “W.A.P.” rapper shared a video to her Instagram Stories, thanking fans for the success of her launch.

Cardi B

“I want to tell you guys that this whole Reebok thing – everybody be hitting me up, my family, my friends. I think the lavender and the black and red one are all gone,” she said in the clip. “There’s a couple of sizes in the white and camel pussy one. I think you can get them in Finish Line or in Foot Locker and everything.”

Cardi B x Reebok

“Thank you guys for all the support, and everybody be hitting me up about the lavender ones!” she continued. “I’m going crazy! Got my family trying to fight me! Like, ‘B—h, why you didn’t put lavender ones for the size of me?’ I can’t control nothing!”

For those still looking to snag an item from the Cardi B x Reebok collaboration, you’re in luck. Items from the launch are still available on Reebok here, Finish Line here and Foot Locker here.