Fug File: athletes

Spoiler-Free Fabs: The Women’s Gymnastics Qualifying Round


The women’s finals are today – if they are happening when you read this PLEASE DON’T TELL MEEEEE ANYTHING — and I can’t remember if they change up their leotards or not. So, we might as well get REAL STOKED about them while appreciating the outfits from Sunday’s Day 1 qualifiers, just in case we see something new.

Also, sometimes I just want to look at cool gymnastics photos. Is that so wrong?

[Photos: Getty]

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Fugs and Fabs: The 2016 Olympics Opening Ceremony/Parade of Nations in Rio


I know this is neither a photo of the ceremony itself nor the Parade of Nations, but how could I NOT open with Nadia Comăneci carrying a little checkered purse? It’s NADIA. I clap involuntarily every time I see her name, much less her face.

A note: Please know that, even if I’m making a goofy joke or poking fun at the clothes, I LOVE the Opening Ceremonies. I love them when they’re touching, I love them when they’re silly, I love them when they’re confusing, I love when when they’re perfect, I love them when they’re long, or incomprehensible, or hideous; I love them when the clothes are cute and totally buyable and I love them when they’re disappointingly frumpy. The IOC is, sadly, not the committee these athletes deserve, but I love the Olympics themselves and every time I see the teams enter with such joy and pride on their faces, I clutch at my own face because all my feelings are starting to burst out of it. This post is therefore, as ever, written with complete affection.

Also: We couldn’t cover all the nations, because a) that’s too many, and b) they weren’t all available to us in our subscription. Those that I missed, I did not skip to be mean, so please do link in the comments to the ones you loved that I couldn’t show.

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Fugs and Fabs: Wimbledon


There was much pushback on the new Nike tennis dresses, to the point where they even offered the female players an alternative after the first day or two of the tournament — which some claim is an unprecedented backpedaling. Let’s dive into it ,and some of the other stuff worn on the courts during the first week of my very favorite tournament. I know the monochromatic dress code makes Wimbledon less sartorially energetic than the others, but what it lacks in the color wheel, it makes up for in aura.

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Well Played: Simone Biles and Gabby Douglas on Teen Vogue


I love these covers. If I were a teen, I would run out and buy them; if I were the mother of a teen, I’d be delighted to see them arrive in the mail:

These covers are, simply put, utterly great. Both Simone and Gabby look like the strong, confident, supremely talented young women that they are. There is no weird fashion-mag artifice here; no decision was made to put them in some kind of directional, glossy milieu. Obviously, they’re both very pretty, and these are compelling photographs, but part of what is wonderful about these covers is that they’re primarily focused on how good Simone and Gabby are at what they do. I particularly love that Teen Vogue chose to run a photo of Simone where she’s lightly covered in chalk dust — it’s got a beautiful effect on the image, like an Instagram filter, except it’s actually a tool that she uses to dominate at work every day:

This quote, from Gabby’s interview, is likewise great:

Gabby’s mother (who doubles as her manager), Natalie Hawkins, reflects: “I remember when everyone was talking about her arms, and she became very self-conscious about how muscular they were. Then Gabrielle saw the elegance with which Serena Williams handled all the negative criticism of her own body. It was liberating for my daughter to see that. She said, ‘I don’t have to apologize to anyone about my body. My body is beautiful.’”

Hell, yes, it is. YOU ARE BOTH PERFECT AND DON’T EVER FORGET IT.

(You can read interviews with both women in whole at Teen Vogue.)

[Photos: Jason Kibbler, Teen Vogue]

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Fugs and Fabs: The 2016 NBA Draft


The NBA draft made history… by featuring a guy outfitted simultaneously in Gucci and bespoke JC Penney.

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Your Afternoon Man: Dwyane Wade on ESPN the Magazine’s Body Issue


This more or less speaks for itself.

He may be out of his comfort zone, but he’s pretty squarely in mine. In other words: HELLO.

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Well Played: Serena Williams and Anna Wintour


AKA, The Buddy Comedy I Didn’t Know I Wanted Until Just Now.

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