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Top 100 Media Trends of 2014

From Effervescent Mermaid Editorials to Drug Dealer Love Cards

— January 11, 2015 — Pop Culture
It's no surprise that pop culture heavily influenced the top 2014 media trends.

This year was all about the drama. Similar to a live-action Disney remake or an HB0 crime thriller, trends in media tended to emulate the theatricality of Hollywood productions. There was an emphasis on fantasy, enchantment and fairy-tale -- the stuff dreams are made of (especially Hollywood dreams).

However, most notably, there seemed to be more of a self-awareness happening. Yes, the media was attempting to construct a fantasy, but there was an understanding that it was not rooted in reality. Having a greater level of transparency allowed users to indulge, happily, and with less guilt.

To stay up-to-date with the media trends in our hyper-accelerated digital word, head on over to the Trend Hunter's Media Report.
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Medieval TV Pickup Lines
Medieval TV Pickup Lines
These Game of Thrones Pick-Up Lines Will Enchant Fans of the Show
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98
Intergalactic Canine Costumes
Intergalactic Canine Costumes
The Bantha Pet Costume Turns Man's Best Friend into a Beast
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97
Vividly Efflorescent Beauty Editorials
Vividly Efflorescent Beauty Editorials
The Vogue Korea February 2014 Issue is Florally Inspired
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96
Sultry See-Through Couture
Sultry See-Through Couture
Marcin Tyszka Shot Isabeli Fontana for Vogue Ukraine February 2014
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95
Surreally Chic Gallery Editorials
Surreally Chic Gallery Editorials
Janice Alida Shines in Harper’s Bazaar UK February 2014 Is
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94
Botanical Beauty Portraits
Botanical Beauty Portraits
The Natalia Gwozdz by Martyna Kropiowska image series is Flower-Filled
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93
Romantically Eccentric Editorials
Romantically Eccentric Editorials
Jacquelyn Jablonski is in Harper’s Bazaar Korea February 2
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92
Photography Scandal Editorials
Photography Scandal Editorials
The Jennifer Lawrence Vanity Fair Cover Story Addresses the Crime
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91
Androgynous Rocker Editorials
Androgynous Rocker Editorials
The Fashion gone Rogue 'What Ida Wore' Photoshoot Stars Ida Dyberg
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90
Provocative Posse Campaigns
Provocative Posse Campaigns
The Yeah Pussy Campaign Lets the Girls Go Wild
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89
Edgy Ebony Swimwear Editorials
Edgy Ebony Swimwear Editorials
The ELLE UK May 2014 Photoshoot Stars Model Zuri Tibby
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88
Spring Floral Beauty Editorials
Spring Floral Beauty Editorials
The Marie Claire Greece January 2014 Editorial Stars Dioni Tabbers
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87
Couture Shakespearean Editorials
Couture Shakespearean Editorials
Mariacarla Boscono Stars in This Dazed Digital SS 2014 Issue
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86
Conceptual Disguise Editorials
Conceptual Disguise Editorials
The Melissa Marcello Back To Childhood Image Series Plays Dress-Up
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85
Effortlessly Glamorous Editorials
Effortlessly Glamorous Editorials
The Vanity Fair Spain January 2014 Photoshoot Stars Anja Rubik
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84
Fantasy-Inspired Couture Collections
Fantasy-Inspired Couture Collections
This Black Milk Collection is Inspired by Game of Thrones
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83
Eclectic 70s Fashion
Eclectic 70s Fashion
Anais Pouliot is Playfully Feminine in Harper's Bazaar China
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82
After Dark Fashion Editorials
After Dark Fashion Editorials
Photographer Roberta Ungaro Shows Off Nighlife Fashion
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81
Watercolor Beauty Captures
Watercolor Beauty Captures
The Canvas Beauties Editorial for Veoir Magazine is Paint-Infused
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80
Rap Royalty Editorials
Rap Royalty Editorials
Nicki Minaj Covers V Magazine's November Issue
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79
Luxe Texture Editorials
Luxe Texture Editorials
Thom Kerr Shoots Ruby Jean Wilson for Black Magazine #20
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78
Dazzlingly Dramatic Editorials
Dazzlingly Dramatic Editorials
This Vogue Thailand February 2014 Editorial is Extremely Theatrical
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77
Ocean-Frolicking Denim Editorials
Ocean-Frolicking Denim Editorials
The Vogue Paris April 2014 Stars Andreea Diaconu
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76
Sickly Boyish Editorials
Sickly Boyish Editorials
The Unleash Editorial by Photographer Leo B is Filled with Baggy Clothing
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75
Eccentric Eye Captures
Eccentric Eye Captures
This Beauty Series for Narcisse Magazine Features Model Carola Remer
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74
Whimsical Pastel Editorials
Whimsical Pastel Editorials
The Fashion Gone Rogue 'Macaroons' Photoshoot is Quaintly Colorful
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73
All-White Fashion Editorials
All-White Fashion Editorials
Harper’s Bazaar Latin America January 2014 Stars Valentina Zely
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72
Drunk Driving Superhero Ads
Drunk Driving Superhero Ads
Fabio Obando's Ads Feature Intoxicated Superheroes Behind the Wheel
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71
Adventurous Friendship Lookbooks
Adventurous Friendship Lookbooks
The Olive and Frank Lookbook Celebrates Youth
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70
Whimsically Floral Editorials
Whimsically Floral Editorials
The ELLE Russia March 2014 Photoshoot Stars Angela Lindvall
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69
Enchanting Forest Nymph Editorials
Enchanting Forest Nymph Editorials
Luca Meneghel's Ophelie Image Series Features Monika Gonekov
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68
Magnetic Makeup Editorials
Magnetic Makeup Editorials
Lindsey Wixson Stars in Vogue Japan's November Issue
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67
Bohemian Denim Editorials
Bohemian Denim Editorials
The BLDG 25 'Blues Traveller' Photoshoot Stars Free Spirited Kelley Ash
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66
Urban Patterned Fashion
Urban Patterned Fashion
The Modern Media China January 2014 Editorial Stars Sara Sampaio
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65
'70s-inspired Bombshell Editorials
'70s-inspired Bombshell Editorials
The V Magazine Spring 2014 Photoshoot Stars Kate Upton
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64
Photoshopped Celebrity Bodies
Photoshopped Celebrity Bodies
E! Onlines Uses a Poll to Create the 'Perfect Celebrity Body'
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63
Sultry Upscale Swimsuits
Sultry Upscale Swimsuits
Model Adriana Lima Stars in This Swimsuit Editorial for Harper’s Ba
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62
Pop Art Punk Editorials
Pop Art Punk Editorials
The 'Exit Here' Editorial for Numero Russia Features Rosie Tapner
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61
Glam Gothic Editorials
Glam Gothic Editorials
Gintare by Danny Cardoza for Fashion Gone Rogue Boasts Asymmetrical Hair
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60
Phantasmal Goth Editorials
Phantasmal Goth Editorials
Lea T is Positively Ghostly in What About Mag #1
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59
Sultry Poolside Editorials
Sultry Poolside Editorials
Maryna Linchuk Stars in the Vogue Spain May 2014 Issue
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58
Theatrical Couture Closet Editorials
Theatrical Couture Closet Editorials
Harper’s Bazaar Singapore December 2013 Boasts Unique L
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57
Makeup-Free Photography Studios
Makeup-Free Photography Studios
RAW Beauty Talks Photographs Real Women Without Makeup or Editing
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56
Modern Art-Inspired Editorials
Modern Art-Inspired Editorials
Vogue Netherlands 'Les Beaux Arts' Pays Tribute to Three Artists
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55
Perfectly Parisian Editorials
Perfectly Parisian Editorials
The Vogue Australia February 2014 Editorial Stars Drake Burnette
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54
Seductively Sheer Editorials
Seductively Sheer Editorials
This Sheer Fashion Editorial for Vogue was Shot by Mario Sorrenti
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53
Tattoo-Covered Celeb Portraits
Tattoo-Covered Celeb Portraits
Shopped Tattoos's Inked Celebrities Gallery is Shocking and Fun
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52
Macabre Glamour Editorials
Macabre Glamour Editorials
Glassbook Magazine's Loneliness Fashion Story is Dramatically Chic
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51
Heathenous Housewife Editorials
Heathenous Housewife Editorials
Jenna Klein Duplanty Stuns in Vanity Fair Italia January 2014
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50
Chic Wonderland Editorials
Chic Wonderland Editorials
This Vogue Australia Editorial Features Model Mia Wasikowska
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49
Seductive Office Wear Editorials
Seductive Office Wear Editorials
The Galore Magazine January 2014 Photoshoot Stars Allie Crandell
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48
Delicate Neon Fashion Photography
Delicate Neon Fashion Photography
The Lulu Pre-Spring 2014 Campaign Boasts an Ethereal Appeal
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47
Colorful 80s Fashion
Colorful 80s Fashion
Anna Piirainen Channels Her Inner Debbie Harry for Blank Magazine
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46
Miami Supermom Editorials
Miami Supermom Editorials
The Glamour US May 2014 Proves Motherhood Doesn't Need to Slow You Down
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45
Intergalactic Beauty Editorials
Intergalactic Beauty Editorials
The HGIssue Issue 3 Photoshoot Stars Model Sabrina Nait
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44
Androgynous Model Candids
Androgynous Model Candids
F******* Young! Online's Nothing But A Known Enemy Editorial is Raw
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43
Edgy Fall Fashion
Edgy Fall Fashion
The Latest Edition of Sunday Times Style Stars Kendall Jenner
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42
Freaky Figurine Photography
Freaky Figurine Photography
Tim Walker Shoots Insanity for Love Magazine Spring/Summer 2014
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41
Sun-Drenched Stable Editorials
Sun-Drenched Stable Editorials
Rupert LaMontagne Photographs Fifty Girls of Summer
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40
Fascinating Seduction Editorials
Fascinating Seduction Editorials
Stefano Gall Photographed Cayla and Adria for C-Heads
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39
Dangerous Femme Fetale Photography
Dangerous Femme Fetale Photography
Glassbook Magazine's Bond Girl Editorial is Elegantly Sultry
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38
Aging Hipster Editorials
Aging Hipster Editorials
Sinem Yazici's Hot Shade of Gray Image Series is Distinguished
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37
Sensually Coupled Editorials
Sensually Coupled Editorials
The Numero Russia March 2014 Issue is Covered by Pat Cleveland
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36
Illusionary Beauty Editorials
Illusionary Beauty Editorials
The Nonsens TUSH Image Series Plays with Perception
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35
Glamorously Bejeweled Editorials
Glamorously Bejeweled Editorials
Ola Rudnicka Stars in Dior Magazine's Fall Issue
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34
Raw Rebel Photography
Raw Rebel Photography
Valentina Quijada's Candid Editorial Highlights Rugged Surfer Styles
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33
Smoldering Jungle Swimear Editorials
Smoldering Jungle Swimear Editorials
Daniela Braga Stars in Harper’s Bazaar Brasil January 2
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32
60s Mod Beauty Editorials
60s Mod Beauty Editorials
The Kylie Jenner Photoshoot for Byrdie is Retro Urban
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31
Lounging Nude-Toned Fashion
Lounging Nude-Toned Fashion
The ELLE France April 2014 Photoshoot Stars Model Estee Rammant
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30
Pale Avant-Garde Editorials
Pale Avant-Garde Editorials
The Natural Vision Editorial for Vogue China is Eccentric and Artsy
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29
Mexican Mask Editorials
Mexican Mask Editorials
The Hunger Magazine 'Epitaph' Photoshoot Stars Ellen and Georgie
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28
Coquettish Poolside Editorials
Coquettish Poolside Editorials
The Pretty Little Liars Cast Sizzles in This New GQ Shoot
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27
Drug Addict Couture
Drug Addict Couture
Gigi Ben Artzi and Loral Amir Show a Different Side of Drug Addiction
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26
Marie Antoinette-Inspired Editorials
Marie Antoinette-Inspired Editorials
The Vogue Germany April 2014 Photoshoot is Full of Decadence
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25
Modernist Geisha Captures
Modernist Geisha Captures
Flaunt Magazine's Sung Hee Kim Feature is Lensed by Photographer Yu Tsai
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24
Mature Child Star Editorials
Mature Child Star Editorials
Elle Fanning Covers Interview Magazine’s May 2014 Issue
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23
Bohemian Beach Editorials
Bohemian Beach Editorials
Anna Ewers and Kirtsy Hume Star in This Self Service Magazine Editorial
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22
Promising Youthful Photography
Promising Youthful Photography
Polina Photographs Bright-Eyed Youths
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21
Exotic Jewelry Editorials
Exotic Jewelry Editorials
The Tale of Four Cities by Bikramjit Bose is Romantic and Luxurious
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20
Drug Dealer Love Cards
Drug Dealer Love Cards
Say How You Feel with These Breaking Bad Valentine’s Day Cards
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19
Aged 90s Cartoons
Aged 90s Cartoons
Isaiah Stephens Illustrates Grown Up Cartoon Characters
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18
High Society Editorials
High Society Editorials
The Harper’s Bazaar China January 2014 Photoshoot is Luxurious
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17
Intensely Overused Blush Editorials
Intensely Overused Blush Editorials
Hanna Svensson Stands Out in Dansk Magazine Spring 2014 Issue
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16
Luscious Swimsuit Editorials
Luscious Swimsuit Editorials
Jeffrey Chan Photographed McKenna Berkley for C-Heads
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15
Mermaid-Worthy Beauty Looks
Mermaid-Worthy Beauty Looks
AQUA by Joanna Kustra Stars a Stunning Vanessa Grasse
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14
Flirty Feminine Streetwear
Flirty Feminine Streetwear
Cara Delevingne Stars in this Vogue Brasil February 2014 Editorial
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13
Whimsical Wedding Dresses
Whimsical Wedding Dresses
Hooray Magazine's 'Ophelia' Editorial is Inspired by Shakespeare
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12
Bombshell Swimsuit Editorials
Bombshell Swimsuit Editorials
Kate Upton Stars in Vogue UK's June 2014 Issue
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11
Sculptural Futurism Editorials
Sculptural Futurism Editorials
The Collector Fashion Story Highlights Pieces from Martin Across
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10
Intimate Domestic Editorials
Intimate Domestic Editorials
Love & Lemons Have Launched a Series of Candid Photo Diaries
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9
Alternate Cartoon Ending Spoofs
Alternate Cartoon Ending Spoofs
'Unhappily Ever After' Disney Characters Get Awful Story Endings
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8
Modern Villain Makeovers
Modern Villain Makeovers
Jeff Langevin Updates Maleficent’s Look for the 21st Century
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7
Comical Adult Film Photography
Comical Adult Film Photography
This Issue of Useful Photography Focuses on Opening Scenes
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6
Futuristic Beauty Editorials
Futuristic Beauty Editorials
Piotr Stoklosa's Paulina Wyka Image Series Boasts Color Filter Props
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5
Creepy Beauty Editorials
Creepy Beauty Editorials
The Novembre Magazine July 2014 Issue Focuses on Experimental Looks
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4
Au Naturel Beauty Editorials
Au Naturel Beauty Editorials
Marie Claire Hungary February 2014 Photoshoot Stars Barbara Palvin
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3
Reality Altering Disney Adaptations
Reality Altering Disney Adaptations
These Alternate Reality Images Show Frozen in a New Light
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2
Eccentric Pop Art Editorials
Eccentric Pop Art Editorials
The Plastic Dreams Eat My Melissa Story Features Aline Weber
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1
Earthy Hippie Chick Editorials
Earthy Hippie Chick Editorials
Candice Swanepoel Stars in Vogue Brazil Antes do P
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