Must Read: Ruth Negga Covers 'Vogue', Designers Wouldn't Lend Clothes For Ashley Graham

Plus: Walmart is now selling Celine, Miu Miu and Cartier.
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Photo: Mario Testino/Vogue

Photo: Mario Testino/Vogue

These are the stories making headlines in fashion this Wednesday.

Ruth Negga graces the cover of Vogue in Alexander Wang
The Irish-Ethiopian actress went from being a little-known starlet to a red-carpet fave seemingly overnight with the release of "Loving," a film based on the true story of an interracial couple fighting for their rights in '50s-era Virginia. In the cover story, Negga talks her own interracial background and losing her father at an early age. {Vogue}

Brands wouldn't dress Ashley Graham for her British Vogue cover
In her editor's letter, Editor in Chief Alexandra Shulman lamented that there were brands who "flatly refused" to lend clothes for full-figured bombshell Ashley Graham's January cover shoot. "It seems strange to me that while the rest of the world is desperate for fashion to embrace broader definitions of physical beauty, some of our most famous fashion brands appear to be traveling in the opposite – and, in my opinion, unwise – direction," she remarked. {Vogue UK}

You can buy Céline and Miu Miu at Walmart.com
Walmart.com's online Marketplace functions a little like Amazon, meaning that there are independent vendors on the site selling items you'd never find in a Walmart store, including luxury goods like an $18k Cartier watch. While the retailer known for cheap wares is probably not going to edge out Net-a-Porter anytime soon, it's still delightfully weird to think of them competing in the same space. {Yahoo Style}

Samsung ruling has repercussions for fashion companies
The Supreme Court ruled that Samsung will not have to pay all profits to Apple for allegedly infringing on its iPhone design. While that's good news for the South Korean tech company, designers like Alexander Wang and Dries Van Noten, who filed an amicus brief in support of Apple's interests, worry that intellectual property (including a brand's signature designs in fashion) — are going to be even harder to protect in light of the ruling. {Above the Law}

Do cuts at Jessica Alba's Honest Co. mean IPO is tabled?
The company plans to cut 80 positions, or almost 15 percent of its workforce, in the first quarter of next year. While most of the positions will come from cuts at a call center, CFO/COO David Parker will also be leaving the company. This most likely means the brand will be pausing its much-speculated-about IPO or sale plans, at least for the time being. {WWD}

Uniqlo names Japanese mountaineer as first female ambassador
Marin Minamiya summited Mount Everest at age 19, making her the youngest Japanese person ever to do so. As if that boundary-breaking weren't enough, she has also been named Uniqlo's first female ambassador, breaking a string of male representatives that have included tennis champions like Novak Djokovic. {Fashionista Inbox}

Report alleges that black beauty products are largely unsafe
An advocacy organization called the Environmental Working Group claims that "one in 12  beauty products marketed to black women are fraught with harmful ingredients," as opposed to a much lower percentage of harmful ingredients in the rest of the beauty industry. Although the claims are alarming, the EWG is a controversial enough group that its report should be taken with a grain of salt. {The Cut}

MMA fighter Ronda Rousey is Pantene's newest brand ambassador 
The hair-care brand is partnering with mixed martial artist Ronda Rousey in an attempt to send the message to consumers that "strong is beautiful." Rousey joins the likes of Selena Gomez and Jillian Hervey in representing the hair-care label. {Business Wire}

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