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Most-read fashion stories from 2014


1: Kate Middleton red cheeked as Aussie paper is second to publish bare bottom photos

An Australian newspaper owned by Rupert Murdoch has become the second publication to run images of the Duchess of Cambridge's bare bottom in its pages.

The photograph, initially published in German magazine Bild, was taken by a photographer during the recent royal tour of Australia.

The Duke and Duchess were visiting the Blue Mountains near Sydney when a blast of wind from a nearby helicopter blew up her Diane Von Furstenberg wrap dress and accidentally flashed her backside.

2: Miss World New Zealand crowned

Filipino beauty Arielle Garciano is the newly-crowned Miss World New Zealand after wowing judges with her stunning looks and outstanding efforts to raise money for a little girl from the Philippines who needed lifesaving facial surgery.

The Christchurch contestant towered over a field of 15 to land the coveted title of most beautiful women in the land at the final day of competition at Auckland's Rendezvous Grand Hotel.

3: VMAs red carpet: Bold, black and barely there

When picking a suitable ensemble for the VMAs one can push the fashion boundaries, shoving them so far that it's shocking - that's what we love about the red carpet at music events. It's this creativity we crave and consider when collating our galleries of must-see looks from the red carpet.

4: 'You lose a son, gain a daughter'

The father of a transgender beauty pageant contestant said he lost a son but gained a daughter in accepting her.

Kim Dwyer said he was at first in denial when his son Bronson told him he wanted to be a girl, but he had since recognised his daughter Amy for who she was.

"Obviously that's her goal in life and I'm not one to have grudges or anything, I just want the family to be happy. That's what makes her happy, so obviously I'll support her."

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5: Lara Bingle's brand denies bikini bungle

Lara Bingle came under fire, earlier this year, for copying designs in her new swimsuit range for Cotton On Body, but the brand stood by the Aussie bikini babe.

Swimsuit designer Lisa Marie Fernandez publicly accused the model of copying her label's signature style for her Lara Bingle For Cotton On Body range.

6: Kim Kardashian's bare-bottom broke the internet

Kim Kardashian put her famous derriere on the cover of a US magazine and got exactly the online reaction she wanted.

Within hours of posting the image of her oiled-up, Photoshop-enhanced behind, the internet went to town on creating their own versions, from centaurs to docking stations.

7: 'Incredible' teen model signs with top agency

A Kiwi teenager spotted on Instagram could soon be walking the catwalk with the likes of Karlie Kloss and Cara Delevingne after being signed by one of the world's largest modelling agencies.

62 Models manager Andrea Plowright knew Maia Cotton had the star factor and "belonged on the stage" the moment she spotted a picture of the 15-year-old on Instagram.

8: Jennifer Lawrence named world's sexiest woman

Hollywood star Jennifer Lawrence was been named the sexiest woman in the world, topping the annual countdown of the top 100 by FHM magazine.

The Hunger Games actress succeeded 2013's winner Mila Kunis, who slipped to sixth place.

9: The Down Lowe: Trend spotting - monochrome (+photos)

Life & Style blogger Katherine Lowe says that you can very rarely ever go wrong with a monochromatic look.

"People might say it's boring to wear black all the time but there's a reason why it's done - it's easy, slimming, goes with pretty much everything. It looks good. White is almost the same (minus the slimming, maybe a little less easy). In my opinion, an all white look is very chic if you've got the confidence to actually do it."

10: The outfit Madonna was banned from wearing to the Met ball

Madonna's strappy bondage 'outfit' was vetoed by US editor Anna Wintour at the Met Ball last night.

But not even the high priestess of fashion can tell Madonna what to do, so she scrapped the event entirely and stayed at home instead, deciding to share a picture of herself wearing the contentious ensemble on Instagram - her chest strapped in by white strips of fabric.

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