This Week in Women: It’s Time to Talk About How Gender Shapes Gun Violence and Global Conflict

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The gun control debate dominated the news after a mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida on Valentine’s Day left 17 people, including 14 students, dead. The fact that Nikolas Cruz allegedly stalked and threatened his girlfriend before allegedly opening fire on former classmates, coaches, and teachers, didn’t feature strongly in media coverage this week, even though about a quarter of all mass shootings in the U.S. are committed by perpetrators with a history of domestic violence.

Administrators sent Cruz to other schools due to his erratic and threatening behavior, and his mother called the police more than 30 times, including for incidents classified as domestic disturbances, but it didn’t stop him from buying a gun. Without a misdemeanor conviction for domestic violence against a current or former spouse, Cruz could still legally buy a firearm.

This is the so-called “boyfriend loophole,” yet closing this gap in the law hasn’t been raised prominently this week as an effective tool for preventing gun violence, along with banning bump stocks and strengthening background checks. That’s a shame because relative to other issues, there’s quite a lot of bipartisan support around protecting domestic violence victims. More than half of women murdered by men in the U.S. are killed by intimate partners, and in 2015, 55 percent of female victims were killed with a gun. Late last week, Oregon’s House of Representatives passed a bill to close the boyfriend loophole in the state—finally—and banned anyone with a misdemeanor stalking conviction from owning a gun. The legislature was moved to action by the Parkland shootings, however the bill was supported by a female governor, and endorsed last year by Oregon’s National Organization for Women.

Elsewhere in the news, hundreds were killed in Syria earlier this week—including at least 50 women—when forces loyal to Syrian president Bashar al Assad launched an intense bombing campaign. More violence is expected in this seven-year conflict. Women remain left out of the numerous failed efforts to end the war and bring peace, and, as two experts from the Council on Foreign Relations write in CNN, women’s participation in peace negotiations makes an agreement 64 percent less likely to fail.

Politico reported Thursday that the upcoming annual State Department report on global human rights is going to replace the phrase “reproductive rights” with “coercion in population control.” This reflects the influence of the U.S. far right, which equates U.S.-supported efforts to supply women with contraception to population coercion. The Fuller Project reported last year on these far-right groups who say the U.S. encourages abortion of female fetuses in China, which has zero evidence.

But in a sign of progress on equal rights for women, investment banks are creating “gender equality ETFs” that allow investors to put their money into a fund that only invests in companies championing gender equality. Last month, Swiss banking giant UBS became the latest firm to offer this investment option, and half of the companies in the fund are U.S.-based.

And this month on the cover of Glamour magazine, our senior global editor Sophia Jones reports on Afghanistan’s only all-female TV news station, whose broadcasts give viewers “a new image of female strength.” Read Sophia’s excellent story here.

Christina Asquith is founder and editor-in-chief of The Fuller Project for International Reporting.

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How to Plan a Wedding While Working Full Time

how to plan a wedding while working full timeI feel like I’ve seen a bunch of fun threadjacks on this recently(ish), so let’s discuss this today: what are your best tips on how to plan a wedding while working full time (or, as many of you do, well more than 40 hours a week)? What are the best things to outsource as far as wedding planning goes — and what are the best ways to simplify wedding planning? And a corollary question: what wedding planning tasks can you do at the office? We’ve talked about homing from work, making personal calls on the clock, and a bunch of aspects of wedding and business etiquette (including whether you should invite colleagues to your wedding) — as well as wedding finances — but I don’t think we’ve ever had a post rounding up everyone’s tips on how to plan a wedding.

A friend of mine just got married, so I asked her how she fit wedding planning in with her BigLaw job — here were her tips on how to plan a wedding while working full time:

Be very organized. Split tasks with your spouse. Consider a wedding planner (though we didn’t have one). Most things can be done well in advance so don’t save everything for the end.

For me, the two really busy times were the first month we got engaged, looking at venues and vendors and then the last month before. I brought a personal laptop into work and dedicated a half hour each day during lunch to just dealing with emails.

We had a full service place- I don’t know how people do it if they have to separately rent all the chairs and tables and glasses etc
We also did things when we could–we made a big playlist of both our phones and then listened to it in car rides, winnowing it down.

Great tips! I’ve also heard a lot of people who’ve advised to set up a “family” email for the wedding (I’m also a big fan of the family email once kids come along), and I could see either Slack or Trello as being a great way to keep everyone on the same page, which makes it much easier to hand off tasks to your partner as needed. (Slack is particularly great when you’ve having 15 different conversations with the same person at once so emails get totally lost and I find it easy to move among the conversations — Trello is more visually appealing if you prefer to see everything in separate buckets. Here’s a post on how to use Trello to plan a wedding.)

All right, ladies, what are your best tips on how to plan a wedding when you work long hours? 

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If You Need a New Car, WalletHub Says Now Is the Time to Hit the Gas

Itching for a new set of wheels? You might be wondering: When is the best time to buy a new car

Well, turns out now might be a good time to buy, according to WalletHub’s recently released auto financing report for first quarter 2018.

WalletHub reports that the car buying market seems to be currently tilting in favor of the buyer rather the seller.

“Interest rates for new cars are at one of their lowest point in the past three years,” WalletHub claims.

Still, rates will vary based on where you finance your vehicle.

WalletHub found the best interest rates for financing a new car tend to come directly from car manufacturers — with the average rate of 1.87%. Credit unions offer the next best deal — with interest rates averaging 2.61% for new cars.

National banks tend to offer better deals than regional banks, and regional banks tend to offer better deals than community banks or small banks.

Those who choose to purchase a used car will find similar trends. A credit union will likely offer the lowest interest rate, and national banks will beat out regional and community banks for the best interest rates.

However, interest rates for used cars will be higher than those for new models.

For example, the average interest rate for financing a used car at a credit union is 2.87% while the rate for a new car is about 2.61%. Financing a used car from a regional bank comes with an interest rate of about 4.73%, but a new car owner could get a 4.01% interest rate at a regional bank.

Finding the Best Deal

Choosing which car you want to buy is a personal choice, but WalletHub found some manufacturers seem to offer better deals and more transparency over others.

Of the 22 manufacturers WalletHub analyzed, Nissan, Hyundai, Mazda, Ford, Subaru, Toyota and Dodge currently offer 0% financing.

Car shoppers looking to lease instead of buy will find Toyota, Hyundai, Lexus, Jaguar, Mazda, BMW and Subaru provide the best leasing offers with interest rates under 4%.

WalletHub also looked at how transparent car manufacturers were during the auto leasing process and scored each using a 10-point scale. Infiniti, Mini, BMW, Mercedes, Honda, Volkswagen, Toyota, Nissan, Audi and Hyundai all earned a score of 6, the highest any manufacturer received.

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Speaking of scores, one factor that will impact how much you’ll spend on a car purchase is your credit score.

Buyers with a fair credit score will end up paying about five times more in interest than those with excellent credit, according to WalletHub.

For example, someone with fair credit might pay $ 7,723 in interest over the life of a $ 20,000, five-year loan, while someone with excellent credit might pay $ 1,456 in interest for the same loan — a difference of $ 6,267.

Check your credit score before you start the car-buying process (Credit Sesame and Credit Karma are two great apps). If it’s less than stellar, here are some tips to improve your credit score.

Nicole Dow is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder.

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Twitter reported its first-ever profitable quarter Thursday after more than four years of trading on the public market. The company announced $ 91 million in profit for the fourth quarter of 2017. Profitability was the #goal, CEO Jack Dorsey told investors in February 2017, and Twitter nailed it. The stock was up by more than 14 percent in after-hours trading.

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The best models of all time (…and what makes a supermodel super?)

Cindy’s in a major Omega campaign, Naomi’s back on the catwalk and Donatella broke the internet with her reunion of the ‘famous five’ for the Versace SS18 show. As the original supers stalk back into the spotlight, here’s our edit of the best models of all time.

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Introduction by Autumn Whitefield-Madrano

If you were old enough to reach a newsagent counter in 1990, you’ll remember that cover: Naomi, Linda, Tatjana, Christy and Cindy, high-glam action figures clustered together, gazing at us on the front of January Vogue. Even those of us who fancied ourselves too lofty for supermodel daydreams were entranced by Peter Lindbergh’s black and white photo, elevated from the realm of fashion and approaching something closer to cinema. It was the image that kicked off the era of supermodel mania. If you weren’t old enough the first time round, you’ll definitely remember a certain Instagram-breaking moment last September – a similarly Amazonian line-up of Cindy, Claudia, Naomi, Carla and Helena, reunited on the Versace SS18 catwalk. The ‘supermodel’ has come full circle – quite literally in the case of these returning stars, whose stock has never been higher than now.

The original gang, a bit like the Spice Girls, had someone for everyone. Naomi Campbell: assertive, playful yet exquisite, the obvious icon not only for young black women, but for those who coveted her haughty ‘I’m worth it’ chutzpah. Linda Evangelista: chameleon-like with her ever-changing hair colour, yet always unmistakable, and admired for the gumption of saying she wouldn’t get out of bed for less than $ 10,000 a day. Christy Turlington, with her calm doe-eyed gaze and impossibly perfect features that looked carved from soapstone. Cindy Crawford and Tatjana Patitz, the smiling, can-do faces of athletic vigour on each side of the pond. That cover was shot more than a quarter of a century ago, yet ask most people to name a supermodel, and chances are at least one member of this quintet will roll instantly off the tongue.

Not that they were the first to be termed ‘supermodels’. The word has been bandied about since 1891, when painter Henry Stacy Marks rhapsodised about a certain variety of sitter: ‘The “super” model… goes in for theatrical effect; always has an expression of “Ha! Ha! More blood…”’ With each person dubbed a ‘supermodel’ over the 75 years it took for the term to take hold, the profession took form. To be a supermodel is to be an entity larger than that of fashion plate: Lisa Fonssagrives, a Swede widely considered to be the very first of the type, is perhaps known as such because she leveraged her modelling streak of the 40s into a fashion-design career. You also need to be instantly recognisable, to have a Cindy Crawford-mole USP, if you will: when Dorian Leigh – another candidate for the world’s first supermodel – met legendary editor Diana Vreeland, Mrs V told her, ‘Do not – do not do anything to those eyebrows!’ Perhaps it’s about celebrity (Twiggy prompted The New York Times’ first use of the word, in 1968), or an unshakeable self-belief (Janice Dickinson claimed she coined the term in 1979, which is patently untrue).

If the 1990 quintet were the first graduating class of modern supermodels, Kate Moss was its first rogue scholar. She seized the public eye in a singular fashion: she was unhealthily skinny, the story went, and then there was that whole ‘heroin chic’ thing. Plus, she didn’t care, or at least she didn’t look like she did. That deadpan expression, that flatness echoed by the broad planes of her face – teenage girls who couldn’t disguise that they cared desperately about boys, good grades and being liked were probably infuriated by her insouciance, consoling themselves by silently thinking, ‘She isn’t even that pretty.’

It’s this, I now see, that made her a supermodel. Kate Moss is no gargoyle; she doesn’t even qualify as jolie laide. But her face was the next logical step from the template that her supermodel elders had etched. Evangelista et al were jaw-droppingly beautiful, none of them dabbled in plebeian prettiness. Kate, with her much-mentioned (in model terms) shortness, ‘bandy’ legs and gappy smile, had the same magnetism and uniqueness they all share. Mere beauty isn’t what set them apart. To earn the ‘super’ prefix, a model doesn’t have to be the most beautiful model nor does she have to be the most commercially successful. She has to have that ineffable quality known as ‘It’, even as her It-ness is conferred upon a supermodel largely after her christening. She has to be comfortable with that, inhabit it and use it to her advantage. ‘There was nothing like these girls,’ says Sasha Charnin Morrison, who witnessed the rise of the supermodel during her 30-plus years in fashion publishing, including stints as fashion director at Harper’s Bazaar, Allure and Us Weekly. ‘When they said things like, “I don’t get out of bed for less than $ 10,000 a day,” that made complete sense. They were worth every penny.’

And they were, for a while. The predecessor to the model was the mannequin; models were referred to as ‘live mannequins’ before we settled upon our current term. A model’s job is to wear clothes, to be dressed, styled and passively done unto. The supermodels turned this on its head – the essence of feminism is the ability to have a choice, and these women were the ones doing the choosing. They were in control of their bodies, careers and the clothes they agreed to wear – and they sold them. It is less about possessing beauty and more about possessing a ‘look’– one that can shift depending on circumstance and styling, of course. A model asks that you look at her as a part of the whole – the fashion, the make-up, the hair, the mise-en-scène. A supermodel asks no such thing; she demands, and in doing so makes it clear that it is her essence that should remain indelible in your mind.

Which was, of course, their downfall. By 1998, Time had declared the death of the supermodel, with good reason. Moss walked for Alexander McQueen in spring 1997; a year and a half later, his showstopping Joan of Arc show featured relative nobodies. Designers wanted their creations to take centre stage, and magazine covers used actresses when they wanted recognition, and lesser-known models when they wanted  the face of ‘relatability’ – the idea being that readers better project their own identity on to a blank canvas, unaccompanied by the overwhelming individuality of a Cindy or a Naomi.

Today’s supermodels may not have inherited their predecessors’ iconic status as models, but their DNA carries other imprints: business acumen (Cindy founded an empire on fitness videos before YouTube was a twinkle in Steve Chen’s eye), brand relationships, distinct yet pliant identities. While the originals were made into stars by endless press coverage, social media has allowed Gigi, Bella and Kendall to create stars of themselves. They aren’t at the mercy of the press for their image; they create their own personae, controlling what to reveal and what to conceal. With this ability to generate mystery, the new supermodel has mastered the catch-22 of It-ness, along with the business savvy that goes with the title. What remains to be seen is whether they will develop the quality that sees a quorum of the Vogue five working into their 50s – the ability to compel. When you look at Naomi Campbell lounging on a bed, gazing into the camera with a languid tease, you see light. Perhaps you envy her, but your deeper envy belongs to the photographer, able to watch her transcendence from behind the safety of the lens. You can’t tear your eyes away.

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1. Suzy Parker

Era: Late 1940s – early 1960s
From: New York
Her look: Freckly and flame-haired with an hourglass figure
USP: A favourite muse of photographer Richard Avedon, her sister Dorian was a famous model, dubbed the ‘world’s first supermodel’. That was before the world met Suzy. She went on to eclipse her sis, becoming the first model to earn $ 100,000 per year and the only one to have an (unreleased) Beatles song named after her

2. Twiggy (AKA Lesley Hornby)

Era: 1960s
From: Neasden, North-West London
Her look: Bambi – after a few weeks of no dinner. Big eyes, spidery lashes and a skinny twig-like frame (hence the nickname).
USP: Invented the Swinging Sixties – with a little help from the Beatles, Carnaby Street, et al. Discovered at 16 when she had her hair chopped off in hairdresser Leonard’s West End salon – a fashion journalist saw the pictures, and the rest is history.

3. Veruschka

Era: 1960s
From: Kaliningrad, Russia.
Her look: A lionine mane of blonde hair and the kind of versatile face that could take any look – fake ‘eyes’ on her eyelids, being covered in gold leaf… You name it, she pulled it off
USP: Her blue blood and fascinating family. Real name: Vera Gottliebe Anna Gräfin von Lehndorff-Steinort. Her mother was a Prussian countess and her father was a German count who was an active member of the Resistance – he was eventually executed for an assassination attempt on Adolf Hitler.

4. Penelope Tree

Era: 1960s
From: UK
Her look: Saucer eyes, spiky lashes and poker-straight hair. ‘An Egyptian Jimminy Cricket’ according to her then-boyfriend, cheeky chappie photographer David Bailey.
USP: Super-connected socialite roots – brought up in the US, her mother was an American socialite descended from famous social activist Endicott Peabody. Her British MP dad threatened to sue if her first-ever photos (by legendary photographer Diane Arbus) were published.

5. Jean Shrimpton (AKA ‘The Shrimp’)

Era: 1960s
From: High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire
Her look: Delicate, snub-nosed perfection
USP: Yet another David Bailey conquest, she started her affair with him when he was still married to his first wife, who he divorced to be with Shrimpton. Described as having ‘the world’s most beautiful face’, everything she wore (even barely visible in a beauty campaign) was always a sell-out

6. Pat Cleveland


Era: 1960s-Present
From: New York
Her look: European-style beauty with a free-flowing mane of black hair
USP: One of the most famous black models to break through fashion’s exclusionary policies of the 60s, she was named ‘the all-time superstar model’ by former US Vogue editor, André Leon Talley. Modelling for designers from Valentino to Yves Saint Laurent, it was on the runway where she really established her fame, bringing her own theatrical style. She moved to Paris in 1970, refusing to return to the US until 1974, the year Vogue first featured a black model on their cover.

7. Lauren Hutton

Era: 1970s-present. Yup, she’s still going, modelling for The Row, Club Monaco and jewellery brand Alexis Bittar in recent years
From: Charleston, South Carolina
Her look: Two words: gap teeth. After trying to disguise the gap with mortician’s wax, she eventually refused to have them ‘fixed’, heralding a new era of healthy body image and natural imagery in modelling
USP: The first model to score a big-bucks beauty contract, negotiating $ 400,000 to be the ‘face’ of Revlon in 1973. Appeared on the cover of Vogue a record 41 times. Not forgetting her eight-page nude magazine photoshoot – at the age of 61.

8. Beverly Johnson



Era: 1970s
From: Buffalo, New York
Her look: Chisel-jawed glamour

USP: Credited with forcing fashion to take black women seriously, she was the first African-American model to appear on the cover of US Vogue in 1974 and ditto French Elle in 1975. Also an actress, she’s appeared in everything from Law & Order to Sabrina, the Teenage Witch in recent years

9. Christie Brinkley

Era: 1970s and 1980s
From: Michigan, USA
Her look: Cookie-cutter California Girl personified (she was brought up in LA) – toned and tanned with a perma-grin
USP: She had the longest-running beauty contract of any model, ever – 25 years as the face of Cover Girl. Along with 500 magazine covers, including 3 consecutive Sports Illustrated swimwear issue covers – quite the coup in the 1980s. Also: a spell as Mrs Billy Joel.

10. Cindy Crawford

Era: 1980s and 1990s
From: Illinois, USA
Her look: Big hair, strong brows, athletic body. Hang on, have we forgotten something? Oh yes. The most famous mole OF ALL TIME.
USP: Brains and business acumen. She nearly ended up as a chemical engineer and invented the celebrity workout video with her famous ‘Cindy Crawford: Shape Your Body’ exercise series, raking in a fortune in the process.

11. Claudia Schiffer

Era: 1980s and 1990s
From: Rheinberg, Germany
Her look: Teutonic Brigitte Bardot
USP: Holds the world record for most amount of magazine covers, as listed in the Guinness Book of World Records. Was hand-selected by Karl Lagerfeld for his Chanel campaigns and remained one of his favourites for years. But what can top being ‘guillotined’ by permatanned magician David Copperfield (her fiance from 1994-1999) live on stage?

12. Helena Christensen

Era: 1980s-present
From: Copenhagen, Denmark
Her look: Enigmatic and olive-skinned, thanks to her mixed Danish/Peruvian heritage
USP: Former Miss Universe Denmark with serious creative skills. She wanted to be a musician and has run her own fashion boutiques (including Butik in New York) and clothing lines. A successful photographer, she was the launch creative director of Nylon magazine, and has held exhibitions of her work

13. Linda Evangelista

Era: 1980s-present
From: Ontario, Canada
Her look: Hawk-nosed chameleon, with ever-changing hair. Long before ‘The Rachel’, it was all about ‘The Linda’ – her 1989 gamine crop that became famous the world over, inspiring wigs and other celebrities (hello, Demi Moore in Ghost).
USP: The feisty models’ model. It was she who uttered the infamous phrase, ‘We don’t wake up for less than $ 10,000 a day,’ referring to her and her fellow supermodel gang. She’s credited with setting a new benchmark for models’ fees and caused controversy by reportedly earning sky-high sums for walking in catwalk shows for the big houses.

14. Kristen McMenamy


Era: 1980s-present
From: 
Pennsylvania, USA
Her look:
Other-worldly androgynous. Legendary model agent Eileen Ford advised her to have cosmetic surgery – luckily, she pressed on with her unique look
USP:
Ushered in the era of grunge in 1992. Some might say she actually started it, by chopping her long red hair off and letting Francois Nars shave her eyebrows for an Anna Sui catwalk show. Cue international recognition and a starring role in fashion shoots with titles like ‘Grunge & Glory.’ Combined with her theatrical poses and runway ‘walk’, she’s still your go-to girl for high-fashion drama.

15. Christy Turlington

Era: 1980s-present
From: California (her mother is from El Salvador), USA
Her look: Doe-eyed serenity – the embodiment of Calvin Klein’s fragrance Eternity, one of her most famous campaigns.
USP: The Zen One. Having launched her own Ayurvedic skincare line and yoga range, she’s now a prominent campaigner for maternal health in the developing world. She studied for a masters’ degree in public health and launched Every Mother Counts, a non-profit organisation that supports maternal health programmes in countries including Malawi, Uganda, and Indonesia, as well as directing a 2010 documentary on the subject, No Woman, No Cry

16. Elle Macpherson
Era: 1980s-present
From: Sydney, Australia
Her Look: Athletic girl-next-door with surfboard abs
USP: She’s graced the cover of a record five Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issues, earning herself the nickname ‘The Body’. She had a ‘Body’-off with Heidi Klum after Klum referred to herself using the same nickname in an advertisement for a Victoria’s Secret bra. Savvy businesswoman to boot, she’s made millions with her lingerie line Elle Macpherson Intimates and was also head judge of Britain & Ireland’s Next Top Model for three years from 2010.
17. Naomi CampbellEra: 1980s-present
From: Streatham, South London
Her look: Perfectly symmetrical with pillowy pout and serious (some might say ferocious) attitude.
USP: Where shall we start?
The good: The first black model to appear on the cover of US Vogue’s key September issue (in 1989)
Forced the fashion industry to up their bookings of black girls (her pal Yves Saint Laurent threatened to pull his advertising if they didn’t)
Starred in a Bob Marley music video at age 7
Took fashion’s most famous tumble on a pair of Vivienne Westwood mega-platforms
Was called ‘honorary granddaughter’ by Nelson Mandela
Has worked non-stop for charity – including raising £4.5 million (and counting) for disaster relief through her own Fashion For Relief foundation
The bad: Um. Convincted of assault four times and accused of various forms of assault or abuse by no less than 9 employees and associates
Was forced to appear in a 2010 war crimes trial against former Liberian president Charles Taylor after apparently receiving a ‘blood diamond’ from him. She denied any knowledge.18. Kate MossEra: 1980s-present
From: Croydon, South London
Her look: The Game-Changer: ‘short’ (5’7″), slightly bow-legged, gap-toothed, freckly… The anti-glamazon.
USP: The ultimate muse. She rarely speaks, but that’s OK because all other significant cultural voices do it for her. An 18-carat statue of her worth £1.5m created in 2008 for the British Museum was the largest gold statue created since Ancient Egyptian times, a painting of her by Lucian Freud was sold for £3.9 million in 2005, and she’s inspired every fashion photographer from Corinne Day to Mario Testino. Not to mention musicians, including her exes Pete Doherty and Jamie Hince. We won’t start on her actual style. If it wasn’t for her, would ‘Get The Look’ fashion pages even exist?19. Gisele Bundchen

Era: 1990s-present
From: Southern Brazil.
Her look: Brazilian bombshell who brought the sexy back. Sunkissed hair, sunkissed limbs, and a special Zoolander-tastic stride known as the ‘horse walk’ – knees up, feet kicking out in front.
USP: She’s been the highest-paid model in the world every year since 2004. She wore the most expensive lingerie ever created in the 2000 Victoria’s Secret show (the ‘Red Hot Fantasy Bra’ worth $ 15 million) and she’s chalked up over 350 ad campaigns and 1,200 magazine covers.

20. Natalia Vodianova

Era: 1990s-present
From: Gorky, Soviet Union (now Russia)
Her look: Dreamy innocent with piercing blue eyes
USP: Rags to riches tale following a heartbreaking early start – born into extreme poverty and with a disabled half-sister, she sold fruit on the street as a child to help family finances, before ending up as Viscountess Portman after marrying English property heir Justin Portman. Now goes out with equally illustrious Antoine Arnault, son of LVMH founder Bernard Arnault, and is a mother of four. Yes, four. And she can still shimmy into an Italian sample-size catwalk look

21. Erin O’Connor

Era: 1990s-present
From: West Midlands
Her look: Unconventional, angular and aristocratic
USP: The favourite muse of fashion’s great creatives, including Alexander McQueen (where she played a madwoman trapped in a glass cage for one of his early shows, Lunatic Asylum), John Galliano and Jean Paul Gaultier, who ‘discovered’ her. One of the few living people to appear on a Royal Mail postage stamp, part of a specially-commissioned set shot by photographer Nick Knight.

22. Alek Wek


Era: 1995-Present
From: Wau, South Sudan
Her look: Strong, unique and exotic
USP: Dark-skinned models were almost unheard of in the high fashion industry before Wek came along. After being scouted by Models 1 age 14 she became a huge influence on changing beauty ideals and went on to grace the covers of Elle, i-D, Glamour and Cosmopolitan, as well as appearing in editorials for Vogue. She fled her native Sudan in 1991 to escape the civil war and now devotes time to work with UNICEF, Doctors Without Borders and World Vision.

23. Agyness Deyn

Era: 2000s
From: Greater Manchester
Her look: Punky bleached crop and down-to-earth, non-model ‘walk’.
USP: Best mates with teenage pal Henry Holland, it’s fair to say she helped launch his career while he helped launched hers. Her first job was in a chip shop in Rossendale. Now a bona fide serious actress, starring in West End play The Leisure Society and films including Electricity (2013) and Patient Zero (2015)

24. Jessica Stam

Era: 2000s-present
From: Ontario, Canada
Her look: Elfin porcelain-doll pretty, with feline eyes
USP: She inspired one of the original It bags, the Marc Jacobs ‘Stam’ – a quilted, ladylike frame bag – in 2005. Demand was so high, waiting lists had to be closed. A glammer claim to fame than being the world’s most beautiful dentist – her original career plan.

25. Mariacarla Boscono

Era: 2000s
From: Rome (with a well-travelled childhood featuring spells in Florida, Italy and Kenya)
Her look: Black-haired, pale-skinned Sicilian-widow glamour
USP: Has appeared in the Pirelli calendar 3 times. She’s earned a place in fashion history as long-running muse to Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci – she’s basically the human embodiment of his dark, Latin-infused aesthetic.

26. Daria Werbowy

Era: 2000s
From: Krakow, Poland (she grew up in Canada)
Her look: Tawny, leggy, panther-like grace
USP: A true fashion models’ model, she holds the all-time record for opening and closing the most shows in a single season. Her long, lithe limbs and cool, natural beauty have been seen in everything from Balmain (the image of her in then-designer Christophe Decarnin’s 2010 collection with its ripped khaki vests, sharp-shouldered military jackets and skinny leather jeans sparked a thousand copycats) to Vogue Paris shoots galore.


27. Liu Wen

Era: 2000s
From: Hunan, China
Her look: Delicate features topped off with sweet dimples
USP: Dubbed ‘the first Chinese supermodel’ by reductionists everywhere, it can’t be denied that she’s done a lot to bridge the gap between East and West as far as fashion’s concerned. The first East-Asian model to star in the Victoria’s Secret show, the first East-Asian spokesmodel for Estée Lauder and the first Asian model to make Forbes magazine’s annual highest-paid model ranking. Also riveting: she claims she’s never had a boyfriend.

28. Cara Delevingne
Era: 2010s
From: West London
Her look: Angel face with beetle brows
USP: Aristo with attitude. Impressive array of comedy facial expressions (tongue-out selfie, anyone?) and ‘don’t give a ****’ approach. Her family’s posher than a princess (relatives include a lady-in-waiting to Princess Margaret, baronets and viscounts aplenty and two Lord Mayors of London) but she’s not shy about her undercut or indeed about being bisexual, currently dating female singer St Vincent.29. Edie CampbellEra: 2010s
From: Westbourne Grove, West London
Her look: Unique combo of haughty and kooky – sullen stare, fine features and punky crop
USP: A talented jockey, she won the first-ever ladies charity race, The Magnolia Cup, at Goodwood in 2011. No wonder Burberry have snapped her up to convey classy Brit cool personified in ad campaigns galore.

30. Jourdan Dunn
Era: 2000s-present
From: Greenford, West London
Her look: Razor-sharp cheekbones and a sultry, sleepy gaze
USP: In 2008, she was (sadly) the first black model to walk in a Prada show for over a decade. Now a poster girl for diversity in modelling, causing controversy when she posted on social media that she’d been rejected from a Dior couture show for her boobs and not her skin colour, which she said is what ‘usually happens’. Also a role model for young single mums everywhere – she had her son, Riley, at 19, and has spoken about his battle with sickle-cell anaemia.

31. Kendall Jenner

Era: 2010s-present
From: LA
Her look: High-fashion version of the Kardashian LookTM
USP: When you book Kendall, you book access to 35 MILLION devoted social media followers. Yup, she was definitely paying attention when Kris ‘n’ Kim were working out the global domination master plan. Google have named her as the second most-searched-for model in the world, and Adweek claimed she generates $ 236,000 for a single Tweet. The Instagirl generation has arrived.

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Lindsey Vonn Had a Rough Time Getting to the Winter Olympics

Lindsey Vonn has waited a long time to represent Team USA once more at the Olympics — so a (very) delayed flight wasn’t going to bring her down. The athlete’s flight, which was scheduled to depart from Munich to Seoul at 4:10 p.m. local time, was held back because passengers were told that they needed a new document to fly.

According to ESPN, Vonn and her fellow passengers — which included other Olympic athletes — sat on the plane for three hours before having to get off to board another aircraft.

“I want to sleep so bad but I have to wait until we take off,” she wrote in a text, via ESPN. “You never know what’s going to happen.”

Luckily, the 33-year-old made it just in time for the Pyeongchang Games. “After over 6 hours of hanging out at the gate, we’re off!! See you in another 10 hours Korea!” she tweeted on Wednesday night. “We made it!!! It took exactly 24 hours… but we are here!!”

This is Vonn’s first time back at the Olympics in eight years. She had to miss the Sochi Olympics because of her knee injury. The opening ceremony kicks off on Friday, February 9, and her first scheduled event is the Super G on Saturday, February 17.

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Darren Criss is opening up about proposing to longtime girlfriend Mia Swier, saying it “was a long time coming” after the two dated for over seven years.

The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story actor, 31, told Esquire.com in an interview published Wednesday that he and Swier “waited a while before we announced it.”

“I had a whole thing written, like, ‘Usually I don’t like talking about my private life…’ which I really don’t — I was really allergic to it for a while,” he said.

“Eventually, I got over myself and realized that it’s just the best way to let people know.”

Criss shared a photo of the two on Instagram and Twitter in January, writing, “Mia and I have had seven and a half years of fun, wacky, wonderful, CRAZY adventures together.”

“And I’m happy to announce that we’re kicking those adventures up a notch. We’re goin for it. To boldly go where neither of us have gone before. Engage,” the former Glee star added.

While it is unclear when the proposal took place, Criss and Swier last attended the Los Angeles premiere of the FX series in Hollywood together on Jan. 8. At the time, the writer was seen without an engagement ring.

In a 2013 interview, Criss briefly talked about their relationship, saying, “Oh yeah, we’ve been together a long time. I didn’t know I was going to be on TV when we started dating.”

Swier attended New York University’s Steinhardt School of Media Studies and Television Production and has worked for networks such as Fox and Showtime.

Criss is currently starring in the FX show Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story as Andrew Cunanan, the man who murdered famed fashion designer, Gianni Versace.


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Warning: Contains big, sob-filled spoilers for all three seasons of Lovesick.

I’d be lying if I said I made it through all three seasons of Lovesick without at least a prickle in my eyes. 

The show occupies that hard-to-perfect sweet spot between consistently funny and — every now and then — emotionally crushing. It’s like BoJack Horseman, or that episode of Futurama where Fry’s dog dies.

But hey, what’s the point in sadness unless we can relieve the pain again and again, right?

From Luke’s failed proposal attempt to Evie and Dylan’s never-endingly tragic romance, here are some of the many moments Lovesick really grabbed us by the tear-ducts… Read more…

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What time is Girlfriends on ITV tonight, who is in the cast with Miranda Richardson and Zoe Wanamaker and what is the plot?

GIRLFRIENDS is a the latest series written and directed by BAFTA winner Kay Mellor.

So what is the drama about, who is starring in it and when can you watch it? Here is all the info.

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When is Girlfriends on ITV?

Shooting began on the six-part drama at the beginning of July 2017 and it premiered in the first week of the new year.

The final episode of the series airs on Wednesday, February 7 at 9pm on ITV.

It’s up against Silent Witness on BBC One, The New Builds Are Coming: Battle in the Countryside on BBC Two and My Millionaire Migrant Boss on Channel 4.

If you miss it, you will be able to catch up shortly after on the channel’s streaming service, ITV Player.

What is Girlfriends about?

Girlfriends is a contemporary story of Linda, Sue and Gail as they struggle with the responsibilities that come with being a modern woman of a certain age.

Each of the ladies has their own set of problems to deal with and the sudden death of Linda’s husband brings the friends together again.

From divorce, job loss, ageing mothers and their responsibilities as grandparents, the Girlfriends’ friendships will be tested in a dramatic fashion.

Written and directed by Kay Mellor (The Syndicate, In The Club), Polly Hill, Head of Drama for ITV says; “Kay celebrates women of a certain age and female friendship through this wonderful and compelling story.”

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Who is in the cast of Girlfriends?

The series stars Miranda Richardson, Zoe Wanamaker and Phyllis Logan in the three lead roles.

They will be supported by several other well-known faces such as Chris Fountain, Anthony Head, Wendy Craig and many more.

Miranda Richardson says; “A whole summer spent working on a women-driven script, written and directed by a woman who has proved herself many times over as a force of nature in TV drama alongside some of our most gifted female actors – what’s not to like?”

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Kay Mellor comments: “Girlfriends is my passion project, it’s a story that I’ve been longing to tell.

“I’m so looking forward to working with such a talented cast.  It’s fantastic that we’ve got such high-calibre actors to play the three very different leading characters.”

Polly Hill adds; “This is a fabulous cast and testament to Kay’s wonderful scripts. I can’t wait to see Zoe, Miranda and Phyllis bring her characters to life.”


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Red is a must-have color in your makeup assortment. Whether it’s a strong red lipstick or a red nail polish, red is just a powerful femme color that brings your look all together. Your collection of red is about to get much more fierce with the upcoming additions by Christian Louboutin. The stiletto empire is introducing additional products to their highly successful Rouge Louboutin collection.

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In addition to their exclusive velvet matte lip shades ($ 90.00 at Sephora.com) and stiletto inspired nail polish ($ 50.00 at Sephora.com), the Les Yeux Noirs Lash Amplifying Lacquer mascara ($ 70.00 at Sephora.com) is here to not only match your stylish pair of stilettos but also to give you an eye-defining look based in the sexy color of rouge (a rich burgundy). Of course, it’s also available in ‘Blackest Black.’

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The new red additions also include a lip oil to bring more smack and shine to the lips. Coming in a tint of sheer red, the lip oil will complete any look on the right note with its jojoba oil based solution that will keep your puckers hydrated at all times.

The new additions will drop February 7th, 2018 – just in time for Valentine’s Day!

 

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The Wardrobe Staple You Didn’t Know You Needed This Time of Year

As we make the transition from winter to spring and slowly start to shed those layers, it’s natural to want to skip straight to spring and put on the first little linen dress we can get our hands on. But alas, regardless of whether or not the groundhog sees its shadow (it did this year), winter isn’t over, and you’re going to want to dress accordingly. That said, we’re not saying that a parka is in order. In fact, there’s something that’s perfect for this time of year that you may not have thought of: blanket coats. 

The beauty of blanket coats is that they’re effortlessly chic and lighter than, say, a wool coat or parka (as they’re often unlined), but they’re voluminous enough to bundle up in if needed. While said voluminosity is certainly cozy, it can make styling them a little tricky, but luckily, skinny jeans and leggings are the perfect slim counterpoint to the oversized outerwear style. With that, shop 15 blanket coats we’re coveting below.

Take our advice and snap this statement coat up. Available in sizes XS-S to M-L. 
Try wearing a leather belt over this for a flattering look. Available in sizes XXS/XS to S/M.
The perfect coat to wear on gloomy late-winter days. Available in sizes XS to L.
Celebs still can’t get enough of this affordable brand as of late. Available in sizes XS to L.
A perfect (and on-sale) choice for travel days. Available in sizes XXS to XL.
Hi, dream coat. Available in FR34 to 44.
A closet staple you’ll have for decades. Available in sizes 38 to 44.
Trying to wear more color in 2018? This should help. Available in one size.
This timeless coat comes in black too, and we recommend just getting both. Available in sizes XS to L.
We love the way this looks layered over a sweater. Available in sizes 14/16 to 22/24.
It doesn’t get more luxurious than this. Available in one size.
This black and white print is so good. Available in sizes XS to L.
Just add skinny jeans and sneakers. Available in one size.
This cardigan-blanket hybrid is cozy enough for lounging yet polished enough for the street. Available in one sizes.

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Sentaler to Show Collection in London for First Time

SENTALER HEADS TO LONDON: Sentaler, a favorite outerwear brand of Meghan Markle, the fiancée of Prince Harry, will be heading to London during London Fashion Week to preview its fall 2018 collection by private appointment with the designer, Bojana Sentaler. The brand hasn’t been sold in any British stores yet.
Markle wore a Sentaler long wide-collar wrap coat with signature ribbed cuffs in camel while attending Christmas Day service in Sandringham alongside the Royal Family. It marked the first public outing with the entire family for the actress, who has worn Sentaler outerwear and accessories for years. Sentaler coats have also been worn by the Duchess of Cambridge and Canada’s First Lady, Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau.
The Toronto-based luxury outerwear firm began selling in the U.S. market last year at department stores such as Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue.
The fall collection is inspired by fairy tales. The coat collection is handcrafted from alpaca fabrics, including Suri alpaca and animal-friendly alpaca furs sourced in the Peruvian Andes. The color range includes royal navy, violet, lilac and steel blue.
Appointments in London can be made through Anya Nordström at anya@nordstrommatte.com and Dani Matte at dani@nordstrommatte.com

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Historic Vegas neon signs shine bright for 1st time in years

LAS VEGAS (AP) — As Frank Sinatra asks Lady Luck to stick around, the neon red lights of one of Las Vegas’ most famous towering signs appear to dance under the night sky, revealing a beating heart and the rest of the marquee of a famed casino-hotel. Other rusted, dusted and broken neon signs in a large gravel lot ringed by a security wall appear to light up with neon not seen for decades as other classic tunes play in the background.
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These Are Olivia Culpo’s Best Looks of All Time

If you love a glamorous, feminine aesthetic, Olivia Culpo’s style is probably right up your alley. The 25-year-old actress, model, and former Miss USA boasts nearly two million Instagram followers, many of whom likely check her feed on a regular basis in search of outfit ideas and trends she’s endorsing. And luckily, the fashion girl does not disappoint—she posts her latest looks and purchases on a regular basis.

Among other things, the beauty of Olivia Culpo’s style is that she’s a pro at looking just as polished and pulled-together in leggings and sneakers as she does in a gown and heels. The L.A.-based It girl has also mastered the skill of tailoring her wardrobe to suit whatever city she happens to be in on any given day. Now that’s goals.

Read on to see Olivia Culpo’s best looks of all time, all in one place. (You’ll probably come away with a few new outfit ideas.)

Style Notes: White shoes are the freshest shoe color to wear right now (and they surprisingly go with everything). On Olivia Culpo: Stella McCartney dress and bag.
Style Notes: A monochromatic look is easy yet so chic. 
Style Notes: Dress up jogger pants with a silky top and metallic accessories.  On Olivia Culpo: Elizabeth and James top and pants. 
Style Notes: Confirmed: A fit-and-flare dress is the most flattering dress. On Olivia Culpo: Zac Posen dress; Edie Parker Jean Clutch ($ 895); Jimmy Choo Anouk Pumps ($ 595).
Style Notes: Yes, you can wear statement earrings with a statement dress. On Olivia Culpo: Zuhair Murad gown.
Style Notes: A duster coat works in any season and makes any outfit better. On Olivia Culpo: House of CB Duster Coat ($ 157); Stephanie Rad Mock Neck Dress ($ 550); Christian Louboutin So Kate Pumps ($ 695).
Style Notes: A black ribbon is an affordable way to add interest and femininity to your look. On Olivia Culpo: Marchesa dress and clutch. Next up, see the Kate Middleton looks the entire world talked about.

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The Places That Time Forgot: Gina Soden’s Reverie of Architectural Decay

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The blue tiles of an abandoned swimming pool have lost their lustre, exposed in an arid setting where rippling water has long-since drained away, paint peels from decorative arches, and only ghosts inhabit the darkened niches.

In another location, a wheezing bed crouches at the centre of a decaying room, pocked with mould and mildew, black spots spreading across once-white walls, as caving mattresses heave themselves from the forlorn setting. Whoever inhabited this boudoir in better times has long been gone, their history traced across the space, their presence palpable in their silent absence.

Welcome to the world of Gina Soden: photographer, urban explorer, and rising star of the contemporary British art scene.

Who is Gina Soden?

Based in London, Soden scours Europe for abandoned, man-made sites, focusing her lens to capture their ethereal qualities. This is ‘urban exploration’ – AKA ‘urbex’ – at its very best: pushing beyond factual documentation of ruinous structures, Soden suffuses every photograph with a painterly lyricism that breathes life into decrepit spaces with haunting allure.

Romantic with a capital ‘R’, Soden’s work is a reverie of architectural decay, exploring the transcendental possibilities of entropy and transiency, the slow, creeping passage of time, and all of the beauty that accompanies spatial decrepitude.

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Soden graduated from Thames Valley University in 2007, before being swept up in a string of group shows, which took her from Windsor to Hong Kong. In July 2012, Peter Blake spotted the rising talent, featuring two of her artworks in ‘Things I Love at The Fine Art Society’, a show at London’s oldest commercial dealership, curated by Blake to mark his 80th birthday. For the exhibition, Blake selected nearly 100 works of art, resulting in one of best attended shows on record for The Fine Art Society, with features appearing in The Times and on BBC News.

From here, Soden’s career exploded: a succession of prestigious awards poured in, from Emerging Artist of the Year, National Open Art, in October 2013, to finalist for Sky Arts Master of Photography TV competition, in May 2016. Meanwhile, group shows accelerated, allowing Soden’s work to seep across the continent, from London to Paris to Russia. Solo shows gathered in the spaces in-between until, in May 2017 ‘Art in Ruins’ was revealed, Soden’s flagship solo show at Blacks Club, London.

The press were enraptured, with features appearing in Financial Times, Dazed and Confused, Aesthetica, CNN, and GQ. Today, Soden’s work can be found in a number of high profile London haunts, including The Ned, Groucho Club, Goldman Sachs, Century Club, and Home House. In other words, Soden’s career soared form strength to strength in a heartbeat: and there’s no mystery as to why.

From derelict asylums to long disused schools, ex-military complexes to crumbling chapels, Soden draws out the haunting character of the empty space, in a way that implicates the viewer: here you are, alone in this silent setting, lost and forgotten. An experience of Soden’s work gives you one of those rare moments of transcendence, as you find yourself shifting beyond the surface of the frame, the reality around you falling away as the image reels you in.

History of Urban Exploration

’Urbex’ may be a contemporary term, in its relation to photographic documentation, but a fascination with abandoned space stretches far back across history. In the seventeenth century, a European obsession with Greek and Roman ruins inspired the work of pastoral painters Claude Lorrain and Nicolas Poussin. This was the dawn of a preoccupation that would carry firmly through into the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries: faux ruins, in the shape of grottos and follies, popped up in landscaped gardens, while Romantic poets roamed the countryside, seeking out “the darksome windings of a broken stair,” or “ridge of fractured wall,” as William Wordsworth wrote in ‘Monastic Ruins’.

Though staunchly contemporary, Soden’s work is in direct dialogue with these historical musings, lending it the depth and conceptual complexity that sets it apart from documentary urbex photography.

Yet the question remains: why are we so fascinated by abandoned spaces? Why do artists find themselves drawn to these sites, gathering inspiration from their emptiness? As Soden’s oeuvre testifies, the abandoned space mingles fear with beauty, humanity with the inanimate. We are compelled by the controversies that surround these spaces – not only the public failure to maintain and conserve striking works of architectural importance, but the artistic audacity in gaining unlicensed access to off limits areas.

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The sites remain anonymous in Soden’s work: nameless and placeless, all love and purpose has drained from these once-convivial corners. Aesthetically, as Soden’s work highlights, decay softens the textures and colours of the images: plumes of sunlit smoke dance on piano tops, wreaths of ivy wrap themselves around stolid pillars, and layers of dust besmear surfaces that used to shine. In the abandoned space, the spectacle is not only notional, but emphatically visual, too. Looking at these moments, stilled in time by Soden’s powerful lens, we confront our deep-set enchantment with the places that time forgot, revealing something of our own humanity, and our need to create lasting and lively impressions.

Soden’s pictures tell a story of human histories, suffused with the presence of all those whose absence is writ large on these decaying spaces.

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World Wrestling Entertainment’s thirty-first annual Royal Rumble takes place tonight live on the company’s streaming service, the WWE Network, and on pay-per-view. The event culminates in a 30-wrestler over-the-top-rope battle royale in which the last person remaining in the ring wins a championship match at WrestleMania, the wrestling world’s equivalent of the Super Bowl. What’s notable about this year’s show is that it’s the first time a 30-woman Royal Rumble match will also take place.

The likes of the late Joanie “Chyna” Laurer and Beth Phoenix have participated in the men’s match on occasion but, three years after the fan-led #GiveDivasAChance movement for WWE to utilize their women wrestlers—then regressively called “Divas”—for more than just few-minute matches, a women’s Rumble is well overdue.

Since then WWE has appropriated #GiveDivasAChance, turning it into their own marketing venture. The “Women’s Evolution” as it is known involved rebranding their Divas division into simply women’s wrestling, booking them in marquee matches, and recognizing that their growing female audience will fork out good money for products that represent them, as with last year’s line of Barbies.

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Christopher Hicks: A Hit Maker One Genre at a Time

His biography reads like a who’s who list in Hollywood: Mary J. Blige, Usher, Justin Bieber, Jennifer Lopez, the collection of entertainment’s leading talent is fascinating. Christopher Hicks is a producer, consultant, entrepreneur, and executive in music and visual content space. Hicks has reached a high level of success over the years by putting in the hard work as a music industry exec holding positions as senior vice president and head of urban music under the Warner Music Group and building his own company, Noontime Publishing, which boasts a catalog of over 30 Billboard No.1 records and over 650 active songs.

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Hicks, a Bay Area native, got his start in the music industry in the early 90s while attending Howard University when he and a friend were asked to help promote a campus show featuring up-and-coming talent like Blige and Wrecks ‘N Effects.

The person who asked him to promote the campus show? Former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. He also tapped Hicks in 2016 to develop the city’s first Creative Industries Loan Fund.

“I am an activator and true entrepreneur in the content space,” Hicks said. “The Creative Industries Loan Fund is active money that we plan to award to viable creative projects and once funding gains momentum it will likely have a positive domino effect. We will be leveraging many partnerships in the region with entities that view the City’s Film and Entertainment office as a resource and look to them to give back to help move the mission of the fund forward.”

The Creative Industries Loan Fund is a joint project between the Mayor’s Office of Film and Entertainment and the City’s Economic Development Authority, Invest Atlanta, and, according to Hicks, it is expected to offer loan amounts ranging from $ 5K-$ 50K. There will be an advisory panel featuring Atlanta’s elite representing film, television, finance, legal, and music to help vet applications. The fund was announced in late 2017 prior to the end of Reed’s term as Mayor. “I’ve known Mayor Reed for 30 years now so it was important for us to announce the fund at that time because Mayor Reed was so instrumental in making it happen,” added Hicks.

Visual Storytelling 

Hicks describes his career path as opportunistic, so it should come as no surprise that he’s constantly interested in innovative ventures. One is short-form storytelling, otherwise known as the web series. His most recent venture, Brooklyn. Blue. Sky, a web series he brokered a licensing deal for with BET, came across his desk because of his interest in producing his own web series.

In an effort to move his web series idea forward, he reached out to Rhavynn Drummer, a casting agent who had worked with Tyler Perry Studios, for some advice. Hicks, a master at nurturing and maintaining relationships, kept in contact with Drummer following discussion about his project. By chance, Drummer posted information on Instagram about a project she was working on that caught Hicks’ eye and he let her know that he felt she was keeping something from him, “I messaged her and said ‘hey — hey what are you doing?’ ” Drummer apologized to Hicks and explained that she was going to tell him about it. Later that day she sent him four, eight-minute episodes of Brooklyn. Blue. Sky.

Many web series are produced with the intent to stream via YouTube, Watchable, Crackle, or similar platforms. Hicks didn’t want to leave this one to fate. He was quick to react to what he viewed, “Not only do I think this is phenomenal I want to come in as a producer and help you finalize it, finish it, whatever needs to happen, but I think this is so well executed it could be monetized.“ Hicks came in as an executive producer for Brooklyn.Blue.Sky, an 8-episode web series about two distant exes, Skylar and Blue, who reluctantly come together to create a script for a ‘Netflix and Chill’ TV pilot competition, and put together a small team to shop the web series to Los Angeles- and New York City-based media companies.

“If I can visualize something in my mind—it’s a wrap. It may be a distant yes from time to time, but it will never be no,” said Hicks.

Advice for Storytellers and Creators

Hicks believes that anyone trying to visually story should look to mobile to tell stories which he says is the new television. “We get so trained—specifically US—in waiting to get permission to do something when all we need to do is give ourselves some permission.” To give any project a fighting chance, Hicks offers the following:

Make an Impact: Make people emotional about what you are doing whether that be they laugh, cry, or empathize with your story.

Focus on the Craft – If you do things as they are expected to be done the money will find you. In other words, don’t cut corners unnecessarily, those who are experts in the field will notice such transgressions.

Make It “Hater Proof” – Due diligence is important for creating demand. “When you do all of your homework you mitigate the downside, people will eventually see this and want a seat at the table. When you make your product hater proof—it’s amazing how things work,” shared Hicks. If you are in need of financing from investors, know that you WILL be expected to prove that your project deserves access capital so hold yourself to the highest standard as possible.

“I would like to see black people work on execution because when we see things through to the finish line amazing things happen to everyone around us. We inspire. I run into so many people who know my name and my body of work and not my face, but they tell me how much I have influenced them. You just never know what impact you might have on others.”

 

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Bern and the meaning of time

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Time waits for no man, that’s how the saying goes. And human beings have fought for years to try to understand the concept of time better. It’s the one thing we can never have too much of, and we can never get back once it’s gone. Time is so precious, and the more we can discover about it, and understand it, the better it will be for everyone. But, to really get to grips with the meaning of time, we have to take a journey to the town of Swiss capital of Bern.

Heading through this 12th Century city, you certainly get the feeling of years gone by. It’s the place where old and new converge, and where the history of time came to fruition. Bern’s famed clock tower has been the centerpiece of time for 800 years, and remains a popular and important tourist attraction. So, how has time become so intertwined with Bern? Read on to find out more!

The clock tower

When we hear the term ‘clock tower’ we instantly think of Back to the Future, but Zytglogge is another famous one to add to the list. The clock tower was first constructed back in 1220, and has undergone several renovations and repairs since then. Its 15th Century astronomical clock is one of the most beautiful in the world and a huge tourist attraction. The great bell in the tower, cast in 1405, is how it got its name zytglogge.

Governor of time

How cool does ‘Governor of Time’ sound as a job title? Well, that’s exactly what Markus Marti wakes up to every day, for he is in charge of this great clock tower. As a keeper of time, Marti plays a big role in ensuring this famous clock is running on time, every single day. He and his assistants are responsible for winding the clock, and helping the residents of Bern live their passage of time as accurately as possible. We don’t know about you, but this seems a pretty rad job to us!

Inspirational

Now, you might be wondering why zytglogge is so important and influential, and the reason is simple. It inspired one of the greatest minds the world has ever known. So the story goes, one fine spring evening in May 1905, a young man named Albert Einstein heard the chiming of the clock bell and something hit him. He had been wrestling with a scientific paradox for more than 10 years, when he suddenly wondered what would happen if his car raced away from the tower at the speed of light. Six weeks later he had written a paper on his theory of relativity, which foreshadowed space travel, the nuclear age, and the way we perceive space and time. Wow.

Present day

With a backstory like that, it’s no wonder the clock tower is so special, and it has UNESCO World Heritage status. Not only has it kept time for the best part of 800 years, but it played a pivotal role in helping Einstein come up with his best-known theory. These days, the clock tower is a huge tourist attraction, as well as an icon in the city of Bern. We hope that, when Marti finally retires as Governor of Time, someone else will take up the mantle, and the clock tower will continue to flourish.

Time is such an abstract concept, but, through the elegance of clock towers like zytglogge, we can gain a better understanding of how it works. This is such an important landmark in Bern, and played a big role in changing the way we look at time as a concept. Inspiring Einstein is one of the biggest breakthroughs the world has known, and this can all be traced back to one evening in May, beneath this legendary clock.

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Bill Cosby Performs in Public for First Time In Nearly 3 Years Ahead of Sexual Assault Retrial

(PHILADELPHIA) — Bill Cosby has performed in public for the first time since sex scandals embroiled him in 2015, telling stories and honoring old friends in his hometown on Monday as a spring retrial looms in his criminal sexual assault case.

The 80-year-old entertainer took the stage Monday night at a Philadelphia jazz club in his first public performance since May 2015. His last comedy tour ended amid protests as about 60 women were coming forward to accuse him of drugging and molesting them over five decades, something he has denied.

Cosby is scheduled for an April 2 retrial on charges he drugged and molested a woman at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004. He has pleaded not guilty and remains free on bail. His first trial ended with a hung jury last year. Jury selection for his retrial will start March 29.

Cosby’s spokesman notified reporters of the comedy performance about two hours before he was to take the stage at the LaRose Jazz Club. The show was part of a program honoring jazz musician Tony Williams.

The performance is Cosby’s latest step back into the spotlight he’s mostly shied from since his December 2005 arrest.

Two weeks ago, Cosby invited reporters to tag along as he ate dinner with old friends at a Philadelphia restaurant.

Over the weekend, Cosby’s social media featured photos of him visiting a barber and a cafe in the area and showing support for the Philadelphia Eagles, who won Sunday’s NFC Championship game against the Minnesota Vikings and secured a spot in the Super Bowl.


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Dennis Rodman Was On Probation at the Time of His DUI Arrest, Jail Is Likely

Dennis Rodman is facing jail time after his DUI bust over the weekend.

As it turns out, the former NBA star was already on probation at the time of the arrest.

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The probation stems from a plea deal Rodman struck over a July 2016 wrong way crash — where he was going the wrong way on an Orange County, CA freeway, struck a car and allegedly fled the scene. Witnesses also saw him drinking at a karaoke bar before the crash but he was not charged with DUI for that incident.

However, Rodman was placed on 3 years probation with the condition he stay out of trouble. It was a good deal for Rodman, considering he was facing up to 2 years in prison.

So, what happens next? Officials will likely revoke his probation in the wake of the new arrest and he could be sent to prison for the full 2 years he was originally due to serve in the wrong way crash case PLUS any additional time for the new arrest.

Rodman’s rep has told TMZ Sports the NBA player needs rehab — but it could be too little, too late. 

Sorry Dennis, your good buddy Kim Jong Un can’t help you here.

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SHIELD Stars on Why It’s Time for THAT FitzSimmons Moment

Full spoilers for Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD’s winter premiere, “Fun & Games,” continue below.

Neither space nor time can keep the First Couple of Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD from being together. The Season 5 winter premiere, “Fun & Games,” not only finally reunited Fitz and Simmons after five episodes apart, but also saw the first engagement of the TV series.

It’s a moment that the cast sees as a long time coming. IGN was on set for the big proposal scene (well, the second one, when Jemma could actually hear Fitz) and spoke to stars Iain de Caestecker and Elizabeth Henstridge about their reaction to this latest FitzSimmons plot twist.

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Serena Williams Pulls Out of Australian Open: ‘I Will Need a Little More Time’

(MELBOURNE) — Defending champion Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Australian Open, saying she is not ready to return to tournament tennis.

The season’s first major starts on Jan. 15 at Melbourne Park and seven-time Australian Open champion Williams will be missing it for the first time since 2011.

Williams was pregnant with her first child when she won here last year to collect her Open-era record 23rd Grand Slam singles title.

She gave birth to her daughter, Alexis, in September.

Williams played in an exhibition tournament last week in Abu Dhabi and indicated after her loss to French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko that she might not make it to Melbourne.

“After competing in Abu Dhabi I realized that although I am super close, I’m not where I personally want to be,” Williams said in a statement released Friday by Australian Open organizers.

“My coach and team always said ‘only go to tournaments when you are prepared to go all the way.’ I can compete – but I don’t want to just compete, I want to do far better than that and to do so, I will need a little more time.

“With that being said, and even though I am disappointed about it, I’ve decided not to compete in the Australian Open this year.”

The 36-year-old Williams needs one more Grand Slam singles title to equal the all-time record held by Margaret Court, who won 24 titles before and during the Open era.

Her withdrawal comes less than 24 hours after fellow former world No.1 Andy Murray withdrew from the men’s event with a chronic hip injury.

Several other stars, including top-ranked Rafael Nadal, six-time champion Novak Djokovic and 2014 winner Stan Wawrinka, also are dealing with injuries.

Williams last year beat sister Venus in the final, and later revealed she played the tournament despite knowing she was pregnant.

Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley said Williams waited as long as she could before letting organizers know she wouldn’t be able to compete.

“I’ve been in constant contact with Serena and her team and know this is why she has pushed it and pushed it until the 11th hour to make her final decision,” Tiley said.

 


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Jesse Williams Claims Estranged Wife Aryn Drake-Lee Cheated Him Out of Spending Time with Their Kids on Christmas

Jesse Williams wants a judge to modify his custody agreement with his estranged wife after he claims she cheated him out of time with their kids over Christmas.

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Jesse says Aryn Drake-Lee continues to make it difficult for him to maintain a stable relationship with his 4-year-old Sadie and 2-year-old Maceo. In docs, obtained by TMZ, Jesse claims Aryn has not followed the overnight agreement deal they struck back in November.

Jesse says Aryn was stingy about giving him time with the kids on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and she kept them for New Year’s Day, too. 

Not only has Aryn been tough on granting Jesse physical time with the kids — he says she only answers one out of about every three FaceTime calls he makes to them, too — and when he is able to talk to them, it’s only for a few minutes.

Jesse now wants a regular schedule with the kids enforced, and custody for 2 weekdays.

We hope they work this out — for the sake of their children.

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Back in Time! A Hawaiian Airlines Flight Took Off in 2018 — and Landed in 2017

Passengers on Hawaiian Airlines’s flight 446 experienced a bit of time travel to start off their new year.

The flight, which traveled between Auckland, New Zealand, and Honolulu, Hawaii, was scheduled to depart at 11:55 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017. However, because of a 10-minute delay, the flight didn’t end up taking off until 12:05 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 1, 2018.

Due to the time difference between New Zealand and Hawaii — the former is 23 hours ahead of the latter — passengers ended up landing at 10:16 a.m., back on Dec. 31 in 2017.

In between New Zealand and Hawaii is the international date line, which explains the hefty time difference between the two locales. Sam Sweeney, a transportation reporter for Washington, D.C., station WJLA, was the first to notice the sci-fi-esque take-off and landing times of the flight.

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Once Sweeney tweeted out his discovery, people took notice — and had quite a few questions.

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While others couldn’t help but make plenty of pop culture jokes, from a confused Dr. Phil to Lost to Back to the Future.

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Welcome to Judgment Day! Why the Falcons Are a Playoff Team, Cam Newton in the Faux-MVP Debate, Seahawks Offense Disappears at the Wrong Time

Also, the looming Odell Beckham Jr. contract drama, Davante Adams got paid but a couple Packers veterans won’t, Bucs make the right move in keeping Koetter, Browns should be an easy sell for QB prospects, and let’s take it easy on the James Harrison legacy stuff. Plus, musical guest, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart!

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