Extra Extra: Here’s What You Missed from the Week of February 25, 2018

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We get it. We can barely keep up with the onslaught of information ourselves. That being said, it’s our mission to keep readers in the know, which is why we’ve combed through it all, distilled it to its essence, and dispensed it into easily digestible tidbits. Want to be the most knowledgeable culture savant in your group of friends? Then check back every Sunday for what you’ve missed in the world of celebrities and fashion.


Fergie Flubs the National Anthem

On Sunday night, the NBA All-Star Game got off to a rocky start. First, the seizure-inducing entertainment was led by comedian Kevin Hart and, when the flashing lights and dancing cheerleaders had finally faded, Fergie stepped center stage to sing the national anthem. It was a disaster. What started off as an odd, breathy, jazz rendition fell to pieces when the popstar struggled mightily to hit the high notes, drawing comparisons to dying cats on social media.

It certainly wasn’t the worst performance of the national anthem in American sports history (flashbacks of Roseanne Barr’s comical performance come to mind), but it occurred during the height of social-media mania, which meant poor Fergie got dragged on every outlet known to humankind. Judge her performance for yourself – or don’t. She’s gotten enough flack to last a lifetime.

Extra Extra: Here’s What You Missed from the Week of February 25, 2018

Jennifer Lawrence Hits Back

Jennifer Lawrence once held the title of “America’s Sweetheart”, but a difficult week of media appearances had fans turning on her. First, she was critically panned as being “rude” to BAFTA Awards host Joanna Lumley. Next came her clapback to the media’s criticism of her plunging Versace gown, which she wore outside on a frigid London day while her male counterparts covered up in suits.

However, these reactions completely erase the most fundamental aspect of Lawrence’s look: her choice to wear it. And that’s precisely what she addressed in a strongly worded Facebook post, stating, “Wow. I don’t really know where to get started on this ‘Jennifer Lawrence wearing a revealing dress in the cold’ controversy. This is not only utterly ridiculous, I am extremely offended. That Versace dress was fabulous, you think I’m going to cover that gorgeous dress up with a coat and a scarf? I was outside for five minutes. I would have stood in the snow for that dress because I love fashion and that was my choice.”

We hear you, J-Law.


Queen Elizabeth II Pays a Surprise Visit to LFW

When it comes to major Fashion Week moments, it’s usually supermodel antics and crazy collections that cause a media sensation. However, at London Fashion Week for the Fall/Winter 2018 shows, no one could have guessed that the Queen Mother would turn up – for the first time ever, no less.

That’s right. Vibrant, emerging British designer Richard Quinn was honored by the presence of Queen Elizabeth II in the front row. Not only did she take in the show like an industry veteran, but she also presented young Quinn with the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design.

Queen Elizabeth arrives with Caroline Rush to Richard Quinn's Fall/Winter 2018 show at London Fashion Week
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Serena Williams Speaks About Difficult Delivery

While Serena Williams has previously spoken about the complications revolving around the birth of her daughter Olympia, it was only revealed on Tuesday just how life-threatening her experience was. In an eye-opening essay penned for CNN, the athlete revealed that she almost died during the delivery. Right after, she suffered a pulmonary embolism that put her at immediate risk. Further complications came as the result of Williams popping her C-section stitches while coughing as the result of the embolism, and she had to be rushed to surgery during which doctors removed a large blood clot from her abdomen.

In her essay, she acknowledged the benefits of the excellent medical team that prevented a fatal outcome, but also advocated for the same level of care for all women worldwide in order to tackle newborn mortality. One million children die on the day they are born every year, with another 2.6 million unable to survive past the first month, according to UNICEF.


Chanel Launches a New Instagram Account

Fans of all things Chanel Beauty are now able to connect directly with the brand, courtesy of a new beauty-centric Instagram account entitled @WeLoveCoco. Featuring visuals and videos contributed by influencers, makeup artists, and beauty buffs, it marks the first time that a luxury brand of that caliber has launched a social-media platform dedicated entirely to user-generated content.


Emma Watson Donates $1.4 Million to Anti-Sexual Harassment Fund

Joining Keira Knightley and Emma Thompson is Emma Watson, who donated $1.4 million to the Justice and Equality Fund, a UK-based initiative that fights against sexual harassment, assault, and discrimination. Inspired by the #MeToo movement, it aims to drive “personal, social, legal, and policy changes that will ensure everyone can feel safe at work, at play, and at home”.

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