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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.


Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Become Parents

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex introduced their son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, to the world on Wednesday, a few days after the his birth. Appearing at St. George’s Hall in Windsor Castle, the proud parents beamed as they spoke to the press about their first few days with their royal offspring, saying, “It’s magic. It’s pretty amazing.” Then it was off to meet great grandma, Queen Elizabeth II, who greeted her eighth great-grandchild with delight.


Amy Schumer and Husband Welcome Baby Boy

Considering she had almost the same due date as Meghan Markle, Amy Schumer has often joked about her pregnancy being overshadowed. However, with the birth of her son, Gene (who practically shares a birthday with Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor), the comedienne found a way to step out from the royal shadow. Following her birth announcement, she took to Instagram to share her journey, using her platform to shed light on the needs of expectant mothers in third world countries.


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Ok here’s my post baby annoying post and my takeaway from pregnancy. Women are the shit. Men are cool and whatever but women are fucking warriors and capable of anything. I was lucky enough to get to have a doula. Her name @domino_kirke @carriagehousebirth what do doulas do? I don’t totally know But what she did was make me and Chris feel totally secure and supported throughout my pregnancy and the birth process. I really recommend getting one if you can. Doctor Brill and all the nurses and pediatricians at Lenox Hill and all the other hospitals i spent time in this year, thank you for everything. I did Pilates with strong women and went for walks. I threw up violently and felt sick mostly every day of my pregnancy. Hyperemesis is real and it’s awful. But fuck, what they say is true. The second you give birth it’s gone. @hgmoms has the best research I found on the condition The only thing that helped me with my nausea was products from @thelordjones I learned that globally 1 in 5 births take place without the assistance of a skilled birth attendant. @everymomcounts is a great place to donate $250 equips a midwife with a bag of medical equipment needed to provide care to hundreds of women and babies in Guatemala. All my friends. Friends I’ve had for 30 years or people who encouraged me to “keep going” or telling me “it will be worth it”. Thank you. Every woman I encountered is so willing to help and advise you and I felt all their strength. And you were right. Thank you ladies from my family. Chris, Gene and of course Tatiana #titsleaking #wearingadiaper

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Kim Kardashian Proves Commitment to Prison Reform

Over the last three months, Kim Kardashian – with the aid of her legal team and the 90 Days of Freedom campaign launched by Brittany K. Barnett – is responsible for releasing 17 inmates from prison. The reality star is personally footing the bill for the releases and the legal work required to achieve them.

Her passion for prison reform started with Alice Marie Johnson, a 63-year-old grandmother whose story Kardashian came across on social media. Johnson was condemned to a mandatory life sentence for a single drug-trafficking offense (her first ever offense) in 1993, and remained ineligible for parole for the duration. Kardashian was appalled at the Draconian sentence that Johnson was given, and worked to free her, which sparked her interest in wider prison reform.


The Met Gala Faces an Influencer-Centric Backlash

Following the invitation of a number of influencers to this year’s Met Gala, a social media backlash has caused some of them to hemorrhage followers. It seems like the majority of the public isn’t sold on the idea of influencers being a legitimate part of the upper echelons of fashion, but rather view them as scions of its consumer arm.

Beauty vlogger James Charles took to Instagram to say, “[B]eing invited to such an important event like the ball is such an honor and a step forward in the right direction for influencer representation in the media, and I am so excited to be a catalyst.” Commenters decried the statement, and responded with statements like, “Ah, yes. The historically oppressed and marginalized class, ‘influencers’.”

Fashion influencer Negin Mirsalehi, braved the backlash to write, “Not receiving acknowledgement for what we do is something I expected years ago, but not today. We all have taken a different route to come to where we are today and most of us didn’t come here just by luck. It has taken passion, vision, and a strategy.” Her comment section quickly filled with a mix of support and derision. Some praised her words, while others pointed out that influencers primarily exist to endorse products and post about their lives without a body of work to support their careers.


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📝Last night, I was scrolling through my feed when I saw a post from @wwd, which mentioned that there were four influencers attending the Met Gala and which asked the audience ‘are influencers now a part of fashion’s elite?’ While going through the comments of that post, I was shocked to read that the majority of them were fairly negative. Not receiving acknowledgement for what we do is something I expected years ago, but not today. We all have taken a different route to come to where we are today and most of us didn’t come here just by luck. It has taken passion, vision and a strategy. Most of us have built our own businesses and lead teams on a daily basis. Also, let’s take a step back and ask ourselves, what is an “influencer”? Is it people that have built a community on social media through content creation on Instagram, YouTube or other platforms? If so, aren’t we all influencers then? And aren’t influencers then entrepreneurs? Aren’t models becoming influencers and influencers becoming models? And what about influencers that are becoming actors, activists or designers? Maybe all the lines are blurred and we don’t have to label ourselves or others in that way anymore. Could this label be a little outdated? Before this digital era, there have always been people that are resistant to change and now that everything happens 10 times faster, the notion of influencers taking over can be a scary idea. I understand that people need time to adapt to changes. Regardless, these were just a few thoughts that were going through my mind last night and I wanted to share them. But, do I think that those four influencers deserved to attend the most exclusive event of this year? 100%!!! And, I’m so proud of them. Let’s keep pushing boundaries! 🙌🏻

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Rihanna and LVMH Partner Up

After months of speculation, LVMH has confirmed the launch of its first new fashion house in 32 years. Their new venture sees the multinational luxury conglomerate partnering with none other than Rihanna to open a new house under the Fenty name. LVMH Chairman and CEO Bernard Arnault was rapturous about his experience working with popstar on her new luxury brand, saying, “Everybody knows Rihanna as a wonderful singer, but through our partnership at Fenty Beauty, I discovered a true entrepreneur, a real CEO, and a terrific leader. She naturally finds her full place within LVMH.”

Rihanna has absolutely proven to be a bona fide business mind (and industry-disrupting force with her Fenty Beauty and Savage x Fenty lines), so we have little doubt that her new house – which will produce both ready-to-wear and accessories – will be a massive success. Her first collection launches in May in Paris.


Givenchy Announces Ariana Grande as Its New Face

Over the weekend, Givenchy unleashed teasers on social media, showing a shadowed figure with a look so recognizable that it was hardly a mystery as to who it had tapped for its Fall/Winter 2019 campaign. With her high ponytail and petite features, Ariana Grande was easy to spot as the new face of Givenchy.

The luxury French house went one step further to align itself with the young popstar by calling the team-up #ARIVENCHY. Bold move. The official campaign will be released in July 2019, and we have a sneaking suspicion it will pay homage to one of the house’s longtime muses, Audrey Hepburn.  


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Tyra Banks Returns to Modeling

Tyra Banks announced her retirement from the modeling world 13 years ago, but has recently made a stunning comeback. Returning to Sports Illustrated, the magazine that helped make her a household name in 1996, Banks posed for its swimsuit edition.

“This is a new me, this is an older me, this is a thicker me, this is a wiser me, this is a thankful me,” she told Buzzfeed News. Banks’ positive embrace of her body has come with a notable rebrand. The model will now go by Banx, which she explained by saying, “It’s all shades, it’s all ages, it’s all sizes, it’s all sexual orientations, it is everything – and I’m putting that on my back with that X.”


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What’s YOUR super power? #BanX

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