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NBA Legend Kobe Bryant Passes Away
In news that rocked the globe, NBA legend Kobe Bryant was killed in a helicopter accident, along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna Bryant and seven other passengers. It’s impossible to put into words how massive Bryant’s influence was, both on and off the court. As a basketball star, he was a five-time NBA champion, an 18-time NBA All Star, and an Olympic gold medalist twice over. Off the court, he worked tirelessly to improve impacted communities around the world – including right here in Dubai.
As a father of four girls, Bryant was often asked if he wished he had a son to carry on his basketball legacy. Without hesitation, he always responded that he saw no reason why his daughters couldn’t carry on his legacy. His pride in being a father to four girls inspired the #girldad hashtag, with fathers around the world sharing their stories about raising daughters. RIP, Black Mamba.
Sophie Katirai Creates Butterfly Instagram Filter with Kylie Cosmetics
Sophie Katirai, the UAE-based blogger and entrepreneur behind Sophie’s Closet, is the brainchild behind the popular new Instagram butterfly filter launched by Kylie Jenner to coincide with the release of her new ‘Stormi’ cosmetics collection. When the filter was first posted by Jenner, it quickly gained over four million likes. And due to the popularity of the butterfly filter, Katirai has been tapped by the Kylie Cosmetics team to create more filters for upcoming launches. If you want to try it out for yourself, head to @kyliecosmetics on Instagram and tap the filter tab.
Leen Al Halawani Wins 'Live the Oscars'
Jordanian radio personality Leen Al Halawani was just granted the opportunity of a lifetime (spoilers ahead). As a contestant on Live the Oscars – a brand new six-part reality show that launched in January on OSN – Al Halawani beat the competition to win the chance to co-host this year’s Academy Awards red carpet presentation alongside Kris Fade. She will take to the red carpet as a reality-show champion and first-time presenter on February 10, when the Oscars air regionally, only on OSN.
Bottletop Announces Halima Aden as Face of the Brand
Upcycled Brazilian bag brand Bottletop has just announced hijabi model and UNICEF ambassador Halima Aden as its new face. Bottletop’s products – which are already a big hit with celebrities like Gigi Hadid and Emma Watson – is made from aluminum ring-pulls collected from the streets of Salvador with certified Zero Deforestation leather in structured panels. Featuring a signature ‘Mistura’ braiding crafted by skilled Brazilian artisans who are paid 45 percent above the national industry average, Bottletop is a natural fit for Aden.
As an ethically minded model and former refugee, Aden is passionate about caring for others. “Sustainability is so important and we connect through fashion. However, fashion is one of the most polluting industries in the world. Everything created impacts our people and planet,” Aden shared in a statement. “Our planet is running out of resources so let’s all choose to support brands that are committed to protecting our environment and communities. This is why I’m excited to announce I’m the new face and ambassador of Bottletop.”
Calvin Klein Launches New Inclusive Fragrance
‘CK One’, the scent that made the youth of the 90s want to smell like Kate Moss, is back and totally revamped for the 21st century. With a 79 percent clean, natural ingredients, a new vegan formula, and recycled packaging, the new ‘CK Everyone’ is the new inclusive fragrance on the block – a perfect example of genderless branding.
Mattel Adds Diversity to New Barbie Line-Up
In keeping with a global brand movement towards more inclusivity, Mattel’s ‘Barbie Fashionistas’ line has increased the diversity of its dolls. Barbies from this range will come in many forms, including a Barbie with vitiligo, one in a wheelchair, and one that is completely bald. They also feature less defined waists and varying bust sizes, and have accessories that accompany their special attributes. The aim is to create dolls for a broad range of girls that want Barbies that look like them – no matter what that look might be.