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Rihanna Opens Fenty Beauty's First TikTok House
Rihanna has extended her entrepreneurial reach to include landlording. Having recently founded a Fenty Beauty TikTok house, where five very lucky TikTok users get to live and create content for her brand, the popstar has cleverly engineered a new way to expand her beauty brand’s commercial presence. “We are standing in the official first Fenty Beauty TikTok home. I just wanted to create a platform for the next wave of content creators. I think our generation is the sickest, the illest, the most creative,” she shared.
Inside, the Fenty Beauty haven boasts beauty stations, a stocked makeup pantry, excellent lighting, and the current presence of TikTok tenants Savannah Palacio (@savpalacio), Makayla (@makayladid), Challan Trishann (@challxn), Dawn Morante (@thedawndishsoap), and Emmy Combs (@emmycombss).
Harvey Weinstein Sentenced to 23 Years in Prison
Convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein received his sentence last week. At 67 years old, he was charged with serving 23 years, which may mean he will live out his final years in prison. Immediately following the sentence, he was remanded into custody without bail, but made a detour at Bellevue Hospital after complaining of chest pains. He is now in the infirmary unit of Rikers Island, New York City’s main jail complex. Weinstein plans to appeal his conviction, but since the initial trial, 16 more women have come forward with accusations of alleged assault.
Coronavirus Reaches Celebrity Sector
Coronavirus became “real” for many the moment it affected one of the world’s most beloved celebrities. Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson tested positive for COVID-19 while shooting on location in Australia. Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, wife of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, has also been diagnosed, along with NBA player Rudy Gobert and Chelsea FC player Callum Hudson-Odoi. Others, like supermodel Heidi Klum, who are experiencing symptoms but don’t have an official diagnosis have also been placed in quarantine. Despite Donald Trump’s declaration that this is a “foreign virus”, COVID-19 is clearly a great equalizer.
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Hello folks. @ritawilson and I want to thank everyone here Down Under who are taking such good care of us. We have Covid-19 and are in isolation so we do not spread it to anyone else. There are those for whom it could lead to a very serious illness. We are taking it one-day-at-a-time. There are things we can all do to get through this by following the advice of experts and taking care of ourselves and each other, no? Remember, despite all the current events, there is no crying in baseball. Hanx
Even More Events Are Cancelled
One of the most effective ways to slow the spread of COVID-19 is self-quarantine, otherwise known as social distancing. In order to safeguard citizens, many high-profile events have been either cancelled or postponed, most notably Coachella, SXSW, all Broadway shows, and Japan’s Cherry Blossom Festival.
However, the biggest fashion event of the year is still proceeding. The Metropolitan Museum of Art has confirmed that it has no plans to cancel the annual Met Gala. “We are proceeding as planned and look forward to a wonderful evening,” said Nancy Chilton, the Chief External Relations Officer of The Costume Institute. “We will of course continue to keep a close eye on the situation.” The Met Gala will take place on May 4, 2020.
FTC Cracks Down on SponCon
Last week, the Federal Trade Commission filed an official complaint against Teami, the company behind all of those celebrity detox-tea posts. The complaint alleges that “Teami, LLC, and its owners, Adi Halevy and Yogev Malul, claimed without reliable scientific evidence that their Teami ’30 Day Detox Pack’ would help consumers lose weight, and that its other teas fight cancer, clear clogged arteries, decrease migraines, treat and prevent flus, and treat colds”. Not only are we happy to see shady #sponcon posts being targeted, but we’d also like to point out that tea detoxes don’t actually work.
Dior Launches Its Own Podcast
Dior continues to build on its feminist identity with a new podcast series entitled Dior Talks. Artists, collaborators, and close friends of the house join with Creative Director Maria Grazia Chiuri to freely discuss their values, the role of art in feminism, the challenges that women face, and more. Catch up with the first two episodes here.
Expo 2020 Dubai and Cartier Join Forces
In celebration of female change-makers all over the world, Expo 2020 and Cartier have announced a collaboration to present the Women’s Pavilion. Across the six-month event, it will serve as a dedicated space for uplifting women’s voices, nurturing women’s stories, and fostering vital dialogue. Participating in the pavilion’s many events are human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, Executive Director of UN Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, and many other global and community leaders.
In a statement to the press, HE Reem Al Hashimy, UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation and Director General of Expo 2020 Dubai Bureau, shared, “The Women’s Pavilion highlights the crucial roles that women have long played as linchpins of their communities and drivers of economies, and underscores Expo 2020 Dubai’s firm commitment to empowering all women to drive their own development and create a better future for us all.”
Mytheresa and Versace Team Up for Capsule Collection
MyTheresa has just unveiled a highly covetable 16-piece capsule collection with Versace, and it contains the new ‘Barocco V’ print miniskirt, ‘Medusa’ socks, and a reworked safety pin skirt with a beret that will transform you into Cher from Clueless. If all-over prints are your thing, the collection also includes sculpting bodysuits, leggings, and bralettes that promise to be an eye-catching addition to your wardrobe. Ready, set, shop.