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The world is a scary place right now. As news of the coronavirus pandemic continues to crash through your screen all day long, we know it can be a lot to keep up with. In this special edition of Extra Extra, we’re dedicating the fashion, beauty, and pop culture news exclusively to updates regarding COVID-19, from the celebrities it’s impacting to the fashion industry’s efforts to help during this time of crisis.


More Stars Test Positive for COVID-19

Daniel Dae Kim, an actor whom you might recognize from the hit television series Lost, was in New York filming a show on which he plays a doctor recruited by a hospital to help patients during a flu pandemic. Ironically, after shooting was suspended, Kim tested positive for COVID-19. He is now among the many famous names who have contracted the virus.

Others include TV host Andy Cohen, actor Idris Elba, former Bond girl Olga Kurylenko, Kristofer Hivju of Game of Thrones fame, style influencer Arielle Charnas, ruler of Monaco Prince Albert II, actress Debi Mazarand Frozen II star Rachel Matthews. On social media, Matthews noted that tests are “insanely hard to come by”, only being granted one after serious symptoms appeared. Meanwhile, celebrities who have been exposed to the virus – like Drake – are choosing to self-quarantine to prevent possible spread.


Major Event Cancellations Continue

Last week, we reported that The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art had no plans to cancel the Met Gala, but a lot can change in a week. The annual event has now been cancelled, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art itself is closed indefinitely. Other annual events like Prince Harry’s Invictus Games, the Cannes Film Festival, and the Daytime Emmy Awards have also been cancelled in light of the coronavirus pandemic. Meanwhile, the grand opening of Tyra Banks’ theme park Modelland – which was scheduled for May 1 – has been delayed, and releases of major motion pictures like Black Widow and F9 have also been postponed.


The Fashion Industry Steps Up Its Aid Efforts

Mister Rogers once shared, “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’” During the global coronavirus outbreak, the fashion industry is among the helpers. LVMH’s factory outside of Orléans, which typically produces bottles for luxury fragrances, has started production on hand sanitizer to answer the need of France’s supply shortage. It is now on track to deliver 12 tons to 39 hospitals in Paris.

Likewise, fashion designer Christian Siriano has reworked his production line to produce face masks for hospital workers in the US, and Dov Charney has converted his Los Angeles Apparel factory in order to produce 300,000 masks and 50,000 gowns in a week. Other fashion companies are emerging to help in the crisis as well, as worldwide shortages of necessary supplies like sanitizers and face masks have reached a critical point.

LVMH hand sanitiizer
Photo: Courtesy of LVMH

Asian Stars Slam Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump has been downplaying the severity of the coronavirus. As recently as February 28, he referred to it as a “hoax”, but has now changed course to declare, “I felt it was a pandemic long before it was called a pandemic.” Right. Additionally, his mischaracterization of coronavirus as the “Chinese virus” ties reactions to race-baiting rhetoric.

Asian stars like George Takei and Lana Condor of the Netflix show To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before have taken to social media to slam Trump’s language. Condor wrote, “You have no idea the ramifications your racist words & actions have on the Asian American community. You simply cannot even fathom the danger you are putting our community in. How dare you. You should be ashamed of yourself.” Mulan star Tzi Ma, meanwhile, has launched the #WashTheHate campaign to raise awareness on the matter.


The Royal Family Addresses the Crisis

Queen Elizabeth II’s public-facing role has changed rapidly in the face of the pandemic. Not only has she urged the citizens of the UK to stay home to help prevent the further spread of the virus, but she is also leading by example by practicing social distancing; she has moved to Windsor Castle and several of her engagements have either been postponed or canceled.

Other members of the Royal Family have followed suit. Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles have postponed their spring tour to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cyprus, and Jordan. Princess Beatrice’s wedding reception has been cancelled, while Prince George and Princess Charlotte are being home-schooled during the crisis. 


Miley Cyrus Launches Talk Show on Instagram

Many celebrities and musicians have been using social media to livestream home performances, but Miley Cyrus has taken the idea one step further by launching her own self-quarantine talk show, Bright Minded. Exclusively focused on positivity and “good vibes”, Cyrus addresses fans daily via IGTV wearing cozy sweats. “I have not gotten out of these sweatpants for about five days, and I have no plans of doing it any time soon,” she admitted. So far, guests have included Demi Lovato, Rita Ora, and Jeremy Scott. You can watch Bright Minded: Live with Miley Cyrus every day at 8:30 a.m. (GST).


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The Dubai Mall Opens Virtual Store

As local businesses sufferThe Dubai Mall is partnering up with Noon to open a virtual store in order to help retailers who are currently facing an unprecedented crisis. We think this one’s a win-win. Customers will be able to practice social distancing yet still shop at their favorite stores at The Dubai Mall while retailers can enjoy a bit of relief from plummeting sales, with Noon delivering purchases to homes across the UAE. As further developments on this front trickle in, you can shop here.


Celebrity Donations Pour In

Donations from the celebrity sector have poured in as the coronavirus has become more widespread. Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds have donated one million dollars to Feeding America and Food Banks Canada, style influencer Chiara Ferragni has raised over four million euros for Milan’s San Raffaele Hospital, and Ciara and Russell Wilson have donated one million meals to Food Lifeline.

Others like Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, Jimmy Fallon, and Justin Bieber have also stepped up their charitable efforts. Rihanna, however, tops this list with a five million dollar donation to Direct Relief, Feeding America, Partners in Health, WHO’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, and International Rescue Committee via her Clara Lionel Foundation.

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