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 public figures it’s impacting to the fashion industry’s efforts to help during this time of crisis.
Event Cancellations Continue Due to COVID-19
The pandemic has caused more high-profile event cancellations. Japan’s government and the International Olympic Committee have jointly decided to suspend the Tokyo Games. The Tony Awards, which annually recognizes excellence of Broadway theater and musicals, was also cancelled in light of the total shutdown of theaters in New York City.
Additionally, the Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode in Paris announced that both the men’s shows and haute couture shows, which typically happen in July, have been cancelled. The governing body released a statement saying, “The Federation is actively working with its members on possible alternatives.”
More Companies in the Fashion Industry Step Up
Although the fashion industry could be (rightly) accused of being shallow at times, it turns out that it’s uniquely qualified to aid in the midst of a global health crisis. With fabrics and factories armed and at the ready, hundreds of brands have stepped up efforts to create face masks and gowns for medical workers and those in need. Others have taken considerable means and applied them to the situation at hand.
Ralph Lauren donated ten million dollars to help those affected by the virus. Giorgio Armani pledged over one million euros to Milanese hospitals and to Italy’s civil defense, Protezione Civile. Meanwhile, Prada has donated six complete intensive care units, and is on track to produce 80,000 face masks and 110,000 medical overalls. Moncler’s Remo Ruffini committed ten million euros to help build an emergency hospital in the former Fiera Milano area. Gucci has pledged two million euros to help fight the pandemic, while Valentino has donated one million. Meanwhile, the British Fashion Council has created the BFC Foundation Covid Crisis Fund, an emergency fund that will be used to shore up small UK fashion businesses that are suffering.
Huda Kattan Extends a Helping Hand
Many makeup artists – whose jobs rely on human contact – have lost their livelihoods during the pandemic, but Huda Kattan has stepped up to help. The beauty mogul took to IGTV to announce her decision to create a $100,000 fund for fellow makeup artists, pledging $1,000 each for 100 hundred artists.
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I want to kick-start the way that we’re giving back by shining a spotlight on some amazing makeup artists and giving cash to some MUAs who may be struggling right now. So we’ll be giving away $1,000 USD to 100 of you amazing freelance makeup artists! Please tag a freelance MUA that you know who is finding these times tough & share why you’ve put them forward. Please stay safe & healthy, I love you all *Entries will be closed 12:00am Gulf Standard Time on March 25th, info to follow
More Public Figures Test Positive for COVID-19
With the UK and US among the slowest nations to react to the crisis, it’s no surprise that some of its most public figures have contracted COVID-19. Disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein – who was recently found guilty of rape and sexual assault and sentenced to 23 years in prison – tested positive for coronavirus last week. In the UK, both British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and heir to the throne Prince Charles have tested positive as well and are harboring in isolation.
A Dubai-Based Influencer Is Arrested
Dubai-based fitness influencer Semia Azaiz, who goes by @the_trendy_frenchie on Instagram, was arrested last week for not only flouting the UAE’s #StayHome regulations, but also encouraging others to do the same. In now-deleted videos posted addressing her 43,000 Instagram followers, Azaiz defended her decision to go on runs despite the rules, saying, “What I’m saying is you don’t have to take part in this campaign, staying at home. Do whatever you wanna do, no matter what’s out there. If you want to leave the house, go for a walk or go for a run, just do it. Stay positive and stop adding to this drama staying at home. Why are you staying at home?”
Azaiz worked closely with Reebok prior to the incident, but the brand instantly severed ties with her after the arrest. It posted the following statement on Instagram: “Reebok MENA, in no way shape or form, endorses the activities of @the_trendy_frenchie and has immediately suspended all collaborations with her. She previously attended a Reebok event in January and posted recently. Her comments are misleading and do not represent the core values or principles that the brand stands for. We encourage the entire community to stay at home and practice social distancing.”
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Relocate to LA
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have left Canada for California, though it is unclear at this time whether or not the move is permanent. They are reportedly in isolation (most likely in Los Angeles) with their son, allegedly to avoid paying tax in both America and Canada. Some are speculating that the move is permanent given Markle’s latest job for Disneynature, voicing the narration of a new documentary entitled Elephants. Proceeds from the film will benefit Elephants Without Borders, an organization dedicated to protecting wildlife and conserving natural resources.