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Twitter Censors Trump
Protests erupted across the United States after police killed unarmed black citizen George Floyd while he was in custody. President Trump responded to the protests on Twitter, but Twitter made the rare decision to hide his tweet behind a warning that read, “This tweet violated the Twitter Rules about glorifying violence. However, Twitter has determined that it may be in the public’s interest for the tweet to remain accessible.”
Early last week, Twitter also took the unprecedented step of appending one of Trump’s tweets with a fact check. Although he has been President for more than three years, this is the first time the social media platform disallowed his unfettered mistruths. Predictably, Trump responded with outrage, and an executive order that narrowed the legal protections for social media platforms.
Forbes Strips Kylie Jenner of Billionaire Status
After months of investigation, Forbes published a shocking walkback. The magazine that put Kylie Jenner on the cover – declaring her the youngest ever self-made billionaire – reversed its statement. When Jenner sold a 51% share of her company to Coty Cosmetics last year, filings proved huge discrepancies in the valuation of her company. It also called into question whether or not she fully owned her company – as the Kardashian-Jenner family repeatedly claimed – after evidence came to light that partial ownership was shared by momager Kris Jenner.
Kylie Jenner lashed out at the Forbes bombshell, but Forbes spokesman Matthew Hutchison, stood by the report citing, “newly filed documents that revealed glaring discrepancies between information privately supplied to journalists and information publicly supplied to shareholders.” He went on to share, “Our reporters spotted the inaccuracies and spent months uncovering the facts.”
what am i even waking up to. i thought this was a reputable site.. all i see are a number of inaccurate statements and unproven assumptions lol. i’ve never asked for any title or tried to lie my way there EVER. period
— Kylie Jenner (@KylieJenner) May 29, 2020
Romee Strijd Reveals Pregnancy After PCOS Struggle
After being diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) two years ago, Victoria’s Secret model Romee Strijd revealed that she and husband Laurens van Leeuwen are expecting their first child. PCOS negatively impacts fertility and is estimated to affect 116 million women worldwide. In the post where Strijd joyfully reveals her pregnancy, she detailed her struggle with the syndrome and the lifestyle changes she made in order to tackle it.
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WE’RE HAVING A BABY 💗 2 years ago I got diagnosed with PCOS after not getting my period for 7 years. I was devastated because being a mom and starting a family with @laurensvleeuwen is my biggest dream.. I was so scared that I would never be able to because I got told it was harder to get babies in a natural way.. I started to research PCOS and came to the conclusion that mine was not the typical pcos.. Mine was because of my body being in fight or flight mode.. which means my body was under constant stress. I never felt mentally super stressed so it was hard te understand this, but my life consisted of travelling all the time (no biorhythm), working out every day, eating super clean (restricting foods). I think I pressured my body to much, and honestly every body is so different but I think my weight was not good for my body to function properly and couldn’t handle the constant traveling. This was the point where I started to research natural healing for PCOS and came to the conclusion that I should do way less high intensity training, don’t restrict foods, be nice to myself, and take breaks when needed. I also tried some natural supplements, acupuncture and we got a place back in the Netherlands as well, so we could spend more time with Family (since im such a family person). I’m so happy and grateful to say that I got my period back last november AND that WE’RE SOON A FAMILY OF THREE ❤ ❤❤❤ & to the women trying to conceive, believe in yourself and be nice for yourself and your body and don’t let those thoughts get to you to much 😚
Dubai Eases Restrictions
After months of constraints meant to curb the spread of COVID-19, Dubai has eased many restrictions. In addition to reopening shopping malls and dine-in restaurants at limited capacity, the city has also opened public beaches, private hotel beaches, public parks, and other popular gathering places. Gyms, salons, and movie theaters are also part of the reopening strategy. Groups of five or less are recommended, and social distancing practices are still required.
Gucci Bows Out of Fashion Seasons
In a series of diary entries posted to Gucci Creative Director Alessandro Michele’s Instagram account, the luxury brand’s future has been revealed. Instead of abiding by the strictures of the traditional fashion season calendar, Michele has declared that Gucci will forego the schedule and instead, “will meet just twice a year, to share the chapters of a new story.” Calling the fashion calendar a “worn-out ritual”, Michele delineated concern surrounding fashion’s environmental footprint, saying, “Our reckless actions have burned the house we live in. We conceived of ourselves as separated from nature, we felt cunning and almighty. We usurped nature, we dominated and wounded it”.
Christian Louboutin Launches 'Nudes' Collection Exclusively on Mytheresa.com
Fans of Christian Louboutin have a single online destination for finding his new ‘Nudes’ collection: Mytheresa. The luxury e-tailer has exclusively launched the collection, which features shoes in eight sublime shades that represent a diverse array of skin tones. According to Louboutin himself, “The ‘Nudes’ shoe doesn’t dress the leg but continues to undress it. The shoe disappears in favor of the silhouette of the leg, like an illusion. The leg is no longer wearing a shoe: it simply dissolves into a shoe and that’s what gives its radiance”.
Dior Debuts New 'Ultra-Matte' Accessories
Dior’s iconic accessories, like the ‘Lady Dior’ bag and ‘Saddlebag’ designs, have now arrived in a luxurious, ultra-matte finish. A renewed image of elegance, the ultra-matte finish comes in shades of peachy pink, stone grey, and black, and are available to shop online at dior.ae, with a full range of ultra-matte accessories in a wider variety of colorways available in-store regionally.
Alexander McQueen Unveils 'Tread Slicks' Photography Project
After Alexander McQueen’s success of its beautiful #McQueenNature project, which invited photographers to share their creative interpretations of nature around them, the luxury British brand invited some of the participants to capture the iconic McQueen ‘Tread Slicks’ shoe. Isolated at home, these photographers imagined the ‘Tread Slicks’ according to their own vision, and the results are beautiful. See one of our favorite images from the project below, and shop the shoe on Level, Ounass, and at Alexander McQueen stores regionally.
bgX Launches #PayItForward Campaign
If you have recently shopped on the app-based platform bgx – which delivers beauty products from many of Dubai’s best-known salons – you might be in for a big surprise. Customers who shopped on bgX between the dates of February 1 and April 13, received a full refund on their purchases, no matter how big or how small. As part of its #payitforward campaign, bgX committed to refunding up to AED 10,000 a day for thirty days. In return, their hope is that customers who receive the refund will pay it forward with their own acts of kindness. While this project was launched during Ramadan, the spirit of giving continues as bgX plans to unveil collages on Instagram @bgxofficial in order to ensure the initiative endures beyond the Holy Month.
Hussein Bazaza Launches New Online Shop
Now, more than ever, it’s important to support local talent. In that spirit, gifted Lebanese designer Hussein Bazaza has just announced the launch of a new online shop. In support of the launch, Bazaza has released ‘The Bombers Project’ – his first e-capsule collection. ‘The Bombers Project’ has 20 different looks to choose from, featuring gorgeous screen prints, embroidery, and patchwork. You can shop these incredible looks now on www.husseinbazaza.com.
Gigi Concept Boutique Opens in Dubai
Although the pandemic has brought many businesses to a halt, nothing could stop the entrepreneurial spirit behind the new Gigi boutique, located at Galleria Mall Al Barsha. This revolutionary new boutique is the brainchild of fashion buyer Zeina Ladki and CEO of H&H Investment and Development Miltos Bosiinis. Featuring an unprecedented selection of regional brands and designers in a state-of-the-art space, Gigi will serve as an interactive platform for activations, social-sharing, and more. Beyond a typical concept store, Gigi will offer workshops, tutorials, and more, allowing for an authentic and immersive retail experience that puts regional talent front-and-center.
Gigi is where you’ll find fashion favorites like Mrs. Keepa, Rania’s Corner, Zayan the Label, and Atelier Nawbar alongside chic home brands like Cities, Culti, and more. For those adventuring out to discover all of the treasures Gigi has in store, rest assured that the boutique has all recommended health and safety protocols in place, as well as an option of at-home personal shopping.