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Highest-Paid Actor in the World Earned Twice as Much as the Highest-Paid Actress
Here’s a surprise: men earning more than women to perform the same job. In a recent study conducted by Forbes determining the 10 highest-paid actors and actresses in the world in 2020, Sofia Vergara, Colombian-born actress who just wrapped her final season on Modern Family, was ranked as the highest-paid female actress earning a gross amount of $43 million last year. That may seem like a lot of money, until you compare it with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who was the highest-paid male actor, earning a gross amount of $87.5 million.
Jackie Chan – surprisingly – was ranked number 10 for the men, earning $40 million, mostly from endorsements and licensing deals, meaning the highest-paid actress of 2020 managed to make slightly more than the 10th highest-paid actor. But no, Hollywood isn’t sexist.
And in case you’re curious, coming in second for the actresses was Angelina Jolie with $35.5 million. Meryl Streep was in fifth place, earning $24 million, and Viola Davis landed in tenth place with $15.5 million. For the men, Ryan Reynolds came in second place behind Johnson with $71.5 million, and Akshay Kumar, the only Bollywood star to make the list, came in sixth place with $48.5 million. Clearly, we need to rethink our career goals.
Donald Trump Impeached, Again
After the Capit0l Hills riots that claimed the life of five people, the U.S. House of Representatives has voted to once again impeach U.S. President Donald Trump a week before he is set to leave office. The trial date is unconfirmed as The Senate is out of session until January 19th and President-elect Joe Biden is to be sworn into office on January 20th. President Trump is being accused of inciting a riot after inflammatory vernacular was used in a rally just before a mob stormed the capital.
Trump is the first president in U.S. history to be impeached twice in one term and faces becoming the first American president with a conviction after impeachment. The Senate needs a super majority to convict an impeached president – meaning a 2/3 vote majority – which would require bi-partisan agreement in the vote. However, most of what has been circulating on social media is incorrect in assuming the president would lose his pension, his travel allowance, and his security detail, but he could lose the right to run for office again if a second vote is called and won with a simple majority.
The Whatsapp Debacle
After the backlash from users regarding their new operations policy and terms of service, Whatsapp has been slowly backing away trying to put out the fires that have spread like, well, wildfire. Panic arose when new terms and conditions surfaced, letting users know they either agreed to the new policy, or they would be kicked off the app on February 8th. However, Whatsapp has pushed back the date to May in an attempt to communicate more clearly, debunk misinformation, clear up any confusion, and make sure users are aware to what they are agreeing. The new policy will allow Facebook and its subsidiaries to collect user data, however, Whatsapp remains adamant that user’s private messages are encrypted with end-to-end encryption, therefore, Whatsapp cannot see them (or sell them) even if they wanted to. Given the exponential increase in demand for rival messaging services like Signal and Telegram, Whatsapp may be fighting an uphill battle to bring users back.
London Fashion Week to Continue on Digital Platform
The British Fashion Council has announced that it will continue as planned with London Fashion Week on digital platforms after the UK’s Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, issued a third national lockdown to help staunch the tide of the coronavirus and the new ‘super-virus’, which has been spreading at alarming rates.
Caroline Rush, Chief Executive of the BFC, said in a statement, “We will continue to push for support and champion our extraordinary businesses to global audiences. Despite all the challenges the last few years have brought, I truly believe that the creativity, agility, and business savvy of our sector will prevail and the societal conscious of our British businesses and fashion workforce will see us re-calibrate to not only be strong creatively but strong sustainably too.”
People will be able to access runway collections, multi-media content, interviews with designers, podcasts, and e-commerce on London Fashion Week’s digital platform from February 19th through the 23rd.
The First Expo 2020 Pavillion Opens this Friday
The first Expo 2020 Dubai – er… 2021? – pavilion opens this Friday, January 22nd to visitors. Terra – The Sustainability Pavilion will be open until April 10, 2021, where visitors can catch a first look at the world’s first expo in the MEASA region. For only AED25, visitors can experience interactive exhibits aimed at educating visitors on natural resources and our responsibility in making choices that affect our planet. Thought-provoking questions are asked and answers are polled from visitors and displayed in an amalgamation of data to help researchers better understand their audience, as well as elicit discussions on morality and responsibility from guests. Expo 2020 Dubai was pushed back a year due to the global pandemic, but is expecting the participation of over 200 countries when it finally opens on October 1, 2021 and stays open through March 31, 2022.
Rami Al Ali Launches 'Ard Dyar' to Celebrate and Spotlight Syrian Talent
‘Ard Dyar‘ – derived from the Arabic word referring to a private courtyard inside a Syrian house – is a new initiative launched by designer Rami Al Ali to bring to the forefront and celebrate Syrian talent in the region. By reinventing a space traditionally reserved for close family and friends to be seen by the rest of the world, Ali hopes to host a series of intimate dinners which foster conversations with established and successful entrepreneurs while also building a strong network of support.
“Many people are familiar with old Syria and what it has to offer from its rich history and culture,” says Ali, “However, few people know about modern Syria. The objective of Ard Dyar is to spotlight the region’s talent and to create a community that helps these budding entrepreneurs succeed.”
Naomi Osaka Joins Louis Vuitton as a Brand Ambassador
One of the most “explosive and influential” individuals to hit tennis, Naomi Osaka, will be making her debut for the Spring/Summer 2021 Louis Vuitton fashion campaign, marking her as the latest brand ambassador to join the house. The young athlete is the first Japanese woman to win a Grand Slam and the first Asian woman to hold the number one position for women’s singles. Known for her prowess on the court as well as her activism off, Osaka embodies everything that a Louis Vuitton woman should be.
“Aside from tennis, my most treasured passion is fashion, and there is no brand more iconic than Louis Vuitton,” says Osaka about the brand. “It is such an honor to work with Nicolas [Ghesquière] — he’s a designer I admire so much and we share a mutual love of Japanese culture and style. To become a global brand ambassador is truly a dream come true for me.”
Kiera Knightley, Tilda Swinton, and Pharrell Williams Talk Culture with Chanel Connects
Chanel‘s long history of being actively involved in ‘what happens next’ has inspired a new venture by the Maison as it seeks to bring together some of the most celebrated talents from film, art, architecture, dance, music, and fashion for intimate conversations on the future of culture in ‘Chanel Connects‘.
In a wide range of topics — from the unique challenges of 2020 to the role of culture as an agent for social change — participants included actors Tilda Swinton and Keira Knightley, musician, designer, and entrepreneur Pharrell Williams, artists Arthur Jafa and Jennifer Packer, and many more.
Yana Peel, Global Head of Arts and Culture at Chanel, says, “While galleries, stages, and studios have been dark, artists have not stopped creating and imagining new ways forward. Chanel Connects sees cultural game-changers delve deep into their imaginations to share ideas across disciplines, projects, and institutions. As well as fascinating insight into the minds of today’s most creative innovators, it’s a prescient reminder to continue supporting the arts, championing what’s next, and celebrating work that has the power to transform lives and wider society.”