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Gigi Hadid Finally Reveals Baby Name
Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik welcomed their little girl this past September, and while neither parent has revealed an image of their daughter’s face, Hadid has finally revealed her name. On Thursday, January 21st, Hadid updated her Instagram bio to state that she is simply “Khai‘s mom.” There has been a range of speculation as to where the name comes from, and since neither parent has come forward with an explanation (or a last name), we will go with the theory that it is a nod to Hadid’s Arab roots.
‘Khai’ could mean ‘royalty’, ‘chosen one’, or ‘crowned’ in Arabic, which would pair nicely with her father’s last name, which literally translates to ‘king’. The name could also be a derivation of her Auntie Bella Hadid‘s middle name: Khair. Perhaps it’s both. Either way, we love the name and expect a surge of babies to be named Khai in 2021.
Legendary Talk Show Host, Larry King, Dies at Age 87
Larry King, the legendary talk show host who interviewed presidential candidates, movie stars, athletes, and everybody who was anybody, passed away yesterday at age 87. King was the host of Larry King Live for over 25 years and filmed over 6,000 episodes. He became an icon and role model for broadcasters and journalists in radio and television worldwise. No official report has confirmed the cause of death, but he was hospitalized in December for complications due to COVID-19. King is survived by three sons.
Amanda Gorman Steals the Day at US Inauguration
Last Wednesday, the United States of America inaugurated its 46th president in a historical day of firsts. Not only is Vice President Kamala Harris the first woman and the first Black/Asian to be elected to the office of Vice President, but President Joe Biden is also the oldest person to be elected as well.
However, all eyes were on 22-year-old Amanda Gorman, the National Youth Poet Laureate of the United States, as she became the youngest poet to recite at a presidential inauguration. The powerful words of unity in her poem, The Hill We Climb, revealed a wisdom beyond her years, and sparked hope and pride in hearts the world over. What with Gorman’s poetry and Bernie‘s mittens, we’re pretty sure this inauguration was the best thing to hit the US since, well, since Michelle Obama.
Maya Angelou Honored in Latest Barbie Edition
Mattel, the company behind Barbie, has added a new model to its “Inspiring Women” series. Along with important figures such as Rosa Parks, Frida Kahlo, Ella Fitzgerald, and Florence Nightingale, a new likeness of Maya Angelou can now be found sporting her iconic head wrap and floral-print dress, holding a copy of I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings. Angelou is one of the most beloved poets of all time, holds over 50 honorary doctorates, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and was the first African-American and female poet to speak at a US presidential inauguration when she spoke at Bill Clinton’s ceremony in 1993. Her figure has reportedly already sold out.
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New Coronavirus Crackdowns Amidst Soaring Numbers in UAE
The number of new COVID-19 cases has increased dramatically since the new year. This could be due to an influx of tourists over the holidays, particularly from countries with the new, more contagious strain, and/or the sudden ease that people are beginning to feel as they “party like it’s 2019.”
Whatever the reason, the UAE government has issued new mandates to help continue to fight the spread of the Coronavirus. Private gatherings are no longer permitted unless it is with a maximum of 10 first-degree relatives. This includes private weddings at hotels, where the maximum was previously 200 guests. Additionally, DJs, musicians, and live entertainment have now been eliminated from all hotels and restaurants, and restaurants can only seat up to seven people at one table, while cafe tables are being capped at four. The government continues to urge its citizens to get the COVID-19 vaccine, which is available to all residents for free.
Chanel Unveils its Most Dazzling High Jewelry Collection Yet
Imagine getting a peek at Mademoiselle Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel’s passport. While in your mind, you might localize her to her home country of France, she was actually a thoroughly well-traveled woman, with infinite curiosity about the places she visited. Venice instantly captured her imagination, with its extraordinary architecture and romantic facades. In tribute to the powerful beauty of Venice comes Chanel’s most dazzling high jewelry collection yet, ‘Escale à Venise’. Imagined by the Director of Chanel’s jewelry creation studio Patrice Leguéreau, this 70-piece collection creates a contemporary interpretation of the “Floating City”, using architectural motifs, magical settings, and exquisite stones. The collection features four lines: ‘Sérénissime’, ‘Gran Canale’, ‘Isole della Laguna’, and ‘Spirito di Venezia’, each one inspired by a different aspect of Venice that spoke to Mademoiselle Chanel. Below you’ll find some of our favorite pieces from each line.
Burberry Launches a New Film Celebrating the Chinese New Year
To celebrate the Chinese New Year 2021, the Year of the Ox, a Chinese zodiac sign associated with the earth, power, and calm, Burberry has launched a film, called A New Awakening, starring House ambassadors Zhou Dongyu and Song Weilong and directed by Derek Tsang. The film is a commemoration of Burberry’s heritage of exploring the outdoors as it follows its characters on a journey of discovery and new beginnings. At its heart, the film is a tale of optimism and yearning to go into the unknown.
“I have always found inspiration in nature and its energy,” says Riccardo Tisci, Burberry’s Chief Creative Officer. “This film really represents our connection as humans to the outside world and the journeys we take in life, always discovering new things in both our environment and also in ourselves. I truly believe in renaissance: rebirth and new beginnings. For the new year, I think we all want to find love, balance, strength, and hope – this is the real beauty in life.”