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Kim Officially Files for Divorce From Kanye
We kind of knew it was coming, but this past Friday it was confirmed that Kim Kardashian has officially filed for divorce from Kanye West. A representative for Kardashian also confirmed the divorce filing, but neither party has said much more. The couple has been together for seven years and shares four children. The filing cites irreconcilable differences, mentions the prenuptial agreement regarding their assets, and asks for joint custody of their children. The couple has been living separated for some time, with West staying in a home in Wyoming and Kardashian remaining in California with their children.
Meghan and Harry Leave the Royal Life for Good
Buckingham Palace issued a statement on Friday that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will not be returning as working members of the Royal family. The Palace also confirmed “that in stepping away from the work of the Royal Family, it is not possible to continue with the responsibilities and duties that come with a life of public service.” This means that honorary military appointments and royal patronages held by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be revoked and redistributed among the working members of the royal family. “While all are saddened by their decision, the Duke and Duchess remain much loved members of the family,” it added.
Similarly, the couple issued a public statement following the Queen’s announcement, saying that Meghan and Harry “remain committed to their duty and service to the UK and around the world” and have “offered their continued support to the organizations they have represented regardless of official role.”
Lady Kitty Spencer Named Global Ambassador for Dolce and Gabbana
Lady Kitty Spencer, the niece of the late Princess Diana, has just been named the latest global ambassador for Dolce and Gabbana. The Italian fashion house and Spencer are no strangers to each other. The model/aristocrat first took a turn on the brand’s runway in 2017, is often seen on the red carpet wearing the line, and is a regular on the front row at their legendary Alta Moda shows.
“I am truly honored to be appointed as Global Ambassador for Dolce & Gabbana,” said Spencer in a statement. “Domenico and Stefano celebrate life’s wonders; family, joy, beauty, color, and love. Working with them is always a new experience, a unique opportunity to rediscover Italian culture, art, savoir-faire, and lifestyle.”
“When I wear their pieces I feel their passion and I feel like the best version of myself,” she added.
Emirati Woman Named in 2021 Time's List of Next 100 Most Influential People
Time has just named Emirati, Sarah Al Amiri, to its coveted list of the ‘100 Next Most Influential People’ in the world. As the Minister of State for Advanced Technology and Chairwoman of the UAE Space Agency, Al Amiri led the Arab world’s first-ever interplanetary mission and successfully helped the UAE’s Hope Probe enter Mars’ orbit on February 9th.
Al Amiri headed the team as the deputy project manager and science lead of the Emirates Mars Mission, a team which comprises 80 percent women. The ‘2021 Time100 Next’ list celebrates emerging leaders in the world who are shaping the future of science, health, entertainment, political, business, and several other fields. Al Amiri joins 54 other women on the list.
UAE Launches New Program to Protect Athletes of Determination
The UAE Special Olympics has announced the launch of a child protection program in sports clubs for people of determination with intellectual disabilities. The program will consist of virtual educational workshops that will train 84 professional Special Olympics trainers from 21 different sports clubs and centers with the knowledge and skills necessary to stop and prevent the abuse of people of determination during the practice of sports.
“The efforts to launch the important program stems from a high sense of responsibility towards our children, especially people of determination. The training promotes the empowerment of trainers, teachers, and supervisors with the necessary qualifications that would help them in supporting children from abuse in accordance with the rules and provisions of the laws and legislations, especially the Child Protection Law 3, popularly called Wadeema Law – which lays out the legal rights of minors in the UAE,” said Hessa Bint Essa Buhumaid, Minister of Community Development.
Carolina Herrera to Donate $7 Million to Fight COVID-19
Through the charitable initiative Carolina Herrera for Hope, Carolina Herrera has committed to donating $7 million to help the fight against COVID-19. A percentage of the proceeds from every bag or accessory of the brand purchased from May 8th until December 31st 2020 will be donated to Red Cross and Red Crescent and distributed in 44 countries. The donation will be used to help provide testing, medical equipment, ambulances, hygiene kits, and psychological support to communities impacted by the coronavirus pandemic across the globe.
Creative Director of Carolina Herrera, Wes Gordon, shared an exclusive quote with Savoir Flair, saying, “During these past months, many of us have experienced loneliness and isolation, but this project shows that community is not just alive, but extraordinarily powerful. It’s not just about fashion, beauty, or style, but about our ability to forge bonds of friendship and hope. Besides helping those in need, Carolina Herrera Heart for Hope has proved the strength of those bonds. Today as with every day, I am so proud to call Carolina Herrera my home.”
One&Only Opens Its First Resort in Europe
One&Only’s first resort in Europe, One&Only Portonovi, is set to officially open to the public on May 1st, 2021. Located at the entrance of Boka Bay, a fjord-like idyll on Montenegro’s Adriatic Coast, One&Only Portonovi is situated in a truly one-of-a-kind setting with awe-inspiring natural landscapes to exceptionable swimmable waters and state-of-the-art facilities for sports, wellness, art, and more. Secluded beaches, lush greenery, bio-diverse National Parks, crystal clear waters of the Adriatic Sea, and ancient towns over-flowing with history make up the hotel’s surroundings.
Hermès Sales Rise by 16 Percent in the 4th Quarter of 2020
Despite setbacks caused by the global pandemic and production delays due to the closure of its French workshops for over a month, Hermès has reported a 16 percent increase in sales in the fourth quarter of 2020. The luxury brand, known for its famous Birkin and Kelly bags, is one of the fastest brands to bounce back despite being hit hard last year, and accounts for its boost in sales from the demand from Asian markets, particularly China, which saw sales rise by 50% by the end of the year. For the whole year, operating profitability decreased to 31% for 2020 compared to 34% in 2019.