Halima Aden creates face masks for hijabi frontline workers

Halima Aden has helped design a range of face masks for those who wear hijabs. The model, who is best known for being the first to wear a hjiab in the Miss Minnesota USA pageant and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, has teamed up with Anywear and…

Halima Aden has helped design a range of face masks for those who wear hijabs.

The model, who is best known for being the first to wear a hjiab in the Miss Minnesota USA pageant and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, has teamed up with Anywear and Allure magazine’s Banding Together project to create a collection of face coverings and hijab sets.

Before she embarked on her modelling career, the 22-year-old used to clean hospital rooms at St. Cloud Hospital in Minnesota, so she knows what it’s like to try and wear face and head coverings at the same time.

“Early on, I understood the importance of wearing that extra protective gear, whether it was the gloves or the personal protection equipment, so when Covid-19 happened, and there were so many shortages, I felt such sympathy,” she told Vogue.com. “I struggled with my scarf and having to pin it… I can remember wishing that there was a way for the hijab to be a part of the uniform instead of me having to go and match the fabric and never be able to find scarf options to go with my scrubs.”

While traditional face masks are secured behind the ears, Aden’s face coverings come with a “built-in extender” comprised of two buttons so they can clasp around the back of the head. For each purchase, Anywear officials will donate a piece of personal protective equipment (PPE) to healthcare workers fighting the Covid-19 pandemic.

“I wanted something that would bring joy to the patients and the healthcare workers,” the model said of the collection. “This is giving people the tools to feel comfortable and do their job to the best of their ability… There are so many hijabi women working in healthcare, and their comfort is as important as anyone else’s in the workforce.”

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Mission: Impossible 7 set to resume filming in September

Tom Cruise’s Mission: Impossible 7 is set to resume filming in September.The 57-year-old actor is reprising his role as spy Ethan Hunt in Christopher McQuarrie’s upcoming sequels, alongside Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, Rebecca Ferguson and franchise newcom…

Tom Cruise’s Mission: Impossible 7 is set to resume filming in September.

The 57-year-old actor is reprising his role as spy Ethan Hunt in Christopher McQuarrie’s upcoming sequels, alongside Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, Rebecca Ferguson and franchise newcomers Hayley Atwell and Pom Klementieff.

Back in February, the cast and crew were due to begin a three-week stint in the Italian city of Venice, but production was shut down by studio executives at Paramount Pictures as Italian government officials imposed a strict lockdown in an effort to stop the spread of Covid-19.

Now, first assistant director Tommy Gormley has confirmed that filming can get underway in just over three months and still be on schedule for the movie’s November 2021 release date.

“We hope to start shooting again in September. We were days from shooting in Venice – we were right at the epicentre when it all kicked off – so we had to shut down in Venice where we were four or five days from shooting,” he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, following the publication of the British Film Commission’s new safety guidelines titled: “Working Safely During COVID-19 in Film and High-End TV Drama Production”.

“We hope to restart in September, we hope to visit all the countries we planned to and look to do a big chunk of it back in the U.K. on the backlot and in the studio, so September through to end April/May is our targets. We are convinced we can do this,” Gormley explained.

The seventh instalment was scheduled to be released in July 2021, but was pushed back to November 2021 in light of the Covid-19 outbreak. It is being filmed back-to-back with the eighth instalment.

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Elle Fanning gets glam from ‘the waist up’ for video calls during lockdown

Elle Fanning puts a lot of effort into her look “from the waist up” before taking video calls during lockdown.The 22-year-old actress opened up about her life at home during the coronavirus pandemic with Elle U.S. magazine, and she confessed she’s only…

Elle Fanning puts a lot of effort into her look “from the waist up” before taking video calls during lockdown.

The 22-year-old actress opened up about her life at home during the coronavirus pandemic with Elle U.S. magazine, and she confessed she’s only been putting effort into her look from the waist up before she goes on important video calls with prospective casting directors or her friends.

“I’ve been wearing a lot of comfy stuff honestly. If I have an interview or things with friends on Zoom, I’m like, ‘How do I dress from the waist up in different ways?’ What you normally wouldn’t choose: good necklines, bright colours,” Elle laughed.

And the Maleficent actress has been experimenting with make-up and sharing the results on social media after getting inspired by Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Chelsea Peretti.

“I’ve been doing a lot of make-up, posting on my Instagram. I don’t know if you follow Chelsea Peretti, but she does those weird, funny make-up tutorials,” she added. “I love her. And she has them on TikTok too, making fun of make-up tutorials. So I’m like, ‘All right, I’ll do some wax make-up.'”

Elle, the younger sister of Dakota Fanning, also confessed she’s been embarrassing herself on the video-sharing app.

“I have done some,” she replied when asked if she’s been taking part in the viral TikTok dance challenges. “I can do some dances, but I’m like, I can’t put these out. But I have learned. I do confess I’ve learned the ‘Savage’ one. I know ‘Renegade.’ It’s embarrassing, but yes.”

Elle is currently playing Russian empress Catherine the Great in Hulu’s 10-part series The Great.

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Tess Holliday: ‘People can’t look past my size’

Tess Holliday struggles to be heard when she’s discussing gaining or losing weight because people “can’t see past” her size.The model was frustrated when she began hearing other social media influencers complain about putting on weight during the coron…

Tess Holliday struggles to be heard when she’s discussing gaining or losing weight because people “can’t see past” her size.

The model was frustrated when she began hearing other social media influencers complain about putting on weight during the coronavirus lockdown, and took to Instagram to vent her concerns in a video back in March.

However, Tess has now admitted she didn’t feel like she was being taken seriously when discussing diets and healthy eating habits because of her size.

“The first week we were in quarantine, I posted a funny video being like, ‘I’m so tired of hearing people complain about the weight that they might gain. Who cares? We’re in an actual pandemic.’ And that’s still how I feel,” she told Self magazine. “I’m in an interesting position because I know that I am fat, I know that I am larger than what people consider acceptably plus-size, so when people see someone that looks like me – that is my size – talking about loving yourself and it being fatphobic, people can’t look past my size.”

Elsewhere in the interview, the 34-year-old, real name Ryann Maegen Hoven, opened up about taking care of her mental health while in self-isolation at her home in Los Angeles with her three-year-old son Bowie.

“I try to create a checklist each day of things that I need to do. Some of that is work, some of it is personal goals,” Tess explained. “I’ve been journaling. I have been spending time with my little one outside… I’m also taking time for myself before I go to bed.”

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Lily Aldridge writing daily ‘gratitude lists’ during coronavirus lockdown

Lily Aldridge has been writing “gratitude lists” each day during the coronavirus lockdown.In a new video for her YouTube channel, the model opened up about the different ways she has boosted her mood and kept her anxiety at bay while practicing social …

Lily Aldridge has been writing “gratitude lists” each day during the coronavirus lockdown.

In a new video for her YouTube channel, the model opened up about the different ways she has boosted her mood and kept her anxiety at bay while practicing social distancing and staying at her Nashville, Tennessee home amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Lily discussed the power of repeating positive thoughts in the morning, making to-do lists, as well as the ritual of penning down exactly what she is appreciative of over the course of the day.

“One of my favourite things to do every day is to do a gratitude list. I’ll usually do three to five things that I’m grateful for. It can be really simple things, it can be more serious things,” she shared. “When this was all starting and I was full of anxiety and worry, just writing down what I was grateful for instantly made me feel happier and also realise, ‘I’m O.K. right now, you don’t have to consume yourself with worry and stress.’ Practicing gratitude is something I’m really grateful for – you could keep a little gratitude journal next to your bed so it’s really easy. My sister also does gratitude lists but she does it with her friends. They do a gratitude text chain, which I really love, so it becomes more of a communal thing.”

Lily went on to explain that she also makes time to video chat with her friends and family members each week, takes part in online quizzes, participates in virtual exercise sessions, and meditates. And unlike many other parents, she is actually enjoying homeschooling her seven-year-old daughter Dixie, whom she shares with her rocker husband Caleb Followill.

“She has definitely reminded me more than once that I’m not an actual teacher. ‘Cause I get really into it. When it’s the weekend, I’m like, ‘We don’t get to go to school.’ I really love it,” the 34-year-old smiled.

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CeeLo Green hoping to lose weight during lockdown

CeeLo Green wants to emerge from the coronavirus lockdown at least 30 pounds (14 kilograms) lighter.The Forget You hitmaker discussed his health in a chat with the New York Post’s gossip column Page Six and admitted he’s been trying to “be mindful” of …

CeeLo Green wants to emerge from the coronavirus lockdown at least 30 pounds (14 kilograms) lighter.

The Forget You hitmaker discussed his health in a chat with the New York Post’s gossip column Page Six and admitted he’s been trying to “be mindful” of his eating habits with the support of his fiancee Shani.

“In a perfect world, when I come out of quarantine, I would like to come out 30 to 40 pounds lighter,” the former The Voice U.S. coach confessed, noting that he’s been exercising daily on the couple’s sprawling land in Atlanta.

“Fortunately for us… we live on a (Georgia) ranch that is about 10 acres. So we can go out and walk a mile and still be in the confines of the house. The first thing I wanted to do when I got money was to get a ranch,” CeeLo explained.

Besides eating well, the singer has also been keeping hydrated and taking a bunch of vitamins, with him adding, “We’ve been drinking a lot of water and taking vitamin B, turmeric, cod liver oil, fish oil. You name it, we got it all.”

The 44-year-old also credited Shani for his clear, glowing complexion during quarantine.

“I’m learning more about beauty and self-care. But it’s easy to learn about beauty for someone that’s already naturally beautiful; I’m working on being beautiful,” he shared.

The Crazy hitmaker is set to release his new album, CeeLo Green Is Thomas Callaway, on 26 June, and the star recently launched a campaign for fans to appear in his new music video by submitting clips of themselves during isolation.

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Phillip Lim wants fashion industry to ‘reassess and readjust’ following coronavirus pandemic

Phillip Lim is hopeful that the fashion industry will “reassess and readjust” once it reopens following the coronavirus lockdown.Fashion houses such as Versace, Chanel, and Valentino were shut down in February as Italy and France imposed strict restric…

Phillip Lim is hopeful that the fashion industry will “reassess and readjust” once it reopens following the coronavirus lockdown.

Fashion houses such as Versace, Chanel, and Valentino were shut down in February as Italy and France imposed strict restrictions on people’s movement in an effort to stop the spread of the Covid-19 virus, and other countries, including the U.S., followed suit from March.

While Lim and his fellow designers have been working from home on upcoming collections to prepare for when the fashion industry reopens once again, the 46-year-old thinks it’s time for a much-needed transformation.

“What we all understand from this is that everyone is connected. We all need each other, we will be better as collaborators instead of competitors,” Lim told Teen Vogue. “My hope is that when we come out, we all take our time to really reassess and readjust, and then try to imagine an industry and a world that we are proud to be a part of and that we play a role in it.”

And he urged other designers to continue to create amid the uncertainty of the Covid-19 restrictions, as he believes it’s a “pivotal moment” in fashion.

“We have to continue to create. This is who are. Throughout history, whenever there were pivotal moments, it was always because of people creating, people pushing against, people fighting out of necessity,” Lim explained. “I pivot the creativity on different subjects whether it be cooking, planting, books to read, just different ways of engaging. It’s all part of that creative conversation.”

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Martin Scorsese to release ‘very personal’ short film documenting lockdown experience

Martin Scorsese has made a “very personal” short film documenting his experiences during the coronavirus lockdown.After officials began imposing restrictions to try and stop the spread of the Covid-19 virus earlier this year, the Hollywood director dec…

Martin Scorsese has made a “very personal” short film documenting his experiences during the coronavirus lockdown.

After officials began imposing restrictions to try and stop the spread of the Covid-19 virus earlier this year, the Hollywood director decided to film his exploits while holed up in his New York City home.

The “exclusive and very personal” film will be featured in the finale of the BBC Two series Lockdown Culture with Mary Beard, in which the British professor examines the links between risk, culture, and creativity.

“What I look forward to in the future is carrying with me what I have been forced to learn in these circumstances,” Scorsese commented. “It is the essential. The people you love. Being able to take care of them and be with them as much as you can.”

In a short clip, the 77-year-old can be seen discussing his self-imposed quarantine at his home, which he said has been “intense”.

“We had been working so hard on so many different projects, and things were spinning and spinning and spinning and suddenly, there was a crash – and a stop,” the Oscar winner explained. “And at first, there was a day or so of kind of relief. I didn’t have to go anywhere, do anything – I mean, I had to do everything, but I didn’t have to do it then – kind of a relief. And then, the anxiety set in…”

Beard shared her joy at Scorsese’s involvement in the series, and noted that The Irishman filmmaker was looking at lockdown “through the lens” of classic Hitchcock movies.

“I was absolutely over the moon when he agreed to do it for us. It feels a bit like hosting a little premiere. And it all contributes to a pretty amazing finale,” she added.

Lockdown Culture with Mary Beard will air on Thursday.

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Brandon Maxwell appreciating time to reflect during coronavirus lockdown

Brandon Maxwell is appreciative of the time he has had to reflect on his career and business during the coronavirus lockdown.The fashion designer is practicing social distancing and staying at home in his New York City apartment in accordance with the …

Brandon Maxwell is appreciative of the time he has had to reflect on his career and business during the coronavirus lockdown.

The fashion designer is practicing social distancing and staying at home in his New York City apartment in accordance with the official guidelines set out by health officials during the Covid-19 pandemic.

But while Maxwell is missing his team and studio, he candidly discussed what he has learned during the difficult period in an Instagram post uploaded on Wednesday.

“It’s in the silence that our greatest allies, friends, and family speak the loudest. It’s in the little beautiful moments of brokenness that we let go of what we’ve held on to for so long and allow ourselves to see and be something new,” he wrote. “After a beautiful flower wilts and is picked off the stem, a new more beautiful one is just waiting inside to grow again. It takes a little TLC, a little patience and some tending to, but it’s there.”

Maxwell then went on to insist “OK is enough” for right now, and contemplated just how important it is for business leaders to build relationships and not simply focus on the big picture.

“The gift of the morning, ‘How are you, really?’ with my team during this time have been just as powerful to me as that final walk down the runway, even more so,” the 35-year-old added. “A reminder that it was never about the big moment, it was always about the love exchanged and the community built while making it, and that exists in an even stronger way now. We will all have those moments again, but right now in the stillness life has handed us we have the opportunity to assess how we want to consciously participate going forward.”

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Florence Pugh’s Midsommar floral dress sells for $65,000 at charity auction

The impressive floral dress Florence Pugh wore in horror movie Midsommar has sold for $65,000 (£52,700) at a charity auction.Officials at A24, the studio behind the film, put the 30-pound creation the actress wore for the May Queen scene and her match…

The impressive floral dress Florence Pugh wore in horror movie Midsommar has sold for $65,000 (£52,700) at a charity auction.

Officials at A24, the studio behind the film, put the 30-pound creation the actress wore for the May Queen scene and her matching crown up for auction alongside numerous other film props in a bid to raise money for organisations in New York amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Five bidders sought after the item, but it was the Academy Museum that placed the winning bid, according to Variety, with that money going directly to the FDNY Foundation, the New York City Fire Department’s official nonprofit organisation.

Midsommar costume designer Andrea Flesch previously told Vanity Fair magazine that the dress, which featured 10,000 silk flowers, became so heavy that Florence sat on a chair underneath the skirt of the ensemble in between takes.

The museum, which is based in Los Angeles, announced its auction win on social media.

“We’re excited to share our newest acquisition, the May Queen gown made of 10,000 silk flowers from the film Midsommar,” it stated, alongside a picture of the impressive gown from Ari Aster’s horror movie.

The dress was featured in a collection called Midsommar Harga Collectibles. Other lots included the bear headdress worn by Jack Reynor, which sold for $4,750 (£3,873).

Underneath an Instagram post about the A24 auction, Pugh left a comment describing what it is like to wear the May Queen gown.

“I should let you know that you can actually spend many hours in that flower dress. Good bang for your buck!” the Oscar-nominated actress wrote. “You can sit in it, lie in it, shield from the rain in it. I’m sure if you had a potty you could wee under it! And then best of luck getting out of it…”

Singers Ariana Grande and Halsey both publicly registered their interest in bidding for the floral dress, but it’s not known if they did.

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