Kim Kardashian ready to scale back on sexy bikini photos

Kim Kardashian has decided it’s time for her to scale back on posting bikini photos online.The reality TV star, who boasts 152 million followers on Instagram, is known for regularly sharing selfies and sexy snaps of herself on social media. However, i…

Kim Kardashian has decided it’s time for her to scale back on posting bikini photos online.

The reality TV star, who boasts 152 million followers on Instagram, is known for regularly sharing selfies and sexy snaps of herself on social media.

However, in a new interview with New York Magazine, Kim explained that as a mother-of-four, legal student, and political advocate, her former persona no longer aligns with her current focus.

“I think I’m evolving to where I don’t feel the need to want to keep up,” she said. “Not that I did it to feel like I had to keep up, but I guess I just don’t care as much anymore to want to take tonnes of photos in a thong bikini. I actually just want to lay out. I don’t care to take the time out of my day on vacation like I used to, where I’d pull up to the house and I’d see, ‘This is a setup, this is an Instagram pic. Now, this is a different setup. Oh, this place has so many different setups. This is going to be amazing.’ And now I’m just like, ‘Let’s actually live in real-time and enjoy it. If we happen to get a photo, great.'”

Kim went on to share that her rapper husband Kanye West has had a lot of input in her style evolution, though she also insisted that she ultimately has the final say on all of her ensembles.

“I have kind of had this awakening myself. I realised I could not even scroll through Instagram in front of my kids without full nudity coming up on my feed pretty much all the time. And I definitely contributed to that. I mean, one of my most iconic covers was the Paper magazine winter 2014 one, when I was all oiled up and ripping my dress off,” the 39-year-old commented, before referring to the time she met with U.S. President Donald Trump in May 2018 to try and negotiate the release of grandmother Alice Marie Johnson from prison. “I also did think, like, ‘Okay, I’m here in the White House,’ and then the next day I was posting, like, a crazy bikini selfie. And I was thinking, ‘I hope they don’t see this. I have to go back there next week.'”

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Prabal Gurung makes political statement with spring 2020 collection

Prabal Gurung has explored the question of “Who Gets to Be American?” with his latest collection.The Nepalese-American designer unveiled his spring/summer 2020 line as part of New York Fashion Week on Monday night, with the event drawing a huge crowd. …

Prabal Gurung has explored the question of “Who Gets to Be American?” with his latest collection.

The Nepalese-American designer unveiled his spring/summer 2020 line as part of New York Fashion Week on Monday night, with the event drawing a huge crowd. In his show notes, Gurung explained that he wanted to use his designs to make a statement about the treatment of immigrants in the United States, especially in relation to some of President Donald Trump’s divisive policies.

“To me, this country has always been a beacon of hope where one’s wildest ambitions can come true, a melting pot that is colourful, multicultural, and beautiful,” he shared. “In the last few years, incited by the divisive rhetoric of our current administration, I’ve considered the many faces of America and how we should seek to redefine it. I recall sitting in a business meeting, spiritedly challenging this very notion, and being met with a pointed, ‘Well, you don’t look American, so how can you define what America is?'”

Reflecting Gurung’s viewpoint, the line included a pastiche of different references, with fabrics referencing cultural prints as well as classic American clothing.

Diversity was also championed on the runway, with Chinese model Lina Zhang opening the presentation in a white cotton dress with a floral bouquet attached to the hip, and other models including Yoon Young Bae, Paloma Elsesser, Lais Ribeiro, and Lindsey Wixson.

Highlights of the line included raw denim cargo trousers, utilitarian jumpsuits, parkas, and sustainable hand-dyed cashmere knits, while Gurung concluded the show by having the models parade the runway with beauty pageant sashes embroidered with the words, “Who Gets to Be American?”

“This is all deeply personal to me. Though my roots lay with my family in Nepal, this country is my home. America is where my heart is. I am an American,” the 40-year-old added. “As immigrants continue to birth this ‘New America’, we must remember all versions of our history and take ownership of our past while forging a new legacy. Amidst the deep wounds that are severing the unity of our country, I continue to seek the America I came here to be a part of – the America that I know is still there. And so, with the spring 2020 collection, we seek to celebrate hope, courage, and present an ode to the true American dream.”

New York Fashion Week continues on Tuesday with presentations from Vera Wang, Pamella Roland, Coach, and Oscar de la Renta.

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Ivanka Trump shutting down namesake fashion brand

Ivanka Trump is shutting down her eponymous clothing and accessories label.The U.S. businesswoman first delved into the fashion world in 2007 with a jewellery brand but officially launched her company in 2014 with a range of garments, footwear, handbag…

Ivanka Trump is shutting down her eponymous clothing and accessories label.

The U.S. businesswoman first delved into the fashion world in 2007 with a jewellery brand but officially launched her company in 2014 with a range of garments, footwear, handbags, eyewear and fragrance.

However, Ivanka’s brand has faced a number of controversies over the years, including criticism for allegedly copying other designers and boycotts from shoppers over her father U.S. President Donald Trump’s policies following his election in 2016, and she has now decided to shutter the label after deciding to pursue a career in public policy.

“When we first started this brand, no one could have predicted the success that we would achieve. After 17 months in Washington, I do not know when or if I will ever return to the business, but I do know that my focus for the foreseeable future will be the work I am doing here in Washington, so making this decision now is the only fair outcome for my team and partners,” she said in a statement on Tuesday (24Jul18). “I am beyond grateful for the work of our incredible team who has inspired so many women; each other and myself included. While we will not continue our mission together, I know that each of them will thrive in their next chapter.”

According to NBC News, Ivanka, 36, has met personally with each of her 18 staff members in New York following the announcement of the company’s closure. The brand’s official website is still live and is not yet known when operations will cease.

Abigail Klem, president of the Ivanka Trump brand, went on to explain that the move to shutter “was a very difficult decision”.

“We are incredibly proud of the brand we have built and the content and product we’ve developed for our customers,” she commented. “I know that this was a very difficult decision for Ivanka and I am very grateful for the opportunity to have led such a talented and committed team.”

Since March 2017, Ivanka has served in her father’s presidential administration as a senior advisor – an unpaid position.

Insiders have told CNN that part of the reason the mother-of-three chose to end her company was that she had become frustrated by potential conflicts of interest and the perception that she could be profiteering off her connections to the White House.

While the Ivanka Trump brand is privately held and does not release sales figures, department stores such as Nordstrom and Hudson’s Bay recently dropped the label, citing poor sales.

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Manolo Blahnik heaps praise on ‘beautiful’ Melania Trump

Manolo Blahnik has described U.S. First Lady Melania Trump as a “very nice” woman.Since her husband President Donald Trump was inaugurated in January 2017, Melania has divided opinion, especially in the fashion world.While certain designers have ch…

Manolo Blahnik has described U.S. First Lady Melania Trump as a “very nice” woman.

Since her husband President Donald Trump was inaugurated in January 2017, Melania has divided opinion, especially in the fashion world.

While certain designers have chosen not to be associated with the 48-year-old due to her husband’s controversial political policies, Manolo isn’t one of them.

“I don’t think she’s insensitive, I think she’s working non-stop to make it work,” he told The Guardian when asked about the backlash Melania received after wearing a pair of Manolo Blahniks on her way to Texas after Hurricane Harvey last year (17). “Possibly she was just wearing the shoes she left New York in. I don’t give a damn about (politics) and I don’t know much about it. I love her, she’s a beauty and that’s all there is to it.

“Melania used to come down to the store and sit down and talk. A very nice woman, and so beautiful. I haven’t seen her recently, but this is not a political figure, she’s married to a ‘politician’ who doesn’t matter.”

Speaking further on the topic, the Spanish footwear designer added that he finds it infuriating that everything is political now.

“I don’t give a damn about those people (politicians), they’re so ugly, all of them. If they were ravishing, it would perhaps be different for me. I like physical beauty that you cannot reach, you know?” the 75-year-old stated.

During the interview with the British publication, Manolo also dispelled the myth that U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour is “cold, aloof and distant”.

“She’s not. She’s so divine,” he enthused.

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Sacha Baron Cohen teases Trump University-themed project

Sacha Baron Cohen has teased a mysterious Trump University-themed project on social media.The British actor and comedian, known for characters such as Ali G and Borat Sagdiyev, took to Twitter on Wednesday (04Jul18) to share a cryptic video which takes…

Sacha Baron Cohen has teased a mysterious Trump University-themed project on social media.

The British actor and comedian, known for characters such as Ali G and Borat Sagdiyev, took to Twitter on Wednesday (04Jul18) to share a cryptic video which takes aim at U.S. President Donald Trump and his now-defunct education company that ran a real estate training programme from 2005 until 2010.

Titled A Message from Donald J. Trump, the Fourth of July video begins with footage of Trump talking about Cohen, referring to him as a “third-grade character”.

“This third-grade character named Sacha Baron Cohen, I only wish that he would’ve been punched in the face so many times. Right now, he’d be in a hospital,” Trump states to the camera as an image of Cohen’s face is superimposed on the screen. “It was disgraceful. He ought to be fired immediately.”

A picture of the American flag with the words, “He’s back as you’ve never seen him before,” then flashes onto the screen, with Trump heard in the background commenting, “Sacha Baron Cohen, go to school! Learn about being funny. You don’t know s**t.”

The words, “Sacha graduates soon,” then appear along with the Trump University logo.

Cohen has not yet commented further on the video. However, the 46-year-old star has feuded with the American leader previously, as in 2003 he interviewed Trump in character as Ali G for an episode of his satirical series Da Ali G Show.

Ali attempted to sell Trump, who was then starring on the TV show The Apprentice, “ice cream gloves”.

Trump later wrote about the joke on Twitter in 2012, claiming: “I never fall for scams. I am the only person who immediately walked out of my Ali G interview.”

However, during an interview on The Late Late Show with James Corden in 2016, Cohen alleged that Trump listened to Ali’s full pitch.

“He claims that he did (walk out). He claims that he saw through the interview. But actually, he was there for about seven minutes,” he said.

Cohen is currently in the pre-production stages of TV miniseries The Spy and is also attached to appear in movie Mandrake the Magician.

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Moschino’s Jeremy Scott addresses ‘illegal alien’ campaign backlash

Jeremy Scott has been forced to clarify the meaning behind his new alien campaign for Moschino after an online backlash.On Monday (25Jun18), Moschino head Scott added four campaign images, shot by Steven Meisel, to his personal Instagram account, featu…

Jeremy Scott has been forced to clarify the meaning behind his new alien campaign for Moschino after an online backlash.

On Monday (25Jun18), Moschino head Scott added four campaign images, shot by Steven Meisel, to his personal Instagram account, featuring models Gigi Hadid, Kaia Gerber, Soo Joo Park and Vittoria Ceretti dressed in Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis-inspired outfits, with their skin painted vibrant shades of blue, yellow and red.

He initially captioned the photos, “The only thing illegal about this alien is how good she looks”, but quickly edited the text after followers complained he was being ignorant to the plight of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border who have been separated from their children due to U.S. President Donald Trump’s zero-tolerance stance on illegal border crossing.

In response to the backlash, Scott made his feelings on the matter crystal clear.

“WHAT IS AN “ALIEN?” THE CONCEPT OF MY AD CAMPAIGN IS TO BRING ATTENTION TO THE US ADMINISTRATION’S HARSH STANCE TOWARDS ‘ILLEGAL ALIENS.’ I PAINTED THE MODELS IN MY SHOW AND THIS CAMPAIGN AS A WAY TO OPEN A DISCUSSION ON WHAT EXACTLY AN ‘ALIEN’ IS – ARE THEY ORANGE BLUE YELLOW GREEN? DOES THIS MATTER? THEY ARE OUR FRIENDS, NEIGHBOURS, CO-WORKERS, RELATIVES AND PEOPLE WE LOVE,” he wrote.

While some applauded his efforts, others moaned he was still being “tone deaf” and that the campaign idea was, “So stupid. Does nothing for your cause at all”.

Models Gerber, Ceretti and Park have all shared their Moschino images, though Hadid has yet to post her shot.

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