Reese Witherspoon’s Draper James facing lawsuit over dress giveaway

Reese Witherspoon’s clothing label Draper James has been hit by a lawsuit over its recent dress giveaway for teachers. In April, Witherspoon announced she was showing her appreciation for U.S. teachers affected the coronavirus lockdown by giving away …

Reese Witherspoon’s clothing label Draper James has been hit by a lawsuit over its recent dress giveaway for teachers.

In April, Witherspoon announced she was showing her appreciation for U.S. teachers affected the coronavirus lockdown by giving away dresses to those who filled out a form on the brand’s website.

She came under fire from teachers shortly afterwards as many felt they were misled into thinking it was a free giveaway for all applicants, when they were simply entering a lottery for one of 250 dresses.

Now, it has emerged some teachers filed a putative breach of contract class-action lawsuit back in April. In the action, they claim Witherspoon and Draper James used the teachers’ sensitive personal information for commercial purposes and “suddenly renounced” the offer after getting almost a million sign-ups.

“Defendants failed to disclose the material fact they only intended to provide goods for 250 people – which with the average retail cost of their least expensive goods, was an estimated paltry $12,500 in actual cost to defendants, at a time when other individuals of Ms. Witherspoon’s renown were offering millions of dollars to Covid-19 victims,” the complaint reads, with them going on to claim that Draper James “misrepresented and omitted facts (that) would be and are presumptively material to a reasonable consumer”.

The teachers were allegedly asked to provide their work email addresses, teacher IDs, and copies of their work badges, among other information, and have been “bombarded” with promotional emails from the company since.

In a statement to Footwear News, Draper James’ representative insisted the details of the offer were disclosed and called the suit “an unjust attempt to exploit Draper James’ good intentions to honour the teacher community by gifting hundreds of free dresses”.

The lawsuit, which was filed in California state court, was removed to California district court last week, according to editors at the publication. The plaintiffs are asking to recover $48 (£38) per person.

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Reese Witherspoon shares her go-to green smoothie recipe

Reese Witherspoon has finally shared the recipe for her favourite green smoothie with fans.The Legally Blonde actress took to Instagram on Tuesday to share a video in which she explained that she skips breakfast and has the healthy drink each day about…

Reese Witherspoon has finally shared the recipe for her favourite green smoothie with fans.

The Legally Blonde actress took to Instagram on Tuesday to share a video in which she explained that she skips breakfast and has the healthy drink each day about 10 or 11am.

“This is the smoothie that I drink every single day, and I have probably for eight years, nine years, I don’t even know,” she said, noting that she doesn’t get hungry again until about 1pm. “It has a lot of vegetables in it.”

After explaining that the recipe is inspired by Kimberly Snyder’s Glowing Green Smoothie, Reese took two heads of romaine lettuce, fresh spinach, celery, one pear, one apple, a banana, one lemon, as well as half a cup of coconut water and popped them into a blender.

Depending on what is in her fridge at the time, she will also sometimes add in other green vegetables, a scoop of protein powder, or some almond butter.

“You can put in anything green (from) the refrigerator. If you have lettuce and you didn’t make that salad that you wanted to make, you can put it in there,” the 44-year-old said, before insisting that the smoothie is delicious. “I know it looks like it tastes gross. But it tastes so good! It’s so good, I love it so much.”

And elsewhere in the clip, Reese credited her Little Fires Everywhere co-star Kerry Washington with introducing her to the recipe a decade ago.

“I sat next to (Kerry) at an awards show and I didn’t really know her, but I said, ‘Your skin is so beautiful. What do you do?’ and she said, ‘I think it’s from this drink that I drink. It’s really changed my skin and it makes my hair and nails really strong.’ So thank you, Kerry, for sharing the recipe,” she smiled.

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Mindy Kaling to co-write Legally Blonde 3

Mindy Kaling has signed on to co-write Legally Blonde 3. Rumours of a follow-up to the 2001 comedy and its 2003 sequel have been swirling for years, but Reese Witherspoon confirmed she would be reprising her role as sorority girl-turned-lawyer Elle Woo…

Mindy Kaling has signed on to co-write Legally Blonde 3.

Rumours of a follow-up to the 2001 comedy and its 2003 sequel have been swirling for years, but Reese Witherspoon confirmed she would be reprising her role as sorority girl-turned-lawyer Elle Woods for a third instalment back in 2018 and the script has been in development ever since.

According to Deadline, Witherspoon’s friend and A Wrinkle in Time co-star Kaling has been hired to write the script with Brooklyn Nine-Nine co-creator Dan Goor.

It was previously announced that the franchise’s original scribes Kirsten ‘Kiwi’ Smith and Karen McCullah would be penning the screenplay, but according to the publication, Kaling and Goor won’t be doing a makeover on that script but writing a completely new take.

Legally Blonde 3 marks the second feature film Kaling and Goor have written together following a wedding comedy starring The Mindy Project creator and Priyanka Chopra. That project was won by Universal executives in a heated auction last year. Kaling’s recent solo writing credits include Late Night, starring herself and Emma Thompson, the TV version of Four Weddings and a Funeral, and Netflix’s Never Have I Ever.

The news comes shortly after Luke Wilson, who played Elle’s love interest Emmett in the movies, told Entertainment Tonight that he hadn’t talked to Witherspoon about the third film but “always kind of hears rumours here and there”.

“Never anything official about them doing another Legally Blonde, but I’d love to do another one,” the 48-year-old continued. “I mean, just that character Reese played was so funny at the time and that has kind of become this iconic character now.”

Witherspoon will also be producing the follow-up via her Hello Sunshine banner alongside the franchise’s original producer Marc Platt.

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Luke Wilson hasn’t spoken to Reese Witherspoon about Legally Blonde 3

Luke Wilson has not yet discussed a potential Legally Blonde revival with Reese Witherspoon.In a recent interview with Entertainment Tonight, the Old School actor was asked about the possible third instalment in the hit movie series. In response, Luke …

Luke Wilson has not yet discussed a potential Legally Blonde revival with Reese Witherspoon.

In a recent interview with Entertainment Tonight, the Old School actor was asked about the possible third instalment in the hit movie series.

In response, Luke admitted that while he’s “not talked to Reese about it”, he “always kind of hears rumours here and there”.

“Never anything official about them doing another Legally Blonde, but I’d love to do another one,” the 48-year-old continued. “I mean, just that character Reese played was so funny at the time and that has kind of become this iconic character now.”

Luke portrayed Emmett Richmond, the love interest of Reese’s Elle Woods – the naive sorority girl who tries to win back her ex-boyfriend by enrolling in Harvard Law School – in the original 2001 film.

He reprised the role for the 2003 sequel, Legally Blonde: Red, White & Blonde, and when it comes to ideas for a third flick, the star is certain the couple will have started a family.

“I would say they definitely have a few children and I just think that it’d be really funny if Reese had a little mini-me, a version of herself,” Luke added. “I would definitely think that they’d have a couple of children.”

Last year, Reese teased the possibility of a third instalment during a chat with Entertainment Tonight and insisted she wanted to reunite the original cast.

“It’s just a development project right now, so we’ll see,” she shared. “I love Jennifer Coolidge and Luke Wilson and Selma Blair and so there’s so many great characters that people love.”

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Jennifer Lopez urges Reese Witherspoon to make Legally Blonde 3

Jennifer Lopez urged pal Reese Witherspoon to get cracking on another Legally Blonde sequel during an impromptu Instagram Live chat on Monday.The Big Little Lies actress called on the superstar to touch base during the coronavirus lockdown and chat abo…

Jennifer Lopez urged pal Reese Witherspoon to get cracking on another Legally Blonde sequel during an impromptu Instagram Live chat on Monday.

The Big Little Lies actress called on the superstar to touch base during the coronavirus lockdown and chat about her new Quibi show Thanks a Million, and was stunned to learn the Jenny from the Block hitmaker and her family had been watching her 2001 movie Legally Blonde.

“Oh, my God, we watched Legally Blonde the other day,” Lopez said. “Literally, like, four days ago. Oh, my God, I forgot… I can’t believe I didn’t tell you. They loved it. Loved it. It was so much fun. You were so amazing in that. It’s so great… And then my daughter’s like, ‘I want to know what happens to her’. And I said, ‘There’s a 2 and a 3, I believe’.”

Witherspoon quickly corrected her, adding, “Well, no, there’s a 2 but I’m thinking we might be working on a 3.”

And Lopez responded by encouraging her to make it happen.

“You should. You should. That character was so amazing and so empowering and inspiring,” she gushed. “Yeah, it’s great for girls.”

Witherspoon, who recently revealed the next Legally Blonde sequel is “in development”, then turned the tables on her pal, urging J.Lo to return to Las Vegas for another residency.

“One of my biggest regrets is that I didn’t see you in Vegas,” Witherspoon said.

“You never know, I might wind up back in Vegas doing another residency,” Lopez responded. “Right now, I think I’m going to be touring the next couple of years once this all kind of gets back in order and people start going to concerts again, but I’m going to send for you. I’m going to send you tickets and you’re going to have to come.”

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Reese Witherspoon’s Draper James giving free dresses to teachers

Reese Witherspoon is showing her appreciation for America’s teachers amid the coronavirus crisis by offering them free dresses from her Draper James label.The Covid-19 outbreak is continuing to sweep across the United States, with 245,000 confirmed cas…

Reese Witherspoon is showing her appreciation for America’s teachers amid the coronavirus crisis by offering them free dresses from her Draper James label.

The Covid-19 outbreak is continuing to sweep across the United States, with 245,000 confirmed cases and an estimated 6,000 deaths.

Classrooms have been closed and many teachers tasked with rapidly adapting to online lessons, and now, Witherspoon is showing her gratitude to the hardworking educators by giving away items from her lifestyle brand.

“Advocating for the children of the world is no easy task, so I wanted to show teachers a little extra love right now,” the mother-of-three said. “These past few weeks have shown me so much about humanity. I have been so encouraged by the ways people are really showing up for each other. Particularly the teachers.”

Teachers can apply to win their free dress by filling out a form on Draper James’ website. The giveaway extends to all school teachers in the U.S. who complete the form by 5 April.

As the supply of the dresses is limited, the winning teachers will be decided by lottery. In addition, Witherspoon will also offer 25 per cent off online orders on 5 May – Teacher Appreciation Day.

“During quarantine, we’ve seen you broadcasting lessons from your homes, figuring out remote-learning techniques and new communication platforms on the fly, balancing work and life – all while continuing to educate and connect with our children,” a company representative added. “We know that (teaching during the coronavirus crisis) is not easy and want to shine a light on all your efforts.”

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Reese Witherspoon’s Draper James teams with Lands’ End on swimwear line

Reese Witherspoon’s lifestyle brand Draper James has collaborated with retailer Lands’ End on a new collection.Featuring swimwear, cover-ups, and accessories, the limited-edition line merges Draper James’ Southern Americana appeal with Lands’ End’s cla…

Reese Witherspoon’s lifestyle brand Draper James has collaborated with retailer Lands’ End on a new collection.

Featuring swimwear, cover-ups, and accessories, the limited-edition line merges Draper James’ Southern Americana appeal with Lands’ End’s classic wearable designs – and fans of the actress’ label will be quick to spot her signature gingham and magnolia prints among the pieces.

Offered in a range of sizes from extra small to extra large, it was important for both Reese and the team at Lands’ End for the designs to promote body positivity.

“Lands’ End’s approach to swim and dedication to fit-testing in all sizes was in line with our goal to deliver comfort, style and body confidence. We are beyond excited to be able to bring our signature prints, design details and Lands’ End’s tried-and-true fit to women of all shapes and sizes,” she shared, while Chieh Tsai, chief product officer at Lands’ End, added: “At Lands’ End we pride ourselves on fitting every body and focus on creating comfortable pieces for our customer. We strive to provide our customer with the best possible fit to make her feel stylish and confident in her everyday life.”

As part of the collection’s launch, Reese has declared that some of the proceeds will go to charitable organisation Girls Inc., a nonprofit that advocates for girls between ages of six and 18, encouraging them to be strong, smart, and bold.

The 44-year-old also posted news of the collaboration to her Instagram followers, and commented: ”In hard times like this, I really try to focus on the ways I can help others. So, in a way, the timing couldn’t be more right for this collaboration.”

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Reese Witherspoon never wanted to exploit her sexuality in photoshoots

Reese Witherspoon has never posed for sexy photoshoots because she doesn’t want people to think of her in that way. Throughout her career, the Big Little Lies star has appeared on the cover of numerous magazines and posed for many photoshoots, but the…

Reese Witherspoon has never posed for sexy photoshoots because she doesn’t want people to think of her in that way.

Throughout her career, the Big Little Lies star has appeared on the cover of numerous magazines and posed for many photoshoots, but the pictures never have a smouldering or sexy edge, and in an interview with Vanity Fair, she explained that was a deliberate decision.

“I always had a thing about exploiting sexuality. When I came up in the business, there were all these men’s magazines we were told to cater to. I was never in Maxim. I was never picked as a GQ girl, and I’m O.K. with that because that’s not how I wanted to be viewed. That’s not how I see myself,” she explained.

The 43-year-old shared that she wanted to place more importance on her acting and comedic talents than on her appearance because she can keep working once ageing sets in.

“I always say, ‘Funny doesn’t sag.’ I always just wanted to be funny, you know? And you can’t be rendered obsolete if you just keep being funny,” Reese continued. “Guess what gets rendered obsolete? Your boobs go south, your face goes south, your a*s goes south, but you can always be funny. And those are my idols, my heroes – Goldie (Hawn), Holly Hunter, Diane Keaton, Nancy Meyers – smart and funny.”

However, the mother-of-three insisted women should be allowed to display their sexuality if they want to.

“It’s complex. It’s not how I grew up. I grew up thinking you dress the way you want to be treated. But things are changing,” she added.

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Ashley Graham shares first photo of baby son

Ashley Graham has taken to social media to share the first photo of her baby son.Last month, the model announced that she had given birth on 18 January in a post on her Instagram Stories, but didn’t divulge any further details. However, Ashley offered…

Ashley Graham has taken to social media to share the first photo of her baby son.

Last month, the model announced that she had given birth on 18 January in a post on her Instagram Stories, but didn’t divulge any further details.

However, Ashley offered her fans an update on Tuesday by posting two black-and-white snaps on Instagram – with each one showing the baby’s hand holding his parents’ fingers.

“At 6:00PM on 01/18/2020, we welcomed 7lbs 5oz of love into our world,” she wrote in the caption. “Meeting our son has made our hearts incredibly full.”

Ashley added that she and her husband Justin Ervin were looking forward to introducing the tot during an episode of her Pretty Big Deal podcast in the near future.

Accordingly, the 32-year-old’s sweet message quickly garnered lots of attention from her celebrity friends.

“Welcome to the world, little one!” wrote Reese Witherspoon, while Helena Christensen gushed, “So much love to you and Justin and the little baba.”

Karlie Kloss posted, “Congratulations!!!! CANNOT WAIT TO MEET HIM !!!” alongside a string of heart emojis, and Christy Turlington added: “Capricorn. YES. Congratulations, Mama!”

Amber Valletta, Hannah Ferguson, Carolyn Murphy, Taylor Hill, Lily Aldridge, and Lais Ribeiro also shared their best wishes to the couple, though writer Erin Foster took the opportunity to praise Ashley’s manicure.

“Congrats! Also, your fingernail is beautiful. Great nail beds,” she wrote.

Ashley and Justin wed in 2010. The brunette beauty announced her pregnancy in August.

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Beyonce’s Ivy Park collection criticised for excluding plus-size customers

Beyonce’s new Ivy Park line has received criticism for failing to cater to plus-size customers.The superstar’s Adidas x IVY PARK collection, a gender-neutral line featuring activewear such as jumpsuits, cycling shorts, hoodies, and sports bras, was rel…

Beyonce’s new Ivy Park line has received criticism for failing to cater to plus-size customers.

The superstar’s Adidas x IVY PARK collection, a gender-neutral line featuring activewear such as jumpsuits, cycling shorts, hoodies, and sports bras, was released over the weekend and quickly sold out.

However, many customers were disappointed to discover that the range only went up to an XL, which translates to a U.S. size 16-18 or U.K. size 20-22, and took to social media to criticise Beyonce for using inclusivity to promote the line but not including larger sizes.

“I love Beyonce. I am a noted member of the Beyhive. It is also incredibly disappointing that a woman who has made inclusion a part of her brand willfully excluded plus-size people from her athleisure line. And this isn’t the first time,” one user wrote, referring to Beyonce’s first Ivy Park release with Topshop in 2016.

“We can love her and still say Bey is wrong for Ivy Park’s size exclusion. You can’t celebrate the inclusivity of your other projects, having plus-size dancers and background singers, but ignore us *again* when it comes to this,” another fired. “The exclusion is intentional and I’m tired.”

To promote the line, Beyonce told Elle magazine that she was making the clothing gender-neutral after realising how many men were fans of her 2016 Ivy Park release, and also sent the entire collection to an inclusive range of celebrities including Ashley Graham, Reese Witherspoon, Zendaya, and Lizzo.

On Monday night, the 38-year-old took to Instagram to thank her fans for making the new collection a success.

“I want to say a huge thank you to all of the incredible human beings who stood in those long lines in the snow and rain,” she wrote. “All the beautiful people who waited in the waiting room online. All of the friends and family who took the time to film videos and dress up in the unboxing. I am humbled, grateful and proud. Y’all look so good in your IVY PARK. I love you deep. B.”

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