Naomi Osaka launches anime-inspired face masks

Naomi Osaka has launched a capsule collection of anime face masks.The tennis ace, along with her sister Mari, teamed up with UNICEF Japan to donate all the profits from the face masks to programs that support disadvantaged young people in Japan. The 22…

Naomi Osaka has launched a capsule collection of anime face masks.

The tennis ace, along with her sister Mari, teamed up with UNICEF Japan to donate all the profits from the face masks to programs that support disadvantaged young people in Japan.

The 22-year-old worked on the anime-inspired masks from her home in Los Angeles, with her sister helping with the design process while self-isolating in Florida, and Mari confessed that her Grand Slam-winning sibling was the brains behind the initiative.

“The idea came from Naomi at the beginning. I just kind of helped her with the design,” she told U.S. Vogue, noting that she and Naomi were keen to help stop the spread of Covid-19 by using their love of fashion.

“I was seeing everyone in the U.S. wearing the same medical mask, and I remember in Japan even before this whole situation happened, everyone was wearing masks and they were quite fashionable,” Naomi explained. “So I wanted to release a mask that wasn’t just for protection, but could also be used as a fashion statement.”

They decided to partner with UNICEF Japan on the face mask, that features a pair of cartoon animal eyes, and the siblings hope that the cute design encourages more people to wear the potentially life-saving masks.

“Why wouldn’t you want a little animal on your thing so people can really understand how cute you truly are inside?” Naomi quipped.

The Naomi and Mari Osaka x UNICEF face mask, priced at $10 (£8), is available from the tennis star’s website, naomiosaka.com.

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Halima Aden: ‘My mother doesn’t understand why representation is important’

Halima Aden’s mother doesn’t understand why representation is so important to her daughter.The Somali-American model was born in the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya before her family relocated to the U.S. when she was seven years old, and she has since go…

Halima Aden’s mother doesn’t understand why representation is so important to her daughter.

The Somali-American model was born in the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya before her family relocated to the U.S. when she was seven years old, and she has since gone on to break barriers for Muslim women, by becoming the first person to wear a burkini and hajib in the Minnesota Miss USA competition in 2016 and on the cover of Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue last year.

While Halima is glad she is helping Muslim women feel represented by her fashion work, she has now revealed that her mother isn’t quite as enthusiastic, and she believes this is because she didn’t have to cope with being in the minority while growing up.

“My mother doesn’t understand why representation is so important to me,” she told Essence magazine. “Of course, she wants the same things for me that all parents want for their children – that I be of service, be a good person, lead an honest life, work hard, and get an education. But, at the same time, she doesn’t know the struggle I faced growing up in America and being in spaces where I was the only hijab-wearing girl or the only girl who looked like me.”

And Halima is thrilled that she has been given a platform to make Muslim women, and women of colour, feel more visible and confident in themselves.

“It’s important for me to be visible and to do whatever I can to let girls know that they don’t have to change who they are,” the 22-year-old said. “I want them to know the world will meet them exactly where they stand.”

Halima is now working with officials at the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to speak out on behalf of displaced children. Accordingly, she sees the opportunity as a way to give back to the workers at the organisation who helped her in Kakuma.

“I think if you receive a blessing, you shouldn’t think of it as yours to keep. It’s more like a loan. Like, I got my wish. Now I have to pay it forward. If we all paid it forward, the world would be a much better place… I think this is the reason I am here,” she shared.

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Bella Hadid volunteers to help the homeless

Bella Hadid gave up her time to help organise Christmas toys for homeless children on Tuesday. The catwalk beauty took time out of her non-stop modelling schedule to help the New York-based nonprofit organisation, the Coalition for the Homeless, and S…

Bella Hadid gave up her time to help organise Christmas toys for homeless children on Tuesday.

The catwalk beauty took time out of her non-stop modelling schedule to help the New York-based nonprofit organisation, the Coalition for the Homeless, and System Of Service, a community that provides impactful service opportunities, sort through boxes of toys and organise them so they can be distributed to homeless children living in shelters across New York City at Christmas.

Sharing an image of rows of cardboard boxes filled with toys on her Instagram Stories, Bella wrote in the caption, “With 60,000 people in their shelters/over 20,000 being children, the work @nyhomeless does every Christmas with their toy drive is so overwhelming and huge. Just like any other child, these children and their families deserve more than anything to receive great gifts and a smile on their faces this Holiday season. It made so happy in my heart to help. Thank you @nyhomeless.”

The 23-year-old also shared a snap of her hugging System of Service co-founder Olivia Perez while holding a clipboard and surrounded by boxes. She can be seen wearing a multi-coloured knitted sweater, black trousers and boots.

Perez posted footage of the volunteers sorting through the boxes, before sharing a picture of the group, including Bella, holding toys and posing for the camera.

“Grateful for friends who always show up to give back!!!” she wrote in the caption.

Bella seemed to be in the giving mood on Tuesday, as she shared screengrabs of her making an online donation to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)’s Give for Girls Everywhere initiative.

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Priyanka Chopra teaming with Crocs to donate shoes to UNICEF

Priyanka Chopra has teamed up with executives at Crocs and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to donate 50,000 pairs of shoes to underprivileged children.Last month, it was announced that The Sky Is Pink actress is to front the U.S. footwear b…

Priyanka Chopra has teamed up with executives at Crocs and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to donate 50,000 pairs of shoes to underprivileged children.

Last month, it was announced that The Sky Is Pink actress is to front the U.S. footwear brand’s upcoming Come As You Are imagery, which is due to be released in 2020.

But in addition to her gig with Crocs, she has also now unveiled a joint collaboration with leaders at UNICEF, in which 25,000 pairs of Classic Clogs have already been donated to children in Belize, while another 25,000 pairs will be given over the next year.

“As a global ambassador for UNICEF, I’m dedicated to connecting organisations that together can have a large and positive impact on children around the world,” the 37-year-old shared. “Working with Crocs to distribute more than 50,000 pairs of their Classic Clogs will have a tremendous impact on school-age children in Belize, reducing barriers to education, and easing social and peer-related stressors that come with not having basic everyday resources that many take for granted.”

Barriers to education in Belize include poverty, disability, late entry, and inadequate preparation for primary school, among other factors.

Accordingly, bosses at Crocs hope the initiative will make a difference to young ones living in the region.

“At Crocs, we believe being comfortable in your own shoes is a first step to accessing quality education,” added Heidi Cooley, vice president of global marketing, at Crocs. “With this donation, we hope to deliver shoes to more than half of the student population attending primary and secondary school classes in Belize, while reducing the financial burden for their families.”

Priyanka has worked with UNICEF since 2006.

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Chloe partnering with UNICEF to promote gender equality

Chloe bosses have teamed with officials at the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to promote gender equality for teenage girls.The French luxury fashion house, founded by Gaby Aghion in 1952, is known for its boho-chic aesthetic and is currently h…

Chloe bosses have teamed with officials at the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to promote gender equality for teenage girls.

The French luxury fashion house, founded by Gaby Aghion in 1952, is known for its boho-chic aesthetic and is currently headed by creative director Natacha Ramsay-Levi.

Now, Chloe’s chief executive officer Geoffroy de la Bourdonnaye has confirmed that the company is working with the humanitarian organisation on a new three-year partnership designed to help adolescent girls excel in the future workplace.

“Youth dreams are often the seed of great destinies,” said Bourdonnaye in a statement. “Contributing to girls’ education will give them more chances to fulfil their dreams. The wider Chloe Family is excited and mobilised to empower girls to ‘learn to dare’ and move forward with confidence.”

The initiative will support UNICEF programming models that equip teen girls and young women with digital and technology skills, entrepreneurial capacity, and confidence – including in nations such as Bolivia, Jordan, Morocco, Senegal, and Tajikistan.

Accordingly, Patty Alleman, UNICEF’s senior gender and development advisor, noted that by educating girls, it will lead them to greater freedom, limitless possibilities, and equal opportunities.

“Tomorrow’s climate entrepreneur, artificial intelligence coder or science teacher is today’s diversity of adolescent girl strength. Valuing their skills and opportunities to discover who they can be is a guaranteed return of a bold vision for gender equality,” she commented.

Chloe will launch a series of marketing campaigns starting on 8 March 2020 for World Women’s Day and will offer two pieces of jewellery and a T-shirt to raise funds for UNICEF.

The charity products will be available online on Chloe’s websites and across the label’s stores in the U.K., U.S., France, Japan, and Korea. In addition, the brand will reveal three ambassadors who will support the partnership on the same day.

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Gigi Hadid: ‘I’d love a Hadid family compound with my siblings’

Gigi Hadid would love to own a family compound with her siblings in the future.The model has an incredibly hectic lifestyle, with a hugely successful modelling career and various philanthropic pursuits. Her sister Bella, 22, is also a famous model, and…

Gigi Hadid would love to own a family compound with her siblings in the future.

The model has an incredibly hectic lifestyle, with a hugely successful modelling career and various philanthropic pursuits.

Her sister Bella, 22, is also a famous model, and the pair’s busy lives, as well as those of their older half-sisters Marielle and Alana, make it hard for them to all catch up.

So in the future, Gigi would love to splash out on a place they can all go to, along with her younger brother Anwar.

“We have a family farm that we go to a lot… yeah, all four of us might, like, maybe one day buy something together somewhere just so we can have all our kids together in one place,” she told U.S. TV show Extra as she was joined by her sisters at the Variety Power of Women event in New York. “Not that I have kids yet, but one of my sisters has kids.”

Gigi was honoured for her work with UNICEF at the Variety event, and added in the chat that all of her various projects means that she is constantly maturing in all aspects.

“I just try to learn every day about myself and find women who inspire me and tell them they inspire me and I think once that conversation is started and that energy starts to run through a friendship or a community, it’s really helpful,” the 23-year-old mused. “I always get so much courage from seeing other women share their light.”

Elsewhere, Gigi added that her work with UNICEF if very much a “learning process,” and stressed: “A day in the life is really being there to ask people about their lives and go there to genuinely want to learn and understand their perspective, their wants, their desires and their dreams.

“I love being able to learn about so many different types of crisis in different types of communities and people and issues that people are dealing with and facing.”

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Sophie Turner designs bracelet for UNICEF

Sophie Turner has created a bracelet in a bid to raise money for UNICEF.The Game of Thrones actress worked with French luxury label Louis Vuitton to create the jewellery for the charity, named the Silver Lockit, which was inspired by the idea of luck. …

Sophie Turner has created a bracelet in a bid to raise money for UNICEF.

The Game of Thrones actress worked with French luxury label Louis Vuitton to create the jewellery for the charity, named the Silver Lockit, which was inspired by the idea of luck. Taking inspiration from the cute rabbit tattoo Sophie has on the back of her right arm, the piece was designed with braided red and white cord and features a circular charm rabbit illustration.

“The bracelet is meant to hold luck for the people to whom the funds go to. It’s about bringing people together from all over the world because UNICEF works worldwide and Louis Vuitton is all about travel,” Sophie explained, as reported by the Press Association. “Red is considered a lucky colour in China and white coincides with the circular charm of the bracelet; a rabbit. White rabbits and the rabbit-foot are considered lucky in many parts of the world.”

The Silver Lockit retails at €300 (£276/$343), and €100 (£89/$114) from each bracelet sold will be donated to UNICEF to help the organisation deliver life-saving food, water and medicine, as well as give children a safe place to learn. Customers will be able to buy the piece from 20 November (18) – which also marks World Children’s Day around the world.

“UNICEF is delighted that Louis Vuitton will be marking World Children’s Day this year through the launch of the new Silver Lockit bracelet,” added Mark Devlin, UNICEF U.K.’s chief operating officer. “This is made even more special through the collaboration with Sophie Turner, who has put much time and thought into the distinctive design.

“Looking forward, the continued generosity of the partnership will enable us to reach and protect even more of the world’s most vulnerable children and on their behalf, UNICEF would like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to Sophie Turner, Louis Vuitton, and all its customers.”

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Mandy Moore fronts Garnier and UNICEF’s new charity drive

Garnier brand ambassador Mandy Moore has teamed up with UNICEF on a new campaign raising funds for children in need.Beauty brand Garnier has launched a new Whole Blends limited edition Christmas gift set as part of the fundraising drive, with $1 from e…

Garnier brand ambassador Mandy Moore has teamed up with UNICEF on a new campaign raising funds for children in need.

Beauty brand Garnier has launched a new Whole Blends limited edition Christmas gift set as part of the fundraising drive, with $1 from every purchase supporting five children living in emergency situations for a day.

This Is Us star Mandy is fronting the campaign, and said in a statement: “I’m very proud to be working with Whole Blends to support UNICEF’s outstanding life-saving work caring for children and families in need.”

The children being helped have all been affected by emergencies, natural disasters and conflicts worldwide. More than 500 million children are currently living in countries affected by emergencies.

Garnier will be donating the money from every Whole Blends Holiday Kit, made up of shampoo, conditioner and hair masks, sold at U.S. supermarket Walmart between 1 October and 31 December (18).

Talking to Forbes about the initiative, 34-year-old Mandy explained why the cause was so important to her.

“I’ve been very well aware of the incredible work that UNICEF does around the world and actually have seen it firsthand,” the actress shared. “During my initial meeting with Garnier, their work with UNICEF was something that really stood out to me and something that I knew I wanted to get more involved with through the partnership.

“I’m really proud to be a part of Garnier’s specific commitment to supporting their work, including this initiative to create safe spaces where children can play and learn when they need it most, because obviously, children are the most vulnerable part of the population when it comes to these areas of conflict, natural disaster and war,” she added.

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Gigi Hadid & Halima Aden shine a light on UNICEF work for CR Fashion Book

Gigi Hadid and Halima Aden have been tapped to front the CR Fashion Book September issue, which is dedicated to UNICEF.Wearing UNICEF T-shirts teamed with utility-style jackets for the dual covers, both models opened up in the accompanying feature abou…

Gigi Hadid and Halima Aden have been tapped to front the CR Fashion Book September issue, which is dedicated to UNICEF.

Wearing UNICEF T-shirts teamed with utility-style jackets for the dual covers, both models opened up in the accompanying feature about how they relate to the refugee crisis sweeping parts of the world.

“My dad (L.A. real estate developer Mohamed Hadid) was a Syrian refugee,” Gigi, who’s currently in Bangladesh with UNICEF, shared. “He was born in Nazareth, Palestine, and the week that his family was kicked out of their home, they moved to Syria. I think he was also about one week old. It’s crazy to think about what our families did for us.”

Halima, who made a name for herself in fashion after becoming the first high-profile model to wear a hijab, opened up about her life in a Kenyan refugee camp before she and her family moved to America.

“I was six and I can still remember that UNICEF sign and every single missionary who came to the camp. I forget names, but can never forget how they made me feel,” she recalled. “I honestly thought money grew on trees and that we would move into a big house. That’s what you see on TV. We moved to St. Louis and it wasn’t easy. The area that we lived in was very crime-filled. The school didn’t have an ESL (English as a Second Language) programme, so every day I went to school and learned nothing.”

Editor and CR Fashion Book creator Carine Roitfeld told The Hollywood Reporter that she chose to spotlight UNICEF USA as a response to the international news and the fact that “more children are on the move now than at any point since World War II”.

As well as posing, Gigi and Halima have also started a funding page to raise cash for kids uprooted from their homes around the world.

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Louis Vuitton releases bracelets in support of UNICEF

Louis Vuitton is selling bracelets to help raise funds for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).Executives from the French luxury brand have partnered with the officials at the organisation, which provides assistance to children and mothers in d…

Louis Vuitton is selling bracelets to help raise funds for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

Executives from the French luxury brand have partnered with the officials at the organisation, which provides assistance to children and mothers in developing countries, for the past two years.

For their 2018 funding drive, Louis Vuitton is launching versions of its Lockit bracelets, with purchases seeing $100 (£75) donated to UNICEF to support programmes for the most vulnerable children.

“Every day, millions of children are experiencing violence, conflict and diseases. Now more than ever, the need to stand together for and with children is critical,” said UNICEF director of private fundraising and partnerships Gary Stahl in a statement. “UNICEF works with businesses, and all partners, to find new and more effective ways to reach the children and young people still being left behind. Partners like Louis Vuitton are critical to helping us reach every child, especially the most vulnerable children because every child deserves a childhood, a fair chance in life.”

The bracelets feature a replica of Louis Vuitton’s iconic padlock in sterling silver. The pendant is displayed on an adjustable colour bracelet, available in black, blue, pink, orange and yellow.

“Inspired by the tumbler lock invented by Georges Vuitton in 1890 to protect clients’ most precious belongings, the silver Lockit is a symbol of protection and was chosen to signify sealing one’s promise to help children in urgent need,” added Stahl.

Louis Vuitton’s latest fundraising venture comes a couple of days after the luxury label’s new artistic director for menswear, Virgil Abloh, unveiled his debut collection in Paris. Chatting to Vogue.co.uk prior to the presentation, the Ghanaian-American designer shared that he was committing to setting an example for the next generation and reflected this by inviting 3,000 students to his fashion extravaganza.

“I’m here; I want to show that I’m just a figure with many more behind him,” he said. “I’ve cracked open the door. I want to show it’s open, to meet people halfway.”

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