Scarlett Johansson: ‘I handled transgender role controversy badly’

Scarlett Johansson regrets the way she handled the drama surrounding her casting in Rupert Sanders’ film Rub & Tug.The Avengers actress accepted the role as transgender gangster Dante ‘Tex’ Gill but subsequently stepped away from the project after she …

Scarlett Johansson regrets the way she handled the drama surrounding her casting in Rupert Sanders’ film Rub & Tug.

The Avengers actress accepted the role as transgender gangster Dante ‘Tex’ Gill but subsequently stepped away from the project after she was criticised for taking the part from a real transgender actor.

Johansson originally responded to the backlash by defending her casting and pointing to other cisgender actors, like Jared Leto, Felicity Huffman, and Jeffrey Tambor, who have played trans characters on film and TV, but in a new cover interview with Vanity Fair magazine, she admitted her handling of the controversy was a mistake.

“In hindsight, I mishandled that situation,” she said. “I was not sensitive, my initial reaction to it. I wasn’t totally aware of how the trans community felt about those three actors playing – and how they felt in general about cis actors playing – transgender people. I wasn’t aware of that conversation. I was uneducated.

“I learned a lot through that process. I misjudged that. It was a hard time. It was like a whirlwind. I felt terribly about it. To feel like you’re kind of tone-deaf to something is not a good feeling.”

Johansson quit Sanders’ film in July, 2018, telling Out Magazine, “Our cultural understanding of transgender people continues to advance, and I’ve learned a lot from the community since making my first statement about my casting and realise it was insensitive. I have great admiration and love for the trans community and am grateful that the conversation regarding inclusivity in Hollywood continues.”

It wasn’t the first time Johansson and Sanders caused a stir with a casting decision – they were accused of whitewashing 2017’s Ghost in the Shell, a film in which she tackled a role originally created as an Asian character.

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Ralph Lauren: ‘I was never relevant in the fashion world’

Ralph Lauren has never been interested in becoming a “relevant” figure in the fashion business.The veteran designer is the subject of a new HBO documentary, Very Ralph, which was shot by director Susan Lacy over several years. Opening up about the eve…

Ralph Lauren has never been interested in becoming a “relevant” figure in the fashion business.

The veteran designer is the subject of a new HBO documentary, Very Ralph, which was shot by director Susan Lacy over several years.

Opening up about the events in his life that come under the spotlight in the film, Lauren revealed that when he first began his career by launching The Ralph Lauren Corporation in 1967, he was dismissed by fashion industry leaders.

“No one applauded me when I started. And there were people who didn’t love what I did. They didn’t love it 25 years ago, and they don’t love it now,” he told Vanity Fair. “I was never relevant. I always did my own thing.”

And Lauren is a firm believer in the American Dream, which is the belief that anyone in the United States can be successful.

“I’ve done everything honestly. I created what I did. No one gave me anything. Someone lent me money, $50,000. It was a lot of money then, but it was very little for starting a business,” the 80-year-old stated. “I did it all quality, and I believe that America has helped me. Living here has been great. Couldn’t have done it in any other country.”

Lauren celebrated the 50th-anniversary of his company last year with a star-studded fashion show in New York’s Central Park, and just a few months later, he became the first American designer to be given an honorary knighthood in the Queen’s Honours.

“I’m cool, I’m loose. I have a good life. I’ve enjoyed my life,” he quipped.

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Celine Dion and Billy Porter top 2019 Vanity Fair Best-Dressed List

Celine Dion and Billy Porter have been named on the 2019 Vanity Fair Best-Dressed List.The Canadian singer is well known for her love of couture, and the Pose star, who made a splash at the 2019 Oscars in a velvet gown and tuxedo jacket from Christian …

Celine Dion and Billy Porter have been named on the 2019 Vanity Fair Best-Dressed List.

The Canadian singer is well known for her love of couture, and the Pose star, who made a splash at the 2019 Oscars in a velvet gown and tuxedo jacket from Christian Siriano, have both been selected by editors at the publication as two of the most stylish celebrities in Hollywood.

Dion commented that she is currently “obsessed” with pieces by Dutch designer Ronald van der Kemp, founder of fashion house RDVK.

“Every piece they do is one of a kind. And last time I went to Paris Fashion Week, Valentino blew my mind,” the 51-year-old gushed.

Meanwhile, Porter named his style icons as Diana Ross and Andre Leon Talley and also described high heels as the most “powerful thing one can wear.”

Dion fell under The Virtuosos category, joining Marc Jacobs, Diane Keaton, Zoe Kravitz, Rami Malek, Priyanka Chopra, basketballer Serge Ibaka, and playwright Jeremy O. Harris, while Chloe Sevigny, Gemma Chan, Mahershala Ali, cultural philanthropist Pamela Joyner, Frank Ocean, Keanu Reeves, Elle Fanning, and Cicely Tyson were labelled as The Classics.

Joining Porter as The Originals is costume designer B. Akerlund, Tyler, the Creator, artist Kehinde Wiley, Harry Styles, gallerist Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn, and Lena Waithe, while a special mention was given to designers including Haider Ackermann, Brunello Cucinelli, and Rei Kawakubo.

Elsewhere, the most stylish couples included Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union, Jason Momoa and Lisa Bonet, Rick Owens and Michele Lamy, George and Amal Clooney, David and Victoria Beckham, and model sisters Bella and Gigi Hadid.

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Dakota Johnson appears to have closed signature tooth gap

Dakota Johnson appears to have undergone dental work to have her signature tooth gap closed.The Fifty Shades of Grey actress is known for having a small space between her upper two front teeth, and in a video for Vanity Fair in 2017, even demonstrated …

Dakota Johnson appears to have undergone dental work to have her signature tooth gap closed.

The Fifty Shades of Grey actress is known for having a small space between her upper two front teeth, and in a video for Vanity Fair in 2017, even demonstrated how she could put various objects into the gap, including toothpicks, a credit card, a cherry stem, a twig and cash.

However, following Dakota’s appearance at The Peanut Butter Falcon premiere in Hollywood last Thursday night, eagle-eyed fans noticed that it looked like she had the gap closed entirely.

A close-up photo of the star smiling at the premiere appears to confirm the speculation, though the 29-year-old has yet to comment on whether or not she had a recent trip to the dentist.

In light of the transformation, a number of Dakota’s fans have taken to Twitter to express their thoughts on her new look.

One user wrote, “Logged on to find out that Dakota Johnson, the only person who should have a gap in their teeth, got rid of hers…,” while another asked, “Is grieving over Dakota Johnson fixing her tooth gap a valid reason to not work?”

Yet, a third commenter showed support for Dakota, and praised: “I just found out Dakota Johnson fixed her tooth gap and I’m kinda sad because that was like her brand but if it makes her feel better I’m all for it u go queen (sic).”

Elsewhere, followers posted video montages in honour of Dakota’s famed tooth gap.

Other celebrities known for having gap teeth include Anna Paquin, Elijah Wood, Lara Stone, Madonna, and even Dakota’s rumoured boyfriend, Coldplay frontman Chris Martin.

The Peanut Butter Falcon, also starring Shia LaBeouf and Bruce Dern, is slated to open in U.S. cinemas on Friday.

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Virgil Abloh doesn’t always consider himself to be a designer

Virgil Abloh doesn’t always view himself as a designer.The Ghanaian-American designer has risen to fame since launching streetwear brand Off-White in 2012 and was announced as Kim Jones’ successor at Louis Vuitton’s menswear division in March (18), unv…

Virgil Abloh doesn’t always view himself as a designer.

The Ghanaian-American designer has risen to fame since launching streetwear brand Off-White in 2012 and was announced as Kim Jones’ successor at Louis Vuitton’s menswear division in March (18), unveiling his first line for the French luxury label in Paris in June.

While Abloh now holds one of the most coveted roles in the business, his background in studying civil engineering and architecture means that he sometimes finds it hard to believe that he is now a couturier.

“I thought that a designer with a capital D never looked like me. I was like, ‘I’m not a designer,'” he told Vanity Fair, adding that his opinions about his job change constantly. “Maybe yesterday afternoon I wouldn’t have considered myself a designer. Today I would, probably. But 98 per cent.”

Over the years, Abloh has undertaken a number of collaborations, serving as artistic director for Kanye West and JAY-Z’s 2011 album Watch the Throne, as well as working with the likes of Nike, eyewear brand Warby Parker and Swedish homeware company Ikea on limited-edition projects.

When it comes to getting all of his work done, the fashion star admits that he needs to be as efficient as possible.

“A project like Ikea or something. I’m trying to design it while we’re in the intro meeting. Because if you can do that, you’ve already shaved three months. So every project I have I try to initiate very quickly,” the 37-year-old said.

During the interview, Abloh also shared that he has now relocated to Paris with his wife Shannon and their two children, Lowe and Grey, for his Louis Vuitton gig. But as his role requires constant travel, he explained that he has to take a very methodical approach to his life at the moment.

“I’m super-organised. And (have the) passion – that’s it,” he smiled.

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Kristen Stewart walks barefoot at Cannes to protest flat-shoe ban

Kristen Stewart was a red carpet rebel at the Cannes Film Festival on Monday night (14May18).The Personal Shopper actress and Cannes jury member stepped out at the French film event to attend the premiere of BlacKkKlansman, the new movie directed by Sp…

Kristen Stewart was a red carpet rebel at the Cannes Film Festival on Monday night (14May18).

The Personal Shopper actress and Cannes jury member stepped out at the French film event to attend the premiere of BlacKkKlansman, the new movie directed by Spike Lee which stars John David Washington and Adam Driver.

However, it was Kristen who courted the most attention at the screening. Dressed in a sparkly silver Chanel minidress, she proceeded to walk past the first bank of photographers before stopping and removing her black Christian Louboutin stilettos.

Kristen then walked barefoot up the steps to the cinema and carried her shoes in her hands. In her actions, it appears the 28-year-old was making a statement against the Cannes Film Festival rules that maintain women attending gala premieres must wear heels and “no flats”. Men are expected to wear a black tie.

The Cannes dress code became a controversial topic in 2015 when a number of women attending a premiere were stopped from entering for wearing flat soled shoes instead of high heels. Dubbed “Heelgate”, the incident saw celebrities such as Susan Sarandon and Julia Roberts flout the rules at premieres the following year in a show of solidarity and protest.

Kristen also addressed the saga in an interview with Vanity Fair during the 2016 festival, stating that she felt the dress code was antiquated and sexist.

“Things have to change immediately,” she said of the wardrobe guidelines. “It has become really obvious that if (a man and I) were walking the red carpet together and someone stopped me and said, ‘Excuse me, young lady, you’re not wearing heels. You cannot come in.’ Then (I’m going to say), ‘Neither is my friend. Does he have to wear heels?’ It can work both ways. It’s just like you simply cannot ask me to do something that you are not asking him. I get the black-tie thing but you should be able to do either version-flats or heels.”

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