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Sole traders: how sneakers became as collectable as art

Sale of Kanye West’s 2008 Grammys pair for $1.8m heralded era of investment grade trainersTo most people they just look like a pair of trainers or sneakers, but for Gerome Sapp the Nike Air Yeezy 1 Prototypes represent a watershed moment in design and modern commerce. “If you’re a sneakerhead, you know that sneaker,” says Sapp.The art market is paying attention, too. The shoes, co-designed by Kanye West and worn by him to the Grammys in 2008, became the most expensive ever sold when Sapp’s compa...
Tags: Fashion, Design, Life and style, UK News, US news, Kanye West, Culture, Art and design, Museums, Women's Shoes, Grammys, Sapp, Sotheby, Nike Air Yeezy, Men's Shoes, Rares


Divorces of the rich and famous: a 1% solution or the start of a trend?

With such high-profile splits at Bill and Melinda Gates and Jeff and Mackenzie Bezos, some say the wealthy play by their own rules but celebrities often set standards the rest of us followA cascade of recent high-profile divorces of the very rich and famous has presented new questions for the divorce industry – and offered a voyeuristic thrill-ride for millions of the less well-known.Some of the divorces of recent years have apparently been amicable or pseudo-amicable, such as the tech billionai...
Tags: Amazon, Hollywood, Kim Kardashian, Life and style, US news, Divorce, Bill Gates, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Bill, Jeff Bezos, Melinda Gates, Kim Kardashian West, Jeff, Mackenzie Scott, MacKenzie Bezos


Texas police fail to earn stripes as tiger which terrorised suburb goes missing

Tiger named India briefly roamed streets in viral videoOwnership disputed but man, 26, charged with evading arrestHouston police were still searching on Saturday for a tiger that scared locals when it was seen briefly lurking around a suburban neighborhood last weekend. The fugitive felid is not believed to have attacked anyone. Related: Man, 26, arrested after tiger found roaming in Houston suburb Continue reading...
Tags: Texas, Animals, Pets, India, Life and style, World news, US news, US crime, Houston


Trading up: one woman’s quest to swap a hairpin for a house

Demi Skipper would like a new house, but she’s not buying one. Instead she’s planning a daring strategy of trades – and millions are following her journeyWhile many of us were still finding novelty in group Zoom calls last May, Demi Skipper decided she was going to get a house. But not using money. Instead, she was going to trade items.Now the owner of one of only a few Chipotle celebrity cards in the world, and hoping to reach a house by the end of summer, the 29-year-old’s journey started wher...
Tags: Technology, Media, Social Media, Life and style, World news, US news, Tiktok, Demi Skipper


The people who want to keep masking: ‘It’s like an invisibility cloak’

More than a year into the pandemic, some people prefer to keep wearing their face mask – even outdoors in publicShe’s been fully vaccinated for three weeks, but Francesca, a 46-year-old professor, does not plan to abandon the face mask that she’s come to view as a kind of “invisibility cloak” just yet.“Maybe it’s because I’m a New Yorker or maybe it’s because I always feel like I have to present my best self to the world, but it has been such a relief to feel anonymous,” she said. “It’s like hav...
Tags: Race, Women, Life and style, US news, LGBT rights, Francesca, Coronavirus


How I wrote myself into a real-life romcom – that became a survivalist thriller

As a film-maker, I thought I could write the screenplay for my own love life. When I got lost in a hailstorm at 12,000ft, searching for my ex, I realized I desperately needed a new endingHe doesn’t love me. He never loved me. And he isn’t looking for me – so I damn well better survive the night on my own.No food, no tent, no map. No one to blame but myself. Too bad burning hot shame isn’t a heat source. Continue reading...
Tags: Relationships, Life and style, US news


Top New York restaurant Eleven Madison Park goes vegan

Daniel Humm, owner of foodie haven with three Michelin stars, says modern food system ‘simply not sustainable’One of New York’s top fine dining restaurants is abandoning meat and going for a plant-based menu after its chef and owner posted a message on its website saying the modern food system was “simply not sustainable”.Daniel Humm is the driving force behind Eleven Madison Park, which has won three Michelin stars and is one of the top names in Manhattan’s elite foodie scene. Continue reading....
Tags: Food, New York, Restaurants, Life and style, US news, Manhattan, Michelin, Vegetarianism, Eleven Madison Park, Daniel Humm, Top New York restaurant Eleven Madison Park


Iguanas with chips: Florida seeks solution to invasive reptile problem

‘Tag day’ initiative opposed by some owners of exotic petsState official ‘proud that Florida is looked at as a leader’From Key West’s high-summer Hemingway Days, in which bearded hopefuls vie for the title of best Papa lookalike, to the annual hunt for the elusive (and imaginary) skunk ape, Florida is renowned for its calendar of curiosities. Related: Toilet-invading iguanas among invasive species now banned in Florida Continue reading...
Tags: Florida, Animals, Pets, Environment, Life and style, World news, US news, Wildlife, Conservation, Endangered Species, Invasive Species, Reptiles, Key West


Billie Eilish says all her age group have suffered sexual misbehaviour

US singer, 19, made claim in Vogue interview when discussing new single about abusive relationshipBillie Eilish has spoken about the prevalence of sexual exploitation of minors in an interview, saying “it’s everywhere”.Speaking about her new single, Your Power, which addresses an abusive relationship between a minor and an older person, the 19-year-old singer told Vogue that all her peers had experienced some sort of sexual impropriety. Continue reading...
Tags: Fashion, Music, US, World news, US news, Culture, Vogue, Sexual Harassment, Billie Eilish


Biden urged to end US aid ‘abortion ban’

More than 140 rights groups call for repeal of 1973 Helms amendment widely misinterpreted as total ban on funding abortion services overseasJoe Biden is being urged to clarify a longstanding US law restricting overseas aid that has been misinterpreted by successive administrations as an outright ban on funding abortion for any reason.As the US president marked his first 100 days in office on Friday, more than 140 human rights and global health organisations, including Human Rights Watch, Amnesty...
Tags: Health, Women, US, Life and style, Society, World news, Joe Biden, US news, Global development, Amnesty International, Abortion, Reproductive Rights, Biden, Helms, Women's rights and gender equality, Biden Administration


Substack: the future of news – or a media pyramid scheme?

The company says it’s creating a viable alternative for readers and writers – but is it trying to have its cake and eat it?Since launching in 2017, Substack has been touting itself as a “better future for news.” Their offering was simple: email newsletters with an option for subscribers to pay monthly fees for content – like Netflix for newsletters. Related: ‘So. Much. Sex’: a beginner’s guide to the ‘hot vax summer’ Continue reading...
Tags: Media, Life and style, World news, Newspapers & magazines, Newspapers, US news, Netflix


Glenn Close’s magnificent Da Butt and superb flirting: key Oscars moments

An impromptu dance masterclass became an instant highlight, but Steven Soderbergh’s directorial shakeup delivered a ceremony with few highs and frequent depressionsIn a skewiff ceremony of overlong speeches, quiet applause and a downsized red carpet, one moment effortlessly stole the show: Glenn Close doing the dance to the 1988 funk hit Da Butt. Continue reading...
Tags: Celebrity, Film, Life and style, US news, Culture, Awards and prizes, Steven Soderbergh, Oscars, Glenn Close, Glenn, Oscars 2021, Da Butt


Are police the biggest threat to massage parlor workers’ safety?

Experts say the fear of arrest for massage workers – many of whom are undocumented – is greater than the fear of robbery or assault from clientsAn undercover New York City police officer enters an Asian massage parlor in plain clothes; he looks like any other client. He’ll request a massage and, when they are alone, he’ll ask his masseuse if she can perform sexual services. The masseuse may not speak English very well, so she may agree – or seem to – without understanding what she’s being asked....
Tags: Sex, New York City, US, Atlanta, Life and style, World news, US news, Atlanta spa shootings


Latest Law School Rankings Released By US News

The latest law school rankings are out, and they are a welcome distraction from the highs and lows over the last year. Braggadocio loving lawyers, many kept from the office due to pandemic concerns, will now be dropping not too subtle references to their law school’s performance on Zoom calls and comparing it to the schools of other colleagues. Yes, lawyers are not a shy bunch. Without further ado, check out the latest law school rankings and begin to prepare to discuss them, or at least shield ...
Tags: News, Law, Careers, US news, Columbia Law School, Law Schools, Being a Lawyer, Yale Law School, University of Chicago Law School, Stanford Law School Harvard Law School


Amanda Gorman says she has declined around $17m in deals since inauguration

The American poet will grace Vogue’s May issue and spoke about being conscious of ‘taking commissions that speak to’ herAmanda Gorman, the 23-year-old American poet who drew widespread acclaim for her reading at Joe Biden’s presidential inauguration, has revealed she has turned down millions in endorsements because the companies do not “speak to” her.The poet signed with IMG Models days after her high-profile Washington appearance and told Vogue that she had since said no to “around” $17m worth ...
Tags: Fashion, Washington, Life and style, Joe Biden, US news, Vogue, Poet Laureate, IMG, Gorman, Amanda Gorman


Who needs Twitter? Trump wishes happy Easter to 'radical left crazies'

Ex-president marks holy day with brief, abusive statementTrump ‘money bomb’ raised millions from unwitting donorsDonald Trump is reportedly working on a social media platform of his own, after being banned from Twitter and Facebook for inciting the Capitol riot. Related: Dominion: will one Canadian company bring down Trump's empire of disinformation? Continue reading...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Technology, Media, Republicans, Social Media, Life and style, World news, US news, US politics, Donald Trump, Easter, Trump


Maker of Lil Nas X 'Satan shoes' blocked by Nike insists they are works of art

MSCHF cannot sell 666 pairs of controversial sneakers‘Conceptual art collective’ bemoans legal reverseThe maker of the rapper Lil Nas X’s controversial “Satan shoes” responded to a lawsuit from Nike by claiming the sneakers were works of art. Related: Satan shoes? Sure. But Lil Nas X is not leading American kids to devil-worship | Akin Olla Continue reading...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Nike, Life and style, World news, US news, Culture, Lil Nas X, Lil Nas


Women are more susceptible to long-covid, but will we listen to them?

We have a unique window to analyze how the virus overlaps with chronic illnesses – but medicine has a habit of dismissing women who suffer from themHelene Fox was recovering from surgery to remove endometriosis when she caught Covid-19. It had been six weeks since her laparoscopy and although she had been walking every day, following her surgeon’s instructions, she had only been on short 30 minute walks around her neighbourhood. Then a sunny March day presented itself and Helene took advantage o...
Tags: Science, Women, Life and style, Society, World news, US news, Fox, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, East London, Helene, Coronavirus, Long Covid


'She's representing all of us': the story behind Deb Haaland's swearing-in dress

The skirt, a traditional Native garment, outshone everything in the Eisenhower building – and there is a story of empowerment and survival behind itIt was a dress that triggered a flood of headlines. Standing in front of Vice-President Kamala Harris with her right hand raised, Deb Haaland was sworn in last week as the secretary of the interior dressed in a long rainbow ribbon skirt adorned with a corn stalk, butterflies and stars. Related: Making history in style: Deb Haaland wears Indigenous ...
Tags: Fashion, Americas, World news, US news, Canada, Indigenous Peoples, Native Americans, Eisenhower, Kamala Harris, Deb Haaland


Teen Vogue photographer says Condé Nast doesn't value Asian community

Yu Tsai condemns magazine publisher for offering editor’s role to Alexi McCammond, who then resigned over racist tweetsA Teen Vogue photographer has said the hiring and swift axing of editor-in-chief Alexi McCammond over anti-Asian tweets shows Condé Nast does not “value” its Asian staff members.McCammond apologised for comments she tweeted in 2011 and which had been reported before. Condé Nast announced last week that she would no longer start in the job on Wednesday as planned. Continue readin...
Tags: Fashion, Media, Life and style, Newspapers & magazines, US news, Magazines, Conde Nast, Consumer magazines, Teen Vogue, Alexi McCammond, Yu Tsai, McCammond


Toilet-invading iguanas among invasive species now banned in Florida

Distraught pet owners can get permits for creatures including pythons and lizards but state wants trade and breeding to stopFlorida is known as a state with a fondness for the exotic, from its long history of accommodating religious cults to the Bubble Room restaurant where every day is Christmas Day. But now time is running out for one type of eccentric Floridian: those who own or breed exotic and invasive reptiles and other non-native animals. Related: Miami Beach imposes emergency Covid cur...
Tags: Florida, Animals, Pets, Environment, Life and style, World news, US news, Wildlife, Conservation, Endangered Species, Invasive Species, Miami Beach, Bubble Room


Biden rebukes Turkey after it quits accord protecting women

US president calls move ‘deeply disappointing’ as women’s rights advocates say convention is crucialJoe Biden has joined European leaders in condemning Turkey’s withdrawal from a landmark international accord designed to protect women from violence.Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan issued a decree early on Saturday annulling Turkey’s ratification of the Istanbul convention, a landmark European treaty protecting women from violence that it was the first country to sign 10 years ago and that ...
Tags: Europe, Women, US, European Union, Life and style, World news, Turkey, Joe Biden, US news, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Biden, Istanbul


Teen Vogue employees protest new editor-in-chief over anti-Asian tweets

Staffers sent letter to Condé Nast after racist tweets written by Alexi McCammond 10 years ago resurfacedEmployees at Teen Vogue have sent a letter to publisher Condé Nast, protesting against the hiring of Alexi McCammond as editor-in-chief of the influential magazine.It follows the resurfacing earlier this week of a series of racist tweets written by McCammond 10 years ago. Continue reading...
Tags: Fashion, Media, Race, World news, Newspapers & magazines, US news, Conde Nast, US press and publishing, Teen Vogue, Alexi McCammond, McCammond


Donations, fees and sales: the funds that maintain the White House’s ‘museum quality’

System has been used as a point of comparison as Boris Johnson seeks to create a charity to refurbish his Downing Street flatJackie Kennedy first visited the White House as a girl. “All I remember is shuffling through,” she told Life magazine. “There wasn’t even a booklet you could buy.” When she became first lady, she set about transforming it from bland and boring into a mansion worthy of a president – but someone would have to pay.In 1961, Jackie Kennedy founded the White House Historical Ass...
Tags: Life, White House, America, Barack Obama, Life and style, US news, Charities, Washington Dc, Homes, Michelle Obama, Boris Johnson, Interiors, Kennedy, Melania Trump, Lyndon B Johnson, Jackie Kennedy


Mr Potato Head brand is no longer a mister (but still a potato)

Manufacturers Hasbro opt for gender-neutral brand nameCompany says Mr and Mrs Potato Head characters will still existHasbro created confusion on Thursday when it removed the gender from its Mr Potato Head brand, but not from the actual toy.The company, which has been making the potato-shaped plastic toy for nearly 70 years, announced Thursday morning that it was dropping “Mr” from the brand in an effort to make sure “all feel welcome in the Potato Head world”. That set off a social media frenzy ...
Tags: Business, Toys, Life and style, US news, Hasbro


Mr Potato Head is no longer a mister (but still a potato)

Manufacturers Hasbro opt for gender-neutral namePlastic toy gets modern makeover after 70 yearsMr Potato Head is no longer a mister. Related: Maya Angelou Barbie doll launched in US Continue reading...
Tags: Business, Toys, US, Life and style, US news, Hasbro, Potato Head, Maya Angelou Barbie


Designer Phillip Lim speaks out against rise in anti-Asian attacks in the US

Asian American designer says Trump is responsible for hate crimes and ‘the face of modern racism’A leading Asian American fashion designer has joined a swathe of other celebrity voices from the community speaking out against a rise in hate crimes targeting Asian Americans.Designer Phillip Lim has spoken out about the rise attacks, which since being first reported on last year have continued to get worse as the coronavirus pandemic have ravaged the American economy and cost more than 470,000 live...
Tags: Fashion, Race, US, US news, Trump, Phillip Lim


'I get better sleep': the people who quit social media

Soo Youn is considering giving up the apps. She speaks to those who have already taken the plunge – with liberating resultsMy memory and recall are alarmingly good – borderline photographic. But when I used Instagram, I found it would short-circuit my recall in an alarming way. I’d be describing something mid-sentence and I’d just stop speaking, unable to finish. So I rarely use it.But my attention span – and my posture, eyes and sleep – are still being degraded by other technology and my depend...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Technology, Instagram, Social Networking, Social Media, Life and style, US news, Justine Haupt, Soo Youn


The forever ponytail: woman shares ordeal after using Gorilla Glue on her hair

Tessica Brown has gained a captive audience on TikTok and Instagram after mistakenly using super-strength adhesive on her hair“Stiff where?” Tessica Brown asked TikTok, one week ago, before the world was aware of her struggle. “My hair,” she finished.And stiff it has been, for more than a month now, as Brown continues battling against what so far seems to be an irreversible decision: mistakenly using Gorilla Glue to hold her hairstyle in place. Continue reading...
Tags: Instagram, Life and style, US news, Beauty, Women's Hair, Brown, Tiktok, Tessica Brown


Mariah Carey sued by sister Alison for 'emotional distress' arising from memoir

Alison Carey describes Mariah as ‘heartless, vicious’ in lawsuit following pop star’s publication of The Meaning of Mariah Carey in 2020Mariah Carey is being sued by her older sister for “emotional distress” stemming from the singer’s 2020 memoir The Meaning of Mariah Carey.Alison Carey’s lawsuit was filed with the New York County supreme court last Monday, and calls for at least $1.25m (£1.1m) in damages. Alison accuses Mariah of “heartless, vicious, vindictive, despicable and totally unnecessa...
Tags: Books, Music, Celebrity, Life and style, US news, Culture, Pop and rock, R&B, Autobiography and memoir, Mariah, Mariah Carey, Alison, Carey, New York County, Alison Carey, Mariah Carey Alison Carey



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