Muslim beauty blogger refuses Revlon award because of ‘Wonder Woman’ star Gal Gadot

Muslim beauty blogger, Amani Al-Khatahtbeh has rejected the Changemaker award from beauty brand Revlon because Gal Gadot is the brand ambassador.

Muslim beauty blogger Amani Al-Khatahtbeh is rejecting a Revlon award because Gal Gadot is the brand ambassador.

Al-Khatahtbeh, founder of MuslimGirl.com, was given the Changemaker award from Revlon’s new @LiveBoldly campaign, an initiative to “inspire women to express themselves with passion, optimism, strength and style,” the brand’s website says.

Al-Khatahtbeh rejected the award and took to Instagram to explain her reasons behind it.

“I cannot accept this award from Revlon with Gal Gadot as the ambassador,” Al-Khatahtbeh wrote.

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“Her vocal support of the Israeli Defense Forces’ action in Palestine goes against MuslimGirl.com’s morals and values,” Al-Khatahtbeh continued.

“I can’t, in good conscience, accept this award from the brand and celebrate Gal’s ambassadorship after the IDF imprisoned a 16-year-old girl named Ahed Tamimi last month, an activist who is currently still incarcerated. I think we are in a moment where we must persist that women’s empowerment includes ALL women. From the bottom of my heart, I feel I would not embody the meaning of the Changemaker Award if I were to accept it in these circumstances.”

FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2017 file photo, Gal Gadot, a cast member in "Justice League," poses at the premiere of the film at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Gadot, Halle Berry and Chris Hemsworth were among the first presenters announced, Thursday, Dec. 28 for next month’s Golden Globe Awards. The 75th Golden Globe ceremony will air Jan. 7, 2018.  (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

Amani Al-Khatahtbeh feels the actress supports the “oppression of women and girls in other parts of the world.”  (Reuters)

Al-Khatahtbeh captioned her post, Yahoo Style reported, writing that while it “means so much” to be recognized, “we can’t accept role models that support the oppression of women and girls in other parts of the world. Especially after we just celebrated MLK Jr. and as we approach the one year anniversary of the Women’s March, we all have an URGENT obligation to talk back, speak our truths, and insist on the right side of history.”

“That’s what being a changemaker means to me,” she concluded.

Gal Gadot, an Israeli model and actress, was an IDF combat trainer for two years. Gadot has been vocally pro-IDF in the past, and stirred controversy when she took to Facebook to send “love and prayers” to those involved in the most recent Israel-Gaza conflict that left more than 1,000 Palestinians dead.

Al-Khatahtbeh told Yahoo Style, “Gal is the face of Wonder Woman, feminism, and empowerment. And yet, she doesn’t stand for the empowerment of everyone and she’s very vocal on matters that disproportionately oppress women and children. It doesn’t add up.”

Earlier in the year, Gadot sparked another political outrage when she wore a gown by Lebanese designer Elie Saab to the National Board of Review gala.

Lebanese people took to social media to call Saab “shameful” for dressing the Israeli actress.

How to get Meghan Markle’s messy bun

All hail the messy bun.

s Meghan Markle and Prince Harry headed into England’s Cardiff Castle on Jan. 18, excited fans praised not only the princess-to-be’s warmth and poise during her third official appearance, but also her messy bun.

Fashion aficionados around the globe were quick to note that this is the second time the “Suits” star has publically sported a low, loose knot, likely before clamoring to copy the look themselves.

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The couple visited the Cardiff Castle, then the community group Star Hub, which focuses on helping youth excel through sports.  (Reuters)

According to YouTuber Juicystar07, achieving a Markle-esque knot is easy for those with shoulder-length hair. After dividing one’s hair along the natural part and sectioning off two face-flattering tendrils, the vlogger suggests adding waves with a hot curling iron to a “messy, low” ponytail before tying hair into a bun, then teasing and tucking the tendrils back with hairspray as well.

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Prince Harry and the former actress clearly enjoyed the outing together.  (Reuters)

Markle won a lot of fans the first time she sported the California-cool look, after making an appearance with her fiancé in London on Jan. 9. The Twitterverse championed the effortless ‘do, heralding the former actress as “a relatable princess” and dubbing its informality as “the most American thing in the world.”

“It looks like she just chucked her hair up in a bun 2 minutes before she had to leave the palace. I like it,” one cheeky user quipped.

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Excited fans welcomed the couple to Wales.  (Reuters)

A far cry from the Duchess of Cambridge’s voluminous blowouts and hairnetted chignons, Markle’s stamp on a go-to hairstyle signals her independnece as she prepares for royal life.

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Markle’s free-spirited aesthetic draws parallels to another woman close to Harry’s heart: Princess Diana.  (Reuters)

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In fact, her free-spirited aesthetic draws parallels to another woman close to Harry’s heart: Princess Diana. From doing away from fussy gloves and frumpy hats, Elite Daily recalls that the beloved icon was never shy in blazing her own sartorial trail, either.

As the world eagerly awaits the couple’s May 19, 2018 wedding at Windsor Castle, all bets are off as to whether or not Markle will top a glamorous, authentic knot with a tiara on the big day.

This fake fingernail can help people avoid sunburns

L'Oreal has unveiled a fingernail press-on that detects UV rays and sends wearers smartphone alerts about their sun exposure.

Give L’Oreal a hand. The French-based cosmetics company has unveiled a new product aimed at ending sunburns – and it involves a press-on fingernail.

Unlike the gaudy press-on nails of decades past, this tiny $40 sensor is only designed for the thumb, where it is placed to detect sunlight and warn wearers about their risk of sunburn.

The “fake fingernail” connects to the wearer’s smartphone through a contactless chip and sends alerts if sunbathers are at risk of getting sunburned. The smartphone app then stores the data to show how often users have been exposed to the sun over time.

The sensor is 2mm thick and attaches to the thumbnail, an optimal area to detect sunlight, The Telegraph reports. The sensor was designed with Northwestern University and is made up of a collection of sensors and silicon connectors that detect ultra violet rays.

The company rolled out the new product at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, an annual technology trade show attended by around 200,000 people.

The nail sensor is not the first sunburn detector for L’Oreal. Previously, the beauty company released a patch that users wore directly on their skin to measure sun exposure and detect harmful UV rays. L’Oreal said the gadget led to 34 percent of people applying sunscreen more often and 37 percent going into the shade more, The Telegraph reports.

L’Oreal plans to release the product in the UK in 2019. Until then, beach goers are just going to have to reapply sunscreen without their fingernail telling them to.

Claire’s pulls 17 makeup products that tested positive for asbestos

The accessories mega-retailer is launching an investigation after a Rhode Island mother discovered 17 beauty products contained asbestos.

National retailer, Claire’s, has yanked 17 makeup products off its shelves after one diligent mom discovered they contained asbestos.

Kristi Warner had purchased the makeup kit for her 6-year-old daughter from the accessories store in Providence Place Mall in Rhode Island, when she became concerned about the safety of the product.

Warner told WJAR she sent the beauty product to an independent lab to test for any harmful material.

The lab results came back positive for tremolite asbestos – a toxic substance that can potentially lead to malignant mesothelioma later in life, according to the National Cancer Institute.

“I physically sank,” Warner told WJAR. “I ended up sitting on the ground, just trying to wrap my head around how something like that could end up in our home.”

Warner felt compelled to test other products from other locations of the large retail chain. All in all Warner ended up sending 17 makeup products to the Scientific Analytical Institute from nine different states. Each one came back positive for asbestos.

Warner, who works for a law firm in Providence, was appalled by the results.

“In the work that we do, we’ve come across contaminated cosmetics, but you just assume that a children’s product would be safe,” said Warner to WJAR.

Since Warner’s reports made headlines, Claire’s has removed the 17 products from its store shelves, and released a statement on its Facebook page:

“At Claire’s the safety of our customers is of paramount importance, and we are passionate about the safety and integrity of our products. We work closely with our vendors to ensure our products are tested and assessed in line with the relevant country regulations and guidelines.

As a result of today’s inquiry from WJAR-TV, we have taken the precautionary measure of pulling the items in question from sale, and will be conducting an immediate investigation into the alleged issues. Once we have more information and have the results of the investigation we will take the necessary action.”

The company also released a list of the products affected.

This isn’t the first time children’s makeup has tested positive for asbestos. The same lab, Scientific Analytical Institute, reportedly discovered asbestos in makeup products at Justice, another popular youth-oriented retailer. However, Justice has since dismissed the lab’s results as being “inaccurate” after their own independent lab found no trace of asbestos in the products.

Why UK retailers are even ‘more paranoid’ this holiday season

A general view of Oxford Street during the Oxford Street Christmas Lights switch On at Oxford Street on November 7, 2017 in London, England.

Switching on the Christmas lights in London’s world famous Oxford Street is usually a jubilant time for U.K. retailers, but this year the holiday season is full of uncertainty that could roll on into the new year.

“Retailers are more paranoid this year than they usually are,” Keith Richardson, head of retail for Lloyds Bank, told CNBC over the phone Tuesday.

The season is traditionally important for retailers, given their sales volume tends to go up significantly, thus boosting their yearly performance. But this year “there’s an underlying moment,” Richardson said, a “high degree of nervousness that is making planning even more difficult.”

The U.K. economy is experiencing a unique situation. Though it is close to full employment, which technically means that consumers are in a position to spend; inflation is relatively high, wage growth has stagnated and uncertainty over Brexit is making people reluctant to spend, mainly when it comes to big-ticket items, such as cars.

Data released Tuesday showed U.K. retail sales tumbling in October as consumers opted for outdoor experiences rather than shopping. According to the British Retail Consortium, in-store sales of non-food items dropped 2.9 percent in the three months to October and 2.1 percent from a year ago. Online sales were also down.

“This year’s Christmas shopping period is retailers’ key to survive.” -Keith Richardson, Head of retail for Lloyds Bank

A person carrying a shopping bag walks past a projection as they got into a department store on Oxford Street.

A person carrying a shopping bag walks past a projection as they got into a department store on Oxford Street.

Unseasonably warm weather was one of the main reasons stopping consumers from getting new clothes. But overall, “real consumer spending power has been on a downward trend in the last year as the acceleration in inflation has caused shoppers to become ever more cautious in considering what purchases they can afford,” Helen Dickinson, chief executive of the British Retail Consortium, said in a statement.

Following disappointing profits in the recent earnings season from top U.K. retailers, the holiday season will be even more important to try to fix their books.

Marks & Spencer reported Wednesday a pretax profit of £219.1 million ($288.1 million) for its first half of the year compared with £231.3 million in the same period a year ago, due to lower clothing and homeware sales.

Last week, shares of Next tumbled after missing sales forecasts and warning against an “extremely volatile” trading environment.

Richardson told CNBC that this year’s Christmas shopping period is retailers’ “key to survive.”

“If they have a bad Christmas, then they know they will have a difficult first quarter (of 2018). But if they can get a good momentum over Christmas that will transpire into the new year,” he added.

Victoria’s Secret fashion show hits Shanghai without Katy Perry and supermodel Gigi Hadid

Model Stella Maxwell takes a selfie backstage before the start of the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in Shanghai, China, on November 20, 2017.

Women’s clothing brand Victoria’s Secret has wrapped its first ever fashion show in China, although the brand’s move east has not been without its issues.

Its annual show was held in Shanghai this year, but politics in the region caused problems for the event organizers. Katy Perry, who was expected to perform, was reportedly denied visa entry for wearing a sunflower-adorned dress while performing in Taiwan back in 2015. The flower is the emblem of the island’s anti-China movement.

Meanwhile, supermodel Gigi Hadid announced via Twitter last week that she would not be taking part in the show. Reports have attributed this to a video made public earlier this year in which Hadid apparently squinted her eyes. The video, perceived as politically insensitive, has since been taken down and Hadid apologized for how it may have been construed.

An editorial published Monday by the Global Times, a state-run newspaper in China, said that while the two stars’ reasons for not participating were “unknown,” it was “logical” that both were denied visas for political reasons.

“Political correctness cannot be ignored,” said the editorial.

“Payback was unavoidable,” it went on. “Those who are serious about developing careers in the Chinese market can draw lessons from this case and learn to abide by the rules in China.”

Reports have also surfaced that other models and influencers were denied entry to the country.

Victoria’s Secret did not respond to CNBC’s request for comment.

Popular Western performers have been denied entry to China before, including Justin Bieber and Maroon 5, the latter supposedly for one member tweeting birthday wishes to the Dalai Lama.

In this photo taken on April 30, 2015, a local resident reads a newspaper showing U.S. singer Katy Perry wearing Taiwan's national flag in the capital Taipei.

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In this photo taken on April 30, 2015, a local resident reads a newspaper showing U.S. singer Katy Perry wearing Taiwan’s national flag in the capital Taipei.

Victoria’s Secret opened a flagship store in Shanghai in February of this year. Its annual fashion show is touted as the most expensive in the world, with Ed Razek, the show’s executive producer, telling the New York Times that 2016’s event cost $20 million. The show features diamond and Swarovski-adorned costumes, and this year includes a collaboration with French fashion label Balmain.

The big-spending strategy could resonate well in the Chinese marketplace. Anusha Couttigane, senior fashion analyst at consultancy firm Kantar Retail, told CNBC that in order to capture Chinese shoppers’ attention, “it is essential (for brands) to have some fanfare as Chinese consumers tend to be responsive to grand, high profile showcases.”

The Chinese underwear market was worth 144.4 billion yuan ($21.8 billion) in 2016, according to the Hong Kong Trade Development Council.

Matthew Crabbe, director of research for Asia-Pacific at Mintel, told CNBC that “Chinese consumers are receptive to foreign brands that ooze quality and cachet. They are increasingly wealthy, and can therefore afford to buy such brands. They are also increasingly well-traveled, and therefore exposed to more foreign brands.”

But for Victoria’s Secret and other such international players keen to tap into the Chinese market, “the old caveats remain,” Crabbe said. “Foreign brands have to do their homework.”

Quiksilver parent company to buy Australia’s Billabong for about $155 million

Billabong International profits cracked a 14 percent profit increase, 23 August 2004

Sports apparel seller Billabong International said on Friday it had entered an agreement with Boardriders for the U.S.-based firm to buy the Australian company for about 197.7 million Australian dollars ($155 million).

The bid of A$1 per share made by Boardriders, formerly known as Quiksilver, represents a premium of 4.2 percent to Billabong’s closing price on Thursday and a 28.2 percent premium
to the stock price before the offer was announced on Dec. 1, 2017.

Billabong directors unanimously recommended the agreement, the company said in a statement, fulfilling one of the conditions of Boardriders’ offer.

“While Billabong has made significant operational progress in recent years, the board is also mindful of the fact that, in the absence of the scheme, Billabong shareholders face ongoing risks and uncertainties associated with the business,” Billabong Chairman Ian Pollard said.

Billabong’s brands include RVCA, Element and Von Zipper.

U.S. private equity firm Oaktree Capital Management holds a 19 percent stake in Billabong and is one of its two senior lenders. Funds managed by Oaktree also have a majority interest in Boardriders.

John Galliano On Going Back To His Roots

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John Galliano briefly boards the number 12 to Oxford Circus, and a passenger’s jaw literally drops. With his otherworldly air, the elusive Maison Maison Margiela designer is the last person you’d expect to see at an Elephant and Castle bus stop on a rainy afternoon.

“They’re so luxurious now,” he observes, gawping at the spacious buses that replaced the trusty Routemasters of his childhood. “You’d leave home quite normal-looking, with a bag, and start getting dressed on the bus, putting on your spot cover-up, glossing up the lips, brushing up that wedge,” he quips. On our way to the shoot, he’s been watching his formative years pass by from the car window. “I don’t remember any of these little things. It’s completely changed, hasn’t it?” The Heygate Street bus stop was young Galliano’s portal to the escapism of the West End as a teenager growing up in southeast London in the 1970s. He even had his first kiss here. “When you got to the Elephant,” he explains, “it was like crossing a frontier to a glamorous new world.”

He’d take the 12 or 68 here, then get the Tube into town. “Pubs in Soho had sawdust on the floor…” He stops himself. “I’m really sounding about 100, aren’t I? But they did! There were girls in raincoats modelling upstairs. It’s not what it is today,” the 56-year-old shrugs. Galliano felt at home in Soho’s theatrical nightlife, worlds away from the part of town where he’d spent his childhood. “The real you starts coming out. The you you’re not always allowed to show.” If he missed the last bus, he’d have no choice but to walk home to Peckham in the middle of the night, down the Old Kent Road and Lordship Lane, in his fantastical outfits. “When you’re young you’re fearless, aren’t you? Someone guides us safely home.” He’s lived in Paris for decades now, but Galliano’s accent still bears traces of his south London roots, although his diction – courtesy of his early education at Wilson’s School for Boys in Camberwell – has made it more palatial than Peckham. “It isn’t now, but it was really very rough,” he says of his childhood area. “Loved it.”

Galliano was six when his family relocated from sunny Gibraltar to southeast London, and the multicultural melting pot would forge the foundation for his sensory view of fashion. Since he started interpreting Maison Margiela’s trademark deconstruction in 2015, his collections have reflected a make-do-and-mend attitude close to his early fashion efforts. “To make yourself look original you customised things. That’s a very south London thing,” he explains. Early design experimentations included an old Levi’s denim jacket from a charity shop, on to which Galliano zigzag-stitched playing cards with bright-coloured thread. As a teenager he’d shop his way through the area: Coldharbour Lane, Brixton market and East Lane. “It was really good there, because you’d get knock-offs.” His bedroom had a rotation of posters on the walls, from the Bay City Rollers, Slade and Marc Bolan to Bruce Lee.

As a Central Saint Martins student in the early 1980s, he moved to Mornington Crescent, got into Bodymap and Boy George, hung out with Steve Strange and Rusty Egan, and went clubbing at Embassy and Taboo. “I graduated in 1984, the Thatcher years – your back up against the wall, no grants. You became really creative with the means you had. That was the period when all that deconstruction was actually happening for real in London, but we didn’t know.” When Galliano finally got his first grant, he blew it on a Claude Montana trench coat from Browns. “A sheepskin collar, a few little studs – I chose very wisely. You don’t really think any further than the next day when you’re that age.”

First Acts: Hollywood’s Stars Share Their “Firsts”

FROM first loves to first auditions and their earliest memories of London, the stars of Vogue‘s Hollywood portfolio share their “firsts”. Featuring Margot Robbie, Tom Hanks, Gal Gadot, Daniel Kaluuya, Diane Kruger, Hong Chau, Andrew Garfield, Salma Hayek, Mary J. Blige, Michelle Williams, Robert Pattinson, Gary Oldman, Jessica Chastain, Saoirse Ronan and Timothée Chalamet.

 

FIRST LOOK: Holly Fulton’s High-Street Collab

PARTY girls through the ages,” inspired Holly Fulton’s upcoming River Island collaboration. “Baba Beaton from the 20s, Biba girls in the 70s and Kate Moss in the 90s… all high on life and champagne.”

The 13-piece pastel collection strewn with magpie embellishments is the latest instalment of River Island’s Design Forum, which has seen the high-street store collaborate with 11 designers and artists, including Ashish, Margot Bowman, Dominic Jones and Zoë Jordan since 2012.

“It was a tough editing process as it is a much smaller collection than our mainline but the tighter focus has led to a sharp capsule range which reflects the quality, aesthetic and spirit of the Holly Fulton label perfectly,” the London Fashion Week designer said of the pieces, which all hark back to the “idea of stumbling out of a club in the early hours in just a slip and fur coat. Our ladies like to have fun and they aren’t afraid to show it.”

Fulton’s favourite piece – an embellished bodysuit that “typifies decadence and the deco/pop aesthetic I love” – is symbolic of her muses: “Sharon Stone in Casino and Joan Collins. I have a lot of love for anyone who shows such dedication to a total head-to-toe look.”

Launching in line with London Fashion Week in February, the autumn/winter 2018 shows could be the perfect time to revive the party season that has just come to a close.

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