PAPERhttp://www.23880175.com/PAPERen-usSun, 25 Nov 2018 23:50:10 -0000https://assets.rbl.ms/17461748/210x.pnghttp://www.23880175.com/PAPERTwitter Reunites Two Long Lost Best Friendshttp://www.23880175.com/twitter-best-friends-reunion-2621492955.html

Twitter has proven that it can do the impossible. Within the span of five hours, the Internet helped user @briannacry find a long lost friend from a cruise 12 years ago.

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The search began on Saturday, when @briannacry tweeted out a photo from a dinner cruise in Hawaii from 2006. She wrote, "We were basically bestfriends for that night so I need y'all to help me find my bestfriend cause I miss her and I need to see how she's doing now. Please retweet this so we can be reunited."

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Thousands of retweets and likes later, user @heii_tree responded with a photo of her family having dinner on that same cruise, with the caption, "Heard you were looking for me~."

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And while we're all hoping for a happy reunion of the two BFFs, it seems that it may not be happening soon. User @heii_tree tweeted, "I'm going to community college on financial aid. I'm not going anywhere anytime soon."

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But while a ton of people want to help the two see each other, beware of fake GoFundMe pages claiming to sponsor the two girls' reunion.

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And while the two won't be seeing each other face-to-face, it seems they'll be in touch through text. And that's good enough for now.

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Sun, 25 Nov 2018 23:50:10 +0000http://www.23880175.com/twitter-best-friends-reunion-2621492955.htmlTwitter.comTwitterInternet cultureTweetFriendshipTwitter friends reunionReunionJasmine Ting
Halsey Tells Ariana Grande's Internet Haters to Shut Up??http://www.23880175.com/halsey-ariana-grande-tweet-haters-2621489098.html

Ariana Grande has a lot of fans, but like all celebrities — as hard as it may be to believe — she also has her share of haters. And not just Piers Morgan. On Sunday, the artist tweeted, "some of the shit i read on here makes me sick to my stomach. it scares me the way some people think and i don't like this world a lot of the time."

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She continued, "if only we could be more compassionate and gentle with one another. that'd be sick." Halsey obviously understood and related to what the pop star had to say. The singer replied comforting words in support of Ari, saying, "the world could only dream of being as compassionate and gentle as you. and since ur being, as always, so classy and nice, allow me the honor of telling them to shut the fuck up."

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Earlier this year, Ari was on a social media hiatus after the tragic death of rapper Mac Miller and her split from ex-fiancé Pete Davidson. But since then, she's been calling out negativity on the Internet like the compassionate and gentle human being she is.

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Sun, 25 Nov 2018 22:46:46 +0000http://www.23880175.com/halsey-ariana-grande-tweet-haters-2621489098.htmlHalseyAriana grandeTwitterJasmine Ting
Diddy Delivers Eulogy at Kim Porter's Funeralhttp://www.23880175.com/kim-porter-funeral-diddy-eulogy-2621477149.html

On Saturday, model and actress Kim Porter was laid to rest in her golden casket at the Evergreen Memorial Garden Cemetery in Columbus, Georgia — near the site where her mother Sarah Porter was buried in 2014. At the ceremony, according to TMZ, Sean "Diddy" Combs delivered the eulogy.

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Diddy's emotional tribute reportedly lasted 15 minutes long, and the artist spoke about the way his ex-girlfriend and the mother of his children taught him how to love. He also opened up about his depression earlier this year, and revealed that Kim would be there to comfort him and make sure he was okay. Diddy also said that their relationship, while it had its ups-and-downs, was solid from beginning to end.

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He ended his eulogy, saying that Kim will always be with him. Hear the whole speech below.

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Sun, 25 Nov 2018 21:56:24 +0000http://www.23880175.com/kim-porter-funeral-diddy-eulogy-2621477149.htmlDiddySean combsKim porterDeathMusicKim porter funeralKim porter deathJasmine Ting
Police Mistakenly Kills?Wrong Man at Alabama Mall Shootinghttp://www.23880175.com/alabama-mall-wrong-gunman-shooting-2621469711.html

On Thursday, a gunman injured two people ages 18 and 12 when he opened fire at Riverchase Galleria — the largest enclosed mall in all of Alabama — located in Hoover, Birmingham. Police ended up fatally shooting a man named Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford Jr., a US Army combat engineer who as it turns out was not the gunman.

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CNN reports that after speaking with witnesses and going over forensic tests, investigators said that Bradford was most likely "involved in the altercation but likely did not fire the rounds that injured the two youths." The man who was responsible for injuring two innocent kids is still at large.

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Now, Bradford's family, as well as protesters are demanding "Justice for E.J." As shown by CNN affiliate WVTM, demonstrators gathered outside of the mall on Saturday with signs, chanting, "No justice, no peace" and "No racist people." According to authorities, the officer who shot Bradford is now "on administrative leave" as a full investigation occurs.

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Sun, 25 Nov 2018 18:17:15 +0000http://www.23880175.com/alabama-mall-wrong-gunman-shooting-2621469711.htmlJasmine Ting
'Bohemian Rhapsody' Brings Queen Back Up on the Chartshttp://www.23880175.com/bohemian-rhapsody-queen-charts-2621419910.html

It's been 30 years since legendary band Queen dropped their last music project, and 27 since the tragic loss of their lead singer Freddie Mercury, but today their hits have been climbing up the music charts once more thanks to biopic Bohemian Rhapsody.

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The band has always been a relevant household name in music, but it has recently experienced a renaissance as more people have been listening to them on platforms such as Spotify. According to CNBC, "The song 'Bohemian Rhapsody' went from 87th place globally one day before the movie's release to 15th place one week later." The song has also returned to the Billboard Hot 100 for the third time—the last being in 1992.

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The film has also been able to give Queen two simultaneous top ten albums for the very first time in the band's history. The soundtrack came in at number three, which is the group's highest ranking since 1980. And their "Greatest Hits" compilation came in at number nine.

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Bohemian Rhapsody has made $130 million domestically since its November 2 release, and is still showing in theaters nationwide.

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Sun, 25 Nov 2018 17:04:35 +0000http://www.23880175.com/bohemian-rhapsody-queen-charts-2621419910.htmlQueenBohemian rhapsodyFreddie mercuryJasmine Ting
Trump Administration Rushes Supreme Court for Military Trans Banhttp://www.23880175.com/trump-transgender-military-ban-court-2621405450.html

The government is now becoming more aggressive with their approach to the impending transgender ban in the military forces. On Friday, the Trump administration asked the Supreme Court to issue a ruling on the policy, which was first announced in July 2017.

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According to the Associated Press, this is the "fourth time in recent months" that this administration has attempted to bypass the lower courts, and has gone to high court — which is majority conservative — to seek quick rulings on divisive issues. Earlier this month, the government also tried to settle the case of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program by going to the Supreme Court.

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The government's justification for rushing to the high court? As AP reports , "The administration argued that the Supreme Court should step in before an appeals court rules because the case 'involves an issue of imperative public importance: the authority of the U.S. military to determine who may serve in the Nation's armed forces.'"

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For now, it is unclear whether the Supreme Court will be accepting the case.

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Sat, 24 Nov 2018 21:37:50 +0000http://www.23880175.com/trump-transgender-military-ban-court-2621405450.htmlLgbtqLgbtPoliticsTrumpJasmine Ting
Macy's Thanksgiving Parade Makes History with Its First LGBTQ Kisshttp://www.23880175.com/macys-thanksgiving-lgbtq-kiss-2621395928.html

This year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade was historic, not only because it's the coldest one on record since 1901, but also because this is the first time the annual program featured its very first LGBTQ kiss broadcasted on live television.

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The Broadway cast of musical "The Prom" performed their number, "Build a Prom" on Thursday in front of Macy's at New York City's Herald Square. The comedy is about four former Broadway actors on a mission to throw a properly inclusive prom for all teenagers in small-town Indiana. And the two main teenage lovebirds of the story, Emma and her girlfriend Alyssa — played by Caitlin Kinnunen and Isabelle McCalla — shared a kiss for all of America to see.

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The cast members expressed how thankful they were for the chance to show that #LoveIsLove on such a huge platform. Actor Josh Lamon tweeted, "The first #LGBTQ kiss in the Parade's history. We here at @ThePromMusical have never been so proud."

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But of course, the performance has been subject to some online haters because, well, it's the Internet. Thankfully, we've got people like Alyssa Milano to clap back at unnecessarily negative energy.

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Watch the whole musical number below:

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Sat, 24 Nov 2018 18:25:53 +0000http://www.23880175.com/macys-thanksgiving-lgbtq-kiss-2621395928.htmlThanksgivingMacy's thanksgiving day paradeLgbtLgbtqPrideJasmine Ting
Dolce & Gabbana Apologize Following Racist Ad Fallouthttp://www.23880175.com/dolce-gabbana-apology-2621331213.html

Embattled Italian fashion house, Dolce & Gabbana, has been in the midst of fighting against a major public backlash following the release of a controversial ad campaign targeted towards the Chinese market. The original series of ads were widely criticized for a racist and sexist tone, featuring a Chinese woman struggling to eat Italian food chopsticks and a narrator asking her if an over-sized cannoli was "too huge?"

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Designed as part of a larger effort to break into the Chinese market, the backlash to the tone deaf ad was immediate with the spots being removed from China's social media site Weibo. Things went from really bad to even worse when fashion watchdog, DietPrada, posted alleged DMs from Gabbana spewing more racist and inflammatory comments to model Michaela Tranova.

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Related | Dolce & Gabbana Cancel Shanghai Show After Racism Accusations

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Dolce & Gabbana was forced to cancel their planned Shanghai runway show after many celebrity guests announced that they would no longer be attending alongside mounting pressure by Chinese authorities. Several retailers have also dropped the brand from their Chinese marketplaces as well in the wake of this week's controversies.

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Dolce & Gabbana have now come forward to release an official apology. "We will never forget this experience and lesson," the label heads say "it will certainly never happen again and we will do our best to understand and respect Chinese culture." It remains to be seen whether the apology will be enough to make amends with the Chinese government and public has yet to be seen.

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Fri, 23 Nov 2018 23:41:33 +0000http://www.23880175.com/dolce-gabbana-apology-2621331213.htmlDomenico dolceStefano gabbanaApologyChinaRacismSexismShanghaiControversyAdsFashionDolce & gabbanaMatt Moen
Umru Is Getting Resultshttp://www.23880175.com/umru-search-result-1-2621316307.html

New York-based artist, umru, has been on a meteoric rise ever since he burst on to the scene last year as a producer on Charli XCX's game-changing mixtape Pop 2. Having been scouted by PC Music mastermind, A.G. Cook, brought umru in for one of Pop 2's standout tracks, "I Got It," to give it the extra blown-out punch it needed to become the badass anthem it is today. Having almost come out of nowhere, the young musician has been celebrated as an exciting and fresh new voice to come out of a stagnated Soundcloud generation.

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Featuring fellow artists Banoffee, osno1, Ravenna Golden, Lewis Grant, and Laura Les, umru has become the latest edition to PC Music's roster of artists for the release of his debut EP, search result.

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Listening to search result, one almost gets the sense that you're listening to what pop would be if it was made in a post-apocalyptic dystopia overrun by heavily-armored robots. With clanking metallic beats, caustic trills, and densely-processed vocals, umru manages to create music that's intricately designed with a hard-hitting impact on the dancefloor. umru manages to smartly distill some of the most exciting approaches and sounds in electronic music today and make them his own.

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Related | Hannah Diamond Returns With Shimmery Melancholic Single 'True'

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An active Internet presence, umru is prolific in his ability to seamlessly integrate his artistic persona with memes in ways that are not only amusing but have had the potential to blossom into something far greater. He was recently part of the team that curated an entire music festival in the video game Minecraft, dubbed "Coalchella." Elaborately detailed with multiple stages, custom in-game merch tents, and a diverse group of performers, the experience was a chaotic cross between Boiler Room and Second Life that managed to offer a glimpse at the future of digital concert, opening up new avenues of creative expression without taking itself too seriously. umru's music is no different.

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We caught up with umru to talk about the journey to his debut EP, search result, and what lies ahead for him:

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What was the process of putting the EP together like for you?

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It was definitely a long one. I started planning to make some project like this over 2 years ago when I was a very different producer, I think. since then the whole tracklist has totally changed and all these songs are less than a year old, but the process was definitely not very organized, the project just naturally came together from a string of collaborations that all began separately.

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Was there anything that surprised you along the way?

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I think it surprised me a bit how well everything started to fit together at some point. these are very different songs with quite unique vocalists, I imagined the hardest part would be forming a cohesive track list but a lot of things seemed to fall into place on their own. I've also always considered my music difficult to work with and write to, so it definitely came as a surprise how willing each of the collaborators were to work with me—it was my first time working with each artist except for Banoffee.

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Related | Charli XCX is Pop's Cult Leader

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Did you envision a general arc or narrative to search result?

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There's certainly an arc of energy and tone of the songs, they are meant to be heard in order, but it's not necessarily a narrative. The songs were written independently so they don't tell one cohesive story but it's a collection of frustrations, uncertainties, search queries that together make sense to me.

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Your style comes across as very distinctive and recognizable, what was the evolution that lead up to settling on that specific palette?

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I don't know if I'm at a point yet where I can look back and describe my evolution, I don't feel like I've settled on or become confident with a certain sound, I'm still in the middle of that kind of process and might always be. But the palette I'm working with definitely draws from a lot of influences. It's Soundcloud's "beat scene"—artists like Mr. Carmack, Woolymammoth, Sam Gellaitry—that first got me into taking production seriously, and of course there's a thousand other names I could list—SOPHIE, PC Music, Cashmere Cat, Sinjin Hawke, Arca—that have all had a huge effect on my work. I think I'm drawn to producers that have a very distinct "sound," you can tell it's them without the need for a beat tag. In terms of evolution, I definitely feel like I've tried moving away from the more EDM/trap sound i began with and am trying to make pop music—it interests me a lot more to influence the mainstream than to make "producer music" even if I end up doing that anyway.

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How did you initially end up working with A.G. Cook on Pop 2?

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A. G. [Cook] emailed me over 2 years ago now, when I really feel like I had no good music out, because he found me randomly browsing Soundcloud. We spoke a little bit but I ended up not hearing from him for months until the day of the New York Number 1 Angel show, when he just told me I was on the list for this sold out show on a week night. I was still in high school and living 2 hours from the city at the time but I ended up meeting him there and going to a studio a couple days later and the rest is history, I guess. The Charli track also kind of came out of nowhere, I think I worked on it with him only a couple months before it was released.

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How have things changed for you since "I Got It" came out?

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I'd be lying if I said that song didn't change my life. It's very rare to have such a major pop track be my first real production credit, and for a few months maybe the song's impact didn't really hit me, but when Charli had me come up on stage at her New York's Pop 2 show it blew me away how anthemic it had become. I've since been able to perform with Charli, AG, Dorian Electra, and many other talented artists in Paris and at Charli's New York events, and they've truly been some of the greatest moments of my life. Words can't express how grateful I am to everyone involved in those nights and Pop 2.

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What do you hope people ultimately take away after listening to search result?

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I hope people find a little of what they've been searching for.

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What plans do you have for the future?

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Completely by accident, I'll actually have 2 more tracks coming out this month—a Ravenna Golden track I produced with Dylan Brady, out on the 26th, and a remix for X&G that I did with Blake Skowron on the 30th. after that, I'm not so sure. I really hope to get into more production for other artists, and also hopefully leave people with just a short wait until the next umru project. I'd also love to play another festival in Minecraft I hope they do another one of those.

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search result is out now on all platforms. The debut EP also appears alongside the recent launch of PC Music's new weekly playlist, Perfect Music Friday, that looks to contextualize their new releases in a broader pop landscape and hijack playlist culture.

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Photo by Max Schramp

Styling by Tiam Schaper

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Fri, 23 Nov 2018 21:24:09 +0000http://www.23880175.com/umru-search-result-1-2621316307.htmlPc musicSearch resultSearch result epDanceSoundcloudProducerCharliCharli xcxAg cookBanoffeeElectronicSophiePop 2Dorian electraNumber 1 angelI got itUmruMatt Moen
This Artist Is Turning Emojis Into Steel Artifactshttp://www.23880175.com/nick-moss-leila-heller-gallery-2621315295.html

Ten years ago, emojis were introduced to the world, ushering in an entirely new era of communication for the digital age. Written word had already been reduced to typed word — first in emails then in texts — and emojis simplified communication even further, distilling complex thoughts into a keyboard of graphic icons designed to be universal. For Michigan-bred welder Nick Moss, this switch was somewhat disturbing, and inspired him to create a series of steel emojis to capture a moment in time.

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Part of his fascination — and criticism — stems from growing up in a much simpler environment than today's fast-paced culture of ever-evolving technology. Moss was raised in small town Metamora, Michigan on an intensive crop farm, surrounded by industrial steel machinery. There, he began learning the ropes of welding, and in 2008, joined Traeger Wood Pellet Grills, where he was given chief control of engineering all steel grills and smokers.

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Related | Meet the Young British Artist Harry Styles Collects

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When he sold the company at 28 years old, Moss decided to become a full-time artist, choosing steel as his medium and shifting from grills to large-scale sculptures (or as he calls them, "steel paintings"). He and his girlfriend moved to quiet Carmel, New York (in Moby's old home, nonetheless), where Moss now welds his pieces in a studio surrounded by sprawling forest and scenery that looks like an IRL Thomas Kinkade painting.

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Replicating the precise curves and exact shapes of an emoji isn't easy; Moss is an expert in his field, having learned to control the heat and direction of a flame through the small window of a torch mask (welding without one causes eye damage, adding a layer of danger to Moss' craft). The artist compares his welding torch to a paintbrush. When he ignites the flame, his process looks dramatic and uncontrollable, but the result is somehow a perfect line.

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Applying various patinas to Moss' sculptures introduces a touch of spontaneity to his practice; some are colored to mimic the original emoji, with silver steel appearing underneath a sheet of golden yellow, while others have a more natural, marbled look that maintains the metal's original quality. Lined up together at at his first solo exhibition in New York City's Leila Heller Gallery, Moss' emojis are all unique — their shapes are consistent, but the coloring is different from sculpture to sculpture.

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A decade after the release of emojis in 2008, Moss seems to be spotlighting, and in many ways dramatizing, what he views as the decline of communication. While the emoji may seem everyday, right now — and especially in the context of fine art — Moss' work is something future generations can look back on in the same way we examine Egyptian hieroglyphics. What did the side-eye emoji really mean? And how in hell was the eggplant emoji used?

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Nick Moss: Rigorous Perception is on view now at Leila Heller Gallery through December 20, 2018.

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Photos courtesy of Nick Moss

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Fri, 23 Nov 2018 19:17:11 +0000http://www.23880175.com/nick-moss-leila-heller-gallery-2621315295.htmlNick mossArtEmojisJustin Moran
Ian Isiah's 'Shugga Sextape, Vol. 1' Is the Ultimate Baby Making Musichttp://www.23880175.com/ian-isiah-shugga-sextape-2621308530.html

Ian Isiah knows exactly how to turn you on. Earlier this month, the underground New York icon set a sultry tone for his new Shugga Sextape, Vol. 1 with "Bedroom," a smooth, sensual jam dripping in autotune and futuristic R&B production. "I got two hoes in my bedroom/ They got no clothes in my bedroom," Isiah sings, his voice easy and subdued like he's whispering a siren song at the 5 AM afters. Today, the artist released his entire project, and its eight songs are designed to make you wiiince.

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Related | Ian Isiah, Moses Sumney, and Selah Marley Perform at Telfar

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This marks his first full-length release since 2013's The Love Champion (s/o to unsung party bus anthem, "Sweat"), and it recruits a lineup of standout producers: Sinjin Hawke, Morris, Soda Plans and Juice Jackal. In a sea of beats that range from syrupy smooth to riotous and raw, it's Isiah's angelic vocals that elevate the entire project and give it serious range.

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"Killup" (prod. Sinjin Hawke) is ferocious and sexed-up — an immediate classic for sweaty Brooklyn dance floors drenched in poppers. "Persistent" (prod. Morris) slows down the pace with a perfect soundtrack for hazy Uber rides home as the sun's rising. Isiah's gorgeous falsetto takes center stage on Sextape closer "Why" (prod. Soda Plains), wrapped in electronic gospel-infused production merging church organs with spacey, textural beats.

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Released on his birthday, Shugga Sextape, Vol. 1 is as much a gift to us as it is to Isiah. "I'm protective of my energy, but I'll never withhold it," he tells PAPER, underlining a growing legacy of career moves that all make perfect sense for him. Whether he's collaborating with disruptive brands like Hood by Air, singing live with Dev Hynes or at Telfar shows, or dropping low-key, flawless projects like today's, Isiah's work centers self-fulfillment above all.

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Related | Sonja Morgan Models Telfar

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Rap diva Ms. Boogie's into it (and should absolutely sell Shugga Sextape bootlegs outside Brooklyn's Barclays Center).

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As is Bailey Stiles, who gave Isiah's project the baby making stamp of approval.

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Blood Orange's Dev Hynes, too, who (like us) will be blasting this all day.

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Stream Ian Isiah's Shugga Sextape, Vol. 1, below, and follow him on Instagram (@ianisiah) to keep up with the glamour (if you can).

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Fri, 23 Nov 2018 17:56:51 +0000http://www.23880175.com/ian-isiah-shugga-sextape-2621308530.htmlIan isiahJustin Moran
Haim Unveils New 'Haimukkah' Merchhttp://www.23880175.com/haim-haimukkah-merch-2621148055.html

With Hanukkah coming up fairly early this year, starting December 2nd and lasting until the 10th, you may be find yourself a little pressed for time in the week between gorging yourself on turkey and lighting the menorah. But fear not, the sisters Haim have shared a new line of holiday-themed merch just in time.

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Featuring festive puppies and kittens on shirts, pants, and sweaters with "Happy Haimidays!" written on them and matching fanny packs for all your sisters, the centerpiece of the capsule is a brand new "Haimukkah" long sleeve that benefits a worthwhile cause. A portion of the proceeds will go to support the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh which was the victim of a brutal mass shooting last month that left eleven dead and seven injured.

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Related | Beyoncé Wants You To Have A Happy 'Holidayoncé'

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Take a look at some of our favorite highlights below and shop the full merch drop on Haim's online store:

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Thu, 22 Nov 2018 01:12:59 +0000http://www.23880175.com/haim-haimukkah-merch-2621148055.htmlMerchMerch dropMusicHanukkahHaimukkahTree of lifeCharityBenefitHolidaysHolidayShoppingHaimMatt Moen
Charli XCX, Dorian Electra, and Allie X Join Forces For 'The Billy Ball'http://www.23880175.com/billy-ball-2621140217.html

As many of us head home for the holidays to relax and spend time with family and friends, it's important to keep in mind those less fortunate than ourselves. It is a season of giving and goodwill, and given our current political climate, it is more important now than ever to come together to give back.

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Related | Charli XCX is Pop's Cult Leader

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It is in that same spirit that pop visionaries, Charli XCX, Allie X, and Dorian Electra, have joined forces through a one night benefit for British musician Billy Clayton, who has been battling a rare aggressive form of bone cancer for the past three year. Hoping to raise funds for Clayton to seek lifesaving treatment, The Billy Ball, a veritable musical extravaganza, boasts an impressive roster of artists including; Leland, Vincint, Jesse Saint John, Mood Killer, Chester Lockhart, Daya, LIZ, Lulo, Jarian De Marco, Zolita, Phoebe Ryan, and many more!

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Related | VINCINT Just Might Be Our Generation's Greatest Vocalist

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Tickets to The Billy Ball, which takes place Nov. 30, are now on sale with all proceeds going to Clayton's family which is seeking immunotherapy treatment in Germany so the 21 year-old musician can continue his career. If you would like to contribute to the cause but aren't able to make it out The Globe Theater in LA, Clayton's family has also set up a GoFundMe that you can donate to as well.

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Thu, 22 Nov 2018 00:10:50 +0000http://www.23880175.com/billy-ball-2621140217.htmlCharli xcxDorian electraAllie xFundraiserCharityBilly claytonLelandVincintMood killerChester lockhartJesse saint johnGlobe theaterLos angelesThe billy ballMatt Moen
Nicki Minaj Got Scammed By a Fake Chinese Music Festivalhttp://www.23880175.com/nicki-minaj-festival-scam-2621131452.html

You'd think in a post-Fyre world we'd all be more wary, but Nicki Minaj and her Chinese fans appear to have fallen victim to a textbook music festival scam. Page Six is reporting that the rapper refused to perform at a Shanghai-based event when she arrived and realized the organizers had misled her on a number of fronts.

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The Djakarta Warehouse Project China festival was supposedly an offshoot of an established music festival that happens each year in Bali, Indonesia. Organizers had reportedly promised Minaj $3 million in payment for a 90-minute set in front of a crowd of around 8,000 people.

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Unfortunately, it seems like it became clear to Minaj's team upon arrival that the festival had no affiliations to the Indonesian event, and had been poorly organized. Only around 1, 000 people turned up, and Minaj declined to perform for them, even after flying all the way to China specifically. Which kind of sucks, because reportedly some fans paid around $500 USD for tickets.

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Related | Break the Internet: Minaj à Trois

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Minaj hasn't said anything publicly about the incident, but told a group of fans at Shanghai airport that she'd return to China in future "with a better partner."

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Evergreen reminder: always double check that your expensive music festival that no one has ever heard of before is legit.

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Wed, 21 Nov 2018 22:39:51 +0000http://www.23880175.com/nicki-minaj-festival-scam-2621131452.htmlNicki minajMusicChinaScamsKatherine Gillespie
Instagram Is Cracking Down on Fake Followershttp://www.23880175.com/instagram-crackdown-fake-followers-1-2621128326.html

Instagram is trying to keep it real. On Monday in a press release titled "Reducing Inauthentic Activity on Instagram" the tech giant explained that they'll be working to reduce the deluge of phony followers, likes and comments on their platform, using "machine learning tools" that identify foul play, particularly automated amplification systems used to boost followings.

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"Recently, we've seen accounts use third-party apps to artificially grow their audience. Every day people come to Instagram to have real experiences, including genuine interactions. It is our responsibility to ensure these experiences aren't disrupted by inauthentic activity. Starting today, we will begin removing inauthentic likes, follows and comments from accounts that use third-party apps to boost their popularity. We've built machine learning tools to help identify accounts that use these services and remove the inauthentic activity. This type of behavior is bad for the community, and third-party apps that generate inauthentic likes, follows and comments violate our Community Guidelines and Terms of Use.

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We're taking a number of steps to limit this kind of unwelcome behavior. Accounts we identify using these services will receive an in-app message alerting them that we have removed the inauthentic likes, follows and comments given by their account to others. We will also ask them to secure their account by changing their password. People who use these types of apps share their username and password, and their accounts are sometimes used by third-party apps for inauthentic likes, follows and comments. Not only does this introduce bad behavior into the Instagram community, it also makes these accounts less secure."

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Instagram follows Twitter and Facebook in cracking down on bots and phony accounts, however, instead of weeding out Russian political propaganda, they're simply trying to preserve the "authenticity" of Instagram. Aka, they're on a quest to shut down down the bloated follower counts of influencers and bloggers hoping to become the next Cameron Dallas or Kayla Itsines.

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Currently, according to Vox, you can purchase about 100 followers for as little s $3 or $30 for 2,500, and there's a large range of services and apps that offer different packages for artificially boosting your engagement.

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While the Instagram policy has technically always been in place, the promised crackdown has sent the fake follower industry into a frenzy. WIRED reports the chaos that emerged on BlackHatWorld, a forum popular for sharing deals and advice on using fake follower apps, as users discussed the policy change.

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As of Tuesday, according to WIRED, users of Jarvee, one of the most popular fake follower apps, were discussing technical difficulties with the app on BlackHatWorld, though Jarvee claims that Instagram's hunt for inauthentic activity hasn't affected its services.

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So it's yet to be seen how effective Instagram's hunt for bogus accounts and likes will be, you can bet fitness, travel and DIY craft bloggers alike are quivering in their DMs.

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Wed, 21 Nov 2018 22:28:20 +0000http://www.23880175.com/instagram-crackdown-fake-followers-1-2621128326.htmlInstagramJael Goldfine
VINCINT Just Might Be Our Generation's Greatest Vocalisthttp://www.23880175.com/vincint-mine-2621125081.html

Los Angeles-based artist VINCINT is in the infancy of his pop career — a sensitive time that many aspiring musicians before him have endured, some of which became breakout superstars while others crumbled. It's also a period where possibility is at its height, and only minor teases of music showcase what might develop out of their untapped talent. In VINCINT's case, he's quickly proving himself to be a powerhouse vocalist and unmatched storyteller, and if all goes according to plan, he could easily become our generation's greatest.

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Out this week, the singer-songwriter's flawless, new single "Mine" perfectly captures the sound and message VINCINT has been creating for himself this year. As always, he dances between soft, falsetto vocals that hit your ear like ASMR and a powerhouse belt that punches you in the gut with an iron fist. The entire track is stadium-sized and really moves, starting off sparse until it explodes at the end with enormous drum beats and euphoric '80s synths. "You should be mine," he tells a lover on the chorus. "I should be the one you come home to every night."

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Related | Say That You'll Remember VINCINT

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And VINCINT is hands on with every step of the process. Like with his earlier single "Marrow," producer Pretty Sister is behind the crisp yet mighty sound of "Mine." VINCINT tells PAPER, "Even though Pretty Sister is at the helm production-wise, I'm fully involved in how it sounds. I can't be a part of the song if I'm not." Together they looked back on bands, such as pop-punk all-stars Cartel, which VINCINT says made him want to fall in love and rage at once. "You have to have the balance sometimes. People want to cry and they also want to feel like it's going to be OK. That's what I tried to do with 'Mine.'"

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The lyrics are relatable, written in response to VINCINT's realization that so many people in his life were missing out on love because they feared rejection or getting hurt. "That's no way to live," he says." Just think how many epic love stories never were just because you didn't scream, 'You should be mine!'" As a queer musician, VINCINT's declaration is vital in the way it unabashedly claims a lover in a world where same-sex romance is still marginalized. In this sense, "Mine" is quietly radical, as VINCINT proudly stakes his ground: "It's hard to hold it in, when you're close to me," he sings, upfront and honest.

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"I want to be remembered for bringing emotions back — for giving a people a reason to believe in love."

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This summer, VINCINT's second single "Remember Me" successfully found that musical balance of sunny sadness he always strives to tap into. Its production is more buoyant and bouncy than "Mine," but its message is just as earnest and similarly laced with melancholy. "Say that you'll remember me," VINCINT asks on the track, delivering an untouchable bop that, when performed live, comes with serious Beyoncé-level choreography. "I think everything I write has a bit of sadness to it," VINCINT admits. "It's a big part of who I am, but so is being outrageously happy, optimistic and in love."

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As VINCINT continues carving out his rightful space in contemporary pop as an on-the-rise star, he's crystal clear on how he wants to be viewed by the public. "I hope to be the kind of artist that when my name is mentioned in conversation, people get that electric feeling and a memory flashes in their mind of something precious that happened while listening to my music," VINCINT says. "I want to be remembered for bringing emotions back — for giving a people a reason to believe in love."

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Wed, 21 Nov 2018 22:16:32 +0000http://www.23880175.com/vincint-mine-2621125081.htmlVincintLgbtqMusicJustin Moran
Ariana Grande and Her Mom Shut Down Piers Morgan's Latest Sexist Tiradehttp://www.23880175.com/ariana-grande-piers-morgan-litte-mix-2621124117.html

Famous owner of terrible opinions, unrelenting bodyshamer and unapologetic misogynist Piers Morgan took to social media today to drag... everyone? But don't worry, we don't have to educate him about his archaic ideas: Ariana Grande and her mom Joan have got this one.

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Morgan started off by calling Ellen DeGeneres a hypocrite for her #InternationalMensDay montage featuring Idris Elba, Chris Hemsworth and the likes — confused why it's alright for Ellen, a woman, to "drool over famous men's bodies" while he's been "abused" for complimenting an actress' legs.

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Next, because he can't stand women having ownership over their bodies and images, he came for Little Mix, accusing the girl group of ripping off the Dixie Chicks' nude Entertainment cover photoshoot for their new album promo which was so similar that it's... almost like they saw it... and were inspired by it? Jesy Nelson fired back at him with a shot of her in her Calvins, which he also took the bait on.

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Which is when Ariana's mom Joan kindly interjected:

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Morgan clapped back by saying his sexism is okay, because it is his opinion!

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Ariana joined the fray to back up her mom, shouting out Ellen and Little Mix, and tearing Piers apart point by point:

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And executing the most emphatically disgusted use of "thank u, next" yet:

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This is all he had in response:

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Yes... it is, and no woman should really be having to perform the labor of explaining explain these straightforward ideas in 2018, but Ariana and her mom did it anyway. All we can say is... God is a woman.

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Wed, 21 Nov 2018 21:33:39 +0000http://www.23880175.com/ariana-grande-piers-morgan-litte-mix-2621124117.html#internationalmensday2018@hollywillsTwitter.com@piersmorgan@littlemixAriana grandeJael Goldfine
BRB Buying: 'The Prowler' by Adam Selman x Le Specshttp://www.23880175.com/adam-selman-le-specs-oc-2621098747.html

Adam Selman's collaboration with Le Specs has been worn by literally everyone with a face. Stars like Gigi and Bella Hadid, Rihanna, Zo? Kravitz, Adwoa Aboah, Rita Ora, Charli XCX, Hari Nef, Kendall Jenner, and Sofia Richie have all donned the designer's bitchy cat eye sunglasses, aptly called "The Last Lolita." And now, there's an even more dramatic version.

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Related | Charli XCX Is Pop's Cult Leader

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Sold exclusively at Opening Ceremony, "The Prowler" offers a similar retro shape, but with added bat-wing handles that really scream, "I have a thousand dollars in my purse and a knife in my back pocket." Selman and Le Specs designed the plastic frames in bold, neon hues with matching mirror lenses in hombre cobalt violet, neon yellow and black.

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Priced at $120, you can check out "The Prowler" by Adam Selman x Le Specs, below.

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Wed, 21 Nov 2018 21:03:14 +0000http://www.23880175.com/adam-selman-le-specs-oc-2621098747.htmlPaper Magazine
Ariana Grande Has Outfitted Her Inner Circle With Diamond Friendship Ringshttp://www.23880175.com/ariana-grande-friendship-rings-2621117338.html

In the grand spirit of #ThankUnext, Ariana Grande has reportedly donned a new diamond, replacing Pete's $93,000 pear engagement ring with a subtle friendship ring. The new jewel, visible in the above selfie, sits on her ring finger, right where the old one used to be: a symbol of her steamy new love affair with this girl named Ari.

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Related | In Conversation: Troye Sivan and Ariana Grande

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Based on an Instagram story showing her and two friends' hands titled with the caption, "3/7," Ari wears one of a set of seven that she's distributed among her girl gang.

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Members of this exclusive sisterhood include, Page Six reports, style/travel influencer Alexa Luria and Chicago singer Njomza, a signee of Mac Miller's label Remember Music, who have both shown off their bling on Instagram.

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Ariana has also recently shared a photo of a cozy sleepover with Courtney Chipolone and Luria, and one of dancers Victoria Monet, Tayla Parx, who helped her perform her First Wives Club-styled Ellen performance. More potential members of the chosen seven?

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As we know, post-Pete, she "spends more time with my friends," and she's been leaning heavily sleepover and girl power iconography to celebrate her budding romances with herself and her friends. We've already seen teasers of the "thank u, next" video, hinting that it'll reference girl power classics like Legally Blonde, Mean Girls and 13 Going on 30. She's taking a well-rounded approach to the girl power canon, revealing today that Bring It On is also among the inspiration for her new content.

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However, some fans believe suspect that the rings hold even more symbolism. Many speculated upon its drop, that the alphabet scrambling train arrivals board featured in the "breathin" video, offered snippets of the tracklist. Words like "Imagine," "Needy," and "Remember" can be made out. This would be right up the pop star's alley, given that she shared the Sweetener track list in the "no tears left to cry" video.

Fans are now claiming to have unscrambled the letters to reveal the full tracklist, including one song titled "Seven Rings."

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Well, we'll have to wait for the album drop (any day now?) to find out if we have a friendship anthem coming our way, but for now we're cheering on Ari and her girls.

Photo via Instagram

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Wed, 21 Nov 2018 20:57:25 +0000http://www.23880175.com/ariana-grande-friendship-rings-2621117338.htmlLegally blondeMean girls13 going on 30Thank uNextSweetenerBreathinCourtney chipoloneEllenAlexa luriaNjomzaMac millerVictoria monetTayla parxAriana grandeJael Goldfine
College Student Adds Kim Kardashian Retweet to Resume, Scores Three Interviewshttp://www.23880175.com/kim-resume-interviews-2621113941.html

In today's competitive job market, millennials are finding new ways to distinguish themselves from their peers. Boston University grad student Chris Sumlin, for example, added a line about Kim Kardashian retweeting him to his resume. And apparently recruiters are loving it.

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Back in 2017, Sumlin wrote a grad school paper about Kim's KKW: Hollywood game, and after posting an image of it on Twitter drew attention from the woman herself. Kim posted that Sumlin's work was "so cool," and the team behind the game said they'd love to read it.

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Fast forward to last night, when Sumlin posted an image of his resume on Twitter, saying that he'd already scored three job interviews after adding in the retweet detail. This earned him the attention of Kim once more. She wished him luck on the search, which obviously led Sumlin to add another line about that.

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Sumlin's resume is obviously already impressive — he's interned with Jimmy Fallon and published two self help books, so maybe that experience helped him score the interviews. But Kim has 57 million followers, and statistically some of them have to work in HR. Maybe Twitter isn't such a waste of time after all.

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Wed, 21 Nov 2018 20:39:33 +0000http://www.23880175.com/kim-resume-interviews-2621113941.htmlTwitterKim kardashianKuwtkKatherine Gillespie
Thanksgiving: The National Day of Mourninghttp://www.23880175.com/thanksgiving-native-american-history-2620937254.html

Allen Salway is a 20-year-old Diné, Oglala Lakota, Tohono O'odham student, writer and community organizer from the Navajo Nation. You can follow him on Instagram and Twitter.

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Being a young, Native student in America during October to late-November is complete mental exhaustion. This time of year in particular, society continuously pushes us into oppressive climates where we are gaslighted through a series of holidays that either reimagine history, play on and exploit painful stereotypes, or both.

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Columbus Day dresses up the genocide of our people as 'civilizing us,' Halloween perpetuates the stereotypical "Indian," and the worst yet is Thanksgiving: the most nationalized, white-washed version of history ever to happen to a marginalized group. On top of the very real, everyday problems Natives currently still face, like living without running water or electricity, respected national institutions readily erase our history on this holiday. They mock us by wearing brown shirts to mimic our skin, using us in their plays and crafting sacred cultural items — like dream-catchers and headdresses — for classroom festivities.

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Bear in mind, we Native Americans were prohibited from practicing our own culture until just under 40 years ago. But still, schools take aspects of our culture and distort them for fun and offensive activities, in the name of teaching 'history.' I've witnessed, for instance, schools allow students to make up their very own 'Indian name' (which by the way, was a special ceremony for me conducted by a Medicine Man and Woman).

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These practices are extremely detrimental to Native youth because it effectively teaches us that the blatant racism against us is acceptable and allows a highly negative representation of our culture to be portrayed in the media. This also has a lot of negative impacts, furthered by the way the U.S. government treats us as a demographic.

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I want to highlight the recent incident in North Dakota where Natives lost their right to vote (reminder that we were also the last to receive it). Natives are also exposed to mass amounts of racism during the first year of our Western educational journey (pre-k), which has been normalized for so long that even my parents had a hard time pin-pointing it. I myself was usually the only Native student enrolled and was put into school plays where I was given the role of the 'happy Native boy bringing food to share with the Pilgrims,' followed by a feast where we give 'thanks' and come together as one. In reality, the actual history behind Thanksgiving day is dark and twisted.

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"To me, Thanksgiving is a reminder of our resistance as Indigenous People navigating this settler society that continuously tries to erase and destroy us, yet we are still here."

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In 1637 the Pequot Massacre took place, when over 700 Native men, women and children were slaughtered in what's now known as Mystic, Connecticut. The following day, the governor declared a day of thanksgiving and held a feast to celebrate their victories in battle. Thirty-nine years later in Massachusetts, the colonists declared a "day of public celebration and thanksgiving" saying, "there now scarce remains a name or family of them [Natives] but are either slain, captivated or fled," right after the slaughtering of a tribe including the beheading of Wampanoag chief Metacom (which remained on display for 24 years after King Philip's war). It was not until 1863 that Abraham Lincoln officially declared it a national holiday, in the same year the Sioux were being removed from Minnesota, during which the bounty for a Sioux scalp was $25.

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This holiday can be sugar-coated as much as people like to justify colonial violence, but note that it is a painful, annual reminder of our genocide and white supremacy — two of the very foundations of this country, alongside slavery. This day is viewed as the National Day of Mourning by several Native communities, which was started as a protest in 1970 — organized by the United American Indians of New England (UAINE) to honor our ancestors and highlight the struggles they endured then to modern times, as well as the acknowledgement of the racism and oppression experienced today.

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To me, Thanksgiving is a reminder of our resistance as Indigenous People navigating this settler society that continuously tries to erase and destroy us, yet we are still here. I will spend it honoring my ancestors and their fight for survival. However, for many Americans, they will spend Thanksgiving watching the Cowboys vs. Redskins (ironic) football game — another way for the sports entertainment industry to mock our genocide, while drinking beer that steals water from Indigenous communities and eating turkey: a sacred animal within many tribes that isn't supposed to be consumed. This will happen in their sheltered homes, with them sitting comfortably with the idea that this 'holiday' is a time to be grateful for what you have (again, ironic as most splash out on the Black Friday sales) alongside their close and distant family.

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But here are some things you can do if you're able and willing to help progress from the dangerous illusion of Thanksgiving. Click here to directly support Native Children, Women and Communities. The website contains links to help causes such as bringing water and light to the Navajo reservation, while also informing you of which tribe's land you are currently situated. Small actions like this help push us forward into progressive change, as a nation and country.

Photo: Native American Girls Gather At Plymouth For Day Of Mourning, November 26, 1992. By Suzanne Kreiter/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

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Wed, 21 Nov 2018 19:51:18 +0000http://www.23880175.com/thanksgiving-native-american-history-2620937254.htmlNational day of mourningThanksgiving<p>By Allen Salway</p>
Calvin Klein Recreated Andy Warhol's Cookie Jar Collectionhttp://www.23880175.com/calvin-klein-andy-warhol-cookie-jar-2621107484.html

For the 2018 holiday season, Calvin Klein wants you to steal from the cookie jar in style with their launch of an array of replicas inspired by Andy Warhol's famed jar collection. The holiday release is a continuation of a series of curated vintage items presented by the brand to pair with creative director Raf Simons' vision.

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Throughout his life, Warhol had a knack for collecting vintage goods, from bracelets and blankets to thousands of pieces of Russel Wright pottery. Picasso once recounted that he had asked Andy Warhol why he collected cookie jars specifically, and withholding a "naughty-little-boy's smile," the pop artist replied that they were "time pieces." Coincidentally, he had purchased many of the jars from a single shop in Manhattan called Pieces of Time, which at one point sold an assortment of classic household goods.

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Related | Raf Simons Will Be Honored For His Calvin Klein Quilts

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By the time of his passing, Andy Warhol had amassed 175 unique cookie jars — an overwhelming amount of kitschy ceramics for any person who is not Andy Warhol. From jarringly happy clowns to cute little puppies and lambs, Warhol's treasure trove of tchotchkes would be enough to get him his own episode of Hoarders today. An assortment of members from the quirky cast of characters appear in Calvin Klein's 44-product lineup, including a teetering Humpty Dumpty and a duckling with glasses.

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While the majority of the original collection sold at a Sotheby's auction in 1988 to a single collector for almost a quarter of a million dollars, the ornate Calvin Klein recreations are retailing for $150-$350 in the Madison Avenue flagship store in New York City.

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Wed, 21 Nov 2018 19:22:00 +0000http://www.23880175.com/calvin-klein-andy-warhol-cookie-jar-2621107484.htmlAndy warholCalvin klein<p>Brendan Wetmore</p>
Wait, Who Is Helene Fischer?http://www.23880175.com/who-is-helene-fischer-forbes-2621095778.html

Forbes, a publication known for compiling lists that make ordinary people feel bad about themselves, has released its annual ranking of the music industry's most highly paid women performers. There are few surprises. Katy Perry tops the chart, with her yearly earnings totaling $83 million. Taylor Swift is just behind her, after banking $80 million. Continuing down the top 10, we predictably come across more household names: Beyoncé, Pink, Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez. Then, just above Celine Dion and just below Rihanna, comes the curveball. Helene Fischer accumulated $32 million in pre-taxed earnings between June 1, 2017, and June 1, 2018. Who?

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Fischer, the eighth highest paid woman in music, is a German pop star. A quick Google search reveals as much, but on a quest to find out more about her this morning, I came up with more questions than answers. Every biographical detail available strongly implies that her apparently massive financial success was achieved against many tall odds. For one thing, she was born in Siberia. Siberia! The genre of music for which she is most known is a niche europop-country hybrid unique to the beer halls of southeast Europe, referred to as "schlager." And she only has 556, 000 Instagram followers, which is impressive, but doesn't exactly draw immediate comparisons to Katy Perry's 73.5 million.

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Related | How Did Katy Beat Out Beyoncé and Taylor as the Highest Paid Lady of 2018?

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Still. I acknowledge that the Forbes ranking means something. The onus is on America to learn more about Fischer, not the other way around. This woman is one of the most powerful pop stars in the world! She out-earned Britney Spears, Ariana Grande, Selena Gomez, and Mariah Carey. She has beautiful ice blonde hair and recently toured through 12 of the largest stadiums in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland wearing Kylie Minogue-style sequins. Her cover of Jennifer Rush's "The Power Of Love" is technically proficient, if nothing else.

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Here are the fast facts: Fischer, who is 34, has released eight studio albums, five live albums, two compilation albums and 29 singles. She mostly sings in German, with the exception of 2010 album "The English Ones". She was recreated in wax by Madame Tussaud's in Berlin. She rarely comments on politics.

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And she is dating fellow German schlager musician Florian Silbereisen, who looks good in lederhosen, as demonstrated by this incredible video:

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Fischer shares similarities with Celine Dion — they've covered a number of the same diva pop standards. But unlike Dion's, her songs are rooted in a folk-disco tradition that peaked in '60s and '70s Germany. Schlager music has a kitschy mass-produced quality that is by definition uncool. It isn't tasteful, but it is fun. Fischer has leaned towards a cleaner sound in recent years, but most of her popular songs are still backed by a trashily catchy eurodisco beat.

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Her highest-charting single to date, "Atemlos durch die Nacht" (Breathless in the night), epitomizes the schlager-pop hybrid style of music that has made her so beloved and, uh, rich.

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I leave you with a small excerpt from the extensive biography section of Fischer's official website, which says it better than I ever could. Courtesy of Google Translate:

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"She brings young and old together, city and country, men and women, all on an equal footing. It is the intersection that everyone can agree on, and in the best sense of the word. Her warm-hearted nature, the pragmatic nature, her down-to-earth attitude to life, actually unglamorous attributes, only give her extra shine."

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Congratulations, Helene, on making it to the Forbes list big time. Celine and Britney, better luck next year.

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Wed, 21 Nov 2018 18:18:41 +0000http://www.23880175.com/who-is-helene-fischer-forbes-2621095778.htmlHelene fischerPopGermanyKaty perryForbesMusicKatherine Gillespie
This Tee With Justin Bieber's Face Helps Support Animals Displaced by Cali Fireshttp://www.23880175.com/xkarla-justin-bieber-california-2621087935.html

In the wake of California's record-breaking blaze, more animals are inhabiting shelters than people, CNN reports. Thousands of species, from dogs to lizards and chinchillas, have been displaced by the fires, some suffering from severe burns that require immediate emergency treatment. Thankfully, our emotionally intelligent (and newly married) leader Justin Bieber is helping the cause with a line of t-shirts that give back.

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Related | Justin Bieber Is a Martyr In the Battle to Normalize Public Crying

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The pop star has teamed up with x karla to create a three-piece capsule that donates a portion of proceeds to the Humane Society, who're sending on the ground support in cities directly affected by the crisis. According to the organization's website, they're also raising funds to provide grants to local orgs, including Ventura County Animal Services, Ruff Valley Animal Refuge, West Valley Animal Shelter and the Red Cross.

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x karla's Justin Bieber collection is titled META, and features Justin Bieber's face because Justin Bieber. They're actually campaign shots from x karla's 2017 Hanes collaboration, which starred Justin Bieber seductively removing plain white tees because Justin Bieber. Two META tees — one cropped, one regular — show Justin Bieber's gorgeous face and neck tattoo because Justin Bieber, and the other spotlights Justin Bieber's lower back because Justin Bieber.

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To buy Justin Bieber in a white tee on a white tee for $40, visit xkarla.com. You can click through all three styles, below.

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Wed, 21 Nov 2018 17:51:01 +0000http://www.23880175.com/xkarla-justin-bieber-california-2621087935.htmlJustin Moran
How Did Katy Beat Out Beyoncé and Taylor as the Highest Paid Lady of 2018?http://www.23880175.com/katy-pery-highest-paid-2018-2621082118.html

The verdict is in: Katy Perry raked in the most cash of any woman musician in 2018, pulling in a whopping $83 million over the last 12 months. Forbes has released their annual ranking of the highest paid women in music, revealing that Perry climbed to #1 from her #9 ranking in 2017, displacing Beyoncé as last year's top earner, well as the former first and second runner-ups Adele and Taylor Swift.

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This year Taylor and Beyoncé are comfortably lounging at #2 and #3. Pink ranks fourth (thanks to that Aussie love?), while Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna have stayed unsurprisingly competitive, filling out the middle of the list. Helene Fischer (uh, who? more on her later), Celine Dion (Vegas baby... also Canada), and Britney Spears (Vegas baby) round out the top 10.

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As far as the actual numbers, Perry's earnings are significantly below Beyoncé's salary last year, which broke nine digits at $105 million, courtesy of Lemonade and its companion tour.

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You might be scratching your head right now. "Wait… what? But I certainly didn't spend the last year RT-ing Katy's Tweets, scrupulously untangling her feuds, or spinning her new bops. Where are Ari, Cardi, Nicki, Rihanna and Gaga, not to mention Beyoncé and Taylor?"

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The clearest cut answer is simple timing and logistics. Katy's entire 80-date Witness world tour, during which she's quietly been quietly earning 1 million a night, and judging ABC's American Idol reboot on the side to the tune of $20 million, fell within the June-June timeframe. Meanwhile Swift had only played eight dates of the Reputation world tour by June 1st, and Beyoncé's On The Run II tour, which raked in a ludicrous $250+ million, will also be reflected in the 2019 numbers. Rihanna and Gaga didn't tour this year (you know... they've been sort of busy) or drop albums. Katy's fourth album Witness dropped last June and promptly went #1 (her third time at the top), earning the biggest first week for an album by a woman since Lady Gaga released Joanne.

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Related | Taylor, Charli, and Camila: The Feminism Behind Their 'Reputation' Tour

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Despite these these hard facts, something still feels off about her #1 spot. Katy has had little to do with the clickiest and most zeitgeisty moments of the year, igniting not a single viral Twitter moment or dropping even one politically conscious lingerie line. To boot, Witness was actually commercially her worst performing album, although outdoing the explosive numbers of Prism (2013), Teenage Dream (2010) and One of the Boys (2008) is a difficult, if not impossible, task.

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Our cognitive dissonance turns out to be naive. Although two metrics can converge (i.e. Beyoncé's top spot last year), Katy's ascendence proves that you don't need to be the most viral or talked about artist of the year to pull the biggest salary. The list reminds us that Tweets and glowing album reviews don't always translate in to cash flow, and aren't necessary to turn people out to a tour (though obviously they help). Rather, the logistics of tour and album cycles, and sheer wide common denominator appeal, are what will ultimately determine artists' paychecks.

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The fans getting folks like Katy paid might not be the loudest or most visible online, but they sure as hell showed up to see her perform. Old guard pop stars like Katy have formidable and easily underestimated staying power, that flows from their mass appeal to people who are apparently not reviewing albums or screaming on Twitter.

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Anyway, don't worry Swifties, BeyHive, and/or Little Monsters. They're all preposterously rich, and Katy recently announced that she plans to take a break from music soon, after nearly 10 years straight on the road, which is sure to shuffle around the rankings.

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Here's the full list, via Forbes:

1. Katy Perry ($83 million)

2. Taylor Swift ($80 million)

3. Beyoncé ($60 million)

4. Pink ($52 million)

5. Lady Gaga ($50 million)

6. Jennifer Lopez ($47 million)

7. Rihanna ($37.5 million)

8. Helene Fischer ($32 million)

9. Celine Dion ($31 million)

10. Britney Spears ($30 million)

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Photo via BFA

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Wed, 21 Nov 2018 17:34:07 +0000http://www.23880175.com/katy-pery-highest-paid-2018-2621082118.htmlTaylor swiftBeyoncePinkLady agaBritney spearsCeline dionHelene fischerRihannaJennifer lopezPopMusicKaty perryJael Goldfine
Dolce & Gabbana Cancels Shanghai Show After Racism Accusationshttp://www.23880175.com/dolce-gabbana-shanghai-show-2621065089.html

Following mass backlash in response to a series of offensive advertisements aimed at the Chinese market, Business of Fashion reports that Dolce & Gabbana has canceled a Shanghai runway show that was scheduled to take place today.

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The ad campaign, designed to help the label ingratiate itself with the Chinese market, stars a Chinese woman struggling to eat Italian food with chopsticks, all while a male narrator says things like, "is it too huge for you?" as she faces off with an over-sized cannoli. It is abjectly offensive and, quite simply, difficult to watch.

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Dolce posted the videos on Chinese social media site Weibo, where they were met with immediate claims of racism from users. #BoycottDolce started trending, and the brand was forced to remove them from the platform. At time of writing they are still available to view on the brand's official Instagram, which would be inaccessible to most Chinese residents due to internet restrictions.

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According to Business of Fashion, there are unverified reports that today's scheduled runway show was canceled under pressure from Chinese authorities.Chinese celebrities like Zhang Ziyi, Li Bingbing, Chen Kun had already publicly stated they would not attend after viewing the offensive advertisements.

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If you're wondering what Domenico and Stefano think about this, well. Depends on who you believe, because Stefano is claiming that a series of damning screenshots in which he defends the advertisements are the result of his account being hacked. Diet Prada has the tea:

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Maybe this is the controversy that will finally cancel Dolce & Gabbana, although the luxury fashion house has weathered many storms before: criticizing the #MeToo movement, calling IVF babies are "synthetic children," dressing Melania Trump, and even calling Selena Gomez "ugly."

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Wed, 21 Nov 2018 15:32:54 +0000http://www.23880175.com/dolce-gabbana-shanghai-show-2621065089.htmlRacismChinaFashionItalyDolce & gabbanaKatherine Gillespie
Massachusetts Opens First Legal Weed Shopshttp://www.23880175.com/massachusetts-legal-weed-2620966982.html

Massachusetts has now become the first state on the East Coast to sell legal weed, effectively ending the current monopoly held by Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Alaska, California and Nevada. It has become obvious that the West Coast has recently been abusing its chill status, from putting it in Coachella flower crowns to the residual secondhand embarrassment of having to watch Elon Musk smoke a joint a power shakeup is clearly needed.

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Voters in Massachusetts initially voted to legalize marijuana for recreational use back in 2016 but it wasn't until this week that the first couple of shops were slated to open to the public. With only two shops, which were former medical dispensaries, opening up across the whole state currently, local news outlets have been expecting long lines and traffic jams as Massachusetts' early adopters head out this week.

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It also doesn't help that this week is also one of the most stressful of year, with all of the fraught Thanksgiving gatherings, canceled flights home, and Black Friday stampedes, demand for something to take the edge off will be sky high. Officials are also making sure to stress that while weed is legal for recreational use now in Massachusetts, it is still illegal to smoke it in public.

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Wed, 21 Nov 2018 03:09:29 +0000http://www.23880175.com/massachusetts-legal-weed-2620966982.htmlMarijaunaCbdLegalMassachusettsLegal weedDispensariesWeedMatt Moen
Carlings Won't Actually Let You Wear Their New Collection IRLhttp://www.23880175.com/carlings-neo-ex-2620957136.html

One of the biggest issues plaguing the fashion industry today is fast fashion — a phenomenon fueled by a one-and-done approach to satisfying a constant demand for new looks and remain on trend. It is a problem that has led to the fashion industry contributing approximately 10% of the world's carbon dioxide emissions and given the grim outlook we face due to climate change, many designers have been making more earnest efforts to cut down on their carbon footprints. Vivienne Westwood has pedaled the motto "Buy Less, Buy Better" and Versace recently unveiled an environmentally friendly boutique, but Scandinavian retailer, Carlings, thinks they may have found the solution in not selling physical garments at all.

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Their newly unveiled collection, Neo-Ex, is the first of its kind in that it is a completely digital collection. All of the pieces in the collection are solely available as 3D digital models that can be overlaid on any body. Carlings' clothes can't be tried on or even physically held but each garment is guaranteed a perfect fit with the help of the company's "digital tailors." Without the need for a physical garment, Neo-Ex manages leave no carbon footprint by entirely cutting out the manufacturing and shipping process with the added bonus of freeing up precious closet space for the consumer.

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Given the rise of CGI in fashion, as evidenced by the rise of influencer Lil Miquela and Balenciaga's recent twisty lookbook, Carlings may actually be onto something. "We have bought 'Skins' at Fortnite for a while now, this is our take on it," Carlings' Marketing Manager, Ingeline Gjelsnes, says referencing the popular video game. And while gamer 'skins' have been around for awhile allowing players to customize their avatar's physical appearance in a digital space, this marks the first time they been sold as a clothing alternative. "The future is here and we need to adapt and be relevant to our customers as well as the next generation."

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Leaning into their streetwear heritage and gaming inspiration, Neo-Ex features a variety of interesting silhouettes from and Mylar-like trackpants to a ginormous puffer coat. Decked out in neon greens, hazard yellows, and bold graphic text-based prints, the collection does very much look look the part of video game character turned Instagram influencer.

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Items in the Neo-Ex collection range in price from 10-30€ with the proceeds of each sale going to benefit the WaterAid Foundation. Customers who purchase a garment from the collection are asked to upload a photo of them that they would like to be wearing the piece in, then Carlings' "digital tailors" fit the 3D model over your body so that it looks like you are actually wearing it in real life. Afterwards they return the finished product to you, where your free to publish and post anywhere and everywhere you see fit. Still not entirely sure? Check out some of the results provided by Carlings below:

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Neo-Ex by Carlings is now available to shop online, exclusively in digital format.

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Vote Now: Break the Internet Awards? 2018http://www.23880175.com/st/Break_The_Internet_2018

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Tommy Genesis Is Not Interested In Being Your Freakshowhttp://www.23880175.com/tommy-genesis-interview-1-2618597024.html

Tommy Genesis is the kind of artist who breeds quippy headlines. She's a "fetish rapper" rebelliously waging war on taboo and respectability politics. She's a sex object of her own making, turning the male gaze on its heads, and making female desire and pleasure public. She's a theory-reading, manga-loving nerd-hipster-rapper "child of the Internet"-"art hoe" whose music, fashion and public presence skewers the millennial perspective. She's the protégé of Atlanta rap collective Awful Records (Father, Playboy Carti, iLoveMakonnen). And of course, the Swedish-Tamil Canadian rapper is the next M.I.A.

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These narratives might all be true. She is affiliated with Awful (though she never "signed" with them). Her first EP World Vision and her videos like the bathtub-shot visual for "Tommy" are loaded with unapologetic sexuality and a celebration of pleasure (though Genesis wants to point out that her sex-positivity probably isn't all that shocking to younger generations). She and M.I.A have indeed worked together.

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Some of these stories, Genesis even started, like the "fetish rapper" terminology, although she says the "genre" is just something she ad-libbed once in an interview, and people ran with it because it sounded good. Others, like that her music is defined by Internet culture (although she has lots of thoughts about it) have grown around her mostly unfed.

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Genesis is unapologetic about her work, but wary of sticky soundbites overshadowing her creations. Because her easily sensationalized provocation was never an end unto itself, but simply a byproduct of her vision: "I'm not putting it on as a show," she said. "I'm not doing it for a reaction. I'm not going against someone else's opinion, and that's what I think rebellion is. I'm just going with my own opinion."

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Even if the political accolades and quirky genres she's been slapped with have truth to them, Genesis' new self-titled album, out now, reflects that she refuses to be limited to them. While her first full album is stocked with the sultry, incorrigible big-bass club songs we've come to expect from her like "100 Bad" ft. Charli XCX and "Bad Boy," replete with fire-alarm synths, sex groans, sinister beats (courtesy of Charlie Heat) and plenty of flexes about her pleasure and prowess, all captured in her signature nonchalant flow, Tommy Genesis has another side.

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Seemingly vulnerable, pop-leaning tracks that defy her hard edge — and see her singing well as rapping — capture the middle of the album. At her release show, she says she hopes these songs will be listened to by "girls in the bathtub." On "You Know Me," she celebrates putting friends over dudes: "I don't know/ What I would do without my best friends." She's tenderly lost on "Naughty," which glows bright with Empress Of's touch, all about moving on from a boy who's "full of shit," while"Drive" is a mournful, escapist ballad that twangs with country-pop guitar.

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On her embrace of pop, Genesis wants people to know that it had nothing to do with marketability or Downtown Records, her new label. She emphasizes that she is the auteur of her projects from the concept to the sound, and warns that, just like with the myths that swirl around her, no one should get too comfortable.

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"It's just how this album came out," she said. "I don't think it means I won't make experimental rap again. That album is what it is and I love it, but it doesn't dictate all my further music. It doesn't mean that I've suddenly gone pop or that I've suddenly gone this way. I will always make the music that is right for me in that time and is a good representation of where I am."

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PAPER spoke with Genesis about art school pretension, being 100% in control, and her apathy about labels.

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How do you think going to art school informed your perspective?

Art school taught me how to think critically about art — which doesn't always matter or translate into music. I feel like there's two ways to make art. You either are aware of all the theories and the references that you're making, and you know of the histories and you know what you're doing in that sense. Or, you sort of just sit down with the canvas, and you throw paint at it, or you just draw what you're feeling. So for me, when I'm making art, these are things that I think about. Whereas, when I'm making a song — for me that's a lot like just throwing paint on a canvas. I'm not thinking about what I'm referencing. But if I'm making a video, a music video, I think about these things, I think about the references, I think conceptually, what does it mean, where does it go from here, what does it reference before, when someone sees this.

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You know what... it wasn't really school, I was actually a really bad student. Even though I didn't get bad grades, I just didn't always go to school, I was always making shit, my teachers love-hated me, I almost got expelled, I was a bad kid even in university. With art school, it's a strange thing where they want you to be rebellious and they want you to be an artist, but then they don't. Only in the ways they want you to be. So I had a lot of teachers that loved me and a lot of teachers that hated me.

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So what you learned in art school affects your visual art more than your music?

Honestly... I don't really like to talk about art school because I don't think it's necessary to be an artist. Art is something for everyone. That's one thing I hate about art school, at least when I was in art school, they teach you this really pretentious ideology of it only belonging to artists. Or at least at a conceptual art school, that's how it was. It was like, if you don't know what you're referencing, if you can't walk into the gallery and understand this sculpture because of what it means, you fail, or whatever. And I think that's bullshit. For me, even though I understand all these things, I don't really like to think about it or talk about it.

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That makes sense.

I don't want kids to feel like they have to go to art school to make art, you know what I mean? You can read the same books I read in school. You don't have to go to school to read those books.

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"I feel free to be myself, and I also am learning about how to do it the best way."

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Do you ever imagine a version of your life where you pursued visual art, or fashion, or modeling rather than music?

I didn't try to make music as an actual career, I just was doing it. And it was the one that became, I don't want to say lucrative, but it's the one that popped off. You can sell your drawings and you can sell your art, but I get really attached to the things I make, I hoard all my creations, so with music, the cool thing about it is I can share it without it being one copy. For me, it was always just easier to share.

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But I'm really involved in every part of it. I do my own vision. I edit and direct my videos. Even though it's music, I'm always doing other things. I spend a lot of time just designing and editing, so it doesn't always just feel like I'm a musician, I'm always doing it myself, and it's really time consuming but it allows me to be really close to the finished product and not have anyone else's sway to it.

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It's one thing I always try to explain, especially with videos like the "Tommy" video. I'm naked in the bathtub, but nobody told me to be naked in a bathtub. Nobody directed it but me. Nobody edited the footage but me. It was a closed set. So it's not like there was some guy or somebody telling me what to do with my body, or how to do it, or that it was their idea. I think that allowed me to be really comfortable in my visuals, because I know not only can I decide what I'm wearing, how my makeup is, how my hair is, what I'm saying, what the beat sounds like, but I can also choose the footage. I feel free to be myself, and I also am learning about how to do it the best way.

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So having control is a crucial part of taking those kind of risks?

I'm not good with people telling me what to do. I don't know why, it's something probably from my childhood. But I am not good if someone tells me what to do. I immediately feel uncomfortable and angry. I'll be at shoots where everyone is so nice, and I'm so happy to be there, and someone will tell me what to wear, and I'll say no. And then they'll try to get me to wear it, and I'll have to just contain this wild feeling inside of me, because I don't like to be told what to do. I know that even if they tell you it's okay, you'll have control over the finished product, you never do.

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I think it's terrifying as a female in the industry to have someone else in control of your image, because it's so important to other people, other girls, other kids watching, just so they know they don't need anyone else to tell them how to be themselves. If you have a vision, if you have something you want to make, you can follow it through to fruition, to the end, and finish it on your own and on your own terms, and it's such an empowering feeling. But at the same time, I've sort of learned how to collaborate, and how to slowly open up. Because I'm so OCD, it's important to open up my artistic practice, and take advice, and take input, because that helps me grow. That's something I've definitely learned is important to do, but it's just you do it with the right people. You do it with people you're comfortable with.

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A lot of the conversation around your work has focused on its sexual politics. But you've been adamant that it isn't a gimmick. What are your frustrations with that narrative?

I never use those words. I don't say feminism in interviews. I don't say sexuality. And for me, I am a watered-down version of myself in all these situations. I just think I can't control how people react to me, and it's always been that way. Since I was young, people would always be shocked at the things I would make, and I've just gotten numb to that reaction, because I'm not putting it on as a show. It's just who I am and how it comes across when I do it myself. I don't think I'm rebellious, because I'm not doing it for a reaction. I'm not going against someone else's opinion, and I think that's what rebellion is. I'm just going with my own opinion. I wasn't like, "Okay, well, you're doing it this way, fuck you, I'm gonna do it this way because you did it that way." That's not who I am. It's, "I'm doing it this way, because this is who I am and this is what I am." So for me, I don't view it as rebellion, I just view it as me.

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I think it's just a box you get put into. I used to hate boxes, but now I just don't care. People say, "Oh, once you're in that box, you can't get out of it," and I don't think that's true. Nowadays, kids themselves aren't sheltered. They're online, they're seeing all these things, they're doing all these things. They're not going to be shocked by me. I think maybe the people shocked by me are of a different generation, because what I'm doing really isn't that shocking. It's not. Maybe I'm brave, but I don't think I'm shocking. Because I'll do things that maybe someone else wouldn't do, but there is also other people doing it. I fight those words sometimes, but honestly, at this point, it doesn't really matter to me how you describe it. Because also, you can't control what other people say or think of you, you really can't. And the minute you say, "I'm not this," you just draw attention to it. People will just do and say what they want about you, and it's their own subjective opinion. Someone can say, "Her music is like this," or, "She's like this," and that's their own opinion. Maybe I have never felt that way in my life, or I've never thought of those words when describing myself, but I can't control the way you think about me. So I don't really know how else to answer the question. I'm not frustrated, I'm just myself.

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"I don't think I'm rebellious, because I'm not doing it for a reaction. I'm not going against someone else's opinion, and I think that's what rebellion is. I'm just going with my own opinion."

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Do you still feel comfortable with the "fetish rapper" terminology?

I feel like with the whole fetish rapper thing, it was just something — I've talked about it so much — but obviously it's something that stuck, but I just made it up, so. It's not that deep. It's just not that deep. I think someone said to me, "You make this type of rap," and I'm like, "No, I don't, I make fetish rap." I literally made the term up. It was like years ago. And then ever since that people ran with it just because it was a new term.

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You're honestly doing journalists' work for us. You gave us this catchy term to use for your music so we didn't have to come up with one.

Exactly, and it's a good headline! So people will use it in the headline, and they'll repeat it. It's not that deep. I think if you listen to my music, especially if you listen to the new album, it is what it is. It just meant what you thought it meant, it wasn't deeper than that. I'm sure pretty I've said it was deeper in certain interviews just to fuck with someone, but it really isn't. It's just something I made up.

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What kind of internet culture influenced you growing up and what internet cultures you feel like you're a part of now?

I've had a lot of interviews where my words have been sort of twisted. And I've had a few interviews where a lot of things have been misquoted, that I haven't said that way. I had a really bad one recently, where there was a word in my quote, and I was like, "I know I didn't say this, because I need a thesaurus." But with Internet culture, I don't think I've ever said Internet culture, or Internet stuff, but I often get tied to it.

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I do think the Internet is an open-ended platform, and it's sort of this crazy sci-fi network where anything is possible. I just view it as: if you are someone who wants to make something, it's the same platform for you as it is for me, and you can just go there and do what I've done or what someone else has done or what you want to do. It's important for people to know that the artists they like, or the art that they like, it's not limited to those people doing it. It's actually for everyone. I think if there's an Internet community, everyone is welcome.

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Tell me about Tommy Genesis.

This is my first project that I've put a significant amount of time into, I've treated it like a body of work, and not just like something made in my basement or whatever. World Vision looks like an album, but I didn't treat it like one, if that makes sense. There wasn't a roll-out, it literally was just uploaded one day.

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Part of this album felt more softer and more emotional than some of your older work. There were some romantic, heartbreak songs.

The irony is that I didn't have my heart broken. As an artist I'm very moody, and I'll get in the studio and just be feeling a type of way, and it won't even be something I can classify as a feeling, it'll just be like, "I'm feeling a little bit more vulnerable today, more emotional, or whatever." A lot of artists write differently. Certain artists will write from real life experiences, other artists will not even write their own music and just sing it, and other artists will write from fantasy and from utopian ideals or whatever made up stuff.

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I feel like, for me, I really have one foot in personal experience, but my other foot is in this fantasy world. When someone's like "What were you feeling during the song? It seems like it's a really real experience." Or like, "You're really angry in this song." It's not that I actually have those experiences or not, it's just that I pull from things. It's like when you're acting or method acting. You have a role and it doesn't mean that role is exactly what you've been through, but in order to create something you pull from an experience, and for me, for a lot of the songs, I'll develop the track just as I write, or the way I say this sounds the best. It's not necessarily actually what's happening. It's a story. I'm telling a story. Yes, I'm the one telling the story and I'm pulling from my real emotions, but it's also not necessarily exactly my life.

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"With this album, it was about deciding when to pull my walls down and when to put them up."

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So it's not necessarily a super personal album.

I think with this album, it was about deciding when to pull my walls down and when to put them up. I always think about certain songs that I love. Certain songs that I hear that are so emotional and make me emotional, and they'll be an old school pop song or a new school pop song. I'll listen to it and I'll be like, "fuck." And I'll look it up, and I'll realize that the person singing it isn't the person who wrote it. And sometimes, it's this weird glitch. It makes me question music in general. For "Drive," I almost didn't keep that song for myself. I was like, "This song would be so good for someone who's pop/country. But, for the sake of the song, not even for me, does it deserve to be in someone else's hands because of the message?" The message is so, "I wanna get up in my car and drive. I have a feeling I don't feel alright."

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Wow, it really is so country.

It's so country! But I kept it, because it was one of my first songs that I wrote like that. I always think about these things where you make something and it's just like making a painting. You put it in a gallery and someone walks by and sees this painting. They're going to be like, "This is what this painting means to me, so this must be what the artist is going through or what the artist meant." I'm just here to say that sometimes the art itself is in its own feelings, and its detached from the human. The human can be at home, all happy, but the painting can be sad as fuck. It exists forever in its world, in its own boundaries. It as either an object, or it as a song, or how its specific to the time its been put out, or how its specific to the community that hears it. it's always shifting and moving in its own world but I don't think it means that its directly a part of the artist. The way the industry — or whatever, I hate using that word — the way it works is people connect the music to you and they feel connected to you. It's an illusion, but it's also how you get people to fuck with you. Sometimes it's real and sometimes it's not.

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I definitely had that same epiphany, realizing that these tender pop songs that make me feel so much were written by some old dude.

But it can be true, sometimes. Everyone does it different, right? I think it's important to be genuine, I wouldn't make something that would make me feel like I'm a fake person. I don't think that's what I'm trying to say. I'm just saying, as far as art goes, when someone asks you to talk about your art, it's almost just like, "I don't feel like talking about it because you go experience it." If you over-talk about music it's just not interesting to me. I have more interest in talking about art or process or things like that, as opposed to how I feel about music that I make.

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Yeah, there's something weird about asking an artist "What's this album about?" Like, "I don't know, you listen to it!"

I'm conflicted because I still want to talk about it because I want people to have insight into it. But also my favorite music isn't music I've ever Googled reviews or interviews about. I've never looked up why Courtney Love made Hole's album Pretty on the Inside. I just blast that shit.

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What was it like working with Downtown Records as opposed to Awful, and having more resources for this album?

I just want to clarify that I never signed to Awful. That's been misquoted. I just started making music with Father and with everyone else on Awful and I would go and hang out. They were just my friends. It was a creative collective. And then I think that Father turned it into a real label. They're really crucial to my development as an artist and some people I will always love, but I never signed.

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With this album, working with Downtown, this was my first real album to me so there was a budget, there was a roll-out, there was a team behind it. That's the main difference. I had my own resources before, but this one's more just like, "Ok. Let's put out a concise project." Because, if I wasn't on a label, I would probably just be doing my own thing and randomly dropping songs. With this one, it was like, "Ok. Let's do this." And I got really excited about it, like, "Ok. I'm going to make a project. I'm going to make an album."

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Musically, did working with an indie label like Downtown (Tei Shi, Mura Masa, Santigold, Chet Faker) impact you?

The shift musically is all internal, all within me. No one was like, "Do this." No one told me what to do, and it's the same with before. No one told me what to do. I'm not on a major label. I take advice, I take input, and I take peoples' opinions with a grain of salt and I'm open to it, but no one was like, "Shift this way. Do it this way." It was more me experimenting with different things I could do. Could I sing? Could I do this? It was just kind of me experimenting, and that's what came out of it.

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"This album is its own world, and I zipped it up."

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How did this record end up moving away from rap more towards pop and R&B?

I think it's just how this album came out. I think it's this album. I don't think it means I won't make experimental rap again. Honestly, the next project will definitely be more raw. This album is its own world, and I zipped it up. "Ok, you're done, I'm going to slap the cover on and walk away and I'm keeping moving." That album is what it is. I love it, but it doesn't dictate all my further music. It doesn't mean that I've suddenly gone pop or that I've suddenly gone this way. I will always make the music that is right for me in that time and is a good representation of where I was. A lot of these songs, some are new, some are written this year, but some are a year old. It's not actually where I am at right now, but that's kind of how the cycle works. You make it, you put it out, and then the stuff you're making now isn't out yet, obviously. It's definitely been a learning curve for me, because I used to just be able to make something and put it out that day. Hearing my shit mixed so well, or mastered, I'm just like, "Oh! This is crazy!" It's definitely a different process. I don't know if I like it, to be honest.

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How do you feel about the release?

Once it's out, I'm going to probably feel excited, but until it's out, it's like this weird waiting time that feels like purgatory where you can't celebrate but you're also slightly stressed out by putting something so vulnerable into the world and just being like, "Hey guys! This is my art!" Also, it's just such a funny thing, all of this build up to putting out something that's just art. Or something that's just music. It's just music. I just know that if I wasn't doing music I would still be happy. I just get anxiety and I'm like, "Well whatever, it's just music." But then I get anxiety and I'm like, "Oh my god! It's coming out!"

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So you're just ready to celebrate and move on?

Yeah, celebrate. Get it out, celebrate, move on.

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Photography: Charlotte Rutherford (LMC Worldwide)
Styling: Jared Martell
Makeup & Hair: Celina Rodriguez
Producer: Luke Miley (LMC Worldwide)
Photo Assistant: Nate DeCarlo
Styling Assistant: Madeleine Shepherd




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