It was sold as a feminist success story. And yet as its second series ends in scandal, it has become a parable of the limitations of Hollywood progressiveness, writes Hugh Montgomery. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Reddit Share on WhatsApp Share on Google+ Share by Email Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Reddit Share on StumbleUpon Share on Google+ Share by Email By Hugh Montgomery 22 July 2019 It was more than unfortunate for HBO’s mega-star Californian fantasia Big Little Lies that as it built to this week’s grand courtroom climax, its on-screen wranglings were overshadowed by off-screen disputes. So while abused widow Celeste (Nicole Kidman) triumphantly took to the stand to represent herself in her custody battle against her wicked mother-in-law Mary Louise (Streep), a real-life contest that took place many months ago was … [Read more...] about How Big Little Lies became a big old mess
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Wales 7 July 2019 Share this with Facebook Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share this with Email Share this with Facebook Share this with WhatsApp Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-48869019 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Whether it's Killing Eve's Villanelle in a pink gown, Faith Howells' yellow raincoat or a Love Island bikini, TV is influencing fashion "more than … [Read more...] about Keeping faith in the latest TV fashions
How China’s hyper-professionalised influencer market could be a model elsewhere. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn Share on Google+ Share by Email Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Reddit Share on LinkedIn Share on Google+ Share by Email By Chris Stokel-Walker 24 June 2019 Until last year, Zhang “BB” Xi was just another 20-something with a dream of making it big. The 23-year-old from the sprawling city of Chongqing had around 300,000 fans across all her social media platforms who watched her beauty tutorials and vlogs. It was a large number, given her youth, but she hadn’t yet been able to make major inroads into the cut-throat influencer industry.But her success had set off an alert among the team of talent scouts at Ruhnn Holding, one of China’s largest key opinion leader (KOL) – … [Read more...] about China’s influencer incubator
The sky is cloudless, the sea is deep blue and the sand on the beach is white. Vanessa Kilem loves this wide-open landscape and the silence. Nobody bothers her like they do back home in Kinshasa, that cacophonous megalopolis where she grew up and where she can never be alone. The young woman is sitting in a Cape Town beach café on a balmy evening eating shrimp salad and looking out at Table Bay. Other guests seated at surrounding tables repeatedly glance over at her. And the reason is clear: It's hard not to notice Vanessa Kilem. The 26-year-old is extremely pretty, extremely svelte and over six feet (1.84 meters) tall. She is under contract as a model with an agency in Johannesburg and is currently on vacation for the first time in quite a while. Vanessa has worked almost nonstop since moving to the economic capital of South Africa two years ago. She has taken part in a show by David Tlale, the best-known fashion designer in the country, and she even ended up on the front page … [Read more...] about Vanessa’s Dream: The Long Road to Haute Couture in Africa
This is a man’s world. The airside tarmac, as Air Force One touched down in Shannon, was dotted in men. In a makeshift meeting room at Shannon Airport, US president Donald Trump and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar were flanked by their requisite back-up teams.In the Irish corner was Mr Varadkar’s chief of staff, Brian Murphy; our most senior Brexit official, John Callinan; special US envoy John Deasy; and Ireland’s ambassador to America, Daniel Mulhall. In the American corner was Mr Trump’s own chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, national security adviser, John Bolton; and secretary of the US Treasury, Steve Mnuchin. Big jobs. Meanwhile, the documentation of Melania’s catwalk across the British Isles was in full swing; her to-die-for coat, her sartorial nod to Princess Diana and some sort of garment that was made from a fabric that apparently had red buses on it. When all the world’s a stage and the men get the big parts and the women are reduced to decorative … [Read more...] about I really don’t care what Melania wears — do you?