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- The Other F Word
- Monita Rajpal
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We have all lost something in our lives that has meant something to us. Whether it was a person, a job, an object, even ourselves. But in that process, directly or indirectly, we will have found that thing that will have changed the course of our lives.
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The former Democratic candidate running for President of the United States, former Secretary of State, and former First Lady sparks controversy. It could be the things she says. But it could also be the fact that she's a woman saying it. Hillary Clinton, despite her desire to unite a country in disarray, has found that the voice of a strong woman isn't a voice many want to hear or listen to. Now, in a documentary series, we see and hear from Clinton herself, discussing the lowest points in her life (the scandal that rocked her marriage, losing the election to Donald Trump) as well as the moments of clarity that have propelled her to keep fighting for her country and for women to reach the highest office in the land. And whether you like or her not, one has to respect her tenacity to succeed even when there are those determined she doesn't.
He is the star of Armando Iannucci's adaptation of Charles Dickens' David Copperfield, the movie title being The Personal History of David Copperfield. For Dev Patel, getting this part was more of a surpirse to him than anyone else, even stating to Iannucci when meeting him about the role: "Look at me, I'm Indian.." For the director though it was Patel's ability to delve into the character and find his humanity through his own experiences. It is a recognition by a director that could open a world of opportunities for actors of all ethnicities. Patel though, is reluctant to talk about race in Hollywood. And understandably so. As great as it is that these conversations are being had, there is also a need to move forward, with action, when it comes to diversity & inclusion. For Patel, it all comes down to just doing the work.
She has one of the most recognisable faces in fashion and beauty and at 76, Lauren Hutton isn't going anywhere. With a new contract being the face of StriVectin, Hutton keeps breaking barriers and defying archaic definitions of beauty. But this is old territory, after all, she was the first model to ever demand, and get a million dollars for a beauty contract. And while that was a milestone achievement, what happened when she turned 41 was a lesson in the harsh reality of business and short-sighted expectations. Today, Hutton continues to proudly walk the talk, literally. With campaigns with major fashion houses, runway shows, and editorial shoots, she is in demand. A model of determination, defiance, and dedication to living with confidence, showing that ageing is beautiful, while smiling that famous smile.
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There is a feeling one gets when the light bulb goes off. It's an "a-ha" moment that crystallises one's purpose and path. For Michael Anastassiades, the light bulb came in the form of, well, light. As one of the world's most respected lighting designers, his journey to seeing the light came unconventionally. Growing up in Cyprus it was expected that he would get a "respected" job in a traditional career but that didn't sit right with him. It had always been his desire to be an artist, to create things not just of beauty but also objects that will last. Read about Anastassiades' fascinating journey and how as a designer and business owner, his mission isn't quantity, rather an intention to create objects that continue to tell a story generations from now. A story not necessarily about what was new at that time but what was felt.
At 31, Awkwafina has the world at her feet. The actress from Queens, NY, is relishing her moment in the spotlight, almost in disbelief and, perhaps, fear that it is all a dream. Awkwafina, aka Nora Lum, recently won a Golden Globe for her role in The Farewell, a win that is weighted with the knowledge that the win wasn't only an acknowledgement of her talent but also a recognition of a community often ignored. The film for which Lum was celebrated was directed by an Asian American and the cast was mostly Asians. The story itself focused on a Chinese family rallying around their dying grandmother. It's a story that transcends cultures and ethnicities, even generations. It's the universal story of family, love, expectations, and loss. And for Awkwafina, it is another feather in her cap, as she continues to share her talents with the world.
Fashion designers today are feeling the pressure of having to constantly deliver. Through multiple fashion weeks, direct-to-consumer, online sales, as well as retail outlets, brands are finding that creativity and time crunches don't always mix. Something gets lost in the midst of all the stress. That something is often the heart and soul, the inspiration with which a designer started their brand in the first place. And that is what Phillip Lim found. In a wonderfully honest conversation with WWD, Lim opens up about his decision to forgo the traditional showing at NY Fashion Week, instead, choosing to have a casual open house at his store. It is his way, he says, of reconnecting with his clients, and reconnecting with himself by going back to the way he used to do business, one customer at a time.