Iconic Volkswagon Beetle Emerges As Modern, Electric Car

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Volkswagon charmed global citizens this summer, announcing that it would reintroduce their classic microbus with electric power. Today we are charmed to learn that the iconic VW Beetle will reemerge as a modern electric vehicle. The iconic, vintage design remains with an eco-friendly, high-tech upgrade.

“The electrified Beetle combines the charm of our classic car with the mobility of the future. Innovative e-components from Volkswagen Group Components are under the bonnet–we work with them to electrify historically important vehicles, in what is an emotional process,” explains Thomas Schmall, Member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Group Components. “We are also providing Beetle owners with a professional conversion solution, using production parts of the highest quality.”

With a range of 125 miles before a charge, the new e-Beetle is a perfect car for running around Carversville. The near-production model of the e-Beetle was debuted at the 2019 International Motor Show, which takes place in Frankfurt, Germany every September. The successful concept means that more historic car conversions could be on the horizon, with Volkswagen hinting that an e-Porsche 356 might be arriving soon, writes My Modern Met.

Litza Veloz Stars in 'Forbidden Love' by Fernando Gomez in Vogue Czech November 2019

Model Litza Veloz is styled by Daniel Gonzalez Elizondo in ‘Forbidden Love’, a provocative, elegant fashion editorial. Central to these images is the subliminal preoccupation of white men historically with black women — a reality that most often worked against the well-being and personal lives of women of color. Photographer Fernando Gomez captures Litza’s dazzling fashion attraction for Vogue Czechlosvakia’s November 2019 issue. / Makeup by Rosa Matilla

More specifically, the ‘Forbidden Love’ fashion editorial is probably referencing Pope Clement VII (aka Giuliano de'Medici) who as pope took a black slave girl as a mistress. Their child Alessandro became the first black head of state when he became Duke of Florence in 1530. Alas, Allessandro met a tragic end, stabbed to death by his own cousin after an argument over a woman.

Revisiting this story and the strong connection between between imported slave women and the Italian aristocracy, is recharging my brain cells around current arguments between Italian luxury brands and charges of racism. Thinking . . thinking . . thinking. ~ Anne

Charlee Fraser Wears Minimal Lingerie, Bold Gold Jewelry for Vogue Mexico October 2019

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Charlee Fraser Wears Minimal Lingerie, Bold Gold Jewelry for Vogue Mexico October 2019

Model Charlee Fraser fronts a collection of modern, minimal lingerie and bold jewelry from Alexander Wang, Bottega Veneta, Bulgari, Chopard, Tiffany, Wolford and more, styled by Sandy Armeni. Photographer Yulia Gorbachenko flashes ‘The Skin I Live In’ for Vogue Mexico October 2019./ Hair by Peter Gray; makeup by Tyron Machhausen; creative direction by JP Micallef

Ymre Stiekema Wears Modern Black Tailoring Lensed by Andreas Ortner for ELLE Germany

Ymre Stiekema Wears Modern Black Tailoring Lensed by Andreas Ortner for ELLE Germany

Dutch model Ymre Stiekema simmers in bold, black modern fabrics and architectural designs long on trench coats, styled by Pia Leoni Knoll. Andreas Ortner is behind the lens for ELLE Germany November 2019./ Hair & makeup by Marita Thoma-Politou

Art by Congo, the Famous Painting Ape, to Go on Sale at London's Mayor Gallery

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Art by Congo, the Famous Painting Ape, to Go on Sale at London's Mayor Gallery

In December, a beloved 20th-century artist will finally get his due when a lot of 55 paintings by Congo the chimpanzee goes on exhibit at the Mayor Gallery in London.

The paintings are owned by Desmond Morris, who hosted “Zoo Time,” a U.K. show broadcast from the London Zoo in the 1950s.

Morris was no ordinary television host. He was a noted abstract painter, an ethologist (someone who studies animal behavior) and zoologist. He’s also the author of many popular science books, including 1967’s The Naked Ape, which examines humans through a zoologists lens.

As Nigel Reynolds at the Telegraph reports, one day Morris offered the young chimp Congo a pencil and the rest was history. “He took it [the pencil] and I placed a piece of card in front of him,” Morris recalls. “This is how I recorded it at the time, ‘Something strange was coming out of the end of the pencil. It was Congo’s first line. It wandered a short way and then stopped. Would it happen again? Yes, it did, and again and again.’”