Season 17 of ‘Project Runway’ premiered on Bravo this week. No longer on Lifetime where the show was hosted by Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn, Project Runway 2019 on Bravo is hosted by Instagram hit, supermodel Karlie Kloss, who willingly gave up her Victoria’s Secret Wings and flew the coup to follow her own business-savvy and philanthropist-activist instincts. Think Kode With Klossy tech summer camps.Read More
Kensington Palace has confirmed that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have asked guests invited to their May 19 wedding at St George's Chapel at Windsor -- and people worldwide who wish to celebrate the occasion of their wedding with gifts -- to support seven charities chosen by the couple. The list of charities is focused on the couples' own passions and they include sport for social change, women's empowerment, conservation, the environment, homelessness, HIV and the Armed Forces.
'Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle are incredibly grateful for the goodwill shown to them since the announcement of their engagement and are keen that as many people as possible benefit from this generosity of spirit,' the statement explained. The Palace reminded global citizens that Harry and Markle do not have any formal relationships with the designated charities, but they are keen to 'amplify and shine a light on their work'.
The seven charities are: CHIVA (Children's HIV Association), the homelessness charity Crisis, the Myna Mahila Foundation which supports women in Mumbai's urban slums, Scotty's Little Soldiers which helps bereaved Armed Forces children, StreetGames which uses sport to change lives, marine conservation charity Surfers against Sewage and The Wilderness Foundation UK, which promotes the enjoyment of wild nature.
Leaders of the chosen charities are already responding.
For over a decade, researchers have known that everything changes in almost every community and country worldwide when women have money.
On Monday Melinda Gates published an op-ed in Quartz in which she and husband Bill Gates announced a four-year pledge of $170 million to help empower women economically worldwide.
The decision comes at a time when 1) the Gates Foundation has tried to block the damage levied at poor women worldwide by cuts In the US budget that funds global women's health initiatives -- not abortions, but 'yes' to birth control being available at women's health clinics. Generally-speaking, the Trump administration stands opposed to taxpayer-funded birth control, arguing that it diminishes religious freedoms for those Americans opposed to contraception; and 2) in response to #MeToo stories and the prevalence of sexual harassment and violence against women worldwide.
The money, from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will be spent over four years “to help women exercise their economic power,” Melinda Gates wrote. She noted that research shows economic power is the “most promising entry points for gender equality.”
“Simply put when money flows into the hands of women who have the authority to use it, everything changes,” Melinda Gates wrote.
Supermodel Helena Christensen is popping up everywhere. For a woman committed to getting behind the lens and not living in front of it, Helena is having a model moment. On February 9, Christensen joined what Vogue calls the "well-dressed set" at Rockefeller Center's Rainbow Room for the Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering’s annual Winter Lunch.
The annual lunch offers financial support to Memorial Sloan Kettering’s pediatric neuropsychology initiative. The Society's president Jamee Gregory explained that no arm-twisting was required. “We were able to sell out the entire Rainbow Room without ever having to print an invitation!”
Note that Gregory assumed her position in June 2017 and may well be bringing her superb connections and fundraising talents to the volunteer organization.
Net-a-Porter hosted the event for the third year, and the words of president Alison Loehnis inspired.
“Cancer is a club you never want to join and you never want to get into,” she said. “Looking around the room, there’s probably no one here who hasn’t been touched by it in some way and we are deeply humbled to play a small part in the incredible work done by MSK physicians, researchers, and donors such as yourself.”
Loehnis ended on a high note. “I’m very happy to report,” she announced, “that this year’s fundraising efforts have eclipsed last year’s by a mile.” This wonderful reality may also reflect on the talents of Jamee Gregory.
Top model Toni Garrn is front and center this week with her sizzling campaign for Australian swimwear brand Seafolly.
That's great news for Toni, but even she will tell you that it's her philanthropic activism that sends her soaring. It wasn't Naomi Campbell who launched the first Super Model Flea Market but Toni Garrn, who made the move to auction off her model friends' unwanted clothing to raise funds for Zimbabwean girls.
In 2017 Toni partnered with Vestiaire Collective, the online luxury resale website, in launching three Super Model Flea Markets in November in Berlin, London and Paris.
Toni sponsored her first girl from Vietnam when she was 16 years old and became a global ambassador for Plan International's Because I am a Girl Campaign in 2014. The project led her to launch the Toni Garrn Foundation, a not-for-profit aimed at advancing the rights of girls and improving their education in 2016, with a specific focus on Zimbabwe. Of course, Toni is dedicated to improving the lives of all children but girls are known for generating greater positive impact on their families and communities.
In August 2017, in the days after white nationalism raised its ugly head in Charlottesville, James Murdoch, CEO of 21st Century Fox sent an email to friends and colleagues that was leaked to media.
Commenting that he rarely discussed his family's charitable giving, Murdoch announced a pledge from him and his wife for $1 million to the Anti Defamation League (ADL) and urged others to also support the organization.
This week the ADL confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that the Murdoch donation of $1 million was received, accompanied by almost another $1 million associated with Murdoch's email.
Prince Harry joined Michelle Obama on Tuesday, kicking off the inaugural summit of the Obama Foundation. “During this inaugural Summit, hundreds of leaders from around the world will come together to exchange ideas, explore creative solutions to common problems, and experience civic art, technology, and music from around the world,” reads the Obama Foundation’s site.
Harry joined the former First Lady in a meeting with about 20 students at Hyde Park Academy across the site from the future site of the Obama Presidential Center. Caroline Adler Morales, Obama’s communications director, told People that they discussed “the importance of young people staying inspired and hopeful, and the transformative power of students using their voices to change the world.” Harry is scheduled to give a headliner speech, where he’ll likely talk about his Full Effect program, which supports at-risk youth in the U.K.
President Obama was scheduled to speak at 3 pm Tuesday and Prince Harry will take the podium at 6:15 pm. The former first lady spoke Tuesday morning at 11:45 am.
Beyoncé appears on a new remix of "Mi Gente" by J Balvin and Willy William for a good cause, the superstar announced on Instagram Friday. Continuing her threesome images on Instagram, Queen Bey struck a hopeful, optimistic colorful tone Friday, in this killer button-up dress, vertical stripes dress from Solzce London. Off White cinches her post-babies waist with a yellow belt.
While Trump assures Americans that he will be tough on letting any Syrian refugees into America, more than half a million Syrians have sought refuge in neighboring Jordan. CNN's Christiane Amanpour visits the Zaatari refugee camp outside Mafraq, Jordan, asking the key question about why our hearts have gone cold. Vanity Fair shares her investigation.
More than 80,000 Syrians live in Zaatari, a sizable number of the more than 600,000 Syrians who have poured into Jordan since 2011. Amanpour introduces a topic not discussed about the worst side effects of the Syrian war: the rise of early marriage for girls, victims of poverty-stricken parents who often truly believe their daughters will be safer with a husband.
Amanpour's Vanity Fair article is not fully available online, but she shares her thoughts in this February 2017 piece for CNN.
Laurene Powell Jobs and her Emerson Collective made news this week with the announcement that they have bought a majority stake in The Atlantic magazine and website. David G. Bradley, the chairman and owner of Atlantic Media will retain a minority stake in The Atlantic and will continue as chairman and operating partner for at least three to five years, writes The Atlantic. In a letter to his staff, Bradley wrote that Emerson Collective will most likely assume full ownership of The Atlantic within five years.
Emerson Collective already has significant investments in media, from movie-production companies such as Anonymous Content to start-ups such as The California Sunday Magazine. The organization has provided support to several nonprofit journalism outlets, including the Marshall Project and ProPublica.
Update: Podcaast Startup Gimlet Media Raises $15 Million From Stripes Group, Laurene Powell Jobs' Emerson Collective Variety Aug. 2, 2017