Amal Clooney Launches 2020 Award For Young Women As Ambassador For Prince's Trust International

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Amal Clooney may be a ravishingly beautiful style-setter, but most of her fans are equally inspired by her remarkable intelligence, professional focus on human rights, and willingness to give voice to the underprivileged.

Until now, Amal Clooney’s — and her husband George’s — intimate royal relationship has been with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, although the couple did attend a Prince’s Trust Internationall dinner in 2016. . Amal wore that spectacular yellow dress to the royal wedding last spring and co-hosted Meghan Markle’s recent baby shower in New York. The Clooneys also returned the Duchess of Sussex to England in a private jet after the shower. It’s also no secret that Prince Charles is very fond of Meghan and is eagerly awaiting the birth of his grandchild, where he intends to be very involved as a proud grandpapa.

It should be no surprise then that Amal Clooney, who made headlines last week attending a Buckingham Palace dinner with her husband, has agreed to assume a formal ambassadorial role with Prince Charles’ youth charity Prince’s Trust International. The human rights lawyer plans to launch her own prize named the Amal Clooney Award, to celebrate inspirational young women. The award is intended to “highlight the work of young women who have succeeded against the odds to make a lasting difference in their communities.”

The first award will be presented by Amal in 2020. Prince’s Trust International is seeking applications from women aged 11 to 30 working in “anything from sustainable farming schemes, to community projects in refugee camps, to rebuild-work in war zones”.

Mrs Clooney said : “I am honoured to have been invited by Prince’s Trust International to participate in this global initiative celebrating young women who are change-makers in their communities. It is a privilege to be able to play a part in a project that will draw attention to incredible young women who are the future leaders of our world”. via The Telegraph UK

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Frida Kahlo Has A New York Moment With New York's Spring Style Issue + Brooklyn Museum Show

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Illustrator Malika Favre’s latest project is the cover art for The New Yorker’s Spring Style Issue, and it’s a beauty. For Frida Kahlo lovers, Favre’s references are unconsciously obvious in ‘Spring to Mind’, her seventh cover for the magazine. Interviewed by Françoise Mouly, Favre explains how her minimalist style exploded into an effusion of color and floral shapes.

The inspiration was Frida Kahlo’s iconic look. I wanted to retain the energy and vibrancy of her paintings and the strength of the woman herself, hence the looser strokes and the explosion of color. This cover may be flamboyant, and it does use organic shapes, but it’s still in tune with my aesthetic approach. My work has a lot to do with colors and shapes, and this piece is another way to experiment with combining those things.

One of Favre’s early sketches for the cover, and her snapshot of a market in Mexico City. Malika Favre

One of Favre’s early sketches for the cover, and her snapshot of a market in Mexico City. Malika Favre

The use of Frida Kahlo inspiration for the New Yorker also relates to a new exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum. The show is not a major exhibition of Kahlo’s paintings with only 11 out of more than 350 objects. Rather ‘Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving,” is a recapitulation of her life through personal possessions — her clothing, jewelry and favorite objects. The selection of the rich skirts and blouses from the Oaxacan city of Tehuantepec and her statement jewelry that were so key to Kahlo’s substantative style are intrinsically embedded in her art.

Writing for The New York Times, Jason Farago reminds us in Frida Kahlo’s Home Is Still Unlocking Secrets, 50 Years Later: “Hard to imagine she once worked in shadow; when she had her first New York exhibition, in 1938, Vogue preferred to name her “Madame Diego Rivera.”’

“Frida Kahlo, 1939,” Nickolas Muray, © Nickolas Muray Photo Archives

“Frida Kahlo, 1939,” Nickolas Muray, © Nickolas Muray Photo Archives

A Week Of Karlie Kloss 'Project Runway' + 'Kode With Karlie' News Is Buried By Ivanka Tweet

Cast of Bravo’s ‘Project Runway’

Cast of Bravo’s ‘Project Runway’

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.

Inclusive, articulate and very 2019, the show’s progressive-mindset designer Christian Siriano replaces Tim Gunn. ELLE editor-in-chief Nina Garcia is the only returning judge, with designer Brandon Maxwell and former “Teen Vogue” EIC Elaine Welteroth rounding out the fab five.

Variety shares their positive review of the show’s “warmer, fuzzier” atmosphere and “for the people” approach in a TV genre known for its rough edges. This is no ‘Apprentice’, which might be why the always poised and articulate Kloss might let have privately let loose with a private “oh damn” when doing a last 3 days Google search. (It seems unlikely that Karlie drops F-bombs.)

Alas, the media and its readers have one obsession according to Google: It’s not clear who is driving the Karlie news car, and I fear it’s media insuring Ivanka Trump’s gushing dominance of Karlie’s headlines. Yes, they are snarky, because we all feel that Ivanka never misses an opportunity to ride Karlie’s progressive coattails in the news — as if Karlie’s well-earned hato-effect will somehow ruboff. But we could choose — indeference to Karlie Kloss — to let Ivanka’s gushing Twitter commentary go silently into the night.

Unlike Ivanka Trump, Karlie Kloss is INDEED self-made. No Russian mafia Don sold condos for cash to finance her solidly Midwestern upbring. Kloss has married the man she loves — Joshua Kushner — with a complicated family situation, as they say.

When a public-adulation sister-act only goes one way, it’s because the other party typically prefers to control her or his own narrative.

The always-astute Kloss knows that America thrives on any news, especially nuggets of dissonance between Karlie and Ivanka. Then we have dissonance between Karlie and Taylor Swift. The always chirpy, super-smart, business-savvy, socially-conscious Kloss always takes the high road, but surely she hides an inner primal scream when others co-opt her achievements.

In a week where Karlie has to be thrilled about the debut of Project Runway on Bravo, in the top 25 cable shows among adults 18-49, according to Nielsen, America wants to talk Ivanka. You can compare the ratings against Project Runway on Lifetime from October 2017. There’s always confusion about a show moving from one network to another, and here’s where Karlie’s social media presence comes into play. We’ll check back in a few.

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The other headline that got our attention is Karlie taking to the streets of Manhattan to share the news that applications are open for her Kode With Klossy tech summer bootcamp.

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Out of deference to Karlie, we’ll keep our lips zipped, except to ask: “Seriously, can you see the other blonde in this convo running around Soho with her mobile signup stand in tow, getting the word out on her determination to teach girls to code. If you say “yes’, we say “You’re fired!” Read on at People.

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