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When does a beauty ‘pageant’ turn on its heels and walk off from what defined it?Was it a crisis of confidence, then, in its very DNA that prompted the Miss America pageant to banish its bikinis and evening gown rounds in favour of “social impact initiatives” of its contestants? Granted, the national institution was aligned to the male gaze, but to abjure ‘looks’ in favour of ‘talent’ will only invite grunts from Trump’s America.
Left shoulder leant forward, bat held in readiness...Virat, evidently, is getting into the axis of a pull, or, if the ball rises conveniently over that shoulder, a hook. No problem with this stance—it’s a picture of poise. Except it’s the product of 200 measurements and photos by Madame Tussauds, and Virat in flesh is Virat cast in wax.
The titles of ‘Model of Don’, ‘Rostov Beauty’ and ‘Donbass Open’ fell at her feet, before the coveted Miss Russia. There followed a glamorous career in modelling, as anchor of a football show and a marriage to a top footballer. Victoria Lopyreva is official representative of the 2018 World Cup. Doesn’t that ball look inviting next to her?
The door to the Mercedes convertible lies open, as the high-born dame, well swaddled in white, lays one gloved hand on the steering wheel. Vogue Arabia thought this photo of Princess Hayfa bint Abdullah Al Saud, anticipating the end of the driving ban for Saudi women, would go down well. But with most rights activists who fought the ban rotting behind bars, all it did was release pent-up indignation.
He badmouthed Barack Obama in shocking language, ran an election campaign promising to murder drug peddlers (and made good on it) and habitually disses women. Maybe, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, 73, felt kissing an audience member at an event for Filipinos in Seoul would airbrush his image. Fat chance. Shrill cries followed.
The bell has rung for Priyanka—so, after all, while spurning earnest suitors for years, saying she just had too much work, she was keeping a sharp eye out for the right guy. When singer Nick Jonas hove into view last year, things accelerated at an unusual pace. These days, they spend time falling over each other on social media, not minding the 10-year age gap. That’s a lot of work!
US-based rapper Riff Raff, who has worked with the likes of Katy Perry in the past, has been accused of rape and sexual harassment in two separate incidents. Raff, whose real name is Horst Simco, responded on Instagram saying the accusations were ‘lies’.