July 2018 – 1



Business of Fashion

YouTube Hires Derek Blasberg to Lead New Fashion and Beauty Partnerships Division

Chantal Fernandez, 25/6/18

‘YouTube is forming a new division dedicated to fashion and beauty content partnerships, led by Derek Blasberg. The appointment comes less than a week after Instagram launched its long-form video app, IGTV, in a clear bid to compete with the Google-owned platform.’

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Parliament UK

Sustainability of the fashion industry inquiry launched


‘The Environmental Audit Committee investigates the social and environmental impact of disposable ‘fast fashion’ and the wider clothing industry.’

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The Telegraph

Are plus-size clothes really making us put on weight? Or are they simply an alternative to the judgement endured by women of a certain weight?

Victoria Moss, 25/6/18

‘I’m not sure anyone has walked into KFC and ordered themselves a family size bucket spurred on by the fact that they can still get a lime green waterfall cardigan in M&S even if they reach a size 32. And yet a new study from the sociology department of the University of East Anglia claims that the existence of what they term the “plus size movement” is encouraging people to ignore their weight issues.’

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Financial Review

Australia eyes cosmetics boom as China eases mandatory animal testing

Michael Smith, 22/6/18

‘Australian exporters are eyeing China’s $60 billion cosmetics market following a breakthrough in efforts to end mandatory animal testing on beauty products, which has prevented many companies from selling products in the world’s second-largest economy.’

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The New York Times

Thermostats, Locks and Lights: Digital Tools of Domestic Abuse

Nellie Bowles, 23/6/18

‘In training sessions on domestic violence and technology, people have started asking about how to handle the use of connected home devices in abuse situations, said Erica Olsen, director of the Safety Net Project at the National Network to End Domestic Violence.’

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The Conversation

Mothers have little to show for extra days of work under new tax changes

Miranda Stewart, 20/6/18

‘The federal government’s new Child Care Subsidy (CCS) starts from July 2, 2018. The government has also announced personal income tax cuts. But these policies still don’t stop many women facing high effective marginal tax rates – as much as 95% for those in low-income households – on income from extra days worked.’

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The Civility Debate Has Reached Peak Stupidity

Charles Pierce, 26/6/18

‘By all accounts, the most civil action taken in L’affaire Poule Rouge was the way Stephanie Wilkinson handled her refusal to serve Sarah Huckabee Sanders at the Red Hen restaurant in Lexington, Virginia.’

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The Guardian

All single-use plastics should be banned by 2023 Senate inquiry recommends

Naaman Zhou, 26/6/18

‘A national container deposit scheme should be established in response to the recycling crisis, the report says.’

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The Cut

You Know He Got That Big Dick Energy

Allison Davies, 26/6/18

‘A few days ago, Ariana Grande hopped on Twitter and revealed that her flash fiancé, Pete Davidson, was packing ten inches of organic hot-dog meat. In the following days, Pete Davidson’s dick was discussed at great length.’

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Teen Vogue

11 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About “RuPaul’s Drag Race”

Tommy Tsao, 28/6/18

‘The RuPaul’s Drag Race fandom can be extreme when it comes to talking about their fave queens, stunts, and runways. Some fans take their opinions to Twitter, while others might chime in on the popular RuPaul’s Drag Race subreddit to find the best discussions, memes, and T.’

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ABC News

Soft drink industry pledges to cut sugar overall, but doctors say it’s a diversion from the real issue

Stephanie Dalzell, 26/6/18

‘A new Government-backed plan to reduce sugar in the soft drink industry is an attempt to avoid real change, according to Australian doctors.’

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The Times

This meditation mania makes me anxious

Laura Freeman, 23/6/18

‘Deep breath: why are we trying to empty young minds when we could be filling them with great art and literature?’

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