So, today is International Day of the Girl; a day dedicated to increasing awareness of women’s issues around the world. It’s pretty serendipitous that Malala Yousafzai, the survivor, activist, and writer is, as of yesterday, the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Talk about making the rest of us seem like total slackers. Listen to this rundown of achievements. At only 11 she had the guts to publicly speak out about girls needing access to education just like boys. She began blogging for the BBC and the New York Times did a documentary on her. She even won a Pakistani Peace Prize and gave a speech at the UN. I mean what an impressively positive imprint for someone under 16-well, for anyone.
Most of us Westerners became aware of her after she was shot in the head by the Taliban, two years ago Thursday, at the age of 15. She miraculously survived the attempt and wrote about how it’s impact propelled her mission in her autobiography, I Am Malala. She was quoted in a Parade article as saying; It feels like this life is not my life. It’s a second life. People have prayed to God to spare me and I was spared for a reason-to use my life for helping people. Let’s be motivated by this spectacular girl, go out and be the change!
I try to keep my blog fashionable not political. But I can’t stay away from our amazingly stylish first lady. Look at those pants; she’s a phenom, beautiful, intelligent, and knows a good ensemble when she sees one.
When you think United Colors of Benetton you think of minimalist colorful clothes and controversial ads. Well, ladies and gentlemen, yet again UCB is making some enemies with their newest ad campaign for Unhate. The ads feature world leaders waving their unhate flags while in warm embrace, lip locks baby! They feature our own President Obama getting it on with Hugo Chavez and Hu Jintao (seperate pictures, they’re not that kinky), Kim Jong-il smooching Lee Myung-bak, and Angela Merkel loving Nicolas Sarkozy down. The Unhate campaign is all about increasing tolerance and communication on a global level. This ad definately has us communicating in fact it’s made some just pain uncomfortable.
Uncomfortable yet? It’s rare that people are motivated into action when they are comfortable, so let this discomfort propel you into a state of action. Get uncomfortable C&C readers…you don’t have to Unhate but do something to better the world around you.
Michelle Obama is so beautiful…Happy 19th anniversary to the first couple.
Fall and Winter fashion trends often revolve around a central material, fur. This is evident from the Dries Van Noten, Juicy Couture, Adrienne Landau, Vera Wang, and Zadig & Voltaire fall fashion lines. However, as some of you may know, West Hollywood’s city council voted 3-1 to ban the fuzzy trend, at least within their city limits. A spokeswoman for the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, Lindsay Rajt, was quoted by the NY Times as saying: “These days, fur is falling out of favor with most designers”. We can cite Calvin Klein’s fur free runway as well as Ralph Lauren’s furless models. She also said “I think West Hollywood is setting a tremendous example for other cities to follow.”
I understand the concept, CA sets legislative trends (ie. AB 32) and hopefully the world listens; however, is this one a little too far reaching? It doesn’t seem like anyone’s listening anyway there is no shortage of furry fashion on Melrose, Beverly Blvd, even La Brea. In all actuality, the recession has done a number on many of LA’s shopping locals-take a walk down Melrose and count the For Lease signs. Does the city really need to hobble our fashion industry any more that the financial climate already has? Don’t get me wrong, I’m NOT for kicking puppies, but humans have been wearing fur since before we had language. Is WeHo showing a little hubris by attempting to alter a million year old trend?
Learn more about the ban at NYtimes.com.
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles…The credit belongs to the man in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who at his worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat. -Theodore “Teaddy” Roosevelt
Don’t stand by the sideline and judge, get in there and make your own headlines!
Many of us will never be cast in iron or sculpted into granite or limestone but the prolific among us will know this honor.
The Martin Luther King Jr. monument’s official dedication is this Sunday 8.28.2011, the anniversary of the march on Washington.
Out of the Mountian of Dispair, a stone of Hope-MLK
It’s never fashionable to throw a temper tantrum during negotiations. Tisk, tisk, tisk, Boehner. Always keep your wits about you!
Ok, I’m being a little dramatic, there’s not an impending civil war. However, tomorrow there is to be a vote, proposed by Riverside County Supervisor JEFF STONE, requesting that 13 Southern Californian counties succeed from greater California forming the new state of Southern California. The 13 COUNTIES are Riverside, Imperial, San Diego, Orange, San Bernardino, Kings, Kern, Fresno, Tulare, Inyo, Madera, Mariposa, and Mono. Mr. Stone just gave an interview on KFI where he explained his rationale. He explained that these counties were generally more conservative with more balanced budgets. Basically, it seemed as if he was stating that these counties were being weighed down by the others. He emphasized that these counties were interested in stronger borders, and improving schools. When asked why Los Angeles was omitted Phil Willon of the TIMES Mr. Stone said “Los Angeles is purposely excluded because they have the same liberal policies that Sacramento does. The last thing I want to do is create a state that’s a carbon copy of what we have now,” Stone said.