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New Report Underlines Importance of Science and Tech Funding

Investments in science and technology research are vital to the United States’ economic growth and global leadership, according to a new report from Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

The Biden administration has made science and technology (S&T) a centerpiece of its early policy agenda with ambitious targets for federal investments in research and development (R&D). There are also growing concerns in Congress about the United States’ global leadership in S&T-focused industries, especially in relation to China.

“As the high technology sector (e.g., advanced computing and communications, social media platforms and other web-based services) becomes an increasingly large part of the overall U.S. economy, federal funding for early stage R&D, which has been at the root of much of the technological progress of this past century, is more important than ever,” wrote the Baker Institute’s Kenneth Evans, a scholar in science and technology policy, and Kirstin Matthews, a fellow in science and technology policy.

While President Biden’s first budget proposal aims to authorize historic increases to federal R&D agencies, the authors argue that significant challenges remain to ensure long-term, international competitiveness across scientific disciplines and advanced technologies.

According to their report, shifting priorities between administrations, changes to the ideology of Congress and broader economic conditions in the U.S. at large have resulted in inconsistent funding for R&D. 

“Traditionally, federal funding for R&D receives bipartisan support in Congress, particularly for health and defense-related research activities,” the authors wrote. “However, since the mid-1990s, government spending on basic research has declined or stagnated as a share of the U.S. GDP, in part due to the intrinsic uncertainties about the ultimate impacts of basic research.”

Science and technology R&D is essential to creating new knowledge and tools, the authors argue, because it ensures the development of new products and technologies that can drive domestic and global economies. Economists estimate innovations stemming from S&T accounted for more than 60% of economic growth over the last century. 

Yet scientists have placed relatively little value on evaluating and communicating the broader societal impacts of basic research to the public and especially to policymakers, the authors argue. The authors encourage researchers, especially academic scientists driven to action by anti-science rhetoric during the Trump administration, to continue to engage in public outreach during the Biden presidency. 

“Universities should encourage and incentivize avenues for public engagement through increased support of existing programs or funding new activities for interested faculty, postdocs, graduate students and research staff,” they wrote. 

“Building public support for R&D, strengthening trust in scientific institutions and expertise, and increasing scientists’ participation in decision-making related to S&T issues are critical to ensuring that scientific discoveries and innovation benefit the broader public and that increased investment in R&D serves the public interest,” they continued.

The report was a collaboration with two Rice undergraduate students and research interns in the science and technology policy program—Gabriella Hazan and Spoorthi Kamepalli.

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Emily

Emily Bunn is a writer and photographer, who has been published by the likes of 360 Magazine, County Lines Magazine, Cambridge Editors, Society19, Milkcrate, WhatsPop and Gauge Magazine, among others. Specializing in lifestyle writing and entertainment journalism, Emily is constantly on the pulse of pop culture.

A bonafide media mogul, Emily currently works at 360 Magazine. While Emily produces stories in a variety of topics, she concentrates on the topics of fashion and beauty, music and entertainment, current affairs coverage, and auto industry writing. The impressive roster of clientele she’s produced writing for via 360 Magazine includes celebrities such as Beyoncé, Markice Moore, and John Oates, and high-end brands like Rolls-Royce, Lamborghini, and TAG Heuer. While Emily began as a digital media intern with 360, she has been able to cement herself as a valuable asset to the magazine as the Executive Assistant.

Emily is arriving on the scene of the publishing industry with spunk and diligence. She recently graduated magna cum laude in May of 2021 from Emerson College. During her time at Emerson, Emily majored in Writing, Literature and Publishing, with a minor in Photography. She was involved with various on-campus publications, including writing for the music blog, Milkcrate, and providing photography for the design-oriented literary magazine, Gauge.

Emily’s photographic responsibilities progressed throughout her collegiate career, due to success in documentary, darkroom, and digital photography courses. Emily’s deep passion for image-making blossomed as she worked as a film and photo tech at Emerson College’s darkroom and photo lab. Able to produce images both through both analog and digital mediums, Emily enjoys documenting street photography and live music events. Her debut photography exhibition, “People Watching” was showcased at the Huret-Spector Gallery in Boston, Massachusetts in November of 2020.

A live music enthusiast, Emily has always been very involved in her local music scene. In Boston, she worked on the Live Events team at Emerson College’s radio station, WECB.fm. Representing the underground sound of Emerson, Emily worked with the team to produce open mic nights, campus events, and sold out concerts. Eventually, Emily’s participation with WECB.fm landed her the position of Live Events Manager. She produced large scale concerts for a variety of notable musicians, including Alex G, Japanese Breakfast, and Diet Cig. Emily also worked to highlight emerging, local artists in her community by photographing album covers and organizing band photoshoots.

Emily’s involvement with the radio station didn’t stop there, as she was also a live broadcast DJ personality on WECB.fm. Throughout her entire collegiate career, Emily performed as the personality for several radio shows, including “The Cry Guys” and “Suppy?” As a DJ, Emily worked to curate weekly radio show playlists and grow her listenership. Both of her shows highlighted recently released alternative music. A weekly album review accompanied each episode, in which Emily researched and reported on musicians and offered her opinion on stand-out album tracks. Both “Suppy?” and “The Cry Guys” premiered weekly on Sunday mornings, and Emily was sure to wake up, electrify, and excite listeners with her punk music curation.

Looking towards the future, Emily is working to continue expanding her music coverage repertoire, honing in her interviewing abilities, and creating engaging, politically conscious, intelligent digital content. Connect with her on LinkedIn or Instagram.

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Emily Bunn at her “People Watching” photography exhibit at the Huret-Spector Gallery in Boston, MA.

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House of Dragon: A Sneak Peek into the Upcoming GOT Spinoff

Even after eight full seasons of Game of Thrones, fans have hardly had enough of the show. George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” is a long story full of unanswered questions. Anyone who’s read the books will agree that the TV series only scraped the surface. Not to mention, the ending left us with debates and was full of plot holes. It’s likely that they rushed to wrap things up. We are hoping the same will not happen in the upcoming spinoffs.

The GOT team is currently working on about 5 spinoffs. Among them is the much-awaited House of the Dragon, 10,000 Ships, The Tale of Dunk and Egg, Flea Bottom, and 9 Voyage. House of the Dragon is set to follow hot on the heels of GOT’s season 8. Besides some leaked stills from the set, here’s the information we have so far:

The Plot

As the name suggests, House of the Dragon revolves around the Targaryen family and is based on George R. R. Martin’s book, “Fire and Blood.” It tells the story of Westeros 300 years before the events in GOT, when the Targaryens were in power. According to the book’s description, we expect the show to answer questions such as:

  • What happened during the dance of the dragons (the Targaryen civil war that impacted all of the seven kingdoms)?
  • Why Valyria was dreaded after the doom?
  • The life in Westeros when dragons dominated the skies
  • The worst actions of Meagor the Cruel

Airing Timeline

According to Casey Bloys, HBO’s programming chief, House of the Dragon is likely to start airing in 2022. Although, the precise premiere date is yet to be determined. On April 26, HBO disclosed that production had already begun, sharing a photo of the cast doing a table read in a social-distanced gathering with the caption “fire will reign” on Twitter.

A few other disclosed pictures from the upcoming Game of Thrones prequel suggest that filming is being done in the southwest coast of England. The photos show casts and crew on Holywell Bay Beach, Cornwall. If the only Game of Thrones action you have been getting so far is playing GOT video games or a GOT slots game in online casinos, you’ll be glad to know that we are soon getting hauled back to Westeros and beyond.

Who’s Involved?

Behind the Scenes

Behind the Scenes are Martin and screenwriter Ryan Condal (Hercules and Colony) as co-creators. Condal will also serve as showrunner in collaboration with Miguel Sapochnik, who directed six episodes of GOT and won Emmy and DGA for “Battle of the Bastards”. He will also be writing the script alongside Sara Lee Hess, who will be working with Vince Gerardis, Martin, and Sapochnik as executive producers.

Also expected to direct are Greeta V. Patel (The Witcher and Meet the Patels), Clare Kilner (director of The Alienist: Angel of Darkness), and Greg Yaitanes (House, Banshee). The Emmy-winning Game of Thrones Composer Ramin Djawadi (Westworld) will score the series.

Cast

From the official casting announcement that we got in October 2020, we know that the following actors will be involved:

  • Paddy Considine (The Outsider, Peaky Blinders) is set to play King Viserys Targaryen, a warm, kind, and decent man chosen to succeed King Jahaerys Targaryen as ruler of Westeros. However, it is said that “good men do not necessarily make for great kings.”
  • Matt Smith (Netflix’s Juggernaut as Prince Philip) will be taking the role of Prince Daemon Targaryen, King Viserys’ younger brother and heir to the throne. He is described as an unrivaled warrior and a dragon rider with the true blood of the dragons.
  • Emma D’Arcy (Truth Seekers, Wanderlust) will be Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, the King’s first-born child and a pure Valyrian born. She also is a dragon rider. You could say she came into the world with everything – except she wasn’t a man.
  • Steve Toussaint (Doctor Who, It’s a Sin) takes the role of Lord Corlys Velaryon, aka The Sea Snake. He is the lord of House Velaryon, an ancient Valyrian bloodline much like House Targaryen. Lord Corlys is the most reputable nautical adventurer in the Seven Kingdoms, claims the largest navy in the world, and his house is wealthier than the Lannisters.
  • Rhys Ifans: (Notting Hill, Enduring Love) will appear as Otto Hightower, The Hand of the King. Ser Otto is a faithful servant to both his king and the realm.
  • Olivia Cooke (Bates Motel, Vanity Fair) plays the role of Alicent Hightower, the most comely woman in Westeros, who was raised in the Red Keep. She has a keen judgment for politics, as well as a courtly grace.
  • Fabien Frankel (The Serpent) will be taking the major role of Ser Criston Cole, a Dornish common-born with no claim to lands or titles, but is an honorable swordsman.
  • Sonoya Mizuno (Ex Machina, Beauty and the Beast) will play Mysaria, who came to Westeros empty-handed and has been sold more than she can remember. Despite all these challenges, she rises to become an unlikely, trusted ally of Prince Daemon Targaryen.

How About the Other Game of Thrones Spinoffs?

The GOT team is currently working on several other spinoffs, although their production and airing timelines are not as clear. Among them is 9 Voyages, which is expected to tell the story of Corlys Velaryo (The Sea Snake) and will be starring Steve Toussant.

10,000 Ships is set 1,000 years before the events in GOT, revolving around Nymeria of House Martel, the founder of Dorne. You may recall Arya’s direwolf in GOT was called Nymeria. So was one of the sand snakes.

Another spinoff, The Tale of Dunk and Egg, tells the story of the iconic knight Ser Duncan the Tall, aka Dunk, (who later becomes king Aegon V Targaryen) and his squire Egg. It is based on Martin’s novel, “Tales of Dunk and Egg,” and is set only 90 years before the events of GOT.

Flea Bottom is another prequel reportedly under development. It is set in Flea Bottom, the slum of King’s Landing. This is where the poorest residents in the Capital of Westeros live. Davos Seaworth and Gendry are some of the GOT characters who started their lives here.

Conclusion

One thing is for sure–Game of Thrones has grown in our hearts to become a culture, touching aspects of life we never before imagined. For all dragon lovers out there, we can’t wait to get immersed in the heroics, politics, cunning, and plot twists involved in Martin’s stories of the Seven Kingdoms. We hope House of the Dragon will fill the air with the same hype as GOT.

How to Get a Job at a Dispensary  

The cannabis trade is one of the fastest-growing industries in the US. Americans purchased $18.3 billion in cannabis products, a 71% increase over the prior year. However, hiring in this area still lags, and it’s one of the more competitive job markets. Those who are anxious for a position in a dispensary can do a few things to increase their odds of getting hired.

1. Become knowledgeable about cannabis products.

Learn about the different strains that are available and what flavors and experiences they offer. Be able to talk intelligently about hybrids, terpenes, and THC content. You can learn all of this and more by reading cannabis industry websites and newsletters. The more you know, the better a hire you’ll be.

2. Create a killer resume.

Your resume and cover letter make up your first impression. Construct yours so that it highlights the skills and experience that would make you a great budtender. No experience in the cannabis field? Consider a skill-based resume that highlights past customer service positions and education about cannabis.

Mirror the language used in the job ad. For instance, if they say they want someone who can establish rapport with customers, use that phrase when describing your skills. A resume isn’t just a record of your job history. It’s an important personal marketing tool. Customize yours for every job opening to increase your chances of landing the gig.

3. Highlight your customer service and sales skills.

Being able to provide a great experience to customers is a key to being a successful budtender. In your cover letter or in your interview, talk about what you consider a great visit to a cannabis dispensary and how you can make it happen for your customers.

Before your interview, think of a story you can share about a time you helped a customer make a decision. Or, describe a time that you used sales skills to increase company revenue. A former server, for instance, can describe how they convinced restaurant guests to stay for dessert or add a bottle of wine to a special meal.

4. Get familiar with the dispensaries in your area.

The more customized your approach, the more likely you are to win the job. If you live in the Oakland area, visit several Oakland dispensaries for research. Learn about the offerings and the look and feel of each. This gives you the tools you need to show that you are a cultural match for the shop.

5. Set yourself up for a lateral move.

If the position you want isn’t open or if it’s one that requires experience, don’t give up hope. Instead, change your strategy. Look for other job openings in the cannabis field. It doesn’t matter if it’s cleaning and maintenance, as long as you learn on the job and make an excellent impression. Once you are in, you are in a position to hear about new openings first. You can build up your resume and your knowledge to make you a better fit for the role that is your ultimate goal.

6. Use your networks.

Far more jobs are filled by word of mouth than by online job ads. Talk to the people who you know both personally and professionally. You may know someone who has a lead for a shop that is looking for new personnel.

7. Thank your interviewer.

If you get as far as an interview, make a good impression during and after by being friendly, open, and establishing good rapport. After your interview, take a few minutes to pen a hand-written thank you note for sharing their time with you. This used to be common job hunt etiquette, but has largely fallen out of favor. By making this unusual move, you can make yourself stick out from the crowd.

8. Emphasize your soft skills.

Most dispensaries aren’t just looking for someone to run a register. They want someone who is warm and approachable. Being able to put first-time visitors at ease is a soft skill that is vital for a successful dispensary worker. You should also be able to show that you are a good multitasker who can switch easily from task to task.

If you are passionate about cannabis and want to be part of this industry, that enthusiasm should come out in your resume, your cover letter and your interview. Take the time to hone your pitch to show your local dispensary that you are an excellent fit.

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PornHub Announces ‘Remastured’ Archive Collection

Pornhub Announces Remastured, An Initiative That Restores Century-Old Erotic Films to Titillating Technicolor with Modern AI Technology, The adult entertainment platform used machine learning and over 100,000 adult videos and images from its library to educate the AI in the subtleties in colorizing vintage porn for the modern age

Pornhub, the premier online destination for adult entertainment, today announced the launch of Remastured, an innovative project that employs the latest AI (artificial intelligence) technology to restore some of the oldest – and steamiest – erotic films ever produced. The company used machine learning and over 100,000 adult videos and images from its library to colorize vintage porn for today’s modern audience. Viewers are transported back in time to experience 20th century-old erotic films featuring voluptuous Victorians and silent seductors in titillating technicolor with The Remastured Film Library.    

Since the moment someone figured out how to record moving images, people have been making adult movies, said Pornhub. We thought it was important to not only preserve but modernize these films, and we are very excited to include this selection of artfully restored vintage material to our library, allowing users to indulge in old school erotica from a bygone era.

View the SFW Remastured campaign video here.

It is common practice in film to colorize and restore even the most antique footage. However, the algorithms generally available are lacking since standard deep-learning models are trained with millions of SFW images, not nude or even pornographic ones.

By introducing the AI to Pornhub’s massive content library, it learned a naughty new trick; how to detect the subtle shades of penises, nipples, and turn-of-the-century bush. Transforming these centennial masterpieces into modern content resulting in The Remastered Film Library; A collection of 20 visually stunning scenes ranging from the 1890’s to the 1940’s, featuring the work of film pioneers like Thomas Edison and George Méliès and elaborate plots of the modern porn aficionado’s favorite categories:  co-eds, masseurs, orgies, threesomes, foursomes, spankings, cosplay, strap-ons, and more. The variety is impressive, but it’s the kinky content that will keep you coming back for more.

The process – which utilized several AI algorithms with limited human intervention – included:

  • Preparation of images: noise reduction, sharpening and contrasting
  • Colorizing using deep learning
  • Boosting to 60 frames per second (fps)
  • Rescaling to crisp 4K resolution
  • Digital remastering: cleaning artifacts, stabilization, and flickering reduction
  • Remastering audio or adding a new audio track

To develop the machine-learning algorithm, we paired black and white images, along with the colorized version. Through testing, the AI was able to generalize its comparative findings and colorize images provided previously to colorizing images it had never seen.

Pornhub’s Remastured campaign is a collaborative initiative with creative agency Officer & Gentleman and creative studio Espada Santacruz.

Pornhub has a history of supporting the preservation of early erotic films. The company previously partnered with the Museum of Sex in New York City in 2019 to present STAG: The Illicit Origins of Pornographic Film. Exclusively curated by the Museum of Sex, the interactive exhibition featured films demonstrating the major aesthetic and thematic trends that shaped the early history of illicit film. Later that year, Pornhub partnered with Maccarone fine art gallery in Los Angeles to present The Pleasure Principle, a multi-disciplinary and pan-generational all female art show where artists were invited to share work depicting their respective interpretations of pleasure. The show included work from Marilyn Minter, Louise Bourgeois, Tracey Emin and more. Most recently, Pornhub hosted the online premier of SHAKEDOWN, the critically-acclaimed documentary art film centered around the Black lesbian stripper scene in early Los Angeles by filmmaker and vanguard artist Leilah Weinraub. The digital event included a viewing of  the documentary and a series of Q&A live chats with Weinraub to simulate the experience of watching the film together. 

About Pornhub

Founded in 2007, Pornhub is the leading free, ad-supported adult video streaming website, offering viewers the opportunity to upload and share their own videos. With over 3 million videos and over 130 million visitors a day, Pornhub truly is the best adult site in the world. Pornhub has built the largest dedicated membership base in the adult community, averaging over 76 million monthly active members, offering viewers a fun and sophisticated social experience directly insite, complete with messaging, photos, achievement badges, and much more.

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Speedway Motors Promotes New Executives

Speedway Motors, a manufacturer, retailer and distributor of high-quality automotive parts and racing products, announced four recent promotions within the company.

For more information about career opportunities at Speedway Motors visit their website. For previous news about Speedway Motors, check here.

Over the past year, we’ve experienced unprecedented growth, said Betsy Grindlay, Director of Marketing and People Operations. As we continue to add new products and new retail and distribution centers, these promotions will help position us to meet customer demand by getting products on shelves quickly, providing a good customer experience online or through our customer experience center and delivering orders quickly, efficiently and without any hassles. 

Richard Thomas has been promoted to Director of Operations at Speedway Motors. Thomas holds a Bachelor of Arts from Ohio State University and two master’s degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. He held various leadership roles in the Navy before joining the Speedway Motors team in 2018. As Director of Operations, Thomas will oversee Speedway Motors’ warehouse capabilities including Neb., Ariz. and W. VA., engineering teams and IT teams. He will oversee about 200 employees, so having a strong communicator really mattered to us. Thomas started in the compliance department paying attention to regulatory compliance including the California Air Resources Board (CARB). He has done an excellent job communicating those restrictions to our internal departments and customers, Grindlay added. With the growth we’ve see in the past year-and-a-half, I think he’s going to set us on a path to continue that into the future, helping make sure we give our customers the best experience possible. To learn more about Speedway Motors, check out their website here.

Andrew Boellstorff has been promoted to Director of Digital Product and Technology. Boellstorff holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and master’s from Wichita State University. Boellstorff has over 15 years of experience in various management and leadership roles. Prior to joining the Speedway Motors team in 2018, he held positions at GT Exhaust, EMIT Technologies, Nebraska Book Company, Inc. and Spreetail. Andrew has been integral in the structural improvement of our website, improving the experience and making online purchasing even easier for our customers, Grindlay said. In this new role, he’ll be overseeing all aspects of development and analytics in addition to continuing to ensure our customers have an industry-leading experience.

Brandon Bisch has been promoted to Director of Ecommerce. Bisch holds degrees from the University of Southern Indiana and Nebraska Wesleyan University. He joined the team at Speedway Motors in 2005 and has held various roles from customer care and quality to Marketplaces Manager. Most recently, Bisch served as the business unit manager of the Ecommerce team. Bisch has a thorough understanding of our customers’ journey due to his extensive experience at Speedway Motors, Grindlay added. This year, he and his teams have been a major factor for the unprecedented growth of the web business unit.

Kaitlin Mathison has been promoted to Director of Marketplaces. A graduate of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Mathison joined the Speedway Motors team in 2015. Previously the business unit manager, Mathison lead the Marketplaces team to achieve incredible growth year-over-year. In her new role, she will take full responsibility and accountability for the entirety of Speedway Motors presence on eBay, Walmart and Amazon. Mathison brings an energetic diligence to this role. Every project she tackles, she hits the ground running. Grindlay said. Watching her take over our marketplaces business has been extraordinary. She’s a hard worker, and at the helm of this incredible team, they will continue to do amazing things to make it easier to get product in the hands of people building their dreams.

About Speedway Motors Inc 

Speedway Motors is a manufacturer, retailer and distributor of high-quality automotive parts and racing products. Since 1952, Speedway Motors has been committed to providing a broad selection of high-quality, affordable automotive parts – delivered quickly, efficiently and without any hassles. Their products and expert advice are available to customers by calling 1-(800)-979-0122, online or at retail stores in Lincoln, Neb. and Tolleson, Ariz.

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ELLE Canada’s Exciting June Issue

KO Média is excited to unveil the June issue of ELLE Canada, featuring the stories of three inspiring women’s hockey players who believe equal sweat deserves equal opportunity. “A common misconception about women’s hockey is that we’re not skilled enough, but the game has changed drastically in the past 10 years and there are so many more opportunities allowing girls to work on their skills from a younger age and develop faster,” says Olympic silver medalist Brigette Lacquette, the first First Nations woman to play for Canada’s Olympic hockey team.

No stranger to discrimination, Kirby Howell-Baptiste of The Good Place and the upcoming live-action film Cruella opens up about her rise to fame and why it’s harder for Black actors to make it in London than in Hollywood–as well as what it says about a film set’s inclusivity when there’s no hair stylist who can do her hair.

In fashion, this month is all about how psychedelics are inspiring kaleidoscopic colors and botanical motifs on the runway. Meanwhile, Toronto-based designer Kathryn Bowen talks about her latest collection influenced by old competitive figure skating outfits she rediscovered while home during the pandemic (think youthful sentimentality, elevated sophistication and non-binary tailoring). And we peek behind the scenes at a Chanel runway show where Kristen Stewart was the only guest.

In accessories, we’re looking back on the history of the clog, from Holland to Hermès, and we’re featuring summer sunglasses that prove that la vie is truly en rose (or blue or purple). Plus, the new eyebrow trend everyone’s talking about (and how to do it at home); nautical-inspired styles; and a guide to the summer’s best swoon-worthy romance novels – including recommendations for what to read if you loved Bridgerton or Love Actually.

The June issue of ELLE Canada will hit stands on May 17, 2021. 

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Elle × FKA Twigs

KO MÉDIA REVEALS AN INSPIRING
MAY ISSUE OF ELLE CANADA

KO Média is proud to unveil the May issue of ELLE Canada featuring FKA twigs. The British singer, dancer and actor shares the story of her ongoing lawsuit against ex-boyfriend Shia LaBoeuf for psychological, verbal and physical abuse, which culminated in a terrifying high-speed car ride. “It’s a miracle I came out alive,” she says in the candid piece, adding that abuse can happen to anyone. “It’s pure luck that I’m not in that situation anymore.” Now she’s speaking out for women who aren’t so lucky. “I hope if I can take little steps and people can see me taking my life back, it will inspire them.“

Other inspiring women in this issue include Crazy Rich Asians star Gemma Chan on Marvel, UNICEF and her upcoming psychological thriller with director Olivia WildeHunter Schafer (the LGBTQ2S+ activist, trans star of HBO hit Euphoria and the new face of Shiseido) on beauty products and designers she’s loving right now; and the rise, fall and reincarnation of high-low fashion emissary Jenna Lyons, the former creative director of J.Crew who helped the company go from rugby shirts and cardigans to designs worn by Oprah, Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle. She also inspired ELLE publisher Sophie Banford: “Lyons’ infallible magic recipe was imprinted on my mind with every page of the J.Crew catalogue, which I devoured season after season.” 

And it’s official! The days of pandemic leisurewear are over. Make way for elegant simplicity with mesh sweaters and boustiers; emerald, green statement pieces; and tennis-friendly knits and silk shirts.

This spring edition also dives into seasonal self-care, with fitness tips that’ll have you thinking outside of the gym. Plus: An haute shopping bag you’ll covet along with the rest of us; an upcoming maximalist Bulgari collab; and redefining “nude” in a beauty industry where Black shoppers spend more than half a billion dollars a year.

The May issue of ELLE Canada will hit stands on April 12th, 2021. The digital issue is available here.

Elle Canada Magazine Cover featuring FKA Twigs
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DUA LIPA – BEST POP VOCAL ALBUM

*Dua Lipa performs wins 2021 Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Album

DUA LIPA × ELLE

KO Media reveals the Summer issue of Elle Canada

KO Media is pleased to unveil the Summer issue of ELLE Canada, covered by chart-topping talent Dua Lipa, who released her much-anticipated new album during the COVID-19 pandemic, delivering a crop of hits able to make audiences both dance and cry. “I think it’s important to talk about your emotions and to be vulnerable and to show that you’re human,” says the artist in the candid conversation, also opening up about her isolation uniform and cooking-at-home adventures.

The escapist Summer issue equips readers with all the fashion, celebrity, style, beauty, health, and political conversations readers crave. The issue includes a primer on Canadian designers changing the industry, an intimate chat with Canadian powerhouse Shay Mitchell, the best ways to protect our skin this summer, a horoscope special to help navigate the season and a dreamy assortment of easy pastels and crisp whites fit for hot summer dressing. But the Summer issue also grapples with stuff-of-life questions: How do you manage relationships between two ambitious alpha partners? How can the COVID-19 slowdown present an opportunity for us to reassess breakneck-speed spending?

Vitally, ELLE Canada remains dedicated to showcasing diverse voices and reflecting the lived experiences of all Canadians. Though the Summer issue went to print prior to the global protests against anti-black racism, readers can turn to ElleCanada.com for up-to-the-minute coverage of the civil rights movement unfolding across the country and engage with difficult, frank, and thought-provoking discussions about how White silence is tantamount to violence against BIPOC Canadians, why Canadian media continues to shirk its responsibility to showcase Indigenous voices, and how we can come together to grapple with freeing our society from the burdens of systemic racism and oppression. “Activism and allyship are defined by effort and by taking action,” says Editor-in-Chief Vanessa Craft. “We will continue to do the work necessary to honor and support all Canadians.”

Three-Time Grammy Winner Dua Lipa Announces Her Third All-New Wax Figure for Madame Tussauds New York

On the heels of her third Grammy award and three nominations at The BRIT Awards 2021, global pop superstar Dua Lipa will be honored with a third wax figure, which will be featured at the iconic Madame Tussauds New York location in Times Square.

Unique, direct access to A-List celebrities allows Madame Tussauds to create the best wax figures in the world. Celebrities are intimately involved in the figure-making process, which begins at the ‘sitting’ where Madame Tussauds studio artists work with talent to capture exact measurements, hair color, eye color, and skin tone. The figure will take around six months and 20 studio artists to create in London before it’s ready for its place in the spotlight in the Big Apple. In the meantime, fans can visit her first two figures at Madame Tussauds London and Madame Tussauds Amsterdam.

The Summer issue of ELLE Canada will hit stands on Monday, June 29th, and the digital edition can be bought here.

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RIHANNA x ESSENCE

ESSENCE, the leading media, technology and commerce company serving Black women, kicks off 2021 with a stunning January + February cover art exclusive. Legendary artist Lorna Simpson collaborates with global fashion and beauty founder Robyn Rihanna Fenty, who recently launched Fenty Skin globally in stores in the U.S. and the U.K.

Their goal was to reinterpret the narrative of modern-day beauty in the gorgeous photographic cover collage, Of Earth & Sky, and in images comprising a 12-page portfolio feature inside the January + February issue. Over the past 15 years of her acclaimed three-decade career, Simpson has created collages that recontextualize images of Black women from vintage pages ofEbony and Jet magazines. Like all of Simpson’s celebrated works, these original pieces are more than what meets the eye.

Simpson channels Rihanna as her muse throughout the spectacular artistic rendering—reimagining the artist in a way that has neverbeenseen before. Rihanna looks ethereal in designer pieces including from her signature Savage X Fenty line as well as Prada, Givenchy, Hood by Air, Thelma West, Rick Owens and more.

“…I needed to create images of Rihanna to place within the environments of source materials from my archive,” said Simpson. “For the project to have the same kind of dramatic visual intensity as my collage work to date, I had to consider the atmosphere and lighting of specific source materials before arriving to set. Knowing Rihanna’s charisma and commanding presence, my effort was then to be as present and prepared as possible to capture her exquisite performance for the camera…”

The package also features the piece, Anthems of Possibility, written by Simpson’s daughter, writer and actor Zora Simpson Casebere. She weighs in on how Rihanna helped shape her womanhood at an early age and how serving as a stand-in model on set for her mother was a full-circle moment. 

“…At 13, I was deeply grateful that at a formative time in my life, it was Rihanna’s voice and art that became my portals to so many questions about sexuality, sexual exploration and sexual autonomy,” expressed Casebere. “Now, on set, I assisted my mother as a model as she explored how she might later place Rihanna within the visual contexts she’d selected from vintage Ebony magazines, old Associated Press photographs and 19th-century lithographs of mineral specimens.”

“When Rihanna arrived at the set—my first time seeing her in real life—I was mesmerized. She was the very definition of grace, charisma and influence,” continued Casebere. “Wearing a magnificent Maximilian black headdress, she requested the song ‘Thick’ by DJ Chose, then met the camera with power and possibility—power in how she moved her body through space, and possibility in how she dismantled and moved beyond institutional boundaries…”

The gorgeous issue will also pay homage to Vice-President Elect Kamala Harris’ historic win with reflections by five influential Black women: Donna Brazile, Leah Daughtry, Karen Finney, Star Jones and Minyon Moore. In addition, the issue features an interview with Barack Obama talking about his new book and journey as the nation’s first Black president. Plus, iconic actress Cicely Tysonshares an eye-opening excerpt from her new memoir.

For more on this issue, visit ESSENCE.com or pick up the January + February 2021 issue on newsstands next week. (Photographic Collages, Lorna Simpson)

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