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Kristina Rihanoff: For the Love of Dancing


While many young girls aspire to become professional dancers, few think of how entrepreneurship can help them to achieve their dreams. Girls with big dreams should look no further than Kristina Rihanoff for inspiration. This Russian-born dancer has taken her passion for dance and turned it into a lifelong pursuit, while inspiring others to follow their dreams.

Girls and Entrepreneurship

It is rare to find a school curriculum that teaches entrepreneurship as a viable career path. Those students who have an entrepreneurial bent are often forced to find their own creative ways to indulge in their business interests and explore ways to earn a living while living their dreams. At age 14, Kristina Rihanoff became a professional dance instructor, using her lifelong dance skill to earn money for her family. Before she was old enough to drive, she was earning more money in a day than her mother could in an entire month.

Now a member of the cast of Strictly Come Dancing, a competitive dance show, Rihanoff lives the life that others only dream of. She also works as a choreographer, developing original work for television shows and commercials. Rihanoff is also a published author, and her books help to inspire other men and women who want to learn more about the dance industry.

When it comes to doing what you love for your entire life, Kristina Rihanoff is an inspiration to anyone who has ever caught the entrepreneur bug and desired to live out their life’s passions.

Ian_Waite_and_Kristina_RihanoffAt Westcroft Leisure Centre Grand Opening. Ian and Kristina get involved with the ‘Everyone Active Strictly Come Dancing Competition’ group warm up. Photo by Wesley Dryden, via Wikipedia

Do Topshop’s Temporary Scar Tattoos Glorify Self-Harm?






Topshop has released a line of gold temporary tattoos in the form of body scars and imperfections in order promote empowerment and self-love. The Brtish fashion retailer teamed up with jewelry design student Lucie Davis for this project and stated that “each tattoo is designed to celebrate our imperfections rather than hiding them, from a spattering of gold freckles to statement scar designs.”

In addition to gold scar tattoos, the collection also consists of mixed metal confetti frecklesgold freckles and gold dots (to mimic skin moles). And each design comes with a message on the packaging like “flaws worth fighting for,” “flawsome freckles embrace your traits” and “celebrating difference.” While the majority of the faux tattoos seem to be sold out, customers are taking these tattoos very seriously. 

One reviewer wrote on the site, “I can’t believe top shop are glorifying selfharm scars, whilst not advertised as selfharm scars the scars are placed on the arm in a row which is the stereotypical idea of self harm, absolutely disgusted.”

“Living in the age of Photoshop and airbrushing tools, skin is always under pressure to be ‘perfect,’” Topshop said in a statement promoting the range. Nadia Mendoza of The Self-Esteem Team, who battled self-harm, tells the Daily Mail, “With 1 in 4 suffering a mental health problem, there is no doubt we need to be addressing the issue, but not via transfer stickers. I feel we’re only one step away from a self-harm emoji.”

A petition to remove the tattoos from Topshop on states, “Topshop should not be normalising self harm or presenting it as a fashion trend. Not only is the glamorisation of self injury dangerous for the mainly teenage demographic but harmful for others who have struggled with self harm and see what for them, is a painful reminder being presented as acceptable—as long as its temporary and elegant.”

A spokesperson for Topshop later relayed to the Daily Mail that the brand “apologises for any distress or offence these products have caused. The products in question are part of the ‘Freedom’ range, which is a concession range sold in Topshop stores by a third party concessionaire.” The statement then goes on to say that “customer feedback is taken very seriously and, as such, we have instructed the concessionaire in question to remove this particular collection of Freedom products from Topshop stores and Topshop.comimmediately.”

While the imperfection tattoo line does still exist online at Topshop, all items have been marked as sold out. Perhaps Topshop is listening to it’s customers after all.

[via Daily Mail]



The 2016 Met Gala Theme Is Revealed, Will Be Co-Chaired By Taylor Swift




The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced yesterday that The Costume Institute’s Spring 2016 exhibit will be “Manus x Machina: Fashion in An Age of Technology.” The exhibition will showcase how fashion and technology collide and will feature over 100 haute couture and ready-to-wear designs dating from the 1880s through 2015. It will also showcase the distinction of handmade versus machine-made fashion garments over the years. 

As for the Met Gala, it’s safe to say futuristic attire will grace the star-studded event. Co-chairs for the benefit include Idris Elba, Jonathan Ive, Taylor Swift and Anna Wintour, and Nicolas Ghesquière, Karl Lagerfeld and Miuccia Prada will serve as honorary chairs. The gala serves as the main funding source for The Costume Institute’s annual activities and exhibitions. Anna Wintour’s Costume Center galleries will also showcase workshops in which attendees will be able to watch the process of 3D-printed garments being made from start to finish.  

We also know that tech-savvy Apple is sponsoring the exhibit. Chief Design Officer Jonathan Ive relayed, “Both the automated and handcrafted process require similar amounts of thoughtfulness and expertise. There are instances where technology is optimized, but ultimately it’s the amount of care put into the craftsmanship, whether it’s machine-made or hand-made, that transforms ordinary materials into something extraordinary.” Perhaps the most perfect timing for a new iPhone launch or Apple gadget?

And at seven months out, we’re certain that everyone in attendance is already brainstorming gala garb ideas. It is, after all, one of the biggest fashion events of the year.


America’s Next Top Model Is Officially Over



NEW YORK, NY October 15, 2015

You wanna be on top? Well, you’re going to have to find another way to get there, because after 12 years and 22 seasons on air, America’s Next Top Model is coming to an end.

 In the worst Tyra mail we’ve ever received, creator and host Tyra Banks announced the cancellation of the show on social media this morning with a long, heartfelt message to her fans.

“Thinking #ANTM #cycle22 should be our last cycle. Yeah, I truly believe it’s time,” her Instagram post read. “Wow, I am SO proud of what Top Model has done. #ANTM brought the intimidating modeling world to the masses. We were the first reality show based in the fashion world,” she continued.

Produced by The Tyra Banks Co. and housed by The CW network, the show has launched careers for several models and actresses including Adrianne Curry, YaYa DaCosta and Analeigh Tipton, to name a few. Over the years it has celebrated imperfections and diversity, opening the modelling industry up to accept models no matter their race, body size, skin condition, height and more. It has multiple spinoffs around the world, including Australia and New Zealand.

The last ever America’s Next Top Model episode will air on December 4 for Cycle 22’s series finale, which also happens to be the smize queen’s birthday.

So long, America’s Next Top Model. It’s been fabulous.


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