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You’re Pronouncing All These Fashion Names Wrong But Does It Really Matter?

Apparently, it's "Mos-KEY-no," DUH!?

New York Fashion Week is about to wrap up and I don’t know about you but my social media feed has been a constant scroll of ‘candid’ street style shots and Boomerangs of Bella Hadid looking like an absolute goddess while stomping down the runway.

YES BELLA. Credit: Giphy

Fashion week looks like a lot of fun, but for us mere mortals, it’s can often feel like a harsh reminder of all the clothes, front rows and star-studded parties we might never experience.

A visual representation. Credit: Giphy

If you aren’t part of the upper echelons of the farshun world, it can be hard to keep up with the Joneses, especially when it comes to brand names. There are so many designers these days, and if you dare pronounce their names wrong in front of a fashion week veteran – daggers will be shot in your direction. But does it really matter if we don’t always nail the names?

Here are all the fancy fashion names we’re probably all messing up because, unlike the runway, real life ain’t perfect!

Carolina Herrera

Care-oh-lee-nah Her-rare-ah

Altuzarra

Ahl-too-zah-rah

Moschino

Mohs-key-noh

Jean Paul Gaultier

Zhawn Pawl Goh-tee-ay

Yves Saint Laurent

Eve Sahn Loh-rahn

Balmain

Bal-mah

Hermès

Ehr-mess

Vetements

Vet-mahn

Maison Margiela

May-zohn Mar-jhel-ah

Bvlgari

Bool-gah-ree

Uniqlo

YOU-nee-kloh

Jaquemus

Jhak-moose

BCBGMAXAZRIA

B C B G max-az-ree-uh

Rochas

Roh-shah

Dior Homme

Dee-oar Uhm

Christian Louboutin

Krees-chawn Loo-boo-tahn

Loewe

Loh-way-vay

Issey Miyake

Ee-say Mee-ah-keh

Comme des Garçons

Comb day Gar-sown

Givenchy

Zhee-vawn-shee”

These Apps Are Making Our Sex Lives And Mood Swings Free Game For Advertisers

An invasion of privacy. PERIOD.

If you’re using period apps to track your monthly cycle, you might want to check where your private information is being stored.

Check your apps, stat. Credit: Giphy

A new report from UK-based advocacy group Privacy International has found that certain period tracker apps are sharing your private information, including your sexual encounters, symptoms and contraception use with “third-party services, including Facebook.”

According to Buzzfeed, apps including MIA Fem and Maya have been sending the info via Facebook’s Software Development Kit, “which helps app developers incorporate particular features and collect user data so Facebook can show them targeted ads, among other functions.”

Maya has had more than 5 million downloads on the Google Play Store. MIA Fem, on the other hand, says it has more than 2 million users around the world. Both apps are also available via the app store – making this is an extremely widespread issue.

When questioned by Buzzfeed, Facebook said it had spoken to the app owners to discuss “possible violations” of its terms of service – including sending “sensitive information.” Privacy International also reported that Maya not only informs Facebook when you open the app, but “starts sharing some data with Facebook even before the user agrees to the app’s privacy policy.”

The report comes at a particularly tense time, considering the fallout of last year’s Facebook – Cambridge Analytica data scandal. In early 2018, it was revealed that British consulting firm Cambridge Analytica has harvested the personal data of millions of peoples’ Facebook profiles without their consent and used it for political advertising purposes.

There was also controversy surrounding this year’s popular Russian-owned FaceApp, which many speculated was using uploaded photos in ads or other forms of marketing. 

If the claims of Privacy International and Buzzfeed’s reports are true, the issue could run far deeper than the information we share on our Facebook profiles, or the photos we upload to face-altering app.

Michael B. Jordan Knows Zendaya Looks Way Better In His Old Red Carpet Suit

Zendaya is flipping the fashion script.

Zendaya threw outdated gender rules out the window last week when she rocked up to a New York Fashion Week party wearing the same patterned suit fellow actor Michael B. Jordan wore to an Oscars party earlier this year.

YES ZENDAYA. Credit: Giphy

Fans were quick to point out the twinning looks, but it was Jordan’s response that sent the Twittersphere into a fashion frenzy. Instagram account The Shade Room posted a photo comparing the two looks with the caption, “who did it best?” and without missing a beat, Jordan commented, “@Zendaya hands down. No contest.”

It’s not the first time Zendaya has flipped the often tired fashion script. In 2016, she released her own fashion line, Daya by Zendaya, which was not only refreshingly affordable, but inclusive to all shapes, sizes and genders. Zendaya also ensured that the models who appeared in her advertising campaign came from a variety of backgrounds and had a range of skin tones.

Zendaya is joined by other actresses who refuse to conform to the expectation that the only acceptable red carpet outfit for women is a dress. 

Westworld actress Evan Rachel Wood made the decision to trade in her red carpet gown for a suit in 2017 and she’s never looked back. “I knew that when awards season rolled around I wanted to walk down that red carpet in a Marlene Dietrich suit [and] just take a stance, because I know there’s pressure and I know there’s all this fear involved of not being liked or not being wanted or not making a best-dressed list,” she told the LA Times. 

“And I just thought I don’t want to live my life like that – and I don’t think other people want to either.” 

Evan Rachel Wood, 2018. Credit: Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP

Wood and Zendaya are breaking down old-fashioned stereotypes and expectations that have been placed on women for years, proving that suits aren’t just for Hollywood hunks. 

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