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Japanese fashion house accused of cultural appropriation for putting models in cornrow wigs: ‘Racist show!’

Critics didn’t care for this “hair”-brained idea.

Commes des Garçons, a Japanese fashion house, is being accused of cultural appropriation after sending models down the runway in wigs designed to look like cornrows.

The show took place on Friday at Paris Fashion Week and showcased several different male models, many of whom were white, strutting down the runway modeling the brand’s latest Homme Plus menswear collection. Nearly all of them were seen sporting what appeared to be ill-fitting cornrow wigs.

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The criticism was swift on social media, with some deeming it a “racist” show, and others declaring that Commes des Garçons was “canceled.”

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Japanese fashion label Comme Des Garçons faced backlash for the look, which appeared on the runway at its Paris Fashion Week show on Friday. (Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP via Getty Images)

“I’m outraged and disgusted by your models’ choice of hairstyle knowing where it originated from. Where is the real representation?!?” one user wrote on Instagram.

“Cancel culture incoming y’all really messed up on this one, man,” another user said.

“They wanna make money off the culture but don’t wanna show love and respect to the people,” someone else commented.

“Racist show!” another simply wrote.

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Others, still, appeared to be just as offended by the placement and quality of the lace-front wigs.

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Critics on social media called the move “racist,” while others declared that Commes des Garçons was “canceled.” (Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP via Getty Images)

“Cornrow forehead wigs?” one asked.

“I can’t even be mad because I know y’all did this for attention but come on … the lace? At least do it right,” someone else added.

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On Friday, Canadian fashion designer and model Tani also called out the brand in a Twitter post that has been liked more than 3,300 times.

“Lmaoooo why?!” she wrote.

Commes des Garçons has not publicly commented on the backlash, nor shared any photos from the show on its Instagram page as of Saturday afternoon. The fashion house, however, had once come under similar scrutiny in 2018, following accusations from fashion writer Marin Lerma that it had not hired a black model in the two decades prior.

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That same year, Kim Kardashian also faced criticism for arriving at the 2018 MTV Movie and TV Awards with her hair in cornrows.

“It’s not cute to appropriate my culture,” one critic wrote on social media at the time. “Your privilege is really showing.”

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PETA calls out Conor McGregor, ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone over python jacket

It looks like PETA wants to enter the octagon with Conor McGregor and “Cowboy” Cerrone this weekend.

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals called out the famous UFC fighters on Twitter after McGregor and competitor Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone had a friendly back-and-forth about the latter’s python jacket.

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The exchange, which took place during a press conference with the two fighters before their upcoming fight Saturday, started with McGregor interrupting Cerrone to compliment his coat.

“That’s one hell of a coat, Donald, my God. I got to give credit where credit is due,” McGregor starts, before asking why kind of material it is.

“It’s python,” Cerrone answered. “I’m sure PETA might be here because I got rattlesnakes on and python.”

McGregor, who called PETA “shady,” responded that the group has “a warrant out for me as well.” It was a sentiment that proved to be true, as the animal rights organization quickly responded to McGregor’s statements on Twitter, slamming the fighters.

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“Hi @TheNotoriousMMA and @CowboyCerrone!” the tweet read. “You’re right! We ARE here — to remind you that only COWARDS would brag about wearing an animal who was likely beaten & skinned alive. Why don’t you knock out your insecurities and only wear your OWN skin?”

In a graphic statement to Fox News, PETA UK Director Elisa Allen revealed the group would be going a step farther, and contacting each of the fighters to stop wearing animal skin.

“Cerrone and McGregor may be known for being tough guys in the Octagon, but the ultimate challenge for these fighters would be to watch PETA’s stomach-turning exposés, which show workers peeling snakes’ skin off while they’re still conscious. Pythons, who are taken from their jungle homes, are often nailed to trees and skinned alive so that their skins can be turned into coats, shoes, belts, and bags. Many of them suffer for hours or days as they slowly die. PETA will be writing to the pair with information and a simple request: be a fighting champ for animals and knock exotic skins out of your wardrobe,” the statement read.

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In a graphic statement to Fox News, PETA UK Director Elisa Allen revealed the group would be going a step further and contacting each of the fighters to stop wearing animal skin. (Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

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Cerrone reportedly responded to the group’s criticism, seeming to egg them on further with a statement saying he would wear human skin, if legal.

“Man, I guess if killing humans was legal I could probably wear a bad-ass human jacket,” Cerrone said, Hometown Life reported. “I got a white buffalo at home, PETA. And when she crokes [sic], I’m going to wear a (expletive) (expletive) ass white buffalo cape one of these days. At the ranch I have a lot of animals: turkeys, goats, chickens, pigs. We kill them and butcher them, and we eat them all ourselves, man. We use every bit of them. So it’s not like – I don’t just go down to the store and buy beef. We raise it and kill it and eat it. So, if there’s something inhumane or unjust about killing beef for my own sake, PETA, you’re (expletive) up.

“Granted, I didn’t kill the snake or raise the snake to build a python jacket, but (expletive) it was (expletive) cool, so I had to wear to it.”

McGregor did not seem to respond to PETA comments.

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PETA is no stranger to calling out MMA fighters. Last year, the group criticized UFC champion Khabib Nurmagomedov for wrestling a bear.

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PETA calls out Conor McGregor, ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone over python jacket

It looks like PETA wants to enter the octagon with Conor McGregor and “Cowboy” Cerrone this weekend.

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals called out the famous UFC fighters on Twitter after McGregor and competitor Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone had a friendly back-and-forth about the latter’s python jacket.

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The exchange, which took place during a press conference with the two fighters before their upcoming fight Saturday, started with McGregor interrupting Cerrone to compliment his coat.

“That’s one hell of a coat, Donald, my God. I got to give credit where credit is due,” McGregor starts, before asking why kind of material it is.

“It’s python,” Cerrone answered. “I’m sure PETA might be here because I got rattlesnakes on and python.”

McGregor, who called PETA “shady,” responded that the group has “a warrant out for me as well.” It was a sentiment that proved to be true, as the animal rights organization quickly responded to McGregor’s statements on Twitter, slamming the fighters.

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“Hi @TheNotoriousMMA and @CowboyCerrone!” the tweet read. “You’re right! We ARE here — to remind you that only COWARDS would brag about wearing an animal who was likely beaten & skinned alive. Why don’t you knock out your insecurities and only wear your OWN skin?”

In a graphic statement to Fox News, PETA UK Director Elisa Allen revealed the group would be going a step farther, and contacting each of the fighters to stop wearing animal skin.

“Cerrone and McGregor may be known for being tough guys in the Octagon, but the ultimate challenge for these fighters would be to watch PETA’s stomach-turning exposés, which show workers peeling snakes’ skin off while they’re still conscious. Pythons, who are taken from their jungle homes, are often nailed to trees and skinned alive so that their skins can be turned into coats, shoes, belts, and bags. Many of them suffer for hours or days as they slowly die. PETA will be writing to the pair with information and a simple request: be a fighting champ for animals and knock exotic skins out of your wardrobe,” the statement read.

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In a graphic statement to Fox News, PETA UK Director Elisa Allen revealed the group would be going a step further and contacting each of the fighters to stop wearing animal skin. (Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

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Cerrone reportedly responded to the group’s criticism, seeming to egg them on further with a statement saying he would wear human skin, if legal.

“Man, I guess if killing humans was legal I could probably wear a bad-ass human jacket,” Cerrone said, Hometown Life reported. “I got a white buffalo at home, PETA. And when she crokes [sic], I’m going to wear a (expletive) (expletive) ass white buffalo cape one of these days. At the ranch I have a lot of animals: turkeys, goats, chickens, pigs. We kill them and butcher them, and we eat them all ourselves, man. We use every bit of them. So it’s not like – I don’t just go down to the store and buy beef. We raise it and kill it and eat it. So, if there’s something inhumane or unjust about killing beef for my own sake, PETA, you’re (expletive) up.

“Granted, I didn’t kill the snake or raise the snake to build a python jacket, but (expletive) it was (expletive) cool, so I had to wear to it.”

McGregor did not seem to respond to PETA comments.

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PETA is no stranger to calling out MMA fighters. Last year, the group criticized UFC champion Khabib Nurmagomedov for wrestling a bear.

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Kentucky student expelled from private Christian school over rainbow shirt and cake, mom claims

A Louisville, Ky. high school student is claiming she was expelled over a photo of her posing with her birthday cake — because the cake and the sweater she was wearing were both decorated with rainbows.

However, the private Christian school denies the allegations, and claims there is more to the story.

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Kayla Kenney was celebrating her 15th birthday with family when her mom, Kimberly Alford, snapped a photo of Kenney smiling with her cake, and posted the picture on Facebook.

“She was happy, she looked beautiful,” Alford told WAVE.

Alford said that shortly after she posted the photo, she was contacted by the head of the Whitefield Academy, Dr. Bruce Jacobson, who informed her that Kenney, who had been attending the private school for four years, was expelled because of the social media post.

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Kimberly Alford said that her daughter Kayla’s shirt and cake were not intended to make any kind of statement. (Kimberly Alford)

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According to Alford, she claims the school informed her that the color of her daughter’s cake and the sweater she was wearing was “demonstrat[ing] a posture of morality and cultural acceptance contrary to that of Whitefield Academy’s beliefs.” Rainbow is often used as a symbol for LGBTQ+.

Alford has said that the shirt and cake were not used to make a statement about orientation and that her daughter is not gay.

“There was nothing intended by [the rainbow color], and even when I went back and got the receipt from the bakery, it didn’t say anything about representation, it just said assorted colors,” Alford said to WAVE.

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In a statement to Fox News, the school, however, maintains that the decision was not “solely for a social media post,” but because of violations of the student code of conduct “numerous times over the past two years.”

“In the fall, we met with the student to give her a final chance to begin to adhere to our code of conduct. Unfortunately, she did not live up to the agreement, and therefore, has been expelled,” the statement read.

“Whitefield Academy is a Christian-based school with a 43-year history of educating students in a learning environment informed by our shared Christian values. All parents who enroll their children in our private school know up front that we ask the students to adhere to a lifestyle informed by our Christian beliefs.”

The school did not explicitly state what the “numerous” violations were, or whether they occurred on campus or outside of the school. According to Whitefield Academy’s Code of Conduct, students can be punished for “lifestyle violations” that happen off-campus.

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Alford claims the school would not meet with her, but changed the expulsion to a voluntary withdrawal. The mom has since enrolled Kenney in public school, but is appealing the expulsion at Whitefield.

“You know we teach our kids ‘what would Jesus do?’” Alford said to WAVE. “What would he do here?”

Kimberly Alford was not immediately available to talk when contacted.

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Balenciaga unveils $2,590 Hello Kitty bag

Hello Kitty is moving up in the world.

The collaboration-crazy cat has partnered with luxury Parisian brand Balenciaga on a collection of accessories with the classic Hello Kitty character — and a hefty price tag.

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The character, created by Yuko Shimizu in 1974, started out on a coin purse but expanded to decorate everything from skateboards and sneakers to Polaroid cameras and air purifiers.

And now Hello Kitty has hit runways, too. In September, at Balenciaga’s spring 2020 show, male models toted black, pink and white versions of the brand’s iconic Ville bag, all emblazoned with the unmistakable cartoon cat.

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The fashion world loves a good pop culture collaboration these days — see the recent Levi’s hookup with Netflix’s “Stranger Things” — especially when it comes to referencing childhood favorites. Throwback brands such as Good Luck Trolls have made their way from trinkets in children’s rooms to the runway, when they showed up on Moschino’s catwalk in Milan last year.

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As for the Balenciaga Hello Kitty collection, the items still have that familiar cute face, but they’re clearly not for toddlers. This medium Ville top-handle bag is for serious fans with bank accounts that can handle a price tag of $2,590.

The collaboration includes other items that are bound to be at least a little more accessible, such as a phone holder, an XXS tote and an XS camera bag.

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The collection will be available worldwide Jan. 27.

This story was originally published by the New York Post.

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Ashley Graham designing plus-size wedding dresses with Pronovias

Ashley Graham may be mere days away from giving birth to her first child, but she has marriage on her mind.

The pregnant model, 32, announced a partnership with bridal brand Pronovias on Tuesday, revealing a slate of plus-size wedding dresses of her own design.

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The pregnant model, 32, announced a partnership with bridal brand Pronovias on Tuesday. (Photo: Pronovias)

“[Your wedding day is] beyond a size or a type of woman — it’s really just about her,” Graham told WWD about the collaboration. “That’s why I’m so excited there are now sizes from 0 to 34.”

Graham helped design a collection of 16 styles, including a gown with lace sleeves, an off-the-shoulder silhouette, and a tuxedo — which was reportedly “a must” for the model — with prices ranging from $1,000 to $3,500. She also said that she built shapewear into the dresses so that curvy brides don’t need to worry about doubling up.

Though she’s been married to husband Justin Ervin for nine years, Graham reflected on her own bridal shopping struggles while envisioning the collection.

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“I really didn’t get the option of what I truly wanted because I didn’t have the time or the luxury because of my size,” Graham said about her wedding dress. (Photo: Pronovias)

She told WWD that she planned her wedding in just two months, revealing that she ended up buying a size 10 off-the-rack dress from a small boutique in Nebraska because they did not have an option for her size 14-16 physique. She said she had to add a panel sewn into the back of the bustier to make it fit.

“I really didn’t get the option of what I truly wanted because I didn’t have the time or the luxury because of my size. And to be completely honest — because of my budget,” Graham said.

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(Photo: Pronovias)

The activist is not only disrupting the wedding industry, but also the swimsuit market; she’s had a steady gig designing bathing suits for a wide range of sizes with Swimsuits for All, and recently posed for a sexy campaign for the brand, showing off her baby bump.

And, as if that wasn’t enough, the model covered the January issue of Vogue — also while expecting.

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This report was originally published by the New York Post.

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Instagram blogger embraces curves, slams former ‘lean’ bod in before-and-after photos

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Most before-and-after photos typically highlight body milestones like weight loss or body-building transformations.

An Australian influencer, however, took a different approach with a post celebrating how she went from fit and trim to thick and curvy.

“I find it so hard to look at old photos and remember being that girl,” wrote Instagram blogger Kate of @dedikated_lifestyle, referring to the “before” photo of her toned body in 2014.

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The right photo, taken in 2020, shows Kate embracing her natural, full figure in a bikini.

”Not because I wish I still looked like that or because I compare my body. But because it reminds me of how obsessed I was,” she continued. “It reminds me of sadness, being self conscious and never feeling like I was good enough.”

Kate said that during her years of maintaining what society considers to be the perfect bod, she skipped social events to avoid eating out and lost time with loved ones because she spent all her time at the gym. She became so obsessed, she said, with losing more weight that she weighed herself daily.

“I can tell you that weighing less does not mean your life will suddenly be better,” she wrote. “Long term happiness, fulfillment and purpose doesn’t come from short term weight loss.”

Since letting go of her fixation on being lean, Kate said she’s learned to love every inch of her “curvier” body.

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“I know that I would much rather be curvier/bigger/thicker, be free from diet culture and have freedom around food, than be ‘lean’ and consumed by weighing less, seeing those numbers go down every day and counting the calories in my lettuce leaves,” she said.

She added: “Remember that sometimes gaining weight is simply a side effect of living your best life, and that ‘healthy’ looks different on every body. Maybe it’s time to trust yours and let it do it’s [sic] thing.”

Many of Kate’s more than 140,000 Instagram followers praised her for the radical acceptance of her body and spreading a message of self-love.

“You are beyond amazing,” one follower commented. “Thank you for being so raw and sharing. You are such an inspiring woman.”

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“Love this. You are so inspiring, it takes a lot to create this mindset,” wrote another, who said she unfollowed a lot of “unrealistic” Instagram influencer pages that made her “unhappy and negative against myself.”

“You remind me to be happy with who I am, I love your page and your posts,” she added. “Keep doing what you are doing!”

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Instagram blogger embraces curves, slams former ‘lean’ bod in before-and-after photos

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Most before-and-after photos typically highlight body milestones like weight loss or body-building transformations.

An Australian influencer, however, took a different approach with a post celebrating how she went from fit and trim to thick and curvy.

“I find it so hard to look at old photos and remember being that girl,” wrote Instagram blogger Kate of @dedikated_lifestyle, referring to the “before” photo of her toned body in 2014.

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The right photo, taken in 2020, shows Kate embracing her natural, full figure in a bikini.

”Not because I wish I still looked like that or because I compare my body. But because it reminds me of how obsessed I was,” she continued. “It reminds me of sadness, being self conscious and never feeling like I was good enough.”

Kate said that during her years of maintaining what society considers to be the perfect bod, she skipped social events to avoid eating out and lost time with loved ones because she spent all her time at the gym. She became so obsessed, she said, with losing more weight that she weighed herself daily.

“I can tell you that weighing less does not mean your life will suddenly be better,” she wrote. “Long term happiness, fulfillment and purpose doesn’t come from short term weight loss.”

Since letting go of her fixation on being lean, Kate said she’s learned to love every inch of her “curvier” body.

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“I know that I would much rather be curvier/bigger/thicker, be free from diet culture and have freedom around food, than be ‘lean’ and consumed by weighing less, seeing those numbers go down every day and counting the calories in my lettuce leaves,” she said.

She added: “Remember that sometimes gaining weight is simply a side effect of living your best life, and that ‘healthy’ looks different on every body. Maybe it’s time to trust yours and let it do it’s [sic] thing.”

Many of Kate’s more than 140,000 Instagram followers praised her for the radical acceptance of her body and spreading a message of self-love.

“You are beyond amazing,” one follower commented. “Thank you for being so raw and sharing. You are such an inspiring woman.”

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“Love this. You are so inspiring, it takes a lot to create this mindset,” wrote another, who said she unfollowed a lot of “unrealistic” Instagram influencer pages that made her “unhappy and negative against myself.”

“You remind me to be happy with who I am, I love your page and your posts,” she added. “Keep doing what you are doing!”

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Instagram blogger praised for sharing ‘real’ bikini photos: ‘You look rad’

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A New Zealand fashion blogger has taken a stand against a culture that promotes a “new year, new you” by sharing a series of “real” bikini snaps online.

Meaghan Kerr recently took to Instagram to share the photos with fans, captioning the post: “Just a rad fat babe, living her life, laughing and having fun at the beach.”

The 35-year-old said the images were her way of railing against “predatory advertising” for New Year’s diets, “wellness plans and gym memberships”.

“There’s always a lot of that around at this time of year so here’s a little something to shake up your feed,” the body-positive activist wrote. “Today I went to the beach in possibly the most revealing bikini I’ve worn in a very long while, and I had a great time.”

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“The top basically has my cleavage on full show thanks to the lace-up detailing (HELLO) and the bottoms … are way lower than I’d usually wear.”

Kerr said while she normally opts for swimwear with a high rise to cover her “lopsided and saggy stomach”, she decided to shun those as a way to fight against social pressures.

“I really wanted to feel the sun on my belly and the sea on my skin, so I put on a pair that has been sitting in a drawer for about two years with the tags still on,” she said. “They don’t even cover my belly button, and you know what? I don’t care.”

“I sat on the sand and had a picnic, I swam with my family, I soaked up the sunshine and had a great time. Looking forward to much more of this over summer,” Kerr wrote.

The “real” photos struck a chord with the blogger’s followers, with the post garnering thousands of reactions and a raft of positive messages.

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“I love this post! And I love how pics like this help Wahine (women) like me deconstruct our thinking. You look rad,” one wrote.

“Love this!! You are rocking that bikini,” another said.

“These are flippin’ phenomenal swimmers and you are GLORIOUS,” one added.

Another said: “Thank you for being one less bloody diet ad on my feed, seriously its ridiculous how many there are this week.”

Others agreed, saying they were also astounded by the amount of diet advertising they had been hit with over the past few days.

“I don’t know whether I am feeling more down about myself, but I feel like the ‘diet your way into a better you in the new year’ schtick has been even louder and more invasive this time around!” one said.

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In a recent interview with Kiwi outlet Stuff,  Kerr said she had no problem at all with people who decided to take up health programs at this time of year.

“I’m not against people joining a gym, I think gyms are great, but the advertising is geared towards weight loss and preying on the fact that people are feeling insecure about their bodies because it’s summer,” she told the publication. “It’s just the way that they advertise. They’re not focused on health, they’re not focused on strength, they’re not focused on fitness, it’s literally preying on body insecurities.”

In a follow-up Instagram post, Kerr reiterated her message that dieting wasn’t a guaranteed pathway to happiness, self-confidence or self-love.

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“You do not have to change your body to earn your place in the world,” she said. “You are enough just as you are. I used to think that I had to shrink myself to fit in, that I wasn’t worth anything if I didn’t look a certain way.

“And that’s a huge mind f—, especially if you look very different to the ideal like I do (hello, short fat Maori woman over here).”

She said by speaking openly she wanted people to know that no matter “what size a person was, how old they were, what they looked like or their background, “it’s okay”.

“You are worth love and respect (from yourself and others) and good things NOW. Just as you are,” she said.

Kerr ended her post by telling her followers while it can be difficult to discard “negative messaging” ingrained from childhood, she hoped to offer an inspiring “reminder”.

“I wanted to tell you anyway because sometimes we just need a reminder,” she said.

This story was originally published by News.com.au.

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Delta employees say uniforms are still causing skin irritation and breathing problems, file lawsuit

A number of Delta employees are itching to get rid of the company’s new uniforms.

Hundreds of Delta Air Lines employees have filed a lawsuit against Land’s End — which produced the uniforms for the airline in 2018 — claiming the chemicals used in the manufacturing of their work-mandated attire has caused itching, rashes and breathing difficulties, among other health issues.

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“These uniforms are high stretch, wrinkle and stain-resistant, waterproof, anti-static, and deodorizing. Lands’ End used various chemical additives and finishes to achieve these characteristics,” the lawsuit alleges, according to The New York Post.

Additional issues reported by Delta Air Lines employees include coughing, tightness of the chest, hair loss, hives and headaches, leading to “severe emotional distress” in some.

The lawsuit claims the health problems were reported soon after the uniforms were debuted in May 2018, and “continue to this day.”

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Following the initial launch in 2018, Delta Air Lines said the uniforms were tested on 1,000 employees across 80 focus groups.

“When we began working with employees to design new uniforms, we wanted to improve design, fit and function, while ensuring the health and safety of all Delta people. That’s why we took three years to collect feedback and listen, including three months of testing live in the operation on 1,000 randomly selected employees,” the airline told Fox News in June 2018.

The airline also admitted that it had received “a few reports” of “potential chafing of skin irritation,” but claimed that the clothing articles believed to be responsible were optional.

The uniforms, which were designed by Zac Posen and consisted of 1.2 million individual articles of clothing, cost Delta Air Lines “probably in the $20 million range,” CEO Ed Bastian said at the time.

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The uniforms, which were designed by Zac Posen, cost the airline somewhere “in the $20 million range,” Delta CEO Ed Bastian said at the time. (Delta Air Lines)

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In a statement shared with Fox News on Friday, the airline claimed its own study verified the “highest textile standards” of the uniform.

“Our top priority continues to be the safety of our employees, which is why we invested in a rigorous toxicology study to determine if there was a universal scientific issue with the uniform,” the airline shared in a statement. “The results of the study confirm our uniforms meet the highest textile standards – OEKO-TEX – with the exception of the optional flight attendant apron, which we removed from the collection.”

The airline has earlier confirmed that the uniforms were provided to some 64,000 employees. About 24,000 of those are flight attendants, the lawsuit claims, according to the New York Post.

The workers are accusing Land’s End of negligence and providing defective uniforms, as well as the alleged failure to call on Delta to recall the uniforms.

A representative for Land’s End said the company would not comment on pending litigation.

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Delta’s uniform issues are not unique to the industry. In Nov. of 2016, the Association of Professional Flight Attendants called on American Airlines to recall its then-new uniforms following complaints of rashes and hives. In March of 2017, American Airlines officially announced that alternatives would be provided.

Janine Puhak contributed to this report.

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