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Fashion & Culture Magazine Numéro Netherlands Launches New Digital Edition
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Fashion & Culture Magazine Numéro Netherlands Launches New Digital Edition

Fashion Luxury fashion and culture magazine Numéro Netherlands has created a brand new digital edition in partnership with digital platform Exact Editions. The archive currently encompasses 3 back issues, and will grow with each new issue published.     Perched at the crossroads between women’s and men’s luxury magazines and cutting-edge magazines, Numéro Netherlands explores an original vision of luxury. Each issue is innovative, transgressive, inventive and an experimentation of style. It effortlessly connects brands to art, design and contemporary aesthetic codes, reinforcing their distinctness, uniqueness and luxury brand status.     All contents pages of the new archive will be linked to facilitate quick browsing, whilst the advanced search function allows readers to pinpoint references to specific keywords at the touch of a button across web, iOS and Android platforms.     Numéro Netherlands is available in the Exact Editions individual and institutional shops here:   Individuals: https://shop.exacteditions.com/numero-netherlands Institutions: https://institutions.exacteditions.com/numero-netherlands     Editor-in-Chief, Timotej Letonja commented: “We are pleased to be offering this new digital option to subscribers old and new. Our photography and editorials are displayed compellingly across both online and web platforms, providing an aesthetically striking reading experience.”     Daryl Rayner, Managing Director of Exact Editions, said: “Numéro Netherlands joins a strong roster of luxury magazines already hosted on the platform. It will be a brilliant resource for fashion and culture aficionados and students, as well as institutional libraries. Luxury fashion and culture magazine Numéro Netherlands has created a brand new digital edition in partnership with digital platform Exact Editions. The archive currently encompasses 3 back issues, and will grow with each new issue published.     Perched at the crossroads between women’s and men’s luxury magazines and cutting-edge magazines, Numéro Netherlands explores an original vision of luxury. Each issue is innovative, transgressive, inventive and an experimentation of style. It effortlessly connects brands to art, design and contemporary aesthetic codes, reinforcing their distinctness, uniqueness and luxury brand status.     All contents pages of the new archive will be linked to facilitate quick browsing, whilst the advanced search function allows readers to pinpoint references to specific keywords at the touch of a button across web, iOS and Android platforms.     Numéro Netherlands is available in the Exact Editions individual and institutional shops here:   Individuals: https://shop.exacteditions.com/numero-netherlands Institutions: https://institutions.exacteditions.com/numero-netherlands     Editor-in-Chief, Timotej Letonja commented: “We are pleased to be offering this new digital option to subscribers old and new. Our photography and editorials are displayed compellingly across both online and web platforms, providing an aesthetically striking reading experience.”     Daryl Rayner, Managing Director of Exact Editions, said: “Numéro Netherlands joins a strong roster of luxury magazines already hosted on the platform. It will be a brilliant resource for fashion and culture aficionados and students, as well as institutional libraries.

'' BPM '' | Breath per minute.
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'' BPM '' | Breath per minute.

Music Rhythm is life. Doesn’t breath feel like a constant groove?  And our experiences like a melody in motion? As one loop ends, another life cycle begins. REPEAT. Life is rhythm.    From child-like curiosity and fearlessness , to synchronized maturity, control and peace of mind, This film illustrates how different rhythm palettes reflect on different phases of life through movement  and how its all inter-connected.   Watch the full video here: youtu.be/eJbGhugW54w   Director & Choreographer - @shaylatukolan asst. Director -  @larsbohte Dop & Edit -  @dnzl.mohlmann Music -  @timwes  Styling, Wardrobe Design - @lissa.brandon  Wardrobe Design, Tailor - @silvytenbroeke Art Director -  @ellagerritsen  asst. Art Director -  @elin_visser Hair & Make Up - @yourstruly.christinemarie asst Hair & Make Up -  @jialibao , @marrrjooo  Light Installation -  @zalan_szakacs , Bob Gaffer -  @kennethvanbochove Poetry -  @j.scoop asst. Choreographer -  @rosathomford Chair Art -  @_dae_uk_kim_   Starring: @nellaroz @fenuellperez @tyathira@rocheapinsa @foday.co @timwes@dylankuyper_@reillyfreemn @breakyaneckk@mariah.careyy@arnoldarakaza @kenzoalvares@shaylatukolan@psk_pjd   Featured song, Channel Tres ft. Tyler the Creator - Fuego   special thanks to:  @guidolok, @willemsizoo @provokeworld @mijo.alles @shivawnjoubert_ @prereserved  Rhythm is life. Doesn’t breath feel like a constant groove?  And our experiences like a melody in motion? As one loop ends, another life cycle begins. REPEAT. Life is rhythm.    From child-like curiosity and fearlessness , to synchronized maturity, control and peace of mind, This film illustrates how different rhythm palettes reflect on different phases of life through movement  and how its all inter-connected.   Watch the full video here: youtu.be/eJbGhugW54w   Director & Choreographer - @shaylatukolan asst. Director -  @larsbohte Dop & Edit -  @dnzl.mohlmann Music -  @timwes  Styling, Wardrobe Design - @lissa.brandon  Wardrobe Design, Tailor - @silvytenbroeke Art Director -  @ellagerritsen  asst. Art Director -  @elin_visser Hair & Make Up - @yourstruly.christinemarie asst Hair & Make Up -  @jialibao , @marrrjooo  Light Installation -  @zalan_szakacs , Bob Gaffer -  @kennethvanbochove Poetry -  @j.scoop asst. Choreographer -  @rosathomford Chair Art -  @_dae_uk_kim_   Starring: @nellaroz @fenuellperez @tyathira@rocheapinsa @foday.co @timwes@dylankuyper_@reillyfreemn @breakyaneckk@mariah.careyy@arnoldarakaza @kenzoalvares@shaylatukolan@psk_pjd   Featured song, Channel Tres ft. Tyler the Creator - Fuego   special thanks to:  @guidolok, @willemsizoo @provokeworld @mijo.alles @shivawnjoubert_ @prereserved 

In conversation with Dieudonnee
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In conversation with Dieudonnee

Fashion As part of our collaboration with Zalando #ActivistsofOptimism we had a pleasure to work with and speak with Dieudonnee.        Can you please introduce yourself to the readers a little bit.   My Name is Dieudonnée. I'm 25 years old. I am an all around creative, I do design, I model and I do content creation.      What kind of content creation are you most excited to do nowadays?    I think there’s two main party that I really like to do. One is fashion I really like clothing, streetwear and outerwear especially. And the other side is body positivity. As a curvy model there’s a lot of things that come to my attention in my life when it comes to body positivity and confidence. So I’m happy to share that with my people.      What does optimism mean to you?    For me if means finding that silver lining in every situation that happens and I think it's impossible for a person to be 100% optimistic at all times but I think if you learn how to switch negative aspects and turn them into something good and just accepting the fact that something doesn't go as planned for example then you can live a very optimistic life which can help you feel better.     What does freedom mean to you?    I think all of us have kind of experienced how it feels to not be free and to realize actually how free we are in our lives due to the pandemic and the lockdowns. So for me freedom is actually the most important thing in life. I think that’s what everyone strives for. In the end we work and follow our passions but eventually we want to work to a life where we can do what we want to do.    And also it’s a piece of optimism that we can twist into that as well because while realizing that our freedom was taking to a certain extend it also gives as a silver lining of how free we are actually in this country.      When do you feel the most free? What makes you feel free?    I think when I’m surrounded by people that one hundred percent understand me and people that make me feel confident to be myself. That’s when I feel the most free. Also when I travel I feel very free because I feel like nobody knows me in other countries so I can do whatever I want.      What keeps you happy and positive nowadays?    I think sometimes it’s very hard for me to find positivity especially when you don’t know where the situation is going but for me my positivity mostly comes from the weather. It seems to be a small thing from outside but for me personally when the sun is shining and the weather is good it gives me so much more freedom to go where I want to go and just to be outside and be in nature. And that really makes me feel more positive as well. Also what really helps me is routine as well. I notice it when I have a routine and I go to the gym 2 or 3 days a week even though it’s just Yoga or whatever. And I get up every morning at the same time and have my hot water with lemon. It gives me this state of piece where I can always fall back to.    It’s just less stressful and makes you feel calm.      What are you looking forward to in the near future? What excites you about future?    When I’m talking about personal aspects I’m excited about my personal development and the things I want to do. I just started my own clothing brand so I’m excited to see where that’s going and also to see where it’s going with modeling.     What kind of clothing?    We make streetwear based on the female silhouettes.      Does that connect to body positivity?    Yes it does. Because I’m a big fan of streetwear and I wear a lot of Men’s clothing but I feel like every brand that I wear doesn’t necessarily fit my body type so I always have to get it adjusted. When you have a smaller waist and bigger hips, most of the pants already don’t fit. And I noticed that a lot of brands are marketed as unisex but their clothing is not based on the female body. So I just wanted it to do the other way round.      What do you daydream about?    I am the biggest dreamer ever. I daydream all the time, I always zone out. I don’t know it’s a hard question because I do it all the time. I don’t know if you believe in astrology but I’m a cancer and cancers are people that make up scenarios in their head all the time. Usually when I daydream I’m just picturing the perfect scenario of something and then hoping it will happen one day.      Team: Videography & Fashion: GINO GURRIERI @ginogurrieri  Photography: HANS VAN BRAKEL @hansvanbrakelstudio Make Up & Hair: WOUT PHILIPPO  Casting TIMOTEJ LETONJA @timiletonja Production: MAGDALENA ROE @magdalenaroe  Video Assistant: JELLE VAN BRAKEL @jelle.vbr Photography Assistant: SANDER VAN BRAKEL @sandervbrakel Fashion Assistant: MICHAEL GEERTZEN @michael_geertzen Make Up & Hair Assistant: LONA CERUTTI @lonamakeupartist Words and Voiceover: CHELSEABOY @xochelseaboy  Music: ‚Also Sprach Zarathustra, op.30’ RICHARD STRAUSS TALENTS: CHELSEABOY @xochelseaboy , MAGDALENA ROE @magdalenaroe, TIMOTEJ LETONJ @timiletonja, DIEUDONNÉE @dieudonnee via PLACE MODELS @placemodels, SANDER VAN BRAKEL @sandervbrakel, JELLE VAN BRAKEL @jelle.vbr, MICHAEL GEERTZEN @michael_geertzen, LAURENS @therealfishtank via THE MOVEMENT MODELS @themovementmodels  Photography & production assistant @daniel.sars      All clothing available on Zalando. https://www.zalando.nl   As part of our collaboration with Zalando #ActivistsofOptimism we had a pleasure to work with and speak with Dieudonnee.        Can you please introduce yourself to the readers a little bit.   My Name is Dieudonnée. I'm 25 years old. I am an all around creative, I do design, I model and I do content creation.      What kind of content creation are you most excited to do nowadays?    I think there’s two main party that I really like to do. One is fashion I really like clothing, streetwear and outerwear especially. And the other side is body positivity. As a curvy model there’s a lot of things that come to my attention in my life when it comes to body positivity and confidence. So I’m happy to share that with my people.      What does optimism mean to you?    For me if means finding that silver lining in every situation that happens and I think it's impossible for a person to be 100% optimistic at all times but I think if you learn how to switch negative aspects and turn them into something good and just accepting the fact that something doesn't go as planned for example then you can live a very optimistic life which can help you feel better.     What does freedom mean to you?    I think all of us have kind of experienced how it feels to not be free and to realize actually how free we are in our lives due to the pandemic and the lockdowns. So for me freedom is actually the most important thing in life. I think that’s what everyone strives for. In the end we work and follow our passions but eventually we want to work to a life where we can do what we want to do.    And also it’s a piece of optimism that we can twist into that as well because while realizing that our freedom was taking to a certain extend it also gives as a silver lining of how free we are actually in this country.      When do you feel the most free? What makes you feel free?    I think when I’m surrounded by people that one hundred percent understand me and people that make me feel confident to be myself. That’s when I feel the most free. Also when I travel I feel very free because I feel like nobody knows me in other countries so I can do whatever I want.      What keeps you happy and positive nowadays?    I think sometimes it’s very hard for me to find positivity especially when you don’t know where the situation is going but for me my positivity mostly comes from the weather. It seems to be a small thing from outside but for me personally when the sun is shining and the weather is good it gives me so much more freedom to go where I want to go and just to be outside and be in nature. And that really makes me feel more positive as well. Also what really helps me is routine as well. I notice it when I have a routine and I go to the gym 2 or 3 days a week even though it’s just Yoga or whatever. And I get up every morning at the same time and have my hot water with lemon. It gives me this state of piece where I can always fall back to.    It’s just less stressful and makes you feel calm.      What are you looking forward to in the near future? What excites you about future?    When I’m talking about personal aspects I’m excited about my personal development and the things I want to do. I just started my own clothing brand so I’m excited to see where that’s going and also to see where it’s going with modeling.     What kind of clothing?    We make streetwear based on the female silhouettes.      Does that connect to body positivity?    Yes it does. Because I’m a big fan of streetwear and I wear a lot of Men’s clothing but I feel like every brand that I wear doesn’t necessarily fit my body type so I always have to get it adjusted. When you have a smaller waist and bigger hips, most of the pants already don’t fit. And I noticed that a lot of brands are marketed as unisex but their clothing is not based on the female body. So I just wanted it to do the other way round.      What do you daydream about?    I am the biggest dreamer ever. I daydream all the time, I always zone out. I don’t know it’s a hard question because I do it all the time. I don’t know if you believe in astrology but I’m a cancer and cancers are people that make up scenarios in their head all the time. Usually when I daydream I’m just picturing the perfect scenario of something and then hoping it will happen one day.      Team: Videography & Fashion: GINO GURRIERI @ginogurrieri  Photography: HANS VAN BRAKEL @hansvanbrakelstudio Make Up & Hair: WOUT PHILIPPO  Casting TIMOTEJ LETONJA @timiletonja Production: MAGDALENA ROE @magdalenaroe  Video Assistant: JELLE VAN BRAKEL @jelle.vbr Photography Assistant: SANDER VAN BRAKEL @sandervbrakel Fashion Assistant: MICHAEL GEERTZEN @michael_geertzen Make Up & Hair Assistant: LONA CERUTTI @lonamakeupartist Words and Voiceover: CHELSEABOY @xochelseaboy  Music: ‚Also Sprach Zarathustra, op.30’ RICHARD STRAUSS TALENTS: CHELSEABOY @xochelseaboy , MAGDALENA ROE @magdalenaroe, TIMOTEJ LETONJ @timiletonja, DIEUDONNÉE @dieudonnee via PLACE MODELS @placemodels, SANDER VAN BRAKEL @sandervbrakel, JELLE VAN BRAKEL @jelle.vbr, MICHAEL GEERTZEN @michael_geertzen, LAURENS @therealfishtank via THE MOVEMENT MODELS @themovementmodels  Photography & production assistant @daniel.sars      All clothing available on Zalando. https://www.zalando.nl  

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GIVENCHY PARFUMS LAUNCHES THE CREATION OF AN NFT IN SUPPORT OF THE LGBTQIA+ CAUSE
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GIVENCHY PARFUMS LAUNCHES THE CREATION OF AN NFT IN SUPPORT OF THE LGBTQIA+ CAUSE

Fragrances To mark Pride Month this year, Givenchy Parfums states its support for the LGBTQIA+ cause by launching an unprecedented project: the brand has decided to team up with London gallery owner & LGBTQIA+ activist Amar Singh and artists Rewind Collective to create a digital artwork which will be sold for the benefit of the Le MAG Jeunes organisation (https://www.mag-jeunes.org/). An initiative which perfectly reflects the House’s approach, according to which disruptive creativity and innovation always go hand in hand with values of respect and inclusion.     After having ventured into the field of gaming by creating makeup looks for the video game Animal Crossing, Givenchy Parfums is now exploring the new world of NFTs (“Non Fungible Tokens”, digital works encoded in a way that ensures their uniqueness and authenticity). The House thus becomes the first beauty brand to come up with an NFT and to put this innovation at the service of an essential cause.     Drawing inspiration from the House’s hallmarks, as well as the colours of Pride Month, this original virtual artwork is being unveiled today on the @givenchybeauty Instagram page. It will then be sold exclusively in a limited series of 1,952 on VeVe, the largest mobile-first digital collectibles platform. After the sale that will take place from June 21 to June 26, the proceeds will be entirely donated to the Le MAG Jeunes organisation.     This initiative is fully in line with Givenchy Parfums’ approach, which aims to promote a culture open to all types of diversity. The singularity and expertise of its employees are a precious source of creativity and innovation. Givenchy Parfums ensures that all are included so that they are totally free to be themselves and can fully express their potential. Each talent is unique and the strength of the House relies on merging these differences. To mark Pride Month this year, Givenchy Parfums states its support for the LGBTQIA+ cause by launching an unprecedented project: the brand has decided to team up with London gallery owner & LGBTQIA+ activist Amar Singh and artists Rewind Collective to create a digital artwork which will be sold for the benefit of the Le MAG Jeunes organisation (https://www.mag-jeunes.org/). An initiative which perfectly reflects the House’s approach, according to which disruptive creativity and innovation always go hand in hand with values of respect and inclusion.     After having ventured into the field of gaming by creating makeup looks for the video game Animal Crossing, Givenchy Parfums is now exploring the new world of NFTs (“Non Fungible Tokens”, digital works encoded in a way that ensures their uniqueness and authenticity). The House thus becomes the first beauty brand to come up with an NFT and to put this innovation at the service of an essential cause.     Drawing inspiration from the House’s hallmarks, as well as the colours of Pride Month, this original virtual artwork is being unveiled today on the @givenchybeauty Instagram page. It will then be sold exclusively in a limited series of 1,952 on VeVe, the largest mobile-first digital collectibles platform. After the sale that will take place from June 21 to June 26, the proceeds will be entirely donated to the Le MAG Jeunes organisation.     This initiative is fully in line with Givenchy Parfums’ approach, which aims to promote a culture open to all types of diversity. The singularity and expertise of its employees are a precious source of creativity and innovation. Givenchy Parfums ensures that all are included so that they are totally free to be themselves and can fully express their potential. Each talent is unique and the strength of the House relies on merging these differences.

Versace joins Lady Gaga to celebrate Pride Month and the 10th anniversary of Lady Gaga’s Born This Way album
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Versace joins Lady Gaga to celebrate Pride Month and the 10th anniversary of Lady Gaga’s Born This Way album

Fashion   “I am so happy to partner once again with Lady Gaga and the Born This Way Foundation. Our friendship and our efforts to promote equality, diversity and inclusion have only become stronger with time. It’s been 10 years since we created the looks for her Born This Way Ball, so we’ve decided to revisit the leather jacket - one of my favorite pieces from the tour - to be auctioned for a great cause.  Gaga and her foundation are so inspiring, I love the work they do with vulnerable youth and the LGBTQ+ community.” - Donatella Versace     In fact, Versace will auction a replica of the iconic leather jacket worn by Gaga on her accompanying world tour and donating all proceeds from the auction to the star’s Born This Way Foundation. Entirely hand-crafted in Versace’s Milan atelier, the jacket took over 400 hours to complete and features accents of the brand’s signature Metal Mesh, as well as golden trims and buckles. The exclusive piece will be auctioned from June 1 by Omaze, a US-based fundraising company that partners with charities.     Versace will also launch a unisex T-shirt and beret with a portion of proceeds going to the Born This Way Foundation. The designs feature the Versace logo in Pride colors to celebrate the brand’s continued allyship with the LGBTQ+ community.     The styles will be available for purchase on Versace.com from June, 1st.   “I am so happy to partner once again with Lady Gaga and the Born This Way Foundation. Our friendship and our efforts to promote equality, diversity and inclusion have only become stronger with time. It’s been 10 years since we created the looks for her Born This Way Ball, so we’ve decided to revisit the leather jacket - one of my favorite pieces from the tour - to be auctioned for a great cause.  Gaga and her foundation are so inspiring, I love the work they do with vulnerable youth and the LGBTQ+ community.” - Donatella Versace     In fact, Versace will auction a replica of the iconic leather jacket worn by Gaga on her accompanying world tour and donating all proceeds from the auction to the star’s Born This Way Foundation. Entirely hand-crafted in Versace’s Milan atelier, the jacket took over 400 hours to complete and features accents of the brand’s signature Metal Mesh, as well as golden trims and buckles. The exclusive piece will be auctioned from June 1 by Omaze, a US-based fundraising company that partners with charities.     Versace will also launch a unisex T-shirt and beret with a portion of proceeds going to the Born This Way Foundation. The designs feature the Versace logo in Pride colors to celebrate the brand’s continued allyship with the LGBTQ+ community.     The styles will be available for purchase on Versace.com from June, 1st.

In conversation with Gottmik
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In conversation with Gottmik

Fashion We had a delight speaking with Kade Gottlieb AKA Gottmik.       Who are you and what is your profession?   Hi! My name is Kade Gottlieb AKA Gottmik from RuPauls drag race season 13 and I am a performer! From makeup to drag I am ready to show my artistry in every way possible!      When did you start as a Make-Up Artist? How and why did you start?   I have been in love with makeup for as long as I can remember but I started working as a signed professional makeup artist when I was 21! I grew up painting and drawing, so seeing my skills translated on people made it living art and I was obsessed.     What are your first memories when it comes to fashion?   The first time I was beyond moved and realized I wanted fashion to be a part of my life was Alexander McQueens Fall 2009 collection. I was in 7th grade and I remember feeling emotions and seeing beauty in a way I never had felt before. A backstage photo from that runway to this day is hung above my bed!      What inspires you the most when it comes to fashion?   I love when art makes people feel something. When I do anything I want to put my emotions and my life experience into whatever I’m doing and that’s what inspires me when it comes to fashion as well. Feeling emotion through a runway is just such a butterfly magic moment for me.     What person in the (fashion) industry inspires you the most?   Anyone that pushes boundaries in the fashion industry inspires me. Galliano, Gaultier, McQueen, Rick Owens, Vicente Westwood, Thome Browne. I could go on forever!      What is your first memory with drag? And how did you start doing drag?   I first saw drag when I was 16 at my first pride in Phoenix Arizona! The queen I saw was very androgynous and I remember thinking that I finally found my art form. It was a way to explore gender and I never looked back!     What is your favorite song at the moment and why? Do you have a playlist that you would like to share with us?   Right now off the top of my head I’d have to say that strong enough by Cher is my favorite song because I’m on tour right now with two of my favorite people in the world (Vanessa Vanjie Mateo and Asia Ohara) and we play that song right as the show is about to start and we dance like I have never danced in my life every time!!       What is the first thing you like to do when you wake up, and last thing you like to do before going to bed?   When I wake up honestly I check my phone to see what time it is because if I’m not being woken up by an alarm these days I’m panicking that I missed something. The last thing I do before I go to bed is thank God and the universe for my life. Literally every blessing and opportunity that is coming my way currently seems so surreal and truly feels like my dreams are coming true, so I have to give credit where credit is due!     Tell us about your highlights in your career, especially after RuPaul's Drag Race?   Being on RDR was absolutely a dream come true for me, and every opportunity that has followed so far has been insane and it has only been a few months! I got to present an award at the MTV movie and tv awards with RuPaul, Michelle Visage, and Symone, I got to go on tour with some of the best drag entertainers in the world, and now I’m on the cover of Numero!      How has it been after the show? How did it affect your personal life and growth?   My life after the show has been non stop. I haven’t really had a full day off since the finale and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Every day I am growing as a person and an artist whether is physically thanks to drag queens around me teaching me old tricks, or if it’s spiritually/ emotionally thanks to meditation and finding inner strength to get me through these long days! either way I’m beyond blessed and thankful and so excited for what the future holds!     What are some of your favorite moments when thinking of your RuPaul's Drag Race experience?   Since we filmed during a pandemic, my favorite moments when thinking of my RuPauls drag race experience would have to be about relationships I made with the other queens. Being able to interact and bond with such amazing artists at a time where we could even leave the house outside of set was insane and made us all cherish every single moment.     How did RuPaul's Drag Race affect your career?   RuPauls Drag Race changed my life and career forever in so many ways. I will never give up the art of makeup but for now I was honored to have my own personal artistry shown of the biggest drag stage in the world and I’m ready to show what I can do even more than the world saw on the show. I am forever thankful to RuPaul, World of Wonder, and VH1 for giving me this opportunity and I’m ready to push my artistry to the next level.      What are your next steps and plans?   My next steps are to stay true to myself, work harder than I ever have before, take every opportunity that comes my way, and fight for my community. I was able to open a few doors for trans and non binary people by being a voice on RuPauls drag race and I want to keep that momentum going and keep elevating queer and trans people as much as I can always.      Did your fashion style develop or change throughout that period? And if so why?    My fashion style definitely stayed true to me, but seeing myself on tv really helped me understand and physically see what I need to refine and level up. I am always ready to learn and have an open mind towards my art so I can’t wait to keep pushing my art to the highest level I can possibly imagine!     Team credits:  Photo : Jack Waterlot @jackwaterlotstudio  Talent: Gottmik Stylist : Karen Levitt @karenlevittstylist  Hair by Tracy Moyer @tracymoyerhair@therexagency Nails by Erin Moffett @artdeptagency  Fashion director: Lisa Jarvis @lisajarvis_stylist  Casting: Timotej Letonja @timiletonja  Photo assistants: Shane Rooney Production assistant: Allison Nguyen We had a delight speaking with Kade Gottlieb AKA Gottmik.       Who are you and what is your profession?   Hi! My name is Kade Gottlieb AKA Gottmik from RuPauls drag race season 13 and I am a performer! From makeup to drag I am ready to show my artistry in every way possible!      When did you start as a Make-Up Artist? How and why did you start?   I have been in love with makeup for as long as I can remember but I started working as a signed professional makeup artist when I was 21! I grew up painting and drawing, so seeing my skills translated on people made it living art and I was obsessed.     What are your first memories when it comes to fashion?   The first time I was beyond moved and realized I wanted fashion to be a part of my life was Alexander McQueens Fall 2009 collection. I was in 7th grade and I remember feeling emotions and seeing beauty in a way I never had felt before. A backstage photo from that runway to this day is hung above my bed!      What inspires you the most when it comes to fashion?   I love when art makes people feel something. When I do anything I want to put my emotions and my life experience into whatever I’m doing and that’s what inspires me when it comes to fashion as well. Feeling emotion through a runway is just such a butterfly magic moment for me.     What person in the (fashion) industry inspires you the most?   Anyone that pushes boundaries in the fashion industry inspires me. Galliano, Gaultier, McQueen, Rick Owens, Vicente Westwood, Thome Browne. I could go on forever!      What is your first memory with drag? And how did you start doing drag?   I first saw drag when I was 16 at my first pride in Phoenix Arizona! The queen I saw was very androgynous and I remember thinking that I finally found my art form. It was a way to explore gender and I never looked back!     What is your favorite song at the moment and why? Do you have a playlist that you would like to share with us?   Right now off the top of my head I’d have to say that strong enough by Cher is my favorite song because I’m on tour right now with two of my favorite people in the world (Vanessa Vanjie Mateo and Asia Ohara) and we play that song right as the show is about to start and we dance like I have never danced in my life every time!!       What is the first thing you like to do when you wake up, and last thing you like to do before going to bed?   When I wake up honestly I check my phone to see what time it is because if I’m not being woken up by an alarm these days I’m panicking that I missed something. The last thing I do before I go to bed is thank God and the universe for my life. Literally every blessing and opportunity that is coming my way currently seems so surreal and truly feels like my dreams are coming true, so I have to give credit where credit is due!     Tell us about your highlights in your career, especially after RuPaul's Drag Race?   Being on RDR was absolutely a dream come true for me, and every opportunity that has followed so far has been insane and it has only been a few months! I got to present an award at the MTV movie and tv awards with RuPaul, Michelle Visage, and Symone, I got to go on tour with some of the best drag entertainers in the world, and now I’m on the cover of Numero!      How has it been after the show? How did it affect your personal life and growth?   My life after the show has been non stop. I haven’t really had a full day off since the finale and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Every day I am growing as a person and an artist whether is physically thanks to drag queens around me teaching me old tricks, or if it’s spiritually/ emotionally thanks to meditation and finding inner strength to get me through these long days! either way I’m beyond blessed and thankful and so excited for what the future holds!     What are some of your favorite moments when thinking of your RuPaul's Drag Race experience?   Since we filmed during a pandemic, my favorite moments when thinking of my RuPauls drag race experience would have to be about relationships I made with the other queens. Being able to interact and bond with such amazing artists at a time where we could even leave the house outside of set was insane and made us all cherish every single moment.     How did RuPaul's Drag Race affect your career?   RuPauls Drag Race changed my life and career forever in so many ways. I will never give up the art of makeup but for now I was honored to have my own personal artistry shown of the biggest drag stage in the world and I’m ready to show what I can do even more than the world saw on the show. I am forever thankful to RuPaul, World of Wonder, and VH1 for giving me this opportunity and I’m ready to push my artistry to the next level.      What are your next steps and plans?   My next steps are to stay true to myself, work harder than I ever have before, take every opportunity that comes my way, and fight for my community. I was able to open a few doors for trans and non binary people by being a voice on RuPauls drag race and I want to keep that momentum going and keep elevating queer and trans people as much as I can always.      Did your fashion style develop or change throughout that period? And if so why?    My fashion style definitely stayed true to me, but seeing myself on tv really helped me understand and physically see what I need to refine and level up. I am always ready to learn and have an open mind towards my art so I can’t wait to keep pushing my art to the highest level I can possibly imagine!     Team credits:  Photo : Jack Waterlot @jackwaterlotstudio  Talent: Gottmik Stylist : Karen Levitt @karenlevittstylist  Hair by Tracy Moyer @tracymoyerhair@therexagency Nails by Erin Moffett @artdeptagency  Fashion director: Lisa Jarvis @lisajarvis_stylist  Casting: Timotej Letonja @timiletonja  Photo assistants: Shane Rooney Production assistant: Allison Nguyen

The Fashion + Design Festival Arnhem re-examined the PURPOSE of the current fashion- and design system to make the world even better place by local Arnhem based initiatives
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The Fashion + Design Festival Arnhem re-examined the PURPOSE of the current fashion- and design system to make the world even better place by local Arnhem based initiatives

Fashion The Fashion + Design Festival Arnhem kicks off   The new edition of the Fashion + Design Festival Arnhem has officially started on the 3rd of June 2021.This year, together with designers, artists and partners, the festival has a hybrid character due to the current global pandemic.     Within the theme, all participants explore how they make the world a little more beautiful, cleaner and sustainable with their designs and creations. The festival organization aims to offer the visitor a general, well-grounded, compelling overview of the theme PURPOSE alongside the 10 dimensions of the Kabbalah, without any given prejudices of judgments. FDFA aims to offer the broadest spectrum of the content and thematic of PURPOSE, to make the topic widely available to each possible audience. The goal is to collaborate with the designers to look at many initiatives and inspire visitors, watchers and enthusiasts.      The festival is all about PURPOSE, but also about RE-PURPOSE. The festival zooms in on the way in which fashion and product design responds to the changing focus from material to immaterial happiness and meaning, based on the ten dimensions of Kabbalah. At least 4 videos are linked to each dimension within the theme:      How they create videos: a designer explains the ways of working and how he/she contributes to the theme.   An artistic video from a designer/stylist on a given subject within the dimensions of Purpose  Vision: a designer, entrepreneur or artist shares it’s experimental vision on the theme Rijn IJssel Purpose TV:  The local students of the Rijn Ijssel Academy head out in the streets to examine the local Arnhem population on their fashion consumption behaviours and the underlying thoughts and attitudes in a more playful and accessible format        The FDFA offers a high-quality hybrid festival from June 3 to July 3, 2021, in which online and offline events alternate and complement each other. Each week, a number of dimensions from the overarching theme "PURPOSE" are highlighted, with exhibitions, lectures, events and performances. The programming takes place mainly on Thursdays and Fridays in June and is organized in collaboration with partners of the FDFA. View the current program via this link: https://www.fdfarnhem.nl/programma     The costs of digital programming on Thursdays are free to attract the widest possible audience, to keep the program as inclusive as possible and make the program accessible to everyone. The Fashion + Design Festival Arnhem kicks off   The new edition of the Fashion + Design Festival Arnhem has officially started on the 3rd of June 2021.This year, together with designers, artists and partners, the festival has a hybrid character due to the current global pandemic.     Within the theme, all participants explore how they make the world a little more beautiful, cleaner and sustainable with their designs and creations. The festival organization aims to offer the visitor a general, well-grounded, compelling overview of the theme PURPOSE alongside the 10 dimensions of the Kabbalah, without any given prejudices of judgments. FDFA aims to offer the broadest spectrum of the content and thematic of PURPOSE, to make the topic widely available to each possible audience. The goal is to collaborate with the designers to look at many initiatives and inspire visitors, watchers and enthusiasts.      The festival is all about PURPOSE, but also about RE-PURPOSE. The festival zooms in on the way in which fashion and product design responds to the changing focus from material to immaterial happiness and meaning, based on the ten dimensions of Kabbalah. At least 4 videos are linked to each dimension within the theme:      How they create videos: a designer explains the ways of working and how he/she contributes to the theme.   An artistic video from a designer/stylist on a given subject within the dimensions of Purpose  Vision: a designer, entrepreneur or artist shares it’s experimental vision on the theme Rijn IJssel Purpose TV:  The local students of the Rijn Ijssel Academy head out in the streets to examine the local Arnhem population on their fashion consumption behaviours and the underlying thoughts and attitudes in a more playful and accessible format        The FDFA offers a high-quality hybrid festival from June 3 to July 3, 2021, in which online and offline events alternate and complement each other. Each week, a number of dimensions from the overarching theme "PURPOSE" are highlighted, with exhibitions, lectures, events and performances. The programming takes place mainly on Thursdays and Fridays in June and is organized in collaboration with partners of the FDFA. View the current program via this link: https://www.fdfarnhem.nl/programma     The costs of digital programming on Thursdays are free to attract the widest possible audience, to keep the program as inclusive as possible and make the program accessible to everyone.

Milkshake in conversation with Chelseaboy
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Milkshake in conversation with Chelseaboy

Culture Milkshake would be nowhere without the constant inspiration and breathtaking bravery shared and shown in the queer community. For our ten year anniversary, we've portrayed some of our favorite people. These are their stories.     WHAT DRIVES YOU?   I really enjoy using my performance as a tool to create connection, to celebrate our queer identity and to investigate all of the different roles we can play. It’s a way for me to dive further into myself and ultimately into the world. I use drag to lift up the people around me and to liberate those around me to be their full selves.    That’s why I like to find a clash between a more modern appearance and for example older songs, to bridge the gap between memories that might be dear to someone and show them ways these songs could also connect to other identities than their own. The future is gender hybrid. That’s what I try to express in my art as well.      WHAT IS YOUR RELATIONSHIP TO MILKSHAKE?   Milkshake celebrates her tenth birthday this year. I was just 18 when I visited the first edition. I never missed one. I plan my holidays around the festival dates. I explored the Amsterdam nightlife alongside my yearly visits to Milkshake. I would start months in advance planning my looks and outfit. It’s such a beautiful gathering of all the wonderful birds of paradise our community holds. I really enjoy walking across the festival site and bumping into one sister after another as the festival is visited by so many people from across the world. It’s the only place I can imagine spending time with the Berlin queens, the French queens, the British queens, the American queens, you name it! Our community is international and coming together is such a powerful thing.    The last two editions I performed at the Flikker stage, which was a whole new experience. My memories of that day are like a kaleidoscope of so much laughter, love, hysteria en just … LOVE in abundance. Milkshake represents so many subcultures, but somehow the festival seems to have a unique angle that forms a unity within these cultures. It’s really fluid and the thing that connects us all is our shared humanity.      WHAT’S YOUR DREAM FOR OUR COMMUNITY?   I hope that we can come to a place in our community where every single being and every single body is celebrated for all that they are. All forms, all colors, standing strong as a community, with our hearts wide open. I hope the voice that represents us will become louder and louder, and that we will be seen as people that actually matter and are valued as equals.    A true utopia would be that our drag community dissolves in a way into a larger, all encompassing giant world filled with love and acceptance. In order to get there we need to decide together how we want to treat the differences that separate us. We have to pay homage to all the pain, sadness and loss that our community has had to deal with throughout the years. We have always been true at showing our colors so we need to reach a point of mutual understanding that will take us past these differences.    The world I dream of might be paradise on earth, it might be Walhalla. It might be called Milkshake.     CREDITS:  Photography & Post Production: Wouter van Gens Art Director: Marieke Samallo Styling: Dylan Westerweel Model: ChelseaBoy  Chief MUAH: Sebastiaan van der Ham  Make Up: ChelseaBoy  Body paint: Victoria Boo  Nails: Fleur Hissink  Interview: Maartje Weijers     Milkshake would be nowhere without the constant inspiration and breathtaking bravery shared and shown in the queer community. For our ten year anniversary, we've portrayed some of our favorite people. These are their stories.     WHAT DRIVES YOU?   I really enjoy using my performance as a tool to create connection, to celebrate our queer identity and to investigate all of the different roles we can play. It’s a way for me to dive further into myself and ultimately into the world. I use drag to lift up the people around me and to liberate those around me to be their full selves.    That’s why I like to find a clash between a more modern appearance and for example older songs, to bridge the gap between memories that might be dear to someone and show them ways these songs could also connect to other identities than their own. The future is gender hybrid. That’s what I try to express in my art as well.      WHAT IS YOUR RELATIONSHIP TO MILKSHAKE?   Milkshake celebrates her tenth birthday this year. I was just 18 when I visited the first edition. I never missed one. I plan my holidays around the festival dates. I explored the Amsterdam nightlife alongside my yearly visits to Milkshake. I would start months in advance planning my looks and outfit. It’s such a beautiful gathering of all the wonderful birds of paradise our community holds. I really enjoy walking across the festival site and bumping into one sister after another as the festival is visited by so many people from across the world. It’s the only place I can imagine spending time with the Berlin queens, the French queens, the British queens, the American queens, you name it! Our community is international and coming together is such a powerful thing.    The last two editions I performed at the Flikker stage, which was a whole new experience. My memories of that day are like a kaleidoscope of so much laughter, love, hysteria en just … LOVE in abundance. Milkshake represents so many subcultures, but somehow the festival seems to have a unique angle that forms a unity within these cultures. It’s really fluid and the thing that connects us all is our shared humanity.      WHAT’S YOUR DREAM FOR OUR COMMUNITY?   I hope that we can come to a place in our community where every single being and every single body is celebrated for all that they are. All forms, all colors, standing strong as a community, with our hearts wide open. I hope the voice that represents us will become louder and louder, and that we will be seen as people that actually matter and are valued as equals.    A true utopia would be that our drag community dissolves in a way into a larger, all encompassing giant world filled with love and acceptance. In order to get there we need to decide together how we want to treat the differences that separate us. We have to pay homage to all the pain, sadness and loss that our community has had to deal with throughout the years. We have always been true at showing our colors so we need to reach a point of mutual understanding that will take us past these differences.    The world I dream of might be paradise on earth, it might be Walhalla. It might be called Milkshake.     CREDITS:  Photography & Post Production: Wouter van Gens Art Director: Marieke Samallo Styling: Dylan Westerweel Model: ChelseaBoy  Chief MUAH: Sebastiaan van der Ham  Make Up: ChelseaBoy  Body paint: Victoria Boo  Nails: Fleur Hissink  Interview: Maartje Weijers    

 Calvin Klein Celebrates Defining Moments of the LGBTQIA+ Journey with #proudinmycalvins Campaign
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Calvin Klein Celebrates Defining Moments of the LGBTQIA+ Journey with #proudinmycalvins Campaign

Fashion Pride season is starting around the world. A brand that always has been representing the LGBTQIA+ community, not only during pride season but yearlong is Calvin Klein. Calvin Klein’s latest campaign is a celebration of defining moments in the queer and trans journey. A continuation of the #proudinmycalvins movement, the campaign revisits the transformative events that shaped the lives of talent from different parts of the world at different moments in time.   Six photographers captured eight cast members in pared-back, intimate settings. While each of the cast stands out for their highly individual background and rare talent, they are all united in their shared passion for – and impact on – the LGBTQIA+ community.     Watch the campaign video on our instagram.     MEET THE TALENTS AND THE PHOTOGRAPHERS OF THE CAMPAIGN:     Arca (she/her) shot by Gorka Postigo in Barcelona The nonbinary Barcelona-based artist who debuted the Arca moniker in Summer 2011 artfully blends genres across music, performance and painting.     “The first time that I gave myself permission to cruise. In that moment of connection, I felt a vitality. I felt free of a doubt…excited for what was to come.”– 2009     Honey Dijon (she/her) shot by Matt Lambert in Berlin  Artist, DJ and fashion designer Honey was born in Chicago and splits her time between New York and Berlin. Her new album Black Girl Magic will be out later this year.   “The first time in my life that someone had seen me before I saw myself...It was another trans woman that said to me, ‘You belong in a skirt.’ I realized at that moment that I could exist.” – 1990-something     Isaac Cole Powell (he/him) shot by Ryan McGinley in New York City  The American actor and singer recently starred as ‘Tony’ in the Broadway revival of West Side Story and is featured in the upcoming season of Modern Love and the Universal film adaptation of Dear Evan Hansen.   “My hand just crept down my thigh, waiting for it to brush up against him. It finally did. It was like electricity. My whole body was flashing colors. I knew there was no going back after that.”– 2010     Kai Isaiah Jamal (they/them) shot by Campbell Addy in London The spoken word poet and activist draws on their own personal experiences as a trans person of color. Their work centers on exploring, understanding, and dismantling social norms.   “I’ll never forget it. I call it my transition 2.0. Being able to step back into femininity and celebrate that glory...where once those things would have been really triggering. I felt weightless and free.”– 2020     King Princess (pronoun-fluid) shot by Collier Schorr in New York City The singer, songwriter and producer from Brooklyn, NY quickly rose to fame after her debut single in 2018. It was through her mother, who worked in fashion, where she first found her LGBTQIA+ family.   “I started to realize that I was part of this tapestry of queer people that have made really powerful, moving work. When I realized that, everything made sense.”– 2012     Omar Ayuso (he/him) shot by Gorka Postigo in Madrid The Madrid-born actor is best known for his role as Omar Shanaa on the hit television series Elite, a Spanish thriller and teen drama.    "When I told my mother…I thought she would be shocked and make some big scene. She said, ‘Ok, I'll get some tickets for The Sound of Music.’"– 2013       Raisa Flowers (she/her) shot by Ryan McGinley in New York City   A multi-hyphenate talent, the artist, model and muse, Raisa pulls from her West Indian background and queer underground club experiences to reshape how society views beauty and fashion.   “When I was in catholic school...when I first shaved my head. My principal was like, ‘We need to watch her because she’s going to be wild.’ I felt like a badass."– 2010     Samuel de Saboia (he/him) shot by Vivi Bacco in São Paulo The queer Afro-Indigenous Brazilian artist blurs the lines between art and fashion. The multimedia artist focuses on the need for advocacy and bridge building with the queer community in his home country.    "Once you go to the docks, it meant you were kind of free. I had never kissed a guy until that moment. Heart pumping, like I could barely see my chest moving."– 2015     Calvin Klein partners with multiple non-profit organizations in support of LGBTQIA+ advocacy, equality, and safety. This year, Calvin Klein is proud to announce a two-year partnership with The Trevor Project, the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning young people. In addition, Calvin Klein supports ILGA World’s work as the global voice for the LGBTQIA+ rights of those who face discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and/or sex characteristics.   The brand has also committed funds to the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund and continues, alongside parent company PVH Corp, to support the National Pulse Memorial & Museum (formerly onePULSE Foundation), the nonprofit established by the owner of the Pulse nightclub following the June 12, 2016 shooting in Orlando, Florida. This year, a register round up will be held in Calvin Klein North America retail stores. The brand’s support of the National Pulse Memorial & Museum began at the request of our company associates who wanted to celebrate the memory and legacy of their colleague, Frank Hernandez.   Earlier this year, Calvin Klein Australia announced a three-year partnership with BlaQ Aboriginal Corporation, an organization that supports the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBTQIA+ community. http://www.calvinklein.nl/pride  #proudinmycalvins   Pride season is starting around the world. A brand that always has been representing the LGBTQIA+ community, not only during pride season but yearlong is Calvin Klein. Calvin Klein’s latest campaign is a celebration of defining moments in the queer and trans journey. A continuation of the #proudinmycalvins movement, the campaign revisits the transformative events that shaped the lives of talent from different parts of the world at different moments in time.   Six photographers captured eight cast members in pared-back, intimate settings. While each of the cast stands out for their highly individual background and rare talent, they are all united in their shared passion for – and impact on – the LGBTQIA+ community.     Watch the campaign video on our instagram.     MEET THE TALENTS AND THE PHOTOGRAPHERS OF THE CAMPAIGN:     Arca (she/her) shot by Gorka Postigo in Barcelona The nonbinary Barcelona-based artist who debuted the Arca moniker in Summer 2011 artfully blends genres across music, performance and painting.     “The first time that I gave myself permission to cruise. In that moment of connection, I felt a vitality. I felt free of a doubt…excited for what was to come.”– 2009     Honey Dijon (she/her) shot by Matt Lambert in Berlin  Artist, DJ and fashion designer Honey was born in Chicago and splits her time between New York and Berlin. Her new album Black Girl Magic will be out later this year.   “The first time in my life that someone had seen me before I saw myself...It was another trans woman that said to me, ‘You belong in a skirt.’ I realized at that moment that I could exist.” – 1990-something     Isaac Cole Powell (he/him) shot by Ryan McGinley in New York City  The American actor and singer recently starred as ‘Tony’ in the Broadway revival of West Side Story and is featured in the upcoming season of Modern Love and the Universal film adaptation of Dear Evan Hansen.   “My hand just crept down my thigh, waiting for it to brush up against him. It finally did. It was like electricity. My whole body was flashing colors. I knew there was no going back after that.”– 2010     Kai Isaiah Jamal (they/them) shot by Campbell Addy in London The spoken word poet and activist draws on their own personal experiences as a trans person of color. Their work centers on exploring, understanding, and dismantling social norms.   “I’ll never forget it. I call it my transition 2.0. Being able to step back into femininity and celebrate that glory...where once those things would have been really triggering. I felt weightless and free.”– 2020     King Princess (pronoun-fluid) shot by Collier Schorr in New York City The singer, songwriter and producer from Brooklyn, NY quickly rose to fame after her debut single in 2018. It was through her mother, who worked in fashion, where she first found her LGBTQIA+ family.   “I started to realize that I was part of this tapestry of queer people that have made really powerful, moving work. When I realized that, everything made sense.”– 2012     Omar Ayuso (he/him) shot by Gorka Postigo in Madrid The Madrid-born actor is best known for his role as Omar Shanaa on the hit television series Elite, a Spanish thriller and teen drama.    "When I told my mother…I thought she would be shocked and make some big scene. She said, ‘Ok, I'll get some tickets for The Sound of Music.’"– 2013       Raisa Flowers (she/her) shot by Ryan McGinley in New York City   A multi-hyphenate talent, the artist, model and muse, Raisa pulls from her West Indian background and queer underground club experiences to reshape how society views beauty and fashion.   “When I was in catholic school...when I first shaved my head. My principal was like, ‘We need to watch her because she’s going to be wild.’ I felt like a badass."– 2010     Samuel de Saboia (he/him) shot by Vivi Bacco in São Paulo The queer Afro-Indigenous Brazilian artist blurs the lines between art and fashion. The multimedia artist focuses on the need for advocacy and bridge building with the queer community in his home country.    "Once you go to the docks, it meant you were kind of free. I had never kissed a guy until that moment. Heart pumping, like I could barely see my chest moving."– 2015     Calvin Klein partners with multiple non-profit organizations in support of LGBTQIA+ advocacy, equality, and safety. This year, Calvin Klein is proud to announce a two-year partnership with The Trevor Project, the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning young people. In addition, Calvin Klein supports ILGA World’s work as the global voice for the LGBTQIA+ rights of those who face discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and/or sex characteristics.   The brand has also committed funds to the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund and continues, alongside parent company PVH Corp, to support the National Pulse Memorial & Museum (formerly onePULSE Foundation), the nonprofit established by the owner of the Pulse nightclub following the June 12, 2016 shooting in Orlando, Florida. This year, a register round up will be held in Calvin Klein North America retail stores. The brand’s support of the National Pulse Memorial & Museum began at the request of our company associates who wanted to celebrate the memory and legacy of their colleague, Frank Hernandez.   Earlier this year, Calvin Klein Australia announced a three-year partnership with BlaQ Aboriginal Corporation, an organization that supports the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBTQIA+ community. http://www.calvinklein.nl/pride  #proudinmycalvins  

DEUTSCHE TELEKOM LAUNCHES PROJECT FUTUREPROOF IN COLLABORATION WITH SEVEN TIME GRAMMY AWARD WINNER BILLIE EILISH TO SUPPORT GEN Z IN EXPLORING FUTURE CAREERS
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DEUTSCHE TELEKOM LAUNCHES PROJECT FUTUREPROOF IN COLLABORATION WITH SEVEN TIME GRAMMY AWARD WINNER BILLIE EILISH TO SUPPORT GEN Z IN EXPLORING FUTURE CAREERS

Things to do More than 1 in 2 UK & European Gen Z are concerned about their post-pandemic futures. Deutsche Telekom’s Project Futureproof aims to stand by Gen Z and leverage digital optimism to help enable a successful future for the next generation. It is a support platform that has been developed to demonstrate the huge potential of Gen Z and help inspire them to identify future careers, as well as uncover skills they do not know they have.     Project Futureproof has been developed in collaboration with both Gen Z contributors and a diverse group of professional skills & employability experts. It aims to connect users to peer-to-peer inspiration & support. It has been endorsed by seven-time GRAMMY award winner Billie Eilish.     “The future feels uncertain”, says Billie Eilish, “but I’m always inspired by what our generation is able to achieve in the face of so many different challenges.”     In a post-pandemic world, there are many uncertainties the next generation are facing; culturally, socially & economically. Research released today by Deutsche Telekom shows 61% of UK & European Gen Z are anxious about their future job and career prospects. 54% are unsure what careers will exist in the future, with 43% saying they are unsure if they have the qualities they need to succeed.     “Gen Z are stepping into a world of work that will have been fundamentally changed by both the COVID-19 pandemic and digital transformation.” explains Ulrich Klenke, Chief Brand Officer at Deutsche Telekom. “We believe that it is our collective responsibility to help them navigate the opportunities & challenges they face. We want to show them that if they have a passion, they have a future.”     At the heart of Project Futureproof is a free-to-access digital tool that helps Gen Z to better understand their abilities and how these are connected to future career opportunities. It uses established RIASEC (vocational personality) modelling to help to connect users with potential future career clusters. The tool helps Gen Z to see how their passions, skills, talents and personality are fundamental to helping shape their future journey and how they can best use these personal attributes as part of future careers. Unlike existing services, the tool takes a uniquely Gen Z perspective, identifying key trends & changes in the world of work, delivering insights through a personalised, gamified experience.     Alongside the tool, a ‘Project Futureproof’ online hub also features helpful resources where Deutsche Telekom experts share insights on how to write CVs, prepare for job interviews and improve your social media profile. As Europe’s most valuable Telecommunications brand, Deutsche Telekom is dedicated to supporting young people with a broad ongoing range of initiatives including dual student & apprenticeship programmes, careers & employability resources, tailored youth tariffs and localised initiatives.     Project Futureproof launches today with an international Gen Z engagement campaign and an optimistic short film that invites young people to choose utopia over dystopia and trust that their passion will support them. Created by Saatchi & Saatchi, London, the film has a message of digital optimism hinting at the career opportunities that will naturally evolve from this generations’ current passions. Set in 2021, a series of sci-fi glitches offers a group of Gen Z a vision into the future, showing a glimpse into how they (and the world around them) have been changed by following their passions. Directed by Rollo Jackson, the series of vignettes of the future harness a spirit of hope and possibility with a playful, but contemporary, nod to sci-fi. Backed by a version of Billie Eilish’s ‘My Future’, the superstar also cameos in the future world. The campaign will be featured across a range of Gen Z focused digital and social media channels including Instagram, YouTube, Snapchat, TikTok and Spotify. Watch the film here.     In 2020, Deutsche Telekom partnered with Billie Eilish to shine a light on the power and potential of connected technology in the hands of young people. Now more than ever, facilitating equal participation in social, economic and cultural life is a key focus for the brand. Project Futureproof is the next phase of its mission to support this generation, and what they do next.     To find out more visit: www.telekom.com/projectfutureproof More than 1 in 2 UK & European Gen Z are concerned about their post-pandemic futures. Deutsche Telekom’s Project Futureproof aims to stand by Gen Z and leverage digital optimism to help enable a successful future for the next generation. It is a support platform that has been developed to demonstrate the huge potential of Gen Z and help inspire them to identify future careers, as well as uncover skills they do not know they have.     Project Futureproof has been developed in collaboration with both Gen Z contributors and a diverse group of professional skills & employability experts. It aims to connect users to peer-to-peer inspiration & support. It has been endorsed by seven-time GRAMMY award winner Billie Eilish.     “The future feels uncertain”, says Billie Eilish, “but I’m always inspired by what our generation is able to achieve in the face of so many different challenges.”     In a post-pandemic world, there are many uncertainties the next generation are facing; culturally, socially & economically. Research released today by Deutsche Telekom shows 61% of UK & European Gen Z are anxious about their future job and career prospects. 54% are unsure what careers will exist in the future, with 43% saying they are unsure if they have the qualities they need to succeed.     “Gen Z are stepping into a world of work that will have been fundamentally changed by both the COVID-19 pandemic and digital transformation.” explains Ulrich Klenke, Chief Brand Officer at Deutsche Telekom. “We believe that it is our collective responsibility to help them navigate the opportunities & challenges they face. We want to show them that if they have a passion, they have a future.”     At the heart of Project Futureproof is a free-to-access digital tool that helps Gen Z to better understand their abilities and how these are connected to future career opportunities. It uses established RIASEC (vocational personality) modelling to help to connect users with potential future career clusters. The tool helps Gen Z to see how their passions, skills, talents and personality are fundamental to helping shape their future journey and how they can best use these personal attributes as part of future careers. Unlike existing services, the tool takes a uniquely Gen Z perspective, identifying key trends & changes in the world of work, delivering insights through a personalised, gamified experience.     Alongside the tool, a ‘Project Futureproof’ online hub also features helpful resources where Deutsche Telekom experts share insights on how to write CVs, prepare for job interviews and improve your social media profile. As Europe’s most valuable Telecommunications brand, Deutsche Telekom is dedicated to supporting young people with a broad ongoing range of initiatives including dual student & apprenticeship programmes, careers & employability resources, tailored youth tariffs and localised initiatives.     Project Futureproof launches today with an international Gen Z engagement campaign and an optimistic short film that invites young people to choose utopia over dystopia and trust that their passion will support them. Created by Saatchi & Saatchi, London, the film has a message of digital optimism hinting at the career opportunities that will naturally evolve from this generations’ current passions. Set in 2021, a series of sci-fi glitches offers a group of Gen Z a vision into the future, showing a glimpse into how they (and the world around them) have been changed by following their passions. Directed by Rollo Jackson, the series of vignettes of the future harness a spirit of hope and possibility with a playful, but contemporary, nod to sci-fi. Backed by a version of Billie Eilish’s ‘My Future’, the superstar also cameos in the future world. The campaign will be featured across a range of Gen Z focused digital and social media channels including Instagram, YouTube, Snapchat, TikTok and Spotify. Watch the film here.     In 2020, Deutsche Telekom partnered with Billie Eilish to shine a light on the power and potential of connected technology in the hands of young people. Now more than ever, facilitating equal participation in social, economic and cultural life is a key focus for the brand. Project Futureproof is the next phase of its mission to support this generation, and what they do next.     To find out more visit: www.telekom.com/projectfutureproof

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