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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.

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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

Vans Celebrates Free and Creative Expression this Pride Month by Amplifying the Stories and Mission of the LGBTQ+ Community
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Vans Celebrates Free and Creative Expression this Pride Month by Amplifying the Stories and Mission of the LGBTQ+ Community

Design Vans is donating a total of $200,000 USD to GLSEN, Casa 1, Where Love is Illegal and Tokyo Rainbow Pride Organizations.   Since 1966, Vans’ brand purpose has been to enable creative expression for fans around the world, regardless of where you come from, the color of your skin or who you love. Vans recognizes the Pride movement as an inspiring global moment of authentic self-expression, and proudly celebrates the empowering spirit and identities of the LGBTQ+ community.   To celebrate Pride 2021, Vans will be donating a total of $200,000 USD to four organizations from around the world including GLSEN, Casa 1, Where Love is Illegal and Tokyo Rainbow Pride to support and uplift their personal stories and mission.   Pride is celebrated worldwide as a cultural moment for all to stand united in celebration of the tremendous impact for the LGBTQ+ community has brought to society. Vans is committed to advocating for support of the LGBTQ+ community year-round as a driving philosophy towards equality and progression.   With a global approach in mind, Vans selected four organizations who continue to champion equality, safety and education amongst the LGBTQ+ community worldwide.   Vans Americas will donate to GLSEN, an organization that works to cultivate a safe and supportive school environment for all students regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. Vans will highlight the stories and narratives of their local ambassadors including Get Lit poet, Tyris Winter, painter, designer and printmaker, Mich Miller, skateboarder, photographer and creative director, Samuel McGuire, singer and songwriter, Serena Isioma, and more to highlight the relationship between creativity, identity and community.   Vans Americas will also give back to Casa 1, an organization that seeks to promote structural changes by providing safe shelter and access to culture, education and health resources for the LGBTQ+ community.   Vans Europe will partner with Where Love is Illegal, a project by Witness Change, that shares personal testimonials of survival from the LGBTQ+ community to help connect people, transform opinions and support real change. Vans and Where Love is Illegal will partner with local artists from the LGBTQ+ community to design 45 windows across Europe inspired by the testimonials from the organization. Vans Family members in Europe will also be able to connect with Where Love is Illegal, through an in-app donation initiative, For every 100 points donated, Vans will convert it into a €10 donation which will go straight to the partner.   Vans Asia-Pacific region will partner with Tokyo Rainbow Pride as part of their 2021 “Raise Your Voice. Change The World” digital activation that aims to build awareness and policy change so that all genders, races and beliefs can be equal. Vans Pride storytelling and activations around the world will kick off throughout May and June.        Inspired by the LGBTQ+ community and the spirit of creative self-expression, Vans will release a footwear and apparel collection that is designed to support a more equal and inclusive society this May. Vans Classic silhouettes including the Classic Slip-On, Era, Sk8-Mid and UltraRange, will reinterpret the iconic rainbow checkerboard pattern through repeat print executions, all-over patterns and mixed material patchwork applications. The Pride assortment includes accompanying apparel and accessories. “When I was younger, I was so scared to merge my queer life and my skate life, and to see the two crashing into each other in such a beautiful and organic way is cool,” said skateboarder and campaign photographer, Samuel McGuire who grew up skating in Vans. “To work with a brand that is involved in the queer community and that was so influential in my life is a dream come true.”     The Vans Pride collection is on-sale now at select Vans stores and online at Vans.com. Learn more about our charity partners at Vans.com/pride. Vans is donating a total of $200,000 USD to GLSEN, Casa 1, Where Love is Illegal and Tokyo Rainbow Pride Organizations.   Since 1966, Vans’ brand purpose has been to enable creative expression for fans around the world, regardless of where you come from, the color of your skin or who you love. Vans recognizes the Pride movement as an inspiring global moment of authentic self-expression, and proudly celebrates the empowering spirit and identities of the LGBTQ+ community.   To celebrate Pride 2021, Vans will be donating a total of $200,000 USD to four organizations from around the world including GLSEN, Casa 1, Where Love is Illegal and Tokyo Rainbow Pride to support and uplift their personal stories and mission.   Pride is celebrated worldwide as a cultural moment for all to stand united in celebration of the tremendous impact for the LGBTQ+ community has brought to society. Vans is committed to advocating for support of the LGBTQ+ community year-round as a driving philosophy towards equality and progression.   With a global approach in mind, Vans selected four organizations who continue to champion equality, safety and education amongst the LGBTQ+ community worldwide.   Vans Americas will donate to GLSEN, an organization that works to cultivate a safe and supportive school environment for all students regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. Vans will highlight the stories and narratives of their local ambassadors including Get Lit poet, Tyris Winter, painter, designer and printmaker, Mich Miller, skateboarder, photographer and creative director, Samuel McGuire, singer and songwriter, Serena Isioma, and more to highlight the relationship between creativity, identity and community.   Vans Americas will also give back to Casa 1, an organization that seeks to promote structural changes by providing safe shelter and access to culture, education and health resources for the LGBTQ+ community.   Vans Europe will partner with Where Love is Illegal, a project by Witness Change, that shares personal testimonials of survival from the LGBTQ+ community to help connect people, transform opinions and support real change. Vans and Where Love is Illegal will partner with local artists from the LGBTQ+ community to design 45 windows across Europe inspired by the testimonials from the organization. Vans Family members in Europe will also be able to connect with Where Love is Illegal, through an in-app donation initiative, For every 100 points donated, Vans will convert it into a €10 donation which will go straight to the partner.   Vans Asia-Pacific region will partner with Tokyo Rainbow Pride as part of their 2021 “Raise Your Voice. Change The World” digital activation that aims to build awareness and policy change so that all genders, races and beliefs can be equal. Vans Pride storytelling and activations around the world will kick off throughout May and June.        Inspired by the LGBTQ+ community and the spirit of creative self-expression, Vans will release a footwear and apparel collection that is designed to support a more equal and inclusive society this May. Vans Classic silhouettes including the Classic Slip-On, Era, Sk8-Mid and UltraRange, will reinterpret the iconic rainbow checkerboard pattern through repeat print executions, all-over patterns and mixed material patchwork applications. The Pride assortment includes accompanying apparel and accessories. “When I was younger, I was so scared to merge my queer life and my skate life, and to see the two crashing into each other in such a beautiful and organic way is cool,” said skateboarder and campaign photographer, Samuel McGuire who grew up skating in Vans. “To work with a brand that is involved in the queer community and that was so influential in my life is a dream come true.”     The Vans Pride collection is on-sale now at select Vans stores and online at Vans.com. Learn more about our charity partners at Vans.com/pride.

QC HOTEL BORMIO
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QC HOTEL BORMIO

Travel The Baths of Ancient Rome were places of well-being, pleasure, aggregation, leisure and social life in which citizens spent their free time. A lifestyle that entrusted the recovery of physical well-being and the regeneration of the spirit to water and those magnificent places, summarized in the motto salus per aquam, whose acronym SPA still indicates the places of well-being. QC Terme continues the philosophy of the SPA of Imperial Rome with its own Wellness Centers, able to offer unique and timeless emotions, moments of escape and absolute relaxation to be experienced alone or in company. QC Terme, a dream of Andrea and Saverio Quadrio Curzio born in 1982 and which today brings together nine beautiful wellness centers that make up the MOST important and innovative group in the Italian tourism-spa sector. QC Terme creates total wellness experiences for those who want to improve their quality of life. It does so through the design, construction and management of spas and wellness centers in which the philosophy of ancient Rome relives. The QC Terme centers are in Bormio (Bagni Nuovi and Bagni Vecchi), Pré Saint Didier, Milan, Turin, Rome, San Pellegrino, in the Dolomites, in Chamonix Mont Blanc and, soon, in new prestigious locations in Italy and around the world. In all QC Terme realities, the elegance of the architecture is harmoniously combined with the most modern technologies, to offer multisensory paths where you can indulge in pleasant moments of total relaxation. To extend the wellness experience and transform it into a stay, the group also manages prestigious hotels and resorts in Bormio, at the foot of Mont Blanc, in Rome and a design hotel in San Pellegrino Terme.     QC Terme Bagni di Bormio Spa Resort   Wellness, nature, history from the 1st century BC Two spas, a 5-star hotel, a 4-star hotel and a historic villa, located within walking distance of each other within the monumental park of Bagni di Bormio, give emotions with a retro flavor. An Alpine SPA characterized by the uniqueness of being able to benefit from a naturally hot thermal water (37-43 ° C) known and appreciated for over 2,000 years that flows from different sources in the Stelvio National Park and which still allows you to use baths today secular Romans. The charm of Bagni di Bormio is enhanced by Forest therapy, the "green bath" in the mountain forests that regenerates body and spirit. Do not miss a bath in the natural sweat cave that leads to one of the thermal water springs. The location of the Bagni di Bormio is Alta Valtellina, the only resort in the Alps with an offer of skiing and thermal water 12 months a year for a splendid holiday in the mountains. The view is enchanting and becomes an indelible memory. The territory, partly included in the Stelvio National Park, includes the Municipalities of Bormio, Livigno, Valdidentro, Valfurva, Valdisotto, Sondalo and is very rich in tourist-sporting opportunities both in winter and in summer. Bormio is a multi-sport mountain tourist resort, where you can ski all year round, in an area with 115 kilometers of slopes in winter and on the Stelvio glacier in summer and autumn. Both hotels are also bike hotels to support bikers who wish to tackle the epic ascents of the Stelvio, Gavia and Mortirolo. The dedicated staff will be able to advise guests on the MOST beautiful paths and itineraries and on tours and visits to the historic center, wineries and surrounding courtyards. The peaks of the mountains surrounding the "Magnifica Terra" offer mountaineering lovers numerous destinations of different difficulties: from the SIMPLE climbs (such as Monte Scale and Vallecetta) to those of medium difficulty (Sobretta, Cevedale, Tresero ) up to the most demanding (such as Gran Zebrù and Ortles). Rock and ice routes, for every season of the year.     For all foodies, a holiday in Valtellina is characterized by good taste: excellent Valtellina wines accompany traditional cuisine with local ingredients such as bresaola, liqueurs and Casera, Bitto and Scimudin cheeses, with which to prepare tasty snacks or tasty pizzoccheri .     Terme Bagni Vecchi     A dip in history: from the Roman Baths to the centuries-old caves that lead to one of the millenary springs, up to the panoramic outdoor swimming pool overlooking the Bormio basin. A real fortress of well-being that offers timeless emotions through an immersion in history to discover a well-being that has no age. Six sectors with different thermal paths including a panoramic outdoor swimming pool and Roman baths known since the first century BC: a relaxing, regenerating, detoxifying, invigorating and rebirth experience, in an exciting, evocative setting. Magical places, unique in the world: the Roman Baths known since the 1st century BC, the Baths of the Archduchess so called in honor of the Archduchess of Austria who used to spend summer periods at the Bagni Vecchi in Bormio, the Sweat Cave of San Martino which leads to one of the springs in the heart of the mountain, the Medieval Baths, the Imperial Baths and the panoramic pool that sweeps over the Magnifica Terra, now an infinity pool.     Terme Bagni Nuovi   The Bagni Nuovi thermal center, annexed to the Grand Hotel Bagni Nuovi in ​​Bormio, is divided into four sectors with different thermal paths. A unique reality made of aromas, lights, images and colors. A wellness program that has been profoundly renovated in recent months: starting with the refurbishment of the changing rooms, made more spacious and functional, and the massage area, many innovations have been made, all aimed at making the sensory journey even more exciting for the guests who can today immerse yourself in a world deliberately dedicated to the epic, getting lost in the games of mirrors and perfumes of the Narcissus living room, abandoning yourself to the enchantment of the Garden of Daphne and infinite relaxation in the Cave of the Nymphs, to discover a tradition of well-being that finds the pinnacle of beauty with the new infinity pool that opens onto the spa park allowing the view to sweep over the surrounding landscape.   Four sectors each for a different thermal path: we start with the Giardini di Venere with their regenerating path, we continue in the Neptune's Grotto which offers a detoxifying path, the Bagni di Giove then offer an aquatonic - revitalizing path and finally the Bagni Ercole a relaxing journey. Not to be missed are the Saturn Baths: two large rectangular pools communicating with each other with underwater music therapy and water at different temperatures with a semi-circular pool below, fed by high-intensity waterfalls. The set of basins, with the small adjacent house, made up the "Bath of the sheep" used, following a SERVITURE dating back to the 12th century, to wash the fleece of the sheep in hot thermal water before shearing. The "baitel" served as a heated changing room for the shepherd who then entered the tanks to wash the animals; the adjacent waterfalls completed the rinse. La Baita di Lucina is, on the other hand, a panoramic bio sauna, with music therapy, for a regenerating action on the skin and complete psycho-physical relaxation. Inside, the sauna is covered with an early nineteenth century "wood paneling" in pine, a typical work of the Valtellina master carpenters, and re-proposes the environment and atmosphere of the huts of what period. Note the chandelier, an authentic luster, where you hook the keys of the house and which, according to popular tradition, protected the hut from evil spirits.   Finally, for all those who wish it, the opportunity to taste the wellness lunch, now no longer a buffet but served at the tables, in the fascinating historic Salone dei Balli, one of the most fascinating and elegant rooms in the entire Alps, which has therefore become an integral part of the thermal path.     The Baths of Ancient Rome were places of well-being, pleasure, aggregation, leisure and social life in which citizens spent their free time. A lifestyle that entrusted the recovery of physical well-being and the regeneration of the spirit to water and those magnificent places, summarized in the motto salus per aquam, whose acronym SPA still indicates the places of well-being. QC Terme continues the philosophy of the SPA of Imperial Rome with its own Wellness Centers, able to offer unique and timeless emotions, moments of escape and absolute relaxation to be experienced alone or in company. QC Terme, a dream of Andrea and Saverio Quadrio Curzio born in 1982 and which today brings together nine beautiful wellness centers that make up the MOST important and innovative group in the Italian tourism-spa sector. QC Terme creates total wellness experiences for those who want to improve their quality of life. It does so through the design, construction and management of spas and wellness centers in which the philosophy of ancient Rome relives. The QC Terme centers are in Bormio (Bagni Nuovi and Bagni Vecchi), Pré Saint Didier, Milan, Turin, Rome, San Pellegrino, in the Dolomites, in Chamonix Mont Blanc and, soon, in new prestigious locations in Italy and around the world. In all QC Terme realities, the elegance of the architecture is harmoniously combined with the most modern technologies, to offer multisensory paths where you can indulge in pleasant moments of total relaxation. To extend the wellness experience and transform it into a stay, the group also manages prestigious hotels and resorts in Bormio, at the foot of Mont Blanc, in Rome and a design hotel in San Pellegrino Terme.     QC Terme Bagni di Bormio Spa Resort   Wellness, nature, history from the 1st century BC Two spas, a 5-star hotel, a 4-star hotel and a historic villa, located within walking distance of each other within the monumental park of Bagni di Bormio, give emotions with a retro flavor. An Alpine SPA characterized by the uniqueness of being able to benefit from a naturally hot thermal water (37-43 ° C) known and appreciated for over 2,000 years that flows from different sources in the Stelvio National Park and which still allows you to use baths today secular Romans. The charm of Bagni di Bormio is enhanced by Forest therapy, the "green bath" in the mountain forests that regenerates body and spirit. Do not miss a bath in the natural sweat cave that leads to one of the thermal water springs. The location of the Bagni di Bormio is Alta Valtellina, the only resort in the Alps with an offer of skiing and thermal water 12 months a year for a splendid holiday in the mountains. The view is enchanting and becomes an indelible memory. The territory, partly included in the Stelvio National Park, includes the Municipalities of Bormio, Livigno, Valdidentro, Valfurva, Valdisotto, Sondalo and is very rich in tourist-sporting opportunities both in winter and in summer. Bormio is a multi-sport mountain tourist resort, where you can ski all year round, in an area with 115 kilometers of slopes in winter and on the Stelvio glacier in summer and autumn. Both hotels are also bike hotels to support bikers who wish to tackle the epic ascents of the Stelvio, Gavia and Mortirolo. The dedicated staff will be able to advise guests on the MOST beautiful paths and itineraries and on tours and visits to the historic center, wineries and surrounding courtyards. The peaks of the mountains surrounding the "Magnifica Terra" offer mountaineering lovers numerous destinations of different difficulties: from the SIMPLE climbs (such as Monte Scale and Vallecetta) to those of medium difficulty (Sobretta, Cevedale, Tresero ) up to the most demanding (such as Gran Zebrù and Ortles). Rock and ice routes, for every season of the year.     For all foodies, a holiday in Valtellina is characterized by good taste: excellent Valtellina wines accompany traditional cuisine with local ingredients such as bresaola, liqueurs and Casera, Bitto and Scimudin cheeses, with which to prepare tasty snacks or tasty pizzoccheri .     Terme Bagni Vecchi     A dip in history: from the Roman Baths to the centuries-old caves that lead to one of the millenary springs, up to the panoramic outdoor swimming pool overlooking the Bormio basin. A real fortress of well-being that offers timeless emotions through an immersion in history to discover a well-being that has no age. Six sectors with different thermal paths including a panoramic outdoor swimming pool and Roman baths known since the first century BC: a relaxing, regenerating, detoxifying, invigorating and rebirth experience, in an exciting, evocative setting. Magical places, unique in the world: the Roman Baths known since the 1st century BC, the Baths of the Archduchess so called in honor of the Archduchess of Austria who used to spend summer periods at the Bagni Vecchi in Bormio, the Sweat Cave of San Martino which leads to one of the springs in the heart of the mountain, the Medieval Baths, the Imperial Baths and the panoramic pool that sweeps over the Magnifica Terra, now an infinity pool.     Terme Bagni Nuovi   The Bagni Nuovi thermal center, annexed to the Grand Hotel Bagni Nuovi in ​​Bormio, is divided into four sectors with different thermal paths. A unique reality made of aromas, lights, images and colors. A wellness program that has been profoundly renovated in recent months: starting with the refurbishment of the changing rooms, made more spacious and functional, and the massage area, many innovations have been made, all aimed at making the sensory journey even more exciting for the guests who can today immerse yourself in a world deliberately dedicated to the epic, getting lost in the games of mirrors and perfumes of the Narcissus living room, abandoning yourself to the enchantment of the Garden of Daphne and infinite relaxation in the Cave of the Nymphs, to discover a tradition of well-being that finds the pinnacle of beauty with the new infinity pool that opens onto the spa park allowing the view to sweep over the surrounding landscape.   Four sectors each for a different thermal path: we start with the Giardini di Venere with their regenerating path, we continue in the Neptune's Grotto which offers a detoxifying path, the Bagni di Giove then offer an aquatonic - revitalizing path and finally the Bagni Ercole a relaxing journey. Not to be missed are the Saturn Baths: two large rectangular pools communicating with each other with underwater music therapy and water at different temperatures with a semi-circular pool below, fed by high-intensity waterfalls. The set of basins, with the small adjacent house, made up the "Bath of the sheep" used, following a SERVITURE dating back to the 12th century, to wash the fleece of the sheep in hot thermal water before shearing. The "baitel" served as a heated changing room for the shepherd who then entered the tanks to wash the animals; the adjacent waterfalls completed the rinse. La Baita di Lucina is, on the other hand, a panoramic bio sauna, with music therapy, for a regenerating action on the skin and complete psycho-physical relaxation. Inside, the sauna is covered with an early nineteenth century "wood paneling" in pine, a typical work of the Valtellina master carpenters, and re-proposes the environment and atmosphere of the huts of what period. Note the chandelier, an authentic luster, where you hook the keys of the house and which, according to popular tradition, protected the hut from evil spirits.   Finally, for all those who wish it, the opportunity to taste the wellness lunch, now no longer a buffet but served at the tables, in the fascinating historic Salone dei Balli, one of the most fascinating and elegant rooms in the entire Alps, which has therefore become an integral part of the thermal path.    

Exploring Maldives with Oumayma Elboumeshouli
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Exploring Maldives with Oumayma Elboumeshouli

Travel I had the opportunity to travel to the Maldives and stay at the beautiful Standard Resort. The resort is not just a typical Maldivian couple resort, there are plenty of activities and details that attract the younger crowd. I’m taking you with me on the journey through a photo-diary I shot. - Oumayma     Getting to the resort:   A breathtaking 35-minute sea plane ride away from Velana International Airport,The Standard, Huruvalhi is nestled between the Raa and Baa Atolls, on a naturally protected island. Guests can also take a combined 20-minute domestic flight to Dharavandhoo and 35-minute speedboat ride to the resort.     The resort:   The resort has 115 overwater and beach villas, each with its own infinity plunge pool and private lounge deck with direct access to the lagoon, ocean or beach. A glittering disco ball strategically perched above the soaking bathtub in every villa bathroom makes for a signature Standard statement piece and serves as a reminder that you really can party anywhere and at anytime of the day at The Standard. As I already mentioned, there are plenty of activities to do besides throwing your own party. The resort has 3 restaurants and 2 bars and everything is on walking distance. The part I loved the most about the resort is the beautiful sunset view at the BERU bar. Each room as water activity equipments to use.         The situation currently:   Traveling to the Maldives is currently safe. As long as you fill in an online form and show a negative PCR result you can enter the country. Unfortunately the capital is still on a lock-down, so I highly recommend to go directly to your resort.      Visit their website here: https://www.standardhotels.com/maldives/properties/huruvalhi I had the opportunity to travel to the Maldives and stay at the beautiful Standard Resort. The resort is not just a typical Maldivian couple resort, there are plenty of activities and details that attract the younger crowd. I’m taking you with me on the journey through a photo-diary I shot. - Oumayma     Getting to the resort:   A breathtaking 35-minute sea plane ride away from Velana International Airport,The Standard, Huruvalhi is nestled between the Raa and Baa Atolls, on a naturally protected island. Guests can also take a combined 20-minute domestic flight to Dharavandhoo and 35-minute speedboat ride to the resort.     The resort:   The resort has 115 overwater and beach villas, each with its own infinity plunge pool and private lounge deck with direct access to the lagoon, ocean or beach. A glittering disco ball strategically perched above the soaking bathtub in every villa bathroom makes for a signature Standard statement piece and serves as a reminder that you really can party anywhere and at anytime of the day at The Standard. As I already mentioned, there are plenty of activities to do besides throwing your own party. The resort has 3 restaurants and 2 bars and everything is on walking distance. The part I loved the most about the resort is the beautiful sunset view at the BERU bar. Each room as water activity equipments to use.         The situation currently:   Traveling to the Maldives is currently safe. As long as you fill in an online form and show a negative PCR result you can enter the country. Unfortunately the capital is still on a lock-down, so I highly recommend to go directly to your resort.      Visit their website here: https://www.standardhotels.com/maldives/properties/huruvalhi

England’s Creative Coast
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England’s Creative Coast

Travel England’s Creative Coast announces new dates for 2021. The landmark partnership project spans 1400 km of stunning coastline stretching from the East Sussex Downs through to the Thames Estuary, launching at Turner Contemporary on 1 May and running until November.   Combining seven Waterfronts art commissions by internationally acclaimed artists with the world’s first art GeoTour, England’s Creative Coastis a new cultural experience connecting art with landscape, local stories with global perspectives and linking seven outstanding arts organisations — Cement Fields, Creative Folkestone, De La Warr Pavilion, Hastings Contemporary, Metal, Towner Eastbourne and Turner Contemporary.     England’s Creative Coastlaunches with lead partner Turner Contemporary on 1 May 2021 and then sequentially with each of the partner arts organisations presenting their Waterfrontscommission — a series of site-specific artworks curated by Tamsin Dillon — and part of the GeoTour. The new launch dates are:     Turner Contemporary presents Michael Rakowitz: ‘From Basra to Margate’ Margate, 1 May Cement Fields presents Jasleen Kaur: ‘The first thing I did was to kiss the ground’ Gravesend, 22 May (launching with Estuary 2021) Metal presents Katrina Palmer: ‘Hello’ and ‘Retreat’ Southend-on-Sea, 22 May (launching with Estuary 2021) De La Warr Pavilion presents Holly Hendry: ‘Invertebrate’ Bexhill-on-Sea, 29 May Hastings Contemporary presents Andreas Angelidakis: ‘Seawall’ Hastings, 29 May Towner Eastbourne presents Mariana Castillo Deball: ‘Walking through the town I followed a pattern on the pavement that became the magnified silhouette of a woman’s profile’Eastbourne, 29 May Creative Folkestone presents Pilar Quinteros: ‘Janus Fortress Folkestone’ Folkestone, 29 May (launch date tbc; and featured in the 2021 Folkestone Triennial)     England’s Creative Coastcrowns an exceptional year for culture along England’s South East coastline. In 2021 Turner Contemporary celebrates its 10th anniversary year; Cement Fields and Metal in partnership lead Estuary 2021, an art, literature, music and film festival celebrating the lives, landscapes and histories of the spectacular Thames Estuary (21 May – 13 June); and later in the year the Folkestone Triennial presents ‘The Plot’, the largest exhibition of newly commissioned work in the UK.     The beautiful and dramatic landscape stretching along the Essex, Kent and East Sussex shorelines has inspired artists for centuries and is home to some of the UK’s most distinctive and visionary galleries and art events, attracting visitors from far and wide. With so much creative commissioning in the public realm next year their cultural contributions are especially valuable, giving visitors the chance to see some of the UK’s best new art works safely in the outdoors.     Sarah Dance, Project Director of England’s Creative Coastcomments: ‘Conceived as a project outside of gallery walls,England's Creative Coast offers a naturally socially-distanced experience that connects people and places across the extraordinary network of arts organisations along the South East coast. We hope that in these troubled times these site-specific art commissions and geocache trail brimming with seaside tales inspire creativity through adventure.’     England’s Creative Coastis led by Turner Contemporary and Visit Kent, and principally funded by Arts Council England and VisitEngland through the Discover England Fund.     For further information please visit the website: www.englandscreativecoast.com. England’s Creative Coast announces new dates for 2021. The landmark partnership project spans 1400 km of stunning coastline stretching from the East Sussex Downs through to the Thames Estuary, launching at Turner Contemporary on 1 May and running until November.   Combining seven Waterfronts art commissions by internationally acclaimed artists with the world’s first art GeoTour, England’s Creative Coastis a new cultural experience connecting art with landscape, local stories with global perspectives and linking seven outstanding arts organisations — Cement Fields, Creative Folkestone, De La Warr Pavilion, Hastings Contemporary, Metal, Towner Eastbourne and Turner Contemporary.     England’s Creative Coastlaunches with lead partner Turner Contemporary on 1 May 2021 and then sequentially with each of the partner arts organisations presenting their Waterfrontscommission — a series of site-specific artworks curated by Tamsin Dillon — and part of the GeoTour. The new launch dates are:     Turner Contemporary presents Michael Rakowitz: ‘From Basra to Margate’ Margate, 1 May Cement Fields presents Jasleen Kaur: ‘The first thing I did was to kiss the ground’ Gravesend, 22 May (launching with Estuary 2021) Metal presents Katrina Palmer: ‘Hello’ and ‘Retreat’ Southend-on-Sea, 22 May (launching with Estuary 2021) De La Warr Pavilion presents Holly Hendry: ‘Invertebrate’ Bexhill-on-Sea, 29 May Hastings Contemporary presents Andreas Angelidakis: ‘Seawall’ Hastings, 29 May Towner Eastbourne presents Mariana Castillo Deball: ‘Walking through the town I followed a pattern on the pavement that became the magnified silhouette of a woman’s profile’Eastbourne, 29 May Creative Folkestone presents Pilar Quinteros: ‘Janus Fortress Folkestone’ Folkestone, 29 May (launch date tbc; and featured in the 2021 Folkestone Triennial)     England’s Creative Coastcrowns an exceptional year for culture along England’s South East coastline. In 2021 Turner Contemporary celebrates its 10th anniversary year; Cement Fields and Metal in partnership lead Estuary 2021, an art, literature, music and film festival celebrating the lives, landscapes and histories of the spectacular Thames Estuary (21 May – 13 June); and later in the year the Folkestone Triennial presents ‘The Plot’, the largest exhibition of newly commissioned work in the UK.     The beautiful and dramatic landscape stretching along the Essex, Kent and East Sussex shorelines has inspired artists for centuries and is home to some of the UK’s most distinctive and visionary galleries and art events, attracting visitors from far and wide. With so much creative commissioning in the public realm next year their cultural contributions are especially valuable, giving visitors the chance to see some of the UK’s best new art works safely in the outdoors.     Sarah Dance, Project Director of England’s Creative Coastcomments: ‘Conceived as a project outside of gallery walls,England's Creative Coast offers a naturally socially-distanced experience that connects people and places across the extraordinary network of arts organisations along the South East coast. We hope that in these troubled times these site-specific art commissions and geocache trail brimming with seaside tales inspire creativity through adventure.’     England’s Creative Coastis led by Turner Contemporary and Visit Kent, and principally funded by Arts Council England and VisitEngland through the Discover England Fund.     For further information please visit the website: www.englandscreativecoast.com.

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