Kendall Jenner drew flak earlier this year when she said she was not like other models who said yes to any runway job. Her counterparts in the industry said they needed work to pay the bills.
But her decision to be selective and pace herself has not hurt her earning power.
For the second year in a row, Jenner tops Forbes magazine’s list of best-paid models, with US$22.5 million (S$31 million).
Her income is almost double that of Karlie Kloss, at No. 2.
Chrissy Teigen and Rosie Huntington-Whitely are tied at No. 3 in the list which computes earnings between June 1 last year and June 1 this year.
The list is peppered with well-known names even as The Fashion Spot gave the thumbs-up to the fashion industry’s efforts to embrace diversity and inclusiveness.
For instance, 27.9 per cent of the models who sashayed down last year’s fall runways were women of colour, the highest proportion since the publication started to monitor the data 21/2 years ago.
The industry has also opened doors to plus-size and transgender models on the runways.
But the runway is still a relatively small platform to take flight, earnings-wise.
Pundits say the names on Forbes’ top 10 list fly higher because of their ability to land contracts outside of runway work, with a big lift coming from their mega social media presence which appeals to advertisers.
“It’s easier to make runways more diverse because you’re casting anywhere from 25 to 50-plus models for a show, versus maybe a handful at most who would get cast for campaigns,” Ms Tyler McCall, deputy editor at Fashionista, told the Broadly lifestyle portal.
“Runways very often do not pay at all, or pay in something called ‘trade’ – which just means the brand gifts the models clothes for labour.
“So while it’s easier to have progress on the runway, that’s not going to result in any big pay cheques. Those ad jobs and contracts from big paying companies still by and large go to thin, white women.
“To make the top earners’ list more diverse, advertisers would have to start looking outside the typical pool of models (usually ones who are already pretty famous or Instagram famous) for projects and long-term partnerships.”
But it is doubtful if advertisers are willing to make such switches any time soon.
This year’s top 10 list saw Adriana Lima, Ashley Graham and Liu Wen missing the cut, with all three earning just below Forbes’ US$8 million cut-off.
A family is in shock after a woman they adopted as part of their family passed away, just days after her beloved dog went missing under suspicious circumstances.
The Johnson family said the dog, who belonged to an 82-year-old woman named Rosa who the family took care of due to the fact that she was widowed, and had no family in Salt Lake City, went missing on Nov. 25.
“Rosa did not have family of her own, but we have become her adopted family and we, with our young children, have cared for her for the past several years,” the family said.
When taking a meal to Rosa and the dog on Nov. 25, Chris Johnson noticed that the animal, whose name is Tommy, was missing.
The Johnson family believes that Tommy was taken from Rosa, and did not run away on his own.
“His disappearance was devastating to Rosa, as Tommy rarely left her side these past 2 years,” the Johnsons said. “Our 3 young kids, who have helped care for Tommy and Rosa every day for the past few years have also been heartbroken at his unexplained disappearance.”
Ten days after Tommy was allegedly taken, the Johnsons said that Rosa passed away. The family said that her health had been deteriorating, but they also believed that her passing was partially due to the loss of her dog and companion.
“We believe that the heartbreak from losing her companion was just too much to bear,” the Johnsons said. “She celebrated her 82nd birthday just 10 days before her passing with chocolate cake, singing and smiles. The loss of Tommy, just a few days later, left her despondent and heartbroken.”
The Johnson’s pleaded for the public’s help in locating Tommy. They stated that they are offering a $1,000 reward, no questions asked, for his return.
“We would also love to request and plead with the public to look for opportunities to serve or do an act of kindness for someone who is lonely, sad or in need this holiday season,” the Johnsons said. “We would love to honor our dear Rosa by encouraging others to be a light in the life of someone who may really need it.”
Salt Lake City Police confirmed to Fox 13 that there was an open case for the missing dog.
A father of two, Lalit Sethi, 44, died Monday in a workplace accident at a Bison Transport truck yard just outside the city limits as he was preparing for a long-haul drive across the country — only a week after his mother suffered a heart attack.
Amandeep Sethi, a close family friend, said the incident happened when Lalit’s co-driver was preparing to attach a trailer to a truck.
“(Lalit) was going behind the truck to get the papers … usually hooked up to the trailer. So he got off the truck and … the co-driver, not realizing he was standing behind the truck … he backed up the truck trying to hook up the truck to the trailer,” he said. “He got crushed between the truck and trailer.”
A GoFundMe was launched this week for the driver has raised more than $50,000 for Lalit’s family, who is now without the only breadwinning member of the family.
The family had already been grieving the death of Lalit’s father, who passed in August after a battle with cancer, and were dealing with a heart attack his mother suffered late last month.
“We went to India twice in the last two years because his father was suffering with cancer and was in the last stage,” said Suvidha Sethi, Lalit’s wife.
“In August, he passed away. We got his mother over here on a tourist visa because she was all alone. (In) November, she got a heart attack and was released from the hospital after one week.
“She got a stent done and as she was recovering, (Lalit’s death) happened.”
Suvidha called her late husband a motivated man, having brought the family to Canada from India nearly five years ago.
“In January 2014, we came over here and got our permanent residency,” Suvidha said.
“He was a very, very lively person. We were having so many plans in his mind all the time. ‘We’ll plan this, we’ll but this house, we’ll do that.’ He kept motivating other people to come, stay in Canada. He was a fighter for everybody.
“I hope I can get the support so I can raise my kids — I don’t know how I will manage.”
Bison Transport chief operating officer Trevor Fridfinnson confirmed Sethi’s death at their Rocky View County location.
Fridfinnson said the firm has been co-operative with an occupational health and safety investigation and that they have offered support to the family and others following the incident.
An Alberta Labour spokesperson said the investigation falls under federal jurisdiction.
A woman in Brazil who received a womb transplanted from a deceased donor has given birth to a baby girl in the first successful case of its kind, doctors reported.
The case, published in The Lancet medical journal, involved connecting veins from the donor uterus with the recipient’s veins, as well as linking arteries, ligaments and vaginal canals.
It comes after 10 previously known cases of uterus transplants from deceased donors – in the United States, the Czech Republic and Turkey – failed to produce a live birth.
The girl born in the Brazilian case was delivered via caesarean section at 35 weeks and three days, and weighed 2,550 grams (nearly 6 lbs), the case study said.
Dani Ejzenberg, a doctor at Brazil’s Sao Paulo University hospital who led the research, said the transplant – carried out in September 2016 when the recipient was 32 – shows the technique is feasible and could offer women with uterine infertility access to a larger pool of potential donors.
The current norm for receiving a womb transplant is that the organ would come from a live family member willing to donate it.
“The numbers of people willing and committed to donate organs upon their own deaths are far larger than those of live donors, offering a much wider potential donor population,” Ejzenberg said in a statement about the results.
She added, however, that the outcomes and effects of womb donations from live and deceased donors have yet to be compared, and said the technique could still be refined and optimised.
The first baby born after a live donor womb transplant was in Sweden in 2013. Scientists have so far reported a total of 39 procedures of this kind, resulting in 11 live births.
Experts estimate that infertility affects around 10 to 15 percent of couples of reproductive age worldwide. Of this group, around one in 500 women have uterine problems.
Before uterus transplants became possible, the only options to have a child were adoption or surrogacy.
In the Brazilian case, the recipient had been born without a uterus due to a condition called Mayer-Rokitansky-Kuster-Hauser syndrome. The donor was 45 and died of a stroke.
According to a study published in The BMJ, night shifts clubbed with an unhealthy lifestyle can put you at particularly high risk of type-2 diabetes. It is well established that unhealthy lifestyle behaviour like smoking, a poor diet and little exercise, and being overweight or obese increase the risk of type-2 diabetes. Shift work, especially night shift work, has also been associated with a greater risk of type-2 diabetes. However, the researchers believe this to be the first study to look at the combined impact of an unhealthy lifestyle and rotating night shift work on risk of type-2 diabetes.
For this study, working rotating night shift work was defined as working at least three-night shifts per month, in addition to day and evening shifts that month. Unhealthy lifestyle was defined using four major factors: being overweight, being a smoker, doing less than 30 minutes of exercise per day, and having a poor diet.
Over 22-24 years of follow-up, 10,915 of the 1,43,410 nurses reported having a diagnosis of type-2 diabetes. For every five years of working rotating night shifts, the nurses were almost a third (31 percent) more likely to have been diagnosed with type-2 diabetes.
Ever since Japanese ‘organizing consultant’ Marie Kondo’s consistently best-selling 2011 opus The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up de-cluttering has become an international obsession, part of a pseudo-spiritual quest for more meaningful living. And with good reason; according to the UK arm of US weight loss business Weight Watchers there is currently at least £10.5bn of unworn items in Britain’s wardrobes. While part of that figure comes from too-wishful thinking (the extra pounds never shifted, the clothes that never fit) there’s also the more significant story of too much stuff presenting a simple lack of visibility, clouding our judgement regarding what we need or want to buy next. The result is a vastly unsatisfying cycle of irrelevant things and increasingly flabby shopper-brand relationships.
Reclaiming the peace of mind that comes with neither wasting precious resources or your own cold hard cash is what London-based Save Your Wardrobe Co-Founder Hasna Kourda, an economics and corporate strategy graduate and a former luxury fashion sales assistant, is banking on: “When I worked in retail I saw a massive loss of trust between consumers and brands because people constantly felt they were being given the hard sell, not serviced according to what they really wanted or needed. Part of the aim of this concept, which fundamentally remedies the fact most people don’t even know what’s in their own wardrobe, is to re-build loyalty and create relevancy, which will raise sales figures if not numbers of ‘things’ sold.”
The app, which is free to users (brands will pay for the data/insights it delivers) is rooted in the building of an entire virtual wardrobe. This happens in two ways to encompass both new and existing items. Firstly, using advanced computer vision tech users can photograph their existing clothing which the system will then categorize, in most cases even establishing the brand. Secondly, users can allow (ostensibly via Google GOOGL +0.21%permissions) their digital receipts to be automatically read. Assuming the brand in question is affiliated to SYW via an AP the system will recognize the SKU, allowing it to register every detail including size, color, and date of purchase. A 30-day cooling period will adjust the data should items be returned.
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Computer vision tech will recognize and categorize items (Credit: Alex Holyoake).
In order to avoid the system becoming nothing more than a backwards-looking personal fashion filter bubble -rendering it much harder to offer suggestions or predict new influences – SYW is currently working with vast fashion shopping network ShopStyle’s database of brands so users can also browse a vast number of brands to create product wish-lists. Later, it will also tap into users’ social media activity to flesh out their profiles still further.
The system will also be connected to users’ calendars, so it knows, for example, when they’re due to go on holiday, and to where, or when they have a job interview coming up and will send them product recommendations. Users have a dashboard showing both their curated selections of clothing for various occasions (“playlists of outfits”) as well as their full digitized wardrobe, generating an enormous sense of control.
For brands investing in the concept as a tool to help them plan, produce, market and/or buy more accurately, the critical factor is that it will provide a window onto tastes and preferences, grouping users into clusters and micro segments – essentially people exhibiting similar desires, behaviors or attitudes. Because it straddles multiple brands it’s a more realistic reflection of real life; the non-brand-monogamous consumer at play .
A second layer, devised to take the intelligence offered to the next level, is the introduction of a suite of core services – dry cleaning, repairs, re-sales and alteration – that Kourda believes will spotlight how users feel about their clothing. It will, she suggests, present a kind of longer-than-usual narrative for products, understanding them not as single purchases but an ongoing story that reflects the attitudes of their owners. “This is where online fashion retail has become slightly unstuck,” says Kourda. “It doesn’t present the full picture of searching, buying and aftercare over time and nor does it tap into the notion of buying mindfully.”
Furthering the notion of a more mindful mode of operating in general, drawing on her own experiences of luxury selling, Kourda believes the app’s success will lie in “assisting not annoying people with relentless alerts. It’s about understanding the key moments. For that reason, we won’t be pestering people by sending notifications [that appear outside the app, on users’ home-screens]. We believe that getting the timing right is what will create a ‘sticky’ system’.” No ads, nor sponsored content affirm a commitment to useful engagement over mercenary marketing.
As with any algorithm/machine learning based system the more parties involved and the more data is accrued the more pertinent the suggestions. “There is an opportunity here for real relevancy, rather than creating product and then working out how to sell it to people,” says Kourda. “We want people [customers and brands] not to think of store as cash machines chasing money but places for amplified experiences and connections. Customers want to feel ‘seen’, they actively expect it.”
We said last year that Sony had put Bose “on notice” when it comes to active noise-cancelling headphones. Our review of Sony’s WH-1000XM2 reported that Sony not only delivered incredible audio quality, but that the company offered some high-tech features Bose couldn’t match.
This year, Sony fully eclipses Bose with its third-generation noise-cancelling cans: The WH-1000XM3. These headphones are superior to the Bose QuietComfort 35 II in almost every way. Sony retained all the features that we liked in the previous iteration, including adaptive sound control, gesture recognition, and great audio reproduction (at least when powered), and made significant improvements to its active noise-cancellation technology. Sony’s new headphones are also more comfortable to wear for long listening sessions.
The great features Sony retained
First up is the gesture control pad located on the right-hand cup. After a brief learning curve, I grew accustomed to controlling my music and podcasts with simple swipes.
Swiping up and down with your fingertip raises and lowers volume, while back-to-front and front-to-back strokes move up and down your playlist respectively. Holding your finger down for a few seconds activates Google Assistant on Android devices, or Siri for iOS hardware. This worked flawlessly, though I do wish the virtual assistant appeared more quickly after being summoned. Perhaps Sony can add a preference setting to its app.
Sony’s Adaptive Sound Control is something special. When this mode is selected, the headphones monitor your level of activity and automatically choose the appropriate noise-cancelling profile. You can also customize these profiles using Sony’s excellent Headphone Connect app.
If I’ve been sitting still for a bit, for example, the Staying profile will kick in with a short notification chime. This one uses the headphone’s onboard microphones to monitor ambient sound, so those noises can be cancelled out, while allowing the sound of human voices to come through. You get a personalized mix of your music and the sound of the outside world, with 20 levels of noise cancellation available. The Bose QC35 II offer just three stages of cancellation, so there’s no way to fine-tune the mix of music and ambient sound.
When I listen to music while walking home after work, I want to hear the environment around me, so I don’t get run over by a cranky San Francisco driver. I quickly learned that I couldn’t do that with Bose QC35 II. No matter which settings I applied, I couldn’t hear enough of what was going on. Sony’s headphones not only delivered a great listening experience—even at low volume—but I was always able to maintain situational awareness.
In conditions where it’s inconvenient to launch Sony’s app, you can control the headphones’ active noise cancellation using the NC/Ambient button on the left-hand ear cup. This limits you, however, to three values: Fully engaged (the strongest level of active noise cancellation), fully open (the least amount of active noise cancellation, with the mics piping ambient noise into the ear cups), or active noise cancellation turned off (in which case, the headphones behave as conventional Bluetooth headphones).
Audio performance hasn’t changed much compared to last year’s model, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. In a head-to-head comparison with the Bose QC35 II, I found Sony’s WH-1000XM3 to be slightly more musical. Sony’s headphones maintain a more accurate frequency response across the full spectrum, where Bose seems to favor a scooped EQ that emphasizes bass and high frequencies at the expense of the mid-range. Sony’s cans never muddied the mid-range even while playing bass-heavy tracks at high volume levels, although I did notice some very minor distortion in the upper frequency range when I really cranked the volume.
Major strides in wearability
Sony’s WH-1000XM3 are much more comfortable than its previous generation headphones. I noted this during my briefing last month; it’s one of the biggest improvements over last year’s model.
Sony added extra padding to the bottom of the headband to distribute the weight on the top of your head more evenly. The ear cups are also wider and deeper, which reduces the pressure placed on the sides of your head and allows you to wear them for longer listening sessions without feeling fatigued. As such, wearability is another clear win against Bose’s product. Sony knocked it out of the park on this count.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 preload for PC begins on October 10 and developer of the PC version, Beenox has confirmed when the game will be available to play the world over. The fifteenth mainline entry in the long-running series has some differences in its PC version when compared to the PS4 and Xbox One such as an enhanced frame rate and greater visual options. Keep in mind, that Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is not on Steam. Rather, it’s exclusive to Battle.net, a digital distribution service owned by Activision.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 PC launch times:
October 11, 2018
Los Angeles – 9pm PT
October 12, 2018
New York – 12am ET
Sao Paulo – 1am BRT
London – 5am BST
Stockholm – 6am CEST
Berlin – 6am CEST
Moscow – 7am MSK
Singapore – 12pm SGT
Seoul – 1pm KST
Sydney – 3pm AEST
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 system requirements
Here are the system requirements for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 on PC. Incidentally they’re similar to what the game had for its beta events.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 system requirements (minimum)
OS: Windows 7 64-bit or later
CPU: Intel Core i3-4340 / AMD FX-6300
RAM: 8GB GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 2 GB / GTX 1050 2GB or AMD Radeon HD 7850
HDD: 55GB HD space
DirectX: Version 11.0 compatible video card or equivalent
Network: Broadband Internet connection
Sound Card: DirectX Compatible
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 system requirements (recommended)
It is admittedly a bit early to be discussing the new Moto G generation in any depth. Still, rumors have already started pouring in, including an alleged release time frame of Q1 or the beginning of Q2 2019 and even a set of rumor-based renders.
A fresh new leak, straight from the quite reputable Twitter of one Steve, a.k.a. OnLeaks, appears to confirm many of the design traits. It consists of a huge amount of renders of what is said to be the Moto G7, showcasing a curved glass back design and a new, distinctive “teardrop” or “waterdrop” style notch. Said display is expected to boast a 6-inch diagonal, topping that of the current Moto G6. Hence, the 157 x 75.3 x 8mm (9.5mm on the camera module) Moto G7 is expected to deliver an improved screen to body ratio as well. That’s even with a still fairly wide bottom chin. After all, the Moto G line is a fairly budget one.
Moto G7 renders
Moto G7 renders
While on the topic of the display, upon closer investigation, we can clearly see two cut-outs next to the selfie camera and a microphone hole on the bottom chin – elements missing from the earlier set of renders. This attention to detail does instil more confidence in the authenticity of the design. Plus, this new bath of pictures clearly shows a Type-C port on the bottom and a 3.5mm audio jack.
Lenovo has been experimenting quite a bit with the Moto family in recent years, notably skipping the Moto C, M and X lines in 2018. Quoting another reputable industry source, the G7 might come in a record four variants, probably to make up and simplify the overall Moto lineup. As per rumors: The vanilla G7, pictured here, joined by a G7 Play, G7 Plus and G7 Power.
These are all well-known Moto monikers, which do allow for some speculation and extrapolation of the order they should appear the the Moto G7 family. Though, anything is possible amid this Moto G restructure. As far as we currently know, the regular Moto G7 will come with a 6-inch, FullHD+ display, 4GB or 6GB RAM, with 64GB of storage and an undisclosed octa-core Snapdragon chipset. Other alleged specs include a 16MP + 5MP main camera setup and a 12MP selfie snapper. The whole device is powered by a 3,500 mAh battery and will run Android 9.0 Pie out of the box.