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First publisher to say no to fur

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Renowned fashion magazine “Elle” has become the first major publisher to say no to fur, ending the promotion of animal products in both editorial and advertising content

A senior exec at the publication says the company is supporting animal welfare and reflecting a shift in tastes globally.

Teaming up with Humane Society and Creatives-4-Change, the magazine’s 45 global editions have signed a charter to make the reform process official.

ELLE to end promotion of animal products in both editorial and advertising content

Thirteen of the 47 have already implemented the changes, with a further 20 following suit in 2022 and the remainder by the end of 2023.

This follows a long-standing campaign by animal fur industry advocates who argue such a pledge is counter-intuitive, because synthetic fur is made with plastics that harm the environment.

But Elle’s international director says “Gen Z wants fashion to be responsible, ethical and innovative, and that’s what’s happening”.

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Actress Denise Dowse passes away

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Actress and Director Denise Dowse has passed away at the age of 64.

Dowse was most known for her roles in “Beverly Hills 90210”, “Insecure” and ‘Ray”, as well as appearances in shows such as ‘Charmed”, “The West Wing” and “Law and Order”.

Dowse’s sister, Tracy, made the announcement about her sister’s death on the actress’ Instagram account.

The actress was also a strong advocate for African American theatre, and dedicated to sharing her profession with children.

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Tom Holland firms as favourite for James Bond role

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Actor Tom Holland has had his chances of playing the prized role of James Bond strengthened over other contenders.

According to reports, the producers want to cast a younger-looking actor who happens to also be under 5’10”.

The 26-year-old fits both categories, but this also rules out several other people, including Idris Elba and Tom Hardy.

Producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson won’t be revealing too many more details, as the identity of the actor playing the role won’t be known until next year.

There are reports that the next actor will play 007 in an origin story in the future.

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Why women are flocking to South Korea for love

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The “Netflix effect” is enticing western women to look for love in South Korea

New research has revealed western women are heading to South Korea in the hopes of finding true love, all thanks to to hit Korean Netflix shows.

Researcher Min Joo Lee began investigating why an unusually large amount of western women are in the country.

She conducted hundreds of interviews with females predominately in their 20’s. In conclusion, she found one common thread- Korean men.

The women spoke of the “Netflix effect” after watching popular shows that depict the men in the country as “romantic, patient and in touch with their emotions.”

In particular, Netflix’s ‘Crash Landing On You’ series has women going crazy for the men portrayed in the drama. 

Netflix’s ‘Crash Landing On You’

It follows Korean television series experiencing a major uptick from global audiences over the last two years.

The country is also home to many successful K-Pop sensations, with an impressive global female fan base.

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