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Former Zara Corporate Employee Is Suing the Company for $40 Million in Discrimination Suit

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Zara is once again in trouble with the Jewish community, this time for antisemitic and homophobic discrimination. A former member of Zara’s legal team, Ian Jack Miller, says that he was dismissed from his position as a corporate attorney in March for the retailer’s U.S. and Canada region because he is gay and Jewish. 

Miller, who started working at the company in 2008, says he was harassed by high-level Zara employees who taunted him by emailing him gay porn and making shady references to his sexuality. “For example, Defendant Costas sent Mr. Miller an email highlighting language that marriage is an institution ‘sanctified between a man and a woman,’” the suit reads. “In another instance, Defendant Costas sent Mr. Miller an email drawing his attention to a ‘gay sex scene’ in a video game. Defendant Costas also sent Mr. Miller an email with a photo depicting a shirtless man. In yet another instance, Defendant Costas sent Mr. Miller a news article about the marriage of gay fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi and instructed Mr. Miller to ‘put a ring on it.'”

Miller says that antisemitism is the status quo at Zara, so much so that he decided to keep the fact that he was Jewish to himself. He says that when the retailer’s higher-ups found out that he was Jewish, the discrimination intensified. The suit claims that as an institution, Zara favors heterosexual Christian Spaniards and people of other races, ethnicities and sexualities are disparaged. Miller claims he was given lower raises than other employees who fit the bill for Zara’s ideal demographics and had to endure listening to bigoted remarks from upper-level executives during his time at the company. 

The suit also says that the discrimination didn’t stop at gays and Jews, and that senior staff “exchanged racist emails, including emails portraying Michelle Obama serving fried chicken and emails depicting Barack Obama in a Ku Klux Klan hood, with a Confederate flag, on a Cream of Wheat box, on an Aunt Jemima box, and shining shoes.”

Miller is seeking $40 million in damages for his treatment at the company. Zara released a statement reassuring the public of its inclusivity and friendliness to minorities, feigning surprise at the allegations. “We do not tolerate any behavior that is discriminatory or disrespectful, but value each individual’s contributions to our dynamic organization,” they said in a statement.

Given Zara’s history of antisemitism, it isn’t too much of a surprise that the retailer would be at the center of such a controversy. The lawsuit mentions Zara’s history of bigotry, namely in peddling wares that have offended the Jewish community and others on more than one occasion. “The Company is notorious for selling products featuring racist and anti-Semitic images and messages, including handbags depicting swastikas, children’s pajamas resembling concentration camp uniforms (a product that, after an international outcry, the Company said would be ‘exterminated’), necklaces containing figurines in black face, and a tee-shirt proclaiming that ‘White Is the New Black.'” 

[via Forbes, Scribd

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Whistles x Frame Activewear Capsule Collection Launches

As summer vacation is fast approaching, there’s no denying that we’ve upped our workout game just a notch. Consequently, we’re now faced with the problem of staying stylish at the gym, so we’re beyond excited to hear the news that Whistles is launching an amazing activewear capsule collection today.

In recent years, it has become somewhat trendy for retailers to offer small and, most importantly, stylish capsule workout collections, so it’s no surprise that Whistles has followed suit. We are nonetheless still very pleased with more options when it comes to infusing our sportswear with some much-needed luxe appeal.

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Created in collaboration with the London-based fitness studio Frame and consisting of 13 lustrous pieces, including dance leotards, shape-sculpting bra tops, studio leggings and jumpsuits, this range aims to take you from street to studio in style. Every piece is designed to seamlessly mix with your everyday wardrobe, with prices ranging from $60 to $130. The collection is available to purchase now at Whistles.

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Amy Schumer Gave the Best Acceptance Speech Ever at the Glamour Awards

Amy Schumer has got to stop giving us more reasons to love her. Just when we think our affection for the comedian couldn’t get any stronger, she does something to make our hearts grow ever fonder. Like this week, when she picked up the Trailblazer prize at UK Glamour’s Women of the Year Awards and delivered the most epic speech ever.

Be warned, much of this speech is littered with the type of hilariously spot-on vulgarity Schumer is known for, so if you’re at work, you might want to plug in those headphones. From declarations about her rockin’ bod. (“I’m probably like, 160 pounds right now and I can still catch a dick whenever I want,”) to a golden anecdote about losing her front teeth and getting her period in the same week as a girl, Schumer absolutely nails this speech and had us howling through the whole thing.

Watch Schumer’s epic speech in the video above.

[h/t Vulture]

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Cara Delevingne Thought She Wouldn’t Get That Role in ‘Paper Towns’

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Budding actress Cara Delevingne has a lot to be confident about in her burgeoning acting career. She will appear in next year’s summer blockbuster Suicide Squad alongside stars like Jared Leto and Will Smith, she has a role in the forthcoming Pan movie and she just snagged a part in 2017’s Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. But even though Delevingne is achieving early success in Hollywood, she does get a little jittery about her acting career. After all, she is one of the world’s most in-demand models and the stigma of a model-turned-actress is still a thing. 

Delevingne admitted that she was quite nervous to read for her role in Paper Towns and credits her co-star Nat Wolff with helping her score the big gig. “The reason I actually got the role was probably because of Nat Wolff. He’s honestly the best actor I’ve ever worked with,” she told Teen Vogue. “I didn’t think I was going to get it. I was so scared, and he gave me the ability to do it. He gave me everything! Because when you have someone else who is so real and so amazing and they have truth in their eyes…he was crying so how could I not cry? And then, when we did the first table read, we all kind of looked at each other and were like, ‘This is going to be so great.'”

We’re juiced to see Cara in her first major lead role and her onscreen chemistry with Wolff. July 24 –when the film officially hits theaters – can’t come soon enough. 

[via Teen Vogue]

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Confirmed: Steven Meisel Out at Vogue Italia (Forum Buzz)

Our fears became reality yesterday as Vogue Italia‘s highly-anticipated June installment surfaced on our forums, which wasn’t photographed by Steven Meisel. Over the past week,  our forums have been speculating that the legendary photographer and longtime Vogue Italia collaborator did not shoot the June edition due to alleged creative differences. Franca Sozzani opted for a different route and delivered four unique covers captured by four different photographers for ‘The China Issue’ of the Italian title. Mario Sorrenti, Craig McDean, Steven Klein and Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott each shot a cover featuring a handful of Chinese beauties.

 

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Forum members were as fast as lightning to generate discussion. “So disappointed, such a bad year for VI so far,” shared MDNA.

“It feels extremely weird that Meisel is no longer there and also sort of anti-climactic. It would be incredible if we got a final all Meisel issue featuring his favorite models. I don’t know, I just feel kinda sad if the rumours of his leaving are actually true and would hate to see Vogue Italia become just another edition of Vogue by losing its edge. However, as I understand it, nothing has been said officially so I’m still holding out hope,” added an optimistic Nepenthes.

KissMiss wasn’t impressed either, writing, “I am sorry but this looks a mess to me.”

Also left underwhelmed was blueorchid: “They all look like supplements. Yikes.”

“They all look like supplements. Geez. I’d prefer a simple portrait by Meisel over this try-hard multiple covers,” agreed quangthinh.

Feeling nostalgic was Miss Dalloway. “Have to say I secretly hoped the rumors were not true, and that he shot at least one of the covers. Makes me sad because I grew up, and came to love fashion through Meisel. No one can replace this combination for me. It marks a significant change for VI, and the fashion industry IMO.”

Be sure to join our group therapy session here.

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Kate Spade Makes Her Design Return with a Holiday Accessories Range

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Kate Spade is putting her best foot forward for her grand return to the fashion world. The designer will release a line of accessories set to hit shelves in time for the holidays. Spade, who left her eponymous brand in 2007, says she has spent the last few years focusing on family. Her new accessories collection will have plenty of shoes and handbags, which is what she does best. 

According to WWD, retailers will be looking at the yet-to-be-named collection this week and next, though there is no word on when the rest of us will get to see it. Considering it’s for holiday, we’re expecting to see a little sparkle in the offering, perhaps a generous helping of glitter even. 

Kate Spade the brand is currently under the design direction of Deborah Lloyd, who took the position after the label was sold to Liz Claiborne. We have certainly missed seeing Spade’s creations and are excited to see what she has conceived for her great return to fashion.

[via WWD]

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