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  • How popular hairstyles for black women changed (and came back in fashion) over the past 100 years. [Cut Video]
  • PETA Asia found that dog hide is being used for leather. [PETA]
  • A restaurant in China will let people who are hot enough (according to a panel of plastic surgeons) eat for free. [People]
  • Where were these classes when we were in college? Colorado College offered a course where students studied the Mean Girls film — and wore pink every Wednesday. [NYP]
  • Justin Bieber thought SNL‘s spoof of his Calvin Klein ads was funny. [Defamer]
  • Christophe Lemaire rebrands. [WWD]
  • Preppy Lilly Pulitzer enthusiasts are none too pleased over the label’s Target collaboration. [Jezebel]
  • Russell Brand is NOT here for In Touch Weekly‘s offensive Bruce Jenner cover. [Grazia]

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Target Pulls Out of Canada

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Beloved discount retailer Target has announced that it will close all 133 of its Canadian locations in the coming weeks due to low profitability. Despite the fanfare that accompanied its entree into the Canadian market in 2013, Target was never able to fully court the Canadian customer with common complaints including higher prices than expected, limited stock availability and an overall less exciting and varied array of product compared to its U.S. locations.

The company’s decision to pull out of Canada will leave approximately 17,600 people out of work, though it has agreed to pay nearly all employees a minimum of 16 weeks compensation — roughly $70 million in total — including wages and benefits.

Although Target Canada was hotly anticipated and eagerly welcomed by Canadian consumers, many claimed that they still traveled across the border to reap the benefits of the chain’s fashionable items at low prices. In the meantime, Target stores will remain open throughout the liquidation process so Canadian shoppers may finally score some good deals.

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Gisele Bündchen Makes $1.49 Per Second

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While you’re scraping by, wondering how your Con Ed bill jumped so high over the past month, supermodels like Gisele Bündchen, Kate Moss and Cara Delevingne are too busy raking in the dough by the second. Literally. Print Detective set to sleuthing exactly how much money the world’s highest paid models made this year per second, using data from the Forbes list of 2014’s highest paid models.

Gisele Bündchen made $1.49 a second last year – one penny shy of being able to buy a pack of Orbit gum at the bodega every second — or $89.40 per minute. Kate Moss, Kate Upton, Miranda Kerr and Liu Wen clocked in at $0.22 per second; Jourdan Dunn, Natalia Vodianova, Karlie Kloss and Carolyn Murphy made $0.13; while Cara Delevingne and Anja Rubik collected $0.11 per second. Joan Smalls, Candice Swanepoel, Lindsay Wixson, Erin Heatherton and Erin Wasson are all members of the 10 cent club.

Take a look at the full list and watch the models make money as the seconds go by. 

[Print Detective]

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This Rachel Zoe Dress Looks a Lot Like Valentino

Images: Getty, Imaxtree

Images: Getty, Imaxtree

Rachel Zoe and her team had better have a good explanation for this design misstep. The stylist-cum-designer is being accused of knocking off a frock from Valentino’s Fall 2013 collection, and it looks like the folks calling out Zoe may have a point. Lily Collins was decked out in a look from Zoe’s Pre-Fall 2015 collection for an appearance on Extra — a floral print dress with a white pointed collar and oversized cuffs that bears a strong resemblance to Valentino’s version of the piece. Save for the scalloped hemline, mesh underlay, a slightly different (yet not dissimilar) print and different collar-to-cuff ratios, Zoe’s version is essentially the same dress. 

Designers getting “inspired” by one another happens all the time. Olivier Rousteing showed a suit set for Balmain’s Spring 2015 collection that looked a lot like a Givenchy Couture piece from 1997. Karl Lagerfeld’s take on New Balance’s classic shoe design got him slapped with a lawsuit from the label. Chanel showed some cuffs on its Fall 2012 runway that looked extremely similar to Pamela Love’s Fall 2011 bracelets. Still, it is a bit disheartening when it does happen and this time is no exception.

At least Lily looks cute.

[via E!]

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Lindsay Lohan to Star in Esurance Commercials

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Image: WENN

If Lindsay Lohan knows anything, it’s car insurance claims. The troubled starlet has had more than a few vehicular bust-ups, and now she’s turning her experiences into cold, hard cash. Esurance has tapped Lindsay to star in a spot for the company.

Sources say that the commercial is shooting in Long Beach. Lindsay’s history of car troubles includes allegedly hitting a man outside the Dream Hotel in 2012, hitting a driver at The Ivy in 2005, a DUI in 2007 when she drove into a tree, allegedly hit a baby stroller in 2010 and a few other incidents.

TMZ speculates that the ads could even be ready in time for the Super Bowl, giving us exactly one reason to watch the show in the first place.

[via TMZ]

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New York Attorney General to Probe Saks’ Anti-Discrimination Policies

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Image: Getty

Saks wades deeper into trouble over the lawsuit a former employee brought against the retailer, claiming she was fired from her position at one of the store’s Texas locations because she’s a trans woman. Saks is looking to dismiss the suit based on a claim that transgendered people are not protected under the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits employers from discriminating against workers based on sex, religion, nationality, etc. Several courts, the Department of Justice and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission consider trans people to be included under that particular law. 

New York’s attorney general is going to conduct a deeper investigation of Saks’ policies, ordering the retailer to turn over paperwork regarding its anti-discrimination policies and procedures in handling claims made by employees. Last week, Saks doubled down on its position that transgendered employees are not covered under the Civil Rights Act, all the while reassuring the public that it does not discriminate against the LGBT community. Funny way of showing it.

We’re hoping this probe doesn’t bring us more bad news about Saks, but it’s clear that the retailer should start rethinking its policies regarding transgendered employees if it wants to avoid future troubles.

[via NYT]

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