Gerald Marie Accusers Speak Out, Samira Nasr’s Round of Firsts and more of the news you missed

Gerald Marie’s Accusers Speak Out
After years of industry speculation and numerous news articles, alleged details of the predatory behavior of former model boss Gerald Marie are beginning to emerge. Marie, who is under investigation by the French authorities for sexual assault, rape and rape of a minor against four women—three of whom are former models—has been in the industry since the 1970s, at Paris Planning, Elite and Oui Management agencies. Linda Evangelista, who was married to Marie from 1987 until 1993, has spoken in support of his accusers, telling The Guardian “Based on my own experiences, I believe these women are telling the truth. It breaks my heart and I admire their courage.” [The Guardian]

Hairstylist Jawara Virtually Opens “COARSE: The Edges of Black Ingenuity”
Pushing the boundaries of the digital experience, Jawara breaks “ground” with his newly digitalized exhibition, COARSE: The Edges of Black Ingenuity. With images from frequent collaborators Tyler Mitchell, Oliver Hadlee Pearch Kristin-Lee Moolman, Nadine Ijewere, Kyle Weeks and more the digital gallery space features his work through the years showcasing the artistic nature of Black and afro hairstyles. The virtual experience allows viewers to be able to navigate the exhibition space as if they’re walking thorough it in person. The innovative exhibit will be hosted on Art from Thursday, October 22nd through December.

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“COARSE: The EDGES OF BLACK INGENUITY “ a Virtual Exhibit by ME up now, LINK IN MY BIO 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾 Hair is such a deep subject, Especially when it comes to Black hair. 
Far from simply cosmetic, it encompasses vast social, cultural and historical issues and intersects crucial questions of gender and race. For some hair can symbolize ; ritual, love, assimilation, freedom, unification and self expression. For some , hair can be a locus of torment, a source of personal anguish, a place where we don't have a choice, where we feel vulnerable to the pressures of society. Fortunately, hair is also a performative space, a space of creative freedom. I would like to show how the latter can counter the former with stories of empowerment. I was taught at a young age “hair is strength” by my mother who hasn’t cut her hair in 43 years. I believe that the best way to convey this truth is through beauty. Hair as an expression of love in a family, hair as a celebration of choice and identity, hair as a way to transcend imposed limitations, as an unrestricted opportunity to become who we want to be. Hair as a way to perform Black people vision of the world. We celebrate the Blackness of our legacy, history, present-day, and visions for our future through our illustrious HAIR. Including the works of photographers Tyler Mitchell, Christine Han, Justin French, Nadine Ijewere and Kyle Weeks, among others, as well as unpublished images by Oliver Hadlee Pearch just to name a few

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Samira Nasr’s first Harper’s Bazaar U.S Issue is here
Aptly focused on “firsts”, Samira Nasr‘s debut issue as editor-in-chief of Harper’s Bazaar U.S. rolled out this week and represents a full circle moment for the new editor. Harper’s cover muse Liya Kebede and Nasr met on set 20 years ago when Nasr was a fashion writer and has never been on the cover until this issue, shot by Christopher Anderson in Paris.

Man Repeller Ceasing Operations
Fashion website Man Repeller (recently renamed Repeller) is shutting down shop. According to Business of Fashion, website founder Leandra Medine Cohen announced the news to employees via Zoom on Monday. The news comes after a turbulent year for the site, following allegations of racism and subsequent rebranding. [Business of Fashion]

Roberto Cavalli Has a New Creative Director…Allegedly
Italian brand Roberto Cavalli has been without a creative director since last year and WWD reports the new position has been given to Fausto Puglisi. New company owner and chairman of Dubai-based Damac Properties, Hussain Sajwan is set to relaunch the once-mighty, celebrity-favorite brand that since Cavalli retired in 2015 has seen its number of creative directors like Peter Dundas, Paul Surridge and the internal Cavalli team.

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