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Leslie Jordan has died
Beloved actor and funnyman Leslie Jordan has died in a car crash, aged 67. The Southern star was driving in Hollywood this morning when it’s believed he suffered a medical emergency that caused him to crash his BMW into the side of a building. News of his death broke on TMZ and was confirmed via a representative to Page Six. A longtime character actor and regular on iconic sit coms including Will & Grace and Ugly Betty, Jordan had enjoyed a career resurgence as of late thanks to his candid uploads on Instagram during the pandemic, which amassed him almost six million followers. He’ll be missed.
Pressure mounts for Adidas to drop Kanye West; Kim breaks her silence
Page Six reports that Kanye West is no longer working with attorney Camille Vasquez—made famous during the Johnny Depp trial—after he refused to take back his anti-Semitic statements. The powerful lawyer reportedly told her firm in LA, Brown Rudnick, that she will not represent the problematic performer in the midst of ongoing hate speech. A source tells the outlet that after Brown Rudnick tried to keep West on as a client, they were then fired after asking him to publicly apologize for his rhetoric. Today, CAA dropped the rapper and mogul, following Balenciaga’s severing of all ties with West on Friday. Vogue magazine has also confirmed they will not work with him after recent events, including his cyber bullying of their fashion editor at large, Gabriella Karefa-Johnson. Today, Kim Kardashian broke her silence by saying that hate speech is never acceptable. “I stand together with the Jewish community and call on the terrible violence and hateful rhetoric towards them to come to an immediate end,” she wrote on her Stories. Now, pressure is mounting for Adidas to follow suit and end its relationship with the 45-year-old father-of-four.
Lupita Nyong’o is De Beers’ first-ever global ambassador
Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o has landed her latest role: as the new face of diamond brand De Beers. Nyong’o is starring in the campaign, Where It Begins, lensed by Lachlan Bailey who captures her discovering a rough diamond and the subsequent journey that unfolds. As part of the partnership, Nyong’o will support De Beers’ Building Forever commitment, which aims to advance women and girls where its diamonds are discovered—this involves engaging 10,000 girls in STEM, supporting 10,000 women entrepreneurs, and investing at least $10 million across southern Africa to achieve these goals by 2030. Of her new appointment, she said: “I’m honored to be the first Global Ambassador for De Beers…Even more importantly, my partnership with De Beers allows me to extend my advocacy for women and girls around the world.”
Saks celebrates Jennifer Fisher over cocktails
Jennifer Fisher’s celebrity-adored jewelry offering is now available at Saks. And to mark the moment, the department store and its chief merchandising officer Tracy Margolies co-hosted a soirée with Fisher at Le Chalet at L’Avenue. On the night, guests enjoyed light bites, cocktails infused with Jennifer Fisher’s Instagram-famous Spicy Salt, plus custom portraits to take home thanks to sketch artist Blair Breitenstein. Among those in attendance were Fern Mallis, Brett Heyman, Michelle Ochs, Ronny Kobo, Marina Larroudé, Gigi Burris, Maya Jankelowitz, Ken Downing, Tina Leung, Coco Bassey, Gabby Prescod, Danielle Prescod, Cyndi Ramirez-Fulton, Jenna Perry, Ashley Avignone, Dani Stahl, Elizabeth Kurpis, Rakia Reynolds, Ashley Chew, and more.
Stephanie Ketty hosted her first art show
Stephanie Ketty, vice president of business development at BFA, was joined by friends, family, and of course, the BFA team as she celebrated her debut art show in Soho recently. Titled The Only Way Out Is Through, the event presented 12 of Ketty’s original paintings—one to represent each of her years in the Big Apple. Congrats!
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