News Weekly News | Michelle Obama on Glamour Cover, MAC Halloween, Versace Cuts Jobs, Naomi Gets Sued!

Michelle OHope your week was fantastic! Here are some of the headlines and activities that caught our attention this week. If you will be dressing up for Halloween tonight, MAC Cosmetics new video on how to have fun with makeup, during halloween, might be just right for you!

Michelle Obama’s Inspiring Mission (Hail the Mentor in Chief!) Plus Her Answers to Your Questions“I think that mentoring is such a critical part of the role I can play in this position. I see how little bits of exposure and big bits of exposure really change my girls significantly, and I want that for more girls around the country and the world.” (Glamour Magazine)

Versace Cuts a Fourth of Its Work Force
PARIS — Versace Group, the fashion house based in Milan, said Wednesday that it would cut 26 percent of its worldwide work force and consolidate its operations as it targeted a return to profitability in 2011.

“We’re reviewing in a comprehensive way the whole structure of the company,” Giangiacomo Ferraris, the chief executive, said by telephone. “Operating costs have been rising since 2006, and because of the economic situation we need to have a more flexible operation.” (New York Times)

Swahili Fashion Week the Dawn of a New Era
An eclectic mix of Swahili culture ensconced with chic style; Swahili Fashion week is the dawn of a new era. Initiating a dynamic and promising platform for the fashion industry in Tanzania, the Swahili Fashion Week is a coming together of talented designers from across the country under one stand to showcase their unique and truly African creations. This is not only a potential point for existing designers but also an opportune moment for upcoming aspiring designers in the country. (Swahili Fashion Week)

Journalist criticised for posing as black man in film
“GERMAN ANTI-RACISM groups have attacked a legendary investigative journalist for going undercover in blackface to expose racism in daily life.

Günter Wallraff spent over a year travelling through Germany disguised as fictional Somalian man Kwami Ogonno for the film Schwarz auf Weiss ( Black on White ).

Wearing an Afro wig, dark contact lenses and face paint, he travelled to 120 towns and cities across Germany fitted with a hidden camera. “I have many black friends here who, time and again, are harassed solely because of their skin colour but who, to avoid further trouble, don’t talk about it,” said Wallraff. “I wanted to experience this first hand, so I disappeared into this role.” (Irish Times)

Naomi Campbell sued by cosmetics company Moodform Mission for breach of contract
Hot-tempered stunner Naomi Campbell is being hauled back into court – and for once, it’s not over one of her phone-flinging meltdowns.

Moodform Mission is suing Campbell, charging that the feisty supermodel cut the cosmetics company out of profits for products titled “Cat Deluxe with Kisses” and “Seductive Elixir.”

“The payments stopped coming,” said Daniel Bright, a lawyer for the Miami-based company. “I guess she just decided she didn’t want to pay any more.” (NYDailyNews)

Durban designer to dress world’s beauties
Hansrot is one of eight South African designers chosen to create pieces that will be worn by the Miss World contestants at two pre-events in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates on November 12 and at a fashion showcase in Johannesburg on November 28.

The final will take place in the Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg on December 12.

Kluk CGDT, RJKay, JJ Schoeman, Spero Villioti, Thula Sindi, Marc and Michael, Diamond Face Couture and Hansrot’s signature store, 75 , were each tasked with creating 16 designs for the shows. (

Have a great weekend!


Uduak Oduok
Ladybrille Magazine

Ladybrille Magazine

Founded in 2007, Ladybrille® Magazine is a California based pioneer digital publication demystifying the image of Africans in the west through contemporary African fashion and celebrating the brilliant woman in business and leadership, with an emphasis on the African woman in the diaspora. Our coverage includes stories on capital, access to markets, expertise, hiring and retention, sales, marketing, and promotions.

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