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Naomi Campbell turns 50: The British model’s most iconic fashion moments

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Naomi Campbell is undeniably an icon in the fashion world – and beyond. 

The London-born supermodel started modelling at the age of 15 and now, aged 50, still boasts an enviable array of luxury fashion and beauty contracts. 

Campbell’s career has included numerous highs and history-making moments: she was the first black model to open for Prada and land a French Vogue and TIME magazine cover. 

Like any model worth their salt, Campbell’s proved to be a style chameleon over the years. While her own most famous look – waist-long black hair, sculpted cheek bones, legs most of us could only ever dream of and piercing brown eyes – is infamous, she’s also worked a pixie cut, natural curls, a long bob and more over the years. 

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Extremely rare ‘ring of fire’ galaxy discovered in the early universe

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The ring galaxy R5519 may have been created during a massive, catastrophic collision between two galaxies in the early universe.


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A violent, catastrophic collision between two galaxies has given rise to an extremely rare ring galaxy, lurking some 11 billion light years from the Earth. The monstrous, donut-shaped galaxy is making stars in its huge ring at a rate 50 times faster than our home galaxy, earning it an ominous moniker Johnny and June Cash would surely dig: The cosmic “ring of fire.”

In a paper, published in the journal Nature Astronomy on Tuesday, an international team of scientists detail the ring galaxy R5519, discovered after scouring data from the Hubble Space telescope and the W.M. Keck observatory in Hawaii. Among almost 4,000 galaxies detected in the data sets, R5519 was one of the brightest and displayed a clear ring structure. So the team investigated further — and quickly realized they’d found something unusual. 

“It is very a curious object, one that we have never seen before,” says Tiantian Yuan, an astronomer at Swinburne University in Australia and first author on the study. “The gigantic hole in this galaxy was caused by a head-on collision with another galaxy.”  

Probing the features of R5519, Yuan and her team began picking up clues as to how it formed. They ruled out gravitational lensing or a galaxy merger for its unusual structure and nearby, they detected a companion galaxy — G5593. They suspect this cosmic neighbor is the “intruder” galaxy that may have collided with R5519 around 40 million years ago. 

The two galaxies must have smashed into each other pretty much head-on — a galactic bulls-eye — and it’s likely there was already a disk of stars present in R5519. As G5593 came swooping through the galaxy, it split the disk through the guts and a wave of stars expanded from the center, as seen in the GIF above.

“The collisional formation of ring galaxies requires a thin disk to be present in the ‘victim’ galaxy before the collision occurs,” said Kenneth Freeman, an astronomer at Australian National University and co-author on the paper, in a statement. 

If R5519 is caused by a huge collision, that would make it an extremely rare cosmic phenomena. Only one in every 1000 galaxies in the local universe are formed in such a way. Notably, the early universe was much more crowded so the belief was these kind of collisions may have been more common. Yuan suggests the data is telling a different story.

“Previously, people think we would find more of these collisional ring galaxies in the young universe, simply because there are more collisions back then,” she says. “We find that is not the case.”

There are still some “unsolved puzzles” about the ring of fire, Yuan says. “We do not know if this ring was a first ring after the collision or it was the second ring.” She’s obtained further data from W.M. Keck to resolve this issue.

Astronomers will have to gather more data to be certain the ring is caused by a collision, rather than through natural evolution. The authors of the paper write the imaging performed by NASA’s soon-to-be-launched (and recently-assembled) James Webb Space Telescope will be able to resolve any lingering questions. Yuan says she has already discovered another ring galaxy likely formed by a head-on collision — and this is a billion years older than the “ring of fire.”

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Nike Air Max Verona Summer Colorways Release

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Following the release of Nike‘s women’s-exclusive Air Max Verona silhouette earlier this year, the Swoosh is releasing three new colorways of the shoe just in time for #AirMaxMonday. Arriving in a handful of seasonal hues, including a blush pink as well as crisp white designs, the shoe is perfect for everyday wear.

Nike and HYPEBAE teamed up with a handful of creatives tasking them with styling the Air Max Verona, translating the chic silhouette into their own personal styles. “I think style is definitely very subjective to the individual! To me it is shown through your confidence, what makes you feel at your best and most comfortable in your skin,” said Jameela Elfaki when asked about her definition of style.

If you’re looking to get your own pair of Nike’s Air Max Verona sneaker, the shoes are now available over at Nike’s website.

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Met Gala 2020 canceled | After cancellation of Met Gala 2020, ticket holders urged to make donations

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Journalist Anna Wintour’s team at Vogue has been reaching out to ticket holders to the cancelled Met Gala and urging guests to make donations rather than get refunds.

According to Page Six, The Metropolitan Museum of Art this week called off the gala, where guests traditionally range from Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and Kim Kardashian to Jeff Bezos. The extravaganza raises money for the Met’s Costume Institute.

As per the sources, this gala season, most cancelled events are asking guests not to get their money back, but to make the money laid out for tickets donations instead.

But unlike other gala events, prices at the Met Gala — one of the world’s toughest tickets — go for up to USD 300,000 a table or USD 30,000 for a single ticket. Also, unlike other stuffed shirt charity galas, for which some donors might be happy to part with the ticket prices in exchange for not having to show up to another staid high-society black-tie dinner, the Met Gala is about the party.

While Vogue had no comment, as per a source familiar with the museum’s programs told Page Six: “As the global arts and culture community, and the Met, suffer huge losses as a result of the pandemic, and as the Met Gala is the Costume Institute’s primary source of annual funding, they hope guests will consider generously turning their tickets to this fundraiser into a donation or transfer tickets toward next year’s gala. If that is not possible, the money will, of course, be refunded.”

The gala raised a reported USD 15 million in last year. This year’s Costume Institute exhibition (which would have been the theme for the party) is called, ‘About Time: Fashion and Duration.’ The exhibition is still scheduled to open on October 29.

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