Charging Bull's artist wants the Fearless Girl removed
1. On International Women’s Day, a statue of a little girl was placed in front of Manhattan’s famous Charging Bull. Commissioned by firm State Street Global Advisors, the Fearless Girl 's purpose is to direct attention to the lack of women leaders on Wall Street. The statue’s permit has been extended through 2018.
2. The artist behind the Charging Bull, Arturo Di Modica says the Fearless Girl changes from the message of his art, which is meant to represent strength and prosperity. Modica and his lawyer see the use of the bull accompanied by the girl as copyright infringement. Mayor Bill Blasio tweeted in support of the Fearless Girl. "Men who don’t like women taking up space are exactly why we need the Fearless Girl." Although a lawsuit hasn’t been filed, he is preparing to fight for its removal.
3. So should she stay or go?
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At the Sundance Film Festival, a standing ovation from a crowd of critics and industry colleagues is the best reaction one can hope for, especially if you're a first-time filmmaker like Nate Parker. Parker recieved not one, not two, but three standing ovations during the premiere of his film The Birth of a Nation, a biopic that tells the story of Nat Turner, the man behind one of the most successful slave rebellions in American history. As soon as the credits rolled, companies like Netflix, Amazon and Fox Searchlight Pictures entered a bidding war for the movie's rights. $17.5 million later, a Sundance record, Fox Searchlight Pictures won the bid.
Fashion's major race problem
1. Fall fashions may be full of color, but their runways certainly weren't, so says a blistering survey from The Business of Fashion. The publication took a look at 117 of this year's premiere fashion shows across the globe to conclude that almost 80 percent of the models walking the runways were white. Considering that the fashion world's fastest growing markets are decidedly non-white, the colorless runways could propose a problem.
2. The white-washing doesn't stop at the runways. Other studies point to a lack of color in fashion advertising, the covers of fashion magazines, and even the CFDA's representation of designers.
3. What do you think? Is the usually cutting-edge world of fashion behind the times?
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