Fellow laureate excoriates Nobel literature winner

Updated 26 November 2012
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Fellow laureate excoriates Nobel literature winner

A past winner of the Nobel Prize in literature has called this year’s choice for the award, China’s Mo Yan, a “catastrophe” and accused him of “celebrating censorship,” a Swedish newspaper said Saturday.
Herta Mueller, who won the prize in 2009, told the daily Dagens Nyheter that she wanted to cry when she heard Mo Yan had been given the prestigious award.
“The Chinese themselves say that Mo Yan is an official of the same rung as a (government) minister,” the Romanian-born writer said.
“He celebrates censorship. It’s extremely upsetting.”
She noted that the laureate had copied by hand a speech by late Communist ruler Mao Zedong for a commemorative book this year. In the speech Mao says art and culture should support the Communist Party.
Mueller, 59, added that handing the prize to the vice-chairman of the government-backed China Writers’ Association, while 2010 peace laureate Liu Xiaobo remains in jail, was “a slap in the face for all those working for democracy and human rights.”
Liu is serving an 11-year prison term for subversion after he called for democratic reforms to China’s one-party system.
The day after his prize was announced, Mo Yan told reporters that he hoped Liu could be released from prison “as soon as possible.”
“He should have said that four years ago, or at least two weeks before receiving the prize,” Mueller said.
Mueller was persecuted by Romania’s Communist-era secret police for refusing to become an informant, and her work was censored at home. She emigrated to Germany in 1987.
Her novels, notably “The Appointment” and “The Land of Green Plums,” describe the terror and humiliation she said she suffered under Nicolae Ceausescu’s regime.


Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner reportedly set to walk in 2018 Victoria’s Secret show

Gigi at Milan Fashion Week last month. (AFP)
Updated 23 October 2018
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Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner reportedly set to walk in 2018 Victoria’s Secret show

DUBAI: Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid are set to walk in the upcoming Victoria’s Secret show in New York, footwear designer Brian Atwood let slip on Instagram this week.

The designer, who is creating the shoes for the show, uploaded two Instagram posts that indicated Hadid and Jenner would be part of the 2018 show.

In one post, he posted an image of Hadid in the 2016 show and captioned the image: “Less than 1 month away!!!!Let’s do this @gigihadid @victoriassecret. Can’t wait to show you what we have done for the shoe!!!! (sic).”

In the other upload, Atwood posted a photo of Kendall Jenner and captioned it: “Can’t wait to see this beauty @kendalljenner strutting in my shoes for the @victoriassecret fashion show… less than a month away!!!!”

Models from around the world took to social media last month to announce that they were chosen to walk in the 2018 Victoria’s Secret show — one of the most coveted gigs on the fashion calendar. Read on for what they had to say on their Instagram accounts.

Shanina Shaik
“I’m overjoyed and so beyond grateful,” the model, who is of Pakistani-Lithuanian-Australian descent, wrote on Instagram about her upcoming stint with Victoria’s Secret.

Bella Hadid
The darling of the modelling world is set to walk the runway for Victoria’s Secret later this year. The US-Palestinian beauty previously starred in the brand’s 2017 show.

Barbara Palvin
The Hungarian model was named Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue’s 2016 “Rookie of the Year.” “Wooowww!! I’m speechless,” she posted on Instagram while announcing this week’s news.

Georgia Fowler
The New Zealand-born model, who walked the runway for Victoria’s Secret in 2016 and 2017, is set to take to the catwalk once again.

Winnie Harlow
The Canadian model took to Instagram to reveal that she “had a breakdown” before her Victoria’s Secret casting call, which she called “the most (nerve-wracking) casting of my life.” She celebrated by thanking her mother and her fans on social media.

Cindy Bruna
The 23-year-old French model will walk the Victoria’s Secret runway for the sixth time.