Bella and Sonia shine at Cannes charity show

Naomi Campbell (C), Bella Hadid (2ndL) and Winnie Harlow (Rear C-R) took part in the show. (AFP)
Updated 14 May 2018
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Bella and Sonia shine at Cannes charity show

  • The annual charity show saw celebrities from across the world join Campbell at the bash, including US-Palestinian model Bella Hadid, Tunisian beauty Sonia Ben Ammar
  • This year, proceeds from the event will go to the Time’s Up movement, as well as Save The Children

DUBAI: British supermodel Naomi Campbell hosted the 13th Fashion for Relief event on the sidelines of this year’s Cannes Film Festival in southern France on Sunday night.

The annual charity show saw celebrities from across the world join Campbell at the bash, including US-Palestinian model Bella Hadid, Tunisian beauty Sonia Ben Ammar, Canadian model Winnie Harlow and French-Algerian actress Farida Khelfa.

This year, proceeds from the event will go to the Time’s Up movement, as well as Save The Children.

“This year’s proceeds will enable Save the Children to provide life-saving food, shelter and medical treatment to children around the world, including those who have been affected by the conflict in Syria,” the charity stated on its events page.

Hadid, Harlow and Campbell took to the catwalk in a colorful array of outfits, including a rainbow-colored dress bedecked in pompoms, which Harlow rocked with aplomb.

The stars weren’t just on the runway, they filled out the crowd too, with the likes of The Weeknd, Michelle Rodriguez, Paris Hilton and Carla Bruni all taking their seats to enjoy the show.

Hadid walked the red carpet prior to the show in a custom Julien Macdonald dress that was covered in sparkling black sequins.

Industry heavyweight Campbell even hinted that it might soon be time to hang up her heels, telling the Daily Mail that she may bow out in the coming years.

 “I don’t know if I can walk much longer, it’s been 32 years,” the 47-year-old told the newspaper.

 “But it’s an honor to walk… I’d love for it to be carried on by the younger generation and for me to sit in the audience and watch.”

It is, perhaps, fitting that part of the proceeds from the show will go to the Time’s Up movement as the 71st Cannes Film Festival has taken on a decidedly female air this year, with a bevy of women-driven films gaining attention, as well as various calls for equality in the film industry being made during the event.

Mexican-American actress Salma Hayek, a vocal campaigner against sexual harassment in the movie industry, said on Sunday male stars should get less pay as way to even things up with chronically underpaid women, Reuters reported.

A day after joining dozens of other female movie makers, including Jane Fonda and Cate Blanchett, at a demonstration at the Cannes Film Festival in support of the struggle for women's rights, Hayek told a conference

"The actors have to say: 'OK, time’s up. I had a good run but now it’s also time to be generous with the actresses in the films.'

"We all have to be part of the adjustment. That’s one idea. I’m going to be hated for it. I hope I can get a job after this!"

The issue of equality has been a running theme throughout the film festival which is the first to take place since sexual harassment allegations against some major Hollywood players surfaced last year

The Cannes Film Festival runs from May 8 to May 19.

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Time's Up

Time's Up is the Hollywood-driven movement against sexual harassment that was founded on January 1, 2018, by celebrities in response to the Harvey Weinstein scandal


What We Are Reading Today: The Tale of Genji, A Visual Companion

Updated 17 October 2018
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What We Are Reading Today: The Tale of Genji, A Visual Companion

  • Melissa McCormick provides a unique companion to Murasaki’s tale with the oldest dated set of Genji illustrations known to exist

Book Title:  The Tale of Genji, A Visual Companion

Author: Melissa McCormick

 

Written in the 11th century by the Japanese noblewoman Murasaki Shikibu, The Tale of Genji is a masterpiece of prose and poetry that is widely considered the world’s first novel. Melissa McCormick provides a unique companion to Murasaki’s tale that combines discussions of all 54 of its chapters with paintings and calligraphy from the Genji Album (1510) in the Harvard Art Museums, the oldest dated set of Genji illustrations known to exist.

In this book, the album’s colorful painting and calligraphy leaves are fully reproduced for the first time, followed by McCormick’s insightful essays that analyze the Genji story and the album’s unique combinations of word and image. 

This stunning compendium also includes English translations and Japanese transcriptions of the album’s calligraphy, enabling a holistic experience of the work for readers today. In an introduction to the volume, McCormick tells the fascinating stories of the individuals who created the Genji Album in the sixteenth century, from the famous court painter who executed the paintings and the aristocrats who brushed the calligraphy to the work’s warrior patrons and the poet-scholars who acted as their intermediaries.

Beautifully illustrated, this book serves as an invaluable guide for readers interested in The Tale of Genji, Japanese literature, and the captivating visual world of Japan’s most celebrated work of fiction.