US model Gigi Hadid warns against social media

Gigi Hadid. (Source: @gigihadid)
Updated 23 February 2018

US model Gigi Hadid warns against social media

JEDDAH: US model Gigi Hadid is known for accessorizing. Her latest statement piece? A
phone sticker.
Hadid was snapped stepping out with an anti-social-media message on her mobile, in the style of the warnings on cigarette packs.
“Social media seriously harms your mental health,” the sticker read.
Could be that’s just a reminder to herself of the dangers of getting too deep into the online rabbit hole. Hadid, after all, has over 38 million Instagram followers, has made more than 2,600 posts on that platform alone, plus almost 16,000 tweets to her 8.5 million Twitter followers.
Hadid has discussed before how she likes to take a digital sabbatical now and again. In December 2016 she told “Elle” that she was taking a month off social media, saying she found that “empowering.”
“A lot of the world feels so entitled to other peoples’ lives, which is so crazy,” she said. “I’m going to take a break when I feel like it.”
Hadid has also called out cyber-bullies, most recently earlier this month when she revealed, via Twitter, that she has the autoimmune disorder Hashimoto’s disease.
“Please, as social media users and human beings in general, learn to have more empathy for others and know that you never really know the whole story,” she wrote. “Use your energy to lift those you admire rather than be cruel to those you don’t.”

Israeli jeweler makes $1.5m gold coronavirus mask

Updated 11 August 2020

Israeli jeweler makes $1.5m gold coronavirus mask

  • The 18-karat white gold mask will be decorated with 3,600 white and black diamonds
  • The Israeli company says it will be the world’s most expensive coronavirus mask

MOTZA: An Israeli jewelry company is working on what it says will be the world’s most expensive coronavirus mask, a gold, diamond-encrusted face covering with a price tag of $1.5 million.

The 18-karat white gold mask will be decorated with 3,600 white and black diamonds and fitted with top-rated N99 filters at the request of the buyer, said designer Isaac Levy.

Levy, owner of the Yvel company, said the buyer had two other demands: that it be completed by the end of the year, and that it would be the priciest in the world. That last condition, he said, “was the easiest to fulfill.”

He declined to identify the buyer, but said he was a Chinese businessman living in the United States.

The glitzed-up face mask may lend some pizzazz to the protective gear now mandatory in public spaces in many countries. But at 270 grams (over half a pound) — nearly 100 times that of a typical surgical mask — it is not likely to be a practical accessory to wear.

n an interview at his factory near Jerusalem, Levy showed off several pieces of the mask, covered in diamonds. One gold plate had a hole for the filter.

“Money maybe doesn’t buy everything, but if it can buy a very expensive COVID-19 mask and the guy wants to wear it and walk around and get the attention, he should be happy with that,” Levy said.

Such an ostentatious mask might also rub some the wrong way at a time when millions of people around the world are out of work or suffering economically. Levy said that while he would not wear it himself, he was thankful for the opportunity.

“I am happy that this mask gave us enough work for our employees to be able to provide their jobs in very challenging times like these times right now,” he said.