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‘Tiger King’s John Finlay Is Upset Netflix Didn’t Show His Perfect New Teeth

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As absurd as it already seems, there’s still so much more to unravel from Netflix’s Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness saga, that producers think there’s enough valuable content to create a sequel to the docu-series. When that happens, you’re likely to see John Finlay with a new set of teeth.

Joe Exotic’s ex, who wound up testifying against the former zookeeper in court, actually got his teeth reconstructed in July 2019, before filming for the show was completed. Apparently, he’s a little miffed by Netflix for not publishing any footage of him with his fresh pearly whites.

Finlay, who was also often showcased shirtless with his many tattoos on display, finally managed to show off his choppers in an interview on Lights Out with David Spade’s YouTube channel. He admitted that getting his new teeth was even more excruciating than inking his 51 tattoos, as he chose to complete the procedure at once instead of having it performed gradually.

“It was painful the first couple of weeks, but after I got them fixed the right way, they’re perfect,” he explained.

“I got 51 tattoos and I think my teeth were the worst part of it,” he elaborated.

According to a report by TMZ, Finlay’s teeth were missing due to genetic reasons, and not because of drug use. In fact, he has not touched drugs in six years, and started losing his teeth before he even used drugs from when he was living with Joe Exotic.

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Instagram Bans Popular Meme Account With 14M Followers Over Coronavirus Fraud

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Despite having a platform with the ability to convey positive messages to millions of jaded social media users, one viral Instagram account turned the other way by posting multiple versions of a scam.

As reported by Daily Dot, the @bestmemes account, which had close to 14 million followers, was banned by Instagram after repeatedly posting fake tweets about the coronavirus that were posed to look like they were written by Donald Trump and Barack Obama.

“Due to the CoronaVirus, if your state is currently under lockdown, you are eligible for US$1,000 via @PayPal by completing the #StayAtHome survey,” fake screenshots of the tweets read. “Stay strong everyone.” They were also accompanied with a faux PayPal balance statement of US$1,448.71.

The account additionally pointed followers to the link in its bio, claiming that the US$1,000 giveaway would end at 7pm.

The fraudulent posts were taken down by Instagram for spreading misinformation on COVID-19. @bestmemes later reinstated the fake Obama tweet, but it was deleted again by the platform.

Eventually, the whole account was banned on Instagram. A Facebook spokesperson told Daily Dot that the popular account was removed from the platform due to “repeated community standards violations.”

Instagram has suspended @bestmemes (14M og meme page) after the acct posted a fake Trump/Obama PayPal giveaway pic.twitter.com/esfgwzKzYm

— Taylor Lorenz (@TaylorLorenz) March 31, 2020

This is part of a big gross affiliate campaign that I've been tracking for months. The 'giveaway' asks for personal information to 'enter', which is sold to marketers. Influencers get paid $1.50 per signup.

They're also impersonating the CDC, Chick-fil-A, Trump, Sony & more 👇 pic.twitter.com/nUOVz7l0PT

— Tim L (@telenardo) March 31, 2020
Healthcare professionals all over the world are working around the clock to treat patients of COVID-19.

[via Mashable, cover image via Shutterstock] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/409275/Instagram-Bans-Popular-Meme-Account-With-14M-Followers-Over-Coronavirus-Fraud/

‘Quarantine Together’ Dating App Sparks Romance Between Self-Isolated Singles

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Self-isolation doesn’t mean you have to be lonely during the coronavirus outbreak; you can still create connections while staying safe and healthy.

Enter the Quarantine Together dating app. The tool was designed by Daniel Ahmadizadeh and Christopher Smeder to invite those stuck at home to still stay bonded via online human connections. The website and app launched on 15 March 2020 and saw over 200 sign-ups so far, according to Ahmadizadeh.

The text-based app sends out reminders to users at 6pm asking if they have washed their hands, and once they have done so and answered “yes,” they will be linked with another user through text.

Ahmadizadeh told CNN that the app “is specific to how people are living in this time,” and that it’s not about the users’ photos or bios but “actually being able to talk to another person.”

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Looking for something fun to do? Physical distancing can be lonely. Get matched and raise money to provide frontline health care workers ❤️ with masks 😷 with medical mask & #PPE. Sign up for the QT #Dating app to help! #coronamemes #corona #dating #datingmemes

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[via CNN, cover image via Quarantine Together] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/409270/Quarantine-Together-Dating-App-Sparks-Romance-Between-Self-Isolated-Singles/

Emilia Clarke Promises Dinner Date With Fans Who Help With COVID-19 Relief

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Emilia Clarke might go on a virtual dinner date with you if you contribute to COVID-19 relief efforts.

The actress announced on Instagram that she will be rewarding fans for helping her raise £250,000 (US$309,358) in charity efforts for the Same You organization to help those affected by the coronavirus outbreak.

“How would you feel about having dinner with me virtually?” Clarke asked in a video posted on Instagram. She explained that 12 people will get to join her online to sit down, cook and eat together for a good cause.

The money raised for the fund will head towards “virtual rehab clinic support,” which aims to free up beds in hospitals which are presently limited during the health crisis. The offer is up until 9 April 2020 via the Same You website.

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We promised we’d let you know about what we were doing to help – today we are launching our Emergency Response for Brain Injury & Stroke Patients to provide more free beds for hospitals, but also desperately needed support for brain injury and stroke survivors. 100% of your generosity will go to funding virtual rehab clinic support in the coming weeks, to help survivors who have been discharged from hospital early due to the coronavirus emergency. Therapy support about brain injury and stroke is vital for ongoing mental and physical recovery. Our aim is to raise £250,000, and the more we raise, the more we can do to help. As a thank you, Emilia will be inviting 12 people to have a virtual dinner party with her to cook, eat and share stories with her. You'll need to donate within the next ten days (by midnight 9th April 2020), and the date of the virtual dinner party for 12 of you, will be in the next few weeks. You may have also spotted the tee Emilia is wearing is from our shop (link in bio), designed by @gommie_poem and @benchallen. Together, we can make a difference, and help those in need at this time. @spauldingrehab @uclh #togethertogethertogether #sameyoucharity #covid19 #coronavirus #pandemic

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[via Page Six, cover image via Featureflash Photo Agency / Shutterstock.com] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/409262/Emilia-Clarke-Promises-Dinner-Date-With-Fans-Who-Help-With-COVID-19-Relief/

Drake Shares First Public Photos Of His Son As They Stay Apart During Isolation

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Drake unveiled the first-ever photos of his son, Adonis Graham, describing that he was missing his “beautiful family” as he was forced to self-isolate after being in contact with Kevin Durant, who tested positive for COVID-19.

The rapper shared a series of photos, including one where they were both in matching black tops as he carried Graham in his arms.

Another photo shows the toddler staring at the camera with Drake and Graham’s mother, Sophie Brussaux.

His fans marveled over Graham’s curly blond hair and striking blue eyes. Others couldn’t help but notice that Drake’s son bore a striking resemblance to his mother.

“Drake’s son is his mom,” a fan wrote. “He has Drake’s features but looks like Drake’s mom for sure!” another commented in agreement.

Rapper 50 Cent, too, chimed in with his thoughts. He shared a side-by-side photo of the child and Drake’s mother with the caption, “Drake had his mom a grand baby for real, her genes are strong.”

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What is most important for you right now is to connect to your own inner light. This will create the biggest opening of all. Trust that you have all of the power within to make this happen, and in order to do that connect to the people and things that bring you a lot of joy. When the mind starts to move into overthinking or fear, shift your attention right away to something bright. It doesn’t matter what has happened in the past or what is happening around us now, you can always make the choice to break free of the wheel of suffering and panic and open up to your own light. We are powerful manifestors , so once you make the choice in the moment to shift your awareness to something good, it will show you in your reality. Be conscious, especially right now of fears coming in from others, and recognize that not everything should be held by you. Laughter is your best medicine, but tears can also be a powerful release. Let go of any judgment you may have around that. Remember that you are never alone, and if you need to be reminded of that ask for support and it will show up. Everything comes down to intention, and even though there are conflicting energies circling around us you must KNOW…It will rebuild. But in order for that to happen, you have to do exactly that. Trust. You have the biggest heart and that is your greatest gift. It’s impossible to always control your surroundings, but when you shift the focus to how you want to feel, everything will conspire to assist you. I love and miss my beautiful family and friends and I can’t wait for the joyful day when we are all able to reunite. Until then please keep your lights on. 🤍

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Drake had his mom a grand baby for real, her genes are strong. 😏i bet she is so happy he looks like her. #abcforlife #starzgettheapp #bransoncognac #lecheminduroi theking🍾

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[via Drake, opening image via Kathy Hutchins / Shutterstock.com] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/409252/Drake-Shares-First-Public-Photos-Of-His-Son-As-They-Stay-Apart-During-Isolation/

Coca-Cola Promotes Safe Distancing Loud & Clear With Logo Tweak At Times Square

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“Staying apart is the best way to stay united,” Coca-Cola’s billboard in Times Square reads. The campaign, aimed to promote social distancing, was created to remind people to stay indoors during the coronavirus outbreak.

Created in collaboration with marketing and communications agency Mercado McCann in Argentina, the billboard is presented in the brand’s signature red background, but its closely-linked script logo is now spaced out to encourage bystanders to keep a safe distance from each other.

The company has taken initiatives to protect its workers by setting up additional sanitation and cleaning practices. It also urged many employees to work from home, and restricted visitors to its manufacturing facilities, per Campaign US.

The Coca-Cola Foundation has also done its part in combating the COVID-19 crisis by donating to relief efforts located in various countries such as China, Italy, the United States, and Canada.

Coke puts social distancing message in Times Square pic.twitter.com/YAdV8KJFEk

— Brilliant Ads (@Brilliant_Ads) March 24, 2020

[via Campaign US, cover image via vfhnb12 / Shutterstock.com] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/409267/Coca-Cola-Promotes-Safe-Distancing-Loud-Clear-With-Logo-Tweak-At-Times-Square/

Burger King Assures It’s OK To Move Near McDonald’s By Adding ‘For Rent’ Signs

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Fast food giant Burger King unveiled a cheeky ad campaign in collaboration with advertising agency David in São Paulo, which involves the installing of “For Rent” and “For Sale” signs at buildings beside a McDonald’s outlets in Brazil.

The signage was created to hint that future neighbors of McDonald’s outlets will not be disrupted, as the fast food restaurant does not create smoke in its kitchens through flame-grilling—unlike Burger King, of course.

Anyone who calls the phone number written on the signs will be transferred to an audio message, which explains why “it’s great to have a neighbor who doesn’t barbecue.” If they are hungry, they can always enjoy a flame-grilled patty in Burger King’s sandwich.

The message ends with an email address that customers can use to contact Burger King Brazil.

Rafael Donato, creative vice-president of the ad agency, shared that the campaign highlights “one of the features that sets [Burger King] apart as a brand without losing its sense of humor.”

Burger King is putting up "For Rent" and "For Sale" signs on buildings next to McDonald's locations, cheekily reassuring people that living there is fine as they would never have to deal with smoke from flame grilling. pic.twitter.com/fFFktmfUtR

— Mad Over Marketing (@MadOMarketing) March 16, 2020

[via Muse by CLIO, cover image via ricochet64 / Shutterstock.com] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/409269/Burger-King-Assures-It-s-OK-To-Move-Near-McDonald-s-By-Adding-For-Rent-Signs/

Apple Music Offers Some Comfort During Self-Isolation Via AI-Generated Playlists

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Apple Music will be rolling out a new algorithmic playlist titled ‘Get Up! Mix’ in the coming weeks to provide upbeat and happy music to give you some comfort during self-isolation.

The playlist will additionally be curated by Apple Music’s editors weekly. Apple revealed that the playlist will be filled with “happy-making, smile-finding, sing-along-ing music,” per Engadget. It will mainly be focused on feel-good music from genres such as pop, dance, hip-hop, and R&B.

In related news, the Beats 1 radio station will continue to run on Apple Music, as DJs will broadcast the shows from their own homes. Interviews featuring the new format will include Hayley Williams and Elton John via FaceTime, according to MacRumors. Check out the latest interview on Beats 1’s YouTube channel below.

[via Engadget, cover image via mirtmirt / Shutterstock.com] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/409266/Apple-Music-Offers-Some-Comfort-During-Self-Isolation-Via-AI-Generated-Playlists/

Bottega Veneta Launches Weekly Art, Food, Film Itineraries To Keep You Occupied

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Now that many are confined in their homes, fashion brand Bottega Veneta has introduced a ‘Bottega Residency’ weekly itinerary with content ranging from art and music to movies and food to keep you busy during lockdown.

The multi-channel initiative aims to spark inspiration while providing things to do and offer comfort during self-isolation. Each week, the label will unveil a new “resident” to take over and showcase works from their favorite content creators. You can expect to see a lineup of live music, cooking shows, and film screenings.

The first week saw Bottega’s very own creative director sharing the importance of celebrating creativity and strength during this uneasy period.

The fashion label hopes to bring “a sense of joy and hope” to its community and people around the world. Stay tuned to the weekly itinerary via Instagram, YouTube, http://www.designtaxi.com/news/409265/Bottega-Veneta-Launches-Weekly-Art-Food-Film-Itineraries-To-Keep-You-Occupied/

The New Yorker’s Magazine Cover Puts Healthcare Workers’ Sacrifices On Forefront

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Healthcare professionals all over the world are working around the clock to treat patients of COVID-19.

The New Yorker magazine’s Health Issue happens to take place during the coronavirus pandemic, so the publication decided to recognize the 24/7 sacrifices of frontline workers for the 6 April 2020 edition.

The artwork shows medical workers hurriedly attending to patients. One stops to look at her phone, which displays a video conversation with her husband and two young children tucked in bed.

The gripping illustration, titled Bedtime, was created by long-time New Yorker contributor Chris Ware, who noted his daughter’s influence in the concept.

“As a procrastination tactic, I sometimes ask my fifteen-year-old daughter what the comic strip or drawing I’m working on should be about—not only because it gets me away from my drawing table but because, like most kids of her generation, she pays attention to the world,” he explained.

This cover illustration was no exception, and when Ware asked his daughter what to feature on the Health cover, she replied, “Make sure it’s about how most doctors have children and families of their own.”

The artist concluded, “While some of us fret about what Netflix shows to watch, an unnerving onslaught of articles, essays, and interviews with physicians describe the front they face in the coming weeks… Doctors are sequestering themselves from their homes to avoid infecting their families… What sort of nightmare are we waking up to?”

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This week's cover, “Bedtime,” by Chris Ware. #NewYorkerCovers

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[via The New Yorker] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/409268/The-New-Yorker-s-Magazine-Cover-Puts-Healthcare-Workers-Sacrifices-On-Forefront/

‘Until Tomorrow’ Instagram Challenge Faces Uproar Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

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Instagram users have once again birthed a new trend, and it’s called the ‘#UntilTomorrow’ challenge. With many on lockdown and in self-isolation, the latest hashtag allows them to keep their Instagram feed updated amid the health crisis.

The simple challenge just requires you to post a silly photo of yourself with the hashtag, “#UntilTomorrow.” Similar to Instagram stories, the post will be up for only a day, and you will have to delete it after.

Participants will then have to message those who liked the post to share their very own #UntilTomorrow post.

However, not everyone is fond of the new trend. Many users took to Twitter to display their displeasure and annoyance over having to see an influx of silly uploads. “Can we collectively cancel the #untiltomorrow pictures?” one wrote.

This until tomorrow thing just needs to stop! #untilltomorrow pic.twitter.com/lOVBCG3ImB

— James (@James1991taylor) March 28, 2020

Y'all really posting #untiltomorrow looking like this and thinking it's funny pic.twitter.com/2gP3ufNLmT

— Dav (@stevaniid) March 27, 2020

Me waking up to see #uNtiLtOmoRroW on everyone’s Instagram pic.twitter.com/zGADbaLTDv

— Brooke Eberle (@brookeebs) March 25, 2020

Can we collectively cancel the #untiltomorrow pictures omg

— Valeryyy (@boice_valery) March 26, 2020

[via Fast Company, cover image via Shutterstock.com] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/409264/Until-Tomorrow-Instagram-Challenge-Faces-Uproar-Amid-COVID-19-Pandemic/

Backstreet Boys Perform ‘I Want It That Way’ Live, Separately In Their Homes

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The Backstreet Boys treated fans to a mini reunion as they performed their hit song I Want It That Way with their kids at home during self-isolation.

The 90s boyband had to cancel their upcoming tour due to the coronavirus pandemic, but decided to reunite online as part of iHeartRadio’s Living Room Concert for America.

The charity concert saw the five members performing on their separate screens, as they gave fans a tuneful live rendition of the 1999 smash hit song.

Brian Littrell kicked off the performance by paying tribute to the frontline responders. “I want to thank all the frontline responders that are donating their time, putting themselves in harm’s way to take care of their fellow citizens,” he said.

He concluded his message by telling fans to, “Stay safe, stay home, protect yourself.”

Kevin Richardson led the group with a special appearance of his sons Mason and Maxwell, who played the guitar and drums respectively. Nick Carter then joined in and danced with his son, Odin, next to a pool. AJ McLean and Howie Dorough followed suit, and impressed fans with their harmonies and dance moves all in their respective houses.

iHeartRadio’s Living Room Concert for America was hosted by Elton John, and also featured other performers including Alicia Keys, Billie Eilish and Mariah Carey. You can watch the full concert here.

The Backstreet Boys singing “I Want It That Way” from their separate abodes gives me so. much. joy. Also, I might be crying? #iHeartConcertonFOX pic.twitter.com/CfwXu6YQcZ

— Ashley Spencer (@AshleyySpencer) March 30, 2020

[via Harper’s Bazaar, opening image via Featureflash Photo Agency / Shutterstock.com] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/409261/Backstreet-Boys-Perform-I-Want-It-That-Way-Live-Separately-In-Their-Homes/

Jared Leto Watches ‘Tiger King’ With The Internet While Dressed Like Joe Exotic

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Jared Leto announced his cinema club on Twitter as he encouraged his followers to watch Netflix’s latest docu-series Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness with him. Feeling a little too inspired by Joe Exotic from the show, Leto even showcased his best impersonation of the former zoo operator by dressing up just like him.

The 48-year-old rallied his followers to join him and watch the series with him from their own abodes.

Leto live-tweeted the first episode while self-isolating at home and shared some of his thoughts online. This includes his fondness for the big cats lover’s blonde mullet and desire to cover Exotic’s I Saw A Tiger song with musician and producer FINNEAS.

The 30 Seconds To Mars frontman also expressed gratitude to Exotic for his fashion sense, which probably inspired him to set out his own impersonation. “Thanks to Joe for keeping fringe alive,” Leto wrote on Twitter.

Jokes aside, Leto did declare that no one should be keeping exotic animals in confined cages. “We need to protect exotic/endangered animals and their wild habitats,” he reminded his followers online.

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Got my popcorn. Pressing play on #TigerKing Episode 1. Let’s do this @Netflix #JaredLetoCinemaClub pic.twitter.com/ZfDX2QW9F1

— JARED LETO (@JaredLeto) March 27, 2020

I’m not gonna lie I’m into that hair

— JARED LETO (@JaredLeto) March 27, 2020

Now I DEF wore this on tour pic.twitter.com/GhCRu434df

— JARED LETO (@JaredLeto) March 27, 2020

Maybe a YouTube classic? https://t.co/Y5VvRGgwer

— JARED LETO (@JaredLeto) March 27, 2020

I swear to god I love that song #isawatiger SHOULD WE COVER THIS?? @finneas

— JARED LETO (@JaredLeto) March 27, 2020

For the record no one should keep these animals in cages like this. Not ok. We need to protect exotic / endangered animals and their wild habitats @WWF

— JARED LETO (@JaredLeto) March 27, 2020

[via BuzzFeed, images via various sources] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/409259/Jared-Leto-Watches-Tiger-King-With-The-Internet-While-Dressed-Like-Joe-Exotic/

New Balance Is Making Face Masks For Healthcare Workers Amid Coronavirus Crisis

New Balance has stepped forward to help boost stock for prototype personal protective equipment (PPE) by making face masks.

To overcome the shortage of safety utilities and equipment for medical professionals who are treating victims of coronavirus, New Balance swiftly retooled its factories, starting with operations in Lawrence, to produce facial masks for the community.

It announced the move by sharing a post on Instagram featuring a photo of a mask and the phrase, “Made shoes yesterday. Making masks today.”

In a press release, the company wrote, “New Balance has engaged its skilled and innovative US manufacturing workforce to develop face masks to address the significant demand for these supplies.”

“We are producing prototypes for face masks in our Lawrence, MA manufacturing facility and hope to scale production using out other New England factories soon,” the company added.

It joins fashion giants like Chanel and LVMH in producing masks to meet a shortage faced by healthcare professionals as they battle to treat patients of the coronavirus.

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All hands on deck. Our U.S. factories are working to develop, manufacture and deliver facial masks to the hospital community. To learn more, check our link in bio.

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Now, more than ever, our communities need our support. To learn more about the @nbgivesback donation, see the link in bio.

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Candice Swanepoel Sizzles In Bondage-Like Lingerie For Victoria’s Secret Shoot

Candice Swanepoel smoldered in Victoria’s Secret promotional photos, modeling various styles from the company’s Bondage Teddy collection.

One design in particular saw the model donning a sexy bondage-like one-piece suit. It featured statement straps all over her midriff and back, with a cutout detail that exposed a lot of skin. The exquisite piece showcased a thong and back hook-and-eye closure.

Another photo pictures Swanepoel looking flirty in a one-piece lingerie with sheer white lace covering her torso area.

Other garments from the collection include the Harness Snake Lace Teddy, which has a harness neckline and straps that glide along your body, and Wicked Cutout Teddy, a flirty piece with sheer lace that runs down the torso.

[via Victoria’s Secret, opening image via Victoria’s Secret] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/409048/Candice-Swanepoel-Sizzles-In-Bondage-Like-Lingerie-For-Victoria-s-Secret-Shoot/

‘Sesame Street’ Reminds Kids To Wash Hands Frequently In Cute Animated PSAs

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Sesame Street muppets have been enlisted to remind kids to wash their hands frequently to protect themselves from the coronavirus. Elmo, Rooster and Cookie Monster are doing their part, and you should too.

The four animated public service commercials aim to help families and children stay safe during the health crisis. They see the beloved characters getting told to wash their hands during different occasions, like before they eat or after they use the bathroom.

One of Elmo’s iconic songs, Brushy Brush, has also been tweaked to introduce a new Washy Wash ditty that teaches children about up-keeping hygienic practices.

The spots are part of Sesame Workshop’s Caring for Each Other initiative.

[via New York Post, cover image via Sesame Street] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/409260/Sesame-Street-Reminds-Kids-To-Wash-Hands-Frequently-In-Cute-Animated-PSAs/

Rihanna Makes History By Rocking First Durag On Cover Of British Vogue Magazine

Rihanna has been enlisted to grace not one, but two covers of British Vogue magazine’s May 2020 issue.

The singer and makeup mogul also made history by wearing the first durag on the cover of the magazine. She was styled in two black Stephen Jones Millinery durags, wrapped around her head.

A durag is essentially a scarf worn mainly by Black people to set their hairstyles. According to Allure, the cloth helps to keep curls and waves in place, leaving locks crisp and protected from frizzing.

Durags have been a common accessory in modern Black beauty, and were popularized by rappers like Nelly and 50 Cent in the 90s.

Shot by photographer Steven Klein, the first cover shows Rihanna rocking two durags while dressed in a white Burberry shirt with a matching blazer and tie.

The second cover sees her with the durag and an oversized jacket slung over her shoulders, allowing her black lacy bra to peek through. The word “truth” is printed across her eyes in blue.

The shoot was styled by editor-in-chief Edward Enninful, who wanted to highlight the accessory embraced by the Black community.

“And did I ever imagine that I would see a durag on the cover of Vogue? No, reader, I did not,” he wrote. “Although this potent symbol of black life—of self-preservation, resistance, and authenticity—has an important place in popular culture, it is rarely viewed through the prism of high fashion.”

“Yet, here we have the most fabulous, aspirational, and beautiful durag, worn by a woman who is breaking every boundary she comes up against. How exciting.”

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The May 2020 issue of @BritishVogue was created prior to the pandemic which has subsequently brought the world almost to a halt. But, as the Editor-in-Chief of a magazine that prides itself on entertaining, delighting and distracting even under the most difficult of circumstances, I am thrilled to announce the inimitable @BadGalRiri as our May 2020 cover star. Rihanna is a woman I am lucky enough to count among my closest creative collaborators. And did I ever imagine that I would see a durag on the cover of Vogue? No, reader, I did not. Although this potent symbol of black life – of self-preservation, resistance and authenticity – has an important place in popular culture, it is rarely viewed through the prism of high fashion. Yet, here we have the most fabulous, aspirational and beautiful durag, worn by a woman who is breaking every boundary she comes up against. How exciting. See the full story and interview by @AfuaHirsch in the new issue, on newsstands and available for free digital download Friday 3 April. #Rihanna wears all @Burberry by @RiccardoTisci17 and a @StephenJonesMillinery durag. Photographed by @StevenKleinStudio and styled by moi, with hair by @YusefHairNYC and @NaphiisBeautifulHair, make-up by @IsamayaFfrench using @FentyBeauty and nails by @RedHotNails. With thanks to @JillDemling.

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Rihanna stars on the second of two exclusive covers for the May 2020 issue. Over red wine at twilight in Roc Nation’s Hollywood office, @BadGalRiri gives @BritishVogue a captivating insight into her back-to-back schedule – from coffee shots with her @Fenty team to the three things Rih does not have time for. Read the full interview with @AfuaHirsch at the link in bio now #Rihanna wears a jacket by @MaisonMargiela Artisanal by @JGalliano, a @SavageXFenty lace body, a @StephenJonesMillinery durag and @ChromeHeartsOfficial jewellery. Photographed by @StevenKleinStudio and styled by moi, with hair by @YusefHairNYC and @NaphiisBeautifulHair, make-up by @IsamayaFfrench using @FentyBeauty and nails by @RedHotNails. With thanks to @JillDemling. Tags: @BadGalRiri, @MaisonMargiela, @JGalliano, @SavagexFenty, @StephenJonesMillinery, @ChromeHeartsOfficial

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“I feel like I have no boundaries. I’ve done everything – I’ve done all the hits, I’ve tried every genre – now I’m just, I’m wide open. I can make anything that I want.” Poised to release a long anticipated new album, and with the continued success of “the Fenty effect”, #Rihanna’s work ethic is akin to a force of nature. In the new issue, the businesswoman tells @AfuaHirsch about managing her work-life balance and how she’s been “aggressively working on music”. See the full story in the new issue, on newsstands and available for free digital download Friday 3 April, and read the full interview now at the link in bio. #Rihanna wears all @RafSimons. Photographed by @StevenKleinStudio and styled by @Edward_Enninful, with hair by @YusefHairNYC and @NaphiisBeautifulHair, make-up by @IsamayaFfrench using @FentyBeauty and nails by @RedHotNails. With thanks to @JillDemling.

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United Nations Releases Brief For Global Creatives In Battle Against Coronavirus

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Medical advancements will kill COVID-19, but there’s one more way to contain the novel coronavirus: design.

In its first-ever open brief for creatives, the United Nations (UN) has called upon designers and brands of the world to help convey public health messages through meaningful visuals in hopes of raising awareness about keeping safe from the virus.

The brief itself contains six smaller ones covering social distancing, personal hygiene, COVID-19 symptoms, promoting a “kindness contagion,” raising funds for COVID-19 relief, and busting misconceptions on the coronavirus, as reported by It’s Nice That.

“You have the power to change the world…” the UN wrote. “The United Nations (UN) needs your help in translating critical public health messages, into work that will engage and inform people across different cultures, languages, communities and platforms.”

The organization will evaluate the submissions, and shortlist at least 10 creations to be shown around the world. Selected works are expected to be shared on its media supporter channels, digital galleries, physical exhibitions, and for everyone across the globe to download and use.

You can find out more by reading the full brief here.

[via It’s Nice That, cover image via Shutterstock] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/409263/United-Nations-Releases-Brief-For-Global-Creatives-In-Battle-Against-Coronavirus/

iHeart Sets Up Living Room Concert With Live Shows By Self-Isolated Celebrities

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iHeart launched a Living Room Concert to bring positivity to audiences of the world during the COVID-19 outbreak. Hosted by Elton John, the show also raised funds for two US charities, per the BBC.

The concert took place at the homes of celebrities to promote social distancing and self-isolation in order to contain the coronavirus. It saw performances from musicians like Alicia Keys, Dave Grohl, Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong, and Sam Smith.

Demi Lovato, Lizzo and Lady Gaga even made special appearances during the virtual spectacle. The Backstreet Boys were also enlisted for a reunion performance during the concert.

The night ended with Mariah Carey belting out her iconic hit song, Always Be My Baby, from her home studio located in New York. The wholesome set also came with backup singers harmonizing from their own dwellings.

Enjoy the full Living Room Concert below.

[via Billboard, images via Shutterstock] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/409256/iHeart-Sets-Up-Living-Room-Concert-With-Live-Shows-By-Self-Isolated-Celebrities/

Freebies Of The Week: MoMA’s Photography Class, IG Story Kit, 60 Brushes Set…

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Lodging at home while social distancing might leave you feeling uninspired to stay creative and undertake artistic projects, but all hope is not lost… yet.

This week, DesignTaxi has compiled a lineup of free treats to ignite your spark and get you going during the downtime. From Lightroom presets, a Brushes pack, Instagram story templates, to photography lessons and virtual drum machines, there is something for creatives of all fields to make self-isolation more productive and enjoyable.

Interested to get your hands on more free stuff? Head on over here for more goodies from the previous week.

‘Matte’ Lightroom presets

Color correction can be tiresome when editing photos from scratch. However, Fix the Photo has presented 10 free simple ‘Matte’ Lightroom presets that offer a soft yet alluring mood to your photos.

Before adding the presets, make sure you have upgraded to the latest Lightroom Classic CC 8.0 version. Instructions to install the presets can be found here.

Black ink textures pack

Nassy Art has offered a free black ink texture pack, which you can use for text, shapes, background images and more. This demo version set is made from real brushes to give off an authentic appeal.

The resources come in JPG format in high resolution, 300 dpi, and 6000 x 4000px dimensions. You can download the free bundle right here.

Digital copy of Dazed’s Spring/Summer Issue

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Dazed magazine will be offering its spring/summer issue for free digitally in a bid to entertain readers stuck at home amid the virus lockdown. Photographed by Harmony Korine, the cover of the upcoming issue is graced by Grammy-winning singer Billie Eilish.

The digital-first edition will be released on 9 April 2020; sign up for the free copy over here. Physical copies will be made available from 16 April 2020. Stay safe and read on.

Online photography course offered by MoMA

On Coursera, you can now enroll in a plethora of online courses, including the Museum of Modern Art’s ‘Seeing Through Photographs’. Instructed by Sarah Meister, a curator from MoMA, the course delves into photography and bridges the gap between “seeing and truly understanding photographs.”

The weekly lessons are provided via videos, reading materials, practices, and quizzes. Enrollment is free, allowing you to access the syllabus and gain a new perspective on photography. However, if you’d like to get a certificate for the course, it will cost you US$49.

Instagram Story Template Pack

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With social media usage skyrocketing as people take shelter indoors, this is the best time for you to enhance your Instagram feed to attract followers to your page. Whether it’s for business or personal use, you can browse through 10 unique Story templates to inject an aesthetic appeal to your feed.

This Instagram Story pack comes in various color combinations and abstract designs. Offered by Graphics Fuel, the templates are available in .ai and .eps formats, and will be fully resizable at your fingertips.

60 Affinity Designer Brushes

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The Artifex Forge is offering a free set of 60 Affinity Designer brushes to aid creatives affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. This pack will save you time from having to adjust stroke widths and sizes, and gets you the right strokes to bring your artistic creations to life. Head on over here to download the free pack.

Activity pages by Adam J. Kurtz

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Adam J. Kurtz, renowned for his witty planners, has released a free set of 42 activity pages to help you pen down introspective thoughts and feelings as you practice social distancing. They might just give you some peace and mindfulness from all the anxiety and confusion in the world right now.

The activity pages are available for personal use, and you have the options of printing them out in PDF format or downloading them in a layered PSD file for use on iPad drawing software like Procreate or Adobe Fresco.

Arturia’s iSpark virtual drum machine for iOS

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Bring out the musician in you and play with some drum beats through Arturia’s iSpark virtual drum machine for iOS. The app, inspired by the company’s Spark 2 drum machine plugin, is packed with over 600 preset sounds and 40 drum kits.

Explore the synthesis engine and dance to the beat of your own drum. The free download will be available till 30 April 2020.

Avatar creation library on Sketch & Figma

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ByPeople has unleashed an extensive library of customizable avatars created by Drawer. It features completely customizable avatars with Sigma components, Sketch symbols and 28 various assets. The 100-percent vector set is suitable for web and apps.

From five skin colors, 27 hairstyles, eight eye expressions to 13 mouth expressions and three background shapes with 17 colors, the possibilities are limitless.

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[via various sources] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/409250/Freebies-Of-The-Week-MoMA-s-Photography-Class-IG-Story-Kit-60-Brushes-Set/

Van Gogh Painting Stolen From Dutch Museum In Daring Heist During Lockdown

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Vincent van Gogh’s 1884 painting, Parsonage Garden at Nueuen in Spring 1884, was stolen last Monday in a daring heist executed at the Singer Laren Museum near Amsterdam.

The museum is closed off to the public due to the coronavirus pandemic. According to police officials, thieves took this as an opportunity to break into the museum at 3.15am local time by smashing through the glass door entrance. They took the painting and fled.

The painting features a person standing in a garden while surrounded by trees and a church tower in the background. Its value is still unknown, as reported by the South China Morning Post.

One of the museum’s directors, Jan Rudolph de Lorm, told CNN that he was “shocked and unbelievably pissed off” by the theft. The painting was a loan from the Groninger Museum, located at the north of the Netherlands.

Last night this Van Gogh painting was stolen from the Singer Museum in Laren, the Netherlands. The hunt is on… pic.twitter.com/2K9ltNHRPt

— Arthur Brand (@brand_arthur) March 30, 2020

[via NPR, opening image via Everett – Art / Shutterstock.com] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/409253/Van-Gogh-Painting-Stolen-From-Dutch-Museum-In-Daring-Heist-During-Lockdown/

Burger King Shares Quarantine Recipe Poster So Fans Can Recreate Whopper At Home

If you are craving for a tasty burger from Burger King but can’t fix it due to the coronavirus crisis, fret not, as the fast food chain has released a guide on how to make the fan-favorite Whopper.

Burger King France has teamed up with advertising agency Buzzman to create pictorial directions that guide fans into making its delightful Whopper in the comfort of their homes.

The restaurant took to Twitter with a poster featuring the words, “Le Whopper de la quarantine,” along with an illustration of ingredients required to replicate the burger.

What you need is a bun, red onions, pickles, ground beef, mayonnaise, lettuce and tomato, to name a few. Though the graphic doesn’t provide textual instructions on how to actually prepare it (which involves flame-grilling), the basics are close enough.

The fast food chain also released a few recipe posters to create its fish sandwiches, steakhouse burgers and Big King burgers for die-hard fans hankering for their own Burger King meals.

Burger King chief marketer Fernando Machado hopes that the posters will lift up the spirits of isolated customers, while keeping them engaged.

En attendant l'original. pic.twitter.com/BehZf0qBFQ

— Burger King France (@BurgerKingFR) March 30, 2020

En attendant l'original. pic.twitter.com/xWxOTgh9GZ


[via The Drum, opening image via Burger King France] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/409251/Burger-King-Shares-Quarantine-Recipe-Poster-So-Fans-Can-Recreate-Whopper-At-Home/

Donald Trump Jr. Turns Dad Into Joe Exotic, Likely Hasn’t Watched ‘Tiger King’

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Memes about former zookeeper Joe Exotic have been floating around the internet since Netflix released the Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness documentary. The eight-part series is wild from start to finish, and viewers find it hard to fathom that it is based on true events.

Jumping on the hype is Donald Trump Jr., who has shared an image of his father’s face superimposed on Joe Exotic’s mugshot. The meme seems to have been created by Instagram user @mistermorris55, who also used the same template on various celebrities.

“Hahahahaha I love the internet,” Donald Trump Jr. wrote in his caption. “I heard about this guy.”

It’s likely that he hasn’t seen the documentary, as it paints a less-than-perfect picture of the incarcerated criminal.

Tiger King circles the life of the tiger breeder, notorious for his personal zoo of exotic animals. He tried to assassinate rival and animal rights activist Carole Baskin, and the attempt left him with a 22-year sentence in federal prison. Joe Exotic also tried to run for president.

“Who wants to tell him?” Vox journalist Aaron Rupar tweeted.

“The king of self-owns raises the bar,” another Twitter user wrote.

Pleased with the hype, producers of the documentary might be considering a Tiger King sequel. “We’re not sure yet, but there could be a follow-up on this story because there’s a lot that’s still unfolding in it,” director Rebecca Chaiklin told EW. If part two gets green-lit, Chaiklin promises it will be “just as dramatic and just as colorful.”

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Hahahahaha I love the internet. I heard about this guy🤣🤣🤣

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who wants to tell him? pic.twitter.com/KTDzjFMssz

— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 29, 2020


— Random Name (@sandwichpick) March 29, 2020

The king of self-owns raises the bar.

— Patrick Green (@saintpatrick71) March 29, 2020

Let him find out all by himself pic.twitter.com/M5qot9w1dL

— Alf (@GordonShumway66) March 29, 2020

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Post Malone Is Hosting An Online Beer Pong Tournament With Celebrity Contestants

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Staying home might not be a bore after all, with celebrities offering free entertainment you can consume right at your fingertips. This includes Post Malone and his good pal Mike, also known as Mike Stud, and their eight-day beer pong tournament called ‘The Stevie Daniels Ballina Cup’.

The two announced the launch of the tournament on Instagram, and Posty explained that the ultimate winner will not only gain online fame, but also a massive trophy.

From next week onwards, famous celebrities will battle over a game of beer pong to be the emerging champion from their homes via Instagram Live.

The eight-day competition will comprise of 16 teams with two games per night. Celebrities like Machine Gun Kelly, Rob Gronkowski, Camille Kostek, and Johnny Manziel will be part of the virtual matches, Complex reports. Participants will also pay an entry fee, which will go towards COVID-19 relief efforts.

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@justmike @postmalone

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[via Complex, cover image via Featureflash Photo Agency / Shutterstock.com] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/409247/Post-Malone-Is-Hosting-An-Online-Beer-Pong-Tournament-With-Celebrity-Contestants/

Internet Archive Makes 1.4M Copyrighted Books Free, Gets Called Out For Piracy

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As people stay indoors to contain the coronavirus, the Internet Archive has opened a ‘National Emergency Library’ consisting of 1.4 million free ebooks, including digital scans of contemporary titles like Stephen King’s The Shining, J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books, and Andrzej Sapkowski’s The Witcher series.

The collection was mainly set up for students who require access to reading and research literature from home amid the COVID-19 crisis. A bulk of the titles are educational collections donated by libraries from Phillips Academy Andover, Marygrove College, and Trent University, according to Daily Dot.

While the Internet Archive has been letting readers “check out” digital scans for years, it imposed a virtual “borrowing” limit to the number of times a book can be browsed at any one time. With the “emergency library,” it has eradicated the waiting lists.

To the layman, this might be good news. However, authors have been crying “copyright infringement” and “piracy” over the move, as many did not give permission to have their work released for all to read—with zero royalties.

In a new blog post, the Authors Guild reminded that authors don’t earn much even on ordinary days. Then came the COVID-19 outbreak, which forced them to cancel book tours and took freelance commission work off their hands. Their livelihoods are further threatened now that the Internet Archive has posted their content for free, the organization added.

“IA is using a global crisis to advance a copyright ideology that violates current federal law and hurts most authors,” the Authors Guild wrote. “It has misrepresented the nature and legality of the project through a deceptive publicity campaign.”

Sci-fi author Chuck Wendig took to Twitter to label the Internet Archive as “A PIRATE WEBSITE.”

As much as it is deemed unethical to release someone else’s work without consent, the publishing quality of the content is notably not as appealing as the kind you’d download for, say, your Kindle.

The ebooks, as Daily Dot’s Gavia Baker-Whitelaw pointed out, are scanned copies and only offer 14 days of access to an Adobe file, or an encrypted DAISY format for readers with print disabilities. Readers will also require the right software to open the files.

Dear @NPR — uhh hey hi THIS IS A PIRATE WEBSITE. It’s not legit! WTF are you doing?! pic.twitter.com/Nmioke4aQK

— Chuck Wendig (@ChuckWendig) March 28, 2020

What the Internet Archive is doing right now–allowing unlimited downloads of books under copyright, for which they have not paid, and have no legal right–is not serving as a library. It's piracy.

— Seanan McGuire (@seananmcguire) March 29, 2020

[via Daily Dot, cover image via Stefan Holm / Shutterstock.com] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/409255/Internet-Archive-Makes-1-4M-Copyrighted-Books-Free-Gets-Called-Out-For-Piracy/