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Bella Hadid criticises Instagram for removing post of father's Palestinian passport picture

Bella Hadid has criticised Instagram for removing a post featuring a photograph of the inside of her father’s passport. On Tuesday, the model shared an Instagram story with her 31.4m followers that showed Mohammed Hadid’s passport photo alongside the caption: “I am proud to be Palestinian”. Hadid added: “Everyone should post where their mother and fathers were born today! → Read More

'It's a very desperate situation': Kate Garraway updates fans on husband Derek Draper's condition

Kate Garraway has updated fans on the condition of her husband, Derek Draper, after she revealed that he had emerged from a “deeper coma” and is now in a minimal state of consciousness. The Good Morning Britain presenter’s husband has been in hospital since March when he was placed in an induced coma after contracting Covid-19. Now, Garraway has revealed that Draper is in a → Read More

Jess Glynne admits she ‘used the wrong word’ after saying she was discriminated against by Mayfair restaurant

Jess Glynne has spoken out after being criticised for claiming she was discriminated against by a Mayfair restaurant after she turned up in sportswear and was denied entry. On Tuesday, the singer shared a photograph of herself on Instagram wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt, black jogging bottoms and trainers. → Read More

Cat drinks Dean of Canterbury's milk during online prayer service

A cat has been caught on camera drinking some of a vicar’s milk during an online prayer service. Dr Robert Willis, Dean of Canterbury, had been leading a service for Canterbury Cathedral when the feline, named Tiger, was seen creeping behind him. Tiger then lept up onto the chair next to Dr Willis before jumping up onto the wooden table on which there was a tea pot and a small → Read More

Jess Glynne claims she was ‘discriminated against’ after being refused entry to restaurant

Jess Glynne has been criticised on social media for claiming she was discriminated against after being denied entry to an expensive restaurant in London because she was wearing sportswear. On Monday, the 30-year-old singer shared a photograph of herself on Instagram wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt, black jogging bottoms and trainers. → Read More

Princes William and Harry agree to split Diana memorial fund

The Duke of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex have agreed to split the future proceeds given to the Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fund, which was set up to honour the legacy of their late mother. → Read More

Vogue Portugal apologises and removes ‘offensive’ cover accused of glamourising mental illness

Vogue Portugal has pulled one of its magazine covers from newsstands after it was criticised for romanticising mental illness. In a statement posted on Instagram, the publication said: “On such an important issue such as mental health we cannot be divided. → Read More

Charities including Barnardo's and Mind threaten to curb Facebook spending if no action taken against hate speech on platform

A group of UK charities has issued a joint statement threatening to curb spending on social media platforms, including Facebook, if they do not tackle hate speech. The charities, which include Barnardo’s, Mind, and Parkinson’s UK, have said that not enough is currently being done to prevent hateful comments from flourishing on the platforms. The 37 organisations have said they → Read More

Gigi Hadid criticises British Vogue for claiming she’s ‘disguising’ her baby bump

Gigi Hadid has criticised British Vogue after the publication shared an article claiming Gigi Hadid was “disguising” her pregnancy. The 25-year-old model is pregnant with her first child with boyfriend Zayn Malik. Hadid has not yet publicly shared any photographs of her growing baby bump. Last week, British Vogue published an article with the headline “Gigi Hadid reveals how → Read More

Tom Hanks says discomfort from coronavirus was ‘pretty much done in two weeks’

Tom Hanks has opened up about his experience of having Covid-19, revealing that he experienced symptoms such as body aches and fatigue for two weeks. Speaking to The Guardian, the actor explained that he wasn’t scared by being unwell with the virus, which his wife, Rita Wilson, also had. → Read More

Prince William visits local Norfolk pub ahead of reopening

The Duke of Cambridge has paid a visit to a local pub in Norfolk ahead of its reopening on Saturday. On Saturday 4 July, pubs in England will reopen their doors for the first time in nearly four months after the UK was put into lockdown due to the coronavirus outbreak. → Read More

Lockdown sees biggest demand for ‘Boris’ bikes since scheme launched in 2010

London’s cycle hire scheme has soared in popularity in lockdown, new figures show. The Santander Cycle bikes are often called “Boris bikes” in reference to Boris Johnson’s introduction of them during his time as London Mayor in 2010. Now, 10 years later, Transport for London (TFL) has said the scheme has seen its biggest demand yet in lockdown, with 51,938 hires made on 24 → Read More

'Disappointing and outdated’: Vogue Portugal criticised for portrayal of mental health on cover

Vogue Portugal has been criticised for one of its covers for the July/August issue that has been dubbed the “madness issue”. The cover in question features a photograph of a woman crouched down in a bathtub with two nurses either side of her. The image, shot by photographer Branislav Simoncik, has been accused of romanticising mental illness and has been likened to Sylvia → Read More

Bodyform advert hailed for tackling menstruation taboos, endometriosis, infertility and miscarriage

Bodyform has been hailed for its latest advertising campaign, which celebrates the female body in all its messy glory. The feminine hygiene brand launched its Womb Stories campaign earlier this week with a three-minute video that depicts women having a range of bodily experiences, including menstruating, miscarriage, and menopause. The campaign is designed to tackle → Read More

Kim Kardashian ‘not a billionaire yet’ despite Kanye West’s congratulatory message, says Forbes

Kim Kardashian West is not a billionaire “just yet” despite Kanye West having congratulated her for becoming one, says Forbes. → Read More

‘People will get drunk and forget social distancing’: Why hospitality staff are concerned about returning to work

Lucy, 21, from Derbyshire, has been working in village pubs since she was 16 years old. She has been out of work since 23 March when the UK went into lockdown. On Saturday, 4 July, her employer is opening up in line with Boris Johnson’s new lockdown-easing rules, which allow pubs, restaurants and other services in England to welcome the public for the first time in over 100 → Read More

20 Pledges: Is it possible to find sustainable lingerie that isn't hideous?

Underwear shopping is not an enjoyable experience at the best of times. Bra fittings are awkward, nice pants are hard to find, and standing naked under the fluorescent lighting of a changing room does very little for anyone’s self-esteem. But we must persist, because everyone’s underwear drawer needs a bit of a restock every now and then. The thing is, this becomes a slightly → Read More

Meghan Markle honoured with diversity award for guest-edited British Vogue issue

The Duchess of Sussex has been “honoured” with an award for the issue of British Vogue that she guest-edited last year. In 2019, Meghan worked alongside the magazine’s editor, Edward Enninful, to produce the fastest-selling issue in the publication’s 104-year history. The issue was titled Forces for Change and highlighted the work of inspirational women from across the globe, → Read More

When will public toilets reopen and are they safe?

On Saturday 4th July, lockdown restrictions in England will ease to allow people to socialise at pubs and restaurants for the first time in nearly four months. In a speech delivered in the House of Commons on Tuesday 23 June, the prime minister also confirmed that a review of social distancing has concluded that the two-metre rule in place since March can be reduced to one → Read More

Can I stay overnight with family and friends? New rules for visiting other households

On Saturday 4 July, lockdown restrictions will lift in England to allow people to visit pubs, restaurants, hotels, and reunite with friends and family members outside of their household for the first time in almost four months. In a speech delivered in the House of Commons on Tuesday 23 June, the prime minister also confirmed that a review of social distancing has concluded → Read More