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Arrested: Mark Holland of KLEEN Media charged for sexual assault
Juice Factor: 10/10
If you’ve ever partied on King West, you are familiar with the womanizing duo behind the promotional company KLEEN Media. It’s no secret that they like pretty girls – and young ones to boot. Seems half the duo, Mark Holland, took his love of ladies to the next level this past Saturday though and was arrested yesterday for sexual assault of an 18-year old female who was in his home for a professional photoshoot. The police report states that there is suspicion that this is not his first assault and that there may be more victims. No need to say – watch yourself ladies – this man is still on the loose and scheduled to appear in court on April 5th, 2016.
Huffington Post vs. Toronto Men’s Fashion Week
Juice factor: 9 /10
Anyone who works in the fashion industry in Toronto is already well aware that Toronto Men’s Fashion Week (TOM*FW), which is relatively new to the fashion week circuit, doesn’t like journalists and editors who criticize the sartorial event–going so far as to ban its harshest critics from returning in upcoming years. The most recent edition finished on the weekend, but long before the first model hit the runway, media and models alike were already whispering their shock to one another over TOM*’s decision to put height restrictions on both male and female models walking in the event. Organizers insist that they are merely adhering to industry standards by demanding runway models stand between 5’9″ to 5’10” for women and 6’0″ to 6’2″ for men. Of couse, the most famous model in the world, Kate Moss, is only 5’7″ so take what you will from the idea of “industry standards.” Many a conversation between insiders has been about the rest of the international fashion scene’s current conscious effort to be more inclusive across the board–from height and weight to age and race and so on. Many fashionistas think putting a height restriction on models is not only a dated idea and an embarrassing hiccup in Toronto’s continued effort to define itself as a “World Class city,” but also a step backwards as far as making the industry more diverse is concerned. Perhaps the lack of coverage in publications about the matter has to do with Toronto Men’s Fashion Week’s notoriously ruthless penalties for its critics. That said, media giant Huffington Post published an article this week investigating the issue, which will no doubt ruffle the feathers of the coordinators of the event. But what will be more interesting is to see whether TOM*FW has the balls to ban Huffington Post from attending next year. Well, TOM*FW? We’re waiting for your ruling.
Michael Moore says Toronto’s trash is adding to Flint’s water problem
Juice factor: 8 /10
Michael Moore usually loves Canada, or at least thinks our healthcare and gun laws are more humanitarian than his home country’s views on human rights–but not today. “If you’re throwing out trash tonight in Toronto, you’re contributing to the poisoning of Flint, Michigan. And I’d like to have a discussion about that,” Moore told The Canadian Press while conveniently promoting his new documentary, Where to Invade Next. We’re certainly open to talking about it, Michael. And, in light of Trump’s victories during Super Tuesday last night, we can talk about our policies on refugees at the same time. Two birds, one article.
Twitter blast for Toronto’s own Carrie Bradshaw
Juice Factor: 9/10
Last week the Toronto Star published an article written by Toronto’s self-proclaimed Carrie Bradshaw titled How the Jian Ghomeshi trial is affecting my dating life. Writer Jen Kirsch took a risk writing this controversial article after actually experiencing Ghomeshi like advances from various men, which we frankly think is unbelievable. Apparently we aren’t alone though… the twitter response caused quite a stir with some thinking the article was brave, while others bashed the writer and Toronto Star for actually publishing the piece. Sure it does beg to question the quality of articles coming out of the Toronto Star – but doesn’t it also beg to question what the hell men are thinking when using ‘Ghomeshi’ as a verb and talking Big Ear teddies on first date texts?
Blind item: Canadian editors butting heads and pulling rank
Juice factor: 10/10
There’s no better way to settle a work dispute in the magazine industry than by literally showing a coworker who’s boss–or at least who’s the more senior editor–by taking away an office rival’s access to swag and free trips. These two editors at the same fashion magazine have a history of being on and off with each other, but this time they might not double-kiss and make up. Although they usually treat each other as equals in the office, given their similar experience level, the higher ranking editor of the two frenemies just took a glam and exclusive work trip off the subordinate’s schedule and made it a personal “to-do.” Stealing someone else’s media trip in the magazine world is like sleeping with that person’s boyfriend–cruel, calculated, and just plain selfish. No wonder things are going from passive-aggressive to straight up nasty between the two, which means–as it always does in media– they’ll continue to attend most of the very same events but will stand in different corners, forcing media friends to pick sides a la Anna Wintour and Andre Leon Talley. We’re just going to saddle up by the open bars and watch the show go down like it’s a live theatre Zoolander walk-off. We’ll see you on the cocktail circuit for Fashionista Fight Club.
Salma Hayek’s neighbour killed her dog
Juice factor: WTF?
Sometimes it’s not a matter of who let the dogs out–though we’re sure the question has been asked quite literally in Salma Hayek’s home this week about who shot and killed one of the dogs while the pooches were leash-free outside. A neighbour near Salma’s Washington State ranch shot an air rifle when coming across a dog fight in his own garage between his two canines and Salma’s Belgian Malinois. Although deputies have ruled the dog shooting justified, Salma took to Instagram on Friday to express her grief over the loss of her 9-year-old companion who didn’t deserve to die the way he did (internal bleeding) and her hope that justice will still be served.
Kylie Jenner VS Kylie Minogue
Juice factor: 7 /10
Although it sounds like a sad attempt to be a first-name-only supermodel, Kylie Jenner’s wish to trademark the name Kylie in the US isn’t just about trying to walk in Naomi’s shoes. The supermodel wants to make money off the “K” name she made famous, using it to expand her beauty and fashion lines. Unfortunately for Millenial Kylie, Original Kylie–aka Kylie Minogue–has something to say about that. On Friday, KDB, an Australian firm representing Minogue, filed opposition to Jenner’s application, insisting that the trademark would not only confuse Minogue fans but also water down the iconic singer’s own personal brand. Although you’d think official legal documents would be dry material, KDB referred to Jenner as a “secondary reality television personality” in the formal letter. Ouch–that means Jenner’s not even a primary Kardashian in Minogue’s eye. We can’t help but love that she managed to keep her own good name out of the fued while still slamming Jenner via her legal team. The real Kylie doesn’t need a trademark to claim the title of Ultimate Kylie Champion of the world.
Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom make relationship official
Juice factor: 7 /10
She kissed an elf, and she liked it! Katy Perry has been uncharacteristically under the radar this past year, and perhaps her new low-key British boyfriend has something to do with it. The Lord of the Rings star doesn’t like to make a public spectacle of his personal life, even managing to end his marriage to baby-momma and Victoria’s Secret model Miranda Kerr without becoming a tabloid regular in the process. Katy Perry, on the other hand, tends to rise to gossip rag greatness most frequently when she’s in relationships, and her two most high-profile exes, Russell Brand and John Mayer, didn’t exactly shy away from excessive press coverage for the most mundane of activities. It’s nice to see a quieter side of Katy–the 31-year-old singer and her new beau made their first public appearance as a couple last week in Hawaii, hiking with friends at Nā Pali Coast State Park in Kauai last Saturday. We guess she won’t be writing a song about getting her Bloom on.
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