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Prince William is set to make his first TED Talk appearance next month to discuss climate change.

The 38-year-old royal will be joining a virtual panel consisting of impassioned climate activists such as Al Gore, Jaden Smith, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Yemi Alade, and Don Cheadle, where they will discuss how the world can tackle climate change and ensure a healthier future for the planet.

The event, which has been named ‘Countdown’, will also be the first-ever free TED Talks conference, and will take place on October 10.

Alongside the celebrity appearances, the event will bring together ”scientists, activists, entrepreneurs, urban planners, farmers, CEOs, investors, artists, government officials,” and more to ”find the most effective, evidence-based ideas” to help combat climate change.

Whilst the conference will mark the first time William has spoken at a TED Talk, the royal has been vocal about climate change in the past, as he said last year the Earth is ”at a tipping point”.

He said in December: ”The earth is at a tipping point and we face a stark choice: either we continue as we are and irreparably damage our planet or we remember our unique power as human beings and our continual ability to lead, innovate and problem-solve.

”People can achieve great things. The next ten years present us with one of our greatest tests – a decade of action to repair the Earth.”

Meanwhile, Chris Anderson, the Countdown founding partner and Head of TED, said he hopes to ”unite all levels of society” with the upcoming conference.

In a statement, he said: ”The moment to act on climate change has been upon us for too long, and now is the time to unite all levels of society – business leaders, courageous political actors, scientists and individuals – to get to net-zero emissions before 2050.

”Climate is a top priority for TED and members of our community, and we are proud to fully dedicate our organisation in the fight for our collective future.”



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Ariana Grande | Ariana Grande praised by producer

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Ariana Grande‘s producer knew immediately that he wanted to work with her.

Tommy ‘TBHits’ Brown has been collaborating with Ariana since her 2013 debut album ‘Yours Truly’ and he admitted he was blown away by Ariana during their first meeting.

He said: “This girl can really, really sing and she’s really, really good. I wanted to connect outside of this studio and I played her some other retro-sounding beats I was doing.”

Ariana, 27, who has just released her latest album ‘Positions’, is equally gushing about Tommy.

She explained to the Wall Street Journal magazine: “One of the things I love most about working with Tommy is that none of the beats he plays me ever sound the same. He’s never afraid to try new things and is always willing to experiment and grow with me.”

The Covid-19 pandemic affected how they recorded the latest album, as they moved between Brown and Grande’s in-home recording studios in California this year.

And although Brown was shocked when Ariana recently announced the release date for the album, he also called her a “guru” for knowing that it was time to drop her new album, following the release of ‘Thank U, Next’ in February 2019.



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Elle Fanning | Elle Fanning stars in Gucci film series

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Elle Fanning has partnered up with Gucci’s ‘Absolute Beginners’ film series.

The 22-year-old actress has joined the luxury fashion label alongside Jodie Turner-Smith and Kelvin Harrison Jr. to release a series of short films with nine first-time directors to celebrate “the potency of the pop culture and naïveté, the beauty in amateurism, and expose the power and vulnerability of the creative impulse while centering the Gucci Jackie 1961 bag”.

The nine films will be released in two drops on TikTok with the first one – which features Elle, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Jodie Turner-Smith, Benedetta Porcaroli and Emma Corrin – being released on October 28 and the second on November 6.

The second drop will feature films by Lily Gavin, Barry Keoghan, Yoshi, and Arlo Parks.

Speaking about the project, Elle said: “My film is about captivating the nature of Gucci. Even a dog can be hypnotised by its beauty. One night while drifting off to sleep, I thought of this western showdown between a dog and dog owner with a scoreboard keeping tallies of how Gucci always wins.

“Since I am an absolute beginner to directing, I wanted to make a statement with the tone. Yes, this is a fashion film, but why not tell a funny story while looking at sparkling garments?”

Kelvin added: “[My] film is essentially a story about the seemingly ever-present fear of love. The concept initially came from someone I was seeing who told me that the risk of falling in love was greater than the reward. They had come to believe that after so many unsuccessful attempts at sustaining a long-lasting relationship it was unfair to expect anyone to take on their accompanying baggage. It was suggested I may be naive to believe that someone could not only handle the baggage of another, but embrace it with an authorship as if it were their own”.

What’s more, the creator behind the original viral Gucci Model Challenge, Morgan Presley will release a “#GucciAbsoluteBeginners guide to living a Gucci life” video with audio for other creators on TikTok can use to re-create their own Gucci videos.



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Jameela Jamil | Jameela Jamil: My clothes allow me to become different characters

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Jameela Jamil expresses her “different characters” through her clothes.

The 34-year-old actress thinks about her “plural” selves whilst getting ready for a red carpet event as she believes her fashion choices should represent how she feels on a daily basis.

In an interview with ELLE, she said: “I think about looking like my-selves — plural. We have so many different facets to ourselves. All the different characters that live within me come out, day-to-day, in my clothes, so fashion really becomes about, ‘Who do you feel like being today?’ “

However, Jameela admits she often wears oversized clothing as an “armour” to stop people from looking at and judging her body.

She explained: “Normally when I’m wearing a suit, I’m wearing it as armour. I often wear a baggy suit, and I’m deliberately wearing it to be released from my gender, and from anyone speculating at my body shape. It’s asexual and focused.

“I just want to look like a very chic brain, you know? I don’t need people looking at my body all the time, but I do want them to say, ‘She looks cool,’ and I want to feel cool. But I’ll also wear a tight dress and allow my body a moment. Just a moment!”

Meanwhile, ‘The Good Place’ star has openly criticised the Kardashians for promoting unrealistic body goals and but she doesn’t believe in the sisters being cancelled for good because they have the potential to use their fame and fans for good causes.

She explained: “I don’t believe in cancelling people who have the potential to do immense good. That’s incredibly stupid. Harvey Weinstein – cancel him. Cancel people who are a danger to society. The Kardashians, it would be madness not to call them in to help fix the thing they’ve been part of perpetuating. But seeing what Kim has done with prison reform?! That’s a sign of what happens when they utilise their power for good. These are powerful women, and I think they’ve already started changing.”



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