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Commercial surrogacy: A global market for babies?

“It’s an amazing gift. The BEST gift”. This is how actress Rebel Wilson described surrogacy in an Instagram post announcing the birth of her baby earlier this week. What Wilson failed to realise, however, is that a gift, by definition, is “a thing given willingly to someone without payment”. Thus, this misrepresentation of the surrogate […]

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Adele Unveils Plans To Pursue A Literature Degree

In recent years, I have developed a quiet respect for singer-songwriter Adele.  She produced one of the best Bond themes of all time, gave us two endlessly hilarious Graham Norton appearances, and (at least in her interviews) seems to be a genuine, sympathetic woman with an honourable sense of humour. Additionally, I will conjure to say […]

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The Broken Vows of Public Figures: Adam Levine and Celebrity Affairs

Some celebrities don’t ask for fame. Others do, obviously, by working hard to succeed. However, whether or not superstars desire the attention, by the time of their first tabloid headline, they have to accept that their life as they know it is now open to public opinion and scrutiny.  Some celebrities attempt to maintain some […]

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We need to talk about Richard…

Anyone who has spent any amount of time watching day-time television will know by sight the be-spectacled Richard Osman, either sitting behind a desk on Pointless or lobbing shopping trolleys over streams on Taskmaster. He’s a man undoubtedly of many talents, but I’m sure not even he predicted what a veritable success his writing career would be. The Thursday […]

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The effects of cancel culture in our society

As people locked down over the last six months, and global internet usage soared, the topic of ‘cancel culture’ arose in public conversation.Cancel culture can be defined as the practice of withdrawing support for public figures or companies after they have done something considered objectionable. This then causes a social media backlash and their ‘cancelling’, […]

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Embracing fluidity – androgynous style icons past and present

Androgynous fashion is no new trend; it has intrinsic roots in LGBTQ+ culture, spearheaded by figures who have stood out as iconic through the ages, for developing the genderless clothing movement and of course, being unashamedly self-expressive. Cultural contexts have varied exponentially between the lives of these style icons from past to present, but they all participated […]

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Oscars 2019: a rundown of the greatest fashion seen on the red carpet

The Oscars: a night of cinematic fanfare and a whirlwind of show-stopping, statement-making fashion. While the glamorous style of acclaimed actors and actresses rarely disappoints (or at least never fails to shock), this year’s fashions have pushed the boundaries and painted a picture of the changing trends of Hollywood. Pink, whether it be pale or […]

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The Jordyn Woods scandal and what it says about media’s representation of women

The only celebrity gossip that has been on anyone’s lips has been the Khloe Kardashian, Tristan Thompson, Jordyn Woods cheating scandal. Jordyn sat down with Jada Pinkett Smith to give her tale of what happened between her and Tristan and since then, the scandal has turned from a story about the celebrity betrayal of the […]