#TCHETCHENIE URGENCE

One month ago, the independent Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta, reported an anti-gay purge in Chechnya. According to it, more than a hundred men suspected of being homosexual or bisexual, would be tortured in secret prisons, not far from Grozny, the capital. « Three of them were reported to have died, but according to witnesses, there would be many more, » reports Courrier International.

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According to testimonies collected by the Russian daily, detainees would be tortured and forced to reveal the names of other homosexuals around them-which reminds us of the witch-hunts in the USA.
One victim says he was beaten « several times a day », beaten with polypropylene pipes or otherwise targeted by electric shocks, reports L’Obs. According to the investigation, the abuses would be committed by the police and the army, not by militias.

This wave of repression by the authorities was due to the willingness of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans) militants to organize gay pride in several cities in the North Caucasus. An initiative which caused a great controversy. « It was from this moment that the order was given to undertake a preventive cleaning, » the newspaper said. In early April, the New York Times reported rumors of kidnappings of men aged 16 to 50 a few weeks ago in Chechnya, FranceInfo said.

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Members of the Russian LGBT network confirmed these persecutions and thus opened an emergency telephone line to help those who could need to be safe and run-away from the country. Currently, the Russian LGBT Network has 3 main aims:

• to evacuate people, whose lives are still in danger
• to attract as much attention to the cause as possible
• to collect the evidence about the mass homicide of homosexuals in Chechnya

According to R.Kadyrov, president of Chechnya, the existence of these prisons is absolutely impossible since there would be no homosexuals in Chechnya:

« You can not stop or repress people who do not exist in the Republic. Homosexuality does not exist here, » he said.

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However, Human Rights Watch said in a statement that « the information published by Novaya Gazeta is consistent with the reports recently received by Human Rights Watch from many sources of trust, including sources in the country. Consistency of cases leave no doubt as to whether these events actually took place « .
Chechen homosexuals who fled to Moscow told AFP that they were beaten and detained « in a non-official prison », and today live the fear in the belly of being identified and tracked by their families

Five diplomatic leaders from European countries, including France and Germany, wrote to their Russian homologue Sergei Lavrov to express their « deep concern » over the fate of homosexuals in Chechnya in a letter dated 28 April.

« We call on the Russian government to use its influence on the regional authorities in Chechnya to immediately stop any persecution, to provide assistance to the victims and to bring the perpetrators to justice, » wrote Sigmar Gabriel, Boris Johnson, The Frenchman Jean-Marc Ayrault, the Dutchman Bert Koenders and the Swede Margot Wallstrom. As a matter of fact, German Chancellor Angela Merkel had already asked Vladimir Putin « to use his influence » so that homosexuals could be respected in Chechnya.

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Futhermore, NGOs call on all countries that recognize the rights of homosexuals to offer refuge to the persecuted Chechens. In Canada, LGBT rights groups are calling for emergency visas.

 

 

Chanel Fashion Show Autumn-Winter 2017

#ChanelGroundControl. The hashtag printed on the invitations set the tone of what was going to be the next Chanel show. Karl Lagerfeld made a rocket take off under the glass roof of the Grand Palais for a Chanel fashion show strong in glitter, metallic surfaces and astronaut prints. Karl Lagerfeld seems to have been inspired by the spationaut Thomas Pesquet for the Chanel autumn-winter 2017-2018 fashion show, which was held Tuesday, March 7 in Paris, at the Grand Palais. From the launch center N ° 5, the guests were embarked on a one-way trip to the stars. Around an immense rocket, sixties babydolls with the appearance of pretty cosmonauts presented the pieces of the collection ready-to-wear autumn-winter 2017-2018 designed by Karl Lagerfeld.

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Unlike the futuristic style of Courrèges or Cardin inspired in the 1960s by travels to the Moon, the models’ outfits were nothing revolutionary but managed to evoke the journey into space in full respect of the Chanel codes.The prints offer a space journey: patterns of cosmonauts passed on X-rays as well as skillfully polarized planets affixed on the muslin of an evening gown or on the fine mesh of a sweater round collar. Quilted and enveloping sets, stoles, also padded and iridescent, like survival covers were wrapped around the models.

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And for the classicists, there were essence-of-Chanel tweed suits aplenty, albeit worn over strange little tweed shorts. What’s not to love about an impeccably cut ivory wool pea-coat (for most Chanel clients, that means it will be a perfect fit) or a black mohair jacket piped in white? The closer you looked (tricky as Chanel’s grand spectacles place even the front row some distance from the action), the more there was for Chanel aficionados to wear.

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The winter bermuda takes advantage of all this fleece to make a remarkable return; Quilted, leather, tweed, under skirts, suits, associated with glittery tights … It creeps in everywhere, imposes itself like the neo-skirt and matches perfectly with the high boots almost completely covered with glitter. Black tips and heels, declined in gray, pink and gold pay tribute to the iconic Chanel pump shoes; a tribute that is not surprising as the brand celebrates its sixtieth anniversary this year. A small step for some, a big step for the fashion sphere. The pivotal modernity might have been the twist done to stand-up collars, or pencil skirts which were turned into minidresses.

Vanessa Paradis and her daughter Lily-Rose Depp responded favorably to the invitation as well as her first-class neighbors Cara Delevingne and Pharrell Williams, but also actresses Clotilde Hesme, Elodie Bouchez (seen at the beginning of the Fashion Week at the Saint Laurent fashion show), Karidja Touré, Ludivine Sagnier, Marie-Ange Casta and Mathilde Warnier, and the director Sofia Coppola. Models Alice Dellal, Audrey Marnay, Caroline Maigret, Erin Wasson and Lottie Moss, and singers Lily Allen and Rita Ora completed the prestigious list of guests at the Chanel “take-off center”.

The Chanel Fashion Show was Cara’s first proper public appearence of her newly platinum blonde hair- a big moment, I think we can all agree. Proving her inimitable sense of personal style is as keen as ever, Delevingne is cleverly juxtaposing Supreme shorts (the stuff of teen boys’ dreams) with a prim Chanel cardigan and slack white trousers.

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Inspiration : Rudolf Noureev

« An escape in the line of the spy novels of the Cold War » René Sirvin.

Between KGA and CIA, truths or fictions, the history of Nureyev overflows with incredible events. Nothing but his youth resembles a film. Nureyev, the fourth child and only son of Hamet and Farida Nureyev, was born on 17 March 1938 on the Trans-Siberian Lake Baikal.

Beast of stage, Nureyev also defrays the chronicle by his sexual appetite. Homosexual, he becomes not only a political icon but erotic. « In the middle of the Cold War and the expansion of mass capitalist culture, he is the right person at the right time, » says Christophe Fiat. « He is emblematic of sexual liberation in the 1960s. Like Jackie Kennedy, but his lovers are men, his escort boys  »

While Kirov Ballet was preparing to go on a tour to Paris and London, Nureyev’s rebellious character and a non-conformist attitude made him an unlikely candidate for a trip to the West, which was to be of crucial importance to the Soviet government’s ambitions to portray their cultural supremacy.
Nureyev was seen to have broken the rules about mingling with foreigners, which alarmed the Kirov’s management and the KGB agents observing him. The KGB wanted to send him back to the Soviet Union. As a consequence, Sergeyev (Kirov’s artistic director) told him he would have to return to Moscow for « a special performance » in the Kremlin, which, of course, was just a pretext to send him back in URSS and punish him for his attitude in Paris. As Kirov refused, Sergeyed told him his mother had fallen severely ill and that he needed to visit her in emergency. Nureyev refused again, believing that on return to the USSR he was likely to be imprisoned.

While Noureev was partying in France, he met up with two of his close friends including the dancer Pierre Lacoste and Clara Saint, , who was engaged to the son of the French Minister of Culture Andre Malraux. Pierre Lacotte, who was at the airport with him says: « He threw himself on me and said, » We’ve just spoken to me, it’s terrible, it’s over…I’m being sent back to the Soviet Union, and I will never dance again. I’m going to end up in Siberia. » However, also monitored from the corner of the eye by KGB agents, Lacotte writes the name and telephone number of C.Saint on a piece of paper that he manages to slip to a stranger. Clara Saint finaly comes, and spots Rudolf sitting at the aiport’s bar. The two agents of the KGB intercept her, but, playing her charm, she managed to coax them by making them understand that she came to bid farewell to her friend.

Clara and Nureyev quickly exchange a few words in English:
« I want to stay here. Please help me! »
She’s worried :
« Are you sure ? »
« Yes, I’m sure. »
On arriving at Le Bourget, Clara had spotted an antenna of the French police on the upper floor, she thus ran to interpellate the french police.
« There are downstairs two KGB guards who want to forcibly return a Kirov dancer to his country, when he does not want it. »
Nonetheless, Noureev has to come by himself to the police. As a consequence, C.Saint leans towards her friends and whispers (in order not to be heard by the guards) :
« Look at the two policemen leaning on the bar. You go to them and tell them you want to stay here. »
Rudolf leapt to his feet and fled at full speed towards the two policemen. Still running, Rudolf shouts to the two Frenchmen « I want to stay in France! I want to stay in France! »

Nureyev trembles with all his members. He sees the two guards of the KGB rushing on him and trying to seize him. In Russian, they cry to the kidnapping, but the two French policemen do not let themselves be impressed.
They drag the star of the Kirov into a room to ask him to think carefully about his decision. Noureev hesitates for 20 minutes. If he pushes the door through which he entered, he is recovered by the two Soviets with no other hope of getting out of Russia.
If he pushes the other door behind which the two Frenchmen are waiting for him, it is freedom, but also the loss forever of his mother, his country, his youth.
He has a few minutes to choose between two futures, two destinies. The rest of the story is known.

Indeed, R. Nurevey choose liberty and obtains the political wing. However, the Sovet Union sentenced him in absentia to seven years in prison for high treason. Nevertheless, Rudolf is free to dance around the world.

Dance career :

From 1962, Rudolf Nureyev danced for several years at the Royal Ballet, Covent Garden, London.Star of the Royal Ballet, Margot Fonteyn  (42 years old) will become his most beautiful partner. Both will form the most famous pair of the universe of classical dance.

Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev dance for the first time together « Giselle » on February 21, 1962. When the curtain falls that night, the audience is so amazed that there is a silence of a few moments before the applause, followed by 23 reminders.

In 1964 Rudolf Nureyev created his first swan-lake choreography for the State Opera of Vienna. In this ballet he interprets the role of the prince alongside Margot Fonteyn who interprets Odette and Odile. At the end of a performance, there are 89 curtain levies, a unique event in the history of ballet. It’s only in 1982 that Rudolf Nureyev becomes an Austrian citizen and is appointed an honorary member of the Vienna Opera.
As a matter of fact, Rudolf Nureyev performs on the stage of all major international companies. The star receives $ 7.9 million a year, the biggest stamp a dancer has ever received.

 

In the 1980s, Rudolf Nureyev danced regularly at the Paris Opera. He was appointed director of the ballet of the Opéra national de Paris from 1 September 1983 by Jack Lang, then Minister of Culture. Rudolf Nureyev held this position until 1989.

After many requests, he finally obtains from Gorbachev, at the end of 1989, a forty-eight-hour visa in Leningrad to see his mother. He returned to St. Petersburg for the first time, quoting Ossip Mandelstam’s verse: « Return to my city known to tears … » 29, to visit his dying mother.

Disease and death :

In 1984, when Rudolf Nureyev lost a lot of weight and suffered persistent fever, he underwent medical examinations and discovered that he had HIV (AIDS). For many years he denied the fact. When, by the year 1990, he became obviously ill, he courageously fought his disease without ceasing to dance. He tries several experimental treatments that do not slow the inevitable degeneration of his body. He appears emaciated and has more and more difficult to move.He must, however, face reality. At that time, his courage aroused the admiration of many of his detractors. His physical decay makes him suffer, but he continues to fight by showing himself in public. During his last public appearance on October 8, 1992, for the first of his production of La Bayadère at the Palais Garnier after Marius Petipa, the audience gave him a standing ovation.

Rudolf Nureyev died in a clinic in Levallois-Perret three months later, on 6 January 1993, at the age of 54 years. The presenter of the French television news channel, Christine Ockrent, made the announcement:

« From the beast he had a burning look and movements too. Powerful and shuddering, the Tatar prince, the lord of the dance, who fled the communists, Rudolf Nureyev died in Paris. He was only 54 years old. »

During the same show, Pierre Bergé, director of the Opéra National de Paris at the time, remarks:

« It’s great to have 19 out of 20. It’s very rare to have 20 out of 20. But to have 21 out of 20, it’s still much rarer. And that was the case of Nureyev. Rudolf Nureyev is the lord of dance, an unclassifiable dancer »

 

Tributes and Distinctions :
– Rudolf Nureyev was made a Knight of the Legion of Honor in 1988.
– On October 8, 1992, the then Minister of Culture, Jack Lang, awarded him the highest cultural award, making him Commander of the Arts and Letters.
– At the Opéra National de Paris, a « Tribute to Rudolf Nureyev » dance evening takes place every ten years. They took place on 20 January 2003 and 6 March 2013.

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Harry Styles X Another Man

Throughout his career, Harry Styles, has remained somewhat shrouded in mystery: aside from the publicity that surrounds One Direction, he is surprisingly aloof. Now, he is embarking on a career of his own – as both an actor and a solo musician – and he has turned to Another Man to celebrate his independence.

Harry Edward Styles, thanks to this magazine, reveals to the world his role-models who inspired him to become the person he is today. Being in One Direction made him hide his true personality, that is to say, to look like the other members (like a perfect British boyband)- to please the fans.

“It became immediately apparent that there was so much more depth to him than to your regular boyband star, so we thought, let’s make it all about him.” said  Alister Mackie, founder of the magazine in 2005, and now its creative director. It led to an issue that revolves around Styles,  from three cover stories, each an immersion into a different facet of his persona, to an intimate archive of his personal memorabilia. Thus,  in one cover he looks a little punky. In another he’s a turtle-necked-1960s singer-songwriter. And in another he’s a long-haired-1970s rocker.

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First of all, the team of Another Man travelled to Styles’ hometown of Cheshire with the famous photographer Alasdair McLellan. Indeed, they went to Harry’s school, the bakery he used to work in before XFactor and his favorite pub. During the interview, Styles revealed how he still finds peace in his childhood town with Paul McCartney. “My parents still live where I grew up so that’s one of the places for me where I feel like I disappear the most,” Harry says.The two singers then explained struggling with breaking off from a band and finding their own writing styles.

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During the photoshoot, Styles visited Mackie’s Shoreditch studio to rifle through the book, this time filled with pop star portraits and ephemera, Mick Jagger and John Lydon, and copies of Oh Boy! – a seventies’ pop-meets-punk version of Smash Hits.

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As a conclusion, this article is his way of drawing a line between Harry Styles: the guy from One Direction, and Harry Styles: the solo artist, and future actor. Indeed, Harry said “I’ve always wanted to explore but I was busy with the band so I never felt I had time to do it the right way. When we took some time off, I thought I’d see if it might work. It’s a challenge, but it feels good to be out of my comfort zone.”
In fact, the pop star is going to turn in the movie Dunkirk which will be realeased on July 21, 2017. Dunkirk focuses on World War II’s biggest rescue operation, the 1940 evacuation of some 338,000 Allied troops from the shores of Northern France after they were surrounded by Adolf Hitler’s invading Nazi forces. This movie is a sort of revival for him, to show the world a different aspect of his personality.

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The real face of Donald Trump

We all know the face of the 45th President of the United States of America, who’s been elected on this 8th of November; but do you really know his programm? his political party? or even his life before the presidential election?

Donald Trump :

  • Born and rased in New York in 1946 (70 years old). Trump is of German ancestry on his father’s side and Scottish ancestry on his mother’s side; all four of his grandparents were born in Europe.
  • Son of Fred Trump, property developer of New York and cofoundator of Elizabeth Trump & Son
  • Bachelor’s degree in economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1968
  • In 1971 he was given control of his father Fred Trump’s real estate and construction firm and later renamed it The Trump Organization, rising to public prominence shortly thereafter.
  • President of the organization in 1973. That year, he and his father drew wider attention when the Justice Department alleged that they were discriminating against blacks who wanted to rent apartments, rather than merely screening out people based on low income as the Trumps stated.
  • Well-know for building his Empire and his reputation alongside prestigious towers which are usually named « Trump ». Most of them, such as the Trump Tower, are situated in New York’s state; there are mostly skyscraper but there’s also casinos, for instance The Big Casino in Atlantic City, The Trump Taj-Mahal
  • Trump has appeared at the Miss USA pageants, which he owned from 1996 to 2015, and has made cameo appearances in films and television series.
  • He sought the Reform Party presidential nomination in 2000, but withdrew before voting began.
  • He hosted and co-produced The Apprentice, a reality television series on NBC, from 2004 to 2015.
  • Listed by Forbes as the 324th wealthiest person in the world, and 113th in the United States, with a net worth of $4.5 billion. Trump himself claimed his net worth was over $10 billion

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Kanye West : THE phenomenon.

Who doesn’t know Kanye West? Some of you may recognise him beacause of his incredible music career, some others may identifie him as the Kardashian’s husband or even as the new fashion phenomenon.

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Kanye West, since his infancy, has been into art and especially poetry and music. At only twelve years old, he wrote and sold his first hip hop’s composition. Moreover, it the end of the 90’s, Kanye west studied at Chicago’s Univeristy of Art for 6 months before deciding to dedicate his life to music.

Kanye soon started to collaborate with many famous artists such as Alicia Keys, Janet Jackson or even Jay-Z, by being their productor. Eventually, he realeased his first album solo The College Dropout in 2004. The latter has won 3 Grammy Awards. The College Dropout is qualified has the best album of the year by The New York Times and Time Magazine, which ranks Kanye among the 100 most influential celebrities of the world. On top of that, in december 2009, Entertainment Weekly would design Kanye’s first album solo as the « best album of the decade ». 

30-years-old Kanye released his third album, Graduation, on september 11 2007 which represent the most sold album since 50 cent’s album The Massacre, in 2005. In this album we can hear the well-know french group Daft Punk on the title Stronger, which is a remake of Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger. The song is considered as the best featuring of the year. This album symbolises the start of his international sucess. At this point, every single album of Kanye has known a phenomenal sucess, especially in America.

Once again, Kanye surprised us on twitter, in February 2016, by annoucing a brand new album named The Life Of Pablo. His well-known family, The Kardashians contributed to the whole promotion, thanks to the incredible number of followers they have.

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Kanye West is also known for being a fashion victim. As he has a very strong image in the media, luxury brands try to use his fame in commercials or collections. For instence, in 2009, Louis Vuitton collaborated with Kanye West for a sneaker collection. Furthermore, Nike increased their sales with a new design made by K.West named « Yeezy », which can be sell for about 3000$ (10 times more expensive than it initial price.)

On October 1 of 2011, during the Paris Fashion Week, Kanye invited around 50 people to premiere his women’s fashion label, DW Kanye West. His debut fashion show received mixed-to-negative reviews.  On February 11 of 2015, West premiered his Yeezy Season 3 clothing line at Madison Square Garden in conjunction with the previewing of his album The Life of Pablo.

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Most of you may know Kanye West for his relationship with the word famous reality star : Kim Kardashian. West began dating longtime friend Kim Kardashian in April 2012. They became engaged in October 2013, and married on May 24, 2014 at Fort di Belvedere in Florence, Italy. They have two children: one daughter named North West  and a son named Saint West (and not South, lol). In April 2015, West and Kardashian traveled to Jerusalem to have North baptized in  the Armenian Apostolic Church at the Cathedral of St. James, because of the Armenian’s origins of KKW. The couple’s high status and respective careers have resulted in their relationship becoming subject to heavy media coverage; The New York Times referred to their marriage as « a historic blizzard of celebrity. »

Which celebrity inspires you the most? Do you like Kanye West? 

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Comme vous le savez, je vous dis depuis un petit moment que j’aimerais écrire en anglais sur le blog, d’une part pour m’entrainer et puis pour que les lecteurs étrangers puissent lire mes articles.
Mon premier article sur Kanye West est également publié sur le blog « A Year Of Review » élaboré par les TL (spé anglais) de mon lycée, où vous retrouverez également d’autres articles concernant la mode, la politique, les séries, concerts etc…Je vous invite fortement à y faire un tour si vous aimez être au courant de l’actualité et lire en anglais ! 

Sur ce, j’essayerais de faire le plus d’articles possibles si l’idée vous plait. 

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