IN the news this week - as is becoming frequent in 2017 - politics dominated, as prime minister Theresa May announced a snap general election to be held on June 8.
The news came as a surprise to the nation, especially since May stated earlier this year that it was not on the agenda. May explained that "At this moment of enormous national significance, there should be unity here in Westminster, but instead there is division" and that such division would "risk our ability to make a success of Brexit". In the wake of the news, pro-EU campaigner Gina Miller announced she was launching a tactical voting initiative in the coming week that will support candidates in the forthcoming general election who oppose hard Brexit.Love In A War Zone: A First-Person Account Of Trump's Travel Ban
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The case of Brexit, which has contributed to fluctuations in the value of the pound over the last 10 months, will have a knock-on effect on the performance of many British companies, including the British high street which this week transpired to be a mixed bag for many of its most prominent names. Debenhams, Next, House of Fraser and Primark all hit the headlines concerning store closures, store openings, new omni-channel strategies and lower-than-projected profits - get the bitesize lowdown here.
Other well-known brands also held our attention this week, although for reasons unrelated to the economy. Spanish retailer Zara caused offence when it came to light it was selling a skirt with an appliquéd patch bearing a resemblance to Pepe The Frog - the cartoon figure that has been adopted by many alt-right groups. A spokesperson for the brand told us that it had been created by a designer who regularly explores social interactions through his work and that "There is absolutely no link to the suggested theme." Elsewhere, Beauty brand Rimmel London was forced to pull its Scandalyes Mascara advertisement, featuring Cara Delevingne, after the Advertising Standards Agency deemed it to be misleading to consumers since there had been pre and post-production work done on Delevingne's lashes.Harry Styles On Young Women Being The "Future"
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Also this week, Harry Styles gave his most revealing interview to date; Victoria Beckham collected her OBE from Buckingham Palace; Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner's amicable divorce proceedings came to light; Khloé Kardashian came to the defence of her sister, Kim Kardashian West, after the reality star faced criticism over her "flu-diet remark"; Ivanka Trump revealed why she would not be hitting the road to promote her new book; Time Magazine released its 100 Most Influential People of 2017 list; Naomi Campbell revealed the fruits of her collaboration with Diesel to support her Fashion For Relief initiative; and Eyes On Events cover star Ashley Graham bravely spoke about being sexually abused when she was just 10 years old, as revealed in her new autobiography A New Model: What Confidence, Beauty, and Power Really Look Like.
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Prince Harry also spoke out this week, giving a moving and frank interview about how failing to address his feelings following the death of his mother, while navigating life in the public eye, left him "very close to a complete breakdown on numerous occasions". The broadcast came as the royal, alongside his brother and sister-in-law the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, promoted their Heads Together campaign throughout the week in the lead-up to the London Marathon tomorrow which the charity is the lead sponsor of. Their mission: to normalise the conversation around mental health; their message: that it's healthy and important to communicate problems and feelings and that it's #oktosay when someone is struggling with mental-health issues.The Duchess's Praise For "Brilliant" Harry