Topshop in trouble over skinny mannequins, Russell Brand doesn't need money and Tim Cook publicly comes out

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Topshop in trouble over skinny mannequins, Russell Brand doesn't need money and Tim Cook publicly comes out
31st October 2014

Topshop under fire for skinny manequins

A Topshop customer took a picture of her size 8-10 friend next to a mannequin and the startling difference between the two has kicked off a social media storm. 

Topshop have been criticised for promoting an unhealthy body image. 

The company responded, saying they intend to promote a healthy body size but they must conform to certain proportions simply because of the practicalities involved using fibreglass for their mannequins.
The average size woman in the UK is a size 16 and 5”4, while the Topshop mannequin stands 6ft tall and is a size 8-10. Interestingly, Cambridge University found that shops using realistically proportions mannequins sell more.

Tim Cook, Apple CEO, “being Gay among the greatest gifts God has given me.”

Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple, has publicly come out as gay. Although his sexuality has not been a secret in Silicon Valley, Cook is a private person who rarely makes public statements about his private life. 

In an opinion column for Bloomberg Businessweek,  Cook wrote “While I have never denied my sexuality, I haven’t publicly acknowledged it either, until now. So let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me."
He said he had made the announcement in the hope it could help anybody struggling to come to terms with who they were.


Russell Brand has "no need for money anymore”

Russell Brand has barely been out of the headlines in recent weeks but hit them again today for telling Vanity Fair “'I have decided that I don't need to make any money anymore” in a recent interview with the American magazine.

He continued: “The money that I get, I'm going to use for the establishment of community centres, which will sell good food and provide a place for people to hang out: initially, a service for people recovering from drug addiction, but also an incubator for social enterprises, where people will work, on a not-for-profit basis, in a wide variety of trades.'

Ian McKellan reminds students why they need to revise for their exams

In today’s viral video, Sir Ian McKellen delighted pupils at a local school by telling them exactly why they should revise for their exams.

Sir Ian McKellen was yesterday granted the Freedom to the City of London. 

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