Angelina Jolie's London summit to end rape in war zones has won the support of stars including Thandie Newton, Kathleen Turner, model Cara Delevingne, and even Catholic leader Pope Francis.
The Hollywood actress launched the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict in the British capital on Tuesday (10Jun14) and the event's slogan #timetoact has sparked a social networking frenzy. The phrase has become a trending topic on Twitter.com as more and more stars post pictures of themselves holding a sign bearing the words.
Newton, Turner and Delevingne have all joined in, with the model backing Jolie in a tweet, writing, "Yes Angie! #timetoact #stoptorture". Others who have backed the drive include Harry Potter actress Bonnie Wright, fashion designers Stella McCartney and Vivienne Westwood, singers Paloma Faith, Mollie King and Eliza Doolittle, and Pope Francis.
The head of the Catholic Church writes on Twitter, "Let us pray for all victims of sexual violence in conflict, and those working to end this crime. #TimeToAct."
Hip-hop star Pharrell Williams has issued a formal apology to members of the Native American community after coming under attack for wearing a traditional feathered headdress in a cover photo for a U.K. magazine. The Happy hitmaker is featured modelling the headpiece on the cover of Elle UK's July (14) issue, and the snap has caused an online backlash among fans, who took offence to the image - even though the singer/producer has previously claimed to have Native American ancestry.
One annoyed Twitter user wrote, "Pharrell...why?!#NotHappy with @Ellemagazine for the appropriation of this headdress", while another added, "Urgh. Why does the fashion industry insist on turning sacred cultural items into fashion props?".
The criticism has prompted Williams to speak out about the photoshoot and a statement issued to the New York Daily News reads: "I respect and honor every kind of race, background and culture. I am genuinely sorry."
The traditional headdress was a change of style for Williams, who has become known of late for wearing oversized Vivienne Westwood-designed hats. The superstar debuted the bizarre look at the Grammy Awards in January (14) and it quickly became his trademark look.
Williams isn't the first celebrity to come under fire for wearing a feathered headdress as a fashion accessory - One Direction's Harry Styles faced a similar backlash in March (14), when he shared a photo of himself wearing a similar piece on his Instagram.com blog.
Actress Pamela Anderson stunned guests at the launch of her charity foundation by detailing a catalogue of horrific sexual abuse during her childhood. The shock revelation came as she unveiled The Pamela Anderson Foundation, which will focus on environmentalism and animal rights activism, in front of a crowd of more than 200 during the Cannes Film Festival in France on Friday (16May14).
She took to a podium to address revellers and spoke about how her deeply troubled past had prompted her love of nature. The Baywatch star said, "I feel now might be the time to reveal a few of my most painful memories. At the risk of over-exposing myself, again, or being inappropriate, again, I thought I might share with you why I am doing this."
Anderson has previously revealed she was raped when she was 12 years old, but she shocked the crowd by detailing a string of abusive incidents, alleging she was molested by a female babysitter at the age of six and gang-raped as a teen by a group of young men.
Anderson said, "I did not have an easy childhood. Despite loving parents, I was molested from age six by a female babysitter... I went to a friend's boyfriend's house and his older brother decided to teach me backgammon which led into a back massage, which led into rape. My first heterosexual experience. He was 25 years old and I was 12."
She then added that a high school teenager "decided it would be funny to gang-rape me with six friends. I wanted off this earth."
British fashion designer Dame Vivienne Westwood was on hand to support her friend, but admitted the revelations even came as a shock to her. She told Britain's The Guardian newspaper, "I did not know she had been through all of that. I have known her a long time now and we are really close."
Actress Pamela Anderson is launching her own charity after spending years campaigning on environmental issues and animal rights. The Baywatch star is a longtime supporter of a number of organisations, including People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and many green charities, and now she is stepping up her philanthropy by creating her own foundation.
Anderson has jetted to France to launch her charity during the famous Cannes Film Festival, and she will host a special event to mark the creation of The Pamela Anderson Foundation.
The party will be held in conjunction with Dame Vivienne Westwood's Cool Earth charity and will take place on a yacht off the coast of Cannes on Friday (16May14). It will feature cocktails and a backgammon tournament.
A post on the star's Facebook.com page reads, "I love Cannes! So lucky to be here with my family. And... Dream come true - to launch my namesake foundation (on the riviera)... Glamorous, meaningful.. The good life. To raise money to protect and support the vulnerable areas of the world and support those who are protecting and surviving, thriving - within them."
A message published on the star's official website adds of the charity, "Long time coming Pamela Anderson Foundation (PAF). 20 years of connecting resources - For charity - a natural extension - I have been dedicated to human, animal and environmental rights... It is all Connected... Pamela Anderson Foundation. For our planet and life within it."
Pharrell Williams has teamed up with inspirational T-shirt company Peace Love World to create a line based on his hit track Happy. The shirts feature a symbol of the star wearing his iconic Vivienne Westwood hat with the slogan "I am happy".
Fashion mogul Vivienne Westwood led a group of anti-fracking protesters through the streets of central London on Wednesday (20Mar14). The designer marched from her headquarters in Battersea, south-west London into the exclusive Knightsbridge neighbourhood with a group of 180 demonstrators to protest against the controversial gas-extraction method.
The rally was held on the same day government officials and the heads of U.K. energy companies were attending the Shale Gas Forum to discuss opportunities for gas drilling nationwide.
At the protest, Westwood said, "The fight against fracking is the most important battle the British people will ever fight. It is the first battle in the war against climate change, and we will win."
It is not Westwood's first anti-fracking protest - she marched at a proposed drilling site in West Sussex, England in August last year (13).
Fashion designer Vivienne Westwood has shaved off her famous red locks to raise awareness of climate change. The quirky Brit was spotted sporting a shockingly short grey style during Paris Fashion Week earlier this month (Mar13), covering up her new crop with a feather headdress.
However, she proudly displayed her shorn look during a protest against local authority spending cuts in Clapham, London on Wednesday (05Mar14).
Now a representative for the 72 year old explains she decided to ditch her long hair in support of climate change and to show she is proud of her age.
The spokesperson says, "Vivienne cut her hair as we must all wake up to climate change. And secondly she wanted to cut the red out for a while and have it white - to show she's proud of her age."
Westwood is a longtime environmentalist campaigner and has taken part in protests against fracking and oil drilling in the Arctic.
The iconic hat which Pharrell Williams wore during the 2014 Grammy Awards has been purchased by bosses at American fast food chain Arby's, which boasts a logo bearing a striking resemblance to the singer's bizarre headwear. The Happy hitmaker donned the Vivienne Westwood-designed piece at the music prizegiving in January (14), and many viewers decided the hat looked very similar to the restaurant's cowboy hat emblem.
Shortly after Williams made his debut on the Grammys red carpet, a post from the Arby's Twitter.com account read, "Hey @Pharrell, can we have our hat back?", to which Williams responded, "Y'all tryna (sic) start roast beef?", referring to the company's signature roast beef sandwiches.
Last month (Feb14), Williams decided to retire the hat and put it up for sale on online auction site eBay.com to benefit his From One Hand to Another charity.
The auction ended on Sunday (02Mar14) - the same day Williams performed at the Oscars - and Arby's bosses purchased the hat for $44,100 (£26,337).
Prior to finding out it was Arby's executives who had purchased the headpiece, Williams thanked the winner of the auction on the microblogging site, prompting a reply from restaurant representatives: "You're welcome. We're HAPPY to support a great cause & get our hat back."
British clothing designers Stella Mccartney and Dame Vivienne Westwood have won top fashion awards from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). Bosses of the organisation have named the winners of their animal-friendly clothing and accessories awards, and both McCartney and Westwood scooped top honours.
Sir Paul McCartney's daughter was named the designer of the Most Stylish Women's Knitwear for her Jacquard Jumper and Westwood won Most Stylish Men's Outerwear for a printed jacket.
Other winners of the PETA-Approved Vegan Fashion Awards include British stores Miss Selfridge for Most Stylish Women's Outerwear and Marks & Spencer for Most Stylish Men's Knitwear.
A hat famously worn by Pharrell Williams at the 2014 Grammys has been put up for sale. The Happy hitmaker won four trophies at the music prizegiving last month (Jan14), but it was his oversized accessory that had TV viewers talking, and now he's giving up the bizarre headwear for charity.
In partnership with auction website eBay.com, Williams is offering up the Vivienne Westwood-designed hat to benefit his From One Hand to Another non-profit organisation.
Williams says, "I'm giving up the Buffalo Hat I wore to the GRAMMYs to help undeserved kids get the educational tools they need. Our organization, From One Hand to Another, is committed to bringing kids experiences that ignite their passions, challenge their minds and prepare them for success."
The hat went on sale on Thursday (20Feb14), and within hours, bids for the item had reached $10,500 (£6,301).
The auction runs until 2 March (14).