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The Sad Inevitable Result of the Anti-Trump Safety Pin Fad is This Inane Vogue Slideshow

This Vogue.com slideshow proves that this safety pin is far more about the vanity of the person wearing it than a symbol of solidarity.

Fashion-types often complain about being seen as vapid or frivolous. "It's unfair!," they whine from mouths barely visible amidst the mink pelts hanging from their shoulders.


Wearing a safety pin started as a post-Brexit symbol for Brits to show solidarity with victims of racism and xenophobia. It was adopted by American white liberals after Trump got elected. As a fad, it's taken one week to hit rock bottom.

It's hard to know if this Vogue article about designer safety pin ensembles proves the point about fashionistas or if it's a reflection of the vain nonsense that is the safety pin solidarity movement. Actually it's both. Get a load of this:

It’s also a quiet, personal way to support your fellow Americans, especially if you’re tired of cruel Facebook posts or scrolling through upsetting memes on Instagram. You can easily fasten any safety pin to your favorite T-shirt or jacket, but there are also dozens of ready-made, sequin-embellished pieces on the market right now, from punk-ish jewelry to pinned-together dresses. Shop them all in the slideshow above, then put your money where your mouth is and take real action against the forces of hate.

via Vogue.com

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Adekunle Gold Is Living His Best Life

We speak to the Nigerian star about how marriage and fatherhood have led him to find both newfound happiness and newfound freedom as an artist.

''I'm having the time of my life,'' says Adekunle Gold over a Zoom call while seated in his office in Lagos. ''I'm making songs that are so true to my current energy, my current vibe.'' When I got on the call with the 34-year-old artist on a Wednesday afternoon, the first thing I noticed was his hair tied up in little braids, the second was his wide smile. As we speak, the crooner laughs multiple times but it's his aura that shines through the computer screen, it lets you know better than his words that he's truly having the time of life.

Born Adekunle Kosoko, the popular Nigerian singer got married barely two years ago to fellow artist Simi. Last year, the power couple welcomed their first child. As we talk, Gold points to his journey as a father and a husband as some of the biggest inspirations at the moment not just as far as music goes but as his perspective in life and how he now approaches things.

''My [artistry] has changed a lot because being a father and being a husband has made me grow a lot and more.'' Adekunle Gold tells OkayAfrica. ''It has made me understand life a lot more too. I'm feeling more responsible for people. You know, now I have a kid to raise and I have a wife to support, to be a real man and husband and father for.'' He credits this journey with both his newfound happiness and a newfound freedom as an artist.

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