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Social Goods | The Exploitation of Influencers, the Appeal of Genderless Fashion

This week, why becoming an influencer is the new unpaid internship, and the blurring of gender boundaries in fashion.
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  • Victoria Berezhna

Becoming a Social Media 'Influencer' is the new Unpaid Internship, and Just as Exploitative (Quartz)
"Just as not everyone can make it based on unpaid internships, which inherently favour those with connections and families who will pay for their living expenses, not everyone can build a huge online presence and find enough advertisers to make a living."

Do Men and Women Really Want Genderless Fashion? (The Daily Beast)
"If genderless apparel is going to become a money-spinner, international perception of the genderless idea will have to change. Socially and culturally, most people aren't there yet. Major department stores still have to think about their older customers, who are more conservative about the genderless idea."

Under Armour Chief Executive Resigns From President Trump's American Manufacturing Council (The Business of Fashion)
"Kevin Plank is the second executive to leave the council on Monday, following widespread disapproval of President Trump's response to violent protests led by white supremacists over the weekend in Charlottesville."

Why Fur Free is the Future of Fashion (The Huffington Post)
"There is no decent way to keep wild animals in cages for their entire lives. Net-a-Porter faced two options: sell a product it knows there is no humane way to procure and accept those risks, or become a leader in the luxury market by capitalizing on consumers seeking ethical goods."

Lush, a Great UK Success Story, is Helping its Workers Leave Brexit Britain — and keep their jobs (Quartz)
"A total of 63 staff have taken up the offer to relocate to Germany—20 from the UK and 43 from other nationalities. It's not just EU workers picking up and leaving—some of their British colleagues are not interested in sticking around to see what post-Brexit life will be like."

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