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Kylie Jenner dethrones Mark Zuckerberg as world’s youngest billionaire

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Kylie Jenner has become the world’s youngest self-made billionaire.

The 21-year-old reality star is in complete shock to be so successful following the launch of her beauty business Kylie Cosmetics – which Forbes magazine revealed is estimated at around $900 million –– four years ago.

“I didn’t expect anything. I did not foresee the future. But [the recognition] feels really good. That’s a nice pat on the back,” she told the outlet.

Most of the brand’s marketing is done through social media, where Jenner heavily promotes product launches, previews new items and shares new updates daily – to her 175 million-plus fan base across Instagram, Facebook and Twitter and Kylie believes it’s been essential to her success.

“It’s the power of social media. I had such a strong reach before I was able to start anything, she added”

The make-up mogul signed an exclusive distribution deal in November last year with beauty store chain Ulta to stock her $29 lip kits – a matte liquid lipstick and matching lip liner – into the company’s 1,000-plus stores across 50 states in the US, having previously sold only online or occasionally at pop-up shops.

Following her deal with the beauty company, Kylie Cosmetics sold $54.5 million worth of products in just six weeks, according to estimates from Oppenheimer.

Kylie owns her entire company, which she started in 2015, and employs just seven full-time and five part-time employees, while manufacturing and packaging is outsourced to Seed Beauty and her mum and manager Kris Jenner helps run the brand’s finances and PR.

Kylie Cosmetics’ revenue climbed 9% to an estimated $360 million last year.

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Solar powered re-design of Notre Dame spire could be on the horizon

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After a devastating fire gutted parts of the historic Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, the French government announced an international competition to redesign the Notre Dame spire. One of the designs gaining public interest is a glass roof and spire that can harness solar energy. 

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If selected, the design by Vincent Callebaut Architecture will install a roof and spire made up of diamond glass panels supported by steel frames. Each of the panels would store solar power in hydrogen fuel cells, which are projected to provide electricity for the cathedral and some buildings in its vicinity. 

The green design also incorporates food sustainability by having a vegetable garden on its rooftop. The produce from this urban farm would feed Paris’ homeless population. 

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Aside from Vincent Callebaut Architecture, other firms have submitted modern yet elegant designs that complement the French Gothic design of the cathedral. 

The designs have now been submitted to the French Government, who announced an international competition to re-design the spire of the Cathedral.

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Filmmakers protest anti-abortion laws at Cannes Film festival

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Cannes Film festival has kicked off with an interesting start! On Saturday, moments before the premiere of a controversial Argentine documentary, centering abortion rights, dozens of women used the red carpet as a meeting place to protest against the issue.

The group of women reportedly included filmmakers who wore green ahead of the premiere of Argentine director Juan Solanas’ “Let It Be Law.”

Argentina’s Senate rejected a bill to legalize abortion last year. A modified version of the bill will be presented to Congress on May 28, per AP.

On Tuesday, the Alabama Senate passed a bill that would outlaw almost all abortions in the state, including those involving pregnancies from rape or incest.

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Elizabeth Warren unveils plan to protect abortion rights

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US Senator and 2020 presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren has called for overhauling federal law to ensure women continue to have access to abortion amid efforts in states like Alabama and Ohio to enact bans.

The issue of abortion has been thrust into the national dialogue after a series of states controlled by Republicans began passing legislation to enact hardline bans. Alabama signed into law on Wednesday the most drastic rollback yet.

“This is a dark moment,” Warren said.

“People are scared and angry. And they are right to be. But this isn’t a moment to back down – it’s time to fight back.”

Warren is one of more than 20 Democrats vying for her party’s nomination to challenge President Donald Trump in the November 2020 election.

Warren has distinguished herself in the field as the candidate with the most prolific series of policy proposals on a myriad of topics.

Warren said Congress should enact laws that reinforce the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalised abortion. A new law should go further to prohibit states from “interfering in the ability of a patient to access medical care, including abortion services, from a provider that offers them.”

Warren also wants Congress to enact laws that invalidate state rules that have placed near-impossible regulations on abortion clinics.

She would also prohibit states from limiting access to the medications that are used to perform abortions.

Warren said Congress should require all health care insurance cover abortions. Republicans have pushed for the opposite, imposing rules that prohibited government-backed insurance from covering abortion services and trying to limit the ability of private insurers to do so.

Warren added Congress should go beyond abortion and also ensure access to birth control, comprehensive sex education and care for pregnant women.

“We must build a future that protects the right of all women to have children, the right of all women to not have children, and the right to bring children up in a safe and healthy environment,” Warren said.

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