The 5 stories making headlines today

Transgender model featured in Sofia Coppola’s The Little Mermaid

When we first heard about Sofia Coppola’s live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid we were, well, a bit sceptical. Don’t expect a feel-good Disney-esque fairy tale either, as Coppola has promised that her interpretation, due for release next year, will have a darker twist. Rumours have been swirling that Emma Watson, who starred in Coppola’s Bling Ring, would play Ariel, while androgynous Bosnian model Andrej Pejic will also be featured.

His part is vaguely titled ‘Sister #4’, so we presume he will be playing one of Ariel’s beautiful siblings.


Talking about beautiful, model of the moment Cara Delevingne is in the news again, this time for mentioning that she would never want her daughter to be a model. ‘I get a lot of girls who say, I just want to be a model so badly. And I think: you can do better than that.’ One of the world’s most sought-after models herself, Delevingne seems to be moving further away from the fashion world as she has been trying her hand at acting. The model has said in the past that the fashion industry makes her feel like a puppet or a mannequin.


Gisele Bündchen to present the 2014 FIFA World Cup Trophy

The world’s highest paid model, Gisele Bündchen , has been chosen to present the winning team of the 2014 World Cup with the FIFA World Cup Trophy at the Maracana Mário Filho Stadium in Rio de Janeiro – set to take place on 13 July 2014. The prestigious trophy will be presented in a custom-made Louis Vuitton case…


Image via Rex Features

Prince George takes his first steps

Prince George probably gave Prince William the best Father’s Day gift this year. The tiny tot took his first steps on Sunday at a charity polo match. Meticulously dressed in a white polo shirt, red seersucker overalls and navy pre-walker shoes, the prince seemed to trot along the field like a little pony, while holding his mother’s hand tightly. So adorable.


Michael Schumacher out of coma

After months in a coma, caused when he hit his head in a skiing accident, Michael Schumacher is reported to be showing some improvement. The former Formula 1 champion driver has been taken out of a rehabilitation centre in France and placed in a hospital in Lausanne, Switzerland. He is now able to breathe without assistance, and can stay awake for longer. The news has brought a fresh wave of support and exitement from his many fans, but doctors warn that his recovery could still take time and are sceptical of a full recovery.

We can only hope that he continues to do well.


Can Zuma reassure us?

The streets leading to Parliament in Cape Town have been blocked off and preparations are being made for tonight’s State of the Nation address. Our nation’s ‘state’ is worrying right now, with platinum-mining strikes harming the country’s economy and making foreign investors nervous – and growth rates have slowed too. Will Zuma’s speech focus on these issues? Will promises be made?


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