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The Week in Women: Doyennes of Davos – Rihanna’s House – The Tinder Whisperer

Pop culture phenomenon Rihanna attends a film premiere in London, July 24, 2017. (Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)

HELL HATH NO FUNNY
Like a Frenchwoman scorned. When French writer Yann Moix said women over fifty were unattractive and too old to love, he caught the Republic in a ‘post #Me-too, take-no-prisoners mood.’ Rather than applaud another home-grown provocative intellectual, French cultural institutions have instead clapped back at Moix, publishing biting essays and playful magazine shoots (a recent Julia Roberts cover headline ran: ’50, so what!’) Mr Moix, meanwhile, has begged older women to stop sending him photos of their bottoms and breasts.

BEAUTIFUL TIMING
Senator Kamala Harris chose Monday to announce her Presidential Candidacy not just because it was MLK Day, but also because we’re now in the same week that Shirley Chisholm chose to launch her Presidential Campaign in 1972 – becoming the first black woman from a major party to ever do so. Harris has made red and yellow her campaign colors in tribute to Chisholm, who did the same.

DAVOS WOMAN
The World Economic Forum’s annual power summit returns this week, and while fewer than one in four attendees are women, four of the summit’s seven ‘co-chairs’ – the group convened to plan the topics of conversation – are young female trailblazers. Women in the World‘s annual ‘Women of Impact’ dinner with Credit Suisse is sure to be a highlight, featuring former President of Chile Michelle Bachelet, now U.N. High Commissioner on Human Rights, alongside Jordanian feminist Lina Khalifeh (founder of SheFighters, the Middle East’s first martial arts studio for women.)

NEED TO KNOW
Runner Jasmin Paris has won a race known as Britain’s ‘Most Brutal’ in record time, while also expressing breastmilk for her daughter at stops along the way. She completed the course — from Central England to the Scottish border — in just over 83 hours (previous winners have averaged 95.)

Campaign denim. Flexing her rural smarts, New York Senator and 2020 Candidate Kirsten Gillibrand has hit the trail in jeans and UGG boots as she reminds voters that despite her polished appearance and Wall Street history, she grew up far from Manhattan and still loves NASCAR racing and trips in the family RV.

Rihanna is reportedly on the verge of inking a deal with French fashion empire LVMH (who own Louis Vuitton, Dior, Fendi and more) to launch her own brand under their umbrella — and become the consortium’s first ever black female designer.

‘SAY NANCY’S MY MOMMY’
When Kate McKinnon is playing you on SNL, you know you’re making power moves. These days McKinnon has shelved her Hillary and Kellyanne garb for Nancy Pelosi’s turtlenecks — while the actor who plays her counterpart Chuck Schumer can barely get in a line.

PROBLEMS DOWN UNDER
Australia’s Minister for Women is the latest in a string of female politicians to quit the government, with many citing bullying and intimidation. Out in the streets, the Australian public used the weekend’s Women’s March to demand more safety after exchange student Aiia Maasarwe was murdered last week while walking home in Melbourne.

‘AIRHEAD’
Emily Maitlis, the crusading BBC journalist whose recent interviews have exposed the charlatan core of Anthony Scaramucci, Steve Bannon and Sean Spicer (and who last week told an obfuscating British politician to “park the unicorns”) is finally publishing a book filled with her methods and best stories.

DOWNTIME
Meredith Golden will write your Tinder profile for $2,000 – then chat as you until a first date is secured.

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