Topic: Israel

Kim Kardashian Vows To Use Milkshake Shilling Tour Of Middle East To Learn About International Relations

Kim Kardashian Vows To Use Milkshake Shilling Tour Of Middle East To Learn About International Relations

Well, this is cute. Following the barrage of criticism she got for her back-to-back tweets saying that she’s praying for the people of Israel, Palestine, and the world in general (in that order), Kim Kardashian has vowed to use her milkshake-shilling tour of the Middle East to learn about the complex geopolitical issues currently playing out there. Oh boy! More »

Urban Outfitters Has a Complicated Relationship with Israel

Urban Outfitters Has a Complicated Relationship with Israel

Urban Outfitters is no stranger to controversy – last year, feminist activist Shelby Knox urged a ‘girlcott’ of the store because she deemed T-shirt slogans like “Eat less” to be hurtful to women. But now they’re causing controversy in another way. An eagle-eyed reader emailed The Gloss when he noticed that several photos from the Urban website were shot in Israel. (Since then, Urban has posted a collection of photos from their Tel Aviv shoot as well as candids taken by models on their Facebook page.) While there’s certainly nothing wrong with using Israel’s storied landscape as a backdrop for their clothes, it rings false in light of the fact that Urban’s reputation in Israel isn’t the best. More »

Mirit Weinstock: Fashion Designer On the Front Line

Mirit Weinstock: Fashion Designer On the Front Line

The Middle East has enough battles to fight without fashion needing to be one of them. Within this dry stretch of land lies a place with a much freer and sluttier sense of style that includes midriff-baring wedding dresses and underwear at the beach. It’s called Israel.

I had pretty much come to terms with the fact that while my people could invent the theory of relativity and Google Instant, they were entirely incapable of designing a decent dress. Then that all changed – and Tel Aviv-based designer Mirit Weinstock is the reason why. I caught a glimpse of her collection at a small SoHo shindig a few weeks ago, and Weinstock’s shimmery silk dresses and handmade jewelry strewn on haphazardly hair-bunned models served as the evening’s main course. The whole thing could have easily taken a disastrous turn toward dowdy. But it didn’t. That left me intrigued enough to have a word with her on everything from career and Israel’s track record of sinful style to some of the challenges faced by designers outside of major fashion capitals. More »

Video: The Same-Sex Israeli ‘Dancing’ Pair Is Back

Video: The Same-Sex Israeli 'Dancing' Pair Is Back

They’re more than just dance partners – they’re trailblazers. Israeli TV host Gili Shem Tov agreed to be on her country’s edition of Dancing with the Stars under the condition that she be assigned a female partner. The show agreed, and Shem Tov, along with her pro dance partner Dorit Milman, quickly captured attention around the world.

This week, they performed their second dance, a sexy rumba. More »

Same Sex Couple Makes Israeli ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Premiere

Same Sex Couple Makes Israeli 'Dancing With the Stars' Premiere

A few weeks ago, the Israeli edition of hit reality show Dancing with the Stars (in Hebrew, it’s Rokdim im Kochavim) made waves when they announced the show’s ever same-sex pairing. Out lesbian TV host Gili Shem Tov (pictured) has been paired with professional dancer Dorit Milman. During rehearsals, Shem Tov and Milman decided that they would switch off leading. More »

Israeli ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Will Feature a Same-Sex Pair

Israeli 'Dancing With the Stars' Will Feature a Same-Sex Pair

The Israeli version of hit show Dancing With the Stars has just announced that a contestant on this year’s show, TV host Gill Shem Tov (a woman), will be paired with a female professional dancer, Dorit Milman. Shem Tov, who is a lesbian, has helped bring international attention to Israel’s version of the show. But instead of asking “why is Israel doing that?” I would like to ask “why isn’t America?” More »