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The Tufts Daily
Where you read it first | Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Ryan Fairfield


May is the month of Karl Lagerfeld, but is it deserved?

Karl Lagerfeld believed that fashion did not belong in a museum and yet this year’s Met Gala theme is “Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty,” and the dress code is “in honor of Karl.” Not only is Lagerfeld being honored at the Met Gala, but also by Vogue — the issue is titled “Karl Lagerfeld: A Celebration.” Many of his muses grace the cover and the issue features an elaborate tribute in which ten designers created original looks inspired by Lagerfeld and his work. With all this attention on Lagerfeld, his problematic history has risen to the forefront of the debate about whether or not he should be receiving these honors and high praises. 


‘AURORA’ is a subpar attempt at replicating ’70s rock

“Daisy Jones & The Six,” originally a 2019 novel by Taylor Jenkins Reid and now a 2023 Amazon Prime original television show, takes audiences through the tumultuous, drama-ridden life of the fictional band The Six, which later gets rebranded as Daisy Jones & The Six when Daisy joins the band. While the band may be fictional, its music certainly is not; their album “AURORA” (2023) was released with the Prime series. 


The rise of Reneé Rapp

Whether you know her from “The Sex Lives of College Girls” (2021–), her hilarious TikTok account, which boasts 1.3 million followers or her recent music releases, it is clear that Reneé Rapp is a star. At just 23 years old, Rapp’s career has spanned musical theater, television and now music with her EP, “Everything to Everyone” (2022), the deluxe version of which was released on Feb. 24. With her fame clearly on the rise, many are asking the question: How did she get here?


Gracie Abrams’ debut album is vulnerable and reflective

Gracie Abrams is not an artist who shies away from painful truths. No, she pours her heartache into her music. With her debut EP “minor” (2020), Abrams introduced the world to her poetic lyricism and innate storytelling abilities with hits like “I miss you, I’m sorry” and “21.” A year later, she followed up with her second EP “This Is What It Feels Like” (2021), accompanied by her first tour, where avid fans could see the rising star live. Now, Abrams has graced the world with her debut album “Good Riddance” (2023), which is her most intimate and reflective work thus far, though it falls short due to repetition and a lack of creativity. 


What makes a successful celebrity brand?

Celebrities have always been used as marketing tools for companies. From Jennifer Garner splashing water on her face for a Neutrogena commercial to Shawn Mendes’ steamy photoshoot for a Calvin Klein campaign, celebrities grab our attention and draw much-desired eyes to a certain brand. In recent years, rather than using their publicity for another company, some celebrities and influencers have opted to create their own brands. 


Viola Davis becomes the third Black woman to achieve EGOT status

The 2023 Grammy Awards brought major shocks and surprises for those who tuned in — some good, some bad. While Beyonce became the most awarded artist in Grammy history, another woman also achieved a major milestone. With her win for Best Audio Book, Narration, and Storytelling Recording for her memoir “Finding Me,” Viola Davis achieved EGOT status, making her the 18th person to achieve this award and the fourth Black performer. 

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