Meet Jain, A Musician Of The World

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Get in a ‘Zanaka’ state of mind

Jain walks into the NYLON offices quietly, wearing a pair of black sunglasses to shield her eyes. Though otherwise unassuming, the big, dark eyes that sit behind those shades have seen a whole world, and just how quickly that world can change, revealing an artist who is looking to create changes of her own. And now, following the release of her debut album Zanaka, Jain is starting to make it all happen.

From the mountains of southwest France to the beaches of the Congo, Jain lived a peripatetic life as a young girl, never staying in one place for too long. It was during this time that Jain picked up the various languages and learned about the many cultures and lifestyles of the Arabic, European and African cities she would inhabit. Living life as a nomad during such a formative period of her life contributed to making Jain not only a woman of the world but also something of a universal musician. 

“That multiculturalism is a part of me. It’s how I built myself, and it’s also why I’ve decided to sing. It’s the center of this album,” Jain says to me. “I don’t know if I would have done music if I haven’t lived in different countries.”

Following a long stint in Pointe Noire, Congo, with knowledge of rhythm and Arabic percussion fresh in her mind, Jain began composing her first songs and subsequently met her future manager and producers after posting her work to MySpace.  

The vagabond within Jain shines through in her music—a culmination of the genres that swaddled her as a child and rocked her to sleep. Her sound has elements of Europop, rock, Arabic percussion, with a dash of reggae all mixing together for the perfect musical storm. This sound is evident on Zanaka, an album seemingly with no limits, pushing the bounds of genre identity and utilizing an English that Jain admits “is not a perfect one,” but rather multicultural in which she still feels “understood.”

Jain's emphasis on cultivation and growth, rather than perfectionism and absolutism, is what ties the tracks of the album together and is why the politically charged “Heads Up” seamlessly matches both the funk of the irreverent "Mr. Johnson" and the uplifting and carefree sounds of “Hob” and “Come."

Though her day-to-day life is still constantly changing, Jain brings with her a consistency in spirit, one of hope and resilience. '"Don't be proud if you gain, nor be sorry if you lose,'" Jain quotes aloud. "I often repeat this sentence to myself."

In the midst of a European tour, and looking forward to a newly announced North American tour that touches base in Oregon, Montreal, and New York amongst other cities in 2017, Jain will end her year in her home base of Paris, a proper endpoint for celebrating her “album full of contrasts.” With an aim to “do something original that can move everybody,” Zanaka, with Jain at the steering wheel, reminds its listeners that though it's easy to feel trapped by the restrictions and boundaries that society places on us, we actually live in a world where spreading "hope around" is key and "an open mind is stronger" than the opposite. 

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Well, actually it's crocodile, but she looks out of this world so...

Winnie Harlow walked the Cannes red carpet on Wednesday on her way to a screening of Oh Mercy!, wearing a showstopping gown.

The sheer black dress featured green embroidery on the front and back, which Ralph and Russo confirmed was in the shape of a crocodile. She belted the dress with a black crocodile skin-like belt and finished the look off with some strappy heels. She didn't leave it at just that. For beauty, Harlow packed on full lids of sparkly purple eyeshadow. She kept her hair sleek and simple.

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Though the brand says otherwise, as Game of Thrones fans, we'd like to think the embroidery is reminiscent of a dragon's skin. Not to mention, Harlow looks out-of-this-world beautiful in it.

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That denim kimono!!

Marion Cotillard shut down the Cannes red carpet on Wednesday at a screening for Matthias Et Maxime. Instead of an extravagant gown that's expected of the event, Cotillard wore a matching black crop top and shorts. Despite wearing an outfit I typically don to a hot yoga class, she looks incredible. She completed the look with an oversized denim kimono, a statement necklace, and heeled booties.

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At first, I was drawn in by the crop top and hotpants duo, but, after looking closer at the kimono, it's clear that it's the real scene-stealer. The floor-length Balmain piece was decorated with artful rips and dragon motifs. I would like to live in it.

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Let's all bow down to the Khaleesi of Cannes.

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"It doesn't make you weak to ask for help"

Singer Billie Eilish is continuing to open up about mental health, this time in a new PSA video in partnership with the Ad Council and Seize the Awkward.

In the video, Eilish insists that "it doesn't make you weak to ask for help." She doubles down on the importance of asking for help, and stresses the importance of friends and family being there when their close ones reach out and checking in on them as well. "You should be able to ask anyone for help, everyone has to help someone if they need it." According to Eilish, there have been times when someone reached out to her at the exact moment she needed it, and it helped.

It was particularly refreshing to see Eilish acknowledge that there are things she still doesn't know and has to learn about her mental health. At the very beginning of the video, the interviewer asks her to reflect on her mental health journey, and all Eilish can do is let out chortle. "I think when people hear, 'Remember to take care of your mental health,' they think that everyone else is, and that is not at all accurate," she admitted. "You know, for me I'm trying to learn still to make sure that I stay okay."

Check out the PSA below.

Billie Eilish On Mental Health & Friendship | Ad Council

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Kim Kardashian has definitely been accused of borrowing a design now and then. But when Instagram influencer and Kardashian look-alike Kamilla Osman claimed the entrepreneur copied her birthday look for a Met Gala after-party, Kardashian was not going to let it fly—and shared plenty of photo evidence to shut down the claim.

Fashion industry watchdog Diet Prada first noticed Osman's claims on Instagram and shared side-by-side images of Kardashian's Cher-inspired outfit designed by Mugler and Osman's dress. "Never get confused with who 'inspires' who. They won't give you credit but they will copy," Osman wrote on her IG story. "I designed this dress for my birthday last year. Nobody had a dress like this was an original design."

Kardashian responded by posting the true inspiration behind her look: images of Cher, in similarly sparkly, plunging-neckline dresses and wigs, and of model Yasmeen Ghauri walking a Mugler show in the '90s. In fact, the only similarity between Osman's and Kardashian's looks is the bodycon mini-dress style, which the two are not the first to wear. Among the images, Kardashian included a blank slide with the hashtag "NotOnMyMoodBoard," making it clear that this was in response to Osman's claims.

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Screenshot via @KimKardashian Instagram Stories

Though I am with Kim on this one, Kardashian does have a history of co-opting other people's work. From being sued over her Kimoji app, to claims she copied makeup palettes and perfume bottle designs, to being accused of copying Naomi Campbell's entire style, it's far from the first (and probably, far from the last) time Kardashian's name will be mentioned like this.


After delivered the perfect pep talk

When Lena Waithe took over as a guest host on Jimmy Kimmel Live, her first time ever as a late-night host, actress and friend Halle Berry knew exactly how to pump her up. After Kimmel's security guard Guillermo Rodriguez hit the "Berry Button" (a large button on the wall that says just that), Berry came running out in a backless tee and boyfriend jeans to give Waithe a pep talk... and plant one on her.

Berry rolled in as if she'd just jogged from hanging out with her friends to come to Waithe's immediate aid, joking she wasn't dressed for the occasion; but, let's be real, she could wear a paper bag, and we wouldn't complain. Waithe requested the "Halle Berry juice," similar to her 2002 Oscars speech, and Berry immediately had the lights turned down low and jumped into inspirational speech mode.

"I know that you are a force of nature. You are a beautiful African-American queen going after everything that is hers," Berry said before going on to list Waithe's many titles and accomplishments. She jokingly concluded, "And you already winning, girl, 'cause you are dressed way better than Jimmy ever will," before asking if Waithe needed anything else. Clearly, Waithe thought that was all Berry was there to do, because she said no, but Berry insisted she needed one more thing before grabbing Waithe's face and surprising her with a kiss. "Wow," Waithe reacted after Berry pulled away, and honestly same!

Watch the video, below.

Lena Waithe's Guest Host Monologue on Jimmy Kimmel Live