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Tiffany Young Is Ready For Her Stateside Debut

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"Teach You" is just the beginning

Following over a decade of success with K-pop group Girls' Generation in Korea, Tiffany Young is ready for her U.S. debut. With 6.8 million followers (and counting) on Instagram, the Los Angeles-born singer-songwriter is an inspiration for aspiring female artists all around the world.

Following the success of her "Teach You" visual, which currently has close to 6 million views two months after its release, Young proves she has the talent, the drive, and the heart to become the next big pop star in America. Oh, and she also wants to tackle the big screen. Below, we talk with Young about her U.S. debut and dreams for the future.


Tiffany Young - Teach You (Official Music Video) www.youtube.com

What's it like being a K-pop star, but actually being from Los Angeles?
It's interesting. Being in Korea, I was always the American girl, and now being back in America, I'm the Korean girl. I'm just so glad I had the time to really understand both sides and dig deep into my roots of being both Korean and American. I'm fortunate to have that experience and that knowledge. I'm just happy to be starting a new chapter of my career and creativity as a woman. I'm in a place where I'm a lot more sure, stronger, and willing to really talk about things openly and honestly.

What was the desire to want to break into the U.S. market?
I had the experience to get a taste of what American promotion was like with Girls' Generation back in 2011. We got to do Madison Square Garden, TRL, the David Letterman show. For me, growing up here, I remember doing rehearsals and staring at that couch for that interview. I was looking at my bandmates like, "I want to sit there and share my story one day." I remember one of them saying, "You're going to do it. You're going to sit on that couch and share your story."

I'd always dreamed of being an American pop star growing up. In the '90s and 2000s, you had Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Aaliyah, Destiny's Child, and Britney Spears—I just loved them all. That was the era, and I was so inspired by the leading ladies of pop music. I've always wanted to be an American pop star, and it all intertwined into one big dream. Now I'm back home after 13 years in K-pop. I would have never even been able to really grasp that idea because learning the responsibilities and just the whole idea of coming into a new side of town—especially as an Asian American—I've prepped myself for a big, wild ride.

Are you guys still making music as Girls' Generation?
We're on a temporary break right now. We're all doing solo things, units, and sub-units. Nothing yet, we like to all just trail off. Over the 10 years, we got the experience to be full-on promotion with the group, then take a year or two off. It's only been a year, so hopefully more in the future.

What was the hardest part about transitioning to being a solo artist?
I would have to say moving, in general. Moving back after 14 years in Korea, it's a steep learning curve, but I'm learning. I think going solo here in the U.S., it's really important to focus on the angles of representation: being Asian American and being a woman. That it's not just another song after 12 years. For me, it's about being really specific and really finding the right production for each song and each move. It's about moving, re-adjusting, and learning new things.

What's the best part of being a solo artist?
The best part is taking full control of creativity, and orchestrating your vision and bringing it to life. It's just a vision in my head, but it's about pulling the right artists in. I'm not the only artist. I consider everybody doing what they do an expert. I really hope that is another thing that I can share with everybody when interviewing, when at a photo shoot, everybody is a creative. It's a joy to be able to orchestrate, work, and be inspired by creatives all around.

Your video for "Teach You" is so cinematic and so epic. What goes into your creative process?
I'm 50 percent music, 50 percent visual. It's about taking that time and getting to know what is underlying in your subconscious and digging into those emotions, bringing out what you want to talk about.

Where do you fit in the realm of pop, R&B, and hip-hop?
Pop, 100 percent. That's what I love. That's what I want to represent: good pop. I loved pop growing up. I actually listened to so many different things growing up. I had this alternative emo phase, I had country, I loved Shania Twain. I had such a different range in music. I love hip-hop, my fans know that. I just don't let anybody really know that. I loved all the collaborations back in day with different genres but definitely pop.

It's interesting because when I heard your record, "Teach You," you don't see or hear race.
That's what I wanted. It worked! [laughs] I think that's what pop music is, and that's a little bit of where K-pop is heading. When I was younger, I was such a fan of BoA. She sings in English, Chinese, Japanese, she just sounds so good. I'm so glad that's where it's at. It doesn't matter, music is music.

You've said you record from heartbreak. What is it you want fans to get from your story?
Over in Korea, it was about showing passion. You can really do something when you set your mind to it and work at it. But now being at this stage, and having this experience that I have, and wanting to go into film, acting, creating, directing, or writing—I'm so inspired by Donald Glover. I hope that my story now not only inspires women and Asian Americans but everybody in general. Storytelling and creating art is about being passionate, but also compassionate. That it is about finding that human, universal theme in the story or experience. It's about the fact that we all go through the same experiences, feelings, and emotions.

What can we expect from your upcoming EP?
My upcoming EP has been in the works for a year. Just been digging, writing, and digging, writing, scrapping, and re-writing. I'm the type of person that doesn't know when to stop. I want to work on it until I can't anymore and give a little bit more every time. I hope that this album is about discovery, both old and new.

Do you have a man?
No, I do not. I've been getting this question, and I'm just like, "Yo, I'm sleeping two hours a day for the past four months." It feels good right now. That energy attracts, hopefully. When it happens, it happens. I'm on a mission. We started this music thing, let's go!

What advice do you have for an aspiring Tiffany Young?
Be ready for sacrifice. Be ready to commit. Go that extra mile, and really dig and research into your craft. "You are not a special snowflake," says Tyler Durden from Fight Club. We are not special snowflakes, ever! There's no secret around it. It definitely is about being a master at your own craft and being the expert. There's no other way except the hours, the heart, and the research.

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From selling probiotic supplements to picture frames and umbrellas

A Kardashian-level of success doesn't happen overnight, and it certainly doesn't happen without proper planning. Kim Kardashian West clearly knows this because, according to TMZ, she has already filed for trademark protection on the name of her two-week-old baby, Psalm West. From personal appearances and entertainment services to probiotic supplements and scrunchies, she is leaving no stone unturned in terms of possible business opportunities.

Apparently, all of the Kardashian parents file these kinds of trademark protections for their kids even if the businesses never come to fruition. It's done as a precautionary measure to keep others from profiting off of their name and to make sure that, should they ever want to start a business, they don't have to worry about someone else getting to it first. The sheer length of this list speaks to the huge earning potential of baby Psalm, who can't even control his own neck muscles yet, let alone go into business. Still, this brings a whole new meaning to "securing the bag."

Below, a list of all the things Kardashian West is seeking usage rights for.

Hair accessories

Barrettes

Bands

Bows

Clips

Ties

Ornaments

Pins

Scrunchies

Chopsticks

Twisters

Wrap

Hair extensions

Ornamental novelty pins

Entertainment services

Personal appearances

Skin care

Probiotic supplements

Toy figures

Doll accessories

Computer software

Clothing

Baby bottles

Furniture

Strollers

Beverageware

Swaddling

Blankets

Skin moisturizers

Lotions

Creams

Bubble bath

Fragrances

Body powders

Shower gels

Body oils

Skin serums

Nail polish

Nail polish remover

Nail care preparations

Puppets

Puzzles

Toy jewelry

Toy cameras

Toy food

Bath toys

Baby gyms

Playground balls

Electronic action toys

Baby bouncers

Baby changing tables

Baby walkers

Pillows

Mirrors

Cushions

Picture frames

Playpens

Baby carriers

Cosmetic bags

Toiletry cases

Duffle bags

Umbrellas

Clocks

Watches

Key chains

Calendars

Books

photo albums

Stationery

Stickers

Writing utensils

Collectible trading cards

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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 www.youtube.com

Photograph via @kimkardashian.

"#NotOnMyMoodBoard"

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.

Screenshot via @KimKardashian Instagram Stories

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.

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