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A gay artist will get his images on stamps in Finland
Finland's postal service will honor "Tom of Finland" with stamps taken from his work - homoerotic drawings of muscular men wearing tight, black leather uniforms, when they wear anything at all. The stamps, which will be issued in September, are based on the drawings of Touko Laaksonen, better known by the pseudonym "Tom of Finland," who split his time between Finland and California. "Tom of Finland is considered one of the most well-known Finnish artists around the world," Finnish postal service Itella said in a statement issued this week regarding Laaksonen, who died in 1991. "His emphatically masculine homoerotic drawings have attained iconic status in their genre and had an influence on, for instance, pop culture and fashion." Graphic artist Timo Berry, who designed the sheet of three stamps, said they portray a sensual life force and being proud of oneself.

Desigual names Adriana Lima as brand ambassador

Brazilian supermodel Adriana Lima has become Desigual's first global spokesmodel.The Spanish apparel brand is celebrating its 30th anniversary by hiring world class supermodel Adriana Lima. The tie-up does not come as a surprise, as the 32-year-old model walked the runway for Desigual in July during Fashion Week in Barcelona. Announcing the news, the brand declares that it sees Lima as the embodiment of its slogan "La Vida es Chula" ("Life is Cool"). "Adriana will be an excellent 'la vida es chula' ambassador because she reflects our values and represents Desigual women who are confident, optimistic and full of life.


Burberry opens new Shanghai flagship

Burberry's Kerry Centre Flagship in ShanghaiThe London-based luxury brand has opened a new flagship store in Shanghai, its largest in China so far and the first in the country to feature the Burberry Beauty room concept.  Located in the city's Kerry Centre in Shanghai's Jing An district, it's the British brand's eighth location in the city. Open from Monday, the store will get an official launch with an event on April 24 designed to bring London to Shanghai with an immersive digital Burberry experience.  With the full Burberry lines in-store, there's a dedicated watch area, and the first in-store Burberry Beauty room in China.


Victoria's Secret show going to London

Candice Swanepoel and Adriana Lima announce the news in LondonThis year, the brand will be leaving the Lexington Avenue Armory in New York City, which has hosted the show over the past four years, and setting up camp in London.  The news was announced Tuesday in London at the Victoria's Secret Bond Street store by Brazilian model Adriana Lima and fellow "angel," South African Candice Swanepoel.  The London show will take place on December 2 at London's Earls Court. 


Texas woman sentenced to life in stiletto-heel killing
By Amanda Orr HOUSTON (Reuters) - A Texas jury sentenced a woman on Friday to life in prison for stabbing her boyfriend to death with the 5-1/2-inch stiletto heel of her shoe during an argument after an alcohol-fueled night out last year. Ana Trujillo, 45, was convicted on Tuesday of killing University of Houston professor Stefan Andersson, 59, who had been stabbed about two dozen times in the face and head during an altercation at his upscale condominium. "I didn't mean to kill him," Trujillo told Judge Brock Thomas after hearing the sentence. Jurors took less than two hours to convict Trujillo of murder and the same jury deliberated for several hours on Friday before deciding that she should serve life in prison.

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