Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Valentina (@valzarya) here. Gigi Hadid sets the record straight, Ruth Bader Ginsberg shares words to live by, and Ivanka Trump stars in a new ad for her dad. Have a productive Monday.
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• Model behavior. Last week, supermodel Gigi Hadid was accosted by a man—later revealed to be prankster Vitalii Sediuk—outside of a fashion show in Milan. In a video of the incident, we see Sediuk grab Hadid from behind and the model struggle to break free and elbow him in the face.
While the prank itself is disturbing on many levels (why does someone think it’s funny to physically assault a woman?), even more so is the media coverage of it. British tabloid The Sun ran a story about the incident that described Hadid’s self-defense as “not model behavior” and her reaction as “aggressive.”
Hadid wrote a response in Lenny Letter over the weekend, setting the record straight. “Honestly, I felt I was in danger, and I had every right to react the way I did. If anything, I want girls to see the video and know that they have the right to fight back, too,” she wrote. “If my behavior isn’t model behavior, then what is? What would you have told your daughter to do in that situation?”
ALSO IN THE HEADLINES
• Supreme wisdom. Ruth Bader Ginsberg pens an editorial for the New York Times in which she shares her “advice for living.” My personal favorite? Advice from Ginsburg’s mother that applies to both home and the workplace: “In every good marriage, it helps sometimes to be a little deaf.”
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• Diversify or else. Verizon has become the latest major brand to publicly put pressure on the agencies it works with to hire more women and minorities.
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• Getting more honest? Jessica Alba’s Honest Co. is reformulating its cleaning products, removing sodium lauryl sulfate, a controversial chemical ingredient that it had pledged to avoid, but that was nevertheless found in the company’s products.
• Jobs goes to the Hills. Emerson Collective, the social impact organization run by Laurene Powell Jobs, is investing in Anonymous Content, a production and talent management company behind TV shows like Mr. Robot and movies like Spotlight. The funds will go toward creating cause-based entertainment.
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• Ivanka’s new advert. Ivanka Trump stars in a 30-second campaign ad aimed at working mothers. “The most important job any woman can have is being a mother, and it shouldn’t mean taking a pay cut,” the Trump Organization exec and mother of three says in the clip.
• What women bring to boards. A new study by researchers at the University of Toronto found that women elected to corporate boards were likely to have the following skills than their male counterparts: risk management, human resources, sustainability, government, regulatory or compliance, and corporate governance.
MPW INSIDER MONDAYS
Each week, Fortune asks our Insider Network — an online community of prominent people in business and beyond — for career and leadership advice. Here’s some of the best of what we heard last week.
• Let the cracks show. It’s okay to not be 100% confident all of the time, writes Caren Maio, CEO and co-founder of Nestio. Here’s why showing vulnerability as a leader can actually help your business.
• Know yourself. Andrea Thompson, partner at McChrystal Group, says that what separates good leaders from great ones is self-awareness: “Know who you are, your strengths, and your weaknesses,” she writes.
• Show ’em who’s boss. Have someone telling you that what you want to do can’t be done? Channel that into motivation—and then prove them wrong, writes Mary Godwin, VP of operations at Qumulo.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
• Makeup tips and politics. Women’s media—think Cosmo, Harper’s Bazaar, and Marie Claire—has traditionally stayed away from politics. Recently, however (and particularly this election season), we’ve seen a spate of insightful political pieces in these publications that suggest, among other things, a change in the way other journalists look at “women’s content.”
• Bustle’s broads. The redesign of Bustle, a three-year old site for millennial women, is being spearheaded by two twenty-somethings: creative director Isla Murray and senior engineer Zahra Jabini.
• Power of sisterhood. Marketers are finally picking up on what those involved Greek life have long been aware of: “Once one sorority picks up on a brand, it can spread from person to person like a scandalous secret, infiltrating one house after the other until every sorority in the country knows about it. Ta-da: It has become a national phenomenon–and a marketer’s dream.”
• Gabbing with Garance. On the tenth anniversary of her eponymous blog, Garance Doré—known the godmother of street style blogging—talks to Wired about her approach to fashion photography and how she entered a world once dominated almost exclusively by men.
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ON MY RADAR
|I think we’re having a great moment around women. What I fear is that if we do too much cheerleading and not enough straight talk, we’re going to set up a lot of young women for failure. They were brave enough to start a business from scratch and we congratulate them for it without telling them candidly that their business plan isn’t scalable or sustainable.|
| -- The Pink Ceiling CEO Cindy Whitehead |
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