From Hijabs to Cosplay, Indonesian Finds Calling in Cat Fashion Makeovers | World News

BOGOR, Indonesia (Reuters) – It may not be haute couture, but former Indonesian school teacher turned tailor Fredi Lugina Priadi has found a lucrative market for his cat fashions, creating unique costumes and cosplay outfits for cats.

After quitting his job as a teacher, he tried his hand at a number of businesses, including running a motorbike repair shop, before stumbling upon cat fashions, an idea from one of his cat-loving cousins.

The 39-year-old now supplies outfits to picky pet owners looking to dress their felines in everything from superhero outfits for figures like Thor and Superman to cosplay characters, nurse uniforms and even traditional Islamic wear.

“At first, my cousins who love cats gave me the idea to make these costumes and I thought it was weird,” said Fredi.

“But it turned out to be funny to see them with costumes,” he said, speaking from his rustic workshop with a sewing machine in Bogor just south of the capital Jakarta .

    Since setting up his online business three years ago, he now generates up to 3 million rupiah ($210) a month if he sells at least four pieces a day. Each outfit is priced at between $6 to $10. 

    Customer Risma Sandra Irawan has bought at least 30 outfits for her cat Sogan and puts in orders for special occasions like the Muslim festival of Eid al-Fitr or at Christmas.

    “Its for fun only…it can relieve our stress,” said Risma, who created an account on social media platform TikTok showing off Sogan’s outfits that has more than 50,000 followers.

While many find it cute, Fredi has received some negative comments on social media from those who consider it cruel to dress up a cat and he advises buyers not to make their pet wear an outfit for too long.

Indeed, in the wake of a boom in social media postings of pets dressed up, often in increasingly bizarre poses or outfits, some animal welfare groups have issued guidelines to make owners more aware of any signs that it may be causing their pet distress.

(Writing by Ed Davies; Editing by Michael Perry)

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APD officer suspended 10 days for calling protester ‘gay’ based on clothing

AUSTIN (KXAN) — An Austin Police Department officer was suspended for 10 days for using a harmful stereotype to describe a protester in May, according to a disciplinary memo from APD Chief Brian Manley.

Officer Ryan Seweryn will serve his suspension until Dec. 5 after an internal investigation found he referred to a protester as “that gay dude with the short shorts in the black shirt,” while describing the person to fellow officers. The suspension officially began Nov. 26 at the conclusion of the investigation.

The memo says it was recorded on Seweryn’s body-worn camera, and when interviewed by internal affairs personnel, Seweryn admitted to describing the protester that way and said, “if there was a male in feminine clothing I would describe that individual as gay … in order for my fellow officers to identify the individual.”

The memo goes on to say that Officer Seweryn told the internal affairs investigator that he doesn’t assume a person’s sexual orientation based on how they dress, but rather he described the person that way because “the individual’s clothing was consistent with the clothing styles he believed people wore at Gay Pride parades.”

When the investigator asked Officer Seweryn if he met the person he was referring to on the night in question, the officer replied, “No, sir.”

The memo says during the investigation, Officer Seweryn repeatedly said he wasn’t assuming the person’s sexual orientation by the way they dressed, but rather it was a “description of the clothing of the person, not a physical description of the person themselves.”

Officer Seweryn said he has never used the term “the straight dude” when describing a subject, the memo says. The investigator asked if the APD Training Academy teaches cadets to use the term “gay” as a descriptor, to which the officer replied, “not as a description, no sir.” He also said he wouldn’t feel comfortable using that kind of descriptor over the radio.

The memo goes on to say, “in spite of his unprofessional and inappropriate comment, Officer Seweryn concluded his internal affairs interview by stating that he did not feel like he violated APD General Orders.”

This is Seweryn’s second 10-day suspension since September, the memo says. The first suspension regarded a meme sent via text message in March that was “inappropriate and disrespectful” to a colleague.

The internal investigation found Officer Seweryn violated the following rules and regulations of the Austin Police Department:

  • Purpose and Scope
  • Impartial Attitude and Courtesy

Both fall under the purview of the department’s “responsibility to the community” policy, the memo says.

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Scam Alert: BBB warns against ‘Secret Sister’ gift exchange on Facebook, calling it ‘pyramid scheme’

SAN FRANCISCO — If you have been tagged by a friend on Facebook, inviting you to take part in the “Secret Sister” holiday gift exchange — don’t do it.

The Better Business Bureau says it’s a scam that’s been around for years. The newest version mentions “super easy & fun!! Especially during this pandemic!”

“You only have to buy ONE gift valued at $10 or more and send it to ONE secret sister. (Hello AMAZON). Afterwards, you will receive 6-36 gifts in return,” one version of the post reads. “You’ll come home to a pile of packages for days !!!”

The BBB says while it may look like innocent fun, it’s really an illegal pyramid scheme.

It may look like this:

“No matter what they claim, pyramid schemes will not make you rich. You will receive little to no money back on your “investment” or gift exchange,” warned the BBB.

The BBB says providing your name, address and personal information to online friends you haven’t met also makes you vulnerable to identity theft and other scams.

The bottom line is be wary of false claims.

The BBB recommends you ignore it or report the Facebook post by clicking in the upper righthand corner and selecting “report post” or “report photo.”

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Calling All Hotties!: Megan Thee Stallion’s Fashion Nova Collection Has Finally Arrived

Megan Thee Stallion’s Fashion Nova collection has finally arrived!

The highly anticipated line includes premium denim, luxe corset bodysuits, tops with matching pants, jaw-dropping dresses, and plush outerwear. 

Meg designed the collection with all tall hotties in mind. She says: “Designing this line with Fashion Nova has been a labor of love; not only am I able to bring my signature look to all the hotties out there, but I was able to create sexy and beautiful clothing that fit bodies of all shapes, sizes, and heights. If you’re a tall girl like me, finding clothes that have savage style has never been easy, until now.”

The Fashion Nova X Megan Thee Stallion collection will make customers feel like they are on a wild Western Moto Speed Chase with a full assortment of statement styles and fits ranging from junior to plus sizes. Pieces included in the line are denim with fringe and patchwork, animal print dresses and bodysuits, and faux fur jackets. Megan also included matching pet wear so your four-legged friends can look as fly as their owner.

“This collection was inspired by Megan’s unwavering confidence, fearless style, and infectious personality,” said Fashion Nova CEO/Founder Richard Saghian. “Every piece was meticulously designed with exceptional fabrics in a variety of looks and prints to make our customer stand out and feel empowered, and we are excited to finally bring our creative collaboration with her to life for everyone to experience.”

The capsule collection boasts 106 pieces in total, at affordable prices ranging from $24.99 to $199.99 and is available beginning today exclusively at

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Store Accused of Fat Shaming for Calling Large-Size Women’s Clothing ‘Rotten’

HONG KONG — “Slim.” “Beautiful.” “Rotten.” “Extra Rotten.” “Rotten to the Core.”

Those were the size descriptions for women’s clothing, ranging from small to XXL, that a Taiwanese chain, RT-Mart, slapped on a chart measurements in one of its superstores in China.

It set off a furor this past week in a country where fat shaming is common on the internet and in advertising, and institutionalized definitions of beauty and femininity are narrow.

The chart was first noticed by a customer who took to Weibo, a Chinese microblogging platform, to criticize the retailer, according to local news reports. “Help!” the customer wrote. “I was stupefied when I saw this at an RT-Mart location today. I feel rotten to the core.”

Soon, photos of the chart, which specified that the clothes were for women between the ages of 18 and 35, began circulating online on Nov. 11, China’s Singles’ Day, an annual online shopping extravaganza concocted by the e-commerce behemoth Alibaba as an alternative to Valentine’s Day. Alibaba is a major shareholder of RT-Mart.

Dismay and anger over the size descriptions erupted in China over the chart. “We shouldn’t elevate thinness as the beauty standard,” a blogger who uses the handle “Is This a Joke?” wrote. “Even if someone’s weight is perhaps in the highest category, you can’t just put them in the ‘rotten to the core’ category.”

The issue of body shaming has drawn scrutiny globally as, more and more, women have emphasized fitness and acceptance of their bodies, as well as pushed back against impossible beauty standards. Numerous female entertainers have appeared on magazine covers without makeup. Stars like the singer Lizzo have celebrated their curves. And in China, many are starting to challenge an aesthetic that has been held up as the ideal for Chinese women — “pale, thin and youthful.”

In 2016, after women — and some men — on social media began posting photographs of their waists behind a vertical piece of A4 paper to boast of their small sizes, others mounted a different campaign. One social media user named Zhai Ruoyi wrote on Weibo: “How can you have an A4 waist? I have A4 legs!” And Zheng Churan, a feminist, posted a photo with the paper held horizontally and the message, “I love my fat waist.”

Clothing brands have long been accused of fueling unattainable beauty standards. J. Crew’s XXXS and triple-zero sizes for women were criticized for normalizing an unrealistic and unhealthily thin look. The company said in 2014 that the sizes had been created because of growing customer demand from its Hong Kong stores, both of which closed this year.

Some social media users questioned why RT-Mart would want to sabotage its sales with such polarizing language. Others saw the chart as a failed attempt at humor. Still others saw it as emblematic of a larger issue about body standards.

“Two of society’s most nauseating standards: women’s figures and men’s heights,” a blogger named Laphro said on Weibo.

Jen Chen, a reporter in

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Chinese retailer faces backlash after calling large clothing sizes ‘rotten’

A major Chinese retailer has been forced to apologise after one of its stores classified small clothing sizes as “beautiful” and large sizes as “rotten”.

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The signs inside the RT-Mart superstore depicted a size chart with small to medium sizes described as “slim” and “beautiful”, with larger sizes as “rotten” and “horrible”.

It was spotted by a customer who photographed and shared them to social media, adding the comment: “I was shocked when I saw this size chart at a RT-Mart today. Am I completely rotten?” The post quickly went viral, drawing accusations of fat shaming women and discrimination.

a group of people posing for the camera: Shoppers wear face masks in Beijing. RT-Mart has apologised for the signs on clothing marking large sizes as ‘horrible’.

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Shoppers wear face masks in Beijing. RT-Mart has apologised for the signs on clothing marking large sizes as ‘horrible’.

“It’s not only disrespecting women but also extremely vulgar,” said one.

Jack Ma’s Alibaba Group Holdings, China’s e-commerce giant is a major shareholder in RT-Mart’s parent company.

Related: ‘Jack Ma is tamed’: How Beijing showed tech entrepreneur who is boss

One commenter joked that Ma, who was recently questioned by the Chinese regulators ahead of a planned – but since delayed – float of his company, Ant Group, would now face interrogation by the state-run Women’s Federation.

RT-Mart issued an apology for the “inappropriate” sign, claiming internal inquiries determined it was an isolated incident at one store. It said the signs had been removed and it would not happen again.

“We sincerely apologise to the public and accept the public’s criticism,” the statement from RT-Mart said. “Thank you very much for your understanding and support of RT-Mart!

There was little forgiveness among netizens, with numerous pledges to boycott the store and skepticism that it was one rogue outlet displaying the signage.

“Businesses that can do such things are rotten to their bones,” said one.

“I just want to know, if this happened in Europe or America, would the company be punished financially,” said another.

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Says Trump Shows ‘Disrespect of Women’ by Calling Her AOC

Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has criticized Republicans who refer to her by her nickname instead of her formal title. The Democrat, who represents New York’s 14th congressional district, said the practice disrespected women generally.

Ocasio-Cortez is popularly known as “AOC” and her political opponents have adopted the short form in much of their criticism of her. President Donald Trump referred to her as AOC twice during the final presidential debate on Thursday night.

“I wonder if Republicans understand how much they advertise their disrespect of women in debates when they consistently call women members of Congress by nicknames or first names while using titles & last names when referring to men of = stature,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.

“Women notice. It conveys a lot.

“AOC is a name given to me by community & the people. Y’all can call me AOC,” she went on in another tweet, addressing her followers.

“Government colleagues referring to each other in a public or professional context (aka who don’t know me like that) should refer to their peers as ‘Congresswoman,’ ‘Representative,’ etc. Basic respect 101.”

During the debate with former Vice President Joe Biden, Trump used Ocasio-Cortez’s nickname while criticizing Biden’s climate change plan. He also referred to members of the progressive Democratic “Squad”.

“If you look at what he wants to do, if you look at his plan […] his environmental plan, do you know who developed it? AOC plus three, they know nothing about the climate. I mean, she’s got a good line of stuff, but she knows nothing about the climate and they’re all hopping through hoops for AOC plus three,” Trump said.

“Plus three” refers to three Democratic congresswomen—Ayanna Pressley, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib—who comprise the Squad with Ocasio-Cortez.

Ocasio-Cortez responded to the president on Twitter. She had previously live tweeted the first debate on September 30. The congresswoman pointed out that her climate change plan had much more support than Trump suggested.

“It’s actually AOC plus 115 because that’s how many House and Senate members have cosponsored the most ambitious climate legislation in American history,” she wrote.

“I am so deeply proud of & grateful for each + every one of my House and Senate colleagues who stand for our future & champion the #GreenNewDeal, the boldest climate plan in US history.

“If someone told me 3 years ago, while I was waitressing to help my family stay afloat, that in a few short years an unhinged President of the United States would be repeatedly saying my name at the 2020 debate, I would’ve brought them some water and told them to sober up,” she

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Ice Cube is working with Trump and Black women are calling him out

Progressive Black women leaders are calling out rapper Ice Cube over the announcement this week that he is working with President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign on what he says is a plan to help Black Americans.

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The backlash began when Trump’s senior advisor, Katrina Pierson, tweeted out Tuesday her appreciation for Ice Cube and “his willingness to step up and work with” Trump amid an ongoing national debate on police reform, systemic racism and violence against Black Americans.

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Ice Cube is defending his decision to work with President Donald Trump on a plan for Black Americans.

Ice Cube, whose real name is O’Shea Jackson, has long been critical of Trump, but said on Twitter that the Trump White House had been more responsive to his “Contract With Black America” compared to Democratic leaders.

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“Dems said we’ll address the CWBA after the election. Trump campaign made some adjustments to their plan after talking to us about the CWBA.”

“Black progress is a bipartisan issue,” tweeted the rapper Thursday, who in the late 80s famously rapped “f*** the police” as a member of the group N.W.A.

Many fans expressed dismay at the rapper’s willingness to engage with the president – in 2016 Ice Cube tweeted he would never “endorse” Trump and he released a 2018 track called “Arrest the President”  – while progressive Black women leaders lamented that his 22-page plan lacked any specific recommendations for Black women, Black queer people or Black transwomen. 

“We grew up on Ice Cube, on his message against white supremacy, so it feels like a slap in the face because this is a president who has made it very clear that he’s anti-Black, anti-women and anti-trans folks,” said Karen Flynn, an associate professor in the departments of gender and women’s studies and African American studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. “Historically, Black women have consistently supported Black men, particularly heterosexual Black men, and we haven’t been given the same respect back.” 

Analysis: Rhetoric some call racist has marked Trump’s entire presidency

Since announcing his presidential campaign in 2015, Trump has repeatedly made disparaging comments about people of color, including calling Black Lives Matter protesters “terrorists” and “thugs.” He has defended white supremacists and recently restricted the federal government from conducting diversity training, despite research showing it fosters workplace equality and helps address race and gender disparities. He has also denied systemic racism exists in America’s law enforcement departments. 

Brittney Cooper, author of “Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower,” posted on Twitter Thursday: “Black men are breaking my heart with this caping for Cube-cum-Trump.” 

Black women absent from Ice Cube’s plan

Black women have a long history, experts say, of fighting for justice without recognition. 

On Twitter, #OscarsSoWhite creator April Reign wondered why Ice

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Gwen Stefani Addresses Rumors That She & Blake Shelton Are Calling Off Their Wedding

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Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton are finally returning to The Voice tonight, and the No Doubt singer is clearing up some common misconceptions about the duo before we dive in. Chatting on Today about how excited she is for the new season, Stefani fielded a series of questions from Hoda Kotb on the rumor mill’s biggest question this summer: Did Gwen and Blake call off their long-awaited wedding?! Since starting their romance in 2015, the couple has fielded questions about engagement and marriage at every turn, but just when it seemed like wedding bells might be in the air, COVID-19 struck. And while Stefani and Shelton have been cozied up all quarantine as far as we can tell, whispers did intensify that all was not as it seemed in their relationship this fall. So: any truth to the rumors?

Kotb asked Stefani about the state of her relationship in the least shady way possible, informing the “Nobody But You” singer that when she Googled “Gwen and Blake” she got the following search results: “Gwen and Blake song. Gwen and Blake married. Gwen and Blake engaged. Gwen and Blake call off wedding.”

“So, what’s happening with the wedding?” Kotb asks in conclusion, while a laughing Stefani takes it in stride.

“Wow. That’s a really good question!” she tells Kotb. “The good news is that we still like each other a lot. That’s good.”

So, no split on the horizon — phew. But Stefani is still infuriatingly noncommittal about when that actual wedding might happen.

“I don’t know,” she shrugs. “We’ll see what happens.”

Stefani and Shelton have been spending quarantine together at the country star’s ranch in Oklahoma, getting used to country living and waiting for a return to normal — like their current shooting schedule for The Voice. Now, Stefani’s just glad they’re back to doing what they do best — coaching up-and-coming superstars and keeping us guessing about their wedding plans.

Before you go, click here to see celebrities who fight hard to keep their partners and kids away from paparazzi. 

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Cardi B’s Former Publicist, Patientce Foster Finds New Career Calling As A Size Inclusive Fashion Designer| BET

Patientce Foster has taken notes from her bestie Cardi B, and it seems like it will seriously pay off! 

Recently, the famous publicist announced she will be taking a page from the “WAP” rapper’s book with the upcoming launch of Suite XVI, an inclusive clothing brand.

“Told ‘em to skip the penthouse and take me straight to Suite XVI!” the former hairstylist captioned an Instagram snapshot from Cardi’s 28th birthday party in Vegas. “I am wearing the ‘One Dance’ mini from the highly anticipated @suitexvi_ collection!”

Dressed in a sexy velvet minidress, she continued, “This dress will come in sizes S-3X! Don’t miss this drop, click the link in my bio now to subscribe!”

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This is quite exciting news for the CEO and founder of The Cream Agency. As they say, there’s nothing like creating a new chapter to your already successful business ventures! 

We look forward to learning more details about the brand as it becomes available. 

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