New York-based photographer Jonathan Leder will soon be taking over LA’s Superchief Gallery to display an array of erotic images, of which he is well known for capturing. The exhibit is to feature 92 photos, most of which were captured via Polaroid camera between 2011 and 2015. Such females showcased are Amy Hood, Emily Ratajkowski, Britany Nola, Kayslee Collins, Dominique Jane, Marlo Lavonne and more, as Leder is also releasing a limited edition 100-page exhibition catalog that you can go ahead and order now.
Look for the series to be open to the public at Superchief Gallery from August 8 to August 22.
Fans of Leder’s work should also check out his recent photobook featuring Emily Ratajkowski.
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Instagram’s It-girl Emily Ratajkowski on the celebrity iCloud hack and Blurred Lines’ similarities to Marvin Gaye
From “Blurred Lines” to the big screen in Gone Girl and We Are Your Friends, American model/actress Emily Ratajkowski continues to be one of the hottest commodities in Hollywood. For their new September issue, British GQ has chosen to showcase the 24-year-old beauty on the cover.
In the coinciding interview for the publication, Ratajkowski dishes on the leaking of celebrity nudes, the “Blurred Lines” and Marvin Gaye controversy, drugs, roles in film and more. Emily insists that it is somewhat tough for her to find that perfect part these days, detailing that, “I have some serious criteria for what I’m looking for in a role which has really fucked me. The ones that I really want have to be a really interesting script and story and usually the girl is ugly.”
To coincide with the feature, GQ has liberated the above visual which highlights photographer Mario Testino shooting Ratajkowski for the cover. Look for the issue to hit newsstands on August 6, but for now, get more from the interview here.
Stefani requested joint custody for the couple’s three kids: 9-year-old Kingston, 6-year-old Zuma and 1-year-old Apollo. Rossdale filed a response concurrently and is also asking for joint custody.
“While the two of us have come to the mutual decision that we will no longer be partners in marriage, we remain partners in parenthood and are committed to jointly raising our three sons in a happy and healthy environment,” Stefani and Rossdale said in a joint statement to press. ”To that end, we respectfully request privacy from the media during this time.”
Adidas has made a big play for the biggest basketball sneaker free agent of the summer of 2015.
The company has submitted a bid of $200 million over 13 years to sign Houston Rockets guard James Harden, sources told ESPN.com. Nike, whose deal with Harden recently expired, has until the end of next week to match the deal or lose him.
A $200 million offer is huge, considering it represents half of what the brand paid for 11 seasons as the NBA’s official uniform supplier. Earlier this year, Adidas announced that it would not fight to renew that deal, which will see its competitor Nike take over after the 2016-17 season.
With incentives, if the deal is consummated, Harden could very well make more from Adidas in the coming years than the Rockets. Harden signed an $80 million contract extension with Houston in 2012 that goes through the 2017-18 season.
“We’ve invited James Harden to join Adidas,” said Adidas spokesman Michael Ehrlich in a statement. “We’re a brand of creators and he truly embodies what that means with his approach to the game, his look and his style on and off the court. He’s coming off a historic season where he won the scoring title and was voted MVP by his peers. His connection with fans is unparalleled and unprecedented and he can take the game, our brand and the industry to new heights.”
Despite having the NBA deal, Adidas has slipped in recent years due to a lack of individual basketball stars. In 2012, the company signed a massive 14-year deal with Derrick Rose, only to see him miss plenty of action because of knee injuries. Its other star is Damian Lillard, whose Portland Trail Blazers aren’t really showing much promise. Endorser John Wall shows plenty of flash, but his first signature Adidas line fell relatively flat this year.
With Stephen Curry locked up by Under Armour and Kevin Durant choosing to stick with Nike last season, Harden is the only veteran whom Adidas could poach — even if it means overpaying. This past year, Adidas fell to the No. 3 best-selling apparel brand in the United States, after being passed by Under Armour.
Harden doesn’t have a flashy game, per se, but he certainly is in the upper echelon of marketable stars. His beard speaks for itself, as does his natural sense of fashion. That is big for Adidas, who sells plenty of Originals and could always use a boost to its more expensive Y-3 line.
There’s also reality star-type placement, as there’s apparently a budding relationship between the Rockets star and Khloe Kardashian. There’s an even greater connection with Adidas as rap star Kanye West, who is married to Khloe’s sister Kim, moved his Yeezy line from Nike to Adidas last year.
There’s also international hope for Harden, as the Rockets already are very popular in China thanks to former player Yao Ming. Sources say part of what Adidas is willing to pay has to do with the potential for the masses to embrace Harden on an even greater scale if the Rockets can make more of a splash in the playoffs in the coming years.
Harden hasn’t yet had a signature shoe, but the Nike Hyperchase, which was the shoe that he was most attributed to this past season, sold well certainly because of his wearing of them. In most circumstances, Nike wouldn’t match this number from Adidas, but it’s said things are hypersensitive inside corporate headquarters after the brand not only gave up Curry to Under Armour — after not matching an offer for less than $4 million a year — but also missed at golfer Jordan Spieth, who went with Under Armour as well.
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Uber Technologies Inc. has completed a new round of funding that values the five-year-old ride-hailing company at close to $51 billion, according to people familiar with the matter, equaling Facebook Inc.’s record for a private, venture-backed startup.
Uber raised close to $1 billion in the round, one of the people said, bringing the San Francisco company’s total funding to more than $5 billion. Uber had briefed investors on a plan to raise between $1.5 billion and $2 billion in the round, The Wall Street Journal reported in May.
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Investors in the latest round include MicrosoftCorp. and the investment arm of Indian media conglomerate Bennett Coleman & Co., another person familiar with the matter said, as Uber seeks to bolster its technology and expand outside the U.S.
An Uber spokeswoman said the company had filed a document in Delaware in May to authorize the latest funding round. “We aren’t commenting on additional speculation,” the spokeswoman said Friday.
Microsoft declined to comment. A Bennett Coleman executive didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
Uber’s valuation has now reached the high-water mark set by Facebook in 2011, when the social-networking company was nearly seven years old.
The ride-hailing company also is more highly valued relative to its revenue than Facebook was. At the time of its $50 billion round, Facebook had generated roughly $2 billion in revenue in the previous 12 months.
Uber had revenue of more than $400 million last year, the Journal has reported. Uber has told some investors it expects revenue to grow to $2 billion this year, the Journal reported.
Uber’s faster climb to $50 billion reflects its aggressive global expansion into more than 300 cities and growing popularity ferrying millions of riders daily.
The surge also is a sign of the growing value of technology companies, both public and private. The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite Index is nearly twice its level of January 2011. Facebook itself, which went public in 2012, is now valued more than five times as high, at $267 billion.
Valuations of private companies are soaring partly because mutual funds, hedge funds, sovereign-wealth funds and other investors not traditionally known for pouring money into startups are now flocking to those that look especially promising. In the first half of 2015, 107 companies world-wide raised “mega” rounds of more than $100 million, up from 56 a year earlier, according to KPMG and CB Insights.
Uber tops the list of 104 venture-backed startups valued at $1 billion or more, up from 77 at the beginning of this year, according to Dow Jones VentureSource. Uber’s latest financing vaults it past Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Corp. as the world’s most highly valued private startup. Xiaomi attained a $46 billion valuation last December.
In contrast, Facebook’s early growth came in the midst of a market correction, which forced its own valuation to drop 33% in a 2009 funding round.
A stake in Uber has helped establish venture-capital firm Benchmark as one of the most prominent investors in the smartphone era.
Increasingly, Uber is drawing investment from outside the U.S., helping fuel the company’s global expansion. Uber suffers losses in many cities where it operates and has dipped into its cash reserves to subsidize deep discounts to passengers and reward new drivers.
The company hopes to attract enough drivers and passengers that its business model becomes profitable.
For its latest funding, Uber sought out large media conglomerates in regions of the world where the company is trying to build grassroots support for its battles with traditional taxi operators and local regulators.
Times Internet, which runs investments and oversees websites for Bennett Coleman, contributed to the new investment round after taking a stake in Uber earlier this year as part of a marketing deal.
Separately, Uber said this week that it would invest $1 billion in Indiain the next nine months. The company has faced regulatory roadblocks in the country since December, when the app was bannedafter a woman said she was raped by an Uber driver. The driver denies wrongdoing and is currently on trial.
Uber said it immediately suspended the driver’s account, in line with company policy “following allegations of a serious incident.” Uber expressed regret and said it is cooperating with the police investigation.
Last year, Uber said it raised $600 million from Baidu Inc., China’s leading search engine. That alliance has helped Uber compete with homegrown Chinese rival Didi Kauidi Joint Co., which has the support of China’s top two Internet companies, Alibaba Holding Group Ltd. and Tencent Holding Ltd.
Uber also has held talks with investors to raise funds for UberChina, a separate unit funded by local investors. That round could be closed as soon as next week, the person familiar with the situation said.
Not all of Uber’s deals have gone smoothly. Google invested more than $250 million in 2013 and has helped Uber add new users by promoting ride-sharing in Google’s popular mobile maps. But friction has emerged between the two companies in recent months as Uber has taken steps to compete with Google in self-driving cars.
Uber’s rapid appreciation has helped fuel a shadow economy around the ownership of its private shares. A crop of financial middlemen has emerged to form investment pools to flip slices of Uber stock to other investors, sometimes out of the sight of the company, a practice that has sparked an investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Uber is also ramping up its investment in new technologies. Earlier this year, the company poached 40 researchers and scientists at Carnegie Mellon University’s world-class robotics lab to staff a new research facility in Pittsburgh. Uber doubled some scientists’ salaries and offered bonuses of hundreds of thousands of dollars to lure them away.
Microsoft is one of a handful of large software companies with experience in online maps, an area where Uber has looked to develop its own capabilities. In a deal announced in June, Uber acquired assets related to street imaging and 3-D views used by Microsoft’s Bing Maps service and offered jobs to roughly 100 of its workers.
Microsoft also invested in Facebook when the social network was emerging as a fast-growing private company. The Redmond, Wash., software giant paid $240 million for a 1.6% stake in Facebook in 2007. Microsoft sold nearly $250 million worth of shares in Facebook’s IPO, and its remaining stake would be worth $2.5 billion today.
Uber hasn’t publicly discussed plans for an initial public offering, but the company has sold convertible debt to investors in which the value is tied in part to a future IPO price. Uber also negotiated a $2 billion credit line with a group of big banks, a move often made by companies planning to go public, the Journal has reported.