Get To Know Lashana Lynch, The First Female 007 | Clozette


The title of Agent 007 has always been synonymous with James Bond, the iconic ultra-masculine character who has gotten several makeovers since Sean Connery first played the role back in 1962. But in 2020, that designation will be given to a woman. No, she won't be playing James (or Jane?) Bond but will stand as her own character that just happens to be assigned the same code number 007. And the coveted role is given to British actress Lashana Lynch of Captain Marvel fame.



Although iconic, the Bond franchise by Ian Fleming has always been a subject of controversy and criticism because of its misogynistic tones and its treatment of female characters. Even former Bond Girl Diana Rigg (popularly known today as Olenna Tyrell in Game Of Thrones) commented on how her character in On Her Majesty's Secret Service was sidelined an hour into the film. "In our society, women at the moment are being very busy trying to prove that they aren't victims, but Ian Fleming (in the Bond films) definitely, definitely puts them in a subsidiary position," she shares in a 1969 BBC interview. Decades after, it looks like 'Bond Girls' are finally getting a modern makeover of their own.



It's reported that the 25th Bond film will open with Daniel Craig's James Bond already retired and that Lynch's character, Agent 007, will be tasked to track him down and bring him out of retirement to help with a dangerous mission. That sure sounds exciting! Aside from these hot details, there's still no news on the release date of this movie so we'll stay tuned. For now, let's get to know the woman of the hour, Lashana Lynch.


Born and raised in London, the 31-year-old actress is a fresh name in Hollywood. Although her most recognisable performance was as Maria Rambeau in Captain Marvel, she has already been acting on the silver screen way before that. Her screen debut was in an episode of The Bill called Man Down, where she had a minor part.



Years after, she landed her first movie role in 2011 as Belle Newman, a supporting character in the British drama film Fast Girls, where she starred alongside Lily James. From there, she got more and more roles in British films and series. After some time, Lynch began eyeing Hollywood. She previously shared that she auditioned for the role of Shuri in Black Panther, but ultimately, the role was given to Letitia Wright. In the end, it's a happy ending for Lynch as she eventually landed big roles in Captain Marvel and now in James Bond.



The casting of a woman as Agent 007 comes at a time when people are advocating for equal representation in the film industry. Just in the past few months, several strides towards inclusivity have been made with more roles being given to people of colour (POC). The most notable one (apart from Lynch's 007) was the casting of Halle Bailey,  a black woman, as Ariel in Disney's The Little Mermaid, a decision that got mixed reactions.



However, Lashana Lynch's Agent 007, which is a completely separate character from James Bond got a much more positive response. Bond 25 writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge shared with Deadline that James Bond should remain faithful to his character of being a suave man. She says, "The important thing is that the film treats the women properly. He doesn’t have to. He needs to be true to this character." To that, all we can say is we always appreciate a thoughtful inclusion rather than a mindless character switch. 


(Cover photo from: @lashanalynch)

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They say diamonds are a girl’s best friend, and we agree. But — hear us out — she can have more than one best friend, whether in the true essence of the word or the jewel that represents it. We’re sure you know this to be true and that you have your own lineup of best friends, too. From ones you’ve known your whole life to kindred spirits you’re more than grateful to have crossed paths with, these relationships are different but all special. We say celebrate them all! And not only with a diamond. Treat the different kinds of friends in your life with unique emblems that represent your infinite link. Ahead, our hand-picked jewellery pieces from the Friendship Collection of Goldheart we’re sure your best friends will fawn over and cherish for a lifetime.


For your first best friend




916 White Gold Pendant; K-Style Bangle; K-Style Diamond White Gold Charm


They helped us grow and want nothing but the best for us. Our mothers truly are the best kind of friends, and lucky are we that we’ve known them for all our lives. While it’s hard to repay them for all that they’ve done, a symbol of our appreciation is not unwelcome. Aside from always answering her calls and listening to her rants and stories, gift her with something that she can not only add to her collection but also wear with pride and remembrance. A trinket she can wear every day like the 916 White Gold Pendant or the K-Style Bangle which she can update with the K-Style Diamond White Gold Charm is just perfect.

For your soul sister




K-Style Bangle


From first heartaches to remarkable milestones, you’ve had her by your side, cheering you on. And while you’ve done the same for her, you also want to give her something she can have and remember you by. Can you recall when you used to make and exchange friendship bracelets when you were younger? Gift your bestie an elevated version that’s more fitting for the wise, sophisticated women you’ve become. The K-Style Bangle can be an adult version of your friendship bracelet, plus, you can add new charms that symbolise your milestones together.


For the best friend you grew up with




K-Style Love Letters Necklace (Rose Gold); K-Style Love Letters Necklace (White Gold)


You may have had your share of fights and squabbles, but nothing can change the fact that you love each other. While you share many things, you also appreciate each other’s individuality. You realise that as people, your unique qualities are what make you special. Celebrate that by gifting your sister with the K-Style Love Letters Necklace that comes in rose gold and white gold. Make sure you pick her name’s initial for that personalised touch. The fun part? You can get one for yourself, too, and match with her but still be different! If you don’t have a biological sister, this is perfect for your chosen sisters, too.

For your partner-in-crime




K-Style Tree of Life Pendant; 916 White Gold Pendant; K-Style Necklace; Wishing Bone Pendant in 916 Gold; K-Style Love Letters Necklace (Rose Gold)


Guys have girl best friends, too. If you’re a guy who has a girlfriend, wife or girl best friend you want to show your gratitude to, a piece of jewellery that complements her style is the perfect choice. They say it’s the thought that counts. We say, she’ll think of you often when she wears your gift and recalls the thought and effort you put in picking the magnificent piece out for her. As a token for how you appreciate your life together, gift her with the K-Style Tree of Life Pendant, which she can wear with the K-Style Necklace. To convey your best wishes for your favourite friend, the Wishing Bone Pendant in 916 Gold is the one to have.


For your constant companion




K-Style Diamond White Gold Charm; 916 White Gold Pendant; 916 Gold Pendant; Wishing Bone Pendant in 916 Gold; K-Style Bangle; Heart Pendant in 916 Gold


You’ve gone through everything with her and have nothing in mind but her growth and happiness. You pull yourself through. And for that, don’t hesitate to celebrate yourself. We say you deserve to indulge yourself in a present that you truly deserve. Pick out a band that shows your love for yourself and signifies your commitment to ensuring that your relationship with yourself grows stronger as time goes by. You’re spoilt for choice — so don’t be afraid to spoil yourself, too, and indulge. Take a pick from the K-Style Diamond White Gold Charm, which you can include in the K-Style Bangle. If you’d like a necklace instead, the 916 White Gold Pendant, Wishing Bone Pendant in 916 Gold and Heart Pendant in 916 Gold are wonderful choices.


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Looking for things to do this weekend? There's a lot of new launches to check out and interesting news to discuss. From the launch of an anticipated fall collection to a controversial issue about a popular tourist destination in Asia, here are the hottest news today. 


Kate Spade Fall 2019 Collection Teaser


Kate Spade Fall 2019 Collection


Following the launch of Nicola Glass' debut show, Kate Spade New York amps up their new bold and playful aesthetic with their Fall 2019 collection. While the brand's Spring 2019 looks centred around colour blocking, in the upcoming collection, prints will take the spotlight with an emphasis on animal prints and eccentric florals. "For the Fall season, I started by imagining raiding an insanely glamorous woman's closet, and the rich, eclectic mix you'd find that you could make your own," shares Creative Director Nicola Glass. We can't wait to get a piece of this delicious collection.


The latest Optimizer Voyage Trilight++ is now USB rechargeable



Skin Inc.'s bestselling Optimizer Voyage Trilight++ is now USB rechargeable! Aside from this upgrade, the award-winning beauty gadget is also given a makeover with its new platinum hue. If this is your first time to hear about the Optimizer Voyage Trilight++, you can read our review about it here


Mark Ronson x Marc Jacobs


Mark Ronson Marc Jacobs


Singer-songwriter Mark Ronson just released the video for his latest single Find U Again that's directed by duo Bradley & Pablo and shot in Los Angeles, featuring Camila Cabello. It's only the beats that will get you hooked but also the outfits worn. In the music video, Mark Ronson is wearing Marc Jacobs Sunglasses, style 357/S, as he enters the pivotal club scene to find his mysterious co-lead. Will you snag one?


Catch the jewellery pop-up showcase exclusively curated by La Putri


La Putri


Get ready to go treasure hunting at the rare vintage jewellery pop-up showcase curated by bespoke jeweller La Putri. All the pieces are timeless pieces that are from the fabulous eras of the '50s, '60s and '70s adorned with precious gemstones and gold trimmings. The event will be from 12 to 16 July 2019 at the Mandarin Gallery. 



Controversial Lempuyang Temple photos



If you're a travel enthusiast, you might have encountered photos of the Lempuyang Temple on your feed. At a glance, it looks like a majestic site with a clear pond surrounding it that beautifully reflects the surroundings. But the catch is, there's really no reflective pond and it's just a camera trick achieved through putting a glass or mirror under a camera phone. Now, people are calling it 'fake'. However, some are defending the photos as an artistic take. What do you think?


Missed the news from earlier this week? Catch up here.


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