French Open: Kristina Mladenovic set to get Roland Garros fired up

first_imgIt’s ‘Kiki’ time again as local favourite Kristina Mladenovic takes on Swiss Timea Bacsinszky on a red-hot Court Philippe Chatrier in a French Open quarter-final clash on Tuesday.Mladenovic, one of the pre-tournament favourites, has taken the crowd by storm with her never-say-die attitude and ability to thrive under pressure, and the hope on the Roland Garros walkways is that she will succeed Mary Pierce, who was the last Frenchwoman to lift the Suzanne Lenglen Cup.Bacsinszky, however, will be a tough nut to crack.The number 30 seed reached the semi-finals here in 2015 while Mladenovic is playing in only her second grand slam quarter-final.Following the French hope onto centre court will be nine-time men’s champion Rafa Nadal who, after a sensational start, is expected to devour fellow Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta.Resurgent 11th-seeded Dane Caroline Wozniacki faces Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko on Court Suzanne Lenglen before a highly-anticipated quarter-final clash between men’s defending champion Novak Djokovic and Austrian wunderkind Dominic Thiem.last_img read more

After Weinstein Scandal a Plan to Protect Models

first_imgThe Harvey Weinstein news has spurred an outcry on sexual harassment from women far from Hollywood. Now some of that outrage is taking a new shape, beyond the repeated revelations, and has begun to influence the legal system.On Monday, New York State Assemblywoman Nily Rozic, a Democrat from Queens, announced she would introduce an amendment to the state’s current anti-discrimination laws. If passed, it would extend certain protection to models, putting designers, photographers and retailers (among others) on notice that they would be liable for abuses experienced on their watch.Models in New York State would require specific provisions because of their convoluted employment chain. Many are classified as independent contractors, with their agencies claiming to act in an advisory capacity. This means that a client (a photographer, retailer, clothing brand) books them through the agencies but does not actually have a contract directly with the model. Like other independent contractors, including nannies and housekeepers, models have fewer legal protections than workers whose employment contracts are more tightly regulated. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter Trish Goff, a former top model, preparing for a fashion show in New York City in 2004. Ms Goff recently discussed her alleged harassment by Harvey Weinstein with The New York Times. Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: The spotlight turned to the fashion industry not long after the Weinstein investigations were published in The New York Times and The New Yorker. The model Cameron Russell solicited and began posting anonymous stories from fellow models of their own experiences on her Instagram account, along with the hashtag #MyJobShouldNotIncludeAbuse. Her account is now filled with wrenching stories from both women and men in the industry.READ MORE They have fallen through holes in the existing statutory safety net, including the “incidental booking exception clause.” That means that until now, in New York — regarded as the heart of the American modeling industry — it was unclear where legal liability for job-related sexual harassment lay.“The goal is to push back on the silence that has been so pervasive,” said Ms. Rozic, “and find a legislative solution to change the cycle. Advertisementlast_img read more