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Melania Trump wore a powder-blue outfit on Friday to her husband’s inauguration, and now the designer that dressed her is coming under scrutiny.

People are now calling for a boycott of Ralph Lauren, the designer behind Melania’s formal wear, on social media as they label the brand as “supporting oppression,” according to Harper’s Bazaar.

“Some Twitter users believe the move shows that Lauren doesn’t care about sexual assault towards women – a reference to the numerous allegations that have emerged concerning the new President.”There’s even a hashtag being used by those who support the boycott, #boycottRalphLauren, as people take to sharing their opinions and even tag the brand’s Twitter page in their rants.

“Ralph Lauren just hurt a lot of women today and we won’t forget. It’s not OK to support oppression. #boycottralphlauren #imwithtomford”And while some may beg to state the designer had no choice in dressing Melania as the First Lady could have chosen to wear any brand, her powder-blue dress was a custom creation from Ralph Lauren.

[Image by Drew Angerer/Getty Images]“The brand designed a custom-made powder-blue dress for the new First Lady, which she wore with matching elbow-length gloves and diamond earrings.”This means the clothing retailer did, in fact, make the decision to dress Mrs. Trump for her husband’s inauguration. And it seems some of the public is not happy with the brand’s decision to do so as they criticized them online and called for the boycott. One Twitter user even created an account to mock Melania with the handle “First Tramp @callgirlmelania.”

“Shame on you @RalphLauren for dressing the wife of incoming dictator. Anything for a buck. #BoycottRalphLauren #GrabYourWallet”Another Twitter user said they’re throwing away all of their own Ralph Lauren items in protest of the brand.

“Shame on you RalphLauren throwing all your garments I own into the trash. #BoycottRalphLauren”Harper’s Bazaar also reported on the statement made by a Ralph Lauren spokesperson regarding the boycott.

“We immediately started to get complaints about Melania Trump wearing [the label]. And people are using the #boycottralphlauren hashtag.”However, the brand also dressed Hillary Clinton for the inauguration, yet people aren’t protesting the Democrat wearing the brand.

“Lauren also dressed Hillary Clinton for the inauguration, who wore a white pant suit. The move is thought to show an apolitical stance.”

Glamour also reported on the blow-back over Melania’s outfit, saying not all the responses are negative. Camille Grammer, former wife of actor Kelsey Grammer, also took to Twitter to share her opinion.

“Politics aside.. Melania’s outfit is superb! Stunning! #dress #RalphLauren”Another Twitter user agreed with Camille as they stated Melania looked stunning in the custom-made dress.

“Melania Trump looks STUNNING in #RalphLauren inauguration outfit. Can’t wait to see the next four years of her fashion in The White House.”While some people are trying to force their political ideologies on the designer, Glamour states Lauren has never made his political affiliations known and has dressed numerous First Ladies.

“Lauren has a history of dressing first ladies, regardless of their political affiliation, having dressed Hillary Clinton, Nancy Reagan, and Betty Ford. As WWD reports, Lauren the man has never endorsed a candidate or disclosed his political affiliation.”The site also quoted a spokesperson from the brand saying the inauguration was an important day for everyone to look their best, and Lauren took an apolitical stance by dressing all Melania, Hillary, and Michelle Obama for the weekend, yet nobody is bringing up the latter two.

“The Presidential Inauguration is a time for the United States to look our best to the world. It was important to us to uphold and celebrate the tradition of creating iconic American style for this moment.”On the flip side, several designers stated early on that they would refuse to dress Melania if they should be asked. However, it’s noted that the First Lady did not seek them out as the designers’ statements were hypothetical.

“Designers such as Sophie Theallet, Tom Ford, and Marc Jacobs have all stated publicly that they would decline dressing Melania Trump should they be asked.”In contrast to those designers who would refuse if asked to dress Trump, others have stated they would love to work with the “beautiful” First Lady. Carolina Herrera, Thom Browne, and Tommy Hilfiger all stated it would be an “honor” to dress her, with Hilfiger saying any designer would be proud to work with her.

“I think Melania is a very beautiful woman, and I think any designer should be proud to cocktail dresses her.”


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LGBT wedding expo welcomes everyone


Planning a wedding is difficult. Especially if not everyone agrees with who you're in love with.

That's where the Rainbow Wedding Network comes in. They screen vendors to make sure they're gay-friendly, then gather them together for an LGBT wedding expo. The "Same Love, Same Rights" expo came to the Inner Harbor on Sunday.

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"So they don't have to walk up to them, feel like they have to translate themselves," said Marianne Puechl, a co-founder of Rainbow Wedding Network. "They don't have to question, well who's the bride, who's the groom? It's just obvious that everyone's here planning a wedding."

The network has produced more than 175 wedding expos since 2003. Sunday's was the 6th annual event in Baltimore.

"I think it's a time for events like these for those of us who are like-minded to join together in peace and celebrate love together and work toward those next steps that we need to ensure for our equality," Puechl said.

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See Keke Palmer Out in a Transparent Bra


Keke Palmer loves to show out for the ‘gram, but this time she let it all out IRL. Her latest #OOTD included a transparent bra, star-shaped pasties and not much else. She posted a series of photos on Instagram yesterday (Jan. 19) showing off the ensemble which she paired with a bright yellow fur, Levi’s and a personalized choker. Reactions on her racy outfit were mixed. Some fans applauded her free-ness, others had some not-so-nice words for the star.

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Either way, the 23-year-old entertainer seemed to be completely unbothered in the pics that show her strutting down the sidewalk. Keeks makes wearing a clear bra look so cool, you almost forget she’s wearing it outside, you know, in the actual street.

It looks like the trend might already be catching on because Being Mary Jane star Cardi B was also spotted out in her bra.

These girls really do know how to show it off! What do you think of the lingerie-outside-the-bedroom look?

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Ivanka Trump Wears Glam Green Outfit


Ivanka Trump has officially gone green. No, not in the environmental-sense, although she does plan to use her platform to speak out on climate change. Fashion wise, the first-daughter-to-be stepped out in a gorgeous green ensemble.

Making her way to Washington, D.C., ahead of her father’s inauguration on Friday, the businesswoman wore a knee-length emerald green coat over a knee-length matching long prom dresses. The mother-of-three accessorized the ensemble with cat-eye sunglasses and nude heels, leaving her long legs bare.

Trump, a native New Yorker, will be moving to the nation’s capitol with her family. While packing up on Wednesday, she uncovered an old photo of herself as a child posing with her mom Ivana Trump.

She shared the image on Instagram with the caption, “Found while packing: How amazing is this picture of me and my mom?! She looks stunning!” The picture shows Trump wearing an elegant light pink dress with matching tights as she hugs her mother, who wore a contrasting black long prom dresses uk with sparkling sequins and fringes, and big earrings.

The throwback photo discovered while packing wasn’t the only part of the moving process that Ivanka shared on social media.

She shared a picture of her daughter, Arabella, her “little packing buddy.”

While she admitted to being a little “jealous” she wouldn’t be around to enjoy the new office space, her next stop is bound to be an adventure.


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Savvy brides save by shopping Evilena’s consignment event


Today's savvy brides-to-be can save hundreds to thousands on items for their big day by purchasing at a consignment store. Frankfort's Evilena's Red Dresser, a consignment shop specializing in women's clothing and apparel as well as furniture and home décor, is teaming up with several area businesses to host their third annual day-and-a-half Bridal Consignment Event on Friday, February 24, 2017 at 6-8 p.m. and Saturday, February 25, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 20887 S. LaGrange Road, Frankfort, IL.

"People ask all year if we offer bridal, and we do, but only at this event," said Evilena's owner, Janice Sabey. "We love helping brides save money on her special day," Sabey said. "Last year we had many brides who were really trying to stick to a budget, and we helped them do that but still look amazing," she added.

Along with the regular merchandise available at Evilena's, the day-and-a-half shopping event will also include new and recently loved bridal gowns. Most gowns will be priced under $500. In addition to gowns, this sale will include veils, belts and sashes, purses, jewelry, shoes and other accessories. Evilena's will also offer bridal décor including chandeliers, letters, lanterns, vases, books, Mason jars, pallets, wood boxes, hand-painted signage, rustic wedding décor, etc.

Recent brides with similar wedding items wanting to sell should bring them to Evilena's during regular hours to consign. The store will not be selling Mother-of-the-Bride/Groom short prom dress nor bridesmaid dresses. And, only bridal gowns that are currently in style will be accepted on consignment (no puffy sleeves or bows).

All customers attending the event will be able to enter drawings for raffle prizes from area Preferred Bridal Vendors: BoKAY Flowers, All American Limousine, Melissa Eaheart Photography, Hair and Makeup by Annamarie Thompson, Cakes XO, Wedding Event Rentals and Styling, Caffe Milan Catering, Aris Enterprise DJ Service, CD & ME Banquet Facility, Jeannie Walton Wedding Officiant, Crystal Garhammer Wedding Planner, Wedding Bliss 708, and Bijoux Bridal Chicago.

Refreshments including samples of wedding cake and a mimosa bar will top off this event making it a fun party atmosphere for all. For more information, go to or or call 815-464-4426. Evilena's Red long prom dresses is open Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursdays 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The store is closed on Sundays.


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ask her to spend a lifetime with him


When Miranda Striggow got to Bellingham International Airport in November 2015 after a trip to Montana, she was expecting her then-boyfriend Denver Vander Yacht to pick her up.

He was there, dutifully waiting, holding a sign with her last name on it – ha ha, nice joke. But as she walked up to him, he flipped it over and on the other side in crimson and gray were the words, “Marry me?”

That more than made up for earlier, when Miranda had a 4-hour layover in Seattle and didn’t understand why Denver couldn’t just come pick her up when she called and asked him to.

The crowd in the arrival terminal applauded and cheered, and the couple celebrated afterward with an engagement party with their families in Birch Bay.

The two met through mutual friends about a year before that, and dated long distance for the beginning of their relationship while Denver finished college at Washington State University.

Once he got his degree, Denver moved back to Lynden and the couple planned their wedding for Aug. 20, 2016.

“I wanted a year-long engagement, but it’s your fiance’s decision,” Denver says.

“We bought (our) house in May, but didn’t live together till we were married,” Miranda says. “I couldn’t imagine waiting longer.”

When figuring out where to hold their wedding, they had to factor in the number of guests.

While Miranda has some family living in California, Olympia and Nebraska, Denver has an extensive family here in Whatcom County.

“I think there’s over 1,000 Vander Yachts,” Denver says. “Miranda’s the 100th Vander Yacht in my family.”

“I have no family in Bellingham, even when my parents lived here,” Miranda says. “It’s interesting to go from none to everybody.”

They were married outside at Marine Park in Fairhaven, “right under the big oak tree.”

The park was easily able to accommodate their roughly 260 guests.

As for the theme?

“Well … ‘spicy’ is kind of the hidden joke,” Denver says as he and Miranda laugh.

Miranda’s mom bought them a wedding planning book after they got engaged, and one of the prompts was to figure out a theme. The book offered suggestions, such as formal, winter, or “spicy.”

They had to go with that one.

Really, it was more of a late summer or fall theme, Miranda says, with sunflowers decorating the aisle and making up part of her bouquet.

Denver’s aunt, who got ordained just for their wedding, married them, and each of them had seven people in their wedding party – the women in crimson short prom dresses, and the guys in gray suits.

Before the ceremony they traveled with their wedding party by rented bus to several locations for pictures. Their first look was in Birch Bay, then the group stopped in Ferndale and made a few stops in Bellingham, before making their way to Fairhaven.

Their reception was at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal, where birch wood rounds and mason jars with sunflowers in them decorated the tables along with succulents and candles.

To get their guests from where they ate dinner to the dance floor, they played the “shoe game,” where they sat back-to-back and were asked a series of questions like, “Who is the better cook?” and held up either one of Denver’s shoes or one of Miranda’s shoes to show their answers.

Speaking of shoes – if they have any advice for others, it’s to make sure you have comfy shoes.

Also, remember not to sweat the small stuff.

“At the end of the day, you’re going to be married regardless,” Miranda says.

Denver agrees.

“Take time for each other. It’s such a process, nerves are high and everything, so take time and relax, don’t stress about everything,” Denver says. “At the end of the day, you’re getting married, everyone is there to celebrate.”

“I still think parents should go on a honeymoon afterward,” Miranda adds. “They put so much time and money into it. My mom planned so much of it.”

The two live in Lynden, and hope to someday build a home with some property where their future family can run around.

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Bright side of life


This year, too, will see many unique concepts coming up and innovation taking the front seat, with many designers looking forward to a year of experimentation with fabric and colours.

The clothing market is going through a period of transition at this point in time. Prmod Bafna, Creative Director of Warp & Weft and founder of, says that this year will see a rise of the rental. “Renting clothes is a thing now, and it is going to be big this year. Renting and wearing rented clothes was not considered socially acceptable a couple of years back, but today many fashion rental startups and online sites have changed that perception,” says Prmod.

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Apart from the rental culture, he says, themed prints, like the Persian inspired ones, are becoming popular in menswear. He says, “Geometrical prints and bold coloured checks are making their way to the ramp. Presently, people are looking for easy care fabrics which are travel-friendly.”

Saris are making a comeback this year, says designer Divya Gupta. “There is a lot of versatility that one can see in Indian wear. Skirts and blouse, ‘shararas’, bell sleeves, raglan sleeves and light multi-layering are a few statements that one can look forward to.”

This time it is about muted and not super bright colours. Bling is back but a lot more sober. The same goes for the floral prints and gold hue. “Stripes are going to be extremely popular. The one shoulder cutout is also going to amaze the fashion world,” says Divya.

Of the opinion that ripped denim, crop tops and festive colours are making a comeback is designer Govind Kumar Singh. He says that a look reminiscent of the 80s is on the cards this year. “Fashion has become quick, people now like to wear outfits like jogger pants in denim or slip into a tapered denim mix with the lycra fabric. The highlight of this year is the extensive use of handloom fabrics and linen, especially during the summer season,” opines Govind, adding “Colours like navy blue remain a classic for men but black is being replaced by the charcoal hue. They can also look for maroon and jungle green to pep up their wardrobe. Whereas, women can go green, add a punch of baby pink or look for bright colours like yellow.”

Working primarily with Indian outfits is designer Madhu Jain, who believes that Indian silhouettes are making a huge comeback and with different variations. She points out that ‘bandhani’, ‘tie and dye’ and ‘ajrakh’ are going to make it big as well.

“Many are playing around with the bottoms of the ‘kurtas’; there are different styles of trousers that one can see during the year. Bell bottoms are back and are thoroughly worked upon. Apart from which, fashionistas are also choosing to plus size prom dresses

in oversized clothes,” says Madhu.

Saying that consumers today are becoming more fashion conscious but at the same time responsible towards the environment, designer Jayati Goenka adds that ‘sustainable fashion’ is a buzz word currently. “Many fashion designers, icons and enthusiasts are trying to keep up with the concept of sustainability. They have become more socially responsible and put in a conscious effort to reduce their impact on the environment. This year, tropical, floral and even geometric prints, to an extent, are gaining popularity,” she says.


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From rescue operations to wedding ceremonies


The number of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) actively used and registered with the Transportation Ministry has reached 8,349 as of the end of last year, with Turks using drones for innumerable purposes, including search and rescue operations, surveillance and yes, even to catch those pesky runaway sacrificial lambs.

The most popular use is for security, with the police and military among the principal handlers of drones. Authorities have succeeded in preventing various crimes, including tracking fleeing criminals and terrorist attacks, thanks to the UAVs patrolling key junctions.

In addition, drones are used for search and rescue operations at scenes of natural and manmade disasters. One example where the drone was put to work was the mine collapse in Şirvan, Siirt in mid-November that killed more than a dozen miners.

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Electricity distribution companies use drones to quickly check where lines are cut, significantly reducing the time spent to identify and fix problems.

Another significant use is for lifeguards all along Turkey's coasts who use drones to better track swimmers.

Still, it is the way ordinary professionals utilize the UAVs that is truly surprising. Realtors are said to be among the earliest adopters of the new technology. Using drones, realtors are able to show prospective customers the view from the 25th floor apartment they are interested in even before the building's construction begins.

Some villagers are said to have purchased drones to monitor wildlife to better protect their flocks and produce.

In eastern Bitlis province, reports said village guards standing watch were sent sweets via drones. During the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, runaway sacrificial animals were caught by teams with the help of drones.

Moreover, advertisers use the devices in various promotional activities.

One man with a strong imagination even used a drone to deliver a ring to his fiance in an unusual marriage proposal.

According to regulations, all users of UAVs weighing more than 25 kilograms or used for commercial purposes need to attend classes. Currently there are six companies in the country that provide UAV training.

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Stay ahead of the beauty pack


There's a lot we don't yet know about 2017, but one thing we do know is that it won't be that horrible thing called 2016, which is a huge plus. Still, there's still lots of things outside our control.

You know what's within our control? Forecasting, so we may appear to be in control. Here are our predictions for what is going to be huge – HUGE! – in 2017.

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The health movement has finally come to beauty. It used to be that health meant anti-wrinkles or squeaky clean skin, or an antioxidant thrown in and mixed with a couple of blueberries.

The beauty industry is still deeply focused on all that stuff but the trend that will explode like so many micro exfoliant beads in 2017 is the intersection of holistic health with beauty.

This means everything you put into your body, (and especially that which pertains to gut health and inflammation) will be factored into how brands market themselves. The smart ones, like The Beauty Chef, are already selling tonics you drink, such as 'Collagen', which calls itself a "bio-fermented pro-biotic elixir." And of course, Elle Macpherson got in on the trend with her WelleCo products, which include green powders, proteins and the like.

So, wait for it, because soon everyone will be ranting about the connection between gut and skin. This also means oils will continue to grow in popularity. You might have noticed Gwyneth Paltrow just published a book called Goop Beauty, which is all about the link between the inner and the outer, if you will. Put simply, skincare is the new makeup and lifestyle is the new skincare.


Men have always been part of the beauty equation but until really recently there was an understanding that unless you were a really cool gay guy or, what your Dad calls a 'metrosexual' then what you put on your body or, God help you, your hair, was your painful little secret.

That's changing and it's going to break wide open this year. Aveda has just released a range specifically targeted toward thinning hair, (which as we know, affects men far more than women). Meantime, Sharon Lee, the eyebrow maestro of Sydney, who has tended the brows of celebs like Leonardo DiCaprio and Rob Lowe, has seen a huge upswing in the number of men getting not just eyebrow waxes, but shaping and microblading, too. Lee says that the key to making men's brows look good is to avoid any sort of defined line. You want tidy, you don't want Uncle Leo.

Clarins has also gotten in on the menz deal but other companies, like 'Triumph and Disaster with their range of shaving foams, creams, and hair pomades, are marketed solely to men.


We reached peak contour in 2015 but as with all trends it takes a while for it to trickle down into the mainstream and change how we apply makeup. This means that by 2017 the new contouring is no contouring. Instead, there's an emphasis on fresh, dewy skin, (which means matte foundation takes a back seat for now) and tinted moisturisers, concealers with plenty of illuminisers in them and your BB creams with all their highlighting sparkly particles are the way forward. It's an all-over shine.

Think of it as sunlight on the ocean, pretty non? Like it or not, the major driver of this trend is Kim Kardashian, who has made a few appearances of late and told us, her loyal followers, she was 'makeup free'. That's bull crap. But this trend is the real deal.


The natural look also extends to hair. Blame climate change but more and more women are embracing humidity-altered hair, also known as free range hair also known as frizz. There's a little bit of product, maybe some Argan oil to prevent dryness or sea spray to hold it.

But brushing or blow drying or straightening? That's sooo last year. I'll be frank, not all women can get away with this. By which I mean me. I can't. But you go right ahead and get your Solange on, I'll be here trying not to resemble the drummer from Metallica.


Oh that sounds super gross but stay with me. Lip stains (and to a lesser extent, cheek stains) last seen in the early 2000s are making a comeback. It's part of the new, natural makeup trend, and partly due to the success of Glossier cosmetics – they're showing ladies that lip coats can be matte without being super drying or terribly 90s.

It's also a cheeky way, (pun totally not intended but it's 2017 so I'm accepting) of getting your bold lip out there too. See, you can wear anything from a fiery red to a deep gothic rouge and blame it on the raspberries you just sucked on. And what do you know, you're mastering not just the holistic trend, but the other unspoken trend of all beauty: pretending it's effortless.

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Dressed as Adam Johnson's 15-year-old victim


Dressed as Adam Johnson's 15-year-old victim, this is the sick picture a mother at the centre of a playdate row tweeted to the paedophile footballer's ex-girlfriend.

Earlier today Sarah Louise Bryan, 28, hit the headlines after being roasted by Piers Morgan for being 'the worst kind of parent' for invoicing a friend £325 when her daughter came home from a playdate with scuff and pen marks on her designer 'Italian fur booties'.

But now MailOnline can reveal that the mother-of-two - who calls herself a designer, actress in training and 'public figure' - tweeted out this offensive photograph last Hallowe'en.

She wrote: '#HappyHalloween guess who I am. Clue I am 15 and my sugar daddy is in jail. Sorry @staceyflounders #adamjohnson.'

When approached by MailOnline, Miss Bryan said she 'didn't realise' the picture was on her Twitter account and claimed she was 'dressed as a wag'. The fashion designer went on to say that a friend asked to take the photograph of her holding the items 'because he was red prom dresses as the footballer'.

No stranger to publicity, Miss Bryan has appeared on radio, in newspapers and on television to boast of her designer dresses created out of skittles and pubic hair. She even tweeted out an appeal for sperm donations for her latest idea.

Miss Bryan, who lives in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, in a new-build terrace townhouse worth around £140,000, has previously told how she grew up in a foster home and later became pregnant as a teenager.

She also claimed today that she was abused as a child, telling the GMB hosts: 'No one gave a f*** I was abused.'

In 2015, she told how she had no choice but to leave her family home when she was left unable to pay the rent.

She said: 'I got pregnant at 14 and have a 13-year-old son. Just a year ago I had nothing - I was penniless.

'I couldn't afford to pay my rent and I never wanted to rack up arrears so I moved out and lived with friends with my two children.'

Her parents are understood to have divorced and both remarried, while she is also thought to have three brothers, a half-sister and a half-brother. Her electrician father is believed to have married his new partner in 1994, while her mother remarried three years later.

Earlier today Miss Bryan appeared on Good Morning Britain were she was reduced to tears in a debate about whether she was right to invoice another parent.

Piers Morgan blasted her for having the 'audacity' to send the bill as the pair got into a slanging match on ITV's Good Morning Britain.

Miss Bryan's new-build terrace townhouseThe fashion designer then defended her actions and claimed to have packed an alternative pair of shoes that her three-year-old daughter could have changed into, before fighting back tears as she screamed 'she had spares!'

She asked Piers what he would do if faced with a similar situation but the presenter hit back angrily, telling her: 'What would I do? Well I wouldn't be buying my daughter £325 shoes to start with!'

After the show an angry Miss Bryan, who calls herself an 'actress in training' on her Twitter profile, took to the social media platform to further add fuel to the fire.

In the past the mother-of-two has courted publicity for designing dresses out of skittles and pubic hair - and even appealed for sperm on Twitter for her next outfit.

She tweeted earlier today: 'Maybe I'll make a new design from balls because @piersmorgan clearly doesn't have any.

Miss Bryan, from Wakefield, West Yorkshire, added: 'Could use some spares for when he's against a man.'

The former beautician's life was transformed after she created a show-stopping dress made out of Skittles, which led alternative clothing company Ripleys to give her her own line.

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