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Metaverse fashion, and looser covid rules in China


Fashion creator Jenni Svoboda is designing a beanie with a top of melted cupcakes, sprinkles, and donuts for the ears. But this weird accessory isn’t for the physical world—Svoboda is designing for the super universe. She’s working in a growing, if weird, new field: fashion stylists who create or curate outfits for people in cyberspace.

Metaverse stylists are increasingly sought after as users regularly seek help with makeup for their avatars—often in an experimental, ultra-creative style that defies personal expectations. personal, social and sometimes even physical standards.

Stylists like Svoboda are among those shaping the metaverse fashion industry, which has already generated hundreds of millions of dollars. But while, to the casual observer, spending so much money on virtual clothing may seem odd and even obscene, there are deeper, more personal reasons why people hire professionals to manage their virtual outfits. Read full story.

—Tanya Basu

Implications of changes to China’s no-covid policy

On December 1, 2019, the first known covid-19 patient started showing symptoms in Wuhan. Three years later, China was the last country in the world to adhere to strict pandemic control restrictions. However, after days of violent protests that shocked the world, it looks like things could finally change.

Beijing has just announced a broad easing of its no-covid policy, including for the first time allowing people to isolate at home instead of in special facilities.

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