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1. The Beauty of 78.5 Million Followers: As beauty has become a pop phenomenon, a radical change in the perception of the cosmetics business has also taken place. Applying cosmetics is a worthy lifestyle choice characterized as self-love, self-care and wellness — all positive, healthful qualities, even if you have the sneaking suspicion that “wellness” is mostly a coded word for the pursuit of being skinny and pretty, or tamping down anxiety about not being skinny and pretty. – Read More on the New York Times

2. U.S. Steelmakers, Industry Users Tussle Over Future of Tariffs: A broad group of U.S. business associations, composed of 37 groups ranging from the American Petroleum Institute to the U.S. Fashion Industry Association, asked President Joe Biden on Wednesday to remove the duties that his predecessor justified on national-security grounds “as soon as possible.” – Read More on Bloomberg

3. How fashion e-tailer Revolve became a global force working with influencers like Kendall Jenner, Nicole Richie, and Aimee Song: Nimble, fleet-footed, with a colossal inventory and a reputation as a pioneer in the business of using influencers to showcase and design collections, the eight-year-old Revolve is a global fashion force. – Read More on SCMP

4. Net-zero targets proliferate, but path to decarbonization remains murky: While more than half of the biggest carbon emitters have set net-zero targets, many are still far behind on setting climate-aligned short- and medium-term goals or committing to make the capital expenditures necessary to achieve those targets, a Climate Action report finds. – Read More on S&P Global

5. How Can the Luxury Industry Become More Inclusive? “The industry is exclusive by product, but it should not be exclusive by identity. Where it gets a little gray — and I think the industry is sorting this out — is how do we become inclusive by socioeconomics when, by definition, our price structure is high?” – Read More on Knowledge@Wharton

6. As stores begin to reopen, retail real estate insiders are cautiously optimistic: Right now, there is an opportunity for brands to shift existing locations to better ones as leases expire. For example, some brands may be offered prime spaces they historically wouldn’t have been able to get. – Read More on Modern Retail