What’s Up World? #3

Published on MTV’s international pro-social website MTV Voices on 27.09.12

What’s Up World?
Between the cracks of the world’s news headlines


Fashion Weeks Below the Radar

Fashion week – shmashion week.  London, Paris, Milan, New York – yes, they’re pretty and fancy and fun, but really, how likely are you to wear a giant eyeball over your face or a massive moustache dress to a party next weekend?

Here are some highlights of alternative fashion weeks around the world for you to enjoy care of Vice, including events in Pakistan, Cambodia, Nigeria and Colombia, plus Rio, Brazil, where transgender models are commonly seen on the catwalk, and the first annual full-figured fashion week in New York.

Half a Billion = 500 Million

Another 11 billionaires have joined The Giving Pledge – ie. they’ve agreed to give half of their fortunes away to charity.

Since being founded by Bill and Melinda Gates two years ago, The Giving Pledge has recruited 92 billionaires, whose ages range from 28 to 97, including Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Star Wars director George Lucas and Barron Hilton, Paris’ granddad.

The pledge’s newest recruits include the CEO of Netflix and the Chaiman of Intel. Nice form!

Teenager Becomes Africa’s Youngest MP

19-year-old Proscovia Oromait has become Africa’s youngest Member of Parliament after winning the Ugandan bi-election last week. Half of Uganda’s population is below the age of 15, and the historic result shows that the country’s political tide might be turning.

Fresh out of high school, Proscovia certainly has a challenge ahead of her – Usuk, constituency of 100,000 residents that she will represent, is extremely poor and only has one functional high school. But despite her age, Proscovia insists that she is up to the task, saying “I want to fight [for] peace and unity”.

Young Women Want Real Models

Campaigners in the US and trying to get Teen Vogue to change their ways.

Change.org would like girls and young women to flick through glossy magazine pages and see real, unaltered images, showing girls of all shapes, races, hair textures, and ability. But after gathering a petition of 45,000 signatures and being covered by mainstream media, Teen Vogue’s Editor-In-Chief didn’t seem too interested in a change in direction, telling the group to “go do [their] homework.”

Now the campaign is targeting some of the magazine’s biggest advertisers – Neutrogena, Tampax, and Clean & Clear – asking them to side with teenage girls and boycott advertising in Teen Vogue until they agree to stop altering their models and show more diversity on their pages. You can support their campaign by signing the petition here.

The Great Dollar Pig Massacre of 2012


An origami enthusiast with a fair amount of time on his hands has attempted to pay traffic fine with 137 US dollar bills folded into tiny pigs.

The paper piglet army, one of whom was named Admiral Back Bacon, was presented to police in two large Dunkin’ Donuts boxes. A video of the fine being paid in a local police station has been uploaded to YouTube and was viewed almost 1 million times within a week.

If you have a few dollar bills and some time to spare, you can learn to fold a tiny origami pig here.

Something brewing in your part of the world? We want to know about it. Tweet @its_alicia or @mtvvoices using the hashtag #WhatsUpWorld

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