Kiwi make-up entrepreneurs hitting it big at 'crazy, different world' of New York Fashion Week

Two Wellington woman, Hannah Duder and Bonnie Howland, had a goal to make a sustainable make-up brand and give back half of their profits to charity.

Seven Sharp helped them launch their first product, a mascara, last year, and viewers of the TVNZ1 show generously gave them tens of thousands of dollars to do it.

Now, they've made it all the way to New York Fashion Week with their brand Indigo & Iris.

"It's been really cool to see the make up artists and the models and everyone here at fashion week just loving Indigo," creator Hannah Duder says.

The young entrepreneurs were undaunted by launching their mascara Levitate at one of the biggest weeks in the industry.

"Fashion is a high pressure, high intensity world and it's very intimidating to a lot of people," Bonnie Howland says.

"I think something that's been really cool for me is we're just being ourselves, and we don't have to try and fit into this crazy different world, I mean we're at New York Fashion week," Hannah Duder says.

"We're just like being ourselves and we're being received really well, so that's so cool." 

The two young women from Wellington want to create a sustainable brand. Source: Seven Sharp



'I was a mess, I was sick' - US Olympian Aly Raisman describes emotional toll of confronting abuser Larry Nasser

One of the most prominent US sportswomen who testified against US sports doctor Larry Nasser, who has been handed multiple life sentences for molesting young athletes, has spoken of the emotional toll of confronting him in court.

US Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman said despite her stoic appearance in the court footage, the event took many weeks to recover from.

"I can't even put into words how difficult it is," Raisman said.

"It's not easy getting up in front of (Larry) Nasser and speaking in front of him.

"I know I looked strong in the moment, but after I was a mess. I was sick. I didn't feel good. I was exhausted. It felt like it took me weeks to recover.

"It's not easy at all and, you know, leading up to when I decided to share my story I was stressed out, I was sick, I could barely work out.

"It's not something that - it's not easy for anyone to come forward."

On Feburary 6, Nasser was sent to prison for up to 175 years in what's said to be the worst sex-abuse case in sports history.

His victims vowed to keep fighting for accountability in the scandal that upended the gymnastics world and raised alarms about the sport's ask-no-questions culture.

Long after the disgraced doctor is locked up in a federal prison, investigations into his misconduct will go on, perhaps for years.

"We have taken care of one perpetrator. We have not taken care of the systems that allowed him to flourish," said Rachael Denhollander, who filed a police report in 2016 about how Nassar had molested her 16 years earlier, when she was 15, with her mother in the room.

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Watch: Florida's Governor totally refuses to answer questions on US gun laws after school massacre kills 17

Florida's Republican Governor has evaded making any comment on the state of US gun laws following the high school mass shooting that killed 17 today, instead vaguely touching on the need to improve law enforcement.

Florida Governor Rick Scott, who is a public supporter of the National Rifle Association, was asked at the close of day in Florida, whether politicians like him were "complicit" in such US mass shootings for their resistance to harsher gun laws.

The reporter asked: "Are we all in society, politicians in society included, complicit when critics say we pay lip service to the great need for mental health care in this country, and people like you who are very pro-gun, don't want to see any gun restrictions."

"When do you take a stand? Are you willing to take a stand? Are you willing to take one now that it's happened in the backyard of your won state?"

In reply, Governor Scott couldn't even manage to pay lip service to the subject, completely avoiding any reference to gun laws and simply saying there is a time to have conversations about improving mental health services and law enforcement.

"My heart goes out to everyone impacted today. Um, all of us can internalise this if it were to happen to their family," Mr Scott said.

"You know, all of us want to live in a safe community, and there's a time to continue to have these conversations about how through law enforcement, how through mental illness funding that we make sure people are safe, and we'll continue to do that."

At least seventeen people have been confirmed dead by authorities in the fatal Florida high school shooting today. 

Authorities said 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz is in custody after the attack Wednesday that claimed 17 lives at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

Officials say Cruz was a former student, having been expelled from the school.

Classmates of Cruz have described him as having a fixation on guns, and owning numerous firearms.

Broward county mayor Beam Furr told CNN that Cruz had previously attended a mental health clinic, but had not been seen there for more than a year.

"It wasn’t like there wasn’t concern for him. We try to keep our eyes out on those kids who aren’t connected," Mayor Furr said.

"Most teachers try to steer them toward some kind of connections. In this case, we didn’t find a way to connect with this kid."

Also fronting the press conference, held around 3.30 (NZDT), was Broward County Sheriff, Scott Israel, who added the fresh information that one of the victims was a coach at the school, and a deputy sheriff’s son was shot, but doesn’t have life-threatening injuries.

In an earlier press conference, Broward County Florida Sheriff Scott Israel said 12 were killed within the building, two outside, one on the street and two lost their lives at the hospital. 

"I'm sadden to say 17 people lost their lives."

"There are people that are still undergoing surgery."

"Just pray for this city, pray for this school, the parents, the folks that lost their lives."

"It's a horrific, horrific day. It's just horrible."

Sheriff Israel said the gunman, believed to be 19-year-old Nicholas Cruz had "countless magazines" and is believed to have used one AR 15 rifle.

He also said Cruz was expelled for disciplinary reasons from the high school. 

For a rundown on how events unfolded today, click here.