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Style Notes: Calvin Klein Gets Underwear Sales Boost; Victoria Beckham's Lost Hip-Hop Tracks

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News to read while counting down the hours to the holiday weekend.

Underwear Sales Help Calvin Klein Beat First-Quarter Expectations [Racked]
It appears that Justin Bieber and Kendall Jenner's Calvin Klein underwear ads are paying off. The company reported first-quarter sales beat expectations by 13 percent. On a call with investors on Thursday morning, PVH Corp CEO Emanuel Chirico told investors that the North American wholesale business — and underwear in particular — contributed to the boom. Chirico also noted that new retailers, including Amazon and Urban Outfitters, helped introduce the product to a younger customer.

Victoria Beckham's 2003 Hip-Hop Demo Leaked [Refinery29]
With her wildly successful career as a fashion designer, it's almost easy to forget that Victoria Beckham was first introduced to the world as Posh Spice — one-fifth of the girl group of the century, The Spice Girls. But those memories resurfaced on Thursday morning when a leaked copy of Beckham's unreleased solo hip-hop album from 2003 hit the internet. The tracks were produced by Roc-a-Fella Records' Damon Dash, and — for better or for worse — they're definitely worth a listen.

Facebook Apologizes for Banning Plus-Size Model Ad [Fortune]
Facebook issued an apology after an ad starring plus-size model Tess Holliday was banned for showing the body in an "undesirable manner." The photograph, posted by Australian feminist group Cherchez la Femme to promote a body positivity event, showed Holliday with arms raised while wearing a bikini. Facebook stated in their apology: “This image does not violate our ad policies. We apologize for the error and have let the advertiser know we are approving their ad.”

Clapit App Partners With Muse Model Agency for Model Scouting Competition [WWD]
Australian social networking app Clapit is making a splash as it enters the U.S. market by partnering with Muse Model Management to conduct a model search. The two companies are seeking an "expressive face" (rather than, say, a high fashion model) to be an influencer. Users are encouraged to tag #MakeMeAMuse on their selfies. The competition plays up Clapit's selfie reaction function, which allows users to post selfie reactions to other users' posts.

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