Naomi Biden says her wedding dress was inspired by Grace Kelly’s royal wedding gown

Naomi Biden said that her wedding dress was inspired by Grace Kelly’s royal wedding gown.

The high-neck, long-sleeved Chantilly lace gown was designed by Ralph Lauren, Vogue reported.

Lace from Jill Biden’s wedding dress was sewn into the bodice of Naomi Biden’s gown.

President Joe Biden’s granddaughter Naomi Biden, who got married at the White House earlier this month, said that her wedding dress was inspired by Grace Kelly’s royal wedding gown.

“Like every little girl, I had a vision in my head — it was Grace Kelly’s dress I loved,” Biden told Vogue for a profile about her November 19 wedding.

Kelly wore a long-sleeve, high-neck wedding gown with lace overlay when she married Prince Rainier III of Monaco in 1956. Designed by Helen Rose, Kelly’s dress used 400 total yards of ivory faille and silk net.

Biden’s Ralph Lauren wedding dress featured a similar silhouette with a high neck, long sleeves, and skirt of flowing tulle. The bodice of Biden’s Chantilly lace gown also included lace sewn in from first lady Jill Biden’s own wedding dress.

According to Vogue, the first lady “beamed” when she first saw her granddaughter in the dress.

“Oh, honey!” she said, according to Vogue.

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‘Wakanda Forever’ spoilers: How sequel’s creators decided on new Black Panther, and major midcredits reveal

For the entire promotional tour of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, director and co-writer Ryan Coogler tiptoed around what the original script for the long-awaited sequel looked like before the tragic death of Chadwick Boseman in 2020.

Coogler would let it be known that that a major theme was still grief, with Boseman’s King T’Challa dealing with the pain of losing five years on Earth due to being a victim of Thanos’s snap at the end of Avengers: Infinity War (whereas the Wakandans in the finished product must deal with the pain of losing T’Challa).

But there’s something vital the filmmaker couldn’t say, because it would spoil the film’s deeply emotional midcredits scene, in which it’s revealed that Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) and the late superhero had a young son (also named T’Challa, but going by the name Touissant in Haiti where he lives with his mother).

Coogler planned for T’Challa to become a father all along, thus why he mourned those years lost on Earth.

“Honestly that’s what the [original] script was about,” Coogler tells us when asked what kind of deliberations went into giving T’Challa and Nakia a son. “It was about T’Challa becoming a father. So there was no deliberation. That was the movie we were making. And then [Boseman died], and we shifted it a bit.”

Says producer Nate Moore of that first version of the script: “In Ryan’s mind, he wanted to explore the notion of T’Challa facing fatherhood for the first time. So it wasn’t a reaction to anything… It was a story idea that was sort of interesting. And [then when Boseman] passed, it didn’t seem appropriate to abandon that just for that reason.

“It certainly also isn’t meant to say, ‘Oh hey, get ready for the new kid.’ It’s more like, ‘Oh, hey, what an interesting story point. And I think it really dimensionalizes Nakia’s relationship with the man, and shows you the depth of their commitment to each other, which I think is kind of powerful.”

Still, though, Coogler, Moore, Kevin Feige and the rest of the brain trust of Marvel deserve major kudos for finding such a tasteful solution to what became a major debate among fans in the years since Boseman’s death: Should T’Challa be recast? Proponents would point to the fact there’s been three Spider-Men in the past 20 years. Opponents said it’s disrespectful to recast so soon.

With introducing a very young T’Challa, it feels like Marvel is essentially saying, there very well could be a new T’Challa someday… but not anytime too soon. Right?

“Yeah,” Coogler mutters after a long pause.

Moore is more committal: “Exactly. I think you’re right, and the end of the movie isn’t [saying] get ready for the next one, it’s just, ‘Hey, there is a T’Challa. It’s not the one we all know and lost.’ And I think it’s more respectful to the loss for that reason.”

Of course Marvel had no choice but to replace Boseman when it came to the Black Panther mantle. Even that provided months of speculation for fans, with no official announcement before release, and a trailer that teased whom it would be. His sister Shuri (Letitia Wright)? Nakia? Danai Gurira’s Okoye? Winston Duke’s M’Baku?

In the end they went with the most obvious choice, one they also hardly seemed like they were trying to hide too hard. Just look at the film’s marketing and movie posters, with Wright’s Shuri dead center, arms crossed in the Wakanda salute. Shuri also became Black Panther in the comics, coincidentally in a plotline also involving Wakanda Forever’s main antagonist Namor (Tenoch Huerta).

“It was the only conversation we had,” says Moore. “It’s interesting, because we’re aware of conversations online. But I’m also a big comic fan. If you think about from publishing, this was a little inevitable. And when you think about it narratively, with the story we were telling, she is the most affected by T’Challa’s passing. And she maybe is the only one with the tools to bring the Black Panther mantle back, because if you remember the first film, Killmonger had destroyed all the heart-shaped herb anyway.

“So narratively it made sense. And from a purist’s standpoint, I think it’s really the only choice. Calls for M’Baku or Okoye seemed a bit like throwing darts at a dartboard for me… And Letitia Wright nails it. And Shuri’s transition from where she starts to where she ends in this film tells the story of why she should be Black Panther.”

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is now playing.

Watch our full interview with Ryan Coogler:

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Trump Returns To Twitter

Former US President Donald Trump’s Twitter account has been reactivated.

The account was restored after Elon Musk, Twitter’s new CEO and owner, ran a poll on the network on Friday asking users if Trump should be reinstated.

On Saturday, 51.8% voted in favour of the restoration, while 48.2% opposed it. Over 15 million people voted in the poll.

“The populace has spoken. “Trump will be reinstalled,” Musk tweeted following the election results.

Trump’s Twitter account was suspended in January 2021, following the post-2020 presidential election crisis in which a crowd of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol in Washington, D.C.

The news comes only days after the former president announced his intention to run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024. During his presidency, Trump utilized Twitter as a significant message medium to respond to various contentious tweets.

Despite this, the former President has stated that he is not looking forward to returning.

“I don’t see any reason for it,” When asked whether he planned to return to Twitter by a panel at the Republican Jewish Coalition’s annual leadership gathering, the former president responded via video.

He stated he would remain with Truth Social, the program produced by his Trump Media & Technology Group firm, which he said had higher user interaction than Twitter and was performing “phenomenally well.”