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[VIDEO] Brazilian Model Collapsed On Runway, Died During São Paulo Fashion Week

Fashionistas and spectators at São Paulo Fashion Week are mourning the tragic and sudden death of model Tales Soares. The Brazilian model collapsed while walking the runway. Stunned audience members rushed to the model’s side while the fashion show continued on the runway as he lied on the floor.

Tales Soares, 26, was an up-and-coming Brazilian model who died during São Paulo Fashion Week.

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Soares, who also went by Tales Cotta on social media, was a college graduate in physical education, according to this Instagram bio, and was a proud vegetarian. The young model leaves behind a girlfriend and legacy of being a champion for LGBTQ+ rights in a country where the LGBTQ+ is under attack.

Soares was walking for the Spanish clothing label Också when he collapsed.

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“The whole OCKSA team is deeply sorry and dismayed by the news of the model Tales Cotta’s death,” Också’s official statement reads. “Our deepest condolences to Tales’ family and our partners from the Base agency. We kindly ask our friends for prayers and positive energy in this extremely painful moment.”

São Paulo Fashion Week organizers shared their grief with followers after learning of Soares’ death.

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“The São Paulo Fashion Week has just received confirmation that model Tales Soares has passed away due to a sudden onset during the Också show,” reads the official São Paulo Fashion Week response. “He was promptly taken by the medical staff to the hospital, but unfortunately, wasn’t revived. We are truly sorry for this fatality and would like to pay our sincere condolences to Tales’ family. Alongside with Base MGT model agency, we’re providing all the necessary assistance in this unfortunate event.”

Soares sudden death on the catwalk has rattled the fashion world where models have long been under great pressure during shows.

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Members of the international fashion community are mourning the death of a young and healthy model. Soares’s cause of death remains unknown as the world waits for a medical examiner to conduct an autopsy to determine how the model died.

The death was caught on video.

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You can see Soares walking down the catwalk in the video. When he turns around at the end of the catwalk, he appears to trip over his shoelaces and stumbles until he falls flat on the floor. People rush from the audience to his side as he lies on the floor.

According to reports, Soares foamed at the mouth while he was on the floor before he was taken away by medical personnel. He was rushed to a hospital from the venue and was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Condolences flooded social media as news of the model’s untimely death spread around the world.

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There is no way to be prepared for a death like this. Rest in peace, Soares. Our thoughts and prayers are with Soares’s friends and family as they try to make it through this heartbreaking time.

You can watch the video of Soares’s collapse below.

It is a sad video to watch as Soares’s hopelessly tumbles to the ground in his final moments.

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Brazil Just Passed a Bill That Will Allow Rich Corporations to ‘Skip the Line’ for COVID-19 Vaccines

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Brazil Just Passed a Bill That Will Allow Rich Corporations to ‘Skip the Line’ for COVID-19 Vaccines

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Currently, Brazil is one of the world’s epicenters of the coronavirus. In March 2021, Brazil saw 66,573 COVID-19-related deaths. That means 1 in every 3 COVID-related deaths worldwide are occuring in Brazil.

And it doesn’t appear that the numbers will be slowing down anytime soon. While the United States is making strides in their COVID-19 vaccine distribution, Brazil is lagging far behind. And things are about to get a lot more complicated.

On Tuesday, Brazil passed a bill that would allow corporations to buy up as many vaccines as they can get their hands on, and privately distribute them to their employees first.

Elected officials in Brazil are arguing that the country has become so desperate to vaccinate its citizens, that it doesn’t matter who gets the vaccines first at this point.

The country, once renowned for having one of the most robust and efficient public vaccine-distribution programs in the world, has failed to make strides towards getting their citizens vaccinated.

“We are at war,” said the leader of the chamber, Arthur Lira. “And in war, anything goes to save lives.” We don’t know about you, but usually when it comes to war, we’ve heard that soldiers prioritize the health and safety of young, the weak, and the elderly before their own? We digress…

Brazil’s plan to privatize the vaccine rollout has brought up moral and ethical questions.

From the beginning, the World Health Organization has asked countries to first prioritize essential health workers and then high-risk populations when distributing the vaccine.

Anything other than that would promote a pay-to-play schemes in which the rich could protect their lives before poor people could. And poor people are more likely to die from COVID-19 in the first place.

As Alison Buttenheim, behavioral scientist and expert on the equitable allocation of the COVID-19 vaccine said, vaccine distribution should not “exacerbate disparities and inequities in health care,” but instead address them. Brazil’s vaccine rollout plan would fail to do any of the above.

If countries begin to allow the rich to prioritize their own interests during the vaccine rollout, the consequences could be disastrous.

In a time when the world is stoked by fear and uncertainty, the worst thing that can happen is for rich companies to exacerbate inequalities by effectively choosing who lives or dies.

As the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization said at the beginning of the global vaccine rollout: “any distribution of vaccines should advance human well-being and honor global equity, national equity, reciprocity, and legitimacy.”

Poor Brazilians should not be left to fend for themselves against COVID-19 simply because they are poor.

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Brazil is Fining Apple $2 Million For Selling the iPhone 12 Without A Charger, And We’re Not Mad About It

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Brazil is Fining Apple $2 Million For Selling the iPhone 12 Without A Charger, And We’re Not Mad About It

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It seems like every new product rollout, Apple gets stingier and stingier with what they include with each purchase. And while Brazil has recently been in the headlines for controversial news, this time, they have the public opinion on their side. Standing up for consumers, Brazil is fining Apple for alleged “false advertising”.

On Friday, a consumer watchdog agency announced that Brazil is fining Apple for $2 million. The reason? Not including a charger with the iPhone 12.

According to Procon, the São Paulo-based consumer protection agency, Apple’s decision not to include a charger with the iPhone 12 amounts to “false advertising”. Procon also accused Apple of selling “defective products”, creating unfair contracts for consumers, and failing to repair products that are still under warranty.

Per Brazilian media, Procon contacted Apple last year to ask them why they were now excluding chargers and earbuds. However, the company “never offered a convincing explanation” to the Brazilian agency.

“Apple needs to understand that in Brazil there are solid laws and institutions for consumer protection,” said Procon executive Fernando Capez, explaining why Brazil is fining Apple. “It needs to respect these laws and these institutions.” 

In October of 2020, Apple announced that it would no longer include chargers or earbuds in their iPhone boxes. The company cited “environmental concerns”.

But savvy consumers couldn’t help but be skeptical of Apple’s explanation. Some people thought that Apple’s “environmental decision” was simply a pretense. In reality, they thought it might be a gimmick to take more money from customers under the pretense of environmentalism.

For one, we fail to see how including chargers and earbuds in an iPhone package would help the environment. Wouldn’t individual boxes for each product simply contribute to more waste? We digress….

In general, consumers across the globe can’t help but…agree with Procon.

Anyone who is an Apple devotee (read: prisoner) knows that you can end up feeling trapped as a customer. You become roped into an endless cycle of buying products that seem to be diminishing in quality every year. Not only that, but every year, the iPhone becomes more expensive while customers get less bang for their buck.

But at some point, you feel like you have to buy Apple products. Because of how Apple designs their products, all of the technology you own (laptops, tablets, chargers, etc.) only works with Apple products.

Starting to buy a different brand would be akin to throwing away hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars you’ve already invested in Apple tech. To be an Apple customer is to be stuck in a vicious cycle.

Hopefully, other governments will follow suit. After all, big tech has been taking advantage of consumers for too long.

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