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October 17, 2019

An Illuminati-loving self-help author is now in charge of honoring the smartest high school seniors in the country.

Last week, President Trump named Colorado lawyer George Mentz to the Commission on Presidential Scholars, which chooses academically excelling high school seniors to honor with a national award. Mentz's expertise for the role apparently comes from running a company that allegedly gives skills certificates to unqualified applicants, and also authoring several books that tell readers how the Illuminati can help them get the most out of life, reports The Denver Post.

Mentz, a longtime Trump supporter and donor, is the author of The Illuminati Secret Laws of Money, The Illuminati Handbook, 50 Laws of Power of the Illuminati, and 100 Secrets and Habits of the Illuminati for Life Success. Several of those books are co-authored with someone named "Magus Incognito," and generally share how mindfulness can lead to prosperity. Mentz cautioned The Denver Post about getting "too excited" about his word choice, essentially saying the term "Illuminati" is used as a marketing tactic.

Mentz is also the current owner of the Global Academy of Finance and Management and former CEO of the American Academy of Financial Management, both of which "award certifications, allowing applicants to add an alphabet soup of titles after their names," The Denver Post writes. Multiple Wall Street Journal articles found that AAFM gave out the certifications to recipients who hadn't taken qualifying courses, and listed people on its board of advisers who said they'd never advised the company. Read more at The Denver Post. Kathryn Krawczyk

May 17, 2019

Queer Eye's resident fashionista Tan France will soon be working overtime at Netflix.

France and designer Alexa Chung have been tapped to host a fashion competition show titled "Next in Fashion" for the streaming giant, writes The Hollywood Reporter.

Netflix has ordered 10 episodes of the series, which will show designers in competition with one another by putting them through different fashion challenges relating to global fashion trends. Eighteen established designers will be featured, and they'll be vying for a $250,000 prize along with the chance to debut a line with Net-a-Porter, per the Reporter.

Stylist and fashion editor Elizabeth Stewart and Instagram's director of fashion partnerships Eva Chen have been confirmed as guest judges, with more judges to be announced. The series does not yet have a premiere date. Marianne Dodson

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