Must Read: Jessica Simpson to Open Stores, Kendall Jenner Posts Most-Liked Instagram Ever

And less than two weeks before the show, Miss USA has been pulled from NBC.
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And less than two weeks before the show, Miss USA has been pulled from NBC.

Miss USA pulled from NBC two weeks before the show
NBC has ended its relationship with presidential candidate and billionaire Donald Trump after the latter made derogatory statements about immigrants. That leaves the Trump-owned Miss USA pageant — set to air in less than two weeks, on July 12 — scrambling to find a new network partner. {The New York Times}

Armani launches music app
Armani is strengthening its ties to the music world with the launch of Emporio Armani Sounds, an app for iPhone and Android devices that features playlists and streaming music from Spotify as well as interviews with artists including Mark Ronson, Calvin Harris and the Klaxons. {Fashionista inbox}

Researchers identify group that can predict 'product flops'
Researchers at Northwestern University and MIT have identified a group of consumers that can help predict product flops. Deemed “harbingers of failure,” this group — mostly female, well-educated and with children — tends to buy products that just don't catch on with the masses. {The Wall Street Journal}

Kendall Jenner posts most-liked Instagram photo ever
With 2.6 million likes and over 110,000 comments, Kendall Jenner now claims the title for most-liked Instagram ever. The photo, posted five weeks ago, shows the 19-year-old model lying on a patterned carpet, her hair artfully arranged in heart shapes. The previous record was held by her half-sister Kim Kardashian, whose photo from her wedding to Kanye West last year garnered 2.5 million likes. {Time}

Jessica Simpson Collection will have its own boutiques
Jessica Simpson's billion-dollar fashion and accessories brand, under new ownership as of April, is planning to open a string of stores "within the next year," starting in Chicago, L.A. and New York. The label is is currently only sold at mainstream department stores in the U.S.  {Us Weekly}

Caitlyn Jenner makes a Pride appearance
Recently transitioned Caitlyn Jenner made her first appearance during New York City Pride Week at the Voss Productions Pride party at the Dream Hotel on Sunday. Wearing a belted white blouse and form-fitting skirt, plus a perfect Kardashian blowout, she looked fabulous — and the crowd ate it up. {E}

Can male models become brands?
Gisele, Cara, Naomi, Kate — we hear these names and the faces of some of the world's best-known models come to mind. Garrett, Tyson and Sean? They're top-tier male models that most people have never heard of. There's long been a recognition and wage gap between female and male fashion models, due in part to the size of the womenswear market and the increased emphasis placed on women's appearances, all of which have led to lucrative gigs beyond modeling, including fashion lines and TV shows. A segment of ambitious male models want in on the action, too. {Business of Fashion}

Are we dubbing teens “style icons” too soon?
Robin Givhan of The Washington Post argues our society has elevated certain celebrity teens (and even toddlers — hello North West!) to "style icon" status far too soon, placing intense pressure and unnecessary focus on a way of self-expression that is essential to growing up. "To be viewed as a style icon or influencer or trendsetter suggests that you have worked your way through fashion’s many options and found the one aesthetic philosophy that perfectly communicates who you are — or at least who you want to be," she writes. "To give a teenager any of those labels is akin to thrusting them into adulthood too soon." {The Washington Post}