Your Summer Wardrobe Definitely Needs More Metallic Pieces

18. 07. 25

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Your Summer Wardrobe Definitely Needs More Metallic PiecesYour Summer Wardrobe Definitely Needs More Metallic Pieces

My favorite 2018 fashion moment so far? When metallics became a daytime staple.

A few years ago, the thought of wearing a gold skirt or a shiny top when it was light out never crossed my mind. Those pieces were best reserved for special occasions, themed parties and New Year’s Eves. But fast-forward to today, and the lines are blurred; party-wear is now acceptable at casual brunch, the office and even the pool (within reason). 

Simplicity is dead. And as a self-proclaimed maximalist, I say good riddance. I’m here to embrace my inner ’80s dancing queen and take to the streets of New York in my finest metallics. Try to stop me—I dare you.

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For some, metallics evoke horrifying images of fashion’s past: shoulder pads or outfits that mix navy and black. And while I’d encourage you not to knock these retro trends until you try them, I promise I get it.

Metallics are loud, overwhelming and a little intimidating. I don’t blame you for not gravitating to the dress that most resembles a disco ball every time you shop your favorite store. It’s hard to imagine such a spectacle being remotely versatile.

But I’m here to vouch for #TeamMetallic and convince you that a little shine can look exceptionally chic when paired with the right items in your closet. Just like an animal print or bold color, metallics can act as your outfit MVP—the finishing accent to your ensemble or, in some cases, the star of the show.

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Not convinced? A few examples: Try styling a metallic top with jeans and sandals for an elevated casual outfit that can take you from daytime adventure to cocktail night. Toss a metallic blazer over your LBD for a fashion-forward office ensemble, or pair a metallic skirt with a graphic tee and sneakers for an effortlessly cool look. 

Finally on board? Great—ahead, we have 13 metallic pieces you can shop right now. The sun will have nothing on you if you step out in one of these radiant pieces this summer.

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You hear so many things about Iran, in the media, and almost everything is about politics. But first of all a country is its people so let’s get to know them too.

Farnoush studies violin since her childhood. When I met her, last year in Tehran, the capital of the country, she was both nervous and excited because she was preparing for her first concert.

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With summer officially here, more and more celebrities are ditching their heavy foundations and choosing to go makeup-free for the sake of their skin and sanity. (Nobody wants to look sweaty and cakey on a 90-plus-degree day.) So far, we’ve seen stars, from Emmy Rossum to Brooklyn Decker, strip their faces and show off their glowing skin in front of their millions of Instagram followers. And though the complexions of these ladies are impressive, they hold no candle to the Queen of Glow, Yara Shahidi.

On Thursday, the 18-year-old actress took to her Instagram to share a casual makeup-free selfie. However, the picture wasn’t ordinary at all: With yellow flowers in her hair and a smize that would make Tyra Banks proud, the “Grown-ish” star flaunted her glowing skin like no one’s business. You haven’t seen dewy until you’ve seen Shahidi’s skin, which looked soft, smooth, and freshly moisturized.

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Aside from a few sunflower emojis, Shahidi left the picture captioneless, but the message was loud and clear: Why wear makeup when you have skin like Yara Shahidi’s? Now, if you excuse us, we’re going to try to recreate the actress’s dewy look, with the hope of looking like Shahidi and not like a hot mess of oil.

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Winnie Harlow wants people to know that, no, not everyone with vitiligo looks alike, and, yes, assuming so is racist. The 23-year-old model made this clear on Monday when she shut down a man on Twitter who assumed that another vitiligo woman’s nudes were hers.

The interaction happened after nudes of a woman with vitiligo, a skin condition that results in discoloration and a loss of pigment, went viral on Twitter. The picture featured the woman leaning back with her head cropped out. Because the woman’s identity was unknown, one man assumed that the nude picture was of Harlow, who swiftly shut him down.

“@winnieharlow this is you ahlieeeee?” the man tweeted. “tHiS iS yOu AhLiEeE?” Harlow responded. “So all people with Vitiligo look the same yea? Pretty sure this would be racism if it was 2Asian, 2black or 2white people. I definitely have photos in bathing suits & my skin looks nothing like hers, (as beautiful as her skin is.)”

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After pointing out that the woman’s skin looks nothing like hers, Harlow compared the man’s assumption that two people with vitiligo look identical to the misconception that all Black or Asian people look the same. After the man refused to fess up to his mistake, Harlow clapped back one more time to drill her point in. She also later took to her Instagram story to deny that she had nudes out and to call the man an “idiot.”

Winnie Harlow

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Harlow is right. To assume that another vitiligo woman’s nudes were hers simply because they have the same skin condition is ignorant and insulting. We hope that the man learns from his mistake and doesn’t make a dumb assumption like that again. Props to Harlow for putting him in his place.

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Why Your Hair Stops Growing and What You Can Do About ItWhy Your Hair Stops Growing and What You Can Do About It

At one point or another, all of us have looked in the mirror and thought, “Ugh, why the hell won’t my hair grow?” But can hair really stop growing, or is it all in our inpatient minds?

While it’s true that your hair probably hasn’t stopped growing altogether, there are some factors that can slow the growth or make it seem like the growth has been stunted. We checked in with experts and they gave us this master info, as well as some tips on how to help things along.

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Are You Getting Trims Often Enough?

“Some women try to hang on to as much length as possible by avoiding haircuts, and yet they gain no length,” says Shab Aghajani, senior stylist and extensions specialist at Julien Farel Restore Salon & Spa. “We all have a maximum length our hair can reach according to our current regime. This is where your ends simply begin to break instead of continue to remain strong and healthy. Until you change your existing habits and products used on your hair, nothing will change about your hair. Trim the split ends, use thermal protection and safe thermal tools, and use the right hair mask and treatment to nourish your hair, because clearly you’ve plateaued and nothing will change unless you make some changes yourself!”


Whether we have pinpointed it or not, we all have an individual hair cycle growth phase in which their hair has potential to reach its longest. This is the maximum length that hair could possibly reach without being cut or damaged.

“This does not mean that hair always stops growing once it reaches a specific length, but once a certain amount of time has passed. The growth phase is largely determined by genetics and typically lasts between two and six years,” says Dr. James C. Marotta, plastic surgeon and hair restoration specialist.

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Aging brings with it a host of life complications, not the least of all is our hair. As we get older, chances are our hair is weaker. Years of heat styling and bleaching can build up to create major damage.

“Studies have shown that the biology of hair can change, and the growth stage may shorten. This means that hair could begin shedding faster, making it appear thinner and shorter,” says Dr. Marotta. “For instance, if you have a five-year anagen [growing] period, a single strand of hair will continue growing for five years before it will go into ‘resting’ phase. However, as we get older, the anagen phase is known to shorten, meaning hair will grow for less time before it enters the resting phase and ultimately sheds to make room for new [short] strands. Additionally, oil production on the scalp often begins to slow down after age 45, so hair may be less hydrated and appear coarser, making it more susceptible to damage and breakage.”


Sorry to break it to you all: Your hair may appear to be not growing, but in reality, it could be breaking once it reaches a certain length. Showering, brushing, styling and bleaching hair can all lead to major split ends and breakage. Handling hair too roughly, using uncovered hair elastics and brushing too often can cause dryness and brittleness. Bleaching and chemical processes can cause hair to be overprocessed and lose elasticity and moisture.

“Since hair grows about half an inch each month, if it is continuing to break off at about that same rate, you will see little to no growth,” says Dr. Marotta.

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See Your Doctor

When hair appears to stop growing it can be extremely stressful.

“I always recommend a trip to the doctor to rule out allergies, dermatitis, hormonal disorders such as hyper thyroid, and general health issues,” says Stephanie Scuoppo, hairstylist and hair extension specialist at Oscar Blandi Salon.

The most common cause of hair thinning in women is a hereditary condition called androgenetic alopecia or female-pattern baldness.

“It is called a ‘pattern’ as this type of hair thinning develops in patterns from the interaction between genetics and hormonal factors when certain sex hormones trigger a particular pattern of permanent hair thinning in genetically susceptible people,” says Dr. Lars Skjøth, founder of the Harklinikken Hair Restoration Clinic. “This results in hair changing its characteristics. It grows slower and becomes drier and more dull/brittle as each strand becomes thinner and thinner.”


Diet and vitamin deficiencies can spell serious hair drama.

“It is important to have the proper levels of ferritin, zinc and vitamin B12 to maintain desirable hair length and quality,” says Dr. Marotta. “Adequate iron and protein are necessary for hair strength and to prevent brittleness and breakage. A lack of ferritin can cause hair to move out of its growing phase and to shed too quickly. An overactive or under active thyroid has also been shown to have an effect on hair growth.”

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Skin Conditions of the Scalp

According to ABC News, an unhealthy scalp can cause inflammation, in turn making it difficult for hair to grow. Seborrheic dermatitis (dandruff), psoriasis and fungal infections, like ringworm, are skin conditions that can lead to hair loss.

Change Your Hair Routine

Stack the odds in your favor by switching up your hair care for the better. Decrease the chemicals and heat. Try to not make it worse by styling, coloring or bleaching, and go easy on the hair dryer and flat iron.

A version of this article was originally published in January 2014.

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The first time I used moisturizer was a little over a year ago when my friend smuggled me a palm-size tub of Fresh from her beauty internship in exchange for help with her homework. Before that, I would pump puddles of Nivea body lotion into my hands, slather it on my arms and legs, and use the excess, of which there was usually a lot, to moisturize my face.

As someone who’s now committed to a multistep skin-care routine (that even includes oils!) and takes great pride in the stack of sheet masks stashed at the bottom of my pantry, I look back at that time in horror—both because of my clogged pores and because of how easily influenced I was by fragile masculinity.

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Growing up, I always considered myself on the progressive end of the spectrum when it came to grooming. I used the same shampoo and conditioner as my mom. I often bought women’s razors and shaving cream because they were cheaper and softer on the skin. I tried to stay away from men’s deodorants that were too musky or pine-scented, mainly because they smelled weird. As a gay man, I tried to be conscious of the toxicity of gendered products and was careful not to fall for the ad industry’s effort to market products exclusively “for men” or “for women,” as if those categories are important and those products aren’t interchangeable. But looking back, I realize I was as vulnerable to gender norms as everyone else.

My male friend said Lush was ‘too expensive and too gay’ for him.

A few months ago, I asked my friend if any of his 40-plus fraternity brothers used skin-care products. Other than the standard acne-specific face wash, he said no. A couple months later, I asked another male friend if he had ever shopped at Lush. He told me that the store was “too expensive and too gay” for him. Soon after, when I brought a clay mask to my friend’s house to try, her dad asked me why I had so many skin-care products, telling me that they were “for girls.” From a young age, men are conditioned to be seen as masculine, rugged, and strong, especially if they want to be viewed as attractive to the opposite sex. It’s what affects our every move, from the clothes we wear (never too pretty) and the movies we watch (mostly actions) to the products we buy at the drugstore. Putting effort into your appearance was fine, but caring too much about it was mocked, often by other men, and seen as a threat to your manhood—a.k.a. fragile masculinity.

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For decades, the advertising industry has been a “major vehicle” in creating and perpetuating gender stereotypes, according to Elza Ibroscheva, PhD, a professor at Webster University who specializes in media stereotypes. Cosmetics, which is one of the most powerful divisions of the advertising industry, began as a way to sell a “softer, feminine image” for female consumers, based on the former stereotype that women were “preoccupied with self-care and domestic duties,” Ibroscheva explains. As society changed, so did the beauty industry, which later pivoted its marketing strategy as a way for women to attract the opposite sex, leading to the birth of beauty products for men, specifically in skin care.

From a young age, men are conditioned to be seen as masculine, rugged, and strong.

However, advertisers had to be careful in how they marketed skin care for men. Maureen Hupfer, a gender and advertising professor at McMaster University, cites Nivea as one of the first skin-care companies to cater to men, with royal-blue packaging, athletic celebrity endorsers, and the proposal that skin care was less cosmetic and more a part of a man’s daily shaving ritual. Soon to follow were companies such as Dove (whose gray-and-black packaging is intended to suggest a sense of power), Kiehl’s (which markets its men’s moisturizers as “facial fuels”), and Axe (known for its hyper-masculine, sweat-dripping commercials). “Advertisers are walking a very fine line in their verbal and visual choices, encouraging men to be consumers of feminine-style products while also allowing them to maintain the qualities that have traditionally been gendered as masculine,” says Ibroscheva, noting that cosmetic bags for men are usually branded as “grooming kits.”

But is the distinction necessary? If skin care is for skin, which every person has, shouldn’t the products have the same effect, regardless of gender? The skin of men isn’t more or less dry, oily, or acne-prone than women. And even if men aren’t using skin care for reasons of vanity (although who wouldn’t want to look glowy instead of ashy?), they still reap plenty of health benefits from it, including sun protection, wrinkle prevention, and skin strength. Even other divisions of the beauty industry, such as makeup, fragrances, and hair, are open to men (despite female-centric marketing). In truth, there’s no distinction—only the one made by society and the advertising industry, which draws a line between men’s and women’s interests where there doesn’t need to be one. 

Even if men don’t use skin care for reasons of vanity, they still reap plenty of health benefits.

Though more and more men are becoming comfortable with skin-care products, Ibroscheva explains that these routines are often done in private and not daily. It’s a practice that I’ve found myself adopting, too. A few months ago, when I visited my parents’ house, I found myself sneaking into the bathroom with a stash of skin-care products and sneaking them out when I was finished, embarrassed by what they might think of my extensive multistep routine.

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Masculinity as a construct and gender norms are still things that I and many men, no matter how progressive or “woke” we are, struggle with. And the gendering of products doesn’t help. Whether it’s cosmetics, skin care, or toys, gendered products suggest that there’s something wrong if you use those of the opposite gender. The words masculine and feminine don’t hold as much weight as you think they do. As Father’s Day approaches, I urge shoppers to look beyond the bold block letters and blue packaging of men’s products and buy something that their dads would truly love, whether or not they’re infused with manly-smelling pine needles and marketed “for men.” The next generation of boys—and their glowing skin—will thank you.

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While walking on the streets of Dhaka, Bangladesh, a few weeks ago, I noticed a symphony of colours in one courtyard. Hundreds of young students wearing splendid saris were celebrating the anniversary of their women’s college. Entering the big gates was like stepping into a painting, no wonder the name of this young woman was Monalisa.

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We met on the beautiful streets of Kyoto, Japan, a few weeks ago. Ever since her childhood Megumi wished to become a nurse and help people in need. Her dream became true a few years ago.

But life has its strange paths. Megumi got paralysed and from a nurse, she became a patient. But her wish of helping people and being around them motivated to study hard and find another meaningful job. Today Megumi works in the human resources department of a company. She found a new way to express her vocation and her love for people

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When it comes to a middle part, there are usually two camps: loveit or hateit. Whether it makes you feel like a powerful badass or like your hair has been glued to your face, the middle part has withstood the test of time. It’s flirty, dynamic, face-defining and bold. For a hairstyle that elicits such strong emotions, we thought best to turn to two professionals for the low-down on creating, perfecting and rocking a middle part—even if you feel like it’s not for you.

Step-by-Step Instructions

If you’re going to go for the hairstyle, might as well have experts such as Justine Marjan, celebrity hairstylist who’s worked on the Kardashians, Ashley Graham and Chrissy Teigen, and L’Oréal Paris celebrity hairstylist Jonathan Colombini tell you how to do it. Both advised first grabbing a rattail comb—the ones that form a point at the end—to create the part. To determine where to make the middle part, Marjan says to use the “bridge of the nose as a guide.” Move up toward the “front hairline, use the tip of the comb and move it straight back toward the crown of the head.”

For the easiest route, Colombini advises starting with wet hair. “For a flawless, natural-looking part that won’t fight back, start your part with wet hair.” He also recommends a heat protectant such as L’Oréal Paris Elvive Total Repair 5 Protein Recharge Treatment before styling.

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From that point, both say to blow-dry. Marjan says, “I usually always blow-dry around the front parting and hairline with my ghd air blow dryer first then pin it with Kitsch no-crease clips to set it and to tame any cowlicks.” Colombini finishes it off with “L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray for a sleek look and to help smooth down flyaways.”

Do You Have to Train Your Hair?

We’ve heard for a long time when it comes to parts you have to train your hair, which honestly sounds ridiculous, but it’s not. Marjan and Colombini both say if your hair doesn’t naturally fall in the middle, then you have to train it to. “The best way to combat this is by blow-drying the hair into a center part,” says Colombini.

What Face Shape Does the Middle Part Work Best With?

The jury is in: oval and round. Marjan explains, “The center parting brings out the asymmetries in the facial features.” But don’t let that get you down or stop you from rocking the middle part.

Marjan says to work with what you got. “For example, if you have a heart-shaped face and want to wear a middle part, you’d want to cut or style the hair with volume around the jawline to balance out the features. If you have a square- or round-shaped face, volume at the roots would be better.”

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Why Does the Middle Part Get a Bad Rap?

People can be legitimately afraid of the middle part (OK, fine that was me for 15 years), but why? Colombini chalks it up to the middle part being an art. “Believe it or not, perfecting your part is an art; it can bring life to your best features, draw attention away from your worst, and introduce you to cheekbones. Sometimes a middle part is too harsh for some faces.”

How to Jazz It Up

Once you’ve mastered the art, it’s time to get funky. Marjan says messing around with the classic style is best for amplifying or hiding features. “If you are scared of a middle part bringing out certain facial features, jazz it up with bangs or faux bangs to soften the face. I also find that it is really helpful to style with no-crease clips to make sure the hair curves or lays straight the same way around both sides of the face.”

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Viktoria by Michael Imhof

The talented Cologne, Germany based photographer, Michael Imhof, is back in the magazine with this old style series starred by the stunning model Viktoria (, enjoy!

“This series was made in Berlin in a typical Berlin apartment. Viktoria and I took photos for her model agency and both found the kitchen so cool that we stayed there for a while. This is the result. A small sexy series shot with my Sony A9 and my favourite focal length 35 mm 1.4. Thanks to the beautiful Viktoria.”

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Gorgeous Vanessa (, captured by the lenses of the talented Melbourne based photographer, Chris Smith, enjoy!
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Under-$20 Hair Accessories for Getting Out of a Style RutUnder-$20 Hair Accessories for Getting Out of a Style Rut

We have our go-to hairstyles like top knots, mermaid waves and Princess Elsa–inspired French braids, but it’s easy to enter a hairstyle rut when you just don’t know how to spice it up. If you don’t want the major commitment of hair color or chopping your locks, adding fun accessories is a great option for doing it without any major commitment.

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No matter if you sport springy curls, pin-straight locks, an asymmetrical bob or waist-length hair, adding accessories to your strands is the easiest way to add pizzazz. And just so you’re getting the most bang for your buck, we rounded up 20 hair accessories under $20, from festive headbands to unique bobby pins.

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Thousands of people visit the huge Shwedagon Pagoda every day. This is the most important Buddhist temple of Myanmar, located in its biggest city, Yangon. In this harmonious place of rituals and meditation, I met this lovely lady, a few weeks ago.

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This is the Surprising Real Reason You Get ‘Hangry’This is the Surprising Real Reason You Get ‘Hangry’

If you’ve ever been accused of being “hangry”—that is, being angry as a result of hunger—it turns out you have a good excuse for it: science. New research published by the American Psychological Association found that being “hangry” is very much a real thing and is more complicated than simply a drop in blood sugar.

The study, which was published in the journal Emotion, indicates that the combination of hunger and anger is actually a complicated emotional response involving your personality, environment and biology.

“We all know that hunger can sometimes affect our emotions and perceptions of the world around us, but it’s only recently that the expression hangry, meaning bad-tempered or irritable because of hunger, was accepted by the Oxford Dictionary,” lead author Jennifer MacCormack, a doctoral student in the department of psychology and neuroscience at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, said in a statement. “The purpose of our research is to better understand the psychological mechanisms of hunger-induced emotional states — in this case, how someone becomes hangry.”

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According to MacCormack, there are two major factors that determine whether hunger will lead to a negative emotional response: context and self-awareness.

“You don’t just become hungry and start lashing out at the universe,” Dr. Kristen Lindquist, a psychologist and the study’s coauthor, said in a statement. “We’ve all felt hungry, recognized the unpleasantness as hunger, had a sandwich and felt better. We find that feeling hangry happens when you feel unpleasantness due to hunger but interpret those feelings as strong emotions about other people or the situation you’re in.”

To obtain these findings, the researchers conducted two separate online experiments with more than 400 people from across the United States. In the first one, participants were shown an image that was designed to induce positive, negative or neutral feelings, then shown a Chinese pictograph (which researchers deemed to be an emotionally ambiguous image) and asked them to rate the pictograph on a seven-point scale indicating how pleasant or unpleasant they found it. They also had to report their level of hunger at the time.

The hungry participants were more likely to perceive the pictograph as negative—but only after they were first shown a negative image. Researchers didn’t observe an effect when participants were first shown positive or neutral images.

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“The idea here is that the negative images provided a context for people to interpret their hunger feelings as meaning the pictographs were unpleasant,” MacCormack explained. “So there seems to be something special about unpleasant situations that makes people draw on their hunger feelings more than, say, in pleasant or neutral situations.”

The second part of the research took a look at people’s emotional awareness and found that those who were more aware that their hunger is manifesting as an emotion were actually less likely to get hangry. This experiment, which involved more than 200 participants, involved them either eating or fasting before taking a writing exercise designed to make them focus on their emotions, then complete a tedious computer exercise. The computers were rigged to crash just before they were able to finish. After that, participants filled out questionnaires about their emotions and how they perceived the quality of the experiment. Not surprisingly, those who were hungry expressed feeling stressed and hateful.

“A well-known commercial once said, ‘You’re not you when you’re hungry,’ but our data hint that by simply taking a step back from the present situation and recognizing how you’re feeling, you can still be you even when hungry,” MacCormack said.

Overall, the researchers aimed to highlight the mind-body connection—especially as it pertains to hunger—and in the plan to focus future studies on the impact of fatigue or inflammation on emotions.

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“Our bodies play a powerful role in shaping our moment-to-moment experiences, perceptions and behaviors—whether we are hungry versus full, tired versus rested or sick versus healthy,” MacCormack said.

“This means that it’s important to take care of our bodies, to pay attention to those bodily signals and not discount them, because they matter not just for our long term mental health, but also for the day-to-day quality of our psychological experiences, social relationships and work performance.”


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When Renee Kujur, a model from Chhattisgarh, India, first started modeling, she was discriminated against for her dark skin, with designers lightening her skin color with Photoshop and makeup. Now, she’s being called Rihanna 2.0. In an interview with Hindustan Times, Kujur opened up about her struggle with colorism in the modeling industry and how comparisons to Rihanna changed everything.

“Photographers would tell their clients that I resemble Rihanna,” Kujur said. “That way, it was easier to convince them. No one could deny that Rihanna was beautiful. That sort of worked in my favor. Those who had called me kaali and unattractive had to take back their words.”

As a dark-skin model in India, Kujur’s modeling jobs were far and few between. And when she was cast, Kujur either faced sexual harassment by designers who offered her work in exchange for sex or colorism by brands that lightened her skin with makeup and Photoshop. Kujur even heard makeup artists telling her that making her dark skin “look good” was a challenge.

“Being dark had already killed my chances,” Kujur said. “[A makeup artist once said] ‘Sundar ladki ka make-up toh koi bhi kar sakta hai (Anyone can do the make-up for a beautiful girl). The real challenge is to make a dark girl look good and I’ve done it.”

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It wasn’t until a friend told her that she looked like Rihanna that Kujur noticed a change in the way that she was treated, with designers and photographers noticing the similarity too. “I laughed off the Rihanna part. But soon, everyone was saying the same thing,” Kujur said. “With such a deep-rooted prejudice in people’s mind, it would’ve been very tough to get work. The Rihanna factor turned out to be a blessing. Rihanna has already convinced people that she’s sexy and beautiful, and the West is crazy about her. If I resemble her, how can I be unattractive? That’s how our mind works. I don’t know where I would’ve landed without Rihanna.”

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As for what she’s doing with her newfound success, Kujur is trying to change colorism in the modeling industry. Though not all dark-skin models look like Rihanna, she wants them to know that, regardless of their skin color, they’re beautiful and worthy of being models. “Few are willing to bend rules. For most people, beauty strictly means fair skin. It’ll take time to rewrite norms, but I’m happy that I’m part of the change,” Kujur said.

Kujur’s uncanny similarity to Rihanna is what caught our attention. (Her Instagram handle is @badgalrene.) But her passion when it comes to shutting down beauty standards is what’s capturing our hearts. Keeping doing you, girl.

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As I was getting dressed for the Women in Film’s Crystal + Lucy awards, a show highlighting women in media, I predicted that the biggest discovery of the evening would be whether I’d make it all night in my super-high Chloe Gosselin heels. I arrived at the Beverly Hilton wearing a dope Marais Wolk dress, proud to be representing the first season of my TV show, Vida, which vocalizes the underrepresented stories of brown queer Latinx-Americans.

The evening marched on with an inspiring and vibrant celebration of women in front of and behind the camera. I was helping myself to a third glass of white wine when Brie Larson was announced to receive her Crystal award. I cheered along with the crowd, doing my best to fight the fatigue that was creeping in, when suddenly Larson’s words grabbed my full attention.

Instead of using her allotted time to thank the people who had helped her get there, Larson pointed out the lack of critics of color in our industry. Say what?! I thought. Larson went on to share a stream of eye-opening stats from the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative: In 2017 only 2.5 percent of top film critics were women of color, while 80 percent of those who reviewed the year’s top box-office movies were male.I had no idea, but it made perfect sense.

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I looked back to our press junket and realized what I had taken for granted. Vida is my first TV show, so this was all new to me. I did about 40-plus interviews in one day and was now realizing that the diversity of people interviewing us was probably arranged on purpose, because that’s the way it should be. My co-star, Melissa Barrera, and I sat in a fancy hotel room as reporters came in and out, one by one. It was a long day, and even though we were repeatedly asked many of the same questions, we were happy to explain to reporters how Vida was a true love letter to our underserved communities. We have a proud queer Latinx showrunner, an all-Latinx writers room, all Latinx or women of color directing, and the most inclusive crew I’ve ever laid eyes on. For us, Vida isn’t just another job—it’s part of a movement of inclusion.

It’s just too easy to apply a fresh coat of stereotype and call it a day.

One interview in particular stood out. When Rosy Cordero, a journalist from Playboy magazine, walked in, her eyes were bright and alive, possessing energy that made me want to greet her like a long-lost friend. “First off, I still can’t believe a show like this exists!” she exclaimed. Melissa and I shared in her excitement. There’s a huge part of me that still can’t believe it, either. We talked about sex and nudity on-screen and what it means for us as Latinas. Cordero interviewed us with a cultural shorthand that allowed us to dig deeper than we had so far that day. This woman wasn’t just doing her job—she summoned her heart, gut and expressive hands during the interview.


Halfway through our conversation, Cordero paused. “I feel like I’ve been waiting my whole life to be able to report on a show like this.” She held back tears, which, in turn, made Melissa and I tear up. She quickly recovered and apologized, but we each grabbed one of her hands to let her know that we got it. Cordero was seeing herself represented as an unapologetically loud, fierce woman with agency over her body and a point of view. She understood the experience of being able to float freely between two cultures in a way that our grandparents and even our parents could not—while still trying to navigate a society that doesn’t always treat you as one of its own. Cordero’s perspective made her uniquely able to speak about the show with nuance and life experience, and thus hold us to a higher standard because she knew exactly what was being conveyed.

I wouldn’t expect the critic to understand. These references aren’t for him.

It’s glaringly apparent that it’s no longer enough to just have entertainment critics who understand how to discuss media, because even though the reviews for Vida have been incredibly positive, it’s difficult not feel tiny spike of yuck when I see our show being likened to a telenovela (the way most Latin shows are). Or when, more than once, tarot cards used by the character Doña Lupe were referred to as Loteria cards. This woman represents a sacred archetype in our culture and reducing her tarot cards to Loteria, a game, is akin to calling them bingo cards. Or when our activist scenes are called “laughably unconvincing” by someone who has likely never been to an activist meeting on the east side of L.A. There are people in our production and writers’ rooms who have been following this specific movement for years. So, it’s not entirely the critic’s fault. I wouldn’t expect him to understand. These references aren’t for him.

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During this difficult time in our culture, representation is more than just a matter of “fairness,” but something of necessity. We’re once again seeing just how easy it is to strip someone of their basic humanity. To scapegoat our country’s disfunction onto “those people” or “others.” It’s happening in our prisons; it’s happening on our borders; and it’s an unfortunately consistent part of this country’s history. It’s too easy to fear what you do not know. If all you’re seeing of immigrants on TV is cheap labor, criminals, gangs and drug dealers, who wouldn’t be scared?

If all you’re seeing of immigrants on TV is cheap labor, criminals, gangs and drug dealers, who wouldn’t be scared?

Telling our stories from our point of view is vital.  We must been seen, felt and understood, so that no one can deny us our humanity. Our stories will get lost if they’re not being amplified by people who understand them. Otherwise, it’s easy to apply a fresh coat of stereotype and call it a day.

‘Vida’ Star Mishel Prada: Hollywood Desperately Needs More Critics of Color

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The need for women of color in media stretches past the faces on the screens and the people on our sets. All aspects of the entertainment industry should reflect the people who consume it. Production companies, networks and film festivals must give women of color the access and credentials to make sure they’re included in the conversation about what’s artistically significant. It’s not acceptable to push diverse voices to the periphery or to the end of the red carpet press line. Vida showcases a Latinx perspective that’s still scarce on TV, but I’ve seen firsthand the profound importance of representation in telling a story—the right way.

I want to see our country on-screen reflected as it is in life: a diverse multitude of people, traditions and narratives to be shared and explored in characters, storytelling and colorful points of view.

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