History-making NASA astronaut retires

A history-making astronaut has officially retired, leaving in her wake a stream of firsts and records set.

According to the Associated Press, NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson has retired almost a year after her last and longest space flight. In her storied career, not only was Whitson the first woman to command the International Space Station, AP reports that she has “spent more time off the planet than any other American: 665 days over three space station missions,” not to mention that she’s “also the world’s most experienced female spacewalker, with 10 under her spacesuit belt.”

Joining NASA in 1986 as a researcher, AP says Whitson’s career highlights also include  serving as the only female chief of NASA’s “male-dominated astronaut corps,” as well as being the oldest woman to ever fly in space.

Director of flight operations at Johnson Space Center in Houston Brian Kelly explained Whitson’s impact in this way:

“She set the highest standards for human spaceflight operations, as well as being an outstanding role model for women and men in America and across the globe.”

As for Whitson, she took to Twitter to express how significant her time as a NASA astronaut has been, calling it “the greatest honor to live out my lifelong dream.”

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Bra brand adds 24 new sizes

Bra shopping just got a little easier, thanks to ThirdLove.

According to Cosmopolitan, the intimates brand has announced that it they will not only begin offering half cup sizes, they are also adding a total of 24 new sizes to their collection. Additionally, the cup sizes will “range from AA through H and up to a 48-band size,” says Cosmo, giving ThirdLove a grand total of 70 sizes — more than double the offerings of competitor brands.

Chief Creative Officer for ThirdLove Ra’el Cohen told Cosmo that the more inclusive sizing aims to provide true-to-size styles that are supportive and stylish.

“We know you can’t just take a 34B and scale it up to a 40G — that’s a recipe for a bad fit,” she said. “We’ve worked tirelessly to design bras that don’t just scale up in size, but that have additional supportive elements that are nearly unperceivable to the naked eye.”

All of these inclusive sizes almost sounds too good to be true, and it kind of is — for now. Cosmo reports that while these sizes are currently available solely for the brand’s 24/7 Perfect Coverage Bra, ThirdLove does plan to extend the sizing to more designs in the near future.

 

San Francisco elects first black female mayor

All it takes is one woman to bust down the door for others to follow in her footsteps, and in San Francisco, London Breed did just that.

According to CNN, the 43-year-old politician has become the first African American woman to be elected as the mayor of San Francisco, earning the new position after her opponent conceded what was a tight mayoral race.

In a news conference, CNN says Breed not only thanked her supporters, she expressed her hope for the city’s future.

“I am so hopeful about the future of our city, and I am looking forward to serving as your mayor,” she said. “I am truly humbled and I am truly honored.”

But beyond sharing her optimistic outlook for what lay ahead for San Francisco, she also made sure to note that she will not bring just her followers into the city’s future; instead, CNN reports that Breed extended her advocacy to those who didn’t support or vote for her.

“Whether you voted for me or not, as mayor, I will be your mayor too,” she offered.

CNN says Breed will be the city’s mayor until 2020, as she is “finishing the term of the late Mayor Ed Lee, who died in December at age 65.”

H&M restructures sizing, expands size range

H&M is poised to overhaul its sizing system, and the changes are making way for a greater range of sizes.

According to Glamour, a spokesperson for the brand explained that “H&M in the USA will be updating their sizing structure for ladies’ customer starting with new summer and fall 2018 products.” And this new sizing will affect customers in more ways than one.

For example, Glamour says shoppers should anticipate wearing one numerical size smaller than their usual size in the store, something they plan to make known to their customers by placing explanatory tags on items that would be affected by the changes. Also coming on the heels of this update is an extended size range, which Glamour reports will now span from 0 to 26.

While the changes are new to the U.S., they originated across the pond. Glamour says that size updates were first reported in the U.K. last month, in which “an H&M spokesperson announced that the brand was ‘taking the steps to change our womenswear measurements to be in line with [standard] UK sizing,’ according to the BBC,” something that followed months of customer complaints about inconsistent sizing.

Now that the changes are hitting North America, hopefully this marks the beginning of truer sizing and better fit.

Madonna offers cheaper version of $600 face mask

If $600 is just too much for splurge on a face mask, a [slightly] cheaper alternative is here.

According to Glamour, a slightly more affordable version of Madonna’s MDNA Skin Magnetic Face Mask is now available, and it purportedly offers just as stellar results. While this version only features just a magnet and works its wonders sans LED light, Glamour says the mask leaves skin “smoother, softer, and more hydrated,” as well as looking “brighter” and “way less haggard than it did 180 seconds prior.”

The catch, however, is still in the price; Glamour reports that the main magnet product — the MDNA Skin Mask Remover  — sells for $80, but customers will still have to buy the Chrome Clay Mask separately, which clocks in at $120.

But if you’re in the market for a luxurious face mask, $200 sure beats $600 for a tried and true product like this one.

Ross responds to reproductive comments from critics

A woman’s plans for her future are no one’s to decide or change but her own — that’s what Tracee Ellis Ross explained in a new interview with Vanity Fair.

According to Glamour, the “Black-ish” actor detailed in the new interview persistent inquiries from fans about her reproductive plans, something she said was likely brought on by her character’s pregnancy during the show’s last season.

But regardless of her character’s pregnancy, Ross told Vanity Fair that comments about her personal decisions are none of anyone’s business.

“I literally have said to people, for real, no joke, ‘Why don’t you just get out of my womb? Like, get out of my uterus,” she said, according to Glamour. “What are you doing in there? And why are you asking those questions? And what makes you think you can ask that?'”

Glamour points out that this is not the first time Ross has had to defend her choices while also inspiring other women to do the same. In her Glamour Women of the Year Awards speech in 2017, she explained that her life is her’s to live.

“My life is mine. Those words stopped me in my tracks,” Ross said, according to Glamour. “Those words brought tears to my eyes because, yes, I’ve been living my life—but not to my own expectations. Not for me.”

May we all live our lives not for others, but for ourselves.

Read the full interview here.

MAC debuts Aaliyah collection

Clear out your makeup bags and make some space on your vanities, because a brand-new MAC collection is ready to drop.

According to PopSugar, MAC is set to drop its new MAC x Aaliyah Collection that celebrates the life and work of late music superstar Aaliyah, something that her brother Rashad Houghton told the site came as a direct result of her fans.

“My sister’s fans, throughout the years now, have been so incredible, just being passionate about keeping her legacy alive. We, along with the MAC team, made sure that every aspect, every shade, every color was something that the fans would love. The whole line is dedicated to the fans, because that’s what my sister would want.”

Launching online on June 20 and in select stores on June 21, PopSugar reports that the collection “an illuminating bronzing powder, a nine-pan eye shadow palette, and lipsticks, liners, and glosses inspired by the singer’s iconic beauty looks and music.”

With lipstick shades like “Try Again” (a nude shade) and  “More Than a Woman” (a cool red), PopSugar says all shades in the line are inspired by her “favorite colors and personal style,” even offering up a bright red shade similar to the one she rocked in the music video for “We Need a Resolution.”

Even the line’s packaging offers a piece of the singer, says PopSugar, featuring Aaliyah’s signature over a burgundy exterior.

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Miss America gets makeover, ditches swim competition

The Miss America competition is going to look a little different come September.

That’s because new chairwoman of the organization and former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson announced last week that the competition will not longer include its long-held swimsuit portion, according to Allure.

“We are no longer a pageant, we are a competition. We will no longer judge our candidates on their outward physical appearance,” Carlson said in her Good Morning America announcement. “That means that we will no longer have a swimsuit competition and that is official.”

But that’s not the only change coming to the competition; Allure reports that its evening gown portion will no longer focus on what the contestants are wearing, but instead will gauge “what comes out of their mouth,” according to Carlson.

As if these changes aren’t major enough, there may still be more on the horizon. When Carlson was asked during her initial announcement whether the new and improved competition will include a more diverse size range, she answered in a positive way.

“We are interested in what makes you you,” she said, according to Allure. “At the end of the day, we hand out scholarships to these women. We want more women to know that they are welcome in this organization.”

Winfrey gets exhibit in Smithsonian

It’s not often that someone gets to actually see an exhibit of their life, let alone actually have one dedicated to them. But for Oprah Winfrey, both of those just came true.

According to AOL, the famed journalist, TV personality and spiritual guru received her own exhibit dedicated to her life’s legacy in the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C. Called “Watching Oprah: The Oprah Winfrey Show and American Culture,” AOL reports that the exhibit “includes videos from the start of her career, personal mementos and more.”

Among some of the cool artifacts incorporated into the display is the red dress Winfrey wore in “the iconic Oprah Winfrey Show episode when she surprised the entire audience with a new car,” according to AOL, an outfit Winfrey herself explained she chose to match the ribbon on the cars she gave away.

Also included is a journal entry Winfrey wrote the night before the national debut of The Oprah Winfrey Show in 1986, says AOL, that wonders how her forthcoming show might affect her life:

“Exactly eight hours before the national first show,” it reads, according to AOL. “I keep wondering how my life will change. If it will change. What all this means. Why have I been so blessed? Maybe going national was to help me realize that I have an important work or that this work is important. I just know that I must be pressed to the work of the high calling.”

And change her life it did.

 

Crayon brand launches makeup collection

If the colors of your childhood crayon box inspired your current passion for makeup, brace yourself: a famous crayon brand has just unveiled their very own collection of cosmetics.

According to ELLE, Crayola has launched their new Crayola Beauty line exclusively with British retailer ASOS.com, complete with packaging that will take your back to your grammar school days. Adding to the nostalgia of the line are the product names, will ELLE says include all of the familiar Crayola crayon shades, such as “Fuzzy Wuzzy, a dusty rose” and “Tumbleweed, a cool beige.”

The 58-piece collection is also all vegan, reports ELLE, and offers a range of products that include “face crayons, lip and cheek crayons, color-changing lip crayons, highlighters, mascaras, palettes and brushes.”

And, keeping true to its color-centric brand, ELLE says each color is highly pigmented, offering a saturated, bold look — a look that will be easy to achieve when the line boasts 95 shades to choose from.

Adding to the line’s accessibility beyond the number of shades available are two factors: price and intended audience. While pieces from the collection range between $15 and $40, ELLE reports that a press release “notes the collection is gender fluid and the campaign photos reflect that spirit with both men and women wearing the products.”

What more could you ask for in a makeup collection?

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