Winslet inspires at WE Day UK

When you think of Kate Winslet, her memorable movie roles and acting prowess are likely the first things that come to mind. But that wasn’t always the case, the actress recently shared, especially growing up.

According to Glamour, Winslet spoke at the fourth annual WE Day UK event, and told of her  experiences being bullied as a child for her looks. “They called me ‘Blubber,’ they teased me for wanting to act. Locked me in the cupboard and would laugh at me,” she said, the Evening Standard reports.

The focus on her looks followed her as she pursued acting, sharing that she was told on several occasions that she should consider herself lucky in her career if she could “settle for the fat-girl parts,” says Glamour. But Winslet neither settled nor quit; instead, she let those negative words empower her to fight for the life she dreamed of.

“I didn’t lock myself away and give up on my dream,” she said, according to Glamour. “I fought back. I had to ignore the negative comments. I had to believe in myself. I had to choose to rise above it all, and I had to work hard. You have to be indestructible to do what you love, and believe that you are worth it. And sometimes that’s the hardest part.”

From auditioning for school plays to eventually landing her breakout role in Titanic, Winslet said none of it would have been possibly if she hadn’t learned to tune out the negative voices and take control of her own life.

“I learned to embrace my flaws, to make no apology for who I am,” she said, according to Glamour. “I dug deep and I decided that I simply wouldn’t listen when they said my body didn’t fit.”

Keller named Givenchy artistic director

Sometimes, departing one job can lead to bigger and better things — even making company history.

That’s exactly the case for Clare Waight Keller, who ELLE reports will assume the position of artistic director for luxury fashion brand Givenchy, making her the first female to take the title.

Announced on March 16 on Instagram, ELLE says the news follows her January departure from Chloé, the French fashion house where she served in the same role for six years. She takes the place of outgoing fashion director Riccardo Tisci.

Young neurosurgeon makes history

People often make history for being the best in their field, so to make history before truly working in said field is something pretty special. Just ask Nancy Abu-Bonsrah.

According to the Huffington Post, Abu-Bonsrah is “set to become the first black woman to be trained as a neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins medical school.”

With “Match Day” on March 17, Abu-Bonsrah didn’t need the luck of St. Patrick’s Day on her side to be accepted into the residency program — her talent and intelligence obviously spoke for themselves, as CNN reports that the nationally-ranked program only accepts between two and five residents each year.

Beginning her residency in 2018, HuffPost says the Ghana-born neurosurgery student said she hopes to use her skills to create healthcare solutions around the world.

“I hope to be able to go back to Ghana over the course of my career to help in building sustainable surgical infrastructure,” she said. “I will be matching into neurosurgery, a field that I am greatly enamored with, and hope to utilize those skills in advancing global surgical care.”

Target takes down ‘beach body’ myth in new campaign

Temperatures are slowly inching upward, and with spring about to make its official debut, we know that days spent lounging on the beach in the hot summer sun are not far behind. While we may be anxious about getting our winter bodies back into summertime shape, Target is here to tell us that we are perfect just as we are.

According to Yahoo, the retailer’s #TargetSwim campaign not only aims to promote their current swimwear stock, it also sends a powerful message about what a “beach body” really is. Stating that their swimsuits are “for every beach body under the sun,” Yahoo says that the campaign features body-diverse models such as Denise Bidot, as well as “television personality and former Miss Teen USA Kamie Crawford, professional skateboarder Lizzie Armanto, and dancer and YouTube star Megan Batoon.”

With swimsuits in bold patterns and sexy silhouettes, Yahoo reports that Target’s campaign is as much about style as it is about feeling beautiful.

“Finding your favorite style suit is important, and we’re all about offering flattering fit and cut options to help guests feel confident in their swimsuits,” the Target swimsuit site says, according to Yahoo. “After all, you look your best when you feel your best!”

For Batoon, who models in the campaign, Target’s mission of making women feel their best is absolutely necessary — especially when you bare it all in your swimsuit.

“You’re baring the most amount of skin in public when you’re in a swimsuit,” she said, according to Yahoo, “so it’s important that it helps you feel confident so you can be completely yourself and enjoy every part of summer without the burden of insecurities.”

And with styles available in a wide variety of sizes and price points, all women can surely find something perfect for them. See all of Target’s swimsuit styles here.

 

‘SYTTD’ to feature trans bride

All brides deserve to feel special on their wedding day — that’s why TLC’s “Say Yes to the Dress” is welcoming all brides.

According to the Huffington Post, the long-standing New York-based show will feature their first transgender bride, hairstylist and makeup artist Gabrielle Gibson, in their March 25 episode.

The 33-year-old New Jersey native took to Facebook to announce her spot on the show, says HuffPost, sharing a photo of herself in a V-neck lace mermaid gown while standing on the floor of Kleinfeld Bridal next to consultant Shay and Kleinfeld fashion director Randy Fenoli.

Calling the experience “an absolute dream” in her Facebook post, HuffPost says Gibson is set to marry fiancé Jaden Rogers this November in a “country chic” wedding. While Gibson certainly enjoyed her “Say Yes” experience, she also felt her appearance served more of a purpose than just showing off a beautiful wedding gown.

“With everything going on in the media surrounding violence towards trans women of color,” she told PinkNews, according to HuffPost, “I wanted to show that we are people who just want to live and be happy.”

We wish Gibson and her fiancé all the best — and kudos to you, “Say Yes”!

Beckham brings signature style to Target

April 9 may seem like a random spring day, but for Target, it’s the day Victoria Beckham descends on the mass retailer.

According to Vogue, Beckham’s long-awaited collaboration with Target will finally launch on April 9 at Target and on victoriabeckham.com, treating customers to a modern, yet whimsical collection of both child and adult clothing.

While Beckham is most known for her upscale designs for her self-named fashion label, Glamour reports that this collaboration will make high style available to shoppers of all budgets, with prices starting at $6 and capping at $70 and ” most items falling below the $40 mark.”

Though the line features ’60s-inspired florals and playful patterns, each piece in the collaboration offers tailored, fitted pieces that look much more expensive than their price tags admit. Take, for example, the Black Daisy Peplum Top: with oversized flowers strewn about the top, the bold floral doesn’t overtake the top’s structure, which has a clearly defined waist and bust that will only create shape and curves.

Comprised of over 150 pieces, Beckham told Vogue that the accessibility of her clothing has been a chief concern for her and her brand. “It has always been important to me that my designs reach women all over the world,” she said. “I think it’s great [and] it’s a collection that women everywhere can enjoy.”

If this collection is calling your name, you can start staking out the pieces you’ll want to purchase by skimming Target’s preview of the line here.

 

 

Stefani packs style into two new eyewear lines

Finding out you need to wear glasses doesn’t have to be a fashion death sentence  — that’s what Gwen Stefani is proving with her new eyewear lines.

According to ELLEthe No Doubt singer has launched two eyewear lines — Tura—gx by Gwen Stefani and L.A.M.B — with the new styles set to debut this month. Sharing with ELLE that her son Kingston was the inspiration behind including her first junior’s collection, Stefani said it’s a chance to make fashionable eyewear for the entire family.

“He had to get them starting in kindergarten, and at first, I felt so nervous, but he loves them,” she said.  “And it’s amazing how life works itself out, because I have to wear glasses now, so we can all match.”

But beyond her son providing some motivation for the eyewear line, Stefani elaborated to  ELLE on her third collaboration with eyewear design company Tura, not only calling her design partners “dope,” but also sharing that they both want to ensure that her designs only enhanced a wearer’s personal style.

“…We’re very honest about the fact that if you’re wearing glasses, they’re not invisible. We can see them,” she said. “They don’t fade into the rest of your look. So if you’re going to wear them, you might as well go with a bold color, a cool pattern, something beautiful.”

Be sure to check out Stefani’s new frames for Tura and L.A.M.B before they are available for purchase later this month.

Sorority to accept trans women

It looks like the Alpha Chi Omega sorority is about to live up to its Twitter bio: “Real. Strong. Women.”

According to Glamour, the sorority announced a month ago that it will begin to accept transgender women to all of its chapters nationwide — a move that Alpha Chi Omega national president Angela Costley Harris wrote aligns with their mission:

“Alpha Chi Omega exists to develop and empower strong women,” Glamour says she wrote to sorority members. “If we are to continue to live this important mission in today’s world, Alpha Chi Omega must be inclusive of all who live and identify as women, regardless of their gender assigned at birth.”

So far, Glamour shares that response by active Alpha Chi Omega members has been positive, with several members around the country offering welcoming messages of acceptance.

While there are others who have expressed concerns, perhaps the move is best summed up by the director of the LGBTQ+ Resource Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, who shared with Glamour that Alpha Chi Omega’s decision “demonstrates the growing awareness of gender identity going beyond the binary and a recognition and acceptance that gender is not binary.”

 

Sephora seeks to inspire budding female entrepreneurs

Likely one of the most recognizable beauty retailers in the game, Sephora isn’t just the store of choice for many makeup buyers; it is also becoming a source of inspiration.

According to FashionistaSephora announced an expansion of their Sephora Accelerate program, which “offers support and mentorship to female entrepreneurs in the beauty space.” The additions to the program include an “open application process” for sustainability and technology fields in the world of beauty, says Fashionista, areas that are both relatively new in that market.

Beyond the new application process, which closed in January, the program is expanding  their Classes for Confidence series, reports Fashionista, which is “the retailer’s schedule of complimentary in-store classes designed to empower women facing major life transitions, such as unemployment or serious illness.”

With over 300 hours of mentorship logged in its first year, Fashionista reports that Sephora’s Head of Social Impact Corrie Conrad said she hopes the program not only keeps Sephora at the fore of the beauty industry, but also inspires women to create their own success stories.

“I think that our purpose of inspiring fearlessness and female empowerment has resonated so authentically,” Conrad told Fashionista. “If you look at our client base, the majority are women — it’s building off of our previous ongoing commitment to [gender] diversity in the workplace.”

Zendaya partners with ‘#WeNeedMore’ campaign

A career in engineering or technology is just as exciting as a career in Hollywood — that’s the message behind Zendaya’s new partnership with Verizon.

According to InStyle, the 20-year-old multi-hyphenate has teamed up with Verizon’s ‘#WeNeedMore’ campaign, which “encourages students to explore the many career possibilities that exist within STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields.”

To help show students the kinds of careers possible, Zendaya brought a group of 13 and 14-year-olds to Capitol Studios to show how she records music, says InStyle, giving each of them a chance to sing with her and learn from audio engineer Joshua Florez how to edit and mix sound.

Inspired to participate in the project by her parents (who are teachers), Zendaya told InStyle that watching her mother push for educational technology in the classroom made her recognize the importance of those tools.

“I got to witness firsthand how much that can affect a young person, how much that can open their eyes to certain things that they may not even know exist at the time,” she explained.

And this program is no different, she told InStyle:

“It’s just kind of opening their eyes to other jobs, and other things that they can be involved in that maybe otherwise they wouldn’t even know exist, which I think is really cool…I’ve always been lucky that I’ve been able to have two parents that exposed me to that. But not every kid has that. Not every kid even has a teacher that’s going to go above and beyond to expose that to them. So that’s why programs like this are really important.”