Raisman scores perfect 10 in ‘SI Swimsuit’ photos

It’s no surprise that U.S. gymnast Aly Raisman slayed on the world stage during the 2016 Summer Olympics — however, Raisman brought the heat yet again when she posed for Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Edition.

Posed in a black swimsuit, Yahoo says the 22-year-old gymnast felt empowered by the photos and the experience in general.

“I loved the photo shoot. It was such an empowering feeling to be so confident and happy with the way I looked,” she told Yahoo. “I work so hard for the body that I have and believe that all women should embrace how beautiful they are, no matter their body type.”

While Raisman seems to have the the self-confidence thing down, she shared that the key loving herself is pure happiness.

“When I’m happy, it doesn’t matter what other people think. What matters is that you look at yourself in the mirror and are happy with who you are as a person,” she told Yahoo. “If you’re a kind person, that’s far more important than being a certain size or number on the scale.”

We give that advice a perfect 10.

Katy Perry Footwear to debut in February

She already has a collection of makeup with CoverGirl, but Katy Perry isn’t done designing just yet. In fact, the singer has a new footwear line coming out next month.

According to Glamour, Perry is set to unveil a 40-shoe line that includes everything from ” platform heels to sneakers and shower slides” that offers a fun, quirky take on traditional styles — all in a way that’s reflective of Perry’s own unique style and all priced between $59 and $299.

Telling Glamour that designing shoes has been a longstanding dream of hers, Perry said that her collection is divided into themes that make for a one-of-a-kind look.

“There’s a star and moon group called SOLEstial,” she told Glamour. “Havana Good Time came from a trip I took to Cuba with all my girlfriends and has two styles with a cigar heel. And we have Pump Up the Jam, which is a bit nineties-based.”

So who did Perry have in mind while designing the line?

“Any girl who wants to have a little exclamation mark at her feet,” she shared with Glamour.

If you’re ready for an exclamation mark at your feet, keep an eye out for Perry’s shoe line next month on katyperrycollections.com.

To see some of Perry’s forthcoming styles, click here.

Stars support education for girls around the world

Countless girls may be one step closer to achieving an education thanks to the help of a celebrity-backed campaign.

According to Teen Vogue, 81 celebrities — including Lady Gaga, Blake Lively, Natalie Portman, Danai Gurira and Rashida Jones — have “signed an open letter that is part of ONE‘s campaign to support education of girls all around the world.”

Called “Poverty is Sexist,” the organization’s campaign seeks to help the nearly 130 million girls who lack funds necessary to attain a proper education secure just that, says Teen Vogue; the open letter signed by some of Hollywood’s best and brightest will be sent to leaders around the world in the hopes that action will be taken to give all girls access to education.

“All children deserve a good education, but in the poorest countries girls are denied it more often than boys,” the open letter says, according to Teen Vogue. “Education is vital for moving out of poverty. Every additional year of school that a girl completes increases her future earnings, which is good for her family, her community and her country.”

To help girls get the education they deserve, add your name to the letter here.


‘Big Little Lies’ takes aim at typical female roles in Hollywood

Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley and Zoe Kravitz are teaming up for a new HBO miniseries that challenges the typical roles reserved for women in Hollywood.

Their new show “Big Little Lies” —  an “adaptation of Liane Moriarty’s bestselling novel, a murder mystery wrapped up in a story about five women, all moms of first-graders,” according to USA Today — provides not only what’s sure to be an interesting plot, it also provides complex female characters that the actresses hope will influence future roles for women.

“The real amazing part was really digging deep into the lives of women,” Witherspoon told reporters at the Television Critics Association press tour, according to CNN. “It wasn’t about [the characters] being good or bad, [the script] showed every spectrum and every color of women’s lives.”

For Kidman, a co-producer on the series with Witherspoon, says the project has a strong theme of “women helping women,” something that CNN says is just as important to Witherspoon.

“I’m passionate [about producing] because things have to change,” Witherspoon said, according to CNN. “We have to start seeing women as they really are on film…We need to see things because we as human beings learn from art and what can you do if you never see it reflected? I feel like women of incredible talent [are constantly]playing wives and girlfriends … I’ve just had enough.”

“Big Little Lies” premieres on HBO on Feb. 19.

‘Accidental Icon’ influences style and beauty standards

Lyn Slater is a professor and a social worker, but the Huffington Post says the 63-year-old is much more — she’s also a style icon.

After being mistaken by paparazzi for a celebrity while meeting a friend outside of a fashion show two year years ago, the Huffington Post says Slater decided to use that fashionable fluke to her advantage, creating a blog called “Accidental Icon.”

Replete with photos of her ultra-modern style, HuffPost says her site also includes “fashion finds and personal essays,” and “offers a welcome dose of emotional maturity in a world overrun with twenty-something fashion bloggers.”

A fashion “influencer,” Slater’s photos are minimally edited which allow her natural beauty to shine through, according to HuffPost, something that the accidental icon herself is far from concerned about.

“Age is not a variable I consider when I am dressing,” she told HuffPost. “I think it is quite wonderful that the boundaries in fashion are loosening.”

Visit Accidental Icon here.

Lady Liberty gets an inclusive makeover

America is full of diversity, in people and in thought. That’s why the U.S. Mint and Treasury is about to make Lady Liberty look more representative of the diversity that is inherent to America’s history.

According to Mic to celebrate the U.S. Mint and Treasury’s 225th anniversary, they unveiled a new $100 coin on Thursday, Jan. 12 that depicts Lady Liberty as a black woman, marking “the first time in United States history that Lady Liberty has not been portrayed as a white woman.”

Designed by Justin Kunz, Mic says that the coin will be officially unveiled in April and will launch a series of  racially diverse coins released by the U.S. Treasury, which will “represent Lady Liberty as Hispanic-American, Asian-American, and Indian-American.”

U.S. Mint Chief of Staff Elisa Basnight spoke of the coin’s purpose in a ceremony introducing the new design, reports Mic.

“As we as a nation continue to evolve, so does liberty’s representation,” she said. “We live in a nation that affords us the opportunity to dream big and try to accomplish the seemingly impossible.”

Portman imparts pay gap wisdom

The gender pay gap has certainly impacted the women of Hollywood: from Jennifer Lawrence and Hilary Swank to Robin Wright and Emmy Rossum, both film and television actresses alike have often been paid much less than their male co-stars. But that’s not stopping them from speaking out on the issue to incite change.

According to the Huffington Post, Natalie Portman is the latest to discuss a moment in her career when she was paid less than what she now realizes she deserved. In the Jackie star’s interview with Marie Claire UKthe Huffington Post says Portman shared that for their film No Strings Attached, her co-star Ashton Kutcher earned “three times as much” than her for their work on the film, which was released the same year she won an Oscar for her role in Black Swan (2011).

“‘I knew and I went along with it because there’s this thing with ‘quotes’ in Hollywood,’ she said in the magazine’s February cover story. ‘Your quote is the highest you’ve ever been paid. His quote was three times higher than mine so they said he should get paid three times more.'”

Looking back, however, HuffPost says Portman shared, “I wasn’t as pissed as I should have been! I mean, we get paid a lot, so it’s hard to complain. But the disparity is crazy.”

Also noting that “in Hollywood we are making 30 cents to the dollar,” Portman said that the pay disparity also indicates a lack of opportunity for women, according to HuffPost.

“We just have a clear issue with women not having opportunities,” she said. “We need to be part of the solution, not perpetuating the problem.”

JLo teams up with Guiseppe Zanotti for luxury shoe collection

If one of your New Year’s resolutions was to dress more fashionably, Jennifer Lopez and Guiseppe Zanotti are here to help.

According to Yahoo, Lopez is teaming up with the Italian shoe designer to release a luxury shoe line set to launch on Jan. 23. Called”#GiuseppexJennifer,” the collection features six different designs that “[channel] the singer and actress’s flashy personal style” and features “a pair of lace-up, bejeweled stiletto boots in metallic silver teased by the brand” that Yahoo says is shaping up to be the star of the forthcoming line.

The first major celebrity collaboration for Zanotti, Yahoo reports that the #GiuseppexJennifer collection will be available on the Giuseppe Zanotti website as well as in stores.

We’ll be on the look out for the line very soon!

Hari Nef fronts new L’Oreal ad

Beauty is not reserved to one shape, size or skin tone — that’s what a brand-new beauty ad is showing us.

According to GlamourL’Oreal debuted a brand-new commercial during Sunday’s Golden Globe awards for their True Match foundation which starred transgender model Hari Nef, the “first transgender model to be a spokesperson for any L’Oreal Paris campaign in the U.S.”

The campaign — which Fashionista reports is “all about embracing one’s ethnic heritage via foundation choice” — also stars “models Sabina Karlsson, Giannina Oteto, Dominique Babineaux, Ju Xiaowen, Marquita Pring and Alexina Graham all make appearances, as do Olivia Culpoand a pregnant Blake Lively” and “features several influencer-slash-models: Cipriana Quann, Aja Dang and Arpana Rayamajhi.”

Fashionista reports that the move toward more diverse casting comes on the heels of similar decisions made by makeup companies like Maybelline and CoverGirl. L’Oreal has even followed suit with a male brand ambassador of their own, says Fashionista: Darnell Bernard, the first male to represent the beauty brand, according to Bernard’s Instagram post.

NASA astronaut Epps to join International Space Station

One NASA astronaut is about to make history when she embarks on her journey to the International Space Station.

According to the Huffington Post, Jeanette Epps made history early in 2017 when she announced on Jan. 4 that she will become the first black American to serve in the International Space Station.

“While NASA has sent 14 black astronauts into space over the decades, none have ever stayed aboard the ISS as a crew member,” reports the Huffington Post. “Epps will be the first African American and the 13th woman to call the ISS home since the space station was founded in 1998.”

An astronaut since 2009, HuffPost says Epps will serve as a flight engineer on Expedition 56, which is slated for May 2018, and will remain on staff for Expedition 57. Preparing Epps for her future at the space station is her PhD in aerospace engineering, says HuffPost, as well as her time as a NASA Graduate Student Researchers Project fellow — what’s more is that she’s served for seven years as technical intelligence officer for the Central Intelligence Agency.

The best part: HuffPost says NASA made the announcement of Epps’ mission just before the wide release of Hidden Figures, which “tells the story of three black women who played pivotal roles in NASA’s successful attempt to put astronaut John Glenn into orbit in 1962.”

Epps wil surely make them proud.