Air India flies into history

Whoever said the sky is the limit never met the flight crew from Air India.

According to CNN, the airline made history last week when its all-female crew completed a flight around the world. And the crew was completely comprised of women, says Fortune: everyone from the captains to the air-traffic controllers and cabin crew were women.

With the flight taking place in two parts, the team “flew from New Delhi to San Francisco last Monday, traveling over the Pacific Ocean,” reports CNN. “The crew completed a mandatory rest period before flying over the Atlantic back to New Delhi, completing the round-the-world trip.”

CNN also reports that a spokesperson for Air India said that they applied for a Guinness World record after completing the feat, with this flight serving as just one of a “series of all-women flights scheduled to mark International Women’s Day on March 8.”

Congratulations to the all-female team!

 

 

Nike launches plus-size line

Athleticwear just got a bit more size inclusive, thanks to Nike.

According to Bustle, the brand just released an all-new 44-piece line that includes pieces like sports bras, leggings and tops, and ranges in size from XL to 3X (and bras up to size 38E). The athleticwear company explained their decision to increase their size offerings in statement, says Glamour, sharing that the move seeks to acknowledge the growing role of women in sports.

“Nike recognises that women are stronger, bolder and more outspoken than ever. In today’s world, sport is no longer something that she does, it’s who she is. The days where we have to add ‘female’ before ‘athlete’ are over. She is an athlete, period. And having helped fuel this cultural shift, we celebrate these athletes’ diversity, from ethnicity to body shape.”

The line, which is currently available in stores and online, also features in its promo photos UK lifestyle blogger Grace Victory, according to Glamour, as well as London-based blogger Danielle Vanier.

Welcome to the body-inclusive club, Nike!

Soccer jerseys get motivational

If you’re a fan of Sweden’s national women’s soccer team, you might not be able to pick our favorite player as easily with their new jerseys.

That’s because the team scrapped their last names from the backs of their shirts, only to replace them with phrases meant to inspire women, reports The Cut. Released last week, The Cut reports the shirts feature “tweets from prominent Swedish women to appear on the back of their jerseys, in the spot where their last names would usually appear.”

The quotes chosen include “‘Believe in your damn self’ (which was tweeted by artist Zara Larsson) to ‘Women want different things’ (from the comedian Karin Adelsköld),” says The Cut.

Communication director for Swedish FA Niklas Bodell told The Guardian that the shirt is not only a sign for women to know that they can achieve anything they set their minds to, it also serves as an important  reminder for the team itself.

“The initiative is first and foremost to, with the help of the national team, highlight the power that comes with doing things together and the women’s team’s success is a good example of that,” he told The Guardian. “We also hope that it can inspire people to stand up for each other, notwithstanding who you are or where you come from.”

 

 

Rihanna receives Humanitarian of the Year award

Make no mistake: Rihanna isn’t just a talented singer and fashion icon. She is also a major philanthropist, and now, Harvard University just made if official.

According to Glamour, the “Love on the Brain” singer stopped by the prestigious university in Cambridge, Mass. to receive the 2017 Humanitarian of the Year award on Tuesday, Feb. 28. In her acceptance speech, Glamour reports that Rihanna shared that she knew as a young child in Barbados that she wanted nothing more than to help others.

“I would say to myself, ‘You know, when I grow up, when I can get rich, [I’m going to] save kids all over the world,'” she said.

And she is certainly making a valiant effort: Glamour says she started her first charity, the Believe Foundation, at the age of 18 after striking success in the music industry, and from there, she went on to start the Clara Lionel Foundation, an organization named after her grandparents that supports and helps to fund “innovative and effective education and health programs around the world.”

Her speech also encouraged others to do what they can to make a difference around the world. Here are some of the highlights from Glamour’s reprinting of the speech:

I know that each and every one of you has the opportunity to help someone else. All you need to do is help one person, expecting nothing in return. To me, that is a humanitarian.”

You don’t have to be rich to help somebody. You don’t gotta be famous. You don’t even have to be college-educated.”

“And today I want to challenge each of you to make a commitment to help one person: one organization, one situation that touches your heart. My grandmother always used to say, “If you’ve got a dollar, there’s plenty to share.”

Read Rihanna’s speech in its entirety here.

Borges to represent L’Oreal Paris

L’Oreal Paris is on a mission to make beauty more inclusive, and their mission continues with Maria Borges.

A regular Victoria’s Secret model, Borges was recently named the new face of L’Oreal Paris, according to ELLE. Borges first made a name for herself in the industry back in 2015, says The Cut, after walking the runway of the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show with natural hair.

In addition to fronting ad campaigns for the beauty brand, ELLE reports that her new position allowed her to “elect one model to make her runway debut at Paris Fashion Week, Olamide Ogundele from Nigeria.”

As for Borges herself, The Cut shared that she is ready to promote inclusivity and facilitate change.

“I believe in the beauty of diversity and the empowering message that a girl who started from the bottom can be an international beauty symbol and be living proof that our dreams are valid, and the future ahead of us is bright.”

Hunter unveils ‘Ty Hunter by Reflex’ line

There’s nothing better than adding a bit of Beyoncé to your wardrobe — that’s why her personal stylist Ty Hunter is creating the clothing line that brings a little bit of the Queen into your everyday attire.

According to InStyle, Hunter announced on Instagram last Thursday, Feb. 23, that he is partnering with stylish athleisure line Six:02 to create Ty Hunter by Reflex. The 23-piece collection ranges in price from $45 to $200, reports InStyle, and includes everything from dresses to crop tops.

Sharing on Instagram that the collection is “influenced by retro shapes, styles, and passion for creating fashion,” InStyle says Hunter further explained that wanted to give city girls versatile pieces that would allow them to work out and then “throw on a heel and got [sic] out in some of the stuff.”

Even his bright, bold colors have a purpose, Hunter said, purposely choosing colors like magenta, bright yellow and turquoise because “I want the women to be happy.”

To check out the entire collection and shop the line, click here.

 

Davis makes history with Oscar win

The Academy Awards are always filled with history-making moments, and this year was no different.

According to Buzzfeed, Viola Davis not only took home her first Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Fences, she also made acting history at the award show on Sunday, Feb. 26.

The win launched her into the exclusive “triple crown” of acting club, says the Huffington Post, a group of now 23 actors who have each won “at least one competitive acting award at the Oscars, the Emmys and the Tonys.”

However, HuffPost says Davis is the first black woman to achieve such a feat. Her previous accolades that contribute to her now elite status include a 2015 Emmy for her role in How to Get Away With Murder, reports HuffPost, as well as two Tonys: “first in 2001 for her work in ‘King Hedley II‘ and then again in 2010 for her work in the Broadway rendition of ‘Fences.'”

Well deserved, Viola!