Minaj reveals donations to Indian village

Nicki Minaj isn’t just the queen of rap; she’s apparently the queen of charitable donations.

According to The Cut, the rapper recently took to Instagram to reveal photos and videos of a village in India she has “been donating money to for the past few years through her pastor Lydia Sloley.”

Minaj shared in her posts that her generosity has helped to provide the village with “a Computer Center, a Tailoring Institute, a Reading Program and 2 WATER WELLS,” says The Cut, writing that she’s telling of her charitable missions in case her fans would like to join in her efforts.

These Instagram posts follow her recent Twitter donation spree, in which she helped students with their tuition and student loans and is leading to the creation of a charity specifically for students.

We can’t wait to see what Minaj does next!

Raisman raises standards on body shaming

Girls are strong, and if you can’t see it, get over it — that’s the message behind Olympian Aly Raisman’s latest string of tweets directed at some very rude body shamers.

According to For The WinRaisman shared a recent encounter with some less-than-friendly TSA agents who identified her by her muscles and continued to comment on her appearance. Raisman tweeted that while one said she “recognized [her] by [her] biceps,” the other male TSA agent said he didn’t see her muscles and then proceeded to stare at the gymnast.

Calling the situation “rude and uncomfortable,” Raisman went on to school everyone on what body shaming means.

“I work very hard to be healthy & fit. The fact that a man thinks he judge my arms pisses me off I am so sick of this judgmental generation,” she tweeted. “If u are a man who can’t compliment a girls [muscles] you are sexist. Get over yourself. Are u kidding me? It’s 2017. When will this change?”

Hopefully tweets like Raisman’s can at least begin to change this culture.

 

Swimsuit photo preaches body positivity

If you don’t look like supermodels on the runway or in advertisements, it’s easy to be critical of your body. In fact, when we grow accustomed to seeing idealized depictions of the female body, we may come to believe that there is something wrong with us for not looking the same way — and that sentiment can seep into the minds of women and girls of all ages.

Just ask Rachel Spencer, who HuffPost reports took to Instagram this week to share a side-by-side photo of her 13-year-old self and her 26-year-old self to demonstrate the importance of body confidence. According to HuffPost, the confidence and success coach shared an image that shows her younger self covering her stomach in a swimsuit and her current self showing off her body with the caption “Self Love Queen.”

Her lengthy caption detailed why young Rachel was ashamed of her body because boys bullied her, which HuffPost says made her no longer want to go to the pool, let alone show off her body. Exacerbated by the media’s representation of women’s bodies, HuffPost says Spencer shared she felt at age 13 that she needed to change the way she looked.

“Why was a 13 year old worried about cellulite??? Because the media told her it was bad. That SHE was bad and needed to change,” she wrote.

But, Spencer finally managed to overcome these feelings with a little self love.

“There’s a big difference between the closed off, hiding, young girl on the left and the carefree, happy, open girl on the right. ❤️And that difference is self love.❤️” she wrote, according to HuffPost. “I taught it to myself. I had to. I had to find a way to be happy. The process wasn’t quick. I’m still working on it at 26 years old.”

Spencer concluded her post with a message to anyone who is still uncomfortable with their bodies, says HuffPost, saying that every body is a beautiful body.

“Put on that bikini and smile. Don’t feel the need to let other people’s opinions ruin precious memories with your friends and family,” she wrote. “Show your daughters what it’s like to flaunt their flaws at the pool. No shame. Your imperfections tell a story. Your body is beautiful. You are BEAUTIFUL.”

 

Body-positive documentary to air June 21

TV is about to get a little more body positive, thanks to a brand-new documentary.

According to Glamour, a documentary called Straight/Curve will make its debut on EPIX on June 21. The film, which Glamour says “aims to redefine the beauty and size standards enforced by the fashion industry,” features prominent models like Iskra Lawrence, Denise Bidot and Charli Howard, all in an attempt to change the fashion industry.

Sharing their own struggles with body image issues, Glamour reports director Jenny McQuaile said the models help to shed light on a complex fashion environment, as the film examines “the misconceptions around health and size, body shame, the lack of diversity in fashion and media, and the limited scope of education in fashion schools, among other issues.”

Glamour also notes that the film features “Project Runway‘s Tim Gunn, and Chromat designer Becca McCharen, as well as Claire Mysko, CEO of the National Eating Disorders Association—all of whom are important in rounding out this conversation.”

Catch the film at 8 p.m. on EPIX on June 21.

 

Swimsuits for All offers new ‘Baywatch’ style

Sexy swimwear isn’t just for tiny Hollywood actresses — thanks to Swimsuits for All, they’re available for anyone of any size.

According to InStyle, photos released in March showed Ashley Graham, Teyana Taylor and Niki Taylor all donning a red Baywatch-style swimsuit, complete with a high-cut leg and scoop back, in a Swimsuits for All ad campaign. The images were of course body positive, says InStyle, as each model “rocks her suit with her own signature style and personality interjected.”

But InStyle reports that those photos were only preceding the public launch of the swimsuit, which is now available on Swimsuits for All’s website. The $84 swimsuit is sold in sizes ranging from four to 22, so anyone who opts for the suit can feel sexy all summer long.

Shop the style here.

Macron fills cabinet with female ministers

The faces of French leadership are increasingly female, thanks to new French President Emmanuel Macron.

According to the BBC, Macron has already created a “gender-balanced cabinet,” filling 11 of 22 positions with female ministers, fulfilling an early campaign promise.

Some of the women taking up cabinet positions include, Sylvie Goulard, who the BBC says will be the defense minister, while Laura Flessel — an Olympic fencer — is sports minister. BBC also reports that Macron named Marlène Schiappa, whose s”uccessful blog Maman Works saw her dubbed the ‘spokeswoman for working mums,'” a junior minister for gender equity.

While the move certainly places women in high-ranking positions, the BBC says that “one of the top five posts, that of defence, went to a woman.”

 

 

Reed debuts BaYou With Love beauty collection

A new line of beauty products are about to pass your sustainability test.

According to InStyle, actress Nikki Reed’s lifestyle brand BaYou With Love debuted a brand-new and sustainable beauty collection with Anthropologie. Made in the United States, InStyle says the collection includes “a plant-based perfume oil, a skin balm, an all-natural cheek and lip tint, and an aromatherapy candle, all housed in a chic pale blue recycled plastic clutch.”

The eco-friendly set, which retails for $98, is currently available online and in Anthropologie stores.

 

Macy’s secures Anna Sui capsule collection

High fashion is coming to Macy’s this fall, and this is one collaboration you won’t want to miss.

According to FashionistaAnna Sui will be releasing a capsule collection with Macy’s this September, creating a limited-edition line in collaboration with INC International Concepts (a Macy’s house label). The move comes in an attempt to increase the retailer’s exclusive options, reports Fashionista, which aims to remedy their branding strategy.

While the Anna Sui x INC collaboration attempts to bolster Macy’s offerings, make no mistake: the signature style of Anna Sui will remain just as fashionable as ever.

Fashionista says Macy’s GVP of Private Brand Marketing Strategy Tim Reid said in a release announcing the collection that shoppers can “expect for Sui’s ‘signature whismy and eclectic edge’ to be well-represented, with what the release describes as ‘feminine prairie accents and hints of glamour with lace details, fringe and embroidered florals.'”

The collection will be available in early September, says Fashionista, with 25 Macy’s stores and Macys.com carrying the line of men’s apparel, as well as women’s apparel, shoes, handbags and jewelry.

 

Missy Elliott is fierce on ‘ELLE’ cover

The original queen of rap is taking the cover of ELLE magazine by storm, and with her cover comes a few life lessons from a career well-versed.

According to HuffPost, Missy Elliott used her place on the June cover of ELLE to share how her music and adjoining music videos helped her to express herself uninhibited. For  example, in her 1997 music video for “The Rain,” HuffPost says the rapper explained her “black plastic bag suit” was a way to make her feel powerful.

“To me, the outfit was a way to mask my shyness behind all the chaos of the look,” she said. “Although I am shy, I was never afraid to be a provocative woman. The outfit was a symbol of power. I loved the idea of feeling like a hip-hop Michelin woman. I knew I could have on a blow-up suit and still have people talking. It was bold and different. I’ve always seen myself as an innovator and a creative unlike any other.”

Even in a career marked with hits, the “Work It” rapper said that she’s never wanted to do anything to compromise who she is; in fact, HuffPost reports Missy Elliott offered that changing herself to fit in is something she’d “never do.”

“I’ve been through so many stumbling blocks to build a legacy, so I wouldn’t want to do something just to fit in. Because I never fit in.”

Read the full interview here.

Mowins to make EPSN history

There’s a first for everything and this fall, ESPN will have a first of their own.

According to HuffPost, Beth Mowins will “become the first woman in 30 years to call play-by-play for an NFL regular season game” when she gets behind the mic of the Sept. 11 Monday Night Football game between the Los Angeles Chargers and the Denver Broncos.

After joining the network in 1994, HuffPost says Mowins has been broadcasting college football games since 2005 and has recently been the go-to person for the Raiders’ preseason broadcasts.

The last woman to take the mic for a regular season NFL game was Gayle Sirens, who called a Seahawks-Chiefs game for NBC back in 1987, according to HuffPost.

Vittorio De Bartolo, executive producer of broadcasting for the Raiders, told Sports Illustrated (who originally reported the story) that he is ready to see what Mowins will do with her history-making moment.

“I am more than confident Beth can call an NFL game for a national audience.”

And so are we.