Bullock, Beyoncé support Houston relief efforts

As citizens of the world and citizens of the United States, offering a helping hand is woven into our fabric as a people. So when the Gulf Coast of Texas and the city of Houston were hit by Harvey, the former Category 4 hurricane and current tropical storm, some of the most well-known among us stepped up to facilitate relief efforts.

First to make headlines was Beyoncé, a Houston native, who told The Houston Chronicle that while her heart is always with her hometown, she will be making an extra effort to help those affected by the record flooding.

“My heart goes out to my hometown, Houston, and I remain in constant prayer for those affected and for the rescuers who have been so brave and determined to do so much to help,” she said, according to HuffPost. “I am working closely with my team at BeyGOOD as well as my pastor [Rudy Rasmus at St. John’s in downtown Houston] to implement a plan to help as many as we can.”

But Beyoncé isn’t the only one to make headlines in helping Houston. According to People, Austin resident Sandra Bullock donated $1 million to the Red Cross relief effort. While the storm comes in the midst of a polarized political climate, Bullock said relief efforts should mobilize people to support their fellow Americans.

“There are no politics in eight feet of water,” she said, according to People. “There are human beings in eight feet of water.”

Others who have donated thus far include Kevin Hart, the Kardashian family, Wendy Williams, Jennifer Lopez, Alex Rodriguez, The Rock and Nicki Minaj, reports ELLE.

To find out how you can help, click here.

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Dobrev discusses beauty standards in new interview

Flawlessness doesn’t exist — not in movies, television or social media. And sometimes, it takes a movie start to remind us just that.

According to Glamour, Nina Dobrev took a moment in her latest interview for Ocean Drive magazine to discuss the unrealistic beauty standards that pervade our lives, standards that are exaggerated and exacerbated by tools like Photoshop that hide every blemish and make perfection seem within reach.

“Now we have apps that can Photoshop anything and everything, which puts out an image that’s not realistic,” she said. “Young girls see this image and think that’s what they should be and that’s how they should wake up.”

But for Dobrev, life for anyone is far from perfect; in fact, Glamour says the Vampire Diaries actor admitted that even a star like her gets zits — and that’s A-OK.

“I get pimples and zits all the time and I deal with them just like anybody else, with zit cream,” she sad in the interview. “Sometimes I walk out of the house with the zit cream and forget about it. And that’s just life, it’s unpredictable and awkward and we all feel insecure all the time but that’s completely normal and okay, and everybody has good days and bad days. It’s especially important now to show young girls that and to make them aware that they are perfect exactly the way they are.”

Well said, Nina. Be sure to check out her interview and cover spot on the September 2017 issue of Ocean Drive magazine.

Conrad to add plus sizes to Kohl’s line

Lauren Conrad’s Kohl’s line is slowly becoming more inclusive, first with maternity clothing and now with plus sizes.

According to WWD, Conrad’s LC Lauren Conrad brand is expanding to include plus-size offerings, with her entire limited-edition runway capsule collection debuting at New York Fashion Week on Sept. 6. Now featuring sizes 0X to 3X, Glamour reports the brand launched its new plus styles in a partnership with blogger Loey Lane, who starred in a photoshoot to show off some of the new looks from the runway collection.

Lane also shared her frustrations with plus clothing, says WWD, writing, “Can’t I just wear whatever I want? Why wouldn’t anyone just wear what makes them comfortable and happy and not think about how others feel about the garments they’re putting on their own bodies?”

Ready for Conrad’s latest collection? Glamour says the new styles will include “holiday-ready velvet, metallics, and faux fur,” and will retail between $12 and $154.

 

 

Dior revives chain letters for charity

Dior is getting creative in order to raise money for charity.

Using social media to revive the infamous chain letter, ELLE reports that Dior launched their all-new Dior Love Chain, a social media movement that asks the questions, “And you? What would you do for love?” all in the name of charity.

Dior kicked off the Instagram campaign on Aug. 24 with a short video by Natalie Portman, says ELLE, while Robert Pattinson, the face of Dior Homme, answered the question by saying he’d try to become a better person for love. Jennifer Lawrence also took part and gave a more humorous response, saying she’d “pretend wearing sexy underwear was comfortable.”

With a star-studded campaign underway, it’s only natural that it’s all for a good cause. According to ELLE, for every response social media users post with the hashtag #diorlovechain, Dior will donate $1 to WE Charity, which “leads global initiatives that aim to break the poverty cycle.”

 

Uber to donate $1.2M to Girls Who Code

Uber is finally getting a bit of good PR while also doing some serious good to encourage women and girls in STEM careers.

According to Glamour, the ride-sharing company is “moving forward with their multi-year partnership with Girls Who Code and giving the nonprofit a $1.2 million grant to help make their vision—closing tech’s gender gap—a reality.”

The move follows several reports of sexism and harassment within Uber, says Glamour, but with the company under new management after CEO Travis Kalanick was ousted and a March 2017 diversity report forcing them to double down on making a gender-inclusive workplace, Uber is taking steps in the right direction. Uber’s three-year endeavor to end the diversity gap in the tech world starts with Girls Who Code, reports Glamour, with Uber’s donation helping to “teach over 60,000 girls the skills they need to break into the tech world.”

Glamour also reports that Uber’s new chief brand officer Bozoma Saint John will also be joining the board of directors of Girls Who Code, marking another attempt to encourage girls in tech.

Small steps in the present will help make a bigger impact in the future! Good going, Uber.

New Target brand to offer more size diversity

Out with the old, in with the new — and the more diverse.

According to HuffPost, everyone’s favorite mass retailer Target will be shaking up their clothing selections this fall, taking away their long-time Merona line (among others) and offering 12 all-new brands of clothing and home goods. But one brand is already capturing some much-due attention, specifically for the range of sizes it offers.

Called “A New Day,” HuffPost says Target’s newest women’s clothing brand will not only offer “‘versatile, mix-and-match’ pieces,” it will also offer greater size diversity, with pieces ranging in size from either ” XS to XXL, XS to 4X or 2-26W, depending on the item.”

Offering a wider size range than Merona, A New Day is certainly offering a welcome change while also staying in a friendly price range, with HuffPost reporting that all pieces are priced under $45 (even though price may vary for some colors or sizes).

Ready for some new Target threads? HuffPost says the line will officially debut on Aug. 27, but you can check out some pieces from the line here.

Forever 21 offers size inclusive denim

Everyone deserves to feel comfortable and confident in the clothing they wear — that seems to be the sentiment behind the all-new denim collection launching at Forever 21.

According to InStyle, the fashion retailer recently unveiled their all-new 12×12 Denim line, which offers the perfect mix of affordability and size inclusivity. Starting at $28, InStyle reports that the jeans in the collection range from size small to 3x and include a diverse sampling of modern styles, such as motorcycle-inspired slacks and distressed designs.

What’s more is that the campaign for the new collection features diverse models, says InStyle, including the likes of Sarina Nowak, Sierra Skye, Yasmin Geurts and Yvonne Simone, who each bring their unique curves and style to the campaign.

Deemed a means of “celebrating fashion for all sizes” by Forever 21 Vice President of Merchandising Linda Chang, InStyle says Change explained how the denim line seeks to promote confidence in their shoppers this way:

“A key part of our mission is to empower our customers, to be confident with the bodies they have and for their fashion to be an extension of this.”

Ready to shop the line? Click here.

Sowers hired by San Francisco 49ers

Katie Sowers is used to tackling obstacles in her way; she’s played football since she was a child and even played professionally in the Women’s Football Alliance. But recently, Sowers took down one of the biggest barriers in her way — and in the way of countless others.

According to ThinkProgressSowers was recently hired by the San Francisco 49ers as an offensive assistant, not only making her “the second full-time assistant coach in the NFL,” but also “the first openly LGBTQ coach in NFL history.” Her move to a full-time position follows a stint working as a scouting intern for the Atlanta Falcons, says ThinkProgress, where she got to know and later work with then-offensive coordinator for the Falcons  Kyle Shanahan (now the 49ers head coach).

ThinkProgress also reports that Sowers began working this summer as a coaching intern with the 49ers through the Bill Walsh NFL Diversity Fellowship program, which led to her full-time position. As an offensive assistant, ThinkProgress says Sowers will “help break down film, help with practice scripts and player rotations, and generally assist the wide receivers in their day-to-day preparations.”

Speaking with OutSports about her position and the influence diversity can have in pro sports, Sowers shared that seeing women work in football never seemed possible when she was a child.

“I would have loved to see women in this role when I was growing up because I think it would have allowed me to follow my passion even earlier,” she said.

But now that she has broken into the role, Sowers said that creative a diverse and inclusive environment where people feel comfortable being themselves should become a priority.

“The more we can create an environment that welcomes all types of people,” she told OutSports, “no matter their race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, the more we can help ease the pain and burden that many carry every day.”

Congratulations, Katie!

 

‘Project Runway’ to feature size 22 models

In Project Runway‘s sweet 16 season, the show is getting a much-needed change — and it’s all for the best.

According to Refinery29, the popular Lifetime series will feature models ranging in size from 2 to 22, marking a major shift toward body inclusivity. Announced in last week’s season premiere as hosts Tim Gunn and Heidi Klum paired designers with models, Klum told Entertainment Tonight that she thought the change was long overdue.

“I believe we should have done [it] already years and years and years ago,” she said. “So I’m happy though that now this season, we’re starting.”

Klum continued to drop truth bombs about the newly-inclusive show, says Refinery29, saying that it’s time that Project Runway get with the times and dress the variety of body shapes that exist in the world.

“This is the real world,” Klum explained. “Not everyone is, you know, runway figure or what the runway figure used to be. You have to dress real people, and real people come in different sizes: short, tall, more voluptuous, skinny. There is many of us, and so a real designer needs to know how to do that. So get with it.”

Ready to support body inclusivity? Tune into Project Runway every Thursday at 8 p.m. ET on Lifetime.

Lovato to launch fall ‘Fabletics’ collection

Demi Lovato’s first collaboration with Fabletics was so nice, the duo is doing it twice, returning to the drawing board to launch an all-new fall collection.

According to a release, the “Sorry Not Sorry” singer’s second collaboration with the activewear line will feature 12 exclusive outfits that are “a combination of performance and lifestyle pieces with new design elements such as contouring waist straps, paint splatter camo and vibrant heather prints.”

Featuring a bold color palette including deep magentas and bright blues, Lovato’s new collection will pack a fierce, yet feminine style into every piece, which includes everything from tops and sports bras to leggings and outwear. The collection will also be available in sizes ranging from XXS to 3X and even includes short, regular and tall lengths.

But beyond providing stylish, empowering clothing to work out and live in, InStyle reports that her second collection will also continue to support Girl Up’s School Cycle program, which “works with the United Nations Population Fund to give girls bikes to get to school safely.”

While Lovato certainly knows that there’s nothing wrong with being confident, she told InStyle that maintaining her physical health helps her in her effort to achieve good mental health.

“I’m still learning to love my body. It’s a daily thing, and I don’t think you ever learn at one point in your life, and then it’s fixed forever,” she said. “Your body changes, you change. It’s just a matter of how much you’re working on yourself. I make sure that I put my mental and physical health before work. That is what keeps me in a good state of mind.”

Lovato’s second capsule collection is available for purchase in Fabletics stores and online.