Streep seeking to end sexism in Hollywood

Sexism is everywhere: in corporate America, in schools and in sports. But according to Meryl Streep, it doesn’t have to exist in Hollywood any longer.

That’s why she’s teaming up with her fellow actors to change the culture in the movie capital of the world and forge a level playing field for all. Glamour reports that at the Massachusetts Conference for Women, Streep told Gloria Steinem that she’s working with other actresses to stamp out sexual harassment and lead the charge in creating an environment of equality.

“Right now I’m getting together with a bunch of actresses that you know very well, and we’re all sort of going to make a set of nonnegotiable demands,” she said. “We’re after 50-50 by 2020.”

Spurred to create change by the numerous allegations against former film producer Harvey WeinsteinGlamour says Streep sees him as the most egregious case of the sexism that exists in Hollywood and beyond.

“The thing about Harvey Weinstein is that he is sort of the most gargantuan example of a kind of disrespect that permeates every industry, every enterprise,” Streep said, according to Glamour. “I’m not sure why. I have a lot of theories — maybe it’s in response to the women’s movement. Maybe it’s in fear of the women movement. But these abuses are about dominance.”

And changing that notion of dominance starts with lifting more women into high-ranking positions of power, says Streep, who thinks that “it starts at the top, none of these shenanigans would have filtered down and been tolerated.”

Offering a suggestion for every industry, Glamour said Streep summed up her argument by urging employers — and white men in power — to hire beyond their own ‘type’ to increase not only the diversity of employees, but also diversity of thought.

“White hires white. A guy who wears his baseball cap backward hires a guy who wears his baseball cap backward,” she said. “So we have to encourage the people who are currently in power, who are of one gender, to open the door.”

 

 

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Tarte’s new line ‘fit for a princess’

Once upon a time in a far away land (re: a swanky office), a cosmetic company decided to create a line of makeup fit for a princess — a Park Avenue princess, that is.

According to PopSugar, makeup brand Tarte unveiled a brand-new collection of holiday cosmetics that are worthy of wear in one of Manhattan’s most posh and luxurious areas. Filled with bronze and rose gold products, each product in this line is dripping in metallic goodness, making everyday products like lip gloss and eye shadow palettes look just as ritzy as Park Ave itself.

However, that certainly doesn’t mean you have to reside in the neighborhood to get your hands on these products, or even wear them.

You can grab all of the line’s products on the brand’s website, with no item costing more than $46.

Solo seeks presidency of U.S. Soccer

She’s a World Cup winner and an Olympic champion, and now, former U.S. Soccer goalkeeper Hope Solo is looking to add another item to her resume: president.

According to ABC News, Solo took to Facebook to announce her candidacy for president of the U.S. Soccer Federation, following a recent announcement by current president Sunil Gulati of his decision to not pursue a fourth term. While the former goalie was suspended from the U.S. Women’s National team following comments about their World Cup semifinal opponents, ABC reports that Solo says she has exactly what it takes to lead the federation:

“I know exactly what U.S. Soccer needs to do, I know exactly how to do it, and I possess the fortitude to get it done,” she wrote. “I have always been willing to sacrifice for what I believe in and I believe there is no greater sacrifice then fighting for equal opportunity, integrity and honesty, especially in an organization like the USSF that could give so much more to our communities across the nation.”

So, what’s her campaign platform? ABC says Solo not only wants to foster a culture of winning and transparency within the federation, she also wants to “push for equal pay for the women’s national team and all women within U.S. Soccer” and “address the ‘pay-to-play’ model and make soccer accessible to all.”

Solo isn’t the only female running for the position, however, with ABC reporting that Soccer United Marketing President Kathy Carter also threw her hat in the ring for the February election.

Netflix show to continue with Wright as star

Netflix hit House of Cards may be coming to an end, it won’t be going out without a bang.

Now that Kevin Spacey has been fired after several sexual misconduct allegationsHuffPost reports that the show will conclude with a brand-new president: Claire Underwood. That’s right — co-star Robin Wright will be ‘inaugurated’ as the show’s new president for it’s sixth and final season, says HuffPost, conveniently fulfilling the promise her character made at the end of the fifth season when she said it’s “my turn.”

Confirming the new madam president, HuffPost reports Netflix’s chief content officer Ted Sarandos said the move is “really exciting” and one that will offer “closure of the show for fans.”

That “closure,” however, will come in the form of an eight-episode season, says HuffPost, as opposed to the previous season’s 13 episodes.

Fenty fans flood Instagram with support

When some online tend to spew hate and put other down, leave it to Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty fans to empower each other and provide the positivity that the internet so needs.

According to PopSugar, after a fellow Fenty fan commented on an Instagram photo of the brand’s Stunna Lip Paint saying that she can only dream of wearing a bright red lip color because she’d been told that red “doesn’t suit” her because her “lips are too big,” other ‘grammers jumped in to save the day.

“Your lips are perfect, whoever told you that is dead wrong! you should get it!” one user wrote, PopSugar reports, while another told her to “Own what you have. Don’t worry about anything else…You can wear whatever you want, dont listen to anyone who says otherwise.”

Commenters weren’t the only ones to offer words of empowerment to the Fenty fan. Even the Fenty Beauty account chimed in, says PopSugar, first commenting to the fan that “This red is for EVERYONE” and then posting a screenshot of the words of encouragement and writing, “The #FENTYBEAUTY sisterhood is real!!”

Amen to that!

Bell becomes first host of SAG Awards

There’s a first for everything, and the first for the Screen Actor’s Guild Awards is about to happen.

According to Entertainment Weeklythe Guild announced that their 24th annual awards show would have its first-ever host, tapping Kristen Bell for the job that also “marks the first time the telecast will air with a live emcee since its inaugural program in 1995.”

To commemorate the occasion, EW says Bell took to social media to share the news — and to poke some fun at herself in the process.

“I’ve been asked to host the SAG Awards this year, which means, to all my friends who’ve been nominated, I get to choose who wins!” she said in the video, according to EW. When someone off-camera tells that’s not the case, she responded, “That’s not how it works? Then what am I doing? Like, Anne Hathaway and James Franco did? I’m doing that? Why, did I lose a bet?”

Looks like Bell is already going to make a great host with her quick supply of jokes! Get ready to catch her in action when the SAG Awards are live at 8:00 p.m. ET on TNT and TBS.

Benefit unveils holiday-ready red lip shade

If you were worried about finding the perfect red lipstick shade to wear all through the holiday season, look no further.

According to PopSugarmakeup company Benefit Cosmetics has launched a brand-new red lipstick just in the knick of time. The new release, called “They’re Real! Red On!” is a  matte lip color, says PopSugar, one that is a “blue-red” shade that “promises to be universally flattering and long-lasting.”

Beyond the color and texture of the lipstick, another thing to note is the package’s design, says PopSugar: the new shade comes in a small pot that features a mirror and a tapered brush for ultra-fine precision.

So how much with this lippie set you back? PopSugar says an even $20.

Get ready — this lipstick will surely be your favorite for the holiday season and beyond!

Union helps body-shamed news anchor

You know how the saying goes: “When they go low, we go high.” And that’s exactly what Gabrielle Union did when helping out a news anchor who was met with body shaming from a viewer.

According to Glamour, after the multi-hyphenate heard the story of Georgia news anchor Laura Warren, who was “called out for wearing a formfitting dress while pregnant” and reportedly called “too disgusting to be on TV,” Union decided to step in and not only share Warren’s story, but also make the news anchor feel as beautiful as she should.

Posting Warren’s tale to Instagram and Twitter as her #WomanCrushWednesday, Glamour says Union praised her for not succumbing to her critic’s comments.

“Instead of letting this [body shaming] bring her down, she fought the good fight and decided to turn the negative energy into positive by saying nice things to as many people as possible and spreading love,” she wrote, according to Glamour. “Plus, she continues to wear whatever feels good to her while on TV! Keep doing you, Laura!”

But Union didn’t stop there: Glamour says she also promised to send Warren some pieces from her New York & Company clothing collection.

A happy ending indeed!

Rihanna responds to criticism of Fenty campaigns

In case we needed further proof that Rihanna is #goals, she decided to serve up some Twitter wisdom that made us all but confirm her perfection.

According to InStyle, the Fenty Beauty mogul/singer/designer took a moment to respond to a Twitter user who suggested that, in her next Fenty Beauty campaign, she cast a “trans girl” in the shoot. While the criticism seems to be coming from a place of inclusion, InStyle says Rihanna took a moment to explain why she won’t cast a transgender model just for the sake of it, writing the user a lengthy DM to share her thoughts on the issue.

“I’ve had the pleasure of working with many gifted trans women throughout the years, but I don’t go around doing trans castings!” she said. “Just like I don’t do straight non trans women castings! I respect all women, and whether they’re trans or not is none of my business!”

Her message continued, sharing another reason why she hasn’t specifically included a trans model yet: she doesn’t want to treat them like a “token” item in her campaigns.

“I don’t think it’s fair that a trans woman, or man, be used a convenient marketing tool!” she wrote. “Too often do I see companies doing this to trans and black women alike! There’s always just that one spot in the campaign for the token ‘we look mad diverse’ girl/guy! It’s sad!”

And with that explanation, the Twitter user — who goes by the screen name “@lbertootero” — took a screenshot of her response and shared it on their account, accompanied by a caption that read, “When I thought she couldn’t teach me more…”

Amen to that.

 

Jay-Z inspires in tour stops

Let’s face it: we could all use a little inspiration every now and then. And thanks to Jay-Z, we sure got a dose.

According to HuffPost, the famed rapper took a moment at his concert at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio to serve up some inspiration to a young fan attending his 4:44 Tour. Stopping his own show, Jay-Z offered that nothing can — or should — keep the unidentified 9-year-old girl from being anything she wants:

At this very moment, America is way more sexist than they are racist,” he said. “But you, young lady, you got the potential to be the next president of the United States. You believe that.”

Apparently this isn’t the first time Jay-Z has used his show to share a message of empowerment; HuffPost says he also said during his Nashville show that even though there’s “a lot going on in the world right now,” he knows that “love will always trump hate.”

Preach it, Jay.