Beauty brand offers gender-neutral products for all

Beauty for all — that is the philosophy of this inclusive cosmetic brand.

According to PopSugar, gender-neutral beauty brand Fluide not only provides ultra-trendy (re: glitter! metallics!) makeup looks, this beaut-for-all brand also donates portions of its profits to LGBTQ+ rights organizations.

Currently featuring a lineup of “liquid lipstick, glitter pigments, and sparkling nail polish to help anyone and everyone get their glow on,” PopSugar says Fluide displays their products on a cast of diverse models, further driving home their mission of providing makeup looks for all.

As if that isn’t enough, the brand “donates a portion of its sales to the LGBTQ+ health center Callen-Lorde and the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, which fights to protect the civil liberties of nonbinary people,” even encouraging its customers to offer suggestions of the organizations it should support.

Ready to shop this inclusive line? Click here.

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Kim makes Olympic history with gold medal win

One U.S. snowboarder made Olympic history with her recent gold medal win.

According to E! Online, Team USA snowboarder Chloe Kim earned a score just shy of perfection (98.25) in the women’s halfpipe competition, securing for herself and the U.S. a gold medal victory.

But in the process, Kim made history, becoming the youngest woman ever to medal in snowboarding — at the age of 17.

“I worked so hard to get to this point and just coming here and being able to land was my main goal,” Chloe said, according to E!. “I was so happy I could do it and take home the gold…My family has sacrificed so much for me and accomplish this dream of mine. Being able to do that in their home country is amazing.”

Now that’s a champion!

Rihanna releases Fenty socks

Now, you can be decked out in head-to-toe Fenty products, thanks to Rihanna’s latest release.

According to PopSugar, the multi-hyphenate has teamed up with sock retailer Stance to “release a trio of over-the-top, embellished socks as part of her ongoing collaboration with the footwear accessories brand.

Fitting in seamlessly with the ‘statement sock’ trend, PopSugar says the Fenty Cold Hearted Socks “are made of a shimmery material, feature chunky hand-sewn jewels, and come in three colors (black, white, and wine),” making you look like Queen RiRi herself. But to achieve that look, you’ll have to shell out a cool $125 per pair.

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Female journalists take to Twitter to protest bracket ranking reporters

Women in the news industry are #MoreThanABabe, and they are making sure that it’s well known.

According to HuffPost, female reporters, anchors and meteorologists are flooding Twitter with the hashtag as a form of protest against a “radio station in Little Rock, Arkansas, that has refused to end its long-running ‘Babe Bracket’ ranking local female reporters and anchors by attractiveness.”

HuffPost says that the bracket, which has been run for over two decades by KABZ-FM 103.7, has been “pitting 16 women against each other,” with a “morning show’s listeners ultimately voting on who makes it through each round.” But in the wake of the #MeToo movement, female professionals from around the country and in all facets of the media industry are speaking up and fighting back.

“I am a working mom of two, a wife, a daughter, an AMS Certified Meteorologist, a math and science nerd, a video game enthusiast 🙂 and SO much more. I choose not to be ranked based solely on my looks because I am ” tweeted Natalie Walters, a meteorologist at FOX16 and KARK4 News in Little Rock.

“I worked harder than the next person to get to where I am in my career. I work on my days off to network and inspire. I moderate a group of thousands of women, so they can feel supported. I am ,” tweeted Debra Alfarone, a news anchor at WUSA9 in Washington, D.C.

It’s safe to say that these hard-working women are #MoreThanABabe.

 

Needleman named ‘Harper’s’ editor at large

Sometimes, you need a change — in your style, career and life. And for Deborah Needleman, that change is coming in the form of a new job.

According to Fashionista, the former editor in chief of T: The New York Times Style Magazine has been tapped to become an editor at large for Harper’s Bazaar. Effective immediately, Fashionista says Needleman will report to Harper’s editor in chief Glenda Bailey and will be “responsible for contributing story ideas.”

Previously, Fashionista says Needleman served as an editor for WSJ magazine and also was a founding editor at Domino.

Plus models take stand at London Fashion Week

Creating major change comes from the inside out — and that’s exactly what’s happening in the fashion industry.

According to Glamour, model Hayley Hasselhoff led a group of her model peers in a protest during London Fashion Week. Glamour reports that in union with a “campaign organized by plus-size fashion retailer Simply Be, the 25-year-old model and seven others posed in their underwear outside the London Fashion Week hub,” holding signs that said “‘Love Your Curves,’ ‘Curves Shouldn’t Mean Compromise,’ and ‘LFW—Where Are the Curves? according to the Evening Standard.”

Hasselhoff said that the move aimed to show that beauty comes in every size, despite the fashion industry’s tendency to portray only a slim standard of beauty.

“We want to give women everywhere the confidence to be who they are. This is only achieved by showing a wide variety of models, irrespective of size,” she said, according to Glamour. “By tearing up the one-size-fits fashion rule book, we hope to encourage any woman, whatever her size, to feel fabulous in their skin.”

Chief executive of the parent company of Simply Be Angela Spindler explained, however, that in an attempt to break down such rigid depictions of beauty to allow room for more, they aren’t about to resort to body shaming to achieve their goal.

“This isn’t about ‘skinny shaming’,” she said, Glamour reports. “We think that shape should be celebrated irrespective of size, and it’s time that the industry became more diverse—after all, fashion is for everyone.”

Amen to that.

Urban Decay debuts new Naked Heat palette

What makes a beloved Urban Decay Naked palette ten times better? When it comes in fun-size, of course.

According to Glamour, the company is following up on its wildly successful Naked Heat palette with a mini palette called the Naked Petite Heat, a “six-pan compact” that “features the same terracottas and burnished reds, this time in a matte-only collection.”

While the colors don’t overlap with the colors in the full-sized Naked Heat, they are almost identical, says Glamour, containing “a pale, slightly shimmery highlight shade, a sand, a red-orange, a red-based brown, and a deep plum-purple color.”

The six-shade palette will debut in the U.S. on Feb. 22 and will retail for $29, though it’s presale is already out of stock on UD’s website.

Art student refuses to ‘dial down the feminism’

When an art student was told to dilute her expressions of feminism in her artwork, she could have just said no. But instead, she came back with an even greater display of her convictions.

According to HuffPost, not only did 23-year-old London-based art student Alex Ruth Bertulis-Fernandes not take her instructor’s “tip” to “‘dial down the feminism’ in her work, she also created a literal representation of the teacher’s comments. Creating what resembles a stereo dial, Bertulis-Fernandes puts the words “Dial Down the Feminism” above the dial, and in the dial’s Off/On positions, she placed the words “Complicit in my own dehumanisation” and “Raging feminist.”

After tweeting out the image of her work, HuffPost says the artist received a deluge of support, with Twitter users telling her it was “incredible” and that she should “keep that dial turned right up.” Bertulis-Fernandes later tweeted her gratitude, and also shared some new information — that she might sell prints of the now-famous design.

“Thanks for all the love shown to this piece, it really means the world,” she tweeted. “I’m a bit overwhelmed so it may take me some time to respond to everyone! I’m considering selling prints/t-shirts – just trying to figure out the best way to do this. Once I do I will share the details here.”

 

L.K. Bennett and Jenny Packham team up for bridal shoe collection

Bridal style is all about feeling beautiful and confident on your big day, and a brand-new collaboration is here to make sure you feel nothing but special at your wedding.

Cue L.K. Bennett and Jenny Packham’s new line of bridal handbags and shoes, which Cosmopolitan says includes “16 footwear designs with varying heel heights, bling, and appliqués” that “also includes four different handbags.” Inspired by Old Hollywood glamour, Cosmo says the line specifically drew on the styles of icons such as Bette Davis Vivien Leigh.

From classic T-strap heeled sandals to kitten-heeled slingbacks, the line employs timeless styles that are as classic as they are elegant. The styles — both handbags and shoes — feature delicate lace, bows and dainty embellishments that offer enough detail to make the accessories visually interesting without being distracting.

For Packham, combining her self-titled brand’s timeless style with that of L.K. Bennett’s was an easy project:

“There is a strong synergy between the L.K.Bennett woman and the Jenny Packham bride, so it seemed natural and very exciting for me to collaborate with their design team,” Packham said in the statement. “A project of passion, the combination of the Jenny Packham aesthetic with the renowned design heritage and quality of L.K.Bennett has resulted in a beautiful collection of shoes and bags of which I am very proud.”

Cosmo says the collection retails between $295 and $745, and is currently available at L.K. Bennett stores and on L.K. Bennett’s website here.

History-making U.S. Olympic speedskater advances in Winter Games

The first black woman on the U.S. Olympic speedskating team is skating her way into success.

According to HuffPost, Maame Biney advanced in “the 500-meter short-track event with a veteran-like performance in the first round at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.” Finishing second in her debut heat with a time of 43.665 seconds, HuffPost reports that Biney was able to secure her spot while fending off third-place finisher Kim Alang.

Biney is set to also compete in the 1,500-meter skate, so with several competitions under her belt and headed her way, she told HuffPost that for her, this experience is all about having fun.

“I don’t really feel pressure to be the first to get a medal or anything like that,” she said. “I just want to go out there, do my best and have fun, and experience the Olympics. That’s what I’m here for. I’m here to win, obviously, but also have fun.”