Ireland votes to repeal abortion ban

Irish voters have spoken.

According to USA TODAY, voters in a recent referendum have “overwhelmingly backed a repeal of Ireland’s constitutional ban on abortion in a sweeping cultural change representing a move away from the nation’s conservative Catholic roots.”

After all the votes were counted, USA TODAY reports that “66.4% supported the repeal out of 2.1 million votes cast,” with only one county — Donegal — giving a ‘no’ majority vote.

Calling it a “quiet revolution,” USA TODAY says Prime Minister Leo Varadkar has acknowledged the people’s will, as well as their hope to build a modern Ireland.

“The people have spoken,” he said. “The people have said that we want a modern constitution for a modern country, that we trust women and we respect them to make the right decision and the right choices about their health care.”

The majority vote now means that the country’s government will attempt to draft and pass legislation that allows abortions in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, reports USA TODAY, a complete reversal of the current law that prohibits all abortions in the country, save for those needed in life-threatening circumstances.

Supporter and co-director of the country’s Together We Yes group Orla O’Connor called the vote “monumental.”

“The vote is a ‘rejection of an Ireland that treated women as second-class citizens,’ she said, according to USA TODAY. “This is about women’s equality and this day brings massive change, monumental change for women in Ireland, and there is no going back.”

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Weinstein accusers tweet reactions to arrest

Last week saw a major milestone in the Time’s Up movement.

According to Glamour, former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein “turned himself in for arrest and charges of first- and third-degree rape and committing a criminal sexual act in the first degree” after more than 80 women accused him sexual assault, harassment and misconduct.

Charged on allegations from two women specifically and with more potentially on the way, Glamour says the day the news broke of Weinstein’s arrest saw an onslaught of reactions from accusers on Twitter, who used the moment to once again give voice to the issue of sexual misconduct and harassment — and declare justice in their cause.

“It’s been a long time coming and today my fellow victims and I rejoice and pray no one ever underestimates the power of women when we stand together + scream the truth #WeSpoke #MeToo #TimesUp #LockHimUp,” wrote actor and accuser Lauren SivanGlamour reports

Actor Rose McGowan took to Instagram to share a more lengthy message, says Glamour, one that detailed her pursuit of justice against Weinstein and her hope for survivors of similar mistreatment.

“I, and so many of Harvey Weinstein’s survivors, had given up hope that our rapist would be held accountable by law,” she wrote. “Twenty years ago, I swore that I would right this wrong. Today we are one step closer to justice. We were young women who were assaulted by Weinstein and later terrorized by his vast network of complicity. I stand with my fellow survivors. May his arrest give hope to all victims and survivors everywhere that are telling their truths.”

One tweet from actor Emma de Cauenes, however, neatly summed up the day in only three words:

“Time for justice.”

NYSE installs first female president

The New York Stock Exchange looking a little more inclusive these days.

According to USA Today, that’s because the NYSE has just named its first female president in its 226-year history. Now taking the helm of the financial market, USA Today says Stacey Cunningham will become the “67th president of the Big Board,” years after she began her career in the industry as a NYSE floor clerk in 1996.

By accepting the position, USA Today says that it now means “two of the world’s most well-known financial exchanges will be led by women,” as Adena Friedman rose to the position of Nasdaq CEO in January 2017 following a stint “serving as the financial market’s president and chief operating officer.”

Cunningham is taking over her presidential duties from outgoing leader Thomas Farley, who vacated the position in pursuit of heading up a pecial purpose acquisition company.

Aniston snags role as first female president in Netflix comedy

It looks like the United States might get its first female president after all — that’s all because of a brand-new comedy coming to Netflix.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, in a new Netflix production called “First Ladies,” Jennifer Aniston will star as America’s first female president, and playing her wife will be comedian, actor and writer Tig Notaro.

The script is also co-written by Notaro, says THR, who worked with Stephanie Allynne to tell the tale of “Beverly and Kasey Nicholson, America’s first female President and her wife, the First Lady, in a story that promises to show that behind every great woman is another great woman.”

Also working on the project are Adam McKay and Chris Hency (executive producer), reports THR, along with “Will Ferrell, Jessica Elbaum and Betsy Koch for Gloria Sanchez Productions.”

Models team up to stop sexual harassment in fashion industry

A new program created by a group of 100 models demands respect — literally.

According to Cosmopolitanthe mass of models banded together at the recent Copenhagen Fashion Summit in Denmark to announce their new Respect program, which “aims to end sexual harassment in the fashion industry.”

Led by Model Alliance founder Sara ZiffCosmo reports that the program “asks brands, modeling agencies, and media outlets to sign a contract to protect models,” with the idea being that a legally-binding contract will allow models to file formal complaints, protect them from retaliation and secure an independent investigation into their complaints.

“The program establishes an orderly and fair process for addressing charges of abuse. It provides comprehensive training and education to models and all industry participants,” Ziff said in an interview with WWD, according to Cosmo. “This system benefits models, photographers and other service providers, and every company that wants to do the right thing. The only people who don’t benefit are the harassers themselves.”

Among the models who signed an open letter encouraging brands to join the program are Karen Elson, Doutzen Kroes and Milla Jovovich. While this new initiative aims at greater protections for models, it is not the first to take aim at such measures; Cosmo says the Model Alliance partnered last year with the Council of Fashion Designers of America to provide private changing areas for models.

This program, however, seeks to stand on the shoulders of previous work — and Cosmo says Ziff is heartened by what she’s seen so far.

“I think everyone is very aware of the problems in our industry and others and now we finally are able to move towards solutions.”

Nars launches lip balm version of popular blush

Nars has just unveiled the lip balm version of your favorite blush, and it’s a makeup bag must-have.

According to Glamour, the ever-popular Nars Orgasm blush is getting a new life, this time taking the form of a lip balm. That’s right, Glamour says the rosy-blush tone of the Orgasm blush is now available for your your pout in the brand’s all-new Orgasm Afterglow Lip Balm.

Offering “the sheerest tint of gold-flecked, peachy rose,” Glamour reports that the balm offers a “slight sheen,” though “not enough to be glossy but definitely not matte, so it catches just enough light to add brightness.”

Besides the balm’s natural tone, Glamour adds that it also is infused with monoï oil, which gives it a soft, buttery texture. Ready to add this little tube of wonder to your makeup routine? Get it now at Sephora for $28.

Fans call for Fenty to extend lingerie size range

Anything Rihanna touches with her Fenty empire usually turns to gold, but this time, her fans are demanding a bit more from the multi-hyphenate.

According to Cosmopolitan, the singer/designer’s latest launch — a sexy lingerie line called “Savage X Fenty” — debuted to high praise for its size-inclusive offerings, which include underwear sizes up to 3X and bra sizes up to 44DD. But some fans thought the size range wasn’t true to the brand’s “Savage comes in all shapes and sizes” motto.

Taking to social media to express their frustration over the lack of their specific bra size, Cosmo says fans called for additional sizes on both ends of the size spectrum.

“I was soooooo excited for but all the pieces I was excited about don’t come in my size. Story of my life,” wrote Twitter user Meghan. “‘Size inclusive’ is almost always a lie. It always means “here’s 25% of what straight sizes get, that’s good enough right?”

“Do not try and say you cater for ‘all body types’ by only selling a 32 band size as the smallest option and the most generic, easily available cup sizes 🤦🏻‍♀️ ,” tweeted Eleanor Wells.

While there is no word yet on whether or not the brand will eventually add even more sizes to their current range, Cosmo offers that there is a solid chance that Fenty may make good on their inclusive promise — look no further than their makeup line for proof that true inclusivity is possible.

Stay tuned!

 

Miss America announces first all-female leadership team

Miss America has just made history, but not in the form of a contestant or winner.

According to CNN, the organization has just appointed an all-female leadership for the first time in its history. Led by all former pageant winners, CNN reports that Miss America has named Regina Hopper as president and CEO, while “Marjorie Vincent-Tripp was named as chair of the Board of Trustees of the Miss America Foundation.”

Hopper and Vincent-Tripp join former Fox News personality Gretchen Carlson who, in December, was named the chairman of the Miss America Organization’s Board of Trustees. Taking over for leaders who resigned in 2017 over disparaging emails, CNN says the organization hopes the their new leadership team will usher in a new era:

“The induction of this all female leadership team signals forthcoming transformational changes to the entire organization and program, ushering in a new era of progressiveness, inclusiveness and empowerment,” the organization said in a statement.
Amen to that!

Anderson announces fitness collection with QVC

Finding stylish workout clothes that don’t compromise on fit and comfort is getting a bit easier these days, thanks in large part to a brand-new collection created by a fitness genius.

According to InStyle, fitness guru Tracy Anderson is set to launch a collection of versatile workout-wear in a collaboration with G.I.L.I., a brand by TV personality Jill Martin. The collection, which will be an exclusive to QVC, InStyle reports, will combine Anderson’s “fitness expertise with my passion for creating garments for women of all shapes and sizes,” said Martin.

With Anderson’s signature fitness techniques, InStyle points out that activewear that will withstand even the most intense of workouts is clearly a must for her new collection. But, the pieces must also pull double duty; that’s why InStyle says the collection features everything from leggings, to jogger pants and even body suits.

For QVC, incorporating the new activewear collection something of a no-brainer.

“More and more, we’re hearing that our customers are craving activewear that performs well in the gym and looks great when running errands or relaxing with family and friends,” said Rachel Ungaro, Vice President of Buying for QVC about the launch of the collection, “which is why we were so excited to work with Tracy and blend her fitness expertise with the G.I.L.I. style that our customers know and love.”

So what are the specifics of the collection? InStyle reports that piece will be priced between $24 and $150, and will make their QVC debut on June 5 at 8 p.m. EST.

 

Draper James debuts collection with Eloquii

Following a quick-selling collaboration, Reese Witherspoon’s Draper James and extended-size brand Eloquii are teaming up yet again for an all-new collection.

According to InStyle, the companies are releasing a revamped summer series that offers “gingham on a flattering flare dress, lightweight chambray, floral prints, and fresh stripes. With summer-ready styles up for grabs, InStyle says that the collaboration also has two other very important features: “nothing is priced over $145 and sizes go up to 28.”

While the looks are very on-trend — hello, gingham! — they are also as classic as can be, offering simple, clean silhouettes that will last season after season. And with pieces priced under $145, it’s style and accessibility all rolled into one.

Check out the collaboration right here.