Barbie unveils new dolls in ‘Inspiring Women’ line

Kids everywhere are about to get some new — and some time-honored — heroes to play make-believe with and look up to.

According to HuffPost, Mattel is adding a host of dolls to their new “Inspiring Women” Barbie collection, which honors women who have made history in their respective fields and industries. This new line includes the likes of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, the first female aviator to journey across the Atlantic Ocean Amelia Earhart and boundary-breaker in science and math for NASA Katherine Johnson.

While this line of dolls does not have an anticipated release date, HuffPost says the company is also adding 14 new dolls to their existing “Shero” line, this time honoring modern women who are making a name for themselves in the United States and around the world.

Glamour reports these new inductees include: Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins; U.S. Olympic gold medal snowboarder Chloe Kim; Australian conservationist Bindi Irwin; British boxing champion Nicola Adams; Turkish windsurger Çağla Kubat; French chef Hélène Darroze; Chinese volleyball champion Hui Ruoqi; German designer and entrepreneur Leyla Piedayesh; Mexican pro-golfer Lorena Ochoa; Polish journalist Martyna Wojciechowska; Italian soccer player Sara Gama; Chinese actor and philanthropist Xiaotong Guan; Chinese prima ballerina Yuan Yuan Tan; and Spanish entrepreneur and fashion designer Vicky Martin Berrocal.

Senior Vice president and General Manager of Barbie Lisa McKnight said in a release that the dolls aim to teach girls — and all children — to reach for the stars and dream beyond what they see is presently possible, not just on International Women’s Day, but every day.

“As a brand that inspires the limitless potential in girls, Barbie will be honoring its largest line up of role models timed to International Women’s Day, because we know that you can’t be what you can’t see,” she said, according to HuffPost. “Girls have always been able to play out different roles and careers with Barbie and we are thrilled to shine a light on real life role models to remind them that they can be anything.”

Shop Barbie’s “Inspiring Women” collection here.


Williams stars in Nike commercial

We all know that Serena Williams is the greatest of all time, but a recent Nike commercial is making sure we have no doubts about it.

According to The Cut, the tennis powerhouse was featured in a brand-new commercial for Nike that debuted during the Academy Awards to celebrate recently-passed International Women’s Day. Showing a highlight reel of her illustrious career, Williams delivered the most inspiring voice over:

“I’ve never been the right kind of woman. Over-sized and over-confident. Too mean if I don’t smile. Too black for my tennis whites. Too motivated for motherhood. But I’m proving time and time again that there’s no wrong way to be a woman.”

Ending on the words, “Until we all win,” The Cut reports Nike said in a release that the ad aims to “recognize and celebrate the contributions and achievements of women everywhere and share our belief in gender equality, in this case, delivered by Serena Williams, the greatest athlete of all time.”

The G.O.A.T., indeed. Watch the ad in full right here.

Mendes & Reinhart reveal photos were edited for magazine

Two Riverdale actors were not about to let their photoshopped magazine covers go unnoticed, so they called out the publication in the most public way possible — on social media.

According to Elite Daily, Camila Mendes and Lili Reinhart both were photographed for Cosmopolitan Philippines, though their cover photos looked a bit different than they remembered: instead of showing their real figures, the images were instead shaven down in Photoshop, showing the actors as impossibly narrower than they are. So to bring attention to the unwarranted editing, the duo decided to point out the adjustments on Instagram.

“@lilireinhart and I feel disrespected & disturbed by the sight of our photoshopped bodies,” Mendes wrote via her Instagram Story, according to Elite Daily. “We want [Cosmopolitan Philippines] readers to know that those bodies are not ours.”

Both Mendes and Reinhart proceeded to post a sequence of their original images followed by the edited photos in their Instagram stories, says Elite Daily, highlighting the area of their torsos that were trimmed with a photo editing tool. Beyond this, Mendes also offered a written response on her Instagram story, writing that she and her Riverdale counterpart feel disrespected by the changes made to their photos.

Calling their figures “distorted,” Elite Daily says Mendes wrote that she and Reinhart “prefer to see our bodies the way they actually are. I’m not interested in having a slimmer waist, I’m more than satisfied with the one that I already have.”

Tell ’em, Camila!

See the images in question here.

Chastain gives $2K to woman who left negative Instagram comment

The answer to negativity isn’t more negativity — that’s the lesson Jessica Chastain recently taught her followers.

According to Bustle, the actor and producer took to Instagram to share a photo on Thursday’s International Women’s Day of herself wearing a “We Should All Be Feminists” T-shirt; in the photo’s caption, Chastain wrote, “FEMINISM: the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes #happyinternationalwomensday,” but Bustle says the seemingly innocent post drew ire from some followers, including one named Karin Hallsten Schulz.

“Yes, feminist that believe in God and stand up for The Unborn,” Schulz wrote. “I would be for that kind of feminist.”

Instead of immediately replying to the comment — or even thinking of replying at all — Bustle says Chastain decided to explore Schulz’s Instagram account, which led to the discovery of a GoFundMe page the commenter set up for herself to help fund fertility treatments. Asking for $5,000, Bustle says Schulz wrote that her insurance won’t cover the treatments — and in the blink of an eye, Schulz became $2,000 closer to achiever her goal of being a mother thanks to Chastain, who gave her campaign a $2K boost.

Bustle reports Chastain then responded to Schulz’s original comment this way:

“Yes you can decide what is right for you. I am pro-choice and I believe that everyone has the right to make their own decision. I read about your journey to become a mother and it broke my heart. I hope that your dream will come true in 2018! Much love to you ❤”

After also posting on her GoFundMe page by telling Schulz that her and husband will be “wonderful parents,” Bustle says Schulz wrote back to the actor sharing words of support and gratitude, offering that even though they don’t agree on everything, they are both on the same team.

“Thank you for your words, for your encouragement and loving wishes. I too am a feminist!! It is ok if we don’t see eye to eye on everything,” she wrote. “We do agree on more than we disagree!! You are my sister, and together wonderful change and more awesome things will happen in this beautiful world we live in.”

Proof positive that women can support each other despite differences of opinion and beliefs.

Female investors purchase Weinstein Company

A group of women has turned the #MeToo moment that started the movement into a major #WeConquered achievement.

According to Glamour, a group of mostly female investors have purchased The Weinstein Company for about $500 million, taking over the tumultuous company from disgraced Hollywood big-wig Harvey Weinstein. Deadline reports that “the group is led by Maria Contreras-Sweet, who worked in the Obama administration as the head of the U.S. Small Business Administration,” and is “expected to run the new board of directors, which will be composed of mostly women.”

Offering that a new company will be created along with a new vision that will include placing women in positions of authority, Glamour reports that Contreras-Sweet aims to foster female leadership on all levels, saying she has always aimed to “build a movie studio led by a board of directors made up of a majority of independent women, save about 150 jobs, protect the small businesses who are owed money and create a victims’ compensation fund that would supplement existing insurance coverage for those who have been harmed.”

Further describing the aim of her new company, Contreras-Sweet offers that the company will revolve around honesty and a respect for women:

“The cornerstone of our plan has been to launch a new company that represents the best practices in corporate governance and transparency,” she said, according to Glamour. “I have had a long-standing commitment to fostering women ownership in business. This potential deal is an important step to that end.”

Read more about the deal to acquire The Weinstein Company here.

Plaza points out lack of representation at Oscars

After winning an Impact Award from the National Hispanic Media Coalition, actor Aubrey Plaza decided to use her acceptance speech not only to express her gratitude for the honor, but to also point out some representation issues in a major award ceremony.

According to Glamour, Plaza — who won an award for performance in the film Ingrid Goes West — took a moment in her acceptance speech to share an interesting finding she was told:

“I’m going to accept the leading best actress award on behalf of the Oscars ceremony because I heard a fun fact tonight that I never knew before, which is that no Latina actress has ever won best actress at the Oscars,” Plaza said. “Ever. So I’m going to accept that tonight to manifest that energy.”

But Plaza didn’t end her comments there; instead, Glamour says she issued herself a challenge of sorts, saying that she will “play some kind of psychotic character, some kind of criminal lunatic, those complicated characters I’m good at, and I’ll do that for you” in order to “win that award.”

And her remarks were certainly not lost on those in attendance; Glamour says Variety describes the National Hispanic Media Coalition’s Impact Awards as not only recognizing “the work of Hollywood’s Latinx community, but also individuals in that community making a difference through activism,” holding a special interest this year in Latinx representation in the industry.

Looks like Plaza looking to get the Latinx community on the map in a major way!

Watson donates $1.4M to combat sex harassment

Emma Watson is something of a do-gooder: she shops sustainably, she is a proud feminist and is even a UN Women Goodwill ambassador. So as if we all needed another reason to love her and what she stands for, she made it easy and handed us one more.

According to HuffPost, the actor and activist recently donated $1.4 million to the UK Justice and Equality Fund, which aims to create a safe and inclusive environment for all people, following the publication of a “Dear Sisters” open letter. Published in The GuardianHuffPost says the letter was “signed by some 200 women in the British entertainment industry and called on people everywhere to stand in solidarity with Hollywood’s Times Up initiative to fight sexual harassment and inequality. ”

The letter, which served as a “curtain fundraiser for an activist night at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards,” kicked off a similar night of all-black attire and Time’s Up pins similar to what’s been seen in the U.S., says HuffPost.

As for Watson, she explained to The Guardian that the issue of sexual harassment isn’t isolated; rather, it is indicative of a much larger trend.

“It’s easy to dismiss harassment and abuse as being caused by ‘one or two … bad men,’ but the UK statistics point to a much bigger and more structural problem. The issue is systemic.”

It is systemic, indeed — and #TimesUp on perpetuating that system.

CoverGirl ad features their first model with vitiligo

As part of CoverGirl’s new #IAmWhatIMakeUp campaign, the global beauty brand has released a new ad featuring their first model with vitiligo, a disease in which the skin loses its natural pigmentation.

According to Cosmopolitan, model Amy Deanna takes centerstage in the new ad, which is part of a larger campaign that “celebrates the power to be who you are and who you want to be.” As she applies the brand’s truBlend foundation in two different shades, Cosmo says Deanna poses the question, “Why try to blend in when you can choose to stand out?”

Deanna seemed to answer her own question when discussing her new ad spot with People, offering that standing out in partnership with CoverGirl gives her a chance to represent often underrepresented depictions of beauty.

“Inclusivity is important—not just for people of different backgrounds and ethnicities, but also people of all sizes,” she told People. “That’s why I was so excited to partner with CoverGirl on this project. Beauty comes in all shapes, sizes, colors, etc. Let’s face it, together we are a mosaic—that in itself is beautiful. We should celebrate that.”

And for Deanna, inclusivity is not just about celebrating differences, but also challenging the norms to make room for others.

“I believe that inclusiveness will challenge unrealistic beauty standards within the beauty industry and in humanity,” she explained to People. “I remember seeing Queen Latifah on TV as a CoverGirl when I was young. That was so inspiring. I can’t express how excited I am to say, I too have had the opportunity to work with CoverGirl.”

And we can’t say how excited we are to see her in this campaign!

González gets battle-ready in inspiring video

Sometimes, it takes our younger peers to emerge as the strongest among us. Such is the case with Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student and shooting survivor Emma González.

One of the most commanding voices fronting the #NeverAgain movement demanding gun reform, Glamour says that the 18-year-old is taking her duties very seriously. In preparation for a recent CNN town hall event featuring Florida senator Marcio Rubio, Glamour says González posted a video of herself to Twitter prior to the event showing herself getting battle ready, re: making sure her buzzcut was camera-ready.

Taking an electric razor to her head, the video shows the student-turned-activist touching up her hair while lip-synching to the song “Lovely Rita” by The Beatles.

Her caption for the video: “When you got work to do but your hair’s gettin too long #StonemanStrong #BaldiesGetTheJobDone #MarchForOurLives.”

González does have some major work to do — and she shows no signs of slowing down.



Nyong’o pays for 600 kids to see ‘Black Panther’

The #BlackPantherChallenge all began as a fundraising initiative to bring children from Harlem to movie theaters to see the box office smash Black Panther. But one of the film’s stars just took that challenge to a whole new level.

According to Glamour, actor Lupita Nyong’o took to Instagram to announce that, along with her mom, joined the challenge and paid for 600 kids from her hometown of Kisumu, Kenya to watch the film. Urging others to join the movement, Glamour says Nyong’o explained why it’s so important that kids see the film.

“I wanted kids from my hometown to see the positive images reflected in the film and superheroes that they can relate to on the big screen,” she wrote.

In one of the videos accompanying her post, Glamour reports that a girl who was able to watch the film because of Nyong’o’s kindness said that the film taught her about “being a good leader by never giving up in the face of challenges and ‘people coming together to work as a team, to achieve, and to build our nation.'”