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.

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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.

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.

Women are 2 of 3 highest paid TV anchors

When long-time Today show host Matt Lauer was booted from the network following allegations of sexual misconduct, little did he know that his removal would help his female journalist colleagues.

According to Money, “Lauer’s dismissal means two women now rank within the top three highest-paid television anchor positions,” launching NBC’s Megyn Kelly and ABC’s Robin Roberts into the exclusive club. However, neither of the two anchors occupy the top spot, says Money, with Fox News’ Sean Hannity leading the pack with a $36 million-per-year contract.

So where do Kelly and Roberts fall on the list? Money says Roberts sits at No. 2, raking in $18 million per year, a contract she’s earned after hosting Good Morning America since 2005 and winning four Emmy Awards for Outstanding Morning Program.

Kelly’s position, however, is a bit more nebulous, as Money reports that the lawyer-turned-journalist makes between $15 million and $20 million per year. While Variety says her contract equals that of Roberts, Money offers that the former Fox News host’s salary remains unconfirmed.

No matter their exact salaries, it sure is refreshing to see female journalists at the top of the list. Now if only we could a woman in the No. 1 spot…

Girl Scouts serve up message on consent

Consent is about much more than saying ‘yes’ or ‘no’ — it’s about deciding your response for yourself, feeling comfortable in your decision and not being swayed by others to act in a certain way.

A new essay released by The Girl Scouts discusses this very topic, according to Glamour; called “Reminder: She Doesn’t Owe Anyone a Hug. Not Even at the Holidays,” the essay warns parents to not force their children to “hug or kiss relatives and other people” and not make their children believe that they “owe” someone a hug by sheer virtue of their relation.

While Glamour reports that much has been made about the message the piece is sending, with some criticizing the essay for sexualizing greetings among family members, the piece makes clear that it is not about this. It is instead about not having parents impose their will on their children while letting kids decide who they feel comfortable greeting and how. An excerpt reads:

“Think of it this way, telling your child that she owes someone a hug either just because she hasn’t seen this person in a while or because they gave her a gift can set the stage for her questioning whether she ‘owes’ another person any type of physical affection when they’ve bought her dinner or done something else seemingly nice for her later in life.”

And this, says Glamour, doesn’t mean that kids won’t naturally decide to hug or kiss family and friends; the point is to not force those who are hesitant and perhaps encourage other polite ways of interaction.

As the piece so succinctly concludes, “Give your girl the space to decide when and how she wants to show affection.”

 

 

 

Graham gives [not-so-subtle] hints to VS

When describing the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, one phrase pretty much sums it up: a glitzy extravaganza of skinny supermodels parading down a runway in lingerie. But one model wants to see that change.

According to Glamour, Ashley Graham took to Instagram last week to share her aspirations of walking the catwalk of the VS Fashion Show by sharing a photoshopped image of herself in lingerie wearing a large pair of the famed angel wings, depicting her on the VS runway. While she already has the look down, Glamour says the photo is actually from her trip down the catwalk during New York Fashion Week for Canadian clothier, Addition Elle.

Captioning the photo, “”Got my wings! 🦋💐🌈😜 .. my #AdditionElle wings! #thickthighssavelives,” Glamour says Graham is continuing to put pressure on Victoria’s Secret to include plus models in their lineup. During last year’s show, Glamour reports that Graham “uploaded fan art of herself in a similar outfit, walking in front of the brand’s signature pink-and-white stripes under a sign that read ‘Victoria’s Secret Plus!,'” and days later, she told TMZ that she would immediately say ‘yes’ if the lingerie company called her to model for them.

Here’s hoping Graham’s dream comes true so she can keep breaking boundaries in the modeling game!