Jenkins to become highest paid female director

She brought you the summertime blockbluster Wonder Woman and as talks of her return to direct the sequel heating up, it looks like Patty Jenkins may be getting the recognition she so deserves.

According to IndieWire, Deadline reports that the Wonder Woman director is “very close to signing on to direct “Wonder Woman 2” for an undisclosed sum that will make her the highest paid female director in the business.” While the exact amount of her earnings has not yet been disclosed, IndieWire says it should be similar to other directors of her caliber.

As it should be — IndieWire reports that not only was Wonder Woman the biggest superhero movie of 2017, it’s popularity helped it become the third highest grossing film in Warner Brothers history following The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises. As if that weren’t enough, IndieWire says the film was also “the top grossing live action film ever made by a female filmmaker.”

Congratulations, Patty!


Disney launches #DreamBigPrincess campaign

Being a princess isn’t reserved for characters in Disney movies; in fact, they are coming to life and expanding their purpose, thanks to Disney’s new photo campaign.

According to Glamour, Disney recently launched an all-new campaign called #DreamBigPrincess, which “tapped 19 female photographers in 15 countries to create portraits of inspiring women and girls who live in the real world, not in Disneyland—everyone from park rangers in Kenya to a Chinese Paralympian to the author of a coding book for kids.”

In addition to showcasing girls that are powerful in their own ways, Glamour reports that Disney is also working with Girl Up,  a foundation part of the U.N. With every public photo posted to social media with the hashtag #DreamBigPrincess or every like on one of those posts, Disney will donate $1 — up to $1 million.

One of the photographers on the series was Kate T. Parker, says Glamour, who photographed her daughter’s soccer team, as well as Grace — an aspiring Paralympian —  depicting the girls as both athletic and strong, instead of merely meek and demure. Despite the girls’ lack of fancy outfits and royal palaces, Parker told Glamour that the girls she photographed are every bit princesses.

“Princesses are great role models, they show strength and power and determination,” she said. “Princesses can look perfect and be perfect and have their hair done, but then the next moment they can be having a mud fight.”

Blogger highlights differences in body perception

We all tend to be our own worst critics, but sometimes, women tend to magnify their so-called flaws even more. However, it takes major reflection to be able to call out your own  self-deprecation.

Take Louise Aubery, for example. According to Refinery29, the student and blogger recently took to Instagram to post side-by-side photos of herself, one in which she points out all the things she thinks are “wrong” with her body and her looks, while in the duplicate image, she highlights what viewers of the image likely see.

” I always see what is wrong. ‘Too close.’ ‘My nose appears too big.’ ‘My legs look too white.’ ‘I look terrible,'” she wrote in the photo’s caption.  “This is usually what follows when someone show me a picture they took of me .”

However, Aubery continued by saying that she is never as harsh on other people as she is on herself.

“On the contrary, I tend to focus on their assets,” she said. “So why not do the same with yourself?”

Refinery29 reports that she later told Metro that the post was inspired by noticing that social media has, in her eyes, allowed us to compare ourselves to others instead of acting as an empowerment tool. Yet, while Aubery notes that she hoped her post would help inspire women to go easier on themselves, she told Metro it ultimately takes time for anyone to stop the self-criticism.

“It can’t happen in one day and it all comes down to practice: waking up telling you three things you are grateful for today, stating one thing you like about yourself every time you caught yourself despising something, and actually talking about it with like minded people.”

Oprah to debut healthy comfort food line

If you’ve ever wished for creamy, rich mashed potatoes you gobble down on Thanksgiving to be healthy, Oprah is coming to your rescue.

According to Today, the legendary TV talk show host is set to launch a line “healthier spins on comfort food classics” in a partnership with Kraft Heinz that is also free of artificial dyes and additives. Appropriately called “O, That’s Good!“, Today says the line will take the form of refrigerated, prepared foods that are inspired by Oprah’s own attempts to cook healthy yet appetizing meals.

“I was sitting at my table in my own home and had whipped up some cauliflower, trying to make myself think I was eating mashed potatoes, but it was not working,” Oprah told USA Today, according to Today. “So I thought, ‘What if I used a portion of the mashed potatoes and added the cauliflower? Then, I would have a substantive mashed potato-cauli dish.'”

Thus spawned some of the dishes served up in Oprah’s new line, which Today says includes the mashed potato-cauliflower dish, as well as a broccoli-cheddar soup with butternut squash.

As if this line could not get any better (or tastier!), Today reports that 10 percent of the line’s proceeds will “go toward charities fighting to end world hunger.”

Ready for some O-mazingly yummy treats? The line will hit stores in Octobersays Today, with soups costing $4.99 and sides priced at $4.49.

USMC rumored to move toward gender equality

Gender equality may find its way into the male-dominated territory of the United States Marine Corps.

According to Glamour, the Associated Press reported that “senior Marine leaders are now considering allowing women to attend what has traditionally been a male-only combat training facility in Southern California.” Additionally, officials may also allow women to train at the all-male San Diego facility, says Glamour, as opposed to attending their typical boot camp in South Carolina.

Prior to these rumors, Glamour reports that many argued in support of separate training facilities, asserting that they allow women to “become more physically competitive before joining their male counterparts,” while also giving women a support system to help them through their first stages of military service.

Meanwhile, others say that allowing men and women to train together may help foster more positive relationships and respect for female service members, according to Glamour.

Here’s hoping the USMC can address this gender divide.

First black woman appointed as West Point’s first captain

Sometimes, all it takes is one woman to break through the glass ceiling to pave the way for those who follow in her footsteps.

Take Simone Askew, for example. According to HuffPost, the 20-year-old International History major at West Point was recently appointed as the academy’s first captain, making her the first black woman to ever hold the prestigious position.

Currently serving as the Regimental Commander of Cadet Basic Training II, HuffPost says  Askew leads over 1,500 cadets, but with her promotion, she will have more than 4,000 under her charge, giving her “the highest position possible for a cadet.”

Proud sister Nina Askew spoke to NBC Washington about her sister’s history-making promotion and shared a message of inspiration:

“It’s a great step for not only women, but African-American women, because it shows that no matter what your sex, or your race, you can really do anything,” she said. “There’s nothing that can hold you back.”

May Simone light the way for many more!

Vergara bares all for Women’s Health

It’s no secret that Sofia Vergara is both a funny and talented actor, but in the August issue of Women’s Health magazine, the Modern Family star is also spilling some sage words on body positivity and body love.

Featured on the cover of the magazine’s “Nude Issue,” HuffPost that Vergara finds her place on the glossy’s front to mark a shift in the media industry.

“Here’s a woman, 45, being able to show her body,” she said. “It’s not like before, when it was just young girls who would make the cover of a magazine.”

For Women’s Health editor-in-chief Amy Keller Laird, the entire issue — including Vergara’s cover — is meant to be inspiring and thought-provoking, according to HuffPost, encouraging women to simultaneously feel comfortable in their own skin and to consider nakedness in the abstract.

Vergara told Women’s Health that for her, this means being kinder to herself and accepting change.

“I’m 45,” she said, according to HuffPost. “Even if you want to, at this time in your life, you can’t be perfect. It’s not that you hate it, or that you’re upset about it, but it is our reality…We’re changing. I see it happening to me. I want to look my age, but I want to look great. I think if you are obsessed with this ‘I want to look younger’ thing, you’re going to go crazy.”

Wise words to keep in mind.

Doctor to perform free surgeries for transgender military members

One doctor is standing up for those who so bravely defend the United States every day.

According to the New York Daily News, following news of President Trump’s ban on transgender soldiers in the United States military, Dr. Christine McGinn — a former Navy surgeon —  told CNN’s Michael Smerconish that she will perform any gender confirmation surgery schedules prior to the ban for free.

Dr. McGinn, who is also transgender, was nominated for the Navy’s flight surgeon of the year award in 2000, says the Daily News, and is also the founder of the Papillon Gender Wellness Center, a care center for those transitioning and their families.

Not only does McGinn see the need to provide these surgeries for free, the Daily News says she also argues that providing proper healthcare to transgender military members is actually cost-effective.

“I think the cost of getting rid of very well specialized, trained military service people is exceptionally larger than just taking care of them,” she said on CNN.

Yet, at a very basic level, McGinn just wants to ensure proper care for her fellow service members.

“If the commander-in-chief won’t take care of our veterans, our veterans will.”


Moore shares advice to younger self

If Mandy Moore could go back in time, she’d have quite a bit of advice to give to herself.

While sitting down with Todays One Small Thing series, the This is Us star shared a few pieces of advice and lessons learned, according to Today, underscoring both the power of positivity and the perks of saying “yes” more often.

Sharing advice to her younger self, Moore offered that she wished she enjoyed her youth more instead of being so intensely focused on building her career.

” I feel like I passed up opportunities to go on trips and go out to dinner and hang out with my friends because I was so focused on the task at hand,” she said. “So I would tell my younger self to take a breath, enjoy the world around you a little bit more.”

But Moore had more to share; Today says the multi-hyphenate also discussed how to stay positive in our highly culled social media culture.

“Step away from the computer. Step away from the handheld device every now and then. I think having an honest line of communication, acknowledging the world around you and your friends and the real life people who exist. So much of what we present to people is a curated version of our lives, and I think keeping that positive perspective could be helpful.”

But make no mistake: Moore also wants us to know that no matter how perfect social media accounts may seem, we as human beings don’t have to try to live up to that unattainable standard.

“We’re all going to have things we don’t love about ourselves, but embrace the positive attributes and aspects of who you are,” she told Today. “That’ll get you going a lot further.”

Couldn’t agree more, Mandy. Watch her One Small Thing video here.


Ocean dons young designer’s statement T-shirt

It’s not every day that celebrity selects an up-and-coming designer’s work to wear on stage, but for Kayla Robinson, that day just came.

According to Glamour, the 18-year-old and owner of The Green Box Shop saw her very own T-shirt design worn on stage by Frank Ocean at the Panorama Music Festival in New York City on Friday, July 28. Robinson — who identifies as Afro-Latina and bisexual, Glamour reports — created the “Why be racist, sexist, homophobic, or transphobic when you could just be quiet?” T-shirt after finding a lack of social justice-themed clothing on the web.

“When I couldn’t find any social justice tee shirts online for myself that really would grab someones attention, I decided to make my own and sell them to raise money to get my yoga teacher certification (Now the ultimate vision is urban farming),” Robinson wrote on her shop’s About Us page.

And after learning that Ocean chose to wear her design on stage, Glamour says the young designer is experiencing an influx of orders, posting on Instagram to ask shoppers for patience as they craft and send out the handmade shirts.

If you want to wear your social justice goals, check out Robinson’s shop here.