Hernandez gets ‘Shero’ Barbie

We’re doing backflips for Mattel’s latest ‘Shero’ doll.

According to HuffPost, Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast Laurie Hernandez now has a Barbie in her likeness created especially for Mattel’s “Shero” line, which already includes dolls modeled after “director Ava DuVernay, dancer Misty Copeland and fellow Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas and fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad.”

Fully posable, HuffPost says the doll also comes with two leotards and a gym bag, making the doll a perfect mini-me of the gymnast. As for Hernandez, having the doll made in her image was nothing short of a golden moment.

“I was so excited to know that I would have a Barbie that looks like me,” she told HuffPost. “It’s such an honor knowing that I’m a Barbie Shero along with many other incredible women like Misty Copeland and Ashley Graham. I am so excited that kids are going to be able to grow up with people that I looked up to as well, and hopefully they can see me as an inspiration too.”

We’re excited that kids can look up to someone like Hernandez, too.

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New Land O’Lakes CEO makes history

There’s a first for everything, and the Land O’Lakes company has hit a major company milestone.

According to HuffPost, the Minnesota-based company has named Beth Ford its new CEO, becoming the first openly gay woman to lead Land O’Lakes in its history. Ford explained her pride in the promotion to CNN, says HuffPost, especially that it’s considered “an important milestone by many LGBTQ rights advocates.”

“‘I made a decision long ago to live an authentic life,’ said Ford, whose resume includes stints at International Flavors and Fragrances, Mobil Corporation, PepsiCo and Pepsi Bottling Company and Scholastic. ‘If my being named CEO helps others do the same, that’s a wonderful moment.'”

While HuffPost points out that Ford joins Apple’s Tim Cook and Dow Chemical Company’s James “Jim” Fitterling as the third openly gay person to take the helm of a Fortune 500 company as its CEO, she is the only woman to do so.

Deena Fidas, director of workplace equality for the Human Rights Campaign, expressed her the magnitude of Ford’s promotion this way:

“This is not a story of someone getting into the higher echelons of leadership and then coming out,” she told CNN. “This is someone walking into this role with her full self.”

Waithe steps into own skin

Sometimes, all it takes is a haircut to make you feel like the best version of yourself.

Just ask Lena Waithe, who PopSugar says recently debuted a brand-new ‘do that traded in her signature locs for a buzzed style. And for the history-making 34-year-old actor and screenwriter, shedding the extra hair made her feel “so free and so happy and so joyful, and I really stepped into myself.”

As for the decision to chop the locs, Waithe explained to Variety that the move was all about matching her outward appearance to her inner self, while also disregarding societal norms — and even stereotypes within the LGBTQIA community.

“I felt like I was holding onto a piece of femininity that would make the world feel comfortable with who I am,” said Waithe, according to PopSugar. “I think I thought for a long time, ‘Oh, if I cut my hair, I’ll be a stud, I’ll be — in the gay world, there’s a lot of categories — I’ll be a stud or I’ll be a butch.'”

With stereotypes and judgments at her back and a greater sense of confidence settling in, PopSugar says Waithe focusing on carving out a space in the world that is uniquely her own.

“If people call me a butch or say ‘she’s stud’ or call me sir out in the world — so what? So be it,” she explained. “I’m here with a suit on, not a stitch of makeup, and a haircut — I feel like, ‘Why can’t I exist in the world in that way?'”

Famous women share their ‘weight’ on Instagram

Someone’s true weight in life has nothing to do with a number on a scale — that’s the message behind this movement taking over Instagram.

According to PopSugar, the “I Weigh” movement, started by “The Good Place” actress Jameela Jamil, is taking over social media after she noticed back in March the comments section of a photo that discussed the weight of the Kardashian sisters.

“I clicked on the comments, and it was so many girls freaking out about their weight. Something in me snapped. Whatever you think about the Kardashians, these are still businesswomen, and even they are being reduced to nothing more than pounds and kilograms,” she told The Lily.

Taking the concept of weight and turning it on its head, PopSugar says Jamil made the “I Weigh” movement more about a person’s self-worth than their actual body weight, inspiring people to “share the gifts and struggles that they weigh, whether they’re related to religion, sexuality, or mental health, because we are so much more than our physical appearance.”

“Shameless” actress Emmy Rossum joined in and shared her own “I Weigh” photo, says PopSugar, offering that she weighs “‘drive, kindness, empathy, Jewish and proud, the courage it takes every day to overcome PTSD’ and so much more.”

Here’s to celebrating all we are — sans scales. To check out photos from the movement, click here

Zendaya fights for equal audition opportunities

Equal opportunities are important across all industries and upon all forums, but especially so in the highly visual, visible and influential world of Hollywood.

And so for multi-hyphenate Zendaya, making sure all are considered for acting jobs is just one way to achieve equal access to opportunities and ultimately, equal representation. In a new interview in Marie Claire‘s September issue, Huffington Post reports that the 21 year old told Janet Mock that her process for auditioning is both intentional and barrier-breaking.

“I always tell my theatrical manager, ‘Anytime it says they’re looking for white girls, send me out. Let me get in the room. Maybe they’ll change their minds,'” she said. “And, honestly, if there’s a part that I didn’t get or that I really wanted at the time, shit always ends up working out.”

Using the example of her role as MJ in “Spiderman” as an example, HuffPost says while the role wasn’t written for a woman of color, Zendaya pressed forward for an audition.

“I definitely went into it like, ‘Hopefully they’ll’ ― as they call it in the industry ― ‘go ethnic,'” she said, according to HuffPost. “I remember making the decision to straighten my hair. I didn’t know that they were going to be more diverse in their casting. I didn’t know that I was walking into a situation where they were already breaking the rules. You get so used to having to break the rules for people.”

The is one type of rule breaking we’ll fully support! Click here to read the full interview.

Rihanna makes history on ‘British Vogue’ cover

Rihanna just broke a 102-year-old record.

According to HuffPost, the singer-beauty modul-philanthropist is gracing the cover of British Vogue’s September issue, and in doing so, is becoming the first black woman in the publication’s entire 102-year history to occupy the spot.

Styled by the glossy’s editor-in-chief Edward Enninful and photographed by fashion photographer Nick Knight, HuffPost says Rihanna took her place on British Vogue‘s cover wearing a “a pink tulle Prada dress and neon-orange gloves from her Savage x Fenty collection,” while also wearing only makeup products from her Fenty Beauty brand.

With the 400-page September issue the barometer of the upcoming season’s impending fashion trends, HuffPost says Rihanna’s cover is hinting at what may be a major trend: pencil-thin eyebrows, which she shows off on her cover photo.

Enninful explained the decision to place Rihanna on the magazine’s cover as one he always saw coming.

“I always knew it had to be Rihanna,” he said. “A fearless music-industry icon and businesswoman, when it comes to that potent mix of fashion and celebrity, nobody does it quite like her.”

Amen to that.

 

7-year-old double amputee makes modeling debut

This young model is jumping into the hearts of thousands.

According to Yahoo, Daisy-May Demetre was born with “underdeveloped fibular bones in both legs,” causing her parents to decide at an early age that she “have both legs amputated below the knee.” Now 7 years old, the Birmingham, England native has prosthetic legs, a passion for gymnastics and a modeling contract with British brand River Island.

Before winning her modeling contract, Demetre first strut her stuff down the runway at London Fashion Week, says Yahoo, eventually landing a contract with Zebedee Management, an “agency that specializes in disability-inclusive models.”

While River Island says Demetre’s energetic personality embodies their brand, her father Alex told London’s Times that his daughter’s purpose is much bigger than this one campaign.

“My original statement, which I stick by now, is that she will be the most influential [and] inspiring double amputee to have lived, ” he said. “The support we get through Instagram from other disabled and non-disabled people is what we are about — helping to put smiles on faces and inspire people to push and follow their dreams.”

Beyoncé takes over September issue of ‘Vogue’

Queen Bey has extended her reign to the cover of Vogue.

According to HuffPost, Beyoncé has been given ” unprecedented control over the cover of the upcoming September issue, sources say, and the music icon hired the first black photographer to shoot a cover in the publication’s 126-year history. ”

With Anna Wintour giving the multi-hyphenate full control over not only the cover, but also the photos on the inside of her and their captions — something HuffPost says the publication is “contractually obligated” to do — the move is unprecedented in terms of the breadth and depth of the control relinquished.

HuffPost says a source reports that typically, “cover subjects are usually given little to no say in their photos and are sent the cover in the week ahead of publication.” Beyoncé, however, has had control of much of the process, says HuffPost, right down to writing photo captions, which are in “long-form” — and of course, selecting her own photographer.

Tasked with snapping the perfect shot of the singer is 23-year-old Tyler Mitchell, who HuffPost says has already made a name for himself by photographing fashion campaigns for Marc Jacobs and Givenchy.

While sources speculate that Mitchell was chosen as a direct result of Beyoncé’s “power and influence,” HuffPosts says the quality of Mitchell’s work may speak for itself.

“I depict black people and people of color in a really real and pure way,” he told The New York Times in December. “There is an honest gaze to my photos.”

No matter the reason for his selection, we’re sure of one thing: this cover is going to be loved lights out.

 

 

 

ICYMI: Woman body-slams man who groped her

It was the video seen ’round the world.

21-year-old Emelia Holden was working at pizza restaurant Vinnie Van Go-Go’s in Savannah, Ga., when ELLE says the server was groped by customer Ryan Cherwinski. Grabbing her backside in an overt manner, ELLE reports what happened next is what earned Holden the praise and support of many a viewer: she “grabs him by the shirt collar and slams him into a nearby counter.”

All caught on the restaurant’s security camera, ELLE said Holden at first thought it was one of her friends pulling the move, but “his hand went further than it should have so I was thinking, ‘There’s no way a stranger just did that.'”

Not only did she defend herself, ELLE reports she also called the police.

“The guy claimed that he was just trying to push me out of the way and, ‘Oh, I barely touched you,'” she told People. “Once the police saw the video, they immediately arrested him. There was no doubt that he did it.”

Cherwinski was charged with sexual battery, and Holden…well, she holds a special place in our hearts.

Clinton makes cameo on ‘Madam Secretary’

Art and reality are merging for an all-new episode of CBS’ hit show, “Madam Secretary.”

According to Huffington Post, former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic nominee for president Hillary Clinton will take to the small screen for an episode of the show alongside other former secretaries of state, including Madeleine Albright and Colin Powell.

The episode the trio will star in will air on Oct. 7, says HuffPost, the show’s fifth season premiere, with fictional “Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord (played by Téa Leoni) ask[ing] the three former secretaries of state for their advice on how to handle a fragile situation.”

As for the impact the three will make on the show, Executive Producer Lori McCreary said in a release that their presence is profound.

“Having three powerhouses of diplomacy agree to come on our show is awe-inspiring and humbling.”