Miami teens’ invention identifies date rape drugs

Thanks to three enterprising Miami teens, a major step has been made in addressing the problem of date rape.

According to the USA Today, 17-year-old Susana Capello and business partners from her entrepreneurial class at Gulliver Prep School in Miami, Florida, Victoria Roca and Carolina Baigorri teamed up to create Smart Straws, a “straw that helps combat date rape through detected common drugs in both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks by simply turning blue.”

After being the only few girls in their class, Capello said the team was both inspired and (at first) intimidated by their unique position.

“I was first intimidated because the way the boys in our class pitched was incredible,” Cappello said, according to USA Today. “But since they had really good pitches and really good business ideas, it made us motivated and even more excited to really go for this business idea.”

But after a failed initial idea that then led to the creation of Smart Straws, USA Today says the team came up with Smart Straws after noticing that they were all drinking drinking out of their water bottles with straws.

“The Smart Straw is made of plastic and is discreet for both men and women to carry,” reports USA Today. “Once dipped in a drink, the chemical strips at the end of the straw will turn blue, which means the drink tests positive for either GHB or Ketamine.”

Their idea eventually won the Miami Herald’s Business Plan Challenge High School Track, says USA Today, and now the team is in talks to not only begin securing a patent for their invention, but also launching a Kickstarter campaign to fund their project.

 

Raisman raises body-positive point on Instagram

Women can wear whatever they want and still be respected — just ask Aly Raisman.

According to HuffPost, the gold-medal-winning Olympic gymnast took to Instagram to make a statement about body confidence. Posting a photo of herself in a swimsuit with a plunging neckline, HuffPost says Raisman captioned the photo this way:

“Wear whatever makes you feel happy and confident. Don’t EVER let anyone tell you how you should or shouldn’t dress. We are all entitled to wear what we want. Females do not have to dress modest to be respected. Be proud of your body.”

Raisman continued her inspiring message by offering that despite our insecurities or the number we see on the scale, we are “unique and beautiful in your own way.”

That’s a message we’ll be sure to keep in mind all summer long!

Rihanna responds to online trolls

Sometimes, all it takes is a simple meme to point out the gender disparities in media coverage — just ask Rihanna.

According to Vogue, the “Love on the Brain” singer took to Instagram this week to respond to online body shamers who were criticizing her weight. After one male blogger wrote that her “purportedly fuller figure made her look like she was wearing a ‘sumo suit,'” Vogue says that Rihanna clapped back in the most bad-gal way there is: by “posting  before/after shots of rapper Gucci Mane that are ten years and a good 20 pounds apart on Instagram” with a caption that read “If you can’t handle me at my 2007 Gucci Mane, you don’t deserve me at my 2017 Gucci Mane.”

In posting the meme, Vogue offers that Rihanna is shedding light on the fact that “men rarely need to defend their bodies” in the way that women constantly do.

Let’s hope that Rihanna starts a chain-reacton of letting people of all sizes own and love their bodies as they are — and without criticism.

Gap makes diversity a priority in new campaign

With a simple white T-shirt, Gap is making a big statement about the power of diversity.

According to Glamour, the retailer unveiled their “Bridging The Gap” campaign this week  in an attempt to “[celebrate] diversity and [champion] optimism through a lighthearted song and dance, directed and styled by British Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful.”

But Enninful didn’t create the campaign alone — in fact, Glamour says he recruited an all-star cast to help, which included the likes of Priyanka Chopra, Maria Borges and Yara Shahidi, among many others. All wearing versions of Gap’s famous white T-shirts, Glamour reports the crew “all came together to sing the 1976 song ‘Sunny’ by Boney M. as a united front,” showing off both their individuality and their unity.

Speaking on the importance of the campaign, Chopra said in a press release that Bridging The Gap’s message of finding unity in diversity could not come at a more opportune time.

“‘Bridging the Gap’ is exactly what the world needs right now,” she said. “The most important one for me is empowering women; women need to be given an opportunity to stand on their feet and do the best they can for themselves.”

Check out the fun and inspiring video in its entirety here, and learn more about the campaign here.

 

Orly and MuslimGirl make nail polish for all

The beauty industry just got a little more inclusive, thanks to Orly’s new collaboration.

According to PopSugar, the nail polish company teamed up with MuslimGirl.com to launch #HalalPaint, a line of breathable nail polish that allows Muslim men and women to wear nail polish.

Because traditional nail polish is “believed to create a barrier over the skin, which prevents water from touching every part of the body during ablutions,” PopSugar says that not only does this new product let “oxygen and moisture pass through the polish,” it is also made of “100 percent halal ingredients.”

The six-color line features polish names like “Haram-Bae, The Perfect Amani-Cure, What the Fatima?, Ig-Noor the Haters,” among others, says PopSugar, which were chosen by MuslimGirl.com founder Amani Al-Khatahtbeh and her staff.

Speaking on the impact of the new line, Al-Khatahtbeh told PopSugar that the line is a way of making the beauty industry much more inclusive.

“Many of us are the girls who could never find our names on a keychain, so we wanted to make sure we provided that experience through the collection,” Al-Khatahtbeh said. “This collection is an incredible way to acknowledge the diverse religions that also exist in the beauty world. Although the polishes were made for Muslim women, anyone can wear them!”

The new line will be available starting July 1, but PopSugar says the six-piece collection is currently available for pre-order on halalpaint.com for $49.

 

Mom corrects daughter’s sexist homework

Sometimes, homework helps children learn the wrong things.

According to Glamour, children’s book editor Lynne Polvino found that to be true when she was helping her six-year-old daughter with her homework. Given a fill-in-the-blank worksheet that told the fictional story of a girl named Lisa, Glamour says the exercise told a tale of a young girl who was unhappy that her mother went back to work, while her “inept” father had to make her breakfast and forced her to wash dishes after.

Shocked at the messages the worksheet was sending to students, Glamour says Polvino “emailed her daughter’s teacher, and says the teacher replied that she agreed that the worksheet was outdated and would more carefully review future assignments.”

But her efforts didn’t end there: she decided to rewrite the worksheet, says Glamour, working in details that made the worksheet less misogynistic and more representative of working parents today. Not only is Lisa happier in Polvino’s story, her family also shares responsibilities, according to Glamour:

“Lisa’s mother receives parental leave because her workplace ‘valued her important contributions,’ and her father is now home on his leave and ‘contributing equally’ to the running of the household. Lisa’s dad makes breakfast easily, because testicles don’t get in the way of scrambling eggs. In what might be her best line, Lisa washes her dishes ‘because all functional humans should learn to clean up after themselves and help others.'”

Lisa even enjoys school in Polvino’s tale, Glamour reportsbecause she has “play-based learning” and “plays with Legos at a federally funded after school program.”

Let’s hope more worksheets like Polvino’s populate classrooms very soon.

See a side-by-side comparison of the worksheets here.

Girls Who Code founder delivers advice in Harvard speech

Raising strong, determined girls certainly takes work, but luckily, Reshma Saujani has the perfect advice for making that a reality.

According to Bustle, the Girls Who Code founder spoke at the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s convocation and shared what she thinks it takes to raise strong and successful women.

“Success is a product of bravery, not perfection,” Saujani asserted, Bustle reports.

Explaining that there are differences in the ways girls and boys are brought up, Bustle says Saujani offered that “we train our boys to be brave, to throw caution to the wind, and follow their passions,” while we “train our girls to be perfect, to please, and play it safe, to follow the rules, and to always get straight As. The result? Girls are kicking butt in the classroom, but falling behind in the real world.”

Saujani shared her own story as proof, recounting her three applications to Yale Law School, says Bustle — a time when she constantly sought to perfect her resume instead of pursuing things that would make a difference, such as running for office or starting her nonprofit. It was bravery, she told the crowd, not perfection that “was the key that has unlocked every door that I have walked through since.”

Concluding her speech with a bit of advice, Bustle said Saujani cautioned the audience by saying, “Don’t let our girls play it safe. Don’t let them limit themselves to the thing they think they’re best at, or the thing they think they should do. Push them to be brave. Push them to take risks. Reward them for trying.”

Watch Saujani’s inspirational speech here.

Fashion ABCs: The ‘A’ List

Finding cool places to shop that are both affordable and high quality is always a struggle. But with Fashion ABCs, we’ll bring the best and most fashionable right to you, compiling lists of some of the most stylish stores around to help you look your best.

First up are the A’s, and while this is not a comprehensive list, it certainly has you covered in terms of products, styles and sizes offered.

American Threads

This super trendy shop has all the pieces necessary to make your summer just as fashionable as can be. With cute rompers, chic jumpsuits and stylish dresses to suit a variety of tastes, American Threads offers high quality pieces at a broad price range. The best part — they offer free shipping for orders over $75, and trust us, it won’t be hard to fill your shopping bag with $75 worth of products.

Aerie

Perhaps a given when it comes to finding swimwear, it doesn’t hurt to provide a PSA about the wonders of Aerie’s swimsuits. With sales going on all the time, you can easily snag a cut-out one piece or a sexy two-piece for under $50, which is almost unheard-of in the world of swimwear. Once you find a swimsuit you love, top it over with a cute cover-up, and you’ll be styling all summer long.

Asos

This U.K.-based retailer is truly a one-stop shop for all of your fashion needs. Abounding with trendy and classic pieces alike, Asos offers traditional, plus, tall and petite sizing in every style you could possibly imagine. What’s even more is that they offer a full range of accessories — from shoes to bags to jewelry — complete your new outfits, all in prices suited to every budget.

With great retailers like these to kick off your summer shopping, you’ll be ready for everything under the summer sun.

Lawrence illuminates the illusions of retouched photos

Retouching photos sounds harmless, but when it completely alters one’s appearance, it can be damaging — just as Iskra Lawrence.

According to HuffPost, the Aerie model recently took to Instagram to share a side-by-side photo of herself; wearing nothing but lingerie, Lawrence not only looks flawless, she also doesn’t even look like herself. Although HuffPost says Lawrence noted she was a few sizes smaller in the photos anyway, the point still remains: Photoshop can produce completely unrealistic results.

“That smooth a$$ skin? Not mine ― a computer programme did that. The full thick hair ― extensions,” she wrote, according to HuffPost. “…Waist + legs + arms slimmed with a photoshop tool. No eye bags, well actually no nothing that makes me resemble the real me. And the WORST thing about it… I WANTED TO LOOK LIKE THIS!!!”

Sharing that at the time, she thought that “I had ‘perfected’ images (like the ones I saw of other models) that I would book more jobs” and thus she would be “happy and successful,” HuffPost says Lawrence revealed that the images were ultimately damaging to her psyche.

“In reality seeing retouched images of myself gave me even more insecurities and body image issues because I couldn’t even look like or relate to the image of myself!” she wrote.

So what did the body positivity advocate learn?

“What’s real is YOU, your imperfectly perfect self that’s what makes you magical, unique and beautiful.”

Amen to that.

 

 

 

SJP unveils new sneakers to collection

Sarah Jessica Parker is adding yet another style to her SJP Collection, and it’s just about the most fabulous sneaker you’ve ever seen.

According to ELLE, the multi-hyphenate just unveiled the Meteor shoe, a “T-Strap flat that sparkles like the night sky,'” which means the shoe is completely blinged out. The new style debuted in a joyful Instagram post, in which Parker twirled and skipped through the streets as the shoes sparkled in the sun.

While ELLE says these “sneakers” may just be a glorified flat that should skip the gym trip, this style is certainly an eye-catcher.

To purchase the shiny $255 flats, click here.