Makeup brand has gun violence mission

Lipstick is for more than just painting them a vibrant hue — it’s about much more, thanks to The Lipstick Lobby.

According to Bustle, this “social justice-minded makeup brand” has released a new lipstick shade that aims to raise awareness on the issue of gun violence and try to eliminate the problem altogether.

The Lipstick Lobby’s “Fired Up” lipstick shade — a bright orange-red blend that contains Vitamin C and E and glides on in a matte finish — not only packs a punch in terms of color, it also vegan and cruelty-free, says Bustle, making it even more of a do-gooder lipstick.

As if that’s not enough, Bustle reports that Lipstick Lobby will also donate the net proceeds from the sales of the $19 shade to The Brady Center, an “advocacy group that is working to reduce gun deaths by half as of 2025.”

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Target unveils new swim styles, unretouched models

Target has just unveiled their brand-new 2018 swimwear collection, and it’s the perfect boost we need to get us through this chilly late-winter temperatures.

According to Bustle, the superstore just unveiled “1,700 different styles, colors and cuts” of new swimsuit styles that are made for all bodies. Target makes this apparent in the new line’s campaign, says Bustle, which features “zero retouching, reshaping, or extreme airbrushing.”

In announcing the move to make the ads as honest as possible, Target said in the line’s announcement that their goal is to make the swimsuit shopping experience as stress-free as possible:

“To show off the new styles you’ll see bright, vibrant images throughout our marketing campaign—all meant to inspire guests to have fun while rocking their favorite swimsuit. Something you won’t see? Reshaping or airbrushing. Building on the strong foundation we set with last year’s campaign, we’re celebrating women and encouraging them to embrace the beauty of their own bodies.”

Inspired by the beaches Saint Tropez, Brazil and Australia, Bustle says the line is broken down int five categories: Modern Minimalist, Boho, Heartbreaker, Americana and Tropical, all featuring bold colors, vibrant prints and trendy cuts (think monokinis, cutouts and high waists!) that will make your summer 2018 the most stylish one yet. Target’s website described each swimwear category — which comes in an extended size range — this way:

“Modern Minimalist highlights a sleek, contemporary vibe that sticks to solid colors and unfussy prints. Boho combines feminine details, like lace and crochet, with ’70s-inspired prints. Heartbreaker, our selection of lingerie-inspired swimwear, includes mesh detailing, lace, ruffles, embroidery and more. Americana focuses on solids, texture, color-blocking and—of course!—classic stars and stripes. Finally, our Tropical trend plays up bright colors, exotic prints and bold graphics.”

So how much does all of this wonderful costs? Bustle says pieces from the line range from $14.99 to $49.99, though most come in under $24.99.

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.

New Target brand to offer inclusive denim options

We’ve all seen the memes about Target: shoppers go in for one thing and leave with more than they thought they needed. But when it comes to clothing, the superstore is about to unveil a line we always knew we needed but never had.

According to Bustle, Target’s new in-house clothing brand Universal Thread — which is replacing their beloved Mossimo line — will be a “size-inclusive denim-focused brand” that will feature bags, tops, shoes and, most importantly, denim ranging in sizes 00 to 26W. Moved to create the brand out of women’s disdain for denim shopping, Bustle says  Target Executive Vice President and Chief Merchandising Officer Mark Tritton offered that the line attempts to solve the common problems women face when trying on jeans.

“Whether the rise was too long or the inseam was too short or the pair of jeans they wanted didn’t come in their size—finding the perfect fit for their body type was just too challenging,” Tritton said of a survey of 1,000 women. “That’s a problem we wanted to solve. So, our design team rolled up their sleeves and got to work creating a line that caters to all women, with multiple fits, silhouettes, lengths, rises and sizes.”

But beyond offering range of sizes to accommodate the figures of all women, Bustle reports that the line also aims to be an affordable alternative to traditionally pricey mainstream denim brands, costing up to 10 percent less than Target’s current denim offerings.

With cost and fit under control, Universal Thread seems to tick all the boxes on the list of what comprises an accessible denim line. However, the brand goes the extra mile, according to Bustle, offering an adaptive collection that is “filled with back pocket-less jeans and shirts without tags in them,” making their sensory-friendly pieces “perfect for people on the spectrum or for people with other touch-sensitive disabilities.”

Debuting online and in-store on Feb. 4, Universal Thread will even include a handful of eco-friendly offerings, so Target shoppers can find even more of what they want — or didn’t even know they wanted! — the next time they grab one of those iconic red shopping carts.

DuVernay and Jay-Z team up for empowering music video

Eight minutes was all it took for Jay-Z and director Ava DuVernay to make a huge statement.

In the rapper’s brand-new music video for his song “Family Feud,” Bustle says the creative duo “managed to bring together some of Hollywood’s most impressive women to represent the Founding Mothers” — an all-female version of America’s political decision makers — “and rewrite the Constitution.”

Set in the year 2050, Bustle says a portion of the video imagines a diverse group of women — portrayed by the likes of Rashida Jones, Mindy Kaling, Janet Mock, Niecy Nash, Rosario Dawson, Constance Wu and Brie Larson (among others) — who are holding the reigns of power on deciding issues like gun control and the 13th Amendment (abolishing slavery). Serving as the president: a grown-up Blue Ivy, says Bustle, who is played by This is Us star Susan Kelechi Watson. Bustle sums up the power of the Founding Mothers in this way:

“It’s an empowering moment of feminism backed by a genius narrative, as the discussion goes on to summarize some of the ideologies which have been instilled in Blue Ivy as a young child. The segment features Watson explaining to the council that ‘America is a family and the whole family should be free.'”

Overall, the moment creates a powerful statement of female empowerment, women in leadership roles and the ethic of women in general.

Here’s hoping life imitates art and women hold more leadership position in real life, not just in a cool music video.

Swimwear company ensures all are beach ready

Finding swimwear that fits and flatters you can sometimes feel like finding a needle in a haystack, but when online retailers offer a selection of stylish swimsuits for every body type, shopping can get a little bit easier.

Cue Lilly & Lime, a swimwear company that Bustle says is “designed solely for D+ cup chests.” Created by Emma-Jane Hughes and Ashleigh Hill in 2016 after failed attempts to find swimwear to suit and support their own frames, Bustle reports that Lilly & Lime now boasts a range of styles, silhouettes and prints to satisfy a spectrum of tastes.

The Australian-based brand offers sizes that range from 28D to 38HH in bikini tops and 8 to 18 in bottoms, which allows you to not only mix and match styles to build a look all your own, but also to ensure that each piece fits perfectly.

“When you’re bigger busted, you don’t feel comfortable in a bikini unless it is a great fit and you feel secure and supported,” said Hughes in a release. “Ashleigh and I know how this feels and how hard it is to find. We wanted to create a range that would empower women with larger busts like us to be confident, have fun and feel good in stylish and secure bikinis.”

From balconettes to bandeaus, high-waisted bottoms to cut-out briefs, Lilly & Lime has every style you could possibly want and in a host of cute prints and gorgeous solids. As for cost, these suits won’t drain your wallet any more than other big-name brands, with tops priced around $60 and bottoms costing between $20 and $30.

Sound like swimwear you need to make a splash this summer? Check out Lilly & Lime 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.

Neary debuts in major fashion campaign

When a model makes their debut in a major fashion campaign, it is usually something worth noting. But when a model’s debut means a chance at more inclusivity, that’s something worth celebrating.

According to BustleShay Neary is the first trans plus size model to land a major fashion campaign,” starring in a spring/summer 2017 collaboration with UK-based retailer, Yours Clothing.

The brand, which offers “modern, funky plus-size clothing up to a size 36,” according to Mic, hand-selected Neary to front the campaign, which aims to connect all people to fashion regardless of their size or their gender identity. When Neary was tapped to help in this mission, Mic says she made inclusivity a top priority.

“In January, we started collaborating on a project for a simple guide for transgender customers,” Neary said. “They have a large clientele of trans individuals, and happen to get a lot of questions for advice on how to dress. Of course I wanted to be a part of this. Any form of guidance is always helpful when you’re starting your transition. I picked out clothes I thought represented my own style, and they sent me them.”

In Neary’s collection for Yours Clothing, she also made sure to include a range of styles to suit many tastes, with pieces offered in bold florals to edgy rocker looks, says Bustle. What’s more is that Neary seems to have found a perfect match in working with the retailer, reports Bustle, offering that they are not creating an inclusive market “for the ticket. They’re doing it because they genuinely understand their consumer.”

As for Neary herself, she is also not just doing it for the ticket; she told Bustle that she hopes other trans people see her and know that they can celebrate themselves.

“I come from an older generation of trans people, where you were fearful to be spotted for being trans,” she said. “I focused on passability. Now, what I want to tell trans [people] is just be yourself. Whatever comes along with that, be yourself. You don’t have to hit either side of the [gender] margin, and your style can represent that. If you want to put on a dress and a blazer, you rock that.”

Way to go, Shay!

Walking in style

Adrianne Haslet was not only a model of clothing on March 24 when she walked down a fashion show runway; she was also a model of strength.

According to Bustle, the Boston Marathon Bombing survivor opened a “body positive Vancouver Fashion Week show,” taking her turn down the runway to represent #BeBodyAware, a collaboration between Toronto-based designer Lesley Hampton and plus model Tia Duffy’s Be Body Aware Project, which aims to promote diversity in the fashion world.

Following the bombing, Haslet — a professional ballroom dancer — lost her left leg below the knee, says Bustle, and now serves as a motivational speaker. But for Hampton and her body-positive collaboration, Haslet didn’t need to utter a word to be an inspiration. Hampton explained to CBC News how she asked Haslet to walk in her show this way:

“I sent her an email,” she said. “I was just like, ‘I love your story. I’m so inspired. ‘Would you be interested in coming to walk for my show?’ And she replied right away, and was like, ‘That’s incredible, absolutely.’ And she’s flying all the way in from Boston.”

And the feeling is mutual; Bustle said Haslet offered that her willingness to participate in the show was a celebration of the ways her mission aligns with Hampton’s.

“She represented models of all body types on her runway,” she said. “It is my life’s work to show other amputees that they can do anything. We are not broken, we are simply missing pieces.”

Well said, Adrianne.

Nike launches plus-size line

Athleticwear just got a bit more size inclusive, thanks to Nike.

According to Bustle, the brand just released an all-new 44-piece line that includes pieces like sports bras, leggings and tops, and ranges in size from XL to 3X (and bras up to size 38E). The athleticwear company explained their decision to increase their size offerings in statement, says Glamour, sharing that the move seeks to acknowledge the growing role of women in sports.

“Nike recognises that women are stronger, bolder and more outspoken than ever. In today’s world, sport is no longer something that she does, it’s who she is. The days where we have to add ‘female’ before ‘athlete’ are over. She is an athlete, period. And having helped fuel this cultural shift, we celebrate these athletes’ diversity, from ethnicity to body shape.”

The line, which is currently available in stores and online, also features in its promo photos UK lifestyle blogger Grace Victory, according to Glamour, as well as London-based blogger Danielle Vanier.

Welcome to the body-inclusive club, Nike!