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?'”

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Stefani closer to unveiling beauty line

Gwen Stefani may have a makeup line in the works — or at least that’s what the trademark filings indicate.

According to Glamour singer, designer and The Voice judge reportedly filed trademark documents in back in March to start work on her own beauty line. Filing the documents for “P8NT” — pronounced “paint” —  Glamour says Stefani has registered the trademark for 21 product categories solely in makeup, which range from “lipstick and lip balm to fake eyelashes and fake nails to ‘eyebrow gloss.'”

But the line doesn’t seem to end there: Glamour reports that the United States Patent and Trademark Office filing indicates a potential 31 product in skincare, registering for “toner, masks, moisturizer, essential oils, sunscreen, depilatory creams, bath oil, and ‘bath powder.'”

And don’t think Stefani forgot two other very important areas; in hair, Glamour reports seven product categories, including “‘hair waving lotion,’ hair color remover, box dyes, shampoo, rinses, and conditioner,” while the filing also made mention of perfumes and incense.

Looks like this line is shaping up to be bananas — B-A-N-A-N-A-S.

Ryder makes comeback with L’Oreal

After returning to television with a spot on the hit series, “Stranger Things,” Winona Ryder already has a new role to prepare for.

According to W magazine, the actor recently sealed the deal to serve as a brand ambassador for L’Oreal Paris. Specifically working on their “Elvive Hair Care” campaign, W reports that the ad series “celebrates the fact that hair can make a comeback from damage.”

With the campaign aligning with Ryder’s ‘comeback kid’ storyline, Senior Vice President of Marketing at L’Oréal Paris Anne Marie Nelson-Bogle told WWD that dry, color-treated hair deserves the same second chance.

“Everyone does love a comeback, and we will be communicating that damaged hair deserves one, too,” she said. “For Winona, we know that from TV sets to the red carpet, her hair has gone through many transformations—her hair is dry and damaged.”

Ryder made her [second] comeback in an ad spot that debuted during the recent telecast of the Golden Globes, says W, starring alongside singer Camila Cabello and actor Aja Naomi King.

Nyong’o responds to edited magazine cover

Lupita Nyong’o didn’t hold back her disappointment after her newly-released magazine cover revealed a heavily-edited photo of the actress.

According to Glamour, the actor took to Twitter to express her frustration at Grazia UK magazine, which edited her hair on its Novemeber 2017 cover and “completely erased the portion of her natural curls that was pulled back to give the impression of a close-cropped hairstyle.” To highlight the drastic editing, Glamour says that Nyong’o shared the original and edited images in her tweet, showing how the magazine gave her a buzzcut instead of showing her natural hair that was pulled into a low ponytail.

But her effort to shed light on the issue didn’t end there; Glamour reports that she also wrote an extensive Instagram post, writing that the images of beauty that filled her childhood were ones of “light skin” and “silky hair.” However, she wrote being on a magazine’s cover allows her to break those institutionalized standards of beauty for future generations, thus even more of a reason why the editing is disappointing:

“Being featured on the cover of a magazine fulfills me as it is an opportunity to show other dark, kinky-haired people, and particularly our children, that they are beautiful just the way they are. I am disappointed that @graziauk invited me to be on their cover and then edited out and smoothed my hair to fit their notion of what beautiful hair looks like.”

While the magazine has since apologized for the photo’s editing, Glamour points out that the issue highlights the “need more women of color involved in creating the images we see in media.”

Model highlights hair-raising disparities in fashion industry

Fashion should be an industry that is representative and inclusive of all, but when it doesn’t even support the models that bolster its business, there is obviously some room for improvement.

This became apparent when Londone Myers, a model for big-name labels like Dior, Chloé and Louis Vuitton “posted a time-lapse video on Instagram that documents her being ignored by hairstylists” when she showed up to model for New York Fashion Week’s Spring 2018 shows, according to PopSugar.

In her video, PopSugar says Myers is seen sitting patiently while wearing headphones as   white models were busy being primped and readied for the runway. Even though Myers told Teen Vogue that she normally styles her hair herself prior to shows (and on this day, she did not prep beforehand), she captioned her video with a plea to stylists to be more inclusive in their work.

“I don’t need special treatment from anyone,” she wrote, according to PopSugar. “What I need is for hairstylists to learn how to do black hair. I’m so tired of people avoiding doing my hair at shows. How dare you try to send me down the runway with a linty busted afro.”

Other black models, she said, only had their hair styled because they spoke French, reports PopSugar, thus helping them get the attention they needed; but when Myers finally flagged a stylist, she said “that due to the discrimination, the hairstylist left her and the other black women looking ‘unpolished.'” As a result of Myers’ experience, other models have shared similar experiences, says PopSugar, with many of them offering that they, too, have had to style their own hair prior to shows.

But just as fashion should be for all, so also should hair styling that allows models in the industry to feel as beautiful and confident as possible — no matter their hair type, skin color or circumstance.

 

Rousey takes on Pantene as brand ambassador

Currently ranked the No. 1 Women’s Bantamweight fighter, Ronda Rousey is no stranger to being seen as “tough” —  known by the nickname “Rowdy” and as a woman proud not to be a “do-nothing bitch,” Rousey may just be the definition fierce. But the UFC fighter will now be showing us what it means to tough outside the confines of the octagon.

According to ELLE, Rousey was just announced as Pantene’s latest brand ambassador, launching a new ad campaign centered around the intersection of strength and beauty. In what ELLE is referring to as a reboot of the haircare brand’s 1980s slogan, “Don’t Hate Me Because I’m Beautiful,” Rousey stars in new ads that read, “Don’t Hate Me Because I’m Strong.”

While Rousey acknowledges that many may not immediately associate her with a beauty brand, she said in a release announcing her work with Pantene that strength is so much more than something purely physical.

“I’ve been called ‘Miss Man’ and ‘savage’ because of my physique, but to me, strength isn’t only about having muscles,” she said, according to ELLE. “It’s about having heart and finding inner confidence, so I’m honored that Pantene asked me to be part of their new campaign that encourages women to break gender barriers, break the glass ceiling and never settle.”

Her new stint with Pantene follows a run in Reebok’s “#PerfectNever” campaign, which sought to highlight the ways in which “perfection never helped anyone achieve their goals.”