Rodriguez to the rescue

Every girl wants to look and feel like a movie star when they go to their prom, and one high school senior got to do just that thanks to Gina Rodriguez.

According to Entertainment Tonight, 17-year-old Jessica Casanova from Buffalo, New York sent a tweet to the Jane the Virgin star ahead of her special night, asking to wear one of Rodriguez’s red carpet gowns to the prom.

While many tweets sent to celebrities go unnoticed, Casanova’s certainly did not. Marie Claire reports that Rodriguez answered Casanova’s request and “after a bit of back and forth on Twitter, Casanova received the black Badgley Mischka gown that Rodriguez wore to her first Globes in 2015 where she won best actress in a TV comedy.”

Entertainment Tonight says Casanova had her hair done to match Rodriguez’s style when she wore the gown to the Golden Globes. But before Casanova could head off to the prom, her mom had a special message for her — from none other than Rodriguez herself.

“Just know I love you. I’m so proud of you. I’m so excited for you,” Rodriguez said in the video message. “You look beautiful and everybody will remember it — especially you!”

Casanova expressed her gratitude for Rodriguez’s kindness, telling Entertainment Tonight, “l have no words, no other celebrity can compare to what she has done … She deserves everything in this entire world.”

While it is certain that Casanova will never forget her senior prom, other deserving girls may have a similar experience, thanks to the actress — Entertainment Tonight says that after Casanova wore the gown to her prom, it went back to Rodriguez in order to be passed on to another girl “continuing the trend of making dreams come true.”

Casanova said she hopes whoever is next to wear the special dress loves it as much as she does. “I hope whoever gets it next, it goes in the right hands, because it’s something close to her heart and it means a lot to her … I just hope it gets taken care of really well like the way I am.”

Barbie is ‘en pointe’

Barbie is no longer just the doll of some little girls’ dreams; instead, they have become a way to honor the most prominent female figures of today. First there was Ava DuVernay‘s doll in December 2015, then soccer star Abby Wambach in February 2016 and now ballerina Misty Copeland.

According to Marie ClaireCopeland, the first African-American principal ballerina at the American Ballet Theatre, will be getting a Barbie of her own that will be part of the doll’s Sheroes line, which “features dolls modeled after Ava DuVernay, Emmy Rossum, Kristin Chenoweth, and Zendaya, among others.”

Copeland’s Barbie will be wearing an outfit modeled after her Firebird costume, which Marie Claire says “she wore in her first principal role at the American Ballet Theatre.”

Pointing out that she faced many barriers to her success sheerly because she did not look like the typical ballet dancer, Marie Claire says that this gives Copeland’s doll special significance. Copeland also took special care in the design process, making the doll look as close to her actual likeness as possible.

“I was hands on with making sure that she really looked like a dancer and looked like me,” Copeland said on Good Morning America. “She has muscles and calves and thighs and a bust, and those are important to me.”

The Barbie is currently available for purchase here for only $29.95 and will soon be released for sale in stores around the country, according to Marie Claire. 

Makeup Makes the Girl?

Women and girls are often criticized for how they look, with passersby commenting not only how they’re dressed, but also how they’ve styled their hair and applied their makeup. While some comments can express praise, others can be judgmental and even mean. Such shaming has happened recently targeting makeup, but one Youtube beauty blogger is working to stop what’s being called “makeup shaming,” and her revolution is beginning to take over Instagram.

Cue beauty blogger Nikkie, who began the #ThePowerOfMakeup Instagram campaign after posting a video of the same name to her Youtube channel. Marie Claire reports that her video was meant to stop those who “attack girls for wearing lots of makeup in pics and videos” by calling them “insecure” for applying makeup or by assuming that girls only wear makeup to impress males. Five months later, Nikkie’s adjoining hashtag is still lighting up Instagram.

Marie Claire says that women are taking to Instagram to share photos of themselves with half of their faces made up and half of their faces sans makeup and posting their snapshots with the hashtag #ThePowerofMakeup, explaining that the aim of the project is “about being comfortable in your own skin, and proud of how you look with and without makeup.”

With their photos, women share what wearing makeup means to them or how they’ve been affected by makeup shaming. One Instagram user explained that she wears makeup because “it’s fun,” not because she’s insecure. While some wrote that they simply enjoy playing with makeup, others said that makeup doesn’t define who you are; it merely enhances your natural beauty.

One user highlighted by Marie Claire, @camilaxmorales, summed up her feelings on using makeup this way: “It is about being comfortable in your own skin, not being ashamed of showing your true self and also to just have fun with makeup whether its applying a lot of a little.”

We could not agree more. Thanks Nikkie for showing us that makeup does not make the girl, and that makeup only enhances who we are.

ModCloth is ‘Dropping the Plus’

If you’ve stopped by ModCloth’s online storefront lately, you may have noticed that it’s looking a little different. The navigation bar of their website now lacks the ‘plus-size’ tab, but never fear — the retailer hasn’t gotten rid of extending sizing altogether. In fact, it’s quite the opposite.

According to Marie Claire, ModCloth is still selling sizes 16 and above and even expanding the styles they offer in this size range, but they have officially removed the term “plus-size” from their site. Instead of featuring a separate plus-size tab on their navigation, they are “integrating larger sizes into the rest of their lineup” by incorporating extended-size sections into their already-existing navigation tabs. For example, if you are shopping for dresses in a size 18, you will now find extended sizes under the ‘Dresses’ tab instead of a separate ‘Plus-Size’ tab.

Following on the heels of a recent Internet campaign called #DropThePlus (which “went viral after models noticed that thinner and thinner models were receiving a “plus” label for no reason”), ModCloth introduced their own line of clothing in August which offers all of the pieces in their collection in a complete size range — XS through 4X to be exact.

A blog on ModCloth’s site explains that after introducing the line at their Fit Shop in San Francisco, they witnessed “women of all shapes and sizes, shopping together in one place, and even trying on the same styles.”

ModCloth’s Founder Susan Gregg Koger spoke on the impact of this moment. “I think there is still an outdated notion in the [fashion] industry that ‘plus’ should be separate because it’s less aspirational, or because that consumer is less fashion-forward, or less willing to spend on herself. But what we’re hearing and seeing from our community is that it is simply not true,” she explained.

Seeing friends of different sizes having fun while shopping together in one section prompted them to examine the structure of their website in order to recreate online the inclusive shopping experience they observed in their store. “If ‘Plus’ isn’t a separate section in our shop, then why should it be a separate section on our site? Instead of ‘Plus’ standing alone as its own category, isn’t it really a part of other categories, like maxi dresses are a part of the ‘Dresses’ category? Eureka! That’s it,” their blog says.

Explaining that they chose to define shopping categories by “types of clothing, not by types of bodies,” the ModCloth blog says they finally landed on the term “extending sizing” to replace the term “plus” because “it’s an all-encompassing term that could, in the future, also contain XXS, petite, tall, and other various sizing extensions beyond the standard range. It’s another step towards size- and body-inclusivity.”

Koger says that dropping the terms ‘plus’ or ‘plus-size’ from their site is making a statement, one that will hopefully “provide a better shopping experience for our community today, but hopefully will spark a change in the broader fashion industry in the future.”

Further, this move to create a more welcoming shopping experience for women of all sizes aims to showcase ModCloth’s belief that “style knows no size,” while also creating “the most inclusive, confidence-boosting shopping experience for everyone and every body.”

Thank you, ModCloth, for teaching us all that style is sizeless. We, too, believe in #StyleForAll.