U.S. woman first to win NYC Marathon since 1977

History-making moments don’t come around every day, but for Shalene Flanagan, Nov. 5 brought one of those moments.

According to the New York Daily News, American distance runner Shalane Flanagan won this year’s women’s New York City Marathon, completing the race in unofficial time of 2:26:53. This, says the News, makes Flanagan “the first American woman to win the signature distance race since Miki Gorman won in 1977.”

Flanagan previously finished sixth in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, but the News says her victory at the recent Marathon prevented previous winner and Kenya native Mary Keitany from achieving her fourth win, leaving beyind Keitany and Ethiopian competitor Mamitu Daska near the Mile 23 mark.

Way to go, Shalene!


Doctor to perform free surgeries for transgender military members

One doctor is standing up for those who so bravely defend the United States every day.

According to the New York Daily News, following news of President Trump’s ban on transgender soldiers in the United States military, Dr. Christine McGinn — a former Navy surgeon —  told CNN’s Michael Smerconish that she will perform any gender confirmation surgery schedules prior to the ban for free.

Dr. McGinn, who is also transgender, was nominated for the Navy’s flight surgeon of the year award in 2000, says the Daily News, and is also the founder of the Papillon Gender Wellness Center, a care center for those transitioning and their families.

Not only does McGinn see the need to provide these surgeries for free, the Daily News says she also argues that providing proper healthcare to transgender military members is actually cost-effective.

“I think the cost of getting rid of very well specialized, trained military service people is exceptionally larger than just taking care of them,” she said on CNN.

Yet, at a very basic level, McGinn just wants to ensure proper care for her fellow service members.

“If the commander-in-chief won’t take care of our veterans, our veterans will.”


GLAM4GOOD provides for those in need

While fashion’s primary purpose is to help women feel stylish and beautiful, it had a dual-purpose on Saturday, Nov. 19 when when GLAM4GOOD hosted its BKLYN BUNDLE UP event.

According to the New York Daily News, fashion and charity combined when GLAM4GOOD gave almost 350 women-in-need a “shopping spree for free,” allowing them to choose a warm, yet fashionable winter coat to get them through the winter in style. Staged as a party of sorts, GLAM4GOOD founder Mary Alice Stephenson told the Daily News that the event is about “honoring courage, empowering self-esteem and helping people in need,” but without making women and girls in need “feel like a charity case.”

Taking place at Downtown Brooklyn’s new City Point venue, the Daily News says the BKLYN BUNDLE UP featured a DJ, fresh-baked donuts from Sweet Dreams Bakers and coats from over 50 designers and companies who donated their goods to the cause.

Perhaps board member of GLAM4GOOD and former host of TLC’s What Not to Wear Stacy London captured the essence of the effort best when she explained it to the Daily News this way:

“We try to give back. Glamor is about self-esteem, self-worth, and how you carry yourself in the world.”

To learn more about GLAM4GOOD, click here.

Zendaya to star in new ‘Spider Man’ flick

As if a successful pursuits in acting, music and design weren’t enough, Zendaya is set to add another item to her growing resume.

According to the New York Daily News, The Wrap reported that the 19-year-old will play Mary Jane Watson in the forthcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming film. Zendaya inherits the role from Kirsten Dunst, who played Watson in the Sam Raimi trilogy between 2002 and 2007, says the News.

While her involvement in the film was announced in Marchthe News says it was well-concealed by reports saying Zendaya would play a character named Michelle.

Other big names in Hollywood are set to the share the screen with Zendaya, according to the News, including comedian Hannibal Buress, actress Marisa Tomei and actor Michael Keaton, as well as “British actor Tom Holland, who will take on the role of young Spidey, Peter Parker.”

Fans will, however, have to wait until next summer to catch the blockbuster, as the News reports that it will hit theaters on July 7, 2017.

100-year-old model to appear in British Vogue

There’s no better way to mark British Vogue’s 100th anniversary than by featuring a 100-year-old model in the celebratory issue.

According to The New York Daily News Marjorie “Bo” Gilbert “sits atop a stool in an image for the brand Harvey Nichols as the center and highlight of their advertisement,” which will appear in the magazine’s upcoming June issue.

Wearing brands like Valentino, Dires Van Noten, The Row, Victoria Beckham and Lanvin, creative and marketing director at Harvey Nichols Shadi Halliwell said in a statement that Gilbert “is a fabulous, independent lady who epitomizes timeless style.”

Gilbert, a native of South Wales who admired the style of Audrey Hepburn as a young woman, said she likes to keep up her appearance.

“I always liked to keep myself looking a bit decent, even if I wasn’t going out,” she said. “I tried to keep the standards up… I certainly don’t dress up for boys.”

The News says Ben Tollett, executive creative director at adam&eveDDB — the ad agency for Harvey Nichols — told The Guardian that the company was excited to work with Gilbert.

“We’re really proud to be involved in a project which proves the older generation can be fearlessly stylish too,” he said. “Ageism is so last century.”

Gilbert’s likeness will grace the Harvey Nichols ad set to be released on June 5 with Vogue‘s commemorative issue.


A New ‘Barbie’ Takes Shape

Mattel’s Barbie dolls are taking a different shape these days.

The company famous for their iconic dolls announced on Jan. 28 three new shapes — petite, tall and curvy — as well as seven different skin tones, changing the 57-year-old look of the dolls, according to The New York Daily News.

These changes come in an attempt to provide Barbie customers with a more realistic body aesthetic that starkly contrasts the supermodel-like forms of Barbies past.

The Daily News says that the dolls were crafted in a top-secret mission named “Project Dawn,” in which designers worked on Barbie’s new image for two consecutive years. The new dolls feature a more voluptuous derrière, along with a fuller stomach, arms and legs. The dolls, part of the 2016 Fashionistas line, also includes 22 eye colors and 24 hair colors.

Head of the Barbie brand Evelyn Mazzocco spoke to Time, where news of the launch first broke, on how long it took to change Barbie’s shape. “Yes, some people will say we are late to the game. But changes at a huge corporation take time,” she said according to The Huffington Post.

While The Daily News says that the changes received positive responses from the likes of size-14 model Lizzie Miller, who thought the revisions were long overdue, CNN found that not all people welcomed the changes — especially Alexandra Petri of the The Washington Post.

Petri wrote, “The trouble with Barbie is that if you start taking away her unrealistic elements, she disappears altogether … Barbie is either the iconic, unattainable figure, blonde and waiflike, with huge eyes, or she is — what, exactly? Make her real, and she ceases to exist. She becomes a brand, a category heading, like American Girl, Monster High, Bratz.”

Although the changes were met with mixed reviews, Mattel President and COO Richard Dickson said their mission is to empower females. “Our brand represents female empowerment,” he told Time. “It’s about choices. Barbie had careers at a time when women were restricted to being just housewives. Ironically, our critics are the very people who should embrace us.”


A True Role ‘Model’

Fashion week is officially upon New York City, and while this usually means dozens of runway shows featuring looks from the industry’s top designers, one designer, is making her unique models the star of her New York Fashion Week appearance.

According to the New York Daily News, designer Carrie Hammer is putting on her fourth “Role Models Not Runway Models” show at Fashion Week; as its name indicates, the show doesn’t use traditional runway models to showcase her designs. Instead, Hammer features ” female CEOs, an Olympian, activists and entrepreneurs in order to change the face — and figure — of beauty,” says the Daily News. 

Explaining her decision to use nontraditional models, Hammer said, “We always want to make sure that every woman sees herself reflected and represented on the runway.”

After searching for models for her first runway show two years ago for her “office couture line,” Hammer realized that the industry’s standard models didn’t align with her brand’s “power-woman image.” So the Daily News says she reached out to clients and others in her network and ended up enlisting the help of Danielle Sheypuk, a psychologist. In modeling Hammer’s designs in February 2014, Sheypuk became the first model in a wheelchair on the runway of a New York Fashion Week.

Hammer received many emails thanking her for featuring Sheypuk in her fashion show, including one from Kate Driscoll, who according to the Daily News is a mom of six and the founder of Changing the Face of Beauty, an organization that “encourages the media to fairly represent people with disabilities.” Driscoll requested that Hammer feature a model with Down syndrome in her next show, and Hammer heeded her request by asking Jamie Brewer of “American Horror Story” fame to model for her line last February.

This Fashion Week will be no different, with Hammer set to feature a list of accomplished and inspiring women in her show. The Daily News says that those modeling Hammer’s spring/summer 2016 styles include “Olympic figure-skating gold medalist and “Dancing with the Stars” champ Meryl Davis; TED executive producer June Cohen; comic Maysoon Zayid (top), who has cerebral palsy; UN communications adviser LaNeice Collins; and city International Affairs Commissioner Penny Abeywardena (above), who’s coordinating the Pope’s visit this month.”

Hammer, who’s been named to Forbes’ “3o Under 30” list, explained the goal of her nontraditional models in this way: “We want to make sure we’re casting not only diversity of looks and age and ability, but to also provide a lot of different careers and things you can do as a woman. So if she can see it, she can be it.”

Thank you, Carrie Hammer, for teaching us that we can rise to be whatever we desire to be, and that powerful, inspiring women are beautiful women.