Fenty Beauty by Rihanna to debut fall 2017

If you’ve ever envied Rihanna’s makeup, you’ll soon be able to take her look all for yourself.

According to The Cut, the 29-year-old singer will launch Fenty Beauty by Rihanna at Sephora this fall, with some of the line’s products already debuting on the Fenty Beauty Instagram account (which has since been taken down).

Before the account was deleted, a photo was posted revealing a holographic lip color that’s part of the line — and had already made an appearance during her spring 2017 Fenty X Puma runway show, reports The Cut. 

Glamour also reports that the line is looking for a global makeup artist, according to a second photo posted on the non-existent Instagram account. However, Glamour links to the Instagram account of Erik Soto, global makeup artist for Kat Von D and head of global artistry and education for Kendo brands (a beauty brand developer), who posted a photo launching the talent search.

The announcement posts three locations for on-site auditions — New York, Dallas and Los Angeles — which run between Feb. 24 and 28. Soto’s photo caption says that those applicants who make it beyond the first two rounds of interviews will “have a chance to interview and apply makeup on Rihanna herself.” 

If you’d rather work for Rihanna instead of just buy her forthcoming makeup, you can RSVP for an open audition here, and apply for the position here.

Sandberg wants girls to keep an eye on leadership

Sheryl Sandberg doesn’t want girls to think that leadership roles are only for boys. That’s why in the January issue of National Geographic, the Facebook COO asserted that girls need to believe in the power of their potential.

According to The Cut, Sandberg had this to say on the importance of encouraging girls to pursue leadership positions both big and small:

“‘Raise your hand if you’re a girl in class,’ she said. ‘Run for class president. If you’re interested in it, be a leader. Don’t let the world tell you girls can’t lead.’ She added that imposing gender roles on children pigeonholes them from an early age: ‘From the moment they’re born, boys and girls are treated according to stereotypes. We tell little boys, ‘Don’t cry like a girl.’ Not helpful.'”

Interviewed separately for the same issue of NatGeoThe Cut reports that Gloria Steinem echoed Sandberg’s thoughts, saying that it’s important to raise children in a way that that puts them on a level playing field in the future.

“It’s important for girls not to internalize a sense of passivity or inferiority or second-classness, and for boys not to internalize a sense of having to be stronger or superior or in control.”

Amen to that.

Obama tackles discrimination

When a group of female students visited the White House for a screening of the new movie Hidden FiguresMichelle Obama took a moment to acknowledge how “ridiculous” gender and racial discrimination are.

At the event, which centered around STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education, The Cut reports that the outgoing first lady “spoke of the adversity she faced while on the campaign trail. ‘We were supposed to be hidden. People didn’t even want to believe we were real. But here we are,’ she said.”

Speaking from her own experience while also referencing Hidden Figures — which “tells the true story of three black women whose brilliant work as NASA mathematicians went largely unrecognized, according to The Cut — Obama continued to impart her words of wisdom to the students in attendance.

“Skin color, gender, is the most ridiculous defining trait that we cling to. It doesn’t matter,” she said, according to The Cut. “What matters is you believe in your own potential. Because people will try to tear you down, I guarantee you that. There will never be a point when people will 100 percent be cheering you on.”

Thank you, Mrs. Obama, for cheering on these students — and students all around the country.

Let feminism ring

Amal Clooney knows a thing or two about human rights; as an international human rights lawyer, she’s handled cases on behalf of Julian Assange and even to seek justice for the Armenian genocide. But now she’s asserting another facet of human rights: that women’s rights are human rights.

When Clooney spoke at the Texas Conference for Women, The Cut reports that the lawyer made explicit her disdain for misogyny, encouraging women to engage in “‘everyday acts of feminism’ for each other and to support each other at work as in everyday life.”

The Cut reports that Clooney continued her remarks this way:

“The worst thing that we can do as women is not stand up for each other, and this is something we can practice every day, no matter where we are and what we do — women sticking up for other women, choosing to protect and celebrate each other instead of competing or criticizing one another.”

But in case anyone missed her point the first time around, The Cut says she simplified her point even further by putting women’s rights in a global context.

Speaking on behalf of women spanning the globe, Clooney said, “Holding back women is holding back half of every country in the world.”

Adichie stars in new campaign by Boots No7

Makeup is not about covering up; it’s about getting ready to make your mark on the world — that seems to be the message behind a new beauty campaign starring author and feminist icon Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

According to Mashablethe Nigerian novelist is the face of British beauty brand Boots No7‘s latest ad campaign called,”READY to Speak Up,” which “aims to recognize that female beauty is about more than just looking pretty.”

Mashable says a statement explains the campaign this way: “Women use cosmetics to be ready for something: to show up, speak up, and make an impact in their world in their own way.”

But for Adichie, wearing makeup is all about doing what makes her happy instead masking her true appearance:

“I love make-up and its wonderful possibilities for temporary transformation. And I also love my face after I wash it all off,” she said in a statement, according to NY Magazine. “There is something exquisitely enjoyable about seeing yourself with a self-made new look. And for me that look is deeply personal. It isn’t about what is in fashion or what the rules are supposed to be. It’s about what I like. What makes me want to smile when I look in the mirror. What makes me feel slightly better on a dull day. What makes me comfortable.”

The campaign may help remove some of the falsehoods present in current beauty advertising, says Adichie, who’s involvement in the campaign may present one positive step forward in achieving this goal.

“I think much of beauty advertising relies on a false premise — that women need to be treated in an infantile way, given a ‘fantasy’ to aspire to,” she said, according to NY Magazine. “Real women are already inspired by other real women, so perhaps beauty advertising needs to get on board.”




The Power of the #Hashtag

Female athletes are often asked questions that journalists would never consider asking to male athletes, from questions concerning their looks to questions on their dating lives. But according to New York Magazine’s The Cut, this trend is about to change.

Following the recent #AskHerMore campaign — an attempt to request journalists to ask female actresses and musicians more probing interview questions about their craft instead of the designers of their gowns — comes the #CoverTheAthlete campaign, a hashtag demanding journalists to ” take female athletes seriously: no more comments on hair, looks, bodies or boyfriends. Only questions and articles that actually talk about athletics,” says The Cut.

The initiative has even created a video to illustrate what it would be like if male athletes were asked the same demeaning questions that female athletes are asked. The results — some very confused male athletes.

To give further examples of the types of questions female athletes are subjected to, The Cut reports that the Cover the Athlete website cites several interviews and articles with Serena Williams, Eugenie Bouchard and Gabby Douglas in which everything but their sport and their careers are discussed. In a New York Times article about Williams, the reporter focused not on her athletic prowess, but on her “desire to have a ‘feminine’ body type,” focusing solely on her muscular physique.

In order to participate in the #CoverTheAthlete initiative, The Cut says, “The campaign requests that dissenters tweet #CoverTheAthlete at media outlets like ESPN and Fox Sports in order to draw attention to the unfair way women are treated in the athletic world.”

Help change the culture — tweet with #CoverTheAthlete.