Weinstein accusers tweet reactions to arrest

Last week saw a major milestone in the Time’s Up movement.

According to Glamour, former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein “turned himself in for arrest and charges of first- and third-degree rape and committing a criminal sexual act in the first degree” after more than 80 women accused him sexual assault, harassment and misconduct.

Charged on allegations from two women specifically and with more potentially on the way, Glamour says the day the news broke of Weinstein’s arrest saw an onslaught of reactions from accusers on Twitter, who used the moment to once again give voice to the issue of sexual misconduct and harassment — and declare justice in their cause.

“It’s been a long time coming and today my fellow victims and I rejoice and pray no one ever underestimates the power of women when we stand together + scream the truth #WeSpoke #MeToo #TimesUp #LockHimUp,” wrote actor and accuser Lauren SivanGlamour reports

Actor Rose McGowan took to Instagram to share a more lengthy message, says Glamour, one that detailed her pursuit of justice against Weinstein and her hope for survivors of similar mistreatment.

“I, and so many of Harvey Weinstein’s survivors, had given up hope that our rapist would be held accountable by law,” she wrote. “Twenty years ago, I swore that I would right this wrong. Today we are one step closer to justice. We were young women who were assaulted by Weinstein and later terrorized by his vast network of complicity. I stand with my fellow survivors. May his arrest give hope to all victims and survivors everywhere that are telling their truths.”

One tweet from actor Emma de Cauenes, however, neatly summed up the day in only three words:

“Time for justice.”

Social media erupts in praise over ASOS swimwear model

Online retailer ASOS made waves when it began using unretouched models, featuring everything from stretch marks to cellulite. But now, the company is drawing extra praise for showcasing one model in particular in their lineup.

According to Insidershoppers took to social media to share their delight in the company choosing Vivian Eyo-Ephraim to be a swimsuit model for their ASOS Curve line. For example, Twitter user Katherine Laura said, “Glad to see curve models are actually the sizes sold and not a size 12 wearing larger clothes. Thanks ASOS,” while another simply wrote “THIS IS WHAT I WANT TO SEE!!!!!”

Others praised the move as a significant step toward achieving greater body inclusivity and diversity in the fashion industry, as Twitter user Martina shared, “she’s so beautiful and seeing my body shape being represented as well makes me so happy.”

Eyo-Ephraim told Insider that the opportunity has given her a platform to break down the doors of beauty standards to represent all beauty.

“”I am so grateful to Bridge Models and ASOS for championing diversity in the fashion industry and giving me this amazing opportunity to do a job I love,” she said. “To have the public respond in such a positive way to one of my first jobs is so unbelievable, it just highlights now more than ever that we want to see a wider representation of women and men on the high street and we are going to champion the brands that listen to us.”

Lovato leaves Instagram followers with important message

Demi Lovato has no time for being hard on herself and her body — and a recent Instagram story proves exactly that.

According to Glamour, the “Confident” singer showed her confident side in a series of posts to her Instagram story which began with a Boomerang in which she “pinched some skin on her stomach and wrote, ‘Stretch marks and extra fat..and yet I still love myself.'”

Her Boomerang posts continued, says Glamour, posting a second, full-body shot where she “swiveled her hips” and wrote “Cellulite and yet I still love myself,” with an arrow drawn toward her exposed thighs. While Glamour points out that fans jumped to point out that no traces of cellulite were visible on the image, Lovato explained that the Boomerang smoothed out her legs, thus reducing the appearance of any cellulite present.

“The point is, I have cellulite just like the other 93% of women do,” she wrote. “What you see on Instagram isn’t always what it seems to be. Let’s embrace our real selves. #iloveme.”

Lovato concluded her posting spree with another full-body, smiling mirror shot, Glamour reports, writing “No thigh gap for me and yet I still love myself.”

And with her series of posts, she showed how we all have perceived “flaws,” yet it is more than possible to love ourselves in the way we should.

Because there’s nothing wrong with being confident.

Brown consoles fan following no-show friends at birthday party

Stranger Things‘ Millie Bobby Brown does not want a young fan feeling down — especially on his birthday.

So when the actor caught wind of a tweet from Twitter user Ayen Alambat, who shared photos of his brother Aaron’s Stranger Things-themed birthday party, Mashable reports that the young starlet knew she had to do something.

The tweet in question contained four photos of Aaron’s party, says Mashable, with a caption that read, “my brother invited 8 of his classmates for his stranger things themed bday party & none of their punk selves showed up.”

As the tweet picked up steam — and garnered well over 60,000 retweets in Aaron’s support — Mashable says Brown eventually caught wind of it a few days later, and retweeted it herself with a sweet message:

“What!!!! Oh Well You can let them all know that everyone on behalf on Stranger things would’ve come! I think your awesome and next year I would like an invite… Please? 😘😘😘

Let’s hope Millie’s support lifted Aaron’s spirits!

 

Gomez gives body-positive response following IG comments

Can’t a girl just go on vacation with her friends? While that could have been the response Selena Gomez left for body shamers on her Instagram, she instead chose to make it a teachable moment.

According to Marie Claire, when the multi-hyphenate started posting some bikini-clad photos from a recent vacation — some of which revealed scars from her recent kidney transplant surgery — some followers saw it as an opportunity to comment on her physique. However, Gomez didn’t let the comments get to her; instead, Marie Claire said she posted a moving response focused on self care:

“The beauty myth-an obsession with physical perfection that traps modern woman in an endless cycle of hopelessness, self consciousness, and self-hatred as she tries to fulfill society’s impossible definition of flawless beauty. I chose to take care of myself because I want to, not to prove anything to anyone.
Wind in her sails. 🌈💜”

And with this one post, Gomez instantly pointed out — and destroyed — the confines within which women everywhere are placed.

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.

Art student refuses to ‘dial down the feminism’

When an art student was told to dilute her expressions of feminism in her artwork, she could have just said no. But instead, she came back with an even greater display of her convictions.

According to HuffPost, not only did 23-year-old London-based art student Alex Ruth Bertulis-Fernandes not take her instructor’s “tip” to “‘dial down the feminism’ in her work, she also created a literal representation of the teacher’s comments. Creating what resembles a stereo dial, Bertulis-Fernandes puts the words “Dial Down the Feminism” above the dial, and in the dial’s Off/On positions, she placed the words “Complicit in my own dehumanisation” and “Raging feminist.”

After tweeting out the image of her work, HuffPost says the artist received a deluge of support, with Twitter users telling her it was “incredible” and that she should “keep that dial turned right up.” Bertulis-Fernandes later tweeted her gratitude, and also shared some new information — that she might sell prints of the now-famous design.

“Thanks for all the love shown to this piece, it really means the world,” she tweeted. “I’m a bit overwhelmed so it may take me some time to respond to everyone! I’m considering selling prints/t-shirts – just trying to figure out the best way to do this. Once I do I will share the details here.”

 

Rihanna responds to criticism of Fenty campaigns

In case we needed further proof that Rihanna is #goals, she decided to serve up some Twitter wisdom that made us all but confirm her perfection.

According to InStyle, the Fenty Beauty mogul/singer/designer took a moment to respond to a Twitter user who suggested that, in her next Fenty Beauty campaign, she cast a “trans girl” in the shoot. While the criticism seems to be coming from a place of inclusion, InStyle says Rihanna took a moment to explain why she won’t cast a transgender model just for the sake of it, writing the user a lengthy DM to share her thoughts on the issue.

“I’ve had the pleasure of working with many gifted trans women throughout the years, but I don’t go around doing trans castings!” she said. “Just like I don’t do straight non trans women castings! I respect all women, and whether they’re trans or not is none of my business!”

Her message continued, sharing another reason why she hasn’t specifically included a trans model yet: she doesn’t want to treat them like a “token” item in her campaigns.

“I don’t think it’s fair that a trans woman, or man, be used a convenient marketing tool!” she wrote. “Too often do I see companies doing this to trans and black women alike! There’s always just that one spot in the campaign for the token ‘we look mad diverse’ girl/guy! It’s sad!”

And with that explanation, the Twitter user — who goes by the screen name “@lbertootero” — took a screenshot of her response and shared it on their account, accompanied by a caption that read, “When I thought she couldn’t teach me more…”

Amen to that.

 

Blogger highlights differences in body perception

We all tend to be our own worst critics, but sometimes, women tend to magnify their so-called flaws even more. However, it takes major reflection to be able to call out your own  self-deprecation.

Take Louise Aubery, for example. According to Refinery29, the student and blogger recently took to Instagram to post side-by-side photos of herself, one in which she points out all the things she thinks are “wrong” with her body and her looks, while in the duplicate image, she highlights what viewers of the image likely see.

” I always see what is wrong. ‘Too close.’ ‘My nose appears too big.’ ‘My legs look too white.’ ‘I look terrible,'” she wrote in the photo’s caption.  “This is usually what follows when someone show me a picture they took of me .”

However, Aubery continued by saying that she is never as harsh on other people as she is on herself.

“On the contrary, I tend to focus on their assets,” she said. “So why not do the same with yourself?”

Refinery29 reports that she later told Metro that the post was inspired by noticing that social media has, in her eyes, allowed us to compare ourselves to others instead of acting as an empowerment tool. Yet, while Aubery notes that she hoped her post would help inspire women to go easier on themselves, she told Metro it ultimately takes time for anyone to stop the self-criticism.

“It can’t happen in one day and it all comes down to practice: waking up telling you three things you are grateful for today, stating one thing you like about yourself every time you caught yourself despising something, and actually talking about it with like minded people.”

Twitter user scores modeling job thanks to Zendaya

One Twitter user’s day — and possibly life — was completely changed, thanks to Zendaya.

According to The Cut, “Actress, activist, and burgeoning fashion mogul Zendaya caught sight of a nasty, body-shaming tweet on her timeline” that singled out a user with the Twitter handle “@_illestCee.”

After @_illestCee posted several photos of herself on the social networking site, another account mockingly warned people to “never trust a top half posting ass female,” says The Cut.

Noticing the negative comments, Zendaya not only called out the naysayer on her own Twitter while also complimenting the photos posted by @_illestCee, The Cut says Zendaya took her actions one step further, tweeting that she wanted to hire the woman to model for her Daya by Zendaya fashion line.

The woman behind @_illestCee replied saying she was “speechless,” and had always wanted to be a plus-size model.

She can now mark that dream as “complete.”