Williams stars in Nike commercial

We all know that Serena Williams is the greatest of all time, but a recent Nike commercial is making sure we have no doubts about it.

According to The Cut, the tennis powerhouse was featured in a brand-new commercial for Nike that debuted during the Academy Awards to celebrate recently-passed International Women’s Day. Showing a highlight reel of her illustrious career, Williams delivered the most inspiring voice over:

“I’ve never been the right kind of woman. Over-sized and over-confident. Too mean if I don’t smile. Too black for my tennis whites. Too motivated for motherhood. But I’m proving time and time again that there’s no wrong way to be a woman.”

Ending on the words, “Until we all win,” The Cut reports Nike said in a release that the ad aims to “recognize and celebrate the contributions and achievements of women everywhere and share our belief in gender equality, in this case, delivered by Serena Williams, the greatest athlete of all time.”

The G.O.A.T., indeed. Watch the ad in full right here.

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Rihanna shares body-positive wisdom

While launching her Fenty x Puma collection at Bloomingdale’s last week, Rihanna decided to share her best body-positive wisdom at the event — aptly named a pep rally.

According to InStyle, the singer and designer shared in an interview with The Cut the way she approaches dressing her “fluctuating” figure, sharing that she has to assess her body every day to decide how to flatter it best.

“I actually have had the pleasure of a fluctuating body type, where one day I can literally fit into something that is bodycon, and then the next day—the next week—I need something oversized,” she said, according to InStyle. “I need a little crop here and a high-waist there to hide that part, you know? I really pay attention every day when I go into the closet about what’s working for my body that morning.”

Armed with this piece of advice from one of the biggest fashion icons of our time, InStyle also says Rihanna left us with another major takeaway about dressing the skin we’re in:

“I think it’s important to make sure that you wear the thing that works for your body the best, and that’s flattering.”

Amen to that!

Minaj reveals donations to Indian village

Nicki Minaj isn’t just the queen of rap; she’s apparently the queen of charitable donations.

According to The Cut, the rapper recently took to Instagram to reveal photos and videos of a village in India she has “been donating money to for the past few years through her pastor Lydia Sloley.”

Minaj shared in her posts that her generosity has helped to provide the village with “a Computer Center, a Tailoring Institute, a Reading Program and 2 WATER WELLS,” says The Cut, writing that she’s telling of her charitable missions in case her fans would like to join in her efforts.

These Instagram posts follow her recent Twitter donation spree, in which she helped students with their tuition and student loans and is leading to the creation of a charity specifically for students.

We can’t wait to see what Minaj does next!

Minaj makes a charity for student loans

Last week, Nick Minaj made headlines by offering to pay her fans’ student loans and tuition on Twitter. Now, the rapper is making headlines again for looking to make a habit out of the payments.

According to The Cut, Minaj not only shared the receipts from her recent giving spree on Instagram (which topped $18,000), she also wrote that she is going to launch her efforts as an official charity.

“This makes me so happy,” she wrote in reference to the initial payments she made, The Cut reports. “I’ll do another impromptu payment spree in a month or 2 but pls know that I’m launching my official charity for Student Loans/Tuition Payments VERY SOON! You’ll be able to officially sign up! I’ll keep you posted!”

Official details have yet to be announced, says The Cut, but we will certainly be keeping an eye out!

Beauty beyond age

Beauty comes in all forms, and a recent Calvin Klein underwear ad is proving this to be true.

According to The Cut, 73-year-old model Lauren Hutton is starring in brand-new ads for the famous underwear’s spring 2017 campaign alongside a host of others that were hand-selected by the campaign’s photographer, Sofia Coppola.

With ads showcasing the likes of ” Kirsten Dunst, Nathalie Love, Laura Harrier, Rashida Jones, Maya Hawke (daughter of Ethan), and Chase Sui Wonders (niece of Anna),” The Cut says this isn’t the first time Hutton has strut her stuff with some big names. Just last year, The Cut reports that Hutton walked the runway arm-in-arm with Gigi Hadid for the Bottega Veneta show.

To see Hutton’s Calvin Klein debut, click here.

 

The Wing takes flight to new locations

The brainchild of former publicist Audrey Gelman is spreading its wings and flying from its Flatiron District next.

According to The Cut, women’s social club The Wing will be adding three new location in addition to its flagship, expanding their reach to Soho, Downtown Brooklyn and Washington, D.C. First to open will be the Soho location this fall, be followed by D.C. in winter 2017 winter and Brooklyn first thing in 2018, reports The Cut.

With an over 3,000-person long wait list for membership to The Wing, The Cut says that each forthcoming location will be “roughly three times as large as The Wing’s flagship location, and will therefore be able to accommodate roughly three times as many members,” which is 3,500 square feet and accommodates only 650 members.

If The Wing sounds like something you’ve been missing, The Cut says applications for membership are now being accepted for the new locations, though membership costs a lofty $2,250 per year.

Though the club is rather elite, fear not. The Cut says Gelman shared that The Wing chooses members in such a way that ensures diversity: by reviewing “racial and cultural diversity, career diversity and diversity in the utilization of the space.”

To apply, visit The Wing’s application portal here.

 

Soccer jerseys get motivational

If you’re a fan of Sweden’s national women’s soccer team, you might not be able to pick our favorite player as easily with their new jerseys.

That’s because the team scrapped their last names from the backs of their shirts, only to replace them with phrases meant to inspire women, reports The Cut. Released last week, The Cut reports the shirts feature “tweets from prominent Swedish women to appear on the back of their jerseys, in the spot where their last names would usually appear.”

The quotes chosen include “‘Believe in your damn self’ (which was tweeted by artist Zara Larsson) to ‘Women want different things’ (from the comedian Karin Adelsköld),” says The Cut.

Communication director for Swedish FA Niklas Bodell told The Guardian that the shirt is not only a sign for women to know that they can achieve anything they set their minds to, it also serves as an important  reminder for the team itself.

“The initiative is first and foremost to, with the help of the national team, highlight the power that comes with doing things together and the women’s team’s success is a good example of that,” he told The Guardian. “We also hope that it can inspire people to stand up for each other, notwithstanding who you are or where you come from.”

 

 

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.

Marley Dias to release book with Schol

She may only 12 years old, but Marley Dias certainly has a lot to say — enough to fill an entire book.

According to The Cut, the young author who gained public acclaim after creating the #1000BlackGirlBooks drive —  a book drive just for books where black girls were the main characters — will be releasing a title of her own with Scholastic.

Due in Spring 2018, Mic reports that the nonfiction work will serve as a guide to helping kids pursue their dreams. The Cut cites a release announcing the news that describes her forthcoming book this way:

“In her forthcoming nonfiction book for ages 10 and up, Marley Dias, the powerhouse girl-wonder who started the #1000blackgirlbooks campaign, shows kids how to make their own dreams come true. In this accessible “keep-it-real” guide, Marley tells how she’s turned her passion into a literacy crusade that has captured the attention of the media, policymakers, and young people throughout the world.”

While Vice President and Executive Editor for Scholastic Andrea Davis Pickney said they are “thrilled to welcome her to the Scholastic family,” the excitement is certainly not lost on Dias.

“I am so excited to be doing this book with Scholastic,” she said in a release. “All my friends can probably only name one publishing house and that is Scholastic; they are everywhere. Scholastic is the perfect partner for spreading my message of diversity, inclusion and social action.”

Winfrey to join ’60 Minutes’

Oprah Winfrey just scored a brand-new job.

According to The Cut, Winfrey will return to her television journalism roots to be a special correspondent to CBS’s 60 Minutes. Winfrey will begin her post in fall 2017, says The Cut, joining the news magazine show for its 50th season.

As for the kinds of stories she’ll cover for 60 Minutes, The Cut says Winfrey will report on issues that will “help facilitate real conversations between people from different backgrounds.”

CBS This Morning anchor Gayle King spoke on her longtime friend’s new appointment, reports NPR, saying that Winfrey’s new gig will be a way for her to do what she loves: storytelling.

“She has said all the time that she doesn’t miss the day-to-day of the show, but what she does miss is storytelling and connecting with people, women in particular,” King said. “And being able to meet and talk to them and interact with them. That’s what she misses. So to me, this is a perfect marriage.”