Lovato leaves makeup behind in video for ‘Vogue’

As part of Vogue‘s “American Woman” project to celebrate strong American women, singer Demi Lovato erased her makeup in powerful video that celebrates her inner fortitude and her natural beauty.

According to Today.com, the “Sorry Not Sorry” songstress slowly wipes off all of her stage-ready makeup, looking “defiant” while she “peels off her false lashes and rubs off her lipstick and eye shadow, as ironic audio from vintage makeup tutorials plays in the background.”

Revealing her fresh-faced self, Today.com says Lovato wanted to challenge the makeover myth — the idea that people need to alter their appearances to appear beautiful.

“I think society tells us we need makeovers, but why can’t we embrace the beauty that we naturally have?” she said in an interview with Vogue.

But make no mistake: Lovato likes getting dressed and made up, too, says Today.com, telling the fashion glossy that she enjoys both natural and glam looks. “I love makeup,” she said. “I love doing my hair; I have extensions, but there’s a time and a place for everything, and natural beauty needs to be celebrated.”

She concluded her video with a makeup-free and confident smile into the camera, seemingly saying that there’s nothing wrong with being confident — inside and out.

Watch the video here

Oprah to debut healthy comfort food line

If you’ve ever wished for creamy, rich mashed potatoes you gobble down on Thanksgiving to be healthy, Oprah is coming to your rescue.

According to Today, the legendary TV talk show host is set to launch a line “healthier spins on comfort food classics” in a partnership with Kraft Heinz that is also free of artificial dyes and additives. Appropriately called “O, That’s Good!“, Today says the line will take the form of refrigerated, prepared foods that are inspired by Oprah’s own attempts to cook healthy yet appetizing meals.

“I was sitting at my table in my own home and had whipped up some cauliflower, trying to make myself think I was eating mashed potatoes, but it was not working,” Oprah told USA Today, according to Today. “So I thought, ‘What if I used a portion of the mashed potatoes and added the cauliflower? Then, I would have a substantive mashed potato-cauli dish.'”

Thus spawned some of the dishes served up in Oprah’s new line, which Today says includes the mashed potato-cauliflower dish, as well as a broccoli-cheddar soup with butternut squash.

As if this line could not get any better (or tastier!), Today reports that 10 percent of the line’s proceeds will “go toward charities fighting to end world hunger.”

Ready for some O-mazingly yummy treats? The line will hit stores in Octobersays Today, with soups costing $4.99 and sides priced at $4.49.

Moore shares advice to younger self

If Mandy Moore could go back in time, she’d have quite a bit of advice to give to herself.

While sitting down with Todays One Small Thing series, the This is Us star shared a few pieces of advice and lessons learned, according to Today, underscoring both the power of positivity and the perks of saying “yes” more often.

Sharing advice to her younger self, Moore offered that she wished she enjoyed her youth more instead of being so intensely focused on building her career.

” I feel like I passed up opportunities to go on trips and go out to dinner and hang out with my friends because I was so focused on the task at hand,” she said. “So I would tell my younger self to take a breath, enjoy the world around you a little bit more.”

But Moore had more to share; Today says the multi-hyphenate also discussed how to stay positive in our highly culled social media culture.

“Step away from the computer. Step away from the handheld device every now and then. I think having an honest line of communication, acknowledging the world around you and your friends and the real life people who exist. So much of what we present to people is a curated version of our lives, and I think keeping that positive perspective could be helpful.”

But make no mistake: Moore also wants us to know that no matter how perfect social media accounts may seem, we as human beings don’t have to try to live up to that unattainable standard.

“We’re all going to have things we don’t love about ourselves, but embrace the positive attributes and aspects of who you are,” she told Today. “That’ll get you going a lot further.”

Couldn’t agree more, Mandy. Watch her One Small Thing video here.

 

‘SI’ makes swimwear for all

Sports Illustrated is making a splash, and this time, it’s not for their swimsuit edition.

According to Today, the magazine recently unveiled a brand-new swim and activewear collection at Miami Swim Week, and the line is already earning rave reviews for its body inclusivity and stylish designs. The collection, called Sports Illustrated Swim and Active, spans a variety of styles, Today says, including “sexy, high-waisted bikinis, metallic one-pieces and floral designs, which several curvy models rocked on the runway in Miami.”

With models of all shapes and sizes walking pieces of the line down the runway, Today reports that many in attendance weren’t expecting such a body-positive display.

“You could hear the roar of the applause as they walked down the runway,” MJ Day, the editor of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit, told Today. “One girl came up to me after. She was a blogger, and she had just recently lost 100 pounds, and her eyes welled up. She just was like … ‘I couldn’t leave without thanking you and telling you how much this means to me.'”

What’s more is that these models have the chance to be featured in SI‘s swimsuit edition, says Today, as they were chosen from an open casting call in May and are currently competing for a chance to leave their mark on the magazine, which comes out in February.

Check out the new swimwear line and its body-positive models here.

Hall returns to TV with talk show

We’ve missed you, Tamron Hall!

According to The Hollywood Reporterthe former Today Show and MSNBC host is “partnering with Weinstein Television for a new daytime talk show” that is currently in development. Set to feature a range of topics, from current events to celebrity interviews,   THR says the daily talk show will be filmed before a live studio audience.

Hall will also take on several leadership roles in the production of the show, says THR, signing onto the project not only as the host but also as its co-creator and executive producer, while Barry Wallach, former NBC Domestic Television Distribution president, will act as a consultant to the show.

TWC co-chairman Harvey Weinstein explained in a statement that while he has been looking to develop a talk show for a while, he needed to find the right person for the job, and for him, that person is Hall.

“She’s an exceptionally talented journalist whose interviews masterfully walk the line between entertainment and hard hitting,” he said, according to THR. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to begin this new venture with her.”

And we couldn’t be more thrilled to have Tamron back on television.

 

Patrick posts body-positive Instagram message

Instagram is filled with before-and-after style photos, but a recent trend on the app has been to share how different lighting and poses can affect the way one’s body is perceived. While the trend has largely been fueled by photos of models or fitness bloggers, race car driver Danica Patrick couldn’t help but join in.

According to Today, Patrick took to Instagram to post her own side-by-side photo in which the only thing different was the way she was posing. While the photo illustrates that something as subtle as a pose can make a difference in the way our bodies look, Patrick’s caption shed more light on the issue.

“We all want to look our best at all times, no shame in that,” she wrote, according to Today. “But don’t let someone else’s body put yours down. Use it for motivation.”

Concluding her post with one last inspirational message, Today says the famed driver told her followers to always respect their bodies.

“We all know when we are treating our bodies with the respect it deserves. It’s the one and only thing we own for life.”

DeGeneres makes history at PCAs

In addition to making television viewers smile every day, Ellen DeGeneres is also making history.

According to TODAY, the voice of Dory from Finding Dory and everyone’s favorite daytime talk show host won three awards at the Jan. 18 People’s Choice Awards, giving her a record-breaking total of 20 People’s Choice Award wins.

While accepting her history-making award, TODAY says DeGeneres was flanked by “two rows of 10 well-dressed men onstage at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, each holding one of her Waterford crystal People’s Choice Awards.”

“This is amazing,” she said in her acceptance speech, TODAY reports. “Seventeen, I get it. Eighteen, sure. Nineteen, I can see that. But 20 is outrageous.”

Giving DeGeneres her 20 awards were three awards at this week’s PCAs, which TODAY says were for “Favorite Daytime TV Host, Favorite Animated Movie Voice (for ‘Finding Dory’) and Favorite Comedic Collaboration (with Britney Spears).”

 

Metz delivers dose of body positivity

Chrissy Metz knows a thing or two about body positivity — and the breakout star of NBC drama This is Us recently schooled us all in how to love ourselves despite naysayers.

According to Today, the actress imparted her self-love wisdom in an interview with People Now, sharing that she never returns any negativity dished out to her by haters; instead, she hits them with a dose of kindess.

“The way I stand up to bullies is with kindness and love…Because I think that’s what they really need. They’re misunderstood and probably really upset themselves,” she said, according to Today, adding that in the instances she’s been targeted by online bullies, she either doesn’t respond at all or responds with kindness.

But the real gold of Today’s piece came from an earlier interview in which she discussed how her body does not determine her value.

“The truth is, I don’t find my value in my body or my weight,” she previously told TODAY. “It’s really more about who I am and what I can offer as a human being to the people in my life and the people in the world.”

Thank you, Chrissy Metz, for reminding us that kindness quashes hate — and that self-love is the best kind of love to have.

Hall learns to overcome her hair haters

After getting her hair cut to resemble that of Anita Baker’s when she was 18 years old, Today show anchor and MSNBC host Tamron Hall kept the same style ever since, according to People magazine. However, Hall told Today.com that while she loved her haircut, others thought otherwise once she stepped before national audiences on television.

“I remember reading the cruelest, most awful thing about my hair online,” she explained to Today.com, according to People. “A person speculated about who I was as a person and even read into my personal life based solely off my hairstyle. He or she said I must be lazy because I have short hair. It was just devastating.”

The comments even led to her trying to grow her hair out to shoulder-length, says People — that is, until she learned to not let the negative comments influence her hair decisions. Once her mother mentioned Hall’s hair when she was letting it grow out, she decided to go back to her cropped pixie style.

“I’ve finally learned that this is what I like, and this is how I look best. And that’s great,” she said, according to People.

Once you learn to own who are, negative comments can roll right off you. To read more about Hall’s story, click here.