Waithe steps into own skin

Sometimes, all it takes is a haircut to make you feel like the best version of yourself.

Just ask Lena Waithe, who PopSugar says recently debuted a brand-new ‘do that traded in her signature locs for a buzzed style. And for the history-making 34-year-old actor and screenwriter, shedding the extra hair made her feel “so free and so happy and so joyful, and I really stepped into myself.”

As for the decision to chop the locs, Waithe explained to Variety that the move was all about matching her outward appearance to her inner self, while also disregarding societal norms — and even stereotypes within the LGBTQIA community.

“I felt like I was holding onto a piece of femininity that would make the world feel comfortable with who I am,” said Waithe, according to PopSugar. “I think I thought for a long time, ‘Oh, if I cut my hair, I’ll be a stud, I’ll be — in the gay world, there’s a lot of categories — I’ll be a stud or I’ll be a butch.'”

With stereotypes and judgments at her back and a greater sense of confidence settling in, PopSugar says Waithe focusing on carving out a space in the world that is uniquely her own.

“If people call me a butch or say ‘she’s stud’ or call me sir out in the world — so what? So be it,” she explained. “I’m here with a suit on, not a stitch of makeup, and a haircut — I feel like, ‘Why can’t I exist in the world in that way?'”

New Disney initiative supports female filmmakers

Women have a story to tell, and this new Disney initiative is showcasing just that.

According to Variety, Disney’s new “Dream Big Princess” project has “has selected 21 girls and women from 13 countries to develop digital short films about women who inspire them.”

In addition to giving female filmmakers the opportunity to tell stories about the influential women in their lives that work in industries ranging from entertainment and sports to government and science, Variety also says that they will participate in professional workshops that include a “training session with Apple technical experts, mentorship from the female-led production company Summerjax, and meetings with Disney film veterans.”

All shot on iPhone X cameras, each filmmaker’s project will be shared on Disney social media starting on Oct. 10, says Variety, and with each like and share of the films with the hashtag #DreamBigPrincess, Disney will donate $1 to the United Nations Foundation’s Girl Up campaign, which empowers and positions girls all over the world to be leaders.

One of the film’s subjects, Disney CCO Jennifer Lee, who Variety says won an animated feature Oscar for “Frozen,” says the Dream Big Princess initiative serves as an extension of Disney’s mission to inspire kids.

“Using the journeys of characters like Anna, Elsa and Moana to inspire kids to dream big is at the very heart of what all of us at Disney do,” Lee said, according to Variety. “The #DreamBigPrincess series is the perfect extension of that vision, providing a powerful platform for the next generation of aspiring filmmakers to create content about the women who have inspired them.”

Lively takes down reporter

Not every red carpet is about fashion. In fact, most aren’t, as they should be a celebration of accomplishments and not looks — especially that of Variety magazine’s Powered by Women luncheon.

According to Glamour, Blake Lively — an honoree at this year’s event for her work to end child pornography — was met not with a question about her endeavors but about her fashion choices, and decided to let the reporter know how inappropriate the question was.

“Are we really doing this? Would you ask a man that?” Lively said, according to a video captured by USA Today’s Maeve McDermott, reports Glamour. “[I hope we] become more aware, and that we change, and that we build women up. So, you can ask me another question.”

Attending the luncheon for her work with Child Rescue Coalition, a group that seeks to not only “apprehend and convict abusers of children,” but to also rescue those affected and prevent future abuse, Glamour points out that the journalist’s questions on fashion were egregiously unmerited, especially within the context of Lively’s speech:

“The kids are getting younger and the content is getting more devastating,” she said, according to USA Today. “When a law enforcement officer told me this, I asked, ‘How young are the victims?’ And he told me infants—and I have a 6-month-old daughter.”

Here’s hoping future reporters can focus more on what others do instead of how they look.

Take Her Look [For Less]

Show-business magazine Variety and their sister publication Women’s Wear Daily held a launch party on Thursday, Nov. 19 at Smashbox Studios in Culver City, California for their latest media venture, Stylemakers, a publication in which fashion and entertainment meet. And keeping true to their new magazine, all the hottest stylemakers of Hollywood showed up to mark the occasion in high style.

One such stylemaker was Kerry Washington, who wore a striped crop top and midi skirt combo by Saloni, InStyle reports. Capping off her look were chevron Nicholas Kirkwood pumps and jewelry by Anita Ko.

Although we love Washington’s striped style, we can’t say we are thrilled about it’s price. Her pumps alone, the Nicholas Kirkwood Women’s Monochrome Chevron Pointed Pump, originally retailed for $790, although they are currently on sale for $158 on LN-CC. We think you don’t have to pay high prices to achieve a high-fashion look, so we set out to recreate her entire look for less than the sale price of her pumps — that is, less than $158. Read on for the results!

Leave it to Lulu’s to present us with the perfect two-piece dress in the form of the Telephone Lines Black and Ivory Striped Two-Piece Dress to recreate Washington’s Saloni look. Mimicking the wrapped bodice style of Washington’s top, this two-piece style also features a full skirt reminiscent of her midi style. And the best part — this dress will only set you back $49.

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The Telephone Lines Black and Ivory Striped Two-Piece Dress, found on Lulus.com.

Chevron pumps will complete our look for less, and the Chevron Pointed Toe Pumps from Charlotte Russe will do just the trick. Done in a similar pointed-toe style, these chevron printed pumps will easily pass for Washington’s pumps, but they certainly don’t cost as much — these pumps cost an easy $16.99.

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The Chevron Pointed Toe Pumps, found on CharlotteRusse.com.

Kerry Washington’s Nicholas Kirkwood heels alone may cost a sale price of $158, but our entire look for less will only set you back $65.99 — yes, you read that right. Just add your favorite jewelry, you’ll have taken Washington’s look for MUCH less!

Happy Shopping!