June 20, 2019

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Cardi B Vows to Never Get Plastic Surgery Again

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On the heels of multiple concert postponements, Cardi B has vowed to stop getting plastic surgery.Last month, Cardi decided to postpone all her shows until the end of May in order to recuperate from her post-baby breast augmentation and liposuction."Cardi was overzealous in getting back to work; she didn't take the time necessary to fully recover from her surgery," a rep for Cardi previously told People. "Her strenuous schedule has taken a toll on her body and she has been given strict doctor's orders to pull out of the rest of her performances in May."That said, it seems as if Cardi's done with the post-op recovery time."I been working out for the past 2 weeks cause bitch I ain't getting surgery again," she tweeted yesterday before joking, "but let me tell you I haven't got a headache ever since."...
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Joe Jonas' Bachelor Party Was So Wild the Cops Were Called

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As you likely saw on Instagram, Joe Jonas and a crew of his closest friends threw a bachelor party for the singer in Ibiza, Spain a few weeks ago. However, what you probably didn't see were the wild shenanigans that got the cops called to the party on the first night — three times.While playing a game of "Know Your Bro" on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, the Jonas Brothers answered questions about each other while the brother-in-question donned a pair of noise-canceling headphones.When it was Joe's turn, Jimmy decided to ask Nick and Kevin what the wildest thing that happened at Joe's bachelor party was — a question that Nick began by answering, "Where do we start?""Okay. We're gonna air it out, right?" he continued. "Okay. We had the cops, on the first night, called on us three times." Three times. In Ibiza — aka one of Europe's preeminent party capitals — so you know things were getting rowdy....
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You've Never Heard Anything Like 100 Gecs

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100 gecs' strangely appealing music defies all definition by design. The collaborative project of producers Dylan Brady and Laura Les, 100 gecs is a little bit of everything and the kitchen sink rolled into an auditory meme-coated taquito. Their debut album, 1000 gecs, is a fast-paced rollercoaster ride of irreverent tunes and genre-defying bops featuring elements of pop punk, nightcore, ska, dubstep, deconstructed club, trance, metal, and happy hardcore all thrown into one big internet blender and fired off in rapid whiplash-inducing succession.To those that may not be fluent in Gen Z's esoteric form of absurdist humor, 1000 gecs might seem like a chaotic mess of nonsensical sonics, but beneath the surface lies an incredibly technical and experimental foundation. Take "money machine," for instance — a song that opens with the lyrics, "Hey lil piss baby/ You think you're so fucking cool, huh?/ You think you're so fucking tough/ You talk a lotta big game for someone with such a small truck," delivered in a whiny chipmunk voice, before descending into a chorus of scraping power chords that are kind of like a cross between Skrillex and SOPHIE. It's bizarre, a bit silly, but for the exact same reason, endlessly fascinating....
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Here's the Category Rundown for Love Ball III

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As announced back in February 2019, Susanne Bartsch's iconic Love Ball fundraiser is making a comeback in New York City on June 25, 2019. The first Love Ball, held back in 1989, was an epic ball thrown to raise money for those affected by HIV/AIDS. One of the first events of its kind, the ball ended up raising millions in funds during its first and second incarnations, about two years apart.Now, for the 30th anniversary of the iconic night, Susanne Bartsch is throwing Love Ball III at Gotham Hall. The event will benefit the CFDA-Vogue Initiative/New York City AIDS Fund of The New York Community Trust. In true ball spirit, there is a legendary master of ceremonies for the evening, Pose's Billy Porter, and an all-star lineup of judges including Teyana Taylor, Janet Mock, and Marc Jacobs....
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Pat McGrath to Launch Foundation 25 Years in the Making

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Twenty five years in the making, beauty entrepreneur and celebrity makeup artist Pat McGrath is releasing her Sublime Perfection Foundation. The foundation will be part of the brand's three-step "Skin Fetish: Sublime Perfection the System," and will feature 36 different shades. "This nourishing formulation is crafted with Vita-Serum Complex designed to help fight the formation of wrinkles by preserving the hydrolipidic film barrier of the skin and boost hydration by activating the natural production of hyaluronic acid and ceramides," the brand explained in a press release. "Diamond Core Powder Technology improves skin texture by optically smoothing and blurring the appearance of fine lines and imperfections. An illuminating soft-focus pigment blended into the formula converts and scatters light, emulating the effect of a healthy young complexion."...
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We Have a Taylor Swift Album Release Date

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The countdown to #TS7 is officially on, and it's a short one! On Instagram Live this afternoon, Taylor Swift clued fans in to her brand new album, explaining essentially everything we need to know. For starters, as previously hinted, this one's called Lover. There's dreamy pink collage art and everything!Related | Is a Taylor Swift x Katy Perry Collab Coming?The date to know is August 23, when the 18-track (yep) ode to Joe Alwyn is set to drop. But before then we'll get a new single, "You Need to Calm Down," which will be available from midnight tonight. An accompanying music video will follow on June 17, premiering on Good Morning America. What else, what else? Swift announced a collaboration with Stella McCartney, without going into specifics. Is a fashion line in the works? Fun. She also said the overall tone of her new music is "romantic," and that's not just in the relationship sense. "I think that the idea of being romantic, it doesn't have to be a happy song," she explained. "I think you can find romance in loneliness or sadness or going through conflict or dealing with things in your life. I think it just looks at these things with a very romantic gaze."...
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John Errol's 'Run Wild' Is a Free-Spirited Epic

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Californian indie artist John Errol cuts a lonely figure in the music landscape. He broke through with last year's country-tinged "Dead Man Walking," but (cowboy hat aside) he's hardly Yeehaw. Errol makes pure-hearted experimental pop that's a little melancholy, a lot introverted. It's something new.The musician is back with a new and considerably less twangy track: "Run Wild," the first single from his upcoming debut EP, Blue Flame. Dreamy and hopeful, with the shoegaze turned up a couple notches, it premieres on PAPER today.Listen to "Run Wild" and learn more about the song in Errol's own words, below."Last summer, I listened to every other voice but my own. It was ironic because I had been hearing my voice every day, working on the same song for 6 months on end. The Voice of John Errol on loop, edited and mutated to ruin — to a point where I wasn't sure of whose it belonged to anymore. Have you ever repeated a word so many times that you forget what it is you're saying?...
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F. Virtue's Chance Encounter With Troye Sivan Became This Remix

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Right on time for Pride Month, New York rapper F. Virtue is on a roll with his remixes of iconic LGBTQ artists. The queer musician's latest revision pulls inspiration from a Troye Sivan deep cut: Bloom's closing track "Animal," and his relationship with his current boyfriend. Before the track was made, though, Sivan's original version, which is something of a sensual '80s power-ballad professing carnal, eternal devotion, had been buzzing in Virtue's head. "Last summer, I had just started seeing someone new and we were listening to the radio on my roof when 'Animal' came on," Virtue says. "I'd never heard Troye or that song, so experiencing it for the first time-stamped that moment for us."Related | Troye Sivan's Queer Love Songs Are For Everyone...
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Meet Pronoun, The Queer Emo-Indie Rocker Mixing Old and New

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Alyse Velturo is a 30-year-old lesbian who runs her own record label, when she's not putting out devastatingly raw indie rock under the name Pronoun. She's not nonbinary but chose the name for her project when her label told her she couldn't call herself "monachopsis," a term for "the subtle but persistent feeling of being out of place."She's just an album or so late to the indie rock revolution but finding her niche in it alongside the women she calls influences like Julien Baker, Soccer Mommy and illuminati hotties, who are also translating the out-of-placeness of being alive into poignant guitar music. Her debut album I'll Show You Stronger orbits contemporary female-driven rock, 90s alt-rock (its ancestor), and 00s Death Cab-style emo (she describes her influences as anything that'd be on the 10 Things I Hate About You soundtrack). Her voice is hoarse and hazy like a dream-pop shoegazer, while her instrumentals are often bombastic. In the grand tradition of singer-songwriters, her lyrics, which reveal the specificities of a beginning-to-end heartbreak, are blunt and honest, no matter how ugly, petty or unflattering her emotions or desires are. There's no radical elements in the recipe, but Pronouns' combination sounds both retro and modern in a way that sets her apart....
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Stan Stories: Running a Troye Sivan Updates Account Ain't Easy

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We're living in the golden age of fandom, where social media has allowed stans to interact with their idols on a daily basis. Whether you're a barb, lamb, belieber, or registered bardi gang member, you're probably @-ing somebody. On Stan Stories, we meet the internet's most dedicated followers and delve deep into their obsessions.It's hard to keep up with Troye Sivan, the young Australian pop wonder who found fame on YouTube and has since taken the music world by storm. But one fan has taken the task upon herself: Jovanna, a 22-year-old Texan who runs Twitter's biggest Troye updates account, @_TroyeSivanUpdates.Of all the stan account formats, UAs are the most hardcore. They involve late nights and early mornings to accommodate the ever-changing time zones and jam-packed schedules of the stars they follow — it definitely doesn't help that Sivan travels back and forth between the two hemispheres. ...
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Jaclyn Hill Drops 'Apology' Video Addressing Damaged Lipstick Claims

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What was supposed to be an exciting week for YouTuber Jaclyn Hill with the launch her own beauty label, Jaclyn Cosmetics has turned out to be pretty much a disaster. The beauty blogger who debuted a range 20 nude lipsticks was immediately met with widespread social media backlash after customers claimed that their lipsticks contained black spots, hairs, and moldy splotches. ​The brand immediately issued a statement saying that "less than half of one percent of orders were impacted by the compromised product." They added, "We would like to reassure customers that while it is unacceptable for these quality issues to have occurred, there are no safety concerns related to the lipsticks." Related | MUA YouTuber Jaclyn Hill Criticized For Selling 'Hairy,' 'Lumpy' Lipsticks...
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How to Help Sudan: A Country In Crisis

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Major change swept through Sudan on April 11, following months of protests triggered by money and bread shortages. Omar al-Bashir has ruled the country for the last 30 years, despite indictments for war crimes and genocide in Darfur. During the protests, he was overthrown by Sudanese citizens who were tired of living in a dictatorship. Military forces intervened, at first claiming that they'd allow civilian rule and reportedly making a plan allowing power to shift between civilians and the military.Eventually, those talks devolved into disagreements between the two factions. On one side is the pro-democracy movement, led by the Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA), who want civilian rule and an extended transition period to prepare for voting ahead of new elections. The other side, Sudan's military leaders, reportedly want voting to take place sooner rather than later — in nine months....
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Drunk Elephant Opens 'House of Drunk' Pop-Up

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Everyone's favorite skincare label, Drunk Elephant, has opened its first ever pop-up shop in the US, and it's happening in New York. Cheekily titled "House of Drunk," the dynamic space will feature the brand's "playful and irreverent" aesthetic, and is designed to provide visitors with an "interactive look into the brand's clean compatible products." Drunk Elephant on Instagram: “Welcome to the #HouseofDrunk🐘 🎊🍸⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The rumors are true: we’re taking a bite out of the Big Apple and popping up in SoHo. Come shop…”The Soho store also marks the reformulation of its cult Lala Retro Moisturizer Whipped Cream, which will be available starting July, and will feature an "added plant ceramide complex" to "reinforce the skin's acid mantle and defending against the effects of everyday stressors."...
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Women Have Always Rapped About Sex

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As rappers like Megan Thee Stallion and Queen Key continue to grow devoted fan bases with lyrics about "riding to the tip" and projects named Eat My Pussy (and Eat My Pussy Again) respectively, they maintain a long lineage of bold Black women bringing their sexual desires to the forefront of cultural moments. Perhaps unsurprisingly, this boldness has been met with many misogynistic takes in every day social media discussion.Search the terms "women rapper" or "female rap" on Twitter and, looking past the stan culture, you'll find an assortment of disparaging tweets disguised as 'hot takes,' unjustly comparing women to their peers and predecessors and perpetuating the idea that women rappers should tone down their sensuality....
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Ashley O's 'On a Roll' Sees The Light of Day

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The new season of Black Mirror showed us all that your favorite pop girl could NEVER even come close to being as iconic as Ashley O, the fictional celebrity persona of Miley Cyrus in "Rachel, Jack and Ashley Too." While the storyline of the episode was certainly intriguing — a robot replica of Ashley O, named Ashley Too, captures the attention and hearts of a broken family — the standout was the episode's theme, "On a Roll."Fans immediately begged for the release of Ashley O's smash hit on streaming platforms, but thought at first that their pleas would be useless. Cyrus herself confirmed that the song would indeed see the light of day this past week, and the positive response confirmed that this was what we all needed to cap off her She Is Coming era. Bon appétit!...
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Kitten Covers Queer Icon Lesley Gore for Pride

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This glorious Pride Month, Los Angeles electronic pop/rock outfit Kitten will premiere one cover version every week of songs created by trailblazing queer artists, exclusively on PAPER. Related | Kitten Channels Queer Icons for Pride, Starting With Elton JohnLast week, Kitten covered Elton John's "Your Song." This week, the band takes on Lesley Gore's beloved 1963 feminist classic, "It's My Party," which was producer Quincy Jones' and Gore's first No. 1 hit, recorded for her debut album of the same year, I'll Cry If I Want To. Kitten's lead singer Chloe Chaidez explains the impetus behind this week's cover, produced by the band's own Blu DeTiger and David Stagno:"Not only was Lesley Gore a legendary vocalist, her feminism and transparency with her sexuality was and is inspiring. She was never afraid to boldly speak her mind, and express herself freely with her music and platform. Enjoy, folks!"...
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designer olivier theyskens on drama, reinvention, and finding beauty in terrible things

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Olivier Theyskens’ signature is sumptuous fantasy balanced with solemn formal rigor. The designer will inaugurate "In Praesentia," a rich carte blanche display of his imaginative universe, at Cité de la dentelle et de la mode, a.k.a. the Museum of Lace and Fashion, curated by Lydia Kamitsis (June 15-January 5). Located in the northern French city of Calais, the venue has previously featured exhibitions on Hubert de Givenchy, Cristóbal Balenciaga, and Iris van Herpen. In successions of theatrical vitrines, Theyskens silhouettes mix with in-house historical garments: pairing forms, colors, and materials across decades and even centuries. The selected pieces are beautifully mixed with vintage industrial tools — a lace press, patinated bobbin boards, trestles, registries of lace samples — that double as sculptural totems. The show provides an authentic and striking tribute to Theyskens’ recurring creative obsessions....
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charli xcx’s new album is coming

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Photo via Instagram. In January, Charli XCXpromised hopeful fans that she’d release a new album in 2019 — her first since 2014’s Sucker. Today, she’s answered their prayers. The pop star took to Instagram to announce the release of Charli on September 13. “This album is my most personal, which is why I decided to call it by my name. I’ve put as many of my emotions, my thoughts, my feelings, and my experiences with relationships into these 15 songs and I am so proud of them,” she said. “Those of you who have been with me on my journey as an artist, I know you have waited for a new album from me for a long time, and I really hope Charli is all you can imagine and more.” The track list includes recent bop “Blame It On Your Love,” featuring Lizzo and a ton of collaborations with our favorites like Christine and the Queens, Kim Petras, CupcakKe, Brooke Candy, Pabllo Vittar, Clairo, and Yaeji. Obviously, the nostalgic Troye Sivan collab “1999” made the cut, but another track called “2099,” also with Troye, promises a futuristic take on the hit. She teases that a new video and tour dates will be announced soon. ...
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Sufjan Stevens Quotes RuPaul, Jesus in Loving Day Essay

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Following up his pair of songs for Pride, benefitting homeless LGBTQ youth, indie folk savant Sufjan Stevens has penned an essay for Loving Day. Loving Day is a national holiday held on June 12, celebrating the the anniversary of the 1967 United States Supreme Court decision Loving v. Virginia which struck down the country's remaining anti-miscegenation laws.The essay is all about love. What else? Writing on the topic, Stevens opens the essay with quotes from two divine figures: RuPaul and Jesus, about the relationship between love for ourselves, and others."RuPaul says: "If you can't love yourself, how the hell you gonna love somebody else?" Jesus said: "Love your neighbor as yourself." Both suggest that self-love is what makes us human: you cannot love others without loving yourself. Which also means that we must cultivate love as a private and personal practice before we can extend love to others"...
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Barbie Ferreira: Putting Her Confidence on Display

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Body positivity has slowly but steadily morphed into a buzzword that everyone from brands and celebrities to activists are rallying behind. Everyone is angry and for good reason. For too long, society and corporations have sold an unrealistic beauty model to the world — one that rarely exists beyond photoshopped models on billboards and diet pill commercials. It could be viewed as a collective awakening of sorts. Yet, we seem to be stuck in a vicious cycle. "Fat" is still thrown around like a dirty word and most of us continue to hate our bodies akin to a morning beauty routine.Related | Seeing Red: Zendaya to the ExtremeDespite all the conceivable noise and fierce activism around the topic, young women have never been more insecure about every inch of their bodies than today. Barbie Ferreira, one of the pivotal leads of the upcoming HBO drama, Euphoria,says the mass commodification of the movement is to blame. ...
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Maren Morris Tells Off Slut-Shamers After 'Playboy' Shoot

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Liberal country darling and crossover star Maren Morris, famous for singing about smoking weed and gun control, recently posed for Playboy: hair flowing, cowboy-hatted and topless. As a part of the historically conservative country music world, as well as a woman living in this dumb hellscape, naturally, she couldn't just do a fun photoshoot without being accused of moral depravity and scandalous opportunism.Maren Morris on Instagram: “strip it down. something with @playboy is coming next week... 🌼 // 📷: @harpersmithphoto”One articulate commenter wrote: "Since when does country music singers have to show off their body to sale music you have a pretty voice don't be like the pop singers." ...
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Sophie Turner’s Bachelorette Party Sounds Lit

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How do I put this? Sophie Turner... always turns up. Sansa Stark loves to party, as evidenced by her chugging wine on that Jumbotron, getting married to a Jonas Brother in Vegas, and now flying all of her best female friends across Europe via private jet. In preparation for her second, presumably Diplo-free wedding to Joe, Turner just threw a bachelorette party to end them all. Related | Nowstalgia: Jonas Brothers' Second ComingHere's what we know, via Instagram stories and intrepid tabloid reporting: Turner planned the celebration with her BFF and fellow Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams, and the two invited at least 10 other close pals along for the multi-day Euro trip. (As Peoplecattily notes, Turner's JoBros "sisters" Priyanka Chopra and Danielle Jonas were "noticeably absent." Maybe they were just busy! I don't know.)...
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Here's Why Kim Petras Has Been Releasing Singles Nonstop

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The new Kim Petras single era is coming to a fierce conclusion, but not without a bang. Gone are the days of singles featuring cover art with glowing, multi-colored bunheads on a dark black background. Petras has shifted to a new era, beginning with April's "Broken," and what has followed has been a crescendo-like tidal wave of new songs. Tracks like "Got My Number," "Sweet Spot," and "Do Me" wowed fans everywhere and got them sufficiently excited to see her on her now sold-out Broken Tour.Related | Paris Hilton Interviews Kim PetrasNow, she's announcing that the single releases were not a part of some random stream of new content, but instead comprise the singer's new project, Clarity. The 12-track collection includes all eight of the singles Petras has put out over the past few months, including her newest erotic pop ballad, "Personal Hell." The new banger sounds like a blend of bassline bliss from Turn Off The Light, Vol. 1 and her bubblegum pop roots from "I Don't Want It At All."...
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Charli XCX’s New Self-Titled Album Is a Pop Tour de Force

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Stans, dinner's ready: Charli XCX will put out her sophomore album — her first album in five years — this fall via Atlantic Records. The album, which she's self titled, Charli, boasts an impressive 15-song tracklist that alone will leave her Angels starving and clawing towards the project's September 13th release date. In addition to the long-awaited album announcement, Charli has also announced that she will be embarking on a massive 40-date tour across North America and Europe, with opening acts like Tommy Genesis, Brooke Candy, Dorian Electra, and Allie X.Related | Charli XCX Is Pop's Cult LeaderBesides intriguing song titles like, "Next Level Charli" and "White Mercedes," the tracklist boasts an impressive roster of features, even by Charli's standards. Collaborators from her Pop 2 mixtape are present in abundance on Charli; the "I Got It" crew — CupcakKe, Brooke Candy, and Pablo Vittar — teams up with Bounce icon Big Freedia on a track called "Shake It," while Kim Petras and Tommy Cash feature on a track called "Click." However predictable some of the features from Charli's friends might seem, there are some surprise guests on the record....
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Olsen Astrology: Your MKA Look, According to the Zodiac

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In honor of their birthday, Kiki has curated a few Mary-Kate and Ashley moments that reflect the energy of each of the other zodiac signs.
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Sufjan Steven Quotes RuPaul, Jesus in Loving Day Essay

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Following up his pair of songs for Pride, benefitting homeless LGBTQ youth, indie folk savant Sufjan Stevens has penned an essay for Loving Day. Loving Day is a national holiday held on June 12, celebrating the the anniversary of the 1967 United States Supreme Court decision Loving v. Virginia which struck down the country's remaining anti-miscegenation laws.The essay is all about love. What else? Writing on the topic, Stevens opens the essay with quotes from two divine figures: RuPaul and Jesus, about the relationship between love for ourselves, and others."RuPaul says: "If you can't love yourself, how the hell you gonna love somebody else?" Jesus said: "Love your neighbor as yourself." Both suggest that self-love is what makes us human: you cannot love others without loving yourself. Which also means that we must cultivate love as a private and personal practice before we can extend love to others"...
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ariana grande donates $250,000 to planned parenthood

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Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Ariana Grande. A Grande serving of good news — Ariana Grande is donating the proceeds from her concert in Atlanta to Planned Parenthood. Around $250,000 will make its way to the reproductive health organization, which aside from being incredible, also makes one wonder at the amount of money touring rakes in. She joins a slew of artists who have thrown their support behind PP, including Kacey Musgraves, Lady Gaga, and Lizzo, as reproductive rights are under threat in states including Missouri, Georgia, and Louisiana. “Ariana Grande’s generous donation comes at a critical time — in Georgia and across the country, anti-women’s health politicians are trying to ban all safe, legal abortion,” Planned Parenthood Action Fund President Dr. Leana Wen told PEOPLE. ...
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Justin Bieber Explains Tom Cruise Fight Challenge

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Do you ever get very bored and challenge large celebrities to fight you? Justin Bieber does. The 25-year-old baffled the internet earlier this week when he tweeted at 56-year-old Tom Cruise, essentially, calling him a weenie if he declined to fight Bieber in a mixed marshal art duel. He even asked UFC President Dana White to help set up the match. After an encounter with the paparazzi, we've learned that the curious communiqué was simply a way of breaking up the deep monotony of being impossibly wealthy and famous.Page Sixreports that Bieber, when questioned by paps about his threat to Cruise outside Hailey Baldwin's LA store, said he was "just playin." The story is that Bieber had just watched an interview with Cruise: "he was just on my mind, I don't know why... It was just a random tweet. I do that stuff sometimes." Ah yes, a normal and understandable response to having someone "on your mind."...
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Michael Sam Reflects on Breaking the Closet

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"We went to go see Sherlock Holmes. I was so nervous, so scared, and still in the closet, [so] we had to sit a seat apart," Michael Sam remembers of his first ever date with a man in college. "It was a recipe to lead to disaster to how we broke up because he was out and I was still in the closet," he continues. "It was moments like that... he couldn't do it anymore." Sam, the former defensive end for the University of Missouri Tigers, made LGBTQ+ history during the 2014 NFL draft when it was announced that he was being recruited to play for the St. Louis Rams. While not the first openly gay former NFL player, Sam did become the first out player to be drafted in the league — and everyone watched around the world: Sam, his wrist encircled by a multicolored rubber Pride bracelet, goes rigid while receiving the news during the seventh round of picks. He collapses into a fit of sobs, pivoting to his left, and embracing his boyfriend at the time. ...
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Jessica Biel Says She’s Not an Anti-Vaxxer

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Jessica Biel, an actress who is in no movies that immediately come to mind, once owned a fudge-themed restaurant, and is married to Justin Timberlake, went viral yesterday after stories by Jezebel and the Daily Beast alleged her to be an anti-vaxxer. Biel was photographed with notorious anti-vaccination campaigner Robert F. Kennedy Jr, who once compared compulsory child vaccinations to the holocaust. Kennedy Jr shared these photos on his public Instagram page.Today, Biel has issued a lengthy Instagram denial of the reports. To clarify, Biel says she is "not against" vaccinations, but she is against California's proposed SB276 bill, which will make it harder for parents to argue their children are medically exempt from vaccinations. Hmm. ...
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Hunter Schafer: Leading the Charge for Femme Representation

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We live in tumultuous times. On one end, hate and right wing extremism have suddenly plunged itself out in the open. Then on the other, there's the so-called 'woke culture' that comes with its own set of pitfalls, namely the tokenization of minorities and marginalized communities that for so long have been erased from mainstream pop culture. The films, shows, and books that attempt to ignorantly tick boxes under the guise of 'representation' are usually led by a cluster of cis heterosexual white men in boardrooms. And understandably, they usually fail to accurately depict the intricacies of their "diverse" characters.Related | Seeing Red: Zendaya to the ExtremeEuphoria, HBO's upcoming teen drama that follows a group of younglings — as they navigate a world of drugs, sex, and bullying — has Sam Levinson as its creator, also a cis white man. ...
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How Robes Became My Ultimate Packing Staple

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We're talking colorful, often-floor-length, “I just killed my husband and I’m going to finish my martini before I call the cops” robes.
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Why is The Right Time to Brush Your Teeth So Controversial?

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One thing you can file under Shit Leandra Never Expected to Be True: the topic of whether you should brush your teeth before or after breakfast is HOT.
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baudelaire meets seoul street style at givenchy’s spring/summer 20 show

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Courtesy GivenchyThis article originally appeared on i-D UK."We call it ‘nouveau glitch’, this fusion of old and new world aesthetics, Baudelaire then and Asian street style now,” Clare Waight Keller excitedly explained during a press preview of the Givenchy spring/summer 20 men’s show. Having included men’s looks in her couture show from the outset, the Birmingham-born artistic director was ready to push her Givenchy man centre stage. “For me, this is the perfect, serendipitous moment,” she told us, “I’d been looking to do a show and wanted to do something very special, and then the invitation came to show at Pitti.” Building on the “perverse posh” of her autumn/winter 19 men’s collection, Clare used her headline guest slot at the 2019 edition of Pitti Immagine Uomo in Florence to create a series of unexpected culture clashes, all taking place in the labyrinthine Baroque gardens of the Villa Palmieri on the city’s outskirts. ...
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how workwear became fashion’s current obsession

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This article originally appeared on i-D UK.When Kanye West wore a $43 Dickies workwear jacket to this year’s Met Gala, it signalled a shift for the American workwear manufacturer that began in 1922 and came to epitomise humble uniforms worn by working-class labourers. It also presented a paradox. One the one hand, workwear is fashionable, and is worn by plenty of people (Kanye included) who don’t really require it for their everyday life -- least of all for their profession. On the other, it’s an anti-fashion uniform for many who do; people who wear it out of necessity, rather than as an accessory. Workwear, after all, was once a cipher of social standing, quite literally distinguishing the socio-economic hierarchy between blue-collar and white-collar workers. It was practical and durable, made for comfort and utility: designed quite literally for physical work, to get dirty in and to be worn every day. In some ways, it is the antithesis of fashion, in that it emphasises collective anonymity over any expression of individuality. More than that, for so many people Chore coats, carpenter trousers, cotton overalls and utility vests aren't just clothes; they are denominators of working-class life, a sartorial embodiment of a hard day’s work....
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young lesbian, gay and bi women share their experiences of homophobia today

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This article originally appeared on i-D UK.“I kissed my girlfriend, then we looked up and realised we were being filmed by a man in his forties on his phone,” explains Emma. She was 17 and at Birmingham Pride in 2009, her first ever Pride event. “He would not leave us alone and we couldn’t find any security personnel. I haven’t gone back to Pride since; I didn’t feel safe.” Another bisexual woman, who is now 26, says she hasn’t returned to London Pride since 2017. “I was clearly with another woman,” she says, “[when] a man came up behind me and pressed his erection into me.” It’s damning that sexually assault could take place at Pride, a jubilant event built to celebrate how far the LGBTQ community has come. But according to these women, and many others, homophobia takes a particularly toxic form when it combines with misogyny. And that happens a lot....
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seven creatives discuss vienna, the 'world's most liveable city'

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This article originally appeared on i-D GermanyNothing ever happens in Vienna. Or at least, that's what the citizens of the Austrian capital hear all too often – and unfairly so. In actual fact, Vienna is home to some of the best museums in the world including the Mumok, the Life Ball (a favourite with drag queens and club kids like Sussi) and the Hyperreality Festival that places women centre stage. Then there's Christoph Rumpf, the winner of this year's Hyères winner, who just so happens to live in the city that has been ranked the world's most liveable ten times so far.But what exactly makes Vienna so attractive? We asked seven local creatives for insider tips so that on your next trip to Austria you can show off with a fun fact or two....
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a short novel on men's fashion: celebrating 30 years of menswear

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Photography Astra Marina CabrasThis article originally appeared on i-D UK.“Many of the men and women who have transformed menswear have passed through Florence,” fashion historian and curator Olivier Saillard explains as his latest project, A Short Novel on Men's Fashion, opens in Florence, for Pitti Imnagine. It traces thirty years of menswear, from 1989 to the present day, as seen through the eyes of the shapeshifting sartorial showcase that is Pitti Immagine.Throughout a career that has seen him curate more than 140 exhibitions, Olivier Saillard has blurred the boundaries between poetic performance and static display as the innate becomes animated, the lifeless brought to life. From the critically acclaimed Madame Grès exhibition from 2011 to the live art exhibition and collaboration with Tilda Swinton, The Impossible Wardrobe, his work continually proposes fresh ways to consider old clothes. He’s as much a poet, anthropologist and ethnographer as he is a fashion historian and curator. A Short Novel on Men's Fashion showcases all of these attributes and more. Each room in the halls of the Palazzo Pitti Museum of Costume and Fashion features pages of an oversized book. Page after page, the exhibition traces unpretentiously in a pop-up format, the story of menswear. In a whimsical and fictional style, the book examines men’s fashion and its protagonists, sometimes in relation to the historical collections of the Museo della Moda and in others, the men’s portraits present at Galleria d’Arte Moderna at Palazzo Pitti....
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Christina Kruse’s “Base and Balance” Exhibition at Helwaser Gallery, New York

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“Base and Balance” is on view until July 25 at Helwaser Gallery, New York The post Christina Kruse’s “Base and Balance” Exhibition at Helwaser Gallery, New York appeared first on Purple.
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How Madonna Cast Mykki Blanco in 'Dark Ballet'

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Mykki Blanco is shopping through Ikea with his boyfriend when he receives a text. "Hi Mykki, this is M. I would like to talk to you. Is today a good time?" It's Madonna. He quickly responds, asking for 15 minutes — long enough to mentally prep for a conversation with the Queen, but short enough to keep the Queen from waiting. "So I'm literally hiding in a kitchenette display with the curtain closed and people walking by," Mykki remembers of his call. "She's exactly how you think she would be: extremely articulate, she uses big words, but not in a psuedo-intellectual way, she just talks like that." Madonna had received Mykki's contact from G.O.O.D. Music producer Mike Dean, a mutual friend, and checked out his work. "Being who you are and doing what you do in hip-hop, it must not be easy," Madonna says, ever the advocate for underdogs — and especially those in the LGBTQ+ community. ...
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Courtney Love Says Kurt Cobain's Ghost Spoke to Her

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Courtney Love has just revealed that she once spoke to Kurt Cobain's ghost.While participating in a Q&A forInterview Magazine, Love was asked by actor Joshua Boone if she had ever seen a ghost.Love's answer? A hard yes.Related | Frances Bean Cobain Is Your New Favorite Food BloggerAccording to her, when she moved from Seattle to Hancock Park in Los Angeles with daughter Frances Bean Cobain and then-boyfriend Edward Norton, she saw none other than her late husband in "a chair for a moment." "He said hi to me and then he left," she said. Talk about spooky.Read all of Love's answers, here.Photo via Getty...
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YouTuber David Dobrik Files For Divorce From His BFF's Mom

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YouTube star David Dobrik has reportedly filed for divorce from Lorraine Nash — the mother of his best friend and fellow YouTuber, Jason Nash — after one month of marriage.Related | Olivia Jade Spotted Partying at YouTuber David Dobrik's HouseAccording to Us Weekly, David took to his social media in mid-May to announce that he'd gotten married to Lorraine in Las Vegas. "Last night I became my best friends stepfather by marrying his mother," he wrote alongside a picture of the two in full wedding garb. "So grateful for this opportunity. I'll treat you as my own. Love you Jason, now go take out the trash it's stinking up our living room."Last night I became my best friends stepfather by marrying his mother. So grateful for this opportunity. I’ll treat you as my own. Love you Jason, now go take out the trash it’s stinking up our living room...
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Dua Lipa Responds to Baby Photo Photoshop Accusation

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Dua Lipa just shut down the accusation that she edits her baby photos to make her lips look bigger.Related | Dua Lipa Gave Us a Major Cher MomentLast month, online trolls began claiming that Lipa photoshopped her own baby photos to make her lips looks larger — something they "evidenced" with side-by-side comparisons of different baby photos posted by the star. Unfortunately though, people were quick to latch onto the speculation with haters writing everything from "dua liposuction" to labeling the singer "sick" for allegedly editing the photos."Lol who photoshops a baby? People get fillers all the time now," one user wrote. "I care more about the photoshop than any work she had done... it's a baby!!! Let babies be babies!!" ...
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Splash House Is Where Hot People Go to Cool Off

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Popularly known as Coachella's little poolside cousin, Splash House returned to Palm Springs once again this year for a weekend of fun baking in the sun. Thousands of swimsuit clad party-goers descended upon the festival, braving scorching 100+ degree heat to dance and cool off in the pool as artists like Justice, Armand Van Helden, Jai Wolf, and A-Trak soundtracked the weekend.Related | Get Ready for Splash House With this Queer Playlist by DJ Sasha MarieSet against the backdrop of Palm Springs' extensive selection of upscale resorts and hotels, Splash House attracted a wide variety of characters to its crowds. From the fashion-conscious influencer set to the costumed rave regulars who adorned balconies with pun-rife decorations, there was a little something for everyone to enjoy. After-hours attendees converged on the Palm Springs Air Museum to keep the party going with the deep house stylings of acts like Dusky, Shiba San, and Kidnap seemingly being blasted out of a vintage airplane's turbines on the tarmac. ...
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Hear Mac Miller's First Posthumous Verse

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Mac Miller lives on in music through his own discography, "Thank U, Next," and other tributes. Now, we can hear the late rapper's voice for the first time since his death nine months ago, on a new track from Free Nationals (Anderson .Paak's band) and Kali Uchis. Related | Mac Miller Fund Launched To Support Young People Struggling with Substance AbuseKali and Mac trade verses about two people grappling with a dysfunctional relationship. She opens the butter-smooth but psychedelic song over wilting synths and skittering drums, repeating the refrain "I gotta take some time to grow / But without you I'm miserable." Mac interjects, rapping in his signature lackadaisical style that we've missed: "Look at me watering seeds, it's time to grow/ I get out of control when I'm alone/ If you can make it with me, you can make it on your own." The lovers seem to find peace in the song, as Mac raps: "You get yours, of course, I get mine/ And in the end, everything will be fine, that's by design."...
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Remembering Sylvia Miles, Avant-Garde Actress and Warhol Star

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Sylvia Miles was one of my first celebrities. After graduating college in 1976, I got an office job editing a trash rag called TV Star Parade and somehow I convinced the powers that be that I should do an interview for the mag with Sylvia Miles, not exactly their typical subject. (They specialized in internationally known biggies like Cher and Olivia Newton-John, not New York-based cult figures who'd worked with Andy Warhol.)The two-time Oscar nominee (for Midnight Cowboy and Farewell, My Lovely) was both an avant garde actress and a gossip column fixture, having appeared in Warhol's Heat, as well as becoming a regular at the sizzling disco du jour, Studio 54. She even famously dumped a plate of pasta on critic John Simon's head after he wrote that she was a gatecrasher; Sylvia said she was always invited, thank you! At this point, I didn't even know that Sylvia was the original Sally in the pilot for Head of the Family, starring Carl Reiner as Rob Petrie. They ended up recasting the entire series, making it The Dick Van Dyke Show, and getting Rose Marie for the part of Sally — I guess this time, Sylvia wasn't invited....
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Did Khloé Kardashian Cheat With Tristan Thompson?

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If you're following Khloé Kardashian on Instagram, and why would you not be, then last night you probably came across the latest in a year's worth of her distressing confessional Stories. Kardashian, speaking "her truth," addressed recent reports that she first started dating her ex Tristan Thompson while he was still in a relationship with model Jordan Craig, who'd only recently become pregnant. But what are those reports? If you're confused, let's backtrack a little.The cheating claim originates, as so many do, from Radar Online. Radar recently uncovered a pile of court documents from Craig's child support deposition against Thompson back in January, and it turns out she had nothing good to say about the NBA player. ...
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why pop music is getting more queer

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The world of pop music has come a long way since Katy Perry dropped her catchy, but problematic 2008 anthem “I Kissed a Girl.” At the time, the song seemed like an undeniable bi-curious anthem — perhaps a step towards more inclusivity in pop, but Perry’s lyrics like “You're my experimental game/Just human nature/It's not what, good girls do/Not how they should behave” proved it wasn’t the revolutionary song we’d hoped for. While queer imagery and lyrical content isn’t something new in music, there’s become a canonical shift in queer messaging over the past few years, moving from subtle allusions to open same-sex lyrics. Artists are singing about their own sexual experiences and preferences, and not in the same “offensive” way Perry did. They are unabashedly opening up with personal stories about being queer through visual and lyrical storytelling and helping create a new norm in the industry....
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Nike Announces 'Stranger Things' Sneakers

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'80s sneaker freaks, this is the drop for you. After hinting at a collab with the hit Netflix show on social media yesterday, Nike has officially announced its first ever Stranger Things collection. Right on time for season three, which streams from July 4.Stranger Things is known for its absolute attention to detail when it comes to vintage styling and wardrobes, and retro sneakers are a big part of that. It's honestly weird that a Nike tie-in hasn't happened sooner! The Hawkins-inspired styles reference classic low and high top basketball staples: Cortez, Tailwind, Blazer. Perfect for playing Dungeons and Dragons, cycling around the suburbs with your friends, and fighting off scary monsters....
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Tierra Whack: Wow, Her Mind

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There's no such thing as a linear conversation with Tierra Whack. As we catch up inside a studio in mid-city Los Angeles, topics bounce around from white boys ("I like black men [but] I'm seeing some white dudes though and they're kinda cute!") to her favorite episode of Cartoon Network's The Regular Show ("Gimme Some Sugar") all the way to her wants and needs ("sometimes people are just in my life to give me hugs or eat my ass"). The duality of man. I often forget the original question but it almost doesn't matter because we always end up somewhere interesting. She doubles back and follows up and floats around in her head for a while. That's the beauty of her brain: it's full of so many thoughts and so many ideas and while they may not always be ripe, she's always ready to share....
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Influencers Are Irradiating Themselves for Likes

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By now we all know too well that there is no limit to the lengths influencers will go to secure those likes. From styling themselves like Bratz dolls to faking an entire trip to Coachella, it's more than a little unsettling to see some of the extremes these socially savvy personalities will go to. Perhaps inspired by HBO's recent miniseries, the hottest new travel destination among influencers isn't the jungles of Tulum or the sandy beaches of Turks & Caicos — instead, it's the nuclear disaster site of Chernobyl.Related | The Dark Implication of Facial Swap Filter TechnologyAccording to various travel agencies, tourism to the site has grown around 40 percent since the premiere of HBO's Chernobyl with a proportionate increase in subsequent posts featuring abandoned apartment complexes, geiger counters, hazmat suits, and rusted buses from inside the exclusion zone. The site was declared uninhabitable in 1986 following the explosion of a nuclear reactor at the Chernobyl power plant, and was only deemed safe to finally visit in the late '90s. That said, it is still an active hot zone and tourists are still exposed to higher than normal radiation levels....
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Numerology Might Be the Answer to Your *Other* Astrological Sign

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If you don’t fully connect with your astrological sign, numerology might offer you an additional layer of explanation and help explain your role in life
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Jersey Culture Is For Women, Too

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In the midst of the start of the Women's World Cup in France, and defending champs Team USA's 13-0 win over Thailand yesterday, keep an eye out for something new on the soccer field. Fourteen teams, including USA, China, France, South Africa, Australia, England, Brazil and more, will be kitted out in some of the most technologically innovative and female-focused jerseys ever seen in international soccer. These 14 teams are debuting Nike's new Federation kits, which were designed to better fit the female form and reflected intense research and development including design meetings with female players, 4D measurements of athletes' bodies, heat mapping to determine the places on the jersey where ventilation zones should go, and motion capture. The result is a jersey that combines form and function, whether you're playing a pick-up game with friends or... going out....
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15 Photos From the Annual Mr. Fire Island Bear Contest

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The internet defines a Bear mainly in terms of their physical appearance: they are hairy, larger men who project an image of rugged masculinity. Started back in the '80s in San Francisco (evolving from the popular leather scene), Bear is a classification in the male gay community that has since then gone global, with events celebrating the spectrum of "Bearness," including the annual Fire Island Bear Weekend.Festivities over the course of the weekend include the Beers and Bears Dance Party, the Bear Ass Tea Dance and Pool Party, and the crown jewel of the weekend, the Mr. Fire Island Bear Contest.Upon arriving in the Fire Island Pines, the first stop of the day was the VIP Bear Pool Party, held at a waterfront mansion overlooking Great South Bay. The home was incredible with a large idyllic pool, an oasis of a hot tub, open bar, and a secluded deck complemented with a bowl of condoms. I soon learned that swimwear was very much optional, and that I was very overdressed....
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The 4 Best Summer Trends + Fun Ways to Wear Them

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May your eyes feast on these outfits, each of which proffers an easily digested idea for wearing some of summer 2019's most adventurous trends.
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Is a Taylor Swift and Katy Perry Collab Coming?

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The Taylor Swift v. Katy Perry feud has been happening for so long now that details get hazy. Someone stole someone's back up dancers? Eh. As far as pop cultural beefs go, theirs is a boring one, although we did get two songs out of it: Swift's "Bad Blood" and Perry's "Swish Swish." One sadly more memorable than the other.Perry and Swift ostensibly made peace a while ago — last year the former sent her rival a literal olive branch, which Swift appeared to graciously accept. Which is why it's weird that Perry referenced the feud again last night, an entire 12 months later. It seems like Swift, who famously loves to bake, sent Perry a sugary peace offering of her own. The creepy red icing is presumably a "Bad Blood" reference. People think the photo was taken in Swift's kitchen — peep that Reputation era snake in the left hand corner....
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Found: The Best ASMR Video on the Internet

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This past Sunday, one of the greatest meme-fluencers of the modern era, @veryharryhill, posted the greatest ASMR video of all time. I realize that’s a big statement—and those of you who are versed in the touchy, crackly, chewy, slimy corner of the ASMR internet might disagree. But I’m willing to defend it until I whisper …
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'Pose' Co-Creator Steven Canals on What Season 2 Will Bring and His Hollywood Come Up

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Here we are in 2019, just a year after Pose premiered in 2018 and the accolades have rolled in. A Peabody, a GLAAD Media award, an AFI award, two Golden Globes nominations, countless other honors, and splashy magazine covers for most of its cast have marked Pose as a critical darling and a fan favorite. The history-making TV drama and musical — the brainchild of Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Steven Canals — chronicles the Black and Latinx ballroom community in New York in the late 1980s. Pose masterfully juxtaposes two worlds: Reagan-era, upwardly-mobile, white yuppie culture, and the QTPOC voguing scene, which while invisible to the masses was silently thriving and surviving in Harlem. ...
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Does the Perfect Instagram Bio Exist?

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What’s in an Instagram bio? It’s one of the great existential questions of our time. So, Haley set out to investigate what makes a bio memorable.
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valentina channels the ups and downs of anxiety in her new video

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Valentina Cytrynowicz’s story begins in a way that’s not totally unfamiliar. In fact, it’s similar to that of many musicians her age. Valentina uploaded a track called “Easy For U” to Soundcloud in 2017, which caught the attention of media and music industry heavyweights alike, and suddenly the then-18-year-old had signed her first manager. The daughter of a Brazillian pianist who moved to the United States to study jazz and composition, Valentina was raised on bossa nova and the powerful crooning of Nina Simone and Sarah Vaughan. She spent her time outside of school taking piano and guitar lessons, and jamming in the living room with her dad. “As soon as people started talking about college, I was like there’s no freaking way I can go to college. I need to do music full-time,” Valentina says....
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bikini kill’s 90s feminist punk is still radical and urgent in 2019

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This article originally appeared on i-D UK.“Suck! My! Left! One!” Kathleen Hanna growled, death metal style, to an ecstatic, sweaty sea of fans at their sold-out Brixton Academy concert on Monday night. The two-night show was OG Riot Grrrl band Bikini Kill’s first UK live show in 23 years – something many fans assumed they would never get to see, after the band split in 1997 to focus on other projects (notably Hanna’s later bands, Le Tigre, and The Julie Ruin). Formed in Olympia, Washington, in 1990 by drummer Tobi Vail, bassist Kathi Wilcox, singer Kathleen Hanna and guitarist Billy Boredom, Bikini Kill are a seminal feminist hardcore band. Active for just seven years and without much commercial success, they nevertheless inspired generations of women-driven bands, zine-makers, DIY scenes, activists and community organisers. Plus they served as a direct influence on Sleater-Kinney, Nirvana, Huggy Bear, the (then pre-hip-hop) Beastie Boys, the Gossip, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Pussy Riot and more....
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how bronx rapper maliibu miitch found her voice

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This article originally appeared on i-D UK.There are two sides to the Bronx-raised rapper Maliibu Miitch. There’s the audacious, husky-voiced, Paid In Full-inspired Miitch, who storms onto tracks like The Count, Give Her Some Money, and Double Up with an impenetrable flow – one that’s prompted comparisons to Foxy Brown. Then there’s a sweeter, more spirited Maliibu, responsible for catchy hooks (remember 2017's Gwapamole?) and wide-mouthed grins. But what you might not know is that it took Maliibu Miitch years to find her voice. The fire spitter is no stranger to the music industry – she signed deals with Ruff Ryders and Island Def Jam before finding a home with Atlantic in late 2017. Today, eight years into her career, Maliibu Miitch is confident as ever, delivering an authentic expression of her duality and empowering listeners to challenge their expectations of how women and rappers should act and sound. Over the phone from her home in the Bronx, Maliibu Miitch tells us why she’s vocal about her industry experience, the most important lessons she's learned over the years and what exactly she’s cooking up next....
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a second season of 'russian doll' has been confirmed

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This article originally appeared on i-D UK.Of course, the moment we finally get the soundtrack of Russian Doll out of our heads -- “gotta get up, gotta get out…” -- news comes that the show is returning for a second season. But to be honest, we’re not mad about it, even if it means we’ll be singing that same song for months to come. In an announcement yesterday posted to star and co-creator Natasha Lyonne’s Instagram (and featuring the iconic 1971 Harry Nilsson track), the actress confirmed Russian Doll’s return, complete with trippy video of her in a bathroom. The announcement was confirmed by The Hollywood Reporter, with Lyonne promising that season two will be “the same show, but weirder”. Considering how surreal the first season was, complete with time travelling, parallel universes and constant deaths-resurrections, we’re excited to see where this one will go....
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MUA YouTuber Jaclyn Hill Criticized For Selling 'Hairy,' 'Lumpy' Lipsticks

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Fans of MUA YouTuber Jaclyn Hill are currently expressing their frustration with her new line of lipsticks, which they claim to have found "hairs," "lumps," and "hard balls" in.Last month, the popular beauty vlogger announced the launch of her new company, Jaclyn Cosmetics, with a line of 20 nude lipsticks. Needless to say, given the success of her past product collaborations, the line quickly sold out. However, once people actually started receiving their packages, it appears that they were less than impressed.Complaints range from "crumbled" lipsticks, "hard balls" embedded in the product, and "lumpy" textures. @[email protected] I am a huge supporter! Seriously love you. I was soooo excited to buy your lipsticks. Today when I went to put on "Decaf" ..I noticed there was a hard ball inside of it. What is it? Can I get a replacement? pic.twitter.com/D9acDVtDgH...
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Opening Ceremony Launches YOOX Capsule Collection

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Opening Ceremony has just announced the launch of Opening Ceremony x YOOX, an exclusive summer capsule collection created in collaboration with the online lifestyle purveyors at YOOX.Related | Meet the Mexican Designers Coming to Opening CeremonyYOOX — an e-commerce outlet focused on fashion, art, and design —seems like a natural fit for Opening Ceremony's Carol Lim and Humberto Leon. Drawing inspiration from the site's playful, patchwork spirit, as well as summer music festival culture, all eight pieces are whimsical, breezy, and effortlessly chic. From flow-y, sweetheart silhouettes to eye-catching florals juxtaposed with athletic-inspired flourishes, it's a colorful compromise between fashion and function that's sure to wow the festival crowd....
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Libertine's New Campaign Is a West Coast Wonderland

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Despite being based in Los Angeles since 2001, Designer Johnson Hartig only organized his first Libertine show in Los Angeles this past April, where he descended on a century-old women's club to showcase his fall 2019 collection. Now, Libertine is delivering a new campaign packed with as much west coast punch as his debut presentation. Showing an ornate mix of head-to-toe patterned looks with everything from botanical prints to cheeky embellishments, Hartig dug into a vast list of references that range from English botanicals to the lyrical musings of Jimi Hendrix. Staying true to his practice of repurposing vintage with over-the-top, sparkle-encrusted whimsy, Hartig took several ideas and boiled them down to portray Libertine's essence. The designer/founder combined imagery from 17th-century Dutch vanitas, and Japanese wood blocks to give the clothes a fantastical and rich texture. With an audience that boasted everyone from Marilyn Manson and Dita Von Teese to Adam Lambert and Fergie, the brand's new California digs have become wildly coveted. ...
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ASMR Teen 'Life With MaK' Is Quitting YouTube

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Popular ASMR YouTuber Makenna Kelly — aka Life With MaK — says she is quitting YouTube after the "unfair" removal of several of her videos from the platform.Known for posting clips of herself eating, tapping, or whispering into a mic, the 13-year-old has amassed over 1.5 million subscribers and inspired countless memes since her honeycomb-eating video went viral last year. That said, it seems as if her reign as YouTube's preeminent ASMR creator may soon be over, as Kelly is currently looking for a new platform to post on.Me: WTF do I do now that I’ve decided to leave YouTube? Also me: GOOGLE- “What is Twitch? And do I have to play video games to join?” 🤣 SOMEONE HELP ME!!!!!!!!! RETWEET WITH A COMMENT FOR A FOLLOW! ❤️...
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Virgil Abloh Kicks Off MCA Show With Parking Garage Gala

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Virgil Abloh, the indisputable master of hype, is changing the way we think about museum exhibitions. A mid-career retrospective for the Off-White head and creative director of Louis Vuitton Men's has easily become one of the year's most anticipated shows. Featured in Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art, Virgil Abloh: "Figures of Speech" is set to cover a wide cross-section of the designer's work, from creating album art for Kanye West to his first foray into fashion, Pyrex, with everything from the museum tickets to the staff shirts getting a meticulous redesign from Abloh. Related | Virgil Abloh on His OFF-WHITE x Nike World Cup CapsuleBut before swarms of hype-beasts were allowed to descend upon the MCA, a select few were treated to a sneak preview of the show as a part of the institution's ArtEdge gala. The night featured a performance by Dev Hynes along with appearances by collaborator Takashi Murakami, Chance the Rapper, Nick Cave, and curator Michael Darling. True to industrial-form, Abloh kicked off the evening in the museum's parking garage, taking guests through the loading dock and up the freight elevator to the traffic cone-adorned reception hall. There were even orange white macaroons!...
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What Frank Ocean Would Say to Queer Youth Considering Suicide

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Frank Ocean had a sweet response when Diana Tourjée, a journalist and trans activist, asked him about what he would say "to a young person who wants to end their life because of who they are." Pride month has started off rough: Indya Moore getting attacked by Trump supporter. A lesbian couple assault in London, and Black trans women continue to be killed. But, the openly queer musician's message was uplifting. In his cover story for Dazed, Ocean said he would listen first, then maybe tell his story after."I think people are motivated by pleasure and pain so I would wanna ask them how they feel about the idea that, for as much rejection (as there is) out there waiting in the world, there's an almost equal amount of acceptance and love that they can find themselves in the thick of" he told Tourjée. "I'd remind them that there might be a time in their lives if they survive long enough where they will look back on this time in disbelief. I'd tell them that so much is possible for them. If I wasn't there to talk I'd say call Trevor Project at 1-866-488-7386." ...
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Miley Cyrus Apologizes for Hip-Hop Comments on Fan's YouTube

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Miley Cyrus has once again addressed the infamous 2017 Billboard interview — in which she claimed that materialism and misogyny were what "pushed [her] out of the hip-hop scene." This time around, she's acknowledged why her words, and using Black culture as an album cycle, were so upsetting to fans and unforgivable to haters. The pop star commented on a video titled "Miley Cyrus Is My Problematic Fav... Sorry" by YouTuber Kenya Wilson, who runs the account "As Told By Kenya." In the post, Wilson argues that Miley "liberated all the little Disney pop stars" to experiment with sexuality and bring hip-hop sounds and aesthetics into pop. "Ariana Grande does not make the albums she's making now, the 'Thank U, Next's' where she's sexually explicit, provocative, without Miley Cyrus making Bangerz. Taylor Swift doesn't... make the Reputation album" she says....
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Bianca Saunders' Menswear Celebrates the In-Between

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Bianca Saunders isn't interested in staying inside the lines. Though the London-based designer promotes her line as menswear first, Saunders' designs live in the cross-section of gender and sexuality, race and expression. There's an inherit politicism to her work, though perhaps a politicism that exists in the work of any artist pushing the boundaries of cultural understanding. With her deconstructed shapes and innovative designs, Saunders uses fashion as a mode of play to challenge our own stereotypes of what menswear can be. Saunders's third and largest collection presented earlier this month at The Truman Brewery in London. PAPER sat down with her to discuss the new collection and how she's found her space as a woman in a menswear world....
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how a-cold-wall* is turning hype into a catalyst for positive change

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This article originally appeared on i-D UK.“I looked at the hyper growth of A-COLD-WALL* over the past five years because we’ve gone from four stockists to 165,” Samuel Ross told i-D, “but this is about opening up the brand and building on our success to encourage the next generation.” On a bleak Monday morning, as torrential rain poured outside and a shower featured in the show itself, optimism and positivity echoed throughout the vast south east London-based industrial warehouse venue.What began life as an art project is now a NEWGEN-supported, award-winning 2.0 fashion house with a multi-million pound turnover. Critics and an ever-growing tribe of fans alike are increasingly drawn to Samuel Ross’s multidisciplinary, narrative-filled vision. Last night, he was announced as the winner of the BFC/GQ Menswear Fund 2019 but earlier in the day, used his spring/summer 20 show to promote the next stage in the evolution of A-COLD-WALL*; “societal altruism led through social design”....
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Meghan Markle Will Guest Edit British 'Vogue'

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Former lifestyle blogger and current royal family member Meghan Markle will guest edit the September issue of British Vogue, US Weeklyreports. The biggest issue of the year just got way bigger!A source close to the Duchess reveals Vogue scored an exclusive photo shoot with Markle, although they stop short of saying she will be the magazine's cover star. But she'll do more than pose: "Meghan will be writing an opinion piece of her own as well as bringing a selection of female change-makers on board to write their own personal essays." Love that for her.Related | Meghan Markle Will Raise Her Child With 'A Fluid Approach to Gender'It makes total sense that Edward Enninful would tap Meghan as guest editor — she has writing experience, is incredibly popular, and loves fashion. It's not entirely unusual for royals to grace the covers of non-tabloid magazines; Kate Middleton has done the Vogue thing, and Prince Charles once guest edited his favorite magazine Country Life. Issues apparently flew off the stands....
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Britney Spears' Body Is Her Own

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Ever since Britney Spears reemerged on Instagram, she has reclaimed her place as one of the platform's most delightfully eccentric stars. Lately though, her online presence has been devoted to reminding concerned fans and #FreeBritney theorists alike — via workout videos or happy shots with boyfriend Sam Asghari — that, despite what they may read or hear, "all is well."Shortly after enjoying a vacation weekend in Miami with Asghari, Spears took to Instagram Stories to propose theories about the root of recent and heightened fan speculation. According to fan account @britneysgram, this was the first time Spears had ever posted a Story. In the video, Spears suggests that, because of the way the media continuously alters her image, news doesn't come from a real place. In doing so, she attempts to take agency of a body that historically has been treated as everything but her own....
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craig green turns to mexico for inspiration in his latest collection

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This season, London Fashion Week Men's has seen a celebration of the masculine wardrobe, with intensely individual pieces that are easily identifiable as the work of their creators. It's a refreshing change from plastering everything with logos to create a sense of belonging. In particular, we've seen designers destroy and remake established forms and materials, especially in the case of Craig Green. Last season, Green turned fragility into strength, sending out crochet pieces that enveloped the models from head to toe. This season, he took a more fabulously literal route, turning his findings from Mexican markets into show stopping looks that closed the last day of LFW.For spring/summer'20 collection, Mexican papel picado (perforated paper), used for decoration year-round, was the protagonist of eight complete outfits. The looks came in in all the colors of the rainbow, while in others the paper was used as a motif on sleeveless tops, and as a geometric print on tunics. Of course, Mexico and its crafts were not the only inspiration for spring, with Frankenstein, Egyptian mummies, PacMan, and "the power of the reflection" making their way onto the inspiration mood board for the collection of 49 looks. “There was the idea of a mirror being full of possibilities in the way in which you look at yourself and at the world and how things could be,” Green told WWD , adding, “I liked the idea that all of these things didn’t have to be from one place.” The presence of Mexican crafts has not gone unnoticed by the Mexican Internet. ...
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5 Bops That Make HaraJuku Feel Proud

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Throughout Pride Month, PAPER is asking LGBTQ+ leaders to curate a playlist that make them feel proud. Whether the songs are pop bops, emotional ballads, or just plain bangers, we want to hear from some of the community's foremost figures: what songs make you feel prideful?This week, one of Brooklyn's brightest drag stars, HaraJuku (@harajuku.nyc), is taking the reigns. After wowing the world with her iconic 2018 Mr(s) BK performance, where she suspended herself over the audience in a tangled web of ropes, she went on to win the coveted title of Miss Bushwig 2018. Harajuku is also considered by many to be the queen of all social media, dazzling her followers with look after look. Now, she's telling PAPER about the five songs that make her feel proud. ...
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Anna of the North's Reclamation of Power Couldn't Be Sweeter

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There are many ways for marginalized people to challenge patriarchal norms, but the most powerful ones involve those who take up space where society says they "shouldn't."And though Anna of the North is a white woman from Norway, she still knows what it means, as a woman, to be objectified. As a clever response to an unfortunate international status quo, Anna, a musician who plays within synth pop's fizzy textures, has created "Thank Me Later." The song is essentially a lesson in role reversal. Alongside a bubbly instrumental and a can't-miss hook, Anna plays sassy sugar mama, singing about treating a male suitor to the finer things in life. The subversive track is the first from her upcoming album, out this fall. ...
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The Dark Implications of Facial Swap Filter Technology

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Last month, Serena Lee was just another bubble tea-addicted New Jersey college student who loved to watch The Office while searching for her future beau on Tinder.Except, actually, she wasn't. Lee was actually a male Princeton student named Sean who "got bored while cramming for finals and decided to catfish people with the new Snapchat filter."Yep, that one. The one that makes men look like beautiful women and women look like men you'd cross the street to avoid. The one that's so popular that a lot of people who left Snapchat are re-downloading it just to see what the hype is all about. Snapchat's "gender-swapping" filter, which came out in early May of this year, quickly became a social media hit. And Lee wasn't the only one who immediately used it to pose on Tinder — there's a whole trend of catfishing-for-jokes, which consists almost entirely of men pretending to be women....
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Suzi Analogue Is Hacking the Hip-Hop Mainframe

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From demos to debut albums, SoundCloud is often the first stop for any artist looking to get their music into the world. Now home to more than 20 million creators, the platform has helped empower a new generation of DIY artists to reach an audience without having to compromise who they are. To celebrate Pride, PAPER teamed up with SoundCloud to spotlight rising LGBTQ+ musicians all month long. We're already obsessed, and you will be too.If you've ever wondered what it would sound like to cross the Matrix with frenetic hip-hop beats, you might have come close to imagining Suzi Analogue. A Discwoman affiliate perhaps best known for her glitched out approach to house, rap, reggae, and footwork, the New York-based beatsmith rose through the ranks alongside fellow producers Mndsgn, DevonWho, and Knxledge as a part of the experimental Klipmode collective. From there, Analogue has gone on to found her own label, Never Normal, which stays true to her namesake as one of the few to still publish their releases on tape and vinyl....
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Fat and All That: Activist Jameela Jamil Is Coming for Designers

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When I first became interested in the body positivity movement, I stumbled up actor/activist Jameela Jamil's Instagram feed and was blown away. She pulls no punches and takes no prisoners. Her own feed and her 'I Weigh' community, which stresses radical inclusivity, are part of her revolution against shame. What an incredible cause! Which of us doesn't battle shame issues? A post she wrote about learning to see her double chins as "faithful friends to her biggest laughs" helped me start to get over my horror of photos of myself that feature double chins or protruding gut. And hello, when you're obese like me, which photo doesn't include a double chin or paunch? I was thrilled to talk to her and I must confess that she was so inspiring, I actually cried during our interview. And I'm not ashamed to admit it. Jamil gave me so many things to think about and fired me up to become a real activist instead of a fat person on a personal journey. I hope after reading the interview, you all will feel just as inspired....
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Carlie Hanson Is Ready to Share All Her 'Junk'

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Last week, I woke up Carlie Hanson at 11 AM Pacific time in her Los Angeles apartment. She started our conversation with a yawn on an unusually chill day for her. We're talking about Junk, her buzzy debut EP, and the winding road that led to it. While she gets her morning coffee, I ask if she likes junk food. Hanson prefers spicy and savory treats to sweet ones: Flamin' Hot Cheetos over Takis, thank you very much.It can be argued that Hanson's preference for the spice of life, and the inevitable heat-inducing rush it provides, has colored much of the 19-year-old pop artist's meteoric year. Following a string of viral hits capturing the everyday modern teen experience, including 2017's "Why Did You Lie?" and "Only One," and last year's "Mood," Hanson has been operating on all cylinders, and likely, not much sleep....
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meet the trans non-binary actor changing tv with netflix’s ‘tales of the city’

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This article originally appeared on i-D UK.When Garcia finished their shoot with i-D, they were so excited that they got to wear eyeshadow that they posted it on their Instagram account. “I was so happy,” they say over the phone from New York. “I've never gotten to wear eyeshadow in my life.” The 23-year-old actor isn’t really used to having their photo taken, although it’s something that they’re getting used to. “I'm quickly learning that I think that comes with the job,” they laugh.Garcia is finding fame -- and greater access to eyeshadow -- with Netflix’s reboot of Tales of the City. The show is based on the pioneering books by Armistead Maupin, a soapy but heartfelt saga charting the lives of LGBTQ people and their allies living in San Francisco. The original novels span from the sexually-liberated late 1970s all the way to 2013, and are considered some of the most important and beloved books charting queer life. At their heart is 28 Barbary Lane, a small apartment complex owned by the bewildering and beguiling Mrs. Anna Madrigal, one of the most notable trans characters in all of fiction....
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a queer black activist’s advice for a more mindful pride 2019

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This article originally appeared on i-D UK.Frank Leon Roberts is the kind of black man white people fear the most: successful, educated, outspoken and unapologetically political. The New York-native advocated for black lives -- clarification: all black lives -- for over two decades, becoming best known for his Black Lives Matter syllabus, which Roberts describes as “an educational campaign to get everyday people engaged in the history and future of the movement for black lives.” “I’m really interested in having transformational conversations with everyday people,” Roberts tells me from his office at NYU, where he teaches an interdisciplinary course titled Black Lives Matter: Protest and Resistance. He speaks with a powerful air of passion and self-assurance, seamlessly hopping from prescient insights on queerness to race to gender and back again. “My career has always been one foot in the academy and one foot in ‘the streets’.” ...
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how a radical art collective continues to shape fashion 25 years later

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This article originally appeared on i-D UK.By 1994, Lower Manhattan was no longer the tip of an island slumping towards bankruptcy, as it was in the mid-70s, nor the plutocratic theme park it will later grow up to be. It was, instead, a uniquely diverse melting pot of identities, from the intensifying blur of Bowery and its pre-renovation lofts, to the Cantonese-speaking mom-and-pop shops around Mott Street, to the insistent corporate force of Wall Street.Against this backdrop, 23-year-old Bernadette Van-Huy -- a fresh-faced Queens native and Brown economics graduate -- along with friends Antek Walczak, Thuy Pham, Seth Shapiro and Sonny Pak began throwing a series of parties at Club USA, the Midtown hub of ‘Michael Alig and the Club Kids’ fame. From this, the clique of downtown upstarts established Bernadette Corporation. The name was the opaque front for an art enterprise that, in the 25 years that followed, would cross the lines between party promotion, literature, art production and fashion with wild abandon. ...
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new york could be the first state to decriminalize sex work

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On Monday June 10, New York state lawmakers presented a bill known as the Stop Violence in the Sex Trades Act. It is sponsored by Senator Julia Salazar and was drafted by Decrim NY, a sex worker-led coalition of over 20 organizations seeking to decriminalize sex trades. If passed, New York would make history as the first state to do so and take a stand in protecting sex workers. Sex workers have long campaigned for decriminalization, but things started to pick up in February when Decrim NY launched, and advocacy for sex worker rights turned into a full blown movement. Suddenly Democratic candidates for President including Kamala Harris, Tulsi Gabbard, Mike Gravel, and Cory Booker, were pledging their support. This doesn’t mean that the bill won’t have a long uphill battle ahead, but it’s a major step forward. ...
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Lady Gaga's Ex Just Liked Irina Shayk’s Thirst Trap

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Something important has happened. Christian Carino, Lady Gaga's former talent agent and also fiancé, just liked a photo of Irina Shayk's pert size zero butt. In other words, Christian Carino is trying to tell us something. And we would be fools not to listen. Carino and Gaga famously broke up just as the A Star Is Born press cycle came to a close and rumors of the singer's infidelity with co-star Bradley Cooper came to a head. Gaga straight up denied said rumors, and Cooper appeared happy enough with girlfriend Irina Shayk, with whom he has a young child. Even after that steamy Oscars duet, most reasonable people (read: not Little Monsters) assumed the fabled on-set affair was just good movie publicity....
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‘paris is burning’ director jennie livingston reflects on the film's legacy

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When Paris Is Burning was released in 1991, it introduced Harlem’s drag ball culture to the world and ushered phrases like “throwing shade” into our cultural lexicon. But the documentary also ignited a lot of controversy when director Jennie Livingston was accused of voyeurism and exploitation. Nearly 30 years after its original theatrical release, a 16mm digitally remastered version of the iconic film is coming to the big screen once again. With its return comes a chance that the controversies could be reignited, but Livingston says she isn’t too worried about it. “The internet can weaponize people who have feelings,” she says, sitting in a meeting room at the New York headquarters of the film’s distributor, Janus Films. ...
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How This Openly Gay Influencer and Entrepreneur Is Navigating China

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When you first come across Edison Fan's Instagram feed, you may just assume he's another hot Insta-model thirst trap. From "casual" pictures in revealing underwear, to shots with his equally model-esque friends, he clearly knows his audience. What you may not know is that he's also one of China's most well-known openly gay influencers, with more than 1 million followers on the Chinese social media platform, Weibo, along with over half a million followers on Instagram. Fan, 33, is a model, entertainment personality and the founder of brands OMG Sportswear, a performance gym wear line currently available in Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, China, and Taiwan, and U-Touch Underwear, one of China's first premium underwear lines that caters to the Asian market, and heavily features Asian models in their campaigns....
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Meet the Mexican Designers Coming to Opening Ceremony

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Opening Ceremony is back in the Olympic spirit! Founders Carol Lim and Humberto Leon have returned to their original "country of focus" retail concept, with their IRL and online stores spotlighting the fashion and culture of a new location each year. "We both love to travel, and founded Opening Ceremony after we were inspired by a trip to Hong Kong," Lim tells PAPER. "That spirit of exploration is something that motivates us and keeps us excited."The destination for 2019-20 was an easy choice: Mexico. That place your friends are always filming their sun-drenched Instagram stories from, and the center of immigration debate in Trump's America. "Carol and I both grew up in California, so Mexico has always been a neighbor to us," Leon adds. "Throughout the years we have loved traveling there and have always been fascinated by the culture, food, art and design. With all that is being said in the current political landscape, it seemed like the perfect time for us to focus on Mexico… Sharing a platform for young Mexican creatives feels like the perfect way for us to do it authentically."...
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'The Sims' Debuts Pride Looks, Gender-Neutral Bathrooms

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Even though it began as a way to play house in the suburbs, The Sims has become one of the most LGBTQ-friendly games in the world. Kids were always able to queer the game's domestic storylines (plus commune with aliens and the grim reaper) in DIY ways. Queer relationships were an option in The Sims from the very first edition, and they added same-sex marriage and adoption shortly after (getting the game banned in some countries). In recent years, The Sims has been an even more radical tool for queer users. In 2016, the game introduced a huge diversity of gender and presentation options, which, as documented by PinkNews, don't just let bearded characters put on dresses, but also allow users to pick if their avatars can get pregnant, how they use the bathroom, what their voice sounds like, and pair any body frame with any clothing, make-up and facial hair. ...
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'Big Little Lies' Makeup Department Head on the Aesthetic Evolution of the Monterey 5

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In the second season of HBO's Big Little Lies, we're reunited with the wealthy and complex Monterey moms (played by Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Zoe Kravitz, and Laura Dern), as they deal with the aftermath of the murder of Celeste's (Kidman) abusive husband Perry. The group, now inauspiciously known throughout the town as "the Monterey Five," are bonded by their shared dark secret—Bonnie (Kravitz) killed Perry in a moment of defense when he began attacking Celeste and the others.Related | Of Course Reese Witherspoon Fixed the Pay Gap at HBOThe women are coping with the events from that fateful night in different ways. Madeline (Witherspoon), the group's slightly domineering HBIC, is carrying on as usual, going claws out with the school principal on the first day of second grade. Celeste, plagued by memories of her dead spouse, has to deal with her invasive mother-in-law (Meryl Streep), who either doesn't know or refuses to believe Perry was a rapist and an abuser. Bonnie, racked with anxiety and guilt from the murder, becomes withdrawn from both the group and her husband....
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Jonathan Van Ness Comes Out as Nonbinary

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The original Queer Eye For The Straight Guy concept is that five gay men show hapless straight dudes how to live. Of course, on the new iteration, everyone's messy houses and lives are eligible for intervention. But generally, this is the lens through which we were introduced to the indefatigable cultural fantasia of Jonathan Van Ness. Now, highlighting how rudimentary the original's notion of sexuality was and how Queer Eye has moved past it, Van Ness has revealed to OUT's Fran Tirado that he doesn't identify as a man.While the entertainer says he prefers he/him pronouns, he told OUT: "The older I get, the more I think that I'm nonbinary — I'm gender nonconforming." He continued: "Like, some days I feel like a man, but then other days I feel like a woman. I don't really — I think my energies are really all over the place. Any opportunity I have to break down stereotypes of the binary, I am down for it, I'm here for it." ...
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the first-ever fenty pop-up is coming to soho

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Good news for shoppers who also like to queue — a FENTY pop-up is coming to New York, in partnership with The Webster, the multi-brand store that started in Miami. Rihanna’s LVMH label will take over the first two floors of 29 Greene Street in Soho, for 11 days starting June 19, marking the first pop-up experience for the history-making maison. “I am so proud and honored that Rihanna and her team chose to launch the new FENTY Release with The Webster Soho,” said Webster Founder and Creative Director Laure Heriard-Dubreuil. “She has an incredible personality, style and is the true epitome of a powerful woman." One imagines that this will inspire total and utter hysteria among FENTY fans, and lead to a line all along Greene Street, replete with tents, fold-out chairs, and fainting in the summer heat. Perhaps Rihanna will repeat the benevolent gift of pizza she sent to fans waiting in the rain for a concert in 2016. ...
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3 Non-Boring Ways to Wear Jeans This Summer

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While jeans are, of course, a cold-weather staple, there's nothing to say they shoudn't have a place in your spring and summer wardrobe.
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meet the fan translators helping break down language barriers in pop culture

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Photography Scott Kowalchyk / CBSThis article originally appeared on i-D UK.“I’ve been a fan of Korean drama since I was in junior high, but at that time I only knew a few Korean words,” says 23-year-old Nadia. Her situation will be familiar to anyone who’s found themselves trying to sing along to a K-pop song, watch an episode of Netflix’s Japanese reality show Terrace House without staring intently at the subtitles or figure out the plot of an anime without working knowledge of the language featured.As globalisation and the internet continue to break down barriers in our increasingly boundaryless world, it’s easier than ever to dive into the music, films, TV shows, and literature of other countries – often without having to make a conscious decision to seek them out. But without being fluent (or even the slightest bit proficient) in the necessary vernaculars, it can be tricky to fully connect with whatever cultural export you’re trying to get to grips with....
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Beyoncé's New Merch Is For Stans Only

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We love fans here at PAPER, and there's no stan community we admire more than Beyoncé's Beyhive. They live for her! They die for her! And in return, she is very good to them — literally, who in music is working harder for their followers?Alongside all the other gifts she has given fans over the past few months alone (she could honestly retire after releasing Homecoming, if she wanted to), Bey is now honoring her most devoted with a brand new line of cute, limited edition Beyhive-branded merch. Do you hear that buzzing sound? That's millions of people refreshing the Shop Beyoncé page.Instagram post by Shop Beyoncé • Jun 5, 2019 at 3:42pm UTCLaunching today and featuring a brand new custom logo, the Beyhive drop is the musician's first merch line to directly cater to the most obsessed members of her fandom, rather than promote an album or tour. It's about time! A rep for Shop Beyoncé tells us the new merch is a thank you present to those who have stayed loyal all these years....
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Fecal Matter's Everyday Extreme

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Taking the city bus, Hannah Rose Dalton, 23, and Steven Raj Bhaskaran, 26, sit side by side, both bald and brow-less with colorful hair extensions glued onto their bare scalps. The whites of their eyes are blacked out with sclera contacts, and their thigh-high platforms elevate them a foot above the rest. Steven's purse is slung over their shoulder, only the strap is replaced with a giant double-sided dildo ("The BBC Dick Bag"). Next to the average commuter, they look like aliens crash-landed on Earth, devils awaiting their exorcism or maybe superhero villains attempting to assimilate."Bank tellers ask us if we're homeless, or we'll go to the grocery store and the airport and get all this extra negative treatment," Steven says. "But we only view it as a reminder that there's still so much to fight for — we can't rest."...

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