July 27, 2021

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Lady Gaga's Olympics Lookalike Has Fans Freaking Out
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For a split second, Little Monsters thought they saw a very familiar face at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. On Monday, Jordan's Julyana Al-Sadeq competed in a taekwondo match against Brazil's Milena Titonelli. But while she ended up losing the event, Al-Sadeq did end up turning more than a few heads thanks to her eerie resemblance to Lady Gaga — and, naturally, fans had a field day tweeting that the pop icon needed to add a gold medal to her collection of other awards.Related | Lady Gaga Fans Can't Handle Her Viral Dentist Doppelgänger"lady gaga said "f*ck grammys and oscars, i want a gold olympic medal now," as one person said, while a Twitter stan account called Gaga Daily jokingly asked, "why is Lady Gaga at the Olympics."
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Britney Spears Files to Remove Jamie Spears as Conservator
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Britney Spears is attempting to remove her father as conservator of her estate for the second time. On Monday, the pop icon's new lawyer, Mathew Rosengart, filed a petition in Los Angeles Superior Court to replace Jamie Spears with CPA Jason Rubin. According toNBC News, the petition argued that it was an "objectively intelligent preference to nominate a highly qualified, professional fiduciary in this circumstance."Related | Jamie Spears Allegedly Used Britney's Money to Defend HimselfThat said, the filing also notes that this petition is separate from another motion seeking to remove Jamie entirely from the legal arrangement. However, it is not asking for a complete termination of the conservatorship over her estate, which is estimated to be worth over $2.7 million in cash assets and $56 million in non-cash assets.
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The Atlanta Spa Shooter Has Pleaded Guilty to Murder
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Robert Aaron Long faces life in prison without the possibility of parole, after pleading guilty to murdering four people at an Atlanta spa in March. Long executed a string of shootings at three area massage businesses, ultimately killing eight people and injuring one more. In taking a plea deal on Tuesday, he avoided a death sentence on charges from Cherokee County. But prosecutors in Fulton County, where the other two spas are located, brought hate crime and murder charges, and intend to seek capital punishment.On March 16, Long — a 22-year-old white man — opened fire at Young’s Asian Massage, killing four: co-owner Xiaojie Tan, employee Daoyou Feng, and customers Delaina Yaun, and Paul Andre Michels, all of whom he has now pleaded guilty to murdering. Long then drove to Gold Spa, where he shot and killed three women working there: Soon Chung Park, Hyun Jung Grant, and Suncha Kim. From there, Long walked across the street to Aromatherapy spa and killed a licensed massage therapist named Yong Ae Yue. After Long’s parents turned him in, he confessed to the shootings.
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Joe Biden Could Use These Aviators
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A photo series that takes a playful approach to our fashion fixations When I see these Saint Laurent sunglasses, I think about Brad Pitt with a buzz cut. He’s not only got the right face for aviators — and just a perfect face in general — but also the right attitude. As the name implies, aviators convey a sense of confidence, specifically the kind that allows you to remain cool and calm under pressure. They’re more practical than flashy, but still a little cocky, which is what partly makes them so attractive.Joe Biden, of course, would like you to think he invented aviators. He used them on the campaign trail to cultivate an image of the good ol’ American hero. If you ask me, though, which nobody did, I think he could use an update. This pair isn’t trying so hard; they’re just cool.
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Sedona's Fairytale Goes Awry in 'Bullseye'
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If you've ever watched a bow and arrow take aim at an apple balancing on someone's head and feared the absolute worst, Sedona's new "Bullseye" music video brings your nightmares to life — but it's all in the name of love, or at least the many complications. In the Madeline Leshner-directed visual, the indie musician lines up her bandmates in an open field before unleashing her arrow directly into one girl's heart. "Guess we forgot what we had learned," she sings repeatedly, outlining the constant ups and downs of a tumultuous love affair. "Chasing the highs and lows of love instead of the steadiness that a healthy relationship should bring is what this song is all about," Sedona tells PAPER. "Even when you know the right call is to end it, it's hard cutting ties with someone you care about."
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Watch the Celine Homme Runway Livestream
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Starting at 8:00 a.m. ET, the spring-summer 2022 ready-to-wear Celine Homme show by Hedi Slimane will be available to stream right here. Enjoy!
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‘I’m Worried Going Back to the Office Will Mean More Work’
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Workplace advice columnist Alison Green answers all your questions about office life. Got a question for her? Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. document.getElementById('cloakf4e2892418931256293431027465574b').innerHTML = ''; var prefix = 'ma' + 'il' + 'to'; var path = 'hr' + 'ef' + '='; var addyf4e2892418931256293431027465574b = 'askaboss' + '@'; addyf4e2892418931256293431027465574b = addyf4e2892418931256293431027465574b + 'nymag' + '.' + 'com'; var addy_textf4e2892418931256293431027465574b = 'askaboss' + '@' + 'nymag' + '.' + 'com';document.getElementById('cloakf4e2892418931256293431027465574b').innerHTML += ''+addy_textf4e2892418931256293431027465574b+''; . As companies that went remote last year slowly reopen, a lot of employees are finding work is just different now — from adjusting to offices that are still half empty to dealing with new setups where no one has an assigned desk anymore. Here are some more questions from people who are trying to navigate this strange “new normal.”Have your own questions about this odd time we’re in? Send them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. document.getElementById('cloak7f4b0dab16109cbe9120d4e235848d44').innerHTML = ''; var prefix = 'ma' + 'il' + 'to'; var path = 'hr' + 'ef' + '='; var addy7f4b0dab16109cbe9120d4e235848d44 = 'askaboss' + '@'; addy7f4b0dab16109cbe9120d4e235848d44 = addy7f4b0dab16109cbe9120d4e235848d44 + 'nymag' + '.' + 'com'; var addy_text7f4b0dab16109cbe9120d4e235848d44 = 'askaboss' + '@' + 'nymag' + '.' + 'com';document.getElementById('cloak7f4b0dab16109cbe9120d4e235848d44').innerHTML += ''+addy_text7f4b0dab16109cbe9120d4e235848d44+''; .My company was almost entirely in office before the pandemic, but transitioned to fully remote last March. Now they’re starting to bring people back, but are letting those who want to remain permanently remote do so. I have chosen to go back to the office, but almost no one else on my team is.
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Tana Mongeau Apologizes to Khloé Kardashian for Tristan Thompson 'Joke'
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Tana Mongeau has apologized to Khloé Kardashian for inserting herself into the relationship rumors surrounding the reality star and Tristan Thompson. Back in June, Mongeau poked fun at the NBA player's parenting by asking where 3-year-old True was while he attended her birthday party. However, her "joke" was reportedly made around the same time as Thompson's breakup with Kardashian on the heels of more cheating rumors — including model Sydney Chase's hook up allegations — which led to some criticism about her poor timing.Related | Tana Mongeau Faces Backlash For 'Robotic' Apology VideoIn addition to the general backlash though, Kardashian herself didn't take too kindly to Mongeau's tweet about her daughter for obvious reason, and later made this clear by liking a fan's post telling the vlogger to "shut the fuck up," because "this screams attention-seeking at it's [sic] finest."
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All the Tokyo Olympics Events You Should Actually Watch
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The 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games have commenced, and with them comes over 7,000 hours of events you can watch at your whim. That’s a whole lotta sports. Too many, some may say, especially considering that the best new sport of the year has already dropped: human pictograms. If you need a refresher on all the sports involved in this year’s Games, allow me to introduce you to this five-minute masterpiece shown during the Opening Ceremony:As I said, it’s a lot of sports, including some new ones this year, like surfing and sport climbing. If you’re trying to figure out which events to watch, how to navigate the very confusing time difference, which sports are worth waking up at 6 a.m. to see,and on which days you can witness Simone Biles kick everyone’s ass, let me be your unathletic guide to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic events worth watching.
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Wave Racer Wants You to 'Look Up to Yourself'
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Wave Racer has been on a steady streak of releasing power-pop singles this year, from "Left Behind" to "What Are We Waiting For?" For the first time ever, the Australian producer is using his own voice to tells stories — about anxiety, depression and isolation — all wrapped inside a sugar rush of bright, electronic instrumentation. Today, he's sharing yet another single alongside the announcement of his new album, To Stop From Falling Off the Earth, scheduled for release on October 29th. "Look Up To Yourself" is an optimistic anthem advocating for self-love, complete with a music video that sees Wave Racer recreating submissions of fans' "special skills.""You won't ever know how much/ Everything will suck if you give yourself up," he sings on the funk-inflected bop, before reaffirming its core message. "Learn how to look up to yourself." According to Wave Racer, "The song warns about the perils of losing yourself in this fear, and encourages you to combat it by looking inwards as a source of inspiration."
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G. Brenner Is Hopeful, Not Helpless on 'Mudslide'
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G. Brenner is gearing up for his debut album, Brushfire, out on August 20th, featuring his previously released title track and its follow-up, "Dee Dee." Today, the Los Angeles artist — whose experimental sound is comparable to names like Arca, Björk or ANOHNI — premieres what he describes as the most "embodied" of all his Bushfire videos thus far: "Mudslide." Named after a natural phenomenon "endemic to California," Brenner's latest drop is about a rainy period of time "after the fire season" where "all the burnt brush can no longer uphold the integrity of the soaked mountainsides it once held together," as he explains. Related | Arca: Embracing the FluxThe result is an unruly track that flips between the artist's low, bellowing vocals — at first entirely a cappella — and electronic bursts of "acidic raindrop synths" that roll out like a sonic flash flood. The chaotic production is at odds with Brenner's singing, interrupting his peaceful melodies and trapping them inside a twirling underwater current — juxtaposition that intentionally highlights the helplessness between humans and environmental disasters.
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Dua Lipa Addresses DaBaby’s Homophobic Comments
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After DaBaby'shomophobic rant at the Rolling Loud Miami Music Festival this past Sunday, Dua Lipa's fans have been calling for the singer to address her former "Levitating" collaborator's comments. Just today, the singer took to her Instagram story to respond, stating she doesn't recognize DaBaby as "the person I worked with." She went on to confirm, "I know my fans know where my heart lies and that I stand 100% with the LGBTQ community. We need to come together to fight the stigma and ignorance around HIV/AIDS."Related | DaBaby Makes Homophobic Comments at Rolling LoudThe singer's statement comes after Lil Nas X told DaBaby to "sit down," and Twitter already "ended" the rapper eons ago. Still, there was an outpouring of support for Lipa, whose response is a meaningful condemnation of the blatant homophobia and misogyny espoused.
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Does the Newest Olympian Training Fad Actually Work?
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“Hot Bod” is an exploration of fitness culture and its adjacent oddities.So much is restricted at the Olympics this year: crowd numbers, fornication, a baseline level of humanist morality. And also, fascinatingly, the blood flow of participating athletes.Just as Michael Phelps’s cupping bruises enthralled curious minds in 2016, much like kinesio tape was named “the latest Olympic accessory” in 2012, a set of tourniquet-style contraptions strapped to buff arms and bulging legs are this year’s curiosity. According to the New York Times, swimmers, rugby players, and long-distance runners at the Tokyo games have been practicing blood-flow restriction, or BFR. The practice involves wearing a device that can look as simple as a blood-pressure cuff, but the effects can be pronounced.
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The Internet Can't Get Enough of These 'Old' Memes
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Once upon a time, M. Night Shyamalan wowed the world with spooky, big-budget blockbusters like Signs and The Sixth Sense. However, since then his movies have become a running joke amongst critics and horror aficionados — and his newest offering is no exception. Related | Florence Pugh's Horrified Face Is the Best New MemeIn case you missed it, Shyamalan's latest film is called Old, which involves a family who discovers a secluded beach that, somewhat predictably, makes them age "one year every half-hour." And the kicker? In between all of the freaky, decomposing bodies and toddlers-turned-teenagers, anyone who tries to escape ends up right back on the beach which, as far as movies go, is a pretty... interesting premise.
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Even Hedi Slimane Is Jumping on the Baggy Jean Trend
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Remember all those (some might say sensationalist) articles from the past year proclaiming the death of skinny jeans? Well, if Celine's menswear show today is any indication, there *may* just be some truth to that after all. Related | TikTok Teens and E-Boys Have Taken Over CelineBefore you clutch your pearls, remember that Hedi Slimane, Celine's creative director, is practically synonymous with skin-tight denim, having done so for the better part of two decades at both Saint Laurent and, where it all started, Dior Homme. So to see him send out models in extremely baggy jeans on the runway this morning is both somewhat unsettling but also not too surprising. The Gen Z crowd has long made their love for baggy, shapeless clothes à la Billie Eilish well-known, and Slimane has been embracing the TikTok aesthetic at his Celine shows for the past several seasons now.
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How Often Do You Really Need to Wash a Baby?
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And now, one of the great polarizing questions of our time: How often do you need to wash a baby? Babies famously lack autonomy and cannot wash themselves; they are also famously messy, barfing on their caretakers, smearing food on the walls and also their heads, gnawing on dusty household objects, blowing out their diapers. This is a 24-7 spot-cleaning job, but do they require a regular, full-body scrub on top of it? Do any of us, for that matter?According to dermatologists, microbiologists, and also Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher, the answer is no; soaping yourself daily can actually become counterproductive. The Mayo Clinic advises that “there’s no need to give your newborn a bath every day,” and that it’s totally fine to just sponge them as needed. Even for older children, the American Academy of Dermatology Association says that at least once a week is probably okay, unless the kids are “playing in the mud” or something. Actors and parents Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher, meanwhile, recommend cleaning your dependent offspring “if you can see the dirt on them.”
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Closer to Perfect
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Over the past few years, our culture has started to rethink its narratives around the celebrities who dominated headlines in the aughts. Many were maligned and humiliated by toxic paparazzi and news cycles that shamed them for their weight, behavior, and appearance. Women like Britney Spears, Jessica Simpson, and Sharon Stone have recently shared their stories about the cruelty and harassment they suffered at the hands of the industry. Inspired by other actresses who have candidly spoken out about unreal beauty standards and a male-dominated Hollywood, Mena Suvari, the star of films such as American Pie and American Beauty, has written a memoir, The Great Peace, about her own time in the business.
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Oh No, Simone Biles
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On Tuesday, star gymnast Simone Biles dropped out of the team finals at the Tokyo Olympics after competing in just one of the four rotations. Carol Fabrizio, a spokesperson for U.S. Gymnastics, told USA Today Biles withdrew due to a “medical issue,” offering no further information. Fabrizio added, “She will be assessed daily to determine medical clearance for future competitions.” It’s a heartbreaking blow to Team USA, which had hoped to win a third consecutive gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. With Biles unable to compete, the U.S. placed second behind the Russian gymnastics team.During the first rotation of Tuesday’s team finals — the vault — Biles appeared to bail out of her expected routine. She had planned to do an Amanar, one of her more difficult vaults, which involves a two-and-a-half-rotation twist. However, she only completed a one-and-a-half twist. Biles is considered the best vaulter in the world — as the New York Times notes, she is capable of landing skills “so difficult and daring that no other woman even trains to do them” — so the stumble and subsequent low score were a shock. After her Tuesday vault routine, Biles left the floor with a trainer. Although visibly upset, she didn’t appear to be limping or obviously injured. In Biles’s absence, teammates Jordan Chiles and Sunisa Lee competed in her place, with Chiles on the beam and uneven bars and Lee on the floor exercise.
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Here's Why Justin Timberlake Ghosted Lance Bass
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Following a popular TikTok trend, former NSYNC band member Lance Bass danced in front of a green-screen on Sunday, captioning the video "When JT finally responds to my text." Related | NSYNC Might Be Reuniting This Year After a 15-Year HiatusNaturally, the video went viral on TikTok with commenters asking for more "J[T] and Lance content." Bass' co-star, Justin Timberlake, responded to the slight shade on Instagram with a lighthearted comment, giving him a peek into his busy life as a father: "Once these babies show up ... your unavailability will make sense bro."Timberlake refers to Bass's expected twins, with husband Michael Turchin, who will be born in November. The singer-slash-actor told People that the journey to having kids has been difficult due to miscarriage.
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And Now You Are Attracted to a Centaur
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It has come to my attention that a great many of you are out there, publicly thirsting for noted tall Adam Driver. It has come to Burberry’s attention, too. The label appointed our Big Handsome Man the big handsome face of its new fragrance, Hero, an ad for which features a shirtless Driver, splashing around on a beach with a horse while FKA Twigs plays sexily in the background. Before we get to the meat of this flirty little campaign, we should really set the mood, so: Please brace for promotional stills.Here’s our large lad, striding toward you through the water with pecs blazing, wet and wispy and full of purpose. Is this doing anything for you?According to Bloomingdale’s, Burberry Hero will be available in 2 sizes: 50ml ($80-$90 USD) and 100ml ($120+ USD). A gift with purchase is only available with the 100ml size. pic.twitter.com/OU4yKyOhTz
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An Influencer Faked His Death — Now He's in Trouble
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An Indian influencer is in a lot of trouble for faking his death in the most graphic way possible. VICE reports that 28-year-old irfan Khan, known on Instagram and YouTube as Iffy Khan, created a fake suicide video after being rejected by a love interest. The graphic video, which garnered over 300,000 views, sees Khan getting hit by a train.Apparently, someone on the police force was one of those viral hits and the influencer has since been charged under section 336 of the Indian Penal Code, which is committing an act to endanger the lives of others and himself, and section 188, which is disobedience of order.Khan was also charged with section 505 (1) for publishing or circulating any statement containing a rumor or alarming news with the intent to incite to commit an offense, and under the Indian Railways Act, for nuisance and trespassing.
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How This Glossier Alum Gets Her Skin So Good
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Do you ever see someone on Instagram and think, Why is your skin so good? We do, so we started asking. Want more skin care? Join the Beauty Group on Facebook.Planning a wedding is stressful no matter how zen you try to make the process. For Offhours co-founder and Glossier alum Rebecca Zhou, the stress was compounded when she went on the hunt for a wedding dress that fully covered her back. The decision to look for that specific style came not necessarily by choice but due to her experience with both fungal and bacterial acne on her back.“I have pretty bad acne scars, and I wanted to find a wedding dress that didn’t expose my back. Because I was getting married in a warm climate, I couldn’t wear a long-sleeved dress, and that turned into a real challenge — most dresses that are sleeveless are also backless. I kept thinking, do I want to wear my makeup on my back, which seemed extreme, and I was also looking into getting laser treatments, but I was worried about lasers because they can sometimes backfire and have the opposite effect on my skin tone.”
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Paris Hilton May Be Sliving for Two
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The aughts are back, baby! Bennifer is together once again. Britney Spears is getting some long-overdue support. And now, we’re at the dawn of a new Paris Hilton era. On Tuesday, Netflix dropped the trailer for Hilton’s forthcoming cooking show, Cooking With Paris. The same day, “Page Six” reported that Hilton is reportedly pregnant with her first child. If true, she would be sliving — Paris-speak for “slaying and living” — for two.Although Hilton has yet to confirm the pregnancy, her Netflix series is very much happening. In the newly released trailer for Cooking With Paris, we see the titular host in the kitchen cooking or at least giving it her very best try. She’s making burgers with a bedazzled spatula. She’s whisking while wearing rhinestone-encrusted fingerless gloves. She’s asking the big questions, like “What is ‘zest lemon’?” and “What’s a tong?” and even “What is a toe-ma-tilio?” (I’m assuming she’s talking about tomatillos.) “I’m a natural,” she says in her signature vocal fry. Yes, Paris. Yes, you are.
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The Best TikToks From the Olympics
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This year’s Olympics may not have spectators, but TikTok has given us a behind-the-scenes look like we’ve never had before, and the real-time documentation is almost better than watching the events live. Australia’s athletes are especially online, with notable divers Samuel Fricker and Melissa Wu filming just about everything that’s going on in the Olympic Village. At home, spectators are posting their reactions to Olympic highlights and bonding over their own subpar athleticism. From athlete vlogs to viewer commentaries, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite TikToks from the Olympics so far.Ah, yes, the Olympic Village’s cardboard beds are, in fact, breaking. Australian diver Sam Fricker has been documenting all the broken beds he encounters on his TikTok account.
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Cardi B Responds to 'Queerbaiting' Accusations
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The "Wild Side" video, released by Normani and Cardi B earlier this month, received acclaim throughout the Twitter-sphere — even Lil Nas X deemed it the "the best video I have ever seen in my entire life." His comments are fitting because, as we've come to expect from Normani, the video served looks, choreography, visuals and more, over a sample of Aaliyah's "One in a Million," no less. Related | Normani Is the Next Household NameCardi B's verse only adds to the appeal, rapping "It's my dick and I want it now" — a mantra to aspire to, surely. The two are seen embracing each other, naked, as they stand on a round platform, which one comment insists was a "part of the WAP mansion." All agreed on one comment, liked over 40 thousand times — "Normani ate it up and left no crumbs."
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