October 26, 2020

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Bailey Bryan Says Real Bad Bitches Are Sensitive Bad Bitches
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In a world of bad bitches, singer Bailey Bryan prides herself on being a sensitive bad bitch. But she wasn't always this way. In an essay for PAPER, the musician reflects on a Rihanna song — off Anti, of course — that served as her awakening toward learning to embrace vulnerability in her personal life and work. Echoing these ideas is Bryan's new single, "Steal Your Girl," which spotlights her ability to balance unabashed confidence with honest, self-reflective lyrics. "I'm gonna steal your girl/ That's what I'm gonna do/ If I can't have you," she warns on the sensitive bad bitch anthem. Watch its newly released music video, below, and keep reading for Bailey Bryan's "unsolicited advice."
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Lena Dunham Directed Emrata's Pregnancy Reveal Video
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Emily Ratajkowski is pregnant with her first child, the actress-model-designer confirmed in a first-person Vogueessay this afternoon. (Eagle-eyed Deuxmoi followers, as well as those frequenting the West Village restaurant scene, already knew something was up.) Related | @Emrata: Follow or Be LostIn the essay — EmRata also has a book in the works, and this is her second big viral moment as a writer so far —Ratajkowski discusses gender (she and husband Sebastian Bear-McClard aren't interested in the baby's biological sex, and are hoping to enforce as few gender stereotypes as possible when they become parents), as well as her feelings towards motherhood in general ("pregnancy is innately lonely; it's something a woman does by herself, inside her body, no matter what her circumstances may be.")
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EmRata Is Pregnant
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With so many celebrity baby announcements made during the pandemic period, it must be hard to find new and exciting ways to share news of your impending parenthood. You could just do it on social media, although more innovative avenues probably exist. You could amp up the element of surprise by keeping the whole thing totally secret, so that not even a whisper reaches tabloid ears, although that’s been donea few times at this point. Or, you could make the big reveal in a digital Vogue spread, including a mock cover, an essay, and a short film directed by Lena Dunham. This is the route model and essayist Emily Ratajkowski — who, yes, is pregnant — chose to take, and let me just say: original!
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Clare Crawley Has Been Liking Tweets About The Bachelorette Forcing Her to Leave
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The common narrative surrounding this season’s historically juicy Bachelorette is that Clare Crawley, after falling in love with a certain contestant, initiates a departure a few episodes in and gets swiftly replaced by franchise alum Tayshia Adams. Things are rosy, and life goes on. However, as first brought to our attention by Entertainment Tonight,Crawley’s recent social-media activity suggests that her exit from the show is far more complex than an Irish good-bye amid a pandemic, and perhaps wasn’t even her idea at all. In a series of tweets that she “liked” on Twitter over the weekend, Crawley gave her silent approval to comments that stated producers “were trying to force her out,” and reports of her misbehavior at the show’s resort were “hard to believe considering how bad she wanted” to be a Bachelorette lead over the past few years.
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Amy Coney Barrett Is Confirmed to the Supreme Court
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As expected, Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed to the Supreme Court by the Senate this evening, voted through by a 52–48 Republican majority. The only party member to vote against her nomination was Susan Collins of Maine. Barrett’s confirmation will go down in history as one of the quickest, taking place a mere 30 days after her nomination, and just over a week before the presidential election. Barrett’s installment on the Court tips the balance of justices over to a firm conservative majority, and will profoundly influence the shape of American life for decades to come.Barrett was nominated by Donald Trump on September 26, at a ceremony in the White House Rose Garden that became a super-spreader event for the coronavirus, leading to the infections of dozens of GOP associates, including the president. Last week, after hearings in which Democratic senators voiced their concern about many of Barrett’s views, from her record on abortion to racism to climate change, they boycotted the Senate Judiciary Committee vote to send her nomination to the Senate. Democratic committee members instead placed pictures of people on their chairs who they said could be affected by the overturning of the Affordable Care Act. The committee, which also has a Republican majority, voted her through anyway.
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Kate Beckinsale Broke Up With Her Crucible Boyfriend
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Approximately six months after we first saw Goody Grace with Kate Beckinsale — I bet you thought I was going to say “the Devil,” heh — the actress has reportedly split with her Crucible boyfriend. According to Us Weekly, the pair actually broke up “some time ago,” but when, exactly? I cannot say.Still, E! reports that the relationship lasted about nine months, during which time Beckinsale and Grace — a 23-year-old musician who, per Hollywood Life, “vibes on infinity” — were spotted going for walks and holding hands and walking out of the grocery store together, essentially enjoying all the limited activities quarantine affords.“Kate and Goody are having a lot of fun together, get along great and enjoy each other’s company,” an unnamed source told Us Weekly in August. “But most of Kate’s friends don’t think this is a long-lasting/forever type of relationship.”
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Notice of Wind Down & A Publishing Update
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As of Friday, October 23, 2020, Repeller is closed. The site will no longer publish new stories but the archive will remain available to access. Thank you to everyone who has contributed their talent and effort to this brand. And thank you, the audience, for having chosen to spend time here. I wish you all […]
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Seeking Pleasure With LELO's Soraya Wave
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This article is a sponsored collaboration between LELO and PAPER So much of this year has been about survival. From worrying about the health of my family and myself, to working hard to keep my job, to trying to remember the basics of self-care, like cooking myself meals and taking time to exercise — there hasn't been much time, if any, for me to enjoy myself.That's why when I found my schedule open on a particularly beautiful fall weekend, I decided to spend a day entirely in pursuit of my own pleasure. And I know I want an incredible orgasm to be part of it. Related | The Right Toys to Reach Multiple OrgasmsLuckily, I just bought the LELO Soraya Wave rabbit vibrator, and it's all charged up and ready for me to try it out. I already loved LELO's sex toys, but was excited by the company mission as a sexual wellness brand. LELO cares about educating people about their bodies and sexualities, and making sure pleasure and sex isn't male-centric. They believe pleasure should have no gender and each one of our orgasms are equally important. That's a message I can get behind. Plus, the LELO Soraya Wave is made to stimulate a lover's sensitive touch, with two tips to massage your G-spot and stimulate your clitoris at the same time to give you a tidal-wave climax that crashes over you again, and again and again. Yes, that's exactly what I need.
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TWICE Can't Stop
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"The message of this album can be written in one phrase, 'Eyes wide open to a new sense,'" says TWICE member JIHYO of the global phenom's new effort, Eyes wide open, which sees the group returning its K-pop roots after five years in music. "It portrays how one can't stop oneself from crossing the line of the good and the evil, even if he or she knows that crossing the line is forbidden and dangerous." With this frame of mind comes a more mature sound and direction for TWICE's second full-length project, which plays with '80s-inspired synthwave production across 13 tracks that feel retro and forward-facing all at once. Fans of Kim Petras' dark-pop album, Turn Off the Light, and Dua Lipa'sFuture Nostalgia will find something to love in Eyes wide open (Dua even has a co-write credit on "Behind the Mask").
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Mary Jane, All Grown Up
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A photo series that takes a playful approach to our fashion fixations. Whenever I see a pair of Mary Jane shoes, I wonder about the girl they’re named after. Where is she now? What would she think of her namesake footwear today?Apparently, the original Mary Jane was a character created by the American cartoonist Richard Felton Outcault for his comic strip “Buster Brown” in 1902. She was Mr. Brown’s “sweetheart,” based on Outcault’s own daughter of the same name. She wore little black Mary Jane shoes with a strap across the front, and when Outcault later licensed her character to Brown Shoe Company, the name stuck. They’ve been seen as a sort of innocent, childish style ever since.
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Why Doesn't Your Football Coach Wear Stilettos?
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On paper, Mark Bryan sounds like an unlikely style icon. Hailing from Texas, the 61-year-old grandfather, robotics engineer and football coach describes himself as a "straight, happily married guy that loves Porsches [and] beautiful women." And though you'd think he'd just be your typical all-American dad, Bryan has also become a social media sensation in the past week thanks to his fierce daily wardrobe.Showcased via his @MarkBryan911 Instagram, Bryan's self-described "hybrid style" sees him pairing pencil skirts and high heels with more masculine button-up tops and polo shirts.However, contrary to what some commenters online believe, he says that his style isn't about "trying to be somebody else" or "impersonating a female." Rather, it's thanks to the fact that he's always loved the "more interesting" fashion choices — including the brighter colors and fun patterns — provided by womenswear.
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B. Akerlund’s Gloves Will Make You Feel Like Royalty
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B. Akerlund is fashion royalty — after all, who can forget the stylist, costume designer and self-proclaimed fashion activist's iconic looks for Beyoncé, Lady Gaga and Madonna? Now, however, that status is verified by her latest collaboration: a couture glove collection with Handsome Stockholm.Aptly titled "The Royal Collection," Akerlund's avant-garde aesthetic is on full display in the line of handcrafted leather gloves. Eight styles named after regal titles fully embody her signature edgy glamour, which would look equally fierce on Queen Elizabeth II or the Queen of Hearts.One such glove is the "Baroness," a wrist-length black model with silver cutout royal puffs. The "Duchess" incorporates a full, forearm-length puff in tan leather. The crowning jewel, however, is the "Queen," a longer style that's cashmere-lined below the wrist and topped with two oversized red and black leather puffs.
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No-Makeup Makeup Queen Bobbi Brown Is Starting a New Line
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Four years after leaving her eponymous brand, the original no-makeup-makeup champion Bobbi Brown is starting a new line. Since selling her company to Estée Lauder for a rumored $75 million and then leaving the brand in 2016, Brown has created a wellness line, designed a hotel, and become an investor in brands such as Starface and LiveTinted. She has also been counting down the days until her four-year noncompete in beauty was up, even wearing a necklace with the date it expires (according to the Wall Street Journal).As reported by WSJ, Brown’s new line will be named Jones Road after a street in the Hamptons that Brown found while using Waze. It will be a clean beauty line focused on natural beauty essentials. The line is mid-priced and focuses on the theme of “bests.” Brown calls her new mascara“the best I’ve ever used.” There’s also the Best Pencil (an eyeliner) and the Best Eyeshadow. A lip gloss and a moisturizing highlighter are also part of the initial offerings, all sold in the Start-Up Kit ($68).
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Marie-Chantal of Greece Is the People's Princess
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By any measure, Marie-Chantal of Greece is a multitasking boss. She runs a successful childrenswear brand that bears her name; she's on the board of DFS Group Ltd (Duty Free Shops, which was co-founded by her father) and she's just released a book, Manners Begin at Breakfast: Modern Etiquette for Families. She also happens to be Crown Princess of Greece. And, through her husband Crown Prince Pavlos, son of King Constantine II of the Hellenes, she's related to nearly every European royal family. But despite her rich connection to history and the past, she lives life very much in the present — even on social media. "I think in today's world if I'm going to be on social media I might as well show you the real me," she says, even when her "spontaneous" approach to posting occasionally gets her "into trouble." Or when her kids think she's had too much screen time. "[My kids] will remind me, 'You've written an etiquette book — so put your phone down!'" But, as she adds, "We're all human."
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Diplo Responds to Quenlin Blackwell 'Grooming' Accusations
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Diplo has responded to the backlash surrounding his supposed living arrangement with 19-year-old TikTok star Quenlin Blackwell. It all started last week after the social media influencer told her 4.1 million followers that she was "living" with the 41-year-old DJ.Related | Too Hot To Handle Star Francesca Reportedly Dated Diplo"I live with Diplo right now, and he fully supports my endeavors," she shared in a TikTok that thanked him "for always supporting [her] screaming antics." Additionally, Diplo has since appeared in several videos with Quenlin, including one captioned, "when you dont have to pay rent," as well as a series of clips titled, "Living With Diplo." That said, it didn't take long for the information to raise eyebrows online, with some accusing the DJ of "grooming" Quenlin. And so, in response to speculation about the nature of their relationship, Diplo took to his Twitter on Sunday to refute any allegations of impropriety.
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Hedi Slimane’s Been Watching TikTok
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Youth is central to every Celine collection by Hedi Slimane. Since his debut at the French luxury house, collections have ranged from being entirely unisex to taking inspiration from TikTok. This season projected a similar theme, with Slimane's Celine women presented in an unpolished, natural light. Similar to the designer's Spring 2021 men's "documentary" filmed at the Circuit Paul Ricard this summer, the women's show was filmed at Monaco's Stade Louis II football stadium.Related | TikTok Teens and E-Boys Have Taken Over CelineJust as the pandemic has forced many fashion lovers to retire their formal pieces and break out their sweatpants (usually accented with versatile jewelry and a dressier piece or two), so too has the Celine muse. Right now, it seems she's getting by — not dressing overly up or down, but somewhere in between, according to Slimane's styling. His complement is to show Spring 2021's (Celine calls it Summer) clothing in a nonchalant lens, disregarding traditional formal styling in favor of an aesthetic that feels relatable.
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The Model Who Loves the Smell of Wet Cement
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Scientific studies confirm that of all the senses, smell offers the best recall. In Scent Memories, the Cut asks people about the scents they associate with different times in their lives.Next up is model and actress Khadijha Red Thunder, one of the five new faces of Donna Karan Cashmere Mist, the ’90s fragrance inspired by the feeling of cashmere against bare skin. Khadijha stars alongside Lais Ribeiro, Lea T, Marihenny Pasible, and Lisa Washington in a new campaign that celebrates women, the female form, and the fragrance, which lightly layers you in jasmine, lily of the valley, sandalwood, and vanilla. The Cut caught up with Khadijha to talk peanut butter, park leaves, and the perfect way to apply perfume.
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Cardi B Shuts Down Racist Criticism of Her Birkin Bags
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Cardi B has shut down a racist argument alleging that she's contributed to the Hermès Birkin bag "losing" its value. According to People, the issue began after a problematic post argued that Black female rappers like Cardi and City Girls have convinced fans that the coveted bags — which range from $12,000 to $200,000 — are "easy to get."Related | Cardi B Defends Kulture's Birkin Bag"There are BILLIONAIRES who are spending months/years on the waiting list just to get one," the post continued, before alleging that the Birkins owned by the City Girls are fake. "These bags are supposed to be exclusive and you're supposed to be big in the fashion world and have relationships with these people to get one."
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56 Christmas Gifts for Any Kind of Mom
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The holidays are going to hit differently this year. Some people will be able to see family, but many of us won’t be able to travel, making the act of gift-shopping even more stressful than usual. What do you buy for your mom during a global pandemic!? To help you find something that feels meaningful, we’ve rounded up 56 of the best Christmas gifts (and Hanukkah gifts, and nondenominational winter solstice gifts) that a mom could ask for. Whether she’s picked up a new hobby like indoor gardening during quarantine, or whether she’s just looking for a something fancy and pretty, you’ll find the perfect present on the list below.Get her something pretty for her other babies (her succulents).
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Amy Coney Barrett’s First Ruling Could Be Devastating
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Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation to the Supreme Court cements a 6-3 conservative majority and threatens a slew of progressive legislation, including LGBTQ+ rights, abortion access and gun-control laws. But the first case she is set to hear on November 10 will determine the survival of the Affordable Care Act. While it’s hard to say exactly how Barrett will rule, it’s possible the ACA might be completely overturned, which could leave more than 20 million Americans uninsured.Republicans have made over 70 unsuccessful attempts to repeal Obamacare. This latest attempt centers around the validity of the individual mandate — the requirement that people either buy health insurance or face a financial penalty — and its importance to the overall functioning of the health-care system. The annual fee was $695 until a Republican-controlled Congress passed a law that said starting in 2019, it would be zero dollars. Building on this legislative victory, Republican state attorneys general filed a lawsuit arguing that the fee-less mandate, which they consider the beating heart of Obamacare, is now unconstitutional; without it, they say, the entire ACA must fall. (The Trump administration has also thrown its support behind the case.)
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Offset Asks Fans to Vote After Being Detained By Police
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Offset is encouraging fans to vote following his detainment by police this past weekend. On Saturday, TMZreported that the Migos member was briefly held and then released by Beverly Hills Police after driving through a Trump rally with Cardi B's cousin, Marcelo Almanzar. According to a statement from the BHPD, the two were stopped after a passerby claimed that a gun was pointed at them, which led to the arrest of Almanzar — who is being held on a $35,000 bail — on two charges of carrying a concealed weapon and carrying a loaded firearm in public. Related | Cardi B Responds to Candace Owens Criticizing Her Joe Biden InterviewThat said, the rapper's livestream of the altercation with law enforcement officials has since garnered substantial attention online. In the video, the police can be seen pulling Offset out of his car after he refuses to exit the vehicle due to officers having their "guns out."
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Laverne Cox Knows America Has Always Been a Horror Show
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This article is a sponsored collaboration between Hulu and PAPER Laverne Cox is tired. Not so much in the physical sense; she glows radiantly during a Zoom call from the Los Angeles apartment where she's quarantining. It cuts deeper than that. 2020 has taken everyone on a grim rollercoaster ride of emotions, and Cox is feeling it.The ongoing pandemic has exposed the nation's darkest tendencies, from racial injustice to increasing violence against the trans community. So as a proud Black trans woman, the actress feels the tension tenfold. Since her career breakout as Sophia Burset on Netflix's Orange Is the New Black (a role she held from 2013 to the series' end last July), Cox's name has become synonymous with "first." The first openly trans actor nominated for a Primetime Emmy for Orange Is the New Black, television's first trans series regular in CBS' Doubt drama, the first trans person to grace the covers of Time and Cosmopolitan, the first trans person to receive a Madame Tussauds wax figure... the list is impressively endless.
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She’s Wet, Folks
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When NASA announced last week that it had made an “exciting new discovery” about the moon, and then told us it was withholding its new knowledge for five entire days, we denounced the waiting period as cruel and unbearable. Well, congratulations to us all — we have reached the end of our collective suffering. Early this afternoon, NASA made its long-awaited announcement, which can be summarized aptly: She (the moon) is wet (covered in water).Now to those who have long been big moon nerds, this discovery — which is detailed in a study in the journal Nature Astronomy, published today — may not initially seem all that revelatory. While the moon was once believed to be dry as a desert, in the past few decades, scientists have found evidence of H2O and ice on the moon’s surface, limited to the colder, shadowy regions. The moon’s sunlit areas, scientists previously surmised, may not be able to sustain water. “Without a thick atmosphere, water on the sunlit lunar surface should just be lost to space,” Casey Honniball, the study’s lead researcher, told the The Atlantic.
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Harry Styles! In Italy!
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Harry Styles + Italy. It's a winning combination, as Styles' ongoing relationship with Gucci (and those recent paparazzi photos of him in Europe) attests. Now we finally know why he spent his summer on the Amalfi Coast: the musician was filming a visual for his Fine Line single "Golden." The new clip is a lot of fun, featuring a carefree Harry running up and down the steep streets of some picturesque seaside holiday town or other. There are a number of fun fashion and beauty moments, including lace gloves and a blink-and-you'll-miss-it multi-colored manicure. Related | The Real Harry Styles Has ArrivedDuring these tough times, the "Golden" music video is nothing short of a fantasy — especially as most of us have lost access to European vacations for the foreseeable future. Matching the song's lyrics perfectly, it's a true ray of light and joy.
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Donate to an Abortion Fund Right Now
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The Senate just confirmed Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. It is just one month after she was nominated by Donald Trump. The presidential election is in one week.By now, you’ve likely heard Democrats and reproductive-rights activists sound the alarm on Barrett’s views on abortion. Her record certainly indicates that Roe v. Wade could be imperiled with her confirmation to the court: She is supported by anti-choice fundraising organization the Susan B. Anthony List; she has given talks to multiple right-to-life groups at Notre Dame; she has signed a letter calling Roe “barbaric.” (During her confirmation hearing, she refused to comment directly on the ruling, demurring, “I can’t express views on cases. I can’t pre-commit.”)
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