August 08, 2020

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Ghislaine Maxwell Reportedly Tried to Recruit Paris Hilton For Jeffrey Epstein
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Ghislaine Maxwell allegedly tried to recruit a young Paris Hilton for Jeffrey Epstein. On Friday, the Daily Mail reported that Lifetime's forthcoming docuseries Surviving Jeffrey Epstein contains a new interview with Maxwell's former friend Christopher Mason, in which he claims that the British socialite thought the then 19-year-old Hilton would be "perfect for Jeffrey." Related | Paris Hilton Faces "Heartbreaking Past Trauma" in New DocAccording to Mason, Maxwell — who was recently arrested on charges related to Epstein's alleged sexual abuse and trafficking of minors — saw Hilton at a New York party in the early 2000s shortly after she was signed to Donald Trump's modeling agency. "A friend of mine was at a party and Ghislaine said, 'Oh my god, who is that?' and was looking at this pretty, younger teenage girl," Mason reportedly says in the docuseries. "She said, 'Do you know her?' My friend said, 'Yeah, she's called Paris Hilton' and Ghislaine said, 'Ohhhh she'd be perfect for Jeffrey. Can you introduce us?'"
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Alicia Keys Is Starting a Skin-Care Brand
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Alicia Keys’s skin-care routine will soon be coming to a store near you. The singer, actress, and New York Times best-selling author is now adding beauty entrepreneur to her résumé with the launch of a “lifestyle beauty brand” with e.l.f. Cosmetics.As someone who seems truly comfortable in her skin, Keys is an obvious choice for a new skin-care brand. Her skin-care-routine videos sound like an ode to vitamin C. She’s famous for appearing at awards shows like the Grammys and the VMAswithout a drop of makeup on her face. And she understands that whether to wear makeup or not is a personal choice, not some kind of eternal line in the sand. (When one of her Voice co-stars tried to tattle on her for occasionally wearing makeup, she replied, “I do what the fuck I want.”)
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What If We Stopped Listening to Beauty Influencers?
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Honesty is the best policy, especially when it comes to choosing products for your skin. It’s easy to find reviews by beauty influencers who get paid to rave about certain products, but it’s harder to find tips from peers who tell it like it is. But now there’s an app for that: Cherie was founded by Kelly Chen, one of the first executives at TikTok. She launched the app last year, inspired by her own frustration with seeing sponsored content flood social media. Now, it has over 100,000 product reviews.Chen says her ultimate goal is to build a community free from the constraints of societal beauty norms, where people can define beauty on their own terms. And because even an influencer-free platform needs ambassadors these days, she recruited two queer powerhouses who are working to redefine the meaning of beauty: Shea Couleé, winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 5, and Teddy Quinlivan, the transgender supermodel who has walked for just about every designer you can think of.
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James Charles Apologizes For Alicia Keys Beauty Line 'Microaggression'
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James Charles has apologized to Alicia Keys for a shady subtweet about her new beauty collaboration. On Wednesday, the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter revealed that she would be partnering with e.l.f. Cosmetics on a "lifestyle beauty" brand combining "an inclusive point of view, an authentic voice, and a line of skin-loving, dermatologist-developed, cruelty-free products." And while most responded to the news with praise, James and fellow beauty vlogger Manny MUA apparently had some questions about Alicia's new endeavor.Related | James Charles Responds to 'Mugshot Challenge' BacklashShortly after the announcement, James took to his Twitter to ask why Alicia — a longtime advocate for natural, makeup-free beauty — was partnering with e.l.f. Cosmetics.
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Celebrate Your WAP Today
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Good morning and happy Friday. As a treat for making it through another difficult week, Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion have dropped “WAP,” a new song and video that urges us to celebrate our WAPs and the WAPs of women everywhere.The video sees Meg and Cardi in a luxurious fun house decorated with golden statues of naked breasts, with the rappers themselves outfitted in a variety of couture bustiers. They move from room to room, singing about WAPs while writhing in a nest of vipers, dancing with exotic cats, thrashing around in a shallow pool, and doing the splits — a lot. The video also has appearances by Normani, Rosalía, and for some reason, Kylie Jenner, but probably because she lived nearby and was free.
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Honey Dijon Premieres Sex Positive 'La Femme Fantastique' Video
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Being this far into quarantine, it feels like human touch is a distant memory. Once upon a time, we used to bump and grind on tightly packed dancefloors, moving as one giant organism with pulsing vibrations emanating from subwoofers. Globe-trotting DJ and producer Honey Dijon knows this sensation quite well. Commanding dancefloors anywhere from fashion week parties to clubbing institutions like Berghain with crowds ranging from a few hundred elite guests to thousands packed into a festival mainstage, Honey has seen it all from the behind the decks — and she loves every second of it. Honey's latest effort is a love letter to nightlife's pleasures at its most hedonistic, decadent and Dionysian excess. Enlisting the help of animator Ciaràn McCusker, "La Femme Fantastique" follows the journey of an uninitiated clubgoer as they descend in to the depths of a X-rated bacchanal with Honey flying overhead and raining down liquid sex upon the denizens of the night. The visual is unapologetic in its celebration of sexuality. There's everything from exhibitionism to bondage, sex swings and pet play all taking place under the same roof in one great big orgy for the ages. It's nothing short of glorious and if any of that has you reaching for your pearls, all the more reason to press play.
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The Best Film Genre Is ‘Dance Movie’
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I don’t know what it is about dance-competition movies that I find so thrilling. They’re deeply predictable, the stakes could not be lower, and they’re almost unerringly corny, but whenever I watch one I feel totally exhilarated. And this is precisely how I felt when I watched Work It, Netflix’s new dance movie, which dropped today.The story follows try-hard AP-student Quinn (Sabrina Carpenter) whose only goal in life is to get into her late father’s alma mater, Duke. She accidentally leads the admissions officer into thinking she’s on her high school’s award-winning dance team, the Thunderbirds, captained by Isaiah, played by Keiynan Lonsdale (all you need to know about him is that he makes everyone call him “Juilliard”). The admissions officer is impressed and leaves Quinn with a promise to see her at “Work It,” the big dance competition.
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Watch Victor Internet Rob a Bank Full of Hearts
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From enveloping love songs to hard-edged tracks, Victor Internet plays the heartthrob in every piece of his self-produced music. Now, Victor is stealing hearts to fill his own inner love in a new music video for "I KNO V3," out today. Related | It's a Good Time to Be Kidd KennNineteen-year-old Victor has already jumped into the music world head-first. Starting with an old computer and a borrowed microphone, Victor began producing music at 16 and released his first track in 2017. He has also supported artists like Cautious Clay, Still Woozy and Cuco on their respective 2019 tours.Login • InstagramIn October 2019, Victor took his self-titled debut project, Victor's Debut, on the road and completed his first US headline tour, "The Genesis Tour," with sold out stops at Rough Trade in New York City, The Paramount in Los Angeles and Sub-T in his Chicago hometown.
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How to Help Beirut Right Now
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The devastation from two huge explosions in Beirut, Lebanon, on August 4 is incomprehensibly massive — and growing.A smaller blast in the city’s downtown port area triggered a much larger one that ignited from a huge cache of ammonium nitrate, a dangerous compound that was seized years ago from a ship and improperly stored in the city’s port because of a tangled history of financing issues and negligence. The second event sent a shockwave that took down buildings and blew out windows for a hundred miles. Over 130 people have died and over 4,000 were injured; many more are missing. The blast was felt all the way to the island of Cyprus, about 150 miles away. A passenger ship was overturned; the explosion leveled the city’s downtown nightlife and retail center and thousands of homes; it registered as large as a 3.3 magnitude earthquake.
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This Is the Romantic Gesture of Quarantine
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We’re five-ish months into the coronavirus pandemic, and things are getting pretty dire. Summer, somehow, is almost over, and many of the sources to which we normally turn for comfort and pleasure in trying times are unavailable to us. Central among them: movie theaters. On a hot afternoon in August, there are few better reprieves than sitting in a dark, frigid theater to watch a too-loud, big-budget blockbuster while you eat candy and drink a bucket of Diet Coke. But for now — and for the foreseeable future — movie theaters are closed. Fortunately, there is an alternative.Last month, writer T Kira Madden (author of the very good memoirLong Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls) tweeted that her wife, Hannah, had surprised her on her birthday with a meticulously re-created “movie theater experience,” complete with usher outfit, snack menu, and obligatory student-film pre-roll. Like servers do at Nitehawk in Brooklyn (their preferred theater pre-quarantine) and the Alamo Drafthouse, Hannah even took T Kira’s order in the dark, crouched over her seat.
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Jumping for Justice
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Chris Facey is a Brooklyn-based documentary and street photographer who has been capturing on film the protests for George Floyd and Breonna Taylor taking place throughout New York since May. In his newest photo series, he looks away from subjects marching in the streets screaming, “No justice, no peace,” to instead refocus on moments of joy that are just as powerful and important to witness in the fight for justice. In his double-Dutch photo series, Facey explores nostalgia, building up a community through children, and Black joy.The project started one weekend when Facey was with his daughter and decided he wanted to photograph a protest without exposing her to anything as traumatizing or heartbreaking as the work he’d already done. “I saw that they had a jump-for-justice type of protest,” he says, “to come out and jump double Dutch, so I went up to Brooklyn Museum with my daughter and we went to that. They taught her how to jump, and I’m looking at everybody jump and I was like, Let me take some pictures because this is mad nostalgic. I didn’t know the next time I was going to see anybody doing double Dutch, because I don’t see it that often anymore.” This led him to explore a whole new evolution of double Dutch he had never seen before.
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Miscreants London's 'Duchess' Campaign Is an Ode to the Essex Girl
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From dressing Lizzo in a custom zebra-print bodysuit for her post-Grammys antics to seeing her work worn by the likes of Sydney Sweeney and Chloe x Halle, designer Lillie Hand has been quietly forging a new path amongst her young British peers. In just a year, her label Miscreant London has become synonymous with finesse and extravagance in the form of unapologetically bold garments. Related | The Designer Behind Lizzo's Post-Grammys Strip Club DressToday marks a new chapter for the London-based brand, with a new collection that embodies the youthful sophistication British fashion is known for. Titled "Duchess," the collection features TikTok-friendly iridescent bodysuits, cropped blazers and an updated version of the brand's signature Cleo Body in a gingham print adorned with frills. Other standouts include playful accessories such as Hepburn-esque gloves and embellished cowboy boots.
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The Best Dance-Workout Videos on YouTube
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Hot Bod is a weekly exploration of fitness culture and its adjacent oddities.The flip side of summer’s warm sunshine bounty is that it gets way too hot to even exist outside and way, way too hot to do any vigorous activity that might make you even sweatier. And so, in order to move at all, it becomes necessary to aim yourself at your window unit and peruse the best dance-workout videos that YouTube has to offer.The free YouTube dance-fitness class is a chaotic breed. As with many free alternatives, your patience is often taxed. They can be frenetic, cheesy, weirdly angled, and sometimes silent if the instructors used music that they didn’t license. All told, they’re kind of a mess. But I feel affectionate toward them! They’re trying their best — a cringey, human quality that can be endearing until it’s insufferable. And when it’s insufferable, just ditch! There are nothing but options on this platform. My YouTube account is a bastion of two-thirds completed dance workouts. There are so many that it’s practically required to jump around during your AC worship. Several channels worthy of toggling between:
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3 Outfit Ideas for Your Next Virtual Date
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To kick off the tried-and-true incubator of weekend date nights known colloquially as “Friday,” Man Repeller asked artist and model Jade Gord to style herself in three outfits for virtual Zoom dates. Jade’s Zoom dates just so happen to be with her top celebrity crushes–but feel free to [insert your real or imaginary crush here] …
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Watch Victor Internet Rob a Bank Full of Hearts in 'I KNOW V3'
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From enveloping love songs to hard-edged tracks, Victor Internet plays the heartthrob in every piece of his self-produced music. Now, Victor is stealing hearts to fill his own inner love in a new music video for "I KNOW V3," out today. Related | It's a Good Time to Be Kidd KennNineteen-year-old Victor has already jumped into the music world head-first. Starting with an old computer and a borrowed microphone, Victor began producing music at 16 and released his first track in 2017. He has also supported artists like Cautious Clay, Still Woozy and Cuco on their respective 2019 tours.Login • InstagramIn October 2019, Victor took his self-titled debut project, Victor's Debut, on the road and completed his first US headline tour, "The Genesis Tour," with sold out stops at Rough Trade in New York City, The Paramount in Los Angeles and Sub-T in his Chicago hometown.
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MASN's New Single Is 'Fire'
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MASN is "thinking of burning shit down" with his new track, "Fire." The 19-year-old Utah native exploded onto music when his hit single "Psycho!" dropped in January 2019. The track went on to garner 99 million worldwide streams and more than 1.5 million TikTok videos. Earlier in 2020, he released the "Psycho!" remix featuring Trippie Redd, which marked his first release with RCA Records.Related | SHY Martin Has an Entire EP of 'Sad Songs'MASN has a creative palette that results in a melting pot of lo-fi beats, indie experimentation, hip-hop fluidity and lush pop. "When you're listening to my music, I want you to come into the same world I was in when I wrote it," MASN said. "I try to create a refreshing world you can experience through the music. It's a safe space for you to go whenever you need to."
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Beautiful Objects for a Good Cause
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Many fashion and jewelry brands are struggling right now, but that doesn’t mean that the industry hasn’t found ways to support those who need help. The Brooklyn-based fine-jewelry brand Mociun is the latest to organize a fundraiser for those who have been deeply affected by the pandemic. Similar to Good Buys, the charitable, multi-brand retail platform that launched this week, jewelry designer Caitlin Mociun solicited 20 other fine-jewelry and luxury home brands to donate goods that will be put up for auction. Together with three Mociun pieces, the collective value of what’s up for grabs is nearly $110,000, with the hope that generous buyers will help raise more.“We felt that it was important for Mociun to be proactive and use our reach and contacts to give back to our community and nation,” said Mociun. “There are so many people out there hurting and in need. We wanted to do something to help alleviate their burden. We turned to organizations that would get the funds we’re raising right into the hands of the people who need it most.”
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The Results Are In: 2,000+ People on Love, Sex, and Dating During the Pandemic
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During the past week, we’ve published stories about “Love Right Now,” covering all sorts of perspectives on love and intimacy and relationships in this very unique moment in time. To close out the series, we’re sharing the results of the survey we shared on Monday. Scroll down for a fascinating glimpse into the love lives …
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21 Things on Sale You’ll Actually Want to Buy: From Fjällräven to Sony
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You may have noticed some posts from our friends at the Strategist on the Cut. They’ll be dropping in every now and again, sharing their expertise on the basics you don’t have time to research and the weird and wonderful things you don’t yet know you need.Though we’re still a solid month away from Labor Day, the end-of-season sales have started at Backcountry, Anthropologie, Macy’s, and more. But that also means now is the right time to pick up a new pair of shorts, a hike-friendly backpack, or a broken-in, tie-dyed tee and make the most of what’s left of summer. (And if you’d like to receive more sales straight to your inbox, sign up for our email newsletter.)Kicking off this sales roundup is this small, sculptural candle from one of our favorite Danish home décor brands.
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Soko and Gia Coppola Feel Their Feelings
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There is not much else to do, right now, than cry. A cathartic burst of violent, ugly tears can work in a pinch, but might I suggest as an alternative putting on Soko's latest record, literally called Feel Feelings, and staring out the window for the full 46 minutes? It makes for a more productive grief session. (Don't feel guilty: as the title of one track declares, "Being Sad Is Not a Crime.") The French musician and actress released her third record in the midst of everyone's lockdown blues, and though recorded in the Before Times, it definitely anticipated our current mood. Directed by Gia Coppola, the music video for "Are You a Magician?" depicts Soko alone at home, daydreaming about an imaginary lover. You'll probably find yourself acting it out this weekend.
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Cardi B, Megan Thee Stallion Release 'WAP' Music Video
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Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion have finally released the highly anticipated music video for "WAP" and, needless to say, the star-studded visual was well worth the wait. A deliciously raunchy release detailing what it takes for a man to please, "WAP" is the first new track from Cardi since "Money," "Press" and her 2018 Grammy-winning debut, Invasion of Privacy.Fittingly, the Colin Tilley-directed visual is a surreal, bright-hued video filled with incredible choreography, a slew of iconic outfits, and an opulent mansion packed with tigers, curvaceous sculptures, and a colorful, Willy Wonka-esque room. Related | Cardi Is Starting an OnlyFansAnd to make things even better, the video for "WAP" also features plenty of cameos from famous faces like Rosalîa, Normani, Mulatto, Rubi Rose, Sukihana and even Kylie Jenner.
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What It’s Like to Teach Yoga Over Zoom
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The Cut’s financial advice columnist Charlotte Cowles answers readers’ personal questions about personal finance. Email your money conundrums to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. document.getElementById('cloak4ac7cfc5ae037c239f4e7317f78d79f6').innerHTML = ''; var prefix = 'ma' + 'il' + 'to'; var path = 'hr' + 'ef' + '='; var addy4ac7cfc5ae037c239f4e7317f78d79f6 = 'mytwocents' + '@'; addy4ac7cfc5ae037c239f4e7317f78d79f6 = addy4ac7cfc5ae037c239f4e7317f78d79f6 + 'nymag' + '.' + 'com'; var addy_text4ac7cfc5ae037c239f4e7317f78d79f6 = 'mytwocents' + '@' + 'nymag' + '.' + 'com';document.getElementById('cloak4ac7cfc5ae037c239f4e7317f78d79f6').innerHTML += ''+addy_text4ac7cfc5ae037c239f4e7317f78d79f6+''; The Cut is asking readers to share what they’re doing with their money — or lack thereof — in the midst of an unprecedented crisis. This week we spoke to Amanda Gloria Valdes, a 38-year-old yoga instructor who spent eight years building her niche in New York’s competitive industry. In March, she was suddenly unemployed for the first time in her life, and found herself jockeying for clients online. She spoke with the Cut about what it’s like teaching from her parents’ living room in New Jersey, and why the yoga studio business model was never sustainable in the first place.
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Louis Vuitton's Stuffed Animals Stole the Show in Shanghai
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In lieu of standard fashion week formats, Louis Vuitton Men's Artistic Director Virgil Abloh presented his next concept through an expeditionary short film, The Adventures of Zoooom with Friends, during Paris Fashion Week's Men's digital presentations. Giving way to the imminent virtual and literal voyage across the world to present the brand's Spring 2021 collection, Message in a Bottle, the film follows voyagers packing up shipping crates and loading them onto a barge in Paris before sailing down the Seine River. Aboard the ship, a colorful group of characters were hiding as stowaways, nodding to Abloh's continual theme of boyhood and viewing the world through the eyes of a child.This week, those playful characters crystallized in physical form, arriving at the docks of Shanghai where the first chapter of Abloh's latest collection walked the runway.
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Did a Teen Actually Kill His Neighbor to Become ‘TikTok Famous’?
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The Durhams and Zachary Latham, neighbors in South Jersey, had a rancorous relationship. According to the New York Times, the family claims they repeatedly confronted Latham, 18, over his reckless driving, but that Latham didn’t heed their warnings. Instead, they say, he taunted the family, and posted videos of their increasingly hostile encounters on TikTok. And then, in early May, one of the encounters turned fatal when the Durhams showed up on the Lathams’ property, where the situation quickly escalated, culminating in Latham fatally stabbing William Durham Sr., a corrections officer and the family’s father. Latham, a private in the New Jersey National Guard, claims he was acting in self-defense. The Durhams, meanwhile, charge otherwise: They are accusing Latham of killing Durham in an attempt to go viral on TikTok.
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