January 25, 2021

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The Singer-Songwriter Who Loves the Smells of Chicken Fingers and Matcha
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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 folk-rock singer-songwriter and cancer survivor Harry Hudson. In the lead-up to the release of his sophomore album, Hey, I’m Here for You, Hudson created his own uplifting scent with the fragrance brand Snif, a purveyor of genderless scents that you can try before you buy. The artist’s limited-edition spritz exudes positive vibes with the help of lemongrass, lavender, basil, black currant, jasmine, and neroli. The Cut recently caught up with Hudson to talk nighttime baths, hand-sanitizer scents, and the best thing to mix into your morning matcha.
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Talking Sh*t With Lauren Oyler
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For once, Lauren Oyler is struggling to find something to be annoyed about. “Nothing was bad on Twitter today,” she groans. It’s November, and Oyler and I are alone in a ‘rage room’ in midtown Manhattan, decked out in masks and helmets, where we have been given 30 minutes to smash ‘one premium electronic item, two smaller electronic items, and ten breakables,’ according to the terms of our waiver. Oyler and I take turns hacking away at a fax machine with a bat until she finally manages to come up with something that is pissing her off. “Oh, here’s something — one of my ex boyfriends is telling everyone that my novel is about him, when it’s very clearly not, and he’s telling everyone I got a million-dollar advance, which I also did not,” she says, bringing a crowbar down over an old-school landline phone with a hard thwack. She says more, but it’s impossible to hear over the noise and our face masks, so I ask her to speak up. “I WAS SAYING I ALSO GET MAD ABOUT PEOPLE MISUSING TERMS IN THEIR BOOK REVIEWS,” she shouts. “LIKE, FUCK YOU FOR SAYING SOMETHING IS AUTOFICTION WHEN IT’S NOT!”
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LMFAO's 'Party Rock Anthem' Just Turned 10
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With Biden back in the White House, it feels right to reminisce about some of the Obama-era art that once blasted from Beats Pills across the nation. Or at least that's one possible reason why PopCrave just saw fit to announce that this ordinary-seeming Monday actually marks ten years since uncle-and-nephew duo LMFAO released their monster hit single "Party Rock Anthem," feat. Lauren Bennett and GoonRock. Wow. A decade of party rocking! Has enough time really passed that we can affectionately reconsider the cultural impact of Redfoo and SkyBlu, as we might an ancient meme? On the one hand, the song is objectively bad, and poptimism can truly only go so far. On the other, I just watched its music video three times in a row and felt genuine nostalgia for lensless white sunglasses.
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The Prison Abolitionist Redefining What It Means to Win
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Successful women talk about managing their careers, and their lives. Heading into law school, Rhiannon Hamam knew she wanted to focus on the rights of marginalized and displaced peoples. Growing up in a Palestinian immigrant family in the post-9/11 era, she witnessed firsthand how discrimination and lack of access to resources influenced outcomes in what she deems the “criminal punishment system.” When she attended an alumni panel of public defenders, “it just clicked,” she recalls. “I felt like ‘whoa, this is me, this is what I have to do.’” Now 32, Hamam is a public-defense attorney in Texas, where she represents people who have been accused of all manner of state crimes — often assault, theft, or possession — and cannot afford to hire a lawyer. She’s also worked as a mitigation specialist, arguing (post-conviction) in favor of life for clients facing death sentences. Outside her demanding day job, Hamam co-hosts the 5-4 podcast, a leftist perspective on “how much the Supreme Court sucks,” popular with law students and scholars. She currently lives in Austin with her boyfriend. Here’s how she gets it done. 
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Time to Start Double-Masking
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Public-health experts agree that one of the best ways to impede the spread of the coronavirus and to prevent avoidable deaths is to simply strap a facial covering over your nose and mouth. But even better than that, according to an updated mask guideline that’s gaining traction in the medical community, is to wear two masks instead of one.The practice, which has become known as “double-masking” and is supported by a growing body of research, is self-explanatory. Rather than donning just one face mask, you layer two on top of each other. Ideally, as two experts in virus transmission outlined in the science journal Cell, mirroring recommendations from other researchers, you’d wear a cloth mask atop a surgical mask. The former “provides an additional layer of filtration” and improves the fit, and the latter “acts as a filter.” Together, the masks offer the public “maximum protection.” (A quick reminder: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises against using surgical masks more than once and recommends washing cloth masks “regularly.”)
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Rihanna’s Mullet Continues to Thrive
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Some very good news for fans of Rihanna, mullets, and Rihanna’s mullet. In a new video posted to Instagram yesterday, it appears that the singer, actor, and entrepreneur’s short-long hairstyle is fully intact and very much thriving.The video, set to music of — could it be? — her very own making, shows Rihanna in little else but Savage x Fenty lingerie, a full face of Fenty Beauty, and glossy black helmet hair. Since she’s dancing in the video, we really get to see the style in action. It looks, of course, sensational:A post shared by badgalriri (@badgalriri)Now that you’ve watched that 80 times, back to the mullet. A once-maligned haircut, the look has been going strong for about a year now. Miley Cyrus has one, as do legions of K-pop idols and their fans.
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How to Get Ripped, the Fashion Way
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In a world where ready-to-wear seems increasingly laid-back to match the current state of pandemic dressing, it’s exhilarating to witness the wild freedom of couture. Today was the first day of the spring 2021 couture shows, and Schiaparelli, Dior, and Iris van Herpen pulled out all the stops.Last week, many of us were invigorated watching Lady Gaga serenade the country in a custom Schiaparelli gown — just one of the outfits that made us excited about fashion in the White House. Schiaparelli is having a moment, and all eyes are on creative director David Roseberry. His spring 2021 collection may not work for an inauguration, but it certainly reflects the spirit of Gaga, a pop star who’s fascinated by pushing the limits of the human body.
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Gaze in Awe Upon This Dramatic Celebrity Back Tattoo
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Sometimes you come across an image that is so rich and complex that it takes several viewings before you feel you’ve truly begun to take it all in. Hieronymus Bosch’s “The Garden of Earthly Delights,” for example, or “The Wedding at Cana” by Paolo Veronese. Or, the picture Brooklyn Beckham posted this weekend of his new back tattoo.The tattoo is a tribute to Beckham’s fiancée, actress Nicola Peltz. It’s his fifth tattoo tribute to her, actually. As the Daily Mail laid out, his other devotional pieces include Peltz’s name on his neck, her beloved late grandmother’s name on his arm, and a tattoo on his forearm that reads, “My life, my love, my truth, my breath, my reason, my beauty, my precious.”
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Does Ted Cruz Truly Have Nothing Better to Do?
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Listen, I have no idea what Texas senator Ted Cruz does with his days, and frankly, I do not want to know the ins and outs of his schedule. Particularly if he is the Zodiac Killer. But given his job, I would think that he has just a couple more pressing things on his plate than goading a celebrity online. And yet here we are: Ted Cruz has engaged in a spicy Twitter beef with Seth Rogen, who, may I just add, is winning.Let us go back to the beginning: Inauguration Day, which saw freshly installed President Joe Biden sign a raft of executive orders, including one that recommitted the United States to the Paris climate accord. Responding to the news, a grumpy Cruz tweeted that Biden is “more interested in the views of the citizens of Paris than in the jobs of the citizens of Pittsburgh.” Presumably Cruz knows that the agreement was not engineered specifically by or for Parisians, and that Paris was simply that year’s host of the UN Climate Conference.
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Yet Another One of Armie Hammer’s Exes Speaks Out
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Another woman who dated Armie Hammer has come forward about the actor’s allegedly violent proclivities: Paige Lorenze told “Page Six” that Hammer branded her, purposefully left her covered in bruises, and also talked about “consuming her,” in addition to emotional manipulation.Lorenze, a 22-year-old college student, reportedly dated Hammer, 34, for four months in 2020. (Paparazzi photos put them together in December.) During that time, she told “Page Six,” the Rebecca star “built up [her] trust to ease [her] into darker things.”“He would compliment me and tell me things that would make me feel on top of the world,” she recalled. “[He] knew what he was doing and knew how to get me to do these things. He was smart about it.”
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A Puffer Coat Meets a Blazer
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A photo series that takes a playful approach to our fashion fixations. Last week was a big week for coats. So many coats. Coats, coats, coats. Coats by Miuccia Prada, specifically. But were they like this coat? No. This coat is unlike the others. This coat, from the fall 2020 collection, is the combination of a blazer and a puffer. It’s fluffy and oversized, and made of a soft camel-colored leather that, if you think about it, actually makes it a hybrid of three classic coat types, not two. An outerwear turducken! It was worn on the runway with a belt at the waist, a yellow leather skirt, pink boots, and a red tie. The model looked cozy but sharp, like she was going to a business lunch outside. Or maybe an inauguration ceremony, who knows?
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Thom Browne Suits Just Got Even Tinier
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Unlike most kids, Thom Browne didn’t mind wearing a Catholic school uniform as a kid. In fact, he actually enjoyed it. “I loved that sensibility then, and I love it now,” the designer said over Zoom last week. He was dressed, of course, in his own grown-up uniform, which included a button-down shirt, vest, and tie from his eponymous brand.It should come as no surprise, then, that Thom Browne’s new children’s line, which launched Sunday in conjunction with the spring 2021 menswear collection, is a miniature version of his signature wardrobe. Yes, those shrunken gray suits just got even tinier. (Unfortunately, this means it will likely be difficult for small adults to do that trick where they buy the largest sizes for themselves. Darn!) In addition to jackets and trousers, the collection also includes four-stripe cardigans, oxfords, and brogues, plus the Thom Browne “Friday uniform” of T-shirts, sweats, and sneakers. Prices range from $230 to $1,550.
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Biden Repeals Trump's Trans Military Ban
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Most of the Biden presidency so far has been a mass-undoing of Trump's most unpopular policy mistakes, and it looks like this second week is no different. Related | Bernie Sanders Is the First Inauguration MemeThis morning the President signed an executive order repealing Trump's ban on trans people serving in the military, which means that once again all Americans who are qualified may serve in the armed forces. Per the White House, "President Biden believes that gender identity should not be a bar to military service, and that America's strength is found in its diversity."The order is effective immediately, and will also retroactively correct military records of trans people who were affected by Trump's order. Famously announced via Trump's now-deleted Twitter, the trans ban was put in place in 2017, reversing an Obama-era policy that allowed trans people to serve openly in the military. (Ah, the back-and-forth.)
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Watch the Dior Couture Show Livestream
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Starting at 8:30 a.m. ET, the Dior women’s spring-summer 2021 haute couture show will stream live from Paris, right here. Enjoy!
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No One Wants to Be a Member at High-profile Loser’s Club
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Even amid some of the most erratic periods of Donald Trump’s presidency, his members-only club of Mar-a-Lago maintained its appeal to a distinct cohort of people. Those who aligned with Trump politically, or were at the very least willing to overlook the irreversible damage inflicted by his policies — and were also able to shell out as much as $200,000 for membership —stuck around. But now that Trump has moved into the glitzy estate in Palm Beach, apparently it’s hemorrhaging members.Over the weekend, Laurence Leamer, author of Mar-a-Lago: Inside the Gates of Power at Donald Trump’s Presidential Palace, went on MSNBC to discuss the overall mood at Trump’s exclusive resort, which can succinctly be described as not good. While many members began steering clear of the club earlier this month, following the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, Leamer says that Mar-a-Lago has turned into “a very dispirited place” since Trump settled in full-time and that “a lot of people” have “silently walked out” of the club.
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Schiaparelli's Six Pack Is the Only Fitness Goal I Care About
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Remember when Kim Kardashian (still West, for now) closed 2020 with that astonishing six-pack breastplate by Schiaparelli? Turns out that her molded leather bodice — which recalled similar archive looks by Issey Miyake and Mugler — was actually a preview for the brand's Spring 2021 haute couture collection, which was unveiled in full this morning.Related | Lady Gaga Was the Unofficial Meme Queen of the InaugurationKim's hunter green version now comes in myriad hues, silhouettes and materials — and even as a sculptural handbag. Schiaparelli creative director Daniel Roseberry, who just designed Lady Gaga's inauguration dress, also incorporated more of the brand's signature surreal, humorous elements including a breastfeeding baby, shoes with individual gold toes, glasses that you can't actually see out of and a giant black couture hoodie perfect for avoiding human interaction.
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Bree Runway Leaves Her Legacy at Abbey Road
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Breakout star Bree Runway just hit a career milestone. Her music video for "ATM," which features rap legend Missy Elliott, was her first to officially hit one million views on YouTube. While it's criminal that some of her previously released visuals have yet to reach a mil — "Little Nokia,""Damn Daniel,""Gucci" — this first is something to celebrate. But it wasn't the last. "All Night," released a little over a year ago, quickly followed to fans' delight. As Runway's audience waits for two million views on "ATM," the artist shared today a live performance of the track to keep its momentum going. Filmed at Abbey Road Studios, previously made famous by a group of old rock dudes, Runway takes on the 2000AND4EVA single alone, rapping about money machines in sunglasses that shield her entire face.
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Keira Knightley No Longer Wants to Do Sex Scenes Directed by Men
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Keira Knightley, the actress who brought us one of the most glamorous, silk-clad sex scenes in film history, says that she won’t shoot sex scenes for films directed by men anymore.On an episode of the Chanel Connects podcast, Knightley spoke with director Lulu Wang and writer Diane Solway and explained that, while she doesn’t have “an absolute ban” on nude scenes, “I kind of do with men.”“I don’t want it to be those horrible sex scenes where you’re all greased up and everybody is grunting,” she said. “I’m not interested in doing that.”Knightley said that she feels “very uncomfortable now trying to portray the male gaze,” but added, “there’s times where I go, ‘Yeah, I completely see where this sex would be really good in this film and you basically just need somebody to look hot.’”
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Madame Clairevoyant: Horoscopes for the Week of January 25
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On Thursday, there’s a full moon in bold Leo, illuminating the drama, the contradictions, and the emotions that have been hiding just out of sight. It might be a day of high energy, of big feelings, of conflict, and the clarity that conflict brings with it. Then, on Saturday, Mercury retrograde begins. For the next three weeks, misunderstandings and miscommunications may abound. Prepare to be generous: You’ll get some things wrong, and others will, too, and it won’t be the end of the world.This is a week to do right by yourself, a week to honor your fighting spirit. It’s hard, sometimes, to know where to direct all your boldness, all your courage, all this passion inside you. Sometimes, it feels like you need to mute all your hot energy in order to get by; this week, though, all you need is an outlet, somewhere for it all to go. This week, don’t try to force yourself to be softer or calmer or quieter — just look for places to direct your fire.
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“Ritual” by Tom Sachs at Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris
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Purple is pleased to present Tom Sachs’ newest exhibition of sculptures, Ritual, a collection of works paying homage to the metropolis aesthetic of New York City’s bodegas. Displayed on bespoke pedestals, the sculptures share the artist’s signature bricolage style and serve as a reflection on consumerism and labor. Ritual is on display now at Thaddaeus Ropac […] The post “Ritual” by Tom Sachs at Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris appeared first on Purple.
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We Welcome the Rumored Royal Pup
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Huge announcement: Rumor has it the royal family recently welcomed a new member, and a very small one at that. According to the Daily Mail, Prince William and Kate Middleton quietly acquired a cocker spaniel puppy some months ago. Sources say the pup is “adorable” and that “the whole family are besotted,” phrasing I am taking to include every member of the larger Windsor enterprise, up to and certainly including the queen. (A storieddog lover.)The Mail did not obtain pics, but here is what we know so far: The eight-month-old mystery pup arrived before the death of the Cambridge’s late dog, Lupo, in November. (Please, look at Lupo; a moment for Lupo.) According to the tabloid’s informant, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and presumably also their three children, “were devastated when Lupo passed away,” and had “hoped that a younger dog would give Lupo some company and give him a little more life and energy.”
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The Dog Trainer Hooking Up With the New Boy Next Door
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New York’s Sex Diaries series asks anonymous city dwellers to record a week in their sex lives — with comic, tragic, often sexy, and always revealing results. This week, a woman in California getting over a breakup by hooking up with a tough guy from the East Coast, getting drunk with the guy next door, and going on a weird first date with a Burning Man dude: 35, single, Southern California.DAY ONE8 a.m. I wake up thankful that I’m starting to feel human again. My boyfriend broke up with me a few months ago, and it’s been devastating. I was ten years older than him (35 to his 25) and we were different in every way (I’m a Jew from New York, he’s a military guy from the South) but I still thought we were going to get married and have kids. I really did. We met on a vacation in Miami when I brought him to my hotel for a one-night stand. That one-night stand lasted two years. In the end, he left me for some immature bullshit. He wanted to move to Vegas with his friends, party hard, fuck around. I think he had a freakout. That’s all I got.
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Oh God, She’s Really Running
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Apparently,some alumni of the Trump administration now find themselves devoid of future employment prospects. According to Politico, former White House staffers who stuck with him until his final day in office are “really fucked,” especially after the insurrection at Capitol Hill: “They were told over and over to take their hand off the hot stove, and they didn’t want to listen.” Meanwhile, other loyalists are capitalizing on the Trump name as they plot their next moves: See Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Trump’s notoriously truth-averseformer press secretary, who has now launched a gubernatorial campaign in Arkansas.“I took on the media, the radical left, and their cancel culture,” Huckabee Sanders says in a video announcing her candidacy in the 2022 election. “And I won. As governor, I will be your voice, and never let them silence you.”
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Halsey Cancels the 'Manic' World Tour
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After postponing and rescheduling dates for her Manic World Tour, Halsey and her team have decided to cancel it altogether. The singer took to Twitter to make the announcement on Friday. Related | Halsey Reportedly Has a Makeup LineHalsey was able to perform in Europe for some dates in March last year before Covid-19 lockdowns began. The North American leg of the tour was supposed to begin in June 2020, but since the pandemic hit it was rescheduled and she was set to return to the stage in the Summer of 2021. However, with everything still uncertain in terms of the global health crisis, she's decided that it would be best not to go through with these plans."Safety is the priority. I wish things were different," she tweeted. "I love you. Dreaming of seeing your faces again."
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 Butt-Length Hair Was Always My Dream
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When I was little, I really wanted butt-length hair — hair like Ariel’s in The Little Mermaid or Estella’s from Great Expectations. I thought it was the essence of prettiness. Maybe you had the same dream. Maybe Amy March’s cries of “Oh, Jo, how could you? Your one beauty!” haunt you every time you get a haircut. But I’m here to tell you that Amy was a savage and that in real life, having butt-length hair is like being haunted by a ghost whose star sign is Leo: You don’t want to give it any extra attention, but you don’t have any choice in the matter.My mom was my dream’s No. 1 hater. She grew up in the rigid Taiwanese school system, which enforced hair lengths and uniforms, and to her, it was improper for little girls to have hair longer than shoulder length. She also dreaded having to detangle my hair knots and had no interest in playing with my hair or giving me the ribbon braids or elaborate fishtail braids I begged for. When I was a teen, she told me the more hair you get cut during a haircut, the better value it is. Why have the hairstylist “dust” your ends when you could really make him work for his money and give you a Little Orphan Annie haircut?
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