• You Is Just The Latest Example Of Hollywood's Obsession With Mediocre White Women
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    You Is Just The Latest Example Of Hollywood's Obsession With Mediocre White Women

    A creepy book store clerk named Joe is obsessed with an aspiring poet named Beck. Beck’s best friend, Peach, a cunning socialite, is also infatuated with her to the point of unhealthy fixation. In You, Beck is supposed to be the object of everyone’s affection.

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    Fancy men's Birkenstocks are now a thing. Yay or nay?

    Your beloved Birkenstocks are officially in fashion again, thanks to Valentino.

  • Why The 2019 Women's March Organisers Want You To Bring Flowers
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    Why The 2019 Women's March Organisers Want You To Bring Flowers

    The Bread and Roses women’s rally on Saturday 19th January, organised by Women's March London, will see demonstrators march against austerity in the UK and share their support with the hashtag #WeAreChange. The march begins at Portland Place at 12pm and will end in Trafalgar Square for a rally.

  • Why I Wrote A Sexy NSFW Poem About Brexit
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    Why I Wrote A Sexy NSFW Poem About Brexit

    There are few (if any!) subjects guaranteed to kill the mood like Brexit: a long and drawn-out process involving crusty politicians, peppered with inscrutable language. Elise Wouters, a writer and poet from Belgium who currently lives in London, has penned a NSFW poem in protest at her treatment as an EU citizen in the UK during these unpredictable times. The poem, "A Brexit Flirtation", name-checks Fifty Shades, asks Boris to "lock me up" (rather her than us), and alludes to the potential "Atlantic flirtations" which the UK has to look forward to.

  • It's Pretty & Pink & All Over Instagram — But Is Today's Diet Food Good For You?
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    It's Pretty & Pink & All Over Instagram — But Is Today's Diet Food Good For You?

    Pink Lady Apple, Power Greens, and Beet Lime. It has polyphenols, which have antioxidant properties that have been shown to — at least in preliminary studies — offer some protection against heart disease, diabetes and osteoporosis. It also contains ECGC (epigallocatechin gallate), the most famous ingredient in green tea, which has been linked to preventing cancer in some studies.

  • 5 New Fashion Brands To Get Excited About This Year
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    5 New Fashion Brands To Get Excited About This Year

    At SS19, street style was rife with diamanté slogan hair clips (courtesy of Ashley Williams) and pearl barrettes (the Simone Rocha effect, no doubt), while Saks Potts' highly coveted rainbow fur-lined leather coats were a treat for the eyes. Think Polly Pocket, but make it fashion. What: Launched in 2013, the accessories brand certainly appeals to your inner child with its squishy nylon goodness, but also caters to professionals – because who isn’t partial to a mini flower tote or a roomy, iridescent nylon pouch?

  • Dear Daniela: Is Burning Candles Bad For Your Skin?
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    Dear Daniela: Is Burning Candles Bad For Your Skin?

    To break it down, candles can be made up of several kinds of wax, like beeswax or soy, but often they are made of cheaper paraffin wax. Unglamorous roots aside, concerns around paraffin wax stem from the pollutants that burning it releases into the air, including some known carcinogens like benzene – a liquid chemical. Interestingly, board-certified dermatologist Dr Murad links particulate matter (as well as UVA/UVB rays, infrared and high energy visible blue light) to skin bugbears such as wrinkles, inflammation and a weakened skin barrier.

  • Pure Captures What It's Really Like To Have OCD In Your 20s
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    Pure Captures What It's Really Like To Have OCD In Your 20s

    Finished university, moved back to her parents' house in a teeny tiny town in Scotland, and grappling with the familiar agony of what to do with your life in your 20s. As we see through Marnie, her work life, relationships and sense of self are all thrown out of whack on both sides of her understanding what she's dealing with.

  • Club Chalamet: Meet The 30-Year-Old+ Super Fans Of Timothée
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    Club Chalamet: Meet The 30-Year-Old+ Super Fans Of Timothée

    In a safe and serious corner of the internet, Club Chalamet is a strict no-kids-allowed zone. This is a forum for mature fans of the young actor, offering an inclusive environment for older people to share their love. Although it’s the only message board of its kind, Club Chalamet is indicative of the growing community of adult fans – self-described by some as 'stan-mas'.

  • Fans Upset Japanese Pop Star Felt Pressure To Apologise For Her Own Assault
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    Fans Upset Japanese Pop Star Felt Pressure To Apologise For Her Own Assault

    Almost a week ago, a member of the Japanese girl group NGT48 apologised to fans for talking about her own assault, making headlines and generating controversy in the process. The conversation has since devolved into a larger discussion about unfair treatment of women in Japan, specifically in the idol industry. The 23-year-old Yamaguchi Maho, nicknamed “Mahohon," reportedly returned home on December 8 to find two men waiting for her.

  • Muslim-American Journalist Noor Tagouri Says Vogue Misrepresented Her
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    Muslim-American Journalist Noor Tagouri Says Vogue Misrepresented Her

    Vogue magazine, in particular, has come under fire in recent months for cultural missteps and mistakes. On Thursday, Tagouri shared an Instagram video, taken by her husband, in which she sees her photo in the February issue of Vogue for the first time. At the time, Tagouri tells Refinery29, it felt like fate.

  • Nancy Pelosi Just Pulled A Power Move On Donald Trump
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    Nancy Pelosi Just Pulled A Power Move On Donald Trump

    Speaker Nancy Pelosi has asked President Donald Trump to reschedule his State of the Union remarks until an agreement on the government shutdown can be reached. In her letter to the president, Pelosi cited security concerns as a reason for the delay. The Department of Homeland Security is one of the programs left unfunded in the standoff over a border wall that's resulted in the longest government shutdown in US history.

  • 15 Chic & Short Hairstyles To Inspire Your 2019 Chop
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    15 Chic & Short Hairstyles To Inspire Your 2019 Chop

    Only have a handful of bobby pins in your dresser drawer? For this year's Critics Choice Awards, celebrity stylist Jenny Cho wrapped Lucy Boynton's razor-cut, chin-length bob into two delicate braids circling to the back of her head and finished the look with a sprinkling of sparkly star pins by Jennifer Behr. Suddenly, we're feeling major bridal updo inspiration.

  • Louis C.K. To Get Paid To Joke About Sexually Harassing Women
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    Louis C.K. To Get Paid To Joke About Sexually Harassing Women

    It finally happened: Louis C.K. discussed the sexual misconduct accusations against him on stage. "I like to jerk off, and I don’t like being alone," he reportedly told the crowd during a performance in San Jose Wednesday night, according to The Daily Beast.

  • What It's Really Like To Visit 52 Places In One Year
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    What It's Really Like To Visit 52 Places In One Year

    View this post on Instagram A post shared by Jada Yuan (@alphajada) on Jan 10, 2018 at 8:45am PST

  • Rihanna Is Rumoured To Be Launching A Fashion House With LVMH
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    Rihanna Is Rumoured To Be Launching A Fashion House With LVMH

    Stop everything you're doing and prepare yourself because Queen Rihanna's next launch is going to be something a little bit bigger than just Fenty-branded sunglasses. WWD is reporting that according to multiple sources, the mogul is working with French luxury conglomerate LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton to launch a luxury house under her name. It would be the first time LVMH has launched a brand new label since Christian Lacroix in 1987.

  • The Shocking Link Between Witchcraft & FGM In The UK
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    The Shocking Link Between Witchcraft & FGM In The UK

    This week, a couple are on trial accused of asking a "witch" to perform female genital mutilation (FGM) on their 3-year-old daughter while they pinned her down at their east London home. There was, Carberry said, significant evidence that the couple "had an interest in and were active in preparation of spells, curses, and witchcraft". The mother, who hails from Uganda, and Ghanaian father, 43, deny two charges each of FGM and failing to protect a girl from the risk of FGM, and claim their daughter's serious injuries were sustained from accidentally falling on a kitchen cupboard door.

  • Michelle Obama's Facialist Spills All Her Skin-Care Secrets
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    Michelle Obama's Facialist Spills All Her Skin-Care Secrets

    While a devotion to a healthy lifestyle is partly to thank, Mrs. Obama's glow also has a secret weapon: Jennifer Brodeur, the Montreal-based "skin guru" who's been working with Obama since 2014, and just recently tagged along with Obama's makeup artist Carl Ray on the Becoming book tour. With 20 years of experience, Brodeur specialises in skin strategies for her many clients (Oprah Winfrey included), mixing custom serums and prescribing facial regimens that will continue to improve their complexions for years to come.

  • All The Ways Brexit Will Affect Women In The UK
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    All The Ways Brexit Will Affect Women In The UK

    #BrexitShambles has gripped the UK. The government may have won the confidence of MPs on Wednesday, following the historic Parliamentary vote on Theresa May's deal earlier in the week, but just about everything else is up in the air. Crucially: will Brexit even happen at all?

  • Netflix's Sex Education Did An Abortion Episode & It's Fantastic
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    Netflix's Sex Education Did An Abortion Episode & It's Fantastic

    Like many young loves, it takes a few moments to settle into Sex Education. Then “Episode 3” comes around, unraveling the story of heroine Maeve Wiley (Emma Mackey) and her abortion. “Episode 3” sets Sex Education apart from the rest — and points towards exactly where the portrayal of abortion on TV should head next.

  • Indya Moore Poses For Louis Vuitton's Star-Studded Lookbook
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    Indya Moore Poses For Louis Vuitton's Star-Studded Lookbook

    For Louis Vuitton's pre-fall 2019 lookbook, its artistic director of womenswear Nicolas Ghesquière skipped the pomp of installing his latest collection at, say, the Temple of Dendur or Tokyo, and stuck with what he knows best: a star-studded cast of some of his favourite celebrities. The usual Ghesquière gang was there: Jennifer Connelly, Michelle Williams, Léa Seydoux... but with some new additions, like singer Kelela, actress Doona Bae, and Pose star Indya Moore — the latter who made her Vuitton debut in a futuristic Joan of Arc-style look from its SS19 collection at the Golden Globes last week. It's the trans actress' first major fashion campaign, and she shares the spotlight with such A-list Hollywood stars as Thandie Newton, Chloe Grace Moretz, Sophie Turner and Riley Keough.

  • How To Eat Intuitively When Your Cravings Lead You To Doughnuts, Pasta & Cake
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    How To Eat Intuitively When Your Cravings Lead You To Doughnuts, Pasta & Cake

    What about that whole intuitive eating thing you heard about, which encourages you to honour your cravings when making food decisions? Food is delicious, and your intuition doesn’t lie. Probably, says Evelyn Tribole, MS, RD, a registered dietitian, author, and pioneer of intuitive eating.

  • 10 City-Centre Properties For Under £150k All Around The Country
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    10 City-Centre Properties For Under £150k All Around The Country

    Just because you're buying a house doesn't mean you have to move out to the suburbs, settle down, have three kids and get a dog. You're still young! You're still hip! You want to be by the bars and restaurants, by the shops and theatres – not out in a semi-detached house, half an hour's drive from the nearest Wagamama's. Although the whole getting a dog thing does sound appealing.

  • All The Products R29 Beauty Writers Buy On Repeat
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    All The Products R29 Beauty Writers Buy On Repeat

    Ahead, you'll find a selection of products, from makeup to skincare, which the R29 beauty team will repurchase time and time again – they're that good. The only product I trust to keep my coloured (and thus parched) hair shiny and hydrated.

  • Dating Diaries Of A 50-Something Divorcée: The 7 Deadly Steves
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    Dating Diaries Of A 50-Something Divorcée: The 7 Deadly Steves

    I’d always spent January trying to improve myself: plans to work harder, be a more patient mother, a good wife. I’d set myself punishing regimes: gym at six every morning, a macrobiotic diet and Mandarin classes at night. Then 2018 rolled around. I was newly divorced and living in a rental house. The Christmas season had been a dirge. I’d taken the Christmas tree down on Boxing Day and shoved the decorations into a box I thought I might never open again. ...