• The Most Important Things To Happen At The BRIT Awards 2020
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    The Most Important Things To Happen At The BRIT Awards 2020

    This year marks the BRIT Awards’ 40th birthday and after an emotional, politically charged evening of events, the 2020 ceremony is certainly not going to be forgotten any time soon. Dave brought some critical home truths to the stage in his explosive performance, Billie Eilish gave a world exclusive and Lizzo spontaneously downed Harry Styles’ glass of neat tequila. Comedian Jack Whitehall returned to London’s O2 arena to host the show for the third year in the row and used his opening speech to remind us all of what’s become an important focus this awards season.

  • All The Best Looks From The 2020 BRIT Awards
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    All The Best Looks From The 2020 BRIT Awards

    The great and the good of the music industry will be celebrated tonight at the BRIT Awards 2020, and stars have started to gather on the red carpet donning their finest garms. Lizzo, who will be blessing us all with a performance at tonight's event, arrived looking sweet like chocolate (quite literally) in a Hershey's print custom gown by Moschino. ...

  • Stranger Things Fans Will Love Netflix’s Brilliant New Teen Superhero Show
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    Stranger Things Fans Will Love Netflix’s Brilliant New Teen Superhero Show

    Netflix dropped a sneak peek at its new series I Am Not Okay With This this week and contrary to its title, we’re definitely into this show. The series follows Sydney, a “boring, 17-year-old white girl” living in a small, sleepy town — sound familiar, Stranger Things fans? Played by Sophia Lillis (It, Sharp Objects), Syd reveals some anger issues bubbling just under the surface, which initially manifests in knocking over trash cans, breaking pencils, and cutting her hair off.

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    “Instagram Was Ruining My Life”: Billie Eilish Opens Up About Online Bullying

    Billie Eilish has announced that she no longer reads the comments on her Instagram. Speaking to BBC Breakfast with her brother and producer Finneas O’Connell ahead of her highly anticipated performance at the BRIT Awards, the “No Time To Die” singer opened up about the effect that online bullying was having on her, and why she decided to step away from the social media platform. Eilish explained it was only two days ago that she decided to disengage from Instagram comments – of which she can receive up to 50 or 60,000 per post.

  • These Incredible Photographs Shatter Stereotypes Of Women & Poverty
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    These Incredible Photographs Shatter Stereotypes Of Women & Poverty

    Local female photographers in Afghanistan, Uganda and South Africa will have their work exhibited at London’s South Bank for International Women’s Day next month. International charity ActionAid has partnered with six photographers from around the world to tell the stories of women and girls living in poverty, as well as shatter stereotypes and gender norms. Women by Women is a yearlong project that shines a spotlight on talented women working in challenging environments, who are often overlooked.

  • What Happened To NYFW?
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    What Happened To NYFW?

    The show was Tom Ford and “excited” was undoubtedly the mood at his highly anticipated event, which was bursting at the seams with glamour. Supermodels turned superheroes donned vibrant, cape-like tops that cascaded over fitted joggers; an otherworldly Bella Hadid, hair slicked back, opened the eveningwear portion of the night in a glittering sheer gown with Kendall Jenner not far behind in an equally transparent, lace iteration of the same silhouette. Ford is known for his signature New York Fashion Week kickoffs, and this would’ve been one hell of a way to do it.

  • 19 Beauty Products Used At London Fashion Week – All Under £10
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    19 Beauty Products Used At London Fashion Week – All Under £10

    Illamasqua, NARS, ghd... There are beauty brands you'll always spot in the kits of industry professionals while backstage at fashion week. There's a reason why they are beloved by top artists like Dominic Skinner and Sofia Schwarzkopf-Tilbury: the shade ranges are impressive, the formulas are on point and more importantly, the products – from foundation to liquid liner and hairspray – have the ability to last through sweaty backstage conditions, bright lights and hours on the catwalk. ...

  • Beauty Inspiration From Backstage At London Fashion Week
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    Beauty Inspiration From Backstage At London Fashion Week

    Subtle, clean and minimal are the words we'd use to describe the beauty looks which have reigned supreme at London Fashion Week in past years. Alex Brownsell for BLEACH London and Terry Barber for MAC Cosmetics are just a handful of this year's legendary tastemakers who have been tasked with dreaming up bold backstage beauty looks – and each one is begging to be seen. Think two-tone hair your '00s emo self would have been obsessed with, circus-inspired eye makeup, jazz age glamour and natural texture meets fluorescent colours.

  • The Under-£15 Beauty Products Used Backstage At New York Fashion Week
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    The Under-£15 Beauty Products Used Backstage At New York Fashion Week

    New York Fashion Week is synonymous with lavish parties, must-see street style, A-list celebrity sightings, and runway looks that cost more than our entire wardrobes. The average person simply can't afford a Rodarte gown without taking out a cash advance (as much as we'd like to). But the statement beauty trends fresh off this year's runways, like the rampant punk-rock vibes and red nail polish, can actually be recreated without blowing your budget — and some are even available on the high street. ...

  • This Pisces Season Might Be Tough, But We’ll Make It Work
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    This Pisces Season Might Be Tough, But We’ll Make It Work

    After a month in aloof Aquarius, the sun is moving into watery Pisces on 18th February, where it will stay until 19th March. During Aquarius season, we might have felt a bit detached from our emotions. The intellectual Water Bearer prioritises the head over the heart, and values unique ways of thinking.

  • Get Ready, Because Jane Fonda’s Latest Act Is Already Her Biggest Yet
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    Get Ready, Because Jane Fonda’s Latest Act Is Already Her Biggest Yet

    Jane Fonda, the two-time Oscar winner, fitness empire entrepreneur, multi-bestselling author, and producer has been upending convention for the past six decades. With the launch of her much followed #firedrillfridays, Fonda has connected her lifelong devotion to environmental issues with a whole new generation of visionaries and changemakers. Back in the early 1970s, she first made headlines protesting the Vietnam war (and years later the war in Iraq), as well as speaking out publicly in support of Civil Rights and the Women’s movement.

  • Amy Schumer Opens Up About Her IVF Journey & Why She Feels “Lucky”
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    Amy Schumer Opens Up About Her IVF Journey & Why She Feels “Lucky”

    After sharing her in vitro fertilisation (IVF) journey on Instagram, Amy Schumer gave her followers a joyful update. Over the weekend, Schumer thanked fans for sharing their fertility stories and let them know she’s feeling “lucky” right now after her first round of IVF. Since giving birth to her son, Gene, last year, Schumer has been open about her struggles to conceive baby number two.

  • Queen Of Katwe Star Nikita Pearl Waligwa Is Dead At 15
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    Queen Of Katwe Star Nikita Pearl Waligwa Is Dead At 15

    Nikita Pearl Waligwa, the young Ugandan actress who starred in the 2016 Disney film Queen of Katwe, has died of a brain tumour. Queen of Katwe was Waligwa’s film debut and only listed film credit. Based on a true story, Queen of Katwe follows Phiona’s rise as a chess prodigy in a Ugandan slum, aided by Gloria and her greater community.

  • Dozens More Women Accuse Doctor Of Sexual Assault After Evelyn Yang Interview
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    Dozens More Women Accuse Doctor Of Sexual Assault After Evelyn Yang Interview

    A former Columbia University Ob/Gyn is facing accusations of sexual assault from nearly 40 new women, joining 32 others including Evelyn Yang, wife of former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang. More than half of the women accusing Dr Robert Hadden of sexual assault have just come forward in the last month after Yang made her accusations public. On 16th January, Yang sat for an interview with CNN in which she claimed that Hadden sexually abused her during a pregnancy exam in 2012.

  • A Leaked Memo Says The Recording Academy Is Investigating Sexual Harassment & Corruption Claims
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    A Leaked Memo Says The Recording Academy Is Investigating Sexual Harassment & Corruption Claims

    A pair of leaked memos reveal the Recording Academy is investigating sexual harassment allegations made by former president and CEO Deborah Dugan. The documents also reveal that they are looking into Dugan’s claims that the Grammys are rigged, according to Variety, who has seen the memos sent by the interim CEO and board chairman of the Recording Academy Harvey Mason Jr, to Academy officials. The reason, the Academy states, is confidentiality.

  • Why You’re Suddenly Seeing Mushrooms Everywhere
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    Why You’re Suddenly Seeing Mushrooms Everywhere

    Mushrooms are everywhere you look right now. There’s mushroom life drawing and mushroom-focused supper clubs; a growing fetish for 18th century mushroom illustrations; mushroom adaptogenic teas, mushroom skincare and fashionable foraging. There is currently even a free exhibition at Somerset House dedicated to fungi-inspired art and design, which culminates in a shop full of mushroom paraphernalia and the opportunity to enjoy a mini mushroom facial from skincare brand Origins.

  • The Date Who Tried To Arrange A Hook-Up, During Our Date
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    The Date Who Tried To Arrange A Hook-Up, During Our Date

    Welcome to 29 Dates, where we explore the weird, wild and sometimes wonderful world of dating – one date at a time. About six months ago, I went out with a man who started cruising a popular hook-up app for gay men…in the middle of our date. As the night wore on, the cheap wine started to taste better and my date began to loosen up.

  • Kendall, Irina & An All-Star Cast Steal The Show At Burberry
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    Kendall, Irina & An All-Star Cast Steal The Show At Burberry

    London Fashion Week AW20 drew to a close tonight with Burberry’s blockbuster show and there was an electric atmosphere as the great and the good of the fashion, music and film industries (think Hunter Schafer, Naomi Campbell and FKA twigs) took their seats on the front row at the glittering event. Burberry is always the most anticipated show of the season but this time around saw a change in tempo for creative director Riccardo Tisci. Burberry is known and loved for its classic trench coat, which was treated to a refresh in several ways this season: with ‘70s shearling trim (very Penny Lane); with contrasting black and white lapels; and in supersize check with Peter Pan collars that felt less heritage and more experimental.

  • Punk-Rock Beauty Is Back — & All Over New York Fashion Week
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    Punk-Rock Beauty Is Back — & All Over New York Fashion Week

    Like your university freshers week or a '70s costume party, fashion is always more fun with a theme. On the heels of last year's Euphoria makeup moment, which showed up on runways in the form of rhinestones and sparkly eyeshadow, this past week saw another beauty theme baked into numerous designer presentations: a hard nod to punk rock, some loosely referencing Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey (which, by no coincidence, is currently topping the box-office charts). From heart-stamped face paint at Christian Siriano to the revival of chipped nail polish at Khaite, scroll through to get inspired by the high-fashion beauty trend that feels as fresh and timely now as it did at CBGB in 1975.

  • JW Anderson Drew The Coolest Crowd Of London Fashion Week So Far
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    JW Anderson Drew The Coolest Crowd Of London Fashion Week So Far

    On the penultimate day of London Fashion Week, JW Anderson’s AW20 womenswear show drew the coolest crowd of the season so far. From the one and only Eve to The End of the F***ing World’s Naomi Ackie and Sex Education’s Ncuti Gatwa via Alexa Chung, a suave Billy Porter and musicians Rina Sawayama and Charli XCX, the front row was testament to the Northern Irish designer’s reputation for putting on a show. Kaia Gerber led a cast of models who floated down the catwalk in expansive outerwear (think mutton-leg sleeves and dramatic collars with gigantic leather lapels), but it wasn’t just the sizeable pieces that spoke volumes.

  • 9 Bobs From London Fashion Week To Inspire Your Next Haircut
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    9 Bobs From London Fashion Week To Inspire Your Next Haircut

    London Fashion Week is always a melting pot of inspiring hairstyles but when it comes to Instagram-worthy cuts and colours, Autumn/Winter 2020 is proving to be one of the best seasons yet.We've seen everything from shag cuts and full fringes to '90s-esque tendrils and sleek ponytails, but one style in particular is reigning over the others: the bob. Including razor-sharp, jaw-grazing cuts and softer styles adorned with cutesy slides, here's all the bob inspiration you need, courtesy of the coolest street stylers at LFW AW20. ...

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    I’m Getting Married! But I Don’t Want To Be A Wife

    The weekend he proposed, I was preparing to interview bestselling author and New Yorker writer Jia Tolentino, about her book Trick Mirror. The final chapter, called “I Thee Dread,” is about weddings and marriage and outlines all the talking points I used over the years as to why I was abstaining from both: that straight marriages benefit men more than women, that it’s a heteronormative tradition rooted in misogyny, and that it’s just another way the patriarchy holds us down!

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    New Music To Know This Week: So Many Breakup Songs, So Little Time

    Ever since my first job at MTV working as a music programmer, I can’t stop trying to match people with music they might like. It is new music Friday but it’s also Valentine’s Day and there is seemingly no escaping songs about love, longing, and heartbreak — mostly because no one writes songs about love’s true enemy, apathy.

  • How To Survive The First Mercury Retrograde Of The Decade
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    How To Survive The First Mercury Retrograde Of The Decade

    The first Mercury retrograde of the year — and decade — began on February 16. The first planet from the sun has been moving through Pisces since February 3. While it’s retrograding, Mercury will re-enter Aquarius on March 4.

  • People Would Rather Attack Gayle King Than Talk About Rape
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    People Would Rather Attack Gayle King Than Talk About Rape

    Over the past week, I’ve tried multiple times to make sense of what America’s favorite bestie duo Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King — or Kale and Okrah, as an angry mob has newly christened them — have done to make people so damn mad. Yes, I am aware that King asked former WNBA player Lisa Leslie about the time former NBA champion Kobe Bryant, who recently died in a helicopter crash along with his 13-year-old daughter and seven others, was accused of rape. King got so many death threats she had to hire personal security.