Shonda Rhimes- Normalizing Diversity
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The producing superstar’s must-watch TV series reflect the world’s diversity

By her own admission, Shonda Rhimes, 46, has always been a storyteller. As a young child growing up with five siblings in Chicago, Rhimes would use her vivid imagination to come up with storylines and create her own unique worlds when she was only 3 or 4 years of age. Fast-forward to a little more than four decades later and a move to Hollywood (after graduating from Dartmouth and then film school at the University of Southern California), and Shonda Rhimes is now a successful showrunner, writer, producer, and director with her own production company called Shondaland, which has produced six shows and created three. Rhimes now oversees more than 1,500 people as an executive producer, and her TV shows are must-see weekly viewing for millions of people. As the mastermind behind the hit shows Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, How to Get Away With Murder, and The Catch, the producing superstar has arguably altered the landscape of television; and her reported eight-figure deal with ABC will likely keep her at the network through 2018.

Although Rhimes is often considered a pioneer in the TV industry for casting people of color in her shows’ lead roles, especially her strong, complex, black female leads, Rhimes herself has claimed that she simply writes about the diversity she views as “normal” in the world around her. In fact, she wonders why this is a novel concept for so many—she is simply normalizing diversity. In her book, Year of Yes (where Rhimes committed to a year of saying “yes” to all invitations that came her way), she reexamines the diversity debate, as she explains that her ethnically and sexually diverse casts are just mimicking real life. When Grey’s Anatomy made its debut in 2005, the show was recognized for its diverse world of doctors, as almost half the cast consisted of men and women of color. Rhimes didn’t specify the characters’ ethnicities when she wrote the pilot, so she had an open-casting process and simply chose the best actor for each part. Based on the show’s longrunning success, it was clearly an approach that worked well for all involved.

After receiving the Producer’s Guild Norman Lear Award for Achievement in Television earlier this year, Rhimes delivered a notable speech, where she explained her views on diversity in television: “It is not trailblazing to write the world as it actually is. Women are smart and strong. They are not sex toys or damsels in distress. People of color are not sassy or dangerous or wise. And, believe me, people of color are never anybody’s sidekick in real life. I created the content that I wanted to see and I created what I know is normal.”

Viola Davis, the Emmy award-winning star of How to Get Away with Murder, warmly introduced Rhimes on stage at the awards show, and the actress pointed out that Rhimes was the first solo recipient of the prestigious award. Davis also touched on the controversy that developed over the lack of diversity regarding this year’s Oscar nominations when she commented, “In a year…in which everyone is talking about diversity, she [Rhimes] is living proof that the curve that many people are behind was drawn by her.”

JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE – “Jimmy Kimmel Live” airs every weeknight at 11:35 p.m. EST and features a diverse lineup of guests that include celebrities, athletes, musical acts, comedians and human interest subjects, along with comedy bits and a house band. The guests for Thursday, May 12 included Kerry Washington & writer and producer Shonda Rhimes (“Scandal”), Superbowl-winning Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots and musical guest Goo Goo Dolls. (ABC/Randy Holmes) KERRY WASHINGTON, JIMMY KIMMEL, SHONDA RHIMES

Pushing boundaries might not be what Rhimes initially set out to do when she embarked upon her career in television, but it’s undeniable that her shows are revolutionary. Besides featuring an ethnically and sexually diverse cast of characters as she first did with Grey’s Anatomy, Rhimes isn’t afraid of being bold and taking on controversial subjects in her series. Take the political thriller series Scandal, which was an instant hit when it premiered in 2012. Actress Kerry Washington, who plays the complicated Olivia Pope (a former White House Communications Director for the President of the United States who now runs her own crisis management firm), made history as the first black female lead on a prime-time network drama since Teresa Graves starred in 1974’s Get Christie Love! As a progressive drama that has taken on contentious topics such as police brutality, abortion, rape in the military, and waterboarding, Scandal has broken new ground with some of its hard-hitting episodes that have simultaneously reflected issues taking place in the real world.

Controversial topics aside, Rhimes’ series have clearly struck a chord with audiences, and her ability to portray three-dimensional characters who are dealing with real human behavior has millions of viewers anxiously awaiting the start of the fall TV season. At Shondaland, there is a camaraderie among everyone who works there, and the admiration and respect for Rhimes is clearly evident, as employees have described her as gracious, supportive, and modest.

“She’s totally self-deprecating and humble, and I think at her very core she’s a writer,” said Grey’s Anatomy star James Pickens, Jr., commenting on Rhimes in an interview with Essence magazine. “Shonda’s a storyteller who 10 years ago had this wonderful project called Grey’s Anatomy, and it changed the landscape of television.”

Rhimes herself admitted in an interview with Elle magazine that “the writing is still my favorite part. The thing that I work hardest at is carving out time to write every day—four hours that I can shut the door to my office and put on my headphones. I tell myself that that’s what ABC pays me for, in a lot of ways. I’m the storyteller. Our job is making sure the stories are told.”

When Rhimes leaves Shondaland and her beloved characters at the end of the day, she goes home to her three young daughters who help keep life balanced for the single mom. Like Oprah, Rhimes has famously said “no” to the institution of marriage and she has admitted that she doesn’t believe in divorce. However, Rhimes did know that she very much wanted to be a mother—she adopted Harper in 2002, Emerson in 2012, and Beckett through surrogacy in 2013. Spending quality time with her family is something that Rhimes will always make time for, and anytime her daughters ask her to play, Rhimes will say “yes,” even when it might be an inconvenience. As Rhimes wrote in Year of Yes, “I am devoted to knowing my children, to reading books with them, to hearing stories they tell me and to the conversations we have. To making them citizens of the world. To raising strong feminist
beings who love and believe in themselves.”

“It’s been really powerful for me to work for a working mom,” said Kerry Washington, who became a mother herself in 2014, with the birth of her daughter Isabelle. “To have Shonda as an example of somebody who is living life fully and attempting to bring the best version of herself to so many different areas of her life has been really powerful to me.”

TCA SUMMER PRESS TOUR 2015 – “TGIT” (ABC/Image Group LA) SHONDA RHIMES (CREATOR/EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, “GREY’S ANATOMY” AND “SCANDAL;” EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, “HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER”)

As an influential voice with a powerful TV platform, Rhimes will continue to push the conversation on timely issues when America Divided, her upcoming collaboration with Norman Lear, debuts on Epix this fall. The mega-producers, along with the actor and rapper Common, will executive produce the documentary series, which focuses on high-profile correspondents exploring inequality in the context of their own lives. For instance, Common will headlight a segment that features his home of Chicago and the criminal justice system, while Lear will take an in-depth look at New York’s housing crisis. Among other correspondents for the series are America Ferrera, Zach Galifianakis, Amy Poehler, Peter Sarsgaard, Jesse Williams, and Rosario Dawson.

“The promise of the American dream was a united country where everyone is treated equal,” said Rhimes in a statement. “That promise has clearly been broken; all you have to do is look around to see that our reality has been built on the back of inequality. It’s my hope that this series will inspire audiences to be part of a change that leads us into a stronger, more equal future.”

With Rhimes’ captivating lineup for ABC and her upcoming documentary series with Lear, intelligent and thought-provoking television will be what many viewers tune into this fall season. Let’s hope the conversations initiated by her innovative TV series continue to resonate not only in Hollywood, but also across our nation for a long time to come.

Barbie releases first-ever doll with hearing aids. 5 other groundbreaking Barbies
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Barbie wearing a hearing aid

By Ishita Srivastava, Daily O

Barbie has been an icon and inspiration for women across the world. Since its creation in 1959, Barbie has evolved from being only a doll for young girls to a global symbol of ‘anything is possible’.

The doll, however, has a long history of lacking inclusivity, in terms of race and body shape. Celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Lizzo have made the non-Barbie body type ‘stylish’ and as social media is evolving to become a safe space for all body types and races, Barbie has begun making changes of its own.

Here are 5 groundbreaking Barbie dolls that promote body acceptance and racial diversity:

1. HEARING AID BARBIE

On May 11, Barbie’s latest Fashionistas line was announced and it was a reason for joy for many consumers with hearing disabilities. The new collection, for the first time, features a Barbie doll with behind-the-ear hearing aids.

The new line also features a doll with a prosthetic leg and a Ken doll with vitiligo.

Mattel’s Barbie team collaborated with expert and hearing loss advocate Dr Jen Richardson in order to accurately represent the doll.

“I’m honoured to have worked with Barbie to create an accurate reflection of a doll with behind-the-ear hearing aids. As an educational audiologist with over 18 years of experience working in hearing loss advocacy, it’s inspiring to see those who experience hearing loss reflected in a doll,” said Dr Richardson.

While in 2020, Mattel did release a Barbie doll with vitiligo, this is the first time a Ken doll has been released with the skin disease. (Read more about vitiligo Barbie here: 11 fancy Barbie dolls we wish we had in the 90s. Just like the Queen Elizabeth one)

2. DISABLED BARBIE

Barbie’s 2019 Fashionistas line marked the first time Mattel released Barbie dolls with physical disabilities. Available to buy since June 2019, the new line featured a Barbie doll with a prosthetic leg and another doll with a wheelchair.

Similar to Mattel’s collaboration with Dr Richardson to create a Barbie doll with hearing aids, Mattel joined hands with 13-year-old disability activist who was born without a left forearm, Jordan Reeves in 2019 to create the Barbie doll with a prosthetic leg.

Mattel also worked with the UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital and wheelchair experts to design the Barbie doll with a wheelchair.

Not only the physically disabled Barbie dolls, Mattel also introduced a Barbie DreamHouse compatible ramp to promote infrastructure accessibility for the physically disabled.

3. BODY POSITIVE BARBIE

Back in January 2016, Mattel announced that Barbie will now be available to buy in three new body shapes; tall, petite and curvy, marking the first time the popularly skinny doll was available in other body types.

At the time, spokeswoman Michelle Chidoni explained that the new Barbie dolls will allow “the product line to be a better reflection of what girls see in the world around them.”

4. ASIAN BARBIE

Named Oriental Barbie, Mattel’s first Asian Barbie doll was released in 1981. The collector doll was a part of Barbie’s Dolls of the World collection.

The Oriental Barbie was released in a long yellow dress with red trimmings and a red and golden-flowered jacket. Oriental Barbie described herself as from Hong Kong. Since Oriental Barbie was the first Barbie of its kind, the face sculpt came to be known as the Oriental / Miko / Kira Face Sculpt.

While Mattel did release an Asian Barbie in 1981, it was ultimately in March 2022 when the toymaker released its first Desi Barbie. To celebrate Women’s History Month, Mattel released a South Asian Barbie who was modelled after Deepica Mutyala, the founder and CEO of makeup brand Live Tinted.

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Kim Kardashian’s Skims casts singer Rosalía in new summer campaign – shop here
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Singer-songwriter Rosalía has been cast in Skims' first bilingual campaign. COURTESY PHOTO

By Melisha Kaur, Mirror

Spanish singer Rosalía has just been unveiled as the face of the latest campaign for SKIMS.

The billion-dollar brand, founded by Kim Kardashian, recently revealed its first ever bilingual campaign where content will be distributed in both Spanish and English.

The new campaign sees Rosalía donning pieces from the best-selling SKIMS cotton range, including the £36 Plunge Bralette, in a 15-second clip.

In a press release, brand owner Kim Kardashian said: “Rosalía’s willingness to push the boundaries and experiment with her music and personal style has been a huge inspiration for me. This campaign is all about the energy and confidence that she brings to the world.

“I’m especially excited that she’s wearing pieces from our best-selling Cotton Collection – they’re classic, cool and breathable everyday essentials that everyone feels good in.”

Rosalía added: “I love SKIMS. They are so comfy and make me feel very sexy at the same time. I’m so excited that I finally got the chance to collaborate, especially in their Cotton Collection which is my fave.”

This is the first ever fashion campaign for Rosalía, who released her third studio album Motomami back in March.

The new launch was shared by Kim Kardashian on social media, sending fans into a frenzy.

The series of stunning photos sees Rosalía wearing a black plunge bralette (£36) and matching cotton rib boxers (£32).

She’s also seen wearing a white cotton jersey T-shirt, £48, and a matching rib thong that costs £20.

The Grammy-winning singer also shared the launch to her 20.3 million Instagram followers.

“Damnnnnnn,” Kardashian commented, adding a trio of fire emojis.

The campaign comes after SKIMS dropped its new ‘Boyfriend’ collection, which saw the comeback of the brand’s signature unisex styles.

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Camila Cabello stars in Victoria’s Secret’s first bilingual campaign: ‘I am honored’
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Camila Cabello wearing a white dress on the red carpet

By Kerry Justich, Yahoo! Life

Camila Cabello is the latest to team up with Victoria’s Secret.

The 25-year-old Cuban-American singer took to Instagram on Tuesday to share footage from her latest partnership with the brand for the Bombshell fragrance. Not only is she starring in an English version of the commercial, but also one in Spanish.

“I am honored to be the newest addition to the @victoriassecret Bombshell family 💖 and to be part of the brand’s first ever bilingual campaign!” she wrote. “Bombshell is about embracing who and what you are, and celebrating that every day.”

In the commercial, Cabello goes on to describe what the word bombshell means to her, explaining that it’s all about “owning your desires, your pleasures and enjoying everything life has to offer. Those things that make you feel great and make you feel joyful. Being who you are in every way.”

She later posted other photos from the campaign, sharing how empowered she felt to be a part of it. She even showed appreciation for not having her freckles airbrushed out of the final pictures.

“i loved this shoot !” she captioned one of three posts. “It’s rare that my lil sun freckles get to have their moment.”

Friends and fans of the singer took to the comment section to praise Cabello’s beauty.

“Linda,” singer Anitta wrote, while others called Cabello “gorgeous” and wrote “You ARE a bombshell.”

Supporters also shared that they were “proud” of Cabello for representing Latin women and Spanish speaking people in the brand’s first bilingual campaign. Some even expressed that they’d be willing to support Victoria’s Secret with Cabello’s stamp of approval.

“Influence,” one wrote. Another said, “I’m gonna try this brand cuz I trust you.”

While Victoria’s Secret has had a notable history of exclusionary practices and representation with its models, the brand has recently pivoted to become more inclusive. And although Cabello isn’t partnered on a lingerie campaign, it seems that the body positive singer is the latest to help with that mission.

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GIMME Beauty Encourages Self-Care for Moms This Mother’s Day, Highlighting Top Gifts
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By Yahoo! Finance

Mother’s Day is just around the corner on May 8, and GIMME Beauty, the innovative hair solutions company disrupting the beauty industry, is encouraging their community to celebrate mom and create moments of self-care for mothers with various lifestyles by providing an array of selections for each kind of mom.

For the mom always on the go
GIMME’s Freedom Curling Iron, Freedom Curling Wand, and Freedom Styling Iron afford a lifestyle outside of the home for the mom who is always on the go. The Freedom collection of revolutionary hair tools leverages the combination of cord and battery power for on-the-go styling — ideal for busy moms everywhere. GIMME’s Freedom set empowers customers to comfortably and safely style hair wherever they are with evenly distributed temperature ranges from 200℉ to 400℉ and long-lasting battery life.

For the mom who does not have enough hours in the day
Time is always of the essence for moms, and there isn’t always time to style hair to its full potential — sometimes moms need to tie their hair up in a messy bun without worrying about damaging their lovely tresses. Moms can choose one of five GIMME Hair Bands, available in Thick, Fine, Extra Fine, Any, and Long and Curly sizes. The company’s hair bands are designed to wrangle in even the most finicky of hair types for ultimate comfort, style, and hold. Lastly, shoppers can select between GIMME’s Scrunchies for a fashionable comfy grip, with choices including Fleece, Midnight, Sports Grip, Platinum, Lavender, and Dusty Rose.

For the mom who needs a moment to herself
Never getting a moment to relax or needing a boost of energy, GIMME boasts a line of all-natural Dry Shampoo. Taking a moment to freshen a hairdo comes with the benefits of mood-boosting aromatherapy, whether it is soothing Lavender Calm Renewal or energizing Citrus Clarity enriched with vitamins. With an arrowroot starch base and all-natural ingredients, GIMME encourages self-care with a spritz of renewal that fits a busy lifestyle.

For the health-conscious mom
A daily regimen and routine keep life going. Nourishing one’s body with the right ingredients supports health and wellness needs. GIMME Drops hair gummies are developed to provide a unique blend of vitamins & minerals to support strong, healthy hair, featuring biotin, argan oil, and several essential vitamins to support the body’s natural processes for maintaining healthy hair.

“Moms are such an important pillar in our community, and we want to ensure we are taking this day to recognize everything they do for us and our families. By taking a moment to recognize mothers and providing personalized options that fit their daily health, wellness, and beauty needs, we can support them to continue to be their incredible selves and feel empowered to take on their day with these hair care solutions,” says Jeff Durham, President and CEO of GIMME Beauty.

This Mother’s Day, GIMME is also providing access to an exclusive Mother’s Day bundle sale. Shoppers can enjoy more than 45% off when they bundle top GIMME hair products and create the perfect gift just for Mom to arrive after Mother’s Day. Shoppers can choose one wireless tool, one hairband, and one scrunchie to complete their bundle along with a free gift, the five-star rated detangling brush for thick, medium, and fine hair types.

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LA Latina Business Owner Combines Love for Culture and Pink
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Yesenia Castro, 25, owns a small business in the Fashion District of Los Angeles. Serving pink tacos, Castro blends her love of fashion, culture and food.

By Génesis Miranda Miramontes, NBC

Taco stands in downtown Los Angeles can be found on pretty much every street, but how often do you come across a pink taco truck, and with pink handmade tortillas?

With a goal to empower and inspire others, a Latina business owner found a way to combine her love for fashion, her culture, food and the color pink.

Pink and Boujee in the Los Angeles Fashion District is definitely one of a kind, bringing together the culture and food of Los Angeles.

Owner and founder Yesenia Castro is behind this unique, “not your average taqueria.”

Oh and that’s not food dye in those gluten free corn tortillas, Castro says the pink color comes from dragonfruit and beets, along with premium quality meats, to make that perfect LA style taco.

You can smell the delicious scent of authentic Mexican tacos as you approach the pink truck.

Latino owned and operated, Pink and Boujee is a family run business, giving customers a comforting sense of community along with their order of pink tacos and aguas frescas.

Castro says it all started with pop up events and farmers markets in 2019, but she officially launched her business with the pink truck in August of 2021.

Castro counts on the support of her family, as well as friends like Maria Viera, who manages their social media content.

Viera, a Latina foodie blogger in the LA area, first posted a video of Pink and Boujee on March 31 which has now garnered over 10.7 million views.

“Partnering up with Yesenia has been truly a blessing,” Viera said. “It’s fate that we just happened to collide and now here we are.”

The pair met just three weeks ago and are already not just partners in business but close friends as well.

“In the end I’m just really grateful,” Viera said. “She’s inspiring, she’s like my role model”

Castro says about 90% of her clientele come to her from TikTok.

The pink taco truck located on 948 Crocker St. definitely stands out.

The pink truck, pink tortillas, pink tables and pink boxes where your food is neatly packed all make for such a great photo op.

“I’m a girly girl at heart and I love good vibes, good food, and to dress cute,” Castro said. “I wanted to a create a place where you can feel all that”

Raised in the Boyle Heights area, Castro came to the U.S. from Mexico when she was just nine months old.

“Being a DACA business owner is extremely tough but not impossible. I think we are called dreamers for a reason and I’m here to show your dreams are impossible despite the circumstances,” Castro said.

She says she wants to empower and inspire others, especially young Latinas who would one day want to do what they see her doing.

“I’m sharing behind the scenes of what it’s like starting from the bottom and my personal journey. I am someone another young girl can relate to,” Castro said. “Representation matters to me and that is what I think makes my business so special.”

In the future, Castro says she thinks about getting a bigger food truck or finding an investor and opening up a restaurant.

But she says for now she wants to live in the moment and focus on what she’s doing now.

“It takes a team to be able to push a business forward,” Castro said. “I definitely think that when Latinas come together, women in general, there’s so much that could be done.”

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Makeup Brand Finds Success By Targeting Afro-Latina And Multicultural Market
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Shaira and Mabel Frías, sister co-founders at Luna Magic, an Afro-Latina and multicultural makeup brand LUNA MAGIC

By Geri Stengel, Forbes

During the early days of the pandemic, the social unrest focused attention on Afro-Latina and multicultural brands. Their communities supported them by buying their products. Corporations beefed up their diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives which included providing training to diverse women entrepreneurs and selling their products.

Two sisters, Mabel and Shaira Frías, founded and launched their makeup brand, Luna Magic, in 2019. They benefit from their community purchasing their product and big-box retailers who want to reach this market. The sisters were part of Target’s accelerator program, and Luna Magic makeup is sold nationally by Target and Walmart. They appeared on Shark Tank, though ultimately, they didn’t take the deal.

Cosmetic companies have long ignored the Afro-Latina and multicultural market’s taste preferences and price points. The Frías sisters saw this as an opportunity. Their parents are Dominican immigrants and they grew up speaking Spanish at home and English in school.

“Beauty is a deeply cultural experience,” said Mabel. “There are a lot of rituals around putting on makeup. “Our culture is everything that has to do with vibrancy, bold colors, and being unapologetic in our color choices,” said Shaira.

The sister cofounders are proud to be Dominican Americans pursuing the American Dream through entrepreneurship. The brand reflects and celebrates the culture and energy of the Caribbean and Latin America along with the hustle and bustle of New York City—where the sisters were from—with a dash of glamor from L.A.—where they now live. Shaira explained that “it’s about the three Bs:

  • Bueno—it has to be good [quality].
  • Bonito— it has to look good.
  • Barato—it has to be value priced.”

She creates affordable, gorgeous, luxurious products that look good on diverse skin tones.

The company launched in 2019. The pandemic could have caused the collapse of the company. Instead, it accelerated the company’s growth and not just because of corporate DEI initiatives. Buying makeup is an inexpensive way to treat yourself during hard times. Mabel understood how to reach the market through social media, especially Instagram and TikTok videos. However, it is Shaira who loves celebrating everything, from National Lipstick Day to Saint Patrick’s Day, and dresses for the occasion.

The pandemic caused lots of headaches for the sisters. Shaira is in charge of product development and the supply chain. A journalist by training, she used her investigative skills to source ingredients and packaging worldwide. It was a balancing act getting shipments to arrive when needed. There were setbacks. Mabel is in charge of business development and has found that when setbacks happen, over-communicating is critical.

Building a brand and a company culture during turmoil and remote work was difficult. Having conversations around working from home and employees feeling safe to come to work were critical, said Mabel. “In a small company, every employee matters and is a key team member. I had to put myself in their shoes and show empathy and grace. I also had to provide a lot more structure and talk about the company’s vision.”

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6 Latina-Owned Sustainable Skincare Brands to Support This Earth Month
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6 Latina-Owned Sustainable Skincare Brands to Support This Earth Month

By Alejandra Tolley, Veg Out

Are you in search of some new vegan skincare products? Hoping to find brands that not only offer nourishing plant-based ingredients but also take sustainable steps to ensure low-waste and eco-friendly packaging? We’ve got what you need! Here are six Latina-owned sustainable skincare brands to support this Earth Month.

Sanara
Founder Rebekah Jasso Jensen is creating plant-based skin and body care with sacred intention. Filled with ingredients like cupuacu butter, jojoba oil, and bamboo fiber, Jensen’s products celebrate the rich variety of Indigenous botanicals. Sanara, translating to “you will heal,” is felt throughout the brand’s body polishes and hand-poured soaps. These luxurious formulations will leave your skin feeling balanced, moisturized, and rejuvenated.

Brujita Skincare
This vegan-friendly sustainable skincare brand ensures organic and sustainable products are accessible to all communities. Inspired by open markets in Mexico City, founder Leah Guerrero formulates her products with unrefined ingredients. Not only does Brujita offer nontoxic skincare, but they also make it easy for you to find the right product! Take their skin quiz to begin your holistic skincare journey.

Nopalera
Nopalera shows us why cactus is one of the most versatile crops around. Known for its anti-inflammatory properties, cactus is infused in all of Nopalera’s products to detox and gently exfoliate skin without compromising moisture. Offering solid products, including moisturizers and soaps, this eco-friendly skin and body care line celebrates the richness of Mexican culture through its low-waste packaging and enriching ingredients. Cactus being the star of the show, it’s accompanied by calming, soothing, and detoxing formulas. There’s a product for everyone with this vibrant brand!

Dermlove
Dermlove is revolutionizing the skincare industry. With a focus on clean, safe, and effective ingredients, this innovative brand is also helping our environment with one biodegradable skincare capsule at a time! Efficiency and science-backed formulas are at the core of Dermlove and continue to ensure potent ingredients, including vitamin C and retinoids, and are gentle enough even for the most sensitive skin types.

Bubbly Moon Naturals
Second-generation soap maker and founder Marshella Ramos-Inde infuses her lush products with fair trade essential oils and wildlife botanicals that will leave your skin feeling illuminated. Not only does this entirely handcrafted brand use recyclable and reusable packaging, but you can also customize your own vegan skincare gift box! With Mother’s Day right around the corner, this is the ultimate gift of vegan green beauty.

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Selena Gomez Calls Out Body Shamers Who Criticize Her Looks: ‘I Don’t Care About My Weight’
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By Julie Mazziotta, People

Selena Gomez doesn’t care about her weight — and wishes other people wouldn’t either.

On Sunday, the actress and singer, 29, called out the body shamers who feel the need to comment about her looks. Talking on her TikTok Stories, Gomez said that she tries to limit her fast food meals, but sometimes goes all in. “So I be trying to stay skinny, but I went to Jack in the Box and I got four tacos, three egg rolls, onion rings and a spicy chicken sandwich,” she said, E! News reported.

The Only Murders in the Building star said that it doesn’t matter, because no matter what she does people will still criticize her body. “But honestly, I don’t care about my weight because people bitch about it anyway. ‘You’re too small,’ ‘you’re too big,’ ‘that doesn’t fit.’ ‘Meh meh meh meh.'” “Bitch, I am perfect the way I am,” she added. “Moral of the story? Bye.”

Gomez — who underwent a kidney transplant in Sept. 2017 due to complications from lupus — has previously explained that her health issues cause “weight fluctuations” that used to bother her.

“I have lupus and deal with kidney issues and high blood pressure, so I deal with a lot of health issues, and for me that’s when I really started noticing more of the body image stuff,” she said in an interview with friend Raquelle Stevens on her video podcast Giving Back Generation in Nov. 2019.

The “Lose You to Love Me” singer said that the “combination” of her lupus and the medication she needs alters her weight.

“It’s the medication I have to take for the rest of my life — it depends on even the month, to be honest,” Gomez said of her weight changes. “So for me, I really noticed when people started attacking me for that. And in reality, that’s just my truth. I fluctuate. It depends what’s happening in my life.”

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Selena Gomez says she’s ‘happier’ after being off social media for over 4 years: ‘It makes me feel normal’
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By David Artavia, Yahoo! Life

Selena Gomez is taking her passion for mental health advocacy to new heights.

On Monday, the singer, actress and entrepreneur celebrated the launch of her multimedia company Wondermind alongside her two co-founders, her mom Mandy Teefey and fellow mental health activist Daniella Pierson. The new platform aims to be a free resource to help users navigate their own mental wellness. The 29-year-old, who has spoken candidly about living with bipolar disorder, says she wants to use her own experiences as a conduit to help others, particularly as it pertains to the toxicity of social media.

“I haven’t been on the internet in four and a half years,” Gomez said in an interview with Good Morning America. “It has changed my life completely. I am happier. I am more present, I connect more with people. It makes me feel normal.”

Last year, she told InStyle she “created a system” where she doesn’t know the passwords to her social media accounts — a step she said was necessary in order to focus on herself.

The Only Murders in the Building star explained that “growing up in the spotlight has definitely taught me so much.”

“I can’t believe that I am where I am mentally just because of how I took the necessary steps in order to kind of remove myself from that because it’s just not normal,” she said.

Gomez, who has spoken candidly about living with bipolar disorder after publicly revealing her diagnosis in April 2020, says her mental health journey has been “freeing.”

“I started to have a relationship with myself,” Gomez said. “I think that’s the best part. I’ve probably been the happiest I’ve ever been.”

With Wondermind, Gomez says she wants “people to be understood and seen and heard. It’s OK to not be OK.”

“If I’m known for anything I hope it’s simply just for the way I care about people,” she added. “Those days where I don’t want to get out of bed, if I had something like Wondermind, even if it took me a minute to get into it, it’s just there. And there’s something that’s really comforting about that.”

Now, as the star is getting closer to turning 30, she hopes to take all the lessons she learned in her 20s and apply them to a better future.

“I couldn’t be more thrilled to step into this chapter. Alone, independently, strong, confidently,” she said. “That’s all I really want, you know?”

This isn’t the first time Gomez has spoken openly about her mental health.

In an interview with Elle magazine last year, she touched on the public scrutiny she faced over the years — including a very public breakup with Justin Bieber, undergoing a kidney transplant due to her lupus diagnosis and seeking mental health treatment.

“I don’t even know what they really believed I was doing — drugs, alcohol, running around, partying,” she explained of the negative press she endured. “The narrative was so nasty.”

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Megan Thee Stallion and Dua Lipa recreate infamous on-stage moment between Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston
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Both Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston wore the same brown Vera Wang dress as part of a planned skit at the 1998 VMAs. Credit: Jeff Kravitz/Getty

By Leah Dolan, CNN

Artists Megan Thee Stallion and Dua Lipa took to the stage on Sunday night to present the award for Best New Artist at the 64th annual Grammys, where they recreated a moment from pop culture history with a staged wardrobe mishap.

Both singers arrived at the microphone wearing the same black Versace wrap dress and chunky gold pendant turning to one another in false outrage. “Not you stealing my look,” said Megan Thee Stallion. “I was told I had the exclusive,” replied Dua Lipa, “I’m going to have to have a talk with Donatella.”
Moments later, the 66-year-old Italian fashion designer waltzed on stage wearing a gold sequin belted-dress, muttering in Italian. She promptly removed the detachable skirt from both artists. “You know what? Let’s do this,” she said as she revealed Dua Lipa’s barely-there mini hem and left Megan Thee Stallion with a dramatic thigh-high midi split. “Now these are my girls,” said Versace before leaving the stage. “Thank you Donatella! Now we both look like winners,” added Megan.

While it’s a fashion faux pas every celebrity dreads, the moment between the two performers on Sunday night was a playful reference to another awards show some 24 years ago. At the 1998 Video Music Awards, musical legends Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston used fashion to make light of their alleged professional rivalry. After years of the press directly comparing their careers, Houston made the now-iconic retort in a 1990 interview when she was asked what she thought of Carey. “What do I think of her?” Houston replied, “I don’t think of her.”

Eight years later, as they presented the award for Best Male Video together, Carey and Houston played up to their reputation as feuding divas by wearing the same brown, plunge neck Vera Wang gown. “Nice dress,” Carey said to Houston on stage. “That’s a one-of-a-kind, yeah? Looks pretty familiar.” The gag went down in pop culture history, and now lives on nearly three decades later.

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