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    Despite what shampoo ads (and bottles, for that matter) might tell you, the hair on your head is not all uniform. Maybe it's smooth on top and frazzled and frizz-prone underneath; maybe it has natural waves in one spot but tends to fall totally flat in others. Even if your hair is predominantly of one texture — straight, curly, natural, wavy, what have you — there will always be a few strands that just won't play ball. More often than not, this will occur on the underside of your hair.

    "If you take any random six hairs from somebody’s head, not all of them will look the same," trichologist Anabel Kingsley explains. "Some might be coarser than others, or straighter." It’s more common for these discrepancies to be dispersed throughout your hair more or less evenly, but it’s not unheard of to have one single unruly chunk. "I’ve definitely had clients who have a random section of hair that’s a different texture," says Scott Ade, stylist at London salon Larry King.

    But before you can move on to treating the situation to create uniformity, you'll want to examine the causes. Both Kingsley and Ade confirm that it's possible you're one of the special few genetically prone to a mish-mash of textures, but there are causes that go back to nurture — rather than nature — too. "If you love tight ponytails, and you're using a hair elastic to secure it, you could be suffering from traction alopecia," Ade says. Obviously, all kinds of hairstyling can lead to damage, but super tight ponytails worn high up on the head and secured with elastic can pull at the hairs on the nape of the neck, causing breakage and leaving those strands coarser than the rest.

    Then there’s the positioning of it to think about. The back of your neck and your back itself will sweat when you get hot, and this stickiness and humidity can only lead to frizz. "Your hair has two kinds of bonds: disulfide and hydrogen," Kingsley explains. "Disulfide bonds can only be broken by chemical treatments, but hydrogen bonds are broken by water; hence, when there’s water in the air through humidity or sweat it breaks down those hydrogen bonds and returns your hair to a puffier state."

    It could also be a question of haphazard styling or absentminded fiddling. "Lots of people twiddle their hair as a nervous tic, and it is usually those longer, underneath layers that end up between your fingertips," Kingsley says. The other consideration is that the very nature of an underneath layer makes it harder to style, meaning the cumulative effects of slapdash brushing could be making the issue worse. "If you’re brushing too hard or roughly, it leads to cuticle damage, which makes the hair much more prone to frizz," she adds.

    But if you did simply win that particular genetic lottery, help is at hand. "A keratin treatment is a really great way to make hair healthier and easier to style," Ade says. "If it's just the underneath layer that's the issue, I'd only apply to that section — no need to smooth the whole head." If you're not ready to take the keratin plunge, Ade recommends another, more temporary in-salon treatment. "Redken Heatcure would last around 10 washes," he says. "It involves using a special beeswax-based nourishing treatment and helps repair the surface damage on your hair."

    As for at-home styling, Ade suggests trying Redken's multitasking One United Multi-Benefit Treatment Spray, which he says he uses on practically all of his clients, thanks to its repairing benefits and lightweight texture. Kingsley suggests dispersing a smoothing serum through the bottom layers of your hair to help counteract the effects of humidity. There's also Color Wow Dream Coat, which offers some of the most effective protection against humidity available on the market right now. It uses a special polymer blend to essentially "waterproof" the hair without weighing it down — the only catch is that it's heat-activated, so you'll need to skip the air-dry to reap its benefits.

    Whatever you choose, bear in mind Kingsley's best advice: "Be mindful of the fact that color and heat damage only serve to reduce the elasticity of the hair, which will make things worse," she warns. "You'll then have to put more heat on in order to flatten it down. It becomes quite the vicious cycle." So give your blowdryer a break once in a while, and always keep a Slip silk scrunchie on hand for when things get rough. Literally.

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    Since creating his namesake label 10 years ago, Christian Siriano has cemented himself as a designer who championed inclusivity and diversity long before the rest of the industry began to embrace either as a way of life. Outside of his New York Fashion Week shows, which are are also a testament to how vast his clientele is, we feel like Siriano is at his best during Awards Season. He often dresses women for the red carpet who designers would otherwise ignore, women like Danielle Brooks, Candice Huffine, Kelly Clarkson, and Leslie Jones, but Siriano let us in on a little secret. All of that comes at a hefty price.

    “It’s so much money to make these custom things and send them around the world,” he said tells Sirius Radio host Michelle Collins. “It can be $2,000 to overnight a large box to LA.” He and his husband, Brad Walsh, visited The Michelle Collins Show where they broke down the cost of dressing multiple women for so many awards shows. “I want to tell you what my FedEx bill was the month of the Oscars, you really want to know what it is?” the designer teased. Collins admitted to her listeners she was “armadillo’d” when she heard the news — hugging her knees and pulling out her ponytail for the record — but wanted to know how many dresses Siriano had to overnight to LA.

    “We probably sent about a hundred pieces out for the Oscars,” he said, between the parties for InStyle and Entertainment Weekly, it’s easy for costs to pile up. Add in that his client’s styling teams usually don’t have budget to cover shipping gowns across the country. “The reason that these stylists would say ‘we don’t have a budget for shipping’ is because they’re pulling a hundred dresses,” Walsh explained.

    Finally, Collins asks Siriano how much Awards Season actually cost him. First, she offers $58,000, and then asks if the bill totaled more than $100,000. “Maybe about $8,000 shy of that,” the designer revealed. So, if you are keeping track, it costs almost $92,000 for Siriano to send his gowns all over the country. Now we’re curious about all the times (if ever) Siriano was offered a corporate discount, and the person at the checkout countered “Doesn’t It Feel Good To Pay Less?

    Listen to the interview here.

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    According to the American Academy of Dermatology, acne is the most common skin condition in the U.S., affecting over 50 million men and women — which means acne can't only happen to everyday peeps. Our friends in Hollywood are also amongst the breakout bunch, despite what Photoshop and makeup might lead you to believe.

    How do we know? Well, a number of brave souls have opened up about their skin struggles. You might know the (oft-overused) phrase: celebrities, they're just like us. But they truly are, we swear! We have the interviews and Instagrams to prove it!

    Click through to read up on the times some of your favorite pretty faces proved that us normal folks don't monopolize zits — acne is equal-opportunity. And stick around for the products stars swear by to keep acne at bay.

    Justin Bieber
    Sticks and stones may break his bones, but pointing out Bieber's forehead pimples won't hurt him. According to the singer's most recent Instagram story, you shouldn't be ashamed of your acne because, from what we can, he certainly isn't of his. In fact, the 24-year-old says that the inflamed blemishes are on-trend... starting now.

    Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images.

    Ashley Iaconetti and Bekah Martinez
    The two former Bachelor contestants recently joined forces to spread even more acne positivity on Instagram, but this doesn't come as much of a surprise to anyone: Martinez recently spoke out against unsolicited acne advice and how, in the end, it doesn't really help anyone dealing with severe acne. Alongside other stars, like Lorde and Kendall Jenner, Martinez helped spread the word that dealing with this skin condition is always more than meets the eye — so, please, don't just tell us to try Accutane.

    Photo: RB/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images.

    Lucy Hale
    We think most celebrities would agree: Paparazzi are the worst, especially when they catch you at your "worst." Lucy Hale was recently perhaps the first star to be snapped while dotted with zit cream. The Pretty Little Liars actress posted a sweatpants-clad photo the paps took of her on Instagram, with the caption: “When you're caught with zit cream and a really chic outfit.” We love that she has a sense of humor about her skin woes.

    Katy Perry
    A former spokesperson for Proactiv, Katy Perry has never been shy about her acne. Although she doesn't have a relationship with the brand anymore, she told us in a recent interview that she still uses the line's exfoliant and toner. Other products she swears by to combat her breakouts? Grape seed oil as a moisturizer and Shu Uemura's cleansing oil as a makeup remover.

    Photo: Variety/REX/Shutterstock.

    Kendall Jenner
    The Kardashian-Jenners are often praised as being makeup mavens, but underneath all of that contour and bronzer, they, too, have suffered at the hand of acne. Kendall Jenner penned a heartfelt post on her website back in October about how her then-blemishes took a toll on her self-esteem.

    "I wouldn’t even look at people when I talked to them," she wrote. "I felt like such an outcast; when I spoke, it was with my hand covering my face. Sure, I had crushes in high school, but I wouldn’t even think about looking at guys."

    With the help of her dermatologist and an almost $500 Laser Genesis treatment, her skin began to clear up and her confidence rose. She offered up these final words of advice: "It wasn't anything that happened overnight," she writes. "Even after things started to clear up, it took a solid amount of time to be okay with my skin and gain back my confidence. I realized that it's a part of life for some people, and it doesn't define who you are."

    Photo: Matt Baron/BEI/Shutterstock.

    Mindy Kaling
    The ever-so-candid Mindy Kaling approaches her skin-care problems with — what else — humor. "That zit cream in your 30s life," she captioned a selfie of herself dotted with cream in December. Last year, she also revealed that she's all about the DIY beauty-treatment life to help keep her pimples and oily skin at bay. Apple cider vinegar and Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay are her go-to mask ingredients, making her a girl after our own all-natural hearts.

    Photo: Broadimage/REX/Shutterstock.

    Kate Bosworth
    Reflecting on her bumpy history with her skin, actress Kate Bosworth was quick to remind us in an interview that acne doesn't simply disappear once you nab a high school diploma. "I feel like we always associate acne with teenage years, but it never really leaves you," she says. "You'll have issues with your skin and your body, and you just have to find the things that will help you balance everything out."

    How does the star stop her skin from teetering off the deep end? She takes evening primrose capsules in the morning, applies the acne treatment Aczone in the evening, and uses the gentle-but-effective Epicuren Herbal Cleanser, as well as the brand's face cream.

    Photo: Broadimage/REX/Shutterstock.

    Daisy Ridley
    Just last month, Star Wars: The Force Awakens star Daisy Ridley opened up about her problems dealing with acne after being diagnosed with endometriosis. "One laparoscopy, many consultations and 8 years down the line, pain was back (more mild this time!) and my skin was THE WORST," she wrote on Instagram. "I've tried everything: products, antibiotics, more products, more antibiotics, and all that did was [leave] my body in a bit of a mess."

    Although endometriosis only affects up to 10% of women and might not be the direct source of your particular zits, she leaves fans with this last bit of wisdom: "To any of you who are suffering with anything, go to a doctor; pay for a specialist; get your hormones tested, get allergy testing; keep on top of how your body is feeling and don't worry about sounding like a hypochondriac," she writes. "From your head to the tips of your toes, we only have one body, let us all make sure ours our working in tip top condition, and take help if it's needed."

    That help can also include, but is not limited to, DIY turmeric fails.

    Photo: David Fisher/REX/Shutterstock.

    Bella Thorne
    One of the biggest takeaways we got from our interview with actress Bella Thorne about acne: clear skin is a work in progress. She opens up about going on Accutane for two years and the uphill battle she's constantly climbing. Some of the products she's used to help her get over the humps include Sisley's plant-based cleanser, Burt's Bees towelettes, and Kate Somerville's toner and oxygen spray. She also tweeted recently about the cream she credits as her holy-grail product.

    Another tidbit she left us with: love your skin, flaws and all. "When you have acne, you keep thinking about how ugly it is and how everyone is just looking at it all the time — and it makes it so much worse!" she said. "It really stresses your skin out to another level, which causes more stress acne. It is literally so difficult. I’m like, 'ARGH this pimple!' but then I stop and I’m like, ‘I love this pimple.’ It is so hard to take your own advice, but I try a little and hope it will get better."

    Photo: Broadimage/REX/Shutterstock.

    Chrissy Teigen
    Chrissy Teigen got real about her post-pregnancy skin back in April, which basically just made us love her even more than we already do. She posted a sad-face selfie on Snapchat with the caption, "Goodbye pregnancy glow. Hi itchy red spots." As Miami-based dermatologist Dr. S. Manjula Jegasothy told us, the hormonal roller coaster that women go through after having a baby can result in temporary skin conditions like hives, rosacea, and our favorite epidermis woe, mild cystic acne.

    While newly minted mom Teigen didn't share how she was treating her condition, Dr. Jegasothy suggested using an over-the-counter cortisone cream if you're breast-feeding.

    Photo: Rob Latour/REX/Shutterstock.

    The originator of the zit-cream selfie, singer Lorde is another acne-suffering public figure. "In bed with my acne cream on," the 19-year-old casually captioned her Instagram photo.

    She even called out a Photoshop instance back in 2014. "I find this curious," she wrote on Twitter. "Two photos from today, one edited so my skin is perfect and one real. Remember flaws are ok :)"

    What Lorde says, ultimately goes.

    Photo: Broadimage/REX/Shutterstock.

    Miley Cyrus
    Miley Cyrus sees your zit-cream selfies and raises you a plethora of different options. See: a butterfly pin, stickers, a faux beauty mark, the lot. She's openly talked about her skin stress in the past and it's nice to see she doesn't take herself or her pimples too seriously.

    Photo: Variety/REX/Shutterstock.

    Emma Stone
    Emma Stone told us back in 2012 that she suffered from hormonal acne when she was 17 and stress acne when she turned 20. "I realized how debilitating and embarrassing it can be to have cystic acne," she said.

    These harrowing experiences have since turned her into a skin-care obsessive of sorts. "I'm pretty slutty with products. So, that's part of the problem...for the most part, I use Cetaphil, the bar soap; and then, these pads that I get from the dermatologist; and then, Elta lotion," she tells us. For spot treatments, she uses tea tree oil and she's even dabbled with cortisone shots in the past.

    Photo: BFAcom/REX/Shutterstock.

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    Kelly Clarkson "I Don't Think About You"

    Clarkson dropped a new video for a track from her most recent album, and let's just say it's an Adele-style fuck you: elegant, but pointed. Classy. This is the kind of song Kelly Clarkson jumped from RCA/Sony to Atlantic to be able to release. Her longtime beef with the controlling exec, Clive Davis, comes through in the song's lyrics. He, in his own biography, revealed details on how he tried to dictate which songs she sang. The company pushed her into production with Dr. Luke, whom she famously did not get along with. Now Clarkson has a new home and a sense of self-confidence that lets her skip thinking about those who no longer matter. There's really nothing better than the sound of a free woman singing.

    Snail Mail "Pristine"

    This week in hot shit that Pitchfork loves, but that is really good so you should listen to it is Snail Mail. The words "masterpiece " and "compelling " and "best new music " have been thrown around. Here's why: teen girls are finally getting their due. If I had been this talented and self-aware at 17, I would be ruling the world right now. Her vocal sound is a throwback to the golden era of '90s indie rock, sort of like Liz Phair but with less sex and more of an Emily Brontë by way of Degrassi vibe. The standout here, though, is her guitar skills, and that's no fluke: she studied with the iconic Mary Timony as well as taking classical training.

    Hinds "The Club"

    Hinds have made the exact inverse of the Go-Go's "Our Lips Are Sealed" video, and it's magnificent. The girl gang vibe is the same, but they took the low/no budget vibe of that '80s gem and plopped it down in a ski lodge instead of the Southern California sunshine. The camaraderie makes both groups everything I want in a girl band. That and the riffs.

    Kiana Ledé "Fairplay"

    Did you know you could write a whole song that is essentially based on the idea "what's good for the goose is good for the gander"? If you're thinking about it (see the video above to hear about it), you might want to get into therapy because your ideas about relationships are truly not healthy. That said, the whole idea makes for a fine jam when Kiana sings it.

    Whitney Feinmore "Find Your Love"

    This is one of those tracks that made me keep getting up to check my playlist and see what it was, every time it came up. Loyal viewers of The Voice may recognize Feinmore from her turn on Team Adam on season 13 (circa 2017). She didn't win the show, but she may just win the game of having an actual music career after the show if this is the kind of music she'll be making.

    After my first job at MTV working as a music programmer, I can't stop trying to matchmake people with music they might like. So, I wrote a book calledRecord Collecting for Girls and started interviewing musicians. The Music Concierge is a column where I share music I'm listening to that you might enjoy, with a little context. Follow me on Twitter or Facebook, or leave me a comment below and tell me what you're listening to this week.

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    With spring comes a few of our favorite things: the first cherry-blossom sighting, sitting outside on our lunch hour, and most importantly, the return of dresses. After months of sweater-and-jeans combos, donning a frock is one of the more exciting aspects of the wardrobe switch-up. And while nothing beats throwing on a breathable maxi, slipping into sneaks, and calling it a day, this go-around, we're mixing things up with the season's most essential silhouette.

    Translation? We're taking our favorite dresses from Macy's INC and extending their wearability by styling them three super-creative ways. First up, we'll show you how to pull off wearing two dresses at once (just trust us on that one) with a daring striped getup. Then see a striking monochrome outfit featuring our spring color crush, red. And finally, find out how to remix your LBD for more modest environments, like the office. With the easy-to-follow tips below, you too can turn your one-hit wonder into the most versatile star of your spring lineup.

    All Tied Up
    Make a striped ensemble more interesting by doubling up on a key piece. Start with the longest dress first, then layer a shorter version on top for extra volume. Belt the look with a rolled-up shirt in the same print to cinch the waist.

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    Stripes are as timeless as could be — and this look is all about embracing the classic pattern in a modern way. To copy these styling moves, stock up on the same dress in a number of sizes and pile them on for a faux-ruffle effect. The result is intentionally matchy-matchy and perfect for office meetings and daytime weekend hangs alike.

    Max Monochrome
    Go all the way with head-to-toe red. Balance girly florals with a sporty turtleneck. Break up the monotony with a metallic flat.

    Shop This Look
    For a head-turning outfit that's got spring date night written all over it, look no further than this fearless red combo. Use flowy trousers and a side-striped turtleneck as a low-key base, then slide a flower-print frock on top. It's this sort of boho-meets-athleisure mix that has us insanely excited to dress for the season ahead.

    LBD Redux
    Give an off-the-shoulder dress a fresh vibe by styling a striped blouse underneath. Accessorize with blingy earrings and a chain belt to give it a sophisticated spin. Finish with chic footwear like white slingbacks.

    Shop This Look
    Want to wear your sexy black dress to the office? Pair it with a button-up blouse to keep from showing too much skin, plus a mock-neck base layer for the days the AC is turned up way too high. Then add a chain belt to create a contrasting silhouette, and let the bell sleeves shine.

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    Out with the thick knits and flannel and in with the flounce tops and white denim, or so says H&M with its new spring arrivals. You wouldn't know it by the still snowy forecasts, but winter is in fact over, and it's time to start dressing like it (or at least preparing to dress like it). A good place to start? With the key trends and silhouettes cropping up this season, such as rich embroidery, feminine frills, voluminous boho sleeves, and tie-waist bottoms. Below, get a glimpse of the transitional items we're stocking up on that'll hopefully usher in spring vibes — beyond just our wardrobe.

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    In literature, spring is often associated with new beginnings. For some, it means shedding literal weight (in the form of heavy winter boots and those black puffer coats from hell); for others, maybe it means giving up a toxic relationship or a state of mind that's holding you back from all the opportunities ahead.

    It also tends to be the time of year most of us desperately want to break out of a hair rut — especially after a season of beanies, scarves, and bitter winter weather. If that means a big chop for you, go for it. But if you're looking for other ways to refresh your dry and damaged hair — without shaving off 12 inches — we've got you covered, too.

    Ahead, the pros' guide to rescuing your natural, relaxed, and color-treated strands from the longest winter imaginable. It's time to shine, baby.

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    If You've Got Natural Hair...

    If the winter forecast had you relying on your blowdryer and heat tools more than usual, then you might be noticing a pattern — or lack thereof. "Your curls probably don't have an S-shape anymore," Tamara Laureus, owner of Hairenomics Mane Bar in Brooklyn, New York, says. "Your hair tends to look frizzy and dry. It loses its natural shine."

    At this point, some naturalistas opt for the big chop — a haircut that both makes a statement and sheds those dead ends. But that's not the only solution. "I always ask my clients about their daily routines," she says. "How much time do they spend trying to revive it? If it gets to be too much, that's when I suggest the big chop. I think it's big chop is a big step, so I like to work with clients before they make that drastic decision."

    The best way to breathe life back into tired curls before pulling out the shears? "Up your conditioning treatments," Laureus says. "I like the TGIN Honey Miracle Mask to deep condition, and Infusium 23 for a daily leave-in. Once a month, you can wash your hair with a moisturizing shampoo. But every other week, you must co-wash and always use conditioner. Always use products with little or no alcohol, and try to take a break from heat whenever possible."

    Photographed by Rochelle Brock.

    If You've Got Color-Treated Hair...

    "You’ll know your hair has been damaged by hair color when the cuticle doesn’t lay flat anymore," Jaxcee, a colorist at Hair Rules salon, says. "Damaged hair is usually frizzy and has a lot less shine due to lightener over-processing. In extreme cases, over-processed lightening can cause the hair to break off entirely. Semi, demi, and permanent hair color, in most cases, will not leave your hair damaged. Bleach is usually the culprit when not used properly."

    To give your strands some TLC, "make sure your post-color shampoo and conditioner contains sud-free, sulfate-free cleansers — like the Hair Rules Cleansing Cream," Jaxcee says. "If your hair has been over-processed, you can also try an in-salon bond building treatment like Olaplex. Bond building treatments help your hair recuperate after being damaged. They can even be used while coloring to prevent the damage from ever happening in the first place."

    In between wash days, Jaxcee says that you must use a good leave-in thermal protector before blowdrying. (Try to keep the heat styling to a minimum, if you can.). "If you're styling damaged or split ends, add an extremely small amount of edge control to the ends of your hair before curling or flat ironing," she suggests. "Doing so will temporarily seal the ends and give the hair a healthy shine."

    A little bit of extra attention, combined with trims every three moths and a retouch every three weeks (if you're particular about your roots showing) should bring your curls or coils back to the land of the living. "Just keep it moisturized!" Jaxcee notes. "That's what's most important."

    photographed by Courtney Yates; edited by Erin Yamagata.

    If You've Got Relaxed Hair...

    Take a good look at a handful of your strands. Can you see through them? If so, that's a telltale sign, according to Derick Monroe (who works with Whoopi Goldberg, Angela Rye, and more). "Damaged relaxed hair is thin," he says. "It has excessive shedding, and ends that are dry and frayed." Typically, this happens when you're getting way too many touch-ups. "Get them as much as you need, but at the same time, you're not supposed to overdo it," he says. "Most brands will tell you that six to eight weeks is best."

    Like Laureus, Monroe suggests a whole lot of conditioning to get damaged hair to perk up. "Use treatments with plenty of proteins and moisturizers to help build and nourish the hair," he says. The new Dark and Lovely Damage Slayer five-step system contains a hydrating mask that Monroe (who is part of the brand's Style Squad) loves. "I also like the Carol's Daughter Mirabelle Plum line, because it caters to damaged hair. I'm also a fan of going to a salon to get a Dudley's DRC treatment."

    An easier fix, in the meantime, is wearing a sew-in weave or clip-ins while giving your real hair some extra care. "Do your protein conditioner or reconstructor once a month, followed by a good moisturizing treatment," Monroe says. Just be sure to take care of your extensions just as you would your real hair, or those will get damaged, too. (More on that next...)

    Photographed by Amy Lombard.

    If You Wear Weaves...

    A lot of people use weaves and wigs as a protective style, but even those can get dry without proper care. "High quality virgin human wefted hair and clip-ins can last for up to a year with proper maintenance and care," Vivian Kaye, CEO of KinkyCurlyYaki, says. "As long as you're regularly washing and conditioning the hair and not just tossing it to the side while it's still dirty, it will last."

    The best way to revive dull hair is the same way you'd revive your real stuff: with a good wash and deep condition. "Many don't realize that human hair extensions can and should be treated like an 'extension' of your own hair," she says. "Product buildup is very real. To break that buildup down, I like a variety of products for virgin extensions: Aunt Jackie's Curl Lala Curl Defining Custard, Eden BodyWorks Coconut Shea Cleansing CoWash, Eden BodyWorks Coconut Shea Leave in Conditioner, and the Elasta QP Olive Oil and Mango Butter Moisturizer."

    Sew-in weaves are best kept in for two to three months — especially so you can take out your braids underneath and get a deep conditioning session in. But while your hair is installed, be sure to do a biweekly wash with a moisturizing shampoo. And use your styling products and heat tools in moderation to maintain what Kaye calls that "fresh out of the satin bag" look.

    photographed by Courtney Yates; edited by Erin Yamagata.

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    Update: In signing a new policy recommendation from Sec. of Defense Jim Mattis, President Trump has limited the capacity in which transgender troops may serve in the military.

    Certain troops are a target in the new policy, which the White House addressed in a statement, saying, "transgender persons with a history or diagnosis of gender dysphoria -- individuals who the policies state may require substantial medical treatment, including medications and surgery -- are disqualified from military service except under certain limited circumstances."

    In a Pentagon memo, Mattis says he compiled a "Panel of Experts comprised of senior uniform and civilian Defense Department and U.S. Coast Guard leaders" and directed them to review the Obama-era policy allowing trans people to serve using "data, as well as their professional military judgement."

    The panel came to the conclusion that allowing troops with a history of gender dysphoria or who have undergone treatments or surgery to change their gender to serve presents "substantial risk" as well as "imposing an unreasonable burder" on the military by deviating from their established regulations for mental and physical health in addition to sex-based standards.

    Mattis' recommendation allows for persons with gender dysphoria to continue serving if they have "been stable for 36 consecutive months in their biological sex," if they are already enrolled and do not want to have gender-confirmation surgery, and soldiers currently serving who have been diagnosed with gender dysphoria may continue to seek treatment or have gender-confirmation surgery and serve under their preferred gender.

    This story was originally published on December 17, 2017.

    A federal judge has ruled that transgender people can enlist in the military starting on January 1, 2018, CNN reports. The Pentagon confirmed that it will move forward with transgender applicants on that date.

    Federal Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly ruled that the ban likely violates the Constitution, The New York Times reports.

    "The court is not persuaded that defendants will be irreparably injured by allowing the accession of transgender individuals into the military beginning on Jan. 1, 2018," Kollar-Kotelly wrote in her ruling, which was obtained by the Times.

    The ruling is another blow to President Donald Trump's agenda. He announced through a series of tweets in July that transgender people wouldn't be allowed to serve in the military at all. "Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail," Trump posted on July 26.

    As the nonpartisan fact-checking site PolitiFact confirmed in July, the military currently spends more money on erectile dysfunction medications than it does on healthcare and procedures for transgender people.

    Trump didn't elaborate on what he meant by transgender people being a "disruption" in the military, but retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel and current Senator Tammy Duckworth issued a powerful statement in August. Duckworth wrote that she didn't care whether the people saving her life "were gay, straight, transgender, black, white or brown. All that mattered was they didn't leave me behind." (Duckworth lost both her legs when her helicopter was shot down by a grenade in 2004.)

    According to guidelines sent to military recruiters, transgender applicants will be referred to by their "preferred gender name and pronoun," and room and bathroom assignments will be determined by an applicant's gender identity.

    Still, transgender applicants will face challenges that their cisgender counterparts don't. According to The Associated Press, any recruit who is on hormone therapy must be 18 months into the process in order to be allowed into the military. However, the outlet notes that this mirrors certain limitations suggested by the Obama administration last year.

    With an estimated 15,500 transgender people currently serving in the United States Armed Forces, it's actually the largest employer of trans people. Today's ruling protects the transgender community's ability to put their lives on the line for this country.

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    The royal wedding is just under two months away, but it sounds like Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are already thinking about the next major step in their relationship: kids.

    At a conference for local entrepreneurs in Northern Ireland, the couple listened intently to husband and wife duo Adam and Sinead Murphy as they pitched their range of baby products. As they listened, Markle said something that had fans of the royal family everywhere over the moon. "I’m sure at some point we’ll need the whole thing,” she said, referencing the baby products. We have yet to get over how much we love the two of them together as a couple, and now we are on royal baby watch!

    It isn’t the first time they have spoken about their interest in starting a family in the near future. Maybe it is just the media training talking, but neither of them seemed taken aback by the question of kids during their engagement interview back in November. “One step at a time, and hopefully we’ll start a family in the near future,” Prince Harry explained to BBC's Mishal Husain. Barely engaged, and already fielding questions about kids.

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    In a 2016 interview with Hello!, Markle expressed her desire to one day have kids. “It's all about balance, and I have so much happiness in my career and am fortunate to travel the world and see so many amazing things,” she said. “It will also be nice to be anchored to something grounded and in the same place. Raising a family will be a wonderful part of that.” Knowing how stunning their engagement photos were, can you imagine how beautiful their family photos would be?

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    There's a phenomenon that I like to call the "afternoon glow" — not to be confused with Starland Vocal Band's 1976 hit "Afternoon Delight" — where, around 1 or 2 p.m., I reach a point where my skin's natural oils have done their best work, wearing away my foundation and powder just enough to make me look naturally dewy, not greasy. It only seems to occur when the stars align, when I've got the perfect combination of a good skin day and a foundation-concealer-powder combination that manages to blend seamlessly into my skin, rather than just sitting on top of it.

    On those very good days, my skin looks healthier and more radiant, my cheekbones a little more pronounced. But the afternoon glow is hit or miss; sometimes I'm too oily by midday, other times I'm dull-faced and tired by noon. That's why I call upon a revolving door of products to help me fake it 'til I make it to the perfect afternoon, like Bobbi Brown's new All Over Glow liquid highlighter. This might just be the dewiest product I've ever used — dew in a bottle, if you will.

    The liquid-gel hybrid looks a little too shimmery when you first smooth it on, but when tapped onto the high points of the face or mixed into foundation, the shimmer blends away and leaves behind the prettiest glossy sheen. That effortless glow is all thanks to the micro-fine gold particles and squalane in the formula. Squalane, in this case derived from olive oil, is a hydrogenated oil derived from the one naturally produced by our own skin cells. Typically found in moisturizers and serums, its ability to mimic the skin's natural sebum makes it a kind of "miracle ingredient," keeping skin looking balanced, plump, and non-greasy — just like the glow I get from the All Over Glow.

    One caveat: If you have oily skin, this might not be the highlighter for you. My skin is on the oily side of combination, and while this stuff has given me the perfect glow without reading greasy all winter, chances are I'll phase it out as the weather warms up for my skin's shinier seasons. But this little jar is a guaranteed shortcut to that perfect just-took-a-light-jog sheen, so you better believe I'll be wearing it up until the sun starts melting my makeup straight off my face.

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    Welcome toMoney Diaries , where we're tackling what might be the last taboo facing modern working women: money. We're asking millennials how they spend their hard-earned money during a seven-day period — and we're tracking every last dollar.

    Today: a project writer working in data management who makes $66,000 per year and spends some of her paycheck this week on kombucha lemonade.

    Occupation: Project Writer
    Industry: Data Management
    Age: 27
    Location: Dallas, TX
    Salary: $66,000
    Paycheck (Biweekly): $1,928.93

    Monthly Expenses
    Rent: $1,279. (I live in a one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment with my dog. My total rent includes $10 pet rent.)
    Student Loan Payment: $0. (I had a partial scholarship for undergrad, and grad school was free, thanks to grants.)
    Dental Insurance: $17.54
    Vision Insurance: $4.62
    401(k): $126.92
    Disability & Life Insurance Benefits: $39.20
    Therapy: $250. (I go twice a month for anxiety, depression, and Asperger's syndrome.)
    Health Insurance: $0. (I got permission to stay on my mom's far superior health insurance until I can afford my medications.)
    Water, Trash & Exterminator Fees: $50-$60
    Electricity: $30-$60
    Car & Renter's Insurance: $110.66
    Cell Phone: $100. (I pay my parents because I'm on their plan.)
    Internet: $81.64
    Pet Insurance: $72.82 for my cat and dog
    Dollar Shave Club: $6
    Remote Personal Training: $110. (My trainer gives me 3x/week programs that I do by myself.)
    Gym Membership: $ 92.01
    Hulu: $12.98.
    Spotify Family: $16.23.
    Netflix: $12. (I share my Hulu, Spotify, and Netflix accounts with my sister.)

    Additional Expenses
    LifeLock Identity Theft Protection: $275/year
    Unlimited Spin Studio Membership: $1,336.65/year
    Amazon Prime: $99/year. (I share with my sister.)

    Day One

    5:10 a.m. — Alarm goes off for my morning lift at the gym, and then I'm back at my apartment by 6:30. I shower quickly before taking my dog to my parents' house, which is five minutes away. I shamelessly use them for doggy daycare on a daily basis. My dog gets to play and nap with our family dog all day, and I don't have to pay for daycare (plus I frequently get free breakfast and/or dinner out of the arrangement). It's a win-win-win situation. I stop at the grocery store after dropping off my dog to get apples, almond and peanut butter, yogurt, cereal, almonds, protein bars, kombucha, and other snacks for work. $14.78

    8 a.m. — I'm the first person in my department to arrive at work, so I have more time to sort through my hefty inbox and do a couple of personal things online. I bought two pairs of shoes from Zappos last week to wear to a friend's recent bachelorette party in New Orleans, knowing I'd end up returning one. I print that return slip and then call my primary care doctor to get a prescription for oral steroids. I'm super sensitive to cigarette smoke and NOLA has pervasive wafts of it. I could barely breathe in spin class last night and I started having chest pain. When that happens, my asthma meds aren't enough to open up my lungs, and I have to go on oral steroids for a couple of days.

    12 p.m. — I send video clips of myself lifting this morning to my personal trainer and email him the tally of my February lifts. I started working with a personal trainer last April as a way to strengthen my joints. I've had several surgeries through the years after playing soccer competitively in college, and lifting again keeps me from getting re-injured. I feel like the resulting improvements in my confidence, self-esteem, and strength justify the cost. A lot of people design their own lifting programs or do stuff like BBG, but I have very specific needs and limitations and working with a trainer is a much more comfortable fit for me.

    3:30 p.m. — Work is very busy today. It seems like all of our salespeople decided to need things as soon as I left last Friday. I sort through my inbox and prioritize projects with my supervisor. Because I don't usually take a lunch break, I can leave early some days (especially every other Tuesday when I go to therapy). I eat an apple and almond butter, yogurt, and a protein bar throughout the day, drinking plenty of water too, and take some Do-si-dos from the front mail room. They're usually one of the first boxes to disappear during Girl Scout cookie season, and they're a nice treat when I want something sweet. I leave work at 5:15 and call my sister on the way to the polling station to vote in the primaries, and I take my dog to the dog park after voting.

    7 p.m. — I drop off the dog at my apartment and start a load of laundry before heading back to the grocery store to pick up toilet paper, cat food, sweet potatoes, Lean Pockets, spinach, eggs, and beans ($98.99), as well as my prescriptions. I'm still on my mom's insurance until I can afford my medications – I'm on a lot of very expensive ones to help moderate the more prevalent of my autism manifestations. Today, I pick up my birth control, thyroid medication, anti-anxiety medication, and the oral steroid my doctor called in. (It's a $30 total co-pay that I pay for with my flex spending account card.) I return home, too tired to cook the sweet potatoes I bought, so I heat up a few Lean Pockets and wash them down with Arctic Zero before crawling into bed at 9 to read a little Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. $98.99

    Daily Total: $113.77

    Day Two

    5:45 a.m. — Dog wakes me up a little early. I get up and go through my morning routine: listen to the Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix audiobook while I brush my teeth (I keep the series on repeat on my phone), wash my face, do my skincare routine, put Tend Skin on my bikini area and legs, put on work clothes, and grab my spin clothes for after work. Then I head to my parents' house at 6:20 to drop off my dog. I start my steroid prescription, and holy shit, after only one dose I can feel my lungs really opening up. Drugs are awesome. I arrive at work at 7:45, and we have a new hire interview at 9 (someone to share some of the conference scheduling and admin burden with me). The candidate is woefully unprepared and inappropriately dressed, so we go with a different candidate, who will start tomorrow.

    3:30 p.m. — I finally start looking at receipts from the bachelorette party weekend. So much money on ride-sharing! Mostly solo trips, since I did some excursions by myself and left Bourbon Street earlier than the others. I start a Google Sheet to keep track of what I paid and what I owe. Three of the four girls end up owing me a total of $74.90, so I send the totals out on the group chat and they Venmo me their shares. I owe the other girl $17.18. She doesn't have Venmo, so I write her a check that I'll give her when I see her this weekend for dinner with the bride and her maid of honor (who couldn't make the trip). $17.18

    4 p.m. — Our Bachelor bracket commissioner sends a memo reminding us to pay. I came in dead last, but fortunately, we don't have punishments like in Fantasy Football leagues. I Venmo her $5 for my shameful performance. After a packed day today and yesterday, I take the last hour of the day to clear my Gmail inbox; my Atlas Obscura, Refinery29, Countable, JSTOR Daily, and alumni emails have piled up since last week. I tinker with an inventory spreadsheet while watching Beauty With Mi and Sweet Digs videos on Refinery29. A $104 refund for dresses from Lulus comes through. I bought two in the hopes that I'd be able to wear them on the trip, but one looked cheap and the other was too big in the boob area. $5

    5 p.m. — Finish a busy day and head to the spin studio for a 5:30 class. I'm confident I'll be able to go harder today now that my lungs are less compromised. After spin, I check dating apps. I made a new rule for myself that I can't look at dating apps unless it's after a workout. This really keeps my mindless swiping addiction in check and my confidence high. I check my mail on the way back to my apartment and find an invitation to my cousin's baby shower, my Dollar Shave Club shipment, and a reimbursement check for my cat's vet visit a couple of weeks ago. I text my cousin to let her know I'll be at the shower in a few weeks and mobile deposit my reimbursement check ($275.48). I shower and change before going to pick up my dog and have dinner with my mom.

    9 p.m. — After dinner, I go home with my dog. I'm a little hyper from the steroids, but I don't want to commit to chores and risk a later bedtime, so I brush my teeth, walk my dog, and read The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy for 10 minutes or so before falling asleep.

    Daily Total: $22.18

    Day Three

    5:45 a.m. — Up early again. My mom is taking our family dog to the vet for a tumor removal and jaw X-rays, so she offers to drop off my dog at daycare (and pay for it) while she's out with the other dog. I swing by the dry cleaner on my way to work to pick up a conference room table tablecloth I dropped off earlier this week. ($13.59 expensed)

    7:30 a.m. — I drive to the gas station to put air in a tire. I'm nearly positive there's a nail tear in it that will need to get patched soon. That happens to me all the time, but for now, it's cheaper and easier just to fill it up when it gets low ($1.50). I fill up on gas while I'm at it ($27.25). I get to work super early today, but it's nice because that gives me a little extra time to sort my day and warm up my brain. Our new hire starts today, meaning there is an additional person added to my interaction slate today. Not super happy, but it'll be nice when I don't have to worry about conference stuff anymore. $28.75

    11 a.m. — We go out for lunch as a department with our new employee. Someone else pays and expenses it. I'm excited because the new employee is about my age (which is rare for my job) and loves animals. I get a Chinese chicken salad and eat half of it; I don't want to be too weighed down in spin class this evening.

    12:30 p.m. — I'm trying to finish up a large project for a client, but I'm already sleepy from lunch. I grab a bottle of GT's Kombucha Lemonade from my grocery store run. The little caffeine boost and bubbles help keep me awake. I remember to plug in my Fitbit Flex 2. (If your activity's not on your activity tracker, did you really even do it?) I also go ahead and cough up the registration fee for my high-school reunion next month. I don't really want to go, but the girl who planned it lives in my apartment complex and really wants me to. I've changed since high school, so maybe everyone else has, too. Plus, the school's paying for the alcohol and ride shares, which is nice. $30

    2:30 p.m. — Refill my water bottle. I drink 96 to 120 ounces of water during work, which keeps me hydrated and awake and also lets me get up and walk every couple hours. I register for a free yoga class that one of my favorite spin instructors/buddies is teaching in a couple of weeks. I never do yoga, and it's on a Sunday (I usually don't spend Sundays around humans) but I want to support him!

    5 p.m. — Spin time! The instructor is injured, so I'm encouraged to ride the instructor bike in his place. I've been doing spin classes consistently for three years, but I've always been terrified of the instructor bike because being in front of crowds with eyes on me is a personal nightmare. I don't have enough time to think about it and be scared, so I go up there and it is amazing! I have the best time. Who knows, maybe I'll be a teacher someday...

    7:45 p.m. — My mom is picking up the dogs from the vet, so I have to wait for her to come home with them before I can leave. I help feed both dogs when they're back but I'm not really hungry, so I decline my parents' invitation to stay for dinner. I go back to my apartment, still grinning from spin this evening. I spread peanut butter on a Kodiak Cake and take my meds. My dog and I are in bed by 9 and asleep by 9:45 after a nice chunk of Hitchhiker's.

    Daily Total: $58.75

    Day Four

    7:30 a.m. — I skip my lift this morning. I don't have March's lifts yet from my trainer, and my body could use the break. I snooze until 5:45, then brush my teeth, take my asthma meds, wash my face, and moisturize. Dog is still asleep at 6:15 when I pull the covers back to wake him up! We pack up and go to my parents' house, and after a nice long walk with my mom and the dog, I swing by Smoothie King on my way to work. I usually reserve JuiceLand and Smoothie King runs for rewards after early-morning lifts, but I'm feeling peckish, so I get a Lean 1 smoothie. $6.50

    9:30 a.m. — It's inventory photo day! Taking inventory photos is one of my favorite parts of my job. I get to go play with old records, read them, and photograph them. Today, we don't have anything super interesting but sometimes I get fascinating stuff, like old murders and bizarre legal cases. I show our new hire how to take archival "before" photos. By 11:30, I'm back to my desk to tackle quotes. I grab the rest of the kombucha I started yesterday and a Siggi's yogurt I bought last week. I skim a JSTOR Daily interview with Steven Pinker and pop over to Goodreads to add a couple of his books to my "To Read" list. I'm always looking for books to add to my list, especially from unfamiliar areas.

    1:30 p.m. — My leftover Chinese chicken salad from yesterday has congealed into an unappetizing lump in the to-go container. I toss it and grab the last of my apples from my desk, which I eat with Justin's Honey Almond Butter. I finish up a few quotes and read some Public Domain Review articles. The deviation from my morning lift routine, leftover energy from last night's spin, and steroids opening up my lungs have me itching to go for a run after work. At 3, we have a meeting to discuss a massive project for one of our biggest clients. And then at 4, I review a proof I designed for one of our records management systems.

    5:15 p.m. — I leave for the day and chat with my sister on the way to my gym, where I go for a quick run. Afterward, I hit the dog park with the dog and then stop by Trader Joe's for tortilla chips to snack on while I cook and clean tonight. I try to spend Fridays recuperating from my weekly responsibilities by cleaning, doing laundry, and cooking. I'm in bed by 9:30 and read Hitchhiker's before falling asleep. $5.38

    Daily Total: $11.88

    Day Five

    10:45 a.m. — I sleep in a little, then get up, brush my teeth, wash and moisturize my face, and get my workout clothes on. I grab a sleeve of Clif Bloks for carbs and caffeine and take my Saturday walk with the dog and both parents. It's a great way to catch up with both of them. Then it's time for spin. After a great class, I meet my parents, my cousin, and his family for brunch. I decide to run there because my GPS says it's only a mile from my apartment. False — it's a solid two miles. Exhausted, I change shirts at the restaurant and join my family. I order tomato pasta with grilled chicken and my cousin snags the bill before my dad. I don't usually like kids, but my cousin's kids are pretty cool.

    5:30 p.m. — I spend a relaxing afternoon at my apartment with the dog. I'm meeting my friends for dinner tonight and decide to go to the restaurant early for a drink. Not only does drinking lessen my social anxiety, but it actually reduces the effects of external stimuli for me, making me less overwhelmed. My friends trickle in, and I put their drinks on my tab. I'm pretty sure I still owe them from NOLA even though we settled up earlier this week. $38.93

    9 p.m. — We finish up our dinner. I had a 25% off coupon for our whole party, and the waitress forgets to apply it. I remind her about it and she brings new checks. It's great seeing everyone, even though I just spent the weekend with them. $28

    9:30 p.m. — The bride and maid of honor head home, and the other girls and I go across the street to a pub to hang out. I get a PBR to sip while we chat before leaving at 10:30. I contemplate going back out, but by the time I get home to my dog, I don't really feel like it. I crawl into bed by 11:30. $4

    Daily Total: $70.93

    Day Six

    7 a.m. — The alarm hurts this morning. Daylight Saving has started, so instead of seven and a half hours of sleep, I get six and a half. I take my dog for a short walk with my mom. Sometimes I don't take my stimulant medication on Sundays so I can sleep more. It's not great to skip it, but the medication is really expensive and I can make the prescription last longer if I skip odd days. I take a long morning nap and then go for another walk with the dog at 11:30.

    12:30 p.m. — My alma mater's men's basketball team is playing in the conference championship today, but I decide to watch at home instead of going to the watch party. I had my fill of socializing last night, so I watch while I clean and vacuum. I do some serious stretching too. The run after spin class yesterday left me more sore than normal. Huzzah, we win! March Madness will be a little more exciting with my alma mater still in the running. After the game, the dog and I go for another walk. Then the dog takes a nap and I settle into my reading chair to finish The Kremlin's Candidate. I loved the first two books in The Red Sparrow trilogy, but I'm taking longer than normal to finish this book. It just doesn't grip me as much as the last ones did.

    6 p.m. — I boil pasta with tomato sauce and spinach for dinner and then finally finish the book. I cried a little at the end – one of those: "It had to end this way, but it's still sad" conclusions. I take the dog for another walk and turn on Archer, do a clay mask, and shower to cheer myself up before bed. I'm in bed by 9:30, but my brain won't settle down, so I read Hitchhiker's until 9:50 before falling asleep.

    Daily Total: $0

    Day Seven

    6 a.m. — Up at 6. Losing an hour to Daylight Saving Time is killing me. I know a lot of people like it, but the hour time change and extra light at night are really hard for me. Light is one of my biggest autistic sensitivities. I usually have to bring hats and sunglasses with me all the time since it's bright so late now. Dog and I head to my parents' house at 6:45. I read theSkimm while he and our family dog eat breakfast, and then we go for a morning walk. I stop by the grocery store at 8 for apples, a bottle of kombucha, and cereal. It's going to be a caffeine day today. I get to work a little late, start up my computer, and get water and Earl Grey going. Hopefully, my brain starts working soon. $11.59

    12:30 p.m. — I eat a protein bar from my desk, which makes me surprisingly full, and call in more prescription refills that I can pick up after work. By 3:30, I'm hungry again, so I eat one of my apples with honey almond butter as a pre-workout snack. I leave promptly at 5 today. I can't wait for spin at 6:30 when I can get some endorphins. I feel much better after my hard workout, but I don't have the energy to pick up my meds, so I'll do that tomorrow. I shower and go to my parents' house to get my dog and eat a little. We're back home by 8, and I brush my teeth, take my meds, and hop in bed by 8:45. I read Hitchhiker's for a bit and fall asleep with my dog.

    Daily Total: $11.59

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    The discussion surrounding gun control reform and school shootings has managed to maintain a front and center position in an often echoing and forgetful news cycle. Some believe that it is because the students themselves are the ones propelling the conversation forward. March For Our Lives came as a direct response to the shooting which took 17 lives at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last month. In the aftermath of yet another tragic shooting, survivors were told that now is not the time to talk about gun control. Instead, they chose to plan a time and a venue where their voices could not go unheard. First, it was a national walkout. Now, it is a nationwide demonstration.

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    As for Chris Evans’ take? In a recent New York Times profile, the Captain America actor explained that he aims to be a better ally to women following the #MeToo movement, particularly in an industry we now know to be inherently problematic.

    “The hardest thing to reconcile is that just because you have good intentions, doesn’t mean it’s your time to have a voice,” he said to the NYT.

    The profile points out that the actor has been doing some pretty savvy reading lately. Thanks to his former girlfriend, actress Jenny Slate, he read Rebecca Solnit’s The Mother of All Questions.

    Solnit’s 2017 book covers a number of timely topics, particularly misogyny, feminism, and fragile masculinity.

    The introspection comes on the heels of Evans’s Broadway debut in the play Lobby Hero, alongside Michael Cera, this month. In the play, he plays an unlikable character with a creepy handlebar mustache. According to the play’s director, Trip Cullman, the mission of the play is to “expose toxic masculinity.”

    We typically see Evans flexing his brand — or, perhaps, Marvel’s brand — of heteronormative machismo as a superhero, though the Times painted a different picture. Not only is Evans tackling feminist prose, he's also tackling a new art form just for the hell of it: tap dancing.

    It's private tap dance lessons with a close friend that gets his dopamine flowing. “If you walk down the street and you see someone tapping,” you stop in your tracks, he said. Why? “Because it’s awesome.” He noted that his newfound hobby has nothing to do with his day job.

    The NYT profile also dropped a bomb: Evans’ Captain America is no more. The actor announced he was quitting the Marvel franchise: “You want to get off the train before they push you off,” he said.

    Between Evans #MeToo P.O.V. and him possibly reviving the most undervalued form of artistic expression, the Marvel Cinematic Universe clearly lost a real one this week.

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    They can take away our unicorn lattes, but the moment they come for our selfies, millennials are not going to be happy. Cannes, the most selfie-friendly red carpet of them all, is stopping the practice on ground of it being, well, annoying, reports Vanity Fair. Thierry Fremaux, who heads up festival, called red carpet selfies “ridiculous and grotesque,” and declared that they degrade the prestige of Cannes.

    Celebs gliding around the Cannes red carpet in their fashion finest are often stopped by fans to pose for a selfie. Sometimes the celebs are willing, other times they may politely decline, but a hallmark of Cannes is that fans are able to stand close to the action (as opposed to the Oscars, where fans are relegated to bleachers). Fans in close proximity and an expectation of couture on the carpet means that selfies are going to happen. It’s an inevitability, but a harmless one.

    Granted, on a logistical level, we can see how this would cause a traffic jam. But if there’s space and time, and a celeb is down to be memorialized, why not allow them to make silly faces with a fan? Vanity Fair notes that selfies may even be potentially less time-consuming than autographs; they’re certainly easier on an actor’s wrist. Selfies: a perfect solution to Sharpie markers that run out of ink and carpal tunnel syndrome.

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    Age is just a number. When Naomi Wadler gave her impassioned speech in front of thousands at March For Our Lives in Washington D.C., with the White House in the distance, you would not know by her words that she is only 11 years old. Her eloquence shows that she is wise beyond her years. Perhaps she is one of the next great changemakers. Perhaps it is because she and many kids like her have been forced to grow up too fast.

    Not yet out of elementary school, Wadler is already an active member of her community in Alexandria, VA. She, along with a classmate at George Mason Elementary School, lead their walkout on March 14 as one of many schools who participated in the nationwide walkout to protest gun violence. “I am here today to acknowledge and represent the African-American girls whose stories don’t make the front page of every national newspaper,” said Wadler. Her declaration was met with wild cheering and applause. “I represent the African-American women who are victims of gun violence, who are simply statistics instead of vibrant, beautiful girls full of potential.”

    According to a study conducted in 2014, black Americans are twice as likely to be killed by a gun. Another study found that black women are twice as likely to be victims of homicide than white women. “I am here to acknowledge their stories, to say they matter, to say their names, because I can and I was asked to be,” Wadler continued.

    People have questioned the many young people a part of the March For Our Lives movement, believing that their age inhibits them from fully understanding the situation at hand. “People have said that I am too young to have these thoughts on my own. People have said that I am some tool of some nameless adult. It’s not true,” Wadler said to anyone questioning her age. “My friends and I may still be 11. We may still be in elementary school, but we know. We know life isn’t equal for everyone and we know what is right and wrong. We know we have seven short years until we, too, have the right to vote.”

    She concluded her speech to her fellow protesters with a Toni Morrison quote, calling her audience to be the change they want to see in the world. “If there is a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, you must be the one to write it.” From the sound of it, we just met a future world leader and undoubtedly will be hearing a lot more from her.

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    On Saturday, thousands of protesters descended on Washington, D.C. for the highly-anticipated March For Our Lives. The student-led rally is one of many satellite protests happening around country with Generation Z at its helm. In addition to a number of teens showing up, many celebrity supporters also came through to show their support for this worthy cause.

    Several celebs also turned up to perform: Demi Lovato, Common, and Lin-Manuel Miranda were among a robust lineup who hit the stage at the D.C. march.

    The outpouring of celebrity support comes at a time when a number of students have taken hold of the politically-charged gun control debate and challenged the old guard. The march came about in lieu of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, which happened on Valentine’s Day earlier this year.

    The shooting left 17 students dead, and a country in mourning. Almost immediately after the tragedy, a number of survivors leapt headfirst into the Second Amendment debate, noting the shooter’s easy access to a high-velocity assault rifle as one of the main reasons for so many deaths.

    Today, people around the world showed their support for both the students and gun control. Singer Halsey hugged outspoken Parkland shooting survivor and advocate Emma Gonzalez, while the Parks and Recreation crew had an unofficial reunion.

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    One dollar and five cents. According to March For Our Lives organizers, that is what each Florida student is worth to Marco Rubio. The state senator has come under fire for being among the top recipients of contributions from the National Rifle Association (NRA). More importantly, he is on the receiving end of some harsh criticism for being unwilling to stop accepting donations from the organization when faced with survivors from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

    This price tag has become a symbol of the movement fighting to put an end to mass shootings and gun violence. The March For Our Lives website created a free printout of it encouraging protesters to wear them. The organization’s website explains: “On March 24th wear this price tag to protest politicians who accept NRA blood money and demand they pass meaningful gun control legislation now.” During his speech on Saturday, student and Parkland, FL shooting survivor David Hogg condemned Rubio for putting a price tag on the lives of students. “This is not cutting it,” Hogg said as he pointed back at the White House amid cheers of agreement.

    These prices tags could be seen on countless young protesters today at the March For Our Lives demonstrations in Washington D.C., Los Angeles, New York, and around the country. While the exact amount may vary, its poignant imagery reminds anyone who sees it that their safety, or lack thereof, comes with a price tag. Rubio has reportedly received $3,303,355 from the NRA to date. Fellow survivor Sarah Chadwick elaborated on the price tag symbol during her speech saying, “Is that all we’re worth to these politicians? A dollar and five cents? Was $17.85 all it cost you that day, Mr. Rubio? Well I say, one life is worth more than all the guns in America.”

    Students around the country have done the math and it doesn’t add up. They want change and they don’t want to hear anyone’s excuses.

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    Yolanda Renee King is a name you may not know, but you can be sure it’s a name you’re likely to hear more of in the future. On Saturday, the March For Our Lives commenced and King — who is the 9-year-old granddaughter of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. — gave a passionate speech.

    "My name is Yolanda Renee King, granddaughter of Martin Luther King and Loretta Scott King," she said to a massive, roaring crowd.

    Holding the mic and pacing herself, little Yolanda then proceeded to pay homage to her late grandfather like an old pro.

    "My grandfather had a dream that his four little children would not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character,” she started. “I have a dream that enough is enough, and that this should be a gun-free world, period."

    Onstage, Martin’s eldest granddaughter stood beside Jaclyn Corin, a survivor of the Parkland shooting, which happened earlier in February. (Corin, who appears on the cover of a recent issue of Time magazine, also gave a memorable speech.)

    “Can you please repeat these words after me?” she asked the crowd. “Spread the word, have you heard, all across the nation, we are going to be a great generation!" Though the best part was, despite the crowd’s high energy, she knew they could do better. “Now say it like you really, really mean it!” she asked her crowd, before having them repeat the chant. After the final chant, she and Jaclyn then gave one another a huge hug.

    Way to command a crowd, girl. Yolanda wasn’t the only young person to win over the attention of thousands today, 11-year-old Naomi Wadler also commanded the crowd. Watch Yolanda’s moment below and prepare to get inspired.

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    The March For Our Lives is sobering, important, and should shame us all into action. But like any form of activism, it can fall into the trap of amplifying only one type of voice: the voices of cisgender white people. Luckily, the march’s organizers have taken steps to ensure that a diversity of voices are heard, and that the march’s goals are unifying, not exclusionary. They’ve handed the megaphone to speakers and performers of color, as well as LGBTQ+ folks and those from communities who deal with other types of gun violence.

    Activist David Hogg criticized the media for centering the stories of white gun control activists. He told Axios that the media dropped the ball when it came to representing Parkland students of color. “My school is about 25% black, but the way we're covered doesn't reflect that,” he said. (Teen Vogue notes that Parkland’s district census data is closer to 40% black.) Through his activism in organizing the march, and his student activist community, March For Our Lives centers voices that have been shut out of the conversation.

    The list of speakers is also refreshingly diverse. Black teens have a been a fierce voice for gun reform, even if their activism is not on the front page. Mya Middleton, a 16-year-old student activist from Chicago, spoke at the rally on Washington. She witnessed an armed robbery, and became involved in activism through the group After School Matters. One of the movement’s most visible faces, Parkland survivor Emma Gonzáles, is a queer teen who takes her responsibility to her community seriously.

    Singer Jennifer Hudson also gave a rousing musical performance. Hudson has seen the impact of gun violence in her personal life: in 2008, her mother, brother, and young nephew were killed as a result of domestic violence. Fellow singer Ariana Grande also was touched by violence when a suicide bomber attacked her show in Manchester, England last year. Rolling Stone notes that it was Grande’s first public performance since September 2017.

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    Emma González has been an incomparable voice in the fight against gun violence. Her righteous anger is only matched by her ability to make us feel her deep grief. Despite facing homophobia and the gun lobby, she tirelessly organized around this issue and now has the attention of a nation. When she speaks, we listen, and she amplifies voices that cannot speak out.Today, she spoke at the March For Our Lives in Washington D.C. Her speech was chilling, and you will not be able to stop thinking about it after you see the video. We shouldn’t stop thinking about this issue. Lives are literally at stake, and her speech carried that weight.

    “Six minutes and 20 seconds,” she began. That was how long it took for 17 of her classmates and teachers to be killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. It only took six minutes because the shooter used an AR-15 assault rifle, a firearm created with the expressed purpose to kill as many people as possible in a short amount of time. Gonzalez intoned the names of those who were laid to rest, her voice cracking with anguish. “My friend Carmen will never complain to me about piano practice,” she said. The names continued, until suddenly Gonzalez stopped speaking.

    She sat in silence. Tears began streaming down her face, but she stood resolute. The crowd occasionally erupted with chants of “never again!” and applause; the camera showed us the faces of marchers who also cried during González’s silence. It was a painfully poignant moment, the likes of which we’ll remember in the years to come.

    Finally, she began speaking again. “Since the time that I came out here, it has been six minutes and 20 seconds,” she said. That’s all the time it took for 17 people to lose their lives. Gonzelez wrapped up her speech by pleading for all us to “fight for your life. Before it’s someone else’s job.” She walked off stage to thunderous cheers.

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