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Your Everything Guide to Plan B

On Friday, June 24, the Supreme Court voted to overturn Roe v. Wade, effectively taking away the constitutional right to legal abortion access. Abortion can now be banned in more than half the United States and officially illegal in Arkansas, Alabama, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Missouri, and South Dakota. According to Guttmacher Institute, an abortion rights research and advocacy group, a total of 26 states are “certain or likely” to completely ban abortion in the upcoming weeks and months. 

The decision has caused a reproductive rights—and human rights—crisis, with many taking to the streets in protest and everyone from politicians to celebrities condemning the loss of safe and legal abortion access for people who can become pregnant. 

Emergency contraception and birth control are still available and legal—though anti-abortion legislators have indicated contraceptives may be their next target. In the wake of Roe v. Wade‘s overturn, there has been a surge in demand for emergency contraceptives at retailers. According to reports, stores like Walgreens, CVS, and RiteAid are currently selling out or limiting purchases of Plan B, an emergency contraceptive pill that can be taken to prevent pregnancy. Plan B is not to be confused with the abortion pill—i.e., mifepristone and misoprostol—which are medications that terminate early pregnancy. 

As Plan B becomes a lifeline during this critical time for reproductive rights, Glamour spoke to Dr. Sharon Malone, MD, OB-GYN and Chief Medical Officer of Alloy, to explain everything you need to know about the emergency contraceptive. 

Ahead, Malone answers all your questions about Plan B. 

What is Plan B? 

Plan B is a type of “morning-after” pill that’s not only easily accessible, but also extremely effective at preventing pregnancy. “Plan B is an emergency contraceptive pill that can be taken up to 72 hours after an episode of an unprotected or failed contraceptive,” says Malone. “Plan B is available over the counter and contains levonorgestrel, a synthetic progestin found in many birth control pills and in the hormonal IUD Mirena.” 

How does Plan B work?

Similar to birth control, Plan B delays or prevents ovulation so pregnancy is unable to occur. It can also prevent sperm from fertilizing an egg or stop a fertilized egg from attaching to the uterus. 

Who can take Plan B? 

For women who weigh more than 165 pounds, Malone recommends using Ella (ulipristal), another type morning-after pill, which is more effective as an oral medication, though it does require a prescription. “Plan B is less effective in people who are overweight [according to the World Health Organization, a body mass index over 25 is considered overweight],” says Malone. “There are two morning-after pills: Plan B or its generic equivalent (levonorgestrel), which is available over the counter and Ella (ulispristal), which is available as a prescription. Ulipristal is slightly more effective in preventing pregnancy, particularly in women with higher weights.” 

Are there risks? 

There are no major risks involved with taking the pill. “There is no estrogen in Plan B,” says Malone. “Risks are minimal and the biggest issue is a failure to prevent pregnancy. If the next period is delayed by more than a week, pregnancy should be ruled out.”

What is the efficacy of Plan B in preventing pregnancy?

There are two factors: How soon you take the pill after having unprotected sex and your body mass index. “Although the effectiveness of Plan B is higher when taken closer to the episode of unprotected or unplanned sex, it can be taken up to three to five days after,” says Malone. “The effectiveness is anywhere from 75% to 90% in preventing pregnancy, but it’s decreased in people with higher BMIs. Although there has been a recommendation to double the dose of Plan B in people with higher BMIs, recent studies suggest that this is not effective in reducing ovulation.” 

R. Kelly Has Been Sentenced to 30 Years Behind Bars

Singer R. Kelly has been sentenced to 30 years in prison. In September the singer was convicted of racketeering and eight violations of the Mann Act, which makes it illegal to transport people across state lines for “immoral purposes.”

Famous for hit songs like “Ignition” and “I Believe I Can Fly,” Kelly has long been accused of being a sexual predator. At the age of 27, he married a 15-year-old Aaliyah, and an infamous tape shows him allegedly urinating on a teenage girl. He made no secret of the fact that he was attracted to very young women; in 2008 he (barely) dodged an interview question about the matter and admitted to having teenage “friends.” Since then, multiple women have come forward with horrific accounts of grooming, assault, abuse, control, and manipulation, some of which were featured in the 2019 Lifetime documentary Surviving R. Kelly. In response, Kelly defended himself in an interview with Gayle King, but while he denied the allegations, his behavior and demeanor during the interview led many to see him as threatening and possibly unstable.

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In a letter to the judge, Kelly’s lawyer asked for a sentence of less than 10 years, writing that the defendant was “not an evil monster but a complex (unquestionably flawed) human-being who faced overwhelming challenges in childhood that shaped his adult life,” including sexual abuse as a child.

Federal prosecutors, however, recommended at least 25 years, writing, “Given the breadth of the defendant’s conduct and its continuity over a period of decades, the government has little doubt that if afforded an opportunity to offend again, the defendant would do so.” (Quotations per BuzzFeed’s reporting.)

At the sentencing, Kelly was also ordered to pay a $100,000 fine. According to the Associated Press, he is also facing child pornography and obstruction of justice charges in Chicago; that trial is scheduled to begin August 15.


R. Kelly Has Been Sentence to 30 Years Behind Bars

Singer R. Kelly has been sentenced to 30 years in prison. In September, the singer was convicted of racketeering and eight violations of The Mann Act, which makes it illegal to transport people across state lines for “immoral purposes.”

Famous for hit songs like “Ignition” and “I Believe I Can Fly,” Kelly has long been accused of being a sexual predator. At the age of 27, he married a 15-year-old Aaliyah, and an infamous tape shows him allegedly urinating on a teenage girl. He made no secret of the fact that he was attracted to very young women; in 2008 he (barely) dodged an interview question about the matter and admitted to  having teenage “friends.” Since then, multiple women have come forward with horrific accounts of grooming, assault, abuse, control, and manipulation, some of which were featured in the 2019 Lifetime documentary Surviving R. Kelly. In response, Kelly defended himself in an interview with Gayle King, but while he denied the allegations, his behavior and demeanor during the interview led many to see him as threatening and possibly unstable.

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In a letter to the judge, Kelly’s lawyer asked for a sentence of less than 10 years, writing that the defendant was “not an evil monster but a complex (unquestionably flawed) human-being who faced overwhelming challenges in childhood that shaped his adult life,” including sexual abuse as a child.

Federal prosecutors, however, recommended at least 25 years, writing, “Given the breadth of the defendant’s conduct and its continuity over a period of decades, the government has little doubt that if afforded an opportunity to offend again, the defendant would do so.” (Quotes per BuzzFeed’s reporting.)

At the sentencing, Kelly was also ordered to pay a $100,000 fine. According to the Associated Press, he is also facing child pornography and obstruction of justice charges in Chicago; that trial is scheduled to being August 15.


Sam Asghari on His Marriage to Britney Spears: ‘The Husband Thing Hasn’t Hit Me Yet’

A few weeks after tying the knot at home, Sam Asghari is still getting used to the idea that he and Britney Spears are finally, really, married. The pair got engaged in September 2021 and wore  Versace to say “I do” in front of a small group of family and friends on June 9. 

“The husband thing hasn’t hit me yet,” the trainer-turned-actor revealed on Good Morning America, per People. Pointing to his wedding ring, he quipped, “I have to wear this thing now!” He added, “You know, it’s just surreal, man.”

Asghari reflected on their intentionally small wedding, saying, “We imagined this thing being a fairytale and it was.” He continued, “We wanted to just celebrate and that’s what we did.” As for how Spears is enjoying newlywed life, Asghari said, “She’s amazing, she’s doing well. She’s my wife!” Couldn’t have said it better ourselves!

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Sam Asghari also opened up about what kind of role model he wants to be for his and Spears’ future children. “At the end of my life, I want to be able to have a great career. But more importantly, I want people to look up to me — my loved ones, my children, my wife,” he said.

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Cameron Diaz Is Coming Out of Retirement for the Netflix Movie Back in Action

This is not a drill! Cameron Diaz is coming out of retirement to make another movie. Last seen on the big screen in 2014’s Annie, she is once again working with Jamie Foxx (who played Daddy Warbucks in the musical) in a new Netflix flick. And not a moment too soon.

Back in 2020, Diaz explained her reasons for stepping back from the spotlight. “I stopped and really looked at my life. When you’re making a movie…they own you. You’re there for 12 hours a day for months on end; you have no time for anything else…I realized I handed off parts of my life to all these other people,” Diaz said at the time. “I had to basically take it back and take responsibility for my own life. I had been going so hard for so long, working, making films, such a grind. I didn’t make any space for my personal life.” A year after Annie came out, she married Benji Madden, and they have since welcomed a baby girl, Raddix.

Diaz has continued to speak positively about her retirement in recent years, so it was a delightful surprise when Variety announced that she would star in a movie titled, aptly, Back In Action. Actually, it was Foxx himself who first dropped the news, roping retired(ish) football star Tom Brady into the announcement and revealing that production starts later this year.

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Seth Gordon, director of Baywatch and Identity Thief, will direct, from a script by him and Brendan O’Brien, per Variety. Online, fans cheered Diaz’s return.

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Dakota Johnson Is Finally Able to Be Honest About Fifty Shades: ‘It Was Always a Battle’

Dakota Johnson has revealed some behind-the-scenes turmoil from Fifty Shades of Grey—and no, she wasn’t talking about Jamie Dornan.

In a new interview with Vanity Fair, Johnson described the filming process for the franchise as “mayhem,” in part because of the creative control held by the book’s author E.L. James, who Johnson refers to as Erika. “I signed up to do a very different version of the film we ended up making,” Johnson said. Specifically, Johnson revealed that James wanted to keep protagonist Anastasia Steele’s “incredibly cheesy” inner monologues in the movie, even though they “wouldn’t work to say out loud.” 

“It was always a battle,” the actor said. “Always.” The cast ended up doing multiple takes of each scene, one to fit James’ vision, and another for “the movie that we wanted to make.” Hmm, might have to go back and re-watch and guess what ended up in the final cut.

“There were a lot of different disagreements,” Johnson said. “I haven’t been able to talk about this truthfully ever, because you want to promote a movie the right way, and I’m proud of what we made ultimately and everything turns out the way it’s supposed to, but it was tricky.”

Still, it seems that while there were artistic disagreements, on a personal level, there’s no bad blood. “Erika is a very nice woman, and she was always kind to me and I’m grateful she wanted me to be in those movies.” As a legit fan of the movies, I am also grateful for that.

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However, rumors that Johnson and Dornan don’t get along have been greatly exaggerated, at least according to Johnson. “He’s like a brother to me. I love him so, so, so much,” the Cha Cha Real Smooth star said of her former costar. 

Barbiecore Is Everywhere

Ever since the first film stills of a bubbly Margot Robbie in Greta Gerwig’s Barbie were unveiled – she plays the titular role in the film, hitting cinemas next summer – there’s been a sickeningly-sweet style shift. Enter: #Barbiecore.

Barbie is the unlikely muse of 2022. The antithesis of goth girl summer’s emo attitude, Barbie style is all about looking pretty in pink. Take the lead from Margot, who’s been living her best blonde bombshell life on the set of the film. The actor has been papped strutting in Western flares and a waistcoat; and rollerblading in stretchy ’80s neon gymgear. (Think: Jane Fonda home exercise videos on acid.) Her Ken, Ryan Gosling, has twinned her vibrant looks, donning a fresh bleached hair-do to fit the part. Lizzo and Vanessa Hudgens were also spotted wearing the iconic hot pink color this year.

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Meanwhile, IRL lovebirds Megan Fox and Machine Gun Kelly have set out to rival the on-screen duo. At the premiere of Machine Gun Kelly’s new documentary, Life In Pink, the pair looked every inch a real-life Barbie and Ken, sporting matching pink rinses to boot. Both championed London-based designers for the occasion: Megan arrived in 2021 LVMH Prize winner Nensi Dojaka, and MGK in rising star Chet Lo. The following day, Megan continued her Barbie-inspired looks in metallic separates by The Andamane, worn with a crystal-choked mini bag by L’Alingi.

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Cara Delevingne Described Making Out With Selena Gomez as ‘Just Fun’

Warning: minor spoilers for  Only Murders in the Building season two, episode two.

It’s right there in the headline: Cara Delevingne kissed Selena Gomez in the second episode of Only Murders in the Building season two. Hulu dropped the first two episodes of the hit murder mystery on June 28, introducing Delevingne as Alice, an art gallery owner who takes interest in artwork by one of the show’s lead protagonists, Mabel (Gomez). Amy Schumer also appears in the second episode as herself.

As previously reported, Alice serves as Mabel’s love interest this season and the pair have already shared an on-screen kiss. In an interview with E!’s web series While You Were Streaming, the model opened up about making out with Gomez in the second episode of OMITB. 

“It was just fun,” Delevingne said of the kiss. “Would anyone in the world not like to kiss Selena?” Fair enough! “It was just hysterical,” she added. “It’s just one of those things, especially when you know someone so well, it’s the comfortability and you kind of have fun with it.”

Cara Delevingne as Alice in ‘Only Murders In the Building’ season two, episode two, “Framed.”

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She continued, “We never get to see each other as much because we’re so busy. So to be able to spend that much time with her, and also to be able to work with her, she’s just such an incredible person to work with whether I know her or not. She is brilliant, like one of my favorite actors I’ve ever worked with.”

Delevingne, who came out as pansexual in 2020, also discussed what playing Alice meant to her. “For me to be able to get to play a queer role meant so much to me, and [Selena] knew that,” she said. “To represent that was really exciting.”

46 Celebrities Who Have Had Abortions—And Spoken Out About Them

Abortion is a human right. Abortion is basic health care. Celebrities who have had abortions and spoken out about them are in good company among the one in four women who will get abortions in their lifetime. 

Abortion should be no more stigmatized than any other medical decision. But following the Supreme Court’s decision to roll back Roe v. Wade after nearly 50 years of legal abortions, the ongoing crisis of abortion access is becoming even more of an emergency. “Celebrities today regularly reveal the details of their drug addictions, sexual obsessions, marital infidelities—but no celebrity in recent memory has admitted to ending a pregnancy,” Susan Dominus wrote in Glamour in 2005. 

It means so much to so many people that this is no longer true. Celebrities have become increasingly bold in sharing their abortion stories. Celebrities speaking out about abortions helps to remind us that abortions are extremely common, that all kinds of people get them, and that abortions allow people to pursue the life they want on their own timeline. 

It’s also important to remember that no matter what the Supreme Court says, rich and connected people will always be able to get abortions. People who live in the South and the Midwest, poor people, people of color, immigrants, and refugees will be forced to carry pregnancies against their will. People don’t realize, Diana Greene Foster, the lead researcher of the landmark Turnaway Study told Glamour, “how much not having money slows you down from being able to get an abortion, find a clinic, pay for it, get to the clinic, stay overnight sometimes, buy childcare, get out of work.” 

Celebrity attention helps—it helps personalize these stories and publicize them. No one should feel obligated to share their deeply personal medical history with the public. But when they bravely do, it means a lot. 

Eva Mendes Asked to Keep Ryan Gosling’s Barbie Underwear: ‘I’m Wearing It Right Now’

Eva Mendes has a special gift from the set of Barbie. If you have not heard about Greta Gerwig’s Barbie movie, I don’t know what to tell you except that you will be very surprised when you see what Ryan Gosling looks like as Ken in a few moments. At this point, we’ve seen so many bright and colorful images from the film that I feel like I’ve seen the movie but at the same time, I have no idea what it’s about.

Like so many of us, Eva Mendes had a visceral reaction to an official photo of Ryan Gosling as Ken on the set of Barbie. Thankfully, Mendes is at a huge advantage, considering Gosling is her longtime partner.  “I saw the photo and the 14-year-old in me was like, ‘ahhhhh,’” Mendes said in an interview with The Talk on Monday, June 27, before specifically referencing the Calvin Klein-inspired “Ken” underwear Gosling wore in the promotional image. 

She continued, “It’s a funny photo and he’s trying to be funny so it worked on all levels. But when I saw it, he sent it to me from work and I said, ‘Can I please have that underwear? Please. I never ask for anything.’” 

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“So, anyway, I do have it [the underwear], I’m wearing it right now,” Mendes said, adding that there was something about it that brought out the teenager in her.  “I feel like my man has started a real renaissance. Like a Ken-aissance. I see what’s going on,” she added.

See the full interview here:

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