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For Dascha Polanco, Self-Care Is Thanking Her Feet After a Pedicure

Dascha Polanco talks to her feet after getting a pedicure. “I know it sounds crazy,” she laughs. “But it really isn’t.” It keeps her grounded.

In fact, the actor has spent the past year using self-care and affirmations like this to overcome fear, especially in her work. Part of her self-care arsenal also includes aligning with projects that inspire her. She recently partnered with Olay Body as an ambassador, and the world has seen her stand-out performances in Orange Is the New Black, American Crime Story, When They See Us, Russian Doll and, most recent, In The Heights

Cuca (Dascha Polanco) is a brand-new character in the film adaptation of the stage musical. Glittery acrylics and waist bags in tow, she shares chisme with the salon squad of Daniela (Daphne Rubin-Vega) and Carla (Stephanie Beatriz). Whether lounging by the pool in a teal floral cover-up and pink bikini or dancing with a Dominican Republic flag in a burgundy crop top and leggings, Cuca is always the most stylish person in the room. 

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“To be able to draw inspiration from female figures in my family and my community that represented icons and matriarchs—priestesses that uplift and are necessary and essential—I haven’t been able to do that,” she says. “This was the first of that, and it definitely made me feel empowered and validated.”

Polanco says her inspiration for Cuca is her aunt, who is a small-business owner with her own salon. The relationship a customer builds with their nail tech or hairstylist creates a tight-knit community, Polanco says. One that helps raise you and builds your identity. 

“We just say ‘salon ladies,’ but we don’t understand that there’s layers,” Polanco says. “There’s a sense of intimacy when we speak about people doing your hair, when people are in your face, when people are getting body treatments. You’re in a space where you’re very vulnerable. You’re getting waxed, right? That’s very intimate.”

Which brings us back to those post-salon affirmations. In this installment of Your Fave’s Faves, read about all the tools Dascha Polanco uses for self-care. 

The shower product I can’t live without

During those stages in your life when you really get exposed to the idea of caring for yourself, I was taught that skincare is important. That’s something I’m very thankful for. When Olay came out with this new exfoliating and moisturizing body wash I was like, “What?! This is what I like.” I have sensitive skin, and it’s gentle enough that I can use it every day. It massages away the dead skin cells, so it improves my skin along the way and hydrates it. I was really excited about that, and I like products that use natural ingredients as well.

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How I self-care

I write, I speak to myself—affirmations. I should be meditating every day, but I feel like my meditation is in the shower. It’s good to see a therapist to speak about things and to embrace the feelings and to be aware. Even with In the Heights, I was really scared to audition. Not being seen or seeing someone like me [on screen] has hindered me along the way. [So it’s important to] take that time to really face yourself in the mirror and say, “I’m worthy. I can do this. It’s okay, push that aside. Be fearless. Stand in your greatness. Don’t not try.”

Marvel Head Honcho Kevin Feige’s Cryptic Tease For WandaVision Season 2 Has Me Even More Excited For Doctor Strange And The Multiverse Of Madness

Of course, the fact that Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will only be a stop on this road only makes the film more exiting. It’s not only going to take these characters forward but it will also set up the next steps, and we can only begin to imagine what that will be. Since we’re literally dealing with multiverse concepts, basically anything is possible. And this also does leave open the possibility of a WandaVision Season 2. If the story is going to go someplace after Multiverse of Madness there’s no reason to assume that a second season Disney+ isn’t at least possible.

Everyone Is Getting Back Together

The ancient Greeks entertained themselves with the on-again, off-again love affairs of the gods.

We get Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck, exes back together again, having climbed upon the world stage and taken the opportunity to exchange as much spit as possible. It’s a twist out of a soap opera that has run through every possible pairing and is returning to the couples set up in the pilot. Bennifer, or Lofleck if you like, were last romantically involved in January 2004, when they broke off their engagement. Now, with constant paparazzi shots of the two of them, everything old is new again. (I don’t mean to suggest that 48 and 51 are old! Strike me down with a Super Bowl stripper pole, first.)

Not to be outdone—by anyone, ever, for any reason—Angelina Jolie was seen coming out of Jonny Lee Miller’s apartment two times this week. Jolie and Miller were married for four years and divorced in 1999. Like a leg emerging from a slinky Oscar gown, Jolie deftly asserted herself into the celebs-back-together-with-their-exes trend.

Exes and co-parents Travis Scott and Kylie Jenner were also linked this week, when Scott appeared to refer to Jenner as “Wifey,” and Jenner posted a picture of them upright-spooning. That’s not all—Lopez’s more recent ex-fiancé Alex Rodriguez hung out with his ex-wife, Cynthia Scurtis, this month, too. They lifted weights, both physical, as well as, apparently, the heaviness of the past.

And to bring this entire thing full circle, Ben Affleck’s ex-wife Jennifer Garner recently got back together with one of her exes. His name? John Miller (not to be confused with Johnny Lee Miller, who may be back with Angelina.) It’s almost like the celebrities are trying to entertain us.

Part of what makes these renewed pairings so satisfying is the way that—in the wake of a year of loss—they provide the temporary illusion that time has not passed. Celebrities have access to technologies and treatments that delay the visual effects of aging, so they already give the eerie impression of timelessness. But if they didn’t, seeing our old favorites together is not just nostalgic. It’s a portal to who we were.

Celebrities are acting like they invented getting back with your ex, trying each other on again like beloved jeans found in the back of a closet. As is often the case, stars probably aren’t starting a trend as much as they are very publicly exemplifying an existing one. In the early days of the pandemic, many people experienced the sudden, gnawing desire to get back in touch with an ex. Now—albeit with a much sunnier future ahead of us—the world is shifting under our feet again. When we lose our sense of control, we turn to the comfort of the familiar. If you’re thinking about sending that text, you’re not alone—Google searches for “Should I get back together with my ex” are spiking in June.

The Best Movies To Watch On Paramount+ Right Now

This may seem like a ton of movies, but this list barely scratches the surface of all the great titles featured on Paramount+. In addition to all the previously mentioned films, the streaming service also has great comedies like Let it Ride, Election, and Tropic Thunder, out-there ‘90s movies like eXistenZ, Trainspotting, and Face/Off, a whole lot of romance with the likes of Romeo and Juliet, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, and Grease Live, and then Samuel L. Jackson greats like Shaft.

If you want even more streaming options after reading about all these great films, take a look at our lists on the best movies on Netflix and best Amazon Prime movies, both of which are updated regularly.

And again, if you are not a Paramount+ subscriber, you can sign up here.

Hamilton’s Leslie Odom Jr. Has A Funny Take After Joining The Knives Out 2 Cast

Leslie Odom Jr. may have have been the one to win the Tony Award for Hamilton but that musical won many other awards because of the combined work of a number of performers on the stage, as well as the design team and crew. Leslie Odom Jr. made his feature film debut in Redtails, a movie about the Tuskegee Airmen, where he played one of several pilots. He also recently appeared in Kenneth Branagh’s Murder on the Orient Express, a film that is, much like the Knives Out sequel, a whodunit with an incredibly impressive cast.

Alexandra Daddario Is Twinning With Jennifer Lopez In Photo Featuring Ben Affeck, And Her Caption Is A+

Not merely content to cheer from the sidelines, Alexandra Daddario paid tribute to the supposed resurrection of Bennifer in a very special photo on Twitter. Copying Jennifer Lopez’s recent outfit that may or may not have contained a flannel from the collection of Ben Affleck, Daddario posed for the shot in what looks like a hotel lobby. But the A+ caption work is the clincher, as fans of Halloween should heed the following message:

Katrina Lake Starts Her Days with Mentorship and Ends Them With Mochi

When Katrina Lake brought her toddler to the NASDAQ bell ringing in 2017, she reinvented the stereotypical CEO image. Lake is the founder and CEO of Stitch Fix, one of the leading online personal styling services that curates stylish clothing for clients in the United States and United Kingdom — over 4.1 million of them.

The idea was born in her Cambridge, Massachusetts apartment in 2011, and six years later, she was the the youngest woman to take a company public at age 34 (a title she gracefully handed to Whitney Wolfe Herd of Bumble this year.)

Financial success is, obviously, key for any company but for Lake, running a lucrative business also means being a change-making leader. Two of Lake’s biggest leadership goals are diversity within her team and meaningful mentorship. In August, she’ll  transition from CEO to Executive Chairperson of the Board, a seat change that will keep her close to Stitch Fix while allowing her to focus on a new passion project: Elevate. The Stitch Fix grant and mentorship program uplifts Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) entrepreneurs with a $25,000 cash grant and advisory support from the Stitch Fix team. The eight-month program kicked off in January, and already has six designers whose collections will launch this fall.

In her mission to create a more diverse retail landscape, Lake is accelerating change in the apparel industry. For Glamour’s Doing The Work column, she shares how she creates her impact, deals with rejection, and takes a hard pass on investors making deals over beers in a hot tub.

Glamour: What’s your typical morning routine?

Katrina Lake: My kids are up by 7 a.m., so my days start early! The first hour or so of the day is totally devoted to getting them up and ready and fed. One of the pandemic silver linings has been how we’ve been able to share meals together so consistently — having breakfast all together every morning is something I love and helps me to start out the day grounded and present.

If it’s a Monday, I often kick off the morning posting a question box on Instagram stories for my Mentorship Monday program. I love being able to connect with entrepreneurs and people all over the world through it. I get such amazing questions, and sneaking in time to answer them is something I really look forward to. I wish I could spend many more hours in the day on mentorship and advising. Spending time connecting with people in a more lightweight way over DM and Instagram stories is a rewarding and fun way to be able to share and have an impact.

Are you a breakfast person? If so, what do you eat?

Every day. Breakfast for me always consists of coffee and fruit. Sometimes eggs and, if I’m very lucky, a croissant from [San Francisco bakery] Arsicault. My favorite is actually Japanese breakfast—rice, natto, often fish—but realistically, I only get that when I’m traveling in Japan. 

If you weren’t in your current career, what would you be? 

Data scientist—I wish!

How do you typically deal with rejection in the workplace?

Like anything, practice helps, even with rejection. During the early days of Stitch Fix when I was fundraising, over 50 venture investors said no to me. Even today, as a public company, we’re meeting with investors all the time — some of whom are supportive, some of whom are skeptical, or worse. I’ve been able to build some thicker skin so the sting of rejection doesn’t hurt so much. Even better, I do think there are silver linings.  If you’re not getting rejected, you’re probably not reaching or stretching far enough. There’s much to learn from all of the flavors of rejection. I have grown to really appreciate feedback, especially from skeptics, or people who don’t believe — it’s really helped us over the years to refine the narrative, to understand risks in the business, and to grow my own self-awareness. 

After Struggling Early In His Career, Tyler Perry Talks Dreams And Waiting 26 Years To Get New Netflix Film Made

A Jazzman’s Blues was directed and written by Tyler Perry and just wrapped production. The flick stars Ryan Eggold, Amirah Vann, Joshua Boone, Solea Pfeiffer, Brent Antonello, Milauna Jemai Jackson, and Brad Benedict. The story itself is an investigation into an unsolved mystery from 40 years prior and should be a good follow-up to Perry’s A Fall From Grace. It also sounds like the type of juicy content Netflix loves.

In fact, you can see a look from the set from Tyler Perry’s full Instagram post, below.

Downton Abbey 2 Has Kicked Off Production With First Set Photo And I Spy Branson

On the subject of old friends, it looks like two might be easily spotted in this picture. Most notably, and clearest of all, would be our look at the return of Allan Leech’s Thomas Branson. Sitting at the head of the table, the potential future heir to Downton Abbey may be the figure we’re seeing sat down to a meal and a conversation with the household staff.