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Who Is Carrie Kissing in These New Pics From the Sex and the City Reboot?

Who’s involved? Nixon tagged Sarah Jessica Parker as well as Kristin Davis in her post but notably left out Kim Cattrall. Deadline confirms the actor, who played Samantha Jones in the original six seasons and two movies, will not be returning. Is anyone really surprised?

Although Darren Star, who also created Emily in Paris, was the original creator of the series, it’s being reported that Michael Patrick King will serve as executive producer along with Nixon, Parker, and Davis. King previously directed multiple episodes of the series as well as both movies. 

The first official look is here! HBO Max released the first official image from And Just Like That… on July 9 to celebrate the beginning of production. Here’s how Carrie, Miranda, and Charlotte are dressing now:

HBO Max

What are they doing about Samantha? In February 2021, HBO Max chief content officer Casey Bloys told TV Line, “Just as in real life, people come into your life, people leave. Friendships fade, and new friendships start. So I think it is all very indicative of the real stages, the actual stages of life…. They’re trying to tell an honest story about being a woman in her 50s in New York. So it should all feel somewhat organic, and the friends that you have when you’re 30, you may not have when you’re 50.”

That being said, we don’t know exactly how the series will explain Samantha’s absence yet. But Parker did hint on Twitter that some fans were close to guessing it.

On Instagram, she (sort of) addressed Cattrall’s noninvolvement; after one fan commented, “Happy to see you back but will miss Kim/Samantha,” Parker replied, “We will too. We loved her so. X.” Loved as in past tense. Well, better to have loved and lost, as they say.

In a separate comment, per People, SJP wrote of Samantha, “She will always be there.” And when one fan suggested she didn’t like Cattrall, Parker wrote, “No. I don’t dislike her. I’ve never said that. Never would. Samantha isn’t part of this story. But she will always be part of us. No matter where we are or what we do. X.”

Simone Biles Says She’s ‘Still Scared To Do Gymnastics’ After the Tokyo Olympics

Simone Biles recently got emotional about her experience at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo on *The Today Show—*in fact, she says she’s “still scared” to do gymnastics.  

As you may remember, Biles removed herself from the gymnastics team competition at the Tokyo Olympics over the summer, citing that she needed to focus on her mental health and that her mind and body were not in sync. Biles later said she had the twisties, a condition athletes can experience when they lose air awareness that puts them at high risk for injury when they land. 

Simone Biles got emotional speaking about how the twisties impacted her during a segment with Hoda Kotb on the Thursday, October 21 episode of Today. Kotb asked Biles if she still has the twisties while on the road and performing for the Gold Over America Tour.

“I don’t twist. I do … my signature moves on the floor, but that’s never affected me,” Biles replied. “Everything else just, like, weighs so heavy, and I watch the girls do it and it’s just, it’s not the same.”

Biles added, while holding back tears, “To do something that I’ve done forever and just not be able to do it because of everything I’ve gone through is really crazy because I love this sport so much. But it’s hard. I’m sorry. And I don’t think people understand the magnitude of what I go through.”

After Biles quit the competition, some uninformed people online called her a quitter. In response, Biles explained the twisties in detail on her Instagram story. “For anyone saying I quit: I didn’t quit, my mind & body are simply not in sync as you can see here. I don’t think you realize how dangerous this is on hard/competition surface nor do I have to explain why I put health first.”

While the twisties have been difficult, Biles is proud that she can be a leader and encourage others to be open about their mental health. “For so many years, to go through everything that I’ve gone through, put on a front, I’m proud of myself and I’m happy I can be a leader for the survivors and bring courage to everybody speaking up,” Biles said. “So I’m happy to be a voice for them. But we go through our own things. It’s hard. The twisting once I got back will come back, but I’m still scared to do gymnastics.” 

You can watch the interview here:

The Best Glow Recipe Products Worth Your Money

Once a hard-to-find novelty, Korean beauty (or K-beauty) is now just as accessible as drugstore staples. You can thank Glow Recipe for that. While it’s currently best known for its adorable fruit-shaped skin-care products and clean ethos, the brand got its footing by creating a marketplace for Americans to shop the best products Korea had to offer. Now the company focuses solely on its own skin-care range, which takes the glow-forward philosophy of Korean skin-care routines and distills it into a smaller number of steps that are simple to follow and fun to use.

To say Glow Recipe has been a smash hit would be an understatement. It’s beloved by bloggers and editors, and one of its signature Watermelon Glow Sleeping Masks is sold every three minutes. In addition to having some of the best-smelling products out there, the brand also uses no parabens, SLS, SLES, phthalates, or mineral oil, among others. Add on the Instagram-bait packaging and the fact that no product tops $50, and it’s no wonder Glow Recipe is one of the brands we’re asked about the most.

We had Glamour editors—ranging from obsessed fans to brand newbies—put the entire line to the test. Scroll on for our honest reviews of the best Glow Recipe products.

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Eve Was Told ‘Let Me Blow Ya Mind’ Would ‘Never Work.’ She Made It Anyway.

If there was one woman you looked up to coming of age as a young Black girl in the 2000s, it was Eve. With divine bone structure, a powerful short blonde haircut, and bars for days, Eve was like the beautiful, tough older sister we all wish we had.

She dropped her debut album, Let There Be Eve…Ruff Ryders’ First Lady, in 1999. It charted number one on the Billboard 200, making the Philly native the third female rapper to achieve the accolade. What followed was a career that places Eve as an undeniable icon in the rap game. “Who’s That Girl,” the first single from her 2001 album Scorpion, was listed number 97 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop; in that same year, she won the BET award for Best Female Hip-Hop Artist. Eve also took home a Grammy in 2002 for her song featuring Gwen Stefani, “Let Me Blow Ya Mind,” for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration.

But Eve didn’t just stop at music. After starring in hits like Barbershop and appearing in other movies like Charlie’s Angels, she dropped her eponymous comedy sitcom Eve on UPN. In 2014, Eve became a co-host on talk show The Talk and just last year received a Daytime Emmy Award nomination along with her Talk co-stars.

Now married with four stepchildren, Eve is living in the UK and still doing what she does best: living her life to the fullest. The rap queen returned to the screen on October 19 in Queens, a new ABC series starring Eve, Naturi Naughton, Brandy, and Nadine Velazquez as former girl group members trying to recapture the height of their glory days.

And 20 years after the release of Scorpion, Eve spoke with Glamour about some of her most memorable rap moments. For the latest edition of 5 Songs, 5 Stories, the rapper talks about how some of her favorite songs came to be.

“Let Me Blow Ya Mind” featuring Gwen Stefani

Considered one of the most successful rap/pop collaborations of all time, “Let Me Blow Ya Mind” propelled Eve into an entirely new musical orbit. Her lyrics tackle what it means to be mainstream and the longevity of her rap career. Eve took home a Grammy for the song and the music video won an MTV Video Award.

It’s the one song that I wrote fully—like literally every single thing, every word. I write my own stuff, but usually I get lazy after I write verses. I don’t want to write the chords, and Dre was like, “You’re not leaving the studio until this song is done.” I hated him that day, but I’m so happy he made me stay.

Meghan Markle Urges Congress To Pass Paid Parental Leave Policies in an Open Letter

Meghan Markle opened up about the difficulties from her childhood and the challenges of being a parent in a letter to Congress.

In it, Markle asked Congress to support paid parental leave policies in support of President Biden’s Build Back Better agenda. The letter, published by Paid Leave For All, asks Congress to understand the needs of Americans who often have to choose work over their children or make sacrifices in their careers to care for their children. The pandemic has made these choices even more difficult.

“Over the past 20 months, the pandemic has exposed long-existing fault lines in our communities,” Markle wrote. “At an alarming rate, millions of women dropped out of the workforce, staying home with their kids as schools and daycares were closed, and looking after loved ones full-time. The working mom or parent is facing the conflict of being present or being paid. The sacrifice of either comes at a great cost.”

Markle then went into more detail about her own parents, who had to make similar sacrifices. “I grew up on the $4.99 salad bar at Sizzler — it may have cost less back then (to be honest, I can’t remember) — but what I do remember was the feeling: I knew how hard my parents worked to afford this because even at five bucks, eating out was something special, and I felt lucky. Even [saving money] was a luxury — because usually it was about making ends meet and having enough to pay my rent and put gas in my car.”

Markle addressed the challenges she and Prince Harry have faced as parents, while also recognizing the privilege to have the opportunity to take time off from their careers following the birth of their daughter, Lili, in June, a luxury that most Americans do not have. 

“In June, my husband and I welcomed our second child. Like any parents, we were overjoyed. Like many parents, we were overwhelmed. Like fewer parents, we weren’t confronted with the harsh reality of either spending those first few critical months with our baby or going back to work. We knew we could take her home and in that vital (and sacred) stage, devote any and everything to our kids and to our family. We knew that by doing so we wouldn’t have to make impossible choices about childcare, work, and medical care that so many have to make every single day,” she wrote.

When Lili was born in June, the couple took time off from their nonprofit, Archwell

“Paid leave should be a national right, rather than a patchwork option limited to those whose employers have policies in place, or those who live in one of the few states where a leave program exists,” Meghan Markle continued. “This is about putting families above politics.”

Timothée Chalamet Said That Tom Holland Is Zendaya’s ‘Biggest Crush’

August 22: Tom Holland and Zendaya were photographed attending a friend’s wedding together. Zendaya wore a floor-length brown dress while Holland looked cool in a buttoned-down white dress shirt and black pants. But more important, peep their pose:

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While they may not be holding hands, Holland’s hand is definitely getting pretty close. Plus, that head touch screams, “This is my date.”

September 1: In honor of Zendaya’s birthday, Tom Holland shared a mirror selfie of the alleged couple on the Spider-Man set on Instagram. In the caption he wrote in character as Peter Parker: “My MJ, have the happiest of birthdays. Gimme a call when your [sic] up xxx.” If Holland is trying to be discreet about their real-life romance by doing a birthday tribute in character as Peter Parker, it’s not working. 

In what felt like an instant, “My MJ” started trending on Twitter as fans expressed their excitement about the unconfirmed couple.

September 11: It took a while, but Zendaya finally posts those Venice Film Festival photos of her stunning leather Balmain dress to Instagram, and we’re not the only ones who think she looked fire. On September 11, Holland comments on the image with three flame emoji (as he should). His comment has over 53,000 likes. 

October 19: Holland posted a photo of Zendaya on a red carpet to promote her movie Dune to his Instagram grid. He captioned it with the heart eyes emoji. 

October 20: In a video for BuzzFeed News, Zendaya and Dune co-star Timothee Chalamet tested their friendship by answering questions about each other. When Chalamet was asked who Zendaya’s “biggest crush” is he said, “Easy, Tom Holland!” 

Zendaya immediately started giggling. Sadly, this exchange is the closest thing to a confirmation that Zendaya and Tom Holland are dating that we’ve ever gotten in the press.  

This post will be updated. 


25 Perfume Gift Sets You Can’t Go Wrong With

Perfume gift sets are the unsung hero of holiday gift-giving. At first, fragrance may seem like a risky gift idea since it’s so intensely personal, but a gift set of the recipient’s favorite scent shows you actually know them better than anyone else out there.

On the other hand, if you’re unsure of what they do like, a sample kit is almost like two gifts in one: They get the fragrances themselves, and the experience of discovering a brand-new signature scent. (No offense to Dolce & Gabbana’s ubiquitous Light Blue, but it’s nice to give a new perfume a chance to shine.)

Added to the fact that perfume feels so much more decadent and special than, say, a foundation or a mascara, it really is the perfect gift. Plus, most of the sets this season come in packaging so chic you don’t even need to wrap them, and some are even paired with fragrance-infused skin-care products, like body wash. So consider this our gift to you: We rounded up the best perfume gift sets you can’t go wrong with. All you have to do is add to cart and throw on a pretty little bow. You’re welcome.

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How To Watch the 2021 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

The 2021 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade is just a few weeks away, and we’re already excited to see the balloons, floats and performances. After going virtual last year because of the pandemic (the event was still held, but without a crowd), this year it will return in its full form. 

We know you’re going to want to watch it live, if for nothing else, then at least to understand the memes and tweets. Also, there will be a Baby Yoda balloon, and no one wants to miss that. Move over Santa, because Grogu is the new Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade King. 

“We applaud Macy’s work to creatively continue this beloved tradition last year and look forward to welcoming back parade-watchers to experience it safely, live, and in-person this November,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement.

But how to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade?

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 12 p.m. in all time zones. In case you missed the first airing because of peeling potatoes or tending to a turkey or a needy relative, you can catch the rerun of the parade at 2 p.m. 

You can watch the 95th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade live on NBC. If you don’t have a TV, you can live stream the parade on NBC’s website or on the NBC App but you’ll need a TV provider to get access to the stream. Or, if it’s convenient, you could watch the parade from the Manhattan curb because spectators are once again welcome this year after last year’s ban due to the pandemic. 

If you’re a cable cutter, there are still plenty of options to stream the parade. First, you could beg a friend or relative to give you their TV provider information. If they do, you can thank them—it is Thanksgiving, after all. If that’s not an option, you can sign up for a free trial of services like Hulu + Live TV, which adds a live TV feature to your Hulu account. Currently, Hulu allows users a 7-day Hulu + Live free trial, then it will charge you for the service. It’s like having cable again, but on Hulu. YouTube TV is a similar service that also provides a free trial to new subscribers (so if you did this same thing last Thanksgiving, you won’t get another free trial). For YouTube TV, free trial time varies depending on the option you select. 

As for Peacock, it’s still up in the air. NBC’s streaming service doesn’t carry live coverage of all their programming, but in the past they’ve let users watch events like SNL live…so, it might happen! We expect an announcement on that closer to the date and will update when more information is available.

And after it’s all done, we suggest turning on one of the best Thanksgiving movies for families, firing up our Thanksgiving music playlist, or checking out some Thanksgiving shows.

You Can Put Daphne Rubin-Vega’s Sofrito On Almost Anything

When Daphne Rubin-Vega first started dating her now-husband, Thomas Costanzo, the In the Heights star knew she had to bring her A-game in the kitchen. Costanzo comes from a long line of exceptional Italian cooks, so if she wanted to win his heart, she knew she had to take the most obvious route—through his stomach. Luckily, Rubin-Vega had a secret weapon: her aromatic, veggie-heavy sofrito. “His response was, ‘We need to put this in everything,’” she recalls. “He was like, ‘We have to have a jar of this stuff handy for all kinds of different things!’”

And sure enough, 19 years into their marriage, Rubin-Vega always does keep a container in the fridge. What she loves about the oniony-peppery-garlicky-tomatilloy blend is that it goes with nearly everything. “If I have a good sofrito, it really legitimizes the rest of the food. I can’t make good beans or a stew without sofrito,” she says. “Marinating chicken, meats, even fish. I put it on pretty much everything other than salad—but that might even work, too.”

And her sofrito might have been right at home in last summer’s In The Heights, the Lin Manuel-Miranda hit show that Rubin-Vega has been involved with since it was Off-Broadway. (In the film, Rubin-Vega plays Daniela, co-owner of a neighborhood hair salon.) And the film nails the Latinx experience—down to the food. “I still see the shot of the food [in the scene at] abuela’s house. The guava, the cheese, just those details,” she says. “And the food was good. It wasn’t just ‘show food,’ it was actually quite delicious.” Just like her sofrito.

Daphne’s Sofrito

Servings:

“It can usually stay forever!”

Ingredients:

One yellow onion

One green (or orange, yellow, or red) pepper

Bystanders Didn’t Intervene as a Woman Was Raped. In Fact, They May Have Filmed It

It’s late. You’re a woman, alone, on your way home. Even though you’ve done nothing wrong, you’re worried for your safety. At least, you tell yourself, there are people around. It’s a thought many of us have used to comfort ourselves when walking as a woman at night—nothing too bad can happen with so many witnesses. Someone will help me. 

That wasn’t the case last week in Philadelphia, police say, when a woman was raped on a train in front of a group of strangers who did not intervene or call 911. Reports say there were “several” passengers in the car who observed as a man, Fiston Ngoy, assaulted and then raped an unnamed woman. Ngoy was not armed. Police Superintendent Timothy Bernhardt told The New York Times that investigations have turned up reports—so far unconfirmed—that some passengers filmed the rape on their phones. 

A transportation worker eventually boarded the train and called 911, a spokesperson for the Transit Authority told the Times. Shortly after, a police officer entered the car and arrested Ngoy. Bernhardt said footage from the train shows that the passengers could have intervened, but did not. 

It’s a story that seems to illustrates two distinct, extreme evils—direct violence, and passive acceptance of that violence by regular people. The story has captured national attention, twinning horribly with the recent Gabby Petito homicide story. Under these conditions of violence against women from strangers and partners, in public and in private, how can any woman or gender minority person feel safe? 

The horrific reports have inspired comparisons to the famous case of Kitty Genovese, a young woman who was murdered in New York City in 1964 on her way home from work. The front page New York Times report of the event bore the headline “37 Who Saw Murder Didn’t Call the Police; Apathy at Stabbing of Queens Woman Shocks Inspector.” The story provoked an uproar and led psychologists to coin the term “bystander effect.” 

But decades later, subsequent investigations of the case led the Times to acknowledge “errors” in its own investigations. “The article grossly exaggerated the number of witnesses and what they had perceived,” a 2016 piece in the Times reported. “None saw the attack in its entirety. Only a few had glimpsed parts of it, or recognized the cries for help.” In fact, two neighbors called the police after the event. 

The news about the rape on the Philadelphia train is still emerging. So far, reports have only been released by law enforcement officials and by the Transportation Authority. Increasingly, journalists have pointed out that it’s inappropriate to take police accounts as the final word on crime reporting—think of the way Minneapolis police first shared the news of George Floyd’s murder: “Man Dies After Medical Incident During Police Interaction.” 

But even as we get more clarity on this story—how many people looked on and did not help, whether or not it’s true that strangers decided to turn the worst moment of a woman’s life into entertainment—the horror is undeniable. We know that people are capable of sexual violence as individuals and in groups, in public and in private. One of the many things that makes this story is so troubling is the way it illustrates, in an extreme way, how much rape culture is simply…culture. 

If a woman cannot get help while she is being raped by a stranger in public, what is the hope for people who are, at much higher rates, raped or assaulted behind closed closed doors, usually by a person they know? In courthouses and in the court of public opinion, rape survivors are pressed to provide “evidence” of the crime committed against them, even though by its nature, sexual assault is often impossible to prove. The events on the Philadelphia train are a stark example of the how evidence can be dismissed—even when it appears, live, in front of people’s eyes. 

Why don’t survivors instantly report their assaults? In a culture where violence against women is so normalized that it can happen like it did in Philadelphia, it’s a wonder that anyone reports assault at all. 

Jenny Singer is a staff writer for Glamour. You can follow her on Twitter.