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Amy Klobuchar on 7 Key Issues

On February 10, Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) became the latest candidate to enter the race for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. Klobuchar made her announcement during the height of a snowstorm in Minnesota.

Klobuchar began her career as a corporate lawyer, and then served as Minnesota’s Hennepin County attorney. According to the Daily Beast, as a prosecutor Klobuchar was known for being “tough on crime.” She jailed drug offenders for long stretches, increased the prosecution of repeat offenders, and launched campaigns against vandalism and graffiti—a stance that another democratic hopeful, Senator Kamala Harris (D–Calif.) , has come under fire for.

In 2006, Klobuchar was elected to the Senate, becoming Minnesota’s first-ever female to be elected United States Senator. Throughout her time in the Senate, she’s been known for her Midwestern roots and bipartisan stances. However, she’s also been criticized for the treatment of her staff. From 2011 to 2016, she had the highest staff turnover rate in the Senate, at 36 percent, according to Politico. Former Klobuchar staffers came forward to Buzzfeed News to say that her behavior “regularly left employees in tears.” Yahoo News has also reported that when former employees left Klobuchar’s office, she called their new employers to have their officers rescinded. Of the allegations she’s said, “Yes, I can be tough, and yes, I can push people. I have high expectations for myself. I have high expectations for the people that work for me. But I have high expectations for this country.”

Here we break down seven policies that will be central to Klobuchar’s bid.

Cyber Security

During her campaign launch, Klobuchar declared, “We need to put some digital rules into law when it comes to people’s privacy. For too long the big tech companies have been telling you ‘Don’t worry! We’ve got your back!’ while your identities are being stolen and your data is mined. Our laws need to be as sophisticated as the people who are breaking them.” This is a cause Klobuchar has championed ever since the 2016 election. Together with then-Senator John McCain (R-AZ) and Senator Mark Warner (D-VA), she introduced the Honest Ads Act, which works to prevent foreign interference in elections and improve the transparency of online political advertisements. Because of the bill, Google, Twitter, and Facebook now all mark their political ads with a “paid for by X.” Klobuchar is critical of these companies and wants more public information on their privacy policies and political advertising. It seems Americans are on her side. According to a recent poll, 53 percent of Americans believe big tech companies should be regulated by the federal government, much like the big banks.

Additionally, Klobuchar has pledged to support net neutrality, a rule that says internet providers can’t slow down traffic or block websites for certain users. (For more information on net neutrality, check out this explainer on Vox). Klobuchar also wants to make sure every single American has access to the Internet. “We need to end the digital divide by pledging to connect every household to the internet by 2022, and that means you, rural America,” she said at her campaign launch.

Climate Change

During Senator Klobuchar’s campaign announcement, which she made during a heavy snowstorm in Minnesota, she outlined climate change as one of her top priorities. “In the first 100 days of my administration, I will reinstate the Clean Power rules and gas mileage standards and put forth sweeping legislation to invest in green jobs and infrastructure. And on day one, we will rejoin the international climate agreement,” she said. The Clean Power Plan was an Obama-era designed to cut greenhouse gas emissions, which Donald Trump replaced upon entering office. Trump has already criticized Klobuchar’s stance on climate change. After she announced her bid for president, Trump tweeted: “Well, it happened again. Amy Klobuchar announced that she is running for President, talking proudly of fighting global warming while standing in a virtual blizzard of snow, ice and freezing temperatures. Bad timing. By the end of her speech she looked like a Snowman(woman)!” Klobuchar would also rejoin the Paris climate accord, the international agreement on fighting global warming that Donald Trump pulled out of in 2017.

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Frozen 2: What We Know So Far

Frozen was the biggest movie the that the animation division of Disney had seen in a very long time. Between the fact that the film put a major twist on the princess tropes that Disney themselves had created, and the fact that the movie had that song you couldn’t escape, Frozen was absolutely everywhere. While Disney Animation frequently avoids making theatrical sequels to their animated movies, it was obvious that if an exception was going to be made, Frozen would be it, and after rumors implied one was probably happening, it was eventually confirmed to be on its way.

Now, we finally have our first look at Frozen II, in the form of the film’s first trailer. The tone is probably a bit more epic and tense than most people were probably expecting, but that only makes us that much more excited to see what is coming when the film finally arrives.

The trailer doesn’t give away a great deal of the film’s story, but it does give hints, and when we combine those hints with everything else that has been revealed, the picture becomes a bit clearer. Here’s a breakdown of everything we know about Frozen II so far.

When Is The Frozen II Release Date?

Frozen II was originally set for release on November 27, 2019. This is the Wednesday before Thanksgiving in 2019, which is a release date that Disney has had nailed down for years. It’s the same spot where the original Frozen was released back in 2013.

However, Disney recently decided to move Frozen II up and the film is now set for release on November 22, the previous Friday. No major tentpole releases were planned for that weekend and so Disney apparently decided to give itself the extra weekend to give Frozen II every possible chance. At this point the only other major releases set for November are the Charlie’s Angels reboot and the next Terminator movie. Both will be released the first weekend of November, leaving things open for Frozen II to take over the box office until Star Wars: Episode IX hits in December.

What Will Frozen II Be Rated?

This early it’s impossible to know what the MPAA rating of Frozen II will be, but the studio’s recent efforts, including the original Frozen, have been rated PG rather than the more traditional G, and there’s a good chance that Frozen II will follow suit. It’s a safe bet we won’t see anything beyond PG. Disney Animation has never gone that far before, and we wouldn’t expect Disney to do anything that might cause families to reconsider which members should be attending the film.

The Directors

Frozen II is set to be co-directed by Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck. This will be good news for Frozen fans as it means both of the directors of the original Frozen will be making their return. Chris Buck has been very Frozen focused since the original film, with his other major project in the intervening years being the writing and directing of the Frozen Fever animated short.

Jennifer Lee has been a bit busier since the original Frozen, while she co-write and directed Frozen Fever as well, she also co-wrote the story for Disney’s other recent smash hit, Zootopia, and she also wrote the screenplay for the upcoming adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time. This may be her Lee’s final gig as a director as she was named the head of Walt Disney Animation Studios following the departure of John Lasseter, so those duties may take her away from hands-on film making.

The Writers

 Jennifer Lee wrote the original screenplay for the first Frozen and, based on comments from Kristen Bell, it appears she was involved in writing the sequel as well. However, officially, the only screenplay credit Frozen II has belongs to Allison Schroeder. Schroeder was previously nominated for an Oscar for her work on the screenplay for Hidden Figures and she also previously worked with Disney as part of the team that wrote the live-action Winnie the Pooh movie, Christopher Robin. We do know that the songs for the new film will be written by the same husband and wife team of Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez who wrote the music for the first film and brought us the epic “Let it Go.”

What Will Frozen II Be About?

The new trailer is very careful not to reveal too much about the actual story of Frozen II. We see our group of heroes, Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, Olaf, and Sven going on some sort of journey together, though where they’re headed and why we aren’t told. The one hint the trailer does give are these crystals that we briefly see in the trailer. They appear to be surrounding Anna and she is clearly distressed by them. They also show up in the sequel’s first poster. We don’t know what they are, but they’re important.

Chris Buck has said that we’ll see more of Elsa enjoying her new found freedom, something that was touched on in the Frozen Fever short. In addition, Josh Gad has said he would like to see Olaf grow up a bit, since he is essentially a child in the first film and should hopefully mature, at least a bit, in between films. Kristen Bell has said her own personal struggles as her life changed helped inform the next stage of Anna’s character growth as well.

Elsa

In the first Frozen, we watched Elsa ascend to the throne of Arendelle and come to terms with her magical abilities. There really wasn’t anything specifically set up for Elsa to do next, so while she’ll almost certainly take a lead role in the new film, who knows what she’ll be doing. She currently stands as one of the few Disney heroines who doesn’t have a romance during the film, so, perhaps, that will happen here. If it does, there’s a significant contingent of fans who would love to see Elsa’s love interest be female. Considering the way the original Frozen was willing to go against Disney’s own established traditions, perhaps they’d be willing to take this major step as well, one that we’re sure will happen one day.

The first trailer opens with Elsa fighting against the waves, though for what purpose we don’t know. She’s clearly focused and determined. This is a side of Elsa we didn’t really see in the first film. She has a strength of Will that is driving her forward that will likely carry the entire movie.

Anna

Much like her sister, we see a very different Anna in the Frozen II trailer than we saw in the first film. IN the clip’s final seconds we see Anna grab Kristoff’s sword and swing it at something or someone coming up behind them. She doesn’t hesitate and really seems to know how to use the weapon. While we mostly see Anna and Elsa together in the trailer, we all see Anna by herself, making a leap of faith over a large gap between rocks.

Anna was possibly the more interesting princess in the original Frozen. She’s the one who fell in love with a character she just met, in traditional Disney fashion, though by the end it was her act of true love that broke the spell that was hurting her. At the film’s close, Anna and Kristoff had begun a relationship. Depending on how much time will have passed between Frozen and Frozen II we could see that relationship become more serious, or, if they want to drive home the idea that the pair are taking it slow, we could see them together, but without making the relationship itself important to the story.

Olaf

Olaf took center stage recently as the lead character in the holiday special Olaf’s Frozen Adventure. When it comes to Disney sidekick characters Olaf is pretty popular. In the first film, he was solid comic relief without being over the top or childish. Could Olaf taking on a larger role in the holiday special be an indication that he’ll be more important in the theatrical sequel?

If that’s the case, the trailer hides it well, as we barely see the walking snowman at all. He appears a couple of times but the trailer never focuses on him at all.

One of the never answered questions in Frozen is why Elsa’s magic has the power to give Olaf life. If that question is in any way at the center of the film’s plot, it could very likely mean that Olaf could be quite important.

Kristoff and Sven

The other two characters that we know we’ll see in Frozen 2 are Kristoff and his reindeer Sven. Much like Olaf, the pair are largely relegated to the sidelines of the new trailer. However, one of the more epic moments that we do see includes Kristoff riding Sven and leading a charging herd of other reindeer. Sven, like everybody else in the trailer, looks incredibly serious and determined. Is he riding to somebody’s rescue?

Other Characters

We do know from what Kristen Bell told us that Frozen II will include a pair of brand new characters, though she was certainly tight-lipped about them, which means we don’t know anything beyond the fact that they’ll exist. Are these new allies or is one of them a villain? While Disney animated films have had some of the best villains in movie history, not all films even have traditional villains. The original Frozen being a prime example.

The trailer does show off a pair of new character in one brief sequence. A young woman is standing on some fallen leaves and a moment later a young man appears to be blown up in the air from under the pile. Evan Rachel Wood and Sterling K. Brown are reportedly lending their voices to Frozen II and so these two could be their characters, but the scene doesn’t tell us much, except possibly that somebody in the movie might have magic wind powers.

There’s a decent chance that we’ll see the Duke of Weselton again, if only in a brief cameo. The character was voiced by Alan Tudyk, and he has been lending his voice to every Disney feature in recent years, so there’s a good chance we’ll see that character again. If not, expect to hear Tudyk’s voice, but in a less recognizable place. He played a chicken in Moana, so he could voice an animal, or something else that doesn’t speak, if they don’t want a character to sound too much like the Duke of Weselton.

The other major character from the original Frozen who is a question mark at this point is Hans. He was the underhanded prince who tried to marry Anna in order to gain the throne. At the end of the film, he’s sent back to his home, where his elder siblings were, apparently, none to happy with his plot. We see Hans briefly at the end of Frozen Fever, so perhaps he, or the rest of his family, will also play a part in the sequel.

Frozen Fever

The first piece of Frozen material that we got following the film was the animated short Frozen Fever. It followed Elsa’s attempt to throw a birthday party for her sister. While it’s easy to write this off as simply a bit of fun, and it is mostly that, the short does include some material that’s potentially relevant to the sequel. First, we see Elsa conjure dresses for herself and Anna using magic. While we saw Elsa do this in Frozen, these dresses are green and distinctly non-ice related. It would appear that her magic has some additional power beyond simply the ability to make ice. We also see her accidentally create tiny snowmen (called snowgies, if you care) due to her being sick. At the end of the short, we see the snowgies move into Elsa’s ice palace with Marshmallow, the abominable snowman. We could potentially see them in Frozen II.

Olaf’s Frozen Adventure

Olaf’s Frozen Adventure is Disney’s newest holiday special that saw a brief theatrical release along with Pixar’s Coco before debuting on television. It follows Olaf’s attempts to find a holiday tradition for Anna and Elsa, something they never found themselves due to being separated for so long due to Elsa’s powers. Ultimately, it’s discovered that the two did have a tradition, as Anna would make Olaf-inspired gifts for Elsa every Christmas. This gave us a look at a previously unknown part of their lives that took place during the “Do You Want to Build a Snowman” montage in the first film. It’s possible there could be more information during that part of their lives that could be created in order to give Frozen II a place to start.

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Queer Eye Season 3: Everything We Know

Today is a glorious day, because Netflix just announced when Queer Eye season three is premiering. Yup! Are you ready for this? The Fab Five is officially returning to your streaming queues on—drum roll, please—March 15. That’s only a month away, people. In just a matter of weeks, Jonathan Van Ness, Tan France, Bobby Berk, Antoni Porowski, and Karamo Brown will be back transforming lives and making us cry in the process. Can you believe?

But even though the premiere is right around the corner, we still don’t know much about what’s to come. Here’s everything we know about Queer Eye season three, starting with…

1. The premiere date—and the theme song. It’s March 15, like we said, and Carly Rae Jepsen recorded a new bop for the occasion. Titled “Now That I Found You,” the uptempo pop tune will serve as the soundtrack for the season. Netflix confirmed as much in a new promo for season three, released on Wednesday, February 13.

2. The contestants (or heroes, as the show calls them) will be 50/50 male and female. “No offense to men, but we have so much more fun with women,” Berk told Variety in September 2018.

3. The show will feature its first-ever lesbian contestant. France confirmed this while appearing on the Netflix show Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj. “We have our first lesbian on the show this year and she’s formidable. What we do with her, you’re going to love it,” he said, according to Radio Times. On the new heroes, Porowski told E! News, “Inclusivity and diversity continues to be the focus of our MO, of what we’re out there to do.”

4. They’re moving cities. The Fab Five is leaving Atlanta, Georgia and setting up shop in Kansas City, Missouri.

5. It’s basically the first two seasons with the volume turned way up. “[It’s] everything that you would’ve liked from seasons one and two, but amplified,” France also said.

6. More tears are coming. “Before the season started, I actually had a conversation with myself where I was like, don’t cry as much as you did in the first season, and like, try to make things that are a little more complicated,” Porowski told E! News. “But what I ended up telling myself was like, just continue to be vulnerable, let it happen when it happens organically, just be yourself because that’s why you’re here…so I cry a lot.”

7. They’re going to Japan. For four special episodes, that is, which will air after season three.

Let the countdown to Queer Eye season three begin.

What Fashion Week Is Like for a Curve Model

Size diversity is something consumers demand and celebrate when they see it on the runway—and call out when they don’t. Progress on this front has been gradual, at best. But season after season, we are seeing more brands cast curvy models for their Fashion Week presentations. (For Fall 2019, AREA and Veronica Beard were among a small number to introduce body diversity to their shows; Prabal Gurung, Cushnie, and Christian Siriano continued building on past seasons by once again casting models of all sizes) Because of these changes, a few women have risen to a level of Fashion Week fame once afforded only to straight-sized models: the Ashley Grahams, Candice Huffines, Marquita Prings.

Still, Fashion Week, from the prep to the walk down the runway, can be an emotional experience for curve models: There’s the anxiety of go-sees, the frustration with designers who have yet to include curvy models, the camaraderie backstage at size-inclusive show, and most of all, a sense of pride in the shared mission of making the fashion world a more inclusive place.

“I want the world to see that more than one kind of body—the kind of body that fashion has forever perpetuated as the only acceptable one—is valuable and worthy and deserving of representation,” says Lauren Chan, a model and former Glamour editor. “If me showing up in a bathing suit on the runway and having a picture on Vogue.com gets that message across, then I’m happy to do it.”

What viewers see as empowering progress or lagging representation on the runway is more complex for the women living it. We spoke with five models—Huffine, Pring, Chan, as well as Mama Cax and Precious Lee—to hear what happens in the moments leading up to and on the catwalk. No single experience is emblematic of every curve model at Fashion Week, but together, their accounts show us the nuances of being faces of change and give us reason to be optimistic about the runway’s future.

“We’ve been waiting to see this for so long.”

“Marquita Pring and I have done the show circuit since 2015. We always look at each other and we’re like, ‘There’s nobody I’d rather be doing this with than you.’ Because we know that it really means something that we’re there. For a while, you could count on one hand how many of the curve girls you would see at every single casting. Now, I’m seeing the casting process open up a lot more. Where it goes from there, you can’t make any guarantees—but it’s nice that you’re in the door.

“The casting process this time has been very similar to past seasons. I’m casting with a lot of the designers I’ve previously walked for. You go see them again, walk for them again, and maybe try on some new dresses. I don’t ever make any assumptions that I’m a shoe-in for a show, but it’s always amazing to go back and see the mainstay supporters of this inclusive movement. There are the Christian Siriano’s, the Cushnie’s, the Prabal’s. When you’re [going through] casting, you’re excited to see them pop up in your email again, because you know that [size diversity] isn’t a temporary thing for them—it’s something that’s going to be a part of their brand ethos and runway vision for life.

“Although the list of castings for a curvy girl like myself isn’t long, I will say that I’m more and more excited by the new additions every season. Those moments where we’re all intertwined on a runway, celebrating women and showcasing fashion, gives a little a-ha! moment to designers, to realize that you don’t have to do something wildly different for this curvy customer—you can beautifully integrate a variety of women into your shoot, your magazine, your campaign, whatever it may be, and it’s so welcomed.

“The 11 Honoré show was my first this Fashion Week. I was like, Is fashion week done after tonight? It was crazy—a full celebration. There was a happiness and excitement that you don’t see at shows very often. Laverne Cox coming out in that amazing tulle dress, glitter confetti coming from the ceiling… There was an extra wow-factor and specialness because of the women that you were seeing. At the end, my husband said, ‘It’s been a long time coming, getting here.’ I feel like everyone feels that way—we’ve been waiting to see this for so long, when you finally see it you’re like, Oh hell yes. Like, I cannot believe my eyes. I’m finally represented on a runway.” — Candice Huffine

“If I’m using my crutches, people assume that something is wrong.”

“Prior to making my debut at Fashion Week last season, I had only been modeling for three months. Chomat was my first show—they had reached out to me for a campaign, and then I was asked to walk their runway. I always told myself, if there was a show I would walk for, it would be Chromat. I’d always admired the diversity on their catwalk.

“Sometimes, castings are in [a] space that is not accessible—it’s one of the things that I think about: If someone wanted to break into the industry and they’re not physically able to go up the stairs, that automatically excludes them from being part of it. I’m lucky enough to be able to get around stairs, but it makes me think of a group of people who are excluded from that experience altogether.

“I’ve been to castings where I’m the bigger person in the room, and I’m only a size 10. I’ve been to ones where I’m the darkest person in the room. I’m so used to such a diverse group from my agency, that always surprises me. I’m a confident person, but it can be intimidating to go into this room where everyone is vying for that one job that only a few can get, and there’s so many beautiful, amazing personalities. You find yourself dissecting your own body and having small insecurities crawl up. But it’s good to remind myself that if I’m there, I deserve to be there, and I’m going to give it my best.

“I always figure that if I go to a casting, that specific brand has the goal of becoming more diverse—that’s not to say that they’re specifically trying to include disabilities, because I guess I’m considered a plus-size model, but sometimes it’s how I see it. Oftentimes, people are surprised that I’m there. I get asked questions that are borderline weird—like, if I’m wearing long jeans and using my crutches, the first question I get asked is, ‘What happened to you?’ That’s part of living in an ableist world: If they see that I’m using an assistive device, people assume that something is wrong. There’s a lot at play that an average model doesn’t have to go through.

“My goal is to always to create more opportunities for people with disabilities. When people talk about inclusion and making things more diverse, you think about a brand that has one person with curves, and that’s everyone’s go-to person—that’s what I don’t want it to be.

“I hope that the more I do Fashion Week, the more normal it’ll be—that people will simply talk about the clothes we’re wearing, as opposed to it being about a person walking this show despite having a disability.” — Mama Cax

“For so long, Fashion Week wasn’t considered an option.”

“In 2016, Christian Siriano had his first show where he included curve models, and that’s when I realized that, okay, I look incredible on that runway. I should be able to do this on every single runway. For so long, Fashion Week wasn’t considered an option—it was an automatic no.“

“Going into castings more recently, I don’t feel like I stand out. I don’t feel like people are wondering what I’m doing there. I feel like I’m exactly where I belong—whereas a few years ago, even going into that first casting with ALDA [a curve model collective], we walked in and it was just like, ‘What are these people doing here?’ I think it has definitely become much more of the norm now. It’s not surprising to see curvy women on the runway.

“I guess Fashion Week is not as crazy or overwhelming [as it might be for] straight size models, because our options are still quite limited. So while I have five castings in a day, they’ve got more. I’m really happy I don’t have to deal with that. At a casting for a curvy client, it’s usually a very lighthearted—everyone’s saying hi and catching up; then you go to a casting that’s for all models or just straight-sized ones, and it’s just quiet and not much is happening.

“I think designers are definitely more conscious and aware that they need to be putting more relatable women in their shows. I do wish and hope that more and more women like me are on these runways. I want to be that high-end designer girl.

“I’ll never forget this one show—it was three years ago and it was still pretty new for me. I remember changing and I kept seeing these girls staring. Especially this one girl, she couldn’t take her eyes off me. And I was like, What is this? I have no idea what she’s thinking, but I’m just assuming the worst, right? I wasn’t going to let that get me down, but it was definitely something that I was aware of. After the show, she pulled me aside, and she’s like, ‘I just have to say, you look so amazing! Your body is so womanly.’ I get emotional even thinking about it. It’s stuff like that, where you automatically assume the worst, and then you have that moment when you realize you have no idea what someone else is thinking and, second of all, holy shit. It’s kind of a reminder that we’re all in this together.” — Marquita Pring

“When you get a group of us together and give us a stage to celebrate, we make up for lost time.”

“I’ve been personally trying to put my money where my mouth is on my message about size inclusion in fashion. I’m starting my own company. I’m trying to put myself out there on social more. Returning to Fashion Week felt like something I needed to do to make it a positive experience for myself and to continue to lead by example.

“I’ve been taking notes at the castings I’ve been to, to keep track of what’s happening. At each one that I’ve been to, there’s been a pretty big proportion of curve girls or plus-size models. At the Chromat one, it was definitely at least half. At the other ones I’ve been to, it’s been like a pretty solid half-and-half, I’d say.

“One major, huge change that I almost can’t believe is happening is that people want a plus-size Asian girl. When I first was a plus-size model in 2012, everybody I worked with was pretty cookie-cutter, to be honest. And now […] I joke, but it’s like they see me and they’re like ‘you’re Chinese and plus, and you have freckles? Come on in!’ My 2012 self would probably hear that and think that a trick was being played on her.

“I hate to say it, but observing the industry this way, the shows that feel more likely [for me to be cast in] are not the super high-fashion ones—if I’m walking [a high fashion show], [I’m] walking a brand that has included plus girls before, but only two and the same ones. It’s not that it’s a bad thing, it just seems more aspirational and less attainable than someone who includes more girls.

“Walking in the 11 Honoré show was the best return to fashion week I could have imagined. Next to Chromat’s shows, it was the most celebratory one I’ve been ever to—as a model or as an editor. Much like Chromat, it was about celebrating people who have been previously excluded from fashion. When you get a group of people like that together and give us a stage to celebrate, we make up for lost time.

“The moment after I finished my turn, I had a big smile on my face. It was impossible not to! I was Look 5, so there was still a big group of models—and Laverne [Cox]—waiting to get out there with really excited energy. It was fun to see that through new eyes, with the relief of having just walked. All of my nervousness was gone and it felt like a party. We knew Laverne was going to perform, but we didn’t know about the confetti so when we got out there for the finale to see it falling from the sky, a lot of us were laughing and cheering. If you look back at any of those photos you can see the pure joy on our faces.” — Lauren Chan

“Although I’m fighting to break down barriers, I don’t have to put myself in a position where I’m not appreciated.”

“Everything that I do is going to be done by a black curvy woman, because that’s who I am. Walking in Fashion Week, or even going to certain castings, is something that is super important to me. I feel pressure in general as a model: Fashion Week is stressful—it’s physically draining and there’s a lot going on. [There’s] pressure for me to perform at the highest level because almost everything that I’m doing is a ‘first this’ or a ‘monumental that.’ But it’s also a lot of opportunity to grow and to expand the platform—not just for curvy women or curvy black women, but a different type of woman in an industry that you don’t normally see.

“I see each season that designers are a little more open, I feel, to a curve model. I would personally love to see it accelerated, but I’m also grateful to see changes. It’s a lot about what’s going on outside of Fashion Week that is making designers take a look and really see how major it can be to have curves.

“It’s a different vibe when you’re in a space of a lot of all curvy women, versus a show where it’s some curves and some straight-size clothes. What really stood out to me [at 11 Honoré] was the styling of the show and the selection of the pieces—it was just amazing to see and show that you can have Brandon Maxwell in a size 14. I was super grateful that it was all of those high-end designers that you don’t typically think of in extended sizes.

“Fashion Week for me is not about specific designers. Of course I would want to walk every show that I like or that has never used curve girls before. But I realized that, although I’m fighting to break down barriers, I don’t have a desire to put myself in a position where I’m literally not appreciated or desired.

“I definitely think that seeing me on the runway has afforded me so many different opportunities job-wise. I think people really like to see me in action, speaking, seeing me on the runway or on the red carpet. Seeing my personality come out in different ways through fashion week is an opportunity for me to show different sides to myself.” — Precious Lee

Interviews have been edited for length and clarity.

Halie LeSavage is the fashion associate at Glamour. Follow her @halielesavage.

James Cameron Has A Lot Of Thoughts About Aquaman’s Underwater Scenes

The DC live-action universe is currently on a major high note, in direct juxtaposition with the shared universe’s rocky start. While movies like Justice League and Suicide Squad failed to live up to expectations, the studio is surfing the massive success of James Wan’s Aquaman. The movie has broken box office records, while also providing DC with its second critical success, following Wonder Woman.

Aquaman is notable for its outstanding visuals, as James Wan did the impossible with his underwater sequences, with the myriad Atlantean characters given the appearance of weightlessness through extensive wire work and CGI. And now Titanic director James Cameron has given his two cents on Aquaman‘s underwater scenes, saying:

Despite his experience working with underwater scenes, James Cameron admits he could never have pulled Aquaman off. Mainly because he doesn’t have the cognitive dissonance required to make those sequences function.

James Cameron does have a point, as Aquaman largely functioned outside the rules of reality. Instead, James Wan didn’t overthink things, and allowed the superhero flick to ignore things like physics. For instance, Atlanteans swim without having to move their arms or legs, and are somehow able to speak underwater. Its these disconnections from reality that seem to intrigue and/or infuriate Cameron.

In his same conversation with Yahoo, James Cameron went on to explain how the unrealistic underwater action took him out of Aquaman as an audience member. As he tells it,

While James Cameron seems to have some points of contention for Aquaman, there are parts of James Wan’s blockbuster that he did enjoy. Namely, the plot point about Ocean pollution, with Patrick Stewart’s Oceanmaster using his powers to wash the garbage back onto the surface.

Do you agree with James Cameron’s Aquaman criticism? Sound off in the comments below. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

Lil Baby Is In The Seventh Ring Of Relationship Hell In ‘Close Friends’ Video

On Valentine’s Day, we recognize not only the relationships that have blossomed into something beautiful, but we also pay respects to those that have wilted throughout the year, regardless of which partner is at fault. Lil Baby‘s new video for “Close Friends,” ironically released the day before the anti-single holiday, is about just that – a toxic relationship spurred in luxury and fatally wounded by infidelity. Check out the bleak video below.

Things start off nice enough; Lil Baby and his girlfriend, Jayda Cheaves,  dine in Paris under the Eiffel Tower and a sea of shimmering stars. Their smiles become the viewer’s over time, staying even after they transition from the dining table to the bedroom. Instead of a steamy sexual encounter, we follow these smiles as they become grander, escalating to wide-eyed grins as the blossoming lovers become enraptured in each other’s very presence. Reality quickly sets in over the course of a couple frames; what we’ve seen is Lil Baby’s memory of better times. Now, he’s miserable, getting screamed at by Cheaves until her face is blue. Her hands point and prod at his cheeks as he glances off the frustration because, as the song reveals, the situation is his fault. The song and video end in sorrow, with Lil Baby hoping that things can return to the way that they were.

While the video for “Close Friends” is about as close of a middle finger to Valentine’s Day as ever, Lil Baby actually isn’t the Ebenezer Scrooge of the holiday. The rapper is wrapping up a contest for special women to receive a complimentary dinner at restaurants in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, and Atlanta. Check here for more details about Lil Baby’s attempt at holiday spirit.

“Close Friends” appears on his 2018 collaboration with Gunna, Drip Harder. In March, he’ll be embarking on a trek across the United States with City Girls, Blueface, among others, for the New Generation Tour. A few weeks ago, he dropped the video for “Global” from his 2018 EP Street Gossip. 

Why There Were Fewer Sex Scenes in ‘Outlander’ Season 4

Obviously, Outlander is more than just steamy sex scenes. But at its core, this is a show about Jamie and Claire’s relationship—and their intimate moments, sexual or not, are important to fans. It’s also important that this series consistently shows female pleasure and consent as sexy, as we’ve pointed out before.

But season four, which just wrapped, was largely focused on setting up new characters and storylines for the series. Sure, the couple made a new home for themselves in colonial America, but most of our time was spent diving deeper into Brianna and Roger’s story. While it’s exciting to see where that goes, it meant less screen time for Jamie and Claire, and the intimate moments we did get were often cut short, fading to black before things heated up.

For many fans, this was frustrating. “The show is brimming with adventures, cliffhangers, great characters and performances, social commentary, and lots of sentimentality,” Andrée Poppleton wrote on Outlandercast.com. “It has lost touch, however, with the thrust and depth (puns intended) of the writings of Diana Gabaldon, who shows us a relationship like nothing we have seen before on television—an egalitarian relationship where the joy, intensity, fun, playfulness, and excitement of being a couple never stops for Claire and Jamie, despite the passing of years and all the dramas that develop and revolve around them.”

We asked co–executive producer Maril Davis about this shift at the Television Critics Association winter press tour. “I think every season is different,” she tells Glamour. “This season we were introducing more characters, and there was a lot of story to get in. We’ve always talked about the sex scenes—we love them too—but they have to be organic to the story.”

Sometimes, she says, the story just doesn’t allow for as many slowdown times—intimate moments between Jamie and Claire, specifically—that fans can get in the books. “I do anticipate a return, hopefully, to that next season a little more,” she says. “Every season has its different storylines and where we’re going. It can’t always re-create the first season, which was very special, but it just has to be within the story and feel like it’s organic. That’s something we work on, and the actors work on. It’s a collaboration.”

As a fan herself, Davis says she totally gets that a fade-to-black in the middle of a sex scene might not be satisfying for some fans. But “this is the fifth season, and we’re trying to find those intimate moments without always having to show everything and putting actors in that position. But I get it! I want everyone to be satisfied.”

The next season will start production some time this year, though she won’t reveal exact timing yet. As for the storyline, Davis says they hear truly every kind of request from fans. “It’s hard to please everyone,” she jokes. But production knows the “heart and soul” of the story is Claire and Jamie: “We never forget that.”

Reporting by Jessica Radloff. Anna Moeslein is a senior editor at Glamour. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @annamoeslein.

Why There Were Less Sex Scenes in Outlander Season 4

Obviously, Outlander is more than just steamy sex scenes. But at its core, this is a show about Jamie and Claire’s relationship—and their intimate moments, sexual or not, are important to fans. It’s also important that this series consistently shows female pleasure and consent as sexy, as we’ve pointed out before.

But season four, which just wrapped, was largely focused on setting up new characters and storylines for the series. Sure, the couple made a new home for themselves in colonial America, but most of our time was spent diving deeper into Brianna and Roger’s story. While it’s exciting to see where that goes, it meant less screen time for Jamie and Claire and the intimate moments we did get were often cut short, fading to black before things heated up.

For many fans, this was frustrating. “The show is brimming with adventures, cliff hangers, great characters and performances, social commentary and lots of sentimentality. It has lost touch, however, with the thrust and depth (puns intended) of the writings of Diana Gabaldon, who shows us a relationship like nothing we have seen before on television—an egalitarian relationship where the joy, intensity, fun, playfulness and excitement of being a couple never stops for Claire and Jamie, despite the passing of years and all the dramas that develop and revolve around them,” Andrée Poppleton wrote on Outlandercast.com.

We asked co-executive producer Maril Davis about this shift at the Television Critics Association winter press tour. “I think every season is different,” she tells Glamour. “This season we were introducing more characters, and there was a lot of story to get in. We’ve always talked about the sex scenes—we love them too—but they have to be organic to the story.”

Sometimes, she says, the story just doesn’t allow for as many slowdown times—intimate moments between Jamie and Claire, specifically—that fans can get in the books. “I do anticipate a return, hopefully, to that next season a little more,” she says. “Every season has its different storylines and where we’re going. It can’t always recreate the first season, which was very special, but it just has to be within the story and feel like it’s organic. That’s something we work on, and the actors work on. It’s a collaboration.”

As a fan herself, Davis says she totally gets that a fade-to-black in the middle of a sex scene might not be satisfying for some fans. But, “This is the fifth season, and we’re trying to find those intimate moments without always having to show everything and putting actors in that position. But I get it! I want everyone to be satisfied.”

The next season will start production some time this year, though she won’t reveal exact timing yet. As for the storyline, Davis says they hear truly every kind of request from fans. “It’s hard to please everyone,” she jokes. But production knows the “heart and soul” of the story is Claire and Jamie: “We never forget that.”

Reporting by Jessica Radloff. Anna Moeslein is a senior editor at Glamour. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @annamoeslein.

Two New Characters Revealed In The Frozen 2 Trailer

The first Frozen 2 trailer just came out, and in addition to some major snowflake clues, it appears we’ve also just met some new characters. At the very least, we got a good look at the new girl. The other character is more … up in the air:

I’m not thinking it’s Anna and Kristoff’s kids, although anything is possible. There may be a reason for the close resemblance, though. At first glimpse, I thought maybe that girl was Princess Anna in new clothes. But no, that’s someone else. Also, the boy flying up into the air — at first I thought it was Kristoff, but no. This person is smaller. It’s possibly Elsa with a very new look, but more likely someone brand new.

We do know at least two new characters are coming, and Kristen Bell (Anna) previously told CinemaBlend we’ll be big fans:

Evan Rachel Wood (Westworld) and Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us) were cast to voice two new characters. Not saying those two characters were shown in this first trailer, but the stars will be playing new characters in Frozen 2, so expect to see and hear more about them. It wouldn’t be surprising to meet other new characters as well.

That little autumn scene may fit with the theory about Frozen 2‘s snowflake poster representing the four seasons, with three other people having powers like Elsa’s power of ice. She would basically represent winter — with summer, spring, and fall represented by others.

Could this new character here be the autumn version of Elsa? It’s too soon to say, since we’re all still in speculation mode until Disney fills us in.

Some fans are already wondering if this new girl could be a love interest for Elsa, although it would be strange for her to date someone who looks so similar to her sister, no? There’s been no confirmation on the Elsa girlfriend front, so we’ll have to stay tuned to see what Disney decides to do.

Frozen 2 has yet to release an official synopsis, and the first teaser trailer was heavy on the tease. We don’t even hear any characters’ voices, we just hear the intense music and watch some darker-than-expected visuals. The whole thing ends with Anna drawing Kristoff’s sword and slicing at something. It’s getting real out there!

Clearly, Frozen 2 will be sending Elsa (Idina Menzel), Anna (Kristen Bell), Kristoff (Jonathan Groff), Olaf (Josh Gad), and Sven on a grand adventure, taking them into new lands, and possibly through other seasons. For now, here’s everything we know so far about Frozen 2. Stay tuned for more details as the November 22 release date draws closer. And bookmark our handy 2019 movie schedule to keep your film dance card full.

Chadwick Boseman And Spike Lee Are Making A Movie Together For Netflix

Spike Lee is still riding high off the awards success, and potential future success, of BlackKklansman, but the director isn’t just sitting around and waiting for statues to come in. He’s already in the early stages of his next project, a film for Netflix called Da 5 Bloods, and the project just added Chadwick Boseman to the cast.

The film is set to follow a group of Vietnam veterans who return to the nation in search of the innocence they feel they lost while there. Delroy Lindo and Jean Reno are reportedly also in talks to join the cast. Based on the title, one assumes at least two more major cast members will be added.

Those additional cast members will likely join very soon as Da 5 Bloods could go into production as early as next month according to Variety. Spike Lee will also write the movie with his frequent collaborator Kevin Willmott. The original screenplay was penned by Danny Bilson & Paul DeMeo and it also saw a rewrite from Matthew Billingsly before making into the hands of Lee.

This is another big win for Netflix, that could turn out to be even bigger if BlackKlansman ends up taking home any Oscars in a couple of weeks. The streaming service has been doing an amazing job and luring major talent to produce films and television. Spike Lee previously produced the Netflix series version of his movie The Girl Can’t Help It, but this will be his first time directing something for Netflix.

Netflix itself has the potential to have an impressive Oscars telecast. The streaming service will be competing against Spike Lee with Alfonso Cuaron‘s Roma. Either movie has the potential to do well at the Academy Awards and Netflix will get to boast either way.

Between critical successes like Roma and popular successes like Bird Box, Netflix has found a place alongside the major studios. While the film’s might not be seen on the big screen, the reach that Netflix has thanks to its massive subscriber base means that its films are as much a part of the cultural conversation as any blockbuster.

Of course, we also can’t forget that Chadwick Boseman also starred in yet another of this year’s Best Picture nominees. Black Panther became the first superhero movie to be nominated for the top prize and while it’s likely viewed as a long shot, it wasn’t nominated in any of the other major categories the way BlackKklansman and Roma were, it’s still in the mix and could potentially play spoiler.

This year Chadwick Boseman will be seen in Avengers: Endgame as well as the police drama 17 Bridges.

If Da 5 Bloods really is going into production very soon, then we could see it on Netflix as early as the end of this year or early 2020.