I Wore Kylie Jenner’s Wig for a Week, and It Was Honestly Transformative

I’ve always been mystified by the appeal of Kylie Jenner. For better or worse, with a single tweet she has the power to take down billion-dollar companies, sell out clothing lines, and spark global conversations about how to cook ramen. But inarguably, the biggest influence she’s had is on the ways we talk about and perceive beauty. And beside maybe her lips, none have spurred more cultural conversations than her hair.

Whether it’s with her wig, color, or cut transformations, her hair changes surely haven’t come without controversy. But what’s always been personally captivating to me is her motivations behind her hair evolution. So for Glamour‘s inaugural video series “Celebrity Deep Dive,” I did just that—went deep—into her history to learn more about her impact.

Truth be told, I went into this thinking it would be pretty surface level. I’d get into some reporting, gather the facts, create a thorough timeline, speak with an expert, Antoinette Hill, to learn about the history and culture of wigs, and try out a Kylie-inspired wig for myself (she gets hers, apparently, from Wildform, a business that uses ethically sourced hair). But throughout this journey I realized some things—after all, Kylie is the queen of “like, realizing things,” so it’s no surprise I would too, right?

I grew up going to a very white, southern school where no one looked like me or had my curly Middle Eastern hair. I began straightening it at a young age to fit in better, and I’ve never colored it in my life. Everything I’d done up until this point with my hair was to blend in, so seeing myself in a bright blue wig was honestly shocking. At first I felt like I had to keep explaining myself to people who looked at me: “It’s for a work project.” “I’m testing something out for a video.”

But somewhere along the week I realized, why did I have to justify how I looked? I didn’t need to explain why my hair was blue. It was blue because I wanted it to be blue. Which led to an epiphany: if I can rock fantasy blue, mermaid-esque hair out in public, then I definitely can and should wear my natural curls. Kylie once said in a blog post on her site that changing up her hair helps give her confidence. I never thought I’d actually gain the same sense of confidence (ky-fidence?) as her, but that’s exactly what happened.

Check out what got me here in the video above.

Used Wedding Dresses: The Big Business of Secondhand Wedding Dresses

With a few weeks to go before her wedding last fall, Joan Zhang, a 24-year-old business analyst in New York City, wasn’t completely satisfied with the dress she had bought—even though she’d spent over a thousand dollars on it. She worried it would be too bulky for her reception.”Even after alterations, there would be no way for me to dance without falling flat on my face the entire time,” she says.

Zhang went back to traditional bridal boutiques looking for a gown to wear specifically to her reception, but left empty-handed. Nothing matched her desired look for a decent price. Her search eventually led her to Poshmark, where she had previously purchased for work bags and dresses, gently-used. There, she found a pre-owned Watters Nova wedding dress for $70. (Original retail price: $240.) A few clicks, some alterations later—it was ready for the party.

Zhang is one of many brides who have turned to the secondhand market to find something to wear for their wedding day—whether it’s for the ceremony, the reception, or both. Resale is a small slice of the $80 million global bridal industry—The Knot‘s Real Weddings study, which surveyed 14,000 couples married last year, says that only 4 percent of brides wear a used gown—but it’s one that’s growing steadily. Google searches for “used wedding dresses for sale” have increased by 100 percent over the past five years and those for “sell wedding dress near me” are up 1,350 percent. In its annual weddings report, Lyst revealed that views of pre-owned wedding dresses went up by 93 percent in 2018 on its site.

Nowadays, shoppers can find used wedding dresses at online-only bridal consignment stores like PreOwnedWeddingDresses.com and StillWhite.com or larger marketplaces like TheRealReal, Tradesy, Poshmark, and eBay. The selection on these sites vary—you can find more affordable secondhand styles from David’s Bridal and BHLDN to previously-used designer options by Vera Wang and Monique Lhuillier.

It’s a part of the bridal fashion industry that’s still growing, but it shows a lot of promise. StillWhite, one of the premiere retailers for wedding dress resale, says it has generated over $27 million in dress sales since it launched in 2010.

The “supply” part of this equation is obvious: If a bride isn’t handing it down or finding a way to repurpose it for another special occasion, it’s highly likely that her wedding dress will be confined to the back of her closet.

It gets trickier when you think about the “demand”. The process of buying a wedding dress, as popular lore has it, is as much of a rite of passage as it is a task on a to-do list. Brides have no shortage of options to consider before turning to resale: There are nationwide chains, boutique salons, and vintage stores, as well as a growing number of direct-to-consumer labels to suss through. Still, the stitch-perfect gown can get expensive. (According to the Knot’s Real Weddings report found, the average bride in the U.S. spends approximately $1,631 on her dress.) Buying something secondhand presents a much more affordable alternative, since most styles are sold between 50 and 90 percent off the original price.

Myah Genung, a 30-year-old in Los Angeles, chose a used wedding gown for that reason in 2016. “I knew I wouldn’t be able to afford a full-price wedding dress, as my husband and I were paying for our entire wedding on our own and we didn’t want to take on any debt in the process. I wanted a dress that I absolutely loved but also wanted to put more money toward things that would impact our guests’ experience like music, decor and food,” she says. A friend’s recommendation led her to PreOwnedWeddingDresses.com, where she found the “exact” dress she had originally eyed in stores—a gown by Oleg Cassini.

“Norms are definitely changing, and weddings are being documented across social channels more than ever before,” says Sasha Skoda, head of Women’s at TheRealReal. “With this rise, there seems to be less of an attachment to physical objects to remind people of these memories. Why not earn money back on your initial investment to put towards a future vacation or your next handbag purchase?”

Prince Harry Just Low-Key Gave a Big Hint About When Meghan Markle Is Giving Birth

Meghan Markle baby watch has officially taken over my life. It seems like every hour some new tidbit of information comes out that hints at when the Duchess of Sussex is—or isn’t—giving birth. When her mother, Doria Ragland, flew into London on April 21, everyone thought that meant Baby Sussex was en route. But this conflicted with reports Markle’s due date is in late April-slash-early May. The Internet finally decided on an early May birth when Baby Sussex hadn’t arrived and news broke Prince Charles is traveling to Germany on May 7. He and Markle are apparently close, so there’s no way he’d miss his grandchild’s birth. Right?

Well, now we have even more evidence Meghan Markle is giving birth in early May. It was just announced on Wednesday, May 1 that Prince Harry will be traveling to the Netherlands on May 8 and 9, which means it’s likely Baby Sussex will arrive some time before then.

This news comes courtesy of royals expert Omid Scobie, who tweeted, “JUST IN: Prince Harry will visit The Netherlands on May 8 and 9 (unless Baby Sussex arrives that late!). While there he will undertake an engagement in Amsterdam (details TBA) and then travel to The Hague to launch the one year countdown to @WeAreInvictus Games The Hague 2020.”

He continued, “It’s worth noting that this @InvictusGamesNL trip has been in the works since last year. And if Harry has to go away for one night just after the birth, Meghan has mom Doria by her side (and other visitors soon-to-be en route!).”

Of course, there’s a theory floating around that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have already welcomed their first child. The Sussexes are keeping this birth relatively private, after all: On April 11, Buckingham Palace announced Markle and Prince Harry will be privately celebrating the newest addition to their family before sharing her or him with the world.

The Coolest Hair Accessory Ideas for Summer 2019

Two of the biggest trends in fashion right now couldn’t be more disparate. On the one hand, you have powerful congresswoman coopting the suit look from the boys, wearing all white pantsuits to events like the State of the Union as a symbolic testament to the suffrage movement, and on the other, you have powerful everyday women wearing as many pearl hairpins along their hairline as humanly possible. And although the prevalence of girlish hair accessories isn’t nearly as symbolic as something like a white pantsuit, there’s something about it that feels equally as perverse. Why leave all the fun extra-feminine hair poufs and headbands for little girls? Strong women can wear bows! And say what you will about Blair Waldorf, but she was a badass bitch who didn’t let a headband downplay her tough exterior.

It’s hard to pinpoint when exactly hair accessories started trending, but they’ve been having a renaissance for about the past year or so. It started innocently with some scrunchies from Mansur Gavriel and quickly escalated with a $400 crystal Gucci hair clip that took over Instagram. It wasn’t long until everyone started realizing they didn’t need to spend hundreds to adorn their ponytails. Barrettes, scrunchies, and headbands were after all an essential part of every middle-schooler’s wardrobe. But if you didn’t happen to hold on to all your old butterfly clips, don’t despair, there are hundreds of options online now, from beaded Free People bobby pins to a more luxurious Sophie Buhai oversized bow. Shop all the best hair accessory ideas for summer below.

This Is Not a Drill: Chrissy Teigen Is Getting a Cooking Show on Hulu

Chrissy Teigen just got one step closer to multi-media domination: Hulu announced that they are partnering with the model/mom/cookbook author/master of Twitter to create food-centric shows for the streaming platform. Did we squeal with delight at this news? Perhaps. But really, isn’t it about time she got her own cooking show?

The plan for the partnership, which also includes chef David Chang of Momofuku fame, is to produce a variety of shows. But first up is one that’s tentatively titled, Family Style that “will revolve around the ways in which people express their love for friends and family by cooking and eating together,” according to a press release. At the launch event in New York City, Teigen said the show will be like if she and Chang “moved their families in together under one roof to cook.” Um, that sounds amazing—and delicious.

Along with Family Style, Teigen and Chang are also working on producing a show tentatively titled, Eater’s Guide to the World, which will leverage Eater’s “extensive knowledge of the most interesting and delicious restaurants on the planet.”

Given that we already have a taste of what a Chrissy Teigen cooking show might look like thanks to her Instagram Stories, we’re very excited to see what she and Chang come up with. If one thing is certain, it will be hilarious and completely authentic to Teigen. That’s just how she rolls—and it’s always entertaining. Plus, we always love an opportunity to see more of her family—including her mom, husband John Legend, and their adorable children, Luna and Miles.

The only thing that would make this better is if Hulu can figure out a way to deliver what Teigen makes directly to our homes. Catch me reading her cookbooks from now until when these shows debut on Hulu.

‘Wonder Woman’ Sequel: Here’s Everything We Know So Far

The first Wonder Woman film shattered records (and glass ceilings) left and right when it premiered in June 2017. The Patty Jenkins-helmed epic had the biggest opening weekend ever for a female-directed film, raking in an impressive $223 million—and the numbers only rose from there.

Which is why the fact they’re making a sequel—titled Wonder Woman 1984—shouldn’t surprise you. Full disclosure: Details are still sparse, but that shouldn’t stop you from getting excited (or fashioning a new, bedazzled lasso for the occasion).

Jenkins celebrated Gadot’s birthday on April 30 by sharing a photo from Wonder Woman 1984 on Twitter, providing our first real look at the film. “Happy Birthday to my most spectacular, incredible, amazing, beautiful, loving, powerful, hilarious and awe inspiring friend and partner,” she wrote. “I love you more than words can say. Happy Birthday @GalGadot #WW1984.”

Here’s what we know so far:

1. Wonder Woman is coming to the United States. “The story will take place in the U.S., which I think is right,” Jenkins told Entertainment Weekly. “She’s Wonder Woman. She’s got to come to America. It’s time.”

2. It will take place in the 1980s, and Diana will fight the Soviet Union in the Cold War. According to TheWrap.. The title of the sequel gives us the exact year: Wonder Woman 1984.

3. Chris Pine is somehow in the film. His character, Trevor, sacrificed himself in the first film. However, he comes back.

4. Kristen Wiig will play Cheetah, Wonder Woman’s nemesis. Bless up.

5. It looks like Wonder Woman will be keeping her iconic costume. It’s truly timeless.

6. The release date is June 5, 2020. Sorry, but we still have a while to wait. That being said, I’ve already started a countdown.

Check back here for more updates on the Wonder Woman sequel as they come in.

What It Means to Be a Black Fashion Designer

Fashion still has a lot of work to do when it comes to diversifying its talent pool. In February 2015, only 2.7 percent of the designers on the New York Fashion Week calendar were Black, according to the New York Times; by February 2018, that statistic was still under 10 percent, per The Cut. And there have been regular reminders why this is critical: designer products resembling blackface or nooses have sparked calls for boycotts, and increased demands that companies take steps to diversify and educate their employees and provide new opportunities for people of color. Amidst the headlines and outcry, Black fashion designers keep doing the work: creating and advocating for more inclusive fashion through their products and every single facet of their business.

There are women like Lizzy Okpo, who founded the womenswear brand William Okpo with her sister, Darlene; Aurora James of the mega-popular accessories label Brother Vellies, which has been spotted on Tessa Thompson and Beyoncé; and the up-and-coming Shanel Campbell of Shanel, a recent Parsons graduate who has already dressed Tracee Ellis Ross, Ciara, and Solange. For them, being “conscious” isn’t an afterthought—it’s what drives them as artists.

That doesn’t mean the work is easy. I recently founded my own business, The Folklore, an online retail concept store that exclusively stocks brands from Africa and the African diaspora. Already, I’ve had to defend the earning potential of African designers to prospective non-African venture capitalists and investors, who were convinced that they wouldn’t sell well among non-African audiences. (Most of the pieces on my site have sold out.) I’ve argued against long standing stereotypes that paint Africa’s business climate broadly as corrupt. I’ve invested my own money to launch the company, trusting that my vision will translate.

Seeing people like Okpo, James, and Campbell succeed by remaining steadfast in their beliefs and working to make this industry better gives me hope, yes, but it’s more than that: It gives me a road map. Here, Okpo, James, and Campbell detail how they integrate their social political beliefs into their fashion—and why other designers should do the same.

How to Invest Money, No Matter How Much You Have in the Bank

Women invest 40 percent less money than men do, according to a recent Wealthsimple survey. And it’s not just because we don’t have access to the funds (hello, pay gap) to invest: In another report, people were asked what they’d do with an extra $1,000. Women who responded were 35 percent less likely to invest it than men.

But when women actually do get in on the stock market game, they consistently earn higher returns than men, according to research from Fidelity. Yet many women still believe the stereotype that they aren’t great at investing—only 9 percent of women believed they were better investors than the guys. So at Glamour we’re issuing a challenge. Stop viewing the investment world as an old boy’s club, and go get that coin. Here are a few tips to help get you on your way.

Get in the habit

Just because you don’t have thousands of dollars to play with doesn’t mean you shouldn’t start investing your hard-earned money. “When you first start investing, establishing the habit is more important than the amount you actually invest,” says Stefanie O’Connell, a millennial personal finance author. “If you set a small amount of money aside on a consistent basis, you’ll be better able to scale your investment contributions when you’re able—when you get a raise for example. Investing as little as 1 percent of every paycheck can help you get started and learn more about investing while you do, without feeling like you have to give up a ton of money for your essential needs and short-term goals in the meantime.”

One of the best ways to start investing is with the options provided by your company. Maybe you can contribute to your corporate-sponsored 401K, or an alternative retirement plan. “You can elect to have a small percentage of your salary automatically set aside from each paycheck,” says O’Connell. “Even if you don’t have this option through an employer, you can set up regular, automated contributions on your own into accounts like a ROTH IRA. Automating is helpful because you don’t have to think about it. And when the money is automatically invested, you’re less likely to think of that money as available for spending.”

Find the right plan for you

There are a huge number of investment options to choose from. Whether you decide to chart a retirement plan, join a full-service brokerage firm—where they’ll guide you on how to invest money and advise you on stock options—or take a more DIY approach, the options are (almost) endless. But for first-time investors, Nicole Lapin, founder of The Money School, recommends working with a discount brokerage, which is a firm that buys and sells for you at a lower commission rate, but cannot give investment advice. “I’d go with a firm like E*Trade, TD Ameritrade, or Fidelity,” says Lapin. “These are typically do-it-yourself operations, and are much less expensive. For each trade you make, it’s only around a $4 to $5 fee. They’re a good way for investors seeking a low-cost, self-directed approach to investing to get in the door.”

And when you’re on the hunt for your brokerage firm, investing platform, or savings plan make sure you’re not biting off more than you can chew. “Most funds require an initial minimum investment that can vary between $500 to $5,000, which often discourages women from participating as it creates a barrier of entry,” says Kassandra Dasent, a financial consultant and owner of Minding Your Money, LLC. You don’t want to invest all of the money you’ve set aside during your first time out—this is a habit you’re getting into, remember!—so don’t go with a plan that will make you invest $2,000 to get started, if that’s all you have saved up. Consider your options. “Research online brokerage firms that will waive account minimums, if the individual is willing to set up automatic monthly investments, which can be as low as $25 per month,” says Dasent. “The latter option allows their money to be put to work immediately in the markets and encourages them to invest consistently.”

Stay on top of your portfolio

Once you pick a plan and enroll in automatic monthly investments it doesn’t mean your work is over. The financial landscape is constantly changing, and the stock market can be a volatile place. One day Snapchat is one of the highest stocks on the market, the next it’s plummeting. If you take your eyes off the prize, you could feel some serious consequences. That doesn’t mean you should buy and sell every time your investments rise and fall—riding out those swings can sometimes be the best course of action. But you shouldn’t ignore things completely. “Every year, if not more often, you should rebalance your overall investment portfolio to get your portfolio back in balance with the original allocation you determined fit for your goal and risk tolerance,” says Brittney Castro, founder and CEO of Financially Wise Inc. “When market volatility picks up, your portfolio can get unbalanced, which means you may be taking more or less risk than you think, hence more regular rebalancing may be needed. Work on determining the best rebalance strategy for your financial situation.”

Here’s Why Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Just Unfollowed All the Royals on Instagram

With royal fans on high alert for news of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry‘s baby, every notification from their official Instagram account, @SussexRoyal, sets off a rush of adrenaline. (That’s not just me, right?) So when they posted around midnight, people thought it might be word of Baby Sussex’s arrival.

Alas, we’ve got nothing on that front yet. But we do have insight into Markle and Prince Harry’s new social media strategy, which involves unfollowing all the other royal accounts—including Kate Middleton and Prince William‘s @KensingtonRoyal, and @TheRoyalFamily.

Surely, conspiracy theorists who love to drum up drama between the royals will claim that this is some sort of snub. It is most decidedly not. Instead, it’s a pretty cool way to highlight some new accounts that support a cause dear to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex: mental health. ‘May is Mental Health Awareness Month in the US and May 13-19 is Mental Health Awareness Week in the UK,” the caption reads. “To pay tribute to all of the incredible work people across the globe are doing in this space, we are hoping to shine a light on several Instagram accounts that promote mental well-being, mental fitness, body positivity, self-care, and the importance of human connection – to not just hear each other, but to listen…We invite you to explore the extraordinary stories of strength, and the commitment to kindness as seen in the above accounts.”

The post goes on to state that the Sussexes plan to employ this strategy each month, highlighting different accounts on the social media platform. “Each month we will honour this same concept and change the accounts we solely follow based on a different theme or cause,” it reads. “Please go to our homepage and click ‘following’ to see each of the select accounts and find out more about their work.” Some of the accounts highlighted this month include Heads Together which is spearheaded by the Royal Foundation that the Cambridges and the Sussexes run; Kind Campaign, which works to combat the negative effects of girl-against-girl bullying; and Black Mental Health Matters, a relatively small account that posts positive messages, tips, and images. Oh, and their pal Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday made the list too.

A few of Markle’s closest friends were the first to comment on the post. “I love this so much ❤️,” Jessica Mulroney wrote. While the duchess’ wedding day makeup artist Daniel Martin said, “We are DEFINITELY all in this TOGETHER ????.”

Once again, it seems that Team Sussex is unafraid to do things a little differently from typical royal standards. And I, for one, am all the way here for their modern approach and desire to shake things up a bit.

How to Get Rid of Dark Circles Under Eyes – The 4 Best Ways

So lately I’ve been considering something quick and cosmetic. Something at the derm’s office. Something like Botox or maybe a filler. I’ve never really been for or against them; I thought I’d maybe try them someday. Then my husband mentioned casually one day that he had tried Brotox (a version of the wrinkle relaxer marketed to men). I looked closer at his face. His brow furrow crease was gone, and I was jealous.

Which is why I find myself one day in Grand Central Terminal, catching a train to Norwalk, Connecticut, to see my sister-in-law Deanne Mraz Robinson, M.D., FAAD, of the Connecticut Dermatology Group. (She was also chief resident of dermatology at Yale.) If I’m going for this, I want to be in her hands.

“To help you look more awake, there are a couple of things we can do,” Deanne says as I recline in a comfy chair in her office. “Soften these lines that form on the side of and between your eyes when you smile with a bit of Botox”—which relaxes muscles and smooths out lines—“here, here, and here, and in between the eyebrows.” (Yes, please!) “And blend the lines under them, the tear troughs, with filler.” For me, she picks Belotero Balance, a dermal filler that unfolds wrinkles and plumps the skin.

I’m nervous and excited. I have no fear of needles, but I’m worried about looking, well, weird, in that waxy, plastic, Hollywood-red-carpet way. The injections take 10 minutes, and it’ll be two weeks before the filler all settles in. At first my face does feel odd. When I laugh, my face feels a little stuck, which makes me laugh even harder. But in exactly 14 days, the funny sensations end. The crease between my brows barely remains—same with the wrinkles around my eyes when I smile. People are noticing (“You look amaaazing,” says one colleague), but more important, I feel better. I get why people spend all this money (sessions start at $450) and make it a regular thing. And I have no guilt—I am a feminist and I think modern feminism means you have the choice to age how you like. My joy is completely unapologetic. Who knows? Maybe by the time my first visit wears off, I might actually be getting some real sleep.

Method #4

Actual Sleep—Eight Whole Hours Of It!

“Are you feeling OK? Do you have allergies?” This is Mary, the lovely woman who runs the shop where I take my dry cleaning. I swear, a kinder, more considerate person doesn’t exist in the world, so if she’s commenting on my bloodshot eyes and haggard face, you know the issue is real. The issue on the day in question isn’t allergies; it’s simply a lack of sleep. I’m a chronically tired mother of a three-year-old, and I average six to seven hours a night—sometimes dipping down to five, with an occasional 2:00 A.M. screaming interlude, followed by a half hour spent scrunched into a four-foot-long toddler bed, reassuring the worried party that, no, there is no wolf lurking in the corner. What I’m saying is: Those six hours do not qualify as beauty sleep.

So when the instructions for this assignment came my way—get significantly more sleep for a week or more—it took about 0.5 seconds to agree to it. My goal: a minimum of eight hours every night, and if I got less, I had to integrate a nap the next day, no excuses.

I got to work immediately.

Week one: I loved those damn naps. I realize that’s akin to saying I liked eating the ice cream or I enjoyed breathing the oxygen. I also realize that naps are easy for me because I work from home—not every woman can just, like, curl up under her desk mid afternoon. But seriously: Naps work. A one-hour nap was eerily similar to getting one of those big-night-out facials. I swear you could see the rest in my face for a few hours after. But by week two, when I’d started to pay off my sleep debt, I was dealing with the vexing consequence of naps: I’d been exhausted for so long that I’d forgotten what well-rested people do to go to sleep, and getting my brain to turn off at 10:00 P.M. felt like a Jedi mind trick I couldn’t master. Keeping the naps to an hour helped, as did nighttime aromatherapy. I’d dab H. Gillerman Organics Sleep Remedy essential oil blend on a tissue and take 10 deep breaths: The zoning-out effect was pretty much immediate.

And after a couple of weeks on my rigorous napping schedule, my skin was good: I was bright-eyed (really); my sporadic hormonal breakouts faded away; random little red bits and inflammation calmed down. Mary noticed (“You must be feeling better!”). But, to be honest, I felt kind of invincible—my eyes, my skin, my mood, the whole package. Because you want the ultimate, most effective tip of all time for how to look less tired? Ready for it? Here it is: Be less tired.