Meghan Markle Fans Are Sending Her Powerful Messages of Support on Twitter

It’s not often that a member of the royal family gets vulnerable with reporters. But on Friday, October 18, a revealing interview with Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle made the rounds online, in which she opens up about the intense media scrutiny that’s followed her since she became a royal. Fans are now responding to the interview by rallying behind the Duchess of Sussex with messages of support.

An upcoming documentary Harry & Meghan: An African Journey follows Meghan Markle and Prince Harry on their recent royal tour of Southern Africa. In a teaser clip from the film, director Tom Bradby asks Markle how she’s minding her physical and mental health amid the media scrutiny she’s faced in recent months. Her answer is gut-wrenching. “I would say…look, any woman, especially when they’re pregnant, you’re really vulnerable,” Markle says. “So that was made really challenging. And then when you have a newborn, you know?

“And especially as a woman, it’s really, it’s a lot,” Markle continues in the clip. “So if you add this on top of just trying to be a new mom or trying to be a newlywed, it’s um…. Yeah, well, I guess, and also thank you for asking because not many people have asked if I’m okay. But it’s a very real thing to be going through behind the scenes.”

Fans online were stunned at the Duchess’s honesty—and at the difficulties she’s faced in silence. So Greg Hogben, a writer, asked royal fans to share posts with #WeLoveYouMeghan to show their support.

The response was overwhelming. Thousands of fans have written messages to the Duchess with #WeLoveYouMeghan. One called her “a true warrior”; several others noted that her story’s a potent reminder to treat everyone with kindness. Here’s just a sample of the messages fans sent.

High-profile voices have chimed into the conversation to share their support for the duchess, and to remind their followers that any role that comes with press attention can feel isolating. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez retweeted the clip, noting that Markle’s quick rise to notoriety was not unlike her own. “Sudden prominence is a very dehumanizing experience,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “There’s a part of your life that you lose, & it later dawns on you that you’ll never get it back.”

The official Sussex royal accounts haven’t responded to the trending moment, but fans can hope that Markle may have seen their messages of support and love—and that Markle now knows she’s not alone.

Tracee Ellis Ross Dressed as Queen Latifah Is a Whole Halloween Mood

The Johnsons on ABC’s black-ish may not consulted this year’s list of the most popular Halloween costumes, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have some epic ideas brewing. After last year’s homage to Black Panther, Rainbow, Dre, and the family can’t quite agree on a family costume. While I’m all for family unity, their lack of decisiveness means one thing: more costumes individuality. First up, the family dressed as Aladdin and Princess Jasmine.

“Our family pride themselves on staying on trend for their Halloween costumes,” black-ish executive producer and showrunner Courtney Lilly tells Glamour. “The live-action Aladdin was such a big hit this year, it was an easy pick.”

Lilly says Dre and Bow are still a couple very much in love after some bumps in the road, so it was important to see them as a classic Disney prince and princess. But perhaps best of all is little Devante as the Genie. “A top-knot and goatee on that sweet baby?” Lilly says. “It’s like we rubbed a lamp and wished for cuteness.”

Behold:

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J.Lo’s Favorite Black Leggings Are On Sale Right Now

Just when we thought J.Lo couldn’t get more perfect, Hustlers came out. The only thing better than Ramona’s pole dancing skills are the outfits she wears, all of which are incredibly over the top and undoubtedly iconic. And while we’re always looking for ways to dress or look like J.Lo (if someone can bottle her eternal youth and sell it, let us know ASAP), her looks in Hustlers aren’t exactly something we can wear out in our day to day. That is, except for one very specific pair of high waisted leggings that are currently on sale.

The pair of leggings we’re talking about are the Koral Lustrous High Rise Leggings and they’re 25% off at Bandier during its Friends and Family Sale, which makes them $66. J.Lo’s been spotted wearing these exact leggings, both on set and off, a couple of times since March and we don’t blame her.

Not only are the leggings J.Lo-approved, but they’re also one of Bandier’s best sellers. They’re made specifically to hug your hips and waist, which means they instantly dress up your look, whether you’re in a pair of sneakers and a hoodie (like in the now-iconic Hustlers scene) or going to that bootcamp workout class you’re signed up for. Like J.Lo, these leggings have the range.

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17 Comebacks to ‘So When Are You Getting Married?’

My sister warned me long ago that weddings stop being fun in your 30’s if you’re a single woman. I didn’t think this would apply to me, as I’ve never fantasized about wedding dresses or being a princess bride. In fact, I never thought I’d get married at all. And yet, no matter how happy I am in my life with my career, friends, and endless adventures, I still find myself crying unnecessarily in bathroom stalls at weddings or getting overly defensive when yet another relative or “concerned” friend asks me why I’m not married yet.

Why am I the only person okay with me being single? Probably because getting married is what women are supposed to do—I’m either willfully breaking these all-important rules society has forced onto us or (gasp!) nobody actually wants me. I know the latter is bullshit, though it feels true at weddings for some reason. The truth is, I could easily get married if I really wanted just any shmuck. But I am instead—buckle up—choosing to stay single because it turns out a woman can be happy without a man. Revolutionary idea, right?

The fact is, I’m actually quite open to having a partner and even like being in a relationship, so long as it’s a good one. But even then, people love to pester me about wedding bells as if the trajectories of my relationships are any of their damn business. As we’re finally starting to acknowledge, hetrosexual marriages are often a bad deal for women. That’s not to say getting married can’t be a wonderful thing—but only when it’s to a partner who shows you love, respect, and willingness to share trash duty. In my experience, there are a million reasons to stay single and only one not to: You find a partner who is an equal, not a needy man-baby.

So, if you’re single like me, it’s probably not because you’re a loser but because you know that there are plenty of ways to be happy and fulfilled without a wedding. To shut the judgmental if unintentional haters up, here are some good comebacks when they ask, “So, when are you getting married?”

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil Review: This Fairy Tale Updates the Disney Princess in Subtle, Powerful Ways

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, Disney’s sequel to the 2014 retelling of Sleeping Beauty with Angelina Jolie that’s in theaters now, is sort of strange and dark for a fairy tale. And naturally, that’s what makes it so great. The movie covers a lot of things—motherhood, the loss of innocence, love, hate, immigration, power, magic—without losing focus. The costumes are, and I cannot stress this enough, excellent. And best of all, it honors the most enduring tropes of Disney fairy tales (spoiler: good triumphs over evil) while updating the princess narrative in subtle and powerful ways.

Just look at Aurora’s (Elle Fanning) story. She’s now 21 years old and engaged to Prince Philip. It’s hardly surprising or revolutionary that she’s marrying her first boyfriend, but we then learn they’ve been dating for five years. Five years! Compare that to the “love at first sight, married the next day” plot of, well, just pick a movie. Aurora is no sleepy princess, either. She’s the strong-willed barefoot queen of the Moors, the forest wonderland where magical creatures live, having given her previous castle to “the people.” We stan an egalitarian monarch.

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Of course, this will come as no surprise to those who saw the first film, a decidedly feminist reboot of Sleeping Beauty. But Linda Woolverton—the screenwriter behind both Maleficent films and basically your entire childhood (Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King, hello!)—tells me that turning a tale of problematic true love on its head was a challenge at first. While writing the first film, she struggled with making the Disney villain sympathetic. “What on Earth happened to this woman that she was that pissed off?” she asked herself. And so, “I had to give her a real reason.”

The answer: She wrote a scene in which Maleficent is drugged by a paramour and wakes to find he’s cut off her wings. “It was…nothing we ever said out loud, but it feels like a date rape,” she tells me. “It’s funny, I worked really closely with Angelina Jolie on the whole script—she was fantastic—and we never actually said date rape. It wasn’t until after that it was like, ‘Oh, huh, that’s what that is.'”

That powerful metaphor in Maleficent’s backstory wasn’t the only twist in the first film, though. You may recall that it’s actually Maleficent herself who breaks the sleeping curse by kissing Aurora on the forehead. (Turns out the unconditional true love of a mother is greater than that of a random paramour’s.) That moment was yet another instance of Woolverton realizing, after the fact, what she had written. “For the first Maleficent, I was talking [in an interview] about the moment when Maleficent wakes Aurora up and gives this speech, and I broke down,” she says. “It was so terrible. I realized that the whole movie was an apology to my daughter for getting a divorce.” She adds, “I didn’t even realize it until that moment that the whole movie was about that.”

Jennifer Lopez Was Spotted Wearing the Most Blinged-Out Wedding Dress

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Marry Me is slated to hit theaters in 2020. As for when Jennifer Lopez is expected to marry Alex Rodriguez, well, that’s still a mystery. The couple hasn’t set a date yet, but Lopez did open up about their plans briefly in a recent interview with Evening Standard.

“I have a movie I’m shooting in October [Marry Me], and the movie has an album that goes with it, so I’m just a little bit busy right now, and until October, he has the World Series in baseball,” she said. “We’re going to have to pick a day, pick a time and block it out, but we’re definitely talking about it. [Marriage is] important for both of us. We both come from traditional Latin families and we want that. Everyone wants somebody to grow old with. At the end of the day, how much work can you do, how much money can you make, and what does it all matter? It doesn’t, really.”

Serena Williams Is Speaking Out About Financial Abuse During Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Perhaps you’ve heard that one in four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. It’s a staggering statistic. Here’s the part you probably don’t know: 99% of those cases will involve some form of financial abuse.

Serena Williams wants to do something about that. In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Williams has partnered for the third time with the Allstate Foundation’s Purple Purse initiative to raise awareness around the rampant problem of financial abuse in relationships. “She is the embodiment of women’s empowerment,” Allstate Foundation senior program officer Ellen Lisak says. “We’ve been so grateful she has brought her influential voice and platform to our program to help elevate a national conversation around these issues that are so unknown to so many people.”

“When I signed up three years, I was really shocked by the statistics,” Williams told Glamour. “It’s basically every single case [of domestic violence]. When you think about that way, it’s like how did I not know about it? What can I do to bring my voice to it and talk about it?”

“I hope that people can learn the common signs of financial abuse and that if people are victims they know that there are resources like PurplePurse.com out there to help,” she continues. “I want people to know about the horrors of financial abuse.” Through her partnership with Allstate and Purple Purse, she’s had the opportunity to talk with survivors, something that has been very meaningful to her. “I feel really lucky to be among such powerful women,” she says. “It’s important for me to use my voice to support them and help tell their stories. Together, we can help other women.”

“Victims of domestic violence are often asked, ‘Why don’t you just leave?’ and what we found is that financial abuse is one of the reasons. We found that domestic violence happens to one in four women, regardless of race or socioeconomic status and 99% of those cases also involve financial abuse,” Lisak tells Glamour. “It’s is one of the main reasons that victims remain in or return to an abusive relationship.”

“It can take on many forms, depending on the situation, but some examples include when an abuser prevents a victim from working, or they really limit their access to money or credit cards, or they even intentionally ruin their credit,” she continues. “If you have bad credit you can’t get an apartment. If you’re not working, you’re not bringing in income and you’re kind of stuck in this vicious cycle.”

5 Black Jeans Outfits: What To Wear For Every Style | Glamour

A faded pair of baby blue jeans gets all the credit (and Instagram love), but a black jeans outfit is just as reliable—and easy to put together. Take any outfit you’d wear with your favorite vintage denim and simply swap out the bottoms. Black jeans look just as sleek with a classic leather jacket as they do with louder trends of the moment, like tie-dye, cowboy boots and neon. This fall, it’s time to think beyond the plain white T-shirt and imagine all the ways you can wear this underrated denim style. Consider these five perfect outfits a start.

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Lifetime Just Announced Four More Holiday Movies—Including One With Ashanti

Also this year, Hanukkah will be featured in Lifetime’s Mistletoe & Menorahs (which premieres December 7). It will star Kelley Jakle and Jake Epstein, and the plot goes something like this: “When a determined toy company executive, Christy (Jakle), must learn about Hanukkah in a hurry in order to land a big account, she enlists the help of her co-worker’s friend Jonathan (Epstein), who happens to also be in desperate need of turning his bachelor pad into a Christmas Wonderland to impress his girlfriend’s father. After butting heads, they realize they need each other’s holiday expertise and quickly appreciate one another’s cultures and each other. As they spend more time together, they realize they have more in common and a holiday romance lights up.” Can’t wait.

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Then, in a Christmas Love Letter (premiering December 21), relationship advice columnist Amalie (Ashley Newbrough) receives an unsigned love letter and tries to solve the mystery of who sent it. Maybe she’ll find true love in the process? The film also stars Tilky Jones, Chanté Bowser, and Izzy Herbert.

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Rounding out the new films is A Date by Christmas Eve on December 22, in which Chelsea, a good-hearted brand strategist for a popular dating app, discovers the app has given her magical powers. (Where’s that when I need it?) She uses her newfound ability to make all the “naughty” people in her life learn how to be good again. Of course, nothing goes as planned; and in a twist reminiscent of The Good Place, a kind neighbor is added to the naughty list, forcing Chelsea to fix things before time runs out. The film stars Vanessa Lengies, Evan Williams, Katherine Bailess, Julie McNiven, and Morgan Fairchild.

The First All-Female Spacewalk Is Happening Right Now

In middle school, I begged to go to Space Camp. In that week, I served as both the commander of a mission and participated in a all-female spacewalk simulation with another girl, among other amazing activities. I couldn’t have imagined then that it would take until 2019 for two women to do that same thing in actual outer space.

But at last, it’s all happening. As I write this, NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir are taking part in the first all-female spacewalk outside the International Space Station, where the duo will be replacing a faulty battery charge/discharge unit. (Women have done spacewalks before, but never together.)

You may remember back in March, NASA had to cancel this scheduled event for the most inane reason: The organization didn’t have two spacesuits that were sized to fit women and one of the women, Anne McClain, had to give up her spot to a man. “Anne trained in ‘M’ and ‘L’ and thought she could use a large but decided after [last] Friday’s spacewalk a medium fits better,” a NASA spokeswoman, Stephanie Schierholz, said in a tweet at the time. “In this case, it’s easier (and faster!) to change space-walkers than reconfigure the spacesuit.”

We are not over that, but at least now we can also celebrate these incredible women.

And since each is a person in her own right, NASA has even provided a handy way to identify who is who in the livestream.

“I think it’s important because of the historical nature of what we’re doing and that in the past, women haven’t always been at the table,” Koch said in a news conference ahead of the historic day. “It’s wonderful to be contributing to human spaceflight at a time when all contributions are being accepted, when everyone has a role and that can lead, in turn, to increased chance for success.”