Marshae Jones Is Charged With Manslaughter—For Miscarrying After Getting Shot

Late last year Marshae Jones, a 28-year-old living in Alabama, was shot in the stomach during a dispute with 23-year-old Ebony Jemison. At the time of the shooting, Jones was five months pregnant. Although she survived, Jones suffered a miscarriage. And this week, she found herself in court over the incident. It was there that a Jefferson County grand jury indicted her for manslaughter—of the fetus.

Jones was booked into jail on a $50,000 bond, according to authorities. The police argued that since Jones allegedly started the fight, Jemison only shot her in self-defense. And because Jones failed to get herself out of the situation—she’s culpable for what happened. (Police initially charged Jemison with manslaughter for the death of the fetus, but unlike in Jones’ case, she was ultimately not indicted, according to AL.com.)

“The only true victim in this was the unborn baby,” Lt. Danny Reid of the Pleasant Grove Police Department, said after the shooting in December, AL.com reported. “It was the mother of the child who initiated and continued the fight which resulted in the death of her own unborn baby.”

This case comes in the midst of a heated national debate over a woman’s right to choose and whether a fetus should “count” as a person under the law. But it’s no surprise that this case is taking place in Alabama. Last month, Alabama voted to pass the most severe restrictions on abortion nationwide. And 25 Republican male state senators passed a bill outlawing abortion from the moment of conception onward, without provisions for cases of even rape or incest. Doctors who perform the procedure could also be punished with life in prison. Republican Alabama governor Kay Ivey then signed the bill into law. While it’s uncertain if the bill will go into effect, it sets up a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade—the apparent goal of recent state-sponsored abortion restrictions.

Alabama is also one of the 38 states that has fetal homicide laws. In other words, in cases of violence against a pregnant woman, the fetus is recognized as a victim. That means a woman can be prosecuted if it’s believed she precipitated a miscarriage.

“When a five-month pregnant woman initiates a fight and attacks another person, I believe some responsibility lies with her as to any injury to her unborn child,” Lt. Reid also added. “That child is dependent on its mother to try to keep it from harm, and she shouldn’t seek out unnecessary physical altercations.”

Can You Wear White to a Wedding? Glamour and an Etiquette Expert Weigh In

Every spring, when wedding invitations start dropping through people’s mail slots, we get a flurry of emails from soon-to-be wedding guests asking, “Can you wear white to a wedding?” Popular variations include, “Can you wear an off-white dress a wedding?” and “Can you wear an all-white jumpsuit to a wedding?” Rationales include, “It’s the only thing that fits.” “It’s the only thing I like.” “I’ll add a pop of color with a sweater.” And, “But the bride said it’s OK.”

And still our answer, forever and always, is no. No, you cannot wear white to a wedding. Period.

So we’ll field one last email, and then we’re putting the issue to bed.

Writes a Glamour reader:

“I know that this is against the rules, but you know that feeling when you find that perfect dress and you can’t let go? So I have that problem. I’m going to my boyfriend’s friend’s wedding. (I don’t know the bride.) I found a white, knee-length cocktail dress that I really, really like, and I need advice: Can you wear white to a wedding? I can throw on some fancy shoes and a bag and a necklace. You know, add more color to it. What do you think?”

Here are our thoughts:

No.

Also: Seriously, no.

And we can hear you saying, BUT… so we’re going to answer your BUTs… right now.

BUT… I said I was going to add more color!Unless you’re going to “add more color” by putting another, non-white dress over it, a white dress is off-limits. No.

BUT… It’s the only dress that’s in my price range.

No.

BUT… It’s the only dress that looks good on me.

No.

BUT… What if I ask the bride and she says it’s OK?

Don’t ask the bride. If you do, she might just say yes because she doesn’t want to sound like a bridezilla. But even if she says yes and she’s really, truly OK with it, I promise you someone at her wedding isn’t going to be. And you don’t want to be forever remembered as the random girlfriend-of-a-friend who wore white to the wedding. You just don’t. So again: No.

You can buy another dress, you can borrow another dress, you can rent another dress, you can dye a white dress—you can skip the wedding and stay home and wear your white dress—but you cannot wear a white dress to a wedding.

We don’t care what the silhouette is (“But it doesn’t look like a wedding dress!”) or the color (“But it’s light cream!”). The only exception—the only one—is if the bride and groom specifically request that their guests wear white. In that case, by all means: Yes! Please wear a white dress.

In every other case: No.

And we’re not the only one who thinks so: Anne Chertoff, wedding etiquette expert and chief operating officer of Beaumont Etiquette, says a woman wearing white to a wedding—unless the bride asked, like Pippa Middleton at Kate and Prince William’s wedding in 2011—is disrespectful. “It gives the impression that she’s trying to draw attention to herself and away from the bride,” Chertoff says.

__But, good news:— You CAN wear black to a wedding!

Kim Fusaro is the branded content director (and former weddings editor) at Glamour. Follow her on Instagram at @kimberlyfusaro.

Everything We Know About Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s First Royal Tour With Archie

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have kept a relatively low profile since welcoming their son, Archie, in early May. Yes, they did a photo-call with Archie shortly after his birth and appeared at the Trooping the Colour ceremony in June, but besides that they’ve been M.I.A. But they’ll soon be making their grand return to the public eye⁠—as a family. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced on their Instagram page Thursday, June 27 that they’ll be completing a royal tour of Southern Africa come fall. And get this: They’re bringing baby Archie along with them.

“TRH The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are excited to announce that they have been asked to carry out a tour to Southern Africa this autumn,” the official @SussexRoyal Instagram post reads. “The Foreign and Commonwealth Office have requested a visit to South Africa 🇿🇦 as well as The Duke carrying out visits to Malawi 🇲🇼 and Angola 🇦🇴. His Royal Highness will also do a short working visit to Botswana 🇧🇼 on route to the other countries.”

It continues, “The Duke and Duchess are really looking forward to meeting so many of you on the ground and continuing to raise awareness of the high impact work local communities are doing across the commonwealth and beyond. This will be their first official tour as a family!”

See the announcement for yourself, below:

Details about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s upcoming family tour are sparse. Save from this announcement, we don’t know much about what to expect. But we’re compiling all the details as they come so you can stay up to date on the trip. Here’s everything we know so far:

When it’s happening: Fall 2019

Where it’s happening: South Africa, Malawi, and Angola.

Who’s coming: Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, their son Archie, and, presumably, those who work on their team.

Why this trip: According to People magazine, Prince Harry plans to work on his Sentebale charity while in Malawi, which works to support people affected by HIV and AIDS.

How it was announced: The British High Commissioner to South Africa, Nigel Casey, broke the news. “They are going to be coming back to visit us in South Africa this autumn,” he said. “That’s great news for us. I predict it’s also good news for the South African economy, because I predict a hat and frock buying frenzy to rival even SONA [the country’s State of the Nation Address, which took place last Thursday], which could well restore economic growth all on its own.”

What Archie coming means: According to royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams, Archie will be the youngest baby to go on a royal tour if he jets off to South Africa with his parents. “William traveled first when he was nine months old, and George when he was eight [months old], so the precedents are there, not that a couple as independent as Harry and Meghan need precedents,” Fitzwilliams told Insider.

What Africa means to Prince Harry and Markle: “Africa, Botswana in particular, has always been a very special place to Harry,” a royal expert named Katie Nicholl also told Insider. “He calls it his spiritual home and it’s where he and Meghan fell in love so I think it’s probably high up on the couple’s wish list.”

There’s Nothing Weird About Owning a Cat

If cats have nine lives, then it’s fitting that Susan Michals, the founder of CatCon—the largest cat convention—has had almost as many careers. From farm life as a kid to the publishing world as an adult, Michals was a writer for Vanity Fair and The Wall Street Journal, and a segment producer for E!. But something was missing, and in 2014, Michals created Cat Art Show to bridge the gap between animal lovers and art/culture.

Shortly thereafter Michals launched the first ever CatCon, quit her job as an entertainment journalist, and devoted her career to serving a community of pet lovers often overlooked. At last years CatCon, more than 500 felines were adopted and nearly $200,000 raised for charities across Southern California. Now, as the convention celebrates its fifth year this weekend in L.A., Michals is hoping to eventually expand globally and shine a light on cat lovers everywhere.

In doing so, she also hopes to dispel the stereotype of the ‘cat lady’ and why it’s finally cool to be a cat owner.

Susan’s cat, Miss Kitty Pretty Girl

Erica Danger

I was in my 30s when I got my current cat, a Maine Coon. In the words of Kelly Clarkson’s song, we’re both “Miss Independent.” She’s the only cat in the house, though she does have a canine sib, Buddy. But early on when I told people I thought about getting two cats, they would say, ‘Oh, no, no, no, no! You’re going to be at cat lady.’

Mind you, I didn’t fit the ‘stereotype’ of what people think of as a cat lady—the middle-age, homebody spinster. I had a boyfriend at the time, I was a supervising producer at E! working on shows including Keeping Up with the Kardashians and Live from the Red Carpet. I wasn’t headed towards Grey Gardens country or Miss Havisham from Great Expectations. Or Dr. Eleanor Abernathy (a.k.a Crazy Cat Lady) from The Simpsons for that matter. I hear that one all the time.

When people would say don’t get another cat, I would respond with, ‘What the fuck is wrong with you?’ They’d say, ‘Well, if you don’t have a boyfriend and you have a lot of cats, you might scare guys away.’ It was insinuated you become less appealing the more cats you have. But I don’t hear people saying someone is a crazy dog lady. Perhaps it has to do with the stereotype of the crazy cat lady that has been perpetuated and evolved through hundreds of years of history when cats were associated with witches. It’s funny because people can be crazy happy, crazy beautiful, crazy artsy, but unfortunately when you put that next to cat lady, it develops this negative connotation.

Everything We Know About Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas’ Second Wedding

If you’ve spent any amount of time on the Internet this week, you probably know that Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas are (reportedly) having a wedding in France this weekend. The couple, along with Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas, have been spotted out and about in Paris all week looking chic and partying on a boat. Just your typical pre-wedding behavior, right?

Of course, the couple is already legally married after tying the knot in Las Vegas following the Billboard Music Awards in May. Thanks to Diplo’s livestream we all got to see that ceremony, but chances are that won’t be happening this time around at the big event for family and friends.

But here’s what we do know about the wedding.

The location. Turner and Jonas (along with Chopra and Nick) were spotted arriving at the Château de Tourreau in Sarrians, France on Thursday, June 27, causing many to speculate that this may be where the wedding will take place. The restored 18th-century castle in Provence looks absolutely stunning—you can even check it out on AirBnB where it’s listed at $4,774 per night. The couple was greeted by staff in a scene that looks like a modern-day Downton Abbey. It’s only appropriate that the Queen in the North get married in a literal castle.

Arnold Jerocki/Getty Images

The guests. We know that Chopra and Nick have been in France this week, and it’s fairly safe to assume that the rest of the Jonas family, including brother Kevin and third “J Sister” Danielle, will be there. Turner’s Game of Thrones costar and BFF Maisie Williams is expected to attend, but it’s unclear if other members of the cast, including Emilia Clarke, Gwendoline Christie, or Kit Harington, are invited.

Marc Piasecki/Getty Images

Everything We Know About Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas’s Second Wedding

If you’ve spent any amount of time on the internet this week, you probably know that Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas are (reportedly) having a wedding in France this weekend. The couple, along with Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas, have been spotted out and about in Paris all week looking chic and partying on a boat. Just your typical prewedding behavior, right?

Of course, the couple is already legally married after tying the knot in Las Vegas following the Billboard Music Awards in May. Thanks to Diplo’s live stream, we all got to see that ceremony, but chances are that won’t be happening this time around at the big event for family and friends.

But here’s what we do know about the wedding.

The location: Turner and Jonas (along with Chopra and Nick) were spotted arriving at the Château de Tourreau in Sarrians, France, on Thursday, June 27, causing many to speculate that this may be where the wedding will take place. The restored 18th-century castle in Provence looks absolutely stunning—you can even check it out on Airbnb, where it’s listed at $4,774 per night. The couple was greeted by staff in a scene that looks like a modern-day Downton Abbey. It’s only appropriate that the Queen in the North get married in a literal castle.

Arnold Jerocki/Getty Images

The guests: We know that Chopra and Nick have been in France this week, and it’s fairly safe to assume that the rest of the Jonas family, including brother Kevin and third “J Sister” Danielle, will be there. Turner’s Game of Thrones costar and BFF Maisie Williams is expected to attend, but it’s unclear whether other members of the cast, including Emilia Clarke, Gwendoline Christie, or Kit Harington, are invited.

Marc Piasecki/Getty Images

Kim Kardashian’s New Shapewear Brand Is Being Accused of Cultural Appropriation

Earlier this week, Kim Kardashian announced she’d be launching yet another new business venture: an affordable, size-inclusive shapewear line.

“Finally I can share with you guys this project that I have been developing for the last year. I’ve been passionate about this for 15 years,” she wrote on Instagram. “I would always cut up my shapewear to make my own styles, and there have also been so many times I couldn’t find a [shapewear] color that blended with my skin tone so we needed a solution for all of this.”

Many were excited about the range of the collection: pieces going up to a 4XL, available in nine different shades, priced accessibly. However, in the days since her reveal, there has been backlash bubbling up on the Internet because of the brand’s name, Kimono.

People have accused Kardashian of cultural appropriation over the name of her shapewear line. There’s even a hashtag: #KimOhNo.

“Wow, @KimKardashian. Thanks for BUTCHERING Japanese culture!!! My culture is not your plaything.” one Twitter user wrote. “You don’t have any respect for people who are not your family, do you? In the 15 yrs developing this project, couldn’t you find a cultural advisor?”

“The year is 2039. A child is asked what a kimono is. They reply with “Kim Kardashian’s shapewear range. And there begins the gradual erasure & dilution of the kimono’s rich cultural history for future generations. One of many reasons why trademarking it is NOT OKAY #KimOhNo,” another said.

The New Charlie’s Angels Trailer Is Here, Thank God

Good morning, angels. That’s right, Charlie’s Angels is back with the first trailer for the latest reboot starring Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, and Ella Balinska as the crime-solving, ass-kicking trio. This movie, of course, is based on the famous ’70s television show featuring Farrah Fawcett, Kate Jackson, and Jaclyn Smith. But it’s not the first time the Angels have hit the big screen. Remember the iconic Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz, and Lucy Liu version back in 2000? As if you could forget.

While I’m a little wary of yet another franchise reboot coming to theaters, I can’t get enough of watching a group women work together to take down bad guys—and this movie certainly has that. Even better: It’s directed by Elizabeth Banks, who also takes over the role of Bosley—the Angels’ day-to-day liaison with Charlie—from Bill Murray, who played the part in the early aughts.

In the trailer you’ll see incredible fight scenes, next-level outfits, and some hilarious comedic moments. My favorite is when Scott’s character, Elena, gets integrated into the group and learns exactly what they do…and how they do it. (You’ll see what I mean when you watch.) Oh, and your Internet boyfriend Noah Centineo is in it too, along with Sam Claflin, Djimon Hounsou, and Patrick Stewart.

A scene from the new Charlie’s Angels

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Watch the trailer, below, before the movie hits theaters in November.

The trailer also features a (very brief) snippet of the highly anticipated song from Miley Cyrus, Ariana Grande, and Lana Del Rey. Cyrus recently teased the collaboration on social media, writing, “We are coming.”

Based on the reaction on Twitter, people are excited for the movie and the song. “All the looks of kristen in this trailer omfggggggg IM MURDERED,” one user wrote.

However, some fans just want the early aughts Angels back. “Omg this new Charlie’s Angels movie is actually making me so sad. I miss the second wave of Angels so much and I just want them back but I know it’ll never happen ! Oml Cam, Lucy & Drew are serving Kelly Kelly & I cant handle it,” one person wrote.

Charlie’s Angels is scheduled to be released on November 15, 2019.

Relationship Age Gap: How Big Is too Big?

I once thought I’d fallen in love with an adorable lawyer who started chatting with me while we waited at a crosswalk in Manhattan. I felt an immediate spark, and after we exchanged numbers, we planned our first date without ever bringing up our ages. A week later, somewhere between one and four glasses of wine, he told me I looked “quite young” and asked how old I was.

“I’m 25,” I said, trying to seem proud of the number even though I’d just celebrated this birthday with a bit of dread about growing up. He nodded in surprise and didn’t offer his age until I asked for it. “You’ll never guess,” he said, which is when I tried to examine his face for wrinkles and his hair for salt-and-pepper grays—there weren’t any.

“I’m 38,” he said. Thirty-eight. I wouldn’t have guessed, I told him. Then he excused himself to the go to the bathroom while I sat wondering what our relationship age gap meant: Would he want to move faster in a relationship? Would he be thinking about children already? Would he be appalled by my tiny studio apartment, which I could barely afford?

“So I know what you’re thinking,” he said, upon returning. “Why isn’t this guy married with kids?” He launched into an explanation about not finding the right woman yet and managed to quell all of my concerns—at least for the time being. I continued to find myself smitten, gushing to my mom about him, telling her that 13 years wasn’t that big of an age difference because we got along so well and it just didn’t matter.

We continued to date until, eventually, our lifestyles proved drastically different. His career and financial situations were a far cry from mine, and the idea of things getting serious felt rushed and scary to me. He was closer to 40 than I was to 30, and I felt like he’d inevitably want marriage and children much sooner than I would. So I let our connection slip away, allowing my concern over our age difference to overshadow our passion.

It was ultimately the right call, I felt, and experts seem to agree. The truth is that age is not just a number, says Seth Meyers, Ph.D., a psychologist and author of Overcome Relationship Repetition Syndrome and Find the Love You Deserve. A relationship age gap bigger than 10 years often comes with it’s own set of issues. “While there are always exceptions to rules, a good rule to remember is that dating someone more than 10 years older will present challenges now or later that add to the preexisting challenges any relationship has,” he says.

Couples with a big age difference need to think things through or risk finding themselves at conflicting stages in their relationship. “You can see varied cultural references, disapproval from family and friends, and perhaps community disapproval, as well,” says Rachel Sussman, a licensed marriage and family therapist in New York. “It might be hard to relate to each other’s peer groups, too.”

Since dating my the lawyer, I’ve capped my ideal man at about five to seven years older than me—especially on dating apps, where you can filter out those in a specific age group. But at the same time, I still keep an open mind—a big age gap doesn’t have to be a nonstarter. “The unhealthy individual either has a type that is too specific and narrow (I want someone between 30 and 35 who loves the outdoors, is really close to his parents and siblings) or, conversely, too broad and vague (I just want someone nice),” Meyers says.

Instead, be realistic about what you want in someone, not what you want from their age. Think of 10 years as a general guideline, but be open to other ages, as well—and don’t limit yourself to dating only someone older. “‘Cast a wide net’ is what I tell all my clients,” Sussman says. “Men should date older, and women should be OK experimenting with dating younger. And we should all be more open-minded.”

Why Those Plus-Size Model Mannequins Matter

Old Navy has used curvy mannequins in its stores since 2018, when it reintroduced plus to its brick-and-mortar business. The impact has been nothing short of remarkable, according to Partridge: “It’s just one more step in making her feel included and a part of it, and like we’re proud to offer products for her.” She recalls an instance when one customer told her that seeing mannequins of varying body types in one of their stores made her feel proud to be her size. “It was this sign of inclusivity and it made her feel good,” she says.

Target began implementing plus mannequins in stores around the same time. And it has certainly not gone unnoticed. “At Target, inclusivity is part of everything we do…It’s so important that all guests feel a strong sense of belonging,” says Michelle Mesenburg, Senior Vice President of Marketing. “Guests have shared that they appreciate that our mannequins reflect a range of body types, and we’ll continue to listen to our guests to ensure we offer a shopping experience where all feel welcome and represented.”

A mannequin on display at a Target store.

Courtesy of Target

Lingerie on display at a Target store, with size-diverse mannequins.

Courtesy of Target

But why, exactly, does having a plus-size mannequin in your store have such an impact on shoppers? The reasons are plentiful—and oftentimes emotional.

For starters, seeing a mannequin in a window that looks like them lets a customer walking by know that, if they come in, they’ll likely be able to find something in their size. Instead of having to uncomfortably go up to a salesperson and ask if their size is even sold at that particular store—still a common experience for people who wear a size 14 or above, despite it being the average size of an American woman—they can often know right away what to expect.

“For a lot of people, it can be a frustrating, annoying, or embarrassing experience,” says plus-size fashion blogger Sarah Chiwaya. If she sees clothing on a plus mannequin, she’s more likely to stop and shop there. Of course, no singular mannequin can accurately represent the spectrum of plus-sizes—each person carries their weight differently, so really, you’re just seeing a regularized version of the plus body—but as Chiwaya explains, a larger mannequin makes it much simpler for customers to envision how a garment will look on their body and whether or not it will compliment their figure.

The impact of seeing different bodies in a catalog, on an e-commerce product page, or on the store floor goes beyond simply letting shoppers know that they can shop there. It helps turn the conversation around body diversity and inclusivity, much of which happens online, into something tangible. It no longer feels abstract or unreachable for a fat woman or man to feel welcome in a store. Rather, it becomes the norm.

“It takes away the stigma ultimately of different-sized bodies,” says Amanda Scriver, a freelance journalist and body image advocate. “At the end of the day, that’s what matters. Fat visibility is important. Period. Full stop. We need to continue to fight for it and having mannequins in-store helps provides others a realistic view of the different body types in this world, different body types just like mine.”