Serena Williams—and the U.S. women’s soccer team—isn’t here for the pay gap. On Friday, the tennis icon called the pay gap in sports “ludicrous” while sharing her support for the team and its lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation.
“The pay discrepancy is ludicrous,” Williams, a 23-time grand slam singles champion, told reporters during a press briefing at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California. “It’s a battle; it’s a fight,” she added. “I think at some point in every sport, you have to have those pioneers, and maybe it’s time for soccer.”
Twenty-eight players on the U.S. women’s soccer team announced the lawsuit on Friday, International Women’s Day, alleging what it called “institutionalized gender discrimination.”
The lawsuit goes far beyond pay, which still remains a major issue across the sports industry, and calls out how often female athletes get to train compared to their male counterparts, medical treatment, and more, The New York Times reported.
“I think to be on this team is to understand these issues,” Megan Rapinoe, one of the team’s midfielders, told The New York Times. “And I think we’ve always—dating back to forever—been a team that stood up for itself and fought hard for what it felt it deserved and tried to leave the game in a better place.”
Another female athlete who can relate to fighting hard against gender discrimination is tennis great Billie Jean King. On Friday, she too came out to support the soccer team: “Sports are a microcosm of society. What is happening with the USWNT [United States women’s national soccer team] is happening in the workplace,” she tweeted. “The time has come to give these athletes what they deserve: equality.”
Williams reiterated the importance of this fight not just for the women in sports now, but for all future generations of female athletes. I’m playing because someone else stood up,” she said, “and so what they are doing right now is hopefully for the future of women’s soccer.”
Etsy isn’t only for finding your new favorite hair accessory or laughing at the surprisingly large selection of divorce gifts (very much a real thing). The online peer-to-peer marketplace also happens to be a treasure trove of amazing vintage fashion finds. In fact, many independent thrift stores choose Etsy as the platform to host their e-commerce, so you’ll find goods from second-hand shopping destinations—like Passport Vintage of Austin, Texas, and Vaux Vintage of Brooklyn—on the site. And the chase for a unique vintage treasure still translates online: As with those one-off pieces you stumble upon at your neighborhood vintage joint, these shops will carry only one of every piece—so if you see something you like, move quickly. Ahead, we round up some of our favorite vintage sellers on Etsy, as well as some of the items we’re eyeing from each one.
Mandy Moore surprised fans on Instagram Thursday (March 7) when she debuted her new bob haircut. The look, done by Garnier consulting hair stylist Ashley Streicher, is beyond chic: slightly darker than Moore’s normal hair color and styled in loose, beachy waves.
“Surprise! I got a chop,” Moore posted to Instagram yesterday alongside photos of her new hair, taken by Jenna Jones. “I stayed true to my brunette roots, so I wanted to make a big change with my cut.” (The color, in case you’re curious, is Garnier Nutrisse Shade 53 and it’s less than $10.)
See Moore’s post for yourself, below:
The This Is Us actress decided to switch up her hair for two reasons. Her first one is pretty standard. “I just got done with work,” Moore told Access Hollywood in a new interview. “I have to look a certain way for eight months out of the year, so I’m like, ‘Celebrate! Do something different.'”
Her second reason, though, is more emotionally charged, and one anyone who’s been through a particularly fraught experience might relate. A few weeks ago, Moore was one of several women featured in a New York Times article detailing misconduct allegations against musician Ryan Adams. Moore and Adams were married for seven years, and during their relationship she says he was psychologically abusive toward her. Changing her hair, Moore says, helped her close that dark chapter of her life—which she had to revisit for the article—for good.
“The last couple weeks have been sort of—I’m not going to get emotional—have been emotionally turbulent in a way,” she said. “I think there is something significant about shedding dead weight and moving forward.”
Moore says the support she’s received since coming forward about Adams has been overwhelming in the most positive way. “I’m happy that people—women, specifically—who have been in abusive situations of any form feel seen and heard and recognized,” she says. “That’s what I was most surprised about by speaking out: feeling like other women were like, ‘Thank you. I’m encouraged to come forward now.'”
What the film does well is highlight both the experiences that girls all over the world have in common and the terrible, particular difficulties and threats that a girl like Nasro faces. How much of girlhood is a shared experience?
Being a girl is always difficult. It’s a strange rite of passage, and being a woman in this world is difficult. But there’s a massive difference between what it feels like to be a woman in [America or England] and where Nasaro is. And a girl’s [experience] will be different, too, based on her race, her socioeconomic background, how much education she has. Does she have people in her life to support her? What part of the world is she in? What resources does she have access to? That will decide what her life will be like.
In the New Yorker, Alexis Okeowo wrote that your work “evokes longing for home,” which I think is true. When you feel that ache for home, what do you do?
I feel that every day of my life. For me, home is Somalia. I’m living in L.A. now, but London was home for a really long time, and now I’m living in America under Trump. So it’s double. I miss London, but I miss home home, which is Africa. It’s really important for me to listen to old Somali music and to speak in my mother tongue. It gives me a lot of pride. I like looking at old photographs of Somalia. I love to eat Somali food. I love to put on Somali incense. It’s all the time reminding myself a little bit of where I’m from, and the richness of it. Because it’s very easy to not do that and then you forget—how to cook, how to speak the same language, the comedy, the music.
I don’t want to grow older in different parts of the world and forget all the things that bring me a lot of joy, so I spend a lot of time on YouTube looking for Somali videos. And whenever I want to connect with London, I hope for rain. It’s rainy today in L.A., and it always makes me feel comforted. I just have to stay connected so I don’t forget where I’m from.
It can feel like time travel a bit, to surround yourself with those memories of home.
Yes, definitely. That’s a big help for writing as well. If I want to write about my teenage years, I’ll go back and listen to all the music I listened to and look at photographs of myself back in the day, and I’ll even ask my mom to send me old clothes from London. It’s like a time machine.
International Women’s Day can feel a little two-dimensional, I think. Because so much of it takes “place” online. I’m sure people will see the film and read articles about it. But then what? Do you have advice for people who want to do something with the pain or emotion that they feel?
I’m interested in the ways in which human beings are able to practice empathy, so my recommendation would be to read books written by different women from different backgrounds you don’t know anything about, watch films made by women all over the world, not just by women who look like you.
And try to practice empathy. Think about how massive the world is and how small your life is in comparison to that. Think about what it means to be a woman. Think about how you want to bring awareness to the suffering of other people. Think about women from different parts of the world, trans women, poor women, black women, women in prisons, women in shelters, women all over the world, women and girls in refugee camps. The world is so massive, but we forget that all the time.
Netflix is officially a destination for television, which is fantastic, but that makes finding something to watch 10 times more difficult. There’s just too much good content to choose from, and it ranges in style, genre, and taste. For comedy lovers, there’s The Office,Parks and Recreation, and Netflix originals like Grace and Frankie.Shondaland shows are also on Netflix, so it’s easy to just get sucked into those. When it’s Wednesday night and all you want to do is unwind, deciding on a show can be stressful in itself.
That’s where we come in. We’ll be periodically updating this post every week with the absolute best shows streaming on Netflix right now. For now, though, give the below fan favorites a whirl. They never disappoint.
It’s a typical Saturday night in my life, which means I’m arriving at a birthday party without an invitation, bearing two dozen freshly baked cookies as my entry ticket. The yellow-tinged ceiling lights helpfully illuminate the drinks table, but I can tell at a single glance that they’re not going to lend a single ounce of flattery to my skin. (When you spend enough time in front of ring lights, diffused studio lights, and portable LuMee lights, you just get an immediate sense for these things.) Nonetheless, the combination of celebratory spirit and all the great new people I’m meeting soon have me snapping selfies left and right.
Approximately 30 seconds after I post the first one to Instagram, I get a DM from a fellow beauty editor: “Wow. Your skin is really doing amazing things.” I take a second look at the unfiltered photo. She’s absolutely right. I text her back that it’s the glow of happiness, which is 50 percent of the truth—and vow to save the full story for later.
Well, here it is: Bobbi Brown makes the best cream foundation to ever touch my face. In years past, I’ve always had a tendency to gravitate toward liquid formulas because I believe they tend to do the best job balancing coverage, wear time, and comfort. Sign me up for a cream highlighter or eyeshadow any day, but many of the foundation formulas I’ve tried tend toward the heavier side. They look amazing on camera—imitating the look of bare, dewy skin beautifully—but they also feel like a thick coat of spackle, a feeling I loathe. And if I happen to break a sweat or have an especially oily skin day, you can dial up the discomfort another few degrees (while I watch the results of my careful application disintegrate into little flesh-colored icebergs floating across my face).
Any foundation—cream or otherwise—has to be truly special for me to take note because of how rarely I feel like wearing it. See that photo above? That’s how my skin looks without a single drop of base makeup, in the middle of a particularly sweaty day running to and from appointments in New York. I have a very mild case of rosacea and periodic hormonal breakouts, but my multi-step skin care routine means I can usually skip this particular product altogether. On occasions when I do reach for foundation, it means I’m looking for something that will either photograph flawlessly, perform the Herculean task of rendering my Asian glow invisible, or both.
My ideal formula combines a semi-matte finish (you know, the kind that’s equal parts velvety-smooth and gently dewy), enough coverage to cancel out vibrant alcohol-induced redness, and long wear time (like I said, I have an aversion to flesh-colored icebergs). Oh, and rather than blanketing my face in a suffocating coat, I’d like something that feels so featherweight I forget I’m wearing it in the first place. Shoot your shot, beauty brands.
In truth, I wasn’t expecting Bobbi Brown’s Skin Foundation Stick to fulfill all of these demands the night I grabbed it. I have vague recollections of once testing it on the back of my hand, but apparently I wasn’t that impressed at the time because I promptly forgot it existed.
Cue the fateful eve of my party-crashing. I was running late and couldn’t locate my trusty bottle of Armani Power Fabric, which I eventually realized I had forgotten to pack when moving to another country. I rooted around in my beauty heap until I unearthed this gold-and-black tube, let out a gusty sigh, and proceeded to scribble lines across my face, blending them in with my fingers. Without bothering to give the mirror more than a cursory glance, I was out the door.
Best last-minute decision ever, as it turns out. While swivel-up sticks like this one often go on patchy, this one lays down smooth, even coats of color that don’t catch on dry spots or skip over oily T-zones. I’d describe the feel as a dry-touch cream—one that glides on seamlessly, then disperses weightlessly across my face. It’s apparently packed with emollients like olive extract, as well as light-diffusing powders that create that an incredible airbrushed effect. One coat delivers an effect halfway between a tinted moisturizer and a foundation, while two or three easily dial up the intensity to a full-coverage formula. And you can really layer this on liberally, too. It never starts feeling thick or greasy, or looking caked-on. I wear it in 2.5 Warm Sand when I’m at my wintry palest, but switch to 3 or 3.5 once I start developing a tan. In person, it delivers the same poreless results as it does on-camera. You can zoom in as much as you’d like on the photo above; my face will retain the texture of a beige-tinted eggshell.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is home to some badass female characters. Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell), Maria Hill (Colbie Smulders), the list goes on and on. But Captain Marvel, in theaters now, marks the first time a MCU woman has ever been center stage in her own movie. And it’s about time.
Set in the 1990s, the film features Academy Award winner Brie Larson as Carol Danvers (known as “Vers” to some), an Air Force Pilot who, after an explosion, becomes Captain Marvel and finds herself caught in the middle of an intergalactic war. Not only is she Marvel’s first solo female lead in a film, she’s also one of the most powerful heroes in the entire universe, full stop.
It makes sense, then, that the team behind Captain Marvel is made up of some powerful women. Anna Boden directed and wrote Captain Marvel—along with her partner, director and writer Ryan Fleck—and the film boasts several female producers, writers, department heads, and crew members. We spoke with four of the women behind Captain Marvel about their careers, what it was like to work on this groundbreaking Marvel film, and more. Check out our conversations, below.
Pinar Toprak, film composer
Toprak was born in Instanbul, Turkey and has been studying music full-time since she was a young girl. “I’ve always wanted to score film,” she tells Glamour. “I moved to the United States for it, when I was 17 years old. I didn’t even know English when I first moved here.”
Determined nonetheless, Toprak gained admission to the Berkeley College of Music and graduated in two years. “I felt like how Carol feels when she arrives to Earth in Captain Marvel,” she says. “It was an entirely brand new experience to try to master, to say the least.” After graduation, she moved to Los Angeles, received a masters degree in composition, and landed an internship at the Paramount Pictures Music Department. In the early aughts, she began working for the legendary Hans Zimmer, who’s produced music for The Dark Knight, The Lion King, and other blockbusters.
But even with all her knowledge, Toprak still found she had to keep proving she could write for action and sci-fi as a woman—but she pushed through. “I love comic books, in general, I love fantasy, and I grew up watching Westerns,” she says. “But for me, it’s not really about the genre. It’s about the story.” Now, creating music for action and sci-fi projects has become what she’s known for: She has credits on Syfy’s Krypton, video games like the massively popular Fortnight, and films like Justice League and, of course, Captain Marvel.
Captain Marvel marks the first time a woman has scored a film for the Marvel cinematic universe, and the accomplishment is one Toprak holds closely. “It means everything to me,” she says. “It means that my dreams were possible, and my efforts were noticed.” Working for Marvel was a huge step for Toprak, and she was relieved to find the creative executives at the company, as well as her Captain Marvel team, were receptive to all she had to offer. “They’ve been really wonderful with being open to ideas, because I heard a very high-risk score from the start,” she says.
The “high-risk” score Toprak had in mind was a mix of musical homages and throwbacks one might not expect to hear in a movie debuting in 2019. She wanted to match the energy and feel of the scores accompanying the action films in theaters during the events of Captain Marvel—’90s classics like Bad Boys and Heat. “Even when I brought that idea, the idea of having the homage to the nineties action films, they were just game for trying anything,” she explains. “Of course, Marvel is a well-oiled machine, so they like things done in a certain way, but I had a pretty large playground to play in. It was wonderful.”
Theoretically, a white T-shirt should be the easiest fashion item to buy: You can find it at every price point (from fast fashion to luxury), at every retailer (from Target to Farfetch), and in every silhouette (fitted, slouchy, crewneck, scoop…you get where this is going). And yet it’s increasingly difficult to cut through all the noise to find that one T-shirt that feels tailor-made for you, that you instinctively reach for when you’re getting dressed in the morning, that you buy in bulk because you wear it so often that it’s just better to shop that way. It’s one of those true wardrobe staples, ones you might not think about on a seasonal basis but will always have a place among the flashiest metallic trousers and boldest knits in the street-style crowd. To help guide you through this long-winded but ultimately gratifying process, we polled some of the Glamour editors about the white T-shirt they can’t live without.
We’re only a few weeks away from the season-eight premiere of Game of Thrones, and there’s a lot to think about. So much that the Internet is filled to the brim with fan theories despite the fact we don’t know much about the season at all. HBO has only released one official trailer, a few teasers, and some still photographs, but that hasn’t stopped fans from essentially mapping out the entire season. Granted, many of these theories don’t have much going for them, but some actually hold water. We’ll know everything for sure when Game of Thrones premieres April 14 on HBO, but, until then, here are all the fan theories worth reading.
Everyone was so happy to see Littlefinger go last season, but one fan, who goes by Neo on YouTube, posits that he isn’t really dead. Rather, Neo thinks Littlefinger paid one of the Faceless Men of Braavos to die in his place so he could escape Winterfell. It makes sense when you think about all the times Littlefinger may have brushed elbows with the Faceless Men. Remember the fifth episode of season seven, when Littlefinger has a hushed conversation with an unfamiliar woman? He drops a coin in her hand—the same kind of coin, Neo theorizes, that Arya used to pay a Braavosi in an earlier season. The conclusion? This woman was actually a Faceless Man sent to kill Arya, but Littlefinger intervened and asked it to die in his place instead. Neo’s video, below, offers more details:
The evidence for this comes from what Sansa is wearing in this teaser for season eight: a scaly, navy-colored outfit. Remember, the house sigil for the House of Tully—Sansa’s mother’s house—is a fish. Sansa wearing something inspired by the House of Tully suggests she plans on honoring her family next season, which doesn’t bode well for Daenerys Targaryen, whose family caused some pretty intense damage to the North.
In the latest Game of Thrones trailer, Arya is running away from something—but what that something is we don’t know. It must be terrifying, though, because Arya is spooked despite the fact she’s carrying a knife made out of dragon glass, which kills White Walkers. Plus, she’s Arya Stark. She has a kill list! She’s more than equipped to handle anything that comes her way, which is why some fans think what’s chasing her is more psychological, like a White Walker version of Littlefinger or a dead family member reanimated by the Night King…like Ned Stark.
This theory first popped up back in 2017, but it’s still very much in play. We already had a hunch Daenerys and Jon were going to get together—aunt-nephew relationship be damned—but something she tells him in season seven suggests a baby might also be in the future. “The dragons are my children,” she says. “They’re the only children I’ll ever have. Do you understand?” GoT writers are known for throwing curveballs, so Daenerys making such a declarative statement about how she can’t have kids could mean just the opposite is going to happen next season.
Recall last season, when Cersei told her brother Tyrion she was expecting a baby and purposefully turned down a glass of wine because of it. Now, compare that to what we see in the latest GoT trailer: Cersei seemingly drinking a glass of wine. So does this mean she isn’t pregnant, after all? And if she isn’t, why would she lie? It wouldn’t be the craziest thing to happen on GoT, but fans are certainly buzzing. “Ain’t she pregnant tho 👀she wasn’t drinking wine when Tyrion talked to her after the meeting in the dragon pit,” one person tweeted.
This comes from another blink-and-you-missed-it moment in the new trailer. Midway through it, Cersei sheds some tears, which is rare. So rare, in fact, that the last time we saw her cry was when her daughter, Myrcella, died in season six. If that’s the barometer for Cersei showing emotion, then something pretty devastating must happen in season eight—like Jaime dying. Several fans have picked up on this.
This theory really picked up steam last season, but the evidence has been there for a while. In season five, Maggy the Frog gave young Cersei a prophecy that said she would wed the king, have three golden-haired children, and that someone younger and hungrier would come down the stairs behind her. Those three things have happened, which means the last part of the prophecy will most likely come true as well: “And when your tears have drowned you, the valonqar shall wrap his hands about your pale white throat and choke the life from you.” “Valonqar” is a High Valyrian word that translates to “little brother.” If you think this means Tyrion is the one who will do Cersei in, keep in mind that she’s technically the older twin between her and Jaime. More evidence for this occurs during the season seven premiere of GoT, when Cersei and Jaime are having a conversation while standing on a giant map of Westeros. She’s hovered over an area called The Neck, and he’s standing next to the Fingers. Coincidence? Maybe…but maybe not.
Cersei is on Arya’s kill list, after all. But it’s a bit more complicated than that. The major theory here is that Arya will kill Cersei using Jaime’s face, which would not only complete the prophecy from Maggy the Frog, but it’d also help Arya get one step closer to finishing her kill list. Arya has an ax to grind with Cersei and the combat skills to defeat Jaime. Using his face to get into Cersei’s inner circle is a genius (albeit ice-cold) way to get everything she wants.
Vonn’s career exploded from there. In 2004, she won her first World Cup downhill race.. In 2007, she placed second in the downhill and super-G at the World Championships. Between 2008 and 2010, she won three consecutive World Cup overall titles, plus a gold medal in the downhill at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver. In 2012 she beat out the competition at the World Cup once more, winning the overall title for the fourth time.
But if you’ve ever rooted for Vonn or even looked up from dinner while the Winter Olympics are on, you know her triumphs have been punctuated with brutal catastrophes. Ahead of the 2006 Olympics, Vonn crashed in a practice run, toppled over her skis while she went over a jump, was launched 10 feet in the air, and landed on her back. A helicopter arrived to airlift her out; she couldn’t move. She was sure she’d broken her back. When she recounted the crash in an interview in 2010, she recalled how she’d bargained with herself in the hospital. If she needed two or three operations, how soon would she be able to ski again? Ten months? Twelve? Meanwhile, the doctors tried to keep her still—she risked permanent damage to her spinal cord. In the end she was just bruised. She returned to the slopes within a week, and competed in four events despite her injuries. But she didn’t make the podium. Then in 2013 she ruptured the cruciate ligament in her knee at Worlds; nine months later, skiing faster than most of us drive on the average commute, she fell and tore the same ligament again. The list goes on: broken ankles, gruesome bruises, a fracture so bad in her arm doctors worried she might never be able to write her own name.
For those of us who’ve struggled to get back on our bikes after a tumble or to go back to school with our bullies still inside, her blind resolve isn’t just impressive, it’s so total it’s almost hard to believe. When I put it to her like that, she laughs a little. “I’ve never been afraid,” she pauses, as if to consult her memories. But then turns serious: “No, even when the injuries and the crashes seemed to endlessly pile up, I never changed. I never was afraid.”
Her fearlessness is both what made her successful and what pushed her past genuine limits. “It’s how I was able to continue to win,” she says. “But it’s also been my biggest downfall.” Because while other people protect themselves from pain, Vonn races toward it. Hers is a precarious discipline, and she has known since she started that she had no time to waste. (Most female skiers retire around 30; famed four-time Olympic gold medalist Janica Kostelić was so battered she retired at 25.) Now that the worst has happened and she can’t ski like she used to, she’s relieved that she never held back. Not even when it almost killed her.
What was she supposed to do? Prove people right?
“A billion times, the media said I’ve been injured too much, I’m not good enough, I’m washed up. I’m too old or too broken. That I need a strong man. That I can’t do this,” Vonn rattles off the list, and her voice picks up. When she’s animated, she talks like someone with a countdown clock next to her, like she has one last finish line to cross. But there are no more races to win and no more misconceptions to upend. So—?
Vonn is faster than me, of course. She beats me to it: No, she doesn’t intend to retreat from the public now, much less to concede some kind of defeat. There’s so much she wants to do, and if she’s honest, such a giant void to fill. Vonn has been competitive since birth, she thinks. She’s the oldest of five kids, the de facto leader of the group. And success has strengthened the impulse. “The harder I work, the more I want to win.” As a kid, that made it hard to make friends. “I would finish a race and all the 14-year-olds at the bottom would be crying because a 10-year-old had beaten them,” she said in a 2010 interview.
When we meet last month, it’s almost sundown and she’s been up since 4 a.m. She takes off her heels within seconds. Then she approaches the sandwich plate in the photo studio like it’s piled with manna. (In fact, it’s chicken-mozzarella.) She pauses for about three minutes to refuel, then she’s on her feet. Instinct for Vonn; get back up again.