Black Female Wellness Influencers Are Taking Over

As a 24-year-old Black woman I, like many other Black women I know, did not grow up discussing important subjects like mental health, proper nutrition, and intergenerational healing. “Wellness,” the $4.2 trillion dollar global economy, was a foreign concept. For me, wellness meant getting my physical every month, eating my favorite fruits, and occasionally visiting a therapist when life got too out of control. But a recent break down in my health, triggered by the physical, financial, and emotional stress of working as a full-time entrepreneur, led me on a mission to explore ways to live a healthier lifestyle. That’s when I realized a disturbing flaw in the mainstream wellness industry: A stunning lack of Black women.

If you Google “wellness influencers,” the dozens of photos that pop up are overwhelmingly white. White women doing yoga. White women smiling over green juice. White women posed serenely with plants. If you’re a white woman looking for advice about your hair, skin, mental health, lifestyle changes, or self-care, you have a seemingly endless stream of content to peruse.

It’s a different story for women of color. If you’re a young Black woman like me, there are far fewer opportunities to find artfully curated content on Instagram related to our hair type, skin type, or overall well-being. There are far fewer opportunities to feel seen in the wellness world.

That historic lack of Black women in the wellness space isn’t just about followers and #sponcon dollars—it matters to women like me. The lack of visual representation of Black women in wellness has discouraged me from fully exploring what wellness means in my life. On the rare occasion that I did take yoga classes in high school (typically offered in predominantly white neighborhoods) I was surrounded by white women. It felt like they already had their own bond with the practice and with each other. “I was surrounded by all white everything for the majority of my first several years of practicing yoga,” says Lauren Ash, the founder of Black Girl In Om. “I became a yoga instructor and started BGIO because I wanted Black women to know that yoga is for us, that wellness is our birthright, that self-care, self-love, and self-empowerment are things that we do.”

For all the times I’ve felt like an outsider in the wellness world, I have—like so many other Black women I know—written it off as “white people stuff.”

“I think a lot of times when black women go into spaces where they don’t see themselves, we don’t fully release, we don’t fully breathe,” says Deun Ivory, BGIO’s artistic director and founder of The Body a Home for Love, a community that uses wellness to empower black sexual assault survivors. “In order to really practice mindfulness and be in a space where you can prioritize your healing and prioritize your self care, it’s important that you feel seen, it’s important that you feel celebrated and heard. You can only do that with a woman who looks like you.”

Meghan Markle Jeans: All The Best Denim She’s Worn

Meghan Markle frequently wears things that immediately sell out: coats, dresses, and, of course, denim. That last category of apparel has landed the Duchess of Sussex in the headlines—because of protocol, because of its larger impact, because it’s actually affordable.

Royals wearing denim shouldn’t come as too much of a shock. Princess Diana was known for wearing jeans with everything from sweatshirts to baseball hats. The appeal of seeing a Duchess in a pair of distressed skinnies no doubt has to do with how relatable it feels, to see someone who regularly wears custom couture in something you might also have in your closet.

In the short time Markle has been a part of the royal family, she’s made a handful of style statements with denim. What makes her approach to this wardrobe staple so refreshing is how she keeps it simple, sticking to the essentials and styling them in ways that are easy to recreate with pieces already in your closet. Which makes her the perfect shopping guide.

If you’re looking to add some Markle-inspired denim pieces to your collection, see four of our favorite of her jean looks below—and the best styles to recreate them with.

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Monica Lewinsky’s New PSA Explores a Lethal, Silent Epidemic. Would You Recognize the Signs?

In an appearance on the Today show this morning, Lewinsky elaborated: “The bullying crisis has become a global epidemic. It can be hard to see the signs of when someone’s going through this and then, even worse than all of that is the fact that this behavior, with cyberbullying, even though it takes place online, there are offline consequences, and these consequences can range from bad to grave.”

Lewinsky has heard cyberbullying dismissed as an emotional or psychological problem, as though its impact is not as severe as physical injury. But she knows both from own past and the research that the divide between those two forms of abuse is increasingly thin. A trauma psychiatrist with whom Lewinsky has worked pointed her to a recent study that shows that social pain and physical pain travel some of the same neural pathways.

“There’s actually more of a linkage between them than might have previously thought,” Lewinsky says.

Still, differences remain. Because while bruises and cuts are visible to parents, teachers, and friends, emotional wounds can be harder to spot. “This is everybody’s worst nightmare—to miss the signs,” Lewinsky says. “And I think one of the best things that we can be doing is have these kinds of conversations, and what we hope to be a positive result from this PSA is that it brings awareness to the kinds of conversations parents should be having with their kids.”

Lewinsky remembers that when she was growing up, her parents would tell her, “Be home by sundown.” They wanted her to to be safe. But now, as she notes, “kids can be safe in their physical home, but they’re not emotionally safe because of what may be happening online.” And until people break a culture of silence around the issue, victims will continue to feel isolated and even ashamed when it happens to them. “I worry the most about the person who is suffering in silence this very second as we’re talking,” Lewinsky says. “There are so many different ways to be chipping at this issue, but how do we support those people right now?”

To that end, the PSA supports a range of organizations, each with a unique approach to the epidemic that Lewinsky identifies, including Amanda Todd Legacy, The Childhood Resilience Foundation, Crisis Text Line, Defeat The Label, and The Tyler Clementi Foundation.

“The more we’re doing those things, the more awareness we’re bringing,” Lewinsky says. “Each aspect of this effort de-stigmatizes the shame around cyberbullying and offline bullying. And that’s the most important thing to me.”

How to Shop for Plus Size Vintage Jeans

Similarly, Sydney Grace grew her Instagram presence by posting about all things sustainable plus-size fashion. (You might know her as @ohhhhhhhhhoney.) She tells me that her experience with vintage denim shopping as a plus-sized person has been “frustrating at times,” pointing out how almost all vintage denim shops are curated towards straight-size shoppers. “For a long time, shopping online for vintage or second-hand denim was not an option for me.” Still, she has come up with a few helpful tips and tricks over the years when it comes to finding the right pair in her size.

Ahead, they share their four cardinal rules for shopping for plus size vintage jeans.

Know where to look (and what to look for).

When it comes to her favorite place to shop for plus size denim, Grace names Goodwill for their easy-to-shop organization and changing rooms. While a lot of vintage clothing is bought and sold online these days, being able to try on secondhand items when you’re plus size is invaluable. “Most Goodwills have sizing sections, making it easier for me to avoid lots of sifting through sizes that are too small for me,” she says.

Once you’re there, it helps to know specific labels and styles to keep an eye out for. Zack suggests going after one specific men’s silhouette “In my personal vintage denim shopping experience (and fitting customers in vintage denim), Levis 550s tend to fit the curves nicely and fit various body types,” she says, noting that “size and fit may vary by color.”

Don’t be afraid of a belt.

“Oftentimes, denim is snug on my bum/hips, but is too loose in my waist, so I belt ‘em,” Zack says of her own vintage denim shopping experience, mentioning that she also has a tailor she trusts that can work magic on vintage denim that isn’t 100 percent right.

Think beyond what you see on the hanger.

“Often times, vintage denim will need some sort of ‘flipping;’ the inseam may be way too long, the waist may need to be taken in, a zipper may look weird, the wash may not be your favorite…but if you can envision some sort of end product, that will help you identify potential in a good pair of jeans!” Grace says. Think about the potential in the denim, rather than what you have in front of you right now—what it might look like if you were to hem it, hand-dye it, or cut it up. Zack suggests getting acquainted with a good tailor for things you’re not as skilled at (taking a waistband in, for example).

Get familiar with plus size-focused, online-only secondhand retailers.

While buying plus size vintage denim from any old online vintage retailer might be risky, you’re way more likely to have a good experience if you find vintage shops that specialize in plus size items. Grace names Shop Berriez as well as LuvSick Plus as two online plus size vintage shops that she loves. She also suggests looking into secondhand sellers as opposed to vintage-only for some more options, naming @SellTradePlus on Instagram as a great resource.

Netflix Is Giving Us So Many New Holiday Movies and Shows

Fall is finally here and you know what that means—holiday movie season is right around the corner, and we couldn’t be more excited.

This year, Netflix is giving Hallmark a run for their money when it comes to seasonal movies about the holiday spirit and finding love. The streaming giant just announced that it’s decking the halls this year with a massive list of shows and original programming. You can travel back to Aldovia for A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby or cozy up with The Great British Baking Show. Those accompany a whole slate of new movies like Klaus, Let It Snow, and Holiday Rush.

In addition to all of the specials Netflix has been brewing in-house, here are a few other Christmas and holiday-themed programs the platform is adding.

Christmas Break-In

Christmas Survival

Elliot the Littlest Reindeer

Holly Star

Santa Girl

The Christmas Candle

Christmas in the Heartland

A Holiday Engagement

Christmas Crush

Dear Santa

A Cinderella Story: Christmas Wish

17 Times Kate Middleton’s Fashion Has Reminded Us of Princess Diana’s

Rarely does a week go by without a Kate Middleton outfit sighting the world instantly wants to copy. And while we now scramble to pick up her exact Zara coats or a close imitation of her best dresses, Middleton’s fashion choices themselves appear to be inspired by another member of the royal family: the late Princess Diana. Over the years many have inferred that the Duchess of Cambridge’s wardrobe has paid homage to her late mother-in-law, with some instances being more obvious than others. Whether it be a single similar item or a piece-for-piece re-creation, some of Middleton’s best looks make us reminisce about Princess Diana’s iconic stylebook. The two women favored different designers—Kate is partial to Alexander McQueen and Erdem, while Princess Diana leaned into David Sassoon and Bruce Oldfield—yet both women’s tastes include crisp coats, pastel suits, and dazzling formal wear. Here we gathered the 16 instances of straight-up fashion twinning, courtesy of Kate Middleton and Princess Diana.

Watch Prince Harry Tear Up Talking About Meghan Markle and Baby Archie

For years, royal watchers have known about Prince Harry‘s desire to have a family of his own and watched his adorable interactions with children while carrying out his official royal duties. And at the WellChild Awards last night (October 16), Harry let everyone know just how much fatherhood means to him when he got choked up giving his speech.

The event, which he’s attended since 2007 as a patron, honors seriously ill children and their caregivers and is an emotional evening for all involved. During his speech, Prince Harry revealed that when he and wife Meghan Markle attended last year, they already knew she was pregnant with baby Archie.

“Last year, when my wife and I attended, we knew we were expecting our first child — no one else did at the time, but we did — and I remember…” he said and then paused, tearing up and taking a moment to collect his thoughts.

“I remember squeezing Meghan’s hand so tight during the awards, both of us thinking what it would be like to be parents one day,” he continued. “And more so, what it would be like to do everything we could to protect and help our child should they be born with immediate challenges or become unwell over time. And now, as parents, being here and speaking to all of you pulls at my heartstrings in a way I could have never understood until I had a child of my own.”

Before the ceremony, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex also met with the children and families being celebrated one on one. It’s quite easy to see why emotions were running high.

During one conversation, Markle revealed that she had just taken Archie to his first playgroup and that “it was a lot of fun.” The couple also confirmed that the little guy is a redhead like his father.

They grow up so fast, don’t they?!?

Kamala Harris Takes a Stand for Women’s Reproductive Rights at the Democratic Debate

At the end of the last debate in September, Senator Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) tweeted: “The #DemDebate was three hours long and not one question about abortion or reproductive rights.”

She wasn’t about to let that happen again. At the CNN/New York Times debate, Harris didn’t wait for moderators to raise the issue of attacks on women’s reproductive freedom. When asked to respond to points other candidates had just made about health care, she pivoted. Harris noted that “not one word” about abortion had been said in previous debates, even as state legislatures continue to pursue an agenda that will make women’s health care harder to access and abortion available to fewer and fewer people.

“There are states that have passed laws that will virtually prevent women from having access to reproductive healthcare,” Harris said, to cheers. “And it is not an exaggeration to say women will die. Poor women, women of color will die because these Republican legislatures in these various states who are out of touch with America are telling women what to do with their bodies.”

To raucous applause, she added: “People need to keep their hands off of women’s bodies and let women make the decisions about their own lives.”

But it wasn’t just the audience that celebrated Harris’s sense of urgency. Up on stage, Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.) applauded her, too. “God bless Kamala,” he said. “But you know what? Women should not be the only ones taking up this cause and this fight. It is not just because women are our voters and our friends and our wives. It’s because women are people and people deserve to control their own body.”

It shouldn’t come as such a surprise to hear presidential candidates talk about a basic, safe health care procedure—that is, abortion. It shouldn’t be a shock to hear a man defend a woman’s right to choose. When it comes to Roe v. Wade and health care access, most Americans don’t want to go back. But in our current political climate and with conservatives determined to overturn that landmark Supreme Court decision, we can’t take stands like the ones Harris and Booker made for granted.

Viewers seemed to feel the same. Social media exploded in gratitude to the candidates for their support of this essential aspect of women’s health, which, to Booker’s point, doesn’t just affect women and shouldn’t be framed as a “women’s issue.” Women are 51 percent of the population. It shouldn’t take three and a quarter debates to remind people of that inexorable fact.

Mattie Kahn is Glamour’s* senior culture editor. Follow her @mattiekahn.*

How to Wear Flare Jeans

Flare jeans are just about the most exciting comeback to happen in denim since the advent of high-waisted-everything. Seriously! Any and all skeptics should just consider the incredibly chic outfits worn by Victoria Beckham, Sofia Vergara and many other celebrities—plus, countless street-style stars during Fashion Week—to be convinced.

In fact, ’70s references abound for fall, and while flares are obviously one of those trends, the key to nailing them in 2019 is giving them a modern twist: Self-tie silk blouses, flatforms, and really good tailoring keep the look contemporary, for example; split hems offer a brand-new take on a classic leg shape. For the flare-averse—or the flare-intrigued—we’ve rounded up the best ways to style this denim staple for autumn.

Lean into the ’70s feel of your flare jeans.

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Double down on the vintage vibe of the denim silhouette with accessories inspired by decades past: platform shoes, printed scarves, animal-print crossbody bags, oversized sunglasses—the whole lot.

7 for All Mankind Modern ‘A’ Pocket in Avant Rinse

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Everlane The Cocoon Coat

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Or: Go minimal.

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The beauty of flare jeans is that you can go as dressy (and ’70s) as you’d like, or strip it down to the basics—and, no matter the vibe you pick, your outfit will look good. Use them as a way to play up wardrobe essentials like a white button-down and a black tote back. You don’t really need much else.

Wrangler Seamed Flare Jeans

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1.STATE Dot Jacquard Smocked Waist Button Front Top

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Charles & Keith Black Croc-effect Trapeze Tote

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Play with volume and layers.

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‘Bombshell’: Everything We Know About the Fox News–Inspired Movie

Back in 2016, a massive scandal roiled Fox News, as sexual harassment allegations piled up against the late Roger Ailes, who was at the time CEO and chairman. One of the women who came forward with accusations was among the network’s most recognizable names: Gretchen Carlson. Now a new film, aptly tiled Bombshell, is dramatizing the story and bringing it to the big screen.

According to a synopsis, the film is a look “inside the most powerful and controversial media empire of all time, Fox News, and the explosive story of the women who brought down the infamous man who created it.” The teaser itself is minimal but communicates that some major drama is brewing.

Here’s everything we know about the film so far:

The cast is excellent. Charlize Theron plays Megyn Kelly; Nicole Kidman plays Gretchen Carlson; and Margot Robbie plays a fictional associate producer named Kayla Pospisil. John Lithgow portrays Roger Ailes, while Connie Britton plays his wife, Beth. Meanwhile, Allison Janney plays Ailes’s lawyer, while Kate McKinnon fills out the cast as a Fox News employee.

The film was directed by Jay Roach. Roach helmed the HBO movie Game Change, about Sarah Palin, so political fare isn’t new territory for him.

It’s coming just in time for the holidays. The film will have stiff competition when it drops on December 20. The polarizing Cats adaptation comes out on the same day, and the Greta Gerwig–directed version of Little Women makes its grand debut only a few days later. Still, Bombshell seems as though it’ll be the right fit for anyone who wants to see intense, slow-brewing drama portrayed by some of the best actors out there.