Serena Williams’ Best Tennis Outfits of All Time

Tennis fashion has not only become a topic of conversation, it’s become a full-blown trend: Data site Lyst recently reported that searches for “tennis apparel” increased by 59 percent from 2017 to 2018. But Serena Williams has been consistently innovating and pushing conventions on this category for decades, since her training days in the early ’90s.

Throughout her career, which spans 72 singles titles and 23 doubles titles, Williams has taken to the court in ROYGBIV dresses, statement jewelry, and yes, catsuits. As her star has risen in the sport, so has her fashion cred—first with a Puma endorsement, then with a Nike sponsorship, which continues to this day. (Her 2018 U.S. Open uniforms were the result of a collaboration between her, Nike, and Virgil Abloh for Off-White.)

Over 27 years in the sports world’s spotlight, Williams hasn’t repeated a single look for her major matches. (Though she has shown a preference for color-block dresses and coordinated sneakers.) And some of her outfits have incited controversy. But Williams doesn’t seem fazed by it—as she said in response to the French Open’s ban on one of her outfits: “When it comes to fashion, you don’t want to be a repeat offender.”

We’re looking back at Williams’ most epic tennis outfits of all time.

People Can’t Stop Talking About Kate Middleton and Prince William Flying Commercial

Did you ever think you’d know this much about the travel logistics of Britain’s royal family? I definitely didn’t—and I’m a lifelong royals fan.

But the latest controversy surrounding Prince Harry and Meghan Markle‘s use of a private jet is showing no signs of slowing down. The latest development that’s causing a heated debate on social media involves Prince Harry’s brother, Prince William, and Kate Middleton. The Daily Mail reports that the Cambridges—along with their children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis—took a budget commercial airline flight to Scotland this morning. (They are likely going to visit Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip at Balmoral, where they spend a portion of the summer.)

For context: Prince Harry and Markle were criticized earlier this week for taking a private jet to Elton John’s home in Nice while also touting environmental causes. John defended the Sussexes‘ use of his plane, citing security concerns and noting that the flight was carbon neutral thanks to a donation he made.

Now direct comparisons are being made between the two couples’ recent plane uses. Of course, it should be noted that we don’t know how many times Middleton and Prince William have flown on private jets in the past or when Prince Harry or Markle have been on commercial flights. (Though Prince Harry was spotted on a British Airways flight earlier this spring.) We’re also not privvy to any security concerns involved in travel planning for any of the royals.

Of course, this isn’t stopping the chatter online:

Some even think this is a PR play by Prince William and Kate Middleton to garner favor, but there’s no hard evidence of that:

Who knows what’s going on here, honestly. Regardless, these tweets are clear we should all take some advice from Taylor Swift and just calm down.

Fall 2019 Shoe Trends: The Best Clogs to Shop Now

The trend pendulum usually swings pretty strongly from one direction to another. Think of the ’90s minimalism that followed ’80s rock glamour—or the early aughts ultra low-rise-denim obsession that gave way to a high-rise resurgence. It’s happening right now with footwear: With this summer’s affinity for barely there sandals, it’s not shocking that one of the next boundary-pushing shoe silhouettes for fall is one that’s unapologetically chunky. Yes, we’re talking about clogs.

Having received the stamp of approval from designers at Gucci, Coach, and Tory Burch, the chunky wooden-heeled shoe perfectly fits the criteria for the next soon-to-be-viral “ugly” shoe. Its shape is bulbous, it has a tough exterior often with heavy-metal detailing, and in some cases, it produces an audible clack with each step. However, the latest interpretations—or even old faithful styles from brands like Dansko or Hasbeens—make for an eye-catching juxtaposition to fall’s flowing midi skirts or an otherwise streamlined cropped trouser ensemble. And since clogs offer a practical footwear option that’s a bit more supportive and comfortable than your average heels, we guarantee its newfound popularity in 2019 has only just begun. Shop some of our favorites, ahead.

It’s Black Women’s Equal Pay Day. No Matter Who You Are, That Should Matter to You

It’s not quite a cause for celebration, but August 21 is Black Women’s Equal Pay Day, which marks the point in 2019 at which the average black woman’s wages at last equal what a white man earned in 2018.

For women overall, it takes about 16 months to make what a white man makes in 12. But for black women, that number is higher. It takes 20 months to even out. Native American women won’t meet the benchmark until late September. Latinas will hit it in November. To mark this…inauspicious occasion, we invited Meena Harris, founder of the Phenomenal Woman Action Campaign, to interview Black Lives Matter cofounder Alicia Garza. Harris, who also serves as a commissioner on the San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women and holds a leadership position at Uber, established the Phenomenal Woman Action Campaign to raise awareness about social causes in partnership with nonprofit organizations that support women’s rights on the ground. Here she and Garza chat about the gender wage gap, the economic importance and potential of black women, and what it means to be an activist.


Meena Harris: Today is Black Women’s Equal Pay Day (BWEPD), which, as you know, signifies the approximate day a black woman has to work into the new year to make what a white man made at the end of the previous year. Based on census data from 2019, black women are only paid 61 cents to every dollar that a white man makes. Can you talk about the significance of this as an economic issue?

Alicia Garza: When you hear statistics about the gender wage gap in America, we often hear that women make 78 cents on the dollar that white men make. Actually, those are statistics looking specifically at white women. What it points to is that the economy is organized by race and by gender all at the same time. There are communities who sit at the intersection, and one of those communities is black women. So if we’re not looking at how the economy is organized by race and gender and the communities that sit at those intersections, when we try to develop policies or solutions to a pervasive problem, we will leave communities behind, and black women are very susceptible to that.

We see this happen all the time with issues when they’re not viewed from an intersectional perspective. For Black Futures Lab’s 2019 Black Census Project, you looked at priority issues and concerns for black people across the country and found that the issue of low wages not being enough to support a family was the number one concern of black respondents. How does this map onto the wage gap for black women?

First and foremost, what’s important to know is that black communities are rarely asked how and what we experience in the economy, democracy, and in our society. That’s why we set out on this project particularly in leading up to a major presidential election. Every time we see a presidential candidate come up on the stage, they’re talking about how they’re going to improve the economy. The reality is that not everyone is experiencing the economy in the same way.

Any policy or proposal that wants to tackle this issue has to look at how the economy is organized by race and by gender. We find when you start with the people who are experiencing the problem the worst and most frequently, it actually creates the most possibilities for everyone to rise.

So we know that, when we do right by black women—particularly those who are primary breadwinners, particularly those who are also dealing with other economic issues like mass incarceration or inadequate schools for their children—and when we raise their wages, the entire country benefits. It’s not just about numbers. It’s about families and what’s keeping us up at night, and the solutions we know can help to change the lives of everyone in America.

Miley Cyrus and Kaitlynn Carter Sent Brody Jenner a Joint Birthday Gift

Cyrus and Carter have been seen hanging out together in the wake of the singer’s split from her husband, Liam Hemsworth, including kissing during a trip to Italy. While all seems to be cool with Jenner, yesterday brought the news that Hemsworth has officially filed for divorce from Cyrus.

Jenner has previously spoken out to defend Carter after the photos of her kissing Cyrus went viral. “I feel the need to set the story straight. Kaitlynn and I have been best friends for 6 years, and we continue to be. We, like many others before us and many after us, grew in different directions over those same 6 years,” Jenner wrote in an Instagram post.

Hemsworth, meanwhile, has stayed mostly quiet. “Hi all. Just a quick note to say that Miley and I have recently separated and I wish her nothing but health and happiness going forward,” he posted on his Instagram on August 12. “This is a private matter and I have not made, nor will I be making, any comments to any journalists or media outlets. Any reported quotes attributed to me are false. Peace and Love.”

Meghan Markle Just Appeared in Her First Instagram Story as a Royal

Meghan Markle has officially posted on Instagram Stories. Well, sort of: The official @SussexRoyal Instagram account uploaded a story on Wednesday, August 21, that featured the duchess beaming from ear to ear. According to the caption that went along with it, Markle was working behind the scenes on a shoot for the Smart Works capsule collection she’s launching for charity.

If you’re unfamiliar, Smart Works is a charity that helps unemployed women in the U.K. find work. Markle is working with four brands (Marks & Spencer, John Lewis & Partners, Jigsaw, and Misha Nonoo) on a workwear capsule, and all of those proceeds will go to Smart Works.

Watch the IG story for yourself, below:

Markle’s appearance on the shoot was a surprise, according to royals expert Omid Scobie. “I’m told that Duchess Meghan surprised the entire @SmartWorksHQ team when she showed up at the London shoot today,” he tweeted.

Enthusiasm for Meghan Markle‘s Smart Works collaboration is high. “Meghan is always thinking of innovative ways to raise money/resources for places. Her creativity is unmatched and her connects are equally impressive! I can’t wait to buy from this collection,” one person wrote on Twitter. “Hopefully it doesn’t sell out too fast.”

In a second Instagram Stories post, @SussexRoyal doubled down on the mission of Markle’s capsule collection: “An initiative supporting the Smart Works collective, which will equip women entering the workforce with the key work wear essentials they need,” the brief caption reads.

It’s been a whirlwind year for Markle, who welcomed her first child with Prince Harry, Archie, in May 2019. She’s kept a relatively low profile since then, though this Instagram story proves she is back in full work mode. This fall she, Prince Harry, and baby Archie are slated to go on a royal tour of South Africa, Malawi, and Angola.

8 Things You Never Noticed About the Britney-Madonna Kiss Performance at the 2003 VMAs

Let me take you back to an important moment in our nation’s history: the 2003 MTV VMAs, when Britney Spears infamously kissed Madonna and spawned an entire generation of gay men. Christina Aguilera, another queen of pop, was also there and also kissed Madonna⁠—but MTV panned to Justin Timberlake’s face during her kiss, so she missed her moment. (Remember, J.T. and Britney had just broken up, and MTV was clearly trying to cash in on that drama.) Missy Elliott closed out the iconic performance with a few lines from her song “Work It”—another thing that’s grossly overlooked.

Also forgotten are the many celebrities in the audience whose reactions to Britney, Christina, Madonna, and Missy deserve to be hung in the Louvre. Ugh, to be a fly in the wall at Radio City Music Hall that night.

Thankfully, MTV just uploaded an HQ version of this crucial VMAs moment to its YouTube page. Now we can relive it over and over—and all the Easter eggs I’m referencing are crystal clear. Here are the greatest ones.

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Bey is a notable big Brit fan. We love legends supporting legends.

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The textbook definition of moody goth girls not having any of the cheerleaders’ nonsense. (For context: I’m also a moody goth girl.)

Taylor Swift Says She’s Rerecording All Her Old Music in Light of the Scooter Braun Drama

In late June news broke that Justin Bieber’s manager, Scooter Braun, had acquired Taylor Swift’s back catalog of music as part of his purchase of Scott Borchetta’s Big Machine Label Group. (Big Machine was Swift’s old label.) Pretty much everyone, from Halsey to Todrick Hall to Justin Bieber, had something to say about the situation, and voices on social media (including Kelly Clarkson) even urged her to consider the biggest power move possible: rerecording her entire catalog.

And it turns out that’s exactly what Swift has decided to do. A short transcript from her recent appearance on CBS Sunday Morning reveals that the pop star is planning to head back to the studio and create brand-new masters of all the songs that Braun now owns. Here’s exactly what she said when correspondent Tracy Smith asked her whether she was going to rerecord everything.

“Might you do that?” Smith asks.

“Oh yeah,” Swift says.

“That’s a plan?” Smith asks.

“Yeah, absolutely,” Swift answers.

As a recap, the whole drama started when Big Machine Records—the Scott Borchetta–owned label that Swift was on for a big part of her career—was acquired by Braun’s company, Ithaca Holdings. In a Tumblr post, Swift insisted that she hadn’t known about the sale until it was announced and that she wasn’t given the chance to buy her music. She also expressed her frustration that the songs she’d worked so hard on were now owned by someone she says had subjected her to “incessant, manipulative bullying.”

“When I left my masters in Scott’s hands, I made peace with the fact that eventually he would sell them. Never in my worst nightmares did I imagine the buyer would be Scooter,” she wrote. “Anytime Scott Borchetta has heard the words ‘Scooter Braun’ escape my lips, it was when I was either crying or trying not to. He knew what he was doing; they both did. Controlling a woman who didn’t want to be associated with them. In perpetuity. That means forever.”

It’s unclear when Swift is going to start this project, but it’s going to be a huge undertaking. It comes right as her seventh studio album, Lover, is scheduled to drop on August 23. The full CBS interview will be out on August 25.

‘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.

We will update this post with more information about the movie as it comes in.

Liam Hemsworth Has Reportedly Filed for Divorce From Miley Cyrus

It looks like it’s the end of an era: Liam Hemsworth has officially filed for divorce from Miley Cyrus, according to TMZ and People. If the reports are true, Hemsworth cited “irreconcilable differences” as the reason for the split.

According to TMZ, Cyrus apparently wanted to give their relationship one last go, but Hemsworth was ready to move on. In addition to filing the legal documents, he was spotted out recently without a wedding ring. Per TMZ, there’s no date of separation on the documents yet; the space to write it in reportedly reads “TBD.”

The couple announced they were calling it quits earlier this month through Cyrus’s reps: “Liam and Miley have agreed to separate at this time,” a statement read. “Ever-evolving, changing as partners and individuals, they have decided this is what’s best while they both focus on themselves and careers. They still remain dedicated parents to all of their animals they share while lovingly taking this time apart. Please respect their process and privacy.”

The gossip mill has been relentless since then, with many reports focusing on Cyrus’s recent hangouts with Brody Jenner’s ex-wife, Kaitlynn Carter. (They’ve been spotted kissing.) Cyrus dropped a song last week, “Slide Away,” that seems to be about her and Hemsworth’s split. Listen for yourself in the video, above.

Hemsworth has kept mum for the most part, but he finally weighed in on the breakup last week via Instagram.

“Hi all, Just a quick note to say that Miley and I have recently separated and I wish her nothing but health and happiness going forward,” he wrote. “This is a private matter and I have not made, nor will I be making, any comments to any journalists or media outlets. Any reported quotes attributed to me are false. Peace and Love.”