Hunter McGrady Is Calling BS on The Pressure Put on Brides to Lose Weight

Hunter McGrady made history in 2017 as the curviest model—a size 16—to ever appear in Sports’ Illustrated’s swimsuit issue, amplifying her platform for body positivity and inclusive sizing. Ahead of her wedding, she opened up to Glamour about the pressure put on brides to lose weight, why she thinks that’s bullshit, and how she focused on feeling confident and excited—not thinner.

When I was younger, probably 18 or 19, I used to watch shows like Say Yes to the Dress, and Four Weddings and hear women say over and over “Well, this is great, but I’m planning on dropping about 30lbs.” I remember thinking, When did your wedding become your weight loss journey? Society is always trying to dictate what a woman’s body should look like and that’s especially true when women become brides. We’re told we have to lose weight, that our arms have to look a certain way, that we need to change everything about ourselves before we walk down the aisle.

Planning your wedding is supposed to be so much fun, but the emphasis placed on weight makes it tainted, stressful. I made a vow with myself and my fiancé that I would not get stressed over this wedding—so I called bullshit on the idea that I should lose weight for my wedding.

When I started dress shopping, one of the first questions sales people asked me was if I was planning on staying this size for the wedding. It made my heart sink. I walked in feeling confident and dreaming of a dress that was romantic and whimsical and suddenly all I could think was, Wait a second, should I lose weight? I even had salespeople say that they could cover certain areas to hide my hips or my tummy. Are you kidding? I want to accentuate my curves! Here’s another thing: we need to start educating the people that work in retail about how to speak to customers, because if they want to help, they need to do it the correct way.

Not every woman is ashamed of their body. We need to stop pushing that narrative.

The sizes on wedding dresses don’t help. In the wedding world, the number is actually higher than the sizes of your street clothes. I’m a size 16/18, but in a wedding dress I’m a 22/24, which is wild to me. As women, we’re constantly pressured to fit into a certain size. There’s so much pressure placed on the number inside your dress and we’ve been told our entire lives that larger numbers are bad—society has brainwashed us to believe that being anything larger in a number-size is worth freaking out about it, and that’s bullshit.

Tiffany Haddish Has Postponed Her Atlanta Show Over Georgia’s Abortion Ban

In light of the recent wave of state-by-state attempts to block women’s access to safe and legal abortions, many high-profile women have been speaking out about their own experiences with abortion in order to draw awareness to the critical issue—and to serve as calls to action. Jameela Jamil spoke out in May about the pregnancy she terminated, and Ashley Judd also recently spoke about her own experiences securing an abortion in Georgia after she was raped. After the state’s extreme abortion ban passed in May, celebrities and studios have also been threatening to boycott working in Georgia, which would hit the state where it hurts: The film industry had a total economic impact of $9.5 billion there during the 2018 fiscal year, according to the state. Now, Tiffany Haddish has escalated the conversation by postponing her Atlanta show in protest over the abortion ban.

“After much deliberation, I am postponing my upcoming show in Atlanta. I love the state of Georgia, but I need to stand with women, and until they withdraw Measure HB481, I cannot in good faith perform there,” Haddish said in a statement on Saturday, according to CNN—making her the first celebrity to effectively cancel a performance over the ban. As Jezebel points out, it’s unlikely that Georgia will voluntarily strike down the law before it takes effect. (Ticket-holders will be refunded by the theater.)

Georgia’s law, set to take effect Jan. 1, 2020, will ban abortions after six weeks (before many women realize they’re pregnant) and criminalize them as well. Residents there won’t even be allowed to travel out of state to receive a legal abortion, or they could be charged with conspiracy to commit murder. The law only makes exceptions in cases of incest, medical danger to the pregnant person, and rape—though, for the latter, that’s only if there’s a police report filed.

So far, it seems like many are waiting to follow through until the law actually takes effect—it could be struck down by courts before Jan. 1. Among them, Netflix: “We have many women working on productions in Georgia, whose rights, along with millions of others, will be severely restricted by this law,” the company’s chief content officer said in a May statement to Glamour. “It’s why we will work with the ACLU and others to fight it in court. Given the legislation has not yet been implemented, we’ll continue to film there—while also supporting partners and artists who choose not to. Should it ever come into effect, we’d rethink our entire investment in Georgia.”

Now that Haddish has postponed her performance, it remains to be seen if other celebrities, studios, and companies follow her lead.

Even Lena Headey Didn’t Love Cersei’s Ending on ‘Game of Thrones’

It turns out even Lena Headey wasn’t thrilled with how the Game of Thrones showrunners wrapped Cersei Lannister’s storyline in the final season of Game of Thrones. For the past eight seasons, we wondered if Cersei would meet her end on the show—but what ultimately happened wasn’t quite what viewers thought would transpire for the once-powerful queen. (After all, the show has dispatched characters major and minor in pretty much every way imaginable.) As viewers know, Cersei dies in her lover/brother Jamie’s arms as King’s Landing crumbles on top of them, which some argue wasn’t befitting of her character. As it turns out, they’re not alone: Headey always wanted Cersei to have a more epic death, too.

“I invested as a viewer, and I have my favorite characters. And I’ve got a few of my own gripes. But I haven’t sat down drunkenly with [showrunners] David [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss] yet,” she told The Guardian in an interview published Sunday (July 16). (Those two are the showrunners who adapted Game of Thrones from the books.)

As far as what she’ll say in her tipsy critique, Headey told the Guardian that she already has it planned: “I will say I wanted a better death,” Headey said. “Obviously you dream of your death. You could go in any way on that show. So I was kind of gutted. But I just think they couldn’t have pleased everyone. No matter what they did, I think there was going to be some big comedown from the climb.”

This isn’t the first time Headey has voiced her dissatisfaction with Cersei’s death. Last month, following the series finale, she told Entertainment Weekly, she wanted her character to “have some big piece or fight with somebody.”

Even if Cersei didn’t get the ending she quite deserved, Headey is already considering her next role: The Guardian reports that the massive success of the show—and the acclaim her acting received—has been a huge boost to her career, and that she’s now being “sent scripts in which she is actively interested.” Hopefully, that means we won’t have to wait too long until we see Headey and her talent back in action.

Bride Refuses to Hire Gay Makeup Artist — See the Viral Screenshots

“I still have more questions. How can you be a latina woman and be gay? You do know being gay is a sin correct,” the bride says, making assumptions about Cardenas’s beliefs. “I will pray for you my friend. I’m sorry that you’ve chosen a path that’s going to send you straight to hell. I think you do beautiful makeup but i just can’t have someone who’s gay being apart of my special day. The wedding is in a church and i don’t want you walking into my church.”

As if that weren’t bad enough, the bride ignorantly suggests that if Cardenas suddenly decides to stop being a lesbian, she’ll hire her, saying, “If you at any chance change your mind about being gay let me know please so i can book you.”

Kristian Cardenas

Words like this would be hurtful to anyone who doesn’t identify as straight, but they were especially painful to Cardenas, who told me she had only just recently come out. “I wanted to post [this conversation] for my friends and family because about a month and a half ago, I came out to everyone on social media. I was tired of hiding who I was. And when I had such a positive reaction to me sharing who I was I felt like everyone just needed a little taste of my reality,” she tells Allure, explaining that she’s struggled with facing acceptance in her small Texas town.

The response she’s gotten to the screenshots has been heartening — sympathy, support, love, and a new understanding. “So many friends and family or just strangers had no idea that people could actually be like this. I wanted to share to bring some light on the subject because it’s from someone they know and love,” Cardenas tells Allure. “I’ve been getting such a positive response, so much love and support, whether it be from potential clients, strangers, or someone who’s struggling with their own story. Of course, I have my fair share of awful things still being said to me. I have to brush that aside and focus on the positive.”

In fact, Cardenas tells Allure that even the bride-to-be has reached out after the conversation went viral. “She apologized, but told me it was her wedding and her choice to choose who she wanted doing makeup and hair, and that her beliefs shouldn’t have hurt my feelings,” Cardenas explains. And then, displaying the kind of tolerance Cardenas herself deserves, she says, “I understand where she’s coming from. I just wish she would have been a little nicer about it.”

Inside North West and Penelope Disick’s Epic Candy Land-Themed Birthday Celebration

It’s become somewhat of a Kardashian-Jenner tradition to throw some seriously over-the-top parties—who among us could ever forget Kylie Jenner‘s Stormi World? So, naturally, to celebrate North West‘s sixth birthday on Saturday (June 15), as well as Penelope Disick‘s upcoming seventh birthday on July 8, Kim and Kourtney Kardashian pulled out all the stops to give their daughters a bash they’re definitely going to remember. On Saturday, the sisters brought the game of Candy Land to life by throwing an incredible sweets-themed party.

Kim and Kourtney shared clips of the event on their Instagram Stories—and let’s just say the sugar crash must have been real when the party was all over. There were lollipops, sour ropes, M&Ms, gummi bears, gumballs, Pez, cupcakes, cake pops, and more. It’s unclear which of the Kardashian sisters’ homes the lavish party was held at, but whoever’s backyard it was held in was transformed into the Hasbro board game, complete with a rainbow walkway, candy-themed bounce house, and giant balloons.

Scroll down for an inside look into North and Penelope’s candy-themed birthday party.

Instagram Stories via @kourtneykardash
Instagram Stories via @kourtneykardash

The backyard was literally turned into Candy Land.

Instagram Stories via @kimkardashian

The birthday girls were dressed in colorful, theme-appropriate outfits.

Weekly Horoscopes for the Week of June 17

Compliments of Monday morning’s full moon in Sagittarius, this week fires up with the cosmic headline “you were born free.” Feel the need for extra space in an area of your life? How and where do you need to expand your horizons? Heed the call of your inspiration and note what your intuition brings in over this week. Bring in the jaws of life to make and take the space you know you need. Meanwhile, the faerie wings of Gemini season flutter to a close with more questions, answers, curiosities, and interesting new connections. The Sun moves into caring Cancer on Friday, marking the Summer solstice and longest day of the year. Look inside and use the extra light of consciousness to pause and reflect on your inner battle between light and dark. What’s been banished in the dark that needs acceptance, love or release?

Read on to discover what’s in store for your zodiac sun sign (your actual sign) for the week of June 17 through June 23, 2019, and also your rising sign (which you can find here.)

Aries | Aries rising

It’s time to fire up your inner guru, set up your soapbox, and preach what you want to teach. Monday’s full moon will have you feeling the urge to spout your personal brand of philosophical brilliance. Grab the mic, broadcast an inspiring video, or get that book started already. You know you’ve got a lot to say and the passionate firepower to just do it. Alternatively, the call to learn more or push your boundaries may be booming over the loudspeaker. An epic travel bug that just won’t quit? How about Machu Pichu, a motorcade across America, or spiritual walking quest across remote, yet stunning mountainous terrain? You love to test your mettle with forays that leave the faint of heart on their knees. Choose your own adventure. The domestic fires burn brighter as of Friday when the sun sets up camp for Cancer season in your home zone. You may have been feeling the urge to nest or just put some extra elbow grease into getting your retreat on point. Try to balance your push into public space with your own private home space. Take a breather when you need to, though, and consider keeping these two areas separate for a month or so.

Taurus | Taurus rising

The Full Moon in Sagittarius, otherwise known as the Strawberry Moon, will take a little adjustment to allow inspiration to flow. Sagittarius is a mutable sign, encouraging changes it takes to broaden your horizons. Yes the C word again. Change. At the risk of repetition, you don’t like it but overall, it’s the medicine you need as Uranus the planet of radical—yes radical— change is freshly in your sign for the next seven years. Let go of any attachment that’s keeping you stuck. When you loosen your grip, both energy and new opportunities can flow to you. This full moon illuminates your zone of others resources, metaphorical endings, and sex. It will reveal the state of all those things and may highlight opportunities you’ve previously missed. Are your deepest needs for intimate connection being met? Either bring space into your mergers, consider a new one or completely break free with love and gratitude. If blissfully attached, how can you deepen the roots? A secret ceremony to share your deepest feelings with trust and optimism? Lean into the emotional spaces you’ve been resisting to next level your closest intimate connection. On Friday, the sun lights up your communication zone, while Sunday may deliver unrealistic relationship expectations. What is fantasy, and what can you truly expect or deliver?

The Best Looks From the MTV Movie & TV Awards Red Carpet

Each time it rolls around, we can trust that the MTV Movie & TV Awards red carpet is going to bring us some incredible looks: The event is known for being a little more playful when it comes to what celebrities wear—as MTV itself notes, the dress code is pretty much “just be yourself”—and the summer date means that we’re going to see some bright colors and bold cuts. 2019’s MTV Movie Awards were no exception: Celebrities showed up in neons, sequins, metallics, ruffles, and even feathers. From Tessa Thompson‘s Thom Browne blazer minidress to Melissa McCarthy‘s chic Talbot Runhof jumpsuit, scroll through for 12 of our favorite looks from this year’s red carpet.

Taylor Swift Just Revealed Which Celebs Are Making a Cameo in Her ‘You Need to Calm Down’ Music Video

Taylor Swift is gearing up to drop the music video for her new song “You Need to Calm Down” on Good Morning America on Monday (June 17), but in true Swift fashion, she’s given us a little clue about what to expect. In uncharacteristic Swift fashion, however, she didn’t make us do any detective work: Instead, she decided on Sunday (June 16) to straight-up announce some of the A-list celebrities making an appearance in the video.

The “ME!” singer shared the star-studded list of cameos on her social media accounts, which includes some very recognizable actors, singers, athletes, and YouTubers.

“Asked a few friends to be in the You Need to Calm Down video. Out tomorrow at 8:15 am ET,” she coyly wrote alongside the teaser clip.

Here’s everyone who’s making an appearance:

  • Ellen DeGeneres
  • Ryan Reynolds
  • Hayley Kiyoko
  • Jesse Tyler Ferguson
  • Justin Mikita
  • All of the Queer Eye guys
  • Laverne Cox
  • Dexter Mayfield
  • Ciara
  • RuPaul
  • Billy Porter
  • Adam Lambert
  • Adam Rippon
  • Todrick Hall
  • Chester Lockhart
  • Hannah Hart


There’s no mention of Katy Perry or some of Swift’s other high-profile friends on the list—yet: The 29-year-old also shared that more of her famous friends will be featured.

One thing we know for sure though: Perry and Swift will definitely not be sharing a kiss in the video, despite all those internet theories. Swift debunked any and all speculation on Tumblr, confirming there is no truth to the rumors that she would never “bait” her fans that way.

“GUYS. That is ABSOLUTELY false. To be an ally is to understand the difference between advocating and baiting,” she wrote. “Anyone trying to twist this positivity into something it isn’t needs to calm down. It costs zero dollars to not step on our gowns. 💗✌️”

Queen Elizabeth Is Reportedly Throwing Meghan Markle a Birthday Party

No doubt about it, Meghan Markle has had a pretty momentous past year(-ish): She married Prince Harry, received a fancy royal title, gave birth to Baby Archie, and now she’s just a couple of months away from celebrating her 38th birthday. To mark it, Queen Elizabeth II herself is reportedly planning a special party in her honor. According to British tabloid The Sun, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have reportedly been invited to the Queen’s Balmoral estate in Scotland for a few days to celebrate her August 4 birthday, complete with afternoon tea. The mini-break will also likely be Archie’s first royal holiday, according to The Sun.

“The Queen and Prince Philip adore the couple and, of course, their new great-grandson Archie, and they have invited them to Balmoral for a few days,” a source told the British tabloid. “It is a testament to Meghan that she has been given this invite. It’s a huge honor.”

The Sun also mentions the royal catering team will make Markle a cake to ring in her birthday and that the Sussex family will be given their own wing in the estate. But there’s a reason why this invite is an extra-big deal.

“It’s no secret Balmoral is Her Majesty’s favorite home, and that’s why this invite is so special and heartfelt,” the source told The Sun.

The invite is equally momentous for Markle, who’s still on maternity leave: This will be her first royal holiday to Balmoral. Her last public appearance was at Trooping the Colour earlier this month, where she joined her husband, as well as Prince William, Kate Middleton, and their three children, in London to officially mark the Queen’s 93rd birthday.

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Of course, plans could change in the next six weeks—but that’s not going to stop us from checking our mailboxes for this royal party invite in the meantime.

8 TV Shows and Movies to Watch the Week of June 16, 2019

This week’s lineup of new TV shows, movies, and music moments is slow, but there’s still some good stuff out there. Like Euphoria, a new scandalous teen show that will fill the Gossip Girl-shaped hole in your heart. Or Toy Story 4, which your inner child is demanding that you see.

Below, check out all the TV shows and movies to earmark this week. Plus one fun music update!

Absentia: Season two premiered Friday on Amazon streaming, so catch up today if you missed. An official description of the show reads, “Absentia centers on FBI agent Emily Byrne (Stana Katic), who had disappeared without a trace and was declared dead after hunting one of Boston’s most notorious serial killers.” Streaming on Amazon

Euphoria: Zendaya helms this racy new teen drama about high school juniors grappling with several different issues, including addiction, sexuality, and identity. 10 P.M. ET on HBO

2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards: Zachary Levi hosts tonight’s show, which honors the MTV crowd’s top picks from film and television. 9 P.M. ET on MTV

Wig: HBO posted an official description of this new documentary on its website: “Spotlighting the art of drag, and centered on the New York staple Wigstock, Wig showcases the personalities and performances that inform the ways we understand queerness, art and identity today.” 10 P.M. ET on HBO

Beats: According to Netflix, Beats centers on a hip-hop prodigy who navigates his anxiety and ambitions with the help of an “unlikely mentor.” Streaming on Netflix

Kim Petras’ Broken Tour: Petras is one of pop music’s rising stars and shows no signs of slowing down. She’s slated to release a new project titled Clarity on June 27, which will feature 12 songs. She’s released eight of them thus far, including “Sweet Spot,” “Do Me,” and “Got My Number.” Petras is also currently on her first headlining tour, The Broken Tour, which has a stop in Chicago tonight before heading to Minneapolis, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and then overseas.

Toy Story 4: Woody and Buzz are back at it again in this new adventure, which has them traveling with new friends and reuniting with old ones. In theaters

The Last Bridesmaid: Here is the official description, per Hallmark: “Becca is always a bridesmaid, but at her cousin’s wedding she bonds with Kyle, the videographer covering every stage of the planning. Perhaps she won’t be the last woman standing for long.” 9 P.M. ET on