Kourtney Kardashian Won’t Apologize for Kissing Her Kids on the Lips

Kourtney Kardashian has faced the brunt of internet mommy-shamers many times, and she’s always taken it in stride—usually opting to say nothing at all. “Once in a while, I may respond to a negative comment for fun, or if something really does bother me I definitely have the platform to correct it … but I usually don’t think twice,” she told Rosie Huntington-Whiteley‘s Rose Inc. in a recent interview. No matter what it is that I am doing, someone has something to say, good or bad.”

She continued, “The worst, though, is when people I don’t know give unsolicited parenting advice. No one knows my kids better than me, I’ve got this, I’m good, thanks.”

One piece of unsolicited parenting advice she rejects wholeheartedly? That she shouldn’t kiss her three children—Reign (5), Mason (10), and Penelope (7)—on the lips. When asked by Rose Inc. what’s the one thing she’ll never apologize for, Kardashian said, “Kissing my kids on the lips.”

Kardashian is far from the only celebrity who’s received criticism for this (perfectly harmless) display of affection. In 2016, Hilary Duff shut down trolls who dragged her for kissing her son, Luca, on the lips at Disneyland. “For anyone commenting that a kiss on the lips with my 4-year-old is ‘inapprorpiate,’ go ahead and click a quick ‘unfollow’ with your warped minds and judgment,” she wrote at the time.

Kourtney Kardashian has been incredibly open about her life as mother. She told Harper’s Bazaar in 2015 that the best part of being a parent is “watching your kids grow every day—watching all the little moments.”

“I actually think my favorite part is that you relive your own childhood—going to Disneyland and watching all the movies I watched when I was a kid,” she added. “I have so many of the books we read when we were little—so reading all the same books again. It’s really fun—you almost get to be a kid again and do all those magical things.”

Kylie Jenner Shared a Rare Look at Her Hair Without Extensions

Kylie Jenner changes her hair more times than I’ve cried about Lady Gaga’s new song. That’s to say…she’s changed it a lot. And her style choices run the gamut: long and green, short and black, bright purple. You name it, Jenner probably has the wig or extensions to match. With so many changes over the years, though, there’s one look of hers that we rarely see: no wig, no extensions, just her own hair un-enhanced. Now, we’re finally getting a peek.

Jenner just shared a rare photo of her hair without extensions or a wig to her Instagram Stories, and she looks so different—in a great way. It’s not really a surprise, but her hair is short and shaggy, and right now it’s dyed honey blond. Check it out for yourself, below.

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But really, how great does the length look on her? It’s serving major nineties Drew Barrymore-meets-Billie Eilish realness. And the warm honey color, which she’s been wearing for awhile now, is perfect for spring. From the looks of her latest Instagram post, though, she’s already back to her normal extra-long business.

Earlier this year, Jenner told Harper’s Bazaar that people’s obsession with her hair is what made her realize she was famous. “I always knew my family was a big deal, but me, solo, probably around when my pop-ups started,” she said. “Or when I started dyeing my hair blue and cut my hair off and then everyone started dyeing their hair blue and cutting it off. And I was like, ‘Whoa.’ I realized what an influence I had. I was probably like 16.”

Six years later, Jenner still has that same influence. Your guess for what her next hair transformation will be is as good as ours.xtr

Glamour Women of the Year 2005: Diane Von Furstenberg

“My vision in life is to empower women through clothes, through mentoring, through philanthropy,” are words Diane Von Furstenberg has returned to many times over the course of her 46-year career in fashion. In an industry that has often been known to cast trends, designers and models off within a season, DVF (as she is best known), has remained at the forefront of women’s wardrobes and lives. Not only is her business still thriving, but she heads up a huge family charitable foundation and sits on the board of Vital Voices, a women’s leadership organization.

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When she was honored as a Women of the Year in 2005 – at the age of 59 – it was in recognition of how DVF (as she is best know) was continuing to smash the taboos; winning a lifetime awards from the Council of Fashion Designers of America, all while outshining designers half her age on the social scene.

Truth be told, she would have deserved the award numerous times over in her career. Aged 29, in 1976, she made the front page of The Wall Street Journal. DVF was marking the 5 millionth wrap dress sold – her iconic signature design that revamped the wardrobes of a global army of working women. Newsweek called her “the most marketable woman in fashion since Coco Chanel.”

DVF photographed for Vogue in her New York apartment in the 1970s wearing one of her famous wrap dresses

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But, life wasn’t plain sailing. In the mid-eighties her $100 million empire was in trouble; she was in debt and had let too many outsiders buy in. Needing a clean break, she sold the business and stepped out of the limelight. Not to be written off, in 1992 she came back – coming up with the industrious and taboo-smashing idea to sell her wares on QVC. No other big-name designer had ever dared to do that before – and her gumption proved all the naysayers wrong. She netted $1.3 million in her first two hours on air. And in 1997 she officially relaunched again – this time on her own – and never looked back.

On the red carpet at the Glamour Women of the Year awards 2005

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She credits her mother, a survivor of the Auschwitz concentration camp during the Holocaust with teaching her that “fear is not an option.” And fellow Glamour Women of the Year winner Susan Sarandon told Glamour in 2005 that “Diane assumes all women can accomplish whatever they want without sacrificing what makes them women.”

Bachelorette Party Wigs Are the New Penis Straw

All over Instagram, women are wearing wigs. Every weekend, it seems, new images scroll by showing cliques mugging in technicolor bobs, synthetic bangs grazing eyelashes. In the center of every photo is one woman whose wig is slightly better than the rest. Maybe it’s a different color, maybe it’s waist length. Anything to distinguish her, because she is the bride and this is her bachelorette party.

Jessica Reese O’Rourke was in the center of one such photo in 2018. Staunchly opposed to subjecting her friends to the horror of matching commemorative T-shirts, O’Rourke, now 28, wanted to maintain some element of cohesiveness when she and her crew took to New York City to celebrate her final days as a single woman. She can’t remember where or when she first saw colorful wigs as a bachelorette party essential, but she considered it the perfect alternative to custom sashes or vulgar flair like the curiously enduring penis straw. So she instructed her friends to purchase a wig of their choice and bought her own—a $60 aquamarine bob with bangs from a shop in her hometown of Seattle—and schlepped it across the country for a night of dancing at Brooklyn’s House Of Yes. Among both spectators and attendees, the wigs were a hit.

“I think people dread bachelorette parties because they’re expensive and they have to wear stupid shirts and sometimes there’s a lot of drama with a lot of women,” O’Rourke says, “but I think that the wigs help get people excited. [It customizes] the party for themselves and helps them realize its also about them.”

As bachelorette parties evolve into days-long affairs featuring ironclad itineraries and enforced dress codes, bold wigs have become an easy—some might say “chill”— way for the bride to lean into the tradition of the bachelorette uniform without making her friends parade around in something embarrassing or overly expensive.

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If you Google “bachelorette party wig” you’ll see an Etsy link for a $25 six-pack of neon bobs, while on Amazon the options are seemingly endless. Pinterest is packed with wigspiration for bachelorette party-goers. Even the actress Sophie Turner had her crew wore colorful wigs for her recent bachelorette party.

Women’s relationship to hairpieces have been a constant throughout history, but during the last few years, we’ve seen celebrities like Cardi B, Nicki Minaj, and Lady Gaga popularize candy-colored wigs as a low-stakes transformative experience. And brides-to-be are taking note.

“A wig theme creates mystery and allows you to tap into your ‘fun girl’ alter ego without taking away from who you really are,” says Dionna Merritt, the CEO of Los Angeles-based events company Celebrationz, who has planned bachelorette parties that have included wigs. “It’s a simple way to transform yourself from regular girl to party girl in an instant. The wig alone serves as the party-starter.”

An early depiction of bachelorette wig-wearing was in 2005’s 40 Year Old Virgin, where Steve Carell and Co. encounter an ensemble of women celebrating a bride-to-be — they all wore neon wigs. Nicole House held on to this image until her 2016 bachelorette party when she instructed 15 of her pals to wear wigs for a night out in New York City, where she lives. She spent $60 on her own waist-length pastel purple and blue hairpiece. The wigs were more attention-grabbing and had a higher likelihood for repeat-wears than the countless “Last Sail Before The Veil” T-shirts collecting dust in her pajama drawer. “I think everybody is trying to do something different with their bachelorette party,” the 31-year-old says. “This was one fun way to stand out among other groups.”

Small businesses have cashed in on the trend, packaging the wig shopping experience with bachelorette parties. Allyson Garro threw her first bachelorette wig party at her wig and costume shop Coco Coquette in Austin, Texas in 2010. A few months after her shop had opened that year, she suggested a friend who was hesitant about throwing a bachelorette party altogether host the gathering at Coco Coquette; the group could try on wigs and get their makeup done in a low-pressure environment. “At some point during the party,” Garro says, “the lightbulb went off. Like, oh my gosh, this is the thing. People are having so much fun.”

I Write About Viral Moments. Then I Became One

“I am contributing to your honeymoon fund on behalf of Michael Bloomberg,” he wrote. “Thank you for embarrassing the rest of us UNL School of Journalism grads.”

I know I messed up. That’s why I deleted the tweet: to prevent the spread of my miscalculation. It wasn’t just that it was personally humiliating—it was also plain wrong. I acknowledged it, and I tried to mitigate it. But the internet is not a place where you can have a brain freeze, make a dumb math mistake, and just live with the embarrassment. You must be shamed for daring to display your humanity. And if you’re a woman—especially a woman of color—that shame will arrive in the form of attacks on your identity and intelligence.

I lost count of the number of messages I received telling me to “go back to school,” as if one public math error negates my entire educational history and two college degrees. Many called into question my journalistic ability. “Look who she writes for,” one person remarked, aghast that I could have a successful career and have the audacity to be imperfect at the same time.

While the rest of the world may be shuffling onto the next viral moment, I am not afforded the opportunity to carry on as quickly. In this day and age—filled with an endless supply of memes and TikToks—we often fail to realize that the viral moment doesn’t end when we’re no longer entertained by it. Those who lived it must move forward in the real world, even if their viral persona remains forever frozen in time in the digital world.

After going viral, there is debris to pick up and clear. I still haven’t resurfaced on Twitter or unprotected my tweets, though that may change by the time this story is published. I have thousands of follower requests to sort through (I suspect many are trolls and/or bots). Eventually, I’ll need to put my website back up.

Every now and then I’m hit with a paralyzing fear: Will I ever live this down? I worry this one tweet will now come to define my legacy; that my tombstone is now fated to say, “Here rests Mekita. She could string words together, but boy was she bad at math.”

I know that’s letting the negativity and noise get to me. And although this experience illustrated how terrible people can be, it also revealed how unbelievably kind they can be, too. Occasionally as I waded through all those antagonistic messages, I’d come across rays of sunshine. “Hang in there,” several people remarked. Another said: “I wanted to reach out to let you know two things: one, you’re not alone and two, this will pass.” I nearly burst into tears.

Becoming a cultural talking point is bizarre. So much of it is out of your control. Once it happens, there’s no reset button. I thought deleting a tweet would prevent this whole debacle, but I was also severely underestimating my own reach. I will be much more deliberative about what I share and post online in the future.

But chief among all the lessons I’ve learned is this: There will always be people who think they know everything about you, probably based on little to no information. But the only person who knows you best is you. And no amount of viral notoriety can change that.

Mekita Rivas is a writer based in Washington, D.C. She regularly covers culture, style, travel, and wellness.

Critics Are Calling the New Mulan Disney’s ‘Best Live-Action Remake’

Disney’s highly-anticipated live-action remake of Mulan hits theaters on March 27, and if early reviews are any indication, it may just be one of the best movies of the year.

The film’s Los Angeles premiere went down on Monday, March 9, and from the looks of Twitter, critics dug it. Like, really dug it. As in, some are saying it’s Disney’s best-ever live-action remake. That’s quite the compliment, seeing as how Disney is rebooting just about every single one of its classic animated films.

Movie journalists are shouting out the film’s star, Yifei Liu, and director, Niki Caro, specifically. “I’ve seen MULAN twice now and I must say it is grrrreat,” Yahoo! Entertainment’s Kevin Polowy tweeted. “Easily Disney’s best live action reboot. I think it’s also Disney’s first battle epic? It is beautiful & absorbing & rich & empowering. The cast is excellent and Niki Caro’s direction is just breathtaking.”

Mashable‘s deputy entertainment editor Angie J. Han added, “#Mulan is the best of the Disney live-action remakes since Cinderella — I didn’t even miss the songs. Finds new notes in a story we already know while delivering gorgeous action, heart, and humor. Liu Yifei is 🌟💥.”

See some more reactions from industry people who have checked out the movie, below.

Pop singer Hayley Kiyoko also saw the movie in advance—and loved it. “I LOVEEDDDD MULAN!!!!! It’s very different but it’s just as good I promise!!! So empowering and so important for the newer generations to see it,” she tweeted.

Fans of the 1998 animated movie were sad to hear that this live-action remake wouldn’t be a musical (though Caro did tell BuzzFeed the original music will be honored in a “significant” way). On this decision, Mulan producer Jason Reed told Collider, “It will not be traditional ‘break into musical’ [songs]. They’re not going to stop their workouts to do a big musical number to camera. However, there are a number of songs that are iconic for the movie and tell a great version of the story and they are very helpful to us in how we’re putting the movie together.”

He continued, “It gets a little easier in animation to keep the tension and the reality in place and still have people break into song and sing to camera. We made the decision that we wanted to keep the world—even though it’s a fantasy—more grounded, more realistic so those emotions really played and the threat is very real. So we are using music in a slightly different way.”

It seems like this movie is superb, music or no music. I can’t wait to check it out.

Love Is Blind’s Lauren Speed and Cameron Hamilton Are the Real Deal

Their feelings for each other were so authentic, they say, that not much changed when the cameras stopped rolling. When I ask what surprised them most about their relationship after the show ended, they give me a comforting answer: nothing.

“It was a sigh of relief knowing that Cameron was the person he was on camera but even better,” Speed says. “He pays attention to detail. He’s sweet. He’s loving. He goes above and beyond to really let me know that I’m loved and valued. That was super important because it’s like, now that the cameras are gone is he going to flip and turn and be like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde?”

Hamilton admits he also worried, momentarily, things might be too good to be true. “With it being a television show, you have those concerns of, ‘Is this legitimate?'” he says. “Of course I felt a sense of trust with Lauren immediately, but even with that you’re always going to have this self-critical voice in your head saying, ‘This is crazy. You really feel like you’re ready to marry this woman so soon?’ So it was a relief that Lauren was the woman that I met.”

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Knowing this, it’s not surprising things are relatively smooth sailing for the couple these days. They’re even taking the sudden fame in stride. “It’s been really positive,” Speed says. “All the comments that we’ve gotten have been love and support and people saying how we inspire them and that our love is giving them hope, which is great. The fact that our love makes people excited, it makes us even more excited about it.”

But they’re also maintaining perspective. “We’re just trying to strike a balance between being in the public eye and responding to that, engaging with it, and also spending time with each other,” Hamilton says.

What’s next for the couple is anyone’s guess. For now, they’re just focused on adjusting to this new normal: one where the world is fascinated by their relationship. They tell me they’re open to a spinoff show and also a possible vow renewal ceremony down the line. (If you’re wondering, Netflix did pay for their wedding in the Love Is Blind finale.) They also seem to have babies on the mind—at least, Hamilton does.

“We might have a baby soon,” he says, one eyebrow raised. But Speed chimes in immediately with, “I’m not pregnant!” She shoots Hamilton a playfully angry glance. “Why would you say that?”

“I’m just trying to build the intrigue,” he says.

Before I ask a follow-up question, Speed reveals that kids will “most definitely” come “probably within the next year.” It’s a juicy tidbit, for sure, but she didn’t need to divulge that to “build intrigue,” as Hamilton says. Love Is Blind is an absolute sensation. People are already intrigued—and if other viral Netflix shows, like Queer Eye and You, are any indicator, they will be for quite some time.

“I mean, basically, it’s us against the world. I always say Bonnie and Clyde, but no shoot-outs,” Speed says, laughing. “We’re all we got.”

Christopher Rosa is the staff entertainment writer at Glamour. Follow him on Twitter @chrisrosa92.

Lauren Speed and Cameron Hamilton From ‘Love Is Blind’ Are the Real Deal

Laying it all out there, even with cameras around, turned out to be surprisingly easy for them. “After we got over the initial shock—like, ‘Oh my God, there are cameras’—and once you really throw yourself into it, they just melt away,” Speed says. “You start focusing on what’s there in the center, and then the cameras are almost an afterthought. It’s just the background, like the wall or a painting or a light fixture. It’s there, you know it’s there, but it’s not the center of your focus.”

Hamilton and Speed focused on each other for the majority of Love Is Blind. They didn’t have eyes for anyone else, unlike some of their costars. “I had a lot of dates with Mark, Damian, and Cameron,” Speed says. “Once I knew that my connection was with Cameron, I would just be on the dates with them like, ‘So how’s Cameron doing? What is he saying about me over there? What’s he wearing today?'”

Adds Hamilton, “You had to use whatever resources you could to get information. We wanted more time. Even though we had these four- or five-hour dates, we still wanted more time.”

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When Speed and Hamilton were talking to each other, those hour-long dates flew by. But with other people, not so much. There were plenty of awkward silences, they say, and even napping during dates that were just blah.

“If we were with someone and the connection wasn’t quite romantic but you still have three hours, we would take naps,” Speed says. “We would be like, ‘Let’s take a date nap. Just do that. Let’s rest up because we know that there’s no romance here.'”

Obviously, there was romance with Hamilton and Speed. Sparks flew quickly—and intensely. By their second date, they say, they knew it was love. Watching them rehash this only proves their feelings more. They finish each other’s sentences, bubbling with excitement at the other’s thoughts.

“The day we both talked about family and cried together for the first time,” Hamilton says, with Speed jumping in right after, “That was it for me.”

Hamilton then adds, “Yeah, that’s when we realized, ‘Holy shit, this is real.'” Speed completes his thought. “These are real feelings I’ve never felt,” she says. “This is scary. Almost terrifying. I really am starting to feel something now. Oh shit.”

Their feelings for each other were so authentic, they say, that not much changed when the cameras stopped rolling. When I ask what surprised them most about their relationship after the show ended, they give me a comforting answer: nothing.

Billie Eilish Showed Off Her Body on Tour for an Important Reason

Billie Eilish’s oversized clothing has become one of her staples, and she’s said multiple times there’s a reason behind it. “I never want the world to know everything about me,” she explained in a 2019 Calvin Klein campaign. “I mean, that’s why I wear big baggy clothes: Nobody can have an opinion, because they haven’t seen what’s underneath.” In a June 2019 interview with Vogue Australia, she said her style “gives nobody the opportunity to judge what [her] body looks like.”

But in a video interlude for her Where Do We Go? World Tour, which kicked off March 9 in Miami, the pop star addressed exactly that: the idea of people judging her—or anyone’s—body. In the clip, Eilish is seen slowly undressing as she gives a powerful message about body-shaming. Per BuzzFeed, fans who attended the show say this was Eilish’s full speech:

“You have opinions about my opinions, about my music, about my clothes, about my body. Some people hate what I wear. Some people praise it. Some people use it to shame others. Some people use it to shame me. But I feel you watching, always, and nothing I do goes unseen. So while I feel your stares, your disapproval, or your sigh of relief, if I lived by them, I’d never be able to move.

Would you like me to be smaller? Weaker? Softer? Taller? Would you like me to be quiet? Do my shoulders provoke you? Does my chest? Am I my stomach? My hips? The body I was born with, is it not what you wanted?

If I wear what is comfortable, I am not a woman. If I shed the layers, I am a slut. Though you’ve never seen my body, you still judge it and judge me for it. Why? You make assumptions about people based on their size. We decide what they’re worth. If I wear more, who decides what that makes me? What that means? Is my value based only on your perception? Or is your opinion of me not my responsibility?”

Watch a (somewhat shaky) fan video of the interlude—courtesy of the Twitter account Eilish Tour News—for yourself, below:

Fans flooded to Twitter to praise Billie Eilish for taking a stand against body-shaming. “Billie is using her tour as a platform to send a positive statement to her fans by using an interlude about how people’s opinions on her body aren’t her responsibility is so powerful,” one fan tweeted. “I love this women so much.”

See, below, just a few reactions from fans:

Eilish hasn’t commented on the response to the interlude yet, but stay tuned.

19 Best Spring Sandals 2020: Thong Sandals, Lace-Up Sandals, & More

You’ve been patient, keeping your toes responsibly covered as the cold weather stretched into “spring”—but it’s finally time to indulge in one of the greatest wardrobing joys that come with this time of year: spring sandals. The temperature may not be at prime open-toe-shoe season just yet, but brands have begun to stock their latest and greatest options to be worn with sundresses, sweater sets, and whatever other garment makes up your spring uniform. Whether you’re a slide-on-and-go person or you enjoy the challenge of lacing straps all the way up, there’s a fresh spring sandal for you in the roundup ahead. Enjoy.

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