10 Years After New Girl, Zooey Deschanel Is Still an Underrated Comic Genius

New Girl premiered on Fox ten years ago this week. And if there’s any justice in this world, Zooey Deschanel’s performance will go down as a comic legend on the level of Lucille Ball and Mary Tyler Moore, or at least Seth Rogen. 

It gave Deschanel the opportunity to deliver lines like, “My first crush was on a Batman cake, but my first sexual feelings were about teenage Simba.” Or, while on her period, “I feel like I’ve laid a million eggs and they’re all hatching!” And while the show’s seven seasons did well when they originally aired, it’s become a cult classic thanks to streaming on Netflix. Deschanel’s male costars are still celebrated for it—they’ve gone on to major roles and been memed into eternity. And they deserve it. But Deschanel is the reason the show works. Her physical comedy abilities, impeccable timing, elastic face, and her obvious intelligence made New Girl great. 

Deschanel was lauded throughout the show’s run, too—for her cuteness and charm, or noted for her “warmth.” Rarely for her skill as a comedian. “Fox and everybody else is overusing the term ‘adorable’ to describe Zooey Deschanel in New Girl, but then again, she’s pretty damn adorable,” wrote The Hollywood Reporter. Jezebel described Deschanel’s character in the premiere as a “teary, hapless woman (girl?).” Vanity Fair employed two critics to dissect each episode and label Jess’ actions as either “adorkable” or “tweepulsive.” Deschanel eventually got good reviews—while her male counterparts were called “hugely talented comic presence” and “breakout star.” 

What Deschanel and New Girl creator Elizabeth Meriwether did deserves a second look—they used the show to take apart stereotypes about femininity, challenge their validity, and confront cultural assumptions about what kind of person gets to be funny. The criticism about roles Deschanel sometimes plays is that they are “Manic Pixie Dream Girls”—male fantasies who exist only to help them men around them grow. Brilliantly, the men around Jess Day do grow—they grow to like her. They grow to realize that that ultimately, Jess is not that annoying. Or at least her characteristics are not any more annoying than ones like drinking too much or swearing at the TV.

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Jess Day never loses her love of crafting, pouffy dresses, show-tunes, talking about her feelings, or loving her friends. The men—and women—around her realize that she’s smart, and she has value, and that that value isn’t diminished because she cares about children, art, and things that are coded as female. It works because of the writing, and because of the great ensemble cast, and most of all, because Deschanel is so, so funny. 

Ten Years After New Girl, Zooey Deschanel Is Still an Underrated Comic Genius

Remember: Hating on Zooey Deschanel was a personality in the late 2000s. I myself was more invested in the politics of her fandom than I was in the 2012 presidential election. I thought of myself a feminist, but my reasoning was the same as any sexist: She was feminine in a way that didn’t appeal to me. There was something about her I found irritating. The epicenter of this rage was the 2009 indie 500 Days of Summer, a movie about a man who projects a fantasy onto a woman and then has a breakdown when she isn’t interested. “She is always scrupulously honest with him,” Roger Ebert wrote in his review. “She is her own person, and Tom can’t have her.” 

It was as if millions of people made a secret pact to misunderstand this. “Summer turns out to be the bewitching villain in this story, breaking Tom’s heart without a second thought,” the Daily Beast mourned. “I hated her blank-eyed, dress-twirling turn as the object of Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s obsession in 500 Days of Summer—the role that launched 1,000 indie wet dreams,” a critic groused in Slate. “Still haven’t forgiven Zooey Deschanel for what she did to Joseph Gordon-Levitt in 500 Days of Summer,” a fan wrote on Twitter as late as 2018, to great discussion. 

A lot of us felt a kind of misogynistic fury toward ultra-feminine-presenting women around the time of the New Girl premiere: Taylor Swift is the prime example. Their cutesiness—Deschanel starting a blog called Hello Giggles, Swift lived on a Christmas-tree farm—felt like a threat. It’s not that it’s anti-feminist to dislike women. It’s that the hatred of women like Deschanel is often coded as a feminist critique, but seems to come from a place of dislike of women in general.  

Initially, promos for New Girl courted this dynamic, using the tagline “Simply adorkable,” with Deschanel’s crooning voice over what sounds suspiciously like a ukulele. The premise of the show is undeniably annoying: What if there was a girly girl who had, like, a bunch of guy friends?! She could bake and knit and not know things about sports! But quickly it was clear that the writers’ actual intention was to parody Deschanel’s supposed quirkiness, and eventually have her own it.

In the first season Jess squares off with Julia, played by Lizzy Caplan—a cynical, emotionally distant corporate lawyer who doesn’t have female friends. Julia represents the hater’s take on women like Jess, and like Deschanel. “It’s so fun having another girl around here,” Jess says, welcoming Julia to her home. “There are tampons hidden all over the apartment.” Julia repays her friendliness by mocking and attacking Jess. “I know that I’m the mean lawyer girl who wears suits and works too much,” she spits, on the verge of tears. “And you—you’re the really fun teacher girl with all the colorful skirts and you bake things.” New Girl protests, basically, that this supposed war between women is dumb. Every kind of person, it demonstrates, can be funny.  

Hand-wringing conversations about how to be a woman have followed Deschanel throughout her fame. “I’ve examined and reexamined myself,” she told Entertainment Weekly in 2012, sounding weary. “And I really don’t feel that liking to wear dresses is a problem for the feminist world.” It didn’t matter how many times Deschanel declared herself to be a feminist (which she did first in Glamour!). “Here I was, expecting her to go into her Muppet voice and claim not to know how babies were made,” a writer in The Cut responded to the Glamour interview.

On New Girl, Zooey Deschanel demonstrated that the choice between being feminine and being funny is a false choice. And still, people mostly think of her as a bug-eyed 2000s starlet with bangs. It’s not that Deschanel’s talent as a comedian is overshadowed by her quirky reputation. It’s just that her talent as a comedian is mostly ignored.

Jenny Singer is a staff writer for Glamour. You can follow her on Twitter. 

Eye-lighter Is the Shimmery Secret to Brighter Eyes

Over the past few years, we’ve seen the trend for glowing skin grow exponentially. It all started during the contour craze, when highlighting and shading went mainstream. Then, it evolved into a more intense strobing techniques and holographic pigments to amp up skin’s radiance as well as the arrival of ‘glass skin’, the K-Beauty trend that created an almost wet-looking dewiness

It’s not hard to understand why the trend has become so popular. Highlighter draws attention to features we want to accentuate by quite literally putting a spotlight on them, and just like contour, can maximize or minimize specific areas of the face. Plus, radiant skin is the calling card of health-signalling, the new, subconscious desire to appear as healthy as can be to the outside world in reaction to the events of the past 18 months.

Now, makeup pros are using highlighting techniques to focus on creating the appearance of brighter, more awake, and more brilliant eyes, while using minimal products and DIY-friendly techniques. “From Sixties style white-out eyelids to washes of futuristic pearl, icy pale eyeshadow worn solo has become the statement of choice for a fresher alternative to the classic smoky eye, whether it’s a lid-to-brow block shadow, a graphic liner or a pop of metallic in the corners,” says Terry Barber, M·A·C Director of Makeup Artistry. 

Replacing the classic cut crease and blended out bold pigments, “eyelighter” calls upon gentler washes of iridescent shades to achieve the same eye-opening effects. As Terry says, it can be applied in any way you like and paired with liner, lashes or a statement lip. The most important thing is that the pigment used is an icy tone and contains pearlescent pigments to capture the light. 

For an 80s finish, try a frosty blue shade all over the lids, a hint of cool pink on the lower lash line and pair with fluttery, fanned out lashes to finish, which will create a statement makeup moment without any heavy pigments. 

Or, for a more ethereal effect, try eyelighting all around the eye, blending various icy shades together to create a kaleidoscope of color and light. 

Whether eyelighting is a reaction to years of smoky eyes or as a result of wearing face masks and focusing on making the most of our visible features, we very much hope the trend is here to stay. 

This story originally appeared on Glamour UK. 

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The New Trailer For Kristen Stewart’s Princess Diana Movie Is More Intense Than The Crown

The first full trailer for Spencer just dropped—and the Princess Diana biopic starring Kristen Stewart looks every bit as intense as we imagined it would.

For a bit of context before going into the new video, Spencer focuses on one weekend in December 1991 as Princess Diana (Stewart) grapples with her decision to leave her husband, Prince Charles (Jack Farthing) over a three-day Christmas holiday with the entire royal family. As the film’s official description reads, “The Prince and Princess of Wales’s marriage has long since grown cold. Though rumors of affairs and a divorce abound, peace is ordained for the Christmas festivities at Sandringham estate. There’s eating and drinking, shooting, and hunting. Diana knows the game. This year, things will be a whole lot different.”

While we got a glimpse at Stewart’s Diana—and her impeccable wardrobe—in a few promotional photos, as well as the brief teaser trailer that dropped in late August, this new footage introduces young Prince William (Jack Nielen) and Prince Harry (Freddie Spry) and puts the tensions between Princess Diana and her in-laws on full display.

“You have to be able to do things you hate,” Charles tells Diana as they stand on opposite sides of a pool table. “There has to be two of you: the real one and the one they take pictures of.” While we don’t hear Diana’s direct response, we do see a small inkling of rage bubble to the surface. At the end of the trailer, she asks, “Will they kill me, do you think?”

If the small amount of footage we’ve seen, coupled with the film’s glowing early reviews, Kristen Stewart could be looking at her first Academy Award. As one critic wrote for The Hollywood Reporter, “For those of us who have admired the talents of Kristen Stewart since she was not yet even a teenager, it is a joy to be able to share that the 31-year-old’s portrayal of Princess Diana in Pablo Larrain’s Spencer is truly the fulfillment of her tremendous promise and will almost certainly bring her the first Oscar nomination of her career.”

If you don’t want to miss it, Spencer hits theaters on November 5.


75 Brilliant Halloween Makeup Ideas to Try This Year

When our grand plans to throw together an epic costume inevitably come crashing down, Halloween makeup is always there to save the day. It’s cheap, easy, and can save even the saddest excuse for a costume. Plus, if you’re not yet ready to return to a crowded bar crawl or house party, makeup is the perfect way to add just a touch of spooky spirit your movie night or school pick up.

Instagram is responsible for most of our inspiration year-round, but it especially comes in clutch for makeup inspiration this time of year. We compiled the best Halloween makeup ideas to hit our feeds over the years, from pop culture moments (hi, Gossip Girl) to the immaculately detailed, over-the-top Halloween costumes centered around true works for art. We’ve even got makeup tutorials on classic looks like skeleton makeup, Harley Quinn makeup, and Pop art face paint if you want to give DIY’ing them a try.

Seeing as masks are still in our lives in some capacity, we picked plenty of inspo that focuses on the eyes, or involves the accessory. And of course, we’ve got options if you prefer a full face (or even full body). Whatever you plans—or your style–scroll on for the the best Halloween makeup looks for 2021.

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These New Character Portraits Will Get You So Excited for ‘You’ Season 3

The release date: October 15. Netflix confirmed the fall date in a creepy teaser video posted August 30. In the clip, we also learned Joe and Love have a baby boy named Henry. 

And a full trailer dropped on September 17:

The cast is definitely going to include Victoria Pedretti and Penn Badgley. Badgley basically confirmed Joe and Love are going to figure some things out, so we can expect to see their faces again.

We’re getting new characters…a lot of them. Netflix revealed two of them on October 16, 2020. “Fresh blood joining You season three: Shalita Grant will play Sherry, a ‘Mom-fluencer’ who appears down-to-earth, but is actually a mean girl who only pretends to welcome Love into her social circle. Travis VanWinkle will play the wealthy Cary, who invites Joe into his inner circle,” Netflix Queue tweeted. 

On October 21, 2020 Netflix announced that Scott Speedman, most famous for playing Ben Covington on Felicity, will be joining the cast. “He’ll play Matthew, a successful CEO, husband, and uncommunicative father. He’s reserved, mysterious, and has a tendency to be withdrawn…all of which masks a deep well of emotion underneath,” a Netflix Queue tweet revealed. 

On top of that, Variety revealed on November 18 that there are 13 additional actors joining the cast, including Jack Fisher as Young Joe Goldberg and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’s Tati Gabrielle as “no-nonsense librarian” and series regular. 

On January 26, 2021, we learned Scott Michael Foster has joined the cast as Ryan. Per Deadline, Ryan is a television reporter and single dad who “has overcome a history of addiction” and has “a controlling, calculating demeanor that he reserves for those closest to him and anyone who gets in his way.” Spooky!

New portraits help you get to know the characters more.

Cary and Sherry

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Marienne, Joe, and Dante

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Natalie, Matthew, and Theo

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You season 3 has finished filming! Showrunner Sera Gamble tweeted the news on April 23. “Today is our last day of shooting season 3,” she said. “Can I brag to you for a hot sec?”

Over the course of production during COVID, Gamble shared that they have “administered over 32,000 COVID tests” and had the lowest “lowest overall positivity rate across all comparable productions to date.”

“A year ago, we had no idea how shooting this season would be possible,” Gamble continued in her thread. “I mean…YOU doesn’t really work if there’s no romance or, y’know, murder-type contact.”

She added, “Hope you love the season when it gets here.” 

And your first look is here. New photos show Joe and Love as parents. Serial killer parents!

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Emily in Paris Season 2: The First Photos Are Here!

Bravo also told Glamour he thinks Gabriel loves Camille very much, “but he also shares a lot of [passion] with Emily.” “There’s sexual chemistry, yes, but there’s more to it than that,” he said. “I think he’s still in the process of understanding what’s going on, so we will have to wait for Darren to decide.” 

But it won’t be just our old favorites returning! Lots of faces were added to the cast on Monday, May 24, when a press release announced a slew of new characters. Most exciting is Jeremy O. Harris, writer of the upcoming Zola movie, as Gregory Elliott Dupree, “an iconic fashion designer and former protégé of Pierre Cadault…. Pierre and Gregory were close, until Gregory’s unexpected and dramatic exit from the atelier left them bitter rivals.” 

Another flashy role goes to Arnaud Binard as Laurent G, “charming and gregarious owner of a popular Saint Tropez nightclub…. Emily meets Laurent when he agrees to promote one of her brands, but soon learns that his connection to Savoir is more complicated than marketing.” And has Emily finally met her match? Lucien Laviscount (Scream Queens) will play 30-year-old London boy Alfie, who “refuses to speak French or immerse himself in French culture.” He works for a U.K. bank but prefers to party. Sounds like a perfect foil for a certain young marketing savant we know.

We just learned that August 4 was the final day of filming season two, which means we are getting closer and closer to finding out the fates of our favorite expat. “Last day on set and I can’t imagine wrapping on a more perfect note with my @emilyinparis partner in crime,” Collins wrote on Instagram, alongside a picture with Park. “I’m not crying, you’re crying!…”

Until season two drops, you’ll find us rewatching season one, buying Emily’s phone case (which actually belonged to costume designer Patricia Field), and brushing up on our French. We’ll update this post as more information becomes available. 

Jessica Radloff is the Glamour West Coast editor. You can follow her on Instagram @jessicaradloff14 to see more of her conversations with the Emily in Paris cast. 

We Tried ‘The Yes’—and It’s the Best App for Personalized Shopping

Shipping can be slow, but that’s less on the app and more on the brand itself since The Yes is actually a kind of middleman that handles returns and product issues (the customer care team is top-notch, btw) as opposed to order fulfillment. 

La Ligne Coco Cardigan

$295

The Yes

Leset Rio Stirrup Pant

$150

The Yes

Sea New York Zippy Lace Collar

$80

The Yes

Simon Miller Vegan Shearling Mini Puffin

$220

The Yes

Bella Cacciatore, beauty writer

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I’ve never been into the idea of a personalized shopping site or subscription since, for me, scrolling endlessly is half the fun. Plus, I feel like they never nail my personal style. But after taking a look at The Yes’s brands, I decided to give it a go. Similar to TikTok, I had to train the algorithm a bit to truly nail my style—mostly by manually searching for brands I know I like—since the options presented in the quiz were a bit basic (sorry!) for my taste, but after about an hour or so playing around, it started to get me pretty well.

I usually hate shopping on apps since I like to see everything up close in before I make a decision, but I actually really enjoyed using the app. The photos were clear and swiping through the items was oddly addicting, and I loved The Yes’s list feature to see everything in one place from different brands. I don’t shop at department stores, so I liked that I could shop different brands in one place—and they still had a cool curation.

I ended up with a pair of Anna Sui clogs that I’ve been wearing nonstop ever since I got them, a Staud sweater vest, and an LNA top, which was a new discovery for me. Purchasing everything at once was super-easy, and things came relatively quickly. I do wish there was an easier way to track your deliveries in the app—my clogs still show that they haven’t shipped despite arriving weeks ago—but other than that, I highly recommend it.

LNA Ferry Tank

$68

The Yes

Staud Knight Sweater Vest

$145

The Yes

Anna Sui Jelena Clog

$350$263

The Yes

Eve Denim Juliette Jean

$245

The Yes

Andrea Navarro, commerce writer

Courtesy of Andrea Navarro

As a first-timer to The Yes, I found the process of setting up my profile and preferences to be seamless—so much so that I actually found it really hard to say “no” to anything. Instead, I kept coming across brands that I already loved or new ones that were a direct reflection of my style. I ended up choosing a jogger set (featuring a long-sleeve sweatshirt and matching sweatpants) from Staud, an Everlane weekender bag, an Anine Bing graphic sweatshirt, and Mango lug-sole boots.

Shipping was fast: I received almost everything three to four days after hitting the checkout button, and all items arrived in packaging from the original retailer with return labels for peak convenience. I would definitely use The Yes app again. In fact, I’ve already saved some pieces from COS, Alo Yoga, and Aritzia for my next haul.

Staud Crew Neck

$150$90

The Yes

Everlane The ReNew Transit Weekender

$85

The Yes

Mango Track Outsole Boots

$100

The Yes

Anine Bing Tiger Sweatshirt

$169

The Yes

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Are in New York City

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are in New York City, baby! 

You might be wondering, “What are Prince Harry and Meghan Markle doing in the concrete jungle where dreams are made of and home of Carrie Bradshaw?” Well, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle may not be senior royals anymore, but on the morning of September 23, they began a New York City tour with a visit to the World Trade Center. 

Prince Harry and Markle stopped by One World Observatory at the World Trade Center with Mayor Bill de Blasio, his wife Chirlane McCray, and their son Dante de Blasio, as well as New York Governor Kathy Hochel.

Both Prince Harry and Markle dressed in black for the visit, likely out of respect for victims of 9/11, which happened 20 years ago this month. Markle wore a black turtleneck with matching wide-legged trousers under a smart coat and pointed-toe heels. She wore her hair pulled back into her signature low bun. Prince Harry attended in a classic suit and tie, and a lot of smiles for the cameras.

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Prince Harry and Meghan are visiting New York City for an appearance at the Global Citizen Live event on Saturday, September 25. The couple is participating in the event on the Great Lawn of Central Park “to continue their urgent work with world leaders in the pursuit of global vaccine equity to end the COVID-19 pandemic for everyone, everywhere,” according to Global Citizen.

“The virus does not respect borders, and access to the vaccine cannot be determined by geography. It must be accepted as a basic right for all and that is our starting point,” Prince Harry said on the VAX LIVE stage in May. While they might be the most famous to make an appearance at the event, they will also be joined by other very famous people: Jennifer Lopez, Lizzo, Billie Eilish Camila Cabello, and Doja Cat.

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Sam Asghari Calls Out the New Netflix Documentary About Britney Spears

Netflix released a trailer for a new documentary, Britney vs. Spears, but Britney Spears’s fiancé, Sam Asghari, is not having it. 

The documentary, which drops on the streaming service September 28, does not feature Spears but covers the conservatorship the pop star has been under for 13 years. The doc’s title refers to Britney’s battle within her own family to get her rights back from her father Jamie Spears, who announced plans to terminate the conservatorship in September. According to Netflix, “Britney vs Spears tells the explosive story of Britney’s life and her public and private search for freedom.”

Spears’ fiancé, Sam Asghari, let his feelings about the doc be known the old-fashioned way: in Instagram comments. “I hope the profit from these docs go towards fighting against injustice #freebritney,” he wrote. But he didn’t stop there. 

Asghari also commented the 100 emoji (💯) in response to a comment from Bobby Campbell, Lady Gaga’s manager, who wrote, “How much money is being made by third parties from this documentary leveraging Britney’s personal story and its value in the media? There needs to be transparency about how whether the filmmakers are profiting from this doc, or if they are donating their fees to Britney’s legal defense, or to legal defense funds to aide those who do not have the financial resources to fight against underdue conservatorships. Even if it is in support of Freeing Britney, this appears that it could be exploitative.”

The #FreeBritney movement has been active for years but reached new heights in February when the New York Times released Framing Britney Spears on FX /Hulu, which explored her life from her early career to the disgusting treatment Spears received in the press, to the conservatorship.

While Britney vs. Spears does appear to be a thoughtful investigation into her life and struggle under the manipulative 13-year conservatorship, Asghari’s hesitation is understandable. After living most of her teens and early adulthood under the spotlight–and being scrutinized by misogynistic media for years–Britney is private about her personal life. According to an interview in the LA Times, the documentary has been underway for over two years and is not a direct response to Framing Britney Spears.