You Have To See Rihanna's Response To One Fan's Call For Trans Models

There is a right way to do something, and then there’s Rihanna ‘s way of doing something — a fact that rings especially true when it comes to the singer’s groundbreaking Fenty Beauty line. Not only did she make sure that everyone could enjoy the creamy, full-coverage foundations by offering 40 shades, but she also delivered with a diverse marketing campaign that raised the bar for the rest of the beauty industry.

Suffice it to say, a great deal of effort went into prioritizing one crucial thing: inclusivity. So when Twitter user and graphic designer @lbertootero suggested that RiRi invite a trans woman to the next casting call, she was reportedly quick to address the fan’s concerns over DM — and, because this is Rihanna we’re talking about here — she also dropped a thoughtful response in the process.

“I’ve had the pleasure of working with many gifted trans women throughout the years, but I don’t go around doing trans castings!” Rihanna reportedly wrote in a response, which the fan posted to Twitter. “Just like I don’t do straight non trans women castings! I respect all women, and whether they’re trans or not is none of my business! I don’t think it’s fair that a trans woman, or man, be used as a convenient marketing tool! Too often I see companies doing this to trans and black women alike! There’s always just that one spot in the campaign for the token ‘we look mad diverse’ girl/guy! It’s sad!”

The fan then allegedely DM’d the star to apologize for sounding critical and to express understanding — as well as permission to share the screenshot. Rihanna reportedly replied, “You absolutely didn’t babe! Just didn’t want you to think I intentionally leave anyone out!”

The post has since racked up nearly 2,000 likes and multiple responses, and was re-posted by The Shade Room where fans took to the comments to show their support. “Exactly trans women ARE WOMEN. When there is casting for women all WOMEN, trans, black, Asian, white, Hispanic, Latina, curvy, and skinny should be welcomed with WIDE arms!!” one wrote. Dozens more called for “Rihanna for president.”

Others argued that hiring trans people on major campaigns is crucial for representation — something that has historically been lacking within the beauty industry. The band Sateen tweeted, “We respect Rihanna and agree that Trans bodies are used as an easy way to make brands appear ‘inclusive’. But at this point visibility is integral for trans ppl. More brands need to be hiring trans/gnc ppl and poc in GENERAL.” Another wrote, “Everybody is applauding her for saying this but to me that just sounds like an excuse to not include somebody.”

We’ve reached out to the fan and Fenty Beauty for further comment and to confirm the validity of this exchange.

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Prince Harry & Meghan Markle Have Set A Wedding Date — & It Will Make Brits Very Happy

Update: Amidst the celebrations of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s engagement, there was one piece of disappointing news: The wedding date wouldn’t be declared a bank holiday. We predicted that a lot of people would mysteriously fall ill that day and call in sick, but it turns out that won’t be necessary.

The wedding date has been announced and it’s scheduled on an existing bank holiday. Prince Harry and Markle will tie the knot on May 26, 2018, as reported by The Cut. The date just so happens to be U.K.’s Spring Bank Holiday Weekend and Memorial Day for those of us watching from across the pond, so save the date.

Original story published on November 27, 2017.

Actress and humanitarian Meghan Markle is engaged to a retired British soldier! We’re giddy with excitement about the news of the upcoming royal wedding (fine, he’s also some kind of prince), already speculating on everything from the guest list to the type of wedding dress the Suits star will wear.

But when U.K. workers saw the news about Prince Harry’s engagement to Meghan Sparkle (this is her name now, sorry), many were concerned with a more practical matter about the royal wedding: Will it mean a day off work? After all, royal weddings are traditionally held during the week, and their ceremony — slated for spring 2018 — will likely follow suit.

Sadly, Downing Street dashed their hopes. After all the speculation on Twitter, Theresa May’s official spokesperson said: “There are no plans for a Bank Holiday,” according to the Independent. “There isn’t a precedent in this area,” the spokesperson added, mentioning that there were no bank holidays to celebrate the weddings of Prince Andrew in 1986 or Prince Edward in 1999.

However, when Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, wed at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011, then-Prime Minister David Cameron did declare the day a bank holiday for workers in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Of course, many people around the world unofficially took a few hours off to watch the spectacle. The U.K. also took the day off for Princess Diana’s wedding in 1981.

It didn’t seem as likely that the U.K. would take a holiday for Harry, as he is only fifth in line to the throne. But, we have to admit, a day off to eat Prince Harry’s famous bacon butties — which he made for late-night partiers at Will and Kate’s wedding — drink Champagne, and gawk at all the dresses does sound pretty lovely.

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Ingrown Hair Removal Videos Are The Newest Extraction Craze

By now, everyone who shaves knows that the upkeep can be quite the hassle. This is especially true when you take into account just how easy it is to develop those stubborn ingrown hairs we all can’t stand. In 2017, however, the annoyance has served a great purpose for those who enjoy watching extraction videos.

If you’re unfamiliar, pimple popping clips have reigned supreme over the last year. But the 2.0 version of ’em involves ingrown hair removal videos. And while we do recommend leaving this kind of work to a professional, there’s just something about watching someone slowly pull out a string of hair from a random body part that we can’t look away from.

Curious yet? Ahead, seven of the best ones the internet has to offer. Gather your tweezers, folks — it’s about to get hairy.

Zooming in with a microscope, the account owner at @Tweezist can be seen digging beneath the surface of their skin to nab a tiny hair that was curled into a long loop.

Best Moment: 0:24 – 0:32

This video has raked in over 38 million views since being uploaded to YouTube in September of 2012. It features a man pulling out what he believed to have been “literally a pound of hair.”

Best moment: 0:37 – 0:56

Here, we have a stomach scab caused by shaving. Hidden underneath lies a gnarly gang of ingrown hair. Top comment on YouTube? “That guy better be careful or he’ll unravel himself like [grandma’s] crappy Christmas sweater.”

Best moment: 0:38 – 0:50

One, two, three, PULL!

Best moment: 0:08 – 0:21

Feast your eyes on multiple ingrown hairs stuffed into one follicle.

Best moment: 0:23 – 0:40

Hello! Talk about customer service, okay? This barber used steam and hot towels to open up a client’s pores so that extracting his ingrown hairs would be less difficult.

Best moment: 0:02 – 0:08

Press play to watch a man pull a 6-year-old ingrown hair from his back.

Best moment: 0:09 – 0:13

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Pro Hair Tips To Wash-And-Go All Winter Long — Even When It's Freezing Out

Call us lazy and we’d answer right back, but the effort that’s required to care for natural hair can be so taxing at times. There’s nothing like proudly wearing your own curls and kinks, especially when you’re documenting how healthy they are. But man, twist-outs, braid-outs, and coil-outs can be a huge pain. That’s why many people with 3- and 4-type textured hair do easy wash-and-go’s, especially in the summer.

Of course, it makes sense: “There’s more moisture during the warmer months,” Anthony Dickey of Hair Rules salon explains. So how can you harness the ease of a wash-and-go when walking into the cold with wet hair is far from advisable? We spent the afternoon with the stylist to find out.

Dickey, whose clients include Issa Rae, former First Lady Michelle Obama, and Sarah Jessica Parker, says that it doesn’t matter when you wash — as long as it’s getting done. “You can dry at night,” he says. “Get on your computer, watch Empire, and then fluff out your hair in the morning.” If you’re hesitant about using heat to hurry things along, just add more moisture. Hydration, which you’re fusing into your hair with conditioner and your styling products, acts as an automatic barrier against breakage.

So what’s the secret? One of the first mistakes that people make when they do a wash-and-go style is that they don’t use enough conditioner, he says. Ignore those directives of using a quarter-sized dollop — really squeeze (or scoop) the formula out so that it completely covers your hands and your hair. Dickey recommends cream-based products instead of your gels and sprays, as they’re less drying. “Glycerin and humectants will pull moisture away,” he notes. And watch out for products that lather, too, which is an indicator of a formula with sulfates, which also dry natural hair too much.

“If you want to change your hair texture from dry to soft, you’ve got to think of your kinky and coily strands as your favorite cashmere sweater,” Dickey says. “You would never wash your cashmere in the washing machine. You would hand wash it and know exactly how to care for the delicate fibers. Same goes with hair, everything that you do to it has to be complimentary to the texture — keeping it detangled, keeping it soft, keeping it hydrated so it stays more elongated and pliable.”

For more tips to perfect your winter wash-and-go routine, as well as other helpful natural hair tips, watch the video above.

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