“In today's world, what you see on social media and pretty much everywhere is the idea of perfection. Everything is ‘snatched’ and ‘on fleek.’ But that's an unrealistic goal to have for yourself. Once I separated myself from the expectations of others to focus on my authenticity, everything followed.”
I slept in Martha Washington’s bed, and my brother, Ken, in George Washington’s. Mom told us this, my earliest memory, South Bronx, circa 1951. It’s the beginning of my American story—sweet and sassy, with a pinch of mystery. My grandparents came from Eastern Europe to escape pogroms and persecution.
”I once heard in a podcast by Kathrin Zenkina that the word ‘inspire’ means to ’breathe.’ The process of breathing includes inhaling and exhaling, so if you find yourself out of inspiration, it may mean that you have exhaled all that you have inside you, and now it is time to inhale again.”
With over 20 years of leadership at HSBC and J.P Morgan, and being named to the Most Powerful Women in Banking by American Banker, Cate Luzio self-funded Luminary, a massive 15,000 square foot meeting space for women in New York City. With all the possibilities, I ask Cate why Luminary.
“I hope I can give my followers a time of fun and let them know it’s okay to be who they are when watching a video of mine! The world can be such a toxic place with constant bad news and negativity. I hope I can shine some light on my babes!”
“This person burst through the door, assaulted me with all his might after I drifted out to sleep without even bothering to wake me, chastise or to tell me what was going on, and just really unleashed the breadth of his might with this really thick police belt to the extent I felt like I left my body. And I just remember at some point, kind of feeling really hot, like my body was on fire.”
A new leaked viral memo from Google proves that tech giants are ultimately not light years ahead of their corporate counterparts in ages past, as the evangelists would have us believe. The memo, titled "I'm Not Returning to Google After Maternity, and Here Is Why" is the experience of a worker navigating her pregnancy.
Japanese beauty company, Shiseido, sponsor of the WTA Finals, is offering the largest prize money package in the history of tennis—to a woman, but only if she manages to go through the competition unbeaten. The tournament will be held in Shenzhen in October 2019 for eight days. And more feminist news.
The #MeToo movement has reached Myanmar. A recent documentary produced by Myanmar Journalism Institute for Mizzima TV is getting attention in the West as of late. Filmed along the China-Myanmar border, it shows among other crimes of sexual violence, Myanmar women telling their stories of getting sold to Chinese businessmen. Watch here.
Who had the bright idea of inviting Ivanka Trump to the G20 summit on women’s empowerment in Osaka, Japan? There is a viral video of Christine Lagarde, Chief of the IMF, rolling her eyes disdainfully as the First Daughter awkwardly tries to insert herself into a conversation of world leaders.
“In a country where football was traditionally seen as a man’s sport, I was a passionate football fan. For Iranians, it was considered not just strange but taboo that a young Iranian girl be into football […]” Last week FIFA apologized for removing two fans in political shirts campaigning for the right of women to enter soccer stadiums in Iran.
The United States women’s soccer team, the best in the world, is paid roughly 38 cents on every dollar made by their male counterparts. Further, they have also been ranked no.1 for 10 of the last 11 years. The Time’s Up movement has finally caught up to this enduring and obvious injustice.
Whether you are strictly cruelty-free when shopping for cosmetics or not, knowing exactly what those words mean can be confusing. To each brand, cruelty-free means something different. This is why it is so important for beauty companies to offer transparency. But from those that don’t, it is up to us to educate ourselves.
With all of the beauty boxes available, it is difficult to choose the right one. I scoured the world wide web and discovered the most indulgent boxes you are sure to adore. In some, you’ll discover brands you’ve never heard of and, in others, you’ll trial full size and deluxe samples of the most coveted beauty products in the world of pampering.
As much as we love the no-makeup makeup look, especially, during Summer when heavier makeup melts right off, a simple trick is to switch your lip color up. But you don’t want to go for just any bold color and pinky peach isn’t the only option. The latest trends include unique tones, monochromatic looks, and a long-awaited change of texture.
The beauty industry has been breaking the barriers for inclusion in the areas of race, body shape, and gender. We now see models showing off the beauty of their skin conditions, flaws, and truths. But there still seems to be a missing demographic. The mature women. Here are the brands that have given them the attention they deserve.
I’m guessing you heard of the term hyaluronic acid at least once in the past week. It could’ve been in an Instagram ad, on a Neutrogena commercial, or even from your BFF. This is a highly trendy and coveted skincare ingredient. But why, and what does it do?
Have you noticed the abundance of CBD and hemp oil in some of the latest beauty launches? If not, you must be living under a rock. This cannabis craze is taking over everything from skincare to makeup and more. Is it actually effective or is it just a trend? Even with this growing use of CBD, many people still don’t understand its benefits and safety.
In a time when pretty much everyone but the government is held accountable for everything said and done, it is surprising that someone from the industry didn’t consider the implications of a virtual black model. Some have said that Shudu is a way for the artist to indulge in his interest in black women without having to interact with them.
A few months ago, I spontaneously chopped my relaxed hair off, but prior the chop, I kept wishing I had enough guts to own my African roots. And I have to admit the emotional courage it takes to be vulnerable. For the first time, I realized how much pressure black women undergo in their quests to create equal representation.
As with many of everyday life-happenings, the ‘self-care’ trope has been adopted by the world of social media. A hashtag or youtube search yields hundreds of pictures and videos of beautifully groomed young women narrating their self-care routines and providing techniques. The commodification of this phenomenon is a clear trend.
News stories break daily about girls being sent home from school for breaking the dress code. Girls are forced to leave prom, leave class, or wear sweatshirts in hot weather, as school boards prioritize girls' portrayal to educating boys on how to treat their female counterpart. Not only is this a sexist behavior, but is misleading to young women.
HBO has quite a history of building its prestige brand on excessive female nudity, catering almost entirely to the male gaze. Westworld’s nudity clause waiver, when reported on in 2015, was met with skepticism from feminists. Was it going to be another GoT created and shepherded by straight white male cable executives?
The victory of Oceans 8 is heartening in that it avenges the godawful Ghostbuster remake. That reboot cost about $150 million due to special effects and marketing needs, and ended up losing Sony tens of millions. It was a spectacular failure and a minor setback in the advancement of women leads in Hollywood.