Powerful political women are becoming more common on our screens.
Robin Wright is playing the president on “House of Cards,” Elizabeth Marvel’s character sits in the Oval on “Homeland,” and on CBS’ “Madam Secretary,” Téa Leoni’s Elizabeth McCord is planning her move from Secretary of State to the White House. Selina Meyer may have lost the Presidency on “Veep” in Season 6, but she’s back on the presidential campaign trial in Season 7.
America is not there yet, but Hollywood may be moving it closer. The popularity of these story lines, combined with celebrities willing to tell their #MeToo stories and create the #TimesUp movement, has infiltrated the public zeitgeist and arguably left a mark on the midterm elections.
Over 100 female politicos will soon be pouring into Congress. Future stars in this unusually diverse, youthful and winning class will include Katie Hill, Sharice Davids, Elissa Slotkin, Mikie Sherrill and others.
They will be watched closely. Needless to say, it was not always thus.
We think back to the 1940s, for example, when there were fewer than a handful of political women to watch. Yet, even when they were surrounded by teeming testosterone, two women, in particular, drew attention, albeit not always for the right reasons.
Clare Boothe Luce and Helen Gahagan Douglas were glamorous and mediagenic, and happened to be married to famous men. Luce, wife of media magnate Henry, was a Republican from Connecticut, and Douglas, wed to the movie star Melvyn Douglas, was a progressive from California.
The two actually enjoyed each other’s company, but the press corps had little interest in that. Reporters tried constantly to create a Congressional “catfight,” no matter how many times the charismatic pair crossed the aisle.
Maybe the press was confusing Luce and Douglas with the gossipy gang of Luce’s 1936 play, (and subsequent star-studded film) “The Women.” As for Douglas, despite her obsession with issues like women’s health care, and prices at the supermarket, press conferences included piercing questions about her dress and hat size. Her “friendship” with LBJ was more than hinted at.
Both women were generally perceived as dilettantes, serving in one kind of “house” until the hubbies came back from the war. In fact, Luce was an accomplished writer, and Douglas had been an international opera singer and star on Broadway. (With top billing over Melvyn when they met on a show.)
Luce went on to become the first female ambassador to a major world power (Italy), and Douglas to enter the 1950 race for U.S. Senate against her California colleague, Richard Nixon. He announced his candidacy by noting, “My opponent is a woman” and pledged, “There will be no name-calling, no smears, no misrepresentation in this campaign.”
Then, of course, Nixon began his incessant accusations that Douglas was too close to Communism, “pink right down to her underwear.” Among other contrasts to the elections just completed, think of what that color meant then, versus what the pink pussy hats and pink wave represented this time around.
As for similarities? Yes, that was the time of McCarthyism, with fear, fury and divisiveness being engendered in high places. Well, caravans and collusion are instilling many of the same emotions.
We can only imagine what those two lonely, lovely congresswomen would have thought of a time when so many women would be entering their House. They would surely have applauded the current group, which comes in all colors, is involved with a multitude of local issues, includes many who served in the military, and are balancing careers with families.
If journalists would dare ask them some of the questions asked in the ’40s, they’d be thrown out of the newsroom. (Or should be.)
Though that hasn’t stopped some pundits from already cloaking their misogyny in snide fashion commentary. On November 15, one male reporter for the Washington Examiner tweeted, “that jacket and coat don’t look like a girl who struggles,” along with a photo from behind of newly elected Bronx congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in a tailored suit ensemble. That tweet has since been deleted.
As Vox’s Liz Plank sharply pointed out, in a response to the Examiner reporter, “Would you call a male member of congress a boy?”
Like their predecessors, Luce and Douglas, this new class of women entering Congress will be watched closely — from their political moves to their sartorial choices. Fortunately, they will be surrounded by many other women doing the same thing for the first time. They may not always be on the same side, but we predict debates, not catfights, and maybe even the real-life versions of our current reel-life leaders.
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John Legend and Chrissy Teigen have hit a marriage milestone!
The couple, who have been together for 12 years, celebrated their five year wedding anniversary on Friday. For the occasion, Legend and Teigen each shared sweet Instagram posts to each other — but not without some of their usual jokester antics.
“12 years ago today, I met the man of my dreams. And 5 years ago today, we got married,” wrote Teigen, alongside a professional shot of the couple kissing at their Lake Como, Italy wedding. “We have two babies and some pups and a life I am grateful to have. My everything, I love you and am so proud of the story we’ve created.”
To finish the post, the Cravings author jokingly called out her husband for stealing her thunder.
“But you are an a—— for releasing your @nbcthevoice news on my target launch day for real,” Teigen wrote, referring to the news that Legend was joining NBC’s The Voice as a judge for season 16. The announcement ironically came on the same day that Teigen revealed that she was partnering with Target for a kitchen line.
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Responding to his wife’s jokingly spiteful banter, Legend posted his own Instagram post in honor of their anniversary.
“What can I say on a day like today?” the dad-of-two began the post, alongside a photo of him and Teigen in formal attire sitting cheek-to-cheek on the floor.
He also included a second photo to the loving message, which was a selfie taken by the musician, featuring Teigen in a red jumpsuit and a smiling baby Luna.
“I could talk about the 12 beautiful years I’ve known you. I could talk about the 5 years of wedded bliss, the 2 wonderful children we’ve brought into this world,” Legend continued, referencing the couple’s two-year-old daughter, Luna Simone, and son Miles Theodore, who is almost four months old.
“But I feel the urge to say something far more important,” the “All of Me” singer continued. “I LOVE your new kitchenware line at @Target. I can’t wait for it to come out on September 30th.”
Legend then went on to highlight his wife’s other recent accomplishment: “Did I mention that your Cravings Cookbook is coming out Tuesday? Because it’s coming out Tuesday,” he wrote before finishing with a sweet final message of, “I love you, baby.”
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Since getting married in 2013, the couple has been very candid about their relationship and intimacy.
Following the birth of their second child, Teigen revealed that while they still find each other incredibly attractive, sometimes they’re just too exhausted between work and parenting two kids to find time for sex.
“It doesn’t matter who you are — even if you’re a sexy R&B crooner or an ex-swimsuit model, you’re just tired,” Teigen told Women’s Health for their October cover story.
Added the Lip Sync Battle co-host: “We still have that passion for each other, but are we doing it randomly in a dressing room? No!” she exclaimed, before adding that she felt confident they would “get back into it again.”
Still, there is one surefire way to get both parents feeling in a frisky mood. “It is funny,” she added. “If he performs somewhere, and I go, I’m like, ‘Oh he’s sexy.'”
Teigen explained that in those situations, “We’ll probably have sex that night.”
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Chrissy Teigan and John Legend know how to nail the family vacation.
The couple spent the last few weeks posting drool-inducing Instagrams of their Bali getaway. While their adorable children, Luna, 2, and Miles, 12 weeks, capture hearts, the couple’s social media followers also took note of the stunning backdrop, which appears to be the luxury resort Como Shambhala Estate.
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Rooms and suites at the jungle getaway, which is located in Ubud in the Indonesian island’s lush interior, start around $540 per night. There are also two- and three-bedroom villas, which start around $1,000 per night, and entire residences with private pools available, for guests seeking extra privacy. Travel + Leisure notes other celebs who’ve recently made the trek to the exotic hotel include designer Donna Karan and Annie Lenox.
Como Shambhala is the same spot the couple stayed last July on what seems to be an annual pilgrimage to the Southeast Asian destination.
It’s a health-conscious luxury retreat best known for its specialized wellness menus and activities, according to T+L. Guests can meet with a nutritionist or Ayurvedic doctor upon arrival and build a meal plan (Teigen documented her faux “toast” and avocado breakfast during her stay). Rafting, yoga, and hiking are also on offer.
Last year, Teigen posted a video of her doing some flying yoga with her instructor Amy, who she dubbed “the most patient human in the world.”
For their first big trip as a family of four, they seem to have taken it easy, lounging by the pool and hanging with family. Teigen’s mom, Pepper, visited from Bangkok, Thailand, and brought along a group of her childhood friends to enjoy the resort, the model shared in an Instagram Live video.
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Teigen also took the opportunity to get candid about her post-baby body, sharing she’s “still super insecure” about her stretch marks. “I guess these just aren’t going to go away. This is my new body,” she said. The couple welcomed Miles Theodore on May 16.
Teigen announced the family’s vacation was over via Instagram earlier this week. “We made it home! (photo for photo purposes, not approved seating by the FAA),” she wrote of a cute photo of the couple’s two children.
people.com | 8/19/18
Ariana Grande Defends Her Quick Engagement—And Justin Bieber's— As Fans Criticize Their Shared Manager
Scooter Braun manages Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber, both of whom recently got engaged to their respective partners after just weeks of dating.
With news of Bieber’s proposal to Hailey Baldwin surprising many, fans couldn’t help but wonder if the timing of Braun’s artists getting engaged was coincidental or otherwise. “First Ariana get engaged to Pete Davidson and now Justin Bieber to Hailey Baldwin the devil works hard but Scooter Braun works harder,” one fan tweeted on Sunday.
But Grande, 25, was quick to defend her manager in a since-deleted response on Twitter, just hours after PEOPLE confirmed Bieber and Baldwin’s engagement.
“You do realize we are human being who love and have lives… right? And that Scooter is a wonderful human being too who cares first n foremost our health and happiness?” the singer tweeted in response.
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“Love is lit. S–t happens. I hope to god it happens to you too. U deserve it,” she added.
Grande commented on another fan’s tweet, once again defending Braun, writing, “He’s wonderful and very human. Always puts his artists’ health and happiness first.”
Braun is overseas in Italy where he attended the wedding of Princess Beatrice’s ex, Dave Clark.
PEOPLE confirmed Grande and Pete Davidson’s whirlwind engagement on June 11, just weeks after they began dating in May.
The Saturday Night Live star proposed with a dazzling 3-carat engagement ring from Manhattan-based jeweler Greg Yuna, which cost a jaw-dropping $93,000. She was first spotted wearing the pear-shaped diamond sparkler at iHeartRadio’s Wango Tango concert on June 2 in Los Angeles.
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While the engaged couple has been packing on the PDA all over New York City, Grande recently spoke out about a joke her fiancé made about the bombing at her Manchester concert last year.
After Davidson’s Manchester bombing joke resurfaced, she tweeted, “This has been v tough & conflicting on my heart. he uses comedy to help ppl feel better ab how f-ed up things in this world are. we all deal w trauma differently. I of course didn’t find it funny. it was months ago & his intention wasn’t/ is never malicious but it was unfortunate.”
Meanwhile, a source told PEOPLE on Sunday that Bieber and Baldwin’s whirlwind proposal makes sense for the young pair.
“It’s kind of a surprise, but kind of not. Justin has been extremely happy these past few weeks,” the source said. “He has known Hailey for a long time. This might seem sudden, but they know each other very well.”
people.com | 7/8/18
In an open letter on Monday addressed to “Fellow Humans,” actress Rose McGowan urged people not to seek to blame Anthony Bourdain’s girlfriend, her friend Asia Argento, for his death by suicide last week.
“Many of these people who lost their ‘friend’ are wanting to lash out and blame. You must not sink to that level. Suicide is a horrible choice, but it is that person’s choice,” she wrote.
“Anthony was part of a ‘pull up your bootstraps and march on’ generation. The a ‘strong man doesn’t ask for help’ generation,” McGowan wrote in the letter, which she said was sent at the urging of Argento herself.
“I know before Anthony died he reached out for help, and yet he did not take the doctor’s advice. And that has led us here, to this tragedy, to this loss, to this world of hurt,” McGowan noted. “Do NOT do the sexist thing and burn a woman on the pyre of misplaced blame. Anthony’s internal war was his war, but now she’s been left on the battlefield to take the bullets. It is in no way fair or acceptable to blame her or anyone else, not even Anthony.”
Argento, who had been publicly linked to Bourdain for more than a year, had become the target of some online trolls speculating about the state of their relationship.
Hours before Bourdain’s body was found in a hotel room outside Paris, People reported, Argento had posted a now-deleted Instagram post of herself wearing a t-shirt that read “F— Everyone” with the caption “You know who you are.”
McGowan said that Bourdain and Argento “had a free relationship, they loved without borders of traditional relationships, and they established the parameters of their relationship early on. Asia is a free bird, and so was Anthony.”
McGowan also urged fans to focus on the unique challenges of depression as a mental illness. “Anthony was open with his demons, he even wrote a book about them,” she wrote. “In the beginning of their relationship, Anthony told a mutual friend, ‘He’s never met anyone who wanted to die more than him.'”
She added that Argento herself shared some of the same mental-health issues. “Through a lot of this last year, Asia did want the pain to stop,” she wrote. “But here’s the thing, over their time together, thankfully, she did the work to get help, so she could stay alive and live another day for her and her children.
“Anthony’s depression didn’t let him, he put down his armor, and that was very much his choice,” she wrote. “His decision, not hers. His depression won.”
Read her full letter here:
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The Trump administration has drafted an executive order that would direct federal programs to seek out drug plans that tie costs to outcomes as a way to lower health costs. But a similar attempt by Italy for more than a decade hasn’t found much success.
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Due to ongoing outbreaks across the continent, such as in Italy, Public Health England is strongly advising youngsters are up-to-date with the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) jab.
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Pope Francis is visiting a Catholic organization that has mediated peace accords in Africa and helps Syrian refugees to reach Italy safely.
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Kendall Jenner is getting candid.
On Sunday’s episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, the 22-year-old opened up about the toll her modeling career has taken on her — and the ways she’s learning to cope.
Kendall battles anxiety
“Kendall struggles from anxiety, and I think she has so much going on that she gets herself really worked up,” explained momager Kris Jenner. “Kendall gets the most anxious during fashion week, or when she’s traveling a lot. Trying to juggle it all is overwhelming.”
After seeing a doctor, Kendall was surprised to learn she’s not actually anemic.
“I think you think you have everything,” said Kris, 62.
“Since I was a kid, I’ve always been a hypochondriac,” Kendall admitted. “I’ve always been the worst hypochondriac. But now I have to try and be a big girl.”
But Kendall’s anxiety wasn’t just limited to her health — and it had been building up significantly in recent years.
“There’s a lot that happened this past year, starting with like, Kim’s robbery,” she said. “Then I got robbed, and I had my stalkers. That’s why I don’t really like going out anymore. That’s why I don’t tweet, that’s why I don’t Instagram. That gives me anxiety, too. I swear, it’s the craziest thing.”
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“What I want to know is what’s the solution for the next time,” said Kris. “Because I worry about you and I know you want to do a great job. I want to be able to help you to get a place where you can be out there and not feel anxious.”
“I don’t think any of us have taken the time to process what’s been happening over the past year — almost two years, even,” said Kendall. “And I think that that is a factor in a lot of this. It’s hard to get your brain to slow down and think about it and really process what’s happening. Now that I can sit here and verbally say that, I think that will help me with the steps to take the time and really address it.”
Gearing up for Milan fashion week, Kendall found different ways to cope with her stress, includes sound bathing, acupuncture and meditation, which she said has “helped in the past for sure.” Once in Italy, things went well — and she even had Kris by her side, just in case she needed her.
“It’s hard for me to watch my daughter struggle and I feel like it’s my job to make sure she’s okay, which is really why I’m here in Milan,” said Kris. “But I realize that Kendall is one of the most independent women I’ve ever met in my life, and she can get to the root of the issue and the problem by herself.”
“Anxiety is all mental, so you have to try and find your ways around it,” said Kendall. “I try and maintain it, but sometimes it’s out of your control. But I think I’m very blessed to be in the situation I’m in, and every year that I do fashion months it gets a little bit easier. It’s really exciting. I still look forward to it every year.”
Kris gets a legacy video
Just when you thought you knew everything there was to know about Kris, she took all of us — and her own daughters! — by surprise, and we have Scott Disick to thank for it.
While spending time with Kris, Disick, 34, realized there was a lot he didn’t know about her, particularly in regards to her upbringing.
“Kris really is like my mom, so for me, it’s a lot of fun to hang out with her,” he said. “I know that Kris is quite interesting now, but I never really knew exactly how she grew up.”
Disick decided to make her a legacy video in the hopes of creating something special for the whole family.
“I just feel like your kids don’t know anything about how you grew up,” he said. “Your story is unreal — look at what you’ve become! You’re the most interesting woman in the world.”
“Kris is obviously the matriarch of this huge strong family,” he added. “And the truth is, I would think everybody would be interested in how she became the woman she is today. I’m not a huge fan of working hard, but I really worked a little bit and put a whole production crew together to film this legacy video. Obviously, I’m doing this video because I’m interested and I want Kris to have this, but I’m also doing it because I want the girls to really enjoy it as well.”
In the video, Kris opened up about everything from her earliest memories at her grandmother’s house — “that was such an amazing time in my life… it was sort of the idyllic warm and fuzzy childhood,” she said — to her parents’ divorce when she was 7 years old, which she admitted was “really sad.”
But Kris’ biggest bombshell was all about her biological father Robert Houghton, an aircraft engineer who moved to the Midwest. He moved back to San Diego when Kris was a teenager, but a few years later, he died in a car accident while traveling in Mexico with his girlfriend.
“You know, obviously when something that traumatic happens in your life and you lose a parent, things are a little foggy,” she said. “Losing my dad was one of the most significant things that’s ever happened in our life.”
Kris also opened up about “the first love” of her life, Robert Kardashian, revealing that the two met at the Del Mar racetrack when Kris was still a teenager and she even cheated on her then-boyfriend with him — but she saved the very best anecdote for last.
“He said, ‘The day that you get out of flight attendant school and graduate and move to New York is the same day O.J. and I are coming to New York because O.J. is doing commentary at the Olympics. I’m really excited to go up there and watch this young kid, Bruce Jenner, try and win the decathlon,’ ” she recalled.
“Robert said this?” said Disick in disbelief. “He was at the Olympic Games that Bruce won?”
“That’s right,” said Kris.
Disick showed the video to Kim and Khloé Kardashian, who could hardly believe what they were seeing.
“I hope that they understand and appreciate the value of having this big, huge, enormous family,” said Kris. “And that they all stick together and figure out how to go through life together.”
“If somebody were to come to me and give me a video of my parents telling their whole life story, I would be greatly appreciative,” Disick added. “So I hope the girls like it as much as I would have liked it.”
Keeping Up with the Kardashians airs Sundays (9 p.m. ET) on E!
people.com | 2/19/18
As I write this, the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise, is sailing South. For the next three months, the crew will be working alongside a team of campaigners, photographers, film-makers, scientists and journalists from across the globe to build the case for the world’s largest protected area: an Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary.
Weathered Iceberg in the Antarctic Ocean, 2008
The Antarctic is home to an abundance of wildlife. Whales, penguins and colossal squid are just a few of the many animals who call it home. And it’s not just important to animals - the health of our oceans sustains our planet, and provides billions of people with their livelihoods. But threats from overfishing, plastic pollution and climate change mean we urgently need a network of sanctuaries across the world to restore our oceans’ health.
And this year, we have the chance to create the world’s largest protected area. Which is why we’re taking to the seas.
From exploring previously unseen parts of the seabed, to documenting the impact of climate change and the fishing industry on penguin colonies, this promises to be a journey like no other. We’ll be bringing the charismatic wildlife of the Antarctic closer to you than ever before and introducing you to the passionate scientists who have devoted their lives to protect it. Because we need you to join them.Time is ticking to protect the Antarctic
I think it’s fair to say most of us work well to a deadline. Something about having a due date helps focus the mind and gets the creative juices going. Well, we have a new deadline: October 2018.
In just over nine months’ time the Antarctic Ocean Commission meets to discuss whether or not to make history and create the world’s largest protected area. We have until then to convince the members of this Commission to put aside their differences and create a safe haven for emperor penguins, blue whales, colossal squid and all the other Antarctic animals.
Adeli Penguins in the Antarctic Ocean, 2008
We now have nine months to show leaders across the world how important it is to protect the ocean at a larger scale than ever before – for the wildlife that calls it home, for the sake of preventing the worst impacts of climate change and for the livelihoods of more than half the people who live on the planet, who depend on the ocean for their food.
The case for protecting our oceans has never been stronger, with new science emerging every day about how healthy oceans are vital for our future.
There are leaders representing 24 countries and the EU meeting to make this decision. So in the coming months we’ll be sending them a message: the journey to protect our blue planet begins in the Antarctic.Help make history
While there’s only a few of us in the team headed south, you can make it a team of millions. You can help persuade politicians across the globe to work together for the oceans.
Crew on board the Arctic Sunrise before it leaves for the Antarctic, 2018
As we work with scientists to discover new habitats on the Antarctic seabed, as we bear witness to the fishing boats competing against penguins and whales to find the krill they feed on – it’s your support that’s going to make politicians listen.
As the Arctic Sunrise sets sail today, I’ll be the first to admit it is a little daunting – not just the prospect of three months sailing in one of the wildest parts of the planet, but also the challenge of getting so many governments to agree with each other!
We’re aiming high because we have to. From the smallest creatures on earth to the largest, we need healthy oceans for the future of life on earth. Right now we have the opportunity to protect an area of the Antarctic Ocean that is six times the size of Italy. We need to do everything we can to seize it.
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Will McCallum is an Oceans Campaigner with Greenpeace UK
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[SPS] Emilia Romagna (Italy) -The President of the Parliament of Emilia Romagna, Simontina Salera, received Wednesday, the Minister of Public Health, Mohamed Lamin Dadi.
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