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On this, the longest and most stressful week of an already overly long and beyond stressful year, let us all gather together in the spirit of fellowship and bonhomie. Haha just kidding. Let’s drink our faces off and try not to check our phones for five-minute stretches.
Today is MONDAY. Hang in there.
We have no idea what kind of content we’ll be able to generate this week since all of celebritydom and fashiondom seems to have shut down for the duration, but we’ll do our best to provide everyone with as much distraction as we can muster. Just do yourselves a favor: stop checking polls, gaming out worst case scenarios or hoping to get any decent information on returns before Wednesday. Unplug when you can. There is no further information to be had at this point. It’s all just regurgitated nonsense by now.
And on that note, please enjoy our Menu of Daily Distractions!
How Fashion Embraced Queer Culture—On Episode 7 of In Vogue: The 1990s
Madonna’s 1990 “Vogue” video gave the American mainstream one of its first glimpses of queer culture. “For many Americans, this video—which was choreographered by Jose Gutierez Xtravaganza and was cast with members of New York’s underground New York ballroom scene—was the first time they had seen gay culture displayed so artistically, so lovingly,” notes In Vogue’s host Hamish Bowles in this week’s episode.
A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Heidi Klum’s Fabulously Creepy Halloween Video
Knowing that her annual Halloween party would be a no-go due to COVID-19 this year didn’t stop Klum from marking the holiday in her own special way. What, you didn’t think she would miss the opportunity to dress up, did you? “As we are all adjusting to this new world, I knew that I wanted to do something special for all the Halloween fanatics out there that are as crazy about the holiday as I am,” she says. “With lockdowns in many countries around the world, and no party to go to, I came up with the idea of doing a horror short film—and who better to do this with than my own family?”
How I Learned to Find Joy During Times of Grief
I learned from my mother and from Ebonee that the ability to experience joy during difficult times requires a degree of intentionality. You don’t just wake up feeling full of joy when it feels like the world is falling apart (or at least I know I don’t). Instead you have to make a plan to celebrate and enjoy the things that you love. The things that will sustain you. As I’ve worked to manage my grief over the years, here is how I’ve learned to cultivate joy.
This Designer Is Crafting Traditional Hausa Poufs to Benefit Victims of SARS in Nigeria
Throughout the month of October, Nigeria has been in a state of unrest. Tens of thousands of Nigerians have taken to the streets to protest against the devastating corruption and violence brought on by SARS, or the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, which is a government police unit that was founded in 1992 in an effort to combat a rise in violent crimes throughout the country. SARS has been responsible for rape, torture, and executions, and none of the police officers involved have ever been prosecuted. The recent protests began after a video surfaced on October 3 showing the unjust killing of a man by SARS officers in Ughelli. On October 20, the protests in Nigeria became deadly. Soldiers and police fired on the crowds and killed at least 12 people, according to Amnesty International. In the aftermath, multiple businesses and homes were destroyed and many suffered from physical injuries.
Sarah Nsikak, founder of the New York–based label La Réunion, is stepping in to try and provide some help.
The Queen’s Gambit Has the Best Beauty Looks You’ll See on TV This Year
The hair and makeup designer shares secrets from the set.
Based on the novel by Walter Tevis, Netflix’s new limited series The Queen’s Gambit tells the story of Beth Harmon (Anya Taylor-Joy), a chess genius, and her addictions: pills, success, and the game she loves. The production—captivating, deep, and dark—is a master class in historical storytelling, and beauty is at the top of its syllabus. Daniel Parker, the show’s hair and makeup designer, shares how he brought to life the iconic beauty trends of the ’50s and ’60s on set.
All the Coolest Celebrity Halloween Costumes This Year
Spoiler alert: There are a lot of Tiger King costumes.
While not exactly breaking news, Halloween is going to look really different this year. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, trick or treating with family or tearing up the dance floor at a Hallow’s Eve bash isn’t exactly in the cards. So while you may be prepping for your Zoom Halloween parties—we have a bunch of great costume ideas right here—your favorite celebrities have already begun dressing to impress. And it’s no secret that in Hollywood, unique Halloween costumes are guaranteed. When you look at ensembles from years past, you can’t imagine how celebs will outdo costumes from last year—but they almost always do.
Marielle Heller on Playing Beth Harmon’s “Tragic” Mother in The Queen’s Gambit
The Can You Ever Forgive Me? filmmaker takes on a rare acting role in the hit Netflix chess drama.
On the Netflix series, Heller plays Alma Wheatley, the adoptive mother of Anya Taylor-Joy’s Beth Harmon, a troubled chess prodigy—she’s fictional, but with influence from real life players—coming of age in the 1950s and ’60s. The bond the two share isn’t a typical mother-daughter relationship, but instead a kind of partnership built out of a fragile trust and shared troubles. Both women grapple with addiction, but Alma finds meaning in helping Beth achieve the kinds of goals she herself never could.
Inside the world of Christy Turlington
The legendary supermodel opens up about ageing, Instagram and her ’90s highlights
“At a certain point, so much has happened and you’ve done so much that there isn’t really one story that stands out,” she explains of the supermodel era. “But, I remember the first of most things. So, my first big campaign: a Calvin Klein campaign. My first magazine cover. All the firsts. And, I can remember every person and every detail. Sharing those first experiences with people helps them stay particularly present in my mind.”
Jane Fonda Talks Her Life, Her Activism, and Voting Biden–Harris in 2020
The star on her new book, What Can I Do?, and the wild idea she offered to Ivanka Trump in hopes of making change.
“I’m 50 years older, and I hope I’ve become slightly wiser. I’m more experienced, and I’ve learned a lot from other activists and from the books I’ve read. I’m certainly less impatient. When I was young I thought that being an activist was like a sprint: running fast and finishing first. Later on I realized that it was more like a marathon, so I’ve tried to learn at a pace of my own. Now that I really am old, I’ve learned that it’s a relay race. I try to do the best that I can, but at a certain point I have to pass the baton on to somebody else.”
A Local’s Tour of Asturias, Spain’s ‘Natural Paradise’
After a decade spent living abroad, a photographer returns to her homeland — and revels in the breadth of its beauty.
Asturias, a region in northwest Spain that’s separated from the Castilian Plateau by the Cantabrian Mountains, is a land of contrasts. Once an industrial and mining powerhouse, the area has earned its nickname, Natural Paradise; a third of its territory is now environmentally protected.
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