Botania Bar and Restaurant – Madrid, Spain
Darlings, today’s LOunge is giving off a cool, naturalistic sort of vibe, for those of us who are feeling the need for a little nature in our fabulousness today. We’re feeling a little bit celebratory; not just because it’s Thursday and that’s as good a reason as any other to have party, but because today marks 15 years since our first blog post. Eighty thousand posts (+ 2 books + 400 podcasts + 150 bylines) later and we’re still here, dammit. We’re usually pretty sanguine and grateful during our blogiversary, but this year, we choose violence.
A figurative double-flip of the bird to all those basic-ass trolls who said we were just flashes in the pan. The entire blogosphere collapsed into dust and WE’RE. STILL. HERE. Eat our success, haters. Your tears taste like candy. A special shoutout to a small coterie of particularly bitter Project Runway contestants who no one remembers anymore. Kisses, bitches!
Ah. That felt great. Listen, we love all y’all for your support over the years and we’re still grateful for every little bit of it, but we figure every fifteen years, we should get to be a little petty. Here’s to the next fifteen! Who knows who we’ll drag when that day comes!
Andie MacDowell on Why Embracing Her Gray Hair Is the Ultimate “Power Move”
It’s no secret that Andie MacDowell caused something of a sensation at Cannes Film Festival earlier this month. When the 63-year-old actress, model, and mother of three hit the red carpet at the premiere of Annette, she had onlookers—both IRL and virtually—delighting in her newly salt-and-pepper strands. Amid lockdown, after years of toying with the idea, MacDowell decided to not only stop coloring her signature mane of brunette curls (immortalized forever in films like Four Weddings and a Funeral), but make silver her new calling card.
For MacDowell, bucking an antiquated taboo and joining the burgeoning gray hair movement marks the beginning of a thrilling new chapter in her life and career—and she doesn’t care what anyone else had to say about it. Here, the legendary star opens up about going gray, aging as a woman in Hollywood, and what she hopes for the future.
The Eternal Sunshine of Juno Temple
After a lifetime playing heavy, dramatic roles—and weathering the lonely, painful pandemic year—the Ted Lasso actress is overjoyed to be playing one of the sunniest characters on TV’s warm-and-fuzziest show.
Upon reflection, Temple thinks she’ll be able to bring even more range to her characters going forward. “The more you experience and the more knowledge you gain, the better you are as an individual on the planet—and also definitely as an actor, because you just have more to tap into,” she says of the forced pause of COVID. That break in work and in life, “meant that it was time to process some things and actually maybe listen and learn a bit about your brain in a way that you hadn’t necessarily made time for.” In her case, that meant facing and reevaluating her lifelong fear of growing up. “I’ve got perpetual Peter Pan syndrome,” she says. “And I think this was a kind of reality check in that actually getting older is a really beautiful thing.”
What We Know About HBO’s Obama: In Pursuit of a More Perfect Union
The three-part documentary will premiere in August.
Five years after leaving the White House, Barack Obama will get the HBO documentary treatment. A three-part work reflecting on the former president’s life, work, and political career will arrive in August (just in time for his milestone 60th birthday).
Titled Obama: In Pursuit of a More Perfect Union, the doc will also dive into the journey of the United States’ first Black president “as the country grapples with its racial history.” While his election was a historic feat, his tenure as POTUS also “exposed the ever-present need to address deeply entrenched challenges around race, racial justice and our history,” according to HBO.
The Modern Mullet Isn’t Going Anywhere
These celebrity takes on once polarizing haircut are extremely chic.
Say what you want about the mullet, but the “business in the front, party in the back” style has inched its way back into relevancy in recent years, thanks to a number of celebrities putting a modern spin on the once polarizing cut.
These stars’ nostalgic mullets have the classic shorter, layered tops and longer backs, but their stylists play with extensions, texture, and color, demonstrating that the cut can be extremely versatile and also ridiculously chic.
Another common thread is how these mullets are layered. Rather than stark contrasts between lengths, stars like Miley Cyrus and Rihanna have face-framing pieces or bangs added to their cuts to add softness and play up their hair textures.
Twiggy’s Good Luck Charm Is a Gift From Hollywood Icon Fred Astaire
The supermodel was just 21 when she first met the legendary actor, and an unlikely friendship began.
“My hero, all of my life, has been Fred Astaire. Not only was he one of the greatest dancers ever, but also he was so stylish and gorgeous. I had been modeling for about four years when I was cast in my first film, The Boy Friend, in 1969. It was a musical that had lots of tap dancing, so I watched Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers movies obsessively to prepare. When it was released in America in 1971, I flew out to Los Angeles. I was at the MGM offices and somebody asked me, “Is there anyone you’d like to meet while you’re in Hollywood?” Of course, I mentioned Fred.”
The High Price of Living With Chronic Pain
Three women open up about how their conditions impact their bodies—and their wallets.
You might never guess it, but chronic pain impacts 21.7 percent of women in the United States. We’re talking the spectrum of I don’t want to get out of bed to I can’t take it anymore—near-daily for months or longer. These are women you work with, see at the gym, pass going into the grocery store—maybe one of them is even you. And on top of the obvious physical and mental strain, chronic pain is literally costing them.
‘Black Panther’ Sequel Casts Michaela Coel
Michaela Coel has joined the ensemble cast of “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” the sequel to the hit Marvel film “Black Panther.”
Character details are locked up, per usual. Insiders say Coel has joined director Ryan Coogler at Atlanta’s Pinewood Studios, where production began last month. Marvel Studios declined to comment on the matter.
While additional cast has not been confirmed, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Daniel Kaluuya, Winston Duke, Lupita Nyong’o, Florence Kasumba and Angela Bassett will likely reprise their roles from the original film.
Before Roy Lichtenstein Went Pop
One of the many good reasons to see the exhibition of Roy Lichtenstein’s pre-Pop-art work, “Roy Lichtenstein: History in the Making, 1948–1960”—which originated at the Colby College Museum of Art in the spring and comes to the Parrish Art Museum, in Water Mill, New York, on August 1st—is that it reminds us of something we tend to lose sight of when we get caught up in the critical business of trying to situate Pop in an art-history genealogy, or to unpack it as social critique, which is that Pop art is funny. It makes you smile. There are not a lot of art movements you could say that about. An unusual thing about American Pop art is that (unlike British Pop art, for example) the major figures—Lichtenstein, James Rosenquist, Andy Warhol—had no personal relationship with one another, and they developed their Pop-art styles independently. Another is that they all burst onto the scene at the same moment.
It’s Time to Broaden Our Views of Women Who Wear Locs
The mainstream view of women who wear locs has been woefully stagnant for decades. Let these looks broaden your imagination.
In Hair Story: Untangling the Roots of Black Hair in America, the authors describe the origin of the word “dreadlocks.” White people saw the “matted hair that had grown out of [enslaved people’s] kinky unattended locks” and called it “dreadful.” Over the following centuries, Black people dropped the negative connotation and reclaimed the ancient hairstyle. Locs have a place in a few different cultures globally, but hold a particularly important space in Black communities. Whether you’re a club-crawling Atlanta denizen who likes locs for the look, a Rastafarian selling freshly-blended juices by the beach who wears locs as a nod to religious belief, or a CEO who prefers locs because the light maintenance fits into a busy schedule — where there are people of visible African descent, locs are often a part of the aesthetic.
3 parents on what the child tax credit means to them
“My shoulders already feel lighter.”
Parents were granted the option to receive half of the annual tax credit in six monthly payments of up to $300 for each child under 6 years old, and $250 for children ages 6 to 17; the other half of the credit will be awarded in 2022. Eligibility is based on income and filing status — married filers, for example, must have an adjusted gross income of less than $150,000 a year in order to receive the full credit, which phases out gradually with higher incomes.
The money comes as Americans are still reeling from the devastating emotional and economic impact of the pandemic. But the financial impact of raising kids was a problem long before last year — in the US, almost one in five children lives in poverty. Parents, on average, spend a little over $750 per child per month on child care and about $722 on groceries for a family of three. And in 2021, rental prices have jumped 9.2 percent, bringing the national average monthly cost for one- and two-bedroom apartments upward of $1,700 and $1,900 respectively, according to real estate reports.
This outed priest’s story is a warning for everyone about the need for data privacy laws
Your location data is for sale, and it can be used against you.
One of the worst-case scenarios for the barely regulated and secretive location data industry has become reality: Supposedly anonymous gay dating app data was apparently sold off and linked to a Catholic priest, who then resigned from his job.
It shows how, despite app developers’ and data brokers’ frequent assurances that the data they collect is “anonymized” to protect people’s privacy, this data can and does fall into the wrong hands. It can then have dire consequences for users who may have had no idea their data was being collected and sold in the first place. It also shows the need for real regulations on the data broker industry that knows so much about so many but is beholden to so few laws.
How America lost its commitment to the right to vote
The Supreme Court isn’t even pretending that it’s bound by legal texts in its voting rights cases.
The Voting Rights Act is arguably the most successful civil rights law in American history. Originally signed in 1965, it was the United States’ first serious attempt since Reconstruction to build a multiracial democracy — and it worked. Just two years after President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act into law, Black voter registration rates in the Jim Crow stronghold of Mississippi skyrocketed from 6.7 percent to nearly 60 percent.
And yet, in a trio of cases — Shelby County v. Holder (2013), Abbott v. Perez (2018), and Brnovich v. DNC (2021) — the Court drained nearly all of the life out of this landmark statute. After Brnovich, the decision that inspired Kagan’s statement that the Court has treated the Voting Rights Act worse than any other federal law, it’s unclear whether the Supreme Court would rule in favor of voting rights plaintiffs even if a state legislature tried to outright rig an election.
Goodbye, Dolly: With Their Bids, Fans Hold Onto Carol Channing
Awards and autographs, costumes and wigs have recently been sold at auction. Even the glamorous red gown from “Hello, Dolly!” found a home.
For men of a certain age — and it is mostly men — Carol Channing was something of an obsession. They waited by stage doors from Broadway to Tampa for her to emerge. They devoured the “Hello, Dolly!” cast album as teenagers, watched her on television and in the movies and, at times, dressed up in drag to impersonate her — the exaggerated red lipstick, the drone of a nasal voice, the wide-eyed comedic delivery and the burst of puffy hair.
So there was an audience ready and waiting when much of the Channing estate went to auction last month, more than two years after she died at the age of 97 in Rancho Mirage, Calif.
All 400 items sold out in eight hours, of course, and the auction, authorized by Channing’s heirs, raised close to $406,000 from 6,000 registered bidders, with some of the proceedings going to charity. Fans snatched up the Tony and Golden Globe Awards, the gowns, shawls and shoes, the tattered scripts, the needlepoint pillows and the wigs.
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