PAPERhttp://www.82628789.com/PAPERen-usMon, 01 Apr 2019 16:05:20 -0000https://assets.rbl.ms/19068909/210x.pnghttp://www.82628789.com/PAPERDrunk Man Steals Food From Rihanna, Pays the Pricehttp://www.82628789.com/man-steals-oyster-rihanna-2633391814.html

Rihanna, who I like to think dines exclusively on trays of fresh seafood at fine restaurants — providing her with sustenance is frankly the least our oceans can do — was forced to contend with a drunken man stealing an oyster from a plate she was sharing with friends in London over the weekend, The Sun reports. But she handled the ordeal quickly and efficiently.

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As the tabloid puts it, "the singer was partying with pals at London's exclusive Chiltern Fire-house when a drunk lad pinched a mollusc off her platter." Ugh! The disrespect! You can picture exactly what kind of gross entitled rich dude would do this, for a "laugh." For the "banter." Awful.

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Happily, the mistake ended up costing him £250. According to an unnamed source, the intruder didn't even eat the oyster he stole, instead passing it to a friend. He reportedly kept on partying (the Chiltern Firehouse is kind of like a British Chateau Marmont), only to be confronted by a member of Rih's entourage, who demanded he pay for a whole new platter after "ruining" the previous one by touching it with his commoner hands.

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"With all her millions, you wouldn't expect Rihanna to notice a missing oyster but she's obviously a savvy business-woman who surrounds herself with the right people to keep an eye on things," the source added.

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Related | Rihanna Gives Us Something to Look Forward to in 2019

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So true! But we've buried the lede — Rihanna is reportedly in London to put the finishing touches on her reggae-influenced album. Drunk lads of Britain: please leave her alone while she perfects the soundtrack to summer 2019.

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Mon, 01 Apr 2019 15:53:56 +0000http://www.82628789.com/man-steals-oyster-rihanna-2633391814.htmlMusicLondonOystersTabloidFenty beautySavage x fentyBadgalririRihannaKatherine Gillespie
Kylie Jenner Denies Discounting Her Jordyn Woods Lip Kithttp://www.82628789.com/kylie-lip-kit-discount-jordy-2633388557.html

This year's biggest celebrity news story broke over a month ago, and we're still reeling. Jordyn Woods, BFF of Kylie Jenner and one of very few non-blood relatives to be welcomed into the Kardashian inner sanctum, allegedly hooked up with Khloé Kardashian's boyfriend Tristan Thompson during a late night house party in Los Angeles. There was fallout between Khloé and Jordyn, sure, but the bigger story was Woods' dramatic friendship breakup with Kylie. She moved out of Jenner's Calabasas guest house, and Kylie Cosmetics immediately slashed the price of their collaborative "Jordy" Velvet Liquid Lipstick Lip Kit. The timing seemed too perfect to be coincidental, right?

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Wrong. At least according to a New York Times profile published over the weekend, which examines in detail numerous Kardashian-Jenner business interests. Kylie told the Times she didn't even know that the Jordy kit had been discounted at first, and that she "called an employee as soon as she heard." She alleged the kit had actually already been put on sale a few weeks earlier, and that such a petty move "is just not my character." Woods is supposedly aware that Jenner wasn't personally responsible for the product being put on sale.

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Woods is currently making beauty marketing moves of her own these days: after gaining more than a million new Instagram followers since news of her alleged hook up with Thompson broke, she's signed several lucrative new business deals that make use of her newly elevated social media platform. She's also continuing to work with Eylure, the false eyelash brand lucky enough to time its collaboration announcement perfectly with TMZ's breaking story. (Never forget the iconic and understated line Woods delivered at the launch party, after being slut shamed by an entire nation: "It's been real.")


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If you were hoping to bag a collector's item, unfortunately the discounted "Jordy" Lip Kit is sold out. A re-stock seems unlikely, given the circumstances.

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Mon, 01 Apr 2019 14:43:27 +0000http://www.82628789.com/kylie-lip-kit-discount-jordy-2633388557.htmlKylie jennerKeeping up with the kardashiansJordyn woodsKatherine Gillespie
Jim Carrey Is Feuding with Benito Mussolini's Granddaughterhttp://www.82628789.com/jim-carrey-mussolini-granddaughter-2633338164.html

On today's most random famous people feuds: actor and comedian turned political artist Jim Carrey vs. the granddaughter of the late Italian fascist dictator Benito Mussolini.

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On Saturday, Carrey tweeted out an illustration he had drawn of Benito Mussolini and his mistress Claretta Petacci hanging upside down — as they did back in 1945 — from a metal girder above a service station at the Piazzale Loreto in Milan. He wrote, "If you're wondering what fascism leads to, just ask Benito Mussolini and his mistress Claretta."

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Alessandra Mussolini saw this, and responded directly to Carrey's tweet on Sunday, saying, "You are a bastard." She continued, "President @realDonaldTrump doesn't have to worry about poor @JimCarrey politica attacks; his drawings are only dirty paper."

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She also proceeded to compare the death of her grandfather to tragedies like an explosion, Mt. Rushmore being made up of a bunch of white men as opposed to Native Americans, and Rosa Parks' incident at the bus.

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Some decided to make fun of her on Twitter — and she was not having any of it. She replied to a Twitter user who shot back the "bastard" comment she made about Jim Carrey.

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But it seems that the Internet's general feeling towards this whole thing is confusion, and surprise that Mussolini still has a living relative.

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For now, this feud is one-sided as Jim hasn't responded or reacted to any of Alessandra's tweets.

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Mon, 01 Apr 2019 02:31:33 +0000http://www.82628789.com/jim-carrey-mussolini-granddaughter-2633338164.htmlBenito mussoliniFascismPoliticsJim carreyArtJasmine Ting
Remembering Selena Quintanilla-Pérezhttp://www.82628789.com/selena-quintanilla-death-anniversary-2633329966.html

Sunday marks the 24th anniversary of the death of the Queen of Tejano music, Selena Quintanilla-Pérez. The legendary Latina singer and fashion icon was fatally shot by the president of her fan club, Yolanda Saldivar, on March 31, 1995 — a few weeks shy of her 24th birthday.

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From the day she debuted with "Como La Flor" in the '80s, to the day she died, Selena was a huge inspiration for many Latinx folx all over the world for her style, her talent, and her beautiful persona. Many are still mourning the loss of such a great artist, but celebrating her memory as it lives on through her continued legacy.

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Here are some of the sweetest dedications to Selena:

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All hail la reina! You will never be forgotten, and we all hope to catch your concerts in heaven.

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Sun, 31 Mar 2019 22:45:19 +0000http://www.82628789.com/selena-quintanilla-death-anniversary-2633329966.htmlCelebrityFamous peopleSelena quintanilla-perezSelena quintanillaSelenaMusicLegendTejano musicDeathTweetsTwitterTwitter.comJasmine Ting
Tame Impala Releases New Song on 'SNL'http://www.82628789.com/tame-impala-new-song-borderline-2633315167.html

Coachella's day two headliners, Australian psychedelic music band Tame Impala, surprised fans by debuting two new songs, including a never-before-heard single at their guesting at Saturday Night Live.

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The band, fronted by multi-instrumentalist Kevin Parker, has not released music since their 2015 album Currents. But after debuting their new single "Patience" this month, they're also expected to release a new record this year. And during their performance at SNL, they gave audiences more of a taste of what's to come with "Borderline."

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The song has strong disco feels, much like "Patience," and totally caught fans off-guard when the band decided to perform it on the show. Parker has previously told NME in an interview that he doesn't "like to play unreleased songs live… the first time people hear it is the kind of recorded glory, like the premeditated thing that I've spent two years on – rather than being half-drunk bashing it out on stage, you know, hitting clanger notes and stuff." Obviously, this no longer holds true, and fans were delighted by this surprise.

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People were tweeting about Tame Impala's latest material, and so the band became one of the trending topics on Twitter on Sunday. Upon playing close attention to their SNL performance, fans also couldn't help but notice the difference in sound due to the absence of the band's signature guitar solos. Still, a lot of those who heard the song are obsessed.

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Watch the full live performance of "Borderline" below:


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Sun, 31 Mar 2019 20:35:56 +0000http://www.82628789.com/tame-impala-new-song-borderline-2633315167.htmlMusicMusic premiereSaturday night liveSnlSandra ohTwitterTwitter.comInternet cultureEntertainmentJasmine Ting
Op-Ed: Gia Gunn on Transgender Day of Visibilityhttp://www.82628789.com/gia-gunn-transgender-day-of-visibility-2633186935.html

On this day 3 years ago I realized I could no longer hide my true identity from the world and came out publicly as a transgender woman. I chose this very meaningful day, Transgender Day of Visibility, to celebrate my authenticity and to help inspire others to become more visible and share their stories. Today is a very important day not only for me but for all transgender people around the globe. During a time when we're seeing the highest rates of reported homicide against transgender people, I feel honored, hopeful and more motivated than ever to speak up and stand up for my trans brothers and sisters, and try to be a driving force for our community.

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The trans community has always been "the other," when in fact, trans people have been around for most of modern civilization. But miseducation and a lack of trans acceptance has led the general public to view trans and gender non-conforming individuals at the bottom of the food chain. My community has been marginalized, ostracized, and disenfranchised countless times over. The trans and gender non-conforming communities have always faced discrimination, and especially for trans and NB people of color. That is no longer acceptable, and why Transgender Day of Visibility is of great value and importance, and why visibility matters so much.

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It is a day that we get to celebrate being seen as our true selves, instead of feeling like we have to hide in the shadows. I want to show people how resilient we are and most importantly, to celebrate our "trans-ness." My goal now is to use my platform to promote inclusivity and give other trans people around the world a chance for their stories to be told and recognized. As Gia Gunn, I feel a responsibility and duty to the trans and queer communities to start using my voice to normalize, educate and encourage us to be unapologetic about who we are.

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According to the Human Rights Campaign in 2018, advocates tracked at least 26 deaths of transgender people in the US due to fatal violence. The majority of these deaths were Black trans women. HRC further elaborates that many of these women were killed because a clear anti-trans bias, while others have been targeted simply for identifying as transgender to begin with. Many trans people also face harsh discrimination, often forcing them into dangerous occupations like sex work, or living on the streets with no resources or support. Consider the crimes against trans people that go unreported. I am almost afraid to imagine how staggering the actual numbers might be.

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"I feel a responsibility to the trans and queer communities to start using my voice to normalize, educate and encourage us to be unapologetic about who we are."

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Despite these heartbreaking statistics, I am still hopeful. I am hopeful for what is possible when we look past bigotry and hate. I feel a tide of change beginning to wash over, and I am starting to see that slowly but surely people are willing to accept and understand us. But there is still a huge mountain to climb for progress, and I am calling out to my LGBTQ+ family around the world to continue to fight and stand up for change. Most importantly, I feel the LGBTQ+ community needs to stop being toxic to each other, to lead by example and show that we're here to stay, and we're not going anywhere.

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For this shoot, I teamed up with Nya Cruz (@nyacruz) and Kimberly LLejay (@kchizzle.bae), two stunning and courageous trans icons from the bay area. These gorgeous ladies have previously appeared on FUSE TV's Transcendent, and are also talented performers at the infamous AsiaSF, an all transgender cabaret lounge located in the heart of San Francisco. My idea was to create images that represents Transgender Day of Visibility: Resilience, acceptance and being unapologetic about who we are as trans people.

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"We are the most visible now than we have ever been before, and we will continue to shine regardless on how much people try to push us aside," Cruz says.

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"Being visible is a way to educate people that we are more than the stigma that society has placed upon us" LLejay adds.

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A big shout out to our talented photographer Ash (@ashdanielsen), who has helped bring this shoot to life and execute our message that trans bodies are beautiful. "As someone who is in the beginning stages of my transition, Transgender Day of Visibility is tremendously helpful in helping me feel seen," Ash says. "Representation matters, and acknowledgement of trans excellence is definitely something to celebrate. There's so much beauty in the spectrum, and I try to create art that puts that beauty on a pedestal."

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What I want people to take away from these photos and TDoV itself, is showing us as bold trans women, unafraid to be ourselves in our skin, naked for the world to see and accept. I want people to see us holding the trans flag and each other, symbolizing strength in unity. I have hope for the future, and I envision trans people making a huge impact on our society and culture. I am ecstatic to see more trans women in politics, affecting change. I am appreciative to see shows like Pose, and people like Laverne Cox, Janet Mock, and Gigi Gorgeous living their trans lives and being role models. I hope that one day I can lead impactful change, and show the world the many layers of Gia Ichikawa. On International Trans Day of Visibility, I can finally say I have never been prouder to be myself.

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Words: Gia Gunn
Photography: Ash

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Sun, 31 Mar 2019 12:21:20 +0000http://www.82628789.com/gia-gunn-transgender-day-of-visibility-2633186935.htmlGia gunnTransgenderTransLgbtqQueerTransgender day of visibilityGia Gunn
People Are Calling Ultra Music Festival 'Fyre Fest Lite'http://www.82628789.com/ultra-music-festival-fyre-fest-2633262126.html

Ultra Music Festival, the annual outdoor electronic dance music festival held in Miami, Florida, isn't off to such a great start. On Friday night, attendees likened the event to the infamously catastrophic Fyre Festival because of transportation issues.

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For whatever reason, the shuttle system was not working, and festivalgoers tweeted saying that they were trapped on the island. According to Twitter user @hooman_pudding, the staff were also ignoring questions. So instead of waiting on the shuttles that, according to Twitter user @djuarito, "didn't move," they decided to walk miles back to the mainland from Virginia Key.

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The festival organizers have since issued an official statement, which states, "Last night, many of you experienced challenging transportation conditions leaving the festival. This is unacceptable and inconsistent with the high standards you have come to expect from us. For this, we are sorry."

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Now the organizers are claiming that they "have already been working cooperatively with [their] city and county partners to promptly address and resolve these issues."

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But aside from the Fyre-esque logistical problems, an actual fire also broke out during the festival. According to EDM.com, attendees captured the footage of what looks to be trees burning "near the end of day one's festivities." And it looks like the flames, which were reportedly caused by fireworks, weren't too far from the main stage.

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Thankfully, the fire didn't spread far. Still, all of this was enough to upset the audience, and spur widespread criticism.

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Here's to hoping day two turns out better.

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Sat, 30 Mar 2019 22:12:04 +0000http://www.82628789.com/ultra-music-festival-fyre-fest-2633262126.htmlFyre festFyre festivalUltra music festivalMusicMusic festivalMusic festMiamiEdmUltra music festival 2019#fyrefest2Internet cultureInternetTwitter.comTwitterElectronic dance musicJasmine Ting
#MyWhitePrivilege Is Trending on Twitterhttp://www.82628789.com/mywhiteprivilege-twitter-trending-2633257214.html

One of the most unexpected hashtags trended in the US on Twitter on Saturday: #MyWhitePrivelege. A number of people are using the hashtag to honestly share stories of the most outrageous things they've gotten away with because of the color of their skin — from spitting in cops faces, to not being judged for single motherhood.

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The trending topic seems to have begun from user @Freeyourmindkid, who asked, "White people - What is the most outrageous thing that you've gotten away with as a white person that you know damn well a black or brown person would have never gotten away with? #MyWhitePrivilege"

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This tweet yielded over 2,000 replies, 1.3K retweets, and 2.9K likes.

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But while some are using this as a gesture to call out their white privilege, and recognizing systematic racism, it looks like many are also ridiculing the hashtag, and also using it to deny the existence of white privilege, calling it a "myth," and accusing those who are sharing stories of "race-baiting." Some are giving supposed "proof" that it doesn't exist because they weren't able to get away with certain transgressions.

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What these Twitter users are not understanding is the very definition of "white privilege," which is mainly just the fact that their skin color does not contribute to making their lives more difficult.

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All in all, while the hashtag initially had well-meaning intentions, this is a seriously confusing Twitter moment that isn't really benefiting anyone. It's really just spurred an endless debate on the Internet that no one really asked for, and has unleashed some catastrophically ignorant tweets from a number of catastrophically ignorant people.

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Don't know about you, but I'm just about done with the Internet for the day. Just to be clear, though: white privilege does exist. And that's that.

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Harry Styles and Stevie Nicks' Friendship Is Everythinghttp://www.82628789.com/harry-styles-stevie-nicks-friendship-1-2633244771.html

Stevie Nicks makes history on Friday night as the very first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice — both as a member of band Fleetwood Mac in 1998, and as a solo artist. This year, the singer-songwriter was inducted by none other than her good friend, and all-around dream boat Harry Styles. The two performed "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" together. And during the "Sign of the Times" singer's introduction, he sang his music idol's praises, and also called her everyone's ideal everything, including the perfect "lover."


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Harry began his speech by recalling his memories as a child, constantly listening to Stevie with his family. "We listened at home, we listened in the car, we listened wherever we could. 'Dreams' was the first song I knew all the words to before I knew what the words really meant. I thought it was a song about the weather, but I knew that it was a beautiful song about the weather. I always knew the words and I loved them all."

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"She's the magical gypsy godmother who occupies the in-between. It's a space that can only be hers. She's a lot like a rock'n'roll Nina Simone, finding the notes only she can," he said. "And by being so unapologetically herself, she gives others permission to do the same, and that is true Stevie."

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He continued, "She is so much more than a role model. She is a beacon to all of us. Whenever you hear her voice, life gets just a little bit better. When she sings, the world is hers, and it is yours. She's everything you've ever wanted in a lady, in a lover, and in a friend. Stephanie Nicks, I love you, we all do, and that is true Stevie."

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Afterwards, when Stevie gave a backstage interview that also addressed questions about her friendship with the former One Directioner, she mistakenly calls Harry an ex-NSYNC member, and funnily called herself out as soon as she said it. "Well, we met quite a long time ago actually," Nicks said. "And what I really loved about Harry, was that when he decided to make a solo record from NSYNC, he chose to make… NSYNC, sorry, not NSYNC, sorry, I'm never gonna live that one down, I know that. One. Direction."

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The two first met each other April 2015, when Harry fanboyed hard backstage at a Fleetwood Mac concert. It also happened to be Stevie's birthday, and so the former One Directioner brought some cake. "Piped her name onto it. She loved it," he told Rolling Stone in an interview. "Glad she liked carrot cake."

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And in May 2017, Harry's "queen of everything" also joined him on stage at a secret performance at The Troubadour in Los Angeles while touring for his debut solo album. The pair serenaded the L.A. crowd with Styles' own hit "Two Ghosts," Fleetwood Mac's "Landslide," and Nicks's "Leather and Lace."


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Sat, 30 Mar 2019 18:47:12 +0000http://www.82628789.com/harry-styles-stevie-nicks-friendship-1-2633244771.htmlHarry stylesStevie nicksFleetwood macRock and roll hall of fameFriendshipFamous peopleCelebrityMusicAwardsEntertainmentJasmine Ting
Why Beyoncé and Jay-Z Won an LGBTQ+ Awardhttp://www.82628789.com/beyonce-jayz-glaad-vanguard-award-2633238945.html

On Thursday night, Mr. and Mrs. Carter were honored at the 2019 GLAAD Media Awards with the prestigious Vanguard Award, which is given to members of the entertainment industry who do not identify as LGBTQ+, but have helped and made a difference in promoting LGBTQ+ rights.


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But when it was announced that Beyoncé and Jay-Z would be the ones to receive the award, there was some backlash as a number of people raised eyebrows, and raised some serious questions regarding what the couple had done to deserve such recognition.

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Stans, of course, immediately came to the defense of The Carters, saying that as opposed to being extremely public and loud about their support, their efforts have been low-key but substantial. This includes speaking out about North Carolina's anti-LGBTQ bathroom bill, supporting #100DaysofKindness for the LGBTQ youth, and Bey talking about her views and demands for equality in an interview with Out Magazine.

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Instagram user @xannefleur, and Twitter account @BeyLegion listed all the things Bey and Jay have done in their career to deserve the award as true allies to the community. (Well, more Bey than Jay. But, as a team, they have been very supportive of the LGBTQ+ community.)

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While receiving the award, both gave powerful emotional speeches. "We're here to promote love for every human being and change starts with supporting the people closest to you," Beyonceé said. "So, let's tell them they are loved, let's remind them that they are beautiful, let's speak out and protect them, and parents, let's love our kids in their truest form."

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Jay-Z dedicated the award to his mother Gloria Carter, who came out through his song "Smile" in 2017, and also received a GLAAD award. "I get to follow in her footsteps of spreading love and acceptance," he said.

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Meanwhile, Bey was visibly emotional, and getting teary-eyed as she spoke of her uncle Johnny, who had helped raise her and Solange, and battled HIV. "He lived his truth. He was brave and unapologetic during a time when this country wasn't as accepting," she said. "Witnessing his battle with HIV was one of the most painful experiences I've ever lived."

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Sat, 30 Mar 2019 16:25:17 +0000http://www.82628789.com/beyonce-jayz-glaad-vanguard-award-2633238945.htmlBeyonceBeyoncéBeyhiveJay-zThe cartersOn the runMusicLgbtqLgbtPrideLgbtqiaGay prideLoveGlaad2019Glaad awardsTwitterTwitter.comJasmine Ting
Zac Efron's Ted Bundy Biopic Has a Chilling New Teaserhttp://www.82628789.com/zac-efron-ted-bundy-teaser-2633188895.html

Netflix's been killing it with the biopics lately, though their newest one is taking this sentiment a little more literally.

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Yeah, that's right, we're talking about the forthcoming Joe Berlinger-directed Ted Bundy biopic, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile. Starring Zac Efron as the serial killer himself, the film focuses on his longtime girlfriend, Elizabeth Kloepfer (Lily Collins), and how she struggled to grapple with the truth about her boyfriend.

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Related | Zac Efron Needed 'Spiritual Cleansing' After Playing Ted Bundy

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In the latest teaser, we see the couple and his daughter at a diner after Bundy is released on bail. When Kloepfer asks why a woman picked him out of a lineup, Bundy says he's being framed and that someone gave his name to the authorities. The worst part (other than his green turtleneck)? When he points to a car that's been "following" him outside and says, "Either I'm going crazy, or I'm being set up." Cue the ominous music.

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Fri, 29 Mar 2019 23:56:07 +0000http://www.82628789.com/zac-efron-ted-bundy-teaser-2633188895.htmlTed bundyZac efronLily collinsExtremely wicked shockingly evil and vileSerial killersSandra Song
Demi Lovato's Response to an Article About Her 'Fuller Figure' Is Perfecthttp://www.82628789.com/demi-lovato-fuller-figure-article-2633186978.html

Amongst the myriad of reasons we love Demi Lovato is our admiration of her ability to parse through and speak out against all the bullshit. And the latest example of her power comes in the form of the singer's response to an Inquisitr article titled, "Demi Lovato Appears to Have a Fuller Figure After Working Up a Sweat in LA."

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Taking to her Instagram stories, Lovato began by saying that, "I AM MORE THAN MY WEIGHT." And while she went on to say she wasn't "triggered" or "upset" that someone wrote about her "fuller figure," she did have an issue with the headline for another, valid reason.

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"I'm angry that people think it's OK to write headlines about people's body shapes," she continued. "Especially about a woman who has been so open about being in recovery from an eating disorder. I am not upset for myself but for anyone easily influenced by this diet culture."

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Lovato then went on to criticize similar stories that contribute to a "toxic way of thinking" and negative diet culture talk. "You are more than a number on a scale. And I am more than a headline about my body shape," she concluded.

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Related | Demi Lovato Shuts the Tabloids Down

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That said, it didn't take long for the writer of the article, Fabio Magnocavallo, to apologize. In a follow-up story, Lovato posted a screenshot of their DMs, in which he wrote, "You're an incredible talent and you're right, your body is not all you are. This is a lesson learnt."

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And while The Inquisitr left the post up for transparency's sake, they did add a note from Magnocavallo that thanked Lovato for her "grace and patience."

"While I wrote this story with the best of intentions, I totally appreciate and understand her perspective on the matter and culture in general, and I truly appreciate her taking the time to have a dialogue with me about it," he wrote. "As Demi said to me, 'Our voices are all we have to create the biggest change on this planet.'"

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Talk about using your influence for good. Keep fighting the good fight, Demi.

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Fri, 29 Mar 2019 23:15:25 +0000http://www.82628789.com/demi-lovato-fuller-figure-article-2633186978.htmlDemi lovatoThe inquistrBody shamingDiet cultureSandra Song
Avril Lavigne and Hayley Williams Pass the Torch to Billie Eilishhttp://www.82628789.com/billie-eilish-avril-lavigne-hayley-williams-angst-2633179024.html

Today, Billie Eilish released her long, long, long-awaited debut album When We All Go To Sleep, Where Do We Go?. In the 14 hours since the drop, the 17-year-old has already been called "the future," an "auteur," "a prodigy," and 5-10 different phrasings of "a new kind of pop star." The album itself has been dubbed "game-changing," "a quiet revolution," "one of the last great pop statements of the decade."

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I'm sure it's cool and all to be showered with praise by Rolling Stone and the New York Times and trendy music blogs. However, if I were Billie Eilish, the most important reviews of When We All Go To Sleep so far are definitely those from two of our most esteemed authorities on teen angst, Hayley Williams and Avril Lavigne.

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Both emo queens took to social media today to weigh in on When We All Go To Sleep, Where Do We Go?.



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In the early and late '00s respectively, with their vicious, heartfelt pop-punk, Avril and Hayley were two of the most adept artists at turning how it felt to be young into music. As such, they're uniquely qualified critics of Billie's album, which captures all the angriest, darkest and freakiest parts of the mind of a girl born in 2001, just as Avril and Hayley translated the inner lives of angry, dark and freaky girls born in 1993.

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The tweets, aside from being really damn heartwarming, feel like the torch of stewardship of teen emo melodrama being passed along. We knew this would be the year emo got it's due. Of course, Billie's ghostly, ASMR-esque, occasionally house and trap-infused capital P pop is far more musically indebted to Lana Del Rey and Lorde, than Avril or Hayley's syllable-punching pop-rock (Billie's a notorious mumbler, for one). And there are those who'd argue one or two or all three artists aren't really emo (imagine trying to police a genre that's literally the abbreviation of the word "emotional").

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Related | PAPER People: Billie Eilish

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Fussy genres aside, Billie, Avril and Hayley belong to a lineage of blunt-force, glowering, eye-rolling experts of teenage pain and pleasure. For Billie, that means singing with ever-"deadass" earnesty on consecutive songs about the apocalypse, morning her dead friends, wanting to die herself, her Uber rating, xanax and getting ghosted. I'll borrow Avril's words for my official review: "it fucking rocks."

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A random but charming selection of other famous people liked Billie's album, including indie pop legends Tegan and Sara, All Time Low's Alexander Gaskarth and One Tree Hill's Hilarie Burton.




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Either way, the slew of peer artists weighing in on the album, on top of the literal millions of fans tweeting about it at this very second, are a testament to Billie's impact. With regards to Avril and Hayley, we'd be remiss if we didn't ask... where's the collab?


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Georgia's Abortion Bill Just Won Final Approvalhttp://www.82628789.com/georgias-anti-abortion-bill-approved-2633173661.html

A controversial bill that will make abortion illegal as soon as a fetal heartbeat is detected (which can be as soon as six weeks), has just won final approval in the Georgia House.

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Dubbed the 'Heartbeat' abortion bill, the Republic House voted with a majority of 92 to 78 to have it approved, under the 'Living Infants Fairness and Equality Act.' The bill states: "No abortion is authorized or shall be performed if the unborn child has been determined to have a human heartbeat." The only exception to the rule is if it endangers the pregnant woman's life.

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At the moment, the only thing that stands in the way of it becoming a law is Governor Brian Kemp's approval, who made it clear he supports it.

"Georgia values life. We stand up for the innocent and speak for those who cannot speak for themselves. The legislature's bold action reaffirms our priorities and who we are as a state. I thank these lawmakers for their leadership and applaud their undeniable courage," Kemp tweeted.


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The bill follows the footsteps of an existing Mississippi law that also prohibits abortions once a heartbeat is detected. Since the disturbing bill was introduced, several activists and members of Hollywood have expressed their outrage.

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In a recent open letter penned to Georgia House Speaker David Ralston and Governor Brian Kemp, Alyssa Milano said: "This dangerous and deeply-flawed bill mimics many others which have already been deemed unconstitutional. As men who identify as small-government conservatives, we remind you that government is never bigger than when it is inside a woman's body or in her doctor's office.

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She further added that if the bill was approved, Hollywood would limit their projects in the state. "We want to stay in Georgia. We want to continue to support the wonderful people, businesses, and communities we have come to love in the Peach State. But we will not do so silently, and we will do everything in our power to move our industry to a safer state for women if H.B. 481 becomes law."

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The letter generated an enormous amount of support and was signed by celebrities such as Amy Schumer, Sean Penn, Alec Baldwin, Don Cheadle, Rosie O'Donnell, Patton Oswalt, Sarah Silverman and Mia Farrow.


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The Writers Guild of America also released a statement earlier this week that warned the state might risk losing Hollywood productions, if the bill became a law. "This law would make Georgia an inhospitable place for those in the film and television industry to work, including our members. If the Georgia Legislature and Governor Kemp make HB 481 law, it is entirely possible that many of those in our industry will either want to leave the state or decide not to bring productions there. Such is the potential cost of a blatant attack on every woman's right to control her own body."


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Currently women in Georgia are allowed to undergo the procedure up to their 20th week of pregnancy. Although this bill maybe challenged in court, even if Governor Kemp were to sign it, it marks a disturbing pattern within the country that could limit women's reproductive rights drastically.

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Fri, 29 Mar 2019 22:46:12 +0000http://www.82628789.com/georgias-anti-abortion-bill-approved-2633173661.htmlHeartbeat billGeorgiaLiving infants fairness and equality actAnti abortionHollywoodAlyssa milanoSarah silvermanMia farrowSean pennAlec baldwinRosie o'donnelAmy schumerBrian kempWgaJeena Sharma
Kris Jenner Breaks Her Silence on the Tristan Thompson Cheating Scandalhttp://www.82628789.com/kris-jenner-tristan-cheating-scandal-2633185226.html

Kris Jenner has finally broken her silence on the Tristan Thompson cheating scandal in a new radio interview.

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On Friday, the momager went on On Air With Ryan Seacrest to talk about what happened in the month since reports of Thompson allegedly hooking up at a house party with Kylie's former best friend, Jordyn Woods, came to light. The incident reportedly led Khloe Kardashian — who gave birth to the couple's first child, True, last year — to break up with Thompson, and has apparently caused the entire family to completely cut Woods off.

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And while Woods herself has already told her side of the story via Jada Pinkett Smith's Red Table Talk showshow, momager Kris has literally remained mum on the subject — until now, that is.

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Related | A Complete Guide to the Jordyn Woods Scandal

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In anticipation of Keeping Up With the Kardashians' season premiere this weekend, Kris told Seacrest that she's been praying to cope with all the problems the situation has caused her family.

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"I find the spiritual side of me has to kick in because otherwise I feel like I wouldn't survive," she said. "But, I think that my kids make really good decisions...and as challenging as some of these situations are, I think that because they have one another and they try to make really good decisions, that they're going to come out the other side with a lot of clarity and a lot of honesty and do what they feel like is the right thing." Noting that Kendall is the only one without a child now, Kris continued by theorizing that she thinks having "kids has really made such a difference obviously in all of their lives."

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Listen to the entire interview, below.

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Fri, 29 Mar 2019 22:45:33 +0000http://www.82628789.com/kris-jenner-tristan-cheating-scandal-2633185226.htmlKris jennerKhloe kardashianTristan thompsonJordyn woodsKylie jennerSandra Song
'Citizens of Nowhere' Are Making the Bootleg Authentichttp://www.82628789.com/citizens-of-nowhere-2632843281.html

On October 5, 2016, a few months after the Brexit referendum, British Prime Minister Theresa May declared that, "If you believe you are a citizen of the world, you are a citizen of nowhere." Her offhand, nationalistic statement alienated millions of England's 'foreign-born' citizens, including almost half of inner London. It also disavowed the hundreds of millions of immigrants and refugees worldwide for whom global citizenship is the only option.

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Those words inspired backlash, countless essays and collective outrage, and they're what drove Emma Rixhon to create Citizens Of Nowhere, a multi-media project that aims to foster a diverse creative community through reclaiming May's infamous words. As of now, the primary focus is a clothing line, the profits from which go toward Refugee Action, a London-based charity providing legal assistance and language classes to refugees in Britain.

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Rixhon was born in 1996 to Jewish, Swiss and Belgian parents. She spent her childhood in the Middle East and currently lives in London. "One thing that every country has in common is fake sports wear and fake designer clothes," she said over the phone. "I've noticed this unifying power in logos. People are attracted to them because they feel familiar."

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"It's a way of asserting your right to luxury without having to fund the mainstream luxury that's so obviously rejecting you."

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Based on this analysis it's not surprising, then, that Citizens Of Nowhere's t-shirts and track pants are emblazoned with instantly recognizable logos. Burberry's trademark plaid fills Nike swooshes and Adidas stripes. "Citizens Of Nowhere" is stamped in white paint onto light wash jeans, mimicking Virgil Abloh's striped Off-White denim. "It comes back to authentic citizenship and the idea of authentic being 'good,'" she explains.

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It's also a community-based effort — everything is handmade by Rixhon and modeled and photographed by her friends. "I'm an immigrant. All of my friends are immigrants," she said. "People tend to think of a 'good immigrant' as someone who's assimilating to British culture. I think it's more valuable to resist that. By not assimilating, and embracing our roots, we're not taking away from the culture. We're adding to it."

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CON's self-aware branding doubles as critique of fashion world elitism — the arbitrary exclusivity and value placed on what's "real." Rixhon laughs, "The fakes are usually more exciting than the real shit, anyway."

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Abloh shared a similar sentiment in his recent New Yorker profile, saying, "The sad thing is, the $10 fakes are better...The expensive ones are too refined, there's nothin' hood about them." Despite some seemingly aligned ethos, though, Rixhon rejects any comparison to the Louis Vuitton designer, instead citing Ava Nirui, Mous Lamrabat, and Hassan Hajjaj as her influences.

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"We live in a postmodern world," she said. "All we do is repeat ideas. And you don't get luxury without fakes, otherwise nobody's going to covet it. To pretend that there isn't an invested relationship between the two is to deny how the fashion system works."

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With an archive of information at our fingertips and an expansive on-demand audience, the act of calling out copycat designers has become somewhat of a public hobby. The experts behind the popular Instagram account Diet Prada even turned it into a full-time gig. And while it's certainly unethical for big name labels to rip off small, independent designers, Rixhon thinks it's worth preserving companies like Zara, whose business model is built on making high fashion accessible to the masses — lower quality in exchange for lower price points.

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"Bootleg clothing is, theoretically, a step towards breaking down fashion's white supremacist hierarchy. It's a way of asserting your right to luxury without having to fund the mainstream luxury that's so obviously rejecting you," Rixhon said. "It's beautiful, it's interesting, and it doesn't cost $1,000."

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Photography: Sara Zafar
Creative direction: Emma Louise Rixhon
Models: Artur, James, Josh, Naomi, and Rebecca

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Steven Tyler Says He Invented 'Skinny Legend'http://www.82628789.com/steven-tyler-skinny-legend-2633185277.html

When it comes to stan Twitter slang, proclaiming someone a "skinny legend" is almost always high praise. Even though fans insist the compliment has nothing to do with actual body size, the internet at large has reacted strongly to the tricky undertone of body-shaming behind the terminology.

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Take experimental artist, model, and aerodynamic diva, FKA Twigs, for example. When she recently got hit with the label online, she said the term "plays into something that makes [her] uncomfortable endorsing." While the artist is sure to be conscious of any fat-shaming implied by praising someone's "skinniness," Twitter stans argue otherwise.

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Those discussing on the Reddit r/popheads thread were quick to defend the phrase's origins, saying the term was created in defense of the Elusive Chanteuse herself, Mariah Carey, and is simply an inside joke.


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While nasty tabloids have criticized the music legend — among other stars like Christina Aguilera, Demi Lovato and Kim Kardashain — for her fluctuating weight over the years, the Lambily doctored up "snake edits" from images of Carey's healthy body to make it look comically stick-like.

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Urban Dictionary defines "Skinny Legend" as, "a positive term that glorifies and praises the person it is meant to describe. It has no correlation to one's actual weight or body shape."

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Related | FKA Twigs Sparked a Debate Over the Politics of 'Skinny Legend'

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Not one to be left out of the fandom, literal skinny legend, Steve Tyler, had this to say on his Twitter accompanying a #TBT post: "BABY I *INVENTED* STANNING A SKINNY LEGEND." Sharing a throwback photo of the rockstar in a tight, striped two-piece set from his early Aerosmith days, the rock star joined in on the polarizing Twitter meme and claimed it as his own.


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Naturally, the Lambily went off:


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Having just celebrated his 71st birthday and now preparing for his upcoming Vegas residency, the icon is good to call himself whatever he wants.

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Photo via Getty

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Fri, 29 Mar 2019 22:38:17 +0000http://www.82628789.com/steven-tyler-skinny-legend-2633185277.htmlSteven tylerMariah careyRoytel Montero
Marvel Accused of Airbrushing Its Female Starshttp://www.82628789.com/avengers-endgame-marvel-airbrushing-2633142838.html

As the excitement around Marvel's much anticipated superhero franchise Avengers: End Game boils up, a new debate has hit the internet. Fans are now calling out Marvel for sexist double standards, for supposedly airbrushing the women, and not the men, in promotional images.

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The photos in question were called out in a Twitter thread and show Scarlett Johansson, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Danai Gurira sans wrinkles or fine lines, while Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr look, well, human.


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San Francisco-based journalist Katie Antoniou pointed out this discrepancy in an Instagram post.

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"I love The Avengers. I loved Captain Marvel. But these photos have made me so mad. Spot the difference? Women: literally no facial lines — foreheads completely airbrushed. Men: every single one (even the gods/aliens/people who don't physically age) you can see lines on their foreheads and there's about a dozen more characters I haven't included, all the same," Antoniou wrote.


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Related | Jameela Jamil Says No to Airbrushing

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Airbrushing, of course, isn't uncommon in Hollywood, beauty, or fashion. The issue has been addressed time and again in several studies that often cite advertising as the chief reason behind eating disorders and body dysmorphia. Celebrities such as Jameela Jamil, Padma Lakshmi, and Lorde among others have fiercely rallied against it over the years.

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Yet, it persists. Although Marvel has take several strides in making diversity an important part of its platform, it's concerning that it continues to consider natural signs of aging such as wrinkles and dark circles as an integral flaw for women.

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Fri, 29 Mar 2019 22:23:30 +0000http://www.82628789.com/avengers-endgame-marvel-airbrushing-2633142838.htmlAvengers endgameMarvelAirbrushingBeautyScarlett johanssonGwyneth paltrowDanai guirraChris evansRobert downey jrSexismKatie antoniouInstagramCaptain marvelJameela jamilPadma lakshmiLordeBody dysmorphiaEating disordersJeena Sharma
Bops Only: 10 Songs You Need to Start Your Weekend Righthttp://www.82628789.com/bops-only-743646-2633166820.html

New Music Friday always promises a plethora of that good-good new-new from some of your favorite artists, maybe some long-awaited, maybe some tired, through, and delayed, and maybe some songs by a treasure trove of #whos you've never heard of before. We know. It's overwhelming! Thank the heavens PAPER is here help sift through the goodness, the garbage, and the noise, and bring you the best every Friday. We gotchu, sis. Let's bop to it!


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Dynamic sister duo Aly & AJ return with a brand new song heralding their upcoming EP, out later this spring. "Church" is an electro anthem about the power of forgiveness. Its ultra-clean, crisp production builds from an isolated, vocoded intro and first verse before exploding into a chorus that'll make synthpop stalwarts like Imogen Heap swoon. "I do bad things for the sake of good times," they admit. Same! "Too many nights, I justify all my casualties of love," they intone, seeking redemption. Also, same! But for real: at Aly & AJ's "Church," may we all find salvation from our recklessness.

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Related | Aly & AJ: 'We've Never Been More in Control'


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Billie Eilish's long-awaited debut album WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? is finally here, and it's so good, y'all! The production throughout is so masterful, we had a tough time picking a favorite bop from the 17-year-old's menacing, dreamlike opus. "Bad Guy" (stylized in lowercase letters) appears to be written from the perspective of one of the monsters under Eilish's bed, as it snakes into a nightmarish groove, with snappy pacing, funhouse chimes, and her smoky, demented vocal, all added for creeptastic effect.

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Related | PAPER People: Billie Eilish


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Ciara will return with her first album in four years in May, called Beauty Marks. Today she unveils a new single, "Thinkin Bout You," and its high-def melodies and poppy rhythms may highlight a brighter, happier Ciara (its sensual video certainly does!) — but this track is all about lovelorn nostalgia. She makes sure we feel it, too. Just try getting that stick "youuuuu" refrain out of your mind. You'll be thinking about Ciara for this weekend well into the next, and then some.


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Brooke Candy returns with the latest taste of her long-awaited debut album SEXORCISM. Speaking of, "Happy" is like a electro-rap exorcism of its own, as Candy cries through layers of wicked distortion (and hooks for miles) to find her own freaky rainbow. The song also acknowledges Candy's own struggles with mental health, making the track just as real as it is instantly enjoyable. Watch the moody, high-fashion music video here.

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Related | Welcome to the Feral, Freaky World of Brooke Candy


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We can't enough of Saweetie's ICY album, periodt, but "My Type" really hits the spot. On the track, which is a flip of Petey Pablo's crunk classic "Freek a Leek" for a bass-driven 2019 audience, Saweetie makes her sexual and romantic demands plain — namely that he's gotta come correct in the bank and in the sack — while fending off naysayers ("Messy hoes fuckin' for the rent.). It's not just that she wants material and sexual satisfaction, which she deserves. It's that the whole thing sounds like such a blast and we're along for the ride.

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Related | Women in Hip-Hop: The Voices of Our Generation


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Unless you live under a rock, you're aware of the winning streak of two of Latin music's biggest artists, Rosalía and J Balvin. So what could be better? Over a traditional reggaeton playero beat, with an assist from El Guincho, the two stars face off in a playful back-and-forth, representing the best of their sharp musical styles and talents. "Con Altura" translates roughly in Spanish to "with altitude, or highness." This song only serves to elevate both stars to the fourth dimension.

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Related | Rosalía, the Voice of the Past and the Future


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King Combs, son of Diddy, drops his latest project Cyncerely, C3 today. One track in particular is sure to set tongues wagging, perhaps even literally. Over raucous, Miami bass beats, the fun-loving City Girls steal the show in "Surf," anchoring the hook in a pussy-powered metaphor so potent, you'd be foolish to drift away to another song anytime soon. Smash that repeat button (or a wall, or wherever you throw your body when you're ready to go off).


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Keeping the pace going is Melii, who is definitely not here to play games. PhAses is out today and Melii knows what she has to offer, case in point: album highlight "Copy," featuring Odalys. The song boasts stormy, bass-heavy production designed to induce a permanent fuck-your-feelings MO. It's working on me, how 'bout you?.


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Rising pop artist Alex Aiono releases their latest bop, the lovelorn "Her." Aiono turns in a smooth vocal set to crisp, pulsating synths singing about drifting back to a former love, only to find his affection isn't mutual. Somehow the sadness of that feels sweet, here, which is a testament to Aiono's top-notch songwriting, and maybe some distance from pain? We hope?

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Related | Alex Aiono Is Tired of Your Drama


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AlunaGeorge's Champagne Eyes dropped last year, but its steamy Bryson Tiller collaboration has even even steamier video, out today. Marrying the song's concepts of raw sexual expression with NSFW visuals, Aluna spins "Cold Blooded Creatures" from a self-indictment to a celebration of how a one-night stand can transform the ways we see ourselves and potential future partners. Watch it here, and revisit the twisty, throbbing R&B track, above.

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What's your favorite track this week? See you next week, lovers!

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Photography: Stephen Ringer

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Fri, 29 Mar 2019 22:06:37 +0000http://www.82628789.com/bops-only-743646-2633166820.htmlAly & ajBillie eilishCiaraBrooke candySaweetieRosaliaJ balvinKing combsCity girlsMeliiAlex aionoAlunageorgeBryson tillerMusicNew musicBops onlyMichael Love Michael
Beyoncé Honors Gay Uncle at the GLAAD Awardshttp://www.82628789.com/beyonce-jay-z-glaad-awards-2633159099.html

The 30th annual GLAAD Media Awards were held in Beverly Hills last night and it was one for the books. Among a dynamic group of honorees were The Carters, who received the prestigious Vanguard Award for "allies who have made a significant difference in promoting acceptance of LGBTQ people."

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Before Beyoncé and Jay-Z appeared to accept their award, RuPaul's Drag Race alum and A Star Is Born cameo queen, Shangela, took to the stage for a medley tribute packed with dancers, a tear-away and some of the Queen's biggest hits. The audience enjoyed this tribute in a show that included other trailblazers like Janelle Monáe, Christine and the Queens, SOPHIE, Troye Sivan, BROCKHAMPTON, and Brandi Carlile.


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After Janet Mock, Ty Hunter and Lena Waithe were through praising one of entertainment's most powerful couples for their work as activists, the duo shared their own gratitude for the honor.

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While it goes without saying that Bey has been a source of strength and inspiration for the community for years, it was Jay-Z's song, "Smile" on which his mother, Gloria Carter, came out that earned the mogul his own recognition. Acknowledging the importance of that gesture, Beyonce suggested "that we continue to shift the stigmas in this community." Speaking on the influence she got from her late uncle, the diva saluted him in tribute calling him, "the most fabulous gay man I've ever known."

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Related | GLAAD Announces 2019 Media Awards

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As some of the most influential people of color in entertainment, The Carters and their support for the LGBTQ community signals real progress in the destigmatization of intersectional queer identity. Dropping some knowledge on the crowd at the award ceremony, Beyoncé stated, "LGBTQI rights are human rights. To choose who you love is your human right. How you identify and see yourself is your human right." She went on to attest, "Who you make love to and take that ass to Red Lobster is your human right."


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Brooke Candy Gets Tied in Shibari for 'Happy'http://www.82628789.com/brooke-candy-happy-2633181969.html

Don't let the title of Brooke Candy's newest single, "Happy," fool you — the conceptual Freaky Princess is going through it. Dropping today the lead single and accompanying video from her upcoming debut album, SEXORCISM, the genre-bending artist is tackling her demons and getting cozy with the dark side of living.

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Smoldering and cinched in the stunning new video directed by fashion photographer, Rankin, Candy takes you through the motions of battling mental health and finding that there's pleasure in the pain. She sings, "Smile so white that my eyes roll back/ My heart bleeds out and my bones all crack." It's not all bad, though. The track's opening line is, "Looking in the mirror I'm like, Bitch you look great." But struggling against the natural self-doubt she experiences is remedied on the hook: "Bitch you are happy."

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The track's heavy basslines, strong beats, and distorted vocals support confident lyrics that lay everything out in a relatable way. Candy pays visual homage to major influences on her art, referencing some NSFW Shibari bondage to ultimately capture raw, emotional sexuality — something she's done throughout her career.

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The song's mantric quality bodes well for the singer's mission of finding solace in overcoming all the negative thoughts — also relatable. Get into Brooke Candy's surreal new music video, below, and revisit her 2014 PAPER cover here.



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Fri, 29 Mar 2019 21:54:14 +0000http://www.82628789.com/brooke-candy-happy-2633181969.htmlBrooke candyRoytel Montero
Should Musicians Charge for Meet and Greets?http://www.82628789.com/should-musicians-charge-meet-greets-2633176822.html

We're living in the golden age of fandom, and it kind of rules. Since the genesis of forums and janky Geocities pages, the internet has provided everyone — from teenage Myspace emos to aging classic rock fans — the opportunity to not only stalk their idols, but connect with like-minded obsessives. Celebrity social media accounts have significantly heightened that level of access, using methods that can feel dizzying, if a little deceptive. There's always a chance Ariana will retweet if you @ her enough. Cardi B's Instagram Stories are often so earnest that you forget the conversation is one sided.

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At the same time, the old school IRL aspects of fandom — staking out airports and hotels, screaming in the front row, collecting exclusive merch — remain potent. Musicians continue to tour relentlessly in the streaming era, replacing physical CD sales with arena extravaganzas that rake in millions. Fans continue to buy tickets, too, and the most committed and wealthy among them will pay extra for a meet and greet afterwards.

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The VIP ticket is a strange phenomenon, when you think about it, and doubtless most parents when asked for their credit card details have. On Twitter this week, The 1975's Matty Healy (himself the target of ardent online and offline fandom) became one of few big names to call out the time honored tradition of forcing 13-year-old girls to pay $350 for a new lock screen. In doing so, he made public a topic that pop stans have actually been quietly debating among themselves for years.


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Not every artist makes their fans pay for meet and greets — Taylor Swift and Harry Styles both take a stance against the practice, instead offering opportunities to come backstage via radio competitions and lottery systems (Swift's mom is often tasked with entering concert crowds and picking out patrons at random). But devotees of most currently charting musicians are paying extravagant amounts to breathe the same air as their idols, if financial privilege permits. It's not always worth it — while emerging artists offer these experiences for only a little extra money, often throwing in extras like posters or tour merch and taking the time to converse with each individual, established icons charge a premium for impersonal photo backdrop moments. Never forget this haunting GIF of Justin Bieber maintaining the same pained facial expression for hundreds of brief encounters. Or Britney Spears' $2500 Vegas meet and greet tickets, which included exactly one stilted photo with the star. Or Avril Lavigne's policy of refusing to touch her fans backstage, which she upheld during her 2014 Brazil tour, where meet and greet inclusive concert tickets cost $400 USD each.

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The Avril Lavigne incident, which the singer has sort-of apologized for, is infamous among local popheads. Karine, a 21-year-old Jonas Brothers fan from Rio De Janeiro, recalls it well. She told PAPER over Twitter DM that some Brazilian concertgoers are willing to pay a premium to see foreign artists who visit their shores on a relatively rare basis, and promoters seem eager to take advantage. But during one of the only three shows the group has ever played in her country, she was unable to justify an extra $300 for meet and greet privileges. Instead she opted to watch the soundcheck for $75, which proved disappointing.

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"I had seen videos from the soundchecks in the US and they were playing games with fans and interacting loads, and that's what I thought would happen here," she recalled. "Instead, they barely said 'Hi' to the audience, played the songs with no pause in between them, and Nick even complained that we only knew the chorus of a song that was part of the soundtrack of their Disney show." She wryly added: "Joe was wearing sunglasses the whole time as well. It felt like a waste of money."

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These stories are common enough. Taylor, a 19-year-old Migos fan from Tennessee, recently paid an entire $700 to briefly meet the trio after a show. She regrets it. "We had to wait 30 minutes for their team to check our names and tickets and get our laminates and bags," she said. "We go to the area where the meet and greet is and wait in line another 45 minutes. They finally walk in… Everybody got one picture and left. We didn't get to interact with them at all, they were talking to the crew the whole time. They barely acknowledged that we were there." Her boyfriend tried to shake Quavo's hand, but he refused. The kicker? "Our tickets weren't even floor."

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One of the biggest meet and greet scams in recent memory comes courtesy of former One Direction member Niall Horan. It's not that fans didn't enjoy meeting Horan on his 2018 solo tour — it's just that they paid so much for so little. In the case of Kelsey, a 17-year-old from Utah, $658 for "a meet and greet, a really good seat, soundcheck, a tour laminate, and a signed poster." She loved it, but wishes the access had been better: "It was more like a get a picture and go. I had little time to say anything to Niall before I was lead out. I'm sure it wasn't his decision for the fans to be rushed like that. During the concert he even thanked us for spending our well earned money on him."

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Irma, a 19-year-old from Washington state who fell in love with One Direction when she was 12, also felt she had to spend the money no matter what, buying two VIP passes for a total of $1100. "The band, but especially Niall, have gotten me through so much, and have been such a big part of my life for so long," she said. "I was disappointed to find out it was $550 [and] I worked really hard to be able to afford [the tickets]."

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True megafans view life as one long and expensive quest to meet one's heroes in the flesh. Juliette, a 17-year-old Californian high school student, has met Billie Eilish enough times that the musician recognizes her by face. She's traveled all the way to Manchester to meet both Harry Styles and The 1975. (Neither act charged her extra for the pleasure). She'll fly to Sydney in a few months to see The 1975 once more, meeting up with fellow stans she met online. Juliette aspires towards working in the music industry, specifically as a tour promoter or through running her own venue, and as such considers meet and greets a form of research "that actually helps me a lot." Using funds from working a part time job, she recently purchased a $500 ticket for Shawn Mendes' upcoming tour, inclusive of a sixth row seat, Q&A session, and soundcheck. "There was also diamond level for $700, which included the same as mine but also with a signed guitar," she recalled. "I already have a guitar, so I didn't go with that."


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Juliette, as with most fans PAPER spoke with who have paid in the high hundreds for VIP concert tickets, is aware of her privilege, and on the fence about the ethics of it all. "Contests for free meet and greets are great," she noted. "But it's a contest. Buying ensures you're meeting the artist, but also is benefiting the rich or those who can afford the tickets for it. The artist clearly has that money already, do they really need that $500 per minute?"

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It's a question. Irma still loves One Direction, but it saddens her that "there are people who just can't afford [meet and greet] no matter how hard they work." In a common refrain, she cautions that touring artists don't set their own ticket prices. But she still finds it frustrating to hear rich and famous people "preach about how they want to be treated equally as everyone else because they're human too… when they allow their fans to be charged hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars for a five second experience."

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Thankfully, for some artists that five second experience seems to be giving way to more immersive and interactive fan events. Taylor Swift's Reputation tour Rep Room is a gold standard — there's a reason that guy proposed to his girlfriend during one. Swift, as well as artists like Nicki Minaj, Shawn Mendes, and J. Cole, have made secret listening sessions designed exclusively for hardcore stans an entrenched part of their album promotion schedules. They're typically free to attend, albeit on an ultra selective basis. This ancient Rihanna meet and greet Facebook album, unearthed by DAZED, is testament to the fact even staged photo ops can be fun if the artist puts in time and effort.

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It's worth noting too that emerging artist meet and greets tend to be far cheaper than their $500 VIP ticket counterparts, and in some cases are actively helping touring musicians get by on slim profit margins. They're also way better to boast about down the line, when said emerging artist blows up. Laila, a 16-year-old Billie Eilish stan from Georgia, met the singer at her first-ever Atlanta show for $35. "It didn't feel rushed at all," she recalled. They had a full conversation, and Laila was able to give Eilish a letter she'd written. Laila disagrees with paid meet and greets "in general," but makes an exception for more accessible and intimate experiences. (If a young musician you like is offering cheap meet and greet sessions, by all means go! PAPER's managing editor Justin Moran once met Lady Gaga for $25, and that included a CD).


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Tour profits aside, VIP tickets are theoretically designed with the safety of both fans and artists in mind. Juliette's Shawn Mendes meet and greet, she admits, was expensive. But she much prefers to go through official channels. "There are ways around paying," she said. "I know people who go to their hotels and wait outside or go to the airport, but I've never been comfortable with that." Increasingly, musicians aren't comfortable with it either. Swift has spoken about how she carries medical supplies with her at all times, due to the possibility of violent attack. Citing mental health concerns as well as fears for his personal safety, Bieber has stopped meeting with fans altogether.

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Musicians may prefer to meet fans with time limits and security measures put in place, but the jury is out on whether fans benefit from expensively curated events in place of stage door autographs. Certainly, Healy's tweet encouraged thousands of responses that indicate otherwise. If you're going to condemn anyone in this uneven power dynamic, just don't let it be the teens overspending their allowances. They know what they're getting into, but even when faced with insane pricing tiers they refuse to be cynical. At least until after the fact. Remember what it was like to love music in that way — to idolize someone so much that you'd do or pay anything to tell them so?

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"In the end, I don't think it should have been so short," Kelsey concluded, considering her $658 ticket to briefly bask in Horan's presence. "But I had a lot of fun."

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Which Coachella Outfit Does Vanessa Hudgens Regret Most?http://www.82628789.com/vanessa-hudgens-coachella-2633173678.html

Nothing says Coachella like a problematic Vanessa Hudgens selfie, and with every influencer's favorite festival right around the corner, the time is right for Hudgens to emerge from hibernation and select a new tribal headdress. This year, as per People, she will do so with some sponcon money from Amazon. Even Jeff Bezos bows down to a desert queen.

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People, incredibly, coins the term "boho fancy" to describe Hudgens' suite of iconic past festival lewks, many of which have been accused of cultural appropriation. But the interview, promoting her Amazon collaboration, also gets serious. Reader, Hudgens has some regrets about her festival wardrobe choices over the years. She wishes she could go back and do things differently. But which fashion moment in particular has she had second thoughts about?

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No! It’s a poor Airbnb choice.


"I remember one year I stayed in an RV and I didn't have a full length mirror. It was cold and raining so I wore rain boots with thigh high tights. It was just not a good look."

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Genesis P-Orridge: Stormtrooper of the Futurehttp://www.82628789.com/genesis-p-orridge-transformation-2633161174.html

What do you write about someone who has seen and done it all, been through hell and back, currently lives between heaven and hell, and has become an absolute legend in their lifetime? This is the challenge of profiling the prolific and transcendent Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, who has created 300 albums of genreless, but no less influential, music and art — both solo and in bands like Throbbing Gristle and Psychic TV — since he/r teens, growing up in England.

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I'm 30 years old, and identify as non-binary. S/he is 69, and has created he/r own category to encapsulate he/r singular experience of gender, called "pandrogeny." I want tattoos, but fear the pain of a needle. S/he not only has numerous tattoos, but has fearlessly gone under the knife so that s/he could become he/r late partner, the artist Lady Jaye. I have, thus far, been in love with one person that I hoped would last forever, and they could be dead for all I know. Though P-Orridge says Lady Jaye has "left he/r body," s/he was and remains the love of he/r life. P-Orridge even went to Benin, Africa to have Lady Jaye properly immortalized in the form of a figurine that s/he talks, consults, and prays with daily.

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Though it may seem we have very little in common, P-Orridge and I are ultimately bonded by love — a religion so powerful, it works with or without faith.

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Love is sacred, P-Orridge tells me, and s/he knows this because s/he lives it. There are many examples in art and culture supporting this idea, but even if it is promoted, how widely is it accepted, and then, actually practiced?

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Queer musicians such as Olly Alexander have written songs about the sacrament of love like in Years & Years' "Sanctify." Lana Del Rey's entire discography is, by this point, an iconic, repetitive time-warp capturing the pitfalls and triumphs of practicing love as devotion. Reality shows from The Bachelor to Flavor of Love depict competitive, conditional love afforded by the monetary gain of its contestants. Spiritual guru Marianne Williamson teaches weekly courses based on the seminal A Course In Miracles text, in which she proffers the virtues of a much-needed — and much-lost — "return to love."

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When P-Orridge was 17, s/he recorded he/r first album while enrolled at a West Midlands, England private school, and was enduring bullying. Back then, the music s/he made was "terrible," but it was an exorcism of personal demons. In art and the occult, s/he found a sacred calling, and the ability to express "exceptional revelations," to "inspire everyone else to understand themselves a bit better" — a type of love both selfless and, ultimately, unconditional.

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P-Orridge continued to make music and tour the world. Combating Christian dogma and the church's oppression of people for centuries, s/he created Thee Psychick Bible, which outlined TOPY's guiding principles, "occulture" texts, and he/r own observations on the subject of love as the sole answer to a world perpetually in manmade crisis. It has been translated to many languages, including Spanish, French, and most recently, Russian.

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P-Orridge has lived long enough to see types of social progress in he/r home country of England, and in America, where s/he has lived since the '90s. S/he witnessed and closely followed the Civil Rights Movement of the '60s, and seems to have always been guided by the principles of love as a tool for progress. S/he co-founded in the '80s a radical group, Thee Temple ov Psychick Youth (TOPY), for those seeking individual liberation through community-building and magic. Unlike the cult it was publicly accused of being, the group consisted of "only leaders, and not followers," according to P-Orridge. TOPY's very existence made he/r a target for the English government, and following a raid about 10 years later, s/he decamped to the U.S.

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Consider government leaders throughout history who have risen up against radical artists and activists like P-Orridge — people using their bodies to make bold anti-establishment statements, often by literally putting their money where their mouths are. Consider the rise of Trump in America, and his insistence on finding ways to oppress the most marginalized among us, from divisive rhetoric and promoting various forms of LGBTQ discrimination to separating families at our borders. Voices like P-Orridge's have staked their reputations and legacies on promoting unity, as afforded by love of one another, even as s/he criticized "thee [sic] sleeping masses."

Upon realizing s/he was an artist, P-Orridge believed he/r role was "to care for others, altruistically."

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"Isn't the body really just another tool for which you can experience sensation?"

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"It's what you can give back to the species, in the hope that it improves everybody's experience of being alive," s/he says. "And the body is not the person." As Lady Jaye used to say, "The body is a cheap suitcase that carries around the consciousness." The body may wear out or betray itself until someday it is discarded, but consciousness doesn't.

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In recent years, P-Orridge has endured a prolonged battle with leukemia. Earlier this year, s/he said he/r live shows with Psychic TV in Europe would likely be he/r last, after touring and playing for 50 years. Whether you find inspiration or repulsion from he/r art and beliefs, what does it mean to lose a voice like P-Orridge's? While s/he is still here, he/r revolutionary thoughts on what motivates us — gender, body, politics, money, love —all matter. And they will continue to once he/r physical body is not here.

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Today, P-Orridge is very familiar with the body's inevitable self-destruction, as if s/he weren't before, having surgically altered he/r entire body to match the love of he/r life as an artistic project and an exploration of what the body can handle. Because if it really is just a cheap suitcase, as Lady Jaye once said, you can decorate it how you like — adding or subtracting items as needed in the name of enhancement.

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P-Orridge wrote a book detailing the whole thing retrospectively. It's a thick, hardcover assemblage of intimate photographs and essays called S/HE IS (STILL) HER/E. Sitting in he/r Lower East Side home, I'm flipping through copy 647 of only 1,323 printed editions while also reading news items about he/r battle with leukemia, which began in the 2017 while on tour with Psychic TV. Seeing photos of fluid drainage from he/r lungs on Instagram, all while watching he/r take breaths from oxygen tanks in he/r living room is surreal. S/he's in high spirits, but also in a great deal of discomfort.

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In S/HE IS STILL HER/E, P-Orridge elaborates on pandrogeny, created after s/he met Lady Jaye in 1993. "Thee body has been at thee centre of all art. It's thee great mystery of existence, thee body versus death, thee mortality fear that runs so deep. While it's there, have fun with it. Fuck you, DNA!" In one black-and-white post-op image, s/he writes: "We never felt we were physically attractive. It took Jaye a couple of years to persuade me that s/he meant it when s/he said we were beautiful. S/he's thee only person who's told me that we're beautiful and we've believed it. No one else — not my kids, my parents, no one."

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Considering all the physical transformations s/he has undergone, whether intentionally or naturally, P-Orridge says that the body is a vessel, but not how organized religion might teach. "You get these holdovers that still get repeated in society today: 'Your body is a temple, and it must be kept clean and pure!' and we say to that, 'Well, why do we want it to be such?'" s/he says. "Isn't the body really just another tool for which you can experience sensation? At its best, the body is good for sensation. And mobility. Until it isn't."

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Perhaps when a person is dying, they become clearer not only on deciphering their own lives, but the world around them — something P-Orridge has spent he/r whole career exploring, from the disastrous state of climate change to American political uproar du jour. What seems to be keeping he/r alive is generosity, from within and outside the self. P-Orridge tells me that a GoFundMe, started by fans and friends to help cover medical expenses, raised around $62,000. "It saves my ass to this day," s/he says. "It is still so moving to know that my cancer diagnosis revealed how deeply people care for and trust me." Optimism, despite he/r health challenges, is also keeping P-Orridge going. "We will always report back as best we can on any given health situation, we will look for the best way to explain it. Now: would you like some tea?"

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"Hating what's different, what we don't understand, and thus not being unified — that is perhaps the original sin."

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As P-Orridge prepares English-style tea with milk and honey, I notice the Psychic TV crosses and other occult memorabilia lining the walls of he/r studio apartment. There are serpentine walking staffs and symbols representing the number 23, which holds special significance to P-Orridge. In numerology, it is often cited as a number representing freedom and fluidity with deep spiritual and religious context. In Christianity, Psalm 23 is often invoked as a sort of "last rites" passage: Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil.

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It is the sacred number of Eris, the goddess of discord. In Islam, the Quran was revealed over the course of 23 years to Prophet Muhammed. For P-Orridge, the number 23 dates back to he/r fellowship Thee Temple ov Psychick Youth. It's a number of sacred ritual designed to achieve a deeper understanding of self, in order to be serviceable to others. But also, 23 is the number of typical chromosomes found in human sex cells. Our scientific understanding of sex has evolved over the past century to include sexes that go beyond X for female and Y for male.

This nuanced understanding of sex and gender is what P-Orridge has always represented and advocated for.

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The most instant way to understand P-Orridge's ideas of gender fluidity is through the surgically altered love story of P-Orridge and he/r beloved "other half" Lady Jaye. The long story starts like many a love at first sight tale — like, "truly, unconditionally in love. And obsessed," P-Orridge says. The two met in the early '90s when P-Orridge watched transfixed as Lady Jaye paced back and forth in a basement chain smoking. Lady Jaye was a registered nurse. They soon embarked on cross-country road trips and art-making around the world, together.

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This romance developed until the couple wished to be fully absorbed into each other's lives. For millennia, this wish has been at the center of how many couples define and solidify their unions, for better or for worse. In the biblical story of Adam and Eve, which P-Orridge specifically cites, God created Adam, then fashioned Eve from his rib or the side of his flesh. P-Orridge believes this original, divine state of humanity of one being part of another, is what "we've been seeking to return to." As Christians worship the story of creation, for P-Orridge and Lady Jaye, becoming each other in the flesh was their own divine ritual.

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"It's not male or female, not either/or — just complete," P-Orridge says. "We thought it was important to remind people of that idea, and as artists, we figured the best way to do so was visually. The body has always been the subject in art, from the get-go. If we are going to survive as a species, we have to stop the endless cycle where someone must be scapegoated, then attacked and destroyed — whether it's within groups, in society or in a war for land. How do we start to change human behavior, so that it's not being governed by being trained to hate what's different, when we are all unified, and already complete? Hating what's different, what we don't understand, over and over again, and thus not being unified — that is perhaps the original sin."

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After a life-threatening house fire in California, a court case with producer Rick Rubin, and paying off medical bills from injuries P-Orridge sustained from the fire, s/he and Lady Jaye reviewed what was left over financially to begin their series of surgeries.

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"Hating what's different, what we don't understand, and thus not being unified — that is perhaps the original sin."

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"We had about $650,000 left," s/he explains. "We thought, we could be sensible and put this in a bank or a 401k and not have to worry about bills for a long time, and live a comfortable, safe life. Or, we could decide that this lump of money gives us the freedom to not have to work at all, and spend it all on making art and creating new options and possibilities. We looked at each other and realized we may never get that chance again." As Lady Jaye once said, "See a cliff, jump off."

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Upon finalizing calculations and risk assessment, P-Orridge says that s/he and Lady Jaye came to an agreement. Considering the procedures they wanted to undergo to match one another, the process would take up to 10 years. Having also survived raids in he/r Brighton home of he/r life and work archives, following accusations of "satanic abuse" of "cult members," which were later disproven, the 1995 marriage of P-Orridge and Lady Jaye gave rise to a third form of being. Padrogeny was born between the two of them as a holistic way of life by doing as well as believing. "It's a word with no baggage or political association," P-Orridge says. "It doesn't even have to entail gender. We are at a point now where we can decide we want to have green skin or fur all over us, or I would love to be able to have gills and live underwater. It's only our imaginations that limit what our bodies can become."

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In S/HE IS STILL HER/E, there are photos of P-Orridge and Lady Jaye in identical hair and makeup, nude or clothed. Lady Jaye taught P-Orridge to love hair salons, about wearing sexy heels and shoes that you could also run to catch a bus in. He/r favorite image of shoes were the Yves Saint Laurent heels worn by Catherine Deneuve in the French 1967 classic Belle de Jour, which were dragged through the mud after Deneuve was untied from a tree. P-Orridge and Lady Jaye shared shoes; their natural size was a women's 7.5.

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As a nurse, Lady Jaye was able to film the face and implant surgeries P-Orridge underwent. There are photos of P-Orridge with needles in he/r penis, and penis pumps attached to he/r breasts, and close-ups of Lady Jaye's removal of varicose veins. Both of their heads are wrapped in post-op bandages as they wear furs. After both getting 60 sets of lip injections at $700 per visit, P-Orridge got a metallic mouth, inspired by actor Pierre Clementi's metal teeth in Belle de Jour. The dentist's invoice was more than $38,000. He/r dentist told her s/he had the "Rolls-Royce of mouths."

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The graphic images of transformation, P-Orridge says as I flip through the book, are only terrifying if you haven't yet come to terms with the fact that underneath our clothes, we are all naked. "In evolution, mutation is law. And who says that we're finished evolving?" P-Orridge says. "There have been papers found by Stephen Hawking where he's saying we'll be superhumans in the future, and yet, it has taken how many hundreds of thousands of years to become what we are now? People are scared of breastfeeding, of sexual activity, of evolving. How will those in power react when someday people go, 'I'm gonna have four horns and two dicks'?"

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P-Orridge and I continue talking about the environment, magic, twins, and how grief has transformed he/r. After Lady Jaye died, P-Orridge wanted to put an offering into the Ganges river in Nepal, one of their favorite places together. The water of the Ganges is said to be sacred too. A year later, a longtime friend and collaborator, Hazel Hill McCarthy III, suggested P-Orridge take a trip to a coastal town in Benin called Ouidah — an area known both for its voodoo festivals celebrating high priests and priestesses, and its unusually high population of twins. Globally, the number of twins born per every thousand births is seven. In Benin, that number is 32.

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When P-Orridge immersed he/rself in the culture, s/he learned that the people of Ouidah believe twins can be born from different mothers. It was decided then that Lady Jaye was P-Orridge's twin. Every year the town hosts a twin festival that lasts two weeks: the first week honors twins who have died, and the second honors those who are still alive. During this time, P-Orridge says s/he and McCarthy were invited to participate in a special ceremony by the town's high priestess of twins. There, songs were sung for Lady Jaye in he/r honor, and a doll was fashioned in he/r likeness, which P-Orridge carries in a pouch and gives food and water. It is her way of maintaining contact with the love of he/r life. The process helped he/r realize that grief can be celebratory. I watched the whole experience with P-Orridge, captured in an hour-long documentary by McCarthy called Bight of the Twin.

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"We can decide we want to have green skin or fur all over us, or I would love to have gills and live underwater. It's only our imaginations that limit what our bodies can become."

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"You know, in the West, it's almost a matter of shame," P-Orridge says, holding Lady Jaye close to he/r bosom between sips of oxygen from an air can. S/he exhales: "You're not supposed to bother people with the fact that someone has died. You're supposed to feel like it's your fault — that grief is something to be ashamed of, because now everyone feels awkward around you. But in Benin, they say, 'They're still alive. Here they are.' You still talk to them because they are still around. That's a much more positive and healthy way to deal with someone dying, don't you think?"

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Well into the afternoon, we begin staging a few photos of P-Orridge with he/r monk-like Pekingese dog, Musty Dagger, who once belonged to a member of the Smashing Pumpkins, and was taken in to ease the grief of losing BigBoy, the dog s/he owned with Lady Jaye. Since this interview, Musty Dagger has died, or as P-Orridge would say, "Dropped the body."

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"I've always felt like there's nothing more precious than fighting for the world — for the species," s/he says. "It has always seemed like the only option. They, meaning the people in control — which is partly the government, partly bigger corporations, partly bigots, and party organized religion — want to continue to control by pitting us against each other. And control needs time, like a junkie needs junk. Control runs by perpetuating itself."

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How do we break free from the prison of our 24-hour news cycle, I ask he/r. It seems everything we consume is designed to make us feel hopeless. And that's because, P-Orridge says, "it is."

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But change, as we've seen through history, happens in stages. S/he explains it in circular language: because when we don't learn from the past, the worst parts of history and mankind's influence of it, repeat themselves — again and again.

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"First you change yourself, then you change your bedroom, and then you change your house, and then you change the street you live on, and then you change the area you live in, and then you change the town," P-Orridge explains. "It's incremental, in other words. You just change the bits you can."

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S/he continues: "But then you'll notice that when you've changed your house, the person next door has changed theirs, and then you get together and you both change the street. And then, all the people on the street think, 'Let's change this town.' So, that's where optimism comes in. You also find out who else is an activist, who has realized similar things, and has a similar desire to guide the future differently."

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"So we rang the club, and spoke to the guy who ran it, and we said, 'This is impossible,'" P-Orridge says. "He goes, 'Oh, don't worry. You can use my private toilet. You don't have to use the men's toilet.' And I said, 'Well that's even worse.' You're giving me this special privilege as though you pity me? Is it a pity bathroom or is it because you don't want to lose any money? It's not acceptable." The band cancelled the show and moved to another club in Phoenix. At the next place, Psychic TV was told by club owners they couldn't perform because of the building owner's religious views. If Psychic TV played there, the club could be shut down.

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During that same trip, the final try for a Phoenix show was in a biker bar. "It was fabulous," P-Orridge recalls. "There was no AC and it was a red moon outside. Halfway through the gig, we said 'fuck it' and tore our shirts off and went topless. Then the audience followed suit, and it became this amazing, weird mix of people who had their breasts removed, people who had normal breasts, people who are just growing breasts, and so on. It was brilliant."

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Before the show, having caught wind of Psychic TV's difficulties in securing a venue to play in, an ABC News crew approached P-Orridge and asked he/r to comment about the discrimination s/he experienced, and why s/he had such strong views about it. "I looked right in the camera, and said, 'Transsexuals are the stormtroopers of the future.'"

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That line rings in my head days after our six hours together, and I call P-Orridge again. "It is up to you to make sure you make a difference," s/he reminds me over the phone.

I tell he/r that I am feeling hopeless about an anti-trans memo that Trump released last October. In the memo, the Department of Health and Human Services outlined a biological, old-world definition of sex and gender arguing that both exist within a binary based on "immutable biological traits identifiable by or before birth." There within, the memo also discussed eliminating prior steps forward for trans healthcare, housing, and other means of social support services. It would also institute archaic practices such as sex testing, based on one's birth-assigned genitalia, and using birth certificates to definitively decide someone's gender.

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I mention that there is a protest against the memo starting in Union Square, and that I feel too tired to go — something many of us experience these days, and often use as an excuse. Not missing a beat, P-Orridge hears the notes of resignation in my voice and calls bullshit. S/he's right.

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"Go out and fight for what you believe in," s/he says. "Who cares that you're tired? You still can, so why not do it? It's a shame to sit around waiting for change when we can do something about it. Because the truth is, the majority who have somehow colluded in this power system are equally to blame for where we are now. Everyone who didn't bother to vote is to blame, as well."


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I'm reminded of a chance encounter with P-Orridge on the Lower East Side about a month before this interview. S/he came into a Mexican restaurant wearing a "Thank God For Abortion" T-shirt by Viva Ruiz, portable air tank in tow. S/he walked with the support of one of he/r many wood-carved walking sticks. As I approached he/r, wanting to say hello, s/he ordered a stiff drink. I asked if I could sit and chat with he/r for a moment, which stretched into hours.

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Only a week prior, s/he had been in the hospital getting large sacs of fluid drained from he/r lungs. S/he talked about fear that the country could, at any moment, become a totalitarian police state. S/he spoke about physically fighting evil forces who threatened he/r, so I cautiously brought up he/r perilous health condition. S/he looked at me with an expression that was peaceful, but unflinching. "It's a tragedy, where we are," P-Orridge said, trailing off. "I wonder if I'll be here to watch."

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Photography: Serena Jara (@serenajara_)

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A New Doc Spotlights 88rising and Asia's Hip-Hop Movementhttp://www.82628789.com/88-rising-red-bull-doc-2633159061.html

88rising is the hybrid media company and record label responsible for consolidating and catapulting Asian hip-hop into the mainstream. The company, founded in 2015 by Sean Miyashiro, took unknown or Internet-based rappers like Indonesia's Rich Bryan, Korea's Keith Ape and China's Higher Brothers, and turned them into career artists with headlining world tours, fashion partnerships and charting albums.

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A new documentary, Asia Rising - The Next Generation of Hip-Hop, produced by Red Bull Music, tells 88rising's story for the first time on-screen. It's a fascinating story, about the rocky journey of a culture premised on imitation, that has slowly morphed into something all its own. As such, the film is entrenched in discussions about the internet, social media, virality, language politics, appropriation and cross-cultural exchange.

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Related | Taipei's Club Scene Speaks Its Own Language

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"Our mission at 88rising is to change the game for how Asian culture is perceived in the West, which we do by giving these incredible artists the platform to express themselves through their music," explains Miyashiro.

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Six Asian rappers, several of which are 88rising signees: Rich Brian (Indonesia), Higher Brothers (China), Keith Ape (South Korea), Awich (Okinawa), Suboi (Vietnam), and Jin Dogg (Japan), recount their stories of falling in love with hip-hop, in between shots of strobe light-soaked fist-pumping crowds and mosh-pits.


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The artists speak plainly about the difficulties and joys of challenging cultural perceptions, honest about some of their growing pains. For example, Rich Bryan goes in-depth on his decision to change his stage name from "Rich Chigga," deemed offensive by many, and his initial use of the n-word in his songs. The interviews are candid and thoughtful, and the film as a whole is a remarkable testament to the sheer undeniability of hip-hop as a global art-form.

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"Who really cared what Asian people felt, what we experienced, or what we had to say? No one really... until 88 showed up," sums up Awich. "Can people relate to our stories and how we came to hip-hop to express ourselves? If so, that's a real game changer — for us and for the world."

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Watch Asia Rising: The Next Generation of Hip-Hop on YouTube and check out PAPER's features on 88rising artists: Higher Brothers, Joji and Lexie Liu.

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Photo courtesy of Red Bull

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Fri, 29 Mar 2019 18:23:15 +0000http://www.82628789.com/88-rising-red-bull-doc-2633159061.htmlRedbullRed bullSean miyashiroRich brianRich chiggaHigher brothersKeith apeAwichSuboiJin doggLexie liu88risingJael Goldfine
What Would Cartoon Characters Look Like IRL?http://www.82628789.com/deathcats-animalz-2633142891.html

There are hundreds of cartoons based in alternate realities where animals think and feel like humans do, from Scooby Doo to Arthur. How would these humanoid animals look and interact outside their colorful sitcom universes, in our mundane modern world?

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Danin Jacquay aka @deathcats, a photographer armed with whimsical, campy vision and disturbingly realistic prosthetic by cosplay company NorthFur, took on this question in her new portrait series, AnimalZ. Most sentient animals are found in cartoons for children, but Jacquay's idiosyncratic creatures are more in line with the flawed, egoic, existentially struggling beasts of Wilfred or BoJack Horseman, where stallions are self-loathing alcoholics and golden retrievers have mommy issues.

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Meet her cast of tragic characters: a celebrity pig who "has her ex for dinner," a mouse and a rooster who met at an office party, a perverted office walrus who fantasizes about his boss, a world champion equine who fawns over her trophies, a self-obsessed duck, an overwhelmed teenage lizard mom, and a serial killer dalmatian dad.

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The photographer and director explores how animals' faces, bodies and zoological proclivities would manifest in the modern world — the results are viscerally funny and disturbing, but uncannily enchanting. She plays off of a handful of cinematic stereotypes: diva pig with a frog ex-boyfriend, a suburban dog-dad, but generally, her creations are bizarre and idiosyncratic. Body horror and erotica are somewhat inherent in the anthropomorphic play — animal-humans are far more often portrayed as monsters then as relatable, complex protagonists. But after the initial shock, each portrait leaves you wanting to know more about its subject's story.

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"I was super inspired by seeing cartoons and wondering what I could do to make my work leave reality in the same way" explains Jacquay. "I've been shooting portraits of people for a long time now, and as you can imagine, the human face can be pretty limiting. I have a fascination with the theme of "monsters & madonnas," so I wanted to stretch the boundaries and create characters that were funny but uncanny."

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Jacquay dreams of one day turning her creatures' stories into short films, but for now, she just hopes the shots will make viewers ask themselves, "What animal am I?"

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Photography: Danin Jacquay (@deathcats)

Subjects: Allison Harvard (pig), Felicia Rein (horse), Ricky Odriosola (walrus), Sean Gunn, (rooster), Natasha Halevi (mouse), duck (Kasia Szarek), dalmation (Michael Zarowny), lizard (Dre Ronayne).

Set: Felicia Rein and Chloe Badner

Makeup: Alondra Shields, Allison McGillicuddy

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Fri, 29 Mar 2019 16:23:50 +0000http://www.82628789.com/deathcats-animalz-2633142891.htmlJael Goldfine
PAPER's A-Z of Iconic Celebrity Catchphraseshttp://www.82628789.com/a-z-celebrity-catchphrases-2632507742.html

When Cardi B trademarked the "Okurrr" that's helped make her a household name, she joined the ranks of numerous celebrities who've patented their most well-known sayings: Paris Hilton and "That's hot," Rachel Zoe and "bananas," Taylor Swift and her objectively awful 1989 lyric "this sick beat."

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And why wouldn't Cardi et al try and make money from their catchphrases? Thanks to social media and reality TV, the public is more aware than ever of exactly how celebrities talk — and we've begun integrating their speech patterns into our own on a mass scale. Most of your sentences at this point are just a mishmash of Kardashian, Hilton, and RuPaul. Maybe with some Real Housewife thrown in.

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Below, every iconic phrase you probably forgot was originally popularized by famouses.

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Aha! Moment

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Oprah invented Aha! moments in the 1990s, and we've been discovering deep truths about ourselves ever since. The term has since been added to the dictionary, with Winfrey filming a video for Merriam-Webster explaining how she came up with it.

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Another one

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DJ Khaled has built a musical career on catchphrases, and "another one" just might be his best known. Simple, effective, and extremely 2015.


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Auf Wiedersehen!

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Heidi Klum didn't invent German. Or... did she? Either way, her trademark goodbye to failed Project Runway contestants is one of reality television's greatest and chicest elimination tropes.

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It's Britney, bitch

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Britney Spears truly there is no other pop star, and in 2007 she let us know it. A rare moment of triumph amidst the darkest period of her career, it's as quotable as any of the lyrics from her bigger hits.

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Bible

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The Kardashians swearing on the bible is about as close to a true spiritual experience as you can get in this cruel, godless age.


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Bless up

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More celebrity spirituality, from DJ Khaled.

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Bye Felicia

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Ice Cube can be credited with initially popularizing "Bye Felicia" in the 1990s, but its more recent comeback can definitely be attributed to RuPaul's Drag Race. Then Michelle Obama used it to bid adieu to the White House, cementing its high meme status.

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Can I live?

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Where were you when Kim Kardashian admitted to cropping her own child out of a photo?


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Can you believe?

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Thank you, JVN. For this, and everything else.

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Cash me ousside

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Before she was Bhad Bhabie, she was the cash me ousside girl. It's the catchphrase that launched a surprisingly promising career!


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Don't fuck it up

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Another RuPaul line that will live forever, and a great motivational tool for all kinds of everyday situations.

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Dj Khaled!

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A rare but notable example of someone successfully turning their own name into a catchphrase.

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Emojis

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Ariana Grande's catchphrase? It's emojis. She's a big fan of hearts right now, but lightning bolts and clouds are also in regular use.

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Fergalicious

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In 2006, Fergie taught us how to make the boys go loco.

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On Fleek

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"On fleek" has Nicki Minaj connotations, but the phrase was first popularized by Vine user Peaches Monroee, aka Kayla Newman. We thank her for her service.


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GTL

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The guido guide to life, courtesy of Jersey Shore's The Situation.

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Another important acronym, popularized by Ms. Tiffany Pollard. Head Bitch In Charge, if you're new here.


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I don't know her

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Mariah Carey still, to this day, does not know her.

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I die

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Defining 2000s celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe has trademarked both "I die" and "bananas," because she knows her worth.


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Jock (Get off my)

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Try and use Bethenny Frankel's immortal line in a sentence today.

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Kim you're doing amazing sweetie

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Kris Jenner's supportive but manipulative momagement style summed up in one quotable sentence.


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Like this (I woke up)

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On average, Beyoncé provides us with about 10 empowering catchphrases per album. This is maybe the best one.

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Make it work

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Project Runway's Tim Gunn: a man I wish was here to coax me through every deadline.

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Nene

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N is for Nene Leaks from The Real Housewives of Atlanta, who is a walking catchphrase. Her most famous quip is probably "bloop," but it's also fun when she calls people "wig."


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One hundred people in the room

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Lady Gaga's A Star Is Born press tour catchphrase that became a meme. Madonna claimed she came up with it first, but the two have since squashed their beef.

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Played yourself (You)

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The best DJ Khaled catchphrase by far.

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Queen, Yas

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A catchphrase popularized by Gaga stans as well as Abbi and Ilana, like many catchphrases on this list "Yas Queen" has roots in ballroom and drag queen culture. The widespread popularity of shows like RuPaul's Drag Race has helped once-niche slang phrases cross over, and now celebrities are all over it.

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Okurrrr

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"Okurrr," which Cardi once likened to the call of a shivering New York City pigeon in winter, will soon become her registered trademark.

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Smize

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Tyra Banks on America's Next Top Model taught me as much, if not more, than my most inspirational college professors.


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Sashay away

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Another crucial RuPaul line.

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That's hot

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Paris Hilton's catchphrase is all time. She's even trademarked it.


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Throwing shade

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One really can't underestimate RuPaul's impact on the culture.

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U, Next

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With "Thank U, Next" Ariana Grande invented break ups, and also made text message abbreviations in songs cool again.

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Vanjie

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Vanjie! Miss Vanjie! Vaaaaanjie.

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Who gon' check me boo?

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The Real Housewives franchise has contributed so much to America's vernacular. This one originates with Sheree Whitfield from Real Housewives of Atlanta.


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We the best

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It's, what, the fourth time DJ Khaled has appeared on this list?

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One that Taylor Swift never asked to be a part of! Except she kind of did!

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YOLO

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Drake is responsible for the fact YOLO was inescapable in 2012. We were so innocent then, back before the mass nihilism took hold.


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Amazeballs

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Was it a stretch to file this under 'Z'? Yes. Was there a weird two-to-five-year period during which we all thought it was okay to say the word "amazeballs" on the internet? Also yes. We have Perez Hilton to thank.

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Photos via Getty

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Thu, 28 Mar 2019 14:40:53 +0000http://www.82628789.com/a-z-celebrity-catchphrases-2632507742.htmlThat's hotOkurrrCardi bRachel zoeDj khaledKeeping up with the kardashiansReality tvOprahHeidi klumJersey shoreBhad bhabieAriana grandeLady gagaBritney spearsParis hiltonKatherine Gillespie
Drake Really Is Champagne Papihttp://www.82628789.com/drake-mod-selection-champagne-papi-2632743069.html

Drake has never revealed the exact origin of his infamous Instagram handle @champagnepapi, but these days, the nickname seems more appropriate than ever.

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Earlier this year, Drake (offstage: Aubrey Graham) joined forces with longtime spirits guru Brent Hocking to launch Mod Sélection, a luxury Champagne label produced privately in France's Vallée de la Marne for over five generations. Now available on the wine market for the first time ever, the house's inaugural release comprises a Réserve Champagne and a Rosé Champagne sold at a pricey $300 and $400, respectively.

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While Drizzy is by no means the first celebrity to shake things up in the wine and liquor industry — see Jay-Z's D'Usse Cognac, G-Eazy's Stillhouse Whiskey, and Ryan Reynolds' Aviation Gin — the actor-turned-rapper's latest venture does stand out for its focus on a super-premium product. It's a departure from his first foray in booze, an acclaimed but affordable bourbon called Virginia Black Whiskey, which was also produced in collaboration with Hocking. A longtime bubbly connoisseur, Drake says it took years to nail down the perfect Cuvée formula that would pay homage to the grand traditions of French winemaking.


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"I've always wanted my own Champagne," he explains. "This is a product that has been years and years in the making, something that we take very, very seriously — 'authenticity' is probably the best word we continue to use."

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To that end, Mod Sélection practices minimal intervention of grapes (mostly Pinot Meunier) throughout harvest, carefully choosing only those with optimal levels of sugar and acidity to move on to the pressing stage. All of the wines in the portfolio — the Réserve and Rosé are the first two of 10 releases — are aged up to 10 years on the lees, that post-fermentation yeast deposit that adds body and richness to a wine.

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"This is a product that has been years and years in the making [...] 'Authenticity' is probably the best word we continue to use." — Drake

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"Our house style is incredibly pure with bright, balanced acidity and elegant finessed effervescence," says Hocking, of the Réserve Cuvée.

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The rosé, meanwhile, is crafted using the saignée method, referring to the less commonly practiced style of "bleeding" out partially-fermented red wine juice that has come into contact with the skin and seeds of the fruit. The grapes used here — a blend of Pinot Meunier, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir — first undergo a proprietary cold-soak maceration at harvest in order to preserve flavor and amp up freshness. It is one of a handful of sparkling wines in the market made using the saignée method, yielding its rosy color and bursts of red fruit.


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"'Sélection' is really what distinguishes our house and production in every respect, from the location of our vineyards to the way we select our vines at harvest and first press juice for assemblage," Hocking says. "We track our grapes through their entire life-cycle. Not every Champagne house does this. Most producers just buy grapes in bulk from growers irrespective of quality. Everything is hand-selected with the utmost attention to detail from vineyard to glass."

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Mod Sélection is, in many ways, a fittingly Drake-esque brand: an aspirational product that celebrates the wealth he raps about while also embodying a sense of timelessness. It's a balancing act reflected even in the non-traditional design of the bottle — a sleek, warm metallic exterior embellished with French floral accents — which is hand-designed by artisans in Champagne to ensure no two bottles are identical.

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"We wanted to create something unique while at the same time representative of tradition, heritage, and excellence that is Champagne." — Drake

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"We wanted to create something unique while at the same time representative of tradition, heritage, and excellence that is Champagne," explains Drake.

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Hocking agrees, noting that Mod Sélection's Champagnes straddle the lines between traditional and modern, classic and bold, luxury and accessibility. "Champagne is a definitely a celebratory product but we feel Mod Sélection has a place in luxury fine-dining luxury as well as high-volume consumer driven establishments," he explains. "The product lives in both worlds, bringing a modern interpretation to the history and heritage that is Champagne."


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Diving further into booze seems a natural move for Drake — and not just because of the Champagne Papi moniker. The Toronto rapper has expanded his reach far beyond the world of music, becoming a global fashion tastemaker and serving as Global Ambassador for the Toronto Raptors. Yet, he says Champagne was a project he'd always wanted to take on, something he finally decided to do after meeting Hocking.

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"I remember early on, somebody was like, 'I know the equivalent to you in the wine business, a guy who relentlessly dedicates his entire existence to finding the most authentic, the most innovative, the best of everything.'" Drake says. "That was how Brent and I became not only partners but friends for years and years. Obviously, we have many things that we've always wanted to do, and this was always at the top."

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"It's all about dedication and passion [...] You have to find things you fully stand behind and fully believe in, or it won't work." — Drake

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But regardless of what project Drake tackles he says it's his deep attachment to his work that allows him to succeed across various industries — and that's something his fans can definitely raise a glass to.

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"It's all about dedication and passion," he says. "I have a genuine bond, a genuine connection with both my work as an artist and my work on wine and spirits. You have to find things you fully stand behind and fully believe in, or it won't work."

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For more information on Mod Sélection, visit modselectionchampagne.com.

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Photo via Madison McGaw/BFA

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Mon, 25 Mar 2019 14:06:57 +0000http://www.82628789.com/drake-mod-selection-champagne-papi-2632743069.htmlDrakeChampagneMod selectionBrent hockingDan Q. Dao
8 Breakout Stars Headlining India's Entertainment Revolutionhttp://www.82628789.com/breakout-stars-india-entertainment-2632480027.html

Entertainment in India seems to be going through a sort of shakeup, thanks to the steady rise of video streaming, propelled by the increased penetration of smartphones with 4G connections, and falling data prices. According to a study published by the Internet and Mobile Association of India in 2018, the number of internet users in the country crossed 500 million. Platforms like Netflix, Hotstar and Amazon Prime are broadcasting content that is bold and often transgressive, featuring gritty storylines, sharp editing and riveting performances. With a global internet audience at its behest, the entertainment scene in the country has never been better poised to finally move past its song and dance image.

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Related | Gay India Awakens to New Freedom

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Integral to this success story is a new cohort of actors who're all authentic, approachable and talented. With a sense of urgency and the self-belief to succeed, this new lot is hungry to rewrite an age-old industry's rules against a constantly evolving socio-political backdrop. Their willingness to bring their A-game to work regardless of the medium is earning them kudos from the critics, a formidable social media following and even opportunities to work with Hollywood A-listers. Despite being recent industry entrants these actors are known to fearlessly speak their mind and use their platforms to address important social issues.

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PAPER met with the scene's brightest stars fronting this movement:

Ali Fazal


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Fresh off the success of his role as the beloved trigger-happy anti-hero, Guddu Pandit, in Amazon Prime's crime thriller series Mirzapur, Ali Fazal has managed what big Bollywood stars only dream of doing — straddling a dual career — one in Hindi cinema and another in Hollywood. The 32-year-old started his career in 2008 with the Indian-American rom-com Other End of the Line starring Jesse Metcalfe before making his Bollywood debut in 2009's big banner film Three Idiots in a small but memorable role. Fazal was also part of Furious Seven's ensemble cast and made a hefty impression in the role of Adul Karim, Queen Victoria's loyal attendant and confidant in 2017's Victoria and Abdul.

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The role of Guddu Bhaiyya (in Mirzapur) was literally written for you.

I couldn't figure the part out in the beginning and that's why it was interesting to me. I was the last one to be cast, so I knew that some fabulous actors were already on board.

You also had to physically transform for the role.

A cranky phase I call it. Rahul Bhatt, who was my trainer at the time, and I embarked on a tough path with this one. We worked on compound muscles — longer and larger to enhance the beastly look of Guddu Pandit. I ended up lifting some real heavy weights, and while we did manage to get the results eventually the adrenaline kept me cranky and moody most of the time. We'd shoot for 12 hours straight and then I'd train for about two and a half hours everyday.

What was the best part about working with Dame Judi Dench?

My face lights up when I think of her! An actor can only dream to have that kind of interaction and opportunity. I had the chance to learn more about her work and the person she is and it was all very wonderful.

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"Actors are vulnerable fellas. And that's what makes us strong I guess."

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When was the first time you realized you were actually any good?

Maybe around Victoria and Abdul. That's when my mom told me, finally, that she had liked my work. Also many Academy members and Hollywood Foreign Press Association members loved my work in the film... that lot doesn't really bullshit so I was pleasantly surprised to receive compliments from them. Also when Jeff Bridges comes up and tells you you're good that means you're good [Laughs]. Jokes aside, I've still got a long way to go and lots to learn.

Even the most ambitious and disciplined people have hard days. What do you do on those days?

I eat. God I do love my food. I also watch movies. You'll find me walking into movie theaters alone all the time. That's where I find my peace... I cry my eyes out because someone else on screen is probably going through some shit. Actors are vulnerable fellas. And that's what makes us strong I guess.

You're in a relationship with actress Richa Chadda.

I am a fan. Not just of her as an actor but of the person that's behind all that. She is one of the few spiritually centered people I've encountered in my whole life. I think I just got lucky with her.

What's your go to karaoke song?

Never done that. Okay, "Hanging By A Moment" by Lifehouse or "Reason" by Hoobastank. Don't judge.

Follow Ali Fazal on Instagram (@alifazal9).

Radhika Apte


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If Indian entertainment has a new face then Radhika Apte is its poster girl. The 33-year-old made her Bollywood debut in 2005. Her easy confidence and disarming charm have led her to be a favorite with filmmakers and audiences alike. In addition to three film releases in 2018, Apte appeared in lead roles in two Netflix shows: Sacred Games and Ghoul, back-to-back. Apte spends her time between Mumbai and London, where she shares a home with husband and musician, Benedict Taylor.

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With three films and two shows out 2018 has clearly been your year.

It was very exhausting — even if it looks like everything released in 2018 I was working around the clock for three years. I took a really long break of over a month and now I feel completely rejuvenated to start work.

You recently lent your voice to an audio book: S. Hussain Zaidi's The Mafia Queens Of Mumbai for Audible.

I used to listen to audio recordings of book readings as a child. I think with this new app it's like discovering new time. We travel so much now, so I make good use of it. Also as an actor voice is so important but we rarely work on it as much. I noticed how weak my voice was while recording. This is a very personal medium as people hear these not in groups but individually. There is nothing else but the voice to express it all.

What was it like on the Sacred Games set? Was the energy as big as we see onscreen?

It was a longer shoot — hectic and gruesome as well as exciting and fun. You need a lot more patience with a web series.

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"I want to be able to do work that is inspiring."

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You seem to have developed a great working relationship with Sacred Games director Anurag Kashyap.

With him (Kashyap) a lot of creative decisions are taken spontaneously. He observes and takes into consideration the energy of the group of actors. His methods are challenging and extremely exciting.

You're known today as the face of Netflix India.

It was really a fun ride. They take content seriously and their marketing team is brilliant too. Let's see what I sign with them this year.

Your husband Benedict Taylor has composed the score for Ghoul. It may not have been a direct collaboration but how was it working with him?

This was the first one I think — I am a big admirer of his music.

How do you want 2019 to pan out work wise?

I want to be able to do work that is inspiring. I want to travel and meet new people and be on set for as many days as possible.

Follow Radhika Apte on Instagram (@radhikaofficial).

Jim Sarbh


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With his unconventional roles on screen and off-kilter style off it, Jim Sarbh is the pop culture icon India didn't really know it needed. Born into a Parsi family in Mumbai the 31-year-old made his Bollywood debut in 2016's Neerja as a psychopath terrorist leading a hijack operation — a performance that earned him plenty of praise. As an actor he has only grown from strength to strength since — as evident in his portrayal of Mughal king Allaudin Khilji's slave-general Malik Kafur in 2018's epic saga Padmaavat. Sarbh also starred in Smoke — the first Indian web series to be showcased at the Cannes Film Festival in 2018.

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How did you discover your love for acting?

The earliest performance I remember was singing "Dig, Dig, Dig, Like A Wombat" for the annual student performance at Turramurra Public School in Sydney. I was dressed in brown sweatpants and a sweater, had a paper mask on, and with 10 other 6-year-olds took the stage.

Are you someone that stays in character when the camera cuts, or are you able to flip it on and off?

Well, in Neerja we were informed to stay in character. I did. We shot for 14 days straight. Padmaavat was shot over a year and three days. I reckon if I stayed in character my life would have changed quite dramatically, considering my character Malik's fairly bloodthirsty ambitions.

Do you feel the pressure to be political?

I keep hearing "responsibility of a public figure," but I'm not sure where I stand just yet. I find actors, including myself, to be highly sensitive people, and this sensitivity is to all things, not just good things. Therefore, while we can be all kinds of sublime and passionate, we can also be self-obsessed.

I'd defer to people who have spent their lives knowing what they're talking about; I don't expect a policy maker to be theatrical.

I know, I know, everything is political: well, I hope I succeed in standing for what I believe in, letting my work prove it.

What do you do when you're not working?

Sit around, pet dogs... go to the beach.

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"I hope I succeed in standing for what I believe in, letting my work prove it."

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Your Instagram is testimony to your brilliant taste in music. What are you listening to at the moment?

The soundtrack to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse.

For a lot of people theater is a stepping-stone to the big screen. But you've not stopped doing theater. What do you love most about the medium?

Everything: The rehearsals, the rigor, the live audience and the immediate feedback loop.

What will we see you in this year?

Sometimes, I Think About Dying: a short American film by Stefanie Abel, premieres in a couple weeks at Sundance.

Photograph: a feature by Ritesh Batra, also premieres at Sundance.

Baker's Dozen: an LA-based web series by Jessica Richmond, is set to release in February.

Made in Heaven: a web series that Zoya Akhtar, Nitya Mehra, Prashant Nair, and Alankrita Srivastava directed, set to release in March.

The Wedding Guest: a feature by Michael Winterbottom will release at some point I imagine, they just screened at the Palm Springs Film Festival.

Beneath a Sea of Lights: a feature by Neel Kumar

Massage: a short film by Bejoy Nambiar

Follow Jim Sarbh on Instagram (@jimsarbhforreal).

Kubbra Sait


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35-year-old Kubbra Sait started her career as a model and television host. Although she appeared in Bollywood films like Ready and Sultan, the turning point in her career came with the role of Cuckoo in 2018's critically acclaimed Netflix series Sacred Games. 2019 sure has a lot in store for this promising performer.

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What was your immediate gut reaction when you were asked to audition for Cuckoo's part?

It was Ankur Tewari, the musician and a common friend of Anurag (Kashyap the director) and I, who recommended me for the role. He was confident that I could pull it off. I was like "Hell yeah! We're doing this and we're doing this right — we're going to kick some serious ass at this audition." I literally grabbed the opportunity with my hands and feet — this is what I was born to do.

What did you watch in preparation for the role?

I had no time to prepare. I was confirmed and in three days flat I had to begin shooting. Also as a director Anurag doesn't want us to come prepared — he likes his actors to be raw and work on instinct.

Cuckoo and Ganesh Gaitonde's relationship subverted gender norms in such a refreshing way — that's never happened in Indian cinema or television before.

Theirs was a pure, unadulterated kind of love. Imagine Ganesh Gaitonde, who was Bombay's (now Mumbai) biggest don at the time, and he found his match in Cuckoo. It didn't matter that she was transgender or maybe that was her appeal — these questions are left unanswered. Above all Cuckoo believed she could have anybody she wanted. She was a diva. Everyone expected that she is going to backstab Gaitonde at some point but she doesn't.

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"Things are changing slowly but surely."

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Recently there's been a lot of backlash in the industry about cisgender actors playing transgender roles.

I posed the same question to my directors. They said to me that they had hit a roadblock with trying to cast a transgender person for the role and had found nobody suitable for months. Most people they met were afraid of being stigmatized. The release of the series was followed by the abolishment of section 377, which not only decriminalized gay sex but also brought LGBTQIA rights to the forefront — things are changing slowly but surely.

What's the best part about being on set?

I just love everything about it — being in front of the camera, memorizing lines, the energy, the anxiousness, the subtle shifts that happen in your body language when you're ready to perform — everything is just magical.

What have you been streaming of late?

I've become a serial binger. I recently watched the Coen brothers film The Ballad of Buster Scruggs and enjoyed it a lot. I am watching Glow. I enjoyed the Israeli series Fauda — on Netflix. I watched Birdbox for Sandra Bullock. I didn't like it. There's Bandersnatch on my watch list now.

What will we see you in next?

I make an appearance in Zoya Akhtar's Gully Boy starring Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt in lead roles. Next I've got a film with Alankrita Srivastava coming out — it's called Dolly, Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare. Then there's a web series for ALT Balaji called Verdict, which is a take on the infamous Nanavati murder case of 1959.

Follow Kubbra Sait on Instagram (@kubbrasait).

Priyanka Bose


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Although she has been part of the Indian movie industry for some time, Priyanka Bose's big break came in the form of 2016's Oscar-nominated film Lion in which she shared screen space with Nicole Kidman and Dev Patel. Bose played Patel's biological mother Kamala in the film. She was also part of Italio Spinelli's Gangor and Jeffrey D Brown's Sold and is all set to appear in the Norwegian English fantasy film Mortal this year. Bose is very vocal about women's rights in the industry and is proactive about using the spotlight to challenge the status quo.

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Do you remember your first acting job?

I think it was an Ad for a drink brand called Sosyo, or something like that. That was long, long ago. I was also part of the theater scene in Delhi at the time.

You were part of Ya?l Farber's play Nirbhaya that debuted at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and then traveled around the world. Recounting your personal experience with sexual abuse as a child must not have been easy.

I had to have empathy for the child in me that went through so much trauma. Survival is fragile and I just wanted to wipe out that dark past of mine without ever processing it sufficiently. It's only after we went through a few performances that Yael's process came together for me. I'm still in and out in this process of forgiveness and letting go. My anger is still very incoherent.

I'm sure you get asked this all the time but how was it sharing screen space with Nicole Kidman?

I truly think she is one of the best actors out there. And she is so generous about sharing space. She is a curious human too.

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"Survival is fragile and I just wanted to wipe out that dark past of mine without ever processing it sufficiently."

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What skill have you learned for a film that you utilize even to this day?

I make good round rotis when I have to. And I am better at using foul language now than I used to be [Laughs].

What have you learned from your daughter?

She calls out the bullshit but with kindness. And she is reflective and kind when it comes to her own fears unlike me.

What's one film of yours you wish people had paid more attention to?

Gangor — it got me a lot of accolades in Rome but never saw the light of day in India. The Indian producers didn't do a good job in nurturing that film. It's my first film and it'll always have a special place.

What are you looking forward to in the coming year?

Self love, taking pleasure in the small things and just having fun. Not like a drunk uncle but with reflection and joy and love.

Follow Priyanka Bose on Instagram (@priyankabose20).

Rasika Dugal


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A graduate of the prestigious Film and Television Institute of India, Rasika Dugal's brush with acting came in the form of plays in college. In 2018 the 34-year-old actress proved her mettle with two prominent roles — as Safia, the wife and companion of writer Sadat Hassan Manto, in Nandita Das's biopic Manto, showcased at the Cannes Film Festival and as the feisty Beena Tripathi in Amazon Prime's web series Mirzapur.

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What was special about your role as Beena Tripathi in Mirzapur?

It was very different from anything I had been offered before and dramatically different from Safia in Manto, which I was shooting for when I met Karan Anshuman — the series director. The script was an absolute page-turner and the women's parts were really all about breaking stereotypes. I had some initial apprehension about how Beena's scenes would be played out. But the sensitive directors and respectful co-actors took care of those insecurities.

My only grouse is the women didn't have as much screen time as I had hoped for. Maybe season two will care of that!

Women's sexual desires are underexplored in Indian cinema and television but things seem to be changing now. What does it feel like being a part of this new wave?

I feel very fortunate. I think it is a very interesting time to be an actor. More interesting, nuanced and important roles are being written for women. But sometimes I feel, some parts are written to just check a box. Are those stories really progressive? Or are we simply falling into another stereotype in an attempt to move away from one because our inherent prejudices are still intact? These are important questions to ask. I feel we are in a moment of change. And while we must celebrate that we must also have these conversations.

How did you breathe life into Safia's character in Manto?

From the time I met Nandita for the film, I knew Safia was very important to her. She had spent a lot of time with Manto and Safia's daughters in Pakistan where she learned a lot about Safia because unlike Manto there wasn't much written about her. Anecdotal information from the family contributed to an understanding of what the relationship between them might have been. From the time I read the part, I felt instantly connected to the character. And it helped to have a detail-oriented and involved director and a brilliant co-actor.

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"Good stories have the power to transcend borders and boundaries of language."

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You've done the rounds of film festivals several times now. What do you enjoy most about them?

I enjoy watching a diverse and discerning audience respond to the film. It is touching to see how people connect with a story despite being unfamiliar nuances of the place or the culture it is set in. It is a reminder that a film's rootedness is directly proportional to its universality. That something is truly relatable only if it is authentic. It reaffirms my belief that good stories have the power to transcend borders and boundaries of language.

You joined hands with industry heavyweights like Cate Blanchett and Salma Hayek for the Times Up Women's March at the Cannes Film Festival 2018.

There are very few moments in life when you are a part of something that big. The power of that moment was incredible. Without saying much, there was an understanding of what all of us might have been through to be where we were today. The memory of that will stay with me forever and I will always be grateful to Nandita for making me a part of it.

There's a certain old world charm about you.

I seriously think I was meant to be born in another era. I felt so even when I was in my teens…this is not a 30s crisis [Laughs]. I am not as fast paced as most people I know. I cannot multitask. I could qualify as technologically challenged. I mostly listen to music from the 60s, read writers from the 40s and 50s and so on. Someone up there messed up on the timelines.

What makes you happy?

A long run, a delicious meal, a good film, an addictive show, a good performance — I am easy to please.

Follow Rasika Dugal on Instagram (@rasikadugal).

Akshay Oberoi


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Born in Morristown, New Jersey, Akshay Oberoi was a student of theater studies at the John Hopkins University in Baltimore. He also trained in ballet, jazz and hip-hop at the Broadway Dance Centre. The 34-year-old also happens to be Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi's cousin. He got his foot in the door with the 2010 film Isi Life Mein. His work in subsequent films Lal Rang, Gurgaon and Piku received good reviews. This year Oberoi appears alongside Radhika Apte in Bombairiya.

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You're a trained ballet dancer.

From a young age I knew I wanted to be an actor and work in Hindi cinema — I literally did whatever it took to achieve that dream. At the time I didn't really know what kind of actor I wanted to be. I've kind of managed to find my own voice and a lot of the films I now choose sadly don't involve any dancing [Laughs]. But I guess it also indirectly helps in things like body language. I find that I approach a role with How does this character walk? or How does he wear himself? And thanks to the dance training I think can align to a character better.

You didn't have the kind of opportunities that Bollywood star kids usually do.

No I didn't. I guess that would've helped me reach where I wanted to be faster. But other than that I find my own journey quite fulfilling. I think I've had fun chasing the right kind of gigs. Every actor has a different story. My struggle plays a big role in the kind of actor I am. The angst has helped me in a few of my roles. And everything I am today has come from being tenacious and trying to do my best in every role.

Who do you look up to in the industry?

I am inspired by everyone from Amitabh Bachchan, Irrfan Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui to Sanjay Mishra and Pankaj Tripathi. I am generally attracted to people who didn't have careers built for them. They took on small parts and kept at it — working, experimenting, challenging themselves and eventually getting public attention. I see my own journey reflected in theirs. Not everybody made it in their twenties as a big heartthrob of the nation [Laughs]!

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"Every actor has a different story. My struggle plays a big role in the kind of actor I am."

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What kind of roles would you like to take on in future?

I think there's no greater challenge for an actor than playing someone real. With a biopic there's an actual context to the person you're playing and it's a very specific type of adaptation. Otherwise characters are open to interpretation.

Your latest film Bombairiya, which also stars Radhika Apte, is a black comedy. What do you find most challenging about the genre?

Comedy has a very specific timing and rhythm to it. You either get it or you don't and that's what is scary about it. If it were a play, for instance, we would've immediately known how the audience is responding: is the joke going to work or will the joke be on us? Comedy doesn't come as naturally to me as other things so I need work extra hard.

What's your current vice?

I go on Youtube a lot. I can escape into a Youtube black hole for hours and be like where did half the day go. It's the best way to procrastinate in my opinion.

What's the one future project you're most excited about?

I have a film called Junglee with Vidyut Jamwal directed by Chuck Russell who directed Jim Carrey's The Mask. I'm truly excited about that.

Follow Akshay Oberoi on Instagram (@akshay0beroi).

Sanya Malhotra


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From participating in a dance reality show, to appearing in adverts, and then going on to land a role in the biggest Bollywood blockbuster of the year, Sanya Malhotra's story is the stuff dreams are made of. The dancer-turned-choreographer-turned-actor is slowly but surely finding her feet in a cutthroat industry.

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You were part of one of 2018's most successful Bollywood films Badhai Ho. How was it working with that crew?

I feel extremely blessed that I got the opportunity to be a part of such an amazing film. The astounding response that we've received for it has filled me with gratitude. I've had the opportunity to learn and evolve as an actor and meet some really talented people.


You played Babita Kumari in Dangal. Did you want to become an actor before that?


Yes, I always wanted to be an actor. Not a lot of people get this opportunity — one that literally changes your life. It was surely a spectacular start to my career and I'm living my dream life.

Your new film Photograph is set to release this year.

Post the release of Dangal I was not expecting any major change in my career: I thought one film won't really make a difference. But the first director to call me after that was Ritesh Batra who made Photograph. I was anyway a fan of his previous film Lunch Box. I immediately got hooked on to the simple yet beautiful script. I couldn't wait to live the life of my character Miloni.

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"Not a lot of people get this opportunity — one that literally changes your life."

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You had a pretty intense experience shooting for Pathaaka.

I learned a lot by playing Chutki in Pathaaka. We did acting workshops and readings and also stayed in a village for a week to prepare.

Fatima Sana Sheikh, your co-actor in Dangal, is one of your closest friends today.

We started our journey together: met at the auditions for Dangal, and although we were competing for the same role we got along pretty well. Fatima, Aamir Khan, Nitesh, Kiran and my whole Dangal family is really special and close to my heart.

What's your favorite party trick?

If I'm going to a random party where I don't know a lot of people I play my own music and dance. It saves me from awkward small talk.

What's one career advice you ignored when you started out?

Go out more, go to the parties and meet people. That really hasn't worked for me ever.

Who do you stalk on Instagram?

I don't really stalk anyone on Instagram, but I'm kind of obsessed with slime videos.

Follow Sanya Malhotra on Instagram (@sanyamalhotra).

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Photography: Ashish Shah
Creative Direction: Kshitjij Kankaria
Styling: Ruhani Singh & Kshitjij Kankaria
Fashion Assistant: Nayanika Kapoor
Hair: Clover Wootton
Makeup: Akgun Manisali
Production: IKP / Imran Khatri Production





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Kylie Jenner: Get Rich or Die Followinghttp://www.82628789.com/kylie-jenner-transformation-2629088275.html

Kylie Jenner knows we've all wondered out loud who her plastic surgeon is. She just doesn't care. Once one of the more unassuming members of America's most famous family, these days her arched eyebrows and permanently pouted lips — sculpted and painted according to the impossible ratios of beauty YouTube and augmented reality apps — transfix hundreds of millions of eager fans and are ubiquitous on every feed. The 21-year-old makeup mogul says her dramatic transformation (from private teenager to public businesswoman, from demure girl-next-door to bombshell) was a conscious one, and more considered than you might assume. She's happy to talk about it.

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"People think I fully went under the knife and completely reconstructed my face, which is completely false," she explains to me over the phone, casually and with little prompting. "I'm terrified! I would never. They don't understand what good hair and makeup and, like, fillers, can really do." I'm eager to indulge in the fantasy that anyone can look like Kylie Jenner if they just watch enough tutorials about crease application, and tell her as much. She gently interrupts. "I mean, no," she says with a conspiratorial laugh. "It's fillers. I'm not denying that."

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On Instagram, where she reigns supreme, Jenner comes across as coy. Her captions are minimal, her grid curated, her selfies serious. In conversation, though, she's surprisingly relaxed and generous and upfront. A cool girl with fillers in her face who is down for whatever. She's genuinely excited to discuss her formerly secret daughter Stormi, and says young motherhood has changed life entirely for the better. "It's genuinely what I wanted... to be a young mom," she says. "I thought, This I what I want to do, and if people accept it or don't accept it then I'm okay with every outcome."

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Two days before our interview, she recalls, the 11-month-old took her first steps — with father Travis Scott present. Jenner gushes about him, too. He's a great dad, a "big kid," a fantastic partner. To put rumors to rest, they aren't married yet, or even engaged. Don't expect her to keep something like that a secret. When it happens, and she seems certain it will soon, "I'll let everybody know." With Kylie, you can usually expect fanfare. A few weeks after we speak, she throws an overtly aesthetic Astroworld-themed birthday celebration for Stormi, involving elaborate Instagrammable neon photo backdrops and custom merch in pop up stalls. Guests enter through the mouth of a giant balloon in the shape of her daughter's face. They eat fries from pink cartons covered in Louis Vuitton-Stormi monograms. DJ Khaled, in attendance, gifts one-year-old Stormi her very first Chanel bag.

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"What I'm trying to say is I did have a platform, but none of my money is inherited."

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Now that we've got the plastic surgery slash secret pregnancy talk out of the way, what Jenner really wants to discuss, with the authority of the eldest girl at the slumber party, is makeup. Its mysterious power. Makeup has made her unfathomably wealthy, and has given her purpose and identity outside of the Keeping Up With the Kardashians sphere. She's in awe of the famous makeup artists she is privileged to regularly work with and laments the fact she'll never be as good as they are, exuding way more modesty than is necessary — watch any of her "getting ready" tutorials and feel something at least proximate to awe. Even before it became her business, she explains, lipstick was her almost singular hobby, an "obsession" she didn't necessarily intend to monetize at first. Of the now-iconic lip kits that started it all, Jenner says she never did any consumer research, "wasn't educated on what the beauty business really was," and never even stopped to observe what the big brands were putting in drugstores. She simply "followed her heart" and invented the exact product she wanted to buy.

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"I just knew for myself as a customer, like, why am I buying a lip liner and a different lipstick? I wanted it the same color, I wanted it to be easy," she recalls. "And I really spent every last dime that I had starting it, not even knowing if it would be successful."

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In 2018, when Forbes predicted Jenner would be crowned America's youngest self-made billionaire within a year, the Internet understandably bristled. But while Jenner definitely exhibits the blithe financial attitude her detractors would expect ("I don't define myself by how much I have. I honestly don't wake up even thinking about it") she is able to acknowledge how certain Kardashian-related privileges gave Kylie Cosmetics an edge other fledgling beauty brands would kill for. "I had such a huge platform, I had so many followers already and I had so many people watching me," she admits. Still, she's eager to assert that "the self-made thing is true." Her parents "cut her off at the age of 15" and told her to start making her own way, and Jenner says that since then she hasn't received a single cent.

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"My parents told me I needed to make my own money, it's time to learn how to save and spend your own money, stuff like that," she explains, taking her time to think through the statement. "What I'm trying to say is I did have a platform, but none of my money is inherited."

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"Makeup is something that makes me feel empowered, makes me feel good, and I think it's such a positive thing."

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Jenner has been trying to curb her social media use, lately. Her screen time has "been going down 20 percent" each week, according to an app on her phone. But she also knows that social media is her "advertisement, the way I show my products." She doesn't feel guilty about exposing her young followers to a filtered vision of beauty that apparently requires millions, close to billions, of dollars to achieve; isn't losing sleep over the occasional piece of diet pill sponcon. Just hopes fans know that she's "trying to set a good example." The pursuit of prettiness has enriched her life, and she believes it can help others, too. When a woman's reflection matches the mental image she holds of herself, Jenner's transfixing, selfie-laden success story seems to imply, she is free to go forth and conquer.

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"Makeup is something that makes me feel empowered, makes me feel good, and I think it's such a positive thing," she says, with an earnestness that's nothing if not compelling. "There's no harm in playing around with it and feeling good about yourself." Maybe the fillers are optional, after all.

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Photography: Morelli Brothers
Styling: Anna Trevelyan
Hair: Tokyo Stylez
Makeup: Ariel Tejada
Nails: Lily Jafari
Styling Assistants: Ryan Dodson and Karissa Mitchell
Production: AGPNYC





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