Bran Had the Same Reaction as You When He Found Out the Game of Thrones Finale

This post contains spoilers for the final season of Game of Thrones. Consider yourself warned.

People are definitely not over the finale of Game of Thrones, and chances are many of them won’t be for a very, very long time. One good thing about the show ending, though, is that the cast can finally open up about the plot in a way they haven’t before.

Often sworn to secrecy (or not even aware of what was coming next), they had to talk around all sorts of subjects, but not anymore. And sometimes, it turns out their opinions closely mirror ours. Take Isaac Hempstead-Wright, who played Bran Stark for all eight seasons. In a twist no one saw coming, Bran became ruler of the Six Kingdoms. This got mixed reactions from fans, and Hempstead-Wright totally understands it.

“Not everyone will be happy,” he told Entertainment Weekly. “It’s so difficult to finish a series as popular as this without pissing some people off. I don’t think anybody will think it’s predictable, and that’s as much as you can hope for. People are going to be angry. There’s going to be a lot of broken hearts. It’s ‘bittersweet,’ exactly as [saga author] George R.R. Martin intended. It’s a fitting conclusion to this epic saga.”

In fact, Hempstead-Wright fully believed that the finale script, where Bran is chosen as king, was a joke. “When I got to the [Dragonpit scene] in the last episode and they’re like, ‘What about Bran?’ I had to get up and pace around the room,” he said. “I genuinely thought it was a joke script and that [showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss] sent to everyone a script with their own character ends up on the Iron Throne. ‘Yeah, good one guys. Oh s—, it’s actually real?’”

“I’m happy,” he continued. “Though I kind of did want to die and get in one good death scene with an exploding head or something.”

We still have plenty of questions about Bran and his powers—but at least Sansa got a crown, too. Double Stark power can’t be that bad, right?

The 11 Best Lip Glosses of 2019: Clear, Colorful, Plumping, and More

We’ll just put it straight: Lip gloss is divisive. It isn’t as popular as lipstick and still can’t quite shake its association with velour Juicy Couture tracksuits and messy middle school first kisses (who didn’t keep a fresh tube of Lip Smacker lip gloss in their back pocket, just in case?). But it’s 2019 now, and we’re here to report lip gloss is actually cool again.

Blame Rihanna who makes everything look good (her Gloss Bomb is one of her best-selling Fenty products) or Glossier who popularized, well, anything glossy. The latest iterations offer shine, color, and comfort across the board, and those sticky, hair-catching problems you remember from the nineties and early aughts are firmly in the past.

Accordingly, when we asked our editors to test and report back on all the top new lip glosses, the reviews came back positively across the board. (And, yes, we did get multiple very enthusiastic “FENTY GLOSS BOMB!!” responses.) Here are the 11 best lip glosses, according to Glamour editors.

Shopping Tips From Swimsuit Models: How to Buy a Bathing Suit

Shopping for swimsuits can be overwhelming, time consuming, and mentally taxing, especially in the age of overabundance. Just the thought of so many styles, shapes, trends, price points, in-store and online destinations—it can make your heads explode, without even stepping foot in the dressing room (or opening all of those online orders). But imagine if wearing a bathing suit was literally your job. Would that make the process any easier? If it’s any consolation… Apparently, no.

We asked some of the most experienced, on-the-front-lines—or, more accurately, on gorgeous white sand beaches—professionals this question: a bunch of Sports Illustrated swimsuit models (mic drop). And, spoiler, shopping for a bikini can be an endeavor for them, too.

“Honestly, I think swimwear is one of the hardest things to do,” Kate Upton tells Glamour during the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit on Location event in Miami, celebrating its 2019 issue. “I always say, emotionally, jeans and swimwear are the hardest things to try on.”

“Just go in with an open mind,” says Danielle Herrington, last year’s Swimsuit Issue cover star. “Be nice to yourself!” Body-positivity activist, swim designer, and model Tara Lynn agrees: “It’s best to just go for what you’re most comfy in and try as many things on as possible. You might surprise yourself with what you feel most gorgeous in.”

Sports Illustrated’s 2019 class of swimsuit models are diverse in age, shape, size, and background. Halima Aden made history as the first model to appear in modest swimwear in the issue; Tyra Banks came out of retirement to appear on its cover. And, having spent a cumulative hundreds of hours (if not more) in bikinis, one-pieces, and burkinis, they know a thing or two about swim. So, we asked them to share their expert advice about trying on and finding the perfect fit and style to look our personal best and, most importantly, feel most confident.

The next time you’re out shopping for bathing suits and feel frozen by indecision or overwhelmed by too many options, just ask yourself: What would Upton or Banks or Lynn or Lais Ribiero or Kelsea Merritt or Winnie Harlow do? Read on to find out.

Straps can make or break your suit.

Banks made history in 1997 as the first African-American solo cover model. And over the years, she’s developed a preference for a swim top with strong shoulder straps. “I’m busty, so when there’s a string at the back of my neck, it’s digging and, sometimes, it can create chafing,” she says (A thicker strap neck-tie works, too.) Upton, three-time Swimsuit Issue cover model, suggests a tie-less halter top: “So I can actually enjoy my beach day. I can go swimming; I can snorkel; I can be with my daughter.”

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Same goes for the edges of a swimsuit.

Lynn recommends paying attention to what your one- or two-piece is made of and how it sits on the body. “Anything with a really rigid edge is going to cut into any soft spots and cause some discomfort,” she says.

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Not all one-pieces are created equal.

“I honestly think I look better in a one-piece than a two-piece,” says Banks. “There’s something about a one-piece… I feel stronger.” Plus, having one in the arsenal brings versatility for say, going from beach to cocktails. But not all one-piece trends—low-back, strapless, super-strappy—will work on all bodies. “Cute one pieces with open backs for big boobed ladies… That doesn’t roll with us,” warns Upton. But there are options. For instance, Banks advises finding a one-piece with a covered or high back detail to balance out support in the front. Straps on each shoulder, instead of a tie around the neck, also help when you have a big bust. If you want to highlight the waist, Merritt recommends suits with a belt or a wrap tie at the waist to create dimension.

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Everyone can benefit from an underwire, regardless of bust size.

No matter your bra size, an underwire-lined top can offer some additional support, maybe even a little boost. Herrington likes light padding, too, “just because my boobs get all over the place.” Visible underwires are also a huge trend in swim right now. Kelsey Merritt, the first Filipino model to walk the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show runway and appear in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, suggests “trying a corset-style, especially with tiny little straps.”

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With separates, try (and buy) different sizes.

Banks makes it a point to “find a bottom that’s slightly too big in size, because I have hips and I’m not super muscular, so when suits are too tight, they dig into my flesh and cut off my blood circulation,” she says. She suggests finding a bikini bottom with ties on the side, which you can adjust to rest right on top of—and not cut into—your hips.

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Consider modest swimwear to cover up beyond SPF.

Be it for cultural reasons or because sun damage is real, modest swimwear—or some variation on it—could make sense for you. Aden says to “really treat it like a bikini,” picking colors, prints, and other style elements that fit your tastes and also needs. She recommends looking for a stretchier, flexible material that won’t contract too much in the water. Oh, and don’t be afraid of the accessories: Layer up with colorful scarves, overalls or cover-ups, throw on some jewelry, play with hats, plus go high drama with the sunglasses. “They will transform it from a bodysuit to ‘oh, she did not come to play,” Aden says.

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Don’t fear the high-cut leg.

That ‘80s-style, hipbone-revealing silhouette has made a comeback in recent years. The look makes Banks think, “Elle Macpherson,” she says. “That for me is everything, and it makes the legs longer.” Even Merritt, who’s petite, recommends trying one that’s “not super high but has a low back” for that elongating effect.

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… or the neon trend.

Victoria’s Secret Angel Ribeiro cites neon as the swimwear trend she’s most excited to try this summer. “It makes your tan pop, so it seems like you’ve been in the sun a long time already.” Upton, like everyone else we talked to, can’t wait to cop the trend, either: “It’s so fun, especially with a spray tan.” Merritt wants green and pink—maybe with leopard print thrown in for some extra fire.

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Keep an eye on the details.

These models are exposed to any and all trends that have touched swimwear over the years. And they’re not afraid to embrace some of the fun, playful elements that are now all over your bikinis and one-pieces. And you shouldn’t be, either. Winnie Harlow’s recommendation? “Ruching always makes the butt look cute,” she says.

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Make swimsuit shopping a group activity.

If you’re buying your swimsuit IRL, bring along “one of your best girlfriends, who can hype you up and get you trying things on that are outside the box,” says Lynn. Make sure she’s someone you trust to give honest, but always encouraging, feedback, like “‘this looks good’ or ‘no, don’t buy that,’” says Herrington.

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If you prefer to shop online, patience is key.

“Online shopping is underrated,” says Lynn. Over the years, online-only swim brands have offered more options to shoppers who felt they weren’t being catered to—either because of their budget, their size, and so forth. It can be harder to gauge what will fit you and what won’t, though. Lynn suggests “finding a retailer who uses models with your body type [online], so you can really visualize yourself in the suit.” Upton normally “gets a million different sizes [to try on],” she says. She’ll “start with the biggest size and go down” and recommends always reading the fine print and return policy.

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Time your beach ‘grams.

Yes, there are specific windows that are ideal for shooting your swim #OOTD. According to Banks: “before 10 a.m. and after 2 p.m, when the sun is lower in the sky.” Now smize.

This New Trailer for the Downton Abbey Movie Is About to Make Your Day

The perfectly manicured English landscapes, that sweeping instrumental theme song, and, of course, the manor itself are the stars of the newest trailer for the much-anticipated Downton Abbey movie.

That’s right, everybody: We’re finally one step closer to being reunited with Lord and Lady Grantham, Lady Mary, the Dowager Countess, Mr. and Mrs. Bates, Mrs. Patmore, Tom Branson, and the rest of the Downton gang we’ve been missing since the show ended in 2016.

Check out the trailer for yourself, below:

“When the television series drew to a close, it was our dream to bring the millions of global fans a movie, and now, after getting many stars aligned, we are shortly to go into production,” said producer Gareth Neame, Carnival Films’s executive chairman, in the press release when the project was announced. “Julian’s script charms, thrills, and entertains, and in Brian Percival’s hands we aim to deliver everything that one would hope for as Downton comes to the big screen.”

The cast has been pretty pumped about the reunion project too, as evidenced in social media posts from Michelle Dockery (Lady Mary) and Joanne Froggatt (Mrs. Bates).

In December 2018, Downton Abbey dropped its first teaser trailer, which didn’t reveal much plot. But just hearing the music again was enough to get me excited, and I’m sure I’m not alone.

“Since the series ended, fans of Downton have long been waiting for the Crawley family’s next chapter,” a Focus Features chairman said in a statement last year. “We’re thrilled to join this incredible group of filmmakers, actors, and craftspeople, led by Julian Fellowes and Gareth Neame, in bringing back the world of Downton to the big screen next September.”

This movie won’t hit theaters until September 20, 2019, so fingers crossed we get some more teasers before then. Let the countdown begin.

Kate Middleton Wore a Floral Dress from & Other Stories

While we loved seeing Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis frolic in the stream and play on the rope swing during Kate Middleton’s unveiling of her latest project—a “Back to Nature” garden for the Chelsea Flower Show—we were also very focused on the duchess’s gorgeous printed, long-sleeve midi dress, which can be seen from several angles in photos posted by Kensington Palace. Imagine our delight, then, in finding out it was from affordable retailer & Other Stories, a favorite of sister-in-law Meghan Markle’s, too.

The $129 dress is, of course, sold out—proving the Kate Middleton Effect is as strong as ever. But we found some similar options that are just as perfect for summer.

The exact same print from Kate’s dress is still available on the brand’s site in a mini version for just $69, which would look just as good with a pair of sneakers or slides as it would with a pair of wedges, a Middleton staple.

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And here are a few more that pretty much hit the same style note as the 37-year-old royal.

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Now, you’ll be all set for a garden party, after-work cocktails, or just running errands in a fantastic dress.

Best Swim Coverups to Wear to the Beach Summer 2019

You’ve already found the swimsuit you’ll wear non-stop for the next few months. But don’t forget about what goes on top of it: the perfect cover-up.

As more brands think beyond strictly swimwear and design for that “resort” lifestyle—think easy, breezy pieces that don’t require overthinking (and that complete that out-of-office Instagram post)—the cover-up has evolved from something you wear in this one very specific context to an “it” piece for summer 2019. These breathable dresses, skirts, pants, and blouses look great on the beach and by the pool, but they’re just as good on a hot summer day of running errands or for a Summer Friday happy hour. Wear them with slips if they feel too sheer, or with a ribbed knit tank for contrasting texture. Or, just add your favorite sandals and go about your day.

Ahead, check out 24 cover-ups you’ll be stoked to wear no matter where your summer adventures take you.

Best 24 Swim Coverups to Wear to the Beach Summer 2019

You’ve already found the swimsuit you’ll wear non-stop for the next few months. But don’t forget about what goes on top of it: the perfect cover-up.

As more brands think beyond strictly swimwear and design for that “resort” lifestyle—think easy, breezy pieces that don’t require overthinking (and that complete that out-of-office Instagram post)—the cover-up has evolved from something you wear in this one very specific context to an “it” piece for summer 2019. These breathable dresses, skirts, pants, and blouses look great on the beach and by the pool, but they’re just as good on a hot summer day of running errands or for a Summer Friday happy hour. Wear them with slips if they feel too sheer, or with a ribbed knit tank for contrasting texture. Or, just add your favorite sandals and go about your day.

Ahead, check out 24 cover-ups you’ll be stoked to wear no matter where your summer adventures take you.

24 Best Swim Cover-ups to Wear to the Beach for Summer 2019

You’ve already found the swimsuit you’ll wear non-stop for the next few months. But don’t forget about what goes on top of it: the perfect cover-up.

As more brands think beyond strictly swimwear and design for that “resort” lifestyle—think easy, breezy pieces that don’t require overthinking (and that complete that out-of-office Instagram post)—the cover-up has evolved from something you wear in this one very specific context to an “it” piece for summer 2019. These breathable dresses, skirts, pants, and blouses look great on the beach and by the pool, but they’re just as good on a hot summer day of running errands or for a Summer Friday happy hour. Wear them with slips if they feel too sheer, or with a ribbed knit tank for contrasting texture. Or, just add your favorite sandals and go about your day.

Ahead, check out 24 cover-ups you’ll be stoked to wear no matter where your summer adventures take you.

Game of Thrones Secretly Revealed Who Won the Iron Throne in This Season 1 Poster

Warning: Game of Thrones spoilers ahead.

Game of Thrones fans are still reeling from the revelation that Bran Stark was the one who ended up on the Iron Throne in the series finale. Well, not the Iron Throne exactly: The physical seat was actually melted by Drogon, but Bran was anointed head of the six kingdoms. (The North became its own territory that Queen Sansa Stark now rules.) This is the answer we’ve been waiting years for—and fan reactions are divided, to say the least.

But what happened shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. For one, women on Game of Thrones never properly get their due. (Yes, Sansa is queen of the North but she deserves to rule over everything, damn it!) Also, HBO low-key revealed the Bran Stark-Iron Throne twist in a season one poster. Yup.

Take a close look at the throwback image of Ned Stark, below. He’s sitting on the Iron Throne and to his right is what looks like a raven. Bran, as we all know, became the Three-Eyed Raven on Game of Thrones. So was this image a hint that he would ultimately take the Iron Throne?

Twitter user @thommybell certainly thinks so. He pointed out this connection on Monday, May 20 and has since racked up hundreds of likes. “Anyone else just notice the raven on Ned’s right from the season one poster,” he tweeted. “Raven + Ned Stark on the Iron Throne = Bran Stark. It was in front of us THE WHOLE TIME.”

Of course, it’s possible this is just a coincidence—or maybe Ned is seated next to a crow in the photo, not a raven. (One user who replied to @thommybell’s tweet pointed that out.) It’s certainly an interesting theory, though. I absolutely wouldn’t put it past Team Game of Thrones to hide the answer to its biggest mystery in plain sight.

If you are feeling some type of way about the Game of Thrones series finale, you won’t find much sympathy from its stars. Sophie Turner recently slammed the petition fans started to redo season eight. “I think it’s disrespectful to the crew, and the writers, and the filmmakers who have worked tirelessly over 10 years, and for 11 months shooting the last season,” she told the New York Times. “Like 50-something night shoots. So many people worked so, so hard on it, and for people to just rubbish it because it’s not what they want to see is just disrespectful.”

Meanwhile, Kit Harington told Esquire in April, “Whatever critic spends half an hour writing about this season and makes their [negative] judgement on it, in my head they can go f–k themselves. ‘Cause I know how much work was put into this. I know how much people cared about this.”

Bebe Rexha Claps Back at Body Shamers with a Bikini Photo on Instagram

Body shamers, beware: Bebe Rexha is the latest celebrity coming for you and she’s not holding back.

First, the singer shared a (gorgeous) photo of herself in a bikini on the beach and seemed to preemptively try to stave off the nasty comments that unfortunately often accompany such images on social media, even in 2019. “I probably should of photoshopped my stomach and made it look flat. I probably should of photoshopped my legs to make them look thinner,” she wrote in the caption. “I probably should of made myself look taller and smoothed my legs. But I didn’t. Society can really fuck with you. Here is what a real woman looks like on Instagram without photoshop.”

Fans flooded her comments section with lots of positive feedback. “I love you for this. There was this time in my life when I was refusing to go swimming with my class or even wear shorts in summer because I was so insecure and scared to show my body,” one user wrote. “My mom was like ‘well look at Bebe! She’s not ashamed of her curves and she’s beyond beautiful. Get inspired.” That was when I truly realized that she was right. Thank you Bebe.”

But Rexha’s body positivity wasn’t for Instagram alone. After she shared a clip from a recent show—where she showed off a “My Vagina, My Choice” T-shirt—one Twitter user commented, “okay dont [sic] mean to disrespect but aint too thiccccck!?? i mean never saw her like that BEFORE!! From the song with other two country dudes!!”

Rexha brilliantly (and succinctly) clapped back with, “I gained weight get over it.”

It should go without saying that women’s bodies should not be fodder for public commentary, but alas, this is a message that we continue to have to reiterate over and over and over again. Kudos to Bebe Rexha for helping fight the good fight.