We might as well call it: 2018 was the year of body hair. It sounds somewhat ridiculous to say considering body hair didn’t magically appear out of nowhere this year. And yet, shockingly, in beauty campaigns, on the red carpet, and social media, it really kind of did. In 2018, we finally had the first razor ad—ever!—actually show the body hair women were shaving—or not shaving. At the same time, a growing number of women began to stop caring whether their legs were prickly or not, as a Glamour writer reported this summer. Both signaled that body hair is finally on the road to acceptance (and, yep, that goes for bushes too).
Celebrities have played a big part in this comeback story, as they embrace and normalize their body hair on the red carpet, in your Insta feed, and beyond for their millions of followers. One post, quote, or Tweet can make a big difference—and if you were feeling bad about your current stubble situation, maybe seeing Rihanna’s nonchalant attitude towards her leg hair will make you feel a little less so. Scroll on to see the other refreshing stars who DGAF about shaving.
That doesn’t mean body shaming isn’t still everywhere, though. Trolls on social media (and IRL), BS body standards and even negative messages we tell ourselves are still alive and well. Let’s face it: it’s hard to feel great about the way you look, 100 percent of the time.
Luckily, celebrities were full of clap backs to body shaming this year. Here are 12 of our favorite moments when celebs got real about body positivity and shut down shaming.
To state the obvious, it’s been a year. So now that winter is here, we’re ready to lean into the season—give us the dark nails, the sparkly decorations, and most of all, the winter hairstyles. With collaborations like Justine Marjan x Kitsch and the strong resurgence of hair bows and scrunchies, accessories are riding strong season. That said, there’s always something about a classic updo or ponytail you really can’t go wrong with.
Whatever your taste or hair type, scroll on for the freshest, most interesting ways to wear your hair this winter, pulled fresh and direct from the best of the Internet. Consider it our gift to you; sorry we didn’t wrap it.
Yes, we love the poppers, the champagne, and the glittery decorations. But the best part about party season? Going all out with makeup we normally wouldn’t wear on the regular. Whether you’re feeling smoky glitter lids or gilded lips, we scoured the runways, red carpet, and social media for the coolest party makeup ideas out there. And even if it takes a little extra time to paint it on, isn’t getting ready half the fun? Scroll on for the best party makeup ideas for New Year’s Eve, birthdays, or—really—any other time you feel like celebrating. Do you need an excuse?
You might still be reeling from A Star Is Born, Bohemian Rhapsody, and The Favourite, but it’s time to start thinking ahead to the movies dropping in 2019. And while Lady Gaga isn’t expected to appear on the big screen next year (she’ll be in Las Vegas performing her residency, Enigma) the slate of new movies is still exciting. There are two huge Disney live-action adaptations to get excited about: Aladdin and The Lion King. Plus, we’ll finally see Brie Larson as Captain Marvel, not to mention that highly-anticipated Cats reboot, starring the one and only Taylor Alison Swift.
Also, the romantic comedy is still going strong after its resurgence last year. The most exciting title on the docket is Isn’t It Romanic, starring Rebel Wilson and Priyanka Chopra, but be on the lookout for others, too.
Behold, all the movies you should get excited about in 2019. Mark your calendars accordingly.
There’s something familiar about KiKi Layne when you meet her, even though she’s on the brink of super stardom. Her smile is contagious, the kind that only belongs to that person in high school who was everyone’s best friend. Her infectious laughter is disarming. And when the 26-year-old talks about watching The Lion King and Selena repeatedly as a kid—so much so that it would drive her brother crazy—you laugh and remember doing the same. Talking to her is like catching up with an old friend, the one you always knew would make it.
As the breakout star of Barry Jenkins’ buzzy If Beale Street Could Talk, the film adaptation of the James Baldwin novel in theaters now, Layne plays Tish Rivers, a woman trying to prove her lover’s innocence while pregnant with their first child. Layne says it was the special combination of Baldwin’s writing and Jenkins’ directorial prowess that initially drew her to the screenplay. “Reading the script, I thought it was amazing how it’s this really beautiful love story,” Layne says. “You’ve got these two young black people who are soulmates, but they’re dealing with issues that are just as present today as they were when the book was written in the early ‘70s.”
Jenkins’ interpretation of Baldwin’s story brings a complexity and humanity to the reality of black people’s experiences, so much so that Layne knew immediately she needed to be a part of it. If Beale Street Could Talk effectively highlights how systemic oppression affects black relationships and thwarts the power of black love. In particular, Layne speaks to the difficulty of filming the movie’s prison scenes, knowing full well that those scripted moments are a reality for many black women today. “I was very aware that this isn’t some general story,” she explains.
To prepare for the role, Layne relied heavily on the life of Kalief Browder—a young black man who spent two years in solitary confinement on Rikers Island awaiting trial for allegedly stealing a backpack—and the impact his prison sentence had on the people he loved. “I watched the docuseries about his life and paid attention to what everything was doing to his family and the people who were left behind to try to fight for him,” Layne says. “They were experiencing this with him, too.”
“To see a young black woman being loved for just who she is—her hair, her skin, her clothes—is powerful.”
Working alongside such powerful black actresses as Regina King and Teyonah Parrish, Layne also understands the movie’s ability to challenge the stereotypical narratives around black women’s strength. “Working on this film gave me a different perspective on what a ‘strong black woman’ looks like,” she says. “I don’t think I’d ever seen a strong black woman who had the characteristics of Tish—someone who was vulnerable, open; so loved and loving.” Playing Tish, Layne says, enabled her to reimagine both what power is, and what it could be. “I’m hoping that seeing this film and more images of black women being really comfortable in their skin gives a broader perspective of what strength looks like for us,” she explains. “For a while, the perceptions have been very narrow.”
And she’s right. The acceptance of black women’s natural beauty is rare in today’s mainstream media, but throughout the film, the combination of Layne’s beauty and Jenkins’ meticulous eye create a series of standout moments. “In this film, you see a black woman being loved so hard for just being her natural self,” she says. “To see a young black woman being loved for just who she is—her hair, her skin, her clothes—is powerful. She doesn’t have much, but what she has is enough.”
Yet, even as the entertainment industry and society at large still struggle to include black women within its standards of beauty, Layne is glad they’re not waiting. “We’re seeing more black women saying: ‘This is who I am; this is what I’ve been given.’ And it’s beautiful.” She continues: “It’s especially important in the time of social media where there are so many images of this very specific type of woman that’s supposed to be beautiful, sought after and sexy. To see women rejecting that and embracing who they really are, it’s really powerful.”
It’s rare that black women’s stories are told with the same veracity this film offers. Layne knows this, and considers herself lucky to be entering the industry at a time when movies like If Beale Street Could Talk are being made. “We are in a moment where there are just so many more platforms and outlets and opportunities for us to get our stories heard,” she says. “Instead of asking for permission, we’re seeing more artists and creatives taking control over the stories we tell. That’s a powerful time to enter.”
Thinking beyond this film, or even her next project—a screen adaptation of Richard Wright’s 1940 novel Native Son—Layne aspires for a career that’s not just fruitful for herself, but also for others. Recognizing the reality of black women’s experiences in the entertainment industry, the actor hopes her career creates more opportunities for young black women everywhere. “I want to push the boundaries on the roles that have historically been given to actresses who look like me,” she says. “There is so much more we can do. There always has been.” The way she says this—with a gleam in her eye that shows an honest, genuine determination to make a difference—makes you believe her.
KiKi Layne is going to do that, and more. And we’ll be all the better for it.
Candice Benbow is a writer and activist living in New Jersey.
Navigating the world of skin care devices is tough. You can’t exactly take skin care tools for a test run at Sephora like you would a lipstick. And then, of course, there’s the cost to factor in. (Do you really need to drop $300 on a wand to supercharge your face serums? Eh, probably not.) But every so often, a shiny new piece of technology shows up that does for skin care what the first iPod did for MP3s and changes the game.
Obviously, the stakes are higher when it comes to your face (nobody ever broke out from dropping $50 on a Zune), so over the course of the past year, we rounded up every innovative, raved about skin care tool we could get our hands on and asked Glamour staffers to answer the ultimate question: is this thing worth it? For the devices below, the answer was a resounding yes. From cheekbone-defining face rollers to acne lights to a treatment device that literally delivers the benefits of a face mask in 90 seconds, read on for the skin care tools that’ll truly change your complexion.
This was an excellent year for shoppers, solely based on the number of new brands and designer collaborations that popped up across clothing, shoes, and accessories. This year, we saw some surprising pairings, shopped new ventures from old favorites, and discovered some up-and-coming names making big waves in the industry. More and more, though, we learned about all the ways creatives marry their artistic vision with the personal, social, and environmental tenets that are important to them—whether that be looking into their own background and history for inspiration, building a company on sustainable values and renewable resources, or using female-led collectives to produce their collections (or, in some cases, all of the above.) The result? A better shopping experience for all.
Ahead, we round up some of our favorite new fashion brands from 2018. Each one aims to bring something unique to the marketplace that hasn’t been done before—and there’s a whole lot to love about that.
But it was a long and winding road to “I do” over the past 10 years: There was one big breakup, plenty of gossip for the couple to navigate, and some truly tough moments—like the destruction of the couple’s Malibu home in the recent California wildfires.
So let’s break down how we got here.
Cyrus, at the time a major Disney star on Hannah Montana, and Hemsworth, a then-relatively unknown Australian actor, are both cast in the film adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks novel The Last Song and start dating during the shoot. They’re even spotted “full-on making out,” according to People, as they say goodbye at the Nashville airport after shooting wraps.
The pair makes their red-carpet debut together looking all sorts of lovey-dovey at The Last Song premiere in March. They also pose for a very couple-y photo shoot for Teen Vogue as part of the movie’s promotion. “It’s refreshing to work with an actor who isn’t also a singer and dancer and musician and artist and this and that. I’m sick of quadruple threats,” Cyrus tells the magazine.
It’s a big career year for both Cyrus and Hemsworth: Her final episode of Hannah Montana airs, and he begins shooting the first of the Hunger Games movies, in which he stars as Gale. They’ve not yet become totally press-shy as a couple at this point, either: The two step out together and are photographed at big events.
Public interest in the couple gains serious steam, and you can bet there’s plenty of questions about what their relationship status is—to the point where Cyrus has to respond to rumors of an engagement ring herself.
The couple confirms their engagement to People. Cyrus is 19, and Hemsworth is 22. He proposes on May 31 with a 3.5-carat Neil Lane diamond ring. “I’m so happy to be engaged and look forward to a life of happiness with Liam,” Cyrus tells the magazine.
This year marks the first serious rough spots in the relationship—as well as a major move forward in Cyrus’s music career with the release of Bangerz. The couple has to navigate constant rumors that the wedding has been called off—and there’s much speculation when Cyrus is spotted without her ring.
“I don’t think I realized what 19 truly is, and I got engaged at 19, and I definitely wouldn’t change being engaged. It was so fun wearing a fat rock for a few years,” Cyrus told Barbara Walters in December. “But now, I just feel like I can actually be happy.”
Post-breakup, Cyrus starts dating Patrick Schwarzenegger late in the year.
Schwarzenegger is out of the picture by April, but there are rumors that Cyrus is dating model Stella Maxwell. “I remember telling her I admire women in a different way. And she asked me what that meant. And I said, I love them. I love them like I love boys,” Cyrus tells Paper in June of a conversation about sexuality with her mom, Tish Cyrus. “And it was so hard for her to understand. She didn’t want me to be judged, and she didn’t want me to go to hell. But she believes in me more than she believes in any god. I just asked for her to accept me. And she has.”
Cyrus is also spotted at events like New York Fashion Week. Meanwhile, Hemsworth adopts a rescue dog.
By fall, however, Cyrus is borrowing a costume from Hemsworth for Halloween, and rumors of a reunion heat up.
In January, the couple is spotted together at a music festival in Australia. And Elsa Pataky, who is married to Liam’s older brother Chris Hemsworth, posts a photo of herself hanging with Cyrus.
“Of course it was hard, man. But at the time we were going in different directions, and it’s just what needed to happen,” Liam tells GQ. “We were both super young, and it was a good decision at the time—we both needed that.”
He even hints at the reconciliation: “People will figure it out; they already have…They’re not dumb.”
Cyrus is also back as a consistent presence on Liam’s Instagram, where he frequently calls her “my angel”.
The couple also spends Christmas together again, too.
2017 was a big Miley-Liam year, starting with the release of “Malibu,” a song Cyrus dedicates to Liam (and, well, Malibu). “They’re going to talk about me if I come out of a restaurant with Liam,” she tells Billboard. “So why not put the power back in my relationship and say, ‘This is how I feel’?” Cyrus also drops Younger Now, which Liam hypes.
There are ever-present rumors of a secret wedding, but mostly the pair just seems pretty happy together. They walk a red carpet or two, and Liam pops up on SNL that November—for an episode where Cyrus is the musical guest.
Big highs and big lows mark 2018 for the couple: They kick off the year in public view at a few Oscars parties but then keep things a little more low-key—as low-key as red carpets get, anyway.
In November, the couple’s Malibu home is destroyed by the California wildfires—but Liam plays an important role in their evacuation. “He was so incredible. He got all the animals out in his truck. He put two pigs in crates, which I tell you is so hard,” Cyrus tells Howard Stern of Hemsworth’s heroics during the fires.
“He got a lot of action for saving the animals,” Miley tells Howard Stern. “We had to make sure he knew I was very, very grateful.” The couple also donates $500,000 to the relief effort.
But they’re still able to find happy things to celebrate, like Cyrus’s November birthday.
American singer-songwriter Pink has, for years, given fans hit after Top 40 hit. From “Just Give Me A Reason” to “So What,” the artist’s powerhouse vocals and emotionally-charged lyrics have kept the her a pop frontrunner since she came on the scene in early 2000. So, really, it’s no surprise that fans love covering her work, or that her work has, quite literally, changed lives.
In October 2017, Glamour showed Pink a video of a YouTuber, Davina Michelle, who was covering Pink’s 2017 power ballad “What About Us.” At the time, Pink was overwhelmingly impressed by the singer. “That is better than I will ever sound,” she says while watching Davina Michelle perform. “I love that. I want to own that.”
Davina Michelle’s own reaction to Pink watching her performance is pretty priceless, too. But it’s how the novice YouTuber’s life changed after appearing in Glamour’s “You Sang My Song” video series that proves particularly special.
After her “You Sang My Song” cameo with Pink, Davina Michelle achieved an impressive amount of fame on her own. Before appearing in “You Sang My Song,” Davina Michelle’s YouTube cover of “What About Us” had approximately 200K YouTube views. Now, the video has over 11.5M. She’s also performed on Dutch radio stations and is a fixture on a weekly Dutch television show alongside other musicians. What’s more, the artist currently has a song on Dutch Top 40 that has remained number one for nine weeks.
“So many things have changed, it’s crazy” the artist explains in a follow-up conversation with Glamour, one year later. “I didn’t do any live performances [before], I only was on YouTube. After the Pink video…I got to perform everywhere.”
Something for the highlight reel: Davina Michelle was recently informed that she will perform on tour with Pink in Amsterdam when her tour reaches the Netherlands in June 2019.
Watch Glamour catch up with Davina Michelle and learn about her whirlwind year below.