Here’s a truth: In the olden days, as soon as a moderately wavy- or kinky-haired actress got famous, in came the blowouts and out went the curls (see Nicole Kidman, Sarah Jessica Parker, Julia Roberts, even Taylor Swift). On the one hand, yes, there’s nothing like a good blowout. But on the other, that made for a pretty homogeneous Hollywood of smooth hair and barrel waves, without tons of aspirational curls, kinks, and coils to look up to. But we’re pleased to say, no longer is this the case. Ahead, find the celebrities with curly hair embracing their texture, with glimpses on the red carpet and IRL.
There are so many fantastic moments in the new movie Hustlers, but one stands out above the rest to me. (Caution: Spoilers for the film ahead.) It’s when Ramona (Jennifer Lopez) and Destiny (Constance Wu), two strippers fresh off making some serious cash, go shopping for a new car. Once they’ve settled on one they like—it’s expensive, of course—they turn on the radio, and Britney Spears’ “Gimme More” starts blasting. “That’s my motherfuckin’ song,” Ramona says, her voice oozing with enthusiasm and excitement. This is directly followed by a money-making montage set to Spears’ 2007 hit, in which we see Destiny, Ramona, and their stripper friends literally get more: more money, more clients, more everything. We watch the Wall Street dudes who frequent the strip clubs line their pockets, as well. The scene is rich: decadent, delicious, and totally indicative of the pre-financial crisis era it’s set in.
This is just one example of how Hustlers uses sound to tell its story. The movie, based on The Cut’s 2015 article “The Hustlers at Scores,” centers on a group of strippers who used drugs, alcohol, and sheer sex appeal to scam their wealthy clients out of thousands. It’s the type of story that demands a loud, epic soundtrack—and Hustlers certainly delivers.
“Most of the music choices were also written into the script,” Lorene Scafaria, the movie’s director, tells Glamour. “I had obviously imagined scenes to these songs, and we shot to these songs, but you never know if you’re going to get the rights.”
She did get the rights, thankfully, and the movie is better for it. The aforementioned money-making scene just wouldn’t have popped the same way without Spears’ breathy, distorted vocals. “[‘Gimme More’] was a song that was really a perfect time capsule of that era, both of the Wall Street guys and the girls working,” Scafaria says. “Being able to intercut to that song was crucial.”
“Crucial” is a perfect word to describe the music in Hustlers. All the sonic choices in this film feel deliberate and necessary. Take the fact that Ramona, a seasoned stripper, shows newcomer Destiny some tricks of the trade in a scene set to classical music. The takeaway? Pole-dancing is an art that requires the same level of talent and discipline as playing the piano.
Or how about Ramona’s first dance in the film, set to “Criminal” by Fiona Apple. The song’s title alone makes it perfect for Ramona, who eventually becomes a criminal, but read some of the lyrics: “It’s a sad, sad world/When a girl will break a boy/Just because she can.” The entire plot of Hustlers centers on women metaphorically “breaking” morally-corrupt men. Of course, their reasons are a bit deeper than “because they can,” but the takeaway is the same. Scafaria could’ve picked any vacant electronic song to soundtrack this scene, but instead she chose something specific.
“We’ve seen so many scenes in strip clubs in other movies and TV shows, but so few from a dancer’s perspective,” Hustlers director, writer, and producer Lorene Scafaria tells me. The film, based on a New York magazine article by Jessica Pressler, stars Constance Wu and Jennifer Lopez as the ringleaders of a group of strippers who scammed their wealthy Wall Street clients using a mix of drugs, smarts, and sex appeal. “I was just really excited to walk in their shoes, literally, tell the story through their eyes, and explore a world that maybe we think we know but don’t really unless we’ve worked there.”
That desire to tell the women’s lives from their perspective—and understanding the limitations and challenges in doing so—is why Scafaria was the best person to put this story to screen. In another’s hands, the film could have easily turned into an over-sexed romp a la Showgirls or a weepy cautionary tale. Scafaria hits the right tone, though: She doesn’t shy away from all the fun and nudity one might find in a strip club without sacrificing the gravitas that happens as the dancers’ lives spin out of control.
Scafaria says she did a lot of research beyond the source material to get it right. In addition to meeting with dancers and other club employees who worked during the movie’s time period (roughly 2007 to 2013), she hired a stripper consultant to read an early script and be available on set during filming. She also looked at the article in a new light. “Reading between the lines of the article, I got inspiration because I thought, This is a really interesting friendship story,” she tells me. “I wanted to incorporate that part of it as much as anything else.”
So what does it take to create the movie of the year? Scafaria breaks down the film’s biggest moments and themes, below. Some spoilers ahead.
When Lopez’s character, Ramona, first teaches Wu’s Destiny how to pole dance, it’s set to Chopin. The message: Pole dancing is an art form, requiring as much skill as any master classical pianist. Scafaria tells me she wrote the Chopin music cues into the script because the classical composer’s songs are frequently taught to student pianists—a fitting comparison to Ramona, who shows Destiny the ropes of the strip club. “These are songs that require a lot of flexibility and sincerity,” Scafaria says. “To me, that felt like what’s required of these dancers on the pole. The Chopin pieces were always the sound of the movie, and the sound of the work that the women do.”
But they’re not just artists—they’re athletes. Watch Lopez’s pole-dancing workout videos for proof of that. “I wanted to show these women in power and in control,” Scafaria says. “In a lot of ways, I approached it like a sports movie because I wanted to highlight the athleticism of what they do, the strength that’s involved. There’s a lot of beauty and grace to it.”
The inclusion of music’s hottest names Cardi B and Lizzo in Hustlers has been much publicized, but they’re doing more than just lending star power to the IMDB page. Both women play strippers at the club during its last glory days—right before the economic recession hit—and their time on screen is equal parts hilarious and nuanced. “It was very exciting to see women like Cardi and Lizzo just come and coexist in the same movie as all of these other performers from a lot of different walks of life,” Scafaria says. “Actors, singers, dancers, strippers…to see them all in one room together was really something.”
Cardi B was particularly brilliant casting because she’s famously worked as a stripper before. Scafaria says Cardi brought her signature high energy to the set. “I wanted her to make the lines her own,” she says. “If anything didn’t feel authentic to her, I wanted her to call it out. But it wasn’t until we were there shooting scenes that I really got to see her bring it to life. She’s such a natural. Everybody knows how funny she is—she’s an incredible personality—so I’m sure nobody’s surprised that the kinds of improvisation she could throw around [was amazing].”
It has become an almost tragic joke. Another marathon television event with hours of talk about healthcare, but no mention of abortion, birth control, Title X, or President Donald Trump’s crusade against Planned Parenthood. Last night, ABC News held the third 2020 debate Houston. It was also the third presidential debate ever to include more than one token “woman” on stage, which was good and historic, but you might not have known it from the conversation.
At the end of what felt like four thousand hours of discussion about guns, war, Medicare For All, and immigration, I counted zero questions about not just abortion, but paid leave, child care, or the lethal misogyny that has become its own national crisis in America. The moderators did ask (more than once) about health care, but no candidates used those opportunities to talk about abortion, such a common procedure that more than one in four women have one at some point in their lifetimes.
Instead, we had health care debates that focus on prescription drugs, but didn’t mention a prescription drug that millions of women take daily—the pill. While the candidates made their disdain for our current president clear, none mentioned the fact that he once suggested women should be punished for having abortions, has been accused of sexual assault over a dozen times, or cheated on his third wife with an adult film star whom he then disparaged and paid off. In short, to claim that the President of the United States is a misogynist seems almost unfair to misogynists. He’s at war with 51 percent of the population, some of whom, sure, vote for him. But his relentless crusade against women’s rights is treated as basically a political ploy and not an actual ideology with deadly consequences.
Or at least, that’s how it’s treated now that Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) is out of the race. In her campaign and at debates, Gillibrand repeatedly raised “women’s issues.” But she dropped out of the race a few weeks ago, because she couldn’t qualify for last night’s debate and also because a lot of people still blame her for kneecapping former Senator Al Franken for (of course!) his alleged mistreatment of women.
To be honest, I was never a Gillibrand fan. From the start, there were other candidates I liked better. But I also can admit I found her “grating” and even a little “unlikable,” which, sure, could be the internalized sexism talking. Regardless, last night, it occurred to me that the only person who had even tried to center Me Too, women’s healthcare, sexual assault, paid leave, and those other denigrated “women’s issues” in their campaign was Kirsten Gillibrand. Gillibrand was for women what Washington Governor Jay Inslee was for climate, taking an under-discussed, but urgent issue and making it the center of her campaign. She and he have both since dropped out of the race (even as lesser candidates like Marianne Williamson and Mayor Bill De Blasio remain). But while Inslee’s proposals on climate have been praised across the board and Elizabeth Warren liked them so much she adopted his entire plan, Gillibrand’s platform has been more or less erased. It’s as if what candidates learned from Gillibrand’s run is…not to talk about women at all.
I really, really, really, really grieved the loss of my first marriage, even though I was the one who said, “I don’t want to be married anymore. Let’s end this.” But it was a different kind of grief than the grief I had for my mom. I’ll always grieve my mom. It’ll be a loss that will always be a hard one for me. The loss of my first marriage was a temporary grief; it was a temporary loss.
There shouldn’t be this timeline for grief. I think pathologizing pain is something that our culture does quite well. You should be sad if somebody you love deeply dies. That’s a normal response to a really sad, hard thing that happened. The first [step to healing] is to accept that sorrow is real and it’s going to take some time for it to lift. And then once it does lift a bit, to accept that—to accept that that’s not a sign of your lack of love, or commitment, or dedication to that person, but that it’s really that your loss is shifting into something a little deeper, where you’re starting to say, “I realize that this thing is true. This is a fact. My dad isn’t going to reappear like a magic genie and be there in my life again, ever again,” or, “My mom isn’t.”
We have to carry it—to say that the person is gone forever, but at the same time will always be present, so that in the absence of the beloved, there is a profound presence that we can make manifest in our lives by the things we do, and live, and believe, and say.
I love my kids the same way my mother loved me, and perhaps that’s the most powerful way I’ve carried her; I’ve carried that full-throttle-wild-abandon-imperfect-but-without-any-question-it’s-there love that I got from my mom, and I give it to my kids and they carry it forward. They’ll carry it onward. She’s alive in them; she’s alive in their spirits even though they never met her.
The power of vulnerability is also truly magic. Vulnerability, I’ve become convinced, is the way to get love. And of course, many of us decide not to be vulnerable because we’re afraid. But vulnerability is the way to get love, romantic or otherwise. The minute you’re the one who says, “I’m afraid right now,” or, “I’m missing my mom,” or, “I am in the midst of a divorce,” the minute you simply say what’s true, people open themselves up to you, and they offer you consolation—an essential connection.
I think that so much of loving well is about courage. It’s about telling the truth as soon as possible, as often as you can. That’s the secret to a good life, and that’s about vulnerability. Vulnerability is simply telling the truth about who you are, as often as you can, in any given situation. And nobody said any of this was going to be easy. If you’re looking for love again, there’s just no way around the fact that you have to be vulnerable in order to connect with others. Nobody’s going to love a cardboard-box version of you. Nobody wants to feel like they’re knocking at a closed door when they’re in a relationship with you. We want the real, juicy, meaty you. We want the tender stuff on the inside.
Who needs a good hair day when you can have a whole good hair month? It’s bound to happen, considering the slew of newcomers hitting shelves this September. And in hair care, that’s a big deal, because just one new formula can make all the difference in your strands. We washed, spritzed, and scrunched our way through the new hair products that landed on our desks. From the prettiest pins to an Instagram-able scalp scrub, we’re confident one of these products will upgrade your hair routine. Scroll on shop the best hair products launching this month, and check in as we add more of our favorites.
Once upon a time, florals were a print you’d only think to wear between April and August. (As they say… Groundbreaking.) But designers are keeping the pattern in bloom well into fall/winter in 2019, as evidenced by recent runway showings from Balenciaga, Giambattista Valli, Coach, among others. Suddenly, florals are almost as important as black-on-black for the cooler seasons. (Now, we did say almost.) These prints may be a bit darker and moodier than the ones we’ve been wearing throughout spring and summer, but they’re no less lovely: From silky sets that feel as cozy as your PJs to incredible embroidered jackets that make any #OOTD look like a million bucks, see all the ways to incorporate florals into your Fall 2019 wardrobe.
Ever since she figured out how to manage her relationship with Scott Disick, Kourtney Kardashian‘s storylines on Keeping Up With the Kardashians have been a relatively drama-free. But during the show’s season 17 (!!!) premiere Sunday night, the eldest sister was facing a beauty emergency.
During a scene with Kim, the sisters discuss a not-small bald spot that has formed on the top of Kourt’s head. “Kourtney, you have a really big spot on the top of your head,” Kim said. “Look down, Kourtney. Oh my god, I’m afraid for your life. Have you seen that?” “No, but I feel it,” Kourtney replied. “It’s a hole in my head. I swear it’s from my ponytail, it was so tight that I had a bump on my head like this.” Obviously, Kim is being overly dramatic, but the spot is noticeable in the clip below.
“Hair loss is not always genetic in nature,” Dr. Steve Fallek, plastic surgeon and medical director at BeautyFix Med Spa, tells Glamour. “Physical and mechanical stress can weaken and even damage the hair follicle leading to hair loss. Tight ponytails can certainly pull your hair out of the hair follicle and is a common cause of hair loss. Coloring your hair or treating your hair with harsh chemicals can also contribute to this. Weight loss, nutritional changes, medications, as well as stress are other typical factors for hair loss.”
Of course, when you’re a Kardashian, you have pretty much any beauty treatment available to you at any given moment, so Kourtney heads to see Dr. Jason Diamond later in the episode to address the bald spot with scalp injections. “Today I’m getting PRP [platelet-rich plasma], which is where they take your blood and spin it and they use your plasma and they inject it in my head for my hair to grow back,” she said.
Plasma treatments for conditions like alopecia are becoming more popular, and Kourtney did a pretty good job explaining the basics. Blood is taken from the patient and put into a centrifuge to separate out the plasma that will then be used for the injections. According to the Cleveland Clinic, the plasma “helps repair blood vessels, promote cell growth and wound healing, and stimulate collagen production.”
“Given its name, PRP is rich in platelets which have a large number of multiple growth factors, which help the hair follicles to grow,” Fallek says. “The PRP is then injected into your scalp where there is hair loss. A topical anesthetic is normally applied prior to injections and the treatment takes about five to 10 minutes.” He says that treatment is varied, but that most doctors will inject areas of alopecia monthly for three months initially and then twice a year for maintenance. You can expect to notice improvement after two to three months.”
Here’s hoping Kourt gives us an hair growth update soon.
The biggest hair trend right now has nothing to do with a haircut or color—it’s actually all about accessories, specifically pearl hair clips. It started out as trickle: First scrunchies made their long-awaited return at Mansur Gavriel’s spring 2018 show, then Prada sent padded satin headbands down the runway. Soon after, other hair accessories from the ’90s started showing up everywhere. Think snap clips, bedazzled bobby pins, hair barrettes—sometimes worn all at once.
There are so many hair accessories to choose from now, it’s slightly overwhelming, but if you need a good place to start, pearl hair clips are where it’s at. They immediately dress up any look but don’t feel quite as proper as string of pearls (just look at the latest Rodarte lookbook for proof). Not only are they easy to wear—styling is as simple as popping one on and you’re done—they can also be styled in endless ways.
If you don’t like your hair in your face, you can easily style one on each side.
Take a page from hairstylist Justine Marjan and stack as many as you can along a ponytail or one side of your hairline. It might feel like too much as you’re doing it, but after you’ve got them all on, it actually looks intentional not to mention incredibly chic.
But if that’s too much, you can be more subtle and tuck a bobby pin behind your ear.
Bonus: since so many pearl clips are sold in sets, it makes them easy to mix and match.
The most important bit of information about this trend, though, is that it’s incredibly affordable too. You can buy pearl hair clips for as little as $6 on Amazon.
And if you do want to splurge, there are plenty of designer options too. Oscar de la Renta, Loeffler Randall, and Jennifer Behr all have their own takes. Shop all of our favorite pearl hair clips below.
Tara Gonzalez is the associate commerce editor at Glamour. Follow her on Instagram @tarigonzalez.
Her fans feel free, too. That’s evident from the scene I witnessed at her show in June. When I tell Charli that my group of friends, all massive fans, see dancing at clubs as an almost spiritual exercise, she gets it. “Oh, definitely,” she says. “I’m not religious at all, but I feel like, yeah, if you want to take it there: The club or a party can be a church for somebody. It’s like a community of people who are just letting go and being free. It’s like gay church.”
If a random club is gay church, then a Charli XCX show is the gay Vatican. Her fans, aptly nicknamed “Angels,” are some of the most devout in stan culture. Charli tells me they’re a huge reason why she’s so fearless in her work. “After Pop 2, I felt the most connected I’ve ever felt to my fanbase. That was really me just doing me 100 percent. No filter,” she says. “[My fans] really care about me, and I really care about them. We’re speaking the same language, and maybe nobody else gets that language, but we totally understand. I just feel my music is now a safe space for me to be really honest. I don’t feel afraid.”
Charli was, however, afraid a few years ago, when a fan crashed her party early. In 2017, she was readying the release of what was supposed to be her third album, but a hacker broke into her Google drive and leaked several demos. And her phone number. People happily gobbled up the new material and even gave it a fake name, XCX World. Charli felt like she’d lost control.
“People call it XCX World, but I hadn’t even titled it,” she says. “There was no title. There was no track list yet. From fans’ perspective, if people want music, they feel like they’re helping you by hacking and releasing it. But it was an extreme invasion of my personal privacy and my life. People had my phone number. I didn’t feel safe at all. It made me feel like all this hard work, all this money I’d put into recording, all the producers I’d paid, all the time, and all the flights I’d taken, were just thrown back in my face.”
So she scrapped the project and started from square one, which she admits took some time. “It made me scared to literally do anything because I was like, ‘Is my whole life just going to get put on the Internet against my will?’ I definitely lost my confidence, for sure. I felt scared to make anything because I was worried it was just going to get released.”