The Famous Amazon Coat Is 40% Off for Prime Day: Orolay Thickened Down Jacket Review

For a third year in a row, there’s no question about what the most popular winter coat will be: that one quilted puffer from Amazon you almost forgot existed because of everything that’s happened in 2020. And yet, with its teddy-bear-like hood and roomy fit, it’s the perfect cocoon for staying cozy during these unpredictable times. For those of you who want in on the warm-and-fuzzy-ness that is this puffer coat, Amazon just slashed prices (we’re talking over 40% off) for the last few hours of Amazon Prime Day 2020.

Orolay Women’s Thickened Down Jacket (Army Green)

$247$140

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Even though this piece is technically called the Women’s Thickened Down Jacket, by Chinese outerwear brand Orolay, three years in, internet users still lovingly refer to it as “the Amazon Coat.” (Although if you ask us, it looks like a walking sherpa blanket.) It’s a fairly standard winter coat—waterproof and slightly oversized, lined, with large pockets, and available in multiple colors. Perhaps its most important quality, though, is that it’s instantly shoppable (and very much available) on Amazon. You shouldn’t mistake this for an impulse Prime buy, though. According to almost 8,000 five-star reviews, Amazon shoppers say Orolay’s Women’s Thickened Down Jacket is the best coat they’ve ever found.

The Orolay coat is currently ranked as an Amazon Choice product on the website. It has an average rating of 4.4 stars, with 11,735 customers chiming in in the review section at press time. From 2014 until now, it’s earned comments like “Absolutely beautiful well made coat for winter” and “I am so in love with this coat” consistently. (Can any other hyped-up fashion drop say that?)

Orolay Women’s Thickened Down Jacket

$139.99$83.98

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Sure, you can find a puffer jacket at just about any retailer where outerwear is sold. But this coat is special. It has democratic appeal—just about anyone can order from Amazon—and it has the support of nearly 12,000 reviewers. This deal ends in a few hours, so get a head start on your winter wardrobe and shop the Amazon Coat below while it’s still on sale.

Orolay Women’s Thickened Down Jacket

$247$140

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Orolay Women’s Thickened Down Jacket (Red)

$247$140

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Orolay Women’s Thickened Down Jacket (Beige)

$247$140

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Orolay Women’s Thickened Down Jacket (Navy)

$247$140

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Best Amazon Prime Day Deals 2020: 56 Fashion Deals to Take Advantage of Now

Even if you’re living in sweatpants at the moment, thanks to the best Amazon Prime Day deals 2020 has to offer, you can put some shine on your wardrobe just in time for the cold season. Whether you’re an essential worker keeping society afloat or are working from home in kinda-sorta clothes for the foreseeable future, Amazon Prime Day is brimming with style deals you won’t want to miss. From workout staples to Zoom-ready blazers and delicate intimates to spice up your top drawer, the ’Zon’s fashion deals are fit for every occasion and every kind of shopper. (Just make sure you’re a Prime Member before you start browsing.)

The blowout sale is also bringing luxury beauty deals, home and kitchen, and more—so prepare for one big cart. Just remember: It’s day two of Prime Day, so these discounts will only be available until midnight tonight. Start by shopping our top style picks below, and then check out even more of the best Amazon Prime Day deals 2020 we’re adding to cart right now.

Best Prime Day Clothing Deals: Loungewear and Athleisure

Oversized sweatshirts and comfy leggings have become our everyday uniform over the past seven months, and we don’t see that changing anytime soon. So naturally, the excitement is real, considering that the best fashion deals on Amazon Prime Day involve versatile activewear and soft layering pieces. The site is slashing prices on cozy loungewear and athleisure that will mesh seamlessly with a nonexistent work-life balance—shop some of our favorites below.

Champion Powerblend Boyfriend Crew

$50$23

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Worthy Threads Space Tie Dye Hoodie

$192$163

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Adidas Originals Half-Zip Sweatshirt

$80$51

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Core 10 High-Waist Crop Legging

$44$30

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LANREMON Pajamas Set

$37$29

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Adidas Originals 3-Stripe Shorts

$35$18

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Best Prime Day Clothing Deals: Intimates and Sleepwear

Quarantine or not, every top drawer needs cozy, cute underwear for whatever’s on the agenda, and Prime Day is offering up top-rated thongs, pretty bralettes, and chic pajamas at stress-soothing price points. So clear out some space for lounge-ready sets that are perfect for bingeing Emily in Paris or running to the corner store for frozen croissants.

Cosabella Never Say Never Dreamie Triangle Bra

$52$41

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Nippies Skin Ultimate Adhesive Nipplecovers

$25$22

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Honeydew Intimates Starseeker Lounge Set

$54$46

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Yummie Dawn Seamless Wire-Free T-Shirt Bra

$42$26

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Calvin Klein Invisibles Comfort Seamless Bra

$38$28

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Calvin Klein Cotton Stretch Bikinis (5-Pack)

$49$22

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Best Prime Day Clothing Deals: Dresses

Cozy vibes are in full swing, but the Prime Day dress discounts are worth a look. From nap dresses ideal for lounging around to structured styles that will be waiting for you when the office opens back up, the site has slashed prices on big brands that will take your closet to new heights.

IRO Milson Dress

$395$235

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Rachel Pally Gauze Cecelia Dress

$260$221

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Faithfull The Brand Olinda Midi Dress

$189$96

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STAUD Blaze Dress

$295$250

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Free People Mockingbird Maxi Dress

$148$125

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Enza Costa Stretch Tank Midi Dress

$145$99

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Best Prime Day Clothing Deals: Shoes

Upgrade your running gear, slip into some sleek boots, or lean into loafers for fall with Amazon’s lengthy list of discounted shoes for a limited time only. The brand list is legit, with Staud, Ganni, and Adidas all in the mix, so there’s truly something for everyone—from the fitness fanatic to the person who wishes they were at Fashion Week. Good luck choosing just one pair!

New Balance 411 V1 Walking Shoes

$65$40

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Ecco Shape 35 Mod Ankle Boots

$96$77

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Sam Edelman Loraine Loafers

$130$104

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Reebok Club C 85 Vintage Running Shoes

$75$70

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Adidas Duramo 9 Running Shoe

$62$50

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Adidas Response Super Running Shoe

$76$55

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Best Prime Day Clothing Deals: Coats and Jackets

Even if you plan on spending the cold months cooped up indoors, the occasional grocery run and mental health walk are inevitable, so now is the time to snag stylish outerwear for less. From the famous Amazon jacket to trench coats and really great teddybear pullovers, the best Amazon Prime Day clothing deals might just lie in this category. 

Orolay Women’s Thickened Down Jacket

$140$119

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Heavy-Weight Puffer Coat

$54$38

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Free People Ashby Blazer

$168$143

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Water-Resistant Trench Coat

$51$35

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Levi’s Original Trucker Jacket

$80$45

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Levi’s Original Sherpa Trucker Jacket

$98$53

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Best Prime Day Clothing Deals: Jeans

It’s not every day you can get beloved Levi’s style for less, and Prime Day is bringing rare discounts on some of the best ’fits out there. Between the ultra-high-rise Ribcage and the distressed boyfriend jeans, there’s a pair for every occasion—along with decent deals from other denim brands like Mother and Lucky.

Levi’s Straight 505 Jeans

$50$28

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Levi’s Ribcage Straight Ankle Jeans

$80$57

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Levi’s Wedgie Skinny Jeans

$70$32

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Lucky Brand Mid-Rise Sienna Boyfriend Jeans

$26$19

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Levi’s Mile High Super Skinny Jeans

$98$83

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Mother The Insider Crop Jeans

$196$167

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Levi’s New Boyfriend Jeans

$60$32

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Levi’s 724 High-Rise Straight Crop Jeans

$60$32

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Best Prime Day Clothing Deals: Accessories

With Zoom meetings as our sole form of face-to-face interaction these days, cute accessories that fall within the frame can help bring some personality to your look at work. The sale has lots of cute discounted hair barrettes, earrings, and necklaces—plus bargains on everyday bags and duffles for low-key weekend trips. While real outfits have more or less fallen by the wayside, a chic pair of sunglasses and other accent pieces can add some flair to your comfort-first aesthetic this season.

Jennifer Zeuner Lou Medium Hoops

$154$130

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Ray-Ban Flat Lens Oval Sunglasses

$154$123

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Nackiy 20-Piece Macaron Hair Clips

$15$8

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UGG Cozy Chenille Sock

$30$20

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Gorjana Ana Coin Lariat 18k Gold-Plated Necklace

$75$45

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Vera Bradley Performance Twill Travel Duffle Bag

$130$98

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Best Prime Day Clothing Deals: Tops & Knitwear

Whether you’re looking for statement blouses, chunky knitwear, or lived-in tees to complete your fall and winter wardrobe, you’re sure to find something here. From cut-out sweaters to ruffly tops and slouchy cardigans, these Prime Day offers will help you round out your seasonal look with tops you’ll want to wear over and over again—quarantine or not. 

Sea Metta Acid-Wash Long-Sleeve Ruffle Top

$225$191

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Free People Vienna Brushed Wool Shirt Jacket

$228$194

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Levi’s Perfect Tee-Shirt

$25$14

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ASTR The Label Asymmetric Turtleneck

$98$83

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Alice + Olivia Cornelia Pullover With Ruffle Tie Neck and Cuffs

$395$336

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Splendid Long Sleeve Turtleneck

$58$28

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Best Prime Day Clothing Deals: Face Masks

As cases continue to spike across the country, wearing a mask remains as one the most important ways to protect yourself and your community from the coronavirus while helping to flatten the curve. Amazon has plenty of face masks with stellar reviews, including masks for glasses and masks for kids, and the options below are available at a lower price for Prime Day.

Revman Adjustable Reusable Face Covers (3-Pack)

$14$7

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Safe+Mate x Case-Mate Cloth Face Mask

$10$6

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Kids Single-Use Disposable Face Mask (50-Pack)

$35$25

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Kensie Two-Piece Reusable Face Mask Set Plus Four Replaceable Air Filters

$10$8

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Levi’s Reusable Bandana Print Face Mask

$15$13

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Single Use Disposable Face Mask, Pack of 50

$30$8

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Amy Coney Barrett’s Motherhood Is a Threat

This week, as senators held hearings to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to a seat on the Supreme Court, her motherhood—as much as her rulings, opinions, or beliefs—has been wielded as both sword and shield.

Coney Barrett is a mother of seven children, and her status as a mother was praised by Republicans, who have waved it like a flag over the proceedings. She’s a mother, so you can trust her. She’s a mother, so she must be good. Never mind that motherhood should not be a factor in a person’s job interview. No, it should not be used against someone. It is also not a qualification.

On the first afternoon of hearings, when Democrats attempted to press Coney Barrett on how a conservative-led court could repeal the Affordable Care Act, thus stripping health insurance from millions of people (including several million mothers!), Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) seemed offended on Coney Barrett’s behalf: “That’s outrageous. As a mother of seven, Judge Barrett clearly understands the importance of health care.” Grassley himself has voted several times to repeal the ACA.

Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) was angry that Democrats would even question Coney Barrett’s nomination. “They’re attacking you as a mom!” she said.

The reasoning seems to be: Coney Barrett is a mother, so she is above reproach. Or she’s a mother, so attacks on her as a person convert on contact to attacks on her as a mother. They’ve boiled her down to a single identity, and everything she does or will do flows from that.

But in touting the motherhood of Coney Barrett, Republicans haven’t just insulated Coney Barrett from Democrats’ questioning. They also remind the public that a woman’s worth is primarily a measure of her reproductive capabilities.

It’s a neat rhetorical trick—securing the oppression of all mothers through the elevation of a white, married, well-educated mother. It doesn’t matter whether mothers speak out against Coney Barrett. It doesn’t matter whether other women who are not mothers do. To anticipate how her actions will damage the lives of other people is to attack her—a mother. It’s exhausting. But it’s nothing new in America.

White motherhood has often been used to similar effect. White mothers fought against desegregation, using concern for their white children to perpetuate inequality. Phyllis Schlafly, who led a conservative crusade against women’s equality, used the pearl-clutching line “What about the mothers” to fight against the Equal Rights Amendment. She argued, in essence, that if women had more equality, they’d lose out on paternalistic male care. A point that she implied, but did not make central to her case, was that the women who have benefited for centuries from paternalistic male care tend to be wealthy, white women. And when Kellyanne Conway—again, a white mother—defended the Trump administration’s family separation policy, she absolved herself of personal guilt, telling Chuck Todd on Meet the Press that “as a mother, as a Catholic, as somebody who has a conscience…I will tell you that nobody likes this policy.”

The political theater of Coney Barrett’s confirmation hearings is happening against the backdrop of a cascade of crises within the Trump administration, which so mismanaged the pandemic that women are being forced from their jobs in record numbers because the requirements of work and online school are breaking them. It’s happening while Republican governors, like Iowa governor Kim Reynolds, use the pandemic to limit access to abortion—but still refuse to pass a mask mandate. It’s happening in a country that does not have affordable childcare, nor paid parental leave. While Republicans chirp about Amy Coney Barrett’s motherhood, they serve in a chamber that has failed to meaningfully safeguard the lives of mothers on the most basic, practical level: On top of everything else, the United States has the worst maternal mortality rate among developed nations.

‘Supernatural’ Star Jensen Ackles Is Ready for What’s Next. Are You?

Very similarly actually. Divide and conquer.

Speaking of behind-the-scenes roles…you’ve directed five episodes of Supernatural. Any plans to direct Jared Padalecki’s new show, Walker?

I would absolutely love to, but with my new gig on The Boys, I don’t know if I’m going to be able to. We’re trying to figure out scheduling.

They’re in the midst right now of building my costume for The Boys, which is a custom-built superhero suit. That is way more intense than I anticipated, which is cool. But I have to literally be in L.A., like, every two weeks for the next three months. I think it’s six fittings and they’re each like three- to four-hour fittings. They’re literally molding things to my body, so it’s intense.

What will be on your playlist for you to listen to while they mold things to your body?

Actually, funny enough, that was the first thing they asked me. Laura Jean Shannon, the costume designer, she says this is important because every superhero [she’s worked on] has a type of music. So she was like, “What would Soldier Boy listen to?”

To be fair, the first time we see him, it’s World War II. So we’re talking the ’40s. So we listened to big band and swing the whole first day.

In addition to your new projects, you’ve also been posting a lot about Black Lives Matter this summer—from handing out supplies at a protest to giving over your social media accounts to Black activists and politicians. What have you learned?

Looking at my kids and being a father, I’m thinking, Wow, what kind of world are they gonna have? So I’ve started to listen a little more and I’ve started to want to understand other people’s experiences so that I can make a better choice about the actions I take. I’ve gotten pushback—[in the past] even I’ve looked at actors using their platform to be political and been like, “You know, nobody needs to hear that. Just do your movies and do your show. You’re not a politician.”

But I’ve now learned that, no, you’ve been given a platform now with social media. And even before that, when you would give an interview to a publication, there’s a voice there that is yours and you get to choose how you use that. And I think that’s a responsibility that people need to take seriously. So I’ve tried to do it as inclusively as possible.

Before I let you go, please tell me what fans can expect from the final episodes?

I’ve said a few times that the second-to-last episode really feels like the season finale and that the final episode feels like a series finale. The series finale, episode 20, is this beautiful throwback to the whole show—to what it was, what it has been, and what it is today.

Okay, one more! What’s the creepiest thing that’s happened to you on set, in honor of spooky season?

Anything that’s kind of been paranormal or supernatural? I think that they stay away. If that stuff was to happen, it’s not going to happen on our set because we’ve got too many tools to take them down.

If your lore is correct, that is…

Right? That’s true. [Laughs.] Oh, it was pepper, not salt? Damn it!

Supernatural airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. E.T. on the CW. This interview has been edited for clarity. 

Emily Tannenbaum is an entertainment journalist, critic, and screenwriter living in L.A. Follow her on Twitter. 

Joe Jonas Fans Think His New Tattoo Is of Sophie Turner

On October 13, tattoo artist Noah Lee shared some brand-new ink that Joe Jonas had added to his collection—this time an intricate black-and-white portrait of a woman peering through a keyhole on the back of his neck. Jonas also shared the artist’s post on his Instagram Stories. 

Now some fans are arguing in the comments about what the tattoo represents. Many believe the face belongs to Jonas’s wife and the mother of his child, Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner. Take a look:

“Is that……. Sophie?! 😲 IT LOOKS INSANE!!! ❤️,” one of many, many fans wrote in the comments. “SOPHIE’S EYE? Nah this tattoo winsss,” another wrote. But they might be wrong. 

“Is this Lina Cavalieri’s eye by Piero Fornasetti? Right?” another commenter asked. That seems to be a dominant theory in the comments. As Architectural Digest notes, the portrait mentioned depicts Italian opera singer Lina Cavalieri and originally appeared on a plate. Fornasetti was reportedly so enamored of Cavalieri that he produced over 350 different portraits of her for his Tema e Variazioni series. 

This would not be Jonas’s only tattoo of Fornasetti’s work—or even Cavalieri’s face. Three portraits of the opera star’s face appear in full on his arm in various poses. Interestingly, though, fans who suggested the neck tattoo resembled Turner may not be wrong. “It’s Fornasetti’s design with Sophie’s face,” one fan commented, while another wrote, “Pretty cool in general & even better that it’s his wife. Takes things to another meaning. It’s like opening a new world. Stepping through that door to her.”

If you look closely at all of Joe Jonas’s tattoos, Cavalieri’s jawline and eyes seem rounder than the image on his neck. It’s a definite possibility that Jonas decided to honor his wife using Fornasetti’s famous motif. 

Either way, it’s a great tattoo. 

Ariana Grande Just Announced She’s Dropping an Album This Month

Ariana Grande revealed on Wednesday, October 14, that she’ll be dropping her next album later this month. “I can’t wait to give u my album this month,” she tweeted. 

Fans have been speculating for a while now that Grande’s sixth studio album was coming.  But speculation turned to full-on theorizing when she tweeted on October 7, “Turning in these mixes and reminding u again to register to vote if u haven’t already / to vote early.” 

This is Ari’s third album in three years. She released Sweetener in August 2018, followed by Thank U, Next in February 2019. Not since Rihanna in the mid-2000s has a pop artist delivered so many back-to-back albums this quickly. 

Fans, naturally, are thrilled. #AG6IsComing quickly started trending on Twitter: 

This album isn’t the first music we’ve received from Ariana Grande in 2020. In May 2020 she released “Stuck With U,” a duet with Justin Bieber. Several weeks later, she and Lady Gaga dropped their smash “Rain on Me.” No word yet if Gaga or Bieber made it onto Grande’s album, but how exciting would that be? 

“One time….. i met a woman who knew pain the same way i did…who cried as much as I did, drank as much wine as I did, ate as much pasta as I did, and who’s heart was bigger than her whole body. she immediately felt like a sister to me,” Grande wrote about Gaga and “Rain on Me” on Twitter. “She then held my hand and invited me into the beautiful world of chromatica, and together we got to express how beautiful and healing it feels to mothafuckinnnn cry! i hope this makes u all feel as uplifted as it does for us both. i love you @ladygaga, u stunning superwoman!”

It’s unclear when Grande is dropping the first single off her new album, but today is October 14—my guess is new music is coming super soon. 

‘Emily in Paris’ Star Lucas Bravo Just Reignited Theories That Emily and Camille Hook Up

Emily in Paris continues to be the show the internet can’t stop talking about. Whether you loved it, hated it, or loved to hate it, the conversation about the Netflix hit starring Lily Collins isn’t slowing down any time soon. 

There’s been much talk about Camille’s character, played by Camille Razat. Spoiler alert: Emily and Gabriel (Lucas Bravo) sleep together after he decides to stay in Paris, in spite of Emily’s friendship with Camille, who is dating Gabriel through much of the season. Em basically flirts with Gabriel blatantly in front of Camille, and fans are pissed about it. 

Now Bravo has reignited a popular fan theory about Emily and Camille actually hooking up in the future. “We planted a few seeds about different characters,” he told Cosmopolitan. “Like Camille, when she kisses Emily on the mouth, and she’s like, ‘Oh, I’m not sorry.’ And then when [Emily and Camille are] in bed, and I’m liking the picture, it’s all little seeds. Anything could happen between the three of them. I think Darren [Star, the show’s creator] wants this second season to be really open-minded. He wants to explore different things and make it realistic of what the world is now.” 

Honestly, in my opinion, Camille is too good for either of these two. But other fans feel differently. “I don’t want to speak too soon but Emily and Camille are the only acceptable ship on Emily in Paris,” one person tweeted. Some even want a throuple between Gabriel, Emily, and Camille. 

Emily in Paris has not officially been renewed by Netflix for a second season, but given all the buzz around the show, we’d be surprised if it doesn’t come back. Of course, they’ll have to figure out a lot of COVID-era logistics—but we’ll wait. 

And the internet will continue to ’ship. 

Teens on TikTok Celebrated AOC’s Birthday With a Powerful Spin on Makeup Tutorials

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, or AOC as she’s commonly referred to, celebrated her 31st birthday on October 13, and Gen Z took to TikTok to pay tribute by posting makeup tutorials inspired by the congresswoman—complete with her signature bright red lipstick, of course.

As noted by New York Times reporter Taylor Lorenz in a Twitter thread, many of the TikTok users set their tutorials to a mashup of Kendrick Lamar’s 2017 track “Humble” and AOC talking about Representative Ted Yoho, who reportedly called her “crazy,” “disgusting,” and “a f*cking b*tch.” As the users do their makeup and style their hair, they mouth her speech’s words, and some feature facts about AOC and her accomplishments in office thus far on screen. “I am here because I have to show my parents that I am their daughter and that they did not raise me to accept abuse from men,” AOC says in the end of the audio clip.

While each user does their own thing, makeup-wise, many of them end their videos rocking a red lip like AOC herself. (Her favorite is Stila’s Stay All Day Lipstick in Beso.) Even Olympic medalist Laurie Hernandez took part in the movement.

The #AOC hashtag on TikTok is a popular place regardless of makeup, too, with millions of views on videos about the congresswoman’s policies, takedowns, and yes, beauty routine.

AOC has actually shared her own makeup and skincare routine with Vogue, including a guide to that unmistakable lip, the “pink tax,” which involves gender-based price discrimination on things like dry-cleaning and razors, which women typically tend to pay more, and the use of makeup in general. 

“If waking up in the morning and doing your makeup gives you life, then that is amazing and you should do it,” she says in the video. “But what we are also saying is that women who wear makeup, who regularly wear a decent amount of makeup and show up to the office … make more money. At that point, these … decisions stop being about choice, and they start being about the patriarchy. If we look attractive to men, then we will be compensated more. That, to me, is the complete antithesis of what beauty should be. I think beauty should be about the person who is applying it. On top of all of that, we’re not even paid at the same level as men!”

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Dawn Porter on Trusting Her Gut, Working With Oprah, and Giving Up Law to Make Documentaries

Nobody needs to tell you what a dumpster fire 2020 has been. But for director Dawn Porter, who has put out two of the year’s best documentaries—both of which make you want to rip off your quarantine sweatpants and take action—2020 has somehow turned into one of the busiest and buzziest.

“Lately, I’ve been really interested in this question of, What makes people get up and do something?” she says. “What gets you out of your chair and into the public space?” That fascination is woven through both of Porter’s recent film subjects. First, there was the critically acclaimed documentary John Lewis: Good Trouble, which was released in July, only two weeks before the civil rights hero passed away. Porter wasn’t even finished with postproduction edits on John Lewis before she started filming another prescient project—a documentary about photojournalist Pete Souza, Instagram’s resident Trump troller and the former chief official White House photographer under President Obama. The result, The Way I See It (available October 16 on MSNBC), is a deeply moving time capsule that follows the photographer on his journey from front-row observer to cunning, outspoken protestor.

When asked how she managed to juggle both films at once—a Herculean feat—Porter doesn’t miss a beat. “I also have two kids,” she says. “My whole life is a balance.” The mother of Eli, 19, and Will, 16, saw parallels in Lewis’s and Souza’s stories that she simply couldn’t pass on. “John Lewis’s whole life was about getting people to speak up, and that’s exactly what Pete is doing in his sixties. It felt like the perfect complement,” she says. “They both have respect for other people, are really good listeners, fearless, and think beyond their own personal safety or comfort. They’re both thinking about what it means to be a good citizen, and I’m thinking about that a lot these days too.”

Despite Porter’s credentials—oh, we forgot to mention that she’s currently directing a docuseries for Apple TV with Oprah and Prince Harry on mental health—she never went to film school. Prior to entering the volatile world of documentary, Porter was a successful lawyer, working a steady job as a litigator for years before moving to an in-house counsel role at ABC Television. She ultimately transitioned into the news department before going solo as a filmmaker. “I was not a miserable lawyer, but there was a part of me that wanted to do something more,” she says. And while observing the newsroom and soaking up everything she could from producers, the transition from lawyer to documentarian wasn’t as crazy as some may have thought: “As a lawyer, you tell a story. You make something that’s complicated easy to understand.”

While many thought Porter was crazy to jump ship with literally no film experience, she had a larger goal: to live her life pursuing the things that she loves. “It’s taken a while, but I make as much money, if not more, than I did at that time. I have so much more control over what I do. But the most important part to me is that my kids know that I believe in what I’m doing. They see me make sacrifices for work, and they understand that the work is not just a paycheck. It’s really, really important to me.” 

Here, Porter shares with Glamour how leaning into fears can lead to victories: “As Mr. Lewis says, you only pass this way once.”

At the end of the day, everyone is just a person. (Yes, even Oprah.)

I’ve worked with a number of high-profile people recently. It can be daunting, but if they’re participating in a documentary, it’s because they care about something. And if you care as much as they do, you can quickly find that something in common. I tell the people I’m working with that I’m a big fan. I mean, come on, it’s Oprah—you can’t pretend! But then you need to move beyond that to the reason you’re all there. Once you do, you get to the place where you can dig deep and find the story to tell. Famous and powerful people are just like everybody else. They’re multifaceted and want to be respected for all of the parts of their personalities—not just the one thing they’re famous for.

Afraid? Good. Go get it.

I was working as a lawyer in D.C. for five years, when a woman who I was very close with passed away in her 30s. I had a moment of clarity when I realized just how quickly things can change, and that there was so much more I was interested in exploring. But I also wanted to take a risk and do something not safe. I said to myself, “I’m going to say yes to the next exciting thing that comes my way that I’m a little bit afraid of.” That was how I found myself moving to New York to work as a litigator at ABC Television. I worked in their in-house counsel as a litigator for a year and a half, and then moved into the news division doing standards and practice. I’d watch producers and reporters news gathering, and watched how stories got put together. It was really instructive and put me on the path to what I do now.

Take a chance on someone.

In 2007 I had a full-time job in television, but I really wanted to make my own content. Since I’m a lawyer, I like to do things step by step, so I created my own production company, Trilogy Films, and started casting about for work. The cable community is pretty tight, so I told producers about my business plan and the things I was interested in doing. A producer friend finally said, “Someone just needs to give you a chance.” She had a budget for a special on the chef Alexandra Guarnaschelli, who’s now on Chopped and Top Chef, and she let me do it. That was the first thing I ever produced, and I was like a duck to water. While working on that special, I developed what would become my first feature film, Gideon’s Army, and I got a grant from The Ford Foundation after pestering, pitching, and persisting for over a year. I quit my job, and leapt into filmmaking right then.

The stable job isn’t always the right job.

When I left ABC to become a filmmaker, my husband said to me, “I don’t know why you’d leave a vice president title at a major corporation with stock options, direct deposit, health insurance, and paid time off.” In the short term, it might have looked kind of crazy, but there’s a part of me that knew it could work out. After all, I could always go back to the corporate life. But it’s been 10 years and that hasn’t happened so far.

Find your community.

You have to understand what’s happening in your industry so that you can speak the same language as the people you’re asking for funding or work. Ultimately, gatekeepers have to be conservative—it’s expensive to do things and they have deadlines, so they just want to know that you can deliver. The three basic things you’ll need to answer are “Can you do the job? Are you good at the job? And are you nice to work with?” So if you don’t have a track record in an industry, surround yourself with people who do. People took a chance on me, but I was working with a producer and editor who had made a lot of films. They were intrigued by the material, but were comforted that they had each other’s support while working with a first-time filmmaker.

Learn from your money mistakes, and know your worth.

About four years ago, I was offered a one-hour special about President Obama’s mentoring program. I had a salary for the project that I was fine with, but my agent was like, “Nope!” He asked for double and got it—literally double what I was going to take. What I was willing to accept and what the job was actually worth were so radically different, and it really made me think. Everyone wants to do the noble and artistic thing. That’s great, and I want to do that too! But we get paid for this work, and that’s how we continue to make work, build stable, solid lives for ourselves and our families, and support the things that we believe in. There is no shame in figuring out your worth and then being aggressive, firm, and realistic about it. That was a huge lesson for me.

Collaboration is key.

No film gets made by itself. You can’t do any job without great partners—Jessica Congdon was the editor for both the John Lewis and Pete Souza movies. We were able to roll from one production to the next because we worked so well together. I knew that when I was busy with Pete Souza, she would be fine to push along on postproduction with John Lewis. I’d come back at the end of the week and we would sit in a room together and watch scenes. I trust her so much.

Work wisely, as well as loudly.

I think people have to speak up and stand up for themselves. That can be difficult because it’s not everyone’s personality. But I think the most important thing is to work wisely, as well as loudly. As women, sometimes we can be too self-deprecating and look to be perfectly qualified for a job. I didn’t go to film school, so it took me a while to say, “I’m a director.” If you have a vision and a story to tell, you have just as much right to claim a moniker as anyone. So claim it—claim the thing that you are good at. No one is going to promote you as well as you can promote yourself. Of course, there will be disappointments along the way, but you can only get a yes if you ask.

Caitlin Brody is the entertainment director at Condé Nast.

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