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  • Our Favorite Movie Soundtracks Of All Time

    Every year around Oscars season, I wonder why there are so many categories. I mean, do we really need Best Original Score AND Best Original Song? Couldn't Best Sound Editing just get a discreet, pre-show shoutout? How's a movie fan to grab some shut-eye?

    But as anyone who has ever sat through the last two minutes of Star Wars without the rousing theme can tell you, music is crucial to the magic of films. A good soundtrack is an art — one well worth disrupting your beauty sleep once a year.

    Can...


  • How This Norwegian Designer Is Taking Ballroom Culture Global

    Whether we mean to or not, we put a lot of pressure on our clothes. We expect them to define us but also shape-shift with our every mood. We want high quality but we aren't willing to pay for it. We demand industry-wide change but we insist that it happens overnight. Fashion is struggling to keep up. But what keeps people interested is newness and the merging and spreading of different cultures.

    As Yamuna Forzani, a Norwegian brand that seeks to bring New York's ballroom culture to the edges of...


  • Why Charlamagne Tha God Canceled His Upcoming Talk With Kanye West

    Days after Kanye West's meeting with Donald Trump in the Oval Office, Charlamagne tha God announced that he has canceled a scheduled New York Times TimesTalk in which he was set to speak to West.

    The event, which was to take place in New York City this Wednesday, October 17, was meant to be a discussion on mental health stigma in the Black community.

    In a post to his Instagram page, Charlamagne wrote, "Normalizing being mentally healthy is a conversation that I really wanted to have with Kanye...


  • Tattoos Unlock The Mystery Of Ariana Grande & Pete Davidson's Relationship

    Update: Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson have reportedly ended their engagement. In case you're just getting involved in this summer romance gone too soon, or are simply looking for some answers, we've tracked their entire relationship from the very beginning to its rumored end. How? Through their tattoo history of course. Their relationship might be over, but their love will live on forever through a lot of ink (at least, until one of them gets laser removal). Read on for the full, and very...


  • Wear 'Em All You Want — These Jeans Won't Lose Their Shape

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    Identical twins Veronica and Vanessa Merrell know a thing or two about resilience. The singer-songwriter duo have a helpful motto they turn to whenever they're faced with those inevitable life challenges: "Rejection is protection." After a friendship comes to an end, a job opportunity falls through, or a breakup rears its ugly head, the twins know that there is protection in the fact that there’s something better out there for you — and now you're on a clearer path to...


  • 6 New Cult Shoe Brands Fashion People Love

    Good news: eye-wateringly expensive shoes aren't cool anymore. Just take a look at this season's street style. Instead of big-budget brands, editors, buyers, stylists, and bloggers were championing a new wave of lesser-known, independent footwear designers. From Icelandic label Kalda’s butter-soft leather sling-backs to Berlin-based Aeyde’s intricate sculptural heels, the new crop of favorites offers comfort, sustainability, and affordability without skimping on design values.

    How does a fashion...


  • Taylor Swift Told Her 112 Million Followers To Register To Vote — I Listened. Here's Why.

    Like an animatronic snake, Taylor Swift has shed her apolitical skin and announced her support for Democrats in the upcoming midterm elections. And while she's — surprise, surprise — already being picked apart for her choices, her big reputation revelation has led to a massive spike in new voter registrations nationwide.

    How massive? According to the nonpartisan website Vote.org, 413,691 people registered to vote between October 7, the day of Swift's big announcement, and October 11. Notably,...


  • #SomosLatinx — Refinery29 Celebrates Latinx Heritage Month

    “Drug dealers, criminals, gang members, breeders, rapists.” These are just some of the words that Donald Trump has recently used to describe members of the Latinx community. Today, there are roughly 55 million of us living in the United States; we are the largest ‘minority’ in the country. And, while we are often referred to in sweeping (and often discriminatory) terms, in truth, the Latinx community is incredibly diverse and therefore experiences discrimination differently.

    To be clear, Latinx...


  • 16 Meghan Markle-Inspired Coats To Wear This Winter — Pregnant Or Not

    Despite all eyes being on Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank as they said their 'I dos' last Friday morning, it didn't take long for us to avert our gaze to another royal. Meghan Markle, the newly-appointed Duchess of Sussex, arrived at Prince George's Chapel in a stunning and very buttoned-up royal blue Givenchy coat (not a gown like her fellow attendees), giving us ample room to jump to the conclusion that she was #expecting. Big jump? Not so much.

    Early Monday morning, Kensington Palace...


  • Why The Stigma Against Dandruff Is So Problematic

    Earlier this year, BBC host Claudia Winkleman returned as the face of Head and Shoulders in the UK. The hair-care brand, widely known as the go-to treatment plan for targeting dandruff, has undergone something of a glossy makeover with its campaigns recently, yet Winkleman, in various interviews, has been quick to note that she doesn't have a flaky scalp herself. There's nothing wrong with that — she's brilliant and has enviable hair — but the broad assumption about dandruff is that it's still...


  • The Body Language Behind Melania Trump's "Most Bullied Person" Comment, Explained

    Melania Trump's exclusive interview with ABC World News Tonight, which took place during her four-nation Africa tour, aired Friday night. In it, she finally explained the meaning behind her famous "I really don't care" jacket, and discussed the #MeToo movement, sexual misconduct allegations against now Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, and bullying.

    In one segment, she called herself "the most bullied person " in the entire world, and said that her own experience with bullying inspired her...


  • 3 Unexpected Ways To Master Fall Layering

    Layering up for winter is often all about the formula — thick tights, cozy hats and gloves, chunky knits, oversized coats. But when it comes to the fall months, when the temperature can be as capricious as the rain forecast, the sartorial landscape can feel a bit more daunting. Without any clearly defined formulas or cues, mastering autumnal layers can seem like too much work, especially when you’re heading out the door before your first proper cup of coffee.

    Instead of defaulting to throwing a...