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Lauren Jauregui Doesn't Date According to the Gender Binary

One of your favorite bisexual music icons (how great is it that there are MULTIPLE bicons in music?!) just landed her first *solo* cover story, and it's everything we wanted it to be. Lauren Jauregui opened up to Nylon about going solo, recording her sentimental and personal new album, and her love life. And the best part is that Jauregui is able to be so authentically herself. She's not confined by standards, or labels, or even the gender binary. Jauregui called her art "self-explorative". She says: “I’m gonna talk about whatever it is that I’m going through, so if what I went through, I went…

The Ethics of How to Love

While I am fascinated by studies that document the physiological aspects of love and of failing in love — a meta-analysis study conducted by a Syracuse University professor found that “failing in love only takes about a fifth of a second” and “failing in love can elicit not only the same euphoric feeling as using cocaine, but also affects intellectual areas of the brain” — I want to talk about how to love. Yes, the ethics of how to love. After a debilitating breakup, I began to think more acutely about how I need to relate to myself before I relate to another (in an intimate, sexual relationsh…

What to Do the *Second* a Pimple Appears

Uuugggghhhhhh. That’s the universal sound of noticing a zit has popped up seemingly out of nowhere. The whole sitch sucks, but there is a silver lining: The sooner you start making things uncomfortable for this unwelcome guest, the quicker it will go away. Ready? Let's do this.Don’t mess with it (too much) Everyone tells you to keep your hands off, but, well, who are we kidding? “It’s unrealistic; everyone will touch it,” says New York-based dermatologist Debra Jaliman, M.D. The number one rule to follow: Don’t squeeze a zit before it fully surfaces to an easy-to-pop pustule (i.e., when you ca…

New Show "Batwoman" Features An Openly Lesbian Main Character

Everyone needs a superhero to look up to — but, for the most part, popular super heroes look and act the same. Which is why, in a world where it's usually a white man with laser powers or a different white man with super strength, the LGBTQ+ community doesn't get a ton of representation when iconic comics are brought to life. But that's slowly beginning to change, thanks to the CW's Batwoman series that's currently under development, where the lead will be an open lesbian. With this, she will be the first lesbian superhero as a lead character in a show in the DC world. So, move over, every Chr…

Ruby Rose Will Play The First Ever Lesbian "Batwoman"

All queers are superheroes, and now we're finally getting to serve justice on the big screen. This year, the LGBTQ community has gotten a lot more representation in the Marvel and DC Comics worlds, including our first-ever lesbian Batwoman. And The CW recently announced that the title character is none other than Ruby Rose. Rose, who identifies as genderfluid but doesn't mind she/her pronouns, played Stella Carlin in Orange Is the New Black and promptly gained a lot of praise for being a visible queer person in the already LGBTQ-centric show. She's been greatly credited for helping add to the…

Am I Demisexual?

For some people, crushing is a way of life. We all have those besties who are constantly talking about a new hottie they saw in class or a stranger on the street that gave them butterflies. These conversations can totally take over your lunch table, squad hangs, and even dominate the group text. But have you ever said to yourself, "Wow, WTF are they talking about?!"If you've ever felt left out because you don't tend to experience crushes and attraction the way your friends do, you might be demisexual. According to The Asexual Visibility and Education Network (AVEN):A demisexual is a person who…

8 Things You Need to Know Before Getting a Bikini Wax

1. There's a big difference between soft and hard wax. Soft wax is the most common type used. It's best for large areas, when you want to remove a lot of hair at one time. It's applied with a waxing spatula (see photo above) and removed with a fabric strip. Hard wax is a bit more complicated and takes extra some skill to use, so it can be more expensive. It hardens on its own, eliminating the need for strips, and sticks just to your hair, not your skin, so there's less irritation from pulling. Many spas and salons do both: They save money by using soft wax in larger, less sensitive areas, and…

The Spice Girls are reuniting

Mel C has reportedly been the driving force behind the band getting back together, and giving us all what we really, really want. She has even been able to convince Victoria Beckham – Posh Spice herself – to get on board. It seems that the other band members have forgiven Victoria for saying that the Spice Girls looked like “five men in drag” at the height of their fame just two months ago. The iconic singers’ old bonds were strengthened by Mel B’s difficult divorce proceedings, according to The Sun. Geri Halliwell – Ginger Spice herself – is also reported to have helped indirectly, with the b…

This is Why Beauty Products Always "Sell Out" In Seconds

Remember when Kylie Jenner first dropped her famed Lip Kits and for six months it was nearly impossible to get one, because they sold out so quickly? We'd all take to social media defeated, tag the brand, of course, and beg them to restock. But why didn't they produce enough to begin with? Well, because the plan was to sell out all along. Alex*, an anonymous source who formerly worked behind the scenes for a celeb-owned beauty brand spilled the dirt to Refinery29. “Scarcity is a very common marketing strategy in the beauty industry. Not only does this strategy increase the perceived value of t…

Kim Kardashian Forgot to Wear Pants to Disneyland

Kim Kardashian went to Disneyland on Tuesday with her sister Kourtney Kardashian, their friend Larsa Pippen, and lots of children in tow. It seemed like a really fun time, especially because the crew met Beauty and the Beast. And what does one wear while greeting this iconic, royal, fictional couple? ...Clearly just an oversized, nondescript, dark T-shirt will do. Throw some sneakers on and you are done. Definitely nothing missing from this outfit equation! Yeah, maybe other people would wear pants with this ensemble (Kourtney had shorts on, at least) but Kim just doesn't need them. They're us…

You've Been Wearing Your Bra Wrong Your Entire Life

In today's news, my entire life has been a lie and I'm a failure as a boob-having person, because according to a viral tweet, I've been bra-ing wrong since the age of 12. The tweet, which was originally posted by the Huffington Post, reveals the correct steps to wearing a new bra. Apparently you're supposed to clasp the loosest hook to start, pull your boobs into the cups, then tighten the straps every couple of months as they loosen. It's safe to say that I've literally never done one of those things – except tightening my straps, which I do like once a year. The post actually sparked an even…

Experts Say Bath Bombs Could Be Bad for Your Vagina

Brightly colored bath bombs might be the trendiest (and most Instagram-friendly!) self-care item right now. But they may also have an unexpected side effect: The chemicals in bath bombs can majorly mess with your lady parts, according to two gynecologists who recently spoke with Self. How so? Well, at any given time, your vagina is home to 10 to 20 types of bacteria, said Michael Cackovic, MD, an OB/GYN at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. In a healthy vagina, these bacteria work together to maintain a pH balance between 4 to 4.5 and fight off infection. (Read: The vagina is an…

The Weird Trick Lucy Hale Uses to Get Rid of Acne

Even though Lucy Hale always looks gorge when she steps onto the red carpet or casually digs a grave, she struggles with breakouts on the reg. The Pretty Little Liars star told Byrdie that when she turned 21, she got the acne most of us suffered from in high school. "My skin just went nuts," she said. But six years later, she's finally figured out how to tame her cystic acne. A routine of deep cleansing, exfoliating, serum, moisturizer, facials, and exercise keeps her face clear of breakouts. But there's one hack Lucy swears by that you probably never would have thought of – washing your face…

Kendall and Kylie Dropped a Lingerie Line

Ring the alarm, Kardashian/Jenner superfans, because Kendall and Kylie Jenner have pulled a fast one on all of you — the sisters just dropped a lingerie collection with Topshop under their namesake brand Kendall + Kylie. But here's the plot twist: They didn't tell anyone. This isn't even an ICYMI, because literally everyone missed it. The line simply appeared on Topshop's website, as if by magic. A subtle launch may not be so surprising given Kylie's recent (still unconfirmed) pregnancy rumors and the controversy surrounding the brand's last collection. There was virtually no promotion f…

Braless Kendall Jenner Will Inspire You

Kendall Jenner is in love with her nips — she shows them off on the regular and has been very open about her boob obsession. "I'm weird, I love my tits being out. It's like one of my things, I guess," she told W in a 2016 interview. She's also addressed her haters in a "Free the Nipple" post on her website. "I really don't see what the big deal is with going braless!" she wrote. "I think it's cool and I really just don't care! It's sexy, it's comfortable, and I'm cool with my breasts. That's it!" In true Free the Nipple fashion, she let her nips roam free on Thursday night when she arriv…