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The 90th Academy Awards will unfold on Sunday, and by this point in the slog of the awards season, we typically have a pretty good idea o...

Win your Oscar pool with expert predictions in every single category

The 90th Academy Awards will unfold on Sunday, and by this point in the slog of the awards season, we typically have a pretty good idea of who’s going home with the gold. But this year, there’s still a little bit of suspense heading into the ceremony, especially with the Best Picture race seemingly more wide open than ever. Here are our Oscar predictions for  all 24 categories — and be sure to print out your ballot so you can play along at home.


Call Me by Your Name
Darkest Hour
Get Out
Lady Bird
Phantom Thread
The Post
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Is this one of the closest Best Picture races ever? The Decider says it’s at least the closest since 2006. The Shape of Water and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri have been the frontrunners jockeying for first place in the Academy’s complicated preferential ballot system after each securing late-season guild awards. Both films, however, have their detractors and could split the vote, which would open the door for Get Out. In fact, so many people are now calling for a Get Out upset that by Sunday night it might not feel so surprising.

Prediction: Get Out
Don’t be surprised by: The Shape of Water or Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Dark horse: Dunkirk


Paul Thomas Anderson, Phantom Thread
Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water
Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird
Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk
Jordan Peele, Get Out

For four of the past five years, the Academy has split its top two prizes. This is a category that also tends to reward pure technical mastery. That would put DGA champ Guillermo del Toro — a much  revered, Oscar-less filmmaker — in great shape for the beautifully captured Shape of Water. Don’t count out another much revered, Oscar-less filmmaker named Christopher Nolan for his stunningly immersive battle pic, Dunkirk, though.

Prediction: Guillermo del Toro
Don’t be surprised by: Christopher Nolan
Dark horse: Jordan Peele


Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water
Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Margot Robbie, I, Tonya
Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird
Meryl Streep, The Post

This was once considered a three-way race between Frances McDormand, Saoirse Ronan, and Sally Hawkins; all signs now point to the Three Billboards star for her blistering, all-out-of-effs turn as a grieving mother tormenting local police for not solving her daughter’s murder case. McDormand should win an Oscar to bookend her 1996 stauette for Fargo — let’s just try not to bleep her out this time.

Prediction: Frances McDormand
Dark horse: Saoirse Ronan or Sally Hawkins


Timothée Chalamet, Call Me by Your Name
Daniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread
Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out
Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour
Denzel Washington, Roman J. Israel, Esq.

You could say (and people did) that Gary Oldman won the Oscar when Darkest Hour premiered in the fall — or even earlier, when the trailer debuted. Oldman’s unrecognizable turn as world history MVP Winston Churchill really is that stunning. It’s one of those transformative performances that comes along every few years, and the best male lead performance since Daniel Day-Lewis downed those metaphorical milkshakes in There Will Be Blood.

Prediction: Gary Oldman
Dark horse: Timothée Chalamet


Mary J. Blige, Mudbound
Allison Janney, I, Tonya
Lesley Manville, Phantom Thread
Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird
Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water

There was a time when both supporting categories looked incredibly close. But with wins at the SAG Awards, the Golden Globes, and the BAFTAs, Allison Janney has left Laurie Metcalf in the dust with her hilarious, biting, bird-assisted, profanity-laced, tragicomic work as Tonya Harding’s mom LaVona Golden in the mockumentary I, Tonya. If Oldman’s performance is the flat-out best of the year, Janney’s is my favorite.

Prediction: Allison Janney
Don’t be surprised by: Laurie Metcalf
Dark horse: Mary J. Blige


Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
Woody Harrelson, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water
Christopher Plummer, All the Money in the World
Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

This category was once presumed to be a nail-biter between Willem Dafoe and Sam Rockwell, but the latter has emerged as the clear favorite following victories at the SAGs, the Globes, and the BAFTAs. While Rockwell is where smart money is, there has also been some blowback against the redemption of his bigoted cop in the film, and with Dafoe being the sole representative of the beloved but otherwise snubbed Florida Project, I’m calling fo a most irresponsible upset here.

Prediction: Willem Dafoe
(Definitely) Don’t be surprised by: Sam Rockwell


Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani, The Big Sick
Jordan Peele, Get Out
Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird
Guillermo del Toro and Vanessa Taylor, The Shape of Water
Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Jordan Peele made history by becoming the first African-American nominated for Oscar’s trifecta: writing, directing, and producing. And considering that Get Out is far from a lock in Best Picture or Best Director, it wouldn’t be surprising to see voters throw their weight behind him here. Martin McDonagh, however, was snubbed in Best Director, so the acclaimed playwright/screenwriter could score some sympathy points. And let’s not forget the brilliance of Greta Gerwig’s deeply personal coming-of-ager Lady Bird. This one’s a toughie.

Prediction: Get Out
Don’t be surprised by: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Dark horse: Lady Bird


James Ivory, Call Me by Your Name
Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, The Disaster Artist
Scott Frank, James Mangold. and Michael Green, Logan
Aaron Sorkin, Molly’s Game
Dee Rees and Virgil Williams, Mudbound

Unlike the previous category, Best Adapted Screenplay has very little suspense. Expect 89-year-old scribe James Ivory (formerly of the Merchant Ivory producing team) to be the lone representative from Call Me by Your Name to hear his name called Sunday.

Prediction: Call Me by Your Name


The Boss Baby
The Breadwinner
Loving Vincent

Here’s another category without much suspense. Coco is one of Pixar’s most color, inventive, and poignant adventures yet, even if it “underperformed” at the box office with only $208 million. It’s all relative to other Pixar movies; last year’s Finding Dory made more than twice that amount. Dory, however, wasn’t even nominated. Coco will head to the afterlife an Oscar winner.

Prediction: Coco
Dark horse: The Breadwinner or Loving Vincent


Abacus: Small Enough to Jail
Faces Places
Last Men in Aleppo
Strong Island

There are typically two types of docs that prevail at the Oscars: the crowdpleasers (i.e. March of the Penguins) or the heavy downers (The Cove). This year’s pool has both types: the quirky and comedic Faces Places, and the horrifying and intense Syrian war tearjerker Last Men in Aleppo. Icarus, Bryan Fogel’s stunning and maddening firsthand exposé of the Russian Olympic doping scandal is in a category all its own, though, much like last year’s winner, O.J.: Made in America (but six hours shorter!).

Prediction: Icarus
Don’t be surprised by: Faces Places
Dark horse: Last Men in Aleppo


A Fantastic Woman
The Insult
On Body and Soul
The Square

Ruben Östlund’s Swedish satire The Square has been the perceived favorite among foreign films since it won the Palme d’Or at Cannes last year, but its jankier moments and all-over-the-place narrative could turn some voters off. A safer bet could be Sebastián Lelio’s quietly devastating drama A Fantastic Woman, featuring a revelatory performance from transgender newcomer Daniela Vega — who, in a less competitive year, could’ve claimed a spot in the Best Actress race.

Prediction: A Fantastic Woman
Don’t be surprised by: The Square
Dark horse: Loveless


Blade Runner 2049
Darkest Hour
The Shape of Water

This is one of the more intriguing cinematography races in years (if you’re an Oscar nerd like me). Rachel Morrison earned her placed in the record books by become the first woman nominated in this category for beautifully rendering harsh rural landscapes in Mudbound. She earned the loudest ovation at the February’s nominees luncheon, for what that’s worth, and also just DP’ed Black Panther. But how do you not give this one to Roger Deakins, legend of the frame who now stands at 0-for-13 at the Oscars and who may have delivered his most dazzling work yet in bringing to life the moody futurism of Blade Runner 2049?

Prediction: Blade Runner 2049
Don’t be surprised by: Mudbound
Dark horse: Dunkirk


Baby Driver
I, Tonya
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Christopher Nolan’s rousing Dunkirk was once thought to be a surefire Best Picture favorite, but while those days are behind us, the WWII thriller could still rack up some technical wins. That starts with editing, where it just prevailed at the American Cinema Editors (ACE) Awards. Its stiffest competition comes from car chase musical Baby Driver, but odds favor Dunkirk‘s Lee Smith winning his first Oscar in three tries.

Prediction: Dunkirk
Don’t be surprised by: Baby Driver


Beauty and the Beast
Darkest Hour
Phantom Thread
The Shape of Water
Victoria and Abdul

One of the films nominated for Best Costume Design is about a man (Daniel Day-Lewis as Reynolds Woodcock) actually designing costumes (OK, they’re technically dresses, but you get the picture). ‘Nuff said.

Prediction: Phantom Thread


Beauty and the Beast
Blade Runner 2049
Darkest Hour
The Shape of Water

There’s an impressive set of worlds built here, but the work of The Shape of Water team of Paul D. Austerberry, Shane Vieau, and Jeffrey A. Melvin has a leg (fin?) up here for crafting a universe that’s not only enticing to look at but also feels so unique to its fairy-tale story.

Prediction: The Shape of Water
Dark horse: Blade Runner 2049


Blade Runner 2049
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Kong: Skull Island
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
War for the Planet of the Apes

It’s a shame more blockbuster-type action films don’t get serious consideration for Best Picture, because the War for the Planet of the Apes capped an incredible trilogy in which the films got better with each installment. They’ll have to settle for a signature win for their groundbreaking VFX — if they hold off the eye-popping effects of Blade Runner 2049.

Prediction: War for the Planet of the Apes
Don’t be surprised by: Blade Runner 2049


Phantom Thread
The Shape of Water
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

There are some legends among the contenders, notably The Last Jedi‘s John Williams (five wins in 50 previous nominations) Dunkirk‘s Hans Zimmer (one win in 10 previous nominations) and The Shape of Water‘s Alexandre Desplat (one in in eight previous nominations). Desplat is considered the heavy frontrunner for shaping Water‘s sounds, but I’m partial to Phantom Thread for the sumptuous work done by Radiohead’s Johnny Greenwood, who could creep up and pull off a surprise win.

Prediction: Phantom Thread
Don’t be surprised by: The Shape of Water
Dark horse: Dunkirk


“The Mystery of Love,” Call Me by Your Name
“Remember Me,” Coco
“This Is Me,” The Greatest Showman
“Stand Up for Something,” Marshall
“Mighty River,” Mudbound

Earlier this year I would’ve said this one’s open and shut: It’d be the unforgettable Coco ballad “Remember Me” all the way. But that was before the Keala Settle-crooned, Pasek and Paul-written power pop tune “This Is Me” from The Greatest Showman became a bona fide hit. I still think Coco will prevail, but this race is a lot closer than it used to be.

Prediction: “Remember Me”
Don’t be surprised by: “This Is Me”


Because it’s always helpful to have a refresher: Sound editing is the creation of nonmusical sound effects used in films (i.e., sirens, gunshots, etc.) while sound mixing is the blending and balancing all of the sounds in a film. (They’re different effects, yet all five nominees are the same in each category.)

Best Sound Editing nominees:
Baby Driver
Blade Runner 2049
The Shape of Water
Star Wars: The Last Jedi

One common theme among the majority of recent sound editing winners (Mad Max, American Sniper, Skyfall, The Hurt Locker) is gunfire. Therefore, it’s wise to lean toward Dunkirk on this one.

Prediction: Dunkirk
Don’t be surprised by: Baby Driver

Best Sound Mixing nominees:

Baby Driver
Blade Runner 2049
The Shape of Water
Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Now think about how much audio wizardry went into blending the heist action of Baby Driver with all the tunes director Edgar Wright had his cast carefully choreograph their movements to … feels like that type of synchronicity is more than enough to warrant an Oscar.

Prediction: Baby Driver
Don’t be surprised by: Dunkirk


DeKalb Elementary
The Eleven O’Clock
My Nephew Emmett
The Silent Child
Watu Wote (All of Us)

The most topical choice here is surely DeKalb Elementary, a low-budget and contained drama about a school administrator confronting a mentally unstable gunman who has entered the premises. But that short’s production values and emotional resonance are dwarfed by The Silent Child, a poignant and beautifully shot tale of a relationship between a tutor and deaf child that doubles as a plea for more readily available sign-language programs in schools.

Prediction: The Silent Child
Don’t be surprised by: DeKalb Elementary
Dark horse: The Eleven O’Clock


Dear Basketball
Garden Party
Negative Space
Revolting Rhymes

The oddsmakers are seeing stars in their eyes and favoring the Kobe Bryant-produced love letter to hoops, Dear Basketball. But there’s also a serious Pixar charmer in the mix, Lou, about a shape-shifting monster who schools a bully (and which provided the best six minutes of our Cars 3 experience). While you’d think the animation giant would regularly triumph in this category, they’ve actually only won once — last year for Piper — over the past decade. (Disney Animation has won two others over that span.) I’ll bet on a repeat, though.

Prediction: Lou
Don’t be surprised by: Dear Basketball
Dark horse: Revolting Rhymes


Heaven Is a Traffic Jam on the 405
Knife Skills
Traffic Stop

If there’s an easy call among the short categories, this would be it. Though Heroin(e) and Knife Skills are both well worth a watch, Edith+Eddie — a look at an interracial marriage between Virginians aged 95 and 96 — is a cut above the rest. The film pivots early from quirky bliss to devastating heartbreak over its fully engaging 30 minutes. Plus, only one of these films has Cher stumping for it.

Prediction: Edith+Eddie
Don’t be surprised by: Heroin(e)
Dark horse: Knife Skills

It’s a good time to make Rihanna feel like the “only girl in the world,” as the pop star is celebrating her 30th birthday. Yes, Robyn Rihan...

Birthday girl Rihanna spent the last day of her 20s in an 'I hate Rihanna' T-shirt

It’s a good time to make Rihanna feel like the “only girl in the world,” as the pop star is celebrating her 30th birthday. Yes, Robyn Rihanna Fenty was born in Barbados on Feb. 20, 1988.

But while fans have been flooding the “Umbrella” singer with birthday greetings and tributes, Rihanna is approaching the milestone occasion with a touch of self-deprecation. The Fenty Beauty creator‘s Instagram Stories reveal that the final moments of her 20s involved her sporting an oversized ‘I hate Rihanna’ T-shirt without pants. As far as birthday suits go, it’s a doozy.

Look closely and you’ll see the line “Don’t trust anyone under 30.” Even so, RiRi seemed to be clinging to her “last day to make a bad decision and blame it on my 20s.”

“Still in my 20s,” she cooed into the camera in a second Instagram Stories moment, just before pal Jennifer Rosales chirped “not for long!” Harsh.

Here’s Rihanna’s face after Rosales shut her down.

Ah, well. Aging – and vibe-killing friends — happens to us all. Now, no offense, but where can we get one of those shirts?

The businesswoman challenging Beyonce's trademark bid for her daughter's name Blue Ivy Carter has been accused of trying to score a...

Beyonce accuses trademark challenger of wanting to cash in on legal dispute

The businesswoman challenging Beyonce's trademark bid for her daughter's name Blue Ivy Carter has been accused of trying to score a $10 million (£7.1 million) payday to end the court battle.

The Formation hitmaker has been locked in a legal fight with Veronica Morales, owner of events planning firm Blue Ivy Company, for the past year after taking issue with the superstar's application for the rights to "Blue Ivy Carter", the name of her six-year-old daughter with JAY-Z.

In her filing with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Beyonce explained she wanted to reserve the rights to the moniker in beauty, fashion, and electronics ventures, and to prevent others from cashing in on her eldest child's identity.

Morales objected to the move, insisting the name is too similar to her own business brand.

Lawyers for the two parties have recently been attempting to handle the dispute out of court, but Beyonce's representatives claim Morales is only trying to exploit the situation for her own financial benefit.

According to court paperwork obtained by The Blast, Morales and her lawyers used what was supposed to be a meeting about a potential settlement to present a "business proposal", suggesting Beyonce purchase her events planning company for millions in exchange for dropping the trademark challenge.

The plaintiff's counsel "gave a long speech" about how they could approach the dispute as an "opportunity for a business relationship rather than an adversarial proceeding", even putting together a Power Point presentation to outline their plan, reports the outlet.

Morales even suggested the two parties combine forces and "begin producing products and goods" under the Blue Ivy name, offering the bundle deal for $10 million.

The proposal was shut down by Beyonce's lawyers, and now they want Morales' team to submit all evidence of the sales pitch as part of the ongoing court case to prove their trademark challenge was only ever about cashing in on the celebrity link.

The Malone Souliers presentation today at London Fashion Week was full of naked ladies. To be fair, there was an approximation of nude li...

The Malone Souliers Presentation Was Full of Naked Ladies

The Malone Souliers presentation today at London Fashion Week was full of naked ladies.

To be fair, there was an approximation of nude lingerie going on, but there was still a whole lot of bare flesh on display. Scantily clad models lounging like living statues were mingled with anatomical models, so guests had to look twice to determine which ones were real. It all felt very Pedro Almodóvar’s “The Skin I Live In.”

The collection was inspired by anatomy, explained the label’s creative director, Mary Alice Malone: “Everything that lies beneath.”

Her concept was both realized literally with intricate embroideries of bodies on knee-high boots, done in exotic skins, and in abstract form on the label’s signature mule silhouettes. The latter involved delicate beading that may have looked like florals to the naked eye, but was actually inspired by the blood vessels and cells of the body.

“I took my inspiration from anatomy because it’s this weirdly perfect, intricate construction that is beyond all comprehension,” she said.

Also on display was the second wave of the label’s Emanuel Ungaro footwear collaboration, which began with pre-fall. Once again, Malone took the Parisian house’s signature polka dots as her starting point, but moved things forward with new Perspex variants.

All the patterns were drawn from the Ungaro archive, noted Malone, who cited a boot with a polka-dot camouflage motif done in twill as a personal favorite. “Ungaro has so much heritage and so much history. We thought it needed to come back out into the limelight,” she enthused.

Long gowns in combination with sky-high stilettos is always a risky situation, especially on the red carpet. And sometimes, no matter how c...

Margot Robbie’s Heels Nearly Caused a Wardrobe Malfunction After Stepping On Givenchy Gown

Long gowns in combination with sky-high stilettos is always a risky situation, especially on the red carpet. And sometimes, no matter how careful one can be, you’re bound to get your shoe caught on your train when wearing a floor-length dress.

That’s exactly what happened to Margot Robbie Sunday night at the 2018 British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs). While posing for the cameras, the Aussie starlet unfortunately got tripped up and was forced to adjust her stunning black embellished Givenchy number.

However, it was no big deal as the nominated “I, Tonya” actress was able to quickly rearrange her dress before she suffered from a serious wipe out.

Later, taking the stage alongside Octavia Spencer, who is nominated for her role in “The Shape of Water,” the 27-year-old was careful to lift up the lacy skirt of her gown as to not run into another issue.

Meanwhile, the Oscar-nominated actress accessorized her look with statement stud earrings and a Boîte de Nuite satin clutch bag courtesy of Roger Vivier.

Moreover, other stars like Angelina Jolie, Emma Roberts and Prince Harry’s ex Cressida Bonas all avoided potential wardrobe malfunctions with by opting for shorter dresses, hemlines and slits for the occasion.

The fashion industry has certainly become more diverse, but there is still a lot more that can be done to recognize all body types and skin...

Plus-Size Models Staged a Protest During London Fashion Week: 'Where Are the Curves?'

The fashion industry has certainly become more diverse, but there is still a lot more that can be done to recognize all body types and skin tones—and Hayley Hasselhoff, who has spoken out about size inclusivity in the past, is leading the charge. Hasselhoff, the daughter of David Hasselhoff, led a group of other models in a protest during London Fashion Week Friday morning. For a campaign organized by plus-size fashion retailer Simply Be, the 25-year-old model and seven others posed in their underwear outside the London Fashion Week hub. They held signs that read, "Love Your Curves," "Curves Shouldn't Mean Compromise," and "LFW—Where Are the Curves?" according to the Evening Standard.

Angela Spindler, chief executive of the parent company that owns Simply Be, told the Standard that through their protest they are hoping to make fashion more accessible. “We want the fashion industry to change the way it represents body shapes," she said. "This isn’t about 'skinny shaming'; we think that shape should be celebrated irrespective of size, and it’s time that the industry became more diverse—after all, fashion is for everyone.” Hasselhoff added, "We want to give women everywhere the confidence to be who they are. This is only achieved by showing a wide variety of models, irrespective of size. By tearing up the one-size-fits fashion rule book, we hope to encourage any woman, whatever her size, to feel fabulous in their skin.”

On the other side of the pond, New York Fashion Week has become increasingly size diverse. Last season, there were 208 appearances by models above sample size, while models like Ashley Graham and Jordyn Woods not only walked the runway but also took their turns at designing. Not to mention that some mass-market fashion campaigns, such as those for Aerie, Nike, and Khloé Kardashian's Good American, are increasing their size offerings and choosing more curvy models. Last month Graham was announced as the new face of Revlon, making her one of the first curvy women to front a major beauty campaign. Let's hope this trend continues on—and off—the runway around the world.

When Ashley Graham graced the cover of Sport’s Illustrated swimsuit issue two years ago, her career skyrocketed. It was not only was a monu...

Ashley Graham embraces cellulite in a string bikini for SI's swimsuit issue

When Ashley Graham graced the cover of Sport’s Illustrated swimsuit issue two years ago, her career skyrocketed. It was not only was a monumental name-making moment for the supermodel, but also for curvy women everywhere. Since then, she has helped women embrace their so-called imperfections, and in the latest SI swimsuit issue, her message isn’t any different.

In a one-piece red and white string bathing suit, the 30-year-old looks confident at the beach in her latest shoot for Sports Illustrated. She captioned the photo on her Instagram, “‘Show me somethin’ natural like ass with some stretchmarks’ ..OR cellulite.”

The snap quickly racked up nearly 500,000 likes and 8,000 comments (at the time we posted our story).

A commenter wrote, “You are an inspiration to ALL people, not just women! You inspire us to not only accept who we are, but to LOVE who we are: body, mind, and soul. This pic is STUNNING, per usual!” Another commenter added, “You’re so beautiful, and changing the way society looks at women!”

Graham frequently preaches body positivity and self-love on her social media accounts. She is an active advocate for inclusivity in the fashion industry as well. In her Swimsuits for All line, she gives other curvy models, such as Tabria Majors, a platform too.

A young fan commented, “you are so gorgeous and such a big inspiration. I’m 6 ft and I’m 14 years old at its incredibly hard to find jeans for any pants or shorts to fit me. You’ve just taught me so much and how to be confident in my body cuz I’m not the smallest person either. Thank you and I love you!”

Keep shining, Ashley!

Paralympic snowboarder Brenna Huckaby traded in Utah's snow-covered mountains for a sandy beach in Aruba for a spread in the 2018 Sport...

Meet the First Amputee to Be Featured in "Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue"

Paralympic snowboarder Brenna Huckaby traded in Utah's snow-covered mountains for a sandy beach in Aruba for a spread in the 2018 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. But while the scenery was a drastic change for the world champion (who is set to compete in the Paralympic Games in PyeongChang next month), a constant that remains in Huckaby's life is her ability to break through barriers. And her Sports Illustrated debut is another example of that.

The 22-year-old is the first amputee to ever be featured in the coveted swimsuit issue, and Huckaby says she is overjoyed by the outpour of support she's already received from other women with disabilities.

"[The response has] been extremely positive and uplifting, which I was hoping for,"she tells Cosmopolitan.com. "Before doing the shoot, I thought, 'Holy cow, I'm opening myself up for a lot of good, but potentially also a lot of bad.' I wanted it to be done right. I wanted to represent women with disabilities the right way."

Huckaby says one woman's message in particular has stood out because of how much she related to the obstacles she's had to overcome. "If I had seen these pictures when I was younger, that would've made [such a] difference in my recovery after cancer," Huckaby says the woman told her. "Just hearing that made the shoot that much more worth it."

In 2010, Huckaby was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer - a diagnosis that, due to complications, forced doctors to amputate her right leg. She was only a freshman in high school, and describes that time in her life as her "lowest of low." During her junior year, she moved to Utah from Louisiana, where the former gymnast took up snowboarding as a way to get back into sports, and the rest is history.

For Cosmopolitan.com, she opens up about how she overcame her struggles with body image and self-confidence after her amputation, dating and motherhood.

Happiness became a priority during her recovery.

I started going to the gym and that slowly started to help me build my confidence, because I could walk [with the help of my prosthetic]. That may not sound like much, but I tried to find things that I could enjoy. I started to surround myself with people that made me feel good. That wasn't easy, but you have to feel good [within yourself] in order to find other people that can make you feel good.

And dating gave her a sense of normalcy.

I had my eyes set on a football player in high school. He started to give me attention. As much of a douche as he turned out to be, he definitely helped me a lot. He helped me feel good. He got me roses! Dating him gave me a sense of confidence because he was a popular football player. To have somebody show that much of an interest in me - it made me feel good. It made me feel normal.
My butt hits the newsstand today(literally😝) Im still smiling and freaking out over this huge milestone in women empowerment. It’s funny to read things that say women shouldn’t need to pose nude or in swimsuits to feel empowered, and I agree. I feel empowered daily. I feel empowered standing on the podium or getting my daughter to eat broccoli. Confidence comes in all forms. It was my choice to put myself out there in a sexy way because yo gurl wants to show people she is sexy (regardless of everything else). If you don’t want your sons to look at my body in that way let’s teach them to respect women no matter what they wear! My achievements are no smaller or greater because I’m in a swimsuit. I will forever remember this day as one of my favorites. The women behind SI couldn’t have made me feel any better or more confident. 100% one of the best companies 😍From @si_swimsuit go to their website to see more from the shoot and to see all the other strong women! I’m still on cloud 9.
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Black Panther pushes the Marvel Cinematic Universe into exciting new territory — specifically the vibranium-rich African nation of Wakand...

Here's how 'Black Panther' fits into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (no spoilers)

Black Panther pushes the Marvel Cinematic Universe into exciting new territory — specifically the vibranium-rich African nation of Wakanda, whose existence was first hinted at way back in Iron Man 2, but which it hasn’t spent extensive time in until now. Even though the film takes place in a fresh corner of the MCU, it’s still very much a part of the single timeline that the studio has been building since the first Iron Man hit theaters a decade ago, and which will come to an end, of sorts, with the release of Avengers: Infinity War on May 4, and the still-untitled fourth and final Avengers movie set for release on May 3, 2019. And Black Panther doesn’t just continue the larger MCU story in the present day — it fills in some pieces of history as well. Here’s our speculative, and spoiler-free, take on where the events of this movie fall in the existing MCU movie timeline.

In the beginning…

Black Panther opens with an origin story, not for the titular hero, but for the country he protects. Centuries ago, we’re told, a large meteorite full of vibranium fell from the heavens and landed in Africa, sparking a war amongst five regional tribes that ended with the emergence of the Black Panther and the establishment of Wakanda. Since the tribes were fighting each other — and not the Dark Elves — this landing likely happened long after the 2988 B.C. Convergence, when all Nine Realms are aligned, and the subsequent First Battle of Svartalfheim, when Malekith led the doomed uprising glimpsed at the beginning of Thor: The Dark World.

Similarly, since Hela and Odin don’t appear to be currently engaged in their seventh century B.C. realm-by-realm conquest discussed in Thor: Ragnarok, Wakanda’s founding most likely takes place in the anno Domini epoch, possibly even around the mighty Thunder God’s birth, circa 964, or even when Odin tangled with the Frost Giants and discovered Baby Loki the following year.

Back in the ’90s

After that bit of prehistory, Black Panther leaps ahead to 1992-era Oakland for a crucial sequence that the film revisits several times, revealing new facets of a pivotal decision made by T’Chaka, father of the current Black Panther and Wakanda’s king, T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman). The late ’80s/early ’90s were a busy time for the MCU. Four years earlier, for example, future Guardian of the Galaxy Peter Quill lost his mother and gained an adoptive alien father. In 1989, normal-size scientist (and ant-size superhero) Hank Pym said sayonara to S.H.I.E.L.D. and set up his own outfit, Pym Technologies. Meanwhile, T’Chaka’s Oakland mission takes place mere months after the Dec. 16, 1991, assassination of Howard and Maria Stark by a brainwashed Bucky Barnes, aka the Winter Soldier, as shown in Captain America: Civil War. (In that movie, of course, T’Challa eventually joined Team Iron Man in the hopes of capturing Bucky after T’Chaka perished in a bombing that Barnes is believed to have orchestrated.) With the revelation that the upcoming Captain Marvel movie will be set in the early ’90s, we’re wondering if word of the Black Panther’s presence in Oakland may have filtered through to Carol Danvers.

Here and now

According to a news report heard early on in Black Panther, the movie proper begins one week after the bombing that killed King T’Chaka in Civil War, thus leaving Wakanda’s throne — and the mantle of the Panther — to his son. No specific time frame is given for the duration of the film’s events, but it’s safe to assume that T’Challa’s journey from a wary, untested leader to a more confident commander in chief takes upwards of a month.

That means Black Panther is chasing the tail of Spider-Man: Homecoming, which establishes that it’s been eight years since the Battle of Manhattan in The Avengers. After sending Peter Parker off to his Civil War debut in Tony Stark-made underoos, Homecoming then jumps ahead two months to when he’s just a high school hero looking for his big break. And both movies are lapped by the events of Doctor Strange — which places surgeon Stephen Strange’s career-altering accident just before T’Chaka’s killing, and his emergence as the Sorcerer Supreme nearly a year later — as well as Thor: Ragnarok, where Thor visits a more poised and confident Dr. Strange in his New York Sanctum while searching for the missing Odin in the hopes of preventing Asgard’s looming apocalypse. Ragnarok also ends with Thor coming face-to-face (or, at least, ship-to-ship) with Thanos’s Earth-bound forces, making it the direct prelude to Infinity War. After all this buildup, it’s time to bring on the main event!

Hello sexy Monday! Kim Zolciak-Biermann kicked off her week by jetting off on vacay with her husband, Kroy Biermann, and the reality st...

Kim Zolciak-Biermann Posts Steamy Topless Beach Pic With Husband Kroy Biermann

Hello sexy Monday!

Kim Zolciak-Biermann kicked off her week by jetting off on vacay with her husband, Kroy Biermann, and the reality star wasted no time getting into holiday mode -- and out of her clothes!

The Real Housewives of Atlanta star posted a steamy snap on Instagram, showing her naked apart from a bikini bottom, while cuddled up to Kroy on the sand.

“Day 1 of our getaway ]]>😍🌎😍🌎😝🕺🏼

Who needs a bra when you’re the queen? Elizabeth Hurley, who portrays Queen Helena on The Royals, took to Instagram on Monday to share...

'The Royals' Star Elizabeth Hurley Posts Sexy Braless Selfie -- See the Pic!

Who needs a bra when you’re the queen?

Elizabeth Hurley, who portrays Queen Helena on The Royals, took to Instagram on Monday to share a sexy mirror selfie -- sans bra!

The 52-year-old British beauty stripped off and snapped away to show off a new crochet cover-up, the Lizzie Robe, from her swimwear line, Elizabeth Hurley Beach.

“Bathroom selfie in my new Lizzie Robe in soft crochet ]]>😘😘😘😘😘😘😘😘😘😘

On this day in 1946, the bikini made its debut. To celebrate #NationalBikiniDay, let’s take a look back at some of the most iconic swimsuit...

9 Most Memorable Swimsuits in TV and Film History, From Jean Harlow to Halle Berry (Photos)

On this day in 1946, the bikini made its debut. To celebrate #NationalBikiniDay, let’s take a look back at some of the most iconic swimsuits–both one- and two-piece–in film and television, from the 1930s to the present.

1930s: Jean Harlow

In the 1930s, before her death at age 26, film actress Jean Harlow was a Hollywood sex symbol. According to Redbook, she was also one of the earliest stars to be photographed in a swimsuit.

1940s: Betty Grable

Betty Grable was celebrated in the 1930s and 40s for her “million dollar legs.” Though this yellow bikini is not as famous as Grable’s famous one-piece and high heels attire, it’s iconic in its own right.

1950s: Esther Williams

1960s: Ursula Andress (first Bond girl)

This Swiss actress catapulted to fame as the first “Bond girl” in the 1962 film, “Dr. No.” The scene where Andress rises out of the ocean in this white two-piece is considered one of the most iconic in film history.

1970s: Pam Grier

1980s: Phoebe Cates from “Fast Times at Ridgemont High”

Phoebe Cates sported this red bikini in her role as Linda Barrett in “Fast Times at Ridgemont High.” The famous pool scene later inspired the music video for the song, “Stacy’s Mom,” by Fountains of Wayne.

1990s: Pamela Anderson in “Baywatch”

Pamela Anderson, who played lifeguard C.J. Parker on “Baywatch,” helped re-popularize one-piece swimsuits in the 1990s. Variations of this red suit are still sold by retailers, such as Forever 21 and Zara.

2000s: Halle Berry in Die Another Day

Another “Bond girl” with an iconic swimsuit, Halle Berry sported this orange bikini and belt/knife holder combo in 2002’s “Die Another Day.”

2010s: Brooklyn Decker

When you are a swimsuit model and your name is Coco Austin, your mini-me, who goes by the fabulous name Chanel, is going to have one heckuv...

All the Times Coco Austin and Baby Chanel Wore Matching Bathing Suits

When you are a swimsuit model and your name is Coco Austin, your mini-me, who goes by the fabulous name Chanel, is going to have one heckuva a bathing suit collection. Here are all the times the mother-daughter pair twinned in their swimwear.

Coco and her little mermaid
Mrs. Ice-T, who also models lingerie with those curves, shared new photos of their matching orange swimsuits on June 27. The blonde’s two-piece is full-on Coco — a bikini with a lace-up front over her ample cleavage. The nearly 1-and-a-half-year-old is in a one-piece version of the mermaid print suit, which boasts a gold band around the top. Their twinning looks, worn during a trip to Arizona, wouldn’t have gone unnoticed, but the “stretching twinsies” stepped it up with a matching yoga pose, kicking out one leg to the side. Describing the whole thing as incredible is an understatement. (Photo: Coco Austin via Instagram)

Coco and Chanel monokini in Miami
A trip to Miami in January called for monokinis — and truly what better place to wear them. Chanel seemed to like the pink and green contraption, or so her sweet smile suggests. (Photo: Coco Austin via Instagram)

Coco and Chanel tie it on
Coco is a fan of the front lace. This was another one from their Miami trip. (Photo: Coco Austin via Instagram)

Coco and Chanel in spotted swimwear
The ladies also made a statement in polka dots during their Miami getaway. Once again, they struck a similar pose. (Photo: Coco Austin via Instagram)

Coco and Chanel are feeling blue
Seriously though – how many bathing suits did they bring to Miami. This is another one from that trip. (Photo: Coco Austin via Instagram)

Coco and Chanel don leopard print for Labor Day
What’s more American than… leopard print? The ladies went wild for Labor Day 2016. (Photo: Coco Austin via Instagram)

Coco and her little ladybug
This look, from July 2016, is more coordinated than matching. Chanel wins with the ladybug suit while her mama wore basic black, a rare fashion decision for her. (Photo: Coco Austin via Instagram)

Ladies, isn't this what it looks like when you do yoga with your sister? Anyone? Well, it is for Coco Austin. On Wednesday, the wif...

Namaste! Coco Austin and Her Sister Do Yoga in Teeny-Tiny Bikinis

Ladies, isn't this what it looks like when you do yoga with your sister? Anyone? Well, it is for Coco Austin.

On Wednesday, the wife of Ice-T showed off the benefits of spending all that time on the mat when she shared a video of her and sister Kristy Williams stretching and strengthening their bodies in itty-bitty bikinis. The women were striking a pose they call "The Butterfly."


Coco, 36, and her younger sis regularly pop advanced poses in photos she posts on Instagram, although they're usually wearing more clothing in a more public space.

There was the time they worked it out at lunch.


Then, they tried the so-called "Scorpion" pose in a hotel hallway. Hey, how come Kristy always has to be on the bottom?


They even went out on an L.A. rooftop to perform their take on the "Infinity" pose.


No wonder the outrageous Coco made a good reality star! She and her rapper/actor hubby's Ice Loves Coco ended in 2013, but they'll be back on the air soon.

Earlier this month, Fox announced that the couple will get their own talk show this summer. The similarly named Ice & Coco will run for at least three weeks, depending on ratings, beginning Aug. 3. The show will feature celebrity guests, games, and fun segments, according to the network.

We can only assume there also will be bikini yoga.

Kerry Washington and Tony Goldwyn in ‘Scandal’ (Mitch Haaseth/ABC) Warning: This recap for the “The People v. Olivia Pope” episode of S...

'Scandal' recap: Olivia loses more than her friends

Kerry Washington and Tony Goldwyn in ‘Scandal’ (Mitch Haaseth/ABC)

Warning: This recap for the “The People v. Olivia Pope” episode of Scandal contains spoilers.

Olivia Pope can do no wrong — at least in her own mind.

But she has been doing wrong, a lot of wrong, and for quite a while. So, Fitz lures her to Vermont, not to make jam or even have sex, but to surprise her with a gladiator intervention. Everyone’s there (even David). But can Olivia listen, learn, and repent?

The short answer: No. Again, to Olivia, she’s always right, and she’ll take down anybody who says different (even Fitz).

Now, nearly everybody realizes that the Big Bad is Olivia (except for Jake). The question is, what can do they about it?

Here’s a rundown of what went down this week:

Olivia and Fitz wake up, all afterglow-y and lovey-dovey from their night together. He asks her to go to Vermont with him and she agrees. They jet there and she’s all set to make jam and make sweet, sweet love… until she sees Huck is there. And so is Abby and Marcus and David. They’re in Vermont to give Liv a stern talking to about her nefarious doings with B613. Gladiators, assemble!

Meanwhile, at Rowan’s house, he and Charlie are tussling in the baby’s room when Quinn arrives to break it up. Of course, Charlie is shocked that she’s alive. Shocked and mad — he almost killed a bunch of people thinking she was dead. Quinn soothes him by introducing him to their daughter, baby Robin.

More shocks occur at the White House, when Cyrus informs Mellie that Olivia was responsible for President Rashad’s death in the plane bombing. And she’s responsible for Quinn’s death (nobody knows she’s actually alive, but whatever). Mellie can hardly process it all.

Back to the intervention, Fitz gently tells Olivia they are all here to help her. Abby explains that they’re willing to forgive her and that David won’t prosecute her if she leaves the White House and B613.

Liv is furious. “There is not a person in here who hasn’t had to get their hands a little bit dirty,” she yells. Then, she starts to call them out individually. After all, she knows their secrets. Huck’s past, what Abby did to Huck, many things about Fitz, etc.

When Fitz informs her that the Secret Service has been ordered not to let her leave, Olivia storms off.

Did you notice someone is not present at the intervention? Jake. He’s prowling the White House, looking for Liv. When he enters the B613 “office” in the pool, he finds Mellie waiting for him. She wants him to give Liv a message that she knows about Rashad and wants to know why he had to die.

Over at Rowan’s, baby Robin is wailing her head off. Charlie looks helpless, but Quinn and Rowan start singing Britney Spears to her and Robin totally quiets down. It’s Britney, bitch!

Disney-Marvel’s “Black Panther” is heading for as much as $150 million in its North American opening on the four-day Presidents Day weekend...

'Black Panther' bounds toward huge $150 million Presidents Day weekend opening

Disney-Marvel’s “Black Panther” is heading for as much as $150 million in its North American opening on the four-day Presidents Day weekend, updated tracking is showing.

That’s significantly above the first tracking on Jan. 25 for the Chadwick Boseman tentpole, which initially placed the debut in the $100 million to $120 million range for the Feb. 16-19 period. “Black Panther” could break the Presidents Day weekend record of $152 million, set in 2016 by “Deadpool.” It will easily top the second-highest debut for  the four-day holiday, set in 2015 when “Fifty Shades of Grey” opened with $93 million.

“Black Panther” has been gaining steam this week. Fandango reported Wednesday that “Black Panther” is outpacing all superhero movies in advance ticket sales for Fandango’s online tickets service, eclipsing 2016’s “Batman v Superman.” It topped Fandango’s daily ticket sales in the wake of its world premiere and first screenings two days earlier.

The newest tracking showed total awareness of “Black Panther” at 88%, unaided awareness at 43%, and definite interest at 57%. Boseman stars as T’Challa, who takes over as the king of Wakanda after his father T’Chaka is killed, as shown in “Captain America: Civil War.” The film also stars Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, and Michael B. Jordan. Ryan Coogler directed the movie from a script he co-wrote with Joe Robert Cole.

Initial tracking on Thursday also showed that Warner Bros.’ comedy “Game Night” is projecting an opening in the $15 million to $20 million range on Feb. 23-25, while Paramount’s sci-fi thriller “Annihilation” should debut in the $12 million to $15 million area during the same weekend.

“Game Night,” directed by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, stars Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams and follows a group of friends whose game night turns into a murder mystery. Supporting cast includes Kyle Chandler, Billy Magnussen, Sharon Horgan, Lamorne Morris, Kylie Bunbury, Jesse Plemons, Michael C. Hall, and Jeffrey Wright.

“Annihilation,” based on Jeff VanderMeer’s horror sci-fi novel, is directed by Alex Garland from his own script. The story follows a biologist, played by Natalie Portman, who embarks on a four-person expedition into a territory cut off from civilization while searching for clues about her husband’s disappearance. While there, she must deal with a contamination, vanishing colleagues, a deadly animal, and a creature known as the Crawler. Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, and Tessa Thompson also star.

Paramount made a deal with Netflix in December for the streaming service to handle the international release of  “Annihilation.”

A fierce and unapologetically beautiful group of mothers gathered together to celebrate the natural act of breastfeeding. In the photo sho...

This empowering photo shoot aims to normalize breastfeeding in the black community

A fierce and unapologetically beautiful group of mothers gathered together to celebrate the natural act of breastfeeding. In the photo shoot, the nine moms pose topless as they feed their babies, wearing black dresses and gold accessories and crowns.

The Alabama moms originally got together after one of the moms, Angel Warren, posted a Facebook open call for breastfeeding moms willing to participate in a PSA photo shoot during Black Breastfeeding Week. After the first shoot, the women became friends and formed a support group, the Chocolate Milk Mommies of Birmingham. It’s their second shoot together that is featured here.

One of them, 26-year-old Charity Moore, shared with Yahoo Lifestyle the intention behind the photos. “We wanted to do something to capture the essence of how natural breastfeeding is,” she said. “We used crowns to remind each other that we are queens and to keep one another lifted. We chose to come together to normalize breastfeeding. And it’ll never be ‘normal,’ unless it’s seen.”

The goddess-themed photo shoot has gone viral. (Photo: Lakisha Cohill, owner of H&C INC)
Another participating mom, Rauslyn Adams, 26, explained to Yahoo Lifestyle why the women selected a goddess theme.

“To breastfeed, it takes strength, patience, and poise,” says the first-time mom. “We utilized the photo as a tool to bring awareness that it’s OK to feed your baby the natural way.” According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, black women still need more targeted support to encourage breastfeeding.

Adams says one of the mothers is still feeding her 2-year-old baby, and that a lot of people have shamed her for it. “This photo was for awareness, for all the women who don’t have support in breastfeeding. This photo is also for women of color, because breastfeeding is considered taboo in our community; hence the hashtag #blackwomendobreastfeed.”

The nine Alabama moms have formed a strong support group. (Photo: Lakisha Cohill, owner of H&C INC)
Photographer Lakisha Cohill says she is overwhelmed by all the attention her photo has gotten online.

“I had no idea it would go viral, I just wanted to spread a beautiful, positive message through art, because these images are so powerful, and tell so many beautiful stories. Each woman represents a different chapter, including the one behind the lens,” says the photographer.

Moore also offers advice to women who come in for any criticism if they breastfeed their child. “You have the natural and legal right to breastfeed your baby in whatever manner you see fit: covered, uncovered, in private, in public. Never let anyone else and their views dictate the choices you make for yourself and your baby.”

As for her message to breastfeeding haters? “Stop treating breastfeeding like it’s some dirty shameful act that people should keep hidden and stop doing as soon as possible. Breastfeeding is an amazing part of life and should be celebrated, not treated like some dirty little secret.”

“Did we take these photos for attention?” she says. “We absolutely did, because we have to erase the stigma amongst the black community as it relates to breastfeeding.”

Haute Hijab is expanding into the luxury space with a new collection of high-end, special-occasion hijabs. When Melanie Elturk was grow...

This New Line of Luxury Hijabs Is Beyond Gorgeous

Haute Hijab is expanding into the luxury space with a new collection of high-end, special-occasion hijabs.

When Melanie Elturk was growing up in Detroit, Michigan in the late 1990s, she only had a two hijabs that she rotated day in and day out. “They were these really ugly triangle cotton hijabs that were from overseas,” she remembers. “I had black and ivory, that’s [it].” This was pre-Forever 21 or H&M, when modest women couldn’t just transform any fast-fashion scarf into a hijab. “They were dark and drab and didn’t fit into my American style… the idea of hijab and fashion couldn’t even be said together. It was the ultimate oxymoron.”

When she was a teenager, Elturk went in search of printed silk scarves from local vintage stores to ultimately sew into hijabs. “I remember the first day I walked in [to school] with one of those, and people were like, ‘What is going on?’ My hijab finally made me feel so confident, something I had never felt before,” she recalls. “I thought if I could give access to really beautiful hijabs that made women feel strong and powerful that would be huge.”

It took Elturk nearly ten years to realize that she had found her career calling in high school. In 2010, she launched Haute Hijab, an online retailer that fused the idea of hijab with the modern, American aesthetic—all while working as a civil rights attorney by day. The styles came in luxe solids, special wovens and jerseys, and limited-edition prints that dropped every Tuesday. Now, Haute Hijab boasts over 10,000 customers worldwide in the 25- to 45-year-old demographic, and a combined social media following of 450,000.


The brand’s latest launch takes its original concept one step further: Haute Hijab is introducing a luxury collection—its first. The five-piece offering is crafted from high quality silks, satins, and tulles bedecked with fine details, like embroidered Swarovski crystals. The designs was inspired by old Hollywood icons from the 1930s, ‘40s, and ‘50s, like Princess Grace and Audrey Hepburn. And a luxury category is something Haute Hijab’s customer has been asking for: “Women have been coming to us from day one saying, “I want this fabric and these colors and these prints,’” Elturk says. “They knew what they wanted, they were just hungry for someone to do it.”

Haute Hijab’s expansion seems to be in line with larger economic trends—not to mention style swings, too: According to Thomson Reuters’ The State of the Global Islamic Economy Report for 2017/2018, global Muslim spend on clothing and apparel in 2016 was $254 billion; by 2022, that number is expected to skyrocket to $373 billion. In recent years, we’ve seen luxury and mainstream fashion brands begin to cater to a modest consumer, from Dolce & Gabbana’s line of high-fashion hijabs and abayas from 2016 to Nike’s first athletic hijab, which became available in September; American Eagle, for its part, sold out of a denim hijab last summer.


Priced from $250 to $280, Haute Hijab’s luxury collection is certainly more expensive than its everyday line, which comes in at around $20 a piece (and much pricier than the $5 pieces you can find online). But Elturk believes there’s a real demand—and not a lot of options—when it comes to special occasion hijabs.

“So many of our customers are doctors, professionals or are married to a doctor or a professional and are spending hundreds, if not thousands of dollars, on amazing dresses to wear to a soiree, and then wearing a plain, dark hijab,” she explains. She knows this from experience: When she got engaged in 2009 to her husband and co-founder Ahmed Zedan, she had to settle on a cotton blush hijab that she accessorized with a crystal brooch for photos (while the rest of her ensemble included a dramatic ruffled flared ball gown and crisp white top), and it felt mismatched to her. “I still look back on those pictures and wish I had something else to wear,” Elturk laments.


It’s certainly difficult to introduce such an expensive product into the existing market, especially when the brand’s customers were already accustomed to a lower price point— but Elturk reminds Glamour that for so long the Muslim community “was ignored in the US,” so to have more options is a win. “The hijab in America was thought of as strange or dark or mysterious in a negative way, which made women, me, feel that way too,” she says. “With this collection, I’m giving Muslim women the opportunity that every other woman has in America—to be beautiful and to be proud of who she is.”

Camila Cabello fans are elated this week as the singer is finally releasing her long-awaited debut album, Camila, at midnight on Jan. 12. B...

Camila Cabello fans flip over her new album, 'Camila'

Camila Cabello fans are elated this week as the singer is finally releasing her long-awaited debut album, Camila, at midnight on Jan. 12. But before the big drop, Cabello stopped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon for another debut — her new single, Never Be the Same.

The performance was everything you’d expect from this solo singer: upbeat, electric, and sexy — and fans couldn’t get enough. Die-hard Cabello lovers even posted YouTube reaction videos, a privilege usually reserved for hyped movie trailers. This, however, speaks to the former Fifth Harmony member’s popularity.

The clock has already struck midnight in many parts of the world, and Cabello fans wasted no time in downloading, listening to, and reacting to the singer’s debut album. It’s safe to say they didn’t mind the long wait after hearing the new music.

While Camila Cabello fever gained steam on the internet today, there was another — admittedly strange — trend on Twitter. The hashtag #IBetSteveBuscemi inspired some weird responses from users. They pondered thoughts from what the actor may be doing right now to fantasizing a creepy reality for Buscemi. Let’s just say, this was a rather strange thread.