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Yahoo Lifestyle’s Diversity in Beauty Awards (the DIBs) highlights and celebrates personalities, brands, and products that embody inclusive...

Rihanna's humanity — and not her celebrity — is why she's changing the beauty industry

Yahoo Lifestyle’s Diversity in Beauty Awards (the DIBs) highlights and celebrates personalities, brands, and products that embody inclusiveness and innovation. Fenty Beauty was a 2018 winner. 

Rihanna is an award-winning musician who made the world fall in love with radio hits such as “Umbrella,” “We Found Love,” and “Wild Thoughts.” She is also a fashion muse for designer brands, including Dior and Puma. While there is no doubt that these successes play into the self-proclaimed bad gal’s superstar status, in 2017 it was the debut of her cosmetics line, Fenty Beauty, that truly changed the game.

On Sept. 8 in Brooklyn, N.Y., Rihanna unveiled Fenty Beauty to a room full of beauty editors, bloggers, influencers, makeup artists, and industry experts. The range included a primer, highlighters, blotting powder, lip gloss, makeup brushes — and last, but certainly far from least — 40 foundation shades, ranging from very fair to very deep.

“After years of experimenting with the best-of-the-best in beauty — and still seeing a void in the industry for products that performed across all skin types and tones, she launched a makeup line ‘so that women everywhere would be included,'” the brand shared in an official statement. In addition to her loyal fanbase, aka the Rihanna Navy, people around the globe were excited about seeing what they felt was one key element missing from the beauty world: makeup representation for all.

The products were available for purchase at mega beauty haven Sephora and department store giant JCPenney, and Fenty Beauty items sold like ice pops on a scorching hot summer day. In its first month, Fenty Beauty earned $72 million in media value (revenue received from social media), according to WWD. Riri managed to beat out other popular brands with her outstanding reach, including reality star Kylie Jenner’s popular namesake line, Kylie Cosmetics.

“I believe Rihanna is an icon across the board — fashion, music, and beauty — so not only were her fans super-excited but people into beauty products were also hyped,” celebrity makeup artist Ashunta Sheriff told Yahoo Lifestyle. “The marketing and promotion on social media with makeup artists and models, as well as real women, also was just genius.”

Digging deeper into the numbers, it actually doesn’t come as much of a surprise that Rihanna knows how to bring in the big bucks. In fact, in 2016, she was listed as one of the most marketable celebrities, beating out Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, and Khloé Kardashian, based on research conducted by the NPD Group. The same study also revealed that fans of Rihanna are 3.7 times as likely to purchase from the 30-year-old megastar as they are from other stars. With all the success Rihanna has already seen with other brands — such as Puma and Chopard — the marketability of Fenty Beauty was almost a no-brainer.

Of all the products Fenty Beauty has to offer, the most talked about had to be the Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation. Available in 40 shades, it is an oil-free formula that can easily build from medium to full coverage. An added bonus: It’s made with climate-adaptive technology to give your complexion a shine-free look that wears like second skin.

Editorial makeup artist Justine Purdue told Yahoo Lifestyle that the foundations also offer a wide range of “undertone variations.” Just a few short days after the official launch of Fenty Beauty, a tweet of a beauty display at Sephora showing nearly all the darker foundations missing went viral. The caption read, “The dark Fenty Beauty foundations are sold out everywhere! This is for all the makeup brands who think the dark shades won’t sell.”

As Allure reported, certain beauty brands have made the statement that darker shades won’t sell. However, Fenty Beauty’s inclusive range of foundations proved that notion false. Another important statistic to point out is that in 2013, African-Americans had at least $1.3 trillion of total buying power, with black women specifically shelling out $7.5 billion annually on beauty products  — 80 percent more on cosmetics than non-black consumers.

The previous season of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills quite literally revolved around the nonexistence of a pair of panties. So even ...

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills premiere react: 'Stronger Than Ever'

The previous season of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills quite literally revolved around the nonexistence of a pair of panties. So even if season 8 was just the women sitting in a circle, playing “Telephone” with the phrase “PK is a reanimated Mister Potato Head but the potato is a testicle, and the little plastic arms and legs are testicles, and the eyes are also testicles, and the mouth is just the visceral feeling when you hear the word ‘moist'” it would have still been a step in the right direction.

And hey, so far, so good. In Tuesday’s season 8 premiere, there was not a single mention of undergarments, unless you count the inexplicably visible pink bra straps under Kyle’s inexplicable off-the-shoulder button-up top, or new cast member Teddi Mellencamp’s (that’s right, daughter of John) Las Vegas romper, which I’m fairly certain was just a slightly elongated lace panty with sleeves. Actually this season might be the opposite of the last 20-episode slog through PantyGate — there were undergarments everywhere, and no one commented on them!

Other things that were everywhere in this premiere: house renovations, adorable children who are totally being raised to be self-sufficient and not at all being catered to hand and foot, lip gloss so slick you would buy a Honda Civic with 200,000 miles from it, flashbacks to Lisa Rinna annoying the s— out of everyone with ease, ponytails high enough to buy a bodega’s entire stock of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, a bounty of Househusbands, Erika’s creative director Mikey somehow both abbreviating and elongating every single word he says, and ever so many “plane moments.”

But before we can get to the plane to Las Vegas that will truly kick off this season’s action, we must painstakingly check in with this season’s six cast members as they sip scripted champagne together, renovate their closets, and show off their Birkin bag(s) around town. Atlanta may have the humor, and New York may have the grit, and Orange County may have whatever the hell Kelly Dodd is, but there is no match for the carnival of aesthetic riches that is The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. These hills have eyes, and those eyes have mile-long mink lashes, and those lashes are encrusted in diamonds, and those diamonds are carrying a purse dog wearing Gucci loafers.

We start with Erika, of whom I am a fan, but still, hearing her tell Mikey on the phone that she was working on a ballad in the studio last night is a touch concerning. It’s hard to work a dollar sign and 17 Xs into a ballad title, which makes me think a ballad is perhaps not for Erika Jayne. But I did enjoy seeing her new office, which is mostly a gorgeous dressing room the size of a city block, and I also enjoyed Erika and her assistant trying to figure out if it was better to use the “regular” WiFi or the “5G” WiFi — stars, they’re just like us! Except they have glam squads the size of soccer teams on their payroll and say things like, “This moment is fleeting, this moment is incredible, given to very few; so I’m gonna maximize my motherf—ing time.”

I’d like to just take this fleeting moment to thank the RHOBH editors who are simply the messiest bitches in the biz, absolutely living for drama. As soon as Erika Jayne gets done gushing about how many amazing things she has going on in her life, the scene immediately cuts to Lisa Rinna puttering around her house, looking for a rat that’s been trolling her. Rinna tells her teen model daughters that she has a vitamin-drip coming, and Delilah says, “Thank god, I love them,” in that droll California-teen voice that suggests a lifetime of mouth-breathing dry air and salt water. These girls are very entertaining to me, and I gave a real LOL at the little Mean Girls cough Delilah offered when her mom said, “We need [the vitamin drip], we’re busy.”

But even that cough can’t top the shady editing of Rinna talking about how important she finds it to keep the girls grounded in their newfound success as they’re literally draped around her cavernous bedroom, silent scrolling Instagram while a concierge doctor gives them IVs and a nurse shoots their pimples up with cortisone.

Grown-up teen star Kyle Richards meets grown-up horse girl Lisa Vanderpump for lunch, where she shows off a new blue Birkin and talks about her scripted show. Kyle, every producer’s favorite pet, proposes a girls’ trip to Vegas for the combined birthdays of Erika and Dorit, and when LVP reminds her that Rinna’s is also in that timeframe, they decide, sure, why not have three enemies celebrate their births together.

The music class is being hosted jointly by new cast member Teddi Mellencamp, her gorgeous legs, and her hot husband. In her testimonial, she laughingly says that she met her husband via a one-night stand, which given that he is now her legal and actual husband makes me wonder what Teddi thinks a one-night stand is. She definitely knows what a horse is and finds a number of opportunities to mention to new friend Dorit that she grew up riding horses and is a former equestrian. Dorit and Teddi get along swimmingly, and frankly, this children’s music party seems way more fun than any number of the White Great Gatsby Moulin Rouge with Psychic Poker parties that these women usually host. (Recap continues on page 2)

Now it’s time for Kyle by Alene Too to debut just the weirdest blouse and another new (red) Birkin. Her top has a collar so wide that it’s basically an off-the-shoulder, but the button-up shirt is so tight that she has to wear a cami underneath it. If this is the next cold-shoulder — another trend of which Kyle is a huge proponent — I quit. Perhaps Kyle got an honest look at the shirt when Erika took her into her office’s vanity mirror room (a thing!) and turned on all 1,000 bulbs. In unison, Mikey and Erika say, “If you look good in this light, you look good anywhere.” Sure, who needs retinas when you got that poppin’ highliiiiight. Presumably that room is where Erika’s “Madonna and Child but Make It Fashion” and “Culturally-Appropriating Harajuku Barbie” testimonial looks got their start.

Kyle apologizes for never making it to Erika’s Dancing With the Stars performances, and Erika tells her that it was a great experience, but also tough to be a fish out of water. Well, Erika, if you enjoy the challenge of being uncomfortable, you’re in luck, because Kyle wants to take you and a handful of your closest enemies to Las Vegas! Over at the Kemsley house—where everything has been renovated from 10-years-ago modern to two-years-ago modern — PK is complaining about how “last time I saw Erika, she was really horrible to me.” Which is preeeetty rich coming from a man who gossiped about her vagina for a fortnight. Dorit counters, “Lisa Rinna deliberately came after me, and she did it to defame my character and to hurt me,” which, yes, but gah it is so hard to feel sympathy for Dorit even when she’s right.

I did think it was nice that Dorit put in the effort to bring a coupl’a horse-lovin’ gals together in Teddi and Lisa Vanderpump. LVP does her usual aggressive peppering of questions, complete with standard follow-up: “One thing about me is if you don’t have a sense of humor, we won’t be friends.” Or more specifically, if you don’t have Lisa’s sense of humor. But Teddi assures us she has a dry wit, so she seems down to (British) clown. Dorit and LVP explain the old drama to the new girl: Rinna is always going after them and Erika refuses to like them as much as they want her to. So in celebration of those beautiful female friendships, they’re all going on a birthday trip together. And wouldn’t you know it — Teddi’s birthday is tomorrow too…

Pack your dancing rompers, gals, it’s time to go to Tao!

The packing montage is always my favorite, as someone is inevitably forced to talk to a dog about their potential outfits, but this time my favorite part was Erika and Mikey determining her “plane moment” — I’ll give you one guess which creative director said, “I was thinking this Gucci ensem with white pumps for sheezy” — and also determining that the “Moschino moment” she has all lined up in her closet is “not for these women.”

What is for these women: private jets and presidential suites at the Palazzo. Although, the presidential suite ends up being for the hosts, LVP and Kyle, plus friend-of-the-wives Camille, and not the alleged birthday guests of honor. That move, plus Kyle freaking out about Lisa spilling wine on her Birkin bag which she very clearly knocked over herself, doesn’t have Kyle looking so good. But I’d say she makes up for it by pointing out that is impossible to know what Dorit’s real hair looks like, correctly comparing her to one of those creepy dolls where you could cut their hair and then crank out more hair. Between her enigmatic hair and her mystery-flavored Dum-Dum of an accent, Dorit would be the hardest Guess Who? card ever. (“Real Housewives Guess Who?” product idea, called it!)

While Erika and her nicely-rested-from-business-class glam squad explain what DSLs are — we all went to middle school, Erika — Kyle tells Camille and LVP that she ran into Harry Hamlin on a hike and he said, “So what are we going to do about your sister? She obviously can never be around this group ever, ever again.” That’s super creepy, but worth it for the flashback to last season’s most Hall of Fame-worthy moment: Lisa Rinna’s single tear caused by the harsh return of a plastic-wrapped bunny full of bad juju.

Everyone heads to the presidential suite in ensembles that are tight, black, and sparkly. Teddi officially makes her RHOBH glammed-out debut, and let me tell you, she is coming in hot, and nearly nude in a sheer lace bodysuit that makes LVP want to see her naked. But there’s simply no time for a new cast striptease hazing because Rinna has finally entered the building, ready to face all the people who are mad her about…you know what, I’m not even sure anymore. Let’s hope this season they make it a little more memorable.

What are you expecting from this season, dear reader? Initial thoughts on Teddi Mellencamp and Teddi Mellencamp’s romper? Has Dorit’s accent gotten better or worse? How many Birkin bags is too many Birkin bags in one year? Do you miss Eileen as much as I do? Sound off in the comments!

Stormy Daniels and I have a lot in common: We both wear a Scarlet Letter, we both have children, and we both harbor the secrets of powerful...

'Stormy Daniels and I have a lot in common': Sex-worker mom on the dehumanization of an adult-film star

Stormy Daniels and I have a lot in common: We both wear a Scarlet Letter, we both have children, and we both harbor the secrets of powerful men.

Sadly, I’ve never been offered six figures to stay silent about a rendezvous that may or may not have happened. And I’m definitely not a Republican. However, the part of Daniels’s now-famous 60 Minutes interview that was most chillingly familiar as a former sex worker was the anonymous threat she says she received while she was with her daughter in a parking garage. “It would be a shame if something happened to your daughter’s mother,” the man allegedly told Daniels.

While there is a lot of talk these days about sex workers — including in relation to policies like the Senate’s just-passed Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA) that will gravely affect current workers, particularly sex workers on the margins — there is far less conversation about the ways in which current and former sex workers’ children are harmed by whorephobia, sexism, and stigma.

In a popular Las Vegas strip club before I myself became a parent, I would watch as my fellow stripper colleagues performed for moneyed men. They flung their bodies across laps and over tables, hung from poles, and hustled cocktails, lap dances, and emotional labor in the darkness of nights and early mornings. More important, in the brief intermission between slinging drinks and selling dances, my colleagues would disappear into the dressing room to call home, checking in with babysitters or singing sweet lullabies to their babies at bedtime.

Although I never experienced the direct intimidation of a shadowy figure threatening my child with a motherless future, the threat exists in complex ways for all sex-working mothers. And now, with the passage of FOSTA — which has a purported aim to curtail sex trafficking but will instead break down the internet safe spaces on which those in this risky business rely — sex-working mothers not only chance losing their children to the state, which deems sex work incompatible with child rearing, they also now face the imminent threat of lost income and housing.

The prevalence of sex-working mothers losing custody is greater than most people likely realize. And while there is indeed an uncontested belief that in heterosexual custody cases, mothers are favored, it is not true for women who step outside of cultural norms and values surrounding sexual behavior. In fact, when I split with my child’s father, my lawyer informed me that my prior sex work could lead to my losing custody completely. To make matters worse, after my divorce, I was penniless. I told my lawyer (whom I paid with funds I had crowdsourced) that reentering the sex industry was my only option for financial support during that difficult time. And I will never forget her response.

“Do you ever want to see your kid again?”

I have since gone on to complete a PhD and write the first-ever children’s book to depict a sex-working mother, entitled How Mamas Love Their Babies, illustrated by the phenomenal Elise Peterson and published by the illustrious Feminist Press. As a sociologist, I understand the profound impact of representation. And the outpouring of support the book has received from other sex-working parents is indicative of the need for our better representation.

“Thank you so much for doing this book,” one mama wrote me. “I am a new mom and my sex work was recently held against me in my custody case … and my ex-husband threatened to publicly out me.”

There are, of course, more famous cases of sex workers losing their children because of their work. Swedish sex worker Petite Jasmine, for example, lost custody of her three children to the father, a man with a criminal record of domestic abuse. He was nonetheless deemed fitter for parenthood than Jasmine. Horribly, Jasmine’s ex-husband wound up murdering her.

These examples are vast, as evidenced by the list of deceased sex workers that we (sex workers and allies) read every Dec. 17 on the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. And like anything, it is always the most marginalized sex workers — transgender, black and brown, indigenous, neurodivergent, drug-using, etc. — who experience the brunt of cultural stigma against sex-working parents, and whose lives are always on the line.

Our culture fails to see the humanity in sex-working mothers because our culture is built on the pillars of patriarchy. While many feminists like Gloria Steinem view sex work as an extension of patriarchy, these viewpoints only further stigmatize sex workers. And it is the stigma of sex work — and the ways that stigma becomes codified — that perpetuates the harmful belief that sex and motherhood (and sex and womanhood) are incompatible.

We shame sex-working mothers for the same reason that we create dress codes that target femme bodies. We shame sex-working mothers for the same reason that we shame little girls for expressing desire while encouraging the same behavior in boys. We shame sex-working mothers for the same reason that we call Stormy Daniels “slut” without any indication of disdain for the exact same sexual behavior in the man with whom she had alleged relations. We shame sex-working mothers because when we, as a culture, prevent women and girls from owning their own bodies, society gets to set the price.

No parent should fear the loss of their children because of their choice to engage in sex or the performance of eroticism with other consenting adults. And while all choice in labor is constrained by something, it is time to eradicate the notion that sex workers do not have agency over our own lives and bodies. It is time to decriminalize sex work so that all of us — from respectable rich women to hos, whores, and sluts — will cease to be judged by cultural constructions of sexual currency.

If you want to “save the children,” as many anti-sex-work organizations claim to do, you have to start by supporting sex-working parents and by eliminating the stigma that follows us for lifetimes and generations. It is time to stop shaming sex workers so that all parents — civilians and sex workers alike — have the opportunity for rich, fulfilling, and dynamic relationships with our children.

It’s a truth that I, and Stormy Daniels, actually, know all too well. And the idea that I — a girl from the Midwest who used to live in a warehouse — can at all relate to Daniels, a girl who messed around with the now-president of the United States and whose story is commanding a worldwide spotlight, proves a painful point: that the stigma surrounding sex-working parents is profound, and that sexism and stigma are undeniable realities of our culture.

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.

BEST PICTURE

Nominees:
Call Me by Your Name
Darkest Hour
Dunkirk
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

BEST DIRECTOR

Nominees:
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

BEST ACTRESS

Nominees:
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

BEST ACTOR

Nominees:
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

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Nominees:
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

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Nominees:
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

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Nominees:
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

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Nominees:
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

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

Nominees:
The Boss Baby
The Breadwinner
Coco
Ferdinand
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

BEST DOCUMENTARY

Nominees:
Abacus: Small Enough to Jail
Faces Places
Icarus
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

BEST FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM

Nominees:
A Fantastic Woman
The Insult
Loveless
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

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Nominees:
Blade Runner 2049
Darkest Hour
Dunkirk
Mudbound
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

BEST FILM EDITING

Nominees:
Baby Driver
Dunkirk
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

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

Nominees:
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

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

Nominees:
Beauty and the Beast
Blade Runner 2049
Darkest Hour
Dunkirk
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

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Nominees:
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

BEST SCORE

Nominees:
Dunkirk
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

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

Nominees:
“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”

BEST SOUND EDITING / BEST SOUND MIXING

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
Dunkirk
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
Dunkirk
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

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT

Nominees:
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

BEST ANIMATED SHORT

Nominees:
Dear Basketball
Garden Party
Lou
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

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT

Nominees:
Edith+Eddie
Heaven Is a Traffic Jam on the 405
Heroin(e)
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."

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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.

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

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

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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.