Tamron Hall Is Back On TV—This Time, It’s On Her Terms

So Hall pitched a daytime show rooted in those conversations to Disney-ABC. They were in. Her self-titled talk show will be syndicated across the country and feature a mix of real women and celebrities. The format will vary from episode to episode, ranging from interviews to lifestyle segments, but Hall wants to give the traditional talk show structure an injection of 2019 culture. She says she’ll begin all conversations by asking guests about their relationships, before diving into a round of real talk.

In many ways, Tamron Hall will be the anti-Dr. Phil. Think: no paternity tests, but plenty of hormone testing. Or as Hall puts it, “If you go on [Dr. Phil] your relationship is already in trouble. It’s not fixable. For us, it’s having that authentic conversation you would have with your girlfriends. Like about fertility. I interviewed a woman who recently froze her eggs at 35 because she thought it was putting pressure on her relationships. That’s a major modern woman decision. That’s our show.”

Celebrities will also be prominently featured on Tamron Hall, but she plans to engage them on these issues. Her dream guest is Celine Dion—not to discuss her fashion or iconic career, but rather her fertility journey. “Celine’s a well-known person,” Hall explains, “but with the birth of her children that was a woman who wanted to be a mother and did what it took to get there.”

Fertility is top of mind for Hall, who had her first child, four-month-old Moses, this year. To conceive, she underwent in vitro fertilization, after having unsuccessful fertility procedures in her 30s.

And while the past few months have been an embarrassment of riches (albeit hard-fought ones), Hall is now figuring out how to “have it all.” She employs a nanny (something she wishes more women in the public eye would be vocal about); she insists on a dedicated half hour of cuddles with her son at 6:45 each morning; her husband, music manager Steven Greener, begins his day a bit later so he can finish Moses’ morning care. Even with the help, it’s not an easy schedule. “There’s no balance. I don’t know what that means,” she says. “There are some days where I look at my son in his crib in the morning when it’s dark and I’m flying a 5:00 in the morning flight to go promote the show, and I start crying because when it will be midnight [when I get back to the apartment] and he’ll be asleep. So he went the whole day without seeing me. But that’s the reality of it.”

These issues—marriage, motherhood, and figuring out how to make it all work—are the types of conversations Hall has been spending her days unpacking with her team, all of whom she hand selected. Early on, Hall says, she went to a development meeting for the program and found herself in a room of all men. Hall put her foot down: She never wanted to be the only woman in the room again. “Daytime television is predominantly watched by women,” she explains. “[Men are] not representative of the viewership. We need diversity in television, and it’s not just race. It’s geography, it’s different walks of life.” All of which she took care to have reflected in her staff. Hall’s creative team is now 30% black women. Many of the senior staffers are mothers. Women fill out nearly all of the key roles.

Now, with Tamron Hall on air, Hall wants to give herself the opportunity to marvel at how far she’s come. “I get emotional thinking about it. It’s been a hell of a journey,” she says. “People tell you to be proud of yourself. We tell our friends and our kids they should be proud. Yet when you actually are proud of yourself, you get shamed for that pride. With this show, whatever the outcome, I will be proud of myself.”

The Most Popular Halloween Costumes Women in 2019, According to Pinterest

We know it’s only been a minute since Labor Day. You might still be working out your fall aesthetic. But it’s never too early to start thinking about your Halloween costume.

If you’re stuck about what to wear, Pinterest is always a good place to mine for ideas. And they’ve already rounded up the most popular Halloween costumes for women in 2019, based on searches from July 2018 to July 2019.

Aside from specific Halloween costume ideas, Pinterest identified a few larger trends, like how inclusive options are becoming more sought-after. (Searches for “Plus size halloween costumes for women” have gone up 90%, while those for “wheelchair Halloween costumes” have gone up by 26%.) Couples costumes are more popular than BFF costumes, according to search volume on the platform. And if you’re in California, Florida, New York, or one of eight other states, odds are you’ll run into a Powerpuff Girl on October 31.

If you’re having trouble narrowing down what you want to be this year, take a look at the top 10 trending Halloween costumes for women in 2019, according to Pinterest.

Alice In Wonderland

Alice In Wonderland

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The beloved Lewis Carroll character never seems to go out of style.

Poison Ivy

Uma Thurman in Batman and Robin

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Viola Davis Is the New Face of L’Oréal Paris

L’Oréal Paris has been on a mission lately to make one thing clear—every woman is “worth it,” no matter her age. Over the past few years, the beauty brand’s been working to expand its roster of spokeswomen beyond the typical starlets in their twenties. Jane Fonda, Helen Mirren, Courteney Cox, and Vanessa Williams have all been tapped to be a part of the L’Oréal family. In fact, as of this fall, its portfolio included nine women over the age of 40. Now its latest announcement makes 10.

At 54 years old, actress and activist Viola Davis is the new face of L’Oréal Paris, making it her first-ever contract with a big beauty brand. (And if you’ve ever seen her walk a red carpet or watched a minute of her on How to Get Away With Murder, you’ll join me in saying it’s about freaking time.)

Davis announced the news on Instagram today, writing: “The self affirming words of, ‘Because I’m worth it’ have always given me chill bumps. What a joy it will be to not just say them over and over again…but to spread the message of worth to women around the world. It is a gift.”

Introduced by L’Oréal’s deputy general manager (and Glamour Women of the Year, All Year honoree) Anne Marie Nelson-Bogle at an intimate press event yesterday, Viola told a crowd of beauty editors exactly what being labeled “worth it” means to her.

“I believe that the greatest privilege is to be who you are,” she said. “No apologies for your age, your color, anything. As long as you’re you and living up to who that is and what that means, you’re worth it. That’s self-worth.”

She went on to tell the room how when she began acting she felt pressure to conform to Hollywood’s “classic” (read: stale, singular, Eurocentric ) definition of “pretty.”

“Earlier in my career when I was much more affected, [conforming] almost felt like prerequisite to success, which is crazy if you think about it—what do looks have to do with acting ability?” she said. “In order to succeed, you had to meet these impossible standards. Now I am much more secure in who I am, but there was a time that I did feel those pressures and succumb to them to a degree.”

But also, she pointed to her role as Annalise Keating on HTGAWM (who wasn’t originally written to be a black woman) as proof Hollywood is evolving. “To have been a part of that shift is so powerful and humbling,” she said.

Serena Williams Is Back at New York Fashion Week—And She’s Doing Things Her Way

Serena Williams went from U.S. Open to New York Fashion Week in 72 hours. This season, she’s not sitting front row—she’s presenting a full see-now-buy-now collection for her namesake label, launched a little over a year ago.

“I didn’t expect it to be this fast, for them to call us up and be like, ‘We want you guys to show at New York Fashion Week.’ And be like, ‘Oh my God, we want to show,’” she tells Glamour backstage.

It’s a first for Serena, the brand, but not for Williams, the designer. She presented at the same venue where she had previously showcased her collections with HSN, a few years ago. Going into it, there may have been some familiarity. But this show marks a new chapter, one where Williams is doing Fashion Week on her own—and on her own terms.

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Thomas Concordia

“I wanted to have more creative direction and to do it by myself,” she says. “I was always working with HSN, which was wonderful and an amazing experience, but you’re limited with a lot of different things. I wanted to do something that I went to school for and I have so many visions for. And now we’re here.”

One thing Williams wasn’t going to compromise on was an inclusive casting. The models sent down the Serena runway were of all different shades, shapes, and sizes. Some even walked out in pairs, to show the same look in straight and “great” sizing, which is the Serena way of saying extended.

“It’s really important for me to be all-inclusive. I really love the word inclusivity and not exclusivity—I think that’s just better,” she says. “I want everyone to have a chance. I think it’s so important for everyone to feel like they can see an outfit and think, ‘Oh, that looks like me and I feel good in it.’ It doesn’t matter what color they are. I want them to be able for them to relate to someone.”

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Thomas Concordia

“I want this to be a celebration of women that turn their doubt and fears into courage and inspiration, that take those moments where they’re afraid and turn them around,” Williams says. This mission is echoed in the show notes that accompanied this collection, where she writes that it was made for “women who break traditions and boundaries…unflinching women of all colors and sizes.”

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Thomas Concordia

According to Williams, her team designs “for the inside-out—not necessary for a body type. We‘re designing for a woman who wants to be confident and wants to feel good and wants to go and be good—or, like me, have a baby and still feel sexy and still feel good about themselves.”

Unsurprisingly, the front row at Serena’s inaugural Fashion Week event was as diverse as it was star-studded.

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Cervical Biopsies Are Important, Common—And Can Be Seriously Traumatic

This is not a witch-hunt—but it is a wakeup call. Cervical biopsies are a critical tool in the arsenal of women’s healthcare, but the argument that “most women do just fine without painkillers” doesn’t address the fact that many definitely do not. It’s hard not to feel like our pain isn’t being blown off and brushed aside. At the very least, women should be better informed about what they’re in for, instead of being allowed to walk into a procedure that has the potential to be traumatizing.

So, what are doctors doing to prepare women for cervical biopsies?

There are no official guidelines for pain management during a cervical biopsy other than the ACOG recommendation to take some ibuprofen 30 minutes prior to the procedure. Philips uses lidocaine spray to partially numb the cervix and also tries to “manage a patient’s expectations for the discomfort by explaining that some people have discomfort and some do not. I also tell them how much time I expect the procedure to last so they can manage the time in their heads. It helps to know we won’t be taking biopsies forever,” she says. “The medical community certainly takes women’s pain seriously. No one likes pain and we try to be very mindful of it—but with cervical biopsies, it is hard to predict who will have pain.”

What You Can Do About It

A good doctor will explain the procedure and let you know what to expect before pulling out a pair of scary-looking forceps. Most of the women I spoke to said their doctors did that—but ultimately, it’s up to you to ask questions and advocate for yourself while your feet are in the stirrups.

“If you can, pre-medicate with 600–800mg of Ibuprofen,” says Sherri Ross, M.D., an ob-gyn and author of She-ology. “That is helpful along with asking the doctor to numb the cervix with a lidocaine injection or spray.” Before you have a cervical biopsy, she advises asking the following questions:

1. What are you seeing on my cervix or Pap smear that makes you want to do a cervical biopsy? Are your concerns related to the HPV virus?

2. What does this type of cervical biopsy entail? Please walk me through the process.

3. How long does it take and will I experience any pain or uncomfortable symptoms?

4. What painkillers are available to make the procedure less uncomfortable?

5. What complications of a cervical biopsy should I be aware of?

6. What should I expect after having the biopsy? Should I bleed after a cervical biopsy?

7. What will the results tell me? Will you or your nurse call me with normal or abnormal results?

8. When can I have sex, use tampons, or take a bath after having a cervical biopsy?

Another good tip: Bring a support person. “If I could give advice to anyone dealing with the process, it would be to not deal with it alone, and bring someone with them to the appointments. I did everything on my own, and literally had a meltdown after,” says Dava, 37.

Most importantly, never be afraid to speak up—no medical procedure should leave you feeling traumatized. Ask your doctor to walk you through what she’s doing every step of the way, speak up if you’re in more pain than you can handle, and insist that your doctor provide a painkiller if you need it. “Women need to empower themselves and be their best health-care advocates,” says Ross. “It’s important to ask a lot of questions so you fully understand what is happening. If your healthcare provider is not helpful or cooperative with your questions, get a second opinion or find a provider who makes this an easy process—because it really should be.”

Gigi Engle is a certified sex coach, sexologist, educator and writer living in Chicago. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter at @GigiEngle.

Cervical Biopsies Are Important and Common—And Can Be Seriously Traumatic

This is not a witch-hunt—but it is a wakeup call. Cervical biopsies are a critical tool in the arsenal of women’s health care, but the argument that “most women do just fine without painkillers” doesn’t address the fact that many definitely do not. It’s hard not to feel that our pain isn’t being blown off and brushed aside. At the very least, women should be better informed about what they’re in for, instead of being allowed to walk into a procedure that has the potential to be traumatizing.

What are doctors doing to prepare women for cervical biopsies?

There are no official guidelines for pain management during a cervical biopsy other than the ACOG recommendation to take some ibuprofen 30 minutes prior to the procedure. Philips uses lidocaine spray to partially numb the cervix and also tries to “manage a patient’s expectations for the discomfort by explaining that some people have discomfort and some do not. I also tell them how much time I expect the procedure to last so they can manage the time in their heads. It helps to know we won’t be taking biopsies forever,” she says. “The medical community certainly takes women’s pain seriously. No one likes pain and we try to be very mindful of it—but with cervical biopsies, it is hard to predict who will have pain.”

What You Can Do About It

A good doctor will explain the procedure and let you know what to expect before pulling out a pair of scary-looking forceps. Most of the women I spoke to said their doctors did that—but ultimately it’s up to you to ask questions and advocate for yourself while your feet are in the stirrups.

“If you can, premedicate with 600 to 800 mg of ibuprofen,” says Sherri Ross, M.D., an ob-gyn and author of She-ology. “That is helpful along with asking the doctor to numb the cervix with a lidocaine injection or spray.” Before you have a cervical biopsy, she advises asking the following questions:

1. What are you seeing on my cervix or Pap smear that makes you want to do a cervical biopsy? Are your concerns related to the HPV virus?

2. What does this type of cervical biopsy entail? Please walk me through the process.

3. How long does it take, and will I experience any pain or uncomfortable symptoms?

4. What painkillers are available to make the procedure less uncomfortable?

5. What complications of a cervical biopsy should I be aware of?

6. What should I expect after having the biopsy? Should I bleed after a cervical biopsy?

7. What will the results tell me? Will you or your nurse call me with normal or abnormal results?

8. When can I have sex, use tampons, or take a bath after having a cervical biopsy?

Another good tip: Bring a support person. “If I could give advice to anyone dealing with the process, it would be to not deal with it alone, and bring someone with them to the appointments. I did everything on my own, and literally had a meltdown after,” says Dava, 37.

Most importantly, never be afraid to speak up—no medical procedure should leave you feeling traumatized. Ask your doctor to walk you through what she’s doing every step of the way, speak up if you’re in more pain than you can handle, and insist that your doctor provide a painkiller if you need it. “Women need to empower themselves and be their best health care advocates,” says Ross. “It’s important to ask a lot of questions so you fully understand what is happening. If your health care provider is not helpful or cooperative with your questions, get a second opinion or find a provider who makes this an easy process—because it really should be.”

Gigi Engle is a certified sex coach, sexologist, educator, and writer living in Chicago. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter at @GigiEngle.

Demi Burnett Showed One of the Hardest Parts About Coming Out on Bachelor in Paradise

Coming out as queer in your twenties is tough. I should know. Once those traditional gender dynamics are finally broken down, you then suffer through a growth period of learning what it’s like to date the same sex. It’s rare to see that time navigated in pop-culture, let alone on a reality show, but we actually got to see it play out on last night’s episode of Bachelor in Paradise.

It all started when Demi Burnett broke down crying on-camera over her struggles to show PDA with her girlfriend, Kristian Haggerty. “I’m getting there,” Burnett says of showing public affection with Haggerty. “I’m getting comfortable with it, but it’s taking me some time, and like, I feel so guilty because I feel bad for it taking time.” Earlier in the season, Burnett came out as queer on the show and invited the woman she fell in love with back home, Haggerty, to join her in paradise. Since then, the couple have become Bachelor Nation’s first same-sex couple featured on the show.

But, of course, any sort of “first” is ripe with teaching moments. Last night, Burnett expressed that she’s having some growing pains with her queerness. For one: She said she’s worried about Haggerty flirting with other women on the show. “Kristian is just flirty with girls, and it sucks,” Burnett says on-camera. “I hate seeing it! I feel like she’s more interested in them than me. It’s just getting to me. Like, I can’t… I can’t watch it. I don’t want to see that.”

But as Burnett unpacks the issue in her confessional interview, we uncover the real reason her girlfriend’s behavior was bothering her. “I don’t know if maybe she’s lacking physical touch from me, and so she’s going to get it from somewhere else, but I don’t think that that’s fair,” Burnett says. “It has everything to do with me not being comfortable with being gay around people.”

That’s when she breaks down. “I want to give her what she needs, but like, I’m still uncomfortable with it, because I don’t want people to be like, ‘That’s weird.’ And I don’t want people to like, stare and be like, ‘Oh my god, they’re kissing.'”

Cara Delevingne and Ashley Benson’s Relationship: A Complete Timeline

Ever since going public with their relationship this year, Cara Delevingne and Ashley Benson have been seen out more frequently, exchanging a little PDA. The couple, who starred in the 2018 film Her Smell, have done a few red carpets together, attended sporting events, and even made a joint appearance at Zoe Kravitz’s wedding in the spring.

Through it all, they’ve had to put up with a pretty intense rumor mill. Engagement chatter sparked after the two were spotted wearing matching rings on vacation. “I get why people care so much, and I don’t want to be so secretive that people think I’m ashamed of anything,” Delevingne told Elle UK. “But I’ve never been in a relationship where things are so public, or where I posted pictures of someone else. This seemed different. We had gotten to the point where we had kept it a secret, or at least not wanted attention, and now I feel like I’m not going to not be proud. Which isn’t the same thing as wanting to pose on a red carpet together, either. People make their own assumptions and that’s what worried me. Because if it is something that is so good, you don’t ever want anyone to ever change it, even though people shouldn’t have that power.”

Here’s a compete timeline of how it all started.

May 2018: The relationship rumors kicked off when Delevingne and Benson were seen out and about together. Someone saw them at a bowling alley, and another fan noticed them near a parking meter in Hollywood.

Benson posts her first photo with Delevingne, but doesn’t say anything that implies a relationship.

August 2018: Things heated up when a photo circulated of the couple kissing at London’s Heathrow Airport. Benson also hung out at Delevingne’s 26th birthday party alongside Margot Robbie and Sienna Miller. That month, Benson also took a selfie wearing necklaces with the letters “A” and “C,” which many people thought referred to her and Cara.

September 2018: Delevingne and Benson both went to the Toronto International Film Festival to premiere Her Smell, which they appeared in together. While they posed on the red carpet separately, photographers captured them hanging out with some of their co-stars at a cocktail party later.

Lili Reinhart and Cole Sprouse’s Relationship: A Complete Timeline

The minute Riverdale premiered on The CW in January 2017, its cast of young stars became tabloid fodder. In a matter of months, rumors starting swirling that maybe Lili Reinhart and Cole Sprouse, who play Betty and Jughead on the hit show, were dating. That was later confirmed.

The two have remained fairly private over the course of their relationship. Nevertheless, here’s a complete timeline of everything we know about the couple, affectionately known as “Bughead” onscreen.

April 2017: Sprouse posts photos of Reinhart to Instagram but keeps quiet about the nature of their relationship.

July 2017: People reports that during an Entertainment Weekly party at Comic-Con, Reinhart was spotted wearing Sprouse’s jacket, sparking conversation. Later that month, the two were spotted showing some PDA on the Riverdale set in Vancouver. “Cole and Lili were holding hands and looked really coupley,” a source told Us Weekly. “Also, the way he grabbed her waist to bring her in for a photo seemed more than friendly.”

August 2017: Reinhart postS a very sweet message on Instagram for Sprouse’s birthday. “To the man who has showed me more beautiful places in this past year than I have ever seen in my whole life,” she wrote. “Happy birthday, Cole. Thank you for all of the adventures and here’s to many more 🌙”

November 2017: Sprouse reflects on being in the public eye but still gives up nothing on the pair’s offscreen relationship. “Lili and I are constantly talked about in the public eye, and for me I think that it is being deeply informed by the love of the characters and wanting to see us together,” he told People. “I think that in many ways it’s offensive and an invasion of privacy, but it’s also a badge of honor because it means you’re creating a chemistry onscreen that is so understandable that people want to see it in real life, which is flattering from a professional perspective.” He succinctly answered, “No comment” when asked if he and Reinhart are dating.

The Most Shocking Revelations from Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey’s ‘She Said’

When Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey published their New York Times expose on the decades of Harvey Weinstein’s sexual misconduct and harassment in Hollywood, there was a seismic shift in culture. Women everywhere felt empowered to come forward with their own stories of abuse—and the Me Too movement was reignited. Two years and thousands of stories from women later, Kantor and Twohey have published She Said, their firsthand account of bringing Weinstein down. In it, they detail their reporting process—knocking on strangers’ doors, texting with key sources like Gwyneth Paltrow, and fighting against Weinstein’s team the whole way through. She Said also offers new revelations about Weinstein with previously undisclosed corporate records, emails, and text messages. Here, we’ve compiled some of the most shocking bombshells from their book—but their reflection on the earth-shattering investigation is worth reading in full. She Said is now available everywhere books are sold.

Gwyneth Paltrow played a pivotal role in bringing down Weinstein

Gwyneth Paltrow made a name for herself starring in Harvey Weinstein–backed films like Emma and Shakespeare in Love. While she’s already spoken out about Weinstein’s sexual misconduct, in She Said we learn what a crucial source Paltrow was for Twohey and Kantor’s investigation. “Gwyneth Paltrow is one of Harvey’s biggest stars, and he had really kind of presented himself as kind of a godfather to her over the years,” Twohey said in an appearance on Today. “I think that many people will be surprised to discover that when so many other actresses were reluctant to get on the phone and scared to tell the truth about what they had experienced at his hands, that Gwyneth was actually one of the first people to get on the phone, and that she was determined to help this investigation—even when Harvey Weinstein showed up to a party at her house early and she was sort of forced to hide in the bathroom.” It was after that incident that she reached out to Twohey and Kantor asking what to do. “I think Harvey Weinstein was extremely aware and extremely scared of what the implications would be if his biggest star actually ended up going on the record,” Twohey added.

Lisa Bloom had a plan to make Weinstein a hero

In December 2016, famed victims’-rights attorney Lisa Bloom sent Weinstein a memo. In it, Bloom, who has represented accusers of Bill Cosby, Bill O’Reilly, Jeffrey Epstein, and Donald Trump, detailed a plan to help rehabilitate Weinstein’s image. She suggested that they go after actress Rose McGowan and call her a “pathological liar.” On McGowan, Bloom wrote, “Clearly she must be stopped in her ridiculous, defamatory attacks on you.” She also added, “She is dangerous.” Other ideas included starting a Weinstein foundation focusing on gender equality in film, and issuing a pre-emptive interview talking about women’s issues. You can read the full memo, published by journalist Yashar Ali on Twitter, here.

Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner connected them to Hollywood

Twohey and Kantor were Hollywood novices, and needed help getting in touch with actresses connected to Weinstein. While at first they were skeptical about reaching out to Dunham (because they were worried she might not be discreet), she and her former producing partner became great resources in the investigation. Dunham and Konner became a “two-woman celebrity switchboard,” and ultimately led them to Paltrow.

It took one line for Kantor and Twohey to earn survivors’ trust

Getting women like Ashley Judd and other actresses to participate in their investigation took an enormous amount of effort and trust building. But Kantor and Twohey returned to the same line each time they approached a new survivor. “Even if we managed to get Ashley Judd or Gwyneth Paltrow on the phone, which we did, we had to figure out how to say in that first minute: Here’s an argument for trusting us, here’s an argument for telling us this really private story,” Kantor said in a Today appearance. Kantor says she and Twohey kept coming back to a line: “We can’t change what happened to you in the past, but if we work together we may be able to take this in some sort of constructive direction.”

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