Jennifer Nettles Doesn’t Just Want Equal Pay in Country Music—She Wants Equal *Play*

In November 2019, country singer Jennifer Nettles wore an outfit to the 2019 CMA Awards that shined a light on the radio play disparity between male and female country artists. She paired her outfit with a hashtag, #EqualPlay, that’s steadily popping up all over social media. Below, Nettles explains in her own words how that now-iconic red-carpet outfit came together—and why #EqualPlay should matter to everyone, not just musicians.

When I was invited to be a part of the CMAs in November 2019, I learned that the opener was going to be a showcase of women in country music throughout the decades, and the show itself was going to honor and celebrate women and have three female hosts. I thought, “Wow, this is really fantastic.” I also thought, “What an opportunity to take the conversation beyond the applause—to make sure the evening isn’t just some sort of ritual.” I hoped it wasn’t going to just check a box and say, “Look at how much we support women in country music!”

Because both research and observation illustrate that isn’t the reality.

So I had a spark of inspiration: I wanted to make a “statement” on the red carpet. And what’s a more womanly way to make a statement than through fashion? In a way, it’s turning the weapon on its head—so many times when people speak of women, it’s all about their beauty, all about the outside. Well then, I figured, I’ll use the outside as a tool for expression.

I knew exactly what I wanted to say. I wanted to get people’s attention and point a cheeky, subversive finger at the truth. When I say it was a spark of inspiration, it was a spark of inspiration. Like any creation—writing a song, for example—this came to me. I wanted simply to say, “Play our fucking records, please and thank you.” (“Please and thank you” to be mannerly, of course.) But I knew that if I actually used the expletive, media outlets might veer away from picking up the pictures. So I thought, If I make it more cartoonish, if I use symbols for the letters, everybody will know what it means and it will be more effectively digested.

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My stylist, Haley Atkin, reached out to Christian Siriano. I’ve worked with him several times, and he is a fantastic advocate, ally, and activist for equality across the board. He was into the idea and created this beautiful design: a suit with a gorgeous cape train that flowed behind it. I thought it was a wonderful mixture of strength and femininity at the same time. And then Haley found Alice Mizrachi, a visual artist, muralist, street artist, and portraitist in New York. We spoke and I shared with her my vision, what I wanted it to say, and how I wanted it to look.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Step Down as ‘Senior’ Royals: 6 Questions Answered by Glamour’s Resident Brit

Their move, of course, throws up SO. MANY. QUESTIONS. a great number of which we answer right here. But as the newly-resident Brit in the Glamour US offices (I’m Glamour’s new Executive Editor) —and Harry and Meghan superfan (yeah, AND?), I’ve taken it upon myself to attempt to answer the many other BURNING H&M questions that came tumbling out in the immediate aftermath. Here goes:

1. Does this mean Meghan can do SmartWater #sponcon?

Well, technically, probably yes. They have committed to extricating themselves from the shackles and limitations of being a “senior Royals”—thus giving up the Sovereign Grant which pays them around $2.5 million a year—meaning Meghan and Harry should be able to undertake work like any other civilian/Instagram influencer with over 10 million followers. Harry’s first cousins Princess’ Eugenie and Beatrice have both held down jobs—in an art gallery and at a technology firm respectively—while also retaining their Royal titles. And Zara Tindall, another of Harry’s first cousins who actually doesn’t have a Royal title, is not just a celebrated athlete but also a paid ambassador for global brands including Range Rover motors and iCandy strollers. As bonafide influencers in a digital age, don’t be surprised if they pop up as ambassadors for brands that align with their own goals. But lucrative speaking engagements might just be their first (slightly less controversial) port of call.

2. How does Kate REALLY feel about it?

Sadly, just because I have British blood does not mean I have a hotline to our Queen-in-waiting. Current British media speculation has William and Kate as blindsided as Queen Elizabeth. While Harry alluded to some tensions between himself and William in a recently televised interview with television presenter Tom Bradby, the issues were believed to have been mostly between the brothers. Kate also reportedly expressed her wish that her children and their cousin Archie could spend more time together, so it’s unlikely she’ll be celebrating H&M’s upcoming decampment abroad.

3. WTF does “work to become financially independent” mean?

“Granny’s no longer paying for us, but dad’s still giving me an allowance.” Plus, oh, that inheritance in the bank. Oh and Meghan’s fortune from her time on Suits. #prayforthesussexes\

4. What are people in the U.K. saying about this? Do they actually care at all?

Yes we do! More than is rationally normal, especially for a family WE DO NOT KNOW and who, as is made more than regularly clear to us, DON’T REALLY WANT US TO KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THEM EITHER. Mainly, millennials and gen-Zers supports their decision. Frankly, wouldn’t we all want the profile and the Instagram followers, without having to censor our thoughts and tailor our lifestyles to the whims of a bunch of pale, stale, and male Royal officials? We’ve seen how Meghan and Harry have tried to modernize their roles to ones that reflect the lives and habits of their peers—and they’ve been faced with non-stop offensive, sexist, and racist criticism. But those Brits with a more traditional take don’t like the fact that Harry and Meghan have deserted their Queen and want to live life on their terms. They believe that the couple have a duty to share their lives and family in return for their lifestyle. I say, go your own way.

5. Will The Tig come back? (BRING BACK THE TIG.)

Good question, but sadly unlikely. However, since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have actually patented the Sussex brand for a news publication or website as well as even t-shirts and merchandise, expect sussexroyal.com to become more editorialized. The Tig 2.0, if you will.

6. Who gets Sussex? Do they keep Sussex? Did she legally change her name?

As Buckingham Palace have suggested in their statement, all of these details are still to be worked out. We, however, have a different suggestion. Harry Markle has got quite a ring to it, dont’cha think?

Natasha Pearlman is the executive editor at Glamour. Follow her on Twitter @tashpearlman.

9 Best Eyelash Curlers of 2020: Drugstore, Luxury & More

Despite their ability to make your eyes appear more open, give your lashes a lift, and amplify the mascara you thought couldn’t get any better, eyelash curlers tend to be the unsung heroes of beauty shelves. Well, it’s time to give the under-hyped beauty tool the praise it deserves, because aside from taking a dramatic smoky eye to new heights, the best eyelash curlers will be the cherry on top of your no-makeup makeup look.

Eyelash curlers are true multitaskers. When you have little time or energy for anything more than the bare minimum, they can make all the difference during a day of errands or a laid-back brunch. On the other hand, a full-blown face of makeup can reach its full, selfie-worthy potential when the best eyelash curlers are put to work. Whether you’re here for the less-is-more beauty vibe or wish you could have eyelash extensions in every day, you won’t regret incorporating a good eyelash curler into your routine. In an effort to bring great lashes to all, Glamour editors put the best ones to the test—from drugstore classics to heated options, ahead.

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Saved by the Bell Reboot: Everything We Know So Far

NBC has decided it’s time to revisit Bayside High. Back in September, the network announced it had plans to reboot Saved By The Bell, its famed sitcom from the early nineties that followed characters like Zack Morris, Kelly Kapowski, A.C. Slater, and Screech through high school (and eventually into college and adult life). The new show will air as part of NBCUniversal’s new streaming service, Peacock, which launches in April 2020.

We’re in an era of reboots—from Charmed to Gossip Girl and Lizzie McGuire—so it was only a matter of time before Saved by the Bell got a new version as well. Here’s everything we know about the show so far.

The plot. The show’s official synopsis is, “When California governor Zack Morris gets into hot water for closing too many low-income high schools, he proposes they send the affected students to the highest performing schools in the state—including Bayside High. The influx of new students gives the over privileged Bayside kids a much needed and hilarious dose of reality.”

The cast. [The Hollywood Reporter](https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/peacocks-saved-by-bell-sequel-finds-lead-josie-totah-1266269) announced on January 6 that the show had cast Josie Totah as its star. Totah, who came out as transgender in 2018, will play Lexi, described by THR as “a beautiful, sharp-tongued cheerleader and the most popular girl at Bayside High who is both admired and feared by her fellow students.”

Totah will be joined by a few of the original cast members, including Elizabeth Berkley and Mario Lopez. Berkley announced she and Lopez signed on to the project back in September 2019.

“I’M SO EXCITED…. here we gooooo!!! @mariolopez…. are you ready for grownup Jessie?!” she wrote on Instagram. “Jessie and Slater are back for more fun. We are thrilled to have Emmy winning 30Rock writer @TraceyWigfield bring the sequel to life on NBC/Universal.” It’s unclear if Mark-Paul Gosselaar will be reprising the role of Zack Morris.

The premiere date. There’s no exact date yet, but Peacock is scheduled to launch this April.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Are Stepping Down as ‘Senior’ Royals: Everything We Know

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry made headlines on January 8 when they announced they would be stepping back as “senior members” of the royal family. They released a joint statement that explained their reasoning, but there are still plenty of questions about the decision, what it means, and what the Sussex name will look like moving forward.

According to a joint statement the couple posted on Instagram, their decision to create some space as members of the royal family came after lots of careful consideration. They said they still plan to “fully support Her Majesty The Queen” while also separating themselves financially from the institution. The situation is complex and details are still unclear, but here’s what we do know so far.

Their statement:

The statement that the couple posted on Instagram reads, “After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution. We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen. It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment. We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages. This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity. We look forward to sharing the full details of this exciting next step in due course, as we continue to collaborate with Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and all relevant parties. Until then, please accept our deepest thanks for your continued support.”

The reasoning.

It’s unclear why, exactly, they’re taking a step back. While the announcement came as a surprise, there has been plenty of speculation that something like this might be happening. Markle and Prince Harry have each dealt with serious tabloid and media scrutiny. It got so bad, in fact, that they made the decision to pursue legal action against several U.K. publications last year.

They opened up about some of the struggles they’ve faced in the documentary Harry and Meghan: An Africa Journey. “I don’t think anybody could understand that, but in all fairness, I had no idea—which probably sounds difficult to understand here—but when I first met my now husband, my friends were really happy because I was so happy, but my British friend said to me, ‘I’m sure he’s great, but you shouldn’t do it, because the British tabloids will destroy your life.’ And I very naively…we’re American, we don’t have that there, ‘What are you talking about? That doesn’t make any sense. I’m not in tabloids!’ I didn’t get it. So yeah, it’s been complicated,” she said in the film.

She added later, “I really tried to adopt this British sensibility of a ‘stiff upper lip.’ I really tried, but I think that what that does internally is probably really damaging—and the biggest thing I know is that I never thought this would be easy, but I thought it would be fair, and that’s the part that’s really hard to reconcile. I don’t know, just take each day as it comes.”

Buckingham Palace’s Response to Meghan and Harry Stepping Down Is…Interesting

Buckingham Palace has released a response to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle‘s announcement that they’re taking a stepping down as “senior” members of the royal family.

“Discussions with The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are at an early stage. We understand their desire to take a different approach, but these are complicated issues that will take time to work through,” the Palace said, per royals reporter Omid Scobie.

See the statement for yourself, below:

Earlier today, Markle and Prince Harry revealed, via Instagram, their plans to change up the way they work in 2020. “After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution. We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen,” they wrote on the Sussex Royal official IG page.

The duke and duchess continued, “It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment. We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages. This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity.”

Buckingham Palace’s statement seems to imply Markle and Prince Harry’s big, declarative announcement is coming a bit out of left field. It’s possible higher-ups at the palace were privy to these discussions but weren’t expecting any decisions to be made yet. This statement is very brief, so there’s no way to know for sure what, exactly, is going on.

We’ll keep you posted with any more updates.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Relationship: A Complete Timeline

Prince Harry has never been a rule-following royal, and his relationship with former Suits star Meghan Markle is no exception. The two have embarked on a whirlwind romance, going from a secret summer courtship to an engagement in what seemed like the blink of an eye. But the road to a royal wedding has no speed limit, and Markle and Harry cruised toward destination holy matrimony (with a few speed bumps along the way). And now a new member of the royal family has arrived to join the fun.

Here’s an in-depth look at Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s journey from what started as a TV crush to the second royal wedding and beyond.

Selena Gomez Says Getting on ‘the Right Medication’ Changed Her Life

Selena Gomez is getting ready to drop her highly anticipated album, Rare, this week, and ahead of its big release, she’s opening up about some of the extremely personal lessons she learned while making the record. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal magazine this week, Gomez got candid about her struggles with self-esteem and mental health, and shared that learning more about treatment and getting on the right medication “completely changed” her life.

Gomez has spoken about mental health and therapy in the past, and she took time off in 2018 to check herself into a psychiatric facility in Tennessee. She re-entered public life this year, slowly sharing new music and moments from the last couple of months on social media. She told the WSJ that she’s continued to seek treatment and to work on her health.

“I had low self-esteem, and that’s something I work on continuously. But I feel so empowered because I’ve gained so much knowledge about what was going on mentally,” she said. “My highs were really high, and my lows would take me out for weeks at a time.”

She added that it’s been through the right medication and through support systems that she’s been able to take care of herself. “I found out I do suffer from mental health issues. And, honestly, that was such a relief,” she continued. “I realized that there was a way to get help and to find people that you trust. I got on the right medication, and my life has been completely changed.”

One of the people she’s consistently counted on during difficult times is Taylor Swift, she says. “There’s so much of my friendship with Taylor that people don’t know about because we don’t necessarily feel the need to post about everything we do,” she said. “She has showed up for me in ways that I would have never expected. Flown in because I was hurt and was going through something. Stuff that was going on with my family. It’s been proven year after year and in every moment of my life that she is one of my best friends in the world. We don’t agree on everything, but we respect each other with everything.”

Selena Gomez’s third studio album, Rare, drops this Friday, January 10.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Are Stepping Down as ‘Senior’ Members of the Royal Family

In a bombshell announcement released Wednesday, January 8, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry revealed they’re stepping down as “senior members” of the royal family.

“After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution. We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen. It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment,” the Sussexes wrote in an Instagram post.

They continued, “We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages. This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity. We look forward to sharing the full details of this exciting next step in due course, as we continue to collaborate with Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and all relevant parties. Until then, please accept our deepest thanks for your continued support.”

This story is still unfolding. We’ll update with more information as soon as it comes in.

The Best Book Subscription Box for Any Kind of Reader

It’s 2020, and there’s a subscription service for just about anything—meal kits, clothing rentals, personalized wine recommendations, and yes, your reading list. A book subscription box may finally help kick your habits into high gear, especially if you find yourself wasting more time looking for a book to read than actually reading one.

Before relying on Amazon, buying a book meant one of two things: waiting for someone to re-gift you one or driving to the nearest Barnes & Noble to search for a book with a plot as good as its cover. Okay, both are still a thing, but a book subscription box makes reading regularly so much easier, no matter what gets your pages turning.

Whether you’re into steamy romance, YA novels, or sci-fi, there’s a book box out there for you—and one that may deliver more than just a great read to your doorstep. Some book rental services let you join a virtual book club, or send socks and bubble bath soap themed to your selection (yes, really). So, whether you live to post inspirational author quotes to your Insta or haven’t picked up a book since graduating college, now’s the best time to treat your self (and shelf) to a book box. From crowdsourced reads by women for women like the Feminist Book Club to expertly-curated picks from Book of the Month, we found 11 of the best book subscription boxes that’ll please even the choosiest readers.

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