Ah, TV. Sometimes it feels like there’s never enough time to catch up on all the shows cluttering your DVR. Other times, you feel like you’ve seen everything already. (I mean, how many more times can one re-watch To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before? Um, don’t answer that…) But we have some good news: Jennifer Garner is here to help. And Alison Brie. And Shay Mitchell.
Yes, we gathered a bunch of television stars to find out not only what series they’ve recently binge-watched, but what they would actually recommend. Never seen The Office before? Time to start. Haven’t gotten on the Killing Eve bandwagon? Let’s fix that. The best part? Aside from frontrunners Atlanta and Ozark, nearly everyone had a different suggestion. So put on your comfiest sweats, order those snacks, and get watching this weekend. Cheers!
When it comes to the controversial nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, men run the show.
President Donald Trump, of course, picked Kavanaugh for the high court. The Senate Judiciary Committee, which has held confirmation hearings on the judge—including testimony from Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused him of sexually assaulting her in the 1980s—is controlled by Republican Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley. And the Senate majority leader is Kentucky Republican Mitch McConnell, who’s firmly on Kavanaugh’s side and is driving the chamber toward confirmation as fast as he can.
But a group of women are playing pivotal roles at this divisive moment in U.S. history. Some serve on the Judiciary Committee. Some have staked out positions as nationally recognized champions of women’s rights. Some face a choice between siding with their party or with those protesting it.
Here, in alphabetical order, is a quick guide to some of the Senate women who’ve been in the spotlight (or on the hot seat) in the Kavanaugh controversy, including those whose political futures are definitely worth watching in the run-up to the 2020 race for president.
The GOP controls the Senate by a tiny margin, so any defections put the party in danger of seeing Kavanaugh’s confirmation blow up. Collins, who represents Maine, has been one of the most closely tracked members of the Senate throughout the Kavanaugh debate: She’s a Republican, but she’s also pro-choice.
Before Ford’s claims that Kavanaugh attacked her when they were high school students—which he has categorically denied—Collins was already regularly swarmed by reporters trying to take her temperature on whether she’d vote to confirm the judge to replace the retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. Now she’s surrounded not only by the press, but under pressure from both protesters and colleagues who want her to reject Kavanaugh.
Collins supported Trump’s first SCOTUS nominee last year, but that was a very different story: When Neil Gorsuch succeeded the late Justice Antonin Scalia, it was a matter of one conservative replacing another. The balance of the court was unchanged. Kennedy was also nominated by a Republican president, Ronald Reagan, but he ended up a swing justice who sided with liberals in critical cases that upheld abortion protections. Replacing Kennedy with Kavanaugh would tilt the high court firmly to the right.
Collins met privately with Kavanaugh before the Ford allegations. She said that she came away with the understanding that the judge considers Roe v. Wade a matter of settled law.
But since Kavanaugh went on the defensive over the assault claims, Collins has come under even more pressure to take a side. She publicly called the allegations “serious” and supported allowing lawyers for Ford and Kavanaugh to question each other during the Judiciary hearings (which didn’t end up happening).
As of Thursday, she had told reporters she considered the FBI probe “very thorough,” but said she hadn’t finished reviewing all the materials. She also hadn’t said how she planned to vote.
The California senator is in a challenging position: She’s the highest-ranking woman on the Judiciary Committee, but she’s a Democrat. (As the majority party, Republicans ultimately control the proceedings.)
Feinstein has faced considerable criticism during the Kavanaugh confirmation process, including the timeline of her actions after receiving a letter from Ford that detailed her allegations of assault. The senator has said she was simply trying to respect Ford’s request for privacy; Republicans have instead accused Feinstein of stalling so she could drop a bombshell on the SCOTUS nominee late in the game and hurt his chances of getting the job.
Some anti-Kavanaugh activists reportedly think Feinstein’s methodical, low-key style just isn’t cutting it as the Republicans are on the verge of getting the nomination to a vote, although the longtime lawmaker has also been praised for being fair.
The New York senator has a record of speaking out against sexual assault, particularly in the military—and she opposed Kavanaugh well before the current scandal engulfed his nomination.
Gillibrand, a Democrat who’s often mentioned as a potential 2020 presidential contender although she hasn’t confirmed those rumors, has flatly suggested Kavanaugh is a hyper-conservative would be a threat to abortion rights and women’s health care. She’s also questioned his past positions on the exercise of presidential power.
In July, well before the news broke of Ford’s allegations against Kavanaugh, Gillibrand told Glamour she considered the judge “more dangerous than any previous justice nominee because of his education and his experience and because of the track record he’s laid out about what he intends to do,” adding, “I think he is going to be very destructive to basic civil rights and civil liberties for millions of Americans.”
Thursday night, Gillibrand urged people to change the game by showing up on Election Day.
“If the Senate was 51% women, would SCOTUS nominees look like Brett Kavanaugh, or like Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor?” she asked. “Let’s elect record numbers of women so our high offices are held by leaders who’ll do the most good for the most people.”
The former California attorney general has put her prosecutorial skills to work as a member of the Judiciary Committee, peppering Kavanaugh with pointed questions during the confirmation hearings.
Her intensity wasn’t much of a surprise: Harris, a Democrat, got plenty of attention for grilling now-U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions during his Judiciary interviews as well.
Harris is only the second black woman elected to the Senate in American history (the first was Sen. Carol Moseley Braun of Illinois) and has made a name for herself in public life as a fighter against racial inequity, both inside and outside the criminal justice system—and a lawmaker with a cool head.
Some forecasters have said the combination of passion and compassion Harris has evinced in the political arena, and her calls to elevate the American debate beyond the “mean” tone of the Trump era, could be a blueprint for a potential run for the White House. She’s not tipping her hand on a future campaign just yet.
The Hawaii senator is not a prospective candidate for president—she can’t seek the Oval Office, having been born outside the U.S.—but her standout role as a Kavanaugh interrogator has some people wishing she could.
Hirono, a Democrat who serves on Judiciary, notably asked Kavanaugh well before the Ford allegations surfaced whether he had ever engaged in sexual harassment or assault. (He said he had not.) As the New Yorkernoted, Hirono said she posed the question because she “did not want the #MeToo movement to be swept under the rug,” not because she had any heads-up about the coming scandal.
The cancer survivor, who is also the only immigrant currently serving in the Senate, also made a point of asking Kavanaugh about his attitudes toward indigenous peoples—and releasing a 2002 email (which had been marked “confidential”) that included his views on a legal question regarding Native Hawaiians.
Hirono said in the hearings that his views on the status of native peoples should be considered offensive—and not just by Hawaiians. Read on for why that matters in more ways than one…
While a Democrat, Klobuchar, the senior senator from the swing state of Minnesota has been described as somewhat more moderate than some of her colleagues. That might not be in vogue in 2018, when hard-charging liberals (and even some self-identified Democratic socialists) are exciting some midterm voters. The landscape could look different in 2020, when a Trump challenger might try to appeal to Americans on both the left and right of the political spectrum.
Klobuchar is the fourth Democratic woman who serves on Judiciary (all the Republicans are men). She had a memorable question for her male colleagues who sat in opposition to letting the FBI investigate the allegations against Kavanaugh: “What are you hiding?”
At least as memorable: The moment Klobuchar asked Kavanaugh if he’d ever blacked out from drinking, only to have him throw the question back at her. He later apologized to Klobuchar, who said in a CNN interview that she’d been “stunned” by his conduct during the Judiciary hearing.
Klobuchar was also among the Democrats who had off-mic conversations with Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake, who ultimately pushed his GOP colleagues to give the FBI more time to look into Kavanaugh’s past before a Senate vote.
Like Collins, Murkowski is a pro-choice Republican woman, and whether she’ll ultimately come down for or against Kavanaugh has been keeping the pundits speculating.
The Alaska senator’s office told the Anchorage Daily News on Thursday that she, like Collins, is reviewing the FBI files—although Murkowski had not gone so far as her Maine counterpart in calling the investigation “thorough.” She has, however, acknowledged that the pressure is on from both sides, and that her office has been flooded with emails and calls about the confirmation.
For Murkowski, however, Hirono’s question to the judge about indigenous peoples may carry extra significance: As the Daily News has reported, Alaska Native organizations that helped her win a big 2010 Senate race consider Kavanaugh a potential danger to tribal authority, are out in force against him, and are making sure Murkowski knows it.
The Massachusetts senator—and possible 2020 contender—isn’t a member of the Judiciary Committee, but she’s been outspoken on opposing the Kavanaugh nomination.
“The fact that Republicans want to go forward treating [Ford] and other women who have come forward as if their claims don’t matter is an insult to every single woman in this country,” she told Glamour in Washington on the day of Ford’s testimony to Judiciary last week. “It is fundamentally wrong.”
Warren was also among the luminaries who protested Kavanaugh on Thursday, telling a rally crowd, “I am angry on behalf of women who have been told to sit down and shut up one time too many.”
There are no bridges left to burn between Trump and Warren: The president has mockingly called her “Pocahontas” in questioning her self-described Native American heritage; Warren has been a steady critic of the administration’s policies, including on federal family planning funding.
While she hasn’t officially committed to challenging Trump, Warren was recently quoted saying she’d take a “hard look” at it after the Nov. 6 midterms.
Celeste Katz is senior politics reporter for Glamour. Send news tips, questions, and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
As much as I try to write about new makeup, hair, and skin care products, the allure of a juicy Reddit makeup thread will never subside. I mean, you never know—maybe someone out there figured out a game-changing trick to make every eyeliner glide on like butter, or all mascaras last four months longer. I don’t know if magic exists, but epiphanies certainly do. So when I was absentmindedly scrolling through a thread discussing Redditors’ “aha” moments with makeup, I saw a technique that caught me off guard. People, just like you or me, were putting on translucent powder before their foundation. And raving about it, no less.
It was the craziest thing I’d ever heard in my life, but it also rang a bell. A few weeks prior, I’d been complaining to a friend about my skin’s tendency to make foundation disappear by 4 P.M. She’s an avid Jackie Aina fan, and suggested I get with the picture and try Aina’s sworn-by tip for making foundation last: the same unorthodox method that people were aha-ing about on Reddit. I hate to be left out, and I hate to feel like my work (and foundation) are going to waste, so I was in. Goodbye, everything I thought I knew about foundation. You were never much help to begin with.
The next morning, I dipped a brush into Beautycounter’s Mattifying Powder and swirled it over my face, watching my skin care’s dewy finish disappear before my eyes. I topped it with Becca’s Skin Love Weightless Blur Foundation, and gave the velvety finish a pleased, but skeptical eye. Flash-forward to the clock hitting 4 P.M. When I looked in the mirror, I was caught off guard—foundation was still on my face, even around my red-dotted jawline, where it normally disappears first.
My foundation didn’t look exactly the same as when I walked out the door, though. When I peered closely, I could see the coverage had a slightly dry, dehydrated effect about it. (Something I’ve since learned can be fixed with a mid-day spritz.) Yet foundation was still on my face, and I’d never known that life. After years of trying to find a foundation that would adequately stay put, the answer was in front of me all along. Translucent powder, man.
I repeated the experiment the next day, this time with Joah Beauty Truly Yours Liquid Foundation. The same exact thing happened. I reason that the powder must soak up my face’s oil like a primer, but lay down a dry base instead of primer’s velvety one. Jackie Aina and Reddit user purplesquirrels, I owe you.
Typically, when the royals are making their way through crowds of well-wishers, they have no time to stop for anything more than a quick greeting. On Wednesday (October 3), however, Meghan Markle was more than happy to pause for a brief back-and-forth about one very specific topic: her mother, Doria Ragland.
In a video of the interaction, below, watch as Markle stops to interact with a fan who says, “Please tell your mum I love her!”
“Oh, I will! We have that in common, don’t we?” Markle said in response.
Doria Ragland’s second biggest fan shared the clip on Twitter afterward, writing, “I regret nothing” alongside the hashtag #QueenDoria.
Sadly, Ragland will never actually be the Queen of England, but she may soon be at least a part-time resident of her daughter’s new homeland. Last month, a royal insider told Vanity Fair that Ragland, a social worker and yoga teacher in California, was considering moving across the pond. “She has been to Meghan and Harry’s home in the Cotswolds several times and she has stayed with them at Nottingham Cottage. Meghan is very close to her mum. They speak on the phone pretty much every day and they are talking about Doria getting a place in the U.K. so that she can spend part of the year over here,” the source said. “It is something they are talking about. I think the idea is that Doria will have a pied-à-terre here so that she has her own space. She wants the ability to be here more often, especially if grandchildren come along.”
The royal family, it seems, is equally happy to have Prince Harry’s mother-in-law around. “The Queen knows it’s a big transition for Meghan and she wants it to be a success,” the insider said. “That means making sure Meghan feels supported and happy, and including her mother.” They added, “When you meet Doria, it all falls in place. You understand why Meghan is who she is.”
There are only a few true certainties in these confusing times: Ice cream is good, Lady Gaga will win the Oscar for A Star Is Born, and Ross and Rachel lived happily ever after. But the latter came very close to not happening, according to Friends executive producer Kevin S. Bright.
In a recent interview with Digital Spy, Bright revealed that the show—which ran for 10 seasons on NBC—was originally supposed to end after season nine. “We started out on season nine thinking that that would be the last season,” Bright said. “We were prepared to end the series in season nine. But at the last minute, things fortunately happened, and there was a season 10.”
Bright explains that the uncertainty over a 10th and final season left the writers “frozen,” meaning had the show ended after season nine, the writers wouldn’t have been able to craft that pitch-perfect ending. Instead, the show would have ended in Barbados, with Joey and Rachel embarking on a relationship that, let’s be honest, never rang true.
Thankfully, we got the finale we all deserved, with one of TV’s greatest will-they-or-won’t-they couples finally admitting their love for one another. And while audiences rejoiced after the final episode, things proved much harder for the cast. “Everybody was just trying to get that last bit of Friends delight, but almost all of the actors broke down and cried in one scene or another,” Bright, who directed the finale, revealed. “So there was a lot of stopping to mop up, and get the redness out of the eyes!”
Bright goes on to explain that the mood on set that day was one of “great accomplishment,” but also one of “real sadness,” after the cast and crew had spent the last 10 years of their lives together. “There were over 120 people working on the show, and we saw them for those 10 years far more than we saw our own families,” he said.
Bright added that the sadness came from “knowing that probably there’s never going to be something like this again in our lives. We’ll do other television shows, but it’s not going to be like this.”
With the release of A Star Is Born inching closer, Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga are deep in the throes of one of the most extensive press tours in recent memory. In other words, these two really want you to see their movie. So much so, in fact, that they might even drop in on a screening, which is exactly what Gaga did in New York on Wednesday, October 3.
Decked out in a shimmering red turtleneck dress, the singer turned actress greeted the audience after a brief introduction from Tyler Oakley. “I love you so much,” she said, per a clip from Good Morning America. “Thank you so, so much from the bottom of my heart for being here tonight.”
Then, as she’s done throughout the whirlwind press circuit, Gaga heaped praise on her costar and director, Bradley Cooper. “All you need is just for one person to believe,” Gaga told the audience. “So, I have to say thank you to my incredible director, Bradley Cooper. This is the moment that Bradley gives the film over to you and to the world. I am so grateful and so humbled that it is moving people and that’s all that matters. So, this our gift to you. We love you.”
Unless you’ve recently signed a year-long lease for a sensory-deprivation tank, it’s been impossible to ignore the enormous hype surrounding this movie. It currently sits at a sparkling 94 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, and is considered by many to be the front-runner at this year’s Oscars. Beyond the merits of the film itself, Gaga’s ultra-devoted fan base has been crucial in elevating A Star Is Born to the top of the pop-culture pyramid. So naturally, she also thanked her Little Monsters for helping to get her to this point.
“It would be a lie to not think each and every one of you who has supported me over the years, I would not be here without you,” she said. She added, perE! News, that she will “never forget when I looked into the eyes of my fans for the first time and I saw myself,” and added that “you are fighters. You are beautiful, and I love you.”
That’s going to be one helluva an Oscars acceptance speech.
Gisele Bündchen has walked down 600-plus runways throughout her 20-year career as a model. But in her new memoir, Lessons: My Path to a Meaningful Life, she reveals that her first major fashion show was far from a positive experience. In fact, she broke down crying before stepping on the runway.
Back in 1998, Bündchen recalls being set to appear in an Alexander McQueen show—her first ever international gig, according to Cosmopolitan—and “couldn’t believe” that she had been chosen. But that excitement would melt away when she saw her look for the first time, the day of: a skirt—and nothing else.
“Where’s the top?” Bündchen remembers asking someone, who informed her that there wasn’t one. The model then started to cry, as she was afraid that coming down the runway topless would disappoint her family. “I was a good girl. I was a tomboy. I was someone whose big breasts had embarrassed her since she’d hit puberty,” she writes, per Cosmopolitan. “I was a girl gripped by the fear that my family would feel so embarrassed they would never speak to me again. I was terrified.”
Thankfully, someone backstage had her back: “As soon as Val, the makeup artist, saw the situation, she said she would paint a top on me using white makeup… Val told me how beautiful it looked and said that the runway was so dark nobody would know,” Bündchen recalls. Because the show took place in the rain, “no one could tell what was rain and what was tears.”
Bündchen writes that her family never saw the photos from the show. And according to Cosmopolitan, she credits that Alexander McQueen show as one of the most important jumping-off points of her career. Still, she’s not the only model to speak out about the pressure of going topless, especially when you’re starting out: Kate Moss recently opened up about a similar experience at a photoshoot, saying “there was pressure… I worked with a woman photographer called Corinne Day, and she always liked me with no top on. And I did not like it at all when I first started.”
In the wake of the #MeToo, the fashion industry has been taking steps to protect models in these types of situations, through programs and even legislation, to give support and offer them resources.
A woman named Lydia received quite the surprise yesterday (October 3) when Prince Harry gave her a royal kiss on the hand. Yup!
Here’s what happened: While Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were on their official visit to Sussex, they did a meet-and-greet session with fans. When the couple got to Lydia—who the Daily Mail reports is an 80-year-old woman—she told Markle that she looked “so beautiful.” And then, Prince Harry swooped in to give her a peck on the hand.
Lydia replied by giggling and saying, “Oh thank you!” You can watch the full video, below:
Prince Harry and Lydia’s adorable moment wasn’t the only dose of royal PDA that fans got during the duke and duchess’s trip to their namesake Sussex. (This was the first trip they took to Sussex, by the way: a fact that’s delighted the Internet.) While chatting with and fist-bumping some school-age children, Markle gave Prince Harry a sweet back rub, likely returning the favor from the time he gave her an impromptu massage at the WellChild Awards in September. Their visit also involved a cute interaction between Prince Harry and a golden retriever. It’s like he’s trying to make us swoon, ya know?
The royal couple is reportedly planning to take their first ever trip to the United States next year. They have no official plans on the books just yet—insiders claim they’re looking at New York, D.C., California, and Canada as potential destinations.
Cara Delevingne is officially a triple threat. She continues to kill it on every runway imaginable (see: Paris this season, where Ashley Benson was in the front row to watch). She’s set to star in the upcoming Amazon Prime video series Carnival Row, opposite Orlando Bloom next year. And as the face of Burberry’s new fragrance, Her, which drops today, Delevingne also proves to have a decent set of pipes. She sings a little ditty for the scent’s TV campaign (listen for yourself down below). Talk about talent.
We caught up with the 26-year-old stunner in her hometown of London to chat about her self-love beauty secrets and the tricks that keep her happy and glowing—on the small screen, red carpet, and everywhere in between.
Glamour: What’s your beauty philosophy?
Cara Delevingne: Not to label yourself or care about what other people think. It’s about being confident in who you are, what you wear, and what you look like. That’s easier said than done, but I think it’s something we should live by. And we need to praise each other. By lifting others up, we lift ourselves up.
Glamour: Is there anything that gives you a fast pick-me-up?
CD: When I’ve had a really long day, a fragrance can lift my spirits. Burberry Her reminds me of a happy person, carefree and living life to the fullest. And I always carry a mascara. I like having those really spiky Twiggy lashes that frame your eyes. When you’re tired, people don’t see that, they’re looking at your eyelashes.
Glamour: Any other products you love?
CD: Dior skin care has really made a difference in how tired my skin looks. I’m only 26, but I travel a lot and deal with eye bags. It keeps my skin looking fresh.
Glamour: You do a lot of advocacy work for young women. How would you like to see the definitions of beauty and sexuality change?
CD: Everyone’s idea of themselves, sexuality, femininity, and what it is to be human is different. The more we’re honest with each other, the more we can grow. Through acceptance and communication, we can better understand one another.
Glamour: What is your healthiest habit?
CD: I meditate, and I do yoga as much as I can. I try to do it twice a day, but sometimes I prefer to be sleeping.
Glamour: What’s your least healthy habit?
CD: Being hard on myself. Even if I do something I should be proud of, I automatically disregard it. I get scared about what other people think, and that’s bad. It’s something I’m working to change.
Glamour: How so?
CD: Realizing that the mistakes you make don’t define who you are, and that it’s OK to be angry, to be upset, to not be happy all the time. It’s OK to not smile if you don’t want to smile. It’s about learning to accept yourself.
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This story originally ran in the November 2018 issue of Glamour.
Fenty Beauty is dropping products so quickly, it’s impossible to keep up. After surprising fans with four new shades of Stunna Lip Paint, the brand just announced its new-new for the holidays, and—well—it’s a doozy. Fenty is releasing its first highlighter palette.
Last night, Rihanna made an appearance in Sydney, Australia where she revealed the first (in what’s sure to be much more to come) of Fenty’s #\CHILLOWT holiday collection. The seven-pan palette includes just about every shade of highlighter under the rainbow, which we mean quite literally. The Killawatt Foil Palette contains metallic purple, pink, white, red, orange, bronze, and blue (yep) options available to aid in your glow-up. And, like all of Fenty’s products, they can be used pretty much however you deem fit.
Fans, as you can imagine, have been going rightly bonkers over it online. “OH HELL YES!!! THIS IS GOING TO BE MINE,” one user commented on Instagram. “Ri Ri really out her got me buying more highlighter ok goodbye wig, goodbye bank account,” shared another.
The palette is launching at midnight on October 4 (so basically tonight) for anyone who lives in Australia or New Zealand. The rest of us have to wait until October 12 when it start rolling out in Sephora stores in the U.S. and online. According to the brand, this is only just the beginning from the collection. So buckle up, Rih-mas is looking good this year.