The Best Wedding Dresses From Bridal Fashion Week Fall 2019

If you thought the wait for the new collections from Fashion Week to drop was excruciating, you’re going to need to prepare yourself before you fall in love with any wedding dress from Bridal Fashion Week. It operates on an even longer timeline—in October, we’re seeing designs for Fall 2019—but one look at the runways makes it clear why it’s worth the wait: These collections are elaborately, impeccably detailed, giving us more than enough to daydream about, whether we’re planning a wedding or not.

While Spring 2019’s shows veered towards the understated, this season we’re seeing names like Ines di Santo, Reem Acra, Inbal Dror go big on the tulle, glitter, and yards of lace that make for a truly memorable walk down the aisle. So whether you’re in the thick of the planning process or simply appreciate a gorgeous gown, there’s no better escape than perusing through the dreamy ensembles that floated down the Bridal Fashion Week runways. Ahead, catch up on the best looks Fall 2019 brides can look forward to.

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The Changing Face of Beauty In America

The first thing you notice is the lips. No, the eyes. Well, not so much the eyes themselves, but the eye region: the plump cheeks, the bold brow, and the plumed lashes offset by all that dewy, sculpted skin. Maybe you see beauty. Maybe you see artifice. Maybe you want some of it anyway. The good news? You have options.

We’re living in the age of facial tweaks. In addition to the rising number of masks, serums, and contour kits we’re buying, a growing number of American women are taking it a step further and seeking treatments that won’t rinse off in the pool. According to the latest report from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the use of minimally invasive cosmetic procedures grew by 186 percent between 2000 and 2017. The favorites include Botox, up 819 percent in the same period, fillers, up 312 percent—collagen is out, hyaluronic acid, in—and laser-skin resurfacing, up 244 percent. (Botox and other neurotoxins temporarily paralyze muscles, which leads to a softening of the wrinkles those muscles create. Fillers, which plump skin, add volume to lips and cheeks, fill out the area around the eyes, and smooth wrinkles.)

Meanwhile, the “going under the knife” variety of plastic surgery is down 6 percent in the same timeframe, with nose jobs down 44 percent, chin augmentation down 40 percent, and eyelid surgery down 36 percent.

So how, exactly, is all this reflected in the faces of the women around us? We know the answer in big, coastal cities, where many women are inspired by their reality-TV-star neighbors and tend to go for a more-is-more approach when it comes to their faces. While they may not go full Kardashian-Jenner-West, the family’s influence is evident, especially in New York and Los Angeles. But what about the rest of the country? Are women elsewhere seeking out Botox and fillers with equal gusto? And, if so, are they looking for a radical transformation? Or subtle tweaks to their “problem spots”? reached out to plastic surgeons, medical spa employees, and women in eight states across the country to learn what treatments local women are turning to, and what they’re hoping to achieve with them.

Plastic surgeries and cosmetic procedures remain rare in New Hampshire, which seems to have the most trigger-shy women among the states we surveyed. And when women do go under the knife or needle, they don’t like to talk about it—with each other, other the press. Many of the plastic surgeons and medical spas that we reached out to refused to speak with This didn’t happen in the other seven states.

“Women here are more skeptical and conservative,” said Dr. Lawrence Gray, a plastic surgeon in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. While he sees a demand for fillers and Botox, they’re mostly used to address aging concerns—not to create a whole new face. He said lip lifts are growing in popularity, as they create a fuller lip that some feel appears more natural than fillers.

“It’s definitely not about creating what isn’t there,” said Emily Sullivan, a physician’s assistant at Concord Med Spa in Concord, New Hampshire, who uses Botox and fillers to smooth her face. “Women here get nervous about looking like a Kardashian or Joan Rivers. There’s not a ton of knowledge about what aesthetic procedures can achieve. It’s just not super-popular here compared to the rest of the country.” She said the vast majority of women she sees in the local supermarket or mall don’t appear to use fillers. “It’s maybe 10 to 15 percent.”

Thought facial tweaks don’t appear to be popular, overall, in New Hampshire, the youngest fans in the state are getting a little bolder. “People see social media and want that look,” said Jennifer Lawson, a surgical scheduler for Richard Zeff, a plastic surgeon in Stratham, New Hampshire.

Still, the culture surrounding plastic surgery remains hush-hush. Sullivan said the over-40 women she knows tend to keep their treatments entirely to themselves, while women in their 30s tend to tell one or two close friends. “There’s no shame or guilt, but they’re still close-lipped about it.”

Arizona has two vastly different plastic surgery cultures: In Phoenix, the state’s most populated city, and nearby Scottsdale, women whose looks were obviously inspired by the Kardashian-Jenner-Wests are a common sight. In Sonoran Desert-adjacent Tuscon, women “want to look like themselves, but refreshed,” said Dr. Raman Mahabir, a Scottsdale plastic surgeon and editor-in-chief of the American Society of Plastic Surgery’s education network. “You have that sharp contrast.”

What’s popular in Phoenix and Scottsdale? “I still have my original nose and my boobs. It’s rare around here,” said Phoenix resident Teresa Strasser, 48, an Emmy-winning writer and co-host of The List. “The lips here are not conservative. The lips and boobs are competing to see who can be most inflated. I don’t know who’s winning. Maybe we’re all losing.”

Strasser said plastic surgery, including Botox and fillers, appears to be more common in Phoenix and Scottsdale than in Los Angeles, where she used to live. There’s also a lot of enthusiasm in the Phoenix area, she said, for facials and skin-rejuvenating treatments.

From what she’s seen, women often start small and then continue to tweak until there’s little left to do. “You add a little of this and it’s so pretty,” she said. “So you want you more.”

With this enthusiasm comes little taboo. Strasser said people talk about it openly—and exchange notes: “There is not a lot of derm-shame here. Nobody cares.”

Many Minnesotans are in pursuit of the youthful femininity that a syringe of filler can offer.

“People think of us as a flyover state, but we still really see a lot of volume with our fillers, Botox, and skincare,” said Kally Karjala, a medical aesthetician at Edina Plastic Surgery, located in an affluent suburb outside of Minneapolis. “They’re out there, people do want them. They just might not talk about it as much.” Her patients are mostly 40 and older, though she does see women in their 20s and 30s as well. The younger patients, she said, want the #Instaface look—poster child: Kylie Jenner—but they want to enhance their natural beauty, and “do it without looking extreme.”

“We all want to look like Kylie,” said Samantha Prestidge, a 22-year-old web developer in Minneapolis, who said she and her friends are inspired by what they see on social media. “I think the Minnesota version of Kylie is less about her body, and more focus on the top end. We want to be youthful looking, with a feminine face.”

Dr. Joe Gryskiewicz, a plastic surgeon in the Twin Cities said, that his younger patients tend to go for bolder looks with fillers and neurotoxins. “The younger they are, the harder they want to hit it,” he said. “They want to like what they look like in their selfies.”

Oregonians aren’t against getting work done, but they’re not willing to give up on their individuality in the process.

“Our community is about being different. Portland prides itself on being less cookie-cutter than other places,” said Portland plastic surgeon Dr. Juliana Hansen. She said the women she sees of all ages want to look like themselves, not like one particular celebrity. “Our version of beautiful is so much wider. … People here aren’t buying into this notion that there’s one look that’s great or beautiful.”

Heather Moffenbeir, a 31-year-old registered nurse, began getting Botox in her forehead and filler in her lips last year. She said her goal with Botox was never to achieve a completely smooth look.

And while she’s noticed a rise in the use of injectables in the Portland area, the effect tends to be subtle. “There’s way less vanity here than in other cities,” she said. “Obviously they want to look younger, but they look for a natural-looking way to do it. And they don’t like to talk about it when they get things done.”

Kentucky women want a polished, feminine look with a little glamour, and they’re not ashamed to get help to achieve it.

They’re “looking at Kim Kardashian, they’re all looking at social media, but they’re much more conservative than that,” said plastic surgeon Dr. Sandra Bouzaglou, who has an office in Lexington, Kentucky, and also works in Ontario, Canada. “They have the same reference points” as the rest of America, she said, but they’re not going to extremes.

Marica Jenkins, 42, an order-filler at American Greetings Corp., said her favorite source of inspiration is the Bravo Housewives franchise. “They’ve influenced me more so than the Kardashians, both in terms of treatment and look,” she said. Jenkins gets Botox and fillers regularly to smooth and plump, and had a facelift at 40. “It’s really natural. I didn’t go crazy overboard.”Her most recent tweak was a lip lift: “I’m six weeks out and absolutely adore it.”

Dr. S. Randolph Waldman, a plastic surgeon in Lexington, Kentucky, said he’s seen a rise in patients interested in filling out their lip and cheek areas in recent years. “They’re recognizing the importance of the mid-face, even at younger ages.” Still, many request “a subtle, natural looking, result.”

While the women of Baltimore are well aware of the #Instaface and there seems to be a small population of Kylie wannabes, the majority of women opting for facial tweaks there want to look like a better version of themselves.

Dr. Michele Shermak, a plastic surgeon in Baltimore, said her average patient wants to “normalize, not exaggerate” her look. “People want to look refreshed and proportionate, and get back to the middle of the spectrum,” she said. They want fillers and Botox to help them look “like they’ve been on a vacation, not in the doctor’s office,” she said.

Women in Maryland “don’t use fillers and Botox like make-up,” said Amy Ford, a surgical assistant at Dr. Shermak’s office.

Mesha Ross, 40, who owns Lux Lash Spa in Pennsylvania, just over the Maryland border, said she got injections to feel rejuvenated. “I had kids, and saw my body and face transform for the worse,” she said.

She also got fillers in her lips, which she said was controversial among her African-American peers. “They question why I’m doing it,” she said. “It isn’t to make me look like Kylie Jenner. I do it get a little fuller, but I don’t get ridiculous with it.”

Ross said that the women she knows seek inspiration from plastic surgeons’ Instagram pages, not from celebrities. “What entices us are the before-and-afters of regular people,” she said. “This is the big thing. Who did her butt? Who did her face? That’s what we want to know.”

Like Arizona, we saw two distinct plastic surgery cultures in Utah: In Park City, which has a large population of transplants from big, coastal cities, women tend to go for a bolder, more obvious look. In Salt Lake City, there’s equal enthusiasm for facial tweaks, but the desired effect is more muted.

Plastic surgeon Dr. Larry Sargent said Park City clients prefer minimally invasive procedures that have no downtime, including injectables and lasers. It’s “more of a healthy, athletic sort of look,” he said. “They don’t have any problems having something done,” but the goal is to “look youthful and fit, like you’re taking care of yourself.”

Dr. Renato Saltz, a plastic surgeon with offices in Salt Lake City and Park City and president of the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, said the “mommy makeover”—a tummy tuck and breast lift with optional augmentation—is popular among Salt Lake City moms, who also get facial tweaks to help them maintain a vibrant look.

Maddie Bryant, a 23-year-old student in Salt Lake City, said women there, above all, like to look younger: “Kind of ageless.” She gets chemical peels and fillers in her laugh lines. “I saw them peeking through and I wanted them to be gone,” she said. “It’s definitely a smoother look.” Facial tweaks are common among the women she knows in their late 20s, who get Botox and fillers, often in their lips.

She said Salt Lake City women want to look good and are inspired by celebs’ appearances, but “there’s a limit to how much we’re getting done. I’m not going to take away every single flaw. I just want to slow down [aging] a little.”

Women in Ohio embrace plastic surgery, including minimally invasive treatments, but most don’t want to look too “done.”

“We’re down to earth, but we also want to look like rock stars,” said Dr. Anne Taylor, a plastic surgeon in Columbus, Ohio. While she’s seen a big rise in women, particularly younger ones, seeking fillers to make them look more youthful, they don’t want their faces to look “pulled” or fake. She said a lot of her patients enjoy the impermanence of fillers, and often view them as an opportunity to “test out a new look.”

“I don’t have one friend who doesn’t [use fillers] to enhance and contour. Everybody gets filler under their eyes,” said Allison Newman, who does marketing and PR for Ponsky & Frankel, a plastic surgeons’ office in Cleveland. “Getting Botox … is as common as getting your nails done.” But the end goal isn’t #Instaface: “We want to feel pretty and groomed.”

Rachel Fife, 45-year-old stay-at-home mom, said that in Cincinnati, fillers and Botox are common among the women she knows as well. But, unlike in Cleveland and Columbus, the effect in Cincinnati isn’t always subtle. “Everyone’s trying to look the same with the big huge lips,” but she says the results aren’t always good.

Fife gets fillers to help reverse the effects of aging and plump her face. She said it can be hard finding someone who’ll give her subtle work, so she often turns to RealSelf to find good doctors. “When you live in a small city, you need help to scope out the scene,” she said

Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas’ New Tattoos Take Their Wedding Prep to the Next Level

Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas are no strangers to tattoos, but they have both officially leveled up by getting matching ink.

In addition to the Game of Thrones tattoos on Turner, and other abstracted tattoos on Jonas, the couple went to the famed celebrity hot spot Bang Bang Tattoo in New York City to get inked by Mr. K, who permanently etched half of one of the most famous movie quotes on each of their wrists in cursive font. “To infinity & beyond,” reads the tattoo, with “To infinity” inked on Jonas’s inner wrist, and “& beyond” on Turner’s. Though the couple has yet to officially exchange their vows at a wedding ceremony, the matching Toy Story quote tattoo about sticking together forever pretty much says it all.

This Toy Story quote, however, is technically not the first thematically matching tattoo that each half of the couple has gotten together. Earlier this year, Jonas and Turner got commemorative tattoos for their respective grandfathers, with Jonas intricately sketching a photograph of his grandfather on his arm and Turner opting for a small cursive initial on her finger. Both of those tattoos were completed by Mr. K at Bang Bang Tattoo as well.

Last October, the Game of Thrones star and announced her engagement to Jonas, and the couple was followed by one more engagement in the Jonas family the following summer, when Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra announced their plan to marry in August 2018. “Wow. First I’m blessed with an incredible future brother-in-law, and now such an beautiful, inside and out, future sister-in-law. I’m so excited to welcome you into the family @priyankachopra . I love you both @nickjonas,” Turner said of the engagement on Instagram.

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Christine Blasey Ford Is Still Receiving Death Threats, Unable to Return Home After Kavanaugh Confirmation

Over the weekend, Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed as an Associate Justice for the United States Supreme Court to applause from the right, many of whom celebrated his appointment with congratulatory tweets and beer (a nod to the many times he referenced the alcoholic beverage during his fiery testimony).

Meanwhile, Christine Blasey Ford, who testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee almost two weeks ago about her allegations of sexual assault against Kavanaugh, is still receiving “distressing” death threats and has been unable to return to her home. Ford alleged that Kavanaugh held her down and tried to remove her clothes, even covering her mouth at one point, during a 1982 party when they were both in high school.

Ford’s attorney, Debra Katz, revealed this information in an interview with MSNBC on Sunday. “This has been terrifying,” she said. “Her family has been through a lot. They are not living at home. It’s going to be quite some time before they’re able to live at home. The threats have been unending. It’s deplorable. It’s been very frightening.”

Katz said that Ford has “also received extraordinary letters of support and encouragement.”

The nomination, hearings, and confirmation vote have been one of the most divisive in history. An NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll conducted after Ford and Kavanaugh’s testimonies before the Senate Judiciary Committee showed that 43 percent of those surveyed believed the California professor to be telling the truth compared to 33 percent for former DC Circuit judge.

Even still, it is Ford who continues to pay the price for coming forward with her story. That she is facing such vitriol and extreme threatening behavior is horribly sad, but not even close to shocking. It is fear of this sort of response that can frighten women into not reporting their assaults.

But not Ford, who stated in her initial written testimony, “I am here today not because I want to be. I am terrified. I am here because I believe it is my civic duty to tell you what happened to me while Brett Kavanaugh and I were in high school.”

Meanwhile, Kavanaugh is expected to hear his first case on Tuesday.

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Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams Had a Very Specific Self-Care Ritual to Deal With *Game of Thrones* Stress

Sophie Turner once described her relationship with Maisie Williams as “the purest form of true, true friendship.” Indeed, their friendship is well-documented: earlier this summer, they arrived to Game of Thrones co-star Rose Leslie’s wedding in coordinating looks of red and black. Even though Turner and fiancé Joe Jonas are waiting until after Game of Thrones has wrapped to really get planning their wedding, Turner has already asked Williams to be one of her bridesmaids. (She said yes, obviously.) And, according to a new interview during New York Comic Con, Turner says they have a very specific self-care ritual they’ve somewhat obsessively adhered to between takes on Game of Thrones.

“The past few seasons Maisie and I have sleepovers every night when we’re shooting. Or every night whenever both of us are in town,” Turner said, according to Vulture, describing the pair as “loners on Game of Thrones.”

“We just used to sit there and eat and watch stupid videos and smoke weed,” she added. “I don’t know if my publicist will kill me for saying this. We’d get high and then we’d sit in the bath together and we’d rub makeup brushes on our faces. It’s fun.”

Though this sounds like a bit of an absurdist exercise, we suppose it’s no more so than the Game of Thrones spoiler-aversion strategy of filming fake scenes for the show. “We got into costume in Croatia because we know the paparazzi lurk around there, so we would spend like half a day doing nothing,” Turner explained, adding that the set has a “drone killer” that sinks any drones that drift across the set.

Even though the show is about to end, Turner and Williams almost certainly have innumerate bathroom hangs ahead of them. After all, planning a wedding is probably just as covert and elaborate an operation as shooting a beloved HBO costume drama.

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Camila Mendes and Charles Melton Just Made Their Relationship Instagram Official

Riverdale fans are in overdrive after Camila Mendes posted a pretty cozy Instagram with costar Charles Melton. OK, scratch that, extremely cozy.

The ‘gram in question appeared on Mendes’ feed Sunday, October 7. In the picture, Melton is seen kissing Mendes’ forehead, with his arm loosely hung around her shoulders. Mendes, in turn, has her arm around his waist, and her face is scrunched up in a sweet smile.

Perhaps more telling than the photo itself is the caption. “Mine,” Mendes wrote alongside the pic.

To say that a freakout soon commenced in Mendes’ comments would be an understatement. “Blow up the whole internet why don’t you,” one fan wrote jokingly. Another described the picture as “what we’ve been waiting for,” while others simply expressed their excitement in a flurry of heart emojis and exclamation points. Even actor Tommy Dorfman weighed in on the picture, writing: “WE OFFICIAL YAS.”

Fans soon took their joy to Twitter. “Charles Melton and Camila Mendes just broke the internet,” one person tweeted. “I’ve decided to stan forever,” another wrote.

Of course, we’ll have to wait and see if either Mendes or Melton concretely confirm their relationship status. But from the photo and corresponding caption, it seems as though the two actors are pretty happy…and that makes their fans pretty happy, too.

Meanwhile, Riverdale‘s other favorite maybe-couple, Lili Reinhart and Cole Sprouse, have been cute on Instagram, too. In September, Sprouse took to Instagram to wish Reinhart a happy birthday, calling her his “love.” “Both the birthday and the gift. My little muse, happy birthday my love,” he wrote.

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Wells Adams Shut Down Internet Trolls Who Were Mocking Sarah Hyland’s Glasses

Sarah Hyland‘s enviable collection of glasses frames has been popping up everywhere from red carpets to gym selfies lately for a very, very good reason: They help her see. And when one troll tried to question her functional fashion choice, her boyfriend, Wells Adams, stepped in to defend her with the perfect response.

On Sunday (October 7), Adams posted a photo of he and Hyland attending an event where she accessorized her gown with a set of oversized black frames. A troll commented on the photo, “I don’t get the glasses look at all?” To which Adams flawlessly replied, “Oh, it’s so she can see s**t.”

Fans jumped to her defense, calling the Modern Family star an “inspiration” for repeatedly showing off her glasses in formal or public settings. “@sarahhyland from a fellow girl who is blind w/o glasses or contacts I love that you wear glasses out to events and make them look stylish!!!!” wrote one fan. “I’ve been kicked out of my contacts for two months bc of a cornea injury so she’s major inspo but also there’s not too much to “get” about choosing to wear glasses or not.”

This isn’t the first time Adams has stepped in to defend Hyland against trolls. When someone commented on a recent bikini photo of the actress telling her to “eat a donut,” Adams replied by telling the troll to “eat sh*t.” Hyland screenshotted the exchange and posted it to Twitter, writing, “I love @WellsAdams.”

If you follow Hyland or Adams on Instagram (which, by the way, is highly recommended), you know that this is just one example of the adorableness that happens between them on a daily basis. A few weeks ago — long before glasses gate — Hyland took to the app to post a sweet tribute to her boyfriend of of a year. “Here’s to the good men. The men that support us. The men that believe us. The ones who know right from wrong,” she wrote. “Thank you from the bottom of my heart. ❤️.”

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George W. Bush’s Daughter, Barbara Bush, Just Got Married in a Secret Ceremony

Surprise! It turns out Barbara Bush got married in a small, secret wedding by the seaside over the weekend. According to a report from People, the former First Daughter and her fiancé, Craig Coyne, tied the knot at the Bush summer home in Kennebunkport, Maine, in what she described as a “very short, sweet ceremony” attended by only 20 people. The guests included former President George W. Bush, former First Lady Laura Bush, former President George H.W. Bush, and other family members from the bride’s and groom’s sides.

Bush’s father walked her down the aisle, while her aunt, Dorothy Bush Koch, served as officiant, People reported. Her twin sister, Jenna Bush Hager, was matron of honor, while the roster of flower girls consisted of Hager’s daughters, Margaret and Poppy—who was also the ring bearer—and Coyne’s niece Emma. Laura Bush also did a reading.

Meanwhile, Coyne’s brother, Edward, was the best man, while his mother, Darlene, and sister, Katie, each read as well.

The bride, who wore a custom Vera Wang wedding dress, according to a press release from the bridal label, featuring ivory silk crepe, spaghetti straps, and a cowl draped neckline. Bush completed the look with an Italian tulle floor-length cape and a floor-length Italian tulle veil. She also incorporated a memento from her late grandmother, former First Lady Barbara Bush, who passed away earlier this year, as reported by People. “It’s really sweet,” Bush said. “The ‘something borrowed’ that I’m wearing is this bracelet that my grandfather gave to my grandmother on their 70th anniversary.”

According to People, the surprise nuptials are the first time Bush and Coyne have gone public with their relationship. The couple revealed that they got married after a five-week engagement, and have been an official couple since New Year’s Eve, after meeting during a blind date orchestrated by their friends last November. Bush told the magazine that Coyne proposed in Kennebunkport over the summer, in the same spot where George H.W. Bush had proposed to Barbara Bush 75 years prior.

“It’s just been a very sweet romance,” Bush told People. “And we’ve been long-distance for most of it — he’s been in L.A. and I’ve been in New York — but we’ve gotten to spend a lot of time together.”

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14 Lip Tints That Are Pretty, Easy, and Hydrating

If you happened to dart into a beauty retailer recently, you might’ve noticed something. Alongside the boatload of matte lip finishes and liquid lipsticks, a different formula is taking hold. Gentle, easy lip tints and stains are hitting shelves left and right from brands as skin-friendly as Origins and as dramatic as Pat McGrath Labs. It’s not hard to see why: Lip tints combine the best parts of lip gloss and lipstick (shine, gorgeous color) without the downsides of either formula (stickiness, difficulty of application). And on top of that, they come in tons of shapes and forms. Whether it’s the gorgeous, sheer colors of Essence and the options of Dior, or the glisten of CoverGirl’s and the juicy, tinted lip oils of Lâncome, one way or the other, your lips end up with a wash of natural color, and hydrated to boot. Ahead, find the best lip tints out there.

Taylor Swift Just Made a Rare Political Statement

Taylor Swift has built a career on writing deeply personal song lyrics about her relationships, friendships, reputation, and more—but there’s one aspect of her personal life she’s always kept private: her political opinions. The singer is famously apolitical, and many have criticized her for not endorsing a candidate in the 2016 election.

That changed today, though. The singer just posted a lengthy message on Instagram that explained why she’s been silent until now, as well as making it unequivocally clear which way she’ll be voting in the upcoming midterm elections.

“I’m writing this post about the upcoming midterm elections on November 6th, in which I’ll be voting in the state of Tennessee,” Swift wrote. “In the past I’ve been reluctant to publicly voice my political opinions, but due to several events in my life and in the world in the past two years, I feel very differently about that now.”

One of those events Swift may be referring to is Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court yesterday. The timing is notable given that last year Swift won a symbolic $1 after a former radio DJ was found guilty of groping her during a 2014 meet-and-greet.

But it seems sexual assault isn’t the only reason Swift’s been moved to speak out. “I always have and always will cast my vote based on which candidate will protect and fight for the human rights I believe we all deserve in this country,” she wrote in her post. “I believe in the fight for LGBTQ rights, and that any form of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender is WRONG. I believe that the systemic racism we still see in this country towards people of color is terrifying, sickening and prevalent.”

Swift then made it very clear who she will and will not be voting for in the upcoming midterm elections. “I cannot vote for someone who will not be willing to fight for dignity for ALL Americans, no matter their skin color, gender or who they love. Running for Senate in the state of Tennessee is a woman named Marsha Blackburn. As much as I have in the past and would like to continue voting for women in office, I cannot support Marsha Blackburn,” she wrote. “Her voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies me. She voted against equal pay for women. She voted against the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which attempts to protect women from domestic violence, stalking, and date rape. She believes businesses have a right to refuse service to gay couples. She also believes they should not have the right to marry. These are not MY Tennessee values. I will be voting for Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper for House of Representatives.”

She ended the message by encouraging her fans to vote. “Please, please educate yourself on the candidates running in your state and vote based on who most closely represents your values. For a lot of us, we may never find a candidate or party with whom we agree 100% on every issue, but we have to vote anyway,” Swift wrote. “So many intelligent, thoughtful, self-possessed people have turned 18 in the past two years and now have the right and privilege to make their vote count. But first you need to register, which is quick and easy to do. October 9th is the LAST DAY to register to vote in the state of TN. Go to and you can find all the info. Happy Voting!”

See her full post, below:

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