Who did you have a crush on in sixth grade? Maybe it was a back-row kid from homeroom or a spelling bee champ. When’s the last time that person crossed your mind—or even your newsfeed? For Sunday Today Show host Willie Geist, and his wife, New York Times bestselling children’s book author, Christina, it was, oh, four seconds ago.
The pair met in the middle school and while life took them in different directions, the universe nudged them back together. The Geists have now been married since 2003 and have two children, George, 10, and Lucie, 12. Between them, the duo also has two demanding careers. Christina, 44, is the author of Sorry Grown-Ups, You Can’t Go To School!, which drew on a clever hack she invented to get her daughter excited to start school, framing it as a special thing only she gets to do.
And Willie, 44, who’s been a longtime co-host on Morning Joe, is settling into is groove on Sunday Today—where he trades high-drama politics for actual dramatists. So far, he’s interviewed the likes of Bill Murray, Jerry Seinfeld, David Letterman, and Tiffany Haddish.
While their schedules require a lot of coordination, and their lives have countless moving parts, their partnership is stronger than ever. Here, the Geists fill us in on how they’ve been making it work from middle school to (per their own characterization!) middle age.
Sometimes you can judge a book by its cover
WILLIE GEIST: We both went to George Washington Middle School in Ridgewood, New Jersey. On the first day, Christina had a bunch of friends from elementary school, whereas I was the new kid from the other side of town, standing alone and scanning the room. And I know it sounds like revisionist history, but this is true. I really remember thinking in my little 11-year-old brain, “Oh, she seems cute and cool.” And it turns out I was right—because that was 33 years ago, and we’re married with kids.
CHRISTINA GEIST: I remember it, too. It’s crazy but I feel like Willie always stood out. He’s a presence in any room he walks in, both because he tends to be taller than 95% of the people, but also because he’s just the type of person that the attention naturally shifts towards him.
Trust your gut
WG: We dated briefly during freshman year of high school. I played on the football team and I had a little towel that hung out of my pants and I wanted to write Christina’s name on it—but I made the first letters too big, so it basically said “Christ” and then had a little “ina” in the corner, because I ran out of space. It ended up looking like a tribute to Jesus rather than my 14-year-old girlfriend. So she was the one who broke up with me, because once you see guys with cars, you’re like, “Oh, you’re just a pimply 14-year-old with ‘Christ’ on his towel.”
We got back together junior year, then went to Vanderbilt together. But after college I got a job in Atlanta and she went to Boston. We felt like, “If we’re going to break up and see what the world’s like outside of this, it seems like this is the time to do it.” So we did for a couple of years and I remember hearing things through the grapevine that she was dating someone else. And I had to be ok with that, because that was the point of the whole thing. But after a certain period of time I thought, “I know in my heart that this is the person I want to be with. If we just went through this exercise of breaking up for the sake of breaking up, and I’m going to lose her over that, that doesn’t make any sense.” I found myself trying to reel her back in and make sure she didn’t slip away.
It’s been more than a year since the world said goodbye to Meghan Markle‘s character, Rachel Zane, on Suits. (If you remember, the duchess transitioned out of her acting role just before her wedding to Prince Harry.) But even though the writers had Rachel and her husband, Mike, move to Seattle to start their own law offices at the end of season seven, she popped up again in last night’s episode. Not physically, of course, but in a cute line that referenced both her fate and Markle’s fairytale life as a royal.
In the episode, Mike—played by Patrick J. Adams—comes back and fills people in on how Rachel is doing. He answers happily, “If I told you how good, you probably wouldn’t believe me.” The show’s official account tweeted this scene out with a wink, writing, “Turns out Rachel is doing REALLY well,” a clear nod to how Markle has settled into her new life as a royal.
Markle worked on Suits for more than seven years before announcing she was leaving the cast to focus on royal obligations. During her first joint interview with Prince Harry following their engagement in 2017, she explained that she didn’t see the end of her acting career as “giving anything up.”
“It’s a new chapter,” Markle said. “And also, keep in mind, I’d been working on my show for seven years. So we were very, very fortunate to be able to have that sort of longevity on a series. And for me, once we hit the 100-episode marker, I thought, ‘You know what, I have ticked this box,’ and I feel really proud of the work I’ve done there. And now it’s time to work as a team with [Prince Harry].”
Here’s hoping this isn’t the last Meghan Markle reference Suits makes this season.
What’s a dating or relationship “rule” you think is BS?
I don’t know, I really got lucky. My wife and I don’t have any sort of hard and fast rules. Actually, this just came up: A friend of mine was dating a guy who is very generous—sort of overly so—but she wasn’t feeling it. She didn’t want to hurt his feelings because he’s so nice, but I [told her], “You can hurt someone’s feelings.” You know, being brutally honest is better than being sweetly dishonest.
That’s good advice. OK, fill in the blank: “I love when my wife…”
Oh man, there are so many things. I’m like, how much do I want to give away? Well, I’ll say a couple: I love when my wife encourages me to go out and do my thing with my guy friends. And then a slightly more intimate thing is that I love when my wife initiates, you know, intimate times.
You have a full day to binge-watch whatever you want: What do you pick?
I’m really looking forward to the next season of Mindhunter, so I’m definitely going to be binge-watching that. I love anything dark. I’m fascinated by serial killers and con men and things like that. That’s what the show really gets into—what goes on between the ears of a serial killer. I think that’s really cool.
What’s the sexiest thing about yourself?
My wife says it’s my sense of humor. I like that it’s something sort of intangible, which, to me, is always the sexiest thing about someone else too.
What’s the biggest romantic fail you’ve experienced?
My wife and I were in Mexico for a wedding for one of her best friends. We were not yet married—so, you know, the notion of marriage was certainly looming. My wife ended up having to go to the hospital with horrible food poisoning. At one point in the hospital, I had to help her poop in a cup, and I think we’d only been together for, like, eight months or something like that. In that moment, I was like, “Wow, I think I’m going to marry this girl.” So, not the most romantic weekend, but…
Oh my God. I hope she’s fine with you telling this story?
Oh yeah. We laugh about this quite a bit.
That’s true love.
True love. That’s how I knew.
Hard to move on from that, but let’s try. What’s the weirdest thing you do in your alone time?
Less palatable, maybe, but definitely not less watchable. Why Women Kill is an absurdly binge-able series for many reasons. The end of the pilot, for example, leads viewers to think each of these women will actually attempt to murder their husbands. “For the women who kills, only one question really matters,” Taylor says directly to the camera before Beth Ann chimes in with, “Does she get away with it?”
“It’s going to be unexpected,” Goodwin says. “My favorite thing is that we give the audience a false sense of security and then drop them on their asses. We’re showing you this world of candy, and because it’s stylized, it feels safe. The fourth wall is solid, and then we’re going to turn it all upside down.”
But underneath all the twists, turns, and murder is a story about the way men treat women. In all three of these narratives, we see how the husbands abuse and take advantage of their wives’ good will. Yes, the circumstances are different because of the time periods, but the root is the same.
“I think we’re going to sneakily make people really focus on the things brought to light very recently about gender relations,” Goodwin says. “And these are timeless issues, but now that we’re really talking about it, I feel like the show can really be part of the conversation.”
And that conversation will be nuanced. Goodwin tells Glamour that while Beth Ann’s husband, Rob (Sam Jaeger), is presented as misogynistic, there’s more to him—and all these male characters—than meets the eye. “There’s something about the way Marc writes that things start out feeling really black and white, but really they’re going to become more and more gray, messier and messier, more and more complicated,” she says. “I think that there will be real love, for instance, for Beth Ann’s husband before, hopefully, the audience all commits in a really messy way of writing him off.”
Liu hopes viewers don’t write her character off. Simone’s “one-bedroom apartment” line is pretty indicative of her essence: She’s unapologetically outlandish, over-the-top, and extravagant. Liu loves those qualities about her but urges fans to look below the surface. “I think [Simone’s] journey has got a far-reaching, emotional aspect to it that I’m enjoying, and I hope [viewers] enjoy it, as well, because there’s a lot of distance for her to go,” she says.
Working in the beauty industry in the age of Instagram has admittedly made me a bit too fixated on my appearance, but it’s also taught me how to differentiate between empty marketing and what actually works. The biggest scam of all, in my opinion? Eye creams, specifically those promising to fix dark circles and puffy bags, which are often hereditary.
After years of asking dermatologists and plastic surgeons what could be done for my tired-looking undereyes, I realized my most effective option would be to get undereye filler (or, as it’s sometimes called, “tear-trough filler”) to level things out and diffuse the dark shadows. Even though I’ve gone under the knife and have no issue getting Botox, the mere thought of a needle that close to my eyeball freaked me out. Would I be able to feel something under my skin each time I touched the area? Could I survive without fainting?
Finding a reputable doctor (and getting tired of smoothing the area in Facetune every time I uploaded a photo) eventually won me over. Although the final results were subtle, they made a noticeable difference that’s already convinced me to go back again when the effects wear off. That said, it’s not an ideal treatment for just anyone, nor is it a job for just any injector. If you’re considering booking your own appointment, here’s what you need to know before you go, according to Dara Liotta, M.D., a New York double-board-certified plastic surgeon.
Understand when undereye filler works—and when it doesn’t.
Liotta says that most people who come to her office for tear-trough filler have the same complaint I did: I always look tired because of the indented shadows under my eyes, no matter how much sleep I get or how many $300 serums I tap on. Volume loss under your eyes is what filler works best for, says Liotta, but it can also be used in some cases to treat puffy bags (known as pseudoherniation of orbital fat). What filler won’t help with is pigmentation. If your dark circles are actually caused by darker pigment in your skin, filler will only accentuate them. Not sure how to tell? Hold a mirror and look up so that bright overhead lighting hits you directly. If the shadow disappears, your dark circle is caused by a hollow. If the color is still there, it’s pigment.
Undereye filler is an off-label treatment, but that doesn’t mean it’s unsafe.
Dermal fillers have been approved by the FDA for use only in your cheeks, lips, nasolabial folds, and hands—but doctors will often use injectables in off-label ways. “Just because something isn’t FDA-approved doesn’t mean it’s dangerous when done by an expert,” says Liotta. “We use the same products that are FDA-approved for other areas of the face and we put them in the exact way; it’s just that the studies haven’t been done to get the undereye area the stamp of approval yet.” The tear trough carries the same risk of necrosis as your lips, although it’s less frequently talked about. This occurs when a provider accidentally injects into an artery and causes premature death of cells. Remember that your undereyes are a tricky area to get right and you should trust yours only to a doctor with plenty of experience.
Don’t go to a medical spa.
Get all the chemical peels and laser hair removal your heart desires at a med spa, but please don’t let anyone who isn’t a board-certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon inject under your eyes, no matter how persuasive the Groupon deal or high-tech the waiting room. “There’s a steep learning curve to this area because you’re trying to camouflage very subtle fat or volume loss on a dynamic area of your face,” says Liotta. “It requires extra precision.” Do your research without price shopping, then double-check the doctor’s board-certification status and look at before-and-after photos.
Make sure you’re getting hyaluronic acid fillers.
Most doctors use hyaluronic acid dermal filler for your undereyes, especially if it’s a patient’s first time. It’s worth inquiring during your consultation to be sure. The benefit is that this material can be easily dissolved with hyaluronidase (an enzyme already found in our bodies) should you not like the results or want to take it down a touch. “Forty-eight hours after an injection of hyaluronidase, and the filler is gone,” says Liotta.
Filler isn’t permanent, but it does last longer under your eyes.
There’s no definitive answer to the question of how long injectables last; absorption varies from person to person. In my experience Botox lasts three months in my forehead, and cheek fillers last six to seven months. Because the tear trough isn’t a very mobile place (unlike your lips or forehead), it takes your body longer to “eat up” the hyaluronic acid. This means your results should usually last between one and two years. (Juvéderm Volbella is the longest-lasting, according to Liotta.) I got mine done in February and it’s still going strong. When the hollow becomes more pronounced again, I’ll go back for more.
Having needles around your eyes is just as unsettling as you’d expect.
I love filler, but I really hate the process. It doesn’t hurt that much, but the disorienting popping sound and the sensation of something thick being pushed into deep layers makes me feel faint. (Pro tip: Chug a sugary drink before your appointment and carry a snack in your bag for after.) The good news is that undereye filler requires thinner molecules than the ones used in your cheeks, so I didn’t feel the heavy pressure I’ve come to associate with the treatment. Pain is minimal and lasts only a few seconds, so the main challenge is just staying calm and reminding your brain that nothing is actually going into your eyeball.
You’ll see a difference right away, and there’s no downtime.
There’s no need to reschedule a date or take the afternoon off from work; you can go about your life as usual the moment you leave the doctor’s office. Liotta prefers to inject under the eyes with a blunt-tipped cannula (instead of a needle) because it requires only one entry point to reach all the areas beneath the skin. This reduces the risk of bruising, swelling, and vascular complications, but there is always the chance that you’ll have slight swelling or bruising for 48 hours after. I had a purplish dot at the cannula’s entry point—made by a single needle puncture—for about a week, but it was easily hidden with makeup. If you’re worried, avoid drinking alcohol and taking NSAIDs a couple days before, and ask your doctor to ice your skin before and after.
It’s normal to need a follow-up appointment for some minor tweaking.
“The undereye is the most common place to need to tweak again,” says Liotta. “The first time someone gets filler there, I’ll ask them to come back in two weeks so I can look at it.” That might mean adding a few more drops of filler or using a pinch of hyaluronidase to flatten out any minor puffiness.
Be prepared to spend anywhere from $800 to $3,000.
Prices vary from doctor to doctor and geographical location, but in a major city, it’s safe to assume the procedure will set you back at least a grand. According to Liotta, people who don’t have very deep hollows can use one syringe of filler split between each eye, whereas those with significant hollowing may need one full syringe on each side. The options she offers at her practice cost between $1,000 to $1,500 per syringe.
Undereye filler isn’t as noticeable as other types are (think lips or cheeks), so I didn’t expect to love it as much as I do. After a single session, I look exhausted only when I actually am exhausted, barely feel the need to use concealer, and haven’t touched the blurring tool since 2018. I’ve already decided that I’ll be back for more the second it wears off, stress balls and juice box in hand.
Alix Tunell is a writer in New York City. Follow her @alixtunell.
Aidy Bryant is having a pretty major year. There was another standout season on Saturday Night Live, then the much-buzzed about Shrill, based on Lindy West’s memoir. (Thankfully, the latter has already been picked up for a second season—because the initial run of six episodes wasn’t nearly enough.) Bryant’s fashion on the Hulu show received a ton of positive attention, and many were bummed to hear that a lot of her looks were custom-made for her. But if you’re a fan of her style, there’s a new and much more direct way to get it for yourself.
Bryant announced the launch of her very own plus-size clothing line—a project she first teased back in 2017. Called Pauline, it launched with a single dress available in sizes 12 to 28. “BIG NEWS: i made some dresses for you guys! from my new clothing line, @shoppaulineny 🔮 it’s a limited run so shop fast! follow @shoppaulineny for updates. love ya! xo, aidy ⚡️,” she wrote in an Instagram announcement.
In a video on the brand’s website, Bryant revealed part of her motivation for starting Pauline. “I have been a fat lady my whole damn life … and I always felt like there were clothes out there, but not what I wanted,” she explained. “And what I wanted was something easy and simple and cool, but also comfortable.” She also described how “life-changing” it was when she got to SNL and “had access to all these stylists and tailors and people to make clothes (that) really fit me and fit my personality.” After receiving such amazing responses to the pieces she and her stylist Remy Pearce were creating for her, she decided to bring them to people that didn’t have the access to experts that she did.
Pauline’s inaugural design is called the “Lovington.” It’s a custom-designed button-down dress that comes in three different colorways: solid blue, gingham, and stripe. It retails for $175, and Bryant describes the dress as “easy, cool, made with nice fabrics and they have pockets, so you can put your shit in there.”
Landing a collaboration with H&M can be a big deal for a designer. They get a lot of buzz. They sell out. And they can bring a lot of new eyeballs onto your work.
That’s what Palesa Mokubung learned when it was announced that her brand, Mantsho, would be collaborating with the Swedish retailer—the first South African label to do so in H&M’s 15 years of designer partnerships. Though there was a four-month gap between the announcement and the launch, “on social media, our following has grown significantly. We’ve made more sales and have more traffic in the store,” she tells Glamour.
Through this collection, Mokubung wanted “to celebrate the beauty of women and the vibrancy and diversity of the African aesthetic, its textures and its colors.” (Mantsho means “black is beautiful” in Sesotho.) That meant rendering sophisticated and modern silhouettes in bold fabrics, “suited for the confident, elegant, carefree, and unique woman who sees herself as a style leader.”
There are a few key elements that define a Mantsho original, according to Mokubung: “its confident, effortless silhouette; its structure; and its quirkiness.” The brand has a signature, a face/floral motif that’s spotted across its main line—it’s so core to Mantsho, it had to appear in this capsule (and it does, in three new prints, created by Mokubung on the occasion of this partnership). Products, which range from apparel to accessories and footwear, start at $24.99 and cap out at $129.
“As a fashion brand, we value diversity of ideas and people and we draw creativity and inspiration from across our geographical footprint and our customers,” says Pernilla Wohlfahrt, H&M’s Head of Special Collections and Collaborations. “A South African designer collaboration has been on our radar since we opened there in 2015.”
“I’m happy that, from the onset, H&M gave me full reign to be authentic in my designs, which are influenced by the life of the modern African woman,” Mokubung says. She wanted to represent “the best of Mantsho,” so she recreated some of the most successful pieces from the brand’s past three collections. “This is my love letter to the world from Africa.”
In it, we see Clarke and Golding’s meet-cute and learn that her character, Kate, seems to be going through a tough time. Eventually, she reveals to Golding’s character, Tom, that she almost died. “I was really sick and I nearly died. I don’t tell people because they get weird, but I don’t think you’ll get weird,” Kate says. “I’m just scared all the time.”
Even by just watching the three-minute trailer, you get the sense that there’s something more to Tom. He seems to appear (and disappear) quite easily and has a sort of “guardian angel” vibe.
Watch the trailer for yourself, below, and then let’s discuss further.
Fans on social media immediately sensed that there might be something more to this story than originally meets the eye. Some fans think that Tom might be a ghost or apparition of some kind. “OMG, is he a ghost??? I smell an M. Night Shyamalan twist,” one wrote. Another tweeted, “So not that it’s a bad thing but @paulfeig did the trailer seemingly give away the major twist that @henrygolding is a guardian angel, or a ghost, a hallucination, or Jesus?”
Others thought there might be a clue in the George Michael song that shares the movie’s title. In “Last Christmas,” Michael sings, “Last Christmas, I gave you my heart…”
When hormonal contraception first hit the market in the 1960s, it was a beautiful—if imperfect—revolution. Methods of preventing pregnancy have been around for centuries but it wasn’t until hormonal contraceptives like the pill and LARCs (IUDs and implants) became available that women were put in the driver’s seat. For the first time, women had real control over their sex lives. Over their bodies. Over their futures.
Flash forward nearly 60 years and most women have a complicated relationship with their birth control. I’m one of them.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m forever grateful for the peace of mind and control over my future that birth control provides. But sometimes, I’m also a little resentful—the potential side effects, the cost, the fact that contraceptives really haven’t changed much since our grandmothers were first introduced to them over a half a century ago. Mostly, the fact that as a woman, I’m responsible for 100 percent of the family planning. I’m in an equitable partnership, but unless we’re using condoms, I alone bear the birth control burden. My fiancé may be completely supportive but he isn’t the one altering his body with hormones. He’s not the one dipping into his bank account or navigating potentially complicated insurance issues. He’s not the one responsible for our shared reproductive future. I am.
Where the hell is birth control for men? Female contraceptives may not be perfect but at least women have options. The pill, the patch, the ring, the IUD, the implant, the shot. In oh-shit situations, the morning after pill. The only real option for men, short of a vasectomy is—like I said—condoms. (Which, to be fair, aren’t just for dudes.)
Male birth control is coming. Scientists have been exploring hormonal contraception for men since the ’90s—pills, injections, gels—but the research has hit its fair share of road bumps. A 2016 study was cut short after too many men dropped out of the trial because they couldn’t handle the PMS-like symptoms. A shoulder gel is the closest method to market, says Christina Wang, M.D., a lead researcher in male birth control at the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute, though it’s likely still years away from approval.
But even when male birth control does finally become available, I still won’t be giving up mine. “Our goal is for shared responsibility,” says Wang. “Sharing of family planning practices and a sharing of the burden of birth control.”
My birth control isn’t perfect—after years of bouncing around between birth control pills and dealing with various side effects of the hormones (lucky for me, the pill paradoxically seemed to make my acne worse) I got an IUD and despite the pain of insertion, have been happy with it—but it’s my right. It’s a vital part of the way I make decisions for my body. It’s power I wouldn’t give to anyone.
Macaela MacKenzie is a senior editor at Glamour. Follow her at @MacaelaMack.
Slim-fit pantsuits can go into storage. This season, it’s all about wide-leg trousers and perfectly-tailored longline blazers. Take a cue from designers like Armani and Michael Kors and add a bold pattern for a fun, feminine twist on the silhouette.
These face-framing collars are making a comeback thanks to brands like Chanel, Louis Vuitton, and Tory Burch. This time around, designers are bringing them trend into the 21st century by opting for a soft, petal-like look.