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    Florida Court Rules 16-Year-Old Too Immature for an Abortion but Mature Enough to Raise a Child

    On Tuesday, NBC News reported that a Florida appeals court recently ruled that a 16-year-old with no parents, job, or partner is not “sufficiently mature to decide whether to terminate her pregnancy,” and thus should be forced to create and raise a human being, which she apparently is mature enough to do. The ruling upheld a previous decision by Circuit Judge Jennifer Frydrychowicz, a registered Republican, who blocked the girl, referred to as Jane Doe 22-B in court papers, from receiving the procedure without the consent of a parent or guardian. 

    In their ruling this week, judges Harvey Jay, Rachel Nordby, and Scott Makar claimed that the teen “had not established by clear and convincing evidence that she was sufficiently mature to decide whether to terminate her pregnancy. Having reviewed the record,” the trio added, “we affirm the trial court’s decision under the deferential standard of appellate review set out [in the consent law].” In her petition to obtain an abortion, the teen wrote that she “is not ready to have a baby,” doesn’t have a job, is “still in school,” and that the father is unable to assist her.

    It should go without saying, even though it apparently needs to be said, that it’s completely illogical to declare that someone is not mature enough to make the decision to end a pregnancy, but is grown-up enough to go through the mentally and physically taxing work of growing and giving birth to a child as well as the lifelong, never-ending work of raising one. People who oppose pro-choice laws, of course, don’t actually care about what being pregnant entails, seeing women as mere reproductive vessels, and they definitely don’t seem to give a shit about children once they’re born. On a somewhat tangential note, I’d also argue that knowing one is not ready to have a kid is actually a clear sign of maturity, setting aside the fact that just not wanting one should be reason enough.

    While the appeals court decision was partially unanimous, Makar, dissenting from his colleagues in part, said the case should go back to Frydrychowicz for further consideration. “The trial judge apparently sees this matter as a very close call, finding that the minor was ‘credible,’ ‘open’ with the judge, and nonevasive,” Makar wrote. “The trial judge must have been contemplating that the minor—who was 10 weeks pregnant at the time—would potentially be returning before long—given the statutory time constraints at play—to shore up any lingering doubt the trial court harbored.” 

    Jenna Ortega Looks Bloody Great in the First Trailer for Tim Burton’s Wednesday

    When it comes to iconic teenage characters, Wednesday Addams falls somewhere between Daria Morgendorffer and Tina Belcher. 

    She’s sardonic, intelligent, and deeply loyal to her family of misfits. Her braided pigtails are unmatched. She is the lazy girl’s Halloween costume, and she’d probably be proud to carry that title, honestly.

    Now, with the help of Tim Burton and Netflix, Wednesday Addams is coming to the small screen later this year.

    Here’s everything we know about Wednesday.

    It’s a YA series, and it’s coming to Netflix.

    The eight-episode series is a coming-of-age story, according to Netflix.

    “The series is a sleuthing, supernaturally infused mystery charting Wednesday Addams’ years as a student at Nevermore Academy,” Netflix said in a release. 

    We’ll see “Wednesday’s attempts to master her emerging psychic ability, thwart a monstrous killing spree that has terrorized the local town, and solve the supernatural mystery that embroiled her parents 25 years ago—all while navigating her new and very tangled relationships at Nevermore.”

    Tim Burton will direct.

    Can you think of a better fit for a director? Because I can’t. The series is Burton’s first live-action show, as well as his TV directing debut, per Deadline

    If there’s anyone to fill the shoes of Christina Ricci, who played Wednesday Addams to perfection in the 1991 film adaptation of the comic, it’s Jenna Ortega. 

    The 19-year-old has had a series of star-making roles in the past few years: She appeared in the critically acclaimed film The Fallout and the A24 horror flick X, as well as more mainstream titles including 2022’s Scream and Netflix’s You. With Wednesday, Ortega is sure to become a household name.

    Christina Ricci will return, too. 

    The OG Wednesday Addams, Christina Ricci, will be returning to familiar territory—but not as an older version of Wednesday, Deadline reports. She will appear in all eight episodes as an as-yet-unnamed character.

    The supporting cast is star-studded.

    Luis Guzmán and Catherine Zeta-Jones will star as Wednesday’s idiosyncratic parents, Gomez and Morticia Addams, respectively. Gwendoline Christie is also poised to make an appearance as Larissa Weems. 

    The first look is here. 

    On Monday, June 6, Netflix “woefully” presented the first look at Ortega as Wednesday, and I’ve got chills already.

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    How Nathalie Emmanuel Fought Hair Discrimination On Set

    Very shortly after that, my family and I took a trip to the Caribbean, to St. Lucia, where I have heritage. There was just something really spiritual about that trip, about connecting with my heritage and understanding that this is why my hair curls, because I have a family that came from here. I went back to school that September with my hair brushed out into a huge ‘fro. I was like, “Let them tell me I can’t wear my hair.” I was like, “Yeah, my hair’s amazing. Don’t touch my hair, but it’s amazing.”

    And then, at 17, I started doing television and I was having people come up to me because I was on the screen with natural hair and saying, “Oh, my God, I love your hair! I’m going to go natural because of you.” Then I realized how important it was, even in simple things, like fashion magazines and red carpets. People always think that you have to smooth your hair out for a special occasion and have the aesthetic; that is what’s considered glamorous. And I was like, “No, I’m going to do my texture.”

    Halle Berry was one of the first people that I felt represented by in cinema, and then she had the short, cute cut. Neeko, who cuts my hair, and I met during Oscars weekend [this year] and I decided to go through with a close crop. So much was caught up in my hair: negative feelings, the feeling of burden, the trauma connected to it, but also the joy, the defiance, the empowerment. I felt like I had to shed it because a lot of cultures believe that your energy and spirit is in your hair. I just wanted to reset. And I’m still rocking my natural texture. It’s just shorter.

    I always like to keep [makeup] as natural as possible. American projects tend to want the glamour a bit more, whereas in British things, it’s almost like you’re kind of begging for more blush — like, “Please?”

    Generally, our sort of style on British TV and film is very, very minimalist. So I’m somewhere in the middle. I want to look natural, but also just enhance what’s already there and not look like a completely different person.

    When it comes to body image, we’ve been fed this narrative where we have to fit this one ideal. I just have to remind myself that I’ve been told a lie. I look in the mirror sometimes if I’m feeling self-conscious about some part of my body and I just tell it, out loud, “I love you. I love you, little roll here. I love you, little scar here. Oh, my God, that’s like a memory. Don’t change. You’re beautiful.” I feel super silly doing it at times, but it does kind of work in a way. It sort of helps hack my brain. It’s empowering to say, “I’m in love with all of this.” 

    Lili Reinhart Explains Why She Came for Kim Kardashian After the Met Gala

    Lili Reinhart won’t apologize for her scathing message to Kim Kardashian. Back in May, the Riverdale actor called out the reality star for seeming to glorify disordered eating after Kardashian outlined how she lost 16 pounds in three weeks in order to fit into Marilyn Monroe’s gown at the 2022 Met Gala. 

    “So wrong. So fucked on 100s of levels,” Reinhart said on Instagram, without referencing Kardashian by name. “To openly admit to starving yourself for the sake of the Met Gala. When you know very well that millions of young men and women are looking up to you and listening to your every word,” Reinhart continued. 

    “The ignorance is other-worldly and disgusting. Please stop supporting these stupid, harmful celebrities whose entire image revolves around their bodies. I am not generally an angry person but I swear to god, the toxicity of this industry sometimes really gets to me and I have to do my little Instagram-story rants to release my rage.”

    In a recent interview with IndieWire, Reinhart addressed the comments. “I definitely go on rants on social media, I’m very guilty of that,” Reinhart said. “I don’t like to just sit idly by, I don’t like to keep my mouth shut. I know people on Twitter hate me. There are articles and everyone is like, ‘God, does this girl ever shut up and stop complaining?’ No, actually, I don’t, because I’ve got a lot to say and no one else really seems to be.”

    Reinhart said that disordered eating is an especially important topic to her. “I’ve certainly been to the point where I thought I need help, that I’m not OK mentally, that I wish I could go somewhere,” she said. “Unfortunately, a lot of the resources are $90,000 retreats in Malibu, and I’m not about to just go sit on a lounge chair and have therapy for five days and be like, ‘Cool! I’m better!’ I wish there were better resources for mental health, and in the sense that people need to be taken more seriously when they’re struggling.”

    Also in the interview, the 25-year-old credits Demi Lovato as an inspiration for speaking out about mental health. 

    “When I was 15, when I was even 12, the only person I heard speaking about their mental health was Demi Lovato, and I was like, ‘Wow, that’s so cool and interesting to hear this person who has a television show and hit records and clearly has money and glamour, and yet they’re speaking about bipolar disorder.’ I just thought that was so profound, and I would hope that young men and women today can at least have a couple more examples of that and just see behind the bullshit, because it’s all bullshit.”

    JoJo Siwa Debuted a Mullet on TikTok

    JoJo Siwa transformed her hair into a mullet for the algorithm.

    In a TikTok posted on Monday, August 15, the 19-year-old debuted a blonde mullet hairstyle—short hair in the front and on the sides, but longer (in Siwa’s case much longer) in the back. Siwa made faces and lip-synced to the audio that said, “What fuck? Did you just call me ‘mullet daddy?’”

    “It’s giving….🤠🤠🤠,” Siwa wrote in the post’s caption. 

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    In a TikTok video posted earlier, Siwa introduced the hairstyle from the inside of her car. The video contains the same audio. In this post, the caption is simply “🧒🏼.”

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    Siwa fans had a field day with their reactions, comparing the ‘do to Billy Ray Cyrus, Joe Dirt (2001) (with some fans calling her JoJo Dirt), and Joe Exotic of Netflix’s Tiger King (just when I had completely erased that show from my brain). Will Siwa turn the mullet into her once iconic, now gone ponytail? 

    Back in April, the Dance Moms alum chopped off her signature blonde ponytail in favor of a pixie cut that is now the mullet. On Instagram, Siwa shared a video of the ponytail being snipped off. “Mayyyyy have done something todayyyy,” Siwa captioned the post. The following day she posted the final look, a pixie cut with shaved sides and loose curls on top. 

    See the video of the ponytail going bye bye below:

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    All the Love Is Blind Couples Who Are Still Together…and the Ones Who Aren’t

    The Love Is Blind successful couples are an exclusive bunch. Netflix’s kooky, addictive reality show is many things—a social experiment, a dating show, a highly engineered drama factory—but it does actually lead to lasting relationships for some. 

    Whether you believe that love is blind or not, there’s no doubt that this twist on the The Dating Game is hard to stop watching. We love shows like Love Is Blind for a reason. (And yes, the hit series is coming back for season 3!) For the unfamiliar, single men and women talk to each other from isolation pods without seeing each other until they agree to get engaged, at which point they can actually start dating and meet each other’s families. But anyone who knows the stress of wedding planning can guess what happens from there: fighting, tears, and breakups. So much goes on that sometimes whole other proposals happen we don’t even see on screen.

    Despite the many love triangles and surprises, and the downright bizarre nature of the show, some people do form genuine connections, and the Love Is Blind successful couples may just stand the test of time.

    Lauren Speed, a former contestant (player? participant?), had this piece of advice for Love Is Blind couples: “When it was time for me to decide if I wanted to get married on #loveisBlind I struggled. I wanted to really make sure I got married because I could see forever with Cam. Not from production pressures or wanting fame. I wasn’t about to get legally married just for television. Because once those cameras leave and it’s just you and that person living and creating a life together…fame can’t save you. And who wants to be trapped in an empty marriage that’s hell! I really think this worked for us because it was genuinely 2 people not only finding love…But really falling IN LOVE with each other in the most unexpected way! Wishing the best for everyone in #loveisblind2 whether you decided to marry or stay single I hope that it brings you all closer to the happiness you all deserve! Without settling in any way.” Her marriage seems to be going just fine, so maybe it works!

    If you think you might find your One True Love in Netflix’s pods, be sure you know the stats before you call up Love Is Blind casting. Because while most of the pairings don’t make it to their honeymoon, you can never say never. Love Is Blind season 2 was a wild ride, and we can only imagine that Love Is Blind season 3 will be even more of a rollercoaster.

    Here’s where the Love Is Blind successful couples (so, anyone who got engaged on screen) are now. Consider this your Love Is Blind After the Altar…after that.

    Love Is Blind Season 2 Couple Iyanna and Jarrette Are Getting Divorced

    He was a boy. She was a girl. They were in pods. Can I make it any more obvious? They were on Love Is Blind, Netflix’s addictive reality dating show. The finale aired on February 25, 2022—and yes, we watched it as soon as it premiered because we needed to know the answer to the question: Are Iyanna McNeely and Jarrette Jones still together? 

    Let’s look at the facts. 

    Who are they?

    Before going on the show, 27-year-old Iyanna McNeely worked as a program coordinator at a surrogacy service in Chicago and had an impressively word-salad-based LinkedIn profile. During the show she became besties with fellow pod person Natalie.

    Jarrette, meanwhile, was a self-described sneaker dealer, podcast host, investor, and barber. Actually, make that “barber extraordinaire,” according to his business cards.

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    What went down on the show?

    Jarrette hit it off right away…with another contestant named Mallory. But he was also interested in Iyanna. So when Mallory turned down his proposal, he bounced right back and asked Iyanna to marry him. After a bit of back-and-forth, she said yes. Although, when Jarrette and Mallory met face-to-face later in Mexico at the cast party, it seemed like there could have been a spark between them again. While Jarrette didn’t get back together with Mallory, Iyanna did have questions (understandably) when she saw their connection. Gotta love a TV love triangle!

    However, they worked through that and continued with their engagement after they returned to Chicago. 

    Did they get married?

    Yes! Even though Iyanna and Jarrette had a rocky road to the altar, and left us with a lot of unanswered questions about their relationship’s stability, they both did say “I do” on the finale episode of Love Is Blind season two, which aired on February 25. 

    But are they still together?

    Short answer: Yes…and no. After the finale aired, we didn’t know whether they’re still together or not until the reunion on March 4, but a little social media sleuthing told us they were still following each other. They hadn’t liked each other’s most recent posts, but we just chalked that up to Netflix NDA contracts…. Another clue: On February 22, Iyanna posted a picture of herself wearing a bride-to-be sash. Seems like something that somebody who was happy about their marriage would do, no? 

    Emma Raducanu Pays Tribute to ‘Inspirational’ Serena Williams as She Continues Her Tennis Takeover

    She’s the first qualifier—meaning she had to compete to enter the competition rather than automatically be included due to her ranking—to ever reach a grand slam final in history, and the youngest since Maria Sharapova won Wimbledon in 2004 at the age of 17.

    She recently completed her A-levels

    For the unfamiliar (a.k.a. non-Brits), A-levels are pesky end-of-year exams that are a source of stress for many young people. However, Emma Raducanu breezed through hers literally two months before her Wimbledon debut. How?! According to WTA Tennis, Emma sat her math and economics A-levels two months before Wimbledon.

    In an interview, Emma said, “Everyone thinks I’m absolutely fanatic about my school results. They think I have such an inflated ego about it.”

    She continued, “I think my parents just think I’m crazy. I won’t accept anything less than an A star. I think that’s what people around me think about me. I also feel like I have to live up to that expectation now. That’s why I also work so hard to try and get those grades. I’m not sure what I’m going to come back with, but I did my part, I did my best.”

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    She’s taking each day as it comes

    Speaking to WTA Tennis recently, Emma said, “I think for me, someone who has not been able to compete much, has always been sort of held back by something, I think that just to be able to be at The Championships, I feel like I’m on a holiday, like it’s unbelievable. I just want to stay here for as long as I can.”

    She continued, “I think playing in front of a home crowd definitely helps. I mean, their support is so loud, and they’re so behind me. I’m really grateful. I’ve definitely got that in the back of my mind.”

    She’s fearless

    According to Emma’s coach, Matt James, she was born to be a star. In an interview with Tennis Head, James said, “You could tell straight away that she’s pretty special.

    “The mindset and the maturity on the match court you don’t see very often, I hadn’t seen at all really. So that was quite exciting. This is the first time she’s fully committed to a tennis career, so it’s great she’s had success so quickly. But it was just a case of when. It was going to be inevitable with her that she was going to burst onto the scene.

    16 Tiktok-Viral Hair Trends to Show Your Stylist ASAP

    From the long-layered butterfly haircut to edgy skunk stripe hair, TikTok hair trends are everywhere—and likely will be for a while. TikTok is basically the ideal hair inspiration platform—not only does it bring beauty trends right to the palm of our hands, but it also provides countless clips and multiple angles of each style too. This way, users can actually see what each haircut or color looks like while in motion, and on the head of a fellow “normal” person. Translation? Beauty, and industry-wide trends, are becoming increasingly accessible for consumers.

    “We are becoming informed consumers of beauty. Hair, nails, makeup: it’s all part of our culture now,” celebrity hairstylist Marc Mena says of how beauty TikTok is influencing its users. “Social media has made it very easy for users to learn how to do anything, whether that’s installing clip-in extensions or cutting curtain bangs.” Basically, all you need is a phone (and well, to download TikTok) to become a beauty “insider.”

    Ahead, 16 TikTok-viral hair trends you’ll want to show your IRL stylist for inspiration (unless you’re more of the DIY type). Get ready to screenshot.

    Why Kate Middleton Will Play Tennis With Roger Federer Next Month

    Kate Middleton and tennis legend Roger Federer will square off on the court next month all in the name of charity.

    The pair will be hosting a day of tennis in London in September to raise funds and promote awareness for two charities that are very important to the Duchess of Cambridge: Action for Children and the Lawn Tennis Association Foundation, where Kate is a patron. Kate and Federer will be joined at the event by underprivileged children from East London ranging in age from eight to 15 who will be given the unique opportunity to play alongside the 20-time Grand Slam champ. The aim of the event is to show these young people that no matter their background or life experience, sport has the ability to impart numerous physical and psychological benefits.

    That meet-up will also be followed by a charity Open Practice Day on September 22 ahead of the Laver Cup, a men’s team tennis tournament between Team Europe and Team World. Guests will be given the opportunity to buy tickets to watch Federer and other stars from the world of tennis prepare for the day of games with all proceeds from ticket sales going to Action for Children and the LTA Foundation.

    According to a release from Kensington Palace, the LTA Foundation will put the money raised from these two days hosted by the royal and Federer towards its SERVES initiative, which brings tennis into communities that may have otherwise never picked up a racket, funding 50 new coaching programs for children in some of the country’s most deprived neighborhoods. And Action for Children, which aids vulnerable British children, youth, and families, plans on using the donations to provide practical and emotional support for children. The money will also go towards hosting more field trips, fun activities, and days out for disadvantaged children.

    Federer isn’t the first tennis champion who has recently faced the Duchess on the court. Their charity event comes one year after Kate, who has been a lifelong tennis enthusiast, visited the National Tennis Centre in southwest London to welcome the 2021 U.S. Open women’s singles winner, Emma Raducanu, back to the U.K. They were joined their by some other notable tennis stars, including Joe Salisbury, Alfie Hewitt, and Gordon Reid. After a brief conversation, the group played a short match, and Raducanu was so impressed with her royal doubles partner, she told reporters, “Her forehand is incredible!” Kate Middleton’s office said in a statement at the time, “Her Royal Highness is passionate about supporting grassroots tennis and encouraging young people from all backgrounds to become involved in the sport.”

    This post was originally published on Vanity Fair.