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40 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Finds Selling Out Fast

Keep your Prime Day and Fourth of July deals—the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2021 is hands down the most beloved fashion and beauty sale of summer. After weeks of screenshotting and daydreaming about our favorite early access deals, the event is finally open for all to shop, both online and in stores through August 8. This means you have a full 11 calendar days to transfer any wishlist items directly into your cyber carts. 

If you’ve shopped the big blowout before, you know that most of the good stuff gets picked over during the days of early access. All those colorful Tory Burch sandals, pretty Vince dresses, and La Mer sets you’ve been eyeing? They all fly off Nordstrom’s virtual shelves once Nordy Club members get their hands on them. But don’t worry too much: We *just* combed through the deals pages and found plenty of great sale picks still worth having across fashion, beauty, travel, and home. There’s no guesstimating how long these items will be in stock for (and chances are low sizes will get replenished), so if you see something that gets your heart racing, don’t wait around for a ~stealthier~ shopper to snap it up. 

Thousands of products are marked down during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, so to help you find the pieces actually worth your money, we rounded up all the sure-to-sell-out items you need on your radar. Read up on everything else about the sale, below.

When is the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2021?

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is open to the general public from July 28 through August 8, meaning you’ll have 11 days before the discounts turn back into full-priced pumpkins. For those of you eager to leaf through the racks in person—there’s nothing quite like feeling your way through rows of silk and cotton—you can head to Nordstrom stores during regular business hours. If you prefer to browse from the comfort of your couch (who doesn’t?), you can get to shopping now.

The Best Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Deals 2021

Nordstrom is seemingly holding its biggest birthday bash to date, with a near-infinite number of products available at dangerously tempting price points. (Read “you’ll have a hard time keeping your wallets away.”) The markdowns extend across categories, from fashion and beauty to travel and home, including major brands like Charlotte Tilbury, Longchamp (a Meghan Markle favorite), and, for the first time ever, Dyson.  

Dresses are the ultimate wardrobe essential—and Nordstrom’s clothing section is packed with some highly discounted gems, from floral midis that make for perfect wedding guest attire to effortless shirtdresses ideal for days when it’s too hot to even think.

Maggy London Floral Smock Midi Dress



Rixo Halter-Neck Backless Maxi Dress



Never Fully Dressed Marble Happy Long-Sleeve Dress



Staud Ombré Gingham Long-Sleeve Dress



Never Fully Dressed Sage Long-Sleeve Minidress



Bytimo Broderie Anglaise Minidress With Removable Collar



Sandals, sneakers, slippers—any shoe you love/want/need is likely going to be discounted in the foreseeable future. Two styles we’re hoping to snag from the sale? Cult Gaia’s strappy sandals, which are perfect for outdoor weddings, and a pair of platform Converse that feel so now.

Cult Gaia Cassie Slide Sandals



Matisse Hideaway Genuine Calf-Hair Platform Slide Sandals



Superga 2705 Embroidered Platform High Top Sneakers



Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Move Platform High-Top Sneakers



Asics Gel-Kayano 27 Running Shoes



On Cloudflow Running Shoes



We could easily spend an entire afternoon combing through Nordstrom’s designer deals (it’s called retail therapy for a reason), but notable highlights include nautical knits, quality denim, and Bridgerton-esque smocked tops. Whether you’re a brand loyalist or looking for something new, there are no wrong answers here.

La Ligne Striped Merino Wool Cardigan



Hudson Jeans Remi High-Waist Crop Straight-Leg Jeans



Ganni Twist Smocked Organic-Cotton Poplin Shirt



Ulla Johnson Charley Tie-Dye Joggers



Topshop Smocked Ruffle Cami



Topshop Coated High-Waist Trouser Jeans



On any given day, Nordstrom’s beauty aisles are stacked with big-name brands like Dr. Dennis Gross, Charlotte Tilbury, and Supergoop. But for a brief window in time—i.e., the Anniversary Sale—you’ll find these luxury products on sale for way, way less. Meaning don’t miss your chance to jump on Nordstrom-exclusive La Mer sets, jumbo-size Kiehl’s creams, and limited-edition duos and trios from the likes of Stila and Yves Saint Laurent.

La Mer Travel-Size The Moisturizing Soft Cream Set



Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Extra-Strength Daily Facial Peel Set



NuFACE Petite Facial Kit



Kiehl’s Creme de Corps Body Moisturizer



Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Cleanser Daily Foaming Wash



Paula’s Choice Jumbo-Size Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant



Sunday Riley Good Genes Home & Away Set



Riki Loves Riki Skinny 10X Lighted Mirror



Stila Stay All Day Eyeliner Set



Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Set



Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte Shine Lipstick Balm Travel-Size Set



Charlotte Tilbury Sunset Dreamscape Instant Look in a Palette Set



Travel is back, and to get you prepped for your next getaway, Nordstrom is slashing prices on everything from carry-ons to versatile totes and cute makeup bags for housing skin-care and makeup minis (or errant USB cables and charging blocks). 

Calpak Terrazzo 22-Inch Hard-Shell Spinner Carry-On Suitcase



Herschel Supply Co. Tech Novel Duffle Bag



Sweaty Betty Cloud Bag



Longchamp Le Pliage Toiletry Case



Best Home Deals 2021

In addition to its bevy of clothing, beauty, and travel discounts, the retail giant has also rolled out excellent home deals for anyone looking to jump on big-ticket items like a Dyson humidifier or Aarke’s sparkling water maker. Gift-worthy candle sets are also up for grabs for any Diptyque or Jo Malone super-fans, yourself included.

Dyson Pure Humidify + Cool Purifying Humidifying Fan



Aarke Sparkling Water Maker



Click & Grow Smart Garden 3 Self Watering Indoor Garden



Nordstrom Marble & Wood Serving Board



Diptyque Travel-Size Scented Candle Set



Jo Malone London Peony & Blush Suede and Lime Basil & Mandarin Scented Home Candle Set



These Leggings Have Thousands of 5-Star Reviews—And They’re Finally On Sale

Apparently I’ve been sleeping on Zella leggings, because all of a sudden they’re all I hear people talking about—especially one pair in particular, the brand’s Live-In High-Waist Leggings. I’m all about the leggings life, but it’s hard to find a solid (by which I also mean opaque) pair that holds up over time, whether I’m running around the park or Netflix-ing on the couch (which I’m doing more of these days). And although I’m beyond my days of $10 H&M leggings, I also don’t love spending a silly amount of money. So when I heard about Zella, I was intrigued—and now that the brand’s leggings are majorly discounted during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2021, I think I need them.

These leggings have 7,200 reviews on Nordstrom’s site—and you know how people really only review things when they either love or hate them? People love these. “Must haves!” one review raves. “The name LIVE IN makes total sense. I truly do live in these! My favorite part is the high waist because it…never falls or rolls etc. and also, the shape of the seams on the back?! Makes every bum look lifted and cute!”

“I’ve tried all (well maybe not ALL) brands of leggings—some of which specialize in athletic wear,” says another. “They were either too thin, sagged after wearing, didn’t have enough compression, drooped down, looked flimsy etc. This brand is the only one that didn’t have any of these issues.” Other reviewers swear they hold up after endless washes, rave that the seams stay intact, and love that they’re thick enough to provide coverage and to feel comfortable—as though you’re actually wearing pants—but not too warm.

Consider me persuaded to add to cart. The Zella leggings typically cost anywhere from $59 to $69, but they’re on sale for $38.90 right now during Nordstrom’s Anniversary event—which officially launched today. So whether you’re looking to round out your leggings drawer with a brand new pair or you want to get a handful of these cult-favorite pairs to rotate throughout the week, this is the time to do it (seriously). 

They come in sizes XXS through XXL, and if you’re the type who loves a new workout outfit to remotivate (me, that’s me), shop the top-rated Zella leggings below. PS: We rounded up even more incredible clothing deals at Nordstrom right now. 

Zella Live-In High-Waist Leggings



Fans Compare Jennifer Lopez And Ben Affleck’s Reunion Headlines To Gone Girl, And I Can’t Look Away

Of course, the circumstances between Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck are far less grim than the one in Gone Girl. In the film, Nick and Amy Dunne (played by Affleck and Rosamund Pike respectively) reunite after a truly unsettling turn of events– including Amy framing her husband for her own murder. So seeing the magazine posters side by side to the ones happening IRL about Bennifer is definitely a weird experience. The caption is a one two punch of jokes as well, adding to the humor of the overall meme.

Annie Ta is Making Pinterest a Positive Corner of the Internet

I build all these experiences at Pinterest with all the teams that I work with, and sometimes I’m like, “Do people really love that?” and we received this incredible letter, a really thoughtful note from someone who had seen this experience, and how it impacted their life. That was one of those moments where I was like, “Wow, we’re doing this. We can really build experiences that change people online.” That meant so much to me and to the team of getting this personal letter, this person didn’t have to do that. They just like, googled our address, wrote a handwritten note and sent it to the team. And that was like, I can make a career out of this thing.

I was also eight months pregnant at the time, so I was very emotional about the whole thing. But I was like, “Wow, I can be a mom, and I can do this.”

How do you typically deal with rejection at work?

I think that breaking down rejection into the bits and pieces of what you’re looking for, can really help to reframe your perspective, to help you achieve what you want, without it being kind of this gargantuan scary thing that’s happening to you in your life. How can you think about getting those opportunities in different places, or finding people to help you get those skills? For me, figuring out what skills I may need to build on can be a really interesting and fun learning opportunity, rather than an idea of rejection. I truly believe that everything happens for a reason, and you can learn from everything that happens in your life.

What’s the best piece of career advice you’ve personally received?

I remember struggling a lot with how to lead. I was telling my manager how I was trying to do things like someone else, and he said to me, “Annie, why don’t you just try to lead as yourself? Why don’t you think about leading using your own strengths and what you’re good at?” That really changed things quite a bit for me, because I struggled to be super confident and assertive in meetings. I am the kind of person that really leads through building relationships and connections. The fact that someone gave me the space and advice to really think that through, that I as a unique human being could lead a little bit differently, has really helped me in my career and in a lot of ways.

I use it a lot now, in my day to day as I mentor women and BIPOC folks within Pinterest. That’s like a passion of mine. How might I really help other people like me succeed in places like Pinterest, where we may not always feel super represented? We have to take that on for ourselves in a lot of ways, and no one’s going to fight for us if we don’t fight for ourselves.

What’s your biggest at-work challenge?

My biggest workplace challenge is balancing it all. As a mother, as a partner, as a woman, I feel like there is a lot of pressure to take on everything. I have grown up with a very specific mentality being the daughter of immigrants — you work hard. You support your family and I think that my biggest challenge has been figuring out, how do I balance the work side of things? How do I be there for my family and how do I be there for myself?

One of my greatest lessons learned about this last year and becoming a mom – really doing it remotely with not a lot of help – was that by taking time for myself, that 20 minutes in the morning that we’re talking about, I’m actually better at everything else, by setting that boundary. I’m a better person, I’m happier, I’m healthier. I figured out something that works for me and it gives me a break. And I don’t have to give 130% to everything I do every second of the day. Because if I give a little bit more to myself, I can be there a little bit more for everybody else.

After a successful productive day, what’s your favorite low-stakes treat?

Ice cream. Anything that has salted caramel in it.

If you weren’t in your current career, what would you be?

I love fashion. I think I’d be a creative director at a fashion brand.

Annie Ta’s Workday Essentials

The Michelle Obama Podcast


Classic Birkenstocks 



Veronica Beard Blazers

A tailored Veronica Beard blazer


Veronica Beard

Hydro Flask 40-Ounce Wide Mouth Cap

Hydro Flask water bottle 


Hydro Flask

Post-it Notes

Madewell The Perfect Vintage Jean in Ellicott Wash

Madewell blue jeans 



Phenomenal Woman T-Shirt

Phenomenal Woman tee


Phenomenal Woman

Movie Theater Shooting At Forever Purge Screening Results In One Death

Police were called at about 11:45 PM on Monday to the Regal Edwards Corona Crossings in Corona, CA, southeast of Los Angeles. An 18-year-old woman and a 19-year-old man were found shot inside of a theater where The Forever Purge had started showing at 9:35 PM. According to the Press-Enterprise newspaper, they were discovered by a theater employee. The woman Rylee Goodrich of Corona, was declared dead at the scene, while the man, Anthony Barajas, also of Corona, was transported to the hospital with potentially fatal injuries. He was still on life support as of Tuesday evening.

Why Aquaman 2 Director James Wan Chose To Return For The Jason Momoa-Led Sequel

DC fans can re-watch the original Aquaman movie on HBO Max. You can use this link to sign up from the streaming service.

But while Aquaman 2 won’t be James Wan’s first sequel, he also presumably turned down a few of these opportunities throughout his long career. Case in point: Wan brought the Saw franchise to life back in 2004, but never directed any sequels. In his same interview, the director explains his interest in Aquaman lore, saying:

Could Friday The 13th Finally Return To Theaters? Corey Feldman Seems To Think So

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It used to be that if you were looking for Jason Voorhees to stalk you into theaters, all you had to do was wait for the next Friday the 13th movie to arrive. Eventually, due to legal issues and underwhelming reboots, the odds of running into Jason in the woods became as slim as his machete blade. However, if former franchise star Corey Feldman is anyone to believe, Friday the 13th might finally return to theaters in the near future.

30 Years Ago, The First Lollapalooza Felt Like One Wild ‘House Party’

By Nicole Briese

It’s been 23 months since the chain-link gates of Lollapalooza last opened to concert-goers in Chicago’s Grant Park, and festival cofounder Perry Farrell is feeling just like the rest of us about the return of live music: cautiously excited. “I want to party, to put it simply,” Farrell tells MTV News on a July afternoon. “We’re getting through this together, but it’s been very difficult.”

His remarks follow the world’s worst pandemic in more than 100 years, which turned the live-music scene upside down in 2020. Farrell’s annual event, which began as a traveling showcase in the 1990s and relaunched in Chicago after partnering with Texas-based company C3 Presents in 2005, was forced to broadcast online. “I want to party, man, I need to,” Farrell laments. “We all need to, we need to celebrate life, because every moment is fleeting. That’s how I’m feeling.”

He’ll soon have his chance. This weekend, Lollapalooza 2021 will open its gates to the public once more with a slew of new safety measures in place. Yet it’s far from business as usual for the festival that garnered 400,000 visitors in 2019 alone. Its reopening on July 29 marks more than the first major multi-genre music gathering to take place in the United States in the wake of COVID-19. There’s another major milestone at play here, as well — the festival’s thirtieth anniversary.

It was never supposed to last three decades. As the story goes, Lollapalooza, the lovechild of Perry Farrell, music executive Marc Geiger, and booking agent Don Muller, actually started out in 1991 as a farewell tour for a band on the brink of implosion — Farrell’s own Jane’s Addiction. “I had no idea what it would become, I just knew that I was having fun,” Farrell, the group’s frontman, says. “I tend to look in front of me. Sometimes I look behind me, [but] very seldom do I look down at my own feet.”

The formula was simple enough: Like Woodstock and other popular music fests that had come before it, Lollapalooza, inspired by the British Reading Festival that Farrell and his bandmates attended, would be headed up by multiple acts on different stages. Unlike other North American festivals, however, which were few and far between at the time, the bands would all travel as a group, with stops in 20 cities along the way.

The largely alternative lineup was a novelty on the music scene at the time. “It wasn’t just a collection of bands, but it also had a mindset, and it had a spirit to it, with activism involved,” explains Nine Inch Nails’s Trent Reznor, who played on the event’s first bill. “It felt like it had a purpose to it.”

The request to join the now-iconic group of initial headlining acts, which also consisted of Rollins Band, Butthole Surfers, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Ice-T, Living Colour, Violent Femmes, Fishbone, and of course, Jane’s Addiction, proved irresistible to the future Oscar winner. “Jane’s Addiction was one of our favorite bands, and at that time, probably the favorite band,” Reznor tells us. “When we got the call to say that Perry had leveraged the success that he had to put on an alternative traveling festival, you know, we didn’t have to think at all for that.”

The experience marked his first foray into previously uncharted territory. “Lollapalooza would’ve been the first festival I’d ever attended, ‘cause I don’t think there’d ever been one that appealed to me,” Reznor shares. “There weren’t a lot of festivals with Depeche Mode on [them], and bands like that that I cared about. Musically, it felt like, hey, here’s a new home for people that couldn’t do something like this before, ‘cause it didn’t exist.”

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Nine Inch Nails performing at Lollapalooza in 1991.

Festival-goers responded in droves. “In those days, people were always interested in the new groups coming up, even if they weren’t even signed yet,” Farrell says.

The first show kicked off in Tempe, Arizona, on July 18, 1991, and its diverse roster of talent brought an energy to the stage that couldn’t be replicated by the arena tours of the era with acts such as Nelson, The Scorpions, and Winger. “I’ll be honest — there was a precognitive at the time, and I’m thinking right now of watching Gibby Haynes [of the Butthole Surfers] blow off his shotgun over the crowd. I just thought, ‘Wow, man,’” Farrell recalls of the infamous 1991 moment when Haynes first fired a series of blank shells over shocked concert-goers’ heads.

Haynes’s onstage antics would be repeated many times throughout the tour. “It was a 12-gauge shotgun, and I discharged it perhaps 12 times per show … for the entire summer,” he clarifies. As the “Pepper” singer explains, the blasts were a way to replace the normal stage effects the band typically incorporated into its shows in the dark. It also served as a metaphor for Butthole Surfers itself: “It’s just loud, threatening, and scary.”

It was also something new and different. At the time, Perry says, record companies aimed for tours dedicated to “like, stadium rock, and it wasn’t quite working out. It was kind of stale, you know? Watching everybody just let loose at Lollapalooza…,” he trails off. “You know when your parents would go off on a vacation, but they wouldn’t take you, so that you were left and you would throw your house party? It felt just like that.”

More than simply disrupting the status quo, though, the experience signified a changing of the guard for the music industry. “It felt like revolution was in the air,” Reznor remembers. “There were a lot of bands doing things that weren’t mainstream. They weren’t really being played on the radio, but there was a lot of music that felt exciting that kind of fell just outside of that.”

The event faced its challenges, to be sure: Fights erupted both onstage and off, namely, as Farrell has said, between him and guitarist Dave Navarro. Unexpected malfunctions also arose. “Our equipment was … duct tape and homemade cases,” Reznor recalls. “It wasn’t pro-level gear we were touring with. And I look, and there’s Living Colour, and they’ve got … shit that looks like Guitar Center racks, put together properly, professional job, stenciled logos on the side of their … they had cases!” he says. “I thought, man, we don’t have our shit together. We didn’t have any money, but we didn’t know any better.”

The band got a fast education when their cables — one gifted to a 16-year-old Reznor by his father — began to melt in the over 100-degree Arizona sun. “You had to laugh, ‘cause what else could you do?” he says. “We blew it the first 10 minutes we were out there! Though it did force us to go out and buy some new cables.”

That wasn’t all that took a beating on the NIN stage. “I never knew you could throw a DX7 synthesizer,” Haynes says with a laugh. “[Trent] would, like, jump on it and throw [it]. Their road crew figured out how you could take pieces from a broken one and assemble another one. They had, like, a Pick-n-Pull for synthesizers there.”

Amid all the chaos, something else was born: an unbridled, feral energy that could no longer be contained — and an unbreakable bond between the headlining acts. “Everybody became friends over the whole summer,” Haynes says. “At the end of it, everybody wanted it to keep going. It was really sad when it was over.”

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Butthole Surfers performing at Lollapalooza in 1991.

There would be many more iconic moments to follow over the years. There was 1992, when Eddie Vedder made his infamous lighting-truss climb before diving into the crowd. 1994, when a newly widowed Courtney Love dove headfirst into the crowd following a set. 2003, when Steve-O was arrested for, as he later recounted, “pulling out [his] penis and peeing on potato chips.” 2015, when Travis Scott instructed fans to storm the stage. Farrell’s own personal favorite was seeing Lady Gaga stage dive twice during her 2010 set with Semi Precious Weapons.

“Lady Gaga showed up in, like, a see-through bodysuit? And went and stage dived in the crowd at one of the small stages, and they were just ripping [at] her limbs,” Farrell says. “She looked like Mary Queen of Scots, [who] was beheaded, right? But she was enjoying herself. We did pull her up, and then she turned around and jumped back in. It’s so fucking cool, and it makes me like her a lot. I thought that was very bold and very big of her.”

Those seemingly once-in-a-lifetime occurrences served as the driving forces for the near-instantaneous commercial success of the festival  and its participants. “I look back at that as a real turning point of Nine Inch Nails breaking through to some degree,” Reznor says. “The level of audience increased significantly after those shows. It was a homemade, low-budget operation, and we got up to Lollapalooza, now we’re playing real, professional venues.”

“Nine Inch Nails blew up so big in the middle of that middle of that tour,” Haynes remembers. “They are the ones that got the crowd started. The crowds went apeshit for them. It was on after that.”

Farrell, for his part, had spent a lifetime priming for success in his new role as a festival producer. Long before he was belting out hits such as “Jane Says” and “Been Caught Stealing,” he was creating experiences for others as a vocalist and hype man for his first band, Psi Com. “We started putting on our own parties, because we didn’t feel like we could fit in at Gazzarri’s,” he recalls of the famous hair-metal joint that reigned on the Sunset Strip through the early ‘90s. “We knew we weren’t welcome, so we put together our own damn party.”

The singer even personally printed up the tickets to his events. “Literally, we would be on the streets like Hare Krishna guys, except we’d be handing out handbills to people to go and see our show.” The more he took on, the more he learned. “Your circle of influence starts to widen and widen and widen, like when you drop a pebble — or an atom bomb — into the water.”

Those early lessons later allowed Farrell to bring the festival back to life after sales began to plummet circa 1997. “At that time, there were probably four or five other festivals, and it diluted our strength,” he explains. With not enough headlining acts to go around, the decision was made to cancel the 1998 event. By 2003, Jane’s Addiction had not only reunited, but released its third studio album, Strays, produced by classic-rock legend Bob Ezrin (Kiss’s Destroyer, Pink Floyd’s The Wall). Farrell was then keeping company with modern rock gods Tom Morello, of Rage Against the Machine,  and late Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell, when he had an epiphany. “Right now, what’s going on in the world is people are starting to play video games,” he recalls thinking, “and I just kind of saw, oh man, we could do a Lollapalooza, bring in video gaming, and … talk about alternative energy.  I kind of got hot, so I just kinda lit a match. And then, it lit up again.”

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A reunited Jane’s Addiction performing at Lollapalooza in 2003.

Tapping his bandmates and friends as headliners, Farrell’s Lollapalooza was reborn as a traveling tour for the very last time. 2004 once again saw soft ticket sales, and in 2005, he, along with his partners at the William Morris Agency, made the decision to bring in an outside production company in C3 Presents. Together, they brought the festival back from the grave once more, this time as a destination festival in Chicago. To Farrell, it was the perfect choice for the event’s rebirth. “It reminds me of America a lot. There are good people, and they are different colors, shapes, sizes, sexual proclivities and … studies of theology. They’re just, like, a hodgepodge of interesting people.”

The new, committed location was just the tip of the iceberg. With fresh faces at the helm of the ship, Lollapalooza’s once alternative lineup was quickly expanding into other musical categories, with electronic-heavy acts like M83 and indie darlings like Death Cab for Cutie and Tegan and Sara appearing on the bill. As Farrell shares, however, it had never really been about any one specific genre. “Music is really holy to me. To me, it’s my religion as much as anything else. The sound that you’re bringing to me will either heal me or hurt me.”

The same can be said of the festival scene at large. “I think the work that Perry did here in America, I would imagine that his impact was well-bought by making a tangible festival that’s interesting, that has an identity, that’s also commercially viable, is one of the main reasons in pursuing festivals now,” Reznor says.

From Farrell’s perspective, it’s the melting pot of attendees that makes it all worthwhile. “What is so beautiful is when you see [people] all coming together and enjoying themselves and digging and appreciating each other’s culture, that’s what I get to do. That’s the most that I get out of it. That’s what I love about it.”

Pedro Pascal’s Birthday Post For Wonder Woman’s Patty Jenkins Has Gal Gadot Incognito In Streetwear Plus Her Diana Tiara

Considering the positive things people say about Patty Jenkins, it’s easy to see why Pedro Pascal had no problem becoming friends with the filmmaker. And from what we’ve learned about his work on the film, it would seem that he was given free rein when it came to developing his villainous character. Like his role on Disney+’s The Mandalorian, Maxwell Lord seems to have been a dream come true for Pascal and, for that, he certainly owes a great deal to Jenkins.

The U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Is Still Denied Equal Pay—So Title Nine Is Writing Them a $1M Check

Missy Park, CEO and founder of women’s apparel company Title Nine, was watching LFG—the HBO documentary on the fight for equal pay in women’s soccer—when she had a million-dollar, rage-induced epiphany. “I was just getting so mad. Yes with U.S. Soccer, but also a little bit frustrated with myself,” she says. “Maybe I can’t do everything [to fix the pay gap], but I can do something.” So she turned to her wife, and asked how much it would cost her company to close the pay gap faced by Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan and co.

It was a big number, but Park was all in.

On July 28, Title Nine announced they’re making a game-changing difference for the women of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team with a $1 million donation. The number represents the maximum pay gap between what the women’s team was paid and what the U.S. men’s team would have been paid for winning the six games leading up to the Olympics.

By now, we all know the facts: The women of the USWNT bring in more revenue, more championships, and more viewers than their male counterparts—and still, they’re not paid equally. They’ve become icons in the fight for women’s equality, though their legal battle with their employer U.S. Soccer is ongoing. (After their suit for equal pay was initially dismissed by a judge, the players filed an appeal last week for their right to a trial.)

Outside of the courtroom, the USWNT has inspired stadiums filled with tens of thousands of people to chant “Equal Pay!,” driven record jersey sales, and even helped drive a shift in major retailers increasing their investment in women’s sports. They’ve also inspired some big sponsors to start writing some big checks. Following the team’s historic 2019 World Cup win in which the players faced a pay gap of $23,000 each, Secret deodorant made up the difference, calling out U.S. Soccer in the process.

The $1 million donation made to the USWNT Players Association by Title Nine, a small female-founded women’s apparel company based in Berkley that’s comprised of 92% women, is the biggest ever. The goal, Park says, is not to make some headlines with a one-time check, but to really move the needle on equal pay for women in sports and beyond. “Money matters—it’s how we connote value in this society,” says Park in explaining why it was so important that Title Nine’s donation go directly into player’s pockets. “We want them to take that money and do with it as they please.”

To help elevate the cause, Title Nine also announced the creation of the Kick In for Equal Pay fund that will encourage other corporations and individual supporters to chip in. “I’m already reaping the benefits of this team. I have a son and a daughter and they get to see how they perform in the brightest lights under the heaviest pressure,” Park says. “I think we all need to step up to the plate.” Title Nine will be matching individual contributions up to $250,000.

Title Nine is named after the landmark legislation that prohibited gender-based discrimination in schools, opening the floodgates for generations of girls and women to participate in sports. So it’s safe to say this issue is close to the core values of the company. “We want women to lead, and to risk, and to own—and do it on equal footing, on an equal playing field,” Park says. “The battle that these women are fighting is the same battle that all of us are fighting, and a win on the soccer field, hopefully soon, will translate into wins in the workplace.”