Happy 10th Birthday, Instagram: Here Are 10 Ways It’s Changed How We Live

    “It was as if the algorithmic tendency to flatten everything into a composite of greatest hits had resulted in a beauty ideal that favored white women capable of manufacturing a look of rootless exoticism,” Jia Tolentino wrote of what she called “Instagram face” in The New Yorker in 2019. “I couldn’t shake the feeling that technology is rewriting our bodies to correspond to its own interests.”

    If that sounds extreme, ask just about any IG frequenter you know. Glamour editor Perrie Samotin wrote about her decision to get lip fillers: “I was hyper aware of a specific standard of beauty that started to pervade and overtake popular culture, and found myself hoovered right in. With every Insta-girl that I upward-scrolled past, the more my face started to seem too pedestrian, too uneventful, too earnestly natural.” 

    Instagram is a live magazine that goes to press every second. On it, we place our faces and bodies next to models, who, themselves, have been blurred and tweaked. But the breakout of fabulous fat-positive, body-diverse models have made, arguably, a bigger and more radical impact. 

    Porch notes the work of boundary-breaking plus-size model Ashley Graham. Or think of Anastasia Garcia, who used Instagram to start #myquarantinebody, spreading the word that gaining weight during quarantine—or any other time—isn’t some tragedy. Katie Sturino’s Instagram “Make My Size” campaign has pushed fashion brands to actually expand their sizing.

    We all became food photographers.

    There’s a saying in Cantonese that translates, roughly, to “Camera eats first.” People love to make fun of millennials for taking pictures of our food—as if pausing and being grateful for a beautiful meal indicates some kind of moral rot. Joke’s on them: Instagram popular foods have launched restaurants, cafés, bakeries, and a new generation of food innovators—the farm-to-table Chinese-Jewish fusion of Molly Yeh, the social justice cakes of The Sweet Feminist, the juicy, NSFW artistry of Stephanie Sarley

    “I only want to create things that are new,” Yeh told Glamour in 2019. “I don’t want to take up space with another avocado toast.” Instead, she made a niche for herself with tahini milkshakes, scallion pancake challah, and tater tot casserole.

    The increased value for big, bright food presentation can be seen anytime you scroll Yelp in a new city or check the Discover page for recipes. Our parents had Playboy centerfolds; we have food porn—giant milkshakes, swirling rainbow bagels, and juicy ramen burgers. A Zagat survey of national food trends in 2016 found that almost half of respondents said that they take pictures of their food when eating out to post on social media. 

    We learned we will fly for followers.

    Instagram, National Geographic reported in 2017, has profound influences on travel trends. If you’ve seen an increase of those milky baths in Iceland, the lava-like orange caves of Antelope Canyon, or the green forests and white sands of Tulum, well, can you blame people for taking pictures? 

    In 2015, a small town in New Zealand started inviting influencers on sponsored trips that resulted in, according to National Geographic, a 14% increase in tourism. Likes have the power to move people, literally: A 2018 study found that those who anticipated a greater “social return” from posts about visiting Cuba were significantly more likely to visit the country. Instagram both widens our perception of what’s available, and narrows our imaginations to places that photograph beautifully. 

    Michelle Obama Says ‘We Cannot Trust’ Donald Trump ‘to Tell Us the Truth About Anything’

    Michelle Obama gave her closing argument endorsing Joe Biden as the next president of the United States, and in it she made several pointed statements about the current POTUS, Donald Trump.

    She specifically took issue with Trump’s lukewarm response to the coronavirus pandemic, which took an even more bizarre turn this week as POTUS himself contracted the virus. (Even still, he has downplayed COVID-19 and sparked outrage on October 5 when he returned to the White House after a brief hospital stint and took off his mask.) 

    “This president’s failure to take this pandemic seriously, from his constant downplaying of masks and social distancing to his relentless pressure on schools to open without offering a clear plan or meaningful support to keep students and teachers safe,” Obama said. “We simply cannot trust this president to tell us the truth about anything.”

    Obama took her closing argument as an opportunity to praise Americans for staying resilient during these troubling times. “Even in the face of all this incompetence, Americans keep digging deeper, finding new reserves of strength, doing whatever it takes to get through this,” she said. “That’s one of the beautiful things that has given me hope over the past four years. Our country’s resilience, from the essential workers keeping us safe to the doctors and nurses caring for our loved ones, to the teachers and childcare workers doing everything they can for our kids…. It’s not too much to ask our leaders to rise to the occasion as well.”

    Watch Michelle Obama’s speech in full in the video above. She posted the speech to her Twitter account, writing, “My heart goes out to everyone touched by this virus, from those at the White House, especially the Secret Service and residence staff whose service ought never be taken for granted, to all those names and stories most of us will unfortunately never know. The truth is, the events of the past few days are a bracing reminder of the tragedy that has been this administration’s response to this crisis.” 

    She also said on Twitter, “There’s only one way we can pull ourselves out—by voting for my friend @JoeBiden, who’s got the heart, the experience, and the character to lead us to better days.”

    21 Best Face Masks on Amazon, According to Reviews

    With face masks constantly going in and out of stock on brand sites, people are turning to the best face masks on Amazon to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends “wearing a cloth face covering in public settings when around people outside of their household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.” So whether you’re hitting the streets to protest, commuting to work, or simply stepping out for fresh air, don’t forget your mask.

    Despite mask-wearing’s having managed to become a political issue, scientists say refusing to wear a mask is dangerous, and there’s data to back the safety measure’s efficacy in slowing the spread of the virus. Even though face coverings are obviously in high demand right now, countless brands have stepped up to the plate, utilizing their fabric and factories to pivot for the greater good of the public. Amazon has a range of masks available, from disposable and reusable to floral-print and classic black. If you’re unsure which ones to add to cart, we scoured the site for top-rated styles with rave reviews to back them up. Ahead, the 21 best face masks on Amazon to shop now.

    All products featured on Glamour are independently selected by our editors. However, when you buy something through our retail links, we may earn an affiliate commission.

    Glamour Women of the Year Awards: The Most Unforgettable Moments in the Event’s 30-Year History

    Electric. That’s how Glamour staff members past and present describe our annual Women of the Year awards, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. When the event started in 1990, then editor in chief Ruth Whitney envisioned WOTY—as we lovingly call it—as a network of high-achieving women coming together to inspire others to reach their goals, and that spirit has remained in the decades following.

    Some examples of this electricity: In 1992, when Anita Hill was given a special tribute in a year that also honored Women of the Year Hillary Rodham Clinton, Katie Couric, Whoopi Goldberg, and Jackie Joyner-Kersee. Or in 2013, when Lady Gaga, Malala Yousafzai, and Barbra Streisand were all in the same room. And in 2018, when Kamala Harris, Chrissy Teigen, and Viola Davis were among those celebrated.

    Women of the Year has always been a rare opportunity for titans and trailblazers across industries to meet and motivate each other (and you!) with their words.

    Here, we look back at the moments and honorees who have made Glamour’s Women of the Year an event that makes us not only proud to painstakingly plan and produce, but proud to be women. Each memory and anecdote represents everything the annual event stands for: enrichment, empowerment, and yes, glamour.

    Michel Linssen/ Getty Images; Cynthia Johnson/Getty Images; Oliver Morris/ Getty Images


    The first Women of the Year ceremony was held in New York City at the iconic Rainbow Room, perched 65 floors above Rockefeller Center. Among the honorees that November was Children’s Defense Fund founder Marian Wright Edelman, who said in her moving speech, “If you don’t like the way the world is, you change it.”

    Following the year’s success of feature film Dick Tracy and pop anthem “Like a Prayer,” Madonna was selected to be the magazine’s first WOTY cover star. Glamour editor-in-chief Ruth Whitney praised the icon at the event, telling the crowd, “While everyone’s a celebrity for 15 minutes and media stars come and go, Madonna is still getting what she wanted, still on center stage, still top banana, still commander in chief of her own wildly successful enterprise.”

    Women of the Year was never considered by my mother to be a once-a-year event. She wanted to create a network of impressive women who would continue the connections they made at those awards over time. It’s why she would invite past winners back—and many did return. If not every year, then as often as possible. —Philip Whitney, son of the late Ruth Whitney, former editor in chief of Glamour, 1967–1998

    Foreo Bear Review 2020: Microcurrent Device Before & After

    Among the inspirational quotes I frequently see my friends posting on Instagram is one that says you’re never too busy to make time for the things that matter to you. This resonates with me deeply because I am never too busy to dedicate the appropriate amount of time and energy to my multistep daily skin-care routine. Some may call it excessive, but I say it’s just a good example of successful prioritizing. This motivational attitude is why I had no problem volunteering to test yet another beauty device when I heard about the new Foreo Bear, the brand’s take on an at-home microcurrent treatment. 

    “Microcurrent is a noninvasive cosmetic treatment used to improve skin contour, tone, texture, and facial wrinkling,” says Loretta Ciraldo, M.D., a Miami-based dermatologist and founder of Dr. Loretta Skincare. “Both at-home and in-office devices emit electric current to your skin that stimulates cell renewal.” The effect is one of overall lifting, tightening, and smoothing, as the electrical current stimulates both your muscles and collagen. Ciraldo says these devices can be used either on their own (in order to slow loss of elasticity and tighten facial contours) or as an add-on enhancement to injectables like fillers and Botox. “I don’t believe that microcurrent affects longevity of injectables,” she says, although you should pause this treatment for the first two weeks after any derm appointment to let your Botox and fillers settle in place.

    It’s been much longer than two weeks since my last round of injectables; in fact, everything has since dissolved since my most recent sessions of cheek filler and masseter Botox. This gave me a completely blank slate to test the true capabilities of the Foreo Bear. Would it sculpt my cheekbones anew? Breathe fresh life into my jawline? Make my skin reach the level of dewy I usually experience only when I get hyaluronic acid injected into in my face? It was time to find out.

    Foreo Bear Facial Toning Device

    How do you use the Foreo Bear?

    As with any device, you should use the Bear on clean skin. When I say “clean,” I mean that your face needs to be totally free of oils, which prevent the microcurrent from going where it needs to go to work its magic. Skip the oil cleanser (or do a thorough double cleanse afterward). Next, you’re going to need a conductive layer to guide the microcurrent past the surface of your skin. Foreo recommends its water-based Serum Serum Serum, which gives my complexion the sheen of a fresh dewdrop. In the interest of cost effectiveness, I have also been known to use ultrasound gel with microcurrent devices because it’s water-based, contains conductive polymers, and comes in vast quantities. The last part is important because you’re going to need to slather a ton of whatever you’re using on your skin. No skimping here, please—you need to frost your face with a thick enough layer that it doesn’t evaporate before you’re done. I like to work in sections to make sure nothing dries out, first tackling my midface (jawline to cheekbones) before I move on to my forehead and neck.

    The Bear runs on a three-minute cycle, which you can extend if you need more time. To turn it on, you simply press the middle of the silicone-wrapped body once. Lights come on, indicating intensity levels 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest intensity of electrical current. You can double-press to turn the accompanying T-Sonic pulsations on and off. It automatically switches off at the end of the three-minute cycle, but you can also long-press to turn it off earlier. I split my face into the aforementioned three sections, going horizontally from chin to neck on my midface, then using upward motions for my forehead and neck. The steel balls that conduct the current should glide right over your skin. I move it in gradual swipes, with light to medium pressure, and pause for a couple seconds on each of the landing points. 

    Netflix’s Selena Series: Everything We Know So Far

    No matter how many years pass, Selena Quintanilla remains an icon. The Tejano superstar, who died in 1995, has been remembered over the decades through makeup tributes, song covers, and of course, the 1997 biopic starring Jennifer Lopez. Now Netflix is jumping into the Selena Forever movement with a new two-part series based on the late singer’s life and career called Selena: The Series.

    Although Netflix announced the show in December 2018, the company has been keeping some of the details under wraps. We do know it’s going to be a “coming-of-age” story helmed by Moisés Zamora, who will serve as the series’ writer and executive producer. Members of Selena’s family, including her father, her former manager, and her sister and bandmate, are also involved.


    “Selena will always have a lasting place in music history, and we feel great responsibility to do justice to her memory. With this series, viewers will finally get the full history of Selena, our family, and the impact she has had on all of our lives,” said Selena’s sister, Suzette, in a statement. “We are excited to partner with Campanario and Netflix to give fans a never-before-seen glimpse at our story and highlight why Selena will remain a legend for generations to come.”

    It’s going to be a while until the show drops. But until then, here’s everything we know so far.

    When does Selena: The Series premiere? 

    Netflix announced on Tuesday, October 6, that the new series would launch on December 4, 2020. Plenty of time to get your queue ready! 

    Is there a trailer?

    Yes! Along with the premiere date announcement, Netflix dropped the first teaser trailer for Selena: The Series. “Every legend begins with a dream,” the video, which shows Selena in concert, is captioned. Watch it below:

    Who’s in the cast?

    Walking Dead’s  Christian Serratos will step into Selena’s shoes. Her casting was confirmed with a first-look video that Netflix released on November 12 that shows Serratos in Selena’s signature red lipstick and the unforgettable purple jumpsuit. Taking the Selena reins from J. Lo sounds like a challenge, but judging from this video, Serratos can definitely do the role justice.

    The video also came with a longer cast announcement: The show will include Desperate Housewives alumnus Richard Chavira as Selena’s father; Purge actor Gabriel Chavarria as Selena’s brother, A.B.; Seidly Lopez as Selena’s mother; and Noemi Gonzalez as Suzette.

    What’s the plot?

    There was some secrecy surrounding the show when it was first announced. Netflix originally shared only an all-black screen with text over it, set to the track of people cheering. If you look for the show on the platform, a description says simply, “As Mexican-American Tejano singer Selena comes of age and realizes her dreams, she and her family make tough choices to hold onto love and music.”

    Is the Quintanillas family involved? 

    Yes, Selena’s family is involved in the production. Her sister, Suzette, and her father are listed as executive producers.

    Selena: The Series premieres December 4. We’ll update this post as more information becomes available. 

    Nicole Kidman Gave a Rare Interview About Her Marriage to Tom Cruise

    Nicole Kidman is a pretty private person in general, but one thing she almost never speaks about is her marriage to Tom Cruise, which lasted from 1990 until their divorce in 2001. 

    Much like many of Cruise’s relationships, theirs is shrouded in a bit of mystery. But Kidman recently opened up to the New York Times about Cruise and, specifically, the time the couple spent filming the erotic thriller Eyes Wide Shut with famed director Stanley Kubrick

    “I’ve been wondering about the total immersion and the personal psychological analysis that he asked of you and Tom Cruise as a couple for that film,” the NYT interviewer, David Marchese, asked Kidman in the interview. “At any point, in the middle of that, were you at all like, ‘This is a weird thing we’re doing’?”

    “No. This is where the fallacy is: We loved working with him. We shot that for two years. We had two kids and were living in a trailer on the lot primarily, making spaghetti because Stanley liked to eat with us sometimes,” Kidman replied. “We were working with the greatest filmmaker and learning about our lives and enjoying our lives on set. We would say, ‘When is it going to end?’ We went over there thinking it was going to be three months. It turned into a year, a year and a half. But you go, As long as I surrender to what this is, I’m going to have an incredible time.”

    Marchese also asked about a speech Kidman’s character in the film makes to Cruise’s about infidelity. “If you’re acting those scenes with the person to whom you’re married, and doing it as part of this immersive process, can it open up negative feelings that later you maybe wish you hadn’t opened?” he said

    Kidman then gave more insight than usual into her relationship with Cruise. “That fits the narrative that people came up with, but I definitely didn’t see it like that,” she said. “We were happily married through that. We would go go-kart racing after those scenes. We’d rent out a place and go racing at three in the morning. I don’t know what else to say. Maybe I don’t have the ability to look back and dissect it. Or I’m not willing to.”

    Cruise famously married and divorced Katie Holmes after his split from Kidman, who has been married to country star Keith Urban, with whom she shares two daughters, since 2006. 

    What I Wore When I Went Through Menopause

    The idea the menopause should stop you from being your fabulous self is a myth. Take Michelle Obama, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Oprah, for example—they’ve all spoken candidly about their experiences with menopause and aging. And they couldn’t be further from the stereotype that entering menopause means entering a chapter of shapeless nightgowns devoid of all personal style. 

    With that in mind, we tapped pro-aging influencers who have experienced the hormonal changes and physical manifestations of menopause firsthand. All five women showcase the reality that menopause comes in all ages, shapes, and sizes—and that aging is a beautiful and multifaceted experience

    Below, learn about their unique experiences with menopause, fashion, and the tried-and-true products that make them feel empowered, confident, and sexy.

    Alyson Walsh, founder of That’s Not My Age 

    For Alyson Walsh, freelance journalist, author, and founder of That’s Not My Age, menopause has shifted her wardrobe in subtle ways. “I’ve found that anything I can waft around in is a winner,” she says. “I love fluid dresses with lots of movement and always opt for natural, breathable fabrics like cotton, linen, and silk.” 

    She’s also grown fond of a good oversized T-shirt and statement earrings. “Once estrogen leaves the building, our metabolic rates slow down, we burn less fat, and we’re more susceptible to weight gain around the middle,” she explains. “So I’ve switched from signature gray marl T-shirts to open-neck oversized pieces from Arket, COS, and Everlane.” She steers clear of oversized necklaces, which can make her feel “clammy and sweaty,” and instead adds personality to her ensemble with statement earrings. “They’re such an easy and inexpensive way to give your outfit a pick-me-up.”

    Despite these sartorial shifts, Walsh remains committed to her personal style. “I practically live in oversized jumpsuits, despite the fact that I have to go to the bathroom more frequently now,” she says. “Menopause or not, style is a personal thing, and you have to wear what makes you feel good.” 

    Weekend Max Mara Cerchio Dress


    Matches Fashion

    Oversized Poplin Shirt

    Zip-Pocket Coverall Jumpsuit



    Ettika Rectangle Statement Earrings



    Janie Medley, founder of Medley Style

    Soft, breathable fabrics and feminine silhouettes served as fashion blogger Janie Medley’s menopause capsule wardrobe. “Knitwear became my go-to—the material is super breathable, and I loved the elastic waist on pants,” she says. “Whether it was a cute knit dress and sandals in the summer, or a knit set in the fall, I always felt on-trend and amazing.” 

    17 Best Anti-Wrinkle Creams and Serums to Keep Skin Smooth and Ageless

    Out of all your everyday skin-care categories, the best wrinkle creams and serums are easiest to judge. Unlike products designed to give results so subtle that you kind of just have to have faith they’re doing something, this category either visibly works or it doesn’t. There are a handful of active ingredients approved by dermatologists for their ability to speed up cellular turnover and plump fine lines, especially with daily use. Retinol, vitamin C, and peptides top the list—but not all are created equal.

    To help you find the very best examples, we sorted through hundreds of reviews and ingredients lists to see which bottles live up to their impressive promises. To preface this with a caveat: Topicals won’t give you the instantaneous, dramatic results of injectables, but thanks to the latest delivery systems and active-packed formulations, they can get you closer than ever before. Below, the 17 best wrinkle creams and serums worth every single cent (with the glowing reviews to prove it).

    All products featured on Glamour are independently selected by our editors. However, when you buy something through our retail links, we may earn an affiliate commission.

    Why Hailey Bieber Refused to Kiss Justin Bieber in Public for So Long

    Hailey Bieber hasn’t always been comfortable in the spotlight that comes with dating (then marrying) an ultra-famous pop star like Justin Bieber

    The model opened up about her early PDA insecurities in the October issue of Vogue Italia, which features both Biebers on the cover. “It was difficult for me to understand how to carry on a relationship like this, experienced under the eyes of all,” she said. “But there comes a time when you have to embrace reality and admit who you are.”

    She continued, “For a long time I couldn’t do it: I didn’t kiss him in public, I didn’t like the idea of ​​people watching us at certain moments. But I realized that it is a battle that, in the long run, instead of protecting you, exhausts you. The fact is, we love each other. And there is really nothing to hide.”

    Justin and Hailey Bieber also both discussed whether or not they’re planning to start a family anytime soon. “The strange thing is that I’ve always wanted to have children early, but now that I’m married, I feel less of an urge,” Hailey said. “I am an ambitious girl with many projects. It will happen, but not now.”

    “We’re still pretty newly married. I mean, we’ll celebrate two years in September,” Justin added. “We’ve just been enjoying our time together and getting to know each other deeper.”

    Justin recently shared a sweet message to his wife on their wedding anniversary. “Hailey Bieber. I am so lucky to be YOUR husband!” he wrote on Instagram. “You teach me so much everyday and make me such a better man! I am committed for the rest of our lives to empower you to be the woman God has called you to be! My heart is to enable you to achieve all of your wildest dreams! I promise to always put you first, to lead with patience and kindness!! Happy anniversary my beautiful sweet girl.”