Don’t ever underestimate the power of the Beyhive, a good Twitter hashtag and a noble goal. A group of students from Alief Hastings High School in Houston, TX managed to get Beyoncé to make a FaceTime call to a fellow student facing a stage four cancer diagnosis. Ebony Banks, a senior at the school and a member of the color guard, spent much of the year outside classroom due to her diagnosis, according to a local ABC station. So, in an effort to help make true one of Banks’ biggest dreams, the students at Alief created the hashtag #EBOBMEETSBEYONCE (Ebob being the nickname for Ebony). And, what do you know?
In case we needed another sign that phone technology has reached new heights, well here it is: In a few years, men might be able to accurately assess their fertility rate, thanks to the help of their smartphones. A new study examining such technology found that there is a 98% accuracy in results for men when they use a phone attachment and corresponding app that analyzes their semen and then determines their level of fertility, CNN reports.
Named after rapper B.G.’s song “Bling Bling,” the photography book Bling Bling Baby explores intersections of ‘90s hip-hop culture and contemporary fashion in lavish excess. While B.G. describes luxury goods as ultimate symbols of success, the photographers featured in Bling Bling Baby capture glamorous lifestyles with “a twinkle in their eye,” the book’s editor Nadine Barth told the Cut.
Lucy, a 17-year-old from San Francisco, says she received a cease-and-desist letter from Donald Trump’s attorney, after the teenager built a website where people scratch Trump using kitten paws. The site, which Lucy coded herself in just three hours, was live for three weeks before she got the letter, the Observer reports. Originally, she called it TrumpScratch.com, but Lucy has since changed the name to KittenFeed.com, at the advisement of her attorney.
Two Guatemalan sisters have filed a federal tort saying a Customs and Border Protection officer sexually assaulted them in July 2016, when they were 17 and 19 years old. According to the New York Post, the sisters were lost along the Texas-Mexico border when they spotted two CBP agents and asked for help. They were reportedly taken to a field office in Presidio, Texas, where they say an officer forced them one at a time into a “closet-like room” and assaulted them.
Cheetos has created a fashion line that turns the season’s hot styles into functional items that save wearers’ fingers from Cheetle, a.k.a. the official name for the dead orange-gunky giveaway that you’ve been eating the snack. It’s Chester Cheetah’s “exclusive snackwear line,” designed with some help from the clothing-crowdfunding platform Betabrand. The collection contains ten items of just regular, everyday pieces intended for Easter-season wear, things like a leopard-print ascot for men that has a hidden Cheetos compartment for hands-free snacking, and something called a Sound-Muffling Muffler — presumably the only article of women’s clothing that lets you “covertly open a bag of Cheetos in your Easter best.”
According to Pret-a-Reporter, Ivanka Trump’s increasingly public role in her father’s White House brings with it an accoutrement of an increasingly public figure: a Hollywood stylist. The site’s sources claimed that the First Daughter has retained the services of one Caitlin “Cat” Williams, a stylist who formerly worked for Micaela Erlanger, the woman behind Meryl Streep and Lupita Nyong’o’s looks. (Erlanger also styled Trump for last year’s Met Gala.)
I’ve lived in New York City for almost six years, and can count on one hand how many times I’ve witnessed someone strike up a conversation with a stranger. Once you’ve lived here for the long term you easily adapt to the city’s dearth of affability. There’s a wailing toddler on the train? A real New Yorker does nothing. Oh, did you accidentally drop something on the street? I’ll alert you to that right away, what with all the spare time I’ve got scrambling to catch the A train.
Pat McGrath’s best makeup tools are her fingers. On a Tuesday evening, McGrath has the suite of a fancy Manhattan hotel set up the resemble the backstage of a fashion show. There are tables and marquee lights set up, with her team at work, carefully creating a variety of smoky eyes with her new Dark Star 006 release. Although her team is working on beauty editors rather than on Bella Hadid, just like it is backstage at Prada or Versace, every look has to be presented to McGrath to be “checked.” And that’s when McGrath uses her legendary fingers to smudge out an eye, blend out an eye shadow, or direct a makeup artist how to better shape an eye.