We are subjected to so many birthday parties each season of Vanderpump Rules, and this episode is no different: Tom Sandoval and Jax are both celebrating the day they were born, or, in Jax’s case, hatched out of a bottle of Smirnoff.
The new PBS mini-series Secrets of the Six Wives, which premiered Sunday, follows the lives of six women who married King Henry VIII in 16th-century England. The monarch was famous for his numerous marriages: Some ended in divorce, others because of death, execution, or his affairs. Other times he devised plans to get rid of them, plotting their beheadings so he could remarry. As revealed in the show, while the king presided over political movements like the English Reformation, each woman staked her own claim on British history during her reign — strengthening diplomatic ties, refining the country’s education system, and presiding over the royal family.
During a Monday press conference, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said, “Our intention is never to lie.” Yet moments earlier he’d offered up a claim that definitely wasn’t true: He said that President Donald Trump’s reinstatement of the Mexico City Policy (otherwise known as the Global Gag Rule) will stop taxpayer dollars from funding abortion overseas — which is false, because U.S. foreign aid is already prohibited from being used on abortion services.
Some of the most inspiring participants at Saturday’s worldwide Women’s Marches were the young people who came out in droves to take a stand for gender equality and human rights. Afterward, I talked to nine high-school students from across the United States — all with their own reasons for marching — about what the experience meant to them, and how they plan to carry their activism forward in the coming years and months.
Like millions of people, I spent Saturday squeezing through crowds, holding my sign aloft, and trying to time my chanting correctly. I was in Washington, where I couldn’t get close enough to the stage to hear a single rally speech and didn’t even lay eyes on a Jumbotron — but you didn’t need to do that to know that many of the messages were about the future. I saw the posters that said, “This is only the beginning.” They gave me chills.
A lot of people predicted that women were going to change America’s political history in January of 2017. But pretty much no one anticipated that they’d be doing it as leaders of the resistance. On Saturday, millions of women and men — organized largely by young women of color — staged the largest one-day demonstration in political history, a show of international solidarity that let the world know that women will be heading up the opposition to Donald Trump and the white patriarchal order he represents. Women — and again, especially women of color, always progressivism’s most reliable and least recognized warriors, the women who did the most to stop the rise of Trump — were the ones taking progressive politics into the future.
Princesses don’t get dark eye circles (unless they get tricked into sleeping on beds with peas underneath, of course). But if they did, they would go for today’s glitter-inflected beauty look at Dior Haute Couture. Creative image director Peter Philips called it “stardust,” creating a dreamy, rosy-cheeked makeup look that featured glued-on stars and sequins on the inner corners of the eye and under eye. Although the makeup would double as camouflage against fatigue, Philips’s romantic look was inspired by designer Maria Grazia Chiuri’s celestial and woodland-inspired show, which included an elaborately mossy, enchanted-forest setting (guests received monogrammed green pillows!) that Sean Parker might want to Pin for his next theme party.
“See now, buy now” may have been the phrase on everyone’s lips back in fall, but the need for instant gratification hasn’t slowed down the fashion campaign machine. While you were still slugging on those snow boots in preparation for winter, it’s already spring on fashion time — everyone from Dior and Givenchy to Jil Sander and Rachel Comey has already begun placing their efforts into promoting spring with a plethora of glossy visuals.