PAPERhttp://www.23880175.com/PAPERen-usSat, 21 Sep 2019 02:05:27 -0000https://assets.rbl.ms/19068909/210x.pnghttp://www.23880175.com/ PAPER Gus Dapperton's Dancefloor-Ready? EP Benefits Queer Youthhttp://www.23880175.com/gus-dapperton-ali-forney-center-2640444784.html

Most of the world was introduced to Gus Dapperton, the shimmering new personality of lo-fi pop, on his 2017 mega hit, "Prune, You Talk Funny." The track was everything that indie-pop represents, yes, but it was so much more — a cult of personality formed around Dapperton and his style, marked by indie-slanted 'dos and vibrancy. Most of all, though, he managed to carve out a place in downtempo pop. His music has made its way into every Bushwick house party known to man, but now he's ready to crank it up a notch: enter, In Passing: 001.

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Dapperton has teamed up with long-time friend and collaborator, electronic DJ and producer B. Hayes, for a booming new EP that strays away from some of the Dapperton-endorsed sounds we've come to know. While still flirting with indie pop tropes, In Passing: 001 is for house parties that begin once the night has passed. Listening to the thumping techno and house samples underneath Dapperton's frothing vocals is akin to combing through the fog at the front of a DJ booth, half-searching for your friend you lost track of, half-partying 'til dawn.


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"I am a fan of most genres. and I make a plethora of different types of music for fun in my free time. These songs are influenced by the music I like to dance to," Dapperton clarifies of the new sound. He says that the first single, "Give It To Me Straight," was made on a ferry while on tour, and that DJing is a prevalent side hobby of his. "I do it less often but have an equal amount of fun doing so," he says. "I don't think that it initially related to the theme but looking back at it now it definitely does." The theme of In Passing: 001 isn't just endless partying to house beats, though — the EP is for queer youth.

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The proceeds of Dapperton and B. Hayes' new project will go to The Ali Forney Center, a dedicated community center for homeless LGBTQ+ youth in New York City. "I was lucky enough to attend one of their events a while ago and it was inspiring, to say the least," Dapperton continues. "They just do really great work and this project felt like a great fit."

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Related | Meet the Queer Southern Designer Dressing Gus Dapperton

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He isn't wrong about the EP fitting so tightly in-line with the work of the center, either. Not only is the cover image a skewed rainbow, fuzzed out into a blur of pastels — a visual complement to the bright, shuffling sound of the EP — the genre and style is rooted in queer nightlife history. From the house umbrella-genre as a whole down to specific drum hits and samples, the In Passing: 001 is for a hopeful night on the dancefloor, with abandon and norms thrown to the wind.

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To learn more about The Ali Forney Center, visit AliForneyCenter.org. Then, make sure to donate so they can continue their life-saving work here.


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Photography: Jess Farran

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Fri, 20 Sep 2019 23:29:31 +0000http://www.23880175.com/gus-dapperton-ali-forney-center-2640444784.htmlGus dappertonLgbtqAli forneyThe ali forney centerBrendan Wetmore
Shia LaBeouf Says He Wrestled Tom Hardy Nakedhttp://www.23880175.com/shia-labeouf-tom-hardy-wrestle-2640459817.html

Shia LaBeouf is consistently an open book, and his most recent admission is no exception.

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While appearing on Hot Ones earlier this week, LaBeouf addressed the rumor that he "knocked out" Tom Hardy on the set of their 2012 film, Lawless.

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Related | Shia LaBeouf Says Kanye West "Took All My Fucking Clothes"

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Calling it all "a bunch of bullshit," LaBeouf went on to give host Sean Evans the real rundown on what happened — though it doesn't really seem as if the truth is going to help him out in terms of the rumor mill.

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"We used to wrestle all the time. He was a big fucking person, especially then, he was getting ready for Bane," LaBeouf said. According to LaBeouf, while his girlfriend at the time was visiting, Hardy ran into the room.

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"The girl I was with at the time was terrified," he explained. "She covered up and she ran into the kitchen, and he picked me up, and I didn't have nothing on, so now I'm naked on his shoulder."

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Calling it a "cutey wrestling match," LaBeouf went on describe the scene, saying that they eventually began wrestling around the hallway. Again, keep in mind that he's completely naked.

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"I got upset about it, because he got the better of me," LaBeouf said. "But I'm in some weird, twisty naked position."

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However, Hardy apparently fell down the stairs at some point during the match, which led to him hurting his back. And his explanation for what happened? Yup, he got "knocked out" by LaBeouf.

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Even better? Apparently there's footage of the incident floating around somewhere, as someone named "Peanut" was apparently filmed the entire thing.

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Watch LaBeouf recount the experience, below.

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Fri, 20 Sep 2019 23:13:40 +0000http://www.23880175.com/shia-labeouf-tom-hardy-wrestle-2640459817.htmlShia labeoufFamous peopleTom hardyHot onesLawlessFilmSandra Song
On Climate Strike Day, Marni Pays Homage to Naturehttp://www.23880175.com/marni-spring-2020-2640459647.html

Hundreds of thousands of students and young people from all over the world took to the streets today to protest climate change and global warming. It was so refreshing, then, to see a fashion show put sustainability front and center, from the fabrics in the clothes to the way the set was produced. Repurposed materials such as the seats and stage props were from past shows, and many of the clothes used upcycled fabrics from leftover parts. The results are still visually arresting, with Marni Creative Director Francesco Risso's eye for color, off-kilter proportions and utterly chic dresses commanding the runway today. Here's everything else you need to know about the Spring 2020 collection.

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Related | The Teenagers Leading the Global Climate Strike

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Colorful leathers appeared lightweight and supple in bright green and blue numbers, as well as jackets with painted floral prints.

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Aprons were slung across the body to resemble entire dresses, and worn over full skirts in various colors.

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Colorful paint brush strokes were applied on several looks, which many of the brand's powerful art lovers will no doubt gravitate toward.

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Asymmetrical sweaters and knits were frayed at the hem and worn with a casual elegance with rolled up sleeves and bare shoulders.

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The full extent of nature's beauty was seen in explosive prints, embroideries, and overlays that capture the beauty and rawness of greenery and flowers.

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Photos via Imaxtree

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Fri, 20 Sep 2019 23:09:57 +0000http://www.23880175.com/marni-spring-2020-2640459647.htmlMarniMarni spring 2020MfwMfw spring 2020Francesco rissoMario Abad
Meet the Iconic Model Who Opened Rihanna's Savage x Fenty Showhttp://www.23880175.com/raisa-flowers-savage-fenty-nyfw-2640459692.html

Rihanna's latest Savage x Fenty show — which was held on September 10th in Brooklyn and is now available for viewing on Amazon Prime Video — was a rightful sensation, an inclusive, fun extravaganza that should have Victoria's Secret executives shaking in their boots. The show featured everything from a dance performance from the Bad Gal herself to a Normani routine that went instantly viral to appearances from supermodels like Gigi and Bella Hadid, Cara Delevingne, and Paloma Elsesser. Laverne Cox walked! Fat Joe performed!

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In the opening scene of the Amazon documentary about the show, Rihanna speaks to the camera in a car, saying that she's "looking for unique characteristics in people that aren't usually highlighted in the world of fashion." She stuck to her word, and she's been rightfully praised for her casting choices — Savage x Fenty featured models of all sizes, races, and ability, from across the gender spectrum. It just felt so good to watch.

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Raisa Flowers, an accomplished twenty-something (she prefers not to reveal her age) makeup artist from Mount Vernon, New York, opened the show. Flowers, born Raisa Thomas, has an instantly recognizable look, like a downtown cyborg. And the Savage x Fenty show, she wore a black bodysuit, her purple curls slicked down, silver tears running down her cheeks. She danced, waving her hands elegantly. "I was thinking to myself, don't mess up," Flowers said over the phone from Milan Fashion Week. "And then I was like, you know what, don't even think about messing up. Just go kill it. And then my hands started to shake, as soon as I start doing the hand movements, it was so funny."

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"I was like, bitch, you better start now," she said with a laugh. "And then I just started going with it. And it just felt good, because the crowd hypes you up. It's just intense."


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Flowers, who has also modeled for brands like Gypsy Sport and whose work is widely admired in industry circles (she recently did the makeup for a PAPER Pride cover featuring model Aaron Philip), had no idea that she was even going to be in the show until the last minute, let alone opening it. She had planned to attend the Savage x Fenty event as one of the standing audience members, a specially selected group that was set to be filmed interacting with the models; the "hype crew," as she called it.

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"I got a hotel," she said. "I got an outfit, my friend was going to do my hair. I was so prepared."

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But then two days before the show date, she got an email from Rihanna's team, asking if she could come in for rehearsals with choreographer Parris Goebel. Flowers was exhausted from working backstage at multiple fashion shows, and it took her a beat to realize that her performance was set to run as the first of the models', directly after Rihanna's own time on stage.

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"I was super confused, and just taken back," she said. "I was tired, running on 15 minutes of sleep, because I had to work at 4 AM that morning. So, it was crazy."

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But it all worked out. Rihanna was ecstatic. After the show, "she came to us, and she was like, 'Oh my openers, my opening hoes, I love you,'" said Flowers. "And then she hugged us, and I told her I loved her and whatever. I had met her already, the last Savage x Fenty show. So, she held my hand, and told me that she loved me."

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The entire experience was emotional for most of the models involved, and Flowers said she was particularly affected. Both of her parents are Caribbean, and her mother, like Rihanna, hails from Barbados. It felt personal.


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"I talk about confidence and things like that, because it's important," Flowers said. "And, it's sad, but when I was younger, I struggled a lot with my self-esteem. If you would have told me I was doing this 12 years ago, I'd just be like, hell no. I would never show my body. I would never wear something like that."

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She continued, "I was even saying to my mom, 'Do you remember when I used to wear jackets in the 90-degree weather, because I didn't want to show my arms?' Or I wouldn't wear skirts. I would just wear pants all the time, because I was so un-confident about my body. And that's because society always told us that you have to be small."

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Flowers' appearance meant a lot to her friends, her family, her following, and really anyone who could watch the show and see themselves in her. Her close friend Junglepussy even posted video of Flowers to her Instagram story in which you could hear the rapper audibly crying. She wasn't alone!

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"For me, [the show] was big, because it puts people who look like me on a different platform," Flowers said. "And, it allows people to see that they're able to do what they want, to be in those spaces and have those moments, and that people are checking for them."


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Lead photo via Getty

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Fri, 20 Sep 2019 22:58:18 +0000http://www.23880175.com/raisa-flowers-savage-fenty-nyfw-2640459692.htmlRihannaRaisa flowersNew york fashion weekNyfw spring 2020Fashion monthSavage x fentyJocelyn Silver
BTS Denied Military Service Exemptionhttp://www.23880175.com/bts-military-exemption-2640459609.html

The South Korean government has officially denied the members of BTS an exemption from compulsory military service.

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, all seven members of the boy band will be required to serve two years in the army, just like any other "able-bodied" Korean man between 18 and 28.

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Related | Who Are the Internet's Top Influencers of 2019?

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That said, fans are now lobbying South Korean president, the prime minister, and the mayor of Seoul to at least let BTS serve together. As a Change.org petition dubbed "ALLOW BTS MEMBERS TO GO THROUGH MILITARY SERVICE TOGETHER" argues, conscripting them at the same time "will save their time and career."

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"On the other hand, if BTS members will go separately they are going to lose too much time and popularity that will probably have a very bad impact on the country's economy, culture, and tourism," they petition argued.

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"LET'S GIVE THEM A CHANCE TO STAY TOGETHER, ARMY! LET'S GIVE THEM A CHANCE TO STAY HAPPY. THEY ONLY LIVE ONCE. AND THEY CAN'T WASTE SO MUCH TIME BEING INCOMPLETE AND SUFFER," an update posted by the author of the petition reads. "THEY CAN'T LOSE WHAT THEY GAINED SO HARD. WE ARE ONE. UNITED WE STAND, DIVIDED WE FALL. FIGHTING!!!!"

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And it looks like a significant portion of the BTS ARMY agrees, as the petition has already garnered over 20,000 signatures. After all, the band previously confirmed that they would go on hiatus in order to fulfill their military requirements.

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"As a Korean, it's natural and someday, when duty calls, we'll be ready to respond and do our best," Jin told CBS Sunday Morning this past April.

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Kim Kardashian Wrote an Essay About Living With Psoriasishttp://www.23880175.com/kim-kardashian-psoriasis-2640459310.html

In a detailed and heartfelt essay for sister Kourtney Kardashian's Poosh.com, Kim Kardashian West opened up about her struggle with Psoriasis, speaking at length about living with the disease.

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"Even though I always grew up with my mom having psoriasis and hearing her talk about her struggle, I really had no idea what my life would be like dealing with an autoimmune disease myself," she wrote. "I am the only child my mom passed down her autoimmune issue to. Lucky me, lol."

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Explaining how the illness progressed over the years, she added: "For the past eight years, although the spots are unpredictable, I can always count on my main spot on my right lower leg, which consistently stays flared up. When I got pregnant both times, it fully went away."

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Related | Poosh Calling: Kourtney Kardashian Takes Time Out For Herself

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Over the past couple of years, the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star has been candid about her struggle with her condition and has even shared pictures of her flare-ups with fans across social media.

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When she was initially diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis, Kardashian West says she tried "everything natural — every ointment, cream, serum, and foam you can possibly imagine and everything from the dermatologist." Since then, she said she has become "extremely comfortable" with it.

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"If you have psoriasis, you can't let it ruin your life or get the best of you," she said. "You have to do what you can to make sure you are comfortable but not let it take over... I hope my story can help anyone else with an autoimmune disease feel confident that there is light at the end of the tunnel."


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Fri, 20 Sep 2019 22:41:54 +0000http://www.23880175.com/kim-kardashian-psoriasis-2640459310.htmlKim kardashianPsoriasisPooshKourtney kardashianHealthKeeping up with the kardashiansJeena Sharma
Bops Only: 10 Songs You Need to Start Your Weekend Righthttp://www.23880175.com/bops-only-jordan-stephens-2640453357.html

New Music Friday always promises a plethora of that good-good new-new from some of your favorite artists, maybe some long-awaited, maybe some tired, through, and delayed, and maybe some songs by a treasure trove of #whos you've never heard of before. We know. It's overwhelming! Thank the heavens PAPER is here help sift through the goodness, the garbage, and the noise, and bring you the best every Friday. We gotchu, sis. Let's bop to it!


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With little more than melancholy piano and harmonies, UK artist Jordan Stephens creates plenty of open space in his latest single. On "Found In Space," he grapples with mental health issues, and opens up about feeling numb to his struggles, shifting from half-rapped to sung cadences. But he's not alone in the ether. "Plenty of love is found in space/ Let's find our way," Stephens sings, letting his guard down just enough to let us in. As it turns out, a little love can go a long way. Check out his viral #IAmWhole campaign here to see what we mean.


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Alabama Shakes frontwoman Brittany Howard doesn't hold back on her solo debut album Jaime, out today. The singer explores everything from family traumas to spirituality throughout the record, and "Georgia" bares all as a track about having a young, innocent crush on an older girl. Howard, who grew up in ultra-conservative Athens, Alabama, sets the backdrop of her hidden emotions with lyrics like "I just want Georgia to notice me." Like many a young queer romance in similar settings, Howard captures the feeling of being too scared to share her truth then for fear of retribution. But she's fearless now, empowering listeners to honor their own deepest truths by naming them.


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Slayyyter's debut self-titled mixtape arrived this week, offering a mix of the hooky late '00s pop she's inspired by and a take of the glitchy electronic music popularized by PC Music and the internet. "Touch My Body" is a decidedly gentler hyperpop offering (if you prefer gentle hyperpop EDM-flavored), mostly in its melody-driven vocal delivery. Slayyyter sounds equally in love and she is in lust, singing lyrics like "In the middle of the night/ I've been dreaming of the moments when you hold me tight," in her affected nasally coo. Paired with Slayyyter's knack for crafting sticky hooks, Boy Sim's production elevates the sultry track to big-ticket dancefloor euphoria. Another win for the pop star-in-the-making, who is about to be everywhere.

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Related | Slayyyter's Mixtape Is a Sticky-Sweet Stan Symphony


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Princess Nokia is the queen of the pageant, belle of the ball in "Sugar Honey Iced Tea (S.H.I.T.)," not to be confused with Kelis' swooning, 2003's Tasty-era love song of the same name. If anything, this feels like a closer homage to the attitude of Fergie's iconic The Duchess album. Atop a brassy, bass-heavy beat mixed with choral "ahs" for dramatic effect, Nokia tosses her naysayers to the side. "Think you jealous maybe high key/ I got the juice, I got the Hi-C/ Do I care? Unlikely," she intones, unbothered, wearing her crown with pride. With seemingly effortless skill, Princess Nokia has made the latest feel-yourself anthem for your nerves.


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Prolific Swedish songstress Tove Lo drops her new album Sunshine Kitty today. "Sweettalk My Heart" is on repeat for its stylistic merge of dancehall-inflected breakbeats, synthesized '80s bombast, and Tove's impeccable ear for addictive melody. As always, she sings like an expert about love's deceptive, darker multitudes. "I can be yours," she sings, devoting herself to a liar, however well-intentioned they might be: "Sweeter than love is the taste of all those promises." And as usual, it's her honesty about what she needs that makes the song, a perfect, three-minute confection, really stick. "I want attention, commitment intertwined," she sings in a flurry of rushed verses, as if confessing a secret she can't take back. People say so many sweet things they don't mean in the name of love. Tove Lo is willing to call it out.

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Related | Tove Lo Pushes Pop To Its Climax


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Cupcakke is not playing with y'all. On "Grilling N----s," the rapper is ready to roast, unleashing a flurry of heavy-hitting bars on minor-key piano chords evoking scenes from Jaws. There's no formal hook, just fury, skill, and her trademark sense of humor, as Cupcakke acknowledges herself and her status, thus smacking "a bitch into Christmas Eve."


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Maluca's "NYC Baby" is a fusion of a lifetime of the native New Yorker's lived experience and the sounds that have influenced her most. Atop a freestyle beat and horns straight out of Miami Sound Machine, Maluca raps in the verses about the nostalgia of her youth: her skin sticking to the plastic on her abuela's couch, her running around the city half-naked in the summer with friends. In the anthemic chorus, she pledges to give the city that made her all her "l-l-love." The beauty of New York is that anyone can be an NYC Baby, judging by the openness and warmth of Maluca's tone. Give it all your l-l-love and feel it love you back.

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Related | Maluca's 'NYC Baby' Is a Love Letter to the City That Made Her


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Kitten's newest track "Goodbye Honeymoon Phase" might call to mind the angsty pop-rock of mid-aughts female acts ranging from Avril Lavigne to Michelle Branch. Lead singer Chloe Chaidez mourns the end of a relationship's good old days, and looks ahead to the darker days of conflicts and tumultuous change. "I have never seen this look in your eye," she reflects. "Somehow it only gets worse." Chaidez's singing is emotionally charged enough, for sure, but it's the mix of jagged riffs, sprinkling of electro blips, and ultimately dynamic production flourishes that really sells the song. The song goes from soft to loud, noisy to meditative within seconds, sometimes all at once, as if replicating the thrilling, terrifying chaos of love. From the sound of things, Kitten's "Goodbye Honeymoon Phase" sounds poised to break hearts and revive pop-rock in one fell swoop.

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Related | Kitten Channels Queer Icons for Pride, Starting With Elton John


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Remi Wolf's new EP, You're a Dog!, is out now, and "Doctor" finds the singer refusing to fix a lover's innermost wounds. It's labor! She sings with a kind of swaggering, wailing abandon, driving the horn-filled pop arrangement and its memorable chorus forward. On "Doctor," Wolf embodies the kind of freedom to be found when relieving a heavy burden, leaving plenty of necessary room for self-care.

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What's your favorite track this week? See you next week, lovers!

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Photography: Hana Zebzabi

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Fri, 20 Sep 2019 22:30:43 +0000http://www.23880175.com/bops-only-jordan-stephens-2640453357.htmlNew music fridayNew musicJordan stephensBrittany howardSlayyyterPrincess nokiaTove loCupcakkeMalucaKittenRemi wolfMusicBops onlyMichael Love Michael
You Can Already Shop Brandon Maxwell's Debut Menswear Collectionhttp://www.23880175.com/brandon-maxwell-moda-operandi-2640459530.html

In a matter of years, Brandon Maxwell has become the go-to designer for all things elegant and refined. A favorite of Lady Gaga's, who has sported his ball gowns everywhere from the Oscars to the Met Gala, the American designer upped the ante at his Spring 2020 show in New York when he introduced a range of menswear that includes beautiful separates for the classic gent.

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Elevating the inspiration he drew from his Texan upbringing, Maxwell reimagined the football culture of his hometown to create 10 looks that include sharp, tailored denim, crisp button-downs, and sport coats all in his signature vibrant palette. The result? A super chic approach to classic Americana sportswear for the daytime with the same elegant ease of his womenswear.

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Related | PAPER People: Brandon Maxwell

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No need to wait until Spring 2020 for these pieces to hit the stores, either. Thanks to Moda Operandi, which lets you shop collections straight from the runway, these new looks will be shoppable tomorrow, September 21, online. In anticipation, check out Brandon Maxwell's menswear debut at NYFW, below.

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Fri, 20 Sep 2019 22:20:12 +0000http://www.23880175.com/brandon-maxwell-moda-operandi-2640459530.htmlBrandon maxwellRoytel Montero
Fran Descher Is Talking to Cardi B About Rebooting 'The Nanny'http://www.23880175.com/fran-drescher-cardi-b-2640458161.html

Cardi B is a comedic genius, born for the big screen. She proved in Hustlers (RIP the pole dance we'll never see because Cardi was recovering from plastic surgery during filming), as well as on her Instagram every day of the damn week. Get this woman a talk show!

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At least someone recognizes her potential. Fran Drescher — star of the iconic '90s TV show The Nanny, which documented the misadventures of Fran Fine: a Jewish nanny from Queens who works for an elite Manhattan family — has her heart set on Cardi reprising the role.

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Related | Madeleine Mantock Wants Even More For 'Charmed'

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ET broke the news that Drescher has already met with Cardi's team about the project. Cardi is the top choice of Drescher, who is already thinking about the logistics around Kulture and Cardi's tour schedule.

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"That was just kind of laying out groundwork," Drescher says of their initial meeting. "I do think she's great, and she would be kinda like my top choice, if she's disciplined to do this show every week. It can be a grind, but she's got a baby now and it could be a very comfortable, lovely way to, you know, work, be seen worldwide, and still do mini-concert tours when you're on hiatus."

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Don't worry: Cardi's not going to be cast as a Jewish girl from Queens. The Nanny is slated for a reboot not a revival or follow-up series (an important distinction in these nostalgic times). Cardi would be playing a fully new character in a 21st century setting.

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"We would have to write it for somebody else, which I would be excited to do actually," she told ET. "I could play Sylvia, the mom. And John Leguizamo could play [Fran's dad], Morty. So, you know, we'll see. There's a lot of opportunities to do something fantastic with it and bring it right into the 21st century."

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You have to admit... it'd be beyond perfect. Just like Fran, Cardi's a loud girl from the boroughs trying to get hers!

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Also, just think of the outfits! Cardi and Fran are already kindred spirits in the style realm (sharing a penchant for bouffants and bold prints). A Franified Cardi wardrobe would almost too much to handle.







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Please say yes Cardi? Please, please, please, please, please.

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Drescher's promised there's a big Nanny announcement coming in the next few weeks.

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Fri, 20 Sep 2019 22:06:37 +0000http://www.23880175.com/fran-drescher-cardi-b-2640458161.htmlThe nannyCardi bFran drescherJael Goldfine
Le Freak, C'est Chic!http://www.23880175.com/cest-chic-fashion-2640458059.html


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Fri, 20 Sep 2019 22:00:24 +0000http://www.23880175.com/cest-chic-fashion-2640458059.htmlPrabal gurungChanelValentinoZimmermanHalpernLaura cantuWolfordGucciVersaceMarina rinaldiNina ricciJennifer fisherAnna-karin karlssonFendiPhotography Ben Lamberty / Styling Daniel Edley
Fendi Marches on Without Karl Lagerfeldhttp://www.23880175.com/fendi-spring-2020-show-2640457012.html

The last collection Karl Lagerfeld designed for Fendi was shown in February earlier this year. Although the Italian brand has since presented a resort, men's and couture offering, this was the first ready-to-wear runway show for women that's been completely under Silvia Venturini Fendi's purview. There was a sunny disposition in the air, as the entrance of the runway resembled an early morning sunrise. It was indeed a new dawn for Fendi, and the optimistic outlook trickled into the summer-ready clothes. Here's everything else you need to know about the collection.

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Transparent floor-length dresses and sheer skirts were worn over swim suits and other under garments.

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Fri, 20 Sep 2019 21:33:12 +0000http://www.23880175.com/fendi-spring-2020-show-2640457012.htmlFendiFendi spring 2020MfwMfw spring 2020Karl lagerfeldMario Abad
Picasso-Inspired Painted Hair at Moschinohttp://www.23880175.com/moschino-picasso-hair-beauty-2640457694.html

The Moschino Spring 2020 presentation this season was akin to a painter's canvas. Kaia Gerber, Bella Hadid, and Adut Aketch all walked down the runway in outfits that seemed to have sprung out of Pablo Picasso's paint brush.

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Related | See Bella Hadid as a Glam Clown at Moschino

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Underlining this theme were the whimsical hair looks for the night. Designer Jeremy Scott appointed the iconic Julien d'Ys, who has previously fashioned memorable hairstyles for the likes of Céline Dion.

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While Scott found his primary inspiration in Picasso's work, d'Ys interpreted this in his own artistic style. Models were seen sporting Spanish-style knots, as part of Scott's homage to Picasso's hometown.

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After securing the parted lengths of the hair into fuller and loose chignons, the top of the head was then painted with strokes of green, pink, violet, and blue to match with the colors on the outfits.

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"We're completely in the world of Picasso," d'Ys told Vogue backstage. "I'm a painter, I'm an artist, and I knew I was the right person to do this."

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Topping these dreamy looks was the makeup by Kabuki, who in order to "evoke Picasso" chose a more minimal palette of makeup that contrasted the brighter colors across the hair. The look was finished with sharp red lips and extended wings around the corners of the eyes.

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Photos via Imaxtree

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Fri, 20 Sep 2019 21:20:05 +0000http://www.23880175.com/moschino-picasso-hair-beauty-2640457694.htmlMoschinoJeremy scottSpring 2020Milan fashion weekMfwSs20FashionFashion monthKaia gerberBella hadidAdut aketchPablo picassoJulien d'ysBeautyJeena Sharma
HANA Is Making an Album Live On Twitchhttp://www.23880175.com/hana-twitch-2640458544.html

Welcome to the most 2019 headline you'll read today. HANA is about to embark on a weeks-long journey to complete her long-anticipated debut studio album, and she will be livestreaming the entire process on Twitch. Buckle up, stans and appreciate all of this power.

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After releasing her self-titled EP in 2016, HANA has remained relatively ever-present in the ever-expanding alt-pop universe, touring alongside Grimes and collaborating with her frequently. The two teamed up most recently for their 2018 smash, "We Appreciate Power," and since then, HANA released a new single, the pulsating "Black Hole." Now, veering outside the lines of the normal creative process, HANA is about to take her music-making extremely public and straight to her streaming platform of choice, Twitch.


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HANA is a regular on Twitch, having built a sizable fanbase from the platform, beyond those just interested in her music. She's ready to get down to business for her album, though, and after DJing Lady Gaga's Haus Laboratories launch party this past week, it seems like she's never been more ready. For the next three weeks, starting "next monday," HANA will be chipping away, Monday through Friday, at the production for her sure-to-be genre bending record. The project doesn't have a name yet, but the cover art speaks for itself.

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In the cover, HANA is positioned curiously in a robotic armor, digi-flora and fauna surrounding her on all sides. It's a futuristic fantasy take, giving major "Panini" video vibes, sans Skai Jackson. If the detail that's been put into the cover is any indication of the intensity of the album's production, cyber pop stans are in for a wild ride.

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Tune into HANA's Twitch come Monday to get the latest on all of the album action.


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Photography: Bryan Huynh


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Fri, 20 Sep 2019 21:03:51 +0000http://www.23880175.com/hana-twitch-2640458544.htmlHanaTwitchGrimesBrendan Wetmore
Jeffree Star Had a Lot to Say About Haus Laboratorieshttp://www.23880175.com/jeffree-star-lady-gaga-haus-2640457952.html

It was bound to happen, and the review is finally here — makeup guru and YouTuber extraordinaire, Jeffree Star, has finally reviewed Lady Gaga's new beauty line, Haus Laboratories. Grab the popcorn.

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Every beauty brand knows that a Jeffree Star review can either make or break you, and receiving a stamp of "Jeffree Star Approved" is the makeup version of getting the Oscar for Best Picture. Star evaluates based on several criteria beyond the function of the product, including how heavy packaging is and whether or not a product line as a whole is robust enough.

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Related | Lady Gaga DJ'd Her Own Haus Laboratories Launch

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Now, after countless tweets requesting the official Star take, Jeffree has decided to give the fans what they want: a lengthy, swatch-filled 30-minute review of the Haus Laboratories line. The full collection, as it stands, includes an eyeliner and an "armor masque," liquid shadows and highlighters, lip liners, and hyper-pigmented lip glosses. While it's not a full line with foundations and more, what's been put out is impeccable, according to Star himself.

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In fact, he was absolutely obsessed with the products in Gaga's first launch, with his only critique being that there wasn't more to try. Watch the full review, below, and see if Haus Labs ended up with a stamp of approval.


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Photo via YouTube


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Fri, 20 Sep 2019 20:55:16 +0000http://www.23880175.com/jeffree-star-lady-gaga-haus-2640457952.htmlHausHaus laboratoriesLady gagaMakeupJeffree starBrendan Wetmore
Did Cardi B Respond to Tekashi 6ix9ine With the Keke Palmer Meme?http://www.23880175.com/cardi-b-bloods-tekashi-6ix9ine-2640458424.html

Tekashi 6ix9ine was generous with names while testifying as a prosecution witness against member of his former gang, the Nine Trey Gangster Bloods. During his cross examination, one of the names he confirmed as a fellow Blood was Cardi B, reports NBC News.

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This was momentarily expected to be a scandal, but the "Bodak Yellow" star has already been extraordinarily open about her past, from sharing tales of robbing clients while she was a stripper on Insta Live, to chatting about her past gang affiliation in interviews.

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Related | Watch Cardi B Take Bernie Sanders To a Nail Salon

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Quickly, everyone realized that they already knew Cardi had former ties to the gang, not least because she talked about it at length in a 2018 GQ profile. Here's the passage:

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"When I was 16 years old, I used to hang out with a lot of"—agonizing, cliff-diver pause—"Bloods. I used to pop off with my homies. And they'd say, 'Yo, you really get it poppin'. You should come home. You should turn Blood.' And I did. Yes, I did. And something that—it's not like, oh, you leave. You don't leave. Stripping," which Cardi began at 19, "changed my life. When I was a stripper, I didn't give a fuck about gangs, because I was so focused on making money."

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She continued:

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"When I was younger, I used to go very hard. As I got older…you can do your own thing, but you always got to check in with your set. You don't leave your people behind. They will understand I don't be doing it because I'm an adult now. After you're in your 20s, why would you join a gang? That's something that you do when you're young. I don't even got to keep up communications. I keep communication because I'm used to it. There was a point when I was like 20, 21, 22…I was repping it, but I know that things change, Big Homies change, and I knew I had to check in again. It's like almost like renewing your license. I kept repping something, [but] people was like, 'Okay, but you're not under the right person.' So it's like, 'Okay, I gotta do it real right.' You gotta get in the loop.

If somebody was to tell me right now, 'I want to join a gang,' I would tell them that it's a waste of your money, it's a waste of your time. And then you can never leave it. Sometimes these people are gonna expect you to be at meetings when you have a job. You gotta be at work till 9:30 p.m., and you cannot go to a powwow because you at work. How you tell that to people? One of the laws in my set is that you always gotta have a job, you always gotta do something to contribute, to be right in the community. They want everybody to be successful. Nobody want to be in a group full of bums. Nobody want a group full of bums."

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Related | Cardi B Speaks Out About Jay-Z's NFL Deal

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It's a little hard to parse to what extent today she considers herself a Blood today, but certainly Tekashi 6ix9ine didn't tell us anything new.

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Despite this, Cardi B was expected to respond. A rep from her label Atlantic Records refuted Cardi's past statements, telling Billboard: "This is not true."

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However, Cardi took her publicity into her own hands, per usual, with a neatly timed, captionless Instagram post.


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Cardi, who posted the video just a few hours after the news broke that Tekashi 6ix9ine had named her, appears to be passing along her Hustlers co-star Keke Palmer's now iconic message to the rapper: "I hate to say it, I hope I don't sound ridiculous, I don't know who this man is. I mean, he could be walking down the street, I wouldn't know a thing. Sorry to this man."

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Related | If You Don't Know Who Keke Palmer Is, You Do Now

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Palmer's clip — which was her response to being shown a photo of Dick Cheney during a "lie detector test" with Vanity Fair — has blossomed into the meme of the moment. The actress has already released a line of "Sorry to this man" t-shirts.

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Who knows what the joke's internet half-life will be, but this week it was perfect for meme queen Cardi's message: whether or not it's true she's a Blood, she does not know who this man is or why he's talking about her. He could be walking down the street, and she wouldn't know a thing.

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Photo via Getty


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Fri, 20 Sep 2019 20:48:51 +0000http://www.23880175.com/cardi-b-bloods-tekashi-6ix9ine-2640458424.htmlKeke palmerTekashi 6ix9ineBloodsHustlersCardi bJael Goldfine
Angel Olsen Tells the Stories Behind Her Stunning Music Videoshttp://www.23880175.com/angel-olsen-lark-video-2640442459.html

It was early 2016, and Angel Olsen needed a reinvention. Two dizzying years had elapsed since the singer's breakthrough record, Burn Your Fire for No Witness, yet the world seemed to have the wrong idea. "I was frustrated by being pigeonholed as, like, sad-girl guitarist," Olsen says. "Singer-songwriter, Leonard Cohen-esque. I was like, 'Wow, people really view me as a country musician? I thought I was making rock and roll! I thought I was just making music. I didn't know I was this thing."

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Olsen had to deconstruct that notion. So she grabbed a silvery wig that made her look like an ageless glam queen and called on an old friend, the cinematographer Ashley Connor. Together, they went to a roller skating rink in Olsen's adopted hometown of Asheville, North Carolina, to make a music video.

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"I'd called a few friends of mine, and then I thought: 'I should call Ashley,'" Olsen recalls. "I was like, 'Hey, I want to direct my next video. But I need advice on how to do that, and if I can even do that?'" When Olsen's third album, My Woman, landed later that year, replete with dazzling guitar workouts and a seventies rock sprawl, you'd no sooner dismiss her as a "sad-girl guitarist" than refer to Beyoncé as an "ex-Destiny's Child member." But the two videos she made in Asheville with Connor — "Shut Up Kiss Me" and "Intern," both crediting the singer as director — had already done much to obliterate the wholesome image, establishing something glitzier and louder in its place. They were playful and striking. "I just happened to write really sad music," the 32-year-old songwriter says. "But in life, I will make you laugh." (It's true—she is quite funny, and at various points during our interview affects impressive British and Italian accents with comic ease.)

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When Olsen tells me all this three years after the fact, she's on the verge of her biggest reinvention yet. Her new album, All Mirrors, is a stunning hard left into orchestral glamour and soul-baring torch songs examining solitude, loss, and what she has described as "owning up to your darkest side." Once again, music videos ushered in the new age. And Connor, who's now shot videos for everyone from Mitski to Beach House (not to mention feature films and TV shows), has stepped up as Olsen's prime collaborator on the visual side, directing her two most ambitious clips yet. There was "All Mirrors," which placed Olsen in a flowing white gown and a 1920s sci-fi dreamscape, and now "Lark," which condenses all the drama and rage of a two-hour survival epic into one six-minute journey.

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One evening in August, I meet both artists — singer and filmmaker — at a bar in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. (Connor lives here; Olsen is up from Asheville.) The mood is somber at first — we've just learned that David Berman, of Silver Jews fame, died earlier that day, and everyone is visibly distraught. But Olsen brightens considerably while laughing with Connor and trading memories of the videos they've made. Like when they were shooting the "All Mirrors" video and had to enlist the services of strong-armed fans as crew members. "These people I didn't know were carrying me. And holding me up!" Olsen recalls. "And I had to be like, 'Hey! Hold my body! Do not be afraid. I am not shy. If you accidentally grab my ass or my crotch or my boob, do not worry. Just do not drop me on the floor.' In that moment, it requires everybody to be really present. And really trusting of strangers."

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Related | 6 Music Videos Showcasing Zia Anger's Cinematic Genius

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Or when Connor broke her wrist before filming the first shot of "Lark." That video contains breathtaking shots of Olsen gliding underwater, scaling a mountain, and raging in a thunderstorm. Those emotions were real. "We kind of made a more earnest video. And it was really cathartic, for both of us," Connor says. "There's something about getting together with your girlfriends and screaming in the woods that feels really fucking good."

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The song, which opens the new album, is a stormy six-minute epic haunted by echoes of a failed relationship ("This city's changed / It's not what it was back when you loved me"). It hints at the real-life circumstances that drove Olsen to make some extreme aesthetic choices.

Addressing this , she stammers a bit, then explains it all matter-of-factly. "I went through a breakup, and my band and team witnessed it," Olsen says. "Then I wanted to make a record by myself." So she embarked on a solo tour and revisited her earliest material. "I went back to when I came out with [2012 debut] Half Way Home. And remembering that these people in my life were there in the very beginning and no one else was, and just thinking about that part of my life again. I was heartbroken at first. And then I went through this process of realizing I had a community there all along.

"It was such a hard lesson," Olsen admits. "But, you know, I'm not afraid or humiliated to say that in a record, and a lot of it was inspired by that experience."

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The original plan was to embrace solitude, literally speaking, and record All Mirrors as a sparse solo record. In fact, she did record the solo album — resisting overdubs, an attempt to keep it as raw as her earliest recordings — and toyed with the idea of releasing two albums at once: solo and full-band renderings of the same songs. That idea was shelved when she began working with string arrangers, such as Jherek Bischoff and Ben Babbitt, and was struck by the powerful and sweeping dimension they brought to the material. It became clear she needed to release this record on its own. A self-described "control freak," Olsen admits it was terrifying to relinquish control and trust her collaborators to take over these songs. "In 'All Mirrors,' I created the melody of that middle section of the song. I did it on piano and sent it to them and they turned it into this crazy masterpiece," she marvels.

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When I mention that that the record reminds me of orchestral pop from the 1950s and '60s, Olsen seems surprised. She had not been listening to that era. She was obsessing over '70s and '80s music — Brian Eno, Patti Smith. She got into Kate Bush for the first time ever. And she became captivated by an oft-forgotten Nico record called Drama of Exile. "It's, like, really bad fucked-up dark disco," Olsen raves. "I just got really into that part of the '80s. I read a bunch of punk diaries from that time."

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And while nothing on All Mirrors could be describes as "fucked-up dark disco," the imagery does call to mind the outlandish, exaggerated visuals of '80s pop. "Kate Bush's videos fall into a certain category," Connor says. "The most recent Angel video ['All Mirrors] obviously pays reverence to things like 'Babooshka.'"

For Olsen, having Connor direct the two recent videos required a similar openness to collaboration. "This is somebody I've developed a language with," she says. "Even if we have a completely different vision and are fighting, at least we can be fucking honest with each other and get through it."

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Here are the stories behind six notable videos Olsen and Connor worked on together. (It is not meant to be a comprehensive list of all of Olsen's music videos.)

"Tiniest Seed" (2012)


Directed by Angel Olsen, Ashley Connor, Zia Anger, and Randy Sterling Hunter; concept by Hunter

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The "Tiniest Seed" video was made in 2012, but looks like a flickering time capsule buried in the 1940s. Shot on two rolls of 16 mm film, the clip depicts Olsen, 25 then and largely unknown, singing the sad, loping ballad while illuminated by a single light. Her face is ghostly, expressionless. The film was exposed, rewound, and re-exposed, resulting in eerie glimpses of Olsen singing directly to her mirror image. (All that, seven years before she made a record called All Mirrors.)

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It marked the start of Olsen and Connor's friendship. In those days, "Zia [Anger] and I were fans of musicians who we cold-called, like: 'Do you want a music video? Give us $500, we will make you something,'" Connor says. "Zia and I had been working together since college — she directs, I DP." They both fell in love with Olsen's music after hearing her sparse 2010 EP, Strange Cacti; when Olsen recorded a debut full-length, Half Way Home, a couple years later, the pair wound up collaborating with her. The whole thing was made for $500. "We did the video in a barn in Ithaca. Ashley came and shot all of that video. It didn't require editing because it was mapped out," Olsen says, referring to the carefully choreographed re-exposures. (To get the effect right, the crew "spent tedious hours drawing lines on the floor to mark out positions, arranging and rearranging the camera and light," according to the New York Times.)

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"It was just the three of us in a barn with one light," Connor recalls. "It was very embarrassing, because we had been listening to Angel's album over and over again and singing it in the style of Angel, before she'd come to Ithaca. And when she came, we told all the girls, who were vaguely helping out, 'You can't sing the songs! It's really not cool if you keep singing the songs!'

"Hi-Five" (2014)


Directed by Zia Anger

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Olsen quotes Hank Williams in the first line of this Burn Your Fire gem, but the video's ambiance is more arty than country. Directed by Zia Anger — with Connor behind the camera — this early clip depicts Olsen on a cluttered little stage, offering performative hand gestures beneath a dreamlike spotlight. When the tremolo guitar fades out, Olsen remains suspended as colorful sequins drizzle down from above. In a final twist, the camera zooms out to reveal a stagehand tossing the sequins from a paper bag.

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Olsen remembers filming the video at Bard College. "I had to see a choreographer that day, who was really sweet," she says. "And he was teaching me how to do hand movements." The resulting clip was another decidedly low-budget affair. "It was like seven people in a room, trying to make something together — with no money," Connor recalls. "I didn't know that at the time," Olsen interjects. "I didn't understand how the music video world worked. I was just at that point learning about budgets for my own stuff. Now that I've had this experience of knowing by directing my own videos, I have even more empathy for people who are in the film industry. I'm like, Dang!"

"Intern" (2016)


Directed by Angel Olsen (with collaborative input from Ashley Connor and Jethro Waters)

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"Intern" was shot the same week as "Shut Up Kiss Me" — same crew, same camera, same cinematographer (Connor). In both, Olsen mugs for the camera in the same tinsel wig. "It made sense to shoot them the same week because we could save on the camera," Olsen says.

The clip is brief but memorable. There are some puzzling retro flourishes. Olsen lip-syncs the My Woman track while wearing an earpiece headset and gazing straight into the camera. She checks herself out in a dressing-room mirror. The sleek artifice of the video seems deliberately at odds with the song's central plea: "I just want to be alive, make something real." A writer for Flavorwire, Moze Halperin, interpreted the video as a play on the self-consciously "confessional" singer-songwriter videos of the '90s.

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Given the song opens with wobbly synth groans, it also helped to deconstruct Olsen's folk-singer image. That was a welcome challenge for Connor. "It excites me to hear somebody be like, 'I think I've been viewed as X, and I'd rather be viewed as Y. How do we do that?'" the filmmaker says. "An important part of the process is asking how you want to be seen. And respecting that. A lot of people don't."

"Shut Up Kiss Me" (2016)


Directed by Angel Olsen (with collaborative input from Ashley Connor and Jethro Waters)

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In 2016, Olsen was really into roller skating. While recording My Woman shortly after David Bowie died, she attended a Bowie tribute night at her local roller rink in Asheville, where everyone dressed up as different eras of Bowie's career. "It was so crowded that people were falling over each other because there were so many different David Bowies on the floor," she recalls. "It was fucking insane."

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This was the kernel of inspiration: She would make a video at the roller rink, and it needed to involve "some sort of wig or other glam aspect." "Shut Up Kiss Me," her most downright fun video, was the result. The song is a frenetic burst of reckless infatuation, and the clip counters that energy with dizzying evocations of '50s suburban bliss — a roller rink, a bar, an all-American diner. In wig and green bomber jacket, Olsen looks a little like a high school theater nerd, pouting and dolling it up for the camera as she mimes the words. "I just was using Asheville as a source of inspiration," she says. It was the first Angel Olsen video more likely to make fans laugh than cry.

"All Mirrors" (2019)


Directed by Ashley Connor

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When I tell Olsen that the "All Mirrors" video looks like it was filmed in some crazy castle, she cracks up. "If only!" Connor, the clip's director, laughs. "Every producer I met with was like, 'There's absolutely no way you can accomplish this with the budget.' I was like, 'You don't know me.'"

If the song's spidery synths aren't enough of a transformation, the video debuts a dramatic new look for Olsen. She ascends an otherworldly staircase in a glowing bright gown. Later, the singer, now clad in a black slip dress, confronts her double, who wears an elaborate crown designed by her friend with plastic zip ties. The whole surreal spectacle unfolds in cinematic black-and-white — Connor is a movie buff, and Olsen has cited early sci-fi films like Metropolis and Aelita as influences here. "Labyrinth wasn't part of the conversation," Connor says. "But a lot of people were like, 'They must have loved Labyrinth.'"

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The staircase was the challenge. "Angel knew that she wanted a staircase," Connor says; the director knew she couldn't fake one. "You were losing sleep at night, like, 'I need to find a staircase for this fucking video!'" Olsen laughs. Ultimately, they found some fans who worked in construction and were willing to build the staircase for cost: problem solved. "Ashley sent me a video of them building the staircase in the studio, listening to my record. She was like, 'Things are going really well today. Your fans are insane!'" Olsen recalls.

The budget was not extravagant, but it was a step-up. "For this video, I was like, 'We're gonna give you the treatment. We're going to get you hair and makeup. We're going to rent a studio. I'm going to light you, in a more real way,'" Connor says.

After the video ran, Olsen heard from a famous friend — she won't say who — asking about it. "She was like, 'How did you make that video? How much did it cost, because it looks fucking incredible and super expensive. And I was like, 'It was this. And this. And no, it was not a high-budget video.'"

"Lark" (2019)


Directed by Ashley Connor

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At first Olsen didn't know what she wanted the "Lark" video to be. Except it needed to be intense as hell. "We could go to Portugal," she remembers saying. "I could get a wedding dress. There could be aliens. I have no idea! But it needs to be really dramatic, you know?"

There are no aliens, but "Lark" is nonetheless Olsen's most cinematic and emotionally charged video to date. Visions of the singer fleeing a broken relationship and seeking catharsis in an array of natural settings — a lime-green mountaintop, a rushing river — suit the song's bursting orchestral exorcisms. Her performance here is not cheeky or droll. It is wild-eyed and fraught. "We were both crying on the beach," Connor recalls. "Crying from this transformative five-day shoot that we had just gone through. It was very physically and emotionally draining for both of us."

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"We slept maybe four or five hours a night," Olsen adds. "Everyone was staying at my house. And I like to host people. But I just felt like I couldn't turn off, because the kinds of places I had to go within myself in front of the camera — it was difficult to go there and then leave it there. I had to go to the worst parts of my life and try to bring it, you know?"

Though Olsen is not a trained actor, Connor effusively praises her performance. "I always tell Angel she's like an Italian film star and one day I have to, like, remake L'Avventura starring Angel," she laughs. "I'm sure everybody would love it."

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Photography: Cameron McCool



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Fri, 20 Sep 2019 20:40:03 +0000http://www.23880175.com/angel-olsen-lark-video-2640442459.htmlLarkAngel olsen Zach Schonfeld
Maggie Gyllenhaal Submitted This Unusual Image for Planned Parenthoodhttp://www.23880175.com/araks-maggie-gyllenhaal-lingerie-book-2640453325.html

Have you ever felt the pure bliss of rolling around and laying under a giant pile of clean laundry? We all know that folding and storing your clothes is the worst part, so when we came across this relatable photo of a woman chillin under swaths of lingerie, the mood was honestly too real.

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Turns out the image was taken by none other than Maggie Gyllenhaal, who submitted this photo as part of lingerie and swim brand ARAK's annual photo book series Lingerie on Film. The brand tapped Gyllenhaal and a cohort of other leading ladies from the fashion, art, and film worlds to take photos of themselves in its lingerie and swim sets using a disposable camera. Rather than a glossy overdone shoot, the results feel more like a photo diary.

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The 2019 issue, which was released this week and is the eighth installment in the series, features contributions from Gyllenhaal as well as Miranda July, Suki Waterhouse, Batsheva, Sabrina de Sousa, Jenny Welbourn, April Hughes, Susan Cianciolo, Rachel Fleit, Jo Rosenthal, and Jasmin Shokrian. On Tuesday, prints from the project were available for sale at a party co-hosted by Gyllenhall at the home Araks Yeramyan, with all proceeds going to Planned Parenthood. Peter Sarsgaard and Shailene Woodley also stopped by to show their support.

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Check out the slideshow below for more images of this year's Lingerie on Film, including photos taken by Suki Waterhouse and fashion designer Batsheva.

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Fri, 20 Sep 2019 20:30:31 +0000http://www.23880175.com/araks-maggie-gyllenhaal-lingerie-book-2640453325.htmlAraksMaggie gyllenhaalSuki waterhouseMario Abad
GALXARA Goes Interstellar in Debut Videohttp://www.23880175.com/galxara-waste-my-youth-video-premiere-2640457283.html

Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter GALXARA goes interstellar on her debut single and video for "Waste My Youth," premiering today on PAPER.

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"Don't you know my time's like a million dollars?" GALXARA sings on the opening line of her emotionally charged song, complete with a dynamic chorus and pulsating synths. "I could spend it anywhere."

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In her celestial music video, GALXARA wears various sequined ensembles with geometric prints, blurring the lines of fantasy and reality. "I want to waste my youth on you," she sings while incandescently glowing in outer space, transcending time as multi-colored crystals float around her.

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Related | This Short Film Imagines a Sustainable, Glitter-Filled Universe

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In other scenes, GALXARA drives a car midair, stargazes on the moon, and breaks free of masked astronauts. All serve as metaphors for her time having value. She is the only one who can determine her own destiny.

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"I believe we all have pieces of ourselves that are being ruled by the world, the people around us, or even social media and the internet," GALXARA says. "This film shows the never-ending daydream of my magical, otherworldly, and crazy life that I am so badly dying to live even if it's not always perfect, at least I am the one who holds the power to decide if I want to own my truth. I learn to realize that control can be an illusion, and it's up to me to decide if I want to walk through the fantasy or face reality."

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Stream GALXARA's "Waste My Youth," below, and follow her on Instagram (@galxara)


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Photography: Brian Ziff


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Fri, 20 Sep 2019 20:12:10 +0000http://www.23880175.com/galxara-waste-my-youth-video-premiere-2640457283.htmlWaste my youthMusicMusic videoGalxaraMarissa Matozzo
Billie Eilish Shows Solidarity With Climate Strikershttp://www.23880175.com/billie-eilish-climate-strike-2640457940.html

It makes sense that queen of teens Billie Eilish is on board with the global youth climate strike taking place today, and also that she showed solidarity through making a pun about Gen Z's favorite app: TikTok.

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Related | The Teenagers Leading the Global Movement For Climate Action

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Hundreds of thousands of school students and adult allies are taking part in climate marches today, drawing record crowds in capitals like Melbourne, Berlin, London, and New York City. It has been beautiful and inspiring to watch (head over to PAPER's Instagram Story to see what went down in Manhattan), and there'll likely be an even bigger moment when activist Greta Thunburg takes the stage around 5PM ET at the New York rally.


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Until then, Billie is keeping the kids hype. She debuted a custom "tick tock" two piece (as in, time is running out!) and used all the official hashtags. We already know from her "all the good girls go to hell" music video, which features some fairly apocalyptic imagery.

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Today's climate strike kicks off a week of climate action, so if you missed out today, it's by no means too late to participate. Find out more on the official event website, here.

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Photo via Getty

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Fri, 20 Sep 2019 20:00:52 +0000http://www.23880175.com/billie-eilish-climate-strike-2640457940.htmlClimate strikeFridays for futureGreta thunbergClimate changeClimate emergencyMusicYouth climate strikeBillie eilishKatherine Gillespie
Madonna X-periments With 'The Madame X Tour'http://www.23880175.com/madonna-madame-x-tour-2640455216.html

As the 11th tour in her over three decade-long reign as the Queen of Pop, Madame X is entirely unlike any other Madonna tour to date. For one thing, the show is designed for the theater, as opposed to her usual sold-out baseball stadium fare. (The first venue on the trek, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, seats fewer than 3,000.)

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Given the close quarters, there's no catwalk to consider, nor do fans needs to panic about which side is "better." It's all relatively close ("intimate," as she purred to the crowd), and all front and center. Seeing Madonna in that environment,her first time on a theater stage since her West End debut with Up for Grabs in 2002, is objectively a special experience.

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The Madame X Tour is also phone-free.

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It's 2019: we're all addicted to our phones. Even the woman on stage — who the audience paid hundreds, and in several cases, thousands of dollars to see — teased the crowd multiple times about their phonelessness, only to admit to being addicted to her own device during a misguided monologue about technological entrapment and slavery. (A rework is needed on that speech, ASAP.)

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Based on conversations in the crowd before the show, no one was actually bothered by the concept of a no-phone concert experience. Fans respected Madge's desire for undivided attention to get her message(s) across — it only amplifies the intrigue, after all. Finally, a return to the Way Things Were! But be warned in advance: the confiscation doesn't happen before the show. It happens as soon as you walk into the venue.

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After a security check, representatives for Yondr instructed us to silence our phones and slip them into a locked pouch, which we carried for the night. Let's say you were to arrive no later than 8:30 PM as instructed on the ticket, and she were to delay the show until 11 PM, as she did opening night. That's nearly three hours of socializing – who knows? You might find love at the Madame X Tour! — or a terrifyingly long time to sit alone with your thoughts. (To be fair, if you explored the venue, there were various roped-off areas where you could unlock your phone with the assistance of an attendant and get a few last-minute hits of dopamine.)


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The phone-free concept is also not entirely new: not only is it used at advance album listening parties for journalists, but comedy shows, too. (That Madonna's manager, Guy Oseary, also manages Amy Schumer, is perhaps indicative of where they got the idea.) Still, for a concert — especially at this level of superstardom — it's fairly radical.

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The scene inside was anxious and excitable, as people, still adjusting to life outside of their screens, mingled and mocked everyone else's phone-free behavior. One older couple, bedazzled in custom suits and Madame X eyepatches, bemoaned the fact that they couldn't show off their outfits in the venue with pictures — normally a staple pre-show spectacle at any Madonna concert.

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In short: don't rush to get there, don't lose your friends, bring a watch, and maybe even a book, too. Time truly does go by so slowly for those who wait.

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So what lies beyond the "X" curtain? What even is this show, exactly? At the highest level, it's a bit of a hybrid between an actual theatrical production and a concert, but looser in structure than either of the two, giving it the distinct feeling of a production with plans to shape-shift, in setlist and staging, each night on its 90+ show run.

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For those who've been following along the Madame X ride, it should come as no surprise that the concert kicks off with a silhouette of Madonna at a typewriter, typing out a James Baldwin quote about art and the artist's role to disturb society, starting over from scratch each time a dancer alongside her onstage gets shot.

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Cue "God Control," her happy-go-lucky disco ode to gun control — and the party begins, with Madge patriotically dressed up in founding father garb, marching with her dancers along two symmetrical stairwells which move and dismantle into various configurations throughout the show. (At times, the concept is almost reminiscent of Grace Jones' ahead-of-its-time One Man Show from 1982.)

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No one who's ever attended a Madonna concert in the past two decades would accuse the Queen of Pop of being apolitical. The Madame X Tour is no different, and she attempts to cover all her bases, all night long.

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"Fuck the patriarchy!" she snarls, kicking back at armored cops before a horn-y rendition of "Human Nature," one of the show's standout moments, as nagging fingers point at her from projections around the stage. She launches into an impassioned tirade about abortion after a too-brief performance of the first verse and the chorus of "Papa Don't Preach."

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"That's right, I made up my mind! You don't mind if I choose what I do with my body, do you?!" she declares. She's not challenging anyone in this crowd, of course. Staunch conservatives probably aren't queueing up in eyepatches for The Madame X Tour. The crowd roars back in a choir of approval.

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"I consider myself a freedom fighter," she later announces.


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She performs "American Life" with a guitar afterward, as torn uniforms shower down on a dancer from above the stage, concluding with a flag-draped coffin being slowly carried across the stage by soldiers.

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Madonna interacts frequently with the audience between songs, at one point even sitting down in an empty seat and making small talk with one of the attendees.

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"Do you come here often?" she seemingly challenged him. There was a tension in the air, as though the Queen could banish him for one wrong answer.

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"For the art," he said.

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"Ah, the art... would you say I'm an artist?" "Oh, yes," he gushed. "I like how you said that — oh, yes," she responded back, amused. She approved, thank God, and even boldly took a sip of his beer.

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Earlier in the show, Madonna took a Polaroid selfie and effectively auctioned it off to the audience, jokingly boasting about how much it'd be worth.

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"Don't get emotional," she told one woman, as fans began to bicker for the prized picture. A wad of cash in hand got her attention – and the hand belonged to an old friend: Rosie O'Donnell. Madge pocketed the money, thanking Rosie for her contribution to Her Art, reminding the audience that she's not making money off of her show, as each dollar goes to yet another light and yet another prop.

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She also tries her hand at comedy, which she's threatened to do ever since her Tonight Show stand-up "debut" in 2015.

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"Do you know what they call a guy with a small dick?" she asked the crowd during the show's first breather as she quick-changed onstage behind a small vanity.

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"I wouldn't know," she finally answered. "I don't call guys with small dicks." Ba-dum-tss!

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Parts of the show feel incredibly familiar ("American Life" is like a minimized version of her Re-Invention World Tour performance), and much of the Madame X Tour revolves around recreating her recent promotional performances, including the "Vogue" and "I Don't Search, I Find" segment — a solid pop star-style performance from her Pride Island show. The sequence finds Madame X in secret agent mode alongside a gaggle of bewigged blonde lookalike dancers in trench coats, strutting around before being captured and interrogated, lightbulb dangling overhead and all.

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"Like a Prayer" and "Dark Ballet" are essentially the same stairwell-style set up of both her Met Gala performance and her Eurovision performances, and "Medellín" was more or less a recreation of her 2019 Billboard Awards performance minus her handsome cha-cha partner Maluma – and the $5 million holograms. (He does show up, albeit green-screened into a projection, which is standard Madonna concert cameo fare.)

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"Batuka," too, is essentially the song's music video come to life, as the women of The Batukadeiras Orchestra gather 'round in a semi-circle and pound away at drums. Madonna respectfully lends them the spotlight for a majority of the performance, sitting to the side on a stairwell before eventually joining the women to gyrate and celebrate.

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In case it wasn't obvious enough from the title, the Madame X Tour is Madame X heavy. Before one of the show's more cohesive stretches (she welcomes us into her Fado cafe), Madonna delves into the story behind the music of her latest album, explaining her move to Portugal to become a soccer mom, finding herself bored and lonely, and rediscovering her passion and finding inspiration with the regional music wafting through the bars and living rooms of Lisbon — leading to "Crazy," a bit of "La Isla Bonita" and even a brief cover of a Fado song, "Sodade," by the late Cesária évora. In a touching gesture, she is accompanied by the young grandson of a late Fado legend she encountered in her travels, Celeste Rodrigues. He plays alongside Madonna onstage — and fetches her a beer.

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Madge curiously does not perform "Faz Gostoso," a joyous fan-favorite on the new album, but does make time for the album's most serious-faced moments, including "Extreme Occident" and "Killers Who Are Partying," a well-intended but embarrassing dirge dedicated to taking on the pain of minority groups. (Mercifully, it goes down better in live form.)

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"Future," which was originally a medieval-meets-post-apocalyptic moment on Eurovision, is now a more muted piano piece, as images of burning forests flare up around the theater.


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For a Madonna show, the Madame X Tour is surprisingly free of new visual interludes: her existing music videos for the era serve as the backdrop for the most part — and even old ones ("American Life"). The only new projection is inarguably also the show's greatest highlight: "Frozen."

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After a line of dancers dramatically flail to the sound of sharp breaths and a spoken word verse of "Rescue Me" (so close to a live performance, yet miles away), the screen reveals a woman hunched over, her legs spread, and her hair falling over her face, The Ring-style. As the unmistakable strings of the Ray Of Light classic start to swell, Madonna appears just behind the screen. And then, the woman on the projection looks up through her hair: it's fucking Lourdes, first daughter of The Queen, supreme heir to the throne.

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A collective gasp and cheer ensues.

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Beyond just being the stunning 22-year-old daughter of pop royalty, Lourdes can actually move. Madonna stays entirely still, crooning as Lola supplies an incredible interpretive dance on the screen just in front of her mother. It's captivating. Towards the end of the song, the camera focuses on the "M-O-M" tattooed across her knuckles. It's an absolutely iconic moment, arguably worth the price of admission alone to witness. ("This is Madonna," one man breathlessly declared one row behind.)

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That's not the only cameo from her own brood, either: twins Estere and Stella, as well as Mercy, all get down during an acapella version of "Express Yourself" early on the show. They later return for an endearingly sassy strut during the DJ Tracy Young remix of "Crave" — a strangely injected moment of poppers o'clock beats, sequins and furs — towards the very end.

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The night concludes with her Stonewall Pride anthem "I Rise," as Madonna and her dancers leave the stage and march down the aisles, fists aloft, singing the rallying chorus over and over again. A giant rainbow flag drapes down the digital screen.

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Madonna is not one for an easy ride. She's told us as much. And "easy," in Madonna's case, would be putting on her usual stadium spectacle of choreography, costumes, stunts and smashes galore from an immaculate back catalog. No one does it better. But she's got that incessant itch to scratch as an artist, and an endless craving to satisfy — to move forward, go more eccentric, and challenge herself to do things differently this time around. And yes, she's probably doing it to annoy her fans on purpose at times.


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"You're not one of those people who comments on my Instagram and tells me I better perform Hard Candy, right?" she joked at one point. Everyone laughed, even if some of them probably are.

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Go to the Madame X Tour, as a stan. You will appreciate the intimacy and unpredictable, experimental theater-esque feel of the show in comparison to what's come for so many years before. But if you want to hear the hits, dance and capture the moments, this isn't really the tour for you. Yes, there are a handful of classics scattered throughout — "Like a Prayer," "Vogue," "Human Nature" — but for the most part, the Madame X Tour is a disjointed artistic expression; an impassioned mixture of politics and Portuguese based around a vaguely all-encompassing, darkness-fighting alter-ego without any one clear narrative. She is nothing if not (blonde) ambitious.

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That's not to say that elements of her major tours aren't present in the Madame X Tour — it's still a Madonna show, after all — but in comparison, it's a relatively sparse and somewhat strange audience experience (do we sit, do we stand, what do we do with our hands?) — which may be even more of a draw for some fans curious to see what she does without all the bells and whistles, and with plenty of dead air during set changes to fill with actual audience interactions.

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In the absence of sensory overload and digital distractions, there's room for Madonna to breathe and evolve as a performer in a new kind of way — and, presumably, to grow.

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Madame X is a cha cha instructor. A professor. An equestrian. A saint. A whore. And still a work in progress.


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Photos courtesy of Stufish

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Fri, 20 Sep 2019 19:34:52 +0000http://www.23880175.com/madonna-madame-x-tour-2640455216.htmlMadonnaMadame xMusicBradley Stern
Lindsay Lohan Is Writing a New TV Show, Starring Her Familyhttp://www.23880175.com/lindsay-lohan-sibling-tv-show-2640457567.html

Did you forget that Lindsay Lohan is back? Well, she's still back, and don't you forget it. Back leaving thirsty comments on a newly single Liam Hemsworth's Instagram, back in the studio, back bullying c-list celebs on the Masked Singer Australia, and back concocting fresh televised hell.

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Following the demise of Lohan's Beach Club (both the short-lived resort and one-season reality TV show) Page Six reports that Lohan confirmed to an Australian talk show this week, that her new project is underway. She describes it as "a TV series that will come out in America" and "almost like a reality show, but not a reality show."

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Related | Princess Charming: Inside Lindsay Lohan's Enduring Cult of Celebrity

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Reprising her role of ruthless girlboss on Beach Club, she says that she herself will play at "kind of being a puppet master."

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The series will supposedly star her siblings, of which she has three: Michael Lohan Jr. (who as of 2014 worked in tech), aspiring pop star Ali Lohan and model Dakota (Cody) Lohan.

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Oh dear. Is Linday trying to make the Lohans the new Kardashians, with herself installed as a Kris Jenner-type matriarch? Will Dina be on the show? Will Lindsay ever make her third album?

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Lohan's Beach Club was reportedly cancelled because it "didn't have enough drama" — a statement my colleague Kat Gillespie, who bravely recapped the show, sadly agrees with. At very least, lets hope Lindsay doesn't make the same mistake again. We'll be watching!

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Photo via Getty

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Fri, 20 Sep 2019 19:34:44 +0000http://www.23880175.com/lindsay-lohan-sibling-tv-show-2640457567.htmlLohan's beach clubMykonosLindsay lohanJael Goldfine
J. Lo Closed Versace Show in Iconic Jungle Print Dresshttp://www.23880175.com/jennifer-lopez-versace-runway-2640457710.html

Versace has outdone itself once again. At the conclusion of its Spring 2020 show in Milan today, Jennifer Lopez emerged in THAT jungle print dress as she strutted the runway in quite possibly the fiercest walk we have ever seen. It's inspired by the same Versace dress that she wore to the Grammys in 2000 that literally was the reason Google Images was invented.

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Related | Tons of People Saw J. Lo Play a Stripper Who Robs Wall Street Men

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J. Lo brought everyone in the audience to their feet as she sashayed around the rotunda in one of the most iconic dresses of all time. The invitations to the show were printed with the same green jungle pattern, hinting at a possible Lopez cameo. We thought she might just make an appearance or sit on the front row, but we should all know by now that Donatella Versace always takes it one step further.

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After Lopez made a lap around the venue, Donatella herself joined in and held hands with the Hustlers star, making for one of the most legendary show moments in fashion week HERstory. In fact, just before Lopez emerged, the walls of the venue were digitally programmed to show Lopez asking Google to show her images of the jungle print Versace dress. Afterwards she asked Google to show her the real dress in person, which is when Lopez appeared — and the crowd went nuts.

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Photos via Getty

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Fri, 20 Sep 2019 19:12:55 +0000http://www.23880175.com/jennifer-lopez-versace-runway-2640457710.htmlJloJennifer lopezVersaceMario Abad
Keke Palmer Made 'Sorry to This Man' Merchhttp://www.23880175.com/keke-palmer-dick-cheney-merch-2640457199.html

Her mind. Keke Palmer, scene stealer in Hustlers and also that unintentionally hilarious Vanity Fair video interview where she (now famously) was unable to identify Dick Cheney, has dropped a line of "sorry to this man" merch that monetizes her very quotable apology to the 46th Vice President.

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Related | If You Didn't Know Who Keke Palmer Was, You Do Now

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The collection includes a "sorry to this man" hoodie, hat, and simple tee — standard wardrobe basics to get you through the fall, with a memey twist. The tee and hoodie include a screenshot of Palmer looking confused in the Vanity Fair video.


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If you somehow missed it, Palmer went viral last week after admitting she had no idea who Cheney was while strapped up to a lie detector. "I hate to say it. I hope I don't sound ridiculous. I don't know who this man is," she said, when confronted with a photo of Cheney. "I mean, he could be walking down the street, and I wouldn't know a thing. Sorry to this man." (Palmer starred in the Nickelodeon kids' sitcom True Jackson, VP, hence the veep theme.)


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Palmer has unfortunately since been informed about Dick Cheney's various accomplishments, and the actress didn't like what she found out. During a panel appearance in Brooklyn to promote Hustlers, she told the audience her mom had got her up to speed. "It was so crazy. My mom was like, 'You didn't know who Dick Cheney is?'" she recalled. "I said, 'We don't even talk about Dick Cheney!' and then she tried to tell me what he was about, and I said, 'I see why we don't talk about him!'"

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A genius business mind, Palmer worked quickly, and announced the merch collection today. Go ahead and purchase a piece of American history via her official web store. May as well add a pair of iridescent "twerk n flirt" shorts to cart while you're there.

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Photo via Getty



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Fri, 20 Sep 2019 18:37:27 +0000http://www.23880175.com/keke-palmer-dick-cheney-merch-2640457199.htmlSorry to this manDick cheneyHustlersJennifer lopezVice presidentNickelodeonLie detector testVanity fairKeke palmerKatherine Gillespie
See Beyoncé Cosplaying as Lisa Bonethttp://www.23880175.com/beyonce-lisa-bonet-costume-2640454505.html

In honor of her recent 37th birthday, Beyoncé hath gifted us another one of her lovingly curated personal Instagram photo albums. And among many gems (mostly hot vacay pics of her and Jay-Z on yachts and such) there's an incredible photo of her cosplaying as one of the other most beautiful women to ever live: 90s icon Lisa Bonet.


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Bonet, and if I have to tell you this then you're doing something wrong, is an actress and musician who rose to fame on The Cosby Show. She was formerly married to Lenny Kravitz, and their daughter Zoe Kravitz stars on Big Little Lies. Bonet also had a memorable turn in the movie adaptation of High Fidelity. She's currently married to Jason Mamoa! Her hat + tiny glasses looks of the late 1980s are somehow also very 2019. So Bey is, as usual, on trend.

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Some internet sleuthing reveals the look, which features twins Sir and Rumi, is likely from a Halloween party in 2018. Beyoncé's spooky season costumes are legendary at this point — remember her Toni Braxton moment?

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You can view Beyoncé's photo album of her 37th year here. Internet reactions to her Lisa Bonet costume, below.








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Photo via Getty

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Fri, 20 Sep 2019 18:18:02 +0000http://www.23880175.com/beyonce-lisa-bonet-costume-2640454505.htmlBeyonceLisa bonetLenny kravitzZoe kravitzJay-zPhotosBirthdayToni braxtonBeyoncéKatherine Gillespie
'Killing Eve' Meets Bond Girls at Max Marahttp://www.23880175.com/max-mara-spring-2020-show-2640455253.html

Villanelle, the villain in the hit spy thriller show Killing Eve portrayed by actress Jodie Comer, served as a starting point for Max Mara's Spring 2020 collection. The multi-faceted character is both glamorous and dark, with a wicked sense of humor and killer fashion sense. These qualities were underscored in many of the models creative director Ian Griffith sent down the runway, with dark plum lips and braided pigtails on Gigi Hadid, Candice Swanepoel and Doutzen Kroes conjuring a sinister mood. Bad-ass Bond girls also provided inspiration, with masculine tailoring and neck ties complementing the airy dresses and sweet pastels seen elsewhere. Here's everything else you need to know about the collection.

One Color Fits All


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Monochromatic ensembles — including ties, suits and shirts — were a major focal point in this collection, with matching shoes, socks, and bags bringing that point home.

Pattern Play


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While not exactly known for putting out prints, this season Max Mara used a variety of patterns, including Prince of Wales checks, light paisleys and polka-dot prints.

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Classic camel coats are the bread and butter of Max Mara. While cozy teddy coats didn't feature big for spring, the color was used in everything from utilitarian jackets to skirt and top separates.

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Seafoam green, lilac, and powder blue are a big trend already for spring, and Max Mara utilized them on a variety of key looks, with trios of models walking the runway together to emphasize this colorway.

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A selection of eveningwear closed out the show, with bias-cut dresses in shimmery fabrics and fluid hems adding the glamour quotient to the collection.

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Photos via Imaxtree

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Fri, 20 Sep 2019 18:01:11 +0000http://www.23880175.com/max-mara-spring-2020-show-2640455253.htmlMax maraMax mara spring 2020MfwMfw spring 2020Mario Abad
Noen Eubanks Is Making the Rules on TikTokhttp://www.23880175.com/noen-eubanks-2640436559.html

Noen Eubanks has a following unlike any other, both in a proverbial and a hyper-literal sense. The label-resistant lip-sync influencer built his following on TikTok — a social platform only a few years old — rather quickly compared to the long term come-up required for finding an audience on Instagram or Twitter. Eubanks discovered the radically new audience through the app's cringe-favoring algorithm and fandom-activating features, effectively sketching out a persona that's clearly of-the-moment, but changeable.

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He's quite aware of it all; after watching his TikToks, especially some of his Point-of-View (POV) videos and smoldering performances, it appears Eubanks is oblivious to his image or place in 2019's pop culture yearbook. After all, outside of the Gen-Z social media monolith, recording yourself staring into a front-facing camera and publishing it on the internet might be seen as a rather self-indulgent way to spend an afternoon. Eubanks is in on the joke, though, and he's ready to laugh along.

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When he first walks into the PAPER offices, he's reserved and dressed in a loose-fitting hoodie that speaks to a generation more enamored with Billie Eilish than what's on the runway. He's on level with what I expected from his shy and playful demeanor on TikTok; then, once we sit down one-on-one, he's 100% forthcoming. It's a shift that doesn't seem affected as much as it seems telling of the mystique and narrative that creators on TikTok can build for and around themselves. He speaks about trends, fame, and social pressure openly, as well as the labels he's been slapped with as a result of his status.


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Much of the mythology around the "e-boy" persona and accompanying monikers has to do with the following: skateboarding, blush, dyed hair, houndstooth prints, chains, and of course, breaking hearts. While Eubanks might be in-conversation with the e-boy aesthetic, and nearly became "the face" of it at one point, he's moved fluidly through emerging styles. He talks about his affinity for the "flower boy" aesthetic, a look rooted in soft colors and vulnerability versus the edge-leveling "e-boy," and worse, the true-bro "f-boy." When he talks about these subcultures, developed specifically on TikTok, it's clear that he's sitting perched on his For You page just like the rest of us.

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Whether or not his presence is truly bathed in awareness, and thus, irony, is another topic entirely. His dedication to making his fans smile surely isn't just for inside-jokes; he recounts dedicating himself to a regimen for postings, and with TikTok growing in cultural potency by the day and trend, Eubanks has made it past the pack. When speaking with him, it becomes clear that he's wanting to leverage multi-platform approach to fame, gaining followers on Instagram and even considering branching out with the "Noen brand."

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PAPER caught up with the Gen Z sensation below, where he talks about his beginnings on TikTok, his style mantras, and the proliferation of digi-fame into real life.

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How did you discover TikTok?

It was actually a year ago. I first downloaded the app and I recorded a video just to send to my brother as a joke and that was pretty much it, and I deleted the app. That was that for two months. It was really popular, I had a lot of traction, people were still talking about it so I re-downloaded the app. Part of the reason I started posting videos was that the first video I made got 100-something views and after that I lost my mind. That's when I started, like, "Oh, maybe I can do something with this," so I just kept on posting. That was what started it.

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So it started in this post-ironic space?

Yeah.

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Which is so interesting because the audience that you've built has become half that: Half who recognize and half fan-girl type?

It is definitely split, for sure. But for the most part, after a certain amount of time, everything meshes together pretty nicely.

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Is TikTok what brought you to LA?

I am in LA, not directly from TikTok, but influenced from it.

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I wonder what it's like in terms of Instagram culture, comparatively. You know how there's such an influencer base out in LA. Do you feel like there are a lot of other TikTok-ers concentrated in that area?

Yes, but for the most part the people that are out there are already established, and they're not from TikTok. They're from Musical.ly or from Vine. They're still in that loop, but most people out in LA are not from TikTok directly. Most people that I really look up to and watch their stuff, they're from everywhere.

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The audio component of this is much more different than Twitter, Instagram — you can express everything differently, so how do you decide which audios to use?

It depends. Because sometimes I'll hear a sound, scrolling, and it will make me feel a certain way. I'll feel this fire and I'm like, "I need to capture this," and sometimes I hear a sound and I'm like, "This is funny, I'm going to just do this," and there's a punchline and a joke so I'll do whatever. Sometimes I hear a sound that's popular and I think, "Oh, I can do it this way." Do my twist on a trend or whatever is going on with it. Sometimes I hear a sound and I just like it and I save it, and I have a bank.

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I'm just curious about this because I've had other people on TikTok say they get messages from artists saying, "Could you use my song in a video?" because it's become such a music launching platform.

Absolutely. A lot of people are trying to take advantage of it and it works in an interesting way, because there are so many people on the platform, and they'll come to me and they'll say, "Hey, we'll give you $75," or something like that, and if I tell them, "No," then they're just going to go to someone else. There's so many people on the platform that someone is going to take it.

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Does that make you feel interchangeable within the TikTok scope? The categories of user seem very defined for each person. Do you feel kind of limited within those categories?

No. I feel like a lot of people try to categorize me, but it's never like that. You're familiar with e-boys, soft boys, so many different categories and subcultures and I kind of just don't fit into any of them. So people will be like, "you're," and I am actually just not at all. You're saying that. I am not defining myself by that, whatsoever, it's just what people assume. Most of the time if I do say anything about it, it's ironic, it's a joke.

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Could you think of a certain audio or moment where there was a huge jump in your following on the platform?

January 2nd. It was something I was avoiding for a very long time because my content, up until that point, was like the stupid jokes that weren't actually funny whatsoever, but I thought that I was going somewhere with it. So January 2nd — I had said that I was going to do it if I hit a certain milestone — was the first time that I posted an un-ironic video. It wasn't me making a joke. It was just me being me for a minute. People really liked it. I didn't leave the video up, I took it down after an hour, but for the time that it was up, they enjoyed it. And I was like, "Maybe that's the route I go down." Of course, I tried a little bit of that but also continued the stupid, not-funny jokes.

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Then after a little while, I was doing so much of me just being me, and that's what people wanted to see. I started to get more traction and more traction, and then that's right about the time the whole e-boy thing began. Then I got thrown into that category and then that was just a thing for a while. There was a group of these e-boys, and by that time e-boys and f-boys were two different things. Now, that is a part of e-boy culture, and part of the reason why is because there were other people that came into it with a little bit more style. I don't want to say that I had more style than anyone else, but it wasn't like explicit sexual content.

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So you started growing in that direction?

Yeah, because I was an e-boy and that's when all these other bigger people saw it and were like, "Oh, this is a new trending thing, this is catching on, I'm going to do it." And that's pretty much how TikTok works. People are just waiting and watching for something to catch on, and as soon as something starts to catch on, they're like "Oh, I'm going to do that, too," or "I'm going to do it this way." It's all this copying each other. I mean, that's how the trends work. People seeing the video this way and they're copying it and putting their own personality into it and putting their own twist on it, and then it starts to grow. So then the e-boy thing turned more into an f-boy thing, so the e-boys and f-boys were synonymous.

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That's when I changed myself because I didn't want to associate, and I started doing the softer stuff. I think that "flower boy" is a better term than soft boys, because people understand it a little bit more. So then I started to go with that and the growth was still fairly consistent, going pretty upward, and I was that way for a very long time. And then, of course, when that started to catch on everyone started to go the softer route. And because I don't like to associate at all I just was like, "I'm going to go back a step, and just go really hard with it." So I dyed my hair, I think this is very edgy. A lot of people think that I am trying really hard, but I enjoy dressing this way, that's why I do it. If I didn't enjoy it I wouldn't dress this way. I'm not wearing it right now but, you know, doing a lot of makeup, I had the grills, I went back to painting the nails. Just full-sent it, really edgy. It was at the same time that I started putting a lot more productivity into my TikTok.

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The first TikTok I saw of yours was the running away from the cops video. And then I just binge watched because there was such a conversation around that video. I think that helps sometimes, too, to have people talking and dueting. What's that culture of dueting like for you?

That video in particular was a huge opportunity. It was, "I'm going back to being the edgy and I'm going back to the bad guy vibes." At the same time, that video, there was a lot of emotion behind it. That was something I felt like I did a really good job of, was portraying the emotion I was feeling. And that's an example of, "I heard this sound, this is making me feel a certain way, I want to capture that and I want to portray that." It was also me showing off the new look that I had just done. The way that it was set up, it was a really nice opportunity for duets. So because of all three of those big pieces of it, it made a pretty good video. I think it has 30 million views now. And all the views together, I think close to 60.

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Do you have any crazy fan interactions on the street? Are people recognizing you?

There are a lot of factors that go into it. If someone spots me and is like, "I saw you on TikTok, I wanna take a picture, I love what you do," absolutely, I'll give them my 100%. That's perfectly fine. When it comes down to it, those people, the people that follow you and are your fans are literally what makes you. I am nothing without that. So, why not give them everything that I have for that moment? I really just don't mind. There are other situations. I don't know how to say this — I can't post where I'm at. For example, when I was in London, the day before, I was like, "Hey, I'm going to go to this park at this time..."

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For a meetup? How Viners used to do meet-ups?

Yeah. I just threw that on my story. And then the next day we showed up and we shut down the block. It was crazy. And London is a very small percentage of my audience. They're fourth or fifth down. It was a little crazy.

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Do you find that your personal style has changed since you've been on TikTok? You really have built a style beacon for the platform. I am going to be surprised if you don't go into fashion.

I used to not dress like this whatsoever. I would never even think about it. Most days I go out I'm wearing makeup and my hair is dyed crazy colors and I'm wearing these crazy clothes. A year ago I would have never done anything like this. Not that I wouldn't want to, I just wouldn't have the confidence, I wasn't comfortable enough. Especially where I came from, it's just not an acceptable thing.

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Where are you from originally?

I say Atlanta because it's easier, but I am from the quiet suburbs not too far from Atlanta, but around that area.

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That's so interesting because except the For You page — where you get into literally any area in the world — it's like traveling without a passport. A lot of the times, TikTok is anti-suburban, anti-normative expression.

It's what people want to see. TikTok does a really good job of giving people what they want to see, whether they know it or not.

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Photography: Pavielle Garcia
Production & Styling: Bar Hariely
Makeup: Francesca Martin
Photography Assistant: Andre Mampourian

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The First Trailer for 'Drag Race UK' Dropped, and It's Glamhttp://www.23880175.com/drag-race-uk-trailer-2640452705.html

After what seemed like an endless stream of RuPaul's Drag Race content, we've hit a significant drought period — but have no fear, the queens are almost back. RuPaul's Drag Race UK is coming October 3, 2019 to BBC iPlayer, and judging by the new trailer that's dropped in support of the premiere, its going to be one fab, funny, and frantic season of the newly christened franchise.

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The brand new trailer features the entire cast of the new series in a sitcom-style living room, kiki-ing, serving, and throwing shade, of course. Then, with an announcement from Mama Ru, the living room changes in a blink of an eye into the UK's hottest nightclub, complete with death drops, a DJ, and drinks galore.

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The new looks in the video are beyond anything the Drag Race franchise has seen before. One queen stares on at thee drama in a Jean-Charles de Castelbajac-inspired teddy bear garment, another wears a basket of fruit on her head, and another has a talking wig under a wig. We may not have an idea of what the queens' personalities are like just yet, since the 60-second trailer only features teasers of the looks and a skit, but if it's anything like Season 11 of the US version of Drag Race, it'll be glitzy, and thankfully, drama-filled. Your faves could never!

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Watch the full trailer for RuPaul's Drag Race UK, below.


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The Bell Tolls for Tiny Sunglasseshttp://www.23880175.com/tiny-sunglasses-dead-2640444281.html

For centuries, we could not escape tiny sunglasses. They were everywhere, barely covering the pupils of countless models and influencers and Kardashians. Remember when Kanye West sent Kim Kardashian an email telling her to start wearing tiny sunglasses? "[Kanye] sent me a whole email like, 'You cannot wear big glasses anymore. It's all about tiny little glasses,'" she relayed to sister Kourtney and best friend Jonathan Cheban (aka Foodgōd, aka Foodgod) on a 2018 episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians. The Matrix has had such a stronghold on fashion for so very long.

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Last year, PAPER's Mickey Boardman went in on the tiny sunglasses trend in a video series called Nowstalgia. "America," he said dramatically, "we are in the middle of a huge controversy when it comes to accessories. The tiny little round sunglasses vs. the big giant sunglasses."

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Boardman went on to elaborate on the history of tiny sunglasses; their initial popularization via hippies like John Lennon and Yoko Ono in the '60s, and how they came back in the '70s, the Matrix era in the late-'90s, and again via models like Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid.

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"The other side, of course, is the Jackie Onassis approach," he continued, "which is a humongous pair of sunglasses that make you look glamorous and fabulous, as far as I'm concerned."

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When tiny sunglasses first emerged as a trend, they were mocked on social media, easy meme fodder. But the trend was also refreshing — a much-needed switch up. Fashion is cyclical, after all.

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The glasses were also just a bit cruel. Sunglasses are traditionally flattering — an easy way to boost one's look. Everyone looks better in sunglasses — you don't even really look like that much of an asshole if you wear them at night. But tiny sunglasses are not easy to wear; they are harder to fit, require a higher performance from one's cheekbones. I will never forget standing at Opening Ceremony next to a sobbing NYU sophomore who was trying on nearly the entire case of sunnies. And they're played out now, aren't they? Too many TikTok teens make videos mocking Brandy Melville employees while clad in sunglasses that barely clear their eyelashes.

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And so it's nice to see that according to Milan Fashion Week, Boardman's camp has won. Multiple Spring 2020 collections in Milan have featured ginormous Jackie O glasses, glasses that scream out for a trench coat and a silk scarf (and the presence of an unfaithful husband). Today's Fendi show — Silvia Venturini Fendi's ready-to-wear debut — was inspired by the 1968 Bette Davis film The Anniversary and the 1969 slapstick comedy Carry on Camping. If you weren't a hippie, the '60s were prime time for big, glamorous glasses, and Fendi's models were dressed accordingly, in giant square sunglasses with grandma chains. Even a newly-blonde Kendall wore a big tortoiseshell pair.

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At Max Mara, the glasses were enormous, rounder versions of aviators. Alberta Ferretti, which is sort of the most anti-tiny sunglasses brand imaginable, showed round styles the size of tea saucers. Prada showed multicolored square frames that extended from the bottoms of models' noses to the tops of their eyebrows.

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There is something so right about seeing big sunglasses in Italy. Very Sophia Loren, very Monica Vitti. Maybe we're over The Matrix, and it's time to pivot to Fellini films (though the Fellini, as a style of sunglasses, is fairly small). Everything old is new again.

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Photos via Imaxtree

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If You Didn't Know Keke Palmer Before, You Do Nowhttp://www.23880175.com/keke-palmer-hustlers--2640425635.html

Keke Palmer has been acting since she was a child, but she may have landed her biggest role yet in Hustlers alongside Jennifer Lopez, Constance Wu, Lili Reinhart and Cardi B. Based on Jessica Pressler's article on The Cut about a group of street-smart former strippers who "hustle" a bunch of their Wall Street clients out of money, the former Scream Queens star takes on the role of one of the dancers, Mercedes. Palmer passed no judgment on her character, but did find herself challenged by the role itself.

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"I think I really had to be on my toes," Palmer, 26, says over the phone. "The director really allowed me to improv a lot, which of course, is something I was also interested in and interested in showcasing in this kind of project. [I was] really making sure I was ready for every moment, filling more spaces and bringing whatever moment to life in that scene."

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While Hustlers is likely to be a memorable moment on her resumé, Palmer has a lot to be excited about. Just last month she was announced as a new ho'90s Icon Julia Stiles Returns in 'Hustlers'st of Good Morning America and released new single "Twerk N Flirt," signaling a new musical era for her. While she may be a viral star of the moment due to her (unintentionally) withering drag of former Vice President Dick Cheney, It's safe to say she'll be staying busy far into the future.

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Right after surprising an unsuspecting bus of fans with Lopez, Palmer spoke to PAPER about her role in Hustlers, owning her sexuality and what the future of her music career looks like.

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Tell me about your role in Hustlers. What drew you to the character of Mercedes?

What drew me to the character was the overall project: the fact that it was a true story. That it was about strippers, but it was also telling a story in a way that wasn't dehumanizing them but telling a story that has a lot of heart. And of course the cast: the cast drew me to the project. Mercedes is a part of the girl gang that ends up doing these criminal acts, but she's a really lighthearted girl. They're doing crazy things, but she's one of the people that brings a lightness to it. That's Mercedes.

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What was your favorite scene to shoot as Mercedes?

Probably "the car scene." I don't know if I can say what happens in it, but it's this car scene where we get into this bad situation with this guy — it's myself, Constance and Lili. It's just really funny what the girls are trying to do, and my character and how she's reacting. And when we get to the hospital what my character does. It was a quirky moment for her.

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What was your experience like working with Jennifer and Cardi?

I love working with Jennifer. She's such a girl's girl. I was just gagging. I don't know how to explain it, but it was just like hanging out with someone I've known for a long time even though she's a big star. At the end of the day, she just literally is Jenny From The Block. We had mini moments of just having fun and hanging out and I got to know her as a person and she's pretty impressive. Even though I got to work with [Cardi] only for a short time, what was dope was people see her as a very animated person, which is a part of who she is, but it was really cool to see her in this atmosphere because she took it very seriously. It was clear she had a real respect for acting and what actors do and she took the opportunity to be one. I thought it was really cool. She has this sweet shyness to her that's really interesting.

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Were any parts of Hustlers physically challenging for you?

I didn't have to do any crazy physical stuff. I didn't have to do any major pole dancing, though I did take a class. Most of our stuff was when we were in the club which was dancing on stage. I was excited to have a reason to show off some of my moves that I usually do in my bedroom.

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Hustlers is slated to be one of the biggest movies of the year. What do you feel like this film means for your career?

I'm just very grateful. I've been in this industry for a long time. When you start out as a kid, you grow and evolve into something different. For me, this movie is again another phase throughout my career. This is one of the biggest things I've done and one of the most fun things I've done as an adult. I'm just excited to have been a part of it. I can't say what's going to happen after that or how people are going to perceive it. But for me, it's another thing that's stretched me, and it's a project I'm glad I got a chance to do because it was very inspired.

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Have you hung out with the Hustlers cast apart from filming?

No. Lili is always working in Vancouver on Riverdale. Jennifer is crazy busy. Constance is in LA. I'm always traveling back and forth between New York and LA, so it's kind of hard. That's the sad thing about when you do films, is y'all are together every day but then everybody has to go back to their lives unless you guys are doing a TV show or live in the same city. It's always hard to keep in touch on a physical basis, but we always show each other love on text message or social media because we have that bond of that moment together.

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Talk to me about the style in the movie. What was it like wearing the clothes?

Oh my gosh! It was so dope wearing the clothes. I love the stripper vibe moment. It was fun again. I got to be in sexier bag than I've ever been in, but that was short-lived in comparison to the rest of the wardrobe throughout the movie, which was super early-mid 2000s Baby Phat apple bottom jeans. I never got to wear [that stuff] because by the time I was old enough to wear that style, it was already kind of gone. So I enjoyed having that throwback vibe. To see Jennifer like that... it was kind of like seeing J.Lo again.

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What do you want people to get out of Hustlers?

What I want people to get out of the film is that it has a lot of heart. It's about camaraderie, survival and brokenness, which I think everybody has. No matter how perfect a parent was, we all have things from our childhood that makes us feel like we want to feel accepted and loved. In this movie, you have a group of girls, whether you want to judge them for what they did or not — they were trying to do what they could the best way they knew how. They were trying to connect and find a support system, and they found it the best way they knew how. I feel like people will relate to that, and I hope that they do because that's what makes the movie so special.

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Talk to me about your musical comeback. What prompted you to release "Twerk N Flirt" first this year?

I had been working on a lot of music the past few years when I was living in Atlanta. I was waiting for the right time to start rolling some of it out and that's what I pretty much started to do. "Twerk N Flirt" had to be the first one because it's sort of the theme, especially with Hustlers coming out. That's the first of more music coming soon.

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Will you release a full record or singles?

I don't know if I'm going to release a full album, but I'm going to release a bunch more music. I don't know if it'll totally be in the package of an album.

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Which artists do you find yourself influenced by at the moment?

Of course I've always loved R&B, but a lot of trap sounds, a lot of the music I was listening to at the time was rap. Migos. I think about Brandy. Aaliyah. But currently the trap sound has been really influencing me so a lot of the production is familiar to that even if the melody on top of it is a little more R&B. I do some rapping on it. It's a little bit of everything.

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Related | Cardi B Wears Fenty Lingerie for 'Hustlers'

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You were recently named a new co-host of Good Morning America. How do you approach being on a talk show vs. acting? What's the transition been like for you?

When I did it in the past, it wasn't on the same kind of platform. This one, I think it puts me in a feeling of making sure I'm very present. I have to really pay attention to what's around me. I think it's a responsibility — don't know if it's good or bad — but I try to make sure what I bring to the show is what I represent. It's caused me to be much more aware of what's going on around me.

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You've always embraced your sexuality, but did Hustlers give you a newfound sense of confidence?

I think Hustlers allowed me to showcase a side of me that not everyone gets to see, which is the point of acting. I think we all have a little bit of whatever's in the character we play inside of us. For me, my homegirls that know me when we're hanging out or going out are like, "Yes Keke." But people don't get to see me in my everyday life or space. So I thought it was cool for me to showcase that on a major scale. I enjoyed that because it's not something I do all the time.

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How has being open about being sexually fluid been empowering for you and your fan base?

When I did my video "I Don't Belong To You," [what translated was] no matter what your sexuality is or how you define yourself, what people like is when somebody is being true to themselves. We're all individuals. We're never going to fit into a box completely. Even the most straight-laced person you know, there's something about them that makes them different. That's really the point of anything I've said or been open about. The point isn't "be like me" or "do what I do" or "this is how you should be" — I'm going to be me. I think that's what people respond to the most. My audience says, "I love how you just be yourself and you're not afraid to change or be different." I care sometimes what people say, but what's most important to me is that I'm being true to myself and my journey.

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Styling & Creative Direction: Mickey Freeman
Photography: Michael Creagh
Hair: Sean Christopher Fears
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Thu, 19 Sep 2019 17:42:51 +0000http://www.23880175.com/keke-palmer-hustlers--2640425635.htmlHustlersJennifer lopezLili reinhartCardi bConstance wuKeke palmerStory Ilana Kaplan / Photography Michael Creagh
FaceTiming About Poetry With Bella Thornehttp://www.23880175.com/bella-thorne-facetime-interview-2640437977.html

It's nearly midday, but Bella Thorne is still in bed when her assistant hands her the phone. For the first few minutes of our hour-long Facetime session she remains between the sheets, hair mussed and face make-up free. The candidness is an extension of her Instagram persona, which is composed of teary selfies and run-on captions spread over two different accounts, a tell-all style of social media influencing so prevalent now that you can't not call it calculated. By the time she sits up and starts rolling a blunt on camera I know I'm being played, but that's cool. Not many celebrities care enough about magazine interviews to feign apathy so convincingly.

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Thorne is a hard worker. She's not so much famous for being famous as famous for juggling multiple nebulous projects at any given time: acting, rapping, porn directing. Right now she's an author, and her unkempt appearance matches the frankly deranged aesthetic of the book she's currently promoting, The Life of a Wannabe Mogul Volume One: A Book Written By Bella Thorne. Sounds like self help or memoir, but it's more of a hardcover poetry zine. She wrote it in two weeks on a borrowed typewriter, and there are two planned sequels.

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Related | Bella Thorne Posts Her Own Nudes to Thwart Hacker

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"This first book of the series is about mental disarray," she explains, blowing smoke. "You get to know what's in my mind and how my mind feels, so that when you read the rest of the two books, you understand that this is my mind, that is my body, and this is how I do shit."

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The poems contend with depression, heartbreak, and Thorne's troubled relationship with her parents. Like many young writers unfamiliar with poetry beyond Rupi Kaur, the 21-year-old tends to mistake the form for therapy journaling with unconventional paragraph breaks. Still, her entries are sad and funny and sweet. "im not fixing my imperfections/ for your idea of perfect," an early piece of verse begins. "so if you dont like how i do/things, or how i say things/or how i spell things./you can kindly fuck off/seriously,/drop this book in the trash &/never talk about it again."

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As her book title implies, Thorne's more aspiring entrepreneur than literary figure. Over the past few years she's veered from the traditional singing slash acting career path of peers like Zendaya (her former co-star on her breakout Disney Channel show Shake It Up) in favor of projects more individualistic and, yes, profit focused. Funding her life almost entirely from Instagram sponsorship deals at one point, she purchased her first home aged 19. Thorne has been the main breadwinner for her immediate family unit since childhood, when her father's death left them nearly homeless. She only ever got into acting to pay her mom's bills.

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"We didn't have anything stable," she recalls of that difficult period. "We didn't have life insurance or anything and from there on out we were on the streets. We had no idea where to go. It was very difficult. And then I got a part in Shake It Up and that gave us money to keep going. From there, it got better."

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Thorne's business strategies are scattered — she said yes to directing a movie for Pornhub after opening her computer to find a tab open on their website and deciding the collaboration was fate — but still concrete. She has converted two entire walls of her living room into whiteboards where she writes down ideas and future plans. She rarely takes a day off, and networks relentlessly. (Wannabe Mogul contains amusing, supportive blurb quotes from famous friends ranging from Diplo to Lena Dunham to Snoop Dogg. She says Marilyn Manson, not a fan of the written word, had her send the text as an audio file for review. "He was like, 'Sorry Bella, I don't read. But I know your audio book would be amazing.'")

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Related | Bella Thorne Opens Up About Being Molested

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The ambition is fueled partly by trauma and survival instinct. Amid jokes and hand-scrawled asides, Thorne's most haunting verses in Wannabe Mogul detail the aftermath of being molested for years of her childhood in Miami, a biographical detail she hadn't previously gone public with. She felt compelled to write on the topic in order to help others. "I was talking to somebody that had been raped quite a few times and she was talking about how she feels so guilty for not fighting for her life," she tells me. "So I showed her my book at the part where I say, 'I feel so bad and so guilty about this. Why didn't I kick his teeth in?'"

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Thorne met her rapist when she was six; he continued to molest her for the next eight years. She regularly experiences flashbacks, and articulates the aftereffects of sexual assault with heart-stabbing eloquence."When I wanna make love sometimes it really comes back and there's some things I can't do in the bedroom because he would do them to me," she tells me. "I hate chocolate because we ate chocolate. There's a lot of things in life that I can't really escape because they are trapped with memories of him just smashed all around. And it's kind of something that gets better, then worse, then better."

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These experiences have spurred her ad hoc feminist activism. Thorne recently went viral for leaking her own nudes after being threatened by a hacker. She's a passionate opponent of revenge porn, and hopes to make a TV series where she talks to fellow photo leak victims. "Revenge porn is one of the highest causes of suicide," she notes. "This is not right. It needs to be discussed." Posting her own NSFW photos has produced mixed reactions, and she sees the humor in that. "I will look at someone, they're looking at me, I'm looking at them, and we both know they've seen my nudes. Awkward."

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Related | Bella Thorne Directed a Film For Pornhub

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It's not like Thorne has ever avoided sharing details of her personal life. Blatant references to recent exes Tana Mongeau and Mod Sun are scattered throughout Wannabe Mogul; at one point she was dating them both at the same time, with everyone's consent. "Here's the thing with Tana," she says directly, when the subject comes up. "It started off, she asked me for a photo of us kissing. I thought she was a fan. A lot of fans ask me for photos, so I don't think anything of it."

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Mongeau publicly declared a crush on Thorne, Thorne realized who Mongeau was, and the two started dating soon afterward. As with Mongeau's current relationship with Jake Paul, fans theorized the relationship was a stunt, but Thorne says her and Tana were for real. "I think with Tana, she really liked me. That was confusing for her because she'd never dated a girl before or really hooked up with a girl, so I think that that was kind of rocky, because you don't know where to go when you're stepping on that territory."

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Mongeau and Thorne broke up a few months before Thorne ended things with Mod Sun. Thorne vaguely alleges a betrayal of some kind, but admits she's still friends with Mongeau because "she always wins me over with those beautiful eyes." She thinks Tana and Jake are together for more than the likes, "but they are, like, open." Thorne is about to go on vacation in Italy with a new boyfriend, musician Benjamin Mascolo, and doesn't seem stressed or particularly heartbroken.

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After Italy there's the Pornhub movie to think about, and a long-planned skincare line focusing on chronic acne treatment. She may return to writing YA romances, or selling eyeshadow palettes, or her music career, none or all of the above. There's the rest of Wannabe Mogul to focus on, obviously. Thorne thinks volume two will be about self respect. About "being tired of being insecure, getting walked all over, finally growing some backbone." Her secrets to success seem worth paying for.

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