The Complications Of Using Rosaries As Accessories

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Heavenly bodies, indeed

I lost Jesus at the club. It was spring of 2010 at a now-defunct (but never forgotten) Brooklyn party called Germs. I was wearing an H&M shirt dress with black lamé leggings and military boots borrowed from my roommate-boyfriend. I don't remember much of the evening, but I do remember getting home and taking off the rosary I had worn for purely sartorial reasons, and noticing the crucifix had disappeared. Somewhere between one too many PBRs and dancing underneath the hazy mirror ball, Jesus flew off the chain.

This wasn't any rosary; it wasn't something I'd bought at a mall. This rosary had been with me since my first communion, blessed by the bishop on hand. It had meaning. And yet, at that point, I had spiritually lost Jesus many years before, when I'd been told that praying would help me not be gay. That obviously (and thankfully!) didn't work, but I still was unsure about how I felt about the whole thing, wondering if I should feel bad. And if, in fact, wearing a rosary as fashion was bad? I was hardly the only person to do so; I was actually wearing one in order to emulate the iconography used by my personal icon, Lady Gaga. But with more attention than ever being paid to religious symbols' inappropriate use in fashion, was it time to reconsider the use of the rosary?

With the 2018 Costume Institute exhibition, centered around the intersection of Catholicism and fashion, opening this week, the question is up for debate again. Rosaries have long been a punk symbol—the ultimate anti-establishment accessory. But in the decades that have passed since the rosary was first employed ironically, the meaning has detached itself from the symbol, making it more an aesthetic choice than a political one. This has made some people question its use at all. New York-based stylist Lex Robinson considers it to be "rather gauche," relating the aesthetic reason to someone wearing a Native American headdress at Coachella. Robinson says you should know the symbolism behind something like a rosary before wearing it.

Shea Daspin, a New York-based stylist, agrees. "I support people's desire to express themselves, especially through fashion, but l think that people who wear rosaries tend to undervalue the agency actually required to be part of a religious, or spiritual, community," Daspin says. 

Perhaps, but that's unlikely to change, as the number of people who identify as non-religious has tripled since the '90s. More and more people are turning away from organized religion and, in turn, the meaning attached to something like the rosary. Plus, as the corruption and pedophilia within the Catholic Church have come to light over the last many years, it makes sense that people would utilize Catholic symbols to show their own anarchic feelings. But it all comes down to the individual. Stylist Heather Newberger doesn't find a problem with accessorizing with a rosary, though she does recognize how someone might. "Religious iconography has been so culturally denigrated over the past decade, that something like a rosary now holds little value beyond whatever intrinsic meaning it has to its beholder," she says.  

Plus, how could channeling your inner Kathryn Merteuil ever be a bad thing?

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The band shared details about their new St. Vincent-produced album that will drop "you into the world of catastrophe"

Sleater-Kinney just shared more information about their St. Vincent-produced album and dropped a new single.

Per Billboard, Sleater-Kinney revealed that their new album, which they've been teasing since early this year and will be their first since No Cities To Love from 2015, will be called The Center Won't Hold. It's due out on August 16 via Mom + Pop Records. "We're always mixing the personal and the political but on this record, despite obviously thinking so much about politics, we were really thinking about the person—ourselves or versions of ourselves or iterations of depression or loneliness—in the middle of the chaos," Carrie Brownstein said in a statement. Corin Tucker further noted that the new album will "[drop] you into the world of catastrophe that touches on the election."

Janet Weiss noted that the band will "explore a different sound palette" with this album, and pointed to St. Vincent as the reason behind it. She said that St. Vincent "has a lot of experience building her own music with keyboards and synthesizers so she could be our guide to help us make sense of this new landscape and still sound like us."

To satiate us until then, the band released a lyric video for new single, "The Future Is Here," which is very grungy. Bump it, below.

Sleater-Kinney - The Future Is Here (Official Lyric Video)


This is so satisfying!

Even Jon Snow knows just how unsatisfying the final season of Game of Thrones was, and he's ready to apologize. Well, a deepfake of him is at least. A heavily-edited version of Snow's speech from the fourth episode—just before the bodies of those lost in the Battle of Winterfell get burned—now features Snow apologizing for the conclusion of the show and lighting the script on fire.

"It's time for some apologies. I'm sorry we wasted your time," Snow begins. "And I know nothing made sense at the end. When the Starbucks cup is the smallest mistake, you know you fucked up! We take the blame. I'm sorry we wrote this in like six days or something," he adds, before signaling to his peers to light the script with torches and "just forget it forever." "Fuck Season 8," he says before the pages begin to crackle and burn.

If there were more lines left to alter, we would have loved to see Snow also tackle how messy Brienne of Tarth and Jaime Lannister's story line ended up, as well as Bran's kingship, Cersei's boring demise, and the water bottle appearance.

Watch the entire deepfake and try to heal the wounds left by HBO below.


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It premieres today, exclusively via NYLON

In LP's song "Shaken," the most recent single from her 2018 record Heart To Mouth, she tells the story of seeing her lover out with someone else—ouch. Today, exclusively on NYLON, she releases a cheeky animated music video that pokes fun at the song's heightened drama and perfectly demonstrates all the angst that comes with falling hard for someone.

"She looks at you like I used to/ And I'm just sitting in the corner sh-sh-shaken," LP sings, as the visual—with art by Maayan Priva—depicts the singer hanging out in a bar, watching the girl she likes meet up with another girl. Despite the situation's inherent drama, "Shaken" is less of a ballad and more of an upbeat bop. LP told us she loves the way "this little video captures some of the fun of the song, and its inherent comical anxiety." Sure, heartbreak isn't that funny, but our (sometimes) overly dramatic reaction to it kind of is.

"'Shaken' feels like a bit of a wild card on this record," LP says. "It's the closest I've come to writing a musical, which I hope to do one day." We heartily endorse this idea: Please, LP, give us the queer jukebox musical we crave.

Until that day comes, though, you can watch the music video for "Shaken," below.

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This cameo has the Beyhive buzzing

I went to see Men In Black: International alone. Which would have been fine if it wasn't for the shock I received when I saw two specific characters on the screen. Unable to keep it to myself, I shared a curious look with the stranger next to me, who was obviously thinking the same thing as me. "Is that them...?" I whispered first. "I think… so," she replied. Then the two men in question started to dance, and we were both sure: "Yep, that's them."

It was Laurent and Larry Nicolas Bourgeois, better known as Les Twins. Fans of Beyoncé will recognize the duo as the talented brothers who often accompany her on tour and in music videos. In Men In Black: International, the two of them play shapeshifting entities—they're more like energy forces than aliens—who pursue Tessa Thompson's and Chris Hemsworth's characters throughout the duration of the film. The twins' ability to manipulate their bodies in ways that are graceful and otherworldly really helps sell them as extraterrestrials and is fun to watch.

So if Thompson in a suit or Hemsworth shirtless weren't enough motivation, here's another reason to go see it. If you look close, you can see them in the trailer below.


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"I am honored to share this bonding experience with my own daughter"

In a heart-warming Instagram photo, Serena Williams shares the history of hair braiding and the importance of the tradition. The tennis player shared a photo of herself braiding her daughter Olympia Ohanian's hair and spoke about how "honored" she was to be able to "add another generation" to the tradition of the practice.

The photo shows Williams attentively braiding her daughter's hair while Olympia smiles, obviously loving the experience. Williams noted that hair braiding was created by the Himba people in Namibia, Africa, and that "we have been braiding our hair for centuries." "In many African tribes braided hairstyles were a unique way to identify each tribe," she continued.

Williams pointed out that braiding is a bonding experience. "People would often take the time to socialize," she wrote. "It began with the elders braiding their children, then the children would watch and learn from them. The tradition of bonding was carried on for generations, and quickly made its way across the world."

Williams closed her post with a sweet message about her daughter, saying that she's "honored to share this bonding experience" with her.

See the post, below.