Karena Evans Doesn’t Have Time To Sleep

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It Girl: Karena Evans

You can thank Karena Evans for the uninhibited joy unleashed in the music video for Drake’s “Nice For What.” More than that, though, you can thank her for all Drake’s music video releases in 2018, from “God’s Plan” to “In My Feelings.” And? Evans also directed the visuals for SZA’s “Garden (Say It Like Dat).” What hasn’t the 22-year-old done? (A Beyoncé video, but, hopefully, Bey will get on that soon.)

While we’re in awe of the way Evans went from zero to 100 and made 2018 her year, what really makes her an It Girl in our eyes is how much heart she puts into her work, and how carefully she curates her creativity. She’s not just taking any project that comes her way; she’s choosing ones that she believes in and, in the process, she’s become one of the most sought-after music video directors in the game.

Below, we talk with Evans about her work, her life, and who her own It Girl is.

Your 2018 has been wild—what keeps you grounded? 
The work, the stories, AND the people I'm doing it for and with. For me, it's always remembering that this journey is bigger than me—and to stay focused, but stay open and inspired.

You’ve highlighted such important stories and concepts in your directorial work. Is this something that plays a role in what projects you choose to work on? Or, is it something that happens organically once you’ve signed on with an artist? 
Personally, the projects I choose to work on, both as a director and an actor, have to inspire me. I have to believe in it, the story, the artist, and/or the message, to be able to truly stand behind it and put my heart and my mind into creating and telling it. I'm just learning that I have a voice, what that voice is, and how I'm going to use it. And so, I'm pretty cautious about what I take on as an artist, in order to protect that voice and preserve my artistic integrity.

How do you respond to people who still feel the need to categorize you as “very young,” especially in a condescending way when discussing your talent? 
I simply don't respond with words, but rather with the work. We're in a show-and-prove industry, and with all the false pretenses about how people come, I believe it's best just to prove it, rather than to say it. I mean, how will they argue then?

I will admit though, it does get to me sometimes. But I choose to keep fighting those thoughts, from others and myself, because I feel I have a responsibility to do so.

What are some of the self-care rituals you practice to keep everything balanced? 
Ha! I'm still learning what self-care rituals even are. Meditation, faith, crystals, and time for family and friends. It's hard for me to get sleep in, but I've heard it's real good for you.

Do you have a dream project/collaborator you’d like to work on/with?
I can't spill all my secrets, girl! I think my dream, in a broader sense, is to be able to have a lifetime of storytelling, in all different sorts of ways: directing, acting… film, TV… Beyoncé, Rihanna. But truly, my dream is to be able to impact humanity by telling important, inclusive, authentic stories, in a longer form, on bigger and higher levels.

Who was your It Girl when you were growing up? 
Melina Matsoukas.

And Who is your It Girl now? 
Melina Matsoukas. Always has, always will be!

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From selling probiotic supplements to picture frames and umbrellas

A Kardashian-level of success doesn't happen overnight, and it certainly doesn't happen without proper planning. Kim Kardashian West clearly knows this because, according to TMZ, she has already filed for trademark protection on the name of her two-week-old baby, Psalm West. From personal appearances and entertainment services to probiotic supplements and scrunchies, she is leaving no stone unturned in terms of possible business opportunities.

Apparently, all of the Kardashian parents file these kinds of trademark protections for their kids even if the businesses never come to fruition. It's done as a precautionary measure to keep others from profiting off of their name and to make sure that, should they ever want to start a business, they don't have to worry about someone else getting to it first. The sheer length of this list speaks to the huge earning potential of baby Psalm, who can't even control his own neck muscles yet, let alone go into business. Still, this brings a whole new meaning to "securing the bag."

Below, a list of all the things Kardashian West is seeking usage rights for.

Hair accessories












Hair extensions

Ornamental novelty pins

Entertainment services

Personal appearances

Skin care

Probiotic supplements

Toy figures

Doll accessories

Computer software


Baby bottles






Skin moisturizers



Bubble bath


Body powders

Shower gels

Body oils

Skin serums

Nail polish

Nail polish remover

Nail care preparations



Toy jewelry

Toy cameras

Toy food

Bath toys

Baby gyms

Playground balls

Electronic action toys

Baby bouncers

Baby changing tables

Baby walkers




Picture frames


Baby carriers

Cosmetic bags

Toiletry cases

Duffle bags




Key chains



photo albums



Writing utensils

Collectible trading cards

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Well, actually it's crocodile, but she looks out of this world so...

Winnie Harlow walked the Cannes red carpet on Wednesday on her way to a screening of Oh Mercy!, wearing a showstopping gown.

The sheer black dress featured green embroidery on the front and back, which Ralph and Russo confirmed was in the shape of a crocodile. She belted the dress with a black crocodile skin-like belt and finished the look off with some strappy heels. She didn't leave it at just that. For beauty, Harlow packed on full lids of sparkly purple eyeshadow. She kept her hair sleek and simple.

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Though the brand says otherwise, as Game of Thrones fans, we'd like to think the embroidery is reminiscent of a dragon's skin. Not to mention, Harlow looks out-of-this-world beautiful in it.

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That denim kimono!!

Marion Cotillard shut down the Cannes red carpet on Wednesday at a screening for Matthias Et Maxime. Instead of an extravagant gown that's expected of the event, Cotillard wore a matching black crop top and shorts. Despite wearing an outfit I typically don to a hot yoga class, she looks incredible. She completed the look with an oversized denim kimono, a statement necklace, and heeled booties.

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At first, I was drawn in by the crop top and hotpants duo, but, after looking closer at the kimono, it's clear that it's the real scene-stealer. The floor-length Balmain piece was decorated with artful rips and dragon motifs. I would like to live in it.

Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

Let's all bow down to the Khaleesi of Cannes.

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"It doesn't make you weak to ask for help"

Singer Billie Eilish is continuing to open up about mental health, this time in a new PSA video in partnership with the Ad Council and Seize the Awkward.

In the video, Eilish insists that "it doesn't make you weak to ask for help." She doubles down on the importance of asking for help, and stresses the importance of friends and family being there when their close ones reach out and checking in on them as well. "You should be able to ask anyone for help, everyone has to help someone if they need it." According to Eilish, there have been times when someone reached out to her at the exact moment she needed it, and it helped.

It was particularly refreshing to see Eilish acknowledge that there are things she still doesn't know and has to learn about her mental health. At the very beginning of the video, the interviewer asks her to reflect on her mental health journey, and all Eilish can do is let out chortle. "I think when people hear, 'Remember to take care of your mental health,' they think that everyone else is, and that is not at all accurate," she admitted. "You know, for me I'm trying to learn still to make sure that I stay okay."

Check out the PSA below.

Billie Eilish On Mental Health & Friendship | Ad Council

Photograph via @kimkardashian.


Kim Kardashian has definitely been accused of borrowing a design now and then. But when Instagram influencer and Kardashian look-alike Kamilla Osman claimed the entrepreneur copied her birthday look for a Met Gala after-party, Kardashian was not going to let it fly—and shared plenty of photo evidence to shut down the claim.

Fashion industry watchdog Diet Prada first noticed Osman's claims on Instagram and shared side-by-side images of Kardashian's Cher-inspired outfit designed by Mugler and Osman's dress. "Never get confused with who 'inspires' who. They won't give you credit but they will copy," Osman wrote on her IG story. "I designed this dress for my birthday last year. Nobody had a dress like this was an original design."

Kardashian responded by posting the true inspiration behind her look: images of Cher, in similarly sparkly, plunging-neckline dresses and wigs, and of model Yasmeen Ghauri walking a Mugler show in the '90s. In fact, the only similarity between Osman's and Kardashian's looks is the bodycon mini-dress style, which the two are not the first to wear. Among the images, Kardashian included a blank slide with the hashtag "NotOnMyMoodBoard," making it clear that this was in response to Osman's claims.

Screenshot via @KimKardashian Instagram Stories

Screenshot via @KimKardashian Instagram Stories

Though I am with Kim on this one, Kardashian does have a history of co-opting other people's work. From being sued over her Kimoji app, to claims she copied makeup palettes and perfume bottle designs, to being accused of copying Naomi Campbell's entire style, it's far from the first (and probably, far from the last) time Kardashian's name will be mentioned like this.