Molly Soda Decodes Your Tricky Text Messages

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Digital artist and Internet Princess Molly Soda is a World Wide Web institution. She's found a way to harness the virtual world and make it feel a little more tangible. She's a GIF master and all-around rockstar. Her digital savviness got us thinking, Hey, perhaps she could decipher some texts we can't figure out. So, we reached out and shared with her some personal texts of our own. Ahead, the brutal honesty of the pixelated words we've lost sleep over. Thanks, girl. Heart you.

Have you ever artfully crafted a thoughtful text to send to someone? You know, the kind of text you spend time mulling over in your head, picking out the perfect sequence of words, something that shows you care but not too much only to get something like a paperclip emoji back? What does it mean? Where do you even go from there?

In order to alleviate some of the text-message pain we all feel, I asked you to send me your confusing texts—the kind of text messages that make you want to throw your phone in a toilet or switch to a land line. Here's my take on what these selected texts really mean.

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He announced the news today

On Monday, Bernie Sanders announced that he is running for president again, after he lost the primary in 2016 to Hillary Clinton. And although he was very popular during the 2016 election, his announcement is drawing mixed reactions online.

Many of his previous supporters, including celebrities like Mark Ruffalo, were excited about him joining the 2020 race, voicing their support of his announcement.

But others seem to want him to disappear, even pretending not to know who he is. And these reactions have turned out, in some cases, to be hilarious.

The lack of excitement for his announcement may be because of the recent allegations of sexual assault which apparently occurred within his 2016 campaign, and which he claims he didn't know about. It could also be due to his base, who supported him even after he lost the primary to the detriment of Clinton's campaign.

Some are also calling out the fact that Clinton has been effectively shunned following her loss, while Sanders seems to be being welcomed back with open arms.



Photos courtesy of American Apparel

The pieces will take your athleisure look to the next level

American Apparel just dropped its first activewear line since the brand's relaunch last year, and I can already tell that these looks are going to make up my entire summer wardrobe.

The new line, called FORWARD, offers a variety of styles in lightweight fabrics like flyweight satin, which is an imitation of boxing gear; lame tricot; and cotton Spandex. All of the fabrics feature a four-way stretch, making the clothes "suitable for training but also designed for life outside the gym."

With the collection, American Apparel also launched an inclusive campaign called How We Play, which shows a diverse range of models, including blind Paralympic runner David Brown and curvy yoga instructor Luisa Fonseca.

The collection's styles offer a wide range of looks which will fit with just about any aesthetic, whether you're going hard at the gym or looking for a casual off-day outfit. Personally, I'm excited about the iridescent looks and the rainbow patterned bra and bottoms, which I will definitely be rocking at Pride this year.

The entire line is also super-affordable, capping out at $48, with most products priced in the $20-to-$30 range. You can shop FORWARD collection online, now.