Sephora Is Launching Classes For Trans And Non-Binary Customers

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Yay inclusivity

In 2016, Sephora launched Classes for Confidence, free in-store classes for people, according to the beauty retailer site, “facing major life transitions.” So far, this has included people who are rejoining the workforce or battling cancer. This June, the company is expanding the initiative to include those from the transgender and non-binary communities.

Hosted and developed by Sephora’s own transgender employees, the classes will allow clients to discover the different skin-care and makeup techniques and products catering to their requirements. “Attendees can expect to receive skincare regimens tailored to their specific needs, application techniques for creating smooth texture and color-correcting areas of concern, as well as best practices for creating a flawless complexion using Sephora’s Color iQ system for scientifically-precise product recommendations,” a press release explains. Classes will be offered at 150 locations. If one isn’t available at a Sephora store near you, there will be a series of tutorials available on the company’s YouTube channels.

Having one of the biggest beauty retailers in the world cater to a group of people often overlooked is a big deal. “We stand with all members of the LGBTQA community and are committed to providing these individuals with the tools they want to feel confident and beautiful every single day,” Corrie Conrad, head of social impact for the brand, said in a statement. And that should be celebrated.

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I'm cackling

Last year, Balenciaga released bright red square-toed mules which bore a striking resemblance to McDonald's french fry cartons. Now, the chain has fired back at the designer, threatening to release its own version of the shoes.

McDonald's Sweden posted a photo to its Instagram of a person wearing actual McDonald's fry cartons as shoes, and honestly, if there weren't yellow M's printed onto them, I'd have a hard time distinguishing them from the Balenciagas from a distance. Though the post doesn't directly reference the Balenciaga shoes, one can only assume that's who they are trolling.

McDonald's version actually makes for some pretty fly slip-ons, if you ask me. Good thing the Swedish branch of Mickey D's seems to be considering releasing the shoes if the post receives enough attention. The caption of the Instagram post translates to, "If we get 103042 likes we release these for real," though it only has about 17,000 as of publish time. These would likely cost much less than the Balenciaga shoes, which cost $545.

Internet, do your thing. I want a pair.



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It marks her third duet with Nas

Here are some words that I never expected to read or hear again: There is a new song with Amy Winehouse. But here we are in 2019, and Salaam Remi has granted me a wish. On Valentine's Day, the Grammy-nominated producer and frequent Winehouse collaborator (also responsible for hits like Miguel's "Come Through & Chill") released "Find My Love" which features rapper Nas and that powerful and haunting voice that I have come to love and cherish so dearly.

Representatives for Remi said that the Winehouse vocals were from an old jam session the two had. Remi was a producer on both of Winehouse's albums, Frank and Back to Black. "Find My Love" marks the third time Winehouse and Nas have done duets under the direction of Remi. They were previously heard together on "Like Smoke," a single from her 2011 posthumous album Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures, and "Cherry Wine" from Nas' 2012 album Life Is Good. Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011, before they could complete production on her third album. My heart is still broken about it as she is by far my favorite artist.

"Find My Love" is set to appear on Remi's Do It for the Culture 2, a collection of songs curated by him. Check it out, below.