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Unwrapped: The Lingerie Lover’s Gift Guide

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2018 was the year of the lingerie revolution

Tis officially the season for gift-giving. For us, that's a full month in which we'll be providing gift ideas for everyone on your list with our Unwrapped holiday gift guides. So make your holiday shopping a breeze this season, and let us help you find gifts for all the people in your life.

This year, the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show made headlines before it even had a chance to air.

Following the taping of the annual event, Ed Razek, the chief marketing officer of the company's sister brand L Brands, made some transphobic comments to try to explain why Victoria's Secret has never cast a trans model. Not only that, but he also shaded Rihanna's Fenty x Savage show and took a dig at lingerie competitor ThirdLove. The backlash that ensued made one thing very clear: Consumers are no longer going to endorse brands that are sticking to outdated ideals of what a lingerie brand's ideal customer should look like (skinny, white, catering to the male gaze...).

Even before the VS drama, this year saw the rise of lingerie brands made by women for all women. There were brands attempting to create products that would fit every breast size and shape through innovative technologies and ways of measurement, and brands that solely create comfortable styles that ensure you won't see a battlefield of marks on your body following a full day of tight straps and restless strapless models. The year also saw an uptick in diverse campaigns and product colors that could actually match a range of skin tones.

Ahead, we've compiled a list of gifts that will satisfy any lingerie-lover on your list—whether they value style, inclusivity, fit, or sustainability. Some styles give back to and support important causes, some were created in response to a need in more sizes, some are festive (it's the holidays after all!), and some are just plain cute. If you're still interested in more, check out this list of the best genderless underwear brands.

Savage x Fenty, Satin And Lace Unlined Bra, from $49, and Lace Trim Satin Hipster, from $24, both available at Savage x Fenty.

No lingerie list would be complete without the mention of Rihanna's Savage x Fenty which, since its beginning, has made it a priority to incorporate women of all colors, shapes, and sizes into its designs, campaigns, and shows.

Only Hearts, Coucou Lola Tank Bralette, $48, and Coucou Lola Ruffle Bikini, $38, available soon at Journelle.

There isn't a polka dot design we don't like—this adorable set included.

ThirdLove, 24/7™ Lace Back T-Shirt Bra, $76, and Lace Back Cheeky, $24, both available at ThirdLove.

Following Razek's jab at ThirdLove—a brand with an actually inclusive mission of creating a design for every breast shape and size possible—co-CEO Heidi Zak responded by taking a full-page ad in The New York Times to call out his "demeaning comments about women," and left this burn: "We may not have been a woman's first love but we will be her last."

Knix, 8-In-1 Evolution Bra, $35, Athletic Leakproof Bikini, $23, available at Knix.

Known for its period-proof underwear, this brand is also responsible for some of the comfiest bras you'll find. If you're shopping for a younger giftee, check out knixteen, its sister brand, that tapped Jazz Jennings, one of the youngest transgender public figures and star of I Am Jazz, to create a bra.

For Love and Lemons, Cosmo Sequin Strappy Bra, $132, and Cosmo Sequin High Waist Panties, $106, both available at Amazon.

This is the perfect set for the most festive lingerie-lover on your list.

Everlane, The Tank Bra, from $16, and The Hipster, $12, both available at Everlane.

Our favorite direct-to-consumer brand has expanded into the intimates category this spring with a seven-piece line of cotton bra and bottoms. The tank bra has become our go-to since.

Lonely, Lieke Underwire Bra Pine, $75.90, and Lieke High Waist Brief Pine, $44.85, both available at Lonely.

This New Zealand-based lingerie label puts out some of the most inclusive campaigns (that actually dare to show body hair) out there—that has featured the likes of Lena Dunham and Jemima Kirke in the past—and raises awareness and donates to important causes like breast cancer research.

Reformation, Nikki Bra, $42, and Helena Thong, $15, both available at Reformation.

Eco-brand Reformation has recently expanded its offering to include underwear made from recycled lace and eco mesh.

Intimissimi, Sprinkle Stars Triangle Bra, $55, and Sprinkle Stars Cheeky Bottom, $22, both available at Intimissimi.

I've had my eyes on this set ever since I saw Sarah Jessica Parker promote the bustier version on her Instagram.

Fleur du Mal, Velour Bra Top, $42, and Velour Shorts, $159, both available at Intermix.

Velour is always in for the holiday, and we love this boxing shorts set that we the recipient can wear around the house.

Harper Wilde, The Base: Notorious RBG edition, $45, available at Harper Wilde.

Following the 2018 midterms, where more women were elected to Congress than ever before, Harper Wilde released a limited-edition version of its best-selling bra embroidered with the words "when there are nine," referencing Ruth Bader Ginsburg now-iconic statement: "There will be enough women on the Supreme Court when there are nine." Five percent of all sales will go to She Should Run, a non-partisan organization committed to getting at least 250,000 women to run for office by 2030.

Anine Bing, Winnie lace-trimmed leopard-print satin soft-cup triangle bra, $90, and Isla stretch-lace thongs, $70 for two, both available at Net-A-Porter.

Anine Bing puts out some of the most feminine pieces our underwear drawers have seen; we are partial to this set that combines two of our favorites: leopard print and lace.

Evelyn & Bobbie, The Everyday Bustier, $98, and The Retro Bikini, $28, both available at Evelyn & Bobbie.

Bree McKeen launched Evelyn & Bobbie—named after her two family matriarchs—after wearing yet another bra that pinched her skin, left marks, and slipped off. Built using a patented 3-D structure that moves and flexes with the body, and with no underwires, this is the most comfortable strapless bra I have ever worn. (It also opens and closes from the front which is a game-changer.)

Agent Provocateur, Marjorie Full Cup Underwired Bra, $190, and Marjorie Thong Ivory and Black, $95, both available at Agent Provocateur.

See slide two regarding our love for polka dots.

Kala, The Sheer, $80, and The Cheeky, $30, both available at Kala.

Another brand with sustainability and inclusivity in mind, all Kala items are made in America by local artisans who are paid a fair wage from all-natural and biodegradable materials.

Stance, Nylon Triangle Top, $30, and Nylon Cheeky, $18, both available at Stance.

We have loved Stance's socks ever since they came onto the scene five years ago. They have since expanded into women's underwear category, and it's just as comfortable.

Bluebella, Luella Bow Bodysuit, $64, available at Nordstrom.

For those who prefer a bodysuit, this piece can double as a top.

LOVE Stories, Love Lace Bralette, $70, and Ivy Bikini, $35, available at Shopbop.

We've discovered this brand, helmed by Dutch designer Marloes Hoedeman, last year and have since been slowly stocking up on all their printed designs—including this metallic set.

Dita Von Teese, Sheer Witchery Balconette Bra, $68, and Sheer Witchery Control Brief, $42, both available at Bare Necessities.

There's nothing we love more than a high-waisted set.

Adore Me, from $24.95 per set, available at Adore Me.

If you're uncertain about your giftee's taste in lingerie, save yourself the hassle and buy them a set which they can pick out after taking a personalized quiz.

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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) www.youtube.com

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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.

BREAKING: JON SNOW FINALLY APOLOGIZED FOR SEASON 8 youtu.be

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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.

MEN IN BLACK: INTERNATIONAL - Official Trailer www.youtube.com

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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.

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