Halsey And Dascha Polanco On Battling The Elements In ModCloth's Gorgeous New Campaign

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They star alongside Awkwafina and Hari Nef

To align with International Women's Day, ModCloth has unveiled a campaign starring a diverse array of celebrities telling the stories of when they have had to overcome negative circumstances in their lives, and how they came out stronger on the other side.

The campaign is called Against the Current, and stars Halsey, Dascha Polanco, Hari Nef, and Awkwafina. In it, they tell stories about their inner strength during difficult times—all while literally battling the elements of water, fire, earth, and wind, which serve as representations of all they've been through.

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Halsey talks about what it's been like to be judged by the media, and about how it felt like she was drowning in negativity. For Polanco, hardships came in the form of motherhood just after high school, and the fear she felt about raising a child. Awkwafina talks candidly about being told that she would never become a star, and how that initial rejection informed her perception of herself. And Nef sees the world crumbling around her while she talks about being body-shamed as a model, and how that reinforced the negative ways she thought about herself.

These women aren't only speaking about what's brought them down in the past, they're also open about how they picked themselves back up. "Life is only up or down, and when you're down, you can only go up," says Awkwafina. And Polanco makes clear that it's never helpful to think about yourself as "a statistic."

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In an exclusive interview, Halsey tells NYLON that the message of this campaign is one that she wants to see more brands giving to young girls. "I think we have a responsibility as creators of content to be presenting our audiences with messages that are inclusive, inspiring, and showcase women for how they really are," she says. "Advertising, in particular, is an industry that has often relied on the objectification of women to sell products by convincing women that they are lacking something, and that they must fill a hole or somehow check an otherwise unfulfilled box so they can appeal to a standard."

Polanco, who tells us that ModCloth was "one of the first clothing brands to give me the opportunity [to be a spokesmodel], as a curvy girl," says that she wanted to be a part of this campaign because it "aligns with my own values in that what I am as an ever-evolving woman is powerful, that strength is being able to experience faults, and success and learning from them."

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More than anything, the women in this campaign want to show themselves overcoming the negativity they've faced so they can serve as a powerful example to other young women. Halsey tells us that the message she hopes girls get from this campaign, and her music, is that you should "be yourself as much as you can." She says, "You will look back on your life and regret every moment you let someone or something sway you from being who you were born to be. But also be gentle and forgiving with yourself if you lose sight of it. It will always be there waiting for you when you want to come back home."

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Polanco told us she hopes other brands learn from this campaign, too. By showing many ways of what it means to be a strong woman, Polanco wants to show them that "when you are embracing yourself, there is no true mold... You can feel empowered, unique, happiest, and most successful when the images you see are somewhat a reflection of you. We don't need to follow style or trends, we must follow our intuition and be fashion-free."

The Against the Current campaign is live on ModCloth's website now, and you can watch the full videos and interviews starting March 10.

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Must have been pretty awkward

Taylor Swift and Sophie Turner were guests on the U.K.'s The Graham Norton Show together, which must have been awkward for Turner's husband, Joe Jonas, seeing as he also happens to be Swift's ex. I wonder if his name came up?

The interview doesn't come out until Friday night, but promotional photos show the two sharing a couch. Swift is making an appearance to perform her new single, "ME!" while Turner is promoting her new film, X- Men: Dark Phoenix. But it seems necessary for the two to be asked about Jonas.

Swift was just on the Ellen DeGeneres Show earlier this month, where she brought up the fact that she felt bad for putting Jonas "on blast" on DeGeneres' show back in 2008 by telling the audience that he broke up with her in a record-setting short phone call. But, according to Swift, she and Jonas are chill now, since it happened pretty long ago, which means she's probably already hung out with Turner and maybe even gossiped about him with her.

We can only hope that they get the chance to spill some tea on television.

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"That's! His! Auntie!"

Leslie Jones has rewatched the Game of Thrones finale with a beer in hand, Seth Meyers at her side, and a full camera crew ready to take in all her glorious reactions. Spoilers ahead, but, if you haven't watched last week's episode already, that's kind of on you at this point.

When Jon Snow started to make out with Daenerys, also known as his aunt, only to stab her through the chest moments later, it was emotional whiplash for everyone watching. And, Jones' reactions—both from her first and second viewing—sum it all perfectly.

"That's! His! Auntie! [gagging noises]," Jones says before making an aside about calling the police if her uncle ever tried to do the same. But then the knife goes in, and Jones screams. "Did you see that?!" Jones asks, "Yeah bitch, that's a knife in you." Meyers points out the funniest part of all: "Why are you so upset about someone kissing their aunt but totally fine with someone killing their aunt?" Jones replies, "Because that bitch needed to go," and, well, same.

Other highlights from the comedians' rewatch include comparing Dany's victory speech to a bad improv gig, predicting that their dogs would have less of a reaction to their deaths than Drogon did to his mother's, and more.

Watch all of Jones' reactions from this Late Night clip below.

Game of Jones: Leslie Jones and Seth Watch Game of Thrones' Series Finale


These lyrics are a lot

Robbie Tripp, aka Curvy Wife Guy, is back with a music video, titled "Chubby Sexy," starring his wife and a trio of models. In it, Tripp raps about his bold choice to find women with an average body size attractive.

The video begins with a series of statements laid over some pool water: "Curves are the new high fashion," "Chubby is the new sexy," "We Out Here." Tripp posits that these queens deserve an anthem, which they do. What they do not deserve is this Cursed Song. As he lists all the names he knows to call them by (thick, thicc, and BBW), one model (who I really, really hope was paid well) squirts some lotion down her cleavage, and Tripp begins dancing.

"My girl chubby sexy/ Call her bonita gordita," Tripp states in his chorus, before going on to compare "big booty meat" to the peach emoji. Another thing he mentions is that his wife can't find a belt that fits her waist, and that's why he calls her James and the Giant Peach. He then tries to dab. Here are some of the other Cursed highlights from his, uh, verses:

Got those Khaleesi curves/ Knows how to dragon slay
She like a dude that's woke/ We like a girl that's weighty
Some say a chubby girl that's risky/ But they ain't met a curvy girl that's frisky
Imma dunk that donk like I'm Andrew Wiggins.
Thick like an Amazon/ Built like Big Ben.

Tripp says one thing in the video that I couldn't agree more with: "She don't need a man." No, she does not. Please run. If you must, watch the entire video, below. Or send it to your nemesis!

Robbie Tripp - Chubby Sexy (Official Music Video)

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See the promo here

It was bound to happen. The Kadashians and Jenners have committed themselves to letting the cameras roll on their lives, for better or for worse. So if you thought that the Jordyn Woods and Tristan Thompson cheating scandal was off limits, you thought wrong. The trailer for Sunday's episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians was just released, and it involves the famous family working through the fallout of what happened when Woods went to a party at Thompson's house.

The teaser includes the infamous clip of Khloé Kardashian screaming "LIAAAARRRRRR." It's still not explicitly clear who prompted that strong response. She could be responding to Thompson, who clearly isn't always honest. Or she could be reacting to Woods account of the events on Red Table Talk. But the most revealing moment comes when we see Kylie Jenner—who was Woods' best friend before all of this happened—react for the first time.

In a heart-to-heart conversation, momager Kris Jenner says, "For you and Jordyn, it's like a divorce." Kylie only offers this in response: "She fucked up." Based on Woods' version of events—which I'm inclined to believeThompson is the one who fucked up. Still, I'm hoping for some kind of reconciliation between the two longtime friends. Perhaps we'll have to wait until next season for that.

Check out the promo video below.

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We'll miss you

According to Business Insider, Topshop will close multiple Topshop and Topman locations in a step to avoid bankruptcy, including all 11 of its U.S. stores. In total, 23 stores will be shuttered globally.

This decision follows Topshop's recent filing for bankruptcy in the U.S., and a string of controversies surrounding the chairman of Topshop and Topman, Sir Philip Green. Last year, Green was investigated for sexual assaulting and racially abusing employees. Business Insider notes that though the brand thought it would fare much better in the States, it has not grown as quickly here as it expected. This is likely due to the successes of less expensive U.K.-based online retailers like ASOS.

Topshop stores first arrived here in 2009, and were met with crowds and excitement—for a time. The brand's dwindling success in the U.S. and declining revenue globally has been chalked up to a "challenging retail environment, changing consumer habits, and increased online competition," according to Ian Grabiner, the CEO of Topshop's parent company, Arcadia Group.

Arcadia Group is also submitting a restructuring plan for approval, which would involve negotiating lower rents for its shops and cutting pensions for employees in half. These proposals have not gone into effect yet. Grabiner said that the restructure and closings are a "tough but necessary decision for the business."

If you live in the U.S., you'll still be able to shop from the retailer online and at its wholesalers, such as Nordstrom—but it won't be the same as stepping into its stores.