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Pig Yoga Exists And It’s The Greatest Thing On Earth

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Don't even try to tell me otherwise

I hate working out. I really, really do. But since, you know, being semi-active is a requirement of staying healthy, I'm constantly seeking new and inventive ways to keep me on my feet.

One lazy Sunday afternoon spent searching for a new class to try, I decided to Google "pig yoga" to see if it was a thing, since yoga is probably the only form of exercise that I find tolerable, and, well, I love pigs. When I found that it was, in fact, a thing in Philadelphia—a quick two-hour drive from New York City—I squealed (hah, hah) with delight.

I really love pigs. I guess you can say that I have a somewhat unhealthy obsession with them, one that began long before celebrities like Ariana Grande and Miley Cyrus made pigs the trendy pet of the moment. No, my great love for pigs began when I watched Babe for the first time as a four-year-old. I then continued to watch it basically every day of my childhood. Fast-forward to 2018, and at any given moment, you can find me sobbing over the Instagram stories of one of the many Insta-famous pigs I follow. Not only are pigs the cutest, sweetest, and some of the most loyal creatures on earth, they're also smart—even smarter than your dog. What's not to love about them?

With that said, off to Philly I went to visit Tuck Barre & Yoga and take a Saturday afternoon pig yoga class.

Studio owner Callie Kim first teamed up with the lovely FairyTail Acres this past July to host her very first pig yoga class, and they have since made it a monthly event. FairyTail Acres is a rescue organization located in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, that not only saves our sweet porcine friends but also trains them to become therapy pigs. Founder Chris Hainley brings six pigs-in-training—some tiny, some enormous—to roam around the studio as Kim takes 20 or so yoga- and pig-enthusiasts (and just the plain curious) through a vinyasa class.

The class itself is extremely welcoming and open to those of all skill levels—from first-timers to seasoned yogis—something I found comforting, as I'm not exactly the most confident when it comes to my own yoga practice. But really, it didn't even matter in the end, because a handful of snorting, squealing angels were waddling and wiggling around me, eating graham crackers out of a cup placed next to my mat—perfecting my Warrior 3 was not really my top priority.

I'm not going to sit here and tell you that it was the best workout I've ever had, because, well, I didn't really do that much. I gave up on whatever pose I was holding the second one of my new swine friends came over to me to say hello. Why would I hold a Tree pose when I could roll around on the floor with Franklin, a puppy-sized five-month-old piglet, instead? What I will tell you is that it was the most magical day of my life. If you, too, love pigs (or animals in general), you should really consider trying a pig yoga class, because it will be an experience you never forget.

Sure, my life plan of raising a pig of my own might be put on hold until I live in an apartment big enough to house one (and, yes, I'm fully aware that "mini" pigs don't exist, and I will be perfectly happy with swine son or daughter reaching medium- to large-dog size, thank you very much). Until then, though, there's always pig yoga. And repeated viewings of not only Babe but also Grande's original video for "breathin.'"

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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

Barrettes

Bands

Bows

Clips

Ties

Ornaments

Pins

Scrunchies

Chopsticks

Twisters

Wrap

Hair extensions

Ornamental novelty pins

Entertainment services

Personal appearances

Skin care

Probiotic supplements

Toy figures

Doll accessories

Computer software

Clothing

Baby bottles

Furniture

Strollers

Beverageware

Swaddling

Blankets

Skin moisturizers

Lotions

Creams

Bubble bath

Fragrances

Body powders

Shower gels

Body oils

Skin serums

Nail polish

Nail polish remover

Nail care preparations

Puppets

Puzzles

Toy jewelry

Toy cameras

Toy food

Bath toys

Baby gyms

Playground balls

Electronic action toys

Baby bouncers

Baby changing tables

Baby walkers

Pillows

Mirrors

Cushions

Picture frames

Playpens

Baby carriers

Cosmetic bags

Toiletry cases

Duffle bags

Umbrellas

Clocks

Watches

Key chains

Calendars

Books

photo albums

Stationery

Stickers

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.

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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 www.youtube.com

Photograph via @kimkardashian.

"#NotOnMyMoodBoard"

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.

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