Photographic Proof That Jennifer Lopez Is The Ultimate Beauty Icon
Since she emerged onto the Hollywood scene in the 1990s, it's been hard not to love everything about Jennifer Lopez. She's given us a lifetime of bops, like "I'm Real" and "Love Don't Cost a Thing." She's starred in some of our favorite movies, from Maid in Manhattan to Selena. And, most importantly, she's become the ultimate beauty inspiration.
Lopez's decades-long career has come with many memorable hair and makeup moments, but for the most part, she's got a clear formula that she sticks to: Her coveted "J.Lo glow" is proof that no amount of bronzer and highlighter is too much. Her booty-grazing ponytails and extensions prove hair hath no limits, and her signature peach lipstick is one that should be sold en masse.
To celebrate her 51st birthday today, we're taking a look back at some of her best beauty moments. Ahead, scroll through visible verification that even when she was just "Jenny from the block," J.Lo was far ahead of the beauty game.
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Whether or not my makeup can withstand wearing a face mask isn't something I thought I'd have to consistently ask myself, but here we are more than halfway through a year that's been full of surprises. Even though my moments of social interaction have been few and far between these last few months thanks to the pandemic, I've slowly started wearing makeup again, which means that I've also had to dig deeper into my stash of products to find long-lasting options that won't transfer onto my mask. One product that's passed the test with flying colors is the Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Stain ($18). The lip stain is one of Anastasia Beverly Hills's latest launches that officially dropped this week. At the moment, it comes in six different colors - Black Cherry, Dusty Rose, Hot Pink, Rosewood, Orchid, and Grey Mauve - and what differentiates it from a traditional lipstick, or even a liquid lipstick, is that it's slightly more lightweight. When I tried the Black Cherry shade, I found that it applies like water and almost feels like I'm wearing nothing at all, but it still delivers a bold color with some serious staying power that doesn't smudge when I touch it. Even more important is that when I tried it on with a face mask, it still didn't budge, making it a clear winner in my book. Pick up any of the lip stains ahead if you want to judge for yourself.
Cara Delevingne is many things: a successful model, actor, activist, and brand ambassador. And she just so happens to always have incredible hair while doing all three. When it comes to her hair, let's just say that she's definitely not scared to try ... well, anything. In the beginning of her career - when she was walking every single runway show in New York, London, Milan, and Paris, and simultaneously making her acting debut in Anna Karenina - she pretty much left her mid-length, ash-blond hair alone. But that didn't keep her from experimenting with lots of different styles. In those early years, she played around with plaits and waves and the occasional hat or hair accessory. In March 2017, Delevingne made a big change, cutting her hair into a long bob and bleaching it a shade of platinum blond that was so light, it almost looked white. But the shorter cut didn't stop her from doing the plaits and waves she loved before, proving to the naysayers just how versatile short hair can be. Three months later, Delevingne dared for an even bigger hair change, arriving at the Met Gala in May 2017 with her head shaved, which she did for her role in Life in a Year. But even a buzz cut didn't stop Delevingne from having fun with her beauty look. For the Met Gala, she decorated her shaved head with silver paint and jewels, hinting at all the fun colors and designs her and her go-to hairstylist, Mara Roszak, would try in the weeks and months to come. In 2019, Delevingne has embarked on the tedious process of growing out her hair, but the actor's met the challenge head on . . . literally. She's masked the awkward regrowth phase with strategically placed accessories, half wigs, and twisted top knots. Due to coronavirus, we haven't had quite as many hair moments in 2020 so far, but luckily Delevingne served some fabulous looks just before the global pandemic hit, including old Hollywood-style waves and an orange feathered ponytail. Ahead, we rounded up Delevingne's red carpet hair highlights so that you can follow the star's ever-changing hair evolution - and hey, maybe even get inspired to finally make a big hair change of your own.
The announcement of Kamala Harris as Joe Biden’s Vice Presidential pick has sent Republicans into a tailspin, and they’ve been checking all the squares on their racism BINGO cards with attempts to discredit her selection. From Tucker Carlson refusing to correctly pronounce Harris’s name to President Trump calling her names, the responses have been insulting — and predictable. One such attempt at invalidating Harris came from John Eastman, a law professor at Chapman University, who published an op-ed in Newsweek questioning whether Harris is eligible for the vice presidency based on her parents’ citizenship status at the time of her birth. The op-ed — thinly-veiled racist ideology disguised as a debate about Constitutional law — has drawn immense blowback for its premise. That’s because the essay is plain old “birtherism” wrapped up in an intellectual bow. Eastman’s argument is that the law requires all Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates to be “natural born citizens.” Under the 14th Amendment, Harris, who was born in Oakland, California, is a citizen of the U.S. even though her parents, who were from Jamaica and India, were not naturalized citizens at the time of her birth. Eastman claims that the second clause of the 14th Amendment, which says that citizens must be “subject to the jurisdiction” of the U.S., may disqualify Harris from eligibility. Many people have stated that this is false, including Laurence Tribe, a constitutional law professor at Harvard University.> Worse than nonsense, the garbage questioning the eligibility of Kamala Harris to serve as president is vicious and legally baseless BS. It’s racist birtherism redux. Shame on any media outlet that gives it space or airtime. https://t.co/FPYUKFcvKp> > — Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) August 13, 2020Birtherism is a tactic Republicans have increasingly used to try and devalue or discredit people of color running for office. It began with Barack Obama’s campaign in 2008, with people — mostly Hillary Clinton supporters at first, but the theory was later co-opted by the GOP — claiming that Obama was ineligible for the presidency because he was born in Kenya and smuggled into the country as a baby, as outlined by POLITICO.Donald Trump has been one of the biggest proponents in promoting the conspiracy theory, the ideology of which was evident when he tweeted that “progressive Democratic Congresswomen” — namely Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, and Ayanna Pressley, all of whom are women of color — should “go back” to their home countries.For its part, Newsweek has stuck by the op-ed’s publication, issuing an Editor’s Note proclaiming that the piece has “no connection whatsoever to so-called ‘birther-ism.’” But whether Newsweek wants to call it birtherism or not, the truth is that the piece mirrors the conspiracy by making faux-intellectual arguments rooted in racist and xenophobic beliefs in an attempt to keep people of color out of positions of power. It’s dangerous rhetoric because it perpetuates the idea that any person of color who rises to power does not deserve to be there or has somehow gamed the system.As Adam Serwer wrote for The Atlantic, birther ideals, which stem from the belief that the people in charge of running the country should be white, are central to the success of the Trump campaign and to the actions of his administration: a desire “to turn back the clock to an era where white political and cultural hegemony was unthreatened by black people, by immigrants, by people of a different faith.”Birtherism is a last-gasp attempt by white people to hold onto white supremacy, by any means necessary, whether it be conspiracy theories about birth certificates or grasping at straws by parsing the language of Constitutional law hoping against hope there will be justification for excluding someone from power based on the color of their skin or their family’s heritage. In Eastman’s case, perhaps it’s professional jealousy: in 2010, Eastman and Harris both ran for California attorney general. Eastman, a Republican, lost in the primary to Steve Cooley. Harris, a Democrat, ultimately won, beating Cooley in the general election. Eastman has also represented the North Carolina legislature and the State of Arizona in unsuccessfully petitioning the Supreme Court in cases involving same-sex marriage, immigration, and abortion, all issues he holds opposing views than Harris on.While perhaps not a strictly personal vendetta on Eastman’s part, his argument — and ones like it — is an example of a white ruling class that cannot stand the reality that a Black woman might beat them at their own game, or have the career and positions they wanted for themselves or successfully challenge their worldview at the level of government.But ultimately, birtherism reveals more about the person espousing it than it does anyone else. It reveals the many Republican constituents who uphold this rhetoric as xenophobic, as backwards, and as unable to accept a changing power structure in this country. Most importantly, it reveals those who are unwilling to let go of the white supremacist system that has, for too long, kept people like them at the top with their boots on the rest of the world’s neck.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Why Republicans Are Mispronouncing Kamala's NameMike Pence "Can't Wait" To Debate Kamala HarrisBiden & Harris Are A Dream Team, Astrologically
Between hair dryers, brushes, and curling irons of varying widths, it’s easy for your vanity table to quickly become a cluttered mess of power cords and bulky tools. (And before a well-intentioned friend suggests we KonMari our collection, the answer is yes, they’re all absolutely necessary.) That's when a hair tool organizer comes to the rescue. Whether you’re looking to artfully display your collection or just want a practical way to improve access for day-to-day ease, we've got you. From options for the minimalist with a soft spot for acrylic organizers to ones that'll visually spruce up your beauty space, check out these eight affordable picks to find your hair-tool organization soulmate. At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?
When the George Floyd protests began in late May, it seemed like many companies and industries around the country were suddenly engaged in a “reckoning” about how racism organizes the structures of their workplaces. But a new report released by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) reveals how much (or, rather, how little) that recognition has really sunk in: only 13% of white HR professionals say they believe discrimination based on race or ethnicity exists in their workplace. (The report surveyed 1,257 Americans from June 11th to June 17th, 2020.) It’s disturbing to see that so few of the professionals who have such an outsize role in recruiting, interviewing, and hiring at companies believe that racism exists within their own walls. The SHRM report found that 49% of Black HR professionals, meanwhile, believe that racial discrimination exists at their workplace. Of all human resource managers, according to 2019 Bureau of Labor Statistics data, 77.8% are white, and just 11.1% are Black. The report also surveyed U.S. workers in general, not just HR professionals. Among white, non-HR workers, just 7% say that racism exists in their workplace. Among Black workers, 35% say the same. White HR professionals reported that gender discrimination was a problem in much higher numbers than racial discrimination, with 22% saying it exists in their workplace. Part of the issue seems to be the specificity of words like “racism” or “discrimination.” When asked whether their organization is doing enough to “provide opportunities for Black employees,” 35% of white HR professionals and 68% of Black HR professionals say no. The report also found that 33% of Black workers say they don’t feel respected or valued at work, compared to 18% of white workers who feel that way. Moreover, 45% of Black workers say that their managers don’t support talking about race, the same proportion of Black workers that say their workplace overall discourages conversations around race.It’s apparent that there’s severe discomfort around talking about race — 37% of both white and Black workers said they didn’t feel comfortable discussing it, with 42% of white workers going so far as to say it’s inappropriate to talk about race at work. HR professionals have a much different view, with 70% saying that discussions about race are appropriate at work. After all, if even just talking about it remains taboo, how can workers have an accurate grasp on whether racism manifests in their workplace?Workers more readily acknowledge that racism is a problem in general society, with 54% of Black workers and 29% of white workers saying that their workplace doesn’t do enough to “promote racial justice in the world” — but fewer workers will admit it’s a problem in their own workplace, impacting their everyday lives. These survey results provide greater context for the slew of black squares posted on Instagram in June and the sudden corporate support of the Black Lives Matter movement in the weeks after the police killing of George Floyd. Many companies, including Refinery29, were questioned on their sincerity in putting forward those messages, especially after former and current employees came forward about anti-Black racism they’d experienced in the workplace.To Black and other non-white workers across the country, this report may simply come as a confirmation of their experiences. After all, we’ve watched as some companies have shown a shocking unwillingness to make amends for objectively racist policies — even when it’s in their best interest to do so. After it was revealed that food magazine Bon Appétit, which is owened by Conde Nast, was underpaying its BIPOC staff, there were immediate calls for equal pay, as well as redress for other racist acts employees have faced. An internal investigation was launched, and for months, no new videos were uploaded to BA’s extremely popular YouTube channel, which is operated through Conde Nast Entertainment. Last week, writer Priya Krishna announced that she will no longer appear in videos, because the new contracts she and her colleague Rick Martinez were offered would still pay less than what their white colleagues are paid. To date, six BA staff members have announced they will no longer participate in the magazine’s YouTube videos.It’s clear that American companies as a whole need to be more proactive in addressing racism within their walls — and the first step to achieving that is unequivocally acknowledging the presence of it. The SHRM report reveals that the vast majority of workplaces (67%) haven’t gauged where their own employees stand on these issues. And while 52% of workplaces claim they plan on implementing some kind of implicit bias training, only 30% say they will adjust or expand “policies and systems” in an attempt to reduce racist bias.Like what you see? 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Six months ago, the only thing that would get me to even look at a matching sweatsuit was Zoë Kravitz — wearing one (from Entireworld) underneath a moss-green Loewe duster. Now, I, and just about everyone else on the planet, hardly go a few days without slipping one on. Like shoes with heels, non-stretch denim, and dresses that don’t fall under Hill House Home’s Nap dress category, anything that’s not elastic, monochrome, and made of jersey simply doesn’t suit my dressing needs anymore. That’s what happens when a pandemic ushers most of the population indoors for half a year’s time: we bunker down and get comfortable. But comfort level isn’t the only variable we look at when shopping for loungewear these days. Instead, the farther we get into the pandemic, and the more we see how our everyday behaviors, from plane, train, and car travel to our fashion consumption habits, contribute to the environment’s demise — in March, the BBC reported that pollution in New York alone was down 50% year-over-year due to a reduced number of cars on the road — the more focused we are on shopping ethically and sustainably. Gen Z, in particular, wants a future on this planet, and many are willing to give up fast fashion to get it. Enter: ethical and sustainable loungewear, which is currently experiencing a rise. “Gen Z are looking for purpose above anything else — they are a generation deeply concerned and moved by socio-environmental issues,” says Dr. Amanda Parkes Ph.D, Chief Innovations Officer at PANGAIA, a sustainable fashion collective that offers seasonless loungewear crafted out of bio-engineered materials. “They care, they believe in the power of the collective, and they are willing to adapt their lifestyles to help both people and the planet.” > View this post on Instagram> > A post shared by PANGAIA (@thepangaia) on May 10, 2020 at 7:00am PDTNext week, the brand is announcing a collaboration with JUST Water, the environmentally-friendly consumer products brand co-founded by Jaden Smith (aka the unofficial ruler of Gen Z), made up of a nine-piece line of loungewear. The collection, which includes sweatpants, sweat shorts, hoodies, crewnecks, and T-shirts in JUST Water’s signature blue colorway, was created using 100% GOTS-certified organic cotton, natural dyes, and a recycled water system. What’s more, funds raised from the collection will be donated to TOGETHERFUND x Will & Jade Smith Family Foundation, a nonprofit that supports racial justice work and COVID-19 relief. While a PANGAIA x JUST collaboration may appear unexpected, given that the two are from different industries entirely, they share a common purpose of protecting those natural resources that we still have. PANGAIA’s business model, too, is different from what we’ve come to expect from brands — described as a collective, it’s made up of “scientists, designers, thinkers, and creators from all backgrounds and walks of life,” according to Parkes. To ensure that their products are being made using the most up-to-date technology, this collective connects MIT, Harvard, and Stanford alumni with designers from leading global design schools. As such, PANGAIA is at the forefront of both fashion and sustainable technology right now. “PANGAIA is very much aligned with Gen Z values — which is probably why we have such a strong presence of Gen Z in our community,” Parkes says. “We share their vision of a better world and their drive towards helping shape it.” A-list fans like Hailey Bieber and Jaden Smith no doubt help, too.In addition to PANGAIA, dozens of other ethical and sustainable loungewear brands have hit peak popularity since stay-at-home orders began in March. According to a viral The New York Times feature about sweatpants in the age of coronavirus, loungewear brand Entireworld has seen unprecedented growth during the pandemic. Following a “distinctly human” email in March that was sent by the brand’s CEO and founder Scott Sternberg to its 30,000 subscribers, Entireworld’s e-commerce site, which normally reports roughly 46 sweatpant orders per day, sold more than 1,000 pairs. “By month’s end, the brand’s sales were up 662 percent over March the previous year,” Sternberg told the publication. Like PANGAIA, Entireworld uses sustainable materials like organic cotton and recycled polyester to craft their signature crewnecks, shorts, socks, and joggers. A “strict set of criteria” is used for choosing suppliers and factories to work with to ensure that each and every Entireworld garment is made ethically. Also like PANGAIA, Entireworld’s business model is unlike many brand., Not only is it direct-to-consumer but it focuses on seasonless staples, rather than trends. Of the traditional fashion model, which includes a constant churning of collections and wholesale accounts, Sternberg told the publication that the “whole channel is dead. And there’s no sign of when it’s turning on again.” Maybe the age of sustainable loungewear will be born out of its ashes.Other loungewear brands like Cotton Citizen and Lacausa have been implementing sustainable practices since their very conceptions, too, using natural dyes, local factories, and, in, the case of Lacausa, additionally donating to nonprofits like the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Surfrider, and Cool Earth, which works alongside rainforest communities to halt deforestation. There’s also Baserange, a Dutch-French loungewear and underwear brand that’s committed to clean production, and Philadelphia-based Wol-Hide which designs comfortable and conscious pieces for everyday wear. Ever since the climate crisis reached “the point of no return back in 2015,” as Parkes puts it, “more and more people are becoming conscious of the urgency of the situation and committing to changing their behavior and purchasing habits.” The pandemic has only sped up those changes and commitments. And as conscious consumers continue to look for ways to put their money where their mouth is, it’s sustainably-minded businesses that will make the cut. Given that many people will not be going back to their offices until next year, the end of the loungewear boom is nowhere in sight. But that doesn’t mean that every brand under the sun should stop what they’re doing and jump on the sweatpants bandwagon, at least not before considering how they’re going to do so, from materials to supply chain, packaging, and beyond. After all, no matter how far off it may seem, the pandemic will eventually cease to exist. And when that happens — subsequently forcing us out of our crewnecks and into “normal” attire again — it won’t be just any loungewear brands that people remember, but rather those that not only invested in our comfort but also the comfort of generations that follow.At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Iets frans… Is Our Go-To For Affordable Loungewear3,000 People Bought This Sold-Out Terry LoungewearMatching Sweatsuits Became The Quarantine Uniform