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Samira Wiley On Doing Right By Her Character, Her Wife, The Queer Black Community — And Herself

This is how you’re supposed to begin: You’re supposed to say that Samira Wiley is down for whatever. Need her to hang upside down, jump on a box, or lie on the cold concrete floor in sequined Marc Jacobs to get the perfect shot? No problem. The (almo…
By Britni Danielle

'Black Panther' Star Danai Gurira Didn't Let The World Tell Her What Black Women Could Be. She Showed Them.

It's her birthday — Valentine's Day — and Black Panther and Walking Dead star Danai Gurira is celebrating by working. She is resplendent in all-white, lit by the glow of a dusty studio window overlooking the Manhattan street below, as if surveying a …
By Kadeen Griffiths

Why 'Queer Eye's Jonathan Van Ness Wants You To Say Nice Things To Your Hair

"Have you ever heard of that Japanese water study," Jonathan Van Ness, Los Angeles stylist and one of the stars of Netflix's Queer Eye reboot asks me, "Where they took all of those different water samples and looked at them under the microscope, and…
By Amanda Richards

Hayley Atwell Knows Classic Female Characters Matter — Even The Ones Created By White Men

There's this flawed mental image, Howards End star Hayley Atwell tells me, that people have of women as they existed at the turn of the century — that they were still, proper, stoic. It’s an image that has a tendency to bleed over into how period-bas…
By Sage Young

Samira Wiley On Doing Right By Her Character, Her Wife, The Queer Black Community — And Herself

This is how you’re supposed to begin: You’re supposed to say that Samira Wiley is down for whatever. Need her to hang upside down, jump on a box, or lie on the cold concrete floor in sequined Marc Jacobs to get the perfect shot? No problem. The (almo…
By Britni Danielle

'grown-ish’ Star Francia Raisa On What 'Open Ethnicity Casting' Really Means For Hollywood

If you’ve read any news about Hollywood lately, you know that the industry is far from perfect: It's long treated straight, white males as the default. But recent calls for more representation — through campaigns like #OscarsSoWhite and beyond — have…
By Alexis Reliford

If You’re A Conflicted Feminist Watching ‘The Bachelor' In 2018, ‘UnREAL’ Season 3 Is About You

UnREAL star Caitlin FitzGerald doesn't watch The Bachelorette, but she kind of plays one on TV. The Lifetime show has captured audiences who love, hate, or love-to-hate the many dating shows of the Bachelor franchise with its juicy depiction of the b…
By Sage Young

Gugu Mbatha-Raw Wasn't On Instagram Or Any Social Media – Until She Had A Giant Revelation

For most people, Friday, Feb. 16 was a relatively normal day, if a slightly busier one than usual. The night before, Black Panther hit theaters to much fanfare, and many of us were gearing up for a sunnier-than-normal winter weekend. But for Wrinkle …
By Rachel Simon

Here's What Target's New Inclusive Denim Line Looks Like On 15 Different Bodies

My father once described me as a "girl with an eye to buy." It's true: At my core, I am a dedicated, passionate shopper, particularly when it comes to clothing. Despite my almost manic, mouth-frothing enthusiasm for a good old-fashioned shop sesh, th…
By Amanda Richards

Why 'Queer Eye's Jonathan Van Ness Wants You To Say Nice Things To Your Hair

"Have you ever heard of that Japanese water study," Jonathan Van Ness, Los Angeles stylist and one of the stars of Netflix's Queer Eye reboot asks me, "Where they took all of those different water samples and looked at them under the microscope, and…
By Amanda Richards

'Black Panther' Star Danai Gurira Didn't Let The World Tell Her What Black Women Could Be. She Showed Them.

It's her birthday — Valentine's Day — and Black Panther and Walking Dead star Danai Gurira is celebrating by working. She is resplendent in all-white, lit by the glow of a dusty studio window overlooking the Manhattan street below, as if surveying a …
By Kadeen Griffiths

It Took Heather Graham YEARS To Make A Movie About Women Ditching Toxic Men. The Reason? Men.

They say you should write what you know. But in Hollywood, that age-old advice apparently needs an addendum: Write what you know — as long as men are into it. And for actor and newly minted director/screenwriter Heather Graham — a woman who swam thro…
By Kelsea Stahler

Carrie Brownstein On Why Even The Obama Era Should Have Enraged You

An icy January morning soon after Hollywood's show of solidarity for the #MeToo movement at the Golden Globes and almost exactly one year into the Trump Administration feels like a momentous time to be sitting across from Carrie Brownstein. The Sleat…
By Samantha Rollins

'Lady Bird’s Success Is Proof Men Can & Do Identify With Female Characters, Too

When Beanie Feldstein was growing up, she, like countless other pre-teens coming of age in the late '90s-early '00s era, became obsessed with Harry Potter. She read all the books and watched all the movies, following the boy wizard's journey through …
By Rachel Simon

Why Peter Kraus Doesn't Want To Be The Bachelor To Find Love

It's a casual afternoon in the Bustle offices, and Bachelorette star Peter Kraus is showing me photos of his dog, Daisy. And not just one, but several. Here she is snuggled up next to him. Here she is taking a selfie with him. Here she is laying on t…
By Martha Sorren

What Joe Keery Is Really Thinking When You Ask For A Selfie

Joe Keery is me. Joe Keery is goooooaaaals. Joe Keery is the best mother to four pre-teen misfits this side of reality. If you've been on Tumblr in the last three months, you probably know Steve Harrington's Stranger Things Season 2 arc has turned 25…
By Kelsea Stahler

Muslim Women Have Been Leaders In Conservative Fashion Since Way Before It Was "Cool"

This story is an editorial collaboration between Bustle and Muslim Girl. Marwa Atik never meant to get into fashion. Her walls were lined with old Vogue magazines, ones she had been collecting since 8th grade. Even at that young age, she already kne…
By Fatima Najimi

Why The 'Pitch Perfect 3' Post-Credits Scene Is So Hard For Star Brittany Snow To Watch

At the end of Pitch Perfect 3, the newest and last movie in the blockbuster trilogy, there's a sequence of photos and videos depicting the cast's antics off-screen. From sleepovers to pool parties to jokey hazing rituals in the woods, the images are …
By Rachel Simon

Sadie Sink On How 'Stranger Things' Season 3 Can Avoid A Majorly Sexist Trope

We all know the feeling of the first day on the job. You step into a room, everyone's got their eyes on you. They each have their established, comfortable niche, and as the new kid on the block, you stick out like a sore thumb until you eventually fi…
By Kelsea Stahler

Allison Janney Deals With The Mess Of 2017 Just Like You Do — By Obsessing Over Adorable Doggos

The day on which Allison Janney visits Bustle's office hasn't been a particularly good one for the actor. This morning, she tells me in an unusually soft-spoken voice, she woke up with her heart racing, and she's spent the hours since feeling off. Sh…
By Rachel Simon

Why Dismissing Women As "Cute" & "Quirky" Is So Demeaning, According To Noel Wells

Noel Wells is pissed. She's smiling, sure, but her voice is inching higher and higher, and it's clear I've hit a nerve. We've been talking about her new movie, Mr. Roosevelt — in particular, a speech her character Emily gives midway through about her…
By Rachel Simon

How A Dystopian Hacker Drama Remains One Of The Most Feminist Shows On TV

If you've ever added an unnecessary "sorry!" to soften a work email or gotten the third degree from your nosy aunt about putting career over starting a family, you know how it feels to be trapped in traditional expectations of womanhood. In USA's hac…
By Sage Young

Model Lauren Wasser Lost Her Leg. Here's How She Turned That Loss Into A New State Of Mind.

In 2012, Lauren Wasser felt the vague and unsettling discomfort of a sickness that she couldn't quite describe. She assumed she was coming down with the flu. Soon after, she was found face down on her bedroom floor in Los Angeles with a 107 degree te…
By Amanda Richards