7/28 – This Week in Women: Power in Independence and Collaboration

7/28 – This Week in Women:

Power in Independence and Collaboration

Photo courtesy of Betches

From strutting solo to teaming up, this week’s women revealed the strength in raw vulnerability, incredible power in numbers, and a supportive debut in shifting beauty standards.

Sports Illustrated reveals body-inclusive line and runway show
Sports Illustrated Models Courtesy of NYPost

To wrap up Miami Swim Week, Sports Illustrated revealed an all-inclusive swim and active apparel line that they showcased on all body types, highlighting curves and the reality of female bodies. Designs included plunge-cut metallic one pieces, as well as high-cut and high-waisted bottoms, all meant to flatter the hourglass figure. The reaction to this unexpected end to the show, and the entire week, caused the audience to lose “their minds when the curvy girls came out,” MJ Day, editor of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit told The Post. “Some people were moved to tears because they saw themselves represented on the runway, which they never thought they would.”

Michelle Obama discusses the racism she received as first lady
Michelle Obama Courtesy of Vogue

On Tuesday, Michelle Obama spoke at the Women’s Foundation of Colorado’s 30th anniversary celebration, where she replied to the remarks she was exposed to as the country’s first black first lady. 

Obama candidly responded to words and descriptions of her, including, “atrocity, unclassy, gorilla face, baby mama, and an ape in heels,” both during and after her time in office. Although we didn’t see Obama individually react to each of these comments, The Denver Post reported that she “never pretended the attacks didn’t hurt because that would give those inflicting the pain a pass.” Obama reinforced the pain she felt by opening up with raw emotion at Tuesday’s event, saying, “The shards that cut me the deepest were the ones that intended to cut. Knowing that after eight years of working really hard for this country, there are still people who won’t see me for what I am because of my skin color.” Obama concluded the speech by telling women to embrace these cuts that become scars, and also to “seize their power.”

Angelina Jolie opens up to Vanity Fair on “solo” life

Appearing as the latest cover story for Vanity Fair, Jolie opened up on life since her divorce from Brad Pitt almost a year ago. Addressing family life, her new films, her relationship with Pitt and her new home, Jolie lets readers into her process of adjustment. Jolie notably discussed that she feels “more like a woman” as a result of putting her family first, not only with the divorce last year, but with her decision to undergo a double mastectomy and to get her ovaries removed as a precaution to a predispositional gene.

Angelina Jolie Courtesy of Vanity Fair

Jolie says, “Sometimes women in families put themselves last.” And although the activist, actress and producer acknowledged her latest projects that keep her determined and distracted, she said she is looking forward to a “messy, relaxed, normal” family life, as she settles into her new home.

Dana Perino shares her advice as a former female press secretary
Dana Perino Courtesy of Fortune

The former press secretary under President George W. Bush shared an op-ed piece with 10 pieces of advice for current press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Perino noted that it was important to share her experiences from “one female press secretary to another.” The advisory points cover a variety of topics that range from “trust your instincts,” which includes a woman’s intuition, asking more questions, and trusting opportunities, to “never looking at your Twitter mentions,” and instead to use it as a tool to keep up with events, and her last piece of advice, which is to “have so much fun.” Perino praised Sanders as the third woman to be White House press secretary and acknowledged her “talented and grounded” disposition. Perino called Sanders a woman “who doesn’t need her help” but hoped this would inspire other women on similar career paths, or any career path “shooting for the moon.”

Amy Schumer tops list of world’s highest paid comedians as the only female

Coming in at number five on Forbes’ top ten highest-paid comedians, Schumer is the only female comedian to make the ranking two years in a row. The annual reveal is a ranking of the earnings of comedians worldwide. Last year, Schumer was the first woman to ever make the cut at number four, and this year, although she was downgraded a spot, her income reflected a growth, coming in at $37.5 million. Ranked at number one is Jerry Seinfeld, with Chris Rock, Louis C.K. and Dave Chappelle following Seinfeld in ranking.

Jillian Dara

Jillian grew up an island girl but converted to city style after living in Boston, London, Santiago, and now, NYC. She is a writer, editor and content creator with a desire to share stories in the lifestyle genre. With a particular focus on travel and profiles, she prides herself on sharing the most authentic story for those who aren’t able to share their own.

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