A Reykjavik Summit & A Royal Engagement: Here’s What’s Trending on Social This Week A Reykjavik Summit & A Royal Engagement: Here’s What’s Trending on Social This Week Photo Courtesy of Vanity Fair From Instagram to Twitter, these are some of this week’s trending posts to women, from women and about them. From France to South Africa (@irismittenaeremf get it …. 😉) This one is for every single girl and boy that has a dream! Nothing is ever impossible! South Africa I ❤️ you. @missuniverse #missuniverse Dress by @anelbothac A post shared by Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters (@demileighnp) on Nov 27, 2017 at 6:34am PST Miss South Africa Becomes Miss Universe This week began with the conclusion to the pageant of all pageants, when South Africa’s Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters was awarded the crown and title of Miss Universe 2017. The 22-year-old is a recent graduate from South Africa’s North West University and runs the Unbreakable campaign to advocate for female self-defense programs. She will be moving to New York City to carry out her duties as Miss Universe. #Goals His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales and Ms. Meghan Markle are engaged to be married… A post shared by Kensington Palace (@kensingtonroyal) on Nov 27, 2017 at 2:01am PST Meghan Markle Steals Prince Harry’s Heart On Tuesday, the latest royal news came out of Kensington Palace; actress and philanthropist Meghan Markle is engaged to Prince Harry. While social channels erupted in a mix of joy and horror at the bachelor’s new relationship status, there was more attention on why Meghan Markle was unsuitable for the Prince as a divorced, biracial actress. Talk about jealousy? It’s not about how we fall, it’s about how we get up. #VSFashionShow pic.twitter.com/NCe08O8OjU — CBS (@CBS) November 29, 2017 The Empowering Message from Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show The annual Victoria’s Secret fashion show aired this week after being pre-recorded in Shanghai earlier in the month. This week’s televised event included the fall of model Ming Xi, leaving viewers to wonder why they included it in the televised program. This tweet from CBS network perfectly captures the significance of leaving it in; showcasing women helping women and the reality of rising up after your lowest moments. what a group. thank you. https://t.co/1tfeIHXHJ0 — Lorde (@lorde) November 28, 2017 Oh Lorde: The One Woman Up for Album of the Year It’s that time of year! Grammy nominations were released this week and amongst the four males up for album of the year is one woman–Lorde. Although the album Melodrama, recognizable for tracks such as “Homemade Dynamite” and “Green Light,” marks the only nomination for the pop singer at this year’s Grammys, it is the first time she is nominated in this category, with past wins at the 2014 Grammys for Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance. Incredibly thankful for the determination of Leandra English, the rightful Acting Director of @CFPB. #DefendCFPB pic.twitter.com/giUKsOCL2p — Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) November 29, 2017 According to Nancy Pelosi, Leandra English is the “Rightful” Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Last Friday, the former CFPB director resigned and appointed Leandra English as his replacement. Yet hours later, President Trump designated the position to Mick Mulvaney. This initiated somewhat of a “tug-of-war” over the position, as Leandra sued the Trump administration for its temporary replacement for the CFPB. The lawsuit was blocked by a federal judge this week, so, there has yet to be an officially appointed director for the position. This clear disconnect seems to reflect the divide that exists in current America from everyday civilians to the top leaders in Washington. This Woman Released Sexually Suggestive Facebook Messages As women continue to come forward with their encounters of sexual harassment, Kelly Canon has come forward with private Facebook messages received from Representative Joe Barton (R-Texas). Canon says that she used to talk politics with Barton until he would cross the line, and ask inappropriate questions about what she was wearing. Barton confirmed the messages and apologized for his behavior, but said he would not be stepping down from office due to these messages, and a nude photo last week, being publicized. Ivanka Trump Trades Pencil Skirts for Saris Ivanka Trump arrived in India for the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, beginning her trip in Hyderabad (India’s city of pearls) for which she marked by “fashion diplomacy” with this mother-of-pearl jacket. From panel, to conference, to event and dinner, Trump traded in her typical femme-business casual for a more cultural look that now has media asking if this fashion diplomacy was more “culturally appropriate dress or cultural appropriation?” While some critics say she supported cheap, unethical labor with these looks, others praise Trump for embracing the culture, unlike the first lady upon her tour through Asia earlier this month. We’ll let you be the fashion police on this one. Kenya Moore’s “gender reassignment surgery” jokes about Kim Zolciak aren’t fucking cool or funny, they’re transphobic @KenyaMoore #RHOA — Ira Madison III (@ira) November 27, 2017 This Real Housewives of Atlanta Star Shocks Viewers Real Housewives Kenya Moore and Kim Zolciak-Biermann battled it out on Sunday’s episode, over Moore’s “fake” husband. Moore lashed back at Zolciak-Biermann with transphobic commentary when she asked about the star’s “hard on” and why it wasn’t cut off during her “reassignment surgery.” Fans took to social to respond to Moore, the network and Andy Cohen himself for allowing these provocative comments to air when we’re living in a society pushing for equal rights. My latest piece in @nytimes on the redemption of men. https://t.co/4jd5kNPtJY — Amber Tamblyn (@ambertamblyn) November 30, 2017 Amber Tamblyn’s Op-Ed Highlights Women’s Silence “We’ve been silent because we’ve been silenced,” writes Tamblyn in her op-ed for The NY Times on Thursday. The actress takes readers through a conversation she had with a male and female writer on the punishment of men in the media industry as their sexual advances come to light. As the male writer brought up the possibility of redemption for the multitude of men in the headlines, Tamblyn takes us through her thoughts before and after speaking with him and why redemption shouldn’t even be a factor on the table, when women are at the beginning of salvation. The Hot Topics at This Week’s Women Political Leaders Summit Around 400 women in international politics convened in Iceland this week for the annual summit to encourage gender equality–with a focus on politics. Iran’s Vice President Masoumeh Ebtekar and Iceland’s Former President Vigdis Finnbogadottir (the world’s first elected woman president back in 1980) were among the headlining leaders to discuss the role of women and the security of work environments for women in politics against sexual misconduct. With a theme of “We can do it!” the summit reflected the progress toward gender equality–already spearheaded by Iceland–and fostered at this year’s summit. #Iran‘s most powerful woman, Vice President Masoumeh Ebtekar, says “men try to get to power by any means” That “takes its toll on humanity” she tells women political leaders at #WPLsummit #Reykjavik pic.twitter.com/k2QKXWHIXN — Michaela Kuefner (@MKuefner) November 29, 2017 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.