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Selena Gomez Celebrated Her 24th Birthday With A Dramatic Hair Transformation

New year, new hair? We like Selena Gomez‘s style. The singer not only turned 24 yesterday and had her first concert in Indonesia today, but she also underwent a major hair transformation.

Check it out before, about two weeks ago:

Selena Gomez Celebrated Her 24th Birthday With A Dramatic Hair Transformation

And now:

Selena Gomez Celebrated Her 24th Birthday With A Dramatic Hair Transformation

It looks like about six inches came off of her ends, which is some of the shortest hair we’ve seen on the traditionally long-haired performer—and we love how the length gives her look some seriously cool ’70s vibes and helps frame her face just a tad more. Her honey-blond highlights, which she got early June, are really shining through in the Insta, too.

Right now, it’s a little up for debate about whether she actually got her hair cut or had her extensions taken out (Gomez has said before she rocks a weave to get her famous fullness).

Gomez is currently on her Revival tour, but it looks she might have had it done in Jakarta, where she recently arrived to celebrate her 24th and perform. In her Snap story, which dates to approximately 5:30 P.M. Jakarta time, there was definitely a chair set up for celebrity hair stylist Marissa Marino from Nine Zero One salon. Marino also posted a pic of it in her Instagram:


Someone finally made me that platform I’ve been needing

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 We’ve reached out to her team for comment and will update the story as soon as we hear back.

Originally Written By Krystin Arneson, Glamour.

The Vampire Diaries Officially Has An End Date

Sad news for The Vampire Diaries fans: There’s now an end date for your favorite CW show—and it happens to be a little sooner than you might like.

The newest season, which marks the show’s eighth year on air and begins October 21, will be its last, announced showrunner Julie Plec at Comic-Con today.

“The greatest honor you can have as a storyteller in the business of television is to be able to make those decisions with your peers and your fellow storytellers and we have all discussed it and we have made the decision that this is it,” Plec said. “This is going to be the final season. … It’s bittersweet and emotional, and we’re going to be crying about this in a few minutes.” To the fans, she added, “You guys stuck with us. … You guys have been with us for this run, and it’s a beautiful run.”

As Entertainment Weekly pointed out, The Vampire Diaries cast members Ian Somerhalder and Kat Graham have hinted that the show might be wrapping up soon.

Now what are we going to watch when we need some escape TV?! Luckily, we have a few ideas.

Originally Written By Krystin Arneson, Glamour

The First Wonder Woman Trailer Is Here!

Alert! Alert! The first trailer for Wonder Woman just debuted at Comic-Con, and it looks SO GOOD.

It’s about time: Ever since fans got a sneak peek of Gal Gadot as Diana Prince in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice this past March, they’ve been highly anticipating a first look at her standalone film. Wonder Woman’s reveal was widely considered one of the best parts of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, so it’s a relief that—based on this trailer, at least—the movie looks like it will do the character justice.

But it’s not so surprising that the Wonder Woman trailer is awesome and feminist and exciting—the movie does, after all, have a female director (Patty Jenkins) at the helm. And Gadot totally nails the role: The actress fully understands where Wonder Woman’s real strengths are. “She has so many strengths and powers, but at the end of the day she’s a woman with a lot of emotional intelligence,” she explained in her Glamour cover interview. “She’s loving.” Showing just how independent Prince is was a priority for Gadot in both Batman v Superman and Wonder Woman. “She is not relying on a man, and she’s not there because of a love story,” she explained. “She’s not there to serve someone else.”

We like that! Now, watch the full Wonder Woman trailer below:

And don’t forget to mark your calendar: The movie is set to be released June 2, 2017.

PS: The original Wonder Woman, Lynda Carter, tells us why you won’t see her in the new movie.


Originally Written By Anna Moeslein, Glamour.

Watch The Game Of Thrones Cast Completely Break Character In This Amazing Blooper Reel Video

Game of Thrones is famous for being an insanely intense show, thanks to the twist-filled plots, gratuitous violence, impassioned speeches from characters in (frequent) times of peril, and a casual trio of fire-breathing dragons. And, minus the occasional wry humor, everyone in the cast keeps a pretty straight face. I mean, has Daenerys ever had a belly laugh in her life? Highly doubtful. Has Tyrion Lannister ever delivered a command with anything but the perfect regal diction? Preposterous.

So it’s nice to see a change of pace in this excellent Game of Thrones blooper reel, which was unveiled at Comic Con and is currently doing its two-minute part to tide us over until season seven after that season six finale had us on edge.

Note to scriptwriters: If you want to get on Peter Dinklage’s good side, omit the word “benevolent” from all material.

Watch below:

And (surprise!) here’s a teaser trailer for season 7, which is currently in the works and will air summer 2017:

Originally Written By Krystin Arneson, Glamour

Why Disney’s Newest Princess, Moana, Doesn’t Need A Love Interest

True story: When I was growing up, my mom didn’t get behind the Disney princess thing because she wasn’t down with the whole “princess + prince = happily ever after” theme that ran through pretty much every movie (she also removed me from ballet lessons because the instructor had us pretend to look at a diamond ring on our finger, but that’s for another post). But she would probably be totally in favor of the newest Disney princess, Moana, who doesn’t have a love interest at all in her plotline—because, well, badass princesses can do it for themselves.

The exciting development in Moana’s non-love life was announced at Comic Con earlier this week by John Musker and Ron Clements, who directed The Little Mermaid and Aladdin, two Disney movies that fall exactly into the classic theme. “There is no romance in the movie,” said Musker.

Besides, 16-year-old Moana has enough to do: The movie centers around her journey of, oh, trying to save the world and hitting the open seas in the great navigation tradition of her culture. Does she have a sidekick? Of course—everything’s more fun with a friend. And it happens to be Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson who plays second fiddle to her kickass spirit, so NBD.

Moana, while the first Polynesian princess, isn’t the first to leave off romance from her storyline: Brave‘s Merida, who remained stubbornly uninterested in all things matrimonial, was the first to break from Disney tradition, followed by Frozen‘s Elsa. 2013’s Frozen, let it be said, was the highest-grossing animated film of all time, and 2012’s Brave took home the Oscar that year for Best Animated Film. Obviously audiences are ready for a new tradition—a 21st-century kind of princess—and we’re loving that a new generation of kids are growing up with these ladies as role models.

In a completely unrelated aside: As if you didn’t need enough of a reason to catch this feminist princess on the big screen, Lin-Manuel Miranda (yes, of massive Broadway success Hamilton) is doing the score for the film, which hits November 23.

Originally Written By Krystin Arneson, Glamour

7 Annoying iPhone Problems Apple’s iOS 10 Update Will Finally Fix

We’re anxiously holding our breath for Apple’s iOS 10 update—and not just for the multitude of super-expressive new features it’s going to incorporate. It turns out that in what Apple’s calling their “biggest release yet,” this new update, which is in beta now and rumored to release in September with the iPhone 7, will fix a ton of the little annoyances we had with our iPhones (one video tallied up 75 changes). Some writers, actually, are calling it the “common sense” release—and that’s definitely something we can get behind.

7 Annoying iPhone Problems Apple’s iOS 10 Update Will Finally Fix

Here’s what’s slated to change:

1. You’ll be able to finally delete those built-in iPhone apps you never use (and never plan on using). Whether it’s the Watch app for those of us without one, Podcasts for those of us who just can’t get into them, or Stocks (someday!), there’s no reason why unwanted apps should clutter up our storage any longer.

2. There’s no more “swipe to unlock” business with the touchscreen. In the first round of beta testing, the swipe was finally eliminated in favor of the already-existing fingerprint Touch ID.

3. You’ll get a warning if liquid’s detected inside your phone—before you have to plunge it in a jar of rice. We discussed earlier about how eliminating the headphone jack might get rid of one possible route for water to invade your phone, but apparently recent betas for iOS 10 give users a warning if moisture is detected inside the Lightening port. Theoretically, this gives users time to pull out the connected accessory and dry out the phone before damage is done for good.

4. Managing your rapidly dwindling storage is now a one-touch fix. If you’re in the middle of a vacation photoshoot with your girlfriends when that “Storage Almost Full” button pops up, an “optimize storage” feature will clear out the songs you haven’t played in awhile in a press of a button.

5. Hate voicemails? You’ll be able to read them like a text. Some people, such as myself, have a completely unexplainable aversion to voicemails. Coming to our rescue once again is Siri, who will transcribe our voicemails so we can read them like texts instead.

7 Annoying iPhone Problems Apple’s iOS 10 Update Will Finally Fix

6. You can now search photos for a specific image. If you took a photo of the Eiffel Tower, for example, you can now search your photos for, well, “Eiffel Tower” to pull up only the pics with the landmark in them (rather than having to search your Moments by “France” or “Paris”).

7. Receiving calls or messaging with third-party apps will get a lot easier. Calls from Skype and WhatsApp will come in on the lock screen, and iOS 10 will also automatically figure out how you message contacts—so if you iMessage your mom but WhatsApp your best friend in London, those will automatically set as the default messaging services for each.

8. Your Tinder date doesn’t have to see your read receipts. With iOS 10’s customizable read-receipt feature, you can let your boss know you got a text right away—but let technology give off the impression that you’re (trying to) play it cool with that new person you’re seeing.

And there’s a little additional feature for those of us who are really bad at getting enough sleep: A new Bedtime Alarm in the Clock app helps users set a regular schedule and receive reminders on when exactly it’s time to crawl under the covers.

Originally Written By Krystin Arneson, Glamour 

Talking To Rachel Brathen, @yoga_girl, About Getting Political As A Wellness Guru

Talking To Rachel Brathen, @yoga_girl, About Getting Political As A Wellness Guru


Rachel Brathen, 27, is also known as @yoga_girl on Instagram, where she has over 2 million followers. Brathen, who lives in Aruba and hails from Sweden, has made a name for herself as a yoga teacher, leader of the wellness platform oneOeight, founder of the mission trip organization 109 World, author of the best-selling book Yoga Girl, and all around healthy-living wellness superstar. Her social feeds are radiant beacons of positivity, filled with motivational messages, serene beach scenes, and impressive-as-hell yoga inversions (often in bikinis).

Lately, though, Brathen has also been posting a bit about politics and social justice. And some of her fans are extremely unhappy about it.

Back in March, Brathen posted a picture on Facebook where she expressed her opinions about Donald Trump. “I have a responsibility to promote the greater good and I honestly, honestly don’t believe Donald Trump is it,” she wrote. “We don’t need more separation, more fear, more hate. This world needs to UNITE, not divide!” In what is sadly not a surprise to anyone who understands the ugliness of politics Internet, she got hate mail and death threats in response. In another post some time later, she expressed support for Black Lives Matter—and was met with anger at that, as well.

But more than those who disagree with her politics (even hatefully), the reactions that seemed to bother Brathen the most were from the people who told her not to talk about politics at all. She sent a series of Tweets on July 22nd that said as much:

Least favorite comment of the moment: “So sad that you’re turning this account political”

— Rachel Brathen (@RachelBrathen) July 22, 2016

Do we not live on the same planet?? Do we need more “life is perfect and here is a perfect white girl yoga pose” or do we need more TRUTH?!

— Rachel Brathen (@RachelBrathen) July 22, 2016

It’s understandable that she feels a bit dismayed. Some of her followers were angry—not just at her political opinions, but that she dared to voice them at all. Which is a really weird thing, if you think about it: She’s a person, after all. And it makes sense that she has political views and feelings about what’s going on in the world. And why exactly is wellness considered so separate or distinct from politics anyway?

As editors at SELF, another wellness brand created by people (us, and our colleagues), Brathen’s current predicament certainly resonates. Most days, you’ll find us writing about things like workout myths and how to eat healthy on a budget, but we’re also all simultaneously engaged in—and often feeling anxiety about—politics, social justice, and the greater world around us. It’s often difficult to figure out what makes sense for us as a brand to cover (what’s the wellness angle?), when we should be vocal, and when we should talk about events amongst ourselves but not with the greater public. Brathen isn’t alone in navigating these murky waters. Her situation is definitely more personal, though—as editors of a media publication, it makes more sense that we’d have a clearly defined mission. As a human being, Brathen is a whole lot more complicated than that. She contains multitudes! It’s just that some people don’t want to know about it.

With all this in mind as a backdrop, we called up Brathen to have a conversation with her about it. Here, in a slightly edited Q&A, Brathen explains her journey to becoming more outspoken about what she thinks, her perspective on what “wellness” means and encompasses, and why she’s not going to stop sharing more of herself and her feelings any time soon. 

Additional reporting by Carolyn Kylstra.

Talking To Rachel Brathen, @yoga_girl, About Getting Political As A Wellness Guru


SELF: To get us started, I’d love to hear about how you got into the wellness field. 

Brathen: I live in Aruba, a small island in the Caribbean. I’ve been teaching yoga here for a pretty long time, and I’ve actually been practicing for a decade now. Then I started using social media—this was kind of in the beginning, before Instagram was really even a thing. It’s really broadened my reach.

SELF: Do you ever see this huge, wellness-focused brand you’ve built as at odds with being politically engaged or aware?

Brathen: Sometimes I do. It’s funny, I’ve had this conversation over the past few days with friends, some journalists, and other people who have been reaching out. Once you get labeled as a “wellness guru” or a “yoga person” or whatever it may be, it’s really hard to get out of that box. 

SELF: Why do you think that is?

Brathen: Specifically with social media, I think people get used to the same thing. If you’re usually posting fitness tips or yoga poses or these picture-perfect moments, then all of a sudden you change that up and share your views about something that isn’t green juice or downward facing dog, it rubs some people the wrong way.

Whenever I share something that’s not yoga-related, one of the comments I get the most is that I should stick to yoga because that’s all I’m good at. [Laughs.] The truth is, I’m a very multifaceted person. I have thoughts and ideas about many, many things. Yoga is just one small aspect of me as a human being. It’s a tricky thing, and I’m trying to figure out that balance.


I look at this social media world and don’t fucking know what’s going on. In one way there is a lot of beauty here. When I’m authentic I get authenticity back and it’s the most powerful thing. But some days I look around and a part of me goes WHAT ARE ALL THESE PEOPLE DOING?! Every post I see is skinny people in yoga poses with a Gandhi quote pasted below. Or a girl’s ass, hashtag #squats. Or fake cross promotions. Or hidden ads for weight loss teas or dating apps. I HATE ALL THIS SHIT. Does no one have anything genuine to say?? There are a few golden nuggets, yes, a small selection of people that dare to be real and are in this for more than likes and advertising deals. I appreciate the shit out of you. But that group is SMALL. Did you know that every time I post a real, authentic post with WORDS and FEELINGS I lose 2-6 thousand followers? Per post! I get the lowest engagement on posts that promote philanthropy and social missions. It kills me that @109world is struggling while people like Kylie Jenner is making millions selling lipgloss to teenagers. Wtf? I have dedicated my influence to making this world a better place. I run a global non profit, an animal rescue and a platform for healing. Everything I’ve ever promoted has gone to better the world because I feel so strongly that using this influence for anything else would be plain ridiculous. I’d rather sell @sgtpeppersfriends shirts to save animals than sell crap for no purpose just because people are likely to buy what I promote. I share our efforts to help children affected by the Ecuador earthquake and get less than 25% of the likes I get if I share a bikini picture. What is wrong with this world?? Why aren’t people opening their eyes to how we can be of service? If you have an IG account with any sort of influence, what are you really doing here? Why am I so alone in ACTING to make a change? I feel so unmotivated right now. I don’t want to succumb to sharing the bullshit that gets “likes” but it’s so discouraging to see massive declines in interest whenever I share something real. Don’t you ever wonder about our purpose here? Well… I do. Ok. End of rant. LIKE THIS POST IF YOU GIVE A SHIT. #wtf

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SELF: It sounds tough. So, what made you decide to be vocal about your beliefs in the first place?

Brathen: A couple of years ago, I started moving away from that white, flexible yogi persona and getting really personal with my following. I shared some heavy things—my best friend passed away—and I started going in-depth about that grief and the more unfiltered parts of my life. But I never got into politics, because I live in a very secluded place, I’m not a U.S. citizen, and I also don’t live in Sweden, which is my home country. But there’s so much happening these days politically. Every day there’s something new.

I’ve been trying to keep a loving outlook, so whenever there’s something horrible happening, instead of reacting with fear or anger, I’ve been trying to put that loving spin on it. But this year, I’ve reached a place where I feel there are certain situations we cant yoga our way out of. We can’t put a smile on everything and say, Let’s just focus on love and Stay positive and Savor the light, don’t get drawn into this stuff. It’s reality. We shouldn’t close our eyes to the state of the world.

SELF: How did you feel about the reaction you got when, say, talking about your views on Donald Trump?

It was shocking. I didn’t know what I was getting into. The views of the world I surround myself with are so far from Donald Trump’s, so to me it was an obvious thing: Of course you wouldn’t support a man with these political beliefs. I wasn’t expecting this huge, negative backlash. Thousands of people reached out, hating me because they support Donald Trump and they think I’m a stupid yoga person who should basically stick to my handstands on the beach. I even got death threats. 

Some of it was also really enlightening. A few Trump supporters shared their views in a well-mannered, balanced way, and it actually opened my eyes a little bit to why people want to vote for Trump and that there’s another side of the story I wasn’t open to before. But most of the reaction was completely hateful. 

SELF: In your Instagram post, you mentioned that you got backlash when you talked about Black Lives Matter—was the reaction different in any way?

I posted in support of Black Lives Matter on my personal Facebook. People in my extended family and other people I’m Facebook friends with got upset with me and said, “How can you say that? All lives matter!” But that’s taking attention away from the urgency of this challenge. One thing doesn’t negate the other. Just because you say “black lives matter” doesn’t automatically mean police lives don’t matter, or white lives don’t matter. That’s just not really the issue at hand. 


I’ve been carrying a lot of anger today and maybe you have too… So here is a picture of @ringo_thegringo being weird to brighten up our evening. (I feel a rant coming. If you’re not interested feel free to unfollow or go read something else)✌️ Sometimes I feel hopeless. There is so much that angers me in the world. Every time I glance at my phone there is another pointless shooting, another terrorist attack, another act of war. These things weigh on me. And that part of me that’s angry, that wants to fight, to join the debate, to scream of the top off her lungs… Is really tired. Tired of fighting. Tired of having my words picked apart. Tired of being surrounded by people who just. don’t. get. it. I post about how much I despise Donald Trump and get hate mail (really – hate mail). I post about the migration crisis and someone commented I should get shot in the head (yup). I talk about black lives matter and get countered with “all lives matter”, and “what do you have against cops??”. What the hell people! Donald Trump is one of the scariest things to hit America. It’s beyond obvious and so disturbing that a man with views so backwards has a real shot at presidency. People that flee from their countries don’t do so because they’re lazy and they want cushioned lives living off someone else’s tax money – they’re running for their lives! And they deserve our help no matter what. All lives matter, sure, but is that really the discussion we need to be having?? Is racism against white people a legitimate concern? Are white people walking the streets scared to get shot by police? No. #blacklivesmatter is an actual real-life issue that needs to be heard and dealt with, so stop minimizing it by shifting focus on something else. Fuck! So here are my views, if you’re wondering: Screw Trump. People fleeing from their countries deserve support. Black lives matter. It’s 2016. You’d think these ideas wouldn’t be so radical that my comment section isn’t about to blow up and turn to a shit storm… Let’s find out. (oh and if you’re about to comment on my dogs balls just please take a hike. They are not a pressing issue and we have better things to talk about)

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SELF: After dealing with some of this backlash, did you decide you don’t want to talk about these kinds of topics on social media anymore?

The Donald Trump thing definitely made me step back a little bit, just from the pure intensity of the reactions I received. I thought, Wait, maybe this isn’t my fight. Being a crusader for the anti-Trump movement wasn’t my plan. 

But then the next thing came up, or the next insane thing happened, and I felt like I couldn’t just share photos of down dogs on the beach like, oh, what a lovely day, when I’m brewing with this anger over the state of the world. So I started getting a little more vocal again. 

SELF: Can you talk a bit about how it doesn’t have to be mutually exclusive—you can be a wellness guru who inspires people to be active and treat themselves well, but also talk about political matters or what’s going on?

Brathen: It really comes down to us all being human beings. I’m yoga_girl on Instagram, but that doesn’t mean all I’m good for is practicing and teaching yoga. But actually, when it comes to yoga, there’s a huge social component about giving back to the community and thinking about the greater connectedness between the planet and all of us people living on it. 

It’s easy to stick your head in the sand and say, “OK, I’m going to ignore this conversation and share my beautiful beach pictures every day,” but if you have a voice and a platform where people listen, it’s your responsibility to speak up about things that matter. 

SELF: I feel like a lot of people think wellness is all about the physical, but it seems like you think it extends to the emotional and the mental, and of course that deals with what’s going on in the world.

Brathen: Definitely. It’s all so connected. Caring for the world and the people around you is one of the most gratifying things you can ever do. I’ve led yoga retreats for years, but last year I founded a global mission foundation, 109 World, so you get to practice yoga but also be of service. In March, we supplied a whole community in Nicaragua with potable water for the the first time. That trip changed everybody’s lives. It’s so much easier easier to love yourself if you feel connected to the world. Taking care of yourself and wellness and all of that needs to go hand in hand with a greater longing to improve the planet and support people who need help. 


The reason I’ve been quiet lately is because I genuinely don’t know what to write. I’m bored with the image of the perfect white girl in the perfect yoga pose, a trend I know I had a part in creating. I’m bored with the version of me that cares about what other people think. I’m bored with conforming to fit into the mold of what other people expect me to be. I have a lot of shit on my mind. Most of it is concerned with how to turn this world around but I feel small and powerless in the big scheme of politics and money and media and patriarchy. The thing is – I’m not small. I know I’m not. I’m a big person and everything I am matters. Just like you. I have the power to change the world. Just like you. Will you take a moment right now and join me? Speak about your frustrations. Your fears. Your unapologetic views of the world. Post them. Divert attention from mindless bullshit. Speak up. What matters to you? What do you really feel, living in this world, right now? I believe we are bigger than fear but it’s easy to forget when we feel alone. Well, you’re not alone. I’m here. We’re here. There are more people with hearts in the right place than there is fear in the world. I know this is true. Fear just happens to be speaking louder at the moment. So let’s SPEAK UP. It’s time we share the weights we carry on our shoulders. Ease the burden. Open up. What weighs on you? Where do you find hope? How can we unite to MAKE A CHANGE? Tag me so I can read your words. #humanity

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SELF: In one of your Instagram captions, you said that sometimes you lose thousands of followers if you post something that involves “words and feelings.” Does that extend to when you post about your own life, or does it mainly when you’re talking about what’s going on in the world?

Brathen: It’s both. It’s a little bit of a paradox—whenever I share something very real that I put a lot of thought into, I can sense that the genuine following I have appreciates it. But I have 2 million followers on Instagram, so not all of them give a shit about what I do every day. The people who are casually following because they want to learn to handstand or who aren’t as involved for whatever reason, they tend to unfollow. After my posts yesterday, I lost a couple thousand followers. Every time I share anything like that, my engagement as a whole goes down. 

SELF: So, as you navigate all of this, do you think you’ll continue to speak up about current events in the future, even though you have to deal with negative reactions and sometimes lose followers?

Brathen: I definitely will, and I hope to inspire other people who have this kind of social media influence to go down the same road. We can make a big difference. It doesn’t mean you have to change your whole persona or brand. It doesn’t mean I’m not going to be yoga_girl anymore. But I can insert this aspect of humanity and politics and speaking up about things that matter into that. I think there’s a way to make it fit. 

Talking To Rachel Brathen, @yoga_girl, About Getting Political As A Wellness Guru


This interview has been condensed and edited for clarity.

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Zoe Saldana Has Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis—Here’s What That Means

Star Trek Beyond actress Zoe Saldana has the autoimmune disease Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, she revealed in a recent issue of Net-A-Porter’s magazine The EDIT. Her mother and sisters also have it. Saldana told the magazine that she focuses on clean eating as a way to help herself stay healthy: “Your body doesn’t have the energy it needs to filter toxins, causing it to believe that it has an infection, so it’s always inflamed. You create antibodies that attack your glands, so you have to eat clean,” she was quoted as saying.

Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, also known as chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis, is a condition where your immune system malfunctions and mistakenly sends antibodies to attack your thyroid gland. This can cause inflammation, which often leads to hypothyroidism—when your thyroid gland is underactive.

Your thyroid gland is super important—as part of your endocrine system, it secretes a thyroid hormone that helps control your metabolism. It plays a huge role in a ton of things, from your digestion to your mood to your energy. Hypothyroidism is when your thyroid gland doesn’t produce enough thyroid hormone, and it can have some pretty nasty side effects: weight gain, sleepiness, cold intolerance, constipation, swelling, decreased heart rate, and heavy periods, to name a few of the symptoms.

The American Thyroid Association estimates that about 20 million people in the U.S. have some type of thyroid disorder, although most people may not even know it. Women are more likely to have a thyroid disorder than men, and it’s estimated that one in eight women will have a thyroid disorder in her lifetime. In fact, Jane The Virgin actress Gina Rodriguez recently revealed that she was diagnosed with hypothyroidism when she was 19, and that it has made it hard for her to lose weight.

As far as treatment goes, most cases of thyroid disorder are treatable with medication, Ruchi Gaba, M.D., an assistant professor of medicine/endocrinology at the Baylor College of Medicine, told SELF for a previous story. Eating clean is always a smart idea (regardless of thyroid function), although certain foods and supplements may actually make thyroid disorders worse—the Mayo Clinic suggests talking to your doctor if you eat a high-fiber diet or a lot of soy products, because these foods may interfere with your medication or may exacerbate your thyroid problems.


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22 Times ‘America’s Next Top Model’ Was The Most Bonkers And Amazing Show On Television

News today broke that Rita Ora will be replacing Tyra Banks as the new host of iconic television series America’s Next Top Model and that Ashley Graham will also be added to the judging panel—and we are HERE FOR IT. ANTM has captured our hearts since 2003, and what a gift it’s been. From serving up serious runway drama, to teaching the TV-watching public the importance of a good “smize,” Tyra Banks and her ANTM squad have filled a void within us that nothing else could.

And this national treasure of a reality TV show isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Though the CW issued a cancellation for the show last October, VH1 came to our collective rescue and picked it up this February—meaning we’ll be #blessed with at least one more season (ahem, “cycle”) of photo shoot gimmicks and model antics. No, the show won’t be the pristine series it once was. But with a revamped judging panel at the helm, Cycle 23 promises to be something. And what that something is, well, we’ll just have to wait and find out. 

Below are some of the most iconic moments in ANTM history. Just, you know, to celebrate 22 seasons of pure magnificence and to prep for the magical 23rd season that awaits us.

22. That time the judges made the models walk on a runway alongside a swinging pendulum. And one of the girls fell, obviously. (CYCLE 14)

Really? Did they really think this was going to end well? 

21. When Cassandra picked her hair over her modeling career. How dare she! (CYCLE 5)

Except she left after she’d already gotten one haircut? Like, girl, your hair is already gone. Don’t bail now!

20. That time Tyra pretended to faint to segue into an acting challenge. (CYCLE 6)

Unfortunately, the scene was a little too real for Furonda, who was moved to tears by Tyra’s performance. 

19. That time Rebecca actually did faint. (CYCLE 4)

Judging is scary, y’all.

18. “This is not America’s Next Top Best Friend.” (CYCLE 6)

Thank you, Jade, for clarifying. I really thought I’d tuned into The Bachelorette for friends. (TBH though, Jade was the highlight of Cycle 6.)

17. When Shandi cheated on her boyfriend and then told him about it on national television. (CYCLE 2)

That was…tough. But it was also an unparalleled moment of reality TV, so like.

16. Janice Dickinson’s entire existence. (CYCLES 1-7)

Poor, poor Gina.

15. When the judges actually ordered girls to let tarantulas crawl on them for a photo shoot. (CYCLE 3)

What tarantulas have to do with diamonds, I’m not sure. But those photos were effing excellent.

14. The questionable beard weave one of the male models was forced to get. (CYCLE 21)

There were a number of heinous makeovers over the years, but this one takes the cake. Yes, it was worse than Laura’s patriotic dye job. Yes, it was worse than the cut that made Saleisha look like Coconut Head from Ned’s Declassified. And yes, it was worse than the weave that literally grew legs and attacked Brittany for the entirety of Cycle 8. It was that bad. 

13. That time Lisa peed in a diaper of her own volition. (CYCLE 4)

Well, that’s one way to prove how committed you are.

12. When Natasha served up some Kourtney Kardashian-level reality. (CYCLE 8)

“I just want to tell you that some people have war in their countries.”

11. “This is the walk that’s going to make me famous.” (CYCLE 2)


10. Literally all the POT LEDOM (#TopModelBackwards) videos from the all-stars season. (CYCLE 17)

Low-key, Lisa’s and Allison’s were excellent. But like…

9. That time when Angelea actually won the all-stars season and had her title revoked. (CYCLE 17)

The drama never stops. NEVER.

8. When the judges made the girls walk in horrendous platforms—and caused a girl to break her toe. (CYCLE 6)

But she didn’t let it break her spirit!!!

7. Bre’s cereal bar saga. (CYCLE 5)

Girl, I’m with you. Cereal bars deserve the kind of RESPECT Aretha Franklin once sang about.

6. Every time Tyra added a new word to her modeling vernacular. (CYCLES 1-22)

Smize, booty touch, pot ledom—the list goes on.

5. That time 50 Cent pushed Jael in a pool. (CYCLE 8)

50 Cent goes hard in the reality show paint!

4. When Kimberly up and quit. (CYCLE 10)

That was weird.

3. This flesh-eating bacteria saga. (CYCLE 4)

Undoubtedly the low-point (read: highlight) of this season. Runners-up include Lluvy’s “worst picture in Top Model history” (but was it really that bad??) and Tyra’s decision to make Kahlen do a photo shoot inside a grave the week she’d learned her friend died.

2. Elyse’s iconic rant. (CYCLE 1)

Elyse kept it real. I’ll forever be furious that she didn’t win.

1. And the moment you’ve all been waiting for… (CYCLE 4)

Presented, without comment.

Feel free to relive these 22 moments of raw reality TV beauty over and over until Cycle 23 hits your TV this fall. Or just marathon Cycles 1-22—that’s what I’ll be doing until then. 


Republican Vice Presidential Candidate Mike Pence Once Said Condoms Don’t Protect Against STIs—He’s Not Totally Wrong

Thursday, BuzzFeed unearthed a 2002 video that showed GOP vice presidential candidate Mike Pence weighing in on STI prevention. After then-Secretary of State Colin Powell encouraged condom use at an MTV forum, Pence responded in a CNN interview by saying, “Colin Powell had an opportunity here to reaffirm this President’s commitment to abstinence as the best choice for our young people, and he chose not to do that in the first instance…so I think it’s very sad.” His criticism of condoms just got more explicit from there: “Frankly, condoms are a very, very poor protection against sexually transmitted diseases, and in that sense, Wolf, this was—the Secretary of State may be inadvertently misleading millions of young people and endangering lives.” 

Is there any legitimacy to Pence’s sex ed lesson? Well, it is true that abstinence is the only 100 percent effective method in preventing against STIs and pregnancy, according to the Centers for Disease Control. But saying that condoms are “very, very poor protection against sexually transmitted diseases” is false, Michele R. Decker, M.P.H., director of the Women’s Health and Rights Program at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, tells SELF. 

The CDC doesn’t provide specific statistics on how effective condoms are for preventing STIs, but “we can say overwhelmingly [that] condoms are actually quite effective at reducing sexually transmitted infection, and that’s particularly true for [some of the most] commonly reported STIs for young women especially: chlamydia and gonorrhea.”

There are certain STIs against which condoms are less effective than others, according to the CDC. For example, HPV and herpes can be transmitted via skin-to-skin contact, so the condom’s barrier won’t protect you if the affected area isn’t covered. Still, condoms are better protection than nothing, even against these STIs, Decker says.

“One of the challenges in condom use and the effectiveness against preventing sexually transmitted infection—and pregnancy, for that matter—is consistent use and also correct use,” Decker says. “When condoms aren’t used consistently, they’re not effective. You have to use them. And when they’re breaking or not used properly, they’re not as protective.” 

To make sure you’re getting condoms’ full security, the CDC recommends using a new one every time you switch between vaginal, anal, or oral sex; putting the condom on before any genital contact starts; unrolling it onto your partner’s erect penis all the way to the base; and pinching the tip of the rubber so there’s space for their ejaculate to go without breaking the condom.

If you feel the condom break during sex, take it off immediately and put on a new one (and you may want to consider taking emergency contraception and getting tested for STIs). No matter what, after you’re finished, take the condom off before your partner loses their erection: “Grip the rim of the condom and carefully withdraw,” the CDC advises. “Then gently pull the condom off the penis, making sure that semen doesn’t spill out.” Wrap the condom in tissue or toilet paper and throw it away where no one else will come into contact with it. The CDC also recommends using lube, but it’s important to avoid oil-based formulas, which can break down latex. “We really do see a strong protective effect [with condoms],” Decker says. “We want to make sure that we’re getting accurate information out to people and that we’re not letting fear suppress science.”


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