So, it's not exactly a news item, but Bustle, on Monday, posted a story called "The 13 Most Absurd Comments From Internet Trolls That These Body Positive Bloggers, Activists, & Models Have Received." I didn't see it until yesterday afternoon, though, which is exactly when I needed to.
See, yesterday morning, I woke up to a couple Twitter notifications from an account with no followers and only nine sporadic tweets over the last year or so. The anonymous user, whose avatar appeared to be a close-up of skin from some part of the human body, had, after several months of not using the account, decided to tweet at me twice after seeing this picture on my Instagram:
As you may know, editors and bloggers Instagram the PR goodies we get all the time; several of my colleagues from other online publications had posted their Warner's bra delivery, but where their PR team had seemingly mailed the right size to everyone else, they sent me three bras in size 34B. I thought it would be funny to post what I received a little differently than other media gals, since my actual bra size is something like 38F (depending on the brand).
WELL. This Twitter troll took the time to inform me that I look "morbidly obese" in the photo (I think I look lightheartedly chubby) and that big boobs essentially don't count when they're on a fat chick; that I'm "embarrassing myself" for liking and flaunting my boobs.
It was tempting to engage. I've always wanted to ask trolls and snarky message-board conspiracy theorists why they spend their time analyzing, disparaging, and trying to hurt the feelings of people they only "know" through the internet, making assumptions about their lives and personalities from what their targets write about and put on social media (which—and I think I speak for many internet writers and bloggers when I say this—is, even when it's personal, still curated and redacted for privacy). And in this case, the assumption is that I give a shit that someone who isn't even brave enough to post a photo of their own face thinks that a photo I posted of myself makes me look fat and that they don't want to hear about or see my cleavage.
Sure, here I am, writing about it, which might imply something resembling a shit being given. But I think more than anything, I just want to know why they do what they do. Like, psychologically, what the hell is going on? What satisfaction is gotten from saying rude things to and about people who've posted content on the internet or social media? Content that attacks no one, but that of which the author has been deemed worthy of attack. I don't understand the frame of mind to gossip about or bully a random internet writer like me or the awesome women in Bustle's article.
I didn't engage with this most recent troll other than blocking and reporting that person for harassment. The act of blocking is a form of acknowledgment, which they may or may not crave. And like the 13 aforementioned women, I felt like acknowledging it further today, to join in the chorus of more kind-minded people saying that internet trolls are sad clowns, and no one deserves their wrath, even if it's a really pathetic, impotent type of wrath.
I'm both glad and sad I'm not alone in being a troll target, so thanks for that reminder, Bustle.
ANYWAY. Actual beauty news.
The Reebok x FACE Stockholm collab is maybe the best thing ever.
Sneakers are really having a moment! I don't live too far from the Brooklyn Museum, which currently has an exhibit called "The Rise of Sneaker Culture," which I really should get my ass to before it closes in October. And FACE Stockholm—well, they're having an eternal moment with me. I adore them and their huge array of makeup shades.
And now, those shades are being combined with incredible Reebok styles to create eye/foot candy color stories.
"We are delighted to partner with a like-minded brand who are passionate about creating statement looks and share similar thoughts on inspiring women to be fun and adventurous," FACE Stockholm founders Gun and Martina say. "Reebok Classic has a timeless appeal and attracts women who want to try new twists on classic stylish trends, the same as our make-up looks. We are really proud of the collection and the way in which our brand has effortlessly transcended from the beauty world into fashion."
You can shop and find out more about the makeup and sneakers right here.
There's now a Drybar-style salon just for women with natural hair.
Folake Oguntebi was annoyed that blow-out salons didn't really cater to women with textured, natural hair like hers, so she did what anyone would do: she created her own.
OK, that's not what anyone would do; and, in fact, she seems to be the first doing it, launching a pop-up salon in NYC's midtown and planning to open a brick-and-mortar salon next year. The name of the salon, however, made some people cringe: GoodHair.
"I had a lot of hesitation around it for that very reason," Oguntebi told The Cut. But I have a good friend who was part of the crowdfunding campaign; I told her I just liked the name, I think it’s cool—but she convinced me that we could make this more about changing the way people define good hair. There is so much enthusiasm around embracing your hair's natural texture is, whether it's toward the right of the chart or somewhere in the middle or not. It just felt like an awesome opportunity to be provocative, but in a way that hopefully is encouraging."
Chrissy Teigen's makeup artist dished on the model's favorite products.
I love when a model or a model's makeup artist gives the inside scoop on the products she uses, as if those products are going to alter our genetics to make us look like... well... models. But you know what? Even models want to make the best of what they were born with, and I'll happily read their list of beauty enhancing goodies to see if any of them apply to my own personal quest for prettier-ness.
The latest model-favorites revelation comes from Chrissy Teigen's makeup artist, Mary Phillips, who reported to Allure that she regularly uses the following stuff on Teigen: Tom Ford Lip Color in True Coral, La Mer Body Lotion, Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz, Dior DiorShow Brow Styler, Tarte Tinted Brow Gel, and Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist.
So go get Teigenized or something.
Women are tweeting at Donald Trump about their periods.
By now, you probably heard that person I'm not going to vote for, Donald Trump, responded to Fox anchor Megyn Kelly's line of questioning at the recent GOP debate with the following: "You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her... wherever."
Does your mind immediately infer that by "wherever," he meant her vagina, meaning she was angry because she was on her period? Well, a lot of other people did, too. And Trump made it even worse when trying to clarify his comment by saying that anyone who would infer that is a "deviant."
Well, to show Trump that menstruation can't be used as an insult against them, women on Twitter have more or less been live-tweeting their periods at him, using the hashtag #periodsarenotaninsult. For example:
But hey, if you're pro-Trump—to the point that you want to look like him—maybe you'll use this Refinery29 makeover video as a tutorial.
- Did you just get Halloween costume inspiration?
- Have you ever bought a product because a model said she loves it?
- If you could have sneakers in any lipstick color, which shade would you match?