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Right now, there are 10 million #bodypositive posts on Instagram. The concept is championed by everyone from Hollywood celebrities to reality TV stars and the wider online community. And it represents a welcome change. This global re-evaluation of conventional beauty standards has grown in response to the same, narrow definition of physical perfection that has […]

In June, 2001, I took Neil Armstrong and his wife, Carol, to the National Zoo. I love pandas. As it turned out, Neil Armstrong did, too. The visit happened after my neighbor Joe Allen, another early astronaut, called to ask if I could arrange for the Armstrongs to see the young pandas, who’d recently arrived from China […]

Embarrassed about not knowing American history. Embarrassed about not knowing world history. Embarrassed about not knowing seemingly anything. Distraught, thinking how disappointed that elementary-school teacher who believed in you would be. Wondering if your elementary-school teacher is still alive, and contemplating your own mortality. Wondering what a Hawaiian party is called, and if being at […]

President Trump’s racist remarks about four progressive Democratic members of Congress—Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley—have unified the Party against a common adversary. On Tuesday, House Democrats passed a resolution condemning Trump’s “racist comments that have legitimized fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color.” But a divide regarding policy […]

London’s Portobello Road is no stranger to chic. Iconic Australian fashion label Sass & Bide started there. Rosita Missoni (of Italian fashion house fame) likes to shop at the street’s renowned markets. Made internationally famous by the 1999 hit rom-com, Notting Hill (starring Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant), the area has become known for its […]