Step aside Queen Elizabeth, Great Britain has a new queen. The outcome of the recent Miss Universe Great Britain was announced last week and the winner, Dee-Ann Kentish-Rogers, made history as the first black woman to receive the crown over its 66 year legacy. Which is amazing, but also disappointing that it took this long. Dee-Ann’s win was announced last Saturday at the Miss Universe GB competition in Newport and as a result, will proceed to the next round to represent Great Britain on a global scale at the Miss Universe contest (like the one from Miss Congeniality and Steve Harvey’s blunder last year).
She said of her landmark win, ‘I have always wanted to use my life to make an impact and to contribute and I will be using the title of Miss Universe Great Britain to encourage women to believe in themselves and to forge ahead with their dreams. The UK is a multicultural society and I am proud to represent its ideals of tolerance, diversity, beauty and feminism.’
‘I believe that this is the direction that the pageant has been going in for the last couple of years because Britain is a diverse nation,’ Dee-Ann said, ‘we are a multicultural society and it is time that that diversity is seen on a stage where other young black girls and girls of all ethnicities can see that this is something for everybody not just some of us.’
Dee-Ann hails from Anguilla, where she also scooped up a sash and tiara as Miss Anguilla 2017. She proudly wore dreadlocks during the competition and she previously told Pageants News that she was the first woman to do so while competing to her knowledge.
The recent law school graduate told BuzzFeed Newsof her GB win, ‘It really hasn’t sunk in – it feels a bit surreal, I feel like I’m walking on an invisible cloud right now, I’m really buzzing.’
She also continued on Twitter, ‘This happened! My heart is full!! Thank you so much for all of your love and support. The hard work continues NOW!’
Paula Abbandonato, the national director for Miss Universe Great Britain, told BuzzFeed News, ‘I am absolutely delighted that Dee-Ann has won the title this year. I took over this role in 2008 and I can honestly say there is no better gift then having our first black winner to celebrate 10 years in the job. Dee-Ann is a true role model for all women of all skin colours and with her dynamism off the stage, coupled with her presence on the stage, I genuinely believe Great Britain has a chance at the Miss Universe crown this year.’
Congratulations to Dee-Ann! We can’t wait to see how she does in the upcoming Miss Universe pageant, which will be held in the Philippines this December. Just – uh – somebody keep Steve Harvey away from the mic this time.
I’ve nearly got rid of all the glitter from Pride parade. Glitter is like sand it gets in all crevices and no matter how many times you shower there’s another piece that appears on the side of your face or stuck to your nipple three weeks later, like why!?
The rainbows may have faded commercially but I am here to keep the colours bright.
As I walked through a sea of love one week just under a week later I was walking in protest to stamp out negativity and hate. London is the most amazing place to display all kinds of thoughts and we are lucky enough to be granted freedom of speech. Everybody knows I have no problem with speaking freely and supporting all that I believe to be true.
I loved the Fashion Panel talk I was asked to be part of at J.Crew as part of their Love first campaign. Regents street was not ready for my Liberty print customised neck-tie, I think they should make a come back – stop tying them in your hair and get them around your necks. Name one air steward circa 1980 who didn’t like a neck chief. I’m bringing it back.!
The talk was entitled ‘Expressing yourself through fashion’
It was a discussion and also a debate on what it was like to be an influencer, a campaigner & how fashion has hindered or helped you be you and it got me thinking on so many levels as my own questions started. Is there loyalty in London or has everyone got a price? Has originality gone out the window and is any opinion valid even if taken from someone else’s lips? What makes a view more or less valid and how can the true voices be heard over the white noise of commercialism?
Trend is one thing and something we all follow to a degree. But being you is not a trend; being you can be easy, hard, life changing or ending.
I think the biggest lesson over this glitter induced period is fighting for what you believe in will always be hard if not following the masses and could be even harder when it’s on trend. The louder the voices the more insignificant a message could be. Social media has a big part to play in this; some speak out for personal growth while some stay silent in fear of losing limelight (This frustrates my whole family); some for self gratification and glory and some for the real meaning of a cause. I guess the real question I was left with was “How do you continue to keep shining when so many want to steal your shine?” My answer, it’s nobody’s to take, it’s yours darling, keep the glow and grow!
What Would Dolly Pawton Do?
I’ve been in a relationship with my fiancé for over 3 years.
He is a everything I’ve wanted in a man and never expected to fall so hard for someone after being in some pretty horrendous relationships.
The problem is I’m not just in a relationship with only him. I’m in relationship with his Mother.
She is a medlar. She constantly puts me down and is interfering in our life choices. Our future plans are not moving in the direction we have discussed together and even the wedding has been put on hold!
I didn’t want to see it but he is a Mummy’s boy and I can’t cope any longer with him allowing her to talk to me like I’m shit. Like he could do better. Like I’m holding him back. She always dictates to me what I should wear and has even compared me to his ex fiancé.
I’ve tried to have this conversation with him but he just ignores it and says, “It’s just who she is, don’t overthink it” and then accusing me of wanting to start arguments.
He even suggested we move back to his childhood home with his parents so we could save money quicker to buy the house we want in London. I couldn’t believe it.
Help Dolly. I am in need of your guidance and wisdom.
Anna – London ‘
Whoa, whoa, whoa! Comparing you to the ex fiancé? This woman could potentially be the nightmare of all Mother-in-laws.
Not quite the threesome you may have expected huh?
No but seriously, this is categorically unacceptable behaviour on your partner’s behalf.
He clearly wants to make his Mother happy and is therefore forfeiting your happiness.
I’m going to be brutal here. You need to speak the hell up and tell this Mother what she is doing is wrong and stop allowing her to treat you this way. Take back your power. I noticed you said “he” is allowing her to talk to you that way. No, you’re allowing it.
You just want him to defend you, which he should, but this isn’t the days where you don’t have a voice, you better lay your cards on the table and have a conversation with his Mother too.
I know you’ve tried speaking with him already but make this the time that counts.
In my experience Mummy’s boys don’t change and Mothers like that get worse if you don’t say how you feel. So if you really love your partner you need to be vocal. If that doesn’t work and he continues to brush aside your feelings and the Mother doesn’t stop controlling him and you then you’re going to have to reevaluate your relationship because you shouldn’t be second on his list. Your feelings are valid and important. You are his future bride ffs.
I’m going to be honest, if this was me, I’d be off quicker than Usain bolt in a 100 metre sprint. Girl, know your worth.
Keep in touch.
Dolly Pawton xx
Don’t forget, you too can ask Dolly a question.
Nothing is off limits so consider me your Dollylama (spiritual guru) here for all the real talk. Write in at email@example.com
But it wasn’t her company or bold fashion choices (millennial yellow) that got the public talking. Instead, it was a new accessory the Duchess seemed to be sporting – a huge sparkling citrine ring.
The jewel is reported to be a ‘push present’ from Prince William, a royal tradition whereby the mother receives a gift from their spouse after giving birth.
The Duke of Cambridge has reportedly gifted Kate a ‘push present’ after the birth of each of their children, presenting the Duchess with an eternity band after Prince George’s birth, and a pair of custom Kiki McDonough green amethyst and diamond earrings after the arrival of Princess Charlotte.
While close up flashes of the citrine rock stole attention from Novak Djokovic’s victory, it’s not actually the first time we’ve seen it, with the 36-year-old first wearing her gift at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding in May – just three weeks after the Duchess had given birth.
If that doesn’t warrant a citrine ring, we don’t know what does.
From Cava sangria in rooftop pools to UNESCO heritage sites and Gaudi Instagram opportunities aplenty…
Amidst the Instagram holiday fads, there’s one european country that has always been a constant on our social media feeds, Spain.
From poolside sangria boomerangs and photos of tanned, sandy manicured feet on the coast to cool cultural city break shots, there’s something for everyone in the Mediterranean hotspot – and with sunshine and quality food, it’s hardly surprising that it’s getting all the Instagram love.
All the influencers have been doing it from the beginning of social media – and reaping the rewards, so I boarded a two hour flight (yes, just two hours) and flew over a thousand miles to the land of Flamenco and tapas to see what the fuss was about.
The verdict? A triple shot of on-trend quality food, Spanish culture and a lot of luxury lounging. We’re talking Cava in rooftop city pools, UNESCO heritage sites and enough Gaudi Instagram opportunities to last a lifetime.
I started my Spanish adventure in Barcelona, home to Catalonian architect Antoni Gaudi, before flying on to the infamous island of Ibiza for a big hit of luxury.
But with 72 hours to fill and two cities to co-ordinate, where should I stay? I went with OD Hotels – Barcelona and Talamanca.
While there are OD hotels in quite a few Spanish cities, each hotel has a different vibe depending on its location, from Barcelona’s cool efficient offering in the hustle and bustle of the Catalonian capital to Ibiza’s luxury marine beachside theme.
The OD DNA? Modern luxury in central iconic locations, mixing contemporary Scandi decor with state of the arts technology and five star gastronomy. Oh, and did I mention the eco-friendly ethos, with vertical gardens, solar panels, and an HVAC system which reduces energy consumption by 35%? All of this for an affordable price – I was sold.
The OD rooms provide everything you’ll need for a comfortable stay, but the suites are stunning – private pools, panoramic rooftop views and complimentary smart cars to take around the city at your leisure. They’re a bit pricier, but for a city honeymoon or luxury escape, it’s well worth it.
Barcelona was my go-to for a top quality foodie experience – something that I got on my very first morning, tucking into OD’s Pan Con Tomate (Spanish-style tomato on toast). Make the most of it while you’re there – take it from this writer’s experience, no matter how hard you try you won’t be able to recreate it at home.
The city boasts plenty of top quality restaurants, but it’s the street food and markets that are Barcelona’s real gem. Stop by La Boquería Market for some fresh seafood and €1 fruit smoothies in every shade imaginable, or to load up on ingredients to cook your own fresh feast.
But culture-wise, you just need to stroll through Barcelona to get your dose of history – not to mention an album of Insta-worthy city shots, and it’s all thanks to Antoni Gaudi.
The 130-year-old Casa Vicens is an obligatory stop, the first house designed by the Catalan architect (located on Gracia on Career de les Carolinas), and La Sagrada Familia is just a short walk from the hotel, with the magnificent unfinished Roman Catholic Church being one of Spain’s top attractions.
But even if you don’t have the time to seek it out on purpose, you’ll hardly be able to move around the city without bumping into his eccentric architecture. Look out for Casa Batlló and Casa Milà, and stop by Park Güell (on Carrer Nou de la Rambla) – Instagram opportunities don’t get much better.
Then for a shot of luxury it was onto Ibiza – a 45 minute plane ride away – something I had preconceived ideas about after overdosing on reality shows of drunken teens frequenting the island.
Strangely however, it was Ibiza that gave me the biggest cultural and gastronomic surprise – who knew the other side of the island could be so different?
Pristine Santorini-esque interiors, moonlit beachside restaurants, luxury seafood and a long (and relatively unknown) history – I was sold on Ibiza from the get-go.
My OD room was located on the iconic Talamanca beach, close to the island’s most exclusive marinas, Ibiza old town, and cool on-trend restaurants.
My recommendation? Sa Punta, an alfresco fine-dining experience on the furthest point of Salamanca bay. The setting may be magnificent, especially at sunset – we’re talking fairy lit white canopies and ultra cool Ibiza beats – but nothing eclipses the food.
Focusing on the art of sharing, we teamed our Cava Sangrias with oysters and fresh Burratinas from Puglia, before tucking into Wild sea bass carpaccio, Alaskan black cod (the best I’ve had in my life) and red tuna ceviche.
But despite the high quality grub (I’m still thinking about that black cod), it was the Ibiza old town that I found the most impressive.
Dalt Villa is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offering the complete polar opposite to what I had expected to find on the Spanish island – panoramic views, ancient stories and a deep history, spanning 2,500 years.
Go via the alternative entrance – Portal Nou (behind the Plaza del Parque) for a more gradual ascent and make sure you stop off at the nunnery to buy a €1 slice of cake from the nuns through a hatch in the wall.
From cool street style shots and chic boho interiors to the impressive buildings, the Instagram opportunities are endless – and just an afternoon at the heritage site will make your Insta feed look like an Anthopologie catalogue.
After just a couple of days in the Spanish hotspots, your Instagram account will be thriving, and you definitely won’t want to go home.
How to book:
You can book a room at any of the OD hotels via the OD website, with the standard room rates at OD Barcelona starting at £215 a night, and rates at Ibiza’s OD Talamanca starting at £328 a night.
C/ Aragó, 300 – 08009 Barcelona
Phone (+34) 93 215 08 99
And if you’ve caught the OD bug, you’re in luck as these are only two of the Spanish brand’s five hotels, boasting two more properties in Ibiza and another in Mallorca.
I stopped off via the other two Ibizan ODs to see what I was missing and while Ocean Drive served up one hell of a Mexican brunch, if I had my time again I’d stay at the brand’s boutique offering, Can Jaume – an Instagrammable Ibizan Manor house surrounded by orange trees, in the idyllic rural village of Puig d’en Valls, just 2 km from Ibiza town.
So wherever you are in the country, you should be able to find an OD, for great service, on-trend food, Instagrammable interiors and enviable panoramic views.
If you cringed at the street style shots of dad trainers paired with floral frocks at Fashion Week, and were offended by the use of trainers outside of the gym full stop, then I’m afraid to say you’re quite alone on that one.
Because it turns out that not only are they now a permanent fixture in the fashion world, but they’ve taken over Instagram too.
And in case you were wondering, there’s one particular style that’s been very popular on the ‘gram, and you might even own a pair: Adidas NMD.
According toe Forward2Me, it’s been tagged a whopping 5.7m times on the picture sharing platform.
When we heard Helena Bonham Carter had been cast as Princess Margaret on The Crown, we both leapt out of our chairs with excitement and cried that we’d be losing Vanessa Kirby. Any doubts we had about the Harry Potter star stepping into Vanessa’s glitzy shoes have promptly been set aside as Netflix has just released a first look at Helena’s take on Princess Margaret – and it’s perfect.
Channelling Margaret’s effortless cooler-than-you air with a disdainful look and cigarette trapped between her fingers, Helena looked every inch a member of the royal family in the new still. Wearing a navy hairpiece that puts Kate Middleton’s hats to shame and fierce cat eyeliner, we’re obsessed imagining what The Crown costume designers have lined up for her next.
Netflix / Sophie Mutevelian
In addition to a Princess Margaret pic, Netflix also shared an image of the Princess’ steamy new love interest: photographer Antony Armstrong-Jones played by Ben Daniels.
Holding up an old-timey camera and putting on his best bedroom eyes, we’re waiting with bated breath to see the two play out their tumultuous love affair.
Earlier this Monday, Netflix shared a picture of The Crown’s Olivia Colman as the new Queen Elizabeth after Claire Foy’s exit. Fingers crossed we’ll get a peek at Tobias Menzies as Prince Phillip soon, as it seems like the pictures are all coming out this week.
While rumours had been circulating for a while that Helena would be taking over from Vanessa Kirby as an elder Princess Margaret, it wasn’t until earlier this May that she and Netflix owned up to it.
She said in a statement, ‘I’m not sure which I’m more terrified about – doing justice to the real Princess Margaret or following in [Vanessa’s] shoes. The only thing I can guarantee is that I’ll be shorter.’
The Crown instantly became a favourite when the Netflix original exploded onto our screens, beginning with the harrowing and emotional events that led to Queen Elizabeth’s coronation.
Relative newcomer Claire Foy was chosen to play a young Queen Elizabeth alongside Doctor Who’s Matt Smith, however Claire has recently been at the centre ofThe Crown’s gender pay gap controversy since it was revealed she was being paid way less than her co-star (despite playing the main character).
Befittingly, the studio has since made amends and offered her aback payment of £200,000. After addressing the controversy publicly, producer Suzanne Mackie said, ‘Going forward, no one gets paid more than the Queen.’
Season three has started filming, though there’s no word on when exactly they episodes will drop. All we know for sure is that we’ll be taking a strategic sick day to binge watch to our heart’s content…
Now Royal fans are saying that the brooches she wore during Donald Trump’s UK visit were actually a secret dig at him.
First there was the one she wore on the day the US President landed in the UK, which just happened to be a personal gift from Barack Obama.
She was hosting a visit with the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar at Windsor Castle, wearing the piece of jewellery commonly known as The American State Visit Brooch. The Obamas apparently picked it out themselves at a small jewellery shop in D.C.
User Julie, under the Samurai Knitter handle, tweeted, ‘The U.S. has given QE jewelry before over the years and I bet her dresser could put hands on any and all of it given five minutes. But she chose the most sentimental piece in the collection, the one that was given OUT OF FRIENDSHIP WITH THE OBAMAS AS PEOPLE.’
Next up, the Queen picked another very significant brooch to receive Trump at Windsor, one that is known as a mourning brooch – because it was made famous when she wore it to her father King George IV’s funeral.
In fact there is a famous shot of her wearing it, alongside her mother and grandmother, entitled ‘Three Queens in Mourning’. Incidentally, this was the same day people protested against his visit in London, brandishing the controversial Trump baby blimp.
Finally, for the day Trump left the UK to visit Putin, the Queen wore a third brooch to a State Banquet. While we don’t have a picture of it, we know it was the Sapphire Jubilee brooch, a gift from Canada.
Again Julie tweeted, ‘It’s called the Sapphire Jubilee Brooch, and it was given to the Queen of England as a gift for ruling for eleventy billion (okay 65). From Canada, you know who Trump’s been screaming about and insulting. The commonwealth country and one of the UK’s greatest allies. Them.’
Let’s be completely honest with one another, how many times have you read an article or watched a clip on YouTube and a make-up artist has given you tips and tricks on how to do the perfect feline flick or how to apply your foundation correctly? Probably thousands right? And how many times have you managed to achieve that look? Less than 10? Yeah, me too.
Sometimes I wonder if it might just be easier if someone told me what not to do. Which is why when I got to sit down with Caroline Barnes, Max Factor’s UK Ambassador and celeb make-up artist, I ask her what her big make-up no-nos are.
This is what she had to say…
Don’t wear too much powder
‘If you wear too much powder on your skin it looks cakey and skin becomes more obvious. As you age skin gets drier, you get more fine lines and wrinkles – wearing a tonne of powder is only going to accentuate those things. Traditionally the powder brush is the biggest one in your kit, but actually you should downsize it to a blusher brush-size. Because, unless you have super oily skin, all you need to do is mattify your T-Zone – so between the brows, either side of your nose and under your chin. You want skin to look as natural as possible, which means you need a little bit of glow/shine to be seen in the right places.’
Don’t be lazy with make-up
‘What I mainly mean by this, is just doing eyeliner around the eyes to try and define the eyes. So many women take an eyeliner, mainly kohl, and think I won’t bother with my brows or lashes and my skin looks ok today, so I’ll just put some eyeliner around my eyes and smudge it in. It’s mainly older women, not so much savvy twenty-year-olds, but it puts a lot of colour around the roots of your lashes and without any mascara it actually shrinks your eyes and makes them look a bit piggy. People think they’re defining the eyes, which I understand because as we age we do lose definition in our features, so it’s natural to want to define them. But without adding in mascara, it goes all wrong.’
Don’t wear pink berry lipstick
This is so ageing I can’t tell you. Pink berry lipstick is so mumsy. I’m talking about those pink lipsticks that are a classic fuschia shade, with a bit of brown tone to it. It’s probably one of the bestselling lipsticks shades in the UK; it’s a classic English Rose colour, but if you have light-skin, with red undertones (like many of us do) then that actually brings out the ruddiness in your skin. To look healthy, polished and modern, you actually want a creamier texture to your skin, as it’s much more popular and flattering. If you look more contemporary, you therefore look younger.’
So there we have it. Avoiding these things will make you three times better at make-up.
‘If you change your mind, you can change your life.’
Destiny’s Child singer Michele Williams has always been incredibly open about her long battle with depression, which many have found comfort and support in on their own journeys. In a powerful statement that smashes through stigma, Michele revealed that she had ‘proudly, happily and healthily’ sought treatment for her depression from mental health professionals.
The star has reportedly been receiving treatment at a mental health facility and she said in a meaningful Instagram post, ‘For years I have dedicated myself to increasing awareness of mental health and empowering people to recognise when it’s time to seek help, support and guidance from those that love and care for your wellbeing.’
Michele has previously spoken candidly about her mental health, revealing on The Talk that she had suffered from the condition since she was a young teenager and only put a name to it when she was in her 30s. At her lowest point, she implied she had struggled with suicidal thoughts and ‘wanted out’ after going to a ‘dark and heavy’ place.
Michele continued, ‘I recently listened to the same advice I have given to thousands around the world and sought help from a great team of healthcare professionals. Today I proudly, happily and healthily stand here as someone who will continue to always lead by example as I tirelessly advocate for the betterment of those in need. If you change your mind, you can change your life.’
Fans have since responded to her statement with an outpouring of love and support, with many sending prayers and thanking her for her honesty. One user who claims to be a mental health physician praised her for ‘#breakingthestigma’ around seeking treatment.
The Destiny’s Child singer has advocated in the past for those struggling with mental health to seek professional help, in spite of any judgment or thoughts to the contrary.
Michele told The Associated Press in 2013, ‘We’re taught, ‘Just go to church and pray about it. The Lord is going to heal you. Well, in the meantime, I believe God-gifted people, physicians, doctors, therapists ― that’s your healing. Take advantage of it. Go see a professional so that they can assess you. It’s okay if you’re going through something. Depression is not okay, but it is okay to go get help.’
For those struggling with mental health issues, the Samaritans provide 24/7 support on their hotline 116 123 and can also be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org.
‘I put so much validity in the reaction of the public, and the public didn’t react in the way I had expected to, which broke my heart.’
When you’re way up at the top, you have a much harder fall – especially if you’re a Grammy-award winning musician. Katy Perry revealed that after her last album Witness underperformed last year, she had ‘bouts of situational depression’ after people didn’t embrace her album the way she had expected them to.
In a candid interview with Vogue Australia, Katy said, ‘I have had bouts of situational depression, and my heart was broken last year because, unknowingly, I put so much validity in the reaction of the public, and the public didn’t react in the way I had expected to, which broke my heart.’
She continued, ‘Music is my first love and I think it was the universe saying: ‘Okay, you speak all of this language about self-love and authenticity, but we are going to put you through another test and take away any kind of validating “blankie”. Then we’ll see how much you do truly love yourself.’
Katy released Witness in June last year to lukewarm reviews. The album as a whole peaked at number six in the UK album charts. While in the past she’s cinched numerous top spots for singles like Teenage Dreams, Firework and Roar, none of her Witness singles quite rose to the same heights – reaching a height of number five on the UK singles chart with Chained to the Rhythm.
Beady-eyed fans also noted that tickets for her Witness tour were being sold on Groupon, which isn’t the greatest sign that ticket sales are going well either.
She also talked about how she had checked herself into the Hoffman Institute, a ‘personal growth retreat’, to recover from the album fall out and the experience gave her a new sense of ‘wholeness’.
Katy said, ‘That brokenness, plus me opening up to a greater, higher power and reconnecting with divinity, gave me a wholeness I never had. It gave me a new foundation. It’s not just a material foundation: it’s a soul foundation.’
Katy has previously been incredibly open about her personal life and emotional wellness, revealing on her Witness livestream that she had written a song about her struggle with suicidal thoughts. She said, ‘I wrote a song about it. I feel ashamed that I would have those thoughts, feel that low and that depressed. You can be right or you can be loved. I just want to be loved.’
For those struggling with mental health issues, the Samaritans provide 24/7 support on their hotline 116 123 and can also be emailed at email@example.com.