Why are Chrissy Teigen and Kim K wearing chokers made of faux human flesh?

Why are Chrissy Teigen and Kim K wearing chokers made of faux human flesh?


Would you wear one?

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We were just casually scrolling through our Instagram stories the other day when we screamed at one of Chrissy Teigen’s newest photos, promptly shut down the app, then curiously opened it up again to try and digest what we were looking at. If you don’t already know what we’re talking about, we’re referring to a grotesque yet oddly beautiful video of Chrissy staring into the camera, showing off feathers made of her own flesh sprouting from her decolletage.

If it sounds creepy, that’s because it absolutely is. And, she isn’t the only celebrity to jump on the faux body modification bandwagon so it could be the start of a very bizarre trend.

The wild body mod is a temporary one, as it turns out it’s actually a creation from A. Human who specialise in the eerie accessories. According to their site, they describe themselves as ‘a fashion brand from the future where self-expression isn’t defined by what you put on your body, but how you change your body’ which sounds very Bladerunner to us. Chrissy Teigen rocked a piece called ‘Human Feathers’ – which does what it says on the tin, we guess – however you won’t be able to get your hands on a pair as they were apparently made specifically for her.

While A. Human haven’t started selling their stuff just yet, a few celebrities have hopped on the A. Human train and seem to have been gifted some creepy pieces. Never one to be late to the party, Kim K. flaunted her own A. Human original on Twitter: a flesh choker embedded with lights that flash along to ‘the rhythm of [her] heartbeat’ according to the star.

We don’t know if we’re 100% on board with the pieces, but if anybody could make us change our minds – it’s Queer Eye’s Tan France.

The style guru rocked easily our favourite piece from the collection called the Tudor, which A.Human describes as a ‘living ruffled collar’. Sure, it’s nightmare fodder but it’s chic nightmare fodder.

It turns out that A. Human will actually be launching their flagship store during New York Fashion Week this September 5. They’ll be kicking things off in style, as they’ll be hosting events all month long that are part live performance, part exhibition and all parts unsettling.

The ticketed event will run the curious $40+ a pop and those who attend will be able to peruse their collection of ‘bespoke hearts for you and your lover to biological heels that stem from your legs’. It sounds like it’s going to be a pretty big deal and a major spectacle as they’re bringing together actors, tech, set design and ‘theatrical surprises’ to make it a fashion show that you’ll never forget.

We don’t know if we could see these pieces making it mainstream, but you never know what’s going to pick up speed nowadays in the fashion world. Who knows, maybe we’ll all be wearing handbags made from faux human spines in a month or two.

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Why are Chrissy Teigen, Kim K. and Tan France wearing chokers made of faux human flesh?

Why are Chrissy Teigen, Kim K. and Tan France wearing chokers made of faux human flesh?


Would you wear one?

a human fashion brand
Matt Baron/REX/Shutterstock

We were just casually scrolling through our Instagram stories the other day when we screamed at one of Chrissy Teigen’s newest photos, promptly shut down the app, then curiously opened it up again to try and digest what we were looking at. If you don’t already know what we’re talking about, we’re referring to a grotesque yet oddly beautiful video of Chrissy staring into the camera, showing off feathers made of her own flesh sprouting from her decolletage.

If it sounds creepy, that’s because it absolutely is. And, she isn’t the only celebrity to jump on the faux body modification bandwagon so it could be the start of a very bizarre trend.

The wild body mod is a temporary one, as it turns out it’s actually a creation from A. Human who specialise in the eerie accessories. According to their site, they describe themselves as ‘a fashion brand from the future where self-expression isn’t defined by what you put on your body, but how you change your body’ which sounds very Bladerunner to us. Chrissy Teigen rocked a piece called ‘Human Feathers’ – which does what it says on the tin, we guess – however you won’t be able to get your hands on a pair as they were apparently made specifically for her.

While A. Human haven’t started selling their stuff just yet, a few celebrities have hopped on the A. Human train and seem to have been gifted some creepy pieces. Never one to be late to the party, Kim K. flaunted her own A. Human original on Twitter: a flesh choker embedded with lights that flash along to ‘the rhythm of [her] heartbeat’ according to the star.

We don’t know if we’re 100% on board with the pieces, but if anybody could make us change our minds – it’s Queer Eye’s Tan France.

The style guru rocked easily our favourite piece from the collection called the Tudor, which A.Human describes as a ‘living ruffled collar’. Sure, it’s nightmare fodder but it’s chic nightmare fodder.

It turns out that A. Human will actually be launching their flagship store during New York Fashion Week this September 5. They’ll be kicking things off in style, as they’ll be hosting events all month long that are part live performance, part exhibition and all parts unsettling.

The ticketed event will run the curious $40+ a pop and those who attend will be able to peruse their collection of ‘bespoke hearts for you and your lover to biological heels that stem from your legs’. It sounds like it’s going to be a pretty big deal and a major spectacle as they’re bringing together actors, tech, set design and ‘theatrical surprises’ to make it a fashion show that you’ll never forget.

We don’t know if we could see these pieces making it mainstream, but you never know what’s going to pick up speed nowadays in the fashion world. Who knows, maybe we’ll all be wearing handbags made from faux human spines in a month or two.

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Incredible lace wedding dresses to make you feel like a Royal

Incredible lace wedding dresses to make you feel like a Royal


We promise they’ll make you swoon

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Despite the rise of alternative wedding dresses and high-street wedding dresses, there’s no denying there’s one wedding dress design that never, ever goes out of style, and that’s lace wedding dresses, whether you’re into vintage dresses or not.

Why? Because nothing says bridal elegance quite as much as lace. Let’s take a look back in time, shall we?

History of lace wedding dresses

Although lace has been part of fashion for centuries (hello Elizabethan ruffs), its first use in wedding dresses is widely attributed to Queen Victoria, when she married Prince Albert in 1840. She was a bit of a trendsetter, old Queen Vic. Not only did she choose to wear white (brides would usually get married in any colours, even black), she chose to have it entirely covered in hand-stitched lace, at a time when machine-made lace was taking over. Oh we do love a rebel.

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Again, let’s blame Queen Vic for this one, because it’s become a bit of a tradition to opt for lace wedding dresses in the Royal family. Although Queen Elizabeth II’s and Princess Margaret’s wedding dresses were made of silk, as was trendy at the time, the younger generations of Royals opted to go back to traditions with their gowns.

Princess Diana’s wedding dress featured lace embroidery, as did Fergie’s, and who can forget Kate Middleton’s Alexander McQueen dress, which spurned hundreds of copies, and probably even inspired Pippa Middleton’s Giles Deacon wedding dress. Long-sleeved lace gowns are timeless and always perfect for the more traditional cathedral ceremonies.

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Celebrity lace wedding dresses

Royals aren’t the only ones to favour lace wedding dresses, as it’s a big trend in the celebrity world too. Kim Kardashian walked down the aisle to Kanye in an impossibly elegant lace fishtail by Givenchy, Nicky Hilton looked regal in a high-neck lace Valentino gown and Amal Clooney’s Oscar de la Renta wedding dress was adorned with French lace.

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Wedding dress trends

The beauty of lace is that it suits a plethora of different designs, from sexy fishtail wedding dresses to more ballgowns and 50s midi dresses. For a traditional take, opt for lace sleeves and a full skirt, for a vintage twist, try tea-length dresses, and for a more contemporary look, go for a more fitted design with cut-out or illusion details.

Scroll down for our pick of the most Instagram-worthy high-street and designer wedding dresses.

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How to choose a wedding make-up artist according to a pro MUA

How to choose a wedding make-up artist according to a pro MUA


The four fail-safe tips you need to get it right

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While some brides prefer to do their own make-up, the majority will rely on a wedding make-up artist for their big day.

But with so many out there, there’s almost too much choice and it can be hard to navigate the sea of make-up artists to find the perfect one to suit your taste and what you have in mind for your big day. (Plus, they’ve got to know what they’re doing.)

Weddings are a massive milestone event, so it’s essential that you choose right – that’s why we sought out the best of the best to advise you on the matter.

Below Amy Conway, Bobbi Brown PRO Artist, shares her top four tips for picking out that all important bridal MUA. Whatever your wedding budget, these are the secrets to success…

Do your research

‘When it comes to choosing your wedding make-up artist, find a style that you love. All make-up artists have that signature style, whether it’s glowing skin or stand out eyes, so meet with a make-up artist who creates the looks you love and reflects your own individual style.’

It’s totally acceptable to Instagram stalk!

‘Nowadays, Instagram can be a portfolio for make-up artists so you can see their previous bridal work. If you’re scrolling and just loving everything you see – meet with them! You can also use this as a tool to pick out your favourite looks that the make-up artist has created.’

Follow Amy on Instagram at @bbpro_amyconway

Calm is key

‘Go for someone that makes you feel calm, it’s a great trait to look out for when choosing your makeup artist. They would have played a part in a wedding morning many times before, so their job is to not only make you feel and look amazing, but to also keep you calm while they have you in their hot seat.

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Recommendations

‘I’ve had many brides through recommendations, but what’s beautiful about it is that you get to know their families and friendship circles well.

For a bride, it feels like you know that make-up artist a little more too, which just allows you to be comfortable with them and will make the wedding morning go even more smoothly.’

With these tips under your belt, you’re sure to find your perfect professional make-up match.

Bobbi Brown Bridal Week is taking place 22nd-29th September across their standalone studios, combining master classes, treats and exclusive bridal partnerships in-store. For more info head to bobbibrown.co.uk/pro-team-events

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Roaccutane: What you need to know before taking the acne treatment

Roaccutane: What you need to know before taking the acne treatment


The drug is considered to be pretty controversial, so we spoke to a doctor to get the lowdown

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If you have or have had acne in the past, you’ve no doubt heard of Roaccutane, even if you’ve never taken it.

Both teen and adult acne are very common, but they can make you feel extremely self conscious and want to get rid of it.

Although an acne vaccination is being developed, taking Roaccutane is currently one of the most powerful treatment options on the market. If all other options – creams, antibiotics, lotions and potions – have failed you, the drug may have been suggested to you as the next step.

But you no doubt have some questions, so we spoke to Doctify-rated GP Dr Lisa Anderson to find out everything you need to know before taking it.

What is Roaccutane?

Roaccutane or Accutane, the colloquial and brand names for Isotretinoin, is a prescription drug and one of the most common acne treatments; many celebrities, like Chloe Grace Moretz and Bella Thorne, have discussed taking it in the past.

‘It’s a form of Vitamin A that is used to treat severe, scarring acne after other treatments (topical creams and lotions and a prolonged course of antibiotics) have been tried without success,’ explains Dr Anderson.

‘It is only prescribed by a dermatologist and not available for your GP to prescribe. It’s also not to be confused with the milder Retin-A gel that can be used.’

‘Is it suitable for everyone?

‘Roaccutane is not a suitable treatment for everyone and careful assessment is needed before prescribing. You cannot take Roaccutane if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or have had an allergic reaction to Isotretinoin,’ the doctor explains.

‘Extreme caution is needed in those people who have had depression or other mental illness, liver or kidney disease, high cholesterol and inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s or ulcerative colitis). And as the capsules contain fructose, it should not be prescribed if there is an intolerance to this.

‘Roaccutane is not licensed for children under the age of 12, or those who have not entered puberty. You should not be taking any vitamins that contain Vitamin A.’

The NHS notes that the capsules also contain soya, so you cannot take these if you suffer from an allergy to soya.

Chloe Grace Moretz told Allure that she ‘tried changing my diet and my beauty products before going on Accutane’

What are the side effects of Roaccutane?

‘There are lots of potential side effects that can occur, and these can be serious,’ Dr Anderson says. ‘Common side effects are:

  • Sensitivity of the skin to sunlight, leading to redness and dry skin
  • Dry eyes and throat
  • Nosebleed
  • Headaches
  • General aches and pains.

‘Serious side effects may include:

  • Mood changes: anxiety, depression
  • A blistering skin rash
  • Jaundice
  • Severe headaches, making you feel nauseous or even vomit
  • Pancreatitis
  • Joint pain and stiffness
  • Visual disturbances
  • Fever and chills.’

If you notice anything out of the ordinary while taking Roaccutane, speak to your doctor immediately. This is not an exhaustive list; if you are prescribed the drug, the full list of side effects will be on the information leaflet inside the pack.

How does Roaccutane work?

‘The drug reduces the amount of sebum made by the glands in the skin and also shrinks the glands, therefore reducing the bacteria and inflammation and opening the blocked pores of the skin,’ our doctor says.

‘It’s important to take as directed and if you miss a dose, you usually would not make this dose up.’

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Bella Thorne has taken Accutane in the past, but told Refinery 29 it did not work for her: ‘They said nine out of 10 people never have a pimple again. So, I’m like, ‘Well, fuck me, I guess I’m just that 10%, aren’t I?’

What are the results?

While most people do see a dramatic improvement in their skin with no recurrence, this treatment is not a fail-safe cure and isn’t guaranteed to get rid of your acne. That said, the majority of cases are successful.

‘Roaccutane starts to work after around seven to ten days and the course is usually around four to six months,’ explains Dr Anderson. ‘Around 80% of people will see skin improvement after four months.

‘The majority of people treated with Roaccutane will go into complete remission, while some will get a recurrence over time and may be considered for second round of treatment,’ she adds.

Note that the purpose of this feature is to inform, not replace one-to-one medical consultations. For advice tailored specifically to you, always discuss your health with a doctor.

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We can’t believe this is Meghan Markle’s real name

We can’t believe this is Meghan Markle’s real name


And she’s not the only star who has completely changed her name…

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When Queen Elizabeth gave her official consent for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry to get married, we had to take a minute. The official document revealed something that threw us for a loop: namely, that Meghan Markle’s name isn’t actually Meghan. Her real name is actually Rachel Meghan Markle, which is a pretty wild coincidence given that her Suits character is funnily enough called Rachel.

And that wasn’t the only big revelation however. It turns out that Prince Harry actually officially goes by ‘Prince Henry’. It turns out that he’s almost always referred to by his nickname Harry and TBH Prince Henry just doesn’t have the same ring to it in our opinion.

They aren’t the only celebrities who have chosen to go by a different name however. There’s a whole host of reasons why a celebrity may decide to change their name, from preferring their middle name, to wanting a shorter, snappier name – or just because they don’t think it’s glamorous enough for an A-Lister.

From Gigi Hadid to Jude Law, Rihanna to Lana del Rey, there’s a whole host of A-Listers who have opted for something completely different, be it their childhood nickname or variation of their actual names.

And would Reginald Dwight have ever been any where near as successful a singer-songwriter as Elton John? We’ll never know, but Elton clearly didn’t think so, and so ditched his real name.

There are probably a lot more celebs in the world who don’t use their real name than you first thought, so we’ve rounded up the most interesting of celebrity name-changers out there…

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9 Halloween makeup ideas that are both terrifying and amazing

9 Halloween makeup ideas that are both terrifying and amazing


Best get practising now

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Halloween makeup ideas – where do you even start? Unless you’re a Heidi Klum-esque Halloween costume fanatic who has spent months putting together the perfect outfit, the chances are, more often than not you’ve ended up grabbing a long, black wig and some white face paint at the last minute and feebly attempted to pass yourself off as a witch.

But we have some really good news for anyone who wants to look both terrifying and amazing without spending every waking moment stressing about their look – there are some incredible Halloween makeup ideas out there, and even better, they come with tutorials. Sure, you’ll probably have to commit to a bit of practice if you plan on bringing your ghoulish A-game, but it’ll all be worth it in the end when you get to the party and someone literally yelps in horror.

Take a look at what these make up artists have created for a bit of inspiration, team them with our own Halloween makeup tutorials and see if you can emulate their impressive Halloween makeup ideas.

Forget the typical hot witch get up. In a world full of Regina George’s, be a Kady Heron.

Halloween makeup ideas: Optical Illusion

If you really relish a makeup challenge, this surreal look by Claire Dim will make everybody at the party double-take. While it might take a little while to get it perfect, it’s a really unique look that we doubt many will be sporting. If anything, it gives that person you’ve been fluttering (multiple) eyelashes at a reason to gaze deeply in your eyes – even if they’re just trying to figure out where your real pair are. Check out her full tutorial below.

Halloween makeup ideas: vampire

While vampires have been an integral part of Halloween ever since we were little (who remembers wearing the pointed teeth retainers?), this is an edgy take on the classic costume. Think The Vampire Diaries meets Underworld meets Twilight, and you’re on the right track. Ditch the traditional black lipstick and opt for plumped red lips, face full of veins and finished off with red contact lenses.

Halloween makeup ideas: werewolf

There are endless cute and creepy Halloween makeup ideas out there, and this look really stands out thanks to the impressively intricate details. Statement brows, dark smokey eyes and a bold lip make this vampy take on a werewolf impossible to resist – no need to try and track down a Thriller-worthy mask after all.

Halloween makeup ideas: Barbie clown

For anyone who isn’t keen on embracing their truly dark side, there are still so many options to choose from. This pretty and pink sparkling clown is the perfect balance of feminine and pretty, with a Halloween twist. Perfect for someone who isn’t quite ready to ditch the fake eyelashes on October 31st.

Halloween makeup ideas: skull face

If you like the split-face Halloween makeup ideas, but you want to keep one eye free for your signature feline flick, then why not try this skull? It somehow manages to look both glamorous and ghastly, and love how effective the illusion looks. Very Jack Skellington, we must say.

Halloween makeup ideas: mermaid

Disney might have created The Little Mermaid as a loveable red-headed creature of the sea, but traditionally mermaids were benevolent beings, thought to cause storms, floods, and shipwrecks. Scaled skin created with iridescent powder and fishnet tights, gems and pointy false teeth will transform you into a genuinely terrifying Halloween partygoer.

Halloween makeup ideas: millennial witch

Witches these days don’t have green skin and pointy hats. This eerie monochrome Wiccan look is an excellent alternative to the usual witchy make up, and the painstakingly crafted brows and intricate forehead designs make this truly unique.

Halloween makeup ideas: pumpkin

Pumpkins don’t sound scary in the slightest. But a peeled-off face over a pumpkin – horrifying. The detail in this make up idea is incredible, and it definitely gives the squash plant a grown-up makeover. A flawless smokey eye teamed with the shaded in wrinkles creates the clever pull away technique that we all know and love. Double Halloween points for anyone who can do this.

Halloween makeup ideas: Game of Thrones

With the final season of Game of Thrones coming out next year, expect to see a few people going with Daenerys for their Halloween look in tribute. We genuinely thought that this was the real Emilia Clarke showing us how to look like her. Mind blown.

Now you’ve seen all the Halloween makeup ideas, it’s up to you to nail it on the night. Best get practising…

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Meghan Markle’s onscreen dad just had words with Meghan’s real dad

Meghan Markle’s onscreen dad just had words with Meghan’s real dad


‘If you love your daughter, just love your daughter’

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Meghan Markle has a difficult relationship with her father, Thomas Markle, something that has plagued her first few months as a royal.

There was the ongoing drama of whether he would be walking her down the aisle, not to mention his staged photographs for the press, and appearance on Good Morning Britain, even talking about Princess Diana in some controversial comments this month, amid reports that he would also be launching his own fashion line.

Even high profile figures have been weighing in on the Thomas Markle drama, with model Chrissy Teigen telling the 74-year-old to just let his daughter be happy.

It was a high profile figure closer to home however who spoke out this week, with the latest person to get involved in the Thomas Markle drama being Meghan’s TV dad, Wendell Pierce.

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Wendell, who played Meghan’s onscreen father, Robert Zane, on Suits for five years had a lot to say on the matter in fact.

‘If you care about Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, then that should be the first and foremost in your mind before you say anything,’ the actor implored. ‘If you love your daughter, just love your daughter. It’s not for public consumption.’

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While Pierce’s comments were unexpected, they aren’t out of character, with the actor showing his support for Meghan for years.

‘Congratulations to my TV daughter Meghan Markle and Prince Harry on the news of their wedding engagement,’ he announced when the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced their engagement. ‘Harry you have her TV Father’s blessing. Robert Zane approves.’

And his thoughts on the royal wedding? ‘I shed a tear. It was a beautiful wedding, with a wonderful amalgam of cultures on a beautiful day,’ he explained. ‘You couldn’t ask for better.’

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The hackers behind the CelebGate photo leak have finally been brought to justice

The hackers behind the CelebGate photo leak have finally been brought to justice


‘In committing this offence, Mr Garofano acted in complete and utter disregard for the impact on his victims’ lives.’

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Back in 2014, a major event happened that opened the floodgates on a discussion that was long overdue – namely, the hacking of personal accounts and eventual distribution of celebrity nudes. You might remember that big names were hit including Kirsten Dunst, Kate Upton and Jennifer Lawrence, the latter of whom became a very fierce advocate for punishing those who participate in revenge porn. Well four years on, we finally have a conclusion to the case: all four hackers have finally been punished for their crime.

George Garafano, one of four hackers involved in the sex crime, was charged with eight months in prison. Following that, the judge ruled that he would be released under supervision for three years after that and also would have to perform 60 hours of community service according to NBC.

According to the BBC, Garafano pretended to be an Apple staff member and sent out fake security emails to a number of celebrities and Connecticut civilians to access their usernames and passwords. After that, he then hacked their Apple iCloud accounts and was able to access all of their photographs – particularly their nude pictures in the case of many female celebrities.

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‘Mr Garofano’s offence was a serious one. He illegally hacked into his victims’ online accounts, invaded their privacy, and stole their personal information, including private and intimate photos,’ the prosecution wrote, via The Guardian. ‘He did not engage in this conduct on just one occasion. He engaged in this conduct 240 times over the course of 18 months.’

‘Not only did Mr Garofano keep for himself the photographs he stole, he disseminated them to other individuals. He may have also sold them to others to earn ‘extra income’. In committing this offence, Mr Garofano acted in complete and utter disregard for the impact on his victims’ lives,’ they continued.

Garofano was one of four hackers at the centre of the FBI’s ‘celebgate’ investigation, however he is the last to be charged with a punishment. These included Ryan Collins in 2016 (18 months in prison plus a USD$3000 fine), Edward Majerczyk (nine months in prison and $5700 in restitution fees) and Emilio Herrera who took an undisclosed plea deal last October.

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The photo leak – which was coined grossly by some on the internet as ‘The Fappening’ – occurred in 2014 and affected a number of high profile celebrities. While it was obviously a horrific situation, it also kick-started a much needed debate around stronger punishment for those who engage in revenge porn. (Sadly though, there were a number of people who still fell into the problematic camp of blaming the victims for taking the photos in the first place.)

Jennifer said at the time per The Independent, ‘I feel like I got gang-banged by the f***ing planet – like, there’s not one person in the world that is not capable of seeing these intimate photos of me. You can just be at a barbecue and somebody can just pull them up on their phone. That was a really impossible thing to process.’

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‘A lot of women were affected, and a lot of them reached out to me about suing Apple or suing [others] – and none of that was going to really bring me peace, none of that was gonna bring my nude body back to me and [former boyfriend] Nic [Hoult], the person that they were intended for,’ she said. ‘It was not going to bring any of that back.’

Although the hackers have been brought to justice, for many of those affected – they’re going to be followed by the consequences of their crime for the rest of their life. The hackers’ sentences may come to an end, but nothing ever dies on the internet and their victims have to go on knowing that people can access images of their naked bodies whenever they want – without their consent.

We don’t know, but it feels like there needs to be a stronger punishment for that.

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The Queen’s favourite hobby has nothing to do with dogs or horses

The Queen’s favourite hobby has nothing to do with dogs or horses


We love this.

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Royals are more like us than we think – with the Windsors being refreshingly relatable.

Gone are the days where we would only see a royal waving from Buckingham Palace balcony. Now they are accessible, all over social media, from Princess Eugenie dominating Instagram with her behind the scenes royal snaps to the Queen and Prince Philip’s Twitter account. They even share our TV addictions, love of emojis and favourite foods.

Even their hobbies are relatable, with it announced just this week that five-year-old Prince George would be starting ballet, just weeks after it was revealed that Princess Charlotte was taking after the Queen with her love of horse riding.

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But it emerged this week that one of the Queen’s top favourite hobbies has nothing to do with horses – or dogs for that matter.

The hobby in question? Scottish country dancing.

Yes, it’s an unusual pastime but the Queen loves it so it’s good enough for us.

In fact, the 92-year-old is said to love the dance so much that she holds an annual ball at Balmoral Castle – known as Gillies Balls – where staff, friends and members of the community are invited to take part.

But her dancing is not only limited to Scottish country, with the monarch said to be a very good dancer, loving all genres of music.

In fact, there’s a rumour that her favourite song is ABBA’s Dancing Queen – something we really hope is true!

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