‘[My storyline] is kind of mirroring what’s happening in real life, in every industry right now.’
The women of Game of Thrones battle no end of horror in the fantasy epic, fighting sexual harassment, sexism and political machinations to find their place in Westeros. Sound familiar? Well, you’re not the only one who’s noticed as cast member Sophie Turner has drawn parallels between Game of Thrones and the #MeToo movement.
In an interview with Screen Daily, the actress delved into her character Sansa Stark’s harrowing and sometimes difficult-to-watch storyline which includes her rape at the hands of Ramsay Bolton, frequent imprisonment and political relationships. While she started as one of the show’s weakest characters, she’s now become a fully fledged avenging angel ready to take her place on the world’s stage.
‘It’s funny the way [my storyline] is kind of mirroring what’s happening in real life, in every industry right now,’ Sophie said. ‘It’s really interesting how all of these women who were subjected to a lot of horror and oppression are taking a stand against the people who have done this to them. I think that’s why I connected with the #MeToo movement so much. Not just because of being a woman and obviously being a feminist, but also that character.’
Sophie Turner is a staunch supporter of the TIMES UP and #MeToo movement, as she previously helped fundraise for TIMES UP’s legal defense fund on Instagram and posted a message ahead of the all-black Golden Globes to show her solidarity with those affected. (She wasn’t actually in attendance, however.)
Sophie reflected on her character’s arc, saying, ‘It’s a really powerful message, the fact that she went through all of those things and she’s come out the other side. She’s used everything she’s learnt up until now to her benefit. She endured so much horror and really was a prisoner season-by-season. She took all of that, and now she has become stronger for it.’
The #MeToo movement has fiercely raged on, with this year’s recent Cannes festival led by Cate Blanchett becoming one of the most political yet and actors like Frances McDormand and Brie Larson calling for greater diversity in the industry. As women and their allies shine a light on the dark parts of Hollywood, Sophie also feels that entertainment needs to both respond to and also be a getaway from reality.
She said, ‘Our role as filmmakers is to hold a mirror up to society. At the same time, I think it’s very important to have that escapism. That’s why Game Of Thrones is such a wonderful show. It provides both of those things.’
The next series of Game of Thrones will be its final run, with just six episodes to wrap up the mammoth story. While a release date hasn’t been formally been announced, the series has finished filming and will be screened at some point next year.
Blonde’s popularity isn’t going anywhere any time soon, but we’re sure you’ll agree that the maintenance can be tough; did you know that 40% of all salon appointments today are blonde-related services?
While many of us are well-versed in the benefits of the best purple shampoo for blonde hair, a brand new purple shampoo and conditioner has got everyone talking, due to the dramatic results you get after just one use.
And we’re sure you’ll agree that the changes below are pretty jaw-dropping…
The shampoo and conditioner in question? The new Blondage range from Redken, containing complex Triple Acid Protein tones and enriched with ultra-violet pigment – and a high street price tag to boot.
Both formulas work to strengthen the hair while depositing purple pigment to neutralise yellow tones and brighten the overall finish, leaving blonde looks looking seriously shiny and healthy.
You only need use them a couple of times a week, leaving on for 3-5 minutes each, to keep your blonde icy fresh and brassy tones at bay, whether you’re a full head of bright blonde or prefer a bronde, balayage look.
As the before and after shots prove, whatever your blonde, yellowness will be gone.
Seeing as breakage and brassiness are blondes’ two biggest hair concerns, we’re calling the influencer-approved duo every blonde girl’s must-have.
We’re sure your Facebook and Instagram feeds were flooded with tributes for Father’s Day yesterday, something that started off adorable and then kind of became a little annoying while we were digging through to find a funny meme.
Well, even the celebrities weren’t immune to the charms of a Father’s Day social media message and we shared a few of our favourites below from Chrissy Teigen through to the Stranger Things cast’s hilarious video card.
Chrissy Teigen and John Legend
Chrissy Teigen celebrated her partner in parenting crime with a heartwarming (yet tongue-in-cheek) message on Instagram. The couple have two children together, Luna and Miles.
Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin
Although Gwyneth and Coldplay frontman Chris may have divorced a little while ago, they’ve made co-parenting a thing and seem to still be a big fixture in each other’s lives. She dedicated a post to him of the singre with their children Apple and Moses, as well as a later one to her new man producer Brad Falchuk with his children.
Victoria Beckham and David Beckham
The Beckhams seemed utterly loved up on Instagram, as Victoria shared a picture of David surrounded by Father’s Day gifts and cards on the Sunday. She also shared a sweet picture of herself as a baby at her christening, where he rocked a ‘major tache’. Brooklyn Beckham also put his photography skills to work, sharing a moody pic of the couple.
Madonna got a little shady this father’s day, posting a picture of her father Silvio Ciccone celebrating ‘all the Dads who really show up!’ She also left it on a cryptic note, saying ‘You know who you are’. She also took the time to wish herself a happy Father’s Day, as she currently is raising six children as a single mother and that’s a mission WELL WORTH celebrating.
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West
Kim Kardashian posted not one, but two father’s day tributes on Sunday. The first was amoving memorial dedicated to her late father Robert Kardashian and the latter a post to the new father in her life, her husband Kanye West.
Cardi B and Offset
New momma-to-be Cardi B shared a picture with her fiance Offset on Instagram. The couple, who can be seen flipping off the camera in the photo, will be expecting their new child soon and she wrote, ‘You gonna teach me how to change diapers!!!’
The Stranger Things cast
The Stranger Things cast left quite possibly our favourite Father’s Day tribute to an unexpected person: Steve Harrington. Steve, a teenager who winds up essentially playing dad to the younger Stranger Things characters last season, and his actor Joe Keery is well beloved by the cast and they all left little video tributes. Finn, who plays Mike Wheeler, left a particularly backhanded compliment saying, ‘I gotta say I thought you were gonna be my future brother-in-law. But after Nancy dumped you…you know, you’re still part of the family.’
Neil Patrick Harris
NPH and his partner David Burtka have always been couple goals and his heartfelt message merely cemented that, as he called him ‘a bright beacon of love’.
Gigi Hadid and Bella Hadid
Gigi Hadid posted a sweet throwback picture of her with her father Mohamed Hadid, thanking him for her ‘greatest gifts’ – a.k.a. her fabulous siblings. One of them, Bella, also shared a lovely message dedicated to the man with ‘the biggest, most generous heart in the world’.
Reese Witherspoon posted a cute photograph of her fiance Jim Toth with her son. They have a son together, Tennessee James Toth (pictured), as well as her two children from a previous marriage Ava Elizabeth Phillippe and Deacon Reese Phillippe.
The Wonder Woman star wrote a lovely message to both her own father and the father of her two children in her Instagram gallery. Click the arrow for the next picture, it’s a cute family portrait (though her children’s faces have been blurred out).
Justin posted the biggest throwback ever – namely, a picture of him with his father when he looked to be only a few days old.
The model posted an adorable throwback pic of herself with her father, writing, ‘Happy Father’s Day, Papa.’
Bindi Irwin, the daughter of everybody’s favourite alligator wrangle Steve Irwin, had us all reaching for tissues with this adorable photograph and simple message. BRB, we’re watching her Dancing with the Stars season again.
Thomas Markle has now opened up about phone calls he shared with Prince Harry ahead of the wedding – including what he said when asked for permission to marry his daughter.
‘Harry asked for her hand over the phone and I said, “you are a gentleman; promise me you will never raise a hand against my daughter and of course I will grant you my permission,’ he told Good Morning Britain.
Meghan’s father added that the pair had even discussed Trump and Brexit over the phone.
‘The speech actually had the phone calls that I talked about… and how Meghan introduced him as this nice guy from England, this prince. And then I went on to thank the royal family for opening up to my child. That would have been the speech.’
Mr Markle said that in the end he watched the wedding on a small TV in a hotel room while recovering from his operation.
‘Watching it was difficult for me because I wasn’t there, but at the same time I’m watching my daughter being watched by the entire world and I couldn’t have been more proud.
‘And, like I said, Charles – how could I have asked for a better replacement? I was thrilled to tears that he was doing that for me.
‘I just wish it had been my hand holding my daughter, not his.’
‘Whatever I did to her hair became front page news.’
Princess Diana’s signature hairstyle inspired many women to chop off their own locks way back when, but maintaining it was a total mission. Richard Dalton, her personal hairdresser for years, explained that even the slightest change could be ‘front page news’ and so they needed a sneaky tactic to get around it.
In an interview with Town & Country, Richard opened up about working with the late Princess for over a decade and how he was ‘with her every day for 12 years’.
He said, ‘Whatever I did to her hair became front page news. We had to be very careful.’
Princess Diana’s elegant feathered hairstyle was actually the work of his co-worker Kevin Shanley at Fenwick of Bond’s Street, who also worked with Diana on her wedding day. When it came to the day to day however, he was in charge of her tresses.
Even the smallest of changes would attract media attention, so sorting out a trim was a bit of a nightmare. Richard explained, ‘We had to do it one-fourth of an inch at a time over several weeks.’
Richard was also the man who gave Prince Harry and William their first haircuts, which we find absolutely adorable. Even though Richard might not have had a hand with Harry and Meghan Markle’s big day, he couldn’t resist gushing over Meghan’s sophisticated updo.
He said, ‘Her hair looked very elegant. It not only complemented the gown, but also balanced the tiara and veil.’
Richard continued, sharing some interesting royal insight, ‘What people don’t realize is the magnitude of that monarch length veil and the significance of the tiara. It’s a crown jewel, and must be respected and protected. You have to be extremely careful and gentle with it, and absolutely no hairspray or styling product can touch the stones.’
While Meghan Markle was initially rumoured to wear Princess Diana’s favourite piece on her big day, the Spencer tiara, she wound up wearing Queen Mary’s Filigree tiara. However, the Spencer tiara was pulled out of the cupboard and dusted off for the wedding of Princess Diana’s niece who wore it over the weekend.
‘I do not need a 40-year-old white dude to tell me what didn’t work for him out of a Wrinkle in Time. It wasn’t made for him.’
As the inner workings of Hollywood have slowly come to light with the Me Too movement out in full force and more minority representation trickling onscreen, things seem to be gradually changing for the better. From Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins smashing box office records to Get Out becoming the most profitable film last year and even an Arab female director scholarship raising POC voices, Brie Larson has highlighted one overlooked area that needs to be worked on next.
Namely, the mainly white and male industry of film journalism.
Brie was honoured with a Crystal Award for Excellence in Film the other night and used her speech to draw attention to the issue. She quoted a recent study of review site Rotten Tomatoes, saying, ‘67 percent of the top critics reviewing the 100 highest-grossing movies in 2017 were white males; less than a quarter were white women; less than ten percent were underrepresented men. Only 2.5 percent of those top critics were women of colour.’
But you might be wondering, why does that matter? Well, given that the US population is much more diverse than that (‘30 percent white men, 30 percent white women, 20 percent men of colour and 20 percent women of colour’) and it’s impossible not to have your own upbringing/identity affect your reviews in some way – it only make sense that we need more diverse voices speaking about films. Especially when they’re films especially aimed at minorities, as Brie pointed out.
Using the recent film Wrinkle in Time directed by black female director Ava DuVernay, she explained, ‘I do not need a 40-year-old white dude to tell me what didn’t work for him out of a Wrinkle in Time. It wasn’t made for him. I want to know what that film meant to women of colour, to biracial women, to teen women of colour, to teens that are biracial. These are just facts these are not my emotions. I want to know what my work means to the world, not a narrow view.’
Brie was very careful to bring up not once, but three times that she wasn’t saying that white male critics shouldn’t have a voice as she said repeatedly, ‘Am I saying I hate white dudes? No I’m not.’
She continued, ‘What I am saying is that if you make a movie that is a love letter to women of colour, there is an insanely low chance a woman of colour will have the chance to see your movie and review your movie. We need to be conscious of our bias and make sure that everyone is in the room.’
The entire room apparently broke out into rapturous applause, according to Deadline. Brie also explained that this was a really crucial issue for her, because it was basically off the back of favourable reviews of her film Room that her career exploded.
‘Good reviews out of festivals give small independent films a fighting chance to be bought and seen,’ Brie said. ‘Good reviews help films gross money. Good reviews slingshot films into awards contenders. A good review can change your life. It changed mine.’
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Brie (and Sundance Film Festival and TIFF through her) dropped the mic however when she revealed that the two festivals would be committing ‘at least 20 percent of their top level press passes’ to ‘underrepresented critics’.
She then called on other films to do the same in their press screenings and coverage by reaching out to three underrepresented males, three white females and three underrepresented females so that the ‘average critic pool would match the US population in just five years’.
She ended, ‘Female and underrepresented critics can’t review what they don’t see. Many are denied accreditation or access to press screenings. Please make sure that these invites and credentials find their way to more underrepresented journalists and critics, many of whom are freelancers.’
To mark Marie Claire UK’s 30th birthday we have launched our Womankind campaign, hosting a series of game-changing events throughout the year to empower, educate and inspire the women around us.
This week saw the second event in our Womankind series, an exclusive beauty evening and panel discussion held at our flagship Fabled store on Tottenham Court Road.
Attended by 100 readers, the evening saw Marie Claire Editor-in-chief, Trish Halpin, host a powerhouse panel, including Balance Me founder Rebecca Hopkins, super fitness influencer Adrienne Herbert, and leadership coach Nikki Armytage-Foy.
The four future shaping women discussed the theme of the evening, maximising our energy to reach our peak performance – and to say it was inspiring would be an understatement.
With each panelist bringing a different angle to the discussion, guests came away armed with quotes, exercises and practical advice for reaching peak performance in mind, body and health.
Here were the some of the most inspirational takeaways:
How to maximise your energy to reach your peak body performance
Fitness influencer and global Adidas ambassador
Adrienne is a global Adidas brand ambassador, personal trainer, mentor, motivational speaker and co-founder of worldwide creative women community, Get To Know. She is most known among millennials however for being an online fitness influencer, using her social media platforms to inspire women to celebrate, love and respect their bodies.
Adrienne’s inspiration and tips:
1. ‘All women of course have insecurities but you have to respect your body. At 29 you’re focused on the aesthetic and you forget about the fact that your body is working for you 24/7. It needs to be loved. Celebrate your body, your body needs to be lived in, think about yourself with love and don’t focus on changing it.’
2. ‘If we did things only when we felt like them then we would never exercise – feeling motivated all the time is just not realistic, so I don’t talk about motivation, I talk about discipline.’
3. ‘As women we give, and so taking time to exercise is important. That’s us giving to ourselves and prioritising ourselves.’
4. ‘Don’t just think about the top and how quickly you can get from zero to fit. Think about the now – what can you do today?’
5. ‘Don’t underestimate the chemical release of endorphins – it’s not only a high, it also improves concentration and productivity. It is literally win win.’
6. ‘Try to do a 360 approach – something that’s going to encourage cardio, strength, and be restorative.’
7. ‘If you haven’t discovered almond butter you’re missing out.’
How to maximise your energy to reach your peak skin performance
Co-founder of Balance Me
Rebecca co-founded natural skincare brand, Balance Me, with her sister on a personal quest to find a better work-life balance. Now they’re big time beauty bosses, with their British-made skincare designed to bring skin back into balance and enhance skin’s natural beauty.
Rebecca’s inspiration and tips:
1. ‘If you don’t need a product on your skin it’s like if you don’t need to eat something – just don’t do it and keep it simple.’
2. ‘Be kind to your skin and listen to it – often your skin will tell you what it needs and that’s your guide.’
3. ‘Neroli is the queen of oils, it’s very rejuvenating for stretch marks or redness and the fragrance itself is so beautiful, it’s a brilliant essential oil.’
4. ‘If you have sensitive skin, try using rose – it is not only rejuvenating but restorative.’
5. ‘Witch hazel is great for addressing dark circles.’
6. ‘Avoid parabens. They are preservatives with big question marks around them. If you can find an alternative, do, because why put something on your skin that you’re not sure about?’
7. ‘Do what makes you feel good but also remember to start young with good habits.’
How to maximise your energy to reach your peak mind performance
Founder of Electric Woman and leadership coach
Nikki has used her decade’s worth of experience coaching female leaders to create her Electric Woman manifesto. Her aim? To support women to embody their most confident and ‘Electric’ self and to lead their lives with vitality and purpose. This according to Nikki, will make them happier, more relaxed and clear in their mission and what they want to bring to the world.
Nikki’s inspiration and tips:
1. ‘Be an electric woman. An electric woman is a woman in her power – by feeling grounded in who she is and having that kind of self-belief and self-assurance. Every woman has an electric woman in her.’
2. ‘How do you find your electric woman? Visualise her. Close your eyes, create a journey to meet her – who is that version of you? How does she dress, how does she show up and how is she living her life? Think about her approach.’
3. ‘Lots of women feel disconnected with their bodies – I used to have an eating disorder so I know how it feels to feel disconnected with your body but you need to respect it. Ask how your electric woman would treat your body.’
4. ‘Don’t let misguided voices lead the way – Miss perfectionist, Miss little girl, Miss work horse, Miss punisher, Miss Sunday – let your electric woman lead the way.’
5. Identify what your limiting beliefs are and what kind of things you are saying about yourself. Identify that voice, connect with your electric woman, and notice when and why that negative voice is showing up. Get your electric woman to talk to it like a little child, like “Darling, I hear you, it’s not very helpful, what do you need?”‘
6. ‘Everyone should keep a journal at all times if they can and speak their truths – let it rip.’
7. ‘There’s nothing more attractive than a woman who really owns it, whatever age, whatever body size. I want to encourage women who are more mature to step into their bodies and into their “poweress” within.’
Keep an eye out for our upcoming Fabled by Marie Claire talks if you want to experience the empowerment first hand.
The Crown’s Vanessa Kirby may have won over the hearts of Netflix users, but there’s been a few rumours regarding whether or not she’s also won over her co-star Tom Cruise. They both met on the set of Mission: Impossible – Fallout when she starred as his love interest, though she finally addressed the gossip when she was confronted about their offscreen relationship.
It was a hot news item last year while they were filming together, however Vanessa (who’s been dating her Queen and Country co-star Callum Turner for over two years by the way) found the reports pretty ridiculous.
While chatting to the ladies on The View, Vanessa revealed, ‘No! Well, you know what, I don’t know where [the rumours] came out but I had met him once in a room full of people. And I was like, ‘Oh well, I move fast.’ And they were reporting that we were dating and that I was lining up to be wife number four.’
As to whether or not Tom and Vanessa ever discussed the goss?
Vanessa said, ‘Neither of us talked about it, but I just felt embarrassed that you would even think that that’s…it was just embarrassing, most of all for him probably.’
That said, it did make working together a little awkward.
She said, ‘We were filming on the riverbank in Paris and we had to kiss and the paparazzi were there taking photographs.’
Yikes. Vanessa had to curb these rumours last year, as apparently some people were genuinely asking her when a Cruise-Kirby wedding would happen and others even messaged her boyfriend to check in on him and see if he was okay.
While they may not be together in real life, you’ll be able to check out Vanessa and Tom’s onscreen chemistry in Mission Impossible – Fallout on July 27. Bring on the Ethan Hunt beat ‘em up fest – it’s been too long since the last one.