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Priyanka Chopra & Nick Jonas welcomed their first child via surrogacy

At the end of last year, Gawker did a “prediction” post about which celebrity couples were likely to get divorced in 2022. I linked to it and there were a lot of comments about whether or not I was “rooting” for people to break up. I was not – I was just gossiping, and trying to read certain gossip tea leaves. One of the couples on the list was Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas. Let’s be real, they were giving off a vibe last year where many of us would not have been that surprised if they suddenly announced their divorce! They were barely even in the same country, and it definitely felt like they were cooling off a little. While they did work a lot (separately) last year, it turns out that they did have one special project together in 2021: they arranged for a surrogate pregnancy for their first child. Priyanka and Nick both posted the news on their Instas:

Surprise! I’m happy for them. I read Priyanka’s Vanity Fair cover interview (which I’ll post at some point in the coming days), and I understood her headspace a lot more after that piece. She was working non-step during the pandemic and she sounded burnt-out on being away from Nick and being away from their home in LA. I think it makes more sense to think of it as she was working a lot last year because she knew she would be taking time off this year when the baby came. Congrats to them – they had a plan, and they both prepared for parenthood.

Photos courtesy of Avalon Red, Instagram.

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Priyanka Chopra in Richard Quinn at the Fashion Awards: garish & tragic?

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Here are some photos from last night’s Fashion Awards in London. British designer Richard Quinn was by far the most popular designer of the night, and Quinn dressed so many women and men for the event. I feel like Priyanka Chopra was supposed to be the biggest name wearing Quinn, and I also feel like Quinn did her dirty! The first thing is that floral fabric is just fundamentally bad. It’s too orange, the colors are too garish. The actual design is pretty terrible too, with that Dracula collar and puffy shoulders and… just everything. Poor Pri. Nick Jonas was with her and they looked happy, even if he was probably like “baby what are you wearing?!?”

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Fashion Awards 2021 red carpet.

Hailee Steinfeld in Richard Quinn. I would not have put her in this catsuit, but she looks great.

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Elsa Hosk in Richard Quinn. This is the kind of gown I would expect to see at the Emmys or SAGs. It’s not bad, per se, although I don’t think the gloves help.

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Stella Maxwell in Saint Laurent. She has the figure to pull this off and it looks amazing on her.

Fashion Awards 2021 red carpet.

Kris Jenner in Tommy Hilfiger (she attended with the designer and with her boyfriend Corey Gamble). I actually sort of like Kris’s older-lady, rich-LA style and I’m generally fine with this. I just wish the pants were tailored better.

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Kate Beckinsale in Sabina Bilenko. The dress is boring but holy crap, Kate’s makeup is SO BAD. Her makeup artist in London hates her.

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Fashion Awards 2021 red carpet.

Photos courtesy of Avalon Red.

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‘The Activist,’ with Usher, Priyanka Chopra & Julianne Hough, sounds dystopian

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Late last week, the news came out that there was a new show called The Activist, hosted by Usher, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, and Julianne Hough and run by the group Global Citizen. It was billed as a competition series and sounds like The Voice meets Black Mirror. There are six activists to be paired with the three co-hosts and to compete in challenges. It sounds like some will be eliminated before a finale that takes place at the G20 summit, where the winner will be whoever raises the most money. It’s a five week show that begins airing on October 22 on CBS and Paramount . Read this and tell it doesn’t sound suspect as hell.

Activists go head-to-head in challenges to promote their causes, with their success measured via online engagement, social metrics, and hosts’ input. The three teams have one ultimate goal: to create impactful movements that amplify their message, drive action, and advance them to the G20 Summit in Rome, Italy. There, they will meet with world leaders in the hope of securing funding and awareness for their causes. The team that receives the largest commitment is celebrated as the overall winner at the finale, which will also feature musical performances by some of the world’s most passionate artists.

“The Activist is a first-of-its-kind competition series that will inspire real change, as the series progresses from the United States to Rome for the Activists’ final challenge at the G20,” said Hugh Evans, CEO and co-founder of Global Citizen. “The audience will see the Activists’ passion and commitment for their causes tested as they petition world leaders to take urgent action to resolve the interconnected crises we face.”

[From Deadline]

The response online was swift and accurate. Many people noted how performative and dystopian this sounded, particularly because these causes could be helped so much more by direct donations instead of a competition show with paid celebrity talent. There are so many other ways to use celebrities to raise awareness of causes, particularly by having them get involved directly and by making a show about that.

A 22 year-old British climate activist, Clover Hogan, described her experience trying out for this show. It just sounds awful. She was asked to do several takes until she cried from frustration. She wasn’t even told that it was a competition show until the end of the interview! Thankfully she decided not to participate. Here’s what Clover wrote about that. I’m condensing her tweets, which you can read in full here:

Earlier this year I was approached to appear on this show #TheActivist. I was contacted by someone “looking for passionate activists who are actively engaged in making an impact in the areas of environment, health, education, and reducing world hunger.” I took a call with them.

They spoke about bringing activists together to solve global challenges. Yet every question I asked received an evasive answer – what’s the purpose? How are they finding activists? Is it about collaboration? How are they platforming folks who have been historically excluded?

I wish I’d taken the evasiveness for the giant red flag it was. But this person kept emphasising what a brilliant opportunity it would be to put eco-anxiety on the agenda, & said my Q’s would be answered on another call. So, I agreed to an interview with a producer from the show.

The “interview” was the worst I’ve ever experienced. When asked about my background, I mentioned growing up in nature, feeling heartbroken when I discovered documentaries, choosing to become an environmentalist at 11, moving to Indonesia, working with grassroots communities…

Afterward, this dude looked irritated. He said I sounded like a robot, talking from a script. He asked me to do it over, this time with more emotion, and gave me pointers of “what the producers want to see.” We repeated this several times; until I burst into tears.

I’d done what he wanted, apparently. I felt humiliated. The only explanation I have for not hanging up then and there is gaslighting. I kept thinking, ‘Perhaps I’m just being dramatic. This is showbiz, right? He’s just trying to help me communicate better. I chose to be here.’

After the tears, he asked me about our work at Force of Nature I lit up at the chance to talk about our research, programmes for youth, the urgency of the mental health crisis. He cut me off toward the end – it was too complicated. I needed to “talk like an American.”

At the end, he revealed that this would be a competition show with activists going against each other for resources. I remember thinking I was in a Black Mirror episode. When the call ended, I cried & called my mum. The whole time, I was made to feel as if I was failing a test.

The weeks following, I tried to block the experience from my mind… only to receive an email that I’d been successful (yay me) w/ an invitation to meet the whole production team. I politely declined. & declined again, when told to reconsider as “this is such a huge opportunity”.

[From Twitter]

Again, they didn’t even tell her the purpose of the show until after making her go through all that! Clover ended by saying that these producers weren’t interested in the issues and “only wanted a story manufactured for Hollywood.” If this is the experience of an activist who tried out for this, I can only imagine how exploitative this show is going to be.

Global Citizen has heard about the criticism and they’re not backing down. This show is probably in the can already anyway. They’ve issued a response and it’s defensive:

“The Activist spotlights individuals who’ve made it their life’s work to change the world for the better, as well as the incredible and often challenging work they do on the ground in their communities This is not a reality show to trivialize activism. On the contrary, our aim is to support activists everywhere, show the ingenuity and dedication they put into their work, and amplify their causes to an even wider audience.”

[From update on Deadline]

This is a competition among activists for “media engagement” and “awareness” and the title implies that only one can win. This is some Hunger Games sh-t and I can’t believe it’s going to air.

they gonna be like “in my hands i have one photo, AIDS or Women’s Equality”

— you (@bidetboii) September 9, 2021

i read the description. are you telling me these two aren’t the hosts for #theactivist

— Molly they/them ? (@mollydillon57) September 9, 2021

In less than 5 minutes I’ve learned that the first known “activist” for the show is a woman CEO of a company that’s “swiping out hunger” via charity (students w/extra meal swipes giving to students without). Her company makes $500k, she makes $84k from it, & got $63k in PPP loans

— Tamanisha J John (@TamanishaJohn) September 11, 2021

In less than 5 minutes I’ve learned that the first known “activist” for the show is a woman CEO of a company that’s “swiping out hunger” via charity (students w/extra meal swipes giving to students without). Her company makes $500k, she makes $84k from it, & got $63k in PPP loans

— Tamanisha J John (@TamanishaJohn) September 11, 2021

This Julianne Hough? Yea…aight

— CHIN? (@chinremoval) September 9, 2021

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Did Priyanka Chopra ‘snub’ Duchess Kate at the Wimbledon women’s final?

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It’s curious, to me, to see how little media coverage there is of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge this week. William clearly screwed up at the Euro final and acted like a big baby, plus he was called out on his hypocrisy over racism. But usually when there’s that kind of f–k up, the British tabloids will create some new storyline, with the help of Kensington Palace. I mean, where’s a new button-covered project for Kate? Why isn’t she stopping by the Keen Linchpin Research Centre for Buttons and Early Years? Did Will & Kate already f–k off to Norfolk? I bet they did.

So, we’re left to make our own stories, which is why people are now obsessed with the idea that Priyanka Chopra “snubbed” William and Kate at Wimbledon last weekend. Priyanka went to Prince Harry and Meghan’s wedding in 2018. Pri and Meghan are friends, or they’re friendly enough. I always kind of thought that Priyanka might have oversold their friendship, but whatever, they know each other and they like each other. So Priyanka apparently did not clap for Will & Kate as they sat down in the Royal Box for the women’s final. Pri was two rows back, also in the Royal Box.

What’s funny is that Martina Navratilova didn’t clap for them or really acknowledge them either! But Martina did talk to them throughout the match, and Martina has talked about meeting Kate many times, and how it’s good for tennis to have such a high-profile royal tennis fan. As for Priyanka… I mean, yes, I think she was doing that on purpose. I think she started fussing with her scarf as soon as she knew that the Cambridges were about to be seated. I was watching the match too, and what was kind of funny was how little energy there was towards Will & Kate, in general. What made the Priyanka thing even funnier is that she really was just two rows back from Kate and they did not acknowledge each other AT ALL.

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Priyanka Chopra seen arriving at Wimbledon to watch the women's final

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Megan Rapinoe & Priyanka Chopra are part of Victoria’s Secret’s big rebrand

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Last year, the NY Times had a somewhat epic story about the fall of Victoria’s Secret. Everything was coming to a head for VS and for the company which owned the label, L Brand. L Brand is owned by Leslie “Les” Wexner, who had very close ties to Jeffrey Epstein, ties which still have not been examined thoroughly. But the Epstein connection to VS was just one part of the horror show – a culture of sexual harassment, sexism and objectification was pervasive at every level of the company for many years. The big-name models and celebrities attached to the brand were leaving in droves. So now, roughly sixteen months after that NYT piece, Victoria’s Secret announced that they have made a huge re-brand for their image. They still, improbably, own a large (but declining) share of the lingerie market. So instead of just throwing more thongs on size-0 models, VS has put together a line-up of new “real woman” brand ambassadors.

The Victoria’s Secret Angels, those avatars of Barbie bodies and playboy reverie, are gone. Their wings, fluttery confections of rhinestones and feathers that could weigh almost 30 pounds, are gathering dust in storage. The “Fantasy Bra,” dangling real diamonds and other gems, is no more.

In their place are seven women famous for their achievements and not their proportions. They include Megan Rapinoe, the 35-year-old pink-haired soccer star and gender equity campaigner; Eileen Gu, a 17-year-old Chinese American freestyle skier and soon-to-be Olympian; the 29-year-old biracial model and inclusivity advocate Paloma Elsesser, who was the rare size 14 woman on the cover of Vogue; and Priyanka Chopra Jonas, a 38-year-old Indian actor and tech investor.

They will be spearheading what may be the most extreme and unabashed attempt at a brand turnaround in recent memory: an effort to redefine the version of “sexy” that Victoria’s Secret represents (and sells) to the masses. For decades, Victoria’s Secret’s scantily clad supermodels with Jessica Rabbit curves epitomized a certain widely accepted stereotype of femininity. Now, with that kind of imagery out of step with the broader culture and Victoria’s Secret facing increased competition and internal turmoil, the company wants to become, its chief executive said, a leading global “advocate” for female empowerment.

Will women buy it? An upcoming spinoff, more than $5 billion in annual sales, and 32,000 jobs in a global retail network that includes roughly 1,400 stores are riding on the answer.

The seven women, who form a group called the VS Collective, will alternately advise the brand, appear in ads and promote Victoria’s Secret on Instagram. They are joining a company that has an entirely new executive team and is forming a board of directors in which all but one seat will be occupied by women.

Rarely has a company so dominant in its sector been exposed as trailing so far behind the culture as Victoria’s Secret was in the wake of the #MeToo movement. It was, Ms. Rapinoe said bluntly, “patriarchal, sexist, viewing not just what it meant to be sexy but what the clothes were trying to accomplish through a male lens and through what men desired. And it was very much marketed toward younger women.” That message, she said, was “really harmful.”

[From The NY Times]

People on social media are, like, mad about Rapinoe specifically. Dudes are mad because Rapinoe isn’t the VS model of their fantasies. Personally, I think there must have been huge changes at an executive and advertising level to even get Rapinoe in the room. She’s not going to “yes” if there’s only a superficial change in the label. She won’t lend her name or her authentic, personal brand to Victoria’s Secret if they’re just going to try to make her “sexy” to straight men. (Rapinoe is already sexy to everyone though, so joke’s on her.)

As for the rest of it… we’ll see. I mean, this change is better than no change at all. Maybe it will work out, maybe it won’t. I wonder if there will be big changes in the product though – less itchy lace, more support? Will they expand their bra sizes? Will they offer more shapewear? I do have to say this as well: Savage X Fenty and Skims has got ‘em shook. What Rihanna and Kim Kardashian have done with their entrances into the lingerie/shapewear/underwear market is really big.

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Priyanka Chopra: “Being objectified is part of my job”

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Priyanka Chopra, who doesn’t work out because she is genetically blessed, was recently interview about her status as a sex symbol – and the actress says she does not mind being objectified as it is part of her job and everyone wants to be hot.

On whether she’s proud of being a sex symbol:

“Yes, being objectified is part of my job. I don’t get offended by being called a sex symbol, because I’m an actress and it’s the nature of what I do. But I don’t think being a sex symbol is something you want to aim for. Of course you want to be hot, but that’s not all you want to stand for.”

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Priyanka Chopra’s Ideal Body: “Curvaceous but not super-skinny but at the same time I want to be lean”


On her eating habits:

“All of us are super busy. Life is just really fast-paced and you don’t have to kill yourself in the gym. You don’t have to starve yourself. I love having my pizzas and burgers and buffalo wings, on the side, for sure. But I like staying fit as well.”

On how she stays healthy:

“I have to stay super active and agile because I do my own stunts. I do all my fights myself. I trust my body and my instincts. People always say you should listen to your body. But I don’t listen to my body. My body listens to me. I can’t afford to be sick or low on energy. It’s mind over matter: I’m going to have a good day, and not in that fake ‘Happy girls are the best girls!’ way. Identify the weaknesses, shut them in a box, find your strengths, and run with them.”

On her ideal body:

“Curvaceous but not super-skinny but at the same time I want to be lean. So I try and eat healthy whenever I can.”

On her big break in Hollywood:

“It’s been a huge struggle for me to be able to come into mainstream entertainment in America and actually break the mold of what a Bollywood actress should be. Success is always about what’s next. I don’t settle and I don’t stop.”

… says Priyanka in Women’s Health Magazine.