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Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power Episode 1 Recap: A New (Old) Age

The saga begins, perhaps intelligently, with a flash of the familiar. A girl with hair that can only be described as golden sits alongside a brook, so picturesque in its countryside aesthetic that it feels more dream sequence than memory. We do not know this girl, this Galadriel, but of course we know Galadriel—and this girl is immediately, unquestionably Galadriel, the eventual Elven royal played by Cate Blanchett in Peter Jackson’s revered Lord of the Rings films. As her brother teaches the young Elf a lesson in hope and perseverance,...
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Dua Lipa Wore the Tiniest Green Butterfly Bikini by the Pool

Dua Lipa knows the importance of recharging—especially when it involves a healthy does of Vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin. The singer, who was notably absent from the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards Sunday night, took to IG to show off a poolside lounge moment while catching some end-of-the-summer rays. Lipa was looking toned as she posed in yet another teeny, tiny string bikini. She has no shortage of incredible swimsuits, from her strappy Coconut Girl monokini to her citrus-orange bikini to that sequin snakeskin moment, but her latest is particularly...
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Her Revenge Dress and Biker Shorts Are Iconic, But Diana’s Final Looks Show Us Who She Really Was

I was only five years old when Princess Diana died. My memory of her death—and life—is very limited. But I remember watching her funeral on an old box television at my next-door neighbor’s house in London. I can still recall my mother and our elderly neighbor’s tears, and the sea of bouquets spread out in front of the gates of Buckingham Palace. I thought that perhaps my mother, and the thousands lining the streets of the funeral procession all knew this woman personally. Of course, they didn’t; yet, they all...
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One Year In

This month marks the first anniversary of the Taliban’s return to power in Afghanistan. But in a country crushed by unprecedented humanitarian crisis, there isn’t much to celebrate. Countless jobs lost, the banking system in turmoil, and half the population—nearly 20 million people—suffering from dangerously high levels of food insecurity. To some, the takeover feels like a death sentence in a country already on its knees after decades of war and climate change-driven droughts.For women, the regime change has manifested in myriad ways. Many of those working in government offices...
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What Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk’s Relationship Is Really Like Amid Reconciliation Rumors

Irina Shayk sparked rumors that she and Bradley Cooper, her ex-boyfriend and father to their five-year-old daughter Lea, may be giving their romance another shot when she posted a photo of the two of them posing on a beach vacation. Shortly after, a source set the record straight to E! regarding what’s really going on between them.InstagramWhile Shayk did not comment on their relationship status herself, a source told E! that no, Shayk and Cooper aren’t currently dating. “They are co-parenting and get along well for the sake of their...
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Your Midterm Elections Guide: Key Races Where Abortion Is On the Ballot

Since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June, eliminating the constitutional right to abortion and sending the issue back to the states, pro-abortion rights politicians and activists have been urging supporters to do one thing: vote in the midterms this November. Nearly 21 million women in the U.S. have already lost access to almost all elective abortions in their home states, per The Washington Post, and the elections this fall will be crucial in determining the future of reproductive rights across the country. “One of the things the...
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ELLE Escapes: Reykjavik

Everybody you know is probably in Iceland right now. And they’re obsessed with it—for good reason. The Nordic island may be just a quick flight from the East Coast (less than six hours, to be exact), but from the moment you arrive it feels like another planet. Specifically, Iceland’s capital city of Reykjavik is an excellent place to call home, whether you’re a first-time visitor or repeat traveler. We recently had the luxury of cruising around its Instagrammable landscapes in the new Mercedes EQE 500 4MATIC Sedan, which features its...
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Nicki Minaj’s 2022 VMA Performance Was Worth the Four-Year Wait

Nicki Minaj has not been to the VMAs for a few years, but the show she just gave us just made up for all the lost time. The rapper gave big Barbie tingz energy and was draped in all pink everything—from her hair to her shoelaces—to start the show, and then quite literally had holograms of pink panthers show up later. The iconic rapper took us down memory lane too, delivering portions of “Beez in the Trap,” “Moment 4 Lyfe,” “Super Bass” and that “Monster” verse. Arturo Holmes//Getty ImagesTaylor Swift...
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Why Olivia Rodrigo Skipped the 2022 MTV VMAs

Olivia Rodrigo decided not to spend her Sunday at tonight's MTV VMAs despite being one of the night's most heavily-nominated guests. Rodrigo didn't post her whereabouts on social media; her last post featured her in New York City, not far from where the VMAs were. Rodrigo is nominated tonight for Video of the Year (“Brutal”), Best Pop Song (“Traitor”), Best Longform (“Driving Home 2 U”), and Best Editing (“Brutal”). Rodrigo may have decided, since she is not performing and is either nominated in more minor or hyper-competitive categories, to skip...
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Olivia Rodrigo Wears a Short Red Plaid Skirt to the Studio In NYC

On Friday night, Olivia Rodrigo left Electric Lady Studio in New York City wearing a vintage inspired pop punk look reminiscent of a Y2K Avril Lavigne. Rodrigo has performed with Lavigne before and clearly loves the era's fashion. The 19-year-old was wearing a bedazzled black t-shirt with cap sleeves over a pleated red plaid mini skirt that showed off her long legs.She accessorized with black combat boots and carried a massive white bag over one arm with a smaller black bag on the other. Rodrigo had her gorgeous brunette locks...
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Angelina Jolie Wears Tight Black Crop Top With Matching Black Baggy Slacks

On Wednesday, Angelina Jolie strutted from an office building in Beverly Hills wearing all black in an outfit that was half form-fitting and half loose and casual, but entirely chic. Her cropped black tank top showed off her abs and paired with low rise black pants that draped in loose waves around her legs as she walked. The Academy Award winning actress paired the outfit with chunky black sandals and accessorized with an ICARE quilted tote by Yves Saint Laurent made of lambskin and detailed with gold chains. She had...
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Dua Lipa Liberates Europe’s Youngest Country

If you could spot Earth from the galactic retro ride pictured on Dua Lipa’s Future Nostalgia album cover, and zoomed through space toward Europe, then south to Croatia, and further to the heart of the Balkans, there, in Pristina, Kosovo, on a sweet summer night in August, you would find Dua Lipa stepping out onto stage—at home.It’s possible, too, you would glean the screams of the crowd, the energy extending far beyond the lush beech tree hood of Germia Park as Lipa’s performance kicked off the return of the Sunny...
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Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck Were Seen Kissing and Shopping for Home Goods on Their Italian Honeymoon

Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck took off for Italy following their three-day Georgia wedding, and photos have emerged of them there making out (of course) and shopping for home goods. Decio Immagine Casa shared a photo of Affleck and Lopez at their store yesterday, captioning it “unexpected customers” in Italian. Lopez appears, wearing a yellow cutout Farm Rio dress that hasn't sold out quite yet. Farm Rio Yellow Knot Midi DressNow 20% OffTMZ ran photos of Lopez and Affleck kissing at dinner in Lake Como at the Grand Hotel Tremezzo....
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