Feb 24, 2015

Take the High Road

"It's funny because it's true."

Depends on what your definition of true is. Is your "truth" actually a stereotype? Is your "truth" an obvious, low-blow joke? 

When are we going to stop tearing down people for comedic purposes? I feel like I have a great sense of humor, and that I can take the heat when it comes to jokes about myself. But at what point will we realize that commenting on somebody's looks isn't doing anything for society? 

Seems like common sense. Growing up, I was raised not to judge a person on how they looked — that it was not in good taste to comment negatively on someone's hair, skin, etc. Further, I was taught to see the person inside the body. Who are they? How do they treat others? What do they stand for?

I can't imagine talking negatively about a person on national television, and then having to face them. Because regardless of what anyone says, it hurts when someone makes fun of how you look. You can brush it off and master the art of not caring, but deep down, you take offense. You probably won't forget it, either.

Clearly, this post comes after Giuliana Rancic's recent comments. I think Giuliana is a talented, professional television presenter. She's also a journalist, having graduated with a Masters from American and serves as managing editor of E! in addition to her hosting duties. I do not like watching red carpets without her, because it is a true skill to create an entertaining live show, and she has that "it" factor many hosts don't possess.

That being said, I have always been somewhat confused about her involvement with Fashion Police. Initially, she was there to moderate, and that made sense. But it gets dicey when you jump into critiquing as well, given she probably has or will have to interview the people they commentate on the show.

What Giuliana said about Zendaya was insensitive and stereotypical. Do I think G is a racist? No. I think she got caught up in the spirit of the show, which is to poke fun at celebrity's looks, and might have thought she was making an obvious joke. I don't think we should turn a blind eye to these things — clearly, this is an issue that needs to be addressed, given it was said, but also, it wasn't edited out of the final product. This went through many people before airing on E! But I also know people make mistakes. It's hard to be a journalist, because you are held to a higher standard than others. You are not allowed to be incorrect as a journalist — it has ruined careers. People aren't as quick to forgive journalists, and I empathize with her on this. Joan Rivers, above all, was a comedian. I have seen her say worse on that show, so it's not hard for me to think that if she had said it, people wouldn't think twice about it.

Am I disappointed? Yes. Do I think she's a hack that needs to quit her job? No. 

Back to the big picture: I love when people are real and authentic, but I also think that being kind and polite is a lost art form. Everyone feels compelled to say whatever they want, to whomever they want. Having the control to bite your tongue and not spit out everything you think is a gift these days.

As a woman, I hope that we can all realize that railing on a person for having a grey hair, getting a blemish, getting cosmetic enhancements, gaining weight, or wearing a makeup look or dress that isn't flattering isn't conducive to moving society in a positive direction. We are not one photo, one bad hair day, one bad work day, etc. We are not one day of our lives. We are what we stand for, how we treat others, how we react to situations; what message we spread to the world. Think about that the next time you feel compelled to comment on someone else's looks, and when you feel compelled to comment on somebody else's shortcomings. 

TL;DR: have empathy and think before you speak.

Jan 25, 2015

My (10 Minutes) With Miley

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One of the best aspects of this job is getting to interview people in the spotlight about what their definition of "beauty" is. The topics of hair, makeup and skin care are, by definition, superficial. But I relish when I get to ask someone about the best beauty advice they ever received, what they'd tell their adolescent selves, and play some fun games, too. (Because, hey, why not get some tips or tricks out of it?)

Miley Cyrus is a pop culture phenom, and meeting her in person was a lovely experience. She was in great spirits, had a down-to-earth demeanor — talking to her was like talking to one of my friends from elementary school. She wasn't afraid to speak her mind, and I appreciate the genuine answers she gave me.

Here are two of the interviews! We broke them into four separate videos. (The other two will be up soon!)

Miley Cyrus: "There isn't a formula for 'pretty.'"

Miley's Guide To...

Miley's Music Obsessions

Jan 15, 2015

Career Advice on Recycle Novelty

When Whitney emailed me and asked to contribute to her blog series, #IMaGIRLBOSS, I was totally flattered. 

Check out her post! I get frequent emails asking how I got my start and what I did to get my current job, and I think this will help give you some perspective.


Jan 5, 2015

Your Fitness Crisis is Resolved: Enter ClassPass

Upon my return to Austin, Texas for the holidays, my best friend let me in on her new fitness secret: ClassPass.


It's a booking app, and for $99 a month, you get to attend every class that offer at least three times. I know $99 is a hefty price to pay to get in shape, but if you're like me, I was thrilled at the thought of getting in on ClassPass because:

1. I love classes because I tend to slack without someone motivating me (and I end up plateauing)
2. $99 is nothing, considering most of the classes offered are at least $20 a pop for a single session -  it pays for itself in just four classes. 
3. I like to switch things up! I get bored.

I looked into ClassPass and duh, it was available in LA. So I signed up and was put on a wait list, which didn't last long — I was approved about two days later and was able to start booking classes. 

Right now, I'm signed up for five classes, each one different: reformer pilates, Crossfit, boot camp, Flywheel (cycling), and Pure Barre. There are even some classes I didn't know existed, like Training Mate, an Australian-inspired in WeHo that trains your like a rugby player, plus fan favorites like Pop Physique, Bar Method, Barry's Bootcamp. Other offerings include yoga, zumba, burlesque, boxing, surfing and more. 

You book based on location and the time you want to work out, and ClassPass creates a list of all the workouts available to you. 

And because they will charge you $20 for each missed class, you're really motivated to get moving and attend! I'm going to keep everyone posted on my progress. 

If you need to put your membership on hold, it's only $19 a month. Not too shabby.

Here's a complete list of cities ClassPass is available in. Just request an invite and wait for an opening!

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