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So you didn’t get V festival tickets, your mum wouldn’t let you trek to the Isle Of Wight for Bestival, and Glastonbury was a big fat no. (Tbf you can barely pack for a sleepover at your bestie’s without forgetting your phone charger and a spare pair of knickers.) But even if your parents are as strict as Harry Potter’s house mistress Professor McGonagall, there is one festival we’re almost sure they’d let you go to.

Well, what is this magical festival?

Give a big fat Gryffindor wave to Girlguiding’s annual event, Wellies and Wristbands! The only catch? You’ve got to be a member of Girlguiding to get a ticket – and you’re going to want to sign up if you’re not a Girl Guide already as this camping extravaganza has serious cool factor. Not only is there tons of live music so you can pretend you’re dancing at V festival anyways, but there’s a pamper zone to get your beauty fix, hot tubs to chill with your mates in, cinema screenings, an amazing inflatable obstacle course, abseiling and even zip-lining! So, a) you won’t have to worry about getting bored and b) your mum and dad will get serious value for money without having to worry about mosh pits.

Amazing! Tell me more…

The weekend of fun takes place at two locos; Foxlease in the New Forest and Waddow Hall in Lancashire, so it shouldn’t even be a total mission if you beg your ‘rents to drive you there regardless of where you live. You’ll hit the festival with your Girlguiding group and will be looked after by your Girlguiding leader, so you’re covered when it comes to getting that all-important helping hand in putting up your tent. Phew. Plus, it lasts from Friday night ’til Monday lunchtime which means maximum gal-pal time with your mates, not to mention the whole new group of friends you’ll make over the weekend.

How much will it cost?

The festival ticket costs £105 for the whole weekend. That includes all your food, campsite fees, activities, music, transport from a local train station and your wristbands. All you need to bring is your own wellies! If your ma and pa think it’s pricey, just tell them that a day at Go Ape, a ticket to a gig, the cinema, a manicure, and a shiny new hot tub cost a helluva lot more…

Happy camping!

For more information, please visit the Wellies and Wristbands homepage.

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The end of school is nigh, and all of a sudden you feel like you’ve got 100 decisions to make. What do I want to do with my life? Do I want to go to college, or uni, or do I want to get stuck straight into work? It’s easy to feel lost when you don’t know what you want to do, or how to get there.

But while you have literally your whole life to make up your mind, a little bit of good advice can go a long way. So with that in mind, in a series of interviews, we’re speaking to women who’ve ‘made it’, and asking their advice on how to follow in their footsteps.

This week, we speak to Joanna Masiewicz, a makeup artist who specialises in prosthetics and special effects.

How did you get into it?

I went to Delamont Academy, which covered everything from beauty, to fashion, to hair, but I chose to specialise in special effects and prosthetics. My school had an agency which helped me to develop contacts. Since then I have taken whatever has come my way, from theatre makeup (which includes everything from body painting to gender change and facial hair) to helping out on glitzy film shoots.

What’s the coolest part of your job?

If you love doing makeup, the job is just amazing in itself. I’m happy when I work, because I’m doing what I like, an even more so when everyone is happy with my work. I just love doing it, and that I get to meet so many people and travel to all different places.

What are the bad parts?

It can be really long hours but you do get used to it. In the beginning it’s really difficult, but you get to know the team and it becomes fun. And it’s not all the time, either – you might work really hard for a month, but then have a bit of a break before you do another job. So it’s not that bad really!

How is making prosthetics different to glam fashion make up?

It depends which project you are working on, but if you are in a workshop it’s life casting (so, making a piece for an actor). To do this you need to make a life cast first, and then you need to sculpt it, and fill it with either silicon or if it’s a big piece latex, then paint it. If you’re working on set, you might be applying the pieces to the actor, be it a mask or smaller pieces such as gems, or whatever. So it is completely different to traditional make up. If you work in fashion, you’re mainly required to do touch ups on a shoot, or it could be music videos.

The Big Question: uni, or no uni?

You don’t really need qualifications—no one is actually looking to see if you have a degree, it’s more about your skills, but it helps if someone can see that you’ve studied and what you’ve done. You’ll get more jobs if you’re qualified, particularly if you’ve been to a well-known school. I would say find a good school, for either a long or short course, that has an agency, which will help give you some contacts when you graduate. It depends on your personality, if you’re the sort of person who makes contacts easily and is confident to just put yourself out there and ask then great, but if you’re a bit unsure how to go about it it can be such a comfort.

What else should we do if we’re going to make it?

Practice! Even just on friends and family in your free time. Post things on Instagram or Facebook, where a lot of people will see what you’re doing—maybe someone will notice you! For prosthetics in particular, you need to be really hard working, and be a good team player. That’s probably the most important thing—you’re going to be in a workshop, so you’re going to be working with so many different people and everybody needs to be helpful to each other. Your attitude is really important—it’s not just about skills, it’s your work ethic. You need to learn how the industry works. You might be dealing with an actor and you need to know when to talk and when they don’t want you to! So it’s reading people’s behaviour and being able to deal with different people and situations.

Is it better to try and go freelance?

Being freelance is really good, because you can just work as much as you want, in your own time. It’s never boring, because there’s so much variety—you never know what job will come up. You could be laying in your bed one day, then get an email saying I need a makeup artist tomorrow somewhere seriously cool!

If you could give your 14-year-old-self any advice, what would it be?

Start early, don’t waste time and try to be disciplined, that helps a lot. Try to get into social networking – Facebook, Instagram – so people can see your work. Develop a strong work ethic and you’ll go far.

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How do you spend your Saturday nights in? Reading? Painting? Cooking up a storm, just for you, and Skyping your lonely Canadian auntie? Or do you, like me, spend them on the sofa, refreshing Insta and mooning mournfully over photos of your friends at some lit party while sinking a family size pack of Twirl bites? If it’s the latter, then listen up lady: you’ve a lesson to learn — one which I am (obvs) still learning, and has taken my confidantes in this matter (bff’s Katie and Sophie) the best part of 20 years to master.

It is making time for yourself on a Saturday night: that time when, according to the laws of the universe, aka socials, you should either be hanging out with your mates, or on a date night with bae. It is writing ‘ME’ (or myself, or I) in your diary — and enjoying it, whether that’s through a film, a book, a bath or a long neglected talent like piano or painting. And if you too find this scary AF, I strongly recommend the following tips.

Switch off your phone

Or at LEAST put it in another room. The first step to enjoying time by yourself is to BE by yourself, as opposed to looking through a tiny, greasy window into the lives of others. Soon as you hit Insta or any group whatsapp chat you’re on the slippery slope toward painful (and false) comparisons, and bitter self-loathing

Express yo’self

Don’t just hit the internet automatically, as if there’s nothing else you could possibly do of an evening. What are you interested in? What are you good at, or do you enjoy doing that you perhaps haven’t done in a while? Sophie, who has been nailing Saturday nights in for a good number of years now, says “the risk of back to back social appointments, is that I don’t make time to feed my interests: the things that make me, well, me and fuel satisfying conversation” — like, in her case, drawing or curling up and reading. A Saturday night spent doing those things you’ve always loved — playing an instrument, writing a story, making cards — will enrich you in a way falling into a Youtube shaped black hole of cat videos is unlikely to do.

Plan Stan

Consider your night in, not as a burden, but as a gift of four or five hours of free time you’ve granted yourself. Put it in your diary, and plan it as a fixed date, says Katie — just as your would an evening with friends. As Sophie warns, “an urgent scouring of Netflix or iPlayer in the hope of finding something to fit the bill” all too often ends in a disappointment after a string of half-watched films and documentaries. What’s on your ‘to watch’ list? What was that book your bff recommended last week? “A really good, nourishing evening — one where I would delight and relish in it, and have not a shred of FOMO, would be to absorb myself in the things I love and that nourish me,” Sophie continues. That invariably demands thinking ahead.

Feed yourself

Just as important as nourishing your sense of self is nourishing your body. Cook a dish you love, or have wanted to cook for ages — or if cooking isn’t your vibe, nicely ask your parent to cook or order one of your favourite things. Have dessert, or at the very least some kind of treat, and make Saturday night in a real occasion as opposed to something that happened by default. No one can ever truly regret an evening that ended in zillionaire cheesecake from GU.

Refresh yourself

Have a bath, change your duvet and pull on your favourite pyjamas for a feeling of indulgent luxury that won’t cost you a penny. Don’t skulk in your bedroom too early though, warns Katie — you’ll feel like you’re hiding from the world. “I make a point to hang out in the sitting room. If I were to hang out in my room as if I were ill or something, I’d start to feel sorry for myself.” You don’t have to dress up for the occasion, but equally you don’t have to treat yourself like you’ve got the flu.

Share the love

A weekend night in is the perfect chance to catch up with a friend in another time zone — or even an elderly grandparent whose every Saturday night is a night in, and would relish a quick chat with you.

Take pride

A night in is nothing to be ashamed of: we all have them, and if we are to retain a sense of identity (see 1) we all need them. Katie tells me when she is having a Saturday night in, and what she is going to do. She’ll have a documentary lined up that she’s been wanting to watch for ages, or a book she’s just getting into, and she’ll be really excited about it — to the point that I’m invariably left wishing I had made such lovely plans for myself, too.

Have faith in yourself, and in your friends

I promise they will still be there for you come Monday morning. Own your Saturday night. Share it with them with as much enthusiasm as you would a night out, or on holiday. No one can laugh at you for cooking paella, stencilling your cousin a birthday card and watching a documentary about elephants on a weekend. Or at least, they can — but the joke’s on them, not you.

Easy like Sunday morning

Not going out means not being knackered on Sunday morning. Not being knackered on Sunday morning opens up a whole new world of eating, drinking and exercising possibilities which a less sprightly, Saturday-night-out you would have slept right through. Get that run in, book a tennis court before 12, or make coffee plans so you’ve done something social that weekend. Alternatively, make the most of the lie in and back yourself a sweet 16 hour sleep.

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It’s the time of year when hundreds of thousands of people descend on a field in Somerset to lie in the mud and listen to their fave artists. That’s right, it’s Glastonbury. But this year, the ever reliable British summer fooled us all and it was… well, sunny! And hot! What is this sorcery?

So, what happened this year (aside from everyone looking ridiculous wearing wellies in 34°C heat)? We’ve rounded up the best moments from Glastonbury 2017. Here’s everything silly, special and sartorial that happened this weekend…

Legendary indie whingers Radiohead performed a set, but left a lot of fans confused about when the performance actually started…

Ok fine, that didn’t really happen. It’s a fake story – but it feels real, which we all know in the age of the internet is basically the same thing.

Meanwhile Stormzy gave a really emotional tribute to the people involved in the Grenfell Tower fire.

And it turns out Katy Perry delayed her helicopter out of the Glasto (because, sure) just to watch his set. It’s always nice to know that celebs can fangirl just as hard as the rest of us.

A record-breaking 15,000 people gathered in formation on Friday to send this message of peace to the world. Beth Llewellyn, who organised the event, told the Metro: “I thought ‘Why don’t we get together in the fields, and make this sign around the Stone Circle with people whose intent is for peace and not to be threatened by the few?’

As for the fashion? SO MUCH FASHION. The main news is that glitter face art is officially the new flower crown.

Sunset glitter bugs 🌅✨👼🏼 #shineshack #spreadingoursparkle #glastonbury2017

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This is great because it lasts for so much longer than a wilting ring of daisies – but not so great because… well, it lasts for so much longer. Cue picking glitter out of your bra for the next month.

This is what I look like now. I'm fine with it.

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As for the outfits, there was a showdown between rainbow unicorn sparkle ensembles, and laidback super-chilled normcore vibes. Lauren got excited when she saw Alexa Chung wearing a cowboy hat and firmly believes that it helps her theory that we will all be wearing cowboy boots before the year is out. You heard it here first, folks.

Margot Robbie looked… I mean, you can see the magic for yourself. I’m extra excited because I think I can buy everything she’s wearing from Topshop, so that’s my lunch break sorted.

Day two bought more outfits and BFF vibes from Cara and Margot, who some how look cool enough to be intimidating, and yet also a bit like they’d invite you to sit with them if you were eating your lunch alone.

The security staff were having a great time and busting out some retro moves for a retro track.

Ed Sheeran closed Glastonbury with an amazing set that had the entire crowd waving the torches on their phones above their head (how, how did they still have battery?). Plus, more than four million people were watching the performance from the comfort of their sofas.

There was a bit of controversy on Twitter with people accusing Sheeran of lip-synching, but he quickly squashed those rumours by saying it was because of a loop station that lets your record and playback a piece of music in real time. It’s a bit of tech that’s becoming popular because it allows solo artists to create multiple levels to their live music (yeah, we Googled it).

So, that’s Glaso for another year! There won’t be one in 2018 because they have to let the fields recover, so I guess see you in 2019 team! And in the meantime, here’s how to have a festival in your own back garden. Because: showers and toilets.

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On Monday night, an impossibly horrific thing happened. What should have been the end of a fun night filled with pink balloons, glitter and gleeful giggling was cut short when a bomb was detonated at Manchester Arena at the end of an Ariana Grande concert. So far, 22 people lost their lives and another 59 remain injured.

When things like this happen it can be hard to know how to react. What exactly are we meant to do when the world gets scary? Should you sit in a bunker constantly refreshing your Twitter feed? Should you turn off your phone and the TV and just hug your mum? The truth is, there’s no right answer – you’ve got to do what feels right for you.

We might never fully be able to understand what happened in Manchester or why, but sharing stories helps to honour those who died, and it’s the way that we heal.

In the hours and days after we saw the very worst side of humanity, we have also seen its best.

There were so many acts of kindness in Manchester

In the face of a deeply devastating day, Manchester refused to give up. There were the taxi drivers who were offering free rides to anyone who needed them, the locals offering cups of tea and sandwiches to emergency service workers, and people using the hashtag #RoomForManchester to open their homes to anyone who needed somewhere to sleep. One moving story was Steve, a homeless man who ran towards the explosion to help the injured. People have since set up a JustGiving page for him that has already raised £29,000.

The Manchester Evening News set up another JustGiving page to raise money for the victims of the bombing, and so far over £1.3 million has been donated with Manchester United and Manchester City football teams pledging to donate an extra £1 million to the cause. Blood banks literally had queues around the street and had to turn people away as they were so overwhelmed by the amount of people offering to donate. People can be amazing.

And around the world…

Countries all over the world lit up iconic landmarks with red, white and blue in solidarity with the UK, while the Eiffel Tower and the Empire State Building turned off their lights altogether. The Boston Globe sent pizzas to the staff at the Manchester Evening News to keep them going throughout what will probably be one of the most difficult days of their careers.

There have also been numerous outpourings of love and support from musicians around the world. Mancunian Harry Styles gave this moving statement about his hometown during a performance in Mexico, Celine Dion asked everyone present at her concert to hold hands with the person standing next to them to honour those affected, and James Corden opened The Late Late Show with a moving tribute to the victims. Back on home turf, Her Majesty the Queen paid a visit to recovering victims in the hospital.

Remembering the characters we’ve lost

Among the 22 victims who died in the attack were parents and aunties, brothers and sisters, sons and daughters – and his week, some beautiful stories have emerged.

One of the victims was Martyn Hett, a beloved figure on social media. The Corrie megafan and pop culture blogger became a viral sensation last year when he made a plea for his followers to buy things from his mum’s craft stall. His boyfriend, Russell Hayward, tweeted a statement saying, “He left this world exactly how he lived, centre of attention.” His brother joked that Martyn would be loving that fact that he was trending on Twitter. Even Mariah Carey paid tribute to her late fan.

The power of teenage girls and pop

What made this attack so heartbreaking, and so close to home for us at betty, was the targeting of teenage girls – many of whom were attending their first big pop concert. There have been many beautiful articles written about the importance of that rite of passage, your first ever concert, like this one by our own Alice Vincent, or this piece by fellow betty writer Emily Baker about her hometown, and how music will always hold a special place in Manchester’s heart.

Manchester mourns

In the aftermath of the attack, Manchester’s city symbol, a bee, felt so incredibly accurate as the characteristically hard-working people of Manchester went about their lives while commemorating all of those who were lost or suffering.

At the vigil held on Tuesday night, Tony Walsh recited a poem about the strength of Manchester that bought nearly everyone to tears. And yesterday, after a minute of silence was held in the city centre, the crowd spontaneously began singing one of the city’s anthems, “Don’t Look Back In Anger” by Oasis. Goosebumps.

Our city, our people #manchester #home 💔 #standstrongtogether

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We all stand strong, together

The world may seem scary right now, but as always British people are responding with poise and grace and of course, an unshakeable sense of humour. When Theresa May raised the threat level in the country to ‘critical’ on Wednesday, almost immediately Twitter proved that we wouldn’t cow to terrorism and started sharing things that truly terrified Brits with the hashtag #BritishThreatLevels.

Manchester, you’re in our hearts x

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Grab your glitter, your sequins, your best continental snacks and your funniest mates and plop yourself in front of the TV this weekend. That’s right, the Eurovision final is on this Saturday night and by all accounts, it’s set to be as absurd as usual.

But as well as doing vocal warm-ups and assembling the cheese buffet, here’s everything else we’ve been reading, love and watching this week!

Judgement day for Harry Styles

Finally, after weeks of waiting, the full Harry Styles album has dropped. Harry has been everywhere in the last few weeks promoting it – he’s been wearing a pink suit on The Today Show in the States, he tried (and failed) to crowd surf in an underground bar in Brooklyn and who can forget his profile in Rolling Stone Magazine, which made everyone who read it weak at the knees? He’s also reportedly got a new lady love, Insta-celeb, chef and healthy food blogger Tess Ward, which has suddenly piqued our interest in salad.

We don’t know about you, but we’re gonna have this on repeat all. day. long.

Bang bang, there goes your heart

Nicki Minaj tweeted this week about a competition where she would pay international airfares for winners to spend time with her at the Billboard Music Awards, when one of her fans tweeted at her: “Well you wanna pay for my tuition?” AND GUYS, SHE DID! Not only that, she offered up cash to other fans too if they could prove that they had a 4.0 GPA (which apparently are really good grades – IDK, I’m not American).

She helped a grand total of THIRTY current and former students with their tuition, student loans or other education-related expenses before promising to do the same thing all over again in a couple of months. She really is about that super bass(line of equality), guys.

Simone Biles deserves a gold medal in sass

Our fave athlete from the 2016 Olympic games (sorry Team GB) is making headlines again, but not for her gymnastics this time. She’s currently competing on Dancing With the Stars (the US version of Strictly) and after the judges gave her feedback on her performance, the host, Tom Bergeron commented, “I was waiting for you to smile at some of the compliments… you didn’t.” To which our babe Simone shrugged and replied, “Smiling doesn’t win you gold medals.” Fierce af.

Brb, I’m starting a campaign to officially name the sassy girl emoji ‘Simone’ in her honour.

Tom Daley somersaults into marriage

Speaking of the Olympics, diving dreamboat Tom Daley married his boyfriend Dustin Black this week in the *most* beautiful ceremony…

So… what did you do this weekend?

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And then, as if they weren’t being adorable enough, Dustin posted a photo of himself crouching beside a small tree with the caption: “Married life: Plant trees to mark the beginning of our new adventures together? [tick] Paint the living room? [tick] Wipe that grin off my face? NO.” Congratulations you two!

Sims is back!

If Pokemon Go is lying abandoned on your iPhone, collecting (metaphorical) dust, fear not – we have the solution. Sims is coming to iPhones and Androids, “soon” which is an annoyingly unspecific timeline but we don’t care, we’re getting excited anyway.

PPL Recap

Guys, this episode was insane. Tbh, there hasn’t been nearly enough weirdness going on in the last few episodes for my liking, but woah. Woah. It was Ali’s turn to play End Game and A taunted her by sending her to a baby store and making her pick out things for it before revealing that the baby was actually made with EMILY’S EGG. GUYS! GUYS! I’m trying not to be smug and all like, I picked this – but I totally picked this. So now what happens to the baby? Ali cancelled her abortion and tbf, I’m not sure what the etiquette is when you find out you’ve been impregnated against your will with your bff/love interest’s baby. Emily and Paige sort of got back together, but let’s be real, that’s not gonna last once she finds out about the whole baby mumma situation. Spencer had a confrontation with her dad before going searching for Mary Drake with Hanna. And then we found out that Pastor Ted (I love Pastor Ted, he reminds me of a human teddy bear) is Charles/Charlotte’s dad, which let’s be honest, was a real curve ball. Aria and Ezra’s relationship is getting super weird and the whole thing with Nicole feels so twisted and wrong, especially since she found the book they wrote ABOUT HER. Then Aria started receiving anonymous phone calls from A.D. which were so freaking creepy, and agreed to meet A.D. in a stretch limo (obvs) but it was Sydney, who I’ll be honest, is still a confusing character to me – why is she involved in this? I don’t understand! But it looks like Aria might strike a deal with A.D. to get her out of playing End Game because Hanna’s up again and she is pissed. Will the game tear the Liars apart? Only five more sleeps until we can find out more!

Happy Friday!

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There were lots of famous faces at the MTV TV & Movie Awards last night, but none of them stole the show quite like our 13-year-old shero, Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown.

For starters, Millie rocked the red carpet like an absolute pro. These boots are made for slayin’. 

#themshoestho

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Then she chatted to Emma Watson (who had a great night herself by the way, winning the best actor award for Beauty and the Beast), and look at her face. Just look how happy they both are! I like to imagine the entire conversation went like this:

Millie: “You’re amazing!”

Emma: “No, you’re amazing!”

Millie: “No, you!”

And then they arrange a sleepover for next weekend. Let’s hope.

And look at her face when she was announced as the winner of Best Actor in a TV show – the first gender-neutral award for TV acting, where she beat off serious competition from proper adult stars like Emilia Clarke and Donald Glover. Also, look how excited the rest of the Stranger Things crew are!

Look, LOOK how proud they are! #squadgoals

Our girl Millie also got all emotional in her speech. Which meant everyone in the crowd got all emotional too.

And afterwards she posed for photos with Baywatch stars Zac Efron and Alexandra Daddario, and LOOK AT THE WAY SHE’S RESTING HER HEAD AGAINST HIS CHEST. IS THAT NOT THE SWEETEST/MOST JEALOUS-MAKING THING YOU’VE EVER SEEN?!

And finally, because she’s a humble magical unicorn, she posted this Instagram video from the car on the way home thanking her fans.

Thank you. XOXO

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Congratulations Millie! You deserve all the most wonderful things.

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At some point in your life, if you’re in possession of a phone and an internet connection, you’ll probably receive this message, or some variation of it: “Send nudes.”

And if you’re searching for a creative response, why not take a leaf from 16-year-old Jacquie Ross’ book? When her school pal Michael messaged asking to see her prom outfit, things took a depressingly predictable turn…

To which Michael replied, “What’s below the picture?”

But Michael decided to try again. And this is where the true genius of Jacquie is revealed. Literally.

Again.

And again.

She literally made herself into a human pass the parcel.

And when all 18…wait, 19 towels were done, she whipped out this.

When it looked like her prank might finally be circling the drain, this happened.

Obviously this prank was too good to just end up down the plug hole of her inbox, so like any good Gen Z-er, Jacquie screenshotted the messages and put them on Tumblr – where they’ve since had over 63,000 notes.

Between Jacquei’s towels and this teen’s brilliant umbrella hat response, soon we’ll have a whole compendium of brilliant responses for when someone asks for nudes. But if you’re looking for a faster, simpler approach a general, “Over my dead body,” generally works too.

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The sun is shining, cherry blossom is blossoming and you can smell chocolate in the air… Easter is almost upon us!

If your school doesn’t break up until next week – we’re really sorry, that totally sucks. We suggest having another Easter egg to soothe the pain. But whether you’re already on holidays, you’re waiting for the clock to strike half three or you have another week to go, here’s everything we’ve been reading, watching and loving this week. Enjoy!

The Coca-Cola office rejoices

Pepsi’s latest ad has sparked outrage. The ad features Kendall Jenner at a photoshoot, where she sees protestors marching past and pulls off her blonde wig, wipes off her lipstick and joins the crowd of people to offer a police officer a can of Pepsi.

It looks like Pepsi was trying to capitalise on the current protest movement that has led to Black Lives Matter, the Women’s March and the anti-Muslim Ban protests… but massively cocked it up, basically. The ad seems to imply that a can of carbonated fizzy pop and a very white woman can solve the massive civil and political unrest that’s currently going on in the States and here in the UK. Pepsi has taken the ad down from YouTube and issued a statement saying, “We did not intend to make light of any serious issue.” Whoops.

 

#IHaveEmbraced

After seeing Taryn Brumfitt’s film Embrace a few months ago, body-positive activist Megan Jayne Crabbe couldn’t get it out of her head. So this week, she posted a photo of herself on Instagram with a sign reading #IHaveEmbraced to help spread the message, and we are in love with everything about it. From her beautiful body to her wide smile and her utterly fabulous hair. Our bodies are our homes, let’s take care of them.

#IHAVEEMBRACED THIS BODY. This soft tummy, these dimpled thighs, these jiggling arms, this bare face. All the parts I never thought I could. Because I realised couldn't spend any more of my life seeing my body as the enemy, instead of my home. 💜 · A few months ago I saw the body positive documentary Embrace by Taryn Brumfitt of @bodyimagemovement and I fucking loved it. I mean, I was crying within the first 15 minutes, but I still loved it 😂 who else has seen it? I wanted to take my own #ihaveembraced picture to keep spreading the Embrace love – this isn't a sponsored or paid post or anything like that, I just think it's important to support bopo projects and this film really hit me in the feels! "Darling girl, don't waste a single day of your life being at war with your body… Just embrace it." 💜💙💚🌈🌞 P.s. I totally cheated and added the writing on this after because the one I wrote was a mess, no shame in my Paint game 😂

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 How to be a grown up 

One of our betty writers and all-round wonderful human Daisy Buchanan has written a book, and we are So. Freaking. Excited. Daisy is funny and thoughtful and loves to surround herself with hilarious weirdos (the betty team included), and there is nobody better at dispensing big sisterly advice. How To Be A Grown Up will make you laugh and think and appreciate the beauty of making mistakes. Order it here now! 

Bell Hadid is proud to be a Muslim

In the latest issue of Porter, Bella Hadid spoke about her split with The Weeknd, how her mum is her hero, and about her faith.  “My dad was a refugee when he first came to America, so [President Donald Trump’s travel ban] is actually very close to home for my sister [Gigi Hadid] and brother [Anwar Hadid] and me,” she said. “He was always religious, and he always prayed with us. I am proud to be a Muslim.”

And when pressed about who she was dating, she shut the interviewer down like a pro. “I’m not really worried about what guys think about me, I’m just trying to be a woman!” Kudos, Bella.

The La La Promposal

What do you do when you left it to the last minute to ask someone to prom? You get a whole bunch of your mates together to rip off a song from a film that almost won best Oscar so that you can ask out the woman who actually won an Oscar. Duh.

Or at least, that’s what Jacob Staudenmaier did. Jacob’s from a town just around the corner from where Emma Stone herself grew up and decided to ask out his celebrity crush to prom. No word yet on her answer, but his video’s had almost 72,000 views – so who knows, maybe one of them was Em herself.

Stylesing it out

And finally – Harry Styles is the new David Bowie! His debut single is here and it is GENUINELY EVERYTHING. No really. We know, we were surprised too.

Listen on a loop and head into the weekend like…

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Image and copy: @LilyPesch

If you were on Twitter over the weekend, you may have seen the trending hashtag: #TurkishAirlinesHelpSomalia. The whole thing happened so fast, it was almost impossible to keep up but don’t stress, that’s what we’re here for. Let’s break it down:

On Wednesday, Vine star Jéröme Jarre was contacted by a volunteer in Somalia about the famine that is currently affecting 6 million Somali people. And Jéröme decided to do something. Something big. He worked out that Turkish Airlines is the only international airline that flies to Mogadishu (the capital of Somalia) so he encouraged people to tweet them to get their attention.

Then other YouTubers like Juanpa Zurita and Casey Neistat got involved:

And then Ben Stiller threw his weight behind the mission, obvs:

They got Turkish Airlines attention:

Turkish Airlines agreed to fly a plane to Somalia with 60 tonnes of food to Somalia as well as agreeing to send food containers on their commercial flights until THE END OF THE FAMINE. Seriously, kudos to Turkish Airlines.

Now Jéröme & Co. had a plane, they needed to raise some money. Actually, $1 million to be exact (£806,000). The team set up a GoFundMe page and put out a call on social media.

Within 24 hours, they’d raised over $1 million to provide basic food such as rice, flour, sugar and oats to Somalian people. They’ve teamed up with an non-government organisation that’s already on the ground called the American Refuge Committee that are going to help distribute the food and to organise water trucks to deliver water to families in need.

As of writing, the page has raised $1,750,000 (£1,410,000) – and there are still five days to go. If you want to be a part of this movement, there’s still time to donate, just visit the GoFundMe page and join the 62,000 people who have contributed to the Love Army for Somalia.

This Monday, let’s do some good for the world.

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If you logged into YouTube last night to catch up on what Zoella was doing, you’ll already know about #RedOut.

35 top YouTubers have taken part in #RedOut and have gone offline for 24 hours. No Instagram, no Twitter, no Snapchat, no YouTube. That includes some of the biggest names in the business: Zoella and Alfie, Lucy and Lydia, Sprinkle of Glitter, Tanya Burr, Joe Sugg and… well pretty much the whole gang. And there’s a good reason.

#RedOut is an initiative organised by Red Nose Day to raise awareness of the injustices facing vulnerable young people today, both here in the UK and across Africa. Millions of young people are being denied access to healthcare, schooling, work and a safe place to sleep, and #RedOut aims to make us stop and think about all that.

Don’t worry, your fave stars aren’t gone forever! The #RedOut will be lifted tonight at 6pm – but if you want to get involved and spread the word that young people deserve better, share the video and help #raisethealarm. Or to learn more about it or donate money, check out the Red Nose Day website.

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Emma Watson is a woman. And like lots of women, she has those lumpy things that come in various shapes and sizes and decorate a woman’s chest. You know, those things that get perkier in the cold and jiggle when you run down the stairs? Boobs. A girl’s breast friend.

In her latest shoot for Vanity Fair magazine, Emma Watson showed some of her boob. Not the whole knocker, though that would be fine too, but this was just underboob. And in a shocking turn of events, certain people of the internet went batsh*t about it.

For some reason, people took issue with the fact that Emma Watson, a Goodwill Ambassador for the UN who is one of the most outspoken celebrities advocating for gender equality… had boobs? Showed her boobs? Wore a ridiculous looking and highly impractical top? Oh god, it’s just so confusing and stupid and WHO EVEN CARES?!

They’re her boobs to do what she wants with – if Emma Watson wants to knit nipple covers and wear them like tea cosies, that’s her prerogative. If she wants to guard them like a state secret, that’s cool too. If she wants to photocopy them and put them on every billboard all over the country, bras off to her.

Thankfully, there are loads of people on the internet who understand that feminism is about choice and that you can be a feminist and do whatever you fancy with your boobies.

But no one said it better than Emma herself, who defended the shoot during a press junket for her upcoming film, Beauty and the Beast.

Wow, all those haters must be feeling like real tits right now.

Watch the full interview below:

Image: Getty

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