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There are a lot of pitfalls to female adolescence, like depending on your boyfriend for validation or being too scared to take chances you should, but with the right guide (and hopefully a learner’s permit), you can do your best to steer around them. And that’s where actress and YouTuber Anna Akana comes in. Get all of Akana’s advice to teens from hair tips to how to love yourself here. 

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What happens when you combine a macho Russian security guard and a whole lot of Barbie dolls? Russian artist Uldus Bakhtiozina creates portraits that challenge common stereotypes about gender and culture—all with a playful dose of irony. Her aesthetic is inspired by Victorian Era paintings, each featuring a clever modern update and a message about societal norms. These two portraits specifically explore the internal struggle of her subjects to balance their masculine and feminine sides.

To see more of Uldus’s work, watch her talk now»

In my body is a good place to be because, functionally speaking, I know at the end of the day that it’s the only home I’ve ever had and it’s the only home I ever will have. So no matter how much I argue with it, at the end of the day I need to treat it like my home. And home is where you’re supposed to feel the safest and home is where love happens and home is where you’re supposed to feel the best about yourself. And welcome home.
—  Meredith Graves

Pharrell had the beat and he wrote almost every single part of the song.

Thicke: “He wrote the whole thing pretty much by himself and I was envious of that.”

Williams backed up Thicke’s limited involvement in the writing, adding that he himself wrote those terrible lyrics, and not Thicke, as widely believed/assumed/hoped.

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The point is that it’s possible to be a white rap fan without being an asshole. You can listen to Wiz Khalifa (I mean, if you have to) and Drake and Killer Mike and Kendrick Lamar and any other rap or hip hop artist you want–and should, because there are so many artists out there that you can explore in an instant. But don’t equate your rap fandom with understanding the people who created the music. Don’t fall into the trap that the Rap Genius founders created and think that you “know” or “understand” rap lyrics because you have a fair command of the English language and a layman’s knowledge of the vernacular associated with the music. Remember that while you are a fan of the music, the music is not about you. And please, don’t tout Macklemore or Iggy Azalea as “the best new rappers”, even if they win Grammys. We all know they aren’t.
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