Rebecca Minkoff looks to Ibiza for her Spring/Summer 2019 collection

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Rebecca Minkoff has always had a modern approach to the runway — and her Spring/Summer 2019 collection was no different.

From her see-now-buy now appeal (instead of the 6-month turnaround) to casting a diverse range of models, the American designer proved she knows exactly what the contemporary woman wants in her closet.

“We’ve had a diverse range of women for a really long time. I just feel like more people are becoming aware that what they’re doing is not right. I think it’s still unfortunately a conversation but, I want to show a diverse cast because that’s my customer base. I want to show women of color, different sizes — we want you here and want you part of this brand,” Minkoff told AOL backstage right before her NYFW show at Spring studios.

The collection, made up of accessible and easy-to-wear pieces, was brought to life with strong shoulders and vibrant colors, while styling details lied within the the oversized belting and doubled-down purses.

“The jumping off point for the collection was Ibiza. The idea of there’s a real freedom and the love movement started there, so just tapping into the idea of celebrating optimism, love, and really focusing on a modern woman. A modern woman as a lot of layers to her. We talk about this in our I AM MANY (a campaign Minkoff launched in September 2018), so how do you get that in clothing?”

“Whether we’re using a print in different in fabrics and formats and layering them to the idea of strong shoulders and a cinched waist or playing with volume and proportion to show of how we view a women as strong and powerful,” Minkoff added.

Jordyn Woods on body positivity, diversity and Stormi

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Jordyn Woods is more than just a flawless face. She’s also more than just Kylie Jenner’s right hand. Woods is a passionate and smart body-positivity activist with a mind of her own.

The 21-year-old model turned entrepreneur has a long roster of projects under her belt. She recently launched a line of lashes with Eylure, which can be found across major retailers including ULTA, Target and CVS. Woods has also pioneered a plus-size activewear line called SECNDNTURE — all while working with massive brands such as ASOS and Boohoo along the way.

AOL caught up with the multi hyphenate millennial during New York Fashion Week at the Red Dress Collection show, which brings celebrities together to raise awareness to heart disease. From diversity on the runways to more and more mega retailers putting inclusive sizing on the sales floor, the fashion industry might be making strides but Woods notes there’s still “a long way to go.”

“It’s difficult because we do have a long way to go, but in terms of race and diversity, people are trying to use different types of models. Something I push for is body diversity which is happening slowly. I haven’t seen a huge shift yet but I think people are starting to understand that it’s important to make that shift — so people are slowly starting to get there. But, a lot of people are still scared or just not wanting to try something new,” she said.

“Body positivity isn’t defined by anything external. It’s about what’s inside and you wanting to be the best version of yourself. That’t what body positivity is to me — loving yourself and wanted to be the best version of yourself.”

If you’re one of Jordyn Woods’ 8 million and counting Instagram followers, you’re well aware she lives a luxe life on-the-go. In a perfectly curated feed of her beach-filled vacations, stunning glam and admission to exclusive Kardashian parties, Woods has also faced grief just like the rest of us.

“Life is really short. I lost my dad a couple years back just suddenly. Anything when it comes to health related purposes, I’m always down to participate and make people aware.”

Kylie Jenner recently took to her Instagram to share a glimpse of a tropical vacation, she, Jordyn and her daughter one-year-old Stormi went on to celebrate her first birthday. The trio looked adorable sporting. matching neon bathing suits.

“We’re not done celebrating. I look at her [Stormi] like a child to me too. I would do anything for her so everyday is her birthday to me,” Jordyn told us of Stormi’s first birthday.

Sarah Jessica Parker calls working with Jeff Bridges ‘incredible’

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Carrie Bradshaw and Big Lebowski’s “The Dude,” walk into a bar…

Sarah Jessica Parker and Jeff Bridges reprised their iconic roles for a good cause. Just in time for the Super Bowl, Stella Artois’ and Water.org (co-founded by Matt Damon) called upon the famous faces to rally America to “Pour it Forward,” in efforts of helping the global water crisis.

AOL recently caught up with SJP, where she dished on what it was like working with the Golden Globe Lifetime Achievement winner and the feeling of getting back into the shoes of Ms. Bradshaw.

“It was incredible. It was amazing. I mean I really couldn’t believe he was going to do it but of course he’s a man that spent a huge amount of his grown up life doing good work. Not just on screen but you know the man that he chooses to be — the philanthropic person who is involved, committed and engaged,” she said. “It made great sense to me that he said yes to this. It was the days leading up to his very special Golden Globe award, so that was nice and he’s just an extraordinary actor. I’m one of the thousands of actors who he has inspired and delivered these extraordinary memorable performances that we all look up to and recall. He’s a profoundly decent person and a kind man and a funny person. We really enjoyed ourselves, it was an absolute pleasure.”

Ryan Seacrest calls meeting Timothée Chalamet ‘an out-of-body experience’

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When Ryan Seacrest isn’t live from the red carpet asking Joan Rivers’ favorite question “who are you wearing?,” he’s hosting his namesake morning radio show, co-hosting alongside Kelly Ripa in NYC and working on his mens apparel line with Macy’s.

All of which makes sense as to why he was honored with the Style Icon of the Year Award on Thursday night at the Fashion Scholarship Fund Awards dinner in New York City, where a total of $3.5 million was raised for students.

With awards season just at the outset, we can expect Seacrest to be on our television screens for the next few months. Most recently, the media mogul kicked off E!’s red carpet coverage for the Golden Globes, where Timothée Chalamet completely lost it over meeting him. When we asked Seacrest what it felt like to have America’s biggest heartthrob fanboy over him, it was safe to conclude the bromance was mutual.

“It was an out-of-body experience. I literally have watched his work, especially recently — and in ‘Beautiful Boy’ I was blown away — so I was so excited to tell him that and then he recognized me and I lost my train of thought. It was really kind, ” he told AOL.

Amid all of the Oscars drama following Kevin Hart nixing his hosting duties, Seacrest agrees that the Academy should indeed, go host-free.

“My professional opinion is we’re so close to the Oscars it would be very tough for someone to step in and feel like they’re ready.”

Watch Timothée Chalamet meet Ryan Seacrest in the video above.

Martha Stewart reveals what Snoop Dogg got her for the holidays

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It’s no secret Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg are totally unexpected BFFs, but just like Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake and Jennifer Aniston and Courteney Cox, every celebrity needs their sidekick.

AOL caught up with Martha at the 2019 Fashion Scholarship Fund in New York City, where she was honored for the Lifetime Achievement Award. The 82nd Annual scholarship Awards dinner raised $3.5 Million for Scholarships with the help of Macy’s Hal Lawton and Ryan Seacrest, who was awarded with the Style Icon award.

The domestic guru revealed the “strange” place where she rang in the New Year and what her and Snoop exchanged as holiday presents.

“He got a pressure cooker and I got some seeds,” she said laughing.  “I was in a strange place [for the New Year] — Hobart Tasmania! There was a taste of Tasmania going on and we just celebrated with friends down there in the harbor. It’s south of Australia, where koala bears, wallabies and Tasmanian devils live!”

As for what’s in store for season 3 of VH!’s “Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party,” Martha didn’t give too much away but she ensured an A-list celebrity line-up.

“Its all fantastic, we have great guests and it’s going to be a lot of fun!”

Amber Heard: Women are ‘loud, vocal and upset’

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Amber Heard is a woman of many talents.

She’s an A-list actress, she can sing and most importantly, she has a way with words. Not only is Heard bilingual (we witnessed her fluent Spanish firsthand on the red carpet) but the 29-year-old actress has become a force in many of today’s hard-hitting movements. From “Me Too” to “Time’s Up” and a frequent advocate for women’s and LGBTQI rights, Heard has successfully made her voice heard.

AOL caught up with the “Aquaman” actress at the L’Oréal Paris 13th Anniversary of its Women of Worth celebration. Back in May, L’Oréal announced Amber as their newest global spokesperson, joining the likes of Eva Longoria and Julianne Moore who were also in attendance.

The celebration, which took place in New York City, honored philanthropic women who are making a difference in their neighborhoods. Amber expressed her excitement of how women, who might not necessarily be movie stars or have mega platforms, are pioneering and taking charge.

“This is the incredible thing about living today. We are in the middle of seeing exactly how much power has shifted. Our world has changed dramatically and it has changed, not because of activists or actors or celebrities or politicians or leaders or outdated institutions,” she said. “It’s because now the power is quite literally in your hand. And the power of us connecting with one another and finding a global community — one that isn’t responding to topical pressures that are limited to geography or certain social economic conditions, but rather one that is responding to our unique shared humanity and the trials that go with experiencing that as one life on one globe is what connects us.”

“We can continue to use the power that’s in your hand right now and find community with one another, break down lines barriers and labels and start pushing the conversation forward.

The “Pineapple Express” actress also addressed the recent midterm elections and the outcome of the House elects. She explained how we can all do our part to accomplish world change and it starts by “picking up our phones.”

“We [women] are half the population. We are increasingly loud, vocal and upset. With that knowledge and with that awareness comes also the inherent and explicit realization and recognition of injustice. I, for one, believe that injustice is not sustainable. I’m excited to see a record number of women step up to the plate because we’ve been waiting for so long…It won’t be done for us.”

“If we want to affect world change we’ve got to pick up our phones, we’ve got to organize, we’ve got to communicate with one another and we’ve got to support one another and only then, when we actually take action, when we pick up the pens and we change how things are written will we start to see world change,” she continued.

Morgan Stewart offers her candid thoughts on ‘Thank U, Next’

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Morgan Stewart doesn’t hold back.

And it’s her witty personality and hilarious one-liners that are what got her to where she is today. The former reality star turned fashion designer turned E! News correspondent is one hundred percent unapologetic.

AOL caught up with Stewart at the launch of her holiday collection for TLA by Morgan Stewart, a fashion-forward line of athleisure she’s pioneered with L.A. Collective.

“I’m someone that really only wants to dress in things that she truly, truly loves and I feel like with the athleisure wear, I just wanted to make sure that it’s representative of something that I really liked, that was high-fashion and a little bit different and you truly could wear it elsewhere or mix and match the pieces to be high-end,” she explained of her latest collection. “You know, people say that and you’re like ‘I’m never going to f–king wear that to the movies’ but TLA by Morgan Stewart you can wear to the movies — amirite!” she joked.

As the host of E!’s “Nightly Pop” and “Daily Pop”, Morgan has fully immersed herself in the land of pop culture, so naturally, we had to get her thoughts on Ariana Grande’s record-breaking “Thank U, Next” music video.

“I watched the video on the plane yesterday. I liked the video but I wasn’t that blown away by it. I loved it and I get it. I got all the references and Kris Jenner is queen – but I think we have seen too many teasers. That’s why I don’t like teasers. Like, just drop it at once so we can all get on board and be overwhelmed, but the second you try to dilute something so much, it’s like, ‘I’ve seen this already.'”

Her dream for 2019? “I want to see Kylie get married,” she says.

Michelle Obama: ‘I had never met a black dude like Barack Obama’

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Michelle Obama got candid in a sold-out stadium filled with nearly 20,000 people at New York City’s Barclays Center on Saturday.

From the Hamilton soundtrack on repeat to special guest appearances by Faith Hill, The Root’s ‘Questlove’ and Uzo Aduba, Michelle’s “Intimate conversation” had the energy of a rock concert.

As part of her 10 city tour for her new autobiography, Becoming, the former first lady took the stage in a chic white power suit and Jimmy Choo heels and dished on everything from her early days as ‘little Meesh’ to her time at the White House. Michelle didn’t leave anything out and even accidentally let the ‘S’ bomb slip which garnered a standing ovation and cheers from the audience.

“Marriage still ain’t equal, y’all. It ain’t equal. I tell women that whole ‘you can have it all’ — mmm, nope, not at the same time, that’s a lie. It’s not always enough to lean in because that s*** doesn’t work.”

On the topic of marriage, Michelle detailed just how Barack swept her off her feet. She described how upon first meeting him, she wasn’t interested but it was his persistence that won her over.

“I had never met a black dude like Barack Obama. Not only his background and where had traveled and who is parents were and he was always very introspective and he had been a community organizer. I hadn’t met a Harvard black dude who had been a community organizer in neighborhoods on the far south side where most people in the firm didn’t know those neighborhoods, he had been all up in those neighborhoods and those churches. So he understood the community in a full way but he was not arrogant, he was humble. I also liked the way he treated others,” she told the crowd.

“What impressed me was how he treated the secretaries and the paralegals and the people in the elevator. As I got to know him I saw how he treated his sister, how he respected the strength of his mother, his relationship with his grandmother. All of that was much more appealing to me than his walk, or his look or his talk or his degrees. And sometimes we as women, miss out on good brothas’ because we are to busy looking at their stats and we’re not looking at their story. And Barack Obama’s story was all swervy and interesting and that’s what I fell in love with.”

“I wanted to know so much about one person and another thing about Barack was he wasn’t playing games. That was another appealing thing. You know the brotha’s who are like ‘yeah I want to date you but let’s figure this out and I’m not sure how I feel,’ I had done that and Barack was like ‘I am interested in you, I want to see where this goes, I want to be serious about this,’ and he took the relationship to the next level clear and focused. He was unapologetic and not worried about looking too in love. He was ready to be in love and dudes out there, that is so appealing. Having a man who is unafraid to commit to not marriage but just to you, just to explore what this will be. Not calling it anything other than what it is, which is a relationship and he embraced the relationship part of it. We both fell.”

Sophia Bush gifted everyone on her holiday list donations in their name

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Forget the toys, candles, and scarves! Sophia Bush will make you rethink your holiday shopping this year.

“This year for me, I already warned all my friends and family and everyone that I work with. I said, ‘all of you guys are getting donations to the United Way of Ventura.’ We’re going to support our community after these terrible fires in California. They are working all over the states to make sure that people have the resources they need and you’ll get a charitable donation with your name on it and happy holidays!” Sophia told AOL in partnership with PayPal.

The “One Tree Hill” alum and vocal activist has teamed up with PayPal for #GivingTuesday to encourage easy mobile donations to over thousands of different organizations.

“One of the things I love about their initiative is I get so much feedback from people who say, ‘okay you’re an advocate,  you do all this charity work. where do you start?’ I realized that starting can feel really overwhelming to people. And so when you go to PayPal.com/giveback, it has basically aggregated all of these charities for you,” Bush explained.  “You can search by cause, you can search by area and find a charity that you know you can trust and you can make your donation through the site and so you know you can trust where your money is going as well. That all feels really good and feels like a great way to help people kick off their giving.”

Aside from her charitable efforts, which include serving as the global ambassador for  St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and The Girl Project, Bush is one of the most transparent and vocal celebrities when it comes to the importance of voting.

“I think that having a platform is an incredible privilege. And while I’m never going to tell anyone else how to spend their privilege and what to do with it, I can’t imagine not using my platform to champion causes and to champion truth and to champion kindness. That all feels incredibly important, especially in this day and age,” she told us.

From recently leaving her hit show “Chicago PD” after four years to developing a show of her own, which is currently in pre-production and set to come out after Christmas, the actress doesn’t always have time for a traditional Thanksgiving celebration.

“It depends whether not I’m home because of work. It gets a bit crazy but my friends and I did start an annual tradition where we do our own sort of pre-holiday season kickoff. A little friends dinner party thing, which I love.”

Lili Reinhart is happy we have less ‘old cranky white men’ in office

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Lili Reinhart embodies the same strong female essence as her “Riverdale” character, Betty Cooper.

The 22-year-old actress has never been shy about speaking out against her naysayers. After publically shutting down body-shamers on social media numerous times, Reinhart unintentionally became the millennial voice for empowering young women — and her refreshing point of view is what garnered her 13.4 million Instagram followers.

“Don’t be afraid to share your struggles even if you think no one is listening, because they are and we always need more voices and more role models who are real and who are willing to talk about their struggles. There’s nothing more powerful than that — to be a woman and say ‘I’m not ashamed of this. I’m not ashamed of what I look like’ or whatever you feel insecurities about,” Reinhart told AOL at Glamour’s Women of the Year Awards.  “I think it’s a matter of using your voice even if you think no one can hear you because they can,” she added.

Aside from Reinhart’s unapologetic vision, the actress was one of the many celebrities using their platform to encourage voting in this past midterm elections. After a record number of women won seats in the House, Lili told AOL that ‘it’s just a matter of time before women are running everything.’

“It’s amazing. I am so excited about it. I think it’s about time and this year has been so important for politics. Women know how much power they have and now we are using it. There was a record number of new voters this year and it’s just a matter of time before women are running everything,” she said.

“It’s incredibly encouraging to know that women are helping make the decisions now. It’s like finally, we are not having these old cranky white men make choices about our bodies who couldn’t possibly know what it’s like to be a woman. I am so happy we have that representation.”

We think she’s got a point.

John Legend says ‘women were rightly concerned’ after Donald Trump’s election (exclusive)

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John Legend caught up with AOL on the red carpet for Glamour’s Women of the Year awards, where his wife, Chrissy Teigen, was honored for her pioneering influence.

On a night where leading ladies were celebrated for their impact and leadership, the “All Of Me” singer expressed his view on the record-breaking number of women elected to the House during the recent midterm elections.

“I think it’s incredible. I think as soon as Donald Trump was elected, a lot of women were rightly concerned about the country’s future and a lot of women stepped up and ran for office. People who have never considered running before had that blend of outrage and hope…and they translated that into action. I think it’s an incredible thing and hopefully, we can elect even more,” John Legend told AOL’s Laura Galvan.

“We should be at the place where it’s not a story that 20 or 30 percent of the house is women but it should be a normal thing that 50 percent of the House are women, and Senate as well,” he added.

The 10-time Grammy-winner famously texted Kanye West this past April after Kanye went on a stint of pro-Trump rants. The rapper took to Twitter to share their intimate conversation (the tweet has now been deleted) in order to show that not everyone around him agrees with him.

“Hey it’s JL. I hope you’ll reconsider aligning yourself with Trump. You’re way too powerful and influential to endorse who he is and what he stands for. As you know, what you say really means something to your fans. They are loyal to you and respect your opinion,” wrote the “All of Me” crooner, 39. “So many people who love you feel so betrayed right now because they know the harm that Trump’s policies cause, especially to people of color. Don’t let this be part of your legacy. You’re the greatest artist of our generation.”

Scooter Braun says there’s ‘power in standing still’

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Scooter Braun didn’t take no for an answer when trying to get ahold of a 13-year-old Justin Bieber.

The mega music manager once started out as a party promoter until he found Bieber on Youtube and stalked him down until he got a “yes.” With almost no money left in the bank and a slight sense of hope, Braun understands that the hustle of his early days prepared him for his future success.

“What I can say I learned from the early days to now is that I didn’t know in the early days that there’s a real power in standing still. I used to think I needed to address everything, handle everything, go after everything and now I realize sometimes the best thing you can do when you don’t have the answer is stand still. Let people set the chess board for you and then handle it,” Braun told AOL at the 2018 Pencils of Promise gala in NYC. “Tomorrow always comes and the way you lose is if you don’t let tomorrow come,” he added.

With an A-list roster including Ariana Grande, Karlie Kloss and of course, Justin Bieber, Scooter Braun still finds time to pursue his philanthropic spirit — and even credits his mom for passing that attribute down to him.

“I got it from my mom. Even when I was throwing parties back in the day, she said ‘I need every other party to be a charity,’ so I gave her every fourth party. I just think we are here to serve and when we try to take, you end up in a very lonely place. It’s kind of cliche to say that but it’s the truth. The greatest joy you’ll ever get in seeing other people’s happiness that you caused. So if you really want to be selfish in life, make other people happy and it will make you happy.”