It's no small thing that Fenty Beauty offers so many colors. Rihanna explains why.

International pop star and fashion icon Rihanna unveiled her long-awaited beauty line Thursday night to much fanfare.

With fabulous launch events in London and New York, the singer's latest project, Fenty Beauty, made its star-studded debut Sept. 7. The high-end makeup line features primers, lipsticks, brushes, and both everyday and special occasion looks.

Fenty Beauty by Rihanna launches at Harvey Nichols in London. Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for Fenty and Harvey Nichols.


But among the bright lights, glamour, and convivial atmosphere was a crucial aspect of the products' long-awaited debut: inclusion.

RiRi's line features a wide range of colors and undertones, from soft pale beiges to warm browns. There are products available for people of every complexion — a rare find in a cosmetic industry that often ignores the outliers, particularly those with dark skin.

Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for Fenty and Harvey Nichols.

This commitment to inclusivity begins all the way at the top, as Rihanna explained why this type of representation is so important.

In the short clip below, Rihanna shared that she wanted every product to feel accessible to people with different complexions, going so far as to call out subtle touches like blue or pink undertones.

"I was like, 'Let me see something for a dark-skinned girl. Let me see something for a pale girl. Let me see someone in between.' There's so many different shades. There's red undertones, there's green undertones, there's blue undertones, there's pink undertones, there's yellow. You just never know, so you want people to appreciate the product and not feel like 'Oh that's cute but it only looks good on her.'"

BOOM!

While Rihanna makes nearly everything look effortless, recognizing the importance of diversity and inclusion is truly something all of us can do.

Seeing ourselves in stories, advertisements, and even the makeup counter is vital to feeling welcome and supported.

You don't need a world tour or a burgeoning beauty empire to encourage diverse voices in your community, workplace, and the companies and brands you support. Start with listening to the people and ideas that often go unheard, and if you come from a position of privilege, be sure to pass the mic.

We can all do better. And just like she always has, Rihanna will show us the way.

Photo by Bryan R. Smith/AFP/Getty Images.

Note: We were not paid by Fenty Beauty to promote this. (We would tell you!) We just think it's just awesome to see some diverse representation.

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If someone were to say "video games" to you, what are the first words that come to mind? Whatever words you thought of (fun, exciting, etc.), we're willing to guess "healthy" or "mental health tool" didn't pop into your mind.

And yet… it turns out they are. Especially for Veterans.

How? Well, for one thing, video games — and virtual reality more generally — are also more accessible and less stigmatized to veterans than mental health treatment. In fact, some psychiatrists are using virtual reality systems for this reason to treat PTSD.

Secondly, video games allow people to socialize in new ways with people who share common interests and goals. And for Veterans, many of whom leave the military feeling isolated or lonely after they lose the daily camaraderie of their regiment, that socialization is critical to their mental health. It gives them a virtual group of friends to talk with, connect to, and relate to through shared goals and interests.

In addition, according to a 2018 study, since many video games simulate real-life situations they encountered during their service, it makes socialization easier since they can relate to and find common ground with other gamers while playing.

This can help ease symptoms of depression, anxiety, and even PTSD in Veterans, which affects 20% of the Veterans who have served since 9/11.

Watch here as Verizon dives into the stories of three Veteran gamers to learn how video games helped them build community, deal with trauma and have some fun.

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Video games have been especially beneficial to Veterans since the beginning of the pandemic when all of us — Veterans included — have been even more isolated than ever before.

And that's why Verizon launched a challenge last year, which saw $30,000 donated to four military charities.

And this year, they're going even bigger by launching a new World of Warships charity tournament in partnership with Wargaming and Wounded Warrior Project called "Verizon Warrior Series." During the tournament, gamers will be able to interact with the game's iconic ships in new and exciting ways, all while giving back.

Together with these nonprofits, the tournament will welcome teams all across the nation in order to raise money for military charities helping Veterans in need. There will be a $100,000 prize pool donated to these charities, as well as donation drives for injured Veterans at every match during the tournament to raise extra funds.

Verizon is also providing special discounts to Those Who Serve communities, including military and first responders, and they're offering a $75 in-game content military promo for World of Warships.

Tournament finals are scheduled for August 8, so be sure to tune in to the tournament and donate if you can in order to give back to Veterans in need.

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This article originally appeared on 10.05.15


Last week, a fan of the Scottish synthpop band Chvrches got a bit more than he bargained for when he yelled to the stage.

"Marry me!" an unidentified man yelled out during a pause between songs.

"Pardon?" Chvrches singer Lauren Mayberry responded, prompting the man to shout out, "Marry me! Now!"

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