MAC's unforgettable new makeup models have a beauty lesson for all of us.

And it has nothing to do with cosmetics.

The models in MAC Cosmetics' new fall collection might look a little bit different from the faces you're used to seeing on makeup ads.

That's because they're normal people, just like you and me.

This fall, MAC launched its MACnificent Me collection with a campaign meant to highlight the styles and voices of six amazing people.


Meet Luzmaria and Tresor, two of the line's models this season. All photos provided by MAC and used with permission.

Thousands of models entered the contest, hoping to be part of this campaign. They submitted a photo of themselves along with a mantra about what makes them "MACnificent" and unique.

Ultimately, six contestants were selected as finalists in the contest. They were flown to New York City for makeovers and photo shoots.

Who are these models?

Meet Luzmaria, a woman from Anaheim, California.

Wearing vampy purple lipstick, smoky eye shadow, and a blowout with some serious height, she has become one of the favorites of the campaign. Her headshot on Instagram got almost 42,000 likes and hundreds of supportive, encouraging comments.

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In her contestant video, Luzmaria talks about how proud she is to be modeling for MAC — not just because it's an amazing opportunity, but also because she knows the campaign can empower other women who may not feel confident because of their weight.

"Some people just think because you're overweight, you don't have feelings," Luzmaria said, while tearing up in MAC's finalist video. "But with this I'm going to prove — look, I don't have a gorgeous body, I don't think I'm beautiful, but look at where I'm at. I don't need a gorgeous body. It was really the inside that counted. I don't need to be size 2, skinny — I'm here."

Hell. Yes. Luzmaria.

The campaign also features Trésor, a transgender woman from Canada.

Having the courage to experiment with cosmetics, which eventually developed into an intensive study of makeup artistry, helped Trésor as she came out as trans, she wrote in Teen Vogue.

Tresor at her New York photo shoot. Photo provided by MAC, used with permission.

“I had struggled with not feeling beautiful, and it's amazing to be sitting here, because it's an actual manifestation that I am beautiful, and I don't need to feel insecure, and I don't need to feel like there's no hope because there is," said Trésor, who wore a bright red lipstick that illuminated an incredible smile.

The campaign also features four other models: Ben and Ji Won...


... and Vanessa and Selena.

They're all equally stunning and fascinating. You can watch all of their videos and check out their photos on the MACnificent Me website.

Props to MAC for introducing us to these amazing beauties who shine from the inside out.

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Should a man lose his home because the grass in his yard grew higher than 10 inches? The city of Dunedin, Florida seems to think so.

According to the Institute of Justice, which is representing Jim Ficken, he had a very good reason for not mowing his lawn – and tried to rectify the situation as best he could.

In 2014, Jim's mom became ill and he visited her often in South Carolina to help her out. When he was away, his grass grew too long and he was cited by a code office; he cut the grass and wasn't fined.

France has started forcing supermarkets to donate food instead of throwing it away.

But several years later, this one infraction would come back to haunt him after he left to take care of him's mom's affairs after she died. The arrangements he made to have his grass cut fell through (his friend who he asked to help him out passed away unexpectedly) and that set off a chain reaction that may result in him losing his home.

The 69-year-old retiree now faces a $29,833.50 fine plus interest. Watch the video to find out just what Jim is having to deal with.

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The world officially loves Michelle Obama.

The former first lady has overtaken the number one spot in a poll of the world's most admired women. Conducted by online research firm YouGov, the study uses international polling tools to survey people in countries around the world about who they most admire.

In the men's category, Bill Gates took the top spot, followed by Barack Obama and Jackie Chan.

In the women's category, Michelle Obama came first, followed by Oprah Winfrey and Angelina Jolie. Obama pushed Jolie out of the number one spot she claimed last year.

Unsurprising, really, because what's not to love about Michelle Obama? She is smart, kind, funny, accomplished, a great dancer, a devoted wife and mother, and an all-around, genuinely good person.

She has remained dignified and strong in the face of rabid masses of so-called Americans who spent eight years and beyond insisting that she's a man disguised as a woman. She's endured non-stop racist memes and terrifying threats to her family. She has received far more than her fair share of cruelty, and always takes the high road. She's the one who coined, "When they go low, we go high," after all.

She came from humble beginnings and remains down to earth despite becoming a familiar face around the world. She's not much older than me, but I still want to be like Michelle Obama when I grow up.

Her memoir, Becoming, may end up being the best-selling memoir of all time, having already sold 10 million copies—a clear sign that people can't get enough Michelle, because there's no such thing as too much Michelle.

Don't like Michelle Obama? Don't care. Those of us who love her will fly our MO flags high and without apology, paying no mind to folks with cold, dead hearts who don't know a gem of a human being when they see one. There is nothing any hater can say or do to make us admire this undeniably admirable woman any less.

When it seems like the world has lost its mind—which is how it feels most days these days—I'm just going to keep coming back to this study as evidence that hope for humanity is not lost.

Here. Enjoy some real-life Michelle on Jimmy Kimmel. (GAH. WHY IS SHE SO CUTE AND AWESOME. I can't even handle it.)

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What will future generations never believe that we tolerated in 2019?

Dolphin and orca captivity, for sure. They'll probably shake their heads at how people died because they couldn't afford healthcare. And, they'll be completely mystified at the amount of food some people waste while others go starving.

According to Biological Diversity, "An estimated 40 percent of the food produced in the United States is wasted every year, costing households, businesses and farms about $218 billion annually."

There are so many things wrong with this.

First of all it's a waste of money for the households who throw out good food. Second, it's a waste of all of the resources that went into growing the food, including the animals who gave their lives for the meal. Third, there's something very wrong with throwing out food when one in eight Americans struggle with hunger.

Supermarkets are just as guilty of this unnecessary waste as consumers. About 10% of all food waste are supermarket products thrown out before they've reached their expiration date.

Three years ago, France took big steps to combat food waste by making a law that bans grocery stores from throwing away edible food.According to the new ordinance, stores can be fined for up to $4,500 for each infraction.

Previously, the French threw out 7.1 million tons of food. Sixty-seven percent of which was tossed by consumers, 15% by restaurants, and 11% by grocery stores.

This has created a network of over 5,000 charities that accept the food from supermarkets and donate them to charity. The law also struck down agreements between supermarkets and manufacturers that prohibited the stores from donating food to charities.

"There was one food manufacturer that was not authorized to donate the sandwiches it made for a particular supermarket brand. But now, we get 30,000 sandwiches a month from them — sandwiches that used to be thrown away," Jacques Bailet, head of the French network of food banks known as Banques Alimentaires, told NPR.

It's expected that similar laws may spread through Europe, but people are a lot less confident at it happening in the United States. The USDA believes that the biggest barrier to such a program would be cost to the charities and or supermarkets.

"The logistics of getting safe, wholesome, edible food from anywhere to people that can use it is really difficult," the organization said according to Gizmodo. "If you're having to set up a really expensive system to recover marginal amounts of food, that's not good for anybody."

Plus, the idea may seem a little too "socialist" for the average American's appetite.

"The French version is quite socialist, but I would say in a great way because you're providing a way where they [supermarkets] have to do the beneficial things not only for the environment, but from an ethical standpoint of getting healthy food to those who need it and minimizing some of the harmful greenhouse gas emissions that come when food ends up in a landfill," Jonathan Bloom, the author of American Wasteland, told NPR.

However, just because something may be socialist doesn't mean it's wrong. The greater wrong is the insane waste of money, damage to the environment, and devastation caused by hunger that can easily be avoided.

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The world is dark and full of terrors, but every once in a while it graces us with something to warm our icy-cold hearts. And that is what we have today, with a single dad who went viral on Twitter after his daughter posted the photos he sent her when trying to pick out and outfit for his date. You love to see it.




After seeing these heartwarming pics, people on Twitter started suggesting this adorable man date their moms. It was essentially a mom and date matchmaking frenzy.

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