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Laverne Cox on Bad Hair Movie, Empowering Black Women

ORLANDO, FLORIDA - JANUARY 19: Laverne Cox attends Matrix Destination 2020 at Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel on January 19, 2020 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Gerardo Mora/Getty Images)

As an award-winning actress and producer, Laverne Cox has known a thing or two about breaking down boundaries since becoming the first trans person to be nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award in 2014. Since then, she has taken on dozens of roles that have made her a beloved household name.

While speaking with Cox about her partnership with Gold Bond for its #ChampionYourSkin campaign, she shared what she’s doing to keep things manageable right now and how she’s staying inspired.

On Feeling Comfortable in Her Own Skin For the First Time

Although it may seem like Cox’s confidence hasn’t wavered since day one — we have her role as Sophia Burset on Orange Is the New Black to thank for that — she shared that being her authentic self has come with its own challenges. “I believe it’s all a process,” she told POPSUGAR. “I’ve had moments throughout my

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Data shows fewer Afghan women than men get Covid-19. That’s bad news.

In Afghanistan, the numbers of women reported to have tested positive for the virus and to have died of Covid-19 are far below the numbers reported for men. Globally, men account for 53 percent of confirmed cases and 58 percent of deaths, according to the independent research group Global Health 50/50. But in Afghanistan, men account for 70 percent of cases and 74 percent of deaths — a discrepancy that experts say is most likely the result of women being shut out of the health care system and the public sphere.

Afghan women face obstacles within both their own households and the health care facilities themselves, said Suraya Dalil, who was Afghanistan’s public health minister from 2010 to 2014 and now leads special programs in public health at the World Health Organization. “Women have to be accompanied by somebody to go to the hospital,” she said, “so those decisions are

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Google says beauty filters bad for mental health, Pixel phones won’t use them by default



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Modern-day smartphones come with a lot of enhancements to improve photography experience, with many of them offering beauty filters and other such features to smoothen out skin details in pictures. However, there has always been debate over the use of such methods, with few studies showing that these filters can have a negative effect on mental health.

It appears Google has also been keeping eye on such reports, with the company now announcing that it will be distancing its phones from such features. Google has said that it will be turning them off by default on its own phones and encouraging other OEMs to do the same.

In a blog post, it said, “We set out to better understand the effect filtered selfies might have on people’s wellbeing… especially when filters are on by default. We conducted multiple studies and spoke with the child and mental health experts from around

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Google says ‘beauty’ filters are bad for your mental health, Pixel cameras won’t use them by default

Google says 'beauty' filters are bad for your mental health, Pixel cameras won't use them by default

Most smartphones have offered some type of ‘beauty’ filter for years, which smooth out pimples, freckles, wrinkles, and other details in your face. There are a few studies that show such functionality can have a negative effect on mental health, and as a result, Google is now turning them off by default on its own phones and encouraging other OEMs to do the same.

“We set out to better understand the effect filtered selfies might have on people’s wellbeing,” Google said in a blog post, “especially when filters are on by default. We conducted multiple studies and spoke with child and mental health experts from around the world, and found that when you’re not aware that a camera or photo app has applied a filter, the photos can negatively impact mental wellbeing. These default filters can quietly set a beauty standard that some people compare themselves against.”

Google has created

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Data Shows Fewer Afghan Women Than Men Get Covid. That’s Bad News.

— Sarah Hawkes, co-director of the Global Health 50/50 research group


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In May, in a small village in Herat Province in Afghanistan, Sediqa’s husband came down with symptoms of Covid-19 and was taken to a hospital in Herat City for treatment. When he came home, 10 days later, Sediqa looked after him.

Within a week, she fell ill, too.

“I had the same symptoms and day by day, it got worse,” said Sediqa, whose last name has been omitted for fear of repercussions. “I was feeling so weak, I didn’t feel like eating or drinking.”

But when she asked to go to a hospital, her husband refused. “He said ‘no way.’ He told me to sunbathe

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