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Welcome to GLAMOUR’s Beauty of Pride June issue. This month, to honour and celebrate Pride, the team and I wanted to spotlight important voices in the LGBTQIA+ community to show how every part of the rainbow is different. This is reflected both in our choice of coverstars and also behind the scenes, in the journalists who interviewed them.

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On to the stars themselves: Kim Petras is an LGBTQIA+ icon of the pop world. At just 14, she campaigned for her native German government to allow her to have gender confirmation surgery aged 16 rather than 18, and since transitioning she has become a world-famous popstar. Now 28, she talks of her pride in her trans identity, but also her wish for it to become a footnote in her story, and her desire to be recognised first and foremost as an artist.

GLAMOUR’s June digital coverstar Kim Petras: ‘The more success I have with my music, the more transgender becomes a footnote’

Antoni Porowski is one fifth of the most famous group of queer men in the world. We’re talking, of course, about Queer Eye. Antoni has always been open about the fluidity of his sexuality and has worked to challenge stereotypes; he grew up being assumed straight, a ‘privilege’ he discusses with us, and shares how this has shaped his queer idenity and pride. As part of Queer Eye, the famous five have been influential in changing the way the world views beauty, and continually show the power of LGBTQIA+ representation on screen.

GLAMOUR’s June digital coverstar Antoni Porowski: ‘Being immersed in the LGBTQIA+ environment really lit the fire under my ass’

American makeup artist Kade Gottlieb, AKA drag queen Gottmik, made history as the first trans man on RuPaul’s Drag Race. As a trans man and drag queen, Kade and Gottmik refuse to fit into any boxes and present themselves as they choose, using makeup and artistry as a tool box.

GLAMOUR’s June coverstar Gottmik: ‘Pride is the most important thing in the world to me’

Madison Bailey, the American actress who stars in the hit Netflix show Outer Banks, has become a leading voice of the queer Gen-Z community. Last year on TikTok, she told fans that she identifies as pansexual, and was clear to note that this was not a ‘coming out’. The openness and fluidity of her sexuality is aligned with the new wave LGBTQIA+ youth, and differs from that of our other coverstars’ stories; we hope this is a sign of times changing.

GLAMOUR’s June coverstar Madison Bailey: ‘Pansexuality makes the most sense for how I feel’

Ruby Rose, the actress, model and activist came out as lesbian at aged just 12. Ruby has spent her career challenging the perception of what women in Hollywood ‘should’ be and present like. Having had her breakthrough moment in Orange is the New Black – a show that portrayed female relationships as we’d never seen them before – she has gone on to be an advocate and spokesperson for the LGBTQIA+ community in every role she takes.

GLAMOUR’s June coverstar Ruby Rose: ‘You deserve to love. You deserve people to love you for who you are’

As always, our focus for this issue is beauty, and the important role makeup and beauty plays in our coverstars’ journeys to self expression and identity. In a time of so much division in the world, I wanted to use the GLAMOUR platform to show allyship and to take time to both celebrate the voices who have risen up to change the narrative, but also to help educate myself and those not part of the LGBTQIA+ community, to build a more inclusive future.

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Channing Tatum Shared A Rare Pic Of Him And His Daughter Enjoying A Magical Beach Day

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“You are my world and my heart.”

“You my littles are everything!” he wrote on Instagram. “You are my world and my heart.”

“You were looking at the full moon in this pic and telling me the prophecy of the full moon mermaid,” Tatum continued. “And then we ran into the water and looked for her and played with glow sticks in the night water calling out to the mermaids.”

“You said you touched a bald headed mermaid and saw a tail,” he joked. “Haha one day you will read this and I hope laugh. We have fun 🤩 hehehe.”

In the beautiful pic, Tatum adorably stood behind his daughter as she looked off into the night sky.

“I learned how to braid hair,” he said. “The hardest thing, though, is my daughter has really straight, fine hair. I have to do this every night, or she wakes up with a rat’s nest. It’s like a giant knot back there.”

Tatum goes above and beyond for his daughter, and it’s so nice when he shares pictures of them together on social media.

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Britney Spears Apologizes To Fans For ‘Pretending To Be Ok’ (Update) – The Shade Room

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Just a day after #BritneySpears gave a heartbreaking testimony about her conservatorship, the singer took to Instagram and apologized to her fans.

Posting a photo, Britney captioned it with transparency of her experiences.

Apologizing for pretending to be ok, she stated, in part, “just want to tell you guys a little secret 🤫 … I believe as people we all want the fairy tale life and by the way I’ve posted …”

She continued, “I apologize for pretending like I’ve been ok the past two years … I did it because of my pride and I was embarrassed to share what happened to me … but honestly who doesn’t want to capture there Instagram in a fun light 💡🤷🏼‍♀️ !!!!

As you know,  Britney Spears personally asked to speak to Judge Brenda Penny and explained why she desperately wants her almost 15-year conservatorship under her father terminated. Speaking by phone for almost 20 minutes, she detailed horrific claims of abuse, being forcibly drugged with lithium and also being made to keep an IUD in place so that she doesn’t have any more children. At one point, Britney stated “The control he had to hurt his own daughter, he loved it. I worked seven days a week … it was like sex trafficking. I didn’t have a credit card, cash or my passport.”

She spoke about the horrors of being put on lithium against her will, which is a drug commonly used to treat bipolar disorder, Britney dropped a bombshell. She went on to say: “It’s a strong drug. You can go mentally impaired if you stay on it longer than five months. I felt drunk, I couldn’t even have a conversation with my mom or dad about anything. They had me with six different nurses. My family didn’t do a God damn thing. Anything I had to do, [my dad] was the one who approved all of it. My whole family did nothing.” She also detailed her wish to expand her family that has been stopped, “I want to be able to get married and have a baby. I was told I can’t get married. I have an IUD inside me but this so-called team won’t let me go to the doctor to remove it because they don’t want me to have any more children. This conservatorship is doing me way more harm than good.”

She also said that her mental health continues to be in jeopardy.

Britney Spears’ next court hearing on the matter is set for July 14th.

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‘Mary J. Blige’s My Life’ Director Praises Singer For ‘Destigmatizing Depression’ As Must-See Doc Premieres

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Vanessa Roth explains why she thinks the singer from The Bronx is an ‘inspiration,’ a model of triumph over pain.

From “Be Happy” to the title track “My Life,” when Mary J. Blige’s second album was released in 1994 it became an instant classic. Raw and unflinching, through her lyrics the New Yorker stripped away any pretense that, at that time in her life and career, she was OK.

My Life is probably my darkest album, at one of the darkest times I’ve had,” the 50-year-old says in the trailer for Amazon Prime’s new docufilm, Mary J. Blige’s My Life, which premieres on June 25. “Most of the times I was just depressed and I didn’t want to live,” she adds.

‘Mary J. Blige’s My Life’ explores the making of the singer’s influential second album. (Courtesy of Amazon Studios)

Vanessa Roth, the Oscar-winning director behind the Amazon Prime doc, thinks that’s exactly why fans should watch the film. “Mary is just a really beautiful model, an inspiration to feeling what you feel, and destigmatizing depression,” she says. “Destigmatizing those painful parts of life that we all go through and need each other, in order to heal from.”

Vanessa tells HollywoodLife what it was like revisiting the most painful parts of Mary’s life with her in this searing documentary that features interviews with Diddy, Alicia Keys and Taraji P. Henson:

HL: What drew you to this project?

Vanessa: “Mary drew me to the project. She really wanted to make a film that… [is] not a biopic about her whole life, that is a much bigger, different kind of story. This is about one album. It’s her second album. It was a time in her life that she describes as her most difficult, struggling time and it was an album that healed her [and] at the same time then connected her to audiences that became her fans for the rest of their lives. And so, to me, it was the mix of being able to tell a story about an icon and have that incredible music and influence, with this very human story of pain and longing and healing.”

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Mary and Diddy (who was then known as Puff Daddy) in the ’90s. The two collaborated on her early albums at Uptown Records. (Courtesy of Amazon Studios)

HL: Why do you think Mary is so beloved?

Vanessa: “I think it’s that mix that she’s able to harness this human part of herself and really dig deep no matter what and really feel things. And then she has this gift of being a writer and an artist and a singer. So, she get to express the things that so many of us feel, but don’t know how to necessarily say and she says it for us.”

HL: In the film she talks about really painful things like feeling suicidal, molestation, domestic violence. How did you get her to open up?

Vanessa: “That really came from her. She’s an executive producer on this film as well and she wanted to tell that story. She wanted to give that to her fans. It was painful for her to revisit that time, but she was willing to because I think that’s just a testament to where she’s willing to go to places that aren’t comfortable in order to kind of excavate them.”

Mary J. Blige
Mary became a fashion and cultural icon, in addition to an R&B star when she burst on to the scene in the 1990s. (Courtesy of Amazon Studios)

HL: She was so open but was there anything that she refused to discuss?

Vanessa: “There’s a part of the film that we actually kept in the film. I did that on purpose. Where she says that, when she was writing the My Life album it brought back all this pain, including that she was molested as a child. And then she says in the interview, ‘And a lot of other things that I’m not going to discuss.’ I respected that. That’s for her to decide what she shares and doesn’t share and what stays private. I just respected those boundaries and that’s how we continued to have conversations.”

Mary J. Blige
Mary telling her story in the Amazon Prime film about her album, ‘My Life.’ (Courtesy of Amazon Studios)

HL: What surprised you the most about Mary’s story?

Vanessa: “The thing that struck me really the most about Mary’s story is something also that she says in the film, which we talked about a lot. This concept of, ‘I didn’t know I was me.’ This feeling that she didn’t feel successful, even with all the success of [her first album] What’s The 411? She was in her early 20s and she just had no self-love and she still was successful and still had her gift of singing and songwriting and being famous, making an impact. But it wasn’t really until she faced her own demons and pain – [to] go through that and heal that and connect with people – that she started to actually love herself.

Mary J. Blige
Mary singing to her devoted fans in a scene from the new documentary. (Courtesy of Amazon Studios)

“I think that concept of, ‘I didn’t know I was me,’ so many of us could relate [to]. Other people sometimes can see the gifts that you have and the talents you have before you see it or accept it yourself. Self-love might be easy to say, but it’s really hard to achieve. I just love that comment and I think about that a lot.”

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