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Demi Lovato kicks Photoshop to the Curb ––shows off Natural Body

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Pop star Demi Lovato is completely over filtering images of herself in order to meet social media’s unrealistic standards of beauty.

In her latest Instagram post, Lovato dropped a sexy bikini pic, showing off her curvaceous figure. What seemed to be just another IG photo-op turned out to be a powerful statement, empowering women to embrace their natural bodies.

“This is my biggest fear. A photo of me in a bikini unedited. And guess what, it’s CELLULIT!!!!” Lovato wrote. 

“I’m just literally sooooo tired of being ashamed of my body, editing it (yes the other bikini pics were edited — and I hate that I did that but it’s the truth) so that others think I’m THEIR idea of what beautiful is, but it’s just not me. This is what I got.” 

Lovato’s post instantly went viral, inspiring women everywhere to adore their curves, stretch marks, dimples, and more. 

Take a look at some of the Twitter reactions below.

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Actress Kerry Washington takes a Seat at the Hollywood Producer Table

Golden Globe nominated actress set down for in-depth discussion “Women Breaking Barriers: How Far Have We Come?” at the SundanceTV Headquarters, moderated by HFPA member Elisabeth Sereda. Panelists also included Julie Taymor (Oscar nominated director), Frankie Shaw (Golden Globe nominated actress, producer, writer and director) and Lisa Jackson (filmmaker and #1 New York Times Bestselling Author).

Panelists discussed their thoughts on the best ways to continue pushing boundaries and creating positive change in the entertainment business. Having dominated the Hollywood big screen for over 20 years, Washington now has her eyes set on joining the ranks of elite producers. Take a look.

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US to impose Visa Restrictions for Pregnant Women –– restricting “Birth Tourism”

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The Trump administration revealed on Thursday new visa restrictions that will crack down on “birth tourism. The applicants will have to prove they are coming for medical treatment and they have the money to pay for it.

Visa applicants deemed by consular officers to be coming to the US primarily to give birth will now be treated like other foreigners coming to the US for medical treatment, according to State Department guidance sent Wednesday and viewed by The Associated Press.

The State Department planned to publicize the rules Thursday, according to two officials with knowledge of the plans who spoke to the AP on the condition of anonymity. The rules will take effect Friday, Jan 24.

The practice of travelling to the US to give birth is fundamentally legal, although there are scattered cases of authorities arresting operators of birth tourism agencies for visa fraud or tax evasion. And women are often honest about their intentions when applying for visas and even show signed contracts with doctors and hospitals.

President Donald Trump’s administration has been restricting all forms of immigration, but Trump has been particularly plagued by the issue of birthright citizenship — anyone born in the US is considered a citizen, under the Constitution. The Republican president has railed against the practice and threatened to end it, but scholars and members of his administration have said it’s not so easy to do.

Regulating tourist visas for pregnant women is one way to get at the issue, but it raises questions about how officers would determine whether a woman is pregnant to begin with and whether a woman could get turned away by border officers who suspect she may be just by looking at her.

Consular officers don’t have the right to ask during visa interviews whether a woman is pregnant or intends to become so. But they would have to determine whether a visa applicant would be coming to the US primarily to give birth.

Birth tourism is a lucrative business in both the US and abroad. American companies take out advertisements and charge up to $80,000 to facilitate the practice, offering hotel rooms and medical care. Many of the women travel from Russia and  China to give birth in the US has been cracking down on the practice since before Trump took office.

There are no figures on how many foreign women travel to the US specifically to give birth. The Center for Immigration Studies, a group that advocates for stricter immigration laws, estimated that in 2012, about 36,000 foreign-born women gave birth in the US, then left the country.

The draft rule is “intended to address the national security and law enforcement risks associated with birth tourism, including criminal activity associated with the birth tourism industry,” a State Department spokesperson said. 

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Five Black Miss Universe 2019 Contestants embrace their Natural Hair

Amidst Democratic presidential candidate Senator Cory Booker’s introduction to a bill on Thursday prohibiting race-based hair discrimination, particularly faced among black women, five Miss Universe 2019 contestants, (Miss Haiti 2019, Miss USA 2019, Miss Ireland 2019, Miss Iceland 2019, Miss South Africa 2019) boldly address the subject matter while using their pageant platforms to celebrate the importance of wearing their natural hair as women of color.

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