Scarlet Johansson branches out into beauty, and more

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1. Scarlett Johansson is all-set to launch her very own beauty brand.

In early 2022, to be exact. Not much has been revealed about her label, except that it will encompass a “clean, accessible approach to beauty“, and that it will be funded by Najafi Companies — the same party responsible for Kendall Jenner’s and Millie Bobby Brown’s wellness and skincare labels. No word yet as to what the brand’s name is either, though it has been revealed that Kate Foster (a former Juicy Couture executive) has been named co-founder. Foster has assured WWD in an interview that this collaborative effort will fill a “void in the market and addresses a true consumer need.” We suppose that remains to be seen. In the meantime, fingers crossed?

2. Pinterest has banned all weight-loss advertisements from their site.

This includes any promotional material that is said to “discuss weight loss, reference BMI, or show before-and-after imagery or imagery that idealises certain body types and features.” The company’s head of content, Aya Kanai, assures that this was done so as to build a “positive and inclusive space” for users, and to ensure that everyone feels comfortable and at ease when using the site. This proves a natural step as any, seeing how Pinterest had already previously banned body-shaming content and/or any material featuring dangerous weight-loss products and claims. Kudos all around, we say.

3. Jonathan Van Ness has started his own YouTube channel titled JVN Beauty.

The Queer Eye grooming expert has announced that he will be sharing his expertise via the video-sharing platform; a space that is said to feature “hair, skincare, and beauty, both inside and out.” And while Van Ness hasn’t announced a regular content schedule just yet, he has made his YT debut with a seven-minute clip cutting his husband’s hair while they discuss various matters of importance. Stay tuned for more.

4. Soul Cap — a line of swimming caps designed for natural hair — has been denied certification for the Olympics.

A representative from the label stepped forward to break the news, providing further elaboration on the rejection received by the International Swimming Federation (ISF). According to a statement made, the ISF claimed that “athletes competing at the International events never used, neither require to use, caps of such size and configuration.” They also deemed the shapes of the caps unsuitable as it does not “follow the natural shape of the head.” It is a crushing blow to inclusivity as any, seeing how said caps are designed specifically to suit swimmers with Afro hair, locs, braids, and more.

The brand’s founders soon took to Instagram to make a stand. “We hoped to further our work for diversity in swimming through having our caps certified for competition, so swimmers at any level don’t have to choose between the sport they love and their hair.” The caption reads. “We feel there’s always room for improvement, but there’s only so much grassroots and small brands can do — we need the top to be receptive to positive change.”

5. Tory Burch has partnered up with Shiseido to drop a limited edition sunscreen.

Meet the Shiseido x Tory Burch Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion SPF50+ Sunscreen and the Clear Sunscreen Stick. These latest additions comprise the brand’s OG winning formula, except they’re housed in spankin’ new packaging featuring a print inspired by Burch’s home in Antigua. How cute. Beyond that, the partnership was conducted in support of Memorial Sloan Kettering, with the sale of each product contributing to a grant that funds clinical research focused on advancing skin-cancer treatment and prevention.

6. GHD drops their first-ever cordless hair tool.

It is designed to deliver consistent heating throughout the plates; comes with optimal battery life; and is equipped with a sleep mode that triggers after three minutes of non-use. Brand developers have also announced that the Unplugged Cordless Styler allows for 20 minutes of continuous use and can be fully charged with a provided USB-C cable for added convenience. In short: The portable, insanely efficient heat-styling tool of dreams. Sign us up.

7. SK-II celebrates the Olympics with the launch of a special edition Pitera Essence.

The cult-favourite product now comes in five variations inspired by the iconic colours of the Olympic rings. That’s spherical blue, black, red, yellow, and green bottle caps paired with a sleek, white vessel emblazoned with the word “Tokyo.” SK-II states in a press release that this rendition serves as “a symbol of hope, solidarity and support for the Olympic Games and athletes all over the world.” Well-said.