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Cate Blanchett is our hero this week

Cate Blanchett reminded us exactly why the Australian actress took home InStyle magazine’s Style Icon Award for 2017 this week. The 48-year-old, who currently stars in recently released blockbuster Thor: Ragnarok, stunned in a red-striped Givenchy number that we are now officially crushing on.

As the actress took to the stage to accept her award she thanked designers including Louis Vuitton’s Nicolas Ghesquière, Stella McCartney and Giorgio Armani. But Blanchett wasn’t done, in a powerful speech, the actress made a cutting indirect reference to Hollywood’s sexual harassment culture.

“For me the true icons of style…it’s always those women who’ve been utterly themselves without apology,” Blanchett said. “Whose physical presence and their aesthetic is really integrated in a non-self-conscious way into part of who they are, and women who know how they look is not all of who they are, but just an extension of that.

Blanchett was quick to shut down the antiquated notion that dressing modestly might keep woman safe “It’s about women who feel free to wear what they want, when they want, and how they want to wear it,” Blanchett added.  “I mean, you know we all like looking sexy, but it doesn’t mean we want to f*** you.”

Take a look at Blanchett and other celebs at the InStyle Awards.

A selfie a day could be the key to achieving your fitness goals

Love ’em or loathe em, it turns out selfies could be the key to staying motivated and achieving fitness and weight loss goals.

Anyone who has an Instagram account probably has a fair share of #fitspiration and #transformation posts clogging up their feeds, but according to a new study published in the Journal of Interactive Marketing sharing your fitness and weight loss goals on social media platforms can actually help us stay on track. The study followed two communities of weight loss groups over a four-period and found that we’re more likely achieve success with goals when we make a public commitment to achieving them.

Tired of your friend’s constant before-and-after pics? Jabbering to your colleagues or your girlfriends about your health and fitness aspirations might not have the desired effect: unlike real life, virtual communities strangely allow us to keep a relative level of anonymity which keeps us motivated and accountable. “Not everyone can get the support they need from the people they interact with in person on a daily basis. It is helpful that technology can support community building and goal achievement in virtual spaces,” said one of the co-authors of the study Dr. Sonya A. Grier.

 

So get snapping if you’ve got those #summerbody goals to achieve.

 

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