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There are a few things in life I’m absolutely positive of and this is one: I would have gone feral for Elvis.

In another life, I was born to be a roadie. Going on tour buses with bands across the country, living my best life with my rockstar boyfriend.

That lifestyle isn’t new – Elvis started all of it indirectly. He mesmerized people with hip-shaking dance movements and promiscuous lyrics. He made both men and women want to be freer when it came to music.

Over the years there have been plenty of odes to Elvis Presley. Many have played the crooning heartthrob, but few have done it with success. Filing those blue suede shoes is an incredible daunting project – there’s so much to get right, and so many opportunities for error and criticism.

People want an Elvis that makes them feel like he’s still with us; still an unfound symbol; still impacting the music industry as we speak. They want a star they can continue rooting for after the credits roll. For Baz Lurhmann, Austin Butler was everything and more.


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We’re back and singing our pride with those trailblazers & allies who made it to the mainstream without sacrificing their integrity.

Let’s not forget that for eons the LGBTQ+ world and its underground culture has fueled the hottest music & fashion, and incited the fight for human rights.

Music allows us to express ourselves, take comfort, and show our love. Celebrate this Pride Month with these fabulous LGBTQ+ artists who bring us refuge, hope, and jubilation.

9. Y.M.C.A. - Village People

The Village People’s comes from Manhattan’s Greenwich Village, a historic gay district. Since 1978 this song has been played all over the world and was even selected by the Library of Congress for its impact on world culture. What goes over many kids’ heads is that Y.M.C.A. is a song about cruising, meaning looking for the D at the Y.M.C.A.


8. Strangers (featuring Lauren Jauregui) - Halsey

Halsey and Lauren both identify as bisexual, so this song - about two women longing for each other - normalizes same-sex relationships, creating a K.O.


7. All The Lovers - Kylie Minogue

Kylie’s long been an lgbtq+ ally. All The Lovers is her love letter to our community, the video is a clear endorsement of all type of couples, thruples, and the joyous fluidity of sex.


6. I’m Ready - Sam Smith, Demi Lovato

These non-binary icons are ready to be loved for who they are! The video itself is a glittering expression of gender-bending magic featuring other non-binary and trans royalty!


5. Together Again - Janet Jackson


4. Superpower - Adam Lambert

Adam Lambert made way for many of today’s fabulous gay artists. Lambert was the first to depict a blowjob on national TV and receive heavy backlash for it. Apparently, America was not ready to see us as sexual beings. Superpower is a message of empowerment in our queerness - bee-jays and all!


3. Bloom - Troye Sivan

Troy confirmed - in a deleted tweet - that Bloom is about bottoming. And that in itself is rebellious AF! There’s no room in this world for bottom shaming.


2. Coconuts - Kim Petras

Continuing with the sexual revolution, having a trans woman sing about her beautiful Coconuts is a boss-as-bitch move.


1. Pluto - Jake Wesley Rogers

He’s been called this generation’s Elton John. A splendid, singular voice, lyrics, and queer storytelling makes it impossible to hate on you Jake Wesley Rogers.


Wilson Andres is a Mexican queer raver activist who transforms party spaces to ensure a safe rave space for everyone through diversity, inclusivity, equity, visibility, harm reduction, and consent.

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Your favorite Celebrity is Lying to You: Kim Kardashian’s SKKN and Celebrity Brands Fatigue

Don’t Trust Celebrity Brands. Try These Brands Instead

Another day, another dollar — but only if you “get your ass up and work.” At least, that’s the world according to reality star and business mogul, Kim Kardashian. The entrepreneur is once again under fire for her newest venture, SKKN.

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POV: Scrolling through Instagram, maybe stalking your ex’s sister’s boyfriend’s cousin’s new baby, and you happen to get served an ad for your dream dress. But not just any dream dress… your dream dress. As in the dream dress you conjured when you were 17 years old and never found – even down to the pleat.

Creepy, maybe. But on point, definitely. Who cares how it got there? You click the ad and are directed to a tiny Instagram page with less than three thousand followers. You stop.

This could be where you back out and return to baby-scrolling, but personally, I’m passing GO. I want these Instagram ads to work out so badly that I’ll see it through til the end, even if I risk getting hurt.

I choose to believe in the Instagram ad. With my very own eyes, I’ve seen it work out more times than not. Some of my best looks are in outfits purchased from an IG Ad clothing brand. In fact, Her Pony, a boho-chic, Vanessa-Hudgens-Coachella vibe, is one of my favorite brands that I wouldn’t have found without Instagram.

My one shred of advice when it comes to the ads: buy the clothing, not the knick knacks. Even my friends can back me on this. They had great things to say about bathing suits, vests, dresses, sets, and more…but nothing positive to say about the handheld blender they bought.

My Ritual For Saving My Gut Health

Recently, I’ve been on a major hot girl health kick, so it’s only fair that my Instagram ads follow suit with probiotics and powdered greens. Yum. And now that I’ve written this piece, I can’t imagine what they’re going to look like.

When I hear of a women-owned brand that creates evidence-based products, meaning they have been tested on people so they actually work, I am going to go crazy. Naturally, this happened when I found out about Ritual.

Ritual popped up on my feed and I will admit that I second guessed the legitimacy of it for a moment. It’s one thing to buy clothes to put on your body from IG, but another to buy supplements to put in your body. However, Ritual has proven results to back them up.

Originally, Ritual only offered multivitamins for a range of demos, but they now have a line of gut health synbiotics.

Ritual probiotics Instagram ad

A synbiotic is a combo of pre-,pro-, and postbiotics to optimize your digestive system and heal your gut. I.e. – the missing piece to all my gut problems?! I’m sold.

What I liked even more was Ritual’s website. They tell you exactly where they source their ingredients and the role they play in your digestion. It’s super informative and every product has crazy attention to detail. It didn’t feel like another cleverly-placed IG ad, but something that could really help – and something I’d eventually seek out.

Trust The Ad Process

All in all, I’d say give the Instagram ad a go. If you’re feeling a bit wary of the quality, go online and Google the brand! Life looks a little better and more glamorous on Instagram, so it’s no shock that we’ve written off most Instagram ads as fake. But, there are some worth the risk.

Stick to clothes. Ditch the knick-knacks. And follow your gut. As a Philadelphia sports fan, there’s a saying I relate to many life situations, especially Instagram ads: Trust The Process.




Ah, Coachella. The one time of year influencers are thrust into the wild open desert and unashamedly mouth the wrong words to the headliner’s music. Coachella is like the Met Gala, just slightly less exclusive because you, too, can get a ticket and experience the weekend-long music festival. (Or just watch it on Instagram courtesy of a million boomerangs.)

With Frank Ocean allegedly headlining the 2023 festival and tickets going on sale any day now, there’s no better time to get on my soapbox. While influencers make Coachella look like it’s all sunshine and rainbows, let me tell you what it’s like to go as a mere mortal. I’m here to give you the realistic Coachella experience, as told by someone who currently has a negative bank account balance.

Let it be known that I’m a ride-or-die Harry Styles fan – I will spend my life savings to fly cross-country and see him. When I heard he was headlining his first ever music festival, I knew I had to move heaven and earth to be in that desert. Even if it might cost me a kidney – and definitely a liver.

While I would love to tell you that getting to Palm Springs was a breeze on my PJ, I would absolutely be lying. The journey to Coachella was of the most mentally and physically taxing events of my entire life. Money doesn’t buy happiness, but it definitely buys an easier trip to Coachella.


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