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The great state of Utah is known for two things: its large population of Mormons and its multi–million–dollar mommy blogging industry. These two defining characteristics combine to create #MomTok, a social media phenomenon composed of Mormon mommy bloggers that has captivated the internet in both its frivolity and its controversy. Yet, the aesthetically perfect, ethically questionable Mormon mommy blogging scene has erupted with news of “momfluencer” Taylor Paul’s recent divorce.
Serena Gandhi (E ‘22) thinks that we’re all living in a simulation.
I napped in the basement of Van Pelt Library. I ate in the Biotech Commons. I cried in Harrison College House’s 23rd floor lounge. And once this almost nomadic daily routine concluded, I started panicking about where I inevitably needed to go next—my old Rodin apartment.
Content warning: This article describes sexual abuse and assault, which may be disturbing and/or triggering for some readers.
Just last year, being in the Hype House—a $5 million content house that once housed social media superstars such as Charli D’Amelio and Addison Rae—seemed like a teenager’s wildest dreams. From living with young, attractive, and successful influencers to being given the opportunity to work with up–and–coming social media stars, the allure and clout of the Hype House was simply unquestionable. In fact, Hype House–adjacent influencer Nikita Dragun described it best: the Hype House is “a fraternity filled with people who have millions of followers and dollars at their fingertips with high school drama and like… a ring light.”
Housed at Dilworth and LOVE Park, Philadelphia's Christmas Village is back and better than ever—helping visitors kick off the holiday season in style. From twinkling light displays to a sparkling carousel, this festival is a must–see for anyone hoping to alleviate some finals stress and spread some Christmas cheer.
You’ve seen them before on campus. Those absurdly expensive parkas adorned with a red, white, and blue logo that proudly displays two words: Canada Goose. Valued at around $995, these jackets are an all–too–obvious indicator of wealth. But how did this jacket, warm enough for journeys to the Arctic, become a status symbol?
You’ve seen this story play out before on TikTok: A woman gets a Brazilian butt lift, and suddenly her life changes for the better.
In her most recent brush with scandal, TikTok star Zoe Laverne came under fire for selling “exclusive” photos of her newborn baby, Emersyn, for $15 to her 2.7 million Instagram followers.
Gabby Petito, also known as one–half of the “Van Life” couple, was a 22–year–old woman reported missing earlier this month while on what was supposed to be a four–month, cross–country camping trip through national parks. Just under a week ago, Petito's remains were discovered in Wyoming's Bridger–Teton National Forest—her death was ruled a homicide. Her fiancé—Brian Laundrie—remains the prime suspect in the case due to past allegations of domestic abuse and his abrupt disappearance following her vanishing.
It's well known that Philadelphia is the place to be if you’re looking for a stellar food scene. But one unique element that sets the city apart from other culinary capitals is its plethora of Ethiopian food offerings, especially in West Philly.
In the age of COVID–19, more and more Americans have swapped in–person work for virtual, raising the question: Why stay holed up at home when you could do your job from exotic spots like Bali, Cabo, and Tulum?
From expensive yoga classes to acupuncture, health and self–care practices have taken mainstream culture by storm. Globally valued at around $4.2 trillion, the wellness industry has become our obsession, and it seems like it's here to stay.
If you're a regular TikTok user, you're probably familiar with the "that girl" lifestyle—a perfectly curated montage of daily oat milk lattes, open books, minimalistic skincare, and matching workout gear. With an aesthetic marked by neutral tones and an emphasis on wellness, "that girl" on your For You Page effortlessly has her life together.
COVID–19 has undoubtedly changed the Philly food scene, shifting both how and where we eat. By shutting down dine–in restaurants during the pandemic, food delivery services have been the only way for us to safely enjoy gourmet food from the comfort of our own home. In a time where we’re so reliant on UberEats and Grubhub, ghost kitchens have opened to fill the void—thriving where most dine–in only restaurants are struggling.
The pandemic has taken an incredible toll on Asian American communities throughout the nation. From violent attacks on elderly Asian Americans in the Bay Area to calling COVID–19 the “Chinese virus,” it’s undeniable that anti–Asian hate crimes have spiked in the past year. With the repeated assault on Asian Americans in a system that renders them unimportant, representation in the political sphere is increasingly important for addressing issues facing the AAPI community.
When you’re single, there’s no day more lonely than Valentine’s Day. With candy hearts and bouquets of flowers being loudly shoved in your face, we often seem to forget that there’s more to love than just romance. Placing romance on a pedestal often leads to unrealistic expectations about relationships and causes many people to define themselves in relation to their significant other. While Valentine's Day can be a great day to celebrate romantic love, we often seem to miss the importance of friendships, families, hobbies, and more. Of course we know romantic love isn't the only kind of love, but with Valentine's Day coming up, we should do better to remember it.
Content Warning: Mentions of child pornography
Spurred by President Donald Trump’s fear–mongering cries of “if you don’t fight like Hell, you’re not going to have a country anymore,” an alt–right mob stormed the Capitol building to stop the certification of President–elect Joe Biden’s electoral victory. This event was a break from America’s tradition of peaceful transitions of power, showing how Trump’s platform of authoritarianism and hate has turned into a direct attack on our legislative branch.
With Donald Trump’s victory in 2016, the line between politician and celebrity has become increasingly blurred. Tweets like “aoc and ihlan omar really can deck me in the f*cking face any day i would let them spit on me because they are too powerful and amazing” [sic] and “Kamala Harris is a woke queen” dominate Twitter, generating a brand of celebrity worship around successful politicians. We make political prayer candles, stylizing politicians as literal saints, and we hyperfixate on how “cute” they are in fan–made video edits rather than how effective they are. Originating from platforms like Twitter and Instagram, political stans are becoming more and more commonplace.