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Adele Says ‘Hello’ and Other Notes from the Week


We’re pleased to bring you “While You Were Out”—the Verily editors’ quick takes on the happenings of this week.

‘I Want to Be Like My Mom When I Grow Up’

We all want to be role models for our children, but rarely is it illustrated as explicitly as it was this Halloween. Viola Davis got a sweet surprise when her daughter rejected her first two costume options and then said, “I just want to be YOU, Mommy!” We just melt. —Mary Rose Somarriba

What Happens Next to Harry Potter?

This past week, fans started getting in line for tickets to the next book in the Harry Potter series—the only difference is that this book comes in the form of a play. Opening in London in spring 2016, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will take place nineteen years after the final book. Looks like it’s time to start planning a trip! —MRS

Have You Had Enough of Men Comparing Women’s Bodies? So Has Ariana Grande

It’s no secret that women come in all shapes and sizes. So when a Twitter user broadcast on social media that he would choose curvy Ariel Winter over slender Ariana Grande, both women handled the situation perfectly. Grande tweeted, “Sigh . . . tweets, comments, statements like this are not [OK]. About anyone!!! We live in a day and age where people make it IMPOSSIBLE for women, men, anyone to embrace themselves exactly how they are. Diversity is sexy! Loving yourself is sexy!”

Winter followed Grande’s post with her own response: “Thank you @ArianaGrande. Women should empower one another. Celebrate each other—you’re all beautiful.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. —Diana Stancy

Khloé Kardashian Surprised All of Us This Week

Another product from the Kardashians? Surely that’s the last thing we need. So thought Verily writer Baleigh Scott when she first saw the title and cover of Khloé Kardashian’s book, Strong Looks Better Naked, which dropped in bookstores this week. But it turns out that Khloé had some good things to say, after all. —MRS

Adele Says ‘Hello’ Again

With the release of Adele’s latest single, “Hello,” it seems that nobody can get enough of her. But even after accomplishing overwhelming success, Adele has continued to stay true to herself. Rachel Herbeck noted this week, “In a recent interview with Ryan Seacrest, who labeled her a hermit, Adele revealed that she has no interest in fame whatsoever: ‘I’m not blinded by the persuasion of fame,’ she said. ‘Fame is not real, so how am I supposed to write a real record for anyone to enjoy if I’m living a very fake life?’” We can’t wait to see what she has in store next. —DS

A Successful Instagram Model Quit to Protest Fakeness

In the age of social media, reality can become distorted. Instagram star Essena O’Neill, who had more than one million followers, got fed up with the fakeness of producing the perfect photo stream and quit the popular platform this week. She deleted more than two thousand photos from her account and re-captioned the remaining ninety to point out what was going on behind the scenes and how she got paid by the brands being promoted.

The move was not without controversy, with fellow YouTube stars calling out O’Neill for being a hypocrite to say she was “quitting” social media but then starting a new digital media project. Others think it was all just fabricated for the hype. But we think Anna Quinlan said it well: “What we do know is this: Essena O’Neill just got a new job. She pivoted. She’s reinventing herself, as entrepreneurs often do. And you know, hats off to her for that. . . . She’s taken a bold step in a new direction, and it takes guts to do that.” —Kara Eschbach

What Is This, Peter Pan?

The film Our Brand Is Crisis opened last weekend, starring Sandra Bullock. But did you know that Bullock’s role in the film was previously written for a man? The actress found so few interesting female roles in the scripts she was reading that she started asking for men’s roles to be swapped for females. Baleigh Scott looks into why this is sort of cool on Bullock’s part but also sort of troubling on Hollywood’s. —MRS

Dancing through the Storms

When Bindi Irwin, daughter of late crocodile hunter Steve Irwin and the youngest contestant on Dancing with the Stars, performed her fox-trot this week, viewers nationwide witnessed her positive attitude and flawless performance. But behind the scenes, she was stomaching some painful injuries. Bindi is a young role model who truly exhibits that positivity is a choice. —MRS

We May Have Come a Long Way in Science—but Not So Much in Stereotypes

When an all-female team of Russian cosmonauts prepared for a closed-ship simulation of their planned trip to space last week, the local media had a ball. What would these ladies do without men and makeup for a week? How would they avoid girl fights? The classy ladies had some smart responses. —MRS

New York Mets Lose World Series to Kansas City Royals

As a lifelong Mets fan, it was tough to watch the team’s World Series loss to the Kansas City Royals on Sunday. It was a sweet win for the Royals, though—their first in thirty years. Winning 4-1 in the series and coming from behind 2-0 in the top of the ninth inning, the Royals are certainly a deserving team.

Both teams have come close to World Series victories in the past—the Royals as recently as 2014—letting that underdog spirit motivate them. The Mets had their chances, and such players as David Wright and Wilmer Flores—who has had a roller-coaster year already—played their hearts out, but the Royals’ late-game momentum was tough to match. The Royals’ is a story of comebacks, which hopefully will inspire the Mets for next year. —Mary Grace Mangano