With her mesmerizing performance in Jeff Nichols’s subtly groundbreaking filmLoving, the Irish-Ethiopian actress Ruth Negga has become a star for our time.
“I’m a rag of a woman today,” Ruth Negga says in her faint Irish accent. She is pointing to her chipped green nail polish and apologizing for her eyebrows. She cut her hair herself, she says, before asking a professional to tidy it up. Earlier today she went to get her passport renewed. “Maybe . . . you could—blend?” the photographer said, gesturing around his face. She took a look and realized she had been quite slapdash with her bronzer and powder.
By lunchtime, there’s no trace of this—with her huge, doll-like eyes and closely cropped hair, she is as glamorous as a thirties aviator in Paige jeans and an olive bomber jacket—but it’s easy enough to imagine Negga dismissing vanity as a fool’s game. Her gift for self-mockery and her appetite for the craic—an Irish expression for fun or gossip or high jinks—are matched only by her levels of propulsion: Her neat, tiny frame always seems to move forward at great speed.
When director Jeff Nichols was trying to get financing for Loving, in which Negga and Joel Edgerton star as Mildred and Richard Loving—the real-life interracial couple whose quest to be considered legally married in 1958 Virginia became a landmark civil-rights case—he kept hearing the same thing: “Who’s Ruth Negga?” Few people are asking that now, but even so, Negga is not offended. “I’ve been working. Keeping a low profile—until bam!” She laughs. “Nothing slow and steady about me.”
And, we’re off! The holiday getaway season is officially in full swing and with it comes plenty of Instagrammable airport style. First up? Bella Hadid and Hailey Baldwin. The model besties jetted off for a jaunt to Belize this past week. But before joining Emily Ratajkowski and Elsa Hosk for a little R&R, Hadid and Baldwin were showing off their travel looks. Channeling the likes of ’90s supers Cindy Crawford and Kate Moss, Hadid stuck to a uniform of denim skinnies, a matching jacket, and a perfectly distressed white button-down knotted at the waist. Baldwin, on the other end, went for a more fashion-forward look with a cropped hoodie, low-slung jeans, and ankle booties. Still, the two felt right in step with one another after they hopped off their private jet.
Nicki Minaj was also enjoying a little break in Turks and Caicos. The rapper left all her worries behind on the tropical island and wrapped up into a breezy, stripped-down ensemble of a punchy Versace string bikini, matching caftan, and a pair of bright blue Chanel rubber slides. Model Hari Nef was into a similarly revealing mood this week, showing off her new penchant for wearing her mother’s lingerie from the ’80s. On set of an upcoming Inez and Vinoodh shoot, Nef took a selfie dressed in a lace teddy and low-slung jeans. Marc Jacobs was decidedly more covered up in a fur-lined topcoat, jeans, and gold metallic boots, while model Dilone was all suited up in her Santa costume. The holidays seemingly can’t come soon enough.
It may seem hard to believe for those not in the thrall of their devices, but in today’s social media–obsessed times, the simple act of liking a photo on Instagram can land you in hot water. Just ask Rihanna, who double tapped a fan’s photo and landed straight into a controversy.
It all started on Tuesday afternoon, when a member of RiRi’s Navy posted a congratulatory message on Instagram celebrating the singer’s eight Grammy nominations. The user, @rihannagang_, also used the occasion to throw a bit of shade Beyoncé’s way. (The latter led the 2017 nominations with nine nods.) “I think they didn’t want her tied or passing someone else *cough cough* [lemon emoji.]” went the caption. Not exactly subtle.
The Art of Shade, the ultimate source for celebrity pettiness, later noticed Bad Gal RiRi herself had liked the post, perhaps indicating that she agreed with the idea that she had been snubbed for “Song of the Year” and “Album of the Year.”