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The fierce Lena Dunham is fighting for women everywhere, one nude photo at a time.

The influencer celebrated the nine-month anniversary of her hysterectomy with gorgeous photos of her body.

Posted on Instagram, her revealing portraits exposed the rawness of her painful experience over the past few years in a way that has resonated with women everywhere.

“I’ve never celebrated the 9 month anniversary of anything and I realized last night why that number feels so funny- I won’t ever do it the way I planned to.

“My body is mostly healed and every day I find a new bruise on my heart, but today I offer myself gratitude: from the most pained place, I somehow knew to choose myself.” 

 

Today is National Leathercraft Day, National Relaxation Day and National Lemon Merengue Pie Day. It’s also the 9 month anniversary of my hysterectomy. I’ve never celebrated the 9 month anniversary of anything and I realized last night why that number feels so funny- I won’t ever do it the way I planned to. My body is mostly healed and every day I find a new bruise on my heart, but today I offer myself gratitude: from the most pained place, I somehow knew to choose myself. The purest glint of who we are and know we can be is always available to us, calm and true at our center. My friend Paul named my uterus Judy, and when she was being uppity we called her out, hence the tattoo on my ribs, which hurt like fuck even through the pain meds: #RIPJudy. Today I give thanks for Judy, for her graceful exit and for this body, which is stronger than I’ve ever given it credit for. Happy Giving Birth To Myself Day.

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The American actress was diagnosed with endometriosis, a condition where cells of endometrial-like tissue migrate outside of the uterus and attach to other places in the body.

These cells are structured to break down and bleed, but they cannot escape through a period if mislocated. This results in extreme pain that varies as hormone levels change, according to Endometriosis UK.

The condition affects one in ten women in the UK, and along with agonising pain, it often causes infertility.

After three hospitalisations within a year, Lena was unable to bear the terrible symptoms any further and decided to undergo a hysterectomy. She wrote about her life-changing experience in a moving letter.

“All along the way, a massive fear of mine was ‘being discovered,’ that someone would decide I wasn't strong enough for my work or my life because of what I dealt with physically and emotionally. But I am strong because of what I've dealt with.”

 

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Now, the Girls star is reflecting on endometriosis in honour of her hysterectomy anniversary with a powerful statement.

“The purest glint of who we are and know we can be is always available to us, calm and true at our center,” she said in celebration of her health. Lena urged women to remember, no matter what we are going through, that we can always find ourselves through the pain and trauma. Somewhere buried under all that hardship is a strong and powerful woman capable of digging herself out.

The actress explained her friend named her uterus Judy, and Lena has a tattoo in tribute to her lost, physical symbol of womanhood that reads ‘RIP Judy’.

“Today I give thanks for Judy, for her graceful exit and for this body, which is stronger than I’ve ever given it credit for. Happy Giving Birth To Myself Day.”

But the courageous actress is clear to convey that a woman's femininity does not lie in her levels of estrogen or her functioning uterus. It is defined by her strength to carry on and fight for her true self to shine through whatever obstacles life throws her way.

Lena continues to be a bold advocate for women’s health and openly sharing about her chronic condition has helped raise awareness of endometriosis and it’s painful symptoms.

“I am no longer scared of my body,” she declared. “In fact, I listen to it when it speaks. I have no choice but to respect what it tells me, to respect the strength of its voice and the truth of my own.”

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One of our faveceleb couples have just reached an impressive landmark in their relationship. 

Taking to Instagram, Will Smith posted a cute picture of him and his wife Jada, captioned, ''I just realised… This year we’ve been together more than HALF OUR LIVES!''

Jada quipped back, ''can u believe it? A  whole lotta growth and miracles along the way. I'm proud of us."

The pair started dating way back in in '95 and have been married since New Year's Eve 1997. Cuuute.

They also have two kids together, 20-year-old Jaden and 17-year-old I-whip-my-hair-Willow. 

The 49-year-old actor recently gave an interview about his marriage to TIDAL’s Rap Radar podcast where he let slip a few of his secrets to a happy marriage. 

He said, “we don’t even say we’re married anymore. We refer to ourselves as life partners.''

“There’s no deal breakers. There’s nothing she could do – ever. Nothing that would break our relationship. She has my support till death, you know what I mean and it feels so good to get to that space where you’re not complaining, and worry, and demanding that a person be a certain thing,” he continued. 

Wow, is all that we can say –  can we have that type of love plz?

 

Daddy Dearest

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He wasn't the only one opening up about the inner workings of their marriage.

Jada spoke on Sway in the Morning on SiriusXM’s Shade 45 a few weeks ago. 

She explained, “here’s the thing about Will and I, it’s like, we are family, that’s never going down! It’s just not! Ever!”

“Because we are family –  take out all that whole marriage, relationship, crap –  at the end of the day, Will and I are family, I’m going to hold him down,” she added.

“It doesn't’t matter, all that relationship and what people think, ideas of a husband and a partner and all that, man, whatever, at the end of the day, that’s a man that can rely on me for the rest of his life, period.”

The comments on Will's post show how their fans are fully supporting their #relationshipgoalz life. 

''You guys are a gorgeous and admirable couple….and family. Well done and thank you for being a beautiful and inspirational example '' one gushed.

Another wrote, ''it hasn't always been easy but you guys stuck together and figured it out.''

This just goes to show that being (alarmingly) open about how hard you work at your marriage can work wonders for the relationship.

Wishin' you guys another happy 20 years! 

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Meghan Markle will celebrate her 37th birthday on August 4. Her birthday is bound to be extra special as it’s her first birthday as a member of the royal family.

There’s no doubt the former actress will receive heaps of lavish gifts from the royals. We can’t imagine Prince Harry will just pick her up a pair of pajamas from Penneys for her special day.

However, the Duchess of Sussex doesn’t expect diamonds or designer threads when her birthday rolls around.

The former Suits star wishes for the same thing every year and it’s quite sweet.

Meghan explained that her mum taught her to treat your birthday as a personal New Year. She advised her daughter to use the day to make new resolutions.

 

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Meghan wrote about the tradition on her old blog The Tig. She said your birthday is: “Your own chance to make resolutions just for yourself and what you prognosticate for your year ahead.”

The Duchess shared what she wishes for every birthday: “More surprises, more adventures, more opportunities to grow.”

She continued: “More days filled with giggles and cheeky jokes, more delicious meals, and more inspiration. Always more inspiration.”

On her 33rd birthday, Meghan encouraged her readers to be kind to themselves. “I want you to stop gossiping, to try a food that scares you, to buy coffee for someone just because, to tell someone you love them… and then to tell yourself right back.  I want you to find your happiness.”

Could Meghan’s birthday wishes be more empowering?

Words to live by.

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We can all admit we’ve daydreamed of being a bridesmaid one day.

Playing such a special part in your sister or best friend’s big day is the ultimate honour, however, it will set you back quite a lot of money.

Weddings are certainly a pricey affair, even for the regular guests. However, when it comes to the bridal party their big role in the wedding sees them spending an extortionate amount of money.

The Vow has conjured up just how much money the average bridesmaid is spending. Those of you with upcoming bridesmaids duties may want to close your eyes.

They revealed that the average bridesmaid spends a whopping €500.

24 percent of women involved in their study said they spend €500-€800, however, 17 percent admitted they have spent an eye-watering €1000 on the nuptials.

Others (8 percent) even admitted to spending over €1500 on their friend or family member’s big day. Ouch!

The bride and groom tend to look after the bridesmaid's outfit and all things beauty, but what’s really costing bridesmaids a small fortune is the little things.

Things like decorations for hen parties, alcohol, and engagement gifts are costing a pretty penny.

Being a bridesmaid may be a huge honour but you’d certainly want to start saving straight away if you’ve got a big wedding coming up.

It’ll cost a few bob, but there’s no doubt in our minds that it’ll be worth every penny.

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A 4 night stay for two in the Big Apple for free? Eh, hell to the yes. 

Fancy strolling down 5th Avenue for your big summer adventure? Will NoLIta of George's St are giving you a chance to fulfil your big city dreams this week. 

Inspired by the suaveness and sophistication of New York's Little Italy, NoLIta is throwing Dublin's biggest Fourth of July party.

It's so big, in fact, that they needed a week to spread out all the amazing celebrations they have planned. 

Starting on Monday July 2nd, each night is themed for a different aspect of NYC. We start off with a delicious evening in Little Italy, followed by the Best of Brooklyn, July the 4th party, a Sex and the City night, and Summer in NYC. As well as themed cocktails and menu, the celebration of the 4th will also include a massive Beer Pong Championship.

We are so there. 

To enter the draw for the big trip, all you have to do is sign a NoLIta receipt with your name and number and pop it in their giant Uncle Sam's Hat. 

The lucky winner will be announced on Saturday July 7th with confetti canons, DJs, drinks, dancing and a big fat plane ticket. 

 

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So go on, glam up your week with a little bit of America, right here in Dublin! 

To find out more about NoLIta's 4th of July event series, see the Facebook event page here.

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Kit Harington and Rose Leslie are officially husband and wife. The Game of Thrones stars tied the knot in a stunning wedding in Scotland yesterday.

Their nearest and dearest joined them to celebrate their nuptials, including their co-stars Emilia Clarke, Sophie Turner, Richard Madden, Peter Dinklage and Maisie Williams.

Liam Cunningham, Marcus Mumford, and Joe Dempsie also attended the celebration.

 

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The lovebirds got married at the beautiful Rayne Church and continued their celebrations at the 12th century Wardhill Castle, which is believed to be owned by Rose’s father.

Rose’s dad Sebastian had the honor of walking his daughter down the aisle, he gushed about the momentous occasion: “We are absolutely thrilled for Kit and Rose to be marrying today. It’s an absolutely lovely day for us.”

He also shared that the couple used local caterers, local flowers and local lighting for the wedding.

The duo waved at onlookers as they both left the church. Family and friends showered them with confetti as they made their way through the church grounds.

Rose dazzled in a full-length lace dress and topped off her look with a veil and delicate floral headpiece.

The groom donned a black tailcoat, a cream waistcoat, and grey trousers.

Kit and Rose announced their engagement in the Forthcoming Marriages section of The Times newspaper last September. They first met on the set of popular series Game of Thrones.

Huge congratulations to Kit and Rose!

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It’s hard to believe it’s been 15 years since Anne Hathaway first played Mia Thermopolis in The Princess Diaries.

And while the film’s anniversary has left us feeling both nicely nostalgic and bloody ancient, it seems to have given its lead some grateful feels.

Yesterday the 33-year-old actress took to Instagram to mark the occasion with a dancing Princess Mia gif and a few heartfelt words.

She wrote: “It’s been 15 years (say it with me) SHUT UP!!!!!!  To all the fans who loved Mia, Louie, Lily, Joe, Michael and, of course, Queen Clarisse, thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

Anne continued her message by paying tribute to the film’s director Garry Marshall who died last month at the age of 81.

The star said: “And to Garry Marshall, thank you for making me a princess.  I love you always my beloved friend and teacher, and I miss you every day xx.”

 

The Alice in Wonderland star made her film debut in The Princess Diaries in 2001.  Three years later she reprised her role as Mia for the The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement.

Earlier this year it was rumoured that a third movie could be added to the series, but as of yet no progress seems to have been made on that front so for now we'll just have to wait with fingers crossed.

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