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Selena Gomez’s Brand New ‘Rare’ Tattoo Got Us Thinking: Did You Know All These Celebs have Neck Tats?

Selena Gomez dropped her third solo studio album just last week. And she celebrated the years-in-the-making project by getting some new ink on Wednesday night. And we got thinking —did you know all these celebrities have neck tattoos too? Read on for more. 

Selena Gomez celebrated the release of her long-awaited third album Rare by getting a new tattoo. 

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Taking to social media, the pop star revealed she’d inked the album’s title on her neck, just below her right ear. “Did it again…rare,” Gomez captioned a video of herself checking out the finished product in the mirror for the first time, also tagging famed New York City tattoo shop Bang Bang NYC. 

The dainty tattoo—written in the same script as the album’s cover art—isn’t her first one. 

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Although the singer’s brand new tattoo is just the most recent of her extensive collection, it does seem to be the first ink to directly reference one of her three solo studio sets. Her latest album features Hot 100 chart topper “Lose You To Love Me” and “Look At Her Now,” Rare serves as a years-in-the-making follow-up to 2013’s Stars Dance and 2015’s Revival.

Stars are always looking for new ways to express themselves…

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MONEY IVY 🍃🍃🍃

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Sometimes artists choose to convey their sensibility with particularly challenging acting roles or with the next top 40 ballad and other times with body art. So, how well do you know these oft-hidden works of celebrity ink? Keep reading to test your knowledge of stars’ neck tattoos.

Eva Longoria’s regretful ‘nine’ 

The “Desperate Housewives” star got this tattoo in honor of her husband, basketball star Tony Parker, who’s jersey number is —you guessed it— No. 9. After their marriage collapsed in late 2010 amid allegations Tony cheated, Eva began the painful process of having this tattoo (and two others that paid homage to the basketball star) removed.

Victoria Beckham’s Hebrew tattoo

The former pop star has a quote from the Song of Solomon etched in Hebrew down the back of her neck and spine in honor of her sixth wedding anniversary —although, she famously wanted to get it removed in the early 2010s, we’re not too sure whether the ink is still there. 

Jessica Alba’s little flower

The actress got this tiny design of a daisy and ladybug tattooed on the back of her neck years and years ago.

Vanessa Hudgens’ first tattoo

The “Spring Breakers” actress got the tattoo at New York City’s celeb-friendly tattoo parlor Bang Bang Tattoos in February 2011. “A butterfly landed on my mom’s stomach a week before I was born and that’s how I got my name, because Vanessa means butterfly —it’s a Latin derivative,” the “High School Musical” alum explained on “Late Show With David Letterman.”

Rihanna’s typo

The super star’s neck tat reads “rebelle fleur,” which actually translates to the equivalent of “flower rebellious” rather than the intended “rebellious flower” or “rebel flower.” In 2011, the singer launched her first fragrance for women, which she similarly named Reb’l Fleur.

Justin Bieber’s Patience and Angel Wing Neck Tattoos

The Canadian singer-songwriter has ‘Patience’ inked vertically in a Gothic style font along the right side of his neck. He also has a tattoo of two black and grey angel wings on the back of his neck.

Cara Delevingne’s Magical Yantra Tattoo

The English model/actress first inked a design inspired by Yantra tattooing and later added a pair of spooky eyes.

Cardi B’s Samuel and Sign Language Tattoos

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The popular rapper has the American sign language gesture for “I Love You” and a small black star inked behind her right ear. She also had the name “Samuel” in red ink tattooed just below her neck —although that one has probably been removed by now. 

Offset’s tribute to Cardi

Nothing says “I love you forever” like getting your girlfriend’s name tattooed on your neck. Migos rapper Offset apparently had “Cardi B” inked on his neck along with a cartoon image of Powerpuff Girls character Buttercup (a fave of Cardi B).

Are You A Victim Of Abuse? Use This Checklist To Help You Determine The Truth

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Are You A Victim Of Abuse? Use This Checklist To Help You Determine The Truth

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If you feel that you are experiencing an abusive relationship, please seek help. Call The National Domestic Violence Hotline on 1800 799 7233 for assistance. Please take care if you feel that your internet or mobile phone device use is being monitored.

There are three ways that abuse can be identified. By the way your partner treats you physically, by the way they treat you emotionally, and by how you feel about the relationship. This checklist of twenty signs of abuse is one tool that you can use to see if you, or someone you know, is a victim of abuse. And remember, more resources for dealing with abuse can be found by calling The National Domestic Violence Hotline on 1800 799 7233.

1. They have grabbed you and refused to let go.

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This falls into the category of physical abuse. No-one should grab you to make you feel threatened and unsafe. No-one.

2. They have pulled your hair.

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This is another form of physical abuse. Sure, a bit of hair pulling in the act of passion is fine. But when it happens as part of an argument, or when your partner is deliberately trying to hurt you or make you feel threatened, that is abuse.

3. They have thrown things at you and/or destroyed your belongings.

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One way your significant other may try to control you is through your belongings. Throwing things at you and destroying your belongings is designed to hurt you physically and emotionally. Threatening to do so also falls under this category of behavior, too.

4. They have left you with bruises, black eyes, bleeding, and/or broken bones.

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While abuse doesn’t necessarily have to leave marks on your body, a sure sign of physical abuse in your relationship is when your partner does leave marks. Research shows that once it happens the first time, a “threshold” of sorts has been crossed, and an abuser is more likely to hurt their partner again.

5. They have threatened to hurt or kill you.

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It may not seem like abuse, since there are no physical marks left from a threat to hurt or kill you. However, these threats are still part of the arsenal of tools that abusers use. How? Because these threats are designed to control your behavior, and make you feel powerless. Abuse in a relationship is about the abuser gaining and maintaining power, and death threats are a way of emotionally controlling you.

6. They have threatened to take your children away or harm them.

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Even if you have children together, children shouldn’t be used as a bargaining chip in your relationship. Even more importantly, your children’s safety is non-negotiable: no partner of yours should threaten it. By the way, this doesn’t just apply to children. Pets can also be used to manipulate and control you in a relationship.

7. They have forced you to have sex.

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Sex is not a “duty” to be fulfilled in a loving, equal relationship. Nor should your partner guilt trip or manipulate you into participating in sex acts after you have refused sex. Consent needs to be freely given! It doesn’t matter how long the two of you have been together. Otherwise, it’s classed as sexual assault.

8. They try to control you and treat you like a child.

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Abusive relationships are about control and power. Part of treating you like a child is making you feel like you don’t have any control in the relationship, or even your life, so that you continue to stay and endure the abuse.

9. They make you feel like you need permission to make decisions or go somewhere.

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This applies when you feel like you have to text at every moment to update your partner about where you are. And when you can’t spend time with friends or family without getting permission from your partner. This is because abusers commonly try to isolate their partner from other, platonic relationships with other people.

10. They try to take complete control of the finances and how you spend money.

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Controlling how money is earned and spent is known as financial abuse. People suffering from this type of abuse are commonly denied access to money by partners for doing simple tasks like grocery shopping. Or, sometimes the abuser decides whether and when their partner is allowed to work.

11. They cannot admit to being wrong.

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Part of being in a respectful and loving relationship is being able to say sorry and to admit fault. An abusive partner refuses to apologise, because doing so would threaten their position of power in their relationship.

12. They accuse you of things that you know are not true.

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This is about control, and manipulating you. After all, if you’re spending your time trying to prove your innocence, then you’re not going to spend your time planning to leave the relationship, are you?

13. They do not take responsibility for their behavior.

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The reality is, it’s not too much to ask someone to take responsibility for their behavior – even more so when it’s someone you’re in a relationship with. However, your partner doesn’t take responsibility for their behavior because doing so would threaten their position of power in the relationship.

14. They use “The Silent Treatment” to get their way.

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Chances are you may have experienced “The Silent Treatment” before, in elementary school. And that’s where that behavior should stay. An equal, loving relationship is not built on one person using silence to manipulate the other person into conceding a point.

15. They make subtle threats or negative remarks about you.

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Of course, there’s always room for some friendly sledging in a loving, respectful relationship. But, it turns into abuse when your partner does this on a regular basis to frighten, or control you. It’s possible they may even pass it off as a “joke”, or say that you’re “overreacting”. But again, if you’re in a loving relationship, then your partner should respect the fact that you’re hurt by a “joke”. They should not continue to make these types of comments.

16. You feel scared about how your significant other will act.

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Repeat after us: you should have no reason to fear your partner in a loving, respectful relationship. You should have no reason to fear your partner in a loving, respectful relationship.

17. You feel that you can help your partner to change their behavior.

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But, only if you have changed something about yourself first.

18. You watch your behavior carefully so that you do not start a conflict in your relationship.

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An abuser does not abuse all of the time. They maintain a cycle of abuse in the relationship. Things go from being tense, where you feel like you have to watch your own actions, to an incident which involves verbal, emotional, financial and physical abuse. Then, your partner attempts reconciliation or denies the abuse occurred, and the relationship goes into a calm stage. However, tensions will begin to build before long, starting the cycle once again.

19. You stay with your partner because you are afraid of what they would do if you broke up.

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In other words, you feel trapped in your relationship because of your partner’s current, or potential, behavior. This can range from hurting you, your kids, your pets, your friends, and your family. Or, destroying your belongings, compromising access to your finances, or hurting themselves.

20. They don’t pass “The No Test”

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“The No Test” is pretty simple. Observe what happens the next time you tell your partner “no”. This could be in response to being asked out on a date, or maybe doing them a simple favor. Disappointment is a normal response to being told “no.”  However, pure outrage, violence, and/or emotional manipulation is not a reasonable response, and may indicate an abusive relationship.

If you feel that you are experiencing an abusive relationship, please seek help. Call The National Domestic Violence Hotline on 1800 799 7233 for assistance. Please take care if you feel that your internet or mobile phone device use is being monitored.

Puerto Rican Model With Down Syndrome Stuns At New York Fashion Week

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Puerto Rican Model With Down Syndrome Stuns At New York Fashion Week

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The world of fashion is notoriously a parade of homogeneity. While certain brands make valiant attempts to diversify the faces and designs that represent their lines, it’s true that there is a world of progress to be made. Which leads us to our praise and worship for Sofía Jirau.

Sofia Jirau is a 22-year-old Puerto Rican model with Down Syndrome.

She is, to say the least, a true jefa whose recent appearance on the runway at a New York Fashion Week show is undoubtedly a game-changer. While walking the runway this past week, the model lived out her dream of not only modeling in New York but also shaking up its fashion scene.

“When I was little, I looked myself in the mirror and said, ‘I’m going to be a model and a businesswoman,’” Jirau told People in a recent interview.

And just look at her now.

Jirau got her start back in 2019 when she signed with INprende, an agency that works to represent models and faces like Sofia. Since making her deal, Jirau has gone on to model for designers like Kelvin Giovannie and Marisa Santiago. 
“I was born for this and I want to show the world that I have everything a model needs to shine,” Jirau wrote in a post about her NYFW debut on Instagram.

Here’s to hoping for more of this!