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2018 in Review: Why It Didn’t Suck As Bad As You Think

2018 in Review: Why It Didn't Suck As Bad As You Think
Beyonce at Coachella

We nonetheless have Beyoncé (Photograph: Getty)

2018, we’re going to allow you to end, however you’ve been a critical check to the endurance of the human spirit, tbh. And we’re not even *right here* to recap the infinitely artistic methods you messed with our heads these final 12 months. However in spite of what you set us by means of, there have been some notable glimmers of hope that managed to shine by way of regardless of the darkish hours of the Brett Kavanaugh trial and that entire Fb-Cambridge Analytica cock-up.

Actually, it seems that you simply gave us so many joyful moments that we truly had a tough time whittling down our fave 18 right here. (It’s value mentioning that not even the emergence of latest web boyfriend Noah Centineo made the reduce.)

Right here’s hoping the brilliant moments under will assist restore our religion in humanity simply sufficient to say “thank u, next” to a different yr, and transfer on with hope for 2019.

Right here, our countdown of probably the most uplifting moments of 2018:

18. The Launch of the Time’s Up motion

Simply hours into the brand new yr, whereas a lot of the world was reaching for Aspirin or ordering an Uber residence, 300 powerhouse ladies in Hollywood launched a coordinated marketing campaign towards sexual misconduct in the office, largely in response to the #MeToo motion and revelations of decades-long sexual harassment by movie producer Harvey Weinstein. The open letter was signed by a number of the largest names in the leisure business, together with Reese Witherspoon, Kerry Washington and Shonda Rhimes, and appeared as a full-page advert in the New York Occasions. It additionally included a $13-million authorized protection fund to assist ladies in much less privileged positions struggle sexual predation at work. The marketing campaign was in full drive come awards season, with stars sporting black and Time’s Up buttons to the Golden Globes to assist increase consciousness and funds for the trigger. Up to now, Time’s Up has raised greater than $20 million and appointed former WNBA president Lisa Borders as its first president and CEO.

17. Tessa and Scott danced into Olympic historical past

After skating their solution to gold (once more) on the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics, Canada’s sweethearts Tessa Advantage and Scott Moir have retired to a everlasting place: our hearts. Advantage and her “partner-in-crime”—her phrases—are usually not solely probably the most adorned determine skaters in Olympic historical past, however they’ve managed to gasoline the world’s collective curiosity with a close to legendary are-they-aren’t-they courting saga that not even Ellen might crack (ELLEN!!!). No matter their courting standing, there’s no denying that these two proceed to unfold pleasure all over the world even once they’re off the ice. (And you will discover Advantage in the corporate of different inspiring boss ladies on FLARE’s 2018 #HowIMadeIt listing.)

16. Beyoncé made historical past at Coachella

Lower than a yr after giving start to twins Rumi and Sir, Beyoncé took the stage at Coachella to turn out to be the primary lady of color to headline the long-lasting music pageant. The celebrity was set to carry out on the 2017 pageant whereas pregnant with twins, however bowed out when docs informed her to scale back her schedule. Making a historic comeback this yr, Beyoncé not solely reunited together with her former Future’s Youngster bandmates on stage each weekends, however proved to be the one authentic response to the query, “Who run the world?”

15. Emma Gonzalez reminded us that younger ladies will *save* the world

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Emma Gonzalez is hugged by a friend following her speech at a rally for gun control at the Broward County Federal Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on February 17, 2018. A former student, Nikolas Cruz, opened fire at the high school leaving 17 people dead and 15 injured on February 14.

Marjory Stoneman Douglas Excessive Faculty scholar Emma Gonzalez (Photograph: Getty)

Simply days after a gunman entered her Florida highschool and killed 17 college students, Emma Gonzalez, a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas Excessive Faculty, stood alongside fellow survivors to ship an incendiary speech at a gun management rally. In it, she referred to as on nationwide lawmakers to take motion to stop extra mass faculty shootings—and in addition referred to as B.S. on politicians who insist that stricter gun legal guidelines don’t lower gun violence. Gonzalez later penned an op-ed for Teen Vogue on why younger individuals are taking a stand and was a part of the student-led demonstration in help of the March for Our Lives protest in Washington, D.C. “In just a few weeks’ time, we, the youth of the United States, have built a new movement to denounce gun violence and call for safety in all of our communities,” she wrote. “And this is only the beginning.” Youngsters today, proper?

14. A Toronto teen broke the web together with his glam grad photograph

It was an 18th birthday celebrated by actually everybody. On his massive day, Etobicoke, Ont. teen Kevin Kodra shared his highschool commencement photograph—a glam self-portrait in full Kim Kardashian-esque make-up—on Instagram, and shortly came upon he was trending everywhere in the web. Within the midst of his social media fame, the sweetness influencer spoke to FLARE concerning the after-school gigs with M.A.C and TooFaced Cosmetics which have resulted from his in style feed.

13. The September points principally featured individuals of color

Trend doesn’t all the time get variety and inclusive illustration proper—see each Victoria’s Secret Style Present in the historical past of time as proof—however this September, the most important problems with the most important U.S. mags have been extra racially numerous than ever, with greater than half that includes individuals of color (that’s up from final yr’s embarrassing 22.2%). Tiffany Haddish appeared on Glamour, Zendaya was on Marie Claire, and Kanye West, North West and Saint West have been featured on Harper’s Bazaar. And, most notably, Beyoncé’s history-making Vogue cowl was the first-ever shot by an African-American photographer, 23-year-old Tyler Mitchell.

12. Two rival feminine hockey gamers acquired married

What 2018 actually wanted was an epic love story, so right here it’s: Former Canadian ladies’s hockey group ahead Gillian Apps and American ahead Meghan Duggan received married in Maine in September. And even the staunchest supporters of the nationwide hockey groups put apart their variations to help this union. “True love overcomes even the largest of rivalries,” the U.S. Olympic Committee tweeted; “From competitors on the ice to partners for life,” Canadian Olympic Committee posted to their very own Twitter account. Apps and Duggan now sit up for a lifetime of mutual bodily health and deciding whose Olympic gold medals will hold extra prominently in the household room. Cheers to like!

11. Mindy Kaling’s graduation speech delivered all of the life knowledge you’ll ever want

How do you make a philosophical dent in the Insta-track minds of at this time’s youth? With hard-won life knowledge allotted by the fearless feminine badass of our time, Mindy Kaling, that’s how. In June, the writer-executive producer returned to her alma mater, Dartmouth School, to ship this yr’s graduation handle. In her 17-minute speech, she extolled knowledge on courting in the #MeToo period, the necessity for extra numerous illustration and casting in Hollywood, and why ladies ought to do a greater job of supporting one another. It’s value re-watching, and repeating, wherever you’re in your journey: “I was not someone who should have the life I have now, and yet I do. I was sitting in the chair you are literally sitting in right now and I just whispered, ‘Why not me?’ And I kept whispering it for 17 years; and here I am.”

10. Chrissy Teigen taught us how one can truly say her identify

Depart it to Chrissy Teigen to casually drop a fact bomb on Twitter after which watch the world spiral into insanity. That’s simply what occurred when she identified that we’ve all been saying her identify improper. This. Entire. Time. (It’s Tie-gen not Tee-gen.) Cue minds blown all over the place. However fairly than right each red-carpet interviewer or Starbucks barista who bungled her surname, she resigned herself to a lifetime of responding to a close-enough misnomer. It obtained plenty of individuals considering—together with one FLARE author—about how a lot simpler it’s on everybody else to undertake an easier moniker than train individuals the best way to correctly enunciate when addressing you. What’s in a reputation? Truthfully, no matter you need it to be, however perhaps simply ask methods to say it first.

9. Canada’s Donna Strickland earned a Nobel Prize in Physics

College of Waterloo researcher Donna Strickland turned the third lady *ever* to win the Nobel Prize in Physics (NDB, simply casually following in Marie Curie’s footsteps). Strickland was additionally the primary lady in 55 years to obtain the honour, sharing the $1.29-million prize with an American scientist and French physicist for his or her work in laser physics, which contributed to developments in corrective eye surgical procedure. For sure, Strickland was promoted to full professor in the wake of her groundbreaking achievement.

eight. This Indigenous women’ hockey workforce raised over $100Okay to enter a event

It took a yr and a half of cautious planning to boost greater than $120Okay in order that the Rez Women hockey workforce from Ontario’s Eabametoong First Nation might take part in their first event in Ottawa. The First Nation reserve, often known as Fort Hope, Ont., is 360 kilometres north of Thunder Bay and may solely be accessed by aircraft (or ice roads in the winter). The women, ages 10 to 12, wrote letters to donors and launched a crowdfunding marketing campaign to assist pay for a constitution aircraft, lodge rooms and event charges to go to Canada’s capital metropolis. (Previous to the journey, most of the women had solely ever left the reserve for medical appointments.) “It was a bit of a pipe dream in the beginning to think we could raise the funds, but we wanted to give it a try,” stated group supervisor Allison Norman.

7. Loopy Wealthy Asians turned probably the most profitable Hollywood rom-com in 10 years

Michael and Astrid in crazy rich asians

Loopy Wealthy Asians (Photograph: Warner Brothers)

You couldn’t write this type of love story. The groundbreaking box-office success of the difference of Kevin Kwan’s crazy-amazing novels for the large display is best than any Hollywood plot line. Director Jon Chu’s Loopy Wealthy Asians has grow to be probably the most profitable Hollywood studio romantic comedy launched in the final decade, pulling in greater than $218 million worldwide thus far, and surpassing 2008’s Intercourse and the Metropolis movie. It’s additionally the primary studio movie to function an all-Asian forged. This comes on the heels of the monetary success of Marvel’s Black Panther, proving there’s a robust urge for food for extra inclusive narratives in popular culture.

6. Taylor Swift lastly obtained political

Recognized for her coy ambivalence on every little thing from well-known flings to her vote in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Taylor Swift lastly used social media to talk out towards discrimination in her residence state and announce that she can be voting in Tennessee for the November midterms. A month earlier than the Nov. 6 election, Swift took to Instagram to endorse Democratic candidates Phil Bredesen and Jim Cooper, and encourage her 113 million followers to register to vote. Although Republican candidate Marsha Blackburn, whom Swift denounced in her publish, was later elected senator, Swift triggered a drastic spike in voter registrations, shedding any beforehand apolitical dangerous blood. “We are up to 65,000 registrations in a single 24-hour period since T. Swift’s post,” Kamari Guthrie, director of communications for, informed Buzzfeed Information.

5. The world discovered what BDE is ( a time period which, BTW, a Canadian author got here up with)

The acronym—first coined by Toronto’s Kyrell Grant—caught hearth through the peak of Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson’s whiplash romance, when a fan requested Grande how “long” her then-fiancé was. Grande replied that he was very lengthy certainly (“like 10 inches?”)  and it was off to the races for BDE, which—as Grant later informed the Guardian—is “a phrase I’d used with friends to refer to guys who aren’t that great but for whatever reason you still find attractive.”And worry not, BDE isn’t a vibe unique to males; as The Reduce helpfully identified, each Cate Blanchett (“BDE for days”) and Rihanna (“overflowing with BDE”) possess it in spades regardless of missing that essential D.

four. Eire reversed its abortion ban

Higher 157 years late than by no means. On Might 26, 2018, Eire voted to reform the Catholic nation’s strict abortion ban. Irish expats around the globe returned residence to forged their poll in the historic referendum, with 66.four% voting in favour of repealing the structure’s eighth modification. “Today is a historic day for Ireland,” Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar stated at a press convention. “A quiet revolution has taken place.”

three. The British Royals labored actually exhausting at being royal

While the remainder of us have been contending with the neverending Trump-Russia-Fb information cycle and scraping the underside of our Halo Prime ice cream tubs, the Royals have been busy having the busiest royal yr attainable. This resulted in a brand new royal child, two royal weddings and the announcement of one other royal child on the best way. (Significantly although, what have been you doing this previous yr?) Prince William and Kate welcomed their third youngster, Prince Louis, on April 23. Simply weeks later, the Cambridges, Clooneys and Mulroneys descended on Windsor Citadel to rejoice the union of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on Might 19. It was, as one FLARE author put it, “the Blackest moment in British Royal history.” The Royals then returned to Windsor on October 12 for the nuptials of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank. Oh, that’s additionally when Harry and Meghan advised the household they have been anticipating their first baby, due someday in spring 2019. And there’s nonetheless a couple of days left in 2018 for extra surprises…

2. Netflix’s Queer Eye turned the image of hope

What have been you watching if not the extremely anticipated return of the Fab 5 this yr? From whom did you get your self-care if not Antoni, Tan, Karamo, Bobby and Jonathan? And the way, most crucially, did you study perfecting the French tuck? Since launching with two seasons earlier this yr, the celebrated Netflix reboot has given us so many necessary life classes (and tears). Returning to a vastly extra political local weather than that of the unique 2003 Queer Eye for the Straight Man set in LGBTQ-friendly New York, the brand new forged headed to the Deep South, tasked with “turning red states pink, one makeover at a time.” And we have been so right here for it.

1. The #FreeBungle marketing campaign received this outlaw pet launched from jail

Pals, please check out the face of a hardened felony.

That is Bungle, a four-month previous chow-chow pup who was detained by Northamptonshire Police in the U.Okay. when he bit an officer after escaping from the household residence. The furry outlaw was detained for greater than 4 days in the curiosity of public security. And the web was having none of it. After proprietor David Hayes took to Fb to replace the native village that Bungle had been confiscated underneath the Harmful Canine Act, greater than 10,000 individuals signed an internet petition demanding his launch; in the meantime #FreeBungle was trending on Twitter. However this can be a good-news story, so there’s a cheerful ending for Bungle and his household. “Having gone through a proportionate investigation and risk assessment, the dog has been returned with appropriate conditions to manage any future risk,” stated Chief Superintendent Chris Hillery. Extra excellent news that will help you experience off into 2019 with ease: The injured cop is reportedly recovering properly. Completely happy new yr, everybody!


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