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The best Grammys red carpet looks of all time

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The Grammy Awards are an opportunity for nominated musicians not only to celebrate their outstanding musical achievement, but also to show off their impeccable sense of style when they grace the red carpet. Ahead of this year’s awards show on Sunday, March 14, here are some of the most breathtaking looks in Grammy history.

4 out of 55

Nancy Wilson and Billy Carter, 1971

8 out of 55

Yoko Ono and John Lennon, 1976

9 out of 55

Marilyn McCoo and Peter Frampton, 1977

13 out of 55

Dionne Warwick and Quincy Jones, 1979

28 out of 55

Jennifer Lopez, 2000

In Versace at the 2000 Grammy Awards

29 out of 55

Nelly Furtado, 2002

In Giorgio Armani at the 2002 Grammy Awards

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Los Angeles, California on March 14 She attends the 63rd Grammy Awards at Los Angeles Convention Center on March 14, 2021 in Los Angeles, California photo by Kevin Mazurgetty Images for Recording Academy

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While many musicians and celebrities chose to stay home this year for the Grammy Awards, many again brought their A-game to the red carpet tonight with looks they’ve probably been dying to show off ever since. the start of the pandemic. From graphic nails and intricate designs to perfectly primed hair and sparkles all over, these are the beauty looks that you will want to master as we are able to reunite outside of our humble abodes.

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Stallion Megan Thee

Grammy Award-winning artist Megan Thee is having her time and looking great doing it! With a beautiful updo styled by Kellon Deryck using Dyson and makeup perfected by Priscilla Ono, we are the real winners of the night and are honored to be living in the same era as Meg.


Doja cat

Always ready to push the limits, Doja Cat brought the party front and back with a killer mullet styled by Jared “JStayReady” Henderson using Joico, a grungy smokey eye using Shiseido – skin prep with Dermaflash Luxe – by makeup artist Ernesto Casillas and sharp, pointy nails by Saccia.


Billie Eilish

Billie’s natural beauty look was created using Milk Makeup by MUA Robert Rumsey with claws made by Tammy Taylor to reflect the matching look that is whatever we wanted.



If there’s one thing she’s going to do, it’s wear sunglasses. These Bonnie Clyde lavender shades were a match made in heaven with her sparkling purple lids created by Marissa Vossen and beautiful long waves styled by Nina Monique.


Love her nails

SHE continued her moment of correspondence with her plum mauve nails crafted by Chaun Legend.


Tiara Thomas

Fulani braids and a sun-kissed tan flap? Tiara Thomas predicted the summer look we’re dying for.


Phoebe bridgers

Elton John might be ready to fight someone since Phoebe Bridgers lost at the Grammys (don’t worry, we are too), but she’s a winner in our hearts with platinum blonde hair that everyone in. quarantine tried to create. She added a bold lip to bring the look closer.



We cry because Lizzo loves us! Her longtime hairstylist Shelby Swain used Matrix and ghd Hair to give us the simple Gen Z centerpiece of our dreams that featured a light coating of sparkles that almost shone as brightly as she did.


Harry Styles

Question: How can I become Harry Styles’ neck draped green boa? I can watch her tousled hair and glass skin all night long.


Lizzo (again!)

Lizzo showed up with not one, but TWO iconic looks. This time we are NOW looking for chunky flip flop rhinestone barrettes. Her flawless look was created by equally talented Alexx Mayo, using DERMAFLASH Luxe to prepare the skin camera and Charlotte Tilbury for the subtle beat.


Jhené Aiko

Nominated for six Grammys, Jhené has something to smile about. Bringing her signature glamor to the red carpet, her edges have been carefully styled in a swirling pattern that matches the long cascading braids that fall in waves at the ends.


Dua Lipa

This monochrome look ABSOLUTELY levitates us with matching sparkly nails, lips and eyeshadows. BRB, adding glitter to every makeup from now on.


Dua Lipa nails give us butterflies

Like her Nostalgia for the future mixture, Dua Lipa’s fingernails had our hearts beating like butterflies on her fingernails.


Megan (again)

I would pay to see Megan perform in a sparkling jumpsuit and retro curls over and over again.


Megan (again)

Megan quickly rocked into a deep side part for the jaw-dropping “WAP” performance with Cardi B.


Cardi B

Cardi B debuted with a short pink wig that herself deserves an award. The pink cup was designed by Tokyo Stylez with Joico. Cardi’s MUA Erika La ‘Pearl used Urban SKin RX to prep the Pat McGrath Labs skin to create a sparkling pink look to match the overall cut.



Beyoncé honored us all by just showing up at the Grammys and looked great doing it, of course! Having made history as the most awarded woman in Grammy history, we’re beyond smiles for Queen Bey.

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I’m trapped in a women’s prison during a pandemic

Looking through the thick bars cutting a horizontal stratum in the window, I watch the streams of fog soften the edges of the housing unit silhouettes lined up outside. The towering stadium lights illuminate the prison grounds when it gets dark; this morning they radiate a soft light through the mist. This is what mass incarceration looks like at 5 a.m.

Turning on the lamp that is attached to the metal frame of my prison bunk, I adjust the coarse orange fabric of the face mask I tied over it. Transformed from Covid-19 mitigation, it now imbues my sleeper area with a soothing marmalade glow. I found it softened the reality of the cold cinder block wall that ran the length of my lumpy mattress. I live in a room that often accommodates eight women at a time, in a space the size of a one-car garage.

That everything about Covid-19 is calming is ironic; prisons are a nightmare scenario for an out of control virus. 1 in 5 people incarcerated in the United States have tested positive for the coronavirus, which is four times higher than the general population. In California, where I am incarcerated, that rate is one in four.

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The women at the California Women’s Center run a beauty salon, but with COVID-19, the rally is not what it used to be.

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I know I designed my current situation to break the law, but no one saw this pandemic coming. Being sentenced to years in prison is different from the very real possibility of dying at the hands of neglectful and indifferent prisons.

I have to go to breakfast to get food. This requires walking between a staff glove clustered on both sides of a narrow sidewalk leading to the food hall. I notice that many of their masks hang carelessly from their chin. The institution says we should report any staff not complying with COVID mitigation practices, but we know this will lead to backlash – likely harassment or a search of our room.

This morning, when I saw that there wouldn’t be six feet between us, I considered quoting some public health messages. Time in prison, however, taught me to think about these urges, and I reconsidered taking five correctional officers who clearly weren’t concerned about the coronavirus. I held my breath as I passed, grateful for the mask that hid equal parts frustration and fear.

For us, these Covid quarantine rooms are dungeons.

I have been incarcerated for 30 years and I have never seen my community suffer in this way. Entire rooms of eight women are routinely ripped out of housing and sent to quarantine after potential exposure. For 14 days, they sit in two-person cells made up of three narrow cinder-block walls that seem to close in on you. They are so small that you can touch your bunk and the wall at the same time. However, you wouldn’t want to touch the wall, they’re smeared with pencils led by previous women using them as pencil sharpeners, or they’re encrusted with dried balls of cheap toothpaste that were used as glue to pin pictures of your own. loved ones or a funny comic in the mail. There is no electricity for appliances, no phone calls or access to the laundry room, we cannot power the tablets we rely on for valuable contact with family and the outside world. For us, these Covid quarantine rooms are dungeons.

A woman I have known for over 20 years recently returned from her 40s. Usually she is spiritual, supportive and calm, always ready with a Bible quote from Christian books that she constantly reads. When she returned from quarantine with her roommates, we could see the change in their faces and in their minds.

About a week after she returned, we were both in the medical clinic waiting to be seen. She sat down across from me on the stainless steel benches, gazing quietly at the floor. For two decades, we worked together and lived in the same accommodation and shared many conversations. When she started to speak this time, I heard something that had no character reflected in her voice and on her face: she was indignant. I saw anger run through his face in a way I had never seen before. Uncomfortable, I imagined what must have happened to mark her like that.

We live in four days of dread – the time it takes to get the results of our Covid-19 test. Each time we fear to learn that someone in our room has tested positive; it’s like living a game of russian roulette. We are haunted by the specter of a positive test, the room of which will then be transferred to the quarantine unit.

This virus is an invisible microscopic presence on all surfaces. Whenever a woman tests positive, we all think: did I sit on a couch near her? Am I standing next to her signing up for phone time? Did I use the kiosk or the washing machine after her?

We live in four days of dread – the time it takes to get the results of our Covid-19 test. Each time we fear to learn that someone in our room has tested positive; it’s like living a game of russian roulette.

Three days ago my friend who lives in a room across the hall a few feet away tested positive. All our room knows her, she is someone with whom we speak regularly and with whom we have lunch. One of my roommates even works with her. She and I had chatted a week earlier, standing next to each other in the living room and discussing how we both handled quarantine. It was 7:40 pm and we were sitting on our bunks when the sound of an officer’s footsteps on the concrete echoed on the hallway floor. Then we heard a creak as the staff unlocked the heavy metal door to their room before the officer leaned over the doorway to call out his last name and tell him it was time to go.

My roommates and I looked out our bedroom window, watching our friend come out of her bedroom with a large plastic garbage bag full of her things. I could see faces at every window in our lobby. Soon voices began to echo through the cracks in the doors. Several voices overlapped, saying that we love her, to stay strong, pray for her, and plan a big meal to celebrate her return in 14 days.

Then we sat in our bedroom sharing our own version of the “contact tracing” information, each of us suddenly realizing what that could mean. Our cell became very silent, each of us considering the overwhelming inevitability.

That night, after the 9:30 p.m. security countdown, I lay in my bunk wondering how my friend was doing. I imagined her in a quarantine room with no electricity, no television, with strangers she did not know. I thought about how this could be my future. I struggled with the reality that this virus was at my front door and probably in my room. Stress was a tangible burden, an inescapable reality of things and decisions beyond our control that risked our lives.

Overwhelmed by all of this, I distracted myself by watching Saturday Night Live – a laugh finally emerged at a Rudy Guliani sketch. Opening a box of cheese crackers and a bag of plain crisps, I thought there was no such thing as the old-fashioned coping strategy of emotional eating. Self-care is not lenient, I thought, it is self-conserving. As I fell in love with my snacks and allowed the comedy to distract my quick thoughts, I realized I had reached the point of giving in to what I had no control over. I had given in to the uncertainty of my situation. Really, it was the only choice I had left.

The next day, each room was given a list of what we were allowed to take with us if our test came back positive and we were sent to quarantine.

Even as I wondered if there might be a virus in her hair, I put her head under my chin.

A few weeks ago my friend came to my bunk. She perched on its metal edge and asked if she could talk to me. She was fresh out of work. In the beginning, when prison officers were designated “essential workers,” many women were grateful because they were so anxious to finally get out of their rooms and go elsewhere in the prison. Before Covid-19, it was common to attend self-help groups in the chapel or visitation room. We had weekly medical appointments, college night classes, and Narcotics Anonymous meetings. Now it’s all gone. Having a work assignment to help fill 23 hours of lockdown each day feels like a giveaway, even if the job pays only 8 to 90 cents an hour.

My friend started to cry as she revealed the fear and stress of being forced to report to her job where she was assigned along with many other women in the prison. They had all recently learned that their supervisor had tested positive for Covid-19. She worried about her habit of putting her mask under her mouth for weeks.

Two days later, when the women returned to work after a brief hiatus, it was uncertain whether the site had been disinfected. All day they talked about where the virus could still be, the fear and uncertainty weighing on them.

My friend is usually a bright blast of happy and joyous energy, but the day and the oppressive mood of her colleagues had taken its toll. Once she entered the peace and security of my room, she broke down. Her voice was shaky and strained as she told me that she couldn’t stand it, that she had tried to be strong and support other women all day but it was too much; her head fell and tears flowed. She was broken.

I looked at my friend, fresh out of her job with her dark eyes filled with the weight of working in a place most likely infected with Covid-19 and although I was keenly aware of her proximity to me. Could it be on his clothes, I wondered? And as I watched her tears and the anguish etched on her face, I pulled her towards me and hugged her. Even as I wondered if there might be a virus in her hair, I put her head under my chin. As my arms swirled in an offer of comfort, a little thought came to me, I wondered if I was now infected? I still hugged her.

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by winter, “the millinocket wedding” had basically become shorthand for a “coronavirus superspreader event” stories about covid19 that ran in local papers were sometimes accompanied by a photo of the big moose inn cabins  campground for no other reason than that everyone associated the one with the other

By winter, “the Millinocket wedding” had basically become shorthand for a “coronavirus superspreader event.” Stories about COVID-19 that ran in local papers were sometimes accompanied by a photo of the Big Moose Inn Cabins & Campground for no other reason than that everyone associated the one with the other.

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The first thing the people of Millinocket would like you to know about the so-called “Millinocket wedding”—a coronavirus superspreader event in rural Maine last August—was that it didn’t even happen in Millinocket. Part of it happened in East Millinocket, a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it town of around 1,700 that calls itself “The Town That Paper Made,” and part of it happened at the now equally infamous Big Moose Inn Cabins & Campground, more than 20 minutes away, on the shores of Lake Millinocket and Ambajejus Lake, at the edge of the Katahdin wilderness. Millinocket itself is just about smack in between the two, but a good 10 minutes or so away from each.

“Most people in Millinocket had absolutely nothing to do with that wedding,” a longtime local business owner told me with a heavy sigh. “The bride got married in her father’s church in East Millinocket, and it was just beyond stupid and foolish for them to have a wedding. Most everybody here thinks that. They endangered a bunch of people.”

According to a later report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the August 7 wedding in the Millinocket region was ultimately linked to the infection of 177 people. Seven of them died, none of whom actually attended the event itself. Up until that point, Maine had weathered the pandemic remarkably well, with among the lowest COVID-19 transmission rates in the country. That had held true even through July’s tourist season, to the state’s great relief. Maine is the oldest state demographically in the country, with a population that’s highly vulnerable to the coronavirus, but its economy depends on money from tourism. All summer, there had been a collective unease among locals—not knowing whether to be more afraid that people would come, or that they wouldn’t. By late August, seemingly everybody here knew about the Millinocket wedding, and everything had changed.

Maine’s CDC director said the effect of the wedding was like opening a “giant tube of glitter” over the state. The virus ended up all over the place.

The ceremony was held at the Tri Town Baptist Church, which the bride’s parents had helped found over two decades earlier. It’s a simple, sweet white structure at the north end of Main Street near a Family Dollar, which appears to be downtown’s biggest active commercial enterprise. The church was originally started by a pastor named Todd Bell, who’d arrived in the mill town in 1996, having been called to spread the gospel to the northern reaches. The bride’s parents joined his church at the beginning, back when meetings were held in the NAPA Auto Parts store.

Not very much is known about the wedding itself, because nobody who went to it has talked to the media. All members of the bride’s family, including the bride herself, declined interview requests, and most have set their social media to private.

But one of the three bridesmaids maintains Twitter and Instagram feeds that have alternated between public and private: Cherith Bell, Pastor Bell’s daughter. In June, she posted pictures from the bridal shower in East Millinocket, noting that she and the bride, #BestFriends22YearsAndCounting, were celebrating in the same little town where their mothers had had a joint baby shower for them some 22 years earlier. Cherith also posted pictures of the bridal party prior to the wedding ceremony—they’re in matching T-shirts, and they’re all smiles. In one picture, they’ve lifted the bride up and onto Cherith’s back—her mouth is open, mid-laugh. Cherith captioned the series “the one where we got her married” with sparkle emojis.

The bride and groom and five members of the groom’s family had flown in from California the day before the wedding, on Thursday, August 6. Per the executive order issued by Maine’s governor, all seven of them received negative test results for coronavirus shortly after they arrived and did not need to quarantine, according to the CDC report. Todd Bell was the officiant, and he arrived on August 6 as well, flying up from Sanford, in southern Maine, in one of the private planes he had acquired in partnership with the church for his “Wings With the Word” aviation ministry. Two days earlier, on August 4, Bell had spoken at a meeting hosted by the New England Baptist Fellowship in Rhode Island, a state that, at the time, had a COVID-19 case rate far higher than Maine’s. Given the length of time between events, he could not have quarantined when he returned, and it’s not known whether he took a test (Bell has stopped speaking to the media), but his later behavior suggests it’s unlikely.

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Part of the superspreader wedding happened at the now infamous Big Moose Inn Cabins & Campground.


After the wedding ceremony, a party of 55 headed to dinner at the Big Moose Inn. To get there from East Millinocket, you drive northwest out of town on Route 157, past the Katahdin Regional Industrial Park, a Maine Forest Service ranger station, and S&S Weapons, an indoor gun range that replaced a local topless bar in 2018. For much of the drive, there’s nothing but trees. By the time you get to Big Moose, you feel like you’re on the edge of the wilderness, because you are. The North Woods Trading Post next door to Big Moose has the last gas and Wi-Fi service for hundreds of miles.

Big Moose has been in owner Laurie Cormier’s family since 1976. Its on-site restaurant, Fredericka’s, is named for her mother. Cormier declined an interview request, as she has done with all media since the wedding, but she did release a lengthy statement in late August: “Our hearts go out to the family, those affected by the virus who were at the wedding, and those who have been impacted since then. There is no doubt that this virus is dangerous with wide-ranging impacts,” Cormier wrote. She detailed the safety measures the inn had taken and why the staff was confused by some of the state guidelines, adding, “We have given the Maine CDC our word, and we are giving our community and guests that same word that we will do—and are doing—better.” The inn’s lawyer, Paul Brown, said that prior to the wedding, the inn worked closely with the mother of the bride, designing a seating arrangement that would both please the wedding party and comply with state mandates. Guests were seated at tables six feet apart. There were signs up reminding people to wear masks and practice social distancing, and Big Moose staff members conducted temperature checks on everyone at the entrance. None were abnormal.

You open up glitter in Millinocket, and next thing you know you are finding traces of it at a jail complex in York County.

But within a week, it was clear that there had been an uninvited guest at the wedding. The first person to test positive for COVID-19 was a Maine resident and wedding guest who had a fever and cough the day after the event and tested positive on the 13th, six days after the ceremony, according to the CDC report. By the 20th, 30 people who had attended, worked, or otherwise been present at the wedding venue were positive for the virus—roughly half the attendees.

Maine’s CDC director, Nirav Shah, MD, later said at a press conference that the effect of the wedding was like opening a “giant tube of glitter” over the state. The virus ended up all over the place. Three days after the wedding, a guest who worked at an area school system went to an in-person school meeting even though that guest had started to cough; two school staff members subsequently tested positive within days, forcing all the area’s schools to delay their reopening by two weeks. Another spent the weekend after the wedding at home, infecting a parent, who infected another child, who was an employee at Maplecrest Rehabilitation and Living Center, a long-term care facility 100 miles southwest, in Madison. Ultimately, 40 people were infected there: 15 staff members and 25 residents. And another wedding guest experienced symptoms roughly a week later, but still reported to work from August 15 to 19 for daily eight-hour shifts at two separate correctional-facility housing units at the York County Jail, approximately 200 miles south, where 82 people became infected, including 48 inmates. “You open up glitter in Millinocket, and next thing you know you are finding traces of it at a jail complex in York County,” Shah said in late August. “It’s just emblematic of how quickly, silently, and efficiently [the virus] can spread.”

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Downtown Millinocket


Big Moose Inn was issued an “imminent health hazard” citation, and briefly lost its license after a follow-up inspection discovered that the inn wasn’t following COVID-19 regulations—tables weren’t spaced six feet apart at the time of the inspection. They also hadn’t kept a list of everyone in attendance at the wedding; the inn’s lawyer told me that they hadn’t realized they needed to as long as they had contact information for the organizer. “The Inn and the mother of the bride had a good working relationship right up until the outbreak, so it was assumed that the family would be forthcoming with this information if needed,” Brown said in an email. “Unfortunately, as the outbreak grew and press attention began to focus on the wedding and its related events, the family refused to provide a copy of the guest list to either the Inn or apparently to the Maine CDC.”

As for the overall numbers, Brown says, Big Moose had believed it was compliant since the group was split into two separate rooms. And, he adds, “simply keeping the number of people at an event under 50 does not mean COVID-19 will not be present or spread; this can only be done by people actively taking personal precautions such as wearing a mask and maintaining social distancing.” Further, Brown wanted to remind people that “the post-wedding dinner was just one of three events that day,” and that “the attendees of the wedding and the dinner made the personal decision to not keep their masks on or to practice social distancing. The Big Moose Inn had no control over these decisions.”

The CDC worked backward on its investigations—contacting people who’d gotten positive results to figure out if they’d been to the wedding or had had contact with someone who’d been there. The report noted that a list of reception attendees was not available, and some infected people may have been missed. Therefore, the infection rate was a conservative estimate. “It’s a cautionary tale,” Parag Mahale, the primary author of the CDC report, told me. “It’s an opportunistic virus, and when people come together, actions in one community can have a ripple effect throughout the state.”

The first death occurred on August 21, exactly two weeks after the wedding. Theresa Dentremont was 88 years old and had spent most of the pandemic holed up over 20 miles away in a cabin with her 97-year-old husband, Frank. Her death was followed by six others, all at the Maplecrest facility. Not all of their names have been released publicly, but we know a couple of them: Mary Hughgill was 82 and loved snowmobiling. Helen Lynch was 86 and living with Alzheimer’s. None of the seven who died had actually attended any part of the wedding.

By winter, “the Millinocket wedding” had basically become shorthand for a “coronavirus superspreader event.”

On September 1, with numbers rising in multiple counties as a result of the wedding held at the Tri Town church, Cherith Bell tweeted, “I’ve gotta say that even after a crazy week like this, the worst thing to happen to me is that I almost stepped on a snake yesterday while golfing.” As for the bride and groom, they had returned to California. On September 5, they walked onstage, along with around 120 unmasked graduates of West Coast Baptist College, in an indoor ceremony, where the speaker intoned that “we’re living in perilous times.” (The officiants made it clear the graduates were only allowed to remove their masks to receive their diplomas; they were repeatedly reminded to maintain social distance and wear masks otherwise.) “These young people are well aware that they’re going out to a battle,” the speaker said. “They’re going out to a warfare against the devil himself”—a nod to the school’s status as a pipeline to the Baptist ministry.

Todd Bell, meanwhile, appeared to continue to hold in-person services at Calvary Baptist, his home church in Sanford, despite the fact that cases were continuing to climb. He did not require attendees to wear masks, and he continued to let his choir sing without them, too. Unbelievably, on October 17, Bell participated in a second wedding—for his son in New Hampshire. Photos of the event show them lined up with five groomsmen and four bridesmaids. Everyone is maskless and grinning, except for a man off to one side: He appears to be the only person of color in the photo, and he’s dressed in a black button-down and pants, with a light blue surgical mask over his face. It looks as if he’s working a tripod.

By winter, “the Millinocket wedding” had basically become shorthand for a “coronavirus superspreader event.” Stories about COVID-19 that ran in local papers were sometimes accompanied by a photo of Big Moose, for no other reason than that everyone associated the one with the other. “The media has said that the wedding was in Millinocket, but it wasn’t,” says Dianne Perrio, who owns Steel Magnolia’s Nail & Hair, a salon in town. “I wouldn’t have had a wedding at this time, but they crucified the lady who owns the Big Moose Inn, and I just feel so bad, because it’s so hard for businesses right now. I can’t even imagine what the owner has gone through with all of this.”

“We became the poster child for bad behavior. Millinocket was thrown under the bus”

“We became the poster child for bad behavior,” says Jim Plourde, a Millinocket native who owns a rubbish removal business and works as a part-time realtor. “I feel like [the Big Moose] has been thrown under the bus. And Millinocket was thrown under the bus.” Plourde says that in the weeks following the wedding, business in the town slowed down considerably. The tourist season in Maine is short to begin with, and in Millinocket, far from the coast and Acadia National Park, it’s even shorter. “Our time frame is tiny,” Plourde says. “Our windows are small. It kept the tourist dollars away, and when that happens, we all feel it. I don’t think it’ll necessarily be a lasting effect on the town, but I think the Big Moose will probably pay a price for a long time.”

In mid-November, just a few days after the CDC published its official report, a trial attorney announced he was representing the family of Mary Hughgill (the snowmobiler) and several other families who lost loved ones. He is also launching an investigation into a possible negligence suit against the Big Moose Inn.

I visited Big Moose one morning in mid-November. It was already shut down for the season, but there was a groundskeeper cleaning up leaves with a leaf blower. While we were talking, a car pulled in carrying a young woman, who was wearing a white face mask and a hooded sweatshirt that said, “Oh deer, I’m pregnant!” with little deer antlers attached to the hood. She didn’t want to give her name, but she said that she’d worked for Big Moose for seven years and had found out she was pregnant with her first child on August 1, six days before the now-infamous wedding. She said she’d spent months fielding phone calls and messages to the inn, many of them death threats, sometimes up to 20 a day. She looked exhausted; she said she was mad. “We were just bombarded, on all of our social media,” she told me. “Calls, calling me a murderer. But it wasn’t us, it was the wedding party. The only time that day that they wore masks was when they came here, because we required it. But they came here to eat! Now our name is tied to it forever, because we were straightforward and open and cooperated from the beginning.”

At the beginning of the season, the woman says, “everybody was worried. But what are you going to do? There wasn’t any [economic] help, so we had to open. And all of us workers, we had to work, because if we didn’t, we didn’t get unemployment anymore.”

Timothy Kenlan, the attorney representing the family of Mary Hughgill, says his firm is looking into possibly filing suits against other entities as well, including Maplecrest. Success, he says, “would look like saving any life that we can. Even if we don’t recover damages, if we can save one life by getting businesses to enforce precautions…. We’re really just trying to send a message to folks.”

A few weeks later, on the first Sunday in December, Todd Bell opened his morning services at Calvary Baptist by announcing that people from all over the country would begin arriving that night for the church’s annual Pastor Refresher Conference. He encouraged parishioners, and those watching at home via livestream, to come, too. “You come if you feel like God wants you to be here,” he said. “And I believe the Lord will be pleased by that.

“I’ve prayed about this, and I’m not about to retract anything that I’ve said,” Bell continued. “And you know why? Because there’s more mask wearing than there ever has been in our country, and there’s more spread than there ever has been in our country. We’re trying to control something that only God can control.” He then appealed for offerings to help fund the conference. Hosting it would cost $10,000, he said. They were planning to serve fresh Maine lobster and 80 pounds of prime rib.

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How I Overcome Body Image Problems Due to Psoriasis

In the summer after eighth grade, I noticed dry, scaly patches of skin on my scalp. When they didn’t leave after a few weeks, I started to panic. I went to the doctor, but he didn’t know what it was. But they were very evident along my hairline on the top of my forehead, and I was laser focused on one fact: High school was about to start and I wasn’t at my best.

Those early teenage years are a pivotal time, when even the smallest things – not to mention visible skin disease – can really ruin your self-confidence. Determined to fix it, I went to see several doctors. Most told me I had dermatitis (a skin irritation) and prescribed a medicated shampoo. It helped, but the patches never completely went away so I tried to cover them up with hair extensions.

At the age of 16, I was finally diagnosed with psoriasis – an immune disorder that causes skin cells to multiply up to 10 times faster than they should, creating scaly patches and itches. It took longer to figure out what it was because on my African American skin my spots weren’t red and inflamed like they would have been if I had fair skin.

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Tikeya Varner has had to deal with the body image challenges of living with psoriasis.

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Feeling completely exposed

When I got to college, patches started growing elsewhere on my skin. I would have a flare in my back, then it would get under control. Then patches would appear on my arms, and when they were gone, they would appear on my legs. It happened all through college.

When it was time to shop for a fancy dress, I knew I should not only find a dress that I liked, but one that would cover my flares. Looking at dresses on a rack, I had to think, “I can show my arms, but I need to cover my back.” This thinking dictated what would buy. It was tiring.

One day in my senior year, I got a really bad rash on my face – and there was just no way to hide it. I don’t think anything can prepare you for someone looking you in the eye and asking, “What is this? wrong with your skin? “I didn’t know how to react, so I cried.

It was hard to believe that people could see me without seeing my psoriasis.

Have visible plaques (the technical term for patches) on my face it was hard to believe people could see me without seeing my psoriasis. After all, how could they do not see my plaques if the light spots on my brown skin were so obvious?

My solution – which honestly wasn’t a solution at all – was to avoid social outings as much as possible – not easy when there are projects to present, job fairs to attend and many parties.

I even spent energy hiding my condition from my best friend – to the point that I changed in the bathroom when we got ready to go out so she wouldn’t see my plaques or blemishes.

It was so hard to hide something like that from him. One day it got too hard, so I opened up. She was immediately so understanding and helped me realize that when she looked at me, my psoriasis was not what she was seeing. It was a defining moment, and made me realize that my illness was much more serious for me than for everyone else.

Take back control

With new support from my best friend, I decided to take matters into my own hands. I started researching common triggers on my own and found that stress and certain foods could cause flare-ups. So I started changing my habits, especially dealing with a high stress situation – and it worked. This feeling of empowerment made me feel more confident and comfortable in my body.

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For years, Varner wondered if psoriasis was the only thing people saw when they looked at her.

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The year after I graduated from college, my mom found a National Psoriasis Foundation sponsored walk in Atlanta, where we live, so we went. Until then, I had only really spoken about my condition with a handful of people, but the event gave me the chance to connect with other people with psoriasis.

That day was the first time I felt I could really relate to others.

Suddenly I was part of that group of people who knew exactly what I was talking about – they immediately became friends. I asked them what worked for them and talked about what worked for me too. We also have so easily discussed things that other people without psoriasis just don’t understand. It was liberating. That day was my second real turning point for psoriasis: the first time I felt I could really relate to others.

The following year, I created my own team and raised funds.

Accept my condition

I would be lying if I said I never wonder if my psoriasis is the first thing people notice when they see me. In fact, more often than not this thought crosses my mind if I am having a relapse and interacting with someone other than my husband.

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Varner is now a mom – with a second child on the way – and doesn’t let her illness get in the way of her daily life.

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Despite these moments of insecurity, I am so much more confident than before. In fact, there are times when I choose not to cover up my psoriasis – and when that happens, the feeling is pure release. At these times, I might have psoriasis, but my psoriasis didn’t.

I might have psoriasis, but my psoriasis didn’t.

Over the past year, COVID has not been good for my stress, which as I now understand is a known trigger for psoriasis flare-ups. At the start of the pandemic, the uncertainties gave me a pretty bad escape. But now I prioritize taking time for things that relax me, like taking a bath, taking deep breaths, and drinking green tea. As the wife and mother of a one-year-old daughter (with another baby on the way!), I know stress is inevitable. But now I am able to handle it better.

More than anything, my psoriasis has been a teacher – something that has shown me the importance of being myself. Now I am able to believe that my character will shine through any type of outbreak.

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How Prince Harry celebrated Princess Diana on Mother’s Day 2021

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Prince Harry organized the laying of flowers at Princess Diana’s grave on Sunday to mark Mother’s Day in the UK, it has been confirmed. A spokesperson for the prince shared the tribute Harry paid, as other royals took to social media to mark the special day and remember the royal mothers who were no longer with us .

Although no further details were provided, a spokesperson confirmed flowers were laid in the Prince’s name at his mother’s grave at the Spencer family estate, Althorp, in Northamptonshire, England . Diana’s final resting place is located on an island in the middle of a lake on the estate’s grounds, which was her childhood home.

Earlier today, Prince William and his family also paid tribute to Diana, recounting how Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis created cards in memory of their ‘grandmother Diana’. The post showed pictures drawn by the Cambridge children with messages. Charlotte read: “I love you very much. You miss dad. Kensington Palace wrote: “For those who are grieving, today can be particularly difficult.”

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Later that day, Kensington Palace shared a photo of a cake George, Charlotte and Louis made for Kate, as well as an unseen 1980s photo of the Duchess as a child with her mother, Carole Middleton. Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla also paid tribute to their mothers on social media. Charles chose an image of him and the Queen laughing together at the Braemar Highland Games in Scotland in 2010, and Camilla shared a photo with her late mother, Rosalind Shand, from 1990.

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The Queen chose a photograph of herself as a young Princess Elizabeth smiling at her mother. “To all moms around the world, we wish you a very special Mother’s Day,” the article read.

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See Megan Thee Stallion’s second Grammys dress at the after-party

A sign that Hollywood is getting a little closer to pre-pandemic standards as the vaccines roll out, the Grammys weren’t completely without any celebrations after the ceremony. Megan Thee Stallion hosted a small after party at The Highlight Room, according to Page six, which the outlet describes as “an 11,000 square foot rooftop room.”

Megan was pictured in a blue and white dress alongside her boyfriend, rapper Pardi Fontaine. Other guests, the outlet noted, included Taraji P. Henson and Usher. Beyoncé, Megan’s collaborator on “Savage,” was not at the celebration as she was having her own post-Grammys dinner.

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Food at Megan’s party included “honey ginger glazed salmon, roast chicken, chicken meatballs, grilled broccoli, and kale and apple salads.” Page six wrote. Megan also had a three tier yellow cake with lyrics from “Savage,” which she posted on her Instagram Story.

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Megan had a big night at the Grammys, winning three of the four categories she was nominated for. When she won Best Rap Song at the Grammys with Beyoncé, Megan was joined on stage by Bey. And she dedicated most of her speech to Beyoncé and the singer’s impact on Megan’s career.

“I have to keep thanking God because without God none of us would be here today,” Megan began. “I also want to congratulate everyone who was nominated because all of these songs were amazing. Music has really helped many of us get through the pandemic. Like I said, well done to everyone who was here today because a lot of these songs really pushed us through. I really want to say thank you to Beyoncé. If you know me you must know that since I was little I was like you know what someday I’m gonna grow up and I’m gonna be like Beyoncé rap – that was definitely my goal. And I remember going to the rodeo for the first time and seeing Destiny’s Child play and I was like, ‘You know what? Yes, I am about to go hard. I love her work ethic, I love who she is, I love the way she is. And my mom would always be like “Megan, what would Beyoncé do?” And I’m always like, you know what, ‘What would Beyoncé do, but let me do a little click. “Thank you Beyoncé for your encouraging words all the time. “

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Best cute sweatpants of 2021

paris, france november 05 ellie delphine wears a pale purple mauve hoodie with a printed green patch of a hand and a dog from acne studios, gray sports pants from norma kamali, a book-shaped bag in the spirit of miami beach by olympia le tan, manolo blahnik's green pointed-embellished shoes, a gold chain necklace, earrings, on november 05, 2020 in paris, france photo by edward berthelotgetty images

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As workplaces and schools continue to open up, a very real fear begins to set in: How the hell are we supposed to stop wearing sweatpants and switch to so-called “real” clothes? My solution: no. After all that sweatpants have given me over the past year – comfort, mental stability, and a sense of safety and security enveloped in non-judgmental elasticity – why would I turn my back on them now? The era of the basic is upon us and we plan to keep it that way. We haven’t quite come up with the excuse we’ll tell our bosses when we walk into our headquarters with tie-dye joggers, but we’ll leave this problem to find out in the future. Keep sweatpants life with our pick of the 25 best styles to buy now.

1 out of 25

Gabi wide leg pants

If you spend the majority of your day in fluffy Ugg slippers, you need these sweatpants in your life.

2 out of 25

Short track pants


$ 790.00

If you’re going to be a designer dud, shouldn’t it be Gucci?

3 out of 25

Accolade track pants

Alo Yoga

$ 108.00

Alo’s sweatpants are a cult favorite. Buy them now before you inevitably sell them (again).

4 out of 25

Comfortable Fleece Cargo Joggers

We call it now: cargo sweatshirts are about to be huge.

5 out of 25

Cozy knit pants

Cosplay as a very comfortable teddy bear.

6 out of 25

Jogging pants

This affordable pair of eleven different colors, but Kelly Green is our favorite.

7 out of 25

7/8 training pants

No, we’re still not on the tie dye, especially when it’s done right by Nike.

8 out of 25

Boyfriend Sweatpants

Norma Kamali

$ 160.00

We may have found the most idyllic pair of gray sweatpants ever seen with Norma Kamali.

9 out of 25

Snake Country Pants


$ 330.00

These sweatpants are not for the faint of heart.

ten out of 25

Nimbus track pants

Outdoor voice

$ 88.00

As ELLE Associate Editor-in-Chief Margaux Anbouba says of these pants, “they’re your classic thick and plush daddy-style sweatpants material, shaped into a flattering fit, just tight enough so you don’t feel like you’re wearing it. not embarrassed to leave their house. ”

11 out of 25

Classic track pants


$ 146.00

Les Tien, founded in 2018, flourished in 2020 as one of the best sweatpants on the market.

12 out of 25

CL Cream Sweatpants

Cold laundry

£ 95.00

Opt for a chic monochrome look with the Cold Laundry sweatshirt set.

13 out of 25

Jogging pants with pockets

Leggings deposit

$ 14.99

With over 56,000 positive reviews on Amazon, you can’t go wrong with this $ 15 pair.

14 out of 25

ZNE 3-Stripe Wrapped 7/8 Pants


$ 126.00

We assume only very cool people wear these sweatpants.

15 out of 25

French terry barrel jogging pants

A pair of sage green joggers elevate the jogging pants off the sofa at the grocery store.

16 out of 25

Cloud jogging pants


$ 525.00

Put your head and butt in the clouds with these Insta-worthy sweatshirts.

17 out of 25

Lightweight French terry jogging pants


$ 58.00

Everlane’s new home clothing line means you can relax in lasting peace.

18 out of 25

Frank Knit Joggers

Bikinis Frankies

$ 250.00

This knit pair is the softer sister of loud tie-dye sweatshirts.

19 out of 25

Heavyweight recycled cotton pants


$ 120.00

For the eco-conscious, look no further than Pangaia. Their products are made from responsibly sourced recycled and organic cotton, using less water and energy than your typical pair of sweatshirts.

20 out of 25

Brooklyn pants

Cotton Citizen

$ 225.00

Cotton Citizen calls these pants a trousers, which means they can be worn in the office, right? Law?

21 out of 25

Cashmere lounge pants

The Group by Babaton

$ 188.00

Have an aversion to sweatpants? Try cashmere.

22 out of 25

Logo jogging pants


$ 49.00

These bubble gum pink sweatshirts work on the thinner side, perfect for those who hate the baggy trend.

23 out of 25

Upstate Signaturesoft Plush Track Pants

Lou and Gray

$ 69.50

Three ELLE editors swear by these. You can’t get a better recommendation than this.

24 out of 25

FEP tracksuit

Frederick Edwin Poe

$ 180.00

Don’t forget to match the range of premium sweatshirts from independent brand Frederick Edwin Poe.

25 out of 25

Rosa jogging pants

Brandy melville

$ 32.00

Brandy Melville does peak sweats for daddy, except they come in very non-daddy colors.

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How Taylor Swift’s boyfriend Joe Alwyn reacted to his 2021 Grammys win

Taylor Swift’s boyfriend of over four years, Joe Alwyn, didn’t attend the Grammys with Swift in person last night, but she was very concerned about him – and he wanted the audience to know it. After Swift won her Grammy Album of the Year for folklore and thanked him in his speech, Alwyn signaled his support for him on his Instagram page.

Swift shared a photo of herself with several of them folklore collaborators during the ceremony, and he liked Instagram. It was a subtle gesture, but still, it sent a clear message: Alwyn was proud of his girlfriend from afar.

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Why wasn’t Alwyn at the Grammys? The choice was likely made due to COVID-19 restrictions during the show. Pluses were usually not part of the evening and only presenters, nominees and performers could attend in person. Alwyn and Swift have never done a red carpet together, and their most public date night was at last year’s Golden Globes, when they sat together at the ceremony.

Still, Alwyn got her most direct cry from Swift in her album acceptance speech of the year. She told him, “Joe, who’s the first person I play every song I write to, and I had the best time writing songs with you in quarantine.” (Alwyn wrote songs for folklore under the pseudonym William Bowery.)

There is already a chance that Alwyn could join Swift at next year’s Grammys: always, Swift’s second quarantine album he co-wrote songs on, is eligible for the 2022 Grammys. With vaccines now out, a more normal Grammys show is a real possibility for next year, which will allow partners nominees – and people in general – to safely assemble and stay overnight.

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Inside the Peloverse

Peloton’s internet is vast, but easy to miss if you’re not looking for it. God knows I found myself alone through many sprints before I discovered the Facebook group that first sucked me up.

Like thousands of other cyclists, I had bought my bike for $ 1,900 at the height of the pandemic, hoping to stop my quarantine slide into laziness. But in the bike I also found an unexpected ticket to a strange virtual universe – a universe where upbeat, attractive and ambitious people punctuate each of their sentences with exclamation marks and build elaborate, hand-crafted shrines to Peloton. in the basements and playrooms of their sun-drenched suburban homes.

By my calculations, there are at least 300 Facebook groups dedicated to Peloton, some with hundreds of thousands of members. Peloton can also claim a 165,000-person subreddit, at least one unofficial podcast, news aggregator, endurance training forum, and a small battalion of TikTok fan accounts and Etsy stores. Hundreds of Pinterest users have boards dedicated to the design and decoration of Peloton’s home studios, for those who have the extra square footage to give the bike its own room. Meanwhile, an Instagram account with 3,700 followers is asking for photos of the toned buttocks of runners (mostly female), often clad in Peloton-branded spandex, which start at $ 68.

All the cult fitness brands have online followings, but Peloton’s is more than a fandom – it’s an essential part of the company’s corporate identity.

All the cult fitness brands have online followings, but Peloton’s is more than a fandom: it’s an essential part of the company’s corporate identity, a lifeline for thousands of cyclists and, increasingly, the secret sauce that separates Peloton from a booming internet domain. connected competitors. “This brand has really become integrated into the lifestyles of individuals,” said Dr. Jenna Jacobson, assistant professor of retail management at Ryerson University, who has an upcoming study on the social communities around them. fitness brands. “Peloton’s sales have skyrocketed during the pandemic, in part because of consumers’ commitment to fitness, yes, but also because of that sense of community and the connectivity it offers to users. who are left home alone, unable to connect. ”

‘Connection’ has always been one of Peloton’s main buzzwords, dating back to the 2013 show where founder and CEO John Foley made his debut with the bike under the slightly maudlin slogan ‘you’ll never ride alone’. Two years later, in 2015, the company launched an official Facebook group, which now has over 405,000 members.

But don’t bother with the official pages, managed by Peloton, which runners regularly browse for their unprovoked gut dramas and their fixation on the personal lives of Peloton instructors. The real action takes place away from the brilliant glow of official groups, where users have had a blast in a rapidly expanding universe of volunteer-run – and often fantastically niche – affinity pages. On Facebook, in particular, there are groups for Peloton clergy, Peloton horse girls, and Peloton nurse anesthetists. Peloton Boujee Bs – short for “bourgeois bitches” – serves as the Internet home for those very close female Peloton owners who would also like to solicit luxury car recommendations and debate the merits of real diamonds versus lab-grown diamonds. The tone of these groups is generally upbeat, much like Peloton itself: reports of broken personal bests (called PRs) and defeated rides, punctuated with mirror selfies, #pelopups, and screenshots of the app. Platoon.

Peloton’s sales have skyrocketed due to consumers’ commitment to fitness, but also because of the connectivity it offers to users sitting alone at home.

On Reddit, meanwhile, a slightly more serious crowd – “we seek to embody the very spirit of the sport,” sings its description – swap training tips, resolve common hardware issues, and broadcast a constant stream of information and gossip about Peloton. the apparent worsening of the mother vessel. On Instagram, fan accounts with names like @pelotonmemes_ overlay all-caps jokes about tough classes on stills from Schitt Creek and Bridgerton. On Etsy – which counts only weakly as an online community, but whose deals are so wonderfully on the nose – at least 50 stores sell T-shirts screened with a variation of the phrase “Peloton / Wine / Repeat” , while a store in Texas sells honest-to-goodness Cody Rigsby prayer candles.

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Mega-instructors like Rigsby – who, with over half a million Instagram followers, has become an influencer in their own right – have also come to Peloton’s internet regularly, showing up to AMAs in Facebook groups or sending to repetitive students of DM and -five. For Meghan Valvano, the chief moderator of the 82,000-member Peloton women’s page, this kind of surprisingly personal instructor engagement was her initiation into this world. Since then, she has met friends from her Facebook group for dinner or a drink, and now counts her four fellow “mods” among her best friends. They talk “constantly, every day” – but have never met in person.

It all sounds like a lot, I admit. And it’s. I now belong to dozens of Peloton fan groups, and my desire to capture the cringey posts of America’s rich white class and cul-de-sac led me to join at least half of them. them. But like in any online space, fandom researcher and theorist Casey Fiesler told me, like-minded people are required to forge deep and lasting connections that have little to do with the topic they’re on. drew online initially. Such is the Peloton Internet, where conversations can start with Alex Touissant’s latest hip-hop tour playlist, then turn to extremely intimate topics: miscarriages and menopause, cancer diagnoses and bullied children, anxiety disorders, unemployment and racial justice.

Conversations can start with Alex Touissant’s latest hip-hop spin playlist, then veer into miscarriages, cancer diagnoses, and bullying kids.

The riders met on the pages of the Peloton and got married. Others have revealed secrets to distant Lycra-clad strangers that they would never divulge in person. Away from Pelowinos and Boujee Bs, there are also Facebook groups dedicated to cyclists with alcoholism, eating disorders and children with special needs. “The Peloton community has been a savior to me, honestly,” said Kimberly Abild, 36, who described the pain of her husband’s recent infidelity and her father’s serious illness, in a message to the official Peloton group. . last December. The post quickly racked up over 6,000 likes; Platoon even sent flowers. “Everyone is so positive, so encouraging – at first it was really impressive, but in a great way,” said Abild. “Honestly, I’ve never experienced anything like this.”

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Peloton is less of an exercise bike company and more of a lifestyle.

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As The Stunt With The Flowers might suggest, Peloton strives to exploit the connections between their fans online for their own benefit. Many of them, after all, are essentially providing the brand’s free marketing and customer service at a time when thousands of new runners face maddening expectations just to receive their gear. Last April, for example, Peloton launched ranking hashtags – an integrated way for users to work with off-platform groups – in response to the rapid growth of grassroots communities on social media. Peloton also regularly sends cards and gifts to runners like Abild, said Jayvee Nava, vice president of the company’s community, and encourages its instructors to hug their fans online, even helping some of its big-name stars. to manage their social pages.

Here, too, the fandom’s ardor can be intense, acknowledged Matty Maggiacomo, a former bubbling news anchor who teaches running and strength classes on the Peloton platform and serves as director of instructor engagement at the society. “It’s fascinating what people want to tell you,” Maggiacomo said, especially since the start of the pandemic. The runners sent her long, heartfelt Instagram posts about their relationships and their kids. Like many fitness instructors, Maggiacomo misses the moment when he stayed after class to talk with his regulars. “Instead of that person-to-person connection,” he said, “it’s the surrogate.”

But Peloton’s internet faces challenges, as does Peloton itself. If all of these heartfelt messages and cult memes are truly substitutes for face-to-face interaction, then they will go away when normal life resumes. If the alternative is true, however, and Peloton continues to grow – it added nearly a million paying members last year – then the company and its fandom will need to figure out how to evolve their particular brand of privacy. online, which by definition should not evolve.

Already, Peloton fan groups are overflowing with commentary threads strategizing to win over screaming instructors in increasingly crowded classrooms. Many groups have added new moderators over the past year to keep up with the growing membership and weed out trolls and histrionics. In r / pelotoncycle, which has added 130,000 members since the start of the pandemic and now sees more than five million hits each month, four moderators spend hours each day on the subreddit, in addition to the time they spend on the bike itself and their day jobs.

Yet, said moderator Koko Odya, the community keeps them there – and will remain so long after the pandemic is over. Odya doesn’t even own a Peloton bike; she takes lessons on a television or tablet mounted on her Keizer M3, a popular DIY alternative. “It’s become bigger than becoming better athletes,” she said. “Last year, more than any other, people really needed that extra connection.” And whether you are a horse rider or an anesthetist, Peloton’s Internet can provide it for you.

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