Kylie Jenner Is Not Self-Made

Kylie Jenner Is Social Media Made, Not Self-Made, There's A Difference

Sorry, but I think we're confusing our definitions.

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Don't get it twisted, I love me some Kylie. In fact, I love me some of those Kylie Lip Kits, too. However, I'm a little on the fence about her placement on the Forbes "America's Richest Self-Made Women" list.

Why? Because my definition of self-made is someone who has started from the bottom and has risen to fame/wealth/whatever it may be with little to no aid or support. The Kardashians/Jenners have quickly risen to fame and wealth with their popular television show that has been airing for more than 10 years now. Kim Kardashian, with some help from her sex tape, is one of the most popular family members and a huge trendsetter. The fact that she married rapper Kanye West has given her even more attention.

Kendall and Kylie Jenner have basically grown up on a blanket of luxury and nice things, appearing on the reality television show as soon as it began. As you can see, this Kardashian/Jenner family has their share of luxury, mansions, cars, and Louboutin's and it is all available for the world to see on their reality show and social media platforms.

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The world has watched Kendall grow up into a successful model and Kylie into the powerful owner of the popular Kylie Cosmetics makeup brand. So, yes, Kylie is definitely one of the richest entrepreneurs in America, but she is definitely not "self-made." In the Forbes article, Kylie claimed that "Social media is an amazing platform. I have such easy access to my fans and customers."

Currently, Kylie has 111 million followers on Instagram. Remember the Kylie Jenner Lip Challenge? Yeah, that handy lip job doubles her followers on all those social media accounts. This family thrives on negative publicity and has the ability to take all the hate they receive and use it to their advantage. So the reason Kylie is able to connect with her millions of customers and fans so easily is that her family has always received a great amount of media attention, even before Kylie's 900 million dollar worth makeup company.

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Yes, Kylie Jenner is a hard worker, but no, she is not "self-made." She may have started her company with her own money from former modeling gigs. However, Kylie Cosmetics and those 29 dollar lip kits are such a craze amongst so many different people because Kylie used the fame and publicity that she was essentially born into to her advantage. That may be the definition of a smart businesswoman, but that is definitely not the definition of "self-made."

On the other hand, Kim Kardashian is the real "self-made" one. She was able to make her family so hot and famous and is one of the main reasons the Kardashian/Jenner empire has such a huge influence today.

Calling Kylie Jenner self-made is devaluing all those tech giants, doctors, and lawyers who had to take out loans to reach their point of success in life, and they're still in debt. Calling her self-made is devaluing those who grew up having to move from house to house until they bought their own after working non-stop for years.

My point is that Forbes placing Kylie Jenner on the cover of their "60 Richest Self-Made Women" is taking away the credibility of those who have truly started from nothing and had to work hard day and night to reach the level of success they are at today. Good on Kylie for becoming a billionaire at 21 years old, but it is pretty clear that even though she may have worked hard for her makeup empire, the fact that she was born into fame and wealth has helped her a whole lot.

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20 Male Celebrities Any Girl Would Love To Spend 2018 With

Here's to 2017, blessing our lives with these good looking guys this year.
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Now that Christmas is over, we have all of 2018 to look forward to. The new year symbolizes a fresh start for people all over the world. If you're single headed into 2018, you know how painful it can be to be the third wheel while all your friends in relationships take perfect Instagram pictures to post about "New year, same bae." Well, here are 20 guys any single or in a relationship female would rather spend the new year with.

1. Ryan Gosling

I am sure Ryan Gosling is on the top of every girl's celebrity crush list because LOOK AT HIM! While he has been in a long-term relationship with actress Eva Mendes, he is still quality eye candy. Ranging from his wide variety of talents, his gorgeous blue eyes, and mysterious personal life, Ryan Gosling is the total package.

2. Chris Pratt

While he got his start as lovable Andy Dwyer on "Parks and Recreation," Chris Pratt showed us that he can also be kick ass super hero Star Lord as well. While hearts broke when he and Anna Farris divorced, it also meant he was back on the market! Chris Pratt is the ultimate guy for his awesome sense of humor, Christian faith, caring ways, and rugged looks. Chris Pratt is the guy if you're looking for goofy yet manly!

3. Zac Efron

While Zac Efron has left his "High School Musical" days behind him, he's still got his "head in the game." For those who have been fans of Efron since his Troy Bolton days, we have seen him grow into the glorious human being he is today. Thank God for puberty!

4. Ryan Reynolds

While Ryan Reynolds is happily married to his beautiful wife Blake Lively, you can't resist staring at him when watching his movies. While he may appear classy and proper on red carpets, if you follow him on Instagram or Twitter you know otherwise. Reynolds has a sense of sarcastic humor that is bound to make anyone literally laugh out loud.

5. Cole Sprouse

Cole and his twin brother Dylan had Disney Channel fans eating out of the palm of their hands for the longest time after staring in "Suite Life of Zack and Cody." When they went to college at NYU however, they basically dropped off the face of the earth. While Dylan still remains out of the spotlight, Cole Sprouse has returned! Just like Zac Efron, thank God for puberty because it hit Cole Sprouse like a freight train.

6. Chris Hemsworth

Chris Hemsworth, aka Thor, is THE best looking Avenger in the group to date! While his brother Liam gets all the media attention with being engaged to Miley Cyrus, Chris is where it's at. With his dreamy blond hair and blue eyes as well as his Australian accent, no girl can resist. If you like Chris Pratt but want an Australian version, Chris Hemsworth will do the trick.

7. Harry Styles

Harry Styles has come a long way from his One Direction days. While he has a reputation for being a womanizer, it's fair to see why he could get away with it. With his dimpled cheeks, shy smile, dapper style, and British accent, it's amazing he is still single!

8. Dave Franco

Sorry James, but your brother Dave is where it is at! Honestly, I can't think of one role Dave has played in a movie that he sucked at. His smile could melt the Grinch's heart with his pearly white teeth, his laugh is contagious, and his smize as Tyra Bank's would say is fierce!

9. Justin Bieber

Yes, Justin Bieber made the list, but hear me out. He has come a long way since his mugshot days. As much as girls like to say they are not into tattoo's, we all have that one guy that just makes them work and for many of us, that exception is Justin Bieber. We all have that bad boy crush and the fact he can sing like an angel AND play the piano/guitar/drums makes him a quadruple threat.

10. Joe Keery

If you have been living under a rock, you probably have no idea who Joe Keery is. To know more about this tall, dark and handsome dude, you need to binge-watch "Stranger Things" ASAP! Joe plays Steve Harrington in the show who started off season 1 as the guy you tell all your girlfriends to beware of, but just in time for the season finale Steve proves to be a badass. When season 2 came back, we saw a gentler side of Steve which made many people add Joe to their new celebrity crush list. If starring in a hit Netflix show doesn't seal the deal for you, he's also in a band.

11. Shawn Mendes

Seriously, there must be something in the Canadian water for producing the likes of Ryan Gosling, Ryan Reynolds, Justin Bieber, and now Shawn Mendes. If you aren't following his Instagram ladies, you are missing out big time. With his sharp jawline, perfect hair, and gorgeous voice, this Canadian is the one to choose. If you're looking for a sweeter version of Justin Bieber but with all the talent trimmings, Shawn is the one for you.

12. Sam Claflin

Sam Claflin first stole our hearts starring as Finnick in "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" and more recently stole our hearts again as Will Traynor in "Me Before You." Literally anything he acts in is worth going to see, even if it is just to stare at his beautiful face and admire yet another British accent. I am telling you, accents can get you far in life, fellas!

13. John Krasinski

Most adored for his hopeless romantic yet extremely funny character Jim Halpert in "The Office," John Krasinski made us all wish we were Pam Beesly or even better, his real life love Emily Blunt. If you have ever seen John in an interview, he just seems like the sweetest guy and also someone you could easily hold a conversation with. While he may be taken in real life, we can still admire from afar.

14. Niall Horan

Adding the only Irish to this list is sweet Niall Horan. Ditching his boy band ways much like his bandmate Harry Styles, Niall let his bleach blond locks go back to his natural brown. With his light eyes and dark hair, I am amazed he didn't go to this combo sooner cause it works for him. He also showed he is much more than a backup vocalist with his new solo album. With his sweet ways and his Irish brogue, Niall is perfect.

15. Tim Tebow

I have to add an athlete on the list, and if I am going to do that, I need to add Tim Tebow. This guy is nothing but class. He supports so many charities, is kind to all his fans, and doesn't look bad in uniform if I do say so myself. While the guy has been scrutinized by the media for his Christian faith, he still remains as sweet as can be. He also has many talents. While he got his start as a football player, he is now playing baseball for a triple A team as well as being a sports caster for the SEC. Can we please bring #tewbowing back?

16. Tom Holland

The newest face of "Spiderman," Tom Holland is by far the fan favorite to have played your friendly neighborhood Spiderman. While he has only stared in one major motion picture so far, this is not the last we will hear of him. With the new "Avengers" film coming out this summer, as well as Tom hinting on working on a few new projects via his Instagram (highly recommend giving him a follow if you aren't already), Tom Holland is bound to be one of Hollywood's actors on the rise. Also, his English accent is dreamy too!

17. Jack Schlossberg

Many of you are thinking "Who in the world is this guy?". If you know who this is, you are a true political/history nerd and cudos to you! This is President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jackie Kennedy's grandson, Jack Schlossberg. Needless to say, the apple does not fall far from the tree as Jack resembles both his grandfather and his uncle John Jr. in so many ways. While he may be a Democrat, he is extremely smart and is an Ivy League graduate who went to Yale. If you're looking for the perfect celebrity to bring back to introduce to the family or a political guy who isn't 100 years old, Jack Schlossberg is your guy!

18. Dylan Larkin

God Bless the NHL and for having so many good looking players it made it hard to choose who I should include on this list. The first player that came to mind was Dylan Larkin, who plays for the Detroit Red Wings. Literally, any girl I talk to who actually watches NHL hockey is OBSESSED with this guy, and based on the picture above, I can see why. He was such a good hockey player, he got recruited to the NHL before finishing college. While he may be the NHL's newest diamond in the rough, he's also active in giving back to the Detroit community. He's a gem on and off the rink!

19. Tom Brady

The GOAT himself, Tom Brady is a must on this list. While he has been married to super model Gisele Bundchen for forever, in a way it makes you believe in love again with how much he adores her. When Brady isn't modeling Uggs, he's really a cool dude with some killer looks. I am solidly convinced the reason why the New England Patriots have such a large female fan base is because of Tom Brady.

20. Adam Driver

"Star Wars'" newest "it" guy is Adam Driver. "Star Wars" may not be a movie a lot of girls watch, but it did have a young Harrison Ford, young Mark Hamill, young Ewan McGregor, Hayden Christensen, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, and now, Adam Driver. Playing the First Order's lead bad boy Kylo Ren, if you were a fan of the dark side before, you'll really love it now because of Adam.


While there are plenty of other men I could have added to this list, these were the top 20 I found to be most popular today. As much as 2017 was kinda a crappy year, give it a toast as you kiss it goodbye this coming New Year's Eve for blessing our lives with these good-looking men this year. Here's to 2018 and the new dudes it will introduce to us, whether it be through music, film, or sports!

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"Russian Doll" Is Just a Groundhog of Another Color

Natasha Lyonne stars in the new dramedy that plays off a familiar trope.

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I'm mostly writing this article to prove a friend wrong.

Haha, what? No, no, no I'm not that petty…okay maybe a little bit. But he's wrong! He's really, really wrong! But maybe we agree on what we're talking about?

What? You want me to go back to the beginning? I can't—

Oh, alright.

So, last week Thursday I had the Netflix original, Russian Doll, recommended to me by no less than three people in a span of four hours. It was good! It was so good! That was the claim they all made, anyways. And they're my friends, after all. I trust them with my TV-watching habits.

So, I tuned in. That very night. I watched.

The first episode was good…and that's kind of it.

Don't get me wrong! In a world rife with uninspired content that doesn't quite hit the mark, it was good. But it wasn't overly so. Not in the kind of preach to the heavens way that my friends had approached me with.

But I shrugged it off. I kept watching. The episodes were only about a half hour, after all. Surely, it'd get better. Surely, it would reach soaring, post-Icarian heights that man could only dream of. Going where none had gone before.

But it didn't. It merely stayed good.

Now, don't get me wrong, that's no small feat. There's plenty of shows that start off good and get the better of themselves as time goes on (looking at you Supernatural). Even as the latest season of Black Mirror is showing us, nothing lasts forever.

So, I tip my hat to you Russian Doll. To your darkly tragicomic self, a buddy comedy taking direct inspiration from Groundhog Day.

Wait, Groundhog Day?

Yes, that's where my friend is indelibly wrong.

A solid purveyor of the concept that nothing is that original anymore, my friend asserts that apparently Russian Doll is distinctly different from Groundhog Day. Which is utter bologna.

I am going to describe a piece of media content in this paragraph: A snarky, stressed out, contemptuous fella finds themself stuck in a time loop. Every time they die, the loop resets, putting them back to the exact same singular moment that they first heard the gentle, drifting melody of a slightly too-upbeat pop song. They try to escape the time loop by fleeing, by dying, by doing literally anything they can. That's when they realize it's futile and that they'll be stuck forever, perhaps even erased from existence, unless they can become a better person.

Now, which product did I describe: Groundhog Day or Russian Doll?

Truth is, I can't tell either.

That's not to say there's nothing distinctive about Russian Doll. Natasha Lyonne is wildly funny and I loved the idea of her being trapped with a "partner in crime" in Charlie Bennett's Alan. The setting is obviously different too (New York vs. Punxsutawney) and the character's drug use provides for some trippy fun, there's no denying.

But in theme, tone, and a lot of jokes, Russian Doll can't escape the shadow of Groundhog Day.

Hell, even in this review in which they try to avoid talking about Groundhog Day they can't avoid talking about Groundhog Day.

And for good reason! Groundhog Day is a brilliant movie that condensed a brilliant concept for a generation. It's such a common staple of contemporary culture that the military widely uses the terminology "Groundhog Day" in its slang. Christ, even Congress has preserved it for all time in its library.

The influence is inescapable and anyone who says differently doesn't know what they're talking about.

Now, does that mean Russian Doll is unoriginal? Or that nothing Hollywood makes nowadays is all that original? No, of course not. To offer a slight concurrence with my friend, everything really does derive from something. One has to look no farther than Jason Campbell's monomyth to realize the stories that we tell are rarely "original" in the lofty ways that we ideally think about them.

But the well-worn trope of living in a time loop, unable to escape via death, only via some higher power or greater good, is so thick in Russian Doll that it's similarities to Groundhog Day are particularly noxious. The show would not be evaluated in the same terms today if it had been released in 1992, forever and a day before Groundhog Day premiered. And that matters.

But Noah, if nothing's original how come you hate Russian Doll more than, say, Black Mirror? Isn't Black Mirror just a reimagining of The Twilight Zone?

Well, firstly, I never said I hated Russian Doll. I happen to like Russian Doll very much. And Black Mirror certainly can't escape its own history, which is necessarily inclusive of The Twilight Zone. Rod Serling's masterpiece series perfected the spooky, thought-provoking anthology series like nothing else before it. Of that there's no denying.

I would contend, however, that Black Mirror does not rely on a singular trope to form its core. While Russian Doll isn't Russian Doll without the die, live, repeat gimmick, remove any similar singular element from Black Mirror, say artificial intelligence, and the show still stands. It moves and breathes of its own accord. While both shows are (mostly) masterfully written, Nadia Vulvokov simply plays the drug-addled redhead to Murray's weatherman Phil Connors if they both don't die and live again.

So call me petty. A hater. A downer. A Debbie downer even. Bottom line? Russian Doll is great. Just not too great.

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