Celebrities Speaking Out About Mental Health, Pt. 2

Celebrities Speaking Out About Mental Health, Pt. 2

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Mental health awareness is a cause that’s close to my heart. I truly believe that speaking up about the reality of mental illness is one of the best way to break the stigma surrounding it. So, who better to speak up than those with some of the most influence in our society? Last year I wrote about seven celebrities who have spoken up about their struggles with their own mental health. This year I decided to do it again, with a specific focus on stars whose stories have helped and inspired me personally. Here are six celebrities who have chosen to be open about their own mental illnesses:

Chris Evans

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Chris Evans is not only one of my favorite actors, but someone who I have really come to admire as a person. His openness about his struggle with anxiety has definitely played a part in this. Evans, who is best known for playing Captain America, has shared that his high-profile job has contributed to his anxiety. He initially even turned down the role of Captain America, and began going to therapy after beginning the Marvel role. In a video for Motivation Madness, he gave simple yet profound advice about how to quiet “brain noise” – just tell your mind “shh.”

Bebe Rexha

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Singer Bebe Rexha has never been silent about her struggles with mental illness. It’s a topic she addressed in her hit single “I’m A Mess,” with lyrics like, “It’s gonna be a good, good life / That’s what my therapist say” and “I’m obsessed, I’m embarrassed / I don’t trust no one around us.” She also recently shared that she has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder on Twitter, writing, “I’m not ashamed anymore….I love you all very much. And I hope you accept me as I am.”

Carson Daly

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Carson Daly is the host of The Voice, one of the co-hosts of the Today Show, and recently finished hosting his own late-night talk show, Last Call with Carson Daly. One might assume that his busy schedule means everything is well in Daly’s life, but he has revealed he has generalized anxiety disorder. He says that it helps him to take time to focus on his breathing throughout the day. But his main focus? “I wake up, the alarm goes off, and I just thank God I’ve got another day to get it right and I just worry about today.”

Ariana Grande

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Ariana Grande has cemented her status as a pop superstar, but she hasn’t been without her struggles. In 2017, there was a terrorist bombing at her concert in Manchester. The attack deeply affected Grande, who recently shared she has PTSD in a big way – she shared images of her brain scans in her Instagram Story in a side-by-side comparison with scans from a “healthy brain,” all to prove that PTSD is, as she put it, “not a joke.” Grande later said she didn’t want to concern her fans, but wanted to share something she felt was important. And it most certainly is.

Niall Horan

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Niall Horan was a member of the now permanently on-hiatus boyband One Direction. In the last few years, he has cultivated a relatively successful solo career. However, a lot has changed now that he’s no longer on stage with his four bandmates. Horan has said that he once didn’t even fully believe anxiety was real, but he now struggles with feeling anxious before performing or going on TV. He also has “mild” obsessive compulsive disorder, and “feel[s] like [he] has to do things in a certain way.”

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Singer-turned-actress Lady Gaga has never been silent about her mental health. She has had a huge year following the success of her movie, A Star is Born, and she has used her increased fame to shine an even bigger light on bringing awareness to the plight of mental illness. During a speech at the Patron of the Artists Awards, Lady Gaga referenced her diagnoses of dissociation, PTSD, and panic attacks. “We need to share our stories so that global mental health no longer resides and festers in darkness,” she said, referencing the consequences of leaving a taboo surrounding the discussion of mental health. Lady Gaga is one celebrity who is truly leading the way in the fight for better mental health awareness.

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The Best Fashion from Awards Season 2019

The Best Fashion from Awards Season 2019

I feel like I’ve used my blog as an opportunity to write about a lot of things I love. There is, however, one topic I have not touched on: fashion. Ever since I was a little girl, I have been fascinated by the world of fashion. I even had my own distinctive style as a child (only dresses, lost of pink, and always a hair bow). Some may see fashion as fickle, but I find it interesting. What’s better than knowing that every day you can express yourself through the clothes you choose to wear? So, it’s not surprising that I’ve come to pay attention to celebrity style and trends. I love watching awards shows, but I love the red carpet specials just as much. I wanted to showcase three women and men (because men’s fashion is much more than penguin suits) who I feel showed exemplary choices with their style during the recent 2019 awards season. From elegant to over-the-top, these are looks that I loved, and I doubt I will soon forget.

Lady Gaga

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Did Lady Gaga ever wear a bad look on the red carpet this season? (The answer is no.) The singer and actress, who received multiple nominations for her role in A Star is Born, seemed to touch on all of the facets of fashion. There were more simple choices, like the Calvin Klein dress she wore to the Critics’ Choice Awards; the extravagant Valentino gown for the Golden Globes that was a nod to one of Judy Garland’s looks in her version of A Star is Born; and her elegant Academy Awards choice, an Alexander McQueen tribute to Audrey Hepburn’s iconic Breakfast at Tiffany’s style, complete with a giant Tiffany & Co. diamond necklace. Gone are the meat dresses of the past. A fashion star has been born.

Timothée Chalamet

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I don’t think that menswear has to be boring, relegated to black tuxedos and black bowties. Timothée Chalamet apparently agrees with me. Nominated at several awards shows for his role in Beautiful Boy, Timothée went with an eye-catching pattern at the BAFTAs. His Golden Globes look was more subdued, but still featured intricate detailing. For the SAG Awards, it almost looked as if he picked several different pieces from his closet and put them together – but in a good way. Timothée’s future in acting may be bright, but his fashion star is rising as well.

Emma Stone

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Emma Stone made the awards show rounds for her role in The Favourite, often clad in Louis Vuitton, for whom she is a brand ambassador. My personal favorite look of hers was the feminine dress she wore to the Golden Globes; she was, in my opinion, definitely one of the best dressed of the night. I also loved her structured pants look for the SAG Awards, and her colorful gown for the Producers’ Guild Awards was a bright spot when many stars tend to shy away from bright color. Just as Emma’s acting career is on the rise, so is her status as a fashion maven.

Chadwick Boseman

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Wakanda forever! Chadwick Boseman is a star who’s style I’m always watching; he is anything but boring. He’s known for sporting the occasional long coat, like he did at the Academy Awards. His patterned jacket at the SAG Awards was paired perfectly with an otherwise all-black look. But it was his white Versace suit at the Golden Globes that, quite literally, sparkled. Chadwick is well-known for his role in Black Panther, the first superhero film ever nominated for a Best Picture Oscar, but I feel he will soon be known for his style too.

Julia Roberts

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Julia Roberts was not nominated for any awards this season, but that’s no matter – she’s so famous she gets invited to all of the shows anyways. To me, Julia is one of those people who never really looks bad. (Is it even possible?) This year, she showed off her love for pants, something I definitely support. Her Golden Globes look from one of my favorite designers, Stella McCartney, was absolutely stunning, and is by far one of my highlights of the entire 2019 awards season. She wore another lovely look with pants to the Critics’ Choice Awards, designed by Louis Vuitton. For the Academy Awards, she went with an Elie Saab gown that packed a punch in a bright pink color. Definitely a gorgeous year for Ms. Roberts.

Rami Malek

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Rami Malek’s popularity exploded this year after his starring role in Bohemian Rhapsody, which he won several awards for. Although, for the most part, he stuck with traditional tuxedo styles on the red carpet, he never shied away from a splash of color. At the Critics’ Choice Awards he went with a light grey option from Givenchy. His choice for the SAG Awards was a sleek all-black look from Dior Men. But his brightest choice was a red Berluti suit for the LA Film Critics Association Awards. After Rami’s warm reception from both critics and audiences, I’m sure this isn’t the last we’ve seen of him, meaning there’s only more exciting red carpet looks to come.

“Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.”

– Rachel Zoe

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