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Girls' Life magazine December/January 2021

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Girls' Life is the #1 magazine for girls ages 10+. Expert advice on school, friendship, family and crushes plus fab fashion inspiration, skincare and beauty tips, pro fitness advice, craft and party DIYs, celeb interviews and more. Parents' Choice award winner.

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6 Issues

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2 min.
xoxo karen

When I wrote my letter four years ago, if the polls were to be believed, we would’ve had our first female president. And, this time around, if the polls are to be believed, we could have our first female vice president. But due to the timing of when I am writing this (late October) and when you are reading this (early November) I have no way to know. What I do know is that the world is a much, much different place than it was four years ago. And it’s not a better one. We have a pandemic that is surging at record rates, projected to kill hundreds of thousands more Americans (and millions more around the globe). Our country and our world have been burning (and flooding), most certainly due, in…

2 min.
sascha nastasi rules to chill by

When it comes to acting, Sascha Nastasi always keeps her cool. Take, for example, how she describes her favorite scene to film in Black Beauty, the Disney+ remake of the classic horse flick out this winter. “My character Jennifer gets pushed into a giant pile of horse manure, and I had to change my pants between every take,” Sascha explains, laughing. “Even though it was fake, it was still very messy. It was just like real manure—except for the smell, of course.” Laughing at repeatedly being pushed into fake horse poo is one thing, but Sascha keeps that cool confidence off set, too. So how does she do it? Here are three rules to live—and chill—by, straight from Sascha. RULE 1: DON’T HIDE BEHIND YOUR PHONE. “My 2021 New Year’s resolution is to try…

2 min.
holiday break binge list

If you loved… RBG, Becoming or any other documentaries about inspirational women Watch… I Am Greta (Nov. 13, Hulu) This doc follows Greta Thunberg, a Swedish teen (and real-life superhero) who has dedicated her life to fighting to stop climate change—before it’s too late. If you loved…The Santa Clause movies Watch… Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey (Nov. 13, Netflix) An eccentric toymaker named Jeronicus Jangle (played by legendary Forest Whitaker) teams up with his super smart granddaughter to save Christmas when his latest magical invention is stolen by his shady assistant. If you loved… Phineas and Ferb and SpongeBob SquarePants Watch… The Animaniacs (Nov. 20, Hulu) You’re never too old to love a wonderfully weird animated show. Hulu is rebooting this classic ’90s cartoon about the Warner siblings (Wakko, Yakko and Dot) and the hijinks they get into…

4 min.
these will transport right out of books yo u real life

Feeling like 2021 can’t come fast enough? These action-packed, romance-heavy, sooo dramatic reads are *sure* to make the clock tick by, well, just a little faster. Curl up with a chai and a couple of Christmas cookies, grab one of these page-turners and the year will be over before you know it. Just don’t blame us if you miss the countdown to midnight. We’re getting to the end of this year in 3, 2, 1… WHAT YOU WANT: To get a break from your own fam drama…by reading about someone else’s. WHAT YOU NEED: Tigers, Not Daughters, by Samantha Mabry, Algonquin Young Readers, $18 As three sisters grieve the tragic loss of their oldest sister, Ana, they wind up being haunted by her spirit. Jessica, Rosa and Iridian eventually figure out Ana came…

2 min.
2021 our fearless predictions for

1. TRILLER Tech experts are already calling the video-sharing social app the next TikTok. The apps are pretty similar, but there are key differences. Triller has cool AI that helps auto-edit your videos together—and they’ve hired some top TikTok talent, like Josh Richards, as top executives to help make the app the most it can be. Bonus: Lots of artists (like Demi Lovato and Chloe x Halle) are already flocking to Triller to deliver live performances for fans. 2. V-POP If you’ve become completely obsessed with K-pop bands like BTS and Blackpink, then you’re bound to love V-pop. Straight out of Vietnam, the catchy, energetic and danceable tracks are primed to be the next big wave in music. (Who didn’t heart “Ghen Cô Vy” aka the hand-washing song on TikTok?) Artists to watch…

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new year’s eve

Pop culture has a lot to say about all holidays, of course, but when it comes to New Year’s Eve, movies and TV shows can be especially, well…full of it. Here are three lies movies and TV always seem to tell about New Year’s Eve—and two things they actually get totally right. TRUTH Yeah, New Year’s Eve might be overrated, but there’s tons of potential for having an amazing night. After all, you’re on the cusp of a fresh start, and anything could happen. That energy means that whatever you do on New Year’s Eve is always its own adventure of sorts…even if you keep it super low-key. LIE THE TRUTH: In movies and on TV, New Year’s Eve parties tend to be once-in-a-lifetime extravaganzas. Sadly, most of us won’t fall in love at…