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February 2019

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Welcome to InStyle’s second Badass Women issue. After we launched our first edition (starring Serena Williams) to great success last August, I kind of got greedy. There are too many incredible women out there for one annual special alone, so here we are (well, technically, here we are above, cover star Melissa McCarthy and I “doing prom” while gracefully modeling “Badass” T-shirts designed by Rodarte’s Kate and Laura Mulleavy). Melissa is a woman who cares deeply: about her family, about her work, about seeing things in people that others ignore. Much of her power as an entertainer comes from her empathy,...

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“Trusting myself.” KATIE MCCURDY PHOTOGRAPHER “Making History,” p. 114“I’d rather not give details, but the most badass thing I’ve ever done is get a tattoo on my butt.” CHARLOTTE HADDEN PHOTOGRAPHER “Mover & Shaker,” p. 116“Rescuing my first dog, Chance. As soon as I saw him, I knew he was my family.” OLIVIA MUNN ACTRESS “She’s So Money,” p. 56“Helping to ensure that New York remains the best city in the world for women by becoming the executive director of Women. NYC.” FAYE PENN WRITER, “Making History,” p. 114“Having children. There’s no way to anticipate the rigor and the joy. It’s not for the...

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the cover

Melissa McCarthy loves nothing more than getting into character, and on the set of our Old Hollywood–inspired shoot, she reveled in channeling 1940s movie stars like Veronica Lake and Rita Hayworth. Rocking retro waves and a bright red lip, she brought the drama in cascading ruffles, giant shoulder pads, and elaborate headpieces. True to form, the actress couldn’t help but poke fun at the far-from-understated wardrobe. “I think subtlety is everything,” she joked as a lavish diamond necklace was fastened around her neck. “If you overdo it or try too hard, nobody buys it.” McCarthy took the gag even one...

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the right equipment

Kelly Rowland for Fabletics sports bra ($35) and leggings ($50); fabletics.com.Kelly Rowland for Fabletics sports bra ($35) and leggings ($40); fabletics.com.FITNESS FIX Find some midwinter gym motivation in the music video–cool collaboration between Fabletics and singer-songwriter Kelly Rowland (above). Picture corset lacing and mesh panels.Puma x Maybelline New York Chrome Highlighter in Knockout ($10) and SuperStay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick in Epic ($9); available mid-February on ulta.com.LOOKS CUTE WITH … … these limited-edition gym-bag beauty essentials from Maybelline New York, developed with Puma to resist smudging and prolong your post-workout glow.ISN’T IT ROMANTIC Rebel Wilson stars as Natalie, a woman who hits her head and...

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 on demand

SO HARDCORE Go all in on edgy, punk-inspired accents Bulgari ear cuff, $9,450; at Bulgari. Delfina Delettrez rings (from top), $1,925, $605, $1,320, and $605; delfinadelettrez.com. Alexander Wang sweater, $1,595; alexanderwang.com.HOLD TIGHT Balenciaga bags, $3,350 (top) and $5,550; at select Balenciaga stores. Charlotte Chesnais rings (from top), $3,535, $4,185, and $6,780; charlottechesnais.fr. Hirotaka ring (on pinkie), $565; net-a-porter.com.OFF THE CHAIN Loewe pumps, $1,650; loewe.com. Dolce & Gabbana skirt, $1,395; us.dolcegabbana.com. Model: Alice Le Paige for New York Models. Hair: Tetsuya Yamakata for Artlist. Makeup: Andrew Colvin. Manicure: Geraldine Holford for Atelier Management. Set design: Gözde Eker. ■...

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go big…

“This dress is delicate and powerful at the same time.” —JOAN SMALLS in Iris van HerpenGEMMA CHAN in Stella McCartneyROWAN BLANCHARD in GucciANJA RUBIK in Saint LaurentNICKI MINAJ in Marc JacobsBELLA HEATHCOTE in Romance Was BornTRACEE ELLIS ROSS in Marc JacobsEMILY RATAJKOWSKI in Marc JacobsPOPPY DELEVINGNE in Giambattista Valli Haute Couture ■...