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In ‘Aftershock,’ Paula Eiselt and Tonya Lewis Lee Take On the Black Maternal-Mortality Crisis

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Needless to say, as women’s reproductive rights are being stripped away across the country following the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade, Aftershock comes at a more vital time than ever. “Abortion care is maternal care is health care,” says Eiselt. Honoring the lives of Gibson and Isaac while also uplifting the communities mobilizing to effect change, the film is an essential and inspiring call to action. “Any movement comes from the community up,” says Lee. “We really had a front-row seat to see how that works.” Vogue sat down with Eiselt and Lee to discuss how Aftershock came to be, the role of community in the birth-justice movement, and the intersection between abortion access and Black maternal health.

Vogue: To start, can you talk me through the evolution of Aftershock and how it came to be made?

Paula Eiselt: Maternal health, in general, has been something that’s really important to me as both a mother and an artist. I have four children and have had my own ordeals in pregnancy and birthing. I come to maternal health with a personal experience, and previously I made a film about birth justice and health equity within the Hasidic community, 93Queen. That film was then used to help the organization get certified to be the first all-female ambulance corps in the United States. So I’m really passionate about stories that uplift amazing women doing incredible things, especially in the health care space. 

As I was finishing up 93Queen, I came across a slew of articles in 2017 that really exposed the [maternal-mortality] crisis in the media. I read that the U.S. was, in fact, the most dangerous place in the industrialized world to give birth, and that completely floored me. And then I kept reading that Black women are dying at three times the rate of white women. I realized that what I had experienced on an individual level was statistically so much worse for Black women. With my personal experience and my skill set as an artist, I really wanted to lift up these stories. I pitched the project to Concordia Studio, and I started researching and developing the project, seeing: Who are the players in the movement? What is the latest? What is going on? And at the same time, I was looking for a collaborator to really take this huge national crisis on. I specifically wanted to work with a Black woman who could provide a perspective that I could never have. Then Tonya and I were introduced to each other. I was beyond honored and thrilled to be in conversation with her, knowing the work that she does in her community and nationally and her work as an artist. We met for coffee and then really started going just a month later. We found our main character in Shawnee [Benton Gibson]; she had put up a call to action on Instagram after her daughter Shamony Gibson died. She and Omari [Maynard] were putting on an event called “Aftershock,” which is the namesake of the film to honor Shamony’s life. I saw that Instagram post, and I immediately called Tonya and said, “I think we need to film this and that this can be our starting point.”

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Kim Kardashian Wore a Nude Bikini and Thigh-High Boots to the Gym Because She’s Kim Kardashian

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Kim Kardashian is hopping on the thigh-high boot trend in a very Kim Kardashian way.

On August 13, the newly single reality star shared a low-fi video wearing a nude string bikini with a pair of heeled thigh-high boots to strut around a gym while a cover of “Paint It Black” by The Rolling Stones played in the background. To make sure her shoulders stayed warm, Kardashian covered them up with what appears to be a white T-shirt pulled behind her back. 

“Gym time,” she captioned the perplexing video. (To be clear, Kardashian may have lifted a singular weight in the entire clip…maybe.) “I wore this to the gym this morning,” her sister Khloé Kardashian joked in the comments. 

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While Kim Kardashian could be wearing a wig in the video—she debuted a blunt platinum lob in late June—it’s also possible that this video was taken while the reality star was still dating Pete Davidson. The long blonde style with dark roots sure looks like it did in May when she was snapped by paparazzi outside a studio in Los Angeles. Davidson was with her that day, dying his own hair to match hers while she conducted a photo shoot for her Skims shapewear line. 

Kardashian and Davidson broke up in early August after nine months of dating. While it was initially reported that the pair called it quits over their busy schedules and long-distance struggles, a source later told Entertainment Tonight that “the spark” had “faded.” 

“They had tons of chemistry, and still do, but she kind of wants to be single and date,” the source continued. “Kim still adores Pete and will always be friends with him. She still thinks he’s the nicest and sweetest guy in the world and there’s no drama or anything weird between them now.”



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The Best Dressed Stars This Week Chose Unexpected Shapes

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This week, the best dressed stars embraced theatricality on the red carpets. Big, bold silhouettes prevailed at movie premieres and Hollywood parties—whether it was dresses with voluminous ruffles, slouchy denim boots, or even sequined hoods. The memo among A-listers was to expect the unexpected when it came to their fashion choices.

Some of the standouts this week? Certain celebrities opted for vintage ensembles with strong shapes. Take Sydney Sweeney at the HCA TV Awards this weekend, when she revived a Mugler dress from 1981 that had exaggerated peplums. Or Kylie Jenner, who celebrated her 25th birthday this weekend in a vintage Paco Rabanne look. The silvery getup complete with a disco ball-like hood, which was ready to party the night away in.

Impactful colors also had a moment. On the Jimmy Fallon show, Never Have I Ever star Maitreyi Ramakrishnan opted for a Zimmermann floral dress with tons of ruffles, While out in New York, Lili Reinhart also slipped into Tory Burch’s sporty dress with a dash of yellow color-blocking. Speaking of New York, however, there was one city street style moment that truly stole the show: When Rihanna emerged in Y/Project’s extra-slouchy denim boots, fresh off the runway. A head-turning accessory only the Bad Gal herself could truly pull off.

Which were your favorite celebrity looks this week? Be sure to vote below, and check back on Friday to see which ensemble is the ultimate best dressed of the week.

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The Kardashian-Jenners Show Three Ways to Modernize Body-Con Dresses

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If you’ve been following the Kardashian-Jenners since their early days on Keeping Up With the Kardashians, you’ll know that the stylish siblings have always loved a body-con dress: Kim, Kourtney, and Khloe in particular. The show skyrocketed to fame in the early 2010s, after all—there was no better time for skintight Hervé Léger bandage dresses. Over the years, the five siblings’ personal styles may have evolved, but their penchant for form-fitting frocks has never quite quit (Kim, for instance, has been favoring Balenciaga’s spandex catsuits lately). This weekend on Instagram, Kylie posted a new photo with Kendall and Kim, and their trio of summery outfits showcased a more modern update on their signature body-con dressing.

Posing aboard a yacht for Kylie’s 25th birthday celebrations, the three sisters did figure-hugging dresses in a fresh, new way. Kylie wore a sequined and sheer off-the-shoulder dress, complete with an asymmetrical high slit. It’s a more minimal (and elegant) take on the vacuum-sealed style. Kim opted for a shredded red Rick Owens gown that had one long sleeve, her design favoring the more futuristic vibe she’s been channeling as of late. Kendall, meanwhile, slipped into a two-piece, choosing a glitzy bra top and skirt that’s perfect for a night out.

Fashion in general has been moving back towards body-con silhouettes—see the clingy pieces at Mugler, Jacquemus, and Eckhaus Latta—so the Kardashian-Jenners are clearly onto something with keeping their signature sexy look alive. It would be a sight to see the Kardashian-Jenners slip back into their 2010s club wear—but their 2022 takes on the vibe is pretty close. They’re a little more (okay a lot more) current.

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