Link About It: This Week’s Picks

A sad farewell to Lil Peep, photographs from punk-era NYC, Barbie gets a hijab and more

1. Farewell, Lil Peep Lil Peep, a musician who rose to prominence over the last two years—blending rap, emo, trap and pop—has passed away at just 21 years old. Peep (born Gustav Ahr) recorded most of his songs in his DTLA bedroom, many of which explored mental health issues, vulnerabilities, sexuality, drug use and—of course—love. His open, sometimes blunt, approach struck a chord with fans—many …

Finally, a Hijab-Wearing Barbie

While Mattel’s Barbie doll isn’t generally known for being progressive (from her unrealistic body to the fact that the first black Barbies still had caucasian features), the doll has recently made a positive step forward. Inspired by Ibtihaj Muhammad—a Bronze medal-winning Olympic fencer—a new Barbie doll now wears a hijab. Not only that, but the “Sheroes” collection of dolls are modeled in the image of …

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Body positive Barbie, the chattiest state in America and the surprising truth about Earth's birth in this week's look at the web

1. Earth is Actually Two Planets Fused Together A new study conducted by UCLA researchers has uncovered an astonishing twist to the formation of Earth: it’s actually two planets fused together. Existing research had shown that a rogue planet, called Theia, had sideswiped Earth about 4.5 billion years ago, leading to the formation of the Moon. Now, scientists believe that two planets actually collided head …

Barbie’s New Body Shapes

For the first time in her 57-year history, Barbie will be given three new body shapes—petite, tall and curvy. Mattel, Barbie’s parent company, has updated the famous doll’s image to more realistically reflect the world of the doll’s young owners. “Yes, some people will say we are late to the game,” admits Evelyn Marzocco, the head of the Barbie brand. “But changes at a huge …