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Holly Mitchell • As the author of a groundbreaking bill that aims to end school and workplace discrimination against natural hairstyles, the California state senator is giving new power and pride to people of color.
THE O QUIZ • A round of 20 questions with Mitchell.
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Feeling the Love • Five of the talents behind this month’s issue discuss romance and chance meetings.
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The High Five • A WHOLE HANDFUL OF THINGS TO CHEER ABOUT THIS MONTH!
Make/Believe • One artist is stamping a sacred object with her personal style.
My Best Pets • Queer Eye’s grooming expert Jonathan Van Ness on his fabulous felines.
My Best Life • The alluring Caitriona Balfe—who plays Claire Fraser on Starz’s feverishly popular, time-hopping romantic drama Outlander (returning February 16 for season 5)—on what she can’t live without.
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the O list • A few things we think are just great for Valentine’s Day!
Great BUYS UNDER $100! • Before spring has officially sprung, consider a closet refresh with some of the season’s best looks.
THIS Old Thing? • If you’re contemplating breaking up with your basic blazer or the suit jacket sitting idly in the back of your closet, you might want to reconsider. O creative director Adam Glassman brings you three on-trend ways to breathe new life into the staple.
INSIDE THE Beauty CLOSET • O beauty director Brian Underwood handpicks his favorite new finds.
Braids OF GLORY • The style has a rich history, and today’s hair artists are taking it to new heights. Four talented braiders help us celebrate a few of the most iconic variations.
RAISING THE BAR • How picking up heavy things made Candice Rainey feel so much lighter.
From Despair to Care • Half a million girls and women are at risk for genital mutilation—right here in America. This survivor is fighting back.
The Facts of Midlife • What’s eating the grown-up women of Generation X.
Could It Be a Heart Attack? • Some common conditions feel similar to the symptoms of a life-threatening cardiovascular event. Here’s how to tell the difference.
Hidden Figure • In the wake of a revelation from her longtime spouse, Tiffany Lipps asks life coach Martha Beck for help grappling with her past and future.
At First Blush • These seductive finds just might help get you in the mood.
CHOICE CUTS • Responsibly produced meat is healthier for both you and the planet, but it can also be harder to find at major grocery chains. These mindful mail-order companies—which source from animals in their natural habitat and prioritize sustainable shipping practices—will bring the good stuff to you.
TRUTH BE TOLD • With her final Logan installment, MILDRED D. TAYLOR brings us full circle.
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El Norte • An extraordinary new novel changes the conversation around immigration.
The Kindest Cut • What do blonde highlights, Texas barbecue, and Aztec sacrifice rituals have to do with one another? With help from her hairstylist and her dad, Mary Pauline Lowry connects the dots.
HOW WE MET • Through a cheating boyfriend. While baking cookies. Amid deep grief. Eleven grateful souls tell us...