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SpaceX is about to launch a female mannequin to the space station for NASA. It’s named ‘Ripley’ after the character in the ‘Alien’ movies.

The spacesuit and Crew Dragon spaceship that SpaceX hopes to use to launch NASA astronauts into space.

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The spacesuit and Crew Dragon spaceship that SpaceX hopes to use to launch NASA astronauts into space.
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  • SpaceX has a “go” from NASA to launch Crew Dragon, a new commercial spaceship for astronauts, on Saturday at 2:49 a.m. ET.
  • The rocket launch won’t send any people to space, but SpaceX is launching 400 lbs of cargo and a crash-test dummy.
  • On Thursday, SpaceX revealed the mannequin has a female body and spacesuit. It is named “Ripley” after the lead character in the “Alien” sci-fi horror movie franchise.
  • NASA said the dummy is part of its plan to “instrument the crap out of” Crew Dragon to verify that it’s safe to fly astronauts.

This story has been updated with new information.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – SpaceX is moving quickly toward one of the most important launches in its 17-year existence: The first launch of Crew Dragon, a spaceship that Elon Musk’s aerospace company designed to fly NASA astronauts into orbit.

Crew Dragon is part of NASA’s roughly $8 billion Commercial Crew Program, which was created to restore the agency’s ability to launch people to the International Space Station. (NASA retired its space shuttle program in July 2011, and has been sending astronauts on Russian Soyuz spacecraft since then.)

NASA has given a “go” for Crew Dragon’s inaugural launch aboard a Falcon 9 rocket on Saturday at 2:49 a.m. ET. The mission has a roughly 80% chance of good weather for launch, according to a forecast issued Thursday.

Read more: SpaceX will launch its Crew Dragon spaceship into orbit for the first time ever on Saturday. Here’s how to watch live.

For this experimental mission, called Demo-1, SpaceX won’t launch any of NASA’s finest to the International Space Station. Instead, it will send 400 pounds of cargo and a crash-test dummy wearing a spacesuit.

Hans Koenigsmann, SpaceX’s vice president for build and flight reliability, revealed during a press briefing on Thursday that the dummy will have a female body and spacesuit.

“It has lots of sensors. We call it a smarty, and her name is Ripley,” Koenigsmann said. The name is an homage to Ellen Ripley, the lead character in the film “Alien” played by Sigourney Weaver.

Why ‘Ripley’ is a critical part of SpaceX and NASA’s mission

A view of SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule atop a Falcon 9 rocket in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The spacecraft is part of NASA's Commercial Crew Program to launch astronauts into orbit from US soil.

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A view of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule atop a Falcon 9 rocket in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The spacecraft is part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program to launch astronauts into orbit from US soil.
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The reason a mannequin was chosen to go to the ISS first was so that the lives of astronauts are not put at risk; Crew Dragon may still have quirks that aren’t fully understood.

“This is an invaluable exercise to learn, in the space environment, how these systems will be working,” Kathryn Lueders, the manager of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program told Business Insider.

“We’ve done tons of water-landing testing, parachute testing – all of these individual pieces. But actually having a reentry with Ripley in the seat, in the position is critical,” Lueders said. “We’ve instrumented the crap out of this vehicle.”

Musk shared the first public photo of Ripley via tweet early on Friday morning, and it shows the spacesuit-clad figure – what NASA officially calls Ripley an “anthropomorphic test device” or ATD – reclined in a seat of the Crew Dragon vehicle (below).

In preparation for the inaugural launch of its Crew Dragon spaceship, SpaceX put a crash-test dummy in one of the vehicle's seats. The mannequin is named

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In preparation for the inaugural launch of its Crew Dragon spaceship, SpaceX put a crash-test dummy in one of the vehicle’s seats. The mannequin is named “Ripley,” named after the lead character in the sci-fi movies “Alien.”
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Lueders said the dummy will monitor sudden changes in speed that can induce artificial gravity, or G-loads. If those forces are too strong, a Crew Dragon astronaut could get knocked unconscious or possibly injured.

Ripley and other sensors on board Crew Dragon will also measure temperatures, listen for harmful noise levels, and make sure the spacecraft isn’t vibrating too much at any point in the mission.

SpaceX's Dragon v2 floats to Earth during a parachute test.

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SpaceX’s Dragon v2 floats to Earth during a parachute test.
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“Just like you do car testing, it’s going to measure all of the responses. Ideally the whole environment will be really gentle and easy, but we do know that when you’re landing under parachutes, those landings can be hard,” Lueders said. “We obviously do a whole bunch of testing in lots of different ways, but they kind of frown on using people in an unproven vehicle.”

Once Ripley is back on the ground, Lueders said engineers will feed her data into computer simulations to model how Crew Dragon might behave in a variety of situations with real people on board.

If all goes well with Demo-1, SpaceX will then do an in-flight test of an abort system as soon as April. After that, SpaceX hopes to launch its first astronauts on its Demo-2 mission.

“Every mission is important, but [Demo-1] is even more important. I’m pretty sure it’s not just me. I’m pretty sure everybody at SpaceX feels this way,” Koenigsmann said.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s grilling of Michael Cohen showed how the freshman lawmaker can defy expectations

  • Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez used her questioning time during Michael Cohen’s Wednesday congressional hearing to do something few other lawmakers did effectively: ask questions and elicit answers.
  • Rather than grandstanding, Ocasio-Cortez had Cohen name several individuals Congress could subpoena to provide new information about the financial crimes of which the president has been accused. She won widespread praise.
  • The questioning showed how Ocasio-Cortez can simultaneously do her job and hold a captive audience.

The meat of Michael Cohen’s allegations against President Donald Trump were made during the first 30 minutes of Wednesday’s congressional hearing. Members of Congress elicited little new information from the president’s former lawyer and fixer in the hours of testimony that followed his explosive opening statement.

Most Republicans used their time to ream Cohen out, painting a picture of a revenge-seeking “pathological liar.”

Most Democrats used their questioning time to grandstand and restate the evidence of crimes the president has been accused of.

Neither approach led to much substantive progress in what was supposed to be an effort at truth-seeking.

Reporters and pundits took to Twitter throughout the day to criticize lawmakers for showboating. They tweeted suggested questions and begged the committee members to do their jobs.

It seems that Ocasio-Cortez listened.

When she was given her five minutes of questioning time toward the end of the day, the freshman lawmaker dove into an efficient series of questions about the financial crimes Trump has been accused of.

In just a few minutes, Ocasio-Cortez had Cohen explain how Trump could have deflated the value of his assets to pay fewer taxes and inflated their value for insurance purposes. Cohen named three men he said are associated with the National Enquirer who he said possess potentially damaging information about the president. He named three Trump Organization executives who could also be useful to the House Oversight Committee.

Ocasio-Cortez also made the case for Congress to investigate Trump’s tax returns and financial information.

“Do you think we need to review [Trump’s] financial statements and his tax returns in order to compare them?” Ocasio-Cortez asked.

“Yes, and you’d find it at the Trump Org.,” Cohen said.

Read more: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ayanna Pressley peppered Michael Cohen with questions about Trump’s taxes and foundation that could spell more trouble for the president

‘Impossible not to respect’

Those four minutes of questioning won Ocasio-Cortez overwhelming praise, including from some skeptics.

Legal experts say it laid important groundwork for Congress to subpoena new individuals and information relating to financial crimes Trump is accused of committing.

“None of the representatives before her bothered to pursue those areas,” Jeffrey Cramer, a former longtime federal prosecutor who spent 12 years at the Justice Department, told INSIDER. “It does lay the groundwork for what every American should want. Specifically, a critical review of the finances for the most powerful person in the world.”

Patrick Cotter, a former federal prosecutor who worked with members of the special counsel Robert Mueller’s team, called Ocasio-Cortez’s questioning “not new or unexpected, but definitely foreshadowing” in an email to INSIDER.

The Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler, who has clashed with the lawmaker in the past, said lawmakers should follow Ocasio-Cortez’s example.

New York Magazine columnist Ed Kilgore wrote, “I’m probably the last passenger to climb aboard the @AOC train. But her performance today was impossible not to respect.” The New York Times ran an op-ed on Thursday titled, “How Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Won the Cohen Hearing.”

Ocasio-Cortez thanked her supporters and used the moment to credit her nontraditional training and her staffers.

“Bartending + waitressing (especially in NYC) means you talk to 1000s of people over the years. Forces you to get great at reading people + hones a razor-sharp BS detector,” she tweeted. “Just goes to show that what some consider to be ‘unskilled labor’ can actually be anything but.”

Ocasio-Cortez, Rep. Ayanna Pressley, and Rep. Rashida Tlaib at Cohen's congressional hearing.

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Ocasio-Cortez, Rep. Ayanna Pressley, and Rep. Rashida Tlaib at Cohen’s congressional hearing.
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Ocasio-Cortez knows her audience

Many lawmakers use congressional hearings to make names for themselves.

Sen. Kamala Harris became nationally famous as a freshman senator when she was cut off and rebuked during her questioning of Trump administration officials. GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham won right-wing praise when he slammed Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings as the “most unethical sham” he’d seen in politics.

But Ocasio-Cortez already has a bigger name than most other Washington lawmakers, and her Twitter reach is second only to the president.

Some have said younger members such as Ocasio-Cortez don’t need to grandstand during hearings in part because they don’t communicate with their audience through televised news.

Read more: Fox News hosts accuse Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of ‘admitting to civilizational suicide’ after the congresswomen asks if it’s ‘okay to still have children’ with the threat of climate change

“When they need to attract media attention, when they need to speechify, they use social media. That’s how they connect,” Elie Mystal, a commentator at Above the Law, tweeted about freshman Democrats.

Ocasio-Cortez can reach millions of her followers and influence news coverage through social media, and she can use congressional hearings to simply do her job.

The freshman congresswoman also likely knew that anything she did or said at the hearing would attract significant attention – and that every word would be heavily scrutinized, as her treatment by conservative media has proven.

She later said on Twitter that as a woman of color she is held to a higher standard.

“We’re used to being held to a diff bar. To being doubted. To getting new hoops thrown @ us last min,” she tweeted. “So we know how to perform.”

31 photos that show Jessica Biel’s dramatic fashion evolution

Both her hair color and her fashion choices have transformed.

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Both her hair color and her fashion choices have transformed.
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  • Jessica Biel was a teen when she starred on “7th Heaven.”
  • Her fashion style has changed in the more than two decades she’s been acting.
  • She used to love her crop tops but has changed to more glamorous looks.

Jessica Biel has undergone a pretty dramatic style transformation.

The 35-year-old actress was just 14 when she was cast on “7th Heaven,” which premiered back in 1996. Since then, she’s been known for her roles in films like “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” and “The A-Team.” Her most recent role as the lead character in the USA’s “The Sinner” secured her a number of award nominations.

Here’s a look through Biel’s fashion choices through the years, from questionable crop tops to glamorous gowns.


The “7th Heaven” star was 17 when she wore this blue tank to Nickelodeon’s 12th Annual Kids’ Choice Awards in 1999.

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She was cast when she was 14 years old.
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She was a big fan of crop tops in the early 2000s.

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This was in 2002.
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There’s a lot going on with this outfit, from the leather jacket to the scarf to those heels.

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This was at the 2002 premiere of “The Rules Of Attraction.”
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Biel went blonde and then paired an off-shoulder blouse over a white tank with bell-bottoms and a non-useful belt.

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This was at the 2004 MTV Movie Awards.
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She showed up to a pre-Oscar benefit with cowboy boots and a jean skirt in 2005.

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It was an interesting outfit choice.
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Here she is in a mismatched patterned dress in 2005.

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This was at the MTV Movie Awards.
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Biel was named Esquire’s Sexiest Woman Alive in 2005 and wore this dress for the announcement and cover reveal.

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She carried a cute clutch at her side.
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The actress attended the 2007 Golden Globe Awards in this sparkly gown.

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She still had her lighter hair.
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She chose a hot pink halter dress — and belt — for the 2007 Academy Awards.

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She was in the Oscar-nominated film “The Illusionist.”
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She donned an interesting suit with bell-bottom slacks during the Rome International Film Festival in 2008.

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She starred in the film “Easy Virtue,” which was shown at the festival.
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She picked this slouchy black dress for the “Easy Virtue” movie premiere.

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This was in 2008.
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She wore a gorgeous patterned gown to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Scientific and Technical Awards Dinner.

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This was in 2009.
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A fan of ruffles, Biel wore this white gown to the 2009 Academy Awards.

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She paired it with a black clutch.
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She later changed into a purple ruffled gown for the 2009 Vanity Fair Oscar Party.

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It looks more purple in other lighting.
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Biel stepped out in this bright red, ruffled gown with then-boyfriend Justin Timberlake at the 2009 Met Gala.

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The theme was “The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion.”
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To be honest, I’m not quite sure what she decided to wear to the “A-Team” movie premiere in 2010, but there’s something lace under whatever it is.

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She makes some weird outfit choices.
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The sheer red dress that she wore for the 2010 UK premiere of “The A-Team” blended in with the carpet.

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Where does the dress end?
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She chose a lovely lace dress for the 2012 Golden Globe Awards.

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Her hair was also darker.
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For the “Hitchcock” premiere in 2012, she chose a sparkly shirt and pant combo.

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She also went with blunt bangs.
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She wore a simple, shiny gown to the Oscars in 2014.

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Her hair was lighter again.
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Biel and now-husband Justin Timberlake were honored at the 2015 GLSEN Respect Awards where she wore a ruffled dress that was open in the middle but connected by the neck.

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The two became parents in 2015.
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Still with the ruffles, the actress picked this blush pink dress with huge ruffled sleeves for the 2015 Baby2Baby Gala at 3LABS.

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It was an off-the-shoulder dress.
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Biel’s gray gown for the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in 2016 was stunning.

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She went with her husband.
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She picked a deep-V dress with flower details for the 2017 Golden Globe Awards.

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Husband Justin Timberlake matched in black.
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She looked regal in a shimmery sequined gold gown with a matching dramatic necklace to the 2017 Oscars.

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Her clutch matched.
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She changed into a golden caped dress for the Vanity Fair Oscar Party.

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She even switched out her clutch, too.
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We can’t wait to see what she wears next.


Biel wore a sparkly two-toned gown to the 2017 Emmys.

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Her hair was voluminous and perfect for the dress.
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For the 2017 Baby2Baby Gala, Biel wore a see-through dress with small flowers on it over a black bra and high-waisted undergarment.

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She added a black clutch.
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Biel wore a black gown to the 2018 Golden Globes where she was nominated for “The Sinner.”

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She wore a diamond bracelet.
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She wore a light blue jumpsuit with scalloped top to a New York screening of “The Sinner.”

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She paired it with white shoes.
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For the 2018 Emmys, where she was nominated for “The Sinner,” the actress wore a stunning white dress covered in half-circle patterns.

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Her pink lips stood out.
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Elon Musk says Tesla will probably not be profitable in the first quarter of 2019

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said on Thursday that the automaker would likely not be profitable in the first quarter of this year.

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk said on Thursday that the automaker would likely not be profitable in the first quarter of this year.
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  • Tesla CEO Elon Musk said during a conference call with reporters on Thursday that the automaker would likely not be profitable in the first quarter of this year.
  • Musk added that he expected Tesla to be profitable in the second quarter.
  • Musk’s statement marks a reversal from his prior prediction that Tesla would be profitable in every quarter beginning in the third quarter of 2018.
  • During the automaker’s fourth-quarter earnings call back in January, Musk had said he was “optimistic” that Tesla would earn a small profit during the first quarter.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said during a conference call with reporters on Thursday that the automaker would likely not be profitable in the first quarter of this year.

Musk added that he expected Tesla to be profitable in the second quarter.

Musk’s statement marks a reversal from his prior prediction that Tesla would be profitable in every quarter beginning in the third quarter of 2018. During the automaker’s fourth-quarter earnings call, in January, Musk had said he was “optimistic” that Tesla would earn a small profit during the first quarter.

Musk had said on that January call: “I’m optimistic about being profitable in Q1. Not by a lot, but I’m optimistic about being profitable in Q1 and for all quarters going forward.”

Read more: Tesla is shuttering most of its stores as the company switches to an online-only sales model

During the second half of 2018, Tesla posted the first consecutive quarterly profits in its history, though it failed to meet Wall Street’s expectations for its fourth-quarter earnings.

The automaker posted adjusted earnings of $1.93 per share on $7.23 billion in revenue during the fourth quarter. Wall Street analysts had expected adjusted earnings of $2.10 per share on revenue of $7.1 billion.

Have a Tesla news tip? Contact this reporter at mmatousek@businessinsider.com.

40 photos that show how ‘Black Panther’ star Lupita Nyong’o’s style has evolved

Lupita Nyong'o at the

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Lupita Nyong’o at the “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” premiere in December 2017.
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Lupita Nyong’o became a breakout star in Hollywood after her performance in the 2013 film “12 Years a Slave.” And since then, she’s gone on to land roles in major films like “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” and “Black Panther.” Next, you can catch Nyong’o in Jordan Peele’s upcoming thriller, “Us.”

Her red carpet style has changed over the years, but one thing that’s clear is that Nyong’o is never afraid to take fashion risks.

Here’s a look at the stunning outfits Nyong’o has worn.


At the 2013 Toronto premiere of “12 Years a Slave,” Nyong’o wore a white and gold gown, and accessorized with a bedazzled gold clutch.

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Lupita Nyong’o at the “12 Years a Slave” premiere in 2013.
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Nyong’o starred as Patsey in “12 Years A Slave.”


Nyong’o opted for a black, strapless jumpsuit at a Hollywood Foreign Press Association and InStyle party held on September 9, 2013.

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Lupita Nyong’o at a Hollywood Foreign Press Association and InStyle party in 2013.
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Nyong’o was joined at the event by Jessica Chastain, Mark Wahlberg, and Emilia Clarke.


Nyong’o wore red heels and metallic, purple eyeshadow to complete her “12 Years a Slave” premiere outfit.

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Lupita Nyong’o at the “12 Years a Slave” premiere.
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The film won three Oscars in 2014.


Nyong’o never shies away from wearing a bright and bold color.

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Lupita Nyong’o in 2013.
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She wore this J. Mendel gown at the 2013 Hollywood Film Awards.


In November 2013, Nyong’o wore a silver and black Chanel outfit to New York City’s Museum of Modern Art.

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Lupita Nyong’o at the Museum of Modern Art.
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The event was a tribute to actress Tilda Swinton.


At GQ’s Men of the Year party, Nyong’o wore a pastel pink dress with fun cutouts, pointed heels, and a clutch that completed her outfit.

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Lupia Nyong’o at GQ’s Men of the Year party.
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The event took place at The Ebell Club of Los Angeles on November 12, 2013.


Nyong’o had fun in a Lanvin colorblock gown at the BAFTA LA Jaguar Britannia Awards.

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Lupita Nyong’o at the BAFTA LA Jaguar Britannia Awards.
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George Clooney, Julia Roberts, and Idris Elba also joined Nyong’o at the award show.


Nyong’o made her first Golden Globes appearance in 2014, wearing a bright red Ralph Lauren gown.

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Lupita Nyong’o at the 2014 Golden Globes.
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That year, she was nominated for a Golden Globe for best performance by an actress in a supporting role in a motion picture.


Nyong’o wore this sleek, white cutout dress to the 2014 Critics’ Choice Movie Awards.

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Lupita Nyong’o at the 2014 Critics’ Choice Movie Awards.
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The look was completed with sparkly eyeshadow and a silver clutch.


Nyong’o unintentionally matched with her statuette at the 2014 SAG Awards.

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The SAG figure holds a comedy mask in one hand and a tragedy mask in the other.
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She won the award for outstanding performance by a female actor in a supporting role for “12 Years a Slave.”


At The Hollywood Reporter’s Nominees Night in February 2014, Nyong’o opted for a nude-colored dress with a bright red lip shade and strappy heels.

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Lupita Nyong’o in 2014.
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The event was held in Beverly Hills, California.


At the EE British Academy Film Awards, Nyong’o wore a strapless, green Christian Dior dress that cascaded over the red carpet.

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The ceremony was held at The Royal Opera House in London on February 16, 2014.
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Her gold accessories completed the look.


Nyong’o was a standout at the 2014 NAACP Image Awards, wearing an orange Givenchy dress, metallic eyeshadow, and gold jewelry.

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Lupita Nyong’o at the 2014 NAACP Image Awards.
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That day, Nyong’o took home the award for outstanding supporting actress in a motion picture.


Nyong’o’s custom pale blue Prada dress was one of the most talked-about looks from the 2014 Oscars.

“It’s a blue that reminds me of Nairobi, so I wanted to have a little bit of home,” Nyong’o explained at the red carpet.


Nyong’o switched things up for the post-Oscars celebrations, wearing a white dress with green accents and matching peep toe heels.

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Lupita Nyong’o was all-smiles after the Oscars.
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Nyong’o proudly held her Oscar at the Vanity Fair party in West Hollywood, California.


At the 100th Annual White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner, Nyong’o wore a classy black gown with white polka dots.

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Sofia Vergara, Kristen Bell, and Dax Shepherd were also in attendance.
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Her hot pink lip shade was a surprising, yet fun addition to the outfit.


Nyong’o attended her first Met Gala on May 5, 2014 and wore a daring head-to-toe green Prada outfit.

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Her emerald head piece is actually a vintage Cartier necklace.
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The addition of purple eye makeup paired well with her green theme.


At the 2014 MTV Movie Awards, Nyong’o wore a colorful Chanel dress with busy patterns.

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Lupita Nyong’o at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards.
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You never know what Nyong’o will wear to a red carpet, and somehow she pulled off this risky look.


Nyong’o’s 2014 CFDA Fashion Awards look proves that she is willing to have fun with her outfits.

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The event was held at Lincoln Center in New York City on June 2, 2014.
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Her pink shoes, blue eyeshadow, and lip shade perfectly match her striped look.


At the 72nd Golden Globe Awards, Nyong’o wore a gorgeous, floral Giambattista Valli Haute Couture gown.

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The 2015 Golden Globe Awards took place in Beverly Hills, California.
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She elevated the look with bright pink Lancome lipstick and purple eyeshadow.


Nyong’o was glowing in this long-sleeved Elie Saab dress at the 2015 SAG Awards.

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That evening, Nyong’o took the stage with Jared Leto to present the award for outstanding male actor in a TV movie or miniseries.
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Her makeup artist, Nick Barose, said the beauty look was inspired by “Gone With the Wind.”


At the 2015 Academy Awards, Nyong’o stunned in this custom Calvin Klein dress, which was reportedly made using more than 6,000 pearls.

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Lupita Nyong’o at the 2015 Oscars.
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Her Nicholas Kirkwood shoes also had pearls on them.


At the Cannes Film Festival in May 2015, Nyong’o wore a custom green Gucci gown with floral accents.

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Lupita Nyong’o at the Cannes Film Festival.
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Taking to Instagram, Nyong’o called the dress shade “grasshopper green,” and it paid homage to Uganda.


For the “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” premiere in December 2015, Nyong’o sparkled in a metallic Alexandre Vauthier Haute Couture gown.

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Lupita Nyong’o at the “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” premiere.
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“I thought I’d bring the galaxy with me,” Nyong’o said on the red carpet.


The actress dazzled in this neon green shirt and sequined skirt at the 2016 premiere of “The Jungle Book.”

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Lupita Nyong’o at the “Jungle Book” premiere.
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Nyong’o voiced the character Raksha in “The Jungle Book.”


At the 2016 Met Gala, Nyong’o embraced the “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology” theme with this shiny, jade gown.

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Lupita Nyong’o at the Met Gala.
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Nyong’o said that her hairstyle was inspired by Nina Simone and “sculptural hairdos from all around the continent.”


Nyong’o’s colorful Tony Awards dress was actually inspired by a video game.

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In 2016, she was nominated for a Tony for best lead actress in a play.
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“I was looking at these Tetris colors and [wanted to] create something bright and exciting and textural,” designer Jason Wu told Vogue.


Nyong’o looked elegant and beautiful in this lilac Elie Saab outfit at the premiere for Disney’s “Queen of Katwe” in September 2016.

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Lupita Nyong’o at the “Queen of Katwe” premiere.
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Nyong’o starred as Nakku Harriet in the film.


Nyong’o was one of the women honored at Elle’s Women in Hollywood Awards in October 2016. She wore a shimmering dress designed by Duro Olowu.

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Lupita Nyong’o in 2016.
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“I grew up with a very limited mirror of myself,” Nyong’o said. “I watched a lot of TV, but the people on it were always light skinned. And now I have a platform that takes me into people’s houses and onto the pages of their magazines.”


People couldn’t get enough of Nyong’o in an orange, feathered Prada dress at the 2017 Met Gala.

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Lupita Nyong’o at the 2017 Met Gala.
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If you look closely, you’ll notice that several different eyeshadow colors were applied to her lids.


At the 2017 CFDA Fashion Awards, Nyong’o wore this asymmetrical, light gold Jason Wu creation.

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The event took place at Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City on June 5, 2017.
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She added feathered shoes and minimal accessories to complete the look.


At San Diego Comic Con in July 2017, Nyong’o wore a green outfit and participated in a Marvel panel that included a “Black Panther” teaser.

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Lupita Nyong’o at San Diego Comic Con.
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She also showed up to the convention disguised as a pink “Power Ranger.”


For the red carpet premiere of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” the actress wore a dark green, sparkling Halpern dress and jewelry from Tiffany & Co.

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Lupita Nyong’o in 2017.
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This is not the first time she’s stunned in a green outfit.


Nyong’o stepped out at the 2018 SAG Awards wearing a silver and black gown with a feathered train.

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Lupita Nyong’o at the 2018 SAG Awards.
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She presented at the show with Brie Larson.


At the “Black Panther” premiere, Nyong’o wore a custom purple and gold Atelier Versace gown, perfect for the Marvel movie.

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The purple carpet event was held at the Dolby Theatre on January 29, 2018.
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Nyong’o stars as Nakia in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.


Nyong’o opted for a black and gold Versace gown for the 2018 Oscars.

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Lupita Nyong’o at the Oscars in 2018.
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The dress included a thigh-high slit.


At the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscars celebration, Nyong’o changed into a sleek black dress with a plunging neckline.

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Lupita Nyong’o in March 2018.
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The outfit was designed by Armani Prive.


In May 2018, she wore a voluminous pale pink dress.

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Lupita Nyong’o in Cannes, France.
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The actress was in France for the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival.


The actress wore a blue beaded Calvin Klein dress to the 2019 Golden Globes.

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Lupita Nyong’o at the 76th Golden Globes in January 2019.
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Nyong’o also wore affordable silver heels from Aldo.


At the 2019 Oscars, Nyong’o wore a one-shoulder, feathered Oscar de la Renta dress.

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Lupita Nyong’o at the 2019 Vanity Fair Oscar Party in February 2019.
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She accessorized with black Roger Vivier shoes, Forevermark diamond rings, and a Tyler Ellis clutch.

Tesla stock slides after Elon Musk warns it won’t be profitable in Q1

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  • Tesla will not be profitable in Q1 as it was in its previous two quarters, CEO Elon Musk said Thursday.
  • The guidance comes the same afternoon as Tesla said the $35,000 version of its Model 3 was available for preorder.
  • Shares sank as much as 4% in after-hours trading. Follow the stock in real time here.

Shares of Tesla sank as much as 4% in after-hours trading on Thursday, according to Markets Insider data, after CEO Elon Musk warned that the company might not be profitable in the first quarter of 2019.

“We do not expect to be profitable in Q1 but profitability in Q2 is likely,” Musk said on a conference call Thursday.

His comments came after two consecutive quarters of profitability, a first in the company’s history, and on the same day as Tesla announced the long-awaited $35,000 version of its Model 3 was finally available to order.

More from Tesla’s big news announcement:

RANKED: Justin Bieber’s 14 most popular songs, from ‘Baby’ to ‘Despacito’

Now 24 years old, Justin Bieber has been a pop juggernaut since his tween days.

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Now 24 years old, Justin Bieber has been a pop juggernaut since his tween days.
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  • Justin Bieber has been a mainstay on the Billboard Hot 100 since his debut single was released in 2009.
  • 14 of Bieber’s singles have become top 10 hits. INSIDER ranked those most popular songs.
  • “Beauty and a Beat” featuring Nicki Minaj brings up the rear at No. 14 on our list.
  • Bieber’s 2015 smash hit “Sorry,” which reigned at No. 1 on the chart for three weeks, earned our top spot.

Justin Bieber has been a mainstay on the Billboard Hot 100 since his debut single was released in 2009.

“One Time” peaked at No. 17 on the chart, but 14 of Bieber’s songs in the past decade have become top 10 hits. From the infamous “Baby,” featuring Ludacris, to his comeback feature on “Where Are Ü Now,” any single featuring Bieber vocals is a reliable bet for radio domination.

INSIDER ranked those 14 hits, Bieber’s most commercially popular songs, from worst to best.


14. “Beauty and a Beat” featuring Nicki Minaj

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Nicki Minaj and Justin Bieber in the music video for “Beauty and a Beat.”
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Chart history: Peaked at No. 5

“Beauty and the Beat” is catchy, but it’s extremely grating. Even just the name of the song is annoying.

It’s also fairly off-putting to hear a 30-year-old Nicki Minaj rap about wanting to hook up with a barely-18-year-old Bieber.


13. “As Long As You Love Me ” featuring Big Sean

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Justin Bieber in the music video for “As Long As You Love Me.”
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Chart history: Peaked at No. 6

“As Long As You Love Me” is super dramatic and, honestly, barely less annoying than “Beauty and a Beat.” Big Sean’s far superior guest verse gives this pulsing pop song an edge.


12. “No Brainer” by DJ Khaled featuring Justin Bieber, Chance The Rapper, and Quavo

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DJ Khaled, Chance the Rapper, Justin Bieber, and Quavo in the music video for “No Brainer.”
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Chart history: Peaked at No. 5

“No Brainer” is a fun, feature-packed joint from DJ Khaled’s hit-making factory – but it’s also an obvious attempt to remake the magic of “I’m the One,” which immediately makes the song less interesting.


11. “I’m the One” by DJ Khaled featuring Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance The Rapper, and Lil Wayne

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Quavo, Justin Bieber, Chance the Rapper, and DJ Khaled in the music video for “I’m The One.”
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Chart history: Peaked at No. 1 for one week

“I’m the One” was a stroke of genius on the part of DJ Khaled, who brought together three of music’s brightest stars for one summer-defining hit. It doesn’t have much substance, but it does have something for everyone, and Bieber’s silky voice in the chorus ties the whole thing together.


10. “Let Me Love You” by DJ Snake featuring Justin Bieber

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Chart history: Peaked at No. 4

Bieber’s vocals offer the perfect cherry on top of a catchy dance track, and “Let Me Love You” is just one example. It’s not the best Bieber-featuring EDM-pop single – but its moody, tropical vibe is still downright addicting.


9. “Never Say Never” featuring Jaden Smith

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Jaden Smith and Justin Bieber in the music video for “Never Say Never.”
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Chart history: Peaked at No. 8

“Never Say Never” is far from artistic perfection, but in the world of “Bieber Fever,” it’s a certified classic. The titular motto defined an entire era of Bieber’s career – and if you’re able to resist singing along, most fans would consider that grounds to revoke your Belieber status.


8. “What Do You Mean?”

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Chart history: Peaked at No. 1 for one week

“What Do You Mean?” may have been the worst of Bieber’s four promo singles for “Purpose,” but all that proves is how powerful “Purpose” is.

“What Do You Mean?” was an essential part of Bieber’s public rebranding – what Rolling Stone called his “take-me-back moment”- and we heard him loud and clear. The single was his first-ever No. 1 on the chart and, at 21 years old, made Bieber the youngest male to debut at No. 1 on the Hot 100. It positioned the embattled pop star as the ultimate comeback kid.


7. “Cold Water” by Major Lazer featuring Justin Bieber and MØ

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Dancers Helen Gedlu, Jaylene Mendoza, Sara Bivens, and Andranita Smith-Shannon in the music video for “Cold Water.”
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Chart history: Peaked at No. 2

“Cold Water” is the perfect combination of Major Lazer’s best instincts (also responsible for party playlist essentials like “Turn Down for What” and “Lean On”) and Bieber’s knack for injecting real emotion into cheesy, lovelorn lyrics.

And just when you think you’re ready to press “next,” MØ’s alluring, raspy vocals come through in the third verse to keep you hooked.


6. “Boyfriend”

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Justin Bieber in the music video for “Boyfriend.”
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Chart history: Peaked at No. 2

Looking back, “Boyfriend” was ahead of its time. Bieber was pseudo-rapping over sparkling synth beats long before Ariana Grande and her current reigning single, “7 Rings.”

Aside from the underwhelming lyrics about fondue – not to mention the unnecessary addition of the word “swaggy” at random intervals – it’s pretty much the perfect pop song.


5. “Where Are Ü Now” by Skrillex and Diplo with Justin Bieber

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Justin Bieber in the music video for “Where Are Ü Now.”
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Chart history: Peaked at No. 8

“Where Are Ü Now” preceded “What Do You Mean?” as Bieber’s comeback anthem. It reminded everyone why we fell in love with his boyish charm and silken vocals in the first place; it made him vulnerable and likable (according to Billboard, Bieber actually wrote the song as a moody piano ballad before sending it to Skrillex and Diplo).

And it didn’t hurt that, with the help of Skrillex and Diplo’s EDM expertise, “Where Are Ü Now” is an absolute banger.


4. “Love Yourself”

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Dancers Keone and Mari Madrid in the music video for “Love Yourself.”
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Chart history: Peaked at No. 1 for two weeks

Once Bieber had built up some good will with the golden promo trio (“Where Are Ü Now,” “What Do You Mean?” and “Sorry”), he enjoyed the fruits of his labor with a hefty dose of self-love and attitude, snarled gracefully over a deceptively sweet melody.

We should all be thankful that Bieber’s co-writer Ed Sheeran deemed “Love Yourself” as too “harsh” to sing himself; he could have never done it justice.


3. “Baby” featuring Ludacris

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Justin Bieber in the music video for “Baby.”
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Chart history: Peaked at No. 5

“Baby” has been maligned and misrepresented for too long. The song showcased the best of young Bieber’s vocal potential and his sharp instincts for earworm pop. “Baby” is a true bop that’s largely responsible for Bieber’s absolute ubiquity, and it deserves respect.


2. “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber

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Daddy Yankee and Luis Fonsi in the music video for “Despacito.”
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Chart history: Peaked at No. 1 for 16 weeks

“Despacito” is, by far, the most commercially successful track with Bieber’s name attached. And while he may not know how to actually sing it, he recognized the song’s power and asked to be a part of it – becoming the unlikely harbinger of reggaeton’s reckoning. And the music industry is genuinely better off for it.

The “Despacito” remix featuring Bieber became the first mostly Spanish-language song in Grammy history to be nominated for record of the year and song of the year. And as HuffPost’s Carolina Moreno pointed out, its losses in both categories were completely inexplicable.

“By nearly every measure, ‘Despacito’ was the world’s biggest song of 2017,” Moreno writes. “It not only broke nearly every record under the sun, but it finally made clear to the U.S. mainstream market the true power of Latin music on a global stage.”

“Despacito” does not claim the top spot on our ranking, however, because Bieber was little more than a vocal contributor. Its true power belongs to Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee.


1. “Sorry”

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Chart history: Peaked at No. 1 for three weeks

After years of public scandals and nurturing his “bad boy” image, Bieber apologized in the best possible way: with a song that can (and will) be played at clubs, during road trips, on repeat while you’re in the shower, and at the peak of any good party until the end of time.

Put simply, “Sorry” is Bieber’s ultimate triumph thus far. It’s both endearing and challenging, both timeless and totally of-the-moment. As Rolling Stone’s Rob Sheffield writes, “Bieber is the comeback kid, with ‘Sorry’ as his theme song.”

A new ‘Fortnite’ update just added a bunch of new skins to the game — here are all the outfits you can unlock during Season 8

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“Fortnite” Season 8 has arrived.
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  • “Fortnite,” the world’s most popular game, just launched its massive Season 8 update.
  • Season 8 brings seven new skins to the game, including three legendary skins with evolving style choices.
  • The new skins can only be unlocked with the Season 8 battle pass, which will be available until May 9th.

Season 8 of “Fortnite” launched on Thursday, bringing big changes to the game and a whole pack of new unlockable items. The most valued items in “Fortnite” are skins, which completely transform the look of a player’s character.

Skins have varying levels of rarity, and are only available during limited-time sales in “Fortnite’s” in-game shop. The sale of skins and other cosmetic items helped the free-to-play game earn more than $2.5 billion last year. “Fortnite” remains the most popular game in the world, with more than 80 million players every month, and it’s available on PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch, as well as iOS and Android devices.

Today’s update added three new Legendary skins and four Epic skins, but players can only unlock the new outfits if they purchase the Season 8 battle pass for 950 V-Bucks. Players can earn V-Bucks in the game, or pay $10 for 1,000.

You'll need to purchase the Season 8 battle pass to unlock the new skins.

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You’ll need to purchase the Season 8 battle pass to unlock the new skins.
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Purchasing the season 8 battle pass will immediately unlock two legendary skins, Hybrid and Blackheart. Both of these skins will evolve as players earn experience and complete weekly challenges, giving them more style options and special effects. The battle pass will level up as players complete in-game challenges too, unlocking more skins and other rewards along the way.

Here is every skin and style choice you can unlock during Season 8 of “Fortnite”:


Sidewinder — Level 23 Epic Skin

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Peely — Level 47 Epic Skin

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Peely will ripen during the match, turning his green-yellow peel darker over time.
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Ember — Level 71 Epic Skin

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Master Key — Level 87 Legendary Skin (the mask unlocks at level 99)

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The tiger mask is a style option for Master Key.
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Luxe — Level 100 Epic Skin

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Luxe has four available colors that are unlocked by outlasting Battle Royale opponents.
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Hybrid Legendary Skin — Stage 1

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New stages of Hybrid skin are earned with XP, while new colors are unlocked through weekly challenges. In stage one, your dragon color will change your eye color and nothing else.
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Hybrid Legendary Skin — Stage 2

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You can choose colors for your dragon form and clothes separately.
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Hybrid Legendary Skin — Stages 3 and 4

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In stage 4, Hybrid has a lightning aura surrounding his body.
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Blackheart Legendary Skin — Stage 1

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Blackheart Legendary Skin — Stage 2

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Blackheart Legendary Skin — Stage 3

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New stages of Blackheart skin are earned with XP, while new colors are unlocked through weekly challenges.
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Blackheart Legendary Skin — Stage 4 to 8

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Stages 5 to 8 change the color of Blackheart’s ghostly aura.
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Influencer raccoons with millions of followers are taking over Instagram — but it’s difficult to own one

Pumpkin the Raccoon has 1.5 million Instagram followers.

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Pumpkin the Raccoon has 1.5 million Instagram followers.
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  • “Verminfluencers” – animals like raccoons, skunks, and opossums – are popular on Instagram.
  • But owning them poses several problems, according to the New York Times.
  • It’s not legal to own these kinds of animals in every state, and they’re hard to acquire. Veterenarians aren’t always equipped to treat them.
  • But if you can pull it off, there are benefits over being a human influencer.

Instagram-famous pets are nothing new. Karl Lagerfeld’s cat Choupette famously has 300,000 followers, and it’s common for people to make social media accounts for their animals.

But these pets aren’t just cats and dogs: They also include vermin. “Verminfluencers” – skunks, rats, raccoons, beavers, opossums, and the like – have a huge presence on Instagram, according to the New York Times.

Take Pumpkin the Raccoon, for example, who has 1.5 million followers – more than, say, Mini Jake Paul, an internet-famous toddler.

It makes sense: Vermin can be much more relatable than cats, or even regular people.

“We can all relate to an animal who’s just focused on eating and rummaging through trash,” Victoria Armour, one vermin fan, told the Times.

But owning vermin as a pet isn’t easy. They pose unique problems.

You can’t just get a raccoon at a shelter

Unlike cats and dogs, it’s not easy to get a raccoon. You can’t just go to a shelter and pick one up, like you would a cat. You’d need to find a licensed breeder, and then join that breeder’s waiting list. It could take months, vermin-owners told the Times.

And many states restrict owning vermin as pets. Only 17 allow skunks to be owned, and five states ban owning raccoons, according to The Spruce, a site that offers guidance for pet owners.

Picking up a raccoon from the wild is also a bad idea. It’s illegal in many states, and it’s extremely difficult to domesticate one. Many veterinarians also refuse to treat animals that lack the proper permits, according to the Times.

It’s also hard to get someone to take care of your pets if you want to go on vacation, or need to take a work trip. How many people are qualified to look after a raccoon or opossum?

“It’s harder for me to find somebody to watch Rocket than it is finding someone to watch my horses,” Danielle Stewart, the owner of Rocket the Raccoon, told the Times. “Every time we’ve gone on vacation, he’s had an absolute temper tantrum back home.”

Furthermore, there’s the matter of a breeding schedule: Without the paperwork, vets often won’t neuter the animal. Vermin breed often – raccoons have one litter per year – and the babies offer additional problems.

Don’t even get us started on puberty. Raccoons enter it at around the age of six months.

“[Rocket was] an absolute demon,” Stewart told the Times. Those domestication issues went away after he was neutered, she said.

If you can make it work, your raccoon can be famous

Few verminfluencers have the same success as Pumpkin the Raccoon’s 1.5 million followers. There are mid-level influencers, too, like Gizmo the Skunk, with 30,000.

Vermin is easy to monetize. Their images can be turned into branded products like T-shirts and mugs, and their accounts can get sponsors, like any other influencer.

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Using an animal as an influencer also offers some security. The owner can project a personality on an animal for an audience, instead of trying to present their own. An opossum is also less likely to be controversial by saying something racist or running alleged scams, like Brittany Davis or Caroline Calloway – both of whom have fewer Instagram followers than Pumpkin.

“We’re no longer liking the fluffy animals,” Armour told the Times. “We want the weirdos. We want the jaded ones. We want the ones who were kicked out of society.”

Andrew Cuomo and other Democrats are begging Jeff Bezos to reconsider New York for HQ2 after Amazon abruptly announced plans to ditch the city

  • Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York is trying to get Amazon to reverse its decision to ditch its plans for a dramatic expansion in New York City.
  • According to The New York Times, Cuomo has been speaking with Amazon executives, including CEO Jeff Bezos, to try to get the company to change course.
  • Business leaders in New York City are also calling on Amazon to reconsider.

Andrew Cuomo is determined to win Jeff Bezos back.

According to a report from The New York Times published Thursday, the New York governor has been quietly pleading with Amazon and its founder to take back its abrupt decision to abandon its plans to place half of a planned second headquarters, known as HQ2, in New York City.

After announcing that HQ2 would be split between locations in Northern Virginia and Queens, New York, Amazon backed out of the New York part following fierce opposition from activists concerned about gentrification and the tax incentives Amazon was offered as part of the deal.

The Times is reporting that Cuomo has spoken with Amazon executives – including Bezos – “multiple” times since the decision and that Cuomo “said he would navigate the company through the byzantine governmental process.”

A consortium of business representatives also published an open letter to Amazon in The Times on Friday asking it to reconsider.

“We know the public debate that followed the announcement of the Long Island City project was rough and not very welcoming,” the letter said. “Opinions are strong in New York – sometimes strident. We consider it part of the New York charm! But when we commit to a project as important as this, we figure out how to get it done in a way that works for everyone.”

Signatories to the letter include Mastercard CEO Ajay Banga, Citigroup CEO Michael Corbat, General Atlantic CEO William Ford, Morgan Stanley CEO James Gorman, and Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon.

“Governor Cuomo will take personal responsibility for the project’s state approval and Mayor de Blasio will work together with the governor to manage the community development process,” the letter added.

Starting in September 2017, Amazon ran a highly publicized search for a suitable location to build a major new office, which became known as HQ2, that would join its base in Seattle and support up to 50,000 workers. Before pulling out of New York, the company had announced it had chosen the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens and parts of Northern Virginia near Washington, DC.