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SNL HAD A RERUN ON SATURDAY, BUT THAT DIDN’T STOP CAST MEMBER AIDY BRYANT FROM RULING THE WEEKEND. HER NEW SHOW SHRILL IS A TOTAL HIT (AND AN INSPIRING PEP TALK!)—SO CANCEL YOUR PLANS, MAKE A DATE WITH YOUR COUCH, AND READ ON.
 
MEET TODAY'S CLOVER, @ASHLEY_MASSE: THIS TEEN AMBASSADOR FOR INSTAGRAM (COOLEST JOB EVER?) BRINGS THE SUNSHINE EVERYWHERE SHE GOES.
? One of the worst terror attacks in New Zealand’s history happened last Friday when 50 people were killed at two mosques during their daily prayer. What's more, the men behind the attackswhite supremacistslivestreamed part of it in a violent 17-minute video online. (It has since been removed.) They also posted a white nationalist manifesto on Twitter and 4chan prior to the attack, where they praised everyone from Trump to YouTuber PewDiePie. Police have arrested the main suspect, a 28-year-old white man, and charged him with murder. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described it as “an unprecedented act of violence” and vowed to change the gun laws asap. Read more about the attack here. 

? About 1.4 million students from 123 different countries skipped class on Friday—but *not* to get a jumpstart on the weekend. It was part of the Youth Climate Strike, a movement organized by, yup, teens, in hopes of urging adult action on climate change. Although they were inspired by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, every strike was unique. For instance, in the U.S., the main organizers were 13-year-old Alexandria Villasenor, 12-year-old Haven Coleman, 16-year-old Isra Hirsi (aka daughter of congresswoman Ilhan Omar). Click here to catch up on what you missed.

❤️ Last year, actress Jameela Jamil was outraged by a meme that judged the Kardashians by their weight—so she started a revolution against shame on social media. Since then, the “I Weigh” movement (and corresponding Instagram account) has inspired thousands of women to share their own body confidence manifestos. Now, exactly one year after the movement started, Jameela’s partnering with Instagram on an interview series featuring celebs like Sam Smith and Lizzo talking about their own body-acceptance experiences. Watch the first ep here and get inspired. Then get involved.

? A handful of Republicans teamed up with Senate Democrats to overturn President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency. They claim the president exceeded his powers in trying to build a border wall over Congress’s objections. (You don’t say.) The bipartisan rebuke was no doubt a blow to Trump, who retaliated by—what else?—angrily tweeting. He also vetoed Congress on their reversal attempt, which means he's going to continue pushing for his border wall, despite widespread objections.
Four years ago, supermodel (and newly-anointed Project Runway host!) Karlie Klossstarted Kode with Klossy, a nonprofit that literally changes girls’ lives by teaching them the basics of programming and web development. Since its inception, she’s helped 2,400 girls learn how to code. And this year, Karlie’s taking things up a notch; she’s hosting two-week coding camps across America *and* providing scholarships to nearly 1,000 young women. If you’re interested (and honestly, why wouldn’t you be?), apply here. 

But first, read Karlie’s advice to the biggest questions—straight from our readers—below.

When was a time you’ve failed, and what did you learn from the experience?
I think you learn the most when you take a misstep. I view failures as an opportunity for learning and growth. My twenties so far have been about figuring out who I am; they’ve been about discovering new passions and striving to grow and learn from the highs and the lows. I have certainly made mistakes in my modeling career and it’s been a journey full of trial and error. While there were a ton of growing pains, those learning moments have helped me feel sound in who I am. They’ve also helped me find my path forward.

How do I get a foot into STEAM?
The first step is just being curious about STEAM. The second is to act on it and use that spark of curiosity as a jumping off point to explore the world of STEAM. Read as much as you can and look for programs like Kode With Klossy that provide you access to learning. It’s never too late to start exploring the field. I took my first coding class when I was 21 and I’m still learning. 
 
How do you handle criticism?
While criticism can be tough to hear, I’ve found that oftentimes it can be the best motivator. Throughout my career, I’ve faced a lot of criticism about the way I look—I have been called both too fat and too thin by different casting agents on the same day. Through these experiences, I’ve learned that people are always going to have an opinion about who you are or what you do, but the only—and most important!—person that you need to please is yourself.

How do you feel about changing what it means to be a woman, as you’re a model *and* working in tech?
I’m inspired every day by women who are proving that you don’t have to be just one thing. They’ve shown me that you can forge a path that’s completely unique to you, based on the things you’re passionate about—whether that’s fashion and technology or writing and cooking. There’s no one path you need to follow. If you’re passionate about something, go after it.

How do you deal with feeling nervous and stay confident?
I try to be as kind to myself as I am with others. Whenever I make a mistake or have a bad day, I remind myself that I’m human and that tomorrow is a new day. I’ve also found that setting aside a few minutes every day to do something for myself—whether that’s meditating, working out, listening to a favorite podcast or simply putting away my phone—helps clear my head and keep stress away.

As for confidence, own it! Even if you have to fake it till you make it, confidence is a mindset that is completely transformative and a necessary first step towards self-love.

How do you balance all of your projects? What advice do you have for girls who are juggling tons of responsibilities?
Take things one step at a time and set attainable goals for yourself along the way. Whenever I’m feeling overwhelmed or stuck on a project, I break it up into smaller “micro-goals,” which makes everything feel much less daunting and more achievable.  

It’s also important not to let perfect get in the way of good. It’s easy to want something so badly to be perfect, but often times that’s a distracting objective. My advice is to always maintain perspective, have confidence in yourself, and stay committed and focused on achieving your goals in whatever way works best for you.
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K LAST THING... LIZA IS CATCHING UP ON LILLY SINGH'S NEW ROLE. CASEY IS SPEEDING THROUGH SHRILL (SO GOOD!). AND WE'RE LISTENING TO...
 
 

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