Christina Henderson, Janeese George, Brooke Pinto elected to D.C. Council

Women would make up the majority of the D.C. Council for the first time since 1986, if Wednesday’s preliminary elections results hold up.

The D.C. Board of Elections’ latest results showed women leading in three council races: Christina Henderson for the at-large seat being vacated by David Grosso; Janeese Lewis George, who defeated incumbent Brandon Todd in the Democratic primary for the Ward 4 seat; and incumbent Brooke Pinto, who first won her Ward 2 seat in a special election in June.

If they win after all the mail-in ballots are counted, seven of the 13 council members will be female.

Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, a Democrat who has served on the legislative body for 22 years, said “change can be good.”

“[In] these times the council becoming majority Black and majority female is appropriate,” Mr. Mendelson said. “I remain concerned that, ideologically, the council continues to shift to the left. But the [preliminary] results are more moderate than many had predicted.”

Other women on the council include Brianne Nadeau, Ward 1 Democrat; Mary Cheh, Ward 3 Democrat; Anita Bonds, at-large Democrat; and Elissa Silverman, at-large independent.

Ms. Henderson, an independent, claimed victory Wednesday after the closest of her 22 rivals conceded defeat. She garnered 65,201 votes (15%), and was trailed by former council member Vincent Orange with 52,375 votes (12%), real estate developer Marcus Goodwin with 50,652 votes (12%) and policy analyst Ed Lazere with 50,278 votes (12%).

The other at-large seat up for grabs on Tuesday was won by council member Robert White, a Democrat whose re-election bid garnered 111,657 votes (26%).

Ms. Henderson said a female majority on the council would be “really great for D.C.” amid the “mixture of new challenges ahead” next year.

“Women just lead differently in terms of how we have great collaboration, and try to think outside of the box, and elevate various issues that are brought to the table,” she said.

Mrs. Cheh said she is “particularly pleased” that Ms. Henderson has won because she will be a “new face of leadership.”

“It is entirely beneficial that women will be a majority of the Council because, although there are different political perspectives among us, we all have important life experiences to bring to Council decisions,” said Ms. Cheh, who has served on the council for 13 years.

Ms. Pinto, a Democrat, secured her victory in Ward 2 by winning nearly 70% of the vote on Tuesday. Her 16,786 vote tally is more than triple that of her closest competitor, independent Randy Downs, who received 4,925 votes (20%). (The Ward 2 seat was vacated by Jack Evans in February following an ethics scandal.)

Ms. Pinto already claimed victory and said in a statement that she will “continue to seek out and work with diverse perspectives that will benefit our city.”

Ms. Lewis George cruised to victory in Ward 4, with 31,933 votes (92%) — more than 16 times the number of votes than D.C. Statehood Green Party candidate Perry Redd, who received

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Pregnant Brooke Vincent shares genius maternity fashion hacks she ‘swears by’

Brooke Vincent has lifted the lid on her essential pregnancy hacks.

The former Coronation Street actress announced she’s expecting her second child with partner Kean Bryan over the weekend.

Now, the 28-year-old telly star has dished out the lessons she’s learned after welcoming the couple’s first child, Mexx, in October 2019.

Brooke has revealed her top fashion essentials and make-up hacks for mums-to-be.

According to Brooke, the solution to being body-confident while learning to love your new figure lies in an oversized coat.

Brooke announced that she’s expecting her second child with partner Kean Bryan

The soap star told OK! Magazine : “I always think a mum fashion hack is a big coat because you can’t really see what’s going on but if you put a nice big coat over the top then it looks like you’ve made an effort!”

When it comes to beauty, the expectant mum claims that less is more during pregnancies and the first couple of months after your baby arrives.

Brooke said: “One of my mum beauty hacks is don’t wear make-up.

Brooke and Kean welcomed their son in October 2019

“Whenever I’ve got my make-up on out, I’ve got Mexx trying to touch my mascara, touch the lip glosses.

“I goes everywhere so I just decide now we’re just going bare faced the both of us!”

The TV star has also managed to discipline her son in the most unique way – through song.

Brooke revealed if she wants Mexx to master a task, she’ll sing to him so he will think it’s a game.

Brooke says less is more when it comes to fashion and beauty while pregnant

“I sing everything to him.

“Everything’s like a game. So, I’ll be like: ‘Let’s put on your shoes’ or, ‘let’s put the washing on the maiden’ and I sing everything to him to try so I just make it fun.”

Brooke is in her second trimester and is due to give birth to her second child next spring.

Brooke is over the moon to be welcoming a second child with Kean

The Corrie star is pregnant at the same time as her on-screen sister Helen Flanagan.

Helen, who played Rosie Webster in Corrie, is expecting her third child with her fiancé Scott Sinclair.

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Ally Brooke reveals her ‘cheap and bougie’ beauty routine

For former Fifth Harmony member Ally Brooke, self-love can be a struggle.

“I do have days where I feel ugly. I woke up one day and I had two huge pimples on my face; it was right before I was about to film a movie in Atlanta [soccer drama “High Expectations”]. It was so embarrassing because it was huge and I could not cover it up,” she told Page Six Style.

“I definitely have my moments where I don’t feel pretty, for whatever reason. But then I have the other days when you just feel better. That’s what life is; it’s full of ups and downs.”

The “Baby I’m Coming Home” singer, 27, credits her mother with many of her beauty secrets.

“Even before Fifth Harmony, my mom really taught me to take care of my skin. Wash morning and night. Do a scrub twice a week. Never, ever sleep with your makeup on,” she shared. “I’ve also learned how important it is to stay hydrated. I have seven bottles of water each day. It literally changes everything, because the number-one thing I found is that when you stay hydrated, your energy level just changes. Like, that can be my coffee.”

As for her skincare essentials? “I’m cheap and bougie, so I use Cetaphil from the drugstore and then I use La Mer Moisturizing Soft Cream ($190),” Brooke said. “I also use St. Ives Apricot Scrub ($3.89) twice a week; I love that. It is super simple and it helps my skin.”

The musician names Davines OI All In One Milk ($35) as her holy grail hair product. “It is a leave-in conditioner and detangler; I’m obsessed with it,” she said. “It’ll get even the toughest tangle out.”

And Brooke should know, having struggled with serious hair damage from her time in the girl group. “When I was super bleach-blonde, it was breaking,” the naturally brunette star said.

“At one point I had alopecia, but it was from all the stress that was going on. My hair was fried, so I decided to lay off on the bleaching and let it grow out, and that helped so much. I didn’t go as blond again. I went more like a honey blond, and that helped tremendously — and using heat protectant.”

“Thank god I stopped bleaching it,” she added. “My hair is in a much better place.”

Brooke’s memoir “Finding Your Harmony” is out now.

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Brooke Shields talks body confidence: ‘Women over 50 are not done’

Brooke Shields isn’t letting her age define her.

The 55-year-old model believes her best years are still ahead of her and she owes her confidence to her teenage daughters, Rowan, 17, and Grier, 14.

Shields told People magazine that her new frame of mind came after her kids called her out. “I was wearing those big bathing suits that had as much fabric as possible,” she admitted. “My daughters were like, ‘Mom, it’s ridiculous.’ It was sort of seeing myself through their eyes and just celebrating things like my butt. Things I just would never want to focus on in my life. Being 55 and saying ‘Wait a minute, women over 50 are not done.'”

The actress added, “If you’re that age, especially if you are an actress, it’s like ‘you’ve had your career, relax,’ but I think I’m just starting.”


Brooke Shields has been practicing body positivity. 

Brooke Shields has been practicing body positivity. 
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Like many during the pandemic, Shields was forced to reevaluate her lifestyle and make adjustments to eating and working out since gyms were closed. 

“My Instagram workouts were never meant to be a stressor,” she confessed. “They’re just accessible, and a way to have movement and endorphins. It’s funny to do arm presses with two bottles of wines. We don’t all have our fancy gyms at the moment but I can guarantee, if you do something for five minutes, it will be a positive.”

Shields says she “worked hard” over the summer “every day” stayed motivated and getting fit. 


“I was never skinny,” she said. “I was always athletic which means you don’t fit in the sample sizes. My daughters say I’m curvy. To them curvy is different. I watch them celebrate it. I’m learning from them and they always say you’re better off with something that shows your body rather than a muumuu.”

The former Calvin Klein model noted that she’s also readjusted her attitude. Instead of self-deprecating jokes, she’s been practicing body positivity and affirmations.


“I don’t want my girls to do that. Just think of how great it would be if we can all feel this larger than life energy,” she said. 

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