Rihanna is on the cover of the new issue of Vogue. By my count, it’s her fifth time for American Vogue – not a small deal. This is timed, of course, ahead of the Met Gala on Monday, as she is the co-chair this year, but also for the release of Oceans 8 and the launch of her lingerie line. And less than a year after she introduced Fenty Beauty, one of the most successful makeup launches of the decade, if not THE most successful makeup launch of the decade. 

So in this episode of Show Your Work, Duana and I discuss Rihanna, the CEO:  how does she work, when does she work, what will her work look like in the next decade now that she’s just turned 30? Also… should I start contouring? Because watching her makeup tutorial made me really, really want to get everything she uses: 


From there we move to Rachel McAdams who stepped out recently for the first time in months to promote Disobedience with Rachel Weisz. Rachel stayed undercover during her pregnancy. She gave birth ….between 6-12 weeks ago? As we know, she keeps her personal life on lock. Like all mothers though, there will be adjustments to her professional life as a result of her personal changes. This is a discussion about parenthood and the workplace, in Hollywood and beyond. 

Next, it was announced this week that Busy Philipps is getting her own talk show on E!. Many of you emailed and tweeted at us requesting for this to be added to the podcast. It’s EXCELLENT news for her. For sure. But now the work is about translating Busy’s Instagram charm to broadcast television. What will the challenges be? What are the upsides and potential downsides? Like Busy, Leslie Jones has generated more and more opportunities through her social media. In addition to being a comic and a cast member on Saturday Night Live, Leslie has become an NBC sports special correspondent. And now she’s a player on the fashion scene. How did all this come together? What is the secret ingredient? 

And finally… we got an email from a reader called Melissa about “lady assassins” and this tweet:

Lupita Nyong’o has just confirmed two spy/assassin movies. She’ll be working with Jessica Chastain, Penelope Cruz, Fan Bingbing, and Marion Cotillard. We discuss whether or not this is actually a “trend”. And if it is… is it a good thing?

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