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FILE - DECEMBER 01: Actor Elliot Page, formerly known as Ellen Page, has come out as transgender and non-binary. TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 09:  Ellen Page attends "The Cured" premiere during the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival at Ryerson Theatre on September 9, 2017 in Toronto, Canada.  (Photo by Jeremy Chan/Getty Images)

FILE - DECEMBER 01: Actor Elliot Page, formerly known as Ellen Page, has come out as transgender and non-binary. TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 09: Ellen Page attends "The Cured" premiere during the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival at Ryerson Theatre on September 9, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Jeremy Chan/Getty Images)

FILE - DECEMBER 01: Actor Elliot Page, formerly known as Ellen Page, has come out as transgender and non-binary. TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 09: Ellen Page attends "The Cured" premiere during the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival at Ryerson Theatre on September 9, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Jeremy Chan/Getty Images)

lIt took a lot of guts for Elliot Page to open up to fans about being transgender this week.

The Oscar-nominated Juno star - formerly known as Ellen Page - previously came out as gay in 2014.

On Tuesday, he updated his name and pronouns on social media, and confirmed: "I am trans".

The Canadian star continued: "To all trans people who deal with harassment, self-loathing, abuse and the threat of violence every day: I see you, I love you and I will do everything to change this world for the better."

What a change from the Hollywood of yesteryear that forced LGBT stars like Rock Hudson to remain in the closet.

Brian Stanley's excuse is not good enough

Does Brian Stanley really expect people to believe that he was referring to anything other than Leo Varadkar's sexuality in his now infamous tweet?

The Sinn Féin TD deleted his Twitter account after another mind-bogglingly dopey post from 2017 surfaced.

But the embattled politician - who earlier in the week courted controversy over a tweet celebrating historical IRA attacks on British soldiers - is digging his heels in by claiming it has been "misinterpreted".

Posted on the same day that the Fine Gael TD became Ireland's first openly gay political leader, it read: "yippee 4 d tory. it's Leo. U can do what u like in bed but don't look 4 a pay rise the next morning."

Sure, Brian, you were clearly taking a dig at the Tánaiste's snoring.

Teen's top notch make-up skills

At just 13, Princess Andre has mastered the art of contouring better than I ever will.

At least, that's what I took from the glam snap of the teen shared by mum Katie Price on Instagram at the weekend.

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The schoolgirl was the absolute spit of the former glamour model in matching pink tracksuits and full makeup.

And proud Katie revealed how her eldest daughter - whose dad is Peter Andre - could soon give professional makeup artist Fern Howe-Shepherd a run for her money.

"Me and my gorgeous mini me daughter @officialprincess_andre," she captioned the snap.

"Just for fun!" the teenager added on her own page. "First time I've had hair and makeup professionally done! I love it."

But the gloss was soon taken off the lovely mother-daughter moment when followers lashed out at the mum-of-five over Princess' dramatic look.

"Oh no, she's too naturally beautiful to be caked in makeup," commented one fan.

"It makes her look so old," complained another.

They do know it washes off, right?

Since time immemorial, young girls have looked to their mothers as they transitioned into womanhood.

So it's only natural if they're found wobbling about in high heels or experimenting with make-up along the way.

What never ceases to amaze me is how triggered some adults are by the sight of a teen girl with fake tan or winged eyeliner.

Or how we never assign the same meaning to their male counterparts single-handedly ripping a hole in the Ozone with Paco Rabanne.

It's true that the beauty ideal for girls has become so extreme in recent years that a 13-year-old can often be indistinguishable from a 30-year-old.

There's 'clown contouring', 'strobing', 'baking', 'draping' and, most recently, 'jamsu', a Japanese style which involves submerging your fully made-up face in cold water to set it - or in Ireland, simply going outside.

Where were all these YouTube tutorials when I was rocking up to school slathered in green cover stick, looking more Princess Fiona from Shrek than Princess Andre?

A €370 Charlotte Tilbury gift set featuring 14 full-size 'makeup icons' is set to be one of the most coveted gifts for girls of all ages this Christmas.

And, yet, on the face of it, we are still just one slanted bronzer brush away from the beauty- conscious ancient Egyptians.

Studies show how it's taken lockdown to potentially change our relationship with slap forever.

While 46 per cent of women continued to put their face on in a bid to boost their mood while working from home, according to one poll by skincare brand No7, 82 per cent told how they're wearing less makeup than before.

Certainly, I can count on one hand the number of times I've gone full RuPaul since March - the poor postman is not the better for it.

Come Christmas Day, however, I'll be more plastered than Santa after all that brandy - and praying to find a fancy new palette under the tree.

In the wise words of Katie herself : "I don't care what anyone says."

You can clap like seals all you want, lads, but money talks.

And this week the government said it all by refusing to pay Ireland's hard-working nurses.


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