Your Friday Briefing – The New York Times

Temperatures in Arizona and Nevada soared past 115 degrees Fahrenheit (46 Celsius) this week, and doctors are warning that people can get third-degree burns from the sizzling asphalt as parts of the U.S. face severe drought and heat waves. Above, sunset over Phoenix.

“And as bad as it might seem today, this is about as good as it’s going to get if we don’t get global warming under control,” one climate scientist said.

Janet Malcolm, a longtime writer for The New Yorker who was known for her piercing judgments, has died at 86.

After years of waning popularity, Victoria’s Secret, the lingerie giant known for its hypersexy image, is undergoing a major rebrand. Its scantily clad supermodel Angels are out, in favor of “the VS Collective,” seven women including the soccer star Megan Rapinoe and the actor Priyanka Chopra Jonas.

“We needed to stop being about what men want and to be about what women want,” Martin Waters, the chief executive of the brand, said. The new Victoria’s Secret will have more women at its helm and more diversity in its mannequins and offer products like nursing bras and sportswear.

Victoria’s Secret has long “epitomized a certain widely accepted stereotype of femininity,” as Sapna Maheshwari and Vanessa Friedman wrote in The Times. But that model is outdated. Over the past decade, there has been a rise of “the anti-Victoria’s Secrets,” as Rory Satran wrote in The Wall Street Journal, as women seek out comfort and inclusive sizing instead of — or as well as — sexiness.

Now, how the brand, which previously sold push-up sports bras and no maternity lingerie, positions “sexiness” is set to broaden. “I don’t have to wear the traditional sexy thing to be sexy, and I don’t think the traditional thing is sexy when it comes to my partner or people I’ve dated,” Rapinoe said. “I think functionality is probably the sexiest thing we could possibly achieve in life. Sometimes just cool is sexy, too.”


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