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Pop Culture Your semi-longread of the week: the Clarice Starling of celeb profilers, Vanessa Grigoriadis, breaks down the toxic environment and troubling influences that turned Justin Bieber, a “precocious kid” with a knack for singing, into the snarling pop boy-king now referred to as Joffrey Bieber.

Fashion In the future, we will all be wearing denim that has been it Girl-approved. Last week, it was Alexa Chung who announced her partnership with AG Denim. This week, French gamine Charlotte Gainsbourg launched a capsule collection with Current/Elliott. Want to wear denim 24-7? Check out these 36 next-level, street-style inspired ideas.

Beauty Mosquito season is upon us. Protect your skin and your sanity with these DEET-free sprays (they smell good too, reportedly) as recommended by Into The Gloss.

Time magazine asks the question that’s been on our minds since high school: Is biting your nails dangerous—or just gross? Dangerous may be a bit of a stretch, but it turns out chewing your cuticles does increase your risk of diarrhea, infection, tooth decay, and even HPV. Gross, indeed.

Sex The case for sleeping in separate beds is gaining traction. Over at Refinery29, Rachel Kramer Bussel shares how booting her partner out of the boudoir saved her relationship. Jon Methven at The Atlantic isn’t quite as convinced, but rather finds something transcendent in putting intimacy above comfort.