Jessica Tholmer

I am a PNW-based freelance writer who specializes in content curation, social media, and entertainment writing.
I have written for HelloGiggles since 2012. Though I mainly focus on my column entitled "Everything I Need to Know I Learned From," I contribute personal essays and news stories as well. 
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Did your customers sexually harass you at a service job? #MeToo

Trigger warning: This essay contains descriptions of sexual harassment and assault. I see him around often, the man who sexually harassed me or men that look just like him. Honestly, most men look just like him because people like this man are generic. There was nothing special about his face, his hair, the clothes he chose to put on his body for a day of sexually harassing a 20-year-old girl at her job in a grocery store. But it is his stature that haunts me. It is his presence that I see aro
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Gina Rodriguez just proved her IRL relationship with Jaime Camil is even better than their fictional one

We always hope that co-stars love each other IRL. When it comes to the Jane the Virgin cast, we don’t have to wonder. This crew is constantly showing support for one another on Twitter, Snapchat, and Instagram. Gina Rodriguez is particularly good at spreading the love. Yesterday, she took it to the next level in honor of her TV dad, Jaime Camil. To celebrate Camil’s birthday, Gina Rodriguez gifted him — and us — a carousel of hilarious videos starring the two of them. The Instagram album is ad
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This artist’s miniature paintings are microscopically adorable

We’re in the midst of a “mini” mania. Food miniatures are all over our Instagram explore feed. These miniature pencil drawings are the most glorious little things on earth. There are even miniature therapy horses at the airport in Cincinnati. (Hey, size is relative.)Tiny treasures are having a moment and making way for more artists to shine, like Julia Las. The Ukraine-based artist has made a colorful splash on Instagram lately. She recently published a post on Bored Panda talking about how she
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Tiffany Haddish used to pretend to be Halle Berry’s niece to get into clubs, and it totally worked

We officially have a new celebrity crush. Get used to the name Tiffany Haddish, because the funny woman is about to be everywhere. She’s one of the stars of the newly-released female friendship movie Girls Trip, and she’s hilarious both onscreen and off. The more we learn about the actress, the more we adore her. In a recent interview with Vanity Fair, Haddish revealed that she used to use Halle Berry’s name to get into clubs. For real. And apparently, it worked every single time. That’s true
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Nicki Minaj just got Snapchat and can’t figure out how to use it, and we can’t stop LOLing

Even for someone as smart, successful, and social media savvy as Nicki Minaj, Snapchat can be confusing. The superstar rapper has blessed us with her struggle to understand Snapchat, posting a call for help on Instagram and Twitter on figuring out the app. Minaj simply wants to show us her first snap, but has been making some hilarious mistakes along the way. First of all, celebs typically keep their social media as private as possible, meaning they do not allow everyone to contact them. But in
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Uh-oh, it sounds like Pokémon Go Fest was more of a no-go

When Pokémon Go was released in July 2016, it quickly became all the rage. For many, Pokémon Go improved friendships and lessened anxiety. People even went on Pokémon Go dates. Though many people have become less obsessed with the app since then, there are still plenty of die-hard trainers out there. So it seems like a Pokémon-themed festival would be a huge hit. Unfortunately, due to network server problems, Pokémon Go Fest was sort of a disaster. The festival, which was held yesterday in Chic
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The organizers of the Women’s March are launching a new event called the Resistance Revival

The resistance is still fighting. Back in January, The Women’s March on Washington was a major success. (Even Antartica held a Women’s March!) Then, in February, the same group of powerful women organized a women’s strike, A Day Without Women. Starting immediately, the movement will focus on both culture and protest. Monthly, the Women’s March will host song nights that will take place on a national level. According to the Resistance Revival’s official event page, The Resistance Revival is a r
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Kesha just performed “Woman” live for the first time, and it’ll move you to tears

She is woman, hear her roar! Kesha is officially back, and she’s already making us cry. The strong and empowered singer recently performed her new single “Woman” live on stage in Iowa — but not before bursting into tears. And we get it. After drying her tears, she rocked right into a powerful performance her new single “Woman.” In the clip, you can hear the audience singing along, something that is more powerful than we can express. It was a healing moment for both Kesha and the crowd. The pow
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Twitter and Rashida Jones helped me embrace my Blackness as a biracial person — no, really

I don’t look like my mother. My mother is short, blonde, and very, very Irish. I am much taller and have a bigger frame, even from a young age. My hair is soft and curly and mousy brown. My hands are big, my feet are big, and my skin is not very Irish. Though I was raised single-handedly by my white mother, I have never considered myself white. My father is a Black man — Black and Sicilian, if we’re getting specific. He is quite a bit older than my mom and was an afro-sporting, bell-bottom jean
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The Trump administration just cut millions of dollars in funding for teen pregnancy prevention programs

Evidence shows that teen pregnancy rates fall when kids have access to comprehensive sex education, yet this week, the Trump administration cut over $200 million in funds for teen pregnancy prevention programs. Under the Obama administration, five-year grants were awarded in 2015 to organizations that provided evidence-based programming or conducted researching into preventing teen pregnancy. One program, for example, offered by the Chicago Department of Public Health, provided STI testing and
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Here’s the significance behind Rumi Carter’s beautiful name

We had all been curious to know what Jay-Z and Beyoncé named the twins. Now that we know they are Sir and Rumi, we are dying to know what their names mean. Because Beyoncé never does anything half-heartedly, the twins’ names are clearly very deep. First of all, Rumi’s name has a very touching relationship with her big sister Blue Ivy’s. According to Name Berry, the name Rumi means “beauty, flow, lapis lazuli” in Japanese. Lapis lazuli is a gemstone that shines in a brilliant blue — something th
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It looks like Ariel Winter just scored a new magazine cover!

We can never get enough of Ariel Winter. Yesterday on Instagram, Winter shared a new picture from her latest venture. Imagista, a “global cultural publication,” has a very classy old Hollywood vibe. In their “On the Edge” category, you can learn about the hottest new faces in music, movies, art, and fashion. Winter has long since made herself known in the fashion world, and though she has been the cover star of magazines before, Imagista is different. With her deep lipstick and perfectly mussed
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Wait, is Tracee Ellis Ross actually putting together a “Magic School Bus Movie”?

Film Twitter is working its magic again, this time with Tracee Ellis Ross and The Magic School Bus. Remember that time the Internet created real movie magic between Lupita Nyong’o and Rihanna? Here we are again, making things happen. The Twittersphere has been all a buzz with the idea of Ross playing Ms. Frizzle in a real-life Magic School Bus and it seems like it really could happen. We already told you that Ross is into the idea — but now it seems like things might be going to the next level.
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Beyoncé’s mom had the sweetest thing to say about Blue Ivy and the twins

The world waited patiently and we finally got what we needed: A picture of Beyoncé’s beautiful twin Bey-babies, Rumi and Sir Carter. Entertainment Tonight ran into Tina Knowles Lawson, Beyoncé’s mom, and Lawson confirmed the names of her newest grandkids. She also discussed how excited Blue Ivy is about being a big sis. Rumi and Sir were born about a month ago. Though we were living off of rumors that the twins had arrived, we finally know the truth. Last week, Beyoncé herself took to Instagram
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Chris Pine just confirmed that working with Oprah is the best, and we assumed as much

Try to image, if you can, being in the presence of Oprah Winfrey. Working with Winfrey seems like the chance of a lifetime, but Chris Pine just got to do it. In Ava DuVernay’s upcoming adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time, Pine worked alongside Winfrey — and had a lot of great things to say about her. We imagine it would be hard to choose between the two! Talking books with Oprah seems like a dream come true. Working alongside her is probably incredibly inspirational. We are so happy Pine got the ex
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Emma Roberts’s new bookclub book is one you’ll want to pick up

Did you know that Emma Roberts has a book club? It’s called Belletrist, and her latest pick is something we can’t wait to get our hands on. Belletrist, the book club started by Roberts and Karah Preiss, celebrates a new book each month and this month, the choice is Sex & Rage by Eve Babit. Sex & Rage is a reissue of the popular novel published in 1979 about a girl moving between Los Angeles and New York City. The story focuses on Jacaranda, a 20-something who up and moves to New York to start a
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We just listened to Kesha’s “Woman” fifty times in a row because we can’t stop

The second that we heard Kesha’s new song “Praying,” we knew she was back in full form. A week later, Kesha gave us another song called “Woman,” and before even hearing the lyrics, we knew we loved it. The music video starts a country twang, a convertible, and credits referring to the video as “a film by Kesha Sebert & Lagan Sebert.” And we are already hooked. After years of waiting for new releases, Kesha’s fans are here for her new music — and that includes us. “Woman” is truly a celebration
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Do Kate Hudson and Maddie Ziegler have some kind of project in the works?

It looks like Dance Moms‘ Maddie Ziegler and everyone’s favorite rom-com star and Fabeletics founder Kate Hudson might just be up to something. On Instagram two days ago, Hudson posted a picture that leads us to believe there might be a Hudon-Ziegler project in the works. Hudson, make-up free and donning a shirt that reads the word, “BOSS” (because duh, she totally is), holds Ziegler in a side-hug. The caption informs us that dancing will be had — which makes sense seeing as Maddie’s main claim
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This model posted a photo so flawless that people thought she was a Barbie doll

There is dressing like a Barbie, and there is actually looking like a Barbie. And model Nyadek Duckie Thot looks eerily like a Barbie. Over the years, there have been quite a few stories about people who have structured themselves to look as much like a Barbie doll as possible. This is a bit different. Former Australia’s Next Top Model contestant Nyadak Duckie Thot took to Instagram recently to post a picture. Duckie Thot, as she’s known for short, turned heads all over the internet after the
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Jon Hamm has a secret Instagram account so he can follow baby animals, and now we love him even more

In this day and age, there are two kinds of celebs — those who do the social media thing, and those who do not. Darling Jon Hamm, in all of his glory, chooses to not partake in social media, and we can totally respect that. As he told PEOPLE, however, Jon Hamm does secretly get behind Instagram for one adorable reason. Even those of us who don’t love social media can see the appeal of the ‘gram. It seems like there are quite a few celebrities who indulge in the private social media account thi
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