Olivia Blair, The Independent

Olivia Blair

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Past articles by Olivia:

Bilingual speakers experience time differently from people who only speak one language, study finds

Researchers suggested being bilingual may also bring long-term benefits for mental wellbeing → Read More

CV writing tips: 8 hiring experts on how to make your CV stand out

Struggling with how to write a CV? These CV writing tips from expert hirers and recruiters will make your application stand out for all the right reasons. → Read More

Why are some women never able to orgasm? A gynaecologist explains

Despite modern society being able to openly discuss female sexuality, there remains a number of existing taboos. One of the most glaring is female orgasms. Women are rarely taught about the intricate details of their anatomy and often work these things out through their own experimenting. → Read More

Claire Danes explains why she turned down the role of Rose in Titanic

Claire Danes has revealed she was in the running to play Rose in Titanic but chose not to take the part, which ultimately went to Kate Winslet. → Read More

Is it time for Australia to overhaul its farm work visa scheme for backpackers?

Backpackers come in droves every year to extend their working holiday visa in Australia with 88 days of farm work. But is the system in dire need of reform? → Read More

Inside Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's £2.4m Frogmore Cottage Renovation

According to the 2019 Sovereign Grant Report, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's Frogmore Cottage renovation cost £2.4 million. → Read More

Percy Pigs will be vegetarian going forward, Marks & Spencer announces

The popular sweets will no longer be made with gelatine → Read More

The Queen is looking for a social media manager

The Royal Household is advertising for a Digital Communications Officer to manage the Queen's social media accounts and is based at Buckingham Palace. → Read More

What happened the first time I talked about my mental health issues out loud

For Mental Health Awareness Week, seven women talk to Cosmopolitan UK about the first time they reached out for help whether it was to a friend, parent or GP and what happened after they asked for support. → Read More

Decoding all the badges aka possible album Easter eggs on Taylor Swift's jacket

Taylor Swift wears a denim jacket complete with badges of the Friends cast, Selena Gomez, Drake, the Cats musical and more on the cover of Entertainment Weekly. What do these latest Easter Eggs from the singer mean? → Read More

Meghan Markle has modernised the royal baby protocol with Baby Sussex

Here's how Meghan Markle's post-birth appearance with royal Baby Sussex compares to other members of the royal family. → Read More

The Met Gala 2019's most hilarious and inventive memes

From Lady Gaga to Jared Leto to Kendall and Kylie Jenner, here are the best memes from the 2019 Met Gala. → Read More

Mean Girls director explains how the movie would be different if it was made in 2019

The director of Mean Girls, Mark Waters talks to Cosmopolitan UK about what would be different if the 15-year-old film was made now, in 2019. → Read More

Mean Girls: The inside story of the hit movie, told by the non-plastic cast

Aaron Samuels, Damian, Kevin G and more from Mean Girls tell Cosmopolitan behind-the-scenes secrets and their favourite memories from the 2004 film, 15 years on. → Read More

Women in police custody will now be offered free sanitary products if they're on their period

The government has announced new laws to support women in police custody when they are menstruating. The Home Office said it will ensure women on their period are treated with dignity. → Read More

Prince Harry and Oprah Winfrey are launching a mental health documentary series together

Prince Harry and Oprah Winfrey are teaming up to produce and create a mental-health documentary series for Apple. → Read More

Gender pay gap 2019: Have companies actually changed anything one year on?

A year on from the first gender pay gap reports of UK companies, have things got better? Cosmopolitan looks at the gender pay gaps of some of the most notorious industries like airlines, finance and healthcare. → Read More

Jill Dando's murder: Why the case is still unsolved 20 years on

Jill Dando's murder remains a mystery 20 years after being shot dead on her doorstep. Decades on, police are no clearer on who killed the BBC presenter. → Read More

The Case Against Adnan Syed: A new documentary about the murder of Hae Min Lee focuses on areas 'Serial' didn't include

Adnan Syed was convicted of the murder of Hae Min Lee in 2000. We spoke to Adnan's friend Rabia Chaudry about what she thinks actually happened. → Read More

We asked the Harry Potter cast some quite tricky trivia about the film

Harry Potter cast, including Warwick Davis (Professor Flitwick/Griphook) and James and Oliver Phelps (Fred and George Weasley) answer our tricky Harry Potter trivia questions. See how they get on. → Read More