Let’s be clear: there’s nothing “strange” about men dressing up as women; if that’s what you’re into, whether it’s just for fun, or a sexual kink, or you moonlight as a drag queen, go for it. But there is something a little odd about “maskers,” men who dress up in head-to-toe latex female doll outfits, including totally fucking nightmare-inducing face masks. Listen, if that’s what you’re into, as the dudes featured on the season premiere of “My Strange Addiction” apparently are, I’ll support your right to do just that, and acknowledge what’s strange to me might not be strange to you, but I probably am not going to want to stare your flat, expressionless, plastic face for too long as, sorry, it terrifies me. We’ll see how long I last when the episode airs on January 7.
Talk about an additional tragic turn in an already tragic story: Tasha Thomas, the girlfriend of John Crawford III, the man who was shot and killed by police in a Cleveland-area Walmart as the couple talked on the phone, died in a New Year’s Day car crash. Police say Thomas was a passenger in a car being driven by Frederick Bailey, 30, on New Year’s Day when the car, which was allegedly going 90-100 miles per hour, hit a pole and overturned multiple times. Both Thomas and Bailey were thrown from the vehicle and were killed. Police were able to identify her because her address matched the address Thomas gave to police when she was interrogated following Crawford’s death. His passing, along with the deaths of Eric Garner, Michael Brown and others, spawned the Black Lives Matter movement, which has brought police brutality, particularly against Black men, into the national spotlight.
“It’s just tragic,” Michael Wright, the Crawford family’s attorney, told the Guardian Friday, “It is a sad set of circumstances continuing from what happened at Walmart.” Our hearts go out to Thomas and Bailey’s loved ones. [Guardian]
Hell, if I was a rich celebrity with all the money, I would hire Anh Co Tran to do all of your hair too, dammit, that’s just how awesome I think he is. You get a haircut, and you get a haircut, and you get a haircut — we all get HAIRCUTS! The LA-based hairstylist is known for his soft undercut, which gives hair of all lengths and types what he calls a “lived-in” look. He’s all about embracing the hair’s natural wave, which he emphasizes with a curling wand, alternating the direction of each curl starting with away from the face in the front, then towards the face, then away, etc. so you don’t get that weird, sausage curl look.
I don’t live in LA, so I can’t get a cut from Tran himself, but I showed my hairstylist friend one of Tran’s haircuts for inspiration and she jumped for joy because he’s apparently one of her hair gurus. She did a kick ass job recreating his soft undercut on my hair, giving me one of the best ‘dos I’ve had in years. So, if you’re in need of a fresh new look and want some inspiration to pass along to your hairstylist before they start chopping, click through this gallery of some of Tran’s best cuts for women with straight, wavy and curly hair and see if one speaks to you! [Mister Anh Co Tran]
Sure, there’s the stuff that shows up on roundups of the year’s most popular music, movies, TV shows, books, trendy lettuces, vibrators, painful caught-on-video mishaps, or what have you. But a better way to sum up your own year in culture is to take a look at the things that really hit home and stuck with you. Here are the five things Amellia discovered and loved the most in 2014! Keep reading »