“I always dreamt of being a girl. … I was proud of my gender nonconforming career. But my biggest dream was to be comfortable in my own body. I have to be true to myself and the career is just going to have to fit around that. … Every day is like a new revelation. I’m more comfortable than ever. I feel at a 100 percent.”
In an interview with People, model Andreja Pejic, 22, whose androgynous look made waves in the fashion industry, officially announced that she — formerly known as Andrej — underwent sex reassignment surgery earlier this year and identifies as a trans woman. In 2011, Pejic became a breakout star of the fashion world, walking both the menswear and womenswear runways, including donning a wedding dress for legendary designer Jean Paul Gautier. Pejic had known since she was very young that she “always wanted to be a girl,” dressing up in skirts and playing with dolls. Social pressure forced her to conform to traditional male gender roles, but when she was 13, a Google search opened up a whole new world of understanding. “I went into the library and typed ‘sex change’ into Google and my life changed,” she told People. “The Internet gave me the sense that there were words to describe my feelings and medical terms.” Keep reading »
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Oh, how much fun it would be to work on the creative for a laxative brand’s ad campaign! And fun was clearly what the crazy kids at McCann Healthcare Worldwide were having when they came up with this ad for Dulcolax’s latest ad campaign. Turds! In poop prison! Counting the days they’ve been trapped inside someone’s bowels thanks to constipation! At least until Dulcolax arrives to set them free. Seriously, this has to be the best/worst ad ever. The turds are huddled around AN ASSHOLE, you guys. Genius! (Check out a few more subtle Dulcolax ads after the jump.) [Ads of the World via Ad Week] Keep reading »
Yesterday, Zach Snyder, director of 2016′s hotly anticipated “Batman Vs. Superman,” revealed a brand new photo of Ben Affleck as The Dark Knight. Is it just me, or does Batfleck look a little rough, like he just woke up after a three-day bender in Vegas and discovered he depleted his bank accounts playing poker all night? Oh wait, that’s just Ben Affleck’s general vibe. [Hollywood Reporter]
If you’ve got it, stick a piece of dental floss up it and then flaunt it, as they say!
Up until this very moment, culottes made me frown. Oh okay, sure, fashion industry, just try to convince me that below-the-knee, super wide-leg short pants are a good look. YOU’RE WASTING YOUR BREATH. And they were, but lucky for them, Kate Hudson swooped in wearing a pair that I initially mistook for a midi skirt and loved so when I discovered that there are indeed to separate leg holes, I was like, “GAME, SET, MATCH, CULOTTES. YOU WIN.” In order to pull these off, you really have to do what Kate is doing, pair them with with a fitted top and, most important, sky high heels, otherwise you’ll look stumpy as hell. Keep reading »
Add Pharrell to the list of famous singing men who want to assure women of all colors, shapes, sizes and ages that NOT TO WORRY, we are beautiful, HE PROMISES. His new video for “Come Get It Bae” kicks off with an all caps message: “BEAUTY HAS NO EXPIRATION DATE.” Thanks, Pharrell! I was worried. The video features a bevy of racially diverse women having a blast dancing, one by one, while Pharrell films them with a handheld camera. It’s totally fun and silly and all of the women featured — with the exception of Miley Cyrus, who makes a cute, not-twerking cameo — are pretty, but in a normal-ish way, not a Miranda Kerr way. So I like it! Truly! But I remain irritated by dudes like Pharrell and John Legend doling out unsolicited stamps of approval on our physical attractiveness. (P.S. Bae is a term of endearment that means “before anyone else.”) [NYMag.com]
Real Ryan Gosling is procreating with girlfriend Eva Mendes, but wax Ryan Gosling is single and ready to mingle. [Photos: Getty Images]
From now on, I am going to seize any opportunity to steal a celeb’s spotlight by posing by ass off while the paparazzi try to get a decent shot. That’s what Kara Dudley did when she followed Taylor Swift out of a store in Manhattan’s Soho neighborhood, Taylor’s BFF Karlie Kloss right behind her. “I didn’t know what they were doing but I decided to strike a pose anyways because how cool is that!” she told the UK’s Daily Mirror. Hilarious! [Mirror]
That sound you hear is thousands of women making excuses to their husbands/boyfriends/bosses/friends for why they can’t go out tonight, because the first official “Fifty Shades of Grey” trailer has arrived and it needs to be watched over and over again. I have to say, it looks like Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan have done a good job capturing the chemistry between young and innocent Anastasia and pervy control freak Christian … but I remain concerned that the movie won’t be nearly as racy as it should be. There had better be a drawer full of butt plugs in the Red Room Of Pain or I’ll be pissed.
A lot of ink has been spilled about how the proliferation of selfies is a reflection of our culture’s increasing self-absorption and a sign that people are only getting more vain. But taking pictures of yourself regularly doesn’t have to be shallow. For example, meet BeckieO, aka Rebecca Brown, a 21-year-old British woman who took a selfie a day for six-and-a-half years in order to document her struggle with trichotillomania, a disorder that compels her to pull out her own hair strand by strand. Starting in 2007 when she was 14, she amassed over 2,100 selfies, which she then assembled into the video above, in order to show the physical and mental progression of her disorder. The pictures are accompanied by different notes indicating various life moments that occurred during the ups and downs of her disorder, like school exams, new boyfriends and a diagnosis for depression. In some of the photos BeckieO is balding or has very short hair; in others, she wears wigs. There are periods where her hair has been able to grow out a little, before the cycle starts all over again. As BeckieO continues to struggle with trichotillomania, her selfie project goes on too, and she also works as an advocate for others who suffer from the disorder. “Every day is a struggle not to revert back to baldness,” she told the BBC. I admire the bravery it takes to share that struggle — which so many don’t understand — with the world. [Refinery 29]