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Meet The Amazing Melanie Gaydos, A Model With Ectodermal Dysplasia

Melanie Gaydos
"Beauty Was More Of A Feeling And A State Of Being."

Model Melanie Gaydos was born with ectodermal dysplasia, a genetic disorder that caused her to experience over 30 surgeries in her young life. The disease, which impacts pores, hair, teeth and nails was enough to deal with at a young age, but Gaydos also found herself in a tough family environment growing up. She began modeling about three years ago in gorgeous and striking photos that only she could bring to life. Now, she hopes to take her modeling skills to runway work. This interview is part of The What’s Underneath Project, which aims to prove that style is about so much more than a person’s outfit choice. The series asks subjects to undress as the interview progresses, getting more vulnerable in both their appearance and their responses as they go — and it’s beautiful. The interviews touch an honest place that some people never reach even in conversations with closest friends. Gaydos’ segment is especially moving and brave. [Huffington Post]

Juan Pablo Galavis Still Hasn’t Told “Bachelor” Winner Nikki Ferrell That He Loves Her

  • “Bachelor” winner Nikki Ferrell and Worst “Bachelor” Ever Juan Pablo Galavis are starring on VH1′s “Couples Therapy,” and in the first episode, Nikki says Juan Pablo still hasn’t told her he loves her yet. According to Juan Pablo, he hasn’t said it yet because love is “when you feel that you cannot live without this girl. Now, I feel like if she left me, I’d be very sad. I don’t know if I’d die, but I’d be very sad.” How sweet. [People]
  • At long last, “Gilmore Girls” will make its way to Netflix Instant! All seven seasons will be available to stream starting in October. [Nylon]
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Dolly Parton On Happiness, Plastic Surgery, & Being Called White Trash

“People always say ‘You seem to always be so happy.’ But I’m not always happy. Nobody is happy all the time. I’m a very sensitive person. I’m a songwriter, so I have to live with my feelings on my sleeve. I have to not harden my heart, because I want to stay open to feel things. So when I hurt, I hurt all over. And when I cry, I cry real hard. And when I’m mad, I’m mad all over. I’m just a person; I like to experience whatever the feeling is and whatever I’m going through. But I have a good attitude. And I was born with a happy heart. I’m always looking for things to be better.”

In an interview with Southern LivingDolly Parton got real about the feelings behind that lipstick-caked smile of hers. I’d have been surprised if she said anything different. Fake as her boobs may be, her character is as real as it gets, and her honesty about that is one more excuse to be obsessed with her. She also talked about the plastic surgery habit that got her those boobs in the first place:

“Well, I never would have said I did it if I hadn’t got caught at it. But I wasn’t gonna lie about it! So then after I got caught and I didn’t lie about it, people started asking me [more often]. And I thought, ‘Well, you know, what the hell?’ After so much time, after you get older, it can help people. I’m not being the poster child for any of that, but people know you do it. If they ask me, I just say ‘Yeah, whatever. And I ain’t done yet!’”

Hey, like she said, facelifts can help people! Ain’t no shame in the boob job game if that’s what makes you happy.

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Do Not Want: The Selfie Brush

In case a bad hair day threatens to ruin your photos, the Selfie Brush does double duty as a hair tamer and phone case. That way, you don’t have to bother to put your brush down and then pick up your phone before taking a selfie, which will save you approximately three whole seconds. It also allows you to answer your phone mid-styling by simply flipping the brush around to chat, or answering the call via voice command and using speaker phone. Is the world seriously at a point where we need to worry about consolidating our various forms of vanity? As the product’s website reminds us, the brush is “easy to find in a pocket book” (yes, a pocket book) and the “perfect social media tool.” It also provides nifty instructions on how to take the perfect selfie which includes showing off your “luscious locks” and “a soft and playful smile,” as well as incorporating the right filter, lighting, and “slimming angles.” Hey, at least they remind us to “ditch the duck face”! If it suits you, you can buy the selfie brush here, but I think I’ll be sticking with regular phone cases. Since I kind of feel like a bully now, I will say this much: that brush handle makes it much easier to raise your phone high above your head for prime photographing angles without dropping it on your face. [Yahoo] [Image via SelfieBrush.com]

Anna Wintour Answers 73 Questions (While Wearing Sunglasses Indoors)

Nuclear Wintour Will See You Now

Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of Vogue, is the latest star/victim of the magazine’s ”73 Things” interview series. The normally private and icy editor-in-chief seems cool with poking fun at herself, so maybe she’s human after all! Spoiler alert: she actually approves of Brooklyn, admires the gladiator-like quality of tennis players (which she clearly channels), and throws some trademark shade when a model brings up her least-favorite fashion word. Oh yeah, and all those rumors about her? They’re true. [Fashionista]

Kick-Ass Woman Of The Day: Krystal Cantu Rocks At CrossFit Even After Losing Her Arm

What's Your Excuse?

Krystal Cantu, a 25-year-old Texan and member of Ballistic CrossFit, was just a few days away from participating in a competition last summer when she and her boyfriend got into a car accident that forced her to amputate her right arm. Up until that day, CrossFit had been Krystal’s outlet for de-stressing and building confidence, and she wasn’t about to give up such a big lifeline. Only one month after the accident, Krystal was back to CrossFit and working with a coach. Three months later, she was competing in the Working Wounded Games. Now, she can lift heavier weights than she did before her accident and looks forward to competing as an Adaptive CrossFit Athlete. She’s also inspired countless fans to drop the excuses and work towards their goals.

She told Refinery 29, “I went back because I didn’t die … and my pride and competitive nature didn’t die, either. I’m a human, I’m scared of a lot of things — lightning storms, the world ending, and flying in planes — but, I’ve never been scared to go after something I love.”

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