Snooki may have gotten punched in the face by a gym teacher from Queens, but being a D-list celebrity is not all rough on our girl. Apparently, she gets so many designer purses sent to her for free even Posh Spice is getting jealous. Style writer Simon Doonan warns us something nefarious is afoot, though. “Allegedly, the anxious folks at these various luxury houses are all aggressively gifting our gal Snookums with free bags. No surprise, right?” Doonan wrote. “But here’s the shocker: They are not sending her their own bags. They are sending her each other’s bags! Competitors’ bags! Call it what you will — ‘preemptive product placement’? ‘unbranding’? — either way, it’s brilliant, and it makes total sense.” I guess nothing warms a cold fashionista heart more than seeing a girl who just got arrested for public drunkenness during the daytime carry the competition’s wares on her arm as she trots out of the slammer. Still, that is so mean. [New York Observer] Keep reading »
On August 28, an anti-abortion law in Missouri will go into effect, which will require that “the life of each human being begins at conception” and “abortion will terminate the life of a separate, unique, living human being” be written on brochures handed out to women seeking abortions. Missouri already has a 24-hour waiting period for a woman seeking to terminate a pregnancy. [StLToday.com]
First Lady Michelle Obama has a new portrait appearing at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. The work by Mickalene Thomas, an African-American female painter, looks a little Andy Warhol-ish to me! [Essence]
Check out baseball prodigy Chelsea Baker, 13, who’s pitched two perfect games and been recognized by the National Baseball Hall of Fame. [CNN]
You may have heard of the novelist Jonathan Franzen, who always seems to be in the news about something. In 2001, he dissed Oprah — Oprah! — for having “schmaltzy” taste after she chose his novel, The Corrections, for her book club and then she rescinded the offer. His latest novel, Freedom, has already grabbed headlines after President Obama purchased a copy for his summer vacation reading. High brow, this one is.
Now Jonathan Franzen is at the center of yet another media s**tstorm after the author Jodi Picoult tweeted a pissy comment about his latest review in The New York Times Book Review. “NYT raved about Franzen’s new book,” Picoult tweeted. “Is anyone shocked? Would love to see the NYT rave about authors who aren’t white male literary darlings.” Keep reading »
Fall in love with Vogue creative director Grace Coddington in “The September Issue”? Lucky us. Some smartypants publisher has convinced Anna Wintour’s right-hand woman to pen a memoir. She’ll share her life as a model in ’60s London and her decades-plus at both British and American Vogue. Grace’s book will be co-written with the former editor-in-chief of Men’s Vogue.
But it’s not all good news in the style section of your local bookstore … Keep reading »
Here’s some hard evidence that fat people are discriminated against: A nail salon charged $5 extra on a customer’s bill for a manicure, pedicure and eyebrow arch at a nail salon because she’s obese. Michelle Fonville was paying her bill at Natural Nails in DeKalb County, Georgia, when she noticed an extra charge. The nail salon owner, Kim Tran, told her it was because she’s overweight and she was charging extra in case Fonville caused damage to the salon’s chairs she’d been sitting on. Bitch, please! Even if Fonville was too overweight for the salon chairs, you can’t just tack an extra charge on someone’s bill arbitrarily. (Otherwise we’d all be getting weird charges tacked onto our bills.) This incident sounds more like a case of “we’re charging you more to dissuade people like you not from coming back” to me.
Stop the presses! Sammi finally grew a teeny-tiny backbone this weekend and quit “Jersey Shore.” According to sources at OK! magazine, the Jersey Shore’s dimmest bulb didn’t realize the horrifying range of Ronnie‘s wandering penis until last week’s episode aired. On Friday night, she allegedly had “a monster fight” with her slimeball on-again-off-again ex, ripped off her microphone and quit the show. “The door was left open for Sammi to return whenever she wanted, but she said ‘No way, not happening’ and is home,” the source said. But hold your applause. This is Sammi we’re talking about, remember? Girlfriend came crawling back like she always does. “After negotiations with producers,” she’s back in the house filming, the source says. And probably still in love with Ronnie. Is this girl the most codependent person you’ve ever met or what? [OK!] Keep reading »
Personhood Colorado, an anti-abortion group that tries to get fetuses designated as “people” so that abortion is legally considered murder, has a controversial new campaign comparing fetuses to slaves. Upcoming radio ads will be voiced by a fictional slave named George Stevens who will talk about how people are not property. Can you say “tasteless”? [The Denver Daily News]
“Bro”-zilian waxes for men are probably not as much of a “new trend” as Salon.com claims, nor are they a sign of equality, either. [Styleite.com]
Remiss as I am to give this any attention whatsoever, here’s a guide on how to deal with the dreaded “angry feminists.” Apparently, overcoming sexism and achieving equality between men and women is supposed to be as pleasant for everyone as possible?! Sounds radical! I’ll make a note of that and try to be happier in my posts about female genital mutilation, rape and pay inequity. Anyway, this stupid articles quotes a bunch of different women with totally, totally different viewpoints, like suffragette Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Valerie Solanas, a crazy person who tried to murder Andy Warhol. Clearly, AskMen.com’s “relationship correspondent” needs to brush up on her women’s history. [AskMen.com]
A new “man-cation” destination called the Lynx Lodge is opening up outside of Sydney, Australia, offering men a paradise locale and a bevy of models on the staff. Lynx Lodge amenities include breakfast in bed, sexy wake-up calls from staff, and back rubs on request! But Lynx body spray (known in the U.S. as Axe) is adamant the “man-cation”-ers will not be in the company of prostitutes, The New York Post reports. Instead, gentlemen can enjoy chaste games of Twister with female staffers, as well a front row seat for mud wrestling.
Paying money to play Twister with a woman who won’t go home with you at night? That’s the new definition of “depressing.” [New York Post] Keep reading »