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Freedom fries? Never heard of them. Francophila is the new back-to-school look for GapKids this year and we’re sooo jealous. Oh, to be 5 years old again so I could wear the “American In Paris” collection! Staffers in The Frisky’s office are gushing over the looks and insisting we could fit in the XXL sizes, but I say, “No way, Pierre.” Instead, here’s a few ways to recreate the trés mignonne looks yourself. [GapKids]
Meet Jo Calderone (again), Sicilian auto mechanic and cross-dressing alter-ego of Lady Gaga. (Didn’t you hear? An alter-ego is the new must-have accessory of super-stardom.) Jo’s got
himself herself the cover of Japanese Men’s Vogue and claims in a Q&A to be a muscle car fanatic who wants to own her own car shop. See another pic of Jo, after the jump … Keep reading »
A New Zealand television station is in hot water after it posted unedited, topless photos of a teenaged “Top Model” contestant on its website — in error, they claim. “New Zealand’s Next Top Model” snapped photos of 16-year-old Michaela Steenkamp with mud on her boobies posing on some rocks, which were supposed to be posted on NZ’s TV3 website. You know, the classic muddy mermaid in a headwrap shot! But unedited pics “with her breasts clearly shown,” according to the New Zealand Herald News, greeted fans instead and people flipped out because of Michaela’s age. TV3 hastily replaced the pics with one of Michaela with both mud and steam covering her body (as seen above). Now the station is hastily releasing statements to assure everyone all the models had their nipples “taped” for the shoot, the photographers were women, and they had chaperones on set. That’s great but … frankly, it’s kind of a lifeless photo anyway. Shame it’s getting so much attention. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »
- Olivia Harrison has two mommies. Therefore, St. Vincent’s Cathedral School in Bedford, Texas, will not admit the 4-year-old girl to its preschool. Apparently, the school was fine during the application process but got upset when both mothers showed up for a parents’ night. Discrimination: exactly what kids should be learning in preschool. [CNN]
- Meet the man who is trying to make Ford — one of the biggest modeling agencies in the world — a little more diverse. [NYMag.com]
- When a gay couple marries, who takes whose last name? [AP]
Sometimes I like to write in a dry style. When I do this, it’s amusing to read comments by commenters who don’t understand that I’m being sarcastic. So I hoped this op-ed which popped up in my Google alerts, “Skinny Jeans, John Wayne, And The Feminization Of America,” was also being very dry. But in fact this author, Jane Gilvary, is quite serious that men in skinny jeans are the downfall of America. How about this gem?
“… real men don’t wear skinny jeans. Real men also don’t wear V-neck tees, or accessorized scarves, and they avoid purple and pink like the plague. The mere idea of a pedicure or waxing makes a real man nauseous. If a woman hangs out with this kind of girly-man routinely, it’s only because she wants to share his wardrobe and his non-fat caramel macchiato.”
Well, menswear-as-womenswear is hot right now. Keep reading »
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 »
Oh boy, guys. There’s a new movie coming out in September about a topic that’s never been explored onscreen before: teen boys losing their virginity!
“The Virginity Hit” stars a lovable dork who’s just dying to lose his V-card and … wait … you say this topic has been explored before? How many times in the past?
Ohhhh. Hmm. 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 »