Ugh, put this as Exhibit A in your “Objectification of Women” file: a commercial for Russian airline Avianova where sexy stewardesses strip down to bikinis on the tarmac, scrub down an airplane and suggestively drip soap suds all over their boobs. The kitschy scooby-dee-dooby-doo soundtrack is the only thing that doesn’t make me wanna vom. Nudity-free, but probably NSFW, unless your boss is down with soft core porn. [YouTube] Keep reading »
Is Britney Spears a “Toxic” parent? Ex-bodyguard Fernando Flores allegedly claims she hit her kids with a belt, the UK’s Sun newspaper reports. A “source” said that according to Flores, last March or early April, Britney “came marching into the pool house and her mansion and demanded [Flores'] belt. He handed it over, but then followed her to into the main hose and claims he witnessed the alleged incident.” Flores also claims Spears fed her sons, Sean Preston and Jayden James, food they are allergic to, including shellfish, which made them ill. Keep reading »
Iceland’s prime minister, Johanna Sigurdardottir, married her girlfriend, Jonina Leosdottir, on Sunday, when the country’s same-sex marriage law became legalized. Congratulations! [AP]
Nevada’s Republican senatorial candidate, Sharron Angle, said she opposes legal abortion even in the case of rape and incest, while appearing on “The Bill Manders Show,” explaining, “I believe that God has a plan and a purpose for each one of our lives.” Angle also said she is “pro-responsible choice,” adding “there is a choice to abstain, [a] choice to do contraception.” [Huffington Post]
It’s hard not to love our gay boyfriend Johnny Weir: not only is this Olympic ice skater confident with who he is, his closet would make Paris Hilton weep. He recently opened his closet up to Bluefly.com — actually, make that his closets. Johnny lives in a two-bedroom apartment in New Jersey with two walk-in closets and one room just for clothes. He’s got a red Army soldier’s hat, a “Martian bubble coat” from Gareth Pugh, Louis Vuitton “millionaire” sunglasses, tons of “long, shiny, pointy shoes” and a Balenciaga tree for bags. Materialistic swoon!
A brawl has broken out in a recent post on The Cut blog: about whether or not buying cheap clothes at Forever 21 is a waste of money and a young woman should be building a collection of “investment pieces” instead. They’re fighting because a ginormous, multi-floor Forever 21 just opened in New York City’s Times Square and some aren’t thrilled about the “fast fashion” mega-store.
I’ll cut the first bitch who talks smack about Forever 21 — like, my entire wardrobe comes from there. But shopping there certainly presents a trade-off. Because I have so many $30 dresses and $20 heels, I don’t have any of the “investment pieces” that style books instruct a young woman to collect. I simply can’t afford them! I don’t own a classic Burberry trenchcoat. I don’t own a Prada handbag. I don’t own a real pearl necklace. I do have lots of LDBs — from Forever 21 and H&M, of course. Keep reading »
Today in randomness on Etsy.com: check out this human thumb-shaped USB drive. The gadget is made from flesh-tinted urethane and based on a rubber cast of the creator’s own thumb. Um, ew? Anyone else think a human thumb coming out of your laptop is a bit too Salvador Dali-ish for real life? [Etsy.com] Keep reading »
Uh oh, mommy-blogger kerfluffle! The deputy editor of the UK’s Mother and Baby magazine, Kathryn Blundell, has ruffled some feathers after describing breastfeeding as “creepy.” In a recent article in Mother and Baby, Blundell wrote that she bottle-fed her baby because “seeing your teeny, tiny innocent baby latching on to where your lover has been feels, well, a little creepy.”
In a news conference held yesterday, Debrahlee Lorenzana, the former banker who claims she was sexually harassed, called for a state investigation into her claims against Citibank. Earlier this month, The Village Voice published an exposè on Lorenzana’s claims, including that her two male managers “starting making offhanded comments about her appearance,” specifically on her makeup, hair and clothes, and that she was instructed how to dress so as not to draw attention to herself. Lorenzana was eventually fired. Keep reading »
When the opening shot of a TV show is a scale, one thing is clear: this show will be about weight. But true to what actress Nikki Blonsky told me in our recent Q&A, her new ABC Family show “Huge” is about so many things beyond just body size. “Huge” debuted on ABC Family last night and it’s cute, funny and just like Blonsky said, it’s unlike any other show on television. Visually, the show is a complete anomaly: Nearly every single actor is plus-sized. Their size stood out at first, but soon I forgot it was a show about kids at a weight-loss camp and just saw it as a show about kids.
Dove is casting new models for its “Real Beauty” campaign. Cool! Who are they looking for? “Real women.” Cool! What do these real women have to look like? “Flawless skin, no tattoos or scars.” Oh. [Styleite.com]