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British Docs Busted For Offering Female Circumcision (Which Is Illegal And Also Horrible)

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A doctor, a dentist, and an alternative medicine practitioner were all secretly filmed offering to perform or arrange female genital mutilation (FGM), according to the UK Guardian. FGM involves removing all or part of the external female genitalia, and sometimes sewing the opening to the vagina shut. It’s all supposedly for the purpose of making it impossible for a woman to have sex for pleasure and therefore ensuring her “purity” upon marriage.

The so-called “female circumcisions” are performed on girls as young as 5 and is widespread across Africa; you can read more about FGM on the World Health Organization’s web site. Thankfully, human rights and women’s rights activists across the continent are condemning the horrific procedure. As such, both performing FGM and arranging for it to be performed are illegal in the UK. But that doesn’t stop FGM from occurring in the UK: the Guardian claims 100K women in the country have been mutilated. I hope those doctors know FGM carries a 14 year prison sentence and are shaking in their boots/heels. [Guardian UKTelegraph UK]

Model Coco Rocha Slams Brazil’s Elle Magazine For Half-Naked Photoshop Job

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“As a high fashion model I have long had a policy of no nudity or partial nudity in my photoshoots. For my recent [Elle Brasil] cover shoot I wore a body suit under a sheer dress, but recently discovered that the body suit was Photoshopped out to give the impression that I am showing much more skin than I actually was or am comfortable with. This was specifically against my expressed verbal and written direction. I’m extremely disappointed that my wishes and contract were ignored. I strongly believe every model has a right to set rules for how she is portrayed and for me these rules were clearly circumvented.”

– Coco Rocha, who has long been one of the more critical voices of the modeling industry, took to her Tumblr to slam the editors/publishers of Elle Brasil, which Photoshopped her against her wishes into a partially nude bodysuit for their cover. This is a little nipple-y looking.

Well, that was ballsy of you, Elle Brasil, to break contract. I’m assuming they’re so used to models being grateful for a magazine cover at all that they don’t think they have to stay true to their word? [Oh So Coco]

Learning The Hard Way: Woman Dies After Attempting To Live On “Sunlight Diet”

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A Swiss newspaper reports a 50-something woman starved to death in January 2012 after forgoing food and water for a “sunlight diet.” But “breathearianism,” as the practice is called, isn’t a diet with the intention of losing weight. Rather, it’s a spiritual fasting that requires the practitioners to skip food and water for weeks. The unnamed woman reportedly saw an Austrian documentary called “In The Beginning There Was Light” about an Indian guru who claimed to have lived off sunlight for 70 years. (You can watch the trailer here, which includes doctors who are both in support and in opposition to the “sunlight diet.”) Unfortunately for this woman, she eventually was discovered dead by her children. Not to be glib, but what made this woman think she could live off vitamin-D alone? And you thought the feeding tube diet was extreme. [London Free Press]

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‘Tis the season for outdoor parties and everyone knows it’s music that makes a bash. C. Wonder’s portable speakers plug into phones and computers to amplify your tunes and are small enough to carry inside a purse. Plus, the funky geometric patterns in a variety of colors will have everyone coveting your chic style. Now, crank the music up — I can still hear the sound of my own thoughts.

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Morning Quickies: Britney Spears’ Fiance Gets Conservatorship Of Her Affairs

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  • Britney Spears’ fiance Jason Trawick has been approved as conservator of her legal affairs. Her guy will share conservatorship with Brit’s father, Jamie Spears, and her lawyer, who can control her finances and business affairs. [Stupid Celebrities
  • “Sister, Sister” twin Tamara Mowry (now Mowry-Housley) is pregnant with her first child. Congratulations! [Uptown Magazine]
  • Jennifer Aniston hates it when someone brings up Brangelina’s engagement. Surprise, surprise. [Us Weekly]
  • Meanwhile, Jen’s BFF Chelsea Handler is still talking shit about Angelina Jolie. “You just know as a woman, when you see another woman, if that’s a woman you can trust,” Chelsea said. [Celebrity Cafe]
  • Rapper Wiz Khalifa was cited for possession of a bag of weed at a hotel in Nashville after another guest complained about the smell. [Stupid Celebrities] Keep reading »

Evening Quickies: Brandy Opens Up About Teen Eating Disorder

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  • Brandy has opened up about an eating disorder she suffered from in the ’90s, back when she was both a pop singer and the star of “Moesha.” In an episode of VH1′s “Behind the Music” airing tonight, Brandy reveals that she wasn’t “eating properly, not eating at all, diet pills, regurgitating, and all of these things that girls do.” She continues, “People don’t understand that being the hottest star or making the most money does not mean anything. I’m here to tell you I was making so much money — I was omnipresent — and I was the unhappiest teenager probably in the world.” [Us Weekly]
  • Katherine Heigl and Josh Kelley have adopted a second daughter, their rep has confirmed. The couple are already parents to Naleigh, age three, whom they adopted from South Korea. Mazel tov! [People
  • Paparazzi pics from Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher’s supposedly-romantic weekend away confirm nothing other than Mila has an amazingly cute ass. And she likes blueberries. [Evil Beet Gossip]
  • Rumor has it Drew Barrymore and Will Kopelman are tying the knot on June 2. [Celebrity Cafe]
  • TLC is going on tour — with a hologram Left Eye! [TMZ]
  • This woman supposedly has the most symmetrical face in all of Britain. She looks kind of like Kate Bosworth, don’t you think? [The FW]
  • Octomom, who’s recently been accused of child neglect, has been bopped for getting a $520 haircut. Them’s John Edwards prices. [Celebrity Cafe] Keep reading »
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