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“The Girl Store” Campaign Sheds Light On India’s Child Marriage Problem

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Today in India is a celebration called Akshaya Tritiya, a Hindu and Jain holy day which is marked by mass marriages. But human rights supporters in India, such as UNICEF, are using the day to draw attention to a less jubilant topic: child brides. Child marriage is officially illegal in India, but that hasn’t stopped too many families from marrying off their young daughters ages 5 to 12 to older “grooms” — which is another way of saying sex slavery. Today, the Wall Street Journal points out one of the more controversial of the anti-child marriage campaigns, called The Girl Store, a website set up to look like an online retailer that advertises “100 percent genuine girls. Young. Innocent. And available. Experience the sensation of buying a girl.” Keep reading »

Ann Romney On Working Moms: “Thank Goodness That We Value Those People”

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“I love the fact that there are women out there who don’t have a choice and they must go to work and they still have to raise the kids. Thank goodness that we value those people too. And sometimes life isn’t easy for any of us.”

– Ann Romney spoke to Republicans in Connecticut last night and addressed, in a somewhat roundabout way, the recent kerfluffle by Democratic consultant Hilary Rosen who made dismissive comments about how Ann Romney “never worked a day in her life.”  This is an odd wording, though: “I love the fact there are women out there who don’t have a choice.” But whatever, I just think her husband should have policies to back it up! [Think Progress]

Carlton Banks From “Fresh Prince Of Bel Air” Hosts Very Necessary Dance Party Flash Mob

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Carlton Banks was secretly my favorite character on “The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air.” Even then I knew he was a dork after my own heart. These days Alfonso Ribeiro is keeping busy hosting dance party flash mobs to the Tom Jones song “It’s Not Unusual,” like this one filmed on the Universal Studios City Walk in Hollywood. Apparently he was trying to break a world record for most people dancing to the same song at the same time around the globe. (It brings pain to my heart that I cannot embed the video on The Frisky, but you can watch it here.) Glad to see you’re still awesome, Carlton Banks.

What have you been up to lately, Will Smith? Another stupid “Men In Black” movie? Feh. [The Sun UK]

7 Real-Life Human Barbie Dolls

I’m a Barbie girl, in a Barbie world … For most of us, “Barbie Girl” was just a catchy pop song in the summer of 1997. But for some truly special individuals women, the Barbie doll lifestyle and the cartoonish femininity it suggests is a dedicated way of life. This here is Valeria Lukyanova, 21, of Russia, a normal-looking, pretty blonde woman … until she pops in blue contact lenses and piles on the makeup, at which point she totally looks like a Barbie doll come alive. Valeria’s wallpapered her Facebook page with pics of herself resembling the Mattel doll and the glassy-eyed vacant look is so severe, some people wonder if she’s even real. Photoshop hoax? “Real girl”? You be the judge. [Daily Mail UK]

After the jump, let’s meet some more real-life human Barbie dolls you might chance upon in the Barbie Dream House.

Morning Quickies: Megan Fox Is Pregnant, Tabloid Claims

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  • Megan Fox is reportedly pregnant with her first child, a source tells Star magazine. Preggo rumors have been circulating for awhile, but supposedly this source is legit. Fox and her husband Brian Austin Green have yet to confirm the pregnancy, though, so stay tuned for more info. [Celebrity CafeHollywood Life]
  • Sinead O’Connor released a statement on Monday saying she is “very unwell” with bipolar disorder and has cancelled her upcoming tour. Earlier this year, she got quickie-married, then broke up, then married again — and we knew something was wrong. We’re so happy she’s been diagnosed and is being treated. Get well soon, Sinead! [Us Weekly]
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  • Some random former neighbor of Rihanna’s on Barbados is speaking out about RiRi’s unabashed love of marijuana: “She’s just having fun. She is from the islands and you expect her not to like weed? Of course she likes weed.” [PopCrush] Keep reading »

Evening Quickies: Kevin Federline’s Aunt Penned An Erotic Novel About His Marriage To Britney

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  • Kevin Federline’s aunt Diane Story has penned an erotic e-book inspired by star-crossed lovers Britney Spears and K-Fed. Pop Baby Krissy Doucet, as the erotic e-book is called, stars young pop star Krissy and dancer Keenan Fazio. It’s all yours for $4.99 on April 26. YOU GUYS, NO. Maybe it will be kind of like 50 Shades Of Grey with Cheese Doodles? [PopCrush]
  • Lindsay Lohan has officially been cast as Elizabeth Taylor in a new Lifetime original movie, “Liz and Dick,” about the late icon’s love affair with Richard Burton. Don’t screw this one up, LiLo! [Uptown Magazine]
  • Prince Harry is headed back to the United States. Be still, my heart. [Celebrity Cafe]
  • Chris Brown is selling … puppies? [PopBytes]
  • Jennifer Hudson broke down on the witness stand, testifying against her ex-brother-in-law for the murder of her mother, brother and nephew in 2008. Jennifer said her family did not like how William Balfour treated her sister and nephew and warned her sister against marrying the guy.  [People] Keep reading »
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