“I’m quite emotional about it, of course. She could have stayed absolutely private about it and I don’t think anyone would have been none the wiser with such good results. But it was really important to her to share the story and that others would understand it doesn’t have to be a scary thing. In fact, it can be an empowering thing, and something that makes you stronger and us stronger. … [It has been] an emotional and beautifully inspiring few months. And I’ll tell you, it’s such a wonderful relief to come through this and not have a spectre hanging over our heads. To know that that’s not going to be something that’s going to affect us. My most proudest thing is our family. This isn’t going to get that.”"
––Tears! Angelina Jolie’s manpiece Brad Pitt, basically proving that in addition to being the sexiest man alive, he’s also kind of the best partner ever. [USA Today]
A lot of little girls want to dress up as princesses or Disney characters for their birthdays. But Emma, the five-year-old daughter of photographer Jaime Moore, had another idea. Instead, said Jaime, “It started me thinking about all the REAL women for my daughter to know about and look up too, REAL women who without ever meeting Emma have changed her life for the better.” So Emma and Jaime created a photo shoot where Emma imitated real-life heroines, including Susan B. Anthony, Amelia Earhart and Jane Goodall. Explains Jaime of the project,
“We chose 5 women (five amazing and strong women), as it was her 5th birthday but there are thousands of unbelievable women (and girls) who have beat the odds and fought (and still fight) for their equal rights all over the world……..so let’s set aside the Barbie Dolls and the Disney Princesses for just a moment, and let’s show our girls the REAL women they can be.”
The portraits are, in a word, stunning. And Emma is so, so, lucky to have a mom who’s setting her up to succeed with positive role models. Check out a couple more after the jump! Keep reading »
After being the victim of one too many pranks by a mail customer, the Royal Mail service (allegedly!) sent one postal customer a letter, asking him to lay off with the post-related comedy. So far as we can tell, the letter receiver, known as S. Whitman, raised the ire of the Royal Mail for “jumping out from behind a giant bush shouting ‘beware the giant bees’, repeatedly answering the door naked, and … claiming you’d been attacked by ‘crack-added Oompah Loompahs.”
As a result of the series of jokes, the letter continues, “a number of our postal staff are now nervous about delivering to your address. As such, we would kindly ask you to desist from you ‘surprises.’” A larger image of the letter is after the jump. Keep reading »
A while ago, I told you about how some celebrities actually call the paparazzi on themselves, in order to stay in the press and garner attention. That’s why every Halloween you’ll see garish pictures of say, Courtney Stodden picking out pumpkins in 8-inch lucite heels or Farrah Abraham taking a solitary, sad, sexy walk on the beach.
And then there’s Phoebe Price. Phoebe Price is a regular punching bag for gossip blogger Michael K. over at D-Listed, and he’s very, very cruelly funny about it, referring to as Chicken Cutlets. She is constantly being photographed by paparazzi and was voted by K and his D-Listed readers as 2007′s Hot Slut of the Year, a dubious honor that we’re not entirely sure Phoebe understands. Keep reading »
In the wake of Angelina Jolie’s stunning double mastectomy news, we wanted to speak with a genetic counselor to find out a little bit more about how Angelina Jolie — and so many other women — came to the decision to have a preventative double mastectomy done. Jolie came to the decision after finding out that she had a mutation in her BRCA1 gene, which greatly increases the likelihood of breast cancer in women. The two complicit genes — BRCA1 and BRCA2 were first discovered by researchers in the early 90s, who identified them as the root cause of a genetic predisposition to hereditary breast and ovarian cancers. According to researchers, hereditary cancer accounts for between 3 and 5 percent of all cases of breast and ovarian cancers, which sounds like a small number, but actually amounts to tens of thousands of cases a year.
To find out more about these genes, the tests that detect them, and the difficult decision Angelina Jolie and so many other women make to prevent breast cancer, we spoke with Gina Nuccio, a genetic counselor at Baptist Memorial Health Care, a hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. Keep reading »
I’m not gonna lie, I find myself a little bit creepy for liking 19-year-old Brit musician George Barnett so much. I mean, I don’t like him quite as creepily as say, Nicholas Hoult. But he’s up there. Consider this cover he did of Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” (yup, still obsessed with this song — their album Random Access Memories is out May 21). He plays all the instruments, and produces a pitch perfect cover it. It’s kind of great, too, because he deconstructs the song down to its component parts, and shows you a bit of how something like this comes together (I mean, minus Daft Punk’s helmets, of course). George has posted more than 20 videos of different covers — somehow he made me actually like a Lana Del Ray song, he’s that good. This guy is going to be mega-famous one day, so take a listen and a look and enjoy. [YouTube]
In a stunning New York Times op-ed piece, Angelina Jolie revealed that she’d recently had a double mastectomy. The actress and mother of 6 revealed that she’d considered the procedure after finding out that she carries a mutation in her BRCA1 gene, which greatly increases a woman’s risk for both breast and ovarian cancers.
Thanks to the gene, “my doctors estimated that I had an 87 percent risk of breast cancer and a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer, although the risk is different in the case of each woman,” she writes. Keep reading »
It’s not yet Memorial Day, the traditional time when it’s apparently okay to wear white again. Where or how this stupid tradition began, I don’t know, but I do know that I’ve been completely indoctrinated into it, and won’t wear white before the end of may. Fine, I’m a weirdo (also, I will totally get anything white dirty, quick). But there’s a ton of celeb ladies who are eschewing the old ways, and freely flaunting white gowns and dresses. Just last week, in fact, we saw Michelle Rodriguez, Chloe Sevigny, Joely Richardson, Mariska Hargitay and Julianne Hough all stepping out in gleaming white. But who wore it best? You tell us! Keep reading »
On April 28, David Beckmann, 64, of Roselle, Illinois was booked on a host of horrifying charges, including battery and attempted indecent solicitation of a child. But his most bizarre crime? Sexually assaulting a peacock. Before we get into the particulars, can I just start out by saying what everyone is probably thinking: how in the fuck do you sexually abuse a peacock? The bird, named Phyl, was seen alive by neighbors the night before its body was discovered while police were investigating another crime. The exact nature of the sexual abuse has not been revealed by police, as it also allegedly involved the indecent solicitation of a child estimated to be between the ages of 13 and 17. In any case, we now have something new to have nightmares about. [Daily Herald]
Last Thursday, Frisky staffers noticed the sound of a police helicopter hovering above midtown Manhattan for what felt like at least an hour. We had no idea what they helicopter was looking for – until later that evening, when New York news reported on the manhunt for Nicolas Almonte, a Queens man who had walked off his job Thursday morning, carjacked three different people at gunpoint, robbed another man and attempted to rob two others at gun point. After crashing his third carjacked vehicle — a gold Mercedes —Almonte broke into the basement of 27-year-old Brooklyn resident Sybil Jason’s apartment building. Sybil just-so-happens to also be a friend of mine.
What follows is Sybil’s first-hand account of what happened next:
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