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The Myth Of The Eating Actress — And Why It’s Dangerous For Women

My Eating Disorder
Katie struggled for an eating disorder in high school and college. Read More »
Jennnifer Lawrence Eats!
She loves cheesesteaks. Read More »
Eating And Dating
If you love me, you'll have to love my weird eating habits. Read More »
the myth of the eating actress

Garance Doré is a fashion illustrator, and the wife of Sartorialist photographer Scott Schulman. She’ s also a style blogger with a loyal following, loved for her honest and rambling posts about all things fashion. Earlier this week, Dore posted an entry called “The Other Girls,” where she talked about the major disconnect between what actresses look like and what they supposedly eat on TV and in interviews.

The essay was prompted by comments she received after posting a video of her friends eating lunch one day. In the video, Dore and her friends abstain from eating dessert, and some of her readers took that to mean that they were depriving themselves to stay thin, accusing Doré of offering a twisted “image of femininity.”

But, argued Doré, she was only showing what her concept of reality is — the way it is for so many women for whom eating a huge slice of cheesecake or gorging on a basket of fries means hours and hours in the gym. Keep reading »

Nicole Richie Enters The Rap Game, World Sighs

nicole richie raps
"My plantar fasciitis, that's a baby thang."

Nicole Richie loves rap, but she wants rappers to rap about things she cares about. For her new occasional AOL video series “Candidly Nicole,” Richie visited rapper/producer Ebone Hoodrich, who is tasked with helping her create a rap so she can “get her street cred back” (which is a thing she never had, and is therefore impossible to lose). What does Nicole Richie — street name Nikki Rich — rap about? What are the central tenets of her life? Well, bangs, gluten-free spaghetti, and complaining about her plantar fasciitis. So yeah, basically she’s just like you and me. [E! Online]

Well Played: Nicole Richie
The "Fashion Star" is a real ... fashion star. Read More »
Ugh, Gwyneth Raps
So much second-hand embarrassment here. Read More »
Betty White Raps
Just because she's an octogenarian doesn't mean she has no flow. Read More »

Zoe Saldana May Have Married A Guy With An Epic Man Bun

Zoe Saldana's Weight
Zoe Saldana on Allure
Allure posted Zoe Saldana's weight on the cover. Read More »

This is Zoe Saldana and her boyfriend-maybe-husband, artist Marco Perego. The “Avatar” star may have married Perego over the weekend, but nobody’s sure. What we do know is that both of them seem intent on hiding their ring fingers from the glare of the paparazzi. Perhaps to throw questioning gossips off their scent, Perego has opted to wear his hair in a crazy huge man bun. And I guess it worked: I don’t even care about the rings — I just want to know what his hair looks like when it’s down. [Photo: Pacific Coast News]

Compassionate Fashion: 9 Sustainable, Super Hip Pieces From Zady

Zady is a sustainable fashion shop founded by friends Maxine Bédat and Soraya Darabi. Bédat and Darabi both worked in the non-profit sector, and noticed that their closets were overflowing with fast-fashion garments that were cheap to buy and quick to fall apart. They’re hoping Zady, which focuses on showcasing high-quality, sustainably produced brands, will be an antidote to that.

“We go to each brand and ask where are your products made, and that narrows it down. 99.9 percent say they don’t know, or it’s a really vague response,” Bédat told Stylecaster of Zady’s selection process. “So we find those brands that do know. They have to know like the back of their hands how their supply chains work. Where they were made and designed and where the materials come from. We eliminate anyone who just doesn’t know, because it’s a sure sign that that they don’t fit our mission.”

And what is their mission? It’s “to combat the fast-fashion craze by providing a platform for only those companies that care about timeless style and solid construction.”

Sounds pretty good to us. Above, check out pieces from Zady’s carefully curated sustainable collection.

Compassionate Fashion
Dresses from sustainable designer Karen Kane. Read More »
Forever 21 & Sweatshops
Forever 21 is in hot water over using sweatshops. Read More »
Let's Talk Fast Fashion
What's wrong with brands like Forever 21, anyway? Read More »

Model Says Working In The Industry Gave Her PTSD

Models Protected By Law
teen model
Models under 18 in NY will soon be protected by child labor laws. Read More »
Models sans airbrushing
Check out Brooklyn Decker in an untouched photo. Read More »
Too Young Models?
Is the problem with too-thin model or too-young girls? Read More »
Models Eating Cotton Balls
Models are eating cotton balls to feel full.
Some models go to desperate measures not to gain weight. Read More »
model says working in the industry gave her ptsd

Soldiers returning from combat get diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. So do people who live in violent war zones. And, apparently, models. At least according to former model Jennifer Sky, who says her years as teen model led to panic attacks and an anxiety disorder.

Sky started her modeling career young — at 15 — and was thrust into a strange and unfamiliar place when her modeling agency sent her to Japan unchaperoned and unaided. She lived a similar life in New York, where she was sent next, sharing a loft apartment with five other teenage girls, who were all expected to book jobs, feed and care for themselves without any adult supervision. After two years of this, Sky booked the cover of Sassy magazine’s 1994 prom issue. It would be her last modeling gig. She quit because, she told New York mag’s The Cut, she no longer recognized herself: Keep reading »

Bright Girls Have Big Confidence Problems — And Here’s Why

Math T For Smart Girls
Finally! Read More »
Frisky Parenting!
twins
All the posts The Frisky has ever done about parenting! Read More »
Smartest Little Girl
She says girls can like superheroes and boys can like pink stuff. Read More »
bright girls can have big confidence problems and here's why

When I was in sixth grade, I’d advanced far enough along in my math studies to be in pre-Algebra. I went to magnet school in Fort Worth, Texas, with a bunch of other smart kids who had tested into the advanced program, but when I walked into Mr. Zoromski’s math class, I felt suddenly out of my league. English and drama classes, even life sciences made sense, but math didn’t.

But instead of powering through, I found a smart boy in my class and had him help me. When I say “help,” I mean he practically did my homework every day. Where I’d previously been super keen on learning everything, that sixth grade year, I decided math wasn’t for me. That, in the words of Teen Talk Barbie, “math class is tough.”

And it may have something to do with the way my smart girl-ness was socialized. Keep reading »

Fancy Sweatpants Are The New Birkenstock Sandals Of The High Fashion World

$100 Sweatpants?
They're from Lululemon. Does that make it okay? Read More »
How to wear ... Sweatpants
It's harder than you think. Read More »
fancy swetapants are the new birkenstock sandals of the fashion world

It’s the eve of New York Fashion Week, and things are about to get real high fashion up in this bitch. Which is why, before all the crazy runway show coverage started, we thought we’d pull you aside for a moment to have a little discussion. High-fashion sweatpants are a thing now. Yes, they are. And that is not okay.

Fancy sweatpants are nothing new, but it does seem that we’re reaching the apex of fancy sweatpants. They’re featured in a new ad for shoe brand Etienne Aigner. J. Crew devoted a fair amount of its latest collection to the sweats-with-heels look. Of course, J. Crew sweats aren’t your average $8 Kmart pair — they’re expensive.  Not as expensive as, say, this $842 pair of wool sweatpants from goth fashion maven Rick Owens, but you get the idea. And just like how Birkenstocks began appearing in high-fashion editorials a few months ago, supposedly christened fashionable by Anna Wintour herself, the fancy sweatpant [High-fashion pants are always singular, FYI. PANT. SweatPANT. -- Amelia] appears poised to be the latest low-to-high fashion transformation.

But here’s the thing! Keep reading »

The Dos & Don’ts Of Gracefully Canceling Plans

Dating Don'ts: Canceling
Don't cancel plans this way. Read More »
Breaking Up With Friends
Breaking Up With A Friend
How to know when it's time to break up with a friend. Read More »
Evolution Of Friendship
On the evolution of female friendship. Read More »
The Dos and Donts of Canceling Plans

I love my friends, really. But there are times when, despite my best efforts, I cannot get it together to hang out. I know you’ve been there. Maybe it’s because the weather is crappy, or you’re just feeling off. Or maybe it’s because — and let’s get real honest about this — there’s a marathon of “America’s Next Top Model” on the Oxygen Network, and it’s the Crazy Lisa season. You love Crazy Lisa!

“In terms of like, instant relief, canceling plans is like heroin.” said comedian John Mulaney, and I can kind of see what he means. It’s so nice to have a clean, unplanned afternoon, a large swathe of time where you can do whatever the hell you want. And sometimes, the pressure to socialize — especially for us introverts — can feel overwhelming. Whatever the case, there are ways to bail, and there are things you should avoid doing if you don’t want your friends to hate you/think you’re an incorrigible flake.

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Doddering Old Man Blames Miley Cyrus For The Steubenville Rape, Basically

steubenville rape case
hacktivist
Hacktivists threaten to release personal information of alleged rapists. Read More »
Miley's VMA Performance
These GIFs will tell you everything you need to know about Miley's VMAs performance. Read More »
WTF, Steubenville?
trent mays malik richmond
Football coach gets two-year contract with the school system renewed. Read More »
richard cohen rape apologist

Richard Cohen is a columnist for the Washington Post. He’s also a Roman Polanski apologist, a Clarence Thomas apologist, and a man who’s been personally called out for lewd behavior in front of a 23-year-old aide. So it’s no surprise that Cohen has absolutely nothing good to say about Miley Cyrus and her much ballyhooed twerk-happy VMA performance. In fact, says Cohen, he was so perturbed by the performance that he had to look up the definition of “twerk” in ye olde spellcheck. (We picture him doing this with the help of the Microsoft Office talking paper clip, Clippy, natch.)

Of the performance, Cohen said. “She’s a cheap act, no doubt about it, but for me her performance was an opportunity to discuss one of the summer’s most arresting pieces of journalism — a long New Yorker account [by Ariel Levy] of what became known as the Steubenville Rape. Cyrus should read it.”

Wait. What? Keep reading »

7 Things You Should Know About Charlie Hunnam (In GIFs!)

50 Shades Of Grey
This erotica book is sweeping the nation. Read More »
Charlie in "50 Shades"
Dakota Johnson & Charlie Hunnam Cast In “Fifty Shades Of Grey” Movie
Dakota Johnson and Charlie Hunnam cast in "50 Shades of Grey." Read More »
"50 Shades" The Musical
50 Shades Of Grey, the musical
Toe your toes to "50 Shades Of Grey," the musical. Read More »
7 Things You Should Know About Charlie Hunnam (in GIFs)

After seriously months and months of speculation, Fifty Shades of Grey fans finally have their Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey. As we reported yesterday, they’ll be played by Dakota Johnson, daughter of Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith, and star of the short-lived FX sitcom “Ben & Kate,” and Charlie Hunnam, the hot dude who played Jackson ‘Jax’ Teller on “Sons of Anarchy” and Raleigh Becket in the recent robots vs. monsters movie “Pacific Rim.” The British actor, 33, is poised to (maybe) become the next Brad Pitt.

But who is Charlie Hunnam, anyway? Considering we’re about to spend a whole lot of time watching him whip Anastasia Steele into submission, we should know these things, right?

Find out after the jump! Keep reading »

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