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I Put On Makeup In Public — Deal With It

This morning on the subway, I overheard two men cattily complaining that it grosses them out when women put their makeup on in public. As someone who recently became one of those women, it made me want to whip out an eyelash curler and inflict some acute torture on them both.

Why does this bother people so much? Slate’s Dear Prudence is against public nose-powdering: “you are engaged in private activities they’d rather not be witness to.” A Japanese subway system once campaigned against it: “Please do it at home.”

Or, as the men on my train put it, “I don’t wanna see that shit.” But what “shit,” exactly, are we talking about? Is the acting of applying makeup really so gross? Is it impolite to destroy the fantasy that all women wake up with dark black lashes, rosy-cheeked complexions, no red veins around our noses, and perfectly arched brows? Read more…

Maggie Rizer’s Dog Allegedly Killed By United Airlines

Bea, the adorable 2-year-old Golden Retriever that belonged to model Maggie Rizer and inspired her blog, “Bea Makes Three,” died during a cross-country flight on United Airlines two weeks ago. According to an autopsy, her death was caused by heatstroke. From Rizer’s blog:

Beatrice had a perfect health record. She received a full examination and a health certificate four days before the flight, as is required by the Pet Safe program. This program is United’s branded on-board pet safety program. In addition to Pet Safe’s stringent requirements, we took every extra precaution we could think of. Read more…

Mitt Romney’s Bronze: Political Makeup Artists On The Perils Of Their Craft

Mitt Romney’s appearance on Spanish-language news channel Univision yesterday demonstrated a peril of modern politics as old as televised campaigns: men’s makeup. Ever since Richard Nixon refused professional makeup in favor of drugstore stubble-coverup for the first-ever televised debate against the youthfully radiant John F. Kennedy in 1960 — a choice many say cost him the debate — male politicians have been forced to perform a cosmetic balancing act traditionally reserved for women and actors. Underdo it, and risk subconsciously turning off voters with the pallor, dark under-eye circles, and beads of sweat drawn out by hot on-set lights. But go a shade too dark and risk losing the day’s narrative to blog posts like “Mitt Dons Brownface For Forum with Mexicans.” Read more…

Next Up For Amanda Bynes: A Fashion Line, Naturally

Not that she needed to invite further comparisons between herself and Lindsay Lohan, but Amanda Bynes has announced plans for a clothing line. In fact, she’s so serious about it that she has officially quit acting and will move to New York to pursue it. She told People yesterday:

I am doing amazing… I am retired as an actor. I am moving to New York to launch my career. I am going to do a fashion line.

She also denied her recent DUI charges, insisting, “I don’t drink, and I don’t drink and drive. It is all false.” People also noted that Bynes was “polite, respectful and upbeat on the phone,” but added that she behaved strangely at the West Hollywood Equinox gym the other day. Read more…

Lifetime Movies For Republicans Who Don’t Understand Rape

Republicans are airing sexual ignorances this week. Representative Steve King of Iowa has “never heard of” statutory rape causing pregnancy; Senate nominee Tom Smith thinks ”having a baby out of wedlock” is “similar to” rape;  and, of course, there’s Todd Akin. Have these guys never watched “Law & Order: SVU” or browsed movie listings on Lifetime? Rape narratives are a primetime TV staple these days, rivaled in volume only by Real Housewives and Ryan Seacrest’s face.

To speed the sexual education of the GOP, we have paired ten Republicans’ ill-conceived rape comments with cinematic antidotes from the Lifetime TV oeuvre. Movie night at the Tampa Hilton, anyone? Read more…

See Over 50 Models When They Were Just Kids

Long before these women were one-name wonders, slogging long hours during fashion week, dating movie stars, or starting charities, they were just little girls from all over the world, with no clue what lay in store for them. While we truly believe there are nougly children, it’s probably fair to say some are cuter than others. Since DNA plays the all-important role in a model’s life, we decided to go back to the early days of some of the biggest names in the business — including Arizona Muse, Chanel Iman, Natalia Vodinova, Liu Wen, and Joan Smalls — to see if the signs of supermodel-dom were always there. We’ll let you be the judge. Enjoy our slideshow of family snapshots, given to us by the models themselves, looking cuter than we even expected. Read more…

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