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15 Women (And A Few Men) On Aborting

What’s it like to have an abortion? What’s it like when your significant other has one? For many women, having an abortion feels solitary, but as almost three in ten American women will have an abortion before the age of 45, we can also consider the experience shared. Today, on the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade ruling, fifteen women (and a few men) on aborting:

Awaking in the recovery room after her abortion, Claire, then 26, shouted, “Lorne Doone cookies! This place is the best!” She says, “I was laughing hysterically from the drugs, unable to modulate my feelings. No one cracked a smile. Then I realized how horrifying I was being.” Read more …

Verizon To Thwart All High School Hookups

Remember how in high school you’d invite someone over to watch a movie and then you’d accidentally actually watch the movie? But you couldn’t simply call it a night once the credits rolled because you’d been too chicken to make a move? So you’d just put on whatever channel, but as soon as you started making out, a condom commercial would come on, prematurely acknowledging your unspoken desires? Remember “Trojan MAAAN”?  Read more …

An Incomplete History Of Body Trends, According To “The New York Times”

Better Beauty Rules
Kate proposes some better beauty rules to follow. Read More »
NYTimes Style Section
The NYTtimes Style section forecasts some pretty obvious things. Read More »
Show Your Legs!
Here are some reasons to show off your legs. Read More »

Last week The New York Times ”Style” section reported that legs — “exposed legs, smooth and coltish” — are “tak[ing] their turn” as the body’s trendiest part. To the casual reader, it might seem strange that something as universally desirable as shapely legs could be having a moment. On the other hand, what took them so long? Hominids went bipedal, what, 4 million years ago? But to focus on such details would be to lose sight of the singular joys of the body trend story, a staple of the Times Style section.

Media critics have long delighted in dissecting the Times’ so-called “bogus trend story,” like The Great Unwashed, House Parties with Bartenders (“It’s My Sh-Bam”), and The Momshell. The body trend piece makes these tightrope walks of anecdotal journalism look simple. It doesn’t look at trends in body types; that would be too easy. Rather, the body trend story seamlessly folds individual parts of the human body — standard issue and inescapable though they are — into the familiar cycle of fashion trending. Hemlines up, hemlines down, eyebrows in, eyebrows out. Read more …

Model Natalia Vodianova: “It’s Better To Be Skinny Than To Be Fat”

Natalia Vodianova took part in a panel discussion at the British Vogue Festival over the weekend, where she made some ballsy statements about women and weight. The comments were sparked by British Vogue‘s executive fashion director Calgary Avansino’s question: “It’s undeniable that models are very thin, expected to be very thin, and thinner than 99.9 percent of the population. What message should you be sending out?” Vodianova didn’t hold back; see what she had to say about her diet, losing weight after childbirth, and how she trains (or doesn’t) before running a marathon each year. Read more…

Bald Dudes Have It Easier These Days, According To The NY Times

Until scientists find an actual “cure” for baldness, dudes must choose from the following options: (a) ignoring it, (b) fighting it with hair plugs, weird creams, toupees, etc., or (c) just shaving their heads completely. A piece in today’s Times endorses the latter approach enthusiastically:

Shaving your balding head is like breaking up with someone before he or she can break up with you. Or like marching into your boss’s office and saying: “You can’t fire me. I quit.”

So, you men with thinning hairlines, seize your future! Or rather, seize your razor, march into the shower, and lather up! Don’t waste any time, because you’ve apparently got a lot of shopping and possibly some working out to do, too. Read more…

Pippa And The Gun: The Middletons’ Very First Scandal

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Pippa Middleton was just having a nice, normal weekend in Paris when she popped by a fancy costume party for fashion label owner Arthur de Soultrait (yes, the Daily Mail has pictures of her silly outfit) and then tootled around in an Audi convertible with three handsome gentlemen on Sunday. But then the driver of her car pulled out a gun (whether it’s real remains unknown) and pointed it at one of the paparazzi trailing behind them, much to the amusement of Pippa and their fellow passengers. Et voilà! The first major Middleton scandal was born. Read more…

Katy Perry & Baptiste Giabiconi Are Definitely 2012’s Best New Rumored Couple (So Far)

Thanks to a recent post on gossip blog Celebzter, “Page Six” reports that Katy Perry and male model Baptiste Giabiconi are dating. Fate masquerading as a savvy PR assistant placed them next to each other at this season’s Chanel show, where they presumably found enough time away from staring at the pretty clothes (and their own reflections in the set’s reflective crystal stalagmites) to fall truly, madly, deeply in love. They held hands at a post-show dinner, and Baptiste reportedly bought her some flowers — though you’d think as a longtime Chanel muse that he could have sprung for some shoes or something. They were all ready for a “romantic date” too, presumably chaperoned by Karl himself, but then thePlace Vendôme caught on fire. What bad luck! Read more…

‘Mantyhose’ Is Happening!

Apparently some dudes are into wearing fancy tights these days, according to upscale hosiery retailer Emilio Cavallini, who tellsWWD that purchases by men (and for men) now account for 2 to 3 percent of their annual sales. He noticed the trend about three years ago:

When we started our online shop we noticed that a lot of tights sized medium-large were being purchased by men … So I did a search on the Internet and discovered there is a cult following for mantyhose.

So he decided to cater to male customers by creating unisex tights that allow for greater breathability, “which is important since men perspire much more than women do.” Sexy! Read more…

The Meryl Streep Look Book

There’s no question that Meryl Streep has displayed incredible consistency as a powerhouse actress — this Sunday will mark her seventeenth Academy Award nomination — but style-wise, she’s been a bit all over the map. To her credit, the occasional misstep has only made the journey all that much more fun (who wants to see another overly styled celebot?), and the woman simply radiates self-confidence and a certain kind of glamour that has just the right amount of humor. Here, a pre-Oscar present: 100 photos of Streep in all her shining blonde glory. Click through for eighties-era metallic suits that would make Prabal proud, a suntanned Streep riding the New York City subway, and movie stills of the actress alongside her many leading men. Who else’s hair could Robert Redford have washed stream-side in Out of Africa? No one’s. Read more…

Wet ‘N’ Wild Went And Got Itself A Celebrity Spokesperson

Wet ‘n’ Wild, a cosmetics company that’s surely suffering in the digital age from the un-Googleability of its name (don’t try it for yourself unless you are 1) alone, and 2) actually looking for, um, a water theme park), has finally thrown in the towel and hired their very first celebrity spokesperson. Which is the end of an era, really — amid all the constant face changeover in drugstore cosmetics aisles (Kate Hudson! Christy Turlington! Jessica White!), that pink-lipped, scrunchie-wearing Wet ‘n’ Wild girl always remained a comforting standby. Now she’ll be replaced by Fergie, who says she signed on with the brand because it was popular in Hacienda Heights, the L.A. neighborhood where she grew up. Read more…

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