The other day, I watched “Fela Kuti: Music Is The Weapon,” a 1980s’ documentary about Nigerian musician and activist Fela Kuti. Kuti’s life has been turned into a hit Broadway play called Fela (see it if you can), and his songs of revolution, strife and struggles of everyday life in Nigeria still resonate today. “Music Is The Weapon” chronicles Kuti’s 1983 failed run for president of Nigeria, and the intimidation and torture he and his family endured at the hands of police. Kuti’s family was rather, um, nontraditional; in the ’70s, he married 27 women — members of his extended band and dancers for his performances — in one large Yoruba ceremony. He called them his “queens,” and apparently he only kept 12 wives on tap in his commune (dubbed the Kalakuta Republic) at any given time, rotating them in and out of matrimonial service. After police pressure on the Kuti compound increased, many of his wives deserted him.
After a stint in prison in 1985 he divorced all of his wives, claiming that he no longer believed in marriage. The women featured in “Music Is The Weapon” were some of Kuti’s closest companions and advisers, the mothers of his children and followers of his belief in radical change for Nigeria. They also had incredible style — as these shots of the women in full performance makeup — prove.
I can say with confidence that if I ever stuck Lucca on a surfboard and sent her off to catch a wave, she would never forgive me. “But Lucca,” I would say, “Look at how much fun all of these dogs are having at the 4th Annual Surf City Surf Dog event in Huntington Beach!” And then she would give me side eye and that would be the end of it. But still — look at how much fun these pooches are having hanging ten! Shaka brah!
If there’s a lesson to be learned from Jami Lynn Toler, the Arizona woman accused of faking cancer to raise money for breast implants, it’s that some things are just not worth doing for fake boobs. The 27-year-old told her grandmother, her boss and dozens of other friends and family members that she needed money to get a double mastectomy and breast reconstruction surgery. She even went so far as to set up fake fundraisers and an online donation page. Toler raised $8,300, which she used to pay for her new pair of boobs. No, there was no cancer involved. It was a lie. For her crime, she was sentenced to a year in jail, three years probation and she will have to pay the victims back. Hmmm. Accepting you natural boobs or facing incarceration? I choose natural boobs! [NY Daily News]
Toler’s not the only woman who has done something incredibly stupid just to get implants. Click on to see what other dumb things women have done for bigger breasts. Ladies, so not worth it!
At The Frisky offices, it’s a rare day when one of us doesn’t come in with blue eyeshadow, orange lipstick, or a dog… but it goes without saying that such isn’t the case for most workplaces. There are only so many times you can wear mascara, a touch of tasteful blush, and lip balm before it gets really, really old. If you’ve surpassed that point, like, yesterday, check out these three pretty, office-appropriate beauty looks — they aren’t quite the fuchsia lip stain or smoky eyes you might choose to sport in your free time, but when it comes to the 9-5, we guess they’ll just have to suffice. (And on the off chance you leave your lipstick at home, they can just as easily work the other 16 hours, too.)
Surprise! Anne Hathaway and Adam Shulman tied the knot this weekend in Big Sur. The bride wore a Valentino dress and what appears to be a floral headband thingy made out of toilet paper. These photos are blurry though, so I’m sure it looks much better in person. Anyway, congrats to the happy couple. Whee! (Also, here’s what the pair look like when they’re not blurry, incase you forgot.)
Newflash: you don’t have to ride a motorcycle to wear a motorcycle jacket! Hell, you don’t have to go anywhere near a motorcycle. Regardless of your ideal form of recreation, motorcycle jackets add a suggestion of down-for-anything edge to even your most virtuous fall look. It’s just as hip when worn as a contrasting touch to a girly dress as it is when paired with skinny jeans and a white T. The shape’s most well-known iteration is in black leather (or pleather, if you please), but we’re really feeling the equally cool, if slightly less obvious, fabric versions, in a bevy of fall-ready textures and colors. Click through for our ten picks from the softer side of the spectrum (half are under $100!), and see if you can resist picking up just one…