Body Magic isn’t just a $140 corset/girdle combo that claims it’ll help you “drop 3 sizes in 10 minutes.” Nope, it’s also the newest answer to Avon, promising the (mainly) women who peddle them that they can earn big bucks without the constraints of an office job. Since it’s creation in 1991, Ardyss International, the company that makes Body Magic, has signed on more than 100,000 active distributers to hawk their underwear, nutrition, and skin care products—and the grand majority of their sellers are black and Latina woman. Just as Mary Kay is booming in the recession, Ardyss has seen its business has skyrocket. In the past six month, they claim to have grown 600 percent.
CNN reporter Jessica Ravitz recently headed to an Ardyss convention in Atlanta, which more than 3,000 people attended. “They say money doesn’t grow on trees,” said a speaker. “Well, I’ve got a money tree in my backyard, and Ardyss planted it there!” Keep reading »
Diane Sawyer will be replacing Charlie Gibson as anchor of ABC’s “World News” when Gibson retires at the end of the year. Sawyer, who currently anchors “Good Morning America,” (admittedly, a fluffy morning news show) will be the second woman, after Katie Couric, to anchor a prime-time TV news program by herself. [NY Daily News]
Teenaged girls in the U.K. are the sub-group most likely to drink too much, a new study has found. Fifty percent of 15-year-old British girls have been drunk, according to a report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation. One in five 13-year-old British girls has been drunk at least twice, which is four times higher than in the U.S. [BBC]—We know that Europe has looser drinking regulations than the U.S. does, but 13 is way too young to be getting wasted.
Out of concern for their safety, young OB/GYN students admit to reconsidering whether or not they’ll do abortions after the recent murder of Dr. George Tiller, a physician in Kansas who terminated pregnancies. “Our doctors are graying and are not being replaced,” the president of the National Women’s Health Foundation has said. [Washington Post]
Ex-schoolteacher Tiffany Sheperd, 31, has turned to porno after bikini pics got her fired from Port St. Lucie High School in Florida. Shepherd alleged she sent out 2,500 resumes after getting canned last April and has not been hired for a teaching position anywhere. In her new career, Shepherd’s stage name is Leah Lust and she has filmed five flicks, including one called “My First Sex Teacher.” [NY Daily News]
The attorney for Rifqa Bary, the 17-year-old who ran away from home in Ohio to Florida because she fears her Muslim parents will kill her for converting to Christianity, filed a court memorandum requesting that the girl not be forced to go home. Bary has said her father threatened to kill her and her mother threatened to send her back to her home country of Sri Lanka after they discovered she is a Christian, although both her parents have denied the claims. Presently, the girl is living in foster care. [Fox News]
Roz Savage not only has the best name in the world. This 33-year-old chickadee is also a bad-ass rower. After being bored to tears at an office job, she decided to leave it all behind in 2000, and head out on a mission to row across the Atlantic Ocean. Now that she’s completed that, she is on a voyage to become the first woman to cross the Pacific Ocean solo. She’s been on her journey for 99 days now, and is writing blog posts as she makes pit stops at RozSavage.com. (That’s her passing Diamond Head in Honolulu, Hawaii, above.) Other than that, it’s just her, the seagulls, and her oars.
Roz’s mission has got me thinking—if you left your job and, uh, money weren’t an issue, what would you do? I think I’d start a gourmet ice cream cart in Central Park. Keep reading »
We’re not exactly sure how we missed it, but apparently last Sunday was “National Go-Topless Day.” Groups of women gathered in New York City, Venice Beach, and other hot spots around the country, and took off their tops to support women’s right to go au naturale in public, just like men. I love this video because it illustrates just how prudish we are as a country. Hardly any of the gals are filmed below their necks, even those who have shirts on. Why? Presumably because they aren’t wearing bras. Gasp! By the way, if you ever get the desire to shed your shirt in the outside world, you can do it legally in New York—the only state that supports our right to bear breasts. [NY Daily News] Keep reading »