The editors over at Vanity Fair are scratching their heads now that the sales numbers for their February 2011 issue are in. With Justin Bieber on the cover, they expected it to be a blockbuster issue. But it turned out to be the weakest selling issue of the past 12 years. I repeat, 12 years not months. In fact, an Angelina Jolie issue in 2010 sold almost exactly twice as many copies as Justin’s issue. Apparently, his Teen Vogue and People covers sold pretty poorly, too. [NY Daily News]
So the question has become: is Justin’s star starting to dim? Keep reading »
“I wasn’t eating … [I was] going out at night. I guess when you’re not eating you have to distract yourself with other things. Come three o’clock it was like, ‘Oh I suppose it’s acceptable to have a glass of wine.’ And then by four o’clock I would have had four glasses. It’s not the way to be. But then I met Sam and he noticed that behavior. I think it came to a point for him where he was thinking, ‘Can I be with this girl if this is what her life is like? I want to make this work, but I can’t live in this world.’ I just needed someone to tell me … I hang out with models, the biggest pop stars and, you know, really and honestly, I hate saying this, but none of them are achieving those body shapes by being healthy. They’re not just going to the gym two hours a day. They’re not eating or they’re taking speed not to eat. In America everyone abuses that Adderall stuff and people aren’t normal.’”
—Lily Allen talks about getting healthy in Elle UK. While I appreciate Lily’s candor and her embracing of a new lifestyle, I think she’s going to get lambasted for this interview. It reeks of self-righteousness. I’m sure someone in the modeling/music industry will make some counter-statement about how they don’t use drugs or starve themselves to stay thin. Also, American celebrities aren’t normal and all abuse Adderall? Really? What? Is she trying really hard to be controversial or is it a case of not thinking before she speaks? [Celebitchy] Keep reading »
“I felt a bit uncomfortable and awkward. It didn’t come naturally at all. My acting tutor said the hardest thing for me was to get angry. I almost broke down in tears when they tried to get me to be angry. I keep that really bottled up somewhere. I feel unleashing it would be the scariest thing and to let myself be powerful, sexy, all those things—it’s scary for me.”
—Emma Watson talks to Harper’s Bazaar UK about how she felt shooting this spread for their August issue headlined “Good Girl, Gone Bad.” Something about this quote, combined with the image of her posing behind the gate, makes me think she’s about to bust out singing that Smashing Pumpkins’ song, “Despite all my rage, I am still just a rat in a cage.” Love the hair, though. [NY Daily News] Keep reading »
It’s not easy being blue. In the new issue Harper’s Bazaar, Smurfette models hot designer accessories, from Marc Jacobs to Louis Vuitton (as seen here). All I have to say is—homegirl looks kinda fly. [Harper's Bazaar] Keep reading »
My first thought upon seeing Emma Stone‘s new cover of Vanity Fair: I need that amazing red and white stripe swimsuit. My second thought after digging deeper into the article: wow, she is so awesome. In addition to being addicted to Farmville, she also reveals that, “I’m a Type A personality who’s trying to convince herself she’s Type B.” I hear that loud and clear. [VF] Keep reading »
The late Princess Diana and the very-much-alive Kate Middleton strut side-by-side on the latest cover of Newsweek. It’s shocking, yes, but it also strikes me as tasteless to play around with the image of a dead person who left behind two children. This Photoshopped cover image appears on a Newsweek double-issue in which editor-in-chief Tina Brown, who published a book about Diana in 2007, opines on what Diana would have been like had she lived to her 50th birthday. (She would have owned an iPhone, got Botox, worn J.Crew, and moved to New York City, Brown imagines.) That is a legitimate enough topic to explore, of course. But Photoshopping Middleton next to her husband’s dead mother in order to sell magazines feels unseemly to me.
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