It’s totally cool that Lea Michele, Dianna Agron and Amber Riley are all sharing the May 2011 cover of Marie Claire and getting their own separate individual covers — for one because it annoys me when Lea Michele hogs all the buzz from “Glee,” but because mainstream women’s mags are not exactly known for putting African-American women on the cover. So, yay, for that beautiful Amber Riley cover. However! While I was reading the copy on the different covers, I noticed something wack. Lea and Dianna’s cover lines both read “on the rumors! gossip! drama!”, but Amber’s cover lines are entirely different: “I show girls how to be comfortable with their bodies.” Huh? Don’t get me wrong — I think it’s awesome that Amber Riley gets a cover and that she’s a role model for curvaceous women and girls of all backgrounds. I just wonder why Marie Claire felt it necessary to point out her body alone. [Oh No They Didn't!] Keep reading »
In December, I wrote about stewardesses for Mexicana Airlines who funded a sexy calendar of themselves in order to raise money for the tanking airline. The sexy calenders sold for $12 a pop and enjoyed multiple printings. Now the flight attendants are appearing on the cover of Playboy Mexico in getups that leave little to the imagination about where they store those extra bags of airline peanuts. [Guanabee] Keep reading »
“I’m the ugly sister. I’m the fat one. I’m the transvestite. I have had those mean things said about me at least twice a day for the last five years. It’s horrible, you know? But I can brush that stuff off … Kim and Kourtney have said to me, ‘If we were put under the same negative attention that you are, we couldn’t handle it.’ If I want to wear a long flowing dress, someone will say I’m pregnant. I believe we’re not given any more than we can handle and most of the time I can handle it. But we all have fat days and if I’m having one of those days, those sorts of things make me feel down.”
—Khloe Kardashian talks to Cosmopolitan Middle East about keeping her self esteem up when people tend to say pretty nasty things about her. For the record, I think Khloe is totally stunning. Also, who is surprised that the cover lines on Cosmopolitan Middle East are in English? [Huffington Post] Keep reading »
It must have been a slow news day yesterday, because the whole world stopped for Justin Bieber’s thoughts on abortion. While driving around with a “Rolling Stone” reporter in Atlanta, sans handlers, the 16-year-old virgin told writer Vanessa Grigoriadis he believes abortion is “killing a baby” and even in the case of a pregnancy that results from rape, “everything happens for a reason.” Minds were blown. Rome fell. S**t got real.
Well, it turns out that was not Bieber‘s full quote. Keep reading »
My mom never had a collection of Playgirl magazines. Thank God! The idea that she once got off to Burt Reynolds’ mustachioed mug would be too much for me to handle. But we know Burt, Mark Harmon (who?), and other ’70s and ’80s studs graced the covers of Playgirl during the mag’s hey-day and they’re lovingly collected on a bitchin’ new — mostly-SFW — Tumblr called Let Them Eat Beefcake. As mesmerizing as those cheesy ‘staches are, I love the articles touted on the cover of the 1977 “Special Valentine’s Issue,” like “The 60-Second Period” and “The Boy-Rapist Next Door.” Beefcakes, like cheesy reading, truly never go out of style! (P.S. Do you think, 20 years from now, our daughters will be wondering what we saw in Levi Johnston?) [Let Them Eat Beefcake Tumblr] Keep reading »
Holler! Lady Gaga is on the cover of the March issue of Vogue, looking gorgeous in a cotton candy pink wig on a seafoam green background. But while that’s pretty, I am so obsessed with this image from inside the magazine, shot by Mario Testino. Gaga should have this blown up to wall size and hung up in her apartment, stat.
Oh, and see that cover after the jump. Keep reading »
Men outnumbered women two-to-one in the nation’s news, culture and literary magazines in 2010 — and in some cases the discrepancy was much, much worse. VIDA, an organization for women in the literary arts, counted all the bylines in mags like The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Review of Books, Harper’s, and The New Republic and lit journals like Paris Review, Tin House, Granta, and Poetry for analysis. Literary journals Paris Review, Granta and Poetry were the most egalitarian, with a still-not-great two men’s bylines for every byline by a woman. The worst offender? The New York Review of Books, abysmally, published six bylines by men for every one byline by a woman. Pfffffffft. Keep reading »
Behold, Vanity Fair‘s 17th annual Hollywood Issue cover. Anne Hathaway is front and center of the first gatefold, which is the section you’ll see on newsstands, and she’s surrounded by guy candy Ryan Reynolds, Jake Gyllenhaal, and her Oscars co-host James Franco. Some other things I’m noticing here: Olivia Wilde and Mila Kunis look almost identical thanks to barely-there black dresses and similar hair styling. Also, how cute that Rashida Jones is bottle-feeding that little lion cub. [Oh nice. A tiny bit of diversity! -- Editor] I give big props to VF for including Noomi Rapace, of the Swedish “Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” movies. And that older bartender who’s barely visible? It’s Robert Duvall. Click here to see the image larger, so you can study it in detail, too. Keep reading »
The coverlines on this week’s batch of tabloids are exceptionally juicy. Really—Katie Holmes is on drugs? Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds have ended their newfound relationship? Oh, and Jake Gyllenhaal is rebounding from Taylor Swift with her nemesis, Camilla Belle? Yeah, not so fast. All of these stories are a bit deceptive, cases of tabloid writers weaving wild stories out of the words of those always-anonymous sources. Read on for the real deal. Keep reading »