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Sasha and Malia Obama Look-A-Likes

America is obsessed with the First Daughters, Sasha and Malia Obama. It’s not enough that they have inspired the children’s fashion world with trendy J. Crew clothes, or that Ty has created dolls with their names (and likeness). Now, you will start to see more Sasha and Malia look-a-likes on the fashion runway and print ads. Advertisers and talent scouts are scrambling to search for children that resemble the first daughters. Marlene Wallach, president of modeling agency Wilhelmina Kids & Teens, says the Obama girls are tough subjects to match. “It’s a very specific age and a very specific ethnicity, so there aren’t that many girls that would necessarily fit the bill.” However, two girls have found luck looking like Sasha and Malia and getting paid to do so. Wallach booked Ariel Binns (Sasha) and Kylah Williams (Malia) in the Sept 2008 issue of Harper’s Bazaar which featured a look-a-like Obama family — remember, Tyra Banks played Michelle Obama. Ariel told her mother she wants to go to D.C. to meet Sasha. I wonder if Secret Service would be able to tell them apart. I don’t see a resemblance but you be the judge. Keep reading »

Study Says Makeover Shows Make Us Feel Bad

Bad boyfriends…frenemies…makeover TV shows. One of the fundamental questions of human nature is why do we love stuff that may not be so good for our self-esteem?

A new study from the University of Southern California says that that women who watch more makeover shows, like “Nip/Tuck,” “Dr. 90210″ or “The Swan,” feel more insecure about their bodies. It brings a whole new meaning to the words “boob tube,” doesn’t it? Keep reading »

Chris Rock Knows “Good Hair”

The subject of “good hair” wasn’t given much attention in my family growing up. Hair was as good as you made it and it didn’t matter whether your hair was naturally straight or softly curly. Grooming hair, however, was a big topic and, at times, an all day affair. I remember having my hair straightened with a pressing comb the night before school pictures; and getting it cornrowed in the summer so swimming could be fun rather than a hassle; and I also remember the irreparable damage caused by a monthly relaxer. When I grew out my natural hair I felt so free and empowered. And the first time I felt the wind blowing my short locks I couldn’t help feeling excited. I can mark every major period in my life with the hairstyle I was rocking at the time. Hair for me and probably every black woman on this planet has been a major part of life, which is why I’m excited to see Chris Rock’s “Good Hair,” which just premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Keep reading »

Is This Mannequin MP3 Player Sexist?

This converted mannequin created by Detroit-based designer Bob Turek is causing quite the blogosphere kerfuffle. In case you’re not clear as to what the heck is going on here, Turek remixed a mannequin torso into an MP3 player. Ergo, those are speakers in her boobs, plugged in care of her hoo-ha. As Turek explains: “As part of my object remix series, this stereo forces the music source into the center of attention and creates a radically new user interface.” Interface. Is that what the kids are calling it these days? Unfortunately, some people — some ladies — aren’t too happy with Turek’s transforming the female form into a stereo. Jezebel cries misogyny: “[I]t’s a headless, armless woman whose breasts and vagina are being used to provide power and sound for trivial things.” Boing Boingers are going at it in the comments: “Woman as a faceless functional object. That’s not such a new idea.” I think it’s much ado about nothing. I call for a commenter catfight! Keep reading »

Can A Woman Write Porn And Still Call Herself A Feminist?

Just wait until the real feminists hear about this. A pornographic German novel so graphic it’s caused people to faint at public readings will be published in the UK next month, and it was written by a woman — a woman who calls herself a feminist. Charlotte Roche’s Wetlands shot to the top of Amazon’s worldwide best-seller list last year when it was first published in Germany. Featuring an 18-year-old heroine who explicitly reveals her sex life and “has a totally creative attitude towards her body,” the novel has provoked a debate over whether Roche can call herself a feminist while writing porn. “Men think they can be disgusting and sexual and stuff, and now I’ve shown them that women can do the same,” Roche has said. “I am very much for pornography.” The novel is an example of an increasingly popular genre: chicks who write racy erotic stories, including the bestselling The Sexual Life of Catherine M, an explicit memoir by the respected Parisian art critic Catherine Millet, and The Intimate Adventures of a London Call Girl by Belle de Jour, a book that started as an anonymous blog.

So what do you think? Can a woman write porn and still call herself a feminist? [Telegraph] Keep reading »

The Boob Tube: Hot Weekend TV For January 24-25th 2009

Saturday

  • “Burn Notice” on USA at 9 am
  • “Miss America: Countdown to the Crown” on TLC from 9 am to 1 pm
  • “Unconventional Births” on Discovery Health at 10 am
  • “Best Week Ever” on VH1 at 11 am
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    Quickies!: Vogue Trashes Sienna Miller, Oscar Movies Leaked Online, & NeNe And Kim Are BFF’s Again

  • The new documentary “The September Issue” follows Vogue editor Anna Wintour as she completes an issue of the magazine while trashing its cover girl, Sienna Miller. [Perez Hilton]
  • Public proposals seem really awakrd. And restaurateurs, maitre d’s, chefs and waiters agree that it is a bad idea. [Dear Sugar]
  • A ladies man explains why he’d fight to be monogamous. [Your Tango]
  • Keep reading »

    Gift For Gab: Your Best Comments For The Week Of January 23rd 2009

    We here at The Frisky live for celeb gossip, chocolate, and your comments. What can we say, you bitches crack us up! So in honor of you, our smart, sexy, and incisive readers, who aren’t afraid to talk smack on the Internet, we’re giving away prizes! Each week well award five of you an awesome internet chatty Cathy’s a little something special. This weeks winner’s will receive the Dumped! Fun and Games Activity Book. So, without further adieu, here are the lucky winners of this week’s Gift For Gab…

    Friskiest Pet Owner
    Abarita in Dealbreaker: The Guy Who Hated Dogs
    Abarita shows us Iggy Pop’s probable inspiration for “I Wanna Be Your Dog:”

    ”My boyfriend says he doesn’t like small dogs (I have a yorkie/maltese), but when he comes home from work who does he give kisses to first? Yes, that’s right, my dog! Perhaps if I got down on all fours…hmm.”

    Keep reading »

    Obama Used For Anti-Choice Ad

    The anti-choice organization, CatholicVote.org has put together this advertisement which argues against abortion using Obama as its proof that abortion is wrong. After all, IMAGINE THE POTENTIAL. If Barack Obama had been aborted, he would have never been President and…wait…defended Roe V. Wade. Uh, okay, whatever. Anyway, if Obama has been aborted, he wouldn’t have been President, and then the universe would be screwed, and the American people wouldn’t have a rock star hottie for a leader, so therefore abortion is wrong! But wait, let’s imagine the potential of other coulda-been-aborted people — Adolf Hitler, Osama bin Laden, Spencer Pratt…the argument goes both way, peeps. [AdFreak] Keep reading »

    The Beyonce Spoofs Continue

    There were plenty of interpretations of Beyonce’s song “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It),” so it’s nice that “If I Were A Boy” is finally getting some parody love. In this video, Pinocchio ponders what it would be like to be a real boy. Keep reading »

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