The Summer Olympics in Beijing kick off tonight with the Opening Ceremonies airing on NBC at 8pm. But when the fanfare and pageantry is over, it’s time for some serious competition featuring the roughest, toughest ladies from our great land. These amazing women will really bring out our inner patriot. So for the gals who inspire us all to keep kicking butt in our own lives because they do is so well for sport, here are the Top Five Female American Olympians!
1. The first U.S. swimmer to compete in five Olympics, Dara Torres is like a fine wine that just gets better with age. Still showing us how it’s done at age 41, Torres has already won eight Olympic medals.
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Yesterday, we reported the controversy surrounding L’Oreal Paris’ latest Feria hair color ad featuring spokesperson Beyonce with lighter skin and a pointier nose. The ad, which is in the Sept. issues of Essence, Elle and Allure, created a stir among celebrity bloggers who definitely noticed a change in Beyonce’s appearance. As expected, L’Oreal Paris issued a statement denying any altering of her skin or features, but does not offer any explanation for the pretty obvious difference in her appearance. A representative for Beyonce said the entertainer would have no comment other than L’Oreal’s statement. Her tight lips on the subject don’t come as a shocker, though, because she very rarely comments on anything. [Newser] Keep reading »
Spanish women in the Rías Baixas region are making a name for themselves producing the area’s speciality wine, Albariño. Albariño is a white wine with heavily fruited undertones, and some in the wine industry insult the female winemakers, saying Albariño is a women’s wine. But winemaker Luisa Freire Plana thinks “it’s a wine too complex for men.” The area is the only in Spain that produces solely white wine, and women run more than half of the region’s wineries. (Women have been becoming a force in other winemaking regions, such as the hamlet of Barolo, as well, so their dominance in the Rías Baixas region has nothing to do with the fact that the area specialized in white wine.) Albariño is actually made from the same grapes as simple table wines, so might assume that women winemakers are doing so well in this particular region because the wine they create is basic; however, the women use special techniques to create more complex wines from them. They’re taking something simple and making it more complicated, which men often say we do about everything, but in the case of Albariño, that’s not a bad thing. [WSJ]
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Ironically, hormones, the thing that causes women to become emotionally irrational at times (specifically once a month), may actually help ladies who suffer from schizophrenia. Dr. Jayashri Kulkami, MBBS, PhD, applied the old adage that there’s a grain of truth in every joke when she heard her patients were covering up for their symptoms by blaming them on hormones. So, she set up a study with 102 women diagnosed with the mental disorder. In addition to their regimen of medication, half of the women were given a patch of estrogen and that group reported a decrease in delusions, hallucinations, and disordered thinking. While estrogen had been linked to mental illness over a century ago, medical science is still trying to figure out the exact relationship. Surprisingly enough, the estrogen was even a success when tested on men! But there are side effects to taking these hormones besides moobs — it increases the risk of cervical and breast cancer. With these factors in mind, Dr. Kulkami is continuing her research and currently examining the effectiveness of an alternative known as SERMs (selective estrogen receptor modulators). [Health News] Keep reading »
Don’t forget to watch the finale tonight! According to our poll last week, 42% are rooting for Katee to win, with Joshua (34%), Twitch (16%), and Courtney (8%) coming in second, third, and fourth in your hearts. But how about something more important — which couple really rocked your world, er, the dance floor? Keep reading »
Lance Bass has certainly danced with boys before. Granted those cute N’Sync coordinated moves didn’t require the gents to partner up, but let’s face it, they were still pretty gay. And now that Lance has signed on to show off his skills on Dancing With The Stars, the question is: Will this gay guy be given a male or female partner? Judge Cheryl Burke says, “America isn’t ready for two men dancing.” Really? Did she see Academy Award-winning Brokeback Mountain? Those hunks performed a very impressive horizontal tango. We took a Frisky staff poll and discovered that all of us ladies would appreciate two men with hot bodies, dancing around in tight-fitting clothing, grabbing each other, sweatin’…um, we have to stop thinking about this before the drool fries our hard-drive. Suffice it to say, two dudes dancing together sounds like two-times the hotness! And perhaps finally even a reason for us to watch the darn show in the first place. [TV Guide]
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I give up. I totally have given into Blayne and have decided that he’s as lovable and funny as a puppy that’s just learning how to walk, but occasionally has accidents in your apartment that make you hate him for a couple minutes. Maybe it’s that we both have an addiction to being tan, though I gave up the booth years ago in favor laying out on my roof deck and slathering on bottled self-tanner. (May I recommend, by the way, that Blayne use a bronzer for African-American women in between tanning booth sessions? It’s my secret.) In any case, Blayne is just one of the many Project Runway contestants this season that seems to be competing to coin the show’s next catchphrase rather than to win the title of Top Designer — after all, “fierce hot tranny mess” is worn the hell out, and Blayne’s “holla atcha boy” is desperate to take its place. While we’re not convinced it’s bankable enough, it’s certainly better than Suede’s desire to make his own name — spoken constantly in third person — the next big utterance on reality TV. Amelia does not like Suede, she does not like Suede at all. Keep reading »
L’Oreal Paris’ latest Feria ad, featuring spokesperson Beyonce, has been getting some unintended attention in the last couple of days because the company has been accused of digitally lightening the entertainer’s skin and editing her nose to appear pointier. Though L’Oreal denies the accusations, the difference between the ad and the real Beyonce is striking. L’Oreal’s deal with Beyonce in 2006 was part of a growing trend to include black women in ads for beauty products that were traditionally marketed solely to white women. And black women took notice because Beyonce is one of the biggest entertainers of our time. Although she in no way represents a majority of black women, we were excited to see someone that resembled us and to have products, like hair dye, that would work with our hair texture.
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