As we know, Natalie Portman, who was nominated for a Golden Globe this morning for her role in “Black Swan,” was tasked with losing 20 pounds to play the role of a prima ballerina. Well, according to the Times dance critic, Alastair Macaulay, there’s another ballerina who should embrace a similar weight loss regimen. In a recent review of the New York City Ballet’s “The Nutcracker,” Macaulay had this to say of Jenifer Ringer, who played the Sugar Plum Fairy: “[She] looked as if she’d eaten one sugar plum too many.” Ringer, now 37 years old (and much, much smaller than an average woman of her age, for what it’s worth), has been public about her battle with anorexia and bulimia early in her career, and appeared on the “Today” show yesterday to discuss Macaulay’s stinging remarks. Keep reading »
If you’ve not previously encountered Aimee Mullins, she’s a pretty extraordinary woman. Born without fibulae, she had her legs amputated below the knee as a toddler. She went on to become a track and field star, a model and muse for designer Alexander McQueen, and performed in artist Matthew Barney’s “Cremaster 3″ movie. In a recent interview, she discusses McQueen’s death, how she “uses her birth-given disability to make others see what is possible when they rethink their notions of beauty and opportunity,” and what makes her a lucky girl. [Of the Minute] Keep reading »
The irony is that vanity is what gets a lot of us ladies to start smoking. We take it up most likely ’cause we think we look sultry while puffing away, or we like that lighting up keeps us from snacking so our jeans look sexier on our rumps. Well, according to a study just published in the British Journal Of Health Psychology, said vanity is perhaps the most effective tactic for getting women to quit smoking, too. Staffordshire University researchers used state-of-the-art age progression technology to show 47 women, between the ages of 18 and 34, what their faces would look like in the future if they continue to smoke. The horrifying sight of smoking-induced wrinkles on their future faces prompted two-thirds of the subjects to vow to quit. Keep reading »
We happen to think this commercial from Chile for Kitadol menstrual relief pills is hilarious. We are not a fan of getting our period, an experience that leaves us feeling bloated, irritated, and ready to smash all comers. Which is why this ad is so great: it shows it like we feel it. The only thing missing for this Viking stand-in who symbolizes how chicks suffer on their periods is one of those studded metal balls chained to the end of a stick that we’d like to use on someone when we’re cramping 10 ways ’til Tuesday. [Copyranter]
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Dear Amelia: I am quitting to move to China and reintroduce fuzzy panda cubs back into the wild — effective immediately. The Hetaoping Research and Conservation Center for the Giant Panda in Wolong National Nature Reserve breeds pandas and then tries to successfully integrate them into the forest and bring them back from extinction. Uh, in panda suits. Insert “furries” joke here.
After the jump, more panda madness … Keep reading »