She has a long list of celebrity clients, a book out, a bitter diva battle with Vogueâ€™s Anna Wintour, and now fashionista Rachel Zoe is about to take on television. The lean, mean stylinâ€™ machine has been criticized for promoting tanorexia [Not to mention anorexia. -- Editor], but now Bravo is going to let you judge her yourself with a serial docu-drama that will watch her every move. “The Rachel Zoe Projectâ€ is currently in development at the network and the other characters will include her hubby, Rodger, her two assistants, Taylor and Brad, and some of her celeb clientele. [NBC] Keep reading »
Speaking of plastic surgery and kids, a new picture book is coming out this Mother’s Day called “My Beautiful Mommy” which attempts to explain to kids why their mother is getting cosmetic surgery. Strangely, the book wasn’t written by a mom who has had plastic surgery, but by a a plastic surgeon named Dr. Michael Salzhauer. While you might assume that Dr. Salzhauer wrote the book out of genuine concern for the family dynamics of his patients, he actually uses it as a tool to convince mothers to get plastic surgery. The book’s message is that mommy is so much more beautiful after her tummy tuck and nose job — and that your little girl or boy will be totally thrilled with your results too! [Newsweek] Keep reading »
The Guardian has a really long feature on whether it’s okay for feminists to like Sex and the City. If you skip to the last paragraph, you’ll discover that smart women everywhere can enjoy the show and upcoming movie as long as they realize SATC is not a guide to life (duh). “It does make for quite uncomfortable viewing,” said Professor Imelda Whelehan of De Montfort University author of The Feminist Bestseller: From Sex and the Single Girl to Sex and the City. “How do we respect [Carrie]? And Mr. Big is such an interesting element. Even his name is masculine. He is like this phallus at the center of it all.” So true, Imelda. Yet, even though the show depicts Carrie, Charlotte, Samantha, and Miranda obsessing over what men think a little too much, the show still treats women as important, and we are, so that’s nice. [The Guardian, U.K.] Keep reading »
Our post yesterday about the mother in the U.K. who said she would get her daughter a boob job for her 16th birthday got some of you talking. How do the rest of you feel about the issue? Keep reading »
Usher is a five-time Grammy-winner, a partial owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers, and a master of catchy songs and slick — maybe too slick — dance moves. My friend Geoff and I watch the video for his new song “Love In This Club” and try to figure out what’s going on. Videos can be so confusing.
Catherine: Let me guess, he’s in a club.
Geoff: It looks like the one strip club I’ve ever been to. I suppose most of them look the same, though. Keep reading »
David Archuleta and his fake sheepishness is annoying and David Cook and his hair and the judge-worship he inspires makes us wanna barf, but goodness that lil’ dreadlocked, puka-shell wearing hottie Jason Castro makes our loins sing. Last night the American Idol contestants had to sing Mariah Carey songs, which should be tough for everyone, especially the boys. But it wasn’t tough for Jason, who broke out his guitar and strummed his way through a luau-inspired version of “I Don’t Want To Cry”. He is honestly making me reconsider my position on white-ish people with dreads. Swear to God. [American Idol] Keep reading »
It’s wonderful that gay couples can get married in Massachusetts, but if they break up and want to get divorced, they’re kind of screwed. In Rhode Island, the top court ruled that gay people who get married in Massachusetts can’t get divorced in Road Island because lawmakers there only define marriage as a union between a man and a woman. They can go back to Massachusetts and get divorced, but they have to live there for a year first to establish residency. In Missouri, a conservative lawmaker is urging a judge not to grant an annulment to a lesbian couple who were married in Massachusetts. How completely messed up is that? Keep reading »
If youâ€™re between the ages of 23-39, consider Tim Gunn to be your gay crush, and have a closet full of fashion no-noâ€™s, THIS is your big chance! Season Two of Gunn’s show Tim Gunnâ€™s Guide to Style is going to begin taping in May and theyâ€™re looking for makeover candidates. Tim Gunn is going back into Americaâ€™s closets and Bravo is promising another season of high-end brands and uplifting help. So, if you can come up with a snazzy answers for their questionnaire, like â€œHow familiar are you with Tim Gunn?â€, youâ€™ll be a shoe in! Although it doesnâ€™t appear his former co-star, the stylishly snobby Veronica Webb, will returning. Once you insist on going through a womanâ€™s underwear drawer on national television, as Heidi Klum would say, â€œYouâ€™re out!â€ [NBC]
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France’s lower house of parliament adopted a bill today that would make it illegal for anyone, including fashion mags, advertisers, and websites, to incite extreme thinness. The bill still needs to be approved by the National Assembly and then go through the Senate, so who knows whether it will actually go into effect, especially because people in the couture industry aren’t into this idea. They believe there shouldn’t be legal boundaries on beauty standards. “Never will we accept in our profession that a judge decides if a young girl is skinny or not skinny,” said Didier Grumbach, president of the French Federation of Couture. “That doesn’t exist in the world, and it will certainly not exist in France.” [CNN] Keep reading »