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Liveblogging “America’s Next Top Model”

Y’all, my DVR messed up and I missed last week’s episode! What did I miss? Oh, nothing? Wait, did I miss makeovers? Please tell me I didn’t miss makeovers! Anyhow, check back to this post at 8pm EST, as I dissect Mr. Jay’s latest hideous ensemble, question Ms. Jay’s sanity, and praise the Goddess Of Fierce aka TyTy. Keep reading »

Quickies!: How Dare They Charge The Almighty Kanye West?

  • Kanye West has been charged with three misdemeanors for busting up a pap’s camera at LAX airport. Why can’t people just understand Kanye doesn’t have to follow rules, not even when it comes to fashion? [Dlisted]
  • Sean Combs finally explains the many forms of bitchazzness. And AIG makes the list. [Mediatakeout]
  • Madonna’s boy-toy Jesus Luz found himself a Mary Magdalene. While in Rio de Janeiro over the weekend, Jesus got really snug with lingerie model Luciana Costa. [Perez Hilton]
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    Women Who Rock: Ida Rosenthal

    March is National Women’s History Month, and we’re celebrating by sharing a lady we admire each weekday.

    IDA ROSENTHAL (1866-1973)

    Ida Rosenthal has had an uplifting effect on virtually every woman in America, though her name may not be instantly recognizable. Rosenthal was the inventor of the modern bra. She was also the embodiment of the American dream, coming over from her native Russia to escape religious persecution in 1904, and setting herself up in business with a partner, Enid Bisset. Together they established Maiden Form. Ida Rosenthal created the modern bra as a way to make the dresses in her shop fit better, but the undergarments became more popular than the dresses.

    The renamed Maidenform company opened its first factory in Bayonne, NJ, in 1925. Maidenform became highly successful, even during the Great Depression, and it also held claim to a lot of firsts, including the first maternity bra, the first adjustable bra fastener, and the development of a standardized method for cup sizes. The fact is that her Maidenform advertising campaign, which utilized underwear models and a racy-for-its-time slogan, “I dreamed…in a Maidenform Bra,” was as big a deal in its time as “wardrobe malfunctions” are now.

    Further reading:

  • Bra: A Thousand Years Of Style, Support & Seduction by Stephanie Pedersen
  • History of the Breast by Marilyn Yalom
  • Uplift: The Bra in America by Jane Farrell-Black
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    Does Going Brunette Keep Women Employed?

    Back in January we reported that new data suggested more women were dying their hair blonde during the recession. Catherine speculated that the added boost in confidence from going blonde might increase a woman’s number of free drinks at a bar, something we can all appreciate during these lean economic times. But now a conflicting report says that one in three blond female employees is going darker in an attempt to keep their jobs during this economic downturn. Researchers found that 62% of people think brunettes look more professional than blondes, prompting 31% of female employees to go back to their roots. Keep reading »

    The Real Housewives Of New Jersey?!

    Some people pride themselves on achieving a degree, starting a business, or raising a family. But one of cast members of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” prides herself on being one of the first female American Express Black card members in Jersey. That’s Danielle Staub, a single mom who along with sisters Dina and Caroline Manzo, their sister-in-law Jacqueline Laurita, and friend Teresa Guidice are featured on Bravo’s fourth installment of “The Real Housewives” franchise. Since this bunch of gals is already connected, we won’t have to sit through those awkwardly staged, surprise introductions that occur on the other shows. We’re sure that with all this family drama these women will become frenemies in no time. Thank you Bravo for answering our prayers. Now we have something to hold us over until the real drama begins on “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” season two.

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    Michelle Obama: From Fist Bumping Terrorist Sympathizer To Superhero!

    Michelle Obama may have won the respect of the nation with her Ivy league pedigree, community service, and career achievements, but she’s now winning adulation with a very retro female trick: keeping her mouth shut and looking pretty!

    She’s already been on the covers of various fashion mags, and this week’s New York had an all out Michelle Obama fest, cataloging her fashion achievements, physical stature, and her seemingly healthy sex life. The First Lady, who caught flack last year for saying that her husband’s presidential campaign made her proud of her country for the first time, has quickly learned that a well dressed, well coiffed first lady can wield more power through general affability than with a more vocal, direct approach to politics.
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    Should The Bride Get Her Deposit Back?

    When the fiance of a woman in Florida died suddenly of cancer in January, his bride-to-be lost more than just her groom. She lost more than $800 in unreturned deposits from the venue she planned to hold her wedding reception. Blythe Carpenter was engaged to Jeffery Kallish last May and planned a big wedding bash for January 31st. Less than two months before the wedding, Kallish was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer and the couple decided to cancel the wedding and maybe “do something quick later on.” Sadly, Kallish passed away in mid-January before they had a chance to marry. All the wedding vendors but one returned Carpenter’s deposits and payments in mid-December when they were notified of the cancellation. Keep reading »

    Michelle Obama Is A Superwoman!

    President Barack Obama’s inauguration was the focus of a special issue Amazing Spider-Man comic, which contained only five pages of the president and Spidey teaming up, but the First Lady is getting an entire comic book dedicated to her. Michelle Obama, who has graced the covers of just about every important culture magazine — People, Vogue, New York, and The New Yorker — will be the third superhero in Bluewater’s new “Female Forces” series. “Strong independent women is what we’re known for,” said Darren Davis, president of Bluewater, which previously featured Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin in comic books of their own. “So doing the ‘Female Force’ series was organic for us — we try to show women in a positive light and tone down the ‘T and A’ angles. They’re no different from a Wonder Woman type of comic.” Keep reading »

    Quickies!: Natasha Richardson Is Brain Dead, Male Sexuality Explained

  • Sadly, Natasha Richardson is reportedly going to be taken off life support. [FOXNews]
  • Christina Ricci and her “All’s Faire In Love” co-star, Owen Benjamin, are engaged. He doesn’t have much in the looks department, but at least they’ll have tall children if this isn’t a publicity stunt. [Perez Hilton]
  • Guy Ritchie had dinner with Elle Macpherson recently, and both were all smiles as they left the restaurant “separately.” What an upgrade, Guy! [Dlisted]
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    Women Who Rock: Ellen Ochoa

    March is National Women’s History Month, and we’re celebrating by sharing a lady we admire each weekday.

    ELLEN OCHOA (1958- )
    Born May 10, 1958, Ellen Ochoa is a student, researcher, inventor, electrical engineer and, of course, an astronaut. Her many talents and accomplishments make her an extraordinary woman and a positive role model to many. She’s best known for co-inventing an optical system for space exploration, as well as for her role as an astronaut. As an astronaut, Ochoa worked with computer hardware, robotics, flight software and more. She served many important roles at NASA, including being a member of the crew aboard the spacewalk mission that was the first to use the robotic arm, which she helped to control. Ochoa has received a great deal of awards and recognitions throughout her life, some of which include various NASA citations, the Harvard Foundation Science Award, the Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award and the Women in Aerospace Outstanding Achievement Award, among others.

    The research conducted by Ellen Ochoa has contributed a great deal to aerospace science and technology. She is a role model not only to women young and old (like Punky Brewster!), but also to the Hispanic community. Two schools thought so highly of her that they have her been named in her honor: the Ellen Ochoa Learning Center (a pre-kindergarten school) and the Ellen Ochoa Middle School.

    Further Reading:

  • National Atomic Museum
  • Ellen Ochoa: The First Hispanic Woman Astronaut
  • Ellen Ochoa: Reach For The Stars!
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