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Tyra Banks Wants To Expand The Idea Of Beauty

Over the weekend, Tyra Banks took part in The New York Times‘ “Times Talks.” Besides demonstrating to the audience how to do a few of her 275 smiles, Tyra said she wakes up every day to “expand the idea of beauty,” which encompasses trying to change people’s views of what is beautiful. “In the high-fashion world, darker black skin is considered beautiful,” Tyra said. “But on the commercial side, you have girls like myself, Beyoncé, and Halle Berry, with light black skin. I make a point to have beautiful chocolate girls on ‘Top Model’ who are also girls next door.” But this isn’t entirely true. For the most part, black models tend to have lighter skin, whether they appear in advertisements (Beyonce, Selita Ebanks) or walk the runway (Arlenis Sosa, Chanel Iman). There aren’t many darker black women appearing in magazines these days. For years, Alek Wek represented on the pages of Vogue, on runways, and in ads for Clinique and other brands, but even her presence has dwindled. Tyra is trying her best to shift things, at least on “America’s Next Top Model.” Of the four remaining women in this season’s running, two (Teyona and Aminat) are black. While Tyra can’t change the world, she’s doing what she can through ANTM — even if the show’s winners tend not to make much of a mark on the modeling world after their season ends. [NYMag.com, Cutblog/Twitter] Keep reading »

Recapping “Gossip Girl”: The Wrath Of Con

OMFG this episode was actually F-U-N in spots! Can you believe it? Neither can I! Well, don’t worry. I’m sure next week’s episode will be supreme crossover lameness to pimp the new Lily-is-young-in-the-‘80s series. But today it’s still 2009, and I’m still basking in the afterglow of a sorta-good episode.

To review: Serena’s ugstown boyfriend Gabriel stole a bunch of money through a Ponzi scheme and disappeared. In this episode, Serena lures him in with a false pregnancy claim and then gets him to admit everything. He’s wearing softest powder blue and has a weird sudden fake tan. Because she’s stupid, she doesn’t involve the police but instead tries to play Encyclopedia Brown. Keep reading »

Lessons From Mom: Sip, Don’t Guzzle

We’re celebrating moms this week in preparation for Mother’s Day this Sunday, May 10. What’s the best thing your mother ever taught you? Tell us by sending an email to tips@thefrisky.com or tweeting @thefrisky. Keep reading »

Lessons From Mom: Never Stop Learning

We’re celebrating moms this week in preparation for Mother’s Day this Sunday, May 10. What’s the best thing your mother ever taught you? Tell us by sending an email to tips@thefrisky.com or tweeting @thefrisky. Keep reading »

Lady Gaga On Ice!

Johnny Weir is making us go ga-ga. The three-time U.S. champion performed a number to Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face” for South Korea’s “Festa On Ice” tourney and did the pop style icon justice in a black jumpsuit with a studded, asymmetrical patent harness and silver smashed metallic sleeves. Plus, he gives a dead sexy poker face. [via WOW] Keep reading »

Miss California Carrie Prejean Exposed

Oh, dear. Miss California Carrie Prejean, who made headlines for her answer to a question about gay marriage at last month’s Miss USA pageant, has more secrets spilling out of her closet. First, it was revealed that the Miss California Organization paid for Prejean to get breast implants prior to the Miss USA pageant. Now, a topless photos of the beauty queen have been leaked to The Dirty. Miss USA judge Perez Hilton claims his sources say more photos of Prejean in a state of undress are due to hit the internet. Normally, I’d be like, “Topless? Who cares?” Considering Prejean believes “gay marriage isn’t biblically correct,” I’m amped to holler: “Hypocrite!” Stripping your top off and shooting the camera that come hither look is not what Jesus would do. Click here to see the full photo (safe for work!).

Prejean released a statement: “I am a Christian, and I am a model. Models pose for pictures, including lingerie and swimwear photos. Recently, photos that were taken of me as a teenager have been released surreptitiously to a tabloid website that openly mocks me for my Christian faith. I am not perfect, and I will never claim to be.”

One small problem? This puts Prejean at odds with her contract with the Miss California Organization, which prohibits its representatives for posing for photographs in a state of full or partial nudity. Keep reading »

Quickies!: Pink Isn’t Bisexual, Damn It!

  • Pink denies she told a tabloid she was “not embarrassed about being bisexual.” She twittered: “I just read that I’m bisexual. So 1991. Good thing people write articles about me so I can get my facts [straight].” [Pop Eater]
  • White Stripes drummer Meg White will marry Jackson Smith, son of Patti Smith, on May 22. Trent Reznor is marrying Mariqueen Maandig of the band West Indian Girl. [Pitchfork]
  • Denise Richards completely mangled “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” at a recent Chicago Cubs game. [Asylum]
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    Lessons From Mom: Invest In Good Jewelry

    We’re celebrating moms this week in preparation for Mother’s Day this Sunday, May 10. What’s the best thing your mother ever taught you? Tell us by sending an email to tips@thefrisky.com or tweeting @thefrisky. Keep reading »

    Death By Firing Squad For Pregnant British Woman

    A pregnant woman awaiting trial doesn’t usually make international headlines. But add the fact that the woman is facing death by firing squad, and you’ve got a story that’s getting attention in Britain and the U.S. This is the fate of Samantha Orobator, a 20-year-old British woman suspected of drug trafficking in Laos. Orobator was arrested on August 5, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, for allegedly carrying about 1.1 pounds of heroin. Keep reading »

    “True Life”: My Mom Is Pressuring Me To Get A Boob Job!

    This weekend there was a marathon of MTV’s “True Life,” all focused on body image issues, which made for an insanely unproductive Saturday for me. On “True Life: I Hate My Small Breasts,” Shacole, 18, was extremely insecure about her 32A cup but didn’t want to get breast implants, despite the fact that her mother really, really thought she should. Shacole’s mother Nicole, who has small breasts, thought her daughter should get her “boobs” enhanced if she wanted a chance at becoming a professional cheerleader — although she was quick to emphasize that wasn’t the reason she thought her daughter should get implants. “You need them,” her mother said. Nicole even suggested that Shacole join her in posting pictures of herself on a website where donors can sponsor breast enhancement surgery for those “in need.” Obviously, Nicole was a terrible mother with no concern over shredding her daughter’s self-esteem, due in no small part to her own insecurities, which she masks in gross, faux-confident exhibitionism. Hooray for Shacole, who didn’t give into her mom’s pressure and instead dealt with her low self-esteem through meditation.

    Everyone in this episode of “True Life” referred to breasts as “boobs.” Every time, the entire time. Maybe if these women saw their breasts as part of their bodies, rather than ridiculously nicknamed accessories, they’d be happier with what they have naturally. Keep reading »

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