Gemma’s Return: Why Even Announce “Retirement” If You Can’t Stick To It?

Random rant: why do celebs make such a big deal about announcing “retirement” only to un-retire months later? Publicity stunt? A heated “eff-you” move that reverses itself once they cool down?

Supermodel Gemma Ward, 22 (ahem), marks the latest in comebacks—or something to that effect. Her agency recently announced Ward’s official retirement after everyone started to realize that she’d been missing from the mags and catwalks of late. The rumored reason for the young model’s departure? A desire to escape the industry’s pressure of body issues. (Noble cause.) It looks like this announcement wasn’t even a PR screw-up, but possibly just a vocabulary issue. Gemma herself posted on her Twitter page: “I’m content with my decision, but I have said nothing will be permanent.” OK, seriously? You make the “decision” to retire … you know that’s supposed to be permanent? Then this week she told an Australian newspaper that she hasn’t quit the business.

Does everything have to be so black and white with A-listers? Why not just say you’re taking some time off? What’s that? Oh, so you say there’s big money in a comeback … Aha! [Stylelist.com] Keep reading »

Apparently, Men’s Sample Sizes Run Teeny-Tiny, Too

Most designer clothing for women is sized ridiculously small (we’re looking at you, Alexander Wang), and the sample sizes that dress the models on the runway can be even more petite. It hadn’t really occurred to us that the same extreme proportions would apply to male models until New York magazine revealed that the Olympic fencer Jason Rogers was cut as a walker from Louis Vuitton‘s Paris show because he couldn’t fit into the pants. Come on, this Hottie McHotterson is too fat for the runway? Keep reading »

Not All Advertising Campaigns Are Sexist And Offensive

I must admit, we post about a lot of sexist advertising campaigns here on The Frisky. But there are just so many of them! But here’s one that’s actually kind of empowering and positive, courtesy of Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes, or “Sucrilhos” in Brazil. The message is clear: it doesn’t matter if you’re “different” — like this adorably awkward little girl competing in a beauty pageant — all that matters is that you’re healthy. (OK, granted sugary cereal isn’t the healthiest, but whatevs.) Check out one more from the campaign, after the jump… [copyranter] Keep reading »

Quotable: Chaz Bono Says Being A Lesbian Was A “Simple Answer”

“A lot of female-to-male transgender people end up doing a stint in the lesbian community because it just kind of makes sense,” he says. “At 13, 14, I was real clear at that point that I was attracted to women. So I was like, ‘I’m attracted to women, I am a woman, I guess I’m a lesbian.’ … Who you’re attracted to has nothing to do with gender identity. A lot of people find that really confusing, but they’re two completely different things. One is how you view yourself and how you feel, and the other one is who you’re attracted to.”

Chaz Bono spoke to “Good Morning America” yesterday in his first live interview since beginning his gender reassignment eight months ago. [E! Online] Keep reading »

Singing “This Little Light Of Mine”

This awesome concept entails recycling your cassette tapes to let them shine on. [Unplggd] Keep reading »

Holiday Shopping List: For Sisters

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Sisters are basically best friends who have known you and everything that’s ever happened to you since you were born. Even if you don’t always get along, they’ve got your back and will answer your desperate 2 a.m. phone calls asking for advice or your set of spare keys. What do you wrap up for these special, amazing ladies? We have a few ideas …

Lauren Conrad Wants To Give You Fashion Advice

When Lauren Conrad became a writer we could feel the collective cringe from the literary community. But now she’s mixed her writing talents with fashion sense, as the reality TV star plans to tell the world her style secrets. This makes more sense to us. After all, the girl can dress. By fall of 2010, you too can look just like her after reading Lauren Conrad Style. “I think fashion should be fun and reflective of who you are,” said Lauren. “When you wear clothes you feel good in, it shows in everything you do. I know this guide will offer simple, practical tips to help anyone look fabulous.” Uh-huh. In between the pages, she’ll share the tricks to dressing just like her as well as never-seen-before shots. What do you think? Will you take fashion advice from Lauren and purchase her book? [People] Keep reading »

Donna Karan’s Infinity Dress Looks Endlessly Confusing To Put Together

Most of the time convertible fashion makes a splash for its novelty factor, but then disappears because really, are you that into pants that turn into shorts with the pull of a zipper? (Please say no.) Yet Donna Karan seems to have invented the ultimate convertible garment—behold the Infinity Dress, a jersey number with some sort of drape-y strappy situation going on, which allows you to style it in, maybe not an infinite number of ways, but certainly quite a lot.

From the examples shown, it looks like you can style several different necklines, whether you want a one-shouldered, halter, or strapless cut. This spread reminds us slightly of illustrations of different types of sailing knots. Think you’d actually be able to do some of the more complicated ones alone? What do you think of Donna Karan’s multifaceted creation? [Fashion Tribes] Keep reading »

Shun, Shag, Or Marry: The Unsung Hotties Of “New Moon”

All this craziness over Team Edward or Team Jacob is getting old real fast, so don’t come around here with your mugs and t-shirts. I don’t care which team you’re on. It’s just disrespectful to the other “New Moon” hotties! In this flick there is a plethora of vamps and wolves panting and wanting your blood, and, like I always say in bars, go for the cross-eyed one and you won’t get hurt. They might not have Jacob’s abs or Edward’s broodiness, but I’d still totally let them poke me with their stakes. Keep reading »

Quotable: Sigourney Weaver On The Pre-Celebrity Stylist Era

“You had to think, who am I? How do I present myself in the best light? It’s very empowering to do your own styling, even if you make mistakes. Women love to see who you are, not who the stylist is.”

– Sigourney Weaver, who stars in James Cameron‘s “Avatar,” chatted with InStyle in the December issue about her signature style during her three decades in the spotlight. I think it would be refreshing if celebrities dressed themselves because I find style on the street, how real women dress, much more interesting than hyper-celebrity styling. Keep reading »

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