Dominique Strauss-Kahn Resigns From IMF & May Be Replaced By A Woman, Christine Lagarde

After being accused of sexually assaulting a hotel maid in New York City this weekend, Dominique Strass-Kahn, the chief of the International Monetary Fund, resigned from his position on Wednesday. Strauss-Kahn was charged with attempted rape, forcible touching, sexual abuse, and unlawful imprisonment, among other charges. He was denied the $1 million bail posted by his wife on Monday and is currently imprisoned at NYC’s Rikers Island. The formal letter of resignation he submitted last night denied all the charges against him:

“To all, I want to say that I deny with the greatest possible firmness all of the allegations that have been made against me. I want to protect this institution which I have served with honor and devotion, and especially—especially—I want to devote all my strength, all my time, and all my energy to proving my innocence.

According to The New York Times, the frontrunner to replace Strauss-Kahn at the IMF is a woman: Christine Lagarde, the French finance minister. If Lagarde were to be appointed, she would be the first-ever woman to hold the top position. Keep reading »

10 Things We Hope Will Happen On The Final Episodes Of “Oprah”

I cannot believe that “The Oprah Show” is coming to an end next week. Seriously, I’ve been watching since I was, like, eight and I always thought I’d make it onto her couch. I guess it’s time to let that dream go. Sigh. After 25 seasons, the Big O is filming her final three episodes. Insiders say the final shows will be over-the-top, star-studded extravaganzas. Like we would expect anything less. Celebs like Madonna, Maria Shriver, Beyonce, Barack Obama, Tom Cruise, and Katie Holmes are set to appear. God only knows kind of tomfoolery will go down. [Powerwall]

After the jump, 10 moments I’m hoping for on Oprah’s final episodes. Keep reading »

Quickies: See Jennifer Lawrence As Katniss In “Hunger Games” & “Are You There, Vodka?” Clips

  • Attention, “Hunger Games” nerds! (Ahem, Amelia.) Here’s a first look of Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen on the cover of Entertainment Weekly.. [ONTD]
  • Director Lars Von Trier, in Cannes to promote his film “Melancholia,” was asked about his German roots and gave some weird quote about Hitler and how he “understand(s) much” and “sympathize(s)” with him. Umm … okay. Read the full quote here. [The Daily What]
  • Little Suri Cruise was photographed wearing heels again, which means the media is going to flip out in five … four … three … [The Gloss]
  • If you’re in the New York City-area, you should not miss the Bust Craftacular and Food Fair this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. We go every year and it is always a blast! [Bust]

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Today’s Lady News: “16 & Pregnant” Teen Deterred By Parental Consent Law

  • On last night’s episode of “16 & Pregnant” on MTV, a pregnant teen talked with her mother about how she was deterred by Mississippi’s parental consent law for abortion. It’s confusing why Cleondra and the baby’s father didn’t end up getting the abortion, since Cleondra’s mother says in the clip (watch it on Jezebel) she was 100 percent supportive of her daughter getting one. Maybe they were afraid the baby’s father’s parents would be more angry about getting permission for an abortion than becoming a teen parent? It’s my understanding that only the parent or guardian of the female minor needs to have consent? In any case, it just goes to show how creating barriers for abortion contributes to teen pregnancy. [Jezebel]
  • Speaking of parental consent/notification laws, Sen. John Boozman (R-AR) introduced a bill on Monday that would require all parents of minors seeking an abortion to be notified by mail about it. Sen. Boozman claims a federal parental notification law would protect young women from being abused by sexual predators who may take them to another state to have an abortion if their state has a parental consent/notification law. [Ms. Magazine]
  • Maya Moore, 22, a UCONN basketball player and number one WNBC draft pick, has been the first woman signed to Nike’s Jordan Brand, joining the likes of Derek Jeter and Carmelo Anthony. Congratulations! [The Grio]

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Taylor Swift Dispenses Some Seriously Good Love Advice

“There are no rules when it comes to love. I just try to let love surprise me because you never know who you’re going to fall in love with. You never know who’s going to come into your life—and for me, when I picture the person I want to end up with, I don’t think about what their career is, or what they look like. I picture the feeling I get when I’m with them … I’m really a daydreamer and a hopeful person. When it comes to ‘happily ever after,’ I always have a tendency to write a happy ending to my songs.”

Taylor Swift delivers some wise-beyond-her-21-years advice about love. All I have to say is—amen, sister, amen. But for the record, when I picture the person Taylor ends up with, he does have the hair of Joe Jonas, the abs of Taylor Lautner, the eyes of Jake Gyllenhaal, and the voice of John Mayer. Taylor kinda deserves it. [In Style] Keep reading »

Our Favorite Looks From Madewell’s Fall 2011 Lookbook

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I know it’s difficult to even think about fall right now, but fashion designers have already moved way past summer and are on to designing their fall and winter collections. We took a peak at Madewell’s looks for Fall 2011 and were, to be honest, less than thrilled. Many of the outfits featured 3/4-length skirts — falling somewhere in the middle of the calf — which are difficult for most women to wear, and the clothes were styled in grunge-lite — not the most flattering look. Still, we did manage to find quite a few looks we loved. In the interest of positivity, keep clickin’ to check those out!
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