The “No Toilet, No Bride” campaign began in India about two years ago and gives women the right to refuse a suitor unless he promises to furnish their future home with a toilet. It’s unfathomable here in the U.S. to think of a toilet as a bargaining chip, but consider that about 665 million people in India don’t have access to latrines. They have to squat in fields to do their business. And those who do have access to a community latrine are regularly under the gaze of prying eyes and suffer urinary tract infections and kidney and liver problems. A lack of proper sanitation in the fields and communal toilets also contributes to the spread of diarrhea, typhoid, and malaria. Keep reading »
Porn star Lorelei Lee, who took her stage name from Marilyn Monroe’s iconic bombshell in “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” has been nominated for three Adult Video News Awards. But don’t underestimate her—she’s a serious smartie who is getting a master’s degree from NYU’s coveted creative writing program and has published short stories in $pread magazine and the Denver Quarterly. Still, she’s not your typical movie-of-the-week character who strips or hooks to pay her way through school. Interestingly, her porn career barely covers the bills from the bursar’s office. Her daily rate on a film is $1,400, and she estimates that her earnings from porn are somewhere around $30,000 to $60,000 a year. We say that the porn diva should study screenwriting, so maybe she can pick up some additional money by penning some of her movies. If so, I hope we can look forward to more plot-driven dialogue in our skin flicks. And to heroes beyond the pizza delivery boy. [Gothamist] Keep reading »
In case you didn’t have cable in the ’80s you might have missed the wholesome, corn-fed blonde, Stacy Ann Ferguson, on my favorite show “Kids, Incorporated.” So what was little Stacy Ann up to between then and joining the Black Eyed Peas as Fergie? In an interview with The Sunday Times, she was dabbling in serious debauchery. Fergie says she went through a period of doing ecstasy and meth. She was also obsessed with East L.A. gangsta dudes, aka “cholos.” While I suppose that Fergie is telling the truth about her “dark past,” I’m thinking that she may have been going through what the rest of the known world calls “adolescence.” You know, that time in your life when you are confused about your identity and you make really poor choices, including experimenting with drugs, alcohol, and sex. Who is Fergie kidding? She is no hardened criminal or rehabilitated juvenile delinquent because she had a bad meth trip and slept with a couple of homies. She went to therapy, became a superstar, and now she’s married to Josh Duhamel. Yawn. [Popeater] Keep reading »
Where I come from, there is a pretty standard uniform for football games, and it does not include white silk jumpsuits, or tight white pants paired with sparkly custom-fit jerseys. This is mostly a precautionary measure, as it’s easy to get sloshed with beer and messy foods like burgers and hot dogs. Apparently, this does not apply to “divas” like Jennifer Lopez and Gloria Estefan, who showed up to Monday Night Football in Miami last night looking like they had never heard of the sport. (At least Estefan looks semi-appropriate for the event.) Huh. [Miami, 10/13/09] Keep reading »
A recent Frisky meeting almost came to blows when it came to the subject of Ivanka Trump
and her new business book, The Trump Card
. In one corner, there was me — I get enraged like a Pamplona bull at the slightest whiff of nepotism. Donald Trump
‘s daughter has a lot of nerve writing a business advice book, coasting through life with the last name “Trump”! But in the other corner we had sweet ol’ Catherine who said she really likes and respects Miss Trump. Ivanka may have been born Donald Trump’s daughter, Catherine said, but she’s still worked hard of her own accord! I wasn’t buying it.
I’ll eat my words today, though, after watching a clip of Ivanka on “Good Morning America.” I still think it’s silly that she wrote a business advice book, but I have more respect for Ivanka knowing she’s serious about following in her dad’s real estate footsteps. In this clip she explains how Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of Vogue, called her up on the eve of her graduation and offered her the job “a million girls would die for” at Vogue … which Ivanka turned down.
Still … way to keep the torch of nepotism burning, Anna. Keep reading »
Whenever I’m going through an existential crisis, reading a great book usually helps. Clearly, 46-year-old Nina Sankovitch of Connecticut understands the profound satisfaction that can be found from sitting down with a good read. She’s close to finishing a mission to read one book every day for a year and blog about it. Yes! Every. Single. Day. Even holidays. She may be my new hero. Keep reading »
“Ugly Betty” star America Ferrera was having an exceptionally good hair day at the “Save the Children” benefit last night in Soho, New York City. She skipped the way messy bedhead trend in favor of something a little more formal, but still managed to look cute and age-appropriate. To get the look: Blow-dry hair; separate the top layer on the crown; work in a bit of volumizer, like Matrix Amplify Full Body Texturizer; and use a rat-tailed comb to create some lift. Tie with a hair band — it doesn’t have to look perfect — then use a flat-iron to make the ends look silky smooth like they do here, which is a nice contrast to the more textured crown. Hairspray optional. Keep reading »
Here’s an interesting dilemma some of you may have experienced before: What do you do when you find yourself in a surprise make-out session and happen to be wearing the modern-day chastity belt known as Spanx? For Salon writer, Sarah Hepola, the answer is to fess up the moment his hand gets close to home. “If I’d known we were gonna make out,” she uttered to her newest — and unexpected — paramour this past Friday, as his hand edged closer to the “unmistakable elastic roadblock,” “I so totally would not have worn Spanx.” Oops! But what she discovered while wearing the unfortunate undergarment during a most inopportune time was a reminder that sex isn’t so much about perfection as it is about surprise — namely, the surprise of what’s underneath a person’s clothes, and, most importantly, his or her public exterior. Keep reading »
And now for the latest in vomit-inducing trends: personal shoppers for toddlers. Over in the U.K., the Daily Mail reports that big-time department stores like Harrods and Harvey Nichols have come to specialize in the growing field of baby fashion, which has mothers clamoring for tiny Uggs, miniature Dior blazers, and Fendi scarves. These moms, however, don’t want to deal with the oh-so onerous task of dressing their kids themselves, so they’ve enlisted the services of personal shoppers at sky-high prices—Harrods clients must spend a minimum of about $4,000.
What does a mom get out of one of these style consultations? Here’s an excerpt where a stylist advises a black sequin mini-dress: “This is fabulous, but we’ll have to see how the color works — that complexion is begging for pinks and purples.” Naturally. Who are these people? Keep reading »