Today, the Daily Mail U.K. asks, “Is Emma Watson the new Kate Moss?” Hold up a minute there! That’s a pretty heavy crown to even think about bestowing. After all, the person to take Kate Moss’s place has some big shoes to fill. It must be someone who has staying power, room for supreme f**k-ups, the ability to rebound, and be a trendsetter for life. Clearly, Watson is a fine contender, having already started in Kate’s Burberry footprints. Yet, we’d like to put some other ladies in the running for becoming fashion’s holy grail. (This could be a great celeb reality contest.) Keep reading »
The global financial crises has forced every industry to get a little creative. Rather than go with the stodgy “buy one get one free” approach of many struggling industries, the Czech health care system is wooing its nurses with unusual pizazz. Like most countries around the world, the Czech Republic’s health care system is teetering on the brink of collapse, in part due to the nursing shortage. The Czech Republic is in a particular bind: Nurses are emigrating to other countries for better pay and opportunity while fewer people are training to become nurses due to the negative stereotypes left over from communism. The idea of using incentives to encourage employees to renew their contracts is hardly newsworthy. The fact that some Czech medical establishments are using incentives like free breast implants, liposuction and tummy tucks does raise my eyebrows. (Not for long, however, should I decide to become a Czech nurse and opt for a face lift or Botox.) Keep reading »
It’ll cost you a whole lot to get Susan Boyle to sing a little ditty at your next party. The “Britain’s Got Talent” star is charging $203K for a 12-minute set—if you do the math, that comes out to about $16,000 per minute. This is the most preposterous thing I’ve heard in days, but corporate clients are actually booking her. Since the idea of someone actually spending $16K for 60 seconds of Susan Boyle makes me want to dry heave, I’ve compiled some items with $16,000 price tags that are actually worth the money and will last longer than a minute. (Plus, listening to your “Cats” soundtrack is totes free!) [News From All Angles] Keep reading »
In the July issue of InStyle, Scarlett Johansson and Ryan Reynolds were interviewed for two separate stories — him for the “Man of Style” and her for “Beauty Talk” — but the recently married couple are either totally on the same page or did their interviews with the other in the room, because they have similar wishes.
InStyle: Do you ever wish you could change a characteristic about yourself?
Ryan Reynolds: I know this sounds weird, but I wish I were an inch shorter. [He's 6-foot-2.]
InStyle: If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
Scarlett Johansson: I’d like to be taller. I’m 5-foot-4 on a good day, and a couple extra inches would be nice.
They totally want to be able to kiss each other more easily! Keep reading »
In high school I read John Irving’s excellent book, The Cider House Rules, in which the protagonist, a young man named Homer, is raised in an orphanage under the care of a kindly physician, Dr. Larch, who he is shadowing and learning medicine from. Dr. Larch eventually reveals to him that he’s been performed illegal abortions all along and he’d like to teach Homer how to do the procedure, too. Homer balked at the suggestion, imagining that he could have been aborted instead of growing up happily in the orphanage. The response Dr. Larch gave him has always stuck in my mind: “You may disapprove, but you may not be ignorant or look away.”
That quote popped in my mind when I read Kate Harding’s piece on Salon.com, “Is There A Next Generation Of Abortion Providers?”, a frightening piece about how the ranks of abortion providers are thinning and pro-choicers worry they won’t be replaced. Keep reading »
…Hold son Jayden James while exiting a vehicle and not flash the paparazzi. We’re proud of her progress. [London, 6/15/09]
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Michelle Obama is catching it from all sides. First legendary supermodel Iman says Michelle is ”no great beauty,” then comedian Jay Mohr compared her to a linebacker, and now a South Carolina politician is calling her a “gorilla.” After a news report that a gorilla escaped from Columbia Zoo in South Carolina, state activist Rusty DePass posted this snarky comment on Facebook: “I’m sure its just one of Michelle’s ancestors — probably harmless.” Of course, once the media caught on to this, DePass followed up with a statement which sounds almost as insulting as his first one. “The comment was hers. Not mine,” he said in reference to Michelle’s earlier statement that we are all descendants of apes. [Huffington Post]
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When I was kid, my dad (a stock broker at the time) had a client who either A) set a world record for pogo-sticking up the stairs of the Statue of Liberty, B) wanted to set a world record for pogo-sticking up the stairs of the Statue of Liberty, or C) mentioned something about pogo-sticks and the Statue of Liberty, and I melded these two things together into one idea. Regardless of which option it was (Dad, do you remember?), I was very impressed. Ever since, I’ve really wanted to set a world record. I thought about things I could do—build the world’s largest rubber band ball, turn the most somersaults in a row, hum the most songs backwards. For years, my theory was that if I could just find something obscure enough that I’d have no competition, I could do it. But you’d be surprised at what counts as “obscure.” Everything I’ve thought of has already been done, and by someone who could do it better/longer then me.
That is, until yesterday, when I saw this story about a group of students in Wales who set the world record for having the most people dressed as Smurfs in one place—2,510 of them to be exact. Seriously, each person did nothing but paint themselves blue, put on a silly hat, and show up to some night club. [Telegraph] Keep reading »
There reaches a turning point, around the age of 16, where you realize princesses aren’t real. It’s usually at this point, and when teenage angst sets in, that you take a look around and see that not all ends “happily ever after,” and that Cinderella is a skinny bitch. In a payback attempt, photographer Dina Goldstein imagined what would happen if princesses lived in the real world. The result is a series of photographs that read like the deleted scenes of Disney movies, showing the iconic female characters in real and unhappy scenarios. “I began to imagine Disney’s perfect Princesses juxtaposed with real issues that were affecting women around me, such as illness, addiction and self-image issues,” says Goldstein. The result: Snow White staring angrily at the camera as she balances two children on her hips, a Rapunzel getting a dose of chemotherapy, and an obese Little Red Riding Hood. The one dilemma is that the scenes are beautifully shot, and striking to look at—sort of like falling into a fairy tale world all over again. Click to see more, after the jump… [JPG Mag] Keep reading »