Should Airbrushing Come With Warning Labels?

Even though she’s a mom, Victoria Beckham‘s taut and toned body in the new Armani ad released today is utterly devoid of wrinkles and jiggly bits. Gisele’s pregnant belly was flattened in the London Fog ads. Beth Ditto got fattened up on the cover of Love. Kim Kardashian appeared slimmed and lightened in Complex. Jeez Louise, the Photoshop-wielding warlocks should win big fat trophies for all their Great Moments In Airbrushing humdingers this year.

Or maybe airbrushed ads should get warning labels, says one British politician. Jo Swinson, a Liberal Democrat in the U.K., said that airbrushing should be banned on advertising intended for viewing by children younger than 16 and all other airbrushed images should carry labels that say what’s been altered.

It’s an absolutely brilliant idea. But unfortunately, it will never happen. Keep reading »

“Milk” Screenwriter Sues Over Sexytime Photos

Nakey pics of “Milk” screenwriter Dustin Lance Black and his ex-boyfriend engaged in all sorts of positions found their way onto StarzLife.com back in June. But now this site, and the dude who Black claims stole the photos, may have to pay a hefty fee. Black is suing for $3 million smackeroos! He says the use of the pictures is an invasion of his privacy, copyright infringement, and more. Oh yeah, and he’s totally confused because he thought these pics were deleted forever ago?

Interesting that Black chose not to target Perez Hilton. If Perez hadn’t posted the photos, they would have been like a tree falling in the forest. And that was not a peen joke. [NY Post] Keep reading »

Jessica Simpson Predicts Her Breakup In Glamour Interview

She should have knocked on wood. Jessica Simpson is on the cover of the September issue of Glamour, looking happy and chic. But, natch, the interview and photo shoot happened before Tony Romo told her that he didn’t want to be her Ken doll. So it’s interesting that, in the story, Jessica makes an odd psychic prediction about her life sans Romo:

“If this article comes out and we’re not together, I’d still love him, and he’d still be a huge part of who I am today.”

Check out her other musings, after the jump. [Glamour] Keep reading »

Are Women Programed To Fight With Their Mothers-In-Law?

I’ve been married all of 11 days now and, as if on cue, the day my husband (still very much getting used to saying that!) and I tied the knot, he stopped putting the toilet seat down. I ignored it at first, but by our first weekend together as a married couple, I couldn’t stand it any longer and said something to him about it. I made a jokey comment about his sudden change in behavior — more embarrassed than pissed at being such a cliché so early in our marriage. After over three years together, surely he must realize if there’s one thing I wanted to avoid in marriage it was being a cliché, but I suppose the lesson here is that that’s a lost cause for any married couple, even those of us who think we’re so “modern.” One cliché I will be able to avoid, though, is the terrible mother-in-law/daughter-in-law relationship so many women have. My own mother-in-law passed away long before I got a chance to meet her, and while I’d love to think we would have had a wonderful relationship — if her sons are any indication, she was a terrific woman and I hope she would have approved of me — the odds, apparently, aren’t in our favor.
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Anthropologie’s August Catalog Features Real(er) People

Anthropologie’s August catalog is out, and instead of the whimsical models they usually include, the company photographed “real people” wearing their clothes. Everyone and their mother is into street style photography these days, with Scott “The Sartorialist” Schuman even snapping the latest ad campaign for DKNY Jeans. It is nice to see different body types wearing the clothes that are for sale, but are they real people or simply models who have more realistic proportions? We took to Google and searched a few of the names listed in the catalog to find out. Keep reading »

Nick Symmonds’ Naked Nike Ad

Just in time for hump day, we found this sexy vid for an afternoon delight: track star Nick Symmonds getting naked for Nike. OK, so I totally have a thing for men in their little running shorts, but these marketing experts have proven that even less than that is more. Belle and Sebastian are right: Stars of track and field are beautiful people. [WOW]

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Congo’s Growing Problem: Men Raping Men

Congo has a new problem to add to the ever-growing list of atrocities racking the country. According to an article in The New York Times, it is now popular for men to rape other men in an effort to force Congolese communities into submission. Officials from Oxfam, Human Rights Watch, the United Nations, and several Congolese aid organizations say the number of male-on-male rapes has risen sharply as a result of rebel groups seeking revenge for the joint Congo-Rwanda military operations. These armed rebels seek to make civilians do what they want by demoralizing and humiliating them. Keep reading »

Chris Brown Gets His Slap On The Wrist Today

Boyfriend of the Year Chris Brown is getting his slap on the wrist in a L.A. courtroom today and then appearing on “Larry King Live” (reportedly after Oprah’s camp said “No way, Jose” to his sorry ass). Brown’s schedule is so free, you see, because he isn’t doing any jail time for beating the crap out of his girlfriend. Keep reading »

Barbie Foosball Table Is Girly, Creepy, And Awesome

Fancy French department store Colette is selling this pink and lucite-handled foosball table, with armless Barbie dolls as players, for a whopping 10,000 euros. The Barbies’ feet have been replaced with foosball-appropriate stumps because the National Foosball League found that their permanently arched feet may look delicate and graceful but do not possess much kicking power. Just kidding. [via Refinery 29] Keep reading »

What Exactly Did Bill Clinton Do To Get Laura Ling And Euna Lee Released So Darn Quickly?

It’s as if Bill Clinton boarded a plane, showed up in North Korea, said “Abracadabra!” and had Laura Ling and Euna Lee home minutes later. The two Current TV reporters are officially back in America and have been reunited with their families. We are ecstatic to hear this amazing news, but are dying to know—what exactly did Clinton do to get them released so quickly? Our best theories after the jump. Keep reading »

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