Tyra Banks To Launch Online Style Mag

Just call her Tyra Zoe-Paltrow. Ms. Banks has jumped on the celeb style publication bandwagon with the launch of an online magazine called Tyra: Beauty Inside & Out. The website will cover all things style, including fashion and beauty, but will also focus on health and love. Both with her modeling and talk show, Tyra has been long gunning to change beauty standards, once telling The New York Times that she “wakes up every day to expand the idea of beauty.” Ahem.

So far, on Tyra’s site, a mock magazine cover shows the model alongside some cheeky cover lines like “Kiss My Fit (And Still Fat) Ass” or “Yo Shortie! Models 5’7 And Under.” Kinda funny. What might be slightly more innovative about Tyra’s site is its interactivity with users through audio posts alongside content: “It’s not just a magazine … it talks back to you … this is going to allow for a community of women. It’s real and it’s raw and it’s going to allow for a connection to me like you’ve never had before,” Banks said on “The Today Show.”

Then again, she’ll probably face competition between the other celeb sites created to attract users looking for style information, versus visitors who come solely as Tyra fans. Anyone up for a little “America’s Next Top Online Celebrity Style Editor”? [TyraBanks.com, WWD] Keep reading »

Would You Date A Guy Who Wears Heels?

Today, the U.K.’s Telegraph is running a photo gallery of men’s shoes that will give the shorties some height. (Side question: do guys wear lifts anymore?) Most of the newspaper’s picks aren’t too offensive, but the pair pictured above by Schuh definitely has a dramatic heel that’s a bit costume-y. Besides wishing we’d thought of the idea ourselves (well, to do the gallery; we’ve already reported on the medge extensively), it got us thinking about this most serious issue.

For some women, short guys are an automatic dealbreaker. (Although Tom Cruise seems to have no problem.) Think they’d reconsider dating one if he had a few more inches on him? Or is a guy wearing a noticeable heel too over-the-top? [Telegraph.co.uk] Keep reading »

365 Days In Paris: Canceled Rendezvous

I’m feeling a bit disappointed at the moment. OKCupid guy just canceled. Normally, I’d shrug this kind of thing off; it happened all the time to me in New York. But a few days ago I realized how great it would be to have a French boyfriend. (I actually have this reverse fantasy of being in a relationship with one and getting into fights, him yelling in French and me in English. Followed by post-argument sex, bien sûr.) That night I had met up with a girlfriend from college who has been living here with a Parisian boy for the past few years. Her French is now impeccable. Becoming fluent is one of my top goals for the year, and hearing her talk made me face the unfortunate reality that my French is good, but, um, not that good.
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Quick Pic: Tights That Cost More Than Most Of Our Clothes

While flipping through the September/October issue of Manhattan magazine, we noticed a fashion spread with a model wearing what looks like the nonsensical Siwy see-through jeans. Upon closer inspection, however, we discovered they are, in fact, Jean Paul Gaultier fishnet panel tights, and they retail at Bergdorf Goodman for a mere $135. Can you imagine spending that much on hosiery? They’d better be run-proof and last a lifetime. Keep reading »

Pam Anderson Strips A Dude To His Skivvies In Banned PETA Commercial


For a group that can kind of be no fun sometimes, PETA sure manages to make some hot and provocative commercials. This spot, called “Cruelty Doesn’t Fly,” features Pam Anderson as a bad-ass TSA employee screening passengers before they head to their flights. Only, she won’t let anyone through wearing leather or fur. Instead, she strips them down. The most unruly passenger — whom she not only screens, but, um, has to discipline as well — is Steve-O. Andy Dick appears too, though he’s surprisingly well-behaved. The racy commercial was supposed to be shown on screens in New York’s three airports, only CNN Airport Network execs felt it was a little too over the top. They told PETA that showing the spot would be “particularly sensitive because children make up part of the demographic in airports.” What do you think—should PETA be allowed to air the ad? Or should they be focused on saving Aubrey O’Day’s dog instead? [Starpulse] Keep reading »

Tyra (And Her Real Hair) Is Back And Chatting With Perez Hilton

“The Tyra Show” came back for its fifth season yesterday! Perez Hilton (barf) stopped by as the first guest. But the main event was Tyra Banks, who is usually weaved to within an inch of her life, hosting the whole show with her natural hair.

Unforch, Tyra’s real hair is anticlimactic—i.e. she’s not bald. Underneath those weaves and extensions she sashays down the red carpet in, she has regular, boring, shoulder-length brown hair. On yesterday’s show, though, she may have straightened it or had a relaxer in it or something, because it was not kinky in the slightest—which kind of defeats the purpose of her saying “It’s my real hair!” Doesn’t it?

Anyway, during the show, her hairstylist, Oscar, blow-dried and curled her natural ‘do, while she chatted with three women who have some serious issues about their real hair. One of her guests was a biracial woman whose white mom didn’t want people to know she had a black father. This evil mom shaved her daughter’s hair off as a kid because she didn’t want a “nappy-headed baby.” Keep reading »

Pre-Dirtied Shoes: Genius or Going Too Far?

Just when we thought the pre-owned, pre-roughed-up trend had run its distressing (ha) course, we happened upon “pre-dirtied” sneakers from shoe gurus Golden Goose. Essentially, their new line of sneaks are white and come with existing scuffs and grime—just as if you (lightly) wore them kicking around town for a few weeks. Now, I get why no one would want a pair of glaringly white shoes, but c’mon, isn’t this taking the “broken-in” trend a bit too far? (Apparently, most people don’t agree with me — the shoes are sold the eff out.) Not sure how much they cost but Golden Goose shoes are super expensive, so … crazy, right? [Inventorspot] Keep reading »

Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner? Sarah And Todd Palin!

If you’ve got $25,000 burning a whole in your pocket—and frankly, who doesn’t in this economy—I’ve got the perfect way for you to spend it. No, not by giving it to me, though that would be cool too. You should put in a bid on eBay to win a dinner for five with Sarah and Todd Palin. The auction will start next Tuesday, and bidding will begin at $25K. The proceeds from the auction will go to Ride 2 Recovery, a charity for wounded veterans. If you bid, just hope that Sarah and Todd stay together long enough to make it to your swinging soiree.

If the thought of having dinner with the Palins makes you want to scream, perhaps you’d prefer to bid $7,500 on a lunch with Karl Rove? Anyone? [CNN] Keep reading »

A DIY Facelift—Would You Do It?

We’ve talked a whole lot about do-it-yourself projects here at The Frisky—DIY haircuts, DIY Botox, DIY sex toys—and mostly we’ve come to the general conclusion that anything that goes in or is slathered on your body should never be a DIY. (Unless you’re using natural crap, like berries or honey or whatever.) News from the Daily Mail, though, has over 2,000 women on a Harrods waiting list for an at-home facelift kit (it just went on sale). Say what?! Keep reading »

Trend Watch: Cute Crap I Wanna Put On My Head

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I’m the spawn of a crazy hat lady. Her fashion concept for my cousin’s Bar Mitzvah: black fur hat on Friday night, white fur hat on Saturday. Needless to say, I’m genetically inclined to want to put taxidermy girlie stuff on my head. I cannot resist hair accessories’ adorable powers. In fact, I once made a pill box hat with a granola bar box, a stapler, and some scrap lace. But now, flouncy feathers clips, flowers so big a bug could live in them, teeny hats with birdcage veils, and beaded bands are in stores everywhere, all looking for a head to bedazzle. Am I this head? Yes, girl, yes I am! These frills make me feel like a pretty, pretty princess. And luckily, not only all this hair fanfare is in style, it’s getting super fancy. So far, I’ve been down with scarf turbans and headbands, namely my fave leopard knot one. But look at the craptastical turquoise bow in this photo. Reason tells me it’s gotta match your hair like Lady Gaga, but secretly, some part of me just wants to get my bow on … even if it looks manic panicked. Clearly, I’m ready to take things higher. Are you with me? Good! Let’s drool together over this assortment of cute crap we could wear with our heads held high. Consider this my super early Chanukah wish list, cough, Mom.
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