You might think you’re hurting in the econo-slump, but just imagine if your job was to broadcast and rap about how wealthy you are? Apparently the rap industry and corresponding bling-iverse is in trouble since no one can afford white gold, diamond-encrusted giant Jesus head pendants any more! They have been forced to downgrade to smaller jewelry pieced glittered with cubic zirconia. 50 Cent recently accused rapper Rick Ross of wearing fake diamonds, which Ross vehemently denies. The Wall Street Journal says the “Bling aficionados fret that the art of ‘ice’ is being watered down” as jewelers are crafting faux bling with lower karat gold and man-made rocks. Even dental plans are in danger, there’s a website called sellyourgoldteeth.com to melt down grillz! As relatively unknown artist Doggie Diamonds the interview king says, “If you admit you wear fake jewelry, it is over for you. It’s like bragging you drive a Lamborghini when you really drive a Toyota.” [WallStreetJournal] Maybe the face of rap will be forced to change and rappers can talk about nice things now? What should rappers rap about now that excess has become excessive? My vote’s on kitties or their moms. Keep reading »
…But she does in this PETA ad, pictured with her dog Speedy Gonzalez. Audrina joins a long list of celebs and D-listers who’ve shed their clothes to help animals. [Hollywood, 5/25/09] Keep reading »
This morning, President Obama nominated Sonia Sotomayor, 54, to the U.S. Supreme Court as Justice David Souter’s successor. If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Sotomayor would be the third woman and first Hispanic to be seated on the Supreme Court. Here’s a background check.
- Sotomayor was born in New York to Puerto Rican parents. She grew up in a South Bronx housing project near the old Yankee Stadium and was raised by her mother, a nurse, following her father’s death when she was 9.
- She loved Nancy Drew growing up (just like us!) and wanted to be a police detective, but having diabetes put a damper on that dream. An apparent pop culture-junkie, Sotomayor has said that “Perry Mason” was the reason she decided to become a lawyer.
- Sotomayor graduated from Princeton University and Yale University’s Law School, but she returned to New York after finishing school and now owns a condo in Greenwich Village.
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The California Supreme Court has ruled to uphold Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage. However, the court also decided that the some 18,000 same sex marriages that occurred between June and November, when Prop 8 passed, will stand. [LA Times] Keep reading »
Teenager Jodie King had tried several expensive anti-aging creams, but none would smooth the “wrinkles” on her forehead. So her mom, Margaret, gave her Botox injections for her 18th birthday. “Jodie’s forehead is like mine – she gets pronounced lines when she makes a facial expression. I knew Botox would solve the problem,” said Margaret. The £160 injections gifted to Jodie pale in comparison to the £45,000 Margaret has spent on cosmetic surgery for herself. Jodie is a Botox addict now, having spent £1,000 of her own money made from modeling on injections. Margaret, who has been getting the injections for 11 years and has had a nose job, two breast enlargements, a tummy tuck, and a mini-face lift, doesn’t see anything wrong with her daughter inheriting her vice. She’s even planning to give Jodie a nose job for her 21st birthday and has taken her for a breast augmentation consultation. “My mum’s always looked so glamorous and she uses cosmetic surgery and Botox to keep her looking young. I plan to follow in her footsteps,” Jodie said. “So what if I’m a teenage Botox addict? I can’t think of anything worse than looking old. I’ll always find a way to pay for Botox. Now I’ve started I can’t stop.” Keep reading »
Terry Gilliam is an out there director—he’s the one behind “12 Monkeys” and “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.” His newest flick, “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus,” premiered at Cannes on Friday. Heath Ledger was originally the star, and filming was about halfway done when…well, you know. Gilliam decided to rework the role so that Heath shares it with Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell, and Jude Law. Hello, hot back-ups!
“Imaginarium” involves a deal with a devil, which allows people to go through a magical mirror and explore their imaginations. Uh, strange? Obviously, we wish it could have been Heath the whole way through, but we figured we’d take a look at the three megastars who filled in at the last minute. And while it’s tempting to just throw all three of these guys in the “shag” column and walk away, here’s how we’d divide ‘em up… Keep reading »
The are two ways celebrities who need a little attention can guarantee publicity. Actually, scratch that, there are many ways celebs can get publicity, including sex tapes, pregnancy rumors, dramatic break-ups, and quickie marriages. But the two strategies that seem to be the most popular lately are the always-successful yo-yo dieting blitz, as perfected by Oprah, Jessica Simpson, Kirstie Alley, and Mariah Carey, and bad-mouthing another celeb on twitter or one’s personal blog. Keep reading »
The obsession with staying youthful has led many to paralyze their faces with toxin and completely alter the face they were given. But the beauty industry offers an even more bizarre way to keep skin soft and supple. Beauty insiders are touting spermine, a powerful antioxidant found in human sperm, as the solution to diminish wrinkles and smooth skin. Bioforskning (yes, that’s the actual name), a Norwegian company, is now synthesizing the substance in laboratories and selling it. And stateside, some women are shelling out as much as $250 for a spermine facial at spas. They could keep their money and head to a college dorm, where, I’m sure, the occupants would be more than willing to give sperm facials for free. There’d probably be free beer, too. [NY Mag] Keep reading »
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