Could Ashley Olsen Ever “Quit” Fashion?

Are the Olsens experiencing “fashion fatigue”? Yesterday, we saw how Mary-Kate has been looking more hobo than boho. Now Ashley, the more serious style maven of the two, admits she may be looking to leave the fashion world and her luxury line, The Row. According to HollyScoop.com, Ashley recently stated:

“(In the fashion world) everyone is just really looking out for themselves. I don’t know if I’ll be designing this collection forever. A couple of years from now, I’m sure I’ll want to do something else, and I’m not going to shy away from that. What if I just want to be an artist, or if I want to go back to acting? Which is not in the cards, but what if I wanted to do that?”

Sounds to us like Ashley may just be a bit worn down, and we don’t blame her! (Managing a clothing label, all the other Olsen properties, and heaving around a venti Starbucks latte 24/7 must be exhausting.) But let’s face facts—even if Ashley were to “leave” fashion, she’d have to fall off the face of the earth. Ashley is already too great a style icon to stop influencing trends, even if she stops producing the clothes you can buy to rock those trends. [Wait, do you guys consider Ashley a "style icon"? Personally, I do not, but maybe that's just me? -- Editor] [HollyScoop.com]
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Chuck Bass To Kiss A Man In Upcoming “Gossip Girl” Episode

Many of us have long suspected that despite his womanizing ways, Chuck Bass may not actually be interested in the ladies. How many high school guys do you know (besides “NYC Prep” co-star PC) who can pull off a scarf? Well, Chuck at least tries men on for size in the upcoming season. According to EW.com’s Ausiello Files, several insiders have confirmed the cast is currently shooting an episode in which Ed Westwick kisses Neal Bledsoe, who is guest-starring as “Josh Ellis,” NYU’s head of freshman affairs. College is a time for experimentation, after all. [EW] Keep reading »

You’ve Got An STD, Bro? That’s So Cool!

Possibly ruining my appreciation for the noble Swedes and their fine IKEA meatballs, a recent study has found that Swedish men with STDs think their infection is an affirmation of their manliness.

University of Skovde researcher Kina Hammarlund interviewed an unknown group of 16- to 30-year-old men and women for her dissertation and discovered it was only male participants who put on rose-colored glasses, seeing STDs like genital warts or gonorrhea as a rite of passage to manhood. It’s a telling statement about sexuality that men viewed STDs as something positive about their manhood, while women didn’t think it said anything about their womanhood. STDs could imply, even erroneously, that a guy is kind of a stud. But it’s hard to believe anyone would be proud of an STD. Could this study be bulls**t? [The Local via Feministing] Keep reading »

Crave: Normal Watches

Sure to be this generation’s answer to the Swatch, Normal Watches come in an array of candy colors and feature timely graphics and quotes, like “Facebook Ruined My Life,” “I’m So Gay For Marriage,” and the sadly true “When Did Rock ‘N’ Roll Become So F***ing Boring?” We might even have to make an exception on our no bubblegum pink rule so we can don this cool “I Want Candy” watch. Read the “entirely true” story of how the company started and just try to resist. [$17.98, Joe Rockhead via Outblush] Keep reading »

These Shoes Are Off The Chain

Chains are clearly the “it” accoutrement for your lower appendages. We already told you about chain leggings, but these pumps, from Chain Shoes duo Tove Jansson and Per Emanuelsson, up the ante. Their design recently won the 2009 Shoemania design competition; they’re rather unwearable, but what pair of 7-inch platforms really is? After the jump, Chain Shoes’ rusty chain loafers for dudes. They look heavy but a little more foot-friendly. [via Trendhunter] Keep reading »

The Caster Semenya Controversy Continues

Caster Semenya won the 800-meter race at the world championships last week, but the controversy surrounding her continues. A source close to the investigation of Semenya said the runner underwent tests before the start of the World Championship that revealed she had three times the normal female’s level of testosterone in her body. This could be natural, but the Telegraph reported that the head coach of the South African team was once accused of giving a female athlete so many anabolic steroids she was forced to have a sex-change operation and now lives as a man. The coach insists he hasn’t been involved with performance-enhancing drugs since 1989. Keep reading »

Will A “Model Code of Conduct” Diminish Sexual Harassment And Injuries?

As glamorous as modeling may seem, it’s also chock-full of sexual harassment and other shady business. We open a magazine and see the picture to the left, but in order for that picture to happen some 16-year-old girl was balancing on an elevated chair and the other model was trying not to get hit in the face with the legs of said chair.

In an attempt to stop the upskirt grabbing, dangerous photo shoots, and general tomfoolery that models are often subjected to, the British Fashion Council and the Association of Modeling Agencies are putting together a model code of conduct with the aid of models Victoria Keon-Cohen and Dunja Knezevic. Considering that they were inspired to act after one male model’s scalp bled when his hair was over-bleached and a bevy of jumping beauties sprained their ankles wearing high heels on a trampoline (um yeah, not even kidding), we wish them luck! [The Sydney Morning Herald] Keep reading »

Diablo Cody Talks To Inked Magazine

When stripper-turned-screenwriter Diablo Cody, made famous by her script for “Juno,” sat down with tattoo magazine Inked, she talked about everything from Catholicism to cannibalism. Oh yeah, she even has a cute story about Robert Pattinson—and it’s not what you’d think. Keep reading »

Quick Pic: Naked Men Make Nice Accessories

Mario Testino shot models Carmen Kass and Anne V for V magazine alongside some, um, lovely props. Blatant objectification I won’t be complaining about! [via Garcon Mag] Keep reading »

Would We Still Have War If Women Ran The World?

If you missed The New York Times Magazine‘s excellent “Saving the World’s Women” edition focusing on the issues facing women in the developing world, don’t fret! You can still read it online. I enjoyed the piece on how women’s rights are the cause of our time, the interview with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and the piece about Afghan schoolgirls.

The piece in “Saving The World’s Women” that really stuck out, however, is the interview with the female president of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. The 67-year-old is Africa’s first woman elected to office and a lifelong activist who has been imprisoned and charged with treason for fighting against Liberia’s past oppressive government. When Liberians elected President Sirleaf to their highest office, the event was, as the Times put it, “a kind of feminist fantasy come true.”

But President Sirleaf’s interview dealt with another issue which I happen to think is a total fantasy—the notion that if women ran the world, we wouldn’t have any wars anymore. Keep reading »

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