Today’s Lady News: The Miss Universe Pageant And Plastic Surgery

  • How many of last night’s Miss Universe contestants aren’t exactly natural beauties? One long-time pageant judge estimated that 30 percent of Miss Universe wannabes have had work done prior to the competition. The most ick-worthy quote from Fox’s article: “A source close to the Donald Trump-owned Miss Universe Organization [says] that not only is elective [plastic] surgery allowed, but it is quietly encouraged.” [Fox News] — Somewhere, beauty queen Carrie Prejean, whose boobs were bought and paid for by the Miss California Organization, is smiling.
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    Glamour’s Plus-Sized Model Visits “Today”

    Glamour has received loads of praise after publishing a photo in their September issue of plus-sized model, Lizzie Miller. Lizzie, along with Glamour‘s editor-in-chief, Cindi Lieve, was on “Today” this morning to talk about the positive response to the photo — which shows Miller naked, with un-airbrushed stomach pudge — and Lieve vowed that her magazine would be including more models like Miller in the future. Sounds amazing, but we’ll believe it when we see it! Keep reading »

    For The Week Of August 24-30, 2009

    Virgo (August 23 – September 22)

    Confusion will make you dizzy, as everyone and their grandmother will spew opinions about your love life. Friends, your subconscious, your neighbors, and even the IT guy at your office will say things that’ll sound significant. However, you don’t have to make a decision right away; so don’t freak yourself out more than necessary. If he can’t wait, he’s not worth it.

    Libra (September 23 – October 22)

    So yeah, you’re social. You like going out, meeting people and, yes, you like to talk. The problem with that this week is your exaggerated words might come back to haunt you. Be prudent with what info you share with not-so-close acquaintances. Sure, shock-value confessions will give you the spotlight, but don’t risk that price to pay. It won’t be worth it.

    Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)

    Your patience finally comes to a head, as you get answers you’ve waited ages on. You’ll discover whether your insane optimism is truly a blessing or a curse. Yes, what actually occurs over this week will depend on the tracks you’ve laid in the past. So, if it goes swimmingly, know there is a method to your madness. Otherwise, back to the drawing board and, perhaps, a shrink.

    Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)

    Love won’t be coming to you on a silver platter right now, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t treats to be had. This week it’s all about working it in a new style and with a new agenda. Ask around, call up different friends, and venture off into uncharted territories. The more cunning and adventurous you are, the more surprising the finale will be.

    Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)

    Take the plunge in a big way, like book a foreign adventure with your current boo! Testing your commitment is a big bonus now, as it seems you both have been chomping at the bit to see some indication that there is hope for a future together. There’s nothing like being thrown into the exotic unknown to see how your team work will survive.

    Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)

    An intense feeling of love and admiration will instantly wash over you for the one you’re with or the one you want to be with — but don’t let that haze blind you into believing that person can walk on water. Seriously, a happy relationship isn’t always about some crazy unconditional state of mind. It’s about respect. Until you master that, stop making more promises than necessary.

    Pisces (February 19 – March 20)

    To get an accurate trajectory of your relationship, look to the details — and not with compassion. Sure, he might get the big things right, as in remembering your birthday and being kind to your friends, but if he’s not good with the little things, this is your time to pinch him a little harder to get maximum perfection. A little gentle nudging will bring results.

    Aries (March 21 – April 19)

    As the sign of war, you love a good fight, but this week it can go all-out ugly. So be careful about the battles you choose and how you go about trying to prove your points. A little honey will go a lot farther than vinegar. If you want to actually get some tension-releasing sex out of this deal, it’ll mean throwing in a bit of diplomacy with your snarkiness.

    Taurus (April 20 – May 20)

    Be ready to jump over obstacles and get creative when it comes to getting the attention of that hot someone you’ve been sweating. This isn’t the time for synchronicity to work in a linear manner and the stakes will be high, so think fast and move faster. The good news is that if you do solve this riddle, your rewards will be plenty.

    Gemini (May 21 – June 20)

    No matter how sweet the intentions you share with your baby, it doesn’t always mean you’ll see eye-to-eye on everything. Tastes and experiences will differ from moment to moment and it’ll be up to you to determine if you can negotiate around the situation. Of course, not all journeys will bring back gold. That’s just the way the ball bounces.

    Cancer (June 21 – July 22)

    Hurry up and say what’s on your mind. You have no more time to lose – get off the fence! If you want to step up to the plate and take responsibilities for your emotions, it’ll mean being courageous enough to claim your prize. Not to say you have to have your whole plan worked out, but at least get the materials to build your dream life.

    Leo (July 23 – August 22)

    Batting your eyes and dropping subtle hints is all you have to do to take that next step. If you try to do anything more, you will only regret you’ve made such grand efforts. In this phase of gaining dominance, you only have to be smart and efficient with how you express yourself. A little will go long enough.

    Star Couplings: Milla Jovovich Got Hitched

    • Model-actress-designer Milla Jovovich got married to film director Paul W.S. Anderson over the weekend. [People]
    • Despite wearing an unflattering baggy dress last week, Anna Paquin is not pregnant with fiancé Stephen Moyer‘s baby. [Us Weekly]
    • Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson are reportedly sharing a hotel suite together, giving living together a trial run. [Starpulse] — Living together with room service, maids, and a concierge is not the same as living together. Who’s gonna take out the trash?
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    Want To Pose Nude For Rankin?

    I posed nude once. The photographer was a professional and a friend, and the scene was a sound stage. The photos were black and white, and you couldn’t really see anything, as I covered up my naughty bits. It was pretty fun actually, and kind of freeing. If you’ve been wondering what it would be like to be shot in the nude, but you’ll only drop trou for a top-notch photog, this is your lucky day. Rankin has shot everyone from Britney Spears to Kate Moss to Queen Elizabeth II, and his high-gloss images have become iconic. For Rankin Live, he’ll be shooting aspiring nudes on August 29. If you are “feeling frisky” all you have to do is send him an email entitled: “Shoot Me Nude.” The catch? You have to be in the UK to do it. Keep reading »

    13 Things Men Don’t Understand About Women’s Bodies

    A few weeks ago I turned to my guy and asked, “When you have to pee, can you feel it in your penis?” He raised his eyebrows at me and said, “No, Jess, I feel it in my bladder, like every other human being.” Well, excuse me for not knowing much about male anatomy. Am I right, ladies? Guy’s bodies are a little confusing sometimes—and we can sure as hell think of some things men don’t know about women’s bodies: Keep reading »

    Quick Pic: Stefania Fernandez Takes The Miss Universe Crown

    For the second year in a row, Miss Venezuela won the Miss Universe Pageant. [Bahamas, 8/23/09] Keep reading »

    Quote Of The Day: Anna Wintour Is The New Gloria Steinem

    “She’s been doing this for so long, surrounded by men. [...] There’s absolutely a feminist aspect to her. I think a lot of the attacks against her are misogynist. Men in business are totally cutthroat and nobody says bad things about them for it.”

    – Model Elettra Wiedemann on “feminist hero,” Vogue editor-in-chief, and “The September Issue” star Anna Wintour [The Cut] Keep reading »

    Most Embarrassing Facebook Status Ever

    Poor Tracy! Overwhelmed with the excitement of getting laid over the weekend, she quickly sent a Facebook message — or what she thought was a message — to the lucky guy who broke her sex drought, not realizing she accidentally updated her status with the racy note. “I must admit,” she wrote, “I haven’t had sex in a while, so getting mounted by such a strong and powerful man was a pleasant surprise after so many long months of abstinence.” About an hour after posting the update, Tracy wrote in a comment beneath the update: “Oh no! Somebody please tell me how to erase this!!! I wrote inside the wrong box! How embarrassing :( ” It turns out Tracy mistakenly invited all her friends to “the love-cave-between-my-legs.” Oops! [via BuzzFeed] Keep reading »

    Dude, Your Flexibility Is Freaking Me Out

    Yeah, uh, I don’t know. This guy? He’s kind of freaking me out. He’s so … flexible. This vintage ad for Cricketeer suits is intended to show that this — ahem — polyester suit will “give you almost as much freedom as [your] birthday suit,” but I walk away from it with nothing but the heebie-jeebies. I guess that’s what you get for $100. And why are his hands placed, like, there? Is he warding off some sort of an attack, or did they not want to feature his butt so prominently in this ad? I remain confused. Hopefully, men who can turn themselves into human pretzels will engage in these types of activities in the bedroom, not the boardroom. [Jezebel] Keep reading »

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