Israeli Women Compete In Truck-Pulling Contest For The First Time Ever

For the first time ever three women competed in an annual Israeli truck-pulling competition. The female contestants had to pull a 7.5-ton truck (about 16,535 lbs.) 30 meters (about 98 ft.). Vera Spaniev, a 32-year-old former weightlifter, won the ladies competition. Check out the video above to see women with bulging muscles and painful looks of determination and focus. [Reuters] Keep reading »

Behind The Scenes At Vogue With Anna Wintour

We normally don’t have plans on Sunday night, but this week, we’re booked. At long last, the Anna Wintour “60 Minutes” segment will air on CBS at 7 p.m. ET. Recently, Anna has been opening herself up to the public much more than usual. Not only is “The September Issue” documentary being released this September, but she also spoke in New York earlier this week. I attended her Q&A on Tuesday, and most of the discussion focused on the business of fashion and publishing (though she did divulge that she “hasn’t been able to look at brown the same way” since wearing that color school uniform growing up). We’re hoping the “60 Minutes” segment will let us into her life a little more, and we know we’ll get to hear her talk about her ever-present sunglasses: “They are seriously useful. I can sit in a show and if I am bored out of my mind, nobody will notice… At this point, they have become, really, armor.” [CBS News] Keep reading »

Would The Financial Crisis Have Happened If More Women Were In Charge?

As we’re all trying to figure out what went wrong in our banking system to cause the recession we’re in, we’re blaming just about anyone and everyone involved, especially the men at the top. Yes, I said the men. Not many of the folks getting blamed on the news are women, so it leads us to wonder, would we be in this position if there had been more women leading the banking industry?

German news magazine Der Spiegel interviewed Mary Ellen Iskenderian, the president and CEO of Women’s World Banking, an international micro-finance organization, and she addressed this. While she didn’t come out and say the recession wouldn’t have happened if women were in charge, she does say the story line might have played out differently… Keep reading »

The Four Most Common Excuses for Staying Friends with Your Ex

At some point, nearly every woman will have to decide if a breakup means that ties are completely severed with her ex or if they are going to remain friends. Whether your ex is an ex-boyfriend, ex-husband, or somewhere in between, trying to remain friends with your ex is a recipe for disaster. Of course, if you have a child with your ex, you will still see your ex from time to time and you will need to remain civil to one another, but I would still caution against a true friendship with your ex. Keep reading »

Let’s Hear It For The Boys (Wear)

Boys have all the fun. Their daily alcohol limit is three units (ours is two) and they get to pee standing up. And now, fashion is playing on the boys’ team, too! Kitsuné’s new collection has a total schoolboy vibe, the Olsens are about to debut a menswear line (and Ashley just did a menswear-clad photoshoot for V magazine), and Rihanna’s been sporting tuxedos on the red carpet. It seems everyone has gone boy crazy, so here’s how to rock the look. Keep reading »

The Real Hotties Of Maxim’s Hot 100

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As if us ladies are not already kept very aware of the Playboy bunny-esque qualities men supposedly find hot, every year lad mag Maxim graciously reminds us of their 100 favorite hotties—who look creepily similar. Big boobs. Bouncy hair. A toned ass. Yawn.

Most of the women who make Maxim drool are glaringly obvious—hi, Anna Kournikova and Scarlett Johannson—and other choices are as downright confusing as we know men to be. (Exhibit A: “Hills”-bot Heidi Montag. Really, Maxim?) But we have to give the magazine a little credit for the few smart, sexy, funny women who they included that we actually like. (Alas, not Tina Fey or Amy Poehler, but there’s always next year.)

So—no offense to blonde extensions and double DDs!— but here are the real hotties in the Maxim hot 100.

Kristin Cavallari Heads For “The Hills”: Where’s She Been For The Past Five Years?

Kristin Cavallari is back! This morning, we learned that the “Laguna Beach” mean girl will be replacing Lauren Conrad as the star of “The Hills.” Dang, we knew her media disappearance over the past few years was too good to be true. The 22-year-old will show up on the May 31st season finale of “The Hills” where she’ll catch the bouquet at Heidi and Spencer’s wedding. Geez, I’d rather catch a live grenade. Keep reading »

Will You Watch “Hitched Or Ditched”?

Hitched or Ditched” is a one-hour reality show in which couples in long-term relationships are challenged by a friend to set a wedding date in a week’s time. The couples not only have to plan their wedding in seven days, but they also have to address whatever issues were keeping them from making the leap into marriage — from fixing relationships with future in-laws to dealing with feelings of jealousy. When the wedding day comes, the couples will have to choose whether to tie the knot or call everything off. So if they decide to get married, then their prize is a free wedding, but if they decide not to get married, then they breakup and have to deal with the ensuing heartache. That sounds a little unfair. But I guess if they know the marriage won’t work, then they’ll be better off in the long run. Will you watch “Hitched or Ditched” when it premieres May 26? Keep reading »

Quick Pic: Denise Richards Has Her Own Dancing Star

Denise Richards picks her daughter up from dance class. [Los Angeles, 5/14/09] Keep reading »

Crave: Sephora Sun Safety Kit

Reason #238 why growing up sucks: no more goody bags at birthday parties. Remember the glee attached to a sudden abundance of loot? Why not treat yourself with Sephora’s new Sun Safety Kit, which comes with 13 mini-products for you to play with. The bag includes some of our good-for-your-skin favorites like Clarins SPF 40, Smashbox Photo Finish, and Murad Essential-C Eye Cream. To add to its functionality, the kit comes packaged in a recycled beach bag you can use all summer. The whole shebang is only $22.50 (but worth $110!), and all the proceeds go to The Skin Cancer Foundation—meaning you won’t just be getting a gift for yourself, you’ll be giving back to others, too. [$22.50, Sephora] Keep reading »

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