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Amelia’s Favorite Things Of 2010

The blog Your It List has asked a bunch of cool tastemaker types to reveal their favorite things of 2010. They didn’t ask us for ours, but we’re going to share ‘em anyway. You’ve read Julie’s, now here’s Amelia’s … Keep reading »

A “Black Swan” Makeup Tutorial For Your Next Costume Party


Admit it: ever since “Black Swan” came out, you have totally had fantasies of being a prima ballerina. (With those awesome Rodarte tutus, who wouldn’t?) For your next costume party (New Year’s, anyone?), try going Natalie Portman-style by channeling her signature look from the film. That complicated stage makeup isn’t as hard as it seems thanks to this easy video makeup tutorial. [YouTube] Keep reading »

Girl Talk: I’ve Never Masturbated

I’ve had good sex and bad sex, but there’s one thing I’ve never had: solo sex. That’s right: I’m a 34-year-old woman who has never masturbated. I know it sounds crazy. Many people swear that masturbation is a critical part of being a sexually satisfied woman, but I’ve never been able to bring myself to do it. This came up recently while watching Natalie Portman go to town with herself in “Black Swan.” Self-love just doesn’t seem like the right thing to do. My vagina and I just aren’t that close.

As a feminist, I rationally understand that I’ve in some ways internalized the social stigmas around female sexuality, and I don’t know how I’ll ever get over them. I just don’t want to have that kind of interaction … with myself.
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“Black Swan,” Sort Of

The plot of “Black Swan” explained in five panels: anguish and eye makeup. [Women & Hollywood via But You’re Like Really Pretty] Keep reading »

Will “Black Swan” Encourage Eating Disorders?

Black Swan” is a great movie. It’s also, as Julie put it, “eating disorder porn.” In the movie, Natalie Portman‘s character not only shows signs of anorexia—she’s also bulimic. I had hoped this wouldn’t seem glamorous to teens and women seeing the movie since, well, Natalie’s character also totally loses it in a downward spiral. But apparently that’s not the case. Just now, searching for images from the movie, I found one—at a site called “Thinspo Me Baby” on Tumblr, along with the caption, “Get your thinspiration from the upcoming movie Black Swan!!!” Another search brought me to Superskinnyus.blogspot.com. And another to Mydailythinspo.blogspot.com. Looks like pro-ana websites all over are looking to the movie. Super sad. Keep reading »

How They Did That: Natalie Portman’s Makeup In “Black Swan”

Even if you don’t like ballet, it’s been said that “Black Swan” makes it cool. The makeup alone is worth the price of admission and a small popcorn.

Just look at Natalie Portman and her awesomely dramatic look!

Now her makeup artist reveals how he did it. Read more Keep reading »

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