She wants to be on top! Kiara Belen placed runner-up on Cycle 19 of “America’s Next Top Model,” the college edition. The gorgeous, statuesque former UC Irvine basketball player lost to cornsilk-blonde Laura James, the daughter of “Dynasty” actor John James, in an extremely close final panel. But as pained as I felt watching Kiara take second place, I was also pretty sure this young woman would be OK. From the very first episode, Kiara’s determination to get past her crappy upbringing and her confidence in herself were truly inspiring.
Kiara is busy getting her modeling career off the ground (she’s already worked with Janice Dickinson — not too shabby!), but she was kind enough to answer some of our questions over email about the luscious Rob Evans, kooky competitor Victoria, and Tyra’s best modeling advice.
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Fans of “Grey’s Anatomy” have long been captivated with the pixie-voiced Anya Marina, whose song “Miss Halfway” wowed everyone on the show’s very first soundtrack. In the past seven years, Anya’s relatable lyrics have been featured everyone from “Twilight: New Moon” to “The Real World” to “How I Met Your Mother.” Oh, and if you’re haven’t heard her cover of rapper T.I.’s song “Whatever You Like,” you’re seriously missing out.
Anya Marina’s next album comes out on March 13 and The Frisky has a 24-hour exclusive on her single “Notice Me” before it hits iTunes. So give it a listen after the jump and check out our Frisky Q&A with Anya Marina, which she was kind enough to do via email while she’s on tour!
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One of the best perks of being a blogger is the opportunity to interview people who admire. Interviewing the author Lionel Shriver, whose Orange prize-winning novel We Need To Talk About Kevin — the film starring Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly, and Ezra Miller, that is currently in theaters — was one of the best experiences of my career. Keep reading »
When a friend introduced me to the author Kate Monro over email, explaining she’d just published a book filled with virginity loss stories, I knew that I would love it, sight unseen. The First Time: True Tales Of Virginity Lost And Found (Including My Own) totally delivered! Monro, who used to work for the band Blur and for Dazed and Confused magazine, began collecting stories on a blog called The Virginity Project. For her first book, Monro collated vignettes from Brits and Americans, from grandpas to high school girls, who all reminisced about their first time with fondness, earnestness and occasional heartbreak. It may have been a long time since any of us has been a virgin, but if the bare humanity on display in The First Time is any indication, we could do well to revisit it.
Kate Monro lives in the UK, so we had to conduct our interview over email — but I’d like to imagine we chatted over cups of Earl Grey and some Tim Tams while staring off into the London fog. Our Q&A, which was edited for length and clarity, begins after the jump. Keep reading »
I was already convinced that the coolest of girls had red hair, thanks to Pippi Longstocking. But then Tiffany exploded on the scene in 1987 with her monster hit, “I Think We’re Alone Now.” Tiffany was one of the first CDs I ever purchased and I listened to it on repeat for hours at a time. I even remember buying an acid washed denim jacket, just so I could look a little more like Tiffany, since my mom had strictly forbid me from dying my hair red.
Tiffany, of course, has a last name. It’s Darwish. And 24 years after her first mall tour, she is back on the road with her fellow ‘80s pop iconic, Deborah Gibson, whom she reconnected with while shooting the SyFy movie, Mega Python Vs. Gatoroid, available now on DVD. Only this time, Tiffany is not just a singer with a new album out—and yes, she does have a new one called Rose Tattoo—she’s also a wife and a mother of a 19-year-old. Yeah, that made me feel old, too.
After the jump, we sat down with Tiffany to talk about her tour, her new album, life, and her relationship to jean jackets these days. Keep reading »
Confession: I’m a bit of a daddy’s girl. My dad has always made me feel protected and loved, even if he hasn’t always verbalized it the way my mom does. In the back of my mind, I’m always comparing how well the men I date treat me with how well my father treats me.
But Dad also does some confusing stuff, too. When I got dumped over the phone a few months ago, I was at my parents’ house, and when I started crying, my dad yelled at me and told me to stop making such a big deal out of things. I was, like, “Ummm, what? I just got dumped.” Why was the sweet guy who mailed me Snoopy cartoons yelling at me to stop crying when I just got my heart broken?
Then I read Our Fathers, Ourselves: Daughters, Fathers, and the Changing American Family, by Dr. Peggy Drexler. Based on her interviews with 70 women, ages 20 through 40, she explores the relationships of fathers and their adult daughters: why grown women seek their fathers’ approval; why some of us are still a “daddy’s girl” even in adulthood; and whether we date/marry men “just like our fathers,” as the rumor goes. I also learned that my father’s reaction to my post-breakup behavior — hysterical crying, snot everywhere — was not at all uncommon. Fathers understandably feel powerless when their child is in pain (the same goes for mothers, too) and sometimes their knee-jerk reaction is to make the child stop showing how hurt they are. My dad was just being … a dad.
Dr. Drexler — who (unrelated but interesting) is married to the CEO of J.Crew, Mickey Drexler! — very kindly responded to several questions of mine about Our Fathers, Ourselves for The Frisky. Learn more about your relationship with your father after the jump! Keep reading »
If you have opened a magazine or looked at a billboard anytime in the past few months, you have heard of Levi’s new Curve ID jeans. Last summer, Levi’s launched a new fit system for their denim based on a woman’s body shape, instead of her size. The company performed body scans of 60,000 women around the world and identified three main body types — “slight curve,” “demi curve,” and “bold curve” — which fit 80 percent of women. Exciting news, right? Keep reading »
Gwen Stefani will launch five more Harajuku Lovers fragrances, called Wicked Style, Nov. 1. This time around, G and the Harajuku Girls — Love, Lil Angel, Music, and Baby — are back in Tokyo on Takeshita-Dori, a pedestrian-only street where fashionable people go to chill, and are dressed in fashions that originated in Japan — gothic Lolita, sweet Lolita, visual Kei, Kawaii, and Omotesandō girl. Gwen loves building a story for her Harajuku Girls perfumes as much as she enjoys creating perfume bottles that double as works of art. But what’s it like to create five fragrances at a time when it takes other celebrities years to create just one? A few other bloggers and I had the chance to chat with Gwen backstage at her L.A.M.B. spring 2011 fashion show, where she talked about the new Wicked Style fragrances, being a mom and designer, and her personal beauty choices. Keep reading »
If you’ve tried Jessica Simpson‘s shoes, then you’ve probably fallen in love with them. Now, Jessica, who pretty much exemplifies modern American style with her love of denim and rock T-shirts, is bringing jeans to the stylish woman on a budget. Jessica Simpson Jeanswear, a denim-inspired line that includes jeans and woven and knit tops, has launched on JessicaSimpsonCollection.com. But before you run out and purchase these ultra comfortable, affordable, and chic jeans (I have a pair that fits like a glove), why not hear from Jessica, herself, about the new line, the fall must-haves, and making denim work at work? Keep reading for an exclusive Q&A with Jessica … Keep reading »