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Mindy Kaling To Vogue: “I Don’t Want To Be Skinny”

“There’s a whole list of things I would probably change about myself. For example, I’m always trying to lose fifteen pounds. But I never need to be skinny. I don’t want to be skinny. I’m constantly in a state of self-improvement, but I don’t beat myself up over it. … It’s really tempting not to take chances [with fashion]. But I don’t want to be fearful. I don’t want my tombstone to say, she hid her imperfections well on the red carpet.”

Mindy Kaling dared to tell Vogue that she has no interest in being skinny and, amazingly, the world did not explode. I love how honest Kaling is about, yes, trying to lose weight, but also acknowledging that the pursuit of skinniness — being and looking skinny – is not the most important thing in the world. Love her. [Vogue]

James Lowe, AKA Lorde’s Boyfriend, Pens Open Letter About Fame

Jared Leto said that fame doesn’t change you, it changes everyone around you. While I’m not the centre of attention here (and fuck, the times I have, it’s never been fun), I do become aware of the people around me and their transparency. They fail to hide it. I’ve experienced being a target of the tabloids, finding moments I thought I was in safe hands splattered all over the internet, being pushed and shoved, or watching others get pushed and shoved by paparazzi just to get what they think they’re entitled to. While I’m dragging on about the negative aspects, they are only a small part of my world now. There is a bright, shining silver lining to this thing I’ve been exposed to. I’ve had the privilege to sit on an aircraft for 12 hours, cramped, exhausted but happy (like Louis CK once said, “YOU’RE FLYING. YOU’RE SITTING IN A CHAIR IN THE SKY!”). I’ve been able to tell tales of the many amazing people I’ve met along the way – from fellow photographers, to artists I’ve always admired and never thought I’d get to meet, let alone have a simple thing like coffee with… People who seem to scramble the words within your brain and the only thing you end up doing is blurting out ‘HILSKDFLKWELK’ (at some point it’s a verbal greeting, but ends up a flurry of sweat mixed with spit). More importantly, I’ve found a little inspiration from new faces. People I look up to. People whose work I admire so much. For all of this I have to thank the one I look up to the most. Who I admire the most. Who still fills the little voids I try to avoid.

Maybe you’ve heard of James K. Lowe or maybe you haven’t, but as singer Lorde‘s boyfriend, the photographer (who is eight years older than the 17-year-old singer) has a unique perspective on what it’s like to be part of a suddenly famous person’s inner circle. Writing on his blog, Lowe opens up a bit about his relationship with Lorde, who he calls by her given name, Ella, saying that though she’s gone for weeks and months at a time on tour, he “couldn’t be prouder of what she has achieved so far.” Keep reading »

Sienna Miller Says She Sucks At “Selfie Face”

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“I’m not very good at the selfie face. I can do it for, like, three seconds and then I crack up.”

Ridiculously photogenic Nylon cover girl Sienna Miller revealed a shocking confession in the mag’s latest issue: while she has no trouble posing for the world’s top fashion photographers or striking a pose on the red carpet, she totally fails at the most basic form of cell phone photography: selfies. Her wording does beg a few questions, though. By “selfie face” is she referring to duckface? Or perhaps she’s talking about Very Serious Selfie Face; or “Oh I Didn’t Notice The Camera There Even Though I’m Holding It In My Right Hand” Selfie Face; or Slightly Angled Down To Create Cheekbones Selfie Face? Sienna, you might just need to try a new method. There’s a Selfie Face out there for everyone. [E! Online]

Pharrell: Sorry, Conservatives, But Your Daughters Are Twerking

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“[The Tea Party are] all trying to learn how to do the Dougie. Please. While their daughters are all twerking. Trust me … Miley tells me all the time: All those little girls, all those girls with their Republican daddies, they’re twerkin’ somewhere listening to Jay Z and Beyoncé and doin’ the ‘Happy’ dance.”

Superstar producer Pharrell has an interesting interview in GQ in which he talks at length about racial issues in the United States, including facing accusations of colorism because of the women he put on the cover of his album, G I R L, and also his opinion on why Hillary Clinton will win the 2016 presidential election if she runs. It’s worth a full read, but I thought this part was especially funny: apparently Miley Cyrus and Pharrell have some giggles over the fact that the Tea Party might be a bunch of white racist d-bags, but somewhere up in their bedrooms, their daughters are twerking to beats made by Black folks. I never thought of it that way, but it’s true. [GQ] [Image via GQ]

Gwyneth Paltrow & Chris Martin Announce They’ve Decided To “Consciously Uncouple” (AKA Break Up)

It is with hearts full of sadness that we have decided to separate. We have been working hard for well over a year, some of it together, some of it separated, to see what might have been possible between us, and we have come to the conclusion that while we love each other very much we will remain separate. We are, however, and always will be a family, and in many ways we are closer than we have ever been. We are parents first and foremost, to two incredibly wonderful children and we ask for their and our space and privacy to be respected at this difficult time. We have always conducted our relationship privately, and we hope that as we consciously uncouple and coparent, we will be able to continue in the same manner.

Love,

Gwyneth & Chris

Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin just announced in a joint statement that they have decided to separate — “consciously uncouple” — after 10 years of marriage. While I have been known to snark on Gwyneth quite a bit — and was admittedly oh-so-tempted by the phrase “consciously uncouple,” because it is just so GOOP — I appreciate the thoughtfulness of this statement and admire their mutual dedication to their children and respect for each other. (But let’s get real — whose side are Bey and Jay taking?) [GOOP via Defamer]

Matthew Shepard’s Mother Judy Shepard Releases Statement Regarding Fred Phelps’ Death

“Regarding the passing of Fred Phelps, [husband] Dennis and I know how solemn these moments are for anyone who loses a loved one. Out of respect for all people and our desire to erase hate, we’ve decided not to comment further.”

Judy Shepard is more gracious than most parents would have been following the death of Fred Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church, who picketed her son Matthew’s funeral. In 1998, a 21-year-old Matthew was tortured and killed by two young men because he was gay. The Phelps family has picketed LGBTQ pride events, military funerals, high-profile funerals in general, inaugural balls, and performances of the play “The Laramie Project” (about Matthew Shepard’s death), carrying signs that read “God Hates Fags” and “Sin & Shame, Not Pride.” Phelps died this week at age 84. Judy Shepard’s response is the  personification of class. [Advocate] [Photos: Getty]

Shailene Woodley Shares Her Other Essential Beauty Tip (Besides Tanning Your Vagina)

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“Get in a bath and look at your body and be like, ‘Wow, thank you so much for hosting my mind and my heart,’ like as women you know, and also be pregnant with the world. I think that’s really beautiful beauty advice, like, close your eyes and think about all of the other women out there who aren’t in positions to be on a red carpet in Hollywood tonight enjoying this beautiful weather and all of these beautiful smiles and put those women in your womb and be pregnant with them and send them love.”

Wood-nymph, earth mother, herbalist, and phallic horseradish forager Shailene Woodley is back with another helpful beauty tip! In addition to giving your vagina some regular Vitamin D by spreading your legs on a sunny day, the “Divergent” star is all about the beauty benefits of having a little gratitude and taking the time to appreciate the connection between ourselves and other living beings. Considering how freaking shallow Hollywood is, I love, love, loveeeee that Shailene — pictured above at the “Divergent” premiere — isn’t afraid to speak her mind about issues that are important to her. I certainly appreciate this advice so much more than every other star’s suggestion that I buy an eyelash curler to really make my eyes “pop!”

After the jump, read our BFF Shailene’s thoughts on wearing a bra and what worries her. Keep reading »

Cameron Diaz On Monogamy: “Everyone Will Be Cheated On”

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“Everybody has been cheated on, everyone will be cheated on. I can’t fix that, I don’t know how, I don’t have any judgment on anybody, I don’t know how to fix the problem. We are human beings,we are complicated -– you cannot go through life without tallying up a few scars, you cannot go through life unscathed, it’s just what it is. It’s all meant to happen, take your lessons, figure it out, move on.”

Cameron Diaz shares her dismal views about long-term monogamy in OK! Magazine UK. While I do agree that you can’t go through your love life unscathed and that cheating or being cheated on is a common experience, I don’t think it’s necessary to expect that your monogamous partner WILL cheat on you. There are many other alternatives to cheating in committed relationships — breaking up, opening up the relationship, or discussing your urges with your partner without acting on them. Fidelity and what it means to you as a couple is something worth discussing if you’re in it for the long haul. More helpful than preparing yourself to be cheated on, is preparing a contingency plan for how to deal if one partner finds themselves having feelings for someone outside the relationship. [Huffington Post]

Laverne Cox Refused To Play Reality TV’s “Angry Black Woman” Stereotype

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“I remember being really conscious of not wanting to fight with another black woman on camera. I did an interview and the producers were like, “Well, this [other black woman on the show] said this about you. What do you have to say about that?” And I said I’m not fighting with another black woman on TV. Even during my elimination episode, when it came down to myself and another black woman, my mother — after watching — said, “Why didn’t you defend yourself?” And I just didn’t want to give television the satisfaction of seeing two black women going at it. We see that so much.”

“Orange Is The New Black” star Laverne Cox is the subject of a lengthly profile over at Buzzfeed, where she gives a fascinating walk-through of her long road to stardom. After moving to New York City to attend Marymount Manhattan College, Cox worked in nightclubs and acted in student films. Then, in 2008, she got cast on P. Diddy’s reality show, “I Want To Work For Diddy.” Believe it or not, reality TV was a positive experience for her. She credits Diddy for giving her exposure on national television, although she is very realistic and measured about what “a dubious distinction” it is to be “the first black trans woman to appear on a reality TV show.” One matter of principle for Cox, she explained, was refusing to play into the “angry black woman” stereotype that reality TV producers tried to coax out of her and instead held her tongue in situations where she otherwise might have spoken up. In a pop cultural landscape with brats like Justin Bieber and Lindsay Lohan making headlines, it’s refreshing to see a thoughtful, principled actress succeeding. [BuzzFeed]

Tina Fey On Being A Four-Eyed Sex Symbol: “I Tend To Look Like Tootsie”

“People certainly have a thing about the glasses. Liz Lemon wore them all the time, and I wore them on ‘Weekend Update’ to see the cue cards. The ones I wore on ’30 Rock’ were fake, but I kept borrowing them for years—I’d take them home and go to the movies. I finally realized they were fake, they did not have my prescription in them. So yes, [they’re] a fetishized object, but I don’t feel like I have to wear them all the time anymore. I try not to wear them if I’m wearing a gown. If I’m too dressed up with glasses, I tend to look like Tootsie.”

I heartily disagree that Tina Fey resembles Tootsie in anyway, glasses or not, gown or jeans. It’s just a case of self-distortion. But I totally understand. Some mornings, I look in the mirror and think my hair looks like a penis. In other news from Tina’s Time Out interview, she admits she has a bit of a crush on Kermit the frog and when asked if she’s a feminist, she replied, “Yeah, sure.” Gotta love the woman. [Time Out via NyMag.com]

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