Writer Melanie Berliet wanted to take the plunge, quit her day job, and pursue freelance writing full-time. No steady paycheck, no health insurance, no safety net. So Berliet joined SeekingArrangements.com, a site which pairs young, female 20-something “sugar babies” with rich, older, male “sugar daddies” for a relationship based on gifts, including luxury items and cash. By stipulating the bling or Benjamins are gifts, the site technically doesn’t promote prostitution. Although Berliet said she was concerned about “walking the line between dating and prostitution,” she eventually convinced herself that in many species “mating rituals [often involve] the exchange of gifts” and “suspected gold diggers like Heather Mills or the late Anna Nicole Smith … were merely following their evolutionary instincts.” Keep reading »
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I don’t know about you, but the first time I ever heard about Alexis Neiers and “the bling ring” (a group of L.A. teenagers who’ve been accused of breaking into celebrities’ homes and stealing their clothes) was in a pretty condemning Vanity Fair magazine article. This week on “Pretty Wild,” we got to see the interview from Alexis’ point of view and — you guessed it — there were tears involved. Keep reading »
More than two decades after her death, Grace Kelly, aka Princess Grace of Monaco, appears on the cover of the May issue of Vanity Fair, which celebrates her much-imitated classic sense of style. Click here to read the magazine’s feature on the actress, along with a slideshow of her more famous outfits. Keep reading »
The Vanity Fair Oscar party was crashed for the first time in 15 years on Sunday. The crasher, Gawker’s Ravi Somaiya had to sneak in hours in advance, steal passes left idle for a moment in a back room and hide in stairwells all to enjoy about seven minutes of party-going. While this may sound a bit frivolous, the duplicity required to get through the army of security guards, ex-CIA agents and celebrity handlers surrounding that event is actually pretty impressive and it has us thinking about our own party-crashing feats. While none rival Somaiya’s badass foray into the VF party, we’ve got a few accomplishments under our belts! (Like I may or may not have talked my way into 10 to 15 fashion shows I wasn’t invited to my first season in New York.) A few readers have pitched in their own tales of gate-crashing after the jump and we’d love to see yours in the comments! Keep reading »
This is the best response to Vanity Fair‘s all-white cover of Hollywood starlets we’ve seen: some pranksters mocked up a fake cover of “Vanity No Fair,” with — gasp! — women of color sitting in the same outfits and poses as the actresses on Vanity Fair‘s March 2010 issue. Click here to see a larger version.
“Was I satisfied? Yeah, well… I mean, I come from a world where I’m not on covers and I’m not in magazines at all. And so I was happy to be in the magazine. At first I thought, ‘Hmm, should I be there? Then I very quickly got over it. I think if I were a part of that shoot I would have felt a little left out anyway. I would have felt a little like… whether or not I should have been there. [It] doesn’t matter, because I wasn’t on it and I’m excited to be mentioned anywhere, and it doesn’t matter to me where I’m not mentioned.”
— Gabourey Sidibe talked with “Access Hollywood” about being mentioned in the Vanity Fair 2010 Young Hollywood issue, but being left off the controversial cover (along with anyone else of color) [via Access Hollywood] Keep reading »
- Nineteen-year-old Emma Watson, star of the “Harry Potter” series, is the highest paid actress in Hollywood with an estimated $30 million in earnings. And while that’s really cool, we couldn’t help but notice Emma shows up #14 on Vanity Fair‘s list after 13 other male actors. (The second-highest paid actress comes in at #19: Cameron Diaz, with an estimated $27 million in earnings in 2009.) Hmm, what’s up with that? [Vanity Fair]
- Today, a bi-partisan group of politicians introduced the International Violence Against Women Act to the House and Senate. IVAWA seeks to disarm cultural attitudes and practices which condone violence against women, to train police personnel to properly handle violence against women, and to increase women’s economic stability in the long term. [Politico]
Meet Alexis Neiers, the quintessential L.A. party kid: Her mom is a former Playboy Playmate, her dad was the director of photography on “Friends” and she lives on a pretty street in Westlake Village with her mom and a party girl pal, 20-year-old Tess Taylor, a Playboy Cyber Girl. Neiers and Taylor hit up L.A. night life hot spots so much that E! offered the girls a reality show, “Pretty Wild,” airing this March.
If things had gone differently for Neiers, “Pretty Wild” could have set her on a course to become the next Paris Hilton. But this is where the story gets weird: Neiers and friends are actually “the bling ring,” a group of 18- and 19-year-old burglars who Los Angeles police have linked to multiple burglaries of celebrities’ homes, including Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, Rachel Bilson, Brian Austin Green and Megan Fox, Audrina Patridge, and Orlando Bloom. Now, Vanity Fair reports, “Pretty Wild” is not so much about the L.A. party scene as it is following Neiers’ seems-to-be-destined path to jail. Keep reading »