Disco was more than a passing fad, it was the era of the female rock star. Never before had so many solo women singers challenged music's all-boys club. It took an epic vocal range, thick skin and a passion for glamour and Donna Summer had it all. When the 63-year-old legendary disco queen lost her battle to cancer this week, the music industry lost a female force to be reckoned with, fashion lost an iconic risk-taker and the world lost a woman who could make anyone hit the dance floor. -Piper Weiss, Shine StaffRead More »from Remembering Donna Summer: From First to Last Dance
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- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Fashion – Thu, May 17, 2012 2:52 PM EDT
(Getty Images)[Shine's daily spotlight of the most jaw-dropping photo from today's news.]Read More »from So This Happened: Former 'Bachelor' Found!
Ever wonder what happened to Bachelors of season past? I do. Lorenzo Borghese, rather Prince Lorenzo Borghese of Italy by way of New Jersey by way of Bachelor Season 9, was spotted alive and well yesterday. Since his search for love ended, he's written a historical romance novel, and continues to sell high-end doggy products. Now based in New York City, he also enjoys attending events like Monday's launch of a new line of Hello Kitty-themed lingerie. With that in mind, we're going to assume he's still looking for love.
[Every Wednesday, Shine tackles one of life's little mysteries. Got a burning question you want answered? Tweet us @yahooshine #burningquestions or leave it in the comments below.]Read More »from Burning Question: Why Do Women Date Jerks?
It's a simple question, and one neither sex has been able to answer. When given the choice between a perfectly decent dude and a guy who will twist our ventricles into a vice, we tend to go for option B. Even if we've already "learned from our mistakes" we're still suckers for the sadist next door. ("50 Shades of Gray" isn't a bestseller because of the writing.)
Finally, some answers! According to a new report published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, it's all ovulation's fault. "Under the hormonal influence of ovulation, women delude themselves into thinking that the sexy bad boys will become devoted partners and better dads," writes Kristina Durante, a researcher on University of Texas study.
If men think with their man-parts, women think with their cycles. That's when we all make bad
Credit: Mario Sorrenti/W Magazine [Shine's daily spotlight of the most jaw-dropping photo from today's news.]Read More »from So This Happened: Tom Cruise Got Inked
Do you feel as weird as I do looking at this photo? How about this one? Tom Cruise, 49-year-old dad, Scientology evangelist and, apparently, method actor, introduced his new alter ego, Stacee Jaxx, in a spread for W magazine. Jaxx is Cruise's guitar hero character in "Rock of Ages," the big screen adaptation of the hit metal musical in theaters later this year. Realistic fake tattoos! Pointy tongue! Nail Polish! It's hard to believe that's our little Tom. Why, it seems like only a few years ago he was wearing braces. Oh wait, he was.
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Fashion – Tue, May 15, 2012 10:54 AM EDT
[Shine's daily spotlight of a jaw-dropping photo from today's news.]Read More »from So This Happened...Mischa Barton Danced with a Panda
Fashion photographer Tyler Shields posted a series of images on his website featuring former OC star Mischa Barton dallying with a well-dressed panda. Here is one of those pictures. That's all.
Read More »from Weird Sex in Snooki's New Book
Forget "50 Shades of Grey," Nicole Polozzi has been captivating the country with the humiliating side of sex for a few years now. Only instead of spanking, it's vomit, and instead of handcuffs it's flatulence.
At heart, Snooki is a fetishist. A real-down-and-dirty-advanced-placement-hardcore fetishist. When she first vomited during a hot tub make-out session in the early days of "Jersey Shore" we assumed it was something she regretted, until we got to know her. Now we know she's titillated by the sloppier moments of intimacy largely blotted out of romantic films, literature, and our personal memories. She loves a puke-infused smush, she relishes in a drunken fall that leaves her magpie exposed to strangers, and she gets off on sharing all the gag-worthy exploits with the public at large.
It's a give and take. We obviously like hearing about it. Her second novel, seriously called "Gorilla Beach," out May 15, is stamped with all the gross-out sex nuggets we've come to expect from our
It's been called the mother of all pregnancy books. "What to Expect When You're Expecting," by Heidi Murkoff, the best-selling month-by-month guide to becoming a mom, is considered mandatory reading for pregnant women. It's on the nightstand of 93 percent of American women with a baby on the way. Read More »from What's Your Favorite Pregnancy Advice Book?
It's also the only pregnancy book that's been turned into big screen movie in theaters this Friday. Starring Jennifer Lopez (who read the book during her pregnancy), Cameron Diaz, Elizabeth Banks and a kitchen sink full of TV stars, the super-sized baby movie takes its name and inspiration from the tome every pregnant woman is assigned to read, for better or worse.
Forget that it was written in 1984 by an advertising executive, and forget that it's been criticized for making pregnancy seem more panic-inducing than many moms feel it needs to be. (Slate's Alison Benedikt calls it the "mean girl" of pregnancy books).
Before author Heidi Murkoff entered the pregnancy arena, the pickings were
(Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images for Asia Fashion Exchange)[Shine's daily spotlight of the most jaw-dropping photo from today's news.]
In Singapore on Monday, designer Vincent Wong sent a model down the runway with something on her face. (No, up a little. Yeah, it's still there.)
Wong's collection was part of Asia Fashion Exchange, a week long talent search for the brightest untapped designers in the region. This facial fascinator, inspired by a moth attack, could be the future of bridal couture if Wong, of Malaysia, makes it big. Think about how much we'd all save on make-up.
Read More »from So This Happened...Bridal Veil Eats Face
Ketchup. We love it. But do we really know it?
An estimated 97 percent of American households have a bottle in their fridges right now. Most people like Heinz' original recipe, which consists of tomatoes, vinegar, high fructose corn syrup, salt, spice, onion powder and some other "natural flavorings" the company isn't required to list. Heinz recently re-introduced its limited edition ketchup with balsamic vinegar in time for burger season for all you fancy types. But before Heinz, ketchup, or even catsup, there was katchop. The Chinese condiment, from which the burger topping originated, was nothing more than shellfish brine.Read More »from Ketchup's Unsavory Secret History
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Parenting – Fri, May 11, 2012 5:06 PM EDT
A Florida teacher could lose her job for treating students like dogs. Pasco County high school teacher Laurie Bailey-Cutkomp, 47, used a veterinary cone usually reserved for sick puppies to discipline her misbehaving ninth graders. Her actions have caused outrage among parents, but some students are coming to her defense.
Parents wire kid to catch bullying teacher on tape
Bailey-Cutkomp, a twelve-year veteran of Zephyrhills High, came up with the measure after her class screened the Disney movie, "Up." In the movie, a four-legged character introduces the "cone of shame" as the ultimate punishment. After students asked about the collar, the teacher, a former vet worker, brought one into class and allegedly decided to put it to use.
One student was 'coned' for bringing a soda to class. Others who arrived late to class were given the option to wear the plastic neck-piece instead of sitting at the "tardy table." At least eight students wore the collar, according to the Tampa Bay Times