Blog Posts by Piper Weiss, Shine Staff
Sonya Thomas and JoeyChestnut face off in 2006. (Photo by Bobby Bank/WireImage)Read More »from Women make less eating hot dogs, too
Last year, a 98-pound woman faced off against four thick-cut men in the finals for Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating contest. It was Sonya Thomas' 8th time ranking among the top 10 competitive eaters at the world famous Fourth of July chow-down competition. But this summer, Thomas isn't even in the running against her other top competitors.
The organizers of the event announced today, that women will be competing in a separate contest from the men this year. The real kicker: the female winner gets $5000 while the male winner gets $20,000.
Event chairman George Shea makes the irrational argument that women will have more endorsement opportunities as a result of their win so they don't need as big a reward. He also makes it sound like he's doing women eaters a favor. "Serena Williams didn't have to beat Roger Federer to win the Wimbledon title, and we don't think Sonya Thomas should have to beat Joey Chestnut," Shea told the New York Post.
What Shea is implying is that the best women
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Fashion – Thu, Apr 21, 2011 11:38 PM EDT
Is Blake Lively really that influential? (Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic/Getty)Read More »from Blake Lively on Time 100 list. Is she really that influential?
Some of the incredible women who made Time Magazine's 100 influencers list this year: A pulitzer prize winning author (Jennifer Egan), the world's #1 comic (Tina Fey), Oprah (of course), an unimaginably strong congresswoman (Gabrielle Giffords), the president of Brazil (Dilma Rouseff), a U.S. Air Force General (Margaret Woodward), the woman who wrote the book on pregnancy (Heidi Murkoff), and an actress on 'Gossip Girl'.
Blake Lively is no doubt a hollywood starlet. She's starting to break into major film roles as a leading lady and even earned accolades from Vogue. But nobody's holding their breath for her to win an Oscar or reinvent the fashion wheel. She's blonde, and clothes look good on her, but that kind of influence is hardly innovative or unique to the industry. Moreover, it's not that influential these days.
Our pop stars wear raw meat on their body, our Oscar winning actresses have reformed gender, body and marital expectations. Even our TV stars, like Lea Michele who
(Mike Marsland/Wire Image)Not Kate Middleton, that's for sure. Despite being a 29-year-old woman with her very own Barbie and the title of princess waiting for her on the other end of her wedding, most women wouldn't want to be in her shoes.Read More »from Which celebrity would you trade places with?
According to a new poll, 86 percent are happy they're not about to walk down the royal aisle. "Most women realize Catherine has an unenviable task ahead of her, having her every move, not to mention every outfit, picked apart by the press," the poll's editor Carla Bevan says at Time.com.
The more we know about celebrities, the harder it is to envy them. They may be rich, famous and internationally worshipped, but they're also microscopically judged, and their minute actions can cause ripple effects of ridicule. That's the trade-off for living in a castle, or in Gwyneth Paltrow's case, a bunch of townhouses. Paltrow herself has stirred up the question recently, when an interviewer suggested her team of angry critics are merely jealous. Are people jealous of Paltrow? "Maybe
American Idol's Kara DioGuardi date-raped by music producer. Is sexual misconduct an industry epidemic?By Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Work + Money – Tue, Apr 19, 2011 8:52 PM EDT
Kara DioGuardi is opening up about her painful past during her early years in the music industry. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
For ex 'American Idol' judge Kara DioGuardi, the road to success in the music industry has been paved with sexual assault. In her new memoir, One Helluva High Note, the TV star recounts being date-raped by a "fairly known" music producer.
"She repeatedly told him to stop, but didn't try to fight him because she was too scared he'd become violent," reports EOnline. "She never told anyone about the horrific incident because she feared he would ruin her career."Read More »from American Idol's Kara DioGuardi date-raped by music producer. Is sexual misconduct an industry epidemic?
That wasn't the last terrifying encounter she'd have working as a label executive, producer, and songwriter in music's notorious boy's club. She also opens up about a recording artist who invited her on a three day songwriting trip only to subject her to porn and stripper marathons. After his repeated attempts to convince DioGuardi to fondle him she walked away from the gig.
In an industry plagued by gender inequity and harassment allegations, DioGuardi's experiences are hardly surprising. In 1991, the Los
Leah and Cory as teenagers in love on Teen Mom 2. (Courtesy of MTV)Read More »from Teen Mom's Leah and Cory file for divorce. Noooo!
As a relatively media savvy adult, I shouldn't be surprised that teenagers on an MTV reality show are breaking up. But of all the reality stars I want to believe and believe in, it's Leah and Cory.
After six months of marriage, Leah's filed for divorce and rumors are circulating that he cheated. Is this as devastating to you as it is to me? As one quarter of the Teen Mom 2 pie, they were a slice of hope. Despite their high school fling that resulted in twins, one born with developmental disabilities, they decided to stick together as a family. At the end of this season, they held a tearful wedding ceremony that suggested they'd live happily ever after.
On a series that spotlights the immaturity of teenage parents in impossible situations, Leah and Cory were the exception. They served as a stark contrast to Jenelle and Kiefer who finished the series in jail; Chelsea and Adam who were so awkward together they could barely look each other in the eye; and Joe and Kaelin who required
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Love + Sex – Fri, Apr 15, 2011 9:15 PM EDT