Allana Maiden (right) and her mother, Debbie Barrett. (Photo: Courtesy of Allana Maiden)Allana Maiden was 6 years old when her mother, Debbie Barrett, was diagnosed with breast cancer. She grew up watching her mother struggle with the aftermath of chemotherapy and a mastectomy, and saw that even years later, bra shopping was still a disheartening ordeal.
So, inspired by her mother's strength, Maiden started a petition on Change.org, asking Victoria's Secret to make a special "Survivors" bra for women who have beaten breast cancer.
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"Mastectomy bras are currently treated as more of a medical device," Maiden, now 27, told Yahoo! Shine. "Their purpose is to hold the prosthesis in place and nothing more. But women like to buy bras and panties that make them feel feminine and pretty. If there's anyone that deserves this pretty feeling, it's breast cancer survivors."
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Her mom has been cancer-free for 21 years now, but Maiden says that Barrett still has to drive more than an
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Allana Maiden (right) and her mother, Debbie Barrett. (Photo: Courtesy of Allana Maiden)Allana Maiden was 6 years old when her mother, Debbie Barrett, was diagnosed with breast cancer. She grew up watching her mother struggle with the aftermath of chemotherapy and a mastectomy, and saw that even years later, bra shopping was still a disheartening ordeal.Read More »from Cancer Survivor's Daughter Asks Victoria's Secret to Make a Post-Mastectomy Bra (UPDATED)
Move over, Hello Kitty, there's a new destination for the cutest and coolest customers in town. The Barbie Cafe, which opened in one of the busiest shopping districts in Taipei on Wednesday, is filled with classic and modern Barbie memorabilia, features a delicious-looking menu, and takes people where the prim-and-proper "American Girl" franchise fears to tread. "We picked Taiwan because theme restaurants are very popular and successful here," Iggy Yip, a senior manager at Mattel's Greater China division, told the Telegraph. "We are very confident that the Barbie Cafe can promote our brand image."
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- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Love + Sex – Wed, Jan 30, 2013 4:45 PM EST
Ashley Judd and Dario Francitti at the Emmy Awards in September 2012. (Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage)Actress (and possible future Senate candidate) Ashley Judd announced that she and Indianapolis 500 winning race-car driver Dario Franchitti are splitting up after 11 years of marriage. But unlike other celebrity couples who have called it quits, they're both taking the high road. That's right: They're calm, collected, and totally amicable about it.Read More »from Ashley Judd and Dario Franchitti Split, Are Totally Cool About It
"We have mutually decided to end our marriage," the couple told People magazine in a statement on Tuesday. "We'll always be family and continue to cherish our relationship based on the special love, integrity, and respect we have always enjoyed."
We know, right? Mature, respectful, and not a reality-TV show plot twist in sight.
Judd, 44, and Franchitti, 39, met at "Beverly Hills 90210" star Jason Priestley's wedding in February 1999, where they were set up by mutual friends. At the time, Franchetti had no idea who Judd was, and Judd said she knew nothing about racing. Still, the two fell in love and were engaged by the end of that year.
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Work + Money – Wed, Jan 30, 2013 2:31 PM EST
Father and daughter soldiers Tim and Katelyn Larrison were stationed together in Afghanistan. Both came home safely this week. (Photo: Facebook)Residents of Vassar, Michigan, welcomed home two of their own on Sunday, when Army Reserve soldiers Master Sargeant (Msg.) Tim Larrison and Specialist (Spc.) Katelyn Larrison ended their yearlong deployment in Afghanistan. The father-daughter team was surprised by a crowd of well-wishers who had spent most of the morning awaiting their arrival.Read More »from Father-Daughter Soldiers Return Home Safely from Afghanistan
Soldier Adjusts to Life at Home After Afghanistan
"I was so excited to see her [Katelyn's] reaction," Shannon Larrison—Katelyn's mom and Tim's wife—told WNEM-TV. "She immediately started shaking and tears came down her eyes, it was the best."
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"Oh man, a lot of people, it was very exciting, it's nice to be welcomed home," Spc. Katelyn Larrison, 19, told a local news crew.
"Just seeing the support and the flags, it was bigger than I imagined," her dad said.
This wasn't the first time he's returned home from war; Msg. Tim Larrison finished a year in Afghanistan in September
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Love + Sex – Tue, Jan 29, 2013 4:52 PM EST
Why aren't more people signing up for classes like these? (Photo: Getty Images)The University of Minnesota will be hosting a symposium this spring that makes the idea of reading "Fifty Shades of Grey" with a roomful of strangers seem tame. Get ready to learn about The Female Orgasm.Read More »from Would You Take a Class About Perfecting Your Orgasm?
"Orgasm aficionados and beginners of all genders are welcome to come learn about everything from multiple orgasms to that mysterious G-spot," course description reads.
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"Are you coming?" the online RSVP form asks.
The event is being hosted by the university's Office of Diversity and Equity's Women's Center, and a university representative told Campus Reform that the course isn't rated NC-17.
"This educational workshop is open to the full university community and participation is voluntary," spokeswoman Patricia Mattern said in an email. "As a research institution, we study, publish and educate on a vast range of topics, including human sexuality."
The seminar will cost the university about $3,400, which they chalk up to "research";
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Work + Money – Tue, Jan 29, 2013 1:59 PM EST
U.S. economy may be on the mend, but that hasn't stopped it from influencing a generation in an unexpected way: For the first time ever, an annual survey of college freshman has found that first-year students are more focused on their job prospects than their party plans.The Read More »from Drinking Among College Freshmen Hits Record Low, Major Survey Finds
According to the "2012 Freshman Norms report," conducted by UCLA's Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP) each year since 1966, only 33 percent of college freshman reported drinking beer in 2012, down from 35.4 percent in 2011 and far lower than the 73.7 percent who were knocking back drinks in 1982, when many of their own parents were in college.
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Alcohol industry experts said that they're happy about the change.
"While we recognize there is more work to be done to eliminate underage drinking, today we have a record number of college freshmen who are making the right choices about drinking," Joe McClain, president of the Beer Institute, said in a
Think of it as Mardi Gras, but for dogs: The 2013 Mystic Krewe of Barkus parade in New Orleans featured plenty of beads and baubles and some crazily costumed canines. The dogs and their human companions took to the street on Sunday for the two-hour-long parade, the proceeds from which are donated to animal welfare groups. This year's theme, "Tails and Tiaras: Here Comes Honey Bow Wow," was a nod to reality TV and the grand spectacle that goes with it. Take a look at this year's best in show. -- By Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine
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- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Love + Sex – Mon, Jan 28, 2013 1:16 PM EST
Pinterest and you'll find plenty of boards dedicated to amazing weddings. The perfect dress. Gorgeous engagement rings. Romantic up-dos. Awe-inspiring do-it-yourself decorations that would put Martha Stewart to shame. But among all of the wedding offerings, certain boards stand out: Ones created by women who are proudly and publicly planning for the big day even though they're still single.Take a look at Read More »from Are You Planning Your Wedding -- Even Though You're Single?
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They're not pretending otherwise, either. With titles like "How single girls plan their wedding," "Planning my wedding while single," and "Single with BIG wedding plans," the boards are packed with Cinderella dresses, party theme ideas, and pictures of enormous diamond solitaires -- playing up the myth of the perfect wedding while ignoring the reality of real-life marriage.
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"Finding somebody who wants to be plugged into your life exactly the way it is, and all the choices you've
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Parenting – Fri, Jan 25, 2013 4:55 PM EST
If we were Derek Benson's kids, we'd never buy lunch at school -- we love his hand-drawn lunch bags way too much to pass one up. The Atlanta-based dad started drawing on his kids' brown paper lunch bags in 2008, and they've become such a hit that his kids' friends and teachers have started collecting them (and he's gathered quite a following online). A video game developer with a background in graphic art, Benson finds inspiration in the TV shows and books he shares with his kids Dana, 12, Dylan, 8, and Liam, 6 -- lots of Japanese animation and other "geeky" stuff, he told Yahoo! Shine. Take a look. -- By Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine.
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- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Fashion – Fri, Jan 25, 2013 1:30 PM EST
Those faint lines on her left lens show that Hillary Clinton's glasses aren't just a fashion statement. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) The chunky glasses that Hillary Clinton wore during this week's Benghazi hearings were much more than a fashion statement. A member of her staff confirmed on Friday that the Secretary of State had to switch to specs in the aftermath of the concussion she suffered last month.Read More »from Hillary Clinton's Post-Concussion Glasses Are More Than a Fashion Statement
"She'll be wearing these glasses instead of her contacts for a period of time because of lingering issues stemming from her concussion," State Department spokesman Philippe Reines told ABC News. "With them on she sees just fine."
Clinton, 65, has been criticized before for wearing glasses and forgoing full makeup, but the former First Lady has said "If others want to worry about it, I let them do the worrying for a change."
"I feel so relieved to be at the stage I'm at in my life right now,"she told CNN in May, after she was taken to task for appearing at a press conference with dark-rimmed glasses on. "Because you know if I want to wear my glasses I'm wearing my glasses. If I want to wear my hair back I'm