Tyra showing off her If you'll remember back to Tuesday, September 8, I spent the afternoon live-blogging the premiere episode of "The Tyra Banks Show" on which she unveiled her "real hair." I know both myself and Fashion + Beauty Editor Jennifer Romolini feel Tyra can be totally over-the-top, annoying and horrible, particularly as host of "America's Next Top Model." But I admired Tyra for taking the opportunity to show what her real hair was like. I appreciated her for explaining that women shouldn't be slaves to their hair and spend so much money and time and energy fixating on such a superficial thing ad embrace their real hair. Despite the fact that she has worn "weaves and wigs and pieces and clip-ons and clip-outs and clip-downs and around" since her teens, Tyra promised that she would be rocking her own real hair on the show for a while. Pretty cool, right? Except that Tyra lied!
Tyra went on "Larry King Live" last night, and amongst other topics, she once again was asked about her "real hair."
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Tyra showing off her If you'll remember back to Tuesday, September 8, I spent the afternoon live-blogging the premiere episode of "The Tyra Banks Show" on which she unveiled her "real hair." I know both myself and Fashion + Beauty Editor Jennifer Romolini feel Tyra can be totally over-the-top, annoying and horrible, particularly as host of "America's Next Top Model." But I admired Tyra for taking the opportunity to show what her real hair was like. I appreciated her for explaining that women shouldn't be slaves to their hair and spend so much money and time and energy fixating on such a superficial thing ad embrace their real hair. Despite the fact that she has worn "weaves and wigs and pieces and clip-ons and clip-outs and clip-downs and around" since her teens, Tyra promised that she would be rocking her own real hair on the show for a while. Pretty cool, right? Except that Tyra lied!Read More »from Tyra Banks duped us: Her hair is SO not real!
Matrix PhotosMany young girls enjoy playing dress up. Some even enjoy getting dolled up to go out. Much to my mother's chagrin, I was one of those little ladies who loved ruffles and lace and pink, and on special occasions and holidays was allowed to wear my favorite fancy ensembles. These involved a puffy princess dress, lace gloves and a pink patent leather handbag with matching flats. Read: FLATS.Read More »from Three-year-old Suri Cruise wears heels
Both Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes have insisted that their three-year-old daughter Suri refuses to wear pants or even coats when the temperatures drop, She only likes skirts and dresses. Kids can be fussy and have strange habits, so we'll buy that. But when your toddler wants to own and wear heels--as she did this week on Newbury Street in Boston--is where parents must draw the line.
I never had the plastic fantasy dress-up heels, but I remember trying on my mom's way-too-big pumps and lipstick and presenting myself to her post-makeover. She'd laugh and say, "OK, now go take it off."
For some odd
Someone out there decided to coin another sort of ridiculous term: Retrosexual. "Good Morning America" aired a segment on retrosexuals this morning, and defined the term as "a person who reaches into their own past to reconnect with an old flame, and then starts the romantic relationship again." With the advent of social networking sites, seeking out previous mates is easier and more enticing than ever. Haven't we all searched for a past boyfriend of crush, even if just out of curiosity to see where they're living or what they look like or if they're married? It's easy, it's harmless--why not?Read More »from Retrosexuals: Dating past loves
This morning, "GMA" reported on a mid-thirties advertising executive in Chicago who was still on the search for Mr. Right. Last May, she sent a message to her first kiss--a boy she met on a camping trip in the '80s--over Facebook. 21 years later they reunited and rekindled the spark they once had. They got married two weeks ago.
Psychologist Nancy Kalish claims it's natural to wonder what
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Love + Sex – Tue, Sep 22, 2009 9:01 PM EDT
Getty ImagesIn the same way that tabloids, gossip blogs, and B.S. biographies plague both perfectly blissful couples and troubled twosomes alike, the focus of such outlets has finally arrived on President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle. Despite the fact that we've rarely seen a famous couple who undoubtedly look so in love, Christopher Andersen's new book, "Barack and Michelle: Portrait of an American Marriage," searches desperately for any shred of a detail that the first couple are not as happy as they seem.Read More »from Why weâ€™re not buying the Obama relationship gossip
The biography claims Michelle Obama gave her husband the silent treatment because many women "pushed their bodies up against his, slipped phone numbers into his pockets" and "whispered lewd suggestions in his ear." One time, he allegedly said, "Jesus, I wish they'd stop grabbing my ass." Michelle's response: "I want to tell these women, 'Back off. Get a life.' It's just embarrassing, that's all."
Not that we condone this behavior, but the President is a good looking guy. As history
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Mon, Sep 21, 2009 9:07 PM EDT
As huge fans of the "Sex and the City" series, we were a bit reluctant to see the movie, wondering how they would pull off a feature-film length follow-up. The movie was decent, and it made millions, but is a sequel really necessary? What more needs to be told? With all the "Golden Girls" comparisons, must we follow Carrie, Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte until their geriatric years?
Here are just a few potential problems we see about the upcoming "SATC 2" movie.Read More »from 7 things that seem very wrong about the â€œSex and the Cityâ€ movie sequel
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Love + Sex – Mon, Sep 21, 2009 6:35 PM EDT
Read More »from â€œThe Soupâ€: As tired of â€œpoor Jenâ€ headlines as I am
I've written before about how the "poor, lonely Jennifer Aniston" stories annoy me to no end, and it seems that Joel McHale and the people at "The Soup" see where I'm coming from. As Jennifer Aniston's new film "Love Happens" (seriously, are these film titles a joke?) hits theaters, "The Soup" has made a spoof video that everyone will enjoy--whether you're on "Team Jen" or not. Does the media perpetuate thisestory of an unlucky in love actress, or is Aniston herself keeping it in motion? We may never really know. But remember folks: you can't believe everything you read, especially when it comes to celebrity romances.
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Parenting – Fri, Sep 18, 2009 9:39 PM EDT
Liv DollsThe Barbie vs. Bratz war died earlier this year, when Mattel ate up the Bratz enterprise along with their bare midriffs. Toy company Spin Master has just introduced the "Liv Dolls" which are supposed to look more like real girls than either of its predecessors and come with changeable wigs and, um, flaws. Yes, each doll has her own background identity like a modern day American Girl. Presenting the Liv girls (from left to right):Read More »from Liv dolls: The non-skanky, â€œimperfectâ€ dolls weâ€™d actually buy for our kids
"Daniela: Give it up for Daniela! She totally lives for the music and she's dreaming big!
Katie: Katie! That girl lives for the thrill! But take away her wheels and she's a total klutz!
Sophie: She lives for the latest hair style and loves helping her friends change up their looks.
Alexis: Hey! Alexis in the house! She lives for fashion. And loves to dress her friends."
So what do we have here? An aspiring musician/groupie, a skater, a future beautician, and a fashionista. Well, they're wearing more clothing than the Bratz dolls, and though their heads
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Work + Money – Fri, Sep 18, 2009 8:23 PM EDT
Getty ImagesEveryone remembers their first paying job--you either loved it or hated it. Jennifer Aniston claims her first paid gig was cleaning toilets. "I'm actually pretty good at it," she says. Really? Cleaning toilets? She's not confusing that with a movie role or something? Though Aniston has come a long way since, she had a handful of other odd jobs while waiting for her big acting break on "Friends." "I loved being a waitress," she says. "OK, I didn't like time-share selling, I hated that job. But people used to say to me, 'You need to focus on having ambition. And I guess sort of following that advice allowed a lot to come to me...There's just been a great ease with that evolvement in my life to being an actress. I didn't change that much, but my bank account changed." Um, yeah.Read More »from What was your first job, and did you learn anything from it?
I grew up helping out in my mom's gift shop by ringing the cash register and keeping things tidy. But my first real job was as a sales associate at Urban Outfitters. I worked there for about two years and one
We've featured the songs of New York's PS22 several times here on Shine, and we're delighted to announce that the 5th graders from Staten Island are making a live TV performance tonight on VH1 Divas. How awesome is that? We spent the morning combing through the videos on their website and found a few fantastic performances we had not yet seen, so we wanted to share them with you here. Be sure to tune in tonight!Read More »from PS22 chorus to perform on VH1 Divas tonight!
Kids inspire with "Eye of the Tiger" sing-along
Press Play: PS22 chorus sings "Landslide"
Press Play: PS22 chorus sings "Vida la Vida"
Anna Sui was recently honored with the CFDA Lifetime Achievement Award and has proven to be still relevant with a "Gossip Girl" inspired collection for Target. While Sui maintains her '60s rock vibe from season to season, her spring collection also had a Big Top motif, the circus scenes in "Doctor Dolittle," which Sui herself dubbed "very Sixties Victorian." This included ringmaster hats and jackets, a fun twist on menswear, Liberty patterns in a classic Anna Sui palette (oranges, blues and purples).
We saw several outfits on the runway that seemed straight-up "Gossip Girl" inspired. "Every girl wants to have handbags and heels and wants to look like Blair and Serena and why not?" explained Sui. "I analyzed each character and realized they are all a part of what I already do. There's the rock chick who wants to be a designer, the girly-girl, Serena, who is sophisticated and sexy, and the Williamsburg girl who's into vintage. These are all elements of my collections."
Take a look atRead More »from Fashion Week dispatch: Anna Sui