One of the most talked about models of the year isn't Kate Moss, Gisele Bundchen or the gaggle of early twenty-somethings who partied their way through recent Fashion Weeks around the globe, it's Jacky O'Shaughnessy, the 62 year-old face of American Apparel. O'Shaughnessy, who only began modeling in 2011, is one of a number of mature models who are challenging assumptions about age and beauty and at the same time grabbing headlines for the brands they represent. "I love when these women are paid attention to," Kristi McCormick, the founder Matchbook Company, which does casting for magazines and advertising tells Yahoo! Shine. "Women in their forties, fifties, and beyond, are better models than they were at 18. The brands are probably getting more out of the photo shoots. The models are great ambassadors for the companies." Cindy Joseph, one of the most successful older models working today and the founder and CEO of BOOM! By Cindy Joseph tells Yahoo Shine that it's about time. "WhenRead More »from Why Fashion is Getting Better with Age
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- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | Healthy Living – Fri, Feb 21, 2014 2:24 PM EST
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Yellow is associated with smiley faces and sunshine, but consumers might want to steer clear of certain products made in this happy-looking color. Polychlorinated biphenyls, a group of chemicals commonly known as PCBs, have been banned in the United States since 1979. New research, though, shows that a form called PCB 11, which is found in yellow pigments commonly used in paint and for printing clothing and paper, is leaching into the air, water, and also our blood streams. "People thought that PCB issues were solved and they could forget about it," lead author of the study Lisa Rodenburg, an associate professor of environmental chemistry at Rutgers University, tells Yahoo Shine. "But now we are finding new sources in the environment." The work has undergone peer review, and she expects the team's findings to be published later this year.
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Although PCBs are one of the most widely studied group of chemical toxins, some forms, including PCB 11,Read More »from PCBs Banned for Decades but Still Lurking in Some Yellow Products
- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | Healthy Living – Thu, Feb 20, 2014 1:38 PM EST
The magic of photography is how a split second frozen in time can reveal an epic story layered in history and emotion. The Sony World Photography Awards announced its shortlist of student finalists this week, spotlighting young photographers who capture the world around them in a manner that's both courageous and tender. The candidates, ages 21-28, each submitted a single image on the theme "Tomorrow's World." The semi-finalists, who represent six continents, were chosen from hundreds of students enrolled in photography programs at more than 230 institutions around the globe. They have now been challenged to present a series of self-portraits to the judges. The winner will be announced on April 30 in London and receive $48 thousand-worth of photographic equipment. The annual contest is one of the largest of its kind and features both professional and amateur photographers. Here are eight of the most compelling works, to see more of the student finalist's photographs, click here.Read More »from Award-Winning Student Photos Capture History in the Making
- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | Parenting – Wed, Feb 19, 2014 2:23 PM EST
miscarriage is one of the most traumatic events that can happen in a woman's life, and they're surprisingly common. But new research by scientists in Denmark suggests that it's possible that about a quarter of miscarriages could be prevented by lifestyle changes.A
About 50 percent of fertilized eggs spontaneously abort –– often before a woman is even aware she is pregnant –– usually because of chromosomal abnormalities but also because of exposure to toxic agents, maternal health disorders, illegal drug use, or other factors. In the United States, the miscarriage rate for women who know they are pregnant is between 15 and 20 percent. Researchers in Denmark wanted to determine the preventable risks of miscarriage and find out what percentage of miscarriages were caused by these factors. They published their findings in BJOG: International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology on Wednesday.
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Bridget Jones brilliantly called a smug married, like me. But, being that Saturday, the day after Valentine's, is "Singles Awareness Day," I recently leaped into the wasps' nest anyway and found that once all the stinging is over, people actually have a whole lot to say about the topic.What's a guaranteed way to alienate your single friends, family members, and colleagues? Just ask them what not to say to a single person, especially if you are what
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First, let's clarify who we mean when we say "single." By single person, we mean woman. Of course some men are single and they certainly have complex feelings about being single, but No. 1, they aren't judged in the same way as their female counterparts, and No. 2, they don't really want to talk about it anyway. "It's changing, but the stigma is still mainly on women," Karen Ruskin, a psychotherapist and relationship expert, told me. Furthermore, she says that perceptions can beRead More »from What Not to Say to Someone Who's Single
- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | The Good News – Thu, Feb 13, 2014 1:31 PM EST
Americans will spend more than $36 billion on Valentine's Day this year, but one guy in Kansas is putting the rest of us to shame with his series of dreamy (and free) love notes to his wife. About a month ago, Jesse Hale started writing his wife, Holly, sweet nothings on sticky notes as part of a project called 100 Days of Valentines. This week, he released a video of his first 25 days, and it has us swooning.
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And it seems Holly has Hale swooning, too. "My wife is super awesome and talented. I have liked her since the day I met her," Hale said in an email to Yahoo Shine. "The feeling wasn't mutual at the time. I eventually wore her down...I mean won her over," he added, joking.
Hale's mini-missives are part of Give It 100, an experiment in self-discovery open to anyone, launched in November by former Microsoft executive Karen Cheng. Her video journey of a year spent learning how to dance went viral in July 2013. After beingRead More »from Who Needs Valentine's Day? Husband Romances Wife With 100 Daily Love Notes
- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | Fashion – Wed, Feb 12, 2014 2:29 PM EST
Barbie has had more than 130 jobs, from astronaut to aerobics instructor, but her latest is career move is by far the worst: On Feb. 18, the doll will be featured as a model for the 50th Anniversary of Sports Illustrated's swimsuit issue.
For all those moms and (dads) out there who have asked themselves over the decades, "Is Barbie an appropriate toy for young girls, or is she a sex object?" you finally have your definitive answer. Barbie is, depressingly, a sex object, and she's not apologetic about it.
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The doll's SI debut is part of an advertising scheme dubbed "Unapologetic," that was launched earlier this month with a Twitter tour and a billboard in Times Square. Barbie's hashtag #Unapologetic initially seemed sassy and clever in a "haters gonna hate" kind of way, obviously inspired by provocative young stars like Miley Cyrus and Rihanna (whose 2012 album was also titled "Unapologetic").
"Style icons come andRead More »from Barbie Poses for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. We Give Up.
- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | Pets – Tue, Feb 11, 2014 2:46 PM EST
beware. If you are the type who Feline-phobesavoids crossing paths with a black cat or suspects your kitty is just waiting for you to die so it can tuck into an oversized buffet meal of your body, there's a new breed that may give you nightmares. The Lykoi cat, with its patchy gray fur and huge golden eyes has the distinct appearance of being a tiny werewolf, and its name derives from the word "lukos" which is Greek for "wolf." "The show-quality cats have that classic scary movie look," breeder Johnny Gobble, who is also a veterinarian, tells Yahoo Shine. "Like a human who is partially being covered by hair."
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Before we go on, let's get something out of the way: These cats are not an Internet hoax. A spokesperson from the International Cat Association confirmed to Yahoo Shine that the Lykoi cat was recently accepted for registration by the group's board. While still considered an experimental breed, it's the first step in being able toRead More »from Meet the Lykoi Cat, a New Breed That's Scary Cute. Like Werewolf Scary
- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | Beauty – Mon, Feb 10, 2014 4:06 PM EST
Brace yourself, because bronytails are about to explode. Just as every little girl in America begged for a Dorothy Hamill wedge cut after the 1976 Olympics, figure skater Jason Brown's ponytail is the big hair story at the Sochi 2014 Winter Games. It even has its own Twitter feed, @2014PonyPower with nearly 1000 followers. But here's a note for the dudes: what makes Brown's look a standout is that it's groomed, squeaky clean, and secured tight and tastefully low at the nape of neck. Over the last few years, a bunch of actors and athletes have been sporting "My Little Ponies"-bushy stubs that look unwashed and haphazard; it's not a style you necessarily want to emulate. A sixteen year-old female acquaintance replied when quizzed about young Hollywood's penchant for mini ponies, "It's OK for Leonardo DiCaprio, he's Leonardo DiCaprio, but…." Yeah, not even Bradley Cooper or Jake Gyllenhaal have the swag to pull off the greasy John Belushi-as-Samurai style that these guys are pushing.Read More »from Figure Skater Jason Brown's Bronytail Wins Hair Olympics
that's not always the case. On Thursday afternoon, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) filed a federal lawsuit against the EPA related to two hazardous pesticides. Propoxur and tetrachlorvinphos (TCVP) are banned for use in most household products because of their danger to children, but they are still used in flea collars for dogs and cats. These neurotoxins can have a similar impact on kids' brains as exposure to lead and might also cause cancer. "We've been putting pressure on EPA for almost a decade on this," Miriam Rotkin-Ellman, a senior public health scientist at NRDC, tells Yahoo Shine.As consumers, we often assume that the products we buy are safe and healthy for our families, but unfortunately
Children are particularly susceptible to household toxins. "Pound for pound, they eat more, drink more, and breathe in more air than adults," Leonardo Trasande, a pediatrician and expert in environmental medicine explains to Yahoo Shine. He adds that their developing organsRead More »from Harmful Household Chemicals to Ditch Now