"In Italian there is an expression: 'hide myself behind my finger,'" the artist known as Dito Von Tease tells Shine. "It's a metaphor to mean a not-very-effective hiding place." However, the 33-year-old native of Bologna turned this idea on its head when he created his "Ditology" series of portraits. Von Tease, who also goes by the name, "Il Dito" (The Finger) started the project three years ago, when he first subscribed to Facebook. He decided to create an avatar using his fingertip. He says, "I wanted to be free from my role, my oppressive relatives, and my not-very-friends." The burlesque performer Dita Von Teese, who he calls "an expert in disguises," inspired his alias. He also wanted to explore the idea that we all hide ourselves behind an image we create. "That's my finger: the changing masks everybody wears…especially famous people!" Which is your favorite? Please let us know in the comments below.Read More »from Dito Von Tease: Artist Makes Uncanny Fingerprint Portraits
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- Sarah B. Weir, Yahoo! blogger | Work + Money – Wed, Oct 10, 2012 1:08 PM EDT
Nerina OrtonWhile photo retouching is the fastest route to a nipped-in waist, Nerina Orton, a college student from Birmingham, England achieves her waspish figure the old-fashioned way: by wearing a corset. Orton's natural waist is about 24 inches, but laced tight it shrinks down to 15.7 inches --less than an inch away from grabbing the Guinness World Record's "smallest waist on a living person," a title currently held by American Cathie Jung and her 15-inch miniature middle. Orton tells the Daily Mail her goal is squeeze into a 14-inch corset.
In a video produced by The Sun, the part-time burlesque dancer says she wears the custom-made garment an average of 22 to 23 hours a day, including when she sleeps. She only removes it to bathe. Orton eats six small meals a day to prevent her stomach from bloating.
While Orton claims her extreme fashion regime isn't harming her body,Read More »from Nerina Orton: Britain’s Tiniest Waist
- Sarah B. Weir, Yahoo! blogger | Work + Money – Tue, Oct 9, 2012 1:06 PM EDT
support of Mitt Romney on Twitter over the weekend. Many comments were racially charged and others suggested the star of the 1990s hit 'Clueless' should just "kill herself."Actress Stacey Dash was attacked with negative tweets after voicing her
One man wrote, "This hurts, but you a Romney lover and you slutting yourself for the white man only proves why no black man would marry u." Another Twitter user said: "She's an indoor slave, you know that, sis." Many tweets expressed disbelief that a woman of African American heritage would vote for anyone but Obama, and some suggested that her account must have been hacked.
The backlash began on Sunday, after Dash tweeted "Vote for Romney: The only choice for your future," along with a provocative photo of herself wearing a red Baywatch-style tank suit standing in front of an American flag. "Kill yourself you old hag…" a Twitter used lashedRead More »from Stacey Dash Twitter Backlash After Voicing Support of Romney
In honor of World Smile Day on Friday, October 5, here's a quiz: can you guess the celebrity smile? World Smile Day was founded by Harvey Ball, the creator of the smiley face symbol. In 1999, Ball had the idea to devote one day a year to promoting acts of kindness and good will. He was concerned that his famous graphic icon was becoming over-commercialized and losing its meaning. Here are 20 more iconic smiles; can guess who? You'll find the answers at the end of the quiz. --By Sarah B. Weir, Shine WriterRead More »from Celebrity Smiles: Can You Guess the Grin?
Janice Min, editorial director of The Hollywood Reporter, knows all about "yummy mummies" --celebrities who glow before, during and, apparently, immediately after their pregnancies. During her six years as the editor in chief of Us Weekly Magazine she says her "office was flooded" with pictures of stars who were back in their bikinis just weeks after giving birth. Her own experience was a little different: "After the euphoria of meeting your first-born fades, there's another big reveal: Your postpartum body," she writes in the introduction to her new book, How to Look Hot in a Minivan.
"As moms, we all want to look good and feel stressed out when we don't," Min tells Shine. She consulted the experts and gathered the best tips and advice on how women can carve out the time they need to feel great and look chic, but on a budget. She enlisted hair stylist Ted Gibson to help her make over four busy mothers toRead More »from How to Look Hot in a Minivan: Four Mom Makeovers
- Sarah B. Weir, Yahoo! blogger | Parenting – Wed, Oct 3, 2012 1:59 PM EDT
dress codes for daily wear and proms, but a high school principal from Tooele, Utah went too far, and on Monday had to apologize to students for barring dozens of girls—including the homecoming queen—from entering Saturday night's homecoming dance because their skirts were too short. Mom Donna Hesleph, whose daughter Amber called to get a ride home because she had been rejected at the door, told the Tooele Transcript Bulletin, "When I got there I saw a long line of girls who had been turned away and they were all crying."Schools around the country have instituted
Many of the girls who were turned away for inappropriate attire were wearing dresses that fell a couple of inches above the knee. The student handbook reads that hemlines "should be at or near knee length."
On Monday, after parents and students angrily complained about the school's prudish move, the principal, Kendall Topham, held four special assemblies. "IRead More »from Utah Girls Barred from Dance, Principal Apologizes
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Did you ever dream you would see Victoria Beckham in mom jeans? Despite having given birth to four children, the singer-turned-designer always looks razor-thin and is dressed to kill when she steps out in sky-scraper heels with her famous footballer husband, David, or adorable toddler, Harper.
However, there was a time when the fashion icon and former pop starlet looked almost…normal. Retronaut recently dug up a series of photos from 1992, the year before Victoria became "Posh." Shot by photographer Geoff Marchant, some show the 18-year-old aspiring model and actress breaking out her best "Flashdance" poses in a black leotard and pumps. In others she’s canoodling with her then-boyfriend (to see more images, click here.) Marchant tells Shine that, “She was quiet, almost shy…but knew exactly how she wanted to be portrayed.”
We all have photos that we wish had fallen down a manhole or been destroyed in a natural disaster, andRead More »from Victoria Beckham’s Modeling Pictures: Not so Posh
- Sarah B. Weir, Yahoo! blogger | Beauty on Shine – Tue, Oct 2, 2012 1:24 PM EDTFlower Fairy
It takes Shpagina about an hour to achieve her doe-eyed look—don't worry, the video is only six minutes long. Photographs on her Facebook fan page show a dangerously waifish young woman with deep crimson hair. She says she would like to one day have surgery to reshape her eyes and nip in her waist even more drastically. Shpagina is reported to weigh only about 90 pounds. Her VK page is posted with images that inspire her such as dragonflies, flowers, butterflies, tiny deer, and other woodland creatures, but her true muse is Valerie Lukyanova, the 21-year-old who sparked controversy in the spring byRead More »from Real-life Anime Girl: Anastasiya Shpagina’s Bizarre Make-up Tutorial
Gray and glamThere is one thing most presidents have in common at the end of their first terms: more gray hairs. The graying of the Commander-in-Chief is symbolic of the stress associated with being top dog in the world's most powerful nation. However, research shows that psychological stress does not, in fact, impact the color of one's locks.
For both presidents and the rest of us, gray hair is simply a part of the normal aging process, and the rate you go silver is genetically predetermined. Going gray is not associated with earlier mortality, and premature graying is not, generally speaking, a sign of a illness or ill health in younger adults. There are, however, some specific health conditions, such as vitiligo (an autoimmune disorder that causes uneven pigmentation) associated with gray or white hair, but for most of us, going gray is just a fact of life.
Hair color comes from the pigmentRead More »from Why Does Hair Turn Gray?
Hege Jeanette OksnesThe old saying is "third time's a charm," but for Hege Jeanette Oksnes, who works selling hot dogs at a gas station, numbers one and two were pretty lucky too. So far, every time this 29-year-old mom of three has a baby, a family member hits the Norwegian lotto jackpot.
In 2006, Oksnes's father Leif, 58, won 4.2 million kroner ($718,000) betting on the national lottery the day before Oksnes gave birth to her first child. Three years later, she herself won 8.2 million kroner ($1.4 million)--again on the day before she had her second baby. On Saturday, her 19-year-old brother, Tord, nailed the triple win by landing a whopping 12.2 million kroner ($2.1 million) shortly after her third baby was born. "I was shocked," Tord told Shine in an interview. "I didn't believe it." The teenager, who was informed by telephone, asked the lottery representative to send him a photograph of the computer readout of the winning number.Read More »from Norwegian Woman’s Lucky Lottery Babies