Miss America typically don’t mix. But that will end this week at the 92nd annual pageant thanks to one contestant: Miss Kansas, an inked-up boxer, mechanic, bow hunter and U.S. Army sergeant who plans on breaking a long-standing taboo by letting her tats show onstage.
"Why am I choosing to [bare] my tattoos? My whole platform is empowering women to overcome stereotypes and break barriers,” Theresa Vail told People magazine about her turn in the pageant, which kicked off preliminaries Tuesday. “What a hypocrite I would be if I covered my ink. How can I tell other women to be fearless and true to themselves if I can't do the same? I am who I am, tattoos and all."
It’s a bold move in a pageant steeped in tradition, according to pageant coach Valerie Hayes. “I think this is kind of a breakthrough moment for contestants with tattoos,” she told Yahoo Shine, explaining that, though there are no rules that explicitly ban tattoos, “they are typically seen by judges and organizers as
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- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Fall Beauty – Wed, Sep 11, 2013 11:00 AM EDT
Miss America typically don’t mix. But that will end this week at the 92nd annual pageant thanks to one contestant: Miss Kansas, an inked-up boxer, mechanic, bow hunter and U.S. Army sergeant who plans on breaking a long-standing taboo by letting her tats show onstage.Tattoos and Read More »from Miss America Contestant Reveals Tattoos, Breaks Taboo
large families in this day and age," and even throwing tepid support behind China’s one-child policy.A beloved 87-year-old British TV naturalist has tackled the issue of overpopulation head-on this week, saying it "is irresponsible to have Read More »from Is Having Large Families 'Irresponsible'?
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“It's the degree to which it has been enforced which is terrible, and there’s no question it’s produced all kinds of personal tragedies. There’s no question about that,” said Sir David Attenborough, a BBC documentary host, in the latest issue of Radio Times magazine and as reported by the Independent. “On the other hand, the Chinese themselves recognize that had they not done so there would be several million more mouths in the world today than there are now.”
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A steady stream of tweets was in agreement on Tuesday, with folks saying Attenborough “just gets it” and praising him for touching on “the elephant in the room.”
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Fashion – Mon, Sep 9, 2013 4:45 PM EDThas taken a little break from posing as herself. Instead, the supermodel is acting as the chameleon-like star of a new photo series, depicting some of her most famous contemporaries, from Cindy Crawford to Tyra BanksCara Delevingne. The photos have touched a nerve regarding diversity on the runways, as all but three of the icons portrayed (Iman, Grace Jones, and Banks herself, at 15) are white.
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The series — called “Tyra Banks Presents: 15,” photographed by Udo Spreitzenbarth and styled by Ty-Ron Mayes — opened in New York Monday. But it’s already caused a bit of a race-based dustup online, where some critics have taken the model to task for choosing only three women of color and for going, as MSN calls it, “faux Caucasian.” (Some have even gone so far as to call it “whiteface,” which Jezebel has wisely pointed out, “as an offense to white people is not a thing … In a society that constantly Read More »from Tyra Banks' Racially Charged Supermodel Transformation
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Everyday Food – Fri, Aug 30, 2013 12:24 PM EDT
Dunkin' Donuts apologized on behalf of its Thailand franchisee on Friday for an ad campaign that’s being called racist for its image of a woman in blackface.Read More »from Dunkin' Donuts Under Fire for 'Racist' Ad in Thailand, Issues Apology
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Human Rights Watch denounced the ad for the new “Charcoal Donut” on Friday, calling for American company Dunkin' Donuts to pull the campaign.
“Painting someone with blackface to sell a chocolate doughnut is racist,” Phil Robertson, Thailand-based deputy director of the Human Rights Watch’s Asia division, told Yahoo Shine. “This is unfortunate, and Dunkin’ Donuts should take action and drop this ad. They should also show some degree of atonement and make sure it doesn’t happen again.”
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Dunkin’ Donuts, which is based in Massachusetts, apologized for the ad on Friday through spokesperson Karen Raskopf. "Dunkin' Donuts recognizes the insensitivity of this spot and on behalf of our
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Thu, Aug 29, 2013 4:25 PM EDT
jerseys emblazoned with drug names like “Vicodin” and “Xanax” has prompted pharmaceutical companies to threaten seller Kitson, in Los Angeles, with lawsuits. It’s also drawn a wide range of online critics, including the famously sober actress Kristen Johnson.A line of controversial football Read More »from 'Vicodin' and 'Adderall' Shirts Spark Outrage: Fashion's Rx Pill Problem
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“Hey Kitson LA do you really think this s*** is funny?” tweeted Johnson on Wednesday before deleting what she wrote. “Millions are dying, and you want to make money off it. SHAME ON YOU.”
On Thursday, three major drug companies expressed their anger over the shirts, with representatives for Adderall, Vicodin and Xanax all telling TMZ they would either take or consider taking legal action.
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The Partnership at Drugfree.org was also not amused, issuing an open letter denouncing the shirts, and asking Kitson LA to remove them from stores. “These products make
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Thu, Aug 29, 2013 1:37 PM EDT
period and their first pregnancy, the higher their risk of developing breast cancer. Just one drink per day during that invincible-feeling time, in fact, raises the risk by 13 percent.Happy hour just got a little sad. A new study claims that the more alcohol young women consume between the age of their first Read More »from Young Women Who Drink Face Higher Risk of Breast Cancer, Study Claims
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“Alcohol itself is already a well-documented breast pathogen,” lead study author Ying Liu, of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, told Yahoo Shine. “But there was no data showing that the timing of drinking is also an important issue. Our study is the first to show this.”
The findings, if heeded, could have a major impact on young women's lives. “More and more heavy drinking is occurring on college campuses and during adolescence, and not enough people are considering future risk,” noted study co-author Graham Colditz, of the Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, also in St. Louis.
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Wed, Aug 28, 2013 1:29 PM EDT
Affordable Care Act. The provision is one of the least controversial of the health care overhaul. But "Fox & Friends" still couldn't resist debating the issue Tuesday in a gender-baiting exchange (see video below) that's caused a controversy of its own.Read More »from Fox News Contributor's 'Sexist' Comments on Women's Health Care Spark Outrage
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“We only have the prostate,” noted Fox News medical contributor Dr. David Samadi, who fanned the flames by arguing that women actually should pay more than men. "Women have the breasts, they have the ovaries, they have the uterus, they get checked in every part."
It was just one of several surreal points raised by Samadi, who is a professor at Hofstra University and chairman of the Urology Department at New York's Lenox Hill Hospital.
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Kate Middleton’s body to its prepregnant glory is just about as intriguing as the arrival of her royal infant.Judging by the tabloids, it would seem that the return of Read More »from Is the Post-Baby Body Obsession Hurting Women?
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“What baby weight?!” began a story in Us Weekly Tuesday, celebrating the duchess’s “stunningly slim post-baby body” and “completely flat stomach!” with an unnamed source noting, “The small weight she gained while pregnant has just melted off.”
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The same story, more or less, ran in countless other publications, with USA Today’s declaring, “In the thin-after-baby celebrity Olympics, there's a new title holder. The mummy tummy tweeted 'round the world is gone.”
Middleton, of course, is just the latest in a long line of celebrity moms glorified for shedding baby weight at lightning speed. Shakira, Gisele Bündchen, Megan Fox, Beyoncé, Nicole "Snooki"
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Parenting – Mon, Aug 26, 2013 3:05 PM EDTallergies are returning to class with their medical issues stamped on their skin for their own protection.Temporary tattoos are not traditionally considered must-have back-to-school shopping items — but that could change. This year, some students with severe
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“Right now there's a huge awareness, whether because of going back to school or because of the recent incident in California,” SafetyTat founder and mother of three Michele Welsh told Yahoo! Shine. Welsh was referring to the recent tragic death of a 13-year-old girl with a peanut allergy at a Sacramento summer camp. “Unfortunately it sometimes takes something like that for people to say, 'Wow, it really can happen.'"
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Welsh created her 5-year-old company—offering products that include temporary tattoos and long-lasting, write-on skin stickers—after using a ballpoint pen to nervously scrawl her cell phone number on her Read More »from Allergy Tattoos: Should Kids Wear Warning Labels to School?
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Parenting – Fri, Aug 23, 2013 3:55 PM EDT
Disney World dream vacation turned into a financial nightmare for a group of 120 dance students from Tennessee.A Read More »from Alleged Disney Vacation Scam Cheats Kids Out of More Than $60,000
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Blue Sky Journeys, a travel agency which claims to be Disney-authorized, has been accused of scamming the group out of more than $60,000 by accepting payments and then failing to make the agreed-upon travel arrangements, according to a Fox 17 WZTV report. Earlier this month, agency owner Melanie Swoap and her husband John Swoap were indicted on the charge—of stealing between $60,000 and $250,000, according to Nashville Scene—by a Williamson County grand jury. If convicted, they face eight to 12 years in prison.
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“I very rarely hear of an incident like this,” Ricky Brigante of Inside the Magic, a website reporting exclusively on Disney company and theme parks news, told Yahoo! Shine. “In fact, I don't remember ever hearing