Carré Otis was one of the radiant, raven-haired beauties that young women everywhere aspired to be. She graced the covers of magazines from Elle to Vogue, was the face of Guess and Calvin Klein and became a full-on sex symbol after making her acting debut in “Wild Orchid” in 1989.
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But it was all an illusion — the envy-inspiring parts, at least. That’s the heavy truth that Otis lays out in the September issue of Vogue Australia.
“There was one type of letter that consistently left me uneasy: the type that made up about 80 percent of my fan mail,” she wrote in the essay, reprinted on Tuesday in Australia’s Herald Sun. “It was the one from the young girl in the age range of 10 to 15, seeking my advice about how to become what I was only pretending to be. They wanted my tips and my beauty ‘secrets.’ But I wasn't willing to
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- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Tue, Aug 20, 2013 3:21 PM EDT
Carré Otis was one of the radiant, raven-haired beauties that young women everywhere aspired to be. She graced the covers of magazines from Elle to Vogue, was the face of Guess and Calvin Klein and became a full-on sex symbol after making her acting debut in “Wild Orchid” in 1989.As a top American model for years that spanned the 1980s, ’90s and much of the ’00s, Read More »from The Scary Truth About a Supermodel's 'Beauty Secrets'
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This week, Prince William revealed how fatherhood has already changed his life.Read More »from Proof That Fatherhood Can Change a Man
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“The last few weeks for me have been a very different emotional experience, something I never thought I would feel myself,” he said in a candid interview with CNN. “And I find, again it's only been a short period, but a lot of things affect me differently now.”
It was a notable moment. A father—and a royal one at that—had shared his feelings about the intensity of being a nurturer and gone far beyond the chest-thumping, bread-winning trope that dads are so often associated with. Prince William made it manly to be reduced to a pile of mush for your baby. And that was surprisingly refreshing.
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“Most men are taught to win, and to achieve, not to become involved dads,” Dana Glazer, the documentary filmmaker behind “The Evolution of Dad,” which explores the changing role of fatherhood, explained to Yahoo!
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Royal Baby Buzz – Mon, Aug 19, 2013 4:57 PM EDT
Royal-baby fever is about to flare up again, as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge released two new family photos to the public on Monday.
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The clear star of the photographs, taken by Kate Middleton's father, Michael Middleton, is His Royal Highness Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge, ready for his close-up at just a few weeks old. In the pics, new mom Middleton – donning the $79 Jolene dress in fuchsia by maternity wear maker Seraphine – holds the swaddled infant while sitting and standing alongside husband Prince William, who's casually dressed in jeans and a button-down shirt with rolled-up sleeves.
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lingerie for one of modesty and obedience as a Muslim wife, said U.K. reports on Monday.A British model and mom is ditching her life of posing in Read More »from Why a Former Model Is Covering Up for Love
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“Meeting Mohammed has made me really look at my life,” Carley Watts, a model who regularly bares almost all for publications such as Elite Online Magazine, told the Sun about her lifeguard boyfriend, Mohammad Salah. She added, "My friends think I'm mad and that this is just a phase."
The two met while Watts was vacationing in Salah’s native Tunisia in April, when, Watts explained, every man flirted with her except for Salah.
"I saw it as a challenge," she told the Sun. "I went over one day and asked him his name. His English wasn’t very good so at first we spoke in a mixture of English and what little French I remember from school. We went for a walk on the beach together and things developed from there, but all we did on the first trip was have a kiss." She went back to visit
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Back To School – Fri, Aug 16, 2013 2:58 PM EDT
aggressive behavior with soft-drinks consumption.Got a fighting-prone 5-year-old? You might want to consider cutting back on the little one’s soda intake, as a new study has linked young kids’ Read More »from Soda Linked to Aggression in Young Children, Study Finds
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A recent flurry of research has focused on adult soda drinkers, pointing to increased risks of stroke, obesity, kidney damage, and high blood pressure. But this study, published Friday in the Journal of Pediatrics, focused on 5-year-old soda drinkers and behavioral problems, finding that those who drank four or more pops daily were more than twice as likely to attack others, fight with them or destroy their property. (Not a situation to aim for as back-to-school time approaches.)
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“We found that the child’s aggressive behavior score increased with every increase in soft drinks servings per day, which was surprising,” lead researcher Shakira Suglia, an assistant
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Work + Money – Thu, Aug 15, 2013 2:14 PM EDTpolitician Nina Siakhali Moradi epitomized the promise of more civil rights for the country’s women when she won her bid as an alternate to the Qazvin City Council earlier this summer. But now she’s had her election overturned by religious conservatives, who have basically barred her from office for being too hot.Iranian
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“We don't want a catwalk model on the council,” balked an unnamed senior official in Qazvin, according to a report in the Times of London.
But the official reason, as explained to the news agency IranWire by Seyed Reza Hossaini, Qazvin’s representative in Parliament and a review board member, was, “Her votes have been nullified due to her disqualification, as the review board did not approve her credentials. We have told her the reason why she has been disqualified.”
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Still, Iran’s judiciary and intelligence services had Read More »from Iranian Politician Deemed Too Pretty to Hold Office
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Wed, Aug 14, 2013 4:52 PM EDT
Tracy Anderson has used her self-created workout method to whip an impressive roster of celebrities into shape, including Madonna, Nicole Ritchie, Gwyneth Paltrow, Shakira and Jennifer Lopez.L.A. fitness guru Read More »from Tracy Anderson: Great for the Body, Bad for the Soul?
She’s been called everything from genius to fraud over the years (the latter after being dropped by the big M). And now, after reading an In the Gloss piece that’s basically one long, 1,600-word Anderson quote, I’ve got another descriptor in mind: potentially damaging. To women’s body images, that is.
Check this out: “I started with women, asking myself, ‘Can I take any woman from any genetic background and turn them into one thing?’” she recalled in the story about how she started her training business. “I had to think: whose butt do I think everybody wants? And before Gisele was even a household name, I cut her butt out of a Victoria’s Secret catalog, and I was like, ‘I think every woman wants that butt.’ And then I went through magazines and things, trying to find examples for
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Back To School – Wed, Aug 14, 2013 2:07 PM EDT
A JCPenney back-to-school ad that implies kids will be friendless unless they wear the right clothing is promoting bullying, charged a flurry of critics on social media this week.Read More »from Does JCPenney's Back-to-School Ad Really Promote Bullying?
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“Your ad about cool kids wearing JCPenney clothes, showing a child sitting alone at lunch is despicable,” fired off one Facebook user. Another added, “How clueless are you? What a horrible bully-promoting commercial.” Twitter users have called it “tone deaf” and “more self-immolation” for the company.
The ad, posted online by the retailer in late July and aired as part of a TV campaign earlier this summer, includes a shot of a kid in a school cafeteria, surrounded by friends. When the mom in the voice-over talks about the importance of buying her child cool school clothes, she notes, “I’ve been told this stuff can make or break your entire year.” At that moment, all the kids except for one disappear from the room.
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Hannah Anderson, a hellish week of hoping, waiting and imagining the worst was brought to a grateful close when all were reunited with the rescued 16-year-old on Sunday.For the father and grandparents of kidnapped California teen Read More »from Hannah Anderson: The Road To Recovery
But for Anderson—who spent those days held at gunpoint by captor James Lee DiMaggio, according to social-media posts by the teen, and who was rescued only to learn of the murders of her mother and brother—the difficult road to recovery has only just begun.
“Our focus now is on trying to get Hannah all the resources, the help she needs to get through this extremely traumatic ordeal she’s been through,” her father, Brett Anderson, told Fox 5 on Monday.
It’s exactly the right mindset toward the goal of helping Anderson wrap her head around what’s happened to her, a variety of trauma experts told Yahoo! Shine.
“Not only has she had a personal loss of safety and predictability, which is essentially what trauma is, but the loss of her mother and brother lends a more
Hugo Schwyzer, has been dramatically underscoring the pitfalls of oversharing on social media this week.The highly publicized Twitter meltdown of a Pasadena City College professor, Read More »from The Strange Appeal of Twitter Meltdowns
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The professor, who spent years making a name for himself in the media as an expert on subjects such as feminism, self-image, sexual harassment and the “myth of male weakness,” spent a full hour posting more than 100 tweets on Friday. It was a shockingly confessional stream of self-flagellation, in which he apologizes for being “morally fraudulent” and “a monstrous hypocrite,” and admits to having an affair with a 23-year-old and sexting with a 27-year-old—in the same week that an article he wrote criticizing age-inappropriate relationships was published in the Atlantic.
"I cheated on my wife and pretended to be reformed," he tweeted on August 9. "I appropriated the language of redemption, I knew which buttons to push, I used sex and