is having her moment. Ever since twirling onto the pop-culture stage as a scantily clad contestant on “RuPaul’s Drag Race” in 2011, the New Jersey native, born a boy named Christopher, has been enjoying a fast ascension as a model. Carmen Carrera
After publicly transitioning to female after her stint on the reality show, Carrera has signed with Elite Model Management, walked the runway for designer Marco Marco during last month’s LA Fashion Week, and been featured twice in W magazine, most recently in a 13-page spread shot by Steven Meisel for the September issue.
Now she’s the subject of a Change.org petition created by fans to request that Victoria’s Secret sign Carerra as the brand’s first transgender model. The effort has already garnered more than 20,000 signatures — and a slew of supportive comments — since its creation by Marco Regalado of California on Monday.
“I'm amazed!” Carrera wrote on Facebook on Tuesday in response to the fast-growing support. “And just to make it clear,
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- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Fashion – Wed, Nov 6, 2013 5:39 PM EST
is having her moment. Ever since twirling onto the pop-culture stage as a scantily clad contestant on “RuPaul’s Drag Race” in 2011, the New Jersey native, born a boy named Christopher, has been enjoying a fast ascension as a model. Carmen CarreraRead More »from Meet the Beauty Who Could Become Victoria's Secret's First Transgender Model
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Wed, Nov 6, 2013 3:22 PM ESTratings can clue you in about a film’s sex-violence-profanity level before you settle in with your popcorn. But what about the sexist factor? That’s remained a mystery — until now, perhaps, thanks to some Swedish cinemas that have begun implementing a feminist rating system called the Bechdel test.It’s always nice when
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The litmus test has actually been around for a while—since 1985, when American cartoonist Alison Bechdel (author of “Fun Home”) created it for her long-running “Dykes to Watch Out For” comic strip. It eventually became common film parlance, at least among movie buffs and reviewers. To receive Bechdel's new “A” rating (for "Approved"), a film has to meet three seemingly simple requirements: It must contain at least two female characters, those two characters must converse, and they must talk about something other than a man. Sounds simple, right?
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- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Parenting – Tue, Nov 5, 2013 3:17 PM EST
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How do families move on from unspeakably tragic losses? For some, including the Oregon parents of two young girls killed in an October hit-and-run, the answer may be surprising: forgiveness.
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“I can't change what happened to my girls. I've said many times I just want to wake up, reverse the clocks, but I can't change it,” Susan Dieter-Robinson, the mother of Anna Dieter-Eckerdt, 6, and stepmom of Abigail Robinson, 11, tells KGW in an interview Monday. But she and husband Tom Robinson say, amazingly, that they’ve already forgiven the 18-year-old who accidentally ran over their girls as they played in a pile of curbside leaves on Oct. 20.
“It's one of those freaky things that happen, the timing of it all, totally freak accident and they understand and realize that,” the couple’s friend, Pastor Eric Schmitt of the Sonrise Church in Forest Grove, tells KGW. He admits that their big-hearted reaction is rare,
hovering and … happier than you? That may very well be true, according to a new study, which found that “child-centric” parents—those who put their child’s well-being above their own—experience higher levels of happiness and fulfillment.Overprotective, Read More »from Why Helicopter Moms Might Get the Last Laugh
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“Greater child-centrism was associated with the experience of greater positive affect, less negative affect, and greater meaning in life,” writes University of Amsterdam psychologist Claire-Ashton James, lead author of the study published in the November issue of the journal Social Psychological & Personality Science. In contrast with recent arguments about the pitfalls of overinvestment in children, James says that her research supports recent findings that show "personal well-being is associated with investing in others rather than oneself.”
Kostadin Kushlev, one of the study co-authors, tells Yahoo Shine in an email that the study looked at how much time parents
Lou Reed’s death spread on Sunday, some of the initial online reactions focused on the one he’d left behind: Laurie Anderson, music and performance icon and loving partner to Reed for nearly two decades.When news of rock legend Read More »from Why the Lou Reed–Laurie Anderson Romance Rocked
“Would love to have listened in on dinner conversation at home between Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson,” tweeted Don Gonyea of NPR. “Two originals who found one another.” Darren Hayes, former Savage Garden frontman, added, “Deepest sympathy to Laurie Anderson for the passing of her husband Lou Reed. Anyone would be blessed to have 1 day of marriage like theirs.”
Very true, judging from how the über-creative pair publicly adored one another. And on Thursday, Anderson gave the world a beautiful glimpse into their relationship by publishing her own personal, poetic obituary to Reed, whom she married in 2008.
“To our neighbors,” the piece intimately began. It was published in the East Hampton Star, the local paper where the two had a second home on the East End of Long
proposal — using glowing, candlelit pumpkins to pop the question. “It was the sweetest thing ever,” Lauren Brenneman, who said yes to now-fiancé Zach Stoddard, tells Yahoo Shine. “And he has never been able to surprise me ever in his life!"An Ohio woman got a blend of trick and treat on Halloween this year, thanks to her boyfriend’s clever public marriage Read More »from Ohio Man Uses Jack-o'-Lanterns to Propose
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Brenneman, a 29-year-old Irish folk-dance teacher and competitor in Dayton, says she almost skipped out on her night with Stoddard Thursday, as she was delayed at work. “I called and said, ‘I’m going to be late, you might want to go by yourself,'” she recalls. They had planned to attend the city’s annual Stoddard Avenue Pumpkin Glow, in which hundreds of jack-o’-lanterns are set up and lit on a rolling green hill. Stoddard guilt-tripped her into meeting up with him, though, and so they arrived together and began strolling through the display.
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- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Thu, Oct 31, 2013 3:03 PM EDTAfter 45 years of working for Target, in roles from cashier and price changer to dispenser of cookie samples, a Minnesota woman has finally retired from the store this week — at the golden age of 95.
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“I felt, at 95, hey, that’s enough,” Jeanne Brouillet, who was given a big sendoff by fellow employees and adoring customers at her Edina store Monday, the same date she started so long ago, tells Yahoo Shine. “But I’ve always enjoyed working. I’m a people person. I like to be with people and work with people and meet people. I like to listen to people. I just think it’s interesting.”
Though Target has only become huge on a national scale in more recent decades, it’s actually been around since 1962, when it was founded in Roseville, Minnesota. Brouillet began working for the retailer on a cash register in 1968, in Bloomington, which she says was the fifth store in the chain. “The manager there used to conduct a Read More »from Woman Retires After Spending Half Her Life in Target
Just how crazy-unrealistic can photo retouching be? Crazy enough to make a perfectly attractive normal-looking woman into an unrecognizable, mannequin-like version of herself. And while that may not be an entirely new concept, there’s a striking example of the practice currently making its way around social media, wowing all who see it.
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The 36-second clip — which is an edited version of a video created by Global Democracy that first appeared on YouTube well over a year ago — has inexplicably resurfaced with a vengeance this week. In it, we see an unknown woman with a blond bob, red bikini, and creamy-pale skin become transformed into a wide-eyed, long-haired, heavily made-up Barbie who winds up much taller and thinner than she first looked.
Thanks to the magic of time-lapse video, we see the transformation happen right before our eyes, first with some serious help from makeup and hairRead More »from Shocking Video Reveals Photoshop Trickery
pink slime, school junk food, obesity — and cell phones, at least when it comes to his own kids having them. “Poppy’s the only girl in her class still not allowed a mobile,” Oliver, referring to his 11-year-old daughter, tells U.K. magazine Closer in an interview published on Tuesday. Oliver also says he bans Poppy and her 10-year-old sister, Daisy, from using social media sites, noting, “I found out my two eldest girls had set up Instagram accounts in secret, which I wasn't happy about and soon put a stop to.”Celeb chef Jamie Oliver is against
The Naked Chef and father of four — Oliver and wife Juliette Norton also have Petal, 4 and 3-year-old Buddy — explains that his girls have been given a hard time by peers in the past because of his fame and that he wants to avoid giving other kids opportunities to bully them online.
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- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Love + Sex – Tue, Oct 29, 2013 6:17 PM EDT
If you think those sneaky, personally tailored Facebook ads are terrifying, get this: The social networking site can also figure out whom you’re romantically involved with — and if your relationship is about to crash and burn — just by analyzing your network of friends.
“Using data from a large sample of Facebook users, we find that this task can be accomplished with high accuracy,” note Lars Backstrom of Facebook and Jon Kleinberg of Cornell University in their new study, “Romantic Partnerships and the Dispersion of Social Ties: A Network Analysis of Relationship Status on Facebook.”
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Released Monday and packed with mind-numbing mathematical formulas, the study was intended to discover how Facebook could perfect the accuracy of its content ads. In the process of analyzing a random set of 1.3 million users (all of whom noted they were either married or in a relationship), the duo realized that they could pick out aRead More »from Facebook Knows When Your Relationship Is on the Fritz