I fear we may need a defibrillator, judging from the guys overheating at the next table.
Ashley Graham doesn't seem to notice. The 22-year-old is busy trying to convince me she has cellulite. I'm not buying it, having seen her lingerie ads. Sitting in a restaurant a block from the Ford Agency, habitat of the supermodel and her second home, she's wearing a Hippy-dippy Urban Outfitters floral sundress that, on her, is a devastatingly sexy number. It just fits her to T-no, an S-snaking in at the waist, hugging her vavavoom size-16 curves, and cupping cleavage that, I can assure you, has caused half of Manhattan to suffer, if not from heart failure, certainly eye strain.
No cellulite, I tell her-I've looked.
"Girlfriend," she says barely containing herself, "that's airbrushing!" Her laugh takes flight as if you've disturbed a huge, feeding flock of pigeons, and then wings muscularly through the air, sucking you up in its wake. "I've had cellulite since I was 12, and when I sit down I've
- Liz Brody | Bikini – Wed, Jul 21, 2010 1:26 AM EDT
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Chocolate? Bread? Cupcakes? Chips? What's your culinary crack? I guarantee it's not lentils.Read More »from "You've Got to Give Up Chocolate"â€”and 5 Other Myths About the Foods You Can't Resist
"We don't see people craving fruits and legumes that have been around for centuries," points out Ashley Gearhardt, a doctoral student at Yale and a pioneer in food addiction (you can watch her at a recent UCSF symposium here.) "It's the processed foods that give us a rush of sugar, fat, and salt-in much higher levels than we've ever had before. And science suggests that they're artificially engineered to hijack the brain to get the reward juices going and encourage the loss of control over consumption."
Whatever your particular food boo is, research by Gearhardt and others is changing the way experts think about controlling our unruly cravings. For example:
1."I have to give it up." Not necessarily. First of all, a banana has about as much sugar as a serving of Twizzlers. "But the sugar in Twizzlers is a quick hit, while in the fruit, it comes packaged with fiber that slows down the
Here at Shine, we're are all about the bikini. But we have to admit, for such a freckle of a garment, it sure stirs up a lot of passion-and not always the right kind.
Belly fat gets a bad rap, but there are all sorts of problem spots that can take up residence on your torso. From bra bulge to just-above-your-bikini-line pooch and everything in between, these 4 poses target your tummy while firming up your chest, shoulder and back muscles, too. And with no equipment required, they're easy enough to do at home-or, hey, even at the beach or by the pool!
This exercise starts with a yoga move called the Boat Pose. To get into it,
start by sitting with knees bent and feet flat on floor. Then, lean back slightly while holding under thighs, grabbing just above back of knees. Raise feet off floor and press them together; lift feet until shins are parallel to floor. Extend arms to shoulder height straight in front of you with palms down. This is Boat Pose. Turn it into the Rocking Boat by tipping knees from one side to the other, trying to keep the motion steady. Repeat right to left 10 times.
- Liz Brody | Bikini – Wed, Jul 14, 2010 9:47 PM EDT
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Did something get lost in the translation? "BodyART," a workout that has taken off all over Europe, brings to mind tattoos and navel piercings more than some kind of sweaty exercise. Then again, I suppose you could call muscle sculpting "art." And the truth is, this is nothing like any fitness class I've ever taken. I'm trying to put my finger on what's so cool about it.
The Swiss creator, Robert Steinbacher (he's not too hard on the eyes, ladies), has been a dancer, a physical therapist for handicapped children, a personal trainer, and a yoga instructor-and he took everything on his bio palette and mixed it up into a whole new color. The result is a workout that saturates the body-strengthening it from the inside out, while burning fat, and making you limber, all in a seamless flow of unusual movement.
"He built his philosophy basically on yin and yang," says Taj Harris, a BodyART instructor at Crunch, which brought the workout to the U.S. this spring. "For everything masculine and
Summertime, and your feet are on display. Constantly. Bold - but maybe not so beautiful. Don't have the time or money to make it in for weekly foot pampering? Well, fortunately, celebrity nail stylist Jenna Hipp is here in the nick of time - with steps you can take to give yourself a pretty pedi!
1. Start by taking off any old color left hanging onto your toenails. For this, Jenna recommends two non-acetone based removers: Priti Soy Polish Remover and Butter London Powder Room Lacquer Remover. These are more expensive than the acetone-based remover you buy at the local drug store. You may use a bit more of the product, and it might take a little longer to get the old color off. But you won't be breathing those nasty odors or wiping chemicals on your nails.
2. Don't file - clip! Emery boards are very rough and tend to damage the ends of the nails (even if you can't see it.) And that's one major reason your nail polish chips. So instead of letting your nail clippers gatherRead More »from Six Steps to a Perfect Pedicure
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You Don't Have to Suffer (So Much) Anymore
Previously, you needed a prescription to get your hands skin-numbing products for waxing, but a new crop of topical creams and sprays containing lidocaine and benzocaine are now available over the counter. Applying 15 to 20 minutes before you're ready to rip - or be ripped - will significantly reduce the ouch factor. Try GiGi Anesthetic Numbing Spray, $12, and LMX 4%, $47.
Check out these bikini-ready beauty secrets.
Lasers Are Now for Everyone
It used to be that unless you had fair skin and dark hair, you risked scarring and pigmentation problems or, at the very least, poor results from laser hair removal. But lasers like YAG and EpiLight work better on a broader range of complexions and hair hues, says Teresa Battaglia, co-owner of the New York Center for Hair Removal and Skin Rejuvenation. Though time with beam machines is still
Model Kate Dillon speaks outâ€”about being too skinny, too plus-size, and what's up with the Crystal controversyBy Liz Brody | Bikini – Tue, Jul 13, 2010 3:58 AM EDT
On a 103-degree morning, Kate Dillon breezes into a New York coffee house and plunks down on a torn couch with one thing on her mind: food. There's nothing about her-the generic jeans, flats, boho blouse, E-Z Pass ponytail-that reads fashion model.
Don't get me wrong. Dillon, at 36, is a slow-mo knockout. Her skin is so luxurious, just gazing at it feels like receiving a spa treatment. And that bewitching, asymmetric smile-shot through with intelligence-has taken her from rubbing hipbones down the runway with Kate Moss, to being the first plus-size siren to ever grace the pages of Vogue (check out her most recent spread. It's smoking.)
"The spinach and salmon frittata, please, with a decaf soy-milk latte."
Four months pregnant, Dillon can't order fast enough. Pre-preggo, she says, "I only watched calories when I was training for a triathlon or running race. If I don't, I'll eat way too much." She laughs. "In general, though, I give in to temptation-pizza, French fries, Read More »from Model Kate Dillon speaks outâ€”about being too skinny, too plus-size, and what's up with the Crystal controversy
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