Blog Posts by Lauren Tuck, Shine Staff

  • Help This Woman Find Her Birth Family on Facebook

    Photo: Tana White-Inskeep/FacebookWhen Tana White-Inskeep blew out the candles on her birthday cake this week there was no doubt what she'd wish for – to finally get to meet her biological family. White-Inskeep was adopted shortly after her birth in Houston on April 21, 1978, and has little information about her parents and siblings. Traditional routes have only revealed a few clues, so she's turned to social media for some help.

    White-Inskeep's motivation, she admitted to KHOU, is that "everybody wants to be known and to know where they came from and who they are." The 36-year-old mother of two, who has been aware most of her life that she was adopted, contacted the agency that set up her adoption soon after she was born but it didn’t have any details to divulge. Going on what little she does know — her birth certificate says she was delivered at the Woman's Hospital of Texas by Dr. Ladwig and has two older sisters, possibly a twin brother, and her mother is Hispanic and father Caucasian — she scribbled in marker on a

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  • Kate Middleton Pokes Fun at Prince William's Bald Patch

    Photo: WireImage Though there's still more than a week left of the royal family's tour of New Zealand and Australia, we may have already witnessed their best moment yet. While the pair was attending the Sydney Royal Easter Show, the Duchess put up her, well, dukes and took a jab at her husband’s thinning head of hair.

    One wool exhibitor at the event, farmer Lyn Crejan, showed the couple a tuft of alpaca wool that happened to be a similar color to William’s hair. "The Prince was interested in the alpaca and as I showed it to them the princess said he should put it on his head,” the 67-year-old from Glenn Innes in New South Wales told reporters, according to The Mirror. “She said 'you need it more than me' and pointed to his head and he laughed."

    Perhaps her playful quip was revenge for the Duke’s comment the other day about her bright yellow Roksanda Illincic dress. During a visit to the Sydney Harbor, Kate told someone in the crowd, “William said I look like a banana,” the Daily Mail reports.

    But

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  • This Video Will Ease Your Fears of the Dentist Forever


    Everyone dreads going to the dentist — thinking of the drill buzzing alone is enough to induce nightmares — but to keep your pearly whites looking, well, pearly and white, professional teeth cleanings are absolutely necessary. But to ease your fears of the intimidating oral tools, know that, someday, the person behind the mask about to fill your cavities could possibly be one of these silly dental students featured in the “Wax it Fresh, and Carve it Smooth” video.

    The creators of the cheeky video, Sam King and Greg Montgomery, are in their second year at Creighton Dental School in Omaha, Nebraska, and decided it was time to put down the books and drills and let loose using their newly acquired knowledge. King filmed and edited and Montgomery, the dapper almost-dentist rapping and rhyming about root canals, wrote the maddeningly catchy song. Lyrics like “having dreams about my teeth falling out,” and “I spit out you haters with my anti-plaque” are some of the most memorable lines. The

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  • Amazing Slam Poem Criticizes J.K. Rowling for Lack of Diversity in Harry Potter

    Photo: Warner Bros.The Harry Potter series is unequivocally one of the most beloved collections of books ever published. With over 450 million copies in print, translated into 73 languages, and turned into eight movies that were distributed in nearly every country on Earth, the wonderful wizarding world is incredibly far-reaching. But the expansiveness of the franchise doesn’t necessarily translate into a diverse cast of characters in the fantasy fiction. Just ask college student Rachel Rostad.

    The junior at Macalester College in St. Louis called out author J.K. Rowling at an annual College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational (CUPSI) with a poem Rostad wrote from the perspective of Cho Chang, the only Asian at Hogwarts. (While she won the “Best of the Rest” award in 2013 for her work, the video has resurfaced because the 2014 CUPSIs recently took place.) The piece, titled “‪To J.K. Rowling, from Cho Chang,” speaks to the lack of diversity in the Harry Potter plot and the stereotypes Rowling uses to portray

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  • 'I Touch Myself' Takes on New Meaning in Moving Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign

    Photo: #itouchmyselfproject
    The hit song “I Touch Myself” spread a message of female sexual empowerment around the world back when it topped the charts in the early '90s, but today the tune is telling women to be in touch with their bodies for a ery different reason.  

    In a tribute to Chrissy Amphlett, frontwoman for the Australian rock band the Divinyls who passed away last year, 10 female recording artists remixed the band's original hit for a breast cancer awareness campaign.

    The music video is performed by artists Sarah McLeod, Connie Mitchell, and breast cancer survivor Olivia Newton-John, to name a few. The original hit, which reached No. 1 on Australian charts and reached the top 5 in the U.S., is stripped down and sung mostly a capella. Commissioned by Cancer Council NSW, the organization is also hoping to spread the self-exam message worldwide with the social media initiative #itouchmyselfproject.

    Advocating for self-exams was a particularly important issue for the singer because of her personal

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  • We're Ready for Some Lego Girl Power

    Photo: Amanda Edwards/WireImageFor a film about blocks, “The Lego Movie” was a surprising smash hit — so much so that Warner Bros. ordered a sequel before it was even released to the public. But one glaring issue was the lack of female characters. Shockingly, out of 35 voice actors in the film, including stars such as Elizabeth Banks, Morgan Freeman, Will Ferrell, and Will Arnett, only six were women. On Thursday, Chris McCay, the director of the film's sequal, adressed the issue and promised to make some changes for “The Lego Movie 2.”

    “For us we have a lot of producers that were female who had concerns and we were always constantly saying to ourselves: 'Are we just a bunch of white guys sitting here making this movie from our own myopic point of view?” McCay told the Daily Mail. He recognizes that “sexism is something that's part of our culture and something that we need to adjust” and filmmakers, in particular, have a responsibility to examine the prevalence of gender inequality.

    While the movie is certainly

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  • Christy Turlington's '90s Ad Returns, Reminds Us She Doesn't Age

    At left, Turlington in the 1995 ad. At right, the supermodel in a more recent ad. (Photos: Calvin Klein)

    If there was a worldwide competition for best throwback Thursday then Christy Turlington would take first prize, hands down. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Calvin Klein’s award-winning fragrance Eternity, the company plans to reissue a 1995 advertisement featuring the supermodel in magazines this May and June, according to Fashionista.

    The ad, shot by photographer Peter Lindbergh, pictures Turlington (also known as Christy Turlington Burns), who started modeling for the brand in 1988, and the biggest male model of the 90's-era Mark Vanderloo. (Fun fact: the character Derek Zoolander in the movie “Zoolander” is rumored to be based on Vanderloo.) The only difference between the original 1995 version, when both the models were 26, and the 2014 one is the updated tagline: “Time can’t touch us. Celebrating 25 years.”

    It’s pretty eerie how true that caption really is. Compare the now 45-year-old Turlington Calvin Klein Underwear campaign from last fall (pictured above, at right) with

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  • Transgender Model Geena Rocero 'Came Out' in Incredibly Inspiring TED Talk

    Photo: TEDTED talk stages have hosted some big names — Sheryl Sandberg, Elizabeth Gilbert, Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, and Bill Clinton, to name a few famous ones — but model Geena Rocero is the first person to tackle transgender issues.

    Rocero, a beauty pageant queen and model, came out as transgender to a crowd of conference attendees last month in a moving speech. At birth, based on her anatomy, the box for gender was checked boy. But as early as the age of 5, Rocero, who was born in the Philippines, felt like a girl. As a teenager, Rocero started participating in her country's transgender pageants, where the “fluidity of gender” was more accepted than in other parts of the world.  Outside the sphere of beauty competitions, however, tolerance was often hard to find.

    After undergoing gender reassignment surgery in 2003,  Rocero was traveling through Tokyo when she was stopped by immigration officials and questioned about her gender extensively. (She looked female, but her passport

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  • James Middleton Is a Marshmallow Entrepreneur (and Other Fascinating Facts About Kate's Brother)

    Photo: Boomf/InstagramSince Kate Middleton joined the royal family, the world has had a continuing fascination with the young woman who captured the future king’s heart. But the public’s adoration hasn't stopped at just the Duchess of Cambridge and has carried over to her immediate family as well. While the reasons for people’s enchantment with certain family members is obvious (sister Pippa looks great in a white dress and publishes great party tips, mom Carole was a stewardess-turned-successful entrepreneur and dad Michael is a fantastic photographer), her youngest sibling, James, has always been a bit of a mystery. That is, until now. Thanks to his opening up to the London Evening Standard, we finally have some interesting information about the 26-year-old Middleton. Here are the nine best things he revealed about himself:

    1. One prep school summer holiday (otherwise known as summer vacation here in the States), as an adolescent of about 11 or 12, James would wake up at at 5:30 a.m. to work as a fruit

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  • How to Copy the Kardashians' Style Without a Reality Star Salary

    No matter what your personal opinion of the Kardashian family is — they inspire emotions from idol worship to intense repugnance — there’s no denying that those ladies have some seriously stellar style. Thanks in part to the millions of dollars they each earn for doing what they do best (being themselves — dream job!) their closets are filled with couture that fans and foes alike lust after. While Kourtney, Kim, and Khloe Kardashian, as well as half sisters Kendall and Kylie Jenner, have attempted to provide the public with affordable options to mimic their highly publicized outfits with their chain of retail stores Dash, the Kardashian Kollection at Sears, and Kendall and Kylie for PacSun, they just haven't been able to recreate their own particular flair for fashion with these lines. But, luckily, the Internet is full of “Kardashian Kopycats," who mimic their looks for much less (which means you can too).

    More on Yahoo Shine: Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Cover Vogue as

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