Blog Posts by Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor

  • Iman thinks models and actresses are too thin

    Getty ImagesGetty ImagesThe fashion industry appears to making a conscious effort to change their asthetic by using less airbrushing, less makeup, and more realistic sized models. Iman, a 54-year-old former model and goddess among mere mortals, loves this recent change. "I'm so for it. Are you kidding me?" Iman told New York magazine last night at a Harper's Bazaar's dinner. "I think the fashion industry has been just walking around it and they do maybe one issue out of the year called 'the Body Issue.'" We have to agree. We love seeing real women represented in fashion, and hope it's not just a current trend, but something that will last going forward.

    "I think not only fashion models," added Iman. "I think a lot of people, especially in the media, actresses as well, they're getting a little bit too skinny and a little bit scary. And not pretty. That's the thing-I don't know why anybody doesn't want to look pretty. It doesn't look good."

    Iman, we raise a glass to you! While surely there are some beautiful

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  • Who wore it best: J.Lo and Lady Gaga in glittery catsuits

    Getty Images/Patrick McMullan via PeopleGetty Images/Patrick McMullan via PeopleRemember when Jennifer Lopez wore that sparkly unitard on "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve"? Many of you commented that while her body looked great, her wardrobe choice was completely awful. Lady Gaga wore a very similar look when she performed at the Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Her crystal-covered catsuit was made Giorgio Armani, who also made her Grammy outfits.

    For J.Lo, we've seen her in far better performance outfits, and feel the spandex bodysuit doesn't do much for her. On the other hand, we've seen some really outrageous getups on Gaga, so this glittery ensemble is actually astoundingly simple for her. We like it! But sorry, Lady Gaga, we think the real winner of the glittery catsuit showdown is Britney Spears.

    Britney Spears in her Britney Spears in her Back in 2003, Britney rocked this glittery look without an actual catsuit. For her 2003 "Toxic" music video, hundreds of diamond stones were glued to her body to emulate a bodysuit, but the only fabric she was wearing was a g-string!

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  • Pink and Jennifer Garner have dramatic new 'dos

    Film MagicFilm MagicCelebs know a new hairstyle is the best way to get loads of attention, even if they have nothing else going on in their careers or personal lives worth talking about. Last week "Heroes" star Hayden Panettiere made headlines for chopping her hair off. This time around, Pink and Jennifer Garner are making waves with their colorful new looks. Pink shed her silvery blonde pompadour for a new, light brown pixie cut, which she showed off this weekend on the red carpet at the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center's "An Evening with Women: Celebrating Art, Music & Equality" event. As a performer who has rocked many outrageous looks, including super-appropriate pink hair, Pink's new shade looks very fresh and mature.



    Jennifer Garner in Alias / ABCJennifer Garner in Alias / ABCActress Jennifer Garner has traded in her usual dark brunette shade for a new crimson color. It may not be the blinding fire-engine red hue from her "Alias" days, but her new auburn style was turning heads on the set of the new comedy, "Butter," in which she stars and produces.

    What do you

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  • Mariah Carey’s new diamond ring pop

    Jason of Beverly HillsJason of Beverly HillsOver the weekend, Mariah Carey and hubby Nick Canon decided to get married again for the third time. "We get married every year! That's our thing," Cannon told UsMagazine.com. "If you were married to Mariah Carey, you'd want to marry her every year too! I just have to keep doing it to make sure it's real." This time he said the wedding would be a more traditional ceremony, unlike their two prior events in tropical settings. Whether you consider this behavior to be excessive or sweet, it does seem a bit extravagant to have a full-on wedding every year, complete with a new diamond ring for the missus. Even when that lady is Mariah Carey.

    Getty ImagesGetty ImagesThe 41-year-old singer is known for her extreme fondness of butterflies, rainbows, Hello Kitty, and all things pink, but the girly-girl also enjoys candy ring pops from time to time. Carey has a track called "Candy Bling" on her last album, where she sings about her love for candy ring pops, and when Cannon proposed to Carey he actually hid her

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  • Heidi Klum is latest star to go without makeup

    Despite the prevalence of overly airbrushed photos and extreme plastic surgery, a new trend has emerged in fashion magazines: celebrities and models going au naturel. Heidi Klum is the latest star to scrub off her mascara and lipstick for her spread in the latest issue of People magazine. Klum was included in the magazine's "Most Beautiful People" issue, and just to prove how stunning she really is, the 36-year-old supermodel was photographed without any makeup on. Here we see freckles, natural skin imperfections, and even a few wrinkles. She looks so refreshingly natural and relaxed! Kudos to People for not airbrushing away any of her imperfect beauty, and that Klum had the courage to be shown looking like her real self.



    Other celebs have recently gone the natural route. Jessica Simpson went without makeup for the May cover of Marie Claire, and in an effort to show how advertisers alter images, Britney Spears released the unretouched photos that correspond to her current Candie's

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  • Would you pay $550 for a pair of khakis?

    First there were Alexander Wang $225 cut-off sweatpants, then $395 spandex bike shorts. Next up in the line of everyday wardrobe items to get the upscale spin: khaki pants. Expensive designer khakis are everywhere this season, and are selling out mere months after they debuted on the runways from New York to Paris . The New York Times took on this trend, trying to decipher just why overpriced chinos have taken off despite the recession. Are they made from special fabrics? Do they have special embellishments worth their jaw-dropping price tags? Can anyone besides Goldman Sachs executives afford to wear them? The answers are often no. While tailoring may be impeccable, and the pants tend to be more form-fitting, it's often very difficult to tell a Dolce and Gabbana pair from a similar style at Old Navy.

    Likewise, the price point for these designer khakis is confusing. We found an average pair of khakis by Rag and Bone for $240, while those by Alexander McQueen cost $925. Burberry

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  • Mix and match cup sizes with Fruit of the Loom Perfect Pair bras

    Fruit of the LoomFruit of the LoomIn a recent Shine poll, 33% of you said that you have a difficult time finding the right bra size. Well, perhaps this is because not all breasts are created equal. And that's not to say that some breasts are better than others! The fact is, many women have one boob that's slightly bigger than the other. Sometimes the difference is so slight, only we ourselves can notice it, and other times they differ by a cup size or two. For those looking for a bra that perfectly fits both ta-tas, Fruit of the Loom has launched Pick Your Perfect Pair bras.

    With this new offering, you can mix and match sizes and colors just as you would bikini separates. They come in Exactly Size (with lightly lined cups), or Just About Size (with padded cups) in case you are between sizes. The two cups snap together in the front, and hook in the back like a regular bra. And best of all, they're only $5 per cup. Now if only they would start selling shoes in separate sizes... [Amazon][PickYourPerfectPairBras]

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  • Jessica Simpson explains why she only brushes her teeth three times a week

    Getty ImagesGetty ImagesJessica Simpson went on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" today and spoke about being single and hunting for a man. After watching her interview, we're beginning to wonder if her hygiene is actually scaring away potential suitors. The 29-year-old singer told Ellen that she only brushes her teeth "maybe three times a week." Um, gross! She says it's "because my teeth are so white, and I don't like them to feel too slippery." By slippery, does she mean clean? "My lips just slide all over the place....I can't catch up with my mouth. I need a little coating...."

    Jessica says that while she doesn't brush regularly, "I do use Listerine and I do floss everyday." She says sometimes she'll use her shirt to scrub off the layer of gunk that accumulates on her teeth. "I know it's gross, but I always have fresh breath," says Simpson.

    Having fresh breath is not the same as having healthy and clean teeth and gums. Many people brush their teeth more in a day than Jessica does in a week! We wonder what her

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  • Is QVC reselling used cosmetics?

    Getty ImagesGetty ImagesHave you ever purchased cosmetics from QVC? If so, was there anything suspicious about your products when they arrived? One QVC customer created a big stir on the site's online forum when she complained about receiving used makeup in the mail.

    After writing about how she returned a used Dr. Perricone kit, many other customers chimed in, saying that similar incidents had occurred when they ordered from QVC. "I just had this happen to me," one buyer wrote. "Mine was a LG blush I received that was not in the original packaging and upon checking the compact it looked as though someone had brushed across the top." Another shopper said, "There have been many, many reports of people receiving used items here on the boards for years so I definitely believe it." One convinced buyer said, "I check my cosmetics over very carefully to make sure it doesn't look like someone else's return."

    Some users on the community message boards are very upset by this news, and some claim that they won't

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  • Is Jennifer Lopez the Style Icon of the Decade?

    Getty ImagesGetty ImagesJennifer Lopez has been having a rough couple of months. First she made a spectacle of herself in a totally unflattering glittery catsuit on New Year's Eve, and then she fell on her butt during a performance of her new single "Louboutins." (Shouldn't you be able to walk in heels if you're singing about them?) Recently, she was dropped by her record label right before the release of her upcoming album, and her new movie, "The Back-Up Plan," bombed in theaters this past weekend. So when I came across the new issue of US Weekly with J.Lo sitting sexily on the cover under a huge caption exclaiming, "How I did it!," I wondered what exactly she'd done well. Apparently the article is about how she now has her best body ever, after battling baby weight. But the cover coincides with US Weekly's nomination of Lopez as the Style Icon of the Decade.

    "It's an incredible honor!" J.Lo told Us Weekly of her new title. "When they told me, I was just like, 'Really? Oh, my god! That's so awesome.' It's

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