Blog Posts by Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor

  • Why the heck are they famous again? The Kim Kardashian phenomenon

    Lisa Maree Williams/Getty ImagesLisa Maree Williams/Getty ImagesThese days you can't throw a stick without hitting Kim Kardashian. And no, it's not because of her big J.Lo-butt that she and everyone else seems so intent on emphasizing. But what is it exactly she is famous for? We honestly couldn't remember! A trip over to Wikepedia informed us:

    Kimberly Noel Kardashian (born October 21, 1980) is an American stylist, apparel retailer[1] and television personality. She is best known for her social life, sex tape, and her appearances on reality show Keeping Up with the Kardashians.

    Oh right, that's what we thought. But really, why is she famous? Our insight after the jump!

    Well her real dad was Robert Kardashian, OJ Simpson's lawyer during his murder trial, and her mom remarried Olympic gold medalist Bruce Jenner. She made a sextape with then-boyfriend, rapper Ray J (Brandy's brother), and while she initially sued the distribution company, she later settled for $5 million. Her outrageous and extremely large family (she has 2 sisters, 3

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  • When Claymates attack! One woman is still achin’ for Aiken.

    Steven A Henry/Getty ImagesSteven A Henry/Getty ImagesApparently American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken still has crazed fans. Well, at least one. One woman has allegedly seen his performance in Broadway's Spamalot at least 40 times and she waits by the stage door hoping to catch a glimpse. "She is at the stage door from 9:30 in the morning, waiting all day to talk to people as they come in," says an insider. "She says talking to the other actors, she feels a step closer to Clay." But why exactly is this woman so obsessed? The source says she thinks, "He is the Savior." Alllllrighty then.

    Do you think Clay is obsession-worthy? [NY Daily]

  • Spitzer tell-all may get $350k, but do we care?

    Scott Wintrow/Getty ImagesScott Wintrow/Getty ImagesA book about former mayor Eliot Spitzer and his now-infamous call girl, Ashley Dupre, is being shopped around for quite a large sum of money. Peter Elkind, a writer for Fortune magazine and the co-author of an Enron book is working on sealing the deal. "It seems like a lot of money to me, but the book will get a lot of ink, if not sales," says Sara Nelson, editor of Publishers Weekly. "The question is that, by the time it comes out, will people have read everything they need to know in the tabloids and other papers?" Seriously, haven't we delved into their personal lives enough? Is there one more fact or detail we're still even remotely curious about? It's almost stomach turning. Then again, it might be a lot juicier than the latest issue of US Weekly.

    Would you read a book about the Eliot Spitzer scandal? [NY Post]

    Related links:
    Eliot Spitzer's escort, just not an escort
    Would you stand by your man if he were busted with a prostitute?

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  • Miley Cyrus exposed: says she regrets topless photo, but does she mean it?

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    Only a week after racy photos of Disney superstar Miley Cyrus appeared on the internet, comes a topless photo of the 15-year-old in the June issue of Vanity Fair. Okay, so you can't see her ta-tas -- she has a sheet wrapped around her and the photo was taken by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz -- but is this any way for young pop idol to be parading around? Definitely not, and Miley knows it, hence her apology before the magazine hits newsstands.

    After the jump, the picture of Miley from the June issue of Vanity Fair and her questionable apology.

    The June Issue of Vanity FairThe June Issue of Vanity Fair
    "I took part in a photo shoot that was supposed to be 'artistic' and now, seeing the photographs and reading the story, I feel so embarrassed," she says. "I never intended for any of this to happen and I apologize to my fans who I care so deeply about." Now this sounds more like the girl we know, who once uttered, "I've got to make really good decisions. More than just for myself, but for the girls who are watching me." The Disney Channel

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  • Quote of the Day: Scarlett Johansson thinks she's better than other booby blondes

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    What do you think: Classy lady or arrogant actress?

    "I have platinum blonde hair, and I'm extremely curvy: I pour myself into a dress and show up and strut my stuff at premieres. Of course I expect people will have certain ideas but it's weird if people associate the fact that I sell handbags or wear a bikini with who I am when I wake up in the morning. People think I'm going to be some brazen harlot, but I'm not out there with every Tom, Dick and Harry or catching hepatitis." [Perez]

  • Best reader comments of the week: your jeers and cheers warm the cockles of our heart

    We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for agreeing, disagreeing and flat out making us laugh. Here are some highlights from this week's reader comments. And please... keep 'em coming!

    Things we don't get: Dave Matthews Band

    Posted by Angel Thu Apr 24, 2008 1:55pm PDT
    I totally agree!! Couldn't ever stand them & still can't!! Though I did get a giggle when his tour bus dumped human cr*p all over a boat of tourists... Other than that I could care less about the stupid band....

    Can you be gay in hip-hop? A new book is about to name names

    Posted by Andygirl Thu Apr 24, 2008 10:09am PDT
    I say, as a queer, that this is great. the need to hide gayness is recyling the fear and homophaobia over and over. by outing big named gay and lesbian rappers, people who are already icons and role models, we can break down the barriers and taboos of gender stereotypes and how we view them and their images. it's all about PRIDE!

    Quote of the Day: Mariah Carey says hellz no to babies

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  • Tom Cruise will return to Oprah: but will he jump on her couch?

    Once upon a time, Tom Cruise was really your run-of-the-mill A-list star, with a smattering of roles that ran the gamut form cheesy to creepy to poignant. A man who many of us maybe even had a slight crush on at one point. That all changed in May 2005 when Tom professed his undying love for his new girlfriend, Katie Holmes, on the Oprah Winfrey Show and catapulted himself up in the air onto her studio couch several times and cackled like a lunatic. Well, lucky for us Tom wants to catch us up on the past three years, and will do so via-what else-the Oprah Winfrey Show, in a two part special airing May 2nd and 5thin conjunction with his 25th anniversary of Risky Business. Take a trip with us down memory lane to watch Tom in all his couch-jumping glory. We have high hopes for you to top this next week, Tom! We know you can do it. [BCC]

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  • When Technology Goes Awry: Keyboard Jeans

    In case you don't spend enough time online already, "designer" Erik De Niks has come up with a way to check your email by the seat of your pants. Literally. There's a keyboard that spans across the crotch/thigh area, speakers installed in the knees, a specially designed back pocket to store your mouse and a joystick controller behind the front zipper. (Umm, we're sure the designer didn't mean it that way.)

    He refers to these pants as "modern shaped trousers which are often worn by youngsters," but we think maybe he means jeans in general, because we can safely say we have yet to meet anyone rocking the keyboard jeans...yet.

    Would you wear these pants? Or date anyone who wore these? [BWE via Vous Pensez]

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  • At last -- some celebrity endorsements we can get behind!

    Pörk, prepared specially by Ashton ButcherPörk, prepared specially by Ashton Butcher

    These days every celebrity has haphazardly tacked their name onto a fragrance, clothing line, reality show, or beverage with no relevance whatsoever.

    Here are some products we think might actually be marketable:

    • Ludacristal
    • Good Char-lattes
    • Eminems
    • Lindsay Lohamburgers
    • Madonuts
    • Advil Lavigne
    • Britney Spearmint gum
    • Kevin Feder-linens
    • America Ferarri
    • Mandy S'moores
    • Ellen Degenerators
    • J.Lotion
    • Lara Flynn's Soil
    • Justin Timberlatkes
    • Chris' Brownies
    • Halle Berries
    • Stephen King Crab
    • Sienna Miller ight
    • Lisa Marie Parsley
    • Bai Linguini
    • Gel Gibson
    • Adriana Lima Beans
    • -Pörk, prepared specially by Ashton Butcher

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  • Tina Fey and Amy Poehler: the best friends we want to have

    Courtesy of Universal PicturesCourtesy of Universal PicturesAs a spastic person who has always considered Julia Louis-Dreyfus' Elaine to be her hero and role model, I'm so glad there are women like Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. They're smart, they're quick, they get the joke, and perhaps most importantly, they don't shy away from a topic because it's considered shocking or un-PC. In their new film, Baby Mama, Tina Fey plays a woman who put her career first and now desperately wants a baby.

    Enter Amy, a trashy, no-boundaries party animal who get knocked up with
    Tina's egg and has no choice but to move in with the mom-to-be. From her horrific karaoke-ing, to her freaky, deer-in-headlights faces when Tina catches her misbehaving, it's refreshing to see a woman make herself so physically and emotionally vulnerable. Likewise, Tina plays a successful yet lovable awkward lady who blunders her way through dates and sets herself up to be humiliated in a horrendously tacky outfit when hitting the club scene.

    When Tina is hooking uber-talented Amy up with

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