Blog Posts by Jennifer Romolini, Shine editor in chief

  • Celeb relationship quickies: Who got married, engaged, and gave us way too much information this week

    Oh, celebrities! Oh, love! Oh, 2010! It's just six days into the new year and, in less than a week, some of our favorite stars have given us some very big love and sex news. And some small tidbits too. And stuff that's gross. And probably stories that are completely made up. Read on for the latest--

  • Call off the search! The G-Spot is a myth

    According to a study in this month's Journal of Sexual Medicine, the G-Spot, a mysterious, sometimes hard-to-track down, magical sex button located inside the vagina, may be a figment of women's imaginations and not a real-life spot at all. Researchers at King's College London examined 1,800 female subjects--all twins--and found no physical evidence of the G-Spot's existence. Instead, they concluded that the 59-year-old sexual concept is a myth perpetrated by magazines and sex therapists.

    The Gräfenberg Spot (or G-Spot) was named after German gynecologist Ernst Gräfenberg who first described it in a paper on human sexuality (published in 1950). Locations can vary, but, if found, it is mostly likely one to three inches inside and along the front wall of a woman's vagina. The area is meant to be highly sensitive and, when stimulated correctly, lead to mind-blowing orgasms.

    Though the King's College study is the largest to date on the controversial spot, many experts disagree with its

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  • Warren Beatty allegedly had 13,000 sexual conquests? HOW?!

    In his new book "Star: How Warren Beatty Seduced America," writer Peter Biskind estimates that Beatty, a notorious former playboy, slept with 12,775 women over the years and that this number does not include "daytime quickies, drive-bys, casual gropings, stolen kisses and so on." Biskind says he based these findings on "simple arithmetic," but we're not so sure.

    According to Biskind, the actor lost his virginity at age 20 and he married actress Annette Bening 18 years ago when he was 55. We're no mathematicians, but essentially this 12,775 number means Beatty had to sleep with a new woman a day every day for 35 years.

    Really? So the man was never sick, tired, monogamous, gassy, flaccid, post-Indian-food, or just simply not in the mood for more than three decades? Frankly, we don't buy it. If nothing else, we'd bet our whole (admittedly crappy) savings he couldn't get it up at least a few of those days, at least in his 40s.

    Perhaps the larger question is, even if this is possibly

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  • The new mini-bouffant craze: How does a hairstyle go from classy to trashy?

    See that girl to your left? That's Snooki, an Italian ingénue currently enjoying her 15 minutes of fame on a little MTV reality show/phenomenon known as "The Jersey Shore." Snooki is a "guidette" and, as such, she's partial to drinking until she can't find her way home, making out with folks (both male and female) in hot tubs, tanning, eating pickles in a manner that suggests she's fellating them, and showing her thong underpants in public and at home. She's also fond of a hairstyle she's calling "the poof," though you might also remember it as "the bump" or even the "mini-bouffant." Snooki likes this 'do because it gives her diminutive frame a bit of extra height, but she's not the only lady out there currently rocking the look.

    Last night, while I was watching the finale of yet another classy show, VH1's "Sex Rehab with Dr. Drew," I noticed one of the stars, Kendra, also in the bump-poof, along with stripey-white extensions and a crap-ton of makeup. And I realized: THIS IS BECOMING

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  • Twiggy's Photoshopped Olay ads banned in England

    Perhaps we should start calling 2009 the year of the airbrush. The latest Photoshop scandal involves not an emaciated model nor a bizarrely-retouched actress on the cover of a fashion magazine, but instead a 60-year-old icon with not enough crows' feet for anyone's liking.

    Let's catch you up: Last summer, beauty company Olay debuted its Definity eye cream campaign depicting model Twiggy looking far younger, smoother, and firmer than her then 59 years should suggest. The '60s fashion star appeared virtually wrinkle-free in the ads and, since her baby-faced visage was selling anti-aging cream to older women, quite a few people-including bloggers, news outlets, and the British Parliament-grew quite disturbed.

    In August, British lawmakers called for a ban on the digitally altered ads, suggesting they mislead the public. And, in the ensuing months, the U.K's Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) received hundreds of complaints from the public, claiming the Olay images were "socially

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  • Shine's clickiest men of the year: All the dudes you talked about in '09

    They came, they saw, they cheated, they lied, they cried, and some of them left us all too soon-here are our picks for the most talked about men of the year.

  • Rihanna poses topless, won't stop talking about sex. We wonder: What the hell is up?

    There's really no other way to interpret this: Rihanna wants to sex us up. In the past month, the singer-who spent the past year scrupulously avoiding interviews-has been out and about, promoting her new CD with a series of racy outfits and even racier quotes. She's been telling radio stations and journalists how she "grabs boobies all of the time" and how all she wants for Christmas is "some great food and some great sex." She explained to News Of The World: "I don't miss sex because I still have fun by myself. You get what I mean?" And on November 24th, she opined to Hot 97, "If you don't send your boyfriend naked pictures, then I feel bad for him."

    Rihanna's latest stop on the Sexiest Sexpot in Sextown Tour '09, is the January issue of GQ, where she poses topless for the cover and, inside, can be seen crawling around provocatively, grabbing her crotch, and revealing how a record executive recently asked her to "put some f*cking clothes on."

    Well, we get it. Rihanna is one sensual

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  • The 11 worst reasons to get married

    Did you think your marriage would last forever on the day of your wedding? Or were you full of dread and trepidation? According to a rather interesting story in USA Today, each year, loads of couples walk down the aisle even when they sense their relationship is doomed.

    The paper consulted several sources (marriage counselors, sociologists, academics who study relationships) and found that a surprising number of brides- and grooms-to be are none too thrilled when the wedding bells ring. Author Carl Weisman, whose in-depth interviews with divorced Americans are compiled in a new book, "Serious Doubts: Why People Marry When They Know It Won't Last," surveyed 1,036 people while researching his work and found a common thread: "They all ignored their inner voice," he told USA Today. "They knew it wasn't going to last."

    The print edition of the article (not online) included Weisman's top 11 reasons why folks who wound up in failed relationships went through with the nuptials (even when

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  • Katie defends putting Suri in high heels...but are they really safe?

    Photo: US WeeklyPhoto: US WeeklyOver the past few months, there's been quite a bruhaha over little Suri Cruise and her little high heels. It seems the three-year-old daughter of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes likes the elevated lady shoes, she's been spotted wearing them often, and this has caused all sorts of outrage, usually in the vein of "that's so weird" or "celebs are so lame."

    But now, things are getting a little more serious. Suri's parents are currently being criticized for allowing their daughter to wear high heels, not just because this is an odd footwear choice for a pre-schooler, but because the shoes may be dangerous as well.

    "A common side effect of adults wearing heels too often is the tightening or shortening of the Achilles tendon," New York podiatrist Dr. Oliver Zong told Fox News. "At Suri's age, children are growing quickly, and you want everything growing at the same rate. If the tendon is not growing at the same rate as everything else, it could become a problem."

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  • Michelle Obama goes glam for state dinner (with a dress by little-known designer Naeem Khan)

    AP PhotoAP PhotoLooking glamorous in an elegant strapless gown by Indian-American designer Naeem Khan, Michelle Obama welcomed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his wife Mrs. Gursharan Kaur to the White House Tuesday night and ushered in the Obama administration's first official state dinner.

    Though she's become known for her (sometimes controversial) high-fashion risk-taking, tonight Mrs.Obama chose a dress with a classic floor-length cut in a subdued gold fabric and paired it with a light shawl. Her makeup was kept to a minimum and her hair done in a dignified updo. The entire ensemble seemed traditionally feminine and sophisticated, reminiscent of the first lady's more conservative predecessors.

    But there were a few Michelle-style flourishes, including a pair of elaborate chandelier earrings and a stack of glittering gold-and-diamond bangles piled high on her left arm. Her choice of Khan as designer is also characteristic of this first lady, who often favors little-known artisans over big names.

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