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  • By Amy Larocca


    After Vogue's images of its Kim Kardashian and Kanye West cover shoot went online on Friday, Elle's official Twitter account tweeted tips from Cate Blanchett's facialist on how to calm oneself down. Sarah Michelle Gellar announced that she'd be canceling her Vogue subscription, and all sorts of other people had all sorts of other things to say, the bulk of which can be summed up as "SHOCKED!" - as if the cover of Vogue was a much too rarefied and civilized a precinct to welcome a multiplatinum musician and his reality-star fiancée, who also happens to be one of the most famous women in the world.

    This is a very strange status distinction - and I'm not being deliberately obtuse. Everything's vulgar now. But it turns out that, for a lot of people, Kim Kardashian - with her butt selfies and all the rest of it - is where the line gets drawn. Or maybe it's that Vogue is where the line gets drawn, since plenty of other magazines have featured Kardashian on the cover

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  • The 20 Best Pieces of Rain Gear to Wear This Spring

    By Veronica Misako Gledhill

    After an unusually long and bitter winter, we're actually looking forward to the rainy days that always precede warmer weather. And in anticipation of the sort of cinematic downpours that the season is known for, we sifted through thousands of products looking for the sleekest, coolest pieces of rain gear to keep you looking polished from day to night. From frizz-fighting tools and products, waterproof mascara and eyeliner, jackets, trenches, and of course, storm-drain-ready boots - we have it all figured out. Click through our slideshow to see the chicest heavy-duty rain gear that will get you through spring.


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  • How to Tell These Hillary Clinton Movie Scandals Apart

    BY KAT STOEFFEL

    Most former U.S. presidents don't live to see their biopics. Former First Lady and secretary of state Hillary Clinton will get to see three before she even has the chance to win her party's nomination. In addition to the buzzy Hollywood treatment coming up with Rodham, NBC and CNN announced last month that they had their own HRC projects in the pipeline. All three are still months, if not years, away. But they have collectively generated enough controversy and casting speculation to carry us through until their official press cycles begin, at which point we should just be gearing up for the primaries again. If we play our cards right, we will have managed to talk about Clinton for the entirety of her post-cabinet, pre-campaign hiatus and speaking tour without interruption. (Point: 24-hour news cycle.) Here's a quick and dirty guide to Hillary Clinton movies to get you through.

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  • Madonna’s Diet is the Hardest I Have Ever Tried

    BY REBECCA HARRINGTON

    It has been exactly 30 years since Madonna exploded into the public consciousness with her debut album Madonna, and what great years they have been. Is there a woman out there more impressive than she is? Madonna is the top-selling female artist of all time. She has a son named Rocco. One time she was interviewed by Norman Mailer and he kept wanting to talk about feminism's discontents and she subtly made fun of him the entire time and he did not seem to get it.
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    Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images However, being Madonna is not easy. And how does she do it? She is 54 years old and she had to wear a crucifix on her butt at the Met Ball. Literally no one has ever done that before, and perhaps no one will ever do it again.
    So, while Madonna's actual accomplishments are too much for the modern human to even contemplate, it would be nice to have her biceps at some point in my life. In that spirit, I decided to attempt

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  • BY KAT STOEFFEL

    Three women suing Merrill Lynch for gender discrimination say they were fired for failing to "seduce the boys club," the New York Post reports. Seriously: Female trainees were allegedly given copies of a book called Seducing the Boys Club: Uncensored Tactics From a Woman at the Top, and ordered to attend a lecture by author Nina DiSesa, the first female chairwoman at ad giant McCann Erickson. Other alleged girls-only duties included answering phones, being "perky" and "bubbly," and attending events on topics like "dressing for success" and "preparing healthy meals while working full-time." But the book alone would be enough to make a gal litigious.

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    Mario Tama/Getty Images Until the feminist revolution is complete, DiSesa writes, women need to act as much like men as possible. "Men feel comfortable with their own kind," she notes. If they must be womanly, they should leverage their feminine wiles to seduce and manipulate (S&M, in her

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  • Silda Spitzer Isn’t Press Shy, She Just Wants a Divorce

    By Margaret Hartmann

    Here's one way Eliot Spitzer can distinguish himself from Anthony Weiner in the minds of voters: While Carlos Danger had his beleaguered wife speak on his behalf as he casually admitted to another round of extramarital sexting, Spitzer confirmed on Thursday night that his wife Silda won't be joining him on the campaign trail. "I think it's fair to say I'm running for office. No other member of my family is running for office. And I think the public is going to judge me, not who else is with me or not with me," Spitzer told the Post. He noted, "She's got a career," but the paper claims it isn't Silda's job that's keeping her from shaking a few voters' hands, but the fact that she's on the verge of divorcing the former governor and prostitute enthusiast.

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    Chris Hondros/Getty Images The Post kick-started the latest rumors about the Spitzers' marital troubles with a report that they were living in separate apartments,

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  • What Sexting was like in the Victorian Era

    BY MAUREEN O'CONNOR

    Technology has been complicating romance for longer than we thought: Tech blog Collision Detection unearthed a Victorian example in Wired Love: A Romance of Dots and Dashes, a novel about a telegraph operator who falls for a mystery man she meets "on the wire." Mistaken identities and madcap antics ensue. "I hope sometime we may clasp hands bodily as we do now spiritually, on the wire," the enigmatic "C" tells heroine Nattie Rogers.

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    The Cut Here's a scene where Nattie and friends wonder if "C" is misrepresenting himself - a phenomenon modern audiences might call catfishing:

    "It must be very romantic and fascinating to talk with some one so far away, a mysterious stranger too, that one has never seen," Miss Archer said, her black eyes sparkling. "I should get up a nice little sentimental affair immediately, I know I should, there is something so nice about anything with a mystery to it."

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  • Meet Rosa DeLauro, the ‘Hipster’ Congresswoman with a Feminist Agenda

    BY KAT STOEFFEL

    Rosa DeLauro has been representing Connecticut's third district in the U.S. House of Representatives for over two decades. Recently, she's come to represent two somewhat more nebulous constituencies: hipsters and women who want to "have it all." The 70-year-old congresswoman's cropped hair and funky accessories have earned her a NSFW hipster-appreciation Tumblr, and while she claims to have no idea what a hipster is (she says her favorite band is Peter, Paul and Mary, and we're inclined to believe her), she's eager to discuss women's economic wellbeing.

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     Today, Representative DeLauro and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi kicked off their new women's economic agenda ("When Women Succeed, America Succeeds: An Economic Agenda for Women and Families"), a kind of legislative response to the work-life balance questions that have obsessed pundits over the past year. The campaign will raise awareness about Read More »from Meet Rosa DeLauro, the ‘Hipster’ Congresswoman with a Feminist Agenda
  • America’s Next Top Model, the Summer Camp

    BY KAT STOEFFEL

    It looked like rain on Wednesday morning, which was lucky. That way no one needed to mourn the wholesome, outdoor summertime activities - bike rides, camping, swimming - forsaken by the 30-odd girls cooped up in a midtown Westin. They had convened for Modeling Camp, the $1,000, four-day boot camp that teaches girls ages 12 to 18 how to work their angles and a runway before sending them off with a portfolio of professional photos and an audience with casting directors.

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    It was photo-shoot day, and the girls were split among four stations in a carpeted conference room. On one side, makeup artists' brushes swallowed their tiny features. On the other, hairdressers coaxed their - basically uniform - shoulder-blade-length hair in and out of loose, wavy ringlets. In back, an acting coach fought for the attention of the rest, who played with their hair, held each other's hands, and coordinated dress

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  • Fantasy or Fun? The Rise of ‘Ideal Boyfriends’ on Tumblr

    BY ELISABETH DONNELLY

    Elizabeth Pride, a 23-year-old social worker in Philadelphia, was feeling homesick for her native Maine. While Facebook chatting with a friend one night last winter, she started joking about being single, and things took a decidedly Northeast turn: "I said my ideal man would look like an LL Bean Model. I kept making jokes like, 'I want to build a fire with this man.'"

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    Pride uploaded a hunky photo of an LL Bean model in wicked good flannel to Tumblr, added a caption - "'We don't have to paint the barn door today,' said Daniel. 'Let's go sailing instead.'" - and a viral website was born. The Tumblr, Your LL Bean Boyfriend, remains just as popular today by imagining a world where the broad-shouldered, strong-jawed, capital-M man is as sensitive as he is outdoorsy, bringing you extra marshmallows for your hot chocolate and cooking you breakfast in bed with organic eggs.

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