Blog Posts by Elise Solé, Shine Staff

  • Jezebel Spent $10K for These Pics of Lena Dunham. Why?

    Check out the original image (with the lowered neckline). Image courtesy of Jezebel

    The women's website Jezebel proudly revealed untouched photos from actress Lena Dunham's controversial Vogue photo shoot. However, the move didn't resonate with fans of the actress, who slammed Jezebel's stunt as "cruel" and "stupid" on Twitter. Vogue also chimed in, posting an outtake from the shoot on its Instagram page, of Dunham posing with a pigeon on her head. The caption read, "The VOGUE pigeon. Any questions?"

    It all started on Wednesday, when Dunham's Vogue cover was released online, portraying a gorgeous shot from the chest up. Almost immediately, the Internet began buzzing about the image, with many fans complaining that the magazine had cropped the actress's curvy body out of the frame and applied too much airbrushing to the inside shots (slimming her down, erasing her arm). In response to the public outcry, Jezebel offered a $10,000 prize to anyone (i.e. someone who works in the art department at Vogue) who could pass along the comedian's untouched photos for all to view.

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  • 8 Things You'll See at Every 'Bachelor' Wedding


    "The Bachelor" weddings are like meteor showers — they occur once in a great while. But one is happening soon! Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudice, who got engaged during the 17th season of "The Bachelor," will be the fourth couple in the show's 12-year history to tie the knot in televised nuptials on ABC. And while the couple's January 26 wedding will be a tad different from the rest — Lowe is preserving his virginity until his wedding night — there are some unmistakable hallmarks of a "Bachelor" wedding. Here are eight you'll be sure to spot:

    The wedding promo is usually described as, "The most romantic event ever" and "A magical day to remember."


    Insensitive references to the women who have visited "The Fantasy Suite" with the groom. Exhibit A: At Jason Mesnik's 2010 nuptials, one his guests made a joke about how Mesnik had initially proposed to another "Bachelor" contestant before changing his mind and choosing Molly.


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  • That Thing You Do All Day May Cut Your Life Short

    photo: CorbisAnyone with an office job can attest to that achy, crampy, stir-crazy feeling of being stuck sitting at your desk all day. What you may not know is that sitting all day can also be deadly, even if you work out regularly, according to the results of a forthcoming study conducted by Cornell University.

    The study of 93,000 women found that those who are sedentary the longest during waking hours die earlier than those who are more active. In fact, women who logged 11 hours of sitting time had a 12 percent increase in premature mortality from causes such as cardiovascular disease, coronary heart disease, and cancer by 13, 27, and 21 percent, respectively.

    Sitting wreaks havoc on your health because, when your body stops moving, that causes a decline in metabolic activity and chips away muscle mass, increases insulin resistance (which can lead to diabetes), and, over time, can lead to obesity. Not to mention, it wrecks your posture.

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  • The Problem with Lena Dunham's Vogue Cover

    VogueIt's here! Lena Dunham's long-anticipated Vogue cover is here! And it's…well, OK. The 27-year-old "Girls" creator looks gorgeous wearing a white dress shirt with large red polka dots, her side-swept pixie cut is Twiggy-esque and her makeup is impeccable. However, Dunham's body — which she has no qualms about flaunting on "Girls" — is cropped at the chest, a move that didn't impress some fans and bloggers.

    After the cover was leaked online, one Huffington Post writer asked (rhetorically, of course), "Why do curvier women get the close-up shots?" Meanwhile, a Jezebel blogger conceded to the inevitable, "We knew it wasn't going to be a full-body shot."

    (A Vogue representative wasn't immediately available for comment.)

    The cropped cover is just the latest in a string of examples of fashion magazines paying lip service to curvier celebrities, then cloaking them in heavy fabric or hiding their bodies altogether. In January, actress Mindy Kaling graced the cover of Elles's "Women in TV" issue,

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  • Dear H&M: If This Model is Plus-Size, Then We're All Fat

    Does she look plus-size to you? (Photo: H&M)H&M, the clothing retailer that recently vowed to promote a healthier body image in its campaigns, seemed like it was on the right track when it featured a variety of genuinely stylish plus-size pieces in its latest catalog. The problem? The model wearing the items doesn't look plus-size at all — a detail that's not exactly sitting well with customers.

    The controversy began when someone posted the photo of the slender model to Twitter and the backlash ensued. Even professional swimmer and positive body-image advocate Emma Igelström, joined the fray, telling Swedish publication The Local "The model looks like a totally normal girl, even skinny. I'm bigger than she is, and I wear a medium at H&M," adding, "H&M needs to take their responsibility for this. They are sponsors to the Swedish Olympics team, but by calling this model plus size they are strengthening the idea that super skinny is the ideal."

    In response, H&M CEO Hacan Andersson released a statement to the The Local, which read,

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  • Royal Baby Goes On Tour, Needs A Roadie

    No pressure at all, but Prince George needs a nanny. Kate Middleton and Prince William are looking to fill the royal role during the couple's tour to Australia and New Zealand in April.

    According to a report published recently in the Daily Mail, Prince George's current nanny, 71-year-old Jessie Webb (who cared for Prince William and Prince Harry when they were children) was hired on a temporary basis for about three months, to get the couple started as parents. Now, Webb's contract is ending, and due to her age, she won't be accompanying the family overseas. (Palace officials refused to comment on the matter as of Tuesday afternoon.)

    "At this point, it's speculation that the royal couple is shopping for a nanny, however, it's likely true, given the tour will probably be too intense for someone of Jessie Webb's age," royal expert Victoria Arbiter, tells Yahoo Shine.

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    The couple haven't publicly advertised the gig (for

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  • Businessman Befriends Autistic Girl on Flight, Makes Everyone's Day

    Shanell Mouland and Kate (Photo courtesy of Shanell Mouland)The mother of an autistic toddler,  whose open letter to a kind stranger she sat next to on a plane made headlines, has reconnected with the man who made her daughter smile during a two-and-a-half-hour flight.

    On Jan. 6, after spending a week at Disney World, Shanell Mouland and her family were on a flight from Orlando, Fla., to Philadelphia, to catch a connection to their hometown of New Brunswick, Canada. Mouland's husband and their 5-year-old daughter, Grace, sat in one row, while Mouland and 3-year-old Kate, who has autism, sat behind them. Mouland was a bit nervous — depending on Kate's mood, the young girl's behavior can range from affectionate to hysterical, so a patient and understanding seatmate would be crucial.

    In an open letter titled, "Dear Daddy in Seat 16C," posted on Thursday on her blog "Go Team Kate," Mouland writes, "I watched the entire Temple basketball team board the plane, and wondered if one of these giants might sit by Kate. They all moved toward the back. She

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  • Study Says Kids Make Marriage Miserable. We Don't Buy It

    He's not as scary as he looks (Photo: Corbis)Does having kids make a marriage happy or hopeless? One study claims to have the answer and the results aren't exactly encouraging for parents.

    According to the study of more than 5,000 people to be published later this week by Open University in the U.K., childless couples ranked the quality of their relationships higher, felt more valued by their partners, and (shocker) spent more time maintaining their relationships, going on dates, and having intimate conversations — undoubtedly easier to do when you're not racing through dinner to relieve the sitter or halting that crazy-deep conversation when the baby starts crying.

    Yet, there was also a fascinating gender divide: Mothers were happier than married women without children, but the opposite was true for men — fathers were slightly less content than their childless counterparts.

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    The study is the latest to stir the pot in the seemingly endless debate over who lives the good

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  • Parents' Worst Nightmare: Kids Are Jealous of 'Teen Mom' Stars

    Splash News/CorbisIf you think the reality television shows "Teen Mom" and "16 and Pregnant" set a horrible example for teens, you've got science on your side. A new study published in the journal Mass Communication and Society found that young fans of these two series are shockingly envious of the shows' stars.

    The study found that teen fans of the shows (especially those who believe in the authenticity of reality television), say the teen mothers have an enviable quality of life; high incomes; supportive, loyal romantic partners; and children who are cared for well. Um, OK.

    "It's possible that MTV wanted to cast these teens as a cautionary tale of teen pregnancy, but the shows have created the opposite effect," study co-author Robin E. Jensen, assistant professor of communication at the University of Utah, tells Yahoo Shine. "The teens are exploited, yet that's overshadowed by their high salaries and media attention, so the takeaway for teenagers is positive." And while there's no evidence of a direct

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  • Man Owns 100,000 Lottery Tickets, Refuses to Scratch Them

    photo: MERCURY PRESS/Carter's News AgencyA British man who has collected over 100,000 lottery cards might have been a millionaire — if he had ever bothered to scratch them to find out. Dave Mannix, 42, says he owns the world's biggest scratch ticket collection.

    A former phone card collector who put his obsession to rest in 1990 with the rise of cell phones, Mannix says he's collected almost every scratch card issued by the U.K.'s National Lottery since 1994. Some of the cards are used, donated to him by various retailers, and others he bought new. In fact, over the last 20 years, Mannix has spent $131,800 buying unscratched cards for his collection, which he lovingly stores in one room in his Cheshire home. Around 10,000 cards remain unscratched, and most have expired.

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    It's not difficult to imagine how Mannix's wife, Sue, feels about her husband's hobby. "Every so often Sue looks at me angrily and asks me when am I going to get rid of them but she knows I've had a lot of fun

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