Blog Posts by Elise Solé, Shine Staff

  • Halloween Fail: Woman to Give Fat-Shaming Letter, Not Candy

    KVLYAs a kid, there was always one family to avoid on Halloween: The one that doled out toothbrushes, apples, or worst of all, raisins. Well, kids in Fargo, North Dakota, should steer clear of one more — the neighbor that celebrates Halloween by fat-shaming trick-or-treaters with a mean letter. 

    A woman named Cheryl (she declined to provide her last name) is making headlines for her plan to hand overweight kids who knock on her door with a letter addressed to their parents, reprimanding them for their children's unhealthy eating habits. The letter reads:

    “You are probably wondering why your child has this note; have you ever heard the saying, ‘It takes a village to raise a child?’ I am disappointed in ‘the village’ of Fargo Moorhead, West Fargo. Your child is, in my opinion, moderately obese and should not be consuming sugar and treats to the extent of some children this Halloween season. My hope is that you will step up as a parent and ration candy this Halloween and not allow your child

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  • Why Elle Spain's Plus-Size Cover Girl Gives Us Hope

    photo: Elle SpainHaven’t heard of model Tara Lynn? Brace yourself, because the plus-size “it girl” just landed the November cover of Elle Spain, rocking black short-shorts, a black leather jacket, and a “hell yeah” attitude.

    The cover line accompanying the image reads, "Mujer Real," or “Real Woman” in English. Shot by photographer Xavi Gordo, who has snapped celebrities such as Helena Christensen and Poppy Delevingne, Lynn is also featured in a seven-page inside editorial, modeling fall 2013 basics. She is shown sprawled on the floor wearing a little black dress, perched on a stool in a fitted trench coat and stilettos, showing leg in just a long-sleeved black shirt, and revealing her wild side in a leopard-print blouse.  

    She's certainly not new to the world of fashion mags. Once dubbed “The Body” by French Elle (the magazine featured Lynn on its April 2010 cover and in a 20-page editorial spread), the Seattle-born beauty's résumé is impressive. While she’s never landed the cover of an American

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  • Why Tori Spelling's Post-Baby Body Confession is a Game Changer

    Getty ImagesOpen any tabloid and you'll read about a celebrity mom who dropped her baby weight by breastfeeding, chasing toddlers around, and snacking on 12 almonds per day. But in her new book “Spelling It Like It Is,” actress Tori Spelling made a startling confession about her post-baby weight-loss regime — and it’s truly a revelation.

    Calling it the “Just Keep Your F*****g Mouth Shut And Eat Air Diet,” Spelling says she lied in April when she told US magazine that swimming helped her shed pounds after the birth of her fourth child, Finn Davey. “My publicist had given me clear instructions about what to say about my weight loss,” she writes in her book. “Women didn’t want to know that I had lost weight through dieting, not exercising. … So I said that I swam,” even though “I can’t do much more than a doggy paddle.”

    Yes, she lied (and needs a new publicist), but more importantly, Spelling’s admission symbolizes a new shift in Hollywood, one in which mothers are rejecting pressure to not only drop

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  • The Rise of Zombie Weddings: Why Do Love and Death Mix?

    Chillicothe Gazette/Brent LewisAn Ohio couple took the notion of “til death do us part” very seriously by tying the knot in a zombie-themed wedding.

    Tina and David Fox, both fans of the television show “The Walking Dead,” wed Saturday in their hometown of Circleville in a zombie-themed ceremony. Tina, a 48-year-old hairdresser, wore a long, white thrift-store gown, which she streaked with fake blood; carried an orange-and-white floral bouquet; and painted gashes on her face with costume makeup. Groom David, a 49-year-old sales representative for Frito-Lay, meanwhile, donned a tuxedo stained with fake blood and bore fake facial bruises.

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    The couple staggered down the aisle to the tune of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” music while their guests (also dressed as zombies) cheered them on. Even their priest got into the scary spirit, performing the ceremony while decked out with faux scars and bloody gashes. After the nuptials,

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  • Meet Priyanka Chopra, the Model Breaking New Ground at Guess

    GuessBreaking news in the fashion world: Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra has been tapped as the new Guess Girl, a modeling gig that until now, has never been filled by an Indian woman, according to a story published Monday in Women’s Wear Daily.

    "I’m like their first brown model,” Chopra told the publication, adding: “For a global fashion brand, for them to move their campaign into a global space, for me it's an honor." The campaign, a series of black-and-white photos shot by photographer Bryan Adams, show Chopra lounging in a Mediterranean villa and will debut in the December issues of Harper’s Bazaar, Nylon, Elle, and The Wall Street Journal, among others.

    Scoring Chopra is a huge coup for Guess, which has largely relied on the blond bombshell ideal: Tousled platinum hair, blue eyes, pouty lips, and overflowing cleavage. Past Guess Girls have included Claudia Schiffer, Anna Nicole Smith, Kate Upton, and Paris Hilton, among others.

    And while you may not know much about the 30-year-old

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  • Pregnant Woman Files Charges Over Belly Rubbing

    ThinkStockThere are plenty of not-so-fun aspects of pregnancy: Morning sickness, swollen feet, weight gain. And then there's the dreaded "tummy rub," a common gesture from a well-meaning friend, family member, or co-worker who just can’t resist rubbing the woman's stomach. One expectant mother in Pennsylvania is standing up to unwanted rubs by charging a man with harassment after he touched her stomach without consent.

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    A representative from the Pennsylvania State Police tells Yahoo Shine that earlier this month, 57-year-old Richard J. Beishline visited his neighbor, a 30-year-old pregnant woman named Michelle Troutman in Frankfort, Pennsylvania. According to the police report, after giving Troutman a hug, Beishline said, “I just want to be friends” and rubbed her stomach. Troutman pushed him away, and he quickly left. She has since filed harassment charges against Beishline, and if he pleads guilty, he’ll pay a fine determined by a

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  • Colored Contacts: The Halloween Trend We Won't Be Trying

    Pretty? Yes. Safe? No. (Photo: ThinkStock)Aspiring zombies and vampires take note: Nonprescription colored contacts, a popular accessory for Halloween, are dangerous to wear and illegal to sell, according to a warning published on Thursday by the Food and Drug Administration.

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    Contact lenses are available in various colors and patterns, including Hello Kitty, cat eyes, and even blood. In 2011, Lady Gaga made headlines for her doll-like “circle contacts,” colored lenses that make the irises appear larger than normal. There’s nothing intrinsically wrong with colored lenses (when prescribed by eye doctors, they're safe); however, they’re considered a medical device regulated by the FDA. Not only are salons, Halloween stores, and street venders that sell them without a prescription, not only breaking the law, but also people who wear them risk impairing their vision.

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  • Prince George's Christening Photos Are Here!

    Photo: Jason Bell/Camera Press/ReduxThe official christening photographs of 3-month-old Prince George, heir to the British throne, have been released. Shot by photographer Jason Bell at the Clarence House following the service, one photo features Prince George wearing a handmade replica of the royal christening robe, Kate Middleton clad in a cream-colored dress by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, and Prince William in a navy-blue suit.         

    Another image shows Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles, Prince William, and Prince George, sitting together. “That photo is a big deal — it's the first time since 1894 that a reigning British monarch is photographed with three generations of heirs,” royal expert Victoria Arbiter tells Yahoo Shine. The first image was taken during the christening of the future Edward VIII and included Queen Victoria, her son Edward VII, her grandson George V, and her great-grandson Edward VIII.

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    Bell, 44, is an award-winning

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  • All in a Day's Work: Mail Carrier Extinguishes House Fire and Finishes Route

    Most of us don’t anticipate saving a life when we head off to work each morning, but one Detroit mail carrier did just that when he prevented a woman’s house from burning down.

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    On Tuesday, postal worker Darrian Crutcher, 48, was making the rounds on his usual 10:30 a.m. route, when he noticed smoke billowing from the upstairs window of a home on Stansbury Street. “There was a young girl, around 12 years old, sitting on the front steps crying,” Crutcher tells Yahoo Shine. “She said her mother was inside the house, so I called 911." The dispatcher told Crutcher to make sure everyone was out of the home—and without a thought to his own safety, he walked inside and found the homeowner, Carolyn Patterson. “She was standing in the living room panicking, so I asked if she had a hose,” he says. 

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    The hose was located on the side of the house. Crutcher raced outside to

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  • Baby Before Marriage: Will It Work?

    Getty ImagesIf you woke up today, you know that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West got engaged on Monday night, Kardashian’s 33rd birthday. West proposed in front of family and friends at the AT&T Park in San Francisco with the stadium screen projecting, “Please marry me,” according to E! News.

    The couple is only the latest in a string of celeb duos to get engaged or hitched after the birth of their first child (and sometimes, their second): Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves tied the knot in June 2012, after Alves gave birth to son Levi, now 5, and Vida, now 3; Nicole Ritchie and Joel Madden exchanged vows after becoming parents to daughter Harlow, now 5, and son Sparrow, who turned 4 last month; Victoria and David Beckham wed when their 14-year-old son Brooklyn was four months old. Meanwhile, Jessica Simpson, who, in June gave birth to her second child with former NFL player Eric Johnson (they welcomed their first daughter in May of 2012), are still engaged.

    Despite the link between marital strife

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