Blog Posts by Elise Solé, Shine Staff

  • The Problem With Heidi Klum's Native American Photo Shoot

    Facebook/Heidi KlumIt's the ultimate fashion fail.

    Supermodel Heidi Klum is in hot water after posting a Native American-themed photo shoot from her television series "Germany’s Next Topmodel" to her Facebook page. Many say the pictures promote stereotypes and are culturally insensitive.

    Klum has remained silent on the topic, but on Thursday, Christoph Korfer, a rep from  ProSieben, the German TV station that airs the show, told Yahoo Shine, “We have nothing but the utmost esteem for the Native American culture and are so sorry if our shoot was offensive to anyone. By no means was our intention to insult Native Americans or in any way demean their heritage. We sincerely apologize."

    The shoot, which can still be seen on Klum’s Facebook page, began circulating on Wednesday after media outlets picked it up. It features her models wearing headdresses, face paint, antlers, and feathers, and most of the nearly 600 comments are negative. “This is a joke, right?” wrote one Facebook user. “How disappointing.

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  • Man Dumps Fiancée Via Text, She Keeps $53K Engagement Ring

    Facebook/Lou BillittierAlmost as awkward as a broken engagement is deciding what to do with the ring. For one jilted fiancée, the decision to keep her $53,000 white-gold, 2.97-carat ring was made in court. Late last week, New York State Supreme Court Justice Russell P. Buscaglia ruled that Christa M. Clark, 38, could keep her ring, in a lawsuit filed by her ex-fiancé Louis J. Billittier Jr., 55, to reclaim it.

    On July 1, 2012, only three months before their wedding, Clark, a nail technician from upstate New York, received a shocking text message from Billittier, co-owner of Chef’s Restaurant and her fiancé of three years, according to a story published by the Buffalo News. He informed her that their relationship was over. “You’re doing this through a text message????” she replied. Billittier promised to reimburse Clark for money she had spent on wedding preparations. He then added, “Plus you get a $50,000 parting ring. Enough for a down payment on a house.”

    A few weeks later, angry that Clark was still in

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  • Obese Kids Are Expensive, Costing $19K in Lifetime Medical Bills

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    Being a parent of an obese child is worrisome enough, but it’s expensive, too. Over a lifetime, the medical costs for someone who was obese as a child amounts to $19,000 compared with $12,900 per person for someone who was of normal weight as a kid, according to a new study published on Monday in the journal Pediatrics.

    According to the research, nearly one-fifth of children ages 6 to 19 are obese — defined by the Centers for Disease Control as a BMI at or above the 95th percentile for children of the same age and sex. And the effects of obesity continue into adulthood. The study also noted that more than three-quarters of obese teens remain that way as adults and two-thirds of normal-weight children eventually become obese. 

    What could possibly account for the $19,000 in medical bills? For one thing, obese kids are more likely to visit the doctor. Yahoo Shine could not reach the study authors for comment, but, according to the CDC, obesity causes all sorts of health problems ranging

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  • Kirsten Gillibrand: 'The American Dream Is Not True for So Many Women'

    The second day of the 5th Annual Women in the World Summit brought more women's issues to the forefront, including the lack of female representation in Congress and the need to raise the minimum wage, topics touched on by U.S. Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.)  and Susan M. Collins (R-Maine). The senators shared the stage to chat with moderator Mellody Hobson, president of Ariel Investments.

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    When asked about the difference between the attitudes of men and women who are running for office, Collins shared this example: “I always hear women say, 'I’m not ready,' ... If a woman is running for office, she feels she has to have a PhD in international economics to talk about trade policy. A man just feels he needs to drive a Honda.”
    When Hobson asked, “Kirsten, did you ever feel you weren’t ready?” Gillibrand quickly answered, “Not me! Women are made differently [than men], and because of those differences, we can offer

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  • Long-Lost Sisters Find Each Other on Instagram

    If you use Instagram, it's probably for sharing photos of your travels or that amazing sushi roll you ordered last night, but two long-lost sisters got much more out of the photo sharing app recently: They found each other after 18 years apart. 

    Nia Edwards, a 22-year-old customer service rep from Hazlehurst, Mississippi, has four siblings but was separated from them as a child because, though they all shared the same father, some had different mothers. “I was so young when we all split up, but I knew about my siblings because I had family photos,” Edwards tells Yahoo Shine.   

    It was only during high school when Edwards started getting more curious about her family roots. She joined MySpace, Twitter, and Facebook and began searching for her siblings, but she never found a trace of them online. “My mom and I even paid for a few of those ‘people finder’ subscriptions but we didn’t have luck and because I didn’t have contact with my father, I couldn’t ask him for help,” she says.

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  • Hillary Clinton: 'Women Sell Themselves Short'

    Double standards in the workplace, advice for young women starting their careers, and whether or not Hillary Clinton will run for president in 2016 all sound like pretty typical topics for a women's conference. The difference at the 5th Annual Women in the World Summit, which kicked off in New York City on Thursday, however, was that it was Clinton herself discussing them. She and International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde both sat for an interview with Thomas L. Friedman, a columnist at The New York Times and didn't hesitate to share stories about the sexism they've both seen and experienced over their careers.

    When asked whether female politicians experience public life differently than men, Clinton shared a memory of when she was a young lawyer, reading an advice column in an Arkansas newspaper. One of the questions was, "I got a promotion and will have my own office and don’t know how to decorate it. Any advice?" The columnist responded with the advice

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  • Kids on Juice Cleanses (Yes, It's a Thing)

    CorbisToday in horribleness: Kids are doing juice cleanses, according to a story published in the New York Post.

    Juice cleanses — short-term liquid-only diets (a.k.a., "detoxes") that rid the body of so-called toxins — have always been controversial. The general idea is that organic pressed juices, often comprised of raw fruit and vegetables, flush the body of chemicals, rid the digestive system of unhealthy fats and preservatives, and provide renewed energy, weight loss, and sounder sleep. Meanwhile, trendy (and pricey) juice cleanses such as Organic Avenue and the Blueprint Cleanse have been popularized by celebrities from Gwyneth Paltrow to Blake Lively.

    The problem: According to Michael D. Gershon, M.D., professor of pathology and cell biology at Columbia University, liquid cleanses are based on “quack science.” And because many of them cause people to use the bathroom more often than they normally would, they wind up flushing out important nutrients and electrolytes that help keep their

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  • Army's New Hair Guidelines Spark Backlash

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    The U.S. Army is catching heat for encroaching on unfamiliar territory: beauty routines.

    On Monday, it released a memo titled Regulation 670-1, which outlines new appearance guidelines for men and women that some say discriminate against female African-American troops. Those updates have quickly spurred some heated backlash, as well as a petition, posted to the White House website, urging for changes to the rules "to allow professional ethnic hairstyles. As of Wednesday had received more than 7,400 signatures. Petitions require 100,000 signatures in order to receive a response from the White House.

    The petition, created by an Army sergeant named Jasmine Jacobs of the Georgia National Guard, specifically takes issue with the fact that, under the new rules, hair twists (defined by the Army as “two distinct strands of hair twisted around one another to create a rope-like appearance”) and dreadlocks are not authorized. Multiple braids and cornrows are OK, as long as they’re bigger than a

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  • Running May Not Be So Good for You, And Other Questionable Healthy Habits

    CorbisBad news for running fanatics: The sport hailed for losing weight, reducing stress, and lowering blood pressure may also end your life early. High-mileage runners (those who run more than two and a half hours per week) as well as  non-runners die earlier than moderate runners, (those who run about two and a half hours per week), according to a study of almost 4,000 men and women presented Sunday at the American College of Cardiology's annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

    "Moderate runners can reduce their mortality rates by anywhere from 25 to 40 percent and could add as many as six years to their life," study co-author James O'Keefe, director of preventive cardiology at the Mid-America Heart Institute in Kansas City, Missouri tells Yahoo Shine. One theory is that too much running puts stress on the body, which can kick off a domino effect of damage. And that chronic, extreme exercise may “remodel” the heart, which could cancel out some benefits of running. "We absolutely don't want to

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  • 5 Health Rules You Can Ignore

    Corbis If you own a trendy fitness-tracking device such as the Fitbit or the new Vivofit, you’re probably diligent about getting your recommended 10,000 steps per day (the equivalent of five miles). But you might not need to move as much as you think.

    According to Catrine Tudor-Locke, director of the Walking Behavior Laboratory at Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, taking 10,000 steps isn't really necessary. “I wouldn't discourage people from taking 10,000 daily steps, but it’s not a magic or even scientifically proven number,” Tudor-Locke tells Yahoo Shine. The number originates from the 1960s, when Japanese pedometers were marketed under the name "manpo-kei" which translates to "10,000-steps meter." And as fitness trackers took off in the United States, companies adapted the goal of 10,000 steps.

    A number that better aligns with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is between 7,000 and 8,000 steps. “The CDC says people

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