Blog Posts by Elise Solé, Shine Staff

  • Abercrombie & Fitch Attack Video Aims to Dress Homeless Everywhere In "Cool Kid" Brand

    Fashion retailer Abercrombie & Fitch is getting a new image, whether they like it or not. 

    Los Angeles-based filmmaker Greg Karber has launched a viral video campaign in an attempt to crack open the company's exclusivity mission.

    More on Yahoo! Shine: New Petition Urges Abercrombie & Fitch to Change Its Anti-Plus-Size Stance

    The film follows a petition calling for a boycott of the clothing company over the the lack of plus size offerings. It also comes on the heels of a recently resurfaced quote from CEO Mike Jeffries. "Candidly, we go after the cool kids," Jeffries said in an interview with Salon in 2006. "A lot of people don’t belong [in our clothes], and they can’t belong. Are we exclusionary? Absolutely.”

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    That message didn't sit well with Karber, who took a camera to the streets of Los Angeles in an attempt to “change their brand." He films himself scouring the racks of a local GoodWill for armfuls of used A&F Read More »from Abercrombie & Fitch Attack Video Aims to Dress Homeless Everywhere In "Cool Kid" Brand
  • Womb Transplant Patient Derya Sert Loses Baby

    Derya Sert and her husband husband Mustafa Sert (Photo by Getty Images)Derya Sert, 22, the first woman in the world to have a successful womb transplant from a deceased donor and then become pregnant from the process, has lost her baby at eight weeks, according to a report from The Associated Press on Tuesday afternoon.

    In an email to Yahoo! Shine, Mustafa Unal, the Turkish woman's doctor wrote: "Unfortunately her pregnancy was terminated because the baby's heartbeat had stopped."

    In April he confirmed her pregnancy to Yahoo! Shine, writing in an email: "We are glad to inform that she is indeed pregnant. But she is now just at the beginning of the pregnancy period. We hope everything goes well until the end of the pregnancy."

    Sert was born without a uterus, a condition that occurs in 1 in every 5,000 women, according to the American Free Press. In August 2011, Sert was called a "medical miracle" after her womb transplant was successful. She was impregnated when doctors implanted an embryo into her uterus using one of her own eggs at Akdeniz University

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  • Politician Christine Quinn Reveals Past Struggles With Bulimia and Alcoholism

    Getty ImagesBinge drinking and bulimia may not be topics that come to mind upon hearing the name Christine C. Quinn but the speaker of the New York City Council and Democratic candidate for mayor revealed her surprising life-long struggle with both diseases on Tuesday in The New York Times

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    Quinn touches on these experiences in her upcoming memoir “With Patience and Fortitude” and says she contacted the newspaper because she believes that hiding her past isn’t healthy. “I just want people to know you can get through stuff,” she said. “I hope people can see that in what my life has been and where it is going.”

    More on Yahoo! Warning Signs and Approaching Loved Ones With Eating Disorders

    The 46-year-old described how coping with her mother’s breast cancer diagnosis contributed to her bulimia as a child. Her family kept her mother’s breast cancer and subsequent mastectomy a secret for almost six years, until Quinn discovered

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  • Is Beyonce Really Pregnant? Analysis Of A Baby Rumor

    Is she or isn't she? (Photo by Getty Images)The Internet is currently exploding with Beyonce pregnancy rumors after a report on Monday in the New York Post revealed that the singer, who is currently in the midst of a world tour, is preggers, courtesy of "exclusive sources." Is it true? Let’s discuss.

    Some bloggers point to certain photos from Bey’s current “Mrs. Carter Show World Tour” for evidence. According to, while performing in a blue, sequined body suit Beyonce’s lower half looked bigger than usual, which the site chalks up to a possible sign she’s carrying a little sibling for daughter Blue Ivy. And that her recent ban of professional photographers from her tour, a rumored attempt to avoid the release of unflattering photos (remember the Superbowl images?), is actually to prevent people from snapping pregnancy shots.

    To fuel the fire even more, during Beyonce’s interview last Monday with Good Morning America, she said, “I would like more children. I think my daughter needs some company. I definitely love being a

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  • 4-Year-Old Is Elected Mayor

    Bobby accepting his key to the city with the Governor and Lt. Governor of Minnesota (Photo by Littlehawk Photography)Bobby accepting his key to the city with the Governor and Lt. Governor of Minnesota (Photo by Littlehawk Photography)Being a politician is no easy gig—just ask 4-year-old Dorset, Minnesota mayor Robert "Bobby" Tufts.

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    Although the story only made national headlines on Friday after a local news team covered a fishing event near Dorset and discovered the pint-size politician, for Bobby, who was elected last August, it's just business as usual. He was named mayor at the town’s “Taste of Dorset” festival after would-be candidates who live in and around Dorset paid the $1 ballot charge to throw their names into a hat. The seasonal town, which boasts only 26 residents and 14 businesses, elects a new mayor every year from a pool of campaigning candidates who in the past have included chickens and cats.

    According to Bobby’s mom, 34-year-old Emma Tufts, the toddler ran a two-month campaign starting in late June 2012, visiting local restaurants and handing out pins with his photo imprinted that read, “Vote for Bobby!”Read More »from 4-Year-Old Is Elected Mayor
  • Happy 27th Birthday, Lena Dunham! 27 Reasons We Love Her

    On Monday, "Voice of a generation" icon Lena Dunham turns 27! In honor of her big day, here are 27 reasons we're happy she's a famous person.

    1) Because on Friday, she tweeted: “Rule: if you call me fat I block you. There just aren't enough days on this earth. Let us do on twitter what we couldn't do in high school!”

    2) Because even though she’s wildly famous, she still acts like a dorky fan at fancy celebrity soirees.

    3) Because she convinced Judd Apatow, king of lad mag comedy, to pay attention to women and invest in her HBO hit, “Girls.”

    4) Because she’s not afraid to play ping-ping topless on television (as you do). 

    5) Because she's been nominated for four Emmy Awards and won two Golden Globes for “Girls.”

    6) Because she’s a native New Yorker.

    7) Because she didn’t have a fighting chance of being boring: Her mother is a photographer who arranges dolls and doll house furniture to create “disquieting domestic tableaux” and her father is a painter of “overtly sexualized pop art.”


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  • Kate Upton On The Cover of Vogue: Why It Matters

    VogueWe're used to seeing Kate Upton on magazine covers—magazines for men. That's about to change now that she's landed her first  Vogue cover. 

    Putting Upton on the style bible's June cover is a two-pronged victory: It's symbolic of the high fashion world adopting more of a men's magazine mentality (which, for better or worse is geared toward fleshier, more realistic-looking models), and a step toward fulfilling a promise the magazine made in 2012 to promote images of healthier looking models.

    As part of their commitment to the "well-being of their readers" Vogue vowed to not work with models under 16 "who appear to have an eating disorder" and encouraged designers to consider the consequences of making too-small sample sizes that drive models to stay super skinny to fit into them.

    Fashion wields a powerful influence over pop culture, and Upton herself has seen the trickle down effects earlier in her career, when she was absurdly labeled overweight by some ignorant critics.
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  • The Most Awkward Mother's Day Photos You've Ever Seen

    Come on, admit it. Buried deep in your past, photo album, or childhood frame lies a photo of you and your mom that you would sooner die than post on Facebook. You know the one-maybe you're wearing a scrunchie, a J-Crew anorak, or proudly holding a violin and your mom is sporting pleated denim or oversize eyeglasses. In honor of Mother's Day, we've rounded up the most painfully awkward "mom and me" photos from the days of yore (celebrities included!), moments as timeless as your relationship with your mom. Enjoy!

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  • New Petition Urges Abercrombie & Fitch to Change Its Anti-Plus-Size Stance

    ThinkStock"Stop telling teens they aren’t beautiful and start making clothes for people of all shapes and sizes!"

    That’s the message of a new petition calling for people to boycott fashion retailer Abercrombie & Fitch until CEO Mike Jeffries offers plus-sizes to consumers. Florida native Benjamin O’Keefe, 18, who described struggling with an eating disorder and feeling “worthless” because he couldn’t fit into popular clothing styles, created the petition on Tuesday.

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    As of Thursday afternoon, the petition, which increased momentum with the support of the National Eating Disorders Association, garnered over 1,600 signatures, needing only 372 more to reach its goal. A spokesperson for Abercrombie & Fitch declined to comment when contacted by Yahoo! Shine.

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  • Khloe Kardashian and Phenomenon of Baby Shaming

    She looks happy, right? (Photo by Redbook)Although the world has been busy obsessing over Kim Kardashian's pregnancy (see recent bikini baby bump photos), that doesn't mean younger sister Khloe is off the hook—at least when it comes to her ovaries.

    In the June issue of Redbook, the 28-year-old reality star talks about the downsides of publicly sharing her struggle to get pregnant, saying that she wishes people would stop pestering her about her fertility. "People assume I'm desperate for a baby," she tells Redbook. "And yes, I would love to have a baby. But I'm 28, and I've been married three and a half years. I love my life, but it doesn't feel incomplete right now."

    So she's happy. Check. Now, can we all move on?

    It seems like every day there's another celebrity whose loins are screaming to be fertilized. When Kate Middleton married Prince William, the media could no longer call her "Waity Katie" (a nickname referring to Middleton having to wait eight years to get engaged) and there were dozens of reports of a royal

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