Blog Posts by Elise Solé, Shine Staff

  • Mom's Photo Series Spotlights Racist Comments Directed at Daughters

    Kim Kelley-Wagner Images/FacebookWhen Kim Kelley-Wagner adopted two little girls from China, now ages 13 and 7, she never imagined that her family would attract much attention. So the barrage of rude and ignorant comments she's received on a daily basis over the years has shocked her. But instead of dismissing her critics, Kelley-Wagner has created a controversial photo series starring her daughters, hoping to show others how words can hurt.

    Though the 55-year-old  communications director at a middle school in Charlottesville, Virginia, never married, she had always known that she wanted kids. Her life changed thanks to a tiny photo accompanying a story about Chinese orphans in Time magazine. “It was an image of six babies sitting in a circle on the floor, and one had the most serious facial expression,” Kelley-Wagner tells Yahoo Shine. “That image stayed with me.” At the time, China was one of the only countries that allowed single people to adopt, so a few years later, in 2001, Kelley-Wagner adopted 10-month-old

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  • What Dr. Drew's Daughter Paulina Pinksy Can Teach Us About Eating Disorders

    Paulina Pinsky, father Drew Pinsky, and mother Susan Sailer Pinsky (Photo: Getty) Paulina Pinsky, the 21-year-old daughter of renowned addiction specialist Dr. Drew Pinsky, has bravely revealed her seven-year struggle with anorexia (food restriction) and bulimia (binging and purging), in a series of blog posts, a CNN interview, and with Yahoo Shine. “I’m speaking now because eating disorders are so stigmatized and I want people to feel comfortable opening up,” Pinsky tells Yahoo Shine.

    Speaking and writing publicly has also helped her repair her damaged relationship with her mother. “I felt a lot of anger towards my mother but opening up with her has helped me let go of that,” she tells Yahoo Shine. “Being angry was not helping the problem, and honestly it was exhausting. And I think it's always good to remember that your parents have your best interest in mind, even though it is a hard situation. Being honest with my parents has been one of the healthiest and freeing things I've ever done, and it has allowed me to grow and move on with my life.”

    Late last year,

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  • The Right Way to Wear 'Mom Jeans' (For Real)

    Topshop's Mom Jeans Collection (Courtesy of Top Shop)“Mom jeans”— pleated, tapered, high-waisted pants with elongated pockets — aren’t exactly cutting edge, but the denim drawers once adored by the over-40 set, and later parodied on "Saturday Night Live," are making a surprising comeback. Again.

    Case in point: Topshop now carries Moto Blue Mom Jeans, a $66 cotton version and Urban Outfitters sells the Mom Jean, a $59 pair with a tapered, cropped leg. And Hollywood is crawling with the look— in December, Gwyneth Paltrow was spotted wearing the voluminous, drawstring version of the jeans, and Elle Fanning admitted to New York magazine that she favors a baggier look, “sort of like a mom jean.” Meanwhile, actress Emma Roberts rocked a high-waisted, skin-tight pair of dark denims recently. Hard to believe that in 2009, Jessica Simpson received flak from the media for wearing a dark blue pair of her own during a Florida concert. But back then, high-waisted denims were having a resurgence, too—thanks to street style blogs featuring hipsters

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  • GIFS, Now? The Evolution of the Internet Proposal


    If you haven’t yet tired of  viral marriage proposals, that’s good, because here’s a new one, and it's a GIF. On Wednesday, Redditor user DizzleStu proposed to his girlfriend by asking her to pose for a photo (he was secretly videotaping her), then captured her excited reaction when he handed her a ring. He then created an adorable GIF of the moment. By Friday, his post had racked up more than 1,000 comments and solidified its status as the next frontier of Internet proposals. Over the past several years, as social media progresses and oversaturates mass culture, love and how we express it, has changed right along with it. What started as endearing gestures caught on film has morphed into high-tech motion movies and animated graphics. Here’s how marriage proposals have evolved, for better or worse. Spoiler alert: All these women said yes.

    October, 2005: We start by asking "Jeeves":  Our Internet archeologists have dug up what may be the first "search engine" proposal back when Jeeves

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  • 5-Year-Old With Cancer Is Made Princess for the Day

    Claire Lankford, a 5-year-old girl with terminal cancer, got her fairytale ending on Wednesday when her hometown of Dickinson, Texas, helped make her a princess for the day.

    For the past year and a half, Claire has been fighting a rare form of cancer called rhabdomyosarcoma, which has no known cure. "Claire was cleared of cancer in June, but her scans in January showed five tumors in her lungs and lymph nodes," Claire’s mom, Patricia Lankford, tells Yahoo Shine. However, like many little girls, Claire brightens up when she sees princesses, so last Monday, Lankford’s longtime friend Jamie Harbuck hatched an idea to make Claire the star of her own princess parade. After getting Lankford's blessing, Harbuck turned to some local businesses and the town's high school for help pulling the whole thing off.

    Claire and her parents, Patricia and Kevin Lankford Photo by Kevin M. Cox/The Galveston County Daily News“I wanted to make Claire feel special and I thought dressing her as a princess and having her spend the day with one would make her happy,” says Harbuck. “It sort of snowballed from

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  • Selfie Regret: It's a Thing

    Ireland Baldwin/TwitterPosting a hot selfie can be thrilling — until you wish you hadn't done it in the first place. That’s what happened to model Ireland Baldwin on Tuesday when she tweeted, “I’m never taking another selfie again.” The 18-year-old didn’t specify which photo she was referencing, but it could have been a cheeky shot she had posted earlier that day, revealing her bikini-clad butt.

    It’s called "selfie regret" and Baldwin is just the latest celeb to experience remorse for sharing unflattering, embarrassing, or controversial photos. On Sunday, Canadian Olympic speed skater Brittany Schussler tweeted a photo of herself and Russian President Vladimir Putin with the caption, “I should've asked him to be my Valentine!" The image generated angry comments due to Putin’s discriminatory laws against gay Russians, prompting Schussler to remove the picture. In July, during a self-described tequila haze, television host Geraldo Rivera tweeted a nearly nude portrait with the caption, “70 is the new 50.” His

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  • 'How I Raise 15 Children': One (Busy) Mom Tells All

    Even if you have a big family, odds are, it’s not as large as LaChelle Adkins's Georgia clan. Adkins and her husband, Jerome, welcomed a 15th child into their sizable family on Sunday.

    Former corporate attorney turned stay-at-home mother Adkins, 43, gave birth to daughter Hope Monique, the newest addition to her brood, which includes 13 children and two stepsons with her husband, Jerome, 45. Jerome juggles three jobs as a U.S. major in the Army Reserves, a manager of a retail chain, and a church pastor.

    Courtesy of LaChelle Adkins

    “The chaos is normal to us and we love it,” Adkins tells Yahoo Shine.

    More on Yahoo Shine:  Is Having Large Families 'Irresponsible'?

    The children (deep breath) are: Jerome Brendan, 24, Taylor, 21, Christian, 20, Jonathan, 19, Alexandria, 17, McKinsey, 16, Victoria, 14, Elisabeth, 13, Olivia, 11, Danielle, 9, Jeremiah, 7, Joshua, 5, Jordan, 3, Faith, 2, and Hope Monique, 3 days old. The oldest, Jerome Brendan and his wife are even expecting their own baby in July, making Adkins a

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  • Here's What's Wrong With Nintendo's 'Girls Channel'

    NintendoFemale gamers are often cast as outsiders in a boys' world, but Nintendo UK is trying to combat gender stereotypes with its weekend debut of Nintendo Girls Club, a YouTube channel for girls, which has already sparked controversy online for promoting sexism.

    The weekly video series offers a community for news and trends geared toward female gamers. One of the first episodes features bubbly blond British actress Jorgie Porter sitting in a pastel bedroom, talking about the game “Animal Crossing: New Leaf,” in which players decorate their homes, then embark on a shopping spree at a fashion boutique before visiting the “makeover magician” for a new look “perfect for a night on the town.”

    Unsurprisingly, the pink-washed channel has already experienced a social media backlash. “What's ... the point of that? It's just gonna be a Nintendo news channel but with more pink? Is this really necessary? I understand and appreciate Nintendo trying to appeal more to female gamers lately but this is just

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  • Happy Presidents Day! So When Are We Getting a Female President?

    Getty ImagesMonday marks Presidents Day. Not just a day for skipping work and hitting the mall, but a national holiday to honor our presidents, past and present. Will we ever see a female commander-in-chief in our lifetime? Hopefully, yes. A recent Gallop poll found that 95 percent of people would vote for a woman president — up from 33 percent in 1937. Here's what 10 authors, execs, poets, and politicians have to say about what it will take to finally get us a woman in the Oval Office.

    She'll need to be tough: “One of the best pieces of advice that I have ever heard from anyone is from Eleanor Roosevelt in the 1920s, who said that women in politics or in public roles should grow skin like a rhinoceros." — Hillary Clinton, former United States Secretary of State, United States Senator, and first lady of the United States, speaking at an event for the No Ceilings Project, 2014

    Because she’ll face more challenges than a man: "She will have to overcome a natural, inborn cultural prejudice that the

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  • When Did Dating Become Passé?

    Getty ImagesRobin Wright is a gorgeous Golden Globe-winning actress on the hit show “House of Cards,” engaged to a man 14 years her junior. But prior to meeting her fiancé three years ago, Wright, 47, had never been asked on a date.

    In a recent interview with The Telegraph, Wright said that before her now-fiancé, 33-year-old Ben Foster, invited her to a poetry recital in 2011, she wasn't familiar with the concept of a proper date. “I’d never, ever been asked out on a date before,” she said. “Never. I was frickin’ married my whole life, and even before that I hadn’t been asked out.”

    In all fairness, Wright married young. By age 23, she had wed and divorced soap star Dane Witherspoon and would soon kick off what would be a tumultuous 20-year relationship with Hollywood bad boy Sean Penn. Over the course of their 14-year marriage, the pair, who have two children together, filed for divorce and reconciled multiple times before finally pulling the plug in 2010.

    Whether it’s happening in Hollywood or in

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