In case you missed it, there’s an un-retouched photo of Cindy Crawford (above) that’s been getting along with the Internet like a house on fire — it’s spreading, quickly. Why? Because it’s a legendary supermodel who is shown with all her “flaws”, which is something we don’t get to see often.
The photo is attributed to the magazine Marie Claire, and while it was originally reported that it was for an upcoming “no photoshop issue”, the truth is that it’s a leaked photo from a shoot Crawford did for Marie Claire Mexico and Latin America. This kind of bums be out, because it wasn’t a deliberate move — the photo wasn’t supposed to be seen, it’s leaked, and it’s not from an upcoming photoshop-free issue, which would be amazing. But Marie Claire makes a good point: “No matter where the photo came from, it’s an enlightenment [...]“
Lauren Bacall passed away on August 12 2021, and even at 89 years old, I still say she’s gone too soon. Lauren Bacall was what I always thought of as a woman, in italics. She was the kind of woman I wanted to be: in charge, with a presence that made made everyone freeze in their tracks. Here are some words of wisdom from this impeccable woman.
I think your whole life shows in your face and you should be proud of that.
Love that attitude. How many actresses have we seen who damaged their faces in the attempt to stave off the inevitable marks of time? Bacall wasn’t going to be one of them. She was going to take her life and put it right on your face, and she’d look at you with that look she had, as if to suggest, “…and?”
Lana Del Rey isn’t shy about her sex life, and I can’t help but wonder if this makes her a role model. I like brave women who are truthful about their experiences, and Del Rey proved to be one when she admitted in an interview with Complex magazine that, “I have slept with a lot of guys in the industry, but none of them helped me get my record deals. Which is annoying.”
I find her comment both funny and real, but I could easily see how some people might think this is a damaging thing to say. I personally like how frank she is. A lot of people think Lana Del Rey is “fake”. After all, her nails are fake, her makeup is heavy and exaggerated, and her name isn’t even Lana Del Rey (it’s Lizzie Grant). But you know what? Elton John’s real name isn’t Elton John. Mick Jagger used to wear heaps of makeup. And David Bowie, as much as I adore him, lives as entire different personas every time he makes an album. But no one gets on their case of being “fake.”
What is the big deal about Ryan Gosling? I don’t get it, and I never have.
The Internet (and “real life”) is freaking out because he’s having a baby with actress Eva Mendes. Um, did anyone think they had a chance with Ryan Gosling? Like his having a baby was the ultimate personal shutdown to you, Ryan Gosling fan. Sorry, but him having a baby doesn’t affect you in any way. You didn’t have a chance before, and you won’t have a chance ever. Sorry. He’s not even the guy you probably think he is. He’s just an actor. You don’t even know him. Let him live his life.
Anyway, here’s what I don’t get about Ryan Gosling.
Zooey Deschanel is one celeb who isn’t afraid to let her inner “fiery feminist” fly. And I love her for it. It seems like so many female celebrities nowadays are almost afraid of the F word — feminist. Not so for Zooey. In an interview with InStyle, she talked about how not every woman’s dream is to be a mom, saying,
Like every woman is dying to give birth! I don’t think so. Nobody asks guys that. And you go into a supermarket and every tabloid is like, ‘Pregnant and Alone!’ Stuck in the 1950s ideal of how a woman should live her life. This brings out the fiery feminist in me.
Kim Kardashian gave an interview with CNN in which she proclaimed, “My mom kind of taught us girls we could have it all.”
She was responding to PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi’s remark, “I don’t think women can have it all. I just don’t think so. We pretend we have it all. We pretend we can have it all…Every day you have to make a decision about whether you are going to be a wife or a mother, in fact many times during the day you have to make those decisions…”. Miss Kardashian clearly believes the opposite, going on to say, of Nooyi’s statements, “I mean, I think that’s just not really, like, a positive outlook. … You know, [my mom] works hard. She taught us that if you work hard, it’s just all about prioritising.”
I am obsessed with other people’s folly.
My mother subscribed to People magazine, which meant I was up on all of the publicist-approved dirt of the 1990s (the innocent time prior to the most tragic breakup of all, the one between Tom Cruise and his brilliant publicist Pat Kingsley).
“Old Loves” is the kind of site that I can’t get enough of. I’ve read the entirety of it, and I visit more than once a week to make sure I haven’t missed any new posts. My innate voyeurism, my desire to know everything I can about everyone else’s business, and my utter fascination with the transitions made in the lives of celebrities makes this site among the greatest things that have ever happened to me.
It crystallizes all that is the agony and ecstasy of the internet. We can never NOT look back, unless we refuse to play. And who among us refuses to occasionally dig in and do a little…research about what has become of those who we left behind, or those who left us behind? This somehow feels safer than me trying to find out what happened to the guy I was in love with when I was sixteen.
Some of my favorites to reflect on:
1) John Mayer and Jessica Simpson. There was something so exquisitely lost about Jessica in the midst of this relationship. We’ve all been there: you break up with a Ken Doll when you were supposed to live happily ever after, you meet the bad boy you can change, you try to make him take you seriously.
I don’t know John Mayer. I have suspicions about what he might be like as a person, but I don’t know him. What I do know is that he’s not into this relationship and I would gather every moment that did not involve the deployment of sexual napalm was a struggle. Seeing Jessica Simpson work so hard to try to make this work: the brown hair, the reading of books (I recall reading somewhere that she “loved” Chuck Palahniuk during their relationship)…agony. It reminds me of that time in high school I tried to be a Republican for two days to impress upon a young man that I was worth his time. It did not work.
Susan Sarandon, 67, revealed to AARP magazine that she’s in a relationship with 36-year-old producer Jonathan Bricklin, for an age difference of a possibly eyebrow raising 31 years. This isn’t the first time that Sarandon has dated younger, either. Five years ago she split from longtime partner Tim Robbins, who was 12 years younger. I say, good for her on her new relationship. How often do we see older men with much younger women? We see it all the time, and no one cares. Michael Douglas is 25 years older than wife Catherine Zeta-Jones. Did people freak out? Not really, no.
I have a feeling that people may freak out over Sarandon’s relationship purely because she’s a woman. For some reason, it’s considered more taboo for an older woman to date a younger man than the reverse. Why is that?
Mila Kunis is mad as hell and she’s not gonna take it anymore.
The actress went on Jimmy Kimmel’s show with a group of pregnant women taking a stand against couples saying, “We’re pregnant”, pointing out that the expectant father isn’t actually pregnant and thus, isn’t fair to label a couple as pregnant, when it’s really just the woman.
Here’s what she said:
Hello, I’m Mila Kunis, with a very special message for all you soon-to-be fathers,. Stop saying, “We’re pregnant.’” You’re not pregnant!
Do you have to squeeze a watermelon-sized person out of your lady-hole? No.
Are you crying alone in your car listening to a stupid Bette Midler song? No.
When you wake up and throw up, is it because you’re nurturing a human life? No.
It’s because you had too many shots of tequila. Do you know how many shots of tequila we had? None. Because we can’t have shots of tequila.
We can’t have anything because we’ve got your little love goblin growing inside of us. All you did was roll over and fall asleep.
Don’t cry ladies. This was bound to happen at some point. WE ALL KNEW THIS.
Let us instead rejoice in the fact that Dr. Doug Ross, 52, has chosen to take the most badass wife he could have found. A globally recognized womanizer, modelizer, and waitressizer, has decided to settle down with a highly respected human rights lawyer, Amal Alamuddin, 36. The couple has been dating since last October, and Alamuddin’s law firm spilled the beans today with an official statement of congratulations:
“‘The barristers and staff of Doughty Street Chambers offer their best wishes and congratulations to Ms Amal Alamuddin, a member of Chambers, and Mr George Clooney on their engagement to be married,’ the firm said.”
Bravo Clooney, bravo. We’re all very happy for the both of you, and mostly pleased as punch that you didn’t need to make the choice between beauty and brains.
Dylan Farrow, Woody Allen’s adopted — I hate to even make the distinction, but I know if I don’t include the word “adopted” people will jump on me, as if the word “adopted” makes everything better — daughter, recently came out with an open letter detailing the sexual abuse she suffered under Woody Allen when she was 7 years old. Before I get to that, I think it’s important to provide some historical context. Though Woody Allen was accused of molesting his daughter, Dylan, in 1992, it went largely ignored compared to say, Roman Polanski’s crime — people heard about it, and knew about it, but didn’t really react like they did with Polanski. At the time it happened, Vanity Fair did a long story, detailing accounts by Maureen O’Sullivan, Mia Farrow’s mother, who says she saw inappropriate activity like Allen rubbing sunscreen where he shouldn’t:
One summer day in Connecticut, when Dylan was four and Woody was applying suntan lotion to her nude body, he alarmed Mia’s mother, actress Maureen O’Sullivan, and sister Tisa Farrow when he began rubbing his finger in the crack between her buttocks. Mia grabbed the lotion out of his hand, and O’Sullivan asked, “How do you want to be remembered by your children?” “As a good father,” Woody answered. “Well, that’s interesting,” O’Sullivan replied. “It only lasted a few seconds, but it was definitely weird,” says Tisa Farrow.
Lena Dunham is big business. Just her name evokes the strongest of human reactions. The IMDB message boards, a place where good comments go to die and bad comments grow to Voldemort proportions, has called her basically every kind of farm animal in existence. Some choice comments:
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