Cheryl Cole has shelled out a staggering 36,000 pounds on a weird exercise machine to look slimmer when she shares the frame with fellow X Factor judge Dannii Minogue.
The tiny Girls Aloud singer, who is 5ft 3ins and presently weighs eight stone, was allegedly paranoid about looking heavier than Minogue, who was recently photographed flaunting a perfect body in her native Australia.
The 25-year-old purportedly turned to a "quick-fix" HypoxiTrainer S120, a portable wind tunnel chamber and special vacuum clothing, to which she was apparently introduced during her visit to Harrods Urban Retreat salon.
Sunday, May 31
Cheryl Cole has shelled out a staggering 36,000 pounds on a weird exercise machine to look slimmer when she shares the frame with fellow X Factor judge Dannii Minogue.
In the 60s, there came euphoria, a phenomenon, sweeping women across India off their feet with those naughty eyes, stylish shake of the head and enigmatic smile. It belonged to none other than superstar Rajesh Khanna, whom the IDEA IIFA Awards salutes this year.
The legend will be honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Videocon IIFA Weekend, which will be held at The Venetian Macao-Resort-Hotel from June 11 to 13 in Macau.
Stalwarts of Indian cinema like Mumtaz and Dharmendra have previously been recipients of this prestigious Award. Each year, IIFA honours a member of the Indian film fraternity with the Lifetime Achievement Award, who has made innumerable contributions to Indian cinema.
Keeping this in mind, the IIFA Advisory Board and the IIFA Management recognizes Rajesh Khanna in its tenth year.
Katie Price Jordan and Peter Andre are likely to get divorced in six weeks, for the glamour model has given up the fight to save her marriage.
Price has agreed to her estranged husband’s demands for a quickie split but she plans to fight to hang on to the bulk of her 40-million-pound fortune.
The model secretly met lawyers this week and reluctantly agreed to go along with Peter’s high-speed divorce plan.
"This has been a landmark couple of days for Katie. It’s sad, but she’s given up the fight,” a news daily quoted a source as saying.
"She now accepts she’s never getting Peter back and is ready to move on with her life. It hasn’t been easy but she knows it’s necessary to enable her to eventually get on with things," she added.
A top divorce lawyer Jane McDonagh said, "It could be done in as soon as a month but more likely six weeks.
"In cases like this the judge will usually agree that it can be over and done with so they can avoid too much public attention. They wouldn’t have to go to court themselves, their lawyers could do it all on their behalf," the lawyer added.
Peter’s pal added, "This is all necessary for them to close the chapter quickly and look ahead in their lives. It’s promising that it now looks like Katie is starting to realise that too."
After eighteen weeks of grueling hard work, Salman Khan, a 23-year-old from Bangalore, was announced the winner of Zee TV’s dance reality show "Dance India Dance" at the grand finale that concluded here Saturday night.
Khan beat Mumbai-based Siddesh Pai and Alisha Singh from Ranchi to walk away with the winner's cap as well as a contract worth Rs.5 million with Zee TV.
"I thank god, my mother and the audience for giving me so much love," Khan said after being announced the winner.
The event, held at the sprawling Andheri Sports Complex, was a dazzling evening with livewire performances by the participants, judges as well as the host, TV actor Jay Bhanushali.
"Dance India Dance" had set out to look for raw talent within the age group of 15-25 who would be trained by professional Bollywood choreographers - Geeta Kapoor, Terrence Lewis and Remo D’Souza as well as be judged by them.
Bollywood actor and ?disco king Mithun Chakraborty presided as the grandmaster throughout the reality show.
Apart from the participants, judges and the audience, the grand finale also saw filmmaker Boney Kapoor and actor-turned-director Prabhu Deva take centrestage as special guests.
The two came to promote their forthcoming film "Wanted", which stars Bollywood actor Salman Khan. It is being helmed by Prabhu Deva. The filmmakers announced that they would give the winner a chance to exhibit his talent in their film.
Kalki Koechlin is someone who was a newcomer and an unheard name till the time Dev D hit the silver screen. Her smashing debut on the 70mm screen had many cinegoers scream their hearts out at Bollywood's new found poster girl, who is also the cover-girl of the latest edition of Andpersand.
Kalki in her interview to the magazine, says, "My life has gone back to normal after Dev D, you know. I am busy doing my theatre, and haven't been to the beauty parlour in three weeks!" And talking about her firang face that rests on an Indian heart, Kalki is candid enough to say, "I am as Indian as you are, I just don't look one. The media is constantly asking me when I am going back to France, but they don't get that this is where I have been my whole life."
The latest edition of 'Andpersand' has some interesting facts about the actress and lot more.
Aishwarya Rai will be dancing at the 10th IIFA awards to be held in Macau from June 11. Sonam Kapoor is all set to make her stage debut at IIFA this year. Kareena Kapoor too has been confirmed to perform.
The show will be hosted by Riteish Deshmukh, Lara Dutta and Boman Irani. But one of the highlights each year, the movie premiere, has been done away with.
Explains IIFA director Sabbas Joseph, "It can't be helped. The movie premiere had to be cancelled this year because of the ongoing strike of new releases in Bollywood. Two big films were ready to be premiered at IIFA this year. I shall refrain from mentioning their names. But the imbroglio did away with the premiere."
As a substitute IIFA this year has the world-famous Cirque de Soleil performing for the audience. "We believe audiences won't get a chance to miss the world premiere once they see the Cirque de Soleil performing."
Why Macau? Says Sabbas, "Because we feel it's the Las Vegas of the East. In this the tenth year of IIFA's existence, we wanted either the US or China to be our venue. We chose China because we feel it could be a gateway for Bollywood to the China. We also hope to end the deadlock between India and China over the exchange of cinema. We haven't come away from one venue without opening up doors for Bollywood. We're confident this would be the case in China."
After having endorsed many FMCG products, superstar Hrithik Roshan will now be seen as the Brand Ambassador of Reliance Mobile. The Krissh superstar will henceforth be the face of the Reliance's mobile, data and DTH businesses and that the promotional campaign for the same is being extensively shot in Bangkok.
News also has it that Hrithik will be shooting for around 8 TVCs for the same all centering around the theme of the ad campaign "Just pick up the phone, don't wait... go for it".
Saturday, May 30
If you believe that pregnant women are supposed to eat for two or sugar makes children hyperactive, better think again because these are just two of the countless health myths followed since generations.
And now, scientists have debunked the biggest health myths that have existed until now. The myths and truths are as following:
1. Myth: Eating carbs makes you fat
Truth: According to the Food Standards Agency, starchy foods only become fattening when actual fat, such as cream or margarine, is added. Carbs contain less than half the calories of fat and tend to be more filling - making you less likely to overeat.
2. Myth: You need to drink eight glasses of water a day
Truth: Scientists at the University of Pennsylvania found not a single study to back this up. Excessive amounts of water can actually be dangerous, even fatal. Most people only need 750ml to one litre and can get this from juice, tea, coffee... or beer.
3. Myth: The flu jab can give you flu
Truth: The flu jab isn't a live vaccine so it can't infect you with the virus. People make this mistake because the jab is usually given in autumn -peak time for cold viruses. And if they go on to get a minor cold they misinterpret it as flu.
4. Myth: I'm fat because I have slow metabolism
Truth: A recent study by the University of Chicago revealed that fat people have faster metabolisms and burn off more calories as energy than slimmer people.
5. Myth: Pregnant women should eat for two
Truth: Two out of five women admit to believing this myth, according to SMA Nutrition. But they only need an extra 200 calories a day - equal to two slices of bread - and even then, only in the last three months.
6. Myth: Vitamins make you live longer
Truth: Popping 'antioxidant' vitamins such as C, A and E won't extend your life, concluded one study last year. They may even lead to a premature death
7. Myth: Chocolate gives you spots
Truth: Acne is caused by the effects of hormones on sebaceous oil glands in the skin. This is why it particularly affects teenagers and can also be increased by stress. So chocolate won't make a difference.
8. Myth: Sugar makes kids hyperactive
Truth: Sugar does not cause hyperactive behaviour. Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis reviewed 12 trials and was unable to detect any effect. Scientists found when parents think their child have had a sugary drink they rate behaviour as hyperactive - so it may be all in the mind.
9. Myth: Sit-ups shift a pot belly
"Even 100 sit-ups a day will do nothing to get rid of the layer of fat on your tummy, only cardiovascular exercise - the type that gets you out of breath - can shift body fat," said fitness expert Nicola Botton.
10. Myth: When you sneeze, your heart stops
Truth: When you sneeze the pressure in your chest increases as you inhale and drops when you exhale, so your heart rate is affected, but it keeps beating. Yet a survey by esure found two million motorists have had an accident, near miss or lost control as a result of sneezing while at the wheel.
This list of myth and truth was compiled by The Mirror. Hope my blog readers get benefitted from this useful list.
Brazilian beauty Gisele Bundchen has topped the list of top earning models compiled by American business magazine Forbes.
Twenty eight-year-old Bundchen who is at the top rank with earnings to the tune of USD 25 million from numerous campaigns including those for brands like Versace, True Religion jeans and Dior.
“The world’s top earning model” is based on estimated earnings of models from June 2008 to June 2009. Four Brazilian models have found a place in the rankings. Modeling industry has been hard-hit by the economic crisis, but the value of the beauties at the top is as strong as ever.
Bundchen is followed by 35-year-old Heidi Klum of Germany with an estimated earning of USD 16 million. The majority of Klum’s earnings are driven by her TV and endorsement career.
The model has endorsement deals with Diet Coke, Volkswagen, McDonald’s and LG.
The 35-year-old icon Kate Moss placed on the third spot with an earning of USD 8.5 million, followed by another Brazilian model Adriana Lima who earned USD eight million.
At the fifth position is Doutzen Kroes, the face of cosmetic company L’Oreal, and she raked in USD six million.
Twenty eight-year-old Alessandra Ambrosio of Brazil is also ranked fifth.
Natalia Vodianova, raised in an impoverished family in Russia has cornered the seventh place with earnings to the tune of USD 5.5 million.
Other models in the list are, Daria Werbowy (eighth) with an earning of USD 4.5 million, Miranda Kerr and Carolyn Murphy with an estimated earning of USD three million each were placed on the ninth and tenth places, respectively.
Emanuela De Paula who is the newest addition to the list has an estimated earning of USD 2.5 million.
Socialite Kim Kardashian has revealed that she is a big fan of British men. The reality TV star and Playboy pin-up says she finds them ‘cute’.
"I love it in the UK. I love the accent and there are definitely some cute men,” sad Kim Kardashian.
Meanwhile, the 28-year-old beauty, who’s been dating American footballer Reggie Bush for the past four years, is in no hurry to get hitched.
"I’ve been with Reggie for two years and he’s definitely the man for me, he’s everything I would want in a man,” she said.
"We’re on a reality TV show but we try to have a balance - we make sure we have our private moments if you know what I mean!" she added.
Kardashian was previously married to music producer Damon Thomas but they divorced after four years.
"I definitely want to get married again, that’s the best part of life - finding that person you can be with forever and have a really good relationship with,” she said.
"I’ve been through a marriage and divorce and I don’t want to do that again, I’m definitely more cautious and I’ll make sure I don’t jump into anything too quickly this time," she added.
Bollywood hottie Kareena Kapoor may love to see her name tattooed on beau Saif Ali Khan’s forearm, but there doesn’t seem a chance for her to go the ‘tattoo’ way to impress Saif.
Kareena said, “Saif doesn’t like women with tattoos. He feels that a woman is too pristine and pure to mark herself that way. I believe in the same thing. And I think he knows how much I love him.”
Talking about her relationship with Saif, the actress said, “I’ve always been open about my relationships and my work. Saif comes from a very affluent family and a family associated with sports. Sports stand for a lot of integrity and honour. Both of us connect on that level. And I guess we’re trying to fulfil that in public. The audience, fans and the media should know what they should know, and I think we know where to draw the line."
When enquired whether talks about her ex-beau make her unhappy? Kareena said, “Not at all! And that’s because I respect my past. Both Saif and I respect my past. Shahid is a wonderful human being and it’s extremely sad that things couldn’t work out. I don’t think that there’s anything much to say, but the fact is that I’ve been left with some wonderful memories. I’ll cherish them forever.”
Friday, May 29
Rubbishing reports that his Brazilian supermodel wife Gisele Bundchen is pregnant, football player Tom Brady said "one is enough".
There were reports in the media claiming that Bundchen is pregnant. However, Brady denied such claims.
Brady has a son, John Edward Thomas Moynahan, with former girlfriend Bridget Moynahan.
Brady and Bundchen tied the knot earlier this year and marked the big day by staging two wedding ceremonies, one in California on February 26 and the other in Costa Rica on April 2.
Hollywood director Rob Cohen thinks that the graceful, classic and radiant Bollywood actress, Deepika Padukone, is the new face of Indian cinema being touted as the next big thing as per the overseas audiences feedback. The Indian super model turned actress has carved a niche for herself not only within Indian cinema, but is also creating a sensation internationally. According to Rob Cohen, "Deepika Padukone is gorgeous and is more beautiful than Angelina Jolie."
The director has also indicated his interest in casting Deepika for his next film project in Hollywood. Now if that's the case, then Deepika Padukone will be India's newest and the quickest entrant in Hollywood. Deepika's striking beauty and cover model appeal have made her the favourite cover girl for fashion magazines like Vogue, Elle, Cosmopolitan, L'Officiel, and Marie Claire. Maxim Magazine recently voted her "The Hottest Girl on Earth" not just for her huge fan following but also because of her appeal as an international brand face.
Rob Cohen adds, "Deepika's diverse and versatile body of work continues to truly make her one of the youngest, most gorgeous and most talented super model and actresses to have taken both the cinema and fashion industry by storm. Her versatility as a model and inimitable style have made her a popular celebrity ambassador for international brands such as Tissot, Maybelline, Pepsi, Levi's, Wrigley's and Fiama Di Wills to name a few."
Rob Cohen’s credits include The Witches of Eastwick and The Fast and the Furious.
Courtney Love has been sued by credit card company American Express for the recovery of a whopping 350,000-dollar unpaid charges.
Filing its papers in the US District Court, American Express demanded that the rocker pay off the staggering debt on her Gold card.
Court documents reveal that the company has suspended Love’s plastic privileges after she "failed and refused" to clear the balance.
Love has already been in the news these days because of her struggle with her finances in recent years.
She even hired a team of private investigators in April to reclaim the millions of dollars she alleged were stolen from her late husband Kurt Cobain’s estate.
Last year, an accounting firm called London & Co had filed a suit against Love, claiming that she had failed to pay them profits from the sale of Cobain’s share of the Nirvana publishing catalogue.
Thursday, May 28
Hollywood actress Scarlett Johansson, who is the face of Dolce and Gabbana’s luxurious make-up range, is now set to endorse clothing chain Mango.
The 24-year-old will appear in the autumn-winter 2009 campaign, taking over from Spanish actress Penelope Cruz, who has been representing the brand for the last four seasons.
Before Johansson and Cruz, models Milla Jovovich, Lizzy Jagger, Naomi Campbell, Eva Herzigova and Claudia Schiffer have done advertising campaigns for Mango.
After playing an underdog in "Slumdog Millionaire", Dev Patel is all set to play a negative role in Dev Patel to play villain in Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender.
The 19-year-old has gone for a mean look quite opposite to his character in the multiple-oscar winning film "Slumdog Millionaire.
In the film, which is based on an animated TV series about warring elements of Air, Water, Earth and Fire, Dev will essay the role of a character called Prince Zuko.
Dev Patel replaces singer Jesse McCartney to play the part of Prince Zuko, exile of the fire nation.
Patel gave a solid performance in Slumdog Millionaire and I think he will play the part perfectly and look the part once in costume and with some hair modifications of course. Of all the characters, Zuko requires the most emotional range and acting skill to come off as the loved and hated character.
The Last Airbender is due out in theaters July 2, 2010.
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Marilyn Monroe’s dining room table, blouse, mirror and an umbrella along with Elvis Presley’s pill bottles and a store card owned by Marlon Brando are set to go under the hammer.
Rare items of showbiz memorabilia will be auctioned in June at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.
The variety will include more than 150 items belonging to Monroe, such as furniture, clothing, and rare photographs.
The Some Like It Hot star’s dining room table has been predicted to gather 10,000 dollars while a blouse worn by the actress would see a bid starting at 7,000 dollars, along with her umbrella that is expected to fetch 16,000 dollars.
The auction would further feature Presley’s gifts to his personal physician George Nichopoulos, including jewellery, books, guns.
Bottles of The King’s prescription drugs, such as sedative Benadryl and vitamin replacement pills Vicon-C, have been valued at 800 dollars each.
Hrithik Roshan had very hard time in recent past (breakup with Sussanne, romantic liaison with Barbara Mori and worsening father and son relationship during the filming of Kites), and now its time for him to move on and start afresh for his next flick- Krrish 2.
After the release of Kites, Rakesh Roshan will soon begin working on his next big project- Krrish 2. Sources suggest that the film is undergoing the scripting process with a new concept. It is also believed that doe eyed beauty Deepika Padukone is being considered to play lead opposite Hrithik Roshan.
Kites is almost done and is in the post-production stage. Rakesh Roashan’s production house FilmKraft is working on Krrish 2. They are at an infant stage and still working on script and the star cast, but it obviously includes Hrithik as the actor.
The layout of the script is ready and it will see Hrithik in a superhero avatar once again. He will be seen saving the Seven Wonders of the World. Like the prequel, this too will have SFX and a big crew of foreign technicians.
Rakesh Roshan is eager to have Deepika Padukone for the role, as he was amazed by her stunts in Chandni Chowk To China.
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Hollywood actress Drew Barrymore along with singer Kelly Osbourne and other celebrities took part in a rally to protest against the new California ban on gay marriage.
The celebrities took to the streets to protest about the re-instatement of Propsal 8, which bans same-sex marriages after they were legalised briefly last year.
Sir Elton John, Ellen DeGeneres and George Takei are among other celebrities who have criticised California’s approval of the ban.
Wednesday, May 27
Mariah Carey is auctioning off a rare designer dress especially created for her to raise money for breast cancer research.
The Hero singer is supporting charity Susan G. Komen for the Cure to sell a hot pink, asymmetric fishtail gown on auction website eBay.com.
The couture dress is one of only three in the world and was made by Julian Contreras after Carey asked fans to send in fashion designs inspired by her perfume, Luscious Pink.
Ever since the gown has been up for sale, fans are clamouring to get hold of it and have already quoted a price of 5,600 dollars, while there are still five days for the bidding to close.
The item was listed with a starting price of 500 dollars.
Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle is flying to India to rescue child stars Rubina Ali and Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail.
Both the child stars’ were rendered homeless after Mumbai authorities torn down their shanties following a slum clearance drive.
Boyle fears that lives of Azharuddin, 10, and Rubina, 9 are spiralling downwards despite their Oscars success.
He had set up a 500,000 pounds trust to help them in education and give them apartments.
Australian pop singer Kylie Minogue has revealed that she is planning to marry boyfriend model Andres Velencoso who has recently proposed to her.
The couple has been inseparable since meeting at a party in Paris, France last year. People close to Minogue insist she is about to announce their engagement.
Minogue recently gushed about her relationship at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival.
"I’m happier with him than I have ever been before, you never know he could be the one... He is great, who knows what the future holds but hopefully things will work out," she said.
Pamela Anderson might be aging in years but that hardly seems to be keeping her from flaunting her busty curves.
The stunning showgirl, who has been known for her huge set of assets, flashed her curvaceous figure in a tiny winy pink bikini.
Leaving nothing to imagination Pamela in her signature style went frocking in the sun at the Malibu beach.
What’s more was that her current beau Jamie Padgett soon joined her. The two met when Jamie apparently gave the actress a lift to the beach in his golf cart.
Tuesday, May 26
Two of the most glamorous women in the world, Aishwarya Rai and Eva Longoria of Desperate Housewives bonded well at the 62nd Cannes film festival where they walked the red carpet as representatives of L'Oreal.
If this was not enough, Abhishek Bachchan too had a ball with Eva's husband, popular basketball player, Tony Parker.
Tony and Abhishek got on like house on fire at their first meeting.
Abhishek has been a basketball player in school and is a huge NBA fan too.
So when he met NBA player Tony, Abhishek's joy knew no bounds.
All they did was talk about basketball leaving the pretty women dumbfounded.
It's not just fame that Kites has brought to Mexican actress Barbara Mori. She has also learnt English while shooting for the romantic-action thriller and it was none other than co-star Hrithik Roshan who turned teacher on the sets.
Apparently Barbara and Hrithik made a pact. Hrithik would teach Barbara English and Barbara would teach him Spanish while shooting for the movie.
Barbara has picked up enough to conduct herself coherently with the media in Cannes although apparently she would often turn to Hrithik to get the right word.
Producer of the film Rakesh Roshan said, “Barbara knew only Spanish when she started shooting for 'Kites'. That suited us fine since her character is supposed to understand only Spanish. During shooting she needed to communicate with her co-stars and the crew. She was forced to learn English. Now she speaks just enough to make herself understood”.
Kites is being directed by Anurag Basu and also stars Kangana Ranaut in a pivotal role. The film's shooting is over and it has reached editing table. Rakesh Roshan is hoping for an October release.
Amrita Arora, who was last seen in ‘Golmaal Returns’, was pleasantly surprised while she was honeymooning with businessman hubby Shakeel Ladakh. The couple had chosen to get lovey-dovey in picturesque European cities.
Amrita was keen to have a private honeymoon and hoped not to get recognised anywhere. However, they were spotted by a large group of Indians at the airport in Venice. The travelling Indians insisted on interacting with Amu and she was more than happy to oblige.
Amu’s fan encounter didn’t stop here. She found that one of the staff members at a hotel where she and Shakeel were staying was a huge fan of Hindi films. Says Amrita, “It was a pleasant experience to see my fans even in European cities, where I was travelling. I feel that my fans have recognised my work and dedication towards my career and that’s why they follow me wherever I go.”
Well, we don’t want to burst Amrita’s bubble since she’s newly married and on cloud nine! ten! eleven! twelve!
Monday, May 25
Model Penny Lancaster, wife of musician Rod Stewart showed off her super hot svelte bikini body recently to dispel pregnancy rumours.
Looking stunning and lean in her skimpy animal-print bikini, Penny Lancaster put rest to the rumours that suggested that she was pregnant with her second child. The model, displayed her slim and tanned physique as she strolled by the pool on her holiday in Tenerife with husband Rod Stewart and their three-year-old son Alistair.
Lancaster had caused speculation that she was pregnant after stepping out in a loose printed floral dress at the annual Chelsea Flower show in London recently.
However, the lingerie model admitted that the couple wanted a baby.
Earlier reports suggested that Madhuri Dixit will be seen opposite Ranbir Kapoor in Prakash Jha’s next flick, but the filmmaker has been successful in roping Madhuri to play "Draupadi" in his upcoming venture based on “Mahabharata”.
Mr. Jha is indeed going to work with Madhuri, not on a young man-older woman love story, but a period film.
Jha is also bemused by the rumours that indicate that he was making a movie with Ranbir. “I think Ranbir once said that he has a crush on Madhuri. Somebody must have put two and two together,” quips the director.
It’s been Prakash’s long-cherished dream to do a film on Draupadi and the flick will be a fiercely modern and revisionist interpretation of the ‘Mahabharata’. According to Jha, “Madhuri is the best person for this role”.
Scarlet Johansson is on the musical road once again as “The Matchpoint” star is all set to release her second album “Break-Up”.
The album was recorded two years before her 2008 musical debut and marks the continuation of her foray into the music world.
The “Lost in Translation” actress released her debut album, “Anywhere I Lay My Head”, last year that had contributions from David Bowie and lyrics from Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan.
Her latest offering is a collection of duets with singer-songwriter Pete Yorn which was recorded in 2006 but took three years to be released.
The album is said to be inspired by Serge Gainsbourg’s 1960s recordings with Brigitte Bardot and will hit shops this September.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art debuted its latest Costume Institute exhibit "The Model as Muse" early this month, exploring the relationship between designers and a key source of their inspiration -beautiful women. It recalls an era when fashion models were worshiped and highly paid for strutting on catwalks, posing in magazine spreads and, as Linda Evangelista famously said, not getting out of bed for less than $10,000 a day.
But while the supermodels of the '80s -Linda, Naomi, Christy -were content with walking the runways and playing muse to the likes of Gianni Versace and Karl Lagerfeld, today's top models (who for the most part don't earn as much as their predecessors and aren't known by their first names alone) have their eye on their own fashion design careers. Say goodbye to the supermodel and hello to today's model/designer.
Kate Moss has a successful collection with Topshop inspired by her own trend-setting wardrobe; it sold out in one hour when it debuted in London last year. Elle MacPherson designs a line of intimates sold at Neiman Marcus and Saks, among other stores. Amber Valletta is rumored to be working on a recession-friendly fashion-forward clothing line.
Even the high-cheekboned, not-quite-as-famous models-turned-designers are worthy of more than the chuckle or quick dismissal that usually befall celebrity fashion lines. After years of working closely with prominent designers--and with a lot more fashion cred than the troves of B-list stars who have tried their hand at design careers--these young women have proved adept at dissecting the trends of the moment and creating reasonably priced clothes that stylish women want to wear.
Why the surge in models turned designers now? "As the fashion business has changed, and fashion has become geared toward celebrities, many models have decided to take matters into their own hands," says veteran model Erin Wasson. "At the end of the day, the reality is that models aren't on the covers of magazines as much anymore and there aren't as many campaigns for us."
Model Erin Wasson, who is the face of Maybelline, has graced countless magazine covers and walked the runways for Balenciaga and Gucci. But after consulting for rising star designer Alexander Wang two years ago, she knew she was ready to give her dream of designing clothes a try.
"Here I was looking at Alex, who is two years younger than me, and I was just so impressed," she says. "He is this kid who dropped out of Parsons and said, 'I am going to do this my way.' Alex has the same mentality as I do--if you want to do something you should just go out and do it."
Wasson now designs a high-fashion capsule collection for skate lifestyle company RVCA. "We (fashion models) have seen it all, we've seen the trends come and go and come back around again. I've been in the business for 10 years and it's such a crash course in itself. It's a bit like going to fashion school." Now, with two collections under her belt and a jewelry line called Low Luv, she is thinking of expanding into handbags.
Liya Kebede, famous for being signed to an Estée Lauder contract as well as her humanitarian efforts with the UN, has developed a children's line, LemLem, which is handmade in Kebede's native Ethiopia by local weavers.
"I was very much inspired by Bono and the Red Campaign and their idea of helping in a sustainable way by giving economic opportunities instead of just financial aid," says Kebede. The line of cotton dresses and caftans for tots has taken off and is now being sold in J.Crew. Kebede is also expanding the line to include clothes for adults this fall. "A lot of women who loved the items for their children started telling me that they would love adult versions," says Kebede.
Natalia Vodianova, the face of Calvin Klein, recently became the brand ambassador to lingerie company Etam and is also designing a capsule collection for the brand each season. "I wanted the line to be for women who are not afraid to play," Vodianova says.
Of course, the added bonus for this new crop of model designers is that they can do double duty posing in the ad campaigns, as Vodianova does for Etam. "What I realized when designing this is how feminine and confident I am," Vodianova says.
Sunday, May 24
After the super fit Jennifer Lopez chose sultry Ana Beatriz Barros to model her exquisite underwear collection, it is now the turn of lingerie brand Passionista to jump the bandwagon.
Barros, who was propelled to celeb status in the fashion world after she modelled for JLO’s lingerie collection, has apparently got this prestigious project because of her envious body.
The gorgeous Brazilian can be seen shedding all her inhibitions in the campaign and she certainly looks Lopez-like as she shows off her fine assets.
JLo can now be rest assured that she indeed made the right choice!
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Cyrus Sahukar might not have been able to grab attention of Sonam Kapoor in ‘Delhi-6’, where he featured with the latter but looks like the VJ just got lucky in real life.
Sonam and Cyrus, who became good friends while shooting for ‘Delhi-6’, are now apparently seeing each other. The newly formed duo will also be seen together in ‘Ayesha’, which is the Bollywood adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic ‘Emma’. The film is reportedly being produced by Sonam’s father Anil Kapoor.
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Not long ago, Cyrus, in an interview had stated, “Sonam beats me up randomly. I think she was my doctor in my last life. Whenever I’m a little low, she electrocutes me.”
Saturday, May 23
Australian pop star Kylie Minogue turned into an ultimate seductress for Spanish jewellery firm Tous for it’s new ad campaign. The 40-year-old singer looked hot in frilly dress as she laid back on a bed raising a leg teasingly in sexy shots.
The pop princess has gone to Cannes Film Festival to put on a special performance for the Miracle Africa International Foundation Charity, sponsored by Chopard, at the VIP Room.
She also wants to get into serious acting career just like the one rocker Nick Cave gave her when they both teamed for an anti-pop ballad ‘Where The Wild Roses Grow’ and that is a reason why this actress is even begging directors to give her a chance.
Minogue started her acting career on Australian soup ‘Neighbours’, and has ever since made a handful of movie appearance, including ‘The Delinquents’, ‘Street Fighter’ and a small part as the Green Fairy in ‘Moulin Rouge’.
Friday, May 22
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When bollywood actress Neetu Chandra agreed for a hot photo shoot for ‘The Man’ magazine along with model Krishikha Gupta, the dusky beauty hardly had a clue that it could lead to public outrage from a political body!
The shoot was carried out outside a 3-star hotel. However, when a bunch of hotel’s customary male guests watched it, they raised objections at the actress and the magazine. Things took an ugly turn when the group started yelling “Jai Maharashtra.”
Claiming that the photo shoot promoted lesbianism, the group became aggressive and tried to physically intimidate the crew. The group claimed to have links with Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) and even tried to impound the camera, leaving the shoot incomplete.
Neetu said, “Though the concept about two girls getting very intimate was a bit outrageous, we were doing it very aesthetically. But these men were a frustrated lot and couldn’t take the heat. They only saw nudity in our concept.”
Nevertheless, after such a big fracas, ‘The Man’ magazine has decided to go ahead with photos they managed before the rumpus, raising doubts whether these images can jeopardise the magazine’s upcoming issue that hits the stands in a few days.
Thursday, May 21
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Beyonce Knowles has revealed that she buys clothes which are too small for her as a motivation to shed extra pounds.
The singer-and-actress, known for her curvy figure, admitted that it takes a lot of hard work for her to stay in shape so she sets goals for herself.
"I buy something too small and then say, “I have a reason. I need to wear these jeans or this hot dress," said Beyonce.
The 27-year-old beauty also revealed that her dream of winning an Oscar also drives her to work out rigorously.
To say motivated, Knowles keeps a painting of an Oscar at the gym - so when she’s on the treadmill, she’s running toward her goal.
She added, “I look at it, and I’m like, ‘OK, I have to stay in shape.’ "
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The Factory Girl star was overheard saying this to her mother as she walked around the Chelsea Flower Show on Monday.
Sienna whispered to her mother, “I want a beautiful English rose to be named Sienna after me. What do you think?”
Wednesday, May 20
Kareena Kapoor is one Diva who has been ruling the Bollywood for quite some time now. She has been in the news for practically every thing that she does, right from her choice of dresses to her love life, every aspect of her personality makes for a breezy front page read.
The latest is that she is the Cover Girl for this month's issue of Elle. Stunning and refreshingly candid, Kareena Kapoor looks cool as a cucumber on this mint fresh cover! Dressed in Dior, Kareena speaks about her life in detail. She says that she follows her heart when choosing projects and the one she's most excited about in 2009 is her release with beau Saif Ali Khan.
She credits her toned body to a disciplined yoga regime and a vegetarian diet. Not just that, she's also open about her relationship with Saif; talking about the things she's learnt from him - love for reading, for one - and how their bond has grown stronger despite their different worlds.
Over and all, Kareena has made this issue of Elle a collectors copy.
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Hollywood Actress Jessica Biel complains that her good looks are proving to be a problem when it comes to getting meatier roles offered to contemporaries Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson.
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