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What IS the Price of Beauty?

20 Apr

Have any of you seen the show “Price of Beauty” with Jessica Simpson?

I must say that I really enjoy it.

I always love learning about the everyday social norms of other cultures, and it is really interesting to see what other cultures traditionally consider beautiful. I’m always open-minded and try not to judge, and I am fully aware that I shouldn’t base my concepts of what is beautiful on a magazine cover.

However, being a young woman in the United States, it is very difficult not to do so.

It is refreshing to journey to other countries with Jessica Simpson and company, and to see other cultures’ perceptions of what is beautiful vs. what is not – both inside and out, and to explore both current and historical beauty regimens.

In one country in Africa, the bigger you are, the more beautiful you are. “Fat” is not a derogatory word. “Skinny” women are frowned upon. In Japan, the eyes that many consider beautiful and exotic are a burden for some of the women there, who have cosmetic surgery to have their eyes made to appear more rounded and bigger, like a “doll.” Also in Japan, there are two very different cultures of women: the Harajuku girls who are very modern and whimsical in their clothing choices, and then also the very ultra-traditional Geisha, and everything in-between. In a Middle-Eastern country, Jessica gets scolded for showing too much leg, as the woman doing the scolding was showing quite a bit of cleavage. But who are we to judge? To each his (or her) own.

One common theme throughout the show is not about the rituals (some of which are crazy – fish that eat fungi off of your feet, laying buried in sand for 2 hours, mud baths, grape jacuzzis, and more) – but a theme of finding inner peace, loving yourself, and thus, radiating beautiful from the inside out.

The concept of this show could become cliche and contrived. However, as corny as it gets at times, Jessica and her friends give it the perfect dose of comedy and humor mixed with an honest vulnerability and a true desire to learn what, exactly, true beauty really is.

I love it, and I think that Jessica has become stronger because of it. Let’s face it – the girl has been a target of tabloids and “fans” alike. I think she’s great and I applaud her! (read my recent blog about Jessica’s recent “no-makeup” Marie Claire shoot, here.)

Project Runway: Bye Bye (for real this time) Anthony!

10 Apr

First off: ANTHONY, I LOVE YOU!

I am so bummed that Anthony Williams is gone….for real this time!

For those of you who do not watch Project Runway regularly, Anthony was booted, but since Maya left voluntarily, he was allowed back in to the competition.

I personally think that he deserved to make it to Bryant Park more than Jay (sorry to say it!)

What do you all think? To me, Anthony’s personality shone through in his designs, and, his portfolio was gorgeous! He designed dresses to make a woman feel like a lady – and look sexy and sophisticated at the same time.

Jay always fumbles and seems lost! He has these awesome pieces that still are somehow lacking!

So, since I am obviously not a Jay fan, and Anthony is gone, I’m now rooting for my other favorite, Seth Aaron…but I’d take Emilio over Mila any day!

Psssst…I stumbled across this GREAT Project Runway blog ~ check it out:

http://bloggingprojectrunway.blogspot.com/

Enjoy!

Idol Adieu – Bye Bye, Benami & One Close Call for ‘Big Mike!’

8 Apr

The American Idol eliminations the past two weeks have been quite interesting. Didi Benami last week surprised me, Big Mike (a.k.a. Michael Lynch) this week, absolutely shocked me! He was the contestant with the lowest scores – and was in danger of being sent home – until the judges unanimously decided to use their ‘save’ on him.

Didi was one of my personal favorites, and so I was sad to see her go. Mike, however, is a definite favorite of the judges, and, many fans…..but, I guess his performance Tuesday  night on the Lennon/McCartney themed show was not enough to rally his voters or create any new fans for himself.

I wish Didi the best of luck, but, it was only a matter of time. I‘m picking Crystal to win it all, but, I’m ROOTING for Lee Dewyze, *my* personal favorite!

Who are you all rooting for?

And were you all as absolutely surprised as me to see Big Mike nearly eliminated last night?

Do you think the judges made the right call using their only “save” on him?

I don’t know that it was the right move; but, I definitely “called it” that he’d be the one they’d save….so that part of it did not surprise me!  I want to hear all of your opinions!

Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Kim Zolciak Comes Out…

28 Mar

Yes, while I read classic literature, I also watch some trash television which I consider “guilty pleasure” TV … and one of these shows just happens to be the “Real Housewives” series.

The Atlanta cast was full of fun, feuds, and fierce feistiness (how’s THAT for some nice alliteration?!?)

One of the most controversial – and one of my favorite – cast members was Kim Zolciak. (Who recently said cheating hubby Jesse James should be “castrated” by wife Sandra Bullock! LoL)

Aspiring recording artist and former model Kim, known for her wigs, lavish lifestyle, and mysterious fiancee, “Big Poppa” always had some sort of drama going on her life. (But, then again, which Real Housewives cast member doesn’t?)

Whether it was her breakdown on the reunion show over losing her hair (was she, or was she not sick?!?) to her knock-down drag out fights with NeNe and Sheree among others, there was always something irritating someone about this blonde bombshell.

Akin to “Speidi” with her ploys for attention, she has now become a tabloid – and a fan – favorite.

However, she’ll now be reaching out to an even more diverse audience: not only did Zolciak pose (topless!) in the famous NOH8 campaign in a show of support for gay marriage rights; but in this week’s issue of Life & Style Magazine, Kim Zolciak came out, announcing that she is, in fact, bisexual. During the recording process of her hit dance single, “Tardy for the Party”, she fell in love with one of the producers…who happened to be a female DJ named Tracy Young.

Kim has a healthy view on her sexuality and believes that “love has no gender” and she won’t let neither a woman nor a man define her. Her relationship with Tracy lasted several months and now her and “Big Poppa” (who has finally been revealed as still-not-legally-divorced businessman Lee Najjar) are back on. While both Poppa and Kim were surprised at how her romantic life during her break from him unfolded, Kim loves Tracy as a person and does not regret the loving and caring relationship that they shared.

Kim calls claims that she had the relationship for “publicity” reasons  “absolutely disgusting” and said it was about the relationship and the companionship.

Zociak isn’t the only famous female who has announced that she is bisexual. Will and Grace actress Megan Mullally came out in The Advocate and thinks that “everyone is innately bisexual.” Famously, Lindsay Lohan, Angelina Jolie, and Anne Heche have been in high-profile relationships with both men and women, and relative newcomers Megan Fox and Lady GaGa have also admitted to being attracted to both men and women.

Source: Life & Style

Sarah Palin: the New Kate Gosselin?

26 Mar

TLC  has announced that it will air 8 episodes of a reality television show/documentary series called, “Sarah Palin’s Alaska.”


The former Vice Presidential candidate will begin filming this summer in her home state and is being paid a rumored $1 million per episode. Gee, is that all?

Do you think it would be worth it? I think people will watch. TLC may have hit another ratings jackpot.  Love her or hate her, she is undeniably entertaining, sometimes in a good way, sometimes in a bad way, and even when she doesn’t mean to be at all. She has charisma, is sometimes slightly humorous and self-depreciating in a charming way, and is easy on the eyes. Plus, we DID put up with Jon and Kate Gosselin for years, and, somehow, Jersey Shore on MTV has a following….so you never know. There may be a train wreck in store. Or, it may be the beginnings of 2012 candidacy…which may or may not be one in the same. The price tag on her documentary series reality show is a bit much in my opinion, but my guess is TLC and Discovery Networks won’t mind with all of the exposure the show will surely get.

Saturday Night Live and political pundits alike will have a field day as Palin explores the beauty of Alaska for all of us to see.

Hey, maybe we’ll even see Russia from her porch!

Tiny Fey – the question is, are YOU ready?