British celebrities including Dame Vivienne Westwood, Paloma Faith and Duffy have snapped a series of 'selfies' in support of the launch of a new website, which enables members of the public to ask politicians about fracking. The stars have come together for MyFrackingQuestions.org, an online platform which allows U.K. citizens to ask Minister for Energy Matthew Hancock MP about the controversial gas-extraction method.
In the photos, each celebrity holds up their own question about fracking, with singer Faith asking, "How can you be sure that our health will not be put at risk by fracking? I am concerned about the health risks to the population and the long-term repercussions (of fracking)."
Duffy calls on Hancock to attend a Talk Fracking debate to address the public's concerns, and says, "I would like to call for a National Moratorium. A 'stop the clock’. No more intrusive fracking until we, as a country, can assess whether this is the most sustainable, economic and safest source of energy".
Meanwhile, fashion mogul Westwood, who has previously been outspoken about the shale gas drilling projects in the U.K. and led a group of anti-fracking protesters through the streets of central London earlier this year (Mar14), adds her support for the new website.
A statement from her reads: "MyFrackingQuestions.org is asking the key questions that the public has told us they want answered definitively by the current government. We are acting now to empower the next generation, preventing them from having to deal with the potentially devastating effects of fracking should it go ahead in this country.
"This debate belongs to the British people but, without any solid and reliable information, they cannot take part in this most critical of conversations. Until these questions are answered and until there is open public debate, there can be no social license and no democratic mandate."
Also snapping selfies for the website are Westwood's son Joe Corre, Primal Scream's Bobby Gillespie, musician Jools Holland, Olympian Andrew Triggs Hodge, and human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell.
MyFrackingQuestions.org is launched in connection with Talk Fracking, a U.K. initiative spearheaded by Westwood, which raises awareness of fracking and government officials' fast-moving plans to introduce it to the country.
Talk Fracking has already found support from over 150 celebrities including Sir Paul McCartney, his daughter Stella, Yoko Ono, Helena Bonham-Carter, Jude Law, Russell Brand, Thom Yorke and Vanessa Redgrave, among others.
Actress Gwyneth Paltrow took the plunge for charity on Wednesday (20Aug14) after nominating her estranged husband Chris Martin to also endure the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. The Oscar winner was given the task of pouring freezing water over her head to raise cash and awareness for the ALS Association by three celebrities, including her personal trainer Tracy Anderson, chef Jose Andres and lifestyle expert Martha Stewart.
In a video posted on Instagram.com, Paltrow, clad in a bikini, tells her followers she is donating money to the charity and then nominates Martin, Cameron Diaz, and her fashion designer pal Stella McCartney for the stunt.
A friend then pours the ice cold water over the actress, and she runs out of frame screaming from the shock.
Paltrow and the Coldplay frontman announced their separation in March (14), and both are rumoured to have moved on from the marriage - the actress has been linked to Glee producer Brad Falchuk, while Martin has reportedly been romancing newly-single Jennifer Lawrence.
The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is raising funds to battle ALS, also known as motor neurone disease and Lou Gehrig's disease.
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Jourdan Dunn's cooking show WELL DUNN With Jourdan Dunn is back, and although the model isn't in the kitchen this time around, she is having a blast—and inviting us along for the ride. She and BFF Cara Delevingne went and got some Thai food, then got matching tattoos and sang "A Whole New World." Epicry:
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Ever since she used the term "conscious uncoupling," Gwyneth Paltrow has had her personal life under a microscope. But Paltrow is no stranger to oversharing, bringing the details of her lavish lifestyle to her weekly GOOP newsletter (much to the ire of working moms everywhere). Thankfully for celebrities like Paltrow, there is more than one bright side to splitting up.
That's why even in the midst of a very public divorce, GP is still sitting pretty -- compared to the rest of us, at least. Here's why your day-to-day just doesn't measure up:
You have to work all year round. Paltrow has said she only makes one movie a year, for which she cuts a multi-million dollar paycheck. How many vacation days have you saved up so far?
You don't have time to know what "macrobiotic" means.Following Paltrow's customized diet would drain both your bank account and your sanity.
You wear "real" clothes.Your monthly clothing budget looks more like your water bill than your mortgage. Paltrow is BFFs with A-list designers like Stella McCartney.
Your gifts suck.When the holidays roll around, you and your girlfriends play white elephant with a budget in the double digits. In her 2013 GOOP gift guide, Paltrow recommended a set of PJs for your BF that would set you back almost $450 -- before the custom monogram.
Your personal trainer is your DVD player.And by making house calls to check your form, you mean your toddler climbing on your back during plank. Paltrow is a Tracy Anderson protege and her business partner.
Your self renewal process is (fingers crossed) a morning shower.Paltrow famously endures multiple detoxes each year to heal and cleanse -- every day is a detox for you because you don't have time to eat until dinner.
You're still trying to get a reservation at Babbo.When Paltrow wanted to learn the finer nuances of Italian cooking, she went on a road trip with chef and owner Mario Batali.GIPHY
You and your girlfriends enjoy a cocktail or two.Paltrow told the The Guardian in 2006 she didn't "like" drunk women and had no "drunk friends." Guess you'll be stuck hanging out at those lame places for drunk people: bars, clubs, concerts, events, etc. (Okay, maybe this is a reason your life is better.)
You only have one closet.For someone like Paltrow, who is constantly acquiring new pieces for her wardrobe, space is at a premium. So she calls in the experts at Vault Couture to catalogue and store her garments off-site. By browsing her online "vault" she can select items for rapid global delivery whenever she wants. Yes, she basically has the Clueless closet.
Your vacations are anything but transformative.Even though she described the accommodations at Mii amo Spa in Sedona, Arizona as "nothing to write home about" in the December 11, 2013 issue of GOOP, she still suggests shelling out between $2,265 and $2,500 for a three-day therapeutic journey in a double-occupancy room. Per person.
You're stuck living within your means.Perhaps justifying her anything-but-normal life, Paltrow told Elle UK in 2009 "I am who I am. I can't pretend to be somebody who makes $25,000 a year." We could give her some tips.
You've consumed your share of subpar dairy.At the iTunes Festival in 2011, Paltrow declared, "I'd rather smoke crack than eat cheese from a tin." Who knew Cheese Whiz was a gateway drug?
If this sounds like you, don't fret. At least no one has to know.
Angelina Jolie's London summit to end rape in war zones has won the support of stars including Thandie Newton, Kathleen Turner, model Cara Delevingne, and even Catholic leader Pope Francis.
The Hollywood actress launched the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict in the British capital on Tuesday (10Jun14) and the event's slogan #timetoact has sparked a social networking frenzy. The phrase has become a trending topic on Twitter.com as more and more stars post pictures of themselves holding a sign bearing the words.
Newton, Turner and Delevingne have all joined in, with the model backing Jolie in a tweet, writing, "Yes Angie! #timetoact #stoptorture". Others who have backed the drive include Harry Potter actress Bonnie Wright, fashion designers Stella McCartney and Vivienne Westwood, singers Paloma Faith, Mollie King and Eliza Doolittle, and Pope Francis.
The head of the Catholic Church writes on Twitter, "Let us pray for all victims of sexual violence in conflict, and those working to end this crime. #TimeToAct."
Lindsay Lohan, Lily Allen and Kylie Minogue were among the stars who turned out to help British rocker Noel Gallagher celebrate his birthday at a party in London on Thursday night (29May14). The former Oasis star turned 47 on Thursday and he spent his big day in the studio working on new music.
In the evening, he hosted a star-studded party at London hot spot Chiltern Firehouse for celebrity guests including Hollywood actress Lohan, who was spotted leaving the bash with a mystery man in the early hours of Friday morning (30May14).
Other attendees included pop stars Allen and Minogue, Black Eyed Peas rapper will.i.am, fashion designer Stella McCartney, Kasabian rocker Sergio Pizzorno, and model-turned-actress Suki Waterhouse.
Victoria Beckham is among the superstar fashion designers creating matching mother/daughter outfits to raise money for charity. The former Spice Girls star has created a two-piece collection as part of a new initiative from charity Born Free.
The organisation aims to end the transmission of HIV from mothers to their kids, and designers at fashion houses like Alexander McQueen, Carolina Herrera, Stella McCartney and Versace have also created pieces for the campaign, alongside supermodel mother-of-two Gisele Bundchen.
The items will be sold online at fashion website ShopBop.com from 23 April (14), with all profits going to the charity.
Beckham jetted to South Africa in February (14) to witness the charity's work in the fight against the disease in Cape Town.
Angelina Jolie has collaborated with fashion designer Stella Mccartney to create a children's clothing line based on her upcoming Maleficent movie. The actress' new film, about the villain from 1959 classic Sleeping Beauty, has inspired the children's collection which will be available globally in McCartney's stores and Disney retail outlets in April (14).
The range will feature footwear and eight clothing styles, including princess dresses and T-shirts, and is aimed at children from the ages of four to 14.
A portion of the money raised will be donated to SOS Children's Villages, a charity which provides homes for youngsters in need.
McCartney tells WWD.com, "I've always been a huge fan of Disney growing up, as was my mother, and I grew up watching all the films like most kids did. When the opportunity presented itself and I was invited by Angelina Jolie to visit the film set, I jumped at the chance."
British clothing designers Stella Mccartney and Dame Vivienne Westwood have won top fashion awards from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). Bosses of the organisation have named the winners of their animal-friendly clothing and accessories awards, and both McCartney and Westwood scooped top honours.
Sir Paul McCartney's daughter was named the designer of the Most Stylish Women's Knitwear for her Jacquard Jumper and Westwood won Most Stylish Men's Outerwear for a printed jacket.
Other winners of the PETA-Approved Vegan Fashion Awards include British stores Miss Selfridge for Most Stylish Women's Outerwear and Marks & Spencer for Most Stylish Men's Knitwear.