Singer Demi Lovato has praised reality TV star Kim Kardashian and her sisters for inspiring women to be proud of their curves.
The Skyscraper hitmaker, who has previously received treatment for bulimia, wasn't afraid to show some skin during Sunday's (24Aug14) 2014 MTV Video Music Awards in a plunging red gown, a style which is vastly different to her previous looks at the prizegiving.
Lovato took to Instagram.com on Monday (25Aug14) to compare her red carpet style over the years, including her 2008 dress, which she remembers forced her to ask for "Spanx to flatten my stomach". She tells Access Hollywood, "There's the element of insecurity when I go to an awards show... I was 16 and I was having an incredible time, but at the same time I was miserable. "I look back at that and think you know what I may have been thinner then but I'm so happy that I'm healthy today. And I have curves which are a lot sexier than what I was aiming for. Now I think curves are beautiful."
The singer credits her confidence to celebrities who aren't afraid to show off their voluptuous figures, including curvy Kardashian and her siblings Khloe and Kourtney. Lovato adds, "J Lo (Jennifer Lopez), Scarlett Johansson, Sofia Vergara, Beyonce - who I don't really consider human, she's more like a goddess. I really think they had a huge impact on that (my confidence). That's why you can think whatever you want about the Kardashians but they really did help tons of women feel comfortable within their own skin."
Lovato left rehab in 2011 following three months of treatment for her eating disorder and her substance abuse and self-harming problems.
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Costumes and personal items from country music queen Naomi Judd's career are set to go under the hammer at auction in Beverly Hills in November (14).
The award-winning singer/songwriter has cleared out her closets and storage spaces and those belonging to her husband Larry Strickland, who performed with Elvis Presley, in the hope of raising cash for charity.
Highlight items include Judd's wooden Thomas Model 217 'Norman Rockwell' 1920s-style replica radio that she listened to as a child, a guitar she received as a gift from the late Buck Owens, the velvet gown she wore for an appearance on Bob Hope's Bag Full of Christmas Memories in 1993, and a custom-made ensemble she wore to the 1991 Academy of Country Music Awards, where she picked up the Top Vocal Duet Award alongside daughter Wynonna.
Bosses at Julien's Auctions are handling the sale, and some of the proceeds will benefit Tuckers House, a non-profit organisation that has been developed to partner with families of children with disabilities and their healthcare providers.
Rapper Nicki Minaj was left holding her dress together to prevent an embarrassing wardrobe malfunction after forgetting to do up the zipper before running out on stage at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards.
The hip-hop star chose a little black dress for her performance with Jessie J and Ariana Grande at The Forum venue in Inglewood, California on Sunday (24Aug14). However, she ran out of time during her costume change and emerged on stage to perform Bang Bang without doing up her zipper properly. Minaj was left holding her dress together throughout the song to prevent the tight gown from popping open.
Speaking after the show, she told reporters, "We ran out of time to get the dress zipped up." Minaj later uploaded a picture of the incident on her Instagram.com page, adding in a caption, "God is good. As long as a nipple didn't come out to play, I'm fine. Love my team."
Actress Dame Helen Mirren wants to try her hand at fashion design by making bath robes and frocks out of trash bags. The Oscar winner is a keen fan of sewing and often makes clothes for her family, and now she wants to put her homely skills to good use after fashioning a robe.
She tells British magazine Notebook, "I do dressmaking. I've got my mother's old sewing machine, which I love. I make horrible things that are awful - although I did make my sister a good skirt, she liked her skirt.
"I made myself a nice dressing gown for (backstage at) the theatre too. Maybe I should have a dressing gown line, there are not enough nice dressing gowns in the world...
"I did want to (make my own dress for red carpet events) but my husband stopped me. He said, 'I am saving you from yourself', but I'm still going to do it one of these days. I am going to make a red carpet dress out of bin bags. It will be beautiful... Bin bags and duct tape."
A collection of movie and music memorabilia including Marilyn Monroe's red sequined gown from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes will go on display at Christie's in London. The free exhibition, called Famous and Infamous, will also feature the desert robes of British officer D.E. Lawrence, the inspiration for Lawrence Of Arabia, and a Stetson hat worn by John Wayne.
Actress Alexis Bledel and Vincent Kartheiser reportedly wed in a secret ceremony in California In June (14). The Mad Men stars have been dating since 2012 and they tied the knot at the Ojai Rolling Thunder Ranch in front of family members and famous friends, including Jon Hamm and show creator Matthew Weiner, according to Star magazine.
A sources tells the publication, "Alexis looked breathtaking. She wore a floor-length gown, and her hair was up. Vincent wore a grey suit and teared up when Alexis walked down the aisle."
This is the first marriage for the couple, who announced its engagement in March, 2013.
A representative for Bledel did not return WENN's request for confirmation.
Olivia Wilde has been pictured breastfeeding her baby son as part of a high fashion magazine photoshoot. The Tron: Legacy star is seen wearing a sparkling designer gown and towering high-heeled shoes as she nurses four-month-old Otis, her first child with fiance Jason Sudeikis.
Wilde hopes posing for the intimate shot for America's Glamour magazine will empower other new mothers, saying, "Being shot with Otis is so perfect because any portrait of me right now isn't complete without my identity as a mother being a part of that. Breastfeeding is the most natural thing... It feels like Otis should always be on my breast. It felt like we were capturing that multifaceted woman we've been discussing - that we know we can be. You can be someone who is at once maternal and professional and sexy and self-possessed. I mean, I certainly don't really look like that when I'm (usually) breastfeeding."
She adds of her wedding plans, "We're engaged, but no specific plans yet. We just have to find the time to put it together. In many ways, a child is more of a commitment. We are fully committed and really happy as a family... I don't feel any pressure to do it (marry). But I think it will be really fun."
Victoria Beckham is clearing out her closet and selling off more than 600 pieces of clothing to raise money for charity. The Spice Girls star-turned-fashion designer decided to offload pieces from her personal collection after a heartbreaking trip to South Africa earlier this year (14) during which she visited mothers living with HIV.
Beckham's sale includes pieces from designers including Prada and Roberta Cavalli, as well as the white gown she wore to the MTV Movie Awards in Los Angeles in 2003, and a number of items from her Spice Girls days.
The sale on Theoutnet.com, which will also feature hats, purses and shoes, will raise funds for Mothers2mothers, a charity set up by Annie Lennox's husband Mitch Besser to help HIV-infected mothers in countries such as South Africa, Swaziland and Kenya.
Beckham says in a statement, "I came back from South Africa and thought, what can I do to help? I started going through my closet and found so many great pieces that I've worn and thought, maybe I can raise money by auctioning these off... I just want to do whatever I can do."
Last year (13), Beckham and her soccer legend husband David sparked controversy when they generously gave 20 boxes of their designer clothes to a charity shop in London to raise cash for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Ruthless customers exploited their goodwill to snap up items at bargain prices and sell them for a fortune on eBay.
Immortals star Joseph Morgan has married his actress fiancee Persia White. The British actor proposed to White in May (14) and the couple walked down the aisle on 5 July (14) during a ceremony in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.
White wore a Vera Wang gown, while her beau donned a white tuxedo jacket with black lapel and black pants.
Gushing about his bride, Morgan tells People magazine, "She took my breath away."
The couple first met while co-starring on hit TV series The Vampire Diaries in 2011.
Glee star Naya Rivera has wed actor Ryan Dorsey in Mexico just three months after ending her engagement to rapper Big Sean.
The actress married Dorsey, who has enjoyed roles in Parks and Recreation and Southland, on 19 July (14) in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico in an intimate ceremony in front of a small group of family members.
Rivera wore a Monique Lhuillier gown and carried a bouquet of daisies as they exchanged vows, according to People.com.
The couple says in a statement, "We feel truly blessed to be joined as husband and wife... Our special day was fated and everything we could have ever asked for."
The nuptials come as a surprise for fans as speculation about the pair's romance only surfaced this month (Jul14).
The couple has reportedly been friends since they met four years ago and they began dating after Rivera's engagement to rapper Big Sean ended in April (14).