July 19, 2012 10:12am EST
Tennis fans, prepare for your world to shatter after you read this statement: RAFAEL NADAL HAS DROPPED OUT OF THE OLYMPICS! Yes, you read it correctly. The 26-year-old superstar broke this extremely disappointing news on Thursday. "I am not in condition to compete in the London Olympics and therefore will not travel as planned with the Spanish delegation to take part in the Games," Rafa said in a statement, according to ESPN.com.
While he may not have been on the United States' team — he was part of Spain's squad — Nadal no doubt has tons of American supporters. And for his fans, this is just a huge let down, especially when we thought he was going to set a new record. After winning the singles gold medal at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, Nadal could have had a shot at being the first Olympian to ever win consecutive gold medals in the singles category — but now, that's not going to happen.
While Nadal does not describe a specific injury as his reason for stepping down, he has not played since he lost to Lukas Rosol (yeah, that was a sucky day) in the second round at Wimbledon last month. But at least he stepped down with good intentions. "I have to think about my companions, I can't be selfish and I have to think of what's best for Spanish sport, especially tennis and Spanish players, and give fellow sportsmen with better preparation the chance to compete," he said. "I tried to hurry my preparations and training to the very last minute, but it was not to be."
Nadal, who is currently still ranked as the number three player in the world by the Association of Tennis Professionals, was also set to carry the Spanish flag at the opening ceremony in London. Nadal added: "[This] is one of the saddest days of my career as one of my biggest ambitions, that of being Spain's flag bearer in the opening ceremony of the Games in London, cannot be. You can imagine how difficult it was to take this decision."
Boo! Why did this have to happen?!
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Soccer star and former Dancing with the Stars contestant Hope Solo has swiftly spoken out after the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency warned her that she'd tested positive for a banned substance.
Solo, the goalkeeper for the U.S. women's soccer team, tested positive for a substance called Canrenone on June 15, but she has accepted the USADA's notice and issued a statement on the matter. "I took a medication prescribed by my personal doctor for premenstrual purposes that I did not know contained a diuretic," she said. "Once informed of this fact, I immediately cooperated with USADA and shared with them everything they needed to properly conclude that I made an honest mistake, and that the medication did not enhance my performance in any way. As someone who believes in clean sport, I am glad to have worked with USADA to resolve this matter and I look forward to representing my country at the 2012 Olympic Games in London."
Speaking of those Summer Olympics — which officially kick off July 27 — Solo is fully expected to play in the Americans' first match, July 25 against France in Glasgow, Scotland. Furthermore, if Solo is eventually suspended, she could be looking at a reduced penalty, because, as the Seattle Times reports, Canrenone is "classified as a specified substance."
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Everybody knows that the only surefire way to earn popularity is via the time-tested Kardashian Method. The first family of American reality television have even proven more powerful than the likes of Oprah Winfrey: The Hollywood Reporter reveals that the family's Sunday appearance on the OWN's Oprah's Next Chapter helped to boost the program's ratings by a significant nine percent.
The first part of the Kardashian family's Next Chapter interview aired on Sunday, June 17, a day stocked with the heavy competition of professional golf and basketball broadcasts. Still, Part I took in approximately 1.1 million viewers, topping the majority of the series' previous episodes. The Kardashians' second installment, which aired Sunday, June 24, managed the even greater intake of 1.2 million, earning it the bronze medal for highest rated broadcast since OWN's inception. Previous Oprah's Next Chapter episodes featuring the family of Whitney Houston (following her death) and controversial televangelist Joel Osteen rank as the first and second highest rated broadcasts, respectively, with 3.5 million and 1.6 million viewers each.
The Kardashians episodes featured sisters Kim, Kourtney, and Khloe Kardashian, their mother Kris Jenner and stepfather Bruce Jenner, brother Rob Kardashian, half-sisters Kendall and Kylie Jenner, Kourtney's live-in boyfriend Scott Disick, and Khloe's husband Lamar Odom.
And now, Us Weekly reports that Oprah appear on the Kardashians' reality show, which her rep confirmed. "She and Khloe especially hit it off. Khloe had her dying laughing," a source tells the mag. "It meant so much because she loves Oprah!" [Photo Credit: WENN] More: 5 Kardashian Behaviors Kourtney's Baby Girl Should Never Copy Kourtney Kardashian Baby Photos: What Her Daughter Will Look Like Kim Kardashian Strips Again: Celebs Who Dare to Be Bare too Often Kardashians
June 25, 2012 3:50am EST
Round two of Oprah's interview with Kim, Khloe, Kourtney, Kris, Kylie, Kendall, Bruce, Lamar Odom and Scott Disick aired last night on OWN. The family broke it down about marriage, fame, and life when "it all ends" somewhere in the future.
The second half of Oprah's sit down with the family broke them down by couplings--Kris and Bruce, Kourtney and Scott, Khloe and Lamar. Of course it wouldn't be an evening of dissecting the Kardashian orbit without further chatter about Kim, her lovelife, and people's seemingly never-ending obsession with her every move.
Oprah mostly wanted to know about fame and how the couples handle it, regret it, enjoy it, and think about life after it.
First up was Kim, and a discussion about her relationship with Kanye West. Kim's "heart smiles" according to Oprah, when she talks about Mr. West. She feels like she's "in a really good place" in their relationship and that they're very similar people. According to Kim they've "always had an attraction to one another," but timing was never right. And one day, "it just happened" and "it took her by surprise." She doesn't want to talk about it too much because she's been so public about her relationships in the past, and thinks that can affect things.
But will they get married? Kim's answer was an attempt at being coy and vague that failed miserably--just see for yourself: "I definitely feel like… I mean I have to first get divorced. To have him in my life, this way, I think says a lot about us." So keep your eyes peeled for their engagement announcement approximately 37 seconds after Kim's divorce is finalized.
Does Kim worry about her fame disappearing at all, ever? Well, she explains that "if you'd asked me a year ago" if she would be scared about the fame going away, outwardly, she would've said no, but would've been thinking yes. Today is apparently a different story, as she believes that she would be OK if all the fame left right now. She said now it's all about doing things for other people rather than herself. In her reasoning, that's why she does things like put out a perfume and make-up line because she wants to prove to her fans how serious she is about things, and what she likes. Because it's no longer about her, it's about her fans. It's...a bit of a stretch, but, um, OK? Oprah appreciates Kim's candor and willingness to "[go] there."
Back at normalcy ranch, there is Khloe and Lamar: in this interview you see they're probably the most well-adjusted folks in the group. Their relationship has undergone its own set of public scrutinies, but Khloe says it doesn't feel pressure from the public, she feels pressure internally to be a good wife. The loved-up duo, who have struggled to have babies are"always trying" to get pregnant and both Khloe and Lamar "want babies," ideally in the next year or two.
Khloe and Lamar's own show was recently put on hiatus, but they insist that it wasn't due to any sort of internal struggle.
"This past year ... I didn't perform as well as i wanted ... I have to reprove myself" explained Lamar. He went on to insist that the cameras did not affect his performance, but Khloe "wouldn't think twice" about giving up the show if necessary. But for now? They're "having fun in the moment" and to them, the fame doesn't matter.
Next up, Oprah got down and dirty with Kourtney and her regularly reviled boyfriend Scott. Oprah didn't wait even a second to go after Scott and his frequently dickish (Gee, his last name sounds a lot like that word! Interesting!) behavior. She said "The person who's the black sheep is usually the person who is the most sensitive" and Scott agreed completely: "that couldn't be more true." Scott goes on to say he found it hard to deal with coming into a big and boisterous family--especially coming from a small one. He explained that he's very insecure and most of his outbursts can be explained by that.
His most disappointing moments are any time he makes Kourtney cry, and he's "not claiming [he's] not an a**hole" but rather that he "has a lot of a**hole tendencies" and that people aren't "totally wrong" about their opinions of him, but that having Mason changed everything. He admits that "the first 6 or 7 months" of Mason's life were especially difficult, because he was finding it hard to bond with his son, and "wasn't as close to [Mason] as [he] wanted" to be. After getting there, though, Scott believes that having a son has made him less-selfish.
Oprah asks the question everyone seems to ask: why do you stay with him, Kourtney? (Seriously, this guy can be such a ...disick.) Well, "I don't know" she explained. Kourtney loves him a lot, and "wanted to see what he would be like after having a child." Plus she couldn't imagine raising a child by herself. The two — who are expecting their daughter any second now — have had a name picked out since Mason was born, but won't announce it until they meet the little girl, to see if it's a good fit or not.
Did you watch the conclusion of Oprah's two-parter? Are you more or less interested in the Kardashians and their fame after this? Let us know in the comments below!
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Blake Lively has already proven to the world that she knows how to look good, but now she's about to show the world that she knows how to smell good as well. E! Online reports that the widely known Gossip Girl star (and fashionista extraordinaire) has just been named the new face of Gucci's fragrance Gucci Première.
“In conceiving this fragrance I was inspired by timeless Hollywood glamour and the iconic leading ladies of Hollywood’s golden era,” Gucci creative director Frida Giannini said in a statement. “Blake’s unique style and charisma brings that allure to life in a very contemporary way." And for her part, the 24-year-old actress is more than happy to be a member of the Gucci brand. "I admire the qualities of the Gucci Première woman and feel honored to represent the fragrance," Lively said in a statement. "It is a pleasure to collaborate with Frida."
But Blake Lively isn't the only one whose shown a grown interest in the fragrance arena. Countless Hollywood stars have dabbled in the perfume pool and even gone on to create unique scents of their own. So in honor of Lively latest business venture, here's a look at 25 other celebrity fragrance ads from years past. Check out your favorites below and see what your favorite celebrity scent says about you!
1. Jennifer Lopez
Fragrance Name/Celeb: Glowing by Jennifer Lopez
What The Name Sounds Like: The name of Snooki's old tanning salon (which is gradually going out of business now that she's with child).
What We Think the Perfume Smells Like: The color orange and suntan lotion.
What It Actually Smells Like: Bright citrus fruits and warm, soothing vanilla musk.
Perfect Consumer: You suffer from a mild obsession with tanning (though you're not as bad as the Tanning Mom lady). You love being the center of attention and your favorite reality show is Jersey Shore.
2. Justin Bieber
Fragrance Name/Celeb: Someday by Justin Bieber
What The Name Sounds Like: A point of reference to when the world will be rid of Bieber Fever. I mean, he can't live forever, right? Right?!
What We Think the Perfume Smells Like: Hair gel and skittles
What It Actually Smells Like: Mandarin orange, pear, and red berries with a musky undertone.
Perfect Consumer: Beliebers (aka obsessive teenage girls and their mothers). They'll buy just about anything this guy makes/touches.
Next: Are you a Berry fragrance?3. Halle Berry
Fragrance Name/Celeb: Halle by Halle Berry
What The Name Sounds Like: The first name of the person who made it. I guess "Berry" was already taken.
What We Think the Perfume Smells Like: Originality (please note the sarcasm).
What It Actually Smells Like: Amalfi Lemon, papaya, and cactus.
Perfect Consumers: This would be well suited for those who like to play things safe. Your AIM screen name is probably just your first and last name, and your favorite TV show is probably either Louie or Frasier — shows where the title is simply an extension of the main character's name.
4. Charlize Theron
Fragrance Name/Celeb: J'Adore Dior by Charlize Theron
What The Name Sounds Like: An elegant French perfume that costs more than I pay in a month's rent (which is saying something since I live in New York City).
What We Think the Perfume Smells Like: Butter, chocolate, and a hint of judgement.
What It Actually Smells Like: Rose petals, jasmine, and Tahitian vanilla absolute.
Perfect Consumer: If your a big fan of The Artist, then this is the fragrance for you. It's Uggie approved!
Fragance Name/Celeb: Heat by Beyoncé
What The Name Sounds Like: A swanky nightclub in NYC. In order to be invited in, your name has to have appeared in Page Six at least four times.
What We Think the Perfume Smells Like: Fire and sweat...which is ironic since perfume usually gets rid of such unwanted scents.
What It Actually Smells Like: Vanilla-orchid, magnolia, and honeysuckle.
Perfect Consumers: Like Beyonce, your fiercely passionate about anything you put your mind to. You want (and feel that you deserve) the best of the best, and own a level of confidence that others constantly admire. You were probably the head cheerleader in high school.
Fragrance Name/Celeb: Reb'l Fleur by Rihanna
What The Name Sounds Like: A name one might read about in Harry Potter.
What We Think the Perfume Smells Like: A high-priced bakery store full of vanilla frosting and cinnamon extract.
What It Actually Smells Like: Violet and hibiscus with a splash of coconut water.
Perfect Consumer: You're a morning person who loves to expect the unexpected. Carpe Diem is your main motto and you're not afraid to take risks (even in the fashion department). You're highly creative, comfortable in your own skin, and tend to live in your own fantasy realm. You're not afraid to dream big.
7. Taylor Swift
Fragrance Name/Celeb: Wonderstruck by Taylor Swift
What The Name Sounds Like: The sensation one feels when they're falling in love (or meeting your huge celebrity crush).
What We Think the Perfume Smells Like: Complete and absolute innocence (probably something along the lines of daisies and cotton candy).
What It Actually Smells Like: Raspberry, dewberry, green tea, freesia, and apple blossom.
Perfect Consumer: You love being in love and you're not afraid to express it even in the most obvious way possible. You wear your heart on your sleeve and are easy to like, but that also means you're more prone to getting hurt. You may even write poems or songs about your past relationships.
Next: Are you a Lady Marmalade?8. Christina Aguilera
Fragrance Name/Celeb: Royal Desire by Christina Aguilera
What The Name Sounds Like: The name of an overpriced hotel in London. A Buckingham Palace wanna be, if you will.
What We Think the Perfume Smells Like: Tea and crumpets.
What It Actually Smells Like: White marshmallow, blackberry, and mandarin.
Perfect Consumer: You'd prefer people to believe you have more money than you actually do. Societal status is very important to you. You watch all the Real Housewives shows and love to gossip. You also don't like getting hugged by 18-year-old teen idols who drive Batmobiles.
9. Reese Witherspoon
Fragrance Name/Celeb: In Bloom by Reese Witherspoon
What The Name Sounds Like: Some sort of delicate flower.
What We Think the Perfume Smells Like: Very floral like a garden or the equivalent to freshly mowed grass.
What It Actually Smells Like: Georgia peach, crisp greens, star gardenia, cashmere woods, and night-blooming jasmine.
Perfect Consumer: You posses a sweet, Southern charm and are friendly to almost everyone around you. Family is very important to you and you love being in the great outdoors. Your enjoy watching things like Sweet Home Alabama and Hart of Dixie.
10. Lamar Odom and Khloe Kardashian Odom
Fragrance Name/Celeb: Unbreakable by Lamar and Khloe
What The Name Sounds Like: Something that can withstand the test of time — unlike a 72-day-old marriage.
What We Think the Perfume Smells Like: This will probably some sort of expensive citrus-y scent, but it will have the side effects of a skunk: overwhelmingly potent and refuses to go away.
What It Actually Smells Like: Italian bergamot, sparkling clementine, dark chocolate, and green apple.
Perfect Consumer: You're the type of person who thrives in the spotlight and have been taking tap dancing lessons since the age of four. You are totally comfortable with make huge public displays of affection with your significant other and like to flaunt your relationship by doing almost everything together. Your single friends hate you.
11. Mariah Carey
Fragrance Name/Celeb: Lollipop Bling by Mariah Carey
What The Name Sounds Like: A location on the Candyland game board. Isn't that where Queen Frostine and Lord Licorice went to makeout?
What We Think the Perfume Smells Like: I'm going to go out on a whim here and say lollipops, along with sugar, and spice and everything nice.
What It Actually Smells Like: Mango and apricot smoothie with notes of orange Skittles and musk.
Perfect Consumer: You love living in the past and enjoy playing old childhood boardgames like Guess Who, Monopoly, and yes, Candyland. You have a sweet tooth and have a habit of drinking one too many Red Bull. You are not a diabetic.
12. Britney Spears
Fragrance Name/Celeb: Cosmic Radiance by Britney Spears
What The Name Sounds Like: The name of the very first strip club we will place on the moon.
What We Think the Perfume Smells Like: Nothing. There's no air in outer space, remember?
What It Actually Smells Like: A red bouquet with amber, vanilla, and creamy sandalwood undertones.
Perfect Consumer: You're way of thinking (and hairstyles) may be a little out of this world, but your looney unpredictability is one of the things people love most about you. You try to hide it, but you actually care a lot about what other people think. And while you're not under a Conservatorship of any kind, your parents' opinions mean the world to you (maybe to an almost unhealthy level).
Next: Are you a Material Girl?13. Madonna
Fragrance Name/Celeb: Truth or Dare by Madonna
What The Name Sounds Like: The name of game teenage girls play during sleepovers.
What We Think the Perfume Smells Like: Hydrangeas. Okay, probably not, but you have to admit it'd be a pretty good dare for the fragrance company.
What It Actually Smells Like: Creamy tuberose, lilies, and carmelized amber.
Perfect Consumer: What more is there to say than the absolute obvious: you're a Material Girl? Strike a pose!
14. Natalie Portman
Fragrance Name/Celeb: Miss Dior Cherie by Natalie Portman
What The Name Sounds Like: The possible name one might name their French Poodle.
What We Think the Perfume Smells Like: Success (that's the smell every Oscar-winner carries around with them).
What It Actually Smells Like: Mandarin orange and wild strawberry.
Perfect Consumer: You come across as completely shy and often like to keep to yourself. You prefer reading over watching TV, collect obscure little knick-knacks, and own an absurd amount of potpourri. You're very easy going and tend to never sweat the small stuff. You're favorite ballet performance is Swan Lake.
15. Eva Longoria
Fragrance Name/Celeb: EVAmour by Eva Longoria
What The Name Sounds Like: What a fancy restaurant might be called on Wisteria Lane.
What We Think the Perfume Smells Like: Apples, of course!
What It Actually Smells Like: Pink lady apple and red currant (told ya).
Perfect Consumer: Isn't this one pretty obvious....Housewives (you don't have to be desperate ones though).
16. Kim Kardashian
Fragrance Name/Celeb: True Reflection by Kim Kardashian
What The Name Sounds Like: A mirror.
What We Think the Perfume Smells Like: Paper (nothing smells sweeter to a Kardashian than the smell of a headline).
What It Actually Smells Like: A sweet blend of plum and peach.
Perfect Consumer: You're the type of person who loves being the center of attention even if it's for negative reasons (like "accidentally" getting a tattoo on your butt that says "the party starts here"). You're a member of a big family who spends way too much time together, and yes, you watch all the Kardashian shows.
17. Selena Gomez
Fragrance Name/Celeb: Selena Gomez by Selena Gomez
What The Name Sounds Like: Selena Gomez
What We Think the Perfume Smells Like: Selena Gomez
What It Actually Smells Like: Selena Gomez
Perfect Consumer: Selena Gomez (hey, if she isn't going to be creative then why should we?)
18. Kate Moss
Fragrance Name/Celeb: Vintage by Kate Moss
What The Name Sounds Like: A wine garden.
What We Think the Perfume Smells Like: A fancy red wine like Cabernet sauvignon
What It Actually Smells Like: Pink pepper, freesia, and mandarin.
Perfect Consumer: Nothing would make you happier than coming home from work, curling up with a good book and a full glass of wine. You believe in relaxation and enjoying the finer things in life. You are not a New Yorker.
Next: Are you a Purr-fect fragrance?19. Katy Perry
Fragrance Name/Celeb: Purr by Katy Perry
What The Name Sounds Like: An animal noise.
What We Think the Perfume Smells Like: Knowing the creator, probably candy canes, cotton candy, and every Skittles flavor imaginable.
What It Actually Smells Like: Forbidden apple, gardenia, peach, and coconut.
Purrfect Consumer: Your bold, daring, and never afraid to try something new — like changing the color of your hair several times a year. Your bubbly and fun, but you always seem to be attracted to the wrong kind of man (i.e. jerks). Music is your creative outlet.
20. Jessica Simpson
Fragrance Name/Celeb: I Fancy You by Jessica Simpson
What The Name Sounds Like: A pickup line
What We Think the Perfume Smells Like: Baby powder. After being pregnant for what seriously felt like 15 years, I can't help but associate her with anything but babies.
What It Actually Smells Like: Apples and lilies with musk-like undertones.
Perfect Consumer: You're extremely family-oriented and have been planning your wedding day since you were old enough to tie your mother's white veil tablecloth to your head. Children are a definite must in your future and you cry every single time you watch Terms of Endearment.
21. Avril Lavigne
Fragrance Name/Celeb: Forbidden Rose by Avril Lavigne
What The Name Sounds Like: An L.A. nightclub where Bachelor/Bachelorette rejects go to hang out and/or hook up.
What We Think the Perfume Smells Like: If I had to guess...roses.
What It Actually Smells Like: Oddly enough, not like roses. But there are hints of vanilla and peach.
Perfect Consumer: You like going against the grain and surprising others with your unpredictability. If someone tells you not to do something then it's pretty much a guarantee that you're going to do it. You're rebellious and probably have several different tattoos and piercings. Odds are you're a teenage girl.
Fragrance Name/Celeb: Outspoken by Fergie
What The Name Sounds Like: The word I most often associate with my high school cousin.
What We Think the Perfume Smells Like: If we're lucky, Josh Duhamel.
What It Actually Smells Like: Kumquat, blackberries, and passion flower.
Perfect Consumer: You have a tendency to speak your mind, but only when it involves something that's really important to you. You're not afraid to stand up for the people you love, but also it's because you love to be right all the time. You like many of the mainstream bands mostly found on the Billboard Top 20 list, which includes the Black Eyed Peas. You're either a lawyer or the judge of a singing competition.
23. Kylie Minogue
Fragrance Name/Celeb: Couture by Kylie Minogue
What The Name Sounds Like: A clothing store where a pair of pants costs more than my college tuition.
What We Think the Perfume Smells Like: Money.
What It Actually Smells Like: Cherry and vintage violet with a hint of vanilla.
Perfect Consumer: You believe that self importance is in direct proportion with how much money you have (or at least pretend to have). Think of it like those Straight Talk "Feeling Richer Effect" commercials. You don't wear anything that doesn't have a label on it. You also like to pretend that you're friends with celebrities.
24. Hilary Duff
Fragrance Name/Celeb: With Love by Hilary Duff
What The Name Sounds Like: The name of a greeting card store. Do those places even exist anymore?
What We Think the Perfume Smells Like: Disneyland
What It Actually Smells Like: Mango blossom and amber musk.
Perfect Consumer: You're an innocent soul who still believes in finding true love. Cheesy romantic comedies are your bread and butter, and you own at least one poster of Zac Efron (guilty). You also secretly enjoy Lizzie McGuire reruns.
25. Elizabeth Taylor
Fragrance Name/Celeb: White Diamonds by Elizabeth Taylor
What The Name Sounds Like: The place where all exquisite wedding rings are born.
What We Think the Perfume Smells Like: Something simple yet classy.
What It Actually Smells Like: Violet, rose, and jasmine.
Perfect Consumer: You're an older, sophisticated woman who is just as beautiful as you are elegant. You've fallen in and out of love several times in your life and have been married at least three times (perhaps even to the same guy twice). You carry the philosophy that newer doesn't always mean better. You enjoy listening to jazz and watching old black and white movies.
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The Oprah Winfrey Network recently unveiled part one of a two-part sit-down/tell-all/what-now? with America's most over-exposed family, The Kardashians. The gang was all there: Kim, Khloe, Kris, Kourtney, Kylie and Kendall. The pet kougars Kooper, Kadillac, and Kwinton. The krokodiles Kooper and Kody. The kool kats Konstantine and Kruger. Everyone! And oh, what a merry and joyous occasion it was, too. They even let the non-K kritters like Scott Disick, Lamar Odom, and Bruce Jenner (though they're saving all of the non-Kardashians for part two. Relegated to the end of the ranks. The back of the squadron) out of their pens to play for a bit. All in the name of Oprah's Next Chapter, a.k.a Oprah's attempt to bring better ratings to her struggling network. (I know, I don't like to speak about anything Oprah does as not being instantly insanely successful, either.)
It was a family affair to talk about: their family and their rise to seeming superstardom; the kind of superstardom that comes from being famous for... what, exactly? That was the burning question of the evening. So much so, our dear Queen Oprah had to ask it three separate times: once to Rob, Kourtney, Khloe, and Kim ("because we're on a TV show"), once to mom Kris ("the TV show"), and then once to Kim in their one-on-one gabfest (you guessed it: "because of the TV show"). Have you heard of this show? It's called Keeping Up With The Kardashians.
Though, let's be real: we all know that is not why this family is famous. It's because of Kim that this family became famous in the first place. Yes, sure, under a certain light they are fascinating people (but under a certain light isn't everyone?), but they did not score a TV show until after Kim's sex tape was out; until they were worth gawking at... or something. So really, they should probably thank Ray J for having some sort of celebrity under his belt when he slept with their sister, because that is why they're famous. They may have kept their fame because people find their family dynamic interesting, horrifying, endearing, or perhaps some combination of the three — but it is not why they have it. They put on a good hustle with their little empire; that much is undeniable, and we will let them have that.
Kim seems to be reluctantly aware of the fact, too. During her one-on-one, Oprah made sure to ask the question everyone was sidestepping: Do you think you're famous because of the sex tape? Kim chose her words very carefully, saying, "You know, I think that's how I was definitely [introduced to] the world, I am... not naive to that fact," but that "it was a negative way [to be discovered], so I feel like I had to work 10 times harder for people to see the real me." She goes on to explain her regrets about the tape, explaining, "I felt humiliated," and that she would "have to live with it for the rest of my life and explain it to my children one day. Can you imagine that conversation?" ('Um, nope; definitely not.) So, yeah, that is certainly not an ideal position to be in, and in that context, you do feel bad for Kim a bit. She went on to say, "If I had the information and knew better, I would've done better. But I didn't." The dipping of toes into the celebrity tide pool does not come with an instruction manual. That much is certain.
The good news is that for the most part they all seem to have some semblance of self-awareness of how they've kept their social status. At one point when discussing their fame, Khloe was very frank: She admitted that the family's collective attractiveness "didn't hurt" their getting a TV show, as well as their antics.
But Oprah pushed further, saying later to Kim that the show "feels self-centered and selfish; do you get that that's what's being presented?" Kim managed to avoid the question and say nothing in such a political way that maybe she should run for mayor of Glendale: "As time goes on, people will definitely see different sides of all of us. The show does do a good job; [the fans] really get our personalities." At another point, Kourtney says the show is "honest" because they don't know how to act any other way. So, do they understand that the show comes across as self-centered and that they all come across, at times, as very selfish people (at least to Oprah and a few other people)? I guess the world may never know (or we'll all have to tune in next week to find out! Cliffhangers)!
To ruminate on this idea for a minute, it seems that people who are adored for simply existing (or being apart of the "trainwreck TV" subset of reality programming) — especially in the digital age — only ever see themselves as being "honest." And maybe they are, in a way. To an extent. But it's a very edited version of honest — filtered through so many lenses that it's oftentimes hard to find the honesty in a series of marketable sound bytes polished up all shiny to look like "real life." Life cannot be boiled down to a 22-minute version of reality and still be considered real because ultimately, it leaves out so much. An entertaining take on situations and events? Maybe, sure, we can call it that. But honest doesn't really seem fair. Because the cutting room floor exists. Because their situation exists. Because their fame exists. Because there are still 1,418 other minutes in a day. It makes everything just a little bit more complicated than simply running around your parents' very nice house and calling it "honest."
If you are seven seasons into your career as a cultural juggernaut, don't you know the game by now? It might feel normal at this stage, but it just doesn't seem possible that a group of people who are so well-groomed and have been well-trained by the reality machine (and their network and their momager) aren't affected or at least sub-consciously trained to know what and how good TV is created when an interesting situation presents itself. Because these people have to do publicity to promote their shows, and their products — and if you're doing publicity, you have to know what you're doing and what to say to keep people both interested and not offended so as to continue to buy your things and watch your shows.
When it's taken off the line, though, that knowledge doesn't disappear, because now you've learned it — you've seen in action how it all works. This is not Season 1 or 2, it's Season 7. So ultimately there is the slight puffing of the chest; the knowledge in the back of your head that people will give you attention if you say something stupid, outlandish, offensive, different. People will laugh and maybe even buy your product MORE if you do these things. By now, if they're aware of everything else, they are aware of how they are typecast within their own reality. And to get the most screen time, the bigger laughs, the better ratings, you have to keep doing that, and doing it bigger, better, or funnier. Otherwise it gets boring and shows get canceled. So, they may not recognize how this has affected them, but there is no way that it couldn't have, really.
Which is fine, because who wouldn't be affected by it all? We're all just a sack of water held together with sinew and bone and muscle and skin. Human, they call it. Synapses that shoot off in varying directions make us all different, but also the same at the core: this would affect you. You are a human. The Kardashian-level of fame is unparalleled in this country and there is nothing about it that is normal. It is a job just like any other, but a bit more multi-tentacled and weird. You can't only tread the water and expect to be promoted.
The show also included a segment with matriarch/manager Kris Jenner that was generally so-so, but did have a few interesting takeaways. She believes that the root of the family's success lies in her children's ability to share their feelings: "The kids love and fight really hard," going on to call it "a perfect storm." She later admitted that the show was originally a way to drive traffic to their chain of Dash Boutiques, and modeled after The Osbournes. There was also discussion of O.J. Simpson and his infamous trial (Kris' ex-husband Rob Kardashian Sr. was apart of the legal team), mentioning that everyone in the family (the Simpsons and the Kardashians were at a time quite close) had their doubts about O.J.'s innocence. Which isn't groundbreaking considering probably 75 percent of the country also has their, um, "doubts" about the situation. (The man wrote a book about what would've happened if he hypothetically did kill his wife, so "doubts" is probably putting it lightly.)
The interview also included talk of the so-not-talked-about-enough 72-day marriage of Kim to basket-baller Kris Humphries, and how she still hopes to have her fairytale life of cupcakes, babies, and happily ever afters. There was some discussion about personal growth, maturity, and learning from life experiences. There were no details beyond, "It was small things or little things" — Kim wasn't so keen when Oprah said, "People don't just leave for little things though, Kim!" Touchy, touchy!
Sidenote: Do you guys think if Kim and Kanye West get married, he'll just change his last name to Kardashian so he doesn't get relegated to the kritter pen like Scott and Lamar? He might want to konsider it.
Part two of Oprah's interview airs Sunday June 25th at 8PM on OWN.
[Photo Credit: E!]
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All individuals associated even marginally with the Kardashian clan can be deemed eccentric at best. Sisters Kim, Kourtney, and Khloe all have their fair share of idiosyncrasies, but there appears to be a unanimous consensus on who the real nut of the bunch is: Kris Jenner. On Wednesday night, Kim, Kourtney, and Khloe Kardashian appeared Kimmel to declare their mother Kris to the Kraziest member of the family.
But that's not to say it was an easy contest. According to the sisters, their stepfather Bruce Jenner has a hard time letting go of his past career as a world famous athlete... a fact he brings up literally everyday, so say the Kardashians. And then there's Khloe's husband Lamar Odom, who (despite his stature) has a crippling phobia of his wife's pet peacock. Say what you will about the Kardashians, but they probably never run out of things to say to each other.
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The Laverne and Shirley veteran, a big fan of Odom's former team, was reportedly targeted at a Lakers game last month (May12) when the conman handed Marshall a phone number said to belong to the sportsman himself.
She went on to exchange text messages with a man she thought was Odom over a number of days, and willingly obliged when the impostor asked for a $5,000 loan.
However, the communication ceased once she sent over the money - and it was only then that Marshall realised she had been duped, reports TMZ.com.
The actress reportedly got in touch with the real Odom - who is married to reality TV star Khloe Kardashian - and promptly filed a police report when she learned he didn't actually have an assistant.
An investigation into allegations of grand theft is now underway.
June 03, 2012 2:07pm EST
The Kardashians are at it again, America, and the entire populous of the New Jersey shoreline is overcome with jealousy over the amount of animal print in this video.
The family, while on vacation in the Dominican decided to use their preciously-few moments of not being taped by a television crew to tape themselves lip syncing to “Hypnotize” by Notorious B.I.G. Youngest Jenners—Kylie and Kendall—posted the video on their YouTube account on Saturday, and it has already received over 98,000 views. The video features the majority of the Klan atop a very fancy-looking boat, chilling out in their vacation hostel resort, and making it rain with Monopoly money.
After watching the video, there are a few questions that the Kardashians need to answer. Namely:
- Who told Scott that a purple t-shirt (?) on his head was a good life decision?
- When a Kardashian shakes its derrière, does it cause a shift in the earth's rotation?
- What does Kanye West think about this?
- Can we borrow your yacht when you're done with it?
Noticeably absent from the video is sister Khloe, who recently halted production on her spin-off show with her husband Lamar Odom. Perhaps her leopard print bikini was at the dry cleaners. Video highlights include all the Kardashians falling over when a big wave hits, and Bruce Jenner getting really into it by slapping wife Kris Jenner on her animal-printed kaftan-covered backside like a true video girl. Bravo.
The sociological experiment continues. Popular culture is a fascinating beast, is it not?
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Here's something else to add to Kim Kardashian's IMDb page: Yet another season of Keeping Up With the Kardashians. Just days after the reality star was declared by the Internet as being "emblematic of the shallowness of American culture in the first two decades of the new millennium," a trailer for the latest season of the E! series was released showing the 31-year-old vacationing with her family in the Dominican, modeling in her underwear, and getting over her 72-day marriage to Kris Humphries with Kanye West. Nothing quite as satisfying as proving those skeptics wrong, eh?
Of course, it's the footage of Kanye (who passed the Kardashian litmus test of being crazy, famous, and having a 'K' in your name) that will likely garner the most attention. Kourtney Kardashian's baby announcement and Khloe Kardashian's airing out her marital woes with Lamar Odom will feel like old news to fans by the time these episodes air, so the hook seems to be, yet again, Kim's relationships. (The trailer also shows a segment about Kris Jenner's former affair and — "Spoiler alert," says no one — Scott Disick being a complete nightmare of a human being.)
Since the very nature of reality television is voyeurism, it makes sense that Kim — who has turned voyeurism into an incredibly successful business enterprise for herself — the center of the Keeping Up universe. Would this family's quirks — Kris' lips are botched! Mason's young life has been on display since the minute he was born! So krrrraaaazaaay! — be enough to keep interest in this show going? Or, as the trailer would suggest, does this family need manufactured drama to thrive in the reality world? Watch the teaser and decide for yourself:
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