Kelly Osbourne has urged fans to think carefully before they opt for a tattoo as she undergoes the painful process of having her unwanted inkings lasered off. Ozzy Osbourne's TV star daughter had her first tattoo removal session last year (13), and she posted a picture of her third trip to the clinic on her online blog this week (beg10Mar14).
The Fashion Police star was seen holding up her bandaged arms with a frown on her face, and she used her accompanying blog post to warn fans not rush into body art.
She writes, "As humans we fill our conscience with cliches to selfishly justify the ridiculous things we do in life... Such as getting stupid tattoos. I have now undergone my third laser tattoo removal. All day I have found myself saying 'no pain no gain' or 'pain is beauty!' However the bigger lesson I have taken away from this horrendously painful experience is think before you ink!
"Furthermore think before you make any permanent decision because it's ok to change your mind before it's too late!"
Lupita Nyong'o is no longer a young woman who graduated from Yale, made her feature film debut in a critically-acclaimed movie, and became a fashion favorite. As of this past weekend, when she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her unforgettable performance as Patsey in 12 Years a Slave, and when that film went on to win Best Picture of the Year, Lupita Nyong'o the person became Lupita Nyong'o the movement. And for those of us watching closely, this movement (the correct pronunciation of which you can find HERE) has great cultural significance. Attention must be paid.
First of all, if you were able to make it through that without shedding a single tear, then props to you. But for the rest of us actual humans, that speech was everything. And the orchestra playing "Pure Imagination" at the end was absolutely perfect. Still, her acceptance speech at Essence magazine's Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon is a favorite for many of us:
I want to take this opportunity to talk about beauty, black beauty, dark beauty. I received a letter from a girl and I’d like to share just a small part of it with you: “Dear Lupita,” it reads, “I think you’re really lucky to be this black but yet this successful in Hollywood overnight. I was just about to buy Dencia’s Whitenicious cream to lighten my skin when you appeared on the world map and saved me.”
My heart bled a little when I read those words, I could never have guessed that my first job out of school would be so powerful in and of itself and that it would propel me to be such an image of hope in the same way that the women of The Color Purple were to me.
I remember a time when I too felt unbeautiful. I put on the TV and only saw pale skin, I got teased and taunted about my night-shaded skin. And my one prayer to God, the miracle worker, was that I would wake up lighter-skinned. The morning would come and I would be so excited about seeing my new skin that I would refuse to look down at myself until I was in front of a mirror because I wanted to see my fair face first. And every day I experienced the same disappointment of being just as dark as I was the day before. I tried to negotiate with God, I told him I would stop stealing sugar cubes at night if he gave me what I wanted, I would listen to my mother’s every word and never lose my school sweater again if he just made me a little lighter. But I guess God was unimpressed with my bargaining chips because He never listened.
And when I was a teenager my self-hate grew worse, as you can imagine happens with adolescence. My mother reminded me often that she thought that I was beautiful but that was no conservation, she’s my mother, of course she’s supposed to think I am beautiful. And then … Alek Wek. A celebrated model, she was dark as night, she was on all of the runways and in every magazine and everyone was talking about how beautiful she was. Even Oprah called her beautiful and that made it a fact. I couldn’t believe that people were embracing a woman who looked so much like me, as beautiful. My complexion had always been an obstacle to overcome and all of a sudden Oprah was telling me it wasn’t. It was perplexing and I wanted to reject it because I had begun to enjoy the seduction of inadequacy. But a flower couldn’t help but bloom inside of me, when I saw Alek I inadvertently saw a reflection of myself that I could not deny. Now, I had a spring in my step because I felt more seen, more appreciated by the far away gatekeepers of beauty. But around me, the preference for my skin prevailed, to the courters that I thought mattered I was still unbeautiful. And my mother again would say to me you can’t eat beauty, it doesn’t feed you and these words plagued and bothered me; I didn’t really understand them until finally I realized that beauty was not a thing that I could acquire or consume, it was something that I just had to be.
And what my mother meant when she said you can’t eat beauty was that you can’t rely on how you look to sustain you. What is fundamentally beautiful is compassion for yourself and for those around you. That kind of beauty enflames the heart and enchants the soul. It is what got Patsey in so much trouble with her master, but it is also what has kept her story alive to this day. We remember the beauty of her spirit even after the beauty of her body has faded away.
And so I hope that my presence on your screens and in the magazines may lead you, young girl, on a similar journey. That you will feel the validation of your external beauty but also get to the deeper business of being beautiful inside. There is no shame in black beauty.
In a world where women of color are still lightening their skin, in a world where the typical black woman on screen looks like Halle Berry or Paula Patton, in a world where Kerry Washington and Gabrielle Union are considered to be dark-skinned beauties (and it is still a big deal that they are being so embraced by Hollywood), Nyong'o as a fashion and beauty icon (she's also the new face of Miu Miu) is no small thing at all. The legacy of slavery still very much operates in our culture, and part of that legacy pertains to black women with lighter skin being labeled more beautiful and more valuable (a scene in 12 Years a Slave shows that, indeed, slave owners were willing to pay more for those enslaved blacks with lighter skin). For hundreds of years, black beauty has been defined by non-blacks, and while that is still very much happening today — even with Nyong'o's story — it is wholly refreshing to see all shades of black beauty finally being embraced in a very public light.
When Nyong'o hit the Academy Awards red carpet she was, of course, bombarded with questions about her gorgeous pastel-blue gown. It was designed by Prada, and — more importantly — she said that it reminded her of her hometown, Nairobi, Kenya. And wouldn't you know it — Kelly Osbourne of E!'s Fashion Police immediately and appropriately labeled the look #NairobiBlue, which then began trending on Twitter. It is also no small victory to see the name of an African city become equated with a thing of beauty, to become beautiful itself.
But race and black beauty aren't the only issues at play here. While many folks might have looked at her rise to fame as a rags-to-riches story, it's important to note that Nyong'o comes from a middle-class upbringing. She prides herself on being the daughter of a Kenyan senator, and the cousin of Isis Nyong'o, who recently made the Forbes list of Most Powerful African Women. She completed her undergraduate studies at Hampshire College and earned her MFA from the Yale School of Drama. All of this to say that she is an educated, fabulous, talented force of nature. And judging by her Instagram account, she's just as much as superfan of all things pop culture as the rest of us. Her presence in this world is huge right now, and watching her inspire young men and women everywhere makes the notion of celebrity status far more enjoyable.
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The body of celebrated fashion designer Michele Savoia has been recovered from a river in New York City. The style guru, who is said to have dressed stars including Robert De Niro, Mickey Rourke and Chris Noth, went missing during New York Fashion Week and is now believed to have slipped onboard his yacht and fallen into the water.
Divers pulled his body from the Hudson River on Sunday (16Feb14), three days after he was last seen at a Fashion Week party in Manhattan.
Police do not suspect foul play, but an investigation into Savoia's death continues, according to the New York Daily News.
The 55 year old was also known for creating costumes for Broadway shows, and he dressed Tom Hanks for his turn in Lucky Guy and Ricky Martin for Evita.
A German man has been arrested on suspicion of drug possession outside Paris Hilton's Los Angeles home, a day after he turned up at the property and reportedly professed his love for the socialite. The overzealous fan is said to have arrived in the U.S. on Thursday night (06Feb14) and went straight to Hilton's mansion, where he pleaded with her security guards to grant him access.
He allegedly appeared "extremely drunk" and was told to leave, but he returned on Friday (07Feb14) to try his luck again.
Police were called to the scene and the man, whose identity has yet to be released, was busted for possession of cocaine.
According to TMZ.com, the male had tattoos of Hilton inked all over his body.
Hilton was not at home at the time of the incidents - she left L.A. on Thursday to attend New York Fashion Week with her sister Nicky.
The hotel heiress and reality TV star previously spoke of her stalker fear in 2011 after obsessed fan James Rainford attacked her then-boyfriend Cy Waits outside a Los Angeles courthouse and then violated a restraining order months later by showing up outside her Malibu estate.
Revealing she had spent a fortune on new security measures, she said, "It's scary because you don't know what sort of frame of mind these people are in... I have had to put a whole new security system in, I have to have armed guards on the beachfront and on the PCH (Pacific Coast Highway) to guard my house."
Sharon Osbourne has blamed her daughter Kelly Osbourne's energy drink habit for causing her mysterious seizures. The rock matriarch was left terrified last March (13) when her 29-year-old daughter suffered a fit and collapsed on the set of her TV show Fashion Police, landing her in hospital for five days.
In an interview with Larry King on his Ora.TV web series Larry King Now, Sharon tells the veteran newsman that she believes the mysterious condition was caused by Kelly's penchant for caffeine-packed beverages.
She tells him, "My thought was, you know those energy drinks? Whichever one she was taking, she would, like, guzzle that back, because they record her show early in the morning."
Kelly previously admitted she still hasn't been given an official diagnosis for the seizures.
Justin Bieber put his bad boy skills to the test on Wednesday night (08Jan14) by giving reality TV star Kelly Osbourne an impromptu lesson in graffiti art. The Baby hitmaker, who has found himself in trouble in the past for his graffiti antics, took the Fashion Police presenter on a late night outing to show off his hobby and even taught Osbourne how to handle a spray can.
Both stars later took to their Instagram.com accounts to post pictures of their night's work, with Osbourne captioning one image, "Just had so much fun getting lessons from Justin Bieber on how to spray paint! Needless to say I was s**t all I did was the horns! Justin is a lovely boy and have (sic) turned me into a true Belieber (fan) tonight!"
Bieber's obsession with street art caused trouble during his 2013 Believe world tour when police in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil accused the pop sensation of defacing a hotel, while an Australian mayor demanded the singer return to clean up his mess after spray-painting a wall in the grounds of a Gold Coast hotel.
Fashion mogul Ralph Lauren's jewellery designer niece has been arrested after allegedly displaying drunken and abusive behaviour on board a flight from Barcelona, Spain to New York on Monday (06Jan14). Pilots of the Delta plane had to make an unscheduled stop in Shannon, Ireland to have Jenny Lauren escorted off the aircraft by police after she reportedly began hurling verbal insults at flight staff and her fellow passengers.
The 41 year old was arraigned before Judge Patrick Durcan in a makeshift court session, ironically based in a village pub, on Tuesday (07Jan14), when she was charged with making threats and abusive comments, exhibiting drunkenness severe enough to pose a danger to herself and others, and behaving in an obnoxious and offensive fashion.
Lauren, who did not enter a plea, was released on $3,400 (£2,270) bail after agreeing to surrender her American passport, remain at a nearby hotel and report to local authorities.
Her New York-based lawyers have since revealed she plans to plead guilty to all three counts during a court hearing in the town of Ennis on Wednesday (08Jan14).
Joan Rivers has stepped up her war of words with Jennifer Lawrence after the actress took aim at TV shows that promote an unhealthy body image. The Hunger Games star targeted the comedienne's Fashion Police series in December (13), accusing the show of encouraging youngsters to criticise others over their appearance and insisting it should be illegal to call people fat on TV.
Rivers quickly responded, taking to her Twitter.com account to accuse the actress of "arrogance," and has now hit back at Lawrence by claiming she is regularly seen in airbrushed photoshoots.
She tells New York Post gossip column Page Six, "My New Year's resolution is (ensuring) Jennifer Lawrence grows up and realises how lucky she is and calms down. I love that she's telling everyone how wrong it is to worry about retouching and body image, and meanwhile, she has been touched up more than a choir boy at the Vatican. Look at her posters. She doesn't have a nose, she has two holes. She just has to learn, don't talk if you're doing it."
It's been a rough year for Justin Bieber. Between a high-profile breakup, many, many instances of bad PR, and having his pet monkey taken away from him, we don't blame the Biebs for wanting to take some time away from the spotlight. But when he declared that he was planning on retiring from music in an interview with the Los Angeles radio station Power 106, we were still surprised. How could the Beliebers carry on without him? Who would the tabloids and gossip sites write about? Who would provide the inspiration for countless jokes on Twitter and late night talk shows? Who would teach us to embrace the power of swag?
Luckily for all of us, it seems as if Bieber's comments were made in jest, but it got us thinking about other possible career options for him to pursue if he ever does decide to take a break from being a pop star. After all, he's only 19; he's still got the rest of his life ahead of him. So, we've come up with five possible second careers for Bieber to consider, based on the skills and abilities he already has.
The World's Foremost Designer of Drop-Crotch PantsWe're sure that Bieber, being the fashion plate that he is, will one day have a clothing line of his very own, and since every designer needs a trademark, we think Bieber should corner the market on drop-crotch pants. They're already a staple of his wardrobe, so he's got plenty of experience styling them, and with his army of Beliebers behind him, they're sure to become a major trend for both men and women. And if he's looking to expand his design empire, he can move on to sunglasses that are specifically designed to be worn indoors, baseball caps that only fit the back of one's head, and of course, Bieber Brand Hair Gel.
A Lifestyle GuruLifestyle brands have become a big trend amongst celebrities lately, but rather than recommend $300 candles or teach people how to live a "one-of-a-kind, carefully curated life," we think Bieber can corner the market on swag coaching. After all, he created the job when he hired his friend Ryan Good to become his personal swagger coach, so it would make perfect sense for Bieber to expand his empire by offering that service to others. With Bieber's swagger coaching, every awkward teenager out there will learn to carry themselves with an overwhelming amount of confidence, will never say never, and discover how to wield the kind of influence over people that they will never have to walk anywhere ever again - they will be weighed down with so much swag that they will need to be carried everywhere.
The Next BanksyWe already know that Bieber has plenty of experience working with spray paint, so why not capitalize on both his and Banksy's fame and become a famous street artist. Of course, in order to properly inherit Banksy's throne, Bieber will have to stop appearing in public, but we're thinking he can counteract that by making his artistic trademark spray painting his face onto buildings all over the country. Now, anywhere you go, there's a good chance that Bieber will be staring down at you over his sunglasses, ensuring that his swaggy spirit will always remain, even after the man himself becomes a recluse. Of course, the downside of Bieber becoming a world famous artists is that one day, we all will be decorating our homes with paintings of Bieber, so start picking out home decor that will help bring out his eyes.
Professional Party HostAin't no party like a Bieber party, because a Bieber party usually involves several non-disclosure agreements, a few rappers and at least three complaining phone calls to the police. We think he should put all of his party hosting expertise to use and become a professional party host, so that for a small fee (we imagine somewhere in the hundreds of thousands), you can have Bieber make an appearance at all of your get-togethers. He will take inspiration from his party idol, Jay Gatsby, and swan around your party, handing out glasses of champagne and calling people "Old Sport." Of course, you'll never be able to tell anyone about having him there, as even those who hired him will have to sign a non-disclosure agreement, but it's all worth it for a chance to party with the Biebs.
A LumberjackWhile we have no way of knowing whether or not Bieber has ever seen Dexter, we imagine that he might want to take some inspiration from the show's final episode and move up into the mountains to grow a beard and become a lumberjack. While it will definitely be a disappointment to those Beliebers who want him to stick around, we imagine the real people who would be upset by Bieber taking this path would be Dexter's writers, as Bieber becoming a lumberjack would certainly go over much better than the series finale of Dexter did.
Actress Jennifer Lawrence is calling for the word "fat" to be banned from TV, because she insists it is as damaging to young generations as cigarettes and profanities. The Hunger Games star believes the term amounts to a form of bullying and claims it is thrown around too loosely in the press, so she is urging TV broadcasting officials to take a stand.
In an interview for the upcoming TV special Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2013, she says, "Why is humiliating people funny? I get it, and, and I do it too, we all do it. (But) the media needs to take responsibility for the affect that it has on our younger generation, on these girls who are watching these television shows, and picking up how to talk and how to be cool...
"And the word fat, I just think it should be illegal to call somebody fat on TV. I mean, if we're regulating cigarettes and sex and cuss words, because of the affect they have on our younger generation, why aren't we regulating things like calling people fat?"
The full interview airs in the U.S. on Wednesday (18Dec13), but it's not the first time Lawrence has spoken out about the issue.
Last month (Nov13), she criticised catty comedienne Joan Rivers for judging celebrities based on their appearance on her reality show Fashion Police, claiming the idea of the programme teaches youths the "wrong values".
Lawrence said, "There are shows like the Fashion Police that are just showing these generations of young people to judge people based on all the wrong values and that it's OK to point at people and call them ugly or fat. We have to stop treating each other like that and stop calling each other fat."
Rivers subsequently hit back at the comment via Twitter.com, accusing the Oscar winner of "arrogance".