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Lindsey DiMattina
News Editor Lindsey DiMattina started her career writing for a series of interior design magazines in South Florida, but moved to NYC on a whim. She dabbled in fashion PR, then took a job doing celebrity reporting. For three years, she broke news about Kim Kardashian, Mariah Carey, Snooki, Bachelor/Bachelorette winners, Teen Moms, and many more. In her spare time, you can find her rocking out to Sugarland or Lil Jon and walking her dog Bene Hendrix (named after the Jimi Hendrix). She never misses an episode of “The Borgias,” “Boardwalk Empire,” or “Game of Thrones."
  • Azealia Banks 'Blows Up' a Condom on 'Dazed & Confused' Cover
    By: Lindsey DiMattina August 16, 2012 10:40am EST
    While most magazines are making headlines this month for their fashion forward September issues, other magazines are taking the spotlight for a slew of different reasons. Vogue editors must have thought that putting Lady Gaga on the cover would make people stop in their tracks, but British publication Dazed & Confused has quickly stolen the limelight from Anna Wintour (Editor-in-chief of Vogue) with its new cover. Dazed & Confused didn't take the spotlight by flaunting a beautiful diva in all her fashion glory; Instead, they thew an up-and-coming rapper and a condom onto their cover to shake things up a bit. The September issue of Dazed & Confused features female rapper Azealia Banks on the cover holding a big, red condom up to her lips as if she is about to smoke out of it. And if that's not compromising enough, the headline for the feature reads: "Azealia Banks Blows Up." Yeah, we get it. The magazine was trying to be sexually perverse, and well, it worked! On Aug. 8, the magazine tweeted: Just been told our upcoming @azealiabanks cover has been banned from 7 countries so far. Thank God for the Internet, huh?— Dazed and Confused (@DazedMagazine) August 8, 2012 Well, well. While this magazine definitely is a sight to cause sore eyes, it's not the only one to feature a cover that has come under scrutiny. In fact, four other magazines have faced criticism for other racy and questionable cover decisions made in the past two years. Jessica Simpson Naked on Elle Jessica Simpson had no clue people would be insulted by the picture of her naked and pregnant body on the cover of Elle magazine's April 2012 issue. But that's exactly what happened when a Tuscon Safeway store received "multiple complaints" about Simpson's nude body being on display. The store in turn placed a cardboard box in front of the questionable part of the magazine. A spokesperson responded to the situation to Hollywood.com, saying, "She’s celebrating her body during this joyous time in her life and we couldn’t be happier for her.” Kate Middleton's Bikini Bod Controversy Back in July, Australia's weekly tabloid Woman's Day cooked up some controversy when it revealed supposed never-before-seen photos of Prince William and Kate Middleton on their honeymoon. But "never-before-seen" shots weren't the only questionable parts of the feature. The surreal cover shot of the couple raised questions of if Middleton's body had been photo-shopped to make her look thinner. Breastfeeding a Three-Year-Old In May, Time magazine came out with one of the most controversial covers of the year: a woman breastfeeding her child. It wasn't just any old mother and baby shot — the child seen breastfeeding on his mother was actually three years old at the time. That sure was enough to get people talking. Newsweek Photo Shop Princess Diana In 2011, Newsweek did the unthinkable and brought Princess Diana back to to life... on the cover of their magazine. Thanks to the magic of photoshop, Diana, who died in 1997, was able to be placed side-by-side next to her daughter-in-law Kate Middleton. Talk about a royal reunion. Follow Lindsey on Twitter @LDiMat. [Photo Credit: Photo Credit: Brooke Nipar/Interscope, Dazed & Confused, Elle, Woman's Day, Time, Newsweek] More: Jessica Simpson's Naked Cover Controversy — 'Elle' Magazine Responds Kate Middleton's Bikini Controversy: PhotoShopped to Look Thinner Time's Controversial Breastfeeding Cover: Celebs React on Twitter
  • Lady Gaga: 'You See a Carcass, I See A Museum Pièce de Résistance'
    By: Lindsey DiMattina August 16, 2012 5:58am EST
    Lady Gaga does whatever she wants whenever she wants to do it, and if that means wearing an expensive fur coat that's going to cause a big ruckus among animal rights activists, then so be it. The Mother Monster, as Gaga calls herself, has made it her mission to defy all odds when it comes to fashion, and wear the most daring outfits of our time. So when she came under attack earlier this week for her summer-fur wearing stunts, Gaga wrote it off as an ode to fashion... and to the fact that she is free to decide what does and does not belong in her closet and on her body. PETA caused an uproar on Tuesday when Senior Vice President Dan Matthews composed an open letter to Lady Gaga attacking her for her "violent cruelty" towards animals and calling Gaga out for acting like "mindless Kim Kardashian" by wearing fur. But as usual, Gaga won't be told what she can and can't do, so the pop star took to her website to compose a letter defending her right to wear fur and apologizing to fans that are unhappy with her choices. Gaga writes: "To the fans. i want you to know that I care deeply about your feelings and views, and I will always support your philosophies about life. We've been having over-arching conversations about society, equality, and politics for the past five years, and we should continue. I do not however support violent, abusive, and childish campaigns for ANY CAUSE. Particularly one that I respect. "Animal Rights." I am choosing not to comment on whether or not the furs I purchase are faux fur-pile or real because I would think it hypercritical not to acknowledge the python, ostrich, cow hide, leather, lamb, alligator, "kermit" and not to mention meat, that I have already worn. This should already put me in a category as one who appreciates and adores the beauty of animals in fashion, but am not a strict vegan. I have truly always stayed away from skinned fur, especially i have never been able to afford a nice one, but this does not mean my morals are rigid and that I won't bend at the sight of an absolute art piece of a coat. I have no chains about this. You see a carcass, I see a museum pièce de résistance. But I am truly sorry to fans who are upset by this, its a fair and applaudable feeling about the health and safety of animals. I respect your views, please respect mine. And to campaigners, Save your flour to make bread for the children who are hungry. And Kim Kardashian is fabulous." Will Gaga's letter put an end to this controversy? The ball is now in PETA's court. Follow Lindsey on Twitter @LDiMat. [Photo Credit: WENN] More: PETA vs. Lady Gaga: The Battle of Gaga's Summer Furs Lady Gaga and Start a Trend: Furs... in the Summer?! Lady Gaga Goes from Mother Monster to Wolf Mother in 'Machete Kills' — PIC
  • Lady Gaga's Fame Commercial: Hints of 'Fifty Shades' S&M? — VIDEO
    By: Lindsey DiMattina August 15, 2012 8:10am EST
    Does Fifty Shades of Grey author E.L. James have a new celebrity fan in the likes of mother monster Lady Gaga? It sure looks that way in the new commercial for Gaga's upcoming fragrance, Fame. In the video, tiny men crawl all over Gaga's nude body as seen in the previous print ad, but there is also a scene where one man holds down another man's arms as Gaga gets on top of the restrained man in her black, bondage-like suit. Hello, female Christian Grey! If that position isn't provocative enough to hint at Christan Grey and Anastasia Steele's S&M bedroom or torture chamber escapades, there are a few more clues that seem to cast Gaga in the dominatrix role. First, we see what we can only speculate is Gaga laying on her side in a cat-like latex body suit. Then she walks down a row of men that seem to be willing and ready for her command. It's as if Gaga takes her character in this 34-second video to the extremes of Christian Grey's ideals of dominance, though in Fifty, we only see Grey bring one woman, Steele, into his "play room." (At the beginning of the book, Grey does remark that he has done this with 15 women prior to Steele). Even if this video is just another that can be attributed to Gaga's extremely controversial style, with Fifty Shades craziness on everyone's mind, we couldn't help but point out the similarities. Watch the video below and tell us what you think. Could Gaga have possibly read Fifty before filming this commercial? Follow Lindsey on Twitter @LDiMat More: PETA vs. Lady Gaga: The Battle of Gaga's Summer Furs Lady Gaga and Start a Trend: Furs... in the Summer?! Lady Gaga Goes from Mother Monster to Wolf Mother in 'Machete Kills' — PIC
  • Robert Pattinson on 'GMA': I'm Not 'Interested in Trying to Sell My Personal Life'
    By: Lindsey DiMattina August 15, 2012 4:51am EST
    Robert Pattinson is trying hard to make the tour and promote his new movie Cosmopolis, but it seems like everywhere he goes, all people want to chat about with him is the "big elephant in the room," his girlfriend Kristen Stewart's affair with her married Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders. Pattinson gave his first post-scandal interview to Jon Stewart on The Daily Show Monday night. But over a bowl of ice cream, the only thing that Pattinson would relay is that he needs a publicist. And on Wednesday, Pattinson stopped by Good Morning America, where he again tried his best to avoid answering any personal questions. Good Morning America tried to break the ice by offering Pattinson some cereal, but that didn't really work. When asked how he is doing and what he wants his fans to know, Pattinson made a comical reply. "I like my fans to know that Cinnamon Toast Crunch only has 30 calories a bowl in it," he jokingly said. "Pretty much everything that comes out of my mouth is irrelevant." Pattinson continued to explain that he handles the "craziness" by trying not to talk too much about it. "It's a completely different thing," he said. "You get into it to do movies. I've never been interested in trying to sell my personal life. That's really the only reason people bring it up. The reason you go on TV is to promote movies. That's kind of the only way to do it." Pattinson also did admit that after all these years in the spotlight, he's still not used to it. "I think if you start getting used to it, it means you've gone crazy," he said. "It's nice, [but] it's like being on the craziest theme-park ride. It's totally exciting, but eventually at some point you got to have a break." And once the awkwardness was out of the way, Pattinson was finally able to discuss his new movie, Cosmopolis, in which he plays 28-year-old billionaire Eric Packer. Pattinson's character is someone who wants to hold all the cards, but at the same time, is losing control. The reason Pattinson was drawn to this role in the first place? "I've always found this connection with finding it difficult to live in the present," he said. "It's funny, it exacerbates it being an actor because you actually have to focus on it trying to exist in a contemporary way. I always feel like I was kind of living in the future. That's a lot of what Eric Packer's problem is: It feels like he is living in the future and he's not really being able to totally feel. It's a lot of similarities with an actor's life." Cosmopolis hits theaters in New York and Los Angeles on Aug. 17. Following Lindsey on Twitter @LDiMat. [Photo Credit: ABC] More: Robert Pattinson and Jon Stewart Bond Over Ice Cream Robert Pattinson Alert! 'Twilight' Star to Play Lawrence of Arabia Kristen Stewart Dropped from 'Snow White and the Huntsman' Sequel — REPORT
  • Katie Holmes vs. Minka Kelly: Who Wore Jackie Kennedy's Look Better?
    By: Lindsey DiMattina August 14, 2012 10:51am EST
    No more motorcycle riding or cocktail party espionage for Minka Kelly. The 32-year-old actress has left her Charlie's Angels days far behind her. Now, Kelly is trying on a much classier look as she begins filming The Butler. In her upcoming movie, which is scheduled to be released in 2013, Kelly plays the part of Jackie Kennedy, and in the first shots of her and James Marsden (who plays John F. Kennedy) on set and in costume Monday, Kelly looks like she falls into character quite easily... almost even better than Lindsay Lohan pulls off Elizabeth Taylor. But Kelly isn't the first person to pull off Kennedy's undeniably flawless style. Back in 2011, Katie Holmes (pictured in the middle below, with Jackie to the left, and Kelly to the right) did a pretty decent take of Jackie O in the television mini-series, The Kennedys. While both women, in their pearls and classy frocks, could be easily mistaken for Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis herself — only one woman can come out as the winner in this face-off. So we leave you with this question: Who wore Jackie's style better? Share your thoughts below! Follow Lindsey on Twitter @LDiMat. [Photo Credit: John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum; WENN; Pacific Coast News (2)] More: Minka Kelly Rumored to be Dating Wilmer Valderrama Adam Levine and Minka Kelly Have a Baby... In a Music Video Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise: The Five Craziest Marriage Rumors Who wears Jackie Kennedy's style better: Minka Kelly or Katie Holmes?
  • PETA vs. Lady Gaga: The Battle of Gaga's Summer Furs
    By: Lindsey DiMattina August 14, 2012 7:06am EST
    What did Lady Gaga think would happen when she decided that her latest fashion statement would be sporting fur coats in the middle of the summer? First she posed wrapped up in a wolf fur for a Machete Kills movie poster. Then she wore a bright pink coat during a trip to Vera Wang Bridal House in New York City on Aug. 7. And yet again, Gaga stepped out in completely different fur in Sofia, Bulgaria on Monday. Of course PETA is going to have something to say. Following Gaga's latest fur-wearing stunt, PETA Senior Vice President Dan Matthews wrote a passionate open letter to Gaga calling her out on her "violent cruelty" towards animals. Matthews writes: "Dear Gaga, Many of your gay fans, I among them, have long admired what you told Ellen: "I hate fur and I don't wear fur." I included a link because these recent photos of you in fox and rabbit and with a wolf carcass make it appear that you have amnesia. I'm also including this brief video hosted by Tim Gunn showing the violent cruelty that you promote when you wear fur. What happened? Are your stylists telling you that it's fake, or are you a turncoat? Many gays are animal advocates because we recognize that the same arrogance and indifference that some have toward animal suffering has at times been directed toward us personally because of our orientation. PETA has long participated in Pride events around the country, and just last week, we helped lead protests against Chick-fil-A. But by wearing those dumb furs in a heat wave, you're making yourself a target just like the mindless Kim Kardashian. As we plan our fall campaigns, please tell us whether what you gracefully told Ellen was heartfelt or just a pose." PETA tells Hollywood.com in statement: "We hope Lady Gaga will go back and watch the video footage that we sent her of animals killed for their fur and remember why she was against wearing fur in the first place. We've written to her several times and have not received a response — but based on the designers and the look of the coats, we believe that they are real furs." Gaga is known for her wild costumes and ridiculously high Alexander McQueen heels. She's even opted to wear a dress made solely out of raw meat (controversial much?). But since fur-wearing has always been under scrutiny, will she finally let someone else dictate what she wears? Gaga took to Twitter to share her feelings on the subject, and to clarify that her furs are in fact real. "For those press and such who are writing about whether or not my fur is actually real, please don't forget to credit the designer HERMES. Thank You! LOVE, gaga" she wrote. Hollywood.com reached out to Gaga's rep for comment. Check out Gaga's furry finds below: Gaga's Latest Fur Gaga's Pink Fur Gaga and Her Wolf Follow Lindsey on Twitter @LDiMat. [Photo Credit: Splash News, Wenn.com] More: Lady Gaga and Start a Trend: Furs... in the Summer?! Lady Gaga Goes from Mother Monster to Wolf Mother in 'Machete Kills' — PIC
  • Helen Gurley Brown, Trailblazing ‘Cosmopolitan’ Editor-in-Chief, Dies at 90
    By: Lindsey DiMattina August 13, 2012 11:50am EST
    The media world has lost one of its greats. Helen Gurley Brown, former Editor-in-chief of Cosmpolitan magazine for 32 years, passed away at the age of 90 Monday, the New York Times reports. A spokesperson for the Hearst Corporation (which publishes Cosmo) says that Brown had been briefly hospitalized at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia prior to her death. Brown started out her career in the industry after graduating from Woodbury Business College in 1941. Her first jobs were at William Morris Agency, Music Corporation of America, and Jaffe talent agencies. She next went to Foote, Cone & Belding advertising agency, and it was there that her boss realized that Brown had a true talent for writing. By 1962, Brown's best selling book, Sex and the Single Girl, was published — and in 1965, she took over the role of Editor-in-chief of Cosmo. It's because of her that the magazine's failing sales quickly turned around and became profitable again. When she left Cosmo in 1997, it was ranked number six on the newsstands. Throughout her career, Brown worked with the likes of many celebrities. In 1972, Cosmo ran a near-nude piece of Burt Reynolds, which caused a lot of controversy at the time. The magazine also had feature pieces on Jack Nicholson and Aurore Clement. But despite the risque features, Brown's work played a major role in what is often referred to as the sexual revolution. And her talents will be truly missed throughout the industry. “It would be hard to overstate the importance to Hearst of her success with Cosmopolitan, or the value of the friendship many of us enjoyed with her," the Hearst Corporation says in a statement. "Helen was one of the world’s most recognized magazine editors and book authors, and a true pioneer for women in journalism — and beyond.” Cosmopolitan's Twitter account posted the following message regarding Brown's passing: "We're very sad to report that legendary Cosmo editor Helen Gurley Brown passed away. She revolutionized the mag & empowered women worldwide." [Photo Credit: Getty Images] More: Brandon Routh Welcomes a Son Kristin Cavallari Gives Birth to Healthy Baby Boy
  • Whitney Houston's 'Sparkle': 6 Looks Stolen From the '60s
    By: Lindsey DiMattina August 13, 2012 10:46am EST
    The musical remake Sparkle has been making headlines as the late Whitney Houston's final film. But there's another big reason to pay attention: the movie's pitch-perfect interpretation of '60s girl-group style.  The film — co-starring Jordin Sparks — tells the story of a fictional group of female Motown singers that rose to popularity during the '60s. Inspired by trailblazing singers like The Supremes, The Marvelettes, Shirley Bassey, and Mary Wells, the wardrobe department recreated pre-Destiny's Child chic with a sexier edge (take that, Beyoncé!).  And it's pretty clear from these photos exactly who they drew their inspiration from. Take a peek: Twiggy Take: Short and Sweet Shirley Bassey, left, and the Sparkle ladies rock short Twiggy 'dos. Back then this style rolled from the runway when waifish supermodel Twiggy was named "The Face of 1966" by the Daily Express.  Dolls in Baby-Doll Dresses In 1968, The Marvelettes did baby-doll dresses long before Courtney Love grunged them up. It's safe to say that the ladies of Sparkle opted for the sweeter, more put-together look than Love's rock-star themed threads. Red Hot in Sequins "Why Do Fools Fall in Love?" Because the can't help but be mesmerized when they see beauties like Diana Ross and the Sparkle women in bright sequin dresses, like the ones below. There are no "Tears of Sorrow" for these girls when they go looking in the "Mirror, Mirror." Funky Black and White Flair Are these trendy garbs straight from the set of Austin Powers? No, but The Supremes and Jordin Sparks Sparkle in their black and white retro boas and gowns. Formal Evening Attire No bikini showoffs here. While the bikini may have first become fashionable in 1963, The Supremes decided to flaunt their style in classic black gowns. Now it's just a matter of who can strike a more interesting pose: The Supremes or Sparkle Williams and her sisters. And are both groups trying out for American Idol? Lord knows that they would both make it to the final round, even if Simon Cowell was still judging. Classic White Jackets Mary Wells, like millions of women, channeled Jackie O back in the '60s. Whitney's version? A more grown-up white skirt suit with bell sleeves. Classy and classic.  Follow Lindsey on Twitter @LDiMat. [Photo Credit: Sony Pictures (6); Rex USA (4); Getty Images (2)] More: Which Stars Make the September Issue Cut? Kim K. vs. a Poodle: Who Wore it Better?
  • Miley Cyrus vs. Posh Spice's Blonde Crop: Who Wore It Better? — PICS
    By: Lindsey DiMattina August 13, 2012 9:59am EST
    First, Miley Cyrus decided that she wanted to go Barbie Blonde. But now it looks like that drastic change wasn't enough to satisfy the demanding Hannah Montana. Ms. Cyrus, soon to be Mrs. Liam Hemsworth, has again decided to change up her hair... and this time, instead of taking her beauty inspiration from a doll, it seems like Cyrus looked at some other stars for a creative idea. And creatively short is sure what Cyrus got, to the level of Posh Spice. Just look at the pic that Cyrus shared on Twitter. While Victoria Beckham was the first to sport this short and spikey look in 2007, the Spice Girl wasn't the only one to wear such interesting hair. Swedish recording artist Robyn tried the cut out in 2008, and then Ashlee Simpson pulled off her own version in January 2012 (though Simpson's version looks more like a pixie 'do than the others. And Harry Potter star Tom Felton even has a similar style. One thing is for sure, though, Cyrus won't be whipping her hair back and forth like Willow Smith anytime soon. Who wore it better: Cyrus, Posh, Robyn, Simpson, or Felton? Check out the pics below, and share your thoughts. Miley Cyrus Victoria Beckham, a.k.a Posh Spice Robyn Ashlee Simpson Tom Felton Follow Lindsey on Twitter @LDiMat. [Photo Credit: Wenn (3); Miley Cyrus/Instagram; Warner Bros.] More: Miley Cyrus vs. a Barbie: The Battle of the Blondes — PICS Selena Gomez, Miley Cyrus & Rihanna Flaunt New Hair Online
  • Kim Kardashian vs. a Poodle: Who Wore It Better? PICS
    By: Lindsey DiMattina August 11, 2012 9:36am EST
    Alright, so we'll bow(wow) to Kim Kardashian for her ability to pull of these new fashionable(?) shoes. Still, we can't help but wonder what drove the reality star, who clearly skipped the Saks for Petco, to spend the past few days channeling Oodles the Talking Poodle. Now, if only she'd dye her fur shoes the color of Lady Gaga's hot pink fur coat, she would be all set to star as Oodles' twin. As for the rest of her ensemble? We'd say it's missing an inspired collar and leash. Gotta take advantage of this Fifty Shades trend while you still can!  But the question remains: Who wore it better — Kim K. or the poodle? Follow Lindsey on Twitter @LDiMat. [Photo Credit: Splash News; Andy Bernay-Roman/Flickr] More: Kim Kardashian Strips Again: Celebs Who Dare To Be Bare Too Often Why Are We So Skeptical of Celebrity Couples? Kevin Hart: Hosting the VMAs and Shacking Up with Kim and Kanye — VIDEO