This week, outraged magazine readers fought back and opted to unsubscribe from their favorite monthlies over a disagreement with the editor in chief’s choices.
First it was Vogue. People love to hate Kim Kardashian, and when Anna Wintour put her and fiancé Kanye West on the cover of this month’s issue, the backlash was strong and swift. Many readers began campaigns to cancel their subscriptions, citing that Ms. Kardashian had no right to earn the highly coveted spot. She is not a model, reached fame through a homemade porn video,and has displayed questionable fashion sense in the past. She is not only one of the most “disliked” people in the business, she is also one of the most talked about.
It is always mind boggling to me, that every time a website posts a story about Kim Kardashian, a plethora of people take the time to log in, and post a derogatory comment. First of all, websites measure click throughs and comments to gauge the popularity of a post. Each of those people clicked through, presumably read the article, and then logged in, often to tell the site that they don’t care about her and that they should stop featuring her. Those click throughs and comments all add up, and send the editor and cyber bean counters a very different message.
While we are here, let me ask you another question? When was the last time a model graced the cover of your favorite fashion bible?
Uh-huh. Not recently. Celebrities, i.e. actresses and musicians sell more magazines at the newsstand than models. Models all want to be actresses anyways (and then they get their cover stories!) actresses all want to be fashion designers, and who knows what designers want to be anymore. Kim Kardashian and Vogue just experienced a huge PR boon, thanks to all the articles, interviews and Facebook posts that came about from people expressing dismay over her cover story.
A few days later, Self magazine came under fire. They featured a photo of 2 women running a marathon in tutus, and ridiculed the look. When readers discovered that one of those women was a cancer victim and made the tutus to raise money to fight the disease, they were outraged. Self’s editor in chief, Lucy Danziger issued a quick apology, which riled up her readership even more. She subsequently spoke to the women personally, and wrote a very positive article about her. Tutu sales jumped to the point that they cannot accept anymore orders. Readers responded with threats to cancel their subscriptions.
Had this women not been a cancer patient, and her choice of running attire not been philanthropic, would the outcry have been so strong? This is a magazine about women embracing their bodies and pursuing good health through diet and fitness. Is making fun of women running in tutus keeping true to the message the magazine hopes to convey? Anyone who trains for and completes a marathon is a role model. If doing so in a tutu provides motivation, we say “go for it!” Ms. Danziger not only apologized for the faux pas, but offered to work closely with the women to support her cause. She also brought great awareness to tutu project, which in turn brought them more orders. We all make mistakes, and this was a big one. It was also resolved to the best of the magazine’s ability. Isn’t that enough?
We are living in a world where we are so spoiled, that if a magazine features something that doesn’t suit us, we retaliate. How different is this to packing up our dolls and dishes and going home when we were 5 years old and our friend didn’t want to play the way we did?
We have a right to our opinions and a thanks to the internet, a forum to express them whether anyone wants to hear them or not.
Only time will tell if the magazines in question had any significant decline to subscriptions, or if the additional press served to sell more ad pages.
Now that that is cleared up, feel free to go back to postulateing about Gwyneth Paltrow’s “conscious uncoupling,” until someone else does something you can complian about.
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The ladies of the music world positively glowed in gold as they made their way across the red carpet:
Chrissy Teigen channeled old Hollywood glamour in her gorgeous gold gown by Johanna Johnson.
Taylor Swift went platinum in shimmer by Gucci.
Amber Rose rocked golden stripes by Naeem Kahn.
Chiara brought maternity glam to the red carpet in her Emilio Pucci devoré gown.
Rita Ora wore a simple Lanvin frock in gold with a patina effect.
January is the most popular month to start a diet and exercise regime, as many resolve to get in shape in the coming year.
While it may be widely known that cutting calories is the key to weight loss, most of us don’t know how many calories we need in the first place.
Each of us has our own magic number: the number of calories our body needs just to exist. Even if you lay on the couch all day long, you need energy to keep your body functioning. That amount is called your basel metabolic rate, or BMR. This can be calculated using the Harris-Benedict equation for women:
BMR= 655+ (4.35 x current weight in pounds) + (4.7 x height in inches) – (4.7 x age in years). By plugging in your height, weight and age, you will determine the total number of calories you need to exist. Next, multiply your BMR by your activity factor, as estimated below, to get the total number of calories needed per day.
Sedentary: minimal movement: multiply by 1.4
Minimal: office work or 1 hour of moderate activity per day: 1.5
Moderate: Light physical labor during the day, such as light housework, and an active lifestyle: 1.6
Very Active: Athlete, active military personnel, or heavy laborer: 1.9
This new number is amount of calories needed to maintain your current weight.
To lose weight, you need to eliminate calories through consuming less, and/or burning more through activity.
You need to eliminate 3500 calories to lose one pound. With a healthy goal of losing one pound per week, that means you must eliminate 500 calories per day. Most doctors and nutritionists caution against eating less than 1200 calories per day, to maintain good health.
It is a good idea to use a food and activity journal app to help accurately estimate the calories you are consuming, and how many you are burning through exercise.
photos: Glasshouse Images
Awards season is in full swing, and the ladies of the Golden Globes had their share of red carpet hits and misses.Among the standouts were the beautiful shades of red and coral that turned up in some the the most stunning looks of the evening.
Lupita Nyong’o wowed in a dramatic Ralph Lauren gown with cape-like sleeves.
Julia Louis- Dreyfus channeled old Hollywood in her simple, yet sexy scarlet gown by Narciso Rodriguez.
A very pregnant Drew Barrymore wore scattered blooms by Monique Lhullier.
Taylor Swift shunned her usual sparkles for a beautiful bicolored Carolina Herrera ball gown.
Kyra Sedgwick glowed in coral.
Amy Adams’ Valentino gown in red and burgundy, may have been one of the simplest, yet most striking looks of the night.
Emma Watson was youthful and trendy in her backless Dior coral dress over skinny black pants .
Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires has been named the 226thPope of the Catholic Church, taking the name Pope Frances.
As his predecessor, Pope Benedict turns in his red Prada slip-ons and shuts down his Twitter account, “@Pontifex” in preparation for his departure, Cardinal Bergoglio will be finding his way around his new town, and thinking about how to make his mark as the new Pontiff. Once the smoke clears (pun intended) he will need to make some stylistic choices to get this Popedom started.
In honor of the momentous occasion, we have gathered some of the season’s fiercest red shoes for his perusal.
These skull embossed patent leather Alexander McQueen slippers would lend an edgy vibe to the traditional Cossack look.
Nothing screams Italian like a horse bit loafer, and these Gucci patent ones will have him blending in with the locals in no time.
Fashion duo Dean and Dan Caten of DSquared2, have created a classic wingtip in rich red. A manly choice.
Perhaps he will choose the iconic Tod’s driving moc, which is perfect for cruising around town in the Popemobile.
For the modern Pope on the go, these DC skateboard shoes are just the thing, offering both comfort and a sense of urban cool.
We’re sure whatever he chooses will be historic. Best of Luck Francis! Glad we could help.
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Because I am too freaking exhausted to write anything coherent tonight, here is a screen grab of my Huffpost Live segment, shot today with Christian Siriano of Project Runway fame.
I will fill you in on all the deets tomorrow, as well as some tidbits from a chance encounter with Tommy Hilfiger today.
Two very different success stories, from two very different men, who both found a unique way to pursue their dreams.Inspiration doesn’t get much better than this!