After getting silver in the 200m for two Olympics in a row, American Allyson Felix knew she had to bring something a little different to London if she was going to climb to the top — especially against such fearsome competitors as Jamaicans Shelly-Ann Fraser Price and Veronica Campbell Brown (who beat her in those other two Olympic showdowns), and Americans Carmelita Jeter and Sanya Richards-Ross. Last night, we saw a quick feature about her training regimen, which, sure that’s something. But we also think the key to Felix’s victory was all right in front of us to see: her amazingly fierce face, which can transform so miraculously into beautiful, contagious joy. That kind of focus and clarity has to have something to do with winning.
Here are 10 examples of Allyson Felix showing her every emotion before, during and after her 21.88 second race:
After a days of teasing fans that she’d show off her September Vogue cover — her second appearance on the front of the mag — with such endearing tweets as “Don’t worry I’ve been txting Wintour all morning trying to get that cover queens. next im sending bagels to VOGUE (complex carbohydrate war),” Gaga finally posted the image and an inside photo, by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, on her LittleMonsters.com site at midnight. “SHH DONT TELL TWITTER/ SEPT ISSUE OF VOGUE MAGAZINE/ Sorry Anna but the underground kids deserve it. bisous!” she wrote on her social networking site, but somehow we think she wasn’t exactly going against the editrix’s wishes by sharing this sneak peek, especially since the time stamp on the same images on Vogue.com read 11:01 p.m. Technicalities. Anyway, while Gaga joked on LittleMonsters and Twitter that she was either channeling “fozzibear” or Ru Paul, with her giant blond cloud of hair and hip-hugging magenta Marc Jacobs gown, we think she looks like a fierce grand dame of fashion. (And OK, we know she’s probably talking about her friend’s dog Fozzibear, but we prefer to imagine a Muppet rivalry going on between her old VMA date Kermit and the piano-playing comic dog.) It somehow gives her the air of an older diva who owns the world. The inside pic, by contrast, in which she’s wearing nothing but a fuzzy magenta Steven Jones hat, shows Gaga looking very young and innocent, like a young maiden in a Renaissance portrait.
Kourtney Kardashian give the world our first look at daughter Penelope Scotland Disick in the latest issue of Us Weekly. And we have to say, in her very adorable fashion, the 1-month-old appears to be so over this fame thing. Just look at that face! She already knows there will be cameras following her from now until eternity, when all she wants is to drink her milk in peace.
Big brother Mason, on the other hand, is totally soaking it up. And he’d better, since his mother is really setting these kids up for some sibling rivalry: “Nothing could prepare me for how hard I fell in love with her,” she tells the magazine. Really? Not even having your first kid?
But here’s where we’re really shaking our head. Apparently, daddy Scott is “afraid” to change Penelope’s diapers. And you’re going to let him get away with that, Kourtney? Next thing you know, you’ll be letting him call you a “perfect bitch.”
[Photo: Us Weekly]
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Now that Megan Rossee and Michael Phelps are out as a couple — they made their red-carpet debut together yesterday at a Speedo party (of course) — it’s not like there’s any doubt as to what they see in each other. She’s a gorgeous model (and cocktail waitress), and he’s basically got the best body in the world. OK, there are probably less superficial reasons for them to like each other too, but we don’t know those yet. Here’s what we do know … and what others are guessing:
The 25-year-old Megan and 27-year-old Michael have been dating for either five months or since January. They met at Blok, the L.A. nightclub where she works.
- Though she’s still got to serve drinks to make ends meet, she’s apparently walked in runway shows for Michael Kors and Betsey Johnson.
- She’s 5’9″ tall, blonde and has blue-green eyes, according to her ModelMayhem.com profile. All of which works very well for her in the photos below.
- She has an athletic background too, if we can judge from this picture of her college soccer friends.
- Radar says “Michael is like a puppy dog around Megan – he’s completely in love with her,” according to a source, and is even considering popping the question. His “friends,” however, are worried that she’s just using him for fame. Well, whether or not that’s the case, it’s certainly working!
Here are some pics of Megan and Michael, so you can judge for yourself how suited they are for each other.
[Photos: Getty Images, ModelMayhem.com, Instagram]
Heidi Klum is all about the bizarre costumes and presenting herself in the most insane ways possible. There’s no question that she’s totally gorgeous, but she definitely tried to cover it up sometimes – literally. Most recently, she stuck her head right into the mouth of a dragon. We found ourselves cringing and shrieking – “Don’t do it, Heidi!” Don’t look at us like that, the dragon looked hungry! But it was all in good fun, Heidi was just sharing her excitement for DreamWorks’ How To Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular at Nassau Coliseum in Long Island. Although she’s usually decked out in the most glamorous designer wear, she decided to ditch the couture and go for a viking costume instead. We totally love that she really got into the spirit but it was far from the first time that she dressed to scare. Enter photos from many, many, many famous Heidi Klum Halloween parties. To think that we usually just throw on some cat ears or a red clown nose and call it night! We are not worthy of her creativity. So head on down to the gallery below and just try to resist the urge to say “WTF, HEIDI?!” out loud.
[Photos: Getty Images]
As we mentioned this morning, after seeing Usain Bolt‘s gold-medal celebration, we have certain high expectations for how we’d celebrate Olympic victory … in our heads. But there are all sorts of ways to express your joy over emerging as the greatest person IN THE WORLD at whatever it is you do. We figured we could group them into categories, for convenience sake, as we relive some triumphant — and totally gleeful — moments from the past week and look forward to more in the days to come.
1. By yourself:
Serena Williams caught some flak for doing her little victory dance after clenching her first ever singles gold on Saturday morning — the cute, joyful move has its origins in gang culture and is called the Crip Walk. But we’re pretty sure it’s been removed from that context by now, no?
We’ve always known Serena Williams has got it goin’ on. From forehands to fashion, Serena knows how to do it all. But during the Olympics this year, she’s done her best to remind us just how much ass she kicks. As we post this, she’ll be taking her talents to the singles finals of the 2012 Olympics (9 a.m. ET), competing for the gold against Maria Sharapova. And basically right after that, she and sister Venus are scheduled to compete in the doubles semifinals. Hopefully you got a chance to catch her previous matched this week, like yesterday’s, when she demolished No. 1-seeded Victoria Azarenka 6-1, 6-2. It definitely took our breath away. Williams has lost only 16 games through the past five rounds and has won 12 consecutive matches. She’s also won 14 Grand Slam singles championships, the most of any active woman.
Of course, her recent victories aren’t the only reasons we love Serena. Here are a few more:
1. She is always winning in style. Flaunting her trophy and her athletic bod while striking a pose.
2. She’d be so much fun to bring along with us to the beach this summer. You can build sandcastles on us next!
Follow that unicorn/ On the road to love! Also, follow her to the store where she bought those faaaaaaaaabulous teal centaur pants. “transforming….,” Lady Gaga tweeted along with two photos of herself as a lip-bitingly fierce Gagacorn. We all just imagined what it would be like to be those back legs, right? We cannot wait until genetic engineering gets a little bit more advanced and Gaga can make this look a reality. Personally, we’re going to go with the protruding lizard spine from “Bad Romance.” Oh, or those jutting face horns from “Born This Way”? Luckily, we have plenty of time to decide!
While E! Online attributes to the equine images to photographer Steven Klein, Gaga’s Twitter link seems to reveals that the pictures were actually a labor of love by a fan and littlemonster.com member by the name of Alli. Either way, Gaga would be a fool not to use this hotness as an inspiration. Hmmm, what Born This Way song has Gaga yet to film a video for…wait a minute, is there seriously no “Highway Unicorn” video yet? We are begging Gaga to utilize this perfection. She already went mermaid for “You And I.” This look seems like a nature next step. Or four. See what we did there?
Insanely hot dimples? Tribal tattoo? Tacky mouth jewelry? Yeah, swimmer Florent Manaudou is definitely picking up Ryan Lochte‘s mantel as, in the words of Jezebel, the reigning sexiest douchebag of the 2012 Olympics. We mean…who else would we tolerate having that tattoo? Oh right, no one. Earlier this afternoon the French swimmer snagged the gold in the Men’s 50-meter Freestyle and since then he cannot stop showing off his tongue piercing…which we’re also sort of into. What is wrong with us? The power of Manaudou is too strong! We had no idea we’d have to edit our 25 Hottest Olympians Of All Time gallery so soon, but here we are.
Now, we don’t mean any disrespect to Ryan and his slightly off-putting pool shenanigans. It’s just that we’ve already been praising his talent and face all week, and when we saw Florent Manaudou, we remembered we had other options. Options that have the arm span of a condor. In addition to snagging France’s fourth gold medal for swimming, Manaudou also threw a wrench in the works for the American team, keeping them from a clean sweep of tonight’s events. Obviously, we’re still Team U.S.A., but…take a look at the man. Dang.
[Photo: Getty Images]
OK, so Kim Kardashian shouldn’t quit all her day jobs for a life as a photographer — ohh, that lighting, the angle, the phone in the face! Also, the bikini she’s wearing in these two photos she posted to Instagram, bragging “#nofilter #nophotoshop” doesn’t quite seem to fit her so well. But we have to give props where they’re due: Kim clearly doesn’t need Photoshop or great lighting to make her body look awesome, and these pics are just what we needed on this sloooow news day.