Selena Gomez has been having a rough past few days with her breakup with long time boyfriendJustin Bieber. But she sure didn’t show it as she strolled the red carpet for Glamour Magazine’s 2012 Woman Of The Year awards last night in New York City! The 20-year-old stunned in an off-white peplum dress designed by Giambattista Valli. Selena was honored at the event with an Independant Spirit award for her film, television, music and fashion work, as well as her charitable post as UNICEF’S youngest ever ambassador.
“I just want to share to all the girls out there that you have a voice, that you have a chance to do what you love, whether that is acting or singing, and just being true to who you are” she said in an emotional acceptance speech after being presented the award by actor Ethan Hawke. ” The person that’s taught me that better than anyone is my mom. She is so strong and beautiful and has taught me everything, so thank you.” Selena was by no means the only famous face in attendance! She was joined by the likes of Eva Longoria, Lena Dunham, Gabby Douglas and so many more. See who was there and what they wore in the gallery below!
As a young kid, there’s no dream like qualifying for the Olympics. Whether you grew up admiring Kerri Strug, Mia Hamm or Michael Phelps, you’ve probably pictured yourself on that podium, waving your hand proudly in the air to fans as the National Anthem blares around you. Well, not many of us become professional athletes, but Halloween is that time where we can fulfill that little fantasy of ours. And because the 2012 women’s gymnastics team is AWESOME, here’s how you can become an honorary member of the Fierce Five and take home the gold this Halloween! (And if you can rope in four other friends to join you, even better.)
1. Buy a plain red leotard online at a discount dance supply store ($18.05)
2. Dot the red leotard with Lumiere Dimensional Metallic Paint & Adhesive from an art supply store ($1.99)
I thought my day was made when I saw that photo of Tyler Blackburn, Michael Trevino, Stephen Amell and other TV hotties on Bullett earlier today. But I wasn’t the only one to notice that the photo was suspiciously devoid of a pair of Salvatore brothers. Sometimes, all you have to do is ask the Internet, and you shall receive your heart’s desire. Actually, MORE than your heart’s desire. You receive one Salvatore brother, in the form of Ian Somerhalder, and one Fierce Five member, Gabrielle Douglas. (If this pic were photobombed by Paul Wesley and McKayla Douglas, I would spontaneously combust, so this will do just fine, thank you.)
“Eating @gabrielledoug ‘s Gold medal!yummmmmmm…,” Somerhalder wrote with the pic. Is Gabby making an appearance in Mystic Falls as Bonnie’s long-lost cousin? Pretty please?
Nina Dobrev, who used to compete in rhythmic gymnastics, was super psyched about Gabby’s visit to the Vampire Diaries set. “First thought at 530am when I woke up this morning: ‘What to wear when meeting an Olympian Gold Medalist?’” she tweeted.
BTW, Ian fans, the actor is participating in a live Twitter chat tonight at 9 p.m. with @TomsofMaine for something called #50SFG. And yeah, we got excited thinking that was a 50 Shades of Grey reference, but it’s actually for a nonprofit contest Ian’s helping to judge, called 50 States for Good. OK, we can get behind that too.
“I look forward to that performance that people will be talking about for 10 years,” fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff told VH1′s Kate Spencer last night on the VMA red carpet. “I have a feeling that might be Alicia Keys tonight.”
His feeling may prove true, but not just due to Keys’ soaring vocals during “Girl on Fire.” Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas showed up onstage to deliver a bit of her floor exercise/dance in the middle of the song, definitely demonstrating what a girl on fire looks like.
Other celebs on the red carpet were likely satisfied with the performances of their faves, too. “One Direction just showed up!” the entire cast of MTV’s Inbetweeners practically squealed like tween girls, before breaking out into the boy band’s “What Makes You Beautiful.”
Besties Rihanna and Katy Perry seemed to be fans of nothing as much as each other all night. Their adorable shared whispers were the best cutaway shots of the show.
And Ne-Yo disclosed his plans for the night: “[I'm a] huge, huge fan of Pink; she never disappoints. I haven’t stalked anybody today, I think she’s going to be my target.”
As if earning a gold medal and appearing on every talk-show and magazine in existence weren’t enough, Gabby Douglas has stepped up her nonstop media tour this week. She was with McKayla Maroney and Kyla Ross in Los Angeles on Tuesday for a pre-VMA press conference, where Gabby got to announce Lil Wayne’s performance. Then she hopped on a plane to Charlotte, North Carolina, where she, Aly Raisman and Jordyn Wieber helped promote the Kids’ Health Goes Gold initiative by day and then she led the pledge of allegiance at the Democratic National Convention in the evening. We assume she’s en route back to L.A. for tonight’s VMAs. That in itself seems like enough on the plate of a 16-year-old, but today comes news of one more project in the works: She’s publishing a memoir.
People reports that HarperCollins will publish Grace, Gold and Glory, My Leap of Faith, the story of how Douglas grew up in Virginia and faced the tough decision to leave home to train for the Olympics. “Even before I competed in the Olympics, I always wanted to write a book,” she said in a statement about the memoir, which is set to hit shelves in December.
“Gabby Douglas shines even more brightly than her Olympic gold medals,” HarperCollins senior vice president Lisa Sharkey said. “The reason is her inner strength and strong faith.”
So what should be next for the gymnast? Acting gigs? Hosting her own talk show? More gymnastics? Maybe, possibly, enjoying being a teenager for a minute? Nah. That hardly sounds as fun as meeting Lil’ Wayne.
Forget the meme, McKayla Maroney expects to be very impressed with the VMAs tomorrow night. The whole Fierce Five U.S. women’s gymnastics team is set to present an award at the show, and things got just a little bit more exciting for them at a press conference for the event last night. Gabby Douglas announced that one of her faves, Lil’ Wayne, would be performing, and Kyla Ross announced that Katy Perry would be presenting the Best Pop Video Moonman. Afterwards, they told MTV News whom they’re most psyched to meet.
“For me it would definitely be Lil Wayne because I’ve always listened to him and he puts together these amazing lyrics and he’s just awesome,” Douglas said.
“For me, probably Miley Cyrus,” Maroney answered. “I’m very excited to meet her. I’ve been watching her on TV since I was very little and I love her music, and I’m just super-excited to get to even meet her.”
“I definitely want to meet One Direction,” Ross added, echoing many a teenage girl’s wish this year. “I’ve been listening to their music for a while, so it will be very exciting to hopefully meet them.”
Of course, they’re also hoping to give a Moonman to one of their most high-profile supporters. “I’d probably like to present to Justin Bieber,” Maroney said. “Let’s be honest.”
Gabby Douglas‘ new Vanity Fair story, in which she discusses being the target of racist bullying from other gymnasts, has certainly opened our eyes. Opened our eyes to how foolish people are acting all the time!In her interview, the Olympic gold medalist says that her fellow gymnasts at Excalibur gym in Virginia Beach not only stole her shirt (“You don’t actually take by mistake someone’s clothes,” she explains) and laughed at her, but that an “Excalibur staff member told her she might want to consider reconstructive surgery on her nose because of its flatness.” Ugh, why was that person even allowed to work with 13-year-old girls in the first place? You can’t go around criticizing their faces! Head Excalibur coach Dena Walker, however, told VF that Douglass nose job claim was “a joke” and accused Gabby of having a “bad attitude.” Do…do people not know what jokes are anymore? Those whole story is giving us a bad attitude.
Despite Gabby’s numerous stories of bullying from her fellow athletes, it seems like the gym is sticking to their claim that Douglas is making all this up for some reason that they have yet to explain to the rest of us. “We did with Gabby far beyond what are our coaches’ duties. We are proud of what we did. How is it possible . . . to not recognize that she reached [her] level with our help, our economic support, our passion and our love?” Excalibur CEO Gustavo Mouretold the magazine. We know it’s complicated, but…can’t all those things be true at the same time? *Sigh* We miss the Olympics…
After Gabby Douglas revealed to Oprah that she dealt with racist bullying while training at Virginia Beach’s Excalibur gym, representatives from Excalibur immediately came forward. Oh, not to apologize or offer support or anything. Just to viciously attack Gabby in the press while revealing that they understand virtually nothing about bullying, racism or 13-year-old girls. Sorry if that was unclear! “The accusations that are being made against the gymnasts and coaches are just sickening,” ”former Senior International Elite and National Team member” Randy Stageburg said in a statement to Gymnewstics.com. “Gabby was never a victim, in fact many would say she was one of the favorites. I never once heard her complain about girls being mean, funny how it is just now coming up.” Hmmm, he makes a good point though. Everyone knows that if you don’t immediately tell Randy Stageburg you’re being bullied, it must not have happened. We’ll be sure to sign our kids up for a tumbling class as soon as we can!
Of course, not one is calling Gabby a liar….oh wait, yes, they are. At least one person is explicitly saying that. “Gabby’s remarks were hurtful and without merit,” Excalibur Gymnastics CEO Gustavo Mauretold E! News, also telling Gymnewstics.com: “Is Gabrielle a credible person just because she is an Olympic Champion? She is not giving any names or dates, leading us to believe that the accusation is fake. This wouldn’t be the first time that the media has made up a story. Thousands of gymnasts and families have supported our good conduct and our professionalism during the last 30 years.” So by “media,” do you mean an actual human being with memories of being bullied, Gustavo? Stick the gymnastics, guys. The P.R. business is not really working out for you.
Some days, there is so much foolishness going on in the world, it’s all we can do not to collapse onto our fainting couches and fan ourselves with one hand. That was our immediate reaction upon reading that Olympic gold medal winner Gabby Douglas had to deal with racism from her fellow gymnasts on her way to the top. “I felt [I was] being bullied,” Douglas revealed to Oprah on yesterday’s Oprah’s Next Chapter about her time training at her home gym in Virginia Beach. When her teammates were asked to scrape the balance bar, for example, “They’re like, ‘Why doesn’t Gabby do it? She’s our slave.” Great slavery joke, you guys! If only you were as good at being a human being as you are on the uneven bars!
Recalled Gabby, “I definitely felt isolated. I felt, ‘Why am I deserving this? Is it because I’m black?’ Those thoughts would go through my mind.” Of course, we probably shouldn’t be too surprised that the Olympic gymnast had to deal with all this; the kerfuffle over Gabby Douglas’ hair during the Olympics made our eyes roll so far back into our heads, we had to use a dust buster to pull them out. Eventually the bullying got so bad, Gabby’s mom Natalie Hawkins explained, “She said, ‘I’d rather quit. If I can’t move and train and get another coach, I’d rather quit the sport.’” Luckily Gabby was able to move to a gym in Iowa to work with Shawn Johnson‘s coach Liang Chow, and the rest is history. It is literally world history, and no one can take that away from her. Meanwhile, if we were Gabby, we’d be so tempted to slowly drive past our old gym wearing our gold medal, but she’s probably way too classy for that.
They’ve won a gold medal and some change, had their images printed on cereal boxes, been interviewed on every talk show from Letterman to Oprah’s Next Chapter, rung the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange and made dozens of other glamorous public appearances — what’s left for the U.S. women’s gymnastics team to do? How about something that’s a little more appropriate for their own teenage demo? McKayla Maroney, Gabby Douglas, Jordyn Wieber, Aly Raisman and Kyla Ross are going to be presenters at the MTV Video Music Awards, MTV News announced this morning.
We love that this means the Fierce Five will be extending their fame into next month (the VMAs are on Thursday, September 6, at 8 p.m. ET/PT). Also, we can only imagine all the great encounters they’ll have with the likes of fellow presenters Wiz Khalifa and Miley Cyrus, and just-announced performer Taylor Swift. I’ve got $20 bucks says they’ll do their best “Not Impressed” poses while meeting some of those pop stars. Maybe this can happen too.