A lot of interesting facts were revealed about Selena Gomez in her new Harper’s Bazaar cover interview. Topping that list is the fact that going to Hooters is a family tradition. But it’s not what you think. “My mom and dad had me when they were young, and when I was seven, my dad would go to Hooters to watch Spurs games, “she explains. “But he started noticing that when I would come, with my little pigtails, all the waitresses would be like, ‘Hey!’ So he ended up half spending time with me but with all those cute girls coming over. And that kind of became our thing.” That’s … nice? And then, she discusses her split with Justin Bieber, as expected, and muses about love. “… To me, love is normal. Of course, you see Jay and Beyoncé and you’re like, ‘Oh, my gosh, they’re perfect for each other,’ but at the end of the day their love is just like everybody else’s love. They have problems, I’m sure, and they solve them, like anybody else. So to make it as normal as possible—in such an abnormal lifestyle—was super important to both of us. Which was great … That’s how it should be,” she says. Read more…
We actually really like Kim Kardashian‘s April cover for Cosmopolitan. She may be a brunette but it has a bit of a sexy, throwback Brigitte Bardot vibe to it. Now if only her interviews would get a tad more interesting and less predictable. Of course she’s talking Kanye West and her baby with her. But we did totally giggle when she gave a sage sound byte about marriage, saying, “I saw fast marriages like Khloé and Lamar‘s and that was what seemed to work. [Now] I say give it a good six months before you commit. Feelings change, even if it seems so lustful.” Six months is all you need, folks. Courtesy the good Kardashian folk. The good news is that she says that she and Kanye are going to take the easy route to the altar, admitting, “Sometimes you’re just not ready. A person could have it all, and you’re not ready for it all. But this is where I probably always should have been…[marriage] is something I know that we both want in our future, but I don’t have this sense of urgency about it. I have this best friend who understands me and helps me through all my tough experiences, and vice versa, you know? It just feels like this is it for me.” Cute. Dear God, let this be true. We actually really want the two to go to the distance and can’t wait till baby Kimye to get here!
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What is it about Beyoncé ‘s magazine covers leaking? Actually, what are we saying? Should we be surprised? Not really. This is one of the hottest, most successful women on the planet, so it’s no wonder people are scrambling to get whatever they can, before anyone else does. Does that make it right? Nope. But we see why. Bey’s ridik awesome GQ cover was leaked a month ago, and that gave some filchers the cojones to try the same stunt with her March Vogue cover. And they succeeded. The gorgeous singer gracing the magazine’s face, in Givenchy, arrived, before schedule, just as the weekend kicked in. Vogue hurriedly then released the cover officially and we were absolutely floored by the spread of pictures. Quite aptly, she’s heading the “power” issue, where the magazine states she’s a, “Chart-topper, glamour wife, style icon, filmmaker, new mom, business mogul—Beyoncé is at the height of her powers and writing her own script.” And yes, famous friends like Timbaland and Gwyneth Paltrow do make appearences in the interview. Gwyneth’s quotes are in there — talking about BeyMamma and her baby Blue Ivy — relating, “Blue was sleeping in her arms, across her body, and B was listening back to what she had been working on. I thought, This is how you do it. You do what you love with who you love included” and later in the piece, “When she is working onstage, she has more power than any woman I’ve ever seen. She would never say it and has never said it, but I feel she knows with every fiber of her being that she is the best in the world at her job.” It’s a nice, long interview, and there’s a lot more insight into the superstar’s life, so settle in with a nice cup of tea with your read.
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This one’s going to be a collector’s item. The legendary photographer, Bruce Weber, has shot Vanity Fair‘s 19th Hollywood Portfolio (out in March) which not only features Emma Stone, Bradley Cooper and Ben Affleck on the cover, it has a gorgeous spread of stars — 75 in all — in vintage poses inside as well. All of them were photographed in spots that have been featured in some memorable movies making the areas themselves legendary, much like the films they were spotted in. The bed on the cover, for instance, is the bed that’s part of that famous scene in The Godfather (1972), where the movie producer wakes up with his horse’s head in it. And the bed’s in the mansion used in the film as well, so you have the real deal. Some of these photographers are truly breathtaking. Kerry Washington looking like a gorgeous Old Hollywood singer, Olivia Wilde in vintage showgirl gear, Armie Hammer like a lonely ’50s naval captain with a couple of hours to spare before he has to set sail again — Weber’s put together a portfolio that has the sepia tint of Hollywood nostalgia firmly, but perfectly in place. Bella Heathcote and Eddie Redmayne dressed up (and dancing) like Fred and Ginger with a gorilla in their midst is another sight to behold. Make sure you check out the behind-the-scenes shots of celebrities like Selena Gomez and Brad caught between shots.
[Photo via Vanity Fair]
We’re finding this cover shot of Dakota Fanning for the March issue of Glamour completely startling. Shot by fashion photography stalwart, Ellen Von Unwerth, the shot, and the spread inside the magazine, has Dakota looking like an artfully dishevelled disco doll. Tumbling curls, huge blue eyes, a red pout and a slinky, yet retro wardrobe all add to the look beautifully. While the interview focuses a lot on fashion and her sister Elle Fanning and so on and so forth, there’s a certain section that really caught our eye. Do you remember Dakota’s fragrace campaign for Marc Jacobs from 2011? Taken when she was 17, it had a whole Lolita vibe to it with Dakota sitting with the bottle (which has a large rose for a cap) between her legs. While a poll we posted revealed a number of you though it was okay, we still think it was super sexual for someone so young and it seems the U.K. agreed with us, banning the ad for being too provocative, pushing it in our list of the most controversial celebrity campaigns. But the actress herself thinks that the whole kerfuffle had no base, telling the magazine, “Yeah, I was! If you want to read something into a perfume bottle, then I guess you can. But it’s also like, Why are you making it about that, you creep? I love Marc and trust him, and we just laughed about it.” Which makes us the “creep”, but whatever.
The point is, Dakota’s now 18 (19 next month) and this extremely sexy shoot is deemed “high-fashion” and not creepy, leading some to ponder on whether industry standards are hypocritical. How does this shoot differ from that shoot? Well, the Jacobs fragrance was called “Oh Lola” which is a clear reference to Lolita, so let’s not be coy about the not-so-subliminal messages, especially with her wearing that babydoll dress. Dakota is older now and this shoot is sexy but in an exaggerated, almost caricatured way. There’s a deliberate sense of artifice, while the fragrance campaign was stripped down and “real.” We can appreciate the Glamour shoot as a look, and not because things are placed between her legs. And yes, she’s legal now which does make a huge difference. Don’t get it twisted.
[Photo: Glamour Magazine]
She really doesn’t do things half-way, does she? Rihanna is on — wait for it — seven covers for Complex Magazine’s February to March issue. Each cover is an homage to an album. For instance, the cover you see on the above left is in tune with her very first album — Music Of The Sun — released back in 2005. Notice the sweeter, more innocent vibe. The one on the above right is for Good Girl Gone Bad. The one on the lower left is inspired by Rated R, and the lower right is for her latest album, Unapologetic. You can see a slideshow of all seven covers here, and tell us what your favorite is.
There’s also a major interviewto go with the covers, of course. She brings up her Instagram, often half-naked photo habit — we all know how much Rihanna posts, right — saying, “It’s narcissistic, but whatever—everyone does it. I’m capturing personality… Everybody has their thing they like or don’t like to see. It’s all in your head. That’s why people take their own pictures, because it’s difficult for someone else to capture what you seek.” There’s a sense of bravado while talking about the making of Unapologetic that appeals most to us. “When I was making this record I had no intention except the truth. So whatever is there is real. It’s raw. That’s why the album is called Unapologetic,” she says. And this is the part we like, “I held back before. I didn’t show a lot of myself. I was very guarded. I needed to be open and free and fearless. Basically say, ‘F— it.’ What’s the worst that can happen? They’ll hate me? They’ve done that before.”
[Photos via Complex]
Ed. note: After the leaked pic went viral, GQ finally gave in and posted the official version of the cover.
Move over, Rihanna. Step aside, Kate Upton. Because their brand of sexy just paled in comparison to what Beyonce is bringing to the table. Earlier today, this new GQ cover of the singer that was supposed to be revealed as the magazine’s February lead leaked online and is in the process of going completely viral. What can we even say about this picture (that for legal reasons, we can’t show you anymore)? Steamy doesn’t even begin to cover it. We’re just amazed at the Beyonce-body that seems to defy genetics, considering she had baby Blue Ivy just last year. Not a hint of mummy-tummy because that stomach is as washboard as it can get. This is also one of the sexiest photographs we’ve ever seen of Bey, who, as we all know, can werk it like it’s never been werked before, but never looks anywhere close to trashy. So to see miles of skin and a purposeful hint of under-boob is a bit jaw-dropping. Her face and that tumbling hair looks beautiful and she’s got curves that makes those leopard-print briefs look better than they actually are. But we want to know what your reaction to this shot is? Do you think she looks hot or is it too over-the-top and in-your-face? Let us know in the comments section! And check the bigger version below:
This woman is so diva we can hardly handle it. But that’s Jennifer Lopez — impossibly gorgeous and larger than life — as is most evident from her February cover for Harper’s Bazaar, shot in Istanbul. Her interview cracked us up because we love how she thinks she sounds so everyday and normal but really isn’t. For instance, she brought up what happened to her infamous green Versace slashed dress, worn to the 2000 Grammys — you can get your memory check from the picture on the right. “I have that at home. The other day, my housekeeper put it on a mannequin in my spa, where I get my hair and makeup done. She sent me a picture. She was like, ‘You like this dress?’ Um, yeah, but I don’t know if I like it out in the house!” she says. Her boyfriend, Casper Smart, who’s also around, says, “But it’s famous! It’s the most famous dress you’ve ever worn.” Out of all of this, we basically got that J.Lo has a whole spa in her home just for hair and makeup. Of course she does. The other quote that made us giggle was, “I make it as simple and as beautiful as I can because my life is kind of big. So I pack my luggage, or dress myself, or comb my kids’ hair, pick up their clothes—that makes our life beautiful, you know? There’s something very elegant in that.” Oh, Jennifer. Never change!
[Photos via Harper’s Bazaar and Getty Images]
We could go into how pretty Julianne Hough looks on the February cover of Cosmopolitan magazine, but we’re not going in that direction. We were reading her interview and she drops quite a bombshell in there, which is what we’d like to talk about and give due importance. Julianne says she was abused when she was younger, when she lived in London, and it’s only something she’s just starting to talk about. She moved to London to study at the Italia Conti Academy of the Arts when she was ten, and brother, Derek Hough, was already there. “I was 10 years old looking like I was 28, being a very sensual dancer. I was a tormented little kid who had to put on this sexy facade because that was my job and my life. But my heart was the same, and I was this innocent little girl. I wanted so much love,” she starts. And then comes the drop. She continues with, “While I was in London, I was abused, mentally, physically, everything” adding that it got worse when she “started hitting puberty, when I started becoming a woman and stopped being a little girl.”
She’s not revealing any names because she doesn’t, “want to hurt anybody. What’s past is past … This is the farthest I’ve ever gotten into my London situation. I was told if I ever went back to the United States, three things were going to happen. One: I was going to amount to nothing. Two: I was going to work at Whataburger. And three: I was going to end up a slut. So, it was like, I can’t go back. I have to be this person.” Okay, that’s not only shocking, but we wish she would talk about who did this because those people deserve every piece of humiliation that comes their way. We can’t help but think that Julianne wasn’t the only one to suffer. It’s a good thing she’s sharing her story and we respect her for doing so, but girls reading this and going through the same need to know how to react. They need to be told not to keep quiet, but to speak out and get help.
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We know, we know, it’s like every other headline on this site lately is about new moms — not our fault! It’s the news cycle! But we just wanted to take a moment to thank Drew Barrymore. After all the talk about how stars like Jessica Simpson and Beyonce shed the pounds after giving birth, we’re so relieved to see that Drew’s first magazine appearances are about things other than her diet. Last week she gave the requisite “miracle” quotes to People, and this week, she’s glowing from the cover of Allure, where the camera focuses on her flawless face and her quotes are all about how she’s grown up and settled down.
She talks about how “incestuous” it is that her friend Kristen Wiig is dating her ex, Fabrizio Moretti, and how Steven Spielberg scolded her when she posed for Playboy in 1995. “It’s embarrassing to go through any rebellious stage in front of people that you love and respect, and yet I’m glad I did,” she said. “I’m glad I lived such a full life before I settled down into a family, because I got to enjoy it and get it out of my system.”