The Curious Case of the Naked Celebrity

The Curious Case of the Naked Celebrity

This past week I had an in depth conversation with a friend about being naked. It wasn’t about us being naked or people we know personally being naked, or even nudity in general…it was about the celebrity nakedness epidemic that seems to be plaguing Hollywood as of late. Once upon a time, creating a hit record, making amazing films, even winning a Superbowl or something constituted and solidified your fame. Now in order keep your celebrity or even to just become a celeb one must take drastic measures, including “leaking” nude photos or starring in a homemade porn film with your boyfriend.

By now we’ve seen, or at the very least heard, about Cassie’s spread eagle photo shoot and Rihanna’s tittie flicks dedicated to her very own Ike Turner, but in my mind the real phenomenon and break out star is Kim Kardashian.When I started writing this, it took me a second to actually put it all together. I’ve got to admit, although I have absolutely NO IDEA why she’s as famous as she is, I know her first step to celebrity started with her sex tape with Ray J. Before that she was a stylist to his sister Brandy, a job that doesn’t garner much attention camera wise (unless your Rachel Zoe) and is often overlooked and ignored. Seemingly overnight Kim Kardashian’s face was everywhere; in tabloids, on television, in music videos, on the covers of magazines, befriending legit celebrities, beside Reggie Bush…EVERYWHERE. She is the poster child of Public Relations, how to take a “oops” situation and turn it into an empire. And to think, it all started with a scandal…and some tits. I guess it really ain’t trickin’ if you got it. Or is it?

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Style Warriors

Style Warriors

Ok so I haven’t been around much, but just know, I’ve been waiting to make my come back in a big way, and I think I’ve finally found it. My favorite women’s street wear brand EVER, Hellz Bellz dropped their highly anticipated Autumn Winter 09 collection entitled Style Warriors. Just like all of their previous collections, Style Warriors was inspired by the non conforming stylistas that walk this catwalk called life. And although I’m pretty sure everyone thinks I’m about to gush and drool over how great this collection is, you’ll all be surprised to know that I’m not. Because this has got to be the most boring Hellz Bellz collection I have ever seen.

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Disclaimer: This article was written for online magazine M.I.S.S. Omni Media. All images and words are property of that magazine. If you would like to see the original, please view it via the M.I.S.S. website HERE.

Although the summer is in full swing in some parts of the world, the sun is still shining everywhere. What better way to guard your eyes from the sun than with the newest collaboration between eye wear companies Dita and Cazal. This fall the duo will be introducing Dita’s recreation of Cazal’s 902 frame which was made famous in 1982.

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    Obama’s recent nominations for the Supreme Court, Judge Sotomayor became the first Latina to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Obama’s recent nominations for the Supreme Court, Judge Sotomayor became the first Latina to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Disclaimer: This article was written for online magazine M.I.S.S. Omni Media. All images and words are property of that magazine. If you would like to see the original, please view it via the M.I.S.S. website HERE.

Ladies, we’re making a come up! Hillary Clinton, Condelezza Rice, and Nancy Pelosi were only the tip of the iceberg called CHANGE that we’ve been seeing make it’s move in Washington. Now we can add two successful, educated, and powerful women to our roster of women to look up to; Sonia Sotomayor and Regina Benjamin. These two talented women have taken Washington by storm with President Obama’s recent nominations of Sotomayor for the Supreme Court and Benjamin to be Surgeon General. If both of them are confirmed by the Senate Judge Sotomayor will be the first Hispanic woman to hold a Supreme Court position while Benjamin will be the United States third African American Surgeon General, and also it’s third female holding the position. Not bad at all!

Sonia Sotomayor is a federal judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. A native of the Bronx New York, she is of Puerto Rican decent, and graduated from Princeton University in 1976 on a full scholarship and then from Yale Law School in 1979 where she was an editor of the Yale Law Review and also the recipient of a Juris Doctorate.

After reading up and watching Judge Sotomayor over the past couple of weeks, it hasn’t been her amazing record of fairness that has quite inspired me as much as her activism for the Latino culture. As a student at Princeton she observed that there were no full time Latino professors and no Latin American curriculum, and decided to take it upon herself to approach the President of the university to discuss this flaw in Princeton’s educational foundation. After seeing no change Judge Sotomayor promptly filed a complaint with the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare citing the schools discrimination in its hiring practices. Between her complaint, speaking with the New York Times and an article penned by her for the Daily Princetonian, the school began to hire Latino professors, and the Judge established open dialouge with Princeton’s university President.

In 1998, Judge Sotomayor became the first Latina to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, one of the most demanding circuits in the country. She has participated in over 3000 panel decisions and authored roughly 400 opinions, handling difficult issues of constitutional law, to complex procedural matters, to lawsuits involving complicated business organizations.”

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Picture 1I love all aspects of design, fashion isn’t my only passion (that rhymed!), my eyes do not discriminate when it comes to what I believe is beautiful. Today by way of one of my favorite websites LOUDreams I spotted the Melbourne Theater Company’s new recital center located in Melbourne Australia.

From LOUDreams:

This, the new home for the Melbourne Theater Company, is equipped with a 500 seat drama theater as well as full backstage facilities, while using the best technology that is offered for indoor theaters.

This theater is the stuff dreams are made of. Beautifully crafted and designed to not only suit the thespians needs but also the needs of the audience. More after the jump:

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Brooke Nipar

Brooke Nipar

I’ve been meaning to share my love for photographer Brooke Nipar for awhile now, but for some insane reason I’ve only gotten around to it now. Better late than never, right?

Brooke Nipar is a photograper and former Missbehave Magazine Photo Editor who has created some of my favorite photos for the likes of NYLON magazine, and has photographed heavy hitters such as MIA, and Amy Winehouse. She’s a favorite of women’s street wear brands, shooting look books for Hellz Bellz and MadeMe, most recently teaming up with MadeMe founder Erin Magee to shoot her ‘Mes Amies’ collection I gushed over in an early post.

To see what the fuss is about, check out Brooke Nipar’s portfolio!

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100 Girls on Polaroid.

July 15, 2009

100 Girls on Polaroid

100 Girls on Polaroid

In the creative world, especially the world of fashion, there is a constant standard of perfection that is pushed and pulled in several directions making it almost impossible to ever attain. In terms we all can understand: there is a ridiculously high standard of what people believe is perfection. You see it in magazines, on the internet, and even in store. Models and muses alike are digitally inhanced and manipulated in photography, with the purpose that consumers will believe thse products are as flawless in the photos as they are in reality.

Bringing authenticity and a unique touch that remains timeless, Alexander Gnadinger brings us his book entitled ‘100 Girls on Polaroid’, his collection of polaroid photos of models behind the scenes of Fashion weeks here and abroad. Showcasing Polaroid’s uncanny ability to display unaltered reality, Gnadinger photos are a freeze frame in time displaying art as it should be, unaltered, untouched, and completely spontaneous.

To see more check out Alexander’s portfolio online.

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Erin Magee - Creator/Designer MadeMe Clothing

Erin Magee - Creator/Designer MadeMe Clothing

I know it’s only Monday, and there are probably loads and loads of better news to come from this week, but in my small part of the world nothing will top this shit. NOTHING.

Erin Magee the creator and designer of women’s contemporary street brand Made Me is giving consumers the opportunity to preview and pre-order a couple of pieces from her impending Fall/Winter Collection entitled ‘Mes Amies’ (which means “my friends” in french). This is great news seeing as all of her previous collections have sold out very quickly. With the help of photographer Brooke Nipar, E. Magee has revamped her entire website to showcase her past and present designs on some of her very cool friends including, Natalie and Nicole of Nina Sky, stylist Rose Garcia, and designer Kerin Rose.
More information and lookbook photos after the jump
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Artwork by David Garibaldi

Artwork by David Garibaldi

Disclaimer: This article was written for online magazine M.I.S.S. Omni Media. All images and words are property of that magazine. If you would like to see the original, please view it via the M.I.S.S. website HERE.

Michael Jackson was an entertainment icon of international status. His fan base spans the world, so it makes complete sense in my mind that his untimely death shook not only the United States, where he found a cultivated his fame, but also every corner of the globe where he was considered by many a legend.

Over the past week, there has been extensive media coverage of the King of Pop’s sudden death, so much in fact that coverage has become redundant. You see the same memorials and tributes remixed and done over several times, the same questions regarding the guardianship of his children being asked and analyzed, and personally I’ve also noticed the ever prevalence of his past troubles somewhat overshadowing his positive contributions to society.

After a week of tribute specials, magazine covers, and documentaries about Jackson’s life, fans and foes from around the globe tuned in to a final farewell in the form of the Michael Jackson Memorial which took place in California this past Tuesday. Coverage of the event was extensive, probably one of the biggest covered events I’ve seen in my entire life, with colleagues, friends and admirers of Jackson all paying their last respects to a man Barry Gordy called “the greatest entertainer of all time”.
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Taking the advice of a friend of mine, I decided to check out the Flickr album of Hulk4598 where he (or she, I’m not quite sure) takes the random and sometimes stupid comments of some notable figures (Britney Spears, Darth Vader) and fancies them up a bit with graphics. Totally worth taking a look at, you can see some of my favorites here.

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