Jul 30, 2007

Heidi Montag: Media Whore

How far would you go for attention? That is, if attention is what you crave. Certain reality stars, looking to extend their fifteen minutes, will do just about anything to get a little more time in the limelight.

Let's take a look at the ridiculous past stunts these quasi celebs have pulled to garner themselves a picture in the tabloids.

Paris Hilton: Has reportedly gained weight and lost weight just to give the tabloids something to gossip about. The intentional weight gain was also rumored to stir up pregnancy rumors. Also, hangs out with celebrities on their way down the path of destruction (Lindsey and Britney, a hem, a hem). Way to go Paris!

Nicole Richie: Parties like a rock star, dates within the small hollywood circle of young alchoholics, also uses her weight to get attention from the media. Is she or isn't she pregnant? Is she putting on weight? Goes to restaurants where paparazzi anticipate her presence so that she is photographed eating actual food. Have fun in jail Nicole...

Heidi Montag (The Hills): Got a nose job and breast implants. Dated a total loser, and got engaged to the most miserable person on reality television for media attention. The funny thing about this one is that the tabloids know this, and say it, but report it anyway. If you're going to act like you don't care... then don't publish it.

There is currently a poll going on at UsMagazine.com voting for team Heidi or Lauren. Guess what the current results with over ten thousand votes? 93% voted team Lauren. Also on Us's website, there is a video of Heidi working out. The Hills star showed Us Weekly how she achieved her sexy body at an Us Weekly photo shoot.

Reportedly, Montag felt that walking and occasional boxing weren't giving her the "dancer's body" she desired, she called up an L.A. trainer. Three months and six weekly hour-plus gym dates per week later, Montag says in the new issue of Us Weekly, “I’m more lean and my muscles are defined!”

Ahhhh, duh! Is she joking? Thank you Heidi Montag for letting me know that walking and occasional boxing isn't going to give me a dancer's body. If this reality tv dumb blonde was serious about getting a dancer's body, she would've known that Pilates and Yoga are the best classes to take. In what magazine has it EVER EVER EVER said, boxing and walking were even enough to really tone you? "Like OMG? I can''t believe I'm more lean and have more definition! Who knew lifting weight could provide results? Hee Hee."

To watch the video click here. Ugh vomit, I just realized it's called Heidi and Spencer's Workout Video. Don't click it if you hate them as much as I do.

As it turns out, you not only have to be incredibly shallow to get your name in a tabloid, but also extremely dumb. What will Heidi do next to get her name in a tabloid? Any other body alterations she just may start looking pretty.

And after 5 seasons, the Simple Life has been canceled, THANK GOD!

Jul 27, 2007

Penelope Cruz, L'Oreal Misleading Mascara Ads

Have you ever looked at a picture in an ad or commercial and thought to yourself, "Hey, that's not real. I need to do something about it." No? Me neither. Well, one woman called up the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) and told them she thought Penelope Cruz’ eyelashes in a L’Oréal commercial were fake. Personally, I do not have enough time on my hands to do this but we could be on to something here. The ASA has ordered L’Oréal to add a disclaimer to ads with models wearing false lashes, citing that the ad is misleading.

The series of L’Oreal ads claimed that women could have up to 60 percent longer eyelashes with its Telescopic mascara under the moniker: “Lashes that could reach for the stars.” But Penelope was actually sporting faux lashes in the ads.

L’Oréal has been ordered to add a disclaimer to future advertisements featuring models wearing false lashes. I always debate what is actually true or if a photo is unaltered. I usually think celebrities lie when they give interviews as well, especially about what they eat and what they do for workouts. You should know this if you've read any of my previous blogs. I love to contradict the dumb celebrities that change their story depending on who is interviewing them.

Now that the ASA has ordered a company to let their potential buyers that no, your eyelashes will not look like this if you use our product, does that mean other companies or magazine covers should add disclaimers saying, "No, this person does not actually look like this, but a pretty sweet editing software helped them look this good."

This is a new precedent. For those who aren't familiar with this term, it means that if someone else brings up a similar case/issue/complaint, the ASA should follow suit with the previous ruling if the allegations are the same. I think this is a huge step towards the illusion advertisers try and create. Aren't all ads misleading after all? I can't believe the ASA ordered L'Oreal to do this. Seriously, think about it. If one stay at home mom can make this sort of small step, maybe ordinary people really can make a difference. Can we seriously start a protest that magazines need to let their readers know what is real and what is fake?

Lastly, I always wonder if in fact the makeup that models wears in a Covergirl ad is actually a Covergirl product. Like, if the ad was for lipstick, I can understand that the lipstick is probably Covergirl, but what about the rest of their face like mascara or foundation? That's misleading to me. I look at the model and then I try on the product and it's like night and day. If anyone knows the answer to this I would love to know. What else can we get the ASA to change about these advertisers that make beauty seem unattainable for the non-rich and famous?

Dakota Fanning Hits New Growth Spurt

Holy Shit!? When did Dakota Fanning turn into an awkward teenager? I feel like yesterday she was wearing those silly dresses that look like first communion gowns. Should we prepare to see her hitting up Les Deux?

Lindsay Lohan Vacuum

Jul 25, 2007

Who's to blame? Rehab or Lohan?

So yesterday morning I couldn't peel myself away from my computer... How could Lindsey Lohan create such a crazy drama, packed with suspense on her own? If you own a TV, read the paper, or browse the internet, you must have heard by now about Looooooohan's 2nd DUI arrest in under 3 months. Talk about STUPIDITY at it's finest.

But seriously, everyone blames Lindsey because it's easy. However, I'm going to blame the ridiculous spa-resort Rehab centers. Either famous addicts go to rehab to "rehab" their image knowing very well they will not change their habits once they are free OR they truely want help and the rehab center fails to give it to them.

What do yo think? Are luxury rehab facilities significantly less effective or are the rich and famous reluctant to change?

I know this has little to do with diet, but it's a serious issue. Britney went to rehab and look at her right now. Great job Promises. Lindsey prolonged her stay in rehab and still could not resist the booze and drugs shortly after being released. Of course she is denying that the drugs were hers, but seriously Linds... no one believes you! There have been rumors about you doing blow for about 2 years now. Some one found your wallet with your license, black credit card, a rolled up dollar bill (maybe a $20, I forget) and a bag of cocaine. It was all over the internet, and before the days of your public outcries for help so, it was kept very under the radar.

I really think she wants help, but rehab in Malibu is not working, so celebrities... STOP GOING THERE if you're serious about getting clean.

Jul 23, 2007

Hello Photoshop! Faith Hill Redbook Drama

On Friday, I posted a picture of Faith Hill that was taken for the cover of Redbook. Next to that picture, was the actual cover that was published. First posted on the internet by Jezebel.com (a site I had never been to). It started quite a stir and was featured on The Today Show on NBC this morning.

Many of us understand that most womens magazine covers are airbrushed. Why did it take a 39-year-old mother of three, and accomplished country singer start the rage?

Hill has yet to make a comment, but she really doesn't owe us one in my opinion. Most of the time, these celebrities have no control over what is done to their image. I would be irate at Redbook if I was Faith.

Since I appreciate a good opinion with backup, instead of writing my own rant, I think you will enjoy why Jezebel.com chose to post the photos, and wanted to cause drama. She is pretty good at sounding off and making sense.

"Imagine a scenario in which a powerful, self-made, self-possessed woman deigns to follow the orders of a much-less powerful, egomaniacal foreigner and crash-diets herself to aesthetic "acceptability" so she can appear on the cover of an American magazine available to the public for, at most, 4 weeks. That scenario is exactly what happened when Oprah Winfrey was asked -- and agreed -- to appear on the cover of Vogue's October 1998 issue. As the story goes, Winfrey spent months whittling herself to Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour's exacting standards so that she would look acceptable in a Steven Meisel-photograph for the cover. "If you want to be on the cover of Vogue and Anna Wintour says you have to be down to 150lbs - that's what you gotta do," Winfrey told the BBC, adding, tellingly, "I didn't think for one moment 'Now I am going to be a Vogue model' nor even did I think I could hold that weight."

The Vogue cover turned out well, as many remember: Oprah looked hot. But there was something spooky beneath the Vogue image's Meisel-perfect, glossy veneer; namely, the idea that even a woman who had made her fortune validating women's strengths, hopes and dreams -- and becoming one of the most powerful people on the planet in the process -- would so eagerly and willingly help to perpetuate the "cover lie" of a medium that has made its mark by invalidating women's strengths, hopes and dreams with an endless parade of stories on how to be thinner, sexier, trendier, and -- ugh -- better in bed."

In a world where lying, deception, and the fudging of facts has become endemic in everything, all the way up to the highest levels of government, this is yet another example of a fraud being perpetrated on the public... and the public, for the most part, is not yet in on the joke. Magazine-retouching may not be a lie on par with, you know, "Iraq has weapons of mass destruction," but in a world where girls as young as eight are going on the South Beach Diet, teenagers are getting breast implants as graduation gifts, professional women are almost required to fetishize handbags, and everyone is spending way too much time figuring out how to pose in a way that will look as good as that friend with the really popular MySpace profile, it's wrong. And we're glad you agreed.

Jul 20, 2007

Faith Hill Photoshop Caught

Wow! Can magazine even put a picture on a single cover without retouching Talk about Photoshop. Here are two new covers that are blatantly photoshopped like no other.
Was this really necessary? Faith Hill is absolutely stunning on a red carpet, in concert, walking down the street to get coffee, grocery shopping.. etc. Just another reason why Hollywood sets standards that are unattainable even for celebrities.

Cate Blanchett seen here on the new cover of the Australian Vogue is hardly even recognizable!

Ross The Intern Loses Half a Nicole Richie

If actresses keep their weight down for the sake of their job, is being a comedian a reason not to loose weight?

Ross Matthews, aka Ross The Intern from Jay Leno's The Tonight Show, is the latest quasi-celeb to go on a press tour about losing weight. He hosted The View on Monday, and now he is featured in People Magazine.

After first appearing on VH1's Celebrity Fit Club, the chubby comedian lost 41 lbs. on the show, and has since lost another 10. People interviewed Matthews and asked some pretty hard hitting questions... kidding.

Matthews is most known for his quirky interviews. His weight seemed like part of his schtick. If he lost weight, would he still be funny? First the magazine told him that his look was a part of his act. Then they asked The Intern if he thought people wanted their funny people larger? He replied, "I did think of that. Is the fact that I am pudgy part of my relatability? But then I told myself to shut up and stop thinking about it."

Seriously though, I have wondered why people go on that show. They don't seem to lose much weight, and if you have the money and determination, why not hire yourself a personal trainer and nutrition coach? Matthews, who isn't really a celebrity in my opinion, told the mag, "My father had passed away. It made me take inventory of my life, to say, it's now or never. I had a gym membership for six years before Fit Club and I had gone eight-and-a-half times." (FYI, the 1/2 time is because he went to the gym but the equipment smelled so he left.)

Here are some of his responses...
"I was a fatty way before the Tonight Show. I was 230 lbs. at the end of college. I got it down 16 lbs. by making decisions like eating a bag of baked Lays as opposed to a bag of Cheetos. But I didn't attack the real issue: Why do you have an entire bag of anything, you fatty?"
"Exercise sucks. It will never not [suck]. The reason it feels good when you're done, is that you're done. Also, I learned how to treat food as fuel, as opposed to the thing that accompanied television. "

So what is his next goal you ask? "Toning up. I lost half a Nicole Richie [in weight]. Now I really want a muscle. Wouldn't that be nice?"

Jul 18, 2007

Paris Hilton Loves Taco Bell

Click here to find out which slim celebrity told photographers she "loves Taco Bell" while having her picture snapped as she chowwed down on tacos and cinnamon twists?

Why it was Paris Hilton of course. The newly freed jailbird was caughting pigging out at Taco Bell in Burbank, CA. Apparently on June 25th while still behind bars, Hilton's parents told TMZ.com that their daughter was craving the "south of the border" restaurant chain. See the pic here.

Paris was also spotted on Tuesday in a hideous leopard bathing suit with CInderella (her new dog) and a pink surfboard. The pictures are not the most flattering or maybe Ms. Hilton should lay off the fast food.

Now for my comments...
It's good to see a celebrity actually eating the food they say they want. Bravo Paris. So often I read how celebs say they love cookies and brownies yet it looks like they haven't had a gram of sugar in over a decade.
I also enjoy Taco Bell, but can't remember the last time I ate it, so maybe I'm a little jealous of P.
It's good to see that she is exercising. Cameron Diaz is an avid surfer and looks great. Paris is thin, but she has no muscle definition. Could this be a new Paris, oh wait I already forgot she was eating Taco Bell in the morning. Anyway, here are some of her beach pics, what do you think?

Jul 16, 2007

Fergie's Work out

Frequently photographed exercising, Fergie is posing on the cover of the August issue of Self. Categorized as one of the healthy looking bodies of the Hollywood heavy weights, the former meth addict speaks up about her struggle to fight her past habit and staying healthy.

Shape reports that Fergie works out for an hour a day, five days a week, running 3 miles on the beach or doing calisthenics outdoors with her trainer. I normally do not believe what these magazine say when they report on how much time a celeb exercises or how many calories they eat, but for once I do.

Fergie has a healthy looking body, and she actually is photographed running on the beach or doing calithenics outside with her trainer or bunny Josh Duhamel.

"Working out is really the top thing in my life that I do for my own self esteem and self-worth," she says. "When I'm exercising, I get really proud of myself because I know I'm doing everything in my power to be healthy."

Obviously she also watches what she eats. She has also recently cut down on alcohol. She admits that she "blows" one meal a day, citing that she would probably weight pounds less if she didn't. I didn't immediately understand what "blow" meant in this context, but I'm gonna assume it means, she eats 2 healthy meals a day and usually gives in on a third somewhere. Any ideas?

Jul 13, 2007

Celebrity Beach Body Secrets Revealed

Hilary Duff is in good company when she told Us Weekly, "You're damned if you do and you're damned it you don't." What was talking about? After dropping her weight down to 100 pounds in 2005, tabloids criticized the teen queen for being too skinny. "Everybody speculates that you're not eating or are doing drugs," she said. However, Duff reveals that she would workout everyday, ate only protein and veggies, and would "beat [herself] up if she had some fat." Thank you for hitting the nail on the head Lizzie Maguire.

Here is Hilary's diet and exercise regimen which may or may not be true.
Breakfast: Kashi Cereal with 2% milk (Gasp! 2 percent!) or an egg white omelet with Feta cheese and a latte made with 2% milk.
Lunch: Grilled-chicken caesar salad w/ 1 tbsp of reducted fat dressing (or girlled ahi tuna salad with balsamic vinegar.)
Dinner: Tuna steak, grilled vegetables and cousous (or sushi).
Snack: Handfull of mixed nuts or an apple and brie. Sometimes-Chips and Salsa.
The total comes to 1,278 calories.
Her workout:
Pilates on a reformer for an hour 4x a week, including 32 reps each of 20 different leg and butt exercises and 5 different ab exercises.
When she's touring she reportedly swims (how do you swim on tour? Aren't you in a bus? Hotels for a couple hours? whatever). She alternates between the crawl, breakstroke, butterfuly and sidestroke daily for seven laps each.
Do you think this is accurate? I don't really.

Us Weekly has 18 pages in this weeks issue dedicated to beach makeovers as I told you on Wednesday. So who do they include? Tyra Banks (obviously), Ricki Lake (4 mile hikes 4x a week and freshdining.com meal delivery), Alyson Hannigan (Pilates 3x a week and a vertigo pogo stick), Kate Bosworth (Walks, Jogs, Swims and thank god she gained weight), a bunch of new mommies like Jennifer Garner (Circuit trains, runs or bikes 6x a week), Brooke Burke (She started working out a week after giving birth with Pilates 3x a week, plus a low carb diet), Angie Harmon (Tau Bo, Balance training), and Denise Richards (Pilates).
There is Bikini Icon spread with none other than Ms Baywatch herself, Pamela Anderson. The "How I feel in a swimsuit" article show celebs in their bikinis and ... you guessed it, how they feel in their swimsuit. There are quotes from Emmy Rossum, Beth Ostrosky (Howard Sterns Fiance), Lisa Rinna, Kristin Cavallari (Laguna Beach).
Rossum says: "I'm a girl. Of course I feel apprehension." Ostosky: "'Does my butt look fat' comes out of my mouth every day." She also admits that when people tell her how lucky she is to look that good in a bikini she say, "It's hard work," which proves she's luck the rest of us and was not gifted like Gisele.
Rinna: "In my thirties I just didn't feel comfortable in a suit"
Cavallari: "I always suck in my stomack when a camera is on me!" Note-She IS sucking in her stomach in the picture.

I'm glad Us featured women who work hard for their bodies, and admit their time at the gym is grueling. We don't all have the time to dedicate to working out like celebrities do, but hard work pays off. It's their job to look good. It's my job to find out how they did it. Whatever the case, thank god they weren't showing Lindsay Lohan, Paris or Nicole Richie! Who do you think they left out? (remember it needed to be a makeover)

Jul 11, 2007

TrimSpa Settles: Another Diet Pill Proven Useless


"Anna Nicole Smith's last lawsuit has finally been put to rest.

TMZ has learned that the company that makes TrimSpa, the diet product that Anna Nicole Smith so famously pimped and then infamously dissed in favor of Slim-Fast, has settled a class action lawsuit over allegations of false and misleading advertising. In the original lawsuit, filed just days before Anna's death on February 9, 2007, Smith was named as a defendant. In the settlement as delineated online, she's not mentioned.

TrimSpa has agreed to correct errors in the labeling and advertising of TrimSpa X32 -- Anna's "signature" product -- but has not admitted any wrongdoing in the settlement. Aggrieved users can go to www.trimspasettlement.com and get a buck per bottle of X32, a free bottle of another product, and a $5 coupon for any TrimSpa product."

Hilary admits weight obsession, US Weekly makes us feel fat

Following in the footsteps of Sports Illustrated, celebrity tabloid US Weekly will feature their first annual swimsuit issue this week. Of course it's the summer time, and everyone whether you are a celebrity or not has been working hard to look good in their bikini. What better way to make us feel inadequate than show us the hot bods of the rich and famous? Right on US Weekly!

The issue will feature a cover with former teen queen Hilary Duff and an 18 Page Bonus of Beach Body Makeovers. Warning, this is going to be a rant... Don't we see enough pictures of celebrities in bathing suits as it is during the summer? I mean seriously, pick up a copy from any of the past 4 weeks, and there are at least 3 celebrities frolicking in the water or soaking up the sun. Did that many people really "makeover" their body for when the paparazzi spot them on the beach? Anyway, US Weekly, you bore me.
Hilary's body has been all over the magazines lately. First on the cover of Shape, she reveals how she has remained to fall into the skinny craze by relying on her own common sense, filling up on lots of greens, lean protein and fresh fruit.

In 2005, the Duffster dropped down to 100 lbs (she is 5-foot-2) drawing similarities to Nicole Richie and Lindsay Lohan, who at that time were the scary skinny young women of Hollywood. Hill admits, "It made me obsessed... I would beat myself up if I had some fat." She talks about what drove her to exercise excessively and hard core diet in the article. She says she was being too stict and didn't want people to say, "Oh my god, she's lost a lot of weight."

PS. I read if your addicted to Perez Hilton, you probably already know that Posh Spice came into his office, or lack there of, the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, and sat and had a talk with him. She invited him to be on her new reality show. Often the center of critisism on his blog, Posh wanted to answer any questions he may have had. Perez says he gave her a cookie but she would NOT eat it. He admits he thought she would at least take a bite but she would not! Imagine the life of no cookies or even a single bite :( It makes me sad just thinking about it.

Jul 9, 2007

Happy Monday everybody!  I had a wonderful mini-vacation by taking off Thursday and Friday, but now it's back to the daily grind.  Last week I posted a blog about how to celebrate the fourth of July in a healthy manner.  I also said, be prepared to see paparazzi pictures of every celebrity frolicking in a skimpy bikini.  

One celebrity spotted but covered up was none other than Ms Janet Jackson.  She was photographed clearly wearing a bikini with sweatpants on and an orange tank top looking like she had gained back a lot of the weight she had lost.  The last time she gained weight she said it was for a major role in a movie however, according to IMDB.com she does not have anything in the works to appear in such a film.  It looks more like she lost the weight for a role, and has now put it back on.  

It appears some celebrities are just like the rest of the population.  It's proven that most people who lose weight put it back on.  Ilana, the Diet.com Weight Loss Challenger, hit a plateau during the filming of her videos.  She was really discouraged.  But the truth of the matter is that Ilana lost 60 pounds before she even began filming and kept it off during the 9 weeks.  It was a triumph the had to be pointed out to her, but let that be motivation for everyone out there who maybe hasn't reached their goal weight yet, but the fact that you've lost 10 or 5 pounds and kept it off is a major accomplishment!

Jul 2, 2007

Happy Birthday Lindsay, Paris Lies, Kate Loses

Happy Birthday 21st Lindsay Lohan! Not many people would've predicted the star of The Parent Trap would have already been in rehab twice before her she even became legal to have her first drink.

Amid reports that she will continue her time in rehab, she has been spotted working out in Malibu. Who would've thought that paparrazzi would actually follow celebrities getting their exercise in? In fact, we have seen a lot of pictures lately of the rich and famous leaving the gym, or even just working out in the public. At least Lohan is trying to live a healthy lifestyle, right?

In Paris Hilton news, the newly "reformed" heiress has been spotted vacationing in Hawaii. My brother is actually there right now on his very own honeymoon. I'm crossing my fingers that he spots Hilton, but he probably would rather he didn't. In most of the interviews they've asked her about what she ate and if she lost weight. On Larry King she said she didn't really lose any weight. Two or three pounds is what I think she said. In her exclusive interview with People magazine, she said the same thing except she said she lost 5 or 6 pounds, which should be noticeable since she wasn't big to begin with. Any way Paris, get your numbers right. You either didn't lose weight or you lost 5 pounds.

Pictures from her vacation in a bikini however, look like she may have gained weight. What do you guys think? Here is a picture from earlier in the year. She looks more toned. I would never post two pictures of a thin celebrity asking if you think she lost weight, BUT Paris is a liar. She lies about her weight all the time. She reportedly gains weight for more media attention and then will lose it for the attention again. I just don't get why she would lie about this sort of stuff like losing weight when she didn't. You didn't lose 5-6 pounds to one reporter and then tell another 2 or 3. It's just annoying.

Lastly, there are a bunch of pictures of Prince William's ex girlfriend, Kate Middleton from Sunday's concert for Princess Diana. She looks to me like she lost weight just like Reese Witherspoon and Cameron Diaz after their very much public breakups with Ryan Phillippe and Justin Timberlake, respectively. I wish I was like these girls. Whenever something bad happens in my boy life, I reach for chocolate. How does one take the pain of being upset into losing weight? Seriously, some one tell me.