Pop icon Janet Jackson had to watch her step as she tipped to the red carpet at amfAR's Cinema Against AIDS Gala during the 64th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Hotel Du Cap in Antibes, France yesterday.
Janet apologized for her tardiness after taking her time squeezing into her Haider Ackermann full length skirt. Janet just celebrated her 45th birthday on Monday (May 16), and she looks just as glamorous as she did 15 years ago!
Two major U.S. book retailers have issued directives to their stores to wrap the covers of this month's Dossier magazine in opaque plastic. The retailers fear that the cover photo of 19-year-old, half naked male model Andre Pejic, with his bird chest and 2-pack abs, will offend housewives who might think he's a 12-year-old girl.
Although there are other magazines on the shelves featuring shirtless men in all manner of undress, Barnes & Noble and Borders bookstores believe that this particular magazine cover will offend because "the model is young and [he] could be deemed as a naked female."
Dossier co-founder and creative director Skye Parrott was shocked at the retailers' directive to forfeit the magazine orders or agree to be censored.
She told Jezebel.com: "We knew that this cover presented a very strong, androgynous image, and that could make some people uncomfortable. That's partly why we chose it. I guess it has made someone pretty uncomfortable."
She added: "What message are the big bookstore chains sending — that the male torso is only appropriate all-ages viewing when the man in question is ripped?"
Male model Pejic, who was discovered in his native Australia flipping burgers at Burger King, says his androgynous looks makes him feel more female than male sometimes.
"I'm sure most people think of me as a woman. It doesn't bother me anymore and I feel fine about it... I don't consider my looks unusual."
Jewelry designer Simone I. Smith, wife of rapper-turned-actor LL Cool J, launched her new jewelry line, Simone I. Smith, at Bloomingdale's in Century City, CA yesterday. Normally I would have added "long suffering" to her name, but Simone wasn't thinking about LL and his cheating ways. Some would say she has low self esteem, but Simone was busy stacking her chips and raising the couple's three children until she could realize her dream of owning her own business. LL saw that she was a strong and independent woman, and he couldn't do anything but respect her.
Actress Nicole Ari Parker, designer Simone I. Smith and singer Kelly Rowland attended Simone's jewelry launch yesterday.
Singer Kelly Rowland, socialite Kim Porter and actress Angela Bassett attend Simone's jewelry launch yesterday.
Last night after the Heat knocked out the Celtics (16 straight unanswered points in the 4th quarter WOW) a few members of the Heat and of course friends, family and significant others, went out to celebrate. As usual, decked out in their “white hot” ensembles, Savannah Brinson, Adrienne Bosh and Gabrielle Union look like they had a great night!
Troubled singer Chris Brown was spotted strolling with a male friend in Hollywood yesterday. Although this photo is very suspect, this post is not about CB's sexual orientation or his hate for women.
Chris Brown was spotted walking with a friend in Hollywood wearing a Marc by Marc Jacobs Summer Sleeveless Sweatshirt Hoodie ($178), which has a front zip closure and logo branding on the left chest.He was also rocking a pair of Vans Vault Authentic Decon LX Blue leather sneakers from the Spring/Summer 2011 Collection.
Sultry singer Ciara attended a Samsung event in Hollywood yesterday wearing a sexy sleeve dress that left nothing to the imagination. Prior to attending the event, Ciara was spotted shopping at Barney's in Beverly Hills earlier in the day. All she needs is one hawt single and she'll blow away the competition, ie Rihanna and Beyawnsay.
Rap star Nicki Minaj and singer/actress Jennifer Hudson (not pictured) attended the Samsung Infuse 4G For AT&T Launch Event held at Milk Studios in Hollywood yesterday. She's not happy because this is one of those rare occasions when Nicki is dressed down per the request of her sponsor.
Sexy superstar Kelly Rowland also attended the Samsung event. Kelly Rowland's hit single "Motivation" sits at #3 on the Billboard chart. But she's not letting the newfound fame get to her head like Beyawnsay did. Kelly is already a superstar in Europe.
Sexy siren Keri Hilson attended Maxim's Hot 100 Party sponsored by New Era, Miller Lite, 2(x)ist and Silver Jeans Co. held at Eden in Hollywood, California last night. (Photo by John Salangsang | LEP | Splash)
Remember I told you that socialite Amber Rose hired a trainer to pound her tired looking body back into shape? I'm told her efforts are paying off. She lost 6 lbs in one week. Good for her. Amber attended Maxim's Hot 100 Party last night in Hollywood. (Photo by John Salangsang | LEP | Splash)
Friends Kim Karsdashian and Kelly Osbourne got jiggly with it as they checked out each others hot bodies on the red carpet at the Southern Style St Bernard Project Event With Ambassador Britney Spears in Beverly Hills, Ca last night. (Photo: London Entertainment / Splash News)
Grand Hustle artist Young Dro sat down with Dr. Jay's Boss Lady for an intimate interview on the set of his AKOO fashion shoot. Dro discussed his failed relationship with singer Fantasia Barrino, his upcoming album, P.O.L.O. (Players Only Live Once), and his hate for social networking site Twitter.com.
Sexy songstress Ciara was spotted shopping in West Hollywood yesterday. The 25-year-old beauty wore one of her boyfriend, Amar'e Stoudemire's oversized grey t-shirts with nothing underneath. As the paparazzi snapped away, the Spring breeze played tantalizingly with the hem of her top, without exposing her goodies under it.
According to Dallas' top exotic dancer Zeralyn, over 50% of women are taking Fantasia's advice to free themselves by not wearing any underwear.
According to The Daily Mail, Ci Ci recently revealed her secrets to staying in shape - namely that watching what you eat is more important than how much you exercise.
"85 percent of it is what you eat, and 15 percent of it is how you work out,' she told Entertainment Tonight.
'Dancing-however you do it, even if it's in your living room - is a great workout."
"Food is fun," she said. "I have moments when I want to eat pizza or a hamburger - I'm not going to drive myself crazy."
Singer Kelly Rowland dined at Eva Longoria's Beso Steakhouse At Crystals CityCenter in Las Vegas on Saturday, May 7.
SMILING THROUGH HER PAIN
Singer Rihanna, 23, was spotted leaving her hotel in Paris, France yesterday where she hosted Nivea's 100 Years Of Skincare events over the weekend. My sources tell me that RiRi is batting 0 with the eligible bachelors that she's been pursuing. I'm told that Rihanna, a narcissist who hates being alone, is literally throwing herself at professional athletes in New York and California. But even the most jaded pro athlete doesn't want the headache of dealing with Rihanna's nasty hissy fits. After manufacturing rumors of phantom romances with celebs, RiRi is now wearing a diamond "I?you" pendant that she bought for herself. I almost feel sorry for her.
Carmen Milian, left, and her daughter Christina Milian attended a Mother's Day celebration at Siren Studios on Saturday in LA. Don't they look like twins?
Socialite Amber Rose attended Tyler Shields "Life Is Not A Fairytale" in Los Angeles on Saturday. My spies tell me Amber was "horrified" at the response her weight gain got on the blogs last week. After tweeting something about being happy the way she was, Amber reportedly hired one of LA's top trainers to whip her back into shape.
The lovely Paula Patton attended the 137th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on behalf of GREY GOOSE on Saturday, May 7. According to Eileen Arias of EA Publicity, Paula was a vision in white wearing a Vivian Westwood dress and the exclusive GREY GOOSE hat. As per the tradition, the hat will be auctioned for a charity of the celebrity's choosing, this year via charitybuzz.com. Paula's new movie 'Jumping The Broom' took in a respectable $13,700,000 which was good for #3 at this weekend's box office.
Singer Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas (Usher's ex) also attended the Kentucky Derby. The 40-year-old beauty is finally beginning to show her age.
Singer Jordin Sparks is enjoying all the attention she's getting after losing all that weight. But why did she look so out of place at this year's Kentucky Derby?
Old Skool rappers Cheryl "Salt" Wray, left, and Sandy "Pepa" Denton graced the red carpet at the Kentucky Derby. According to Splash News, Cheryl is selling her upstate New York McMansion for 2.25 million. No, it hasn't gone into foreclosure, Cheryl and her husband want to downsize to something more economical. "It has been the perfect house for me and my family," said Wray, 47, who shares the estate with her husband Gavin her daughter Cornin, 19 and son Chapele, 11. The 6,000-sqaure foot house lies in a sleepy mews in leafy Melville, New York. "It's a beautiful area, the homes are gorgeous," added the Grammy winner. The "Whatta Man" singer likes to keep fit and the luxurious home also comes with a massive, fully equipped gym as well as a recording studio.
Singer Rihanna, 23, was spotted shopping in NYC yesterday after her less than spectacular appearance at the Costume Gala at the Met on Monday night. Rihanna, who wore her red wig in a long wrap around braid for the Gala, let her long red extensions hang loose and wavy yesterday. The singer doesn't have much to smile about these days, according to friends who tell me that a certain professional athlete snubbed her romantic advances. I would reveal the athlete's name, but then he would know who told me.
After leaking fake rumors to the media about other romantic pursuits that ended up going nowhere, Rihanna was secretly pursuing this ball player who was probably scared off by rumors of her notorious personality problems. The rumors of RiRi's unpredictable rages and ice cold demeanor even scared off a certain blogger who, after careful consideration, decided not to take any chances and declined an opportunity to go out on the road with her.
They say that when you're getting to know Rihanna, she is as sweet as can be. But once she gets comfortable with you -- look out!
It warmed the cockles of my hear to hear the throaty boos directed at Beyonce and Jay Z by guests at the Costume Gala at the Met last night. This video provides further evidence that people are just sick and tired of seeing these two everywhere.
Beyonce's mermaid dress was so tight she couldn't even climb the steps without the assistance of her husband and some random queen.
Nearly 100 fashionable celebrities turned out for the much-anticipated Costume Institute Gala honoring the late Alexander McQueen at The Metropolitan Museum of Art tonight in New York City tonight. I wish I could post all the pictures of every beautiful celebrity who adorned the red carpet, but there were just too many and so little time. I did the best I could.
Jay Z and his wife Beyonce attended the Costume Gala a few days after they attended his nephew's high school graduation in NYC.
Paparazzi asked singer Alicia Keys to pose without her insufferably boring husband, Swizz Beatz. And she happily obliged.
Singer Rihanna attended the costume Gala wearing a black embroidered gown and her flaming red wig in a long ponytail braid.
Bey's sister, singer Solange Knowles, will regret choosing this outfit when she reads the blogs tomorrow.
Singer Ciara tweeted excitedly about attending this event. And therefore we had high expectations for her outfit. We like Ciara so we will keep our opinions to ourself.
All those stories you heard about R&B singer divorcing her hubby Kendu Isaacs were just that -- stories. Don't believe everything you read on the blogs. The happy couple attended a special concert honoring Mary J Blige and the FFAWN (Foundation For the Advancement of Women Now) scholarship fund at the Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC last night.
Media personality Lala Vazquez-Anthony attended the Foundation For the Advancement of Women Now ("FFAWN") and Elle Magazine 2nd Annual Mary J. Blige Honors Concert to benefit FFAWN's Scholarship Fund, held at the Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC last night.
Also attending the special event were singers Jennifer Hudson, Christina Aguilera, Corrine BaileyRae, Jill Scott, actresses Kerry Washington, Ellen Pomeo, and her husband Chris Ivey; actress Evan Rachel Wood (not pictured) and more.
Love comes in all shapes and sizes: Lesbian actress Michelle Rodriguez flagged a cab with her unidentified lover in downtown NYC today. Her girlfriend has never been fat, but she's looking extra crackish in these pictures. I guess the toothpick look is in these days. Lindsay Lohan's ex, Samantha Ronson, isn't much bigger than this chick.
Last night, former Xscape singer, Tiny Harris, who goes by the username @TinyMajorMama on Twitter.com, posted this Twitpic of herself rocking a new t-shirt line by rising clothing designer, and her longtime friend, Nikki Nicole Dillard.
In case you're one of the millions of Americans who slept soundly at 4 a.m. when Britain's Prince William took Kate Middleton to be his bride, here is a quick update.
Kate Middleton will now and forever be referred to as "Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge" (unless a series of tragic deaths befalls members of the royal family, at which time she will be bestowed as Queen of England).
Kate, I mean, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, turned 29 on January 9th. She is the eldest of 3 children.
Kate, oops, I mean, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, was given Princess Diana's engagement ring to have and to own. But her new hubby made it clear early on that he intends to go ringless.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge decided to do her own makeup because she wanted to add a little normalcy to the pomp and circumstance surrounding the wedding of the century.
Although she thought it was lame, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge practiced "the wave" for hours in the mirror until she got it right.
Star Jones, 49, looks like she is packing on the pounds again as she lunches at Nello's on Madison with a pal. She appears to have put back on 20-30 pounds after her weight loss of several years ago where she became very slim. She at a creamy dessert and sipped on white wine.
R&B singer Rihanna, 23, was spotted dining out at Phillippe Chow in Hollywood yesterday.
Grammy-award winner Kelly Rowland, 30, who is a superstar over in Europe, poses for the paparazzi while leaving her hotel and getting in her car in new York city. Doesn't she look gorgeous?
Reality TV personality Kim Kardashian, 30, was spotted leaving a nail salon in Beverly Hills, CA after having a manicure and pedicure in the color pink.
Here's more Jay Z and Beyoncé Knowles in Paris pictures, because I know how much you love them. Bey and Jay were photographed taking a stroll after eating lunch today in Paris, France.
As you can see, Beyoncé read your comments about her Stepford wives outfit yesterday on all the blogs, so she switched things up a little bit with a cropped lambskin jacket over a denim shirt and khaki shorts. She accessorized her outfit with 6¼" Christian Louboutin Lady Daf Platform Mary Jane schoolgirl strap pumps ($995). Nice!
I'm told that Jay Z consulted with his physicians back home who plan to adjust his meds to curb the frequency of his embarrassing mishaps. But I don't know that for sure, so please don't quote me on that.
Doesn't Beyoncé look a little odd to you? I can't quite put my finger on it. It's more than just the bleaching, there's something about her demeanor that looks weird in a Stepford Wives sort of way.
I heard from a few female acquaintances this weekend whose husbands also experienced Jay Z's, er, problem. I never hear from these chicks unless they read something on my blog. Anyway, one acquaintance said to me, "I don't think my husband is taking Viagra, but how would I know that for sure?" Photos by: GC
Actors Will and Jada Pinkett Smith attended the White House Easter egg roll with their children, Jaden and Willow Smith yesterday. Willow performed for the children of invited guests, while U.S. President Barack Obama, his wife Michelle and their girls, Sasha and Malia sang along.
Is this a boy or a girl kissing hugging Willow Smith? It's so hard to tell these days. How confusing it must be for the children. EDIT: A loyal reader emailed me to say that the boy is a member of a group called Mindless Behavior.
According to publicist, Saptosa Foster, a group of lucky NYC teens kicked off their Easter weekend on Saturday at a
special screening of Disney's upcoming film PROM (www.disney.com/prom),
hosted by heir to Diddy's empire Justin Combs, Grammy-nominated singer Karina Pasian.
Attendees included Justin's mom, stylist Misa Hylton; WayneBarrow (Bystorm Entertainment), TeenDiaries founder Aeshia DeVore Branch, Def Jam's Al Branch, Chris Nadler (Hot 97/Emmis Communications), CNN's Keisha Lamothe and JUICY senior editor Taiia Smart Young, and their children. PROM is in theaters April 29. Photos by: Jerome Shaw
Beyonce's ex-manager Matthew Knowles hugged Michelle Williams, the only member of Destiny's Child who isn't related to him, at the 42nd Annual GMA Dove Awards held at The Fox Theatre yesterday in Atlanta. The show airs on GMC on Sunday April 24, 2011.
Lala Vasquez was spotted out and about in NYC yesterday wearing a one-shoulder creme colored dress. Lala was on her way to see the opening of 'Sister Act' on Broadway as the special guest of Whoopi Goldberg. I'm told the NY Knickerbockers organization is reminding wives of the unspoken rule that players must avoid sex before every game to keep their stamina up. Judging from the series standings so far (Celtics lead the series 2-0), it seems likely that the rule is being ignored. Photos by: Jackson Lee/Splash News
I was just talking to a male industry friend who told me: "Sandra, the fake big booty bishes are definitely winning right now." I won't say what prompted him to tell me that. Anyway, speaking of fake big booty bishes, Ice T's wife Coco was spotted filming her reality TV series with her pregnant sister in the meatpacking district today.
D-list actresses Teyana Taylor, left, and Keke Palmer attend "Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family" Los Angeles Premiere at The Dome at Arclight theater in Hollywood last night. Teynana has struggled to gain success her entire non-career. At least now she can say she starred in one of Tyler Perry's movies.
Lauren London doesn't have such problems. She's a well-known actress with a few more acting credits under her belt than Teyana. She's also famous for being one of Lil Wayne's sperm collectors.
Does newcomer Shannon Kane remind you of a light skinned Nia Long?
I wonder if Tyler James, who played Chris Rock as a young boy, is getting any work?
Burlesque singer Beyonce, 29, and her rapper hubby Jay Z, 41, jetted to Paris, France yesterday to escape the onslaught of criticism from those who heard her latest single, "Girls (Who Run The World)" which leaked online Monday. The track is so horrible that Gawker.com was prompted to title their post review, "Beyoncé's New Single Is All Kinds of Bad." In fact, all of Beyonce's ear-shattering singles -- except for "Halo" and "Hello" -- are all kinds of bad. It's a shame that it took so long for people to finally notice that the girl has limited talent.
Even though she's not a celebrity, paparazzi still snapped photos of Usher's ex wife Tameka Foster, 40, shopping in Miami, Florida with a friend yesterday. Tameka apparently tweeted that she was in Miami to enjoy a little fun in the sun, but a spy tells me that Tameka is actually stalking her latest prey -- who is a "professional baller." That could mean that the unfortunate fella is a ball player, a rapper or a drug dealer. Take your pick. But whoever he is, I'm told that the dude is not currently single. That Tameka LOVES a challenge!
Pop icon Janet Jackson gets emotional as she performs during her sold out "Number Ones: Up Close and Personal" World Tour at the Gibson Amphtheatre in Los Angeles last night.
To those who thought Ms. Jackson was washed up at age 45, her tour was just extended to add more U.S. cities due to the high demand. The tour has received rave reviews from even the most discerning music critics. Good for her!
R&B singer Rihanna was spotted arriving at Osteria Mozza in Los Angeles last night. Rihanna can smile now that she's broken the record for most consecutive shows booked at London's O2 Arena (10). But tickets to her tour continue to sell slowly in the United States -- and it will remain that way at least until she adjusts her stank attitude.
As part of their new campaign to “redefine the color of beauty” beauty brand Carol’s Daughter chose three light skinned women, model Selita Ebanks, Beyonce's sister, Solange Knowles, and Puffy's concubine, Cassie, to be their new spokeswomen. Is anyone surprised?
Selita Ebanks explains that the starlets were chosen for the texture of their hair, rather than for the hue of their skin: “Carol’s Daughter doesn’t have just one direct demographic,” she said. “Solange’s hair is a different texture than mine; so is Cassie’s. Our skin and body types are different. Today, people are blended, and I think the three of us are a prime example. Women in my family range from vanilla to the deepest chocolate.”
That's funny, I don't see the "deepest chocolate" represented in this photo. I guess they couldn't find any chocolate sistas on such short notice?
“They will serve as cultural ambassadors in bringing forth this acceptance that the definition of beauty is now colorless,” said Steve Stoute. “There are no longer boxes of white, black, Latina, Asian. More and more women are checking the other box.” According to Stoute, the trio was chosen because aside from their beauty “they share the vision and embody the messaging in their attitude, appearance, projects and core values.
Remember the sad story of Lashaun Armstrong, the little boy who was the only survivor after his mother drove her family into the Hudson River last week? Lashaun Armstrong, 10, is shown walking outside a residence in Newburgh, New York with a woman identified as "Lisa." He seems to be holding up really well considering the horrific deaths of his mother, Lashanda Armstrong, and his three siblings. Photo: Splash News Online
Beyonce's sister Solange Knowles, 24, posed for pictures on the red carpet at ELLE's 2nd Annual Women In Music Event at Music Box yesterday (April 11) in Hollywood, California. Solange is starting to make a little noise for herself now that her DJ career went bust. Word is she's in the studio recording a new album. At least she keeps trying!
Singer Jordin Sparks, 22, attended the same event looking ravishing after a 60lb weight loss! It's a good thing that singer Steph Jones snapped Jordin up before she transformed into a brunette Beyonce. Now all the men are noticing Jordin for the first time. Other stars in attendance included singer Robyn, Sophia Bush, Gillian Jacobs and Kara DioGuardi, among others.
Super couple Khloé Kardashian and Lamar Odom, both 26, dined out at Katsuya restaurant in Hollywood, CA last night after watching the series premiere of their new show, 'Khloé & Lamar' on E!
Singer/songwriter Ne-Yo, 31, was seen shopping in the beautiful South of France over the weekend. Yes, he's wearing black socks with sandals. It must be a French thing.
Rapper Bow Wow, 24, performed during the Sydney Supafest Music Festival at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia yesterday. Word is that Bow Wow signed a TV deal with director Ice Cube to develop a TV series based on the somewhat hit movie 'Lottery Ticket.' Good for Bow Wow. He's successfully finding ways to stay relevant.
Kim Kardashian, 30, was seen outside her home filming scenes for the upcoming season of her reality series "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" today in W. Hollywood.
Former Danity Kane member and MTV 'Making The Band' alum, Aubrey O'Day, 27, posed on the red carpet at Logo's "New Now Next" Awards. That's a beautiful dress she's wearing. After the group was dissolved, Aubrey's stalled career was revived by a new reality TV series that she stars in.
American Idol runner up Adam Lambert, 29, posed with a transvestite lookalike at Logo's "New Now Next" Awards at The Avalon Nightclub in Hollywood, Ca today. I think I see Rihanna in the background.
Cartoon rapper Nicki Minaj continues to build her bubble gum brand by teaming with Casio to roll out the company's new Tryx camera in Times Square and at Best Buy in NYC yesterday. Nicki, 28, wore her trademark bouffant afro puff wig and a skin tight body suit over her industrial size butt pads.
The flip video camera is neon pink and features a hollow flip handle that you can hang on your wrist. Nicki will be honored as NARM’s Breakthrough Artist of the Year at the 2011 NARM Awards dinner in LA in May. Don't ever think mediocracy isn't rewarded.
Aging fashionista Karl Lagerfeld, 77, unveiled his new designs for Diet Coke bottles yesterday. The pink and black Diet Coke bottles are the 2nd collection bearing Karl's name. The new Diet Coke Karl bottles go on sale soon.