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.