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There is something to be said for the vintage feel of many so-called boudoir photo sessions. They can take virtually any person, regardless of all physical aspects, and turn them into something soft, sensual, and almost mysterious. Aside from the fact that most celebrities- on this list or not- are all of those things anyway, boudoir photos take it to the next level. Simply put, they ooze sex appeal, probably because they involve bedrooms, lingerie and/or full nudity, and a come-hither air made complete by the pouty lips and bewitching sort of look that seem to be typical of this sort of photo shoot.

Boudoir photography is no longer just for the rich and the famous. Increasingly, it is becoming something women do for a wedding gift for their fiancés/husbands, or something they do for themselves just for fun, kind of like a new and improved alternative to Glamour Shots (remember those?). And why not? These photos are fun, frisky, and can be tailored to each individual, using props or backgrounds or outfits to make each and every boudoir shoot unique.

Below I present to you 15 of the most beautiful women in Hollywood- both models and actresses- all of whom have engaged in one type of boudoir photo session or another. Their beauty and their bodies are highlighted by the nature of these photos, and I think that by the end of it, all of them will be even more attractive in your eyes, having seen them in this new yet classic light. I know they were to me.

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1. Emily Ratajkowski

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English actress and model Emily Ratajkowski is probably best known for playing Andie Hardy in Gone Girl (she was the student-turned-homewrecker who got with Ben Affleck’s character). But she has done more modeling than anything, which is perhaps why this boudoir photo of her (one of many to choose from) is so perfect. It is one of those things in life that is perfect because of its imperfections; this photo seems more real than a lot of the ones I came across. For example, Emily is not perfectly or overly made-up; she looks natural. The bedroom is not one from a fantasy, her hair looks really messy (not sexy-messy), and she is not even wearing uber-sexy lingerie, which like the imperfect being perfect, is actually sexier. Her silk top leaves more to the imagination, and her high-topped lace panties show off her curves and flat tummy. And that pose? Now that is worthy of one of the “perfect” boudoir shots, but I still like this one better.

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2…Miranda Kerr

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Guys seem to appreciate a woman who wears their shirt around the house… and nothing else. It is its own variation of less-is-more, if you think about it, and it totally works. Victoria’s Secret model Miranda Kerr knows how to make it work for sure. Usually all dolled up and strutting her stuff on the catwalk, it is nice to see this more laid-back- but still very sexy- Miranda, sitting innocently in bed, wearing only a men’s button-up. Now a button-up alone may or may not be sexy, but the way she has it open, not one single button done, and is posing with her legs folded is quite enticing. The dimpled angel-face hails from Down Under, and she used to be a gymnast when she was younger, which may explain her awesome physique. But she is also scandalous; she released nude photos of her ex-husband Orlando Bloom onto the internet, so don’t mess with this chick!

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3…Eliza Dushku

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Now that is a come-hither little smirk if I ever saw one! Beautiful Eliza Dushku of Dollhouse fame certainly looks dollish in this boudoir pic. Her ringlets are perfect, and her bra, panties, and thigh-highs all fit perfectly, as if they were made for her body. Eliza wears a flattering amount of makeup- not too much, not too little- and seduces the camera with those eyes that are essentially pools of sex. Lying on some kind of very soft blanket, she looks very comfortable and as if she is beckoning someone to come join her for a frolic in the throw. Known for her throaty voice and playing confident characters, Eliza has always been a tomboy at heart, although you wouldn’t know it from this picture. But sexually speaking, she knows what she likes: “I love leather and it’s great to be a bad girl at times. But there is a time and a place for everything. When I’m with Grandma, it’s flowers, and when I’m out in town scoping guys, you know…”

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4…Marion Cotillard

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The fact that actress Marion Cotillard is French makes her all the more alluring, especially when she opens her mouth and that sexy accent comes rolling off her tongue. This dark-haired, blue-eyed beauty looks sensational in this photo, lying on peach silk and wearing black and animal-print lingerie. Her face appears unamused, but that is kind of the mood of the photo, don’t you think? Shiny curls, blood-red nails, shadowy eye makeup, sequined heels, and a pose to die for on the bed, this boudoir shot oozes sex appeal. She often plays femme fatales (in A Private Affair, A Very Long Engagement, The Black Box, Inception, Midnight in Paris, Macbeth, and The Dark Knight Rises) and it is easy to see why. But she is not a fan of doing love scenes. Marion says, “I was always reluctant to shoot love scenes…. But in Rust and Bone we had very naked love scenes, and it was totally different… The whole day I was naked on set and I was totally fine with it.” I wonder if she feels the same about a naked (or near-naked) photo shoot?

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5…Kate Beckinsale

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A lot of guys have a thing for Kate Beckinsale, and the reason should be obvious. The Underworld actress is fiiiine. In this boudoir photo, she looks a little sassy, and all kinds of hot. The barefoot, bed-ready beauty is keeping with the theme of simplicity for her boudoir shoot, if you notice. Bright white light streaming through a wall of windows, white linens, a white, off-the-shoulder dress, wavy hair worn down, and minimal make-up are the key features of this photo, and yet all you notice is her face and her body, nothing else. It, like her, is gorgeous. Not surprisingly, Kate has been ranked highly on all sorts of hot lists over the years, such as Most Desirable Women, Sexiest Women in the World, and Hot 100

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6…Ashley Olsen

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The Olsen twins, whom Ashley Olsen is one half of, are known now for being kind of oddballs, quite contrary to their bubbly, cutesie image during their childhood and teenage years. We are used to seeing photos of them as adults that make them look more alien-like than the 20-something fashionistas they are. But in this photo, Ashley, while still looking a bit disturbed, is appealing in a way that is different from both the creepy and the cute ways she usually is. Who knows? Maybe it can be attributed to the fact that there is only one of her in this picture, but then there is also her petite, curled-up figure, unclothed from the waist down. And that disturbed look is also wistful, and musing, and preoccupied, as if she has something on her mind other than fashion, boys, or Mary-Kate. And that is sexy, much more so than her frock-wearing, bug-eyed, purse-lipped norm.

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7…Laetitia Casta

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French model Laetitia Casta looks like she is just waiting for her man to walk through the door; she is all dolled up and sitting on the edge of the bed looking oh-so feminine. The black of her unique lingerie contrasts her fair skin nicely, and the heels add to the length of her already impossibly long legs, legs that in this photo are just begging to be wrapped around a man. Her hair off to one side, a forlorn look on her gorgeous face, and the seemingly wistful strength that this photo portrays all add to the beauty of it, as does the brownish-purple filter that falls somewhere between color and black and white. Interestingly, Laetitia is known for her blue eyes, curvaceous figure, and brilliant smile, but in this picture, you can see none of these things. Nonetheless, it is just as charming as any of the others where those things are all evident. That is the mark of a great model, I suppose; to be able to convey all kinds of emotion and not only that which you are good at.

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8…Kristin Kreuk

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Kristin Kreuk is mostly famous for playing Lana Lang on the CW superhero show Smallville from 2001-2009. The stunning actress, who is of Chinese and Dutch descent, poses for her boudoir photo wearing fishnets, heels, and an off-the-shoulder sweater that you know does not cover everything in front. Her pout, her curls, and her demure look all scream seduction. That she sits on the back of a sofa, in front of a cityscape backdrop, all in black and white, only adds to the feeling of this photo. Kristin has a few different boudoir shots out there, mostly in black and white, and all of them just as pretty as this one. In the others, she is posed just as suggestively, but on a bed and wearing black lingerie. As nice as they are though, there is something about this particular shot that is a little something different than the “norm” for the boudoir photo.

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9…Kaley Cuoco

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She can hang with the geeks on The Big Bang Theory, she can play a witch on Charmed, and apparently, she can be quite the temptress in a boudoir photo shoot, as well. I am so accustomed now to her snarky character of Penny on The Big Bang Theory that I never would have pictured her this way, but she is quite lovely. Tastefully done, this photo really brings out her features- the smooth skin, big eyes, shapely brows, and full lips that all work together to create her harmonious visage. Less is more, as they say, and in this case it is the truth. With only a sheet, and her hair pinned back, she wears only a pair of studded earrings, and because there is nothing else to focus on her but her and her alone, her beauty is a lot more obvious. It is one boudoir photo that is sexy, but not necessarily sexual.

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10…Isla Fisher

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Everyone’s favorite red-head stuns in this simple yet elegant shot. Kind of smiling and kind of not, Isla appears relaxed, lying on a divan. Her milky white skin glows in the soft light, underneath a layer or two of sandy-colored dress. Her jewelry minimal, her hair messy-sexy, her chocolate eyes smoldering, this photo is all-around flattering of Isla, who most recently played Karen in the 2016 movie Keeping Up with the Joneses. That Sacha Baron Cohen is one lucky man to have this beauty as his wife, and upon seeing this picture, he or any man would likely have the urge to climb right in beside her on that plushy cushion. Unlike some models or actresses, Isla retains her kind face even when posing for a photo shoot, and even when the shoot is supposed to be an enticing boudoir one.

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11…Minka Kelly

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Minka Kelly is one of those drop-dead gorgeous women who is so pretty, people sometimes fail to notice that her body is equally worthy of awe. I love that in this boudoir photo, her body is the focus, as her face, while still beautiful, is essentially expressionless, giving the spotlight to her tan shape. The shadows play out well across her legs, toned stomach, and perky breasts, and the girly white lingerie helps, as Minka’s dark locks flow over her skin and the lace. In the background a bed sits waiting, not a main focus of the picture but just there so it is in the back of our mind. A wakeboarder and horseback rider, Minka says she knew she was not cut out for modeling (I beg to differ) because, “I’m too short. I’ve got a big butt. It wasn’t going to happen.” I think she would have done just fine, at least judging by this picture.

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12…Eva Mendes

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Cuban-American actress Eva Mendes is known for her curvaceous and buxom figure, and while this photo does not highlight her bust, her curves sure stand out. You would never guess by looking at this sultry photo that the woman in it used to want to be a nun! Shockingly, the beguiling figure in fishnets who appears almost mischievous, once wanted to do the work of God. That is, until she learned that nuns do not get paid. Then she moved onto her second choice- acting. It has clearly fared well for her, and now Eva is better off anyway, as she does not “believe in the institution of marriage”, something that would likely not have gone over well with the other nuns (or the big man upstairs). She has been dating Ryan Gosling for five years, and the two have two girls together.

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13…Yvonne Strahovski

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Yvonne Strahovski is the second woman on this list who is from Australia, although her family immigrated there from Poland. The blonde beauty did a boudoir shoot, and she looks, as usual, absolutely stunning. The setting is an interesting choice, taking the theme of less-is-more to a whole new level, as the bed does not even have a mattress. Yvonne herself does not have any clothes, pajamas, or lingerie, but nor is she nude. Wearing what appears to be a black, long-sleeved leotard, earrings, and leopard-print heels of at least four inches, this is a different kind of boudoir photo, but it is beautiful just the same. Yvonne’s perfect body that we see here is the result of a lifetime of being a tomboy and being physical. In her own words, “I’ve been very physical my whole life. I went out hiking and camping for days in the Australian forest, and when I trained at drama school for three years, we did a whole lot on stage-fighting techniques. And I was a dancer for five to 18.” She also calls herself “pretty gross and crude.” You cannot tell by this photo, though!

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14…Angelina Jolie

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Often called the Most Beautiful Woman in the World, Angelina Jolie wows no matter what she is wearing (or not wearing) in any photo or photo shoot. That is obvious. Though her recent divorce from Brad Pitt has largely taken over gossip headlines this year, these photos from a boudoir-esque photo session when Ang was younger by 20 or so years deserve a little attention too. Just look at that radiant smile. She is modeling, and maybe faking it, but you cannot tell because she honestly looks happy. Wrapped in some kind of sheer, shimmery dress and perhaps in the middle of changing, this boudoir shoot was done in what looks to be a regular bedroom, albeit one with a vintage feel. There is nothing extraordinary about the photo at all, except that Angelina glows, and looking at it, it is hard to imagine she ever played dark characters at all, like Maleficent, Salt, or Mrs. Smith. Or that in her real life, she was a homewrecker (sorry; despite her global humanitarian efforts, I am and always have been Team Jen. But that is not to say Ang doesn’t look sweet, because she does).

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15…Scarlett Johansson

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Everyone loves them some ScarJo, and she is undoubtedly beautiful. But in this boudoir photo, she almost doesn’t look like her. She retains her beauty of course, but she looks nostalgic, almost melancholy. That facial expression along with her short curls and dreamy eye makeup is a far cry from Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, Jordan Two Delta, Lucy, or any of the other strong characters she has played. But here, dripping with diamonds, sheathed in a transparent lavender dress, her feet hugged by yellow heels, Scarlett is the blushing picture of the damsel-in-distress, romantic type. She looks more like her character of Griet in The Girl with the Pearl Earring or Charlotte in Lost in Translation than she does her upcoming role of Major Motoko Kusanagi in 2017’s Ghost in the Shell. Either way, however- coy or aggressive, demure or bold- everything suits her just fine.

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WORLD WOMEN ON SHOW..100 years of Iranian beauty in one video

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Women’s clothing, makeup and hairstyles have long reflected social change around the world. This viral video, created by and starring Iranian-American model Sabrina Sarajy, takes us on a visual tour through women’s changing roles and rights during the region’s turbulent history.

The time lapse compresses 100 years of beauty and fashion trends in less than one and a half minutes. We start at 1910, when Sabrina wears a white hijab, no makeup and a drawn-on monobrow – tweezers, plucking and threading were not an option back then. The immense feeling of powerlessness, from living in an oppressive environment, is reflected in her sombre expression.

Things begin to look up in the 1920s. The Iranian women’s movement gained traction and women were hopeful for more rights and freedom. They wore hijabs, but in brighter, bolder colours with more of their hair peeking out from underneath.

When Reza Shah Pahlavi came into power in the 1930s, he banned chadors and hijabs, as he believed the headscarf was suppressing women. Cut to Sabrina ditching the veil for a jaunty hat and a face full of makeup. The country began to open up and embrace global trends, from the finger-curls and shaped eyebrows of the 1920s, to the beehive of the 1960s and Charlies Angels-esque ‘do of the 1970s. They were influenced by the iconic styles in Britain and America, wearing heavy cat-eye makeup and bright pink lippy.

Yet everything changed in the 1980s. When the Iranian revolution broke out in 1979, the status of women regressed. A lot of the rights they’d been granted were withdrawn and women were routinely imprisoned for violations of Iran’s strict dress code. As a result, 1980s is eerily reminiscent of the 1910s, where the model wears a downcast expression and obediently tucks her hair beneath a black headscarf.

Since this time, women have struggled to regain lost rights and win a larger role in society. The Iranian Green Revolution in 2009 marked this ongoing battle for greater human and civil rights, reflected in her defiant expression, the war paint across her cheeks and a bright green headscarf with the front strands of her hair hanging loose around her face. Yes, the hijab remains, but it’s more relaxed this time.

Since going live, the reaction on YouTube has been overwhelming positive. “I wanted to ask for an Iranian version but never imagined you guys would do this,” one user commented. “As a Persian, I approve of this so hard. Glad I subscribed,” states another.

Of course, the whole experience of Iranian women cannot be summed up in a series of hairstyles, but it’s a thoughtful reflection on how politics in Iran has significantly influenced the appearance and role of women in society. As Vox points out, fashion’s always has been highly political, seen “initially as a public way of enforcing secular political values, and then as a public way of enforcing religious ones”. Look underneath the hair and makeup and you have women who are hopeful for change, choices and freedom.


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This video shows what beauty looks like in 37 different countries

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A portrait taken outside the Labrang monastery, in Xiahe, China. Photo: Mihaela Noroc

As much as the ladymags and Victoria’s Secret would have you believe it, not everyone’s definition of beauty is skinny and blonde with big eyes, a narrow nose and a wide smile. Though the mainstream media tends to promote a fairly homogenous look, ‘pretty’ differs wildly depending on where you are in the world.

This video examines this notion. We live in a world populated by folks from different countries and of various ethnicities, all with vastly different ideas of what it means to be beautiful.

Created by 30-year-old photographer Mihaela Noroc, the video features portraits of women from 37 countries around the world.  The multi-year photographic project saw her travel from her native Bucharest up to the Arctic, thence through Russia and China to Japan, and later through Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, the South Pacific, Chile, Colombia, Peru and even the Amazon Rainforest.

Noroc went in search of “natural and authentic faces” without makeup and discovered most of her subjects via social media and on the street. To bring her into contact with as many people as possible, she couch-surfed and always travelled over land.

There are certainly standouts in the series, from the otherworldly beauty posed in a former mosque with light streaming in through stained-glass windows in Iran to the Tibetan woman at the monastery in Xiahe, China, with her ruddy, wind-chapped cheeks. Referring to the latter, Noroc told Forbes, “I think she was quite surprised when I told her that she was beautiful, and I think that that surprise is what shows in her face. You know, what I have learned? People don’t think that they are beautiful. But they are.”

The Atlas of Beauty is a work in progress that Noroc is funding herself and via crowdsourcing. Once she’s raised more money, she hopes to bring more ages and diversity into the project. A whole compendium of her portraits lives on her Tumblr.


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Hot Female Stars x 11 before/after & now pics


In Hollywood, it’s incredibly important to age gracefully. Sometimes, the pressure to look a certain way can be overwhelming. For this reason, many celebrities – young and old – turn to plastic surgery or drastic weight loss to maintain their good looks. Unfortunately, those methods don’t always work and the celebrities end up looking worse than when they started. Here are 11 female celebrities who used to be hot but, unfortunately, aren’t anymore:


1. Tara Reid

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Tara partied her way from a reality television beauty to a scary looking C-List actress. Her California looks somehow melted away through a haze of drugs and drastic weight loss, leave her looking dreary and drawn.


2. Madonna

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Madonna, the reigning goddess of pop, has not aged gracefully. She went from blonde bombshell to just really old in a very short space of time, largely because of — again — plastic surgery. Madge should’ve taken the normal route and stayed with her original face because everyone loved it, and it would no doubt have looked much better than it does now.


3. Donatella Versace

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The queen of the fashion world made the horrible mistake of trying to be more beautiful than her models — with catastrophic results. Donatella, as her name suggests, was once a blonde beauty. Once the plastic surgeries and alleged drug use began to take their toll, Donatella became almost unrecognizable.


4. Meg Ryan 

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For much of the 90s, America’s sweetheart was actress Meg Ryan. Starring in the decade’s most popular romantic comedies like Sleepless in Seattle and When Harry Met Sally, she charmed the world with her blonde locks and adorable face. Age and plastic surgery, unfortunately, couldn’t keep Meg’s spell on America. Her face and body wilted, and although it would be a stretch to say Meg Ryan is ugly, she’s definitely not the beauty she was.


5. Kelly Lebrock 

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Kelly Lebrock was part of the Girl Next Door club of young, beautiful actresses. With charming good looks and her bright personality, she landed many coveted roles. Unfortunately, the dreaded curse of weight gain hit, and Lebrock ballooned to more than 200 pounds. She joined and fell off the celebrity weight loss wagon, but it was much too late for her.


6. Lindsay Lohan 

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Lindsay Lohan was the teen idol of the early 2000s. Her youthful good looks and wholesome image from popular movies like The Parent Trap and Mean Girls cemented her fame. Lindsay took a wrong turn somewhere in her late teens, joining the many child stars whose lives have been derailed by drug and alcohol abuse. She lost drastic, unhealthy amounts of weight, and her skin began to become papery and sagged. The perky, “good girl” idol was no more after her stints in rehab and run-ins with the law.


7. Lil Kim 

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Lil Kim was the hottest MC in the game. She was leagues ahead of other female rappers of her time, and her lyricist skills were praised in and out of the industry. Even hotter than her raps was her body. Lil Kim hid nothing — quite literally. As the years went by, however, Kim began to take drastic measures to preserve her appearance… which was a terrible idea. Her plastic surgeon wrecked Kim’s looks and possibly her music career.


8. Heidi Montag

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Resident Queen Bee of The Hills, Heidi Montag was gorgeous. She was the symbol of the rich, beautiful girl lifestyle and proudly flaunted it. Once her reality show The Hills ended, Heidi began to undertake what many called a “Barbie doll transformation.” She had dozens of surgeries over the course of a couple years, and the result wasn’t so much a Barbie doll transformation as it was a Frankenstein transformation.


9. Jenna Jameson

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The name Jenna Jameson is synonymous with hot porn. It was well known in the early 2000s that any porn worth watching had to have Jenna Jameson in it. She had a body to die for and a flawless face. After Jameson retired, her looks appeared to take the same route as her career. She became almost skeletally thin, her skin saggy and battered.


10. Janice Dickinson 

Janice Dickinson was the model of perfection – literally. She was splashed on magazine covers and ad campaigns all over the world, truly epitomizing the term supermodel. Unfortunately, mere mortal aging wasn’t enough for Janice. She underwent several extreme plastic surgery procedures that inflated her lips like old tires and sagged the rest of her face.


11. Kirstie Alley 

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Kirstie Alley was one of the most enviable babes of the 80s and early nineties. Her perfectly feathered hair and body were to the envy of millions of women. Somewhere along the lines, something went wrong. Kirstie Alley has been back and forth on the celebrity weight loss and weight gain scale, at one point weighing in at nearly 250 pounds. Her weight battles have been very public, with Alley becoming spokeswoman for several weight loss products.



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Daring stark lip colours for smart brave beauties

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You’ve mastered the red lip and pulled off the bright pink, but now it’s time for a new challenge.
And it’s not going to be easy.
I’m not talking nudes and oranges either. I’m talking about the colours you see on catwalks and fashion shoots that you’d never dare to wear in real life.
Well, I’m daring you.
If you choose to accept, Cathy Cerovac, make-up mrtist at Beauty Ink, has offered her top tips on how best to proceed.

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Yellow is a hard colour to pull off no matter what product you’re trying it out with. As it’s such a light colour it can be difficult for it to show up on your skin. Cathy suggests concealing and powdering the entire lip area first. This will create a neutral base to allow the colour to be really prominent. Cathy recommends lining and filling the lips with a highly pigmented yellow pencil before finishing off with a yellow matte lipstick.

Try: NYX Macaroon Lippie in Citron (



“Blue lips would suit someone that has dark features; dark hair, dark eyebrows, olive skin tone and brown eyes – someone that has a warm tone,” explains Cathy. “Somebody that is a cool colour can also wear blue lipstick but it would have to be more of a pastel shade and I would recommend matching this with a touch of grey on the eyes.”

Try: Sleek Pout Paint in Peek A Bloo ($13.95,



Rihanna managed to pull it off, so why can’t you? For green lips, Cathy suggests using a foundation shade that’s slightly darker than your natural skin tone to make your skin glow and not looked washed out against the green. “I would then base the rest of my colours on golds and neutral browns to ensure there’s no clashes with the green.”

Try: Illamasqua Intense Lipgloss in Shoot (



You don’t have to turn Goth to wear black lips, but Cathy does admit it can be tricky not to look pale while wearing this lip colour. She suggests to again use a foundation slightly darker than you’d normally wear: “I would also contour the check bones, hair line and jaw line and line the eyes with a grey liner to keep the focus on the lips.”

Try: Manic Panic Matte Lipstick in Raven Black ($16,

So there you have it you luscious ladies choose & indulge

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If you have a fair complexion you may wonder about beauty tips for pale skin. Porcelain skin is absolutely gorgeous. With these 20 beauty tips for pale skin you can make it even more fabulous.

1. Avoid Neutral Lip Colors


If you have a light complexion it is best to avoid light lip colors. Nudes and light browns won’t do your fair skin any justice. In fact you will look more dead than alive

2. Go for Color


Since we know neutral lip colors are out, what are some beauty tips for pale skin? Women with pale skin look best in bright lipstick. Try reds or corals. Think of Scarlett Johansson with her beautiful porcelain skin and bright ruby lips.

3. Light Eyes


If you have blue or green eyes, than opt for eye shadows that have a blue and green hint to them. Even bold blues and greens will work. These colors will really make your eyes pop

4. Brown Eyes


If you have brown eyes and pale skin you may be wondering about beauty tips for pale skin. Brown eyes look great on pale skin with dark chocolate browns, lavenders, and gray. These colors are sure to make your eyes glimmer.

5. Avoid Neutral Eye Shadow


Pale skin doesn’t do well with neutral eye shadows. Creams and beige will wipe out your complexion instead of giving you dimension. Avoid them at all cost.

6. Eyeliner


If you are having trouble choosing the right eyeliner, keep reading this beauty tip for pale skin. It’s best to go with eyeliner that is a shade or two darker than your eye shadow. One thing is for sure, you never want to go lighter.

7. Mascara


Plain and simple, always choose black mascara. It will help make your eyes pop. Brown or clear mascara won’t do your complexion any good.

8. Test Foundation


The next beauty tip for pale skin deals with picking out the right foundation. Often times I have trouble picking out foundations because the colors look too pink or grey. I suggest taking advantage of the testers. Remember to test the foundation on your face not your hand. Look at the color in the store and out in natural light before making your final decision.

9. Don’t Skip Blush


Ever! It still confuses me why so many women think blush is not a necessity. Blush gives your face color, definition and warmth. Always apply light and add more as needed.

10. Try Bronzer


If you still aren’t sold on the idea of blush at least give a little bronzer a try. Bronzer works best to give you a nice sun-kissed glow when applied to your cheeks, chin, nose, and forehead. These are all spots the sun would naturally hit.

11. Blonde


Many women ask for hair beauty tips for pale skin. If you aren’t a natural blonde, going blonde can be difficult. You really want to work with your stylist to find the perfect blonde for your skin tone. Choosing the wrong color will wash you out horribly.

12. Brunettes and Red Heads


Porcelain skin looks absolutely gorgeous when paired with dark brown, reds, and even black. Debra Messing is a perfect example of someone with fair skin that looks incredibly beautiful with red fiery locks.

13. No Light Clothes


Unless you want to look naked from a distance, I strongly urge you not to wear whites and creams. The colors are too light and will blend in with your skin tone.

14. Go with Bold Colors


Just like with everything else our beauty tips for pale skin suggest you go bold. Your light complexion means you can pull off red and coral colors. Don’t feel overwhelmed by the thought. Try adding a few more bold colors to your wardrobe.

15. Skin Care


No beauty tips for pale skin list would be complete without skin care advice. It’s important to remember to always wash your face and remove any makeup at night before bed. A good skin care regimen helps to prevent breakouts.

16. Sunscreen


Fair skin is more likely to burn in the sun. Even when you think the risk for a burn isn’t likely, you still need to wear sunscreen. It is especially important to apply sunscreen to your face every day. Sun damage will age your skin causing dark spots, uneven complexion and wrinkles. Don’t let the sun ruin your beautiful fair skin.

17. Hide Red


If your skin is irritated or you have a blemish it’s going to show on your skin. You can easily hide these red flaws by covering with a green tinted concealer. The green neutralizes the red.

18. Even out Complexion


If your skin is already showing signs of damage from the sun consider micro-dermabrasion. Micro-dermabrasion works by removing the top layer of your skin to reveal a new layer that is fresher and less damaged. If you can’t afford the spa treatment try an at-home kit.

19. Healthy Diet


You wouldn’t think a healthy diet would be a part of beauty tips for fair skin, but it is. Fresh fruits and veggies do wonderful things for your skin. Foods like apples, papaya and leafy greens are packed with essential vitamins to give your skin a healthy appearance.

20. Water


If we are going to talk about food, we can’t forget water. You need to always drink at least 8 glasses of water each day. Water helps hydrate the skin from the inside. Don’t forget to drink your water.

Over all, the beauty tips for pale skin can easily be summed up. First you need to have a good diet and drink lots of water. Second follow a good skin care regimen to keep your skin clean and clear of breakouts. And finally don’t be afraid of color when applying makeup, choosing hair color, or picking out clothes. What are some of your favorite beauty tips for pale skin?

Henry Sapiecha




I’m having lunch outside with a handful of close friends. Wearing a short-sleeved top, I stretch my arms behind my head, then wait for the reaction. “Gosh, full armpit hair. I haven’t seen that in a while,” says the 50-something husband of a friend.

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“Lost your razor, did you?” asks my friend Rachel, as her teenage son swallows, looking disgusted by what is unquestionably his first sight of proper underarm hair: his mother, I know, has an underarm and leg wax and a Brazilian every six weeks, not leaving much change from $200. “Still, where Madonna goes, we all must follow, I suppose,” she murmurs, referring to a recent Instagram shot of the high priestess of pop, complete with long underarm hair.

The question of body hair – and what, if anything, a woman is supposed to do with it – sits neck and neck with diet and body weight as a pressing question on the feminist agenda. Ever since the term Brazilian was coined by the J Sisters salon in Manhattan in 1994 for the waxing of all but a small strip of pubic hair, the trend for shaving, waxing or lasering armpit, leg and pubic hair has seemed unstoppable. Facial-hair removal – the faintest down from brows and upper lips – is pretty standard for many women, and three female friends have been offered arm-hair removal in salons, although none has yet taken this up.

“Three years ago I wouldn’t have dreamt of booking a Brazilian from work, but it’s not surprising any more. Last year, I overheard a junior booking a Hollywood,” says Emma, 34, referring to the extreme version of a Brazilian, in which all hair is removed.

Emma Stone, just your average bland, basic bitch image

These days, a mere gentle trim of the bikini line pre-holiday is unthinkable. The perceived pressure for women to be groomed and beach- or bedroom-ready at all times has never been more intense, or more lucrative. Research firm Mintel forecasts that the British hair-removal market will be worth £628 million ($1.1 billion) this year.

But since the sight of underarm hair, let alone a messy bikini line, is now fairly rare, it’s easy

to forget that extreme hair removal is relatively recent. French actor Béatrice Dalle, with her long, dark underarm hair, was considered a sex goddess in the 1980s. And despite the yelps at the sight of Julia Roberts’s unshaven armpits at the premiere of Notting Hill in 1999, they only seemed to increase her bankability.

“When I started in the beauty industry 25 years ago, the idea you’d take the whole lot off was extremely shocking,” says Rachel Cross, who owns a beauty clinic specialising in laser hair removal and electrolysis. “Bikini lines started getting higher with the trend for G-strings around 2000, but we’ve seen a big increase in Brazilians and Hollywoods driven by both 20-something and post-menopausal ladies, who either want to try something new in their marriage, or might have started dating again. Contrary to popular belief, this isn’t a trend confined to younger customers.”

Julia Roberts' underarm hair on the red carpet was considered shocking.image

Vintage: even in 1999 the sight of Julia Roberts’ underarm hair on the red carpet was considered shocking.

But a run of high-profile women are adopting a public stance against hair removal. In a chapter entitled “In Praise of Pubes” in her tome The Body Book, Cameron Diaz praised the “lovely curtain of pubic hair” surrounding “that glorious, delicate flower of yours”. Diaz isn’t alone: last year, Gwyneth Paltrow revealed that a sheer Antonio Berardi dress had left her stylists “scrambling for a razor” because “I rock a 1970s vibe”.

In New York, stray pubic hairs sprouted on American Apparel mannequins, while Lady Gaga appeared on the cover of Candy magazine with an untrimmed bush. Perhaps most significant was the moment the actor Gaby Hoffmann appeared in Girls with natural pubic hair, suggesting the idea is filtering down to a younger generation.

But none of my friends will admit to leaving their pubic hair completely unchecked. One of my early memories is of my mother making me run my hand over her stubbly legs as a warning about the perils of stepping on to the treadmill of hair removal, but I did it anyway.

I will never forget the extraordinary, humiliating pain of my first Brazilian in New York in 1999. I am a devotee of the humble razor: I think nothing of fast, pain-free hair removal in the bath every few days. I admit I feel pressure to remove a certain amount. It feels neater.

I was relieved, however, that when I undertook to grow out my underarm hair for this article, my husband seemed unfazed. “Are you going for a full 1970s bush as well?” he asked gamely, and when I asked whether he finds pubic and body hair unsexy or unattractive, he sighed. “When you’re in love with someone, it’s irrelevant.”

Growing out my underarm hair felt strangely novel. My children eyed it slightly suspiciously, since it wasn’t something they’d seen on me before, but in the years of shaving off the faintest stubble, I’d forgotten how soft armpit hair is. There’s almost something cosy about it: it reminded me of sitting on the laps of mums with full armpit hair as a child in the late 1970s. I don’t, however, think I’ll keep it. Not because it looks wrong, exactly, but because it makes me feel slightly unkempt. Equally, I doubt Diaz and Paltrow, both of whom have fine, blonde hair, would be quite so laissez-faire if they were blessed with a pelt of thick, dark fuzz.

Although women outperform men all over the place, we still feel light years away from shaking off a generalised squeamishness at the functions of the sweating, bleeding female body. Body hair is one of the most visible manifestations of this.

“It seems so odd that at a time when women are more powerful than ever, there’s a simultaneous impulse towards diminution, which is what hair removal represents, since it’s returning an adult female body to an aesthetic akin to that of a prepubescent child,” says the feminist writer and psychoanalyst Susie Orbach. “We remain very scared of the smells, blood and secretions of the human body, especially the female form, and are more comfortable erasing the reminder of these functions all together. All female bodies, whatever their age, weight or appearance, are beautiful, but we’d rather punish ourselves than acknowledge this.”

It was to challenge the idea that body hair is ugly that the lingerie firm Soft Paris recently shot a model with thick underarm hair, a decision that “traumatised” the model herself, according to the owner of the company, Luca Armenia. He wanted to “encourage a more open debate about the pressure of oppression and conformity which comes with hair removal. It should be a matter of choice, but that choice has been removed and we’ve normalised something obsessive. Hair isn’t ugly, but we’ve taught ourselves it is.”

The majority of men I spoke to for this article claimed that body hair wasn’t a problem. A 22-year-old male friend told me, “Pretty much all girls my age take a lot of hair off, but I recently had a fling with a German girl who was hairy all over. It was slightly shocking to start with, but I admired her, too.” (Although, as beautician Rachel Cross points out, “We’re seeing a rise in male clients, particularly men in their 20s and 30s.”)

Most of my friends claimed they remove their body hair because it “feels cleaner”, despite the fact that body hair performs the biological function of temperature regulation, and that there’s no evidence supporting the idea that removing hair is more hygienic.

The hair-removal industry is also open to abuse, as anyone who has paid for an expensive and sometimes futile course of electrolysis can testify. Dr Nick Lowe of the British Association of Dermatologists says the health benefits of hair removal are “negligible”, although pubic lice are now an endangered species. “But problems arising from typical home and salon removal methods include inflammation, burns, ingrown hairs, infections, cuts and scarring.”

So why are we doing it? The easy availability of pornography has undoubtedly played a role, but archaeologists believe Neanderthals were plucking hairs some 100,000 years ago. Roman women used razors and pumice stones to remove facial hair, and singed leg hair with naked flames. Women in Tudor England plucked all hair from their eyebrows, temples and necks, since hairlessness was associated with exoticism. Queen Elizabeth used walnut oil and ammonia to remove her facial hair.

Perhaps it was the association of hairlessness with beauty that caused one of history’s most infamous marital annulments. The art critic John Ruskin famously failed to consummate his 1848 marriage to Effie Gray, and his correspondence refers to “certain circumstances” about her body that were “not formed to excite passion”. Was it Effie’s pubic hair that revolted him?

It was around that time that one of the first depilatory creams, Poudre Subtile, was created. Gillette invented the first female razor, Milady Decolleté, at the start of the 20th century, and in 1915 Harper’s Bazaar ran an advertisement featuring a woman with cleared armpits and the slogan “Summer Dress and Modern Dancing combine to make necessary the removal of objectionable hair”. A wartime nylon shortage in the ’40s meant good business for the first electric women’s razor, by Remington, at a time when pin-ups such as Betty Grable enforced the idea that hair-free equalled feminine and beautiful.

“Hair removal is one of the strange things women, and to some degree men, have done in the name of fashion,” says the author Lucinda Hawksley, whose book Moustaches, Whiskers and Beards, will be out later this year. “It’s just a different look. Like all fashions, I believe there will be a change.”

Orbach is equally optimistic. “I’ve no doubt there will be a backlash against looking like a prepubescent child or a porn star, just as skinny or flared trousers go in and out of fashion. There’s something confident and sexy about a woman who has a decent amount of pubic hair, and I think that’s an attitude that’s starting to filter down to a younger generation.”

It’s possible the tide has already turned: New York magazine recently reported the arrival of the “full-bush Brazilian” (1970s in front, Brazilian below), a look perhaps more in sync with the organic, yoga-and-sourdough lifestyle to which hipsters aspire than a taut, bare porn star.

I hope Orbach and Hawksley are right. Because, while I feel “neater” removing a certain amount of body hair, I’m struck by my 10-year-old daughter’s reaction when she hears me discussing electrolysis: “That sounds horrible and painful. Do all women have to do that?” No, I tell her, we definitely do not.

Henry Sapiecha


BEAUTY, the saying has it, is only skin deep. Not true.

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Skin is important (the cosmetics industry proves that). But so is what lies under it. In particular, the shape of people’s faces, determined by their bone structure, contributes enormously to how beautiful they are. And, since the ultimate point of beauty is to signal who is a good prospect as a mate, what makes a face beautiful is not only an aesthetic matter but also a biological one. How those bone structures arise, and how they communicate desirable traits, are big evolutionary questions.

Until now, experiments to try to determine the biological basis of beauty have been of the please-look-at-these-photographs-and-answer-some-questions variety. Some useful and not necessarily obvious results have emerged, such as that one determinant of beauty is facial symmetry.

But what would really help is a breeding experiment which allowed the shapes of faces to be followed across the generations to see how those shapes relate to variations in things that might be desirable in a mate. These might include fertility, fecundity, social status, present health, and likely resistance to future infection and infestation. Correlations between many of these phenomena and attributes of the body-beautiful have, indeed, been established. But in a pair-forming, highly social species such as Homo sapiens, you also have to live with your co-child-raiser or, at least, collaborate with him or her. So other things may be important in a mate, too, such as an even temper and a friendly outlook.

It would be impossible to do such a breeding experiment on people, of course. But as Irene Elia, a biological anthropologist at Cambridge, realised, it has in fact been done, for the past five decades, on a different species of animal. Dr Elia has published her analysis of this experiment in the Quarterly Review of Biology. The animals in question are foxes.

Foxy ladies, vulpine gents

The story starts in 1959, in Novosibirsk, Russia. That was when Dmitry Belyaev, a geneticist, began an experiment which continues to this day. He tried to breed silver foxes (a melanic colour variant, beloved of furriers, of the familiar red fox) to make them tamer and thus easier for farmers to handle. He found he could, but the process also had other effects: the animals’ coats developed patches of colour; their ears became floppy; their skulls became rounded and foreshortened; their faces flattened; their noses got stubbier; and their jaws shortened, thus crowding their teeth.

All told, then, these animals became, to wild foxes, the equivalent of what dogs are to wild wolves. And this was solely the result of selection for what Belyaev called “friendly” behaviour—neither fearful nor aggressive, but calm and eager to interact with people.

The link appears to be hormonal. Hormones such as estradiol and neurotransmitters such as serotonin, which regulate behaviour, also regulate some aspects of development. Change one and you will change the other. So in a species where friendliness is favoured because that species is social and the group members have to get on with each other—a species like Homo sapiens, for example—a “friendly” face is a feature that might actively be sought, both in mates and in children, because it is a marker of desirable social attitudes. And there is abundant evidence, reviewed by Dr Elia, both that it is indeed actively sought by Homo sapiens, and that it is such a reliable marker.

What men look for in the faces of women, and vice versa, is so well known that research might seem superfluous. Suffice to say, then, that features like those seen in Belyaev’s foxes (flat faces, small noses, reduced jaws and a large ratio between the height of the cranium and the height of the face) are on the list. People with large craniofacial ratios are, literally, highbrow.

More intriguingly, the presence or absence of such features skews parents’ attitudes to their offspring. At least 15 studies have shown that mothers treat attractive children more favourably than unattractive ones, even though they say they don’t and may actually believe that. At least one of these studies showed this bias is true from birth.

Some of the details are extraordinary. One researcher, who spent a decade observing how mothers look after young children in supermarkets, found that only 1% of children judged unattractive by independent assessors were safely secured in the seats of grocery carts. In the case of the most attractive the figure was 13%. Another researcher studied police photographs of children who had been abused and found such children had lower craniofacial ratios than those who had not been.

In a state of nature, this sort of behaviour would surely translate into selective death and thus the spread of the facial features humans are pleased to describe as “beautiful”. If such features do indicate a propensity to friendly, sociable behaviour, as they do in foxes, then such behaviours will spread too.

Crucially for Dr Elia’s hypothesis, they do indeed indicate such a propensity. Even as children, according to 33 separate studies, the attractive are better adjusted and more popular than the ugly (they also have higher intelligence, which assists social skills). And of course, they have less difficulty finding a mate—and as a result have more children themselves. One study found that the most beautiful women in it had up to 16% more offspring than their less-favoured sisters. Conversely, the least attractive men had 13% fewer than their more handsome confrères.

The beholder’s eye

An appreciation of what is “beautiful”, moreover, seems innate—as Dr Elia’s hypothesis requires it should be. Babies a few days old prefer pictures of the faces of people whom their elders would define as beautiful to those they would not, regardless of the sex and race of either the baby or the person in the photo.

People also seem to be more beautiful now than they were in the past—precisely as would be expected if beauty is still evolving. This has been shown by assessing the beauty of reconstructions of the faces of early humans. (Such reconstructions, sometimes used in murder cases where only skeletal remains of the victim are available, produce reliable depictions of recently dead people, so the assumption is that ancients really did look like the reconstructions made of them.)

None of this absolutely proves Dr Elia’s hypothesis. But it looks plausible. If she is right, facial beauty ceases to be an arbitrary characteristic and instead becomes a reliable marker of underlying desirable behaviour. It is selected for both in the ways beautiful children are brought up, and in the number of children the beautiful have. Face it.


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