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Google’s Doodle ‘1 DAY I WILL’ celebrates International Women’s Day

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Google would like women around the world to share their own dreams supporting International Women’s Day.

The company has created a hashtag, #OneDayIWill and asked that women and girls write what they want to achieve. The initiative is gaining momentum, with Ellen DeGeneres, Michelle Obama and Whoopi Goldberg posting the hashtag on their own Twitter accounts.

Google has made doodles to celebrate major days and achievements in the past. For International Women’s Day, the company wanted to celebrate the next generation of doodle-worthy women—the engineers, educators, leaders and movers and shakers of tomorrow.

Google visited 13 cities around the world and asked 337 women to complete the sentence “One Day I Will”, then compiled the results into a video shown upon clicking on the Google Doodle.

The women make up a diverse mosaic of personalities, ages and backgrounds and their aspirations are just as varied, ranging from the global to the very personal, from discovering more digits of pi to becoming a mother to giving a voice to those who are unable to speak.

Familiar people also participated, including anthropologist Jane Goodall, wanted to discuss the environment with the Pope, and Nobel Prize Winner Malala Yousafzai and activist Muzoon Almellehan

Check out the other campaigns from Uber and ANZ for International Women’s Day.

Credits:

Video creators: Lydia Nichols, Helene Leroux & Liat Ben-Rafael
Original music: Merrill Garbus

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Henry Sapiecha

Video & article show how Nicole Kidman brings glamour to Etihad brand campaign

Movie star Nicole Kidman is the face of Etihad Airways in a new global brand campaign by M&C Saatchi Sydney.

The ‘Flying Reimagined’ campaign stars Kidman aboard Etihad’s new flagship Airbus A380, enjoying service offerings including The Lobby, and relaxing in its three-room private living space, The Residence.

The television commercial for the campaign was shot on the aircraft and in a number of global locations including various landmarks in Abu Dhabi. It also includes a digital created scene of Kidman inside the soon-to-be opened Lourve Abu Dhanbi and inside the Strahov Library in Prague.

The concept for the new campaign was created by M&C Saatchi Australia, part of Etihad Airways’ global creative agency, M&C Saatchi.
Tom McFarlane, founding creative director at M&C Saatchi Australia said: “On the completion of a campaign I’m often asked what inspired me.

“The answers are many and varied, but in this case the inspiration came directly from the product itself. Who could not be inspired by the sheer elegance, style, and dare I say it, reimagining of this remarkable aircraft? Hopefully, all of which we have captured perfectly in this campaign.”

The campaign includes 60 second and 30 second edits of the film, with still versions of the campagin appearing in print, digital and outdoor channels.

London-based production company Thomas and Thomas produced the television commercial while the brand story was directed by husband and wife directorial team Anthony Atanasio and Valerie Martinez. An accompanying soundtrack was commissioned by the airline and composed by creative director and composer of Sydney-based audio design company, Song Zu, Ramesh Sathiah.

Etihad Airways chief commercial officer Peter Baumgatner said: “Nicole Kidman, as a globally respected artist, was the perfect voice and face for our story, and embodies worldly sophistication, intelligence, originality, and elegance – values which form the foundations of the Etihad brand.”

“Etihad Airways is constantly pushing boundaries, taking inspiration from the world to provide a superlative in-flight experience for our guests. This new campaign has succeeded brilliantly in bringing our unique brand and service ethos to life on film, in print and on digital channels.

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Henry Sapiecha

Hot Female Stars x 11 before/after & now pics

WHEN YOU’RE HOT YOU’RE HOT BUT WHEN YOU’RE NOT YOU’RE NOT

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:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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UN TRUST FUND BRACELETS TO END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

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Nicole joins the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women in inviting you to purchase bracelets for a good cause!

The UN Trust Fund has teamed up with Soko, an ethical fashion-based social enterprise that is using online technology to bring beautiful and creatively designed jewelry made by artisans in Kenya to the global market.

Soko’s artisans have created a unique pair of handmade bracelets to raise awareness and funds for UN Trust Fund programmes. The orange bracelets – the colour designated by the UNiTE campaign to symbolize a brighter future without violence – are available at http://shopsoko.com/UNTF.

Purchases of the bracelets are contributing to the economic empowerment of under-privileged artisan communities in Kenya. At the same time, 20 per cent of funds received by Soko will be donated to the UN Trust Fund, to support programmes to prevent and eliminate violence against women and girls around the world.

Get your bracelet and share you pictures on social media mentioning @SayNO_UNiTE and #UNTF.

Read more on the UN Women website.

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Henry Sapiecha

LADY GA-GA SAID SHE WAS RAPED DURING INTERVIEW ON THE HOWARD STERN SHOW

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OPENING UP: Lady Gaga at the Howard Stern Show. Photo: INSTAGRAM/Howard Stern Show

Lady Gaga has opened up about  she was raped as a 19-year-old.

The Born This Way singer made the revelations during a chat with Howard Stern on his radio show. The topic came up after the host asked Gaga about her performance of Swine at the SXSW in March.

During the song, “vomit painter” Millie Brown spewed neon green liquid all over the pop star.

“I wrote a song called Swine. The song is about rape. The song is about demoralisation,” she said as she explained the concept of the infamous routine.

“The song is about rage and fury and passion, and I had a lot of pain that I wanted to release.”

Howard asked the 28-year-old if she was alluding to a situation that had actually occurred in her personal life. Gaga initially tried to move the conversation on, but eventually made the startling admission.

“I went through some horrific things that I’m able to laugh [at] now, because I’ve gone through a lot of mental and physical therapy and emotional therapy to heal over the years. My music’s been wonderful for me,” she revealed.

“But, you know, I was a shell of my former self at one point. I was not myself. To be fair, I was about 19. I went to Catholic school and then all this crazy stuff happened, and I was going, “Oh, is this just the way adults are?’…I was very naive.”‘

The Applause songstress added that shock stopped her from being affected by the incident in the initial aftermath. In fact, she believed it was at least four or five years before the ordeal really hit her.

Asked if she had ever confronted the rapist, a music producer 20 years her senior, she said: ‘I think it would terrify me. It would paralyse me.

‘I saw him one time in a store and I was so paralysed by fear. Because it wasn’t until I was a little bit older that I went, “Wow, that was really messed up.”‘

“It hit me so hard. I was so traumatised by it that I was like, ‘Just keep going.’ Because I just had to get out of there,” she said.

“[But] I don’t want to be defined by it. I’ll be damned if somebody’s gonna say that every creatively intelligent thing that I ever did is all boiled down to one d**khead who did that to me,” she said firmly.

“I’m going to take responsibility for all my pain looking beautiful. All the things that I’ve made out of my strife, I did that.”

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Madonna’s topless photos are a triumph for all women – whatever their age

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Madonna, as she appears in a shoot for the latest issue of Interview magazine.

There’s no denying it. The last few weeks have seen the cup of celebrity naked flesh runneth over. And I’m not even talking about that jungle reality show.

Today, it emerged that the ‘Queen of Pop’ has posed, topless, for a spread in the December issue of Interview magazine. Wearing a bustier and leather glove, she reclines on a satin cushion, her hand to her forehead, her boobs bared.

It’s styled as a romantic image – very different to the black and white Knightley shot (which appeared in the same publication back in September), where she stared confidently down the camera, hands on hips.

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At the time, I wrote a piece defending Knightley’s right to be photographed topless. It was, I said, a feminist statement from a woman who’d been roundly criticised for having her modest cleavage digitally enhanced on film posters. Here she was, in all her natural glory. Hur-rah.

Her detractors didn’t agree. Who, they cried, wanted to see the actresses ‘fried eggs’? Some, unkind, commentators referred to her appearance in the Pirates of the Caribbean film ‘Dead Man’s Chest’.

Now, just weeks later, Madonna is under fire for committing the same offence.

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How dare she? At 56, no less. I’d wager you won’t see a report today that doesn’t mention her age alongside her cup size.

‘Still got it!’ a few have already trilled.

Groan. They’ve utterly missed the point.

Madonna’s decision to pose topless has nothing to do with showing-off her wrinkle-free cleavage – nor male titillation. That she’s an older woman is powerful, yes. But, to me, it seems pretty clear that this is far from a pop star trying to prove that she’s ‘still hot’ in her fifties.

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Madonna’s age is just a convenient stick to beat her with. It’s an easy reason for critics to cry ‘put ’em away’ without, on the surface, seeming sexist.

Because there’s always something, isn’t there? Always a reason that a woman’s body isn’t deemed ‘suitable’. Breasts too small a la Knightley? No thanks. A middle-aged pop star? What the hell was she thinking?

Of course, Madonna is no stranger to nudity. Frankly, she’s been taking her clothes off for decades. Her decision to pose for Interview is, then, perhaps less surprising than Knightley’s. But it’s no less powerful a statement. Here is a woman still at the top of her industry, after almost 40 years. She’s weathered numerous musical trends and managed to stay relevant. Why shouldn’t she pose with her breasts exposed?

After all, she pretty much started it.

Indeed, just a couple of weeks ago, Madonna posted a censored topless picture of herself from the Nineties, in response to theimages of Kim Kardashian’s oiled, nude backside in Papermagazine.

‘It’s confusing,’ she wrote. ‘Nipples are considered forbidden and provocative but exposing your ass is not. #flummoxed’ (sic).

Here is a clear indication that Madonna knew her latest photo shoot would shock. Let’s face it, she’s saying, topless pictures of famous women always have.

We might be used to seeing pictures of seeing flat chested models in fashion magazines (think Kate Moss on the beach, or backstage at a catwalk show).

But a model’s body is a commodity – it’s the vehicle she’s using to sell products. For stars such as Madonna and Knightly, it’s different. They are selling their own image, not someone elses. Choosing to bear their breasts is a feminist statement, not a requirement. They are saying: ‘Here I am. Take me, or leave me’.

Of course, Madonna and Knightley both have exceptional body types compared to us mere mortals. But, the fact remains. When it all gets too ‘real’, we simply can’t handle it.

There’s undeniably an element of desire wrapped-up in all this. Knightley was criticised for being ‘unfeminine’. Small boobs aren’t traditionally seen as covetable. Neither are those of an older woman.

So, isn’t it a blessing that we have these strong, famous women brave enough to turn unrealistic thinking on its head and show us that the female body comes in many forms?

Madonna is flying in the face of what the naked woman ‘should’ look like. She’s controlling her own image, just as she’s always done. Her attitude? Just because she’s in her fifties, why should she hide away?

The sugary pink cardigan that exposes her breasts in the Interviewpicture, says it all. ‘I’m not ready to button-up like a little old lady. Thanks all the same’.

We all should applaud her (preferably while wearing cut-off PVC gloves) for it.

Telegraph, London

Henry Sapiecha

PAMELA ANDERSON REVEALS PAINFUL MEMORIES OF EARLIER SEX ABUSE

‘I did not have an easy childhood’: Pamela Anderson

Pamela Anderson reveals her painful history of sex abuse at the launch of her charity foundation in Cannes.

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The revelation came as she unveiled the Pamela Anderson Foundation, which will focus on the environment and animal rights, in front of more than 200 people during the film festival in France on Friday.

I wanted off this earth.

Anderson, 46, said her past had prompted her love of nature.

“I feel now might be the time to reveal a few of my most painful memories. At the risk of over-exposing myself, again, or being inappropriate, again, I thought I might share with you why I am doing this,” the Baywatch star said.

Anderson has previously revealed she was raped when she was 12, but she detailed a further string of abusive incidents, alleging she was molested by a female babysitter at the age of six and gang-raped as a teen.

“I did not have an easy childhood. Despite loving parents, I was molested from age six by a female babysitter … I went to a friend’s boyfriend’s house and his older brother decided to teach me backgammon, which led into a back massage, which led into rape. My first heterosexual experience. He was 25 years old and I was 12.”

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She then added that a high school teenager “decided it would be funny to gang-rape me with six friends. I wanted off this earth.”

British fashion designer Vivienne Westwood was on hand to support her friend, but admitted the revelations came as a shock to her.

She told Britain’s The Guardian newspaper: “I did not know she had been through all of that. I have known her a long time now and we are really close.

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