Last week, there was a pretty fascinating piece on Greatist that delved into the history of the “perfect female body,” and how much—and often—society’s perception of what that means has changed throughout the past century—from the curvy Gibson Girl in 1910 to the Twig in 1960 to the Booty Babe (their words, not mine) now.
My reaction to the piece, which showcased 10 decades of “trendy” female bodies bouncing from stick thin, á la Winona Ryder, to break-the-internet hourglass figures á la Kim Kardashian, was this: The “perfect female body” is bullshit—and when, oh when, are we going to stop talking about body types like they are trends?
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The internet is abuzz this afternoon after Beyonce took to Instagram earlier on Sunday and posted the following shot of her in the sand with what looks to be a pregnant belly:
The Queen might be just playing on the beach, but many of her fans are sending congrats her way via social media. We’ll have to wait and see if Blue Ivy is going to be a big sister.
Wyomissing’s Taylor Swift turned 25 to great, star-studded fanfare this weekend. On the West Coast, the Grammy Museum celebrated with a special “The Taylor Swift Experience” exhibit that featured artifacts like books and photos from her childhood, handwritten lyrics to her hit song “22,” and props used in her latest video, “Shake It Off.”
The real party was on the East Coast, however, where Swift spent the entire weekend with a couple of the world’s biggest stars, folks like Beyoncé and Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake and Sam Smith.
It all started Saturday, after Swift performed at Jingle Ball in New York City. Afterward, she threw a party for herself at her downtown apartment, a party that one attendee, Kelly Osbourne called “one of the best I have ever been to.”
According to E!, attendees there included Jay and Bey, John Legend’s main squeeze Chrissy Teigen, Sam Smith, Nick Jonas, Olivia Culpo and Ansel Elgort. “It raged until 5 a.m. and, understandably, cake wasn’t enough to feed the whole crew, and three pizza delivery men reportedly arrived with about 40 pies in tow.”
This Instagram photo from Swift’s account—showing Timberlake wearing a poop mask—pretty much sums up the night:
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It was only a matter of time till this happened: A bunch of scruffy dudes calling themselves “Boyoncé” got together to reenact Beyoncé’s recent—and so fantastic—video for her newest single, “7/11.” One of the performers actually looks quite a lot like Bruce Yelk. See for yourself in the video above.
Here’s the original for comparison’s sake:
Crowns for all! | Image via YouTube.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve seen Beyoncé’s DIY video for her latest single ‘7/11.’ (And if you haven’t seen it, welcome back to the world! Watch it here.) Throughout most of the video Bey wore her underwear, sometimes switching into yoga pants, a variety of sweatshirts, and a necklace so huge you can see it from space (sbove). But towards the end of the video, she rocked a crazy futuristic crown. Huffington Post reported that it was created by Laura Wass, the Brooklyn-based designer behind WXYZ Jewelry.
And guess what? Laura was raised in Penn Valley, went to Friends Central and was a student at Penn. (Just like Stuart Weitzman.)
See the designer here.
Queen Bee’s newest music video for her single 7/11 hit YouTube over the weekend, and, for lack of better words, it’s pretty much three minutes and 36 seconds of the pop star getting down while in her panties.
The track, which comes off the Beyonce Platinum Edition album, is what we’d come to expect from the singer…but the video is a whole other story. The title of the song references the popular drinking game 7/11 doubles (if you’ve never heard of it, here’s a tutorial on how to play). Fans on Beyonce’s YouTube page have mixed feelings on the video: some have called it the “Best music video I’ve seen in a really looong time,” while others think the video shows how Beyonce is “down the drain, flushable with everyone else.”
We’ll let you be the judge!
A year from now the world will be graced by the first in-depth biography of Beyoncé by famed celebrity biographer J. Randy Taraborrelli. Taraborrelli has delved into the lives of pop culture’s most fascinating names, including Michael Jackson, Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor and the Kennedys. Now he’ll pull back the curtain on the world’s most flawless celebrity.
The as-yet-untitled biography will follow Bey from childhood to superstardom, including aspects of both her personal and professional lives. Flavorwire reports that the book will feature “exclusive interviews with the people in the superstar’s life” but there is no word yet on whether that includes Queen Bey herself.
Will we get to know Knowles as a precocious young star in the making? Will the bio detail the early struggles Destiny’s Child faced? What about her fortress-like PR machine? Her relationship with Jay? Her early days with Blue? What really happened in that elevator? We have so many questions.
No matter what the bio includes, it’s sure to sell off the shelves in minutes. Beyoncé could give a much needed boost to the book biz next fall when Hachette’s Grand Central Publishing releases the tome. Add this news to her just-announced collab with Topshop and you’ve got one bootylicious Monday.
Philly Dance Fitness Class // Photo via Facebook
If your Sunday afternoon plans usually consist of watching way too many episodes of Criminal Minds (feel no shame—I’m totally with you), we’ve got a better idea: Next Sunday, October 26th, Philly Dance Fitness is hosting a Pop Divas Dance Workshop, where you will experience, and I quote, “90 minutes of nonstop hip-shaking, body-rolling, chest-popping cardio dance routines” to the tunes of everyone’s favorite pop divas like Beyoncé, Lada Gaga, Madonna, Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears and more. See? Way more fun than a Netflix marathon.
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This weekend, Queen Bey and Jay Z will be stopping in Philly for their “On The Run” tour. And sadly, because life just isn’t fair, we can’t all be there in person to witness the magic (and rumored relationship drama) play out on stage. So this week, in lieu of a concert ticket, we’ve decided to bring you the next best thing: a very long workout playlist jam-packed with all of our favorite Beyoncé and Jay Z hits, including a few from their respective “Survivor” and “Hard Knock Life” days. Just pop in your headphones, pretend you’re at Citizen’s Bank Park, and get your sweat on—and whatever you do, do not look at Instagram.
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Ever since Solange Knowles allegedly attacked her sister’s husband, Jay-Z, on an elevator, rumors have been swirling about the state of Beyonce’s marriage to the hip-hop mogul. Now, according to a video posted on TMZ, it appears Queen Bey may have called Jay-Z out on his cheating ways. Read more »