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Sia Hides Her Face Because Media Make Her Feel like “Prey”

Sia on Sunrise

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Sia graced us with her first Aussie TV performance in nearly five years on Sunrise this morning, revealing that she wears OTT wigs and masks because paparazzi make her feel like “prey”.

Following her performances of “Chandelier” and “Big Girls Cry” (below), where she wore an oversized blonde wig and a sparkly mask-style headpiece respectively, the Australian singer-songwriter asked presenter Samantha Armytage, “Would you like to spend your life feeling like prey? Probably not.” (more…)

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Margot Robbie Is in Line for a Live-Action Barbie Film

Margot Robbie Focus premiere

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If you’re blonde and beautiful, prepare to be associated with Barbie. That’s the case for Margot Robbie, at least, with the team at Sony thinking she’d be the perfect real-life Barbie in a film about the iconic toy.

The news of Margot’s front-running role was leaked when Wikileaks published more than 170,000 emails, claimed to have been pulled from the company’s servers. “As far as who would play Barbie probably an ingenue. I like Margot Robbie, for instance. Or possibly a discovery,” Doug Belgrad, president of Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group, wrote back in March 2014. Producer Laurie MacDonald (Gladiator and Men In Black) also backed Margot for the job to former Sony boss Amy Pascal. “She is Barbie come to life- she’d be great,” she said.

Much to everyone’s surprise, the Australian actress was apparently keen for the role too despite her success landing roles in blockbusters like The Wolf of Wall Street and Focus.  “Bugliari and JP pitched Margot the idea for Barbie and she loved it! She’s free in October once she wraps Tarzan,” wrote Hannah Minghella, co-president of production at Columbia Pictures. Either Hannah was lying about Margot’s excitement for the role, or the 24-year-old is darn good at keeping a secret. Better at keeping secrets than Sony, anyway. (more…)

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Link Buzz: People Injure Their Lips for the #KylieJennerChallenge, Penélope Cruz to Appear in ‘Zoolander 2’

  • Folks on social media are taking the #KylieJennerChallenge, and the results are absolutely terrifying and painful-looking. [Twitter]
  • Some very stylish thieves just stole over $1 million in Hermes bags. [PurseBlog]
  • Maiyet names a new creative director. [NYT]
  • Penélope Cruz signed on to do Zoolander 2. [Variety]
  • Billy Zane will also be in Zoolander 2. [BuzzFeed]
  • Big Sean and Ariana Grande are no longer a couple. [Page Six]
  • Here is what Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel’s adorable new baby boy looks like. [@justintimberlake]

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YouTube’s Top Stars Are Making Ridiculous Amounts of Money Every Month

Your suspicions are true: All those hours you weasel away watching your favorite YouTube personalities do YouTube things is making them rich. Advertising Age got a hold of some of the numbers for YouTube’s most popular channels and turns out these vloggers are pulling in some serious bank. 

It’s enough to make you wonder why you even bothered going to college in the first place. Consider 8-year-old Charli, the star of what is believed to be YouTube’s biggest food channel, the over 330,000 follower-strong CharlisCraftyKitchen. Her channel is estimated to be pulling in about $127,777 in ad revenue every month, which we don’t need to tell you is more than a lot of people make in a year. Yuya, a beauty and style channel, enjoyed over 35 million views in March and is estimated to have earned $41,475 in revenue that month. 

It comes as no surprise that these vloggers would be doing so well. After all, Michelle Phan went from being the owner of a small YouTube beauty channel to a bona fide beauty entrepreneur with her own makeup brand. As for the rest of us, we’ll just keep watching and try not to be too jealous that a couple kids are making more money than us.

[via Advertising Age

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Desi Women #ReclaimtheBindi During Coachella Appropriation Madness

The fight against the specter of cultural appropriation continues with #ReclaimtheBindi, a social media movement that is challenging westerners to actually think about the significance of the traditional jewelry before donning it for some music festival.

Plenty of Desi women have taken to Twitter and Instagram to proudly show off their bindis over the past two weeks, which also happened to coincide with Coachella weekend, a hotbed for drunk bindi wearing western girls. What many take issue with in regards to the bindi is that westerners aren’t taking the time to actually learn the history behind it. Also, there is the oft-expressed problem that bindis aren’t considered fashionable or attractive on Desi women, but once a white girl is spied sporting one, it’s considered a cool, new trend.

Of course, any request from a certain group of people for their culture not to be hijacked in an insensitive manner is greeted by the butthurt cries of westerners who just want to ~express~ themselves without having to consider the feelings of the very people “inspiring” them. Because who cares what actual South Asians think about westerners frolicking around Coachella wearing bindis? Acknowledging their concerns would mean having to acknowledge their humanity and who wants to do that anyway? Plus, educating oneself about the cultural significance of anything is as hard as using Google, and so you know, too much of a burden for most people.

There are some who argue that white women wearing bindis can’t be classified as cultural appropriation because the religious connotations and significance have already been lost in some parts of Desi culture. As Anjali Joshi wrote for the Huffington Post last year, “We can’t accuse non-Hindus of turning the bindi into a fashion accessory with little religious meaning because, well, we’ve already done that… The single red dot that once was, transformed into a multitude of colors and shapes embellished with all the glitz and glamour that is inherent in Bollywood. I don’t recall an uproar when Indian actress Madhuri Dixit’s bindi was no longer a traditional one. Hindus accepted the evolution of this cultural symbol then. And, as the bindi makes its way to the foreheads of non-South Asians, we should accept — even celebrate — the continued evolution of this cultural symbol.”

Whichever side you stand on, we think the most important thing here is that perhaps we should start listening and educating ourselves on what these cultural symbols actually mean. Is it really so difficult to at least learn about the culture you’re so inspired by? 

[h/t i-D]

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Thakoon Is Next for Kohl’s DesigNation Series

Thakoon bergdorfs red carpet

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Just as we wind down from the Lilly Pulitzer for Target frenzy, the retail world has another designer collaboration for you to get psyched about. According to WWD, Kohl’s DesigNation has chosen Thakoon Panichgul as its next collaborator but don’t get too juiced yet – the limited edition collection isn’t due to hit shelves until the fall. 

Priced at under $200, the range will include dresses and separates inspired by his travels to London. “London is a city I have always loved the energy of. The culture is distinctly familiar but also very international,” Panichgul said. “The idea was to bring a certain energy intrinsic to London style to the Thakoon vernacular for Kohl’s.” 

It only just stopped being unbearably cold in the northeast, but we can’t help but be a little psyched for fall now that we’ve got this news. We will definitely be watching closely to see what Kohl’s and Thakoon have in store for what will likely be an epic pairing this fall.

Kohl’s has found itself in the news lately with Wisconsin Governor and 2016 presidential hopeful Scott Walker dropping the brand name to buttress his “every man” image, proudly proclaiming that his shirts and sweaters are from the retailer. Can we expect to see his wife, Tonette Walker in pieces from Thakoon’s collection on the campaign trail this fall? That is, if Thakoon’s high fashion affiliation and the collection’s London roots aren’t a bit too high class for her humble tastes…

[via WWD]

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