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Michelle Phan Makes List of Highest-Paid YouTube Stars

Forbes just announced its list of the highest-paid YouTube stars and it comes as no surprise that makeup tutorial guru Michelle Phan, with over 8 million subscribers and counting, made the cut. Prerequisites for making the list? A minimum of $2.5 million pretax earnings for the year ending June 1, 2015. It was reported that Phan made $3 million for the year, putting her at number seven on the list.

According to Forbes, “One of the only commonalities of the group is their youth: Most are under 30, and thus only slightly older than their target audience members, many of whom are of the generation that prefers YouTube to old-fashioned television.” Michelle Phan definitely falls into all of these categories. “She’s playing a long game; she reinvests most of the money from her projects—including her cosmetics line and ipsy, a monthly makeup-subscription service—right back into her business.” 

[ Read: Michelle Phan Talks Success, Her New Book and Miley Cyrus ]

“I thought, if [YouTube] is going to be the global television of the future, I need to build my brand here,” she said to Forbes, when speaking of her first YouTube video that went live in 2007. “Within the first week, 40,000 people watched it and hundreds of comments came in and that’s when I realized I’d found my calling.” (more…)

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Lara Worthington Stars on Harper’s Bazaar Australia’s Effortless November Cover (Forum Buzz)

When it comes to our forums being biased toward certain publications, Harper’s Bazaar Australia hardly ever comes under scrutiny. There’s no denying that this edition of Bazaar has been on a complete roll lately, tapping the likes of Jessica Hart and Elle Macpherson for previous issues. Sticking with local Aussie beauties, Lara Worthington stars on the magazine’s Freedom Issue for November 2015. Photographed by Russell James wearing Victoria Beckham, Lara wanders the great outdoors and we’re loving it.

Harper's Bazaar Australia November 2015 : Lara Worthington by Russell James


“It’s most likely a subscribers’ cover but it’s beautiful nonetheless,” admired A.D.C. the moment the cover struck, prior to it being confirmed the cover above is indeed for subscribers.

“Great subscribers’ cover! It’s simple and fun,” justaguy shared.

Benn98 was quick to admit, “Wow, that’s beautiful. She’s actually quite beautiful, a far cry from [Michael] Clarke’s overly tanned arm candy. The dress looks really nice on her too.”

Sharing the same attitude was MON: “I love it. The beauty of freedom and how it was expressed in different ways in both of the covers is just so well executed. You can feel the emotion and its impact. Stunning. I love the vulnerability.”

Harper’s Bazaar Australia always excels with such effortless cover shots. I cannot believe this is the same Russell James who usually shoots such awkward covers for Vogue Mexico,” stated an amazed Benn98, returning once again to the thread.

The portfolio of Lara is just as beautiful. Check out the cover story, see the regular newsstand cover and be sure to drop us a comment here.

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Lea Michele Tries Out Sexy on the Cover of Marie Claire (Forum Buzz)

We officially declared the October cover of Marie Claire to be its best of the year, but can the mag outdo itself this month? Our forums took an exclusive first look at the title’s November issue starring Lea Michele earlier in the week. A welcome change from Marie Claire‘s usual roster of cover subjects, the Scream Queens actress was shot by photographer Boe Marion snuggling up in a thick sweater while flashing a sultry gaze down the lens. 

US Marie Claire November 2015 : Lea Michele by Boe Marion


Members of our forums had mixed views toward the cover, however. “Lea Michele cannot pull off looking sexy. It’s a shame too because the intent is actually pretty sexy,” expressed a disappointed justaguy.

“It’s not sexy to me. It’s boring!” declared narcyza soon after.

Also not entirely feeling it was HeatherAnne. “Remember those lame girls at your high school who used to try to model, and this is what their shots were styled like? Yeah,” she laughed.

Forum member 8eight failed to show enthusiasm, too, discrediting, “I’m all for magazines doing different covers, but this brown room with wood and fur is terrible. Awful cover.”

Yet everyone else was left delighted. “They have been trying out some ‘unconventional’ cover images, and it works. I don’t know much about her, or her new show (not interested), but this isn’t as bad as I imagined,” confessed Miss Dalloway.

“I love this!! It’s so different, no mainstream glossy would dare run a shot like this for a cover. Plus it looks warm and inviting. Again, kudos to Marie Claire for breaking the static mold,” applauded Benn98.

Are you a fan of Marie Claire‘s cover this month? Add your own two cents here.

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Hailey Baldwin’s Big Sister Alaia Just Scored a New Modeling Contract

Hailey Baldwin, daughter of Stephen and Kennya Baldwin, is constantly in the spotlight due to her modeling career and frequent hangouts with gal pal Kendall Jenner (they even have matching dot and broken heart tattoos). But she’s not the only Baldwin grabbing the spotlight. Following younger sister Hailey and cousin Ireland, Alaia Baldwin is making moves with her new modeling career. 


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Joining famous siblings the Delevingnes, Hadids and Waterhouses, Alaia just signed with State Management in New York City, in an effort to advance her modeling career. Model scout Rene Gonzalez said in a statement, “We found Alaia to be extremely down to earth, and we believe she is a person that is relatable to all generations—a rare quality that is not always easy to find.” (more…)

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NSFW: Target PA System Gets Hijacked by Porn Audio for 5 Whole Minutes


Photo: Getty

Before you go home and tell your parents/roomies/partner how bad your day at work was, take a moment to reflect on what Target employees of Campbell, California experienced on October 14. 

The department store, which caters to customers of all ages, blasted porn through their PA system for over 5 minutes at around 10.30 a.m on Wednesday, because who needs a morning coffee when you’re served with a hump-day wakeup call like that?

Thanks to social media user Gina Young there is documented evidence of the incident across YouTube and Facebook, which means we don’t have to write the obscenities down here for you, because you can just watch and listen to it for yourself (below). Please, if you are at work, put your headphones in.  (more…)

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Aladdin the Musical Coming to Sydney

Australia is “One Jump Ahead” of the rest of the southern hemisphere, with Aladdin the Musical hitting Sydney next year. 

The musical first opened in Broadway last year to high acclaim, with announcements of productions rolling out over the next year in Tokyo, Hamburg, London and Sydney following soon after. With the musical version of the 1992 movie arriving at Capitol Theatre in August 2016, it will officially be the first stage in the southern hemisphere to house the production.  (more…)