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Manicurists Are Getting Sick from the Chemicals They Use to Make Our Nails Pretty


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If the New York Times exposé on the sweatshop-like working conditions manicurists go through in New York wasn’t depressing enough, part two of the story, which was published today is equally as alarming. Besides the unfair and dubious labor practices of salon owners, workers are also gambling with their health to make sure your nails are “on fleek.” The chemicals manicurists use day in and day out, particularly dibutyl phthalate, toluene and formaldehyde could be the reason for all the adverse health side-effects that many manicurists suffer.

While health issues like breathing problems, skin conditions, miscarriages, children born with disabilities and even cancer seem to pop up for this segment of the workforce, there is little research on how the chemicals are actually affecting manicurists. But their health issues are hard to ignore. As Flushing, Queens doctor Charles Hwu told the Times, his patients, “come in usually with breathing problems, some symptoms similar to an allergy, and also asthma symptoms — they cannot breathe. Judging from the symptoms with these women, it seems that they are either smokers, secondhand smokers or asthma patients, but they are none of the above. They work for nail salons.” One manicurist, after 20 years in the game, barely had any fingerprints left thanks to years of handling corrosive chemicals.

One woman, who spent a lot of her day breathing in acrylic powder developed a lung disease called sarcoidosis. Other manicurists around the country report respiratory and skin conditions. “A number of studies have also found that cosmetologists — a group that includes manicurists, as well as hairdressers and makeup artists — have elevated rates of death from Hodgkin’s disease, of low birth-weight babies and of multiple myeloma, a form of cancer,” the Times report said.

Much like the labor practices of the industry in New York, the national cosmetics industry is also not very regulated. “The federal law that regulates cosmetics safety, which is more than 75 years old, does not require companies to share safety information with the Food and Drug Administration. The law bans ingredients harmful to users, but it contains no provisions for the agency to evaluate the effects of the chemicals before they are put on shelves.”

So not only are New York manicurists forced to endure low pay, racist and dubious labor practices, but they are also getting sick because of it – as are manicurists around the country. A $40 dollar a day pay rate already doesn’t seem worth the hours many manicurists put in, but when you add on the health issues associated with the business, it seems even less worth the trouble, though plenty of manicurists, many of whom are immigrants, have trouble finding other jobs. We can only hope that by uncovering these issues, both the cosmetics industry and the government will take steps to reform the system, and make sure that manicurists are not only treated fairly but aren’t getting sick because of their jobs. 

[via NYT]  

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Kris Jenner Says Her Family’s Overexposure Doesn’t Mean They’re ‘Greedy’

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The Kardashian-Jenner family has become a media phenomenon thanks in huge part to the managerial savviness of the family matriarch, Kris Jenner. Jenner has managed her ex-husband Bruce and six biological children into tremendous success, and though one can argue that the clan itself has become in many ways unseemingly overexposed, in a way, that’s what the Kardashian-Jenner brand is all about.

The New York Times just published a fascinating profile of Kris Jenner, outlining how she made the entire media and cultural frenzy over her family possible. To maintain that, it’s important that the moves the family members make are documented, edited and broadcasted for our consumption. “All the family has to do to be successful is to opt in to the very public experience of living,” Graeme Mitchell writes. “They have to share their secrets, broadcast their doctor’s appointments, admit that their whim of a marriage was a terrible idea, ugly-cry when they remember their father, let the cameras roll as they emote jealousy or anger or confusion or humiliation. If they do all this, the family business thrives.”

Part of that thriving business also includes the several endorsements, product lines and deals. It seems with all the promotions the Kardashian-Jenners do – be it for hair extensions, mobile apps, clothing lines, hair and beauty ranges – the family is simply looking to have a foothold in absolutely everything.

But Jenner says that the ubiquity of her family and her work helping them get their names out there has more to do with her brood’s hardworking nature, as opposed to a lust for money. “It doesn’t mean that we’re always looking for more or that we’re greedy,” she said. “There’s a lot of people that have great ideas and dreams and whatnot, but unless you’re willing to work really, really hard, and work for what you want, it’s never going to happen. And that’s what’s so great about the girls. It’s all about their work ethic.”

 [via NYT]

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Mindy Kaling Stars on InStyle’s June Issue, but What’s Up with the Dress? (Forum Buzz)

Things aren’t looking too good for Mindy Kaling. Her hit TV show The Mindy Project has been dropped by the Fox network and now our forum members brand the actress’ new cover of InStyle a disaster. You can’t not agree with the majority, as Kaling wears an unflattering Michael Kors dress while placing her hand on her shoulder, looking a little uneasy for photographer Bjarne Jonasson (who’s raking up the magazine covers this month).

US InStyle June 2015 Mindy Kaling by Bjarne Jonasson


As soon as InStyle‘s latest offering surfaced, forum members began to tell it like it is. “She doesn’t look her best here, I’m afraid the dress is awful. As a fuller figure woman it’s doing her no favors. Also, can InStyle lose that awful floral masthead sash? Leave that tackiness for the German edition,” replied Benn98.

“That dress is hideous,” jal718 disapproved.

MON wasn’t feeling it either and said, “That InStyle cover looks like a Kleenex tissue box. All tea no shade. Happy for her cover tho,” he noted.

Also unwilling to show enthusiasm was LastNight: “Mindy looks great, very pretty here and I like her pose and outfit. The masthead is a disaster, that purple texture matching the pattern on the dress along with the green font is not appealing.”

In agreement over the colors of the fonts was RanThe. “Mindy Kaling looks amazing and looks like herself on the cover. Don’t like the green text. It’s overkill,” he commented.

Join the conversation inside our dedicated InStyle worldwide thread here.

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Beyoncé Spied Shooting What Looks Like a Givenchy Campaign

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Beyoncé just posed for her life on the Met Gala red carpet in a sheer, crystal-encrusted Givenchy creation and she has reportedly been tapped to slay again for the brand as the face of its next campaign. 

The singer was spied on a Brooklyn rooftop this week with creative director Riccardo Tisci, shooting what appears to be an ad for the French fashion house. Beyoncé was dressed in a black hooded dress complete with plunging neckline and high slit for the shoot, her hair slicked back into a bun. She later changed into a burgundy beaded gown with a mesh overlay. And no, there didn’t appear to be a single one of those controversial bejeweled face piercings from the label’s Fall 2015 runway in sight.

Givenchy has had its share of celebrity ambassadors. The house tapped Julia Roberts for its Spring 2015 campaign, shooting the 47-year-old star in black and white. We’ll have to wait a while to see the new Givenchy ads, but if Beyoncé was serving the kind of power and diva-like intensity she was at the Met Gala on Monday, we have no doubts that her forthcoming work for the label will be nothing short of fierce.

[via Daily Mail]

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Fans Rage at ‘Selfish’ Kim Kardashian for Deleting Photo of ANTM Hopeful

Australia’s Next Top Model contestant Izi Simundic won Kim Kardashian‘s fashion blogger challenge on last night’s episode of the show, and was told she would be “featured” on both Kim’s personal Instagram and the Kardashian Kollection’s Instagram as part of her prize.

But Kim has already removed the post from her personal Instagram less than 24 hours after the episode aired, and Izi’s fans aren’t impressed, taking to the social media platform to express their outrage and disbelief.

Plenty of Instagram users saw Kim post the winning shot of Izi to her Instagram account, which has over 30 millions followers, and took screenshots of the post to congratulate Izi on the coverage. Izi herself even joined in. (more…)

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Watch: Chris Hemsworth Flaunts His Assets for New ‘Vacation’ Trailer

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The remake of the 1983 Chevy Chase comedy National Lampoon’s Vacation is coming, with the red band trailer for the film, dubbed Vacation, now released. The film’s lineup is full of big names, but there’s none quite as exciting as Chris Hemsworth, who shows off a well-portioned package during the two-and-a-half-minute clip.

The film actually stars The Hangover‘s Ed Helms as Rusty Griswold, the son of Chevy’s character Clark from the original films, who decides to take his family on a road trip to Walley World amusement park now that he’s all grown up.

Australian heartthrob Chris plays Rusty’s brother-in-law Stone Crandall, who appears in just his jocks to make sure Rusty and his wife Debbie, played by Christina Applegate, are all set for the night. It’s during this time that much attention is drawn to his magnificence down under. (more…)

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