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11Miley Cyrus Goes Topless on Rolling Stone Cover

Miley Cyrus recently took off her top for her first cover on Rolling Stone magazine.

This latest skin-baring event follows her nude "Wrecking Ball" video and infamous twerking on the VMAs, in which she did unspeakable things with a giant foam finger.

In her interview with Rolling Stone, Cyrus claims her VMA performance was actually toned down.

“Honestly, that was our MTV version. We could have even gone further, but we didn’t. I thought that’s what the VMAs were all about! It’s not the Grammys or the Oscars. You’re not supposed to show up in a gown, Vanna White-style. It’s supposed to be fun!” says Cyrus.

Cyrus laughed about the criticism from Brooke Shields, who called her VMA performance “desperate.”

“Brooke Shields was in a movie where she was a prostitute at age 12!” roared Cyrus.

When it comes to fellow young idol Justin Bieber, Cyrus says she advises him, kind of.

"I’m not much older than him, so I never want it to feel like I’m mentoring him. But I do mentor him in a way. Because I’ve been doing this s--- for a long time, and I already transitioned, and I don’t think he’s quite done it yet, He’s trying really hard,” says the 20 year old pop star.

"People don’t take him seriously, but he really can play the drums, he really can play guitar, he really can sing. I just don’t want to see him f--- that up, to where people think he’s Vanilla Ice. I tell him that. Like, ‘You don’t want to become a joke. When you go out, don’t start s---. Don’t come in shirtless.’ But the thing is I think boys are, like, seven years behind. So in his head, he’s really, like, 12.”

Source: Rolling Stone


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11Madonna Wears Muslim Chainmail Mask

Madonna has built a career on shocking the middle-class with her outrageous costumes, but some critics are saying she may have crossed the line (again) by wearing a chainmail mask that looks like a niqab, a face veil normally worn by Muslim women.

Madonna posted the picture (right) on Instagram and Facebook with the caption: “The Revolution of Love is on…Inshallah.”

"Inshallah" is Arabic for "God willing,"

Apparently, this controversial photo is from a photoshoot with Harper’s Bazaar magazine, notes The Independent.

Madonna is known for following the Kabbalah religion, which has been described as heavily-laden mysticism mixed with parts of Judaism.

Some fans think Madonna’s chainmail mask is criticism of the oppression suffered by women in Islamic countries, or it might be another gimmick to boost sales.

Source: The Independent


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11Dolce and Gabbana Convicted for Tax Evasion

For many years, “Dolce and Gabbana” has been synonymous with luxury, elegance, and glossy pictures of haute couture. Now, however, their latest photoshoot might be a mug shot.

Italian designers, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, were sentenced to eight months in prison yesterday for tax evasion. The charges date back to a transaction in 2004, when the designers sold two of their main brands to Gado, a Luxembourg based company where, according to the prosecution, they could avoid declaring royalties.

For now, however, the charges are largely nominal. Italian law, unlike Italian fashion, is very commodious. Sentences under three years may be served under house arrest or with community service, if they must be served at all. Defendants are given two chances to appeal with many years intervening.

The designers’ attorney, Massimo Dinoia, plans to appeal, arguing the charges are “groundless.” Luxembourg’s corporate tax rate is next to zero while Italy’s is 28%. It is unclear how the transaction violated Italian law. 

No country’s corporate tax rate matches that of the United States, however, at an astronomical 35% federal rate in addition to state tax. Many companies, like Dolce and Gabbana, have been caught in the cross hairs of competing corporate tax rates. Just last month, Apple CEO Tim Cook  testified before the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations to determine whether the company’s tax strategy was legal. Apple admitted to avoiding the U.S.’s high corporate tax rate by repatriating most of its income overseas.

While the Senate ultimately confirmed that the company had done nothing illegal, Senators Carl Levin and John McCain expressed their outrage at Apple’s tactics. However, when it is clear that companies like Apple and D&G are not violating tax law, it is hard to be outraged when they do not voluntarily offer the government more money. It seems unavoidable that companies will seek out the lowest tax rates legally possible and smacks of hypocrisy, as some point out, when the accusers do the same as the accused.

Sources: Wall Street Journal, To Put It Bluntly


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11Miranda Kerr Poses in Granny Panties for Korean Vogue

Miranda Kerr is appearing her second Vogue cover this year. The Victoria's Secret model posed on the cover of Korean Vogue in what appears to a cross between granny panties and Spanx.

According to FashionGoneRogue.com, the Australian model is also wearing a Proenza Schouler jacket for the July 2013 cover.

Does Kerr really need this type of underwear? Perhaps so. Kerr's personal lingerie was reportedly stolen by the "Bling Ring," a group of teen robbers who targeted celebrities' jewelry and clothing.

This claim was made by author Nancy Jo Sales, who wrote a book (now an upcoming movie) about the thieves, in a recent interview with Vanity Fair:

They wanted to look sexy. Looking sexy in a celebrity’s clothes, well that’s even sexier. Especially Miranda Kerr, who’s a Victoria’s Secret model. The fact that they stole the underwear just seems so weird, but it’s not weird when you think about it, because they’re growing up at a time when their culture is constantly telling them to be sexy. Everything from toys to video games to music to fashion is hyper-sexualized for girls. Stealing their underwear was part of a whole trend to emulate these celebrities.

Sources: FashionGoneRogue.com and Vanity Fair


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11One Million Moms Speaks Out Against Kraft Dressings (Video)

Kraft recently launched an ad campaign for their new "Zesty" line of salad dressings. Harmless, one might think. One Million Moms disagrees. To them, the ads are the “most disgusting” thing they’ve seen yet.

We all know the age-old notion that “sex sells.” Usually, we tend to be coerced through advertisements by half naked women. Kraft decided to go another route, perhaps this time targeting a female audience that is bound to be the one buying their dressings.

Clearly, the scheme does not work on everyone. A “Shame on Kraft” insert on the One Million Moms site lashes out against Kraft’s ads with no remorse.

“A full 2-page ad features a naked man lying on a picnic blanket with only a small portion of the blanket barely covering his genitals,” it states. “It is easy to see what the ad is really selling.” 

As referred to by Uproxx, One Million Moms could be considered a group of “crazy Christian fundamentalist wackjobs who spend their lives searching for things to get offended about.” We’re not sure sure about the name-calling, but apparently the group has called out just about everyone who has ventured close to the line between politically correct and just plain vulgar. MSN also refers to the group as an “always-irritable organization.” Uproxx mentions that the group has previously called out “like Geico ads purportedly promoting bestiality, Ryan Murphy’s New Normal, walruses kissing in Skittles ads, the alleged gayness in Marvel comics, Archie comics, and of course, Ellen Degeneres.”

One Million Moms specifically said they  are boycotting the company, opining that "Christians will not be able to buy Kraft dressing until they clean up their advertising."

The group might be notoriously judgmental, but the only message we can gather is simple: dress down to dress up. Oh, and that there are some seriously zesty men out there.

Sources: MSN, One Million Moms, Uproxx


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11Victoria's Secret Model Doutzen Kroes Poses in Sexy Swimsuit for Vogue Brazil (Pictures)

Dutch model Doutzen Kroes wore less than she normally does as a Victoria's Secret Angel when she posed in some barely-there swimsuits in this month's Vogue Brazil.

In the June issue photos (below, right), Kroes wears a pair of white briefs and a skimpy swimsuit.

The issue also includes the stunning model Gisele Bundchen.

Both Kroes and Bundchen were shot by fashion photographer Mario Testino, notes the Daily Mail.

"In Brazil body image is very relevant since  people have a big concern with the shape, whether being dressed or naked; it's such a part of the culture, like in Rio where the beach meets the city and people go to the beach after work and on weekends," said Testino.

According to StarPulse.com, the "body" issue also includes 45-year-old Pamela Anderson in some revealing shots.

"I actually just did a shoot lately," said Anderson. "And they took all the makeup off and put me in a ponytail, and I said, 'Well, OK, we'll try that.'"

The theme of the issue is the human body and image.

Source: Daily Mail and StarPulse.com


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11Mumbai Considering Ban on Lingerie Mannequins Over Sexual Violence Concerns

Councilors in India’s most populous city are facing scrutiny following a proposal to ban lingerie-clad mannequin dummies in shops and markets amid concerns they could encourage sex crimes.

Officials in Mumbai – a city of over 18 million located on India’s west coast – raised the proposal after the fatal gang-rape of a student on a Delhi bus last year sparked global calls for reform.

Initially pitched by Ritu Tawade, a member of Mumbai’s Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, the idea has come under heavy ridicule from commentators and women’s rights groups.

"I believe that mannequins, especially the two-piece clothes (bikinis), have an impact on the incidence of crimes against women in the state,” Tawade told NDTV television channel on Tuesday. “Such a display affects the mindset of men.”

But many laughed off the suggestion.

"Except a handful of perverts who don't need the provocation of a plastic doll in lace to pounce on women, average Indian men don't break into sweat and run into lampposts at the mere sight of lingerie," said news outlet Firstpost.

“I have never been aroused by a mannequin. Maybe our BMC corporators are?” former journalist and politician Pritish Nandy joked on Twitter.

Earlier this month, a UN report concluded sexual violence and harassment is widespread in India.

After a 10-day visit to several Indian states, UN reporter Rashida Manjoo said sexual violence targeting India women is perpetuated in public spaces, in the family, and in the workplace.

“There is a generalized sense of insecurity in public spaces, amenities, transport facilities in particular," she said.  "And women are often victims of different forms of sexual harassment and assault.”

In an effort to curb such violence, India's parliament has passed a law imposing strong penalties for sex offences against women – a measure which garnered widespread support from global leaders.

Sources: Business Insider, Voice of America


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11Victoria's Secret Rejects 'Survivor' Bra Line for Mastectomy Survivors

On Monday, Victoria’s Secret announced it isn’t interested in producing a “Survivor” bra crafted specially for mastectomy victims because it would be too “complicated." This news comes despite Angelina Jolie’s recently publicized mastectomy and an online petition that generated over 120,000 signatures.

“Through our research, we have learned that fitting and selling mastectomy bras … is complicated and truly a science,” a Victoria’s Secret spokesperson said in a statement. “As a result, we believe that the best way for us to make an impact for our customers is to continue funding cancer research.”

Previously, the lingerie giant had flirted with the notion of designing bras for women who underwent mastectomies but didn’t opt for breast reconstruction.

Jolie, who chose to undergo a mastectomy after learning her chances of developing breast cancer in the future were high, ended up having breast reconstruction following the procedure.

Apart from Jolie’s celebrity status, the topic was fueled by an online petition that garnered 120,000 signatures from individuals hoping to see a “survivor bra.” The Change.org petition was created by Allana Maiden, a Virginia woman who witnessed her mother – a breast cancer survive – struggle when purchasing bras following a mastectomy.

Although Victoria’ Secret appeared open to the idea – even bringing the two in for a discussion – they ultimately decided not to pursue the line.

“I was disappointed but I kind of understand where they’re coming from,” Maiden said. “I did know that they were researching it very seriously and wanted to consider it from every aspect involved.”

Sources: Boston.com, NY Daily Mail


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11Ashley Tisdale Likes 'Dark, Mysterious Bad Boy' Types

Ashley Tisdale is bringing sexy to the pages of the May issue of Maxim magazine in which she covers.

The Scary Movie V star talked about the kind of guy she digs saying,

"There's definitely a thing where I like the dark, mysterious bad boy."

But that doesn't mean that she's opposed to "surfer, blond frat guys," whom she has also liked. She likes traditional dating:

"I'm not into the 'game' so much. If I like you, I'll confront you and be open about it. Then I expect you to come after me."

And who wouldn't want to come after her!!


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11After Posing for 30+ Photoshoots, Kendall Jenner Wants to be Left Alone

Kendall Jenner tells the new issue of Cosmopolitan that, golly, will everyone please just leave her alone?

Via Celebuzz:

"The show brought us everything we have, and I realize that, but sometimes I just want to be left alone and be a normal kid for like five minutes," Jenner, 17, lamented in publication's May 2013 issue. "That's tough when the paparazzi are chasing you."

Kendall definitely has a point. I mean, besides the photoshoots she did for American Cheerleader Magazine, Bongo Magazine, Teen Vogue, Forever 21, Kendall and Kylie Collection, Elle, Nordstrom, Miss Vogue Australia, White Sands, Cosmopolitan, Seventeen Magazine, Genlux Magazine, Girlfriend Magazine, Harpers Bazaar Arabia, Flavor Magazine, Fashion's Night Out, PacSun, Woodies Sunglasses, Lovecat Magazine, Blank Magazine, Wilhelmina, Seventeen, Prom Magazine, Lucca Couture, Marc Clark Spring Summer Lookbook, Nick Saglimbeni, Raine Magazine, Seventeen, Sherri Hill, and The Hollywood Reporter, she's kept a pretty low profile over the years. We should all just leave her alone.


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