Last night’s Lifetime movie Starving in Suburbia examined eating disorders. Because this is Lifetime, though, just looking at eating disorders wouldn’t cut it, so the movie also looked at the dangers of the Internet as it relates to eating disorders. And they also got an alliterative suburbia-related title in there, to make sure they have something to show on marathon days right after Sexting in Suburbia, although this one had a much more intense tone. That’s putting it rather lightly. More
Has anybody else noticed that Nicole Richie has been looking a little different lately? I’m not talking about the fact that she doesn’t have Paris Hilton perched on her shoulder anymore like a rich blonde parrot, that stopped happening years ago. More
I’m so proud of Demi Lovato for making a point of taking care of herself even when it’s difficult. Even though she has a beautiful house of her own, the actress also rents a room in a sober house in Los Angeles. More
While her husband enjoys the occasional cheeseburger, it’s clear that that particular food has been absent from Angelina Jolie‘s life for some time, along with many others. Tabloids have been proclaiming her “too thin!” and speculating about eating disorders for a while now, but today someone came up with a new reason Angie has been abstaining from food: to get in touch with the world’s starving children. More
Have you ever noticed that actresses eat a lot of fried and greasy food while being interviewed by journalists? It’s an annoying habit that seems intended to prove that said actress is not anorexic. But in reality, it usually goes to prove that she is full of LIES. Because 100 pound actresses don’t go around eating cheeseburgers and fries right before big events like the Oscars. It’s unpossible.
And now, thanks to The New York Times, we know of a new word for this phenomenon: DIPE. That stands for the documented instance of public eating, and is often a featured element in magazine profiles of female celebrities. But that abbreviation is not quite satisfying enough for us. We prefer the terminology that we just brainstormed: Fauxbese. More
Scene: Nina (Natalie Portman) and Lily (Mila Kunis) go to a bar. Lily drops something in Nina’s drink. Two guys show up and introduce themselves. Lily starts talking to one, as Nina and Andrew meet:
Hi Nina, I’m Andrew. Nice to meet you. Your freaky, underminery friend here has told me a lot about you. Are you guys sisters?
Weird, because you two look nothing at all alike, and I’m pretty sure I just saw your “sister” slip something into your drink. Not judging! It’s just that…you ever notice how girls these days say they’re “sisters” when they are obviously not related, in this like desperate bid for attention? Like two girls making out in a bar isn’t hot enough, you have to pretend like you’re also incestuous? It seems a little sad. Feminism, shmeninism, right? More
Awards season is an interesting time, not only because it decides the fate of many nominated actors’ careers over the following years, but because it allows us to see what the Hollywood glitterati are wearing or looking like over the course of the winter months. In the case of Glee star Lea Michele, she’s clearly been shedding pounds over the last year. But last night at the SAG Awards, she was looking particularly…bobble headed. More
Portia De Rossi‘s new memoir Unbearable Lightness depicts her longtime struggle with anorexia, and one quote struck us this morning, since we’ve been writing about the subject of eating disorders and Black Swan lately. Namely, the fact that she thought she was being healthy when she dipped into anorexia.
According to JustJared, Portia writes:
“I didn’t decide to become anorexic. It snuck up on me disguised as a healthy diet, a professional attitude. Being as thin as possible was a way to make the job of being an actress easier…”
My name is Sarah, and I am a ballerina. I was a dancer from the time I was 4 years old until the age of 20. I became more serious about dance, specifically in ballet in my early teens and decided to focus on that, rather than tap or modern dance, because the company I danced with had a very large ballet collaboration with girls of every age and it had always fascinated me. I wanted to be a part of it. When I was in my early twenties, I moved away from the studio I had danced at my whole life. I was a good dancer, but I knew then and still know that I did not have what it takes to be a professional ballerina.
To become a professional ballerina, the first thing you need is a lot of time – to rehearse for multiple hours at a time, every day. As a student, I couldn’t devote that time. Your body has to look a certain way, all the way down to your feet. Long, lean and thin are the adjectives that describe the way a ballerina should look. It takes an incredible amount of time and effort to make movements look effortless. People don’t realize this. More
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Darren Aronofsky‘s much anticipated film Black Swan opens tomorrow night. And if you have the stomach for many bloody, aggressive, and violently visceral scenes involving ballerinas, it is an impressively powerful, disturbing movie worth checking out. But after watching the movie earlier this week, I haven’t been able to shake the film’s weird relationship with food and eating disorders.
The world of highly competitive ballet is a scary place. And Black Swan ups the voltage to 11. Natalie Portman plays Nina Sayers, a talented ballerina who pushes herself into dangerous physical and mental territory with a quest for balletic perfection. But the film’s stars also pushed themselves to dangerous limits to get in shape for the film, and that’s something that is hard to overlook while watching. More
When I saw this advertisement on 5th avenue last night, I immediately tweeted the Pretzel Chips crusaders over at NYCtheBlog. Maybe we’d see another guerrilla art campaign against the pretzel company, which seems dedicated to being edgy with their borderline-offensive body-image slogans. More
Sorry Urban Outfitters! Your “Eat Less” shirts are nothing but salty dust compared to the new posters from Snack Factory Pretzel Crisps, which declare “You Can Never Be Too Thin!” At this point, we don’t even think the Snack Factory … More
Because ironic tees are so over (unless they involve the Golden Girls), hipster fashion retailer Urban Outfitters have taken the concept one step further: Provocative, inflammatory slogans on their shirts, like the one that just says “Eat Less.” So classy. … More