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    Mannequins are having quite a decade. They are looking more realistic than ever before and have really evolved from their 1950s cousins, which were mostly blonde and svelte. Now, stores have the option of using multiethnic life-size dolls that have round booties, curves and, in some cases, even reflect the bodies of people with disabilities. And why the heck not? Aside from having the power to make a powerful statement about beauty ideals in our society, it makes sense that we should be able to visualize how different clothing designs look on various body shapes and types since the average female consumer is not 5’9 and model-skinny.

    American Apparel has always been a company that pushed the envelope in terms of what is considered ideally beautiful. One store in New York City took things pretty far this week when it unveiled female mannequins with one asset we've yet to see: pubic hair.

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    Miley Cyrus is always surprising us, isn't she? Love it or hate it, that twerking stuff seemed to come out of nowhere and then BOOM! It was everywhere with tongues and fleshy butt cheeks and gasp OMG #shocking! Good for you, Miley. Keep us guessing. Her latest stunt is equally as thrilling with a huge twist. HUGE! Miley is modeling for Marc Jacobs. She's the face of MJ! Say what?

    So she's a bit mainstream to have the gig usually reserved for the likes of the more indie darlings like Sofia Coppola, Helena Bonham Carter, Dakota Fanning, and Kirsten Dunst, but we all know that Miley loves her Marc and clearly the feeling is mutual. In these ads, we get to see a whole other side of her.

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    Ugh, Photoshop. Is the proliferation of photoshopped magazine covers and advertisements making us feel worse about ourselves? Or are we all onto the joke and becoming immune to its tricks? I tend to thing we go back and forth between the two. Well this "Body Evolution" video showing the power of Adobe Photoshop to totally transform the appearance of a human being almost makes me wonder why we bother with human models at all. 

    In this time-lapse video you can see how this transformation happens -- the air-brushing, the lengthening, the narrowing, even what they do to this woman's eyes. It's amazing what technology can make happen. And it's just a little bit depressing. Why do we even need to see people looking like this? 

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    Have you ever felt like some days, you just looked better than others? Apparently, you aren't alone and -- guess what -- companies out there know exactly when to cash in on your insecurities! Super duper! A survey taken by women over 18 across the U.S. revealed that whether we live in cities or rural areas, and despite our ages, women feel their ugliest on Mondays, late at night, and early in the morning. We also don't feel so hot about ourselves on Sundays, when we're sick, sweating, stressed, angry, lonely, or depressed. So when exactly do we get to feel attractive? 

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    A billboard ad featuring a gaggle of naked women was recently banned in Australia, but it wasn’t because the models were showing too much skin. Nope, it’s because those chicks weren’t smiling. You know, because when most people see a picture of naked women grouped together, their faces are the first thing they notice.

    In skincare company Ella Bache’s original ad, the unsmiling women were pressed against each other, with legs and arms strategically placed to cover up the naughty bits. Although all the women are all beautiful with seemingly flawless light skin, the tagline read: Skin Solutions As Individual As You Are. But whatever.

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    Jennifer Lawrence has a life outside of being only one of the most talented, feted actress in Hollywood right now ... and it requires her to wear designer swag in front of famous photographers' lenses. Yep, I'm talkin' 'bout her gig as a model for the Miss Dior campaign. Back in February, she appeared in ad photos semi-hiding her face and wearing a cage veil. It was chic, sophisticated, haute couture, a little Lady Gaga-ish ... but not very JLaw-ish.

    This time around, however, the campaign is way more suited to the actress and really showcases her natural beauty. 

    Check it out ...

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    Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock play badass buddy cops fighting a Russian mobster in their new comedy The Heat. But one of the biggest jokes the flick has spawned so far has nothing to do with the wacky plot or the kooky cast: The new U.K. poster for the film, which so obviously chopped off Melissa's face and neck in a case of gratuitous, post-production PhotoShop

    I mean, what entertainment biz upper mucky muck approves stuff like this? Who do they think they're kidding? It's not like we don't realize that the funny woman has a double chin. What's more, it's not like we CARE.

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    Gap is getting a lot of buzz for its new holiday ads, and why shouldn't they? After all, this is the time of year when they outdo themselves with big, colorful, frothy, heartstring-pully commercials with over-the-top production value. And this year's campaign is no different. Called "Love Comes in Every Shade," the print and TV campaign aims to illustrate some of the many forms of love, from puppy love and married love to best friend love and sibling love, by employing a few famous faces -- like Michael J. Fox and wife Tracy Pollan, rapper Nas and his father, blues musician Olu Dara, the cast of The New Normal, and others.

    All of them would be enough to hold our attention, but then there are some really cute fall and winter styles, to boot! Check it out ...

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    I think the days when we believed everything we heard and saw in advertising are as over as Brad and Jen, but that doesn't mean we should be purposefully misled. Unless of course misleading us takes us anywhere near Ryan Gosling, naked, and asking to roleplay Fifty Shades of Grey. Natalie Portman's eyelashes, however, should have just been honest with us. They didn't need to be bigger or longer -- she's already envied enough for those cheekbones and lips and the fact that she made out with both Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis (separately, on film). Fashion and makeup giant Dior, though, apparently felt her lashes needed to look longer for their Diorshow New Look lash-multiplying mascara campaign. A little Photoshop here, a little more lashes there, and the most unbelievably long eyelashes with "just mascara" were born.

    Not so fast, said L'Oreal UK. They reported the ad to the Advertising Standards Agency and that's when things got really plump.

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    There was a hot debate last night, all right. In fact, there were two. Forget Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. The most exciting question to emerge from last night's town hall had nothing to do with international affairs, the economy, or Big Bird. There was an entirely different showdown happening between the candidates' wives.

    That's right, Michelle Obama and Ann Romney went head to head too.

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