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    If you've ever seen one of those women in her mid-40s who looks like she's in her mid-20s and been all, "What the hell does she do? Botox? Fillers? Face lift? Raw food? Yoga? Oxygen facials?" then you've probably been looking at supermodel Christy Turlington. At 45, Christy looks at least 10 years younger, not much different than she did in her supermodel heyday in the early 1990s. Christy, of course, is a dedicated yogi, but what else does the mom of two do to look like that? Let's be honest here, the face of Maybelline has had some Photoshopping done -- everyone does. But those who have seen her up close in real life swear she looks almost as Photoshopped in person.

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    Remember when Adele first broke onto the scene -- the songstress is such a legend, it seems like eons ago now -- and lots of people couldn't look past the fact that she didn't weigh 100 pounds? Oh, they raved about her voice, because how could you not, but somewhere, after praising her talent and swearing they loved her music, they couldn't help themselves and had to make some not-so-nice comments about her body. I'm looking at you, Karl Lagerfeld and Joan Rivers, but too many bloggers, reporters, and ordinary people to mention judged her physical appearance pretty harshly, too. 

    Well, guess what? Adele doesn't really care what we think. And she doesn't need to prove to the world that even cosmetics giant L'Oreal thinks she's pretty. And to showcase her point, she just turned down buckets of money and the chance to be "professionally beautiful" as opposed to just plain old beautiful. 

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    Me, my tongue, and Wreck-It RalphLast week I went on a business trip, a press junket to the premiere of Oz the Great and Powerful, and I took a ton of photographs. Naturally, I jumped on Facebook when I got home to see what my friends had to say. And there it was, a criticism right beneath a photo of me with a statue of Ralph from the Oscar-nominated film Wreck-It Ralph. In it I was sticking my tongue out, my go-to pose in any photo, and the comment came from an aunt who called me out for being immature.

    The barb hurt; I won't deny it. Because the truth is so much more complicated. I don't stick my tongue out in photos because I'm clinging to my youth so much as I'm clinging to the idea that people will be so focused on my tongue that they will miss my body.

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    We've all been told to drink eight glasses of water daily, that juicing is uber healthy, and that juice fasts will strip away the pounds. The question is, "Do these statements hold water?" Yes, the pun was intended.

    In this week's premiere of The Jenny Isenman Show, my guests "The Nutrition Twins," authors of The Secret to Skinny, talk juicing, juice fasts, energy drinks, smoothies, and teas that are touted as "the next best thing." Are they healthy? Do they do what they promise? Are they worth the extra dough? Will they cure my lack of energy, cellulite, aging, cravings, [insert said claim here]?

    Watch the episode after the jump! We talk about:

    Why juice fasts actually make you gain more weight in the long run. Why you can stop guzzling those eight glasses of water a day. How to justify your coffee addiction. Read More
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    Dear tabloids everywhere: There's a story you keep telling over and over again, and it depresses the hell out of me. It goes something like this. Woman appears to gain weight. Woman goes out in public. Tabloids take unflattering photos and shame her. Ooh, fat fatty! Woman disappears, diets, and comes back thinner. We love her again! Redeemed through weight loss.

    Take food personality Nigella Lawson. Remember last summer when she showed up at the beach in a burkini and everyone was like, "OMG, what a COW!" Yeah, a proud moment for us all. For the record, The Stir said Nigella was gorgeous and didn't need to hide her curves under a tent.

    Well it's time for the "redemption" portion of this saga -- Nigella was recently seen "showing off her incredible weight loss." Jessica Simpson, are you paying attention?

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  • 7 Stages of Swimsuit Selection

    posted by Jill Smokler June 18, 2012 at 9:35 AM in Beauty & Style
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    1. Shock & Denial. This is not my body. This is NOT my body. These are not my boobs, this is not my ass, these are not my thighs. No, no, no. This is not happening.

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    FAT! It's the most dreaded thing you can call a woman. It can crush her self-image quicker than any other insult, including the c-word and b-word.

    Well if British politicians have their way, using that confidence-killing insult will become a hate crime. Yes. An actual hate crime. A parliament committee on body image recommended putting "appearance-based discrimination" right up there with race and sexual discrimination.

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    The New York Times recently reported on the latest extreme dieting measure that brides are using in order to lose weight fast for the big day.

    Called the K-E Diet, the brides-to-be (and, as you can see above, plenty of non-brides as well) have a tube inserted through their nose and down into their esophagus. Dieters are fed a liquid diet through that tube for up to ten days.

    THE WHAT?!

    Would you try this diet?

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    French women are known for being thin (they have to be to wear French fashions) -- the reason for this is that they pay a lot of attention to what they're putting into their mouths.

    Not so long ago, the French gave us the Dukan Diet, a strict diet regime that's rumored to be used by Kate Middleton to keep her slim figure. Now, the latest diet craze in France is even weirder. It's called ...

    Le Forking.


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    Over the last few months, I've seen The Dukan Diet mentioned in magazines and newspapers over and over again.

    It's a high-protein/low-carb diet that has taken France and England by storm. The book was just released here in the United States, and since protein diets work really well for me, I've decided to try it out.

    I only want to lose a few pounds before swimsuit season, and I'd love to do it quickly. This diet, with an average weight loss of 5-7 pounds in the first week, seems to perfectly fit the bill.

    But after reading about the diet's first phase, I have to admit that I'm a little bit ... scared.

    In fact, I went to bed and had stress dreams all night long about this diet.

    Want to know why? Keep reading!

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