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Blogger Takes Off Her Makeup To Reveal The Ugly Truth About Online Harassment

(0) Comments | Posted July 2, 2015 | 4:25 PM


You look disgusting.  

That's the title of beauty blogger Em Ford's latest YouTube video, a three-minute feature that's about far more than lipstick and mascara.

 Ford, a 20-something from London who suffers from adult acne, has been posting photos of herself without makeup for the past three months. In the video, she washes off her makeup to highlight the disturbing online harassment she faces. She includes a smattering of the horrible comments she receives on social media daily, like "ugly," "revolting," and "I can't even look at her." 

She decided to share the video in an attempt to challenge societal preconceptions of beauty. 

"Over the past few months, I've received thousands of messages from people all over the world who suffer or have suffered from acne, an insecurity or self confidence issues," she wrote on her blog, My Pale Skin. "I wanted to create a film that showed how social media can set unrealistic expectations on both women and men. One challenge many face today, is that as a society, we're so used to seeing false images of perfection, and comparing ourselves to unrealistic beauty standards that It can be hard to remember the most important thing -- You ARE beautiful."

The video has racked up over 400,000 views since it was posted on Wednesday.  


Guys, I can't believe I'm even writing this... So I've seen a few comments saying I'm faking my acne and bad skin. 😂🙈 I'm obviously in the wrong industry working behind a desk and should be flogging my SFX skills instead. 😂 Here's the thing - I'm seeing so many terrible misconceptions about acne and bad skin in the comments. And Y'know what? some of the skin shaming is damn right appalling - many of these people aught to be ashamed of themselves. 💙💚💛💜 I am not hurt by those who want to call me disgusting, or blame me for their insecurities about women or their laughable trust issues (Go to therapy). However, what bothers me, is that there are young men and women out there who read these comments and then feel bad about themselves, because of your words. I've had so many heart breaking PM's and emails from people who have been bullied because of their skin. Nobody should be made to feel bad because of a disease they live with and in many cases one that is simply genetic. 💙💚💛💜 Acne is a struggle every day, and unless you've suffered from it, you have no idea. So cut the crap and if my face offends you, block me. Our society is so used to seeing images of perfection, some people can't handle the truth. If I hadn't shown you my 'before' face... Would you have even known? Em x 💙💚💛💜 P.S Have you ever photographed your face straight after applying moisturiser? Try it - you'll look shiny too.

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Internet Reminds Donald Trump His Signature Collection Is Made In Mexico

(9) Comments | Posted July 2, 2015 | 10:26 AM


Not much gets past the Internet. 

Donald Trump is currently embroiled in a steaming pot of controversy after making derogatory comments about Latin American immigrants, claiming criminals and rapists are coming to the United States from Mexico and advocating for "a great wall" at the border to keep...

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Demi Lovato Performs 'Cool Summer' In Bra Top And Gladiator Boots

(0) Comments | Posted July 2, 2015 | 9:22 AM

Demi Lovato has a hot new song and a fierce look for summer. 

The former Disney star performed her new song, "Cool For The Summer," at Z100's pool party at the Gansevoort Park Avenue in New York City on Wednesday. Lovato wore a black bra top, high-waisted denim shorts...

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These Bridal Photos Of 'Bearded Dame' Harnaam Kaur Are Simply Stunning

(0) Comments | Posted July 1, 2015 | 3:09 PM


When bridal blogger Kat Williams saw photos of Harnaam Kaur, she knew she had to feature them on her site. 

Kaur has Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, a condition that produces more male hormones and has caused her to grow facial hair since she was 11, Kaur told the wedding...

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Beyonce Celebrates Pride In Awesome Remake Of Her '7/11' Video

(0) Comments | Posted July 1, 2015 | 2:56 PM


All hail Queen Bey, Pride and marriage equality! 

Beyonce celebrated LGBT pride and SCOTUS's historical ruling for same-sex marriage with a  17-second remake of her "7/11" video complete with rainbow flags and some killer dance moves.

"Love always wins!" she wrote. 

Yes, it does. 

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Rachel McAdams And Taylor Kitsch Might Be Dating, But Who Really Knows?

(0) Comments | Posted July 1, 2015 | 2:17 PM

Rachel McAdams might've found love with another gorgeous co-star.  

Us Weekly is reporting that McAdams is dating Taylor Kitsch, who co-stars with her in HBO's crime drama "True Detective." The two were spotted dining together earlier this month at Osteria Mozza in West Hollywood. 


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Selena Gomez Quashes Diplo's Claims That Zedd Romance Was A Publicity Stunt

(0) Comments | Posted July 1, 2015 | 12:59 PM

Diplo does not know anything about Selena Gomez's love life.  

Gomez appeared on New Zealand's "The Edge Afternoons" radio show Tuesday and talked about her relationship with Zedd, who she dated earlier this year, and responded claims by Diplo that their romance was phony. Dilpo went...

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Jim Carrey Goes On Twitter Rant About California's New Vaccine Law

(0) Comments | Posted July 1, 2015 | 12:01 PM

Jim Carrey took to Twitter to speak out against California's new law mandating school vaccinations. 

On Monday, state lawmakers passed the bill striking down California's personal belief exemption for immunizations with a 24-14 vote, The Associated Press reported. Children must be vaccinated by kindergarten and seventh grade. Those...

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George Takei Takes On Donald Trump Over Marriage Equality

(2) Comments | Posted July 1, 2015 | 11:03 AM


Marriage is about love and commitment, and Donald Trump has got it all wrong.

So said George Takei, who appeared on MSNBC's "The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell" on Monday to discuss Trump's views on marriage equality.

Over the weekend, the 2016 presidential candidate had told CNN’s Jake Tapper that he is "for traditional marriage." Takei had his own sit-down with Trump back in 2012, during which they discussed same-sex marriage. The two apparently "agreed to disagree."

"He was for traditional marriage, despite the fact that he'd been married three times," Takei said Monday of Trump, whose exes include Ivana Zelníčková and Marla Maples. "That is not traditional. I approve of his three-time marriage because you want to find the person that you love. But the important thing here is to understand that our democracy is a dynamic democracy, and our Constitution is a living document -- it's not carved in stone. Over the years, the whole arc of our democracy has been to adjust to the times, to expand equality to more and more people."

Trump married Melania Knauss, a model 24 years his junior, in 2005. Takei married partner Brad Altman in 2008. The latter two have been together for 28 years.

The "Star Trek" actor also challenged the business mogul's views on the significance of a marital union.  

"Over the years, we've come to understand what marriage really means and that's love," Takei said. "It's centered on love. ... I think Donald Trump's interpretation of marriage is something that he himself doesn't really believe in, because traditional marriage is where two people love each other, commit to each other, care for each other over the years. It is a meaningful ceremony. His interpretation of that is not recognizing what real marriage is."

Takei concluded by saying that Trump’s current rhetoric is catering to the far right wing as he attempts to land the 2016 GOP nomination.

Three years ago, Takei and Trump lunched at the Trump Tower Grill in New York City and broached the subject of same-sex marriage. At the time, Takei said he was hopeful he could change Trump’s views.

"It was a lively and engaging hour-long conversation that touched upon his personal position on marriage equality," Takei wrote on Facebook. "He confided that he recently attended a same-sex wedding and that he'd found it 'beautiful.' ... I hope that my chat with The Don might have some effect on his stance on the subject."

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Conservatives Urge Facebook Users To Use American Flag Filter To Fight Against Rainbow Pics

(16) Comments | Posted July 1, 2015 | 10:02 AM


Millions of people rainbow-ified their Facebook profile pictures in celebration of the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage last week, but some weren't feeling the pride. 

After SCOTUS ruled 5-4 in favor of nationwide same-sex marriage Friday, Facebook released a free tool that let users change their profiles to...

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Beyoncé Poses In Cutout Swimsuit While On Vacation With Blue Ivy And Jay Z

(0) Comments | Posted July 1, 2015 | 9:30 AM

The Carters know how to vacation. 

Beyoncé shared photos from her recent family getaway on her site Tuesday. In a handful of shots, Queen Bey poses in a purple cutout bathing suit with gold foil tattoos on her wrists and a braided ponytail. In other pics, Blue Ivy can be seen...

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Jeremy Renner Responds To Gay Rumors

(5) Comments | Posted June 30, 2015 | 9:47 AM


Jeremy Renner doesn't care if you think he's gay. 

As has been the case with many celebrities, Renner's sexuality has been a source of public interest. Back in 2012, the "Avengers" star gave a candid cover-story interview to The Hollywood Reporter and quashed speculation about...

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Kylie Jenner And Tyga Show Some Affection In Khloe Kardashian's Instagram Pic

(0) Comments | Posted June 30, 2015 | 9:07 AM

Kylie Jenner and Tyga look very close in Khloe Kardashian's latest Instagram photo. 

On Monday, Kardashian helped her little sister move into her new $2.7 million mansion. The 17-year-old, who celebrates her 18th birthday next month, purchased the Calabasas home back in February. 

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NeNe Leakes Quits 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta'

(5) Comments | Posted June 30, 2015 | 8:43 AM

It's the end of an era. 

NeNe Leakes announced Monday she is quitting "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" after seven seasons. The Georgia native, whose role on Bravo propelled her to stardom and helped her land gigs like leading roles in NBC's "The New Normal" and "Cinderella"...

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Iggy Azalea Stirs Up Controversy Over Tweets About Her Britney Spears Collab, 'Pretty Girls'

(0) Comments | Posted June 29, 2015 | 5:08 PM

Iggy Azalea doesn't seem too happy with Britney Spears over the success, or lack thereof, of their track, "Pretty Girls."

During a Twitter Q&A session on Sunday, Azalea appeared to throw shade at Spears over the minimal promotion of their duet, which dropped in May and peaked...

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Try As He Might, This NYPD Cop Couldn't Resist Shaking His Stuff At Pride

(133) Comments | Posted June 29, 2015 | 4:54 PM

Even an on-duty New York City Police Department officer can't resist Pride.

A cop shook it to the sounds of Michael Jackson with Aaron Santis, a marcher from the LGBT Big Apple Softball League who took part in Sunday's parade through the streets of Manhattan. The cop...

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Chrissy Teigen Goes Topless In W Magazine (NSFW)

(9) Comments | Posted June 29, 2015 | 3:02 PM

Privacy not guaranteed.

Chrissy Teigen went topless in W magazine's shoot with the 10 sexiest supermodels on social media titled "Privacy Settings," wearing just white Dolce & Gabbana underwear with thigh-high Altuzarra boots. The spread, published in the mag's August Pop issue, features the likes of Rosie...

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Caitlyn Jenner Makes First Public Appearance At NYC Pride

(516) Comments | Posted June 29, 2015 | 9:52 AM

Caitlyn Jenner looked all sorts of gorgeous at New York City Pride on Sunday.

Jenner attended a Pride party at the PH-D Lounge at the Dream Downtown Hotel and was met by a cheering crowd, according to E! News. The reality star, who donned a white top...

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Jennifer Lawrence Steps Out In A Crop Top And Pencil Skirt

(116) Comments | Posted June 29, 2015 | 8:37 AM

Jennifer Lawrence looked stunning in the city on Sunday.

Lawrence donned a black crop top and matching skirt by Michael Kors with strappy stilettos when she stepped out in New York City's Tribeca neighborhood over the weekend. Paparazzi snapped her photo as she headed into a waiting...

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