Madonna Shares Throwback Photo Of Herself In DIY High School Graduation Dress



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Just about a year before a young Madonna posed nude as a model for photography and drawing classes to make ends meet, she could only dress conservatively by way of her religious parents.

The now-Queen of Pop shared a throwback photograph that was taken on the high school graduation day—presumably between 1976 and 1977—of her sister, Paula, and herself.

In her caption, Madonna revealed that she was “embarrassed” by the fact that her family could not afford store-bought dresses, which meant that she had to sew her own outfits “from Butterick patterns.”

On hindsight, she’s thankful for those years, which taught her how to use a sewing machine.

“Notice no cleavage or bare knees!” she pointed out. “Papa Ciccone was very strict.” Obviously, conical bras were also out of the question.

The world has come to know a wholly different Madonna, a beacon of sex positivity. She has now evidently handed down these traits to her daughter, Lourdes Leon, who is often seen championing her natural body in photo shoots and red carpet appearances.

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My Sister Paula and I on my High School graduation day! We sewed our own dresses from Butterick patterns. 👗 I was always so embarrassed we could not afford store bought dresses. In retrospect Im glad i learned how to use a sewing machine. ✂️ Notice No cleavage or bare knees!! Papa Ciccone was very strict. 😂 #highschool

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First Look At Margot Robbie’s Sexy New Costume For ‘Harley Quinn’



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Following the success of Suicide Squad, fans can expect to see more Halloween costumes inspired by ‘Harley Quinn’ when the film’s spin-off debuts in 2020. This is because the anti-heroine, played by Margot Robbie, has been given a new look that is more colorful than ever.

Set photos of the upcoming movie, Birds of Prey, see Robbie in a vibrant getup comprising a pink crop top, striped shorts, and sleeves made out of tassels as she films outside a fruit market.

Robbie’s look is complete with rainbow ankle boots and faux leg tattoos. She retains her iconic pink and green dip-dyed blonde locks.

Birds of Prey, set to premiere on 7 February 2020, will feature a group of female supervillains. Robbie will also reprise her role as ‘Harley Quinn’ in Suicide Squad 2, which is expected to be written and directed by former Guardians of the Galaxy director, James Gunn.

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Hyundai’s Super Bowl Ad Infuriates Vegans For Making Abomination Of Their Food

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Some members of the vegan community are raising their forks at Hyundai’s Super Bowl commercial, which seemingly demeaned plant-based meals as unappetizing.

In the spot, the South Korean automotive manufacturer names a series of experiences it deems unpleasant, such as “the talk” about the birds and the bees, a root canal, and a “vegan dinner party.”

Hyundai measures the dreadfulness of each experience with an elevator. The lower it goes, the more unpleasant it seems. A vegan dinner party ranks the second-lowest, and hovers just above shopping for a car that isn’t from Hyundai.

As the elevator door opens at the “vegan dinner party” floor, a woman is seen offering “beetloaf,” at which a passenger gags.

A number vegans are understandably taken aback about a plant-based dinner event being likened to some very nasty experiences.

“I make some really great vegan dinner food,” replies Twitter user ‘jeremypair’. “But I’d never invite you anyway. Good job perpetuating the myth [that] vegan food is bad. People could offset your products’ carbon footprint by going vegan. But you got a cheap joke in.”

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has even called for a boycott, urging drivers to switch to, “a vegan ‘Smartcar’ by Mercedes. Great mileage and acceleration, turns on a dime.”

Hyundai has since responded to the criticism, defending on Twitter that, “We actually like vegan food. That guy [who gagged] just wasn’t a fan of ‘beetloaf’.”

For good measure, it has even attached a recipe for the dish. Judging by its ingredient list of organic beets, carrots, rice, panko breadcrumbs, and more, it actually doesn’t sound half-bad.

Hey @Hyundai this is actually what a vegan dinner party looks like… This is our super bowl spread! pic.twitter.com/W8vXcvSG6e

— …like the movie (@__likethemovie) February 3, 2019

@Hyundai I make some really great vegan dinner food. But I’d never invite you anyway. Good job perpetuating the myth vegan food is bad. People could offset your products’ carbon footprint by going vegan. But you got a cheap joke in. #superbowl

— Pair (@jeremypair) February 3, 2019

Vegan dinner party is hell? Come on Hyundai. Mocking people who care about animals is not cool. Way to alienate your demographic. Want hell? Try visiting a slaughterhouse.

— Amber (@veganamber315) January 30, 2019

ICYMI: The trend of 2019 is taking the elevator UP to vegan dinner parties (& an Earth, heart, & animal-friendly lifestyle). Instead of buying a car from people with outdated ideas, we suggest a vegan Smartcar by Mercedes. Great mileage & acceleration, turns on a dime. #SuperBowl https://t.co/nA3UDjRLrE

— PETA (@peta) February 3, 2019

Nothing wrong with being vegan. That guy just doesn’t like beetloaf. We’re really lucky to have you in the Hyundai family.

— Hyundai USA (@Hyundai) February 4, 2019

We actually really like vegan food. Here’s a recipe! pic.twitter.com/eMNE40PY04

— Hyundai USA (@Hyundai) February 3, 2019

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Khloé Kardashian Defends ‘Photoshop Fail’ That Gave Her Two Thumbs On One Hand



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Khloé Kardashian is thoroughly annoyed with how people are coming in hard at her family about apparent “Photoshop fails.” The reality star recently shut down allegations that she might have accidentally altered an image that suggested she had two thumbs on one hand.

The socialite posted a photo of herself in a coat and jeans. “You are so much more powerful than you know!” she encouraged in her caption. “Keep going.”

Fans contemplated on her comment, wondering if the superhuman double-thumb on her hand meant that she was, indeed, more powerful than she would have them believe.

“What’s up with your thumb?” asked one Instagram user. “It’s either your hand was moving to fast or this is a Photoshop fail.”

“Why you got two thumbs?” questioned another user.

Replying to one of the comments, the Kardashian sister said, “Babe, it’s a glitch app. You can’t control what it makes a glitch effect to… the fact that y’all think one would Photoshop thumbs concerns me a bit. What the hell are y’all Photoshopping?”

Sorry to burst your bubble, but it turns out that while the double-thumb might be a “glitch,” it’s probably not the kind that some would want it to be.

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You are so much more powerful than you know! Keep going💋

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Adam Levine’s Super Bowl Top Design Resembles Pillows, Curtains Across US Homes



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While the internet continues to try and name all the members in Maroon 5, lead singer Adam Levine has become a highlight at the Super Bowl LIII but for a reason you probably wouldn’t expect.

The artiste appeared during its halftime show wearing a top with a design that appears in numerous homes across the US.

Levine rocked a tank top featuring a geometric print, shown below, that the internet has revealed resembles the design on their pillows and curtains purchased not only from Target and Walmart, but also the Furniture Factory Outlet.

Some social media users shared that the home wares were purchased years ago. Facebook user Jenni Chilton Dodson, who posted an image featuring Levine’s top and her alike pillow design, told HuffPost that the coincidence left her in stitches.

After commenting that “his shirt was the ugliest thing [she] had ever seen,” Dodson glanced over to her couch and burst out in laughter. It appears, Dodson is not alone.

wow the highlight of Adam Levine’s performance was definitely that his shirt looked exactly like pillows that an alarming amount of people happen to have from Target #SuperBowl pic.twitter.com/UL8WjdpJaY

— Jenna Amatulli (@ohheyjenna) February 4, 2019

More curtains!!! pic.twitter.com/XRhSZIhqbm

— Jenna Amatulli (@ohheyjenna) February 4, 2019

To add to an earlier tweet: The pillows/curtains are not just from Target. One person purchased them from Walmart, another at Target, and another at Furniture Factory Outlet!!!!

— Jenna Amatulli (@ohheyjenna) February 4, 2019

Well this feels even more accurate now https://t.co/MMac6wSg2D

— 𝕎𝕚𝕝𝕝 𝕂𝕖𝕣𝕤𝕝𝕒𝕜𝕖 (@wkerslake) February 4, 2019

When Adam Levine is wearing your throw pillow!!😂😂 I’m dead…

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Bless the overclockers: In the data center world, liquid cooling is becoming king

Look, everyone loves John Slattery. But this is relevant, promise.

In Iron Man 2, there is a moment when Tony Stark is watching a decades-old film of his deceased father, who tells him “I’m limited by the technology of my time, but one day you’ll figure this out. And when you do, you will change the world.” It’s a work of fiction but the notion expressed is legitimate. The visions and ideas of technologists are frequently well ahead of the technology of their times. Star Trek may have always had it, but it took the rest of us decades to get tablets and e-readers right.

The concept of liquid cooling sits squarely in this category as well. While the idea has been around since the 1960s, it remained a fringe concept when compared to the much cheaper and safer air cooling method. It took another 40 odd years before liquid cooling even started to take off in the 2000s, and then it was mostly confined to PC hobbyists who wanted to overclock their CPUs well beyond the recommended limits set by Intel and AMD.

Today, however, liquid cooling seems to be having a moment. You can buy a liquid cooling system for your PC for under $100, and a whole cottage industry of enterprise and data center vendors (like CoolIT, Asetek, Green Revolution Computing, Ebullient, just to name four) are all promoting liquid cooling of data center equipment. Liquid cooling continues to be primarily used in areas of supercomputing, high performance computing (HPC), or other situations involving massive amounts of compute power where CPUs run at almost 100 percent utilization, but such a use case is becoming mainstream.

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Ariana Grande Sued For ‘God Is A Woman’ Video That Seemingly Plagiarizes Artwork

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An artist has sued pop singer Ariana Grande for allegedly plagiarizing his work to produce her God is a Woman music video.

Russian-American “metaphorical-realism” painter Vladimir Kush, who is based in Las Vegas, filed a complaint on 31 January in Nevada claiming that the singer and her record label infringed on his artworks, The Candle and The Candle 2, in one of the video’s scenes.

Tush discovered the similarities when he came across a listicle by entertainment blog PopSugar that detailed the symbolism of Grande’s 2018 music video.

He points out that a scene of Grande dancing within a candle flame against a sky of clouds bore an uncanny resemblance to his paintings, which were created about 20 years ago.



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Ariana Grande – God is a Woman
Vladimir Kush – Candle pic.twitter.com/sBXdpSWP6F

— 𝓱𝓪𝓷𝓷𝓪𝓱 𝓼𝓴𝔂 💖👠💍🥂✨ (@hannahskyxx) October 29, 2018

“While there are many ways to depict a woman dancing in the wick of a candle—even with a heavenly background—defendants clearly copied Mr Kush’s expression of this idea,” the complaint reads.

Possible areas of infringement include “the same color palette, the same background of a cloudy sky, the same ring effect of the clouds around the flame, the same light beams radiating from the flame and the same colour candle, light fading to dark.”

This isn’t the first time the video was called out for possibly borrowing the ideas of other creatives. Last July, the footage went under fire for appearing a little too similar to a 1993 campaign by Jean Paul Gartier.

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‘#WorldRecordEgg’ Owner’s Identity Deshelled, Gets First Official Sponsor



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There’s so much to catch up on about that ‘World Record Egg’ that dethroned Kylie Jenner as the Instagram account with the most-liked post ever.

The adorable influencer recently started cracking, only to finally announce its first official sponsor. Internet sleuths have also peeled off the mask of the account’s creator, pinpointing to a single guy who works at an advertising agency.

Over the weekend, the egg finally cracked to reveal its partnership with streaming service Hulu. Its splintered shell has now been fixed up with stitches to resemble an American football.

“The wait is over,” it wrote on its Instagram caption. “All will be revealed this Sunday following the Super Bowl.”

Until that point, the regular egg only inspired some pretty amusing responses from artists and companies that found it timely to hop on the bandwagon, but now it’s finally gotten itself a real sponsor. It’s the ultimate reggs-to-riches story.

That’s not all that’s been boiling away for the unassuming egg. Many wondered who was responsible for the account that could have fetched a worth of £250,000 (US$327,000), and it seems like his identity has been unveiled.

Last week, Mashable producer Nikolay Nikolov reported that he personally knew the creator of the ‘World Record Egg’. However, he held his tongue as the owner did not want to go public.

A recent crackdown by BuzzFeed News confirms his identity to be Chris Godfrey, who works at advertising agency The&Partnership.

BuzzFeed News was tipped off by Alex Micu, Digital Director and Partner of Britain-based beer brand Two Fingers Brewing. Micu, who is Facebook friends with Godfrey and tweets constantly about the egg, told the site he was reaching out “on behalf of my friend Chris who set up an Instagram page for an egg.”

“All I can say is that it all started as something fun,” Micu said. “Didn’t think anyone imagined it would get so huge.”

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The wait is over 😅 All will be revealed this Sunday following the Super Bowl 👀 Watch it first, only on @hulu. #EggGang #WeGotThis #TalkingEgg

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Yes. I’m now one with the egg https://t.co/sSlnjGDt74

— Alex Micu (@axelk) February 3, 2019

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Kendall Jenner Goes Nude For NSFW Retro Cover Shoot With Vogue Italia Magazine



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Not long after Kendall Jenner wowed audiences with a sheer gold dress that bared her nipples, the reality star and model has one-upped the provocative get-up by going completely nude in a new magazine shoot.

For the February issue of Vogue Italia magazine, Jenner channels the vibes of old Italian movies with a wavy bob and retro makeup.

Spearheaded by photographer duo Mert and Marcus, the cover shoot aims to celebrate the “many faces of Kendall,” and sees her donning retro dresses and re-enacting scenes from vintage Italian films.

Most notably, she bares her behind with nothing but stilettos, rubber gloves, and earrings in one of the photographs. At 23 years old, the second-youngest of the Kardashian-Jenner sisters is all grown up.

Preview Jenner’s multi-faceted shoots for Vogue Italia’s February issue, which hits newsstands on Tuesday, 5 February 2019, and check out more here.

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Knock Knock 🌟 Kendall for @vogueitalia @kendalljenner #mertandmarcus 🌟see the rest in #vogueitalia #kendalljenner

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I’m watching you through the window. Pick up the phone. Now. Scena 5 – LA TELEFONATA. ‘OSSESSIONE. The many faces of Kendall’ Un film di #mertandmarcus @mertalas @macpiggott con @kendalljenner To be continued… Our new issue on Newsstands Tuesday February 5th. Full credits: #KendallJenner @thesocietynyc Editor in chief @efarneti Creative director @gb65 Stylist @kjeldgaard1 @streetersagency Cinematographer and Editor @asturinghambrooke Casting directors @pg_dmcasting and @samuel_ellis @ DM Fashion Studio Make-up @isamayaffrench @streetersagency Hair @sydhayeshair @artandcommerce Manicure @kelly_shenton_nails Prop stylist @andrea_stanley_ @streetersagency Colourist @robenorm Voiceover and translation #TeresaInghamBrooke On set @acrossmediaprod Executive producer @leonardpetit Production manager @shotbysilv Post production @ Dreamer Stay tuned to see more.

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Waiting for our February issue like a bride standing at the altar, here’s the 2nd teaser. Scena 2 – LA SPOSA. ‘OSSESSIONE. The many faces of Kendall’ Un film di #mertandmarcus @mertalas @macpiggott con @kendalljenner To be continued… Our new issue on Newsstands Tuesday February 5th. Full credits: #KendallJenner @thesocietynyc Editor in chief @efarneti Creative director @gb65 Stylist @kjeldgaard1 @streetersagency Cinematographer and Editor @asturinghambrooke Casting directors @pg_dmcasting and @samuel_ellis @ DM Fashion Studio Make-up @isamayaffrench @streetersagency Hair @sydhayeshair @artandcommerce Manicure @kelly_shenton_nails Prop stylist @andrea_stanley_ @streetersagency Colourist @robenorm Voiceover and translation #TeresaInghamBrooke On set @acrossmediaprod Executive producer @leonardpetit Production manager @shotbysilv Post production @ Dreamer Stay tuned to see more.

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Bubble bath. Spoil yourself, the wait for our February issue is almost over… Scena 6 – VIZI E TENEREZZE. ‘OSSESSIONE. The many faces of Kendall’ Un film di #mertandmarcus @mertalas @macpiggott con @kendalljenner To be continued… Our new issue on Newsstands Tuesday February 5th. Full credits: #KendallJenner @thesocietynyc Editor in chief @efarneti Creative director @gb65 Stylist @kjeldgaard1 @streetersagency Cinematographer and Editor @asturinghambrooke Casting directors @pg_dmcasting and @samuel_ellis @ DM Fashion Studio Make-up @isamayaffrench @streetersagency Hair @sydhayeshair @artandcommerce Manicure @kelly_shenton_nails Prop stylist @andrea_stanley_ @streetersagency Colourist @robenorm Voiceover and translation #TeresaInghamBrooke On set @acrossmediaprod Executive producer @leonardpetit Production manager @shotbysilv Post production @ Dreamer Stay tuned to see more.

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Super Bowl LIII’s Wordmark In Zara’s Latest Logo Style Will Make Your Eyes Sore



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Fast fashion brand Zara recently made headlines after unveiling a tight-fitting logo that left designers crying out, “Kern you not?”

The new Zara logo is Fabien Baron being Fabien Baron, a typography he first used for Harper’s Bazaar in the early 1990s and seen consistently since https://t.co/xN9Bt0Cq91 pic.twitter.com/JfhzH69jz7

— Gareth Hague (@gareth_hague) January 27, 2019

The overlapping characters and serifs have inspired Mitch Goldstein, who’s a professor at the College of Art and Design at RIT, to poke fun at the overhaul with the timely inclusion of the Super Bowl LIII.

Goldstein took to Twitter with the caption that jokes, “Super Bowl fun fact: This is the original design of the Super Bowl LIII logo.”

You might find yourself getting a headache if you stare at this for too long.

Super Bowl fun fact: This is the original design of the Super Bowl LIII logo. #SBLIII pic.twitter.com/M1tGSHfcO9

— Mitch Goldstein (@mgoldst) February 4, 2019

*Zara’s rebranding designer is proud

— Adely (@Adely_DC) February 4, 2019

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