Kate Moss opens up about feeling objectified, 'vulnerable' on 1992 shoot
The Calvin Klein ad campaign that made Kate Moss a household name in the early '90s also left her feeling "completely" objectified, "vulnerable and scared," the supermodel said during an appearance on BBC Radio 4 over the weekend. She also said she credits her campaign costar, Mark Wahlberg, with stirring up a lot of those ugly feelings. Asked about the now iconic 1992 photos, which show Kate wearing only jeans as she straddled "Marky Mark," as he was then known, Kate admitted she has "not very good memories" about working with the star. "He was very macho and it was all about him," she shared on "Desert Island Discs" (via The Independent). "He had a big entourage. I was just this kind of model." Kate said she was suffering from "severe anxiety" before she even got to the first day on the job. "I really didn't feel well at all before the shoot. For like, a week or two, I couldn't get out of bed," she said. The attitude of the designer and his team certainly didn't help. "They played on my vulnerability," Kate asserted, adding that "Calvin loved" her teenaged youth and innocence. In a 2012 Vanity Fair interview, Kate said the prospect of "straddling this buff guy" for the shoot made her feel like she wasn't herself. "I didn't like it. … I thought I was going to die," she said at the time. Asked about his interactions with Kate for the brand in 2020, Mark asked the Guardian, "I never really had a problem with Kate, did I?" Once he was filled in on her reaction to working with him, Mark acknowledged he "was probably a little rough around the edges" at the time. "But I've seen her and said hello," he added. "I think we saw each other at a concert here and there, we said hi and exchanged pleasantries."
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Selena Gomez reflects on 'hard' yet 'beautiful' twenties after 30th birthday
Selena Gomez is already sold on her new decade. The "Only Murders In the Building" star turned 30 on July 22, celebrating the milestone with pals including longtime bestie, Taylor Swift. With the big day and weekend festivities behind her, Selena hopped on Instagram this week to share some reflections on the decade behind her and explain why she's excited about the years ahead. "Have had a moment to catch up," she captioned a pair of black and white photos of herself, one smiley, one serious. She went on to acknowledge the value of both good and bad experiences in her past, before sharing a few personal goals for the future. "My twenties were a journey through good, hard and beautiful moments that I will never forget," she wrote, in part. "Each of them has shaped me into the person that I am today. I am someone who is still learning, but is more certain about what matters and what she wants. Someone who is grateful for every single gift and every single lesson along the way. I am walking forward encouraged by so many strong, empowering people around me," the singer and actress continued. "I want to try my best to take the beautiful and the painful one day at a time and let it all make me into the very best me that I can be for myself/others/you. After a few days of celebrating, my heart feels full, grateful and I can say that I'm starting to really like 30," Selena concluded, adding, "Thank you SO much for being a part of my life, here's to another decade! Love you all inside and out so much it hurts!" Gwyneth Paltrow was among the Insta users who responded to Selena's thoughtful post. "Happy birthday SweetPea," Gwyneth wrote.
Beyoncé and Jay-Z's daughters, 5 and 10, are already critiquing one another's fashion
All three of Beyoncé and Jay-Z's kids are already "little fashionistas," according to the grandmother, Tina Knowles-Lawson. But it seems 5-year-old Rumi is especially drawn to all things style-related — whether her big sister, 10-year-old Blue, likes it or not. In a recent interview with Oprah Daily, Bey's mom revealed Rumi and her twin brother, Sir, along with Blue, have been giving the singer feedback on her new kids designs for Ivytopia, Beyoncé's latest Ivy Park x Adidas collection. Explaining that the kiddos "have definite determination about what they like and what they don't like," Tina said Blue, Sir and Rumi tend not to hold their opinions back when it comes to testing out new pieces of clothing. "When Beyoncé's doing the first samples, they get them, and some things they love, and some things you can tell are not their favorite," Tina shared. "Kids like things that are comfortable. They don't want anything that's scratchy or too tight or high around the neck," she added. "So they absolutely give input on the brand. And they wear it — I mean, they are always in Ivy Park." And don't bother trying to change Rumi's mind about fashion, which she "loves," according to Tina. "She picks out her own clothes," Tina noted. "We recently went to Disneyland, and she put on her Mickey Mouse shorts. Then she wanted to put on a sparkly printed top, which had the same colors. It actually looked really cute. But her sister came in and Blue was like, 'My mom would be mad because she's doing too much. And Rumi said, 'This is my style.' She's 5. I was impressed." Tina added that Rumi's approach to fashion reminds her of how her aunt, Beyoncé's sister Solange, was about clothes as a little girl. "She wore outrageous stuff, but she has an amazing sense of style," Tina explained. "So you let them do their own thing."
Lil Wayne honors police officer who saved his life at age 12 amid news of officer's death
Lil Wayne is mourning the death of the police officer who saved his life at age 12. On Monday, July 25, the rapper shared a photo of Robert "Uncle Bob" Hoobler on Instagram after Nola.com reported the New Orleans Police Department officer had passed away last week at age 65. He was reportedly diabetic and had recently lost his legs to the disease. "Everything happens for a reason," Weezy captioned the post. "I was dying when I met u at this very spot. U refused to let me die. Everything that doesn't happen, doesn't happen for a reason," he continued. "That reason being you and faith. RIP uncle Bob. Aunt Kathie been waiting for u. I'll love & miss u both and live for us all." Wayne, 39, opened up to Emmanuel Acho about how "Uncle Bob" saved him in 1994 when none of the other police officers offered assistance. He recounted that he'd called 911 before attempting to die by suicide. When the police arrived, they ignored the bleeding 12-year-old and just searched the room for drugs and guns. Although Bob was off-duty, he'd heard the call go out on his radio. "It took a guy named Uncle Bob, he ran up there, and when he got to the top of the steps and saw me there. He refused to even step over me," Wayne recalled, according to Page Six. "One of them yelled, 'I got the drugs,' and that's when he went crazy. He was like, 'I don't give a f*** about no drugs! Do you not see the baby on the ground?!'" Weezy and Bob remained close after that, as the rapper shared on Apple Music's Beats 1 in the midst of 2020's police brutality protests. "My life was saved by a white cop. Uncle Bob," he said at the time. "Therefore, you have to understand the way I view police, period."
Instagram CEO responds after Kim Kardashian, Kylie Jenner shade recent changes in the app
Following criticism from two of Instagram's most followed users, the app's CEO assured subscribers on Tuesday, July 26, that their complaints had been registered– though he was careful to make no promises about what night change going forward. On Monday, Kim Kardashian and Kylie Jenner shared user Illumitati's post urging the 'Gram to "stop trying to be TikTok," according to People. "Make Instagram Instagram again" the message read, per The Wall Street Journal, which was first to report Kim and Kylie's entrance into the discussion. "Stop trying to be TikTok I just want to see cute photos of my friends. Sincerely, everyone." Kim reposted the plea to her Instagram Stories, along with the caption, "PRETTY PLEASE." Her sister Kylie followed suit, captioning her own Story take on the request, "PLEASEEEEEEE." Less than a day later, Instagram CEO Adam Moressi responded to the increasingly viral message, issuing a video statement in which he warned the platform will be "shifting more and more to videos over time," but said it would "continue to support photos," telling users the aforementioned "cute pics of friends" are "part of our heritage." As for the surge in pushed content recommendations and videos, Adam said his company will also "need to evolve because the world is changing quickly and we're going to have to change along with it." That said, he pointed out that if recommendations have felt off-target for any users, "that means that we're doing a bad job ranking, and we need to improve," which he vowed to try to do with new changes. "But we're going to continue to try and get better at recommendations because we think it's one of the most effective and important ways to help creators reach more people," he added.
'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' star hit with $50M racketeering lawsuit
As Erika Jayne made her way out of the Los Angeles International Airport following a vacation in Hawaii last week, "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star was served with a $50 million racketeering lawsuit, according to Page Six. "I just wanted to give you these documents. This is a summons and complaint to serve you," the woman who handed Erika the paperwork in baggage claim told her, according to video footage viewed by the outlet. The suit cites nine charges against the reality star, "including racketeering, conspiracy to commit racketeering, unlawful business practice and deceit," Page Six reported on Monday, July 25. The matters appear to be tied to legal problems Erika and her ex, Tom Girardi, have been facing. "Tom and Erika routinely misappropriated client settlement money to project an image of wealth and to prop up a lifestyle made for reality TV," the suit, filed by Edelson PC, alleges. Erika also stands accused of having set up her EJ Global company "for the purpose of funneling money from Girardi Keese to benefit" the star, who Edelson PC claims knew about Tom's plan to allegedly embezzle money intended for victims of Lion Air Flight 610, per Page Six. Finally, Erika's accused of "acting as the 'frontwoman' of the operation, selling to the world (including unsuspecting clients) that Girardi Keese was successful." The documents assert the claims in the suit were lodged by "clients (widows and orphans)." After facing other legal challenges related to Tom and the business, the "RHOBH" star maintained she was innocent. Her reps had not commented to Page Six as of Tuesday morning.
NeNe Leakes slams 'abusers' as Bravo racism lawsuit continues
"Real Housewives of Atlanta" alum NeNe Leakes took to Twitter to call out "abusers" who "want power over their victims" amid her ongoing racism lawsuit with Bravo. "This treatment has been going on for yearssss!" NeNe told followers on Sunday, July 24. "Just remember, abusers want power over their victims! … They want to break you! Most abuse takes place behind closed doors (hint: this is why you don't know or see everything) In the surface it looks fine right," she added after sharing some of the tweets and messages she's gotten from fans since filing suit in April. In her lawsuit, NeNe alleges she was "blacklisted" as retaliation for publicly criticizing NBC, Bravo and True, all of which she claims "foster a corporate and workplace culture in which racially-insensitive and inappropriate behavior is tolerated — if not, encouraged." As of Tuesday, Bravo had yet to comment.