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Do You Like To Wear High Heels?

Posted by Jeevan ॐ Mirthu Gupt on December 5, 2012 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (0)

     Prolonged wearing of high heels can cause permanent damages like bunions, hammertoes, leg tendons, etc.  This is mainly caused due to pressure on ball of the foot.  The higher the heels, the greater is the pressure.  This can also affect the knee and back. So on wearing high heels continuously, you are increasingly damaging you feet.


Gap Pulls "Manifest Destiny" T-Shirt, Gets History Lesson from Outraged Consumers...

Posted by Jeevan ॐ Mirthu Gupt on October 18, 2012 at 6:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Clothing giant Gap has pulled a controversial T-shirt off its warehouse shelves after outraged consumers lashed out via social media.


The simple, dark-blue T-shirt with "MANIFEST DESTINY" printed on it in stark white letters was part of the "Gap x GQ" collection, a joint effort between Gap and GQ Magazine to showcase America's best new designers.

Adding fuel to the fire, the shirt's designer, Mark McNairy, tweeted "MANIFEST DESTINY. SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST" last Friday in response to customer complaints. He quickly deleted his tweet, but not before a screengrab of it was widely circulated, and then he followed up—three days later—with an all-caps semi-apology.

"Unfortunately, the meaning of my 'Manifest Destiny' T shirt has been misconstrued and the sentiment behind it grossly misunderstood," McNairy posted on Twitter on Tuesday, blatantly disregarding his "survival of the fittest" quip. "I first learned of Manifest Destiny in American History in Junior High School. To me it has always meant that one could set goals, work hard, and achieve their dreams. Having the opportunity to design for the Gap was the realization of one of my dreams. This phrase and they way I used it was in no way meant to be offensive or hurtful, and I apologize to those who might have interpreted it in that manner."


Dear Mark McNairy: The term "Manifest Destiny" does not mean what you think it means. (Also? Your junior high school history teacher is weeping right now.)


While it might be nice to think that it's some sort of inspirational mantra, maybe based on The Law of Attraction—Create your own life path! Manifest your destiny!—as McNairy and the PR department of Gap, Inc., have learned, "Manifest Destiny" actually refers to the mid-19th century mindset that white Americans had a divine obligation to claim as much of the continent as possible for themselves, slaughtering and oppressing native people in the process.


The term was coined in 1845 by John O'Sullivan, a newspaper editor at the Democratic Review, who wrote that the United states should annex Texas and claim the Oregon Country because "that claim is by the right of our manifest destiny to overspread and to possess the whole of the continent which Providence has given us for the development of the great experiment of liberty and federated self-government entrusted to us." It also was used to justify the idea that people with darker skin were "heathen," "backwards," and otherwise less than human.


Needless to say, Gap is experiencing a bit of a backlash.

More than 4,700 people have signed a petition at calling on Gap to discontinue the shirt and issue a formal apology, and there are Facebook protests aplenty. While the $30 shirt is no longer available on (you can see it in this cached version of the page), it is still available in some stores.


"This article of clothing promotes a belief that has resulted in the mass genocide of indigenous people, and it serves to normalize oppression," wrote Dorit I, who launched the petition. "This shirt is marketed to teens and young adults, and it gives no context for the racism and inequality that persists in our society, to this day, as a result of this doctrine."

" 'Manifest destiny' was the symbolic banner settler colonizers marched behind while waging genocidal wars against Indigenous Peoples," wrote Klee Benally of "This shirt design is grossly offensive and should be immediately removed. I certainly don't think 'Arbeit macht frei' would have made it this far. Gap Inc, has been under serious scrutiny for exploitative labor practices within the past couple of decades, maybe they are just now making their intentions more clear?"


But not everyone is offended by the shirt. "Manifest destiny is the reason our country even exists," Casey Jo Adams-Carlisle, who describes herself as "a racial mutt," wrote on Facebook. "If you don't like it, pack up, and get out. Simple."

On Tuesday night, Gap released an official statement and apology. "We're sincerely sorry for the offense that the 'Manifest Destiny' t-shirt may have caused," read the statement, which was posted on their Facebook page. "This shirt was part of the partnership between Gap and GQ featuring new designers and was never meant to be insensitive. Because of your feedback, we made the decision to no longer sell the t-shirt as soon as it was brought to our attention. The t-shirt has been removed from and we are in the process of removing it from our stores. We are also focusing on how we select product designs for these types of partnerships in the future. Thank you for your continued feedback; we're always listening."


It's possible that the shirt is more about ignorance than arrogance, but if that's the case, it goes all the way to the top. Online, Gap lauds the shirt as "rebellious and playful." And in their writeup of the Gap x GQ launch event, GQ described McNairy's "left-of-center spirit" and his "tech sports jacket with pop yellow, trim, bengal stripe daisy print boxers, and wool camo cargo pants" but didn't mention the "Manifest Destiny" shirt, even though both the designer and an African American model were wearing it in photos from the event.

What do you think? Arrogant, ignorant, or much ado about nothing?

By: Lylah M. Alphonse



Unretouched Victoria's Secret ....

Posted by Jeevan ॐ Mirthu Gupt on October 18, 2012 at 5:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Supermodel Doutzen Kroes before and after retouching

Victoria's Secret has come under fire once again for their rampant airbrushing. Back in August, a batch of unretouched swimsuit photos of supermodel Doutzen Kroes were accidentally released, and now that their Photoshopped companions have surfaced on, the differences are evident.

The Victoria's Secret models themselves feel their retouched bodies are pure fantasy and say that is the whole point. "Retouching is an essential part of our job, you know," Victoria's Secret Angel Erin Heatherton told style blog Fashionista. "We're not selling reality; we're selling a story. It's all about creating this fantasy. And I don't think people should confuse fantasy and reality because no one is perfect—we all know that, and I think people should embrace themselves and not really focus on where people are depicted as perfect and where they're not."

When comparing the before-and-after photos above, you'll notice that more than just the brightness has been adjusted. In the original image, Kroes has visible skin folds on her stomach and side from the way her body is leaning. You'll also see some wrinkles and bulging under her left shoulder, and frown lines between her eyebrows. We spotted some small scars on her right thigh, along with a few birthmarks on her stomach and cleavage. Not to mention the fact that Kroes is wearing flesh-colored underwear beneath her bikini bottom. All these things have been altered to achieve the final "perfect" image, which is featured on the Victoria's Secret website as the new Harlow Push-Up Halter Top and Forever Sexy Matching Bottoms.

Does this image present a completely unrealistic message? Absolutely. (Though we'd argue even the unretouched image of Doutzen Kroes is something many women would kill to look like.) Heatherton says it's up to us, as scrutinizing individuals, to understand the difference between what women really look like and an airbrushed image in an advertisement or magazine. When it comes to how these photos may affect one's body image, Heatherton felt strongly that this issue should be discussed in schools and at home. She said children and adults need to establish their own confidence and self worth, and recognize that published images are enhanced just like special effects added to a movie.

We find Heatherton's perspective quite honest and true. It's unfortunate that we must come to accept that most photos are altered, perhaps just as we're realizing many actors enhance their actual bodies with things like Botox. Personally, we'd love to see the real, unretouched photos, and to see women looking like humans and not bizarre, Gumby-like creatures with rubbery limbs and no flaws. But we also have to remember that brands are trying to sell products, and as technology continues to change, they will do whatever it takes to create the most attractive image possible. Nowadays "attractive," to many people, means unrealistically perfect. Despite the controversy, the backlash, and the occasional refreshing unretouched batch of photos, altered images—in professional or even personal settings—are the future. So like Heatherton says, we may as well get comfortable with them and learn to understand the difference.

Side-Note: We reached out to Victoria's Secret to discuss its stance on retouching and the before-and-after photos of Doutzen Kroes, but they have not yet returned our request for comment.

By: Joanna Douglas

(Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor)

Acne-Plagued Teen Lands Spot on Fashion Week Runway...

Posted by Jeevan ॐ Mirthu Gupt on September 15, 2012 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Acne-Plagued Teen Lands Spot on Fashion Week Runway

Cassandra Bankson, the teen whose makeup routine to cover up her acne-plagued skin made her into a YouTube sensation, started the next chapter of her life, landing a spot on the runway during New York Fashion Week.

A confident Bankson walked the runway at the Stacey Igel's "Boy Meets Girl" show in New York City Wednesday night, proudly putting a past of being bullied for her acne-ridden skin behind her.

"I'm a small town girl who sits in her living room and films videos all day and now…I'm in New YorkFashion Week," Bankson said backstage. "It's still a dream. I am so thankful."

The 19-year-old first achieved Internet stardom after posting makeup tutorials on YouTube with her concealing tips, revealing how she covered her acne-ridden skin before heading out to face the world. In the videos, Bankson talks to her 45 million viewers, first in full makeup, but then strips off the layers of foundation, concealer and powder to reveal pimples and blemishes.

"I had no idea so many people faced similar problems," she said. "My videos and definitely my 'GMA' appearance allowed me to connect with them."

Bankson appeared on "Good Morning America" back in December 2011 and told co-anchor Robin Roberts about the bullies who tormented her and how she dreaded leaving her house. Instead she would stay in, researching makeup techniques and practicing on herself. To get out of the misery she felt in high school, she also devoted herself to her studies and managed to graduate two years early.

"I was a total recluse. I didn't want to talk to or see anyone because of my skin," Bankson said. Now, she said those same bullies that tormented her in school and are friending her on Facebook.

Today, Bankson says her skin condition is 70 percent improved. She continues to pay regular visits to the dermatologist.

The young California native, now in her second year of college, says her journey has made want to pursue a career in dermatology so she can continue to help others with acne and other skin conditions. Until then, she plans to keep modeling. In addition to last night's runway show, through Explore Modeling, she has already shot ads with Bebe and Range Rover.

Although she's modeling, Bankson's message continues to be one of inner-beauty.

"Models shouldn't be modeling perfection because there is no such thing," she said. "We should be modeling our imperfections."


Source:- ABC News


Sharapova Launches Sugarpova Candy....

Posted by Jeevan ॐ Mirthu Gupt on August 20, 2012 at 11:25 PM Comments comments (0)

NEW YORK, NY, USA -  Maria Sharapova unveiled on Monday her new premium candy line, Sugarpova, which reflects the fun, fashionable and sweet side of the four-time Grand Slam champion. Premium yet affordable, the line includes unexpected and fun types and shapes with playful names to match.

The collection consists of 12 varieties of candy and famed Fifth Avenue retailer Henri Bendel held the New York City launch on Monday morning. Specialty candy and gift retailer IT'SUGAR will offer the fresh take on classic candy at retail locations worldwide. Sugarpova will also be stocked in minibar selections of some of the world's top luxury hotels and resorts, and will be available online at,, and for an average of $5 per bag. Each unique candy flavor is represented by a bold and colorful pair of lips that represent the many fun-loving sides of their namesake creator: chic, flirty, silly, splashy, cheeky, sassy, spooky, smitten, quirky and sporty.

"Creating Sugarpova has been an exciting labor of love," Sharapova said. "My tennis and business schedules keep me traveling worldwide, and I confess to having a sweet tooth that knows what it wants! When I didn't find it in the marketplace, I decided to create the type of candy that girls like me crave. I can't wait to share Sugarpova with my fellow candy lovers."

To bring her candy dreams to life, Sharapova partnered with renowned candy expert Jeff Rubin, founder of international retailer IT'SUGAR. "Maria Sharapova is the quintessential example of today's young woman - she's always on the go, fun, fierce and vivacious," he said. "She's the type of girl who never settles, and Sugarpova perfectly embodies her spirit of both style and substance."

At the helm of Sugarpova is Max Eisenbud as CEO: "Maria and I have been working together since she was 11 years old; so as we developed this concept into an business, we brought respected experts to help us see our vision through. One of our key partners in developing all of our consumer touch-points from branding to packaging was the internationally renowned agency Dentsu."

"Maria is the ultimate Bendel girl and we're thrilled to be the first to unveil this in New York," said Chris Fiore, President of Henri Bendel. "We have devoted our prime atrium and our Fifth Avenue windows to Maria and her fabulous candy."


For more on Sugarpova, visit the official website at

World-Class Olympians: World-Class Designs...

Posted by Jeevan ॐ Mirthu Gupt on August 6, 2012 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (0)


     This year’s 2012 Summer Olympics was said to be one of the most fashionable Olympics yet. With designers like Stella McCartney, Ralph Lauren, Giorgio Armani, Salvatore Ferragamo, Hermes, Prada and more, Olympic uniforms are creating a lot of buzz around the world.

USA’s Olympic uniforms were designed by Ralph Lauren and modeled here by swimmer Ryan Lochte, decathlete Bryan Clay, rower Giuseppe Lanzone and soccer player Heather Mitts.

Italy’s Olympic uniforms were designed by Giorgio Armani. As a special patriotic note, the words of Italy’s national anthem are stitched into the lining of the opening-ceremony jackets and under the collar of the polo shirts. In addition to the uniforms, each team member received a 50-piece clothing collection and a luggage set from Armani.

The Republic of San Marino’s Olympic uniforms were designed by Salvatore Ferragamo.

Jamaica’s Olympic uniforms were designed by a partnership with Puma and Cedella Marley, the daughter of Bob Marley who is a musical icon in her native country. In honor of her father, Marley named the opening-ceremony shirt the “Buffalo Soldier button-down,” and had the words “Positive Vibrations” stitched on the inside of the collar.

Belize’s Olympic uniforms were designed by Jeff Banks. “I used The Great Gatsby as my inspiration with a modern touch reflecting the Belize Caribbean sprit,” Banks said to describe the team’s uniforms.

France’s Olympic equestrian team blazers were designed by Hermes. The red-collared, blue blazers were designed in a technical fabric to allow riders freedom of movement.

Italy’s Olympic sailing team uniforms were designed by Prada. In addition to supplying technical clothing for the athletes and their coaches, Prada’s logo is also on the hulls and sails of Italy’s competing boats.

Source:- Fashion TV

Sharapova & Hantuchova At ESPY Awards 2012...

Posted by Jeevan ॐ Mirthu Gupt on July 15, 2012 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (0)

LOS ANGELES, CA, USA -  The 20th annual ESPY Awards took place in Los Angeles on Wednesday night, recognizing individual and team achievements in sports for the last year. Two of the WTA's biggest stars were in attendance: Maria Sharapova & Daniela Hantuchova.


     The four Grand Slam champions between Wimbledon last year and the French Open this year - Petra Kvitova, Sam Stosur, Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova - were all nominated for Best Female Tennis Player, but it was Sharapova who came away the winner for her efforts in Paris this year, where she completed her collection of all four Grand Slam tournaments.


     Sharapova was also nominated for Best Female Athlete and Best Comeback.


     Also in attendance was former Top 5 player Daniela Hantuchova, who had been featured in ESPN Magazine: The Body Issue, which came out this week. "I had so much fun at the ESPY Awards last night," she wrote on her website. "It was amazing seeing so many great athletes under one roof together. And of course it's always great to be in Los Angeles - I really love this city!"


     Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal were nominated for Best Male Tennis Player, with Djokovic winning; the Serb, who has won five Grand Slams, was also nominated for Best Male Athlete and Best International Athlete.

Source:- WTA Tennis

Tennis & Fashion Queens Collide In NYC...

Posted by Jeevan ॐ Mirthu Gupt on February 17, 2012 at 4:50 AM Comments comments (0)

NEW YORK, NY, USA -  World No.2 Maria Sharapova stepped away from the courts this week, sitting front row for shows of Marc Jacobs, Vera Wang, Rodarte and Oscar de la Renta at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.

     Sharapova, who recently made her sixth Grand Slam final at the Australian Open, sat front row for all of the aforementioned shows, with Anna Wintour - Editor in Chief of Vogue - by her side. Sharapova wore clothes by Marc Jacobs, Carven and Jason Wu, as well as a Tag Heuer watch and Cole Haan shoes.

     "It's exciting to be a part of the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, from identifying upcoming trends to seeing the collections in person," Sharapova said from the event. "What I'm seeing down the runway provides inspiration for when I'm designing my own collections, be it for on the court or off the court."

     This year marks the second season of the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, where designers from around the globe come to present their upcoming fall/winter 2012 collections. It is held at the Lincoln Center in New York City.

     Sharapova, the most marketable female athlete in the world, is a former World No.1 with three Grand Slam titles to her name, winning Wimbledon in 2004, the US Open in 2006 and the Australian Open in 2008. She is now No.2.

Source: WTA Tennis.


2012 SI SWIMSUIT: Rafael Nadal & Bar Rafaeli Sizzle In Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue...

Posted by Jeevan ॐ Mirthu Gupt on February 14, 2012 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (0)

     World No. 2 Rafael Nadal appears with Israeli supermodel Bar Rafaeli in the 2012 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit magazine, which hit newsstands on Tuesday.

   "I was calm and I enjoyed doing it," Nadal told Sports Illustrated, during the shoot. "It was a new experience for me."

  Rafaeli, 26, the 2009 cover model, said, "I love tennis. The combination of him and Sports Illustrated. I'm so happy to be part of this. I was nervous."


     Bar and Rafael were photographed by Walter Iooss Jr. in Montreal, Canada, and feature in the model-athlete section of the magazine.

By: ATP Staff.

SideNote: To watch the photoshoots of Bar Rafaeli & Rafael Nadal; visit the Video Gallery: Fashion...!

When Philanthropy & Fashion Comes Together....

Posted by Jeevan ॐ Mirthu Gupt on November 20, 2011 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (0)

MONTE CARLO, Monaco - Daniela Hantuchova's passions for charity and fashion come together in her new calendar, and now's your chance to help out a great cause. Read on as the Slovak star writes about the whole experience...

Hello everyone :) I hope you're all doing well.

     Starting today my calendar is available on Tennis Warehouse. It's the second year I've done this and just like last year, it was a lot of fun. We did it in Monte Carlo, where I live, and the whole team involved in the photo shoot was great and so professional. We all knew it was for a great cause, too.

     The House Of The Smile in Cambodia is something I have been supporting for a long time now. We're treating kids who are HIV positive - we're currently taking care of 120 kids. We supply them with all the doctors and medications they need. The improvement we've seen in their health the last few years has been incredible and keeps us motivated to work even harder and help as much as we can. We're trying to make as much of a difference in their lives as possible.

     This all started for me a few years ago. My brother's girlfriend was already doing something in Cambodia, then me and my brother - who is very successful in his business - talked about how we've been so lucky in our lives, and that we really wanted to start giving back. So it all just fell into place really...

     People in general - including tennis players - often complain about little things, like the hard work, the travelling... but if they came and saw these children for two weeks I think they would change their minds about it all. Helping these children means more than any tennis trophy in the world. These children are what keep me going. I'm trying to do as much for them as I can.

     It's so easy to find the motivation now, on and off the court. And I'm still very motivated in my tennis career. As long as I'm enjoying it, there's no reason at all to stop. I still have so many things I want to achieve in my career.

     Thanks for reading everybody and have a good weekend! And hopefully you enjoy the calendar - not just for what it is, but for what it can do.



Order your copy of Daniela's 2012 calendar from Tennis Warehouse now!

Source:- WTA Tennis Player Blogs.