Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Introducing Krewella - Rising Stars

Jahan Yousaf, Rain Man + Yasmine Yousaf= Krewella
It was when I was flicking through www.stealherstyle.net that I came across two gorgeous faces- sisters, Jahan and Yasmine Yousaf. Musicians in an American electronic dance group 'Krewella', along with their friend who goes by the name of 'Rain Man', a small factor that compelled me to listen to their music was due to their ethnicity. I was intrigued as to how two sisters who grew up half Pakistani and in a Muslim household, forayed successfully into the route of creative endeavours.

Now, I don't talk on behalf of every Muslim's upbringing and personal experiences but I know that I adored drama at school which my teachers encouraged me to progress further, yet not my family. Instead I struggled (and failed) through science lessons trying to kid myself and mostly my parents that I was destined to end up in the medicine field. I was never allowed to go on a sleepover, didn't have my first mobile phone until I was 16 and even if I so much glanced at someone of the opposite sex, you best believe you didn't want to know what happened. A strict upbringing which was coupled with my family holding dearly on to the South Asian perspective of family 'reputation' and 'success'. They didn't know any better, whilst I craved expressing my creativity which I didn't know how to until the age of 18. So how did these two Krewella girls hovering on and around the same age group as me find their expression of freedom at such an early age?

The sisters are redefining Pakistani role models.
The sisters understand my intrigue well and Yasmine cleared that up in an interview earlier on in the year- '10 years ago, our dad would have never approved of what Jahan and I are doing. He's totally Americanized now and he's the coolest dad in the entire world'. A simple foundation which spawned their musical style into house, dub-step and drum 'n' bass dipped significantly in Chicago's heavy metal scene. However, they're adamant that their heavy metal rage only refers to partying and not anger. This is evident with their signature stage diving, which highlights their free spirit and willingness to live in the moment and quite literally, the edge. They grew up listening to Chromeo, Bloc Party and Incubus- EDM acts in their finest. Having their musical roots lined with these inspirations, you can only guarantee Krewella's authenticity. They were real musicians first, learning instruments before transitioning to software and they are influential style icons (after all, I did hear about them on a style blog!). And it's all these factors that have pulled together to ensure Krewella's success in the long term.

Going back to their Pakistani upbringing- endearingly, the sisters aren't shy to address it. They mention how people are usually shocked when they mention where they are from as they don't expect such types of musicians to be from a country that is usually engulfed in negativity. That is true. Even though, I look more 'Pakistani' than Jahan and Yasmine, people expect me to act in a certain way, say certain things and have certain dreams. I don't. Yet, I carry my Pakistani flag with humble pride like the sisters- who are doing a fantastic job in showing the world that there's more to us Pakistani girls than good grades, dreams of becoming a doctor and an arranged marriage.

Let me know what you think of their music!


Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Phil Robertson from Duck Dynasty's Homophobic Remarks

Top rated television show- Duck Dynasty
It still seems ludicrous that 'freedom of speech' is an idea suppressed by the masses in some countries. In the Western hemisphere we're lucky we have the right to express our thoughts and opinions without the fear of severe outrage. However, there are frequent moments when some individuals express their personal thoughts engulfed in controversy that garner the colossal outcry of the majority. In particular, it seems like we flip flop regularly from making waves in the LGBT community to dissolving back into homophobia- And, realistically speaking it's sad that these homophobic beliefs are what a significant population of the world still hold on to. I also understand that changing these views are not a simple matter of fact, as people fight vigorously for their traditions stemmed from their upbringings and further more, their family history. A recent case which is at the fore-front of these views is that of Phil Robertson from one of the most top-rated shows on television 'Duck Dynasty'- a show I've never seen but what my colleagues refer to as- 'a great show. They sit around making duck calls and not much else. Fantastic!'

Robertson made some extremely controversial and ignorantly brave comments in an interview with GQ Magazine. When asked what he considered was sinful he answered- 'Start with homosexual behaviour and just morph from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this women and that woman and that woman and those men. It seems like, to me, a vagina- as a man- would be more desirable than a man's anus'. I honestly don't know whether to laugh or cry at his ignorance- How could someone be so misinformed in today's day and age? Even after the deserving uproar his comments have caused, the devout Christian still seems to stick by his stance on homosexuality, revealing that he quoted from scriptures in the original GQ interview. He also went onto say his views aren't influential and no one will listen to him anyways. Well actually he needs to be reminded that being such a public figure we did listen, but not in the way he hoped. His views are sheltered, small and neglectful of the billions of other people who inhabit the earth.

Also a little question that lingers in my mind- why did GQ decide to publish those comments? Maybe they were equally ignorant or so excitedly informed of the fact that sales were going to fly with such a controversy, that they couldn't pass up such an opportunity! Only they would know. However, perhaps it does come down to 'freedom of speech' (As much as Clay Aitken hates that term and thinks it's an easy cop-out). The words that spewed out of Phil Robertson are what makes him 'him' and at the end of the day, that is what an 'interview' is all about- getting to know the truth behind characters of interest. Whether that 'truth' is favourable- that's up to you. It certainly isn't favourable to me.  Plus, I don't think i'll be taking my colleagues recommendations for watching 'Duck Dynasty'.



Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Award Season Kicks Off!

Acting is a way for an individual and their audience to become entranced in fictional stories, myths and imaginations. There are films I watch where I think to myself, wow I would have loved to become an actress if it meant acting in a role like that! Other than an actors performance, I tend to focus on other small things that make a huge difference, such as the cinematography and original soundtrack scores of a movie. A seminar by acclaimed method acting coach Brian Timoney late November had me even more invested in the art form of acting and I feel even more privileged to be one of the handful of students chosen to take part in his bootcamp next year! So you can only imagine how excited I get when award season kicks off! Tying in with this, the SAG Awards and Golden Globes have unleashed their nomination lists with their yearly doses of surprises, snubs and obvious victories. I personally adore the 'industry' longevity associated with these award shows and decided to have a little dig and find out when and why these two award shows started! Brace yourself for a little bit of history


Donna Douglas- one of the first
Miss.Golden Globes in 1963
The Golden Globes were created by a group of writers in 1943 who came together to create the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, where they gave out one award- the Golden Globe Award. The first actual Golden Globes was held the following year which focused on achievements in filmmaking, then went on to recognize other talent within the entertainment industry. The iconic Miss Golden Globe was introduced in 1963 and Eva Six and Donna Douglas were the first recipients. The success of the Golden Globes has let the Hollywood Foreign Press Association donate incredible amounts of money to entertainment charities, such as the Young Artist Awards. 

Every actor wants a SAG!

The SAG Awards has been a more recent grand affair by debuting in 1995. It is built upon the premise of being the only award show that exclusively honours performers. The fundamentals of the SAGs is important requiring the need to recognise that acting within film and television is a collaborative art. Nominations on the other hand comes from separate film and a television committees, featuring 2100 members of the union who are randomly selected each year. Intense voting!


Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Jurassic World Is Set To Be Released on 2015

A couple days ago I was ill and I had my feet up on the sofa curled up with a thick blanket. I was flicking through the channels and none of my usual favourites were on. Furiously trying to find something to watch, I kept flicking past Jurassic Park. The first film. The original. Even though I've seen it more times than I wish to confess, I settled in to watch it yet again. And let me tell you, it was even more thrilling than the last time I saw it! I also remembered that the 4th movie in the franchise is currently in production, which is music to the ears for us original die hard Jurassic Park fans!

The fourth movie which is named 'Jurassic World' is set to release on June 12th 2015 and according to the director Colin Trevorrow, it will be set 22 years after the original Jurassic Park attacks. Trevorrow also dismissed the claims that the movie will be a 'reboot' by stating it's a 'new sci-fi terror'. The cast so far includes Bryce Dallas Howard, Nick Robinson and Ty Simpkins with Chris Prat rumoured to be taking on the lead role. I don't think it'll be as good as the original but it's about time we had some dinosaurs back on the big screen!

Do you think it will be as good as the first movie?


Friday, 6 December 2013

Whatever Happened to Nickelodeon's Taina?

Who like me was in Year 7 and wanted to be a star like Taina? Don't mind me, but I'm totally having a happy flashback listening to the theme song above! Checking back on the series, it's hard to believe that the show lasted for only 2 seasons despite giving Nickelodeon its highest ratings in 3 years! The reasoning behind dropping the show? The show was getting expensive to produce and Nickelodeon execs feared the show only appealed to girls. (How the hell were the ratings so high then?!)

In terms of the shows story-line it featured a young Latina, Taina who dreams of being a singer and actress. She starts attending the Manhattan High School of The Performing Arts along with her best friends Renee and Lamar. The series depicts her struggles in terms of her high school nemesis Maritza and also lets us in on her songwriting and singing abilities. Highlights includes 'aww-ing' over Taina's adorable little brother Santito (a quick Google search shows he has now turned into a strappingly dashing young man) and a guest performance by the Puerto-Rican band MDO. The main actress Christina Vidal is in her early 30s now after making appearances in films such as Freaky Friday and See No Evil. Ahhh memories!

What's your long lost television memory?


Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Tom Daley Has Come Out As Gay

Olympic bronze medallist, Tom Daley is the latest celebrity to unveil he's in a same-sex relationship. He revealed in a touchingly endearing video that spanned 5 minutes that even though he still fancies girls he's in a relationship with a man who makes him feel safe, secure and happy after meeting him back in spring. He also went onto address that his late father would have wanted to see him happy no matter what and that he chose a YouTube video over a magazine cover or on-line statement because he didn't want to get his words misconstrued. And I don't blame him. His message was authentic, fear kept coming in and out of his words, uneasiness was adamant in his eyes, yet his sense of relief was other-worldly.

Despite Tom stating later on in the day that he's overwhelmed by the amount of support he's received, the underlying issue of homophobia is still starkly obvious. Tom even unveiled that apart from his mum, others members of his family gave off mixed feelings, with some telling him to keep his bisexuality a secret. Furthermore, regarding the atrocious comments I've read throughout social media, I just can't take some people's vile comments for real. I guess it's none other than religion and plain ol' ignorance which are deciding factors of many of these comments.

I for one don't understand how religion can make someone say such embarrassing things. As far as I'm concerned, religion is about peace. Concentrate on yourself, do what makes YOU happy. Don't waste your time in creating negative energy for someone else's important life decisions. A prime example of this was a couple months back, when someone on my FB timeline posted a video of two Pakistani Muslim women getting married here in the UK. He annotated the video in such a way that encouraged people of the same faith to use such derogatory and foul language towards the happy couple, that it makes you wonder- in terms of religion, it's not okay for these two women to be happy and in love but it's okay to openly display such horrific language in public?-I didn't know THAT makes you a good Muslim! Of course, these beliefs aren't associated with everyone who follow a religious path. As for ignorance, it's important to look around and snap back into the 21st century. Homophobia is not cool, being uneducated is not cool either. Be happy for other people. People in same-sex relationships aren't robots without any emotions, they are just like you. Imagine if people were saying such things about you or your child?

Finally, it's important to realize that we have made huge advancements in the LGBT world, yet comments such as the one's I'm referring to shows that we still have some work left to do!

For a list of other stars who came out this year visit- http://beansblog89.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/if-i-was-gay-i-would-think-hip-hop.html


Friday, 29 November 2013

Blue Is The Warmest Colour Review

Blue Is The Warmest Colour-
film of the year
I first read all the rave reviews earlier on in the year when the film Blue Is The Warmest Colour won the prestigious Palme d'Or award at the Cannes Film Festival. An inevitable call of success, which also opened up a can of worms. The film's talented director, Abdellatif Kechiche came under fire for apparently ruling the roost with terrorising demands, excessive scene takes and production payment fiasco's. Nonetheless, it didn't dim my hopes when it came to watching this masterpiece.

In quick summary, ( A LOT happens) it features Adele Exarchopoulos as her namesake, Adele- a quiet, curiously intelligent teenager who feels there's something missing from her life when she can't seem to enjoy her sexual experiences with the handsome boy who seems to be so into her. She breaks things off with him, much to the surprise of her friends and more importantly- herself. She feels an insatiable thirst for something- something she feels is missing. Something she feels could be completed with her intrigue for blue haired, gap-toothed Emma (Lea Seydoux). They meet at a gay bar after Adele wanders off when her friend takes her out to blow of some steam. They immediately become taken with each other, depicted ever so furiously in extended scenes of intense, passionate sex. In theory, lines should be crossed with such depiction, but the feeling is raw, the aura authentic. A watchable feast for the eyes.

Inevitably, their journey doesn't come without turmoil. Adele loses her group of friends almost instantly when they see her talking to Emma at the beginning of their relationship outside their school. There's an angry eruption of teenage girls clawing at each other, spewing words of ignorance and in return, cries of denial. Compelling to watch. The film fast forwards without warning, and they are now living together. Adele is satisfied with a teaching role and supporting Emma's artistic career. She is also Emma's muse, posing nude in a series of artistic endeavors. However, as Emma becomes more and more immersed in her art, the relationship begins to suffer. This results in Adele engaging in a meaningless affair with a handsome suitor from her work. Emma is quick to find out and the relationship deteriorates for good. The scene where Emma is kicking Adele out of her house is painfully real and draws you in like a hawk. These are real emotions, both me and you have felt at some points in our lives.

The controversial director Abdellatif Kechiche 
In terms of the acting, it is quite literally something I haven't seen before. Taking into account Adele's teenage years and her conviction in portraying everything from the hapless splurging on her spaghetti to the runny nose, constant toying of her hair frustration when things spiral out of control- she is quite simply, a genius. Both actresses are ridiculously favourable in their roles, enchanting the audience and captivating a sort of authenticity other actors can only dream of. The only downside to the film was its length-3 hours! I felt as if there were quite a few scenes that were irrelevant and could be cut out to take the length of the film down significantly. On the other hand, I do understand that the director was attempting to really take us into Adele's life from the huge, important scenes, to the ones where she ran for the bus. All in all, Blue Is The Warmest Colour may have come with its hiccups behind the scenes that has threatened to steal the limelight, but as far as I’m concerned no good things come without a bit of a struggle.

What did you think of 'Blue Is The Warmest Colour?


Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Girls Season 3 Review

It's been an epic waiting game, but finally we have a little glimpse of season 3 of GIRLS!!! Stupidly excited. The voice of our generation is back, giving us life advice alongside hitting a few home truths, coupled with a cluster of 'OMG THAT'S SO ME!' moments. Check out the trailer below and don't mind me, but i'm having just a little nit pick at what to expect from this season.

* Marnie transfers her control from ex-boyfriend Charlie (who left the show on not the best of terms) to a grueling fitness regime. Her desperate need to be perfect will inevitably not be so perfect. In one particular scene in the trailer she mentions- 'I am OK. I may not seem OK, and I might not be OK now, but I'm, like, OK.' Inevitably, I think she'll be miserable throughout series 3!

*Jessa seems to be struggling to make friends in light of the following remark- 'Can you believe that my friend told me she died because she didn't want to hang out with me?' Maybe she's not so cool after all? It's good to see her back, I feel like she wasn't featured as much in season 2.

*Shoshanna's still struggling with her sexual tension towards Ray. It seems like there a huge balance problem in her ability to be an independent single woman and needing a man. Just look at that quote in my title...maybe this is the moment she realizes that letting Ray go was a huge mistake? Let's ponder on.

They're baaaackkk!!
*Hannah and Adam are still together after the inevitable 'awww' moment of the season 2 finale. They seem to be spending more quality time together, such as hiking which doesn't seem like it's going down too well. Hey I understand- trying to be 'adventurous' and 'trying something new' requires more effort than it should. On another note, Hannah also manages to get a job! Will it be exactly what she wanted or will she be put in a compromising position by her boss again? Only time will tell!

*Check out a post I wrote about season 1 of Girls almost a year ago at http://beansblog89.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/what-about-stuff-that-gets-up-around.html

Saturday, 23 November 2013

Is Nudity Important for High Fashion?

'Modelling is my number one priority- one hundred percent'- Kendall Jenner 

Kendall Jenner has it tough. Yes she does. She really does. Hear me out. For years she's been talking about her dreams of becoming a high fashion model. Being blessed with a doll-like face and lethal long legs, that dream of hers isn't difficult to achieve. However she is part of the Kardashian empire- a family people either love or hate. Reality television in general has spawned a culture of their participants not being taken seriously-And due to their dominating reality TV rise to fame, Kendall and her controversial family find it difficult to be taken seriously in anything they set out to achieve. In terms of modelling, Kendall has taken a surprising turn for herself, however not for the modelling industry in general. Via social media she shared a 'sneak peak' from her latest photo-shoot with her millions of fans. It was high fashion indeed, with her long locks drenched across her face and her nipples visible underneath a mesh top. It was a shocker for many who still consider her more of a 'young socialite' and 'tv personality' rather than a model.

However we need to step back and realize from a modelling stand point that what she's trying to do is not a surprising career move at all. Nudity within the fashion industry is normal and nearly EVERY famous model out there has stripped down to create a photographic story minus the clothing. There's barely any vulgarity in the obvious sense, more an intrigue. Inevitably, there's a huge difference between nude shots within the realms of high fashion and the career paths of pornography and Page 3 models (without disrespecting those career choices in the slightest)

Even stunning Miranda Kerr has bared all in a series of nude photoshoots, yet when we think of her those particular nude shots don't come into mind straightaway, as gorgeous as they are. We still consider her a 'supermodel'. My personal favourite, Abbey Lee Kershaw has been known to unveil her personal style via a series of strategic naked photoshoots, yet she still manages to stay relevant in the industry. Even 'The Face' mentor Naomi Campbell has gone nude is a series of magazine covers, radiating confidence. There's a certain sense of feminism associated with those shots- a decision to bare all and exude elegance.

As for people being surprised by Kendall's latest photo-shoot- those people should brace themselves. Reality star or not, this is probably the first eyebrow raising picture of many if she wants to be taken seriously in the modelling industry as a young adult.

Do you think nudity is important for high fashion modelling? Let me know below!

Jabeen Xxx

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Defending Miley Cyrus' Racy New Persona

Are we really THAT shocked
with this?
In a recent poll conducted by E! News, an overwhelming percentage of the population thought Miley Cyrus was pushing the boundaries more than Lady Gaga. A decision I believe which has been made in pop culture haste. Why are we so bowled over by Miley's recent behaviour when Lady Gaga has been pushing the limits for years? Well probably just that- because Lady Gaga's associated herself to that provocative eccentric persona since the beginning of her career.

Miley on the other hand spawned a culture of creative ambitious young girls who fought to be front and centre at one of her many Hannah Montana concerts. Her butter wouldn't melt personality made for a wholesome girl next door- wig and all. After the popular Disney series came to an end, so did her apple pie image. Gone were the long locks and in came the peroxide blonde crop. The illusion of a former pop princess was overshadowed by adult content which frothed at the mouth with alienating language and equally alienating behaviour.

Lady Gaga has been pushing the
boundaries for years
Rihanna is also a controversial
Howbeit, if she had burst out on the scene as a fresh 20 year old with her present day image, then we may have put her in the same boat as Lady Gaga and Rihanna. Extremely questionable behaviour- yes, but hey that's who they are and always will be, so who are we to questions that? Yet with Miley we can't seem to forget about the history associated with her time in the spotlight. And we fail to comprehend that our 20 something years are starkly different than our teens. If I even suggested that I was the same girl now as I was at 16 then that would be considered a flat-out lie. Ask yourselves the same question. Are you the same? Granted we may have not twerked into a middle aged man’s crotch on live television, but we probably busted out similar moves amidst strangers in a nightclub (probably worse)- with no one to truly judge us on an international scale. See where I'm going with this? We shouldn't attempt to coin the term 'celebrities' ourselves and throw them under the bus. Yes the intense public scrutiny comes with their business, but that has been due to years of us nosing around in people's business- Celebrities are the perfect scapegoats. For example, if you're a lawyer, how would you feel with everyone looking at every move you make and every newspaper questioning each decision you come to? There are pros and cons regarding each career path that aren't magnified at such a scale.

As for Miley, why should she really care about emulating the term 'role model'? After all this is a dog-eat-dog world. In an ideal world we would all be role models, but no one really sets out in their careers with the no.1 priority of becoming a 'role model'. In fact for many it's way down the list. Miley simply had huge opportunities in life which she took and ran with and in the process is expressing her creative freedom. In summary, don't get me wrong- I am not justifying her sexually expressive behaviour but justifying everyone's right to grow up and discover themselves without being judged.


Sunday, 17 November 2013

You know, one door closes, another opens- Jamie Dornan


The chemistry is undeniable!
1) Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson made their first magazine appearance this week on Entertainment Weekly. I'm so surprised- they actually look SO good together! Wonder how it would have been with Charlie Hunnam? Who cares.

2) She competed in Miss.Universe as Great Britain's rep, and now Amy Willerton is heading to the jungle in 'I'm a Celeb- Get Me Out Of Here! The model who was once signed by Katie Price is fast on track to becoming a household name!

3) Everyone's favourite leading man- Ryan Gosling turned 33 this week. Despite rocky romance rumours with stunning girlfriend Eva Mendez, he's still very much taken! Sorry ladies!

4) We could all see the glaring tension between Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj during their stint on American Idol. Carey has now come forward to add more fuel to the fire by labeling her time on the show as 'hell with Satan', along with being disappointed in her experience. We could kind of tell Mariah!

5) He has everything going for him at the moment, but this week we learnt Zac Efron slipped in a puddle and as a result broke his jaw. Ouch. He has apparently been drinking soup through a straw. Get better Zac so you can make those movies again (preferably topless)

Jerry! Jerry! Jerry!
6) It was the surprise pregnancy news story of the year, but we have now learnt that Simon Cowell and girlfriend Lauren Silverman will be expecting their bundle of joy on February 28th. Simon is going to be SUCH a good daddy! 

7) Last year's X-Factor winner James Arthur is quickly turning out to be incredibly unpopular by tweeting things he really shouldn't. After rowing with many boybanders and a particular homophobic rant he has decided to quit Twitter for good. James, you're SO talented- don't try to end your career already!

She's really not THAT skinny!
8) In other X-Factor news Cher Lloyd revealed that she split with Simon Cowell's label Syco last year and went on to nab an American record deal. She claims she doesn't really speak to Simon anymore but mainly cites creative differences as a reason behind the parting.

9) Khloe Kardashian has been busy this week promoting her Lipsy UK range. Cue hoards of young girls trying to get a glimpse of the Kardashian whilst she lives the life of a jet-setter. Jealous? Me? 

10) Even though she's one of the most beautiful women in the world, Miranda Kerr has been accused of photo-shopping a picture of herself to make herself look sinner with other Victoria Secret's models which she posted on Instagram. She claimed she didn't realize the picture was photo-shopped. Strangely I believe her!


Friday, 15 November 2013

Keeping Up With The Kardashians - Season 8 Review

So season 8 of 'Keeping Up With The Kardashians' came to a dramatic close last week. Over the years, we've watched the sisters evolve, transform and go through pregnancy, divorce, fights and utter (k)haos. Each season we learn something new about the sisters in their no holds barred approach to reality television and this season was no different. Here are the top 5 things we learnt from this season-
1) Never underestimate age.
Remember when they
looked like this?
Kendall and Kylie have grown up in front of our eyes. They went from awkward pre-teens to beautiful gazelles- And all of a sudden Kendall wants to move out the second she turns 18 and Kylie has the superhuman ability to throw a lavish Alice in Wonderland themed sweet 16 birthday party by herself (and the help of some of the best in the party planning business). Me at 23, I still don't feel like I have the ability to move out. Oh the shame. I also remembered my 16th birthday- I didn't really want to do anything but my parents dragged me to Malta with them and we had dinner at a Japanese restaurant. Pretty lavish is you ask me.
2) Scott's apparent animalistic drinking
Kourtney still is and always will be a control freak. Sure, Scott had his issues before (you know when he punched a mirror in Miami and all) but he has totally toned down. In fact everyone loves Scott! How could you not? It's in Kourtney's nature to over-analyse his behaviour- which I guess Scott has to get used to. Sorry dude!
3) No matter how in love a couple are, they will have their ups and downs.
Lamar used to treat Khloe like a queen- heck they even had their own spin-off show, Khloe and Lamar where they smothered each other in love. Now we've barely seen him other than the tabloids and he frequently calls Khloe obsessively accusing her of being places she's not. To be honest, there was a moment when I totally thought they were divorcing- but alas!- They're still together. Something has got to be going right.
4) Pregnancy is no fun
Once upon a time Rob was
in shape!
Kourtney made her pregnancy seem like a constant yoga retreat. Kim on the other hand made it seem like the worst experience anyone could ever conjure up. Constant cries such as 'I'm never going to do this again' echoed throughout the episodes coupled with regular depressing hospital visits. Yikes! However, it was all worth it- baby Nori is a beaut!
5) Losing weight is difficult.
Remember when Rob was in-shape and all the girls fancied him? Well now the pressure of being part of one of the most famous families in the world has got to him. He gained weight after a terrible break up (with Rita Ora) and no matter how many hikes we see him go on, he still seems to struggle. However, we all root for him to get healthy. I myself know how difficult that can be!


Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Miss Venezuela is Miss.Universe 2013

Miss.Venezuela winning the crown
In Moscow, Russia
Even though Venezuela is a power-house country stacked high in pageantry accolades, many were not too thrilled at 25 year old Gabriela Isler nabbing the Miss.Universe 2013 crown this year for the 7th time over the weekend. I too, was pretty sure the first runner from Spain-Patricia Rodriguez had it in the bag and felt a little underwhelmed when it was revealed Venezuela had won again. However, shortly after the crowning I went on to witness some truly horrendous comments about Gabriela on forum boards. I then immediately began to like our new Miss.Universe. According to the judges she was the best of the night and won fair and square. She even gave a great answer to her final question and is an intelligent humble individual. Why the hell was I underwhelmed by her win?! She's beyond happy after winning a major title- we should be happy for her and welcome her because we're going to see an awful lot of her this year! Who knows she might bag an A-lister boyfriend like her predecessor Olivia Culpo!

Sunday, 10 November 2013

A girl never knows when she might need a couple of diamonds at ten 'o' clock in the morning- Kris Jenner


Kris Jenner's birthday cake
1) Happy birthday to the most hands-on momager in the world- Kris Jenner! She turned 58 this week and looks fantastic! Her birthday was documented well on social media and features a birthday cake with her face on it and a sushi bar! Standard.

2) If I would choose one singer to perform in outer space, it would be Lady Gaga. And low and behold- she is doing just that! She's probably the only musician who has the bold chops to pull of this incredible feat which will take place in 2015 on board the Virgin Galactic SpaceShip Two. Best of luck!

3) I've always had incredible amounts of faith in her, and now reports suggest that Amanda Bynes should be home from rehab by Christmas. She's receiving help and all that is left is some TLC from her family. If Britney can make it through 2007 then Amanda can make it through 2013!

Pamela Anderson looks gorge!
4) Erm how GOOD does Pamela Anderson look with short hair?! It makes her look chic and eternal over tacky and outdated. I am such a huge fan of this new look!

5) Lea Michele spoke about the help she received from Kate Hudson after the death of her boyfriend- Cory Monteith. Lea spent the days after Cory's untimely death at Kate's house, where she was showered with support and time to remorse in peace. That's what friends are for!

6) Naomi Campbell seems to be too busy terrorizing career-hungry models on 'The Face' to know who Harry Styles is. She admitted to being completely unaware of one of the most famous boybanders in the world when she was introduced to him at at 2012 London Olympics. 

Justin Bieber sleeping...
7) Drew Barrymore is pregnant with baby no.2! She's come a long way- I still remember watching a troubled interview of hers when she was 13 years old and battling her demons. 

8) Shia LaBeouf's latest movie 'Nymphomaniac' has raised a lot of eyebrows. The trailer which features steamy sex scenes was taken off YouTube this week. The scenes were so graphic that porn doubles had to be used- my kind of movie!

9) Sharon Osborne is not one to shy away from voicing her opinions. She did just that when she said the ladies of 'The View' can 'go f*ck themselves'. Ouch. She has since apologized. Too late in my eyes. 

10) Justin Bieber is actively continuing his questionable behavior and partying with equally questionable people. This week a Brazilian model filmed him while he slept. A little creepy, but hey Justin you're famous.You don't have a free pass to sleep anywhere you want. People will film you!


Wednesday, 6 November 2013

How MTV has Changed Over The Years

Nowadays I flick over to MTV and I'm met with re-runs of Teen Mom and 16 and Pregnant- I don't understand when it decided to go down the  'Home and Health' route, but I remember watching carelessly in my teens at the shows listed below, which for me spells classic MTV! They were each half an hour long, slightly trashy with a playful hip aura about them. MTV if you're reading- bring these shows back!!
Usually made up of college students, this show was an extreme invasion of privacy!! A singleton (the raider) would search the rooms of their potential romances for clues about their personality (and personal life) while they looked on inside a van. Inevitably the trusty spy kit came out to uncover hidden bed secrets ;) The three watching would get their revenge at the end by invading the room of the initial raider, before the raider finally made their decision to pick a winner. The winner would get to go on a date with the raider. I was always in awe of this show- I couldn't possibly have someone going through my room like that in such an intimate manner! Oh the horrors they would find!
Lady Gaga was unknowingly a
contestant back in 2005!
                                                   BOILING POINTS
This is one show I thought I would be pretty good at! The contestants (who didn't actually know they were contestants) were annoyed to the max in extreme situations by hilarious actors. They were given a maximum amount of time- if the contestants could keep cool until that time they would win $100. If they reached boiling point-game over! I'd like to think I'm as cool as a cucumber...

2 on 1 dates will forever be awkward!
You know on The Bachelor when the handsome hunk takes out two girls from his group of 20+ felines, and only one of them can return? Dismissed was a bit like that-minus the soppy red roses and endless months of yearning! Two people would battle it out for one person, complete with a whole host of trashy attitude! I was always amazed by each contestant's confidence- a dating show not for the faint hearted!

Saturday, 2 November 2013

Celebrities Dressing Up For Halloween

I love how celebrities go all out in their attempt to be creative for Halloween each year. This year was no different, with some obvious, interesting and surprising Halloween costumes. Below I present to you my top 5 favourites from Halloween 2013!






Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Carving a Pumpkin on Halloween

I carved a pumpkin the other day for the first time in my life. In my desperate attempt to do something authentic for Halloween, Barney was created. He ended up looking pretty smiley (I was going for the evil look, but hey you win some you lose some) I was however curious to know the real traditions of Halloween and how it came about. So gear yourself up for a little bit of Halloween history-

*Halloween was originally known as 'Samhain' at a Gaelic festival about 2000 years ago. They believed that the new harvest year began on November 1st. The Gaelic's also believed that the night before the boundary between the living and the dead became blurred. Alas, October 31st became the day when the dead walked the Earth!

*Mexicans also celebrate 'The Day of The Dead' on October 31st. It's a way to celebrate their family and friends who have passed away. This also follows on the Christian holiday of All Hallow's Eve.

*By the 1800's, playing pranks the night before 31st October became a huge tradition! The city of Detroit was hit the hardest with deadly arson attacks, most commonly known as Detroit's Devil Nights. The tradition has died down, but there is still fear every year that a new arson attack will strike.

*The holiday slowly became more and more commercialised. People began dressing up in costumes from witches and ghosts to real figures in the public eye. Black cats were also introduced as a symbol of bad luck during Halloween. The carving out of pumpkins (Jack-o-lantern) is actually a British tradition- the flickering lights within is associated with haunted folklore.

*The tradition of trick-or-treating came from the myth that ghosts could disguise themselves in human form, knock on someones door and ask for food or money. If you made the mistake of turning them away empty-handed, you would be cursed.


Thursday, 24 October 2013

Jamie Dornan will be playing Christian Grey in Fifty Shades Of Grey

Irish. Actor. Calvin Klein Model. Musician. Married (Dammit)
Ladies Meet Your New Christian Grey

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Celebrities Who Fight For Women's Rights

Feminism has evolved over the years
According to the Oxford Language Dictionary, the definition of 'feminism' is the following; the advocacy of women's rights on the grounds of the equality of the sexes'.

That's one way of putting it. I don't mean to argue with the beloved dictionary but it may have solely meant that 50 years ago. Over the years and in today's society of flourishing education, exciting career paths, social media and changing family ideals, feminism holds a personally constructed meaning for everyone.

We have always been enamored with various role models in the public eye, who are more than happy to use their platform to tell the world what feminism means to them.  Heck, even Miley Cyrus twerking haplessly into Robin Thicke's crotch is an expression of her feminism. Us reacting in horror and sharing our opinions about her performance, unknowingly makes us feminists too. As modern day women living in a Westernised soiciety we share our opinions, because we can. We don't feel inferior. Female porn stars may claim their feminist right to bare all and engage in sexual activity in-front of a camera, whilst others who fight tirelessly to limit the excessive amount of widely available porn due to degrading female values also consider themselves a feminist. Needless to say, feminism isn't solely limited to women- Sure a few feminists here and there may claim to 'hate' men, but most do not. Even men are in on the act, considering themselves 'feminists' and openly support the rights each woman has. Needless to say, it's great to see the varying ideals of feminism that supports individuality rather than just an umbrella of harsh stereotypes that was once associated with the 'F' word. Below, celebrities speak out on their varying forms of feminism;

Sasha Grey- one of the most
well-known pornstars in
the world
*Comic Ellen Degeneres is ofcourse an avid supporter of same sex marriage and also promotes wholesome educational needs- 'Instead of showing people your boobs, show people your brain.' Personally, I wish I had paid more attention at school.

*Successful ex-porn star Sasha Grey has defended her career path by stating, 'What one person sees as degrading and disgusting and bad for women might make some women feel empowered and beautiful and strong'. It may be a controversial industry that many feminists dismiss right off the back, but I openly welcome the porn industry and the right to creative sexual expression.

*Ellen Page sounded off on abortion after portraying a pregnant teen in the mega hit film, Juno- 'I am a feminist and I'm totally pro choice, but what's funny is when you say that people assume that you are pro-abortion. I don't love abortion but I want women to be able to choose and I don't want old white men in an office being able to make laws on things like this'. She has a point. Only women who go ahead with abortion know their own personal pros and cons of the procedure. Everyone has the right to make that decision.

*Natalie Portman came under fire when she accepted her 2011 Academy Award for thanking Benjamin Millepied for giving her the most important job of her life, becoming a mum. If SHE feels that that is the most important job in the world for her, then rightly so.

*Reese Witherspoon frequently talks about domestic violence as the face of make-up brand Avon- 'Women in other countries aren't educated or have a difficult time getting to schools and Avon is dedicated to raising awareness around the world'. We are so lucky to have so many varying forms of feminism in our society, whereas there are some societies that are still fighting for just ONE form of feminism.

*Lena Dunham regularly pushes the boundaries in her hit show 'Girls'. She has become a new generation of 'cult' status for women- because many of us don't have a Victoria Secret's body, are desperately trying to climb the job ladder and generally find sex a bit fiddly.

*The ultimate career women- Hillary Clinton stated, 'I suppose I could have stayed home and baked cookies and has teas but what i decided to do was fulfill my profession, which I entered before my husband was in public life'. She had it no other way but to endorse her profession with passion, rather than letting her husband be the sole breadwinner.

*Charming singer, John Legend performed at Chime for Change this year- an organisation that seeks to improve the well-being of women around the world. 'All men should be feminists. If men care about women's rights, the world would be a better place'. And vice vera. This isn't about hating the opposite sex but working hand in hand.


Friday, 11 October 2013

Looking Back on The Crystal Maze

Today's children want to grow up and be a contestant on 'The X-Factor' or 'Britain's Next Top Model', but for me, just about making it in the 80's and growing up in the 90's, I wanted to be a contestant on 'The Crystal Maze'.

I came across a reference for the show the other day and I immediately started to reminisce about the spectacular series. Anyone who wasn't allowed to watch TV as a young child or for whatever other reason isn't familiar with the show- the series basically features 4 different time zones, where a group of contestants took part in a series of challenges in order to win crystals, which were worth 5 seconds each. This allowed them time inside the Crystal Maze, where they competed in the final challenge! The 4 time zones consisted of Aztec (my personal fave!), Medieval, Futuristic and Industrial which was later replaced by Ocean.
Richard O'Brien today

For me the greatest thing about the series were the presenters! The presenters played a huge role leading contestants from one game to another. The presenter in series 1-3 was Richard O'Brien. His distinct appearance included a shiny bald head and a long fur coat. Many fans remember him vividly with his Mumsy in the Medieval time zone. Richard is now 71 years old, a regular theater performer and he has also married 3 times and fathered 3 children. He has also spoken about his on-going struggles with gender identity, describing himself as transgender or a third gender.

Ed Tudor-Pole today
Ed Tudor-Pole took over in season 4. He was a rock-star in his own right as part of the band Tenpole Tudor. On the show he took on a Tudor-like appearance and had his own presenting style to O'Brien. Many preferred O'Brien as a presenter and Ed isn't too keen to talk about the show. In an interview in 2009, he said- 'you've got to bear in mind that I did it for five weeks twelve years ago. So I'm not an expert on it'. He is now 57 years old and has a son.

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Breaking Amish Review

Breaking Amish-The cast of season 1
It's not a show that everyone feels the dying need to see but I truly think Breaking Amish on TLC is a must watch! It's especially intriguing for those coming from a religious background like myself. I've just finished watching the second series 'Breaking Amish:LA' which is a spin-off to the first huegly successful series.

To those who aren't familiar with the show, it basically follows a group of young men and women who have decided to leave behind the traditions of their Amish/Mennonite religion to experience life on the other side. Things me and you take for granted, they attempt to become accustomed to. They go from using horses and buggies to riding in cars, using electricity, shopping for clothes, furthering their career aspirations and inevitably deciding whether they want to stay or return to their faith. All these exciting new experiences for them have surprisingly been met with intense drama which is incredibly fascinating to watch.

Season 2- Breaking Amish:LA
The first series based in New York featured love birds Rebecca and Abe, emotional wreck Sabrina, resident bad-boy Jeremiah and wannabe model Kate. They set standards high in terms of drama and turmoil. They even had their own spin-off called 'Breaking Amish: Brave New World' where they continued to pursue their new lives. I always found myself tuning in each week with not much expectation but each time I was shocked at the fighting, the drama and the decisions they made. But I have to admit, that I understand their decisions- no matter how bad they are. This is the time when they were finally free and finding themselves. I, as well as many others out there have done beyond stupid things out of freedom and 'finding ourselves'- And we all continually will. It just so happened that theirs was on screen. The cast of the first season set the bar pretty high and I was hesitant about the new cast heading to Los Angeles- but the same thing happened. I was on the edge of my seat and bowled over by the drama which featured accusations of witchcraft, a secret pregnancy, police questioning and a tainted love triangle.
Kate Stoltzfus from
Season 1 has achieved
a successful modelling
career, with a photo-shoot
in Maxim!

The underlying thing I loved the most about this series is the cinematography. There were moments when the visual effects took me back to a vintage old school film. Shots of open roads, fields and train tracks were just breath-taking. It really gave the impression of a secret life hidden away from the temptations of today. I watch so much reality television that the difference was blatant.

There is of-course the ever-present accusations of 'fakeness' from the audience. Apparently pictures have been found of the cast from years past when they've dressed in English clothes, living it up with friends. I'm not too fussed about these claims. Many teenagers from all sorts of different faiths rebel when they get a chance. Sure they probably experimented with the outside world on occasions before, but it probably consisted of a few parties and outings- Nothing like moving away for a couple of months and completely immersing themselves in a different environment! It does however seem like elements of the show are scripted for obvious reasons, but I still wouldn't call it 'fake'. Nonetheless, I'm hoping for season 3! Maybe Breaking Amish:Miami ?


Sunday, 6 October 2013

Maybe, just once, someone will call me 'Sir' without adding, 'You're making a scene'- Homer Simpson


The resemblance is uncanny

1) Hulk Hogan had a successful reality show a couple years back and then everything went wrong. His daughter Brooke's music career has yet to take off, his son Nick went to prison for being involved in a car accident that left his friend with severe injuries and his marriage to Linda crumbled. However, looks like things are slightly better for him now. This week he decided to poke fun at Miley Cyrus' Wrecking Ball video wearing just a tank top and thong. Nice.

2) Lily Collins has the most angelic face with eyebrows to die for. She has also been named as the new face of Lancome. Jealous? Me?

3) Another thing I wish I could pull off, but probably couldn't is blue hair. Demi Lovato looks like the perfect rock chic with her newly dyed blue locks.

Demi looks FAB!
4) A lady who represents me to the T? Lena Dunham! I'd rather watch her work over someone unattainable like Megan Fox (even though she's ridiculously H.O.T) This week Lena shared an intimate love letter to her boyfriend Jack Antonhoff. The letter was released due to an art project and was from October of last year when she was travelling in India. The letter is an endearing 'I miss you' lovefest. Young love. 

5) There has been some heated exchange of words between Miley Cyrus and Sinead O'Conner, after Sinead expressed her concern over Miley's recent twerking behaviour. Cyrus in return poked fun at her mental illness and dragged poor ol' Amanda Bynes into the feud. Anybody but Amanda!! So not cool.

6) Some more good news for another Glee star! Naya Rivera is engaged to Big Sean! She looked gorgeous in post-proposal photos.
North West, Kardashian

7) Madonna has been so open about her life over the years so it came as a shock to learn that she was held at knife-point and raped when she moved to New York City to pursue her career in the 1970's.

8) Oscar winner Jodie Foster has found happiness in new girlfriend Alexandra Hedison, who was once Ellen DeGeneres' girlfriend. Small world!

9) To all those dedicated Simpson fans..the show is returning for its 26th series! The show has been going strong for more than a quarter of a century! Truly an iconic show. However, it has been revealed that one of the main characters will die :(

10) Kim Kardashian has given us another glimpse of baby Nori! She looks even cuter all wrapped up!


Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Watching The X Factor Live!

The live audience auditions and boot-camp rounds of this years X Factor (UK) have come to an end- And I have to say that this year it was especially interesting watching the auditions take place, seeing as I was in the studio audience at one point! I decided to have a little scroll through Applause Store back in July to see if there were any tickets available to any shows I enjoyed viewing. X-Factor obviously stood out on the website and was inevitably calling my name. I applied for tickets and then the wait begun. One beautiful morning later that month, I awoke to an email saying that I had indeed bagged the audience tickets for X-Factor. YAY! I knew my little brother and one of my closest friends, Wisam were fans, so they decided to come along with me.

The day however, didn't really go according to plan. We headed to Wembley and it was probably one of the hottest days of the year (they even referenced the summer heat during an episode) and on top of that, all three of us were fasting due to Ramadan. We didn't expect the lack of food and drink to be an issue as we thought we would be in he middle of jaw-dropping talent to take our minds off hunger. However, the afternoon show which we were attending was postponed. By 4 hours. The morning session had over-run. By 4 hours??! Other afternooners who received the news found it the perfect opportunity to relax and have a bite to eat. I mean food=relaxation right? We just couldn't do that. We decided to take shelter from the heat in a nearby building and engage in conversation and people watching.

Finally time came and we were ushered in, immediately inundated with apologies for the lateness. We settled into our seats and soon after watched Dermot O'Leary do about 10 takes introducing the live auditions of the show. There I was thinking Dermot was perfect and nailed it on the first try every single time. Nah but I still love him. The judges then walked out and due to our far away seats, they looked like miniature creatures. Have to admit, I was pretty jealous of the people sitting at the front. We were explained that the contestants had already auditioned in a room before, which was pretty surprising- I was kind of hoping to see the bad ones! Nevertheless, a flurry of contestants came on stage and I soon forgot about the long wait and began to enjoy myself. The most notable contestant from that day had to be Alejandro Fernandez-Holt, even though he just got eliminated. Yes, I was there for THAT Spanish rendition of 'Hero'. The other contestants were great too, with a few who got the boot with good reason.

Soon, we were able to eat and we rushed out and grabbed American style chips and burgers. Fantastic. We stayed for a few more auditions and then headed back before it got too late. Great experience! I know a lot of people go to these auditions to see the judges and the funny auditions- I wanted to as well. But I also wanted to see how everything worked behind the scenes, the production, the screw, the set-up etc etc. Glad I went :)

Thursday, 26 September 2013

ATM Movie Review

'Rotten Tomatoes has given it a bad review,' my little brother informed me. Ignoring his unspoken wants to watch a boyish alien movie, I fired back 'but the trailer looks good'. With that we settled in to watch 'ATM'. According to the trailer, it seemed as if the plot involved 3 colleagues who become trapped in an ATM booth by an unknown man witnessing their desperate attempts to get out alive.

Before I move any further, I have to mention that I was excited to see the casting of Josh Peck, portraying an obviously far cry from his overweight loveable Drake and Josh days. He played Corey, the extremely arrogant third wheel of the couple trying to overcome nerves to get to know one another. With his sunken in 'don't care' eyes, I believe he fit the brief well enough. Moving on, I was a bit unsure about the casting of Brian Geraghty as David at first, due to his lack of leading man charisma. But it quickly became clear that his role and aura fit that of a quiet softly spoken man too nervous to talk to the girl of his dreams, Emily. Emily was played by Alive Eve and she fit the character to a T. Gorgeous blonde bombshell. I think it was a good thing that actors who have been working for a long time in Hollywood but have yet to hit crazy superstar status a-la Pitt-Jolie, were chosen for this film, attempting to give it a more authentic feel.

There were however scenes throughout the movie where the quality of acting kept coming in and out. When the suspense gripped me, all three were completely on point-But during the slower paced times, such as the scenes at the beginning of the film and moments in between their turmoil, when they stopped to talk about 'life' and 'what could have been', the delivery of their lines was robotic and didn't seem to flow. That was a bit of a shame, as all three of these actors had the heavy burden of carrying this film, due to the lack of other character roles.

The plot in itself was quite clever and the cold mystery of the 'unknown man' was depicted well. There were many moments throughout, were I thought to myself, 'what would I do in this situation?' The ending like many other suspense thrillers was slightly confusing but not completely 'what the hell- I just wasted an hour and a half of my life'. The killer was never caught and retreated back to his remote warehouse to pick up another case file, whilst David got taken away by the police. I'm sure producers thought of this to make the ending chilling and leave a lasting impact- But for me, all I wanted was a happy ending.

All in all, I understand the concern my brother had for the rating of this film. But it was a good time pass film. Surprisingly at times, it had you gripped but other moments it let you down. If you want to watch this movie, watch it when you're bored or tired with little expectations and then you'll be pleasantly surprised. For a hardcore film buff, this one's not for you.

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