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Nicki Minaj Burns Iggy Azalea at BET Awards

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Could a battle of the former Paper Cover Girls be brewing? ICYMI, Nicki Minaj cast the shadowiest shade on fellow bubblegum rap chanteuse Iggy Azalea last night at the BET Awards. Both artists were nominated for "Best Female Hip-Hop Artist," and despite Azalea's explosively successful year with her Charli XCX collab, "Fancy," and her verse on Ariana Grande's "Problem," the powers that be favored the "Pills N Potions" artist for the fifth year in a row. With the signature tongue-in-cheek sass of "Superhoe," Minaj reminded the crowd during her acceptance speech that her win was a product of her authenticity ("when you hear Nicki Minaj spit, Nicki Minaj wrote it"). Many took this as a dig at Iggy Azalea who is rumored to have used ghostwriters on her songs, though Minaj specifically said she wasn't throwing shade. TBH Iggy and Nicki need to just hug it out and collaborate on a song already. What's up with all this girl-on-girl hate?

[via Jezebel]

Beverly's Drew Citron On Her Top 5 Short-Lived Careers

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beverly_ppv.jpgAs album titles go, Careers is an odd choice for Beverly, whose sultry pop jams evoke wild abandon, romantic ache, summertime softness -- pretty much anything but corporate aspiration. "I have no idea if there's any hidden meaning there," says frontwoman Drew Citron. "Like, is Rosebud just the sled?" While we await the July 1 release (recorded with cofounder Frankie Rose), here are a few of Citron's short-lived careers.

Children's entertainer: I dressed up like Disney princesses and played guitar for babies in Tribeca for a while. The parents were nutso but they always slipped you extra cash after birthday parties.

Performance art star: I sang in a fake Christian rock band called What About Sunday for a production of Hell House at St. Ann's Warehouse. It was a true replica of haunted houses they have in the Bible Belt to scare people to Jesus.

Sidewalk solicitor: I walked around Canal Street one summer asking people to take consumer experience surveys for different brands. It was such a weird Craigslist scammy endeavor, and paid hourly for some reason.

Shopgirl: I worked at a vintage store on Mulberry Street when I first moved here. The owner was really eccentric and had three huge storage spaces on Long Island filled with collectible Lucite handbags and Liza Minnelli bolero jackets. Everything was overpriced, nobody bought anything and he sadly went out of business. My coworker was Scott Matthew, one of my favorite songwriters to this day.

Waitress: My favorite job of all time was at Tortilla Flats, a sort of bachelorette-party Hades on West 12th Street. Most customers were European heiresses or models who'd gotten lost looking for Buddha Bar.

Photo by Dana Yavin.

John Waters On His New Book, Carsick, and Dealing With His Inner Control Freak

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johnwatersbook2.pngJohn Waters at home in San Francisco with his two favorite book titles.

In the many years that I have known John Waters, the one thing that has always cracked me up most about him is the fact that his personality is such a study in contrasts. One side of him seems completely conservative and rigid, and yet on the other hand he is the most insane radical punk who loves the most shocking and unexpected. He hates spontaneity and surprises -- he's known for carrying trusty file cards with him listing what he has to do everyday, and which keep him on super strict schedule that he never wavers from -- yet he makes art with titles like Twelve Assholes and a Dirty Foot. Now he's hitchhiked across America alone at age 66 and written Carsick (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), a hilarious book about the experience that's in bookstores now. I was excited to meet up with him for a gab recently in one of his favorite cities, San Francisco, where he keeps an apartment these days and has become famous with locals for  riding the local buses and cable cars -- his preferred modes of transportation.

KIM HASTREITER: You are a piece of work and your personality is so filled with contrasts. You're not a snob -- you take public transportation, enjoy visiting prisons, are attracted to outsiders, yet God forbid someone does not RSVP in a timely manner to a party invitation you send them or, even worse, if someone reschedules or is late for an appointment they have with you, you're not a happy camper. Your personal aesthetic has always leaned towards classic -- never kitsch or trendy -- yet you relish wearing demented looking Rei Kawakubo designs and carry eyeliner wherever you go to touch up your signature mustache. You love the unexpected yet hate surprises.


JOHN WATERS: My friend Pat Moran always said that I was insane from birth because I was baptized too much as a premature baby. I was a "teacup baby," like a Chihuahua. Maybe I scared my parents right from the beginning because I was the first child born way too early.

K.H.: Tell me about your file cards. Why did you start this obsessive scheduling?

J.W.: It's just good planning. Time management is important to me! How do you think I made fourteen movies? I don't know how because I took drugs every single night and drank, but, still, I got those films made.

K.H.: Did you ever take LSD?

J.W.: Are you kidding? I'm here today because of LSD.

K.H.: Me too! I always tell the kids that LSD made me who I am.

J.W.: Me too. And my mother always said, 'Don't tell young people that!'

K.H.: I think young people don't take enough LSD. I swear.

J.W.: Nowadays it's not the same as when we had it. It's not as pure. I had it in 1964, it wasn't even illegal until '67. But I definitely don't want to take it now.

KH: Oh no, me neither. I'm too old.

JW: Think you need an inner journey?

KH: [Laughs.] But, see, there's that crazy contrast again. You talk about scheduling and then losing control with drugs.

J.W.: But with LSD we did it under control. We always did it at one person's apartment, we all did it together.

K.H.: From what I see, you're not fond of spontaneity.

J.W.: No! I like a spontaneous moment!

K.H.: Come on! So if a friend calls you and says "John do you want to go out in a half hour? I'm gonna just drop by your house." I know you! You would bite their head off!

J.W.: Not in a half-hour! There's never a half-hour ahead of time where I'm not scheduled.

K.H.: That's what I mean! How far ahead of time are you scheduled?

J.W.: Six months. I plan far in advance. And I never cancel.

K.H.: So you never leave time for spontaneity?

J.W.: With my personal life I do.

K.H.: On your file cards?

J.W.: My personal life isn't on my file cards. Well, maybe sometimes it is, if I'm having dinner with somebody but if someone comes over to dinner at my house for an evening at home that's not scheduled. I don't write that down. But if you see nothing on my schedule that night, hopefully that's what I'm doing. I stay home and read a lot. "Read a book!" I don't write that on my calendar, I'm not that bad yet.

K.H.: Lately I find that the older I get, the more liberal I'm becoming about my Nazi control freak tendencies. As you age, don't you feel like you're loosening up a little? Will you ever stop with these crazy file cards?

J.W.: No why should I? It's not hurting my life in any way. It's not stopping me from having a personal life. It's just how I keep organized. I have a total personal life. I see friends all the time. I have people I have sex with, I have all that, but that is my personal life, I never talk about that or write about it, people think they know it, but they don't know it.

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K.H.: I can't imagine what you were like as a 5-year-old.

J.W.: My mother told me that when I went to kindergarten I would come home and say "there's this weird little kid in my class and he only draws in black crayons, he won't talk to other people." I talked about him so much to my mother that she asked the teacher about this boy and she said, "that's your son." I was creating a character for me, early. I had plenty of friends but if I was alone I pretended I was "Nude Descending a Staircase." Do you know that painting? I saw it in Life magazine, and I just loved it so I pretended I was that when I came down the stairs in my house everyday. I didn't tell anybody, but I pretended I'd won a mink coat everyday on The Big Payoff with Bess Myerson. I was like a crazy child. I had a great fantasy life. I even had a stage in my house. At the top of our steps at home, was this landing and my parents built me a stage there. I'd always have a little show when relatives would come over. I would do one man shows where I was Elvis Presley. My Aunt Rachel was the only one who could sit through it and watch these shows. Thank god they didn't have video cameras then!

K.H.: Did they give you a lot of attention for it? Did your parents show you off or brag about it?

J.W.: They didn't brag about it. They were mortified in a way. They thought I was insane, but yet they encouraged it, which was an odd thing back then.

K.H.: Were your parents arty?

J.W.: No, not at all. My mother read and she played opera on Sunday. She exposed us to the arts, but she was hardly a beatnik or a commie. My parents, my father always voted Republican although my mother didn't at the end, They were a fairly conservative upper middle class family.

K.H.: Maybe that's why you're so conservative in a lot of ways.

J.W.: What am I conservative about? Not about politics I'm not! I'm a bleeding heart liberal.

K.H.: There are certain parts of you that's definitely reflect conservatism, like being on time for everything, having good manners, and being proper about how you do everything.

J.W.: I'm very punctual. I always write hand-written thank you notes. My mother taught me that. I believe you have to have good taste to make fun of bad taste, which is what my career was about. I had to know the basics. I do know which fork to eat with.  I know all that shit, and I'm glad I know it. I'm glad my parents had the tyranny of good taste and proper upbringing that was drilled into me. But at the same time, you have to know the rules to break 'em.

K.H.: When you were little were your parents strict with you?

J.W.: They had limits. The worst thing a parent can do is be your friend. They were not my friend, they were my parents.  Even at the worst period of the '60s when I was really defiant , they still wouldn't take shit from me. They would say, "No, you can't do that if you live here."

K.H.: Did they ever say they would disown you or anything?

J.W.: They never said they would disown me. They would be upset about drugs. But they were always there. As soon as I moved out of the house I got along way better with them. It was way better for me too because then I had my own apartment and I could do what I wanted. They never gave me money, but I knew they'd be there if something happened. They even backed the movies! But I payed them back every penny.

K.H.: They backed your early movies? That's amazing. I thought you said they were conservative!

J.W.: They backed them but they never saw them.

K.H.: They never saw them?

J.W.: My parents never saw Pink Flamingos. What parent would be happy their child made Pink Flamingos?

K.H.: I can't believe they never asked to see it, though.

J.W.: They stopped being curious once they looked in my drawers and found gay porno and hypodermic syringes. They never looked again. I told them, "Oh, we had that for the movie" and they went "Oh good, good!" Which was sort of true.

K.H.: You say you're not a control freak, but you said that the reason why you wanted to do this crazy hitchhike adventure...

J.W.: Was to give up control.

K.H.: Right, because you felt you were always so control-oriented. And you wanted to see what happened if you lost control of it all for a week or so.

J.W.: I am always very "scheduled". And you can't schedule a hitchhiking trip. I did control the experience as much as I could. I had rules. I refused to ever leave Route 70. If they were going anywhere else I had to get out because I would be lost. And I never never walked. Susan, my assistant, said "you should get good boots for this trip." I told her," I'm not walking! I'm hitchhiking! " You think I'm walking to the next exit? I never walked more than a very short period, ever. I just stood there.

K.H.: So, tell me, how was it losing control on the road?

J.W.: Boring! It wasn't as exciting as the good and bad fictional chapters I wrote before I went on the trip where I end up in a carnival or in a rave that's in a junkyard. It was good though. I felt brave doing it because I'm 66 years old and I didn't know where I was a lot of the time.

K.H.: So how long did the trip take.

J.W.: Nine days and twenty one rides.

K.H.: That was brave.

J.W.: Well, it wasn't that brave, I did have a credit card, I had a phone, and worst came to worst, I could've booked a helicopter to come pick me up, but I didn't. I felt brave when one night I thought I'd have to sleep in these woods and a trucker said "I'll make you up a bunk." I would have done it if he had on bermudas and flip flops, but he was really like a hillbilly, although he was nice.

K.H.: Out of Baltimore what was the first place you slept in?

J.W.: In Ohio, which I thought was gonna be easy. I got stuck.  It took forever, two whole days, and then a cop gave me a ride.

K.H.: So you mean you hitchhiked for a whole day and no one picked you up, so you stayed? You just stood there?

J.W.: What else am I gonna do? There isn't a first class lounge on the highway along the road for hitchhikers. As a matter of fact, you're loitering if you're hanging around places. I would try to say hello to people that worked in the 7/11 and they ignored me. But in the end I actually looked up to the people who picked me up hitchhiking because I was amazed at how helpful they were to me. I felt like every time somebody picked me up they saved my life. I don't know what would've happened if they hadn't. There were moments. It was the tedium of it. When it's over with and you know you made it, it's fine, but during those days with no rides you thought, 'this could take a year.'

K.H.: Before we end, I wanted to say that you really killed it this year hosting the CFDA awards. The fashion folks loved you. Do you think fashion still as important for people who are older?  

J.W.: I think it's even more important because you look worse. You need more fashion as you get older because you look uglier, so you have to make people not notice by wearing something far away from your face. That's why weird shoes really help because they're not looking at your face.

K.H.: So you think you should dress weirder the older you get?

J.W.: Weirder and you should develop your look more. Whatever it was, really fine tune it. It really helps. It's a disguise. Everyday is Halloween, if you dress right. But you can't look ridiculous. Nothing looks worse than men over 25 in super skinny jeans. But you need a look. it really helps, especially when you're older. 



Watch Chromeo's In-Flight Safety Video for Mallard Air

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When it was announced a couple of weeks ago that Chromeo was investing in a shady-sounding budget Canadian airline called Mallard Air, everyone pretty much assumed it was a joke and went about their biz. Now Dave 1 and P-Thugg are back with more head-scratching fun and an in-flight safety video for the now-very-clearly fictional airline. On Mallard Air, there's a disco light-up floor, cocktails are served in the event of a crash landing and smoke comes out of the overhead masks. Sounds great! We'd guess this is all clever marketing tied to an impending announcement about a Chromeo plane for fans and media, a la the Rihanna plane, but that was such a horrendous disaster that it seems unlikely anyone would touch the plane idea again with 10-foot-pole. Hmm. The funky mystery continues...

Listen to the New Bon Iver Track, "Heavenly Father"

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wish i was here heavenly father bon iver.jpgIt feels like forever since the last straight-up Bon Iver track was released, so "Heavenly Father," his latest electro-acoustic ballad, is a welcome gust of wintry Wisconsin air to our hot NYC summer day. The track is part of the soundtrack for the Zach Braff-directed Wish I Was Here, his controversially kickstarted follow-up to 2004's Garden State.

"Heavenly Father" premiered on NPR this morning, and submerges Justin Vernon's wholesome vocals in a sea of glitchy electronic loops and synths for something even more holy than his signature immaculate sound.

Wish I was Here is slated for release on July 18, and the soundtrack will feature The Shins, Cat Power, Coldplay, Paul Simon, and more alongside Bon Iver. Stream it here.


A Guide to the "United States of Basic Bitches"

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Screen shot 2014-06-30 at 9.51.07 PM.pngBig ups to our friends at Jezebel who followed up their hilarious "The United States of Bros" with its female equivalent -- a field guide to "the United States of Basic Bitches." Though we're not sure about the use of a Anne Hathaway as an example of a 'Manhattan Basic Bitch,' we can say that as a Chicago native and current Brooklynite, those examples are very, very correct. (Though as many commenters have pointed out, we would've like to see a little more diversity in there...)

arya-gif-2.gifGame of Thrones' Maisie Williams was really vibing out at Glastonbury. Keep doing your thang, Maisie! [via Uproxx]

tumblr_n7f658647F1qz8911o1_400.jpgPocket Diddy! [via Tall Whitney]

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Queen Elizabeth visited the Game of Thrones set. [via Tastefully Offensive]



ICYMI: Dolly Parton performed at Glastonbury over the weekend and at one point busted out a teeny tiny, rhinestone-covered sax, told the crowd, "I'm feeling sax-y" and started playing "Yakety Sax," The Benny Hill Show theme song. [via Jezebel]



Happy Canada Day to all our neighbors to the North! In honor of the holiday, Molson beer created a beer fridge that dispenses brew if -- and only if -- you can sing the words to the Canadian national anthem, "O Canada," correctly. Your move, Budweiser. July 4th is only days away. [via Tastefully Offensive]

13 Real-Life NYC Spots Featured On Orange Is the New Black

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At the same time as Orange Is The New Black has revolutionized the portrayal of women, same sex couples, and minorities on television, it's also exposed viewers to a New York City that's more diverse than the one portrayed on Sex and the City or Girls. Whether delis in Astoria or bagel shops in Chelsea, there's been a slew of locational references across the five boroughs, giving fans a sense of where the Ladies of Litchfield hung out before they arrived to prison and, in some cases, where they fantasize about going when they get out. Below, we round up 13 real life NYC spots to create an 'Orange Is The New Black tour of New York.'

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Screen Shot 2014-06-30 at 2.41.45 PM.png1. The Sparrow Tavern, Astoria, Queens
In Episode 3 of Season 1, we see Piper submit her resumé for a waitressing job at The Sparrow Tavern in Astoria, Queens, a super cute bar with phenomenal cocktails. It's there that she first meets Alex, who gives her shit for fudging her resume and for ordering a margarita when it's cold out. (But that doesn't stop her from picking up the tab.) The Tavern might be known for its comfy decor, elegant mood lighting, and impressive whiskey collection, but Piper was definitely on to something: the Spicy Hot Strawberry Margarita is unbelievable. (As is the Blueberry-Lavender Mojito and the Saffron Sour, FYI.)

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2. The Spotted Pig, West Village, Manhattan
While on furlough for her grandmother's funeral in Season 2 Episode 9, Piper tries to get Larry and Cal to go to The Spotted Pig for "burgers and rye manhattans." April Bloomfield's adored West Village institution makes a mean burger that's often cited as one of the best in the city but the place doesn't take reservations, which means you may find yourself in need of a Plan B like Piper (see below)...

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Screen Shot 2014-06-30 at 2.42.08 PM.png3. The Williamsburg Waterfront at N. 5th Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
When Piper's furlough dreams of burgers at The Spotted Pig fail, she settles for a Colt 45 and a fast food burger from "Storkys," a fictitional burger chain where Taystee also once worked, according to the logo on her uniform during a flashback in Season 2. Piper takes her burger and beer to the dock at East River Park on N. 5th and Kent. Even though several things have changed about the 'burg in the last few years, the view of Manhattan from that dock is still one of the best in all of New York City.

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Screen Shot 2014-06-30 at 3.00.31 PM.png4. Zebulon, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (Closed)
And speaking of Williamsburg, when Piper first meets Larry, she was on her way to a show at Zebulon, a dive-y music venue that OG Williamsburgers will remember closed in 2012. It was a venue that one Yelp reviewer described as a "place [that] always made you feel like you were on the good side of an inside joke" and it was. It had a cool Parisian vibe without the snootiness and there was free live music every night. RIP.

 
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Screen Shot 2014-06-30 at 2.42.20 PM.png5. Murray's Bagels, Chelsea, Manhattan
Murray's Bagels in Chelsea -- the one with the bench outside on 242 Eighth Avenue --  makes an appearance during Episode 4 of Season 2 when Larry and Polly grab some bagels and schmear, sit outside, and joke to some strangers about how they fell in love at a Star Wars convention. (It's also the first time you start to get the sense that Larry and Polly might actually be falling love, too.) Murray's is one of the last few 'classic' bagel places in NYC, famous for their lox and caper cream cheese (get it on a Sesame Bagel and you'll weep) and their 'no toasting' policy.

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Red spends several episodes of Season 1 inside of her family restaurant, Dimitri's, which she later asks Piper to check on when she goes on furlough. In real life, Dimitri's restaurant is actually Rosario's Deli in Astoria, an amazing Italian grocery and deli that makes highly-awarded pizza. Locals refer to it as "the secret pizza," and the mozzarella that goes on the cornmeal crust is made in-house. They also only sell it by the slice, which adds to the appeal.

In Season 2 Red also makes a reference to Russian pastries called piroshkis, which can be found amongst a distinct hub of Russian cuisine on Brighton Beach Avenue. This area is known for its piroshkis -- even the people who sell them in the street under the Q subway line have a small internet following -- but for those looking for old school institutions, they should try Skovorodka Restaurant or Taste of Russia market. 

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Screen Shot 2014-06-30 at 2.42.43 PM.png7. Astoria Park, Astoria, Queens
The area where Red walks with the rich Russian wives who ultimately ditch her is near Hell Gate Bridge in Astoria Park, a beautiful and underrated NYC park where she tells the infamous "he's not an eggplant man, he's retarded" joke.

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The famous "tit punch" between Red and the leader of the pack, on the other hand, happened outside of Y2K Custom Cycles on the Williamsburg/Bushwick/Bed Stuy border. The Russian ladies must've really been going out of their way to avoid her.

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A blatant reference to local NYC food culture comes when Larry offhandedly tells Piper that he and Polly finally got a "Bagnut" -- a "bagel crossed with a donut" that's an obvious spoof of Dominique Ansel's cronut. While the "bagnut" doesn't exist in real life, the "cragel" does -- and it's been getting steady buzz since The Bagel Store launched the bagel-croissant hybrid this past spring. The cragel comes in plain, chocolate, cinnamon, and bacon flavors; try one out and you'll see why this is actually a decent food reference.

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One of Season 2's new characters, Brooke Soso, was thrown in jail for participating in the now-legendary Occupy Wall Street protests that took place in Zuccotti Park in 2011-2012. It's not clear what specifically Soso did to earn a long-term sentence (rather than, say, temporary incarceration), but the FiDi plaza is where it all went down.

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The Whole Foods in Chelsea was already famous for being the grocery store where Katie Holmes and Suri Cruise were often seen shopping but after the first season of Orange Is The New Black, however, it also became a reference point for "crack almonds," the sugar-coated almonds that Larry takes out of a grocery bag while he's on the phone with Piper, causing her to moan, "I can feel them in my mouth." (Yes, they are that good.)

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The First National City Bank at the corner of Lispenard and Canal Street was built in 1927 in the Modern style by Walker & Gillette -- and it's also one of the many banks that Ms. Rosa robbed decades before we meet her in jail. In Episode 8 of Season 2, young Rosa scoffs about how easy it was to "handle" the "two guards at First National Bank," which is now a historic landmark in TriBeCa. This bank would have been operating decades ago when Rosa's robberies took place, but since then, First National has subsequently been absorbed by Citibank and, like much of the best architecture in New York, is merely a relic.

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13. Fairway Market, Red Hook, Brooklyn
The Fairway in Red Hook is where Piper would consistently "forget" her reusable bags and make Officer Fisher (who used to work there) re-pack her groceries. (Fisher realizes that she recognizes Piper from "the Fairway in Red Hook" because Piper was "a pain in the ass.") Located inside an old converted warehouse with adorable shutters, rustic trolleys, and an impressive seafood selection, it's exactly the kind of place where you can imagine old-Piper hanging out in-between making her organic soap.


Roxanne Lowit's Shots of Kate Moss, Gisele + More Appear In Two New Exhibits

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_katemoss_withcigaret_b8c37.JPGKate Moss in a photo by Lowit featured in "Supermodels -- Then and Now" at CWC Gallery in Berlin. 

Described by Karl Lagerfeld as a "witness to the marriage of fame and vanity," celebrated photographer Roxanne Lowit has been documenting the glamor and glitz of celebrity culture since the '70s. Known for the spontaneity she adds to each image, Lowit's snapped everyone from Yves Saint Laurent and Iggy Pop to Kate Moss and Salvador Dalí. The photographer's work can be seen in two European shows -- the first, "Be Fabulous," a solo show at Florence's Aria Art Gallery featuring 40 photographs curated from her archive of more than 200,000 negatives and color slides, is open now and will run through September 7; the second, "Supermodels -- Then and Now," a group show at the CWC Gallery in Berlin, highlights Lowit's knack for capturing a raw intimacy between artist and model and will open this Saturday and run through September 7. Take a look at more preview photos from both exhibits, below.

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Kate Moss and John Galliano in a photo by Lowit featured in "Be Fabulous," her solo show at Florence's Aria Art Gallery

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Lenny Kravitz and Iggy Pop in a photo by Lowit featured in "Be Fabulous," her solo show at Florence's Aria Art Gallery

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Mariacarla Boscono in a photo by Lowit featured in "Be Fabulous," her solo show at Florence's Aria Art Gallery

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Christy Turlington, Naomi Campbell and Linda Evangelista in a photo by Lowit featured in "Supermodels -- Then and Now" at CWC Gallery in Berlin.

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Paloma Picasso in a photo by Lowit featured in "Be Fabulous," her solo show at Florence's Aria Art Gallery

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Shalom Harlow in a photo by Lowit featured in "Be Fabulous," her solo show at Florence's Aria Art Gallery

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CK One's New Ad Features Dev Hynes, Kelela and a Lotta Skin

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Staying true to the sexy-young-people-being-sexy-and-oh-yeah-did-we-mention-sex vibe that put CK One's ad campaigns on the map in the '90s (and made for super cool locker art in middle school -- if you had that original Kate Moss spread taped up you were pretty much telling the world you smoked and thought No Doubt was dumb), CK has released a new Mario Sorrenti-directed that's pretty hot. It features a cant-lose combo of sleepy-eyed models du jour like Petra Collins, Marcel Castenmiller and Mike Mike Bailey-Gates frolicking in their underwear with a bunch of cool musicians, including mid-make out Dev Hynes, Kelela, Friends' Samantha Urbani, K-pop star Taeyang and more. Check out the SFW-ish clip above and then go take some languid sexy selfies in a bubble bath.

Boob Fashion: Top 10 Items Any #FreeTheNipple Activist Will Love

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1. 'The Boob Tote' by Gravel and Gold
Keep on 'Free(ing) the Nipple' with this handprinted and handsewn tote.

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These online pirates' mantra is "you're an individual, so adorn yourself accordingly." So why not adorn yourself accordingly with blue boobs?

il_570xN.255899162.jpg3. Ceramic 'Boob Mug' via Etsy
It's safe to say that the first thing that many babies put in their mouths in the morning is a female breast. Feeling left out? Now you don't have to.


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Wanna have a Mean Girls moment? Instead of wearing a white T-shirt with cutouts showing your purple bra, you can rock donuts instead!

il_570xN.322109394.jpg5. 'Crochet Baby Boobie Beanie' via Etsy
A hand-crocheted, breast-shaped feeding cap for your baby. You had us at crocheted.

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6. 'Sweet Tits Sweet Nothing Necklace' by In God We Trust
If advocating for the female body interests you but actually displaying breasts seems like too much, rock this sweet (tits) necklace instead!

Kathleen-Whitaker-x-GG-Boob-Earring.jpg7.  'Boob Earrings' by Kathleen Whitaker
Still in the mood for boobs? You're in the right place.

51PS9FRfR0L.jpg8. 'The 'Big Book of Breasts' by Dian Hanson
If you like looking at large nude breasts then you should buy this book.

il_570xN.596774855_1df9.jpg9. 'Boob Tube' Etsy
A game that has boob in the title? We're in.

il_570xN.460727432_9bae.jpg10. 'Retro Boob Glass' Etsy
Back in the day, depending on the temperature of the water poured into this glass, the model's bra would vanish or re-appear. After years of use, it seems her bra has permanently disappeared in the ether. Maybe she finally decided to join the #FreetheNipple movement?

Bryan Greenberg Talks With Us About His Newest Film, A Short History of Decay

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Screen Shot 2014-07-01 at 2.46.21 PM.pngBryan Greenberg and Kathleen Rose Perkins in a scene from A Short History of Decay.

For those who miss watching Bryan Greenberg play the cute-sensitive-confused-struggling-nice Jewish boy on How to Make It In America (or Prime or even kinda sorta One Tree Hill for that matter), you get a sequel of sorts in the actor's new film A Short History of Decay. The debut film from journalist and former war correspondent Michael Maren, the movie tells the story of Nathan Fisher (Greenberg), a floundering thirtysomething Brooklyn writer who gets dumped by his longterm girlfriend (Emmanuelle Chriqui) just as he learns that his father has had a stroke and needs his care. Leaving his New York problems behind, Nathan heads down to Florida to simultaneously assist his dad and his ailing mother who suffers from early Alzheimer's. (Okay so a fun-hearted romcom like Prime, this is not.)

With the stakes in place, the rest of the film follows Nathan as he adapts to these changes and gradually reassesses what he wants and needs out of his career, family, and relationships. On the heels of movie's release on DVD, we chatted with Greenberg about the movie, the end of How to Make It In America and that moment all young adults have to get rid of their illusions. 

How did you get involved with the film?

They offered me the project and I read the script, which I thought was amazing. Michael Maren wrote a beautiful script and handled a tough subject matter in a really subtle, funny way that wasn't melodramatic or heavy-handed. It was also about something that although I personally haven't gone through it, my best friend is dealing with these subjects -- with a dad who has Alzheimer's. I did the film sort of as a tribute to him.

Let's talk about the idea of the film's title having multiple meanings -- both the literal meaning of decay in the sense of your character's parents' failing health and then this other meaning of decay in the sense of Nathan's decaying expectations or illusions.

Michael Maren said something early on that really stuck with me and guided me through the process, this ideas that people don't have dramatic changes in their life overnight but that they happen gradually. This movie is an exploration of that, of the stripping down of ideas of who we think we are as people and what we think we want. In the beginning, Nathan thinks he wants to be a playwright, he thinks he wants to date Emmanuelle Chriqui's character, Erika, he thinks he wants this perfect, healthy couple to be his parent, a brother with the perfect life...but eventually the film strips away all of that. It strips away the idea of the girls I think I should be dating, the career I should be having, the parental relationship that I wanted, the brother who isn't the perfect guy with the perfect job and perfect life. It's all about the decay of these ideals.

Are there any recent instances in your own life when you had to strip away some of your expectations?

Yeah, totally. Right when I took on this project, in fact, was when How To Make It In America ended. I was taken by surprise by that.

I think a lot of people were! That showed seemed to have a pretty loyal following.

People come up to me to talk about HTMIIA about ten times a day. I even had locals in Hong Kong and Vietnam stop me about the show when I was over there. So in terms of that, I was expecting my life to go in one direction and all of a sudden that direction stops and I was left with thinking, "What's the next thing? Where do I go? What do I do?" and this was the first project I took on. I really could relate to Nathan feeling lost.

What's next for you?

I've been busy filming, like, five movies within the last year. The one I filmed in Asia is a small, independent movie called It's Already Tomorrow In Hong Kong and it's me and [my fiancée] Jamie Chung.

Was this the first time the two of you had worked together?

She did a little spot in this movie called A Year and Change that I did in December but we work all the time on auditions so it wasn't weird filming something together.

Would you ever return to TV?

100%. I really want to get back on a cable show if I find the right project.

Kanye Goes Millitant For Second Collection with A.P.C.

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Kanye-West-et-Jean-Touitou_portrait_w674.jpgKanye West's second -- and last -- collaboration with French brand A.P.C. is a fourteen-piece array of casual, easygoing separates weighted in urban utilitarianism. Digging deep into the brand's military archives with founder Jean Touitou, West (a.k.a. the "Steve Jobs of fashion") created fur-lined parkas, slim cargo pants, slouchy tees and nubby sweaters with names as simple as the pieces themselves, i.e. "Airport sweater" or "Kanye Jeans." (Btw -- "Kanye Jeans" sounds like our new favorite song.) Everything looks SO comfy and quality but is basically your typical Hanes and Levi's look with Kanye caché and a luxury price tag -- remember the $100 t-shirt outrage from collection #1? Those fur-lined parkas tho...

If you have any inkling to purchase, this is the time. West is moving on to start working on his new line with Adidas and it seems like Touitou is more than happy to have the collaboration come to an end, telling Style.com, "I'm tired of collaborating. I'm tired of it. And there's not so many people that I want to do anything with." View the full collection, out July 17, below:

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Here's Nearly Every Cast Member of Orange Is the New Black on Law and Order

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Here's just about every single Orange Is the New Black Character on Law and Order. [Hypervocal]

tumblr_n6x3bbFbce1rby04wo1_1280.gifFree tattoo idea. [JuliaSegal]

Someone made this very accurate Wikipedia update after yesterday's spectacular game. [Uproxx]

hankssoccergame.pngTom Hanks and his family were also freaking the F out over the USA vs. Belgium game yesterday. BUT WHERE IS CHET HAZE? [Buzzfeed via Colin Hanks' Insta]


Dear drunk idiots on the train at 4 a.m. who think they're being so "out-there" pretending the railings are stripper poles: If you aint slipping and sliding we don't care. This is how it's done. [Gothamist]

tumblr_n7y2h93M3V1rkrx5io1_500.jpgNailed it. [FYouNoFMe]




Happy Wednesday! Meet the number-one cool guy in town. [BusterBeans]


From the Sticks to the Stones: On Tour With The 1975.

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Above (l-r): Adam Hann (guitarist), Ross MacDonald (bassist), Matty Healy (lead singer), George Daniel (drummer)

"We look like an overnight success to everyone else, but it's been a slow evolution." Matt Healy, lead singer of the 1975, is talking to us over the phone from the band's tour bus, currently parked in Jacksonville, Florida. Over the past year, the Manchester four-piece has gone from playing pubs to amphitheaters. Drawing inspiration for their bouncy '80s-leaning guitar-pop sound from Motown, Peter Gabriel and Talking Heads, the band formed 10 years ago, when the members were in their early teens. But their success -- banking a number-one album (their self-titled debut, released last year) in the UK; opening for the Rolling Stones -- is hitting them especially hard overseas. Before their American tour winds down, Healy took some time to talk about life on the road.

1975_c.jpgHave you gotten used to all of the traveling by now?

This is my life now. It was very surreal in the beginning but then, like anything, it slowly becomes your reality and you find comfort in new things.

What are some differences in the shows you play now versus the shows you played before the album?

We were always ambitious in the way that we perceived our band. We played an amphitheater in Columbus, Ohio, for 4,500 people -- it was insane. As humbling and amazing as that is, those venues suit our band. We used to watch Nine Inch Nails and M83 and be like, "That's the kind of band that we are." In my head, we were never a pub band. There was a lot of charm to our early shows, but now our show is a proper show.

1975_e.jpgSo your career to date has been planning for this exact moment and you don't feel thrown into it?

Yeah, we're finally able to be the type of band we wanted to be. This isn't something we fell into doing at 17 and got picked up by a label because we were sexy and cool and resented it by the time we were 20. We started this band when we were 13, genuinely wanting to connect with other people. All of our social groups, jobs and relationships with girls have orientated around the band. It dictates our life and it's also a way of cathartically expressing ourselves, using it like a diary.

1975_a.jpgGrowing up, did you go to a lot of shows?

Yes, it was really a social thing for me. In Manchester, I'd go to three or four shows a week, whether I liked the bands or not, because it'd be a place to meet girls, hang out and smoke weed. I used to be a scene kid and throw our demos at bands.

Now are a lot of other musicians coming to see you play?

There's been amazing people who have turned up at our shows, from the Killers to Liam Gallagher and Radiohead's Colin Greenwood.

1975_D.jpgWhat are some of the weirder run-ins you've had on the road?

I met David Byrne, and we're massive fans of his, but our meeting was so awkward and weird. We had nothing to talk about. But the last time I was with Wiz Khalifa we got on like a house on fire. We went on a tour with Arcade Fire and Mac Miller and everyone was friendly because they're all there to make music.

Have you been documenting your tours?

We've heavily documented everything. I'm talking to you from our tour bus and looking at our wall of Polaroids -- we take photos of everything. Our friend James Booth, who grew up with us, is our tour photographer and has also been filming everything we've done since we were 17. [Booth took the photos seen in this feature.] We've filmed the whole story, from early backstage moments to having a number-one album.

Masked Mystery Rapper Leikeli47 Is Gonna "F*ck The Summer Up"

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Since releasing her explosive mixtape Lk-47 Pt. II back in January, menacing masked rapper Leikeli47 (pronounced "lah-KAY-lee") has been generating well-deserved buzz for songs that often combine throbbing boom bap productions with bragaddocio-laced rhymes that occasionally drop the smack talk in favor of lyrics veering into gender politics territory. (An introduction to the Brooklyn-based rapper's style should start with listening to "Miss America" off her mixtape, a song that was also featured during Duckie Brown's S/S '14 runway show.)

Today, we're psyched to be premiering the video for Leikeli47's latest track, "F*ck The Summer Up," a high-octane warm weather jam whose dark, pulsating beats and peripatetic chanting in the background reminds us a bit of M.I.A. or Rye Rye. In the accompanying clip, we see two  friends rocking a variation of the Spring Breakers look (balaclavas and bikinis) and hanging out in the neighborhood, riding bikes, and tanning in the yard before heading to a backyard BBQ party. Of the video, the rapper tells us, "I wanted to document a fun and carefree environment. We celebrated a friend's birthday that day. I love an excuse to buy confetti."

At the 1:27 mark you see the women rip off their masks -- but don't get too excited thinking that the mystery rapper's identity has finally been revealed. We've confirmed that neither woman is Leikeli47 (she's not even in the video at all) but rather are friends of hers. (The girl in the neon green bikini top can also be seen in the artist's "C&C" video.) In any case, this track, which Leikeli47 self-produced, is one hell of a jam and shows that along with other 'take no shit' female rappers like Junglepussy and Contessa Stuto, the mystery artist's adding exciting new energy to NYC's DIY rap scene. Watch the clip, above.



Lily Allen Takes on Internet Trolls in New "URL Badman" Video

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In our cover girl Lily Allen's newly released music video for the standout Sheezus track "URL Badman," she aims to destroy Internet trolls. Allen tells us the song was inspired by "the toxic nastiness [of the Internet], the anonymity, the need now to feel if somebody makes a mistake, they should have to... it's like a scrum to get that person to be ashamed, or something, and I just hate that."

Never one to fear confrontation, Allen sits directly behind a nerdy "blogger" in the video, mocking him while he ferociously types away at his computer. She sings to him with a bitchy smirk until finally getting her revenge by turning the "URL Badman" into a frozen Internet glitch. The trippy video treatment is a perfect mate to the wild and wobbly dubstep-infused track, showing Allen in her natural state -- shamelessly catty and wonderfully colorful.

Model-Turned-Actress Charlotte Le Bon Is Turning Heads In Hollywood

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Charlotte wears a vintage jacket by Christian Dior and shirt by Isabel Marant. Hair Products by Fekkai.

Although she's starring as the early Dior muse Victoire Doutreleau in this summer's designer biopic Yves Saint Laurent, the 27-year-old French-Canadian model-turned-actress Charlotte Le Bon doesn't want to talk about fashion. "I was a model for eight years and really hated it," says Le Bon. "I really hate the fashion business even though I spent a lot of my life in it. The thing that really excited me about this project was Yves Saint Laurent, because he was an artist before everything else, but super humble. And that's inspiring because in fashion, people tend to believe that they're superheroes or gods or something." The Weinstein-released film is one of two battling biopics being released this year honoring the late designer who took over the house of Dior in 1958 before starting his eponymous brand. The glamorous Doutreleau became Laurent's favorite model and social sidekick. Despite her own power to inspire, Le Bon found the role to be a challenge. "It was the first time I incarnated a real woman," says Le Bon. "She was a really confident and strong woman, not just a little bubbly girl. She takes her beauty for granted and she knows the impact she has on others -- men especially -- and that was difficult for me."

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Charlotte wears a sweater by Isabel Marant, socks by Falke and earrings by Sara Lasry.

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Charlotte wears a vest by BLK DNM, shirt by Carven, earrings by Sara Lasry and rings by Monsieur.

But don't be fooled by her Saint Laurent-style modesty; Le Bon's already a famous face in France and is set to make a big impact in Hollywood. This summer, following Yves Saint Laurent, she'll appear in Michel Gondry's latest, Mood Indigo, out July 18, and alongside Helen Mirren in The Hundred-Foot Journey, produced by Oprah and Steven Spielberg. All while filming next year's To Reach the Clouds, a 3D dramatization of enfant terrible Philippe Petit's 1974 tightrope walk between the Twin Towers, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Ben Kingsley.

Born and raised in Montreal to actor parents, Le Bon left home at 19 to travel the world as a model before landing in Paris in 2011. "I sat down with my agent at that time and she told me that, at 23, I was getting old and I really needed to settle somewhere to give my last shot to modeling," explains Le Bon with a laugh. But it wasn't her modeling career that began to blossom. "A woman working at this French channel called Canal+ saw a picture of me where I was doing a silly face with my tongue out -- like a very, very ugly face -- and she said, 'I want to meet this girl.'" Two weeks later, Le Bon was cast as the "weather girl" on the channel's pop culture news show Le Grand Journal, where she wrote and performed nightly newscast parodies. "I just learned that being ridiculous doesn't kill you," says Le Bon. "It makes you stronger. It's good for the ego."

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Charlotte wears a jacket by Balmain, top by Mimi's Beer, vintage 501 jeans by Levi's, sunglasses by Martine Sitbon. Lip color by NARS.

Styled by Hala Moawad and Laura Marciano Makeup by Régine Bedot at Marie France Thavonekham Agency

Hair by Fred Birault at Labelagence

Fatima Al Qadiri Drops a Sinister-Sounding Rendition of "Star-Spangled Banner"

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fatimaalqadiristarspangled.jpgKuwaiti-Brooklynite electro-goth musician Fatima Al Qadiri doesn't "release music." Heavenly Gregorian choirs equipped with synthesizers send her tracks down to Brooklyn from the clouds. Her dark rendition of "Star-Spangled Banner" (called "Star-Spangled" here) sounds more like the patriotic anthem of a martian underworld than that of America, though you can still tease out the skeleton of the original. It's the ideal track to take your 4th of July party to a darker realm -- or to melt into while hiding from the fireworks in solitary cyberspace. Stream the track below and read our 2012 interview with Fatima Al Qadiri here.

Wear Cher's Clothes from Clueless, Look Like a Total Betty

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Screen Shot 2014-07-02 at 2.45.36 PM.pngWhen we first saw Cher Horowitz choose her fabulous high school get-up via a retro computer in the 1995 smash chick-flick Clueless, we were all like, "AS IF!" Nearly ten years later, the low-tech high-fashion fantasy has become a reality, with a new website out of London: Metail. In addition to being able to try on picks from the West Coast icon's closet, Metail creates a sim-like character based on your inputted measurements that allows you to preview how different clothes would fit, and tips about each size in relation to your shape. It's the perfect remedy for when your girlfriend Tai is being way harsh, your dad is way strict, and you need a Contempo Casuals outfit ASAP to impress Christian.

Check out a similar website we wrote up in 2012 here.

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Anthony Lister's "Adventure Painting"

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Anthony Lister, Cause and Defect

Anthony Lister, a Brooklyn/Brisbane-based street artist, has challenged everything we thought we knew about good and evil-in the trippiest way possible. The Australian's first solo exhibition at the Jonathan LeVine Gallery, Power Tripping, opened on June 28th, and features bright, eye-catching colors and brushstrokes contrasted with deeper, more somber tones and lengthy layers of paint dripping in a method he calls 'adventure painting,' an experimental style that encourages accidents. The collection is made up of comic book-esque superheroes and villains in powerful stances: hands on their hips in a show of confidence, arms triumphantly raised in the air -- think: Superman, but a bit more abstract.

Lister, also known for his street art, has left his mark -- or, rather, tag -- in Brooklyn prior to the show, having painted portraits and strokes of bright colors on old pieces of left-behind furniture, walls and fences. Along with the exhibition, which will go on through July 26th, the artist will paint a public mural for the L.I.S.A. Project NYC on Mulberry between Canal and Hester, with a bronze edition and hand-embellished print replica of the piece to follow.

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Anthony Lister, Lady Guard

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