What does it take to be America’s favorite bombshell? Killer curves, of course, but Kate Upton has much more: old-fashioned ambition, digital-age savvy, and personality to burn. Did you know Ms. Upton is a social media maven?
“The Upton legend begins on YouTube. She broke out in 2011, dancing to Cali Swag District’s “Teach Me How to Dougie” in footage shot by a friend at a Clippers game—her appeal a mix of blonde bombshell and homespun girl next door. (The video has two million views and counting.) A subsequent clip was more risqué: Upton dancing the Cat Daddy in a skimpy bikini for Terry Richardson—and yet here, too, she’s goofy, disarming, improbably wholesome (that video has nearly sixteen million hits). Meanwhile she’s a regular on Twitter (more than 900,000 followers), and was an early adopter of the video-sharing app Vine. “It’s just me sharing my life,” she says about tweeting. “I like it if it’s authentic and in the moment and happening.”
Mousse—that fun, foamy stuff from the eighties, renowned for its volumizing prowess—is having a moment. Best quote from Oribe: “Oribe has lately become so taken with mousse that he has three new versions of it—one for body, one for curls, another for tousled, beachy waves—coming out this month. Why now? “It’s the first time in 20 years that short hair’s working,” he says. “Everyone’s so tired of that ‘glam’ hair. Mousse is great for short hair.” Now you know.
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As the humble sardine arrives on menus everywhere, Tamar Adler celebrates the little fish that could.
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At the height of her early career, Molly Ringwald was seduced by Paris, even as she struggled to find herself. Best quote: “When I am asked what college I attended, I inevitably quip, “I didn’t go to college—I went to Paris.” This is only marginally a joke, since I am sure even now that I got a better education there: unconventional and occasionally painful, but thorough. Everything from design to poetry to cuisine (I still can’t eat my salad before the main course).”
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