An online sex shop has caused controversy by unveiling a limited edition vajazzle in honour of the Queen’s Jubilee.
[Vajazzle is UK slang for decorating a woman’s vagina or pubic area with jewels. The ‘etymology’ of vajazzle is a blend of vagina and bedazzle.]
Saucy website Lovehoney.co.uk wanted to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s 60th anniversary on the throne with a sexy souvenir.
So they launched the ‘Majazzle’ - a package where women can decorate their private parts by sticking on crystal decorations in the shape of a crown.
Former TOWIE star Maria Fowler revealed she would be decorating herself in honour of Her Majesty.
Glamour girl Maria, 25, said: “It’s a brilliant idea. We’ll all be going on the razzle. What better way to dazzle than with your very own Majazzle.
"It will be the jewel in the crown of the Queen’s celebrations."
Neal Slateford, owner of Lovehoney, admitted he wanted to “get in on the fun”.
He said: “It’s in patriotic red white and blue and you can wear it anywhere - making it a jubilee for your jubblies or a sparkling street party for your sexy bits.
Last year the website produced a commemorative Royal Wedding Ring which allowed amorous couples to enjoy a special union of their own.
by Tanya Gold
Parliamentary group’s inaugural awards challenge culture producing consumers addicted to beauty products and despair
The all-party parliamentary group on body image, formed last year, will report in June and held its inaugural body confidence awards at the Palace of Westminster on Thursday night. It was possibly the most female gathering seen in Gormenghast. There were tea dresses, beehives and insane lipsticks; the few pale men in suits for whom this castle was built looked outnumbered, creatures from a distant planet, who yet know that 47% of women think that the pressure to be hot is the worst part of being a woman.
Jo Swinson, the Liberal Democrat MP, is the chair. She promises to attack the fashion and beauty industries with a mixture “of carrot and stick. It’s easy to be critical. We must promote best practice.” The body confidence awards are really anti-awards, because the sort of people who usually win awards are ambassadors for plastic surgery, starvation-as-leisure and Botox. Even so, they challenge a culture producing consumers addicted to beauty products and despair, and reward those companies, charities and individuals who do not incite self-hatred in innocent consumers, including men. A survey in 2011 discovered that 38% of men would lose a year of their life in return for a perfect body, which is strange, because a perfect body would probably prolong their life.
The lobbyists and charities have woeful tales to tell. “They [the fashion and beauty industries] have historically marketed to produce feelings of inadequacy and self-doubt,” says Susie Orbach, the author of Fat is a Feminist Issue, who gave evidence to the committee.
She has been a psychotherapist for more than 30 years, burrowing in human self-esteem. “It’s got worse,” she says, and she would know. Stephanie Heart, who asks schoolgirls how they feel about their bodies, says they want the opposite of what they have. Advertising is working. Toys R Us does a Dream Dazzlers Light Up Glamour Make-Up Case for children of five and upwards. I think we can all agree that five-year-olds look terrible in make-up because it makes them look like Chucky the murderous doll, but pink. An advertising campaign featuring 30 Londoners had no black women represented, until someone pointed it out, and they found one. Anorexic models stumble off catwalks. Girls routinely drop out of sport, and will not even go shopping, such is their fear of the mirror. This is a fashion industry own goal.
The dancer and choreographer Arlene Phillips, who was fired from Strictly Come Dancing at the age of 65, like a malfunctioning clock, talked about trying to make it as a dancer in the 1980s, when she was only 5ft 3ins and “chunky. I was a brilliant dancer,” said Phillips, “But there was no chance unless you were 5ft 6 – and blonde. Could they really dance like I could dance? No, they couldn’t. I created [the dance group] Hot Gossip with anger against perfect beauty.” Phillips is objectively fashion-beautiful but body image affects us all; the Lib Dem MP Stephen Williams told me he used to dislike his nose, because it was too big, and if he feels a lack of body confidence, everyone does.
Caitlin Moran won the print award for her memoir How To Be A Woman: when she began to write, she says, she thought, “I can knuckle down and look like a woman is supposed to look or I could make everyone try to lower their own standards to mine.”
The Boots No7 Ta Dah! range won the beauty award for avoiding airbrushing in their advertising. Debenhams won the retail award for their Inclusivity campaign, which featured 59-year-old Jilly Johnston and the model Shannon Murray, who uses a wheelchair. “It makes commercial sense,” said Ed Watson from Debenhams, “as well as moral sense.” Alison Rich, who has a facial disfigurement, spoke on behalf of the charity she works for, Changing Faces, which won the campaigner award. Pink Stinks, campaigners against the stereotyping of children, won the Mumsnet award for promoting body confidence in children.
The room seethed with an enthusiasm for self-acceptance, which is rare, particularly in these painted halls. I merely hope the report on body image is more stick than carrot. If so, it may have legs. Normal legs.
This article is from Mail Online:
Standing in nothing but stiletto heels and a Sombrero hat, Karlie Kloss proudly displays her flawless figure for a nude editorial.
And judging by the jaw-dropping shot, it’s not hard to see where she gets her confidence from.
In fact, the fashion world is so taken by the 19-year-old - they have labeled her the ‘new Body.’
Read The Whole Article @ Mail Online
This article is from MSN India Lifestyle:
Though the West has warmed up to the philosophy of nudism or naturism, what with optional-clothing beaches, parks and pools, India, with its many taboos, is still talking about it in hushed tones or in the comfortable confines of the virtual world.
Kedar Ramanathan brightens up at the prospect of finding himself alone at home. He slips out of his clothes, brews himself some coffee and turns on the music. He roams around the house naked, taking pleasure in just being in his own skin.
While many would view his activities as kinky and bordering on sexual perversion, Pune-based Ramanathan doesn’t actually have sex on his mind.
Far from it, being in the buff is his way of feeling free, shedding both physical and emotional baggage and being close to nature. He is a naturist, or in other words a nudist.
Naturism is a way of life that advocates practising nudism - both in private and public - without indulging in any sexual activities.
A fairly popular concept in the US, Britain, Canada and Thailand, a regular nudist meet abroad has both men and women engaging in any activity - from cooking to cycling to sunbathing - with only one precondition, everyone should be naked.
Read The Whole Article @ MSN India Lifestyle
This is a documentary, created by Gabby Bess, Emily Grimes, Quinn Novak, and Julia Robins, examining the media’s influence on beauty and body image. We filmed and interviewed students on our campus and asked them how they perceived beauty and body image. I hope this helps you see that beauty actually is all around.
According to Wikipedia, Tony Duran is an American photographer. He is known for his photographs of celebrities and his work with male models. Duran is one of the most widely published photographers of celebrities. He has photographed a “virtual who’s who of the Hollywood and fashion set.” Widely revered in the fashion industry, Duran has been called both “genius” and “brilliant,” and his work has been said to express “unrivaled artistic vision”
Duran is known for photographing nude and semi-nude models. This has led to lists such as Trend Hunter’s “12 most scandalous Tony Duran photos.” He also uses strange imagery and props in his work. This has led to some mocking reviews. His work with Beyonce was reviewed by The Daily Mirror as looking like something out of Star Trek. Additionally, Duran is known for using his history as a student of art in his photography. His lack of formal training as a photographer - and his formal training as an artist - allow him to “capture a sensual side not often revealed in his subjects.”
The above video is for fashion magazine Treats! Magazine.
You can find the rest of this photoshoot on the Treats! Magazine website here.