The Real Headline: Renée Zellweger is a Great Actor, and We Love Her

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Dear Internet: 

Why is it so damn important to continually report on the state of Renée Zellweger’s face? Renee, an Oscar-winning 45-year-old actress who has achieved more than perhaps you ever will in your own life, is here to teach you that you’ve been placing way too much emphasis on Hollywood’s antiquated standards of beauty. And this week’s media frenzy surrounding Renée’s recent red carpet appearance is just one symptom of a disturbing viral phenomenon—one that, with our instantaneous resources a contagious hate thread, is currently dominating  the internet

For those of you that are actually reading: Monica Lewinsky, who just recently spoke and rejoined the Twitter platform, is a prime example of cyber-bullying and major sexism that’s extremely hazardous to women in our world. “#Herewego”, she tweeted, ready for others to already judge her as she joined the internet bandwagon. Haters going to hate!

In fact, she’s now dedicated her life to fight cyber-bullying, which is real. (You remember that Star Wars Kid on YouTube? Yeah, he killed himself because of others bullying him at school when the video was uploaded by another classmate). What a nightmare the Internet can be! Now, where people seem to define the internet as the real world I ask, “Where can we begin changing things up on the URL?” That whole Lewinsky incident happened pre-Twitter and pre-Facebook…Could you imagine what it would’ve been like today?

Well, here we are today. Renée Zellweger’s face is trending, and what exactly did she do to us? Nothing. It’s becoming morbidly perverse how the internet has terrorized and victimized the women of our world. 

And shame on you ABC! Did you really think that cracking a joke about one of your colleagues would bring better ratings to your generic television show Selfie? (How many times has Jerry Maguire been screened on your network?) “But that episode was filmed months ago…” one might say. Then, is it really necessary to point fingers at such a star who, may I say, hasn’t had a film come out in five years? Karen Gillan, what will happen when you turn 45? Will the pressures of what all your costars and internet bloggers take over you? I’m not here to hate- I’m just telling you and I want people to react.

Renée Zellweger herself already spoke in regards to the ridiculous scrutinizing of her face. “I’m glad folks think I look different!” she said. “I’m living a different, happy, more fulfilling life, and I’m thrilled that perhaps it shows.” She even went further to note that her friends say she looks healthier. She stated that “for a long time” she wasn’t doing such a good job with her health, yet, the Internet isn’t taking that as an answer. 

It’s quite apparent that a vast majority of bored individuals want her to admit to having plastic surgery. Would bloggers and Hollywood obsessed individuals leave her alone if she just gave you that answer? No. You absolutely wouldn’t. It’s sort-of this Cronenberg-esque world we live in. I feel as though Videodrome isn’t too far from our future.  It just goes as far to speak that media consumerism has a sadistic streak when audiences are obsessively chastising people they don’t even know. What? Is Renée Zellweger your mother? I didn’t think so… Don’t judge a (wo)man until you’ve walked in her shoes. 

Hollywood is a tough business, okay, I get that. However, it’s still unfathomable and frankly ridiculous why beauty and image is still our top priority. Sometimes it seems that every little girl I meet nowadays just wants her own reality show. Google “fame and youth” and explore the advantageous statistics that may make you rethink. Do these young girls even know what world they’re yet to face with the Internet?

Within the revamped age of young feminists, or people who just claim they’re “feminists”, the look of minimal makeup, no plastic surgery, and just straight up natural should be recognized as something beautiful and not outstandingly bold or brave.  Why is it so edgy to not wear makeup? Growing up, I saw my mother age beautifully and she would often joke, “Don’t stress me out! You’ll give me more wrinkles!”. I’d laugh as a young kid but nowadays when I return to this idea I grasp the antagonistic world we live in and how it affects our mothers, sisters, daughters, friends. 

Maybe I’m just playing devil’s advocate but I’m almost positive that as a rule of thumb the idea of “aging” scares most stiff. Still, why must this be the headlining news and why must I feel the urge to write this? It’s a conversation starter that cuts deeper than just flat-out Hollywood jargon. Since our real world isn’t doing too much, I’m hoping there will be more change to come to the URL world, which most just seem to think is the real world. Renée, these people are just hiding behind computer screens not doing anything with their lives. They too will have to age someday.

Kim Kardashian Reportedly Bans Backstage Girls on Kanye West Tour

It’s been a while since we last checked in on the comings and goings of Kim Kardashian’s money-making no-no. What’s it been up to? Wreaking havoc across the United Kingdom and banning girls from going backstage at boyfriend Kanye West’s concerts, reportedly!

Kardashian is currently in the UK with West, who’s there with Jay-Z as a part of their Watch The Throne tour, and has been "barking orders at [West]" nonstop since their arrival, according to The Sun. Perhaps more interestingly, Kardashian’s jealous ways are reportedly taking over, and the paper reports she’s gone so far as to ban girls from going backstage to meet West:

A source said: “Kanye has a load of girls he’s friends with. Most are stylists or from the fashion set but Kim’s not happy about them being alone with him backstage.

“She sees how well he gets on with girls because of his sensitive side and has decided to rein in the entourage a bit.

“Kim is trying to put a stop to this as she doesn’t want to look or feel awkward at any point.”

She doesn’t want to look or feel awkward at any point? Too late, sweetie.

New York Opening: Angelo Galasso

Not many designers (er, actually probably no others) can say they’ve dressed Pacino, Jay-Z and Morrissey. But Italian fashion legend Angelo Galasso’s “Tradition in Evolution” philosophy has an appeal that apparently crosses not just a few cultural divides.

His tres elegan-tay new boutique, installed in the Plaza Hotel’s storied Edwardian Room, is his Stateside debut, and oh what an entrance he makes. Galasso’s modern-classical, masculine luxe looks are right at home amongst the space’s magnificent architectural details, including oak wainscoting, opulent chandeliers and a dramatically beamed ceiling. A seriously classy affair.

Stalk Celebrities More Effectively By Renting their Vacation Homes

Is reading US Weekly and Star not enough? Is watching celebs learn about their ancestors or give marital advice on television still not enough? Do you need to swim in the same pool and sleep in the same bed as your favorite stars? No worries, because if you have the spare cash, you can rent a celeb’s vacation home!

Celebs from Mick Jagger to Bruce Willis to Christie Brinkley rent out their vacation homes, but they don’t come cheap. Jagger’s six-bedroom beachfront villa on Mustique, a private island in the Caribbean rents for $15,000-19,000 per week, but there’s an on-site tennis court, game pavilion, and personal chef.That’s a bargain compared to Bruce Willis’ place on Turks and Caicos, which rents for over twenty grand a night.

Why are stars renting out their places to mere wealthy plebes? Times are tough, or at least vaguely tougher. Richard Klug of Sotheby’s International Realty notes that those in the entertainment industry, especially in the music biz, have had to scale back in recent years as changes to royalty structures and payment methods have made for less astronomical paychecks. Klug says that Mick Jagger “understands that leasing out the property when he’s not there helps defray costs for the house.” And here we thought that Mick had long ago destroyed the part of his brain able to grasp the real estate market.

Aaron Eckhart Wants to Be the New Steven Meisel

Seemingly every other week a Hollywood celebrity announces the launch of his or her fragrance, accessories collection or full-on fashion line. But as far as I can remember, never before has a celebrity tried to break into the word of fashion photography. Until now. Apparently Aaron Eckhart of The Dark Knight and No Reservations fame fancies himself a budding fashion photographer. He even shot a look book for model Molly Sims’ (who rumor has it he dated in 2009) recently launched jewelry line, Grayce. Eckhart even told People magazine, “I’m obsessed with it–it’s all I do… [and] that’s really the only thing I think about,” of the practice.

In addition to high-fashion rags like French Vogue, Italian Vogue and L’Uomo Vogue, Eckhart sites Bruce Weber and Peter Lindbergh as his major inspirations. “Hopefully I’ll do exhibitions and all that sort of stuff. I’m really just a photography geek. I just love to shoot,” he added. Considering fashion photography is as competitive an industry as that of making it as a major Hollywood director, Eckhart has a long way to go.

Meanwhile, Eckhart is also rocking a new beard that may actually point to his own fashion savvy. According to the Telegraph, the beard is no longer “weird.” That’s right, “until recently, wearing a beard would have placed you on society’s peripheries – the real-ale pub, the Greek Orthodox monastery, the homeless shelter,” says the paper. I’ll let the overstatement of the century be for now, but it is worth pointing out that these days seemingly everything comes back to homeless chic.

Are Stylists Bound for Obscurity?

Take one look at the popularity of the web’s leading street style sites and it’s immediately apparent how much of a premium is put on styling: not much. Consider American Apparel: the brand recently opted to forgo hiring models or professional stylists, choosing street style shots from Lookbook.nu of anonymous faces donning AA instead. And, as a recent Daily Beast piece points out, the same is happening in Hollywood. Rather than spend $8,000 a day on hired help in the form of Rachel Zoe, young starlets are taking styling into their own hands. From Marion Cotillard and Kirsten Dunst to Blake Lively, the bevy of silver screen beauties dressing themselves these days is growing.

Meanwhile, the online porthole where ‘everyone can be a stylist,’ Polyvore is doing such good business it has garnered a substantial profile in the latest issue of the New Yorker. To boot, “fashion magazines are widely perceived to be snake pits, but the Polyvore community values kindliness, mutual affirmation, and tact.” So, what does this mean for the professional stylist? While Polyvore and street style sites can by no means replace the Grace Coddington or Camilla Nickersons of the world, their territory is without a doubt being infringed upon. And it’s much in the same way that fashion writers’ world’s are being invaded by bloggers. Meaning, styling has become increasingly democratized with a spotlight on the potential for talent in the unlikeliest of places. But w

Slew of New Celeb Lines For Tweens-Only

Seemingly everywhere you look these days another celebrity is launching a tween line. Fist the Olsens went back to their roots, designing an exclusive line called Olsenboye for J.C. Penney geared towards middle and high schoolers. Meanwhile, Madonna just announced that her second-ever design attempt for Macy’s will be inspired by her daughter Lordes (who is lending her sartorial expertise to the collection) and will befit tweens far better than women even half Madonna’s age. Now, apparently not one but two olympians are looking to cash in on the trend. Vancouver gold medalist Shaun White will design a line for Target called Shaun White 4 Target that will be aimed at boys and young men.

Meanwhile, gymnast Nastia Liukin is setting her sights on J.C. Penney, home of Olsenboye. “Gymnast Liukin has partnered with Warner Bros. Consumer Products to create Supergirl by Nastia, a collection of girls’ sportswear that will be sold exclusively at JCPenney in time for back-to-school shopping in July 2010.” says Stylelist.com. The line, which apparently is chock-full of leggings, tunics, dresses and “fleece items,” intends to empower its consumers (hence the cheesy moniker). Either these tween lines will have adults trying to fit into kid sizes (a la Stella McCartney for GAP) or flat out bypassing altogether due to designs being too juvenile.

Fashion Week: The Celebrity Backlash

Back before Lindsay Lohan was Lilo and everyone from reality television stars to professional athletes had New York Fashion Week penciled into their social calendar, the week was less about celebrities and a lot more about the clothes. Then the frenzy hit, and before long, a designer couldn’t get press until they could claim at least a B-lister or two as a fan. But if New York Fashion Week FW10, which ends today, is any indication, the celebrity craze in fashion may be tapering off.

Marc Jacobs could arguably be dubbed the trend’s ringleader. Rather than reenact old after-parties where everyone from Lil’ Kim to Janet Jackson would make appearances, Jacobs kept his post-show affair as quiet this year with an intimate gathering at the Boom Boom Room (if you can have an intimate gather there). He explicitly asked that celebrities not attend his show.

Alexander Wang followed suit, forgoing his seasonal after-party, which in just a few seasons had managed to rack up a reputation as the most raucous of all. Even this weekend’s fetes thrown by The Smile, Purple and Opening Ceremony seemed to highlight more cool kids and cultural cognoscenti than they did celebrities.

This was the fashion week that saw Jill Stuart ban Lohan from her front row for being a “brand damager.” It also saw the Olsens first-ever runway show which, as Women’s Wear Daily put it, “seemed carefully conceived as the anticelebrity fashion event.”