BITCH STOLE MY LOOK!!
OH NO She DIDN’t!!
You All Obviously Know Who I Know Wore It Better but Do U Agree??
BITCH STOLE MY LOOK!!
OH NO She DIDN’t!!
You All Obviously Know Who I Know Wore It Better but Do U Agree??
CAN NOT BELIEVE The Lovely and Beautifully Talented @JadaFace101 got Sent Home.. She Was The Best Female on the Uk XFactor Competition!! I Know We Will Hear Her Music and See Her Face Very Soon!!
Fourteen years ago, Britney Spears first topped the charts. Now, with two loving sons, a sweet fiancé and a gig serving up one-liners on The X Factor, she’s at the top of her game.
Britney Spears loves her sons, Jayden james and Sean Preston, and her fiancé, Jason Trawick. But if you want to know what Britney’s really like, it’s maybe more illuminating to look at what she loves rather than whom: Britney Spears loves Pirate’s Booty, Adele, Pantene Pro-V conditioner and bouncing on the trampoline with her kids. If you want to know what Britney’s like, well, the truth is she’s a lot like you.
Perhaps that is not an entirely fair assessment. After all, she has sold more than 70 million albums, won 228 awards and appeared in her own reality show and now, alongside Simon Cowell, L.A. Reid and Demi Lovato, judges the hit show The X Factor. Her name also graces nine perfumes, and her face is on a new version of Twister. So let’s say she’s like you in the sense that she’s a normal person with modest tastes who just happens to be one of the most famous people in the world. We meet at the photo shoot at Milk Studios, a concrete and glass bit of Dwell magazinitude sparkling like a diamond in the hot, flat part of Hollywood that movie stars look out on from the elevated majesty of their homes in the hills. Spears arrives early in a black Mercedes sedan, driven by Trawick. She’s in khaki shorts that show off truly awesome legs, a white T-shirt with orange sleeves—a stylish version of a baseball shirt—wedge heels and just a little bit of mascara. She’s drinking a Starbucks hibiscus tea. Her attitude during the shoot is one of pleasant, detached efficiency, a MILF doing errands rather than a superstar maintaining her empire.
Without hesitation, she tells me that the best thing about being Britney Spears is all the free makeup: “I get, like, these giant boxes of lip gloss and nail polish, and it’s like candy.” Not that she actually wears all of it. “I really just wear mascara all the time. And powder, because I have zits.” (Zits are not in evidence. Maybe zit, singular.) Her favorite anti-zit product? “I love Clearasil face wash,” she says in the same way she professes her love of Pantene Pro-V: eye-rollingly dismissive of super-fancy, expensive elixirs. “I’m old-fashioned,” she says. Stylewise, she admires J.Lo, whom she calls “a classic beauty,” and Sarah Jessica Parker. “Her looks are really bright and funky and young.”
With the aspect of an obedient student, Spears nods politely as she listens, her brown eyes wide and attentive, and speaks without a trace of her Kentwood, Louisiana, upbringing or L.A. upspeak. After two seasons as a Mouseketeer and 14 as a mega pop star, her only real provenance is show business. She and her mother started traveling to auditions in New York City when she was just eight. “It was so exciting! The way people talked and ate and how expensive it was … It was such a huge change for me.” You wonder if back in those days she ever daydreamed about what it might be like to be famous, and she says, “As a child, when you think of being a superstar someday, you picture it like a dream world.” One hopes that young Spears’ fantasies about stardom were pleasant, because she certainly didn’t have long to entertain them. In 1998 the world got one look at her giant brown eyes and Catholic school uniform in the “ … Baby One More Time” video, and boom, she was famous. I ask her if being a star resembles in any way the dream world she envisioned as a child, and she says, “There is a part of it that’s like what I pictured, but a lot of work goes into what I do. Great things don’t come easy.”
Spears’ career trajectory is now as familiar to us as George Washington’s encounter with the cherry tree. It’s over-recounted and under-real. But in just 31 years, Britney Spears has managed to live at least four lives. It seems the life she is living now—engaged to her former agent Trawick, taking care of her sons, costarring on The X Factor—is one she could conceivably have for a while. It is certainly sustainable. “I work out. I swim. I play with the kids, I cook and I garden. We play Connect Four. We play Candy Land. Last night we read The Night Pirates.”
Spears wears a giant engagement ring, but its size is not commensurate with her willingness to discuss the man who gave it to her. Trawick became her agent in 2009, her boyfriend in 2010 and her fiancé in December 2011. Asked if there is one thing that set him apart from her previous boyfriends (and two husbands), Spears says, “He was sweet.” For example: “He says he doesn’t mind that I sit around in sweats all the time.” She’s less reserved when it comes to discussing her kids. These days she’s been paying special attention to how they’re processing the growing awareness that their mom is Britney Spears. “They’re in the middle right now of trying to figure it out. They try to figure out where I go when I go to film X Factor. They’re like, ‘Mommy’s going off to be a superhero.’ And then I get back, and they just see me as Mommy. And then when I’m back working on the show, they say, ‘Oh, Mommy’s a superhero again!’ ” Spears actually is kind of a superhero on The X Factor. In each episode, she delivers a priceless assortment of one-line dismissals to aspiring vocalists, including “I want to know who let you onstage,” “I think you’re like Vanilla Ice meets Lauryn Hill meets West Side Story” and, more simply, “You need a new teacher to teach you how to sing.”
In the show’s early days, Spears’ judging style was touted as meaner than professional meanie Simon Cowell’s. “I actually think Demi is a little harsher than me,” she responded, and in subsequent episodes, Spears softened (though recently she told a contestant with a Southern shtick that she was afraid she was related to him). She’s certainly never sadistic; only straightforward and uncalculating, which seems to be part of her DNA. When I ask her what she’s into fashion-wise, she says, “Big, stupid earrings, like with loops and feathers.” Her fashion secret? “I never wear socks. I hate socks.” When I ask how many pairs of shoes she has, she looks terrified and says, “I don’t know. A lot.” When I press her, she stammers, “I don’t know, 50.” And then, when I laugh, because I thought she was going to say 500, she says, quickly, “Is that not enough?” She looks stricken, as if this were the wrong answer, as if I have found the ways that she is ordinary, a disappointment. When I tell her that I have maybe 10 pairs of shoes, she puts her hand on her heart and sighs with relief.
Spears says that she herself is accustomed to having to balance Britney the person and Britney the icon. “It’s just something that you get used to in this business.” As far as the fact that she’s had a colorful life, and much of it in public, she says, “I think most people are their own worst critics. I’m a perfectionist. I want things done a certain way. I am hard on myself but not regretful.” Even if she has no regrets, does that mean that she’d encourage her kids to get into showbiz? “If there was something they really wanted to do and were passionate about, I’d encourage them to follow their dreams,” she says. “But I’d also be there behind the curtain saying, ‘No, don’t go out there.’ ”
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INTERVIEW BY: Katie Mulloy
PHOTOGRAPHS BY: Matt Irwin
FASHION BY: Natalie Wainsborough-Jones
Siren Studios, West Hollywood, summer 2012. While Gwen Stefani is upstairs somewhere, maybe having her eyeliner done, I’m running towards a pair of lift doors that are closing on some life-sized wall art of Steven Tyler and his crotch.
A frantic voice emerges from behind a small desk that I hadn’t noticed and calls me back. A receptionist in her early twenties must ‘call them first’. ‘Are you excited?’ she asks when I tell her why I am here. ‘I just love it when she’s in the building’, she sighs. ‘It’s, like, so amazing to respect and admire someone for, like, their talent and not just because they’re famous for, like, being a celebrity.’
I nod. I make some comment about the longevity of talent and how it is unbelievable that No Doubt, about to release their first album in almost 11 years, began in 1986.
She stares at me as though I’ve momentarily talked Flemish. ‘Actually I think you’ll find it was 1984.’
About 50 minutes later Gwen Stefani walks out of the late morning sunshine and into the draughty, echoing hangar of an empty studio looking exactly as a woman who has gone all the way back to the beginning might do.
It is 26 years (I am standing firm on this) since Gwen joined her big brother Eric’s little ska band in Anaheim, Orange County, California. And if someone had looked at her back then, then drawn a grown up, futuristic version, they may have produced something like this. A fitted white shirt with a metal-look collar fixed by a skinny Dries Van Noten tie and slim trousers with zip detailing; the slightest touch of lady-punk. In her right hand she carries a decaf Starbucks (she swears she is addicted to what little caffeine is left in there), which she will sip throughout our interview staining its white plastic lid scarlet with her trademark lips. And now I have seen her up close, I can say that, yes, behind the shameless, celebratory makeup, her face itself is bafflingly, DNA-defyingly smooth. She looks…about 28. She is 42.
Sleeker, sounder, so much the same. She even carries her old friends with her. Sophie Muller, who, 16 years ago, directed the video for Don’t Speak, is around today. They have been close all of this time, living down the road from each other in Gwen’s Primrose Hill days and, because they are working together again on the video for Settle Down, the first song from the new album, Sophie has been staying with Gwen in LA for the past month. Gwen recognises the cyclical nature of her story. She will say later that she had fun experimenting in the solo years, ‘playing different roles and pretending I was something else in a way. And now I just feel like I’m back to being the girl I was in ninth grade when I discovered Madness.’ Gwen and her bandmates – Tony Kanal, Tom Dumont and Adrian Young – have been trying to write this album – their sixth – since 2008. For the four years before that, they were on a self-imposed hiatus. During that time, Gwen, you’ll remember, managed to keep herself busy. She collaborated with everybody: Eve, Pharrell, Dr Dre, New Order – and produced two solo albums that, combined, sold almost 20 million copies. But: ‘I would never do that again,’ she says. She suffers from that grim affliction, writers block. ‘I would never put myself through it, it was just torture… I cried during those sessions.’
During that time she also produced, with the help of her husband, Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale, two children. Her boys, Kingston and Zuma, who are now six and four respectively, managed, as kids do, to mess with No Doubt’s plans somewhat. By 2008, when they reconvened to write, two years of pregnant-tour-baby-tour-pregnant again left her creatively fried and unable to give anything to the record. ‘We tried but it was horrible. I felt really hormonal, I felt really bad about myself. I couldn’t write.’ She had Zuma and still nothing. So, perhaps bonkers with breast feeding, Gwen had the bright idea of going on tour to ‘get inspired’. ‘I was nursing and I had a toddler on tour, it was insane,’ she laughs. ‘I don’t know how I thought that was going to get me inspired or recharge my battery. Because it didn’t.’
Though it did in a way – in the way that when life is at its most mental, you seem to pull something from it. The majority of Push and Shove, the band’s finally-written sixth album, would end up being about ‘being overwhelmed and the balancing and trying to do all of it.’
And on that subject she concludes: ‘it’s not possible. There are always days that somebody suffers.’
Which is what tugs at Gwen constantly. Dominates No Doubt’s record, dominates our interview. Unintentionally, we return to it over and over: her struggle to combine all the aspects of her life into one sustainable, satisfying package. ‘The only thing I really worry about is again – like I keep bringing it up because it’s my biggest stress – how am I going to do this and that? How do I do both? So that’s like the constant battle that I have every day. I do worry about that all the time.’
It is becoming harder as the kids get older. ‘When you first have a baby your life doesn’t change. I mean, you have a little less sleep and you drag these cuddly things around and it’s just amazing. But you still get to be you. Once they get to, like, five, six and school and it starts to get, like, “Wow, they got real problems. They’re my responsibility…”. Oh my God. That is overwhelming.’
So despite the super-rich-super-famousness, there are still endless choices to be made. ‘I’ve missed the last couple of fashion weeks because of school,’ she shrugs. ‘I can’t leave the kids, I can’t miss the first week of kindergarten. I just can’t.’
The last year has been particularly tricky with Gavin off on tour – away and then back again – throwing the Stefani/Rossdale routine around a bit. ‘He’s home now for like seven days, so just him being home makes everything different. In a good way,’ she smiles. ‘But also in a hard way because it changes everything.’
So it has helped being back in the studio with boys who have known her forever, who just get it; the shorthand of those who have lived the same life. They scheduled studio sessions around school days, limited themselves to a three-day working week and became uncharacteristically time efficient. ‘They were so…careful. Like, my thing is, I’m going to come to work and write a record at 4pm and miss dinner with my kids and my husband and if I don’t get something done tonight I’m a failure… So you know, there was a lot of pressure.’
For all it has been a fight, she has loved it. Because ‘being a mom is hard’, and this stuff is fun. And more than that, it is the central part of her. ‘I think a lot of working moms feel that way,’ she says. ‘They want to have time to be themselves as well but, um’ – she is drawn back to it again – ‘it’s really hard, there’s a price to pay. Like today, I’m here talking to you and my son is at the beach. It would be super fun to watch his little four-year-old chunky legs running around, you know.’
She has always insisted its all happened by accident. She did it because she loved it – for nine years nobody beyond the Californian ska scene really knew who No Doubt were – and then everybody seemed to know who they were, and that created opportunity, which, obviously, she took.
So the early Gwen, who drove the band around in a van as the sun rose and did her makeup in a compact on the back seat, wasn’t dreaming of fame or musical success. She was in love with her bassist, Tony Kanal, and she dreamed only of him. ‘That first love you have is so huge and it was, like, so overwhelming and I remember defining myself by that. Basically I was so inspired by this love there was just nothing else. I wanted to get married, I wanted to have babies. It was such a short dream, you know what I mean? I didn’t realise at the time there is so much more out there.’ And then, thankfully, she got dumped. In songwriting she found catharsis, a dormant talent and the global generation-defining hit Don’t Speak. ‘It unlocked a whole other side of me I didn’t even know I had. Ever since then, I don’t remember that little girl. She was different. I think that’s the thing: discovering I had something I’m passionate about and I think I’m good at. That defines me now, more than just young love or whatever.’
What about the next and last love? Shortly after she and Kanal split, No Doubt supported Bush on tour. Enter Gavin Rossdale. She fingers the plaited diamond bracelet that sits below a silver cuff on her right wrist. ‘These are not my diamonds… but I was thinking they’d make a good 10-year anniversary present.’
She and Gavin will be celebrating a decade of marriage on 14 September, though they have been together for 16 not-altogether-smooth years. Given her dedication to him, you wonder how far she has really come to the 20-something who idolised love for love’s sake. She has, in the past, described it as a relationship she ‘can’t live with, can’t live without’. I put this to her. She pulls her legs down from the sofa so she is no longer facing me and clasps her hands between them. ‘When was that?’ She sideways-glances me. ‘That was a while ago…’
She will share scant details. She has missed him this last year and describes the couple of months where they didn’t see each other at all as ‘horrible. But I’m so happy that he’s doing what he loves to do and I think one thing that’s on our side is that we both get it… We’ve been together for so long we know how to make it work.’
Inevitably, self-censoring doesn’t work quite so well when it comes to songwriting and he has made it onto the album. ‘Theres a song called Gravity that’s definitely…’ She trails off. I heard the song this morning when I listened to the album and scribbled down some of the lines – something like ‘We’re so lucky, still holding on/Just like Venus and the morning sun, you and me got gravity.’ it is a sweetly euphoric, fairly self explanatory ode to enduring love. ‘It’s really hard to write a happy love song that doesn’t sound cheesy. My mum cried when she heard it. I was like “Whaaaat?”‘
The demands of the past year have meant she’s taken a step back from the business of fashion (four years after attending her first fashion show, aged 30 – Vivienne Westwood, New York – she launched L.A.M.B., her own line. Harajuku Lovers, the mainstream, mainly accessories, line, inspired by her love of Japanese culture, followed. Last year she launched her kids’ line Harajuku Mini in the US) though her personal relationship with it is as strong as ever. She is working a lot with interior-turned-fashion designer Kelly Wearstler, who she says is ‘so straight-up chic’. When she shops she always looks at Maison Martin Margiela and Junya Watanabe first. And, of course, there’s her enduring love for Westwood.
And beneath all the knowledge and contacts is that innate ability to create an outfit rather than just wear clothes. Even when caught by the paparazzi going about her day-to-day business she is still always working on it. She says she just has a strong instinct of what she wants to put on. Always has done, even in the years before the designer labels, when she was ‘anti-fashion’, shopping in thrift stores and flicking past girls in magazines for being too perfect. ‘I just love getting dressed,’ she insists. ‘It wouldn’t matter that there were people waiting outside my house or not, I would always get properly dressed. Ask anyone from before , from the first nine years [of the band], any of my friends.’ The rest of it came in 2001 when she met stylist Andrea Lieberman – who took it to ‘a whole new level’ by delivering up Gwen’s vision, in couture. The fashion world opened up. A year later, she was having her wedding dress made by John Galliano.
I say that I recently interviewed a singer who said that her own stylised look was just a mask, a work uniform. I get a sense that it isn’t that way for Gwen. ‘I think that when I go on stage, it’s part of my ritual. In the 40 minutes I take to get ready, it’s preparing me to transition into the hour and a half of sweat. But, no, I don’t know. It’s not that deep,’ she stage whispers. ‘It’s just clothes. You can’t really make more out of it than it is.’
I think this nonchalance might be a new thing. She’s always been honest about the work she puts into her body in order to fit into the clothes she loves, working out five days a week. But that has changed recently. ‘I’ve kinda stopped working out for a while. There was s much going on in my life, I was like “Do I really need to do this?” And it felt really good to let go of that and to start doing other stuff.’ She says the focus has shifted from how she looks to how she feels. And when I ask her about the ageing process and if it bothers her (though, why would it? Look at her) she ignores the physical implications altogether. ‘I think the thing that bothers me most is how fast time is going by. To look at my six-year-old. I mean I was JUST pregnant, I JUST dud that tour… but, no, I didn’t. With this record I just felt I was trying everyday to not rush and to not feel pressured, like, “Oh, it has to come out now because of my age,” or whatever. You can’t predict what’s going to happen, you just have to live in the moment. Everyone wants to rush me and hassle me. “What are you going to do next?” that’s the thing that upsets me the most about it, just how it goes by so quickly.’
Me: What’s the biggest misconception about you?
Gwen: I feel like none of it is real. Even the good stuff. It’s impossible for anyone to really know me. My life, the reality of my life, is just the people that are really in it. The only time it ever feels real – and it’s like a glorious version of it – is when I’m on stage. That’s when you actually see the people. The people who bought the records and have me this life.
So that, as far as I’ll ever know her, is Gwen Stefani. Though I think the receptionist, despite her misplaced confidence on dates, may have done as well in summing her up, identifying I that short exchange two defining reasons why Gwen is still a cover star.
Firstly: the effect she has on women. I think we all love Gwen Stefani a bit. Always have done. She was our girl-crush before the phrase existed, being, in those mid-1990s years, all that a teenage girl wanted to be. Ballsy and pretty and cool and clever. None of that seems to have changed. She just topped it off by becoming a style icon and a good mum. And the other thing: for all that the glowing skin and the body and the enduring cool suggests otherwise, showbiz-speaking at least, Gwen comes from another era. If this album does anything, it reminds us the she precedes our Kardashian culture, in which fame doesn’t need to be a by-product of anything else. True talent is one of the most effect seducers. The receptionist loved her for it. So do we.
2.Donde Estas Corazon September 4,1995
3.Pies Descalzos Suenos Blancos March 15,1996
4.Un Poco De Amor May 16,1996
5.Se Quiere, Se Mata March 10,1997
7.Tu November 2,1998
9.No Creo February 17,1999
10.Ojos Asi July 23,1999
11.Moscas En La Casa August 28,1999
15.The One June 12,2002
15.Que Me Quedes Tu December 1,2002
19.Dia De Enero January 19,2006
21.Illegal November 14,2006
22.Te Lo Agradezco Pero No December 30,2006
23.Beautiful Liar March 5,2007
24.Las De La Intuicion May 13,2007
28.Give It Up To Me November 10,2009
29.Gypsy February 19,2010
32.Sale El Sol January 4,2011
34.Antes De Las October 21,2011
35.Je l’aime a Mourir November 29,2011
36.Addicted to You March 13,2012
5.Especially for You November 28,1988
6.It’s No Secret December 15,1988
7.Hand On Your Heart April 24,1989
8.Wouldn’t Change A Thing July 24,1989
9.Never to Late October 23,1989
10.Tears On My Pillow November 12,1989
11.Better The Devil You Know April 30,1990
12.Step Back In Time October 22,1990
13.What Do I Have To Do January 21,1991
14.Shocked May 20,1991
15.Word Is Out August 28,1991
16.If You Were With Me Now October 21,1991
17.Give Me Just A LiL More Time January 13,1992
18.Finer Feelings April 13.1992
19.What Kind Of Fool(Heard All That Before) August 10,1992
20.Celebration November 16,1992
21.Confide In Me August 24,1994
22.Put Yourself In MY Place November 14,1994
23.Where Is The Feeling July 10,1995
24.Where The Wild Roses Grow October 2,1995
25.Some Kind Of Bliss September 8,1997
26.Did It Again November 24,1997
27.Breathe February 1998
28.Cowboy Style August 18,1998
29.GBI(German Bold Italic) October 16,1998
30. Spinning Around June 13,2000
31.On A Night Like This September 11,2000
32.Kids October 9,2000
33.Please Stay December 11,2000
34.Your Disco Needs You January 22,2001
35.Can’t Get You Outta My Head September 8,2011
36.In Your Eyes January 21,2002
37.Love At First Sight June 10,2002
38.Come Into My World November 2,2002
39.Slow November 3,2003
40.Red Blooded Women March 2004
41.Chocolate June 28,2004
42.I Believe In You December 6,2004
43.Giving You Up March 28,2005
44.2 Hearts November 9,2007
45.WoW February 16,2008
46.In My Arms February 15,2008
47.All I See March 11,2008
48.The One July 28,2008
49.All The Lovers June 28,2010
50.Get Outta My Way September 27,2010
51.Higher November 26,2010
52.Santa Baby November 30,2010
53.Better Than Today December 3,2010
54.Put Your Hands Up(Pete Hammond Remix) May 29,2011
55.TimeBomb May 25,2012
2.Dressin’ Up(Lyric Video) March 26,2012
9. California Girls May 11,2010
10.If We Never Meet Again February 15,2010
11.StarStruck July 9,2009
10.Waking Up In Vegas April 21,2009
12.Hot N Cold September 9,2008
13.I Kissed A Girl April 28,2008
14.Ur So Gay November 20,2007
15.Good Bye For Now January 24,2006
16.Simple May 24,2005
17.The Box 2003
Lady GaGa by Terry Richardson
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The MDNA Tour-In Madonna’s Own Words
Is a journey.
The journey of a soul from darkness to light
It is part cinematic musical theatre.
Part spectacle and sometimes intimate Performance art.
But above all its a journey
From darkness to light
From anger to love
from chaos to order.
It’s true there is a lot of violence in the beginning of the show and sometimes the use of fake guns – but they are used as metaphors.
I do not condone violence or the use of guns.
Rather they are symbols of wanting to appear strong and wanting to find a way to stop feelings that I find hurtful or damaging. In my case its wanting to stop the lies and hypocrisy of the church, the intolerance of many narrow minded cultures and societies I have experienced throughout my life and in some cases the pain I have felt from having my heart broken.
Ultimately as we follow through the journey of my story, the audience can see quite clearly what I see -
That the enemy is within and the only way to survive Disappointment Disapproval Judgment Heartbreak Jealousy Envy And Hatred Is with Love – not with revenge – not with guns and not with violence.
In spite of all the chaos and darkness and intolerance we seem to be encountering more and more in the world,
We cannot allow our anger or bitterness to swallow us up.
We come to understand that
There is an innate and pure love inside us all and we have to find a way to tap into it.
And we can’t do it by being victims or placing the blame or pointing the finger at others.
But by recognizing that the enemy is within
And when we come to terms with it
And accept it
And struggle to change ourselves,
Then we can change the world without hurting anyone and we can inspire others to do the same.
When you watch a film there are usually good guys and bad guys to help illustrate this point, Sometimes I play both.
I enjoy acting out this journey.
For none of us are perfect and we all have our own journey of growth to go on.
I know people can relate to it.
It’s very important to me as an artist that my show not be taken out of context.
It must be watched with an open heart from beginning to end. I am sure if it is viewed this way, the viewer will walk away feeling inspired, Invigorated and will want to make the world a better place.
And this of course was always my intention.