Entertainment » Fashion http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment The latest Entertainment news and blog posts from ABC News contributors and bloggers. Thu, 11 Dec 2014 19:05:42 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.2.1 AMAs 2014: Top 5 Moments From the Show http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/11/amas-2014-top-5-moments-from-the-show/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/11/amas-2014-top-5-moments-from-the-show/#comments Mon, 24 Nov 2014 04:09:56 +0000 Michael Rothman http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/?p=322385

Host Pitbull said it best before the 2014 AMA Awards when he told fans, “Get ready to celebrate!”

Sunday night’s American Music Awards promised to be more than just a night of handing out honors, but more of an entertainment spectacle with more than 15 performances by the likes of Taylor Swift, Lorde, 5 Seconds of Summer, and it certainly didn’t disappoint.

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If you missed the show live from the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, we’ve got you covered with the top five moments of the night. Here they are:

1 — Taylor Swift’s ‘Blank Space’ Debut & Dick Clark Award

Swift kicked off the show in one of the most original performances in award show history. Swift’s TV debut of “Blank Space” featured zombie-like dancers and her having an interesting, yet romantic dinner inside a picture frame, hovering above the main stage. Then, Swift brought the drama, wearing a short, stunning black and nude dress, taking out her aggression on a handsome dancer. The performance ended with a collage of picture frames and Swift’s iconic voice. A smirk on Swift’s face at the end gave away the fact that the “1989″ singer knew she nailed it.

 

 

Swift wasn’t done though. Later in the night, the legendary Diana Ross took the stage to present Swift with the first Dick Clark Award of Excellence.

“Tonight we are all honored to present this to a young woman who has taken the music industry by storm,” Ross said.

 

2 — Iggy Azalea Wins Her ‘First Ever’ Award for Best Hip-Hop Album

When Jamie Foxx announced that Iggy Azalea had won the award for Best Hip-Hop album for her breakout hit “The New Classic,” you figured the “Fancy” singer must have won a slew of awards over the past year. In fact, Iggy came up on stage and revealed “This award is the first award I’ve ever won in my whole life.” Congrats and many more to come.

She later won for Favorite Hip-Hop Artist and closed the show with a jaw-dropping performance alongside Jennifer Lopez.

 

3 — Sam Smith’s Emotional Speech

First, the beloved soul singer won an AMA for Favorite Male Artist for Pop/Rock, and his acceptance speech was just as thoughtful as his songs.

“I didn’t think I was going to be winning this … thank you to my fan base. Last year, I wrote an album about being lonely, tonight, I couldn’t feel further from lonely,” he candidly said.

 

Then, Smith and A$AP Rocky killed it on stage with their song “I’m Not the Only One.”

A standing ovation was well deserved.

 

4 — Lorde Debuts ‘Hunger Games: Mockingjay’ Hit “Yellow Flicker Beat”

It started like out of a movie. Lorde singing in the dark about “silver and gold scars” when she debuted her song from the “Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1″ soundtrack. Singing her powerful track “Yellow Flicker Beat” in a closed-off room, it was all about the music, and Lorde’s lyrics were chilling and captivating, just like the blockbuster movie.

The box rose and unveiled an energetic Lorde dancing around stage in a white crop top. “This is the start of how it all ends.”

 

5 — Garth Brooks Is Back at the AMAs

Garth Brooks played via satellite and brought the house down when the icon went live to sing songs from his brand new album.

Dressed in his usual all black, Brooks had the crowd clapping along to his new hit, “People Loving People.”

It’s not often you get to see a true legend on stage, but the fans at the AMAs got that chance. The whole stadium where Brooks was performing broke out and sang the chorus at the end of the song. One word — chills.

 

Bonus — The New Wolf Pack

This. No words needed.

 

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Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen Talk Singing With Ellen DeGeneres http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/04/mary-kate-and-ashley-olsen-talk-singing-on-the-ellen-degeneres-show/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/04/mary-kate-and-ashley-olsen-talk-singing-on-the-ellen-degeneres-show/#comments Fri, 25 Apr 2014 19:29:43 +0000 Rachael Ellenbogen http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/?p=317887  

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Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, 27, appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show today to support the release of their new fragrances.

“Our brand is about duality and we wanted to be able to offer options,” Mary-Kate says of why they are putting out two new fragrances, Elizabeth and James Nirvana White and Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black, instead of one.

Since entering the world of fashion, the famous “Full House” twins haven’t appeared much on television. The last time the duo took to the airwaves was in 2010, also, on DeGeneres’s show. Because of this circumstance, the talk show host decided to have some fun with the fashionistas.

After reading a Buzzfeed article about twins hating certain things being said to them, DeGeneres was curious to know what the Olsen twins are always asked by people.

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“For us, I think it’s more like, ‘Are you Mary or Kate?’ or ‘Are you Mary-Kate and Ashley?’” Ashley says of questions she’s asked even when she’s not with her twin. She usually responds with: “I’m one of ‘em.”

But don’t expect an album from either one of them any time soon. When DeGeneres asks which of them is a better singer, Mary-Kate and Ashley look at each other, try to come up with a response and Ashley decides: “I don’t think we’re very good singers.” Her response earned some admiration from DeGeneres.

“I admire people who know they can’t sing,” the talk show host said. “Some people don’t know and they sing.”

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Eva Mendes Gives Peek at New Line, Shares Beauty Tips http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/04/eva-mendes-gives-peek-at-new-line-shares-beauty-tips/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/04/eva-mendes-gives-peek-at-new-line-shares-beauty-tips/#comments Fri, 04 Apr 2014 12:34:23 +0000 ABC News http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/?p=316669 Eva Mendes is one of the most beautiful, talented and stylish women in the world.

Now, she can add “designer” to her list of accomplishments.

Mendes gave “Good Morning America” a preview of her new spring collection for New York & Company, a women’s clothing retailer.

She showed “GMA” several of her line’s looks, modeled by her family and friends, including her sister, Janet, and niece, Samantha.

Why Eva Mendes Hates Wearing Jeans

Asked how she got into designing, the “Hitch” actress said New York & Company approached her with what she called “this wonderful opportunity.

“I was like, ‘Are you sure?  Me?’” And I’m so happy.  This has been the most amazing creative experience,” Mendes, 40, said.

The affordable line is full of feminine prints, bold accessories and dresses that accentuate a woman’s curves. The inspiration is the golden era of Hollywood stars “like Monica Vitti and Gina Lollobrigida.  And … the obvious choice, Sophia Loren. I think she’s kind of everyone’s style icon,” Mendes said.

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The line is full of items that can be mixed and matched, including jackets, jumpsuits and even bodysuits.

“Ladies, please don’t be scared,” Mendes said, laughing. “This is something that I’ve loved since high school.  And it’s a bodysuit.”

The jewelry is inspired by Mendes’s own vintage collection.

Mendes also shared a few of her beauty secrets with “GMA.”

“I think a great beauty tip, for me that I actually learned from my mother is, she always believes that if your hair is set and your hair is done, you can get away with having no makeup or a mediocre outfit,” she said.

Another tip: don’t be afraid to cinch those curves.

“I love creating a waist with whatever you have,” she said. “You know, just getting, having that great belt that you love, finding a belt that fits you and really cinches you. I just think that that’s a great little way to feel, to put an outfit together.”

Asked about her target customer, she replied: “Oh, the modern day woman who wears many, many hats, but who always wants to look feminine and really wants to make the most out of her wardrobe for a very affordable price.

“Because although I’m fortunate enough that I can splurge on a dress if I wanted to, I just can’t do it.”

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Lady Gaga Wears a Coffee Filter Dress http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/03/lady-gagas-latest-fashion-statement-a-coffee-filter-dress/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/03/lady-gagas-latest-fashion-statement-a-coffee-filter-dress/#comments Fri, 14 Mar 2014 07:06:16 +0000 Dan Good http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/?p=315382

Lady Gaga is known for her distinctive styles. She once wore a dress made of raw beef.  But her latest fashion frenzy pulled inspiration from around the house – a frilly outfit made out of coffee filters.

She wore the ensemble on Thursday’s episode of “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” ahead of her performance at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas.

The creation, designed by Gareth Pugh, featured a ruffled dress, cape and giant matching hat complimented by platform shoes. She rode onto the stage in a pedicab.

 

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During her appearance on the show, she discussed the rise of her music career and her love of emerging acts. But somehow, as it regularly seems to do, the conversation returned to her attire.

“I am recycling,” she told Kimmel. “You can do anything with your crazy ideas if you put your mind to it.”

Gaga’s later SXSW performance at Stubb’s BBQ took a messy turn when her friend Millie Brown, a “vomit painter,” forced herself to throw up neon green liquid over a drum-playing Gaga. The “Born This Way” singer was also covered in black liquid that stained her skin.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

 

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Dressing Up Like Lupita Nyong’o: From the Fashion Icon Herself http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/02/dressing-up-like-lupita-nyongo-from-the-fashion-icon-herself/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/02/dressing-up-like-lupita-nyongo-from-the-fashion-icon-herself/#comments Mon, 24 Feb 2014 15:17:58 +0000 Alexa Valiente http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/?p=314031

From award-winning actress to fashion darling, Lupita Nyong’o is not only being recognized for her acting abilities but also for her incredible fashion sense.

As a breakout star from this year’s Oscar-nominated film, “12 Years a Slave,” Nyong’o has caused quite a stir for her red carpet style.

“It’s been amazing, and…very surprising…and definitely fun to be embraced in that kind of way,” Nyong’o told ABC News’ Robin Roberts in an interview for the ABC special, “Countdown to the Oscars.”

When asked to give any hints as to what ensemble she plans to wear for the 2014 Academy Awards, Nyong’o said, “Mum’s the word.”  But Nyong’o did share some observations on her favorite looks.

At the 2014 Golden Globes in a Ralph Lauren Gown:

 

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“I loved wearing that dress,” Nyong’o said. “I definitely felt that I might fly.”

 

In a Gucci Dress at the 2014 Screen Actors Guild Awards:

  Dressing Up Like Lupita Nyongo: From the Fashion Icon Herself

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“That was a very special dress,” Nyong’o recalled. “I just love how three-dimensional it was.”

 

On the Cover of the February 17, 2014 issue of  New York Magazine:

 

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Nyong’o hadn’t seen photos of herself in New York Magazine yet when Robin Roberts showed her for the first time. “Oh, that’s cool,” she said. “Oh, look at that.”

As for what’s next for the star, Nyong’o said she’s not concerned. ”I’m curious. I’m…excited. I’m ready,” she said. “And I’m gonna ride this wave as long as I can.”

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Backlash over Valentino Email Promoting Bag at Seymour Hoffman’s Wake http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/02/backlash-over-valentino-email-promoting-bag-at-seymour-hoffmans-wake/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/02/backlash-over-valentino-email-promoting-bag-at-seymour-hoffmans-wake/#comments Sat, 08 Feb 2014 17:40:09 +0000 Liz Fields http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/?p=313433 GTY amy adams darren le gallo blur w jt 140208 16x9 608 Backlash over Valentino Email Promoting Bag at Seymour Hoffmans Wake

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Fashion house Valentino is facing harsh criticism for a PR blast it sent out a day after Philip Seymour Hoffman’s wake, using a photo of actress Amy Adams as she attended the event to advertise its newest handbag.

“We are pleased to announce Amy Adams carrying the Valentino Garavany Rockstud Duble bag from the Spring/Summer 2014 collection on Feb. 6 in New York,” Valentino publicist, Upasna Khosla, emailed to journalists on Friday morning.

The offending release was coupled with pictures of the actress arriving with her husband Darren Le Gallo at Hoffman’s private wake, which was held Thursday at Frank E. Campbell Funeral Home in Manhattan.

Adams, who co-starred with Hoffman in the 2012 film “The Master,” “Doubt” in 2008 and “Charlie Wilson’s War” in 2007, was not aware that her name was being used for Valentino’s publicity, a representative for Adams confirmed to ABC News today.

“Amy Adams is not a paid spokesperson for Valentino, and the suggestion she would use this moment to participate in a promotion is truly appalling,” spokeswoman Megan Moss ­Pachon said in a statement.

Those who received the email were also not impressed.

Khosla did not respond to ABC News’ request to comment but the fashion house released a statement on Friday saying it was “not aware the photograph was taken while she was attending the wake of Philip Seymour Hoffman” and that Adams was “not aware, or a part of, our PR efforts.”

Valentino’s press office later tweeted another apology saying it was an innocent mistake.

Seymour Hoffman, 46, died last Sunday of a suspected drug overdose in his Manhattan apartment.

Among those mourning the actor’s death at his wake Thursday night were actors Meryl Streep, Joaquin Phoenix and Cate Blanchett.

A private funeral for close friends and family was held on Friday, while a larger memorial service will be held later in the month.

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Princess Diana ‘Fairytale’ Dress on Auction Block http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2013/12/princess-diana-fairytale-dress-on-auction-block/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2013/12/princess-diana-fairytale-dress-on-auction-block/#comments Tue, 03 Dec 2013 13:08:34 +0000 Anthony Castellano http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/?p=308499

If it was ever your dream to dress like a princess in a fairytale an opportunity to do so will present itself later today when one of Princess Diana’s most iconic gowns will go up for auction.

The dress was created by David and Elizabeth Emanuel — the same designers behind her legendary wedding dress when she married Prince Charles in 1981. The Emanuel Bakst-inspired ball gown, from their ‘Diaghilev’ collection, will be sold by Kerry Taylor Auctions in London.

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“It is perhaps one of the most ornate, romantic of all her gowns,” the auction house’s website states. “The dress has a pretty, fairy-tale princess feel to it – with its opulent, shimmering gold panels, jewel-like rhinestones and pearl adornments. Importantly this is a dress that was not specially designed for the Princess but one she chose herself from an existing collection and one she chose to wear repeatedly.”

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Diana wore the dress on many occasions including a performance at the Royal Opera House in 1986 and to the premiere of the James Bond film “The Living Daylights” in 1987.

PHOTOS: Iconic Princess Diana Dresses

The gown comes with a matching headband, optional sleeve panels and petticoat. These accessories would allow Diana a different look while wearing the dress. For example, Diana would sometimes wear a tiara instead of the headband.

Dresses like this one helped catapult Diana to a global fashion icon and they have fetched for big money at auctions. The auction house expects it to sell for $50,000 to $130,000.

A black taffeta evening gown worn by Diana during her first official appearance sold for $276,000 in 2010.

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The Olsen Twins and 4 Other Celebrities Turned Fashionistas http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2013/11/the-olsen-twins-and-4-other-celebrities-turned-fashionistas/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2013/11/the-olsen-twins-and-4-other-celebrities-turned-fashionistas/#comments Thu, 14 Nov 2013 11:00:35 +0000 Shamecca Harris http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/?p=306891 HT olsen twins cover shoot2 tk 131113 16x9 608 The Olsen Twins and 4 Other Celebrities Turned Fashionistas

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With fans and critics maintaining a watchful eye on what they’re wearing, today’s celebrities have become icons in the fashion world. From Lady Gaga’s campy costumes to Rihanna’s rebel chic edge, celebs hold a massive influence on consumer style trends.

Fittingly, many stars have traded in their claim to fame for lucrative careers in the fashion industry. Twins Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are among the most successful of this bunch, leaving the film industry 10 years ago to focus on their fashion empire. The twins appear on the cover of the December issue of Allure magazine (on stands Nov. 19) and in a candid interview, the child stars dish on their move to high fashion.

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen Dish About Expensive ‘Full House’ Wardrobe

“I was reading scripts, and ultimately I just said to the people who were representing me, ‘I need to do things 100 percent. I don’t feel like I can give you 100 percent of my time,’” Ashley explained of her decision to quit acting. “There’s a lot of compromise in the entertainment industry. I can’t sit in this room and audition for this part.”

Mary-Kate continues to act regularly, but shares her sister’s passion for expanding their brand. Together, the duo has three fashion brands: Olsenboyle for JCPenny, ready-to-wear Elizabeth and James, and high-end line The Row.

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To critics who question the twins’ business ventures, the 27-year-old beauty had this to say: “It’s such an uneducated perspective! You still have to grow within business. You have to take a chance.”

Mary-Kate and Ashley are not the only stars to take their talents to the fashion industry. Take a look at four other celebrities turned designers below.

Nicole Richie:

Celebrity socialite Nicole Richie has come a long way from the short-lived reality series “The Simple Life.” Shortly after the show wrapped, Richie launched a jewelry collection called House of Harlow 1960 in 2009. Later that year, she launched a second brand, ready-to-wear clothing line called Winter Kate. Together, the brands offers a full-fledged collection of clothing, footwear and accessories.

“I feel truly blessed to do what I love for a living,” Richie said in an interview with the Telegraph in June. “I had no formal training, but designing was something I always gravitated to. When I was little, I used to be a competitive figure skater, and I used to design my own costumes with my father’s costume designer.”

“I have a very good team that I work with now, but I design everything myself,” she added. “This is not something that I just put my name to.”

Gwen Stefani:

“No Doubt” frontrunner Gwen Stefani has also enjoyed success in fashion with the Asian- and South-American-inspired line L.A.M.B.

“For me the line is genuinely for myself,” she told CNN in 2011. “I want to make a line of clothes that I want to wear — it’s kind of selfish…. I’m not going to ever be a Vivienne Westwood. I’m trying to make clothes to wear everyday, that’s what LAMB is. It’s not a couture line.”

While Stefani has yet to abandon her career in music, the singer revealed she started L.A.M.B. as a viable alternative to retirement.

“I started the line honestly because nine or 10 years ago I didn’t know how long I would be doing music,” she explained.  ”They ask you, ‘What are you going to do in 10 years?’ and I didn’t know. I just thought, by then I want to have a family and I’m not going to be doing music but I wanted to do something creative.”

Victoria Beckham:

Spice Girl Victoria Beckham is bringing a posh edge to the fashion industry with her self-titled ready-to-wear clothing line.  The Victoria Beckham Collection won Designer Brand of the Year at the 2011 British Fashion Awards and the British beauty has big plans for brand’s future.

“I want to get bigger and bigger,” she said in an interview with the New York Times’ T magazine this summer. “I absolutely want an empire.”

“I want to reach as many women throughout the world as I can,” she continued. “There are more categories that I want to enter into. I have five categories at the moment. But at some point I would love to do shoes, I would love to do fragrance, I would love to do makeup, I would like to do underwear. There are so many things I want to do.”

Jessica Simpson:

“Irresistible” singer Jessica Simpson launched her self-titled fashion line in 2006 as a shoe collaboration with footwear designer Vince Camuto. Since then, the Jessica Simpson Collection has expanded to include a wide range of merchandise including clothing, footwear, accessories and fragrances.

“I want everyone to be able to wear my designs,” Simpson told People magazine in February. “The collection is accessible — from extra-small to plus and maternity, there is something for everyone to feel great in.”

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Alaska Pageant Contestants Are Winners, Just for Competing http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2013/09/alaska-pageant-contestants-are-winners-just-for-competing/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2013/09/alaska-pageant-contestants-are-winners-just-for-competing/#comments Sat, 14 Sep 2013 12:18:08 +0000 ABC News http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/?p=300690

By KETURAH GRAY, TARYN HARTMAN AND LAUREN EFFRON

Thousands of young women from across the country compete each year to become the next Miss America, but in Alaska, almost every contestant in the state competition is a winner, whether she takes home the crown or not.

In big “pageant states,” such as California or Florida, contestants are required to be local title-holders to make it to state competition.  In Alaska, though, a contestant only needs to fill out paperwork to get the chance at the crown, and the money that comes with it.

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From left to right - Miss Alaska contestants, Veronica Temple, Michelle Taylor, Sarah Cvancara, and Carolyn Lane, prepare to find out who will be the next Miss Alaska. (Credit: ABC News)

Each year, the top 10 Miss Alaska finalists receive a year’s worth of tuition to the University of Alaska-Anchorage.  Every other contestant gets at least $300.  The winner of the competition gets a four-year scholarship to the university, plus $5,000.  To the 11 ladies who vied to become Miss Alaska 2013, the money that comes with the title is more important than the crown itself.

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“Everybody that participates does walk away with a scholarship and so just knowing that, it makes it that much easier competing,” said Miss Alaska contestant Lillian Crayton, 20. “But the pressure is there, knowing that the higher you place, the more scholarships you get.”

In the months leading up to the Miss America competition, which will take place in Atlantic City on Sunday, ABC News’ “20/20″ went behind the scenes of the glitz and glam to meet this year’s contestants, following several of them from their hometown pageants to the Miss America crown.

The Miss America organization doles out over $45 million in cash and tuition scholarship assistance to the 12,000 some women competing every year, making the pageant an attractive option for those paying for college. For some Miss Alaska contestants, and contestants in other states, competing in the pageant means turning dreams of being able to afford college into a reality.

“I have a year of school left,” said Miss Alaska contestant Sveta Solovyova, 21. “If I can graduate debt-free, that would be awesome.”

In Alaska, the emphasis is on the “sisterhood.”

“You don’t run into cattiness up here between contestants,” said Miss Alaska contestant Victoria Ray.  ”I think the sisterhood is a lot stronger up here in our pageant because we’re a smaller organization and it’s wonderful.”

As in other state pageants, Miss Alaska contestants have be between the ages of 17 to 24, have a community or social “platform” to promote and perform a 90-second talent.

While Alaska doesn’t drum up images of swimsuits, the contestants are no strangers to bikinis and pageant props, like “butt glue,” which helps hold the suit in place, for the swimsuit portion of the competition.

In a last-minute pep talk to contestants, though, Christy Rockwell, the Miss Alaska pageant’s co-executive director, reminded them of why Alaska’s pageant is so unique.

“Tonight for me is about you walking away with money to go to school,” Rockwell said.  “I want you to go out there, I want you to smile, I want you to remember that I believe in every single one of you and I that I know that you’re all going to set the world on fire someday.”

“I’m ready, so ready. It’s been a long time coming,” said contestant Michelle Taylor, 20, as she applied some final touches to her make-up before heading out on stage.

In June, Taylor, a hospitality and restaurant management major at the University of Alaska-Anchorage, was selected as the new Miss Alaska. The Anchorage native will go on to compete at the Miss America 2014 competition.

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Cheating Husband’s Cruel Words Inspires Campaign for Change http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2013/08/cheating-husbands-cruel-words-inspires-campaign-for-change/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2013/08/cheating-husbands-cruel-words-inspires-campaign-for-change/#comments Tue, 13 Aug 2013 14:45:12 +0000 ABC News http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/?p=298503

Jennifer Tress’ marriage and life was forever changed when her ex-husband muttered the four ugly words, “You’re not pretty enough,” as his reason for cheating on her.

Now she is on a crusade to help women build their self-esteem with her empowering book entitled, “You’re Not Pretty Enough,” as she tackles issues most women, and even some men, deal with on a daily basis of not liking what they see on the other side of the mirror.

“Those words really pierce a woman’s heart,” Tress told ABC News. “The pretty thing is more of an entry into the self-esteem issues, because it’s the easiest and laziest way that we assess ourselves.”

She’s bringing multimedia sessions, or what she calls “salons,” to 100 college campuses around the country, where students come to discuss everything from insecurities to self acceptance.

Tress asks them to take a pledge:  Give yourself a valued mantra and help spread the word about tips and tools we can all use to develop a healthy self-image when it comes to beauty norms.

Victoria Rocha, 26, says before attending Tress’ sessions she made a lot of poor, and sometimes detrimental, decisions.

“Ultimately, I didn’t boost my self-esteem and it took the time and energy to work on myself,” said Rocha.

Tress’ movement also solicits people to “Create your own video to contribute to the conversation and help someone else realize they’re not alone.”

Some of the confessions heard in her online movement’s videos include, “You’d be pretty with longer hair,” “There was taunting, there was bullying,” and “There were times when I didn’t feel good in my own skin.”

Experts say this is a real social issue.

“We are far more worried about our own appearances than other people are,” explained Art Markman, a Ph.D. in behavioral psychology.

Thanks to the never-ending and very permanent forms of social media like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, today’s generation has way too many platforms to feel less than pretty.

“While I do think people are more worried about these issues, they are things that they can overcome,” said Markman. “You have to focus on your strengths.”

Today, Tress is remarried to a man who not only thinks she is pretty enough, but is also playing an active role in her crusade.

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