And just like Wallis, who refurbished royal homes from Primrose Hill and Windsor to Paris to her exacting tastes, Meghan has been hard at work with the decorator, too. It was revealed this week that Harry and Meghan have spent over €2.6 million renovating Frogmore Cottage, a once-humble abode that the Queen gifted to the couple. Among the property's new features are an eco-heating system, a 'floating' kitchen floor and complete redecoration. What were once five separate houses has now become one large building. Still, officials have insisted that outdated infrastructure was replaced to guarantee the long-term future of the property. Yet even before Prince Harry uttered the immortal words 'what Meghan wants, Meghan gets', tales of the Duchess of Sussex's luxuriant tastes are legion. She famously wanted to spray fragrance in St George's Chapel at Windsor to mask the 'musty' smell for her wedding (in the end, Dyptique revealed they 'scented' the wedding). There was also the … [Read more...] about Is Meghan Markle counting the cost of her expensive taste?
She has more than 65 million followers across social media, most of whom are from her native India, where she is considered more than an A-list celebrity and less than royalty. Although the Chopra-train hasn’t yet pulled into station in Europe, certainly not with the same ease at which it has in Hollywood, her star power in undeniable. The 37-year-old has had arguably one of the most talked-about career trajectories in recent pop culture memory; enjoying an association with a royal wedding, marrying a Jonas brother in a number of different ceremonies, overcome racist and sexist trolling, being one of the few women of colour to lead to a major American network television show and a Vogue cover. Earlier this week, Chopra, who covers the new issue of InStyle, gave a refreshing description of the pitfalls of fame. Although she clearly wasn’t thrilled with the public interest in her private life and the backlash over the 10-year age gap with husband Nick Jonas (26), there were … [Read more...] about How Priyanka Chopra has mastered the art of celebrity
Alba regularly appeared on the front of men's magazines during the Noughties, but it turns out she was never entirely comfortable playing the role of purring sex kitten. "I was meant to feel ashamed if I tempted men," she said, referring to her Catholic upbringing. "Then I stopped eating a lot when I became an actress. I made myself look more like a boy so I wouldn't get as much attention." Her other concern, she told the panel, was that she might inadvertently play into the 'Spicy Latina' stereotype. In case you haven't noticed, women of Latin American descent are invariably portrayed as sex sirens and femme fatales when they appear on screen. Costume departments squeeze them into muy caliente mini skirts and towering stilettos, and directors encourage them to act fiery and passionate (shorthand for great in bed). The audience is left with the lasting impression that Latina women have one thing on their minds. Sure they saw it in a movie! It's a pervasive trope and it's based on … [Read more...] about Katie Byrne: ‘Dangerous curves ahead
Davison joined the ranks of science refuseniks who insist that the organs specifically equipped over millennia of evolution to detoxify our bodies, don't actually know what they're doing and need spicy sugar-water (cheaper than dialysis!) to help them along. "I did it for five or six days and for the first few days it was pretty miserable but then I got used to it," she said, which pretty much sums up wellness generally: getting used to the misery. The interview was unironically headlined a ''warning'' against ''fad diets'', though I'm not sure that simply not eating constitutes ''a diet''. And Rosanna has made a career out of peddling a diet rich in chia puddings and green juices and other faddish not-foods. She follows the kind of vegan, gluten-free diet that makes eating an obsessive full-time job. Rosanna suggested making ''truffles'' out of cacao and dates and coconut oil instead of cracking into an Easter egg - which sounds like a lot of effort for kidding yourself that sugary … [Read more...] about Ciara O’Connor: ‘Rosanna Davison is missing the irony in her condemnation of Beyoncé’s cayenne pepper cleanse’
Her faults are many, and documented, but her dedication to self-improvement is just as chronicled. Earlier this month, Kim landed her first solo American Vogue cover and the response was a far cry from the uproar when she first appeared in 2014 with husband Kanye West ahead of their wedding. At the time, it prompted throngs of loyal readers to claim they would be unsubscribing (although there’s little evidence to support they followed through with their statements) and the backlash was furious. “She’s only famous for a sex tape” is the immediate - and obvious - reaction to any of her successes. Except Kim has moved on from that sex tape -released in 2013 under somewhat spurious means with rapper ex-boyfriend Ray-J - as have her millions of fans around the world, some of whom are too young to even remember that was her initial platform to fame. This time around, she was visibly thrilled to finally be accepted into the fashion industry and there was no Kanye to … [Read more...] about Caitlin McBride: ‘Kim Kardashian is redefining what it means to be a modern celebrity’