4 Tips On How To Choose Women Crossfit Shoes

CrossfitCrossFit Shoes are now popular for women’s mostly to those who are in the sport. There are shoes that are actually made for the specific use of sports. If you are a runner then you probably check for the sole of shoes as it carries the weight of our body.

For some women who are not shoe lovers, doesn’t actually care what shoes they are wearing –the important for them is they are comfortable using it.

There are some’s that they just want to be fit to the trending’s only, While the others care only for the colors as long as it will match for their outfit.
Shoes are very significant to what we are doing or let say it reflects our personality the shoes that we are wearing.

Finding a shoe in the store is not hard to find, there are lots of brands that always release a new update of their shoe collections.

However, every brand of shoes even though they are similarly made, are still not the same –there is the difference from the materials and comfortability in it.

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If you are planning to buy a women CrossFit Shoes, you must read this 4 Tipsasyour guides before buying CrossFit Shoes:

• Purpose

You have to think if you actually need it and if you are in the sport which type of sport you are included? If you’re a ballerina or gymnastic then you must consider this fact, ballerina has a specific type of shoes “The Ballerina Shoes” which only exclusive for the ballerina. If you’re a tennis player or volleyball player, then there is a right shoe for you then.

So, for taking a CrossFit shoes you must check if you can use it also to your other routines or activities.

• Comfort

Like just I mention above, Comfortability of using the CrossFit shoe to your purpose depends on you but you have to remember that you may get injured if you use this shoe to another type of sport that needs its specific type of shoes.
Also, you have to check if your feet can breathe properly not too tight that looks like your toes and feet are suffocated.

• Weight

You must check if this CrossFit Shoe for you is heavy or too light. There are other shoes that are actually a little bit heavy, that you can actually feel when you are walking or running –the feeling of you are pulling something on the ground or you are carrying something that quite heavy.

• Quality

You must take this into consideration when choosing your CrossFit shoes. A quality CrossFit shoe should give you protection when using it in outside.

If you decide to buy your new pair of CrossFit Shoes take this advice – http://spryshoes.com/best-crossfit-shoes/ before you really buy it, think for your routine background if it will not affect your foot and leg. Like those who are comfortable using shoes/ sandals with high heels then suddenly they change for Flat shoes/ sandals such as doll shoes. After some months they felt some pain to the middle sole of their feet.

Top 7 Richest Female Comedians

It is known that successful comedians have a large net worth. But, have you ever wondered just how much a successful comedian can make? Continue below to find out the top seven richest female comedians.

1.) Kristen Wiig

Kristen Wiig

The first wealthy female comedian on our list is Kristen Wiig. Wiig has an estimated net worth of $16 million. Wiig made her big comedic break as a full-time cast member on Saturday Night Live. During her time on the show, she became increasingly popular. This led her to become a popular actress and star in various movies, most notably; Bridesmaids.

2.) Chelsea Handler

Chelsea Handler

The next wealthy female comedian on our list is Chelsea Handler. Handler has an estimated net worth of $35 million. She is mostly known for her stand-up shows. Most of Handler’s wealth comes from her time as a talk show host on her own television show. Handler is also an established writer.

 

3.) Tina Fey

Tina Fey

The third wealthy female comedian on our list is Tina Fey. Fey has an estimated net worth of $65 million. Since Fey has worked on various successful projects, her wealth cannot be contributed to one overwhelming project. Fey made her big comedic break as a writer and cast member on Saturday Night Live. After her run on the show, she created, wrote, and starred in 30 Rock. Fey has also written a book and written and starred in various movies.

4.) Amy Poehler

Amy Poehler

The fourth wealthy female comedian on our list is Amy Poehler. Poehler has an estimated net worth of $20 million. Like Fey, Poehler has done a variety of projects, so it is hard to largely contribute her wealth to just one project. Poehler also starred on Saturday Night Live. After her run on the show, she starred in various blockbusters, as well as being one of the main characters in Parks and Recreation.

 

5.) Amy Schumer

Amy Schumer

The next wealthy female comedian on our list is Amy Schumer. Schumer has an estimated net worth of $10 million. Schumer made her comedic break as a stand-up performer. After successfully performing stand-up for a while, Schumer created her own show Inside Amy Schumer, which she currently stars in. She recently became increasingly popular after she wrote and starred in the summer 2015 blockbuster, Trainwreck.

6.) Ellen DeGeneres

Ellen DeGeneres

The next wealthy female comedian on our list is Ellen DeGeneres. DeGeneres has an estimated net worth of a whopping $330 million. Most of her wealth comes from her successful talk show host, where she makes approximately $65 million a year. DeGeneres has also made a lot of money from her stand-up career, as well as her career as a voice actor. One of her most famous roles was as Dory in Finding Nemo.

7.) Kathy Griffin

Kathy Griffin

Finally, the last wealthy female comedian on our list is Kathy Griffin. Griffin is worth an estimated $15 million. Most of her wealth came from her successful television show. Griffin has also made a lot of money from her stand-up career.

How To Take The Most Flattering Photo – Plus The Best Camera Apps

How To Take The Most Flattering Photo – Plus The Best Camera Apps

As the official photo agency, Getty Images had a crew of veteran photographers on hand at the Spring 2016 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week to capture every moment of the notoriously fabulous New York event.

MBFW Getty Images photog Astrid Stawiarz shoots models, celebrities and for some of the most prestigious newspapers and photo-journals in the country. We asked Astrid for her top tips in taking the perfect photo (hint: invest in quality foundation and a wide-brimmed hat!)

Rule #1: Location, location, location

It’s not just real estate where this adage rings true. The key to a truly flattering, profile picture-worthy portrait is positioning your pretty face in the most attractive of surroundings. “In an ideal world, I’d love perfect soft lighting, no direct flash from a camera and a Beyonce-esque wind fan  (like the one she has in her concerts!) to follow me around,” says Astrid.  “Unfortunately, there will be times where YOU look perfect but the location doesn’t flatter you.” Want softer lighting? Stay out of the sunlight and find a shady area. Sunlight creates harsh shadows on the face and makes makeup melt. You also want to look behind where you are standing. The last thing you want is a perfect photo with a garbage can behind you.

Rule #2: Pose like you mean it.

“Know your best pose and show off YOU! Whether it’s your perfect jaw line, long legs or your favorite outfit, show it off and be proud!  Practice at home with a point and shoot camera in front of a mirror. Ask close friends on what sides or poses work for you.” Don’t be shy!

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Rule #3: Turn to expert guidance (in the latest issue of Us Weekly)

“Putting one foot over the other, turning your hip slightly and placing arms over the waist is classic pose for celebrities like Blake Lively. Also a great relaxed natural look for street style photos! Take note on how Angelina Jolie made a typical pose for the cameras all her own by showing off her legs at this year’s Academy Awards.” Astrid does note no Zoolander ‘blue steel’ posing – and that may include the current celeb fave ‘duck lips’ pout as well.

Rule #4: The camera add 10lbs – how to ditch it fast.

“To make the face appear slimmer, tilt you head up slightly while turning it 3/4 — or angle your camera slightly above your head while tilting your face halfway. Never take a photo from eye’s level it will flatten your face.”

Rule #5: Get ready for your closeup with HD-worthy foundation

“I’m a huge fan of Dior skin foundation, Laura Mercier, Bobbi Brown, YSL Touche Eclat foundation and correction pen as well as the Smashbox HD line. You also don’t want to put much finishing powder over your makeup or make your complexion too dewy.” Stick to liquid formulas – spray on foundation looks too caked-on, says Stawiarz. “I like to start with lightly applying foundation in small even layers and accent the eyes, lips and add a touch of blush. Emma Stone, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry and Frieda Pinto do a great job of showing off their natural features by NOT piling on the makeup. Makeup should enhance your look, not hide it!”

Get ready for your closeup with HD-worthy foundation

Have you Instagram’ed so much, life looks too dull without a filter?! Fear not, besides Instagram and Camera +, Astrid likes the following apps for iPhone:

Photographer’s Ephemeris App: it uses your phone GPS to tell you the weather around you and how the light will fall that day. It’s perfect if you plan on taking outdoor photos and want to know the right time for lighting.

Snapped App: can make any photo look great – you don’t need to know how to edit a photo; it’s so easy to use the tools.

Photoshop Express: ideal for Photoshop users to make your iPhone snaps look just like you ran the real Photoshop on them.

360panoram: to show where you are or to remember your surroundings.

Mirror App: great for quick self portraits & also a great way to check your face before photos.

Fast Camera: it can take over 800 frames a minute! Perfect for group photos and events – you wont miss a moment.

Model and TV Personality Erin McNaught

Erin McNaughtWith her killer good looks and effervescent sense of fun, Erin McNaught was destined to be in front of the camera. From Miss. Australia pageant queen to MTV VJ, Erin is the type of media personality that can go from FHM cover to Cosmo in one easy swoop. Now based in London, the Aussie bombshell recently earned a coveted spot in the 2013 Red Pages Hot 100 list as a breakout talent and is getting ready to say ‘I do’ to her fiancé, British singer/rapper, Example in May. Despite the impressive list of achievements the brunette beauty has already notched up – the best, it seems, is yet to come.

Q: What are your favorite skincare tips and products for clear, glowing skin? Gently exfoliate every day. Your exfoliant needn’t be expensive, either – save your cash for serums and moisturizers. Be utterly vigilant with cleansing. Makeup wipes alone are not enough! They are merely to get the bulk of your makeup off before you double cleanse. I love Natio Gentle Facial Scrub, La Mer The Soft Moisturizing Creme, Dermamedica Dermal Repair Cream and Loreal Makeup Wipes.

Q: What is your secret to perfectly bronzed skin? Do you spray tan? I do self-tan at home about 9 months of the year. The trick is to be meticulous with both exfoliation and application. I’m quite fastidious so don’t often have tanning disasters, but I’ve had my share in the past!

Q: Do you have any essential tips you’ve learned from hair stylists & makeup artists when working on photo shoots? Day-old hair is much easier to work with, and holds styles better than freshly washed hair. If you have to wash and style, tip your head upside down and use a tiny amount of styling powder at the roots for volume and control.

After applying foundation with a brush, and once you are happy with the coverage, gently press the foundation into the skin using the pads of your fingertips, then apply concealer. By pressing it into the skin, it will last longer and won’t just sit on the surface, waiting to slide off your face. Once you are happy with your base, apply a light powder such as MAC Blot Powder Pressed on your T Zone.

Q: How did you find the pageant experience? What advice would you give other girls thinking of competing? It was terrifying! I was so underprepared. To girls thinking of entering, do loads of research. Watch every YouTube clip about the pageant that you can find, consult a stylist, but most of all, be confident.

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Q: Jetting between Australia & London, how would you compare the vibe and the people? What are some of your favorite things about the two places? I find people in London to be quite considered and thoughtful, while Australians have this gregarious, fun-loving attitude. London is definitely more refined, and cool without even trying. Obviously the outdoors lifestyle in Australia is incredible; I would often do interviews like this while sitting on Bondi Beach in a bikini, however I love the fact that there is always something to do in London – the music scene is just phenomenal. I would be out every night if it didn’t kill me!

Q: Any travel beauty tips or onboard essentials? Two words – LIP BALM.

Q: How many times a week do you work out? Is there a type of workout (that you swear by for results? [I work out] 3-4 days per week. The minimum I do is one long run (4-5 miles), a BodyAttack Class at the gym and a pilates class. I need exercise to keep my energy levels up, especially in winter. In Australia I had a trainer who I did really hardcore boxing sessions with – I miss that a lot.

Q: Have you ever done a juice cleanse? No way! I would strangle someone. I can’t live without food!

Q: What is your diet philosophy? Do you strive to stay in top shape year-round or do you have a particular regime in the run up to a shoot or red carpet appearance? I’m generally pretty good year round, but I love pizza more than anything, so I do have to cut this out before a shoot or red carpet appearance. Life is for living and I would be desperately unhappy if I only ate salads while out with my fiancé or friends. As Homer Simpson says, you don’t make friends with salad (even if salad is friends with you!)

Q: How have you found the wedding planning? What are the best perks & the more stressful parts of the process? It’s been relatively easy, actually! I was never one of those girls who fantasized about their wedding but I still kind of knew what I wanted. The hardest part has been getting the addresses of 70 people for the invitations!

Q: You’ve achieved so much already in a short period of time, what’s next for Erin McNaught & what would be your ultimate ambition? Thank you! At the moment, I’m still finding my feet over [in the UK] but ultimately, I would love to write about fashion and lifestyle, as well as continue my television presenting career here.

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QUICK FIRE Q&A

Having a mani and pedi…….makes me feel glamorous.

My makeup essentials areLa Prairie Skin Caviar Foundation in Mocha (summer) and Golden Beige (winter); Bobbi Brown Creamy Lip Colour in Coral Pink, and Model Co LashXtend Lengthening Mascara in Black.

If I had to choose, my favorite part of my body is I can’t see it very well but my boy says I have a sexy back! I think I have nice feet :)

My go-to swimsuit brand is…. Zimmermann or Seafolly.

One of my favorite magazine shoots was….. My FHM cover and spread from December 2008. I also loved the shoot I did in Cleo’s January 2012 edition – it was in this incredible house perched on a 300ft cliff!

I would describe my personal style as Interesting and sometimes unusual, but with a classic feel. I always seem to get odd looks in the street!

The best part about Twitter isfeeling close to people you know even when they’re on the other side of the world.

In 5 years, I’d like to see myselfliving a fun and fulfilled life, whatever it is I might be doing!

Want Longer, Fuller & Shinier Hair? The Expert Tips You Need To Know

Long Hair

Luscious, long, full and glossy locks – it needn’t be the reserve of Victoria’s Secret models and the Kardashian sisters with an army of top-notch stylists and an arsenal of extensions. “Consulting with a professional when trying to achieve longer, shinier and fuller hair will not cost you and arm and a leg if you go in prepared,” says Allison Burr, owner of Mint The Salon, who has beautified the likes of supermodels Irina Shayk and Selita Ebanks. With these expert tips and small changes to your daily routine, you’ll be inspiring hair envy in no time.

REGULAR HAIRCUTS

“Triming your hair is a must. It is the first step towards healthy hair.  Once hair is split there is no way to bring it back to life.  You could spend millions trying with disappointing results.” Try sticking to regular 6-week appointments with your stylist for maintenance.

GO GENTLE

Washing your hair everyday strips it of natural oils, which are essential for hydration. “Hair is like skin: when it’s dry it needs moisture,” says Burr. Switch to a gentle formula, like L’Oreal Paris EverPure Sulfate-Free Moisture Shampoo, and use a dry shampoo to refresh your roots on days in between.

CONDITION, CONDITION, CONDITION

Saturate your locks with an intensive conditioning treatment once to twice a week while you’re in the shower or bath as the steam opens up the hair shaft, allowing the product to penetrate more deeply. (Try Living Proof Restore Mask Treatment, $12-$42) If you want to go beyond at-home treatments, you can put yourself into more professional hands, says Burr. “Go into a salon and see a professional so they can consult with you for proper treatment.” A conditioning consultation at Burr’s salon includes a review of scalp, current hair condition and lifestyle.

SHINE BOOSTER

For extra glossiness, blast your hair with cold water before you hop out the shower to seal the cuticle and promote a smoother, more polished finish.

FULL BODY MAKEOVER

For extra fullness all over, generously squirt volumizing mousse onto a comb and distribute evenly from root to tip. Flip your hair over and blow-dry from underneath. (Try Alterna Bamboo Volume Weightless Whipped Mousse, $22) Letting hair air-dry when using mousse tends to lead to a rather crispy finish.

HAIR DIET

A-list celebs & models swear by Viviscal, a blend of fish proteins, horsetail extract & Vitamin C for hair and nail health.

BREAK YOUR BAD HABITS

Avoid using your blow-dryer & flat iron more than a few times a week, since heat is a key cause of dried-out, lifeless locks. One of our fave styling tips? Before bed, gently twist slightly damp hair into a ballerina bun and secure with a bobby pin. Shake out in the am for bouncy, voluminous waves – no heat required.

Ever tried matching up the length of the broken strands around your hairline to where your ponytail starts? It’s visible, but avoidable, damage. “Stay away from wearing a ponytail while sleeping & using rubber bands in your hair at all times as these are two of the most common and worst habits which contribute to breakage,” says Burr.

When sleeping, opt for fabric scrunchies (totally 80s we know but one must suffer for beauty) or try a low, loose braid to avoid pulling on the hair during the night.

Your hair is most vulnerable to breakage when it’s wet. Comb through your conditioner using a wide-toothed comb in the shower for no-fuss detangling. And never scrape your wet hair back for your morning workout session!

How To Create A Big Bouncy Blowout At Home

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There is nothing quite like the feeling of when you have had your hair teased and coiffed in a salon, but unless you are a professional lady of leisure, that’s sadly not an everyday option! The way to get around this is get your blow dry to last as long as possible.

Follow celebrity hair stylist Lee Stafford’s step by step guide to achieving this luxuriously glamorous blowout look:

  • Use a volumising shampoo and conditioner such as My Big Fat Healthy Hair Shampoo and Conditioner ($9.99). Rough dry your hair with a towel and give a quick blast of heat using my BLow DRy FASTER AC HAiR Dryer.
  • Apply a handful of volumising mousse to the roots of your hair. (Try Living Proof Full Thickening Mousse, $15-$26)
  • Section your hair into manageable sections. By sectioning around the crown of the head you will be able to add big volume to the hair.
  • My BLow DRy FASTER AC SALon DRyer has an ultra slim concentrator which is perfect for controlling the airflow, perfect for creating the style you want
  • Blow dry your damp hair using the medium heat and high speed setting. The hotter the setting, the more lift you will attain from your hair.
  • Blow dry hair section by section, starting at the back of the head and work around.
  • Don’t use too much heat as you can dry out or damage your hair.  Be sure to vary the heat and wave the dryer so that you don’t concentrate the air flow on one section of hair for too long.
  • As you blow dry your hair use a round or metal vent brush to lift and separate sections of hair as this will help to create a perfect, long lasting blow dry finish.
  • Aim the hair dryer airflow down the hair shaft, from the roots to the ends of the hair curling the brush round as you go in order to get the glamorous flick at the ends and it will also help add lift. Drying down the hair shaft will smooth the cuticles so your hair will be left smooth and shiny.
  • Use my sock diffuser that comes with the dryer to add volume without the frizz into your hair. A little trick to remember when blow drying your hair is not to touch your hair with your hand. Let the hair dryer and diffuser do all the work.
  • Blow dry your hair until it is completely dry and use the freeze shot after drying to set the style.
  • Finish with a spray of hairspray (Try Fekkai Sheer Hold Hairspray, $25)

Val Kilmer – At First Sight – Interview with Mr. Showbiz

The actor formerly known as Batman and The Saint talks about playing more down-to-earth roles, how he found love At First Sight, why he’s on the outs with Kevin Spacey, and much more.

VAL KILMER

By Kevin Maynard

VAL Kilmer wants you to like him. Having come off a string of high-profile action duds (The Saint, The Ghost and the Darkness), a major sci-fi fiasco (The Island of Dr. Moreau, after which director John Frankenheimer swore he’d never work with the actor again), and a bitter divorce from actress Joanne Whalley, the notoriously difficult actor seems eager to show his kinder, gentler side.

Kilmer can currently be heard as the voice of Moses in DreamWorks’ animated family epic The Prince of Egypt. It’s his latest shot at slipping into the shoes of a cultural icon, something the actor does with surprising ease. After all, his best (and most flamboyant) performances—Jim Morrison in The Doors, Doc Holliday in Tombstoneare startling impersonations of real-life historical figures.

But Kilmer’s latest role is infinitely more tricky. At First Sight is an intimate love story with a twist. “What if you fall in love at first sight and you can’t see?” the actor says. In the film, he plays Virgil Adamson, a blind masseur who is convinced by his architect girlfriend (Mira Sorvino) to undergo experimental surgery to regain his sight. Based on a true story documented by Dr. Oliver Sacks, At First Sight sometimes succumbs to sentimentality but Kilmer’s sensitive, nuanced acting manages to skirt the goo.

Clad in a Hugo Boss leather jacket and purple-tinted John Lennon shades, the actor chatted openly about playing blind, playing Batman, and playing with his kids.

Was playing a blind person a big challenge?

It’s probably the hardest role I’ve ever played. The premise couldn’t be more simple and yet more complex: What if you fall in love at first sight and you can’t see? The fact that it’s a true story doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter that Titanic‘s a true story. It’s a love story. Take the love story out and you’d have nothing. And I think it’s really Mira’s character’s love and belief that inspires Virgil to see. The way that we tell the story is that she made him something he was not.

Mira Sorvino said you made her role easier because when you were playing the character blind, even though you would react to her, there was nothing in your eyes. Can you talk about how you achieved that?

It was a lot of work. There are things that seem effortless to us that for Virgil take a lot of effort. Just keeping his clothes neat, making sure his shirt’s tucked in. These are things that even when we can see, we still mess up. I’m always doing that. But for Virgil it takes a lot of practice. I went to New York really early on to rehearse for the role. I spent quite a bit of time with my eyes closed in my room or with contact lenses on where I couldn’t see. And then I went out on the street and in the subway.

Did you go out by yourself?

Yeah. By myself and with friends. It was actually harder with friends. It was very frustrating. They’d say, “Watch out!” But they didn’t say “Watch out for what?” If a dog was loose, they wouldn’t tell me what direction he was coming from.

Did people on the street try to help you?

Some did and some didn’t. It’s a very deep experience to stand on the street and ask for directions, knowing someone’s standing next to you but they won’t answer. They don’t want to bother. It’s an awful kind of pity. It’s as though there’s something wrong with you because you’re blind. And for a lot of blind people I talked to, it’s a question of pride. It’s hard to admit that you’re lost. Children don’t like to get lost, but imagine being in that condition as an adult. It’s very tough.

Did you use any blind people as inspiration for your character?

My friend Michael. He’s a sculptor in Santa Fe [N.M.] who lost his sight in Vietnam from a hand grenade. I’ve known him for years, so it was easy to work with him. He has a miraculous spirit and a great sense of humor. He says, “My first date. It was a blind date.” He can tell jokes for hours.

Another inspiration were Shirl and Barbara Jennings, the real-life couple the film is based on. They’re so in love and so attentive to each other. It was wonderful to watch. I also became friends with a blind masseur in White Plains.

What did you learn from him?

A lot, because Virgil has the same job in the film, so it was my good luck. He read the script and was very soulful and insightful. He had a lot of interesting ideas. For instance, he was very attached to his seeing-eye dog, so he was always lobbying for more dog scenes. It’s a very important relationship for a blind person. There was a line toward the end of the film where I say that my dog has been put out to pasture, and some of the focus groups that saw the film were very upset. Irwin [Winkler] almost re-shot the scene because people were upset that it sounded like the dog was dead. Also, in another example of just strange good luck, he had met a woman who didn’t know he was blind, and they had their first conversation on the phone. And we talked about the oddness of when you tell someone you’d like to date that you’re blind. Sometimes he’ll wait until he gets a feeling about them because he feels like they might cancel.

You said it was especially hard to play Virgil after he regained his sight. Why do you think that was?

It’s hard to describe. If Virgil closes his eyes and feels a table, he knows what it is but it’s very different when he sees it. It was hard to accurately capture that physical state. Because the absolute reality is that it takes much longer to regain sight than we could dramatize on-screen. What we filmed is as realistic as we could make it, but Virgil just couldn’t have learned that quickly what a door looks like. I’d tell Irwin, “I can’t do that.” He’d say, “Why?” and I’d say, “Because I can’t see it.” He’d say, ‘Well, OK, can’t you just do the scene anyway?” We have that scene where Virgil first comes back to Amy’s apartment and is surprised to see the balloons she put up. But the reality is that he would have found the sight of the bed equally bizarre. It would be a much longer process for him to understand what he sees. But it would have been distracting from the love story.

As Virgil, you captured the way a blind person might physically hold himself. Did you find that these physical characteristics were common in all blind people?

The two extremes are you’re either very rigid—which the masseuse was. He’d talk about it. It was a problem for him because it made people very nervous. There’s also this rocking thing that blind children do. But kids just don’t care what you think. We had Virgil go to both extremes so Irwin could pick and choose what he wanted in the film. I even rock a lot now. It feels good. [Laughs.]

You had a few scenes working with blind children. What was that like?

Some of them handle it better than others. There was this one black boy who was just angry. It was tough to watch him because you could tell. Some see better than others so they don’t want to be treated like they can’t see. In some ways it was really exposing, because we’re really not that different than they are. If you take the physical blindness aspect away from the film, it would be the exact same film. Just a story about a guy from out of town who’s never seen New York before. When I moved to the city, I was 17, and it took me an hour to get from 64th Street to 72nd. I felt like one of the Beverly Hillbillies.

Your character Virgil is more comfortable living a quiet life in the country than he is at living in New York City. Are you similiar off-screen?

Yeah. I’ve been living in Santa Fe, N.M., since 1983. I’ve been going back and forth between there and New York.

Are you still a celebrity in Santa Fe, or are you able to be a more anonymous type of guy?

They don’t care about actors there. It’s an artistic, multicultural community. There’re a lot of eccentric characters out there and people who make enormous contributions to their community. If you’ve been to Santa Fe, you’re kind of stuck with the tourist aspects of it, but there’s a feeling underneath and a soul to it. It comes from the quality of the lives of the community. I’m grateful to expose that to my children, because I think it’s vanishing out of our culture everywhere. Even New York. Since I was there in the 1970s things have changed.

In the new Guiliani-family-friendly city?

The Hungarian section of the East Village has vanished. Even in Greenpoint, where most of the signs are written in Polish, it’s now gentrified.

What are you working on next?

I have a film that will be at Sundance called Joe the King. Frank Whaley wrote it and directed it. He’s a great actor and comedian. He asked me to play his dysfunctional alcoholic janitor father. This is Frank’s real-life story of his childhood. The kids in the film are fantastic. It’s reminiscent of The 400 Blows. It’s terrific.

You went to Chatsworth High School with Mare Winningham and Kevin Spacey. Do you still keep in touch with them?

No, I have no idea what Mare’s up to except I just saw the other day that she has a new record out. And Kevin stole money from my dad, so I don’t talk to Kevin.

In high school?

No. College. We went to Juilliard, and he knew my dad well from high school, and he hustled him. He told him that the school was going to kick him out because he used up his student loans so my dad wrote him a check. Even though Kevin knew he was gonna quit. So he hustled my dad for the money.

Was it like, a thousand bucks?

No, it was tuition. It was like, $18,000. My dad thought we were best friends so he wrote him a check. I ran into Kevin years later, and he had made some movies and probably won a Tony by then. I said, “Congratulations. You’re doing great, but you ought to pay my dad back. I don’t have much to say to you till you do that.” He sent my dad a thousand dollars and some sad-song letter that was all lies. And my dad died, [about] 1992 or ’93, right before I started Tombstone. So I’m gonna have to [have Spacey] pay for the college education of my children.

[Kevin Spacey’s publicist responds: “Ten years ago Mr. Spacey repaid in full an $800 loan, with interest, made by Eugene Kilmer in 1979 to help towards his first year’s college expenses. He has always been grateful for the opportunity this afforded him and feels strongly that without the generous support of Mr. Kilmer, and many like him, he would never have achieved the success he has today. He is particularly grateful to Val for having suggested he apply to Juilliard in the first place.”]

What was it like working on The Prince of Egypt?

Oh, it just gave me quivers. It was just an amazing group of artists. I don’t know if Jeffrey [Katzenberg] really got credit for [having] the courage to make such an unusual breakthrough animated film. I can’t say enough about it. It’s a classic.

Any trepidation about playing the character of Moses?

No, because the three directors on that film and Jeffrey really created a warm feeling of collaboration. They were so thorough about everything. I didn’t really have concerns because they had talked to so many religious scholars. [That’s] the kind of thing that an actor usually has to do himself. [Pauses.] That’s the most bacon I’ve ever had in my whole life.

Did you see ever see Batman and Robin?

Half of it. The same half everybody else saw, but I had to turn it off. Especially when I saw a picture of that silver bat suit. Wow. It was hard enough wearing the black one.

Do you see yourself doing more independent, small-scale films in the future?

I would love to do a movie just like this every year. I’ve really been fortunate in that nothing I’ve done has ever prevented me from doing anything else. That happens all the time, unfortunately. It depends on who you are and the kind of rhythm in which you work. Bruce Willis comes to mind. If [he’d taken] two and a half years off after he did Hudson Hawk, he probably would’ve been in trouble. But he just loves to work, and that’s his rhythm. I’d like to work more on projects that don’t take so long to do. Even Heat. I didn’t play the lead in that [movie], but it took forever. I started it the day after Batman Forever, and it just took [nearly] as long—about four and a half months. It took about 14 days total to do the shootout scene. Every Sunday, forever. Go down to L.A. and blow it up. It must’ve been really weird for the people working in the area. Thousands of rounds of bullets. He [director Michael Mann] had 11 cameras on that [scene].

Now that your divorce is over, are you more comfortable talking about it?

The last couple of years have been pretty difficult because of my divorce and custody issues. That’s something I never talked about in the press because I didn’t think it was the right thing to do. Now that the trial’s over, I don’t feel so bad about telling the truth of it. I never lied. I just didn’t think it was appropriate to talk about. That was really a damaging time; to say that I can’t co-parent my children is pretty vicious stuff. But, unfortunately, that’s what happens with divorce.

Your ex-wife, Joanne Whalley, is British. So does that mean half of the year the kids are raised in England?

They live here. That was one of the dramas going on. But there were certain periods of time when it would have been legal for her to just take the children, which was really terrifying.

So they have to stay in this country even though you have joint custody?

Yeah. She could move. But the kids have dual passports. All children in the United States who have a foreign parent do until they turn 18. [Pauses.] I can’t remember the question. Did we answer it?

Are you a real hands-on dad off-screen?

Yeah, I am. My kids really deepen my sense of gratitude for having what I have. They also really energize me. Just over Christmas my 7-year-old daughter took up skiing. My 3-year-old son is fearless, so I thought he would really jump on it too, but he didn’t. He’ll usually do anything she does, but he was very happy just staying in. But [when] I was a kid, I really appreciated that my parents didn’t push things on us. And the mountains aren’t going anywhere.

Q&A with The Real Housewives of Miami’s Joanna Krupa

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Q: What are your favorite skincare tips and products for clear, glowing skin? I like Kiehls Panthenol Protein Moisturizer Face Cream but recently I’ve also started using a European cream called SVR Lysalpha Active Cream. Since I don’t tan my face, I love the La Prairie Cellular Self Tan for Face and Body SPF 15. On my body, I use Palmers Cocoa Butter and also Nivea Essentially Enriched Daily Lotion for when my skin feels extra dry.

Q: In the lead up to a big magazine photo shoot, what does a typical day’s diet consist of? I never really had to diet but I just don’t overeat, meaning when I feel like I’m getting full I just stop eating otherwise it’ll lead to me wanting even more. I also try to eat less carbs and sugar before an important photoshoot.

Q: What is your typical workout routine? I typically like to do a whole body workout. I do pilates training once a week with a private trainer in L.A. But mainly I love doing classes –kickboxing, kettlebells; & this cardio ‘pound’ class with drumsticks at the Equinox gym in West Hollywood, which is so much fun and you really feel the burn. I change up my routine so my body doesn’t get used to the same workout. It all depends on my schedule but I try to workout at least twice a week but on weeks where I have more time and energy, I’ll up that to 3-4 times.

Q: Probably the most envied body part of a swimsuit model are those long, slim legs! Do you have any tips for toning the thigh area? Inner thighs is the hardest part to workout and honestly I still haven’t figured out a secret routine for them!

Q: What are your model tips for making your stomach look as flat as possible? Honestly, I wish I found the secret because I never had a perfectly flat belly! [laughs]

Q: Do you use any supplements to maximise your results? Sometimes I’ll use Slimfuel because it doesn’t make me feel jittery.

Q: Do you still taking dance classes after your time on Dancing With the Stars? Did training for the show transform your body? To be honest, I haven’t. I would need a teacher like Derek [Hough] in order to continue and it would take hours a day to learn new dances. The show definitely made my body leaner but didn’t lose any weight on the scale.

Q: What tips do you have for looking your best in a revealing photo shoot? Stay away from carbs a few days before and drink lots of water to flush out any water retention and get rid of that bloated look. I’ll also have a girl come by my house and spray tan me because a bronzed body looks a lot sexier and it makes a huge difference on a shoot.

Q: It takes tremendous discipline – and good genetics! – to be a top model: what advice would you give women who feel that they could never have the physique of a pro model, but want to make the best out of what they have? No one is perfect and we all have to accept what God gave us. My advice is to eat healthily with lots of fruits and veggies, low carbs and workout regularly to look and feel your best.

What to eat to boost your metabolism & shed fat to reveal abs worthy of an A-lister

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As part of our guide to achieving a leaner, sexier mid-section, celebrity trainer & lifestyle expert ASHLEY CONRAD will show you how to banish the bloat, boost your metabolism & shed the fat to reveal your very own A-list abs. In Part One, she reveals the first two steps of her specially devised ‘Clutch System’, whose devotees include Kate Hudson, Penelope Cruz, Kristen Bell & Victoria’s Secret models. Conrad devised the system to help her celebrity clientele change their bodies – fast. “[In L.A] nobody can wait 3 months to get in shape – the phone rings and you’re booked for a movie role or a photo shoot and you have to be ready.” Conrad’s approach transcends simple diet and exercise – it’s a total lifestyle program. To reap the full-body benefits, turn a new LEAF – and by that we mean: Lifestyle, Exercise, Attitude, and Food.

EXERCISE – WORK IT OUT LIKE AN ATHLETE With her athletic background, Conrad likes to challenge her clients with high-intensity workouts that combine cardio and resistance. “I like to hit it all in one go. I’ll mix up the exercises so you’re not overtraining. One day it may be cardio, or boxing, or a track workout or stairs.” On other days, take it down a notch with an easy hike, stretching or an ‘abs & core’ class. The key is saying no to predictable, repetitive movements. But do the same principles apply when she’s training Victoria’s Secret models? “Absolutely!” says Conrad, “I just alter certain elements: if [client] Bradley Cooper is trying to bulk up for a role, his diet is going to very different for someone who walks down a runway.”

ADOPT A STRESS-FREE LIFESTYLE TO BURN MORE CALORIES Hectic work-days followed by punishing sessions at the gym to try and drop weight could actually be the cause of why your stomach never seems to get any flatter. “That belly area is directly related to stress,” Conrad says, “your cortisol (stress hormone) levels get raised and it triggers your body to start storing calories, rather than burning them.” It’s very important to take stress-relieving measures each day, says Conrad. “Take those [off] days to rest and relax. Breathe deeply, and get 8 hours of sleep.”

“That belly area is directly related to stress,” Conrad says, “your cortisol (stress hormone) levels get raised and it triggers your body to start storing calories, rather than burning them.” 

CUT THE SALT TO BANISH THE BLOAT If your lifestyle involves dining out much of the time at restaurants, you may want to re-think what else you’re ingesting into your system. “If you eat out a lot, there is a lot of added sodium in food, even if you can’t taste it. That salt retains a lot of water and is stored underneath the skin.” Conrad advises her clients to drink ample amounts of water (100 ounces per day) to help flush any excess sodium out. “People underestimate their level of dehydration, especially during the summer and how that plays a role in water retention.” Amp up the detoxing effect by adding 4 lemons to the water you drink every day. The natural superfood is a stimulant-free natural diuretic that detoxes the liver and makes skin glow.

Get PART TWO OF OUR GUIDE here: learn more on how to flatten your stomach and reduce bloating through simple nutrition tips. Conrad also shares what your body fat percentage should be, and how to gain a healthier persepctive on your body and enjoy your new lifestyle for full-body fitness.

The Queen of the ‘Instagirls’ // Gigi Hadid on taking the fashion world and social media by storm

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Social Supermodels Like Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner, Fueled by Instagram and Twitter, Are Hitting the Fashion Stratosphere

Supermodel Gigi Hadid is big on social media.

It’s about 6 p.m. on a chilly Tuesday in late March, and model Gigi Hadid, equipped with a jar of charcoal pencils, is gleefully scrawling enormous hashtags on the stark white walls of a photography studio in lower Manhattan.

“I could do this all day!” effuses the 19-year-old Los Angeles native, who has, in fact, spent the better part of the day here, posing in sky-high stilettos. The following day, she posts a photo from the shoot on her personal Instagram account, with a caption thanking the makeup artist for her “on fleek” eyebrows. Some 24 hours later, the image has garnered more than 185,000 likes and 1,400 comments from her 2.5 million followers on the app. (Hadid’s total social following, including Twitter, has grown to more than 2.8 million.)

It’s that social media clout—not to mention the stunning face, killer body and irresistible personality—that has helped propel Hadid, seemingly overnight, from up-and-coming model to global fashion celebrity. And brands have taken notice. Over the past year, Hadid has scored big contracts with the likes of Tom Ford, Victoria’s Secret Pink and Maybelline.

Along with contemporaries like Kendall Jenner, Karlie Kloss and Cara Delevingne, Hadid is part of a new wave of digitally savvy models taking the fashion industry by storm. Dubbed “the Instagirls” by Vogue, these millennial models have achieved success both in the realm of high fashion and the commercial world—a rarity since the supermodel era of the ’90s. These days, some models are just as likely to be found on the Paris runways as in the pages of a celebrity weekly or Taylor Swift’s latest Instagram post—or in Kloss’ case, on the cover of Vogue with her good friend Swift.

“Social media has allowed these girls to have a voice and a platform and not just be some random, anonymous model,” says Teen Vogue editor in chief Amy Astley. “Young people today are totally open to a self-invented person who uses technology to launch their career and put their message out there,” the editor adds.

Hadid was just 14 when Instagram first launched, and she recalls having had an innate sense of social media long before she began consciously using it to further her career. “I think it’s always come naturally to just be genuine on social media and to put things into words that people can relate to, rather than putting things in a way that makes them feel that they can’t be a part of it,” she explains.

In high school, having gained a bit of notoriety from appearing in two Guess campaigns and a few episodes of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (on which her mother, former model Yolanda Foster, is a cast member), Hadid began hosting her own Q&A sessions on Twitter, dubbed “Ask Gigi”—something she continues to do when time allows. “I answer random things like, ‘What was your favorite class in high school?’ ‘What’s your favorite ice cream?’ Stuff like that,” she relates

Dubbed ”the Instagirls” by Vogue, these millennial models have achieved success both in the realm of high fashion and the commercial world—a rarity since the supermodel era of the ’90s.

After graduating high school two years ago, Hadid relocated to New York to pursue a degree in criminal psychology at The New School. By the end of her freshman year, she had made her New York Fashion Week debut and was the newest face of Tom Ford. By the following September, she was booking runway shows for Marc Jacobs, Jean Paul Gaultier and Chanel.

All the while, she continued promoting herself via social media, posting a mix of captivating selfies, behind-the-scenes shots from her modeling projects and inside looks at her life as a teenager hanging out with family and friends (including Cody Simpson, her indie-musician boyfriend, and friends like Kendall Jenner). By the beginning of 2015, Hadid had amassed nearly 1.5 million followers on Instagram alone.

When it comes to landing major beauty and fashion contracts, having a built-in social following can be a priceless advantage.

“If a model happens to come with a few thousand or a few million followers, that’s amazing for brands,” notes Harper’s Bazaar executive editor Laura Brown. “Especially if you’re a brand that wants to target a new, younger demographic, you’d have to consider [hiring] those girls in a second.”

“There are tons of examples of successful working models who don’t have a big Instagram following and aren’t interested in social media,” adds Teen Vogue’s Astley, “but it’s becoming something more and more that the ad clients are looking for—and all the girls know it. The game is definitely changing.”

In January, the game changed for Hadid when she revealed (via Instagram, naturally) that she had scored her biggest contract yet with beauty brand Maybelline—a deal that has the potential to make her into a household name. According to Maybelline’s global brand president, the model’s social following played a key role in the decision to hire her. “Gigi is extremely connected, and beyond being connected, she is fantastically engaged with women around the world,” he says. “She is extremely relevant for the millennial consumer, not only because of who she is externally—her beauty, her fashion, her style, her sexiness—but also because she is a girl that has amazing confidence, has amazing drive and is willing to share that with women through social channels.”

Just before Hadid’s Maybelline announcement, Estée Lauder made headlines by hiring its own Instagirl: Kendall Jenner, the 19-year-old Kardashian sister who, with a social media audience of nearly 40 million (including 22 million on Instagram), is by far the most-followed model in existence.

While it has taken big sister Kim Kardashian years to become accepted by the fashion industry—which is notoriously wary of “lowbrow” celebrity (consider the backlash over Kardashian’s Vogue cover last year)—the statuesque Kendall has been widely embraced since she signed with Elite Model division The Society Management in 2013. On top of dozens of runway appearances, she has appeared in ads for Marc Jacobs, Givenchy and Karl Lagerfeld—and just last week signed with Calvin Klein Jeans.

Jenner’s Estée Lauder deal represents a significant step for the cosmetics giant in reaching out to a younger audience. By signing her, the brand gets instant access to millions of women in its target demographic. “Whether you like it or not, people are fascinated by her life and the world in which she lives,” says Estée Lauder global creative director Richard Ferretti. “The fact that she is now behind the scenes at runway shows and going to these great parties, there’s great interest in that.”

Ferretti notes that Jenner also happens to have a resumé worthy of an Estée Lauder model. “The fashion designers love her, and her fashion credibility and her personal style is pretty outstanding,” he says. “So that, as a representation for our brand, is pretty incredible.”

Both Kendall and Gigi are very professional, really hardworking and grateful for where they are,” adds Astley. “They don’t ask for any special favors. They’re physically great specimens. And the fact that they’re known to the public and have a big social following is extra, and it’s great.”

It’s not just the newcomers who have benefitted from this social media revolution. “Girls who have already had success in modeling have been clever about leveraging social media to make themselves known outside the small world of high fashion and expanding their careers, because the high-fashion career can be a short one,” says Astley.

For the Instagirls, building a personal brand online isn’t just about boosting their modeling pursuits. It’s also a form of insurance against the inevitable aging out that happens in fashion where someone in her late 20s is considered ancient.

Originally published in the March 30 issue of Adweek magazine. The story story and pictures can be viewed here.