It’s no coincidence that almost all Hollywood stars and musicians are good looking. With the exception of Steve Buscemi and Ed Sheeran, of course (sorry, chaps). It’s intentional, of course. Big time producers cherry pick the most talented – and best looking – people for their movies and TV shows and things. You know, to build up an audience and fill the pages of gossip mags and the walls of teenagers. And where do they head for these people? Where’s the best available pool of handsome and stunning talent? Why, the books of Abercrombie & Fitch, of course! It’s where so many big time celebrities started off…
Abercrombie & Fitch had a campaign called ‘Rising Stars’. And the world’s biggest pop star was in it. Reading, Pennsylvania resident and country/pop star Taylor Swift. Doesn’t look much like her, does it? Well, she was just fourteen at the time. We suppose you might actually recognize her from this picture. As much as it might not look like her, but she does have a guitar. From clotheshorse to global musical superstar. Not bad, huh?
Weirdly, this is an actual Abercrombie & Fitch modeling shoot. Featuring none other than Layer Cake and Americna Sniper actress Sienna Miller. But just look at it, it looks more like a bizarre seventies adult movie set. It looks as though there’s about to be a plumber knock on the door, doesn’t it? But, no. It’s Sienna Miller earning a little money before going on to forge a successful movie career and slightly less successful marriage to Jude Law.
Who’s this? Recognize him? This is him back in his modelling days. But nowadays? He’s an actor and performer. His name? Kellan Lutz. He played Emmett Cullen in The Twilight saga movies. He also pitched up in Immortals, The Legend of Hercules and the third Expendables movie. Lutz also models with Ford Models and Calvin Klein. Well, it’s no surprise, really. Just look at the man. He’s pretty ridiculous looking.
Here’s big time Movie star Olivia Wilde who, like everyone else on this list – naturally – started off as a model. So before her days in House opposite Hugh Laurie and in movies like Rush, Her and Cowboys & Aliens, she’d pose for the camera. Check out this picture here. This snap was taken back in 2004. When she was twenty. But eleven years later? She still looks the damn same! It’s crazy… Isn’t it? She’ll still be hot in another eleven years. And probably another eleven after that too.
Here’s Unfabulous, American Horror Story and We’re The Millers star Emma Roberts in a teenage shoot for Abercrombie & Fitch. She’s actually Julia Roberts niece, so it’s no surprise that she’s so pretty and at home in front of the camera. Extra trivia for you – her dad is eighties movie hero Eric Roberts. And her (now ex) boyfriend is X Men star Evan Peters.
Here’s Karlie Kloss. She’s a highly successful and lusted after Victoria’s Secret supermodel nowadays. But, this shoot was some eight years ago. This 2007 job was for Abercrombie & Fitch’s children’s section, Abercrombie Kids. She was just sixteen. And what a natural model she is. Just take a look. It’s not – admittedly – a huge talent. But still. Please don’t tell Tyra Banks that we said that though, okay?
We all know Jamie Dornan now for his appearance as Christina Grey in the controversial movie adaptation of EL James’ erotic novel, 50 Shades of Grey. But before the actor took on the role of a sex-crazed billionaire in the saucy movie, he was a high end fashion model for the swanky clothing brand, Abercrombie & Fitch. The Northern Irish thesp got his big break in Sofia Coppolla’s Marie Antoinette, but before than? Modelling shoots like this.
Here’s future Disney star and soon-to-be wild child Lindsay Lohan posing for Abercrombie Kids way back in 1998. Aaaah… Look at her, all cute and innocence. If only people knew what was in store for Ms. Lohan back then. A long list of famous bed fellows, arrests, crazy nights out, battles with booze and drugs… The red-headed model-turned-actress has certainly lived a life already. So it’s weird to see her back as a little ‘un, isn’t it?
Here’s the blonde bombshell January Jones being all serious and moody for a photo shoot for Abercrombie & Fitch back before the days of Betty Draper and Mad Men. Who knew that she used to be a model, huh? Well, us, actually. What? We did. C’mon, you’ve only got to see her in films like X Men: First Class to realize that how stupidly hot she is…
A big hunk of beefcake that went on to star in Oliver Stone’s Savages, John Carter (From Mars) and the second season of True Detective. But before these current heady days of acting (albeit not particularly great acting…), Taylor Kitsch used to be a model. One who, judging by this picture, was quite happy to pose in weird positions. Bless him.
Here’s a very young Jennifer Lawrence way back in 2006 modelling for Abercrombie & Fitch. This was much before she kicked off a huge career in the movies and became one of the world’s most famous actresses. This young girl wouldn’t have believed you if you told her that she was going to win a Best Actress Oscar one day, would she? We don’t think.
Here’s Channing Tatum modelling for A & F. Nowadays of course he’s a big time A-List Hollywood star. But back then? He was happy to pose for strange pictures with other guys. The star of 21 Jump Street, GI Joe and Haywire had an even stranger job before being a model too. He used to work in a kitten/puppy nursery. Ah, how sweet, huh? We wonder if he’s embarrassed by this frankly quite odd photograph, though? What do you think?
Here’s Michelle Trachtenberg way back in 2004. You might remember her from her three-year spell as Buffy’s annoying little sister on Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Or you might remember her from fashion shoots like these. You know, if you have a weirdly good recall on Abercrombie & Fitch models from eleven years ago. Which would be weird, to say the very least.
Here we see movie star, entrepreneur, Demi Moore ex and Mila Kunis husband Ashton Kutchner posing in a very odd little ad for Abercrombie & Fitch. This bizarrely homoerotic little scene paid the bills for Mr. Kutchner pre-That 70’s Show and The Butterfly Effect, but he’s got to be regretting it somewhat now. Just look at it. It’s all rather intimate and, well, half naked, isn’t it?
Here’s a surprisingly busty Heidi Klum doing a little catalog modeling before the big time came a-calling and she was called to the catwalks to make her money. The future wife (and ex-wife) of Seal can be seen here, all topless and provocative with a Robert Redford lookalike. Ah, the Germans. They just love Christmas, don’t they?
Dr. Oz: “I’m Very Concerned About the Corona Virus, Here’s Why”
While coronaviruses have been known to medical science since the 1960s, few have been anywhere near as dangerous as this new one from the market in Wuhan China.
A coronavirus is typified by its protective shell which resembles a crown or a halo under a microscope. That is where it gets its name. The average coronavirus does little more than cause the symptoms of the common cold, sniffles, cough, flu-like symptoms and so on. Part of the reason that these viruses are so hard to prevent from causing millions of colds each year is their protective shell. They can remain on a surface for hours, sometimes days, before they begin to lose structural integrity. But few trigger symptoms as severe as this one known as 2019-nCoV.
Dr. Oz had this to say about what has become known as the Wuhan Coronavirus, “It’s alarming, this is the big news today, the Chinese leadership is starting to say ‘this incubation period is a lot longer than we thought.’”
If this report is true, it means that many, many more people may be infected than have been reported- or even anticipated. It means that people could be walking around, infected, and not even know it- not taking precautions and spreading the virus everywhere they go. That means anyone who has recently returned from the area around the Wuhan market, where the outbreak started, could be carrying the disease.
At the time of this writing, the total enumerated infection count is over 1,800. The total deaths are approaching 200. Other researchers are suggesting that this virus has a rapid mutation rate. That is particularly terrifying because it is what made the HIV-AIDS virus so difficult to treat.
At present, the World Health Organization had laid down a series of suggestions to help people avoid infection.
They advise that anyone who may come into contact with the virus should:
- Wash their hands frequently
- Maintain good sanitation on and around all frequently used objects and surfaces
- Avoid centers of mass travel such as airports
- Sneeze and cough into the elbow or a tissue
- Take immunity-boosting supplements like vitamin C
The source of the infection is believed to have come from a specific market in Wuhan, where live animals were kept in stalls for sale and trade. Researchers believe the virus came from either a snake or a bat. The initial cases of illness were reported in December 2019 by employees of the Wuhan market. That market is now shut down for the foreseeable future.
As health officials struggle to understand the virus and contain its progress, other researchers are asking even more startling questions. The shell of this virus is similar to the shell of a virus created in a university research lab in 2015 at the University of North Carolina. What’s more, there is a known military biological weapons lab in Wuhan China.
If these reports are true, it could have serious implications, not only for global health- but for relations between the US and China.
Big Brother Contestants Make How Much on the Show?!?
Big Brother has been a wildly popular, dramatic reality TV game show since 2000. Audiences are captivated by the twists, the turns, the strange alliances, and the betrayals. The show is based on a Dutch program with the same premise which also became wildly popular in Spain and Germany before the reboot came to America.
As the US version grew in popularity, the producers eventually made it possible for fans to watch the contestants on a non-live streaming video feed available 24 hours a day seven days a week. Yes, the contestants on Big Brother are now on display to be viewed by anyone in the world at every waking moment. How they avoid getting caught in their all-togethers or during toilet breaks, we don’t know. Maybe they have certain camera-safe areas to which they can retreat.
Later on, the house the Big Brother contestants live in was stripped of all communication devices- depriving them of contact with the outside world. That is- except for the live feeds the public has unfettered access to. So, if one of them was being held hostage, we suppose they could let us know.
So the question came up of, how much do the contestants really earn? By playing the game they have the chance to make friends, or enemies, become Internet sensations, and to win half a million dollars. But, given everything they have to put up with; being ripped out of their lives, possibly losing jobs, experiencing the anguish of betrayal- all while being on public display- do they get anything else?
According to a report by Reality Blurred, a site that follows the happenings of reality TV stars, programs, and related matters- the contestants “[…] receive $750 per week that they’re in the house.”
Any pay they receive while in the jury house is harder to account for since nothing about it appears on the contract. However, it is believed that contestants receive consolation prizes during their time out of the main house. It also seems reasonable that the consolation prizes received in the jury house should be worth at least $500 since keeping them away from other gainful employment for less than that would be near to slavery. (We’re looking at you, jury duty.)
However, while the big prize on Big Brother is a cool half-million on top of what the contestants earn as their weekly salary, in reality- they have much more to gain in Internet stardom.
Many former Big Brother players have gone on to lucrative careers as influencers on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, and other social media sites. While any gains from that are unlikely to be as exhilarating as half a million in fast cash- the best of them certainly earn more than that over the long term.
So, it would appear that our curiosity MacGuffins on Big Brother are at least doing as well as someone earning minimum wage- while essentially fooling around Truman Show style.
Single Mom Irina Shayk, Happy Single
Those in the public spotlight seem to be an open book. Their every move seems to is covered by gossip sites. Their whereabouts are nearly always and it seems as if we are updated on who’s dating who and what luxurious vacation they are on.
That’s why it is surprising that Irina Shayk and Bradley Cooper kept their relationship under wraps for so long, dating all the way back to 2015. The couple was first spotted together after the actor and model were first seen in 2015. Cooper split from Suki Waterhouse and Shayk ended her five-year relationship with soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo.
The couple was first seen together at a Broadway show, then shortly thereafter, the White House Correspondents’ dinner. Things seemed to move quickly from there. Within months the couple moved in together, soon they announced they were expecting.
Work Gets in the Way:
Irina, who has been quiet about her relationship and breakup with Bradley Cooper, recently spoke up about their relationship.
The couple ended their relationship in 2019, on the heels of the release of the stars’ remake of a Star is Born. The on-screen chemistry between Bradley Cooper and his co-star, Stefani Germanotta, better known as Lady Gaga, sent tongues wagging. Rumors were raging that the two co-stars were in a relationship based on their pationate adaption of the film.
Irina set the record straight in some recent interviews about the end of their relationship. According to Shayk, the couple hadn’t been getting along for quite some time. After the baby was born, Shayk was hoping that Cooper would put their family first and slow down his busy working schedule. She was secretly hoping that after A Star is Born was released and the promotional tour was over, he would spend more time at home. That was not the case.
Irina, 33, was ready to settle into family life. This included getting married and more children. But the marriage never happened, and Cooper’s work schedule was as busy as ever.
Irina felt that her expectations weren’t met and she didn’t have the commitment level she wanted from Cooper. Shortly after the Award season in June 2019, the news broke that the couple had split. Irina had taken baby Lea and moved out of the couples Los Angeles home.At first, the separation was thought to be temporary. Both partners have decided that they are better apart than together.
The couple continues to co-parent their daughter, but it seems like the couple are happty being apart. They both seem to be quite content focusing on their child and carreers.
Irina recently said that “life without Cooper” and being a single mom is “new ground.” She also said that just because two people are great on their own, they are not always good together.
Irina is a strong woman, and while she often feels overwhelmed being a single-mom, she’s ready for the challenge. Both parents are dedicated to doing what is best for their child and are curently working on a visitation schedule.