It’s summertime and you know what that means. Everyone is going to bring out their fans to sit in the shade. However, this isn’t the shade you’re thinking about with all of the sunlight casting shadows on your lawn chair as you sip a martini and the poolboy finds clumps of algae in the hot tub. The shade that really matters is the shade coming from North West. Urban Dictionary describes shade as “acting in a casual or disrespectful manner towards someone.” Even Merriam-Webster lists the tenth definition of the word as “a facial expression of sadness or displeasure.” The paparazzi always seems to catch North West in one of these conditions.
North West probably didn’t want to wear fur, but her mother seems to know best. According to Huffpost, the European aristocracy used to wear furs as a status symbol and people in the Victorian age also skinned animals like badgers and wombats for their fur. Fortune reports that over half of fur buyers are under the age of 44. West totally fits the demographic. Her mind is probably saying, “Don’t sue me, PETA.”
Kim Kardashian posted this picture to Instagram and said, “I don’t know if she’s annoyed with my million daily kisses or my alien face.” The fact that Kim Kardashian would even try to make fun of herself as an example of being “relatable” with an “alien face” is part of the silliness here. North West most likely wants to stop being in all these selfish selfies. Will the madness ever end?
This outfit just screams “Crocodile Dundee” or Steve Irwin. Irwin was an Australian wildlife expert who had his own television show called “The Crocodile Hunter.” He was killed in 2006 after a stingray pierced him in the chest during a documentary called “Ocean’s Deadliest.” Nobody’s baby would want to be associated with such a tragedy. Let’s take a moment to remember the good times that were had with the great Steve Irwin.
As we go on, we remember all the times the Kardashian sisters had together before everything else happened. You can’t bring a baby to a high school graduation and expect them to be all smiles. You need to have excitement, entertainment, and possibly some graduation cake and baby food. North may not have been the life of the party, but her mother was all smiles. “Graduating class of 2014 & 2015! Congrats @kendalljenner & @kyliejenner for graduating high school,” Kim wrote on Instagram.
The shade that is being thrown here is directed at the possible splinters that North and her cousin Penelope could get from sitting in this wooden structure. Someone should baby-proof these things. Line it from top to bottom with bubble wrap and set up some nice non-toxic potpourri. “Omg they look so adorable. I love keeping up with you guys. I want the life you guys got,” wrote an Instragram commenter named “beautiful_crazy_me.”
It is a little bit funny that they have all that money and didn’t have her blow out candles on an actual large cake instead of this small cupcake. Maybe that Minnie Mouse centerpiece was made of cake. Maybe the candle she blew out a switch that lit up all the other candles on all the other cupcakes and it made a mini fireworks extravaganza just for her. That is highly improbable.
This is the part where North West says, “I went to Disneyland and all I got was this facepaint and a red balloon. It doesn’t even look like Minnie Mouse. I don’t even like Minnie Mouse. Where are the costumed princesses and that evil queen that was on the Youtube video where she was perfectly in character?” It might not have been the happiest place on Earth for this little one.
The last place you would remember fond memories is your baptism. This might explain the expression on North’s face when Kanye West and Kim took her to Jerusalem after they visited Armenia in April. They went to the St. James Cathedral in the Armenian Quarter. “I don’t remember posting these pics of us in Jerusalem,” Kim wrote on Instagram. Really, Kim? You don’t remember flying all the way there and posting that stuff even though the world saw you there?
Maybe North West feels that one doesn’t simply wear a tutu. One must earn a tutu after years of watching “Black Swan” starring the elusive Natalie Portman in her Oscar-winning role as a ballerina up against Ashton Kutcher’s baby mama. That is Academy Award-winning gold. Then there are the years of classical ballet training that one must undergo in order to truly become the swan queen. It’s never too early to start Juilliard classes.
The year was 2015 which makes it the present year. The month was March which made it a few months ago. The person sharing the photo was Kris Jenner who is being pit against the new star Caitlyn Jenner by the media according to E! Online. Daily Mail reported that North didn’t look happy in this picture during a brief pit-stop in London. The disgruntled look does somewhat match the “Yeezus Tour” clothing she has on.
You can call it an accidental photobomb. A British billionaire heiress named Alice Bamford was at Nobu when she took this picture of herself and the North West family. Alice also has a restaurant in Malibu. Bamford is part of the JCB farm equipment empire according to Daily Mail. Do they even have baby food on the menu at Nobu? Imagine trying to make your kids eat monk fish pate or broiled japanese eggplant with miso. That’s a refined palate.
What could be so bad even though it is worth six thousand bucks? Kanye was taking North West to a members only children’s play club in Chelsea, West London in March according to Daily Mail. This isn’t the greatest publicity for the club if North is not exactly smiling from ear to ear in connection with her play date. The website for the club lists a “premier” type of membership that includes singing, dancing, swimming, and cooking. Sounds fun.
This was a photoshoot for a magazine called “CR Fashion Book” which is owned by former French Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld. You can imagine North just going, “What am I wearing?” Roitfeld seems to have gotten along with North since she posted a photo of her holding the baby in an Instagram post. She wrote, “Baby North and her new ‘nanny.” Lovely little girl xxx.” The sales figures haven’t been released, but according to their website the magazine issue with North sold out.
This was either before or after North West was at the Balenciaga fashion show at Paris Fashion Week. She was 15 months old at the time, according to US Magazine on September 24th. They even said she was wearing baby Timberland boots. That’s actually pretty cool. Target has a couple of boots that almost look like Timberlands you can buy for a much cheaper price. Maybe North recognizes a missed opportunity for a good deal as well.
How awkward was this? North West was sitting next to Beyonce, Jay Z, P. Diddy, and Anna Wintour at New York Fashion Week while watching her dad’s partnership with Adidas. At the same show, NY Daily News reported that Elle editor Anne Slowey said, “Couldn’t they leave it backstage?” It was the battle of the editor versus Kanye West’s daughter! You know who is going to win this one every time.
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.