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Tyra Banks Has a Son via Surrogate

'Joyous milestone' York Banks Asla was long awaited

(Newser) - "When I turned 40," former supermodel Tyra Banks once told People , "the one thing I was not happy about is that I did not have kids." All that has changed with the birth of Banks' son, York Banks Asla, via a gestational surrogate, People reports. Banks... More »

7 Stars Who Were Bullied as Children

Justin Timberlake called a 'sissy,' Kate Middleton was 'meek'

(Newser) - They're now the coolest kids in school, but the dozen celebrities rounded up by The Stir were bullied when they were younger. A sampling:
  • Justin Timberlake: "I got picked on all the time. I had terrible acne, weird hair," he has said. "I grew up in
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4 Stars Who Went Back to School

After achieving fame, they wanted more knowledge

(Newser) - Prince William is headed back to school this month, to take a 10-week course on agricultural management at Cambridge so he can better understand "contemporary issues affecting agricultural business and rural communities in the United Kingdom." E! rounds up seven more stars who went back to school after... More »

10 Stars Who Don't Drink

Some got sober, others just don't like alcohol

(Newser) - Not all celebrities spend their weekends drunkenly partying. The Huffington Post rounds up 19 celebrities who don't drink alcohol. A sampling:
  • Kim Kardashian: Despite plugging Midori in a commercial, she has said, "I do not drink alcohol at all. My sisters drink, so when they get a little
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25 Strange Phobias of the Stars

House plants and butterflies and mirrors, oh my!

(Newser) - Everyone understands arachnophobia. But what about swinophobia—the fear of pigs? It's just one of the 25 strange celebrity fears rounded up by the Huffington Post :
  • Katie Holmes: Scared of raccoons.
  • Tyra Banks: Afraid of dolphins.
  • Orlando Bloom: Yep, he's the swinophobe.
  • Woody Allen: One of his many
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21 Celebs Who Failed at Music

These actors, athletes did not make it in the music world

(Newser) - Just because you're good at acting or playing a sport doesn't mean you'll be equally talented at singing. Remember, if you will, how the Internet reveled in mocking Paris Hilton when her amazingly awful "Drunk Text" dropped. Now Perez Hilton lists 21 actors and athletes whose... More »

15 Weird Celebrity Friendships

You wouldn't guess these pairs hang out as often as they do

(Newser) - Paris Hilton is good friends with ... Kathy Griffin? Yep. You might expect the comedian would spend her time mocking the socialite, but they've actually been spotted shopping and sunbathing together. Fox News rounds up 14 more "unlikely celebrity BFFs":
  • Tyra Banks and Clay Aiken: The supermodel once wrote
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10 Weird Celebrity Phobias

Dolphins and horses and butterflies, oh my!

(Newser) - Aretha Franklin wants to be an American Idol judge, but there could be a slight problem getting her to audition sites across the country: She's afraid of flying. Celebuzz lists nine other celebrity phobias, from the everyday to the downright bizarre:
  • Kristen Stewart: She's been scared of horses
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Tyra Banks Officially a Harvard Alum

She completed a 3-year program designed for CEOs and COOs

(Newser) - Harvard's alumni ranks have gotten a little more Us Weekly worthy. Supermodel/would-be finder of America's next top model Tyra Banks is now the owner of a diploma from Harvard University’s Executive Education Owner/President Manager Program. It's a mouthful, but it doesn't translate into a master'... More »

Larry King: Freeze Me

He drops the news in a dinner interview with celebrities

(Newser) - Larry King doesn’t believe in an afterlife, and hence wants to be frozen when he dies, he reveals in a new special airing tomorrow night. Dinner with the Kings sees Larry sit down with a gaggle of celebrities—namely Conan O’Brien, Tyra Banks, Shaquille O’Neal, Seth MacFarlane,... More »

15 Odd, Awful Celeb Rappers

No, Tom Hanks. Just ... no

(Newser) - Sometimes otherwise-talented celebrities—here's looking at you, Eva Longoria—decide they really need to rap … terribly. Jezebel rounds up 15 unlikely rappers who really should not quit their day jobs. Watch a sampling in the gallery, or click here for the complete list. Yes, The Situation’s awful self-titled... More »

Mother Sues Tyra Banks Over Daughter's Appearance

Girl, 15, went on sex addict show

(Newser) - Mommas, don't let your babies grow up to be ... 15-year-old girls who go on Tyra Banks' show to proclaim before the world that they're sex addicts. A Georgia woman is suing Banks for $3 million, claiming her daughter made the appearance without her permission and that the show last year... More »

Tyra's Apology Is BS: Janice Dickinson

Says Banks definitely saw Top Model promo

(Newser) - Tyra Banks is full of it, says Janice Dickinson. Banks, who recently apologized for an America’s Next Top Model promo in which she appeared to gush over an ultra-skinny model, claimed she hadn’t seen the spot before it aired. BS, claims Dickinson, a former Top Model judge. “... More »

Tyra: Skinny Girls Have It Tough, Too

But she apologizes for the tiny-waist promo

(Newser) - Tyra Banks apologized for a controversial America's Next Top Model promo in which she appeared to gush over a super-skinny model, but says she wants to expand "the definition of beauty—EVERY kind of beauty"—including the extremely tall, thin kind. The model in the promo "was... More »

Tyra Banks Loves Super-Skinny Model

Maybe it's deceptive editing, but it sends the wrong message

(Newser) - Tyra Banks may have once famously told her body critics to kiss her fat ass …but now she appears to be quite enamored with a ridiculously skinny America’s Next Top Model contestant. “Obviously the footage has been cut, so maybe what Tyra really likes about her is... More »

11 Animals Celebs Fear

Apparently, MJ loved giraffes...but hated dogs

(Newser) - Sam Greenspan wants you to know that celebrities are, indeed, just like you. “But only if you have peculiarly irrational fears of flightless birds or farm animals,” he writes on 11points.com , where he offers up 11 strange celebrity animal phobias:
  • Adolf Hitler, et al: He is joined
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RIP, Daytime Talk Shows

Tyra Banks' exit marks end of an era

(Newser) - Why did Tyra Banks pull the plug on The Tyra Banks Show even though its ratings were still steady? Probably because she sensed that daytime talk shows in the confessional Oprah-inspired mold are dead, writes Jessica Grose of Slate . Fifteen years ago, daytime TV was full of these shows, from... More »

Tyra to Slam Other Models in Bizarre Books

Janice Dickinson may not want to read 'Modelland' books

(Newser) - Tyra Banks is already famous, which is probably how she managed to score a book deal for a tween series about models called “Intoxibellas” who rule over “Modelland” with their superpowers and have “edgy, sexy, exciting adventures.” Just in case the idea of a Top Model-meets-Harry ... More »

Nine Best Reality TV Hissy Fits

Kate Gosselin isn't even the worst

(Newser) - Kate Gosselin is the latest in a long line of “celebrities” throwing temper tantrums on national television. E! rounds up eight more reality show meltdowns—watch the videos in the gallery:
  • Kenley Collins, Project Runway: She flips out when judges say her final creation looks like a “pink
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Tyra Banks Launches Plus-Size Model Contest

Fiercely Real Teen Model Search will end with contract, spread

(Newser) - Tyra Banks is jumping on the plus-size model bandwagon with a new modeling competition—the Fiercely Real Teen Model Search. “I've always felt it was my mission to expand the narrow perceptions of beauty,” she tells Us . Teens with dress sizes between 12 and 20 who stand 5'9"... More »

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