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Man Who Murdered Own Sister Freed on Parents' Pardon

Model Qandeel Baloch fell victim to 'honor killing'

(Newser) - Update: The parents of the Pakistani man who fatally strangled his own sister in a 2016 "honor killing" have pardoned the man. Muhammed Waseem confessed to the slaying and was convicted of murder, but a court ruled Monday he can be freed due to his parents' pardon, USA Today...

Heidi Klum Teams Up With Snoop Dogg on New Song

'This is like [the] dream of all dreams for me,' says supermodel

(Newser) - Heidi Klum has traveled the world, stunned on runways and magazine covers, appeared in movies and TV shows, hosted and produced TV shows of her own, and won an Emmy. But the supermodel and businesswoman has apparently only just achieved her topmost goal: making a song with Snoop Dogg. The...

Brooke Shields Blasts Barbara Walters for 1980 Interview

Actress says chat with TV journalist over CK ad, when Shields was 15, was 'practically criminal'

(Newser) - In an October interview with Vogue, Brooke Shields spoke about the famous Calvin Klein jeans ad she'd made in 1980, when she was 15, and how she hadn't at the time realized how sexual in nature it was widely interpreted as. (Her famous line: "You want to...

VP Stepdaughter Emhoff Just Hit Modeling Gold

Emma Emhoff, daughter of Doug Emhoff, has been signed by IMG Models after inauguration coat hit

(Newser) - In the days following President Biden's inauguration earlier this month, a talent agency has hit the jackpot. First IMG Models signed Amanda Gorman , the 22-year-old National Youth Poet Laureate who read her poem "The Hill We Climb" on Jan. 20. Now, the agency has tapped another "inauguration...

Amanda Gorman Wants to Be President. But First, a Side Gig

Inauguration poet signs with IMG Models

(Newser) - Inauguration poet Amanda Gorman has signed with one of the world's biggest modeling agencies, meaning she's "literally putting the model in role model," as the Los Angeles Times puts it. The first National Youth Poet Laureate completed a deal with IMG Models , the talent agency representing...

Emily Ratajkowski Won't 'Know' Baby's Gender Till Age 18

Supermodel announces pregnancy, says she won't impose an identity on her soon-to-arrive child

(Newser) - Emily Ratajkowski's "pumpkin spice" hair is making headlines , but that isn't the biggest news of the week for her. In an essay for Vogue , the 29-year-old supermodel reveals she's pregnant, but if you're tempted to ask if she's having a boy or a girl,...

Model From 'Blurred Lines' Video Makes Big Accusation

Emily Ratajkowski says photographer Jonathan Leder sexually assaulted her in 2012

(Newser) - Model and actress Emily Ratajkowski has penned an essay for New York magazine, in which she claims she was sexually assaulted by photographer Jonathan Leder in 2012, before making it big. Ratajkowski, who came to stardom in Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" music video, had met with Leder at...

Valentina Sampaio Makes History
Valentina Sampaio
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Valentina Sampaio Makes History

Valentina Sampaio is the first trans model to appear in SI's exclusive swimsuit edition

(Newser) - Valentina Sampaio has smashed yet another barrier. The 23-year-old beauty is now the first transgender model to appear in Sports Illustrated's swimsuit issue, Vogue reports. "I was filled with so many emotions of happiness when I heard the news. The feeling was surreal," she tells People . "...

Kendall Jenner Was 'So Hyped' —And Now Has to Pay $90K

The model was sued over a single Instagram post

(Newser) - Kendall Jenner has agreed to pay $90,000 to settle a lawsuit over the disastrous Fyre Festival —you know, the one that spawned two documentaries and got its organizer sent to prison on wire fraud charges. Jenner was sued in an effort to recover money for creditors who invested...

Rapper Whose Music Touched on Her Addiction Dies at 25

Philly performer Chynna Rogers is gone

(Newser) - Chynna Rogers, the Philadelphia rapper who had breakout hits with 2013's "Selfie" and 2014's "Glen Coco," has died at the age of 25. "Chynna was deeply loved and will be sorely missed," her family wrote in a statement, per Pitchfork . Rogers' manager tells...

Woman Claims Timothy Hutton Raped Her at 14

Actor says he never met Sera Johnston, who he says tried to extort him

(Newser) - A former model and child actor has accused Timothy Hutton of raping her when she was just 14 in the 1980s—though he says he never met the woman. Canadian Sera Johnston told BuzzFeed on Monday that she was raped by her idol, and then by his friend, after meeting...

She Wanted to Help Australia's Fire Victims. Out Came the Nudes

'Naked Philanthropist' Kaylen Ward says she's brought in $700K, but the initiative has its downside

(Newser) - The "Naked Philanthropist" will be sending out a lot of nude photos after she says she raised $700,000 for victims of Australia's bushfires. Los Angeles model Kaylen Ward urged Twitter followers Friday to donate to groups such as the New South Wales Rural Fire Service, Victoria Country...

He Was Filming a Reality Show. Then: 'I Can't Carry On'

Godfrey Gao dies after collapsing during 'Chase Me' competition in China

(Newser) - An actor's death in China during filming of a reality show that pushes contestants to their physical limits has been met with uproar. Godfrey Gao, a 35-year-old actor and the first Asian male model signed by Louis Vuitton, collapsed from an apparent heart problem Wednesday in Ningbo while filming...

Iowa Teen With Punishing Past Is the New 'It' Girl

But Ugbad Abdi is embracing her modeling career and cultural role

(Newser) - From war-torn Somalia to middle America to fashion runway—it isn't exactly a time-worn path. And teen model Ugbad Abdi seems just as surprised. "Everything that has happened so far to this moment, it's like, all a dream come true," she says. "I always get...

Model Wasn't Happy With the Clothes, Protested While Modeling Them

'Mental health is not fashion' was written on Ayesha Tan Jones' hands

(Newser) - Ayesha Tan Jones walked in Gucci's Spring/Summer 2020 show at Milan Fashion Week—but they did so while protesting the very clothing they were wearing. The models were all wearing white straitjacket-like garments and similar outfits, and as Tan Jones walked the runway, they held up their hands to...

Model: Magazine's Error Happened Because I'm Black

Adut Akech says the wrong photo wouldn't have been used if she was white

(Newser) - As an in-demand model, Adut Akech is used to having her picture taken. What was new and unpleasant for her: Having a photo of a black woman who was most definitely not her published alongside an interview she gave Australia's Who Magazine. CNN calls the 19-year-old's story "...

History-Making Tyra Banks Is Back for the Swimsuit Issue

She was the first black woman ever to be featured on the cover alone

(Newser) - More than two decades after Tyra Banks made history as the first black woman to appear solo on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue , she's back on the cover for her third appearance, People reports. The 45-year-old came out of modeling retirement to shoot the cover. Inside...

Model Dies After Collapsing on Catwalk

Tales Soares was 26

(Newser) - A model participating in Sao Paulo's Fashion Week has died after getting sick and falling on the catwalk. A statement from organizers said Tales Soares took ill Saturday while in a parade of fashion brand Ocksa. A medical team attended to him on the catwalk and Soares was later...

Miss Teen Universe Winner Dead at Age 20

Lotte van der Zee appeared to be in good health

(Newser) - A former Miss Teen Universe has died after suffering a totally unexpected heart attack two weeks ago, People reports. Lotte van der Zee was hospitalized and suffered organ failure before her death Wednesday at age 20. "Our pearl, our everything passed away on Wednesday evening March 6th at 22:...

Suit: Frat Pledge Whacked Head, Was Given Cocaine

Lawsuit accuses Phi Kappa Psi of negligence, hazing

(Newser) - The mother of a former University of Southern California student who killed himself last year is putting blame on the fraternity that allegedly hazed him. Kathleen Russell claims Phi Kappa Psi members forced 19-year-old pledge Alasdair Russell to "drink in excess to the point of passing out" at an...

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