Looks like Posh Spice may not be joining the gang when the team reunite…
Life can prove eternally interesting and problematic at times when you unwittingly have a resting bitch face (RBF), aka Bitchy Resting Face (BRF). I’m talking about a puckered-up, cats-bum facial expression you regularly adopt when relaxed, which is often misinterpreted as rage, contempt and sadness.
Think Hollywood RBF-aficionados such as actors Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron and Jeremy Renner; singer Avril Lavigne and rapper Kanye West; fashion designer Victoria Beckham and arguably the most famous one of all, US editrix Anna Wintour of Vogue, second only to the original RBF: her majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.
Of course, for these A-list celebrities (and fashion/British royalty), it must get a tad wearing having paparazzi follow you around 24/7, but their famed surly facial expressions as a consequence of resting bitch face syndrome are a true joy to behold.
Sadly, in real life you can’t make like fashion icon Anna Wintour and scowl your way through the day without offending someone. I should know – I too have a serious resting bitch face myself, which has landed me in a lot of hot water over the years.
At 41, I’ve gotten much better at adopting a poker face, but it’s taken many years and patience to perfect. My involuntary RBF has offended everyone from high school teachers through to newsroom bosses over the years – there have been some seriously awkward moments when I’ve had to explain myself.
And what can you really say? “Sorry, my face just does this on its own?” Or what about: “I was just born this way – sorry.” Once, I felt compelled to explain away my RBF to a close work colleague, a fellow journo I’m still friends with to this day, by saying: “Look, when I concentrate, I look really cranky, sorry in advance.”
You see, unfortunately I frown a lot when I’m working – it’s just what I do, I can’t help it. It doesn’t mean I’m remotely unhappy, sad, angry or being judgmental. Hell, maybe I should get a face full of Botox so no one can ever accuse me of having any facial expression!
And so I really relate to and empathise with Twilight actor Kristen Stewart’s RBF trauma in particular, which always seems to get her into trouble. I mean, why should she have to smile all the time – wouldn’t that look even weirder?!
Recently, when asked about her RBF, she told ELLE UK: “The whole smiling thing is weird because I actually smile a lot. I literally want to be like: ‘Dude, you would think I was cool if you got to know me’.” I’m feeling you, K-Stew.
What do you think? Do you have a RBF?
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Nowadays Victoria Beckham is known for her remarkable fashion design as opposed to her hair. But she always looks refined, and wears her hair in very flattering and appropriate styles for the occasion. Her classic updo is easy enough to achieve, all you need is a handful of bobby pins and an extra-strength hairspray to recreate this look.
1. Start with air-dried hair, and work with the natural texture of your hair. Not only will this save you some time, but it’ll also guarantee that your hair will stay in place all day.
2. Carefully comb through the ends of your hair, and apply a shine serum from root to tip. This will leave your hair looking beautiful and healthy.
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3. Pull your hair up and away from the jawline at a slight angle – this look is flattering for all women, regardless of hair texture or bone structure. Then secure with an elastic band. Brush through the pony tail to give a little extra thickness.
4. Curl the hair around the base of the ponytail, then secure with bobby pins. Carefully pull out individual hairs to make this hairstyle look lived-in. Set with hairspray.
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Who is Rance?
Owen Wilson?Who, exactly, is “Rance?” is the question all of Hollywood is asking. Some believe he is Owen Wilson, Ben Affleck, Jim Carrey or even George Clooney? He or she leaves snippets of gossip about Hollywood through an anonymous website. The site has found a cult following quicker than a J-Lo marriage, as the first web logs started appearing in December last year. Is it all a hoax or is this really an insiders look through the eyes of a genuine, bona-fida, ridgy dige A list Hollywood celebrity? In the blog’s first-ever post last December, Rance introduced himself this way: “Suffice it to say I know what it?s like to see your picture on the magazine rack every now and again when you pay for groceries.” Rance?s diary has tongues wagging from coast to coast in the US with speculation rife as to the real identity of ?Rance?. But none of this seems to be bothering ?Rance? who seems untroubled by the storm in a teacup his identity has caused in Hollywood and beyond. “The guessing game distracts from any message I might have,” he told Reuters.
Or is it George?Anonymous Gossip Diary has Hollywood Hooked
The mysterious scribe went on to say “Then again, I’m not yet sure I have a message and in any case the amusement makes it all worth it. More than once I’ve seen items that upon first glance suggested the game might be up and I felt my stomach plummet.” He rambles, with varying degrees of wit, about all that makes Hollywood less than wholesome: the pitches, the parties, the back-stabbing, the illicit sex, the bitching, all the things that us mere mortals love to read about! Watch this space to see if this is a well played hoax or one of the Hollywood elite finally letting us know what goes in the rarified world of celebrities, parties, drugs and of course sex!
Not as stylish as her hubbyPosh ditched by US mag
Victoria Beckham is said to be rather upset at not being included in the cover shot with her husband for Vanity Fair. Celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz specifically chose to snap David Beckham on his own in her cover shot. According to sources, David has plenty of pulling power with the fashion set in the States. He may not be known for his soccer skills yet, however he was voted one of Vanity Fair?s best dressed men last year. Posh doesn?t have quite the same kudos. According to the Mirror, she was hoping to appear on the July cover of the mag to boost the couple as a brand in America. Sounds like she is just riding on his coat tails to me…
…Madonna is making a film about a true story of a British girl who sold her virginity on the net. No word whether Mads wants to play the 18-year-old star…Sex and the City‘s Sarah Jessica Parker is trading her Manolo Blahniks jelly thongs as the pitchwoman for The Gap…Tennis star Serena Williams has admitted that men are afraid to date her because of her confident nature. But the 22-year-old Wimbledon star says she has no plans to change. ?I can?t see myself rolling over for any man,? she says. You go girl!
Who is Hollywood’s most eligible bachelor?
The desirable Ben AffleckBen Affleck has been named Hollywood’s most eligible man according to a new survey in US magazine In Touch Weekly. Glamorous ex-lovers Jennifer Lopez and Gwyneth Paltrow claim it’s Ben’s high income that’s the main reason for his desirability. George Clooney came in second, ahead of Starsky and Hutch‘s Owen Wilson, Friends star David Schwimmer, Gary Dourdan, Benjamin McKenzie and the puffy one, Sean Coombes. Sexy Jude Law came in at number eight while bad bo Colin Farrell placed nine with the king of the Lord of the Rings, the darkly handsome – and single – Viggo Mortensen completing the top ten. Yummo!
Posh will soon be sporting diamondsDiamonds – a Spice Girl’s best friend?
If diamonds are a girl’s best friend, Victoria Beckham will have no shortage of sparkling amigos on her 30th birthday this weekend, thanks to her SMS-loving footballer husband David Beckham. Despite the fact the glamorous couple are embroiled in a juicy infidelity scandal that risks ruining their marriage, David is determined to shower his wife with diamonds for her 30th birthday. Or could this be the act of a guilty man trying to win his way back into his wife’s good books? The Real Madrid player has spent more than a million pounds on a rare ten-carat pink diamond ring for her, splashing out even more cash for a pair of matching earrings. “He wanted the best diamonds in the world, and that’s what he got,” said an insider of the Asprey dazzler. Apparently David has picked out yet another pricey bauble for Posh, a handmade $500,000 eternity ring created by an exclusive Spanish jeweller. Inscribed with “I will love you forever”, the sparkler also features five gorgeous diamonds. “We were really surprised when Beckham came to us, but he has very good taste and was very specific,” said the Madrid jewellery house. “To receive a gift like that makes Victoria a very lucky woman.” Don’t know if Posh would describe herself as lucky at the moment!
Cam & JustinDiaz and Timberlake – big screen co-stars?
Hot celebrity couple Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake are apparently so desperate to star together in the same movie, the actress has asked her Charlie’s Angels pal Drew Barrymore to find a suitable script for their co-starring endeavours. Diaz, 31, was so impressed with her beau’s acting skills on the set of his debut movie Edison, she’s now sought the advice of producer Barrymore. A close friend of the couple says, “Cameron has spoken to Drew as a friend and because she’s such a hot shot producer. Justin has really impressed Cameron with his keenness to get into film, and they both said how great it would be to do something together. Drew thinks it’s a great idea and she’s promised to help.” Let’s hope that the pair’s movie debut doesn’t earn them a Golden Raspberry like fellow-lovers-turned-co-stars. Acting together did wonders for J-Lo and Ben in the atrocious Gigli. And Madonna‘s made some terrible pics with both of her husbands – Shanghai Surprise with ex Sean Penn and the mega flop Swept Away with Guy Ritchie. Eww!
Julia RobertsPretty Woman desperate for baby
Julia Roberts wants a baby so badly with husband Danny Moder, that she is looking at alternative ways to have children after reportedly exhausting all other methods including undergoing IVF treatment. According to London Evening Standard, the actress revealed she cannot conceive a child naturally, and that is why the 36-year-old is looking at alternatives including using a surrogate mother and adoption. A friend said: “She seemingly has everything in the world. She’s the number one female film star, her fans adore her and her husband adores her. She has the pick of films. But she doesn’t have the one thing she wants most – children.The friend added: “Danny said, “‘We’ve always said we are going to have a family one way or the other. Now we are just going to try the other”.’ Seems like money can’t buy everything for this Pretty Woman.
Everybody loves children’s books!
Move over Madonna – Everybody Loves Raymond?s Ray Romano is encroaching on your publishing territory! The Emmy-winning star is writing a children’s book called Raymie, Dickie, and the Bean: Why I Love and Hate My Brothers which publishers are describing as “the funny and true story of why brothers can be gross, disgusting and downright mean ? but still love each other.” Romano?s first publishing venture will be co-written with his brothers Richard and Robert. “When my brothers and I weren’t fighting with each other, we had a lot of fun growing up,” says Romano. “Now it’s great as adults to collaborate with them on this book and fight with each other once again.” Let?s hope the children?s book is as funny as the award winning comedy Everybody loves Raymond.
Bitchy Spice?Mel C says Victoria Beckham‘s new music is “atrocious and weak” and says she should enjoy her family and “give music a rest”. The former Spice Girl, who has embarked on a turbulent solo career of her own, was not impressed with Mrs Beckham’s new double A-side single This Groove and Let Your Head Go. Mel reportedly said, in an interview with a UK radio station, that Let Your Head Go, an R&B track, was “terrible”. “I thought it was atrocious – I’m not being horrible, I’m just giving my opinion. I thought it was a terrible song. Lyrically it was weak.” Mel C also reckons she should spend more time playing the good wife and mother “If I was Victoria I would enjoy my husband, enjoy my family, enjoy the money that they’ve got and give the music a rest,” she said. ?She’s got such a great life – I don’t know why she doesn’t just sit back and enjoy it. But she’s very headstrong – she does exactly what she wants,” added Mel. Words of wisdom from someone who admires what Mrs Beckham has achieved, or sour grapes from someone who is envious of her fairytale life? Hmmm???
Orlando chills out in London ?Heart throb actor Orlando Bloom has revealed to UK magazine Now that he has bought a house in London and now all he wants for Christmas is some time off to relax. He has become a major Hollywood star (and major spunk!) since he appeared in the Lord of the Rings trilogy and Pirates of the Caribbean with broody Johnny Depp. But Orlando says he’s been finding it hard to cope with the persistent press attention that goes with his movie success. “I’ve bought a place in London and I’m having my first break in a long time. I’m going to furnish it, get back to watching some movies and get myself sorted out,” he said. “At one point, I was tempted to squeeze in another film. But it would have been crazy to keep up that pace, so I’m going to try to relax and find the resources to come back. “I’m not complaining, but there hasn’t been a moment to pause and take stock. I feel as if I’ve been in a time warp from the age of 22 to 26.” Doesn?t sound like he will have too many problems finding women to help him relax with in his new London digs ? volunteers anyone??
Victoria tells Parky she is ‘happy’ with Becks
Victoria Beckham has put an end to intense speculation that her marriage to football superhero David Beckham is on the rocks. In an interview with UK TV host Michael Parkinson, she announced that she wants a bunch of kids with spunky Becks and that she is she is ‘happy’ with her husband. She says: “I love David and the boys more than anything in the world. And I think there are a lot of people who don’t like that.”
Victoria, who is mother to Brooklyn, four, and one-year-old Romeo, says: “We have a fabulous, long dining room table at home, and we want to fill it. I have visions of me and David when we’re older and having kids running around everywhere. ?We’ll definitely have more children. We love each other, you have to remember that. It’s not about competition. You should see me with a football – there’s no competition at all.” Mrs Beckham went on to say she is partly responsible for his meteoric rise, but added that she owes him a lot too. “I think I wouldn’t be as famous if I wasn’t with David. And I don’t think David would be as famous if he wasn’t with me. I think we really complement each other. It’s all so superficial – at the end of the day we are going to get old and wrinkly at some point.” How cute! As for her music career, which she is apparently about to re-launch, Mrs Beckham claims it?s just “a hobby”.
Beckhams meet the Queen
Golden goal-kicker David Beckham was recently awarded a medal from Her Majesty for his services to the national sport. Here?s a snippet from the poppet, revealing why he is a superstar football player and not, say a brain surgeon. “This is just an amazing day,” said David. “It’s a dream come true. It’s definitely on a par with my football medals – if not better. “Her Majesty said she was very pleased to be giving me this award. She asked if it was exhausting travelling around the world to play football matches, and I said no, because I am used to it now. I know Her Majesty is a football fan because when I was at a Number 10 reception, the Prime Minister told me he had watched a World Cup game on television with the Queen and William and Harry.” Well said, Becks.
Granny says ‘nothing wrong’ with Timberlake’s penis
Justin Timberlake‘s granny is incensed that Britney Spears has suggested that her grandson has a peeny weeny. Granny Sadie (Bomar) says Spears wasn’t being truthful when she hinted on TV last week Timberlake isn’t well endowed. His 70-year-old grandmother said: “I helped raise him – and I can assure you there is nothing wrong with him physically.” Justin must be dying with embarrassment that Granny Sadie has waded into the war of words about his size! Wonder whether Cameron Diaz wants to add her 2 cents worth? Or should that be two cent-imetres?
Opps she did it again!
Nope we aren?t talking about Justin Trousersnake this time! Britney Spears? new album has debuted at No. 1 in the States, and she is in the zone, all right!! The pop tarlets sexy fourth album, In the Zone racked up more than 609,000 copies sold in its first week, according to industry figures. The disc, which contains the single .Me Against the Music with Madonna, has received mixed reviews from critics but obviously the public loves it! It showcases an all-grown-up Britney, panting about her sex drive, her shopping sprees and her all-night partying. Good news for the pop princess but not as good as her second album Oops! … I Did It Again which sold a whopping 1.3 million copies in its first week in May 2000! Seems like Brits is not all washed up as some would have us believe?
Posh : “Hurray for Hollywood!”
Posh Spice, aka Victoria Beckham looks set to land a role in a Hollywood movie, according to industry reports. Sitting quietly in the background while hubby sealed one of the biggest deals in European football history, his much hyped deal with Spanish club Real Madrid, Posh has now her sights set squarely on the silver screen. Her only cinematic credit to date has been playing herself in the cheesy Spice girl?s flick Spiceworld, her lack of real on-screeen experience is sure to have the critics snickering. Some still doubt her ability to sing and dance!
Leggy Liz leads the way
It seems that Mrs Beckham has had a mentor of sorts in the leggy, well-made-up form of Liz Hurley. The model-turned-actress is said to have helped line up the role for Posh, which by all accounts will be quite a money-spinner. Rumour has it that Liz thinks Posh should invest in the odd acting lesson or two. Maybe they could go together and make a day of it?
The plot thickens
Posh’s big screen chance could well be a remake of Mel Brooks’ 1968 classic The Producers. But insiders insist that Victoria, 29, will have to have acting tuition to bring her up to Tinseltown standards, with lessons slotted in around the recording of her new album. In The Daily Star an insider reveals “Victoria was told that her looks and fame weren’t enough for films and she would need acting lessons.
But it’s not a completely new world for her because she went to stage school when she was younger.” The Producers is a highly acclaimed, multiple Tony Award-winning send-up of Nazi Germany. Some commentators have suggested that Posh is a natural for the film, which is about putting on the worst stage show ever written.
Stone gets her marching orders
Actress Sharon Stone‘s husband Phil Bronstein, 52, is filing for divorce after five years of marriage, citing the standard Hollywood break up line of ?irreconcilable differences.? The glamorous couple has been the subject of rampant rumours for a couple of months now, especially since Shazza?s bizarre red carpet antics at the Canne Film Festival. Lapping up the limelight at the festival, Ms Stone, 45, appeared to be very much alone ? leaving her husband or son at home while she attended the star studded event. It is reported that the couple is keen to spare their adopted three-year-old son, Roan from the heartbreak of a nasty divorce and custody battle. The stars said in a statement they are parting on friendly terms. “We’re committed to being great parents and having a friendship, as parents, moving forward,” the statement said. “We intend to keep our son’s happiness as our foremost priority and thank you for allowing us to keep this a private family matter.”