Ever typed in your name on Google just to see what comes up? I've done it before for fun, and have seen lots of articles and photos from my career come up. But after returning from Australia recently and coming home to phone calls asking me if I was OK, I was confused. What were they talking about?
Then I remembered my flight back from Australia. Why did that flight attendant look my thighs and butt up and down -- and say, "Thank God! Thank God! They're liars!!!" I just wasn't getting it. I told myself I didn't care, but I was having trouble sleeping that night so I got outta bed, went over to my computer, and Googled myself. This time I typed in "TYRA FAT" -- and child, I had NO idea what was about to pop up on that screen.
My eyes were met with headline after headline "THIGH-RA BANKS!" "AMERICA'S NEXT TOP WADDLE!" "TYRA PORK CHOPS!" "TYRA TOPS 200LBS!" There were blogs from people shocked that it was reported I had gained almost 50 pounds in two months. I COULDN"T BELIEVE WHAT I WAS READING. Then I saw the photo of me on the beach in Australia. Written next to it was, "Tyra Banks shows the world why she retired from the runway." I needed to let everyone know what I thought about these headlines, and on the Tyra Show this Thursday, February 1st, I put on the very same swimsuit I was wearing in Australia…and confront those fat tabloid photos.
I hope you watch to see what I have to say!
She may have missed out on an Oscar nomination, but Beyonce Knowles is the No. 1 fantasy girlfriend, according to AskMen.com's Top 99 Most Desirable Women of 2007.SOURCE: Fox News
The 25-year-old singer-actress tops the Web site's list ranking the "most alluring" female celebrities as determined by its readers and staff. Voters were asked to consider qualities beyond sex appeal and beauty, such as "intelligence, humor, charisma and ambition," according to the site. More than 8.5 million votes were cast, the Web site says.
Knowles, currently co-starring in "Dreamgirls," was followed by screen sirens Scarlett Johansson and Jessica Alba, supermodel Adriana Lima and actress Jessica Biel.
Rounding out the top 10 were model Alessandra Ambrosio, singer Shakira, TV host Maria Menounos and actresses Angelina Jolie and Elisha Cuthbert.
This deluxe edition features a ringtone of "Lost Without U," an autographed poster, and cell-phone wallpaper.
The Evolution of Robin Thicke is the second solo album from the critically acclaimed, Grammy award winning songwriter and producer of records for such artists as Michael Jackson and Christina Aguilera. The album is a timeless work of art. With a voice of purity, passion and soulfulness, Robin brings to life the stories and emotions of the last two years of his life.
The album is filled with incandescent magic. It is an album that tells the tales of love, loss, temptation, redemption and finding hope when all the odds are against you. "My greatest desire with this album was to write songs that were completely honest and sing them with the emotion I was feeling when I wrote them, so that whoever listens to my music is brought as close to my experiences and life as possible."
Reflective, redemptive, passionate and etched with a soulfulness that is undeniable, The Evolution of Robin Thicke is an imaginative and heart-felt album that you cannot help but be moved by, bob your head to and smile throughout.
FEATURING GUEST APPEARANCES BY Faith Evans, Pharrell, and Lil' Wayne PRODUCTION BY The Neptunes
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In Theaters Feb. 23, 2007It also stars Justin Timberlake!Movie Plot: A God-fearing bluesman (Samuel L. Jackson) takes to a wild young woman (Christina Ricci) who, as a victim of childhood sexual abuse, looks everywhere for love, never quite finding it.
Miss USA Tara Conner, who checked out of rehab on Jan. 21, says she used cocaine prior to her treatment.
"Cocaine was one of the drugs that I did use. It's hard to look back at that," she tells PEOPLE in its new issue. "I was an equal-opportunity [user] – I would try anything once."
The 21-year-old Russell Springs, Ky., native spent 31 days at the Caron Foundation rehab facility in Wernersville, Pa., as part of a "second chance" offered to her by Donald Trump, co-owner of the Miss Universe organization, following press reports of underage drinking, drug use and promiscuity.
When asked about the rumored romantic escapades, she hedges: "I would talk to more than one guy at once – it doesn't mean that I was sexually active with every one of these people."
It was alcohol, she says, that had the biggest hold on her. Citing a family history of alcoholism, Conner says that for many years she was "a functioning alcoholic. If I got caught [drinking], I would stop – I was able to do that."
(Conner also says in a Today interview airing Thursday, "I have done cocaine, yes." According to the New York Post's Page Six, Conner tells Matt Lauer she took antidepressants and other drugs that triggered an allergic reaction.)
Before rehab, she tells PEOPLE, "I thought I needed to be around people, that I needed that acceptance." Now, instead of going to clubs, she enjoys reading at home – a home she shares with a chaperone.
"I just can't wait to get back to work," she says. " 'I'm Miss USA, my name is Tara Conner, and I'm happy to meet you,' you know? Life's good."
For the complete story, pick up the new issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.
The parents of the woman killed in a car accident involving R&B singer Brandy filed a $50 million wrongful death lawsuit Tuesday against the former Moesha star.
The suit, filed by Ahmed Aboudihaj and Zohra Labridi, alleges "Brandy was driving recklessly" when she struck their daughter.
On Dec. 30, Brandy rear-ended 38-year-old Awatef Aboudihaj, a mother of two, on a Los Angeles freeway, causing a chain reaction which ultimately killed the Moroccan immigrant, police say.
At the time of the accident, Aboudihaj was on her way to one of two waitress jobs she held, according to her widow, Hdidou Marouane, 32, an L.A. sales manager.
On Monday, investigators recommended that Brandy be charged with misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter without gross negligence. The L.A. City Attorney is reviewing the case.
"I'm too busy trying to enjoy my blessings to be dwelling in mess. It's not about that. It's supposed to be about enjoying it," Hudson told Giant. "But then again, when something is good, people are always gonna try to find something wrong with it and try to throw a monkey wrench in there somewhere. "We support each other as much as we did on day one," Hudson added. "I mean, come on! That's Beyoncé! We'd rather see people focus their attention on our work."
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Jennifer Hudson is having a breakout year! After winning a Golden Globe® for her stunning performance as Effie White in Dreamgirls, Oscar® came a-knocking! The film—which marked her first ever acting role—has landed her a nomination for Best Supporting Actress!
Jennifer says everything has happened really fast and that she hasn't even processed the Golden Globe win yet! "I am [having fun], but you do want to step back a moment and see what you've done, to enjoy it and embrace it, but it's busy and I like being busy," Jennifer says.
In her Golden Globe acceptance speech, Jennifer said the win gave her confidence. But, she admits it didn't come across exactly as she meant it. "To [be able to] say that I'm an actress now … [that] does something for my confidence," Jennifer says. "To come into this whole other industry and be welcomed like this, oh my God. I cannot believe it. It's so amazing."
With less than a month until the big night, Jennifer says she hasn't really started worrying about what she is going to wear. "Everywhere you turn everybody wants to send you a dress, and I've got a gazillion shoes," Jennifer says. And who is she taking as her date? Her mom, of course! "She's sitting there [saying], 'Jenny, I've got to get my hair done for the Oscars.' I was like, 'Mama, it's a month away!"
In the midst of all of the excitement, rumors have been swirling about a tiff between Jennifer and her Dreamgirls co-star Beyoncé Knowles. Jennifer says they simply aren't true. "We're just happy to see the movie being recognized and acknowledged, and she still supports me the same way she did from day one," Jennifer says.
Jennifer takes the stage to sing the Oscar®-nominated song "Love You I Do" from Dreamgirls—a song she will also perform at the Academy Awards ceremony.
When awards season comes to an end, Jennifer plans to get back to her roots. In March 2007, she will start work on a new album with legendary music producer Clive Davis.
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