Meet Sarah Massey. Her butt measures at about 7 feet in circumference and she’s perfectly ok with it. I appreciate people who are genuinely confident and content in who they are. That’s the type of vibe I’m getting from Miss Massey. I wish they had shown younger pictures of Massey and got into her upbringing. I wonder how she got so confident. I’m also curious about what her workout goals are they didn’t go into too much detail there. So many questions. I am fascinated.
Beyonce´ released the latest vignette in a video series where she explains various elements that went into creating the audio and visuals for her latest album. In “Self-Titled Part 4 -Liberation,” she talks about putting her sexuality on display and coming into herself as a new mom who still wants to feel confident and sexy, and as a woman who still has dreams. So many people have had opinions about her work and her motives that it’s nice to hear where her head was during the creative process.
The video opens with Bey talking about the process for “Partition” (one of my favorite songs). Assuming you’ve heard her album by now, and I really hope you did, a lot of the songs and corresponding visuals are sexually suggestive and racy but not raunchy just for the sake of getting attention. Beyonce´revealed that while she is comfortable with being sexual, it was embarrassing to be so open about it during the recording process but she got over it.
For the video, she recreated a Crazy Horse routine that inspired her years ago. She and Jay-Z went to a Crazy Horse show (in Paris) on the night they got engaged and she was so inspired by the sexiness of the dancers that she wanted to be a part of it, so she enlisted them for the video.
Get into cabaret style entertainment!
She also addressed changes she went through once she gave birth to Blue Ivy and working hard to feel normal again postpartum. She doesn’t believe that mom’s should be frumpy and boring and I agree. I’m not a mother but there also seems to be similar belief systems in place when it comes to wives. I’ve seen a lot of women lose themselves to relationships whether it’s marriage or motherhood. They let their bodies go, they give up on their happiness and don’t nurture their own desires, and become people who are constantly saying “I wish I could,” or “Coulda, woulda, shoulda.” I realize that the aforementioned life changes are critical aspects of a woman’s life but I feel it’s also important to maintain elements of your individuality to help foster optimal happiness for all parties involved.
Beyonce´talks about this toward the end of her video when she explains her 195 lb weight gain during pregnancy. She lost 65 lbs following the baby and she felt proud and accomplished, like anyone who loses weight or achieves their optimal physique should.
“I wanted to show my body. I wanted to show that you can have a child and you can work hard and you can get your body back. I know finding my sensuality, getting back into my body, being proud of growing up, it was important to me that I expressed that in this music, because i know that there are so many women that feel the same thing after they give birth,” she says. “You can have your child and you can sill have fun and still be sexy, and still have dreams and still live for yourself. I don’t at all have any shame about being sexual and I’m not embarrassed and I don’t feel like I have to protect that side of me because I do believe that sexuality is a power that we all have.”
Say that again, please!
What she’s saying speaks to me as a 31-year-old. One of the changes I’m experiencing in my 30s is a new found sense of confidence that I didn’t have in my 20s. I heard a lot of women mention this transformation in the past but there’s nothing like experiencing it.
I love her album because it exudes self-confidence, embraces femininity and represents the power of sensuality. I’m still quirky and awkward at times but I’m a work in progress. Again, if you haven’t heard Bey’s new album yet (assuming you’re a fan of pop music) then you should. There’s a lot of good material on there for dance playlists and it’s especially pole dancing gold.
In related news, I may have to make that trip to Paris so I can check out Crazy Horse. However, in the meantime, I guess I could check out some local cabaret and burlesque classes.
The idea of a male vs. female MMA fight has come up before still hasn’t come to fruition. It seemed like it would happen last week, when it was announced that Emerson Falcao and Juliana Valesquez would spar on December 20 in Rio de Janeiro. There’s even a promo for it however, mmafighting.com announced that Shooto Brazil isn’t so sure anymore.
I love that Velasquez ain’t scurred but I’m not sure that this is a good idea, so I can see why it’s still in limbo. Men have a strength advantage over women–you know, all that testosterone–so even if they’re matched by height and weight (it looks like they are), Falcao may still have an edge over Velasquez but I digress.
It’s still under review for now but if it happens, I hope Velasquez kicks his ass.
I was initially skeptical about this because usually when pole dancing is covered by talk shows and news programs, they hyper-sexualize it, which brings it right back to the stripper association that most people seem to make. However, it wasn’t so bad.
Ellen DeGeneres tapped comedienne Lonnie Love to take a pole dancing class with Nicole “the Pole” Williams at Allure Dance Studio in California and documented her experience. Lonnie Love actually took the experience seriously (for the most part) and she didn’t do so bad.
One of my associates recently asked me if she was too big to pole dance (um…she’s a size 10, like me) so I hope this answers her question. In related news, I cringed when Ellen called it a “stripper pole.” That always makes me cringe because it’s a pole. Pole dancing is the umbrella term for the art form. I have absolutely nothing against strippers but the general public seems to miss that strippers are just a type of pole dancer and there’s actually no such thing as a stripper pole.
As a makeup junky I love checking out trends, new and old. However, I just can’t get with this pandemic of over-highlighting! UGH. Have you ever checked out a website or magazine and seen a celebrity that looked like they had a weird hyper-pigmented halo around their eyes or eyebrows (due to brow highlighting, or eye highlighting)? I’m sure you have. It looks a little something like…
I’m no makeup artist so I don’t know why this happens (but professionals should know better). But I’ve noticed that since the YouTube beauty guru boom, more and more every day women are trying their had at the obvious art of highlighting and contouring and failing miserably. It irks me. That is all.
There was absolutely no other reason for this post other then to rant. They say you get what you ask for when you put it out in the universe. So, I’m putting it out there that I really wish this trend would stop. If some professional makeup artists haven’t even figured it out, as clearly evidenced above, then maybe it’s time to STOP IT! Step away from the highlights, selfies and Instagram.
I love it when I hear people’s general misconceptions (mainly them not being able to disassociate the art of pole from the act of stripping) about so-called sleazyness of pole dancing and then I come across performances like Aggie Ng’s winning number at Polesque October 2013 (presented by Aera).
She chose Kanye West’s “Black Skinhead” as her audio back drop and transformed into a voodoo doll. Killer concept, dope ass execution!
I too will be a badaaassss pole dancer one day.
Admittedly, I got caught up in Urban Decay’s naked hype and as a result, I purchased the Naked 2 palette as well as the Naked Basics. I don’t wear much eyeshadow so…I’ve word shades from Naked one a handful of times (one of them being my wedding) and I used the black in the Naked Basics once. So yeah, womp womp, not sure that I’ll be getting into Naked 3 but it does look pretty, and from my previous experiences with Urban Decay palettes (including the Smoked palette, which I love), I’m sure it will be good.
Naked 3 is said to be mostly rosy colors while Naked 1 is warm neutrals and Naked 2 is cooler neutrals. The colors in N range from matte to shimmery to metallic, and they’re all newly introduced to Urban Decay’s makeup collection (some of the previous palettes used an already existing color or two).
I’ll stop here and let you check it out for yourself.
In case you didn’t know, the UD Naked 3 palette will set you back about $52. That’s steep. Again, Urban Decay good quality, highly pigmented product but the price is still something to consider. The knock offs will probably start rolling out soon.
What do you think, is it something you can work with?
Former 106 and Park host Rocsi Diaz teamed up with Peta to promote the benefits of a vegetarian lifestyle. In the ad she rocks a bikini made out of Brussels sprouts with a small piece of a wreath added for extra holiday flavor. Check her out:
She also did an interview for the campaign explaining how and why she went vegetarian.
“I physically felt cleaner and lighter,” she mentioned as one of her personal perks. “Later on, literally I saw somebody eating a chicken wing, and it grossed me out. … My body was, like, ‘No more. I don’t want it anymore.’”
Watch the full interview:
I’ve been a yo yo vegetarian all my life since age 2 (a saga where I battle yo yo eating in general that I will one day share). I even dabbled with raw food veganism (this was an amazing phase, another story I will one day share). I believe more in the theory that people have diverse and individual dietary needs based on blood type. My experience, since before I began researching various diets and stumbled across blood type eating, has shown me that I’m much better as a vegetarian (I’m blood type A and according to that fact veggies should be my gospel). However, even rampant meat eaters should probably cut their meat consumption tremendously and give the veggies a chance, even if vegetarian for a day. When done correctly, the vegetarian lifestyle has tremendous benefits.