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11/08/2016

Blake Lively and Anne Hathaway on embracing their post-baby bodies

As the actresses express their exhaustion with the “unfair” pressures of bouncing back, we look at 3 important things for new mums to remember.It’s the topic of many interviews between new Hollywood-mamas.

Questions are thrown at A-listers like Kim Kardashian and Chrissy Teigen, asking how on earth they managed to bounce back so quickly after giving birth!?

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But as Blake Lively responds to those same questions on the promo trail for her latest film The Shallows, instead of giving away her workout secrets and diet tips, the blonde beauty seems to have a different answer.

“It’s so unfair though, because it’s so celebrated,” the 28-year-old said in response to a comment on her incredible body in the film, which was bikini clad eight months after welcoming her first daughter.

“It’s like, this is what someone can look like after a baby. I think a woman’s body after having a baby is pretty amazing.”

The Gossip Girl actress went on, “You don’t need to be Victoria’s Secret-ready right away because you just did the most incredible miracle that life has to offer.”

“I mean, you gave birth to a human being! So I would really like to see that celebrated.”

This week, Anne Hathaway also penned a touching message to new mummies out there, reiterating that despite Hollywood standards, it’s okay to gain weight during and after having a baby.

Beside an Instagram snap of her DIY jean shorts, the brunette beauty wrote, “There is no shame in gaining weight during pregnancy (or ever). There is no shame if it takes longer than you think it will to lose the weight (if you want to lose it at all).”

The Les Miserables star went on: “There is no shame in finally breaking down and making your own jean shorts because last summer's are just too dang short for this summer's thighs.”

“Bodies change. Bodies grow. Bodies shrink. It's all love (don't let anyone tell you otherwise.)”

This message of encouragement isn’t the first time Anne has opened up about the changes to her physique after welcoming her son, Jonathan Rosebanks Shulman, back in March.

Not long after, the 33-year-old told Ellen DeGeneres that despite her setbacks in the gym, she was happy in herself, and so others should be too.

“I normally walk in [my West Hollywood gym] and feel so intimidated,” she said.

“But [now] I walk in, I’m like, ‘Yeah I work out with five-pound weights, but I pushed a baby out of my body. I feel good right now.’”

In light of Blake and Anne’s positive mission to celebrate women in all their glory after welcoming children, we’ve rounded up the three important ways new mums can take care of themselves after birth.

1. Give yourself some credit

You just welcomed an actual human being into the world. As far as we’re concerned, you are a real life superhero! You just gave the gift of life. Now it’s time to give yourself some love.

2. Accept and own your changes

Take a page out of Reese Witherspoon’s book, and own those little changes to your body after childbirth.

"I am covered in stretch marks and cellulite but it doesn't bother me at all. My body will never be the same again but I really don't care," the mother-of-three once mused.

3. Hit the gym when you’re ready

Of course, there is no pressure to begin working on your fitness after having a baby, but if getting back into shape is indeed your aim, post-partum fitness options are available.

Doctors recommend easing back into a fitness routine after 6-8 weeks, citing methods such as yoga and Pilates as a great way to rebuild core strength.

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04/08/2016

Meet Mallika Dua aka 'Makeup Didi' Who is Slaying ​the Internet With Her ROFL Videos!

A couple of months back, a 26-year-old copywriter from Delhi had the internet laughing-out-loud with her bang-on imitation of the many shoppers of Sarojini Nagar. That was Mallika Dua. Her video Shit People Say: Sarojini Nagar Edition had the social media in a tizzy. It was about a stereotypical Delhi girl who comes to Sarojini to shop. Mallika copied those girls to the T and got the denizens in bouts of laughter. In another set of her Dubsmash videos, accompanying Dua is her father, the Padma Shri recipient, journalist Vinod Dua. Occasionally, Mallika's mother also joins the crazy dubsmash party.

Currently, Mallika is ruling the internet when it comes to hilarious Instagram posts and Snapchat videos. Her ‘Makeup Didi’ videos, enhanced by Snapchat filters, are about this parlor wali who's got no idea about anything. She loves make-up and is not bothered about "berrry-kissed lips" or "smaoky eyes."

In an exclusive chat with Pinkvilla, Mallika opens up about the inspiration behind her OTT, crazy characters and her upcoming assignments/acts.

Your parents are an integral part of your videos. Why did you decide to involve them? Was it a conscious decision to capitalize on in-house talent?

No, not at all, it's just that they are very spontaneous at home as well. I used to make dubsamsh videos by myself and I know that my father is very funny; I get my sense of humor from him. It's not planned rather my parents are quite sporty and enthusiastic about what I do. So, a majority of the videos or dubsmashes featuring my folks are decided and executed within 10 minutes or so!

From Vinod Dua's daughter to a copywriter and now becoming an internet sensation, how did the transition happen? What's your reaction to this popularity?

This all feels very nice, especially when you go out and suddenly people recognize you and say, "Are you that girl etc?" It is really fun as well, probably because we have seen this happen to our dad as when we were growing up, you wish ke aapke saath bhi aisa hi ho. Moreover, my dad is a professional, not a businessman that we will inherit something from him. So, it was very clear that I had to do something on my own.

And above all, the best thing is that my father's identity hasn't helped me. I haven't used his name or connections to move ahead in my career.

Your ''Makeup Didi/Parlor Wali'' avatar is an internet sensation right now. Then there are compliments like- "You make women 'taking humor to new level sound sexy'" - how do you react to all these?

(Laughs out loud) They say 'sexy??' I think they (audiences) mean it in a good sense and not literally. Thanks to all for such gracious compliments. Actually, what happens is, since childhood I used to be very intrigued by the way people talked and the little quirks each individual has. So for this beauty parlor thing - bahut namoone milte hai aapko wahan. (laughs) For example, this parlor I used to visit often, a girl used to come there quite frequently to get her hair done. And, I used to wonder, 'like really - how regularly you have to style your tresses!?' It's quite interesting - to observe these minute observations.

And as I am from Delhi, there is a strong shaadi culture here. So you get to see people with their golden hair and makeup oftentimes; people actually lose it when they go to a wedding. Though I have never been under cocktail dresses uk for a wedding, however in comparison to 'these people,' I feel like I have been wearing home clothes. Woh level hi alag hai, log aise sajkar jaate hain ki jaise apne hi gahr ki shaadi ho."

Does being a copywriter help you while developing characters?

Of Course. In copywriting, you have to write in a strict amount of words, 30 seconds mai aapko puri kahanni batani hai. So you have to be prepared to write different things and make them entertaining in the shortest time possible. I am not scared of the feedback because, in copywriting, you have to present your idea, pitch it in front of everyone. You can forget about the embarrassment.

So when did you find your groove in comedy exactly? Was it during your stint as a copywriter?

I found it long before actually. I used to do a lot of comedy plays during my summer breaks in college. So those plays were like these videos only -except they were 2-3 hours long. (laughs) My play’s directors would always give me the 'maddest' character with a liberty to change or write my own lines for the role. That I guess was the turning point, it all started then and later, copywriting happened. Though as a copywriter I learned how to put things in format and give structure to a script.

Your comic timing is loved by masses these days. But then, in India, we have very few female comedians. Would you like to try your luck as a stand-up comedian as well?

Oh Yes! See, I have never done it - the stand-up comedian acts, but I'm relocating to Mumbai soon so I am going to start doing it. Basically, I have to do it, take a couple of shots before I try my luck out there. I need to find my groove where the stand-up genre is concerned as everyone has their own unique style. On the minus side of it, you can bomb very badly in this, as usmein timing hota hai, and I think I have to do it a couple of times, fail a couple times too and then see it.

Many people are really scared of failure but you say you're ready to take it in its stride. Elaborate.

I know I'll fail sooner or later but that doesn't mean I am not scared of it - I am very scared of it! But, that acceptance is there that you can't always be on top of your game. When you are trying something new, you are bound to fail sometimes, especially in stand-up as it takes time to find what connects with the audiences.

After Makeup Didi, Sarojini Nagar shopping videos, dubsamshes - what next shall we expect from you? Are there any going to be any new characters in future?

Yes, definitely! More characters, new ones, lot more variations are in the pipeline. I want to do everything- be it films or theater.

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03/08/2016

The Miss Teen USA beauty pageant is receiving a serious backlash

Beauty pageants never have a glowing reputation.

Their subjugation of girls, judging them in mortifying swimsuit rounds in their competitions and their unrealistic ideals of beauty mean that many children and teens look at the hairless, thin beauty contestants caked in makeup and feel jealousy that are not as preened and perfect as the models on stage.

One beauty pageant that is causing serious ructions in the media and online is the Miss Teen USA competition.

The competition was majorly slated by people on Twitter for their choice of top 5 contestants who made it to the final.

The top 5 consisted of Karlie Hay, Emily Wakeman, Marley Stokes, Erin Snow and Carissa Morrow but what people quickly realised was how similar the girls looked, specifically with their blonde hair and white skin.

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While Miss Teen USA ignored people's complaints that the pageant was preferential in their selection of contestants by race, the debate around the competition's morals has only heated up more following the crowning of Karlie Hay as the winner of the 2016 pageant.

Many people have called for the 18-year-old to be dethroned as Miss Teen USA 2016 as racist tweets have been uncovered from her old Twitter account. The model referred to her friends repeatedly as 'n****' and people couldn't believe their eyes at the disgusting tweets.

Miss Teen USA Karlie Hay to Keep Crown Despite Racist Tweets - NBC News

The new Miss Teen USA will get to keep her crown despite an outcry over tweets she once wrote using racist language.

likes The beauty queen went on to apologise for her previous language however it was reported that she will be allowed keep her Miss Teen crown.

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