Smartest Model‘s Mary Alice Stephenson: Angela Wasn’t Model Enough

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Mary Alice Stephenson, co-host of America’s Most Smartest Model, is a fashion industry insider whose smart looks and smart tongue control her show’s pretty people. Each week we talk with her about issues on the show. This time the subjects are Angela’s future in music, Andre’s skills in front of the camera, and — what else? — V.J.’s sneaky-sneaky behavior.

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2007′s Craziest: Akon Smacks That

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Some gossip stories are too big to forget. We’re counting down the 20 biggest, baddest, most ridiculous and saddest celeb scandals of the year. You’ll get a new one posted every day.

Remember when Akon was just a dude with a hit record, a rap sheet and a few wives? That was before he was busted for taking his on-stage antics way too far. Back at a concert in April, Konvict brought up a 15-year old woman from the audience to accept a “trip to Africa” she was to be awarded for winning an earlier dance concert. Turns out her prize was a just a ride on the Akon crazy train, and the singer proceeded to mount and violently hump the teen all around the stage. How sexy! The girls are swooning! The incident caused Verizon to pull out of the Gwen Stefani tour it was sponsoring (Akon was the opening act) and he eventually apologized a few weeks after it all went down, saying “It was never my intention to embarrass or take advantage of my fans in any way, especially those under the age of 18.”

Yeah, like that makes it any more appropriate, pal. If you can stomach the grossness, check out the video above of Akon’s hump-nasty spectacle.

Hottie of the Week: Tyra Banks

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There’s something about Tyra that’s just so loveable, isn’t there? The talk-show host and head judge on America’s Next Top Model is undeniably a goofball. She’s unbelievably awkward. And none of that seems to matter. She turned the modeling industry on its ear when she debuted on the catwalks of Paris, and then turned Will Smith on his ear with her role on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. In the years since, she’s managed to parlay her charm and skills into making herself a ubiquitous media presence, and with Top Model, she sparked the fire that gave us a legion of imitators. Sure, there were some mistakes along the way — we remember her ill-fated singing career vividly, and we still haven’t been able get Halloween: Resurrection
out of our heads — but the good has outweighed the bad. (Sidebar: One of our favorite moments of the year came from The Tyra Banks Show, wherein our intrepid host took Nicole Richie shopping — first at Kitson, which is where Nicole shops, then to the 99-cent Store, which Tyra is presumably more familiar with. That, folks, was amazing TV.) As Top Model‘s current season winds down, we thought it only fitting to feature her. After all, how many beautiful funny ladies can you name?

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Britney’s Worst Year Ever: January

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You were there through the bad driving, the head-shaving, and the Criss Angel thing. It’s been a tough year for our girl. No one could have imagined a mere 12 months ago that she’d create such glorious new nonsense every week. Some of the craziness escapes you? Come back every day: We’re counting down the events that made up the Year in Britney.

year_in_britney_1.jpg January 1Down for the Count – Brit kicked off 2007 with a bang…on her head. After hosting two countdowns at the PURE nightclub in Las Vegas, Brit was rumored to have gone into “a dead faint and just fell right to the floor.” Rumors that she had to be dragged out were shooed away by then manager Larry Rudolph who said that the singer was “just tired and falling sleep.” Hopefully she got some rest that night: she had a very busy year ahead of her. [Vegas Pop]

January 2New Year’s Resolution – She revealed to Extra TV that her New Year’s Resolution was to “stop biting my fingernails” and to “just to take care of me more, I think.” Fair enough about the former, but as for her latter resolution, she must have been referring to self-medication. I think. [ExtraTV.com]

January 5Britney Addresses the Masses – She hasn’t always been the most cuddly of pop stars, but Brit did reach out to her admirers via her official website. Like Eva Peron with exposed genitalia, she proclaimed from her keyboard balcony that, “I’ve been able to sit down and think about where I want to go with myself as an entertainer with absolutely no strings attached.” Like in life, where she wanted to go with herself as an entertainer would turn out to be extremely simple: on a bender. [Dlisted]

January 9Brit’s Clothes Get Shredded – The singer soon found herself in the only place more familiar than a puddle of vomit: atop Mr. Blackwell’s annual worst-dressed list. She wasn’t so much an easy target as she was a target that would knock you down, steal your arrow, and plunge it through herself. See the pic to the left, if your eyes can handle it. [Boston.com]

[Image credit: X17]

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Kardashians Against Lauren/Brody Love

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Most sisters have a comment on the people their siblings date. Kim and Kourtney Kardashian are no different. They’re pooh-poohing the steamy relationship between their step-brother Brody Jenner and his honey-bunny Lauren Conrad. You know, the one the advertisers pay good money for on MTV’s The Hills?

“I think that Brody and Lauren are probably better off as good friends,” said Kim during a break from her Cabo San Lucas partying. “Agreed,” was Kourtney’s response.

The last ’07 episode of The Hills goes down tonight. What do you think about the romance? Will they wind up together?

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Michael Jackson Morphs

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It’s not that Michael Jackson looks like a woman on the latest cover of Jet Magazine. We’re way beyond that comparison; people have been saying it for years and honestly, who’s not gender-bending these days? More specifically, Michael looks like a lady news anchor, and we’re feel-ing his look. The gold python jacket and slinky black turtleneck combo says, “I’m sexy and I know all about Iran’s secret nuclear weapons program,” while the hair reveals a sensible side that can also let loose once the vodka tonics starts flowing and the Don Henley is blasted from the boom box. Mixed with those trusty wool slacks and high cheek bones, and he’s got that “soccer mom one minute, interviewing the Secretary of State the next” thing down! We’d totally trust him to deliver the news on broccoli preventing cancer. Trusting him to deliver a hit album is another story.

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Top 20 Singles of the Year (6-10)

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As 2007 dwindles down, we’re taking a look back at our favorite tracks. Each Tuesday through the end of the month, we’ll sing the praises of the 20 songs that made our year. See what made the cut, and let us know what you think of our choices.

Amy Winehouse, “Rehab,” from Back to Black (Island)

06_amywinehouse.jpgHere’s the track that will probably be remembered as the year’s most portentous song. Belting out her rejection of medical care (for what, as it turns out, was a slew of emotional and mental problems, including drug addiction, bulimia and cutting), the petite British soul star established herself as a crossover hipster with urban appeal. She wooed both the Hot 97 crew and the American Apparel kids vying for face time on the Cobra Snake. Her unfortunate biography aside, the song’s meld of R&B, punk attitude and references to another ill-fated star, Donny Hathaway, marked the arrival of an exciting pop voice. Winehouse’s sound was so radically different than the soft-soul competition, she united disparate elements of the culture — everyone from Jay-Z to Nas, say. Ostensibly, the song’s about a girl abusing liquor to cope with a bad break-up. In the lyrics at least, she knows better: “Didn’t get a lot in class/ but I know it don’t come in a shot glass.” It’s an honest ode to the virtues of being headstrong. It’s too bad, of course, that it turned out Amy herself needed rehab after all.

Mims, “This Is I’m Hot,” Music Is My Savior (Capitol)

07_mims.jpgCan a simple lyric come off like a profound declaration? In hip-hop it can, and out of the blue this mediocre MC dropped a chest-thumping boast that was utterly confident about its one-note message: “I could sell a mil saying nothing on the track,” drawled the New Yorker. That’s not necessarily the artistic crime it sounds like; give it up to Mims – this baby was one of the summer’s early smashes. A key reason: the rich atmosphere created by that ghostly synth setting and that sidewalk-shaking boom. It’s the kind of space dub stuff that sticks in your mind. And it enhances his arrogance. Out to cut the competition (“I’m hot cuz I’m fly/you ain’t cuz you’re not”) a guy who’ll probably never equal this success again came up with a masterpiece of contention.

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Simpson May Get Naked For Her “Art”

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jessica_simpsonJessica Simpson‘s acting career has long been the subject of ridicule, but apparently she’s looking to change that by taking off her clothes for a role. After starring in such bombs as The Dukes of Hazzard and Employee of the Month (as well as the straight to video Blonde Ambition), the box office black widow is considering taking a role that would feature some graphic nudity in order to get her acting career on track.

According to Dlisted, this is the second time Simpson’s been offered a role that required nudity. Simpson’s father (and former Baptist minister) Joe said, “The last script that came to us was for Jessica to be a porn star. We were promised we would win an Oscar with that. I told them, ‘I think we’ll just buy a statue of a little man and keep our clothse on.’” First of all, it appears that Joe’s getting his pronouns mixed up — Oscars are awarded to the actors, not their parents. Secondly, this is from the man who once stated, “She’s got double D’s! you can’t cover those suckers up!”

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The Hills Finale: OMG! Lauren, Heidi & Whitney Travel!

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Holy shhhhhhhhhhhh*t! We can not stop freaking out! The greatest moment of television happened last night, and we lived through it. Barely. We still can’t decide if our favorite part was Whitney getting in a car to go to the airport, Lauren getting in a car to go to the airport, or Heidi getting in a car to go to the airport! Every second of the show was so interesting, so intense, so suspenseful. Would Lauren really pack that many shoes? Could Heidi really make that puckered sad face one hundred times in thirty minutes? And could Whitney save the whole episode with just one adorable face?

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Oh yes. Definitely.

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