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At the age of 17, Katie Halchishick entered the world of plus-size modeling. Though the industry approved of the weight she gained during her first year of college (the notorious “freshman 20”), Halchishick made a pledge to herself to eat healthier, and, in turn, lost a total of 50 pounds—along with a ton of clients. The formerly plus-size model's new size put her into a category that virtually didn't exist in the modeling industry--sizes 6, 8, and sometimes even 4.

If you’re looking for new music this summer to enjoy as you tan and barbecue, let us suggest previously unreleased tracks from Can, the amazing German experimental rock band from the 60s and 70s. These new songs will make you dance and give you the boost of energy you'll need to haul your surfboard down to the shore. All the songs were taken from 30 hours of master tapes, found in the band’s studio. They are completed works which were not previously released for various reasons and will be available this month on a three-CD set entitled The Lost Tapes.

Just this morning, Sigur Rós released the video for “Fjögur Píanó,” from their new album, Valtari. Despite the fact that the video's highlights include topless bed-gymnastics, bondage and body-painting in a room filled with dead butterflies, and some friends enjoying hallucinogenic lollipops in an underwater car, the strangest part of this video has to be the fact that the whole thing stars a naked, sobbing Shia LaBeouf.

Remember that Special K commercial which featured a woman who allegedly needed a chocolate fix and, with hardly any thought, reached for a perfectly-portioned bowl of Special K's Chocolatey Delight? Yeah, I’m not buying it. Maybe it’s just me, but when I’m craving chocolate, the waxy brown stuff that appears in every few bites of that cereal isn’t quite enough to satiate my cravings. When the need for chocolate arises, ditch your usual routine of a mad dash to the closest CVS, and stick it to Starbucks' cake pops that, despite their deliciousness, will make your wallet bleed.

If you’ve ever taken a moment to glance around a crowded subway or waiting room, chances are, there will be at least a handful of folks sporting the latest version of a Nook or Kindle. So what does fate hold for all of the books we've retired? Just ask the Montreal-based artist Guy Laramee, who created an entirely new way to enjoy old books by literally carving the pages into mind-blowing masterpieces, with an incredible attention to detail.

Dream-psych duo Peaking Lights’ third full-length album, Lucifer, is their most accessible yet. Out June 19th on Mexican Summer in the US and on Weird World June 18th in the U.K, it follows last year’s release of the incredible summer lovin’ 936. This latest album contains a similar meditative atmosphere, with grooving rhythms and rich textures, but it's gentler than their 2011 record. Lucifer is comparatively more like a late-night lullaby and less like a sedated psychedelic dream.

Ever since cinema-going first became a popular pastime in the early 20th century, films have given their viewers a way to escape from the banalities and tribulations of everyday life. But, as our everyday lives move further and further away from reality (hello, makeover TV shows, social networking, and airbrushed everything), it’s often refreshing to see a movie that speaks to the real-life struggles and experiences of women in this very moment. Enter director Joshua Moore, actor Alexandra Clayton, and their feature film collaboration I Think It’s Raining.

Have plans for this weekend? What’s that you say? You were just going to lie around catching up on your Netflix queue and pretending to clean your apartment? I’ve got something much, much better. BUST is partnering with The Seed: A Vegan Experience, a celebration of all things vegan and eco-friendly happening this Saturday, June 16th, from 10am – 7pm and this Sunday, June 17th, from 10am – 5pm in NYC.

  Brace yourselves ladies, because things in Michigan aren’t looking so great for women these days. The state House of Representatives voted Wednesday on a dramatic anti-choice bill that would impose severe regulations on abortion clinics. While we agree it’s best for women to have access to clean and safe facilities, many Democrats in Michigan argue this bill goes beyond simple inspection requirements and instead aims to regulate the clinics out of existence entirely.

Many gals out there are anxiously awaiting the June 22nd premiere of Pixar’s Brave. Starring a feisty red-headed archer named Merida (voiced by Kelly MacDonald), this doesn’t look like your typical prince-saves-helpless-damsel flick. This defiant princess is determined to live a life as free as her flowing curls. So, when a dreadful curse is set upon her family, Merida sets out to save the day.  But don’t think this little lady is the first chick out there to tote a quiver and know how to use it.
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