Pretty in Pain

BY Team Intern in General

Attention Seattleans! The White River Valley Museum in Seattle is hosting 'Suffer for Beauty' , an exhibit exploring 'ideal' female body image through the study of what else? Underwear! Through November 8th, attendees can browse turn-of-the-century bustles, old school petticoats, and mid-century, June Cleaver brassieres. Don't get any ideas--this is no peep show. Instead, the exhibits demonstrate the ever-changing concept of the female figure and the bizarre measures (lifting, squishing, smoothing, squeezing, and separating) women have used to conform to it. Read More
Zazzle , an online-custom t-shirt shop based in the United Kingdom, has a client starting a new trend in breast cancer awareness: t-shirts for babies and young girls that say: 'Find a cure before I grow boobs'.  I was taken aback when i first saw this, and after a few gasps I started to giggle. These t-shirts come from the Zazzle shop called Wine and Whimsy , and their shirts are not just for babies and little girls.  There are also shirts that say 'Cancer: you picked the wrong chick'  and various famous mom-isms like 'You'll thank me when you're older. Read More
In the craziest real-life manifestation of crossover fan-fiction ever, The Walt Disney Company, dream-distributor and conglomerate Big Bad, will buy iconic Marvel Entertainment for $4 billion . That's right: the Mickey Mouse moguls now own the rights to thousands of Marvel characters--Spidey, Wolverine, et. al.. The deal was reportedly mutual, without the bitter pangs of a 'buyout'. Marvel's team wants to take advantage of Disney's synergistic powers that be. And Disney wants to own everything (in as many universes as possible). Okay, Disney can be a good company. Read More
Who's too old for roller derby? Definitely not 53-year-old Beth Hollis of Akron, OH. Hollis is a soft-spoken librarian by day and a kick ass roller derby athlete at night. Not only does she destroy assumptions about size and sex, she also defies stereotypes about age. After many years of working as a librarian, Hollis decided she needed a hobby. After getting kicked out of a knitting class for not catching on quick enough, she decided to try something more physical, and she found it. Read More
Forget calling the handy man or asking your uncle to fix that crack in the ceiling, founded by three women who have a passion for DIY, Tomboy Tools creates tools just for women! They have just about every tool you need to keep your house or your car in perfect condition! If you are a little wary of tackling that blocked drain under the kitchen sink or don't know your hacksaw from your circular saw just call a Tomboy consultant and they will come over and even throw a 'tool party' for you and your friends. Read More
So after reading about our Litpick, Babysitter: An American History, in the Aug/Sept issue of BUST, you're probably itchin' to reminisce on all things childcare. And what better place to start than with the Gossip Girl of babysitting culture, The Baby-Sitters Club. For those of you who've already read all the books (even the Little Sister ones, which, seriously? were kinda lame in comparison), I bring you What Claudia Wore , and ingenious internet addendum to the life and styles of the most fashion forward babysitter, Claudia Kishi. Read More
Madonna's back again! Her new single 'Celebration' has been making the rounds on the Internet for a couple of weeks now, and now there's a video teaser to go with it! Let's face it -- only someone as fabulous as Madonna can get away with producing a teaser for a music video. There's not too much to see in this clip except Madonna's totally fly studded dress, but if the choreography is even half as awesome as the supermarket checkout breakdown in '4 Minutes' then you can bet this vid won't disappoint. Read More
The last new episode of Reading Rainbow aired today, marking the end of the 26-year-old PBS series hosted by everyone's favorite well-read host, LeVar Burton. Like its contemporaries, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood and Sesame Street, Reading Rainbow was equal parts educational and fun, addressing its young viewers in the playful, respectful, and encouraging tone PBS is known for. More importantly, Reading Rainbow got kids excited about reading, about telling stories, and making their own as they followed LeVar on his exploratory adventures each episode. Read More
Chris Brown, hip hop darling/violent little puke, finally received his sentence for beating gal pal Rihanna this February. Brown will be paying his dues doing hard labor, attending therapy sessions to address his more vicious tendencies, and staying away from bars or other establishments associated with drugs or alcohol. Seems like a weak punishment: while the prohibition clause lasts for 5 years, the hard labor (which the New York Post describes as 'hauling trash and cleaning up properties' ) is only for a few months. No jail time, no house arrest, no nothin'. Read More
BUST loves America's Next Top Model just as much as the next gal, but if you like your entertainment a little more highbrow, check out Lauren Simkin Berke's new exhibit Excavations and Adaptations at the A.I.R. Gallery in Brooklyn next month! Excavations and Adaptations features over 60 index card-sized works that mix collages of things like photographs, luggage tags, and dress patterns with Berke's own drawings. Here's more from the A.I.R. Read More