GLAMOUR: I've heard you don't read your press. Do you read about other people?
RACHEL MCADAMS: Not really, no.
GLAMOUR: So you're not aware that Ryan Gosling has become a huge feminist icon?
RACHEL MCADAMS: Feminist icon? Wow! Is that real?
GLAMOUR: There are blogs upon blogs!
RACHEL MCADAMS: Oh my God, that's great.
Insert your own, "Hey, Girl," joke here. Elsewhere in the interview, McAdams declines to give any love advice — "that's a slippery slope," — and talks about her impressions of Occupy Toronto. [Glamour]
- Christian Louboutin and Gisele Bündchen are among the celebrities whose grasp of science has been critiqued by the U.K. nonprofit Sense About Science in its annual list of public flubs. Louboutin told the press about meeting a woman at a party, who gave him this insight into shoe design: "She said that what is sexual in a high heel is the arch of the foot, because it is exactly the position of a woman's foot when she orgasms. So putting your foot in a heel, you are putting yourself in a possibly orgasmic situation." Says professor Kevan Wylie, a consultant in sexual medicine, "It is important to differentiate causality from effect. A woman's foot may be in this position during orgasm, but that does not mean that putting her foot into this position under other circumstances will result in orgasm." When Gisele told reporters that she doesn't use sunscreen because "I cannot put this poison on my skin… I do not use anything synthetic," that was wrong, too. Pharmaceutical scientist Gary Moss rebuts her: "Cosmetic products — including sunscreens — are regulated and are tested extensively before they are allowed onto the market. Testing applies to both final products and individual ingredients. You might be surprised that you use a wide variety of synthetic materials in many aspects of your life: ‘synthetic' does not automatically mean bad, just as ‘natural' does not automatically mean safe or beneficial." Meanwhile, Christy Turlington was praised for rejecting the fear-mongering surrounding the HPV vaccine. "I was also fearful as a new mom," she admitted, "but as a student of public health, I understand the evidence-based research now." Would that every celebrity could do the same. [Official Site]
- Bernard Arnault's rival and fellow retail magnate François Pinault, who heads the global conglomerate PPR, was named a Grand Officer of the Legion of Honor, France's highest civilian decoration. His wife, Salma Hayek, was named a Knight. Arnault got his Grand Officer award last year, on Bastille Day. [WWD]
- Aretha Franklin engagement news: "Ms. Franklin is considering Donna Karan, Valentino and the queen of wedding dresses, Vera Wang, to design her gown," according to her PR rep. We care far more about her wedding hat. Aretha will wear a wedding hat, right? [People]
- The seven up-and-coming labels to receive $25,000 grants from Ecco Domani for 2012 are: Correll Correll, Eighteenth, Haus Alkire, Sunhee, Tim Coppens, Dezso by Sara Beltrán, and Titania Inglis. Each will put the money towards a New York fashion week show. [WWD]
- And the Fashion Group International has announced the finalists for 2012's Rising Star award. In women's wear, they are: Wes Gordon; Nary Manivong and Alexandria Hilfiger of Nahm; Elene Cassis; Joel Diaz and Christina LaPens of Jolibe; Norman Ambrose; Nara Paz Design Internationale; Misha Nonoo of Nonoo; Stacy Lomman: New York, and Steven McDermott of Stevie Mac New York. The winner will be announced at a luncheon hosted by Isabel and Ruben Toledo later this month. [WWD]