Look at This Victorian Doll Ripping Out Her Intestines

If you love subversive, macabre art, then these Victorian Dolls are for you. Along with the self-disemboweling one, there's also a porcelain figurine with an open throat wound, one with half its skull exposed, and one that's decapitated. And looking so ladylike the whole time! » 12/19/13 5:25pm 12/19/13 5:25pm

Director Of Precious Bringing Valley Of The Dolls To TV

Yes, Oscar winner Lee Daniels working on an adaptation of Jacqueline Susann's 1966 novel about pill-popping, fame and women with ambition. For TV. (The book was turned into a film in 1967.) Hopefully NBC doesn't want a watered-down version and lets Daniels keep the drugs and the abortion in the story. » 9/26/11 6:10pm 9/26/11 6:10pm

Wait, Weight-Loss Pills Don't Work?

"New research evaluating the effectiveness of a broad selection of popular slimming supplements sold in pharmacies and health food shops has found no evidence that any of them facilitate weight loss beyond the placebo effect." But...they have infomercials! » 7/12/10 7:20pm 7/12/10 7:20pm

The Best In Completely Trashy, Guilty-Pleasure Reading

Kids! For some reason, sitting on a towel on some sand near water has always been viewed as a valid excuse to abandon all literary aspiration and read lurid, purple prose. And we'll take it! Some all-time favorites: » 6/30/10 6:30pm 6/30/10 6:30pm

The Politics Of Amanda Seyfried's Public Pill-Popping

Amanda Seyfried recently complained to Esquire about her spinach-based diet (which disappointed some raw-foodies), but we're more drawn to the fact that she downed pills — birth control and, more interestingly, Lexapro — in front of her interviewer. » 3/17/10 2:00pm 3/17/10 2:00pm

Black Barbies: A Question Of Representation

Mattel and Stacey Irby-McBride debuted the So In Style line of black dolls to record levels of praise - and criticism. "Three dolls can't represent the whole African-American community," McBride says, not realizing her statement is the root of the issue. » 12/03/09 5:00pm 12/03/09 5:00pm

Mannequin Sales Mirror Fashion Industry Prejudices

According to Marc Lacroix, manager of one of the world's leading mannequin producers, European designers don't buy black mannequins, plus-sized mannequins are irrelevant, and Saudi customers only buy the headless and limbless. » 10/05/09 1:00pm 10/05/09 1:00pm

The Plastics

Can these girls take Barbie? Toy company Spin Master is betting yes. The "Liv Dolls" are designed to look more like real girls than Barbies or Bratz ("no collagen," said their creator) and each has a trademark flaw. [BusinessWeek] » 9/17/09 1:20pm 9/17/09 1:20pm