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Hundreds of Latino celebrities condemn hate in new letter

Added: 16.08.2019 22:17 | 61 views | 0 comments

Jennifer López, Ricky Martin and Lin-Manuel Miranda also showed their support toward Latino communities impacted by the El Paso shooting and ICE raids in Mississippi.

Best celebrity photos of August: Teen Choice Awards, Television Critics Association tour

Added: 16.08.2019 19:16 | 13 views | 0 comments

From rockin' concerts to glam red carpets, here's how celebrities are celebrating the home stretch of summer.


Latino celebrities in U.S. issue plea to 'speak out loudly against hate'

Added: 16.08.2019 18:28 | 56 views | 0 comments

Actresses Eva Longoria, America Ferrara and more than 200 other Latino artists and civil rights leaders on Friday penned a letter of support to the Latino community in the United States after a mass shooting in Texas and immigration raids in Mississippi.

CNN anchor Chris Cuomo's viral 'Fredo' rant draws mixed reactions from celebrities

Added: 14.08.2019 15:53 | 15 views | 0 comments

After a now-viral video of CNN anchor Chris Cuomo cursing and threatening a man who taunted him with a “Godfather” reference, celebrities are sounding off on the matter over social media.

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Lee Miller: The Inspiration Behind Jessica May

Added: 13.08.2019 18:42 | 7 views | 0 comments

As I mention in the Author’s Note at the back of The Paris Orphan, I first heard of Lee Miller when I was researching my previous book, . There was a throwaway line in an article that mentioned Miller and other female war correspondents who, after World War II had ended, had not been able to continue working as serious journalists because the men had returned from overseas and taken all of the available jobs.

It caught my attention. What would it have been like to report on a war and then come home to America and be assigned completely different work? After the war, Lee Miller was relegated to photographing fashion or celebrities during the winter season at Saint-Moritz. She was also an occasional contributor of recipes for Vogue.

That article was the start of my fascination with her. I went looking for more. And I found a story so incredible I couldn’t help but be inspired by it.

Miller the Photojournalist

Miller was a photojournalist for Vogue during World War II. She took some extraordinary photographs: she stumbled upon the battle for Saint-Malo in France and photographed the U.S. Army’s first use of napalm there. She reported from Paris, Luxembourg, Alsace, Colmar, Aachen, Cologne, Frankfurt and Torgau, among other places. She was one of the first to document the horrors of the Dachau concentration camp. And she was the subject of an iconic photograph, bathing in Hitler’s bathtub in his Munich apartment, having left her filthy boots to drop the dirt of Dachau, as she put it, all over the Fuhrer’s pristine white bathroom.

Miller the Model

But Lee Miller started on the other side of the lens. She was discovered by Condé Nast on the streets of Manhattan and became a famous model for magazines like Vogue during the 1920s. I decided to use this as the starting point for my character, Jessica May, as I was fascinated by that transition. How did a woman who was so obviously beautiful manage in the male and often chauvinistic environment of an army during a war?

Just as Condé Nast discovers Lee Miller, he also discovers Jess in The Paris Orphan and Jess is one of his favorite models, as Miller was. However, to suit my story better, I moved time forward to begin Jess’s modeling career in the early 1940s.

Miller’s modeling career ended when a photograph of her was used by Kotex in an advertisement for sanitary pads. It’s so hard to imagine that this could end a career, but it did. To be seen as the “Kotex Girl” was a stigma so dreadful that no magazine wanted to use pictures of Miller again. So Miller moved to France, where she became Man Ray’s lover. He helped her develop her photography skills and she became a well-regarded surrealist photographer.

I used these elements when creating Jess’s character too. Jess has to stop modeling after a photograph of her is used by Kotex, Jess has a French photographer as a lover, and solarization is a trademark of her work, as it was Miller’s.

The Intersection of Fiction and Reality

Miller actually reported for British Vogue during the war, although many of her pieces appeared in American Vogue too. For ease of the story, I have Jess working for American Vogue in The Paris Orphan.

Jess follows in Miller’s footsteps in The Paris Orphan, working out of a field hospital when she first arrives in France after D-Day. I have given the room used by Lee Miller at the Hotel Scribe in Paris to Jess, complete with a balcony piled high with fuel cans and an acquaintance with Picasso. Miller is called la femme soldatby the joyful Parisians after the city is liberated, as is Jess. Miller stays at Hitler’s apartment in Munich and is photographed in Hitler’s bath, as is Jess in The Paris Orphan.

After the War

One of the most heartbreaking parts of Miller’s story is what happened to her after the war. She suffered from post-traumatic stress after viewing and recording so many horrors, and she tried to forget that she was ever a witness to war and all its atrocities. So effective was she at excising this from her past that, when she died at age seventy, her son, Roland Penrose, had no idea of what she had done during the war. Her work was largely forgotten.

One day, Penrose’s wife found boxes of photographs and films in the attic at Farley Farm, Miller’s home. They contained Miller’s correspondence with her Vogue editor and wartime paraphernalia. Penrose immediately understood that he had made an incredible discovery, that his mother had been a true artist, and that her words and pictures had—once upon a time, until she let the world forget them—meant something.

He resurrected Lee Miller and her work. She is now widely regarded as one of the world’s preeminent war correspondents and photographers. The idea that she had been all but forgotten haunted me, and this inspired the scenes set in contemporary times in The Paris Orphan, when D’Arcy Hallworth finds an attic full of photographs and an extraordinary legacy that should never have been lost to the past.

Best celebrity photos of August: Teen Choice Awards, Television Critics Association tour

Added: 13.08.2019 4:16 | 15 views | 0 comments

From rockin' concerts to glam red carpets, here's how celebrities are celebrating the home stretch of summer.


Stars who missed out on major roles

Added: 13.08.2019 4:16 | 16 views | 0 comments

You win some, you lose some - and the same goes for the stars! We've rounded up a list of celebrities who have lost out on or turned down major roles.


Verizon sells early social-media darling Tumblr to owner of WordPress

Added: 13.08.2019 0:17 | 16 views | 0 comments

Tumblr is known for its devoted fan base and has been home to angry posts from celebrities like Taylor Swift.

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Instagram Is Reportedly Plagued With ‘Disturbing’ Human Skull Trade

Added: 12.08.2019 21:18 | 28 views | 0 comments

When most people think of Instagram, they think of looking at photos of their friends or favorite celebrities. But there is another side of the social media site that involves the selling and trading of human skulls — and it is a market that is thriving.
Skull enthusiasts across the world who are willing to spend thousands of dollars to get them don't have to go far - they just need Instagram, magazine reported.
The magazine spoke with Henry Scragg, one seller of the unusual remains who has amassed more than 34,000 followers on the platform. Scragg said he bought a box of skulls on eBay before the company banned the selling of human remains. He began sharing photos of the skulls on Instagram and was approached by many interest parties who wanted to buy them.
Debbie Reynders, another skull collector, said while most people might think the hobby is weird while most people who are in the trade are "open and lovely" people.


Everything That Went Down at 2019 Beautycon Los Angeles

Added: 12.08.2019 4:29 | 21 views | 0 comments

Priyanka Chopra, BeautyCon Los Angeles 2019It's that time of year, when beauty devotees gather around for a weekend of pure bliss: Beautycon. This weekend, celebrities, influencers, makeup artists and more celebrated their...

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