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People might have different opinions on Beyoncé, her music, and the way she lives her life, but I think we can all agree that she’s an extremely influential individual at this point in her career.
Leotards in the club? #Flawless? Surfboard anyone?
Time felt the same way, and that’s why she was not only chosen for the 11th annual list of the 100 Most Influential People of 2014 (listed as one of the “titans” in her field; other categories include “pioneers,” “artists,” “leaders” and “icons”), but they gave her the cover. The issue is already quite popular, but I have a feeling it will do even better this year with Beyoncé front and center. She was profiled by popular Lean In author and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, and covered the mag in a stripped shoot with little makeup (and little clothing).
Time‘s list of people is supposed to show love to individuals from different fields who inspired others over the past year, and they’re profiled by fellow influential folks. Other people chosen include Serena Williams (profiled by Dwyane Wade), Seth Meyers (profiled by Amy Poehler), Miley Cyrus (profiled by Dolly Parton), Kerry Washington (profiled by Valerie Jarrett), Hillary Clinton (profiled by Malala Yousafzai), Pharrell (profiled by Justin Timberlake), Pope Francis (profiled by President Obama) and many more athletes, politicians, entertainers and leaders.
Go behind the scenes of the singer’s photo shoot for Time and hear about her biggest influence below:
“I feel like my mother and my daughter have been the most influential. And being a mother, becoming a mother and looking at my daughter in her eyes, made me into a woman and made me very, very strong.”
Serena Williams’ body makes me want to get my life together…but in the meantime, I’ll just appreciate her rock hard abs, toned arms, and of course, her perfectly perched bottom (Note to self: get back on those squats!).
The tennis star took some time out of her busy schedule to relax with friends on the beach in Miami. The 32-year-old had fun in the sun in a bikini showing off a body that she recently told Fitness magazine she once struggled to accept. That’s right, at one time, she thought her body wouldn’t be a good look for an athlete hoping to play tennis for a living. However, the words of her fans helped her be more accepting:
“When I was young I thought I should be built more like an athlete — long and lean — not with a womanly figure. But then people my age started coming up to me, saying, ‘I love you because of the way you look.’ They could relate to me. That was really motivating. So I learned to be proud of my curves and to embrace my large boobs and my butt. It’s all about loving who you are and realizing that you’re beautiful.”
And embrace she has. Work, Serena! Check out more pictures of the beauty and her friend frolicking on the beach in Miami and get some gym inspiration.
There’s no denying that Hollywood’s biggest celebrities are also among some of its most beautiful. Toss a rock on a red carpet and you’re bound to hit one of the most gorgeous women you’ve ever seen. But don’t think these lovely ladies don’t have a little help in the beauty department. From expensive spa treatments to the latest in anti-aging technology, Hollywood starlets spare no expense in staying on top of the looks game. So as summer approaches, and Hollywood’s hottest start showing of their goods more than usual, we take a look at some of these off-the-wall beauty regimes.
Some fabulous celeb women are rocking very chic new ‘dos this week, and we’re loving it!
Gabrielle Union, like many big stars, hit up the post-Oscar festivities last night looking fabulous. She hit the red carpet at the Vanity Fair Oscar party and did so with her own natural hair, which she showed off on Instagram yesterday.
“I took my weave out and got creative with my natural hair… @larryjarahsims is a master magician#theprocess”
The beauty showed off quite a bit of length, which was was flipped, curled and tied into a knot at the back of her head, and also included an ornate bump at the crown of her head. While at the Vanity Far party in her sparkling Nicholas Oakwell gown, she snapped pics with new Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o, and had nothing but love for the Kenyan beauty:
“Best part of my night… @lupitanyongo is everythang! Quite simply, this woman gives me LIFE! Humble, smart, sincere, drop dead stunning and talent to spare… SOOOO PROUD!!! #lupitalove”
And Union also took pictures with Tyler Perry, Serena Williams, Regina King and more. Clearly she had a fabulous night!
Away from the Academy Awards madness, supermodel Naomi Campbell also showed off a new ‘do, but this time it was a full and fabulous ‘fro.
Campbell is known for her long wigs and extensions, the latter of which having been blamed for the hair loss the beauty has dealt with over the years. She decided to give all that a rest for a light brown afro wig that looked great on her, as she did media rounds with The View, The Graham Norton Show, and while shooting an appearance on 106 & Park. Campbell was hitting the talk show couches to promote a new season of her reality show/modeling competition, The Face.
What do you think of both looks on these beauties? We can’t get enough of them! Share your thoughts below.
Being in love is always a great feeling and it’s even greater to share it with the world, like these artists who weren’t shy about having their boos star in a music video with them for all to see.
Usher and Chilli
In 2001, Chilli made a lot of women jealous after she started dating Usher. Although their relationship only lasted for two years, that was enough time for Chilli to appear in two of Usher’s videos: “U Got It Bad” and “U Don’t Have To Call.” After their relationship came to an end, many speculated the songs off of Usher’s Confessions album (which hinted of an affair and a love child) were about their relationship, but the TLC member revealed that Jermaine Dupri’s love life was really the inspiration behind it all.
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Just before the ball drops to welcome the new year, Serena Williams wins her third AP Athlete of the Year award. And this, according to CBS News, is one of the many honors bestowed upon the stellar tennis player in 2013.
Let’s take a look back at her 2013 stats: The tennis titan had 78 wins and only four losses — her new record with a .951 percent success rate! Her winning streak is 34 matches. She captured 11 titles, including at the U.S. Open and French Open. Williams smushed 23 bagels — painful 6-0 wins — in her rivals’ faces, including Maria Sharpova and Jelena Jankovic. And got coined up while slaying the competition:
“Williams finished the year with prize money of $12,385,572, shattering the all-time women’s record set last year by Victoria Azarenka, who won $7,923,920,” ABC Grandstand Sport reports.
Serena also won the Associated Press’ Female Athlete of the Year Award in 2002 and 2009. And it doesn’t seem like the 32-year-old unconquerable player is stopping anytime soon:
“Whenever I lose, I get more determined, and it gives me something more to work toward. I don’t get complacent, and I realize I need to work harder and I need to do better and I want to do better – or I wouldn’t keep playing this game,” Williams told AP in an interview.
Williams, a Compton, Calif. native, has shaken the world of tennis and has proven to be an inspiration for aspiring young athletes today.
“She did a remarkable job at speaking on behalf of all those great athletes and speaking to future players,” Stacey Allaster said, chairman of the WTA . “There’s a little girl, perhaps out there in Compton, who is dreaming of playing on the WTA, and Serena said, ‘We’re waiting for you, and we can’t wait to meet you.’”
Serena’s unbelievable winning streak is the longest since her sister, Venus, back in 2000 with a 35-match run. The tennis titan also won her 17th Grand Slam championship this year.
“Serena already has provided significant contributions to taking our sport to the next level. She is chasing records and no doubt will break many records before she’s finished,” Allaster gushed about Williams.
Can’t imagine Thanksgiving without the turkey? While dreams of stuffing your face full of turkey, glazed ham, and macaroni and cheese float through your mind, the vegetarians and vegans of the world imagine something more along the lines of pumpkin kale casserole, lentil loaf, or maybe even a vegetable pot pie. And I don’t live a vegan lifestyle by any stretch (and could, at most, check off the “vegetarian’ish” box, if such a category existed) having sampled several vegan dishes I can admit to having stumbled across some that are downright tasty! Check out this list of celebrities you might not have known were vegan, or vegetarian, and marvel at their ability to resist America’s efforts to throw a turkey at everything that moves every Thanksgiving.
Now adding a 17th title to her trophy case, Serena did something, well many things that either she’s never done or hasn’t been done before at all (not exhaustive).
– She had never defended a US Open title but has now checked that off.
– She received the largest one-time payout in the history of the sport, at $3.6 million in prize money.
– She lost the fewest games of any US Open winner’s campaign
– She has come the closest than any other active woman has or likely ever will come to matching the records of all time greats like Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert.
– She has matched Roger Federer’s record 17 Slams on the men’s side
All those feats by the world no. 1 taken together, plus those not mentioned, have convinced many that she is the official GOAT (greatest of all time). The holdouts that are left are shy about assigning her the title because she has at the very least, one and at the most eight more Slam titles to go before she matches are breaks Slam records set by “the greats” of yesterday when things were a little different.
Never the less, she is on a mission and continues defying the odds.
At a very ripe age of 31-years-old, Serena Williams seems to be playing the best tennis she’s ever played – taken with a grain of salt, because she had already won double digit Slams before finding this new form. Since she’s returned from a medical challenge that almost claimed her life a couple of years ago, she has been on a baffling ascension to untouchable status, defying the odds of your average tennis player.
In tennis, the players seem to age in a way similar to dog years, because 30 is typically the “I still play because I love it, but I’m not what I used to be” zone. 31 is simply considered “old.” Look at Roger Federer. At 32, for the first time in his elite career, he wasn’t able to reach a single Slam final this year. He went from winning Wimbledon last year to now being beaten by virtual amateurs as compared to his usual level of play.
So, while Roger Federer is now considered aging and his game diminished, Serena has just – with two occurring this year (French Open, US Open), along with seven other tour titles – met his career best of 17 Grand Slams and did it in the most devastating of ways. She served up 5 bagels (0s) and 4 breadsticks (1s), all straight sets wins but one, with a draw that contained surging American hope, Sloane Stephens, two former Grand Slam champions, Li Na and Francesca Schiavone, and a tenacious 24-year-old world no. 2 and holder of two Grand Slam titles herself, Victoria Azarenka … a stunning performance to say the least.
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While some ladies were busy eating their Wheaties and doing squats in the gym trying to get like her, Serena Williams admits that she was secretly ashamed of her body.
“I wasn’t always confident. I just started feeling comfortable with myself about six or seven years ago. That’s why I tell people that even at 25 or 26, it’s OK if you’re feeling uncomfortable with yourself. I was too. It’s normal. I love who I am, and I encourage other people to love and embrace who they are. But it definitely wasn’t easy—it took me a while,” she told DuJour.
“I grew up with a lot of sisters—I was the youngest, and I was really thick. My sister Venus was so tall and slim, and just being in a society where a lot of people are really thin, it was hard. Especially as an athlete.”
She went on to reveal that she eventually learned to love the body that she was given.
“No athlete has boobs like me. But I had to learn how to embrace myself and embrace my curves. And that’s something a lot of people can relate to.”
The bodylicious beauty also confessed that she’s rarely able to do things that normal people are able to, such as grabbing a cup of coffee.
“I could never go to places like [Starbucks]—I have to send someone out for me. I really don’t like to say no to pictures, so I always end up saying yes. But if you say yes to one, then there’s 20 people asking, and then there’s 30. It’s crazy, so I’m in my room a lot. During a tournament I hardly ever leave the hotel. Ever.”
“I don’t complain about it—it’s just something you have to get used to. It’s such a humbling feeling that anyone would even watch me play. I feel so honored, honestly, by anyone who’s a fan of mine and who appreciates me,” she added.