Monthly Archives: August 2011

Photogenic Beauty

If the outside is all that counts, then these ten celebrities are officially the best in their field. In a survey conducted by photography website mymemory.com, over 1,500 members of the British public were asked to rate celebrity photos, in order to create a definitive top ten list of the most photogenic faces of all time.

Both past and present stars made up the flattering list. The timeless beauty of Elizabeth Taylor came top, followed by modern-day stars, Hollywood sweetheart Jennifer Aniston, and highest ranking male, David Beckham.

   

1. Elizabeth Taylor

2. Jennifer Aniston

3. David Beckham

4. Megan Fox

5. Audrey Hepburn

6. Marlon Brando

7. Angelina Jolie

8. Marilyn Monroe

9. Sophia Loren

10. James Dean

Despite the recent high profile stars ranking highly amongst the top ten, past Hollywood icons such as Sophia Loren, James Dean and Audrey Hepburn also feature in the list, despite an abundance of more recent stars that could have have caught the list’s eye.

Jennifer Aniston is sure to revel in the fact that she gained a more superior position than love rival Angelina Jolie, and even look-a-like Megan Fox beat the Tomb Raider star in the photogenic quality stakes.

  

Not only does the poll show the significance of certain stars and their flawless appearances, but also photography itself, capturing timeless images that create a lasting impression. mymemory.com website co-founder Rebecca Huggler said: “There are lots of classic celebrities in there who have been famous or passed away many years ago; proving that photographs stay with us forever.”

  

With the iconic black and white images of previous A-list stars, such as this early photo of a young Sophia Loren, it’s little wonder early Hollywood style, glamour and elegance is still recognised today. Bizzarely, professional models, such as Kate Moss, have not been mentioned on the list, with film stars taking the spot light.

 

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Cute as a Button

These are my new cute-as-button kittens. They are currently without names, so we affectionately refer to them as ‘One’ and ‘Two’ for the time being. They are ADORABLE. 

I will inevitably become a crazy cat lady at some point in my life, and this would perhaps be the perfect opportunity to up the ante. I could create a daily blog on their lives, and start showing strangers photos of them, which I would handily keep in my wallet.

Who knew something so teeny could be so much fun. Literally, either my sisters and I are VERY easily entertained, or these kittens are hilarious. Number One stood in the water bowl, and had a literal heart attack when she got a wet back foot. On reflection I think it may have been a ‘had to be there’ kinda thing.

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Lana Del Rey~ Video Games

Lana Del Rey, a.k.a New Yorker Lizzie Grant, is officially my new girl-crush. Effortlessly oozing old-school Hollywood glamour, and with lips to die for, the sultry singer/song writer labels her music and debut single, Video Games, as ‘Hollywood sad core’.

Indeed, Rey’s press release states “The memory of faded stars like Bette Davis, Kurt Cobain, Nina Simone and Elvis are the chorus line for her music”. This is evident in the styling of both her video and personal appearance, with clear influence taken from classic film noir, and stars of the past; both Elvis and Bette Davis featuring within the video.

The video flickers between scenes of romance and hollywood stardom, juxtaposed with the stereotypical video-game commentary of war and destruction. This contrast is complimented by Rey’s soothing vocals, and the use of a harp is particularly effective in creating an almost soft edge of naivety and sadness to the lyrics.

Maybe this is an account of a rocky relationship, or of an overtly dedicated girlfriend, prepared to overlook with her boyfriend’s incessant love of video games over her. The lyrics certainly seem to suggest the latter/ “It’s you, it’s you, it’s all for you“, suggesting a degree of sacrifice on her part within the relationship.

Alternatively, this could be the perspective of a woman happily prepared to partake in activities typically considered  male hobbies and thus the relationship is that of a mutual love for video games; “Watchin all our friends fall/ Leanin out of old cars/ This is my idea of fun/ Playing video games”.

She also mentions playing pool and darts, and drinking beer; Pitchfork pretty much sums up the song’s possibilities, suggesting the lyrics imply,  “The allowances of a dream girl, or just the most sarcastic, cutting thing you can say to an emotionally unavailable boyfriend.”

Either way, the masculine element of gaming footage is counter-acted by Rey’s smouldering and emotionally-charged appearances, and the inclusion of Hollywood stars within the video supports that already-stated glamour of a star-in-the-making.

Bette Davis (top) and Nina Simone, two of Rey’s icons, and influences.

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