Expert Network - March 2012

Fashion Insiders React to New Israeli Law Banning Skinny Models

on March 29 2012 2:27 PM
Fashion Insiders React to New Israeli Law Banning Skinny Models

With dark eyes, full lips and never-ending legs, Caroline Pires had little difficulty getting into the modeling industry. Spotted on a New York street by a model scout when she was 12, Pires quickly landed a highly coveted Ralph Lauren campaign. But when she turned 16, Pires started to "fill out." She had curves that weren't there before -- and clients weren't happy.

"I was now a size 2, and I definitely had hips," the 5'11 brunette who has had a recurring role on Army Wives told IBTimes. "That was considered unacceptable."

Clients would call Pires in after seeing her pictures, but she didn't fit into the size 0 or 00 clothes they wanted her to put on. "I lost out many times because they didn't think I was thin enough."

This week Pires, now 20, and others in the fashion industry, are debating the merits of a new law passed in Israel banning skinny models with a Body Mass Index -- weight divided by height -- lower than 18.5. Aimed at curbing eating disorders among young women, the law also requires advertisers to disclose if models have been digitally altered in Photoshop to make them look thinner.

Couples Counseling Pays Off ... If It's On TV

on March 21 2012 10:56 AM
Couples Counseling Pays Off ... If It's On TV

It's hard to keep track. But according to people who know rap star DMX, he has fathered ten children with seven different women, with one more on the way. He has also been arrested for animal cruelty, reckless driving, drug possession and identity falsification.

So it's no surprise that the 41-year-old multi-platinum artist was reluctant to go on the new show Couples Therapy, premiering Wednesday night on VH1, with his ex-wife Tashera Simmons.

"He started off really resistant to therapy," Dr. Jenn Berman, the Hollywood psychologist who will counsel five celebrity couples, told IBTimes. "He thought, 'I don't have to do any work.'"

DMX and Simmons did do the work, though, and so did the other couples, including the much-hated Angelina Pivarnick from the Jersey Shore and Vienna Girardi from The Bachelor. They feel they made a number of breakthroughs and now understand why they act the way they do.

"I was really concerned about going on the show," Pivarnick told IBTimes. "Nothing was good in my life. I had a broken engagement and miscarriage. I really needed a rainbow. Something good."

Making Over Celebrities ... One Stiletto at a Time

on March 19 2012 12:14 PM
Making Over Celebrities ... One Stiletto at a Time

You'd never know June Ambrose is 5'3. Equipped with seven-inch Louboutins, towering turbans and a lot of advice, the celebrity stylist known for putting Missy Elliott in inflatable rubber appears quite tall.

"I call it glamour-flaging," she said. "A stylish way to camouflage." The key? Eccentric touches that let people know you've walked into a room. "A bold lip, a silk frock, a vintage kimono."

Starting tonight, Ambrose will bring her offbeat version of glamour-flaging to VH1 with the premiere of "Styled by June," a reality TV show that follows Ambrose and her assistants as they try to revive the careers of celebrities who have fallen from grace. Mischa Barton (who played Marissa on "The O.C.") and Jaleel White (who played Urkel on "Family Matters") are two of the best known.

"Mischa was drowning and needed to take a break from the spotlight," Ambrose said, likely referring to the actress's stint in rehab after Barton's character was killed off. "So it was hard for her to trust me."