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Heidi Klum’s 2019 Halloween costume is her most gruesome of all time

Heidi Klum’s 2019 Halloween costume is her most gruesome of all time

  • Heidi Klum‘s 2019 Halloween costume is her most gruesome yet.
  • The 46-year-old model documented her scary transformation via Instagram and for New York City residents as she got prepped in a glass window at Amazon.
  • The extensive costume and makeup process went on for several hours, with Klum seen wiggling into a humanoid alien body suit with a team of artists painting on her costume, blow-drying it, and even adding gelatin.
  • Klum was celebrating her annual monster bash on Thursday night, and she marked the 20th Heidiween anniversary by showing off her legendary costumes over the years.
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Heidi Klum may have unsurprisingly outdone herself again, dressing up in what’s easily her most gruesome Halloween costume yet.

The 46-year-old model gave the world more than a glimpse of what it takes to claim the title of “The Queen of Halloween” by documenting her extensive several-hour costume and makeup process on Thursday.

Heidi Klum at her Halloween party

Klum at her 2019 Halloween party.

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Klum sat down in front of a huge glass window at an Amazon store in New York City, allowing some surprised-looking people to see the star getting the full scary treatment.

But those who weren’t able to see her transformation in the flesh (or full prosthetics, in this case) were able to see all the action via Klum’s Instagram as well as on Amazon Live’s Instagram stories.

The day before, Klum hinted at her 2019 costume through a spooky video, asking her 6.8 million Instagram followers who she might going as.

Thursday morning then started off with a fresh-faced Klum getting her hair done listening to “Thriller” by Michael Jackson to get her in the mood with the caption “Lets go!”

The next stage saw Klum try to wiggle her way into a prosthetic body suit while commenting: “It looks like I’m getting into a chicken!” Zac Posen was already quick to comment, asking: “Glowing alien?”

Things became only slightly clearer when Klum waddled around in the body suit with fans guessing she was “Bride of Frankenstein,” “Zombie Kim K,” or “ET.”

By lunchtime the model decided to stop for a carb break and said on her Instagram story as she ate spaghetti: “A little bolognese on halloween ‘cuz it’s a long night and I have heavy weight to carry.”

After her gruesome mask with cut marks was fitted, Klum shared a boomerang of her kissing her husband, Tom Kaulitz, proving love isn’t dead … or is it?

Her bodysuit was worked on even more with Klum sharing more videos of the team painting on her costume, blow-drying it, and even adding gelatin to enhance the prosthetic muscles.

In one Instagram story, Klum is heard laughing and asking: “Did I just hear you say you have to cut a hole in my butt?”

Fellow ’90s supermodel Naomi Campbell even shared her admiration for this year’s costume preparation commenting: “Incredible.”

Acknowledging the long day, one of her Klum’s final Instagram posts was captioned “still here” showing the team still working hard at her costume.

The end result saw Klum looking a bit like a gory alien version of Frankenstein as she made her way through a time capsule to make her big reveal to the world.

The model certainly played up to the part by hissing and glaring at paparazzi, as seen on Amazon Prime Video’s Instagram story.

The star was joined by Kaulitz, who complemented her futuristic look as an astronaut wearing a broken helmet, making it look as if Klum had broken through and gored his face.

Klum told People back in August her husband’s costume was going to be “easier” this year since she “felt so bad for him” last year when he made his Heidiween debut for a Shrek and Fiona couples costume.

Heidi Klum with husband Tom Kaulitz scaring the paparazzi

Klum and her husband, Tom Kaulitz, scaring the paparazzi.
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Klum’s other iconic Halloween costumes were also on full display as tiny figures at her legendary monster-bash party on Thursday night, which celebrated her 20 years of spooky festivities.

Fans will remember her going as a 95-year-old woman, Betty Boop, the werewolf from the “Thriller” music video, Jessica Rabbit, and even clones of herself.

The star-studded affair at Cathedralé at the Moxy Village Hotel saw Mariah Carey as an ’80s metal player, Neil Patrick Harris and his husband, David Burkta, as the Olsen twins, and Nicky Hilton as a french maid.

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Dave Is Right: Black Britishness Deserves Respect, Not Tokenism

Dave Is Right: Black Britishness Deserves Respect, Not Tokenism

The word is that it’s a great time to be black and creative creative. From literature to music to visual art to makeup shade ranges, the last year or so has felt like a turning point for blackness being both acknowledged and, inevitably, then seen as a viable commodity. Maybe you were woken from your sleep last year by the chorus of applause that greeted the wave of September issue fashion mags with black cover stars. Perhaps you spotted the reddened executive palms, raw from high-fiving the monetary success of black British music as it’s rightfully pushed its way into the mainstream.

A personal favorite of mine was the sight of a smiling Wiley, shivering slightly in a good suit as the establishment handed him his MBE in 2017. Books like Yomi Adegoke and Elizabeth Uviebinené’s Slay in Your Lane, and What a Time to Be Alone by Chidera Eggerue have shown that there’s a literary appetite for the voices of young black women. Natasha Gordon’s sold out play Nine Night and everything Michaela Coel touches serve as evidence of a demand for black stories in theatre and on the screen, too. Last week, Dave’s searing new single “Black” announced not only his upcoming album Psychodrama but an intention to spell out his understanding of blackness in this country with a stunning video (below).

So one level: good times. All this progress illuminates the beautiful kaleidoscope of UK black culture, and everyone involved in these successes ought to feel deservedly proud. Likewise, you should be allowed to enjoy this moment if you’ve waited for it for years. What no one can afford to be, however, is complacent. We’re still in a space where multiple members of creative staff at Gucci thought a Golliwog jumper was bellissimo and where Liam Neeson isn’t scared to publicly declare his past desire to kill any given black man. The problem with a black ‘moment’ is the implicit suggestion that it will end; the sense that you can dabble in blackness for a bit, like you might in Mountain unicycling. What might be practical steps to make sure that black people—who contribute so much to pop culture, vernacular language and an easily commodified sense of ‘cool’—get to take charge of their own narrative in British public life?

Yomi, of Slay in Your Lane, puts this stuttering progress down to a lack of black people in decision-making positions. “The reason that these things go out in and out of fashion is because white people still—just as ten years ago and ten years before that—get to decide when black people’s stories are allowed to be told, and when they matter. It’s important to have black people in roles that are high enough to systemically change an organization.” That means doing more than paying lip service. Take British Vogue, where Edward Enninful kicked off his editorship with mixed-ethnicity model Adwoa Aboah on a December 2017 cover, and has since printed covers modeled by Halima Aden (wearing hijab), Adut Akech and Naomi Campbell. This might be a good time to remember that Enninful’s predecessor Alexandra Shulman didn’t have a solo black model on the cover for the 12 years between Campbell in 2002 and Jourdan Dunn in 2014.

So given the UK’s past relationship to blackness in pop culture, you’d probably be wise to cautiously approach this recent ‘trend.’ The British Film Institute are currently running a season called Forgotten Black TV Drama, but you could easily imagine them adding Remember the 90s: When Black Comedy Was a Thing. Back then, you could catch barbershop comedy Desmond’s on Channel 4 plus BBC2’s The Real McCoy sketch show and two-hour black comedy and entertainment show The A Force. And then the drought began. Since, beyond shows like Sky One’s Bulletproof, Top Boy on Channel 4 and even the BBC’s 3 Non-Blondes, we haven’t managed to to shift the dial of black programming from rare event to staple. Similarly, Black UK garage artists entering the singles charts—like DJ Pied Piper’s “Do You Really Like It?” and So Solid Crew’s “21 Seconds”, both number 1s—didn’t fully steer the white mainstream towards UK garage in a way that pulled the genre from an ‘urban’ subcategory.

We’ll need some fundamental changes to properly integrate black creatives in our cultural institutions. There has been some improvement in music. Genres that were once ghettoized as “urban” (whatever that’s supposed to mean today) now form the backbone of pop, and are given room to grow at labels like Sony’s Since ‘93 imprint, founded by Glyn Aikins and Riki Bleau. In journalism, the numbers look pretty dire. Black Journalists Collective UK (BJCUK), a group of more than 100 journalists, wrote to UK editors in December 2018 asking that they grow diversity among their staff in order to improve their reporting of race issues and subjects. They highlighted 2015 research by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism that found only 0.2 percent of British journalists are black. Joseph ‘JP’ Patterson, of Complex UK and founder of youth culture magazine Trench, is also acutely aware of black underrepresentation, pointing to the the small number of black music editors and staff writers. “When it comes to commissioning, we always strive to include young black writers,” he says. “Because there’s such a lack, it’s important for us to take that on our shoulders.”

When companies do step up, there can be a tendency to focus on junior access via internships and work experience rather than looking at how they recruit senior roles. “I don’t think we understand how serious unconscious bias is,” Yomi warns. “They look at some people who are black and can’t imagine us in senior positions.” One solution she proposes is for decision-makers to take a more imaginative approach to assessing talent. For example, not directly comparing the results of someone privately educated with a state school education or looking at candidates who have had less linear paths or direct experience in the industry. Yomi’s quick to point out that this is not positive discrimination—rather, she says, “it’s looking at the reality of people’s lived experiences.” JP suggests that the hesitance of creative industries to employ experienced black people fuels caution to apply for the big jobs. “I think people are scared to apply for those big jobs… but you need to know that you’re a don in yourself.”

When you look at some of the data, you start to see how that lack of representation may affect what jobs people even think are possible. A 2017 study by the Chartered Management Institute and the British Academy of Management showed that only 6 percent of management jobs are held by ethnic minorities. If you’re a black, female graduate, research from The Resolution Foundation estimates that on average you will be paid 9 percent less than your white colleagues. Using the odd black face as shorthand to signal diversity, without enacting real transformation internally, can’t cut it anymore.

Finally, this is about language. “We need to stop talking about diversity like it’s a category: romcoms, thrillers… diverse,” Yomi wryly says, before pausing, exasperated. “We’re not a genre.” Overall, she highlights the value of recognizing that black visibility could be fleeting. “It’s important to acknowledge that it’s a trend so that we can dismantle the structures that allow us to go in and out of fashion”, she says. As JP predicts, noting more inclusive examples of senior recruitment in music, “we’re going to have a lot more of a say. We need to build in a way that can’t ever be broken down; we need to build a strong foundation.”

Blackness is not a phase or a fashion for the black people living it, nor is it a resource for mood boards. There will never come a time where we look back at this moment of significant black cultural contribution and cringe from embarrassment like it was a bad style choice. When the transition from trend to true inclusion really happens, there’ll be no need to pat ourselves on the back. Instead, presence of black people will be ubiquitous, welcome and normal. Imagine that?

This article originally appeared on Noisey UK.

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Academy Says 4 Oscar Awards Will Be Presented During Commercial Breaks

Academy Says 4 Oscar Awards Will Be Presented During Commercial Breaks

Academy Says 4 Oscar Awards Will Be Presented During Commercial Breaks

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So after the Academy resolved the Kevin Hart hosting debacle for the upcoming 91st Annual Academy Awards ceremony and the singing of only two Best Original Songs, they’ve managed to find themselves still mixed in controversy. With the annual awards show just 13 days away, the organization has announced that they will be presenting four Academy Awards during commercial breaks instead of during the live broadcast. So for those DPs out there who love Cinematography or those who love Editing, or those who enjoy Film Shorts, or those who create unique looks for characters with Makeup and Hairstyling, well, you won’t be seeing those awards being presented live because those are the four categories being given out during commercial breaks. More on the report here below.

Just how many more times is this show going to find itself stepping into the wrong situation? Figuring out how to cut down the runtime is one thing, but sacrificing songs or giving out awards off-screen isn’t the way to go. After all, there was a huge uproar when it was reported that only two of the Best Original Songs were going to be performed live instead of all the nominees. That obviously gave the impression of favoritism. Now cinematography, film editing, live action short, and the category of makeup and hairstyling will not be presented to television audiences? That is simply outrageous.

The explanatory speeches that go into these awards before they are presented only highlight their importance in a film. It helps the audience know that every member of the team has value. They also help younger viewers understand that there is much more to a film than writing or directing.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like these awards are worth giving away in front of home audiences. THR says the Academy will still be honoring the spirit of the show by handing out 24 awards, with winners giving out their acceptance speeches later in the broadcast.

Here’s how Academy president John Bailey explained the cuts to the presentation of the four awards:

“With the help of our partners at ABC, we also will stream these four award presentations online for our global fans to enjoy, live, along with our audience. Fans will be able to watch on Oscar.com and on the Academy’s social channels. The live stream is a first for our show, and will help further awareness and promotion of these award categories.”

While there is sure to be outrage among the film community, this will look like an experiment, more or less. “Bailey, who in addition to being president sits on the board of governors as a representative of the cinematographers’ branch, said the executive committee of six of the Academy’s 17 branches volunteered to have their respective awards presented under the new system, and that the Academy selected four of them.” Additionally, four or six awards may not be presented on a rotating basis. And the four that are being excluded from the broadcast this year will be guaranteed to be presented, live and on air, next year. I can only imagine they would keep the major ones like acting, directing, and best picture.

And while the respective branches had every right to take issue about this matter, a video presentation that was shown to them reportedly eased those concerns. Those who saw the video reportedly said that “it provided a respectful acknowledgment of the affected category.”

Per THR, Baily concluded the meeting with, “So, buckle up! We are committed to presenting a show which we all will be proud of.”

Joking aside, I’m sure there will be only a handful of ways that the show could be cut down without sacrificing presenting the awards to the respective winners. Maybe don’t have such an ostentatious and overly showy cold opening that lasts up to 10 to 15 minutes long? Why not cut out some of the theatrics like the jet ski moment of 2018 or the handing out of pizzas and the selfie moments?

And just as a reminder, here are the nominees for the awards for cinematography, film editing, live action short, and makeup and hairstyling:

Cinematography

Cold War


The Favourite


Never Look Away


Roma


A Star Is Born

Film Editing

BlacKkKlansman


Bohemian Rhapsody


Green Book


The Favourite


Vice

Live Action Short Film

Detainment


Fauve


Marguerite


Mother


Skin

Makeup And Hair

Border


Mary Queen of Scots


Vice

Winners for the 91st Annual Academy Awards will be revealed on February 24, 2019. The ceremony will take place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA, and broadcast on ABC.

[Source: THR]

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Instagram hacks: Five ways to increase your followers, according to the experts

Instagram hacks: Five ways to increase your followers, according to the experts

Social media platforms have gained increasing prominence in recent years, becoming many people’s first port of call for news of current affairs and for staying up-to-date with the goings on of their friends’ lives.

With more than a billion users worldwide, Instagram has established itself as one of the world’s most powerful social networking sites, alongside other platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.

Everyone on the site is seemingly vying to boost their online presence, taking picturesque pictures wherever they go and using a plethora of popular hashtags in an effort to increase their followers.


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1/23

“I can’t remember exactly, but I’m pretty sure the rule is to eat as much as humanly possible before squeezing into a formal dress. Right?” Kristen Bell wrote in an Instagram caption. Bell’s husband, Dax Shepard, can be seen relaxing in bed in the background.

Kristen Bell (@kristenanniebell)

2/23

Following their delicious pre-Golden Globes meal, Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard looked sharp in their chic ensembles, which they accessorised with napkins. Naturally.

Kristen Bell (@kristenanniebell)

3/23

Golden Globes co-host Sandra Oh shared a photo on her Instagram story showing her getting ready before the big night. Oh won the Golden Globe for best actress in a television series drama for her leading role in thriller ‘Killing Eve’.

Sandra Oh (@iamsandraohinsta)

4/23

Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh had a lot to prepare before hosting the Golden Globes together. Here, in a photo shared on Samberg’s Instagram story, the pair appear deep in conversation, likely discussing the clever quips hiding under their sleeves.

Andy Samberg (@thelonelyisland)

5/23

Parenting is a time-consuming business, as Ricky Martin demonstrates in this photo posted on his Instagram account. “#Multitasking Getting ready for the @goldenglobes,” he writes in the caption. In the picture Martin can be seen holding the pram of his daughter Lucía Martin-Yosef, whose birth he and husband Jwan Yosef announced in December 2018.

Ricky Martin (@ricky_martin)

6/23

Dax Shepard showed just how much effort he’d put into his Golden Globes preparations with a selfie that he posted on Instagram. “Even showered (last night) for this,” he wrote in the caption. What a gent.

Dax Shephard (@daxshepard)

7/23

Melissa McCarty, who was nominated for a Golden Globe for her leading role in ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’, wore a purple, star-studded Reem Acra dress for the award ceremony. She showed her seven million Instagram followers the preparations that she undertook for the big night, which included applying a face mask and receiving help from a dedicated glam squad.

Melissa McCarthy (@melissamccarthy)

8/23

Thandie Newton had a team of people to thank for her breathtaking Golden Globes look, which she finished off with a stunning silver cut-out Michael Kors dress. The actor shared a Boomerang on Instagram of the final makeup touches being added, which included a smokey eye and a soft pink lip.

Thandie Newton (@thandienewton)

9/23

While the Golden Globes may be a glamorous affair for all the celebrities who attend, the early preparations are frequently decidedly less so. Alex Borstein, who stars in comedy-drama ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’, shared a photo on Instagram that showed her having an eye and neck mask applied while simultaneously having her hair curled. The definition of a multitasker.

Alex Borstein (@alexborstein)

10/23

Timothée Chalamet may not have won the Golden Globe for his supporting role in drama ‘Beautiful Boy’, but he was very excited to bring his mother along to the award show. Chalamet posted this picture on his Instagram account, alongside the caption: “momma!” The actor wore a custom Louis Vuitton suit designed by menswear artistic director Virgil Abloh for the event.

Timothée Chalamet (@tchalamet)

11/23

Jessica Chastain is typically very private about her personal life, choosing to keep her partner Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo and their baby daughter out of the spotlight. While getting ready for the Golden Globes, Chastain shared a photo of her daughter curiously holding a ruby Piaget ring, with the caption: “You’ve got good taste, kid.”

Jessica Chastain (@jessicachastain)

12/23

Rachel Brosnahan has become a household Hollywood name thanks to her star-making turn as an aspiring stand-up comedian in ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’. The actor shared a selfie on Instagram with her “girl gang” prior to the Golden Globes, for which she wore a floor-length yellow Prada gown.

Rachel Brosnahan (@rachelbrosnahan)

13/23

Catherine Zeta-Jones shared a behind-the-scenes glimpse of her Golden Globes preparations, posting a photo on her Instagram story showing her having her hair and makeup done. “Gold is for Globes,” she wrote for the caption.

Catherine Zeta-Jones (@catherinezetajones)

14/23

Sarah Silverman showed just how well she and ex-partner Jimmy Kimmel still get on by sharing a selfie with the talk show host and his wife, Molly McNearney. Silverman and Kimmel dated for seven years between 2002 and 2009.

Sarah Silverman (@sarahkatesilverman)

15/23

Darren Criss epitomised elegance at the Golden Globes with his fiancée, producer Mia Swier. Criss, who won a Golden Globe for his chilling role as killer Andrew Cunanan in ‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace’, wore a floral Dior tux, and Swier wore a sleek Vera Wang gown.

Darren Criss (@darrencriss)

16/23

For her first ever appearance at the Golden Globes, actor and activist Jameela Jamil had a sneaky trick for ensuring she didn’t feel the January cold. The star of ‘The Good Place’ revealed on social media that she wore jeans underneath her pink Monique Lhuillier gown. “An experienced woman wears jeans under her Golden Globes gown because it’s forking COLD,” she wrote in a tweet accompanying the video.

Jameela Jamil (@jameelajamilofficial)

17/23

‘The Big Bang Theory’ actor Kaley Cuoco shared a candid snap on her Instagram account of her walking along a hallway hand in hand with her new husband Karl Cook, whom she married in June 2018. Cuoco wore a navy, black and white strapless Monique Huillier gown for the Golden Globes.

Kaley Cuoco (@kaleycuoco)

18/23

While last year’s Golden Globes saw numerous stars wear black in solidarity with the Time’s Up movement, this year celebrities chose to show their support by wearing bracelets and ribbons with the slogan “Time’s Up X2” written across them. Julianne Moore shared this photo on her Instagram account, showing her wearing the accessory next to a beautiful Chopard bracelet.

Julianne Moore (@juliannemoore)

19/23

Jamie Lee Curtis’s stunning Alexander McQueen dress received a lot of praise when the actor appeared on the Golden Globes red carpet. Curtis posted this photo on her Instagram account while taking part in rehearsals for the show.

Jamie Lee Curtis (@curtisleejamie)

20/23

‘A Star Is Born’ didn’t win as many Golden Globes as people expected, having been nominated for five accolades. Nonetheless, the film’s win for best original song still proved very exciting for Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt, all of whom collaborated on the song ‘Shallow’. “We’re off the deep end,” Ronson wrote in an Instagram caption accompanying a selfie of the group.

Mark Ronson (@iammarkronson)

21/23

Isla Fisher and Sacha Baron Cohen are known for their playful relationship, so much so that Fisher couldn’t help but poke fun at her husband’s Golden Globe loss for best actor in a musical or comedy for ‘Who is America?’ “My husband WON!… not,” Fisher cheekily wrote on Instagram.

Isla Fisher (@islafisher)

22/23

With rumours rife that Idris Elba may still be in line to take over as James Bond when Daniel Craig decides to step down from the role, the ‘Luther’ actor fuelled the fire further when he posted this selfie with Craig on his Instagram story. “Awks…” he wrote, as Craig gives Elba a defiant stare.

Idris Elba (@idriselba)

23/23

One of the highlights of Julia Roberts’s night came after the Golden Globes had ended, when she and husband Daniel Moder stopped off for a burger on their way home. “Fun night w my fella. Congratulations to all! And to all a good (burger) night,” the actor wrote on Instagram.

Julia Roberts (@juliaroberts)


1/23

“I can’t remember exactly, but I’m pretty sure the rule is to eat as much as humanly possible before squeezing into a formal dress. Right?” Kristen Bell wrote in an Instagram caption. Bell’s husband, Dax Shepard, can be seen relaxing in bed in the background.

Kristen Bell (@kristenanniebell)

2/23

Following their delicious pre-Golden Globes meal, Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard looked sharp in their chic ensembles, which they accessorised with napkins. Naturally.

Kristen Bell (@kristenanniebell)

3/23

Golden Globes co-host Sandra Oh shared a photo on her Instagram story showing her getting ready before the big night. Oh won the Golden Globe for best actress in a television series drama for her leading role in thriller ‘Killing Eve’.

Sandra Oh (@iamsandraohinsta)

4/23

Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh had a lot to prepare before hosting the Golden Globes together. Here, in a photo shared on Samberg’s Instagram story, the pair appear deep in conversation, likely discussing the clever quips hiding under their sleeves.

Andy Samberg (@thelonelyisland)


5/23

Parenting is a time-consuming business, as Ricky Martin demonstrates in this photo posted on his Instagram account. “#Multitasking Getting ready for the @goldenglobes,” he writes in the caption. In the picture Martin can be seen holding the pram of his daughter Lucía Martin-Yosef, whose birth he and husband Jwan Yosef announced in December 2018.

Ricky Martin (@ricky_martin)

6/23

Dax Shepard showed just how much effort he’d put into his Golden Globes preparations with a selfie that he posted on Instagram. “Even showered (last night) for this,” he wrote in the caption. What a gent.

Dax Shephard (@daxshepard)

7/23

Melissa McCarty, who was nominated for a Golden Globe for her leading role in ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’, wore a purple, star-studded Reem Acra dress for the award ceremony. She showed her seven million Instagram followers the preparations that she undertook for the big night, which included applying a face mask and receiving help from a dedicated glam squad.

Melissa McCarthy (@melissamccarthy)

8/23

Thandie Newton had a team of people to thank for her breathtaking Golden Globes look, which she finished off with a stunning silver cut-out Michael Kors dress. The actor shared a Boomerang on Instagram of the final makeup touches being added, which included a smokey eye and a soft pink lip.

Thandie Newton (@thandienewton)


9/23

While the Golden Globes may be a glamorous affair for all the celebrities who attend, the early preparations are frequently decidedly less so. Alex Borstein, who stars in comedy-drama ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’, shared a photo on Instagram that showed her having an eye and neck mask applied while simultaneously having her hair curled. The definition of a multitasker.

Alex Borstein (@alexborstein)

10/23

Timothée Chalamet may not have won the Golden Globe for his supporting role in drama ‘Beautiful Boy’, but he was very excited to bring his mother along to the award show. Chalamet posted this picture on his Instagram account, alongside the caption: “momma!” The actor wore a custom Louis Vuitton suit designed by menswear artistic director Virgil Abloh for the event.

Timothée Chalamet (@tchalamet)

11/23

Jessica Chastain is typically very private about her personal life, choosing to keep her partner Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo and their baby daughter out of the spotlight. While getting ready for the Golden Globes, Chastain shared a photo of her daughter curiously holding a ruby Piaget ring, with the caption: “You’ve got good taste, kid.”

Jessica Chastain (@jessicachastain)

12/23

Rachel Brosnahan has become a household Hollywood name thanks to her star-making turn as an aspiring stand-up comedian in ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’. The actor shared a selfie on Instagram with her “girl gang” prior to the Golden Globes, for which she wore a floor-length yellow Prada gown.

Rachel Brosnahan (@rachelbrosnahan)


13/23

Catherine Zeta-Jones shared a behind-the-scenes glimpse of her Golden Globes preparations, posting a photo on her Instagram story showing her having her hair and makeup done. “Gold is for Globes,” she wrote for the caption.

Catherine Zeta-Jones (@catherinezetajones)

14/23

Sarah Silverman showed just how well she and ex-partner Jimmy Kimmel still get on by sharing a selfie with the talk show host and his wife, Molly McNearney. Silverman and Kimmel dated for seven years between 2002 and 2009.

Sarah Silverman (@sarahkatesilverman)

15/23

Darren Criss epitomised elegance at the Golden Globes with his fiancée, producer Mia Swier. Criss, who won a Golden Globe for his chilling role as killer Andrew Cunanan in ‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace’, wore a floral Dior tux, and Swier wore a sleek Vera Wang gown.

Darren Criss (@darrencriss)

16/23

For her first ever appearance at the Golden Globes, actor and activist Jameela Jamil had a sneaky trick for ensuring she didn’t feel the January cold. The star of ‘The Good Place’ revealed on social media that she wore jeans underneath her pink Monique Lhuillier gown. “An experienced woman wears jeans under her Golden Globes gown because it’s forking COLD,” she wrote in a tweet accompanying the video.

Jameela Jamil (@jameelajamilofficial)


17/23

‘The Big Bang Theory’ actor Kaley Cuoco shared a candid snap on her Instagram account of her walking along a hallway hand in hand with her new husband Karl Cook, whom she married in June 2018. Cuoco wore a navy, black and white strapless Monique Huillier gown for the Golden Globes.

Kaley Cuoco (@kaleycuoco)

18/23

While last year’s Golden Globes saw numerous stars wear black in solidarity with the Time’s Up movement, this year celebrities chose to show their support by wearing bracelets and ribbons with the slogan “Time’s Up X2” written across them. Julianne Moore shared this photo on her Instagram account, showing her wearing the accessory next to a beautiful Chopard bracelet.

Julianne Moore (@juliannemoore)

19/23

Jamie Lee Curtis’s stunning Alexander McQueen dress received a lot of praise when the actor appeared on the Golden Globes red carpet. Curtis posted this photo on her Instagram account while taking part in rehearsals for the show.

Jamie Lee Curtis (@curtisleejamie)

20/23

‘A Star Is Born’ didn’t win as many Golden Globes as people expected, having been nominated for five accolades. Nonetheless, the film’s win for best original song still proved very exciting for Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt, all of whom collaborated on the song ‘Shallow’. “We’re off the deep end,” Ronson wrote in an Instagram caption accompanying a selfie of the group.

Mark Ronson (@iammarkronson)


21/23

Isla Fisher and Sacha Baron Cohen are known for their playful relationship, so much so that Fisher couldn’t help but poke fun at her husband’s Golden Globe loss for best actor in a musical or comedy for ‘Who is America?’ “My husband WON!… not,” Fisher cheekily wrote on Instagram.

Isla Fisher (@islafisher)

22/23

With rumours rife that Idris Elba may still be in line to take over as James Bond when Daniel Craig decides to step down from the role, the ‘Luther’ actor fuelled the fire further when he posted this selfie with Craig on his Instagram story. “Awks…” he wrote, as Craig gives Elba a defiant stare.

Idris Elba (@idriselba)

23/23

One of the highlights of Julia Roberts’s night came after the Golden Globes had ended, when she and husband Daniel Moder stopped off for a burger on their way home. “Fun night w my fella. Congratulations to all! And to all a good (burger) night,” the actor wrote on Instagram.

Julia Roberts (@juliaroberts)

Here are five easy ways for you to increase your Instagram followers, according to the experts:

1. Start using Instagram story Highlights

While you may show your followers what you get up to during your everyday life on your Instagram story, have you started utilising Instagram’s story Highlight feature yet?

Doing so will provide people venturing onto your profile with some incentive to learn a bit more about your life and possibly even click the “follow” button.

“The Highlights on your Instagram profile give you an opportunity to court new followers with your best content,” says Loren, head of marketing at Later.com.

Loren also adds that it’s important to ensure that the pictures you use as icons for each Instagram story Highlight fall in line with the kind of pictures you’d usually post on your profile, in order to give your account an overall polished look.

2. Use location tags in stories and posts

This may seem like a simple suggestion, but if you don’t do so already, adding location tags – otherwise known as “geotagging” – to your Instagram story and posts will enable people from around the world to find your profile.

Sometimes when you’ve travelled to a particular location and included it in your story, your picture or video may be added to the location’s own story, Loren outlines.

Jayson DeMers, founder and CEO of marketing firm AudienceBloom also emphasises the importance of geotagging.

“Use geotagging, especially if you’re a local business,” he says.

“When you geotag your photos, others who post photos in your region will see your images on the location’s page.

“This is a great way to catch the attention of local users.”

3. Take selfies

Love them or loathe them, sharing selfies on Instagram is a bona fide way to increase your online following.

“There’s no denying that Instagram is still a very social place. And people want to follow accounts that they can relate to, regardless of whether that’s a brand, influencers, or person they went to high school with,” Loren states.

“So it’s important to make your Instagram account as personable and relatable as possible, and really show off what your business and brand is all about if you want to get more Instagram followers.”

According to research conducted by the Georgia Institute of Technology and Yahoo Labs, pictures of faces are 38 per cent more likely to receive likes than those without.

So, if you’re keen to increase the number of people following your account and liking your pictures, you could do well to follow in the footsteps of social media ace Kim Kardashian West who’s been known to regularly share selfies with her followers.

Her following of 125 million people speaks for itself.

4. Promote yourself on other social media platforms

If you have an Instagram account, then we’re going to hasten a guess that it’s not the only social media platform you use.

Sharing your Instagram posts on other sites such as Twitter and Facebook could help new followers gain access to your profile.

DeMers also suggests mentioning what people can expect if they visit your Instagram profile.

So, if you love posting photos of your dog or you’re particularly fond of avocado on toast, anyone else who shares you passions may be inclined to give you a follow.

5. Quality not quantity

When on a mission to boost your Instagram following, you may feel that posting as many pictures as possible is a surefire way to succeed.

Quite the contrary, as keeping an eye on the quality of your posts could prove more advantageous.

“Edit your account to leave only the best images,” DeMers advises.

“No one wants to follow someone with thousands of pointless images of food or other random shots.”


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Tech news outlet Gadgets360 also stresses the importance of quality over quantity.

“You can’t get away with low-effort, half-hearted posts on Instagram,” the company states.

“If your strategy revolves around photos, make sure you take great pictures of whatever you’re trying to promote.”

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Chesterton boy serves as ‘chief inspiration officer’ of feeding-tube food startup

Chesterton boy serves as ‘chief inspiration officer’ of feeding-tube food startup

When AJ Bombacino was 6 months old, he suffered a 45-minute seizure out of the blue.

“We were in complete shock, scared and confused,” said his father, Tony Bombacino.

AJ had no health ailments and no problems being a breast-fed baby until that incident that caught his mother, Julie Bombacino, visiting her mother in Ohio, and his father in Wisconsin on a fishing trip. They hurried to a children’s hospital in Toledo.

“That led to 72 hours of horror, diagnoses, big words, misdiagnoses, tears and desperation,” Tony Bombacino recalled.

Doctors told the couple that AJ had “malformations of his cortical development.”

“I’m sorry, what?” Julie Bombacino asked.

The couple pleaded for more information from doctors and turned to “Dr. Google,” as Julie described their frantic online searches.

“We were hearing and reading horrible things,” she said.

“We felt helpless,” her husband added.

The parents wondered what happened to their baby and what other doctors may have missed when he was born. Fearing for AJ’s future, they had him transferred by ambulance to a children’s hospital in Chicago to be closer to their Chesterton home.

“It was a scary drive,” Tony Bombacino said.

After a few days at that hospital, and more tests, AJ was allowed to return home. He had more seizures, causing him difficulty in swallowing.

“We thought he had reflux, or colic, or that he was just being a picky eater after all the trauma,” his father said.

“We were wrong,” his mother said.

A month after AJ’s initial seizure, his eating habits worsened. He was tested on swallowing, which led to him being listed as NPO, or nil per os, a Latin phrase meaning “nothing through the mouth” to avoid choking or aspiration of food into his lungs.

“They scared the heck out of us, and told us to consider a feeding tube,” Tony Bombacino said.

Within 72 hours, a feeding tube (called a G-tube) was surgically placed into AJ’s abdomen. A few days later, he completely lost his ability to suckle and swallow, so he could no longer be breastfed or nourished from a bottle. He has received 100 percent of his food and water — a “formula” — from a feeding tube ever since.

“Traditionally high in corn syrup, preservatives, additives, synthetic vitamins, cheap sources of protein, and a bunch of other ingredients you can’t pronounce,” his father said. “Beyond the nutritional makeup, it was the same thing for breakfast, lunch and dinner, day after day after day after day.”

His parents couldn’t imagine their boy subsisting on this formula for the rest of his life, even if it’s labeled as “nutritionally complete.” AJ wasn’t having it either. Over the following months, a dozen different formulas and methods were tried.

“Nothing worked,” his mother said.

“He vomited 10 times a day, he was miserable, he wasn’t growing, and he was continuing to have seizures,” his father added.

Tony and Julie Bombacino had an idea, born from desperation. What if they blended real foods, similar to what he would normally be eating, and fed him through his tube?

“Our dietitians and doctors looked at us like we were nuts,” Tony Bombacino said.

They tried it anyway. They bought a high-powered Vitamix blender and began experimenting with different foods.

“We started very slowly and then built on successes,” he said. “After a few days, AJ’s vomiting slowed and then stopped. He was less irritable. He started to have normal poops.”

“We couldn’t believe it,” Julie Bombacino said.

AJ hasn’t had another ounce of traditional formula since. It’s been seven years now. But this isn’t the only happy ending to the family’s story.

The couple also has a daughter, Luca, who’s two years older than AJ. When they planned a family trip to Disney World, they knew it would entail packing their trusty blender, specific foods for AJ, and pre-blending everything, among other laborious necessities.

“It sounded more like work than a vacation,” Tony Bombacino said.

They wondered if there was a prepackaged, travel-friendly meal option for people with feeding tubes, using shelf-stable “real food” without corn syrup or preservatives. They couldn’t find one, so during their vacation at Disney, they decided to open their own business, Real Food Blends.

It took more than two years, and half of their life savings, with endless nights of research, brainstorming, outreach, market studies and second-guessing to make it a reality.

“We figured out three different meal varieties, a manufacturing partner, warehousing, and nationwide shipping, and then we were off to the races,” Tony Bombacino said.

In early 2014, the couple produced their first 15,000 meals.

“We had no idea if any would sell,” Julie Bombacino said.

“We sold out in less than a month,” her husband added.

They produced 90,000 more meals and sold out in less than a month again, partially due to figuring out that their meals could be covered by medical insurance, and that home healthcare companies would carry and sell the meals.

Their little mom-and-pop business took off. They credit 7-year-old AJ, who is nonverbal and unable to walk, as the company’s CIO, “Chief Inspiration Officer.”

“His challenges don’t stop him from continuing to inspire us, our team, and our Facebook community of more than 100,000 people,” his mother said.

“I never could have guessed that our son was going to help me and Julie disrupt the multi-billion-dollar, tube-feeding nutrition market,” his father said.

“It’s surreal to think that just seven years after our idea, and five years after we were officially selling product, we have tens of thousands of happy customers, kids and adults,” he said, “and all while we continue to help our own son who eats Real Food Blends meals every day at school and home.”

“This has been the most unexpected, scary, challenging, rewarding and amazing journey,” Julie Bombacino said.

Watch a video of their story at www.RealFoodBlends.com/About.

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