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Throwback Thursday: Be Jeweled


Tyra-Banks2Throwback Thursday is a column on Beauty Counter in which we pore over the pages of our favorite glossies from decades past in search of a little modern-day makeup and hair inspiration.

The Model: Tyra Banks

The Moment: Seriously Sparkly Eyes

The Motivation: When I came across this shot of Tyra Banks sporting gem-encrusted lids from the nineties, I was intrigued by the similarity it posed to the recent Givenchy show—which saw select models appear on the runway with masks that required more than 2,000 sequins and 1,500 crystals to complete. Admittedly, Pat McGrath’s version for Riccardo Tisci took the concept to glittery new levels, but I’ll be looking to Banks’ slightly more pared-down version for inspiration this Halloween.

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Tyra Is Type F; Kate Middleton, Beauty Icon; And More…


Remember last summer when Tyra Banks was threatening to create a Web site to “provide [her] audience with inspirational and instructional content to help them look and feel their best”? Well, she wasn’t bluffing. TypeF launched today, with a whole “Beauty School” section replete with quizzes to help you find the right red lipstick, apply a smoky eye, and “detangle your mane.” It’s pretty smart, actually—which should come as no surprise from a newly enrolled Harvard University Business School student. [TypeF]

File this under no f-ing way. Al-Fajr, a jihadist media distribution outlet, has just debuted a new women’s magazine for female terrorists called Al-Shamikha, which contains all the usual fashion mag tidbits—including beauty tips—albeit with a slightly more, er, hostile tone. [Wired]

That blue Issa wrap dress is sold out across the globe, and now Kate Middleton’s perfect blow-out is inspiring imitators at her go-to London salon, where customers are asking for the “Kate.” Suffice it to say, there will be a mad rush on knockoffs of whatever wedding dress she chooses for the big day (we hope it’s McQueen!). [People]

Speaking of the soon-to-be princess, Middleton is inspiring nail trends, too. One fanatical royal-watcher had the Mario Testino-lensed portrait of Wills and Kate transposed onto nail overlays. Creepy—but also maybe a little awesome? [BellaSugar Australia]

Karolina Kurkova Grooms America’s Next Top Models


America’s Next Top Model—the reality competition series produced by Tyra Banks—is pulling out the big guns this season, with a panel of judges that includes fashion editor André Leon Talley and guest spots by designers like Diane von Furstenberg, Patricia Field, and Zac Posen. Last night, supermodel Karolina Kurkova stopped by the model mansion to share some healthy eating tips and life lessons she’s learned being on the catwalking front lines for ten years (after a brief hiatus, KK was back on the runway this season with turns at shows like Michael Kors, Roberto Cavalli, Jean Paul Gaultier, Elle Saab, and Hermès). Here, the 26-year-old Czech beauty chats with us about organic living, being a model mom, and why even a size zero can’t live on lettuce and water alone.

So how did you become involved with the show?

Tyra asked me to come on and talk about my experiences, and I decided it would be a good opportunity to share what I’ve learned. But I also wanted to inspire these girls and talk to them as their peer. So the filming was casual—I went to the model mansion without my heels on and hung out with them for three hours. We sat around in a circle and they asked me questions.

Was focusing on the topic of healthy eating something they brought up or is that more of a personal soapbox?

A lot of these girls don’t know how to take care of themselves. They have misconceptions that to be a size zero, you can’t eat or you can only have things that are really plain and boring. I definitely can’t live on lettuce and water! I’m very organic; I like to eat natural foods and exercise. You really have to take care of yourself from within. This was an important message for me to get across, especially when I heard that the girls were eating fried Oreos—and they wondered why their skin was so bad! When you eat well, you feel good, and that shows.

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Gucci, The Graphic Novel; The Tan Tax Is Here; And More…


More news on the Evan Rachel Wood-for-Gucci front. Not only will the actress front the print campaign for the Italian brand’s forthcoming women’s fragrance, Guilty, but she’s also starring in a film directed by Sin City’s Frank Miller to promote the new scent. Miller’s first film/fashion crossover effort details a sexy love tryst set against a futuristic cityscape shot in his classic cartoon style. All 60 seconds of it sound like they’d look pretty stellar in Imax. [WWD]

The new 10 percent tax on indoor tanning takes effect tomorrow. We’d say get your fake-baking in now, but you know better than that. [CNN]

All the hype about that lock of Napoleon’s hair that was removed after he died in exile in 1821 and subsequently put on the auction block in New Zealand has finally came to a, um, head. The 190-year-old strands were bought for $13,000 yesterday by an unnamed London collector. [BBC]

Tyra Banks’ online engine to “provide [her] audience with inspirational and instructional content to help them look and feel their best” is a go. Look out for Web-based beauty and fashion content from the model-turned-talk show host in the very near future. Hopefully this means streaming even more crazy antics [] to our personal computers. [NYP]

Photo: Brian Zak / SIPA Press

Tyra Thinks Bigger Is Better, Courtney Love Reinvents Herself On Twitter, and More…


Tyra Banks is fulfilling her promise to “help us all feel as fierce as we truly are” by launching a different kind of ANTM-type contest, which will focus on teenage plus-sized models. The competition will aptly be called the “Fiercely Real Teen Model Search.” Fierce. [NY Daily News]

A new survey shows that Japanese male college students are more interested in moisturizer, cleansing scrubs, and beauty salons than they are in cars. Please, oh please let this trend trickle west to the U.S. mainstream! [Business Week]

Thirteen-year-old blogging phenom Tavi may get front-row at Dior, but does she have her own cosmetics line? Fifteen-year-old Ava Anderson does. [Stylist]

“Quality issues with the glassware” have forced American Apparel to pull its new line of nail polishes from shelves. But not to worry; you’ll be able to buy butt-less leggings and a bottle of new and improved lacquer again in a matter of weeks. [The Cut]

Courtney Love has tried most things in life, but posing as a self-taught makeup artist online was uncharted territory for her. Until now. Watch out, Lauren Luke. [Stylist]

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