Showing posts with label Shiloh. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Shiloh. Show all posts

Friday, March 5, 2010

The News

Shiloh Pitt-Jolie landed herself several front covers recently after stepping out with a new haircut. Last year we wrote about how Brad and Angie’s daughter managed to escape the “What’s the little fella’s name?” comments that dogged us as tomboyish toddlers due to her lovely hair, but it seems we spoke too soon as her new do has attracted lots of negative press. American mag Life & Style ran with the headline “Why is Angelina turning Shiloh into a boy?” and proceeded to get insights from experts like celebrity stylist Gili Rashal-Niv and Glenn Stanton, director of Family Formation Studies at the conservative organization Focus on the Family. The thing is I know exactly how Shiloh must be feeling. I had a haircut almost identical to Shiloh’s when I was 5 – the only difference was that my hair was curly! – and it wasn’t the reaction from my peers that I dreaded but the comments from mean adults. “What have you done to your hair?” my first class teacher asked and I actually wanted to die. Poor Shiloh is dealing with this on a global scale so I think we should all just back off and remember that a bad boyish haircut is a rite of passage for all the best girls. I mean, who’d want to be one of those creepy, prissy, long-haired girls whose idea of a good time is playing with My Little Ponies? Yeah, Suri, we’re looking at you.

In other news, American Vogue has gone mean. Yeah OK we know they’re always mean – see the scenes where they discuss Sienna Miller’s fillings in The September Issue – but generally in interviews they have tended to stay on the nice side, with Sally Singer extolling the virtues of Michelle Williams or whoever is on that month’s cover. But for the last two months Jonathan Van Meter has been given the task of interviewing the cover girls and he’s been really insulting. OK so everybody knows that February’s Jessica Biel’s career isn’t stellar but did he need to say this?

The conversation quickly settles on her vexed post-TV career, which goes like this: ill-conceived remake of famous horror film; tragic Bret Easton Ellis adaptation; even more tragic Kim Basinger vehicle; meaningless third installment of franchise; terrible movie; terrible movie…

He doesn’t stop at belittling her career and actually brings up Rihanna, who Biel’s boyfriend Justin Timberlake is rumoured to have an affair with. That’s just rude, Van Meter. I mean I like a good honest interview as much as the next person but it feels a bit like Biel is being picked on because she doesn’t have the clout or power that some of the bigger stars possess.

To add insult to injury, the accompanying shoot featured some truly horrible pictures of Biel, especially the one where she looks like she’s just stepped out of a 70s catalogue.

And then this month, Van Meter starts on Tina Fey. It’s less a traditional interview, more of a little collection of facts about Fey under unflattering titles like 'Hand-Me Downs' and 'Revenge of the Nerd'.

A typical paragraph reads: On Monday morning I was at the gym bright and early—the only person there. Until Tina Fey walked in. All traces of the previous evening's glamour were gone. In fact, the person before me looked nothing like the person who'd been on TV. She could have been any harried working mother who had dragged herself to the gym in rumpled workout clothes, clutching a cup of coffee as if her life depended on it.

Van Meter seriously needs to take some tips from Christa D’Souza whose interviews for British Vogue are always honest but never bullying. LE

Monday, March 9, 2009

Toddler Style

2008 was Suri’s year – The Portmanteau hailed her as a style icon and fashionistas everywhere were influenced by her bob, Mary Janes and little dress and cardigan combos. It seems though that everybody’s favourite toddler could have a challenger in the shape of one Shiloh Pitt-Jolie. Shiloh had been keeping a low profile – perhaps as a result of Angelina’s blob comment – but was pictured in Washington DC recently working a tomboy look. Her long blonde hair and beautiful pout means that Shiloh can wear jeans and a hoodie without attracting those “And what's the little fella's name?” comments that dogged me as a toddler. One to watch!

Image from The Daily Mail