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Nicole Richie Is Anorexic Again According To Jerks

Perfect article from written by Joanna Rafael regarding Star Magazine’s recent cover and claims on Nicole Richie’s weight.

Oh no, someone call the body police, Nicole Richie is apparently 88 pounds (so specific) again and living off of “sunflower seeds, celery, and juices” while staving off hunger by smacking bubblegum. Actually, someone did call the body police–The Daily Mail and Star are already snarking on her ass.

This is not the first time armchair physicians and psychologists have accused Paris Hilton’s ex BFF of anorexia. She dropped a lot of weight years ago and photos of her in a bikini were used as suspect evidence to prove she was physically and mentally unwell. I vaguely remember in an attempt to fight off/laugh off these eating disorder rumors, Richie and her fellow It Girl also under the body police microscope, Lindsay Lohan, staged a paparazzi opportunity so that they could be photographed eating cake. Richie even poignantly responded to the anorexia rumors of old. Four years ago, she told Marie Claire:

I felt it was a little unfair to say someone has an eating disorder when they don’t. It’s extremely insulting and irresponsible. An eating disorder is serious and it’s a disease.

And she was right. It is unfair, insulting and irresponsible.

In the years since those mid-oughts days of anorexia chatter, Richie’s body had changed and she was no longer under scrutiny for being “too skinny.” No longer! She’s lost weight again and apparently her body is up for public examination. Star Magazine’s recent cover is a photo of Nicole Richie in shorts with the words “Tragic Relapse: Anorexic Again.” As far as I know, the tabloid is not a doctor treating Richie.

Though Star Magazine made that outlandish and rude diagnosis that Nicole Richie is “anorexic again” an alleged friend of Lionel Richie’s daughter told my favorite rag that Star’s claim “is completely false, she is not anorexic.” One point to The Daily Mail for publishing apparent insider info negating disgusting allegations against Richie, but minus a million for the body snarking subsequent to their touch of kindness.

Here are some gleaming examples of their skewering thoughts on her body:

“There is no arguing she has lost a lot of weight since she looked healthy – and sexy – in a black bikini just over two years ago.”

So sad, because she once looked “sexy” and now she’s too skinny too be sexy. I’m being sarcastic. She’s sexy regardless of her body fat. Stop shaming skinny women.

“In late October when she stepped out in a black dress with a plunging neckline to the Who What Wear 50 Style Stars event in West Hollywood, her chest appeared bony and her arms were very slender.

In mid November she displayed some very protruding shoulders bones while at Balthazar and Rosetta Getty’s home in Los Angeles.”

So, they’ve been creepily keeping track of her bones. Gross.

“Her waist line looked tiny and her jaw line was extremely defined. When she walked onstage…her hip bones even stuck out.”

More with the bones business.

“At an Art Basel party in Miami, the cover girl looked almost skeletal next to Kim Kardashian.”

The phrase “almost skeletal” seems a little funny coming from the people who are using pictures of Nicole Richie as diagrams of the human skeleton as they sing that head bone’s connected to the neck bone song.

It’s all absurd and totally fucked up. Nicole Richie is a big star with a famous husband and some kids. Just because she’s a celebrity and being photographed all the time does not make it okay to use images from public events or paparazzi photos in this manner. Counting her bones, claiming she’s afflicted with a very serious disorder, and comparing her current body to her past body are sociopathically uncool maneuvers. If she actually is sick, these accusations are really deplorable and dangerous; however, if she is not actually sick, they’re still tasteless and symptomatic of our culture’s obsession with keeping the female body in check.


An Open Letter to Star Magazine

It is extremely offensive and unethical for you to comment on a celebrity’s weight such as Nicole Richie who is already constantly targeted and bullied for her fluctuating appearance.

You do not have the right to choose a photograph of Nicole Richie who may not be looking her best in said photo and then criticise her image. It is awfully rude of you to jump to conclusions in order to get a headline. It is especially impolite for you to guess her weight and announce that personal information publicly. To state that Nicole is going through a “tragic relapse” and is “anorexic again” is incredibly corrupted. Nicole Richie has maintained a healthy weight for a long time and has never suffered from an eating disorder. Her exceptionally thin appearance that was heavily targeted in the press years ago was due to her past experiences with drug abuse and losing friends. She has always being a thin woman.

Anorexia Nervosa is a serious disorder and eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness. It is highly distasteful for you to insinuate that someone has an eating disorder. You are literally implying that Nicole looks ill and unhealthy which is not in your place to pass judgement and comment on. You are in fact bullying.

Hypothetically, if Nicole Richie were to actually be suffering from anorexia at this time, do you think it is ethical for you to even be commenting on it and publicly announcing it to the world? Mental health is not a joke and it is extremely important in the way that it should be treated. I am sure your front cover would not aid Ms Richie in any way possible to recover, especially when she is already in the public eye as much as she is. Even without the eating disorder, I cannot imagine that Ms Richie would take it lightly considering what I stated in the previous paragraph.

Please stop targeting celebrities for their personal issues. Their weight and mental health is not a concern to you and you have no right to pass judgement or comment on someone else’s appearance. I am disgusted that many gossip magazines around the world are even allowed to publish such malarkey. It should be made illegal. In an ideal world, all magazines who do not express the message that all shapes and sizes and flaws are beautiful would be banned.

You do not know the effect that this could have on those reading and the one who is receiving the utter bullshit you have laid out as “news story”. You are influencing a generation and you are writing about the wrong thing. You should be empowering your target demographic of young women to be confident with their own appearance. Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes and when you bring someone down on their small or large frame you are contributing to why some people even have eating disorders and/or self-esteem issues in the first place. All body types are beautiful. And being skinny does not mean you have an eating disorder.

If anything, Nicole Richie may lose her appetite at times as she can be extremely busy which will cause some weight loss. However, this still does not give anyone the right to comment on how thin she looks. It is a rude comment to make.

Don’t even get me started on the “Marriage to Joel falling apart” and other gossip you have put with Nicole’s story. They are happily married. Stop feeding those who are too young to question what they are reading lies.
I do not support gossip magazines in any way.

Yours Sincerely,

Gluten-Free Gingerbread


From – Nicole’s Holidays in Style Collection and gluten free gingerbread cookies:

In Nicole Richie‘s world, your dining room always has to be ready for company. “On any given night, Joel will bring home some rapper to have family dinner with us,” the star says of husband Joel Madden.

For a celeb who’s into design and cooking, that means the table needs to look as good as the food tastes. And now, you can mimic Richie’s chic mixed-metal style on your wintry tablescape: The designer just launched a holiday collection with Joss & Main featuring everything from classic white dinnerware and pillar candles to spunky glasses splashed with Moroccan-style prints and miniature mercury glass trees with antique white finishes.

The beauty in the collection is that you can mix and match basically anything and still come out with an elegant table—hello, Thanksgiving, Christmas and any other time this season you need to entertain.

Richie also gave PEOPLE the recipe for her go-to holiday indulgence: “homemade gluten-free gingerbread cookies!” Just snag a bag of gluten-free flour from any grocery store and you’ll be ready to rock ‘n’ roll out that dough; cut it into your favorite shapes and soon you’ll have a batch of spicy, crunchy cookies you won’t want to share with Santa.

Pair with your favorite eggnog—another favorite Richie indulgence!

Nicole Richie’s Gluten-Free Gingerbread Cookies:
2½ cups gluten-free baking flour
1½ tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
1 tsp. ginger
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 cup molasses
½ cup solid shortening

1. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt, ginger and cinnamon. Set aside.

2. In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, combine molasses and shortening and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.

3. Stir the dry ingredients into the cooled molasses/shortening mixture until a thick dough forms. Cover and refrigerate until completely chilled, at least 2 hours.

4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Turn out dough onto a well-floured surface, roll to about ¼-inch thick and cut out shapes using cookie cutters. Place on cookie sheet and bake for about 8 minutes, or slightly less if you like your gingerbread soft.


Joss & Main: Holidays in Style

Nicole Richie has teamed up with Joss & Main, who sell home décor and evoke inspiration, to create her own collection called Holidays in Style which will be available this Tuesday (November 12th). Check out the lovely photos which display some of her collection and also an exclusive interview with E! Online below!

From Joss & Main – About the collection:

Nicole’s Holidays in Style collection, curated exclusively for Joss & Main, brilliantly mixes looks and influences. From organic elements rendered in gold, silver and mercury glass, to antiqued lanterns and exotic accents, furniture and décor, these handpicked selections set the stage for a festive and chic winter gathering.

Home is such a great reflection of our personalities. How does your home reflect both you and your husband’s styles?
“Who’s Joel?” is my design slogan! He’s tried to sneak in a few gems around the house, but they get tossed out as fast as a bottomless groupie the morning after a show! When I first moved into Joel’s house, the entire house was dark and gothic. There are elements of gothic that I love. We kept the skulls, the crosses, everything he loves—and contrasted the pieces with more feminine pieces. But I said to him, “Let me do my thing. You don’t even really care. I promise at the end of the day, you’ll love it.” It’s all about manipulation!

As a born-and-bred Californian living in Laurel Canyon, how does your location influence your décor?
My dream was always to live in a tree house in Laurel Canyon, and turn it into a warm, family home. I think I got as close to that as possible. You can hear music playing from people’s houses at night.

Do you have any new traditions you’ve instilled for your own holidays at home?
We are pretty traditional in this department. We go as a family to pick a tree, Joel and I argue about getting the tree delivered because he doesn’t want to pay the fee, we decorate it as a family while listening to holiday music. I want Christmas to be the magical fantasy for my children that it was for me.

Are there any favorite spaces—hotels, boutiques, even museums—that have a visual style that you find especially inspiring?
As a little girl, my piano recitals every year were always held at the Hotel Bel-Air. It’s been remodeled since, but the feel is very much the same. No one does landscaping like that hotel! And then, of course, the swans…where do I even begin?!

And finally, Nicole graciously shared her ultimate holiday playlist with us to get us in the hoiday mood! Check it out:
1. “White Christmas” (Bing Crosby)
2. “Winter Wonderland” (Diana Krall)
3. “All I Want for Christmas Is You” (Mariah Carey)
4. “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” (Ray Charles)
5. “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” (Frank Sinatra)
6. “Jingle Bell Rock” (Bobby Helms)
7. “Let It Snow” (Dean Martin)
8. “Sleigh Ride” (Ella Fitzgerald)
9. “Winter Wonderland” (Tony Bennett)
10. “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” (Bruce Springsteen)

You can view some more photos here.


Shopping with Nicole Richie: A Lesson in SoCal Vintage Style

Nicole was recently interviewed by about vintage style.
Here’s a preview of the article below:

“I don’t look at it as having bought seven things,” Nicole Richie says in all seriousness, surveying a pile of new acquisitions that includes a satiny seventies top, about a half-dozen Indian print dresses from the same era, and a fancy Chinese embroidered jacket. “All the dresses count as one, and then the satin top counts as one, and the jacket is one—so it really counts as three things,” she insists, surveying the spoils from a few hours of recent vintage shopping. It’s the kind of creative accounting that endears Richie to her fans—devotees of her web series #CandidlyNicole, followers of her witty, self-deprecating tweets (astonishingly, numbering more than four million), and not least, customers of her two youthful fashion lines—House of Harlow 1960 and Winter Kate.

Read the full article here.

Nicole Richie: “Please Stop Saying ‘Chic!'”

Nicole was recently interviewed by Elle Magazine. You can read the interview below:

Your line has usually taken visual cues from the ’60s. Why were you feeling a ’70s vibe for fall?
Because my line is called House of Harlow 1960, people assume it’s literal. What I mean when I talk about “The ’60s” is a vibe that definitely extended into the ’70s as well. It’s about freedom and labels not really being part of your wardrobe. It’s about layering lots and lots of jewelry, and having everything transition from day to night. It’s really about that free-spirited energy and excitement that you can see in those periods, not a definite or defined year.

Was there a certain music or pop culture trigger for this particular collection?
Well, I’m lucky because I have a lot of vinyl and a lot of great music which always inspires me. But besides all the classic stuff, I’ve been listening to a lot of Avenged Sevenfold.

Do they have a classic rock sound?
Avenged Sevenfold is actually a metal band, believe it or not. I mean sometimes, yes, I love metal! Not just in jewelry! Joel [Madden, Richie’s husband] introduced me to them, and I play them all the time. But they don’t look like Metallica. They’re not a hair band. Oh, you know who else is really good? Passenger. They’re like folk rock. They’re so good.

Do you remember the first piece of jewelry you ever designed?
I do, actually. I grew up in Los Angeles, and I used to buy these pieces of velvet and these charms, like little silver elephant charms and little charms with an Indian vibe. I would make chokers out of them with superglue. It cost about $10 to make one necklace, and I would charge $10 for them, so my parents had to intervene and say, “You know, Nicole, you really need to work on your business plan before you keep doing this.”

How old were you?
I was 10. [Laughs] So I guess I had some time to figure all that out!

Your dog Iro co-stars in the upcoming House of Harlow 1960 campaign. How long have you had him?
About a year. At first, it was Joel’s thing. He did all the research. He was very specific about the kind of German Shepherd he wanted, and he was really involved and really excited about getting a dog, but now I’m his primary caretaker! He’s my dog for sure!

How did you know he’d sit still during a photo shoot?
Oh, because he’s a fame whore and he lives for the camera. [Laughs] What can I say, some men need attention, and need to be adored! And Iro is one of them!

You know what’s great about House of Harlow? Your rings come in really small sizes.
Thank you! I had to make them that way, because my fingers are so small. So we always make a wide range of sizes, and I’m always surprised that it’s not a standard thing. I know I’m not the only one with small fingers.

What’s the most complicated hairstyle you can do on yourself?
I am the best braider in the world. I can braid anyone’s hair, I can braid my own hair, and I can do all kinds of complicated and intricate braids. I’m a master of the braid.

What about makeup? You always have amazing black eyeliner that never seems to smudge?
That I can’t tell you about. I’m not that kind of “lady” who always leaves the house with makeup. In fact, the only time I wear makeup is when I’m working. So I have no idea how my eyeliner stays on. All I know is that I have really talented makeup artists.

Is there an overused word you’d like to retire?
Chic! Please stop saying chic!