Shaobo Han put on his first pair of heels at age 11. The pair wasn’t Han’s, exactly—he’d stolen them from his mother, to practice “prancing around the house when no one was around.” Han thought that boys weren’t supposed to wear heels, so he made sure to play with them in private. “I have other male-presenting friends who have the same memory of trying on their mother’s clothes,” Han told The Daily Beast. “It’s fascinating that a collective memory exists. Even though nobody taught us how to wear heels, we all tried on our own.” Years later, Han went to Forever21 to buy his first real pair of heels for $40. “I was lucky that my shoe size is a men’s eight, which is a women’s 10,” said Han. “Other people aren’t as fortunate. If they have larger feet than mine, it’s almost impossible to find something that fits.” If a boy had larger feet, he could find stilettos … [Read more...] about More Men Are Wearing Stilettos—if They Can Find Their Size
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The Notebook premiered in theaters on June 25, 2004. I was in sixth grade. Of course I wouldn’t have seen it then. The trailer was too sappy to go with my friends and the poster was too steamy to go with my parents. No, like most people, I waited around for the DVD release. Truthfully, I don’t remember the first time I saw it. I also don’t remember the 10th time. Or the 50th. I’m not sure if there was a 100th. What Star Wars was to little boys in the summer of 1977, The Notebook was to me. I used to sneak the DVD up to my room at night and watch it with headphones in the dark. Some nights I would watch it twice back to back, before creeping down the stairs to put it back, just in case my parents noticed it was missing in the morning. In a way it became a nightly game. How soon could I cry tonight? How often? If I watched it two times in a row, could I cry both times? Sometimes I would listen to the audio commentary, sometimes I would watch the deleted scenes. I … [Read more...] about A Love Letter to ‘The Notebook,’ a Melodrama That Commits to Its Sentimentality
Last November, Chicago-based personal stylist Jenny Applegate got a call from a woman who wanted to schedule an appointment—in exactly one year. “She had set a goal that she wanted to lose a hundred pounds,” Applegate said. “And she wanted to treat herself with a new wardrobe afterwards.” It’s a story ripped from Queer Eye—and one Applegate finds herself living pretty regularly. She’s spent the past 10 years helping people find outfits for the most important days of their lives. Nurses who basically live in scrubs come to her wondering what to wear on their days off. Recently divorced men, who used to rely on their wives for fashion advice, shoot her texts asking what color tie is most appropriate for a big meeting. “People are becoming more conscious of fashion,” Applegate told The Daily Beast. “But not everyone has the ability to put outfits together. In the past, women especially, may have felt like they have to … [Read more...] about Personal Stylists Help Celebrities Get Camera-Ready. Now, They’re Coming for You.
Part Two: The homelessOne day on Carlos Avenue in Hollywood last month, just south of the 101 Freeway, I met a woman who goes by the name Raven. She said she was 29, had been homeless since she was 17, and headed west in June from her home in Ohio.Why L.A.?Why not? Advertisement Like so many others, in so many other places, Raven wanted a change. And for restless spirits, the West still beckons.But she suffered from an autoimmune disorder and came to believe, shortly after arriving, that Los Angeles had nothing but crappy options for her.“I could couch-surf and get raped,” Raven said, as if she knew what she was talking about.Or she could get a job and hope she didn’t get sick and lose it, which had happened before. But even with a decent paycheck, Raven said, she couldn’t afford a place of her own. Not with these crazy prices. So instead she was reading tarot cards on Hollywood Boulevard when she could find a taker, and living in a tent on Carlos Avenue, … [Read more...] about They come from near and far to live on the streets of Hollywood. How much can we take?
(CNN)The scenario played out in Kaitlin Holt's mind many times before a 16-year-old student shot himself after killing two classmates and wounding three others at Saugus High School in Southern California. That was the point of the school safety plan, lockdown drills and gunshot wound tutorials the 26-year-old choir teacher and other staff at the Santa Clarita school had become familiar with over time. "Because I had the training, my instincts were good," said Holt, a teacher since January. "If I hadn't had that training, I don't know that I would have walked myself through what I truly had done in that situation. It probably made a big difference." And not. Grace Anne Muehlberger, 15, and Dominic Blackwell, 14, died from their wounds. Three other teens were wounded. The gunman, identified as Nathaniel Berhow, died at the hospital after using the last bullet on himself on his 16th birthday Grace Anne Muehlberger, 15, died of gunshot wounds from the shooting at Saugus High … [Read more...] about Lockdowns, threat assessments and other preps could not prevent Saugus High School shooting