I Hated Britney Spears Until I Saw Myself In Her

The first, last, and only time I kissed a girl, she was dressed as Britney Spears.If you had asked me how I felt about Britney during the fall of 1999, the year I turned 14, I probably would have told you that I hated her. I didn’t know it at the time, but I hated Britney for the same reason that many teenagers hate many things: because, on some deep, intuitive, lizard-brain level, hatred is a useful way to define and clarify your position in the world. In that way, hatred is as valuable as love — or at least it can feel that way, especially during the long, slow, sweaty pressure cooker of adolescence, when the self seems most in danger of explosion or evaporation.Both of these outcomes seemed possible (probable, even) on the night I kissed a girl. It happened at a Halloween party thrown by my twin sister’s friend Jamie, down in the thick-carpeted basement of her parents’ McMansion. I don’t remember wearing a costume. Certainly I was sporting my late-’90s bowl cut, and my palms were sweating, clamped around whatever red plastic cup of Coke or Sprite I had been handed but was now too scared and too excited to drink. It was my first high school party (although, blessedly, not one cool enough to involve alcohol).I do, however, remember Jamie’s outfit: She was dressed like Britney in the “…Baby One More Time” video. Jamie and my sister Katie both went to an all-girls Catholic school where white blouses and knee-length plaid kilts were the standard uniform, so the costume was an obvious choice. All Jamie had to do was pull her thick, chestnut brown hair back into pigtails and sweep her eyelids with some shadow.The costume was also — and I knew this with the delicate sensors that my own, all-boys Catholic high school was calibrating to an often painful acuity — a tiny bit passé. “…Baby One More Time” had first topped the Billboard Hot 100 back in February, and its famous video Continue Reading

Janeane Garofalo, Ralph Macchio, Matthew Broderick and more show off odd catches in write field

Even celebrities have a hard time believing what celebrities say. The Triad Theater’s “Celebrity Autobiography” show brought out famous faces like Janeane Garofalo, Ralph Macchio, Michael Urie and Matthew Broderick to read excerpts from their favorite — and least favorite — celebrity memoirs on Monday. Garofalo brought down the house with a passage from Melissa Gilbert’s tome “Prairie Tale,” in which the “Little House on the Prairie” star writes about her former boyfriend Rob Lowe having an affair with Nastassja Kinski. “You don’t f— with America’s sweetheart!” a betrayed Gilbert told Lowe. “The Karate Kid” star Macchio entertained the crowd by taking a page out of David Hasselhoff’s book, “Don’t Hassle the Hoff.” “No one knew that the sand was hotter than hell and the water was toxic,” Macchio quoted Hasselfhoff dramatically stating in his “Baywatch” tell-all. On the topic of hotness, Tate Donovan read from LL Cool J’s “I Make My Own Rules,” where the rapper talks about getting, er, serviced backstage at Madison Square Garden while opening for Run-DMC. “It was my first tour and I was thinking, ‘If this is the way it’s gonna’ be, I’m definitely going to love being a rapper,’ ” he said. Speaking of getting lucky, Urie read from Miley Cyrus’ “Miles to Go,” with the singer talking about getting her period at the mall and not having a tampon or space to change, then going into a bathroom where four tampons suddenly fell out of a vending machine. Ka-ching! GARTH’S SHOW TAKES A BREAK While promoting his latest album, “Man Against Machine,” Garth Brooks has decided to cancel his talk show appearances in the U.S. after the Ferguson decision in Missouri. “We landed in N.Y. last night to the news of the civil unrest Continue Reading

$2M bra debuts tonight at Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show

Guess what ladies? It's time to strut the sexy.Victoria's Secret Angels will be doing just that.The Victoria Secret Fashion Show is preparing to take over our televisions. It airs Dec. 9 and, for the first time, it will be produced in London.The annual show is reportedly the biggest fashion event worldwide — merging fashion, fantasy and entertainment into a runway spectacle, the company says.This event is seen in 192 countries, making it watched by more people than all other fashion shows combined. Last year's televised event was the night's number one show in adults 18 to 34 and 18 to 49. Get 'Intimate' with Britney SpearsThe star of the show just might be the Dream Angels Demi Bra, part of Victoria's Secret Fantasy Bra collection. It is said to be the brand's softest bra ever with $2 million in jewels. Other items in their Fantasy collection will also be seen on the runway.But don't let the Angels steal all the spotlight.Sexy pieces sparkle at shops throughout the area, and lots of styles are trending.Victoria's Secret is "great" because it informs the public of stunning lingerie styles on the market, explains Christine Longette, who owns Brazen Bras in Freehold with her daughter, Angela.However, it might not be for everyone."They make lingerie something that's not just private and in the bedroom," Christine Longette says. "They have fun colors and fun things to look at. But for the majority of women, they don't fit. We try to go above the sizes they carry and below the sizes they carry. They're great for mainstream and if you fit in it, awesome. People that don't fit in Victoria's Secret body should not be left out."Brazen Bras, at 30 W. Main St., carries bras in cup sizes A through K, and in band sizes 28 to 54. Lingerie sizes go up to a 4X. Your guide to the perfect swimsuit"You don't have to go to another store to find that extra (size)," Angela Longette says. "You don't have to feel left out."The mother-daughter duo encourages women to dress for Continue Reading

Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2010: New mom Adriana Lima returns to the runway, Katy Perry performs

The weather is getting chilly, but it was hot, hot, hot inside the Lexington Ave. Armory Wednesday night at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Selita Ebanks and Jessica Stam - plus an estimated 100 pounds of glitter.But one model was sparkling more than all the rest: new mom Adriana Lima, who gave birth to a daughter almost a year ago, made her return to the runway in the company's Fantasy Bra, bedecked with $2 million worth of jewels.Adriana Lima (l.) made her runway return wearing the $2 million Fantasy Bra (Wenig/AP). Alessandra Ambrosio (also an Angel mom) sports a serious pair of wings on her walk (Wargo/Getty).Heidi Klum and Alessandra Ambrosio, who both returned to the runway after becoming moms. Miranda Kerr and Doutzen Kroes, who are both pregnant with their first children, did not walk this year.Models Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (l.) and Erin Heatherton are red-hot at the 2010 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show (Clary/Getty, Corkery/News).Lily Donaldson, who is a seasoned model but brand-new to the Victoria's Secret stage. Alessandra Ambrosio looks good from every angle as she struts her stuff down the runway on Wednesday night (Wargo, Clary/Getty).The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, which featured performances by Katy Perry and Akon, airs on CBS on Nov. 30. PHOTOS:: VICTORIA'S SECRET 2010 FASHION SHOW Join the Conversation: Continue Reading