Young Model Sues Photographer

FOR WHEEL: Hailey Clauson is snapped straddling a motorcycle during a shoot that also produced a “spread eagle” shot that she is now suing over.  Photo by Jason Lee Parry http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/manhattan/too_sexy_%20for_my_shorts_na8ohxKaLGt7yMEbEUJoLP Sixteen year-old Californian model Hailey Clauson and her parents are suing photographer Jason Lee Parry and several retail companies that have released and/or used suggestive photographs of Clauson. The parents are seeking a total of $28 million in damages. A year ago, at the age of 15, Clauson worked for Ford Models....

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Girl Risks Life to Save Boy

Nicole Kissel, 12, describes how she attempted to rescue drowning victim Dale Ostrander, 12, during a press conference. Photo by Don Ryan / AP http://news.yahoo.com/girl-put-life-line-save-wash-state-boy-070434933.html Nicole Kissel, a twelve year-old from California, put her life on the line to save Charles “Dale” Ostrander. As Dale, a twelve year-old from Washington, struggled to stay above the surface of the Pacific, Nicole heard him yell, “Help! Help!” Nicole turned her boogie board around and started paddling in Dale’s direction. Nicole’s father shouted for her to return due to the...

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"Extreme Hair and Makeup" Ban

http://www.make-up.becomegorgeous.com/party_make-up/extreme_makeup_gallery-206.html School leaders in Lake County, Florida want to ban,”extreme hairstyles, unnatural hair colors and no makeup that affects direct eye contact in the classroom,” to their dress-code policy. According to Chris Patton, a schools spokesperson, doing so,”will minimize disruptions in the classroom.” Do you think certain kinds of hairstyles, hair color or makeup can be a distraction? Patton believes unnatural hair colors or hairstyles might be a safety issues. Students might be teased or...

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Mommy, am I fat?

Good Morning America Taylor Call, a six-year-old from Houston, Texas, is making headlines because she thinks she is overweight. After a cruel comment from another girl at her school, Taylor asked her mother, “Mommy, why is my tummy so fat?” Why did Taylor ask her mother this? Tanya Call, mother to Taylor, told Good Morning America that her daughter went onto explain how a girl had asked her why she was fat while the pair were in the bathroom. Although this incident happened a year ago, Taylor has seen been bullied about her weight from other peers.  This might just appear as kids...

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Math doesn’t suck

http://www.healthcarecolleges.net/blog/twenty-reasons-why-girls-dont-like-math/ Danica McKellar may be best known as Winnie Cooper from TV’s The Wonder Years, but she is also an author and education advocate for young girls. McKellar is the author of bestsellers Math Doesn’t Suck, Kiss My Math, and Hot X: Algebra Exposed. Each book encourages young girls to feel confident that they can and will succeed in mathematics. Math concepts in McKellar’s books are easy to understand and are described in an entertaining format. Girls are just as capable of achieving in math as boys, no...

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School Yearbook Scandal

High school yearbooks are a great way to preserve memories forever. Years from now former students will be able to pull out their yearbooks to share those memories with friends and their family. Not everyone will want to do so now. A few schools have recently been reported in the news after yearbook advisors failed to notice or remove inflammatory quotes. The 16-year old yearbook editor at River City High School is in hot water for including a dedicated page focusing on the cheerleading squad. The page is titled “Who Wears Short Skirts” and it is accompanied with two photographs. The main...

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Shape-ups for girls.

 Skechers Shape-ups, made popular by Kim Kardashian’s Super Bowl advertisement, are now being advertised for young girls. Shape-ups are toning shoes that are supposed to help the user burn more calories. Do Shape-ups work? Do young girls even need Shape-ups? The Shape-ups commercial for girls features an animated girl singing “Heidi’s got new Shape-ups! Got everything a girl wants! She’s got the height, got the bounce, yeah she’s looking good and having fun, ’cause Heidi’s got new Shape-ups,” while being followed around by young boys dressed in junk food...

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Tell Somebody

  According to Glamour magazine, nearly 60% of young women have suffered relationship abuse, whether verbal or physical, in America.  Approximately four women a day are killed by relationship violence.  How can you help?  Stand up by telling somebody. The “Tell Somebody” campaign was created after Glamour’s Liz Brody started to research relationship abuse with the help of criminology expert James Alan Fox, Ph.D.  Their findings showed that “domestic-violence deaths overall have dropped markedly over the past decades,” however “among women who are dating—as opposed to married—the...

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Move Your Body

First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign, which promotes health awareness and the wellbeing of all girls, is making the news once again.  Last year, Girl Museum reported Michelle Obama joined the board of directors for Girls Inc. to promote better eating habits, but now celebrities like Beyoncé and comedian Wayne Brady are becoming involved to promote exercise and a healthy diet. Beyoncé rewrote her 2007 hit Get Me Bodied and created Move Your Body in support of the Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign.  In the video, Beyoncé dances with hundreds of students from a junior high...

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Bethany Hamilton, Soul Surfer

Bethany Hamilton at the premiere of Soul Surfer The movie Soul Surfer is based on the true story of Bethany Hamilton. At the age of 13, Bethany lost an arm after being attacked by a shark near Kailua. Yet months after the attack, she was back in the water. Bethany was determined to accomplish her goals. AnnaSophia Robb played Bethany in the film, and did a great job, but I was more impressed with Bethany Hamilton herself, who played Robb’s stunt double. Hamilton landed wave after wave! It felt like the audience was cheering her on to succeed, just like Hamilton was cheered on years ago by...

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