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September 8, 2009

BOOK EXCERPT: Hungry

Posted: 06:59 PM ET

The following is an excerpt from "Hungry: A Young Model's Story of Appetite, Ambition and the Ultimate Embrace of Curves," by model Crystal Renn

9781439101230This is a story about two pictures.  The first is a photograph of the supermodel Gisele. Taken by the photographer Steven Meisel, it appeared in Vogue in 2000. Gisele is in a clingy white gown, posing in a studio against a seamless gray backdrop.

Her skin is golden and gleaming. Her hair is windblown, as if she’s been surprised by a breeze from an open window just out of view. Her hands, her eyes, the curve of her back—everything is graceful and expressive. She’s mesmerizing.

I was fourteen years old when I saw that picture. It was the first time I’d ever leafed through a copy of Vogue. I’d never cared about any fashion magazine; I’d looked at that one only because a man I’ll call The Scout had handed me a copy. He was working for a major modeling agency—let’s just call it The Agency—in New York. His job was to troll the back roads of America, visiting junior high schools and suburban malls, in a ceaseless quest for the next top model.

I had never met anyone like The Scout before. He was urbane and kind, smooth-talking yet sincere. I was dazzled by his shirt. Tailored to perfection, it was probably more expensive than my entire wardrobe. When he opened Vogue to Gisele’s picture, he knew exactly what he was doing. He was planting a fantasy. In the few seconds it took me to absorb all of Gisele’s beauty and allure, I’d constructed a new idea of female perfection. It was Gisele.

That’s when the Scout said, “This could be you.” And even though I was only fourteen and weighed sixty pounds more than Gisele and had all the sophistication of a girl from Clinton,
Mississippi, population twenty-three thousand, I believed The Scout.

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Diane Erb   September 8th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

Dear larry, Who is going to pay for this lady;s DEATH?


Judie   September 8th, 2009 10:34 pm ET

anyone here


Patty Anderson   September 8th, 2009 10:50 pm ET

MJFC Newsletter

Hi Patricia Anderson,

This is the latest news on your favorite artist – Michael Jackson.
Issue #87

One fan, one dot! Support the Michael Jackson Tribute Portrait!
Tribute Concert Performers Announced

(8-9-2009) Mary J. Blige, Chris Brown and Natalie Cole will be among the top artists performing at a Sept. 26 Michael Jackson tribute concert in Vienna, organizers said Tuesday.

Jackson's brother Jermaine told reporters that up to 25 performers are expected to perform outside a 17th-century palace in the Austrian capital. More names will be unveiled later this week in London and Berlin, he said.

Sister Sledge, Akon, Angela Bassett, and the Germany-based boy band US5 are also among the 13 artists confirmed so far, Jackson and event promoter Georg Kindel said. Jackson's original band and dancers will also perform.

All the artists will play some of Jackson's greatest hits at the concert, including "Thriller," "Billie Jean" and "Black or White."

Organizers are billing the event as the main global tribute to Jackson, who died June 25 in Los Angeles. Jackson's family and children will be in Vienna, and 65,000 fans are expected to attend, Kindel said.

Organizers say the tribute will be held on a large crown-shaped stage to be built in front of Vienna's former imperial Schoenbrunn Palace, one of the Austrian capital's top tourist attractions.

Jermaine Jackson has said Vienna was chosen as the venue because his brother "loved castles," and because Jermaine was impressed with how a smaller tribute held in July outside a mothballed nuclear power plant was organized.

Negotiations are ongoing to select a broadcaster to show the event live to an estimated 1 billion fans worldwide, Jackson said.

Source: MJFC / AP

FYI: Neverland Owners’ Trademark Requests

(7-9-2009) Roger Friedman has published the following in his column, Showbiz 411:

Neverland Owners’ Trademark Requests for Jackson Souvenirs

Michael Jackson’s partners in his Neverland Ranch, Colony Capital LLC, have filed 20 trademark requests to brand the ranch for souvenirs with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

I do mean lots of souvenirs. Here’s a partial list of where Colony would like to see the Neverland name stamped. If they’ve forgotten something, it beats me:

Games and playthings, namely: plush toys, paper dolls, dolls and accessories, toy action figures, toy vehicles, toy cars, toy trucks, toy bucket and shovel sets, roller skates, toy model hobbycraft kits, musical toys, jigsaw puzzles, badminton sets, bubble making wand and solution sets, toy banks, puppets, toy balloons, yo-yos, kites, baseball bats, balls of all kind, play wands, board games, playing cards, and children’s games to play during travel; ornaments, and decorations for a Christmas tree; sporting goods, museum services- namely: operating a museum in Michael Jackson’s former home and providing tours thereof; providing theme park services; entertainment services, namely: live shows and events; tennis and golf resort services; recreation and sporting club services; organization of meetings and conferences as well as clothing, footwear, headgear, and printed matter, namely: post cards, holiday/greeting cards, art prints, art reproductions, bumper stickers, stickers, decals, tissue/giftwrap, printed tickets, posters, wall calendars, flags and pennants of paper, printed and paper emblems, brochures, catalogs, and merchandise bags; books, namely: non-fiction books about Michael Jackson, activity books, address books, appointment books, coloring books, picture books, and comic books; paper and paper articles, namely: photographs, stationery, memo pads, notebooks, envelopes, pencil sharpeners, pen and pencil cases and boxes, pens, pencils, erasers, rulers, paper weights, staplers, binders, notebooks, stationery consisting of writing paper and envelopes, memo pads, writing tablets, paper table cloths, paper napkins, paper coasters, and paper mats; money clips, and in keeping with Michael Jackson’s theme of peace — toy rockets, toy guns, toy holsters.

Got the picture? The requests were made on August 12, 2009. Sycamore Valley Ranch, which made the filings, is the joint venture of Colony Capital LLC and Michael Jackson. Of course, the problem with at least some of this is that the town of Los Olivos, California, where Neverland fills 2,900 acres, is against the ranch being turned into a Graceland-style museum. The road that leads to Neverland is a country two lane blacktop that runs through horse country. A private school sits across the street from the Neverland entrance.

Colony has invested over $50 million in Neverland so far. They probably figure they’re going to make their money back somehow. Of course, they don’t seem to realize that Jackson had parted company with Neverland in June 2005 and didn’t want to go back. And that there are many associations with the ranch, including police raids, searches for evidence and pornography. Jay Leno is probably getting Back to School jokes ready right now.

But Thomas Barrack, who owns Colony, lives in the county and sources say he is pressing on the local government to give him what he wants. Whether or nor he succeeds remains uncertain. In the meantime, I think they should make Neverland into a Playmobil Playset where the gates open to find zoo animals, rollercoasters, and several Rolls Royces and Bentleys. Featured characters could include Colony’s Tohme Tohme, Bubbles the Chimp, Shmuley Boteach, and Tatum O’Neal.

The, er, attempted selling of Michael Jackson continues

Source: MJFC / Showbiz411.com

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Mara   September 8th, 2009 10:52 pm ET

I told them not to use my picture on this blog. lol


Mara   September 8th, 2009 10:53 pm ET

Judie

Did this chic die because she was hungry? She look pretty healthy to me! lol


Judie   September 8th, 2009 10:53 pm ET

Mara lol


Patty Anderson   September 8th, 2009 10:53 pm ET

LOL Mara


Mara   September 8th, 2009 10:55 pm ET

Patty

Have you heard from Farewell? I've been waiting for her to come on so I can ask her about Forest Lawn and her experience maybe she has pictures to share for our Facebook page.


Patty Anderson   September 8th, 2009 10:56 pm ET

Mara Not a word. When was she suppose to return?


Judie   September 8th, 2009 10:56 pm ET

I thought I read something from her on Sunday nite ? crs


Mara   September 8th, 2009 10:59 pm ET

She didn't say when she was returning but I would think she has to go back to work soon as she drove across country.

I don't remember seeing her on Sunday Judie but if you see her tell her I'm hunting her down.


lindafromnewyork   September 8th, 2009 10:59 pm ET

Patty-thanks for the info
Let me know via facebook–when in December you guys are planning to go to Vegas–We really need to start working on the Fan tribute


lindafromnewyork   September 8th, 2009 11:00 pm ET

night


Judie   September 8th, 2009 11:00 pm ET

I will there is never enough time to back=track these blogs are so long it would take a speed reader.


Patty Anderson   September 8th, 2009 11:01 pm ET

Yes we do Linda. Good night

For sure Judie


Judie   September 8th, 2009 11:02 pm ET

Night Linda me 2 everyone Love and Peace {love you more}


Patty Anderson   September 8th, 2009 11:02 pm ET

Mara we will send out the MJCSI team soon. hee hee


Patty Anderson   September 8th, 2009 11:03 pm ET

Night Judie


Mara   September 8th, 2009 11:04 pm ET

I agree I never read anymore like before I use to spend so much time reading that by the time I got to blog everyone was gone! Now, I just jump in and say whatever it is I have to say.


Mara   September 8th, 2009 11:05 pm ET

Why do I feel like a 5 year old? Like I'm going to get cussed out for being on this blog?


Patty Anderson   September 8th, 2009 11:06 pm ET

I know Mara we are being naughty


Mara   September 8th, 2009 11:08 pm ET

LOL STOP!!! I think everyone is still on the LONG blog....I hate it it's so slow....


sarah   September 8th, 2009 11:10 pm ET

i was watching that hoax thing i didn't understand what that RED outside the house have to do with anything ..?????

FANS OF M J FROM PAKISTAN!!PEACE!!!


Judie   September 8th, 2009 11:11 pm ET

This is the Blog Police put your keyboards up & no one gets hurt.

You have the right to make one more blog..

I just couldn't resist night all


sarah   September 8th, 2009 11:12 pm ET

lol Judie

FANS OF M J FROM PAKISTAN!!PEACE!!


Mara   September 8th, 2009 11:19 pm ET

Judie

lmfao girl you crazy! lol


Mara   September 8th, 2009 11:20 pm ET

sarah

I didn't understand it either. I didn't really watch the hoax videos just a few because it puts me in total awww...


sarah   September 8th, 2009 11:22 pm ET

sorry missing a word RED CAR i meant ........


Patty Anderson   September 8th, 2009 11:23 pm ET

Night Judie. LOL


Tony   September 9th, 2009 2:32 am ET

There is so much more to life than what one looks like. Everybody dislikes something in the mirror.


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