Taylor Swift Fan Goes Viral Every Tuesday!

flower in hairThere’s a “Wild Dream” coming out of a very cool 6-year-old name Lilly Neitzert. And, it’s to meet Taylor Swift. Every Tuesday, she gets to catch a little glimpes of what that might look like when Lilly dresses up like her idol. And, the results are unbelievable. It’s like looking into a tiny little mirror!

Lilly just loves Taylor. She’ll be having a birthday party in six months and has decided she wants a Taylor Swift theme party! “So far her [theme] ideas,” says mom Sara, “are ‘pin the tails on Taylor’s cats’ and ‘Taylor Swift Karaoke.'” She also wants to give each invitee Taylor’s 1989 CD as the party favor. “You should hear her ideas for the cake!” says Sara. Lilly is even planning to invite Swift!

But, that’s not all. This little pop princess has gone viral! Sara’s Instagram account has well over 7000 followers and the posts have reached as far as Japan. You remember Sara Neitzert, right? We featured her and husband Andy a few years back on their amazing work as independent film makers! Lilly actually doesn’t want to work in “the biz” but wants to be a helicopter pilot! Of course, if Taylor doesn’t make her a double for all of her music videos!

Well, they have a little star in the making! Good Morning America has even covered the story! Well, we sat down with little Lilly and mom, Sara this week to chat about her “Love Story” with Taylor Swift:

Bold Magazine: Let’s start from the beginning, how did this start?

 
Lilly: I just love Taylor so much and I wanted to dress like her! And I LOVE to pose!
 
Sara: For a while, each night as a family, we would watch some music videos together and Lilly and I would dance along. That was right about the time Shake It Off came out and we couldn’t get enough of it! Lilly asked to watch more of TS’s videos and she just fell in love with her music. Lilly loved all of her clothes and repeatedly asked if she could have dresses and outfits just like hers. So we started taking photos and thought it would be fun to recreate some of the poses.

BM: What has the response been so far? 

L: I think lots of people like it. My Nana and Grandma like it the most!
 
S: Once ABC shared the article about Lilly’s “Taylor Tuesday,” things got a little crazy. I never thought I’d 12940873_215208048858345_451419684_nsay this, but my phone was actually blowing up! I understand what that means now! haha! We have had a lot of inquiries for interviews and I started feeling a little bit uncomfortable with it actually. We still have a big response on Instagram every time we post something, but I have been more careful about posting lately.
BM: What does Lilly think about the response?
S: At first we told Lilly about people liking her photos, but we don’t talk about it anymore. We don’t want it to go to her head or want her to think she needs to measure her self worth in how many Instagram likes she gets. I see that too much with kids and even adults these days and I don’t want her to fall into that, especially not at the age of six.

BM: Lilly has been featured by some blogs and social media pages. What’s been the best experience so far? 

S: I think the best experience has been the response from Japan. It’s amazing how people on the other side of the world are liking photos of Lilly. We showed Lilly where Japan is on a map and googled a little about Japan with her. I have always wanted to visit Japan, and now Lilly does too. I am hoping we can go someday!

BM: Japan? Tell us more!

I get messages everyday from Lilly’s Instagrammers in Japan. Most of them speak very limited English, but they all say “I love you!” and “You are so cute!”. Some have asked us to come to Japan. More than anything I wish we could! That kind of trip just isn’t in our budget right now.  I am obsessed with Japanese candy and I’ve passed that on to Lilly! Lilly and I get a subscription box every month filled with Japanese snacks and stationary called Kawaii Box. We post photos on Instagram and then our new Japanese friends tell us all about the snacks and stuff! It’s pretty cool and helpful because we don’t know what the packages say!

12196197_10153782614583291_380105970008563406_nBM: So, how do you all decide which photo to replicate? 

L: My mom shows me some pictures on her phone and I look at magazines. I like to pick pictures where I like her pose and clothes! I wanted to cut my hair because I want to look like Taylor swift.
S: We let Lilly choose, but sometimes we have to veto some of her choices because they aren’t practical or appropriate.

BM: Do you have to find props and clothing? Does it get expensive?

S: We try to choose photos that have simple clothes and props. Everything we do is very budget friendly! One of the photos we did we used a towel for the white background. In the Wildest Dreams photo we did, Lilly and I made her necklace and earrings out of aluminum foil! Most of the outfits we choose are plain and sometimes Lilly has even worn a shirt backwards because the front had a picture on it. We have purchased a few things for some of the photos, like for the blank Space picnic scene one, we bought the gummy worms, animal cookies and chocolate milk. The most money we spent was on the fabric for her black lace Blank Space dress, which I sewed her for Halloween. My sister actually bought most of the fabric for it. The dress took me almost 20 hours to sew, and I had to piece together elements from different patterns to make a dress similar to the one in the video. It was also a challenge to make an age appropriate version. I am very proud of that dress!

BM: So, here’s the question…has Taylor reached out at all? 

S: We are just doing this for fun. We would certainly not be disappointed if she never reached out and honestly, we would be extremely surprised if she did.
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BM: Have you tried reaching out to Taylor? Will you? 
S: Other than tagging Taylor on Instagram, Tumblr, and Twitter, I do not know how to reach her. She has not reached out to us. I get now though why she hasn’t. Once I started getting a bunch of Instagram notifications, I realized Instagram will only show you about the last hundred of them. After that, you can’t see them. Taylor Swift has millions of notifications, so she probably would never even see if we’ve tagged her in something.
L: If I met Taylor Swift I would hug her! I want to ask her about playing the guitar and I want to talk to her about her cats!
 
S: She didn’t used to think too much about Taylor seeing the photos she takes, but this week she saw a video of her surprising a couple at their wedding and this put some seemingly impossible ideas in her head. She really wants to be her friend. Lilly asked to send Taylor a picture she drew for her. I told her we didn’t have her address and she said “That’s OK mom. I’ll just ask the mailman. He knows everyone’s address!”

BM: That is hysterical! Lilly, what do you like to do when not posing as Taylor Swift? 

L: I like to play with marble works. I got it for my birthday from Darrah, Daisy and Richard (our friends). You get to build stuff and then watch the marbles go through it! I also love drawing. I love to draw cats! Because Taylor Swift loves cats! I like helping everyone. Like when someone falls down on the playground at school. I like to help homeless people because they don’t have a home and that makes me feel sad. I give them food like fruit and snacks when I see them and we are in the car driving. I wish I could give them a house. I like giving my parents concerts because they are sweet to me. I play my guitar. I make it up because I don’t know the real way to play it yet. And I write songs about things like my family and cats. I really want a pet cat!
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BM: Who are Lilly’s favorite artists including and besides Taylor Swift? 

S: Lilly loves music from Beauty and the Beast and she says she likes Katy Perry, but I am not convinced she actually knows who she is…

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BM: So Sara, last we spoke, your film and production career were really picking up. What’s gone on since then? 

S: For now, we have been focusing on one project at a time. Right now we are working a documentary about a remarkable woman who had a terrible accident falling from a horse and her journey to get back on that horse. It’s a very inspiring story. Right now we are submitting the film to festivals. We’ll see what happens.

BM: And, how about Andy? Has he been involved with filming and our with Lilly’s photoshoots? 

S: Andy has been very involved with all of the Taylor Tuesday shoots. We take turns taking the photos and hand the camera back and forth, so we never really know whose photo is whose exactly.

BM: So…lastly, what makes Lilly BOLD?

 
L: My mom lets me pick out my own clothes for school. I only wear stuff that doesn’t match. I love when it doesn’t match because it just feels crazy and fun!
 
S: Lilly definitely marches to the beat of her own drum. When I said that out loud it first came out “she beats to the march of her own drum”, which perhaps is an even better way to describe my Lilly. She has some really big ideas and takes after me in that she talks non-stop! 

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Ashley Graham on her swimsuit line, kissing Joe Jonas and more

Ashley Graham is having a moment. Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric first sat down with hqdefaultthe model last year to talk about her steamy ad for swimsuitsforall, featured in Sports Illustrated magazine.

Since then, the model, designer and body activist has had a busy year. From gracing the cover of Sports Illustrated, to launching her brand-new swimsuit line, to playing the love interest in Joe Jonas’ “Toothbrush” video, the brunette beauty is everywhere.

“My life has totally flipped upside down. I can’t walk outside in my pajamas anymore, that’s for sure,” says Graham. “For a girl who was told, ‘You’ll never be on the cover of magazines,’ now I have 11 in a little under three years.”

Graham, an advocate for positive body image, considers herself a ‘body activist’ and tells Couric that beauty really does come from the inside. “The moment I stopped comparing myself to other women, my career started thriving.”

Graham says you need to speak life into your body. “What I had to do is start loving who I was,” she says.

maxresdefaultGraham spoke to Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric about her new swimsuit line. The inspiration? The James Bond girls.

“The Bond girl is the sexy girl. She is the epitome of … the badass, ‘I’m ruling my body, I’m ruling who I am’” attitude, Graham said, adding: “I’m the ruler of my body and I’m the boss of my empire, and I want women who wear my swimsuits to feel the exact same way.”

Graham is bringing sexy back to more than just the beach … she’s bringing it right into Joe Jonas’ bedroom in the new DNCE video “Toothbrush.” Graham says she wasn’t expecting to be the love interest and didn’t learn she would be until the night before. “I thought maybe there’s just gonna be, you know, a groupie moment … and then I was like, ‘Oh my God! I’m the love interest!” And with over 5 million views already on YouTube, it’s clear fans can’t get enough.

Tess Holliday Shames Victoria’s Secret, Doesn’t Do Diets & Loves Miss Piggy

From Yahoo!

Tess Holliday isn’t afraid to take on Victoria’s Secret. The plus-size supermodel (the first ever size 22 model to be signed to a major agency) blames the lingerie retailer for perpetuating body shame for girls who don’t fit their standard sizing. “I don’t think they cared,” Holliday tells host Nick Axelrod in this episode of I Yahoo’d Myself. “They probably didn’t look up from their glitter and angel body spray–or money!she says.

Holliday continues, “They are perpetuating the image of what’s wrong with America and with society, in general, that you have to look a certain way — like a Victoria’s Secret Angel — to feel beautiful and be sexy.” But, according to this trailblazer and her 1 million Instagram fans and followers of her now-famous #effyourbeautystandards social-media movement, you can be sexy at any size. In other words: don’t let the haters get you down.

Holliday, who embraces the term “fat” unlike many of her plus-size model peers, also fires back at critics who think her size 22 frame represents an unhealthy lifestyle. “Obviously someone doesn’t wake up fat. I know that I am fat, but people completely miss the point of me trying to educate women and show them that it’s ok to be who you are and love yourself and still live your life and not be miserable.”

As for her plans for her own plus-size clothing line, Tess reveals, “I wanted to do something that was edgy and sexy but then give some options for people who don’t want to wear the same tired floral, leopard, cat-print stuff. There have been the most atrocious prints on plus-size garments that would never be on straight sizes.” Watch the video above to find out more! And #effyourbeautystandards, by the way.

Misogyny in music

I’m sure by now we’ve all heard the famed lyrics to “Baby it’s Cold Outside” and seen that new version by Idina Menzel & Michael Bublé. Just in case you’re unfamiliar, here are the lyrics:

 

“Baby, It’s Cold Outside”

I really can’t stay – Baby it’s cold outside
I’ve got to go away – Baby it’s cold outside
This evening has been – Been hoping that you’d drop in
So very nice – I’ll hold your hands, they’re just like ice

My mother will start to worry – Beautiful, what’s your hurry?
Father will be pacing the floor – Listen to the fireplace roar
So really I’d better scurry – Beautiful, please don’t hurry
Maybe just a half a drink more – Put some records on while I pour

The neighbors might think – Baby, it’s bad out there
Say, what’s in this drink? – No cabs to be had out there
I wish I knew how – Your eyes are like starlight now
To break this spell – I’ll take your hat, your hair looks swell

I ought to say no, no, no – Mind if I move in closer?
At least I’m gonna say that I tried – What’s the sense in hurting my pride?
I really can’t stay – Baby don’t hold out
Ah, but it’s cold outside

I’ve got to get home – Oh, baby, you’ll freeze out there
Say, lend me your coat – It’s up to your knees out there
You’ve really been grand – Thrill when you touch my hand
Why don’t you see – How can you do this thing to me?

There’s bound to be talk tomorrow – Think of my life long sorrow
At least there will be plenty implied – If you caught pneumonia and died
I really can’t stay – Get over that hold out
Ah, but it’s cold outside
Oh, baby, it’s cold outside
Oh, baby, it’s cold outside

Does anyone besides us think that the song should just end when she says “no?”
What other holiday songs can you think of that have this level of misogyny? Sound off below!

Monica Lewinsky to Bullying Victims: ‘Please Don’t Suffer in Silence’

From Yahoo!

Monica Lewinsky is taking on a subject that’s deeply personal for her: bullying.

Lewinsky lost her digital reputation in 1998 when her affair with President Bill Clinton made headlines around the world, fueling a constant barrage of jokes, insults and cyber-bullying.

Nearly 20 years later, Lewinsky is a contributing editor for Vanity Fair magazine and is embarking on a new job as strategic ambassador to Bystander Revolution, an anti-bullying organization.

With October being Bullying Prevention Month, the organization is rolling out 31 challenges – one for each day of the month – all designed to with the goal of getting people to change how they react when the see or encounter bullying, Lewinsky said.

“It’s all about forming habits of action,” the 42-year-old said in an interview with “Good Morning America”’s Amy Robach that aired Wednesday. “So a little bit of kindness, a little bit of courage, a little bit of inclusion and we can really start to shift the culture and take the power out of bullying.”

When Robach asked Lewinsky why she was speaking publicly now, she replied: “It really was time.”

She added: “Imagine that you’ve gone through this horrific, life-changing experience and you were traumatized and humiliated and all of a sudden you realized one day that you could actually help other people because you had survived it. It would just be really hard to sit back and remain silent.”

When it comes to those who are bullied, Lewinsky said kindness has an impact.

“I can tell you from personal experience that it makes a difference,” she said. “It makes a difference if someone makes a, you know, unkind comment on social media and you have other people saying, ‘Hang in there,’ or something positive. I think it takes the sting out. “

Lewinsky has said not a day goes by that she doesn’t think about the mistake that she made. Robach asked Lewinsky how she was handling the fact that Hillary Clinton – Bill Clinton’s wife — was again running for president and constantly in the news.

“You know, I think it’s really wonderful that we have two women from both parties running for higher office,” she said, referring to Clinton in the Democratic Party and Carly Fiorina, who’s seeking the Republican Party’s nomination.

“However it may affect me personally is not something I’m going to talk about today,” she said.

Robach asked Lewinsky what life has been like for her.

“What’s it like to walk into a job interview? What’s it like to go on a date? What’s it like to order a pizza when your name’s Monica Lewinsky?” Robach asked.

“Well, that I usually use another name for …,” she said. “I’ve had my challenges over the years with those kinds of things. I think it is — it’s taken skill and a lot of help from incredible professionals to learn to manage not only my own trauma, but I also think to manage other people’s expectations.”

Saying that everyone wants to feel proud of their name, Robach asked Lewinsky how she felt about her own name now.

“I’m grateful,” she said, adding: “I really think that I’m grateful to have this opportunity. And I’m — even though I have suffered from shame, I’m not ashamed of who I am.”

Lewinsky was inspired to return to the public spotlight following the death of Tyler Clementi, an 18-year-old college student who killed himself after being watched via webcam as he kissed another man. Clementi’s death drew widespread attention to cyberbullying.

For Lewinsky — who also thought about suicide and whose own mother feared she would take her own life — Clementi’s story was a call to action.

Her mother was distraught over Clementi’s death, really “sobbing in a way that I don’t hear my mom sob often … she kept saying, ‘Tyler’s poor parents,’” Lewinsky recalled.

Her mother was reliving 1998, the days when she had to sit by her daughter’s bedside every night.

“She was worried about what I would do if I were left alone …,” Lewinsky said, “and that was sort of an intersection for me of a point where I was healing, but also to realize that there might be something, a way that I might be able to contribute. And I also want to say, Amy, too that I want to be really clear that I’m not equating my own experiences with Tyler’s.”

After more than a decade of silence, Lewinsky has been talking more about her experiences. She wrote a 2014 essay in Vanity Fair essay about her affair with Bill Clinton, and gave a TED talk in which she referred to herself as the “Patient Zero” of Internet shaming.

Asked whether it gets easier each day to be back in the public eyes, Lewinsky said it was “different.”

“I think what’s great is people used to come up to me and they would say, ‘No offense. But do you know who you look like?’ And now,” she said, laughing, “now I have people engaging with me about my Bystander Revolution work or the Vanity Fair essay, the TED talk … it’s a different experience.”

For any bullied person who watches the interview, who feels the shame of being bullied either online or in person, Lewinsky has a message: “Please don’t suffer in silence.

“Please, I beg you find someone or an organization that you trust to turn to and to know that you can survive this. The Bystander Revolution website is a great place to start. And I wish it had been around 17 years ago,” she said.

Prosecutors decline to charge Caitlyn Jenner in fatal crash

From Yahoo News

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Prosecutors declined to charge Caitlyn Jenner on Wednesday in a California car crash that killed another driver, citing insufficient evidence to support a case.

Authorities said Jenner was towing an off-road vehicle on a trailer behind a Cadillac Escalade on Feb. 7 when she crashed into two cars, pushing one into oncoming traffic. Driver Kim Howe died when her Lexus was hit by a Hummer in Malibu.

“We believed from the start that a thorough and objective investigation would clear Caitlyn of any criminal wrongdoing,” said Blair Berk, Jenner’s attorney. “We are heartened the district attorney has agreed that even a misdemeanor charge would be inappropriate. A traffic accident, however devastating and heartbreaking when a life is lost, is not necessarily a criminal matter.”

The accident occurred before Jenner announced she is transgender and transitioned into her new identity as Caitlyn.

Sheriff’s investigators previously determined that Jenner, 65, was traveling at an unsafe speed for the road conditions at the time and there was enough evidence to support a vehicular manslaughter charge. The case was then referred to the district attorney’s major crimes division.

A prosecutor wrote in a one-page sheet declining to file charges that Jenner was traveling slightly below the posted speed limit and began braking less than two seconds before the crash. To prove misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter, prosecutors would have had to show Jenner was negligent and had violated a basic speed law.

Based on the facts, the office determined they “cannot prove beyond a reasonable doubt that suspect’s conduct was unreasonable.”

After the accident, Jenner released a statement expressing sympathy to those involved in the accident.

“It is a devastating tragedy,” the statement read. “I cannot pretend to imagine what this family is going through at this time. I am praying for them.”

Jenner is facing separate lawsuits by Howe’s stepchildren and the driver of the other car involved in the collision. Jenner’s lawyers are fighting efforts to have her give sworn testimony in a deposition in the wrongful death suit filed by the stepchildren.

The crash has shadowed Jenner’s much-lauded transgender transition that was announced in a two-hour television special with Diane Sawyer. A Vanity Fair cover story revealed her new identity, and a reality series “I Am Cait” chronicled her new life.

In July, Jenner accepted the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPYs sports achievement event and urged fellow athletes to join her and make advocacy for transgender issues a priority.

A Los Angeles judge approved Jenner’s petition to formally change her name and gender on Sept. 25. Jenner was born Bruce Jenner and won an Olympic gold medal for the decathlon in 1976.

Jenner was married to Kardashian matriarch Kris Jenner for more than 20 years and frequently appeared on “Keeping Up With the Kardashians.” The couple had two children together, and Jenner has four children from previous marriages.

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Anthony McCartney can be reached at http://twitter.com/mccartneyAP

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