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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

There is life after The X Factor! Reality show reject James Michael turns to modelling for Mr Porter

By MAYSA RAWI



Model behaviour: James Michael, modelling a Dolce & Gabbana jumper, stars in the new campaign for MrPorter.com



He may not have impressed X Factor judge Gary Barlow but it seems the fashion world has become quite taken with James Michael.

The former reality TV contestant, who was sent home just one week into the live shows, stars in the new MrPorter.com campaign.

The retail site, launched in February, is the younger brother of online shopping Mecca Net-a-Porter.



Busy bee: The singer took time out from touring and recording his own songs



It offers men's designer clothes, shoes and accessories that can purchased online and come neatly packaged to your door.

Michael took time out from touring the country to show off a selection of striped jumpers for the site.

The 20-year-old singer from Liverpool is currently recording his own songs, using just a guitar and an iPad, determined to make it despite missing out on the chance to win the ITV show.



Popular boy: The singer has amassed 43,000 on Twitter



Michael was brought back to the X Factor a few weeks ago in an unexpected twist, along with some fellow contestants but lost his place to Emilia Lily.

But the singer featured in the charity single Rose Royce's 1978 hit Wishing on a Star.

Michael cuts a dashing figure but with a sultry voice and 43,000 Twitter followers, there's no need to give up the day job just yet.



Little brother: Mr Porter, a retail website for men, launched in February







source: dailymail

Supermodel Karolina Kurkova flaunts her curves in a see-through crochet dress and tiny hot pants for sultry new Vogue shoot

By JADE WATKINS



Getting shorty: The blue-eyed stunner, who gave birth to her baby boy Tobin two years ago, also parades her perfect pins in a pair of bottom-skimming palm printed hot pants, paired with a royal blue ruffled pirate top



She may not have walked in the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show this year.

But that doesn't mean that Karolina Kurkova has ceased showing off her incredible figure.

In a new shoot for the November issue of Brazilian Vogue, the 27-year-old Czech model flaunts her curves in a daring crochet sun dress.

Posing at a beach bar next to a handsome male, the blonde beauty seemingly opts for no bikini top underneath.

Shot by famed Brazilian photographer J.D Duran, Karolina features in an array of other stunning images for the fashion magazine.

The blue-eyed stunner, who gave birth to her baby boy Tobin two years ago, also parades her perfect pins in a pair of bottom-skimming palm printed hot pants, paired with a royal blue ruffled pirate top.





Surf's up: The mother-of-one tries her hand at surfing, hitting the waves at a Brazilian beach in a navy blue and beige one-piece



She is also seen slipping her 5'11 figure into a tiny yellow strapless dress, towering over a female singer, all whilst doing a little dance in a local bar.

In another sultry snap, Karolina emerges from a pool in an orange evening gown, alongside a male fashionista sporting a leopard print kaftan.

Other snaps show Karolina in a pretty floral mini-dress as she poses in front of a mosaic wall, and the supermodel surrounded by some very attentive men, who admire her form in a skintight white pencil skirt, which is paired with a pussy bow sleeveless blouse.



Endless pins: She is also seen slipping her 5'11 figure into a tiny yellow strapless dress, towering over a female singer, all whilst doing a little dance in a local bar



Karolina also gets her hands dirty as she tucks into some fresh lobster all whilst wearing a blue ruffled designer dress.

The model also shows off her sporty side, slipping into a soccer jersey, some tiny black sequined shorts and a pair of high heels to kick a football around with Brazilian football team, Clube de Regatas do Flamengo.

The mother-of-one then tries her hand at surfing, hitting the waves at the beach in a navy blue and beige one-piece.

For the cover of the magazine, Karolina continues to dazzle in a colorful kaftan paired with a giant necklace with large precious stones.



Cool down: In another sultry snap, Karolina emerges from a pool in an orange evening gown, alongside a male fashionista sporting a leopard print kaftan



Getting attention: The supermodel is also seen surrounded by some very attentive men, who admire her form in a skintight white pencil skirt, which is paired with a pussy bow sleeveless blouse



Just like fellow Victoria's Secret Angels Miranda Kerr, Alessandra Ambrosio and Adriana Lima, Karolina pinged right back into shape following the birth of her now two-year-old toddler Tobin in 2009.

Karolina shares the gorgeous tot, who has the same beautiful blonde locks as his mother, with her film producer fiance Archie Drury.

The star has previously revealed that she didn't have too many problems regaining her perfect figure after giving birth in October 2009.



Vibrant: Another shot shows Karolina in a pretty floral mini-dress as she poses in front of a mosaic wall





Tucking in: Karolina also gets her hands dirty as she tucks into some fresh lobster all whilst wearing a blue designer dress



'I didn't gain much weight, and I think the secret was really staying active throughout my pregnancy,' she told W magazine.

'I did Pilates, a lot of weight training, I walked a lot and I traveled. And I was eating really healthy, taking good supplements and vitamins, drinking green juices and just making sure I was putting the best stuff in my body.'

'I didn't eat much junk, and I was lucky I didn't really crave it, either. So I'm all about listening to your body. But obviously you want to try to give it more natural foods, and fruits, good vitamins, fish oils, fibre. Lots of fibre when you're pregnant.'



Sporty: The model shows off her sporty side, slipping into a soccer jersey, tiny black sequined shorts and a pair of high heels to kick a football around with the Brazilian soccer team Clube de Regatas do Flamengo



Towering: Karolina and her endless pins tower over the coach



She also worked out with Madonna's former fitness guru Tracy Anderson.

'After I had my baby, I wanted to try something different,' she said. 'I didn't want to be in the gym doing weights.

'It's been really fun. I'd done gymnastics and ballet earlier in my life, and she incorporates the barre, and you kind of hang there - it's a bit of a mishmash of everything. A little ballet, a lot of dancing, funk cardio.'

The model also puts her slim figure down to not eating anything 'white or processed' and trying to 'cook as much as we can so that everything's light, delicious and gluten-free.'



Colourful: For the cover of the magazine, Karolina continues to dazzle in a colorful kaftan



Karolina, who lives in New York, also admitted it is sometimes tricky to juggle her busy working life with motherhood.

'How do you balance being a working woman, a good mom and a wife? It's tough, but kind of exciting, too,' she said.

'It's so easy to be stressed about it and put pressure on yourself. I'm just really glad to be back to work, and I'm fortunate that sometimes when I have to go away for a few days, I can take my son. I want to incorporate him into my life as much as possible.'



Family: Karolina is seen here on holiday with her fiance Archie Drury and their now two-year-old son Tobin in Ischia, Italy, in July this year



Karolina didn't walk in this year's famed Victoria's Secret show, which will air on CBS this evening.

In previous years she has been a feature on the catwalk, and in 2002 modeled the company's famed fantasy bra, worth $10m, and then again in 2006, to wear the Hearts On Fire Diamond Fantasy Bra, worth $6.5m.

Miranda Kerr will model this year's version of the bra, the turquoise Fantasy Treasure Bra worth $2.5m.

Miranda's pricy accoutrement is handset with nearly 3,400 precious gems, including 142 carats of white and yellow diamonds, pearls, faceted citrines and aquamarines, all set in 18-karat white and yellow gold.





Bejeweled beauties: In 2006 Karolina modeled Victoria's Secret famed fantasy bra worth $6.5m, Miranda Kerr, right, modelled this year's version of the bra, the turquoise Fantasy Treasure Bra worth $2.5m



source: dailymail

The Angels have landed! Lily, Alessandra and Miranda take the front row at Victoria's Secret fashion show viewing party

By ELEANOR GOWER



Model viewers: Lily Aldridge, Alessandra Ambrosio and Miranda Kerr arrive at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show Viewing Party at Segerstrom Center For The Arts in Costa Mesa, California



Earlier this month, they all strutted their stunning stuff at the yearly Victoria's Secret Fashion show in New York.

But Lily Aldridge, Alessandra Ambrosio and Miranda Kerr didn't look any less lovely as they arrived at a special viewing party tonight as the show aired on U.S. television.

The models, who are known as the 'Victoria's Secret Angels' showed off their enviable figures at the Segerstrom Centre For The Arts in Costa Mesa, California.



Settling in: The models were watched themselves on television as their runaway show aired on U.S. television



Miranda Kerr, 28, looked especially stunning in a low cut strapless leopardskin dress and black shoes, while 30-year-old Alessandra wore an unusual silver and gold embellished mini dress with nude heels.

Lily, 26, meanwhile, showed off her long legs in a dark pink mini dress and black peep toe shoes.

The glamorous trio then settled down on a couch to watch themselves on the runway, with a few pink cocktails in front of them.



Legs Eleven: Lily, Miranda and Alessandra looked stepped onto the pink carpet earlier



Animal style: Miranda looked stunning in a strapless leopardskin mini dress and black heels



The trio were among a host of top models who took part in the show which took place on November 9.

Adriana Lima, Erin Heatherton, Doutzen Kroes, Anne Vyalitsyna and Chanel Iman were also showing off their figures in a variety of spectacular creations.

They included ballerina style tutus, bejewelled angel wings and a $2.5 million diamond studded bra which Miranda wore during the show's finale.



Pretty in pink: Lily blows a kiss on the pink carpet at tonight's event, showing off her curvy figure in a low cut wrap around mini dress



Golden girl: Alessandra Ambrosio shows off her pert rear in an embellished gold, white and silver mini dress and nude heels



Happy and relaxed: the model trio looked excited to see the spectacular show for the first time



The show was a star studded event, with appearances from Kanye West, Jay-Z and Adam Levine, while Beyonce was spotted watching from the front row.

Costing $12 million to stage, the fashion spectacular was overflowing with acres of bare flesh as the angels model the lingerie brand's latest collection.

According to WWD, the New York show takes a full year to plan - and a small army to bring to fruition, including designers, seamstresses, embroiderers and prop makers.



Star guests: Nicki Minaj and Beyonce backstage, as seen on tonight's screening of the runway show



Bringing the house down: Kanye West performed at the runways show earlier this month



Get set: Candice Swanepoel stands in position, ready to strut her stuff before being sent to the catwalk



And tonight Miranda, Lily and Alessandra got a front row view of the lengthy show, which gave the lingerie chain plenty of opportunities to showcase some eye catching designs.

Themes included a stunning ballet sequence, an evocation of the 'Passions' then to a Super Angels special, an aquatic homage, a New Orleans-style sequence, and finally a pumping disco Club Pink crescendo.

But despite being one of the most successful models in the world, Miranda has still admitted to feeling at little insecure when she first landed her Victoria's Secret contract.



Spectacular: Miranda was part of the spectacular finale in which she wore a $2.5 million diamond studded Fantasy Treasure Bra



I'm not ready for my close-up: Adriana Lima is made runway ready



The Australian born beauty told New York magazine: 'I just remember the first time I met Adriana [Lima], she was so beautiful.'

'I was like, 'Why would they want me?' I mean, look at her. She's incredible,' she recalled.

'And then I met Heidi [Klum] and Gisele [Bundchen] and I was like, "What am I doing here?"'



Passion for fashion: Alessandra wore the 'Passion Play wings' in the show which are reported to have taken seven years to make



Ready to roll: Alessandra seen wearing her ensemble backstage



Leggy lovely: Lily struts her stuff down the catwalk







source: dailymail

Has French actress Melanie Laurent snared Sexiest Man Alive Bradley Cooper?

By SARAH BULL



Laurent were spotted on a date in Paris last night



He's one of Hollywood's most eligible bachelors after being voted the Sexiest Man Alive by America's People magazine two weeks ago.

But it looks like he may no longer be single after he was spotted out and about in Paris with French actress Melanie Laurent.

The 36-year-old actor, who is fluent in French, was spotted enjoying a romantic evening in the City of Lights with the Inglourious Basterds beauty, 28.



Something to smile about: Cooper and Laurent look pleased as they head to a waiting car



They met at the La Comédie de Champs Elysées theatre to watch the production of Job, Ou L'Errance De Juste, before retreating to his hotel for dinner.

The couple looked relaxed in each others company and stopped to chat to some fans outside the theatre before getting into a waiting car.

While Cooper looked casual in jeans and a shirt, Laurent was wrapped up for the cool autumn evening in a trench coat and woollen hat.



'I love women': Cooper insisted he was single in a recent interview



The actor been largely single since splitting from long-term girlfriend Renee Zellweger in March.

He was briefly linked to mother-of-two Jennifer Lopez in September, but whatever they had quickly fizzled out.

Meanwhile, it appears Cooper may be succumbing to a rapidly receding hairline

The actor's hair looked significantly less full than it did in thriller Limitless earlier this year, with what seemed to be a slight bald patch at the front.



Patient: Laurent waits as Cooper talks to a fan outside the theatre



Drawing attention: Cooper and Laurent's presence at the theatre was noticed by many



Cooper donned blue lens glasses with a jumper and jeans as he hit the shops on the Boulevard Saint Germain in the French capital.

However, when asked about his personal life in an interview with People earlier this month, Cooper insisted he is single.

He said: 'I'm a single 36-year-old male. I don't see myself as a ladies' man but I love women. Do you know what I'm saying?

'If you're a single man and you happen to be in this business, you're deemed a player. But I don't see myself as a ladies' man.'

Cooper spends a lot of time in France after spending a year there during an exchange programme as a student.



Maturing looks: Cooper displayed his receding hairline earlier on Tuesday in Paris



Contrast: Cooper's hair looked significantly less full than it did in thriller Limitless earlier this year



source: dailymail

Two great assets: Kelly Brook unleashes her toned legs for a glamorous night out

By J J ANISIOBI



Long legs: Kelly Brook arrives at The Pigalle Club in a thigh revealing dress



She has become famous for her curves but last night she revealed two of her other great assets... her toned legs.

Kelly Brook decided to show off her defined pins at the launch of the Cointreau Prive pop-up bar at The Pigalle Club in Picadilly, London.

The 32-year-old model wore a black Moschino dress with a small split on the thigh to the event.



Lady in black: Miss Brooke looked elegant in a Moschino dress and red lipstick



The dress, which costs £1,207, had a matching ruff waistline which she teamed with a fur gilet.

Brook, who was joined by boyfriend Thom Evans, also wore a pair of black thick heeled shoes and red lipstick.

The Piranha actress had a busy night and posted a message on Twitter that said: 'Dinner at the Arts Club, Dita Von Teese at the Pigalle followed by a Guiness in the Punchbowl! Work Hard Party Harder! Night ;).'



Eye catching: Kelly and a friend get in a taxi and head to their next destination



Her outfit was a lesson in fashion to Cheryl Cole who wore the same dress last month but with a very different result.

The axed X Factor judge - known for her fashion hits and misses - watched Girls Aloud band-mate Kimberley Walsh as she made her West End debut in Shrek The Musical.

She wore a black and white version of the dress but was unable to pull it off.



Busy night: Kelly and Thom Evans left the party to go to the Punchbowl



Despite Kelly's sultry outfit she was outmatched in the glamour stakes by Dita Von Teese.

The burlesque dancer performed at the launch and poured her hour-glass figure into a floor-length gown.

The 39-year-old star wore a cream dress which exposed her back and had a plunging front.



Lesson learned: Cheryl Cole, right, wore the same dress a month ago



Revealing: Dita Von Teese performed at the launch party and hosted the night



Other celebrities that attended the launch included fashion designer Sadie Frost who was dressed a little more casual than other guests.

She opted for a pair of sequined amber coloured hot-pants with a blue cardigan and red shoes.

Jasmine Guinness and Made In Chelsea's Cheska Hull and Ollie Locke also made an appearance.



source: dailymail

Baby clings to life after miracle rescue from Thanksgiving Day inferno

By DAILY MAIL REPORTER



Miracle rescue: Firefighter Andrew Hartshorne carries Josiah Alexis's limp body from the wreckage of Thursday's fire before firefighter Neil Malone (right) gave him the 'breath of life'



An eight-month-old baby is desperately clinging to life after he was miraculously pulled from a Thanksgiving day blaze which left four of his family critically ill.

Firefighter Neil Malone furiously pumped baby Josiah Alexis' chest giving him the 'breath of life' after he was rescued from the fire in Brooklyn.

'I knew I was working against the clock — every second, every minute is crucial,' Malone told the New York Daily News.



Desperate: The fire tore through the third-floor of the brownstone, forcing one man to leap from a window to a second-floor ledge on Thanksgiving day



'The baby was unresponsive, he had no pulse,' said Malone. 'It was about five minutes and thirty seconds that the baby was left without air. It didn't look good.'

But then suddenly, Josiah gasped and started breathing.

'It’s like a song to your ears to hear that baby get its breath on its own,' the firefighter told the Daily News.

Josiah’s pulse returned but he remains in a critical condition and is receiving around-the-clock care at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center.



Critically ill: The baby, his mother and three other members of the family have been left fighting for their lives after the Thanksgiving day blaze



His mother, Justine, 20, her brother Jonathan, 22, her twin sister, Jasmine and Jasmine's husband George DeJesus are all also reported to be in critical conditions after the fire at the building on President Street in Park Slope.

Josiah suffered burns to his body and is now depending on a ventilator.

'The smoke has affected his lungs. He's still in danger,' said Serge Alexis, his great-grandfather who owns the brownstone where his family lives.

'He's the worst of everyone.'



Critical: Baby Josiah, eight-months-old and his mother Justine, 20, are both fighting for their lives after the fire



'He’s a smiling baby,' said the great-grandfather, who raced home from Thanksgiving dinner after hearing about the blaze. 'Always smiling.'

'He’s still clinging to life,' said his great aunt Magaly Elie. 'He still has a lung problem, and it’s hard for him to breath.'

'We are praying there is no oxygen deprivation to his brain,' she said.

Fire Department investigators believe the fast-moving fire was sparked by someone smoking in bed.

The fire tore through the third-floor of the property, forcing one man to leap from a window to a second-floor ledge.

Futile attempts to extinguish the mattress, including dragging it through rooms to the bathroom, saw the fire spread through the building.



Miracle: Josiah's pulse returned but he remains in a critical condition and is receiving around-the-clock care



After battling the blaze, Malone returned to Engine 239’s firehouse for Thanksgiving dinner — and said a prayer for the family he helped save.

'I’m not a hero, I’m just doing my job,' he said.

'I’m hoping the family pulls through. I’m thankful they all survived.'



source: dailymail

Four villages evacuated as volcano begins to erupt in Ecuador

By EMMA REYNOLDS



Violent eruptions: The molten heart of the Tungurahua volcano, near Quito in Ecuador, as it begins to spew out lava and hot gas



Four Ecuadorean villages are being evacuated after a volcano close to the country's capital began spewing smouldering rock and billowing columns of ash.

The government is urging 700 people living beside the Tungurahua volcano near Quito to leave the area as soon as possible.

Tungurahua - which means 'Throat of Fire' in the indigenous Quechua language - has been active since 1999 but began erupting violently on Sunday, sending red-hot clouds of gas up into the atmosphere.



Dangerous land: A billowing cloud of ash emitting from the mountain in the Andes



Fireworks: Tungurahua has been live since 1999 but fierce eruptions began on Sunday



Those living in the farming communities around the mountain and on its slopes have been warned to abandon their homes.

The volcano's eruptions were triggered by a build-up of lava at Tungurahua's core, according to Ecuador's Geophysical Institute.

The South American country's authorities are concerned at the volcano's pyroclastic flow - fast-moving boulders and gas that can reach speeds of up to 450mph and temperatures of up to 1000c (1,830f).



Fiery skies: The sparsely populated farming communities around the volcano are being evacuated as the authorities upgrade the alert from yellow to orange



The 16,480-foot (5,023-metre) volcano has now had its warning level upgraded from yellow to orange, just below the highest alert level of red.

Good weather on Monday night allowed the institute's scientists to observe 'the continuous output of incandescent material' from its slopes.

'This activity was characterised by the expulsion of incandescent boulders, rising more than 300m above the crater and rolling down all sides of the volcano,' said the institute.

That prompted authorities to raise the alert level in the impact zone, 84 miles south-east of Ecuador's capital.



Villagers' nightmare: Communities at the foot of the South American volcano are being forced to flee their homes



Several communities in the shadow of Tungurahua, including the tourist town of Banos with a population of 15,000, were forced to evacuate during a violent eruption of the volcano in 1999.

Residents had to wait a year to return to their homes.

A red alert was declared last December when Tungurahua reactivated, prompting a temporary evacuation of residents and tourists.



source :dailymail

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