Category: Models

Drug, graffiti charges against Keith Richards' daughter Theodora dropped

Charges dismissed against Keith Richards' daughter Theodora Richards Graffiti and drug charges against rocker Keith Richards' daughter Theodora Richards were dismissed Thursday in a plea deal with New York prosecutors.

Richards, 25, who was arrested March 1 on suspicion of tagging the side of a SoHo building and possessing marijuana and hydrocodone, was given two days of community service and told to visit a drug treatment program for a day, a deal she initially had turned down at the time of her arrest.

But prosecutors agreed to the deal laid out by a Manhattan Criminal Court judge because Richards had no previous criminal record and is currently in a drug treatment program. She must complete the community service by June 24, when she is due to appear again in court.

Police said they caught her with a paint marker writing "T [heart] A" on a building that houses a convent in an upscale part of SoHo, where she lives. She had 8 1/2 hydrocodone pills without a prescription and a small amount of marijuana, court documents said. When she was arrested she did not enter a plea and was released without bail.

The model, who wore a finely striped shirt-dress and high heels to court, has appeared in ad campaigns for Burberry, Tommy Hilfiger and French Connection.

The Associated Press reported that she "smiled but stayed mum" as she left court. Her attorney, Edward Hayes, said she was currently drug-free.

"She's as clean as the snow," he said.

Richards is one of two daughters of the Rolling Stones guitarist, 67, and model Patti Hansen. Keith Richards, who has two other children from a previous relationship, chronicled his bad-boy lifestyle in last year's best-selling memoir "Life."


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Photo: Theodora Richards enters Manhattan Criminal Court with attorney Edward Hayes on Thursday. Credit: Louis Lanzano / Associated Press

Stephanie Seymour, husband Peter Brant call off divorce thanks to Navajo blanket

Stephanieseymourstory Stephanie Seymour has called off her divorce from billionaire Peter Brant -- thanks to a Navajo blanket. Now, that’s a happy ending you don’t see very often in Hollywood.

The former supermodel explained to Town & Country magazine that it started with a peace offering. She gave him back the blanket, a cherished memento, during proceedings. From there, the communication lines opened up.

"The 'dirty fight' is all about winning, not healing," she said. "It's fueled by people you're paying. It is the lawyers talking and not you. Of course we're in therapy. And then I have my own therapist, and the kids have theirs, and there is nothing wrong with this."

The pair wed in 1995 and have three children together -- Peter, 17; Harry, 13; and Lily, 6. They filed for divorce in 2009 but had reconciled by September 2010.

Seymour, 42, is most recognizable from her modeling days with Sports Illustrated, Vogue, Victoria’s Secret and Playboy. However, Guns N’ Roses fans know her best from the “Don’t Cry” and “November Rain” videos, and of course for dating lead singer Axl Rose.


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Photo: Peter Brant, left, Peter Brant Jr. and Stephanie Seymour in January 2011. Credit: Stan Honda / AFP / Getty Images.

'The Conspirator' movie premiere: Robert Redford, James McAvoy, Robin Wright hatch a plot

James Badge Dale, Alexis Bledel, Tom Wilkinson, Robin Wright, Robert Redford, James McAvoy, Evan Rachel Wood, Kevin Kline and Stephen Root at  "The Conspirator" premiere
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Stars and supporters of the Robert Redford-directed film "The Conspirator" gathered at New York's Museum of Modern Art on Monday for the premiere of the Civil War-era film starring Robin Wright and James McAvoy.

Wright, who graced the red carpet in a crisp white suit with Redford, plays Mary Surratt, the boarding house proprietor who was accused of aiding John Wilkes Booth in his plot to kill Abraham Lincoln in April 1865.

Robin Wright at 'The Conspirator' premiere McAvoy plays Frederick Aiken, a wounded Union officer-turned-lawyer enlisted to defend Surratt in the film, which kicks off a passel of Civil War genre projects in Hollywood.

Kevin Kline, joined by wife Phoebe Cates and daughter Greta Simone Kline at the premiere, stars in the movie as Secretary of War Edwin Stanton. Click the pics for more red carpet photos.

Evan Rachel Wood and Alexis Bledel, who play Surratt's daughter Anna and Aiken's wife Sarah Weston, respectively, also attended the debut.

"Michael Clayton" Oscar nominee Tom Wilkinson plays Reverdy Johnson and Stephen Root, of NBC's "NewsRadio" fame, plays John Lloyd.

Also in attendance were cast members Norman Reedus ("The Boondock Saints") and James Badge Dale ("24").

"Gossip Girl" actresses Kelly Rutherford and Alice Callahan walked the red carpet with models Liya Kebede and Sports Illustrated cover girl Irina Shayk

Actress Karen Allen, who appeared in the Indiana Jones films and more recently "White Irish Drinkers," and Irish actress and model Kiera Chaplin also attended.

Fashion designer Anna Sui, DJ Sky Nellor and performance artist Marina Abramovic hit the Met for the premiere too.               

Justin Long, Danny Huston and Jonathan Groff appear in the film but did not attend the premiere.

"The Conspirator" works its way into theaters April 15.

For the record, 2:30 p.m. April 13: An earlier version of this post said "The Conspirator" premiere took place at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. The venue was the Museum of Modern Art.


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Photo: From left to right, James Badge Dale, Alexis Bledel, Tom Wilkinson, Robin Wright, Robert Redford, James McAvoy, Evan Rachel Wood, Kevin Kline and Stephen Root at the New York premiere of "The Conspirator" at the Museum of Modern Art on Monday. Credit: Stephen Lovekin / Getty Images

Is Victoria's Secret model Candice Swanepoel skinny enough to lose her contract? [Poll]

Victoria's Secret model Candice Swanepoel bore some scrutiny when she debuted the upcoming swimsuit collection with her fellow Victoria's Secret Angels this week at the Mondrian Hotel in Los Angeles.

Apparently we need another reminder that swimsuit season is once again upon us.

Photos of the the South African beauty's tiny waist, slender arms and skinny legs next to the curvy Alessandra Ambrosio and Adriana Lima set off the controversy, as the 22-year-old seemed a tad plumper (a healthy plumper) in recent months.

"I am healthy and happy," Swanepoel told the New York Daily News through a rep. "I'm heartened to know how much everyone cares about me, but in this case everything is normal and good."

Candice Swanepoel in February 2009 The 2011 swimsuit issue cover girl's most recent modeling card said she was 5-foot-9 and wore size-8 dresses, though the photos seem to tell another story. She insisted that her diet is determined by stress and traveling.

"I work out a lot. I box. I'm obsessed with it," Swanepoel told Hollyscoop.com. "It helps a lot with traveling, you know, to be strong and carry on with everything."

Victoria's Secret models are generally a little bustier and curvier than high-fashion models because, well, something has to go in those cups.

The models' contracts specifically say they are expected to be "healthy and muscular," and Swanepoel could lose her contract if she gets too thin, a source familiar with the contract told E!

"There is a really clear criteria for both Angels and the catalogue. Their career path is 'Sports Illustrated' swimsuit issue, then to Angel, it's the highest-paying contract there is, period. The image is about being voluptuous, it's not fat, but it's curvy," the source said. "But if you start to look skinny and 'editorial print-like,' like fashion mag models, like undernourished, it gives the image the company does not want."

Former Victoria's Secret model Tyra Banks also dealt with scrutiny over her weight when she gained a few pounds after retiring from the runway.

What do you think, Gossip Ministers? Is she skinny enough to lose her contract? Tell us in comments.


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Top photos, left to right, Alessandra Ambrosio, Candice Swanepoel and Adriana Lima pose during the launch of the 2011 Victoria's Secret Swim collection in West Hollywood on March 30, 2011. Credits: Mario Anzuoni / Reuters

Right photo: Candice Swanepoel at Victoria's Secret Herald Square on Feb. 9, 2011, in New York. Credit: Joe Corrigan / Getty Images

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2011 cover model is Irina Shayk


The cover of the Sports Illustrated 2011 Swimsuit edition was revealed Monday night on "Late Night With David Letterman" -- and the star of this year's mag is one Irina Shayk.

Sports Illustrated 2011 Swimsuit cover Letterman's list, the "Top 10 Good Things About Appearing in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition," was delivered by 10 models featured in the sports mag's annual skin fest -- and Shayk caught our attention early with her Boris-and-Natasha delivery of No. 6: "When police officer ask me for ID, I say, 'Check Page 47.' "

Moments later, the 25-year-old model seemed a bit shy and surprised as her bodacious, swimsuit-clad body was revealed to all on a massive billboard at the corner of Broadway and 52nd Street in New York. She follows in the bikini strings of last year's cover girl, Brooklyn Decker. And yes, she found out during the taping that she got the cover.

Some more of our fave lines from the list:

Genevieve Morton: "All the body paint I can eat."

Julie Henderson: "Appearing on popular television shows ... and this one."

Alyssa Miller: "On tax form under occupation, I can write 'Hot.' "

There was also a Charlie Sheen joke in there, but please, Dave, these ladies are models, not, um, "actresses."

If your employer is cool with you peeping at scantily clad ladies during work hours, follow this link to pics of the lovely Ms. Shayk. We clicked to No. 16 before getting a little booty shot, so use your own judgment. And no, you can't have this job.


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Photo: The cover of the Sports Illustrated 2011 Swimsuit edition featuring Irina Shayk. Credit: Bjorn Iooss / Sports Illustrated

Padma Lakshmi's custody fight with Adam Dell heats up

PadmaThings are heating up between "Top Chef" host Padma Lakshmi and old flame Adam Dell over custody of her daughter Krishna.

Baby daddy Dell, who has some visitation rights, has decided to fight for more. Meanwhile, Lakshmi is telling little Krishna to consider Mom's current beau, 70-year-old Ted Forstmann, as her papa.

Dell, 41, a venture capitalist, filed a lawsuit in New York on Wednesday claiming that a paternity test proved he is the 11-month-old's biological father and that he and Lakshmi should work out a co-parenting agreement. He also pointed to the former model’s jet-setting lifestyle being less than ideal for taking care of the infant.

Dell said that the Lakshmi, 40, of "please pack your knives and go" fame, who proudly bore her baby bump during the show, isn't willing to prioritize Krishna before her Emmy-winning career.

Dell "is the parent who can be relied upon to put Krishna's needs before his own," the lawsuit said.

But Lakshmi's "career as a television personality and her commitment to celebrity status involve a hectic, irregular schedule and requires frequent and distant travel."

Dell, whose brother is Michael Dell -- you know, of personal computer fame -- is allowed to see the child nine days each month under the terms of an earlier agreement.

The couple dated for two years before they split in September 2009. Lakshmi claimed he was "unambitious" and his career as a technology firms investor was "uninteresting," according to his lawsuit. She then told him she was pregnant and Dell said a paternity test dubbed him the child's father.

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Isabelle Caro, anorexic model, brought Jessica Simpson to tears


Isabelle Caro, the model whose death after a long struggle with anorexia was made public Wednesday, brought Jessica Simpson to tears on "The Price of Beauty" earlier this year.

Caro's longtime acting instructor, Daniele Dubreuil-Prevot, said she did not know the cause of death but that Caro "had been sick for a long time," referring to the actress-model's anorexia.

Caro was the focus of a 2007 shock ad campaign in print and on billboards during Fashion Week in Italy that showed her naked, vertebrae and facial bones protruding (see photo below), under the headline "No Anorexia." She said later that she weighed 59 pounds when the shots were taken. She said on "The Price of Beauty" that she was 86 pounds when a designer pressured her to lose weight to model.

"To us, what you're doing right now makes you one of the most beautiful people that we have ever seen," Simpson told a nearly skeletal Caro, referring to her anorexia-awareness work. "And we really just appreciate you sitting in front of us and having such powerful words. God bless you."

Simpson, who has been badgered about her weight, especially during the infamous "mom jeans" period in early 2009, closed the segment with an observation:

"I think it's important for women to know that the skinnier you are," she said, "doesn't make you more beautiful."

On the most recent cycle of "America's Next Top Model," the first girl Tyra Banks and company sent home, Anamaria Mirdita, was dinged in part for her scrawny body, which Banks said did not look healthy. Ann Ward, apparently naturally thin at 18 years old and 6 feet 2, drew some criticism related to her weight as well, after her "ANTM" win.

Caro died Nov. 17, at age 28, after returning to France from a job in Tokyo. Read her obituary here. For more on anorexia, check out Booster Shots' post on the model's battle with the eating disorder.


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Photo: A detail from a 2007 billboard featuring French model Isabelle Caro in an anorexia-awareness campaign. The rest of the image is not shown because of nudity. Credit: Alberto Pellaschiar / Associated Press

Heidi Klum towers over her Halloween costume party

Heidi Klum and Seal in Halloween party costumes 2010 And what are you dressed as, not-so-little girl? Heidi Klum delivered her usual bell-ringing Halloween costume treat in New York on Sunday, showing up in a red-and-purple Transformers-inspired get-up and towering on stilts over shiny silver husband Seal.

The "Project Runway" host's recent costumes have included a cat, the snake (and apple) from the Garden of Eden, an Indian goddess and last year's crow.

While rocking a great recycling idea for old ski boots, and channeling Tyra Banks' forehead, Klum was joined by famous friends,

Heidi Klum costume party pictures including Miss Universe Jimena Navarette, designer Christian Siriano, mad doctor Ice-T and very naughty nurse Coco, and Kim Kardashian -- hey, have we seen that dress before, Little Red Riding Hood?

Click the photo of Kardashian, above, to launch a gallery of pictures from the Halloween party.

Funny, we thought Klum said she and Seal were going to simplify their costumes this year? Suppose it's all relative. Is it just us, or are those tiny, front-loading washing machines on Heidi's you-knows?

The party, held at Lavo, is in its 11th year.

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Photos: Heidi Klum, top left, and her husband Seal arrive at their Halloween party in New York. At right, Kim Kardashian. Credit: Charles Sykes / Associated Press, left; Bryan Bedder / Getty Images, right

When models attack: Jessica White edition, featuring Sean Penn

Model Jessica White, Sean Penn's ex girlfriend There's a thin line between the Paris couture shows and the pokey — just ask model Jessica White.

The Sports Illustrated gal, who just ended a fling with actor Sean Penn, was arrested in New York City over the weekend after an alleged altercation with a female partier. White has been accused of smacking Vanessa Kian and pulling her hair, Page Six reports.

The women are said to have squabbled over a taxi. White's attorney, Mark Jay Heller, insists the entire situation has been overblown.

Heller says White was "celebrating her newfound single status with the girls" and nothing more, adding that "stories concerning celebrities frequently get blown up," and the charges have no merit.

White has a date with a judge on Dec. 15. Do you think she deserves the clink, or do the charges stink? Tell us in the comments section below.

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Photo: Jessica White attends a benefit in New York on Oct. 21. Credit: Donna Ward / Getty Images.

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PREACH IT! Unless you’re Gisele Bundchen. In that case, seriously, muzzle it.

Gisele-bundchen-and-designe Another interview, another chance for supermodel Gisele Bundchen to stick her superfoot into her designer supermouth.

First came the declaration that “a lot” of women "get pregnant and decide they can turn into garbage disposals." (She's a model,” one commenter noted. "Just because us regular moms took nine months to a year to lose the baby fat doesn't mean we were sitting on the couch stuffing junk food in our face.")

Now, in a new interview with Harper's Bazaar UK, Bundchen tackled the medical nuances of breastfeeding. How? By saying that every mom should be required to do it by "worldwide law."

"I think there should be a worldwide law, in my opinion, that mothers should breastfeed their babies for six months," she intoned.

Right. Because every mom who gives her 5-month-old formula -- or "chemicals," as Bundchen so neatly put it -- is just a selfish creature. A lazy selfish creature who probably waddles about in size 6 jeans from the Gap while remaining shamefully ignorant on Versace’s color palette for the spring.

Real mothers in the real world, naturally, jumped on Bundchen’s declaration.

"I find her comments in this interview to be quite ignorant and insensitive," one woman commented ...

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