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Best Ever Oscar Dresses of the last 20 years

The Oscars has to be up there as one of the most scrutinised red-carpet events when it comes to fashion. Over the years, actresses have dazzled in Dior, looked elegant in Elie Saab and wowed in Vera Wang. Who knows what this year’s crop’s will be wearing and even though it’s not an official award, it’s always the go-to topic at the water cooler post-ceremony and you can bet on the Oscars on Betfair. While we speculate over who will look hot – and who will not (eek!) – let’s take a look back at the red carpet over the past few years.

 

2017 – Emma Stone in Givenchy

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Emma Stone’s stylist revealed that it took a team of 11 designers and 1,700 hours to create her bespoke beaded wonder for the 2017 Academy Awards – and the result was pretty incredible. The golden screen goddess looked amazing in her shimmering 1920s style flapper dress and it was a fitting tribute to La La Land, the film for which, she won Best Actress. Believe it or not, Stone was the first woman to win the coveted Best Actress while wearing a Givenchy gown, since Audrey Hepburn in 1954.

 

2014 – Lupita Nyong’o in Prada

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Best Supporting Actress for her role in 12 Years a Slave, Lupita Nyong’o very much had a Cinderella moment is her floaty pale blue Prada dress with beaded pearl headband combo. In the year that followed, Nyong’o became a style icon – but best of all, she paid homage to her roots, describing her custom-made dress as “Nairobi blue”.

 

2013 – Jennifer Lawrence in Dior

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All eyes were on Jennifer Lawrence when she went up to receive her Best Actress award for Silver Linings Playbookin 2013, and she gracefully fell up the stairs. But prior to that, all eyes were on Jennifer Lawrence as she took the red carpet in the ivory gown, courtesy of Dior – with whom, she’s had a glistening partnership since 2012. Unlike other custom-made designs, J-Law simply tried this on that morning: “I just woke up and tried on the dress, and it fit, thank God!” she said matter-of-factly. “Then I took a shower – that’s what I did. And I got my hair and make-up done. And then I came to the Oscars” she told Vogue.

 

2012 – Angelina Jolie in Versace

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How could we forget Angelina Jolie in that famous strapless black dress by Versace? That dramatic thigh-high slit was shown off in every photo opportunity, with the actress becoming the subject of memes, photobombs and even a Twitter account. ‘Angie’s leg’ was actually a thing. Not one to usually draw attention to herself at awards ceremonies, Jolie’s bold stance certainly took people by surprise – but was also the subject of much mocking, particularly by the screenwriters of The Descendants.

 

2009 – Penelope Cruz in Balmain

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No stranger to the glamour of red-carpet events, Penelope Cruz could – and possibly should – feature in every ‘best dressed’ list going. But one stand-out dress has to be the vintage Pierre Balmain gown she wore to the 2009 Academy Awards, which channelled a fairy tale princess – and also saw her bag the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.

 

2006 – Michelle Williams in Vera Wang

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Yellow is one of those colours that so few can pull off, but Michelle Williams looked every inch the bold beauty at the 2006 Academy Awards. With a pleated neckline and long train, Williams decided to go all-out, teaming the saffron frock with a bright red lip. It’s become one of the most memorable Oscar dresses of all-time and with good reason. The actress had actually attended the ceremony with then-boyfriend, the late Heath Ledger, who received a Best Actor nomination for Brokeback Mountain.

 

 

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Beauty Muse: Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie’s most applauded persona must be that of the successful actress valued for her talent and her edge. Yet, Florence Nightingale Angelina is also the Special Envoy of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
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Angelina is a Hollywood powerhouse, juggling her roles and business and wielding the system in her favor with, passion, and commitment. She is also the mother of six adorable children. With all the hassle these roles imply, Angelina is always a stunningly beautiful presence. That’s why she’s this week’s beauty muse on Fashion and Style Police. It might be Angelina’s simple, down-to-earth style that keeps her look fresh and crisp. Think about it: she seems to be running her life on fast-forward. Nonetheless, she doesn’t break a sweat. At least not publicly. That’s one of the reasons why she’s an inspiration to women around the world and a constant challenge to herself. Angelina wants to push boundaries, discover her limits and inspire the world.
In this organized chaos, the beauty muse doesn’t particularly have the time for frivolities. She’s seldom spotted wearing make-up. With the exception of mascara and light eyeshadow, she rarely displays any other carefully constructed make-up. As for her attire, despite the tone of luxurious items, Angelina never goes over the top. Her outfits are clean, simply cut, without extravagant accessories. She rarely wears any other jewelry than her pearls.
While pleading for the cause of women in war in front of the United Nations Security Council, Angelina wore her signature earrings: the pearl studs.
She wears pearl studs at movie premieres, while attending high-level conferences, during outings with her children, and even her beloved simple pearl studs at her wedding.
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Angelina’s collection of pearl jewellery is quite impressive. In addition to her many pearl stud earrings, she has been seen rocking pearl drop earrings, pearl necklaces, and pearl pendants. These tiny pieces of organic splendor may lend the beauty muse their luminosity. Nonetheless, she surely lends these jewelry items a personal style that is difficult to ignore.
Since her acting debut, all throughout the 90s and until now, Angelina has remained stunningly beautiful. Her impeccable look and style didn’t change much. She’s sold-out to natural beauty and simplicity, occasionally paired with some outstanding accessory that only enhances her beauty. I bet that at least some of these ideas would please Angelina too.
AJ was the wild child of the 1990s. Directors working with her at the time remember her attitude and the fascination it exerted over them. Not much has changed except for the fact that Angelina is now married to Brad Pitt and is the loving mother of six children. The personal struggle with cancer also reformed her forties.
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Angelina Jolie is indeed a beauty muse. Not only is she one of the most attractive women in the world, but also one of the most active women on the global scene. She travels to states that are traversing crises, she supports people, she negotiates at high level and she’s the master of genuine, heartfelt communication.
Angelina plays out her personal life in such a way that it always turns in her favor. She sold her first pictures of Shiloh to magazines without allowing them the time to spread gossip on her family. Knox and Vivienne photos followed in 2008. All the money went to the Jolie-Pitt Foundation.
The same strength and with that typically characterize Jolie’s movie roles also play out in real life. Between acting, satisfying her fans, taking care of her family and being the Special Envoy of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Angelina supervises the activities of the Jolie-Pitt Foundation funding clinics and schools in Afghanistan, Cambodia and Kenya and is active in a number of other foundations dealing with defining programs, wildlife conservation and environmental issues, immigrant children and cancer research.
Throughout all these, she maintains a flawless complexion, radiant at any time. Angelina may be naturally gifted, yet there are three cornerstones to her beauty. Taking care of her skin is of utmost importance. As disclosed by Angelina, a person is beautiful when their skin looks healthy and radiant. Her porcelain white skin is always protected by SPF sun lotions.
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The trademark of this glowing star is the no make-up look. With the exception of some events and when on-screen, Angelina doesn’t wear make-up. Natural beauty is supposed to be…natural, not obtained by ‘tricks’.
When she does wear make-up, Angelina is careful about the balance. Remember a time when she was spotted with dark lip colors? Neither do I. The darkest color on Angelina’s lips is a deep red. Otherwise, she chooses rosy and peachy tones that would complement the deep green of her eyes to perfection. The smoky eyes looks also fits her perfectly and she’s made it her own personal touch.
Angelina is a powerhouse. The well-rounded, restless and witty woman is nothing short of a beauty muse and an inspiration for women around the world.
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Celebrities Getting Rid Of Tattoos

Celebrities are not immune to making bad judgements when it comes to men and tattoos, in fact they even make more stupid decisions than mere mortals like us. Many celebrities are known to have some form of body art done once they pledge their undying love to their partner, only to go through laser removal treatment, to have it removed once the love turns sour. It happens time and time again, I wonder if they would ever learn.

Here are some celebrities that have gotten rid of the body ink:

Adrienne Bailon

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Actress and TV host Adrienne Bailon had Rob Kardashian’s (her ex) name tattooed on her behind. She was excited to get it off years after they broke up –

“I’m excited, anxious, excited more than anything. I think I’ve waited a long time, long enough, to have this officially gone,” she said, adding: “I thinking living the last six years with somebody’s name on your body is a little weird and that’s more painful, like, you know, to have to explain it to my kids.”

The star had attempted to get the tattoo off and went through several treatment but they didn’t get it off. She finally got rid of the tattoo when she chose the Picosure Laser Treatment which did the trick.

Angelina Jolie

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The talented Angelina Jolie had her then husband’s name – “Billy Bob”, tattooed on her arm. She got the tattoo off and has since tattooed her birth place on her same arm as you can see above. She was quoted saying:

“I’ll never be stupid enough to have a man’s name tattooed on me again”

Eva Longoria

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Eva Longoria had three tattoos in the honour of her ex husband – Tony Parker, she had the word “nine” (Tony’s basketball number) on the back of her neck, the date of their marriage on their wrist and some other tattoo hidden somewhere private on her body. She had them taken off two years after their messy divorce.

Denise Richards

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Actress Denise Richards got rid of her “Charlie” tattoo after divorcing Charlie Sheen, and had it covered up with a fairy instead. I love the way she turned a bad situation into a good one. Good for her.

Melanie Griffith

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Melanie Griffith neatly erased her ex husband’s name, “Antonio” off her heart tattoo after their divorce. Nice job, but I would have taken the entire tattoo off, it looks funny now.

Heidi Klum

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Heidi Klum is still in the process of getting her ex husband name – “Seal” completely off her arm.

So we have seen how some of the celebrities waste no time in getting the ink off? Have you had any tattoo work done that you now regret? Drop me a comment, let’s chat.

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