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There's no doubt about it; Tyra Banks changed the face of the modelling industry forever. From starting a massively successful TV show on the concept of model-hunting, to fashion lines to movies (Lifesize, anyone?), the woman is iconic.

Her star is set to rise even further, if that's even possible, because apparently she's set to open a 21,000 square foot AMUSEMENT PARK in Los Angeles about models. Seriously…Just picture the level of fierce.

We, for one, were literally obsessed with America's Next Top Model; the show spanned 24 cycles and we watched them all. The television series had a huge number of hooked fans, so her Model-Land theme park should be a success.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The woman is legit the Walt Disney of beauty.

She posted a stunning image to her Instagram, and captioned the snap; "My dream for you will soon be a reality. #ModelLand. A place where everyone can be a model. A place where all beauty is celebrated."

"I can’t wait for you to step into your light. Head over to Model-Land.com to sign up for more information." Oh, sign up we did. The veteran model recently opened ANTM for all genders, more inclusive body types, heights and rid the show's of an eligibility age limit.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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According to Model-Land's press release, the amusement park is;

"A first-of-its-kind experiential attraction, Model-land will intersect a fantasy version of the modelling world with state-of-the-art interactive entertainment, creative collaborations, curated retail, dining and special events." 

"The breakthrough new attraction is set to open in late 2019 at Macerich’s Santa Monica Place, the iconic open-air shopping, dining and entertainment destination just blocks from the beach in Santa Monica."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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“I created Top Model to expand the definition of beauty based on my own pain of being told ‘no’ that I couldn’t do something because I’m curvy or I’m black. My empathy for women in general increased through the experience," Banks told Booth Moore of WWD.

Tyra continued, expressing her hope for even more expansion;

"And now with Model-land, I’m taking it ten steps forward, giving people the opportunity to engage with the elusive world by opening it up to everyone. Men, women, families, all generations can come and enter this model world for a day, have a fun shopping experience, and an eventful meal. This will be the first of many.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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As a permanent destination, visitors will be able to "step into their light" so just about anyone can be a model. Banks spoke about her Disneyland inspiration, a place she went a lot as a child; 

"There is a storyline I have been working on for a year. Anybody can enter and feel like a model,” she said about the space.

Banks, as the godmother of breaking beauty barriers, is continuing her mission to bring modelling to the masses. She really does bring the industry into the mainstream, and we love her for it.

Feature image; Instagram/@brunettebitchbabe

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Renowned film director Quentin Tarantino has married his fiancée Daniella Pick in an intimate ceremony today in Los Angeles, PEOPLE has reported.

The happy couple have been engaged since July 2017, with Israeli news publication Haaretz being the first to announce the ceremony would be taking place.

The Israeli singer chose fashion designer Dana Harel to designed four white wedding dresses for Pick in the run up to her nuptials.

Pick and Tarantino first met in 2009 when the well-known director was promoting his film Inglorious Basterds in Israel. Pick announced their engagement last year through her Instagram, saying;

"'We're so excited and happy to celebrate our engagement here in ISRAEL," she posted. "Thanks for your kind wishes. We feel truly blessed."

Pick, 35, is the daughter of Svika Pick, an Israeli pop singer.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Pick shared photos of her lavish bridal shower on her Instagram, with the singer wearing a flower crown and frilly white gown, as well as the classic 'bride-to-be' sash in gold letters. 

The 55-year-old director is scheduled to release Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, his latest offering, in 2019.

The movie centres around the controversial antics of the Manson family murders of 1969, and stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, and Margot Robbie.

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Demi Lovato just stepped back into the social media ring to clap-back a fan who accused her of unfairly firing her back-up dancer.

The fan took to Twitter yesterday to call out Lovato's team, claiming their behaviour is "rotten" regarding the handling of the singer's altercation with her backup dancer.

Lovato shut down the fan for claiming that 'Dani', who spoke out about the star's recent overdose, should not have been fired.

According to Revelist, Dani Vitales, a backup dancer at the time, went to the press following Demi's drug overdose and trip to an L.A rehabilitation centre.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Dani Vitales, who was Lovato's longtime friend, then decided to write a lengthy statement on social media about the controversy, denying rumours that she supplied the singer with drugs:

“I have NEVER touched nor even SEEN a drug in my entire life,” Vitale, also 28, wrote on Instagram.

“I DO NOT DO DRUGS, nor would I ever encourage, or supply them to anyone I love.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Speaking about the painful emotions which she endured following the accusations, Vitale said, 

“The circulation of an UNTRUE story on the internet yanked my life, my reputation, my name and everything I have worked so hard to stand for, out from underneath me. A damaging narrative that demonized me, placed blame on me, and has since cost me so many wonderful moments in life.”

"I care about Demi just like all of you do. I have not said anything about this situation until now because her recovery has been of the most importance" 

"I was not with Demi when the incident happened, but I am with her now, and will continue to be because she means the world to me just as she does to all of you."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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On Thursday, a fan then took to Twitter and Instagram to write:

“It was completely unfair to fire dani, she’s one of the few who really cares about demi’s health and has been helping her for 3 years, she’s surrounded by people who only care about her money and she does not see it.”

The fan accused Lovato’s “team” of being “rotten,” commenting: “She does not realise it, needs a total change.”

We suspect the fan never thought Ms Lovato would actuallly see the tweet, but Demi saw it alright, and didn't hold back in the comments section:

“You have no idea what you’re talking about, ” later writing, “True friends don’t do interviews about you after you OD.”

Most readers speculated that she was referring to back-up dancer Dani Vitale, the 28-year-old singer quickly responded: “I’m not talking about Dani Vitale.”

Lovato might be referring instead to Danielle Martin,  her former trainer, who spoke out last week about severing ties with the singer:

“I lost my job for speaking up for her, to be honest,” Martin told Radar Online.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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“Pretty sad. I did nothing but empower her. Nothing bad to say. The people around her I’m sure were happy to run to her. They told her I was taking the situation and making it all about me. I’d never do that. Not ever. I was standing up for her. That’s all.”

It's pretty clear that Demi's fans are NOT here for Danielle:

Demi is currently back in LA and spending time with her mother, Dianna De La Garzia, as well as attending a sober living facility.

We hope this drama doesn't hinder her recovery, we need Demi back. Not just for her legendary clap-backs too.

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His tragic – and unexpected – death took place at the weekend, and TMZ has now obtained the death certificate of Anton Yelchin.

The document states that the actor died as a result of 'blunt traumatic asphyxia' and that there were were no other significant conditions contributing to his passing. It adds that his death was 'rapid'.

TMZ originally broke the story that the Star Trek star had been killed, with a source connected with the investigation furthermore confirming to the website today that the 27-year-old died within a minute of impact.

Mr Yelchin's body was found pinned against a security gate at his LA home after friends of the actor became concerned when he didn’t make it to planned rehearsals on Sunday morning. 

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Their relationship continues to go from strength-to-strength – and it seems that 2016's most unlikely couple aren't afraid to express their feelings publicly.

Yes, Blac Chyna was happy to put on a major PDA with her boyf Rob Kardashian in Beverly Hills yesterday – with the model wrapping herself around her reality TV star beau.

 

Rob & Blac Chyna out in LA, today #RobKardashian & #BlacChyna hoy en LA

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At one stage, she also leaned in for a totally OTT kiss, treating onlookers to a fairly decent glimpse of her tongue.

Talk about lobbing the gob!

But while the 27-year-old Washington DC native appeared comfortable in the limelight, 28-year-old Rob was decidedly more shy. 

The couple was seen leaving the Epione Cosmetic Laser Center in the upmarket area of Los Angeles when Blac puckered up for the waiting photographers. 

They duo were furthermore happy to share further pictures via their Snapchat accounts.

PS… Chyna is also clearly enjoying her recently elevated celebrity status: she sported a €3,500 black leather studded backpack from Fendi during the outing. 

Meanwhile, Rob, who is currently working hard to lose weight, kept things casual in a dark tracksuit and runners.

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Fans of Irish TV chef Donal Skehan will know his Howth home, which he shares with wife Sofie, very well.

It has featured in his RTÉ cookery shows – Kitchen Hero and Cook, Eat, Burn – as well as providing the backdrop for many of his recipe photos. All in all, it's been Donal and Sofie's home for six years, but now the couple are leaving it, and Ireland, behind.

A move to Los Angeles to further his career as a celebrity chef has long been on the cards for Donal, and with a new Food Network series underway, it seems now is the right time to relocate.

"We’ve done some amazing things in Ireland and now it’s time to do what we do to a wider audience. We’ve a few friends and my uncle lives out there so it won’t be too lonely," he told The Herald last month.

Taking to Instagram this morning, Donal penned an emotional goodbye to his Howth cottage, reliving some of the couple's memories there.

"We said our goodbyes yesterday to the house which was our first home, the place all my shows were shot, the place we worked from, where our neighbours were never short of a big hello," Donal wrote next to a picture of himself and a smiling Sofie at their front door.

"[The house was] where Max came home to for the first time, where we first came home to as a married couple, where we grew veggies out the back all summer long, where the best cliff walks started and finished and where we cooked some of the best dinners and enjoyed the best nights in with friends and family, celebrating birthdays, engagements, babies, anniversaries and more.

"A huge thank you to everyone who crossed the threshold and enjoyed the place as much as we did, for now though it's goodbye to our little Howth home…"

Wishing Donal and Sofie the best of luck with their big move.

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Gorgeous little Harper Beckham is clearly a daddy's girl through-and-through. In fact, poor Victoria recently lamented that although the four-year-old is her only daughter, the little one has largely shunned fashion in favour of… football!

As Ms Beckham explained while in conversation with ABC's Good Morning America: "She said to me the other day: 'Mummy I think I want to play football.'

"It was a dagger through the heart. I have three boys who want to play football, come on, let one of them want to be in fashion!"

Still, it seems that the duo were able to spend some quality mummy-daughter time together yesterday – going horse-riding together in sunny LA. 

 

Fun day riding in the sunshine with Harper x #mylittlepony x vb

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In a snap shared by Victoria, 41, on Instagram, Miss Beckham can be seen with her long, blonde plaited hair reaching down to her waist. She also looks absolutely adorable clad in equestrian gear and on top of a white pony.

The fashion designer captioned the image "fun day riding in the sunshine with Harper," furthermore using the hashtag: #mylittlepony. The photo has proven immensely popular with her 7.4million fans too, and has now notched up some 170,000 likes of approval. 

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Citing higher fuel costs, a weak US dollar and the uncertainty of the economic climate, in November 2008 Aer Lingus scrapped its direct Dublin-LA route. 

But at a time when a load of Irish folk were heading out Californian for employment opportunities, it was a particular blow to Los Angeles-based expats. 

Although the airline later implemented a now-popular San Francisco route, there is further good news today for anyone based on America's West Coast: Aer Lingus's Dublin-LA flight is being reinstated. Hurrah!

Kicking off next spring on a year-round basis, there will be five flights weekly with fares from €329.

The announcement was made as part of the airline's transatlantic expansion. In fact, it will be operating three new routes from Dublin to North America in 2016.

In addition to the LA flight, it will also have planes heading out to Newark and Hartford – those are in addition to existing routes to Boston, Chicago, New York, Orlando, San Fran, Washington and Toronto from Dublin, and Boston and New York from Shannon.

Aer Lingus was bought this year by IAG for a cool €1.36bn – and its new parent company is eager to drive more transatlantic traffic through Dublin from the UK.

Indeed, IAG's chief executive Willie Walsh said today: "Ireland’s geographic location and US immigration pre-clearance provides IAG with the natural gateway to build our business between Europe and North America through Aer Lingus.

"This is the first step in our plans to add North American destinations, bring new aircraft into the fleet, increase passenger numbers and create new jobs. This shows also our keenness to develop Dublin as another key hub."

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He only recently splashed out a cool €290,000 on a seriously swish Rolls Royce.

And, of course, he also bought his girlfriend Kylie Jenner a €300,000 Ferrari for her 18th birthday back in August.

But Tyga might have a few more car-related bills to look after next week: the brand-new Rolls Ghost was damaged while the rapper drove away from celeb-friendly LA nightclub, 1Oak.

Teenage reality TV star Ms Jenner was travelling in the vehicle with him at the time, though neither were hurt in the incident.

Although Kylie was less-than pleased with the situation: she shielded her face, seemingly in embarassment, as photographers surrounded the happy couple.

Tyga had been performing at 1Oak on the same evening, with the youngest member of the Kardashian-Jenner clan in attendance with a gaggle of friends to cheer him on.

In the aftermath, the Rolls sported some nasty scratches to the rear bumper – damage which will, no doubt, prove pricey enough to repair.

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The funeral service of Cathriona White, who died in Los Angeles late last month, has now taken place.

With hundreds of mourners in attendance, the 30-year-old makeup artist was laid to rest following a Mass at Our Lady Of Fatima Church in Cappawhite, Co Tipperary.

She has been buried beside her late father, Pat, who died of brain cancer in September 2012.

In attendance was the young woman’s grieving family, as well as heartbroken actor Jim Carrey – a man who had been in an on/off relationship with Cathriona since 2012.

Indeed, the Hollywood star, who has looked strained throughout the day, acted as pallbearer for the procession.

The 53-year-old had arrived in a blacked-out Mercedes people carrier and Mail Online reports that he travelled to Ireland this morning via a private jet.

In an official, heartfelt statement following her tragic death, Jim had called his love “my delicate Irish flower”. Mr Carrey also described himself as being "hit with a lightning bolt" by the news of her death.

She was found dead on September 28 in a house in the upmarket area of Sherman Oaks in California. Having been diagnosed with depression in the past, and it is believed that Ms White took an overdose of prescription pills.

Officials Stateside say they are treating her death as suicide.

Fr Tadhg Furlong, parish priest in the area, said Ms White's family and friends are faced with a life cut short, a vision not fulfilled, a dream not realised.

He continued: "In 1985 Cathriona was baptised with joy into this Christian community. We assemble now in a very different atmosphere to welcome her home.

"We gather in silent, sad, grief-stricken fáilte. At this time we welcome home one of our own."

"Cathriona's approach to life was to take on, to challenge the county, the country, the world," the priest furthemore told mourners.

"You remember the outgoing personality – the strong-willed, determined character."

And Fr Furlong then added: "Cathriona was a light to so many. Something of the light has gone out. Yet much remains.

"The light continues to shine. The light of love lives on; the love you had for Cathriona; the love she had for you."

A number of gifts were presented during the service including a sports jersey and a football to represent her love of Gaelic games, as well as family photos and make-up brushes.

Her step-sister, Sarah, gave an emotional eulogy, saying: “Cathriona had such an amazing capacity to love and to be loved.

"From growing up in Cappawhite, through to moving to Clonmel and finally settling in LA, love remained a constant in her life from beginning to end.”

However, she concluded: “Thankfully, love is not as fickle and unpredictable as life is.

“As long as you are loved, you are here. You are so loved.”

This evening, Mr Carrey posted a tribute to Cathriona on his Twitter account. Featuring a silhouette of the two of them, he also wrote 'love cannot be lost'.

Police in Californian previously told TMZ that two concerned friends originally found Cathriona’s body, while another source added that Ms White’s suicide note was addressed to Mr Carrey.

 

Remember, if you need someone to talk to you can always contact the Samaritans for support. In Ireland, the organisation runs a 24-hour helpline on 116 123, or alternatively you can email jo@samaritans.org

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There’s no doubt that last night’s Creative Arts Emmy Awards were a wholly glamorous affair – and none more so than for TV presenter Cat Deeley.

The star hit the red carpet with her Irish husband Patrick Kielty at the swish LA event, debuting her tiny baby bump in a gorgeous streamlined embellished gown from Mugler.

The 38-year-old teamed the €3,000 dress, which also boasts a generous side slit to the thigh, with silver strappy sandals and a black box clutch, but kept her accessories simple with drop earrings.

Patrick, 44, was evidently eager to show his wife off too; he took to Instagram to share a black and white snap of the duo en route to the event in their chauffeur-driven car.

 

@catdeeley About to walk this amazing woman up the red carpet. #wife nominated #husband already a winner #emmys

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“About to walk this amazing woman up the red carpet,” he wrote, adding in the hashtags: #WifeNominated #HusbandAlreadyAWinner 

Ms Deeley herself also shared her own image: a loved-up photo of her and her husband holding hands on the red-carpet while laughing warmly.

“Giggles for two… plus one…” she said – alluding to the pair’s forthcoming arrival.

Taking to Twitter earlier this month, Cat revealed her pregnancy with a touching message.

“Exciting news,” she gushed. “Paddy and I are so happy to be expecting our first child in the spring… Lucky us.”

An on-off couple – as well as firm friends – for years, Patrick and Cat married in a secret ceremony in Rome in 2012.

At the Emmys, she had been nominated for an award for her work on So You Think You Can Dance – a show she has successfully fronted since 2006.

However, she ultimately lost out to Hollywood Game Night star Jane Lynch, who walked away with the gong.

Recently, Patrick had joked that he hoped the baby would inherit his thick Co Down twang.

“I hope any child we might have has Cat’s looks and my accent,” he told the Birmingham Mail.

 

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Emergency services were called to the scene yesterday when Steve-O from Jackass scaled a huge crane to protest against Seaworld. 

There were serious concerns for his safety when he climbed 30metres up the massive structure in California. At the time, he was carrying an inflatable killer whale called Shammy – a reference to the park's most famous attraction, Shamu. 

He was arrested for trespassing – though fans have already begun a GoFundMe page to raise cash for his bail. 

In advance, Steve-O had posted to Facebook saying: "This is Shammy.

"We're going to do a big dangerous stunt in Los Angeles tomorrow that will probably get me in a lot of trouble, and you can watch it happen via a live stream, right here on Facebook, starting at exactly 7pm PST. See you then."

Let's do this live.

Posted by Steve-O on Sunday, 9 August 2015

 

Seaworld has come under a lot of criticism in recent years with plenty of people alleging that its whales and other mammals are not kept in the best of care. As a result, it seems that visitor numbers and profits are falling.

Steve-O later posted another photo saying: "Did I mention that I'm really high in the air? Hearing sirens now. Check the video I posted at 7pm to see what I'm doing. I'll stream live again soon for the stunts."

Incredibly, in order to maximise publicity for the stunt, he furthermore let off fireworks at the top of the crane. 

Indeed, in his final video of the evening he acknowledged: "We definitely have their attention," as he looked underneath him and saw loads of police cars pulling up on the road below. 

And at the end of his final video he said: "Alright! Can I zoom in this f***ing Facebook… That is a lot, A LOT, of f***ing fire trucks. I mean come on!"

Some time later he posted on Facebook saying "Anyone wanna bail me out of jail?"

Last year, the actor and stuntman was slapped with a €220 fine after changing a motorway sign in San Diego to read: "SeaWorld Sucks".

 

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