Bringing the sexy back…musically

beyonce1-480x432_blogBeyoncé has just finished her spot on the GQ front page as one of their ’100 sexiest women of the 21st century’. Now, there are rumours that Alicia Keys will be the next black woman to be on the cover. This can only mean one thing; appearance is everything in music even if you have two of the strongest female voices in the current music industry.

Both Beyoncé and Alicia Keys have never shyed away from strong, powerful ballads that encourage women to be who they want to be without feeling the need to change themselves. Alicia Keys sang ‘Superwoman’ which was a wonderful anthem that aimed to unite women everywhere so that they could stand strong together. Beyoncé has sung ‘Independent Women’ with Destiny’s Child (who are coming back together…are you as excited as I am?) and ‘Irreplaceable’ which was possibly the biggest female empowerment anthem in 2006.

I have often seen both these artists as role models as it was apparent that it was their voice that helped them build a career. Of course, it helped that they are both beautiful women and great performers, but they were able to make great comebacks as they were remembered for their great musical stylings.

So, it is a shame when Beyoncé and Alicia Keys feel the need to be on the cover of GQ in a ‘nearly naked’ pose to attract some more male votes. Beyoncé’s shoot moves the attention away from what she actually is… a powerful singer.  Couldn’t it have been more tasteful like the GQ Cheryl Cole shoot who showed that you can be sexy without taking your clothes off? A comeback doesn’t have to involve a raunchy ‘let’s strip off’ magazine shoot. You could open a concert, wear a show-stopping dress to an awards ceremony or do something mind-blowing for charity. Many people praise these two artists for looking so good after a baby. And so maybe they should show of their bodies as it will also empower other mums to look this good after giving birth. But if you had their money and trainers, then wouldn’t you look that good too?

But, maybe there is another message that comes out of this raunchy shoot; it is incredibly hard to be a woman in the music industry even if you’re a powerful performer like Beyoncé. And that is the saddest part of it all. Even though both these artists will continue to belt out beautiful songs, they will always need to use their looks which will not last forever. This is the biggest challenge in the music industry and things don’t look like they are getting any better yet. Women should be celebrated for their intelligence, beauty and their achievements not their cleavage or their back.

Some Girls on BBC 3: is our future generation is screwed?

Ok, so hopefully not all secondary school kids in the UK are like this. Otherwise we have as much hope of getting a decent prime minister as Joey Essex knowing how many sides a square has.

Some Girls is a comedy on BBC 3 about four girls in secondary school who just do not give a hoo haaa about much really. Viva wants to go to university to study psychology, which at first sounded great. But then you learn that she hangs out with these other three girls: Amber who is no brighter than a brick , mini-tomboy Holli whose boldily functions are anything but ladylike and Saz who seems nice until you realise that everything she says is dripping with disdain.

In this week’s episode, Amber wants to get back with her boyfriend who actually matches her personality. Downside is that he gets around too much, is very controlling and treats her like the nearby streetbin. Meanwhile, Hollie has been shaving some poor boy’s head using superglue and we learn that posh, popular girls can’t do sport. One thing great about this show is that it is realistic and you can only really depend on the British for that. Take Glee, for example. On what planet would the geeks, jocks and pretties be in the same room together for anything?

This is extremely funny to watch but could we imagine some of the girls here in the real world? The thought is so scary that I am not going to dwell on this any further. All that’s left to say is happy viewing!

Top 3: What we learnt from this year’s ‘I’m a Celebrity’

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This year’s ‘I’m a Celebrity..Get me out of here’ UK finally ended a few seconds ago. While we enjoyed Helen Flanagan’s screaming, Ashley Roberts’s dancing and Eric Bristow‘s no-nonsense attitude, have we learnt anything useful?

1. Even pretty girls feel insecure sometimes - It was hard to believe why Helen Flanagan felt so insecure about her looks. She really did not need the push-up bra, the self-tan or attitude. But when one looks at her behviour, you can understand why we have problems of anorexia, bulimia and self-harm in the UK. And yes, it was a little melodramatic that the Daily Star called her ‘The Most Hated Celebrity in the Jungle’. She is learning though… she didn’t ask her mum to put the lights out as she realised she could have done it herself. Strange…I thought most of us knew that?

2. Flashing your buttocks might not get you anywhere but ‘pulling a dirty’ might – Funny how David Haye had to strip down to nothing and still came third. All Ashley had to do was say that she wanted to ‘pull a dirty’. Although the fact that she was a Pussycat Doll might have also worked in her favour even if she is no Nicole Scherzinger….

3. Even posh totties get the same jungle treatment – Poor Hugo Taylor! Was I the only one who was shouting at the TV screen when people were making fun of him because he was rich? Weirdly enough, even with a supposed silver spoon up his y’know, he was the nicest one in there. He took all the stick and gracefully let it slide… except in the case of Rosemary. Although when anyone calls you a petulant little child, it is time to act don’t you think? The crying never helped though but everyone loves a Mr. Sensitive.. don’t they?

What’s next, Daniel Radcliffe?

Daniel Radcliffe in 'Kill Your Darlings'

Once a massive movie franchise like Twilight or Harry Potter ends, all everyone really wants to know is…what will the stars do next? Will they fall or fail? Well it seems like Daniel Radcliffe, or that Harry Potter kid, only … Continue reading