Prep those lips, because July 6 is International Kissing Day! Whether you're looking for a new fella to smooch today or you're puckering up to a significant other, we've got some infamous kisses to give you inspiration. Get in the mood with a look back at history's standout kisses immortalized by art, film, and photography. From balconies to the streets, see our favorite famous kisses now!
With Summer heating up, we've got all things beachy on the brain — especially bikinis. And did we mention that today is National Bikini Day? These teeny-tiny swimsuits have packed a lot of controversy in their history, and it's no wonder, with a name referencing the atomic bomb. Other notable moments since its inception have included beauty-queen scandals, beach volleyball cheerleaders, and a ban in Barcelona. To find out the origins of those swimsuit styles and more, we've got a look at the evolution of bathing suit culture. Check out the scandalous history of the bikini now!
Are you feeling patriotic this Fourth of July? As you get ready for fireworks and barbecues this afternoon, get in the spirit with a look at these Americana ads featuring wartime slogans; festive red, white, and blue clothing; and more. Let's celebrate our country today with these vintage patriotic ads!
Music festivals are nothing new, but the popularity of events like Bonnaroo and Glastonbury has grown even larger in recent years. The alternative, counterculture spirit of festivals has evolved into more mainstream, all-encompassing events. And although 1969's Woodstock may be the most talked-about music festival in history, it wasn't the first of its kind.
Pinpointing the origins of these events depends largely on your definition of "music festival," but we're taking a look at some of the most popular, history-making festivals from the past century. Just in time for Glastonbury, take a look at this brief timeline of music festivals through the years.
Now that Wimbledon is under way, we've been seeing famous females like Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova show off their tennis talents. To honor the women playing in the London games, let's look back at where we've come from with these vintage advertisements featuring women and all kinds of sports. See the sexist, silly, and spirited ads now that sometimes remind us of how far we've come.
Ginnifer Goodwin is the latest actress to play Jackie Kennedy, joining a number of women who have taken on real-life roles. In the TV movie adaptation of the book Killing Kennedy, she'll play the iconic figure opposite Rob Lowe as JFK. There have been several roles based on influential women recently, including Helena Bonham Carter, who has an upcoming role as Elizabeth Taylor in a TV movie, and Naomi Watts, who will be stepping into the shoes of the late Princess Diana in the upcoming film Diana. Many of Hollywood's finest have taken on royal roles in film and on TV, especially Queen Elizabeth II — who holds the Guinness World Record for most-portrayed living monarch. One of the best-known portrayals is Helen Mirren in The Queen, who also stars as Alfred Hitchcock's wife, Alma Reville, in Hitchcock.
There are a growing number of actresses who've played iconic women in history, roles that often garner a lot of award buzz. Let's look back at the stars who've stepped into the shoes of some of the most powerful, influential, and iconic women in history, and look forward to the actresses who have upcoming biopics in the works.
We wish Queen Elizabeth II a royal anniversary fit for a queen! The British monarch is celebrating 60 years since her coronation today with a service celebration attended by Prince William, Prince Harry, and Kate Middleton. Over the past six decades, Queen Elizabeth has witnessed much change across the world and in her own family, while always remaining a constant herself. To mark her anniversary, here are some little-known facts that will help you get to know Queen Elizabeth II. And if you'd like to know more, check out must read Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch by Sally Bedell Smith.
While we have lots of things to thank France for — crepes, lingerie, sexy Frenchmen — the French kiss is not one of them. And in fact, there was never even an official French word for "French kiss" until now! The one-word verb "galocher" (translation: to kiss with tongues) was added to the Petit Robert 2014 French dictionary, released today.
The French had previously used expressions that translated to "kiss with tongue" or "kissing at length in the mouth." Galocher has been a slang term derived from "la galoche," an ice-skating boot (Slippery? Gliding on ice? Figure eights? I get it), but is just now being officially recognized.
While "French kissing" began appearing in conversation during the 19th century, it took off in the early 20th century when it first appeared in the World War I book Private Lindner's Letters: Censored and Uncensored of 1918. "I have decided to become a linguist," he wrote. "Being able to read French fluently and speak it wretchedly, and to speak German connectively but not to read it at all, I am taking up Luxembourg, which is a wonderful blend of the two, a sort of liaison between tongues. (Not to be confused with French kissing.)"
In fact, if we're going to credit anyone, then it probably should be the British and American soldiers of World War I. Upon returning home from continental Europe, they showed their wives and girlfriends what they learned from the amorous country and called it a French kiss.
In one seriously awkward misstep, Miss Universe Canada crowned the wrong winner this past weekend after a scoring mistake — and this isn't the first time the Miss Universe organization has found itself immersed in controversy. Earlier this year, Miss Delaware Teen USA Melissa King resigned after a pornographic movie surfaced that allegedly features Melissa just months after she turned 18. And last year, the Miss Universe Canada pageant was in hot water for disqualifying transgender beauty queen Jenna Talackova for not being born a woman. After a huge backlash from Jenna's supporters, the Miss Universe organization reversed its decision.
The beauty pageant world has been riddled with scandals, missteps, and fallen-from-grace pageant royalty, as the somewhat sexualized nature of the competition seems at odds with the strict rules (you can be penalized for playing beer pong, for goodness sake). So click on to learn some of the scandalous and sexy moments in the 60-year history of the emotional and bikini-filled Miss Universe beauty pageant.
With Memorial Day comes the unofficial kickoff to Summer, so are you ready to hit the beach? We don't know what it is about old beach photos — maybe it's that, beside the swimsuits, not much changes — but we love looking at them. To get excited for the sandy, salty days of Summer, check out these old beach photos that date back to the turn of the 20th century.