Sunday, December 25, 2011
This photo of three beautiful women in bikinis, with potato chips, at Jones Beach, by the gifted photographer Peter Dutton, brings to mind the famous oil painting titled ‘Potato Eaters’ by Vincent van Gogh.
American country music artist Miranda Lambert, born on November 10, 1983, became famous as a finalist of the 2003 season of Nashville Star, finishing in third place. She made her debut with ‘Me and Charlie Talking’ the single from her album Kerosene (2005), which was certified Platinum in the United States. Her debut single, along with her other three singles ‘Bring Me Down’, ‘Kerosene’ and ‘New Strings’, were among the ‘Top 40 Hits’ of Billboard Hot Country Songs.
Model at the 2010 Run to the Sun Fashion Show in Anchorage, Alaska (IMG_2083a), a photo by Alaskan Dude on Flickr.
The photo shows a bikini clad model posing at the 2010 Run to the Sun Fashion Show at Anchorage, Alaska, in April 2010. It is a business-cum- fashion show for woman's clothing and also tanning. This seems to be one of the best shots by this gifted photographer, though, as he mentioned in the footnotes below this photo at his Flickr.com web-page that the lighting at the Sullivan Arena where the show was held was ‘absolutely horrible - like something out of a bomb shelter’. I hope you like it. If so, click on the photo or the link above and view more of his photos.
Friday, December 2, 2011
Andrea Riseborough at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival.
The English actress Andrea Louise Riseborough, 30, who grew up in Whitley Bay, as the daughter of "working-class Thatcherites" (as she described her parents), has acted in a number of television productions and films, including Venus (2006 film), Magicians (2007 British comedy film), Happy-Go-Lucky (2008 British Comedy-drama film), Made in Dagenham (2010 British film released as We Want Sex Equality in France, and re-titled as We Want Sex in Germany and Italy), Never Let Me Go (2010 British drama film), Brighton Rock is (2010 British film), W.E. (a romantic drama film, 2011) and Welcome to the Punch a British thriller scheduled for release in 2012).
In ‘Margaret Thatcher - The Long Walk to Finchley’, a 2008 BBC Four television drama, Andrea Riseborough portrayed the role of the young Margaret Thatcher (nee Margaret Roberts) trying to shape her political career and facing many hurdles till her winning of the Finchley seat in the 1959 election. The TV drama also throws light on portrays Margaret Thatcher’s personal relationship and marriage with Denis Thatcher. For her portrayal of Thatcher Andrea Riseborough was nominated for a BAFTA TV Award.
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Backstage The Heart Truth's Red Dress Collection 2009, a photo by The Heart Truth on Flickr.
Nastia Liukin and Amanda Beard back stage at The Heart Truth's Red Dress Collection fashion show on 15 February 2009
Monday, November 21, 2011
Monday, October 31, 2011
Lovely Russian blond with a great smile at the 2010 Carnevale in Venice (IMG_9809a), a photo by Alaskan Dude on Flickr.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Two bikini clad women at Starfish Beach, Boca del Drago, Panama, stand on relatively calm, still, shallow water. Two other bathers, possibly a couple, can be seen relaxing or sunbathing on the beach sand. The two young coconut palms do not seem to be planted there, but coconuts must have been washed ashore from which the palms must have grown.
A woman in black bikini flies a kite on the beach at Marrawah, Tasmania, controlling the kite with two lines, photo dated 16 March 2010.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
A woman performs a Josephine Baker dance routine in Baker’s famous banana costume during Halloween celebrations at Santa Monica Blvd on 31 October 2009. Baker (the American dancer, singer and actress who found fame in her adopted homeland of France) wore her most famous costume for the ‘Danse banane’ from the Folies Bergères production Un Vent de Folie in Paris in 1927.
Monday, October 24, 2011
Henna extracts, mainly from the crushed leaves of Henna plant (Lawsonia inermis) have been used by human beings as skin and hair dye for about 6,000 years.
The typical Henna color is imparted to the skin or hair because of the molecules of hennotannic acid, commonly known as lawsone (2-hydroxy-1, 4-naphthoquinone), a red-orange dye, present in Henna extracts. Lawsone reacts with the protein named keratin which is present in hair and skin to produce a permanent pigmentation that will last till the hair is shed or the skin wears away when the pigmented dead cells exfoliate.
Immediately after application of Henna paste, a light red-orange color will be imparted to the skin or hair. For stronger (or darker) pigmentation (say, reddish brown), the Henna mix must be left on the skin or hair for several hours. After drying, the mix is simply scrapped or brushed away, after which only the color will remain on the skin or hair.
Cleopatra and Nefertiti had used it, as historical facts show, and it is known to have been used in many areas of Africa, the Middle East and India from ancient times.
Now henna is packaged in ready-to-apply mixes of several types in Australia, Canada, European countries, India, Middle East countries, the United States, and many other countries. The color variations now available from commercial Henna packs vary from colors such as orange, orange-red, auburn, chestnut brown, deep burgundy, deep blue-black, indigo, etc.
I'd Come Up with a Clever Title, But I Find Myself Making Nothing But Incomprehensible Sounds Every Time I Look at this Photo, a photo by Clinton Steeds on Flickr.
Young women at the Art of Elysium Halloween Ball at Maple Drive in Beverly Hills on October 29, 2006
Monday, October 17, 2011
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Belly dancer at the Girdwood Forest Fair (IMG_3134a), a photo by Alaskan Dude on Flickr.
Carrie, the leader of the Gypsy Horizon, performing belly dance at the Forest Fair in Girdwood, Alaska, in July 2009.
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Monday, October 10, 2011
Miss India 2011 Vasuki Sunkavalli, born in Secunderabad, India, on 17 August 1984, height: 5'8.5”, Vital Stats: 30”- 25.5”-36.5”, poses in swimwear on arrival in São Paulo, Brazil, competing for the Miss Universe title in August/ September 2011 – photo by Bruce Casanova Photography©
Chloe-Beth Morgan, Miss Great Britain 2011, poses in swimwear on arrival in São Paulo, Brazil, for competing for the 2011 Miss Universe title – photo by Bruce Casanova Photography©
Eka Gurtskaia, Miss Georgia Universe 2011, poses in swimwear on arriving in São Paulo, Brazil, for competing for the Miss Universe 2011 crown – photo by Bruce Casanova Photography©
Eka Gurtskaia, born in 1986 and a resident of Tbilisi, Georgia, represented her country in the Miss Universe 2011 beauty pageant, after becoming one of 23 finalists in her national beauty pageant (Miss Georgia) held in Batumi on 20 September 2010 when she became the official representative of Georgia for the 2011 Miss Universe pageant.
Pia Pakarinen, Miss Finland 2011, poses in swimwear on arrival in São Paulo, Brazil, for appearing at events to compete for the Miss Universe 2011 crown – retouched photo by Bruce Casanova Photography©
Miss Suomi 2011, Pia Pakarinen, born in Juuka, Pakarinen, on 5 October 1990, was the official representative of Finland to compete for the Miss Universe 2011 beauty pageant.
The 20-year-old blonde Finnish beauty has been dating the professional football player Niko Väyrynen for nearly three years, and they live together in Joensuu (as on 03/06/2011, according to www.iltasanomat.fi/).
Sunday, October 9, 2011
Sara El Khouly, Miss Egypt 2011, poses in her evening gown upon arrival in São Paulo, Brazil for the Miss Universe 2011 Competition – retouched photo by Bruce Casanova Photography©.
The Egyptian model Sara El-Khouly, born in Cairo, Egypt, on 15 February 1988, was crowned Miss Egypt World 2010 in July 2010 in Cairo, following which she represented her country at the Miss World 2010 beauty contest, held in Sanya, China on 20 October 2010. Following that Sara El-Khouly represented Egypt at the Miss Mediterranean beauty pageant held in Nicosia, Cyprus, on 4 June 2011, and won the crown. As there was no national beauty pageant in Egypt in 2011 because of the political changes, El-Khouly was selected as the official Egyptian entry for Miss Universe 2011 pageant held in São Paulo, Brazil.
Photo: Claudia Schiess, Miss Ecuador 2011, poses in swimwear upon arriving in São Paulo, Brazil, for the 2011 MISS UNIVERSE Competition – RETOUCHED photo by Bruce Casanova Photography©
Miss Ecuador 2011, Claudia Elena Schiess Fretz, born on 26 November 1989, was the official representative of her country to the 2011 Miss Universe pageant held in São Paulo, Brazil in August/ September 2011.
The Ecuadorian beauty, born to an Ecuadorian father and a Swiss mother, is a professional make-up artist and simultaneously is studying at Universidad Del Pacifico for a bachelor's degree in business engineering. She had studied modern dance for six years in the Galápagos, and enjoys theater and music.
Besides winning the title of Miss Ecuador 2011, Schiess also won the awards of the Best Face, the Best Figure and Best Hair in her country’s pageant.