First it was “vampire” facials and now affluent women and celebrities like Kate Beckinsale, Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett are going to spas to have the foreskin of circumcised babies applied to their skin for cosmetic reasons.
How it works is: Dermal fibroblasts–skin cells that are responsible for generating connective tissue–are taken from the circumcised foreskin of infant penises and then used as a culture for growing new stem cells.
Those new cells are then used to make a serum that is applied to the face as part of a specialized facial.
The procedure costs $650 and is offered at the Georgia Louise Atelier in New York City, and has become a go-to among celebrities.
In a recently deleted Instagram post, actress Kate Beckinsale reportedly admitted she got one of the penis facials.
“After a long flight I do like to lie down and be covered in a mask of liquified cloned foreskins-frankly who doesn’t?” People magazine reports the captioned an Instagram photo “Thank you @georgialouisesk for an amazing facial. I especially liked you reassuring me it would be ‘light on penis’ as it was my first time x.”
Yikes! The reply and backlash was swift and probably is the reason Beckinsale removed the post. You can read Cafe Mom’s round up of some negative social media commentary HERE!
Earlier this year, Bravo TV scripted television star Jill Kargman tried out the procedure and penned her experience for Hollywood Reporter and even starred in a smiley photo after the treatment. Eeek!
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It’s another boy for professional surfer Bethany Hamilton and her husband Adam Dirks.!
The couple welcomed their second son Wesley Phillip Dirks recently. Hamilton announced the news on her Instagram account. sharing a sweet photo of the new family of four.
“We are overjoyed to welcome our son Wesley Phillip Dirks into the world!” she captioned the photo with her husband, their 2-year old Tobias with while Bethany held their newborn. “It’s been a beautiful time getting life started with the four of us,” she wrote. “We are thankful to God for our to guys!!!”
The Soul Surfer author later went to Twitter thankful for all of the love and kind wishes tweeting, “I appreciate the support for our growing family! Special time.”
If you are a solo parent who has lost track of your child’s father and aren’t shy about expanding your search before the public, you can consider auditioning for a new show by Squeaky Wheel Casting, an agency which has cast for reality TV shows on HGTV, BravoTV, TLC, Spike, Food Network, Oxgyen, Lifetime channels and more.
The new lifestyle series which is being cast on behalf of a “big time network” will take viewers through the process of a single mom or mom-to-be who is trying to track down her child’s dad.
Now this would apply for those who had a one-night stand that resulted in a pregnancy, or someone who got pregnant for a former lover or partner and for one reason or another failed to inform him of his fatherhood. Or maybe, the dad was aware but dipped out of the picture to avoid responsibility.
If this fits your situation and you’re cool about being on TV, you can contact casting agent at info@SqueakyWheelCasting.com or fill out this FORM HERE!!
Hey preggers mamas-to-be, Palmer’s, makers of cocoa butter products long loved by pregnant women, is having a contest inviting expecting ladies to personalize a Palmer‘s photo with their own belly picture.
By participating and sharing the image with your family and friends on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook with the hashtag #PalmersBelly, you’re automatically entered for a chance to win a Palmer’s pregnancy pamper pack!
Each week, 10 lucky winners will be announced on Palmer’s social media sites.
First, Taylor Swiftwas credited with getting Apple to change its mind about revenue sharing with artists during the three-month FREE trial period on its new streaming service, and maybe soon, Kim Kardashian may be credited with giving us all the edit function on tweets.
Last week, the mom-to-be tweeted that she had asked Twitter to add the ability for users to edit tweets rather than delete them and repost them. Co-founder of the immensely popular social media siteTwitterJack Dorsey responded to her tweet with, “Good Idea.”
@KimKardashian great idea! We’re always looking at ways to make things faster and easier.
Unlike progressive nations like Sweden, the United States doesn’t have federally mandated paternity leave for employers. Only 12 percent of US companies offer it.
Given that Bellyitch is an online digital blog and eMagazine and a proud member of Team Internet, we were quite elated to see that 5 of the top 10 companies with generous paternal leave as identified byTakePart are tech companies:
Change.org tops the list at #1 with its 18 weeks paternity leave offering.
Coming in behind the online petitioning site at #2 is Reddit which offers 17 weeks for birth and adoptive dads.
Facebook is number 3 on the list and it extends its leave policy to contractors as well as employers. Sweet!
Number 5 on the list is Twitter which also has a support group for new and future dads. Imagine!
Finally, rounding up tech companies on the top 5 is Google, which at #7 on the list, offers 12 weeks if Dad is the primary caregiver and then throws in an additional 5 weeks for adoptive and surrogate parents.
The other ten companies on the list are: Bank of America (#3), eco-friendly retailer Patagonia (#4), international US-based law firm Arnold and Porter (#8), Swiss health firm Roche International‘s US offices (#9); and business management consultants Ernst & Young. (#10)
First Eric Benet in 2012 and now Idris Elba in 2014.
In April, Elba welcomed his first child with partner makeup artist Naiyana Garth and last Saturday, he posted a photo on his Twitter account of little Winston innocently flipping the bird while breastfeeding with the hilarious caption, “I’ve been drinking, I’ve been drinking…Drunk in Milk” as a parody to a lyric in Beyonce‘s song “Drunk in Love” off her last self-titled album.
A couple years prior, in January 2012,singer Eric Benet (Halle Berry‘s ex-husband) also shared a photo (which has since been deleted) of his wife Manuela Testloni on Instagram also nursing their daughter Lucia while she was unknowingly holding up the universal sign for peace.
Both celebrity men shared the photo because they found amusement in the finger gesture their respective babies’ were holding up when they snapped the pic, not knowing, perhaps or thinking in doing so, they would be de facto advocates for breastfeeding.
In fact, back in 2012, Eric’s share sparked a bunch of controversy, online discussion and some public shaming of public breast exposure during breastfeeding. If it’s taboo when its seen in the general public, it’s become doubly taboo when shown in social media for many more to see. It’s a topic which we’ve seen come alive again recently when last March 2013, a famous athlete’s model girlfriend did the same thing and was virtually shamed off the web, accused of doing it out of pure vanity, not for the purpose of promoting nursing.
It looks like we may have evolved since 2012 and/or the vocal opponents to such natural images are realizing to keep their trap shut and deal with it and/or the image got buried in all the other news items that have been dominating our minds and news feeds.
Anyhooo. All are sweet and endearing and we encourage more of this type of sharing by celebs to help destigmatize public breastfeeding.
Kudos Idris and Winston (and mama Naiyana, of course)!
Winston is Elba’s second child; he has a daughter, Isan, from a previous marriage to Dormowa Sherma.
After giving birth to my third and last kid back in 2007, many people called me crazy for posting about it on this blog shortly after. It’s 6 years later and people are actually live tweeting their labor and delivery in 140 character increments! Wowza!
That is what Twitter employeeClaire Diaz-Ortiz started updating her followers as soon as she started feeling labor pangs and ended her #InLabor sharing with a photo of her daughter, Lucía Paz Díaz-Ortiz!
She isn’t the first to carry this off, but being an employee of Twitter helps get her more notice. Designer, former star of a BravoTV show and mom to three, Rosie Pope sort of live-tweeted her last kid’s birth in 2012.
Ingenious or the ultimate overshare. What are your thoughts?