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The Duke Porn Star’s Life Sounds Pretty Tough

A Rolling Stone profile discusses what it's really like.

Since rising to prominence earlier this year, Miriam Weeks (a.k.a. Belle Knox, a.k.a. the Duke Porn Star) has done an impressive job claiming her right to be both a college feminist and a porn star. But even with her formidable self-possession, that's no easy job, as this week's Rolling Stone profile makes clear.

The piece finds the now-known porn star and college freshman fully settling into her gig as Belle Knox, which includes "wearily" shopping for cheap panties to sell for $50 per pair at an Atlantic City convention called Exxxotica — there are pitfalls to every job, guys — an internship at Pornhub, a sex-toy line based off of her genitals, and a new gig hosting TV show The Sex Factor. And it discusses what it's like, day to day, to go back and forth between being Miriam (a college student who “sleeps a lot, loves her family, loves her friends" and "wants to get married, have kids, work as a lawyer for women's rights") and being Belle Knox, full-fledged porn star. For starters, she's lost ability to go to her favorite bar, Shooters, and hardly has a relationship with her parents. And, despite an initial fantasy of how "hot" her first shoot would be, this is her account of the experience:


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Dream-Casting the Barbie Movie

The Cut casts the upcoming live-action Barbie franchise. 

A Barbie film franchise this way comes: Sony Pictures and Mattel announced yesterday that they will develop a live-action Barbie movie franchise.

There are elements that the Impending Barbie Movie will inevitably include: the color pink, dream houses, a hot convertible, and a vertiginous number of outfit changes.

Then there are things the Impending Barbie Movie could include, such as a bent toward campiness and a fantastic cast. Here are our Barbie Dream Cast choices for the main girl, her family, friends, and one true Ken.

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50 Beautiful Pieces to Decorate Your Dream Space

Gild that lily pad of yours.

Now that you've done your spring cleaning, it's time to consider decorative touches that spruce up your space. Whether you're in the market for a few things to revamp an old room — or are looking to fill a brand-new one — small, interesting objects can go a long way. The Cut searched the offerings to bring you whimsical pieces that deliver more decorative punch than their price tags suggest. Click through our slideshow to see the Cut's 50 suggestions for upgrading your home, from jewel-like soap stones for just $8 to statement seating and unusual lighting.

Dylan Penn Signs With a Modeling Agency

The same one that reps Chloe Nørgaard. 

Another year, another famous person's daughter signed to a modeling agency. Like Ireland Baldwin and Georgia May Jagger before her, Dylan Penn (daughter of Sean Penn and Robin Wright) has signed with Premier, the London-based agency that also represents Chloe Nørgaard, Tao Okamoto, and the singer Foxes. (She's already managed to make it into the pages of GQElle, and Vogue Italia.) Maybe next, she'll get to sing the hook on a Zedd track? 

Eva Chen Refutes Rumors That Lucky Is Folding

In the form of the "Bad Boys for Life" video. 

Last night, "Page Six" published an item claiming that Lucky Magazine was on its last legs, and that it would shutter soon. But today, editor-in-chief Eva Chen refuted those rumors in an all-staff memo. According to WWD, Chen called the suppositions "recycled rumors" and told her Sandro-clad troops, "Just know that haters are going to hate." Condé Nast CEO Charles Townsend also sent a memo denying the "Page Six" claims. But Chen's email included a YouTube link to the song "Bad Boys for Life" by Puff Daddy, which has become a staff theme song. Play on, playas.

Obsessive Tester: Do We Still Hate Lip Gloss?

Five Cut editors tried out spring's newest formulations. 

When I asked the Cut, "Who wants to participate in a spring-lip-gloss testing session?" I was met with more silence than if I'd asked, "Who wants to see Shia LaBeouf in man-leggings?" Lip gloss has unpleasant associations with sticky backpacks, Paris Hilton beauty secrets, and the specific sheen of adult films. But when I promised everyone that this season's lip-gloss formulations were different — less glossy, less porny, more lip stain than lip gloss — five Cut editors agreed to lend their lips for testing. Click through for our official verdict on five of spring's newest glosses.

Lorde Looks Lorde-y in her MAC Campaign

Cat-eye flicks and purple lips.

On Twitter this morning, MAC Cosmetics released the first image from its upcoming collaboration with Lorde. As is her signature, she shows off a moody-purple lip color, paired with an exaggerated cat-eye eyeliner. Style.com reports that the collection, which launches June 5, will include only two pieces: Pure Heroine lipstick ($16) and eye liner in Rapidblack ($19). Which means we'll have to DIY our own dip-dye fingernails.

Party Pics: Meryl Streep, Lake Bell, Anna Wintour, and More

Highlights from Hollywood and Tribeca.

With the Tribeca Film Festival well underway in New York, this week’s parties were both numerous and well attended. Last night, Graydon Carter hosted Vanity Fair’s film party at the New York State Supreme Courthouse, which drew Anna Wintour, Bill de Blasio, Chirlane McCray, and Lake Bell — who took the occasion to announce her pregnancy in a baby-bump-defining jumpsuit.

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Phoebe Philo, Natalie Massenet Made the Time 100

And got tributes by Stella McCartney and Jenna Lyons, respectively.

Boss (but not bossy) Beyoncé is on the cover of Time's 100 Most Influential People issue, but fashion got a nod, too, in the form of Phoebe Philo and Natalie Massenet. In an essay about Philo, Stella McCartney recalls their days as "the naughty kids from London coming to the house of Chloé." She also salutes her friend's design acumen, writing, "One of the few female designers, she celebrates the simple and champions the quality and reality of a woman’s wardrobe. When people invest in her work, they have it for life." Meanwhile, Jenna Lyons writes of Massenet, "She saw a world where people would pay $2,000 for a pair of jeans, a world where you can buy what you covet, where the magazine pages meet the FedEx man. You want it? You can have it. Click here." According to Lyons, the Net-a-Porter chief likens herself to a "lazy rock," but if that's true, she says, "I'm buying stock in rocks."

Instagram’s New FOMO: Secondhand Shopping

When your feed becomes a parade of things to buy.

When 90 percent of your wardrobe is secondhand — be it vintage, designer, mall brand, or otherwise — shopping can become a no-stone-left unturned ethos that bleeds into a mild form of mania. Once I almost lost my life buying a rare L.L.Bean hunting jacket for $5 from a woman who had set up shop on a chain-link fence by the I-10 on-ramp. (I later sold the jacket on eBay to an Australian who paid $80 just for shipping.) And now even my phone is no respite for this searching eye: I've started bargain-hunting on Instagram.

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Cushion Compacts: The New BB, CC, Everything-in-Between Cream

Including the haloed Mister Cushion Compact.

Meet cushion compacts. You may have noticed them last year, but they are back, "Hello Again," Lionel Richie–style. Past the BB creams and CC creams, cushion compacts have been the skin-coverage option of choice in Korea for the past two years. At yesterday morning's Marie Claire Global Beauty Summit, Marie Claire Korea beauty editor Ahn So-young revealed that she uses one called the Mister Cushion Compact — after which attendees could be heard murmuring, "I want to see this Mister Cushion Compact."

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Beyoncé Is 1 of Time’s 100 Most Influential People

Boss status.

What a day for Beyoncé! She’s on the cover of Time’s 100 most influential people issue — pantsless, but it’s okay because you don’t need pants to be a boss, as evidenced by her title of “Boss.”

It’s a most momentous occasion for the singer. Her co-luminaries include Hillary Clinton, Kerry Washington, Phoebe Philo, and Donna Tartt — definitely good company. But the accompanying Sheryl Sandberg–penned blurb reveals that Beyoncé has ascended to the rank of fully formed pop-feminist icon.

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Michelle Obama Will Open the Costume Institute

First mom dancing, now ribbon cutting.

We knew the Met Gala would be an A-list affair, but this is big news: On May 5, Michelle Obama will cut the ribbon on the renovated Costume Institute, now officially christened the Anna Wintour Costume Center. (Hey, Anna's given her two covers: getting handy with some scissors is the least she can do.) Obama will speak at the event, along with Costume Institute curator Harold Koda, Aerin Lauder (whose brand, Aerin, is sponsoring the Charles James exhibit), and the Met's CEO and director, Thomas P. Campbell.

Best Bet: Ancient Greek Sandals

Comfortable slides.

With their comfy, crisscrossed straps, these white leather sandals are the perfect slides to slip on for an easy weekend look. Their simple design and color begs for something more playful — go ahead and pair them with bold patterns and bright colors this spring.   

Ancient Greek Thais Sandals, $235 at Shopbop.

Lake Bell Wore a Maroon Maternity Jumpsuit

She’s pregnant!

Last night in New York, Lake Bell announced her pregnancy by way of a jumpsuit: The actresses attended the Vanity Fair Tribeca Film Festival party looking positively radiant in a burgundy maternity one-piece. The outfit — from Stella McCartney’s fall collection — was form-fitting through the waist, accentuating Bell’s very chic baby bump, and featured a cut-out back with extensive fringe detailing. Wearing nude Louboutins and a glowing grin, the mom-to-be looked nothing short of adorable.

Etsy, the Place of Dreams Deferred

In adulthood, Etsy allows us to live the youths we couldn't.

Sometimes a garment haunts you. I have coveted so much clothing throughout the years that, for reasons of cost or practicality, I didn't buy when I had the opportunity — glittery Marc Jacobs mary janes; a kelly-green Tsumori Chisato frock; Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent sandals with little cherries on the toe. Among all those pieces, it's been a single item that I've thought about most: a white Nike T-shirt featuring Andre Agassi's dot-matrix silhouette frozen permanently in a passionate serve, accented with aqua, salmon, and lavender graphics. The T-shirt of my discontent. As a burgeoning tennis fan the moment I laid eyes upon it in — '92? '93? — I needed it, in the way that the newly teenaged with celebrity crushes need all the signature gear.

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Here’s a Gawky Video of Prince William and Kate Middleton DJing

Australia is trying real hard to make them cool. 

Here lies a fully awkward video of Prince William and Kate Middleton DJing. Is this what you wanted? Well, it's what you've got, because Australia is trying its gosh-darndest to make the royal couple cool before sending them on their merry way back to England. 

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Party Pics: Chanel’s Tribeca Film Festival Artists Dinner

Joan Smalls, Greta Gerwig, Hilary Rhoda, and more.

Last night, Chanel hosted its ninth Tribeca Film Festival Artist Dinner, which honors the artists who contributed work to the award-winning films. Despite a light April drizzle, Soho’s Balthazar was packed with fashion and film darlings, who flitted from table to table dressed head to toe in Chanel. The most eye-catching outfit of the night belonged to Greta Gerwig, who showed up in a spring 2014 pink and white tweed dress, a notable deviation from her typically subdued palette. Meanwhile, soon-to-be-bride Hilary Rhoda looked radiant in a soft white gown, and Joan Smalls opted for a '90s-style tube dress and choker from this year’s cruise collection. Click through the slideshow to see these looks, plus Sophia Loren, Audrey Gelman, Constance Jablonski, and more.

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Watch: Cara Delevingne on Kate Moss, Superheroes

Superheroine turned supermodel.

Social-media-bred supermodel Cara Delevingne can be charming even while lounging around and futzing with a tennis ball. In a new clip to promote Kate Moss for Topshop, Delevingne talks about how she idolized Kate Moss growing up, used to spend all of her "pocket money" at Topshop, and dressed like a superhero. Knowing Cara and her fondness for onesies — that probably meant actual latex garb.

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