The singer boasted of her ability to do the exercise - which involves using core strength to keep your body aloft while your toes and forearms are on the ground - at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas this week. For anyone to whom the word plank evokes a piece of wood, know this: while the move is a staple in the regular exerciser’s diet, holding one for five minutes is no mean feat.
As parents, there is a constant temptation to shield our children from bad news. Experts from the Royal College of Psychiatrists have advised that parents should be honest with their children about the Manchester terror attack. "We would not advise hiding your child from what may be on the news or social media," said Dr Bernadka Dubicka, chairwoman-elect of RCP's child and adolescent psychiatry faculty.
Your first concert. You know what it was. You know how you felt. You bought the tickets months in advance. It was a challenge. You felt so lucky you got them. You tallied up the thousands of hours you were going to wait upon to finally see your heroes in the flesh.
It’s rare that Gwen Stefani is upstaged. No one was looking at the blonde in a gold frock, when they could goggle at the 71-year-old in an outfit that’s best described as a sheer black body-stocking with strategically placed sequins, plus vast Brian May wig and leather jacket. Keen followers of pop history noted the sheer black outfit she wore to sing If I could Turn Back Time was wittily modelled on an ensemble first seen on Cher in 1989.
An online dating app for the well-educated, ambitious and generally high paid, The League is an exclusive club. It is the dating equivalent of a private members’ club you can’t buy your way into. The brainchild of Amanda Bradford, a 32-year-old self-confessed nerd, the elite dating app has been active in the US since 2015 and launched in the UK just last month.
There was only one thought in my mind when I saw Cher performing at the Billboard Music Awards in a diamond-studded bra and pink heart-shaped nipple pasties: are nude fishnets back in fashion? Piers Morgan asked his fellow Good Morning Britain hosts Susanna Reid and Kate Garraway this morning: “At what point do Cher’s outfits become inappropriate?”. (The singer turned 71 last week). “Come on Cher, for goodness’ sake love,” he continued.
In the last two years alone, snacking on nuts has risen by almost 25 per cent, with the fastest growth area among men over the age of 45. If that was enough food for thought, another survey – this time by YouGov – has revealed that more than half of British women (54 per cent) now snack twice a day, but that four-fifths (84 per cent) instantly feel guilty about doing it. “In today’s society, there’s so much pressure to look good and eat right,” says Harley Street GP Dr Pixie McKenna, known for her role presenting Channel 4’s Bafta-winning medical series Embarrassing Bodies, among other shows.
I work most nights, so I tend not to get out of bed too early. I’ll usually wake up around eight, make a cup of tea and get back into bed to watch the news. It’s my biggest treat. I then go for a walk in Ravenscourt Park and make myself some breakfast before heading to Spring at around 10.30am.
Sitting down to a cheese fondue dinner and a robust glass of red in a Verbier restaurant after an exhilarating day on the Swiss ski slopes should have felt like pure bliss. A boisterous group of 30-something friends on the next table were recounting tales of derring-do from the day and taking photographs in happy groups. Then there was me, alone, eating fondue-for-one, so embarrassed to be dining alone in this sea of friends and families that the cheese-soaked bread stuck in my throat.
The last time she walked down an aisle wearing a white dress, the entire world was watching. But when Pippa Middleton gets married on Saturday in Berkshire it will be a rather more private (though by all accounts no less lavish) affair.
How has Alessandra Ferri, 54, remained in-demand in the youth-worshipping world of ballet? On 3 June, Alessandra Ferri will appear in the ballet Marguerite and Armand at the Royal Opera House. As Marguerite Gautier, the doomed courtesan passionately in love with Armand Duval, a young gentleman of means, Ferri will have to express vulnerability, abandon and consumptive illness.
It's the most hotly anticipated wedding since well, her own sister's, six years ago. On Saturday at 11.30am, Pippa Middleton will marry hedge fund manager James Matthews at St Mark's Church, Englefield in Berkshire.
Poppy Delevingne is reclining on an elegant cream sofa, surrounded by scented candles. It’s this combination of her fine-boned, aristocratic beauty and free-spirited, up-for-a-party persona that have made the socialite and sister of supermodel Cara so in-demand as a model in her own right, for brands including Chanel and Burberry. Right now, I’m really focusing on acting full-time.
In women’s bathrooms and cabinets across the country one implement is getting far less use than ever before. The company found that almost one in four young women have given up shaving their underarms completely and, for millennial women (those roughly born between 1980 and 2000), the drive to remove arm and leg hair has been in steady decline for years. In 2013, 95 per cent of women aged 16 to 24 said they removed hair from their underarms.
There is a theory, largely held by people in their teens and 20s, that with age comes a numbing of emotion. That grown-ups don’t feel things so deeply. That somehow one gets ‘sorted’, and that feelings are rather vulgar in those past the first flush. Grown-ups kissing? Disgusting. Grown-ups crying? Repellent. Grown-ups raging? Raging? Embarrassing. Really, must they? Haven’t they learnt? Aren’t they wiser than that?
Ah, working from home: no morning commute spent sandwiched between the armpits of angry city-types, a straight path to the tea-making equipment and toilets that aren’t inexplicably out of order for the majority of each day. According to research from the London School of Economics last year, homeworkers have just as many grumbles as their desk-bound counterparts. Inflated electricity bills, paying for your own pens and missing out on office chit-chat were found to be the biggest bug bears for flexible and freelance workers.
The proportion of women standing as candidates in this year's general election is the highest on record. This is a lower number of female candidates than in 2017, however there are fewer candidates in total this time round. Back in 2015, 26 per cent of candidates were women compared to 29 per cent this year.
As I watched my friends shovelling earth on to Mum’s grave from my kitchen window, I knew I’d done the right thing. ‘I want to stay close to you,’ she’d said before she died. Burying her in my garden felt like I was keeping my promise to her.
If you are a celebrity (or Donald Trump’s lawyer) you cannot resist taking to Instagram and sharing those images. It’s prom time, look at her in her dress (Kate Beckinsale)! She’s at an Ivy League college, let’s celebrate with a tasteful underwear shot (Michael Cohen, aka “Mr Creepypants”)! It’s her birthday, the sun is out (Gwyneth Paltrow).
There is a scene in the 2003 Richard Curtis comedy Love Actually that is deemed so infuriating to British women, that sticky popcorn residue can still be found on television sets across the land. "Stateside, I'm Prince William without the weird family”, he says excitedly.
Like all the best murder mysteries, Netflix’s The Keepers – the latest slow-burning, uber-slick series reopening a true-life criminal case – begins with a simple whodunit. Specifically, who killed Sister Cathy Cesnik? On a late autumn evening in 1969, Cesnik, a popular, 26-year-old Catholic nun who taught English at the all-girls Archbishop Keough High School in Baltimore, Maryland, left her apartment to go shopping and never returned.
Lana Mesić, a professional photographer from Croatia, is currently living in London while undertaking a two month placement as winner of the Grolsch Unseen Residency, a project intended to 'encourage emerging artists to look at the urban environment with fresh eyes'. With a brief to "investigate London as a prominent global financial capital," Lana created a tower of 15,000 2p coins for an installation. When it was time for the tower to be dismantled, she was uncertain what to do with the coins, which weighed in at about 235 pounds in total.
With the majority of political manifestos now published ahead of June 8, there are a variety of promises being made to women - from improving maternity leave, childcare and the protection of carers to abortion rights and tackling sexual violence. Introduce 30 hours of free childcare for three and four year-olds for working parents and institute a capital fund to help primary schools develop nurseries if they do not have the current facilities to provide one.
Of all people who could offer women advice on sexual consent, Ched Evans is not an obvious choice. The footballer was convicted of raping a 19-year-old woman back in 2011 and jailed for five years. Last year, after a retrial, he was cleared of the crime - and is now using his platform to warn women about ‘real rapists.’