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Fun With Stats II
What do "Blossom," Lauryn Hill, and Fendi have in common? They're all a part of some of our top rated articles. And they all rock.
Curious about what other Happygrrls readers are perusing when they drop by our site? Here are some of our currently most-browsed articles.
Whatever Happened To? People We Used to Care About: From Blossom to the two Coreys, we cover what happened to some of our favourite teen stars of yesteryear.
Dress For Your Body Type: Not sure what looks best for your body type? Our fashionista, Erin, discusses the most common body shapes and how to dress them fabulously.
Whatever Happened To? Female Stars of Yesteryear: Remember Winnie Cooper from “The Wonder Years”? And did you find Stephanie Tanner as annoying as we did? Now that they’ve grown up, here’s what Winnie and Stephanie, among others, are up to these days.
Whatever Happened To? The Teen Edition: You may have heard about Dustin Diamond’s ghastly sex tape, but have other 90s teen actors managed to stay out of the sex tape circuit? Here’s where you can get your answer.
Digital Beauty: Ever wondered what you’d look like with blonde hair but just can’t commit? Noa discusses some no-risk makeover ideas to get you started.
Music Review: MTV Unplugged v. 2.0, Lauryn Hill: Miseducation may have happened a long time ago, but Laruyn Hill still proves to be a popular choice.
Whatever Happened To? The 90s Edition: Ah, remember the crimped hair, babydoll dresses, and Doc Martens of the 90s? Then you may remember “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” and Free Willy. Here are what some of our teen 90s icons are doing nowadays.
Surviving A Break-Up: The toughest days may be ahead yet, but here’s a guide to letting go of the heartache, one day at a time.
Fake or Fendi?: Not sure what you’re actually buying? Here’s a handy guide to spotting the real from the knock-off.
Sexy Music: Do you wanna get nasty, baby? Here’s our guide to sexy songs that get us in the mood.
Retro Fashion: From “The Dukes of Hazzard” to “Blossom,” we take a look at the celebrity styles that shaped an era.
Interview with Amie Heenan of Melmira Swimsuits: Noa sits down for an interview with entrepreneur and swimsuit guru Amie Heenan of Melmira Swimsuits.
Ending A Friendship: Toxic friendships, and what to do when the camaraderie fizzles.
Music Review: Elephunk, Black Eyed Peas: Remember when the Black Eyed Peas were good? Yeah, neither do we.
All About Toronto: Places to Lounge: We cover some of the best (and worst) lounges in Toronto.
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Sexy or Skanky?
From sexy to skanky to unrateable: Usher's sexy "Love In This Club," Lil Wayne's semi-skanky "Lollipop," and Ashanti's Beyoncé-channeling in "The Way That I Love You."
Now that Britney’s on parental lockdown (and, as of late, animated), Christina’s got a baby, Jessica’s hawking hair extensions, Lil’ Kim’s momentarily put away her breasts, and Madonna’s expounding the virtues of vitamin B shots to the ass, where can we look to when we need a little sex appeal? Fear not, for there are a slew of other music videos just waiting to titillate us with their…”charms.”
0 - PG-13
1 - Sexy
2 - College frat party
3 - NSFW
4 - Skanky
5 - A night out with Paris Hilton
“Touch My Body,” Mariah Carey
What You See: A whole lot of Mariah, including a fantasy sequence where she runs around in a schoolgirl uniform and eats stuff out of a fridge. Thankfully, she's the only one touching her body.
“Love In This Club,” Usher featuring Young Jeezy
What You See: A long-winded intro, some grinding on a dance floor, a decidedly non-sexy rap interlude, Kanye West, acrobatics in a booth, and a near-kiss with a wall. In true Usher fashion, it seems like he’s more preoccupied with posing for the cameras than he is with lasciviously flirting with his co-star.
“4 Minutes,” Madonna featuring Justin Timberlake
What You See: A long-winded intro by Timbaland (seriously, does he ever get sick of saying the same sentence over and over again?), Madonna in a nude-coloured body suit, and a grown-up Oliver Twist – wait, that’s just Justin Timberlake. Madonna, by the way, so looks like she could take him if she wanted to.
“Low,” Flo Rida featuring T-Pain
What You See: Flo Rida in a club, and clips from Step Up 2 that sadly give away the good parts of the movie.
“Lollipop,” Lil Wayne featuring Static Major
What You See: An SUV limo full of women itching to appear in "Girls Gone Wild," suggestive things done to lollipops, and a lot of hip thrusting in the air. Frankly, it’s a little underwhelming considering the song lyrics.
“Sexy Can I,” Ray J featuring Yung Berg
What You See: Your typical mansion pool party, gratuitous shots of scantily clad women.
“The Way That I Love You,” Ashanti
What You See: A cheating boyfriend, lovey-dovey footage from home videos, a thinly veiled Beyoncé rip-off.
Rating: N/A – crime scene photos are not sexy.
Revenge of the Teen Idols
It's the return of the teen idols: Vanessa Hudgens (fully clothed - for now), evolution-hating sisters Aly & AJ, and one of the Jonas Brothers...which one, we're not so sure of.
When I was a young girl, keeping up with the newest teen craze meant picking up a Big Bop magazine and meeting friends in the school yard to act out the latest New Kids on the Block video (yes, sadly, this is a true story, and I always got stuck playing Jonathan Knight). But now, I no longer need to poll random children on what’s popular right now – all I have to do is grab a People magazine and catch up with the gang of “High School Musical.”
Bubble-gum pop music has never been hotter, or more rampant, than it is today. After ‘NSync, The Backstreet Boys, and B2K retired, there was a noticeable lull in mass teen hysteria. Luckily, the void has been filled faster than asking a typical eleven-year-old to name the cast of “That’s So Raven.”
So how do the teen idols stack up against each other? Let’s take a look.
Claim to Fame: Starring in Disney Channel’s “Hannah Montana,” about a girl who is a normal kid by day, and a wig-wearing superstar by night.
Biggest Single: “See You Again,” which peaked at number 7.
Biggest Achievement: Being ranked number seventeen in Forbes’ Top Twenty Earners Under 25, beating Lindsay Lohan, Mandy Moore, and Frankie Muniz.
Lowest Achievement: “The Miley and Mandy Show,” a self-directed YouTube series that can only be watched on mute.
Post-Teen Pop Counterpart: Hilary Duff
Claim to Fame: Starring in Disney Channel’s “High School Musical” and its (sure to be numerous) sequels as shy but secretly hot girl Gabriella.
Biggest Single: “Come Back to Me,” which peaked at number 28.
Biggest Achievement: Landing Zac Efron.
Lowest Achievement: Leaked nude photos adorning the walls of many a prepubescent boy.
Post-Teen Pop Counterpart: Annette Funicello
Claim to Fame: Co-starring in Disney Channel’s “High School Musical” and its (sure to be numerous) sequels as Sharpey, a theatre queen bee who never manages to best Troy, Gabriella, and their swarm of friends.
Biggest Single: “He Said She Said,” which peaked at number 58.
Biggest Achievement: Knowing Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens.
Lowest Achievement: Being related to Ron Popeil.
Post-Teen Pop Counterpart: Tiffany
Aly & AJ
Ages: 19 and 17
Claim to Fame: Aly co-stars in Disney Channel’s “Phil of the Future,” while younger sister AJ has appeared on “General Hospital,” “Oliver Beene,” and “Six Feet Under.”
Biggest Single: "Potential Breakup Song,” which peaked at number 17.
Biggest Achievement: “Potential Breakup Song” was named one of the best songs of 2007 by Time magazine. Says staff writer Josh Tyrangial of the song: “If its message for teen girls – 'screw you, ex-boyfriend who dumped me' – isn't empowering in any original way, at least it was written by the teenage sisters who sing it.”
Lowest Achievement: Letting quotes like, "Evolution is silly. Monkeys? Um, no" slip in interviews.
Post-Teen Pop Counterpart: Jessica Simpson, split in two
Ages: 20, 18, and 15
Claim to Fame: Landing a guest spot on Disney Channel’s “Hannah Montana” as themselves (which would be a pop band comprised of brothers).
Biggest Single: "SOS,” which peaked at number 17.
Biggest Achievement: Opening for Miley Cyrus’ Best of Both Worlds tour and landing a (rumoured) show on the Disney Channel.
Lowest Achievement: Repeatedly wearing an ascot out in public like it’s going to catch on.
Post-Teen Pop Counterpart: Hanson
Claim to Fame: Co-starring in Disney Channel’s “Hannah Montana” as Oliver, one of Hannah’s best friends.
Biggest Single: A reimagined version of “Lean on Me,” were it sung by a sixteen-year-old with a penchant for rapping, which peaked at number 8 – on Radio Disney.
Biggest Achievement: Voicing the protagonist of “Monster House.”
Lowest Achievement: His rapping.
Post-Teen Pop Counterpart: Any random member of S Club 7. ¤ C.Ho.