October 27th, 2010
11:10 AM ET

Wednesday's intriguing people

Rachael Leigh Cook

The 31-year-old actress from “She’s All That” is the latest voice in a chorus of complaints about how the media’s use of Photoshop is damaging to young women’s self-worth.

Cook has several allies in her fight, including the Creative Coalition, Girl Scouts of America, National Association of Broadcasters, Emmy Award winner Alfre Woodard and actresses Geena Davis and Teri Polo. The Creative Coalition recently released a PSA on the issue, featuring Cook.

Cook told Fox News recently that she battled her own body demons in 1995 after completing filming of “The Baby-Sitters Club.” Then 15, the actress put on 10 pounds over the course of the shoot and went too far to “try and get healthy,” she said.

“It breaks my heart to be part of an industry and part of a machine that really pushes out these images and propagates these really terrible standards that are false,” Cook told Fox.

This isn’t the first time she’s delved into advocacy. A few years back she did a memorable public service announcement in which she smashed up a kitchen with a frying pan to demonstrate heroin’s effects on the brain. She's also no stranger to sexy photo shoots.

A press release from the Creative Coalition cites a national survey from this year in which 90 percent of girls said the fashion industry put pressure on them to be thin - this, despite the realization by many respondents that models are too skinny, unrealistic or unhealthy.

Cook wants young women to Google “Photoshop tutorial” to better understand how images are manipulated.

“Nothing that you see is real, even if you look at what looks like a candid photo of someone, anything can be done. It is false advertising, and false advertising is a crime so why isn't this a crime?” she told Fox.

Last month, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s daughter, Katherine, made headlines with her first book, “Rock What You’ve Got: Secrets to Loving Your Inner and Outer Beauty.”

You don’t have to look like you’re on a billboard to feel beautiful,” the 20-year-old first daughter of California said.

Alexander McQueen

Almost eight months after his apparent suicide, the British fashion designer made news again when the Hells Angels Motorcycle Corp. filed suit against him, Saks and Zappos, citing trademark infringement and dilution.

The motorcycle club’s attorneys say McQueen’s “Hells Four-Finger Ring,” “Hells Knuckle Duster” handbag, “Hells Angels Jacquard Box Dress” and “Hells Angels Pashmina” bear designs “confusingly similar” to the Hells Angels’ “Death Head” logo - essentially, a skull with wings.

Before you ask, no, we did not make up the Hells Angels pashmina, and yes, it will run you about $560. As for the ring, it comes in gold or silver and sells for $495. The handbag commands $2,329 and the dress $1,595.

“From more than half a century of continuous and conspicuous usage, both the Hells Angels word mark and the HAMC Death Head design mark are famous. The HAMC marks are widely known and recognized by the public as indicating the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club,” reads the complaint filed in California Central District Court.

The Hells Angels ask that McQueen’s company, which is owned by French fashion house PPR, pull back its allegedly infringing products and pay damages for fraud, malice and gross negligence, the amount of which would be determined at trial.

The notorious club, which insists it is not a gang, has protected its trademark turf before, suing the Walt Disney Co. over the movie “Wild Hogs” in 2006 and an Australian children’s clothing maker in 2009, according to Toronto's The Globe and Mail.

Romeo Dallaire

The senator from Quebec is speaking out once more against genocide and is focusing this time on the use of child soldiers on the battlefield.

The enterprising former lieutenant general has an interesting battle plan, aiming his latest ammunition at young men and women in high school and college, whom he calls the “under-25 gang.”

Dallaire told The Globe and Mail there are a quarter-million kids fighting in war zones, and "they’re in there slaughtering, drugged up, stolen from their families, killed, abandoned in the field when they’re injured and so on.”

He is asking the under-25 gang to read his new book, “They Fight Like Soldiers, They Die Like Children,” in hopes that it will “make them realize this is happening to their peers.”

He also expressed frustration that all his years as a military tactician doesn't provide an answer for how to combat the problem.

“How do I make that child, that gang of kids, that are being used by these adults, ineffective? How do I neutralize that force? If it were tank, I’d know what to use, but it’s not a tank. It’s a bunch of kids,” he told the newspaper.

Addressing African genocide has been on his humanitarian resume for some time. In 2004, his book on Rwanda earned him numerous international literary awards, and he has regularly and critically spoken of his time in charge of U.N. troops there.

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soundoff (82 Responses)
  1. sofakingwhat

    i'd love some one to photo shop me!!! lol get rid of any flaws so i can see my self look fake perfect once. lol

    October 27, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mike K

    Maybe this is important but maybe I just took a screen shot of her from this story and maybe I added some horns and a black tooth. he he. Viva Photoshop!

    October 27, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Gilbert

    What a great looking girl- She's a 9

    October 27, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Rocketship

    We told you people derivatives are complicated. That's why we had to give two trillion to the richies.
    If you don't shut up about this photoshop thing we will give them two trillion more.

    October 27, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Nathan

    Hmmmmm, yes, I'm sure Teri Polo protested when Playboy Photoshopped her nudie pics.

    October 27, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Gerry

    But she's a hot chick. I want to hear this from a less attractive woman.

    October 27, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Brian

    "Thin" is a relative term. A lot of "thin" people in this country are actually over weight. This country has become so obese that our definition of this is not accurate.

    October 27, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Ken

    Good for her. Next thing to stamp out is gratuitous plastic surgery. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q36sPciO5So

    October 27, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    <b.<i. not like, you are shallow, and petty, or anyhting,,,
    yes this is what america cares about.

    October 27, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Christine dAngelo

      It's me....I've just gotten back

      October 27, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    now as much fun as it has been beating on you women and claling you nasty names, im done now.
    If you have any questions fill free to ask Mariah Carey, or Hillary Clinton Or Anna Shaw or Barb Shaw,

    October 27, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  11. ChellBellz

    Hells Angels are not the only ones who can wear a skull and wings...they should be suing everybody then...

    October 27, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    and im not a " Rag head", That owuld be your arab masters,
    Those were YOUR Daughters and wives panties on my head.

    October 27, 2010 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  13. greebo

    False advertisement is a crime? So what, no more makeup, hair color, heels, pads...??

    October 27, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • TJ

      When men stop shaving, cutting their hair, wearing deodorant, and jackets, women can stop wearing makeup.

      Please, stop with the "make up is false advertising" claim. It's ridiculous. Makeup isn't what it once was. If we were talking about 1950's makeup, that would be one thing but makeup nowadays is hardly heavy and if you can't tell what someone looks like, you're rather blind. Also, it's not as if men don't have their own grooming rituals that are required of them in order to appear "put together." You're all acting like it's some conspiracy rather than an expected part of grooming. Here's a newsflash, most of us would rather go without but we're expected to wear it. Deal with it and get on with your lives.

      October 27, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    pullls a pair of knickers – panites from his pockets and sniffs them,,,
    pulls them on to his head,,,
    Now i have to out run my ex wives,
    They scare Me.
    YOU Do NOT Scare me.

    October 27, 2010 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Christine dAngelo

      It's me

      October 27, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jeff M

    Fine, don't use Photoshop. Use GIMP (Better IMO and free)

    October 27, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
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