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Sun safety - the one thing it's ok to be an absolute moron about.

sunrant.jpgDoctors tell us to wear it. The government tells us to wear it. Baz Luhrmann tells us to wear it. But still, thousands of people (men and women) are putting themselves in danger by skipping or scrimping SPF cream / lotion. And to be frank, it does my head in.

It is absolutely beyond me how anyone - even someone who 'doesn't burn' - can sit in the Sun without any protection following all the warnings, campaigns and articles that have shown how bad prolonged exposure to the Sun is. I'm not just talking about the risk of skin cancer here, but also the premature aging, the skin damage, the ravaged hair and the good old-fashioned sunburn...

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Torn on the platform. Why I'm on the prowl on the tube...

columnpic4.jpgGemma Cartwright writes...

I got on at Finsbury Park. He got off at Kings Cross St Pancras. Over the course of four stops and fifteen minutes, I fell in lust on the tube this morning.

I've been finding this happening quite a lot recently. It all started when a friend introduced me to a ridiculous but highly entertaining pastime called 'the escalator game'. The rules are simple - you get on an escalator at the top (or bottom) and by the time you get off, you have to have found at least one person that you'd considering sleeping with. Obviously this works best at busy train and tube stations where you have plenty of choice. But you still end up 'settling'.

And once you've done this, people on the tube suddenly become much more attractive in comparison...

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Yet more proof that 80% of us really are wearing the wrong bra

bravissimo1_1.jpgLast year Cate and Carly skived off for an afternoon and headed to Bravissimo for new undies. They were so full of enthusiasm on their return that I found myself wishing my boobs were bigger so I could experience this miracle shopping experience too. Lo and behold, I put some weight on over the next year, and decided last week to see if Bravissimo could finally sort me out.

It's safe to say I got my wish. In the course of an afternoon, my boobs went up two and a half cup sizes and down a back size. It didn't take surgery, 'miracle' creams or even contraceptive pills. All it took was an expert fitting and the realisation that, actually, my boobs are much bigger than I thought...

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Posted by Gemma on June 18, 2008 5:45 PM in Columnists| Gemma Cartwright
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The Daily Mail's ridiculous thought of the day - "Single women who say they're happy are lying"

columnpic4.jpgGemma Cartwright writes...

I don't know why I bother reading The Daily Mail. It just makes me angry. Every day there's another picture of a slim celebrity 'piling on the pounds' or a scathing attack on the dress sense of Sarah Jessica Parker (followed quickly by a 'get her look' fashion feature). Today's biggest gem is an infuriatingly generalised column from agony aunt Dr Pam Spurr that suggests all women over 30 who say they're happily single are lying.

The column is - of course - accompanied by a picture of Bridget Jones, and features comments like "behind that confident demeanour and fulfilled exterior is crushing loneliness and desperation" and "the majority of single women I speak to would give up a high-flying career in a flash in exchange for life with a good man."

*groan* Shall we all take three steps back?!

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Posted by Gemma on June 5, 2008 10:11 AM in Columnists| Gemma Cartwright
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What women do to stay size 10 (they eat, they don't eat, they exercise, they go under the knife...)

weight.jpgToday The Sun is running an article on 'What women will do to stay size 10'. It features a serial gym-goer who exercises twice daily, a woman who never consumes over 1500 calories in a day, and one lucky lady who can work her way through cheesy pasta, two chocolate bars, a pastry and a packet of biscuits a day and still stay slim. In short, it's a frightening look at what we do (and don't do) to be thin...

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Posted by Gemma on June 4, 2008 6:00 PM in Columnists| Gemma Cartwright
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I'd Do Anything's Jodie is cast as Nancy. But not for every performance...

jodiewins.jpgSaturday night's musical talent search 'I'd Do Anything' came to a close this weekend with 28 year old Jodie Prenger walking away as the future Nancy in Cameron Mackintosh's new production of 'Oliver!'. The public's choice was somewhat controversial considering both Mackintosh and head judge Andrew Lloyd Webber would have preferred runner-up Jessie. That said, they did leave themselves an easy out clause no matter what the outcome was. Until this week, the official Oliver! website stated that the winning Nancy would only be doing four shows a week, and not the eight that the judges ranted on about throughout the competition...

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Bye bye boobs. Apparently fashion doesn't like breasts any more

gemnewcol.jpgGemma Cartwright writes...

If one thing really gets my goat working the in fashion industry, it's the idea that each season, there's a 'stylish' body shape. It's all well and good to tell us what we should wear or how we should style our hair, but our bodies? Weight aside, whether we have a straight torso or a nipped in waist, long legs or short, 36EE or 36AA's...some things are just down to genetics and luck. So when the Telegraph reported that fashion is banishing the bosom, I groaned inwardly. Was this what I was supposed to be writing about this season? Luckily, Hannah Betts (who is quickly becoming one of my favourite people in the world, ever) feels exactly the same way...

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Posted by Gemma on April 4, 2008 3:30 PM in Columnists| Gemma Cartwright
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I blame the parents. How your family shapes your life.

gemnewcol.jpgGemma Cartwright writes...

Like many people, I spent the Easter weekend with my family. I always moan about these mini reunions before they happen - the fact I will be judged on my hair, my weight, my outfit, my job, my lack of significant other - but most of that's for show. The truth is, I have an amazing family and I really shouldn't be complaining. Even when my brother pokes fun at my outfit or my mother tells me yet again that she prefers me as a blonde, I always have a good time...

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Posted by Gemma on March 26, 2008 11:45 AM in Columnists| Gemma Cartwright
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Guess what? Big news! Girls like the internet too!

gemnewcol.jpgGemma Cartwright writes...

Sunday must have been a slow news days. It lead The Sunday Times to dedicate an entire page to the shocking news that women use the internet. Hold the presses! It took two writers and one 'additional reporter' to come to this amazing conclusion. Their time may have been better spent writing the words 'We State The Bleeding Obvious' over the entire page and then popping off for a mojito or five on expenses, because this article might have been a good read six or seven years ago, but now it's just old news.

According The Sunday Times, "Blogging used to be the preserve of men with obsessive interests in particular subjects, notably sport, cars and politics, but young women are increasingly entering this arena." At 24, I've been blogging for eight years. The online friends I made back in the early 2000's - loads and loads of them - suggest I wasn't exactly in a minority even then. Teen magazines reported on the blogging phenomenon years ago. Is the Times really mopping up CosmoGirl's leftovers on this one?

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Does this girl need to lose a stone? You seem to think so...

kellyosbs.jpgGemma Cartwright writes...

Today, for what is probably only the second or third time ever, I was ashamed of one of the readers of my website. On Catwalk Queen we published the same photographs of a digitally altered Kelly Osbourne as can be found here on Dollymix. Kelly goes from her usual self to an emaciated size zero with the help of a bit of photoshop, and any idiot can see she looks better in the 'before' shot. Still, the first comment we received on the post read "This still doesn't hide the fact that Kelly Osborne is still too fat and needs to lose at least a stone."

For the record, to your left is a photograph of Kelly Osbourne taken yesterday. If this is the body of a woman who's fat, I really shouldn't be let out the house...

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Posted by Gemma on January 29, 2008 5:50 PM in Columnists| Gemma Cartwright
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