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    DEFIANT

    I Was a Victim of the Fappening

    Actress Teresa Palmer opens up about the widespread hacking of female celebrities and how the targeted women held a summit where they aired their grievances.

    It began August 31 of last year. That day, around 500 revealing photos of celebrity women, including Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, and Scarlett Johansson, were posted to the online message board 4chan and spread like wildfire on sites Imgur and Reddit. Subsequent cache dumps targeted the likes of Kim Kardashian, Rihanna, and supermodel Cara Delevingne.

    Apple soon revealed that the stolen images were obtained via a series of brute force attacks (“a very targeted attack on user names, passwords, and security questions”) executed against Apple’s iCloud online storage system. In layman’s terms, because Apple’s iCloud service didn’t require two-step password authentication, hackers could take an unlimited number of stabs at celebs’ passwords and security questions.

    The unprecedented leak, dubbed “The Fappening,” raised questions about the gaping holes in Apple’s iCloud security, the invasion of celebrities’ privacy, and the misogyny prevalent in online culture—since nearly all the victims in this charade were women.

    As its most famous target, Jennifer Lawrence was branded the de facto mouthpiece for the wronged women, and lashed out against the hackers, labeling the breach “a sex crime.” I’ve interviewed several other A-list actresses in the wake of The Fappening who had their private photos stolen, but they’ve remained mum on the subject—either afraid of lending it any more ink, or perhaps fearing reprisals from the hackers, who still remain at large.

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    Queen B.

    In Praise of the Pixie Cut

    In a culture that treats long, luscious hair at the pinnacle of beauty, a celebrity’s decision to chop off her locks is still gutsy, says Tricia Romano.

    Relax. It’s just a haircut—or is it? When Beyoncé Instagrammed her new short, blonde, pixielike do, it set off a firestorm and even inspired a Twitter hashtag, #ShorterThanBeyoncesHair.

    The normally lion-maned singer looked demure and sexy with her bleached-blonde buzz, but that didn’t stop commenters and Internet trolls from weighing in negatively. For some fans, Beyoncé losing her signature locks is almost as bad as her losing an eye. (For others, she’s an inspiration, sending them straight to the hairdresser).

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    BODY IMAGE

    Even Rihanna Has ‘Fat Days’

    And she says her new clothing line reflects that.

    You crazy, RiRi. The pop superstar recently admitted needing clothes to wear on her “fat days.” Commence eye roll. Rihanna made the statement while showing off her new fashion line, her second River Island collection. Rihanna said she tailored her designs to be things that not only she would wear, but were based on the style of her whole crew. “We all have different body types and different tastes,” she explains. “Some are braver than others, but, you know, I think like that, because that’s how all the women in the world are.” So next time you look in the mirror and start criticizing your looks, just remember that even Rihanna sometimes has body issues.

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  • LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10:  Singers Chris Brown (L) and Rihanna attend the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on February 10, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for NARAS)
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    Toxic

    Rihanna, Chris Brown In Twitter War

    Feud over alleged infidelities.

    And the toxic cycle continues: the world’s most exhausting on-again, off-again couple, Rihanna and Chris Brown, are waging a Twitter war of words over alleged infidelities, after both were spotted partying with exes in the past week. On Thursday, Rihanna uploaded an Instragram that read: “If I drop all of my hoes for you and we still don’t work out you owe me some hoes.” Brown responded on Friday by tweeting “She’s not mine if she’s everybody elses.” The spat comes after months of engagement rumors, sparked by the (former?) couple’s appearance at the Grammy’s, where the 25-year-old songstresses sported bling on her ring finger.

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