Blog Posts by Raechal Leone Shewfelt

  • Lupita Nyong'o Is Named People's Most Beautiful 2014

    Lupita Nyong'o is named People's Most Beautiful 2014 (People)Jennifer Lopez. Beyoncé Knowles. Gwyneth Paltrow. And now, Lupita Nyong'o.

    People has named the 31-year-old actress, who won an Oscar for her breakout performance in last fall's "12 Years a Slave," 2014's Most Beautiful in its annual issue.

    PEOPLE’s Most Beautiful Women: Then & Now

    While receiving the "Most Beautiful" title is pretty cool in itself, Nyong'o says she is thrilled to receive the honor because of what it means for others.

    "It was exciting and just a major, major compliment," she tells the mag. "And especially, I was happy for all the girls who would see me on [it] and feel a little more seen."

    Nyong'o, who was born in Mexico and raised in Kenya, grew up thinking that she didn't fit into the mold of what was considered beautiful. After all, she didn't look like anyone she saw on TV. Those women had "light skin and long, flowing, straight hair," she notes. "Subconsciously you start to appreciate those things more than what you possess." She credits her mother with changing

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  • Justin Bieber Won't Be Going Back to Canada Anytime Soon

    Justin Bieber performs at the first weekend of Coachella. (Getty Images)

    Oh, Canada. There are a lot of non-Beliebers in America.

    In fact, 273,968 of them signed a petition on the official White House website to have Canadian singer Justin Bieber deported. The document was created Jan. 23, the day that Bieber, 20, was pulled over while drag racing in Miami and arrested, and later charged with DUI, resisting arrest without violence, and driving with an expired driver's license. The anti-Bieber petition also asked that his green card be revoked, although technically he's on an O-1 visa, which allows individuals with "extraordinary ability or achievement" in their field to stay stateside.

    The White House, which responds to any petition with more than 100,00 signatures, finally spoke to the Bieber situation Friday.

    "Sorry to disappoint, but we won't be commenting on this one," the response read. It goes on to explain that the terms of the website give the White House the option of declining to address certain issues.

    [Related: No Beliebers in Buckhead: Atlanta

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  • Meet Robin Thicke's Big Brother

    He's not the son of Alan Thicke who sings "Blurred Lines," and he's not the one who stars in Thicke's new semi-reality show, "Unusually Thicke."

    Meet Brennan Thicke, 39. He's the older bro of R&B crooner Robin, 37, and the half-brother of 16-year-old Carter Thicke. Like Robin, he will only appear occasionally on Alan's latest TV venture, although Brennan already had the Web buzzing following the show's premiere this week. People wondered, just who is this mysterious other Thicke fellow?

    [Related: Alan Thicke Show ‘Unusually Thicke’ Coming to TVGN]

    Here are a few things to know about him:

    1. Like his soul-singing sibling, Brennan is the son of the former "Growing Pains" actor and singer/actress Gloria Loring, who was on the soap "Days of Our Lives" in the '80s. (Carter's mom is Alan's second wife that he split from in 1999, former Miss World Gina Tolleson.)

    Robin and Alan Thicke (Charles Gallay/WireImage)

    2. Though the other Thicke men work in showbiz, Brennan has chosen a very different career path: He runs a medical marijuana

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  • The Valerie Harper Cancer Confusion Explained

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    Fans of "Rhoda" and "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" rejoiced Wednesday when Valerie Harper announced that she was "cancer-free" in Closer magazine.

    Unfortunately, the excitement was short-lived. Harper, 74, soon after released a statement clarifying her comments as to how she's really doing since being diagnosed with cancer early last year.

    "In response to a recent erroneous quote concerning my health, I am not 'absolutely cancer-free,'" Harper said. “I wish I were. Right now what I am is cautiously optimistic about my present condition and I have hope for the future."

    The actress further described her condition during a new interview with Howard Stern on Wednesday to promote her upcoming Hallmark movie, "Signed, Sealed, Delivered," which premieres this Saturday.

    "In a nutshell, each eight weeks I have a brain scan — a non-invasive MRI — and consistently, in a straight line, it's gotten better and better," she told Stern. "Less cancer."

    Harper continues to take what she called a "pulse

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  • The Nine Other Lives of Emma Watson

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    Don't call Emma Watson simply an actress.

    While it's true that the Brit — who turns 24 on April 15 — is probably best know for starring in such flicks as "Noah," "The Bling Ring," and, of course, the Harry Potter movies, she has lots of other interests, too.

    Take a look at her many identities:

    1. Licensed yogi: Watson is constantly traveling to a movie set or taking on one of her many other interests, but even she needs to stop and take a deep breath once in a while. Earlier this month, Elle Australia reported that Watson, its cover girl for the month, had recently earned a license to teach yoga and meditation. In the accompanying interview, Watson explained that her passion for the bendy practice came about because she has such a nomadic lifestyle. "I was like, 'I need to find a way to always feel safe and at home within myself,'" she said. "Because I can never rely on a physical place."

    [Related: Emma Watson’s Best Looks of 2014]

    2. Philosopher: No wonder Watson was a perfect

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  • #TBT: Karlie Kloss Before She and Taylor Swift Became Besties

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    Then: Years before model Karlie Kloss bonded with Taylor Swift, her closest friends were her three sisters, as seen in a photo she posted to Facebook on Thursday. "This extra special #TBT is dedicated to my 3 incredible sisters," she captioned it. "I [love] you @kmkloss @kariannkloss @kimbykloss happy #nationalsiblingday!" 

    [Related: Taylor Swift’s Many BFFs]

    Now: Karlie, now 21, is a member of Taylor's posse of famous friends. However, she's still tight with her older sister Kristine and younger twin sisters, Kimberly and Kariann. "They are all amazing!" Karlie told the U.K.'s Grazia Daily about her sisters in June 2013. "My sisters are all beautiful — there are four of us and each of us looks entirely different. We joke that we must all have four different sets of parents! The stork must have got mixed up! My elder sister Kristine has been helping me since she graduated [from college] — she's with me in New York and works and travels with me to all the shows. She also helps me with

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  • Big Sean Calls Off Engagement to Naya Rivera

    Big Sean and Naya Rivera (Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)

    They don't.

    Rapper Big Sean and "Glee" star Naya Rivera have ended their engagement after six months.

    Sean, 26, issued a statement explaining that the decision did not result from a recent tabloid report that he had cheated.

    "After careful thought and much consideration, Sean has made the difficult decision to call the wedding off," his rep told Us Weekly. "The recent rumors and accusations reported by so called or fake sources are simply untrue. Sean wishes Naya nothing but the best and it is still his hope that they can continue to work through their issues privately. We will not be commenting again on this matter."

    The couple first came into contact on Twitter.

    "I had followed him and he sent me a little message like, 'I'm a fan.' I tweeted that I followed him, I was trying to get his attention," she told "Access Hollywood" in September. "We went to dinner and the rest is history."

    The week after their engagement, Rivera was photographed visiting bridal designer Monque Lhuillier's

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  • Richard Marx and Cynthia Rhodes Split After 25 Years of Marriage

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    After 25 years of marriage, singer Richard Marx and his actress wife Cynthia Rhodes are calling it quits.

    Marx, known for his '80s and '90s power ballads, such as "Right Here Waiting" and "Now and Forever," revealed the split Friday during an appearance on "Katie," when Katie Couric noted that the 50-year-old was "back on the market." His rep later confirmed to Us Weekly that the couple separated in July and are going through a divorce.

    Rhodes, 57, is best known for her stint in 1987 movie "Dirty Dancing," in which she played the dance partner of Patrick Swayze's character. She retired from acting soon after the classic film. Instead of traveling from film set to film set, she concentrated on raising three sons — now all in their 20s — with Marx outside his hometown of Chicago.

    [Related: Celebrity Breakups of 2014]

    Marx raved about his wife during a 2012 appearance on "Access Hollywood Live."

    "I totally married up," he gushed. "I totally married out of my league."

    But after turning 50

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  • Grieving Miley Cyrus Gets an Adorable New Puppy

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    Miley Cyrus has taken the death of her dog Floyd hard, to say the least...

    The singer/actress broke into tears as she sang "Landslide" in tribute to the Alaskan Klee Kai pup she that she adopted in June 2011 on Wednesday night. "This is the 3rd worst day of my life," she tweeted on Wednesday, the day after Floyd's death. "I am beyond miserable."

    [Related: A Tearful Miley Cyrus Struggles Through Concert While Remembering Dog Floyd]

    She perked up on Friday, though, after she woke up to a furry surprise. Who wouldn't be excited about this cutie? First, she posted:

    Soon she followed up with:

    And finally:

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  • Haylie Duff Is Engaged!

    Haylie Duff and Matt Rosenberg (Instagram)
    It looks like Hilary Duff should start looking for a bridesmaid dress.

    Her older sister and constant companion, Haylie, is engaged. On Thursday, the 29-year-old actress made the happy announcement that she will wed her entrepreneur boyfriend of a year and a half, Matt Rosenberg, on her food blog, The Real Girl's Kitchen. "This week has seriously just become the best week of my life!" she wrote on her blog, where just a few hours earlier, she revealed that The Real Girl's Kitchen will become a TV show. "As if announcing The Real Girl's Kitchen TV show wasn't enough, Matt just took me by total surprise and proposed… on April Fool's Day of all days! The moment was genuine and sweet (like him!) and I couldn't wait to say yes!"

    "We are so excited and happy to share our wonderful news with everyone," she continued. "We both feel so blessed to have the love and support of our family and friends and can't wait to start this new adventure!"

    Haylie flashed a huge rock on her finger in a pic

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