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Miss America Axes Swimsuit Competition & Will No Longer Judge on Physical Appearance

Miss America’s dumping a longstanding tradition … scrapping the swimsuit competition because it’ll no longer judge contestants on physical appearance. Ex-FOX News host Gretchen Carlson — a 1989 Miss America winner herself and the new chair of the…

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Meghan Markle Makes First Official Appearance as The Duchess of Sussex!

The Royal Wedding may be over, but the Royal Life has only just begun for Meghan Markle.

Mere days after she captured the heart of a nation by exchanging vows with Prince Harry, Markle made her first official appearance.

Not as Meghan Markle, of course. But as The Duchess of Sussex.

Equipped with this new title and the perfect look to go along with it, Markle attended a 70th birthday party in honor of her father-in-law, Prince Charles.

He is also the man who walked Meghan down the aisle last Saturday after Meghan’s own father fell victim to some health problems.

Prince Harry and his lovely wife arrived at Buckingham Palace in London on Tuesday afternoon to attend a garden party for the former’s dad, a gathering that caused the newlyweds to postpone their honeymoon.

It remains unclear exactly where the couple will vacation when they do finally get away from it all, but most Royal Sources assume it will be somewhere in Africa.

For this festive occasion, Harry went with a classic black suit over a white button-down shirt and a blue necktie.

Markle, whose fashion will now be scrutinzed for the rest of her life, donned a pale pink hat and a blush-colored Goat dress with sheer detailing.

She styled her brunette hair in a chic side chignon.

In photos from the party, Markle is seen sharing a laugh Charles and with Charles and Duchess Camilla, as over 6,000 people actually attended this celebration.

Prince Charles does not turn 70 until November 14, but this event served to honor patronage, military affiliations and the charities he supports.

The gathering also recognized the emergency personnel who responded to the terror attack at Ariana Grande’s concert at the Manchester Arena, which took place exactly one year ago on Tuesday.

Such an awful tragedy.

In the days since the wedding, Prince Charles has received heaps of praise in the British press for the welcome he offered to Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland.

At one point, he was seen taking Doria’s hand in the chapel when she was overcome with the emotion of the big day.

Later, he walked with her as he departed the chapel alongside his wife.

Harry and Meghan, of course, tied the knot in front of approximately 600 guests at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle on Saturday, May 19.

Later that night, they celebrated at a private reception – hosted by Charles – with about 200 of their close friends and family members.

They haven’t said anything in public yet about the wedding, but the newlyweds did pose for this gorgeous photos shortly after they made their union official:

Simply breathtaking, isn’t it?

“The couple will be going on honeymoon, but not straightaway,” said Kensington Palace spokesman Jason Knauf, adding:

“They will have their first engagement as a married couple in the week after the wedding.”

At some point, we’d also have to imagine Markle and Harry sit down for a joint interview as a married couple.

Until then, we’ll just need to be content with the many photos and videos from the Royal Nuptials, some of which we’ve shared shared below.

Click around and enjoy!

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Jet Li: Frail Appearance Shocks Fans as Actor Battles Hyperthyroidism

It wasn’t all that long ago that Jet Li was one of the most recognized action stars on the planet.

We suppose that’s why so many on social media are expressing their shock over the actor and stunt specialist’s comparatively frail appearance nowadays.

That’s Li on the right, and as you can see, it’s somewhat difficult to believe that the 55-year-old was still starring in stunt spectaculars like The Expendables 3 just four short years ago.

The photo above was posted by Twitter user Simón, who captioned it:

“So, apparently, Jet Li is suffering from ‘hyperthyroidism and spinal problems’ and this is him now.”

He later added:

“Jackie Chan and Jet Li were like Gods to me when I was little. It’s so sad to see Li like this.”

Li mostly keeps a low profile these days, but sources close to the actor have confirmed that he is still battling hyperthyroidism.

Jet Li Photo

According to TMZ, Li also suffered numerous “serious leg and spine injuries” during his career.

In recent years, Li’s condition has reportedly deteriorated to the point that he finds it difficult to stand for long periods of time.

Li first revealed that he’s been diagnosed with hyperthyroidism back in 2013.

“I’m in pain, but I’m not suffering. I’m happy,” Li said in an interview at the time.

Aside from his appearance in The Expendables 3 and the occasional social media post, he has apparently steered clear of the spotlight as much as possible over the past five years.

Today, fans from all over the globe are sending thoughts and prayers to Li and his family.

Jet Li Image

While the father of four has turned away from acting in recent years, he clearly still enjoys the support of a very loyal fan base.

For many, the reactions to Li’s appearance brings to mind the shock with which fans responded to photos of actor Val Kilmer looking frail after battling cancer.

Like Li, Kilmer was an icon of strength and swagger for those who came of age in the 1990s and early-2000s.

And in both cases, one gets the impression that the stars were so convincing in their portrayals of invincible heroes that any reminder of their mortality is bound to be greeted with astonishment.

These days, Kilmer s reportedly cancer-free and considering a return to acting.

Here’s hoping Li’s treatment meets with similar success.

Our thoughts go out to the action icon and his family during this difficult time.

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Dannielynn Birkhead: Anna Nicole Smith’s Daughter Makes Rare Public Appearance

The Kentucky Derby was held at Churchill Downs over the weekend, and as usual, many of Hollywood’s best and brightest made the trip to Louisville.

For most of the celebrity attendees, the Derby was just one of many high-profile red carpet events on their calendar for 2018, but for one famous name, this is the social highlight of the year:

The family of Anna Nicole Smith’s daughter, Dannielynn Birkhead, generally tries to keep the 11-year-old out of the spotlight as much as possible.

But on the first Saturday of every May, equestrian enthusiast Dannielynn dresses to the nines and steps out with her father, Larry Birkhead.

Larry tweeted the above photo on Saturday along with the following caption:

“Celebrating the Kentucky Derby with Dannielynn,” he wrote.

“Rain won’t spoil our awesome Derby day! #halfwaycooldad.”

Birkhead also shared the above photo from a Derby after-party, noting that there’s a special poignancy to the event:

“Dannielynn before she raided the dessert room at the Barnstable-Brown Party where I met her Mom in 2003,” Larry captioned the pic, adding the hashtags:

“#lifefullcircle #BarnstableBrownParty.”

Though her mother died of a drug overdose when Dannielynn was just 5 months, she and her father often pay tribute to Anna Nicole, so as to ensure that the young girl always feels a connection to the late model.

In February of 2016, Larry memorably shared a letter that Dannielynn had written him during a candid 20/20 interview:

“Ever since my mother’s death, a friend of hers said she would send me pretty butterflies,” Dannielynn wrote.

“So, butterflies chase me everywhere and I let the butterfly come out of my pencil and fly on my paper with its wings of love.”

In the past, Larry has been accused of exploiting Anna Nicole’s death to boost his public profile, but these days, it seems he’s devoting most of his time and attention to his daughter.

Despite her often tumultuous upbringing, Dannielynn seems remarkable well-adjusted, and those who know the girl say she shares her mother’s ability to light up a room.

Here’s hoping Larry continues to mostly keep Dannielynn from the spotlight, for her sake.

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