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Stars and Their Cars

By Josh
Condon
of MSN Autos

Us Weekly magazine might tell you that stars are “just like us.”
But, in reality, they aren’t. We find they tend to drive better cars —
much better cars, ranging from the absurd to the eco-conscious to the
practical-chic. But this is nothing new. The love affair between celebs
and tasty automobiles is well-documented. And while piloting a
million-dollar-plus Ferrari Enzo around town to pick up, say, an iced
caffè mocha at the local Starbucks might seem like overkill to you,
it’s normal to these luminaries. Here we highlight 10 coveted,
cutting-edge or just plain weird rides and the celebs who own them.

Paris Hilton in her Bentley (© Rex Features)

Paris Hilton in her Bentley



Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren

Multitasker Pharrel
Williams
— one-half of the producing duo the Neptunes, front man
for the band N.E.R.D and co-creator of the fashion lines Billionaire
Boys Club and Ice Cream — is known for his distinct personal style at
least as much as for his musical prowess, and said style extends to his
rides. Not only does he have a $455,000 Mercedes-Benz
SLR McLaren
with a supercharged 5.5L V8 engine parked in his
driveway, he also counts a $1 million, carbon-fiber, Formula 1-inspired
Ferrari
Enzo
(top speed: 221 mph) for his daily errands about town.

Pharrel Williams and Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren (© AP Photo/Matt  <br/>Dunham/Mercedes-Benz USA)

Pharrel Williams and the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren

Audi R8 Supercar

Lauren
Conrad
is a TV star from the MTV shows “Laguna Beach” and “The
Hills.” While you can easily say her roles lack, well, substance, you
cannot say the same for Conrad’s ride. It is full of it, in a good way.
She rides around Los Angeles in the incredible Audi
R8
supercar. The midmounted monster — which goes zero to 60 mph in
4.6 seconds, delivers 317 lb-ft of torque and has a top speed of 187
mph — is also favored by macho types such as English soccer ace Robbie
Fowler and actor David Hasselhoff. So, while seeing a tiny, blond,
SoCal reality TV star tooling around in this powerhouse is a bit
disconcerting, it’s also, dare we say it, totally awesome! It sure
beats Paris Hilton’s cringe-inducing pink
Bentley
.

Lauren Conrad Audi R8 (© Louise Barnsley/Nate  <br/>Jones/PacificCoastNews.com)

Lauren Conrad and her Audi R8

1968 Ford Mustang Cobra

While the Jonas Brothers’ music may appeal to the tween girl set,
the car Nick
Jonas
drives comes straight out of a ZZ Top video. As soon as he
turned 16, the Disney-produced guitar player and vocalist was spotted
cruising around his Toluca Lake, Calif., neighborhood in a shiny black
1968 Ford Mustang Cobra with white racing stripes. Although we doubt
the young crooner spent hours rehabilitating the classic muscle car
getting grease under those manicured nails, we have to give him credit
for one badass ride.

Nick Jonas Driving 1968 Mustang (© Gaz Shirley/Matt Symons)

Nick Jonas and his vintage 1968 Ford Mustang Cobra

GMC Yukon Hybrid

For at least one nod to practicality on this list, we turn to “Walk
the Line” actress Reese
Witherspoon
and her vehicle of choice. Rather than the ever-popular
Toyota
Prius
favored by Hollywood’s eco warriors, or the MINI
Cooper
(a hit with “Twilight” star Kristen Stewart), this petite
thespian and mother drives to and fro in a massive GMC
Yukon Hybrid
. And while the SUV’s gas mileage is not exactly at
Prius levels (it gets about 21 mpg on the highway), it sports a monster
V8 engine and can tow up to 6,000 pounds. What a famous Hollywood
actress commanding $15 million to $20 million per picture needs with
that kind of power is unclear, but it’s pretty cool nonetheless.

Reese Witherspoon and GMC Yukon Hybrid (© AP Photo/Jacquelyn  <br/>Martin / General Motors)

Reese Witherspoon and the GMC Yukon Hybrid

Tesla Roadster

While Fergie is probably the most recognized member of the Black
Eyed Peas, will.i.am
is definitely the most politically minded, as proven by his bizarre
“hologram” in a ratings stunt with CNN’s Anderson Cooper after the 2008
presidential election. Nonetheless, the musician puts his environmental
politics into action with his choice of car, the Tesla
Roadster
. Based on the super-sporty Lotus Elise, this pure
electric racer does zero to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds. It develops 248
horsepower and gets 244 miles per charge. It’s so sporty, in fact, that
another famous musician and Tesla owner — Flea, bassist for the Red
Hot Chili Peppers — has said that it makes his Porsche feel “like a
golf cart.”

will.i.am and Tesla Roadster (© AP Photo/Matt Dunham  <br/>/Mercedes-Benz USA)

will.i.am and the Tesla Roadster

1959 Rolls-Royce Convertible

Normally, music superstar <a onclick=”window.open(this.href);return
false;” href=”http://music.msn.com/music/artist-photos/beyonc%c3%a9/”>Beyoncé
Knowles is spotted with the type of entourage that suggests she
doesn’t spend too much time actually driving herself anywhere. And
that’s a shame, considering that on her 25th birthday, her
then-boyfriend (now husband), rapper and music mogul Jay-Z, surprised
her with a 1959 Rolls-Royce
convertible. No definite details as to model — though as a convertible
it’s most likely a Silver Cloud. Regardless, it’s hard to argue with a
classic luxury automobile reported to be worth a cool million bucks as a
“congratulations for being one year older” gift.

Beyonce and Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud (© AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Beyoncé and the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud

Bugatti Veyron

Who knew being obnoxious on overhyped network TV contests was so
lucrative? One look at the Bugatti Veyron that “American Idol” judge Simon
Cowell
ponied up $1.7 million for tells us everything we need to
know about the financial prospects of pomposity. With a top speed of
more than 253 mph, the Veyron holds the title of the fastest (and most
expensive) street-legal car on the road today. Consequently, Cowell can
sit in judgment of all other motorists around him, anywhere in the
world. Even more proof that nice guys finish last: Cowell purchased the
Bugatti within a few days of picking up a $434,000 Rolls-Royce Phantom
Drophead Coupe.

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Simon Cowell and Bugatti Veyron (© AP Photo/Dan Steinberg)

Simon Cowell and the Bugatti Veyron

Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe

Noted black-on-black (aka “murdered out”) luxury vehicle enthusiast
and sometime-international soccer star David
Beckham
has been spotted driving around Los Angeles in a sleek,
blacked-out Rolls-Royce
Phantom Drophead Coupe
. The ride’s color scheme matches his
$400,000 customized Porsche
911
Cabriolet Turbo and jacked-up Jeep
Wrangler
, and rounds out the luxury lineup in his garage, which
also includes a Ferrari
F430
and a V10
Lamborghini Gallardo
. His wife, Victoria — aka Posh, former Spice
Girl turned Marc Jacobs muse and international fashion plate — plays
the ivory to Becks’ ebony in a white Porsche 911 Cabriolet.

David Beckham Driving Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe (©  <br/>Johnstone, Symons, PacificCoastNews.com)

David Beckham and his Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe

GM EcoJet

Jay
Leno
isn’t your typical celebrity car owner. He is actually a true
automotive enthusiast extraordinaire. His collection of rare and odd
vintage rides is legendary. But, as a true gearhead, Leno is just as
impressed by speed and power as by quirk and collectability. Take his
EcoJet prototype, for instance. Leno helped design the one-of-a-kind
supercar (with help from his own Big Dog garage team and the design
gurus at General Motors). It is essentially a modified Corvette
Z06
that runs on biodiesel and is powered by a 650-horsepower
LT-101 jet engine, similar to the ones found in Coast Guard
helicopters. The team is still working out the kinks to get it on the
road, but in the meantime you can see (and hear) Leno and team firing
it up at his official
car Web site
.

Watch:
Jay Leno and his EcoJet

Jay Leno With EcoJet Concept (© General Motors and Wieck Media  <br/>Services, Inc.)

Jay Leno and his turbine-powered EcoJet

1962 Ferrari 250 GTO

American fashion icon Ralph Lauren’s car collection has everything
from the ultraclassic (Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing Coupe) to the
iconic (Porsche 550 Spyder) to the bizarre (Jaguar XKD) — and those are
just some of his cars from 1955! It’s hard to choose favorites among
such a select stable, but if we could abscond with one of his
incredible rides, chances are it would be the 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO.
Only 39 of these unmistakable Italian beauties were produced between
1962 and 1964, and they are widely considered to be one of Enzo
Ferrari’s greatest achievements — if not the greatest. And they’re
priced accordingly: 250 GTOs (top speed: 170 mph) have sold at auctions
over the years for anywhere from $2 million to more than $15 million.

Pictures:
Vintage Ferraris

1962 Ferrari GTO (© The Ralph Lauren Collection)

Ralph Lauren’s 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO




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The Photography Of Eva Mueller via [ifitshipitshere.blogspot]

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Bavarian-born photographer Eva Mueller
is best known for her projection photography – projected light, shape
and texture on nudes. But frankly, I find those are the least inventive
and beautiful of her work.

With an enormous portfolio that includes
everything from CD and album covers to lipstick ads, her large body of
work is quite diverse, despite certain stylistic commonalities. She
often acts as the art director for her own shoots, utilizing her
knowledge of graphic design for both the concepts and compositions.
Minimal and graphic, bold and clean, Mueller says her vision is that of
“less is more.”

Once you pour over the following images, you’ll
find that whether it’s gritty and black and white or slick and bright,
indoors or outdoors, stylized or natural, her work has an undeniable
beauty.

Some of her photos of men:




Some of her photos of women:



Some of her beauty and make-up
photography:



Some of her projection photography:


Some of her music photography:



Some of her personal work:



The photographer:

She’s shot for American and British
record labels, editorials for the New York, Vellum and Zink magazine,
ad campaigns for Steve Madden, Panasonic, Master Card and Guinness. her
personal work, which consist largely of nudes, has been displayed in
galleries and museums in London, Germany and the US.

To see her
complete portfolio, visit EvaMueller.com
all images and info courtesy of the
photographer.



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BOOK REVIEW: Smart Girls Marry Money:”How Women Have Been Duped Into The Romantic Dream–And How They’re Paying For It” by Elizabeth Ford and Daniela Drake via [Marie Claire and ABC.com]

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Smart Girls Marry Money: How Women Have Been Duped Into the  <br/>Romantic Dream--And How They're Paying For ItSmart
Girls Marry Money: How Women Have Been Duped Into the Romantic
Dream–And How They’re Paying For It
by Elizabeth
Ford

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Elizabeth Ford and Daniela Drake — an Emmy-winning news
producer and an M.D., respectively — are no bimbos. And yet, they’ve
written what sounds like a bimbo bible. In a chatty, if bitter, tone, Smart
Girls Marry Money: How Women Have Been Duped Into the Romantic Dream —
And How They’re Paying for It
makes the case against marrying for
love. We couldn’t resist a few words with the authors.

Smart Girls Marry Money: How Women Have Been Duped Into the <br/>Romantic Dream--And How They're Paying For It

MC:
You’re both accomplished working women, but you’re telling us
we should marry for money. What gives?
FORD:
The juggling
act required to be a successful woman, to be a good mom and to be a
careerist, makes you want to say, “Screw it, I should’ve married money.”

MC: So you’re saying we should quit our careers?
FORD:
You should definitely keep your job. But we haven’t climbed
the ladder as far as we should have. We have to keep that in mind when
looking for a partner, and steer clear of seductive slackers.

MC:
But what about all the gains we’ve made in the workplace?
DRAKE:
You
can always find a poster girl who earns more than a man. But the
average woman earns one-third of what a man earns over the course of her
working life.

MC: Did you two marry for love?
DRAKE:
I did. And I’ve been happily married for 10 years.
FORD:
I married the love of my life when I was 26 years old. Now I’m
a single mom, and he’s engaged to a girl 15 years younger than me.

MC:
Oy, that sounds tricky.
FORD:
I was with my husband for 13
years, and then he wasn’t in love with me anymore. The bitterness is
there.

MC: Thus the book’s premise?
FORD:
It’s
meant to be funny. It’s meant to be catty. It’s meant to be a good
read. The title gets people’s attention. You picked it up, didn’t you?

Smart Women Marry Rich, Says New Book

Why Do Women Choose ‘Big Blue Eyes’ Over ‘Big Green Bank
Account?’

By SUSAN DONALDSON JAMES

June 5, 2009—

Heart-stopping, knee-weakening, “when-is-he-going-to-call” kind of
love wanes in about 18 to 24 months, but the kind that comes in dollars
and cents lasts a lifetime.

At least according to a new book, “Smart Girls Marry Money: How Women
Have Been Duped into the Romantic Dream — and How They’re Paying for
It.”

The book confirms what mothers have been telling their daughters for
generations: “Girls are told at their mother’s knee: “It’s just as easy
to love a rich man as a poor man.” Or, “No Romance without Finance.”
And, “Marry the one you can live with, not the one you can’t live
without.”

Many women would agree that one good man in the boardroom is better
than two in the bedroom.

Such was the case with Ginger Borgella, a 29-year-old Maryland
therapist who writes the blog, “Girls
Just Want To Have Funds
.”

“How a man treats his finances — if he is not willing to honor his
debts and obligations — is an indicator of how he will treat you in the
marriage,” she told ABCNews.com.

“I want a man who is financially savvy,” said Borgella, who asked to
see her prospective husband’s credit report.

That report wasn’t perfect, but the couple made a mutual plan to
establish financial security and have now been married since 2006 and
own their own house.

“I don’t want to be broke,” said Borgella. “I’m not Paris Hilton, but
I lead a comfortable life.”

“Smart Girls Marry Money” is a satirical self-help guide is written
by two middle-aged professionals scarred by their first marriages.

They aim their advice squarely at nubile girls who have falsely
equated romantic love with happiness.

Why are girls are encouraged to court the man with the “big blue
eyes” rather than the one with the “big green bankroll?” they ask.

Both authors — Los Angeles mothers Daniela Drake and Elizabeth Ford
— say they “married for love, but reaped the consequences.”

Drake is a primary care doctor with an MBA and Ford (divorced from
the son of actor Harrison Ford) is an Emmy-winning television producer.

Ford admits the book’s title is “meant to get your attention.”

“It’s not just about how to marry a rich guy,” she told ABCNews.com.
But women are way too obsessed with the “love drug.”

The question women should ask about the fiance is, “Does he have a
financial plan and how does that match up with your values?”

Romantic love, they say, is never a valid reason to get married.

“Both men and women think it is the end-all, be-all of happiness,”
said Ford. “Every movie ends with the wedding scene and a pregnant girl
at the end and they live happily ever after.”

Science seems to back this theory. MRI scans now reveal a
“complicated biological cocktail of hormones” that light up in the brain
when people are in love, according to the book. And, Ford notes, the
activity is in “the most primitive, reptilian” part of the brain.

Knowing that that loving feeling doesn’t last and that women have a
“sell-by date,” women should pursue the “gold digging imperative” —
finding a man while they still have their youth and looks.

“I am just old fashioned enough to find [marrying for money]
repellant,” said Stephanie Coontz, professor of history and family
studies at Evergreen State College in Washington.

Still, she notes that romantic love is a modern notion.

According to her 2005 book, “Marriage, A History: From Obedience to
Intimacy, or How Love Conquered Marriage,” it began in the Victorian
era.

“There is nothing new about this idea,” Coontz told ABCNews.com.
“Women have been marrying for mercenary reasons for most of history.
They had to, because they couldn’t support themselves.”

She said that as late as 1967, women routinely considered marrying a
man they didn’t love “if he met the financial criteria.”

For thousands of years, marriage was based on political and economic
convenience for both men and women.

“Until the 18th century the biggest infusion of cash until marriage
was death and an inheritance,” said Coontz. Next was the dowry.

“Families were interested in the connections to in-laws to improve
their financial interests,” she said.

But as the middle class emerged and men could support themselves
rather than depend upon an inheritance, they became “the most
exuberantly romantic,” she said.

“Women who were totally dependent and legally subordinate said things
in their diaries like, “Caution: My heart inclines to Harry, but I
can’t take that risk.”

By the mid 20th century, modern attitudes gave men and
women equality to choose a mate, but not economic equality.

Men expect power because they make more money and women “trade
services for deference,” Coontz said. “This has created an unstable
situation.”

The best hope for a stable and satisfying marriage is one where both
husband and wife share the bread-winning, child care and housework,
according to Coontz.

“Women mostly say it is less important to have a man earn a lot of
money than a man who can communicate and share his feelings,” she said.
“And that doesn’t mean they want to marry a deadbeat.”

The book’s authors agree that economic equality is important.

They argue that women can’t earn as much as men, especially after
having children, and if they do marry well, and then split, they are
shortchanged by divorce, both professionally and financially.

The book cites research by Professor Stephen Jenkins, director of the
Institute for Social and Economic Research, who found that five years
after divorce, men were 25 percent richer, whereas women still had less
money than they did pre-split; and that 31 percent of mothers received
no support no payment for children.

Women face the pressure to do it all — raise children, earn a decent
salary and be a hot sexpot in bed.

And, the authors note from personal experience that 50 percent of all
marriages are doomed to failure.

“If falling in love is a valid reason to get married, then falling
out of love is a reason for divorce,” said Ford, whose husband left her
two years ago to raise their now 8-year-old son, motivating her to write
the book.

Ford’s enthusiasm for the topic was also fueled by a younger sister
who graduated from college “looking for love” and ended up with “slacker
guys who don’t pay the rent.”

Her co-author, Drake, left her husband, because he had no concern for
the couple’s finances. She is now remarried with two children.

A good marriage, they both say, is an economic partnership. And
research shows that if a couple stays together long enough, the
passionate love will reignite.

Such was case with one blogger on the Web site Urban Baby who said
her best friend had always dated “rocker guys” but, instead, married a
Jewish MBA consultant.

“She admits that he is not as sexy, interesting or thrilling as her
past boys,” she wrote. “But he is understanding and kind and super
intelligent. I ‘m sure that loft in Tribeca didn’t hurt either.”


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Paris Hilton’s USD325,000 Doghouse

By ASHOK SOMAN

In the midst of a continuing global economic downturn and an across-board housing slump, one woman is not giving up the ghost of excess: Paris Hilton. And neither are her dogs.

According to gossip maven Perez Hilton, the six pampered pooches are living it up in a USD325,000 mini-mansion featuring interiors by Faye Resnick and miniature Philippe Starck furniture.

It even comes with a black crystal chandelier. Of course, the 300sqf house comes with climate control and is located in Paris’ own backyard in Beverly Hills. Our investment experts have yet to get back to us on the soundness of Hilton’s real estate venture.

Image credits: Paris Hilton via Twitter

Paris’s pinkified pet playhouse has two floors. Downstairs there is a living room and upstairs there is a bedroom and a closet to stash the many outfits she has purchased for her small pets. Hilton’s dogs, which bear names like Tinkerbell, Marilyn Monroe, Prince Baby Bear, Harajuku, Dolce and Prada, will feel right at home because the mini-mansion, outfitted by interior decorator Faye Resnick was designed to resemble Hilton’s own home in all its pink majesty and includes miniature Philippe Starck furniture, heat, air conditioning and even a black crystal chandelier and black ceiling moldings. At a price of $325,000, as Perez Hilton points out, such extavagance might not sit well with the many people in the U.S. struggling to hold on to their homes. But then again, would we expect anything less of Paris Hilton?


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