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Rihanna: Fashion is commitment

Rihanna says wearing stilettos isn’t about pain, but commitment.


The 25-year-old singer is as known for her outrageous fashion sense as she is for her music. She loves wearing super high shoes, insisting she has taught herself to dance in them because she knows they look so good.

“It’s not about pain. It’s about the commitment. I say to myself, ‘I want to look like this,’ and worry about the pain later. I’ve had nights I had to tiptoe home and the balls of my feet wouldn’t even allow me to stand,” she told US Vogue magazine, which she has scored her third cover for.

The singer also gave some underwear tips. Unless it’s completely necessary, the Barbados-born singer forgoes a bra.

“If I’m wearing a top, I don’t wear a bra,” she said. “If I’m wearing a bra, I just wear a bra.”

Rihanna’s love of fashion has scored her many jobs. She is currently the face of Balmain and has released a line with UK retailer River Island and cosmetics company MAC.

Designers are seemingly falling over themselves to work with her, with Tom Ford explaining why he has so much time for her.

“She can throw on combinations you can’t imagine other people could possibly wear, and look great. In the fashion world she has inspired a very, very loose mix of random items,” he explained.

“There is no one else that excites me more,” Alexander Wang said. “It’s raw, it’s smart, it’s everything pop culture needs to move forward.”

Rihanna is considering starting up her own label soon, although she doesn’t have any concrete plans at the moment.

She believes her dedication to style is what sets her apart from her peers.

“It’s not all down to my voice. There’s people with way more talent than I when it comes to singing. Bigger voices. But people want to know who you are. Fashion is a clear indication, a way to express your attitude, your mood,” she said.

Last year there were reports that Rihanna was remodelling her New York City apartment, turning several of the bedrooms into closets to house her fashion collection. While she confirms she now lives in the Big Apple full time, the star insists she has actually downsized her wardrobe.

The star also opened up about her ever-changing hair, which has been bright red and blonde in the past. At the moment she’s a brunette and she has two main hair specialists she works with when she wants a new look – which is often.

One thing she is less picky about is her jewellery. She is often seen draped in gold bracelets and chains, but none of it is real.

She’s also not bothered about which sex her clothes are meant for, as she has long been a fan of male fashion.

“More than anything, I like a jacket. You can do anything with a great jacket, the bigger the better. You can have any silhouette underneath. It gives you an attitude. It makes a gown look cool,” she said. “I love baggy things. I wear men’s clothes, men’s shoes, oxfords, creepers.

“When I was 13 or 14, I didn’t want to wear what my mum wanted me to wear. I was very much a boy in my style, my demeanour. All my friends were guys. I loved things that boys did. I loved being easy with my clothes. I loved wearing hats and scarves and snapbacks on my head. It was my way of rebelling. I wanted to dress like my brother.”

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ACA trumps Home And Away in ratings race

A Current Affair appears to be gaining the upper hand on long-running soap Home And Away which will cause a few headaches for the Seven Network.


The Nine Network is now dominating the all-important 6pm to 7.30pm timeslots which are considered vital to promoting other programming and also retaining viewers for the rest of the night.

Nine took a gamble on January 6 when it went to an hour-long news service and pushed A Current Affair (ACA) back to 7pm to take on Home And Away.

The Seven soap won the first week of official ratings, which started February 9, but ACA has won both nights this week and by a decisive margin.

On Monday the margin was about 200,000 viewers and on Tuesday ACA was sixth with 1.013 million viewers and Home And Away was 11th with 874,000 viewers on OzTAM’s overnight ratings.

Nine also had a decisive win with its hour-long news service which is broken into two segments for ratings purposes.

Nine News (1.106 million) was third and Nine News 6.30pm (1.085 million) was fourth.

In comparison, Seven’s News (986,000) was eighth and Seven News/Today Tonight (944,000) was ninth with 944,000.

Reality shows My Kitchen Rules (1.883 million) and The Block: Fans v Faves (1.149 million) were first and second, respectively, on Tuesday.

Getting crunched in the reality show wars is Network Ten’s The Biggest Loser Challenge which was 28th with 323,000 viewers.

Most watched shows on Tuesday

1. My Kitchen Rules (Seven) – 1.883 million

2. The Block: Fans v Faves (Nine) – 1.149 million

3. Nine News (Nine) – 1.106 million

4. Nine News 6.30pm (Nine) – 1.085 million

5. Winners & Losers (Seven) – 1.041 million

6. A Current Affair (Nine) – 1.013 million

7. The Big Bang Theory (Nine) – 995,000

8. Seven News (Seven) – 986,000

9. Seven News/Today Tonight (Seven) – 944,000

10. The Big Bang Theory rpt (Nine) – 919,000


11. Home And Away (Seven) – 874,000

28. The Biggest Loser: Challenge (Ten) – 323,000

* Source OzTAM

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US dollar dips against euro on US data

The US dollar has weakened against the euro, under pressure from disappointing data, while the yen tumbled after the Bank of Japan extended a special lending scheme for banks.


The euro bought $US1.3759 around 2300 GMT (1000 AEDT) up from $US1.3707 late on Monday.

The US dollar, however, rose against the Japanese currency, buying 102.40 yen, compared with 101.92 yen on Monday.

The euro rose to 140.89 yen from 139.70 yen.

The New York Federal Reserve’s Empire State manufacturing index, based on survey of manufacturers in New York state, fell eight points to 4.5 this month, with new orders flat.

The fall was stronger than analysts expected and added to a series of weak US economic indicators that raised concerns about the strength of US growth.

Meanwhile, the National Association of Home Builders said its US sentiment index tumbled to 46 in February from 56 in January, though it mainly blamed severe weather conditions in much of the country.

“Traders are becoming somewhat sceptical as to the velocity at which the Federal Reserve will continue to cut its bond-buying program,” said Jonathan Terela, a trader at Western Union Business Solutions.

The Fed has reduced asset purchases by $US20 billion ($A22.20 billion) so far this year, to $US65 billion in February, as it tapers the support aimed at holding down long-term interest rates to bolster the economy.

Markets are awaiting the minutes of the January 28-29 Federal Open Market Committee’s monetary policy meeting on Wednesday in anticipation they will shed light on the central bank’s policy direction.

The yen weakened after the Bank of Japan wrapped up a two-day policy meeting on Tuesday saying said it would keep its massive easing program in place, in line with expectations.

However, it also doubled the sum of loan schemes to banks in a bid to stimulate lending to firms and to finance growth-stoking projects such as environmental research and natural resources development.

The pound fell against the greenback, fetching $US1.6681 compared with $US1.6714 late on Monday.

The US dollar slipped to 0.8880 Swiss franc from 0.8914 franc.

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Players’ belief removes Woods fear factor

Adam Scott says he and other players in golf’s elite aren’t worrying about Tiger Woods at the majors any more.


World No.2 Scott isn’t saying No.1 Woods is no longer a threat after a near six-year major title drought since winning his 14th – quite the opposite in fact.

But he senses he’s part of a group of players who have raised their games, feel their time has come and are too focussed on making the most of it to fret about anyone else.

“I don’t think he (Woods) has become less of a factor,” said Scott.

“I think he’s still obviously a favourite in everyone’s mind, including the players, and he’s going to be around the mix,. He’s the No.1 player in the world.

“It’s just he’s on a dry spell at the moment and that’s what happens in a career.

“Jack Nicklaus had a run like that and he’s still the greatest player of all time.”

Scott will pursue his second major title when he defends the Masters in April and says the spate of different major winners in recent years has changed the scene.

“I just feel like the way it’s been shared around a little bit lately, you’ve seen my generation of player and the Justin Rose’s who have got to that level where they have put 10 or 12 years experience in the bank; they have raised the level of their own game over the last couple years and believe it’s their time to do it.

“They are not worried about Tiger Woods or Phil Mickelson or a young guy like Rory McIlroy. They are just into their own thing.

“It wouldn’t surprise me that Tiger comes and wins again this year, but I think there’s my generation of player feeling like their time is now, so they have got to take advantage of it.”

Woods, second behind Nicklaus’ all-time total of 18 majors, hasn’t won a major since the 2008 US Open at Torrey Pines.

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News organisations want Greste release

A raft of international news organisations has called on Egypt to free Australian journalist Peter Greste who is being held in a Cairo prison.


Mr Greste was arrested on December 29 and is due to face trial on Thursday, accused of backing the black-listed Muslim Brotherhood and portraying Egypt in a state of civil war.

In an open letter to Egyptian authorities, the BBC, Reuters, Sky, NBC News, ABC News and ITN call for the Al-Jazeera journalist’s release.

“A hard-working, honourable journalist, with a track record of achievement, has been put in jail, awaiting trial, for honestly practising his trade,” the letter says.

“So we would like to add our voices to those that have called for his release, including the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.”

The international news organisations condemned Egyptian authorities for jailing 20 journalists, including 48-year-old Mr Greste, for allegedly belonging to or assisting a terrorist organisation or “spreading false news”.

“We think the Egyptian authorities are profoundly mistaken in their actions,” the letter says.

“Whatever the local conditions, a fundamental principle of any country should be freedom of speech.

“So we think Egypt’s move is deeply damaging to the future of impartial journalism in the country and that its actions are unjust, and unacceptable.”

Since Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi was ousted by the military in July, Egypt’s interim government has been incensed by Al-Jazeera television’s coverage of a deadly crackdown against the Brotherhood to which the deposed Islamist belongs.

On December 25, the government added the Brotherhood to its list of terrorist organisations.

Prosecutors have accused the Al-Jazeera news crew of portraying Egypt in a state of “civil war” and “airing false news”.

Al-Jazeera has been leading an international campaign demanding the release Mr Greste and eight other network staff, and has denied all charges against them.

If convicted, Mr Greste could be jailed for up to seven years.

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