Kid Models (and Their Moms) Trade Summer Fun for City Auditions

Five children, in brightly colored T-shirts and wrinkled jean shorts, chattered in an eighth-floor office in Manhattan on a recent June day, taking breaks to lick ice pops and play with Spider-Man dolls. It looked like an all-American play date, the type you may see depicted in a magazine. And that’s exactly the point. It’s …

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Unbuttoned: Hillary Clinton and Theresa May Herald a New Age in Power Dressing

Unbuttoned By VANESSA FRIEDMAN When Hillary Clinton takes the stage at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on Thursday to formally accept the nomination as the Democratic candidate for president of the United States, she will make history and automatically become a role model for women in a way that goes beyond all of her …

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On the Runway: Michelle Obama’s Dress May Have Looked Simple, but It Spoke Volumes

Vanessa Friedman ON THE RUNWAY The first night of the Democratic National Convention on Monday was, rightly, not about the clothes: It was about trying to unify the party, rise above the opponent and so on, as many of my colleagues have described. Which is not to say it lacked a fashion statement or two. …

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The Unlikely Comeback of the ‘Pill-Popping Dermatologist’

July 9, 2014 dawned hot, dry and cloudless, the New York sidewalks shimmering in the heat. Dr. Cheryl Karcher, a frequent dermatology expert on CNN and shows like “The Doctors,” had no television appearances scheduled that day, but, as always, was camera-ready in her olive green Theory pants and crisp cream blouse. She said her …

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Taylor Swift Is Summering in Rhode Island. Locals Just Shake It Off.

WATCH HILL, R.I. — You can’t miss High Watch, a rambling, white clapboard 1920s “cottage” that sprawls atop the bluff that gives this town its name, just before the inflection point, as Nate McBride, a local architect, put it, of the Long Island Sound as it flows into the Atlantic Ocean. It looms over East …

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Cultural Studies: Hillary, Me and the Digital Divide

On Dec. 23, 2009, Hillary Clinton, who was then secretary of state, sent an email on her private server to her aide Huma Abedin asking how to switch her home phone to fax mode. In the long chain that followed, Ms. Abedin explained, more than once: “Just pick up phone and hang it up. And …

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Night Out: Keegan-Michael Key and Mike Birbiglia Take Pizza and Obama Imitations Seriously

Night Out By LEAH ROZEN Mike Birbiglia and Keegan-Michael Key were laughing — hard. Mr. Birbiglia’s laugh was a repetitive bray: “A-heh, a-heh, a-heh.” Mr. Key’s was a louder Woody Woodpecker cackle that kept climbing in register. Their guffaws rose from the back row at the UCB Theater, an improvisational comedy showcase in the Chelsea …

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