COSMOPOLITAN.COM – Have you ever received an unsolicited dick pic? If so, it’s not your fault. You did nothing to deserve this, so don’t waste your precious time trying to rationalize it or make excuses for the pig in his mother’s basement with Cheeto powder lending a Donald Trump-like complexion to his milk-white hands.
Thing is, when I receive one, I can almost guarantee why I’m getting it. Save for a single letter (she writes hers with one S), I have the same name as a Victoria’s Secret model. We both appear in magazines, but for different reasons: She gets front and center(fold) with the mile-long thigh gap and magical cleavage, and I hide my too-short frame behind puns and other nerdy forms of syntax.
Sharing a name with a prominent swimsuit and lingerie model has its ups, because my friends say it works in my favor to be associated with a famous person, but if I had to choose, I’d be called Ruth Bader Ginsburg, or Mayim Bialik, or Sarah Silverman — names that align more squarely with my targeted personal brand. Instead, my inbox is a nightmare-ish hellscape full of scummy creeps failing to realize I am the wrong one.
I was in eighth grade when a boy and I had an hour to kill before a movie. He picked up a copy of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue to read while downing a Subway sandwich. There, my pseudo-doppelgänger was splayed in all her svelte glory. “Damn, now that’s a hot Marisa Miller,” he said with his mouth ajar enough for me to see the chewed-up pieces of meatball marinating in his mouth as he salivated at the sight of her (Who orders the meatball sub!?!?! That’d be a hard swipe left today). I tossed my sandwich in disgust, thanks to both the meatball display and his comment, starving throughout the movie.
As a journalist, I’m constantly looking at myself through Google’s lens. The search results need to be pristine, because I never know who’s looking at my credentials. I make an active effort to ensure there are no pictures of me partying, no gossip about me, and of course, nothing overtly sexual. And yet even the narrow Google image search of “Marissa Miller writer” leads to results of a woman in a shiny leather dress so tight I can’t help but imagine her intestines rearranging in her torso. “Marissa Miller journalist” reveals an even more provocative array of image results: a full chest with nipples conveniently covered in beads, and a nude woman who appears to be somewhere around seven months pregnant. It’s not just that I don’t want someone to mistake me for a woman who is scantily clad on the Internet (Not judging! Just not the image I personally want to put out there!) — it’s that we all know certain companies tend to disregard candidates who may leave to start a family.
True, I’m not aware of an instance in which a hiring manager confused me for the blonde bombshell, but that hasn’t stopped me from worrying about the possibility. After all, as of a few months ago, I, too, was platinum blonde, and I have been told by what I hope are credible sources that my blue eyes, too, are ~bedroom-esque~. In a climate where sartorial modesty is so firmly tied to professional success for women, I can’t help but resent that my name holds me back from the digital version of myself I try so desperately to be.
When I worked as a social media manager at a modeling agency a few years ago, appearance pervaded the corporate discourse. Much to my chagrin, my colleagues made the link. “You’re like a shorter version of her! Similar hair, similar eyes, similar bone structure, but like … different, you know? She’s so hot though. You’re really cute too. Don’t worry.” The “cute” stamp of approval from these tough critics would have otherwise painted emoji hearts on my eyes, but the part where they threw me a bone relegated me back to my desk where I could bury my perceived inferior face in some tweets at my computer.
Still, dick pics and unflattering comparisons aside, sharing my name with a badass who campaigns against SeaWorld on behalf of PETA, and whose proceeds from her online store go to the American Cancer Society, really isn’t so bad. In fact, I even feel a kinship with her. Being compared to her so frequently and seeing her face pop up every time I search myself has cemented her in my mind as an elusive peer, or a cool older sibling, or at the very least, a celebrity that maybe wants to meet me as much as I want to meet her. I just want to call her Mars Bar, like friends have called me for years, or Rissy, like my parents have cooed at me since I was born. Miller the Killer to bros. Eminem to acquaintances. Missy to childhood friends.
Sometimes, I’ll even dive into the troves of my closet and try on all my shortest bandage dresses and tiniest bikinis in front of the mirror, standing on stilt-like heels wondering if there’s any chance I could pass for the model. Then I quickly remember pulling off those outfits requires good posture and an immaculate diet, two things I can’t claim to have. At least behind the keyboard writing puns, I can curl up with a tub of hummus and slouch as much as my little heart desires.
CELEBRITYBABYSCOOP.COM – Model mom Marisa Miller shared a snapshot with son Grayson, 7 months, on Instagram Thursday.
“Don’t feed the horses,” the former Victoria’s Secret model, 37, captioned the image babywearing her son while feeding a horse.
The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue model recently posted a photo with her 3-year-old son Gavin, captioning the image, “Thankful.”
In another cute shot, Gavin is seen in a Toy Story costume while preparing for Santa Claus.
“Santa land here. Here’s some carrots for the reindeer,” the proud mama captioned the image.
Miller and her record producer husband, Griffin Guess, welcomed Grayson on May 29 in Santa Cruz, Calif.
“My son Grayson is healthy and such a sweet baby. I feel so blessed and excited to see both my boys grow up together,” Miller recently said.
LATINOSHEALTH.COM – Time and again, we learn of unusual beauty and health tips from friends, peers and acquaintances. However, bizarre tips are rendered even more so when it comes from popular personalities.
Here are 7 bizarre beauty & health tips from celebrities:
1.) Facelift tape – Lady Gaga
The singer-actress reportedly uses facelift tape to tighten the skin in her face, Mirror reported. The tape reportedly helps her frame her face to make it look more youthful and her neck skin more taut.
“When I have my wig cap on and I’m taping my face, it’s a sort of meditation for me. Every day, it starts the same way. It’s like a mantra,” she said. “I wash my face, I pin my hair back and put on a wig cap and I ask, ‘How am I going to form my eyes today with this tape? How will I pull back my neck with tape?'”
According to the outlet, Cher reportedly also uses the beauty product as well.
2.) Wear less clothes for weight loss – Marisa Miller
According to Elle, model Marisa Miller is motivated to eat less by displaying her body at all times by wearing little to no clothing. She said that it ensures that she keeps to her diet regiment.
“Eating smart is all about having an awareness of your body,” she explained in an interview with Women’s Health. “The most obvious way to do that is by seeing it. So when you’re trying to lose weight, spend more time wearing less. I don’t think I could eat a plate of nachos naked – could you?”
3.) Coffee grounds for anti-cellulite – Halle Berry
Glamour Magazine reported that Halle Berry adds coffee grounds to her body wash. The caffeine in the grounds apparently smoothens her skin, increase blood flow and provide gentle exfoliation.
4.) Toothpaste for pimples – Jennifer Love Hewitt
J.Love apparently uses toothpaste to dry out her pimples. According to The Beauty Stop, toothpaste contains baking soda, zinc, chloride and enzymes which can soothe the irritation and dry the infection.
5.) Snake venom for wrinkles – Gwyneth Paltrow
Actresses Gwyneth Paltrow, Victoria Beckham and Kate Moss apparently use snake venom to get rid of their wrinkles, according to City Cosmetics.
The serum is reportedly similar to Botox and works by paralyzing the facial muscles to deter movement and reduce the prominence of fine lines and wrinkles.
6.) Fish pedicures – Mena Suvari
“American Pie” actress Mena Suvari gets her toes cleaned off of dead skin by letting fishes eat it, according to Glamour. She reportedly got her pedicure at Topshop in the U.K. for around £10.
7.) Hemorrhoid cream for eye bags – Sandra Bullock
According to the website XOVain.com, Sandra Bullock allegedly uses popular hemorrhoid cream Preparation H for her under eyes to reduce the puffiness of her eye bags. It reportedly helps decrease the inflammation because the produce is a vasoconstrictor which contracts the blood vessels under the eyes.
TMZ.COM – Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Marisa Miller might be a smoke show in a bikini, but she blows as a spokesperson … according to the company that handed her nearly $2 mil to pimp their tanning goods.
Marisa scored a sweet deal with Glissin — they forked over $1.8 million, and she was supposed to become their queen of all things bronzed … hawking tanning salons, tanning lotions and sprays, and develop her own line of products bearing her name.
According to docs, the company says Miller stiffed them on almost everything. Instead of doing 7 print ads, a behind-the-scenes video of a photo shoot, and numerous media appearances — all the buxom model provided was a 30 second video (below), and ONE Facebook/Twitter post.
The company says Marisa couldn’t even show her famous face, butt, or boobs at a Glissin salon in L.A. — which she recommended they open.
Glissin is suing Miller and her management company — run by her husband — for all the cash they paid her … plus more than a mil they laid out for expenses during the failed deal.
Not at dispute — Marisa is a dime-piece in that one ad she did.
PEOPLE.COM – She’s a model mama — again!
Marisa Miller and her husband Griffin Guess welcomed their second child — another boy — on Friday, May 29, she confirms to PEOPLE exclusively.
Born at 11:23 p.m. in Santa Cruz, California, son Grayson Lee Bazyl Guess weighed 8 lbs., 14 oz., and measured 21 inches long. He joins big brother Gavin Lee, 2½.
“My son Grayson is healthy and such a sweet baby. I feel so blessed and excited to see both my boys grow up together,” the actress, 36, tells PEOPLE.
“I felt very prepared for labor this time around. I was a little anxious as to when it would happen though. Having a toddler at home, you have more to organize to make sure everything is taken care of while you’re gone at the hospital.”
Although the new mama admits labor was “so intense and the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life,” the couple received quite the surprise when their son was born in the caul, meaning his face and head were completely enclosed in the amniotic sac.
“In honor of such a cool thing, we gave him the second middle name Bazyl, which means Kingly,” Guess tells PEOPLE. “The veiled birth’s meaning is coined as ‘Kings by right,’ so we felt it was a perfect opportunity to make his name reflect a cool story like this. And yes, that is a dimple on that baby’s smiling face!”
Adds Miller, “I had such an amazing support system at the hospital and my family, I felt totally taken care of.”
In an exclusive statement to PEOPLE in November, the actress announced she was expecting again.
“Being a mother has been the biggest blessing in my life. To get to experience it all over again is really exciting,” she said.
And things got even sweeter when the couple found out they would be welcoming their second son.
“It will be awesome for Gavin to have a buddy,” Miller told PEOPLE. “I never had brothers so raising a boy has been awesome.”
In the weeks leading up to her baby’s birth, the expectant model, who stripped down to bare her bump for PETA’s new campaign, spent her time prepping her firstborn for his role as big brother.
“I got him a baby doll, so he gives the baby a bottle and he’ll talk to him and tell me, ‘I want to give him the toy, I want to chase him,’ ” Miller said. “For a while, the baby was in his tummy, then after he got older and he really started to see my belly, then he started to understand what I was saying.”
PEOPLE.COM – Marisa Miller is baring it all for a cause close to her heart.
The mom-to-be — who previously posed nude while pregnant with son Gavin Lee, now 2 — is stripping down to show her support for animals in captivity as part of PETA‘s new campaign, SeaWorldofHurt.
“I’ve always been an animal lover and I do a lot with ocean conservation,” the model, 36, tells PEOPLE exclusively.
“I always see dolphins when I surf, but I didn’t have the knowledge about how they are acquired. When Blackfish came out, I saw it and I was so upset.”
For the ad, Miller shows off her baby belly while lying naked in a bathtub, mimicking the world of captured killer whales, who are confined to living in small enclosures.
“Even the tanks they do their ridiculous tricks in are way bigger than where they actually sleep,” she explains. “They’re completely confined. That’s why they have all these dental problems, because they are chewing on metal and concrete — they can’t even move.”
Although Miller understands the fascination with wildlife, she’s hoping the photo will make people think twice about supporting the parks, which, she says, keep animals in chemically treated waters.
“[The animals] are ripped apart from their family, they have to be drugged to handle the environment they’re in,” she says. “There are other ways to experience them. There is a way that you can rehabilitate the animals in an environment that they can swim and you can go check them out.”
She adds, “It’s about awareness. Once the public knows, then they can make their own choices.”
And for Miller, her choice was an obvious one: The soon-to-be mom of two admits she couldn’t turn away from the facts.
I know there hasnt been much updates with Marisa lately due to the fact that she is going to have her second child soon, but I have added some new outtakes of her from her appearance in the 2011 issue of GQ Mexico. So check those out in the gallery.