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The Best 99 of Bianca Bartz

Farewell and Good Luck to Our Little Bee

— February 12, 2010 — Top Lists
From JG to BB:

What, my friend, is left to say?
It’s difficult to think today.
For now, we lose our Little Bee,
Our editor and friend to me.

To China, Bee will venture on,
She won’t be lost, but she’ll be gone.
She couldn’t pick a further place
To escape our trendy race.

No voting, YouTube, and no Twitter
Not the place for our techy quitter.
Diggie, Buzz and Quick Edit,
Useful here… But there, forget it.

Although she leaves for her Dad,
I think that I can still be sad.
I know she’ll journey and she’ll grow,
But I want to simply tell her, “NO!”

I’ll miss her laugh, her grin, her smile,
her editing and writing style.
But they’ll be gone and far away,
(It’s not too late Bee, want to stay?)

From Michael and the Trend Hunter Robot
In the words of Michael Woodworth, “With our very own Bianca Bartz heading out on a new adventure, we at Trend Hunter would like to commemorate the extraordinary time that we all got to enjoy with her. This slideshow showcases 100 of our favorite trends that Bianca wrote over the years.

Bianca, thank you for all the for all the great times, great work and great friendship. Your undying positivity, contagious enthusiasm and impeccable talent will be sorely missed.”

From Little Bee
Bianca also sent along her reflections on her experience, which is shown below:

My Life at Trend Hunter, By Bianca Bartz
I get asked all the time: how did you get here, TrendHunter.com’s Senior Editor, at such a young age? I can give you the brief, “I was lucky to step in at the right time,” but this isn’t Twitter, and that answer won’t help anyone, so I’m going to let my word-happy fingers indulge way beyond 140 characters. It began in 2007…

After a smattering of incessant inquiry emails to Jeremy Gutsche—a stranger at the time—about becoming involved with Trend Hunter, he encouraged me to start contributing to the site; in March 2007 my love affair with online writing began. I was only 20 years old, still studying journalism in Calgary, when I first experienced the exhilaration that comes with seeing an article generate thousands of views in a single day. Over 18 million page views to my trends later, and I’m still elated.

As an enthusiastic new journalism graduate looking to add value to the world, working at Trend Hunter was, in my opinion, the world’s best job. I began writing like crazy, quickly becoming one of the top contributors, but I wanted more. I offered to work free as an intern; I even offered to move cross-country—anything to pursue my passion for writing about positive innovations. By my criteria, I was the luckiest girl in the world when I was offered the position of Editor, and upon accepting it, I became TrendHunter.com’s first official employee.

The chance to work with Jeremy on his startup was worth more to me than enrolling in further education at that point, or gaining work experience at a traditional media company. He inspired me, and his enthusiasm for Trend Hunter wove its way into the fabric of my own ambitions. I wanted to learn as much as possible from him, and now, almost three years later, I have a treasure chest brimming with his gems of knowledge that make me feel wealthy beyond belief.

I really feel I’ve had 5 jobs over the course of my time at Trend Hunter. They look something like this:

1. Contributor: I started contributing in March 2007, thrilled that I could write about anything and get paid (in Google Adsense) to do it. To date, I’ve had over 4,650 articles published on the site.

2. Virtual Editor: From Victoria, B.C., I began as full time Editor and loved it—all seven days of the week I did it! I managed and befriended our online community, and in December 2007, we launched the first Trend Report from a Starbucks in New York City. I was brimming with joy and zeal; I befriended strangers just so I could give them my business cards and rave about the site.

3. Editor: When I moved to Toronto and Jeremy left his job at Capital One to work on Trend Hunter full time, I felt more like a partner in crime; working together from his tiny condo, our motto of TWD (total world domination) held strong. Adsense was rolling in. We launched Trend Hunter TV. We went to SXSW. And then we began recruiting.

4. Senior Editor: With the addition of Jacob Courtade as Director of Business Development and Marissa Brassfield as our California-based Editor (and one of the most remarkable women I’ve ever met), I felt like I was a member of a dream team. The second Trend Report was even better than the first. Change was implemented faster than ever. The Core 4, as we called ourselves, went to SXSW. I no longer worked weekends. We were soaring!

5. Senior Editor, Team Leader: In April 2009 we expanded the team further. My role included recruiting, training and managing Assistant Editors. The office was buzzing with energies of people just as enamored with Trend Hunter as I was, and I found it exhilarating to relive the excitement of building new portfolios and seeing their enthusiasm for the launch of Jeremy’s book, Exploiting Chaos.

In September 2009 we hired Shelby Walsh as an Editor and Screen Writer, a role her penchant for “razzle-dazzle” was perfect for. We also took on great hires on the development side, Willem Kappers and Mike Woodworth. As the editorial team divided the issue and took on individual projects, Shelby began training new Assistant Editors, and Marissa expanded her San Diego team. The issue was stronger than ever, which gave me the confidence to leave the job--let’s call it a lifestyle--I loved to pursue an ever intensifying dream to move to Beijing. In January 2010, I gave notice and we hired Katherine Vong as an Editor. With Marissa, Shelby and Kat leading the editorial team, I know their intelligence, ambition and enthusiasm will propel Trend Hunter forward for continued success, and perhaps even TWD.

Some of the highlights of my time at Trend Hunter:

- The Trend Hunter Community. They made it special, particularly the regular contributors who went beyond just contributing to really connect; I’m lucky to now call many my friends.

- The Core Team. Every single one is an extraordinary hire, and each became a part of my extended family as we inspired each other to learn, to grow, to laugh, to play.

- Our Assistant Editors. I have incredible memories of each and will remember the fresh energy they brought and innovative ideas that contributed to the growth, quality and zest of the site.

- Acknowledgments. It feels so good when artists, designers or innovators write to say thanks for a feature we did on them, or to have a reader write to let us know the site inspires them.

- Working with Jeremy. He is an inspiration and an astounding mentor. I loved helping him grow Trend Hunter, enjoyed editing his book, and attending his keynotes where I saw how he can light up a room and inspire a full auditorium in the same way he inspires me.

My aspiration, when I first joined Trend Hunter, was to spread good news to as many people as possible. Now that I’ve done that with thousands of articles and millions of page views, and by training 16 editors to build on that dream, I’ve adjusted my goal. Going forward, I’d like to help bridge the gap between technophobes and geeks; between traditional media and new media; make social media and online interaction less intimidating to older generations, and to help connect the East and West online.

Taking a page from Jeremy’s book, I decided to do some intentional destruction myself, resign as Senior Editor and recluster as I begin a new journey.

I feel a great sadness leaving Trend Hunter, but I am grateful for it. Sadness is but one side of a coin, the flipside holding something truly remarkable. In this instance, that extraordinary component comprises the wonderful memories of my time at Trend Hunter and the bond of friendship I hope will continue. With the Internet, we’ve seen friendships defy geography, now let’s see if they can withstand time.

——

Good luck, little Bee!
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Patrick Swayze Releases Photos to Counteract Twitter Death Rumors
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Big Foot Press Conference
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Fake Fires for Baby Photos
Fake Fires for Baby Photos
Maggie Gyllenhaal Disgusted at Paparazzi
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Political Talk Show Controversies
Political Talk Show Controversies
Elisabeth Hasselbeck Burns Michelle Obama
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Fighting Feminine Power
Fighting Feminine Power
Tina Fey as Sarah Palin Leads to Talk of 'Bimbo Doctrine'
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89
Regional Obesity Trends
Regional Obesity Trends
The Fattest US States + 22 Obesity Trends
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88
Copying The Pob
Copying The Pob
Victoria Beckham's Hot Hair
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87
Digital Pimples
Digital Pimples
Victoria Beckham Acne Was Created by Photoshop Posh Says
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Little Sisters in the Limelight
Little Sisters in the Limelight
Ali Lohan
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85
Bank Intern Busted on Facebook
Bank Intern Busted on Facebook
Fairy Costume Reveals All
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84
Reality Show Inspired Transformations
Reality Show Inspired Transformations
The Biggest Loser Fans Share Their Before and After Shots
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83
3D Activism Ad
3D Activism Ad
Graphic Anti-Whaling Campaign
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82
Celebrities Exposed
Celebrities Exposed
Britney Continues To Flaunt What's Underneath
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81
Dark Knight Sequels
Dark Knight Sequels
Angelina Jolie as Catwoman
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80
Starring in Strangers' Photos
Starring in Strangers' Photos
PhotoBombing
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Re-Appearing Celebrity Hair
Re-Appearing Celebrity Hair
Jude Law No Longer Balding in Dior Homme Sport Ad
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78
Skinny Stays
Skinny Stays
Underweight Models Still Hot in UK
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77
Celebrity Winter Fashion
Celebrity Winter Fashion
November 2008 Style Guide
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76
Celebrity Lingerie
Celebrity Lingerie
Pamela Anderson's Sexy Designs + TV Show
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75
Inauguration Fashion Battles
Inauguration Fashion Battles
35 Designers Sketch for Michelle Obama
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74
Presidential Canines
Presidential Canines
Obama Family Offered A Peruvian Hairless Dog
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73
Muppet-Inspired Fashion
Muppet-Inspired Fashion
Jean-Charles de Castelbajac Went Kermit Crazy For Fall 2009
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Positive Body Image Photography
Positive Body Image Photography
Vogue's Annual Shape Issue 2009 Features 8 Beautiful Bodie
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71
Crazy Heels in Practice
Crazy Heels in Practice
Ankle-Breaking Footwear As Actually Worn by the Stars
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70
How to Wear High Waist Jeans
How to Wear High Waist Jeans
Look to Katie Holmes & Other Celebs
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69
Political Fashion Icons
Political Fashion Icons
Sarah Palin in Vogue
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Reviving Long, Retro Hair
Reviving Long, Retro Hair
Heavy Bangs
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Inflatable Couture
Inflatable Couture
Dresses Made Entirely of Twisted Balloons
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Custom Birthing Soundtracks
Custom Birthing Soundtracks
Nicole Kidman's Delivery Room Music
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Australia's Next Top Model Debate
Australia's Next Top Model Debate
Is Alice Burdeu Too Skinny to Compete?
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Luxury Underwater Hotel in Dubai
Luxury Underwater Hotel in Dubai
Hydropolis to Open This Month
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Ultra Tight Men's Pants
Ultra Tight Men's Pants
Heath Ledger's Skinny Jeans
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62
Hollywood Halloween Costumes
Hollywood Halloween Costumes
Creative Costumes Ideas for 2007
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61
Neo-Grungettes
Neo-Grungettes
Robert Pattinson Co-Star, Kristen Stewart, Poses in Rodarte Gaiters for Allure
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Lebanese Liposuction Loans
Lebanese Liposuction Loans
First National Bank Promotes Plastic Surgery
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3D Garbage Portraits
3D Garbage Portraits
Bernard Pras Makes Art from the Most Random Found Objects
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Fat David Statue
Fat David Statue
Move, Don't Get Fat Campaign
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10 Hollywood Weight Fluctuations
10 Hollywood Weight Fluctuations
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Contained Living Anywhere
Contained Living Anywhere
Top 7 Shipping Container Houses
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Controversial Disney Stars
Controversial Disney Stars
Vanessa Hudgens in High School Musical 3
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Vampire Jewelry
Vampire Jewelry
Accessories Inspired by 'Twilight' Series and 'New Moon'
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Evidence of Chupacabra
Evidence of Chupacabra
Is the Goat Sucking Animal Real?
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Hip Maternity Styles
Hip Maternity Styles
Gwen Stefani Pregnancy Fashion
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Vampire Chic Makeup
Vampire Chic Makeup
Beauty Looks As Pale As Robert Pattinson
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Awesome Outdoor Ads
Awesome Outdoor Ads
9 Not So Boring Billboards
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Dolce & Gabbana Gets Overly Sexual in New Controversial Ads
Dolce & Gabbana Gets Overly Sexual in New Controversial Ads
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Top 7 Most Fashionable Cities + Hong Kong Street Style
Top 7 Most Fashionable Cities + Hong Kong Street Style
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Famous People Tattoos
Famous People Tattoos
Celebrity Tribute Tattoos
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Pierced Dimples
Pierced Dimples
Pixie Cheeks
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Hip Halloween Costumes Ideas for 2008
Hip Halloween Costumes Ideas for 2008
From Julianne Hough to Sarah Palin
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Beijing Olympic Opening Ceremony Video
Beijing Olympic Opening Ceremony Video
Official Footage
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Human Branding
Human Branding
The New Tattoo
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Tom Ford's Racy New Ad
Tom Ford's Racy New Ad
Controversial Cologne Campaign
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Painted Nudevertising
Painted Nudevertising
Wearing Nothing But Ultra Thin Panty Liners
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Vanessa Hudgens' Dirty Photos Don't Stop Disney
Vanessa Hudgens' Dirty Photos Don't Stop Disney
Will This Launch Her Career?
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Greaser Hairstyles for Women
Greaser Hairstyles for Women
MaxMara SS09 Campaign Channels John Travolta in Grease
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Webbed Toettoos
Webbed Toettoos
Silly Syndactylism Body Ink and Other Unique Foot Ink
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Boys With Bangs
Boys With Bangs
Men's Hair Styles on the Fringe
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Killer Heels
Killer Heels
Cruel Designer Shoes
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Georgio Armani's New Butt
Georgio Armani's New Butt
David Beckham Underwear Model
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Feather Wedding Dress Knock-Offs
Feather Wedding Dress Knock-Offs
Project Runway Copies Alexander McQueen
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Racy Product Placement
Racy Product Placement
Do Tom Ford's Vaginads Cross the Line?
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Vinegar for Weight Loss
Vinegar for Weight Loss
Megan Fox's Diet Secret
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Biomimicmarketing in Shockvertisement
Biomimicmarketing in Shockvertisement
French AIDS Campaign
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Celebrity Lesbian Weddings
Celebrity Lesbian Weddings
Portia de Rossi and Ellen DeGeneres to Wed
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The New Cleavage
The New Cleavage
Underboobs
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Digital Pubic Hair
Digital Pubic Hair
Sienna Miller's Virtual Extensions
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Hairy Body Art
Hairy Body Art
From Shaved Back Jersey Numbers to Bathingsuit Top Chest Hair
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Top 25 Innovative Tattoos + Tongue Tattoos
Top 25 Innovative Tattoos + Tongue Tattoos
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Small Boob Support Sites
Small Boob Support Sites
Keira Knightly Is Flat Chested Icon
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Male Chastity Belt
Male Chastity Belt
Latowski Genital Organ Chamber
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Latex Leggings
Latex Leggings
Celebs Love 'Members Only' Liquid Leggings
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Excessive Boob Jobs
Excessive Boob Jobs
Sheyla Hershey Rejected for 9th Surgery, Boobs Could Burst
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Comedic Satellite Photos
Comedic Satellite Photos
Hilariously Awkward Google Street View Images
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Fairytale Photography
Fairytale Photography
Tim Walker Brings Our Your Inner Princess Fantasies
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Political Fashion Icons
Political Fashion Icons
Michelle Obama Style
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Punk 80s Fashion
Punk 80s Fashion
Black Lace, Neon Pink and Fingerless Gloves at Louis Vuitton Fall 2009 RTW
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Fake Naughty Tattoos
Fake Naughty Tattoos
Real Man Nipple Incorporated With Pin-Up Girl Body Ink
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Over-The-Knee Boots
Over-The-Knee Boots
Celebs Like Lindsay Lohan Show How To Wear Them
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Extreme Digital Makeovers
Extreme Digital Makeovers
The Photoshop Diet
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Top 69 Naughty Ads
Top 69 Naughty Ads
Sex Sells
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Models without Makeup Shoots
Models without Makeup Shoots
Harper's Bazaar Features 90s Mega Models Cosmetics-Free
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12
Unique Wing Tattoos
Unique Wing Tattoos
from Eagle Wing Tattoos to Life Sized Human Butterfly Wings
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Freaky Feet Contests
Freaky Feet Contests
TMZ Submissions Show Everything from Webbed Toes to Missing Toes
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Nudist Flights
Nudist Flights
Naked Travel in Germany With OssiUrlaub.de
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5 Minute Nose Jobs
5 Minute Nose Jobs
Surgery-Free Rhinoplasty in Canada
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Inked Mythological Power Symbols
Inked Mythological Power Symbols
Rising Phoenix Tattoos as Statements of Rebirth
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Celebrated Weight Gain
Celebrated Weight Gain
Before and Afters of Too Skinny Celebrities Who Have Bounced Back
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Half-Shaved Heads
Half-Shaved Heads
Carmen Electra Joins Cassie in Hard-to-Grow Back Hairstyle
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Digitally Aged Celebrities
Digitally Aged Celebrities
Stars in 2040
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3D Floor Murals
3D Floor Murals
10 Incredible Optical Illusion Designs to Floor Your Friends
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Wedding Ring Tattoos
Wedding Ring Tattoos
From Hitch Date Digits to Inked “I Do” Finger Scribbles
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10 Celebrity Nose Jobs
10 Celebrity Nose Jobs
From Jennifer Aniston to Blake Lively
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Top 50 Shockvertisements
Top 50 Shockvertisements
Controversial Ads
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