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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

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Serena Williams Partners With Nike and Virgil Abloh for The Queen Collection. Serena Williams is tennis royalty and now her sportswear is fit for a queen. Nike announced its newest collaboration with the Olympic medalist and Off-White's Virgil Abloh (who doubles are the artistic director of Louis Vuitton menswear): The Queen Collection. In honor of the US Open, beginning on August 27th, Serena will wear the new collection, which includes a tennis dress with a tutu-like skirt (ah-mazing) in both black and white, a bag, jacket and three pairs of sneakers, ranging from $130 to $900. "With Serena, we have one of our generation's most powerful, inspiring athletes as the muse," Virgial Abloh said, as reported by Business of Fashion. "I was trying to embody her spirit and bring something compelling and fresh to tennis." Consistent with Virgil's desires, the line truly embodies the tennis champion. For one, she's very feminine in her clothing choices. And, she loves dance, which is the inspiration behind the tennis dress. "So the dress is feminine, but combines her aggression," he continued, claiming his appreciate for the sport. "It's partially revealing. It's asymmetrical. It has a sort of ballerina-esque silhouette to symbolize her grace. It's not about bells and whistles and tricks. It's just about it living on the body and expressing Serena's spirit with each swing of the racket." The sneakers in the collection stem from the star's longtime relationship to the athletic brand. She's been a Nike ambassador since 2003 and has consistently steered away from the white tennis shoes that her peers and predecessors have worn. She prefers colorful looks, and while we can't say if this is her goal, they make her fast feet more apparent on the court. The Queen Collection includes the NikeCourt Flare 2 and limited editions of The Ten: Nike Air Max 97 and The Ten: Nike Blazer Mid SW. Each pair has accents of neon hues on the soles and read "Off-White for Nike" with the shoe's official title. Considering Serena's 23 grand slam singles victories, four Olympic gold medals, overall impact on sports and the powerful yet feminine designs of this collection, it's very clear that Serena is indeed a queen. (Eonline)

Dennis Shields Proposed to Bethenny Frankel Before His Death: 'She Didn't Say No,' Friend Says. Despite their complicated relationship status, Bethenny Frankel and Dennis Shields considered marriage in recent months -- and he even gave her an engagement ring. A friend of the Real Housewives of New York City star tells PEOPLE that the couple were discussing the possibility of marriage this past spring. "He proposed to her with a ring in April. She wasn't wearing the ring," the friend says. "There were some hurdles to overcome before she could make that level of a commitment. She loved him. He's her family and her best friend and her confidante. Her partner and her business partner." Still, Frankel, 47, kept the news a secret. "Very few people knew about the proposal," the friend says. "He's proposed before -- but never with a ring." Her answer? "She didn't say no," the friend says. "She would have loved to have married him, but there were some hurdles to overcome first." In the wake of his death, "Bethenny is devastated," the friend says. Shields was found dead in his Trump Tower apartment on Friday. He was 51. The NYPD is investigating his death as a possible overdose. According to the New York Post, the banker asked his assistant to give him Narcan, an emergency medication intended to reverse the effects of a narcotic overdose, but he lost consciousness before the medication could take effect. Perhaps complicating his future with Frankel, Shields was still legally married to his estranged wife Jill, who referred to him as "the love of my life" in a statement to PEOPLE after his death. Frankel and Shields began dating in 2016 -- three years after the Skinnygirl founder filed for divorce from ex-husband Jason Hoppy, with whom she shares 8-year-old daughter Bryn. But they first met about 28 years ago when he dated (and later married) Jill, one of her high school friends. They began seeing each other several months after he separated from his wife. But they dated on and off for years, and on last week's episode of RHONY, Frankel suggested they were taking another break, though they always remained close friends through their ups and downs. "I didn't say this to Dennis, but in my own mind I said 90 days. I'm not saying a word to Dennis for 90 days," Frankel told friend Dorinda Medley. "It's a really hard thing to realize that someone you love doesn't mean they're the right person. I wish he was." On Monday, Frankel posted an Instagram of Shields cuddling with her beloved dog Cookie, who died in October at the age of 17. "Rest In Peace my sweet babies who gave me endless unconditional love. #nowandforever," she captioned the intimate photo. And she was photographed looking heartbroken while attending Shields' funeral on Long Island. Frankel's friend tells PEOPLE it's unclear whether she and Shields were officially together leading up to his death. Still, their feelings were undeniable. "She talked to him this past week. He loved her and she loved him," the friend says. "She would have loved to have married him, but they were still working through their issues. She wanted to make it work." (People)

Chrissy Teigen's headbands aren't cheap. Chrissy Teigen's headband collection is so good, John Legend wrote a song about it. While vacationing with her family in Bali over the past two weeks, the 32-year-old model and social media star has taken to sharing her daily choice of hair accessory with her nearly 20 million Instagram followers, in a new series dubbed "Headband of the Day." But lest you think Teigen is picking up her bands in bulk from the hotel gift shop, guess again: The star has already spotlighted more than 10 wrapped-and-tied styles totaling nearly $4,000, from a black floral piece by Jennifer Behr to a metallic knit turban from Gucci. The Instagram series even has its own theme song, sung by Teigen's husband Legend. "Headband of the day, it's the headband of the day / Push your locks away, it's the headband of the day," the musician, 39, croons at the start of each clip. And while some followers suspected Teigen's headband videos might be sponsored, the star was quick to shut down the idea. "Not an ad!" she tweeted last Wednesday. "All my own headbands I've collected through the years. I just always want to wear headbands to events and no one ever lets me so I am FREE now to do ALL THE HEADBANDS I WANT." There you have it: Chrissy Teigen just wants to headband in peace. (PageSix)

Jenna Jameson is opening up about the strain not being able to lose weight had on her mental health after giving birth to her daughter Batel Lu. The former adult film actress, 44, shared a before and after photo of herself on Instagram Monday. "Let's talk about the mental aspect of losing weight and getting healthy. I'm going to be honest with you, when I was heavy I hated leaving the house. I felt judged," Jameson wrote. "I felt eyes on me everywhere. I could hear others internal monologue saying "damn, Jenna Jameson let herself go" ugh." "All of us do this, we worry so very much how we are perceived. But beyond that shallow thinking there was deeper shame. I was disappointed in myself," she continued. The mother of three revealed her concerns that she wouldn't go back to a size she felt comfortable with while being sober. "I was worried I couldn't lose the weight Sober. I'm being real with you," she admitted. "When I was in my addiction it was easy to stay thin. Sobriety and being overweight was new to me. I kept telling myself if I could beat addiction and stay sober, I can easily lose the weight... and I did. The healthy way." She added, "And as of today I can say my mental game is STRONG. I feel I can do anything, I conquered abuse, addiction, PTSD and depression. Thank you for listening and please tell me your stories below, I read every comment ?? #weightloss#weightlossjourney #keto #ketodiet#sober #sobriety #beforeandafter#fitmom #mentalhealth." Jameson also shared a mirror selfie of herself on her Instagram Story wearing a white one-piece bikini while showing off her toned body. Jameson has been open about her weight loss journey since giving birth in April 2017. Earlier this month, Jameson shared another before and after photo of her body in a joyful post in which she told her followers she had gone from a size 16 to a size 6 in jeans. "It's time for another #tuesdaytransformation . Guys, I fit into size 6 jeans! ?? the picture on the right I'm wearing size 16 jeans ?? the fit of my clothes is catapulting me forward now, not the scale so much," Jameson wrote in the caption. "Oh, and can we talk about "muffin top" it's gone! I feel like keto paired with #intermittentfasting has been my riddle solver!" she continued. "I've officially weaned off my poison sugar free creamer and am now drinking black coffee with stevia and coconut oil! ?? on a side note I want to acknowledge all of you taking the leap with me to get healthier, I'm SO damn proud of you!!!! Love you guys so much!" Jameson also previously shared in an Instagram post that since beginning the keto diet in March, she had lost 57 lbs. The diet is a very low-carb, moderate protein and high-fat eating plan. She shared two sets of before and after photos to show her followers how much her body had changed. "On the right, I weigh 187. On the left I'm a strong 130," she wrote. "I was lethargic and struggled with the easiest of tasks like walking in the beach sand with Batelli. I felt slow mentally and physically." "I took the pic on the right for a body positive post I was going to do and decided against it because I felt anything but f -- -- positive," she continued. "I'm now a little under four months on the #ketodiet and it's not only given me physical results, I feel happier, smarter, and much more confident." (People)

Former "Odd Mom Out" star Jill Kargman has pulled her son out of posh St. Bernard's School on the Upper East Side, claiming that he was the victim of anti-Semitism. Kargman said in an online essay that her son, Fletch, 10, came home in tears after hearing a fellow classmate say: "I'm a fan of Hitler! God sent Hitler down to kill the Jews because they nailed Jesus to the cross!" Kargman says she emailed the principal, whom Kargman claimed "shrugged it off" -- but she said that when she pressed for action, the student in question was forced to miss two field trips as punishment. Kargman said the incident put her "in a dark spiral of anguish for a month." But St. Bernard's told us in a statement that it "does not tolerate anti-Semitism" and that, "while we do not disclose publicly individual disciplinary actions with respect to our students, particularly as they are young children, the essay does not accurately or fully describe the underlying facts or the disciplinary actions taken." (Page Six)

Lo Bosworth says that it took "years of therapy" to recover from the sudden fame she experienced after "Laguna Beach" and "The Hills" took off. Bosworth -- who became a national sensation along with the rest of the cast when the MTV reality shows became a hit in the mid-2000s -- said at the Simply LA Conference over the weekend that she was "excited about it at first," but then was often in a "dark place" while the reality smash hit was on the air. (Page Six)

Alec Baldwin -- whose spy role in "Mission: Impossible -- Fallout" was all too brief -- drew a crowd at an East Hampton Library benefit on Saturday. At the annual Authors Night, the ubiquitous actor was signing copies of "You Can't Spell America Without Me," his parody -- with Spy magazine co-founder Kurt Andersen -- of a President Trump memoir. The literary crowd included Baldwin's wife, Hilaria, who was signing her 2016 wellness guide, "The Living Clearly Method," Robert Caro, Geraldo Rivera, and Montauk lobstermen John Aldridge and Anthony Sosinski, who were signing their book, "A Speck in the Sea," which came out last May. Aldridge went overboard one night as Sosinski was asleep and spent 12 hours in the Atlantic before being rescued. Gregory Speck told them, "You two even look like characters from a novel by Herman Melville or Joseph Conrad." (Page Six)

Shaq ain't the only crime fighter in the O'Neal family -- his ex-wife, Shaunie O'Neal, spotted some dudes allegedly trying to break into her home ... and used her security system to scare 'em off! Shaunie spotted two dudes skulking around the property -- and activated the 2-way speaker on her Ring video surveillance system to yell at the intruders. "What are you doing?" Shaunie said calmly ... "You're on camera. Smile bitch!" You can see the "Oh crap" look on one of the perp's face -- both men immediately turn tail and book it out of the home. Shaunie, hoping for some public shaming, posted the footage to social media, saying, "Listen did y'all forget @Shaq is partners with @ring and made sure the kids and I had cameras everywhere." She added some hashtags -- "#igotudummy #smileBitch #ihateathief #weonyoass." (TMZ)

Deontay Wilder says he's done talking with Anthony Joshua's camp about a possible superfight down the road ... telling TMZ Sports Joshua's a LIAR who doesn't actually want to fight!! Wilder and Joshua are the two biggest names in boxing right now ... and both Joshua and his promoter, Eddie Hearn, have told us recently a superfight between the two WILL happen. But, now Wilder is throwing the brakes on all that talk ... telling us Joshua really DOESN'T want to make the fight work. "These guys have lied about so much stuff it's crazy," Wilder says. "Everyone knows who tried to make the fight, who really wanted to fight. A blind man could see the situation with this, and we're done with it." Deontay say s he's moving on and solely focusing on his next fight -- a November bout with Tyson Fury in Vegas. BUT ... Deontay does tell us he's going to knock Fury out early in the night ... soooo, the possibility for the superfight WOULD still be alive after that. Just sayin'. (TMZ)

Two UFC champs came face-to-face in the TMZ newsroom on Monday -- talking all sorts of smack to each other ... and begging Dana White to let them settle their beef in the Octagon. Henry Cejudo had called out T.J. Dillashaw at UFC 227 -- saying he'd come up in weight to fight T.J. for his bantamweight title. T.J. says he's 100% down. We invited both guys to appear on the "TMZ Sports" TV show (airs weeknights on FS1) and they accepted ... and the sparks immediately began to fly. T.J. said he'd knock Henry the hell out. and Henry shot back, "Be careful what you wish for." T.J. also said a fight with Henry would be "easy money." Henry said he'd destroy Dillashaw on the ground or on his feet. It got a little crazy when they squared off right inside the newsroom -- despite the stupid faces Evan was making in the background. (TMZ)

British Louis Vuitton model George Koh was found guilty of murdering fellow male model Harry Uzoka. The fatal incident took place in January after Koh, 24, and Uzoka, 25, got into a heated social media dispute, the Associated Press reported. Prosecutors claim Koh was envious of Uzoka, who was growing in the fashion industry after being signed to Premier Model Management and modeling for GQ and Zara. Uzoka had also recently landed a film role and was even close friends with high profile model Jourdan Dunn. Dunn, 28, paid tribute to Uzoka following his murder. "Rest in Paradise Young King," Dunn tweeted. Before Uzoka's death, he called Koh "fake," and asked him to stop "copying him." "Leave my name out of your mouth, it's that simple, I've never spoken bad of you in any way, so this is wild," Uzoka wrote in a message to Koh shown in court. The two then decided to hash out their differences in person after Koh claimed he slept with Uzoka's girlfriend model Ruby Campbell, who Uzoka met on set of a photoshoot in Los Angeles last summer. "Koh claimed he knew Uzoka well and then said that he had sex with Uzoka's girlfriend and that was the reason why they no longer talked," Prosecutor Richard Horwell QC said in court Monday according to BBC. "Where you I'll come there n we can fight bring ur friends with u," Koh told Uzoka. Uzoka then responded, "Come Shepherd's Bush." Once they met up at the location in London, Uzoka was chased down by Koh and his friends, which was recorded on nearby surveillance cameras. Uzoka, who brought a dumbbell bar to the fight, was then stabbed with a knife three times and died on a sidewalk in front of his house, the New York Post reported. Koh told the judge he carried the knives for self-defense. In addition to Koh, his two friends, Jonathan Okigbo, 24, and Merse Dikanda, 24, who went with him to meet Uzoka were also found guilty. Both Koh and Dikanda, who brought a machete to the fight, were found guilty of murder and Okigbo, who was not armed, was found guilty of manslaughter, according to the BBC. They will all be sentenced on Sep. 21. (People)

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