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Abercrombie & Fitch Gets Physical; Zoolander Is Back With Model Industry Beef

Abs chiseled by abuse. Photo via Abercrombie and Fitch
Abs chiseled by abuse. Photo via Abercrombie and Fitch

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· Ever wonder how staff at Abercrombie get so buff? If they're one of the 200 workers at Milan's flagship store, those well-defined abs are probably the byproduct of an unfortunate totalitarian turn. Enjoy this cryptic message from the company email: "From today, every time we make an error we'll have to do 10 press-ups, or squats for the women. This will bring about a great result—we will learn from our mistakes." [Telegraph]

· A second Zoolander has been in the works for some time now, but Stylecaster reported some fresh details. Namely that Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson's characters fall on hard times, thanks to the capricious nature of modeling — as if the industry needs any more hard knocks. [Stylecaster]

· An anonymous buyer bid and won the 1954 vintage Christian Dior dress that Natalie Portman wore at the Academy Awards from Well, that's one way to get that red carpet look. But seeing as the price hit $50,000, we'll stick with the imitators. [Lucky]

· Jessica Simpson posed nude on a magazine cover, which is a rite of passage in the celebrity kingdom signifying...something. She's having a girl, apparently, and Simpson tells Elle that one of her main concerns is that the overwhelming masculinity of baby daddy, Eric Johnson will eek into her unborn child's femininity. [Elle]