Maybe you can’t judge a book by it’s cover, but you can tell a lot about a person by their shoes. Researchers at the University of Kansas found that when participants in a study were presented with images of complete strangers’ shoes, they could accurately determine almost 90% of their self-described personality traits and economic demographics. Turns out footwear serves as “a nonverbal cue with symbolic messages and people tend to pay attention to the shoes they wear and others wear.” Expensive shoes suggest high earners, flashy pairs belong to extroverts. The weirdest thing the study discovered? Uncomfortable looking shoes are associated with calm personalities. Now, I’ve been working in this industry for a while, and fashion people are notorious for wearing the all sorts of incredibly amazing but très painful things on their feet—I’m not sure "calm" is the word I would use to describe them. [
Daily Mail] Lauren Hutton pulled a Britney. “I was closing up a house,” she says. “And it felt like I needed more closure. I guess I was depressed. I’d been doing things where I read
The Economist too much. You know, reading it front to back for weeks on end isn’t always good for you. Instead of suicide, I ran into the kitchen and grabbed a pair of poultry shears. I grabbed one half and went whack, and the I grabbed the other side and went whack again. Then, two weeks later, I was in New York and had my guy clean it up. When I was 48, I did have short hair, but that was because the stove in my loft had blown up in my face. I lost my eyebrows, everything.” Um…we like the new look? [
NY Mag] Huge bummer in the beauty world: it looks like spray tans cause cancer too. “I have concerns,” said Dr. Rey Pannettieri, a toxicologist and lung specialist at the University of Pennsylvania. “The reason I’m concerned is the deposition of the tanning agents into the lungs could really facilitate” ZZZzzzzz…oh sorry, I fell asleep there for a second. Here’s the real reason why you shouldn’t get a spray tan: I got one last year, and thought I looked
so good, and then a couple months later I saw a picture: Turns out I looked like a walking carrot. [
GMA] Blake Lively says her love of fashion has changed her vision for a dream wedding. (It’s kind of a slow newsweek, okay?) “What I planned before getting into the business has changed,” Lively told
Marie Claire. “Now I’m like ‘Hmmm, I wonder what shoes Christian [Louboutin] is going to make me. And which couture house should I go to?” Super relatable problems, Blake. [
This video has been making the rounds for about a week. Jimmy Fallon + The Roots + The catchiest song ever = Your Friday Happy. Have a great weekend everyone!
For the latest in fashion, beauty and culture, sign up to receive ELLE's daily newsletter.