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THNK1994 Museum: Surviving Nicole Richie’s 2007 Memorial Day Barbecue

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It might be easy to drive past Brooklyn’s THNK1994 Museum if you’re not looking for it, but that’s what makes it one of the city’s truly hidden gems. Sitting on a corner on Atlantic Avenue, the museum isn’t as assuming as some of the city’s other attractions. However, what it lacks in outward appearance, it makes up for in style and content. Devoted to the appreciation of popular culture, THNK1994 is truly one of a kind. Most recently, the museum teamed up with internet celebrity PopCultureDiedIn2009 to create an exhibit dedicated to Nicole Richie’s 2007 Memorial Day Barbecue and everything that followed.
 

If you haven’t come across PopCultureDiedIn2009 on any format before, then you must not be using social media very often. Starting out as a Tumblr blog, the account was solely focused on reliving the glory days of celebrity and tabloid culture. Known for its biting humor and accuracy, the blog has quickly gained traction as an outlet for nostalgia and eventually spread to Instagram and Twitter as well.

The creator, whose real name is Matt, is often asked how it is possible that he remembers all of the events he writes about—especially since he was only a child at the time of most of what he writes about was occurring. But that’s what makes the early 2000s so remarkable; it was the tabloid age, so all proof was tangible. Old magazines are like a time capsule, offering an intimate look into an era mostly everyone hoped they could forget. THNK1994 and PopCultureDiedIn2009 both tap into these physical resources, and that’s what makes their partnership in this most recent exhibit so effective.

The experience of walking into THNK1994 is akin to having all of the trashy magazines you thought you got rid of suddenly throw up on your walls. Everywhere you turn, there is a painting of a starlet (that you could never admit you were envious of) at her worst. Whether it’s Lindsay Lohan in a bikini and an ankle bracelet, or Nicole Richie shoving a corn dog into her mouth, each image capitalizes on moments in time that can never be repeated or replaced.

It is easy to see the ridiculousness of these images in retrospect, but at the time, they were very real. Paparazzi made a living by selling these moments of weakness and we all reveled in the downfalls of the rich and famous, but people like Matt saw a different kind of beauty in these pictures. Ultimately, all of the people in the photos were just that: people. Their weakness was their humanity, and their humanity is what made them interesting.

So, that’s the train of thought that eventually led us here: standing next to knitted sequin ankle bracelets. The exhibit is also equipped with several thick black binders, all of which contain archives of the lives of famous It-Girls from the naughties (think: Paris Hilton, Britney Spears, Nicole Richie, and Lindsay Lohan). The front room of the museum features rotating exhibits, all dealing with fame in some capacity. Previous exhibits include portraits of the Olsen twins hiding and Kim Cattrall. The permanent exhibit on the second floor of the museum is where it all started, though. The dimly lit room on the second floor features an extensive look at “the whack that changed television,” also known Tonya Harding’s attack on Nancy Kerrigan in 1994. This is actually where the museum gets its namesake: T.H.N.K.1994.

On your way out of the museum, you have to pass by a framed copy of the email that inspired this entire exhibit: the leaked invitation to Nicole Richie’s 2007 Memorial Day Barbecue, notable for its blunt statement that any girl over 100 pounds will not be let in (there will be a scale at the front door!). This tongue-in-cheek ode to tabloids will be showing at THNK1994 until September 10th, and it surely is not an exhibit to miss.

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THNK1994 Museum: Surviving Nicole Richie’s 2007 Memorial Day Barbecue: Photographs courtesy of Lilly Milman

6 Awesome Celebrity Beauty Transformations

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Celebrities: they’re just like us! Well, kind of. Everyone cringes a little bit when forced to look at pictures from junior high that are chock-full of overly-plucked brows, poorly straightened hair, and foundation two shades too dark. Lucky for us, nobody can Google those images. But perhaps unluckily for celebrities, we can Google their junior high images! Beauty transformations are so fascinating, always reflecting a shift in age, a shift in style, or a shift in colloquial beauty trends. Here are six celebrities who have gone through beauty transformations, big or small, and are looking better than ever today.

 

Rita Ora



Ora has drastically changed up her beauty game over the past few years. She’s said goodbye to overly-bleached hair and bold and dramatic eye makeup and is now seen going with a low-maintenance, low-fuss look. Where we used to see brightly colored lips and dramatically filled-in brows, we now see her rocking nude eye shadows, glossy lips, and a generally “no makeup” makeup routine. Her caramel-colored locks are usually seen styled in beachy, carefree waves or tied up in a loose ponytail.

The Daring Hair Color Trend

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We’re bringing electrifying colors and whimsical color combinations to you with a whole new element: your hair! Lately, locks have been showcasing much more intense, pigmented, and fearless shades in the color wheel that we at Cliché are totally in love with. Some of our favorite colored-hair muses include model Irene Kim, who is notorious for sporting rainbow-colored hair in the most effortless and cool way; the ever-eclectic Nicole Richie, who has made her blue-green hair color combo something we totally want to try at least once; actress and Dancing with the Stars judge Julianne Hough, whose pastel pink lob reminded us of the sweetest candy store out there; and singer Katy Perry, who makes us all want to become a purple-haired pop princess just like her.

Julianne Hough

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Katy Perry

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When it comes to taking on the color trend, there really are no rules or limits, as you can see! It’s all about what color or colors you gravitate to. The main instruction to having any luxurious hair shade like this, though, is to keep it healthy in order to maintain the vibrancy that goes with it. Go-to products that I have faithfully used to keep my colored hair looking shiny and feeling refreshed are Matrix Biolage Colorcaretherapie Color Care Shampoo, Moroccanoil Moisture Repair Conditioner, and Neutrogena’s Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Hair Mask. Each product helps revitalize and make my hair look fresher each time I use it. Keep in mind: you don’t have to use these shampoos and conditioners for colored hair each time you wash your hair, but at least once a week; this goes for the hair mask as well, which should only be used once a week. With the help of amazing products like these, you’ll be all set with touch-ups from your hair stylist when needed.

Garnier Color Styler

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For the gals out there that aren’t ready to commit 100% to a colorful hair-do, opt for Garnier Color Styler. This easy-to-apply hair product allows you to have the intense color you dream of without having to worry about the commitment. All you have to do is apply, let it dry, and brush through it to help it set into your locks. Show off in color from purple to pink, just like our favorite muses! You can even change it up after 2-3 washes for a different, bold color.
What do you think of this daring hair color trend? Are you willing to join the heads of colorful gals, and even guys, out there? I know I am! Check out the hair colors we are loving and what colors I’ll be experimenting with via our Twitter @ClicheMagBeauty!

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The Daring Hair Color Trend “Hues of the Rainbow” originally appeared in Cliché Magazine’s Oct/Nov 2015 issue. Featured image courtesy of IreneIsGood on Tumblr