Pre- and post-
We think this is sweet and nice. Kerri Walsh Jennings, all 6-feet-2 of her, Olympian volleyball gold-medaler, went on the cover of the ESPN mag Body Issue naked and pregnant. No big whoop; lots of stars have. What's crazy is that no one ever thought of this before: Make it a Before and After! So she's on a gatefold, naked again, but cradling her infant, Scout Margery, once inside, now out, nine weeks post-. KWJ says she gained 36 pounds during her pregnancy, and wants to lose 12 more before hitting the courts again. Other bodies in the issue belong to football's Colin Kaepernick, golf's Gary Player - yep, him, 77, Lord bless him - soccer's Sydney Leroux, and baseball's Giancarlo Stanton.
Beyoncé's Pepsi coda
A lot of folks are cross with Beyoncé - who once danced to help first lady Michelle Obama fight childhood obesity - for signing a huge old endorsement contract with Pepsi. (The soft-drinker underwrote her Super Bowl halftime show and her vid for "Mirrors," to start.) New York Times food guy Mark Bittman slapped her good: "Knowles is renting her image to a product that may one day be ranked with cigarettes as a killer we were too slow to rein in." Oh, snap!
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Marsha Thomason ( White Collar) is a mama! She and husband Craig Sykes announced that on June 12 they welcomed bairn Tallulah Anaïs - and ain't that a glittery name! . . . Bobbi Kristina Brown, daughter of Whitney Houston, says that, after denying it for about a year, she's now affianced to Nick Gordon. It's a trifle weird. Whitney took in young Nick about a decade ago, and he lived with the family. But BKB stresses that (a) he and she are not brother and sister; and (3) her mom never even actually adopted him. The family has not been that supportive. . . . E! News says Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez will get hitched this weekend. They got engaged in March 2012, and she is carrying their baby manchild infant male, due in a few months. She already has daughter Nahla by ex-bf Gabriel Aubry. . . . Doctors say country singer Randy Travis, battling acquired viral cardiomyopathy in a Texas hospital, is showing signs of improvement. . . . Selena Gomez's new single, "Love Will Remember," has been leaked. On it, there's a recorded voicemail message, sweet, from her ex- and maybe on-again boybabycake Justin Bieber. Shameless teases, those two. . . . People are busting their spleens in anticipation of the Royal Baby's arrival, any time now. The title will be Prince or Princess of Cambridge. A rung up on the Prince of Bel-Air. . . . In the Absolutely Whatevs category, have you seen this minor fashion fadlet, the aquamarine wig? It's nobody's hair color in nature, so, I guess, that's why you wear it (?). It has been seen on Nicki Minaj and the aforementioned Selena Gomez, and Amanda Bynes, whose antics have made celeb gossip columnists everywhere very grateful, even wore one to court.
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