Fug or Fab: Ariana Grande in Versace at the Billboard Music Awards

I don’t say this often about Donatella’s artsier creations, but I really like this.

Ariana Grande in Versace

I remember it being among the best of the bunch on the catwalk. And it’s a smart pick for Ariana, who is SO youthful-looking that she unintentionally — just by her genes — nudges dresses really quickly into the “twee” category. This one won’t be pushed around so easily; it’s standing its ground, grown-up but not stuffy, revealing but not naked. Excellent sartorial matchmaking, Team Grande. Now, is the ponytail ever coming up for negotiation?

[Photo: Getty]


Cannes Fugs or Fabs: Kirsten Dunst


Can we make Kirsten Dunst a juror somewhere else too? I’m going to miss her now that Cannes has finished.

[Photos: Fame/Flynet, Getty]


Letter of Truth: The Billboard Music Awards

Hey y’all,

I hardly ever get to write you a Letter of Truth anymore. It’s been so long that there are probably people who are alive who don’t know that I am a person who used to do things like have dance-offs and wear matching outfits with Justin Timberlake and stalk Justin Timberlake and kiss Justin Timberlake and write actual letters that I, the real Britney Spears, would post to my actual for-real website and they would be called LETTER[s] OF TRUTH and, obviously, they would have truths in them. Readers, I went through so much over the past baker’s dozens of numbers of years that this particular website right here that you are reading right now has been alive or whatever it is that websites are. I had babies and shaved my head and had a husband for three days and then married this OTHER person that we all thought was terrible but he actually turned out to be okay even though he’s missing now or something (I don’t know where he is). I had weird men try to date me and then I dated men who might have been normal but who cares because I broke up with them. I did bad things to my knees that meant that when I danced I mostly just stood still and waved my arms around, and then I got a job in Vegas and gained a secret mentor in the form of one Miss Celine Dion. Readers, Celine Dion would come to me at night and float over the top of my bed and hit herself real real hard in the chest and sing about her inner organs, and this is a thing that I am pretty sure happened for real and not just because I ate too much Alberto’s Beef Jerky before I went to bed. And because Celine is an inspirational human who sings much better than I do BUT CANNOT DANCE AT ALL — don’t tell her I said that — I was inspired to come back to the world and do things like walk on red carpets while people yell at me and take my pictures, and also to accept awards. Because it turns out that people like me and also I’m still extremely awesome and my knee feels better and I haven’t done anything like open a restaurant for children named after a dessert that grandmas make. I am Britney and you will love me forever and you will not care what I wear, but the truth is that I also decided to wear some really crazy shit this weekend because I don’t actually leave the house that often so why not make it interesting, right?

I love y’all. Come look at all my outfits!

[Photos: Getty, Fame/Flynet]


What the Fug: Gwen Stefani at the Billboard Music Awards

This all looks very Arthurian to me.

Gwen Stefani

Like, the King of Country — or an aspiring one, anyway — is just hanging out, minding his own beeswax, when suddenly the Lady of the Lake slithers over to him and proffers an all-powerful tool which he can use to conquer the world. The tool here being her celebrity, and the world being the Internet and every magazine, up to and including all the ones that believe she is pregnant with his miracle baby.

And what is up with her makeup?

2016 Billboard Music Awards - Show

Like, where is Gwen Stefani’s essence of Gwen Stefani? Why has she turned herself into an anonymous piece of tinsel draped on Blake’s suit? You are a strong and successful female artist, Gwen, besides which you are SUPER FAMOUS and — if you want to get competitive about it — you were here first. Make HIM be YOUR tinsel.

[Photos: Getty]



Hmmly Played: Kesha at the Billboard Music Awards

Well, look. Kesha has been through a lot lately. This Dr. Luke stuff (if you’re not familiar, here is a timely primer) is horrific, and I’m sure there have been times she was afraid she’d never work again. So on the one hand, she’s got a lot more on her mind than what to wear, and I kinda want to cut her some slack.


And this is also light years ahead of the stuff she used to wear, when she was allegedly under Dr. Luke’s thumb in a major way, so that in itself is a victory. Do I LIKE it, on its own merits? Weirdly, I kind of do. It’s not perfect, but it’s kicky. Let’s just assume she’s dressed as a glitzy matador as a metaphor — like, her way of saying she can fight both the horns of the beasts AND the bullshit they expel.

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Fug or Hmm: Rihanna in Thierry Mugler at the Billboard Music Awards

I’ll give Rihanna this: Her vintage outfit here is totally, totally, unexpected.

Rihanna in vintage Thierry Mugler

Unfortunately, it also looks like she forgot to change out of it after her hair appointment. So her points for surprise get canceled out by shaky execution. This is why gymnasts get two attempts on things like the vault: So they can average their scores. Here is Rihanna’s second run:

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Fugs and Pieces, May 20th, 2016

Happy Friday! Quick question: if you have an e-book of The Royal We, that is NOT via iBooks, and you do not live in the United States or Canada, has your version of the book updated with the new bonus chapter? Please let us know in the comments (what version you are using [Kindle, Nook, Kobo] and where you live — just the country). We are trying to track down some issues, but, obviously, I don’t know how foreign versions are working since I can’t test one out myself! Thank you very much. (If you have an American or Canadian version, your e-book should have updated –  other than iBooks, which should be updated by Thursday and which I am very, very sorry has been so delayed. [If you have a Kindle, and yours hasn't updated, make sure you have Automatic Updates turned on. That's on Amazon itself, under "Manage Settings," and "Devices." The chapter is at the very end, after the acknowledgements.])

While I’m on the topic, though, if you have a Nook, and you haven’t bought The Royal We yet, it’s one of Barnes & Nobles Summer Reads, and if you buy it now, they’re giving you six free issues of Travel & Leisure. Yay for a deal!

With all of that out of the way, please enjoy the following:


– At Smithsonian, this is FASCINATING: A Secret Tunnel Found in Mexico May Finally Solve the Mysteries of Teotihuacán

Jane the Virgin fans, of which there are many in Fug Nation (including myself), will be interested in this interview with its showrunner, at Vulture. Don’t read if you haven’t seen the finale yet.

– Over at Pajiba: Did you hear that John Boyega might be in Black Panther, along with Lupita, and Michael B Jordan and Chadwick Boseman? I was already in but if this comes to pass I will be EVEN MORE IN.

– At Ad Week: Agencies on Canal Street Are Waging a Post-it-Note War, and It’s Awesome

– At Good. Food. Stories., important work is being done:  What to Eat While Day Drinking

– I know you want all the deets on the spin-off of The Good Wife (Elle)

– Even just this headline makes me laugh, at Racked: This Season’s Bachelorette Contestants, Ranked By Shirt Terribleness. Ugh, I might have gotten sucked back into The Bachelorette just reading this.

– At Celebitchy: Yay, Rory and Pete Campbell had a baby!

– You will love this, at FTW: Tim Gunn rekindled his love for teaching by becoming the oldest student at the fencing school

– This longform-ish piece about Blac Chyna and the Kardashians (at Buzzfeed) is very interesting and well worth your time, even if that’s not a topic you’re generally willing to read about.

–There was a Teen Witch reunion! (Hello, Giggles)

– And in case you missed it here at GFY this week, some highlights: