Mormon Video Explains Use of Holy Garments to Outsiders

James Carvin – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Provo, UT, United States (4E) – To onlookers outside of any culture, native garments may seem odd, ostentatious and often uncomfortable. Especially odd to outsiders are the garments worn by religious devotees; examples being Native American feather headdresses, Jewish yarmulkes (skull caps), hijabs (modesty veils) on Muslim females and Christian priestly robes. We often do double-takes when we see religious devotees attired this way in public places and on the street. The uninitiated often miss the point. To those; however, who take their religious devotion seriously; they would not be caught without their sacred apparel and/or talismans.

Not all religious groups “wear their religion on their shirt sleeves,” so to speak. In some faith communities, vestments are an entirely private representation of their spiritual reality. In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS), more popularly known as Mormonism, white priestly robes are worn only within the confines of Mormon temples and are reserved for the highest sacraments of the faith.

The color white is to represent purity. In a curious twist; however, many adult Mormons, both men and women, daily wear cotton undergarments, either bright white or some variation of white, beneath their street clothes.

The modest undergarments, called “temple garments,” come in two pieces (i.e.; boxers and an undershirt) and are never exposed to the eyes of non-Mormons. In fact, Mormons will not even launder and dry the garments in a fashion that might expose them to non-Mormons.

Integral to the faith as the garments may be, Mormons are quick to dispel rumors that the garments contain “magic” properties; rather, they are a symbol of fidelity and devotion to covenants made with God. It can be equated with the way that a Protestant or Catholic Christian might wear a cross or crucifix around his or her neck. To attribute “magical” qualities to the garments is actually considered offensive.

In an effort to clear up the mystery surrounding temple garments and promote sensitivity, the LDS church put out a four-minute video Thursday on a topic page.

A spokesperson from the church has said, “Because there is little or no accurate information on this subject on the Internet, the church feels it important to provide this resource.”

The video has gone viral since its release, reports the [Provo, Utah] Daily Herald, and can be found on YouTube:

A writer for Religion News Service, Jana Reiss, is a Mormon. She responded to the video by saying, “I can understand why it seems strange to non-Mormons that our holy garment is underwear. (Seriously? Underwear?)”

“But to me,” she continued, “that is exactly the most beautiful thing about it. What article of clothing could we choose that would be more profane, at the end of the day? What could be more tied to the messiness of being human?”

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Kim Kardashian Celebrates Her 34th Birthday In Vegas

June Javelosa – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Las VVegas, NV, United States (4E) – To celebrate her 34th birthday, reality TV star and fashion icon Kim Kardashian slips into a slinky, cleavage-bearing dress to party the night away at the Venetian Hotel and Casino’s TAO nightclub.

Joined by family and friends including husband Kanye West, mom Kris Jenner, sister Khloe Kardashian, Jonathan Cheban and Simon Huck, Kim rang in her birthday in true Vegas style.

“Vega$ Nights have begun,” Kim posted on her Instagram page.

At the club, frequented by the reality star for her birthdays, Kim was given a four-tier, white birthday cake with the words: “Happy birthday Mrs. West.”

Kim also recently told people about her personalized birthday present, given to her by her husband, created with the help of their daughter, North West.

“He got me this purse and it was really pretty painted,” she said. “And my computer was open next to the gift and I was trying to figure out why it was there and I pressed play and it was a video of her actually painting it. She spent hours getting paint all over herself and painting this purse and he captured it all. It was so, so sweet.”

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Kelly Osbourne Commemorates Co-host Joan Rivers with New Tattoo

June Javelosa – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Hollywood, CA, United States (4E) – While currently mourning the loss of her co-star, Joan Rivers, Kelly Osbourne commemorates her Fashion Police co-host by inking herself in her honor.

Osbourne recently posted an image of her latest tattoo–a bumble bee placed on her shoulder with a caption dedicated to Rivers.

“In honor of you @joanrivers…’If you looked at aerodynamics, at science, the bumble bee should not be able to fly. Physically, it was just not anatomically equipped to soar. Yet it did, defying gravity, defying logic. The bee was a creature that defied and beat the odds, a miracle.’ Thank you for being my miracle @joanrivers,” Osbourne captioned her post.

In a touching statement issued by Osbourne after Rivers’ passing, she also said:

“I’m completely heartbroken by the loss of my beloved Joan. Not only was she my boss, she was and will always be my teacher, therapist, closest friend, inspiration and the only grandmother I ever knew. She was family and I will never forget her.”

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Gigi Hadid and Joe Jonas not dating, just good friends

Katherine De Guzman – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – Nineteen-year-old model Gigi Hadid is reportedly saying that rumors about her and Joe Jonas dating are hilarious as tabloids keep publishing news about the pair being spotted together.

The two have been photographed for the past months and they seemed comfortable around each other fueling the rumors that they are indeed dating. However, the model noted that they are really just good friends and that she is close to the Jonas brothers but admitted that she and Joe are the closest.

The model also pressed that she and Joe talk about the dating rumors and they just laugh it off. She gushes, “It’s just really hilarious for us. We will read it and we will be like, ‘Oh, we’re dating. Oh cool.’ We just laugh it off. It’s funny for us.”

Also, the two stars are just really bonding whenever they can she said, which explains the photos. She says: “He is really into fashion, and he is always here for Fashion Week, and he is like GQ Man of the Fashion Week. It’s really fun because we don’t get to see each other that much, and when he comes to New York, we always try to hang out as much as we can.”

Her handler has also talked about the issue and said in a statement that Gigi is a hundred percent single and is focusing on her career as a model.

The 19-year-old also talked about her goals and plans in the fashion world revealing that Victoria’s Secret is really on her mind and that she has outlined everything that she needs to do and tries to reach them day after day.

She says: “I think all those things, if you could get them done every day, they lead into opportunities that you may not have even thought were possible in your career.”

Joe is yet to comment on the news.

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North West dons custom sneakers with her name on it

Katherine De Guzman – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Hollywood, CA, United States (4E) – North West was spotted at pumpkin patch with her momma Kim and daddy Kanye but what was more eye-catching was the toddler’s custom-made sneakers that features her names on each shoe.

The adorable celebrity baby was seen sporting her kicks at the Underwood Family Farms in Moorpark, California on Saturday together with her aunt Kourtney, grandma Kris and cousins Mason and Penelope.

The sneakers are said to be a Vans slip-on with the word “North” written on her left shoe and the word “West” on her write shoe. She topped the outfit with a bandana neckerchief, blue and white fringed cape and leggings that were made of leather.

Her momma has posted a photo of her using the custom-made kicks and another showing her blowing kisses.

North West has also already been feature in Vogue and in GQ Magazine and has been dubbed as a very adorable and cute model.

Her parents also wowed the public as they were seen all fashionable during a laid back date on Sunday. Kanye sported a gray T-shirt and black leather pants while Kim wore a backless white long sleeve top, knee-length ripped jeans, and lace-up stiletto sandals.

The Wests are definitely taking the fashion world by storm as many get their looks inspired by this fam bam.

Kanye is reportedly to work with Lorde regarding the officials soundtrack of “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1″.

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Stars Commemorate Legendary Fashion Designer, Oscar de la Renta

June Javelosa – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

New York, NY, United States (4E) – Oscar de la Renta passed away last Monday at 82 after battling cancer. The highly lauded fashion designer has dressed some of the world’s most prominent women who grew to become recognized as fashion icons themselves.

The loss of such impeccable talent in the fashion industry prompted fans and Hollywood personalities to commemorate the life of the designer.

Taylor Swift took to twitter to say: “My all-time favorite designer has passed away. Oscar, it was an honor to wear your creations and to know you. In loving memory.”

Comedienne Kathy Griffin tweeted, “He made this secret fashion girl’s dreams come true #OscarDelaRenta,”

Larry King says: “What a legend, what a life. #RIP to one of the world’s most legendary fashion designers Oscar de la Renta.”

Nicky Hilton writes, “What a sad day for the fashion industry. An icon is gone. RIP Oscar de la Renta.”

“Thank you for your artistry, Mr. de la Renta. #oscardelarenta rest in peace,” said Rose McGowan.

Ivanka Trump sends her condolences, “Truly saddened by the loss of one of the greatest fashion icons of all time. Oscar de la Renta will be greatly missed.”

Zoe Saldana tweets “Iconic legendary genius, gone but definitely not forgotten #OscarDeLaRenta My heart goes out to the De La Renta family.”

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Google Nexus 6 features get detailed with the latest CPU-Z screenshot

Cesar Ian S. Fuentes – Fourth Estate Cooperative Tech Contributor

Schaumburg, IL, United States (4E) – The soon to be released Nexus 6 has leaked again with a couple of CPU-Z screenshot on Twitter. The latest outing reveals almost all about the Motorola-made hardware. It comes with the Shamu codename and will sport a bigger 5.9-inch Quad HD display.

The upcoming Nexus device beats both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in the Geekbench score of 3199. Of course, we all know that this is courtesy of the Snapdragon 805 which can churn up to 2.65 GHz of processing speed. It is comprised of a quad-core Krait 450 CPU and Adreno 420 GPU.

Nexus 6 specs sheet also suggests that it will come with a 13-megapixel camera with optical imaging stabilization and dual-flash ring configuration just like the new Motorola Moto X. It will also have a good amount of juice with its non-removable 3,200 mAh battery.

The Android L will finally debut with the phone which claims that it will definitely be of Version 5.0. Obviously, Motorola has been tasked to do this year’s Nexus phone. Google wanted it to be in this fashion to avoid the monopoly on the single manufacturer across their devices. LG has manufactured Nexus 4 and Nexus 5; Samsung did the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S, and HTC made the Nexus One.

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Model Chrissy Teigen voices out her support for Amanda Bynes

Katherine De Guzman – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Hollywood, CA, United States (4E) – Chrissy Teigen was interviewed by E!News during an event hosted by Variety called Power of Women. She was asked about her tweet earlier as she showed concern to troubled former fashion student and aspiring psychologist Amanda Bynes.

The interviewer asked why she felt the need to show concern over the former Nickelodeon star and she said that although they are not close, she felt like she should reach out to her.

Teigen added that she and Bynes are actually of the same age and she watched the star on T.V. back then. Teigen noted that she actually looked up to Bynes while growing up.

She added that the path being taken by Bynes is really sad and that it’s affecting her in ways she never though it would.

She also talked about wanting to help Bynes live a better life and have healthier choices in reference to what has been written on headlines lately. Teigen pressed that she and Amanda are not close at all but she wants to bring her back. She also said, “It’s weird to be in a situation where you can’t help.”

Bynes has been in a psychiatric hold, which is involuntary, ever since Friday at the Las Encinas Hospital located in Los Angeles. She was supposed stay at the said hospital for only 72 hours, however, it was extended to 14 days.

Teigen is not the first celebrity to comment on the worsening situation of Bynes. Bynes is yet to comment on the concerns showed for her.

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Most Influential Teens of Time Magazine include Jenner girls, Lorde, and Obama sisters

Katherine De Guzman – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Hollywood, CA, United States (4E) – The most influential teens of this year has been published by Time Magazine by following posts about them and had to research about why the teenage demographics have been influenced by them so much.

The list does not just focus on 25 actors and actresses but also on teenagers who actually made a mark in such a young age. The list is not in any particular order as the magazine is still asking the audience who they think is the most influential.

First up are the Jenner sisters, Kylie and Kendall, who are being idolized by many for being such young entrepreneur and model. Kylie has launched her hair line while Kendall has been in many fashion weeks walking and modelling for many known brands.

Next is Malala Yousafazai, the Pakistani teenager who was shot by the Taliban for encouraging women their right for education. She also is the youngest to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.

Lorde has also been inspiring many teens as she speaks about health and not being all skinny as what the public sometimes demand. Lorde is also being looked up to by many teenagers because of her musical talent.

Actress Chloe Grace Moretz is also part of the said list as she has influenced millions of teenagers due to her acting skills and for the roles she plays. She has been in so many notable roles and she has played it very well that it was almost believable.

Sisters Sasha and Malia Obama are also style icons just like their mom, Michelle, as millions of teens aspire to be like them.

There are still other notable teenagers on the list and to find out who they are, click here:

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Wiz Khalifa steps out of bar with Mystery brunette girl

Katherine De Guzman – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Hollywood, CA, United States (4E) – Wiz Khalifa is newly-single as his ex-wife Amber Rose filed for a divorce last month. He was then seen on Friday night having a brunette girl in tow while leaving a bar.

The two were seen leaving the Lure nightclub and people are saying that the brunette bombshell who was with Wiz is his “rebound” girlfriend.

Wiz was holding the hand of the girl as paparazzi clicked away. Wiz did not answer any of the questions of the media as he and his girl immediately got inside the car and sped away.

The mystery woman was wearing a crop top and a black skirt and witnesses claim that the two were really intimate at the club and that the girl was smoking. Wiz on the other hand sported his usual fashion style.

On the other hand, Amber was seen last week partying with Nick Simmons and witnesses said that the two were “grinding” it on the dance floors. However, Simmons tweeted after rumors started to swirl that he is Amber’s new love interest. He wrote: “Apparently dancing in a club + helping someone to their car = dating. People are funny.”

Amber and Wiz have been married for only more than a year shortly after their son was born. However, the two have been bombing each other with cheating rumors that both continue to deny.

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