Selena Gomez Went “Private” On Instagram, And Her Fans Blame Billboard

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There’s nothing that brings all the tweens to the yard than some passive aggressive social media maneuver. Back in my day, all we had were obscure Hanson lyrics to post as an AIM away message, but kids these days can do all sorts of stunts like blocking, unfollowing, and…GOING PRIVATE! So when Selena Gomez took her Instagram to private mode for a mere 130 million of her closest fans and followers, the same number of Detective LaToyas popped up looking for answers.

In case you missed it, Selena did a Billboard interview that opened with the reporter briefly noting a five-foot teddy bear sprawled across her kitchen floo. Some think teddy bear was a gift from Justin Bieber. The article then segued into some deep shit, namely her lupus, her kidney transplant, and puppies (because we need some light fare somewhere). But then the interview veered into the dark arts when the reporter asked what it was like working with Woody Allen, and Selena didn’t exactly come prepared (ROOKIE MISTAKE!) with an answer to Teflon away the judgment. Considering how squirmy she got about the Woody question, you might think her genius fans would blame that on what caused her to block all but a select 130 million few from seeing her Insta. Alas, that is not the case.

Teen Vogue notes the ‘gram went private sometime early Tuesday morning, but before she did, she had posted a screenshot of the story (which was since deleted) with the following caption:

“Never will I let another human guess my words ever again. Or invite them in my home. That is so hurtful. The most ‘ridiculous’ part of that is no one knowing my heart when I say things.”

People took the “ridiculous” quote in her screenshot to coincide with the bear blabbing, so fans naturally think she’s pissy the reporter – whom she INVITED into her HOME – narked on her for holding onto a bear for too long. Oh, Selena, don’t worry. We’ve all held onto bears longer than we should…it’s just a phase in blossoming into the gay man you’re meant to be!

Fans are hoping she’s all right, which I can’t tell if their concern is over her going private or over her mental state from holding onto a giant teddy bear likely scooped up at the county fair. I’m going to assume the latter since Selena is too busy fretting over her teddy collection to realize the real embarrassment was her not just responding to that Woody Allen question with, “I’m still a baby and was on Barney. How the fuck should I know what Woody used to do?



We Text Instagram Artist Yung Jake About Art & Emojis

At the intersection of pop culture, tech, and art lies Yung Jake—the Instagram artist extraordinaire, whose most recent exhibit showcases all of the above.

Yung Jake’s latest exhibit at The Dream Hotel Downtown features iterations of celebrities who have been composed entirely of emojis: radioactive emojis for Gigi Hadid’s blonde tresses; cookie emojis for the hollow of Willow Smith’s cheekbones. The select works from Jake’s original “Emoji Portraits” collection features other technified depictions of Leonardo DiCaprio, Lil Uzi Vert, Lil Yachty, and the artist’s nephew.

Photo Credit: Fred Waterford

Photo Credit: Fred Waterford

The Los Angeles artist first gained most of his exposure on Instagram, where he bears over 88,000 followers. It was through the platform that his residency at The Dream Downtown came to be. “I had seen Jake’s work before, and I just scrolled upon him on Instagram,” says Vice President, Brand Activation and Partnerships at Dream Hotel Group Rohit Anand. “So I reached out to him, and told him about the program, and how we partner with artists, and he connected me with his gallery who represents him.” The hotel, also known for housing the chic nightspot PH-D Rooftop Lounge, is a natural fit for such a modern take on classic portraiture.

Below, we caught up with Yung Jake on the exhibit via text, his preferred method of communication.

DuJour, 8:15 PM: So I saw the exhibit, it was wonderful. What made you think to combine celebrity culture and emojis?

Yung Jake, 8:20 PM: my business partner vince mckelvie created a web app and i just happened to be good at it so i did a bunch of celebrities

DuJour, 8:22 PM: Haha cool! What made you choose the celebrities you used?

Yung Jake, 8:38 PM: it was kinda based on how famous they were a couple of them i had there numbers and i sent to them knowing they’d post them

DuJour, 8:41 PM: Got it. I noticed the pieces were different sizes- how did you pick the size for each piece?

Yung Jake, 8:41 PM: idk some looked better big

DuJour, 8:44 PM: Ah cool. So how did you pick the emojis for each personality?

Yung Jake, 8:44 PM: random

DuJour, 8:46 PM: Did you make the pieces specifically for this exhibit?

Yung Jake, 8:48 PM: yeah the one of willow is new others are from a while back

DuJour, 8:50 PM: Cool, cool. How has this differed from other exhibits? As in, past solo exhibits you’ve done

Yung Jake, 8:54 PM: this is the first time i️ showed emoji portraits in this context i have other bodies of work that aren’t like this that i️ show

DuJour, 8:58 PM: Right, I saw some of your pieces at the Steve Turner Contemporary and some other portraits on Tripoli’s website. How did showing these pieces in the Dream come about?

Yung Jake, 9:00 PM: this guy ro from dream hit us up and said he wanted me to do a residency and ii was down

DuJour, 9:01 PM: Oh awesome. Did you have anything about showing in the new space that you were either concerned or excited about?

Yung Jake, 9:08 PM: tbh i haven’t even seen the space yet

DuJour, 9:08 PM: Haha okay. Well, do you have anything you’d like to say or add?

Yung Jake, 11:55 PM: “You are responsible for your own happiness. If you expect others to make you happy, you will always be disappointed.”

Main Image: Fred Waterford


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James Franco Says Quitting Instagram Was “Liberating”


Instagram is the perfect place for people who love attention and can’t get enough of it. Especially famous people. That would be why the Kardashians are so successful there. James Franco loves attention and he loves absolutely everything James Franco does (he’s truly James Franco’s biggest fan). And there was a time when he was laying greasy thirst traps on Instagram, but eventually James grew tired of that and quit.

You would think that James Franco might wipe a tear from his eye while looking wistfully at the other people jacking off their own egos through Instagram, but that’s not the case.

James Franco recently chatted to Variety about his latest film, The Disaster Artist, and general aspects of James Franco’s life. It’s been a while since we’ve heard from James Franco, so there’s a lot to get caught up on. The main thing is that he’s a different person now. James Franco talks about fame and separating real James Franco from who the public thinks James Franco is (deep). One way new and improved James Franco keeps it real is by staying away from the siren call of Instagram.

“It’s very liberating. I just got rid of it. When I first got on, it just felt silly. I treated it like it was a joke. You get in that weird seductive space where it feels private, but it’s also public. And you get hooked on the reaction.”

James also says he was “testing the bounds” of Instagram and that it wasn’t always working out for him. For example, James had a deal with Gucci, who warned him to stop posting the type of pictures that make him looking like a methhead looking for a gas station hookup.

It’s probably for the best that James Franco quit Instagram. Without a social media presence, we don’t know nearly as much about this alleged new James Franco. Is he still an insufferable douche? Who knows, it’s a mystery. And no Instagram means no chance of getting caught trying to pick up 17-year-old girls on Instagram. That sort of thing doesn’t really go over as well in 2017.

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Instagram Superstar Taylor Anderson Stops By The BC Wednesday Show To Hang With Bellino

Our old friend Taylor Anderson (@tayanderson11   |  👻:tayanderson11stopped by the BC Wednesday Show — still doesn’t have a permanent name — to make her second appearance on a BC broadcast. Some of you might remember her picking March Madness games on a giant bracket way back in March. It was time to get her back in the studio now that we have things humming along with the Wednesday show.

Show Highlights:

• Taylor takes Jordan Strack’s hot seat — he’s working the Toledo Rockets game at Ohio U.
• Debut of ‘Love It or Hate It’ – 20 or so topics, rapid fire responses
• Taylor explains how athletes slide into her DMs, including which sport is the most thirsty
• Taylor explains how bodysuits work & gives me advice on where to buy Mrs. BC a bodysuit
• Bellino insults his sister’s wedding limo bus

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Catch the live show Wednesday’s 1-2 p.m. ET (or so) via Facebook Live. Make sure you LIKE & FOLLOW the BC page to get your live show alerts.

We’ll also have a Periscope feed for those of you who refuse to use Facebook.

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Laura Benanti, Cecily Strong, whoever Melania Trump’s double is and every other actress who has contorted her face into the “constipated while sucking on a lemon” position to play the First Lady can go ahead and hang up her pussy bow blouse and hurricane heels, because Courtney Stodden has got this.

It’s been about five months since I’ve done a post on the beloved Porn Iguana, and it looks like that between then and now, she’s been further perfecting her already impeccable craft at Juilliard in NYC. Juilliard must’ve given her a bachelor’s degree, a masters and a PhD in acting in just five months and sent her back to Hollywood to share her flawless gift with the world. Because she’s back, and she did!

Yesterday, Courtney gave everyone an early Halloween treat and made every actor in the world shake with fear by doing her Melania Trump impersonation on Instagram. While wearing a brown polyester mop on her head and the costume that Roxie Hart would wear in Brazzers Presents Chicago, Courtney squinted the same way she did when her estranged husband Doug Hutchison got naked in front of her the first time and asked, “Like what you see?” To me, Courtney’s Melania impersonation is less Melania and more, “a breathy and drugged up Borat taking a dump as he suffers through an arthritis flare-up in the hands while in lazy Caitlyn Jenner drag,” but who am I to judge a master?

Happy Halloween from me Melania #halloween #trumptowers

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The ultimate test is Donald Trump. If Courtney Stodden does her Melania Trump impersonation in front of him and he completely ignores her, then trick knows she nailed it!

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Behati Prinsloo Shows Off Her Growing Baby Bump on Instagram

Behati Prinsloo and Adam Levine announced the news of their second pregnancy in September, and the Victoria’s Secret Angel has been glowing ever since. On Saturday, Behati shared photos of her bare baby bump on Instagram along with an adorable cat filter. The happy couple tied the knot in 2014 and welcomed their daughter, Dusty Rose Levine, back in September 2016. Adam recently gushed about his family at his Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony, saying, «I have a daughter. I have the most beautiful wife in the entire world. I am one of the luckiest people who’s ever lived and it has nothing to do with me.» Cue the awwws! See more photos of Behati’s growing baby bump ahead.

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The Lives of the Rich and (Instagram) Famous

Down a private drive in the Hamptons, past a sign that reads “Warren on the Cobb,” sits a sprawling clapboard house, complete with a sparkling baby-blue pool, monogrammed deck furniture and the pièce de résistance floating expectantly in the center of the pool: a giant inflatable swan.

It’s raining today, the second weekend of the summer, and the house is full. A Japanese camera crew has flown in to interview Andrew Warren, the 22-year-old grandson of fashion mogul David Warren, who made his name in the ’70s with the sort of prim and polished “social occasion” dresses that women bought at Bloomingdale’s and Saks. The younger Warren is a budding fashion mogul himself, with a collection of edgy ready-to-wear pieces he launched in 2013 called Just Drew. Though the reporter, whom Warren calls “like the Katie Couric of Japan,” is ostensibly here to talk about the line, her questions inevitably return to the topic of Warren’s friends, a young, beautiful, pedigreed group that appears throughout Warren’s widely followed Instagram account.

Andrew Warren poses on a yacht with a friend in Miami

Warren is at once slighted and nonplussed. He knows his friends are interesting to strangers. He’s helped make them that way, casting them in his lookbooks and leveraging their equally famous names to a collective advantage with the help of social media. If Warren’s Instagram feed (@ADWarren) feels art directed, that’s because it is. He handpicks his crew—which at the moment includes Gaia Matisse, Kyra Kennedy, Reya Benitez and Tiffany Trump—as if putting together a jigsaw puzzle, “weeding out,” as he says, the ones who don’t fit in. The photos they share on social media tell the story of an enviable set of lives intertwined, sipping rosé in infinity pools by day, sipping rosé on balconies overlooking the Marais by night—a picture-perfect posse of wealthy progeny.

And yet, Warren insists, they’re not all about popping bottles and digging into their trust funds. They have professional ambitions, too. In fact, it’s that shared desire to pave their own way and prove they’re not just spoiled brats with Birkins that connects this fivesome the most. They can’t help it if, as Matisse says, they also happen to “look fucking good on a swan.”

Gaia Matisse parties at the Las Vegas’ The Palms Resort

Gaia Matisse parties at the Las Vegas’ The Palms Resort

Matisse (@GMatisse), who met Warren in middle school, is the great-great-granddaughter of French artist Henri Matisse. She sees broadcasting her daily escapades on social media as a strategy, rather than a brazen ego-feed. She’s an aspiring actress and model, and who knows? Perhaps the scantily clad selfies she shares with her 13,000 Instagram followers will upthrust her profile; score her the right agent; land her future movie roles.

Despite her pedigree—her father, Alain Jacquet, who died in 2008, was also an artist—Matisse says a career as a painter was never in the cards for her. “Acting is my art form,” she professes, batting her blue-mascara-coated lashes. She’s been working with “Bradley Cooper’s acting coach,” she points out, since she was 16. “I met her randomly when I was having dinner with Mickey Rourke,” she says. “I just need to get an agent now.”

Matisse insists that she didn’t grow up overindulged. She went to public school in New York City and recounts stories of shopping with her mother for $ 15 sweatpants. “ ‘Matisse’ was never a thing,” she says, though she’s opted to go by her mother’s more famous last name. “Money was never talked about.”

Reya Benitez at Drive In Studios in New York

Reya Benitez, the 23-year-old daughter of John “Jellybean” Benitez and a friend of Warren’s since high school, tells a similar story. Her father was the resident DJ for Studio 54 and has produced tracks for Madonna and Whitney Houston. Benitez points out that she started hostessing at her mother’s restaurant, The Coffee Shop, when she was 13. These days, she works at a concierge management company but is toying with the idea of following in her father’s footsteps as a DJ. She’s eagerly working to grow her social media handle, @ReyaBenitez, which currently has some 2,200 followers. “Social media lets [people] see who we are through what we do,” she says. “Everyone always says [my DJ name] should be Little Bean, but I want to create my own name without any help from my father. I don’t want to be overshadowed by him.”

Social media is, of course, what makes this generation of famous progeny different from its predecessors, both offering them opportunity and presenting a challenge. While it’s hard to imagine, say, Sofia Coppola posting figure-flaunting photos of herself to collect followers, maybe she would have, given the option. For Warren and his crew, it’s hard not to harness the power of social media, now that it exists—especially when every day is as Instagram-worthy as it is for them. That said, there are plenty of people who accuse the group of flashing the wealth they did nothing to earn, and many have tried to turn their lives into something of a punch line. Warren’s feed is routinely pilfered for images that end up on @RichKidsofInstagram, an anonymous account that highlights the most obnoxious and rubbernecking-worthy posts from wealthy children on the Web.

Matisse and a friend show off coordinating quilted Chanel bags

Matisse and a friend show off coordinating quilted Chanel bags

While this annoys Warren—it’s not about being showy; it’s just how life is and besides, he says, “I just really like taking photos”—he acknowledges that the attention is free, and not unwanted, promotion for his brand. He has vast, lofty goals for Just Drew (“I could see it becoming something like a Givenchy,” he says) that he thinks social media will help him achieve. And it very well might: Many of his regrammed photos feature the girls in Just Drew, posed alongside the designer. Over the last year, Warren’s line has expanded into two boutiques. He’s currently in talks with international distributors, an accomplishment he chalks up to relationships he’s cultivated. “Everyone knows Andrew. All his friends come in and buy,” says Jeff Goldstein, the owner of Blue & Cream, the first boutique to carry his line.

Kyra Kennedy, the 19-year-old daughter of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and the late Mary Kathleen Richardson, was scooped up by Warren in Aspen last December and quickly became a fixture of Warren’s feed, appearing in photos at nightclubs and in hotel suites. Kennedy experienced her first bout of infamy earlier this year after a newspaper article claimed she attempted to use her older half-sister’s passport to get into a nightclub. When she was denied, she allegedly responded, “I’m a Kennedy. Google me.” (The drama “was basically fabricated,” she says.) Still, the embarrassment kept her from attending an internship for two weeks. “I couldn’t bear to see anyone,” she says. “My dad said, ‘I’m sorry, but hiding is not the right thing to do. You just have to face the truth and be like, this is not me. This is not true.’ ”

Gaia Matisse, Kyra Kennedy and a friend touch down in Aspen

Gaia Matisse, Kyra Kennedy and a friend touch down in Aspen

You could say she’s stopped hiding. Kennedy’s Instagram profile (@KyraLemoKennedy) states, “I’m a mess but I make it look so good,” and indeed, in it, life looks pretty good. There she is wearing Marni in Montauk, or cozying up to actress Bella Thorne at the Chateau Marmont. Her dad has called and requested that she “clean up her Instagram,” but as far as Kennedy, a freshman at FIT, is concerned, she’s just having a good time. And Warren would have to agree. “We have fun with it,” he says. “If people have something negative to say, we’re not asking them to follow in the first place.”

Warren met Tiffany Trump, the Donald’s second youngest and only child with ex-wife Marla Maples, when they were three years old. A 21-year-old junior at UPenn, her father’s alma mater, she has a toothy, Pollyanna smile and a Southern gentility, using expressions like “goodness gracious” that belie the steady stream of pouty selfies that fill her Instagram account @TiffanyTrump. Still, she’s doing something right—or at least crowd-pleasing. She’s got 30,000 followers, even if her dad is not among them. “I don’t know what it’s like to have a typical father figure,” says Trump. “He’s not the dad who’s going to take me to the beach and go swimming, but he’s such a motivational person.” She’s debating whether to go to business school or law school after college.

An impromptu photo shoot

It’s Saturday night in Southampton—the perfect excuse for a dinner party. Warren has invited 25 friends to a buzzy East End restaurant in celebration of his successful Just Drew trunk show, which took place earlier today at a local boutique. A society photographer is snapping away as bottles of rosé float across the table. “Wait!” Matisse yells to the lensman. She grabs the hand of Peter Brant Jr., son of billionaire businessman Peter M. Brant, and points to a decorative hedge. “This is a great picture. Take this!” She dips her head back and falls, dramatically, into a bush.

While there may be no such thing as bad press, fast fame isn’t necessarily on the agenda. Warren and the girls have been approached by producers interested in building a reality show around them, but they’ve turned up their collective noses at the idea. “I think that it’s just selling yourself, and it’s not an attractive look. I don’t believe in it,” Kennedy sniffs. Adds Trump, “You have to think long term. It’s easy money, but …”

“But,” interjects Matisse, “it conflicts so much with all of our different personal goals. Besides, it’s not about money or fame, it’s about our friendships. It’s about us being fucking amazing people and loving each other. That’s what it’s about.”

Check out the video below to see Andrew and his friends model pieces from his Just Drew line:

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Need Last-Minute Halloween Costume Ideas? Look No Further Than Lili Reinhart’s Instagram

As massive fans of Riverdale, we’re used to seeing Lili Reinhart as the sweet and bubbly Betty Cooper, but the actress actually has a very dark side . . . well, when it comes to Halloween. If you scroll back through Lili’s Instagram, you’ll quickly see that she’s incredibly talented at creepy and special-effects makeup. From zombies to skeletons to creepy clown monsters, she brings her A game with her costumes every Halloween, and we really can’t wait to see what she does this year. If you’re in need of some last-minute inspiration for your costume, keep reading to see 25 of Lili’s creepy and creative looks over the years.

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John Legend, Husband of the Year, Serenaded Chrissy Teigen and Luna on Instagram

Hi @chrissyteigen. Hi Luna

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As if we needed further proof that John Legend is both an amazing husband and father, the «All of Me» singer recently gave us yet another reason to swoon when he serenaded his wife, Chrissy Teigen, and his 1-year-old daughter, Luna, on Instagram. John sang just a few lines from his 2006 song «Coming Home» and received a hilarious response from Chrissy, of course. «Ok well you didn’t answer my facetime but okay,» the Sports Illustrated model commented underneath the video. The adorable couple has definitely kept our faith alive this year with all of their sweet PDA moments.

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Minka Kelly Has Had It With the Cheating Rumors, Cusses Out an Instagram Commenter

Minka Kelly has had it with the cheating rumors. Following speculation that her relationship with Jesse Williams led to his divorce with his wife of nearly five years, Aryn Drake-Lee, Minka finally set the record straight on Instagram on Thursday. In a now-deleted comment, an Instagram user wrote, «I hope the cheating rumors aren’t true. It would be disappointing» under one of Minka’s recent photos. Minka then clapped back, saying, «They’re not. Hate for you to be disappointed. Glad I could clear that up for you. Now f*ck off.»

Minka and Jesse are reported to have started dating in April 2017, which is around the same time Jesse and Aryn’s split was announced. While it’s still unclear why Jesse and Aryn broke up, Jesse addressed the infidelity rumors in an 11-minute Tidal video for JAY-Z’s latest album, Footnotes for 4:44, saying, «I was in a relationship 13 years — 13 real years, not five years, not seven years, 13 years. And all of a sudden motherf*ckers are writing think-pieces that I somehow threw a 13-year relationship.» Jesse has yet to publicly comment on his relationship with Minka.

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