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The Guardian’s picture editors bring you a selection of the best photographs from around the world

Celebrity fad diets: still lifes – in pictures

From Beyoncé with her maple syrup and cayenne pepper regime to Mariah Carey eating only purple food three days a week, the diets of the rich and famous are a source of endless fascination. In a series called Still Diet, photographer Dan Bannino has created still lives of the meals that echo the old …

4 Basic Characteristics of Light Every Photographer Should Know

If there is one essential ingredient for photography, it is light. It really wouldn’t matter how much money you put into your lenses and cameras if …

Haunting Portrait Series Depicts Underlying Symbolisms

Photographer Christopher McKenney based in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania has a particular penchant for depicting haunting images. From ghoulish figures …

Ink Blot Inspired Photos Explore Color and Movement with Ballet Dancers and Powder

When photographer Jana Cruder was commissioned to photograph the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, she jumped at the opportunity to do something different — …

Incredible Photos of the Colorado River Kissing the Sea After More Than 50 Years

Nourishing more than 30 million Americans living in the parched West with the most vital resource, the Colorado River is one of the most channeled, …

Colorado River

Pictures of the Week 6.26.14

Our 20 Least Popular Grilling Recipes that Deserve Your Love

20 of our least popular grilling recipes of all time that deserve another chance on the Weber<p><b>Not everything that hits the Weber</b> can make our "most popular grilling recipes of all time" list. And that's okay. But there are some recipes that have us absolutely confounded about how unpopular they are. …

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Marinated Flank Steak

Toast peppercorns, coriander, fennel, chiles de àrbol, and bay leaves in a small skillet over high heat, stirring occasionally, until fragrant, 2 to …

Guy Fieri's 'Cheesecake Challenge' Is the Most Terrifyingly Awesome Dessert Ever

Culinary lava lamp <b>Guy Fieri's</b> Las Vegas restaurant <b>Guy Fieri's Vegas Kitchen & Bar</b> opened back in April, and on the ridiculous menu is a dessert called "<b>Guy's Cheesecake Challenge</b>." It's "a huge mountain of cheesecake topped with potato chips, pretzels + hot fudge." Writes Andrew Kiraly over at KNPR:<p>…

'Equal Parts' Cocktails Aren't So Equal After All

We love cocktails like the negroni, with its 1:1:1 ratio of gin to Campari to Vermouth. Thing is, they're much better if you alter that ratio—here's how<p>Back in 2012, when I lived in the great city of Chicago, I used to spend a lot of time at a bar called Scofflaw, in Logan Square. I primarily did …

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Funky Strong: The Best Michael Jackson Dance Songs

No one's been responsible for more spur-of-the-moment than dance parties than Michael Jackson, whose funky fusions of rock, disco and R&B are just as …

Miley Cyrus' 'Bangerz' Tour Coming to NBC

Pop star's outrageous tour highlighted on two-hour special<p>Prepare for Miley Cyrus to invade your living room: NBC announced the pop star’s "Bangerz" …

Why Would More Than 500 Artists Sample The Same Song?

<i>Part 1 of the</i> TED Radio Hour <i>episode</i> What Is Original?<p>"Since the dawn of the sampling era, there's been endless debate about the validity of music that contains samples," Mark Ronson told an audience at a TED conference in Vancouver earlier this year. He should know: The Grammy-winning DJ and …

10 Stylish, Flat Espadrilles to Wear All Summer Long

Flats don't always translate to a dressed-down look. These stylish espadrilles can compete with the fanciest of them all.<p>Blends of sequins, python …

10 Ways to Not Make People Hate You As a Bride

As my high school Spanish teacher once said, "pretty girls do pretty things."<p>A couple of weeks ago, Faran Krencil made a solid case for eschewing bridesmaids duties, but the fact remains most of us will continue to do our due diligence as friends and sisters and cousins and in-laws and stand next …

Look Thinner By Tonight

Got a party? These 10 tips will help you slim down by sundown.<p><b>1. CUT CARBS AND DAIRY</b><p>One look at low-carb poster girl Jennifer Aniston is proof that this advice works. "Complex carbohydrates cause the body to hold water, and dairy is slow to digest; both can lead to bloat," explains Los Angeles …

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Artists Interpret Beauty Ideals Around the Globe

From the editors of Cosmopolitan.com, Esther Honig had people from 27 countries Photoshop her face according to their beauty standards.<p>Esther Honig is a 24-year-old radio journalist in Kansas City, Missouri. But a few months ago, while working with internationally based graphic designers for her …

Adriano Costa

The Campos Elísios neighborhood of São Paolo, where Adriano Costa keeps a studio, is plagued with drug dealers and crack addicts. But the 39-year-old artist insists that “it’s the most beautiful part of the city.” This bleakness and beauty is mirrored in Costa’s sculptures, which often incorporate …

3 Things You Should Know About Your Thyroid

To get your metabolism moving...<p>Most people are familiar with the relationship between the thyroid and body weight. The thyroid is the master gland in our neck that controls all metabolic processes in the body, i.e. your metabolism. If you are eating the right foods and getting adequate movement …

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It's National Sunglasses Day! Get to Know the Designers Behind Wild Soul's Shades

Marc Battipaglia (<i>above, left</i>) and Andres Beker (<i>above, right</i>) sunglasses line, Wild Soul, brings together two of the designers' passions: fashion …

Meet the Woman Using Photoshop to Make Us Rethink Beauty Standards

Photo: Esther Honig<p>We were utterly captivated when 24-year-old Esther Honig, a journalist out of Kansas City, Missouri, shared a series of images showing how different Photoshoppers from around the world had morphed one photo. That photo was of Honig herself, hair pulled back and makeup free, and …

Marina Nery Recommends Sunscreen, Loves Boxing

Brazilian model Marina Nery may be new to the pages of <i>W</i> (she made her debut with <i>Field Day</i> this past February and, more recently, starred in May’s <i>Electric Company</i>), but she’s an old soul when it comes to beauty. Here, the Bahia, Brazil native shares her homegrown essentials. ____<p><b>Your look:</b><br>Fresh, …

Great Thing of the Day: The Campaign That's Redefining the 'Run Like a Girl' Stereotype

"You run like a girl." "You throw like a girl." It's a thought that has become so ingrained in our society that the phrase "like a girl" is practically a maxim. But, why is it used as an insult? In this day and age, how is it possible that we have <i>not</i> moved past the "boys are strong, girls are weak" …

Top 9 at 9: Karlie Kloss has a bedroom for beauty products, & more news

We've got the top 9 things you need to know this a.m. - from the latest fashion sightings, to style news, to must-have products - our daily style fix …

Karlie Kloss

Summer Fashion and Beauty Trends: Lipsticks to Wear with Sunglasses

Happy National Sunglasses Day! To celebrate the occasion, here are 10 sunglasses and lipstick combinations to try this summer, as modeled on <i>Glamour</i> editors.<p><b>On Emily: Beige frames and mulberry lipstick</b><p>Bobbi Brown The Kennedy/S in Nude Black, $149, solsticesunglasses.com; Lancome L'absolu Rouge in …

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