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"Avon's 125th Anniversary"

New York, NY – April 6, 2011 – Today Fergie, six-time Grammy-award winning artist and Avon spokesperson, joined Andrea Jung, Avon Chairman and CEO, to celebrate the company's 125th Anniversary in New York's Madison Square Garden with 5,000 Avon Representatives. To honor the occasion and Avon's 125 years of empowering women, Michael R. Bloomberg, Mayor of the City of New York, proclaimed April 6, 2011 "Avon's 125th Anniversary Day."

The event was the sixth stop of the 16-city "Avon Believe World Tour" to celebrate the company's heritage and belief in its mission to empower women. Throughout 2011, approximately 125,000 Avon Representatives will participate in the Avon Believe World Tour as it visits Atlanta, Dallas, Los Angeles, London, Istanbul, Chicago, Mexico City, Warsaw, Moscow, Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires, Manila, Shanghai, New Delhi and Johannesburg. In addition to Fergie, special guests who have joined Avon at past stops of the Tour include Reese Witherspoon, Patrick Dempsey, Yasmin Le Bon and Suze Orman. Zoe Saldana and other celebrity guests are expected to make appearances at future stops.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 26 June 2013 18:01 )

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Beauty

Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe

Pictured above:  Marilyn Monroe

VAV!/November 30, 2013

Glamorous, outspoken, unmistakably sexy and Unforgettable - The Marilyn Monroe Myth.

Last Updated ( Monday, 02 December 2013 07:54 )

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Beauty

Flawless Fiona

Flawless Fiona

By Aprill Lacey

In the ideal world I would have flawless skin; but unfortunately I have blemishes. Here are some tips on how you can cover your blemishes with a natural fla...

Last Updated ( Saturday, 29 October 2011 11:30 )

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Retro-Inspired Hairstyle Comeback

Retro-Inspired Hairstyle Comeback

VAV!/March 10, 2011

Spring and Summer Hairstyles are making a comeback with the 60s retro-inspired version of the Pixie haircut. 

The Season is trending 'hip'&nbs...

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 21 May 2013 19:57 )

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She Walks In Beauty

She Walks In Beauty

By Margarita Bloom

Even with Valentines Day come and gone there's always time for more love and romance! I say make every day Valentines! The littlest things add up, a rose...

Last Updated ( Saturday, 29 October 2011 10:56 )

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Lesley Gore - It's My Party

Pictured above: Lesley Gore/Contributed by Screen Grab© VAV!/February 16, 2015 Singer-songwriter Lesley Sue Gore (née Goldstein), who is remembered for her chart topping 1963 song "It's My Party," followed by "Judy's Turn to Cry," and "You Don't Own Me," died from cancer on Monday, February 16, 2015  at New York University Langone Medical Center in Manhattan. She was 68. Gore  was discovered at age 16 by record producer Quincy Jones and soon other hit songs followed.  Among them were "Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows," "That's the Way Boys Are," "She's A Fool," "Maybe I Know," "Look of Love," and she co-wrote "Out Here On My Own" from the acclaimed film "Fame (1980)" with her brother Michael Gore.

 

The Boy Next Door

Pictured above:  Scene from "The Boy Next Door" VAV!/February 17, 2015/Contributed by Stars in her eye "The Boy Next Door" is the kind of movie that a girl should enjoy with their friends and some wine. It's not the kind of film you get all dressed up for and then have a night on the town. You need some of your best friends to make fun of the movie within the privacy of your own home (a place where no one can get irate with you for heckling).

 

St. Valentines Day Massacre

Pictured above: Two guns used in the 1929 Massacre/Courtesy The Mob Museum VAV!/February 14, 2015 On February 14, 1929, a day that was anything but sweet hearts amidst a bed of roses, the St. Valentines Day Massacre unfolded as five rivals of gangster Al Capone and two wannabes were gunned down in a garage on the North Side of Chicago, IL. The day's events are, arguably, the most publicized and talked about mob event in history.  The sole purpose of the killings was the elimination of George "Bugs" Moran, the last rival to Al Capone's title of crime boss in Chicago. Witness statements are varied, but this is generally how the slaying was believed to have 'gone down'... 

 

Ma Bell Calling - Alexander Graham Bell

  On March 7, 1876, Alexander Graham Bell received a United States patent for the invention of the telephone. By 1877, he formed the American Bell Telephone Company and the first exchange opened in New Haven, Connecticut. In a few fleeting years, local exchange companies were launched in every major city throughout America. There were four major divisions of the American Bell Telephone Company; The American Telephone & Telegraph (AT&T) that had been created by American Bell Telephone Company to provide long distance calls and to interconnect between New York and Chicago and beyond; Western Electric Company, Bell's equipment manufacturing arm; Bell Labs, that conducted research and development for AT&T and finally, Bell operating companies, providing local exchange telephone services. By 1899, AT&T would acquire the assets of its parent American Bell Telephone Company. AT&T then became the parent of American Bell, and thus the head of the Bell System. This acquisition was put into place, it's reported, to take advantage of the leaner regulatory and tax rules in NYC which were leaner in New York than in Boston, where American Bell was headquartered. Following a government anti-trust suit and the Kingsbury Commitment, by 1913.  AT&T agreed to the Kingsbury Commitment in which they would sell their reported $30 million in Western Union stock, allow competitors to interconnect with their system, and not acquire other independent companies without permission from the U.S. Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC) At the end of 1934, AT&T was regulated by the Federal Communication Commission (FCC). The company was to become the largest corporation in the world until its divestment by the United States Department of Justice in 1984, at which time the Bell System ceased to exist. The Bell trademark pictured above was used from 1921 through 1939.

 

Hood Ornaments - An Art Form All Their Own

Pictured above: The Spirit of Ecstasy/Rolls Royce Ornament VAV!/February 8, 2015 The hood ornament or "mascot,"' remains a striking vestige of the past and a distinctive styling ornament that helped define the hallmark of fine automobiles as well as a drivers' style. While primarily ornamental since the 1930s,  the hood ornament originally evolved from a  need to provide a cooling system monitor for automobiles produced during the teens and the 1920s. Consequently, investing in an engine temperature gauge for the radiator, located externally at the front of the automobile and equipped with a filter cap on its top in direct sight of the driver, was a pretty good idea. The gauge monitored the radiators' temperature for proper functioning, as well as providing for its', longevity and efficiency, too.  Enter Moto Meter, a company from Long Island, NY,  who promised a product to fulfill  just that need.  (Moto Meter was founded in 1912 by George H. Townsend, president of the Moto Meter Co. Inc. Townsend obtained the exclusive rights under Boyce patents to manufacture radiator and dashboard motor temperature indicators.  Soon, the Boyce Moto Meter dominated the motor vehicle industry with their product.  Their motto was "Boyce Moto Meter, Your Car Deserves One.")

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